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        Abhandlung über die leichteste und bequemste Methode die Bahn eines Cometen aus einigen Beobachtungen zu berechnen.

      Weimar: Verlag des Industrie-Comptoirs, 1797. 1st Edition. Hardcover. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. 8vo (193 x 114 mm). xxxii, 106 (i.e. 96), 80 pp. Engraved folding plate bound at end, numerous letterpress tables. 20th century half calf over marbled boards, spine decorated in gilt and with gilt-lettered label (light rubbing of extremities, corners bumped). Text very fresh and crisp with only very minor spotting in places, plate with light soiling probably due to printers ink. Provenance: Augustiner Convent, Münnerstadt (two small stamps and shelf-numbers to title-page). Nice copy. ----Houzeau-L. 11965; Poggendorff II, p.320; DSB X, p.198. - RARE FIRST EDITION. Olbers developed a new method for calculating a comet's parabolic orbit. "In a letter to F.X. von Zach (1754-1832), director of the newly founded observatory on the Seeberg, near Gotha, Olbers asked weather his treatise on this method should be printed, and if so, how this could be done. After reading the treatise and using it with ecxellent results to compute the orbit of the comet of 1779, which had presented great difficulties to many astronomers, von Zach decided to see it through the press himself. It appeared at Weimar 1797" (DSB). Mit dieser Abhandlung begründete der Bremer Mediziner Wilhelm Olbers (1758-1840), der sich nachts in seinem Privat-Observatorium astronomischen Studien widmete, seinen Ruf als einer der besten Astronomen seiner Zeit. Er hatte 1796 einen neuen Kometen entdeckt und eine Methode zu dessen Berechnung entwickelt. Sie löste die bis dahin üblichen langwierigen und häufig ungenauen Berechnungsarten von Euler sowie La Place ab. Eine zweite, von J. F. Encke berichtigte und erweiterte, wesentlich häufigere Auflage war erst 1847 erschienen. Very Good.

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        Letter Signed

      1797. Signed. NAPOLEON. Letter signed (""Bonaparte""). Milan, August 11, 1797. Folio, single sheet of Napoleon's pictorial engraved letterhead, folded in half, measuring 9-1/2 by 14-1/2 inches; pp. 2. $8500.Letter signed by Napoleon, written in a secretarial hand on the vignette-engraved stationary of General Napoleon Bonaparte's Army of Italy, boldly signed ""Bonaparte"" by Napoleon. A fine piece on Napoleon's beautifully engraved stationery.The document, written entirely in French, dated August 11, 1797, and sent to General Baraguey d'Hilliers, concerns the Napoleonic Wars' Northern Italian and island campaigns. Having conquered Venice in May, Napoleon here writes to d'Hilliers, the new French governor of that city, instructing him to communicate to the leaders there the current position of General Gentili in Corfu. He also asks d'Hilliers to inform them that Admiral Brueys has furnished his ships with experienced officers in order to retake Dalmatia. Napoleon expresses his wishes regarding the new Cisalpine Republic, which he had established in Northern Italy. He closes by reminding Governor d'Hilliers to be strong and to encourage his officers. The letter is boldly signed ""Bonaparte"" in Napoleon's own hand. This scarce version of his signature, ""Bonaparte,"" was used by Napoleon only between 1796 and 1804; he changed it in 1796 from the Italian spelling ""Buonaparte,"" when he became head of the Army of Italy, in recognition of his position as head of the French army conquering Italy, and after he was crowned Emperor, he signed his name ""Napoleon."" Document in French. Signature exceptional. About-fine condition.

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        Appeal to the People of Great Britain... Public Finances

      1797. First Edition . MORGAN, William. An Appeal to the People of Great Britain, On the Present Alarming State of the Public Finances, and of the Public Credit. London: J. Debrett, 1797. Slim octavo, period-style full green straight-grain morocco gilt; pp. 87. $3200.First edition of William MorganÂ’s fearless attack on the political and economic cost of British policies in “that detestable war” against America, a major work by the first modern actuary, one of “the pioneers of scientific life assurance in England (ODNB) and nephew of British radical Richard Price, “the most influential advocate of American independence” (Howes). Jefferson, who became Vice President the year this work was published, had a first edition in his library.William Morgan “ranks high among the pioneers of scientific life assurance in England” (ODNB). He was the nephew of famed radical Richard Price, “the most influential British advocate of American independence” (Howes P586), and it was Price who encouraged MorganÂ’s appointment as assistant actuary to the Equitable Assurance Society in 1774. On MorganÂ’s swift rise to chief actuary in February 1775, he quickly “became well known as ‘Actuary Morgan,Â’ the man who made the reputation of the EquitableÂ… the intellectual master of political arithmetic and the éminence grise of insurance, the true father of old age pensions” (Harte, in Crabtree Orations, 231). Morgan “was the first to show how to work out complicated benefits, involving several lives, from any mortality table; the first to value the liabilities of a life assurance company and appreciate the meaning of the result; the first to see that, with the valuations in use, a margin of surplus had to be carried forwardÂ… the first to set down the available sources of profit and obtain measures for them; the first to keep record of the mortality of a life assurance office, and to notice that there was such a thing as ‘selectÂ’ mortality. Further than this, he was the first practical administrator of life assurance and a successful man of business” (Elderton, “William Morgan, F.R.S.,” 15). This scarce first edition of MorganÂ’s Appeal speaks not only to his mathematical brilliance, but also his fearlessness in attacking Britain for its aggression in the American Revolution, arguing: “the growing extravagance and folly of fourscore years had loaded the nation at the commencement of the American war with a debt of more than 135 million; and at the conclusion of that detestable war, the public burdens had been aggravated with an additional load of 120 millionÂ… The bubble has swollen till it has burst, and we are now brought to the edge of a tremendous gulf” (emphasis added; 28, 81). MorganÂ’s home was a popular meeting place for “other radicals associated with Richard Price; John Horne Tooke, Sir Francis Burdett and Thomas Paine were among those who joined the lively gatherings at Stamford HillÂ… In 1794 when Horne Tooke and others were indicted for treason, Morgan escaped with a warning from the authorities” (ODNB). Three years later Morgan nevertheless issued this warning about the dire economic and political costs of British aggression. Thomas Jefferson, who became AmericaÂ’s Vice President the year MorganÂ’s Appeal was published, had a first edition of it in his library. Morgan, who also shared with Joseph Priestley a strong interest in science, is additionally credited as “the first experimenter with X-rays, 110 years before they were brought in 1895 into prominence by Röntgen” (Anderson, “William Morgan and X-Rays,” 219). With several full-page tables; MorganÂ’s preface dated in print, “April 8, 1797.” Page of publisherÂ’s advertisements at rear and on title page verso. GoldsmithsÂ’17046. Kress B3469. Sowerby 2832. ESTC T528. See Sowerby 2807. ESTC shows 31 copies in institutions, including the Library of Congress, Cambridge, the British Library, Oxford and Harvard. Text quite fresh, beautifully bound.

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        Letter Signed

      , 1797. 1797. Signed. NAPOLEON. Letter signed (""Bonaparte""). Milan, August 11, 1797. Folio, single sheet of Napoleon's pictorial engraved letterhead, folded in half, measuring 9-1/2 by 14-1/2 inches; pp. 2. $8500.Letter signed by Napoleon, written in a secretarial hand on the vignette-engraved stationary of General Napoleon Bonaparte's Army of Italy, boldly signed ""Bonaparte"" by Napoleon. A fine piece on Napoleon's beautifully engraved stationery.The document, written entirely in French, dated August 11, 1797, and sent to General Baraguey d'Hilliers, concerns the Napoleonic Wars' Northern Italian and island campaigns. Having conquered Venice in May, Napoleon here writes to d'Hilliers, the new French governor of that city, instructing him to communicate to the leaders there the current position of General Gentili in Corfu. He also asks d'Hilliers to inform them that Admiral Brueys has furnished his ships with experienced officers in order to retake Dalmatia. Napoleon expresses his wishes regarding the new Cisalpine Republic, which he had established in Northern Italy. He closes by reminding Governor d'Hilliers to be strong and to encourage his officers. The letter is boldly signed ""Bonaparte"" in Napoleon's own hand. This scarce version of his signature, ""Bonaparte,"" was used by Napoleon only between 1796 and 1804; he changed it in 1796 from the Italian spelling ""Buonaparte,"" when he became head of the Army of Italy, in recognition of his position as head of the French army conquering Italy, and after he was crowned Emperor, he signed his name ""Napoleon."" Document in French. Signature exceptional. About-fine condition.

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        Dam Amsterdam - vismarkt, Thomas Rowlandson.

      De vismarkt aan het Damrak, in de achtergrond stadhuis en waag.Ets en aquatint naar het ontwerp van Thomas Rowlandson, uitgegeven door Rudolph Ackermann in 1797. In de tijd met de hand gekleurd. ZELDZAAM. Afm. 41 x 54 cmOp deze pittoreske voorstelling zien we in de voorgrond visboeren in een tiental boten druk met hun manden en netten. Een steiger loopt naar de eigenlijke vismarkt. Aan de overkant van het water liggen grotere boten aan het Damrak. Op de Dam staat nog de waag uit 1565, die door Lodewijk Napoleon in 1808 werd afgebroken, omdat het zijn uitzicht vanaf het tot zijn paleis herbestemde stadhuis, zou belemmeren.Gebouwen zijn tamelijk nauwkeurig weergegeven, de figuren losser, bijna karikaturaal, een genre waarmee Rowlandson (1756 -1827) beroemd zou worden. Maar tot het eind van de 18e eeuw maakte hij meer objectieve beschouwingen van het stadse en landelijke leven, vaak met glimlach.Op de plaats van de vismarkt staat sinds 1914 De Bijenkorf.Prijs: ?3.950,- (incl. 21% BTW, incl. lijst).

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        Carte des découvertes. Faites en 1787 dans les MERS DE CHINE et DE TARTARIE, par les Frègates Françaises la Boussole et l'Astrolabe, depuis leur Dèpart de Manille jusqu'à leur Arrivèeau Kamtschatka. 1.ere Feuille.

      Paris: . 1797 - Size: 675 x 490 mm. Fine condition. Slight browning to the lower margin. Good margins. Copper engraving. Hand coloured. 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. Fine large chart shows the southern coast of China, Japan, Korea, Formosa & the Philippines and the Marianas as well as many small islands in the region. Locates the tracks of the Boussoles the Astrolabe, the ships of La Perouse, on his voyage from Manila to Kamtschatka. Chart shows very detailed soundings and all known harbours, straits and island chains. Engraved by BOUCLET. Atlas Du Voyage De La Pérouse

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        Commentaries on the Law of Scotland

      1797. First Edition . HUME, David. Commentaries on the Law of Scotland Respecting the Description and Punishment of Crimes. Two Volumes. WITH: Commentaries on the Laws of Scotland Respecting Trial For Crimes. Two volumes. WITH: Supplemental Notes to Mr. Hume's Commentaries on the Law of Scotland Respecting Crimes. Edinburgh: Printed for Bell and Bradfute [and for E. Balfour for first two works], 1797, 1800, 1814. Five volumes altogether. Large quarto, contemporary full brown calf, raised bands, red and black morocco spine labels. $6500.First edition of Baron HumeÂ’s groundbreaking authoritative Commentaries on the Description and Punishment of Crimes, the “standard work on Scottish criminal law” (DNB), together with first edition of his two-volume Commentaries on Trial for Crimes, and exceedingly scarce first edition of his Supplemental Notes. Rarely found together, a seminal five-volume work by the nephew of philosopher David Hume, laying “the foundations of our modern criminal law,"" uniformly bound in contemporary calf.""A landmark event in Scottish legal history occurred in 1797 when Baron David HumeÂ… published his Commentaries on the Law of Scotland Respecting the Description and Punishment of Crimes"" (Hewitt, Symbolic Interactions, 1). A revered Professor of Scots Law at University of Edinburgh, with achievements that include his appointment as Baron of the Scots Exchequer in 1822, Baron Hume was ""influenced by the views of his uncle, David Hume, the philosopher, with whom he had a close friendship. The elder had supervised his education"" (Criminal Law, 47n). Baron Hume ""laid the foundations of our modern criminal law"" (British Justice, Hamlyn Lectures). This rare complete five-volume set of Commentaries, including the rarely found Supplemental Notes, provides ""the classic statement of Scottish criminal law"" (Kilday, Women and Violent Crime, 32). With this groundbreaking ""standard work on Scottish criminal law"" (DNB), Baron Hume ""carried the torch into all the recesses of actual practice. He not only made himself familiar with all the scattered matter that had been published, though much of it lay hid in places not commonly explored; but he was the very first who went systematically to the records"" (Edinburgh Review 83:197). To Sir Walter Scott, Baron Hume was ""an architect Â… to the law of Scotland' (Scott on Himself, 42). Hume's lectures at the University of Edinburgh provided the basis of these works.To his contemporaries the Commentaries and Hume's authoritative research into ""the rise and progress of this lawÂ… will ever be held to communicate the most philosophical views of the criminal law in a popular and perspicuous manner"" (Edinburgh Law Journal, I:485). Hume importantly highlights, as well, ""the differences between Scottish and English laws, shaping the former into a symbol of cultural and national identityÂ… for England's 'bloody code' of hundreds of offenses punishable by death did not extend to Scotland. The differences were celebrated in Hume's Commentaries"" (Hewitt, 52, 44). ""The first study of judicial decisions"" in Scottish criminal law, Commentaries has been officially ""afforded 'authoritative' status"" (Gibb & Duff,Criminal Justice Systems, 7). Hume particularly focused on common law. Like ""Blackstone and Bentham in England, Kames and Hume in Scotland were intensely engaged by the question of whether and how the common-law system of maintaining continuity through precedent, and of accommodating change through reinterpretation, could meet the demands of 18th- and early 19th-century BritainÂ… As Farmer explains, 'The belief that the law matured in the late 18th century, taking the form of liberal and flexible principles [was] set out clearly for the first time by Hume. Hume affirms the sense that the past had been leading more progressively to a more enlightened presentÂ… A lasting result of Hume's book and its outlookÂ…. strongly implies the autonomy of criminal law from the rest of culture"" (Bardsley, Belief and Beyond, 235-239). ""Indeed Hume still has high status in Scottish legal history. According to WalkerÂ…. 'his examination, based on primary sources [is] invaluable"" (Bardsley, Yale Journal of Law & the Humanities, V14 (2002):238-9, 20-21n). Commentaries (1797) with title page imprints, ""Edinburgh: Printed for Bell & Bradfute, Booksellers to the Faculty of Advocates; And for E. Balfour."" ""Another issue of this work appeared in 1797 with the imprint: Edinburgh: printed for Bell & Bradfute; and E. Balfour"" (ESTC T98602): no priority established. Harvard Law Catalogue I:967. Marvin, 405. Edinburgh Review 139:267. ESTC T98600; T98602; T98601. See NYU Catalogue, 251. Interior fresh and clean, only light edge-wear, minor rubbing to spine labels of boards. A near-fine set, rarely found complete and uniformly bound in contemporary calf.

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        Authentic Account of an Embassy... to China

      1797. First Edition . STAUNTON, George Leonard. An Authentic Account of an Embassy from the King of Great Britain to the Emperor of China… Taken Chiefly from the Papers of His Excellency the Earl of Macartney. London: W. Bulmer for C. Nicol, 1797. Three volumes altogether. Quarto, contemporary full polished brown calf gilt neatly rebacked and recornered, raised bands, black morocco spine labels, marbled endpapers and edges; Elephant folio atlas (17-1/2 by 23-1/2 inches), period-style half polished brown calf, raised bands, black morocco spine labels. $27,000.First edition of this splendidly detailed description of 18th-century China, with engraved frontispiece portraits of the Emperor Tchien Lung and Lord Macartney, a wonderful full-page engraving of the Camellia and 25 additional in-text engravings, together with the Atlas plate volume containing nine large folding charts—among the earliest accurate charts of the interior of China—and 35 folio engravings by William Alexander. A beautiful copy in splendid calf-gilt.The exceptional two quarto volumes and elephant folio Atlas of George Staunton's Account of the British Embassy to China offer a rich ""account of the first British embassy to China, under Lord Macartney. Great Britain was anxious to establish formal diplomatic relations with China and thus opened the way for unimpeded trade relations, but centuries of Chinese reserve and self-sufficiency presented a formidable obstacle to the embassy, and the Chinese emperor effectually resisted Lord Macartney's arguments and gifts. The visit of the British embassy nonetheless resulted in this remarkable account of Chinese manners and customs at the close of the 18th century, which was prepared at government expense… Staunton, a friend of Dr. Samuel Johnson and Edmund Burke, was a medical doctor who had lived for many years in Grenada. He was the secretary to Lord Macartney in both India and China, and undertood diplomatic missions to Warren Hastings and to Tipu Sahib at Seringapatem"" (Hill 1628). ""Apart from its Chinese importance, [Staunton's Account] is of considerable interest owing to the descriptions of the various places en route which were visited, including Madeira, Teneriff, Rio de Janeiro, St. Helena, Tristan d'Acunha, Amsterdam Island, Java, Sumatra, [and] Cochin-China"" (Cox I, 344). This important work contains some of the earliest accurate charts of the interior of China and provides many invaluable geographical and cultural observations. The full-page folio engravings, including two of the Great Wall of China, were made after drawings by William Alexander, who accompanied the embassy as junior draughtsman. ""This work was remarkably successful. About 15 editions issued in seven European countries and the U.S. from 1797 to 1832"" (Lust, 545). This copy is complete, with order of in-text engravings in Volume I occasionally differing from that in ""List of Engravings,"" as issued. Hill 1628. Cordier, 2381-83. Lust, 545. Early owner signatures. Light penciled marginalia to one leaf (Vol. II:23).Text and plates fresh, light expert reinforcement, minor restoration to corners of several Atlas leaves without affecting images. A splendid copy in near-fine condition.

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        Experiments to determine the Force of fired Gunpowder.

      4to, from Phil. Trans., 1797, p222-292, 3 tables, 2 fldg plates including one of a cannon. (Preceded by 3p 'On the action of nitre upon gold & platina' by Smithson Tennant). Neatly rebound at some time in cloth, gilt lettering on spine, by Henry Sotheran. Sl browning to first page & plates, red edges. DNB: Count Rumford founded the Royal Institution in 1799. He made mechanical inventions with a view to ameliorating domestic life, and was the first to determine that 'heat is a mode of motion', after observing 'the immense amount of heat generated when cannon were bored'.

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        The Complaint and the Consolation; or, Night Thoughts.

      Large 4to. London: R. Noble, 1797. Large 4to, viii, [1], 95, [2] pages; with 43 full-page engravings by Blake after his own designs surrounding the letterpress text. Half red hard grain morocco, backstrip gilt, gilt edges, by Riviere. “Explanation” leaf mounted at the front, 1874 prospectus mounted at the back; slightly trimmed for gilding, stain at foot of p. viii, slight offsetting as often from the plates. Generally a very good copy. First edition with Blake’s illustrations, complete with the leaf of “Explanations” and with the extremely rare prospectus and specimen leaf at the back dated London: James Bain, 1874, soliciting subscriptions for sets of the original watercolors in reproduction (never issued). “A few sets are struck off for private distribution” -- Bentley (Blake Books p. 646) records one known copy (at Rosenbach) and Essick has no record of any other example. Essick and LaBelle explain in their commentary how Blake, virtually in a frenzy, completed 537 watercolor designs when he was commissioned by the publisher Edwards to illustrate Young’s masterpiece. Edwards issued only the first four “Nights” (or sections) and had Blake etch and engrave 43 plates to test the market. The response must have been poor since no further engravings were requested of Blake and Edwards ceased business shortly thereafter. Ironically, today the poet Young, once compared with Shakespeare and Milton, is largely forgotten save for this edition. Colored copies are known in two palettes, the earlier of which may have been colored under Blake’s direction. Bentley, Blake Books, 515. Easson and Essick, William Blake Book Illustrator, vol. 1, IV. Essick and LaBelle, Night Thoughts, Dover, 1975. Bindman, Complete Graphic Works of Blake, 357-379. Ray, The Illustrator and the Book in England, 3.

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        Letter in German, signed, to General-Major Von Elderhorst]. The Hague, 24 December 1841. 24.5 x 20 cm. In pen and ink on wove paper. [1], [3 blank] pp. With:(2) FREDERIK, Prince, of Orange-Nassau. [Letter in Dutch, signed, to the jurist Mr. Jacobus Wertheim Jzn., with envelope sealed with red wax and the royal arms].The Hague, 19 July 1851 (postmarked 20 July). 26.5 x 21.5 cm. Pen and ink letter thanking Wertheim for a copy of his doctoral thesis (De consulibus mercatorum Batavis, University of Utrecht, 1851). The paper is unusual, perhaps machine-made, but with a pattern of chainlines and wavy laidlines. [1], [3 blank] pp.(3) FREDERIK, Prince, of Orange-Nassau. [Printed form letter in Dutch, signed, filled in and addressed to the jurist M

      - Collection of documents including two letters signed by Prince (Willem) Frederik (Karel) of Orange-Nassau (Berlin, 28 February 1797 - Wassenaar, 8 September 1881), second son of King William I of the Netherlands and Queen Wilhelmine.The first letter is signed "Friederich Pr[ins] der Niederlande", to "General Major und Brigade-Commandeur Herrn von Elderhorst", in which he thanks Von Elderhorst for the speedy delivery of a gun and a detonating cap. Von Elderhorst (active 1815-1864) was stationed for many years at the Ludwigslust garrison in Mecklenburg-Schwerin, where he was Major 1815, Oberstlieutenant 1825 and General in or after 1837. He was a Chevalier of the French L

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        A Journal of the Travels and Sufferings of Daniel Saunders Jun.

      Leominster: printed by Charles Prentiss for Robert B. Thomas, Sterling,, 1797. A Mariner on Board the Ship Commerce of Boston, Samuel Johnson, Commander, which was cast away near Cape Morebet, on the Coast of Arabia, July 10, 1792. Duodecimo in eights (132 x 105 mm). Contemporary quarter sheep, marbled paper boards. Early 19th-century inscriptions to free endpapers. Split to head of front joint but still holding firm, marbled paper rubbed, chipped and faded, peeling off on front board, short closed tear to fore edge of front free endpaper, paper stock browned and with the occasional blemish. A very good copy in unrestored condition. Second edition, published three years after the first. Saunders was second mate on board the Grand Sachem out of Salem on a voyage to the Cape of Good Hope in 1791. He received a discharge from that vessel's captain at Mauritius and transferred to the ship Commerce as an able seaman. "A combination of bad weather and poor navigation resulted in the Commerce being grounded of the Dhofar coast … Twenty-seven of the crew … succeeded in getting ashore, and commenced a very strenuous journey overland to Muscat. The journey took 51 days, and when the group arrived in Muscat there were only eight survivors. Daniel Saunders wrote an account of the ordeal … his book contains information on the manners and customs of the local Arabs … It is both the first published account of an extended journey through part of Oman by Europeans, and the first American account of first-hand experience in Arabia. Saunders returned to the United States in 1793, and continued life as a mariner. He died in Salem in 1825" (New Arabian Studies, 2, [1994], p. 20). There is a twenty-one-page Appendix containing a general description of the Arabian Peninsula.

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        Registri civici delle sezioni, o parrocchie del cantone di San Giacomo. Unito a: Registri civici delle sezioni, o parrocchie del cantone di San Domenico. Unito a: Registri civici delle sezioni, o parrocchie del cantone di San Francesco. Unito a: Registri civici delle sezioni, o parrocchie del cantone di Santa Maria Maggiore.

      

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        Essai VII. sur la manière dont la chaleur se propage dans les fluides.

      Geneva: 1797. 1st Edition. Hardcover. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. Offprint from: Bibliotheque Britannique, Sciences et Arts. Vol. 5 [Geneva, 1797]. 8vo (199 x 127 mm). iv, 104 pp. One folding engraved plate. Printed on blue paper. Inscribed and signed by Rumford on title-page ("to the right honorable Lord Sheffield, from his most obedient servant Rumford"). Provenance: Lord Sheffield (dedication by Rumford on title-page); Walter Scott Thompson (his bookplate to front pastedown). Later cloth (extremities little rubbed). Internally only little age-toned, title page with glued residue of flyleaf paper at gutter margin (not affecting text), inscription slightly trimmed at top and fore-margin. ----DSB XIII, p.351. FIRST EDITION of Rumford's essay on the propagation of heat in fluids. Rumford is best known for his contributions to the theory of heat. At the end of the 18th century the predominant theory of heat was the so-called caloric theory, according to which heat was a fluid substance that flowed into bodies when they were heated and flowed out of them as they cooled. The success of this theory in explaining then known phenomena is reflected in many terms, such as "heat flow" and "calorie," still used by physicists today. "In 1797 he published the description of a device for proving gunpowder, which was generally accepted as the standard method by both the British and the Bavarian armies. It was during his investigations of cannon that he was impressed by the large amount of heat generated in cannon barrels by the explosion of gunpowder even when no ball was being fired. He was thus led to accept the vibratory theory of heat, which he championed actively all his life. Thompson's most famous experiment in this area was his demonstration of the process of boring cannon with a dull drill, which he carried out in the arsenal at Munich. Because the heat generated in this process seemed limitless, he reasoned that a fluid caloric did not exist. Thompson carried out many other experiments to demonstrate the reasons for his disbelief in the caloric theory. He unsuccessfully attempted to determine whether heat had weight, which would be an attribute of a fluid; he weighted, at different temperatures, fluids that had markedly different specific heats and heats of fusion. He studied the anomalous expansion of fusion. He studied the anomalous expansion of water between 4°C and 0°C to show that the concept that thermal expansion is caused by fluid caloric taking up space was false. He never realized the connection between heat and energy, although he did carry on experiments to demonstrate spontaneous interdiffusion of different density liquids at constant temperature, and he postulated that fluids are in constant random motion." (DSB). Very Good.

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        [Letter in German, signed, to General-Major Von Elderhorst]. The Hague, 24 December 1841. 24.5 x 20 cm. In pen and ink on wove paper. [1], [3 blank] pp. With: (2) FREDERIK, Prince, of Orange-Nassau. [Letter in Dutch, signed, to the jurist Mr. Jacobus Wertheim Jzn., with envelope sealed with red wax and the royal arms].The Hague, 19 July 1851 (postmarked 20 July). 26.5 x 21.5 cm. Pen and ink letter thanking Wertheim for a copy of his doctoral thesis ( De consulibus mercatorum Batavis , University of Utrecht, 1851). The paper is unusual, perhaps machine-made, but with a pattern of chainlines and wavy laidlines. [1], [3 blank] pp. (3) FREDERIK, Prince, of Orange-Nassau. [Printed form letter in Dutch, signed, filled in and addressed to the jurist Mr. Jacobus Wertheim Jzn].The Hague, 10 March 1863. 32.5 x 21 cm. Printed form letter on laid paper informing him that he has been made a member of a commission for the erection of a monument commemorating (the 50th anniversary of) the return of the House of Orange to the Netherlands in November 1813 after the defeat of Napoleon. [5], [3 blank] pp. (4). LOUISE OF PRUSSIA, Princess of Orange-Nassau. [Autograph signature, perhaps clipped from a letter to Mademoiselle de Viereck in Berlin, a lady in waiting of Louise's late mother, the Queen of Prussia].The Hague? (stamped on envelope), [1826?]. 7.5 x 10 cm. Pen and ink signature on laid paper, mounted on wove paper. With envelope with black wax seal. The signature reads "Louise Prinzeß in der Niederlande geborene Prinzeß von Preußen". She and Frederik were married in 1825. The envelope is addressed "A Mademoiselle| Mademoiselle de Viereck Dame d'atour de feu S.M. la Reine de Pruße". [1] p. (5). TIMM. [Autograph letter in German].[No place], 18 January 1826. 24 x 19.5 cm. Pen and ink letter. [2] pp. A letter mentioning Prince Frederick and his recent bride Louise.

      Collection of documents including two letters signed by Prince (Willem) Frederik (Karel) of Orange-Nassau (Berlin, 28 February 1797 - Wassenaar, 8 September 1881), second son of King William I of the Netherlands and Queen Wilhelmine.The first letter is signed "Friederich Pr[ins] der Niederlande", to "General Major und Brigade-Commandeur Herrn von Elderhorst", in which he thanks Von Elderhorst for the speedy delivery of a gun and a detonating cap. Von Elderhorst (active 1815-1864) was stationed for many years at the Ludwigslust garrison in Mecklenburg-Schwerin, where he was Major 1815, Oberstlieutenant 1825 and General in or after 1837. He was a Chevalier of the French Légion d'Honneur.The outer bifolium of the printed form letter with a tear along the fold. Further documents in very good condition.

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        The Book of Common Prayer, and Administration of the Sacraments, and Other Rites and Ceremonies of the Church ?

      Printed at the Clarendon Press, by W. Dawson, T. Bensley, and J. Cooke, Oxford 1797 - [xxxii, 360] pp. 8vo. [Bound with:] A New Version of the Psalms of David ? London: Company of Stationers, 1798. 228 pp. Griffiths 1797:3 Bound in contemporary red straight-grained morocco, gilt spine, a.e.g. Covers rubbed and soiled, pages finger-soiled

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        Poems

      London: Printed for the Author, 1797. First edition of the author's first book. Engraved title, signed 'W. Poole del et sculp'. [x], 117, [3 blank] pp. 8vo. Modern quarter morocco, uncut. Scattered light spotting but mostly clean internally, Grimsby Public Library and a small stamp on the title-page and last leaf of text. First edition of the author's first book. Engraved title, signed 'W. Poole del et sculp'. [x], 117, [3 blank] pp. 8vo. The first and only edition of the first book by the future bibliographer and founder of the Roxburghe Club, written at the age of 21 while he was an undergraduate at Oxford. According to Dibdin, there were only 500 copies printed, the majority of which were later destroyed or suppressed by the author. "My only consolation is that the volume is exceedingly rare," he wrote. With corrections at page 111, line 6 of which Windle says he has seen no copy uncorrected. No correction at p. 5, line 17. Jackson 1; Lowndes, p. 642; Windle and Pippin A1

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        Le terme dei romani disegnate da Andrea Palladio e ripubblicate con la giunta di alcune osservazioni da Ottavio Bertotti Scamozzi giusta l'esemplare del Lord Conte di Burlingthon impresso in Londra l'anno 1732

      Per Giovanni Rossi, In Vicenza 1797 - 25 cm, rilegatura coeva in mezza pelle, p. 55, 25 belle tavole fuori testo di cui 17 ripiegate e 8 a piena pagina Molto buono [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Lettres d'une Péruvienne

      illustrated bilingual edition of a portrait frontispiece by Left and 6 beautiful figures by Le Barbier, engraved by Patas, Halbou, Lingée. Printing on vellum paper.Bound in full sheepskin rooted and ice time. spine smooth ornate coffered 2 grotesque lozenges and 2 large florets. part of title in red morocco. frieze framing on the boards. upper joint split on the first 2 boxes. A slot head, ditto tail. A blunt corner. Mors, rubbed corners. Foxing. De l'imprimerie de Migneret A Paris 1797 Grd. in-8 (15,5x24,5cm) 487pp. (1) relié

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        Specimens of British Minerals. Selected from the cabinet of Philip Rashleigh, of Menabilly, in the County of Cornwall, Esq. M.P., F.R.S, and F.A.S. with general descriptions of each article.

      London: Printed by W. Bulmer and Co., sold by G. Nicol and Messrs. White, 1797 and 1802.. FIRST EDITION, INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR. Complete, with the two parts (the second being scarce) bound in one volume, both title-pages present. Quarto, pp.[4]; 56; [2]. pp.[4]; 23; [3]. Embellished with 33 plates to part one, 29 of which are hand coloured, and 21 hand coloured plates to part two, all retaining their tissue guards. Presentation note in ink "From the author" to title page. Part one is engraved by Henry Bone, the second by Thomas Medland and being coloured by Thomas Richard Underwood (1765-1836), a notable Georgian artist whose works are held at the Royal Academy and the Tate Gallery; it is unusual for a colourist to be named. Smartly bound in recent dark brown half calf over marbled boards, gilt titles to spine, contemporary marbling to edges. Some foxing and spotting throughout, three or four faint institutional stamps. Many of the tissue guards have creasing from being folded. Small tear to the bottom of plate 22 in part one, since neatly repaired with archival tape. Author's hand correction to p.52. Small pinhole (approx. 2mm) to p.17 in part two. A very good example of a rare work. Some foxing and spotting throughout, three or four faint institutional stamps. Many of the tissue guards have creasing from being folded. Small tear to the bottom of plate 22 in part one, since neatly repaired with archival tape. Author's hand correction to p.52. Small pinhole (approx. 2mm) to p.17 in part two. A very good example of a rare work. Rashleigh's world renowned collection of minerals, which was put together between 1760 and his death in 1811, amounted to over 4000 specimens and is now held at the Royal Cornwall Museum in Truro. This publication was an attempt to record and disseminate the most important objects from it. He is also notable for collecting and publishing the Trewhiddle Hoard of Anglo-Saxon treasure.

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        Esquisse d'un tableau historique des progrès de l'esprit humain.

      8vo., viii + 389 + (1)pp., wanting the half-title, contemporary half calf over yellow patterned boards, spine gilt with raised bands and replaced label. A very good copy.Publisher: Paris, chez Agasse, rue des Poitevins, No.18, L'an III de la République, une et indivisible.Year: [1797]Edition:

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        Voyage dans l'intérieur des États-Unis, a Bath, Winchester, dans la vallée de Shenandoah, etc. Pendant l'Été de 1791. Seconde édition. Augmentée de descriptions et d'anecdotes sur la vie militaire et politique de Georges Washington

      - Chez Batilliot frères, à Paris 1797, in-8 (12x20cm), xxxv, 349pp., relié. - Secondo e migliore edizione, vitello augmentée.Plein tempo marmo lucido. Dorso liscio decorato. Parte del titolo in marocco nero. Graffi lungo la mascella superiore. Due piccoli fori lungo la mandibola. 2 angoli urtato. Bel exemplaire.Récit descrittivo e pittoresco viaggiare all'interno degli Stati Uniti, a Bath, Winchester, Baltimora, Virginia e la valle di Shenandoah. Alla fine del libro, l'autore è stato duramente accusato di glorificare la repubblica americana e gli uomini che erano gli artigiani. Molte osservazioni sulle persone, tedeschi, indiani, neri, i loro usi e costumi. Il capitolo su Washington è stato raccolto dalla bocca di alcuni ufficiali, che contiene diverse lettere désavoué.Etiquette Washington: Biblioteca di Hubel Robins. Richmond. Virginia. - [FRENCH VERSION FOLLOWS] Seconde et meilleure édition, augmentée. Reliure de l'époque en plein veau glacé marbré. Dos lisse orné. Pièce de titre en maroquin noir. Épidermures le long du mors supérieur. 2 petits trous le long du mors inférieur. 2 coins émoussés. Bel exemplaire. Récit descriptif et pittoresque d'un voyage à l'intérieur des États-Unis, à Bath, Winchester, Baltimore, en Virginie et dans la vallée de Shenandoah. A la sortie de l'ouvrage, l'auteur fut vertement accusé d'avoir glorifié la république américaine et les hommes qui en étaient les artisans. Nombreuses observations sur les populations, les Allemands, les Indiens, les Noirs, leurs m

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        Bibliothèque des romans grecs

      - de l'imprimerie de Guillaume, Paris an V de le République (1797), in-12 (10,5x17cm), 12 volumes reliés. - Leganti del tempo in pieno vitello screziato. Torna liscio decorato con motivi grecisants, reti e gioielli d'oro, così come le parti di numeri di titolo e di volume di marocchino nero. Ruote d'oro di coaching piatti. Collezione completa tra cui la traduzione dei seguenti titoli: Partenio. Gli affetti di amore, si unirono alla Narratives Amore Plutarco, di recente stabilito dal francese Jean Fournier. - Tazio (Achille). Gli amori di Leucippo e Clitofonte, tradotto dal greco, con cenni storici e critici. By Louis-Adrien Perron Castera. 2 volumi. - Gli amori di Teagene e Cariclea. Storia etiopica. 2 volumi. - LONGUS. Il Dafni e Cloe, Tradotto dal greco di Jacques Amyot. - Senofonte. Romance of Abrocome e Anthia, la storia di Efeso. - CHARITON. Gli amori di Chereas e Calliroe, tradotto dal greco, con le osservazioni di Pierre-Henri Larcher. 2 volumi. - Gli amori di Ismene e Ismenias. - THEODORUS Prodromus. Gli amori di Rhodante e Dosiclès, Tradotto dal greco da Padre François Godard di Beauchamps. - LUCIEN. Storia genuino e Lucio o The Asne, tradotto dal greco, per l'edizione di Bastien. - [FRENCH VERSION FOLLOWS] Reliures de l'époque en plein veau moucheté. Dos lisses ornés de motifs grecisants, de filets et fleurons dorés, ainsi que de pièces de titre et de tomaisons de maroquin noir. Roulettes dorées en encadrement des plats. Petit manque à deux coiffes, certains dos éclaircis. Collection complète comprenant la traduction des titres suivants : PARTHENIUS. Les Affections d'amour, jointes les Narrations d'amour de Plutarche, Nouvellement mises en Français par Jean Fournier. -- TATIUS (Achille). Les Amours de Leucippe et Clitophon, Traduites du grec, avec des notes historiques et critiques. Par Louis-Adrien du Perron de Castera. 2 volumes. -- Les Amours de Theagènes et Chariclée. Histoire éthiopique. 2 volumes. -- LONGUS. Les Amours pastorales de Daphnis et Chloé, Traduites du grec par Jacques Amyot. -- XÉNOPHON. Les Amours d'Abrocome et d'Anthia, histoire éphésienne. -- CHARITON. Les Amours de Chereas et Callirrhoë, Traduites du Grec, avec des Remarques, par Pierre-Henri Larcher. 2 volumes. -- Les Amours d'Ismene et d'Ismenias. -- THEODORUS PRODROMUS. Les Amours de Rhodante et Dosiclès, Traduites du Grec, par P. François Godard de Beauchamps. -- LUCIEN. L'Histoire véritable et Lucius ou L'Asne, Traduites du Grec, Sur l'édition de Bastien. Joli exemplaire en partie imprimé sur papier bleuté, en jolie reliure de l'époque ornée de grecques sur les dos.

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        Discours préliminaire au nouveau dictionnaire de la langue française. Première partie. De l'homme, de ses facultés intellectuelles et de ses idées premières et fondamentales. [Ensemble] De l'université de la langue française

      - chez Cocheris., à Paris 1797, in 4 (18,5x24cm), (4) XXXIV (2) 240pp. et (2) 62pp. (1)., relié. - Prima edizione. Due edizioni sono stati pubblicati contemporaneamente, quest'ultimo, ed una seconda ad Amburgo nel falciatura. Vedere Tchemerzine V, 409. Il risultato di questo discorso preliminare, come il famoso dizionario, mai emergere. Il secondo testo è stato pubblicato per la prima volta a Berlino nel 1784 seguendo questo da vicino "soggetto proposto dall'Accademia di Berlino." Tchemerzine V, 403: 'Questa edizione, ben stampata, è anche ricercato come l'originale. Metà nero dispiacere metà del XIX giansenista. Torna a 4 nervi. Il discorso è un libro ambizioso, sia una riflessione sulla fonetica, riflessione linguistica, e un libro di filosofia del linguaggio, il quale ritiene che non si può parlare dell'uomo e del mondo delle idee, per non parlare di linguaggio e della parola. Il secondo libro è elevato alla gloria del monumento francese, "Quello che non è chiaro, non è il francese." Rivaroli nato figlio di un oste italiano, Antoine Rivarol tutore a Lione e poi a Parigi, ha introdotto nelle sale che si fa chiamare conte Rivarol, sarà famoso nel suo tempo per combattere le glorie del tempo, scrittori e filosofi , contro Beaumarchais, Buffon o Mirabaud, con la violenza e un vero talento per la satira e polemiche. - [FRENCH VERSION FOLLOWS] Edition originale. Deux éditions ont paru dans le même temps, cette dernière, et une seconde à Hambourg, chez Fauche. Voir Tchemerzine V, 409. La suite de ce discours préliminaire, tant que le fameux dictionnaire, ne verront jamais le jour. Le second texte a paru pour la première fois à Berlin en 1784 suivant en cela de près le « sujet proposé par l'académie de Berlin ». Tchemerzine V, 403 : 'Cette édition, très bien imprimée, est aussi recherchée que l'originale'. Reliure en demi chagrin noir milieu XIXe janséniste. Dos à 4 nerfs. Le discours préliminaire est un ouvrage ambitieux, à la fois une réflexion sur la phonétique, une réflexion linguistique, et un livre de philosophie du langage, qui considère qu'on ne saurait parler de l'homme, et du monde des idées, sans parler de langage et de parole. Le second ouvrage est un monument élevé à la gloire de la langue française, « ce qui n'est pas clair n'est pas français ». Né Rivaroli, fils d'un aubergiste italien, Antoine Rivarol, précepteur à Lyon puis à Paris, s'introduit dans les salons en se faisant appeler Comte de Rivarol, il sera célèbre en son temps pour combattre les gloires du moment, écrivains ou philosophes, contre Beaumarchais, Buffon ou Mirabaud, avec une violence et un réel talent pour la satire et la polémique.

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        Recueil de traités de physique-mathématique par Joseph Fourier, dont la Théorie du mouvement de la chaleur dans les corps solides

      Paris, Journal de l'Ecole Polytechnique et Mémoires de l'Académie des sciences, 1797. 1797-1833, 1797-1833, , , demi-chagrin havane, dos à faux nerfs, tête dorée [H. Durand], Cinq extraits, dont quatre concernent la théorie de Joseph Fourier sur la chaleur. Le traité qui ouvre le recueil traite de la statique. Fourier exposa sa célèbre Théorie de la chaleur, définissant les lois mathématiques auxquelles obéit cet élément, pour la première fois devant l'Institut en 1807, puis en 1811. "Cette théorie formera désormais l'une des branches les plus importantes de la physique générale" (En français dans le texte). La Théorie du mouvement de la chaleur ici présentée dans des tirés à part en édition originale (2e et 3e pièces du recueil), forme la première mouture de la Théorie analytique qui fut publiée en 1822. C'est la "copie littérale de la pièce déposée aux archives de l'Institut le 28 septembre 1811... Elle contient tous les principes fondamentaux d'une nouvelle branche de la physique-mathématique : il était nécessaire d'exposer ces principes avant de publier les recherches entreprises depuis par l'auteur sur le même sujet". Elle est accompagnée du titre étonnant sur la chaleur du globe terrestre et "des espaces planétaires". Les pièces sont reliées dans l'ordre suivant : 1. "Mémoire sur la statique, contenant la démonstration du principe des vitesses virtuelles, et la théorie des momens". Extrait du Journal de l'école polytechnique, Ve cahier, 1797. Pages 20 à 60. Important mémoire qui serait tiré, selon Arago, de l'une des leçons de Fourier à l'École polytechnique. 2 et 3. "Théorie du mouvement de la chaleur dans les corps solides". Extrait des Mémoires de l'Académie des sciences, tome IV, année 1819 (impression en 1824). Pages 185 à 556. [Et la] "Suite du mémoire intitulé Théorie du mouvement de la chaleur dans les corps solides". Extrait des Mémoires de l'Académie royale des sciences, tome V, années 1821-1822 (impression en 1826). Pages 153 à 246. Premières éditions. Sans la planche dépliante qui accompagne le premier mémoire. 4. "Mémoire sur la température du globe terrestre et des espaces planétaires". Extrait des Mémoires de l'Académie des sciences, vol. 7, 1827. Pages 569 à 622. Reparution de ce mémoire qui avait été publié en 1824 dans les Annales de Chimie et de Physique (vol. 27, 1824). Fourier applique ici sa théorie de la chaleur à la température du globe terrestre et "des espaces planétaires", en distinguant trois causes de cette température : les rayons du Soleil, la température de l'espace , la chaleur interne datant de la formation de la Terre. 5. "Mémoire d'analyse sur le mouvement de la chaleur dans les fluides". Extrait des Mémoires de l'Académie des sciences, tome XII, 1833. Pages 507 à 530. Première édition ; mémoire lu le 4 septembre 1820 et jamais imprimé auparavant. Joseph Fourier (1768-1830) fut successivement titulaire de la chaire d'analyse mathématique à l'École polytechnique tout juste fondée, secrétaire perpétuel de l'Académie créée par Bonaparte au Caire, préfet de l'Isère, membre de l'Académie des sciences, puis de l'Académie française. Ses recherches scientifiques se sont avant tout portées sur les mathématiques. Étiquette ex-libris d'Henri Viellard et cachets de l'Institut catholique de Paris annulé. Étiquette en pied du dos. Légers frottements au dos. Rousseurs éparses, quelques feuillets brunis. DSB V, p. 94 et suiv

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        The Works of Alexander Pope Esq. in Nine Volumes, Complete.

      London: Law, et al. 1797. Nine volumes, octavo, engraved frontispiece; early half blue straight-grained morocco and marbled boards, a handsome set. A handsome eighteenth century edition of the complete works of the poet and satirist Alexander Pope, containing the pivotal analysis An Essay on Man. Widely read and distributed across the Continent, the Essay elicited a response from Voltaire (La Loi Naturelle of 1756). However, not all criticism was positive, and Pope - a gentleman of sensitive disposition - was crushed by the demolition penned by Swiss professor Jean-Pierre de Crousaz. Not until his Works were first published in 1735 did Pope firmly claim authorship of the work, commenting "if I could flatter myself that this Essay has any merit, it is in steering betwixt the extremes of doctrines seemingly opposite, in passing over terms utterly unintelligible, and in forming a temperate yet not inconsistent, and a short yet not imperfect system of Ethics'. Bindings rubbed, preliminaries browned and offset.

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

      Paris: Imprimerie de la Republique, 1797. Four volumes, quarto, and folio atlas, with a portrait, 69 maps and plates (21 folding) in the atlas; the text in fine condition on bluish-tinted paper, completely uncut in modern French period-style blue mottled boards with double labels; the atlas in old French quarter calf over original dark green mottled boards. First edition of one of the finest narratives of maritime exploration ever published. This is an unusually clean and attractive set of this great book, with particularly generous margins. In January 1788, two and a half years after their departure from France, La Pérouse's ships sailed into Botany Bay just hours after the settlers under Governor Phillip began the move from Botany Bay to Port Jackson. After their subsequent departure from the Australian east coast they "vanished trackless into blue immensity" (Carlyle); no further trace would be found of the expedition for three decades. La Pérouse's habit of forwarding records whenever he had an opportunity to do so ensured their survival. The first portion of the expedition's records had been forwarded by sea from Macao; the second (Macao to Kamchatka) went overland with de Lesseps, and the final reports went back with British despatches from Botany Bay, the British extending what was then a normal courtesy between the exploring nations. It was from these records that Milet-Mureau, the editor, established the official narrative of the expedition for its publication in this form.It has been remarked that the friendship between the two nations grew in proportion to their distance from home. Certainly the English attitude to La Pérouse seemed natural to Watkin Tench: "during their stay in the port the officers of the two nations had frequent opportunities of testifying their mutual regard by visits and other interchanges of friendship and esteem;" and La Pérouse endeared himself particularly "by the feeling manner in which he always mentioned the name and talents of Captain Cook."As Glyn Williams has characterised it, the French voyage was 'A deliberate réplique française or counter-stroke to Cook's voyages... a follow-up to Cook's third voyage, [with] its instructions a running commentary on what Cook had discovered and left undiscovered...'.Philip Gidley King noted in his journal that the French explorer "informed me that every place where he has touched or been near, he found all the astronomical and nautical works of Captain Cook to be very exact and true, and concluded by saying, 'Enfin, Monsieur Cook a tant fait qu'il ne m'a rien laissé à faire que d'admirer ses oeuvres' ["Captain Cook has done so much that he has left me with nothing to do but admire his achievements'].A voyage despatched in the fullest spirit of the Enlightenment, under the direct orders of the monarch himself, it was intended to complete discoveries and satisfy many different curiosities. La Pérouse was specifically instructed to study climates, native peoples, plants and animals, to collect specimens and artefacts and to observe the activities of other European powers. The official instructions included the requirement that he should 'act with great gentleness and humanity towards the different people whom he will visit'.The timing was remarkable: coincident at its close with the Australian First Fleet, La Pérouse left France in 1785 and never knew of the French Revolution; and while Marie Antoinette chose Cook's voyages to read the night before her death, Louis XVI is said to have repeated on his way to the scaffold the question that he had been asking for months: ''Is there any news of M. de La Pérouse? 'The narrative published here and in subsequent editions and translations covers the progress of the voyage from the departure of the two vessels from Brest in 1785. On their way to the northwest coast of America they stopped in Chile, Easter Island and Hawaii, where they were the first Europeans to land on Maui. During 1786 La Pérouse followed the American coast from their landfall near Mount St Elias in Alaska to southern California, exploring and mapping the coast and making particularly significant visits to Lituya Bay where they transacted with the Tlingit tribe (as dramatised two centuries later by Carl Sagan in Cosmos), the outer islands of British Columbia, San Francisco and Monterey. The first non-Spanish visitor to California since Francis Drake, the French explorer took close note of Spanish activity in the pueblos and missions.The expedition sailed on, visiting Macau, Manila, Korea, the Pacific coast of Russia, Japan, and Samoa and exploring the central Pacific, but their main instructions were to make for Australian waters to check on English activity in the region. On 24 January 1788 they reached Botany Bay.The folio Atlas contains the wonderful series of views chiefly after the original drawings by the chief official artist, Gaspard Duché de Vancy, that had been sent back to France with the various despatches; many of these were recently exhibited at the Musée de la Marine in Paris. Strikingly interpreted as engravings and printed here in rich dark impressions they were, as Christina Ionescu (Book Illustration in the Long Eighteenth Century) has noted, like the engravings in the huge Napoleonic Déscription de l'Egypte, continuing a tradition of "large and extravagant productions" at a time when more commercial publishers were generally downsizing the illustrative content of publications.The Atlas also includes magnificent maps of Russian Asia, Japan, California and the Pacific Northwest Coast with important new data for the then imperfectly known Asiatic side of the Pacific. The world map lightly browned and a few others in the atlas slightly tanned; a few spots but generally in very good condition.

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        Abhandlung über die leichteste und bequemste Methode die Bahn eines Cometen aus einigen Beobachtungen zu berechnen.

      Weimar: Verlag des Industrie-Comptoirs, 1797. 1st Edition. Hardcover. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. 8vo (193 x 114 mm). xxxii, 106 (i.e. 96), 80 pp. Engraved folding plate bound at end, numerous letterpress tables. 20th century half calf over marbled boards, spine decorated in gilt and with gilt-lettered label (light rubbing of extremities, corners bumped). Text very fresh and crisp with only very minor spotting in places, plate with light soiling probably due to printers ink. Provenance: Augustiner Convent, Münnerstadt (two small stamps and shelf-numbers to title-page). Nice copy. ----Houzeau-L. 11965; Poggendorff II, p.320; DSB X, p.198. - RARE FIRST EDITION. Olbers developed a new method for calculating a comet's parabolic orbit. "In a letter to F.X. von Zach (1754-1832), director of the newly founded observatory on the Seeberg, near Gotha, Olbers asked weather his treatise on this method should be printed, and if so, how this could be done. After reading the treatise and using it with ecxellent results to compute the orbit of the comet of 1779, which had presented great difficulties to many astronomers, von Zach decided to see it through the press himself. It appeared at Weimar 1797" (DSB). Mit dieser Abhandlung begründete der Bremer Mediziner Wilhelm Olbers (1758-1840), der sich nachts in seinem Privat-Observatorium astronomischen Studien widmete, seinen Ruf als einer der besten Astronomen seiner Zeit. Er hatte 1796 einen neuen Kometen entdeckt und eine Methode zu dessen Berechnung entwickelt. Sie löste die bis dahin üblichen langwierigen und häufig ungenauen Berechnungsarten von Euler sowie La Place ab. Eine zweite, von J. F. Encke berichtigte und erweiterte, wesentlich häufigere Auflage war erst 1847 erschienen. Very Good.

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        Signed Certificate of Temporary Citizenship

      Issued and signed by Georges-René Le Pelley de Pléville, the Minister of Colonies Dated on November 21, 1797 (1e Frimaire, an 6 de la République française) - One page printed and written document with the headline of the "Marine et Colonies. Administration des Colonies". Temporary citizenship is given to the Saint-Domingue born Jean-Baptiste-Joseph-René Dureau de la Malle (1742-1807). He is known as translator of Latin literature, member of the Corps législatif and the French Academy. The certificate is issued and signed by Georges René Le Peley de Pléville (1726-1805) the Minister of the Navy and the Colonies (Ministre de la Marine et des Colonies). Folded twice. In fine condition. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy]

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        Specimens of British Minerals, selected from the Cabinet of Philip Rashleigh.

      London: Printed by W. Bulmer and Co. 1797. 1st Edition. Hardcover. 4to - over 9¾ - 12" tall. Two parts bound in one volume. 1797-1802. 4to (285x228 mm). [4], 56, [2]; [4], 23, [3] pp., including title-pages to each part. 54 fine aquatint plates, most with contemporary hand-colouring, some with manuscript plate numbers added, occasional very light spotting. Later gilt decorated diced calf, yellow-dyed edges. An outstanding copy, unmarked and unstained, with the colored plates and the protective tissue paper to plates in fine condition. Complete. ----Robert W. Jones, Philip Rashleigh and his Specimens of British Minerals, in: The Mineralogical Record, 26:4, pp. 77-84; Ward & Carozzi 1833; Wilson, Mineral Collecting, pp. 71-74; Curtis P. Schuh, Annotated Bio-Bibliography of Mineralogy and Crystallography; Sotheran, Second Supplement 9593; Sotheby's Freilich Sale, 451. FIRST EDITION. Philip Rashleigh owned the best collection of Cornish minerals ever assembled, much of which is still intact today. The current work describe his best specimens. As Robert W. Jones notes: "These volumes, with their handcolored engravings, stand with the works of James Sowerby as the finest English colored mineralogies produced in their day. Few collections can boast so many scientifically important specimens. For example, Rashleigh was the first to illustrate and describe bournonite." (Sotheby's, Freilich Sale, 2001). >br>"Rare, especially in complete sets. This sumptuous publication describes and illustrates selected specimens from the very large collection of Cornish minerals and fossils formed by the author. Rashleigh began to collect minerals around 1765, and since the upper oxide zones of many mines in the area were at that time just beginning to be explored, he was able to assemble over the remainder of his life probably the finest private collection of Cornish minerals ever. This work, published in two parts, describes and illustrates some of the finest specimens from his collection. The first part was written in 1797 partially as a response to the numerous requests Rashleigh had from his many visitors and foreign correspondents for an illustrated catalog of his collection. The beautiful copper engravings show recognizable classic specimens of cassiterite and various other rare and common copper species, such as chalcophyillite, liroconite, cuprite and pharmacosiderite. These excellent illustrations were the result of the Cornish engraver Henry Bone [1755-1834] efforts. The first part was so well received that in 1802 a second part was prepared and published. For this volume, the services of the engraver Thomas Medland [?-1833] and the colorist Thomas Richard Underwood [1765-1836] were retained, and the same high quality was maintained. However, the text of both volumes shows Rashleigh ignorance of mineralogy as a science. The descriptions do not reference the common mineralogical names of the species illustrated. Nor does the author reference any other mineralogical works. Instead, Rashleigh describes the minerals with his own peculiar nomenclature. But this is a small thing for a work that was written with the pride of a proud collector, for an audience of other collectors. It would appear that the second part, published five years after the original is an uncommon item. Often only the first part of this work is offered for sale; seldom are both parts present. This is probably an effect of the second part being published as an afterthought by Rashleigh." (C. P. Schuh, Rashleigh). Near Fine.

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        The History Of Tom Jones Volumes 1-3

      C Cooke, 1797. Hardcover. Acceptable. 1797. 312,312,310 pages. No dust jacket. Brown leather boards with gilt lettering. Volumes 1,2,& 3. Owner's inscription to front and rear endpapers. Vol.2 has a loose fontis. Pages are moderately tanned and thumbed at the edges, with some creased corners and foxing. Some internal hinge cracking and a loose bind. Boards are moderately rub worn, with some noticeable shelf wear to spine, edges and corners, corners are bumped. Crushing to spine ends. Tanning to spine and edges. Splitting to spine hinges.

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        Scoperta della Chironimia ossia dell'arte di gestire con le mani dell'abate Vincenzo Requeno

      Parma, Fratelli Gozzi, 1797. Prima edizione di questa rara e importante opera dall'abate spagnolo Vincenzo Requeno (1743 - 1811) sull'importanza dei segni e posizioni delle mani nelle communicazioni. Dedica dall'editore al "Marchese Casimiro Meli Lupi di Soragna". Include 3 parte con incisioni originali che mostrano differenti posizioni delle mani per rappresentare lettere greche e numeri. Lingua : italiano. Copertina rigida moderna in pelle e cartone. All'interno condizioni eccellenti. First edition of this rare and important work by the spanish Abbot Vincenzo Requeno (1743-1811) on the importance of hand signs and positions in communications. Dedication of the Editors to the "Marchese Casimiro Meli Lupi di Soragna". Includes 3 tables with original etchings showing different hand positions to represent greek Letters and numbers. Language: Italian. Modern Hard cover in leather and marbleized cardboard. Inside excellent conditions. Ottime condizioni

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        Manuel du naturaliste. Ouvrage utile aux voyageurs et à ceux qui visitent les cabinets d'histoire naturelle et de curiosités

      Mention of a second edition, but actually third, plus three volumes and 8 boards constellations rare; the first was published in 1770 in one volume, a second volume was added in 1771.Bound in full sheepskin contemporary porphyry. Smooth back decorated with irons and 4 wheels and tail t ^ you. Piece of red morocco title and volume number in black morocco. Encadarement casters on the boards. Back evenly and slightly thinned. A lack of volume in the first box I. Good copy.In the form of an alphabetical dictionary, the book lists all the knowledge of natural history at the time (mineralogy, botany, zoology, entomology, astronomy ...). For each article, the author notes a curious or remarkable aspect (medical virtues, oddities, features, etc.). Several useful tables in fine. Valuable. --- Please note that the translation in english is done automatically, we apologize if the formulas are inaccurate. Contact us for any information! Chez Rémont à Paris 1797 An V in-8 (12x20cm) 4 volumes reliés

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        Carte des cotes de l'Amerique dt de l'Asie, depuis la Californie jusqu a Macao d'apres les Decouvertes faites en 1786 et 1787 par le Fregates Francaises la Boussolle et L'Astrolabe.

      Paris: La Perouse, 1797. A large map in black and white. The map is included in the Atlas volume of La Perouse's Voyages. The west coast of North America is shown as south as Baja California and north to above 70 degrees latitude. Shows part of China, and all of Japan and Kamtschatka, and an attractive depiction of the Behring Straits and the Alaskan Archipelago. There are about a dozen small dark spots, and dozens of others that are tiny, but the map remains quite clean retaining large margins.. First Edition. Unbound. Very good+ condition. Folio.

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        Original Autograph by King George III, King of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th April, 1797.

      [Westminster, UK: St. James's Palace]. 1797 - 7.5 x 9.5 cm., Oblong, Ink on Laid Paper, Autograph clipped from head of official document signed by Lord Portland with the royal seal. Good with marginal tears. [Attributes: Signed Copy]

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        The beggar girl and her benefactors.

      Seven vols. in three, 8vo., 271 + 316 + 270 + 357 + 306 + 338 + 414pp., together with title and contents leaves in each volume and, in vol.I, a 7-page dedication to the Duchess of York (i.e. Princess Frederica Charlotte of Prussia), but wanting the page of advertisements at end of vol.5, a little variable staining here and there, two or three closed tears (no loss, however), in sound uniform 19th century bindings of half calf over marbled boards, the bindings rather worn but now repaired, new labels, with the 19th century bookplate of D.H. Gordon on front pastedowns. A good and sound set.Publisher: London: printed for William Lane, at the Minerva Press, Leadenhall-Street.Year: 1797Edition: First editions.

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        CARDIGAN James Brudenell 7th Earl 1797 1868 General led the Charge of the Light Brigade

      

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        Théorie de la Terre...Seconde Édition, corrigée, et augmentée d'une Minéralogie

      1797. Finely engraved frontis. port. of the author & eight folding engraved plates. Five vols. 8vo, fine cont. mottled calf (a few minor defects), flat spines gilt, red morocco lettering pieces on spines. Paris: Maradan, 1797. Second edition, corrected, and enlarged. This edition expands the sections on mineralogy and petrology from two volumes to four. First published in 1795, this is the author's chief work, which enjoyed considerable popularity among his contemporaries; it was founded for the most part on Werner's teachings. "Taking a broad cosmogonical view of creation, Lamétherie regarded the major features of the earth as the result of the combined action of crystallization, moving water, and shifts in the planetary-motion characteristics of the earth."-D.S.B., VII, p. 604. La Métherie (1743-1817), was chief editor of the famous Journal de Physique from 1785 until the year of his death. He wrote a number of important works on mineralogy and was a friend to many of the leading scientists of his time, especially Cuvier. A lovely set. ❧ Schuh, Mineralogy & Crystallography: A Biobibliography, 1469 to 1920, 1318-"Very scarce." Zittel, pp. 77-78.

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        PROOFS OF CONSPIRACY against all 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, A.M. Professor of Natural Philosophy, and Secretary to the Royal Society of Edinburgh. The second edition, corrected; to which is added a Postscript.

      [4] 531 pages. Contemporary speckled calf, recently re-backed; red label to spine. Octavo. A handsome and clean copy.A member of the Edinburgh Philosophical Society when it received its royal warrant, John Robison was appointed as the first general secretary to the Royal Society of Edinburgh (1783-98). He invented the siren and also worked with James Watt on an early steam car. Following the French Revolution, Robison became disenchanted with elements of the Enlightenment. His Proofs of a Conspiracy is a polemic accusing Freemasonry of being infiltrated by Adam Weishaupt's secret society, the Order of the Illuminati.

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        The Principles of Eloquence; Adapted to the Pulpit and the Bar

      Abbe Maury. First American edition. Translated from the French with additional Notes by John Neal Lake. Printed by Loring Andrews & Co for Thomas, Andrews & Penniman, Albany 1797, 1st American edition of a work that was 1st translated into English 4 years before. OCLC: 3646833; Evans 32455; LC 30-33066. 12mo, xii, 239pp text which is evenly tanned. Contemporary sheep w/ red title label, slt. bumped & front board detached but present. The work remains one of the classic texts on eloquence & oratory. The contemporary notice in the Monthly Review describes the work as "excellent"

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        REGLAMENTO NUEVO del Monte Pio establecido a favor de las viudas y hijos de los Criados distinguidos de los Excelentísimos Señores Grandes de España, aprobado, publicado e impreso en el año de 1797.

      En Madrid, en la imprenta de la Viuda de Ibarra, (1797). - in-8 carré. 1f. 93pp. Plein maroquin rouge, dos lisse orné, double filet et guirlande dorés encadrant les plats, doublure et gardes de tabis bleu, toutes tranches dorées (fraîche reliure de l'époque). Edition Originale. Très bel exemplaire, finement relié, du règlement de ce Mont de Piété conçu pour prêter assistance aux veuves et aux orphelins des domestiques des Grands d'Espagne. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Bell's British Theatre, consisting of the most esteemed English plays.

      London: George Cawthorn, 1797. 34 volumes, 16mo., engravings; contemporary sprinkled calf, full blue morocco spines richly gilt. A most handsome set of collected plays by the famous publisher Bell, 'the mischievous spirit, the very Puck of booksellers' (DNB). This fine collection includes many of the most famous plays by authors such as Milton, Goldsmith, Jonson, Congreve, and Mrs. Griffiths. It was originally issued in 1776-77 as a serious attack on the monopoly exerted by a group of London booksellers calling themselves "the trade". Bell was a consummate bookseller, and his small, tasteful volumes were renowned both for ease of reading (his major innovation was the discarding of the long 's') and lavish illustration. Each play was issued with a frontispiece of a famous actor in a rhetorical pose from the play, as well as another of a suitably dramatic scene. This attention to design confirmed and enhanced the popular success of the series.The fact that each play is also prefaced by a brief commentary and biography of the author, the latter designed, at least in part, as moral corrective to the reader, hence the DNB entry on Bell: 'pioneer in that kind of publication so much in vogue in later days, by which the multitude is taught to feel an interest in the best literature by means of prints and illustrations executed by good artists.'. A fine and handsome set.

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        Della pittura Veneziana trattato in cui osservasi lordine del Busching sic e si conserva la dottrina e le definizioni del Zanetti Venice Tosi

      

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