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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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        EXTRAIT DES REGISTRES DES DÉLIBÉRATIONS DU COMITÉ PERMANENT, SÉANT À JÉRÉMIE [caption title]

      Port-au-Prince: Imprimerie de Mozard, Jan. 22, 1790.. 4pp. Folded quarto sheet. Minor soiling. Near fine. Reflections on the necessity and benefit of the colonial assembly at Saint Domingue in the wake of the French Revolution. All early printing from the 18th century Caribbean is rare, and this local imprint at Port-au- Prince even more so. We can locate one copy, at the John Carter Brown Library.

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        SHAKESPEARE'S DRAMATIC WORKS; With Explanatory Notes...To Which Is Added, A Copious Index...by the Rev. Samuel Ayscough... Embellished with A Striking Likeness of the Author From the Original Folio Edition

      London: Printed for John Stockdale, 1790. 3 volumes. “A New Edition”, and a fine 18th century printing of the Bard’s Dramatic Works. With a portrait frontispiece engraved by W. Sherwin from the famous Droeshout portrait from the original folio editions. Royal 8vos, in fine full contemporary calf, the spine with a gilt lattice decoration in compartments between flat gilt multi-ruled bands, one compartment with a red morocco gilt decorated and lettered label, a second with a contrasting green morocco oval label with the volume numbers in gilt. (14), 541pp; 543pp-1079pp; 1083pp-1752pp, publisher's catalogue pp. A very good and handsome set, the antique calf with some minor expected wear to the corners and edges, some joints with a bit of minor cosmetic cracking but still firm and tightly attached. AN IMPORTANT AND RARE 18TH CENTURY EDITION. A very handsome 18th century Shakespeare. The huge index, one entire volume, to the passages and words is of extraordinary usefulness and it ist the first published concordance of Shakespeare’s plays. It also contains two short but valuable prefaces and Rowe’s “Life” of Shakespeare. Stockdale’s intention was to produce sets of the Bard’s great works for subscribers not wealthy enough to purchase the large 6 to 10 volume sets typically printed at the time, but the fine quality of the contemporary full calf on this set would indicate a fairly rich heritage.

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        Schloss und Stadt Altena an der Lenne." Blick über den Fluss auf Stadt und Burg

      Altkolorierte Umrissradierung von Daniel Berger nach Johann Kaspar Huber um 1790. 24.6x39.7 cm. - Westfalia Picta II, S. 47f. - Thieme / Becker XVIII, 11f. - Nagler, Lex. VII, 159f. - Malerischer Blick auf die Stadt mit Baum- und Personenstaffage, darunter ein Maler mit Skizzenblock, im Vordergrund, der Fluss mit zwei Holzbrücken.Der später in der Schweiz ansässige Maler 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, zum Teil auch oben und unten grau verfärbt, kurze Randeinrisse und kl. Löcher am Rand restauriert, Ecke oben links durch einen Papierstreifen von hinten verstärkt. Dekoratives Blatt.

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        Eloge civique de Benjamin Franklin prononce, le 21 juillet 1790, dans la rotonde, au nom de la Commune de Paris

      Paris: Chez J.-R. Lottin, imprimeur-libraire-ordinaire de la ville, rue S.-André-des-Arcs, no 27. F. L. Bailly, libraire, rue S.-Honoré, vis-à-vis de la Barrière des Sergens. Et, au Palais-Royal, chez Vict. Desenne, l'aîné, libraire. J. Cussac, libraire, 1790. First edition, thus. Modern marbled paper covered boards to style with paper spine label. A near fine untrimmed copy with some faint staining to a few later leaves, occasional marginal foxing, new endpapers. 8vo. par M. l'abbé Fauchet, en présence de MM. les députés de l'Assemblée nationale, de MM. les députés de tous les départemens du royaume à la Confédération, de M. le maire, de M. le commandant-général, de MM. les représentans de la commune, de MM. les présidens des districts, & de MM. les electeurs de Paris." From p.2: "Les représentans de la Commune de Paris ont arrêté, le 22 juillet 1790, que cet ouvrage seroit imprimé, présenté à l'Assemblée nationale, & envoyé, en Amérique, au Congrès." This eulogy of Benjamin Franklin, delivered before the assembled deputies of the National Assembly, the city officials of Paris, and the members of the Commune, was published in a number of editions the same year, the first not including the "Note de M. le Roi sur Franklin" (pp. 38--50) by Le Roy in this edition. Sabin 23918. Ford 861. Echeverria & Wilkie I: 790/43. Eberstadt 131-293

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        DÈcouvertes des FranÁois, en 1768 & 1769

      Paris,: Imprimerie Royale,, 1790.. Quarto, with 12 folding charts; an excellent copy in contemporary quarter blue calf. First edition of the great work on the French discovery of the Solomon Islands, by the leading light in the early history of French exploration in the South Seas.The work is known for its series of attractive maps used by Fleurieu to illustrate his theories - most of which were ultimately proved correct - and which were based on actual discoveries rather than the conjectures of the past. As the Hill catalogue notes, 'When d'Entrecasteaux returned from his fruitless search for La PÈrouse, he confirmed that Fleurieu's theories appeared to be generally correct.'Fleurieu's work was a direct result of the voyage of the First Fleet to New South Wales: Phillip's Voyage of Governor Phillip to Botany Bay, first published in 1789, had included the journal of Lt. Shortland on his return voyage in the Alexander transport from Botany Bay to England, during which he coasted along a group of large islands which he named "New Georgia".Fleurieu, writing in a period of intense international rivalry over Pacific discoveries, denies any English discovery and promotes those of Louis de Bougainville and Jean de Surville. He draws on unpublished manuscripts as well as the printed narratives of Cook, Bougainville, Carteret, Phillip, Mendaça, Quiros and others.There are also interesting comments on the La PÈrouse voyage. Fleurieu announces the receipt of journals from as far afield as Botany Bay, and in discussing the Great Ocean Chart (a fragment of which is published here), says publication is to be delayed until his later discoveries can be inserted.Beddie, 1300-01; Hill, 610; James Ford Bell, F103; Kroepelien, 436.

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        NEW ENGLAND FARMER; OR, GEOLOGICAL DICTIONARY

      1790. DEANE, Samuel. THE NEW-ENGLAND FARMER; OR, GEOLOGICAL DICTIONARY: CONTAINING A COMPENDIOUS ACCOUNT OF THE WAYS AND METHODS OF HUSBANDRY, IN ALL ITS VARIOUS BRANCHES, IS, OR MAY BE, PRACTISED TO THE GREATEST ADVANTAGE IN THIS COUNTRY. Worcester, Massachusetts: Isaiah Thomas, 1790. First edition. Octavo. viii,335 pp. Text, which is printed in double columns, has light to moderate foxing throughout. Contemporary ink ownership ("Hook, 1797") on t.p. Worn, contemporary full-leather binding which is scuffed and rubbed all over, lacking spine label, with shallow loss at crown, and has cracked joints - though boards are still attached by sewing cords. This encyclopedic work, the first of its kind in the United States, contains the results of Deane's own experience as a farmer in Gorham, ME, and reveals his wide acquaintance with the observations and experience of other American authors. (D.A.B., Sabin 19056).

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        A List of the Officers of the Army and Marines, with an Index:

      London: War-Office,, 1790. A Succession of Colonels; and a List of the Officers of the Army and Marines on Half-Pay, also with an Index. Octavo (209 × 129 mm) Contemporary streaked calf, red morocco label, simple single gilt ruled compartments, zig-zag edge-roll in blind. Corners bumped and rubbed through, joints just cracked, light browning and a scatter of foxing, a very good copy. First edition. Ownership inscription of Daniel Clark Dornford, Ensign 16th Regt. to the front free endpaper, annotated throughout as often, with an interleave at the page for the 16th. Dornford "retired" selling out his commission just two years later (Gazette) and, having spent his way through it, was sent off to Philadelphia to find employ in a counting house (Letters of Sir Josiah and Lady Dornford, John Rylands) In 1796 he died of yellow fever while assistant commissary of accounts to the expedition to St. Domingo (Gentleman's Magazine), a position that he may have obtained through the interest of his brother Josiah who was inspector-general of the army accounts in the Leeward Islands (ODNB). A nice copy and an interesting provenance.

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        Archaeologia Cornu-Britannica; or, an Essay to Preserve the Ancient Cornish Language

      Sherborne & London......: W Cruttwell, 1790 Archaeologia Cornu-Britannica; or, an Essay to Preserve the Ancient Cornish Language; Containing the Rudiments of That Dialect in a Cornish Grammar and Cornish-English Vocabulary. ... Wherein the British original of some thousand English words is demonstrated, together with that of the proper names of most towns, parishes, villages, mines and gentlemens seats and families in Wales, Cornwall Devonshire and other parts of England. Which includes 14 pages of letters from Edward Lhuyd to Thomas Tonkin, translation of the Lord's Prayer, a list of Cornish British Names, Cornish Grammar which is translated into Cornish, English & Welsh + the introduction. In modern half red leather and marbled boards. Spine has raised bands, blind tooling, title in gilt with gilt tooling to black leather label. Internally, new endpapers, additional engraved titlepage, titlepage with pencil name of WE Winks at head, some light foxing, (12), (6), (6), 65 pp, [173], occasional pencil notes. A fascinating Book! (ESTC T145137. Brunet 918)

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        A New Universal History of the Rites, Ceremonies and Customs of the Whole World: Or, a Complete and Impartial View of All the Religions in the Various Nations of the Universe

      London- Alexander Hogg, 1790 Book. Very Good. Hardcover. A scarce early edition of Hurd's brilliant work on comparative religion andobscurereligious practices. 'Both antient and Modern, from the Creation down to the present Time'. Featuring sixty copper engraved plates, collate complete, 'most elegantly designed and engraved then any usually given with periodical publications'depicting all manner of religious rites and ceremonies from all over the world. From designs by Walker, Collyer, Taylor and others. 'And to make the whole as superb and masterly as possible, a great number of ornamental borders are added by an eminent hand'. Containing 'curious, instructive and entertaining particulars. . . a variety of new and interesting matter relative to the manners and customs of all nations, not to be found in any other work', as well as a full and authentic account of the life and progress, including the ancient and present state of all known religions at this time. 'Comprehending also a genuine and circumstantial description of all the most material lesser sects, parties, heresies and religious opinions since the first promulgation of Christianity, and likewise the ecclesiastical laws and history concerning every religion'. 'Designed to form a complete family library. Including the whole body of divinity, according to the different religious usages in every part of the known world. Calculated for Christians of all denominations; and illustrated by quotations from the most celebrated authors'. Condition: In a full calf binding. Externally rubbed. The front board is detached but present, having the title page attached to this also,the rear joint starting. Internally, firmly bound throughout, aside from the front endpapers, including the frontispiece, beingmissing. Remarkably bright and clean for the age of this book, with a few scattered spots, predominantly to the backs of the plates, and the odd tidemark. There are small closed tears to the title, which is in a delicate position attached to the loose front board. Copperplate ink inscription to front pastedown. Well worth the binding cost and can fetch up to 1500 thus repaired. Overall:GOOD ONLYdue to detached board and missing frontis..

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        Medical Botany, Containing Systematic and General Descriptions, with Plates, of All the Medicinal Plants, Indigenous and Exotic, Comprehended in the Catalogues of the Materia Medica. 3 volume set

      London: James Phillips, George Yard, Lombard Street. G : in Good condition. Cover rubbed with some outer joint wear. Top one inch of fep removed of volumes I and II and missing in volume II. Illustrations bright and VG. 1790. [First Edition]. Leather cover. 578pp + index :: 210 sequentially numbered hand coloured tissue guarded plates by James Sowerby :: 240mm x 180mm (9" x 7") :: Volume I published 1790; volume II 1792 and volume III 1793. The author was a Fellow of the Linnean Society, of the Royal College of Physicians and Physician to the Small-Pox and Inoculation Hospitals .

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        Braunschweigs Anrede An Seine Durchlauchtigste Erbprinzessin Friederike Luise Wilhelmine Gebohrne Prinzessin von Oranien Bey Ihrem Erfreulichen Eintritte In Die Stadt An Der Seite Ihres Durchlauchtigsten Gemahls Karl Georg August Seines Geliebtesten Erbprinzen. Unterthänigst Überreicht Von Der Schützengesellschaft Und Bürgerschaft Braunschweig Den 10ten November 1790. Gedruckt in der Schulbuchhandlung von Ernst Wilhelm Gottlieb Kircher

      Braunschweig, Schulbuchhandlung 1790. 27 cm. (8) Seiten mit 1 Kupferstich-Ansicht und 1 gestochenen Schlußvignette. Buntpapier-Umschlag - VD18 10125019 (auf Seide) - Exemplar auf Papier des Festgedichts auf das Erbprinzenpaar anläßlich eines Besuchs der Stadt. Mit einer Kupferstich-Gesamtansicht (8 x 11,6 cm) von Braunschweig mit dem kurfürstlichen Wappen. Die Schlußvignette zeigt das Löwendenkmal. Beide Ansichten fehlen bei Spies. Die Gesamtansicht zeigt Braunschweigs mittelalterliche Stadtsilhouette vor der Industrialisierung des 19. Jahrhunderts. Auf dem Titel oben links Stempel: "Doublette der Stadtbiliothkek in Braunschweig" -

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        The Whole Genuine Works of Virgil, The Famous Roman Poet: Including New and Complete Editions of The Aeneid, Georgics, Pastorals, Bucolics, or Eclogues; Those Very Celebrated and Universally-admired Productions...Embellished with a Most Superb Set of Grand Quarto Copper-Plates...The Whole Revised, Corrected, and Improved by William Henry Melmoth

      Alexander Hogg, London, 1790. Hardcover (Full Leather). Very Good Condition. Full contemporary acid calf with spine in gilt compartments. Undated ca. 1790. Significant wear to the spine, one lettering piece replaced at some point, boards all loose or detached, one taking the final few pages with it; signs of an earlier reattachment. Recornerned at some point - largely intact despite all this. Bound up in two volumes, volume 2 trimmed a little close in spots, complete with 495pp and the 30 plates plus the two frontis pieces of Virgil and a map. The plates are excellent, dark impressions and quite attractive and arresting; some offsetting. Size: Quarto (4to). Text is clean and unmarked. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: 2-3 kilos. Category: Literature & Literary; Antiquarian & Rare. Inventory No: 040569. .

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        Die Welt in Bildern vorzüglich zum Vergnügen und Unterricht der Jugend. Das Pflanzenreich

      Wien, Baumeisterischen Buchdruckerey 1790.. Bd. 4 (v. 6). 4°. Titel, S. 1-117 u. 120 - 162., 1 Bl. Mit Titelvignette und 49 (statt 50) Kupfertafeln. HLdr. d. Zt. Rü. u. Kanten berieb. Es fehlt die Tafel 35 (Zuckerrohr) mit dem beschreibenden Text (Seiten 117-120). Nissen ZBL 263 - Die prachtvollen Tafeln in durchwegs sehr kräftigen Abzügen. (Gezeichnet von Sollerer und gestochen v. Mansfeld). Oft wurden Expl. dieses seltenen Werkes mit zweifelhafter Qualität koloriert. Unser Expl. ist nicht koloriert und von außergwöhnlich guter Erhaltung. Lediglich die Tafel 3 mit kleineren Stockflecken. Sehr selten.

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        "Black Monday or the Departure for School" and "Dulce Domum or the Return from School"

      London: Published by William Redmore Bigg, 1 December 1790. A pair of colour printed mezzotints. Both in good condition with the exception that (Dulce Domum..) has a skillfully repaired three inch tear extending from the lower section of the margin into the image. 17 3/4 x 23 1/4 inches approx. 21 x 27 3/4 inches and smaller. A pair of beautiful mezzotints after the pretty genre paintings of William Redmore Bigg William Redmore Bigg gained a reputation as an excellent genre painter, the sentiments and handsome appearance of his paintings made them extremely popular in their day. In subject and style Bigg echoed the work of his master Edward Penny, who also specialized in painting genre scenes with messages. He was a regular exhibitor at the Royal Academy and the British Institution, and proved a continued source of inspiration for contemporary engravers. This pair of engravings is a wonderful example of Bigg's narrative style of painting. In the first image, a family prepares to bid farewell to the two sons who are about to leave for boarding school. The elder son, clearly a seasoned campaigner, is confident and almost appears eager to get back to school and see his friends again. The younger son however is leaving home for the first time and is being comforted ineffectually by his mother, who tries to hold back her tears. His two sisters also try to comfort him, the younger offering a cake and a basket of apples as parting gifts. A strong contrast is offered by the second image in which the family have rushed out of the house to greet the two returning boys: the younger now also full of confidence is kissed by his elder sister whilst his mother holds his hand. She reaches out her other hand in welcome to her eldest son. Oddly, this focus on the ordinary trials of family life is fairly rare in the visual arts. It is only seen again in less accomplished expressions mid-19th century American lithographs.

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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

      Paris: chez Fabre, 1790. 2 volumes, quarto. (10 x 7 ¾ inches). Half- titles. Engraved frontispiece, 41 engraved plates (5 folding), 15 woodcut illustrations. 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. 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 ''partie' 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.

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        English Botany, or coloured figures of British plants, with their essential characters, synonyms, and places of growth. To which will be added occasional remarks ( by James Edward Smith). The figures by James Sowerby

      London: Wilks & Taylor, 1790 1790 - 1814. // 36 vols (bound in 19), 2592 hand-coloured engraved plates. 8vo, Full morocco. Full green straight grain morocco, gilt dec. to spines and borders, aeg. Most volumes rebacked, preserving all or part of original spines. Occasional scattered foxing. Provenance: Frances Partridge's copy, with her name to some title pages. Also with contemporary book-plates of Osborne and Mary Markham . 1st Edition. Nissen BBI 2225.

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        English Botany; or, Coloured Figures of British Plants

      London: Printed By J. Davis for the Author, 1790. Published from 1790 to 1802. Volumes 1 to 15 only, 1281 hand-coloured plates with accompanying text. Bound in contemporary 1/2 calf with gilt lettering to spine. Occasional foxing but contents generally clean and bright. Binding rather worn, boards and spine of vol 1 detached, other vols rubbed with occasional loss from spines, bookplate has been removed from all pastedowns leaving some damage.. 1st Ed. Half-Leather. Fair/No Jacket. Illus. by J.Sowerby. 22.5 x 13.0 Cms.

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        English Botany; or, Coloured Figures of British Plants, with Their Essential Characters, Synonyms, and Places of Growth

      London.: Printed for the Author by J. Davis.. First Edition.. 1790.. The first volume of Sowerby's English Botany, iv+ 72 hand-colored engravings, descriptive text accompanies each plate, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt, 9.5 x 5.5 inches, leather covered boards with gilt dentelle (hardbound). FRONT COVER IS DETACHED. Occasional very light foxing to plates (scarcely visible), some offsetting onto text sheets. Neat 1882 inscription by a previous owner to the first blank leaf. Plates, on wove paper, bright and clean. Volume I, Number 1 of the publication started by the noted botanical artist James Sowerby (1757-1822), who had provided illustrations for William Curtis' publications, Flora Londonensis and The Botanical Magazine. The popularity of the latter work, first published in 1787, which featured plants imported from abroad in an affordable small format, encouraged Sowerby to start the current work. In the Preface to this first volume, Sowerby wrote of "its intention and plan": "A knowledge of the plants of our own country is in many respects preferable to that of exotics...Nor are the humble productions of our fields and woods deficient in real beauty, elegance or singularity of structure." The volume contains plates I through 72 which include some particularly attractive plates, all handcolored, of a variety of orchids, lady's-slipper, tulip, poppy, etc. While there are plates of several plainer plants, the preponderance in this early volume is definitely on the more showy and colorful plants, as would be expected to grow the subscription base; the success of this is attested to by the 24 year run of the magazine, with some 2,600 odd plates. .

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        The Death Of General Wolfe

      Tessari et Cie., Paris : & , [1790]. 1st. No binding. Fine. Medium: ORIGINAL ENGRAVING& Robert De Launay (French, 1754-1814) after Benjamin West La Mort du Général Wolf a Québec, late 18th century engraving on laid paper 40.3 x 45.9 cm& Print beautifully framed ( (UV resistant glass) and incorporate the famous poem he is rumored to have quoted crossing the river and taking Quebec - from Gray's Elegy ...& "Now, gentlemen," said he, when he had finished, "I would rather be the author of that poem than take Quebec." & This was the poem Wolfe was said to have rather written than take Quebec. , "The boast of heraldry, the pomp of power, And all that beauty, all that wealth e'er gave, Await alike the inevitable hour: The paths of glory lead but to the grave." , That DeLaunay was commissioned to engrave The Death of General Wolfe seems somewhat mysterious. Benjamin West (1738-1820) was an American painter who achieved his greatest success in London and became the President of the Royal Academy. His heroic painting of Wolfe's death (1771) became one of the most famous works of art of the late eighteenth century. Five years later (in 1776) the great English engraver, William Woollett (1735-1785) created his most popular engraving based upon West's painting.

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        Don Teodoro de Croix? Virrey, Gobernador y Capitan General de las Provincias del Peru. Siendo muy conveniente y oportuno reducir a un método convinado y útil el manejo de los Almacenes Generales de la Renta de Tabaco de esta Capital

      1790. Lima. In 4to (294 mm x 205 mm). 4 ff. Recent folder, lettered in gilt. Remains of previous binding, a few foxing spots, else fine. Scarce instruction printed in Lima; given by the Viceroy of Peru, containing 9 items on the administration and handling of Tobacco in the Viceroyalty. Instrucción dada por el Virrey del Perú e impresa en Lima; contiene 9 ítems sobre el manejo de los almacenes generales de la renta del tabaco. Medina, 1710. Palau, 64864.

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        Captain Cook's Voyages Round the World. The First Performed in the years 1768, 1769, 1770, 1771; The Second in 1772, 1773, 1774, 1775; The Third and Last in 1776, 1777, 1778, 1779 and 1780; For making Discoveries in the Northern and Southern Hemispheres. Containing A Relation of all the interesting Transactions which occurred in the course of the Voyages. Including Captain Furneaux's Journal of his Proceedings during the Separation of the Ships. With a Narrative of Commodore Phipps's Voyage to the North Pole. And an Abridgement of Forster's Introduction to his History of Northern Discoveries on the Progress of Navigation. To which is added, Governor Phillip's Voyage to Botany Bay, with an Account of the Establishment of the Colonies of Port Jackson and Norfolk Island, etc., etc

      Newcastle: M. Brown, 1790., 1790. 4 volumes, 8vo.; pp. (xxvi), (1 -) 512; 513 - 1022; (1 -) 498; 499 - 796 (2). Contemporary full calf boards, later respine to style with dark red and dark brown title labels. With engraved portrait frontis, folding chart and 49 engraved plates. Binding rubbed A little browning and offsetting. Bookplate. A splendid set held in a recent brown cloth slipcase.

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        [Set of eight prints featuring Dick Knight of the Pytchley Hunt]

      London: Published by F. Jukes Engraver Howland Street, March 1790. Aquatints. Printed on wove Whatman paper, some with watermarks. In excellent condition with the exception of some minor surface soiling in the margins. [Plate 1: Pytchley Hunt] heavy surface soiling in margins. Image size: 7 7/8 x 9 1/4 inches. Plate mark: 9 7/8 x 10 3/8 inches. Sheet size: 12 1/8 x 15 5/8 inches. [Plate 2: Push him up Tomboy] Image size: 7 3/4 x 9 1/4 inches. Plate mark: 9 3/8 x 10 1/8 inches. Sheet size: 12 5/16 x 15 5/8 inches. [Plate 3: Now Contrast..] Image size: 7 5/8 x 9 3/8 inches. Plate mark: 9 5/16 x 10 inches. Sheet size: 12 5/16 x 15 3/8 inches. [Plate 4: A Check] Image size: 7 3/4 x 9 1/4 inches. Plate mark: 9 3/4 x 10 1/4 inches. Sheet size: 12 1/4 x 15 1/2 inches. [Plate 5: The Trick] Image size: 7 13/16 x 9 1/4 inches. Plate mark: 9 7/8 x 10 1/4 inches. Sheet size: 12 1/8 x 15 5/8 inches. [Plate 6: Proof of Bottom] Image size: 7 3/16 x 9 1/2 inches. Plate mark: 9 13/16 x 10 3/8 inches. Sheet size: 12 1/8 x 15 11/16 inches. A fascinating set of eight hunting prints depicting the great Pytchley hunt led by Dick Knight. Loraine Smith was an amateur artist of high repute, and the present series is regarded as some of his best-known prints. This important set is the only visual record of the great Pytchley hunt led by the celebrated huntsmen Dick Knight. At the time of publication, there existed a great rivalry between the Quornites and the Pytchley followers, which is wittily referred to in this amusing series. The prints follow the various mishaps and eventual triumph of Dick Knight, and make a point to relate that Knight used three horses during the course of the run in order to achieve his victory. This set of eight prints by Jukes is intriguing since it appears that the series was originally published as a set of six. The present suite has an additional two plates, plate four entitled "The Check" and plate five entitled "The Trick," and has been hastily renumbered as a set of eight. If one examines the plate numbers carefully it is easy to see where the numbers have been doctored, indicating that the set was originally published as a set of six and not of eight as Siltzer suggests. Siltzer, The Story of British Sporting Prints, p. 251-256.

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        Oeuvres de Fontenelle

      Paris,: Jean-Francois Bastien,, 1790.. Eight volumes, octavo, engraved portrait frontispiece in volume 1 and a folding plate in vol. 2; a fine set in contemporary French polished marbled calf, one or two joints slightly weak; flat spines ornately gilt with double red labels. A very attractive set of Fontenelle's works, including his enormously popular Entretiens sur la PluralitÈ des Mondes: this utopian analysis of the universe took Europe by storm and was precursor and inspiration to scores of imitations. It was first published in 1686, and first translated into English by Aphra Behn only two years later.Although the Entretiens clearly owes a tremendous debt to the astronomical traditions of Galileo and Brahe, Fontenelle's sensational tale of the inhabitants in 'other planets, in other galaxies, and even on comets, could hardly fail to captivate' (Nina Rattner Gelbart, Introduction to the Conversations on the Plurality of Worlds). In the form of an elegant dialogue between a scientist and a Marquise, it takes as its starting point that 'Toute la philosophie n'est fondÈe sur deux choses: sur ce qu'on a l'esprit curieux et les yeux mauvais': that is, that if we had a perfect understanding we would not need science because all would be spontaneously revealed. Meant as a quick summation of scientific discovery, but also as pure speculation on the possibilities of the universe, it suggests that as it has taken six millennia for Europeans to cross the Atlantic Ocean to America, it may take a little longer for the inhabitants of other worlds to cross the far greater expanses of space.This set also includes 'Dialogues des Morts anciens' and 'Histoire des Oracles', works which exemplify Fontenelle's desire to propagate philosophical thinking. Voltaire described Fontenelle as having the most universal mind produced by the era of Louis XIV.Brunet, II, 1332.

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        MEMOIRES

      1790. Fine. Choiseul, Duc de. MEMOIRES... (Memoirs of the Duc de Choiseul, former Minister of the Navy, of War, and of Foreign Affairs). Chanteloup and Paris, Buisson, 1790. Octavo. Two volumes. (iv)271; (ii)279pp. First edition in book form. Modern half-morocco, gilt, and marbled boards. T.e.g. Originally printed privately in 1778, in the "cabinet" of the author at Chanteloup, "for his amusement." The publisher states that this edition is from the "only complete copy" of the first. Etienne Francois, Duc de Choiseul (1719-1785), a protege of Mme de Pompadour, was active in forming the Austro-French alliance of 1757, directed French foreign policy during the Seven Years' War, reformed the Army and Navy, and formed an alliance with Spain. He brought about the banishment of the Jesuits, thus angering Mme du Barry, and precipitating his retirement in 1770. The memoirs are full of anecdotes and court gossip, as well as affairs of state. Light foxing here and there, otherwise a fine copy. From the library of Rene Champollion, the great nineteenth-century Egyptologist, and with the bookplates of Andre Champollion.

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        TRATADO DA EDUCAÇAÕ FYSICA DOS MENINOS,

      - PARA USO DA NAÇAÕ PORTUGUEZA. PUBLICADO POR ORDEM DA ACADEMIA REAL DAS SCIENCIAS DE LISBOA. POR FRANCISCO DE MELLO FRANCO, MEDICO EM LISBOA, CORRESPONDENTE DO NUMERO DA MESMA SOCIEDADE. LISBOA. NA OFFICINA DA ACADEMIA REAL DAS SCIENCIAS. ANNO M.DCC.XC. [1790]. In 8º (de 20x14 cm) com viii-119-(iv) pags. Encadernação da época inteira de pele. Exemplar com ex-libris. Inocêncio III, 11: "Francisco de Mello Franco, Bacharel formado em Medicina pela Universidade de Coimbra, Medico honorário da câmara d'elrei D. João VI, Sócio da Academia Real das Ciências de Lisboa, etc. Nasceu em Piracatu, na província de Minas Gerais em 1757. Tendo feito os primeiros estudos no seminário de S. Joaquim do Rio de Janeiro, veio para Portugal, onde concluiu os preparatórios, matriculando-se depois na faculdade de Medicina. Acusado (ao que parece caluniosamente) de seguir ideias irreligiosas, foi lançado nos cárceres da Inquisição, e aí jazeu por alguns anos, sendo a final posto em liberdade. Voltou então a concluir os seus estudos, e recebido o grau, estabeleceu-se em Lisboa, e nesta capital exerceu por muitos anos a sua profissão com grande crédito e proveito. Em 1817 foi por ordem d'elrei D. João VI chamado para acompanhar ao Brasil a arquiduquesa D. Maria Leopoldina, destinada esposa do Príncipe Real. Não encontrou porem na Corte o acolhimento que era de esperar, chegando a ser-lhe vedada a entrada no paço, onde os recentes acontecimentos de Pernambuco traziam os ânimos convulsos e irritados contra as doutrinas liberais, a que Mello Franco era reconhecidamente afeiçoado. Perdida toda a sua fortuna, pela quebra fraudulenta de um negociante, em cujas mãos pusera o produto das suas economias e dos bens, que antecipadamente havia vendido em Portugal, viu desaparecer desta sorte os seus recursos, e o património de seus filhos. Quebrantado de ânimo com estes desgostos, e estranhando talvez a mudança do clima, sentiu-se atacado de uma febre consumptiva, a cujos progressos se opuseram debalde os socorros da ciência. Voltando de uma digressão que fizera á província de S. Paulo, no intento de procurar algum alívio em sua enfermidade, ao chegar a altura de Ubatuba, conheceu ser chegado o seu último termo. Pediu que o transportassem de bordo para terra, e ali acabou a 22 de Julho de 1823, debaixo de uma palhoça". Location/localizacao: raros

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        The mirror : A periodical paper, published at Edinburgh in the years 1779, and 1780. In three volumes ... the eighth edition

      London : printed for A. Strahan, and T. Cadell; and W. Creech, at Edinburgh, 1790. 8th Edition. Physical description: 3v. ; 12mo. Subjects: Great Britain -- Periodicals -- Newspapers -- Early works to 1800. Referenced by: ESTC T069569. Physical description: 3v. ; 12mo. Subjects: Great Britain -- Periodicals -- Newspapers -- Early works to 1800. Referenced by: ESTC T069569.

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        The New Royal Encyclopaedia, and Cyclopaedia; or, Complete Modern and Universal Dictionary of Arts and Sciences

      London - Printed for Alex Hogg, 1790 Book. Very Good. Hardcover. A profusely illustrated set of George Howard Selby's fascinating 'New Royal Encyclopaedia and Cyclopaedia'. Comprised of three folios, each with their own elaborately engraved frontispieces. The works promise the Whole Circle of the Sciences, Human and Divine. Wherein all the Respective Sciences are properly arranged into General and Complete Systems, and the Arts Digested into Distinct Treatises: Likewise, All the Various Detached parts of Knowledge, alphabetically arranged , critically illustrated and very Copiously Explained, in the Most Clear and Satisfactory Manner, According to the Best and most Respectable Authorities. Comprising a Complete, Regular, and General Course of Ancient and Modern Literature. The set also promises the latest discoveries and newest improvements in an extensive list of topics, the inclusion of areas like electricity, mathematics, planometry and magnetism offering an interesting sample of the developments in human understanding that these volumes offer. These volumes have been bound as specified in Directions to the Binder, which states that The Work however may be Bound in TWO VOLUMES, and divided between the pages 966 and 967. However instead of inserting the plates throughout the volumes, as lengthily specified in the directions, the binder has opted to present them numerically in a third volume. Plates include some fascinating diagrams of fort structures, fencing positions, the human anatomy, pneumatic machines, and human facial expressions, amongst a plethora of other subjects. Volumes I and II collated complete. Volume III lacks plates 61, 62, 81, 127, 136, 140-3, and 149. Dated using copac. Complete in three volumes. Condition: In full vellum bindings. Externally, heavily worn with little of the original vellum remaining. Front board of volume I detached, rear board absent. Boards of volumes II and III detached but present. Internally, generally firmly bound, although first and last few pages of each volume are either detached or loose. These outer pages have also taken the brunt of wear and tear, with some closed tears, marks and minor loss evident. However all other pages are generally bright and clean with few spots or marks. Neat tape repair to hinge of volumeI. Almost all plates are in good condition with only scattered small marks - exceptions are plate 41 which has a large tidemark to the upper margin and the final world map which has been neatly coloured in places. Library label to front pastedown of each volume, some scattered but generally discreet institutional marks. Overall: FAIR with a GOOD interior..

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        English Botany; or, coloured figures of British plants, with their essential characters, synonyms, and places of growth. To which will be added, occasional remarks

      London: published by Sowerby [and others], 1790-1814, 1831-1849, [August] 1863 [- June 1866]. 42 volumes (vols.I-XXXVI, 1 vol. 'General Index to the thirty-six volumes', supplementary vols. I-IV, vol.V in seven original parts [all published]), octavo (9 1/2 x 5 3/4 inches]). 2998 hand-coloured engraved plates (11 folding). Vols. I-XXXVI, 'Index' & supplements I-IV: uniform green half morocco over green pebble-grained cloth-covered boards, by J.B. Hawes of Cambridge, spines in six compartments with semi-raised bands, lettered in gilt in the second and third compartments, the others with repeat panelling built up from fillets in gilt and blind, marbled endpapers, top edge gilt; Supplemental vol.V in seven parts numbered LXXVII - LXXXIII: original paper wrappers (nos. LXXVII-LXXXI and LXXXIII blue, no.LXXXII light oatmeal), letterpress titling to upper outer covers, occasional notices from the publisher elswhere. A complete finely-bound set of the first edition of this highly-important botanical work, including the extremely rare unfinished fifth volume of the 'Supplement' which is missing in most sets. The whole forming a detailed and beautifully-illustrated record of the native trees, flowers and plants of Great Britain during the first half of the 19th century English Botany ("one of the most celebrated of all British floras" [Henrey II, p.141]) was a success from the outset: "I have got the first No. of English botany, and am charmed with it. I have recommended it to every body I have seen who buys things of this sort .. The paper, print and execution of the plates, is so much superior to Curtis, that there can be no fear of its [not] succeeding" (J.K. Woodward to Sir J.E. Smith, letter dated 15 December 1790). The spectacular plates "are still the chief feature of the work ... [but it is also] of value even to the present day as a work of reference, and as an illustrated flora of [Great Britain'... it has never been surpassed" (Henrey II, p.143). This set includes the General Indexes to the Thirty-Six Volumes; to which is added, an alphabetical index to English Fungi published by Sowerby in 1814. All except the final supplementary volume have been uniformly bound in an attractive dark green half-leather binding, and the seven original parts are all in their original wrappers (and all in excellent condition). The final part (number LXXXIII) is particularly rare - Henrey (vol.III, p.119) notes that "few copies of No. 83 appear to exist". Vol.II has both the cancel title mentioning Smith as the author. BM (NH) V, p.1982; Bradley Bibliography I, p.395; cf. Dunthorne 291 (does not mention 5th vol. of supplement); cf. Great Flower Books (1990) p.140 (incorrect plate count); Henrey III, 1366- 1368; Hunt 717; cf. Johnston Cleveland Collections 601 (without supplement); Nissen BBI 2225; Pritzel 9711; Stafleu & Cowan TL2 12.221

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        Versuch über die Secte der Illuminaten. Aus dem Französischen von J. M. Heinrich (d. i. Joh. Michael Tzschoppe)

      Freyberg und Annaberg, Craz 1790.. XIV, 196 S. Umschlag im Stil d. Zt. Wolfstieg 42769; Fromm 15626. - Jean-Pierre-Louis de La Roche du Maine, Marquis de Luchet (1740-1792), war ein französischer Kavallerieoffizier, Schriftsteller und Journalist, Theaterdirektor und Bibliothekar. Eine zweite deutsche Übersetzung erschien im gleichen Jahr bei Ettinger in Gotha, unter dem verschwörerischen Titel "`Ist Cagliostro Chef der Illuminaten?".

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        Remarks on the Voyages of John Meares, Esq in a Letter to That Gentleman by George Dixon Late Commander of the Queen Charlotte, in a Voyage Round the World

      London: Printed for the Author and Sold by John Stockdale,... and George Goulding 1790, 1st Edition. () 37pp. + [1]pp. (ads for works published by John Stockdale). Very good. Quarto. 19th Century Quarter calf and marbled boards with gilt stamp of the 'Society of Writers to the Signet' on front cover. Small bookplate of previous owner and Society label on front pastedown; joints repaired. Rare. Smith 2477; Strathern 148; T.P.L. 609. A caustic attack on Meares account of the Voyages of John Meares, which elicted a rebuttal from Meares, to which Dixon replied with "Further Remarks". Rare Dixon-Meares Pamphlet.

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        Der Kapitaine Portlock's und Dixon's Reise um die Welt; besonders nach der nordwestlichen Küste von Amerika während der Jahre 1785 bis 1788 in den Schiffen King George und Queen Charlotte...Aus dem Englischen übersetzt und mit Anmerkungen erläutert von Johann Reinhold Forster

      Berlin: Christian Friedrich Voss und Sohn, 1790. Hardcover. First German Edition. Quarto. 314pp. Complete with thirteen plates and a large folding frontispiece map, this copy without the 'notes to the binder' leaf mentioned by Forbes. In a contemporary binding of quarter polished calf, decoratively stamped in gilt, and pain paper over boards; all edges stained red; attractive period marbled paper endsheets. 20th century bookplate of La Perouse scholar Edward W. Allen. Binding worn a bit near the top and bottom of the spine; joint tender near the top of the front board, and the spine showing some light cracking to the gilt from use. A Very Good copy. FORBES 193, see LADA-MOCARSKI 43. // The first German translation of Dixon's work "A voyage round the world.... " (London, 1789), which relates a series of more than forty letters edited by Dixon and signed W.B. [i.e. William Beresford], who sailed as supercargo on board Dixon's ship the 'Queen Charlotte'. This version translated with an introduction by Johann Reinhold Forster, and includes Dixon's introduction, his appendix on natural history, thirteen (of the original 17) plates, and one of the original five folding maps. Image or additional images available upon request

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