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        [van Dyk] Catalogus van een fraaije verzameling schilderyen.

      Door vermaarde Nederlandsche meesters. Benevens een ongemeene uitmuntende capitaale collectie gecouleurde en ongecouleurde teekeningen, extra capitaale prent-konst, bestaande in gegraveerde en zwarte konst-prenten, en in de manier als teekeningen, waar onder de fraaiste en zeldzaamste in beide voorkomende, gevonden worden en veele proefdrukken, alles zindelyk geconditioneerd. Heerlyke gebonden en losse prentwerken. En een keurige en welgeconditioneerde verzameling boeken. Nagelaaten door wylen den konstbeminnaar den heere Jan van Dyk. Alle het welke verkogt zal worden door de makelaars Philippus van der Schley, Cornelis Ploos v. Amstel Jacob Cornelisz, Bernardus de Bosch jer., Bruno Tideman, Jan Yver, en Joannes Tideman. Op maandag den 14 maart 1791 en volgende dagen, 's morgens ten 10 en 's namiddags ten 4 uuren, ten huize van Arnoldus Dankmeyer en Zoon, castelyns in het Oudezyds heeren Logement, te Amsterdam. Alwaar gemelde konstwerken saturdag voor de verkoopdag, voor een ieder zullen te zien zyn. De catalogussen zyn by gemelde makelaars te bekomen, en verder in de buitenskeden, mits betaalende 6 stuivers. Amsterdam, by A. van der Kroe, (1791). 8:o. (8),188 s. & 1 grav. plansch. Häftad i samtida blekt och solkigt gråpappomslag. Ryggen defekt upp- och nedtill. Oskuren och tryckt på tjockt papper. Första två bladen solkiga och det första med reva i övre marginalen. Med samtida tillskrift nedtill på främre omslaget.. Jan van Dyk (ca 1690-1769) var konstkännare och framförallt en framstående konservator. Det publicerades även en katalog över hans bibliotek

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        Discoveries of the French in 1768 & 1769 South-East of New Guinea , with the subsequent visits to the same lands by English Navigators, who gave them new names... To which is prefixed, an historical abridgment of the voyages and discoveries of the Spaniards in the same seas... Translated from the French

      London: John Stockdale, 1791. Quarto, with 12 folding charts; a fine copy in attractive modern speckled calf by Aquarius. First English edition. First English edition of the great work on the French discovery of the Solomon Islands, and a direct result of the voyage of the First Fleet to New South Wales: the French original was issued in 1790.Phillip's Voyage, 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 that 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, Phillip, Mendana, Quiros and others. There are also interesting comments on the La Pérouse voyage. Fleurieu announces the receipt of journals from as far 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. The translator of this edition notes that La Pérouse has still not turned up and "the apprehension for his loss increases daily

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        Droits de l'homme ou réponse à l'ouvrage de Monsieur Burke contre la Révolution francoise. Hbg., Gebr. Herold 1791. 136 S. Hldr. d. Zt. mit Rverg. u. Rsch. (Etw. berieb. u. best.).

      Gebrüder Herold, Hamburg 1791 - Stammhammer II, 243 (3). - Seltene Hamburger französ. Ausgabe im Jahr d. franz. u. engl. EA. - Ersch. als Antwort auf die Kritik Edmund Burkes an der "Französischen Revolution". "Es wurde die bekannteste und meistgelesene Verteidigung der Ideale der Französischen Revolution und der Menschenrechte" (KNLL XII,879f.). - Mit Namenszug "Tomas Paine" a. Tit. Die le. Bl. in den Rändern tls. angestaubt. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Voyage du gouverneur Phillip à Botany-Bay

      Paris: Buisson, 1791. Octavo; some foxing throughout, a tear to the last page of index repaired; a good uncut copy in later quarter calf over old boards, French version. The first French edition of the classic account of Australian settlement. Based on the governor's journals and despatches, this official record included the first descriptions and engravings of a large number of Australian birds, animals, fish and plants. The original English publication in 1789 led to world-wide interest in British achievements in New South Wales, which the French observed with considerable acquisitive interest, preserving ambitions of Antipodean empire well into the 1820s. The European - especially French and German - interest in the Botany Bay experiment led to the quite swift translation and foreign publication of Tench's relatively short account whereas both Phillip's and White's accounts, being longer, took two years to be translated.

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        ELEMENTS OF MILITARY ARRANGEMENT, and of the DISCIPLINE OF WAR; Adapted to the Practise of the BRITISH INFANTRY.

      London, T. & J. Egerton, 1791.THIRD EDITION 1791, 2 volumes, complete set. Small 8vo, approximately 160 x 100 mm, 6½ x 4 inches, pages: viii, 272; viii, 203, half - title in Volume II, not called for in Volume I, bound in full contemporary speckled calf, spine divided by decorative gilt bands, 4 gilt Etruscan style vases in compartments, contrasting gilt lettered morocco labels. Top of upper hinge on Volume I cracked (45 mm, 1¾ inches), spines slightly darkened and very slightly worn, very small piece chipped from head of spine of Volume II, small grey mark to upper cover of Volume I, endpapers browned at edges, a short closed tear to 1 margin, otherwise contents clean and bright, bindings tight and firm. A very good set. Some subjects covered: armies, structure and strength; exercises and parades; marching; methods of firing; manoeuvres; honours; encampment; garrisons; military courts and martial law; military punishments and executions; military funerals. MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING, ALL ZOOMABLE. FURTHER IMAGES ON REQUEST. POSTAGE AT COST.

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        TOURNEFORT,.

      "Aquisextiensis, Doctoris Medici Parisiensis, Academiae Regiae Scientiarum Socii, & in Horto Regio Botanices Professoris, Institutiones Rei Herbariae...... Tome Primus. Paris, 1791.3 vols. Part text and part II and III 2 engr.title. and 489 numbered engr.plts. Tournefort's history of plants growing about Paris, with their uses in physick; ...".

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        De vita et moribus sex sacerdotum Paraguaycorum

      Lives of Jesuits missionaries in Paraguay. 1791. Faenza. Typographia Archius. In 8vo (208 mm x 134 mm). xl + 299 pp. Contemporary wrappers, perished spine. Title page two ownership inscriptions and stamp, entirely uncut, scattered foxing, very good.First edition. A rare work on the lives of six missionaries that worked in Paraguay and north Argentina; written by a Jesuit who spent over 10 years working amongst them, granting credibilityA second edition was printed in 1793, containing 13 biographies Tredecim virorum Paraguaycorum. "Contains an account of the aborigines of South America, of the remains of the ancient Incas of Peru, and of the march of civilization among the nations of Paraguay" (Sabin).Peramas (1732 ?" 1793) was a learned Spanish Jesuit missionary, in 1755 after reading about the Jesuit´s missionary activities and evolution of the missions founded in the jungle, decided to join them, staying there until the expulsion of the Order. A fervent defender of the Society of Jesus, he fought off the hostile anti-Jesuit work of Corneille de Pauw, and at the same time praises their work carried out in America. De Backer-Sommervogel VI, 483. Medina, BHA, 5469. Sabin, 60857.

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        Giannone da' Campi Elisj ovvero conferenze segrete tra un savio ministro di stato e l'avvocato Pietro Giannone intorno ad importantissimi obbjetti che riguardano il ben essere della nazione napoletana

      CHIARIZIA Ottavio Maria. Giannone da' Campi Elisj ovvero conferenze segrete tra un savio ministro di stato e l'avvocato Pietro Giannone intorno ad importantissimi obbjetti che riguardano il ben essere della nazione napoletana. S.l., 1791. In 8vo; pp.VIII,263, 2n.nn. con errata. Unito: Lettera di un curato provinciale ad uno dei compilatori dell'Analisi ragionata cominciata in Napoli nell'Ottobre 1791, il quale si è nascosto sotto le seguenti lettere iniziali F.S.P.A. Napoli, presso Michele Morelli, 1794. Pp.2n.nn., 79. Cinque lettere di Pietro Giannone indirizzate al Segretario di Stato Simonetti riguardo lo stato politico ed economico del Regno di Napoli e le tasse dovute al Papa. Pergamena coeva, tassello al dorso con titolo e fregi in oro. Melzi I, pag. 448.

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        A New Medical Dictionary; Or, General Repository Of Physic, Containing An Explanation Of The Terms, And A Description Of The Various Particulars Relating To Anatomy, Physiology, Physic, Surgery, Materia Medica, Chemistry

      London: Printed For J.Johnson; G.G.J. and J.Robinson, A.Hamilton, Jun. & J.Murray, 1791. - folio. pp. x, 738 [i.e. 734], [8]index, [6]. text in double columns. 30 engraved plates. contemporary tree calf, rebacked (corners worn, title slightly soiled & with small library rubberstamp, occasional light spotting). Third Edition, Revised and Corrected, with numerous additions by Dr. George Wallis, lecturer on the theory and practice of Physic, London. Blake p. 314. Wellcome iv p. 188.

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        Kst.- Karte, von Carl Jäck n. D.F. Sotzmann b. der Akademie der Wissenschaften in Berlin, "Special Karte von der Mittelmark mit Genehnhaltung der königl. Academie der Wissenschaften zu Berlin .. 1791".

      . mit altem Grenz- und Flächenkolorit, dat. 1791, 51,5 x 60. Tooley, Dictionary of Mapmakers, Bd. III, S. 189 ( Diese Karte ist verzeichnet ). - Sehr seltene Karte der Mittelmark, erschienen bei der Berliner Akademie ( mit dem Stempel ). Sotzmann schuf die Karte im Jahr 1790, Carl Jäck stach die Karte 1791. - Oben rechts der Titel, unten links kleine Statistik der Kreise und Erklärungen der Zeichen. - Zeigt die 10 Kreise der Mittelmark. Gebiet: Havelberg, Küstrin, Peitz, Wittenberg. Später erschien auch eine Ausgabe bei Simon Schropp. - Am unteren Rand hinterlegte Einrisse.

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        Views taken on and near the river Rhine, at Aix la Chapelle, And on the river Maese.

      London, Walter, 1791.. 1 Bl., gest. Tit., 156 SS. und 32 Aquatinta.-Taf. mit Ansichten, 8°, GLdr.- Bd. d. Zt. mit Ganzgoldschn. ( leicht berieben u. bestoßen ). Frühes Ansichtenwerk mit Aquatinatafeln in einem schönen Einband. - Mit Ansichten von Mannheim, Hammerstein, Koblenz, Aachen ( mehrfach ) und zahlr. anderen Rheinorten.

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        REFLECTIONS ON THE REVOLUTION IN FRANCE, AND ON THE PROCEEDINGS IN CERTAIN SOCIETIES IN LONDON RELATIVE TO THAT EVENT

      London: printed: New York: Re-printed by Hugh Gaine, 1791.. [4],196pp. Octavo. Extracted from bound volume. Some inevitable scattered foxing and tanning, some occasional neat early ink marginalia and commentary, two early ink ownership signatures on title (one crossed through), but a good copy, the fore-edges largely untrimmed. First American edition of Burke's spirited fusillade against the revolutionary fervor across the channel, described by PMM as "one of the most brilliant of all polemics." The second owner was at distinct disagreement with some of the opinions of the first: on page 106, the first owner has written, in part: "This sentence, though too long, is a very fine one...." The second owner has neatly crossed through those comments, and responded simply "fudge." PRINTING AND THE MIND OF MAN 239. TODD 53ff. EVANS 23238. ESTC W36398.

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        LE BON SENS PUISE DANS LA NATURE OU IDEES NATURELLES

      Rome / Paris, Le Raison, 1791.** . Relié de l' époque, plein veau, cadre fleuronné doré sur les plats, dos orné doré, coupe et coiffes doré, titre doré sur étiquette noir, plats de papier marbré, 13x20cm, 244pp. Belle éditions du texte donné par d' Holbach en 1772, sous le titre Le bon sens ou idées naturelles opposées aux idées surnaturelles, reprenant le Testament établi par Voltaire. Cet ouvragte peut être concidéré comme un chef d' oeuvre de logique.

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        Autograph note to the London publisher Thomas Cadell

      London: 10 February, 1791. Manuscript in ink on a single piece of paper, originally folded, 140 x 233 mm.; top corner restored. Early colonial shopping list for books. Watkin Tench's second cousin writes to London to acquire books on New South Wales, at a time when Tench himself was still in Port Jackson. This is a revealing eighteenth-century manuscript note, written by a colleague and close relation of Tench, Banastre Tarleton, a military hero. Tarleton here chases up copies of the earliest books on the new colony at Botany Bay, and the subject evidently piqued the interest of his family: by the time of Tench's second book published in 1793 no fewer than nine copies were subscribed by different branches of the Tarletons. Their would almost certainly have been a personal relationship between Tarleton and Tench, who were both of an age, and who both left England as young men to join the American War of Independence. The Tarletons were a prominent merchant family in the Liverpool region of England. Their own ships traded in the West Indies, Africa and America and were no doubt involved in the huge slave trade of the period which contributed to the wealth of the city of Liverpool. They were also major sugar importers from the West Indies. As a soldier, General Banastre Tarleton was one of the best-remembered and most-hated British officers to fight in the American war. He rose spectacularly through the ranks to be given independent command of the British Legion before the age of twenty-four. It was during the capture of Charleston in 1780, in which he employed unusually ruthless and cruel tactics, that he gained the epithet "Bloody Ban", which stuck with him for life. "Tarleton's Quarter" became a rallying cry for patriots throughout the south, who would use it more than once to justify murdering defeated enemies who were attempting to surrender. Tarleton returned to England in 1782 as a hero and became a member of the Prince of Wales' inner circle. He wrote A History of the Campaigns of 1780 & 1781, in the Southern Provinces of America which was published by Thomas Cadell in 1787. Returning to his home town of Liverpool, he was knighted in 1790 and elected to Parliament, where he served seven terms. In his political career he is best remembered for his vigorous opposition to the abolition of the slave trade. At the time he wrote this note to his publisher Thomas Cadell, the great travel and exploration publisher of the late eighteenth century, Tarleton would have been aware that Watkin Tench had been active in setting up the convict settlement at Port Jackson from 1788. Tench had arrived in Port Jackson on the convict ship Charlotte on 20 January serving a three-year tour of service at England's newest colony after his work in the American war. Perhaps it was also in relation to Tarleton's parliamentary duties that he required information on the fledgling colony of Botany Bay. Dated only three years after settlement, Tarleton's note reads: 'Colonel Tarleton's compliments to Mr Cadell & wishes him to find as soon as possible, all the pamphlets that have been published relative to South Wales [sic] or Botany Bay…'. At this early date only a handful of publications dedicated to Botany Bay had appeared, including the first of Tench's works, A Narrative of the Expedition to Botany Bay… published in London in 1789. Whilst Cadell had only been involved in a couple of related publications, Tarleton would naturally have turned to his own publisher in the Strand to gather the information he required. This is a fascinating early expression of interest in Botany Bay, by an eighteenth-century figure of renown.

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        Vase.

      Rome 1791 - Etching. Overall size: 73.7cm by 55cm, mounted. Best known for his representations of on the archaeological reconstructions of ruins and the documentation of contemporary Rome, Piranesi also made a fundamental contribution to the development of the decorative arts. The "Vasi" is one of the most important of his works related to his own interests as a restorer and dealer in antiquities, and which had a great influence on interior decoration, and industrial production of ceramics, etc. This was an aspect of Piranesi's work on which he relied more extensively after the death of his major patron, Clement XIII Rezzonico. Many of the plates illustrate objects made of ancient Roman marbles that could be inspected at his Museo in the Palazzo Tomati where his engraving business and his home were both located. The integration of ancient sculptural fragments into his restored objects allowed for flights of fancy that were very influential on younger architects such as Percier and Fontaine, who made there mark as architects for Napoleon. The plates were issued as individual plates from 1768, first appearing in bound form in 1778 as 'Vasi Candelabri Cippi Sarcofagi', probably compiled by Francesco Piranesi following his father's death. This set comprises Vasi antichi di marmo, Vaso inerario, Vasi Signor Corbet and Vasi Carmathen.

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        THE LIFE OF SAMUEL JOHNSON, LL.D. COMPREHENDING AN ACCOUNT OF HIS STUDIES AND NUMEROUS WORKS

      London: Printed for Henry Baldwin, 1791.. xii,[16],516;[2],588[i.e.586],[2]pp. Two volumes. Quarto. handsomely bound in full speckled calf, elaborately gilt extra, a.e.g., for Brentano's. Portrait. Facsimile and plate. Isolated minor foxing, a couple of thin scratches to one upper board, S2-3 in first volume exhibit odd discoloration, otherwise a bright set, very good or slightly better. First edition, but with the corrected state of I:135:10 ('give'), and with the complement of cancels outlined by Pottle, as usual. In volume two, pages 78, 92, 275 and 352 are in their first, uncorrected states. Frequently remarked upon as one of the triumphs of the art of biography in the English language. ROTHSCHILD 463. POTTLE 79. GROLIER ENGLISH HUNDRED 65. ESTC T64481.

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        Arthur Phillips Reise nach der Botany-Bay: nebst Auszügen aus den Tagebüchern der neuesten Brittischen Entdecker in der Südsee.

      Hoffmann,, Hamburg: 1791 - The third German edition of 'The Voyage of Governor Phillip to Botany Bay' including an important folding map, not recorded by Tooley, showing the eastern seaboard of Australia, extending from New Guinea, New Caledonia, New Zealand and the Marshall Islands. The coast of 'Neu Holland' shows "Neu Sud Wallis [endeckt?] 1770", and Botany Bay and Port Jackson with "Sidney cove". Port Jackson and Botany Bay are exaggerated in size. The map, titled 'Charte von Neu Holland, Neu Georgien und den Lord Mulgrave Inseln', is not listed in Tooley but is referenced as no. 1791-16 in Perry & Prescott's "A Guide to Maps of Australia in Books Published 1780- 1830." Neither of the first two German editions appear in Ferguson, an abbreviated version of 86 pages with one map & 1 plate (Leipzig: 1789) and the second in Berlin in 1790. There is a 20pp account of Gilbert's voyage from Port Jackson to Canton, with separate section-title. 8vo, [xiv], viii, 9-264pp, frontispiece portrait of Arthur Phillips, engraved half title, 8 plates, folding map with original wash color measuring 9 3/4 x 12 1/2" plus margin. Strong impressions of the 8 plates entitled: Die gelbe Gummi Pflanze; Einwohner von Botany Bay (three Aborigines with canoe, fishing); Abbildlung einer Hutte in Neu Sudwales (Aborigines in front of dwelling); [engraved illustration of tools]; Geflecktes Oppossum; Fliegendes Eichhorn; Casuar auf Neu Holland (Cassowary); and Schwarzes fliegendes Opossum. Period three quarter tan leather and tan speckled papered boards. Spine quite rubbed and chipped, lacking top half inch; gilt title on spine; paper shelf label with number at base of spine. Internally, folding map with a short diagonal closed tear repaired just below Neu Guinea, not affecting Neu Holland; the interior very bright and clean. Ferguson 113; OCLC: 645425590; Engelmann I, 241. Volume 2 of a series entitled "Neuere Geschichte der See- und Land-Reisen", complete in itself and rare. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        REFLECTIONS ON THE REVOLUTION IN FRANCE, AND ON THE PROCEEDINGS IN CERTAIN SOCIETIES IN LONDON RELATIVE TO THAT EVENT

      London: printed: New York: Re-printed by Hugh Gaine, 1791.. [4],196pp. Octavo. Extracted from bound volume. Some inevitable scattered foxing and tanning, some occasional neat early ink marginalia and commentary, two early ink ownership signatures on title (one crossed through), but a good copy, the fore-edges largely untrimmed. First American edition of Burke's spirited fusillade against the revolutionary fervor across the channel, described by PMM as "one of the most brilliant of all polemics." The second owner was at distinct disagreement with some of the opinions of the first: on page 106, the first owner has written, in part: "This sentence, though too long, is a very fine one...." The second owner has neatly crossed through those comments, and responded simply "fudge." PRINTING AND THE MIND OF MAN 239. TODD 53ff. EVANS 23238. ESTC W36398.

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        MARTIROLOGIO ROMANO

      . Zustand: Excelente Einband: Encuadernacion de tapa dura. Madrid. 20x13. 468pag. 1791. Pasta espanola. Publicado por orden del papa Gregorio XIII y reconocido con la autoridad de Urbano VIII, de Inocencio XI, de Clemente X, y ultimamente corregido y aumentado por sumo pontifice Benedicto XIV ; traducido al castellano por D. Agustin Alvarez Pato y Castrillon. Muy dificil en comercio. Ref 6.2 Biblioteca A.

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        Richard Brinsley Sheridan Esq

      J. Hall, No. 83 Berwick Street, London 1791 - A lovely copy of Reynolds' distinguished portrait of Richard Sheridan, the famous politician and dramatist. Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1751-1816) was a renowned British dramatist and politician. His witty plays exhibit the finest development of the comedy of manners in 18th-century England, and he was one of the most admired playwrights of his day. At a young age Sheridan purchased the Drury Lane Theatre in London, which he owned until it was destroyed by fire in 1809. Among his best known works are 'The School for Scandal', and 'The Critic' which are both witty satires on fashionable society. Sheridan became a member of parliament in 1780, and went on to lead a distinguished and influential parliamentary career. As a politician Sheridan was best remembered for his eloquent speeches in opposition to the British war against the American colonies. As a young man, he was acquainted with Samuel Johnson, and was later friends with George, Prince of Wales. O'Donoghue, Catalogue of Engraved British Portraits. in the British Museum 3. Copper engraving. In excellent condition. Image size: 17 7/8 x 13 7/8 inches.

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        Kst.- Karte, n. L.A. Graf Mellin v. C. Jäck für J. Fr. Hartknoch, "Der Rigische Kreis. Le Cercle de Riga".

      . mit altem Grenzkolorit,, dat 1791, 1798, 48,5 x 69,5. Jaeger, Prussia Karte, S. 142. Lex. Kart., S. 456 ff. -Sehr seltene Karte aus dem "Atlas von Liefland", hrsg. 1798 bei Hartknoch in Riga. ( der komplette Atlas mit 20 Karten wurde auf keiner Auktion in den letzten 20 Jahren angeboten ). - Über der Karte Kopftitel in deutscher und franz. Sprache. Oben links großes Wappen, unten links ausführliche Zeichenerklärungen. Zeigt den Rigaer Kreis.

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        The life of Samuel Johnson. LL.D. comprehending an account of his studies and numerous works in chronological order; a series of his epistolary correspondence and conversations with many eminent persons; and various original pieces of his composition never before published. The whole exhibiting a view of literature and literary men in Great BritainÉ

      London: Henry Baldwin for Charles Dilly. 1791. "First edition, first issue with ""gve"" reading in vol. I, 2 volumes, 4to, full contemporary speckled calf, recased and rebacked, gilt lettering direct on spine; light dampstaining to top edge; a good, sound copy, with the Round Robin plate and plate showing facsimile signatures of Johnson, but without the frontispiece portrait. Celebrated for its intimacy and vividness, Boswell's Life of Johnson ""is one of the best books in the world. It is assuredly a great, very great work. Homer is not more decidedly the first of the heroic poets, Shakespeare is not more decidedly the first of the dramatists, Demosthenes is not more decidedly the first of the orators, than Boswell is the first of biographers"" (Macaulay). Grolier, English 100, no. 65; Pottle 79; Rothschild 463."

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        The Genuine Life and Trial of George Barrington , from his birth, in June, 1755, to the Time of his Conviction at the Old-Bailey, in September, 1790, For robbing Henry Hare Townsend, Esq. of his gold Watch, Seals, &c

      London: W. Clements & J. Sadler, 1791. Octavo in fours, with wood-engraved frontispiece; frontispiece cropped by an early binder, title repaired, contemporary owner's inscription in ink, partially obliterated, withal a good copy in recent quarter calf. With Barrington's speeches from the dock. Very rare: the second issue of this scarce pamphlet celebrating the misdeeds and famous speeches from the dock of Australia's most famous convict. This is one of the earliest and most cheaply produced of the Barrington pieces, rarely seen complete with its frontispiece which depicts Barrington picking the pocket of Townsend. This copy is in characteristic condition for such an ephemeral work: in addition to the usual general soiling, there is a contemporary inscription - now partly cropped - in ink on the blank recto of the frontispiece: 'John Bell His Bo[ok] March 28 1797'.

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        A Set of 3 Large Vases.

      Rome 1791 - Three etchings, overall dimensions 65 x 87cm, 64 x 82cm, and 65 x 86.5cm. Framed and glazed. Best known for his representations of on the archaeological reconstructions of ruins and the documentation of contemporary Rome, Piranesi also made a fundamental contribution to the development of the decorative arts. The "Vasi" is one of the most important of his works related to his own interests as a restorer and dealer in antiquities, and which had a great influence on interior decoration, and industrial production of ceramics, etc. This was an aspect of Piranesi's work on which he relied more extensively after the death of his major patron, Clement XIII Rezzonico. Many of the plates illustrate objects made of ancient Roman marbles that could be inspected at his Museo in the Palazzo Tomati where his engraving business and his home were both located. The integration of ancient sculptural fragments into his restored objects allowed for flights of fancy that were very influential on younger architects such as Percier and Fontaine, who made there mark as architects for Napoleon. The plates were issued as individual plates from 1768, first appearing in bound form in 1778 as 'Vasi Candelabri Cippi Sarcofagi', probably compiled by Francesco Piranesi following his father's death.

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        Coursing

      T. Simpson, London 1791 - A dramatic image of a regency buck releasing his hounds after a hare Only the publisher is certain on this print. Siltzer records Simpson as having published a series of six plates after Ibbetson in 1790, but with the 'Coursing' plate in aquatint by Simpson himself. The remaining five are listed as being stipple engravings by Dodd. The present image is the correct size, and the engraving method is uniform with the other five by Dodd. All this suggests that this may be a proposed replacement for the earlier aquatint and should therefore be viewed as a companion piece to the other Dodd prints. Julius Cæsar Ibbetson "was apprenticed to John Fletcher, a ship-painter at Hull. Ibbetson attracted public attention by his designs for ship decoration and by some scenery painted for the Hull Theatre, and his success encouraged him to seek his fortune in London in 1777. He was forced at first to work for Mr. Clarke, a picture dealer in Leicester Fields, but was able at the same time to acquire a thorough acquaintance with the works and methods of Dutch artists, besides learning all the tricks of the trade. In 1780 he married. In 1785 he exhibited at the Royal Academy A View of Northfleet, and continued to exhibit during succeeding years. Becoming acquainted with Captain William Baillie and others, he was introduced into good society, and was patronised by the nobility. In 1788 he accepted a post in Colonel Cathcart's embassy to China. Cathcart, however, died at Java during the voyage, and Ibbetson returned to England. He made many drawings during the voyage, and obtained nautical experience, which he afterwards turned to account in his pictures, but was not able to obtain any remuneration on his return. He sought relief from his misery in dissipation and convivial society, after the example of his friend, George Morland. This only led to further embarrassments, and in 1798 he quitted London for Liverpool to escape his creditors. Ibbetson lived quietly for some time near Ambleside in Westmoreland, visiting Scotland in 1800. A sign painted by Ibbetson for an inn at Troutbeck, near Ambleside, had some notoriety. He suffered further pecuniary losses through the defalcations of a friend, but the number of his commissions now enabled him to free himself to some extent from debt. At the invitation of one of his chief patrons, Mr. William Danby of Swinton Park, Ibbetson settled near that place in Masham, Yorkshire. Here he spent the remainder of his days. As a painter in oil of cattle and pigs Ibbetson has hardly been excelled in England, even by Morland. In his landscape-painting Ibbetson somewhat resembled Richard Wilson, R.A. He also painted small portraits in a neat and rapid manner. His paintings of animals were much prized, especially in Yorkshire, where they are often to be met with in private houses. Benjamin West called him the Berghem of England. He also painted in water-colour in the old tinted method with great success." ( DNB ). Stipple engraving, printed in colours and finished by hand, by Robert Dodd.

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        RELATIONS DE PLUSIEURS VOYAGES A LA COTE D'AFRIQUE, A MAROC, AU SENEGAL, A GOREE, A GALAM, ETC. AVEC DES DETAILS INTERESSANS POUR CEUX QUI SE DESTINENT A LA TRAITE DES NEGRES, DE L'OR, DE L'IVOIRE, ETC. TIRE DES JOURNAUX DE M.SAUGNIER QUI A ETE LONG-TEMPS ESCLAVE DES MAURES ET DE L'EMPEREUR DE MAROC.

      PARIS (GUEFFIER) 1791 - SAUGNIER, M : RELATIONS DE PLUSIEURS VOYAGES A LA COTE D'AFRIQUE, A MAROC, AU SENEGAL, A GOREE, A GALAM, ETC. AVEC DES DETAILS INTERESSANS POUR CEUX QUI SE DESTINENT A LA TRAITE DES NEGRES, DE L'OR, DE L'IVOIRE, ETC. TIRE DES JOURNAUX DE M.SAUGNIER QUI A ETE LONG-TEMPS ESCLAVE DES MAURES ET DE L'EMPEREUR DE MAROC. PARIS (GUEFFIER) 1791. IN-8°, (20 X 13 CMS), RELIE PLEIN VEAU EPOQUE, FILET D'OR SUR LES DOS ET LES PLATS, PIECE DE TITRE, 2FF, VIII, 341PPS, MANQUE LA CARTE. BEL EXEMPLAIRE. ÉDITION ORIGINALE DE CET OUVRAGE RELATANT LE MALHEUREUX PERIPLE DE SAUGNIER EN AFRIQUE, SON NAUFRAGE SUR LES COTES OCCIDENTALES D'AFRIQUE ET SON ESCLAVAGE AU MAROC DURANT 6 MOIS. L'ANNEE SUIVANTE, IL RETOURNA AU SENEGAL OU IL SE LIVRA AU COMMERCE ET A LA TRAITE DES NOIRS. CET OUVRAGE EST DIVISE EN TROIS PARTIES, LES DEUX PREMIERES COMPRENANT LES RECITS DE SAUGNIER, TIRES DE SES JOURNAUX ET PUBLIES PAR JEAN-BENJAMIN DE LABORDE, ANCIEN VALET DE CHAMBRE DU ROI ET GOUVERNEUR DU LOUVRE. DANS UNE TROISIEME PARTIE, CE DERNIER EXPOSE LE PROJET D'UN VOYAGE AU MAROC AFIN DE RECUEILLIR DE PLUS AMPLES RENSEIGNEMENTS SUR SON PEUPLE ET ENVISAGER LA CREATION D'UNE BRANCHE DE COMMERCE. PAYPAL ACCEPTE UNIQUEMENT POUR L'ETRANGER, MERCI DE VOTRE COMPREHENSION. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        An Account of the Principal Lazarettos in Europe ; with various Papers Relative to the Plague: Together with Further Observations on some Foreign Prisons and Hospitals; and additional remarks on the present state of those in Great Britain and Ireland

      London: J. Johnson, C. Dilly and T. Cadell, 1791. Quarto, with 22 engraved plans and views (18 of them folding) and a large folding table; bound without the half-title in contemporary sprinkled calf, flat spine banded in gilt, red morocco label; front joint splitting but quite firm, an excellent copy. Prisons, hulks, quarantine stations and mental hospitals. The second edition, with substantial additions, of Howard's second great book, published posthumously. The additions were made by John Aikin, as instructed by Howard, from his notes, in order to complete his life-work on the study of institutions of detention. This study took place at precisely the period of the transportation system and was of great consequence in beginning a more humane approach to all aspects of imprisonment and detention, from hulks and gaols to convict ships, quarantine stations, mental hospitals and the entire apparatus of transportation in general, including a re-examination of the philosophy behind institutions of secondary punishment. Following the publication of The State of Prisons, in 1785 John Howard began the final phase of his work, journeying for fifteen months throughout western and southern Europe inspecting Lazarettos (which term encompassed mental hospitals as well as quarantine stations and hospitals for the treatment of plague victims or "lazars"). After the first edition of this work appeared in 1789 he set out again for the continent, travelling through the Netherlands, Germany and Poland, but dying of fever in southern Russia, where he was buried. Howard's work as a whole represents a huge leap forward in the development of the public health movement, and had ramifications throughout the institutional world. His newly humane approach included a significant new approach to hygiene and cleanliness, which would impact on the general management of ships as well of course as the day-to-day running of convict vessels. During his extraordinarily active life Howard had 'travelled approximately 50,000 miles, notebook in hand, visiting prisons, hospitals, lazarettos, schools and workhouses, speaking with authorities, measuring rooms and even tasting the provisions. His life can be described as one extended tour of prisons and hospitals. His investigations culminated in the publication of the State of the Prisons in England and Wales (1777) and An Account of the Principal Lazarettos in Europe (1789). These volumes presented the layout and organisation of prisons and lazarettos, as well as conditions inmates faced, whether good or bad' (Science Museum, London; online resource). The Howard League for Penal Reform, still an active and influential body, carries on his work today. From an entirely different point of view, an oddly interesting note appears here in the "Directions to the Book-binder": "N.B. I would just hint to the book-binder, that as this work is printed with a full page, in order to be uniform with my last publication, it may be proper to cut off as little as possible at the top and bottom of the leaves

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        Voyages et Mémoires

      Paris: F. Buisson, 1791. Two volumes, octavo, half-title not present in the first volume; a fine copy in old French sprinkled calf, spine gilt with double labels. First French edition. First edition in French of this scarce narrative of a voyage in the north Pacific, particularly interesting for Alaska, Kamchatka and the northwest. This is a lovely set of this distinctly odd book with its gripping account of Siberia, Kamchatka, Japan, China and the north Pacific: 'one of the early and fundamental books on the Northwest coast of America in general and on Alaska in particular' (Lada-Mocarski). Benyowsky's account has suffered from the time of publication until now from a perception that its narrative may not be entirely truthful. Nicholson's preface to this first edition is quite argumentative on the subject, seeking to prove its veracity by all sorts of checks against maps and other narratives. The preface has Benyowsky losing his memory, the attempted publication by subscription failing, the engraver's house burning down and thus losing many of the engravings intended for the volume (which would explain the strange gaps in numbering of the engravings), and a host of other bizarre circumstances which should perhaps come under the heading "no smoke". Even Benyowsky's nationality is (and was) in doubt. At different times he was either by nationality or service Hungarian, Austrian, Lithuanian, German, Polish and Russian. Exiled by the Russian government to Siberia for political involvements: 'with a handful of equally adventurous men, he escaped from Kamchatka by sea in 1771… The work contains interesting accounts of Siberia, the Russian fur trade, and the history, life and customs of Kamchatka. The author also describes the Kurile and Aleutian Islands, and claims to have landed on the Alaska mainland…' (Hill). 'In the Alaska-related material of this journal there is a very good general account of the Aleutian Islands, and a history and description of early Russian visits to Alaska..' (Lada-Mocarski). As Howgego points out 'The composer Boieldieu would later write a comic opera based on Benyowsky's exploits, including his escape from Kamchatka. Catherine the Great took the opera very seriously, deciding that the settlement of exiles in the Siberian northeast jeopardized Russia's situation there'.

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        A Set of Four Large Vases.

      Rome 1791 - Four etchings, overall dimensions 60 x 85cm., framed and glazed. Best known for his representations of on the archaeological reconstructions of ruins and the documentation of contemporary Rome, Piranesi also made a fundamental contribution to the development of the decorative arts. The "Vasi" is one of the most important of his works related to his own interests as a restorer and dealer in antiquities, and which had a great influence on interior decoration, and industrial production of ceramics, etc. This was an aspect of Piranesi's work on which he relied more extensively after the death of his major patron, Clement XIII Rezzonico. Many of the plates illustrate objects made of ancient Roman marbles that could be inspected at his Museo in the Palazzo Tomati where his engraving business and his home were both located. The integration of ancient sculptural fragments into his restored objects allowed for flights of fancy that were very influential on younger architects such as Percier and Fontaine, who made there mark as architects for Napoleon. The plates were issued as individual plates from 1768, first appearing in bound form in 1778 as 'Vasi Candelabri Cippi Sarcofagi', probably compiled by Francesco Piranesi following his father's death. Millard, Italian 101.

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        The Botanic Garden; a Poem, in Two Parts

      London: Printed for J. Johnson, 1791. Two parts in one volume, quarto, with separate title-pages to each part, two frontispieces, one engraved vignette in Part II, and 18 engraved plates, of which nine in Part I (four folding) and nine in Part II; some slight offsetting from the plates and very light foxing to a few leaves; an excellent copy in a handsome contemporary binding of polished crimson calf with a gilt border, spine lettered and ruled in gilt. Botany Bay and the wedgwood medallion. A beautiful copy of Erasmus Darwin's verse epic. Erasmus Darwin, grandfather of Charles, was a physician, philosopher and poet; Coleridge called him the 'first literary character in Europe'. This book is best known as a precursor to the work of his famous grandson in propounding a theory of evolution. It was issued in two parts "The Economy of Vegetation" and "The Loves of the Plants". It is less well-known for its connection to the first settlement at Botany Bay. It was Erasmus Darwin who wrote the poem "Visit of Hope to Sydney Cove, near Botany Bay" published in 1789 in The Voyage of Governor Phillip To Botany Bay. The first four lines of the long sentimental work read: Where Sydney Cove her lucid Bosom swells, Courts her young naivies, and the storm repels; High on a rock amid the troubled air HOPE stood sublime, and wav'd her golden hair… The poem was written to accompany the celebrated medallion made by Joshua Wedgwood from clay sent by Joseph Banks from Botany Bay. An engraving made of the medallion was then used to adorn the title-page of Phillip's Voyage. Wedgwood 'asked his friend Erasmus Darwin the poet to write a short verse to be used to accompany the medallion…'. He also sent a copy to Erasmus: 'I have received great pleasure from your excellent medallion of Hope. The figures are all finely beautiful, and speak for themselves…' (Smith, The Sydney Medallion). Both the medallion and Darwin's poem portray, in allegorical form, Hope, encouraging Art and Labour, under the influence of Peace, to give security and happiness to an infant settlement. The Wedgwood medallion makes another appearance in this book, appearing as an engraving opposite a new reference in verse to Botany Bay, while a note describes how the Wedgwood medallion was 'made of clay from Botany Bay; to which place he sent many of them to shew the inhabitants what their material would do, and to encourage their industry…' (p. 87). While it was Erasmus' grandson Charles who shook the world with evolutionary theory, his grandfather Erasmus had actually been an earlier explorer in the subject - 'to elaborate upon the implications of the 'promiscuous' animals of New South Wales [and to use] the idea of this promiscuity as the basis for his theory that all life derived from primeval filaments, such promiscuous intercourse between different filaments giving rise to the extant species of animals…' (Finney, To Sail Beyond the Sunset). Darwin's scientific speculations, including his ideas on the generation of life, influenced Mary Shelley, and through her, science fiction writing. This fine copy of the book comprises the first edition of Part I and the third edition of Part II, the make-up in which the complete work is most often seen as the second part was first published two years earlier than the first in 1789. William Blake seems to have engraved at least five of the plates (see Bentley, p. 547), although only one of them - the striking "Fertilisation of Egypt" after Fuseli - is signed. Blake was probably also responsible for the four engravings of the Portland Vase. Not recorded by Ferguson, despite its obvious Australian relevance.

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        THE CASTLE OF OTRANTO. A GOTHIC STORY.

      Parma, Printed By Bodoni, for J. Edwards, Bookseller of London, 1791.SIXTH EDITION 1791, Edwards edition, translated by William Marshal from the original Italian of Onuphrio Muralto, Canon of the Church of St. Nicholas at Otranto. FROM THE LIBRARY OF FRANCES MARY RICHARDSON CURRER WITH HER INK SIGNATURE AND BOOKPLATE AND THE BOOKPLATE OF HER GRANDFATHER MATHEW WILSON. Small 4to, approximately 245 x 170 mm, 9½ x 6½ inches, 2 engraved plates of the castle, one as frontispiece, state B, (engraver Barlow) and the plate before page 1, state A, pages: xxxii, (including half - title, title page with motto on verso, second state, Preface to the first edition, page of Sonnet and Preface to second edition), 1 - 245 plus last blank, bound by Edward of Halifax? in full tree calf in Etruscan style, red gilt lettered morocco label, gilt vases and decoration to spine, gilt decoration to edges of covers and dentelles, marbled endpapers. Binding slightly rubbed, 30 mm ( 1½") crack to top of upper hinge, slight chipping to cords on upper hinge, slight chipping to head and tail of spine, corners worn with slight loss of leather to lower corners, pale offset from frontispiece to title page, ink splash to 1 lower margin, a few margins have pale dusty marks, endpapers have pale age - browning, fox spot to 1 margin, otherwise a very good copy. See A Gothic Bibliography by Montague Summers, page 264. England?s first lady book collector, Frances Mary Richardson Currer (1785 - 1861) was a well - known bibliophile and scholar, and had one of the largest libraries in the north of England. She was one of the founders of the Clergy Daughters School at Cowan Bridge which Charlotte and Emily Bronte both attended and her surname is undoubtedly the source of Charlotte's pseudonym, 'Currer Bell'. See A. T. Hazen, A Bibliography of Horace Walpole, pages 52 - 67. MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING, ALL ZOOMABLE. FURTHER IMAGES ON REQUEST. POSTAGE AT COST.

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        L'ARGONAUTICA DI APOLLONIO RODIO.

      Rome, a spese di Venanzio Monaldini, e Paolo Giunchi, 1791.2 volumes, complete set, FIRST EDITION 1791 - 94, parallel Greek and Italian text with explanation in Italian, 4to, approximately 280 x 210 mm, 11 x 8¼ inches, each title page has a different engraving, 2 engravings in the prelim pages plus 17 engravings of varying size in the text, large folding map at the end of the prelims, pages: xxxix, 168, 199 - 434, [2]; xxviij, 531, [1], the jump in pagination in Volume I is a printer's error, the register and text are continuous, bound in half calf over textured cloth sides, gilt rules and lettering to spines, marbled endpapers. Spines faded and discoloured, upper hinge on Volume I starting to crack at tail and rather weak, corners slightly worn, upper corner of lower cover on Volume II slightly scraped, neat inscription on front endpaper, tiny blind stamp of bookseller on endpaper of Volume II, small chip to 3 fore - edge margins, small tear to 1 fore - edge margin, all due to paper flaws, a couple of pages faintly foxed, otherwise a clean tight set of a scarce title. First published in Greek in Florence in 1496, Apollonius of Rhodes (3rd century B.C.) wrote the most famous version of the story of Jason and the Golden Fleece. MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING, ALL ZOOMABLE. FURTHER IMAGES ON REQUEST. POSTAGE AT COST.

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        THE EAST INDIA KALENDAR or ASIATIC REGISTER, For Bengal, Madras, Bombay, Fort Marlborough, China and St, Helena, FOR THE YEAR 1791.

      London, printed for J. Debrett, 1791.On a more extensive plan than any hitherto offered to the public. Containg Complete and Correct LISTS of the Company's Civil, Military, Marine, Law, and Revenue Establishments: Public Offices, Bankers, Greek, Armenian, Mogul and Portuguese Merchants: Company's Agents at Home and Abroad: with A Correct List of British European Subjects residing in INDIA, not in the Company's Service. etc. 1791, 12mo bound in sixes, approximately 155 x 90 mm, 6½ x 3½ inches, pages: xii, 1 - 156, bound in full speckled roan, gilt lettered morocco label to spine, gilt date at bottom of spine, doube blind rules to covers. Binding rubbed, title page has pale age - browning, last page has pale age - browning to outer margin, endpapers have pale foxing, tiny hole to 1 page, just affecting last 2 numbers of a date, light crease to top of 1 page, otherwise a very good copy. MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING, ALL ZOOMABLE. FURTHER IMAGES ON REQUEST. POSTAGE AT COST.

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        TRAVELS THROUGH CYPRUS, SYRIA, AND PALESTINE: with a General History of the Levant. Translated from the Italian.

      London, G. G. J. and J. Robinson, 1791.FIRST EDITIONS, 1791 - 92, 3 volumes, complete set. 8vo, approximately 220 x 130 mm, 8¾ x 5¼ inches, pages xxiv, 340; xix, (1), 437; (8), 512, complete with half - titles, pages 225 - 240 in Volume I are misbound between page 208 and 209, collated and guaranteed complete, bound in 19th century half calf over marbled sides, gilt rules and raised bands to spine, contrasting gilt lettered morocco labels, marbled edges, tan endpapers. Slight rubbing to extremities, armorial bookplate on front pastedowns, endpapers lightly foxed, small piece torn from 1 margin corner, tiny closed tear to 1 corner, neatly repaired, upper margins occasionally lightly browned at edge, otherwise contents clean, bindings tight and firm. A very good set of the scarce first English edition. Abbe Mariti first published his work in Lucca in 1769 - 71: "Viaggi per l'isola di Cipro e per la Soria e Palestina, 1760 - 68". Travels in Cyprus occupies Volume I and includes 5 chapters on wine and wine - making (page 303 - 340), Volume II, and Volume III up to page 149 are concerned with travels in Syria and Palestine, and page 151 to the end is a history of Jerusalem from its beginnings to the 12th century. Cox, Volume I, page 237: "Mariti (1736 - 1806), who was an official of the Imperial and Tuscan consulates, gives an excellent account of the condition of Cyprus during the third quarter of the eighteenth century, which is based mainly on his observations". See, Sotheby's The Library of Henry M. Blackmer II, number 816 for first French edition. The Sefik E. Atabey Collection, The Ottoman World, 770 & 771 for second editon in French and the Dublin edition. Neither listing the first English edition. MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING.

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        Dictionnaire bibliographique, historique et critique des livres rares, précieux, singuliers, curieux, estimés et recherchés qui n'ont aucun prix fixe, tant des auteurs connus que de ceux que ne le sont pas, soit manuscrits, avant & depuis l'invention de l'imprimerie

      1791. Paris, Cailleau et Fils... et se trouve à Liege chez Jean-Jacques Tutot, 1791. 3 volumes and 1 volume supplement A-Z. Paris, Delalain, fils et a Gênes chez Fantin, Gravier et Compagnie, 1802. Together 4 vols. 8vo. Uniformly bound in half contemporary mottled calf, matching decorated bds. (top of spine of vol. 3 sl. dam.). This is the leading rare book bibliography between De Bure and Brunet. The supplement was issued by Jacques Charles Brunet and published in 1802. With this work we come to the foundation on which Jacques-Charles Brunet built the Manuel du Libraire and thus to modern bibliography. In fact, the supplément to Cailleau's Dictionnaire that Brunet wrote in 1802 was his first step toward making the book that was to occupy him for the rest of his life. Cailleau's Dictionnaire continues the bibliographical tradition established by Osmont. He offers a judicious selection of both good and rare books with their prices and some supplementary information... His great interest in determining the current values of books is obvious. As he says, he has based the Dictionnaire on nearly three hundred priced sale catalogues (Taylor, Catalogues of Rare Books pp. 32-33).

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        Discoveries of the French in 1768 & 1769 South-East of New Guinea , with the subsequent visits to the same lands by English Navigators, who gave them new names? To which is prefixed, an historical abridgment of the voyages and discoveries of the Spaniards in the same seas? Translated from the French

      John Stockdale, London 1791 - Quarto, with 12 folding charts; a fine copy in attractive modern speckled calf by Aquarius. First English edition. First English edition of the great work on the French discovery of the Solomon Islands, and a direct result of the voyage of the First Fleet to New South Wales: the French original was issued in 1790.Phillip's Voyage, 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 that 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, Phillip, Mendana, Quiros and others. There are also interesting comments on the La Pérouse voyage. Fleurieu announces the receipt of journals from as far 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. The translator of this edition notes that La Pérouse has still not turned up and "the apprehension for his loss increases daily" [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

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        DISCOVERIES OF THE FRENCH IN 1768 AND 1769, TO THE SOUTH - EAST OF NEW GUINEA, with the subsequent visits to the same lands by English Navigators, who gave them new names.

      London, printed for John Stockdale, 1791.To which is prefixed, an historical abridgment of the voyages and discoveries of the Spaniards in the same seas. By M.***, formerly a Captain in the French navy. Translated from the French. FIRST ENGLISH EDITION 1791. 4to, approximately 290 x 230 mm, 11½ x 9 inches, 11 folding maps and charts including frontispiece, 1 folding plate of arms, utensils and instruments, pages: xxiv, 323, (1) - Errata and Directions to the Binder, lacking half - title, bound in half brown morocco over marbled boards, gilt dividing lines, raised bands to spine, gilt ruled compartments, gilt lettering, all edges yellow, marbled endpapers. Small light scrape to 1 corner piece, tiny bump to 1 corner, large bookplate of Henry Luke White of New South Wales, pastoralist, philanthropist, book collector naturalist etc (1869 - 1927) on front pastedown, See Australian Dictionary of Biography, remains of tiny label at lower edge, faint ink name and date 1840 on title page, frontispiece lightly foxed, title page, page 49 and final text page lightly browned, very small light ink stain to 1 margin, otherwise contents clean, faint browning to some folding charts, a couple slightly dusty in top margin, 2 slightly misfolded, margins of some lightly foxed. A very good copy. First published in Paris in 1790, this is an account of the French discovery of the Solomon Islands. It includes an appendix containing an extract from a memoir concerning the existence and situation of the Solomon Islands; presented to the Royal Academy of Sciences, Jan. 9, 1781, by M. Buache. "Fleurieu was a French politician and scientist... and a pioneer in the promotion and early history of French South Seas exploration. This work principally concerned with the achievements of Bougainville and Surville, sought to justify the originality of French discoveries in those seas, which were disputed by English navigators." National Maritime Museum Catalogue, Volume I No. 561; Cox Travel II, page 304; Ferguson, Bibliography of Australia Volume I, page 45, No. 105; Hill, Pacific Voyages, Volume I page 105, Sabin, Dictionary of Books Relating to America, 24749. MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING, ALL ZOOMABLE. FURTHER IMAGES ON REQUEST. POSTAGE AT COST.

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        The Botanic Garden; a Poem, in Two Parts?

      Printed for J. Johnson, London 1791 - Two parts in one volume, quarto, with separate title-pages to each part, two frontispieces, one engraved vignette in Part II, and 18 engraved plates, of which nine in Part I (four folding) and nine in Part II; some slight offsetting from the plates and very light foxing to a few leaves; an excellent copy in a handsome contemporary binding of polished crimson calf with a gilt border, spine lettered and ruled in gilt. Botany Bay and the wedgwood medallion. A beautiful copy of Erasmus Darwin's verse epic. Erasmus Darwin, grandfather of Charles, was a physician, philosopher and poet; Coleridge called him the 'first literary character in Europe'. This book is best known as a precursor to the work of his famous grandson in propounding a theory of evolution. It was issued in two parts "The Economy of Vegetation" and "The Loves of the Plants". It is less well-known for its connection to the first settlement at Botany Bay. It was Erasmus Darwin who wrote the poem "Visit of Hope to Sydney Cove, near Botany Bay" published in 1789 in The Voyage of Governor Phillip To Botany Bay. The first four lines of the long sentimental work read: Where Sydney Cove her lucid Bosom swells, Courts her young naivies, and the storm repels; High on a rock amid the troubled air HOPE stood sublime, and wav'd her golden hair? The poem was written to accompany the celebrated medallion made by Joshua Wedgwood from clay sent by Joseph Banks from Botany Bay. An engraving made of the medallion was then used to adorn the title-page of Phillip's Voyage. Wedgwood 'asked his friend Erasmus Darwin the poet to write a short verse to be used to accompany the medallion?'. He also sent a copy to Erasmus: 'I have received great pleasure from your excellent medallion of Hope. The figures are all finely beautiful, and speak for themselves?' (Smith, The Sydney Medallion). Both the medallion and Darwin's poem portray, in allegorical form, Hope, encouraging Art and Labour, under the influence of Peace, to give security and happiness to an infant settlement. The Wedgwood medallion makes another appearance in this book, appearing as an engraving opposite a new reference in verse to Botany Bay, while a note describes how the Wedgwood medallion was 'made of clay from Botany Bay; to which place he sent many of them to shew the inhabitants what their material would do, and to encourage their industry?' (p. 87). While it was Erasmus' grandson Charles who shook the world with evolutionary theory, his grandfather Erasmus had actually been an earlier explorer in the subject - 'to elaborate upon the implications of the 'promiscuous' animals of New South Wales [and to use] the idea of this promiscuity as the basis for his theory that all life derived from primeval filaments, such promiscuous intercourse between different filaments giving rise to the extant species of animals?' (Finney, To Sail Beyond the Sunset). Darwin's scientific speculations, including his ideas on the generation of life, influenced Mary Shelley, and through her, science fiction writing. This fine copy of the book comprises the first edition of Part I and the third edition of Part II, the make-up in which the complete work is most often seen as the second part was first published two years earlier than the first in 1789. William Blake seems to have engraved at least five of the plates (see Bentley, p. 547), although only one of them - the striking "Fertilisation of Egypt" after Fuseli - is signed. Blake was probably also responsible for the four engravings of the Portland Vase. Not recorded by Ferguson, despite its obvious Australian relevance. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Neues lehrreiches und vollständiges Magazin der ganzen Kochkunst und Zuckerbäckerei, nach der Art des Magazins der Madame le Prince de Beaumont. Enthält mehr als 4500 Speisen und ein Trenchirbuch mit Figuren. Erster und zweiter Band.

      Macklot,, Carlsruhe, 1791 - 2 Bde. Carlsruhe, Macklot, 1791. 750 + 2, S. 751-1542 + 76 S. + 4 Tafeln. Priv. Hlwd. im Stile der Zeit. 3. Aufl. Vgl. Weiss 2752. Mit 4 Tafeln im ersten Band. - Seiten tlw. gebräunt, stellenweise stockfleckig, im Ganzen schöne Exemplare. Selten. Deutsch [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        The life of Samuel Johnson. First edition, second issue

      London: Henry Baldwin for Charles Dilly, 1791. London: Henry Baldwin for Charles Dilly, 1791. <p>The Most Famous Biography in English</p><p>Boswell, James (1740-95). The life of Samuel Johnson LL.D., comprehending an account of his studies and numerous works, in chronological order; a series of his epistolary correspondence and conversations with many eminent persons; and various original pieces of his composition, never before published. . . . 2 vols., 4to. xii [16], 516; [2], 588 [i.e., 586]pp. 6 cancel leaves: Vol. I, Mm4, Qq3; Vol. II, E3, Oo4, Zz1, Eee2. Stipple-engraved frontispiece portrait by J. Heath after Sir Joshua Reynolds, 2 engraved plates in Vol. II. London: Henry Baldwin for Charles Dilly, 1791. 277 x 214 mm. Mottled calf, gilt spines c. 1791, skillfully rebacked retaining the original spines; preserved in quarter morocco drop-back box with gilt spine by Winstanley. A fine, crisp set.</p> <p>First Edition, second issue, with the correct reading &#147;give&#148; in the couplet on p. 135 in Vol. I. &#147;The first edition was published in two quarto volumes in an edition of 1700 copies. The Life of Johnson was written on a scale practically unknown to biographers before Boswell. It is a full-length portrait with all the blotches and pimples revealed. . . . Wherever English is spoken, it has become a veritable sacred book and has pervaded English life and thought in the same way that the Bible, Shakespeare and Bunyan have done. [Boswell] is a dramatic and descriptive artist of the first order&#148; (Seccombe, The Age of Johnson). Grolier English 100, p. 130. Courtney & Smith, Bibl. Samuel Johnson, pp. 172-73. Pottle 79. Rothschild 463. </p>

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        Mechanismus der menschlichen Sprache nebst Beschreibung seiner sprechenden Maschine

      Vienna: Degen, 1791. Vienna: Degen, 1791. <p>First Monograph on Speech Synthesis, the First Successful Speech Synthesizer</p><p>Kempelen, Wolfgang von (1734-1804). Mechanismus der menschlichen Sprache nebst Beschreibung seiner sprechenden Maschine. 8vo. [20], 456pp. Engraved frontispiece portrait and 26 plates. Vienna: J. B. Degen, 1791. 200 x 125 mm. (uncut). Marbled boards, handwritten paper label c. 1791, spine a little sunned, light wear at hinges and corners. One signature (*) a little loose, otherwise a very fine copy. Ownership signature, dated 1812, on the front free endpaper.</p><p>First Edition in German, issued simultaneously with the French edition, which was also published by Degen. The first monograph on speech synthesis, containing a description with 26 copperplate illustrations of von Kempelen&#39;s voice synthesizer, the forerunner not of sound recording devices such as the phonograph but of today&#39;s electronic computerized devices which actually synthesize speech. The work is also significant from a linguistic standpoint, as it contains a thorough analysis of phonetics (the study of the physical sounds of human speech) and discusses the nature and history of language.</p><p>"Kempelen first discusses in general terms the origins of languages and then considered the mechanisms and physiology of speech generation . . . On the nature of language Kempelen argues that human speech and reason are connected and that they develop together over time and he rejects the theory that all languages come from a single (divine) source. He studies the function of the organs of speech and discovers that the cavities over the larynx play the most important role in acoustic articulation" (Gedeon, Science and Technology in Medicine, p. 139).</p><p>"After a detailed examination of the organs of speech von Kempelen devised a hollow oval box divided into two parts and fitted with hinges which made it like jaws. This box caught the sound coming from a tube connected to a bellows. By opening and shutting the jaws, the sounds a, o, and u could be produced, then the sound e could be rendered imperfectly but there was no provision for i. </p><p>"After several years of investigation the inventor succeeded in securing by similar means the consonant sounds p, m, l, and by means of the vowels and consonants he could compose syllables and words such as maman, papa, aula, lama and mulo. But the sounds of letters of similar pronunciation became mixed. . . . Von Kempelen overcame these difficulties in imitating the human voice by means of a single mouth fitted with a glottis. The mouth was made up of a funnel or a bell-shaped device made of stretchable rubber. . . . To this mouth he added a nose made up of two tin tubes connected to it. When the two tubes were opened and the mouth was shut, a perfect m sound could be produced, and when one was open and the other shut, the n sound was obtained. . . . [Kempelen&#39;s machine] succeeded in reproducing entire words and phrases such as opera, astronomy, Constantinopolis, secundus, Romanorum Imperator semper augustus, etc. . . . Goethe heard it and reports that it was "able to say some childish words very nicely" (p. 322).</p><p>Von Kempelen is best known as the inventor of the "Mechanical Turk," a chess-playing "automaton" that was in reality a mechanical illusion, operated by a human chess master concealed within the machine. Guyot, Liste littéraire sur les sourds-muëts, p. 7. Strandh, History of the Machine, pp. 130, 178. </p>

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        VOYAGE AUTOUR DU MONDE, PENDANT LES ANNEES 1790, 1791 ET 1792

      PARIS (IMPRIMERIE DE LA REPUBLIQUE) - MARCHAND (ETIENNE) VOYAGE AUTOUR DU MONDE, PENDANT LES ANNEES 1790, 1791 ET 1792. PRECEDE D&#146;UNE INTRODUCTION HISTORIQUE AUQUEL ON A JOINT DES RECHERCHES SUR LES TERRES AUSTRALES DE DRAKE, ET UN EXAMEN CRITIQUE DU VOYAGE DE ROGGEWEEN, PAR C. P . CLARET FLEURIEU. PARIS (IMPRIMERIE DE LA REPUBLIQUE) AN VI &#150; AN VII 5 VOLUMES, IN-8°, (25.5 X 14 CM), RELIE PLEIN PERCAL ECRU (MODERNE), NON ROGNE, PIECES DE TITRES. 1FF, VIII, CC1, 294PP - 1FF, VII, 529PP - 1FF, VIII, 474PP - 1FF, VIII, 494PP - 2FF, XII, 559PP. 10 TABLEAUX DEPLIANTS. SANS L&#146;ATLAS, MOUILLURES CLAIRES DANS TOUS LES VOLUMES. EDITION ORIGINALE POSTHUME DE CE RECIT DE VOYAGE, COMPRENANT PLUSIEURS TABLEAUX, QUI PARUT LA MEME ANNEE EN 3 VOLS. IN-4° ET EN 5 VOL. IN-8°. ETIENNE MARCHAND (1755-1793) FUT LE SECOND FRANÇAIS A EFFECTUER LE VOYAGE AUTOUR DU MONDE. IL QUITTA MARSEILLE SUR LE NAVIRE LE SOLIDE EN DECEMBRE 1790, CONTOURNA LA TERRE DE FEU, EXPLORA LES ÎLES MARQUISES, LES ÎLES SANDWICH, SE RENDIT EN CHINE PUIS RETOURNA EN EUROPE PAR L&#146;OCEAN INDIEN. IL TENTA D&#146;ACHETER DES PELLETERIES SUR LA COTE NORD-OUEST DE L&#146;AMERIQUE POUR LES VENDRE EN CHINE. IL MOURUT PEU DE TEMPS APRES SON RETOUR SUR LA TERRE FERME. CLARET DE FLEURIEU PUBLIA LES OBSERVATIONS DE MARCHAND, LA CONFIGURATION DE LA COTE NORD-OUEST AMERICAINE, SON PEUPLEMENT ET LES M&#140;URS DE SES INDIGENES. IL Y AJOUTA UNE INTRODUCTION IMPORTANTE SUR LES DECOUVERTES SUCCESSIVES DE CETTE COTE DEPUIS CORTES EN 1537, UNE PARTIE D&#146;HISTOIRE NATURELLE ET DEUX VOCABULAIRES INDIGENES. CETTE RELATION DE BOYAGE CONTIEN EGALEMENT D&#146;IMPORTANTES OBSERVATIONS SUR LA NAVIGATION DANS LE PACIFIQUE. SANS L&#146;ATLAS. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Bemerkungen über die französische Revoluzion und das Betragen einiger Gesellschaften in London bey diesen Ereignissen. Aus dem Englischen nach der vierten Ausgabe übersezt.

      Wien, Joseph Stahel, 1791.. 8°. Mit gest. Titelportrait (v. Clemens Kohl). 2 Bll., 432 S., Ppbd. d. Zt. m. gepr. Rückenschild.. Erste dt. Ausgabe; seltener als die 1793 von Gentz besorgte. - "[...] Auf die Ansicht, das alte Regime sei so zuinnerst verfault, daß eine umfassende Revolution notwenig sei, erwiderte Burke, daß eine Revolution, die nicht wirkliche Freiheit bringe - welche nur der Rechtsprechung unter einer anerkannten Verfassung ohne Beeinflussung durch den Mob entspringe - überhaupt keine Freiheit darstelle. Leider', sagte er, wissen sie nicht, wieviel mühevolle Schritte getan werden müssen, ehe sie sich zu einer Masse bilden, die eine echte politische Persönlichkeit besitzt'. Die Gedanken' hatten in ganz Europa sofort Erfolg - Gentz veröffentlichte 1793 eine deutsche Übersetzung -, wenn sie auch Burke die Gefolgschaft der Whigs kosteten. Jetzt ganz allein auf sich gestellt, genoß er endlich eine europäische Autorität, die er in seinem eigenen Land oder innerhalb seiner Partei nie erlangt hatte [...]" (Carter/Muir, Bücher die die Welt verändern, S. 442). - Das berühmte Werk übte einen großen Einfluß auch auf die Ideenwelt der preußischen Reformer (Freiherr vom Stein) und der konservativen Denker Deutschlands (Gentz) aus. Die anonyme Übersetzung erschien zwei Jahre vor der bekannten Gentzschen Bearbeitung. "Der Umstand, daß die beiden frühesten deutschen Ausgaben der großen Kampfschrift in Wien erschienen, läßt darauf schließen, daß in der späteren Hochburg der Reaktion eine antirevolutionäre Schrift schon damals auf Beifall rechnen konnte. Kaiser Leopold III. hatte Burke im August 1791 von Pillnitz aus durch einen seiner Minister seinen Beifall ausdrücken lassen" (Braune, Burke in Deutschland, S. 20). - Einband berieben, bestoßen u. etw. fleckig. Kl. Exlibris a. Innendeckel. Titel m. zeitgen. Namenszug ("Berlichingen") u. Spur eines kl. gelöschten Besitzvermerkes. Tlw. Bleistiftanstreichungen. Etw. gebräunt, stockfleckig u. vereinzelt schwach wasserrandig. - Schumann, Burke 238; Todd 53; vgl. PMM 239 (engl. Orig.-Ausg. London 1790); nicht bei Borst.

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