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        View of the City of Ten-Tchoo from the anchorage of the Hindostan in the Strait of Mi-A-Tau bearing South-west

      London: Published by George Nicol, April 12th, 1796. Engraving. Printed on wove Whatman paper watermarked 1794. In excellent condition with the exception of being trimmed within the platemark on lower edge of left margin. Image size: 20 x 28 1/4 inches. 23 1/8 x 30 1/8 inches. This sweeping series of views is from Staunton's seminal text "An Authentic Account of an Embassy from the King of Great Britain to the Emperor of China", which was a record of the Earl of Macartney's embassy to the Emperor of China. Macartney was dispatched to Beijing in 1792, traveling via Madeira, Tenerife, Rio de Janeiro, the Cape of Good Hope and Indonesia. He was accompanied by Staunton, and a retinue of suitably impressive size, including Staunton's 11-year-old son who was nominally the ambassador's page. On the embassy's arrival in China it emerged that the 11-year-old was the only European member of the embassy able to speak Mandarin, and thus the only one able to converse with the Emperor. The embassy, the first such to China, had two objectives: the first to register with the Emperor, British displeasure at the treatment that the British merchants were receiving from the Chinese, the second to gain permission for a British minister to be resident in China. The first objective was achieved, the second was not. Macartney was twice granted an audience with the Emperor and in December 1793 he was sumptuously entertained by the Chinese viceroy in Canton, and returned to England via Macao and St. Helena, arriving in September 1794. This important text produced some of the earliest accurate maps of the interior of China and provided many invaluable geographical and cultural observations.This rare print depicts the Shantung Peninsula, and includes one harbor view and two elevations printed on one sheet. The top elevation depicts Cape Macartney and Staunton's Head from the north east, while the middle elevation shows Cape Macartney and Cape Gower from the north west. At the bottom is a view of the city of Ten-Tchoo-Foo from the ocean. Brunet V,525; Cordier Sinica 2381-2383; Cox I, 344; Hill p.280; Lust 545

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        für praktische Forst- und Jagdkunde, in alphabetischer Ordnung ausgearbeitet von einer Gesellschaft Forstmänner und Jäger

      Engraved vignettes on each title & one folding printed table of music & verse. 1 p.l., xv, [1], 826 pp.; 2 p.l., 898 pp.; iv, 755 pp. Three vols. 8vo, cont. mottled half-sheep & paste-paper boards (occasional light foxing), spines gilt, contrasting leather lettering pieces on spines. Leipzig: Schwickert, 1796-96-97. First edition and very rare. "Seltenes, anonym erschienenes und wegen seiner äusserst detaillierten jagdlichen Begriffsinhalte jadgeschichtlich bedeutendes Lexikon."-von Knorring 494. This work contains an extremely comprehensive index at the end of nearly 200 pages. Fine set from the library of Graf von Seinsheim with his bookplate in each volume. ❧ Mantel, I, 19. .

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        Bowles's New One-sheet Map of the Independent States of Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Pensylvania [sic.], New Jersey. New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island. &c. comprehending also the habitations & hunting countries of the confederate Indians

      London: printed for the Proprietors Bowles & Carver, [circa 1796-1800]. Copper-engraved map, with full original colour, overall in very good condition. 21 x 27 1/2 inches. A rare late issue of an important map by `the leading American geographer of his day' (Stephenson & McKee) This 'landmark map'(op.cit.) was first published in 1755 with the title A general Map of the Middle British Colonies in America. It was available either as a separate publication or bound into Evans' Geographical, Historical, Political. Philosophical and Mechanical Essays. The First Containing an Analysis of a General Map of the Middle British Colonies in America (Philadelphia: Benjamin Franklin and David Hall, 1755). `Evans was the leading American geographer of his day. He incorporated into his map a wealth of geographical information not previously available on other maps, especially for the Ohio country. Extending from Quebec to Virginia and from the Atlantic coast to the Ohio River, his map was published in numerous authorized and pirated editions throughout the remainder of the eighteenth century' (op.cit.). The Bowles piracy was one of the longest lived versions: John Bowles first issued a version of Evans' map in about 1760 and continued to do so for the rest of the century with alterations to the imprint and occasional changes of title. The present example shows the Bowles piracy in its final form, and appears to be considerably rarer than a number of the earlier issues: no copies of this issue are listed as having sold at auction in the past thirty years. Cf. Brown Early Maps of the Ohio Valley 41 (the original Philadelphia issue); cf. Degrees of Latitude 34 (Philadelphia issue); cf. Gipson Lewis Evans; W. Klinefelter `Lewis Evans' in Transactions of the American Philosophical Society (1971) N.S., Vol.LXI, p.56; B. McCorkle New England 760.3 issue 6; cf. Schwartz & Ehrenberg The Mapping of America p.165 (Philadelphia issue); cf. Stephenson & McKee Virginia in maps p.82 (Philadelphia issue); cf. H.N. Stevens Lewis Evans His Map of the Middle British Colonies in America (1924) (does not include this issue); cf. Stevens & Tree 29 and 30 (does not include this issue); cf. Suárez Shedding the Veil 57 (Philadelphia issue).

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        A TREATISE ON THE IMPROVEMENT OF CANAL NAVIGATION; EXHIBITING THE NUMEROUS ADVANTAGES TO BE DERIVED FROM SMALL CANALS. WITH A DESCRIPTION OF THE MACHINERY FOR FACILITATING CONVEYANCE BY WATER THROUGH THE MOST MOUNTAINOUS COUNTRIES, INDEPENDENT OF LOCKS AND AQUEDUCTS: including observations on the great importance of water communications, with thoughts on, and designs for, aqueducts and bridges of iron and wood

      London: I. & J. Taylor, 1796. First Edition. Hardcover. Old and neat paper repair to top margins of title page and contents page, not affecting text. Near Fine in sturdy binding. Robert Fulton. Quarto (8" x 10") bound in later navy blue cloth. xvi, 144 pages. Illustrated with 17 plates after original drawings executed by the author. A significant book in the history of early American engineering and technology. In addition to developing steamboats, Fulton also did much to advance the cause of inland navigation, this work being his chief argument and the only substantial work ever published by this pioneer of steam navigation, though Fulton's pamphlet TORPEDO WAR AND SUBMARINE EXPLOSIONS, published in 1810, would revolutionize naval warfare. In addition to chapters on canals, there are also chapters on boats, railroads, and bridges. Howes F-418; Kress B.3129; Sabin 26201. Lacking, as usual, the ads. Also no portrait, though no copy other than that listed in Sabin has been documented with one. A copy of this book was sent to George Washington.

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        Bowles's New One-sheet Map of the Independent States of Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Pensylvania [sic.], New Jersey. New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island. &c. comprehending also the habitations & hunting countries of the confederate Indians

      London: printed for the Proprietors Bowles & Carver, [circa 1796-1800]. Copper-engraved map, with full original colour, overall in very good condition. 21 x 27 1/2 inches. A rare late issue of an important map by `the leading American geographer of his day' (Stephenson & McKee) This 'landmark map'(op.cit.) was first published in 1755 with the title A general Map of the Middle British Colonies in America. It was available either as a separate publication or bound into Evans' Geographical, Historical, Political. Philosophical and Mechanical Essays. The First Containing an Analysis of a General Map of the Middle British Colonies in America (Philadelphia: Benjamin Franklin and David Hall, 1755). `Evans was the leading American geographer of his day. He incorporated into his map a wealth of geographical information not previously available on other maps, especially for the Ohio country. Extending from Quebec to Virginia and from the Atlantic coast to the Ohio River, his map was published in numerous authorized and pirated editions throughout the remainder of the eighteenth century' (op.cit.). The Bowles piracy was one of the longest lived versions: John Bowles first issued a version of Evans' map in about 1760 and continued to do so for the rest of the century with alterations to the imprint and occasional changes of title. The present example shows the Bowles piracy in its final form, and appears to be considerably rarer than a number of the earlier issues: no copies of this issue are listed as having sold at auction in the past thirty years. Cf. Brown Early Maps of the Ohio Valley 41 (the original Philadelphia issue); cf. Degrees of Latitude 34 (Philadelphia issue); cf. Gipson Lewis Evans; W. Klinefelter `Lewis Evans' in Transactions of the American Philosophical Society (1971) N.S., Vol.LXI, p.56; B. McCorkle New England 760.3 issue 6; cf. Schwartz & Ehrenberg The Mapping of America p.165 (Philadelphia issue); cf. Stephenson & McKee Virginia in maps p.82 (Philadelphia issue); cf. H.N. Stevens Lewis Evans His Map of the Middle British Colonies in America (1924) (does not include this issue); cf. Stevens & Tree 29 and 30 (does not include this issue); cf. Suárez Shedding the Veil 57 (Philadelphia issue).

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        Catalogo ragionato de' libri stampati in vicenza e suo territorio nel secolo xv. con un'appendice de' libri de vicentini, o spettanti a vicenza, che in quel secolo si stamparono altrove. in vicenza, vendramini mosca, 1796.

      Cm. 17,5, pp. (2) x, 246. Solida ed elegante legatura di poco posteriore in cart. rigido, dorso liscio con filetti e titoli in oro su tassello. Esemplare genuino ed in eccellente stato di conservazione. Ben completo dell'occhietto spesso mancante contenente: ""Laus artis tipographicae ex Nicodemo Cardelio Lucensis"". Edizione originale, di grande rarità.

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        LA DIVINA COMMEDIA DI DANTE ALLIGHIERI.

      In-4 gr. (mm. 368x244), 3 voll. in 1, mz. pelle ottocentesca (lievi abras.), fregi e tit. oro al dorso. Vol. I: 6 cc.nn., LII pp., occhietto, 205 pp., 1 c.b., V pp., 1 c. bianca - Vol. II: 2 cc.nn., 207 pp., XIII pp., 1 c. bianca - Vol. III: 2 cc.nn., 207 pp., XXIV pp. Dedicata a Lodovico di Borbone, Principe ereditario di Parma, Piacenza e Guastalla, ec.ec.ec. Con un discorso del March. Gio. Jacopo Dionisi ?A? studiosi del divino Poeta?, e in fine di ogni vol. l?"Aggiunta critica" alle cantiche, del medesimo. Cfr. Brooks,653: ?Bellissima edizione, sia per il formato sia per il carattere adoperato. Fresco esemplare marginoso, ben conservato.

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        Introduction à l'analyse des infiniment petits par M. Euler. Premiere partie. De la nature des fonctions des quantités variables, traduite du latin par M. Pezzi; précédée de l'éloge de M. Euler prononcé à la rentrée de l'Académie royale des sciences, le 6 février 1785 par M. le Marquis de Condorcet.Strasbourg: Librairie Académique, 1786. First edition in French.

      Fine copy in contemporary full calf. The scarce first translation of Euler's great work 'Introductio in Analysin Infinitorum' which contains Condorcet's eulogy of Euler. The second volume was never published (a full French translation by Labey, but without the eulogy, was published in Paris 1796-97).. Engraved portrait of Euler, (6), IV, 44(eulogy), XII, 346, (2:errata) pp. and 1 folding table. Eneström 101A

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        ATWOOD (George) The Construction and Analysis of Geometrical Propositions, Determining the Positions Assumed by Homogeneal Bodies Which Float Freely, and at Rest, on a Fluid's Surface;

      Also Determining the Stability of Ships, and of Other Floating Bodies, 46-130; Presented within the complete volume of the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, Vol 86, Parts I and II (complete), bound in one volume for 1796. * "Atwood entered Trinity College in 1765, subsequently taking active part in reviving natural philosophy teaching in Cambridge. On 13 June 1776 he was elected a fellow of the Royal Society. He demonstrated elementary mechanics and hydrostatics with pulleys, pendulums, and air-pumps, as well as electricity, magnetism, and optics, including Leonhard Euler's principles of achromatic lenses. The lectures drew large audiences, including William Pitt, and complemented the reform of 1779 that overhauled the Senate House examination and highlighted mathematical expertise." (ODNB) The present work is his major contribution on the stability of floating bodies, comparing the mathematics of flotation with the performance of the Cuffnells, an East India Company ship built by Randall and Brent. His conviction being that the "imperfections in the theory of vessels, are amongst the causes which have contributed to retard the progress of naval architecture, by increasing the hazard of failure in attempting to supply its defects by experiment. doubts which can be resolved only by having recourse to actual trial: a species of experiment rarely undertaken under the impressions of uncertain success, when the objects of it are so costly. To the imperfections of theory, may also be attributed that steady adherence to practical methods, rendered familiar by usage, which creates a disposition to reject rather than to encourage, proposals of innovation in the construction of vessels." * Presented within the complete volume of the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, Vol 86, Parts I and II (complete), bound in one volume for 1796, comprising, vi, (2), 510, (10)pp., quarto, with 15 engraved plates (mostly folding or extending), late 19thC morocco backed library cloth with a neat unlinked library name stamp on general title, foot of last leaves and occasionally elsewhere, a good copy, London, Elmsly printer to the Royal Society,1796. * A FULL LIST OF CONTENTS OF THIS VOLUME SENT ON REQUEST. Other papers include: ABERNETHY (John) Some Particulars in the Anatomy of a Whale, pp.27-33; LLOYD (John) An Account of the Late Discovery of Native Gold in Ireland, pp.34-37; MILLS (Abraham) A Mineralogical Account of the Native Gold Lately Discovered in Ireland, pp.38-45; HERSCHEL (William) On the Method of Observing the Changes That Happen to the Fixed Stars; With Some Remarks on the Stability of the Light of Our Sun. To Which is Added, a Catalogue of Comparative Brightness, for Ascertaining the Permanency of the Lustre of Stars, pp.166-226; BROUGHAM (Henry) Experiments and Observations on the Inflection, Reflection, and Colours of Light, pp.227-277; HATCHETT (Charles) An Analysis of the Carinthian Molybdate of Lead; with Experiments on the Molybdic Acid. To Which are Added Some Experiments and Observations on the Decomposition of the Sulphate of Ammoniac, pp.285-339; HERSCHEL (William) On the Periodical Star..[alpha] Herculis; With Remarks Tending to Establish the Rotatory Motion of the Stars on Their Axes. To Which is Added a Second Catalogue of the Comparative Brightness of the Stars, pp.452-482.

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        Oeuvres completes de Jean Racine, nouvelle édition, ornée de figures dessinées par Lebarbier, et gravée sous sa direction.

      1-4. Paris, chez Detterville, de l'imprimerie de Didot Jeune, 1796. 8vo. Engr. portrait,+ iii-xx,+ 427 pp.+ 5 engr. plates; (2),+ 436 pp.+ 5 engr. plates; (2),+ 401 pp.+ 2 engr. plates; (2),+ 488 pp. Contemporary red half morocco, Richly gilt spines with labels, all edges yellow. Four volumes. Cohen-De Ricci 849. Fine set, printed on thick paper. The portrait is by Santerre and engraved by Gaucher, and the 12 plates by Lebardier

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        Geometria pratica del signor le clerc per uso della studiosa gioventu' e d'ogni genere di persone. traduzione del franzese adorna di bellissime figure in rame. in venezia, presso antonio zatta, 1796.

      Due parti legate in un volume di cm. 16, pp. (24) 308+ 2 ccb.; (4) 347 (9). Al primo volume bell'antiporta allegorica e 82 figure a piena pagina; al secondo volume 32 figure su tavole ripiegate fuori testo. Il tutto finemente inciso in rame. Ottima legatura coeva in cart. rigido ricoperto in carta dipinta e con titoli ms. al dorso. Esemplare fresco e genuino, in barbe e perfetto stato di conservazione.

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        Roman Comique.

      3 vols. Paris 1796. With portrait of the author and 15 plates by Le Barbier, all copperengraved. VII + 277 + VIII + 252 + XIII + 196 p. Bound in 2 nice contp. full leatherbindings with goldborders on spine and boards and with coloured labels on spine

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        New Travels Into The Interior Parts Of Africa, By The Way Of The Cape Of Good Hope, In The Years 1783, 84 and 85

      G.G. and J. Robinson London: G.G. and J. Robinson, 1796. First English edition. leather_bound. Contemporary full brown calf, rebacked in antique style, armorial gilt escutcheons front and back covers, raised bands, gilt decorated spine panels, marbled endpapers with matching edges. 3 vols. Near fine./No Dust Jacket. 288, 383 and 488 pages. 22 x 14 cm. Large folding map, 22 engraved plates, five folding. Le Vaillant, explorer and ornithologist was sent by the Dutch East India Company [he was born in Paramaribo, Dutch Guiana, son of the French consul] to the Cape Province of South Africa in 1781. He made two expeditions, one east from the Cape and one north of the Orange River into Great Namaqualand and the Kalahari desert. BRUNET Vol.III, p.1034. Scattered, intermittent foxing, one centimeter clean tear in map gutter repaired with archival tape, extremities lightly rubbed and darkened.

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        Dancing Girls at Cairo

      F.G. Moon London: F.G. Moon. unbound. very good(+). Louis Haghe. View. Tinted lithograph with hand coloring, mounted on card, as issued. Image measures 14" x 20 1/8", sheet measures 17.25" x 24.5". Beautifully colored view from David Roberts' "Views in the Holy Land, Syria, Idumea, Arabia, Egypt and Nubia". Born in Scotland, Roberts (1796-1864) gained renown as a landscape artist from documenting his extensive travels through Spain and the Near and Middle East. His most well known work, "Views in the Holy Land...Egypt and Nubia" illustrates Roberts' trip in 1838-39. The subsequent publication was issued in 41 parts between 1842 and 1849. This magnificent set was a collaborative project between Roberts and the skilled printer Louis Haghe (1806-1885) and is recognized as one of the most important lithographic works of the 19th century. This particular print comes from the deluxe subscribers edition, which was issued without text and the illustrations mounted to evoke the original watercolors of his sketchbook. Minor aging along edges, two small tears to lower left edge, image unaffected.

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        Emil eller om Opdragelsen. Seks Deele. Oversat af Fransk (af Jo. Werfel) og udgiven med Tydsklands Opdragelsesrevisorers og en Deel Danske oplysende, bestemmende og rettende Anmærkninger.

      Kbh. (Copenhagen), Sebastian Popp, 1796 - 99. 8vo. Bound in six cont. uniform hcalfs w. gilt title- and tome-labels on backs, backs w. gilt lines. Backs and corners w. traces of use, but a fine and clean copy on good paper (skrivepapir). XXX, 336; (8), 346; 368; 372; 352; XXVI, 324 pp.. Rare first Danish edition of Rousseau's monumental work (Emilius, or an Essay on Education), being one of the absolutely most important and influential works on education. Virtually no work has had as great an impact on paedagogics as this one. Being one of the most influential thinkers of the 18th century, Rousseau is considered one of the indirect causes of the French Revolution. In Rousseau one certainly finds one of the most influential spokesmen for 18th century thought, and it is primarily the thoughts of him and Voltaire that are put into action with the Revolution. Not only in France can the effects of his philosophy and thoughts on upbringing and education be clearly seen; -his ideas were of decisive character to the generation of artists, writers, poets, philosophers etc. in the beginning to middle of the 19th century, which seminally affects Danish thought, as it is in this period that our most important and famous cultural personas are being influenced (e.g. H.C. Andersen and Søren Kierkegaard); thus this first Danish translation is of great importance and interest. In Danish literature there is talk about the Rousseauan spirit, and it is in this spirit that the entire literary production of H.C. Andersen can be viewed, -directly or indirectly. Rousseau's three main thoughts in Émile - on the childlike, on the natural and on simple religious faith - fits like a glove on the main messages and morals of H.C. Andersen's works.Søren Kierkegaard is known to have owned a copy of Rousseau's Émile in French as well as a copy of this first Danish translation (see "Auktionsprotokol over Søren Kierkegaards Bogsamling" no. 941-43). As opposed to H.C.A., though, the philosophy and educational program of Rousseau does not correspond with the Christianity of Kierkegaard, who, however, quotes and comments on R. and his writings on several occasions in his diaries.In Émile, Rousseau poses an entirely new approach to education and the upbringing of children. His thoughts were exceedingly controversial, the work was burnt by the executioner immediately after its first appearance and Rousseau had to flee the country due to a warrant for his arrest. There is no need to say that these new thoughts were also widely influential on Danish thought, and this especially after the appearance of the Danish translation (34-37 years after the French original). Not only Kierkegaard and H.C.A. were influenced by this great thinker, so were the likes of Ingemann, one of our greatest poets."The first and last of these (i.e. Héloise and Émile), with their sentimental expression of deism, gave much offence, and Rousseau, like Voltaire, was forced to flee to Prussia. Restless and locally unpopular, he fled again to England, where he had a great welcome. Hume, who had offered him asylum, looked after him patiently..." (PMM 207, Printing and the Mind of Man). Bibliotheca Danica IV:1004

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        An account of the campaign in the West Indies, in the year 1794,

      London, printed by T. Bensley for G. Nicol, 1796. [12] + iv + 149 [2] + 62 large pp + 6 plates + plan of Fort Bourbon in Martinique and map of the island with two aquatint engravings in text. 1st ed., two plates with skilfully repaired tears, some pages with fine diagonal knife cuts in margin only, which are barely noticable. Original half calf with new spine. 13 x 18in The author was a chaplain with the British navy at the time of the occurrence of the events described. Rare. Fine aquatint views of Martinique and Guadeloupe.

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        L'Art d'Ecrire (The Art of Writing) reduit a des demonstrations vraies et Sacilar avec des Explications claires, L'Encyclopedie Methodique (Complete set of 16 plates)

      Alessandri et Scattaglia Directeurs (not indicated): Alessandri et Scattaglia, Directeurs. [1796]. First Italian edition [1796]. Sixteen copper plate engravings on fifteen folio sheets. Folded as issued, 31 cm, and measuring approximately 45 cm. (when unfolded). Untrimmed. Paillasson's celebrated calligraphy and handwriting manual was originally published in Diderot's Encyclopedie (1760), and republished by Charles-Joseph Pankoucke in his new Encyclopedie Methodique (1782-1832). Engraved by Pasquali and published by the Venetian engravers Innocente Alessandri and Pietro Scattaglia, this set of plates was issued separately in the first Italian edition (1796) of the section on handwriting from the Encyclopedie Methodique. The detailed calligraphic plates illustrate the geometric proportions of the three scripts (ronde, coulee, and batarde) and writing techniques. Also included are illustrations of the correct writing posture and various writing implements. Very good and better, with moderate soiling mostly to the margins. A very scarce, handsome set of perfectly designed and engraved plates. .

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        Grand Quintetto per due Violini, due Viole, e Violoncello... Opera [4]. [Set of parts]

      Artaria e Comp. PN 627 Vienne: [Artaria e] Comp. [PN] 627. [after 1796]. Folio. Sewn. [1] (title), 2-11, [i] (blank); 8, [ii] (blank); 7, [i] (blank); 7, [i] (blank), 7, [i] (blank) pp. Engraved. Watermark incorporating a star within a shield. Moderately worn and soiled; some light foxing, heavier to title of first violin part. First violin part with old paper reinforcement to spine. Portion of imprint removed from title. . First Edition, later issue. Kinsky-Halm p. 12 (first issue). Weinhold/Dorfmüller p. 256. Hirsch IV, 241. For other issues see Hoboken 2, 27-30. In the first issue the opus number is printed as "IV" and the price "f2." In the present issue "4" appears in manuscript and there is no printed price. In addition, the number "11-1/2B" is printed at the foot of the first page of music in the "Violino Primo" part, most probably a printer's notation referring to the number of sheets required to print the part. Opus 4 is an original work, drawing on material from Beethoven's then-unpublished Octet for Winds (op. 103), "... with revisions sufficient to warrant calling it a new composition." Solomon: Beethoven, p. 102. "At some time before February 1791, probably when he was composing the C major Piano Sonata, Op. 2, no. 3, with its closely related opening theme, Beethoven re-cast the Octet (op. 103) as a String Quintet, Op. 4, and comparison of the two versions shows considerable light on his development as an instrumental composer during those four important formative years... The Quintet is by no means an arrangement of the Octet; unlike Mozart's parallel recasting of his Octet for the same combination of instruments (K.388) as a String Quintet (K.406), it is in many respects a new work. Everything has become more plastic; stiff formulae are softened; the texture is lightened in weight but enriched by polyphony and the devices of 'obbligato accompaniment'. The harmony, too, has become richer... Structurally everything is worked out in the Quintet on lines that are at the same time broader and subtler: the exposition of the first movement of the Quintet is 88 bars long as compared with the 69 of the Octet, the development 77 as compared with 56. The sixteen-bar periods that open minuet and trio of the Octet are expanded to 22 and 24 bars respectively in the Quintet, and the structure becomes much clearer, less fussy... All in all, it is hardly an exaggeration to say that the difference between Octet and Quintet represents the whole difference between the "al fresco," serenade music that was just going out of fashion and the new finely wrought quartet style of late Haydn with its 'openwork texture,' its so called 'durchbrochene Arbeit' ". Gerald Abraham in The New Oxford History of Music Vol. VIII: The Age of Beethoven 1790-1830, p. 260. The autograph of the work is untraced.

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        De Rerum Natura Libros Sex, ad Exemplarium MSS. fidem recentitos longe emandatiores reddidit, Commentariis perpetuis illustravit, Indicibus instruxit; et cum Animadversionibus Ricardi Bentelii, non ante vulgatis, aliorum subinde miscuit Gilbertus Wakefield. 3 Vols.

      London, Impensis Editoris, Typis A. Hamilton, 1796-97. Folio. (37,5x28,5 cm. - i.e. large paper-copy). Bound in 3 contemporary full longgrained morocco, gilt spines and gilt borders on boards. Boards with broad blindtooled borders. Very light wear to spines, a few scattred scratches to covers. All edges gilt. Engraved portrait (Gilbert Wakefield). (88), XXIV, (1), 382; (12), 404, (4); (12), 396, (4) pp. + Index Criticum + Index Vocabularum + Addenda 1798 (4) pp. Internally clean and fine, printed on heavy paper, wide-margined. This is one of the 50 copies on large paper described by Dibdin and Lowndes.. A fine copy of Wakefield's famous, critical edition of the classic poem on the construction of the world. Dibdin notes that "of this work about 50 copies were struck off on large paper, in folio; and, owing to a number of them having been destroyed by fire, with the printing-office in which they were deposited, they used to sell at a very extraordinary prize.""This is a very splendid and critical edition. We are not, perhaps, sufficiently removed from the prejudices and passions of the age, to appreciate justly the merits and defects of this magnificent work;...we may have to wait the lapse of many years, before a correct and candid opinion...can be pronounced on the Lucretius of Wakefield....The edition presents us, for the first time, with some manuscript notes of Bently...also with some notes from a MS in the university of Cambridge." (Dibdin II, p.203 ff)."Lucretius's only work is De Rerum Natura, a didactic poem in 6 books, in which the poet expounds the physical theory of Epicurus(q.v.) with a view to abolishing superstitious fears of the intervention of the gods in the world and of the punishment of the soul in an after-life. This he accomplishes by demonstrating that the world is governed by the mechanical laws of nature ('foedera naturai') and that the soul is mortal and perishes with the body. The bulk of the poem is occupied in setting out in detail the atomic view of the universe, which Epicurus adopted with the modifications from the Atomist Leucippus and Democritus..."(The Oxford Classical Dictionary)

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        Poems by Goldsmith and Parnell; together with The Chase. A Poem. By William Somerville

      W. Bulmer London: W. Bulmer, 1795; 1796. Quarto. Two books bound together in one volume: xx, 76; xv, vii, 126pp. First editions thus. With a fore-edge painting by the "double-line" painter depicting the pastoral village of Lissoy where Oliver Goldsmith spent his youth, standing in for the pseudonymous town of Auburn in Goldsmith's poem, "The Deserted Village." The artist has written the title, "Lissoy ('Auburn' of 'The Deserted Village')," on the flyleaf in pen. The first book in the volume, Poems by Goldsmith and Parnell, is illustrated with five full-page, wood-engraved plates and eight wood-engraved vignettes drawn by Robert Johnson or John Bewick, and engraved by Thomas Bewick. The second book, The Chase by William Somerville, has thirteen wood-engraved vignettes, including title pages, engraved by Thomas Bewick after designs by John Bewick. The Bewick brothers were the leaders of the development of the art of wood engraving at the end of the eighteenth century. In particular, Thomas Bewick extended the range of the art by creating "a new conception of the black and white picture." These books were splendidly printed by Bulmer at his Shakespeare Printing Office. In The Bewick Collector, Thomas Hugo describes Poems by Goldsmith and Parnell as "A magnificent result of the efforts of the wood engraver, type-founder, papermaker, and printer" and writes that The Chase "contains the best specimens of John Bewick's abilities as a designer." Bound in contemporary red straight-grain morocco with double-fillet border and a wide double-fillet frame with semi-circle insertions. This special presentation of the two books was done for Baronet Sir John James Smith, whose gilt armorial coat-of-arms is stamped in the center of the covers. With marbled endpapers and gilt dentelles to the inside edges of the covers. Housed in a matching chemise and slipcase. Binding shows some light rubbing and wear, slight bump to bottom edge of front cover, else a fine copy with a bright fore-edge painting. The bookplate of Sir John James Smith has been covered over by the armorial bookplate of Frederick S. Deck.

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        Discorsi elementari di anatomia e fisiologia di giovanni presciani p. professore nella r. universita' di pavia ad uso della sua scuola. parte prima.milano, presso luigi veladini in contrada nuova. si vende anche da michele miazzi librajo in pavia di contro alla r. universita', 1794in 8, [mm. 187 x 112], pp. (4) - 180 con 4 tavv. ripiegate f.t. con indice e carta di errata legata dopo la lettera dell'editore.unito con:discorsi elementari di anatomia e fisiologia di giovanni presciani p. professore nella r. universita' di pavia ad uso della sua scuola. parte seconda.milano, presso luigi veladini in contrada santa radegonda. si vende anche da michele miazzi librajo in pavia di contro alla r. universita', 1796.pp. 205 - (1), con 7 tavv. ripiegate f. t.unito con:discorsi elementari di anatomia e fisiologia di giovanni presciani p. professore nella r. universita' di pavia ad uso della sua scuola. parte seconda.milano, presso luigi veladini in contrada santa radegonda. si vende anche da miche

      LE MIAZZI LIBRAJO IN PAVIA DI CONTRO ALLA R. UNIVERSITA', 1796.PP. 205 - (1), CON 7 TAVV. RIPIEGATE F. T.

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