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        AN ESSAY ON NAVAL TACTICS, SYSTEMATICAL AND HISTORICAL. WITH EXPLANATORY PLATES. IN FOUR PARTS

      London: Printed for T. Cadell, 1790; 1797.. Four parts bound in one volume. xii,[5]- 165pp. plus thirty handcolored folding plates; ix,[5]-34pp.; 29,[1]pp.; 61pp. plus twenty-two single-page plates. Half title before each titlepage. Modern three-quarter calf and marbled boards, spine gilt. Contemporary ownership signature of "Sir Patrick Murray" on first half title. Very clean and fresh. A fine copy. One of the most important works on naval tactics published in the age of sail, this is an attractive copy of all four parts of Clerk's influential treatise, with all fifty- two plates. The first part was privately published in 1782 in Edinburgh, and then in the present form in 1790. The second through fourth parts followed in 1797. Clerk was a Scottish merchant with a long interest in navigation, and he based this work on his study of English and continental naval tactics. He was partially influenced to produce the present work due to British naval defeats during the American War of Independence, especially the defeat at Yorktown. The plates illustrate many of the battles Clerk analyzes, including Admiral Rodney's engagement with the French in 1780, Arbuthnot's battle off the mouth of the Chesapeake in 1781, Byron's defeat by the Comte d'Estaing at Grenada in 1779, and more. Admiral Nelson implemented some of Clerk's tactics during the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. Not in Sabin, despite the American content. "Distinctive as one of the first British accounts of tactics, as opposed to a work in French translation, and for its criticism of the current Royal Naval practice of looking more to signal books to the detriment of fighting instructions" - DNB. JCB MARITIME HAND-LIST 1277. ADAMS & WATERS 359, 360. SCOTT 419.

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        Aussicht von den Ruinen des Schlosses Suyburg am Zusammenfluss der Lenne und der Ruhr nach Hohen-Limburg." Ruine Hohensyburg mit Blick auf die Mündung der Lenne in die Ruhr und Fernsicht nach Süden auf Hohenlimburg

      Altkolorierte Umrissradierung von Daniel Berger nach Johann Kaspar Huber um 1790. 25x39 cm. - Ruhrgebiet 92 - Thieme / Becker XVIII, 11f. - Nagler, Lex. VII, 159f. - Malerischer Blick auf die Burgruine, über Ruhr- und Lennetal zum Sauerland.Der später in der Schweiz ansässige Künstler Johann Kaspar Huber war von 1784 bis 1789 in Düsseldorf tätig und schuf in dieser Zeit eine Folge von Landschaften aus dem Ruhr- und Lennetal. In seinen Werken "ist besonders sein Fleiss in zarter und sorgfältiger Vollendung aller Teile zu rühmen." (Nagler).Papierrand links grau verfärbt, Einrisse im linken Plattenrand restauriert, Eckabriss im Papierrand unten links ergänzt. Verso Stempel "Kunstsammlungen der Stadt Witten" und Deakzessionsstempel 1998.

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        Indian Watercolor of butterflies

      Indian Schoolc. 1790-1820Watercolors on paperFramed size 27 5/8? x 23 1/4?; paper size 14 1/4? x 18 1/4?(professionally framed with a beautiful gold leaf moulding with all archival materials and uv plexiglass)

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        Strictures on the lives and characters of the most eminent lawyers of the present day : including, among other celebrated names, those of the Lord Chancellor, and the twelve judges

      1790. 1st Edition. Physical description; xv,[1],232p. ; 8°. Notes; Anonymous. By Leman Thomas Rede, the elder. Referenced by: English Short Title Catalog, ESTCT100328. Subjects; Judges - Great Britain. Lawyers - Great Britain. Closed tear to the title. Finely and [period] sympathetically bound in modern aniline calf over marble boards. Raised bands with gilt cross-bands and the title blocked direct in gilt. An uncommonly good example; of presentation quality - scans and additional bibliographic detail on request.

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        Poems,

      1790 - With the half-title, list of subscribers, and glossary, which has a separate register and pagination. Some foxing to first few leaves, but otherwise a remarkably fine copy.Shirrefs was a crippled bookbinder and bookseller from Aberdeen (see Ramsden: Bookbinders in the U.K., p.217). This collection opens with ?Jamie and Bess?, which had been separately published in 1787. The shorter pieces include ?A Shop-Bill?, in which Shirrefs thanked the patrons of his bindery, ?To the Author from G. Lyon, with a Quarto bible to be bound?, and Shirrefs's answer to this, which is in effect an invoice in verse:?And now ye ha'e your book well bound,Sae ye may vizy't round and round;.The work will nae deserve reproof:And as ye wis' to ken the cost,Ye'll send me in by the next post,Or when the carrier comes to townNae mair, but just a site ha'f crown.?The 13-page list of subscribers is particularly interesting in that it states the trade or profession besides many of the names. There are, for example, two bakers, a grocer, a perfumer, a cork cutter, a landsurveyor, a sailor, merchants, lawyers, and a bookbinder, John Hunter. The book was in great demand in Granada and Jamaica, where Alexander Ritchie took 12 copies, and Alexander and David Shirrefs together one hundred copies. G. and G. Robinson of London took 100 copies, while many other booksellers are also named.

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        An Arabian belonging to Lord Grosvenor

      London: Published by Robert Sayer, circa 1790. Colour printed mezzotint with additional hand-colouring. State vi/viii, with the publication line altered to: ' Printed for ROBERT SAYER Map & Printseller, No. 53 Fleet Street, London'. 11 x 16 1/2 inches. A magnificent portrait of Lord Grosvenor's celebrated Arabian horse, by the master equine painter George Stubbs. George Stubbs is considered one of the greatest English painters. His ingenious animal and sporting pictures remain unrivalled in their passionate depiction of emotion and their commitment to naturalistic observation. Stubbs was briefly apprenticed to the painter Hamlet Winstanley, a relationship that quickly ended, leaving the young artist to his own tuition. In contrast to contemporary academic theory, Stubbs' attached great importance to the belief that art should imitate nature, not the work of other artists. He spent years carefully studying human and equine anatomy so that he could truthfully represent natural form and movement. A result of this study was his famous 'Anatomy of the Horse', which details, with beautiful engraving, the various elements of a horse's anatomy, from skeletal form to muscular definition. Continuing in search on innovation, Stubbs began experimenting with a myriad of different mediums, becoming accomplished in both enamels and printmaking. Through arduous application, he became a talented mezzotint engraver and worked with ease in both soft ground, and etching techniques. Stubbs' masterful paintings inspired some of the greatest engravers of the day to reproduce his work for publication. Stubbs was elected director of the Society of Artists and a Royal Academician, and today his prized paintings are housed in some of the finest museums in the world. Stubbs was often commissioned to paint accurate portraits of specific mares for proud aristocratic patrons, who wished to highlight their horses' racing success. This practice is expertly exemplified in this magnificent print. The Arabian horse in this print belonged to the first Lord Grosvenor, one of Stubbs' earliest and most important patrons. Lord Grosvenor had two passions, horse racing and collecting paintings; by glorifying one passion he was able to indulge the other. In this clever work Stubbs made the Arabian horse the clear center of attention, even the groom is made to appear secondary to the horse. The artist's anatomical knowledge is displayed in the musculature of the horse's legs and shoulders and by the veins on the muzzle and right hind leg. Lennox-Boyd, George Stubbs 21, vi/viii; Gilbey, Life of George Stubbs no.28; Siltzer, The Story of British Sporting Prints p.270

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        The Poems of Ossian (Two Volumes-Complete)

      London: A. Strahan and T. Cadell. Very Good+ with no dust jacket. 1790. First Edition (?). 1. Hard Cover. Bound in contemporary full leather, spines in six compartments separated by gilt borders, gilt lettering in two compartments on red panels, gilt decoration in other compartments, gilt borders on covers, gilt dentelles, marbled endpapers. In 1760, James MacPherson (1736-96), published "Fingal, an Ancient Epic Poem" his first translation of an ancient Gaelic poem composed by the warrior/poet Ossian a thousand years before. Praised by Schiller, quoted at length by Goethe, and beloved by Napoleon, a complete translation of the works of Ossian followed quickly upon the heels of its predecessor, but like "Fingal," it was a monumental literary fraud unparalleled in the history of European scholarly letters. Composed entirely by MacPherson, Ossian was entirely a figment of Macpherson's imagination. In the following two years, MacPherson published two additional fragments, "Fragments" and "Temora." MacPherson had compiled fragments of ancient Gaelic poetry, which he interspersed with his own work, and published them all together, again as the work of Ossian, in 1765. This first collected edition, "The Works of Ossian" (1765), contains 400 or so textual revisions, mostly minor in nature, but for his second collected edition Macpherson reworked his entire text stylistically, and reordered the poems 'so as to form a kind of regular history of the age to which they relate'. When faced with skeptics, including Samuel Johnson, MacPherson was forced to fabricate his sources. [Lowndes 1736]. Also published there for the first time were MacPherson's prefatory discussion of the nature and merits of his 'translation' into prose rather than verse, doubting 'whether the harmony which these poems might derive from rhime could atone for the simplicity and energy, which they would lose'. He gives as an example a fragment of an old Norse poem translated by way of Gaelic into contemporary English prose, and then into contemporary English verse. The preface is dated 'Aug. 15, 1773'; it was less than six weeks later that Boswell and Johnson, in Ulinish on the Isle of Skye, were talking with Donald M'Queen about Ossian. 'I look upon M'Pherson's Fingal to be as gross an imposition as ever the world was troubled with', said Johnson. 'Had it been really an ancient work It would have been a curiosity of the first rate. As a modern production, it is nothing' (Boswell's Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides, ed. Hill-Powell, in Life of Johnson, V, 240-3) Johnson mentions this discussions with M'Queen in "Journey to the Western Islands" (first edition, pp. 271-7) in the course of a sustained denunciation of MacPherson's 'translations' and their apologists. Within two days of the distribution of Johnson's "Journey" to the booksellers, MacPherson began frantic negotiations with William Strahan, his publisher as well as Johnson's, to have an advertisement printed retracting such expressions as 'insolence, audacity, and guilt', and to omit the provocative words from future editions. But the second edition was already in the press and in any case Johnson himself vetoed all capitulation. MacPherson then wrote a letter to Johnson the contents of which remain a matter for conjecture, but which elicited the famous reply, in part quoted in the press of the day, 'I received your foolish and impudent letter [&c. ]' (Life, II, 297-8, 511-13; Letters, II, 168-9) Meanwhile, in response to Johnson's assertion that 'the editor, or author, never could shew the original' (Journey p. 273) MacPherson persuaded Thomas Becket, the original publisher of Fingal and Temora, to place a notice in the London Chronicle and the St. James's Chronicle confirming that the originals had been available for inspection in 1762. 'What does Becket mean by the Originals of Fingal and other poems of Ossian, which he advertises to have lain in his shop? ' asked Boswell in a letter. 'De non existentibus' wrote Johnson by way of reply, 'what cannot be produced must be treated as nonexistent' (Life, II, 294-7; Letters, II, 176-8) Five years after MacPherson had published "Fragments of Ancient Poetry" in 1760, his "translations" of Ossian were beginning to generate controversy, and at the end of the first volume in this edition comments on Ferdinando Warner’s "Remarks on the History of Fingal and Other Poems of Ossian" (1762) in which Warner claims that MacPherson has transferred Irish heroes to a Scottish context. It was probably Warner’s assertive, but flawed, criticism of Macpherson that led to further investigations into his texts. The poems, written in a loose, rhythmical style, filled with superaturalism and melancholy, influenced powerfully the rising romantic movement in literature, especially German literature. The poems were admired by Goethe, among others, for romantic rhythm and occasional passages of striking beauty. . Armorial bookplates on feps with additional signatures and former owner's stamp, otherwise unmarked. Corners bumped, boards and spines very lightly rubbed, pages supple, text block square and tight. An extremely handsome early set of this interesting work. VERY GOOD+. . 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. xiv, (ii), 404; 436, (2) pp .

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        CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES: AT THE SECOND SESSION,...AN ACT TO CONTINUE IN FORCE AN ACT PASSED AT THE LAST SESSION OF CONGRESS, INTITLED, "AN ACT TO REGULATE PROCESSES IN THE COURTS OF THE UNITED STATES." [caption title]

      [New York]: Printed by Francis Childs and John Swaine, [1790].. Folio broadside. Removed from a sammelband volume, with stab holes along the left edge. Near fine. A very rare printing - only the second copy located - of the first extension of the law that regulated procedures in the United States Supreme Court and in lesser federal courts. The U.S. Constitution provided for the creation of the Supreme Court, but did not include provisions for the establishment of any other judicial system. This was addressed by the Judiciary Act of 1789, passed on Sept. 24 of that year, one of the first acts of the first Congress. On Sept. 29, 1789 the Congress passed a law making rules for judicial procedure in those courts, especially governing the issuance of "writes and processes" and the rates of fees. The present act extends the provisions of that law until the end of the next session of Congress. NAIP and Bristol locate only one copy of this act, at the South Carolina Archives. Rare. BRISTOL B7582. NAIP w040873.

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        Viaggio negli Stati Uniti dell' America Settentrionale fatto negli anni 1785, 1786, e 1787

      Milano, Nella Stamperia di Giuseppe Marelli..., 1790. Two volumes: xii,403; vi, 402 p. [Signatures: *6, A-2A8, 2B1; pi4 (-pi4), A-2A8, 2B1 (-2B10)], 5 folding maps, 9 plates (3 folding), 3 folding tables; 22 cm. Title continues: Con alcune osservazioni sui vegetabili pi utili di quel paese. The three tables (the national debt for 1787; a distance table; a table for conversion of money) are numbered separately and bound in at end of vol. 2. Plates engraved by Benedetto Bordiga. The Count Luigi Castiglioni was a Milanese botanist who visiited the young republic because, he wrote, the recent events in the United States may turn out to be some of the most significant in history. I published translations of chapters on Rhode Island and New Hampshire/ Vermont some years before Antonio Pace's excellent translation of the whole appeared. John Carter Brown Catalog, 1493-1800, III: 3356; Sabin 11413; Clark, T. D., Old South II: 84. Fine in original publisher's wrappers; gift quality. Stock#OB496.

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        Sermons On Several Occasions, in Two Volumes (VERY SCARCE! Worldcat Locates Only One Comparable Set In The British Library!)

      Liverpool, Great Britain: Printed at Smith's Navigation Shop, 1790. 1st Edition. Hardcover Hardcover. Very Good. (Religion) WOLSTENHOLME, Henry. Sermons On Several Occasions, In Two Volumes. Liverpool: Smith's Navigation Shop, 1790. First Edition. Rebound in recent red cloth. PO presentation note and bookplate. PO stamp on title page of volume two. PO bookplate of Paul Rader, 20th century evangelist. Hardcover. Very Clean. Light toning. Very Good. $2500.00

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        Física Experimental o Instituciones de la Natural Filosofía... Tomo Primero. Traducidas al castellano por D.F.G.P

      Madrid, Spain: Con Licencia en la Imprenta Real, 1790. 1790. Spanish translation. VERY GOOD. A clean, unmarked, leather bound intact copy, complete with 7 folded plates at rear of book. Volume One of "Instituciones de la Natural Filosofía" by the renowned 18th century Portuguese cleric/philosopher/scientist,Teodoro Almeida (1722-1804). Almeida's progressive theories caused a revolution in the physical sciences. He suffered harassment and persecution by supporters of ancient theories that he rejected. Original editions of this work are rare, especially in the well-preserved condition of this copy. Pages are bright and supple - no foxing or toning, excepting a few scattered spots on plates. All page edges red stained. The fold-out plates (line diagrams of physics experiments and principles) have minor edge creasing and there is a small ink stain at bottom edge of plates, not affecting or close to images. The calf leather cover is clean though very worn. Leather is heavily worn, missing in several areas along the edges. There is one inch chip from the bottom of the spine and a shallow chip at head of spine. A few gilt rules still mark the spine, but the title label is gone and "Tomo 1" is barely visible. The hinges remain intact and the book block is firm. Endpapers are hand marbled; they no longer adhere to the inside covers but are complete; rear endpapers are edge chipped. Contains 14 chapters "de la mecanica." 4-1/4 x 7"; [xii] + 346 pages plus the 7 folded plates.. Leather. Very Good/No Jacket.

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        Física Experimental e Instituciones de la Natural Filosofía. Traducidas al castellano por F. G. P. Tomo Primero [Único publicado]

      Madrid, en la Imprenta Real, 1790. 4to. menor; 6 hs., 346 pp. y 7 láminas plegadas. Un raro e interesante ejemplar de trabajo, de la época, con numerosas acotaciones manuscritas, en los márgenes e incluso en hojas blancas añadidas y encartadas. Encuadernación en piel, de época, fatigada.

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        Natur und Kunst ein gemeinnütziges Lehr- und Lesebuch für alle Stände.

      4 vols. Leipzig 1790-96. Nice contemporary halfleatherbindings with coloured labels and gold on spines. Hinge/ lower headband on vol. 2 a little worn, some leaves with weak waterstain. Old name on endpaper

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        Descriptions and Sketches of some Remarkable Oaks, in the Park at Welbeck, in the county of Nottingham, a seat of His Grace the Duke of Portland. To which are added, observations on the age and durability of that tree. With remarks on the annual growth of

      London: Printed by J. Nichols, for the author. G: in Good condition without dust jacket as issued. Boards rubbed at edges. Joints cracking. Spotting to plates. Ink name to ffep. Book-plate of William Arthur, Sixth Duke of Portland to front paste-down. Extra plate with some tears due to it having been folded to fit the books dimensions. 1790. First Edition. Contemporary half calf gilt. 23pp :: 10 engraved plates. One extra plate bound in at end :: 270mm x 210mm (11" x 8") .

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        Terraquea; Or, a New System of Geography and Modern History

      William Porter, Skinner-Row, 1790. Leather Bound. Very Good. 3 volumes. 8vo. Superior copy, near fine. Clean, unmarked pages, including four beautiful folded maps, in fine condition with no splits or foxing. Good binding and covers, bound in full contemporary leather, very minor rubbing. Spines solid with six compartments. Gold gilt lettering and decorations on the spine, bright spine lettering. Inside cover labelled with the crest and motto of Edward Westby of County Clare, Ireland. Volume I: [34], 336, [2] pp. Volume II: [24], 383, [2] pp. [12], 371, [2] pp. Maps: Volume 1: p. 1. The World with the Latest Discoveries, p. 290. A New Map of Spain, Designed for the Present State of Spain Volume 3: p. 1. The British Islands, p. 335. A Map of Ireland principally intended to show the position of the Chief Groups of Mountains and the courses of the greater Rivers. Copied with some additions from Beaufort’s small Map, by permission.

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        A DISSERTATION ON THE ELEUSINIAN AND BACCHIC MYSTERIES

      Amsterdam [i.e. London]: Printed for, and sold by, J. Weitstein, [1790?]. 8vo. [22.5 cm.] iv, 184 pages. Original boards recently rebacked in calf with leather spine label stamped in gold. Front free endpaper is a fairly inconspicuous replacement of old paper; title and following leaf reinserted on stubs of Japanese tissue. Boards edge-worn, occasional spots in text from soiling or foxing. Still about very good overall. Early owner's inscription on title page ("John Clarke, Ashley, Cheshire, 1813.") FIRST EDITION. "Of all Taylor's essays this remains the one whose value is least impaired by time. It remains unsurpassed as an exposition of mythological themes in the context of the philosophy with which they are traditionally and integrally associated. There is no publication date on the title page, and the presumed date is 1790 or 1791; the imprint of Amsterdam is considered to be fictitious." --Raine and Harper, "Thomas Taylor, The Platonist, Selected Writings," p. 344. Thomas Taylor (1758-1835) was famous for his translations of the Greek classics. These included the first English translation of the complete works of Plato (1804), in which he revised and completed the work of Floyer Sydenham. While his works were treated with scorn by some contemporaries (Coleridge said that with Taylor ‘difficult Greek is transmuted into incomprehensible English’), they were at the same time highly influential. Taylor helped introduce Platonist ideals to the English Romantic poets (Coleridge no exception), and he is said to have had an even greater impact on Emerson and the Transcendental movement in America.

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        Observationes academicae, quibus via munitur ad origines graecas investigandas, lexicorumque defectus resarciendos; et Io. Dan. a Lennep Praelectiones academicae, de analogia linguae graecae, sive rationum analogicarum linguae graecae expositio

      1790 - A fine copy of this work, dedicated to the French scholar D'Ansse Villoison, a book important in the history of Dutch classical philology, in particular in its relation to the Schola Hemsterhusiana, named after the scholar Tiberius Hemsterhuis. This was a Dutch philological movement of the eighteenth century which concentrated on the idea of Analogy in language (defined by Van Lennep on pp.23-25). Van Lennep's work was highly regarded in some areas (although the whole approach was viewed by the German Benfey as so much waste paper, and one which should have remained unpublished) and he may have to some extent anticipated the notion of Ablaut or vowel shift in Indo European, a doctrine famously associated with the German philologist Grimm ( e.g. see p.8-9 of part 2), together with the idea of basic roots. Certainly the way Greek was put together and worked was of great importance to these Dutch scholars.Valckenaer's Observationes, which are posthumously published lecture notes dating from 1762/3, occupy pp.1-78. There then follows van Lennep's De analogia linguae Graecae pp. 1-214, and then Everard Scheide's commentary on van Lennep Animadversiones ad. librum. de analogia graecae linguae.L. C.Valckenaer (1715-1785) professor of Greek at Franeker, and a pupil of Hemsterhuis, was the editor of numerous Greek grammatical texts. The lecture notes here published, we are told by the editor, had circulated in manuscript the length and breadth of Europe, but had become corrupted, hence the desire to produce an edition. Van Lennep (1724-1771), a pupil of both Hemsterhuis and Valckenaer was professor at Gronigen and then Franeker, but died young and in poverty. His lectures also seem to have been known because they circulated in manuscript, but in 1779 there was published posthumously by Paddenburg his , a copy of which Lord Monboddo certainly read and referred to. This would seem to have been printed in a small edition, as it is most uncommon.Everardus Scheide (1742-1794) was a pupil of Van Lennep, an Arabist with his own printing types (like Erpenius), and an industrious scholar, and it is he who here not only edited his predecessor's work, but also added a lengthy treatise of his own and an interesting preface, which tells us much about the history of these texts. He also edited other materials by Van Lennep.cf. Jan Noordegraaf. 'Dutch philologists and general linguistic theory etc. 'Provenance: engraved armorial bookplate of Lord Sandys of Ombersley.

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        CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES...AN ACT MAKING FURTHER PROVISION FOR THE PAYMENT OF THE DEBTS OF THE UNITED STATES [caption title]

      [New York: Printed by Francis Childs and John Swaine, 1790].. 4pp. Small folio. Dbd. Small contemporary numerical inscription in lower margin of pp.[1] and 3. Some marginal staining and foxing, not affecting text. Else very good, untrimmed. In a half morocco clamshell case. The rare original Congressional printing of a crucial act passed Aug. 10, 1790, raising the duties on various imports to fund the payment of the national debt. This act was an important part of Alexander Hamilton's overall strategy for putting the finances of the infant federal government on a sound basis. Six days before this act was approved, Congress passed the important "Assumption Act," by which the federal government assumed the debts incurred by the individual states during the Revolution in exchange for any claim those states had on western lands. Hamilton then proposed to consolidate these debts, and require it to be paid down by money taken in as duties on imports. That part of the plan was put in place by the Public Debt Act, passed by Congress two days after this present act. Hamilton's plan of paying down the federal debt with an increase in duties also served another part of his overall plan, which was to encourage domestic manufactures at the expense of imports. The present act increases duties on a wide variety of goods, wares, and merchandise. With it Hamilton put in place a key element the strategy completed by the Public Debt Act, passed on Aug. 12, 1790. A scarce document, with NAIP and OCLC together locating five copies, at the American Antiquarian Society, New York Public Library, Rhode Island Historical Society, Yale, and the Library of Congress. EVANS 22965. NAIP w014347.

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        Della istoria viniziana da lui volgarizzata libri dodici ora per la prima volta secondo l'originale pubblicati.

      Venedig, Antonio Zatta, 1790. - 2 Bde. XLIII, 310 SS. (2), 356 SS. Mit gest. Frontispiz (Portrait Bembos nach Tizian). Mamorierte Halblederbände des frühen 19. Jhs. mit zweifärbigen Rückenschildchen und etwas -vergoldung. Dreiseitig gesprenkelter Farbschnitt. 4to. Schöner klassizistischer Pressendruck auf besserem Papier. "In questa moderna, nobile ed accuratissima ristampa [.] il testo è ridotto per la prima volta alla sua inigrità sopra un manoscritto di pugno di Bembo che serbasi nella Marciana, e vi si trovano non poche voci che mancano nel Vocabolario, e chi gli Accademici avrebbo adottate, se questa edizione si fosse pubblicata a'tempi loro" (Gamba). - Die hübschen Einbände an den Kanten bestoßen, die Kapitale mit kl. Läsuren. Innen breitrandig, sauber und fleckenfrei. Gamba 131. Cicogna 570 (Anm.). [Attributes: Soft Cover]

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        FRANCKLIN [sic]

      [Paris: Marie Francois Drouhin, circa 1790].. Handcolored mezzotint portrait. Oval portrait, 10 x 8 1/4 inches on a 12 1/2 x 9 1/4 inch sheet. Sheet lightly browned, more so around the edges. Overall, very good. Matted. An attractive mezzotint portrait of Benjamin Franklin, with delicate contemporary coloring. The engraving was done after an original portrait by the famed French painter, Charles Philippe Vanloo (sometimes spelled Van Loo). The original portrait was done while Franklin resided in Paris in the years during and after the American Revolution, and is now in the collection of the American Philosophical Society, which was founded by Franklin. Sellers asserts that it is "beyond question a life portrait," done between 1777 and 1785. In Vanloo's original portrait Franklin wears a fur coat. In this print of the painting the fur coat has been replaced by a simpler cloth coat. Franklin wears glasses, his hair is long and gray, and he has a slight smile on his face. In the caption below the image, his name is spelled "Francklin." "The substitution of a simple gray coat for the fur-trimmed costume of the original was undoubtedly in deference to revolutionary feeling" - Sellers. This print was engraved after Vanloo's portrait by the noted French engraver, Pierre-Michel Alix, who was known for his portraits of leading French citizens and prominent personalities. A handsome contemporary portrait of the American who dazzled France as a diplomat, scientist, philosopher, and gentleman of society. SELLERS, BENJAMIN FRANKLIN IN PORTRAITURE, p.394.

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        CHRONICA DO SERENISSIMO SENHOR REI D. EMANUEL

      - ESCRITA Por DAMIÃO DE GOES, Dirigida ao Sereníssimo Príncipe Dom Henrique, Infante de Portugal, Cardeal do Titulo dos Santos Quatro Coroados filho deste felicíssimo Rei. COIMBRA: Na Real Officina da Universidade, Anno de MDCCLXXXX. (1790) In 8.º de 20,5x14,5 cm. 2 volumes com (iv)-488 e(iv)-664 pags. Encadernações da época inteiras de pele com ferros a ouro nas lombadas, um pouco cansadas. Inocêncio II, 123. "DAMIÃO DE GOES, Commendador da Ordem de Christo, Guarda mór da Torre do Tombo, e Chronista mór do Reino, conforme a opinião de alguns (hoje mais que duvidosa, em presença dos argumentos produzidos pelo critico cisterciense Fr. Manuel de Figueiredo a pag. 10 da sua Dissertação para apurar o catalogo dos Chronistas mores). Nasceu, segundo dizem os seus biographos, na villa de Alemquer pelos annos de 1501, e sendo admittido no paço ao serviço d'elrei D. Manuel quando contava nove annos de edade, ahi permaneceu até á morte d'este monarcha occorrida em 1521. Desejoso de instruir se e dilatar os seus conhecimentos, sahiu de Portugal em 1523, com annuencia d'elrei D. João III, e por elle incumbido de tractar em Flandres negocios do Estado. Occupado successivamente n'esta e n'outras importantes commissões e aproveitando os intervalos livres do serviço em digressões instructivas, percorreu a maior parte da Europa, convivendo amigavelmente, ou correspondendo se por cartas com os homens mais sabios e notaveis do seu tempo. Foi bem aceito a varios soberanos, dos quaes recebeu honorificas mercês e distincções. Recolhendo se afinal á patria, onde já estava em 1546, foi lhe em 1548 encarregada a serventia do cargo de Guarda mór do Real Archivo, que parece teve depois em propriedade: e no anno de 1558 lhe commetteu o cardeal D. Henrique a composição da Chronica d'elrei seu pae, que elle concluiu e deu á luz. " Location/localizacao: 1-A1-B-7

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        The Constitution of the United States of America, As proposed by the Convention, Held at Philadelphia, September 17, 1787, and since Ratified by the Several States, with the Several Amendments thereto

      No Place. Paperback. Very Good. Ca. 1790 edition. 8vo, (8 x 4.75 inches), 22 pp, disbound. Possibly Shipton and Mooney 45687, Bristol B7108, a rare early edition of this Constitution, probably not printed before 1789. VG copy with light signs of having been disbound from a larger volume (of pamphlets?). A curiosity and certainly a rarity: Shipton and Mooney, "no copy known."

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        First Lines of the Practice of Physic {4 vols complete}

      Printed for Bell and Bradfute, and William Creech, Edinburgh, 1790. later edition. Hardback. Very Good +/No Jacket. New Edition Revised and Enlarged 1790, half-titles present (some with pencil inscriptions), contemporary half calf, morocco title labels (one replaced), head of spines slightly worn, spine of vol. 3 with small hole to leather of lower panel, a very good set indeed.

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        Travels to Discover the Source of the Nile, In the Years 1768, 1769, 1770, 1771, 1772 and 1773. In Five Volumes

      Edinburgh: Printed by J. Ruthven for G. G. J. and J. Robinson. 1790. 4to (29 cm x 23 cm). F First Edition. H Full Leather. Very Good. A comprehensive five volume set describing the author's six-year journey to discover the source of the Nile River. What Bruce explored was the Blue Nile, rather than the White Nile (which he eventually reached), but in proclaiming the Blue Nile the Nile of the Ancients, justified his claim. Either way, this very popular work provided unprecedented insight into the Nile region for his contemporaries, and his descriptions of Egypt, Abyssinia and portrayal of Ethiopia and its language were most important. Includes 55 plates, including numerous natural history plates, mainly after drawings by the author, three battle plans, three large folding maps and four leaves of Ethiopian dialects. Full calf, most likely contemporary to the set, with dual spine labels in red and black, gilt spine bands. (xii), lxxxiii, 535p.+ 8 plts & 4 leaves Ethiopian; (iv), viii, 718p.; (iv), viii, 759p.+ 4 plts; (iv), vii, 695p.+ 3 battle plans; (vi), xiv, 230p, (x), plus 43 plates and 3 folding maps. Signature of Robert Lockwood at head of each title page; no other markings or bookplates. Externally a bit rubbed, with volume I joints lightly cracked with covers well attached, large repaired chip at head of volume I, rear joints starting on two other volumes, but well preserved overall. Collated and complete save for four leaves absent from volume III (probably never bound in; no sign of removal (533/534; 549/550; 555/556 and 557/558). Volume I: vi has small internal tear with only very minor paper loss; Volume II: very light dampstaining to the top margins of the last four leaves, rear endpaper torn; Volume III: inner margin dampstain to bottom of map of Masuah, barely affecting image, internal tear to leaf 655/656 with no paper loss, repaired margin chip to leaf 667/668; Volume V: margin chips to five plates, not affecting images, one tissue protecting plate has tracing, first folding map has large tear with no paper loss, second folding map has very small margin tear, third folding map has several moderate tears with no paper loss; all maps restorable. Some occasional scattered foxing and offsetting of plates, most of which retain their original tissue protectors. A very well-kept set in original, unrestored condition.

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        Der Goldne Esel. Aus dem Lateinischen des Apulejus von Madaura. (Übertragen) Von August Rode

      Berlin, Mylius 1790.. 2. Aufl. 2 Tle. in 1 Band. Mit 2 gest. Frontispices und 1 gest. Portraitvign. 7 Bll., XX, 268 S., 1 w. Bl.; 238 S., 1 Bl. Späterer HPrgt. mit handschriftl. Rückentitel. Goed. V, 403, 4; Hayn-Got. I, 104. - Durchgehend etwas fleckig bzw. gebräunt, sonst gutes Exemplar.

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        Principios Mathematicos para intrucção dos alumnos do Collegio de São Lucas, da Real Casa Pia do Castello de São Jorge.

      Antonio Rodrigues Galhardo, Lisbon 1790 - First edition, very rare, of this important but neglected work by "one of the main precursors of the reform of the foundations of infinitesimal calculus, initiated in the first decades of the nineteenth century" (Youschkevitch in DSB). "The main feature of this nearly forgotten textbook which embraces all principal branches of mathematics is the author’s predilection for rigorous exposition of this science in general, and of the calculus in particular. For instance, da Cunha proposed a new theory of the exponential function which anticipates some ideas of the modern theory of analytic functions: the function ax is defined as the sum of a convergent series. On this basis he developed a very ingenious proof of the binomial expansion. Most striking of all is da Cunha’s definition of the differential of a function, equivalent to one introduced after Cauchy." (Youschkevitch 1973, p. 3). Cunha (1744-87) was educated in Lisbon. In 1762, towards the end of the Seven Years’ War, Cunha accepted the post of lieutenant in the Artillery Regiment of Oporto. In 1769 Cunha wrote a memoir on ballistics in which he analyzed the foreign manuals used by military instructors, showing them to contain various errors. The work so impressed his superiors that Cunha was appointed to the newly created chair of geometry at the University of Coimbra, on the strong recommendation of the Marquis of Pombal, minister of King José I. But in 1777 disaster struck: José I died, Pombal fell into political disgrace, and Cunha, who had gained a reputation as a free thinker, was arrested on charges of heterodox religious opinions and behaviour and condemned in an auto da fé in Lisbon on 11 October 1778. He was sentenced to a three-year seclusion followed by a four-year deportation, and was barred from ever returning to Coimbra. For reasons that remain unclear, Cunha was pardoned on 23 January 1781, when he received an invitation to organize the mathematical studies in the Casa Pia, and to be the director of the Colégio São Lucas. While teaching there, Cunha gathered around him a group of disciples who propagated his mathematical work and, after his death, defended it from criticism. Cunha had completed the Principios at the time of his interrogation by the Inquisition, after working on it for twelve years. Parts of it began to be printed in 1782 for the use of his students at the Casa Pia and São Lucas, but the complete work was not published until 1790, three years after the author’s death. "The Principios, in Cunha’s words, is a book "which is the basis for all of mathematics." Its 302 pages, divided into twenty-one ‘books,’ or chapters, contain a substantial part of the body of mathematics known at the time, starting with the first notions of geometry, arithmetic, and algebra and proceeding to sophisticated matters of differential geometry and the calculus of variations. The book consists of a terse series of axioms-definitions-proofs, with an insistence on rigor in all arguments" (Queiró, p. 39). Later commentators have found books IX and XV to be especially significant. Book IX of the Principios begins with the definition of a convergent series which is equivalent to what is now called the Cauchy convergence criterion. This is used to establish the appropriate conditions for the convergence of a geometric series, in an essentially modern way. As a corollary, Cunha establishes the convergence of the exponential series, by term-by-term comparison with a geometric series. Using this result, Cunha is able to give a definition of ax by means of a convergent series; the logarithm is then defined as an inverse function. "What we have here is a perfectly rigorous and ‘modern’ approach to powers and logarithms, perhaps the first time that this was done this way and correctly. Cunha’s work on logarithms was praised by none other then C. F. Gauss, in a letter to Bessel, November 21, 1811" (Queiró, p. 41). "In book XV, devoted to the elements of the calculus, the fundamenta [Attributes: First Edition]

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        ANALYSIS OF THE GAME OF CHESS, TO WHICH IS ADDED, SEVERAL PARTIES, PLAYED BY THE AUTHOR BLINDFOLDED AGAINST THREE ADVERSARIES [2 VOLUMES BOUND AS 1] [1790]

      London, NJ: P. Elmsly. Good with no dust jacket. 1790. Hardcover. 18th Century; Third Edition; "A New Edition, Improved and Greatly Enlarged." Rebound [probably later 18th C], in forest green cloth with gilt embossing, this antique volume is a scarce early work on the game of Chess, containing volumes one and two. François-André Danican Philidor (September 7, 1726 - August 31, 1795) was a French composer who contributed to the early development of the opéra comique. He was also regarded as the best chess player of his age. Philidor's book Analyse du jeu des Échecs was considered a standard chess manual for at least a century. He was commonly referred to as André Danican Philidor during his lifetime. External age/wear, with moisture indications and rubbing to the boards, and tears to the spine cover. The text block is solidly bound with lightly age-toned pages. The previous owner's signature is at the top of the title page. The book measures approximately 5 1/4" x 8 1/2" and contains 223 and 183 pages. .

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        The book of common prayer, and administration of the sacraments, and other rites and ceremonies of the church, according to the use of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America: Together with the Psalter, or Psalms of David

      Philadelphia: Hall and Sellers, 1790. First edition. Leather_bound. Very Good. 4 1/4 x 6 5/8 inches; 1 ffep + a - c (6 leaf quires) + A - Uu (6 leaf quires) + 1 rfep. Hearne family records dated 1790 to 1798 in contemporary ink to one side of ffep. A few light scattered stains and smudges. Closed tear to M3, Tt6 and Uu2 to Uu5 with no loss of text. Bound in contemporary full brown calf. Front board lacking and rear board loosely attached. Spine largely intact with small loss of leather at tail. Contained in a custom made lined leather box with title in gilt lettering. Griffiths 1790/13. A very good clean and complete copy of the true first edition of the American Book of Common Prayer. A rare example.

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        HISTORICAL AND BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF THE PROGRESS OF BOTANY IN ENGLAND FROM ITS ORIGIN TO THE INTRODUCTION OF THE LINNAEAN SYSTEM (2 volumes)

      London: Printed for T. Cadell in the Strand, 1790. A fine set bound in contemporary half calf bindings with red and black title labels to the spines, gilt decoration, speckled paper boards, all edges dyed red; pp. vol. I: xvi, [iv], 360; vol. II: [viii], 352, [34 index]. Binding fine with minimal wear. Contents clean and tight, contemporary engraved bookplate of Seton of Ekolsund to the front paste-down of vol. I, no inscriptions, paper clean and crisp with good margins. A fine set. Referenced by: ESTC (RLIN), T81254; Henrey, B. Brit. botanical lit., 1248. . First Edition. Hard Cover. Fine/No Dust Jacket. 8vo.

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        Charte von dem Fürstenthum Ostfriesland

      Altkolorierte Kupferstich-Karte von Franz Ludwig Güssefeld nach Wessel und Oeder bei Homann Erben 1790. 48x57.5 cm. - Lindner, Ems 10 - Vries / Focken 31 - Buchholz 16 - Ostfriesland eingeteilt in die Herrschaftsgebiete Norden, Berum, Gretmer, Emden, Aurich, Friedeburg, Harlinger Land, Jever, Knyphausen, Rüstringen, Stickhausen, Leer und Nieder Rheiderland mit den ostfriesischen Inseln, Dollart und dem Gebiet um Groningen. An der Küste und den Inseln mit den Sänden, Tiefen und Watten. Rechts Tabelle mit "Statistischen Nachrichten vom Jahr 1780" über Bevölkerung, Viehbestand, Getreideanbau, Fabriken, Schiffahrt und Fischerei, importierte und exportierte Güter. Dekorative, detaillierte Karte, lediglich rechts oben kleiner Wasserrand an der Plattenkante.

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        Twenty documents regarding the finances of Andrew Rainsford Collection (New Brunswick)

      1790 - 1809. 1st Edition. No binding. Very Good. Author signed. Twenty various documents (1790, 1791, 1792, 1793, 1796, 1806, 1809, ) regarding the finances of Andrew Ranisford, early colonial settler, late 18th century. Items from New Brunswick and London, England. Andrew Rainsford (1734-1820) was receiver-general of His Majesty's Quit Rents in West Florida from 1774 until the capture of Pensacola in May of 1781. As a result of this event, he lost his position, his residence, and all means of support for his family, which consisted of his wife and seven children. After the Revolution, he came as a Loyalist to New Brunswick and became barrack master at Fredericton, and the first receiver-general. & & Including document signed by Thomas Carleton (1735c-1817, Governor of New Brunswick and brother of Sir Guy Carleton) and David McGibbon (Justice of the Peace).& , Andrew Rainsford received 500 acres of land at Kingsclear, a few miles west of Fredericton on the St. John River, and died in Fredericton at the age of 84 years in 1820.& Andrew Rainsford's sons, Charles, Andrew and Bradshaw, all served during the War of 1812, enlisting with the 104th Regiment of Foot (The New Brunswick Regiment). Charles rose to the rank of captain and would later become receiver-general of New Brunswick. In return for his military services, and in particular for his remarkable feat of courage and endurance during the march of the 104th Regiment from Fredericton to Québec in the winter of 1813 when he led a rescue party 90 miles in two days during a blizzard at Lake Temiscouata to obtain food for two companies of starving soldiers, the Legislative Assembly made a special grant to enable him to purchase 500 acres of land at Springhill (near Fredericton). Later, the British government granted him a life pension. He died in 1882. Andrew, Jr. became a captain in the 104th Regiment and appears to have settled in Upper Canada some time after the war. He became a major in the Glengarry militia and saw action in the Rebellion of 1837-38. Bradshaw joined the 104th Regiment and served as an ensign for one year, later joining the New Brunswick Fencibles. He became deputy receiver-general of New Brunswick, c.1818. Another son, Henry Bartlett (1798-1881), married Jane Wetmore and became deputy commissioner of crown lands under Thomas Baillie. (quoted from UNB record collection). &

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        VOYAGES MADE IN THE YEARS 1788 AND 1789, FROM CHINA TO THE NORTH WEST COAST OF AMERICA. TO WHICH ARE PREFIXED, AN INTRODUCTORY NARRATIVE OF A VOYAGE PERFORMED IN 1786, FROM BENGAL, IN THE SHIP NOOTKA; OBSERVATIONS ON THE EXISTENCE OF A NORTH WEST PASSAGE

      London: Logographic Press, Sold By J. Walter, 1790. Rebacked with original spine laid-down. Red spine label. Previous owners' book-plates on front pastedown. Endpapers browned. Collated complete with ten maps and views, three of which are large and folding. Eighteen full-page plates including the frontispiece, five of which are folding. All are intact, some mild-to moderate foxing, never heavy. Off-setting of some plates onto the adjacent page. Wide margins and generally quite crisp throughout. Paper-making flaw at bottom of Appendix C4 leaf without any loss of letters. A finely-preserved and important narrative on exploration in the Pacific regions of Asia and America. Meares (1756-1809) was an Irish explorer, navigator, and maritime fur trader. He sailed from Calcutta in March of 1786, on the Nootka, explored the coast of Alaska, wintered in Prince William Sound, the crew suffering from harsh weather and scurvy. In the spring, he sailed on to China, by way of the Sandwich Islands. In 1788, with two new vessels and under the Portuguese flag, he sailed from China to Vancouver Island. Controversy arose over his claim of land purchases, a dispute known as the Nootka Crisis. Cited in most of the bibliographies on exploration and Americana, including Howes M469, Sabin 47260, Streeter VI6:3491, Abbey Travel 594. . First Edition. Full Contemporary Tree Calf. Light to Moderate Cover Wear/No Jacket. Quarto.

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        Cours Theorique et Pratique du Livre de Thot; pour entendre avec justesse, l'Art, la Science et la Sagesse de rendre les Oracles.

      Paris: Vezard et Le Normant, rue de Pretres Saint-Germain l'Auxerrois, 1790.. FIRST EDITION. Slim octavo pp 96. Bound in recent period style half speckled calf over marbled boards, with raised bands and gilt rules and title to spine, untrimmed edges and plain endpapers. One illustration to p. 58. Light foxing to some leaves and darkening to margins of half-title. Publisher's imprint on a printed label to last page. Jean-Baptiste Alliette (1738-1791) was the first person to popularise divination using Tarot cards. He began publishing short works on cards and divination in 1770 with the present work being among the last. In it he discusses his interpretations of what would become the Major and Minor Arcana of today's Tarot as well as introducing elemental and astrological ideas. A very good copy of a rare early work on the Esoteric Tarot. Bibliotheca Esoterica [1535]; Caillet [205]

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        The Works of the English Poets

      London: printed by John Nichols; for J. Buckland, J. Rivington and Sons, T. Payne and Sons [and 39 others],, 1790. With Prefaces, biographical and critical, by Samuel Johnson. 75 volumes, small octavo (158 × 97 mm). Contemporary red straight-grain morocco, smooth spines divided into six compartments by gilt bands, gilt-lettered direct, single fillet on sides, turn-ins gilt with flower-head-and-leaf roll, marbled endpapers, gilt edges. 34 engraved portrait plates (all but two of which to the biographical volumes, 1-6), text printed on Whatman wove paper. With the occasional and inconsequential mark, a bright, fresh set, splendid in contemporary red straight-grain morocco. Second edition of The Works of the Poets, with 14 authors, including Johnson himself, added to the original selection of 1779–81. The ultimate literary success of Johnson's career, his prefaces were quickly recognized as setting a new standard for English literary biography. "In particular, the surveys of Cowley, Milton, Dryden, Swift, and Pope exemplify Johnson's serious concern with the deepest springs of creativity, as well as his ability to explore with considerable insight some individuals whose character and work aroused profound antipathy in him. Even in an age of greater theoretical sophistication, his reading of mainstream poetry from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries remains canonical, by reason of its attention to verbal detail, its decisive judgments, and its robust expression" (ODNB).

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        The Spectator. Volume the First [to Volume to Eighth]. CRISP, CLEAN SET IN CONTEMPORARY TREE CALF

      Payne, Rivington, Davis, Longman, Dodsley [and many others], n.d. [c.1790]. 8 vols., 12mo., on laid paper, with eight engraved frontispieces and title-vignettes; most attractively bound in contemporary full tree calf, backs framed in gilt with five flat bands ruled and tooled in gilt, second and fifth compartments with black leather labels lettered, ruled and tooled in gilt, all other compartments tooled in gilt with a stylised blossom, primrose edges, a few light age-stains to backstrips else a remarkably well-preserved, bright, crisp, clean copy. With the small bookplate of Gerard Paxon on front paste-downs. The engravings are by Charles Grignion after drawings by Francis Hayman. The full list of publishers is Messrs Payne, Rivington, Davis, Longman, Dodsley, White, Law, Rodson, Crowder, Johnson, Nichols, Dilly, Robinson, Cadell, Stuart, Bowles, Sewell, Murray, Flexney, Baldwin, Goldsmith, Lowndes, Knox, Otridge, Hayes, Piquinet, Macqueen & Newbury. The Spectator appeared in two separate series, the first edited by Steele and published on weekdays from 1 March 1711 to 6 December 1712 (issues 1-555); the second edited by Addison and published thrice weekly from 18 June to 20 December 1714 (issues 556-635). The two series were first published in eight successive volumes between 1711 and 1714, and several times during the remainder of the eighteenth century. A beautiful set. NCBEL II, 1098. . Catalogs: literature.

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        Beschreibung eines musikalischen Zeitmessers

      One folding engraved plate. 23 pp. Small 8vo, cont. speckled boards (upper outer corner of each cover rounded). Berlin: Petit & Schöne, 1790. First edition of this extremely rare and early work on the metronome; OCLC does not locate a copy in the U.S. Bürja (1752-1816), professor of mathematics at the Berlin Military Academy and a member of the Royal Academy of Sciences at Berlin, wrote many books on mathematics, hydraulics, and scientific instruments. He was the first to call into question the rigor of Lagrange's exposition of the calculus. This is an early and noteworthy book on the metronome of the author's own invention. The development of a reliable instrument to denote the speed at which a musical composition is to be performed took several centuries to be realized. Galileo left a scheme for a pendulum time-marker in his papers and in the 17th and 18th centuries many scientists, instrument makers, and musicians including Thomas Mace, Etienne Loulié, Joseph Sauveur, and John Harrison all developed pendulums to measure musical time. The present work describes Bürja's experiments with a weighted pendulum of variable length which is depicted on the folding engraved plate. The metronome was only perfected in the beginning of the 19th century by Maelzel and Winkel. Beethoven was the first important composer to employ the instrument. Fine copy. ❧ Cajori, A History of Mathematics, pp. 155 & 258. MMG, Vol. IX, p. 234. New Grove, Vol. 12, pp. 222-23. .

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        A New Moral System of Geography

      Bath,: Printed by S. Hazard, for G. Riley, London, 1790.. Square 16mo, with an engraved frontispiece, two engraved plates, four full-page woodcuts in the text and altogether 48 circular woodcut vignettes; joints fragile but a delightful copy in a simple contemporary sheep-leather binding, unlettered spine banded in gilt. The extremely rare first edition of the earliest educational work to refer to settled Australia, including (p. 181 onwards) a seven-page description of Botany Bay, 'being now a part of the world allotted for civilization'. Ferguson knew only the Mitchell Library's copy of this first edition, which was printed in Bath for the London stationer George Riley, and has the series-title for the Historical Pocket Library in which series this is designated the fifth title, devoted to Geography. The final two pages of Riley's advertisements in this edition show that he was chiefly a stationer rather than a bookseller; in fact the advertisement mentions no printed books at all.Ferguson also knew only the National Library's copy of the London-printed second edition of the same year, though we now know of three other copies. The London version was completely reset, with very different pagination, but used the same frontispiece (which has Riley's imprint and is dated 18 July 1789). It was printed for Riley in London but also sold by Hazard in Bath, as well as by Watson and Elder in Edinburgh.The State Library of South Australia featured their copy of the second edition of the book in their exhibition Australia on the map 1606-2006 (online resource, evidently no longer to be found online) noting that 'the lengthy title of this little book gives a very full idea of the contents. The author writes in the Preface that every effort has been made to 'select the most interesting, and essential to give the student an idea of this indispensable science' [i.e. geography]. Also included is an overview of the solar system based on Copernicus. Within the text, the chapter on Botany Bay deals with the Aboriginal people and their food and tools, and with the kangaroo, which in 1790 still intrigued many in Europe. The frontispiece shows Britannia, lion crouched at her feet, and a globe alongside, overseeing the education of the youth of England.'A new moral system of geography is an example of the books, along with games and dissected puzzles, which were being produced in England to stimulate the teaching of children by making learning fun. This followed John Locke's theory on learning through play that he propounded in 1693, and which was further stimulated by the work of AbbÈ Gaultier, a French educator who fled the French Revolution and established a school in England. Gaultier issued books and games to support his theories...'.Ferguson, 89.

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        Plate 730 Scarabæus Cacicus (The Cacique Beetle) Shaw & Nodder's The Naturalist's Miscellany or Coloured Figures of Natural Objects: Drawn and Described Immediately from Nature

      London: G. Shaw and F.P. & E. Nodder, 1790-1813. Archivally framed in triple black matting & 1.5 inch Bird's Eye Maple moulding with conservation glass, sized to 18.75 x 20.5 inches First edition Fine in original bright hand-coloring A Fine and rare original hand-colored copperplate engraving by Frederick Polydore Nodder and/or his son Richard Polydore Nodder from The Naturalist's Miscellany. Octavo (6 x 9.5 inches, 15.24 x 24.13 cm). Includes the original text in both English and Latin by George Shaw, MD, FRS. The Naturalist's Miscellany, distinguished by the refined hand-colored copperplate engravings and astute naturalists' observations, was aptly named as a diverse naturalists' compendium of the birds, mammals, reptiles, insects, fish, and crustacean identified by seventeenth and eighteenth century naturalists spanning the globe, particularly around the South Seas. Many of nature's most fascinating and unusual creatures were discovered during this period, several of which were introduced through The Naturalist's Miscellany. Doctor George Shaw, (1751-1813), Fellow of the Royal Society, cofounder of the Linnaean Society, as well as Zoologist of the British Museum, contributed the text. Publication of the Naturalist's Miscellany ceased with his death in 1813. Upon the death of the artist FP Nodder (1770-1800), his wife Elizabeth, and their son Richard Polydore Nodder (1793-1820) contributed artistically and editorially to the publication. Indeed a family affair, both Frederick Polydore Nodder and his son Richard produced every one of the plates. A gifted and distinguished naturalist, Frederick P. Nodder was the preferred Botanical Painter to Her Majesty, Queen Charlotte. His early skills as botanical and animal draughtsman and engraver were honed from his association with Sir Joseph Banks, who employed Nodder to complete and engrave the drawings from the sketchbooks of the late Sydney Parkinson. Parkinson accompanied Banks as botanical draughtsman aboard Captain James Cook's The Endeavor in 1771. Parkinson died on the return of this South Seas Voyage. These engravings, along with the natural history collections of the British Museum, were the basis for the mastery of the Naturalist's Miscellany. Frederick's son, Richard P. Nodder, a gifted animal painter in his own right, was distinguished as botanic painter to King George III. At the time of its creation, The Naturalist's Miscellany was highly coveted as a definitive natural history offering, and as was the custom, the work was issued in installments between 1790 and 1813, and organized to be bound in a potential 24 volumes. Each volume was dedicated by permission and dutifully inscribed to the most devoted patrons and contributors of the natural historical pursuits of eighteenth and early nineteenth century Britain: (Queen Charlotte, Sir Joseph Banks, Thomas Pennant, Esq. The Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, The Trustees of the British Museum, to name a few.) An exceedingly rare series, very few complete sets remain today. (Andrews,1986, Blunt 151,Coats, 25, Sitwell FBB 142, Wood 482). Copyright: Lowry-James Rare Prints & Books, 1/09. This remarkable Beetle has sometimes been regarded as a variety of the Scarabæus Goliathus. Mons. Olivier however, in his excellent entomological work, is inclined to consider it as a perfectly distinct species. it is a native of South America, and is represented in its natural size. & &

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        Travels to Discover the Source of the Nile, 5 Volumes

      Edinburgh and London: J. Ruthven and G.G.UJ and J. Robinson, 1790. Bruce traveled through Egypt in 1768 to seek the source of the Nile. He embarked in the disguise of a Turkish sailor at Kossier, reaching Gordar in Abyssinia in 1770. Two years later he did reach the source of the Blue Nile, and he also seached its confluence with the White Nile (now known as Khartoum). These large five volumes, confirmed in detail by later travelers, are important for the literary merits and the descriptions of Egypt and Abyssinia. The final volume on natural history is a fine bonus. Half titles are lacking in this set, which is bound in the original speckled brown calf boards. An estimated 50 to 100 years ago, the set was restored with beige calf spines and corners, rather plain, with title and volume numbers in black calf with bright gilt letters. The bindings are very solid inside and out. Vol 1 pages lxxxiii, 535. Vol 2 viii, 718 with some small spots (not foxing) on about a dozen pages. Vol 3, viii, 759. Vol 4, viii, 695. Vol 5, xiv, 230 pages with most of the plates, and the index and list of plates (all present and accounted for). The 2 large, folding maps are at the end of volume five. Hinges all very solid. Inside , very clean and tight, with the exception of the spotting in volume two. Images available on request. Because of the set's size and heft, extra postage will be necessary. . First Edition. Full-Leather. Very Good. Illus. by 55 Engraved Plates, 3 Battle Plans, 7 Leaves of Amharic/Ethiopic Dialects, 3 Title Vignettes and 3 Engraved Folding Maps. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall.

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        OEUVRES DE FONTENELLE, DES ACADEMIES FRANCOISE, DES SCIENCES, DES BELLES-LETTRES, DE LONDRES, DE NANCY, DE BERLIN ET DE ROME. NOUVELLE EDITION, AUGMENTEE DE PLUSIEURS PIECES RELATIVES A L'AUTEUR, MISE POUR LA PREMIERE FOIS PAR ORDRE DES MATIERES, ET PLUS CORRECTE QUE TOUTES LES PRECEDENTES.

      CHEZ JEAN-FRANCOIS BASTIEN. 1790-1792. - 8 VOLUMES IN-8 (12,5 X 19,5 X 24 CENTIMETRES ENVIRON) DE X + 477, (4) + X + 463, (4) + 593, (6) + 472, (4) + 456, VII + 515, (4) + 550 ET (4) + 450 PAGES, RELIURE D'EPOQUE PLEIN VEAU MOUCHETE, DOS LISSE ORNE DE FLEURONS DORES, TITRE DORE SUR ETIQUETTE MAROQUIN VERT, TRIPLE FILET DORE ENCADRANT LES PLATS, TRANCHES JAUNES. ILLUSTRE D'UN PORTRAIT DE L'AUTEUR EN FRONTISPICE DANS LE TOME 1 ET D'UNE PLANCHE REPLIEE DANS LE TOME 2. OEUVRES COMPLETES, AVEC LES NOTES DE LALANDE. (BRUNET. II. 1332). QUELQUES DEFAUTS EXTERIEURS, DONT FENTES DE QUELQUES CENTIMETRES SUR LES CHARNIERES DE CERTAINS PLATS, SINON BON EXEMPLAIRE DE CET ENSEMBLE PEU COURANT. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        GÈographie des Grecs analysÈe

      Paris,: Didot l'aânÈ, 1790.. Quarto, with ten folding engraved maps; a very good copy in later half red grained morocco. An analysis of the geographical knowledge of the ancient Greeks undertaken by Gossellin for a contest set by the French Academie Royale des Inscriptions. The ten folding maps are particularly interesting for comparing and contrasting the geographical ideas of the major ancient geographers including especially Erastothenes, Strabo and Ptolemy. They figure the Mediterranean and the classical world but extend as far east as the Indian sub-continent and the Indian Ocean, with the final map showing the East Indies as far south as the Nicobar Islands.On the basis of this work Gossellin was admitted into the Academie Royale des Inscriptions in 1791; in 1795 it was renamed and subsumed along with the other learned societies, including the main French Academy itself, into the Institut de France. Over subsequent decades the academies would reconstitute themselves but remained under the umbrella of the Institut de France. Gossellin was thus at an early age a member of the most august body in his subject, and in the full French Institute itself.His first work was followed by a wider-ranging four-volume study (see below); the two together constitute his major contribution to the subject.

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        The Philosophy of Natural History

      Chamberlaine and Rice, W Wilson, P Wogan, L White. P Byrne &c Dublin: Chamberlaine and Rice, W Wilson, P Wogan, L White. P Byrne &c, 1790 2 Vols complete, 1st Dublin ed, VG+. Two volumes in contemporary tan calf, corners and edges lightly bumped and worn. Spines, gilt tooling, titles in gilt with gilt tooling to red and brown leather labels. Internally, blind tooling to board edges, text block edges greened, contemporary ink names to fpds and fep, ink name to title page (Marcus Gage, possibly Marcus McLausland Gage of Bellarena, Co Londonderry?). Vol 1, (xiv), [1], 2-317 [ie 417]. Vol 2, (vii), [1], [1], 2-469 pp. Some light offsetting to eps, printed by William Porter. A bright, fresh, attractive set. The rare Dublin Edition, published in the same year as the first British (Edinburgh) edition. (Allibone 2124. ESTC T121416) Smellie, printer, editor, and author whose reputation as a natural historian was such that Charles Elliot paid £1000 for the copyright to volume one of Smellie's Philosophy of Natural History, which appeared in 1790, shortly after Elliot's death. Smellie was delayed in completing the work by the demands of business and most of his fee was tied up in Elliot's estate or lost to various investments for debt. As was often the case, financial success eluded Smellie, but he received international acclaim for the Philosophy, which became part of the new Harvard curriculum in an edition abridged by Dr John Ware that ran through over thirty impressions and was reissued at Boston as late as 1872. The second volume of the Philosophy of Natural History was published posthumously in 1799. See ODNB.

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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.

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        Travels to Discover the Source of the Nile. in the Years 1768, 1769, 1770, 1771, 1772, and 1773

      Edinburgh: printed by J. Ruthven for G.G.J & J. Robinson, 1790. 5 volumes, quarto. (12 3/16 x 9 7/8 inches). Half-titles, final blank in Vol. II. Engraved title vignettes, engraved arms on dedication leaf in Vol. I. 61 engraved plates, plans and maps (3 large folding maps, 3 battle plans, 55 plates), 4 ll. Ethiopian text printed in letterpress. Uncut, and often unopened. (Pp. 393-94 bound in before pp. 395-96 and pp. 399-400 bound in before pp. 397-98 in Volume IV. Contemporary marbled paper-covered boards (expertly re-backed to style). [with:] Richard WHARTON (c.1774-1828). Observations on the Authenticity of Bruce's Travels in Abyssinia; in reply to some passages in Brown's travels through Egypt, Africa, and Syria. Newcastle: printed by T. Cadell, sold by T. Cadell, [and others], 1800. Quarto (10 1/4 x 8 3/8 inches.). 84 pp. Marbled paper wrappers (neatly rebacked). Provenance: Mrs. M. Wharton (inscribed on title "From the Author to Mrs. M. Wharton."). An exceptional copy in original boards of the first edition of a work that offers the unusual combination of an important travel book that is also beautifully written. Together with a rare author's presentation copy of Richard Wharton's work in support of Bruce (no copies are listed as having sold at auction in the last thirty years). James Bruce, Laird of Kinnaird (1730-1794), arrived in Alexandria, Egypt, in July 1768 having determined to discover the source of the Nile which he believed to be in Abyssinia (Ethiopia). Traveling via Cairo, Thebes and the Red Sea he reached Gondar in Abyssinia in 1770. He stayed there for two years before finally reaching the source of the Blue Nile, and in 1771, he also found its confluence with the White Nile. This work is particularly important for its portrayal of Ethiopia, then little- known, for its literary merits, and for the final volume on natural history. "Bruce especially prepared himself for this arduous task by acquainting himself with conditions in Africa, with instruments for taking bearings, and with some skill in medicine. This latter accomplishment proved to be very valuable, as, saving some members of the royal family of Abyssinia from the smallpox, he gained needed favors. Besides he was of magnificent proportions physically and a superb horseman, both of which factors assisted him to the good graces of the Abyssinians. He might have spared himself some attacks on his veracity had he bettered his information on what had been accomplished by the Jesuits in their expeditions and explorations for the source of the Blue Nile. Probably he really believed at the time when he stood barefooted by the little fountain whence flows out the beginnings of the Blue Nile, that he was the first white man to gaze on and identify these waters. As it was, the doubts of the truthfulness of his narrative were numerous, occasioning several parodies, best known of which are the Travels of Baron Munchausen. They also caused him to delay for many years the publication of his journals. The result of his travels was a very great enrichment of the knowledge of geography and ethnography" (Cox). "[Bruce] had not reached the source of the true Nile, but only that of its considerable tributary …. He was also in error … in regarding himself as the first European who had reached these fountains. … There is a sense, however, in which Bruce may be more justly esteemed the discoverer of the fount of the Blue Nile than [the Jesuit Pedro] Paez, who stumbled upon it by accident [in 1615], and, absorbed by missionary zeal, thought little of the exploit to which Bruce had dedicated his life" (DNB). Blackmer 221; Cox I, pp. 388-389; Ibrahim-Hilmy I, p. 91; Pritzel 1256 (Volume V only).

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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

      London: Published By Author, 1790. First Edition. Full leather. Very Good. 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.

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        Navigation Made Easy and Familiar to the Most Common Capacity: or the Young Sailor's Sure Guide and Scholar's Best Instructor in the Art of Navigation. Comprehending Every Modern Improvement of Real Utility, and Divested of all extraneous Matter, not Immediately Relating to the Subject, by Way of Dialogue. In Four Books

      London: Printed for S. Crowder, in Pater-Noster Row and B. C. Collins, in Salisbury., 1790., 1790. FIRST EDITION. Twelvemo pp. xi, [1], 480. Bound to style in recent full speckled calf, raised bands, gilt titles to red label with marbled endpapers. Numerous diagrams and tables within the text. Ink name (Captain MacDonald RN) to preface. Occasional pencil notes and one or two in pale red ink that has bled a little, though pages remain generally clean and in good order. Malham's first book on navigation and considerably rarer than his two volume Naval Gazateer of 1795. It is written as a dialogue between Tutor and Pupil and covers logarithms, geometry and plane trigonometry, sailing terms, dead reckoning, high waters, tides and trade winds, compass variations, finding latitude and longitude using celestial bodies etc. Book IV contains an example journal of a voyage from London to Madeira.

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