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        "On North American Spiders," (American Journal of Science and the Arts 21 pp. 99-122, 1831).

      The work of Nicholas Marcellus Hentz (1797-1856) forms ?the basis of the study of American arachnology? (A list of works on North American entomology, 77). A native of Versailles, France, Hentz studied miniature painting, then medicine, before emigrating to America in 1816 after the downfall of Napoleon. Hentz received an MA degree from the University of North Carolina and when on to become one of the pioneers in American entomology as well as the originator of American arachnology, single-handedly and formally describing 124 spider species? (Wikipedia). ?On North American Spiders? was Hentz?s second paper on spiders. ALSO includes Samuel Guthrie?s landmark paper on the discovery of Chloroform and a paper on the geological age of reptiles by Gideon Mantell.   CONDITION & DETAILS: Complete volume. 8vo. (8.5 x 5.5 inches, 213 x 138mm). 3 unrelated plates. Bound in black buckram. Ex-libris with marks at spine neatly blacked. Small ex-libris stamps on the first few pages. Tightly, solidly, and cleanly bound. Lightly toned interior; small crease down one page. Clean throughout. Very good condition.

      [Bookseller: Atticus Rare Books]
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        Catalogue des Livres rares et précieux composant le Fonds de Librairie de feu le C. Belin Junior, Libraire

      Dont la vente se fera...le Lundi 22 Mai 1797 et jours suivans. x, 279 pp. 8vo, cont. half-vellum & paste-paper boards (spine soiled), uncut. Paris: G. De Bure, Le Jeune, & Glaizot, 1797. A remarkable copy of this important sale, rich in natural history. Our copy contains not only the prices but the buyers' names (finding buyers' names in a French auction catalogue of this period is most unusual). The buyers include some of the greatest dealers of the period: Debure, Renouard, Brunet, Chardin, and Huzard. Additionally, two further cahiers have been inserted at the end of the catalogue. The first -- 17 leaves -- contains further buyers' names, some calculations, and a list of books purchased by Belin's firm. The second cahier -- 36 leaves including some blanks -- contains bibliographical notes regarding books in various sales. Belin Junior, who apparently died young, was one of the leading booksellers and auctioneers of his time and he had an enormous stock. This sale consists of duplicates (and oftentimes triplicates) from his inventory. It is remarkable to see how many important books an 18th-century bookseller could accumulate. 2894 lots. Belin was associated with the sales of the libraries of Dincourt d'Hangard, Mirabeau, and Didot. Very good copy. As is often the case, this copy lacks the separately issued and paginated author index. A few leaves with tears but with no loss. From the library of Jean Viardot. ❧ BnF, Catalogue de libraires 1473-1810, 328. Grolier Club, Printed Catalogues of French Book Auctions...1643-1830, 370. Peignot, p. 80. .

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        Vue d'un éstablissment des habitans du port des francais pour la saison de la peche

      Paris., 1797. Size: 400 x 255 mm. Copper engraving. Uncoloured. Very good condition. slight browing around edges but not effecting image. Scene showing inhabitants of Lituya Bay, Alaska in fishing season. From the Voyages of La Perouse who set sail from France in 1785 to continue the discoveries of Captain Cook. He was shipwrecked in 1788 but his narrative, maps, and views survived and were published in 1797. Atlas Du Voyage De La Pérouse.

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      1797. Good. [MEISHOKI] AKISATO Rito. TOKAIDO MEISHO ZUE 6 vols., Osaka, Kyoto & Edo, Kansei 9 [1797] 25.9 x 18.3 cm., string-bound, fukuro-toji, printed paper title labels. Illustrations by various Kyoto artists including Soken, Goshun, Soen, etc., etc. Scenes from the history of the fabled Eastern Sea Route, the post road from Edo to Kyoto. Good impressions and overall condition. Mitchell 528-9. The labels of volumes one and three are partly worn away, the covers of volume one are quite worn. Complete.

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        The AMERICAN GAZETTEER. Exhibiting, in Alphabetical Order, A Much More Full and Accurate Account, Than has been Given, of the States, Provinces, Counties, Cities, Towns,Villages, Rivers, Bays, Harbours, Gulfs, Sounds, Capes, Mountains, Forts, Indian Tribes, & New Discoveries on the American Continent, Also of the West-India Islands, and Other Islands Appendant to the Continent, and those Newly Discovered in the Pacific Ocean [etc. etc.] ; with a Particular Description of the Georgia Western Territory. The Whole Comprising Upwards of Seven Thousand Distinct Articles. Illustrated with Seven New and Neat Maps

      Boston:: At the Presses of S. Hall and Thomas & Andrews, and sold by E. Larkin, and the other Booksellers in Boston,. 1797.. 8vo. Bound in 4s. 8-3/4" x 5-1/4". 1st edition (Evans 32509; Howes M-389; Sabin 50923). viii, [619] pp.. Bound in modern brown full calf in a period style with gilt spine lettering. Original eps retained.. Binding: Fine. Text block: Usual browning & foxing to paper;. short vertical tear along fold of "Northern Part of US" map [other. maps intact & quite nice]. Overall, Very Good.. Illustrated with 7 maps (6 folding).

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        The Adventures of Gil Blas of Santillane

      97 - London - W. Strahan, J. Rivington, T. Davies et al, 1797 Book. Very Good. Hardcover. An English translation of Alain-Rene Lasage's picaresque novel. Complete in four volumes. Volume I is the sixth edition, while volumes II, III and IV are 'a new translation'. With a frontispiece to each volume plus numerous further illustrations. Alain-Rene Lesage (6 May 1668 17 November 1747) was a French novelist and playwright. Gil Blas is considered to be the last novel of the picaresque literary movement. Bound by Riviere. With a previous owner's ink inscriptions to verso of all front free endpapers and to the recto of two frontispieces. Condition: In calf bindings. Externally, smart with very slight shelfwear. Internally, firmly bound, generally bright and clean with occasional spots. Overall: VERY GOOD INDEED.

      [Bookseller: Rooke Books]
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        The MONTHLY REVIEW Enlarged. Lot ~ 270 Issues

      London:: Printed for R. Griffiths; and Sold by T. Becket, Pall Mall.. 1797 -1816.. 8vo. 9" x 5-5/8". 1st appearance. ~ 270 issues. ~ 120 pages each. Untrimmed.. Original printed wrappers, stitched.. As to be expected, wrappers sometimes dusty, with corners curlling to. a small degree. Some wrappers with tears, occasionally a corner. missing, a few issues with wrapper(s) missing. Condition ranges from. Good to Very Good.. A long-lived literary journal founded in 1749 by Griffiths, a bookseller. This significant run of issues contains a wealth of information on the works published during the period- not only contemporaneous literary reviews, but also, when one considers the adverts, inserts, etc, publisher & book history. & & Quite uncommon in original wrappers, especially in an extensive run as we have here, lacking but 8 issues to be complete. Further details supplied on request.

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        Cary’s New Pocket Plan of London, Westminster and Southwark:.

      London: J. Cary No. 131 Strand Jany. 1 1797 - Map dimensions 30.5 x 60.5 cm, overall dimensions 41.5 x 61.5 cm. Folding plan of central London, showing the extents from Islington down to Lambeth and Stepney across to the Serpentine, original colour highlighting out the bodies of water and the parks with a thin outline marking out the boundary of the City. Dissected into 18 sections and mounted on linen, folds into the original marbled paper slipcase with the publisher’s printed label to the upper board. Slight fading and wear to the edges of the case, else the covers and the case in very good condition. Two panels of text to the upper corners, that to the left listing the "receiving houses appointed to the General Post Office" and that to the right listing public offices and buildings. Beneath the map are 16 column lists of Penny Post receiving house for the City and Westminster plus another for Hackney Coach fares. Cf. Howgego, no. 192 for other editions, this state not being listed by him.

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        Pope's Works in Nine vols. 1797 AND Warton's Essay on the Genius and Writings of Pope 2 vols. 1806

      London for Law, Johnson et al 1797 and 1806. later edition. Hardback. Near Fine/No Jacket. Total of 11 volumes. Pope, The Works, 9 vol., edited by Joseph Warton, engraved portrait frontispiece and one plate to vol.1, some light spotting and marginal browning, 1797; AND Warton (Joseph) An Essay on the Genius and Writings of Pope, 2 vol., 2 engraved portraits and one plate, 1806, uniformly bound in contemporary calf, spines with red and black morocco labels, slightly rubbed but super looking and attractive set, bookplate of Sir William Eden, Bart., 8vo&

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        Select Specimens of British Plants

      London: printed by W. Bulmer & Co. and sold by G. Nicol, 1797 [watermarked 1794]. Part I only (of 2), folio. (22 1/2 x 17 inches). Uncut. 5 plates printed in colours and finished by hand, engraved by William Skelton after drawings by Juliana Strickland (3) and Charlotte Strickland (2). Original paper-backed marbled paper-covered boards, the upper cover with original small format letterpress title label pasted on at the centre original boards. A fine unsophisticated copy of the first part of this rare and beautiful illustrated botanical work. The spectacular plates are the chief glory of this work: they are from the drawings of the talented sisters Charlotte and Juliana Strickland, daughters of Sir George Strickland Bt. of Boynton, Yorkshire. From the early 1800s they lived at Apperley Court, Gloucestershire (the home of their brother Henry Eustachius Strickland). As the preface to the present work makes clear, their cousin (and brother- in-law) Strickland Freeman was keen to see their work published, but felt that the engravers and colourists of the day would not be able to do justice to the very fine originals. The publication of Bauer's Delineations of exotick plants ... at Kew in 1796 apparently changed Freeman's mind, and at his own expense he set out to publish (and edit, with the help of Dr. George Shaw) what became the present work. Only two parts with 10 plates ever appeared, but the quality of the plates was recognised and Sir J.E. Smith refers to "those exquisite elaborate plates ... said to be the performances of two ladies, who certainly rank as artists in the first line." The book, complete or incomplete, is very rare. There are only two copies on Copac: the British Library (complete) and Natural History Museum (part 1 only, as here). OCLC adds the Fisher Library in Toronto, and the BSB in Munich, but it is not clear if these last two are complete. Only two complete and two incomplete copies are listed as having sold at auction in the past thirty five years. Cf. BM (NH) II, p.616; cf. Henrey III, 722; cf. Nissen BBI 1904; cf. Pritzel 3037.

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      London: Printed by T. Bensley, 1797. First edition. Very Good. Folio (pages 255 x 358mm), collates: [4], xviii, 241; complete with half title. Illustrated with 9 full page engravings from the drawings of Lady Diana Beauclerc, engraved by Bartolozzi. Each plate with its original tissue guard intact. In a contemporary marbled board, heavily rubbed and stained, rebacked to style. Internal contents generally clean, with a few leaves marginally stained. The bookplate of "Christopher Beauchamp Esq." is attached to the front paste-down. Dryden's last work before his death, a collection of translations of Chaucer and Boccaccio as well as "The Flower and the Leaf." Dryden's fables were first published in 1700, but this edition is the first to incorporate Bartolozzi's plates. Additional images available upon request. Very Good.

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      1797. STAUNTON, Sir George. AN AUTHENTIC ACCOUNT OF AN EMBASSY FROM THE KING OF GREAT BRITAIN... Together with a relation of the voyage undertaken on the occasion by His Majesty's ship the Lion, and the ship Hindostan, in the East India Company's service, to the Yellow Sea, and Gulf of Pekin; as well as of their return to Europe; with notices of the several places where they stopped in their way out and home ... Taken chiefly from the papers of His Excellency the the Earl of Macartney ...; Sir Erasmus Gower ..., and of other Gentlemen in the several departments of the Embassy. In Three Volumes. London: Printed for G. Nicol, 1797. First octavo edition, complete as issued in 3 volumes with 3 large fold-out maps engraved by B. Baker. Pp. xvi,429; xv,383; xvii,490 + [1] foldout leaf ('Appendix VII') inserted after p. 486. Worn contemporary bindings of diced calf with gilt lettering on spine: spines are darkened, joints are starting and/or split, and the leather is pulling away from the boards, with some rippling, creasing, and chipping. The blue endpapers have lifted in places revealing early 19th-century advertisements (for new medicine, surgery, and chemistry titles from the publisher Longman, Hurst, Rees and Orme) that were used as lining. Bookblocks are sound and text leaves are clean but for some scant, light foxing and a couple of gatherings whose paper has toned. Bookplate on ffep in each volume. Folding frontispiece map in each volume: 1. 'A General Chart on Mercator's Projection, to show the train of the Lion and Hindostan from England to the Gulf of Pekin in Chiana, and of the their return to England.' 42.5 x 62.5 cm. 2. 'A Sketch of a Journey from ZHE-HOL in TARTARY by land to PEKIN and from thence by water to HANG-TCHOO-FOO in CHINA,' by J. Barrow. 67 X 47.5 cm. Closed tear with an old paper repair on verso. 3. 'Sketch of a Journey from HANG- TCHOO-FOO to QUANG-TCHOO-FOO of CANTON in CHINA,' by J. Barrow. 65 x 46.5 cm. Two small closed tears mended on verso. (This edition, published in the same year and by the same publisher as the first two-volume quarto edition with the separate folio atlas of plates which was prepared at Government expense, is complete with only three maps as offered here.) Although Macartney's embassy to install a resident British minister and establish trade relations with China was not successful, it collected much interesting inform

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        A History of a Voyage to the Coast of Africa,

      Troy: Printed for the Author by Luther Pratt,, 1797. and Travels into the Interior of that Country; containing Particular descriptions of the Climate and Inhabitants, and interesting particulars concerning the Slave Trade. By … Who has since become Blind; and for whose benefit it is now published by his Friends. Duodecimo (157 × 98 mm). Contemporary sheep, black label to spine. Frontispiece. Contemporary ownership inscription, dated 1806, of William Coon to the front endpapers. A little rubbed, contents browned as often, short splits at the head of frontispiece and title page, now repaired with archival tissue, a very good copy. Second edition, same year as the first. Complete with the frontispiece showing "the Author relating the History of his Travels," which is often lacking. Recommendations from Benjamin Rush ("I feel myself indebted to you …") and Dr. Felix Pascalis[-Ouvrière], vice-president of the Chemical Society of Philadelphia, and president of the Philadelphia College of Physicians ("I have read with pleasure your History of your voyage to the coast of Africa") on page iii-iv. "Is this the first account of an African voyage by an American? Hawkins set sail from Charleston late in 1793. He travelled extensively and perilously in the country of the Ibos, who then were engaged in warfare with their neighbours. Much of the author's narrative describes a Galla invasion into Ibo territory. He was well treated by the Africans, and learned much about their customs and laws. His description of the Ibo capital is worth noting: 'Their streets were laid out with a considerable regard to order, so as even to be observed at a distance; there was not anything of grandeur, it is true, but certainly a degree of elegant simplicity and neatness which I did not expect to find.' He was impressed by these Africans but not by the white factors on the coast who lived a debauched and lazy life" (Wolf). Some questions have been raised as to the complete veracity of Hawkins's account (cf. Fage, Hawkins' Hoax? A Sequel to Drake's Fake, History in Africa, vol. 18), but it is referred to frequently on the Smithsonian's website in relation to the details of the American maritime trade in the eighteenth century.

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        Bound Volume of Sheet Music with Eighteen Different Songs Signed by Charles Dibdin

      Folio. Quarter calf and marbled papercovered boards. Corners of the boards worn away, a sound, good copy, internally ranging from good plus to very good. Owner's name "Campies Bitties L'Tomes Music Book -- Roswell Cobb Co. Georgia" on the front free endpaper. The rear free endpaper seems to have been used as a legal document at the Office of Music Conveyance (possibly affirming American or individual state copyrights?) in South Carolina, signed by Daniel Smith in Charleston and by Stephen Ravenel in Savannah, both in 1797, and further attested by Andrew M'Curdie, Alderman of Savannah in 1800. The book is bound up sheet music of English popular songs, many of them sea chanteys, the first twenty of the songs (from a total of about sixty-five in the volume), are written, composed, and published by Charles Dibdin, and eighteen of them have been Signed or Initialed by Dibdin at the bottom of the first page of music. Many of the songs are from Dibdin's various musical entertainments including The Quizes, or A Trip to Elysium; Private Theatricals, or Nature in Nubibus; Castles in the Air; The Wags, or The Camp of Pleasure; or The Oddities, the songs include: "Neighbor Sly," "Bill Bobstay," "The Lucky Escape," "Soldier Dick," "Little Ben," "Happy Jerry," "A Drop of the Creature," "The Tar for All Weathers," "Bachelor's Hall," and "Poor Tom, or the Sailor's Epitaph"; other songs not directly associated with specific shows include, "The Contented Sailor," and "The Negroes Complaint" (about a captured slave). Dibdin (1745-1814) was one of the most celebrated songwriters in England, and was particularly known, as one might guess from the title above, for his nautical songs. According to one source, Dibdin's patriotic nautical songs were said to be "worth ten thousand sailors to the cause of England," and manuscripts and signed copies of his sheet music are featured items in the collection of the Caird Library at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, England. The songs in this book seem to date from around 1788 -- 1791, Dibdin's most prolific period. .

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        AN HISTORICAL JOURNAL OF THE BRITISH CAMPAIGN ON THE CONTINENT, IN THE YEAR 1794; with the Retreat through Holland, in the year 1795

      Birmingham, printed for the author by Swinney & Hawkins, 1797.. FIRST EDITION, 1797, 4to, approximately 280 x 215 mm, 11 x 8¼ inches, large folding hand coloured map of the seat of war as frontispiece, 4 hand coloured folding plans, pages x, 183, bound in full antique calf, ornate gilt borders to covers with floral motif at corners, rebacked with original backstrip laid on, gilt decoration to spine, gilt lettered morocco labels, gilt inner dentelles (turn ins), all edges gilt, original pink endpapers retained. Backstrip worn with a few hairline cracks and chips to date label, few slight indentations and light scratches to covers, corners slightly worn, inner paper hinges neatly repaired, small grazed patch on front pastedown through erasure, slight foxing to title page and prelims, 8 pages foxed in Book III, occasional light brown spot to margins, contents otherwise very bright and clean, small closed edge tear to map and 2 plans, neatly repaired on reverse. Binding tight and firm. A very good copy of a scarce military book. Britain's part in the War of the First Coalition which represented the first major concerted effort of multiple European powers to contain Revolutionary France. Britain came into the war being waged by Austria, Prussia, Spain and others when Louis XVI was executed in 1793. MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING.

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      Philadelphia. March 29, 1797 - March 20, 1799.. Folio newspapers, printed in four columns. A discontinuous run of 147 issues, beginning with Number 22 (March 29, 1797) and concluding with Number 635 (March 20, 1799). Each issue consists of [4]pp. Several issues bear a contemporary ownership signature of "Mr. Kinney" or "Capt. Kinney." Plus one issue of CLAYPOOLE'S AMERICAN DAILY ADVERTISER; two issues of the TRUE AMERICAN COMMERCIAL ADVERTISER; and one issue of the PHILADELPHIA GAZETTE & UNIVERSAL DAILY ADVERTISER from the same time period bound in. Folio. Contemporary marbled boards, expertly rebacked, retaining the original gilt morocco label. Boards scuffed. An occasional stain or fox mark, light even tanning. Some twenty issues have from 2- to 6-inch tears in the edge or center of the text, resulting in loss. A few issues trimmed close at the upper edge or foredge, with slight loss. Overall, in good condition. A significant assemblage of William Cobbett's important and controversial - but short-lived - daily newspaper, PORCUPINE'S GAZETTE. The numbers in this volume represent about twenty percent of the complete run of the newspaper, which lasted for 770 issues. Cobbett (1763- 1835), the legendarily prolific, controversial (often contradictory), and anti- authoritarian polemicist, often wrote under the pen-name of "Peter Porcupine." In 1796, a few years after he arrived in the United States, he began a monthly periodical called THE POLITICAL CENSOR, which he used to snipe at his political opponents - usually those of a pro-French or Jeffersonian-Republican sentiment. The CENSOR ran until March 1797, when it was replaced with PORCUPINE'S GAZETTE, a daily newspaper. The first issue appeared on March 4, 1797, the day John Adams was inaugurated President, with a subscription base of about one thousand, which more than doubled within a few months. By November 1797, Cobbett was printing 3,000 copies a day. A weekly German-language version was published in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 1798 and 1799, and a thrice- weekly edition called THE COUNTRY PORCUPINE also ran in those years. Cobbett used the newspaper to support the Federalist party and to rail against the French and their American supporters during the period of increased tensions between the United States and France generally known as the "Quasi War." His contentious articles thrived in the politically charged atmosphere, though Cobbett often found himself on the receiving end of libel suits. The newspaper is filled with articles on national and local politics, foreign policy, news from Europe, economics, and advertisements for Cobbett's other works. Aside from its tremendous political importance, PORCUPINE'S GAZETTE is also a rich source of information on daily life in Philadelphia, with each issue containing commercial ads and notices, reports of arrivals in the port of Philadelphia, local prices for goods, advertisements for schools and doctors, and much more. The demise of the paper was hastened when Cobbett lost a $5,000 libel judgment brought against him by Dr. Benjamin Rush, whom Cobbett had attacked for Rush's actions during an outbreak of Yellow Fever in Philadelphia. The case was adjudicated by a Pennsylvania judge whom Cobbett had also criticized. Cobbett suspended publication of the GAZETTE in late August 1799, followed by a few weekly issues that fall, and a final New York issue of January 13, 1800. A significant run of an important Federalist- era periodical, produced by one of the most controversial polemicists in American history. PEARL, WILLIAM COBBETT 28. GAINES, WILLIAM COBBETT 30. BRIGHAM, pp.946-47.

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        Meine Flucht aus den Staatsgefängnissen zu Venedig, die Piombi genannt. Eine höchst interessante Geschichte aus dem Französischen (von C. A. Behr)

      Gera und Leipzig, Illgen 1797.. 2 Bll., 219 S. Pappband d. Zt. Hayn-Got. I, 559; Childs 85; Ottmann 113, 25; Fromm II, 25 - Sehr seltene erste vollständige deutsche Ausgabe der Beschreibung der legendären Flucht aus den Bleikammern! - Etwas berieben und bestoßen, Rücken mit altem Papier überzogen und mit Papieretikette unten. Das Blatt Vorbericht mit Einriss und Papierrestaurierung am oberen Rand. Tls. etwas fleckig, insgesamt recht sauberes Exemplar!

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      1797. BULLIARD, Pierre. DICTIONNAIRE ELEMENTAIRE DE BONTANIQUE, OU EXPOSITION PAR ORDRE ALPHABETIQUE, DES PRECEPTES DEL LA BONTANIQUE, ET DE TOUS LES TERMES, TANT FRANCOIS QUE LATINS, CONSACRES A L'ETUDE DE CETTE SCIENCE. Paris, Desray, 1797. Second Edition. Folio. xii, 242, [8] pp. 10 engraved plates, 9 of which are colored. Coloring appears to be a mixture of hand and printed. Rebound to period in 1/4 calf and marble boards. Faint library stamps to title page, yet a lovely copy. (Hunt 667; Pritzel 1355).

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      Philadelphia. Sept. 8, 1797.. [2]pp., plus integral address leaf. Folio. Old fold lines. Reinforced with tissue at some folds. Tear in blank leaf from wax seal. Lightly soiled. Very good. In a half morocco clamshell case, spine gilt. A warm letter written by Dr. Benjamin Rush, Philadelphia physician and signer of the Declaration of Independence, to fellow patriot Elisha Boudinot, expressing his condolences upon the loss of Boudinot's wife. Boudinot (1749-1819) was an early supporter of the Revolution, and was active in New Jersey political and social circles, interacting with many of the important men of the era. He had eleven children with his first wife, Catherine Smith, to whom this letter refers. She died in the terrible yellow fever epidemic of 1797. Boudinot remarried the year following her death. Benjamin Rush was a delegate to the Continental Congress and signed the Declaration of Independence; he later served as surgeon general for the Middle Department of the Continental Army, though he resigned in outrage over the disorganization and corruption in army hospitals. Rush established several medical facilities in Philadelphia, including the College of Physicians in 1787. "Writing prolifically over nearly half a century, Rush was the first American physician to become widely known at home and abroad. More than any other physician, Rush established the reputation of Philadelphia as a center for medical training....His drive to understand mental illness and render the treatment of mental patients more humane earned Rush the title 'father of American psychiatry'" - ANB. Rush's letter conveys his sympathies as well as Christian hope for life beyond the grave. It reads, in part: "My dear sir, Permit me to join in the general sympathy your late bereavement has excited in the breasts of all your friends....Yes, my dear friend, we live among the dead, and in a valley of human bones. Every newspaper we pick up is an obituary of departed friends, or fellow citizens. At the present awful moment, the passing hearse, the shut up houses, and the silent streets of our city, all proclaim that we are made of the dust, & that we are doomed to return to it. But let us not complain as those who have no hope. The grave shall ere long be robbed of its prey. Even Hell itself shall give up its prisoners. The conquests, & grace of Jesus Christ extend to the utmost limits of fire & misery, & ALL, ALL shall in due time be made to partake of the benefits of his infinite atonement. P.S. The fever encreases, but it is confined chiefly to one part of the city. I have hitherto been preserved, except from a light attack of it, which confined me but one day." In fact, Rush had stayed in Philadelphia to treat those sick with the fever, and was lucky to survive. Later his political opponent, William Cobbett, accused Rush of using his treatments to kill off Federalists. Rush successfully sued Cobbett for libel, driving him out of the United States.

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        Rustic Sympathy

      London: Published by John Jefferys, 1 January, 1797. Colour printed mezzotint, with additional hand-colouring. 19 x 25 1/8 inches. 21 1/2 x 27 inches. A stunning impression of this charming print after Wheatley's painting, illustrating the rural ideal in England. Wheatley was born and trained in London, and in 1769 was one of the first students admitted to the newly founded Royal Academy. Although he initially practiced as a landscape painter, by the mid 1770s he had become a popular painter of small-scale portraits and informal 'conversation-pieces'. From the 1780s onwards, Wheatley turned increasingly to sentimental domestic scenes that were perfectly attuned to the genteel sensibilities of the period. Today he is generally remembered for his Cries of London, which depicted street vendor such as milkmaids, and fruit sellers engaged in their trade on the street sides. This series was a great success, and inspired a myriad of different engravings and copies by celebrated artists such as Johan Zoffany and J. G. Huck. Wheatley's pretty genre paintings of rural and domestic life were a great source of inspiration for contemporary engravers who reproduced his work with industrious vigor. The popularity of these engravings greatly enhanced Wheatley's reputation, and made him one of the most celebrated painters of his day. There is nothing in modern art like the genre paintings and prints of late 18th and early 19th century British art, in which "generic" types illustrate common and uncommon events of, usually, rural life. The Dutch had looked at social life in Holland but in quite a different, frequently critical, way. In the great rural, genre scenes of this period of British art there were no villains depicted, no bizarre events, no crimes or tragedies. The artists sought to evoke warm feelings, a sense of our shared humanity. Since there are not individuals shown in these genre scenes, the body language of the participants needed to be noted with precision, for the whole story is told in the postures, tensions, frowns and furtive glances. Here, a homeless young man, possibly selling a raffle ticket of some kind, stoops submissively at an appropriate distance from two sisters who listen with a mixture of fear and sympathy. Roberts, F. Wheatley, R.A. His Life and Works p.43 (giving publication date of 1 January 1796)

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        Set of four: The Four Times of the Day: Morning, Noon, Evening, Night

      London: Published by G.G. & J. Robinson, Pater-noster Row, Aug. 1, 1797. Line engraving. A fantastic set of Hogarth's famous series "The Four Times of the Day" engraved by Thomas Cook for his seminal text "Hogarth Restored. The Whole Works of the celebrated William Hogarth". William Hogarth (1697-1764) was one of the most important British artists of the eighteenth century. His influential work changed the history of British printmaking and influenced the development of moralizing social satire profoundly. Hogarth began his career as a painter, but he soon became an influential printmaker. He invented and popularized the English tradition of sequential anecdotal pictures and was one of the first artists to make his living as a humorist. Hogarth intended each series of paintings to be reproduced in print, a practice that popularized his images and made him one of England's most important artists. His prints proved so popular that eager entrepreneurs were quick to produce a myriad of pirated copies. These forgeries were so rampant that Hogarth was forced to campaign against the profiteers; his efforts eventually led to the institution of the copyright act of 1735. In this striking series Hogarth uses a staid artistic theme, the times of the day, to comment on the corruption of modern urban life. The "Four Times of the Day" is at once an iconoclastic portrait of London life and witty satire on the disintegration of modern morals. It is a masterpiece of both content and composition and it is considered one of Hogarth's most accomplished series of engravings. Thomas Cook engraved this attractive set after Hogarth, as illustrations in "Hogarth Restored. The Whole Works of the celebrated William Hogarth". This superb text, published in 1806, faithfully reproduces Hogarth's celebrated engravings. Cook, who has a natural eye for detail and an accomplished engraving technique, expertly reproduces the plates. [Plate 1: "Morning"] Printed on wove paper watermarked 1804. In good condition with the exception of some light foxing in the margins. Image size: 17 7/8 x 14 7/8 inches. Plate size: 19 7/16 x 15 15/16 inches. Sheet size: 23 x 17 7/8 inches. The first engraving in the series is appropriately entitled "Morning". In the anarchic bustle of Covent Garden a prim churchgoer, with her young servant, makes her way to St. Paul's church. She is surrounded by disorder as two couples fondle each other outside the Tom Kings Coffee House. Inside the coffee house a fight has erupted and on the other side of the market a quack advertises his services to a rabble of onlookers. [Plate 2: "Noon"] Printed on wove paper watermarked J. Whatman. In good condition with the exception of some light foxing in the margins. Light waterstain in lower right corner. Image size: 17 ¾ x 14 13/16 inches. Plate size: 19 5/8 x 15 ¾ inches. Sheet size: 23 x 17 ½ inches. "Noon" depicts a crowded street scene in Hog Lane, Westminster. On the right of the image pious churchgoers exit the small chapel after the Sunday service. They are confronted, on the left of the image, with a grotesque group of London denizens who seem to personify squalor and filth, both moral and literal. A young child wails at a plate of broken food he has spilled on the street while a ragged beggar girl greedily stuffs the fallen food into her mouth. A pretty serving maid carrying a large pie looks with a bored expression while a man kisses her cheek and grotesquely grabs her bosom. The pub sign in the background depicts a woman without a head and is named "The Good Woman", and the establishment behind the young couple displays a sign depicting a severed head and is revoltingly described as having good food. The opposing groups are divided within the image by a sewer, which both physically and literally separates the pious from the immoral. They only thing linking the two sides is a dead cat, which bridges the sewer, and acts as a horrid symbol of decay. [Plate 3: "Evening"] Printed on wove paper watermarked J. Whatman dated 1794. In good condition with the exception of some light foxing in the margins. Light waterstain in lower right corner. Image size: 17 15/16 x 14 9/16 inches. Plate size: 19 ½ x 15 9/16 inches. Sheet size: 23 x 17 ¼ inches. "Evening", the third image in the series, depicts a quarrelsome urban family at Sadler's Wells, a resort and water source on the outskirts of London. Instead of escaping the trapping of the city the family has transported their problems with them. The spoilt young boy wails obstinately as his sister scolds him threateningly with her fan while their parents walk away without a care. The wife and husband are detached from each other and the wife distances herself from her partner by creating a screen against him with her fan. [Plate 4: "Night"] Printed on wove paper watermarked J. Whatman dated 1794. In good condition with the exception of some light foxing in the margins. Light waterstain in lower right corner. Image size: 17 ¼ x 14 3/8 inches. Plate size: 19 ½ x 15 1/2 inches. Sheet size: 22 13 /16 x 17 inches. The last image in the series, entitled "Night" depicts a crowded London street near Charing Cross on a moonlit night. In the lit window on the left a dentist prepares to extract a tooth from a poor man who grips the arms of a chair in horrified pain. Outside a drunken man stumbles home with the help of his faithful servant who carries a lantern. While someone empties their chamber pot onto the street a group of homeless women find refuge under a wooden trellis. Fire has erupted in the middle of the street causing a carriage to turn over, and the occupants to cry out in horror. George, Catalogue of Political and Personal the British Museum 2361, 2374, 2386, 2396; Paulson, Hogarth's Graphic Works p. 104-105, No. 146-149

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        An Historical Account of the Embassy to the Emperor of China

      London,: J. Stockdale,, 1797.. Octavo, folding map; a good copy in contemporary sprinkled calf. An attractive copy of the reduced octavo version of the large official narrative of the important Macartney embassy to China, by which the British sought to establish formal diplomatic and commercial relations. Staunton accompanied the embassy as Secretary, and compiled his book chiefly from the papers of the Ambassador and his fellow envoys.Lowendahl, 'China Illustrata Nova', 698.

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        Collection portative de voyages traduits de diffrentes langues Orientales et Européennes.

      de l'Imprimerie de Crapelet,, A Paris, 1797 - Cinque volumi di cm. 13,5 uniformemente legati in mezza pelle rossa, dorsi lisci con filetti, fregi e titoli in oro, piatti inquadrati da triplice filetto dorato. Esemplare fresco ed in ottimo stato di conservazione. Si tratta della collezione completa di questa serie di volumi che raccolgono relazioni di viaggio in Oriente. I tre viaggi sono così suddivisi: Volume primo: A'BDOUL-KERYM. Voyage de l'Inde a La Mekke. Pp. xxxii, 246. Con 2 tavole a colori f.t. Volume secondo e terzo: A'BD-OULRIZAQ e FRANKLIN W. Voyages de la Perse dans l'Inde, et du Bengal en Perse. Pp. cxxxi (1) 142; (4) 270. Con 4 tavole a colori f.t. (di cui due a doppia pagina). Volume quarto e quinto: HODGES WILLIAM. Voyage pittoresque de l'Inde fait dans les années 1780-1783. Pp. (4) xxvii (1) 222; (4) 252. Con 14 tavole a colori f.t. ripiegate o a doppia pagina. Langles (1763-1824) fu scelto come curatore e traduttore di queste relazioni di viaggio per la sua profonda conoscenza della cultura e delle lingue orientali, principalmente indiane. Il suo entusiastico interesse contribuì grandemente all'introduzione ed all'estensione degli studi orientali in Francia. Molto interessante e raro, sprattutto quando completo, ben legato ed in ottimo stato come il presente esemplare. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        TOBIAS SMOLLETT'S WORKS. Leather Library Set. Printed in 1797 Complete in 8 volumes

      London: B. Law, J. Johnson, et al..., 1797. The Works of Tobias Smollett, with Memoirs of His Life. To which is prefixed a view of the commencement and progress of romance, by John Moore. Complete in 8-volumes. Printed in 1797. Bound in calf leather, gilded spines with raised hubs. Leather label, marbled end papers, rag paper, engraved frontisplate. 8.5 inches tall. In VERY GOOD condition, the leather is supple and fresh. The hinges are all attached, some light general rubs/wear, one of the leather labels is lacking. Printed on high quality rag paper that is very fresh bright and clean, appaears free of foxing, no writing. This is an exceptionally early set of Smollett's Works from the 18th century, in beautiful leather bindings.

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        Commentaries on the Laws of England (4 Volume Set) Commentaries on the Laws of England (4 Volume Set)

      Pat. Wogan, Dublin, 1797. Hardcover. Very Good. Thirteenth edition. Recently rebound in classic brown cloth (impression is that of aged leather) with gilt-stamped titles to spine. Makes quite a sharp presentation. Page fore-edges darkened. Internally, there is modest age-toning and scattered light foxing to text; and previous owner's discrete (likely contemporary) signature. Pages quite supple. Four volumes, complete. Small, Duodecimo (12mo): approx. 7 inches tall. A sound, pleasingly attractive set of this early edition of Blackstone's landmark work.

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        The History of Little Jack

      Piccadilly: John Stockdale, 1797. 24mo. 99, (iv)pp. A "new edition," with twenty-three woodcuts. Illustrated throughout with a frontispiece and woodcuts showing scenes from Little Jack’s life by John Bewick, the younger brother of the famed wood engraver and illustrator Thomas Bewick. John Bewick was apprenticed to his brother for five years and then moved to London to work on his own. He completed more than 60 works in the span of his short career (1777 to 1795). This book is a separate edition of a tale that was originally published, without illustrations, as part of The Children’s Miscellany by Thomas Day. The publisher’s introduction explains that this small, reasonably-priced version, first published in 1788 with twenty-two woodcuts, was intended for children who might not be able to afford more expensive books, and was meant “to diffuse, as extensively as possible, the entertainment and instruction to be derived from well-written works of this kind.” Covers slightly rubbed, some wear to extremities, else fine in original Dutch paste-paper boards. Gift note inside front cover.

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        Il Comitato di Verificazione Ai Popoli Cispandani. Bologna 26. Marzo 1797. Anno I. della Repubblica Cispadana una, e indivisibile

      In Imola: nella stamperia di governo, 1797. First edition. Broadside. A fine copy, previously folded. 54 x 38 cm. Illus. with vignette at head of an allegorical female figure with Phrygian cap on a rod, leaning on fasces with an axe blade emerging. A broadside announcing a new constitution and proclaiming the creation of the Republic of Cispadana. The Cispadane Republic (Repubblica Cispadana) was a short-lived Napoleanic state, founded in 1796 with the protection of the French army, led by Napoleon Bonaparte. A preliminary draft of a constitution was began in January 1797 and worked on by a 'congress of the people' from January 21 to March 1, 1797. As a flag, it chose a tricolor (of red, green, and white), Italy's first. Bonaparte demanded additional changes to the constitution, including the abolition of a clause restricting the principle of equality: needed was "An absolute equality and understanding in the spirit, in virtue and in physical strength, in luck, in education, and good fortune to all men." In July the Republic was merged with the Transpadane Republic, forming the Cisalpine Republic (which was gone by 1802, merged into the new Italian Republic, also formed by Napoleon. In 1805, following Bonaparte's assumption of the title of Emperor of the French, the Italian Republic was transformed into the Kingdom of Italy [Regno d'Italia]). Reporting that the vote was in favor of the constitution, the broadside notes that "after abolishing tyranny, we have achived without revolution, a new government... [and] ...we have a solemnly sanctioned social pact, we will soon have a stable government, legal representation, a body of magistrates, and public functionaries elected by various 'comitia' of the people." Very rare. The constitution itself shows a few institutional holdings and later reprints, bit this announcement is a different story; we could locate no copies at any North American or European Libraries. OPAC locates one copy with a similar title but issued one day later and published "In Bologna, ed in Ferrara," at the Biblioteca Civica Bertoliana di Vicena.

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        Essay on Physiognomy Calculated to Extend the Knowledge and the Love of Mankind

      London: H.D. Symonds, 1797. In four volumes translated from the last Paris edition by Rev. C. Moore,243, 186,288 and 334pp., illustrated with several hundred engravings, bound in full tree calf, board edges decorated with a gilt roll, raised bands, double red morocco labels gilt, other compartments fully gilt decorated, top edges gilt, with the bookplate of Earl of Cromer (Evelyn Baring, 1841-1917) the British Consul-General in Egypt and a member of the influential Baring banking family. A few small chips to heads but still quite nice.. Octavo.

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        [K 527]. Dom Juan oder der steinerne Gast. Eine Oper in vier Aufzügen... In einem neuem, vermehrtem, und, nach der schroeterischen Bearbeitung des Textes, verbessertem Clavierauszuge, von C.G. Neefe. [Piano-vocal score]

      Bonn: N. Simrock [PN] 42. [1797]. Oblong folio. Early quarter calf with paper boards, red edges. [1] (title within decorative border), [1] (blank), [2] (cast list and contents), 3-25 (music), [i] (publisher's catalogue) pp. With text in Italian and German. Boards considerably worn and stained; nearly detached; spine lacking; small portion of early manuscript paper title label to upper. Slightly worn, soiled and browned; signatures loose; first two leaves very slightly stained; worming to lower inner corners of blank margins of last approximately 20 leaves. . Second Edition, with a price of "10 Fl." Köchel 8, p. 598. Hoboken II, 558. Hirsch IV, 130. BUC p. 702 (three different issues). RISM M4505. & & First performed in Prague at the Natinal Theatre on October 29, 1787 and subsequently in Vienna at the Burgtheater on August 29, 1788.

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        Manuscript Documents of New York based merchant and sea captain Noah Scovell engaged in trade in Guadeloupe, Haiti, and Liverpool

      West Indies, 1797-1805 Collection of 76 Manuscript Documents of New York based merchant and sea captain Noah Scovell engaged in trade in Guadeloupe, Haiti, and Liverpool. Mainly invoices and sales receipts for coffee and cotton, wage receipts, bills of exchange, statements of accounts, inventory and provisions lists, several of which are signed, most on laid paper, several featuring watermarks. Ten documents are written at Jacmel, Haiti in 1798. Documents range in size from folio leafs to quarter leaf receipt slips. Many leafs have watermarks, reading Lloyd 1795, Cortei & Sons 1794, Iping 1802, Vander Ley, C.E. Burbank, G.R., Coles 1803, T Stains 1799, a few feature royal insignias, one with a spectacular example of the Propatria by J. Hessels. Occasional creasing and age-toning, otherwise the lot is Very Good condition. The bulk of the lot are 1797-1798 papers of Noah Scovell (1759-1821), Master of the merchant schooner 'Gallant' of New York, on a voyage to Guadeloupe and Haiti. Comprising 59 documents, primarily relating to coffee and cotton trade, these include a memorandum of coffee and cotton inventory on board, a detailed account of expenditures, several itemized invoices and merchandising receipt slips made out to various clients and marked 'bill paid' to verso, as well as receipts for wages paid. Buyers include among others James Cummings, Benjamin Wilkins, Benjamin F. Haskin, Thurston Bogert, Dr. John Gelston, and a Mr. Rutledge. Five of these are dated in 1797, including the Ship Chandler's book, and some receipts. The earliest manuscript date, New York, 4th January 1797, appears on a receipt for £8.10 to a Mr. Blackwell, followed by a folio invoice, 12 January 1797, signed in the original by John R. Livingston (1750-1822) who served with General Montgomery at Battle of Quebec as junior officer, and is the brother of Robert R. Livingston (1746-1813), Chancellor of New York a Founding Father of the United States. Forty-seven of these are dated 1798, featuring an assortment of ten manuscript receipts are made at Jacmel, Haiti, from March to April 1798. Some of these are in French. Of particular interest is an exchange of goods between Captain Scovell and the firm Michenot & Larassie, trading a large volume of coffee for whale oil, candles, flour, soap, cotton, paraffin and beef. Seven further documents are not dated, but bear the ship's name Gallant. The second part of the collection, some 1804-1806 papers of Noah Scovell (1759-1821), deal with a specific voyage made in the ship named 'Cotton Planter', funded by British commission merchant William Lees whose interest is to clear a debt of Werth & Hawkins claimed by the American firm Ingraham, Phonex & Nixon for inferior product previously received. These 17 documents, primarily letters, copies of correspondence in a three party transaction, and account statements, reveal that a new enterprise had been formed by Lees, and that the firm had invested in the purchase of the vessel with Captain Scovell. They further illustrate how a sea captain was a most pivotal figure in trade, and as such could find himself at the center of complex transactions with unscrupulous claims over the cargo. This lot comprises seventeen leafs dated 1804, one in 1805, one in 1806, and feature Scovell's copy of a five page letter written by him to New York City merchant Nathaniel G. Ingraham of the firm Ingraham, Phonex & Nixon, several letters between Captain Scovell in New York, and William Lees the commission merchant in Liverpool, including confirmations of payments being forwarded to a counting house. A statement of account prior to the voyage is dated 24 August 1804, two others follow, with the final tally, 15 November 1806, showing a balance of only £41.43 remaining. A single document appears to be a brief correspondence by Scovell's son, Noah Scovell, Jr. (1781-1833), whom was his chief agent in New York, and whom also captained the Cotton Planter at times, written whilst anchored in an unnamed bay in the United States. .

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      - POR MANOEL ESPIRITO SANTO LIMPO, Capitão Tenente da Real Armada, Professor de Mathematica na Academia Real da Marinha, e Socio Correspondente das Sciencias. LISBOA NA TYPOG. DA ACAD. R. DAS SCIENC. ANNO M. DCC. XCVII. [1797] In 8.º de 16,5x10 cm. Com xiv, 181, [v] pags. Ilustrado com 11 gravuras desdobráveis com esquemas de evoluções navais. Encadernação da época inteira de marroquim vermelho com ferros a ouro na lombada e pastas. Cortes dourados por folhas. Inocêncio V, 412. "MANUEL DO ESPIRITO SANCTO LIMPO, Tenente-coronel do corpo de Engenheiros, Lente de Mathematica e Navegação na Academia Real da Marinha, e Director do Observatorio astronomico da mesma Academia; Socio da Acad. R. das Sciencias de Lisboa, etc. - Foi natural da villa e praça de Olivença, então, e muitos annos depois pertencente a Portugal. Sendo cabo d'esquadra do regimento de artilharia do Porto foi preso por ordem da Inquisição de Coimbra, juntamente com o infeliz José Anastasio da Cunha, e outros individuos, e com elles processado e penitenciado no auto da fé, que se celebrou na sala da Inquisição de Lisboa a 11 de Outubro de 1778. Isso porém não lhe obstou a que fosse depois convenientemente empregado, e obtivesse honrosas distincções. M. a 29 de Outubro de 1809, morando então na rua da Vinha, freguezia de N. S. das Mercês d'esta cidade. - E." Location/localizacao: 7-A2-D-67

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        El Ingenioso Hidalgo Don Quixote De La Mancha, Compuesto Por Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra - [Complete in Five Volumes]

      Madrid, J. De Sancha, 1797-98. Nueva ed. Fronts. (v.1, 4) plates. 21 cm. Nueva ed. , corr. Denuevo, con nuevas notas, con nuevas estampas, con nuevo analisis, y con la vida de el autor nuevamente aumentada, por d. Juan Antonio Pellicer. Not as celebrated as the Ibarra but has become almost as scarce particularly in such positive condition. Finely and uniformly bound in modern, cross gilt-bordered and black morocco-labelled aniline calf over marble boards. Internally the text is bright and clean with only very occasional foxing and pencil marginalia. Scans on request.

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        Carte plate de l'Ile Necker

      Paris:, 1797. Size: 680 x 485 mm. Copper engraving. Hand coloured. Very good condition. Faint waterstain to the left vertical fold. Good margins. Watermarks. Folds as issued. From the Voyages of La Pérouse who set sail from France in 1785 to continue the discoveries of Captain Cook. He was shipwrecked in 1788 but his narrative, maps, and views survived and were published in 1797. Sea chart showing Necker Island, a small island in the Pacific Ocean, part of the Nortwestern Hawaiian Islands. La Perouse was the first European to visit the island, in 1786. Map inset in the right top corner showing profiles of the island from different angles. Atlas Du Voyage De La Pérouse.

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      Philadelphia: Benjamin Franklin Bache, 1797. First Edition. Hardcover. Light, occasionally moderate foxing; paper a little brittle. Corners of boards worn. Good or better copy. Small quarto (5-1/4" x 8-3/4") bound in original green-blue boards rebacked with later blue cloth; [iv], lxvi, 407 pages. Complete with half title page. Monroe's self-defense of his inept mission to the French Republic as United States ambassador. Evans 32491; Howes M-727; Sabin 50020.

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        Voyage de La Pérouse autour du monde ... rédigé par M. L.A. Milet-Mureau

      Paris: l'Imprimerie de la République, An V [1797]. 5 volumes (text: 4 volumes, quarto [11 1/4 x 8 1/2 inches]; atlas: folio [23 3/4 x 18 inches]). Text: half-titles, final blank Qq4 in vol.IV. Engraved portrait frontispiece. Atlas: engraved allegorical title by Ph. Trière after J.M. Moreau le jeune, 69 copper-engraved plates (comprising: 31 charts, maps and plans [1 folding, 20 double-page], 38 views, ethnographical or natural history plates or coastal profiles). Text: contemporary red morocco-backed red glazed paper boards, the flat spines divided into six compartments by a decorative roll, lettered in the second compartment, numbered in the fourth, the sixth compartment with overall decoration created from a roll tool, the other compartments blank, marbled endpapers. Atlas: expertly bound to style uniform to the above, uncut. Fine set of the first edition of the official account of the famous but ill-fated voyage: a cornerstone work on Pacific exploration. This copy with the text in a lovely contemporary binding and the atlas uncut. "La Pérouse's expedition [aboard the frigates Astrolobe and Boussole] was one of the most important scientific explorations ever undertaken to the Pacific and the west coast of North America ... The charge to the expedition [which took place between 1785 and 1788] was to examine such parts of the region as had not been explored by Captain Cook; to seek for an interoceanic passage; to make scientific observations on the various countries, peoples, and products; to obtain reliable information about the fur trade and the extent of Spanish settlements in California; and to promote the inducements for French enterprise in that quarter ... La Pérouse and his men did important geographical research [including visits to Easter Island, Hawaii, Macao, Formosa, the Aleutian Islands, Samoa, Tonga and Australia.] ... The voyage also included the first foreign scientific group ever to visit Alta California [two of the plates depict a bee-eater and a male and female partridge of California. There are also maps and plans of San Francisco, Monterery, and San Diego] ... La Pérouse sent dispatches back to France from Kamchatka and Botany Bay. The two ships then set sail from Botany Bay, in 1788, and were never heard from again" (Hill). Thirty-nine years later, in 1825, the wrecks of the two frigates were found at Vanikoro in the Santa Cruz group by Peter Dillon. The La Pérouse voyage is notable for its superb mapping of the Alaska and California coasts (discussed at length by Wagner in Cartography of the Northwest Coast), including maps of San Diego, Monterey, and the entire Northwest Coast. Of equal importance are the series of charts that were produced as a result of the expedition's surveys of the Asiatic side of the Pacific. The atlas also contains numerous interesting coastal views, as well as botanical and natural history plates. The text contains a wealth of scientific and ethnographic information. In addition, La Perouse was the first westerner to safely navigate and chart the Japan Sea and the strait between the island of Sakhalin and the northernmost island of Japan. En route for Australia in 1788, La Pérouse sailed via Samoa. This work "is one of the finest narratives of maritime exploration ever written, and certainly deserves to hold a place of high honor among the great travel accounts of the eighteenth century" (Howell). Anker 276; Cowan p.383; Ferguson I, 251; Forbes I, 272; Hill 972; Howes L93; Lada- Mocarski 52; McLaren 1; Sabin 38960; Wagner (Northwest) 837-848, pp.199- 201; Zamorano 80, 49.

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        An Authentic Account of an Embassy from the King of Great Britain

      London,: G. Nicol, 1797.. Two quarto volumes and a large folio atlas containing 44 engraved maps and views (several double-page or folding), each quarto featuring a portrait frontispiece and further engraved vignettes throughout; some scattered foxing of the plates, preliminaries of the quartos gently browned, yet overall a most handsome set in contemporary tree calf; the atlas in marbled boards (now scuffed), all three volumes rebacked in period style. First and most lavish edition of Staunton's account of the British embassy to China.The author, George Leonard Staunton, served as a secretary to the embassy and compiled this account from the journal of Lord Macartney and other dignitaries. It was hurried to the press to satisfy considerable public curiosity about China both in England and across Europe. The embassy of 1792 gave educated British subjects an opportunity to observe Chinese government, technologies, agriculture and customs firsthand; here Staunton's book played an important role in disseminating information to the wider public. Curiosity was especially aroused by China as a source for desirable and lucrative commodities including silk, tea, textiles and ceramics, and in this regard some information was forthcoming from Staunton's account. The large and finely engraved plates in the accompanying atlas provide a rich visual record of then strange and exotic customs encountered by the embassy. Plates include the gardens of the Imperial palace, traditional theatre, a prisoner in the stocks, the Great Wall, river scenes with Junks engraved in significant detail and a plan elucidating the operation of weirs and floodgates. Given the tragic ensuing history of unequal competition between England and China (culminating in the Opium Wars), the two plates depicting Chinese weapons and instruments of war (including firearms) and archers in full battle dress are both interesting and poignant.From a political perspective the embassy was not successful. Differences of attitude and etiquette prejudiced the Imperial court against the English who refused to prostrate themselves before the Emperor. Interestingly, Lord Macartney's retinue included Staunton's eleven year old son who studied Mandarin with the help of two native Chinese tutors who had served as Jesuit missionaries. Ironically, when the embassy was finally received into the Imperial Court, young George Thomas Staunton was the only Englishmen able to converse with the Emperor. He later went on to become a successful trader in China, and in keeping with his father's original profession as a physician, can be credited with introducing vaccination into China by translating Person's treatise on the topic in 1805.In addition to their experiences in China, Staunton describes destinations visited en-route including Rio de Janeiro, St. Helena, Vietnam, and Java. The work was remarkably successful: fifteen editions were issued in seven countries within thirty years. Its popularity is attested by the fact that three editions (including this one) were published in 1797. These include a single volume complete edition by Stockdale and a considerably shabbier three volume octavo set. This sumptuously printed quarto edition, flanked by its impressive atlas, is doubtlessly the most desirable of all publications of Lord Macartney's embassy to China.

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        Select Specimens of British Plants

      London: printed by W. Bulmer & Co. and sold by G. Nicol, 1797 [watermarked 1794]. 2 parts [all published], folio. (21 1/4 x 16 inches). 10 plates printed in colours and finished by hand, engraved by William Skelton after drawings by Juliana Strickland and Charlotte Strickland. 19th century half red morocco over marbled paper covered boards, flat spine lettered in gilt, marbled endpapers. A very rare complete copy of this very beautiful illustrated botanical work. The spectacular plates in this work are from the drawings of the talented sisters Charlotte and Juliana Strickland, daughters of Sir George Strickland of Boynton, Yorkshire. From the early 1800s they lived at Apperley Court, Gloucestershire (the home of their brother Henry Eustachius Strickland). As the preface to the present work makes clear, their cousin (and brother-in-law) Strickland Freeman was keen to see their work published, but felt that the engravers and colourists of the day would not be able to do justice to the very fine originals. The publication of Bauer's Delineations of exotick plants ... at Kew in 1796 apparently changed Freeman's mind, and at his own expense he set out to publish (and edit, with the help of Dr. George Shaw) what became the present work. Only two parts with 10 plates ever appeared, but the quality of the plates was recognised and Sir J.E. Smith refers to "those exquisite elaborate plates ... said to be the performances of two ladies, who certainly rank as artists in the first line." The book, complete or incomplete, is very rare. There are only two copies on Copac: the British Library (complete) and Natural History Museum. OCLC adds the Fisher Library in Toronto, and the BSB in Munich, but it is not clear if these last two are complete. Only one complete and two incomplete copies are listed as having sold at auction in the past thirty five years. BM (NH) II, p.616; Henrey III, 722; Nissen BBI 1904; Pritzel 3037.

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      Paris: L'Imprimerie de Migneret, 1797.. 487,[1]pp. Large octavo (230 x 160 mm). Contemporary tree calf, spine and edges decorated in gilt, a.e.g. Engraved portrait and 6 plates. A bit of dusting and foxing to prelims and terminal leaves; a bit of marginal spotting/foxing to plates and tissue guards; lower extremities and forecorners worn, with shallow loss at toe of spine, otherwise a very good copy. First edition in this format, with the text in parallel Italian and French. Illustrated with plates engraved by Choffard, Halbou, Ingouf, Patas, Gaucher and Lingée after designs by Le Barbier. The portrait was engraved by Gaucher after La Tour. This copy is from the deluxe issue on large vélin, with the plates before letters. Graffigny's epistolary novel was first published anonymously in 1747, represented as a sequence of letters written by a young Incan princess, Zilia, who was abducted by the Spanish during the conquest, and then after being rescued by French sailors, is introduced into French society. Graffigny was prompted to undertake the work after seeing a performance of Voltaire's ALZIRE, and relied on her reading of Garcilaso de la Vega for historical context. In fact, the cumulative result is a satirical view of French life, particularly the situation of French women, as seen by a complete outsider. The novel proved highly popular, and went through many editions, with a revised text appearing in 1752, and was the catalyst for sequels and pastiches by other hands. COHEN & DE RICCI, p.447. BRUNET II:1690.

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        History of British Birds (2 Vol complete)

      Newcastle: Beilby & Bewick, 1797 1797 [1798], & 1804. VG.In modern quarter calf with cloth, corners brushed. Spines, gilt tooling and titles, a few tiny marks. Internally, bookplate to both fpds (Albert Pell. Hazelbeech. 1820-1907), plus a small bookbinders label, green endpapers, text block edges marbled. Vol 1, History and Description of Land Birds, 1797 [but 1798], 2nd edition, Imperial 8vo, (xxx), [2], [1], 2-335 pp, [1] advert, 140 descriptions of birds, 117 figures of birds, 91 tail-pieces, vignettes etc, thick wove paper, watermarked Lepard 17 94, with the rude vignette and stones, printed by Sol. Hodgson, some additional names and the remains of remove label to eps, plus 2 tipped in portraits of Bewick. Vol 2, History and description of Water Birds, 1804, 1st edition, 1st state, thin royal, (xx), [1], 2-400 pp, 144 descriptions of birds, 101 figures of birds, 136 vignettes, tail-pieces etc, watermarked E&P, printed by Edw. Walker, Newcastle, . A lovely set with the absolute minimum of spotting. (ESTC N33061. Graesse 358. Lowndes 168. Roscoe - Bewick, 15a & 17a).Bewick, wood-engraver, had engraved more than 600 blocks for the two volumes of the Birds when the last of the eight editions of his lifetime had been published. See ODNB for a full Bio.

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        [...] Opera Omnia quae supersunt. Recognovit et illustravit Fridericus Ernestus Ruhkopf [...]

      Lipsiae [Leipzig] in Libraria Weidmannia, 1797- 1811. Book. 5 vols. 8vo (all published). Handsome late nineteenth-century crimson half morocco, gilt. Armorial bookplate. An “excellent and critical edition”, according to Dibdin, though Ruhkopf (1sadly never completed. Friedrich Ernst Ruhkopf was up to its death (1821) a director of the Lyzeums of Hanover.1760-1821) member of the royal society of the sciences in Goettingen Dibdin II, 400.

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        Fishermen Returning to Brighton

      London: Published by P. J. de Loutherbourg, and Sold by V. & R. Green, No 14 Percy Street, Bedford Square, July 1, 1797. Coloured aquatint. Printed on wove paper, watermarked 1794. In excellent condition. Image size: 9 1/2 x 15 3/4 inches. 11 11/16 x 17 1/2 inches. 13 1/16 x 19 inches. A wonderful early, separately published impression of Loutherbourg's celebrated image of fishermen on Brighton Beach. This delicate aquatint is an early, separately published state of a print which was later included in Phillip Jacques Loutherbourg's seminal work "Picturesque Scenery of Great Britain." The print, which was re-engraved in 1801 by J. C. Stadler, was enlarged and re-titled "Brighthelmstone, Fishermen Returning." This early example of Loutherbourg's work wonderfully shows his skill as an artist. The composition and arrangement of the image provides a fluidity to the picture that is truly compelling, and demonstrates Loutherbourg's abilities as a draftsman. The son of a court painter in Darmstadt, the versatile artist Philippe Jacques Loutherbourg was born in Fulda, Germany and was a pupil of J. H. Tischbein and Carle Vanloo and Francis Casanova the elder in Paris. His romantic landscapes, battle scenes, portraits, and biblical subjects were highly esteemed and lauded by influential colleagues such as Diderot. He frequently exhibited at the Salon and became a venerated member of the Académie Royale in 1767. In 1771, he moved to England, where he was employed as the principal scenery designer at London's Drury Lane Theatre. His creative and minutely detailed sets revolutionized the genre of scene painting, and he soon began dabbling in costume design. Loutherbourg once again astounded contemporaries in 1782 with his pioneering invention of the "Eidophusikon," a novel variety of moving panorama that was accompanied by music. His substantial and varied oeuvre also included book illustrations and a series of aquatints of British scenery that was published in 1801 and 1805. Aside from a brief trip to Switzerland in 1782, he remained in London for the duration of his life and became heavily engrossed in mysticism.

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        Commentaries On The Law Of Scotland, Respecting The Description.

      1797 - Hume, David [1757-1838]. Commentaries On The Law Of Scotland, Respecting the Description And Punishment Of Crimes. Edinburgh: Printed for Bell & Bradfute, 1797. Two volumes. [With] Hume, David. Commentaries On The Law Of Scotland Respecting Trial For Crimes. Two volumes. Edinburgh: Bell & Bradfute, 1800. [And] Hume, David. Supplemental Notes to Mr. Hume's Commentaries on the Law of Scotland Respecting Crimes. Edinburgh: Bell & Bradfute, 1814. [ii], [v]-vii, 335 pp. Five volumes in all. Quarto (10-1/4" x 8-1/4"). Uniformly bound in contemporary calf, raised bands and lettering pieces to spines. Light rubbing to extremities, corners bumped, most hinges cracked or starting, light toning to text, internally clean. A handsome set. * First editions. A complete collection of the writings of David Hume on criminal law, consisting of a commentary published in two separate parts, one on substantive law, the other on procedure, together with a later supplement. According to the Dictionary of National Biography, this is "The standard work on Scottish criminal law." Hume was the beloved nephew of the philosopher David Hume; his education at the University of Glasgow was paid for by his uncle, whose library he subsequently inherited. All three works are scarce, the supplement especially. Dictionary of National Biography X:226. Sweet & Maxwell, A Legal Bibliography of the British Commonwealth 5:52.

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        Saturday morning Favorite Chickens going to market; Saturday evening The Husbandman's return from labour

      London: J. Brydone, 4 January 1797; 31 January 1795. Stipple engravings, printed in colours, by Thomas Burke (the first) or William Nutter, after Bigg. (Expert marginal repairs). 18 1/2 x 22 1/2 inches approx. 20 7/8 x 24 1/4 inches and smaller. A fine pair of colour-printed stipple engravings: rural idylls in 18th-century England. In the first a family is seen outside the front door of their house set in a largely wooded landscape. The two eldest children prepare for the trip to market. The boy feeds the donkey, whilst his sister gestures to her younger sister to pass her the last of four chickens she is putting in a basket ready for the journey. The two youngest daughters are comforted by their mother as they mourn the imminent departure of their 'pets'. The second image shows a family outside the door of their cottage in a similar setting to the first image. The father has just returned from the field. His wife hands him his youngest child, who he kisses fondly. His other four children are gathered companionably to his left: the eldest daughter sits quietly darning some stockings, her younger sister washes a younger brother. A second brother watches attentively as a pair of piglets eat the scraps from a wicker basket. William Bigg "was a pupil of Edward Penny, R.A., and by choice of his subjects at least a faithful follower of his master. In 1778 he entered the Academy schools. Bigg delighted in depicting... children. The first of many engaging works of this class was exhibited in 1778, 'Schoolboys giving Charity to a Blind Man.' It was followed a year later by one similar, 'A Lady and her Children relieving a Distressed Cottager.' Besides these his 'Palemon and Lavinia,' the 'Shipwrecked Sailor Boy,' and 'Youths relieving a Blind Man' were highly popular works, and were all engraved. Two good pictures from his easel are preserved in the Cottonian Museum at Plymouth.... by choice of subjects and general manner of treatment he would rightly be classed with Wheatley and Morland. He was highly popular in his day, and the best engravers were employed upon his work." (DNB)

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        Voyage de la Pérouse autour du Monde,

      Paris: de l'Imprimerie de la République,, 1797. publié conformément au Décret du 22 Avril 1791, et rédigé par M. L. A. Milet-Mureau. 5 volumes together: 4 quarto text volumes (390 × 214 mm) and folio atlas (440 × 282 mm), all in contemporary half calf, pinkish tan spine labels, single gilt ruled compartments, marbled sides and endpapers, text volumes relined to match the atlas. Maps and double-page plates folded down to make the atlas smaller and more practical. Engraved frontispiece portrait of La Pérouse from a miniature by Alexandre Tardieu in both first text volume and atlas, atlas with emblematic title-page engraved by Philippe Frière after Moreau le Jeune, symbolising France revealing the Pacific to art, science and history and featuring a weeping putto leaning on an anchor in the hope of La Pérouse's survival, 30 folding maps, 3 folding coastal elevations, and 36 plates. Half-titles in text volumes. Very slightly rubbed at the extremities and with minor, skilful restoration at extremities, lower corners of the atlas with some stripping, text volumes clean and sound, just the occasional spot of foxing, one or two plates in the atlas trimmed a little close to the captions, but no loss, but very clean and fresh. A handsome set. First edition. "La Pérouse's Voyage is one of the great documents of French exploration in the Pacific Ocean. In addition to a detailed account of the expedition itself, these volumes contain invaluable scientific information, observations on the natives that were encountered, and a wealth of geographic and cartographic data. The beautiful Atlas, with its finely engraved maps, charts, and plates, includes a detailed chart of San Francisco Bay, the first representation of the crested quail, and several maps and plates of the harbours at Monterey and San Diego, as well as two charts and one view of the Sandwich Islands. It is a magnificent production, and some authorities consider the engraving and craftsmanship to be superior even to that in the Cook-Webber Atlas that accompanies the journals of the great English explorer's third voyage .... it is one of the finest narratives of maritime exploration ever written, and certainly deserves to hold a place of high honour among the great travel accounts of the 18th century" (Howell Anniversary Catalogue 72, Richard Reed's essay). The atlas volume contains magnificent maps of Russian Asia, Japan, the Pacific northwest coast, San Francisco, Monterey, and also Necker Island. The most significant results of La Pérouse's voyage are the charts of the then imperfectly known Asiatic side of the Pacific and the details of "the peculiarities he observed in the natives of the northwest coast of North America, [which] are especially valuable" (Sabin). En route to Kamchatka, La Pérouse was the first to navigate safely and chart the Japan Sea and the strait between the island of Sakhalin and the northernmost island of Japan, which bears his name. At Kamchatka he received instructions to proceed to Australia to assess the extent of British plans in New South Wales. Travelling via Samoa, where he discovered the islands of Savaii, Manono and Apolima in December 1787, and through the Tongan group, he arrived at Botany Bay in January 1788, just hours after Captain Phillip had arrived with the First Fleet. La Pérouse's habit of forwarding despatches whenever the opportunity offered ensured their survival; the final despatches were sent from Botany Bay, after which the expedition was never seen again. Evidence slowly came to light that both ships were wrecked on the reefs around the islands northwest of Australia. One crew was massacred by the local inhabitants. The Astrolabe was unloaded, taken apart and a two-masted craft built from its wreckage, which left westward some 9 months later, its fate unknown. Two men, one a "chief" and the other his servant, stayed behind, surviving until 1823. An extremely attractively-presented set of this important account.

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        Proofs of a conspiracy against all the religions and governments of Europe : carried on in the secret meetings of Free Masons, Illuminati, and reading societies. Collected from good authorities by John Robison

      Edinburgh : printed for William Creech; - and T. Cadell, junior, and W. Davies, London, 1797. 1st Edition. Physical description: [8],496p. ; 22cm. Subjects: Freemasons -- Controversial literature -- Illuminati -- Conspiracies. ESTC citation no.: T100164. Finely bound in modern aniline calf over marble boards. Raised bands with a red morocco gilt-blocked label. Light, scattered foxing to margins. Particularly well-preserved; tight, bright, clean and strong.

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