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        The Entertaining and Affecting HISTORY OF PRINCE LEE BOO: with an Account of the Pelew Islands, and the Manners and Customs of the Inhabitants. Adorned with Ten Cuts. [Price Six-pence.]

      127[128] pages, the first and last being blanks pasted to the boards. Woodcut pastedown frontispiece and nine other full-page wood-engravings. Original Dutch floral boards. 103 x 70mm. An excellent copy. This would appear to be a straight forward pirate issue of Newbery's edition, first published in 1789. Rare. ESTC records one copy only in the Lily Library, Indiana.

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        Les Masques arrachés ou vie privée de L. E. Henri Vander-Noot et Van Eupen, de S.E. le Cardinal de Malines et de leurs adhérens, par Jacques Le Sueur, espion honoraire de la police de Paris, & ci devant employé du ministère de France en qualité de clairvoyant dans les Pays-Bas autrichiens.

      Londres, [Bruxelles], 1790, 2 tomes in 16, de 2ff. 219pp. & 2ff. 215pp., (manque le fx-titre et le titre de la 2e partie) rel. en 1 vol. cart. simili-vélin moderne genre ancien, titre à la plume au dos. Bon exemplaire. Edition originale très rare. Un des rares témoignages sur les cérémonies des illuminés de Bavière. ¶ Quérard Supercheries II.768 "connu aussi sous le nom de Beaunoir, anagramme du sien... Libelle rempli de calomnies et d'obscénités..." - Gay III. 77 - Fesch col. 154 (classé à Beaunoir) - Kloss 3439 - Caillet 6610 (2e édition seulement, classé à Le Sueur) "L'auteur raconte comment il fut affilié à la secte des illuminés...la cérémonie d'initiation, etc..." - Inconnu de Wolftieg - Pas dans Dorbon

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        Shakespeare's Dramatic Works with Explanatory Notes: A New Edition (2 vols)

      London: John Stockdale, 1790. First printing of this edition. Hardcover. Very Good. 8vo. Pp 1-541 and 544-1079 with frontis. to volume 1: A Striking Likeness of Shakespeare from the Original Folio Edition. Half bound in calf stamped in gilt on black panels on the spines with sides of marbled paper boards. Both volumes have been re-bound with new endpapers and spines. The original boards remain. There is some spotting to the prelims else a very nice set. There should be a third volume which comprised A Copious Index to the Remarkable Passages and Words by the Rev Samuel Ayscough, but this is not present. The two volumes here do present a complete unit in that they contain all of Shakespeare's dramatic oeuvre.

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        CARTA COMPENDIATA DELLO STATO DI MILANO

      1790. Carta dello Stato di Milano in coloritura coeva. Il monaco olivetano Mauro Fornari pubblicò nel 1789, in seguito alla riorganizzazione del territorio fatta da Giuseppe II, sei mappe delle provincie lombarde di Cremona, Como, Varese, Milano, Pavia, Lodi e nel 1790 la carta dello Stato di Milano. Il lavoro, inciso da Domenico Cagnoni, è basato sull'atlante topografico pubblicato dalla Giunta del Censimento, aggiornato appena in alcune parti per poter indicare i principali centri abitati posti oltre le linee di confine. Coloritura coeva. Bibliografia: Motta, p. 50; Arrigoni-Bertarelli, n. 1357; Colombo-Rondanini-GRSD, p. 55 Colombo-Rondanini-GRSD, p. 55

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        THE BRITISH CHAMPION; or, Honour Rewarded. Containing, I. The History of St. George and the Dragon. II. The Story of Miss Friendly and the Merchant. III. Rural Happiness. IV. The Fairy's Present; or, The History of Miss K. Graceful. V. The pleasing Story of Master Want-Thought. Price Fourpence.

      95 pages. Illustrated with a wood-engraved frontispiece, and forty-two wood-engravings within the text. Some of the cuts - probably the majority - are by Thomas Bewick.Recently bound in genuine 18th century Dutch floral paper-covered boards. Binding: 9.8 x 6.3 cm. An excellent copy.

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        (D'Aulnoy, Madame de, and others.) THE PLEASING COMPANION, A collection of Fairy Tales, calculated to improve the heart: the whole forming a system of moral precepts and examples, for the conduct of Youth through Life: containing Princess Hebe & Anguiletta, Graciosa and Percinet, Story of Finetta, Princess Carpilona, Story of the White Cat, Yellow Dwarf, Pidgeon and Dove, Young and Handsome. Ornamented with elegant cuts.

      [4], 288pp. Engraved frontispiece and two other full-page engraved plates. Recent full speckled calf gilt; red title label. 12mo. Piece cut from top of title - possibly where an ownership name was written - and repaired; some marking here & there; the word 'cuts' on the title has been crossed through, and the word 'plates' written in manuscript; else a very good copy in a handsome binding. Scarce. First published in 1788. Blakey lists only an edition of 1794.

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        THE WREN; or, The Fairy of the Green-House, consisting of Song, Story and Dialogue. Founded upon actual Incidents, and put together for the Amusement and Instruction of three Little Boys during the Confinement of their Mother.

      [4]5-79[80] pages, including 3 pages of ad's. (Pages 1 and 80 are blank pastedowns to the front and rear boards. Illustrated with a full-page wood-engraved frontispiece and twelve other cuts throughout by John Lee. Original Dutch floral boards. 10.8 x 9.1 cm. Ownership name of Eliza Croxton to lower margin of frontispiece; some occasional marking; short tear in one leaf, without loss; else a very good copy of a rare title.

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        Die Sachsenhäuser Warte. Le befroi de Saxenhausen...

      Frankfurt am Main, Reinheimer, o.J. (um 1790). Sepia- Aquatinta Radierung. Imperial-Folio 75 x 59,5 cm, Nicht in der Slg. Stiebel ; Sammlung Cornill 719 ; Prestel Frankofurtensien-Auktion 1916, Nr.324 ; Kat. St. Goar 1929, Nr. 157. Wunderschöne und sehr große Ansicht der Sachsenhäuser Warte mit figürlicher Staffage. Auf altem Untersatzbogen mit der (franz.) Bezeichnung auf dem bei den Prestel´schen Stichen üblichen, kalligraphischen Zettel. Versand D: 5,00 EUR

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        Dell' arte di fare il vino, ragionamento...

      FABBRONI Adamo. Dell' arte di fare il vino, ragionamento... Edizione seconda ampliata dall' Autore sulla prima premiata dalla R. Accademia Economica di Firenze. Tra i benefici che ci ha fatto Iddio non è micca il minor quello del vino. Firenze, Jacopo Grazioli, 1790. In-8°, br. (dorso rifatto). viii, 329, (3 pp. compresa l' errata). L' ultima carta incisa in rame è a metà. Testo completo. Esemplare intonso con barbe. Uno dei migliori trattati di enologia del Settecento. Vicaire, 353. Westbary, p. 93. Simon, Biblioteca vinaris, p. 45. Mob. 5

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        Handbuch für Liebhaber Englischer Pflanzungen, und Gärtner, oder Anleitung zur Kenntniß aller ausländischen und einheimischen Bäume und Sträucher, deren Cultur bey uns möglich und nützlich ist, nach den neuesten Nachrichten entworfen

      Wilhelm Gottlob Sommer, Leipzig 1790 - 8° (X) 358 S., Halbleder a. 5 Bünden u. grüngesprenkeltem Rundumschnitt Deckel u. Rücken berieben, Ecken bestoßen, Kapitale mit Fehlstellen, Name a. Vorsatz, gutes Exemplar [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        ELEMENTS OF UNIVERSAL HISTORY, for Youth: Faithfully extracted From the best Authors, calculated to convey to the tenderest Capacity, in a short Space of Time, an entertaining, useful, and general Knowledge of the History of all ancient and modern Nations, more particularly of the Great-Britain: With the Boundaries, Capital Towns, Commerce, Population, Government, and Religion of the modern Nations. Also, A Chronological Table of the learned and ingenious Men, remarkable Events, Inventions, Discoveries, &c. from the Creation of the World to the Year 1786. By J. A. L Montriou, Schoolmaster at Grantham. Price Two Shillings.

      xii, 177, [1blank page], [1 errata] pages. Engraved frontispiece, dated 1790. Bound in full untitled sheep; spine decorated with simple gold bands. 12mo. 180 x 110 mm. Binding worn at head & heel of spine, corners and edges; spine cracked on lower joint; some very occasional annotation; inscription for 1853 on endpaper; else a very good copy of a rare book. See Darton G665 for another edition which he thinks is circa 1788. That edition is known by two copies; this edition, which benefits from the addition of a frontispiece, is unknown to Darton, with no copy found in ESTC. Under the heading is the following description of New Holland: 'New Holland, south of New Guinea, is 2,000 miles long. The natives go naked, and feed on fruits, wild birds, fish, and the flesh of the kangaroo, a quadruped peculiar to the island. Botany Bay, on the east side of this island, lies between capes Banks and Solander, in that part called New South-Wales.'

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        Sabina sagra e profana antica e moderna ossia raccolta di notizie del paese sabino divisa in dieci capitoli.

      Zempel,, In Roma, 1790 - Cm. 27, pp. xii, 500. Con una tavola ripiegata "vero ritratto del sacro corpo di San Felice" e la carta della Sabina antica più volte ripiegate. Solida legatura d'inizio '800 in mezza pergamena con punte, dorso liscio con fregi in oro e titoli su tassello in marocchino rosso. Esemplare genuino e ben conservato, mancante però della carta della Sabina moderna e di un prospetto con l'elenco delle chiese. Cfr. Lozzi, 4657. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        \"The death of General Wolfe\". Der Tod des englischen Generals in der Schlacht von Quebec 1759. Ganzfigur nach halblinks in Uniform, sterbend inmitten der siegreichen Truppen. Links im Vordergrund sitzend ein tätowierter Indianer, er blickt nachdenklich auf den Sterbenden.

       Kupferstich von Theodor Falckeysen nach Benjamin West, bei Klauber, um 1790, 42,5 x 58 cm. Nagler Bd. IV, S. 439 (Falckeisen): \"Das vorzüglichste Blatt dieses Künstlers, das ihm einen ausgezeichneten Ruf im In- und Auslande sicherte, ist das erwähnte mit dem Tode des Generals Wolf. Es ist in der Grösse des Originals (gr. qu. fol.), und so meisterhaft gestochen, dass es im Drucke vor der Schrift nur mit Mühe von jenem Woollets zu unterscheiden ist\". - Breitrandig, mit geglätteten Faltspuren im weißen Rand. Versand D: 6,00 EUR Porträts, Amerika, USA u.K., Großbritannien, Militaria

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        Oeuvres complettes

      The best and most complete editions of Regnard, when it contains much the fifth and sixth volumes, fired small number (as well as Cohen suggests), and found rarely joined the top four. It is illustrated with a portrait of the author by Rigaud engraved by Tardieu and beautiful figures of 11 and Marillier Moreau, engraved by Delignon, Duponchel, etc. The information and warnings are Garnier.Binders full fair calf porphyry contemporary. back smooth decorated, wheels tails and heads. parts of title and volume number in green morocco. Triple net framing on the boards. Slight lack a-piece. Friction copings, curbs. A wormhole tail of Volume II. spine clarified. Mors tail chopped Volume VI. Very nice copy, despite minor defects.Volume 1 is dedicated to travel books, volumes 2-4 to the theater, and volumes 5 and 6 in the Italian theater. This neat editing, printing beautiful, quality prints, joined the great successes of publications prepared on the printing Mr. (Racine, Corneille). De l'imprimerie de Monsieur, chez la veuve Duchesne et fils A Paris 1790 In-8 (13x20,5cm) (4) xxxvj, 406pp. (1) et (4) 556pp. (1) et (4) 514pp. (1) et (4) 456pp. (4) 472pp. et (4) 350pp. 6 tomes en 6 volumes reliés

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        Révolutions de Paris dédiées à la Nation et au District des Petits Augustins, publiées par le Sieur Prudhomme à l'époque du 12 juillet 1789. 16 volumes

      1790. Paris, Imprimerie des Révolutions - Prudhomme, 1790 - 1793. 211 fascicules (sur 225) reliés en 16 volumes In-8 plei- veau marbré d'époque, dos à nerfs très ornés, pièces de titre et de tomaison rouges. Bien complet du numéro I au numéro 211 inclus, en pagination multiple puis suivie. Avec 82 (sur 84) cartes de départements et 113 (sur 135) gravures et un frontispice allégorique. L'éditeur signale que les gravures ne seront pas forcément placées comme annoncé, leur impression ayant pris du retard par rapport à l'importance et à la quantité des sujets relatés. Des mors fragiles voir fendus, des coiffes abimées, certaines avec petits manques, coins émoussés, des rousseurs éparses et papier bruni, certains fascicules imprimés sur papier bleuté. Chaque volume d'environ 500 à 600 pages. Malgré les défauts signalés bon exemplaire pour cet ensemble incontournable sur le sujet de la Révolution Française.

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        Nachrichten von Neapel und Sicilien, auf einer Reise in den Jahren 1785 und 1786 [ ].

      Christian Gottlob Proft, Kopenhagen 1790 - In 8, p. XVIII 652, con 3 tav. ripiegate incise f.t. (Siracusa, cratere dell'Etna, Agrigento); leg. coeva in mz. pl. con punte, tass. e filetti in oro al dorso. Qualche forellino di tarlo al margine bianco. Ex libris Ruffo. Interessante nota manoscritta alla sguardia ant. dove si ipotizza che il libro sia stato acquistato a Copenaghen dal Principe di Palazzolo, là come ministro nel 1828. - Rara se non introvabile edizione (solo tre es. in biblioteche italiane). Friederich Christian Carl Heinrich Münter (Lubecca, 1761 – Copenaghen, 1830) è stato un vescovo luterano, archeologo, filologo, massone, storico della Chiesa tedesco naturalizzato danese. In missioni segrete per la corte danese e la massoneria, percorse buona parte dell’Europa. La sua azione più significativa la svolse a Napoli e in Sicilia, ove soggiornò per tre volte (1785-1786). A Napoli stabilì intensi e duraturi rapporti con Mario Pagano, Domenico Cirillo, Pasquale Baffi, etc. i quali saranno i promotori della Repubblica Partenopea e finiranno impiccati dopo il fallimento della rivoluzione del 1799. Citato dal Croce come la principale fonte di notizie sulla massoneria napoletana di quegli anni.

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        THE HERMIT: or, the unparalleled sufferings, and surprizing adventures, of Philip Quarll, and Englishman: who was discovered by Mr. Dorrington, a Bristol merchant, upon an uninhabited island, in the South-Sea; where he lived above fifty years, without any human assistance. Containing I. His Conference with those who found him out; to whom he recites the most material circumstances of his life; as, that he was born in the parish of St. Giles, educated by the charitable contribution of a lady, and put 'prentice to a locksmith. II. How he left his master, and took up with a notorious house-breaker, who was hanged; how, after his escape, he went to sea a cabin-boy, married a famous whore, listed himself a common soldier, turned a singing-master, and married three wives, for which he was tried and condemned, at the Baily. III. How he was pardoned by K. Charles II. turned merchant, and was shipwrecked on a desolate island on the coast of Mexico. With a curious frontispiece. The Fifth Edition.

      272 pages. Engraved frontispiece. Contemporary full sheep, paneled spine with red title label. 12mo. Binding worn and cracked at joints; frontispiece off-set to title; date and cost of book [2d] on endpaper. A very good copy. The Hermit, or The English Hermit, as it was more correctly known, was a highly popular work of fiction throughout the 18th and early nineteenth century, rivaling the popularity of Defoe's Robinson Crusoe, with which it has much in common. While searching for food on a seemingly uninhabited island Edward Dorrington and his crew stumble upon a settlement. They soon discover that the buildings and everything in them belong to a single man who has been living on the island alone, but for the company of a succession of monkeys, for more than fifty years. Dorrington offers to rescue the man from the island, but the hermit declines, and offers the group a fine dinner while he recounts the tale of his adventure-filled life. The book was first published in 1727, but nothing is known of the author.

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        Medical Botany Containing Systematic And General Descriptions With Plates Of All The Medicinal Plants Indigenous And Exotic.

      Phillips, London 1790 - 210 full page, hand-coloured plates. Original tree calf boards sympathetically rebacked in calf. A very good clean & complete set with 210 beautiful hand-coloured plates. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Voyages Made in the Years 1788 and 1789, from China to the North West Coast of America

      London: Printed at the Logographic Press; and sold by J. Walter,, 1790. To which are prefixed, an introductory narrative of a voyage performed in 1786, from Bengal, in the ship Nootka; observations on the probable existence of a north west passage; and some account of the trade between the north west coast of America and China; and the latter country and Great Britain. Quarto (283 × 230 mm). Recent quarter calf, red morocco label, marbled boards, yellow edges. Frontispiece portrait, 10 maps and 17 plates (stipple and soft ground frontispiece portrait by Beechey and two other stipple portraits, one line and the remainder aquatints). 2 maps and 1 folding plate expertly backed with linen, small perforated library stamp to lower outer corner of title page, a little occasional bleed from yellow edges. A good copy, generally clean and fresh. First edition, with the extra plate of the Philippines which Streeter notes as missing in most copies. John Meares (?1756?1809) "was sent out in 1786 from Calcutta, by a group of merchants, to enter into the fur trade of the Northwest coast of America. Establishing himself at Nootka Sound?he built the first vessel to be launched in northern waters, made important discoveries, and explored the Strait of Juan de Fuca. The discoveries by Meares were part of the basis for the claim of Great Britain to Oregon?The Spanish seizure of his ships led to the convention by which the Spanish claims to any northern territory were finally disallowed. This important narrative gives a very full account of the Indian nations of Northwest America, describing their villages, languages, manners, and customs. It also contains a separate account of the voyage of the Iphegenia, commanded by Captain William Douglas?" (Hill). "According to the British Museum Catalogue, William Combe assisted Meares in the compilation of the work [and] John Walter, the printer and publisher?was the founder of The Times" (Abbey).

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        Recherches sur les costumes et sur les théâtres de toutes les nations, tant anciennes que modernes ; ouvrage utile aux peintres, statuaires, architectes, décorateurs, comédiens, costumiers, en un mot aux artistes de tous les genres ; non moins utile pour l'étude de l'Histoire des temps reculés, des moeurs des peuples antiques, de leurs usages, de leurs loix et nécessaire à l'éducation des adolescens. Avec des estampes en couleur et au lavis, dessinées par M. Chéry, et gravées par M. Alix.

      Paris, Drouhin, 1790. ____ Première édition. Exemplaire dont la plupart des 55 planches ont été COLORIEES à l'époque. Elles ont été gravées à la manière du lavis, d'après Chéry. L'ouvrage est resté inachevé du fait de l'incarcération puis de l'exécution de l'auteur en 1792. Bel exemplaire aux coloris très frais. Colas 717. Cohen - de Ricci 227. ***** First edition. Copy with most of the 55 plates contemporary colored. 2 volumes in-4. [247 x 185 mm] Collation : frontispice, (2), 8, 150, (2) pp., 30 planches h.-t. / (2), 175 pp., 24 planches h.-t. Basane marbrée, dos orné, étiquettes de titre rouges et de tomaison vertes, tranches mouchetées. (Reliure de l'époque.).

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        Culture et usage des pommes de terre Extrait de l'ouvrage de M. Parmentier, publié par ordre du Roi.

      à Nancy, chez H. Haener, 1790, in 8°, de 1f. 34pp., cart. papier marbré ancien, dos muet, page de titre restaurée en marge int. sinon bon exemplaire. Rare texte destiné à l'encouragement de la culture de la pomme de terre. Il reprend en partie, avec des variantes et des compléments le "résumé" qui figure en fin du "Traité sur la culture et les usages des pommes de terre..." paru en 1789 chez Barrois. Les titres placés en marge et l'introduction sont nouveaux. ¶ CCFR 2 ex. seulement (Nancy et BNF) - Pas dans Vicaire, ni Bitting, ni Oberlé fastes.

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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. 1790. First Edition. 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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        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 probable existence of a north west passage; and some account of the trade between the north west coast of America and China; and the latter country and Great Britain.

      London: Printed at the Logographic Press; and sold by J. Walter, 1790 - Quarto (283 × 230 mm). Recent quarter calf, red morocco label, marbled boards, yellow edges. 2 maps and 1 folding plate expertly backed with linen, small perforated library stamp to lower outer corner of title page, a little occasional bleed from yellow edges. A good copy, generally clean and fresh. Frontispiece portrait, 10 maps and 17 plates (stipple and soft ground frontispiece portrait by Beechey and two other stipple portraits, one line and the remainder aquatints). First edition, with the extra plate of the Philippines which Streeter notes as missing in most copies. John Meares (?1756–1809) "was sent out in 1786 from Calcutta, by a group of merchants, to enter into the fur trade of the Northwest coast of America. Establishing himself at Nootka Sound he built the first vessel to be launched in northern waters, made important discoveries, and explored the Strait of Juan de Fuca. The discoveries by Meares were part of the basis for the claim of Great Britain to Oregon The Spanish seizure of his ships led to the convention by which the Spanish claims to any northern territory were finally disallowed. This important narrative gives a very full account of the Indian nations of Northwest America, describing their villages, languages, manners, and customs. It also contains a separate account of the voyage of the Iphegenia, commanded by Captain William Douglas " (Hill). "According to the British Museum Catalogue, William Combe assisted Meares in the compilation of the work [and] John Walter, the printer and publisher was the founder of The Times" (Abbey). Abbey, Travel, 594. Cordier, Sinica, III, col. 2103. Cox II, p. 29. Hill I, pp. 195-196. Howes M469. Lust 344. Sabin 47260. Streeter VI, 3491. Taylor p. 197. [Attributes: First Edition]

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        Description historique de l'Italie, en forme de dictionnaire

      Seconde édition, réimpression chez le même éditeur de l'originale qui date de 1776.bindings Chez Chambeau A Avignon 1790 in-8 (11x19cm) vij (1) 384pp. et (4) 404pp. 2 volumes reliés

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        Recherches sur les costumes et sur les théâtres de toutes les nations, tant anciennes que modernes

      Edition illustrated with a frontispiece and 54 engraved plates in the manner of wash, most in color, with Alix, Wrinkled and Sergeant from Chery.Contemporary binding in full marbled fair calf, back with five nerves decorated with boxes and gilded florets, parts of title and volume number of red and black morocco, gilt roulette coaching boards, double gold mesh underscore cuts all red edges.absent partly head cap, leather almost entirely split bit, some scratches and scuffs on the boards. The false title is missing. It attached a handwritten slip showing that the copy was provided by the Society of Arts Friends of Marseille Bellevaut, theater director of the Marseille Gymnasium for six years which put particular scene in the stage adaptation of the Mysteries of Marseille 'Emile Zola. A Masonic buffer at the bottom of this sheet. The work remained unfinished due to the imprisonment and execution of the author in 1792 during the massacres of September. The characters of ancient coins - mainly from Racine - are staged in demand decorations.Provenance: Library of Hippolyte Destailleur (with his bookplate), architect and important player in the influence of French historicist current. Chez M. Drouhin à Paris 1790 in-4 (19,5x26cm) (2) 150pp. (2) et 175pp. 2 tomes reliés en un volume

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        TOM THUMB'S PLAY-THING; with The Life of the Author: containing, Among other Adventures, his surprising Escape out of the Cow's Belly, to which is added, The History of Master and Miss Verygood. [Price One-Penny, Bound and Gilt.]

      28, [3 ad's], [1 blank] pages, including the recto and verso of the first and last leaves which are blank pastedowns to the Dutch floral paper wrappers. Illustrated with a woodcut pastedown frontispiece, and 24 woodcuts illustrating an alphabet, plus a further 12 woodcuts. Original Dutch floral wrappers. 10 x 6.5 cm. Quite soiled throughout; turned corners; three small corners lost to front wrapper and page one, but with no loss of text; one leaf of ad's repaired with thread; spine worn with some loss of paper. Rare. The only copy listed on WorldCat of this pre 1790 edition is in the Cotsen children's library, but that is incomplete, lacking the wrappers, the frontispiece, and the last leaf of ad's. There is one copy of a later printing, circa 1794, in Toronto Public Library, but that would appear to be in poor condition as the wrappers are described as 'mutilated.' The 'Q' of the alphabet reads,: 'Q was a Queen, And Queen of the Sluts.' This is possibly a reference to Anne Boleyn, who was frequently referred as 'The Great Whore.'

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        Commentariolus Ludovici Cervarii Tuberonis de origine & incremento urbis Rhacusanae eiusdemque ditionis descriptio auctore Nicolao Joannis de Bona, et Stephani Gradi antiquitatum rhacusanarum brevis diatriba. His accedit de illustribus familiis, quae Rhacusae extant ad amplissimum Senatum. Elegia Didaci Pyrrhi. Cum notis & supplementis.

      Dubrovnik, Andrea Trevisan, 1790. - circa 22 x 15,4 cm. 83 pp. Contemporary marbled wrapper "IT\ICCU\TSAE\027307 (only two copies). Rare edition of the chronicle of Dubrovnik in Dalmatia by Lodovico Cerva (ca.1455-1527), reedited together with other texts about the history of that town by Didaco Pirro, Stjepan Gradic and Nikola Bunic. The longest part is "De illustribus familiis, quae Rhacusae extant ad amplissimum Senatum Didaci Pyrrhi Elegia". It gives characterizations of the eminent Dalmatian families and quotes several inscriptions. The extensive commentary is in a way an archaeological and epigraphic study. " "- Fine, only the last leaves with some light staining, otherwise crisp, a little rubbed. Elegant imprint.

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        PROVERBS EXEMPLIFIED, AND ILLUSRATED BY PICTURES FROM REAL LIFE. Teaching Morality and a Knowledge of the World; With Prints. Designed as a Succession-Book to Aesop's Fables. After the manner, and by the Author, of Hogarth Moralized. Rev. J. Trusler...At The Literary=Press... Price three shillings, half bound.

      viii, 196 pages. Illustrated with woodcut vignette to title and forty-nine other cuts throughout by John Bewick. Later half-bound morocco; red leather title-piece to spine; marbled boards. 12mo. Top edge gilt. 155 x 97 mm. First edition. Some slight browning; two bookplates to front pastedown; else an excellent copy with fine Bewick cuts.

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         Traité des maladies chirurgicales et des opérations qui leur conviennent. Ouvrage posthume... mis au jour par M Lesne... Nelle édition corrigée.

      Paris, Méquignon, 1790, 3 vol. in 8°, d'un portrait gravé, 2 ff.-LXXXVI-420pp., 2ff-512pp. & 2ff. 286pp. 1f., ill. de 90 planches d'instruments de chirurgie se dépl., demi-veau raciné époque, dos lisse orné, p. de t. rouge et verte, tr. mouchetées. Bel exemplaire (ex-libris Dr. A.R.P. Duchateau, Arras) 3e édition du grand traité chirurgical de Jean Louis Petit, l'un des plus éminents chirurgiens de son temps, et le premier directeur de l'Académie de Chirurgie. Il inventa la vis tourniquet (III. pl.72), décrivit pour la première fois les ruptures du talon d'Achille, et fit les premières opérations du mastoïde. Les planches représentent l'ensemble des instruments utilisés à l'époque, dont ceux modifiés ou inventés par Petit, entre autres le fameux élévatoire( I. pl.4). ¶ Garrison-Morton n°3357 & 3577 "By one of the most eminent surgeons of his time, who was the first Manager of the Academy of Surgery. He invented the screw tourniquet, and was first to open the Mastoid Process... Records the first successful operation for mastoiditis... (I.153) and Petit's hernia and triangle...(II.256)" - Dezeimeris VI.699 - Waller I.7323 - Blake p.345 - Hirsch IV. p.568

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        (recueil de 9 textes) Livre rouge

      P., Baudouin, 1790, in 8°, de 39pp. (Tourneux III/13464) - Relié à la suite: - Le Livre Rouge ou liste des pensions secrettes sur le Trésor Public contenant les noms & qualités des pensionnaires, l'état de leurs servides, & des observations sur les motifs qui leur ont mérité leur traitement. Première Classe. Première Livraison. De l'Imprimerie Royale, 1790, 28pp., imprimées à l'encre rouge (Tourneux III/13482 & 13482a) - Et: - Réponse aux observations de M. Necker et de M. de Montmorin relativement au Livre Rouge, suivie des états de comptant de l'année 1783 ... P., Imp. Nationale, 1790, 32pp. (Tourneux III/13470) - Et: - Addition au Livre Rouge ou démonstration de la vérité ... P., Imp. Nationale, s.d., [1790], 8pp. (Tourneux III/13464) - Et: Résultat du Conseil d'Etat du Roi, tenu à Versailles le 27 décembre 1788. P., imp. royale, 1788, 29pp. (Tourneux I/664) - Et: - Lettre du Roi pour la convocation des Etats-Généraux, à Versailles le 27 avril 1789 et réglement y annexé. P,. imp. royale, 1789, 32pp. (Tourneux I/703) - Et: - Etat, par ordre alphabétique, des bailliages royaux et des sénéchaussées royales des Pays d'Elections, qui députeront directement ou indirectement aux Etats-Généraux ... P., imp. royales, 1789, 15pp. (Martin-Walter 6396) - Et: - Ouverture des Etats-Généraux, faite à Versailles le 5 mai 1789. Discours du Roi; discours de M. le Garde des Sceaux; Rapport de M. le Directeur Général des Finances, fait par ordre du Roi. P., imp. royale 1789, 118pp. et 5ff.n.ch. (Etat Général des Revenus et des Dépenses Fixes) - Et: - Confédération Nationale, ou récit exact et circonstancié de tout ce qui s'est passé à Paris, le 14 juillet 1790, à la Fédération ... P., Garnéry, An II, 2ff-238pp., 5 planches gravées h.t. (étendards, médaille gravée par Gatteaux, plan du Champ de Mars, vue de l'autel prise du côté de l'Ecole Militaire, vue de l'arc de triomphe du côté de la Rivière), (Tourneux I/1796). soit 9 textes reliés en 1 vol. pl. basane marbrée époque, dos lisse orné, coiffe sup. lég. usée sinon bon exemplaire. Important recueil qui rassemble: - La publication officielle, faite avec l'autorisation de Louis XVI, du célèbre Livre Rouge des pensions, gratifications et traitements versés par la cassette royale entre 1774 et 1789; - La première livraison du pamphlet du même titre attribué à l'abbé de La Reynie "imprimé en rouge et renfermant de prétendus extraits par ordre alphabétique de l'Etat Nominatif, accompagnés des motifs soi-disant allégués pour justifier ces faveurs et appostillées d'Observations plus injurieuses encore ..." (Tourneux); - Deux autres pamphlets s'y rapportant; - Et quelques rares brochures sur les Etats-Généraux, dont la très rare et fondamentale "Ouverture des Etats-Généraux". Signalons que Le Résultat du Conseil d'Etat du Roi avait pour objet d'établir que "le nombre des députés du Tiers serait égal à celui des deux autres ordres réunis" (Tourneux). Quant au dernier texte sur la Confédération, il s'agit d'une "compilation faite avec soin et avec goût des documents officiels, des extraits de journaux les plus importants et de quelques brochures..." (Tourneux).

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         Le parc au cerf, ou L'origine de l'affreux déficit par un zélé Patriote.

      Paris, sur les débris de la Bastille, 1790, in 8°, de 8-191pp., ill. d'un front. gravé et de deux portraits h.t. de la duchesse de Châteauroux et de Mme de Pompadour, et une planche libre (qui manque à cet exemplaire), cart. papier marbré rouge moderne genre XVIIIe, exemplaire à toutes marges. Très rare et violent pamphlet relatant les débauches de Louis XV et Madame de Pompadour, dans une maison de Versailles "Le Parc au Cerf" logeant de jeunes femmes dévolues à satisfaire les caprices du Roi. Parmi les concubines du "Parc aux cerf" figura la "belle O'Murphy", peinte par François Boucher et dont, Casanova prétend avoir su jouir assez habilement pour la livrer encore vierge au Roi. Il semble que Jeanne Du Barry soit aussi passée par le "Parc aux cerf". Contrairement à la légende, le roi ne se rendit jamais dans cette demeure, les femmes ne faisant qu'y loger, et étant ensuite amenées au palais. Comme souvent, exemplaire sans la planche libre qui manque presque toujours (supprimée pour éviter la censure - normalement placée entre les pages 124/125). Cette planche montre le banquier bordelais Peixotte (Peixotto), juif converti, en pleine action avec une danseuse d'opéra dénudée. ¶ Gay Amour, femmes III. 631 "la figure de Peixotte manque souvent..." - Bibl. Nordmann II. n°104 - Cohen p.182 - Pia n°1079.

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         Les Masques arrachés ou vie privée de L. E. Henri Vander-Noot et Van Eupen, de S.E. le Cardinal de Malines et de leurs adhérens, par Jacques Le Sueur, espion honoraire de la police de Paris, & ci devant employé du ministère de France en qualité de clairvoyant dans les Pays-Bas autrichiens.

      Londres, [Bruxelles], 1790, 2 tomes in 16, de 2ff. 219pp. & 2ff. 215pp., (manque le fx-titre et le titre de la 2e partie) rel. en 1 vol. cart. simili-vélin moderne genre ancien, titre à la plume au dos. Bon exemplaire. Edition originale très rare. Un des rares témoignages sur les cérémonies des illuminés de Bavière. ¶ Quérard Supercheries II.768 "connu aussi sous le nom de Beaunoir, anagramme du sien... Libelle rempli de calomnies et d'obscénités..." - Gay III. 77 - Fesch col. 154 (classé à Beaunoir) - Kloss 3439 - Caillet 6610 (2e édition seulement, classé à Le Sueur) "L'auteur raconte comment il fut affilié à la secte des illuminés...la cérémonie d'initiation, etc..." - Inconnu de Wolftieg - Pas dans Dorbon

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        Treatise on the Culture of the Vine... Together with new hints on the formation of vineyards in England.

      York: Printed by G. Peacock for the author, 1790. Quarto, five engraved plates (three folding), closed tear to p. 149; a most attractive copy in nineteenth-century straight grained red half morocco, label to front board, spine gilt, armorial bookplate of Vane Londonderry. First edition: "a practical, well-written and beautifully printed manual" (Hyams).William Speechly (1735-1819) was a famous English horticulturalist, who had made his name perfecting the growing of pineapples (an eighteenth-century English craze) in England. At this point in his career Speechly was gardener at Welbeck Abbey in Nottinghamshire, the house of the third Duke of Portland, to whom he dedicated this book. Speechly describes some 50 varieties of grape, and discusses all manner of practical questions relating to vineyards, including a long discussion on hothouses. Although printed in York, it is interesting to note that the London distributors included Nicol (who published Cook's third voyage), as well as both Stockdale and Debrett who, at the time, were publishing the First Fleet journals.It has been assumed that the first edition was in fact an undated edition at London, but this seems unlikely as the London edition is an expanded work, and Speechly was based in Nottinghamshire and had connections to Yorkshire (his first gardening position had been at Castle Howard).From the library of Charles William Vane, third Marquess of Londonderry.

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        Poems

      

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        An Apparition.

      W. Holland. May 1790 Hand-coloured etching. Trimmed close to plate mark on left margin. A v.g. bright copy. 35 x 25cm.Not in George but a copy is located at the BM; not in the V&A with no further copies on Copac; OCLC records one copy at Yale. David Alexander in his book Richard Newton and English Caricature in the 1790s

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        Dictionnaire raisonné de toutes les parties de la physique (2 volumes)

      A Paris, chez Desray, libraire, quai des Augustins, n°35 1790 - Deux volumes in-4 cm), reliure plein veau, dos à 5 nerfs ornés de caissons dorés, triple filet d'encadrement sur les plats, double filet doré sur les coupes, gardes couleur, xvj-708 et 769 pages (+34 pages en fin du Tome 2 : "Observations sur les nouvelles découvertes aërostatiques, et sur la probabilité de pouvoir diriger les ballons", édité en 1984) ; manque le volume de planches, par ailleurs beaux exemplaires. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Lord Viscount Sydney...

      London: n.d., circa 1790. Mezzotint engraving, 440 x 310 mm; framed. A fine and fresh impression: Lord Sydney, after the official portrait by Gilbert Stuart, the celebrated American portraitist - the "father of American portraiture" - who worked in England from 1775 until the late 1780s. A protégé of Benjamin West, with whom he studied for six years, he reached such success in England that at one point only Reynolds and Gainsborough were getting higher prices.Viscount Sydney was of course instrumental in promoting the idea that a penal colony be formed in New South Wales. As Secretary for the Home Department when the decision was finally made to colonise New South Wales, he was the first to announce, in August 1786, George III's decision to send out the First Fleet. When Arthur Phillip finally decided to establish the settlement at Port Jackson, rather than Botany Bay, he paid the Home Secretary the compliment of naming Sydney after him, now one of the great cities of the world.

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        Voyages dans le pays des Hottentots... à la Baye Botanique, et dans la Nouvelle Hollande. Traduits de l'Anglois, accompagnés de détails précieux relatifs à M. de la Pérouse.

      Paris: Letellier, 1790. Octavo; contemporary French marbled sheep. The second, considerably changed, Letellier version of Tench's account. Letellier had also published a version in 1789: it is not clear whether his edition or that published by Knapen the same year was the first French account of the new colony of New South Wales to appear in print.In this edition the publisher provides Tench's account the first eye-witness account of Australia's settlement - along with the account of La Pérouse at Botany Bay, together with the substantial addition of Patterson's narrative of travels in South Africa. Front cover marked but a very good copy.

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        A New Edition, Greatly Improved. Memoirs of George Barrington; from His Birth in MDCCLV, to His Last Conviction at the Old Bailey...

      London: M. Smith (pseudonym of George Kearsley), 1790. Octavo, with half-title and frontispiece; in rubbed contemporary half calf with a gilt ruled and lettered crimson label. An attractive copy of the partially reprinted Barrington memoirs (here spruiked as 'A new edition, Greatly improved') issued by London bookseller George Kearsley under the pseudonym 'M. Smith'.Transported to New South Wales on the Third Fleet of 1791, Barrington was already a legendary hero in EngIand, a prince of rogues. The English public's continuing interest in New South Wales and the fate of the transported convicts encouraged the publishers' greed: they compiled information from various sources to satisfy a public starved of accounts of the new colony since the books by Tench and Hunter in 1793.Unlike other known examples, this copy has a half-title page preceding the frontispiece leaf. It is bound with another Kearsley criminal biography An Authentic Account of the Forgeries and Frauds of... Charles Price (1786). Kearsley's late eighteenth-century novelised crime biographies were an important step in the development of the 'true crime' genre that became developed into a mainstay of nineteenth-century English publishing. The Price biography portrays the famous forger as a shameless wheedler who had the audacity to suicide rather than face his destiny on the gallows. A little offsetting affects the title-page, occasional light foxing yet, a very good copy.

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         Voyages dans le pays des Hottentots, à la Caffrerie, à la baye Botanique, et dans la Nouvelle Hollande Traduits de l'anglois, accompagnés de détails précieux relatifs à M. de La Peyrouse. - - Suivi de : (capt. Watkin Tench, Voyage à la Baie Botanique; avec une description du nouveau Pays de Galles méridional, de ses habitants, de ses productions, etc. et quelques détails relatifs à M. de La Pérouse, pendant son séjour à la Baie Botanique. A laquelle on a ajouté le récit historique de la Nouvelle Hollande, et des différens voyages qui y ont été faits par les Européens)

      Paris, chez Letellier, 1790, in 8°, de 3ff. 213pp., - & paginé de V à VIII (sans le titre et le fx-titre de la 2e partie, comme souvent) 266pp., le tout rel. en 1 vol. pl. basane racinée époque, dos lisse entièrement orné, qq. taches et restauration en marge du feuillet de titre. (ex-libris gravé XIXe "Bibliothèque du château de Paulhac", propriété du Marquis Anatole de Cassagnes de Beaufort de Miramon, 1828-1912) Edition originale de la traduction française de Théophile Mandar de la relation du botaniste britannique le Colonel Paterson en Afrique du Sud, avec une intéressante description de la faune et de la flore, des plantes et animaux venimeux, des coutumes des Boers, Hottentots et Bushmen qui habitent les zones côtières ... Suivi de la traduction de l'ouvrage du capitaine Tench, embarqué comme volontaire en 1787 à bord du navire la "Charlotte" qui transportait des prisonniers pour "Botany Bay" en Australie. Il consacra une grande partie de son temps à explorer la Nouvelle Galles du Sud, et découvrit la Nepean River. Il livre ici un témoignage fondamental sur les premiers mois de la colonie pénitentiaire en Australie, le pays, les ressources, les autochtones, les colons, etc. Tench fut l'un des derniers capitaines à voir La Pérouse et ses vaisseaux qu'il croisa à Port Jackson. ¶ Gay, 3111 - Ferguson 96 - Boucher de la Richarderie IV, 241.

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        Flora Cochinchinensis: sistens plantas in regno Cochinchina nascentes. Quirus accedunt aliae observatae in Sinensi Imperio, Africa orientali, Indiaquae variis. Omnes dispositae secundum systema sexuale Linnaeanum.

      Ulyssipone: Typis et Expensis Academicis, 1790.- 2 vols. [(2), XIX, (2), 353; (4), 744, (4) ]p.; 28cm.-CRara 1ª edição desta obra cientifica muito apreciada. João de Loureiro (1715-1796) foi um dos nossos mais importantes botânicos, e devotou o seu trabalho ao estudo da flora do Sudoeste asiático onde recolheu um notável herbário composto por mais de mil espécies. Assim, esta Flora que segue já a nomenclatura Lineana é uma das mais importantes contribuições àcerca da flora da parte leste da peninsula trans-gangetica e do Sul da China. Obra com interesse sistemático.Cartonagens recentes ao gosto antigo em papel marmoreado com rótulos em pele. Primeiras e ultimas folhas com leves picos de acidez devido á qualidade do papel.

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        Wedgwood Creamware Jug bearing 'A Map of the World from the Latest Discoveries'.

      Staffordshire: Wedgwood, circa, 1790. Ceramic creamware jug with world map printed on two sides, stands 186mm tall with a diameter of 90mm; spout has been abraded, small hairline crack to the rim, generally in very good condition. Charming late 18th-century Wedgwood printed jug displaying a world map which includes recent discoveries in the Pacific and east coast of Australia. The jug was clearly produced after the third voyage of Captain Cook as the Hawaiian islands are marked on the map, which features Australia divided into New Holland and New South Wales, the latter still connected to Van Diemen's Land. An imaginary southern land is partially depicted as an incomplete island named 'Terra Australis' southwest of the Cape of Good Hope and directly south of Tristan de Cunha. New Zealand is depicted with the Cook Strait clearly marked, as are many of the smaller Polynesian groups such as Tahiti and the Solomon Islands. Both hemispheres of the world are adorned with allegorical neoclassical figures in dramatic poses including a New World Indian in the southern hemisphere, an African figure with resting lion and an Oriental maiden flanked by a camel.Wedgwood creamware was produced in Staffordshire from the mid-eighteenth century onwards and after slow acceptance by the market eventually became a huge commercial success for the firm. The map is a double-hemisphere type in a style typical of the end of the century as exemplified by Samuel Dunn's world map of 1787 or the map engraved by James Lumsden in 1785. This rare Wedgwood jug reflects the curiosity of late eighteenth-century Europeans for voyages of discovery at a time when the last remaining geographical mysteries were finally being resolved. It is a delightful record of contemporary discoveries in the Pacific and on the east coast of Australia.

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        A New Moral System of Geography, containing an Account of the different Nations ancient and modern... including a Description of each Country, and their respective Productions...

      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; 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 Abbé Gaultier, a French educator who fled the French Revolution and established a school in England. Gaultier issued books and games to support his theories... '. Joints fragile but a delightful copy.

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        [??????. Sangoku tsüran zenzu. General Map of Three Countries]....

      (circa1790). Coloured folding Japanese manuscript map copy of ?????????? [Sangoku tsüran yochi rotei zensu General Route Map of Three Countries]. 52 x 71.5cm folds to 24 x 13cm. Small holes at folds and on margins, soiling along central fold, dark paper strip along edges. Paper covered card covers insect damaged. The controversial Japanese book and five accompanying maps, 'Sangoku tsüran zusetsu' published in 1785, describes the geography and customs of three countries - Kankoku (Korea) , Yezo or Ezo (present day Hokkaido), and Ryükyü (present day Okinawa). At the time of its publication Ha Yezo was only partially occupied by the Tokugawa government and although from 1609 Ryükyü was in reality under the control of the Shimazu clan in Satsuma (present Kagoshima Prefecture), the Shimazu clan allowed it to be an independent country superficially. Among the five maps published to accompany Sangoku tsüran yochi (General Route Map of Three Countries), is this map of Japan and its neighbouring countries which this manuscript map is a copy of. The other four maps are: a map of Ryükyü (????), Yezo (?????), the eight provinces of Korea (?????), and Ogasawara Islands (????).This particular map, showing Japan and its neighbours attracts strong feelings even today as it shows the disputed islands, known to the Japanese as Takeshima ????/??, Dokdo - ??/?? to Koreans and Liancourt Rocks to English speakers, crucially marked as "Korea's possession". This is used by Korea as evidence for the legitimacy of their claim. The book and its accompanying maps, were an attempt to define Japan's borders and were banned on publication because the author, Hayashi Shihei, criticised Japanese maritime defence policy. As frequently is the case, the banning of Sangoku tsüran zusetsu did nothing to deter interest in what Hayashi Shihei had to say and copies of the maps were made and circulated underground. This copy appears to be one of these underground copies. Kanji numbers are neatly written in the border framing the map showing longitude and latitude. At first glance this suggests accuracy but in fact the map does not accurately reflect scientific knowledge in Japan at that period. Only a few years before in 1779 Nagakubo Sekisui published a much more accurate map of Japan. The map is imprecise, especially as the map maker moved further from the familiar regions of Honshu, Kyushu, and Shikoku. However it is clear that Hayashi Shihei's intention was not to concern himself with cartographical detail but as he says on the map itself "This is a small map to show the geographical relations between Japan and neighbouring countries such as Korea, Ryükyü, Yezo, Sakhalin, Kamchatka, and Sea Otter Island [Urup]." As this text suggests, the purpose was to show the location of Japan amongst her neighbouring countries rather to give a precise description of Japan and these countries. Previously in Japan there had been not much interest in mapping the region outside of Japan however with the increasing visits and incursions into Japanese territory by Russians, Dutch and other outsiders it became important to define and clarify Japan's borders. (When referring to this item please quote stockid 155967)....

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        Nachrichten von Neapel und Sicilien, auf einer Reise in den Jahren 1785 und 1786 [...].

      Christian Gottlob Proft, 1790. In 8, p. XVIII 652, con 3 tav. ripiegate incise f.t. (Siracusa, cratere dell'Etna, Agrigento); leg. coeva in mz. pl. con punte, tass. e filetti in oro al dorso. Qualche forellino di tarlo al margine bianco. Ex libris Ruffo. Interessante nota manoscritta alla sguardia ant. dove si ipotizza che il libro sia stato acquistato a Copenaghen dal Principe di Palazzolo, là come ministro nel 1828. - Rara se non introvabile edizione (solo tre es. in biblioteche italiane). Friederich Christian Carl Heinrich Münter (Lubecca, 1761 - Copenaghen, 1830) è stato un vescovo luterano, archeologo, filologo, massone, storico della Chiesa tedesco naturalizzato danese. In missioni segrete per la corte danese e la massoneria, percorse buona parte dell'Europa. La sua azione più significativa la svolse a Napoli e in Sicilia, ove soggiornò per tre volte (1785-1786). A Napoli stabilì intensi e duraturi rapporti con Mario Pagano, Domenico Cirillo, Pasquale Baffi, etc. i quali saranno i promotori della Repubblica Partenopea e finiranno impiccati dopo il fallimento della rivoluzione del 1799. Citato dal Croce come la principale fonte di notizie sulla massoneria napoletana di quegli anni. Buone condizioni

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        Group Of Copy Letters From The Woolwich Military Science Laboratory, 1790.

      London: Woolwich Arsenal, 1790. Fourteen large folio pages, handwritten in neat script with one hand drawn illustration showing the profile of the building as it is to be equipped with a special chimney for the new sulphur refinery - "to carry off the dangerous effluvia".Minor chips and tears to edges, minor spotting.The letters were, apparently, rescued from a bonfire when the storage building at Woolwich Arsenal was demolished in the 1970s. As a group, they provide a view into the daily workings of the most important military research establishment in the British Isles during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The letters make reference to Major William Congreve (later Sir), the Comptroller of the Royal Laboratories at the Royal Arsenal, who ten years after these papers were written won substantial renown as a result of his work on rocket technology. These Congreve rockets, heavily based on Mysorean rockets used against the British East India Company, were used to great effect in subsequent wars, including the Napoleonic Wars.Included in these documents are lists of requirements, including personnel and various ingredients for making cartridges, documents calculating the expense of powder for the war office, and discussion concerning the construction of various engines and pieces of machinary, such as the aforementioned sulphur refinery.

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        Voyages dans le pays des Hottentots... a la Baye Botanique, et dans la Nouvelle Hollande. Traduits de l'Anglois, accompagnés de détails précieux relatifs à M. de la Pérouse.

      Paris: 1790. Octavo, two works together; quarter polished calf, rubbed, spine gilt in compartments with morocco label. The second, considerably changed, Letellier version of Tench's account. Letellier had also published a version in 1789: it is not clear whether his edition or that published by Knapen the same year was the first French account of the new colony of New South Wales to appear in print.In this edition the publisher provides Tench's account the first eye-witness account of Australia's settlement - along with the account of La Pérouse at Botany Bay, together with the substantial addition of Patterson's narrative of travels in South Africa.This copy bears the ownership signeture of C. Johannes Brand, superintendent of the East India Company at the Cape of Good Hope. A pencilled note to the front endpaper notes that Captain Cook stayed with Brand at the Cape, and gifted a table to him as a token of appreciation. Very good copy.

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        Nouvelle iconologie historique ou attributs hieroglyphiques [...] Nieuwe historische beeldspraak of hieroglyphische merkbeelden

      Edition by Cornelis Sebille Roos & Aren Fokke Te Amsterdam 1790 in-folio (27x43cm) relié

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        Géographie des Grecs analysée; ou les systêmes d'Eratosthenes, de Strabon et de Ptolémée comparés entre eux et avec nos connoissances modernes.

      Paris: Didot l'aîné, 1790. Quarto, with ten folding engraved maps; 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; the two together constitute his major contribution to the subject. A very good copy.

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