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        The Botanical Magazine; or Flower-Garden Displayed: Three Volumes. 336 Coloured Plates 1790. 1793. 1804.

      Printed by Couchman and Fry, Throgmorton-Street., London 1790 - [Botanical Magazine] in which the most ornamental foreign plants, cultivated in the open ground, the green-house, and the stove, are accurately represented in the natural colours. To which are added, their names, class order, generic and specific characters, according to the celebrated Linnaeus; their places of growth, and times of flowering: together with the most approved methods of culture. A work intended for the use of such ladies, gentlemen, and gardeners, as wish to become scientifically acquainted with the plants they cultivate. VOLUME ONE, Complete with Portrait and 108 fine coloured plates. VOLUME SIX, Complete with 119 fine coloured plates. VOLUME 19, Complete with 109 fine coloured plates. Together 336 Fine Coloured plates, some folding, bound in original half red calf, marbled boards. 1790. 1793. 1804. Three Volumes FINE ORIGINAL CONDITION.

      [Bookseller: HALEWOOD AND SONS ABA ILAB. est.1867]
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        Journal historique du voyage de M. De Lesseps, consul de France, employé dans l'expedition de M. le comte de la Pérouse, en qualité d'interprète du Roi; depuis l'instant où il a quitté les frégates Françoises au port Saint- Pierre & Saint-Paul du Kamtschatka, jusq' à son arrivée en France, le 17 octobre 1788

      Paris: de L'Imprimerie Royale, 1790 - "Part way through his voyage La Perousse sent Baron de Lesseps overland from Petropavlosk (of Tom Lehrer fame) to Europe, with letters and journals of the expedition. As a child Ds De Lesseps had accompanied his diplomat father first to Hamburg, then to St. Petersburg and grew up speaking both German and Russian as fluently as his native French. Because of his knowledge of Russian as well as his exceptional personal distinction, he was chosen to accompany the great La Perouse expedition as Interpreter. Setting sail in August 1785, the expedition arrived in Petropavlosk in 1787. The young de Lesseps was given with the mission of returning to Paris overland through Siberia with all the documents of the first 2 years of the voyage. The present book is an account of this arduous Journey. It is of great interest for Siberian ethnography, and de Lesseps observes and describes with sympathetic interest the natives of the area through which he travelled: in particular the Koriaks, the Lamuts and the Tungus. ".His journey was a very difficult one, as he was faced with primitive roads, enormous distance. a hazardous cliamte, and the perils of a half-civilized and badly policed empire; but he succeeded, and to him we owe the survival of many of the most important documents of the expedition" - Hill First edition, with half-titles. 2 vols., 8vo. With woodcut printer's device on title, large folding map of Kamtschatka and a large folding engraving by Choffard, "caravane Kamtschadale arrivant dans un Ostrog ou Village", depicting a caravan on dog sleds arriving at a village, dated 1790; printer's device, and a large folding map of Siberia in Volume Two. (6), vii, (1), 280; (4), 380, vi, (2, erratum) pp. Bound in quarter antique quarter black morocco and marbled boards, uncut. Handsome copy,text and plates clean and crisp. Sabin 40208; Howes L270 ("aa"); Pilling 2277; New Hill 1010; Chadenat, 1152; Cox I, p. 353; Tourville 151; Kroepelien 723; Nerwood, To Russia and Return 118 (citing First edition in English, 1790) [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Journal of a voyage to New South Wales [reptile plates only].

      London: J. Debrett 1790. - Quarto,ten handcoloured engraved plates of reptiles. Modern blue half calf with the bookplates of David McPhee. John White was chief surgeon of the First Fleet. He was also an interested amateur naturalist and after arriving at Port Jackson found time to accompany Governor Phillip on two journeys of exploration. Many important Australian animals, such as the Blue-Tongued Lizard, are figured and described for the first time. This copy is an attractive collection of all the frog and reptile plates but without the title page or text. Ferguson 97; Ford 2495; Nissen ZBI 4390; Wantrup 17; Zimmer 672.

      [Bookseller: Andrew Isles Natural History Books]
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        HISTORY OF THE DECLINE AND FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE

      London for W. [and] A. Strahan and T. Cadell 1783-1790 - 12 volumes. The very rare first octavo editions of the twelve books, and an extremely early printing of the work in any format. With an engraved portrait frontispiece and three impressive engraved folding maps. 8vo, in very handsome contemporary bindings of full polished calf, the spines extensively decorated incorporating lavish gilt panels divided into compartments separated by roll tooled bands decorated in a Greco-Roman style and with two lettering labels in contrasting red and green moroccos decorated and lettered in gilt, board edges with gilt roll tooling, with green silk ribbon page-markers bound in. xiv, 456; xv, 496; viii, 412; viii, 443; vii, 432; viii, 420; viii, 424; viii, 374; xii, 502; xii, 385; xii, 460; xi, 432, [96, cumulative index]. A very handsome set, fresh and near to pristine internally, the contemporary bindings in good order and in completely original state with no restoration or sophistication whatsoever, some volumes with weakening to some hinges and some with minor chipping or other mellowing to the spines, in all a very well preserved set of these rare books. A SIGNIFICANT AND HIGHLY IMPORTANT EDITION, THE FIRST IN OCTAVO, AND A VERY EARLY ISSUANCE IN ANY FORMAT OF THE GREATEST HISTORICAL WORK EVER UNDERTAKEN. The first edition of Gibbon’s work was printed over time, the first three volumes being printed between 1776 and 1781, the later three volumes in 1788. This first octavo edition was printed similarly, the first six volumes in 1783 and the later six in 1790. Thus, this is not only the first octavo edition but also is one of only a tiny handful of editions of the first half printed prior to the completion of the work in total. Like the first edition it contains the three folding maps and the engraved portrait of Gibbon in volume one. "For twenty-two years Gibbon was a prodigy of steady and arduous application. His investigations extended over almost the whole range of intellectual activity for nearly fifteen-hundred years. And so thorough were his methods that the laborious investigations of German scholarship, the keen criticisms of theological zeal, and the steady researches of (two) centuries have brought to light very few important errors in the results of his labors. But it is not merely the learning of his work, learned as it is, that gives it character as a history. It is also that ingenious skill by which the vast erudition, the boundless range, the infinite variety, and the gorgeous magnificence of the details are all wrought together in a symmetrical whole. It is still entitled to be esteemed as the greatest historical work ever written" (Adams, Manual of Historical Literature, pp. 146-147). [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Buddenbrooks, Inc. ABAA]
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        MR. GIBBON'S HISTORY OF THE DECLINE AND FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE, ABRIDGED. In Two volumes.

      A. Strahan and T. Cadell, London 1790 - 8vo, Pagination: volume I, [blank 2], [vii]-xi, blank, 569, [blank 5]; volume II, [blank 2], [v]-xi, blank, 562, [blank 5]. The Oxford Companion to English Literature calls "The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire" the most celebrated historical work in English literature (p. 261). Gibbon (1727-1794) formed his plan of the "History" during a tour of Italy in 1764-65. The first volume was issued in 1776 (in quarto size), followed by volumes II and III in 1781, and the last three volumes in 1788. The work covers the period from the age of Trajan and the Antoines to the taking of Constantinople by the Turks in 1453. The work was abridged, and published in two volumes, in 1789 and again in 1790, this latter printing being done by A. Strahan and T. Cadell. Both printings are virtually identical, except that there is supposedly a reference in the "Advertisement" following the title page of volume I, stating that the abridgement has been carried out "for the youthful mind". Our set contains a somewhat different statement: ".the author flatters himself that what remains will be found instructive to the youthful, and interesting to the curious, mind". It is tempting to conjecture that the reference to the "author" can mean none other than Gibbon himself (he was still alive) and not to one of the editors to whom this abridgement is sometimes attributed (e.g. J. B. Bury, Charles Hereford, Alexander Adams, or John Adams). If that is the case, then it would mean this abridgement was authorized, if not carried out, by Gibbon himself. See ESTC N10232, Norton 101, Lowndes 885, WorldCat (OCLC) 79996470. Both volumes show light wear. The joints are tender, but the contents clean and tight. A good plus set. Complete two volume set, bound in full period calf

      [Bookseller: GREENFIELD BOOKS Ltd.]
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        BIBLIOTECA PICENA o sia notizie istoriche delle opere e degli scrittori piceni.

      Quercetti, 1790-1796, Osimo, - 5 voll. in-4, pp. XL, 296; VII, 312; VII, 340; VII, 296; VIII, 303, bella leg. m. perg. coeva, c. dec. ai piatti, tass. al d. e tagli spruzzati. Rara opera che si ferma al V tomo (tutto il pubblicato). Rara opera presente in sole 15 biblioteche italiane secondo l'indice ICCU. Lozzi II n. 3592: scrive dal catalogo Bocca "Opera rara anzi rarissima pregevole e assai ricercata". [030]

      [Bookseller: SCRIPTORIUM Studio Bibliografico]
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        Une année de la vie du chevalier de Faublas 5 Vol. und La fin des amours du chevalier de Faublas. 6 Vol., (= de l’histoire de ses aventures 1-5 und 8-13)

      Londres ; Paris : Bailly, 1790 - 151, 178, 153, 177, 175, 192, 160, 148, 173, 166 und 196 Seiten Einband etwas berieben, Vortitel jeweils mit Stempel, Gesamtzustand gut Sprache: de Gewicht in Gramm: 2800 14 cm, Ledereinband, dreiseitiger Goldschnitt

      [Bookseller: Antiquariat Rump]
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        Observations made on a tour from Bengal to Persia in the years 1786-7. With a short account of the remains of the celebrated palace of Persepolis; and other interesting events.

      London, T. Cadell, 1790. - 8vo. VIII, 351, (1) pp. Handsome period style brown gilt tooled half calf with marbled boards and red gilt morocco label. Period ink inscription on the first page of the Preface: "G. Matcham". With an autograph letter signed from Colonel Francklin to Major Moor, dated 1835, attached to the front endpaper. 4to. 2 pp. Brown ink on laid paper. Second edition, with an autograph letter signed by the author. While the writing is not particularly clear, the letter is in very good condition. Most likely from the library of English explorer and Officer of East India Company George Matcham (1753-1833). Being William Francklin's older contemporary, Matcham served in the Company in 1771-85 and extensively travelled across the Near East and the Red Sea on the way from India to England and back (cf. ODNB). William Francklin (1763-1839) was an Officer of the East India Company and a prominent orientalist; member, and in later years, librarian of the council, of the Royal Asiatic Society. He was also a member of the Asiatic Society of Bengal. "A distinguished officer, Francklin also enjoyed considerable reputation as an oriental scholar. In 1786 he made a tour of Persia, in the course of which he lived at Shiraz for eight months as the close friend of a Persian family, and was thus able to write a fuller account of Persian customs than had before appeared. This was published as 'Observations Made on a Tour from Bengal to Persia' (Calcutta, 1788) and was translated into French in 1797" (ODNB). Francklin's account was also published in German the same year as our English edition. The first edition was published in Calcutta in 1788. "An important book in the growing interest of 'Orientalism.' There are numerous references to Hafez. (Francklin's book was read by Byron, among others). The book is also important because of the retelling of comments the author had heard about Karim Khan Zand. The author states eye-witnesses had told him Karim Rhan always rode at the head of his troops; his soldiers liked him; there was nothing great in him but he was considered a just man even though during the last year of his reign he committed some cruel acts. We are also informed that Karim Khan was a 'debaucher.' The author saw a full cycle of Ta'zie during his stay in Shiraz" (Ghani). "Describes Cochin, Tellicherry, Anjengo, Goa, Bombay etc." (Kaul Travels 858). - A very good, handsome copy. Howgego I, E8. Ghani 138. Cox I, 257. Henze II, 165. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Antiquariat INLIBRIS Gilhofer Nfg. GmbH]
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        Histoire de la Ville de La Roche (suivi de) Éléments de Chronologie et de Géographie, adaptés a l'Histoire des Princes de la Royale Maison de Savoie (les 2 oeuvres dans un seul volume)

      s.l. & Chambéry : s.n.& J. Lullin, 1790 & 1788 - ~ Histoire de la Ville de La Roche contenant les principaux événements arrivés depuis sa fondation en l'an 1000 jusqu'`à présent. / par M. Grillet, Chanoine de l'insigne Église Collégiale de La Roche, Professeur & Préfet du Collège Royal de Carouge, & pensionné de Sa Majesté, 1790 (suivi de) Éléments de Chronologie et de Géographie, adaptés a l'Histoire des Princes de la Royale Maison de Savoie ; Avec une description abrégée des Provinces qui forme aujourd'hui les États du Roi de Sardaigne ; A l'usage des Commençants. / Par Rd. Grillet, Chanoine de l'insigne Église Collégiale de La Roche, Professeur & Préfet du Collège Royal de Carouge. - A Chambéry : J. Lullin, Imprimeur - Libraire, Grand - Rue, Avec Approbation et Permission, 1788 ~ Les deux oeuvres reliées dans un seul volume en plein veau d'époque, dos lisse, caissons dorés, titre doré sur pièce de titre fauve, tranches peignées ~ 128p & 176p. Sign: A-H8 & *6, A-Y4 ~ 18x12x3cm. ~ Petite fente au départ d'un mors, coins frottés, manque de cuir sur un coin. Les premiers feuillets de l'oeuvre de tête avec des légères taches, l'autre oeuvre en état impeccable ~ LANGUAGE: Français / Additional images available/ [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Lirolay]
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        Coleccion de poesias castellanas anteriores al siglo XV. Poema del Cid (Cantar del Mío Cid) [with] Poesias de Don Gonzalo de Berceo [with] Poema de Alexandro Magno (Libro de Alejandro) [with] Poesias del Arcipreste de Hita (El libro de buen amor)

      Madrid: Don Antonio de Sancha, 1779-1790 - Four volumes. A COMPLETE SET OF THE MOST IMPORTANT PUBLICATION OF SPANISH MEDIEVAL TEXTS. Comprises, IN FIRST EDITION, (I) the Poema del Cid, (II) the complete works of Berceo, (III) the Poem of Alejandro Magno, and (IV) the Arcipreste de Hita's Libro de buen amor (this fourth volume is almost always missing.) COMPLETE WITH ALL HALF-TITLES. 8vos. BEAUTIFULLY BOUND IN THE ORIGINAL FULL SPANISH CALF ("pasta española"), AS ISSUED BY SANCHA. Minor wear to bindings, internally FINE AND BRIGHT. In the introduction to his edition of El poema del Cid, Colin Smith emphasizes the great importance of this publication, pointing out that Sanchez was way ahead of his time as a textual editor. AN EXCELLENT SET OF AN EXTREMELY RARE AND IMPORTANT PUBLICATION, IN THE ORIGINAL STATE. [Attributes: First Edition]

      [Bookseller: Cole & Contreras / Sylvan Cole Gallery]
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        Select odes of Pindar and Horace, translated: together with some original poems; accompanied with notes, critical, historical, and explanatory. By the Rev. William Tasker, A.B. In three volumes. Second edition.

      Exeter: printed for the author. And sold by J. Johnson; J. Bell; and J. Fowler, in London; and by R. Trewman and Son, in Exeter, 1790-93. - 12mo in 6s (168mm), 3v., plate, port.; v,[1],iv,viii,[2],4,[1],4-53,[3],3-213,[1]; ix,167,[1]; iii,[1],188,ii,[2]p. With some scattered manuscript corrections possibly authorial. Vol.1 only is of the second edition. - Vol.2 is dated 1792; vol.3, 1793. - Title pages to vols. 2 and 3 read: 'Select odes, and other miscellaneous poems, accompanied with notes, . To which is added, a series of letters. By the Rev. William Tasker'. - With lists of subscribers in vols. 1 and 2. (and "Additional subscribers, since the delivery of the 2d. Vol", iip at the back of vol 3, not called for in ESTC. Ex lib. Maryland Historical Society, with bookplate and neat de-accession stamp. Finely rebound in full green morocco by Philip Dusel, boards gilt, spines richly gilt with double red labels. Printer: Exeter; R. Trewman and Son. Jackson, Annals of English Verse p.161, 178, 187. L, EXp; NjP, PPL in ESTC. Vol I appeared on its own in 1780. Jackson Annals p. 83. Eddy and Fleeman Handlist of Books to which Dr. Samuel Johnson subscribed, No 60. It is rare: L, C, EXp, O, SAN, National Trust in ESTC. (No copy in America). Subscribers in addition to Samuel Johnson include, Christopher Anstey, George Coleman, Dr. Downman of Exeter, Hannah More, Sir Joshua Reynolds, William Jackson, R. B. Sheridan and Thomas Warton. In this second edition of vol. I there is also a list "Additional subscribers since the delivery of the first edition" which includes [William] Hayley, P. Thickness and Miss Seward, Litchfield. "Additional subscribers" bound at the beginning of Vol 2. "Additional Subscribers" in vol 3 (not mentioned by ESTC) include Lord Monboddo three copies, Mrs. Robinson and Dr. Parr. In a copy of the first edition, corrected and annotated by the author, which we once handled, above the eight-line "Epilogue" to the Carmen Seculare on p.209, Tasker added in manuscript "by Dr. Johnson". In this second edition of Vol. I, page 159, is the printed note "Though the epilogue, and translation of the epilogue appeared under the name of Baretti, they are now both well known to be the productions of Dr. Johnson." They first appeared at the end of Baretti's very rare translation of Carmen saeculare [London, 1779?]: the "Epilogue" was not attributed to Johnson in Baretti. Addressed to "Ye sons of England", it is a rather bland piece of patriotism which concludes: "May ye the varied blessings share; Of plenteous peace and prosperous war:; And o'er the globe extend your reign,; Unbounded masters of the main." Tasker's note and his printing of Johnson's poem does not appear to have been noticed by the otherwise exhaustive Fleeman. In addition to the translations the first volume contains much original poetry by Tasker: "An ode to the warlike genius of Great Britain", (first published in 4to in 1778); "An Ode to curiosity read at Bath-Easton Villa in the beginning of the winter, 1778 (here called "the fourth edition" though no first or second edition has been traced); "Ode to speculation. A poetical amusement for Batheaston Villa", (first published in a Bath-printed 4to of 1779. Here called 'Third edition'); "The Invocation.on the given subject of Love elegies: read at Bath-Easton Villa, in May, 1780". The first edition had contained also "Monody on the conquest of the Isle of Man by the king of Norway. In heroic cantos". This is not present in the second edition which prints instead "An ode written on his majesty's arrival at Weymouth; and presented to the Queen by Miss Burney, in the month of July, 1789." Volume II. contains "An ode to the memory of the right reverend late Lord bishop of Sodor and Man", "Ode to the Hon. Augustus Keppel, admiral of the Blue, on his aqquittal", "An elegy on the death of Garrick, Esq," and "Addressed to Dr. Samuel Johnson, On reading his Lives of the English Poets". "An ode written on his majesty's arrival at Weymouth; and presented to the Queen by Miss Burney, in the month of July, 1789" . [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: C R Johnson Rare Book Collections (PBFA)]
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        L'architettura di Marco Vitruvio Pollione tradotta e commentata dal marchese Berardo Galiani.

      nella Stamperia di Luigi, e Benedetto Bindi,, In Siena, 1790 - In-folio (cm. 36), leg. coeva in m. pergamena con carta decorativa post. ai piatti, tagli screziati; pp. [4], XX, 272 in ottimo stato su carta greve con splendide ill. in legno n.t. come enormi finalini (anche 3/4 di pagina), figure geometriche n.t., sobrie testatine, e in fine ben 25 tavole d'ill. in rame f.t. con altrettanti fogli di descrizione inquadrati in cornice; Ex Libris araldico in ceralacca al risguardo; timbretto Ex Libris depennato al retro dell'antiporta; una gora marginale a un'unica carta di testo e qualche lievis. fioritura sparsa. Stimatissimo e sontuoso volgarizzamento del Vitruvio del Galiani, che stilò l'imponente commentario riassumendo tutta la ricerca filologica precedente. Suo l'apparato iconografico (tavole incise da Capparuli e antiporta da La Marra). Cfr. per la prima ed. Cicognara 733; Brunet V, 1330. Ottimo es.

      [Bookseller: Gabriele Maspero Libri Antichi]
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        ANTONI NEBRISSENSIS, V. CL. GRAMMATICI, ET REGII CHRONOGRAPHI DICTIONARIUM EMENDATUM, AUCTUM, LOCUPLETATUM. Pars prima continens dictionarum latinum cum hispanicis interpretationibus. Cui adjecti sunt, praeter ea, quae olim fuerunt addita à Xantho Nebrissensi Antonii filio. Et in fine Tomi secundi Index locupletissimus Urbium, Oppidorum, Regnorum, Provinciarum, Montium, Fontium, Fluminum, Marium, Insularum, Promontorium Orbis terrarum, Hispanice & Latine conscriptus. Omnia per R. P. Frat. ILDEPHONSUM LOPEZ DE RUBIÑOS, Regii, ac Militariis Ordinis Beatae Virginis Mariae de Mercede, Redemptionis Captivorum, recognita, illustrata, ac locupletata. Demum mendis expurgata et in meliorem statum restituta à D. Enrico de la Crux Herrera.

      Imp. José de Urrutia. Madrid, 1790 - . 31,5 cm. 2 vol.: 2 h., 851 pág. y 672 pág., a dos columnas. Encuadernados en plena piel, nervios, tejuelo, cortes pintados. Marcas de anterior poseedor. Pequeñas manchas antiguas de tinta. * Edición aumentada por Ildefonso Lopez de Rubiños. Palau 189222. Diccionarios SIN ASIGNAR Libros antiguos anteriores a 1830 [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Libreria anticuaria Farré]
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        The Art of Angling; or Complete Fly-Fisher:

      - The Art of Angling; or Complete Fly-Fisher: Describing the Different Kinds of Fish, Their Haunts, Places of Feeding, & c. & c. Also, Observations on the Breeding of Carp; and the Regulating of Pools or Ponds. To Which are Added, the Various Kinds of Baits, and Diversity of Flies which Nature Produces; together with ample Directions for Making Artificial Flies. A New Edition. Birmingham; Printed by Swinney & Hawkins; sold by G.G. & J. Robinson , and T. Hurst, Paternoster-Row, London;.No date, c 1790, possibly Heckscher #255. 12mo, xii, 108pp, (2). Engraved frontis. Early half brown & gilt morocco, marbled boards, a.e.m., very slt. rubbed o/w vgc. Westwood & Satchell, pp.39-40: "[The author] was considered the most finished fly- fisher of his day.". Binding is Hardcover. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Antipodean Books, Maps & Prints, ABAA]
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        La Nouvelle lanterne magique, pièce curieuse. Dédiée aux gens de province ; par un sous-lieutenant de Riquette-Cravatte.

      Paris, Imprimerie des Savoyards, 1790, - in-8, [2]-XVIII pp., cartonnage de papier marbré, dos lisse (rel. du XIXe s.). Dos abîmé, avec manques de papier aux coiffes.Edition originale de ce pamphlet violent et satirique, l'un des premiers du "Père Duchesne". Une seconde édition sortira à la même date, plus développée (elle comprend un portrait et 36 pages). Non signalé dans Martin & Walter. Exemplaire de P. R. Méry, avec curieuse vignette ex-libris contrecollée sur les premières gardes. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Librairie Historique F. Teissèdre]
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        TRAVELS TO DISCOVER THE SOURCE OF THE NILE, IN THE YEARS 1768, 1770, 1771, 1772, AND 1773. . . To which is prefixed , a Life of the Author.

      Edinburgh J. Ruthven for G.GJ. and J. Robinson et al 1790 - 5 volumes. The rare first edition in full red straight grain with fine provenance, the Viscount Mersey, Bignor Park copy, The Earl of Carlisle’s copy with an intimate autograph letter tipped to the front free-fly presenting the book to a close friend, and with the printed ownership card of Prince Cantacazene of France. With 62 very finely engraved plates, maps and charts, including 3 very large folding maps. Thick 4to, very finely bound in contemporary full red straight-grain morocco, the covers with the gilt Coats of Arms of the Earl of Carlisle within triple gilt fillet borders, edges and turn-ins rolled in gilt, spines with double-raised bands gilt ruled and stopped and with lettering in gilt in two compartments, a.e.g. lxxxiii, 535; viii, 718; viii, 759; viii, 695; xiv, 230, index and errata. A fine and especially handsome set. The paper clean and fresh, the bindings regal and highly unusual. Only light expected aging to the morocco. HIGHLY IMPORTANT EARLY EXPLORATION INTO AFRICA AND A RARE FIRST EDITION IN FULL RED STRAIGHT-GRAIN MOROCCO WITH VERY FINE PROVENANCE AND AUTOGRAPH MATERIAL. With time on his hands and at the urging of a friend, Bruce composed this account of his travels on the African continent, including comments on the history and religion of Egypt, an account of Indian trade, a history of Abyssinia, and other such material. Although Bruce would not be confused with "a great scholar or a judicious critic., few books of equal compass are equally entertaining; and few such monuments exist of the energy and enterprise of a single traveller" (DNB). "The result of his travels was a very great enrichment of the knowledge of geography and ethnography" (Cox II, p. 389.) Bruce was one of the earliest westerners to search for the source of the Nile. In November of 1770 he reached the source of the Blue Nile, and though he acknowledged that the White Nile was the larger stream, he claimed that the Blue Nile was the Nile of the ancients and that he was thus the discoverer of its source. The account of his travels was written twelve years after his journey and without reference to his journals, which gave critics grounds for disbelief, but the substantial accuracy of the book has since been amply demonstrated. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Buddenbrooks, Inc. ABAA]
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        An ACCOUNT Of The TRIGONOMETRICAL OPERATION, WHEREBY The DISTANCE BETWEEN The MERIDIANS Of The OBSERVATORIES Of GREENWICH And PARIS Has Been DETERMINED.

      [1790], [London]: 1790 - Illustrated with 11 inserted copperplate engravings & 4 folding tables. Head- tailpieces. Roy was a Scottish military engineer, surveyor, and antiquarian, whose use of scientific advancements and accurate mathematical formulas paved the way for modern geodesic surveying. His tenure and his work are the dividing line between older, approximate mappings and newer, highly accurate ones in Britain. He is cited repeatedly in early nineteenth century mathematics textbooks for his use of spherical trigonometry in surveying. Early twentieth century technical books on modern surveying and geodesy include Roy's work as the historical starting point for the modern profession. In 1783-84 he conducted observations to determine the relative positions of the French and English royal observatories. In 1784 he measured a base-line for that purpose between Hampton and Heathrow, the germ of all subsequent surveys of the United Kingdom, for which in 1785 the Royal Society awarded him the Copley medal. Roy's measurements (not fully utilised until 1787, when the Paris and Greenwich observatories were properly connected) form the basis of the topographical survey of Middlesex, Surrey, Kent and Sussex. [Wiki]. It is this latter which is herein documented. Lower corner lacking from front wrapper. Spine paper perished at ends. Usual bit of foxing & soiling. Withal, a VG copy in a Fine case. Period pale green paper wrappers with paper title label to spine. Housed in a handsome quater-calf clamshell case. 4to: A^2 B - X^4. X4 blank. 11" x 8-7/8". 1st separate edition. 162 pp. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

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        Voyage de M. Le Vaillant dans l'intérieur de l'Afrique, par le Cap de Bonne-Espérance, Dans les années 1780, 81, 82, 83, 84 et 85.

      Paris, Leroy, 1790. - 2 vol. in-8°. Tome I : XXIV-384 pp. 6 planches h.t dont frontispice; tome II: (2) ff.-399 pp., 6 planches h.t. Demi-basane havane, dos lisse orné de roulettes dorées, pièces de titre rouges, pièces de tomaison noires (rel. ép.). (plats frottés). Feuillet de faux titre du tome 1 manquant, mais bon exemplaire. PREMIERE EDITION de cet ouvrage en format in-8 (il existe en effet une édition originale en format in-4, parue la même année). Récit du premier voyage en Afrique de François Levaillant (1753-1824), effectué en 1780-mars 1783. Ce naturaliste séjournera une deuxième fois dans cette contrée en 1783-1785 (la relation de ce second séjour sera publiée en 1795). Ornithologue de formation, il collectera au cours de ses voyages de nombreux spécimens d'oiseaux. A son retour, il rédigera des livres ornithologiques, dont une "Histoire naturelle des oiseaux d'Afrique" en 6 volumes. Contient notamment des détails anthropologiques, un vocabulaire d'histoire naturelle en français-hollandais-hottentot (t. II, pp.151-153), ainsi qu'une description des girafes (fin du t. II). Exemplaire bien complet de ses 12 planches, surtout de la gravure de la Hottentote dite " au tablier ", dont la configuration anatomique était considérée comme " un rafinement de coquetterie " (t. II, pl. VII) (Chadenat la mentionne comme faisant souvent défaut): " elle laissa détacher son petit tablier, & me permit de contempler tranquillement ce que le lecteur verra lui-même dans la Copie fidèle que j'en ai-tirée " (t. II, p.346-planche VII). [Attributes: First Edition]

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        La vita di Torquato Tasso. Seconda edizione corretta ed accresciuta.

      Dalla Stamperia Locatelli,, In Bergamo, 1790 - Due volumi di cm. 25, pp. xi (1) 284; (2) 292, xcii. Antiporta al primo volume con ritratto del Tasso entro due medaglioni, ed altra tavola all'inizio del testo del primo volume con ritratto di Bernardo Tasso entro medaglioni. Frontespizi con medaglia centrale incisa (ritratto del Serassi). Legatura coeva in cartonato marmorizzato, dorsi ricoperti in carta dell'epoca con titoli in oro su tasselli. Pochi segni d'uso, esemplare fresco, genuino e ben conservato, a carte candide. Le carte finali con numerazione romana contengono le importanti appendici "Catalogo de' manoscritti dell'edizioni e delle traduzioni in diverse lingue delle opere di Torquato Tasso", e "Catalogo dell'edizioni della Gerusalemme Liberata". Si tratta della seconda edizione di quest'opera la cui stampa originale risale al 1785. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Historia de la vida de Marco Tulio Cicerón, escrita en inglés por . Traducida por Joseph Nicolas de Azara

      Imp. Real, Madrid 1790 - 4º, 4 vols. (vol. 1: 3 retratos, (4) hoj., 262 p. ilustraciones, láminas; vol. 2; 5 retratos, (3) hoj., 380 p. ilustr., láms.; vol. 3: 3 retratos, (7) hoj., 389 p. ilustr., láms.; vol. 4: 3 retratos, (5) hoj., 347 p. ilustr.). Punto de óxido en alguna página. Pasta española época, tejuelo, lomo cuajado, hilos dorados en planos y cejas. Marca roja al dorso de las cuatro anteportadas. Espléndida biografía del gran escritor y orador latino, editada en gran papel, y enriquecida con 21 magníficas láminas grabadas al acero con bustos de personajes griegos y romanos esculpidos por Carmona, cabeceras y finales bellamente grabados, reproduciendo la mayoría de las veces monedas antiguas. Al principio de cada volumen, el traductor comenta las láminas, cabeceras y finales que lo adornan (Palau, 168388). Biografías. Literatura latina. Biographies. Latin literature.

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        Defence of usury : shewing the impolicy of the present legal restraints on the terms of pecuniary bargains. In a series of letters to a friend.: .To which is added, a letter to Adam Smith, Esq; LL.D. on the discouragements opposed by the above restraints to the progress of inventive industry

      London : printed for T. Payne, and Son 1790 - Physical desc.: [6],206p. ; 8°. Referenced by: Goldsmiths', 14213. ESTC T101729. Subject: Usury laws. Interest - Law and legislation - Early works to 1800. Other names: Smith, Adam, 1723-1790. Finely bound in modern aniline calf over marble boards. Raised bands with the title blocked direct in gilt. Spine compartments uniformly tooled in blind. An exceptional copy - scans and additional bibliographic detail on request. 1 Kg. 206 pp. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        A Tour up the Straits, from Gibraltar to Constantinople. With the Leading Events in the Present War Between the Austrians, Russians, and the Turks, to the Commencement of the Year 1789

      Published By Author, London 1790 - 372 pp. Red leather cover has gilt rules and border design front and back. Heavily embellished spine reads "Sutherland" in title block. Spine sunned. Leather worn at all extremities, with chips at lower right and upper left corners, beginnings of a split at upper back joint, and erosion at upper edge of spine. Six pencil-point-size black marks on back cover. All edges gilt, ilt inside dentelles. Multicolored marbled eps. Previous ownership in pencil on verso firt free endpaper, along with another tiny note. Two ink signatures on title page next to a rubbed spot above title. Only a few occasions of very light foxing. Captain Sutherland was given leave from the garrison of Gibralter to take a voyage "to the Levant." This is a collection of 29 of his letters to friends, which he had printed for a subscription list of slightly under 1000 names, included at the front of the book. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        MANUSCRIT ENLUMINE INDO-PERSAN DEDIE A LA CHASSE

      1790 - Manuscrit Persan Xviiième Chef d'Oeuvre d¿un Manuscrit Persan ~ Chasse. - (Manuscrit Indo-Persan).- Sans lieu, ni date (fin XVIIIème, début XIXème).- In-4 (260 X 185 mm.), 60 pages avec une belle écriture à l'’encre noire, cuir souple brun . ornés de 10 magnifiques peintures à pleine page montrant des scènes de chasse montrant les exploits cynégétique d¿un aristocrate d e l¿époque avec les costumes , turbans, les pantalons bouffants, les tuniques confectionnées dans de riches tissus aux couleurs multiples, et même les x harnachements des chevaux Superb illuminated manuscript executed at the end of the 18th centuryin the indi person world illustrated with 10 hunting scenes. The background of the paintings, entirely enhanced with gold, give an extremly precious aspect to this manuscript. Bound in limp brown leather. ! [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Etrennes du Parnasse. Avec mélange de littérature françoise et étrangère.

      Chez Belin 1790 - - Chez Belin, A Paris 1790, In 18 (8x14cm), 216pp., relié. - Edition originale sur papier bleuté. Plein Maroquin rouge d'époque glacé. Dos lisse orné. Pièce de titre et de tomaison en maroquin noir. Triple filet d'encadrement sur les plats. Roulette intérieure. Tranches dorées. Bel exemplaire. Calendrier de l'année, de nombreuse pièces et poésies anonymes, certaines signées de l'éditeur Baude de la Croix, des extraits de Saadi, des fables, etc. 216pp. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Journal of a Voyage to New South Wales with Sixty-five Plates of Non descript Animals, Birds, Lizards, Serpents, curious Cones of Trees and other Natural Productions. [Rare Coloured Superior Copy]]

      J. Debrett, LONDON 1790 - FINE HAND-COLOURED COPY OF THE FIRST EDITION. 'Dr. White produced an extremely interesting account of the voyage of the First Fleet and of early life in New South Wales', comments Hill, 'containing many circumstances omitted by Governor Arthur Phillip . and other contemporary authors'. White's position as chief surgeon led him to take a strong interest in the natural history of the new colony. This is the subject of a long appendix, and as the title proudly states the book's sixty-five plates are devoted to 'non descript animals, birds, lizards, serpents, curious cones of trees and other natural productions'. Some engravings are thought to be after drawings made by Thomas Watling, a convict; though none are signed by him. Others, including the much admired birds drawn by Sarah Stone, were based on specimens sent to England. Abbey Travel 605: 'engraving and colouring of a very high standard'; Anker 527; Ferguson 97; Hill 1858; Quarto (31cm × 25cm). Engraved vignette Title, [4] [7p list Subscribers] [1] [3p list of Plates] [1] 299pp, [1] [35p Appendix] [1] [light spotting] Engraved title with vignette of Port Jackson and 65 Hand-coloured plates. Contemporary tree calf, flat spine with six compartments ruled in gilt, [light wear] Original Black leather gilt titled label, light blue speckled foredges. RARE COPY IN CONTEMPORARY BINDING. [Attributes: First Edition]

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        MEMORIE STORICHE DI S. RAINALDO CONCORREGGIO Arcivescovo di Ravenna. Con un appendice di documenti.

      Moroni, Verona 1790 - in folio, pp. XV, 179, leg. cart. rust. coevo. Bella gr. vignetta inc. in rame al front. da Valegio. Gr. vignetta inc. in rame a p. III. Capilett. in rame raff. l’arena di Verona. Dedicat. a G. Andrea Avogadro vescovo di Verona. Nella prefaz. interess. notizie sull'origine della famiglia dei Concoreggi. L'opera tracciando la biografia di Rinaldo da Concoreggio, si sofferma sulla storia municipale di Milano, città di origine della famiglia, Verona, ove si stabilì, Bologna, Pavia, Forlì, Ferrara, Cesena, Cremona, tra la metà del XIII sec. e il 1321. Lozzi 3902: "Non comune". Manca a Coleti e Ginanni (Memorie storiche degli scrittori ravennati). Fresco esempl. a larghi margini. [005]

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        Discussions Importantes, Débatues Au Parlement d'Angleterre, Par Les Plus Célèbres Orateurs, Depuis Trente Ans (4 volumes)

      Chez Maradan & Perlet, Paris 1790 - Ouvrage renfermant un choix de Discours, Motions, Adresses, Répliques, &c.accompagné de réflexions politiques analogues à la situation de la France, depuis les Etats-Généraux. Reliure d'époque, plein veau, triple filet doré en encadrement sur les plats, dos lisse orné, pièces de titres verte et rouge, tranches marbrées. Ouvrage traduit de l'anglais par Lottin. Tome premier, xviij p, 399p, table des matières 8p. Tome second, xviij p, 378p, table des matières 10p. Tome troisième, 505p, table des matières 8p. Petit manque de cuir en bas du premier plat. Tome quatrième, 418p, table des matières 10p. Petit manque de cuir en haut du second plat. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        BIBLIA SACRA Vulgatae editionis, Sixti V & Clementis VIII PP.MM. auctoritate recognita cum annotationibus et indice geographico I.B. Du-Hamel, notosque chronologicis, atque historicis exemplaris Vitreani.

      Typis Josephi de Urrutia, Matriti 1790 - 2 vols. 36x26'5. Port. con divisa grab, 5h, LXXVI, 671p (pp.317-318 y 417-418 mal colocadas) = port (hum. esquina sup.) 771p. Alg. hojas levemente tostadas, leves rastros de hum. en alg. págs. Plena piel rozada. - Palau 29056. Jean-Baptiste Du Hamel (1624-1706), filósofo, teólogo y primer secretario de la Academie Royale des Sciences. En sus opiniones, muestra gran imparcialidad y buen juicio. La primera edición fue publicada en París en 1705. 1790

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        La Nouvelle Maison Rustique, ou economie rurale, pratique et générale de tous biens de campagne . onzieme edition, revue, corrigée & considérablement augmentée

      chez Fabre, Paris 1790 - Mottled calf by Brentano's of New York, gilt borders to covers, expertly rebacked to style, spines in six compartments, morocco lettering-pieces in the second and third compartments, the others with decorative overall repeat pattern in gilt, gilt turn-ins, marbled endpapers, gilt edges Provenance: William Russell Grace (1832-1904, armorial bookplate) A good copy of an enlarged edition of this classic on country living. Louis Liger, sieur d'Auxerre, was the author of a number of works on what can be generally be termed the rural economy. The present work, first published in 1700 under the title Oeconomie générale de la campagne, ou Nouvelle maison rustique , remained in print throughout the 18th century. The subjects covered range from the initial purchase and setting up of a country estate, to advice on all aspects of country living: the keeping of chickens, geese, ducks, swans and (strangely) pelicans, pheasants, peacocks; horses; beef and dairy cows, sheep and goats, pigs, bee-keeping. The second part is devoted to advice on arable farming, what to grow and how; the management of forest and marshland; notes on the use of ornamental trees and finishes with hints on trading in the produce of the estate. The second volume is presented in two main parts: the first deals with all aspects of the garden (ornamental, kitchen, herb and fruit), the grape vine and other fruits used to produce drinks. The final part covers hunting and other country sports, and finishes with advice and recipes for the kitchen. Simon Bibliotheca Gastronomique 958; Vicaire 521. (10 x 7 ¾ inches). Half-titles. Engraved frontispiece, 41 engraved plates (5 folding), 15 woodcut illustrations. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        VOYAGES DANS LE PAYS DES HOTTENTOTS, à la Caffrerie, à la Baye Botanique, et dans la Nouvelle Hollande. [Relié à la suite]. VOYAGE A LA BAIE BOTANIQUE ; avec une description du nouveau Pays de Galles méridional, de ses habitants, de ses productions, etc. et quelques détails relatifs à M. de La Pérouse, pendant son séjour à la Baie Botanique. A laquelle on a ajouté le récit historique de la Nouvelle Hollande, et des différens voyages qui y ont été faits par les Européens.

      1790 - A Paris, Chez Letellier, 1789-1790. Deux ouvrages reliés en un volume in-8 (131 X 200) basane fauve, double filet doré en place des nerfs, pièce de titre maroquin ocre, tranches mouchetées en rouge (reliure de l'époque) ; (1) f. blanc, titre, (1) f. d'avis préliminaire, 213 pages ; (1) f. blanc, VIII pages (dont faux-titre et titre), 266 pages, (1) f. blanc. Cernes de mouillures claires à certains feuillets, plus marqués aux premiers feuillets du volume. Manque de papier à l'angle inférieur des feuillets 153/154 et 169/170 de l'ouvrage de Tench, avec perte d'une lettre ("e" final de "espac[e]") au second feuillet. Quelques rares rousseurs. Minimes restaurations à la reliure. EDITION ORIGINALE de la traduction française, RARE. Le premier ouvrage est la traduction anglaise par Jean-Henri Castéra de la "Relation de quatre voyages dans le pays des Hottentots et dans la Caffrerie, pendant les années 1777, 1778 et 1779" du botaniste et colonel britannique William PATERSON (1755-1810). Elle contient d'intéressantes descriptions de la flore et de la faune, ainsi que les us et coutumes des Boers, Hottentots et Bushmen qui habitent les zones côtières de l'AFRIQUE DU SUD. « Ces Voyages, écrits par de vrais et courageux voyageurs, nous apprennent des faits ignorés, et nous décrivent des pays où personne n'avait encore pénétré. » (Avis préliminaire). Les pages 200 à 213 sont occupées par un intéressant Appendice sur les poisons animaux et végétaux des régions du continent noir que visita l'auteur : serpents principalement, mais également scorpions et plantes meurtrières. Paterson nous conte à cette occasion, au sujet des méfaits des serpents dans l'Hindoustan, quelques anecdotes dignes du "Kim" de Kipling. Le second ouvrage comprend, en plus de la relation du voyage de Watkin TENCH (1758-1833) à Botany Bay, un aperçu de la découverte de l'Australie et un extrait du voyage de La Pérouse dans cette région. C'est un des PREMIERS RECITS imprimés sur la COLONISATION DE L'AUSTRALIE. Watkin TENCH embarqua en 1787 à bord du navire la "Charlotte" qui transportait des prisonniers pour Botany Bay. Arrivé à destination le 20 janvier 1788, il passa une grande partie de son temps libre à explorer la région. Son récit fut publié pour la première fois en anglais en 1789. (CHADENAT, 4408, pour l'ouvrage de Tench - GAY, 3111, pour l'ouvrage de Paterson - PLESCH, 357-358, pour l'édition anglaise de 1789 de l'ouvrage de Paterson). PLAISANT EXEMPLAIRE, en pleine reliure d'époque. PLEASANT COPY. PICTURES AND MORE DETAILS ON REQUEST. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Reisen in das Land der Hottentotten und der Kaffern, während der Jahre 1777, 1778 und 1779. Aus der Englischen übersetzt und mit Anmerkungen begleitet von Johann Reinhold Forster (.). Mit vielen Kupfern und einer Landkarte.

      C.F. Voss, Berlin 1790 - [14]-170-[2] pp. German translation by J.R. Forster of "A narrative of 4 journeys into the Country of the Hottentots" (1789) by the Scottish explorer and lieutenant-governor W. Paterson (1755-1820), who was sent to Southern Africa as a botanical collector. Engr. ills : a large folding map by Petermann ("Carte der südlichen Spitze von Africa") and 14 (of 15) engr. plates (2 folding) showing plants as "Amaryllis disticha", "Aloe dichotoma", "Euphorbia" and views of Hottentots. Ownership entry on endpaper G.W. Pawel 1825. Ref. BL London (1). 1 volumes. sm. tears in map, minor spotting, somewhat dampstaining

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        THE LIFE AND STRANGE AND SURPRIZING ADVENTURES OF ROBINSON CRUSOE, OF YORK, MARINER . WITH AN ACCOUNT HOW HE WAS AT LAST AS STRANGELY DELIVERED BY PYRATES. WRITTEN BY HIMSELF ( TWO VOLUME SET)

      Printed for John Stockdale, Piccadilly, London 1790 - First Stockdale edition, in two volumes, illustrated with engravings by Medland after Stothard. 8vo. 2 vols. Vol 1: (frontis), xii, 366, portrait, (3), pp372-456. Frontis, vignette title-page, 7 engraved plates (2 of which 2 have been trimmed at lower margins). Vol 2: Frontis, vignette t-p, 6 engraved plates (including a portrait of Defoe.) After the Crusoe novel ends (at p366) there follows George Chalmers' "Life of Daniel De Foe", "written for amusement, during a period of convalescence in 1785; and published annonymously by Stockdale, before 'History of the Union', in 1786." This is followed (p441 onwards) by a "List of Writings", an attempt to present a full bibliography of works "which are considered as undoubtedly De Foe's." Uniform full calf binding with 6 panels to the spine divided by 5 raised bands, dates at foot, title and volume number on burgundy and olive morocco labels. Occ spotting, mainly to prelims and margins. Small ownership label laid in at foot of inside back cover of each vol. A really handsome, high-class set of this keynote book in the English language, mostly based on the plight of Scottish sailor Alexander Selkirk, from Largo, Fife, who was marooned on an island off the coast of Chile for more than 4 years in 1705. [Attributes: First Edition]

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        Kst.- Karte, in 6 Blatt v. Benedicti n. Thomas Lopez b. Schraembl, "Neueste Generalkarte von Portugal und Spanien ..".

      . mit altem Grenzkolorit,, dat. 1790, je 66 x 47 (H) ( zusammensetzbar auf 132 x 140 cm.!). Große, zusammensetzbare Karte. Unten links eine dek. Titelkartusche. Am rechten Rand Meilenanzeiger und Erklärungen.

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        Neueste Generalkarte von Tyrol. Nach den vortreflichen Karten Peter Anichs und Blasius Huebers und andern zuverlaessigen Hilfquellen. Verfast von Herrn A. von Wenzely Hofbuchhalterei Raitoffizier im Bandepartement. Herausgegeben von Herrn F. A. Schraembl.

      nach Anich u. Hueber entw. von Wenzely für F. A. Schraembl: 1790 .. grenzkolor. Kupferstich, 67,5 x 72 cm (Blattgröße je: ca. 99 x 64 cm). - Mit Schriftkart., von 2 Platten gedruckt, nicht zusammengesetzt. - Nur in den sehr breiten weißen Rändern etwas angestaubt u. außen mit wenigen kl. Randläsuren u. links tlw. etwas wasserfleckig, insgesamt jedoch sehr schön.

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        Lychee

      1790. A SUPERB EXAMPLE OF CHINESE EXPORT BOTANICAL WATERCOLORS Gouache on paper Paper size: 17 1/4" x 13 3/4" Framed size: 27 1/4" x 23 3/8" 1790-1810 Provenance: Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Verner Reed, Greenwich, CT; and thence by descent to Mr. Samuel P. Reed, New York, NY. This is an outstanding example of a Chinese export watercolor, illustrating lush and exotic fruits found throughout the Asian continent. One of the leading experts on the arts of the China Trade, Carl L. Crossman, has confirmed their authenticity and describes them as "wonderful examples" of early Chinese watercolors made for export. The identification of each fruit has been confirmed by Dorrie Rosen and Marie Long of the New York Botanical Garden. The market for Chinese export watercolors grew out of the trade in porcelain to the West. In Britain, botanical interest in the exotic botany of the world was spurred on by Sir Joseph Banks (1743-1820), the president of the Royal Society. However, the botanical treasures of China must have been known in England well before 1750, since Sir Hans Sloane (1660-1753) owned a fine album of such drawings, now in the British Museum. There was a long tradition of botanical writing and illustration in China, dating back to the Song dynasty (960-1279), and the desire of Western scholars to obtain accurate depictions of unfamiliar Asian flora and fauna was easily satisfied by Chinese natural history watercolorists. The tradition of botanical painting was so prevalent throughout China that western traders were not solely reliant upon the workshops at Canton, the main trading city-port, and also obtained watercolors from other parts of the Chinese community in southeast Asia This particularly fine example dates from the late eighteenth century and displays an acute sense of scentific accuracy balanced by a strong aesthetic sensibility. It is probable that it was originally commissioned by a Western scholar or amateur gentleman-botanist curious as the appearance of the exotic fruits of Asia. As is typical of Chinese export watercolors of this period, this work shows the fruit with its complete vegetation and also contains a cross-section illustration depicting the interior flesh of the fruit. This minutely detailed, exquisitely colored, and fully animated rendering seems ready to burst out of its compositional boundaries. Indeed, from the incredibly life-like rendering of a pineapple's prickly scales to the emotionally charged depictions of seeds liberating themselves from their shells, it is clear that the watercolorist possessed an incredibly heightened scientific and decorative sense.. Book.

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