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        Tempest. I.1

      Shakespeare/Boydell. Tempest. I.1. After a painting by Romney, engraved by Smith. Engraving on paper, 1797. 17" x 42" (plate mark, with margins). Some minor soiling to margins and margin tears. From an original painting done for the Boydell Shakespeare Gallery, in celebration of Shakespeare's centennial. During the period of the centennial and until 1805, these fine engravings were published separately. In 1805 the were published in "A Collection of Prints Illustrating the Dramatic Works of Shakespeare," (London: Boydell), 1802-1805. Burwick & Pape, The Boydell Shakespeare Gallery (1995). Cat. I.3. #BC31.

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        An Accurate Account of Lord Macartney's Embassy to China; Carefully Abridged from the Original Work; with Alterations and Corrections, by the Editor, Who Was Also an Attendant on the Embassy. Embellished with Plates

      London: Printed for Vernor and Hood, No. 31, Poultry. Fair with no dust jacket. 1797. Frontis + title page + contents (ix-xii) + advertisement (v-viii) + 144 pages + plate facing page 42 showing 4 Chinese prostrating before a priest and statuary (plate states "Published by Vernor & Hood Jan 1798") + plate facing page 85 ("Tchien Loong: Present Emperor of China. Published May 26 1795 by Vernor & Hood Birchin Lane London") . Original boards with paper label on front cover. Remnants of original paper spine. Each board attached by two strings only. Heavy wear to edges and corners of boards. Boards very rubbed. No signatures. Minor staining to frontis. 1/2" tear in page 65/66. Rear free endpaper missing. George Macartney was the first British emissary to Peking. "Instead of granting Macartney's trade requests, the Chinese asserted that their empire was self-sufficient and that they granted the little trade that they did only as a special favour. " - Encyclopaedia Brittanica.; 12mo .

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        The Natural History of the rarer Lepidopterous Insects of Georgia. Including their systematic characters, the particulars of their several metamorphoses, and the plants on which they feed. Collected from the observations of Mr John Abbot, many years resident in that country, by James Edward Smith

      London: printed by T. Bensley for J. Edwards, Cadell and Davies and J. White, 1797 [text watermarked 1794; plates watermarked 1817-1821]. 2 volumes, folio. (15 7/8 x 12 1/4 inches). Parallel titles and text in French and English. 104 hand-coloured engraved plates by John Harris after Abbot, some heightened with gum-arabic. Expertly bound to style in half calf over contemporary marbled paper covered boards, flat spines in six compartments divided by gilt triple fillets and roll tools, red-brown morocco labels in the second compartments, the others with a repeat decoration in gilt. A fine copy of John Abbot's masterpiece: the earliest illustrated monograph devoted to the butterflies and moths of North America. John Abbot was one of the most important and prolific of the early American natural history artists. Born in London in 1751, Abbot developed his interest in natural history and drawing as a child. His curiosity about the natural world was encouraged by his parents who were relatively wealthy (at one time the family library included copies of Mark Catesby's Natural History of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands as well as George Edwards' Natural History of Uncommon Birds and Gleanings of Natural History). Having received sponsorship from the Royal Society of London and the collectors Thomas Martyn and Dru Drury, Abbot sailed for Virginia in July 1773, with orders for both actual specimens and drawings of the local insects. For the next two years he continued to collect and paint, sending home three insect collections, although only one arrived safely. The loss of these two valuable collections at sea together with the worry over political unrest in Virginia led Abbot to move to Georgia: he settled in St. George Parish (later Burke County), Georgia in December 1775. Abbot traveled widely throughout Georgia devoting his time to the study of the natural flora and fauna. The constant flow of specimen collections and watercolours of insects, and later of birds, ensured that his name became known to many of the foremost natural scientists and collectors of the day, both in America and Europe. Sir James Edward Smith, co-founder and first president of the Linnaean Society of London, recognised Abbot's talents, and responded enthusiastically to Abbot's desire to publish an illustrated work on the butterflies and moths of Georgia, agreeing to edit the work for Abbot. Smith, in the preface to the present work, praised Abbot highly as the first author "since the celebrated Merian", to illustrate and describe the lepidoptera of the American continent scientifically, including both representations of the caterpillars and "the plants on which each insect chiefly feeds." The work is also valuable for the numerous first hand comments and observations that Abbot has added. Like the Botfield copy, this copy was issued circa 1822, with the plates on J. Whatman Turkey Mills wove paper. Abbot's water-colours are amongst the finest natural history illustrations ever made: elegant and scientifically accurate, they rank with those of his famous contemporaries, William Bartram and Alexander Wilson. William Swainson described Abbot as one of the United States' most important natural history artists, as "a most assiduous collector, and an admirable draftsman of insects. [This] work is one of the most beautiful that this or any other country can boast of" (quoted by Sabin). Arnold Arboretum, p. 27; BM(NH) I, p. 2l; Dunthorne 287; cf. Pamela Gilbert John Abbot Birds, Butterflies and Other Wonders London: Natural History Museum, 1998; Nissen ZBI 2; Vivian Rogers-Price John Abbot in Georgia: The Vision of a Naturalist Artist Madison, Georgia: Madison-Morgan Cultural Center, 1983; Sabin 25.

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        CAPTAIN COOK'S THREE VOYAGES TO THE PACIFIC OCEAN...FAITHFULLY ABRIDGED FROM THE QUARTO EDITIONS. CONTAINING A PARTICULAR RELATION OF ALL THE INTERESTING TRANSACTIONS DURING THE SEVERAL VOYAGES. TO WHICH IS PREFIXED, THE LIFE OF CAPTAIN COOK

      Boston: Manning and Loring for Thomas & Andrews and D. West, 1797.. Two volumes. 315pp. plus four engraved plates; 351pp. plus four engraved plates. 12mo. Contemporary calf. Half inch chipped off at head of spine of first volume. Both spines a bit worn. Signature on verso of frontispiece portrait of first volume clipped, with some loss to upper portion of portrait of Cook. Pages 9-10 torn in lower margin, barely affecting text. Leaves gently tanned, some minor foxing. Else a very good set. The first collected edition of Cook's voyages to be published in the United States, although versions of the first and third voyages had been published earlier. This abridgement covers the first and second voyages in the first volume, and the third voyage in the second volume. It is embellished with eight copper plates, including a reduced version of one of the Northwest Coast plates, the first view of the Northwest Coast published in the United States, and a version of the plate depicting the death of Cook. All 18th-century American editions of Cook are rare. BEDDIE 58. EVANS 31982. SABIN 20366. FORBES HAWAII 270.

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        An Authentic Account of an Embassy from the King of Great Britain to the Emperor of China …

      London: W. Bulmer and Co.,, 1797. with notices of several places where they stopped in their way out and home … Taken chiefly from the papers of … the Earl of Macartney … Sir Erasmus Gower … and of the gentlemen in the several departments of the Embassy. 3 volumes, 2 text volumes in quarto (322 × 245 mm) and large folio atlas (578 × 423 mm). Text volumes in contemporary streaked calf, black morocco lettering- and numbering-pieces, compartments formed by gilt floral roll, ship and fort devices to the first, third, fifth, sixth and seventh, edges sprinkled brown; atlas contemporary full calf, green morocco label to the spine, double-filler gilt outer panel to the boards, inner cottage roof panel in blind with centre tool of the crest of the Duke of Northumberland. Text volumes with engraved portrait frontispiece to each, 1 plate and 26 vignettes after William Alexander et al. in all, the text leaves with vignettes are of an entirely different paper-stock to the rest of the text-leaves, heavier, and having a finer and more polished surface to take a crisper impression; atlas with 44 engraved views, plans, plates and maps and charts, including large folding world map, 3 natural history subjects and 25 views. A little rubbed at the extremities, and with some judicious restoration of the corners, joints, head- and tail-caps, endpapers slightly spotted, title page of volume I browned, the frontispiece lightly so, and with faint damp-stain in the upper fore-corner, text otherwise largely clean, bright and wide-margined, a scatter of lightish, and largely marginal foxing to the atlas volume, overall a sound and very well-presented set. First edition of the official account of the first official British Embassy to China, headed by George, Earl Macartney. Macartney was dispatched to Peking in 1792, travelling 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 Macartney's page. It emerged on arrival that the boy was only one who had bothered to learn Chinese, and was therefore the only one able to converse with the Emperor during the Ambassador's two audiences. The Embassy "sought to improve commercial relations with China, through Canton (Guangzhou), and to establish regular diplomatic relations between the two countries. Though Macartney and Staunton had an audience with the emperor their proposals were rebuffed In China [Staunton] closely observed and noted all that he saw, and during expeditions he was able to collect botanical specimens" (ODNB). The party returned via Macao and St. Helena, arriving back in 1794. Young George Thomas Staunton became a writer at the HEIC's Canton factory in 1798, advancing to supercargo in 1804 and chief interpreter in 1808, and in 1816 he accompanied Amherst's ill-fated embassy to Peking as chief of the Canton factory. Hill considers this a "remarkable account of Chinese manners and customs a the close of the eighteenth century", and draws attention to the descriptions of the places visited en route, which are "also of considerable interest", and the "important" atlas. The text volumes have the inked ownership of the Duke of Abercorn to the front pastedowns, the crest of the Duke of Northumberland to the atlas.

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        Œuvres . .. Nouvelle ‹dition

      Paris: Chez Gide 1797 Paris: Chez Gide, 1797. 8 volumes bound in 5 (complete) vols., 8vo. . Contemporary full tree calf, covers with gilt-rolled borders, marbled endpapers, gilt spines with red and green leather labels. Very pretty set in contemporary binding. With the bookseller's ticket of MAIRE of Lyon, on the front pastedown of volume I . Lovely little collection of works by the son of the great tragedian. Includes: Vol. 1: Memoires sur la vie de Jean Racine; Vol. 2: PoEsies nouvelles; Vols. 3 & 4: Reflexions sur la poEsie

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        View of Hereford [Pl. 1]

      London: Published by F. Jukes, 1797. Hand-coloured aquatint on wove paper. Very good condition apart from several light water stains in the right and left margins. 14 1/8 x 17 7/8 inches. 18 x 24 3/8 inches. A fine view of the ancient market town of Hereford, near the Welsh border, from "Series of Views on the River Wye" by Francis Jukes, one of the greatest English exponents of the art of aquatint, after a work by the landscape painter Edward Dayes. Francis Jukes was a prolific engraver, who was chiefly known for his topographical prints, the bulk of which he executed in aquatint. He contributed numerous plates to various publications including Walmsley's Views in North Wales (1792-4) and Campbell's A Journey in Scotland (1802) and collaborated on several projects with the engraver and publisher Robert Pollard. The title is actually "This distant View of Hereford...", and it indicates a different mind-set from ours by which we tend to believe a town consists of its buildings and a few prominent geographical features. In this view, only the cathedral, a couple of steeples and a few outlying houses are distantly visible. Hereford, in this rendition, is the vast space, the stormy sky and rolling fields, even the couple that walk the dusty road, the woman with a suitcase on her head, all taken together. Cf. Dictionary of National Biography; cf. Abbey, Scenery of Great Britain and Ireland 545.

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        The Complete Angler; or, Contemplative Man´s Recreation: being a Discourse on Rivers, Fish-ponds, Fish and Fishing: in Two Parts.

      London, F. and C. Rivington, 1797. The Sixth Edition with Additions. LXXVI + 262 + (1) + XXXII + 111 + (10). 5 engraved plates (including 2 of song and 3 of fishing tackle), 3 woodcut text figures. Green leather binding with all edges gilt and gilt decorated boards and spine. Exlibris. Minor superficial crack in front outer hinge, inner hinges ok

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        COSTITUZIONE DELLA REPUBBLICA CISALPINA ANNO V DELLA REPUBBLICA FRANCESE 1797 (Unito a) COSTITUZIONE DELLA REPUBBLICA CISALPINA DELL?ANNO VI REPUBBLICANO (Unito a) COSTITUZIONE.... MONARCHIA SPAGUOLA...

      In 16 p. (mm. 170x95), 3 testi in 1 vol., mz. pelle coeva, filetti e tit. oro su tassello al dorso. - La "Costituzione" della Repubblica Cisalpina, proclamata da Bonaparte (Generale in Capo dell?Armata d?Italia) il 29 giugno 1797, è di pp. 67. - La "Costituzione" dell?anno VI, di pp. 68,(2), contiene delle modifiche rispetto alla Costituzione del 1797. - La "Costituzione politica della Monarchia Spagnuola", di pp. 93, fu promulgata da Ferdinando VII in Cadice il 19 marzo 1812. Esemplare ben conservato.

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        Autograph letter signed to Dr. Girdlestone concerning the founding of the "Pneumatic Institution."

      1797. No Dust Jacket. Beddoes, Thomas (1760-1808). A.L.s. to Dr. [Thomas G.] Girdlestone (1758-1822). Bradford, July 25, [1797 (from postmark)]. 3pp. plus integral cover. 252 x 196 mm. Creased along original folds, light soiling on cover, lacunae repaired along folds and where seal was broken, with loss of one letter. Very good. Beddoes' letter touches on the medicinal properties of nitric acid and discusses his famous Pneumatic Institution for the treatment of disease by inhalation of various gases, which began operation the following year (1798). The letter begins as follows: "I was extremely gratified with your Yarmouth case, which I carefully returned to Dr. Babington. I trust it is designed for publication. I shall be curious to learn the sequel. In your last letter you speak of the beneficial effects of nitric acid. I have had some most important communications on the subject which I am going to print, & should be happy to receive a paper from you. . . ." Later in the letter Beddoes refers to his "scheme" for the Pneumatic Institution. He thanks Dr. Girdlestone and a Dr. Lubbock "for the authority of your names more than for your contributions. Depend upon it the scheme will be executed soon, barring any great public disaster. I have got a committee of great respectability-What I want is a superintendent, who ought to have several uncommon qualifications. That point being secured, the next step will be to circulate an outline for the suggestions of philosophers & physicians." Even though Beddoes does not mention the Pneumatic Institution by name here, it is highly improbable that the above paragraph refers to anything else. The "superintendent of uncommon qualifications" that Beddoes ended up hiring was the nineteen-year-old Humphry Davy, who first made his name as a scientist through his investigations, performed in the Pneumatic Institution's laboratory, of the physiological properties of nitrous oxide gas. In a postscript, Beddoes once again returns to the subject of nitric acid: "Could not you who have attended so much to Hepatitis give me something important on the efficacy of nitric acid in liver complaints?" Beddoes' correspondent, Dr. Thomas Girdlestone, was a Yarmouth physician who had served in India; he was the author of Essays on the Hepatitis and Spasmodic Affections in India (1787) and several other works. Hirsch.

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        A Complete System of Pleading: Comprehending the Most Approved Precedents and Forms of Practice; Chiefly Consisting of Such As Have Never Before Been Printed [etc.]. Ten Volumes [complete]

      A work highly praised by Holdsworth, who terms it "a great collection [and] [b]y far the most elaborate book of this kind", in some cases naming the counsel responsible for drafting the pleadings, and providing their accompanying advice or opinion. Contemporary 3/4 calf over marbled boards, quite worn, some boards detached, occasional staining, generally a clean working set only. Printed for G.G. and J. Robinson, Paternoster-Row, London, 1797-99.

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        Dissertatio de canalibus et catarractis in Svecia generatim, speciatim vero Strömshomensibus. + Afhandling om Strömsholms canal och slusswärk.

      Uppsala, Joh. Edman, [1797]/Uppsala, Joh. Edman, 1797. Två arbeten i en volym, Titelsida + (4) + 8 + Graverad titelsida + 36 . + (4) s. + 1 utvikbar tabell + 1 utvikbar graverad och delvis kolorerad karta. Modernt marmorerat pappband med röd titeletikett. 25 X 19,5 cm. Kartans storlek: 25 X 147,5 cm. Kartan i mycket gott skick. Fuktfläckad i övre marginalen. Några smärre fläckar i texten. Mycket breda marginaler.. Detta exemplar innehåller således både den latinska och svenska texten

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        Hvad er oplysning?

      Paul Herman Höecke, Kiøbenhavn, 1797. 14 sider. Indbunden i nyere kart. med skindtitelfelt på forpermen. Det originale foromslag er medindbunden. Omslaget lidt nusset, men øvrige sider utrolig pæne.. Bibl.Dan. 5, 187. The first danish translation of one of Immanuel Kant´s famous books " Was ist Aufklärung?" (1784). (Porto kr. 40,- på brevforsendelser i Danmark)

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        Metaphysische Anfangsgründe der Rechtslehre.

      Königsberg, 1797. 8vo. Cont. half calf with richly gilt back. Some wear to capitals and corners, some internal brownspotting, but overall a nice copy. Old owner's name to inside of front board. XII, 235, (1, -errata) pp. (being numbered as thus:XII, LII, (2) pp., pp. 56-235 + p. of errata).. The first edition of Kant's influential philosophy of law (or right), his "Rechtslehre", which appeared as the independent first part of his "Metaphysik der Sitten". Kant's "Rechtslehre" is explained as a system of the principles of law, in which Kant applies the foundational notions developed in, for instance - and most notably, his "Critique of Pure Reason".In this important work, Kant seeks the general and necessary principles of law/right, those that are given through the pure reason a priori, and he determines the degree to which these principles found the empirical praxis of law/right. After having determined the general principles, he discusses their application to private law as well as institutional law. The work thus continues to be of great importance to the philosophy of law.The present copy has both the colophon on the second-last page and the errata on the last page, both of which are sometimes lacking, as explained by Warda (note 18). Warda 171

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        South-East View of Woodchester

      London: Sold by Cadell & Davies, B. & J. White, Edwards, Payne, Robson, Nicol, Elmsley and Leigh & Sotheby, 1797. Coloured aquatint. In excellent condition. Double crease down the center where it has been folded in a book. Image size: 18 13/16 x 20 3/4 inches. 19 1/2 x 20 1/2 inches. 20 1/4 x 24 13/16 inches. A lovely view of Woodchester in Gloucestershire by Samuel Lysons from "Roman Antiquities at Woodchester". This is a wonderful view of Woodchester in the county of Gloucestershire from Samuel Lyson's seminal work entitled "Roman Antiquities at Woodchester". Lyson's beautiful work contains forty aquatinted plates etched by himself from his own drawings, and descriptive text in English and French. Lyson's was a well respected antiquary and his work on the Roman finds in Gloucestershire added a large body of knowledge to the field. Amongst his other published works is the colossal "Reliquiæ Britannico-Romanæ" which details Roman relics found throughout England. He assisted his brother Daniel on the 'Magna Britannia,' and contributed to 'Archæologia". Abbey, Scenery of Great Britain and Ireland: In Aquatint and Lithography 1770- 1860 p. 92, no. 143 plate 2

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        The Rock of Tritchinopoly, taken on the River Cauvery [vol.II, plate 19]

      London: published by Thomas Daniell, "Decr. 1797". Aquatint by Thomas & William Daniell, after a drawing by Thomas Daniell, coloured by hand, on 'Whatman' wove paper. Image size: 16 1/2 x 23 1/4 inches. 19 15/16 x 26 3/4 inches. One the great images from the greatest illustrated work on India. This spectacular view at Tiruchirapelli shows the fort and the great rock on which it is built. The rock "rises abruptly from the bank of the Kaveri river. This natural feature represents the most important position of power in the central Tamil country, commanding the upper delta of this densly populated part of Tamil Nadu. Occupied successively by the Panyas, Cholas and Vijayanagara governors, Tiruchirapelli was occupied by the Nawab of Arcot, under the watchful eye of the British, at the time of the Daniells' visit". ( Martinelli/Michell p.151). The Daniells' Oriental Scenery is considered to be the finest illustrated works on India. Thomas Daniell and his nephew William spent nine years in India making studies, sketches and drawings of the scenery, architecture, and antiquities that graced the countryside. They then devoted a further thirteen years to publishing their remarkably accurate aquatints. In Britain, the impact was explosive. A cult of Indian architecture, landscaping and interior decoration arose, with the Royal Pavilion at Brighton as its centerpiece. The Daniells gave the English public their first accurate look at the exotic sub-continent. Their great achievement still lies in their ability to blend the picturesque with the real, resulting in images that capture the European taste for the sublime landscape, while still remaining faithful to their subjects. The Daniells brought the romance of the English landscape to the antiquities of India and provided England with an accurate vision of this wondrous country.Consisting of one hundred and forty-four views, published in six parts, the work was issued in seven stages: three sets of twenty-four plates titled Oriental Scenery with title dates of 1795, 1797, and 1801; twelve plates titled Antiquities of India dated 1799; twenty-four plates titled Hindoo Excavations dated 1803; twenty-four plates titled Views in Hindoostan dated 1807; and twelve further plates of Antiquities of India published without a title page in 1808. All plates were engraved by the Daniells and all are taken from their drawings save the twenty-four plates of Hindoo Excavations, which are after drawings by James Wales. Abbey Travel II 420, no.45; cf. Lowndes I, p.588; Martinelli/Michell India Yesterday and today '96 Tiruchirapelli, rock fort'; cf. RIBA 799-804; cf. Sutton The Daniells (1954) p.156; cf. Tooley 172.

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        Narcisse dans l'Isle de Venus, Poëme en IV Chants. [Part 2:] Barthélemy IMBERT (1747-1790). Le Jugement de Pâris, Poëme en IV Chants

      chez Chaignieau aine Paris: chez Chaignieau aîné, 1797. 18mo (150 x 85 mm). 205, [1 blank], [2] pp. Half-titles, two engraved titles, after Charles Eisen (Narcisse) and Moreau (Jugement), and 8 engraved plates, four in part 1 after Gabriel Jacques de St. Aubin, and four in part 2 after Moreau, most engraved by L. Duval. 2-page publisher’s catalogue at end. Printed on wove paper. Contemporary straight-grained dark green morocco gilt, sides with double fillet panel and leafy vine border built up from repeated tools, quatrefoil tools at corners, spine in six faux compartments each stamped with a block of ivy leaves on a dense pointillé ground, gilt edges, board edges and turn-ins gilt, fuchsia endleaves, by Doll, with his gold-tooled signature at foot of spine. PROVENANCE: Amédée Rigaud (1819-1874), circular bookplate, black paper gilt with leafy initial R, motto “bona fide sine fraude,” paper shelfmark label headed “Paris”; Sir David Lionel Salomons (1851-1925), bookplate*** A flawless copy of this illustrated edition of Narcisse, the masterpiece of the short-lived, gentle poet and Latinist whose profound knowledge of Virgil contributed to the “gift of imagery, sense of rhythm, and limpidity of style” for which he was later celebrated (Grente). This edition contains reduced reverse copies of the engravings of the first edition, published posthumously in 1769. With it is bound another neoclassical exercise, the most successful work of the Nîmois poet Imbert, illustrated with reduced copies of the plates from the first edition (1772). F. Doll, active ca. 1796/98 to after 1830, was reputed to be Napoleon’s favorite binder. The binding probably dates to his early career, when he was still strongly influenced by Bozérian jeune, with whom he is thought to have apprenticed. The finishing recalls Bozérian, particularly the “mille-points” spine decoration, rendered here by means of block stamps rather than individual tools. Fine copy from the collections of two distinguished bibliophiles. Cohen-de Ricci 672 and 507. Cf. Ramsden, French Bookbinders 1789-1848, pp. 72-73.

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        "Carte De l'Europe Dediée A Son Altesse Royale Monseigneur Charles Louis Archiduc D'Austriche, Prince Royal De Hongrie, Et De Bohéme...1797 Joannes Bergen scripsit"

      Outline-coloured engraving in four sheets originally laid down on linen. Each sheet divided in 25 parts intended to be folded. Total dimension if joined 203x225cm. Contained in the original box of boards covered with marbled paper and gilt title. Wien 1797 One of the largest wall maps made in the 18th Century. Extending from The Atlantic and Iceland in the west to East-Russia and from The Mediterranean and North Africa in the south to The Barent's Sea and Nowaja Zemijla. With explanatory text along the left hand-side and at the bottom left and right. The title cartouche has a dedication to Herzog Karl von Österreich, Herzog von Teschen and the date 1797

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        Théorie des fonctions analytiques, contenant les principes du calcul différentiel, dégagés de toute considération d'infiniment petits ou d'évanouissans, de limites ou de fluxions et réduits à l'analyse algébrique des quantités finies.Paris: Imprimerie de la République, Prairial An V [1797]. True first edition (see below).

      Presentation copy of this foundation work on the differential and integral calculus. Landmark Writings in Western Mathematics 16.<br/><br/> "The year 1797 ... saw the appearance of the famous work of Lagrange, <i>Théorie des fonctions analytique, ... </i>This book developed with care and completeness the characteristic definition and method in terms of 'fonctions derives,' based upon Taylor's series, which Lagrange had proposed in 1772. In it the author gave not only an attempted proof of the incorrect theorem that every continuous function may be so expanded, but also the determination of the 'fonctions derives' (or derivatives) of the elementary functions, and numerous applications to geometry and mechanics ... Lagrange's <i>Théorie des fonctions</i> was only one, but by far the most important, of many attempts made about this time to furnish the calculus with a basis which would logically modify or supplant those given in terms of limits and infinitesimals." (Cajori, The Concepts of the Calculus, p.261-63). <br/><br/> Norman mentions that there are "two versions of this work, both published in the same year (no priority established). Version A, with 276 numbered pages, forms Vol. III of the ninth cashier of the <i>Journal de 'École Polytechnique</i>; Version B, with 277 numbered pages, is a separate publication." Craig G. Fraser, however, has pointed out that the journal publication (Version A) was printed in 1801 and not 1797 (see Landmark Writings in Western Mathematics, p.258). <br/><br/> Norman 1258 (with a similar presentation and stamp, sold for $11,500 in 1998); Barchas 1198; Honeyman 1881; Stanitz 250.. 4to: 248 x 192 mm. Pp [4] [i] ii-viii, [1] 2-277 [3] (complete). Contemporary calf with raised bands and richly gilt spine, some wear to upper capital, corners lightly bumped, otherwise fine. Provenance: Inscribed "Au Cm. Maffre de la part / du Conseil de l'Ecole Polytechnique / L." (Jean-François Maffre taught at the École on bridge construction). End-papers and paste-downs heavely browned and spotted, half-title and title with only faint browning, and in general a clean copy

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        A Plan for the Conduct of Female Education

      in Boarding Schools, First Edition, half title, engraved frontispiece, 128pp 4to, new half morocco old style, traces of old library marks on verso of title but a good copy, rare, Derby, Johnson, 1797. "Erasmus Darwin [father of Charles Darwin] held that the sciences were not only for boys but should be extended to girls are part of their regular education in school. In Female Education [written to aid two of his own daughters in the establishment of a school] he advocates a curriculum covering grammar, languages, arithmetic, geography, civil and natural history, arts and sciences; for example botany, an outline of chemistry "a sketch of mineralogy" which should refer not only to precious stones but also to mining and the composition of soils, a necessary foundation for the theory and practice of agriculture. The girls should also be introduced to astronomy, mechanics, hydrostatics and optics; while "electricity and magnetism" should be acquired by attending lectures in experimental philosophy given by "itinerant philosophers" - the travelling lecturer being a feature of the age..." -Simon, I, 52ff. Simon also praises Darwin for the early emphasis he placed on the all round moral, cultural, aesthetic and physical development of the child. He also gives tribute to Darwin's insights into the ways in which physical circumstances affect mental development. The present book, furthermore, is full of fascinating detail about how a school could be run practically in the late eighteenth-century, with a good deal of attention given to the need for exercise, fresh air, effective ventilation, healthy clothing, diet &c., &c. Photograph available on request.

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        Encyclopaedia Britannica; or, A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and Miscellaneous Literature; Constructed on a Plan, by which the Different Sciences and Arts Are digested into the Form of Distinct Treatises or Systems, comprehending The History, Theory, and Practise of each, according to the Latest Discoveries and Improvements; And full Explanations given of the Various Detached Parts of Knowledge, whether relating to Natural and Artificial Objects, or to Matters Ecclesiastical, Civil, Military, Commercial, &c. Including Elucidations of the most important Topics relative to Religion, Morals, Manners, and the Oeconomy of Life: Together with A Description of all the Countries, Cities, principal Mountains, Seas, Rivers, &c. throughout the World; A General History, Ancient and Modern, of the different Empires, Kingdoms, and States; And An Account of the Lives of the most Eminent Persons in every Nation, from the earliest ages down to the present times. The Third Edition, in eighteen volumes, greatly improved. 18 vols. + Supplement to the Third Edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica... In two Volumes. Illustrated with Fifty Copperplates. 2 vols. + 2 plate vols. [In all 22 volumes].

      Edinburgh, Printed for A Bell and C. Macfarquhar, 1797 + John Brown, 1801. 4to. Bound in 22 uniform cont. halfcalf w. gilt title and tome as well as double gilt line-ornamentations to backs. Double gilt line-borders to boards. Some corners bumped, some capitals worn, hinges of ab. 6 volumes weak, some starting to split. Bords of plate-volumes loose. Internally a very nice, clean and fresh set, w. only mild scattered brownspotting in a few volumes. All in all a good copy. Engraved frontispiece in volume one. In all ab. 16.200 pp., and 592 full-page engraved plates (being all 542 plates for the 18 volumes, and 50 plates for the supplemant-volumes. Plates 58 and 59 are not present, but they were presumably never made. As is explained on plate 57, there are two plates called plate 2, and one of these constitutes that which would have been plate 58; the same applies for plate 59, which is constituted in the second of the two plates that are called plate 7).. The scarce third edition of the seminal Encyclopaedia Britannica, being the first edition that constitutes what we understand by the Encyclopaedia today, since the two previous editions contained merely three and ten volumes respectively and only contained articles, often of dubious scholarship, by one author. The present edition is that which caused the wide attention which befell the Encyclopaedia Britannica and the edition which bestowed upon it the popular and critical reputation for general excellence that it still holds to this day. The present edition contains numerous important articles and original contributions by important scholars, philosophers, writers, and scientists; probably most noteworthy among the scientific contributions are those by Thomas Thomson, who, in the present original articles, introduces the use of symbols into chemistry.The Encyclopaedia Britannica was first published in three volumes between 1768 and 1771 in Edinburgh. The first edition was compiled by the editor William Smellie alone, whereas the third edition was written by numerous authorities of great reputation.The second edition was begun in 1776 and was published in numbers, the first issued in 1777, and the last in 1784, forming in all 10 volumes, dated 1778 ill 1783, and containing 8.595 pages and 340 plates.The third edition is the first edition to include contributions from various learned authorities, and it is the first time that it appears as the Encyclopaedia Britannica that we know today. It was meant to be a conservative counterpart to the French Encyclopédie by Diderot and d'Alembert (first volume printed in 1751), and it was written in opposition to the anarchy and atheism of that.THE THIRD EDITION. - After about a year's preparation, the third edition was announced in 1787... It was completed in 1797 in 18 vols. 4to, containing 14,579 pages and 542 plates. Among the multifarious articles represented in the frontispiece, which was required by the traditional fashion of the period, is a balloon. The maps are, as in subsequent editions, distributed among the articlesrelating to the respective countries. It was edited by Colin Macfarquhar as far as the article Mysteries, when he died, in 1793, in his 48th year, worn out, says Constable, by fatigue and anxiety of mind. His children's trustees and Andrew Bell requested George Gleig of Stirling (...), who had written about 12 articles, to edit the rest of the work. According to Kerr (Smellie's Life, i. 364-365), 10,000 copies were printed, and the profit to the proprietors was £ 42,000 besides the payments for their respective work as tradesmen in the conduct of the publication -Bell as engraver of all the plates, and Macfarquhar as sole printer. According to Constable, the impression was begun at 5,000 copies, and concluded with a sale of 13,000. James Hunter... When the edition was completed, the copyright and remaining books were sold in order to wind up the concern, and the whole was purchased by Bell, who gave £13 a copy, sold all the complete copies to the trade, printed up the odd volumes, and thus kept the work in the market for several years.'' (Encyclopaedia Britannica, Fourteenth Edition, 1929).In 1801 the supplement of the third edition appeared, in two volumes. This supplement is also of the utmost importance. The supplement of the third edition, printed for Thomson Bonar, and edited by Gleig, was published in 1801 in 2 vols., containing 1,624 pages and 50 copperplates engraved by D. Lizars. In the dedication to the King, dated Stirling, Dec. 10, 1800, Dr. Gleig says: The French Encyclopédie had been accused, and justly accused, of having disseminated far and wide the seeds of anarchy and atheism. If the Encyclopaedia Britannica shall in any degree counteract the tendency of that pestiferious work, even these two volumes will not be wholly unworthy of your Majesty's attention. Dr. Thomas Thomson wrote Chemistry, Mineralogy and other articles, in which the use of symbols was for the first time introduced into chemistry; and these articles formed the first outline of his System of Chemistry. (Encyclopaedia Britannica, Fourteenth Edition, 1929).It must be considered superfluous to emphasise the importance and influence of the present edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica

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        Neue eröffnete Geheimnisse magischer Kunststücke zum gesellschaftlich-ergözenden Zeitvertreib, wodurch zugleich der sinnliche Betrug aus verschiedenen Dingen und Mitteln wahrzusagen entdecket und mit einigen wahren Geschichten erläutert wird. Nebst einer Kupfertafel.

      Gefaltetes Frontispiz, VIII, 268 S., 5 Tabellen, 2 S. Anzeigen. Pappband der Zeit mit Papierrückenschild. Über KVK nur in der Leopold-Sophien-Bibliothek in Überlingen nachgewiesen. - Einband berieben. Kanten bestossen. Vorsatz und erste Bl. fleckig. Ca. 20 Bl. mit kleinem Eckausriss, ohne Textverlust.

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        Guida de' forestieri, curiosi di vedere, e d'intendere le cose piu notabili della regal citta' di napoli, e del suo amenissimo distretto. ritrovata colla lettura de' buoni scrittori, e colla propria diligenza... in questa nuova edizione dall'autore molto ampliata, e da antonio bulifon di vaghe figure abbellita... in napoli, presso giuseppe roselli, 1797.

      Cm. 15, pp. (24) 399 (33). Antiporta figurata, una bella veduta della città più volte ripiegata e 51 tavole fuori testo. Il tutto finemente inciso in rame. Legatura coeva in piena pergamena rigida con titoli ms. al dorso. Esemplare fresco ed in perfetto stato di conservazione. Celebre guida della capitale partenopea, non comune a trovarsi completa ed in ottimo stato di conservazione come il presente esemplare. Le bibliografie consultate la censiscono con variabile numero di tavole (prevalentemente 48-50), la presenta ne possiede il maggior numero mai contate.

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        Alfabeto di Lettere Iniziali Adorno di Animali e Proseguito da Vaga Serie di Caratteri

      Firenze Giacomo Moro Firenze Giacomo Moro, 1797 . Folio, contemporary brown pastepaper-covered wrappers a little worn at the very edges. Preserved in a quarter-morocco clamshell case. First edition (with brilliant impressions) of one of the most imaginative works of calligraphy and decoration that, according to Morison, revived Italian calligraphy at the close of the eighteenth century: "...the disappearance of calligraphy in Italy at the end of the seventeenth century was not so final as had at first seemed the case. The market for writing books appeared to go underground for a hundred years, only emerging at the end of the eighteenth century, when the Florentine master, Gætano Giarré began to produce some entirely and refreshingly novel books, in neo-classical style." Each of the 25 copper-engraved leaves including the title is beautifully decorated with floral garlands, arabesques, birds, animals, vases, trophies and masks. These decorations surround the various calligraphic examples which follow the initial letters that begin a saying or verse. There are examples of alphabets other than roman, including Greek and Hebrew. But it is the decoration--especially the birds and animals--that makes this book especially handsome and desirable. This large, bright example surely must have been pulled near the beginning of the print run for it clearly preserves the lightly engraved author's signature at the bottom of the plates. See: Morison, S. Early Italian Writing Books: Renaissance to Baroque. ...beautifully decorated with floral garlands, arabesques, birds, animals, vases, trophies and masks."- MORISON

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        THE FABLES of Mr. John Gay. Complete in two parts?.. With cuts by T. Bewicke, of Newcastle.

      vi, [1], 252 pages. Frontispiece and 67 wood-engravings, plus 42 tail-pieces, including repeats. Recently rebound in quarter calf gilt over marbled boards with vellum tips. 18mo. Small piece lost from one blank margin; else a handsome copy of this edition, the first by this publisher and the first to include an additional three vignettes by Bewick, originally engraved for the T. Saint, Select Fables of 1784. This title was first published in 1779. Tattersfield TB2. 166.

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        MOTHER SHIPTON'S LEGACY. Or, A Favourite Fortune-Book, in which is given, a pleasing interpretation of Dreams: and a Collection of Prophetic Verses, Moral and Entertaining.

      [5]6-95[1]pp. Illustrated with fifty-four woodcuts, illustrating two complete alphabets, of which probably 25% are by Thomas Bewick or from his workshop. Recently bound in 18th century Dutch floral paper-covered boards. Lacks the original first blank leaf, one leaf cropped with loss of running title; else an excellent copy of this rare juvenile.The means of discovering ones fortune and the answer to a question is by pricking pages that contain a table with a pin. This no doubt accounts for the rarity of this little book which would not have survived for long if constantly punctured. This copy appears never to have been used.ESTC lists five copies only; British Library, the University of California; the University of Wisconsin and two at the Pierpont Morgan Library. Not in Osborne, Oppenheimer or Gumuchian.

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        History of British Birds. Vol. 1-2. History and Description of 1: Land Birds [written by Ralph Beilby] and 2: Water Birds [written by Thomas Bewick].

      2nd and 1st edition. With wood-engravings by Thomas Bewick. Newcastle 1797 [i.e. 1798] and 1804. "Thick Royal". Contemporary full calf, all edges gilt. XXX + 336 + XX + 400 pages. Signs of use, corners and edges slightly bumbed, hinges weak. Some foxing.. Roscoe 15 C and 17b, Variant A.Vignette in volume 1, page 285 inked over

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        The History of Little Jack

      John Stockdale Piccadilly: John Stockdale, 1797. 24mo. 99, (iv)pp. Illustrated throughout with a frontispiece and twenty-three woodcuts showing scenes from Little Jack&#146;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 as part of The Children&#146;s Miscellany by Thomas Day. The publisher&#146;s introduction explains that this small, reasonably-priced version was intended for children who might not be able to afford more expensive books and &#147;to diffuse, as extensively as possible, the entertainment and instruction to be derived from well-written works of this kind.&#148; Covers slightly rubbed, some wear to extremities, else fine in original Dutch paste-paper boards. Gift note inside front cover. (See Hugo 4090.61).

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        History of British Birds. The Figures Engraved on wood by... The History and Description of Land Birds. ...Water Birds.

      Newcastle: Printed by Sol. Hogson, for Beilby & Bewick [&] Printed by Edward Walker, for T. Bewick, 1797 [but 1798], 1804.. Two volumes, imperial 8vo, second edition of "Land Birds" and first edition of "Water Birds". 445 wood engraved illustrations. Uncut in 20th century half roan, buckram sides, an excellent set. Roscoe 15a and 17a, variant C. The vignette at p285 in volume I has not been censored. Very scarce - Roscoe gives the number of copies printed of the imperial 8vo edition as 207 for volume I and 231 for volume II.

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        The Natural History of the rarer Lepidopterous Insects of Georgia. Including their systematic characters, the particulars of their several metamorphoses, and the plants on which they feed. Collected from the observations of Mr John Abbot, many years resident in that country, by James Edward Smith

      London: printed by T. Bensley for J. Edwards, Cadell and Davies and J. White, 1797 [text watermarked 1794; plates watermarked 1817-1821]. 2 volumes, folio. (15 7/8 x 12 1/4 inches). Parallel titles and text in French and English. 104 hand-coloured engraved plates by John Harris after Abbot, some heightened with gum-arabic. Expertly bound to style in half calf over contemporary marbled paper covered boards, flat spines in six compartments divided by gilt triple fillets and roll tools, red-brown morocco labels in the second compartments, the others with a repeat decoration in gilt. A fine copy of John Abbot's masterpiece: the earliest illustrated monograph devoted to the butterflies and moths of North America. John Abbot was one of the most important and prolific of the early American natural history artists. Born in London in 1751, Abbot developed his interest in natural history and drawing as a child. His curiosity about the natural world was encouraged by his parents who were relatively wealthy (at one time the family library included copies of Mark Catesby's Natural History of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands as well as George Edwards' Natural History of Uncommon Birds and Gleanings of Natural History).Having received sponsorship from the Royal Society of London and the collectors Thomas Martyn and Dru Drury, Abbot sailed for Virginia in July 1773, with orders for both actual specimens and drawings of the local insects. For the next two years he continued to collect and paint, sending home three insect collections, although only one arrived safely. The loss of these two valuable collections at sea together with the worry over political unrest in Virginia led Abbot to move to Georgia: he settled in St. George Parish (later Burke County), Georgia in December 1775.Abbot traveled widely throughout Georgia devoting his time to the study of the natural flora and fauna. The constant flow of specimen collections and watercolours of insects, and later of birds, ensured that his name became known to many of the foremost natural scientists and collectors of the day, both in America and Europe. Sir James Edward Smith, co-founder and first president of the Linnaean Society of London, recognised Abbot's talents, and responded enthusiastically to Abbot's desire to publish an illustrated work on the butterflies and moths of Georgia, agreeing to edit the work for Abbot. Smith, in the preface to the present work, praised Abbot highly as the first author "since the celebrated Merian", to illustrate and describe the lepidoptera of the American continent scientifically, including both representations of the caterpillars and "the plants on which each insect chiefly feeds." The work is also valuable for the numerous first hand comments and observations that Abbot has added. Like the Botfield copy, this copy was issued circa 1822, with the plates on J. Whatman Turkey Mills wove paper. Abbot's water-colours are amongst the finest natural history illustrations ever made: elegant and scientifically accurate, they rank with those of his famous contemporaries, William Bartram and Alexander Wilson. William Swainson described Abbot as one of the United States' most important natural history artists, as "a most assiduous collector, and an admirable draftsman of insects. [This] work is one of the most beautiful that this or any other country can boast of" (quoted by Sabin). Arnold Arboretum, p. 27; BM(NH) I, p. 2l; Dunthorne 287; cf. Pamela Gilbert John Abbot Birds, Butterflies and Other Wonders London: Natural History Museum, 1998; Nissen ZBI 2; Vivian Rogers-Price John Abbot in Georgia: The Vision of a Naturalist Artist Madison, Georgia: Madison-Morgan Cultural Center, 1983; Sabin 25.

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