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        Radjah priant No. 2

      [India: circa 1793]. Graphite and watercolour on wove paper, mounted to a larger sheet, 15 1/4 x 11 inches. An original watercolour study by Solvyns for his monumental work Les Hindous. "Sometime in 1793, though possibly earlier, Solvyns began work on what was to become his life consuming project, a collection of etchings portraying the Hindus in their costumes, occupations, and cultural life ... It was the most ambitious publishing venture yet undertaken in India ... For some time, Solvyns had wandered with his sketchbook through Calcutta and its environs, drawing Indians in their occupational pursuits, their festivals, and the rich diversity of their cultural lives. He drew their musical instruments, their boats, their carts, and their modes of smoking. With genuine curiosity and a keenly observant and sympathetic eye, Solvyns recorded an India few Europeans really saw" (Hardgrave). Solvyns, a Flemish artist, had arrived in India in 1790. He first proposed the project in February 1794, but did not complete the work until mid-November 1796. It was a massive project: purchasing and importing the copper plates, producing the thin hand-made paper for the etchings (the paper on which they are mounted being imported from Europe), etching and hand colouring, were all undertaken largely by Solvyns himself. "Indeed it was the most ambitious printing project undertaken in all India to that time" (Hardgrave). By 1803, Solvyns left India in dire financial straits, his publication nearly bankrupting him. After returning to Brussels, and subsequently moving to Paris, Solvyns began a new set of etchings after his original drawings. This reworking and rewriting took years, and it was not until 1808 that the first part of his new edition Les Hindous was published. Over the next four years it was issued in 48 parts with a total of 288 colour-printed plates, all beautifully finished by hand. The final result, of a quality to a more European standard than the Calcutta original, proved to be an influential model for the Company School of Indian artists during the 19th century who produced suites of drawings of occupations for the British serving in India.The Victoria and Albert Museum holds a set of 248 original drawings by Solvyns (two images short of the complete Calcutta edition) believed to have been prepared by Solvyns for presentation. "For at least some of the subjects, Solvyns did more than one copy of the watercolor in preparation for the etchings, for in addition to the drawings in the Victoria and Albert Museum, an album that Solvyn's widow, Marie Anne, presented in 1829 to a friend or patron of her husband contained a number of drawings, at various stages of completion, that were later fully realized in the etchings. The album ... contained 41 drawings, some fully complete and watercoloured; others were pencil sketch studies." The present watercolour is from that album. Titled in Solvyn's hand at the top "Radjah priant No. 2" the image was not included in the Calcutta edition, but would appear, reversed as usual (see Hardgrave), in the Paris edition, captioned Rajah Hindoo Prince at his Prayers. Hardgrave writes of this image: "The raja depicted is Ishwar Chandra of Nadia (1747-1802), who, like his grandfather, the famous Maharaja Krishna Chandra Roy, and many of the rajas of Nadia before him, was a Sanskrit scholar and patron of poets and religion. He became raja in 1788 and resided in Krishnagar, then a center of Sanskrit learning, the capital of Nadia and located about 60 miles north of Calcutta on the Hugli river" (Hardgrave, pp. 164-165). Solvyns here depicts the rajah kneeling in prayer on a tiger skin with a pothi (traditional unbound prayer book made of palm leaves) in front of him, with beads (rudraksas) adorning his arms, neck and head and a cloth (gomukha) covering his right arm. Hardgrave, A Portrait of the Hindus, pp.83-84 and 164-165 (the present watercolour illustrated on p. 84 and the finished etching from the Paris edition on the front cover).

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        Materialien zur Geschichte der Critischen Philosophie. In Drey Sammlungen. Nebst Einer historischen Einleitung zur Geschichte der Kantischen Philosphie. 3 vols.

      Leipzig, J.G.J. Breitkopf und Comp, 1793. 8vo. Bound in one very nice contemporary half calf binding with beautifully gilt title- and tome-labels to spine. Corners bumped. Internally very fresh and clean. A very nice, clean, and fresh copy. Woodcut vignettes to all title-pages. (8), CLXXII, 258; 245, (1); 238 pp.. Extremely scarce first edition of Hausius' classic on the critical philosophy of Kant, which constitutes the first collection of materials pertaining to the reception of Kant's philosophy, a work of utmost importance to Kant scholarship and to establishing the entire Critical tradition. The work, which appeared in the same year as Kant's third and final Critique, constitutes an invaluable source for anyone interested in the early development of critical philosophy, "a work which is as valuable as it is rare." (Adickes). "The Critique of Pure Reason by Immanuel Kant (1724-1804) is without question one of the landmarks of the entire history of Western philosophy, comparable in its importance and influence to only a handful of other works such as Plato's Republic, Aristotle's organon of logical works, and Descartes's Meditations on First Philosophy. The Critique was first published in 1781, after a decade of intensive preparation,1 and within a few years became the center of attention in German philosophy,and shortly after that in other European countries with advanced philosophical culture such as Britain and France as well.2 - 2: As early as 1793, Karl Gottlob Hausius was able to publish a three-part collection of Materialen zur Geschichte der critischen Philosophie("Materials for the History of the Critical Philosophy") (Leipzig: Breitkopf, 1793)." (Poul Guyer, The Cambridge Companion to Kant's Critique of Pure Reason, p. 1). " "Materialien zur Geschichte der Critischen Philosophie. In Drey Sammlungen. Nebst Einer historischen Einleitung zur Geschichte der Kantischen Philosphie. " A work which is as valuable as it is rare. After a preface of eight pages, and a table of contents, follows [pp. III - XCVI] a fairly complete bibliography of writings UPON Kant, up to 1793 inclusive [...], of 243 titles [no. 244 is given as an addendum, pp. CLXXI, CLXXIII]. The remarks appended to most af the works cited [some lines to two pages long] are, so far as I have examined them, and I have identified a majority, reviews or portions of reviews from the A.D.B. and the Th.A. The works are grouped in four classes: [1] those of speculative and [2] practical content; [3] those refrring to positive religion and [4] to the history of Kantian philosophy. [...] (Erich Adickes: Bibliography of Writings by and on Kant Which Have Appeared in Germany up to the end of 1887).Only few copies are listed on OCLC, and only some of these have all three parts. It seems that four Americal Libraries own copies: Harvard (Houghton), Columbia, Cornell, and University of Southern California

      [Bookseller: Lynge & Søn A/S]
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        THE FEMALE MENTOR: or, Select Conversations. In two volumes.

      Three volumes [the first two dated 1793, extended to three in 1796]. Contemporary sprinkled full calf, gilt. 12mo. First editions. Ownership inscriptions to endpapers; spines repaired, new labels; corners worn; else very good copies of a scarce set complete in all three volumes.

      [Bookseller: David Miles]
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        Géographie Moderne avec Introduction. Ouvrage utile a tous ceux qui veulent se perfectionner dans cette Science, on y trouve jusqu'aux notions les plus simples...Chaque Carte sur les marges l'explication de celle qu'elle renferme, la méthode qu'on y suite a pour objet de developper les connaissances qui tiennant a l'Histoire...corrigée et Augmentée des Nouvelles Decouvertes...Capitaine Cook.

      Paris, Mondhare et jean, 1793. Small folio. (36x31 cm.). Cont. hcalf. Back somewhat rubbed and with some cracking along first hinges but tight and not loose. Engraved titlepage and engraved Table of maps (bound at end - bottom a little shawed). With 64 double-page engraved maps (the first 7 are hemispheres, world-systems etc), all handcoloured in outline. All maps have engraved text in borders. On good paper with only minor scattred brownspots in margins. (Plates numb. 1-64).. Scarce last edition of Clouet's fine general atlas, first issued 1767. Phillips records 2 other editions form 1787 (Phillips No. 661) and 1791 (Phillips No. 673), but not this. - Not in Shirley: Maps and Atlases in The British Library

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        Gymnastik für die Jugend. Enthaltend eine praktische Anweisung für Leibesübungen.

      Mit gest. Frontisp. und 9 Kupfertafeln von C. Westermayr nach H. Lips sowie mehrf. gefalt. Kupfertafel von F. F. C. Stoelzel. XVIII, 5 Bll., 663 S., 4 Bll. HLdr. d. Zt. Rümann, Kinderbücher, 150; Lanckoronska-Oe. III, 140; Schatzki 199. HKJL III, 365: "Lehrbuch für die Leibeserziehung, um einer zunehmenden `Weichlichkeit` vorzubeugen; enthält drei Abteilungen, in denen Sinn und Nutzen der Gymnastik erläutert, gymnastische Übungen und Übungen der Sinne vorgestellt werden." - Erste Ausgabe. - Gutsmuths legt mit diesem epochemachenden Werk die erste Methodik des Schulturnens und der Körpererziehung nebst einer funktionsmäßig gegliederten Übungssammlung vor. Die schönen Kupfer zeigen junge Leute beim Turnen an Geräten, beim Schwimmen, Laufen, Ringen etc. Das Faltkupfer am Schluss mit Sportgeräten. - Rücken berieben und mit Resten einer Papieretikette.

      [Bookseller: Antiquariat Turszynski]
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        Gymnastik für die Jugend. Enthaltend eine Praktische Anweisung zu Leibesübungen. Ein Beytrag zur nöthigsten Verbesserung der körperlichen Erzeihung. von Gutsmuths Erzieher zu Schnepfenthal Erste Ausgabe

      XVIII, [8 nn S. Subcribentverzeichnis] [2] 663 S.[8] S. Kl.-8° Neuerer gebundener Pergamineinband mit fabigem, goldgeprägten Ledertitelrückenschild. Rümann, Kinderbücher 150; Lanck./Oehler III, 140. - Sehr seltene erste Ausgabe. - G. "gehört mit Recht zu den wesentlichen Wegbereitern und Neugestaltern der Leibesübungen in der Geschichte der Pädagogik" (NDB VII, S. 351). - Auf kräftiges Papier gedruckt. Wie Impressum vermerkt, die Ausgabe mit nur einem (merhfach ausfaltbaren) Kupfer, (andere Ausgaben mit gestochenem Frontispiz und 10 Kupfern).Tadelloser Erhalt.

      [Bookseller: Antiquariat Michael Solder]
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        Der Mäusefallen und Hechelkrämer, eine Geschichte sehr wunderbar und doch ganz natürlich.

      Mit gest. Titelvign. 220 S., 2 Bll. HLdr. d. Zt. mit 2 farbigen goldgeprägten Rückenschildern. Goed. V, 507, 9, 13; ADB XXXV, 177; Vgl. Hayn-Gotendorf 7, 393. - Frankfurter Nachdruck der zuerst 1792 in Prag bei Meißner erschienenen kuriosen Geschichte eines armen "Savojarden", der am Ende des 17. Jahrhunderts "in einem elenden Dorf in einer noch elendern Hütte" lebte und in seiner Jugend in Gesellschaft eines Murmeltiers durch Deutschland wanderte. Der Schauspieler und Theaterdichter Christian Heinrich Spies (1755-1799) schloss sich in jungen Jahren einer Wandschauspielgruppe an, die ihn schließlich nach Prag führte. Die Erlebnisse aus dieser Zeit inspirierten ihn wohl zu dieser Erzählung. "Er wurde berühmt bei seinen Zeitgenossen durch Geister-, Gauner- und Rittergeschichten der rohesten Art, in denen er gleichwohl den Tugendlehrer, den nutzenstiftenden Menschenfreund und Seelenforscher spielte " (Goedeke). Hayn-Gotendorf zählt ihn zu den "fruchtbarsten Vertreter(n) des Ritter- und Geistergeschmacks zu Ende des XVIII. Jahrhunderts" (H.-G. VII 386). - Einband minimal wurmspurig. Titel etwas knitterig und mit kleinem Loch, sonst nur gelegentlich schwach braunfleckig. Mit modernem Exlibris. Hübsch gebundenes Exemplar.

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        Account of Some Discoveries Made by Mr. Galvani, of Bologna; With Experiments and Observations on Them. In Two Letters from Mr. Alexander Volta, F. R. S. Professor of Natural Philosophy in the University of Pavia, to Mr. Tiberius Cavallo, F. R. S.London: W. Bulmer & Co. for Peter Elmsley, 1793. First edition.

      Volta's account and correct interpretation of Galvani's experiments on animal electricity communicated to the Royal Society. "When Volta had first heard of Galvani's discoveries concerning the electrical excitation of disembodied frog's legs, he dismissed them as unbelievable. Urged by colleagues to repeat Galvani's experiments, he was surprised to see the latter's results confirmed, but he quickly concluded that 'animal electricity' played no part in them, and that the spasms were the result of purely external electrical stimulation. Further experimentation with whole frogs and other animals confirmed his suspicion that the electric current resulted from the contact of two dissimilar metals in a moist environment." (Norman). "To Cavallo, Volta in 1793 [recto 1792] addressed two letters [dated Sept. 13 and Oct. 25, 1792] which appeared in the Philosophical Transactions under the heading 'Account of Some Discoveries Made by Mr. Galvani, of Bologna; With Experiments and Observations on Them'. Behind this title lay a long series of trials with metals and the nerves of not only frogs, but also quadrupeds, birds, fishes, reptiles and amphibia. Desering to experiment on the human body, he used a piece of tinfoil and silver spoon seperated by his tongue, ... In 1791 he had been made a foreign member of the Royal Society, and the Society now proceeded to honour him with the Copley Medal, Sir Joseph Banks in his address remarking, 'The experiments of Professor Galvani, until commented upon by Professor Volta, had too much astonished, and perhaps, in some degree, perplexed many of the learned in various parts of Europe. To Professor Volta was reserved the merit of bringing his countryman's experiments to the test of sound reasoning and accurate investigation'." (Edgar C. Smith: Alessandro Volta, Nature, vol. 155, pp. 473-74). Seven years, later Volta's invention of the first electric battery, the Voltaic pile, was announced in a letter from Volta to Joseph Banks and published in the Philosophical Transactions. Wheeler Gift Catalogue 2493.. Large 4to: 295 x 230 mm. Contemporary extract from: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, 1793. vol. 83, pp.10-44. Contemporary plain wrappers, uncut. A little browning and spotting throughout, in all a very good copy

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        Il pastor fido... crisopoli, impresso co' tipi bodoniani, 1793.

      Cm. 31, cc. (2) di cui la prima bianca, pp. 345 (1) + 1 carta bianca. Collazione conforme a Brooks (521-522). Legatura originale in cartonato rigido marmorizzato. Una fenditura parziale ad una cerniera ed una piccola gora chiara all'angolo basso delle prime carte. . Esemplare peraltro genuino e molto marginoso (in barbe).

      [Bookseller: Studio Bibliografico Benacense]
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