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        New Illustration of the Sexual System of Carolus von Linnaeus ... the Temple of Flora, or Garden of Nature

      London: T. Bensley for the publisher, [1799]-1807. 3 parts bound in two volumes, broadsheets (23 x 17 4/8 inches). Part I: engraved half-title "A British Trophy ..."; engraved portrait of Thornton by F. Bartolozzi after Russell, and additional portraits of Millington, Grew, Ray, Vaillant, Bonnet, Hales, and Townsend; engraved plate "The Universal Power of Love"; engraved title-page "The Prize dissertation or the Sexes of Plates by Carolus von Linnaeus... 1759"; 3 engraved tables; and 22 fine engraved plates of flowers showing their separate components according to Linnaeus. Part II: mezzotint portrait of Linnaeus in Lapland dress by Dunkarton after Hoffman, engraved portrait of Linnaeus and further portraits of Pitton, Tournefort, de Jussieu, Larmarck, Rousseau, Hill, Bute, Martyn, Milne, Withering, Curtis, Smith, Lambert, Rutherford, Woodville, Shaw, and Erasmus Darwin; engraved half-title and title-page; 2 engraved tables; 66 engraved plates of flowers showing their separate components according to Linnaean classification. Part III: engraved title-page on 2 sheets; engraved table of contents; engraved dedication on 2 sheets; engraved part-title; 3 engraved plates: "Flora Dispensing her Favours on Earth" (aquatint and stipple engraved, hand-colored), and "Aesculapius, Flora, Ceres and Cupid ..." and "Cupid Inspiring the Plants with Love" (color-printed stipple-engravings finished by hand); 28 mezzotint and/or aquatint engraved plates printed in colors and/or colored by hand, comprising: "The Snowdrop" [Dunthorne state I]; "The Persian Cyclamen" [III]; "Hyacinths" [II]; "Roses" [II]; "A Group of Carnations" [II]; "A Group of Auriculas" [two only, II]; "Tulips" [II]; "The Queen"; "The Aloe" [I]; "The Nodding Renealmia" [I]; "The Night Blowing Cereus" [Plate A, State II]; "The Oblique-Leaved Begonia" [III]; "Large Flowering Sensitive Plant" [III]; "The Blue Passion Flower" [III]; "The Winged Passion Flower" [III]; "The Quadrangular Passion Flower" [II]; "The White Lily" [III]; 'The Superb Lily' [B, III]; "The Dragon Arum" [IV]; "The Maggot-Bearing Stapelia" [II]; "American Bog Plants" [II]; "The Pontic Rhododendron"; "The American Cowslip" [I]; "The Narrow Leaved Kalmia"; "The China Limodoron"; "The Indian Reed" [II]; "The Sacred Egyptian Bean"; "The Blue Egyptian Water Lily" (endleaves and preliminaries creased, some marginal spotting). Contemporary maroon morocco gilt (hinges very weak). First edition. Only one of the justly celebrated plates of flowers ("The Roses") was by Thornton, the others are after paintings by Abraham Pether, Philip Reinagle, Sydenham Edwards, Peter Henderson and others, although he selected the subjects of the plates, their symbolism and dramatic landscapes. A doctor by training, a substantial inheritance allowed Thornton to achieve his dream of "an immense work in many volumes which in scope, illustration, paper and typography would surpass anything in any other European country" (Grigson). However the enterprise brought about his financial ruin and in spite of several lotteries designed to raise funds Thornton was forced to return to medical practice in order to support himself. "At the heart of the 'New Illustration' was Thornton's scheme to produce a specifically British botanical publication of a magnificence to surpass all previous examples. Teams of master engravers and colourists, including Francesco Bartolozzi, Richard Earlom, and John Landseer, used the full range of modern printing techniques to produce coloured illustrations after paintings by such prominent artists as Sir William Beechey, James Opie, Henry Raeburn, John Russell, Abraham Pether, and his two favoured illustrators, Peter Henderson and Philip Reinagle. The illustrations were not restricted to the 'choicest flowers' in the world, but included portraits of eminent botanists-including the famous portrait of Linnaeus in Lapp (Sami) dress-elaborate allegories, such as 'Cupid Inspiring the Plants to Love', and a bust of Linnaeus being honoured by Aesculapius, Flora, Ceres, and Cupid. The text, which includes a translation of Linnaeus's 'Prize dissertation' on the sexuality of plants (1759), is similarly not bound to accounts and texts of scientific botany, but deals with a wide range of religious, political, spiritual, social, and emotional issues, not only in prose but also through extensive use of poems by modern and ancient authors. It is easy to regard much of this material as irrelevant to the publication's botanical aims, but this is to miss the universal human and religious purposes of botanical learning in Thornton's system of thought" (Martin Kemp for DNB). Cleveland Collections 722; Dunthorne 301; Grigson in Grigson & H. Buchanan "Thornton's Temple of Flora London": 1951, p.2): Nissen BBI 1955; Sitwell "Great Flower Books" p.143; Stafleu and Cowan 14283; Thomas, "Great Books and Book Collectors", p.144). Catalogued by Kate Hunter. .

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        Diamond. Was bred by F. Dawson Esqr. of Newmarket, he was got by Highflyer. Dam by Matchem... he is now in Training and is the Property of Joseph Cookson Esqr

      London: John Harris, November 1799. Aquatint, by Whesshel [sic.], i.e. J. Whessell. 14 1/4 x 18 7/8 inches. 18 x 22 inches approx. Gold and wood frame. A highly decorative aquatint recalling the race at Newmarket on 25 March 1799: the reference works make no mention of this rare aquatint issue. This work recalls the contest between Diamond and Sir Henry Vane- Tempest's horse Hambletonian. They raced, for prize-money of three thousand guineas, over the Beacon Course at Newmarket on 25 March 1799. Hambletonian won. John Nost Sartorius was the only son of Francis Sartorius. He 'lived for much of his life at Carshalton in Surrey from where he exhibited no less than seventy-four paintings at the Academy; thirty-two elsewhere. Among his patrons were the Prince of Wales, Lord Derby and Christopher Wilson' (Charles Lane British Racing Prints p.157). Cf. Lane British Racing Prints p.160 (stipple engraving); cf. Siltzer p.243 (stipple engraving)

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        Shakespeare's Seven Ages of Man Illustrated

      London: [H.D. Symonds, printed by C. Whittingham], 1799 [pre-publication watermarks]. Folio. (17 9/16 x 10 3/4 inches). Stipple-engraved title and 7 plates by William Bromley after Thomas Stothard, each printed in colours by Collins and finished by hand, 1 uncoloured engraved plate of text by Collins. Fine 20th-century brown morocco gilt by Riviere & Son, covers with triple fillet border, spine in seven compartments with raised bands, lettered in the second and fourth compartments, the others with repeat decoration in gilt around a central flower-spray tool, gilt turn-ins, marbled endpapers, original blue paper wrappers bound in at the rear, top edge gilt. A finely bound copy of this beautiful series of illustrations after Stothard: one of the greatest illustrators of his era. 'He had a true genius for composition and excelled in tender pathos and gentle humour, and in the rendering of virginal purity, womanly grace, and the charms of childhood he has few rivals' ('DNB') Each of the seven 'ages' is illustrated by a finely produced and executed colour-printed stipple- engraving, supported by a number of linked essays on the lines that Stothard has illustrated. During his lifetime, Thomas Stothard, R.A. (1755- 1834) achieved a reputation as the premier English book illustrator of his generation. His most notable illustrations were of the works of Shakespeare, John Milton, Henry Fielding, Tobias Smollett, Laurence Sterne, Sir Walter Scott and Lord Byron. A popular figure in the art world, he counted William Blake (who engraved many of his designs) and John Flaxman (whose neo-classical style was an influence) amongst his friends. This title is not mentioned in the list of Stothard's works books in Hammelmann, 'Book Illustrators in Eighteenth Century England.' Jaggard p.287 Coxhead Thomas Stothard (1906) p. 96; not in Hammelmann Book Illustrators in Eighteenth Century England; Jaggard p.287

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        Le Roman de la rose par Guillaume de Lorris et Jean de Meung, dit Clopinel. Édition faite sur celle de Lenglet Dufresnoy, corigée avec soin, et enrichie de la dissertation sur les auteurs de L'ouvrage

      Tall 8vo. 5 vols. This copy dated “an septieme [1799].” Vol. I. pp. 435, [1 blank] Vol. II. pp. 410, [2 blank] Vol. III. pp. [4], 365, [2 blank] Vol. IV. pp. [4], 352 Vol. V. pp. [6], 352. Volumes I-III contain frontispiece engravings. Volume I contains an additional engraving opposite p. 74. Bound in period straight grained morocco binding – blind stamped and gilt. All edges gilt. Corners a bit bumped; minor wear to extremities; tiny chip to head cap of vol. I. Initial and final blank leaves foxed. The interiors are generally clean with only mild scattered foxing – a bit heavier in volume I. Small inscription on verso of fly-leaf in first volume. This edition is based on Lenglet Dufresnoy’s 1735 edition. The “Roman de la Rose” was one of the most important Medieval French poems. The work is divided into two sections. The first, written by Guillaume de Lorris in the early to mid 13th century, is an allegorical dream addressing the Art of Love. The second, written in the late 13th or early 14th century by Jean de Meung continues the poem in a different vein, turning the work into a satire and a commentary on contemporary society. The poem contains long digressions in which an encyclopedic mass of information on various topics is set forth including “satires on women, attacks on the magistrates, the hereditary nobility, and the mendicant friars, disquisitions on the origin of society and of royal power, on property, pauperism, and marriage, on the relations of nature and art, on hallucinations and sorcery and on the physical sciences.” [Oxford Comp. to French Lit, p. 630]. Over time great interest has been attached to the allegorical meaning of the poem which is open to diverse interpretations. The work contains much alchemical symbolism. Also included are “Le Codicille de Maistre Jean de Meung” and “ Le Testament de Maistre Jean de Meung” as well as several related alchemy tracts – “Le Remontrances de nature a l’alchymiste errant par Jean de Meung”; “Le Response de l’alchymiste a nature”; “Testament attribute a Arnauld de Villeneufve”; “Petit traicte d’alchymie intitule le sommaire philosophique de Nicolas Flamel”; “La Fontaine des Amoureux de science”; “Balade du secret des philosophes”. Vol. V includes Lantin de Damerey’s “Supplement au glossaire” (first printed in 1737). This is a heavy set. Please inquire about postage. [Brunet 1175; Graesse IV, pp. 262-3 – both listing a 1798 printing].

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        Tiger & Crocodile

      London: published by James Daniell & Co., June 24, 1799. Etching by Charles Turner. 20 x 24 3/4 inches. 20 x 27 1/2 inches. A very fine proof impression of the extremely rare first state in etching only, before the addition of any tonal work. This rare print, on Whatman wove paper (watermarked date: 1794) was taken before the plate was cut down to edge of the image, with artist and engraver's names and publication line engraved below the image. The date of publication (June 24th) precedes the final publication date by some months: the final state plate was dated December 7th 1799. The present image is one of a linked group of prints that Northcote arranged to have engraved by Samuel Reynolds, James Murphy and Charles Turner (1774-1857).Northcote explored the theme of fierce confrontations in nature throughout the 1790's. There is nothing quite like it in Western Art: this moment in which a life threatening adversary is suddenly recognized and the instinctual mind mobilizes. It is a split second before the fury erupts. The opponents are poised, completely concentrated and ready. In 1789 Turner was apprenticed to John Jones in London, where from 1795 he studied at the Royal Academy Schools. He began publishing his prints in 1796 and also worked in mezzotint, and occasionally in stipple and aquatint for a variety of publishers, mostly in London but also in Scotland and elsewhere. He was a skilful engraver who could adapt his style to reflect that of the painter; he was also hardworking, reliable and enterprising. The majority of his plates are after contemporary painters and he was the outstanding mezzotint-engraver in England between 1800 and 1840, and sent drawings and prints to the exhibitions of the Royal Academy throughout his career. Cf. D.Snelgrove The Paul Mellon collection: British Sporting and Animal prints 1658-1874 p. 127; cf. A. Whitman Charles Turner (1907) no.802

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        A Chart of the West Coast of Sumatra from Old Bencoolen to Buffaloe Point containing the Road of Bencoolen and Poolo Bay

      London: Laurie & Whittle, 1799. unbound. very good. Sea chart. Uncolored copper plate engraving. Image measures 20.5" x 24.25". Beautiful chart of the southwestern coast of Sumatra. Includes rhumb lines, depths, shoals and inland swamps, the paths of previous explorations, a compass rose and two inset maps: "Plan of Rat Island", "Plan of Poolo Bay". The coast lines are further illustrated with with several topographical cross sections and scattered sailing notes and observations. Also shown is Fort Marlborough in what is today Bengkulu, which guarded an important port for the British East India Company. Published in "The East-India Pilot, or Oriental Navigator, on One Hundred and Eighteen Plates: Containing a Complete Collection of Charts and Plans, &c..." (plate 93). Maps are based on the 1745 French "Neptune Oriental" by Jean Baptiste Nicolas Denis d'Apres de Mannevillette. The later English editions include additions by Captain Joseph Huddart, John Price and Mr. McDonald. With its beautiful and unusual visual approach, this incredibly scarce sea chart is rarely available for sale. Minor dampstaining and offsetting with some stains to upper corners. Full original margins.

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        View of Goodrich Castle on the River Wye [Pl. 5]

      London: Published by F. Jukes, 1799. Hand-coloured aquatint. Very good condition apart from some light soiling and a few tiny foxing marks in the left margin. 14 3/8 x 18 1/8 inches. 18 1/8 x 24 1/2 inches. A fine view of the 12th-century red sandstone Goodrich Castle, 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 ruins of the medieval castle are in Goodrich, Herefordshire, though it is relatively incidental to Jukes' landscape, which is an extraordinarily rich harmony of grays, greens and browns. Cf. Dictionary of National Biography; cf. Abbey, Scenery of Great Britain and Ireland 545.

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        Carta Reduzida do Golfo Adriatico dedicada a S.A.R. Principe Regente N.S. por Marino Miguel Franzini Primro Tenente da Armada Real

      Lisbon: Marino Miguel Franzini, 1799. A FINE MANUSCRIPT CHART OF THE ADRIATIC BY A PROMINENT PORTUGUESE CARTOGRAPHER Manuscript chart on paper 20 7/8" x 52" c. 1799 . Book.

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        A Disquisition on the Stability of Ships

      [London, The Royal Society, , 1799] . [Extracted] From the Philosophical Transactions. Quarto. (280 × 218mm) Contemporary streaked calf, red morocco spine label mostly chipped away. 8 folding engraved diagrammatic plates by Basire, folding table. Sporadic browning, some foxing to the plates, a little rubbed at the extremities. First separate edition. Important contribution to the development of mathematical modelling in ship-building. Inscribed on the front free endpaper, "With the Author's Compts. to Captain Guyot." Separately paginated offprint from the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, XVIII, 1798. Uncommon, ESTC records just John Rylands, Manchester, and US Naval Academy, OCLC adds Yale, Smithsonian, US Navy Department, Naval History Center, and the Independence Seaport Museum. Atwood entered Trinity College in 1765 and received his MA in 1772, becoming a tutor the following year. "Atwood then took an active part in reviving natural philosophy teaching in Cambridge. On 13 June 1776 he was elected a fellow of the Royal Society... In November...Atwood published a description of a regular lecture course he had started in the observatory over the great gate of his college... He demonstrated elementary mechanics and hydrostatics with pulleys, pendulums, and air-pumps, as well as electricity, magnetism, and optics, including Leonhard Euler's principles of achromatic lenses. He also taught astronomy, mentioning recent surveys of the earth's density by the mathematician Charles Hutton and the astronomer royal Nevil Maskelyne, plus Maskelyne's favoured lunar method for longitude. The lectures drew large audiences, including William Pitt, and complemented the reform of 1779 that overhauled the Senate House examination and highlighted mathematical expertise." (ODNB) He made a bid to become a member of the Board of Longitude, and became an increasingly public figure in London, supporting an abortive attack on Banks's Royal Society regime by Hutton, Maskelyne, and other mathematicians, and drawing considerable attention for his ingenious machine, a pulley designed to demonstrate the motions of bodies under constant forces used to find the value of g, the gravity constant. His publications on a wide range of mathematical subjects bearing on geometry, mechanics and navigation were instrumental in winning him a lucrative post with Customs and Excise. In the present work he expands on previous work on the stability of floating bodies, comparing the mathematics of flotation with the performance of the Cuffnells, an East India Company ship built by Randall and Brent. His conviction being that the "imperfections in the theory of vessels, are amongst the causes which have contributed to retard the progress of naval architecture, by increasing the hazard of failure in attempting to supply its defects by experiment... doubts which can be resolved only by having recourse to actual trial: a species of experiment rarely undertaken under the impressions of uncertain success, when the objects of it are so costly... To the imperfections of theory, may also be attributed that steady adherence to practical methods, rendered familiar by usage, which creates a disposition to reject rather than to encourage, proposals of innovation in the construction of vessels..." Bookplate of the library of Baggrave Hall, home of the Burnaby family to the front pastedown.

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        A Chart of the South Part of Sumatra and of the Straits of Sunda and Banca with Gaspar Straits

      Laurie & Whittle London: Laurie & Whittle, 1799. unbound. very good. Sea chart. Uncolored copper plate engraving. Image measures 24" x 32.5". Stunning chart of the southern tip of Sumatra, with the Strait of Sunda and part of Java and the Java Sea. Includes rhumb lines, depths, shoals, a compass rose and an inset map: "A Particular Chart of the Straits of Sunda." The coast lines are further illustrated with with many topographical cross sections. Published in "The East-India Pilot, or Oriental Navigator, on One Hundred and Eighteen Plates: Containing a Complete Collection of Charts and Plans, &c..." (plate 94). Maps are based on the 1745 French "Neptune Oriental" by Jean Baptiste Nicolas Denis d'Apres de Mannevillette. The later English editions include additions by Captain Joseph Huddart, Captain John Hall and Captain Henry Smedley. With its beautiful and unusual visual approach, this incredibly scarce sea chart is rarely available for sale. Minor offsetting. Full original margins.

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        LES MÉTAMORPHOSES D'OVIDE ; TRADUCTION NOUVELLE, D'après le texte de l'édition du P. JOUVENCY, avec des notes, A l'usage des Écoles primaires et centrales, PAR MALFILATRE..

      Plassan, Paris, 1799. In French. 341+355+423 p. 3 vol. Contemporary half-leather binding. Gilt-Ornamented Spine. Marbeled covers. Coloured edge. Exlibris. Including frontespiece, and 15 full-side engravings. Small tear in lower margin, vol 3, page 87-90. No loss of text. Fine copy

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        El de la rollona

      Calcografía for the Real Academia, [1799, this edition c.1878]. Etching and aquatint. From the 4th edition of "Los Caprichos" - plate 4. 11 7/8 x 8 1/2 inches. Goya's pitiless caricature of a grown up "mama's boy" Los Caprichos was Goya's first collection of completely original etchings. They were and remain startlingly original in style and frequently shocking in their satirical assaults. They are strikingly modern and are his most popular prints today, though they were received with little favor in 1799 when they first appeared for sale. But even within Goya's lifetime enthusiasm grew. El de la rollona is uncompromising in its mockery of the mama's boy who is dressed in baby clothes, has his fingers in his mouth and a look of terror in his eyes, though he's bearded and obviously strong. The nanny or mother grieves in the shadow behind him, so disappointed in his failure to become a man.Goya's textual comment about this engraving is: "Negligence, tolerance and spoiling make children capricious, naughty, vain, greedy, lazy and insufferable. They grow up and yet remain childish. Thus is nanny's little boy." The fourth edition of Caprichos, from which this print comes, was made about 1878, as witnessed by the beveled platemark and the "strong, absorbent, wove paper" and "dark umber ink". Harris, v. 1, 95-109; v.II, p. 74; Delteil 41; Hind p.253 - 5

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        Origine, trasporto in Italia, primi progressi in essa dell'algebra... Printed by Bodoni

      Reale Tipografia Parma Parma: Reale Tipografia Parma, 1797-1799. No Dust Jacket. History of Algebra, Printed by Bodoni, Inscribed by the Author Cossali, Pietro. Origine, trasporto in Italia, primi progressi in essa dell'algebra. . . . 2 vols., 4to. [24, incl. blank leaf], 396, [4]; [10], 492, [4]pp. 2 engraved plates. Parma: [Giambattista Bodoni for] Reale Tipografia Parmense, 1797-99. 282 x 203 mm. Quarter calf, speckled boards c. 1799, expertly rebacked, a bit rubbed. Fine, crisp copy, presented by the author to his friend Luigi Bramieri, with the recipient's inscription opposite the title in Vol. I: " Dono graziosissimo dell' egregio autore a me devotissimo suo amico Luigi Bramieri." First Edition. Cossali, the best-known historian of mathematics in 18th-century Italy, taught physics and astronomy at the University of Parma, and was later named by Napoleon to the chair of mathematics at Padua. "He wrote various memoirs on mathematical questions, chiefly algebraic, but is best known for his history of algebra, a work of considerable scholarship and even yet of service to the student of this phase of the subject" (Smith, History of Mathematics, 1, p. 541). "C'est un ouvrage important, plein de recherches auxquelles pr?ide la critique la plus ?lair?e. Apres avoir examine toutes les opinions contraires, il conclut que l'algebre a ete empruntee aux Indiens par les Arabes, qui l'ont ensuite introduite en Europe" (NBG). Cossali's work was one of the very few scientific books printed by Giambattista Bodoni (1740-1813), the most successful and influential Italian printer of his era, associated with the Royal Press at Parma from 1768 until his death, and proprietor of his own press from 1791. Bodoni "was the most successful early proponent of what is (somewhat misleadingly) referred to as the 'modern' typeface, distinguished by a strong contrast between the thin and thick strokes, and vertical, rather than oblique, shading. His books were produced for the wealthy and the aristocracy, and were more advanced in elegance and refinement than anything else being printed in Europe" (desktoppub [internet reference]). Typefaces based on Bodoni's are still widely used. Brooks, Edizioni Bodoniane, 696.

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        [Map of the World on a Globular Projection, Exhibiting Particularly the Nautical Researches of Capn. James Cook, F.R.S. with all the Recent Discoveries to the Present Time, ... This Map Is Respectfully Dedicated To Alexander Dalrymple Esqr. F.R.S. In Testimony of his many New and Valuable Geographical Communications To His most Obedient and very Humble Servant A. Arrowsmith]

      [London: Compiled and Published by Aaron Arrowsmith, 1799]. Engraved double-hemispheric world map, printed on four sheets and joined to form a pair of large folding sheets (one of each hemisphere), period hand- colouring in outline. On wove paper watermarked J. Ruse. (Expert restoration along the folds). approximately 39 3/4 x 74 inches, if joined. A fine large-scale world map incorporating the discoveries made on Captain Cook's voyages, compiled and published by one of the greatest English cartographers. This map was first issued in 1794 and was one of the maps which made Arrowsmith's reputation. The map shows both hemispheres on a large scale and with impressive detail. Notably, the chart shows the tracks of all three of Cook's voyages, as well as information gleaned from other world travellers (for example, discoveries by Mackenzie and Hearne in the Canadian Arctic). The map was corrected and re-issued in 1799 (as here), 1808 and 1814. The present example is from the 1799 plates, but without the title and dedication which were printed on separate sheets and are sometimes are found trimmed and mounted onto the map when when joined as a single wall map. Stevens and Tree identify the above four issues based on the imprints; this copy without that information, but can be dated to the 1799 issue cartographically, i.e. with Bass Strait present and named between Australia and Tasmania, and with no indication of the Louisiana Purchase.Aaron Arrowsmith was the founder of one of the leading London map publishing houses in the early part of the nineteenth century. He came to London about 1770 from Durham, his birthplace, and worked as a surveyor for John Cary for whom he carried out some of the road surveys which subsequently appeared in Cary's Travellers' Companion in 1790. In that year he set up his own business in Long Acre and soon established an international reputation. "Aaron Arrowsmith, Hydrographer to the King of England and Geographer to the Prince of Wales, was the most influential and respected map publishers of the first quarter of the nineteenth century ... His role in cartographic production was to gather the best information available from a wide variety of sources, weigh the relative merits of conflicting data, and compile from this the most accurate depiction possible of an area. Arrowsmith accomplished this synthesis better than any other commercial map maker of his day and, as a result, his maps were the most sought after and highly prized on three continents" (Martin & Martin, p. 113). Arrowsmith specialized in monumental multi-sheet maps. These were generally separately issued and are now very scarce. Stevens & Tree, "Comparative Cartography" 91b, in Tooley, The Mapping of America ; cf. Rumsey 30; cf. Beddie 514.

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        The Naturalist's and Traveller's Companion.

      London: C. Dilly 1799.. Third edition, 8vo, xvi, 215, (1) pp. Hand coloured frontispiece and title vignette showing insects, plus 3 black and white plates. Bookplate of Lettsom's biographer, James Johnston Abraham, to paste down, also with a pencil inscription on the fly leaf from the publisher William Pickering to Charles John Whittingham, son of the printer, dated 1850. A few spots to early text leaves otherwise a good clean copy uncut in the original boards, marked with wear to edges, hinges slightly cracked but sound, later printed spine label with some skilful conservation work to the paper spine. A pleasant copy of a scarce work, containing instructions and advice for collecting and ordering birds, insects and plants, as well as chapters on fossils and coins. Together Pickering and Whittingham produced some of the best examples of English printing from this period, and the gift of this volume to Whittingham's son is a nice example of their long friendship.

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        An Essay on Electricity, explaining the Principles of that Useful Science; and describing the Instruments, contrived either to illustrate the theory, or render the practice entertaining. ..to which is added A Letter to the Author, from Mr. John Birch, Surgeon, on the subject of Medical Electricity

      London: Printed by J. Dillon and Co for and Sold by W. and S. Jones Opticians 1799 London: Printed by J. Dillon and Co, for, and Sold by, W. and S. Jones, Opticians, 1799. The Fifth edition, with corrections and additions by William Jones, Mathematical Instrument Maker. 8vo. Folding engraved frontispiece and 5 folding plates of instruments at back. Nineteenth century half roan over marbled boards. Rubbed, upper joint cracking, some browning and spotting of text, generally light, creasing of plates, signature of Andrew Peck, dated 1874 on title, but a good copy of this important work. Motteley, p. 281 as well as numerous other citations for various statements, comments and descriptions given in this work . At the back is "A Catalogue of Optical, Mathematical, and Philosophical Instruments made and sold by W. and S. Jones" 14 pages followed by a notice of W. and S. Jones' having taken over the stock of Mr. George Adams' "Philosophical Essays". Adams was a well-known instrument maker in London. Birch is the author of "Della Forza dell'Elettricita" (Naples, 1778)

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        Reise um die Welt in den Jahren 1785, 1786, 1787 und 1788. 2 Bde.

      Berlin, Vossischen Buchhandlung, 1799-1800. Bound in 2 contemp. hcalf. Spine gilt, titlelabels with gilt lettering. VIII,(4),442;(2),448 pp., 5 engraved plates, partly folded, and 1 large folded engraved map: "Karte von einem Theil der Nordwestlichen Küste von America zu der reise des Capit. George Vancouver in den Jahren 1792...geziechnet von D.F. Sotzmann 1800." Tear to map repaired, no loss. Foldings strenghtend on verso. A few scattered brownspots.. (Magazin von merkwürdigen neuen Reisebeschreibungen, aus dem fremden Sprachen übersetzt und mit erläuternden Anmerkungen begleitet. 16. und 17. Band). Also having the series-titlepages, these with a stamp.. - Not in Sabin

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        A New Chart of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, with the Adjacent Islands

      Laurie & Whittle London: Laurie & Whittle, 1799. unbound. very good. Sea chart. Uncolored copper plate engraving. Image measures 13 1/8' x 27 1/8". Beautifully detailed map of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands in the Bay of Bengal. Includes rhumb lines, a compass rose, extensive geographical descriptions of the area and five inset maps: "The Harbour of Carmorta or Noncowry", "North Part of Great Andaman on a larger Scale", "South Part of Great Andaman", "The Channel between the Great and Little Andaman Islands..." and "Port Cornwallis". Five topographical cross-sections depict "The Saddle" on Great Andaman, Barren Island and various views of Narcondam. Published in "The East-India Pilot, or Oriental Navigator, on One Hundred and Eighteen Plates: Containing a Complete Collection of Charts and Plans, &c...", plate 79. Maps are based on the 1745 French "Neptune Oriental" by Jean Baptiste Nicolas Denis d'Apres de Mannevillette. The later English editions include additions by Captain Phins. Hunt, Captain Mackay, Captain John Ritchie and Lieutenant Mc. Cluer. With its beautiful and unusual visual approach, this incredibly scarce sea chart is rarely available for sale. Minor overall toning and offsetting. Full original margins.

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        Die Jobsiade. Ein komisches Heldengedicht in drei Theilen von D.C.A.K.

      8 Bl., 192 S.; 8 Bl., 191 S.; 8 Bl., 183 S., 1 S. Anzeigen. Roter Maroquinband mit goldgeprägtem Rückentitel, Rückenverzierung, dreifacher Deckel- und Stehkantenfiletierung, reicher Innenkantenvergoldung und Ganzgoldschnitt (sign. E[mile] Carayon). Goedeke IV, 2, 638 2b. - Erste vollständige Ausgabe, 1784 erschien der erste Teil. - Die 3 Teile mit den drei Hauptitelbättern und den drei Teil-Titelblättern: Leben, Meinungen und Thaten von Hieronimus Jobs dem Kandidaten, und wie Er sich weiland viel Ruhm erwarb auch endlich als Nachtwächter zu Schildburg starb. Vorn, hinten und in der Mitten geziert, mit schönen Holzschnitten. Eine Historia lustig und fein in neumodischen Knittelverselein. Erster Theil. Zweite verbesserte und vermehrte Auflage. - Leben, Meinungen und Thaten von Hieronimus Jobs weiland Kandidaten, Der zwar als Nachtwächter zu Schildburg starb, Doch endlich die Ohnwitzer Pfarre erwarb. Ebenfalls so gut es konnte geschehen, Durchgehends mit Holzschnitten versehen, Zum Theil neu und zum Theil alt, Sauber gemacht und wohlgestalt. Zweiter Theil. - Leben, Meinungen und Thaten von Hieronimus Jobs, Erkandidaten, Ernachtwächter, Ohnwitzer Expfarrherr Und endlich zu Schönhain gar Herr. Abermals mit viel schönen Gebilden: Nachstücken, Porträten, Monumenten und Schilden; Verfertigt von des Autors eigner Hand Nach Poussin, Raphael, Rubens und Rembrand. Dritter Theil. - Illustrationen nach Holzschnitten des Verfassers. - Schönes Exemplar.

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        A View of Hamburgh with the Ladies Walk, &c. Kolor. Aquatinta bei J. Harris. London, 1799. 39 x 55,5 cm. Gerahmt.

      Seltenes Blatt.- Von der Binnenalsteraus gesehen, links etwa vom Alstertor bis zu den heutigen Grossen Bleichen. Die Skyline mit dem Domturm, St. Petri, St. Johannis, dahinter St. Katharinen, weiter rechts Marien Magdalenen und St. Nikolai. Im Vordergrund links waschen 3 Mägde, die Wasser holen und Wäsche waschen.- Im Fußsteg beidseitig des Titels leicht gebräunt.

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        [KV 516]. Grand Quintetto per due Violini due Viole e Violoncello... No. [2]. [Parts]

      Artaria et Comp. PN 315 Vienna: Artaria et Comp. [PN 315]. [1799]. Folio. Disbound. [1] (title), 9; 8; 1f. (blank), 9; 1f. (blank), 7; 1f. (blank), 7 pp. Engraved. Slightly worn, soiled and foxed. . First Edition, 5th issue. Haberkamp Text p. 285. BUC p. 708. RISM M5990 (no copies recorded in the U.S.). "This is the most famous of the quintets. Its very special key, its dramatic power, its combination of tragedy and tenderness have assured it a unique place in the chamber-music repertoire. Together with the great G-minor Symphony, K. 550 (completed July 25, 1788), it constitutes the most personal music, perhaps, that Mozart ever wrote." Zaslaw & Cowdery, eds.: The Compleat Mozart A Guide to the Musical Works, p. 255.

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        Descriptiones et icones plantarum rariorum hungariae.

      Vienna, Matthias Andreas Schmidt, (1799-) 1802-1812. 3 volumes. Folio (488 x 345mm). pp. (4), xxxii, 1-104; (2), xxxii, 105-221, (1); (2), 223-310, (2, index), with large sepia aquatint view at beginning of preface to vol I and 280 beautifully handcoloured engraved plates of which 16 folding. Contemporary marbled green boards with 2 red gilt lettered labels. A fine, uncut and unusually fresh copy of the first (and only) edition of this monumental flora of Hungary and adjacent territories, including Croatia, with splendid plates in the Viennese 'Jacquin' style. The text is by Paul Kitaibel (1757-1817), professor of botany at the University of Pest. 'He spent much of his career roaming Hungary and collecting botanical, zoological, and mineralogical specimens as well as folklore. His collections of botanical and mineralogical specimens formed the basis for the natural history collection in the Hungarian National Museum' (Johnston). The work was financed by Count Franz Waldstein (1759-1823), an Austrian military leader who fought against the Turks and North African states as a Maltese knight and in the Austrian-Turkish war and the Prussian campaign. From 1789 he devoted himself to botany, travelling with Kitaibel through Hungary collecting plants, interspersed with military service. His herbarium is in Prague. The aquatint view is signed by Hirscher. The plates are engraved by Karl Schutz after drawings by his son Johann. The work was intended to be completed in four volumes but a note on page 310 states that publication was suspended because of 'multiplicia impedimenta, quae e gravibus temporibus in quibus vivimus inseparatibilia sunt' (the many impediments which are inseparable from the troubled times we live in). Junk Rara, p. 134: "Die Ausstattung des Werkes ist eine prächtige, die Tafeln (von denen 16 in Doppelformat) sind auf das feinste mit der Hand colorirt. Das Buch hat für die Flora von ganz Mitteleuropa Wichtigkeit. Die 'Descriptiones et Icones' sind ausserordentlich selten, sie gehoeren zu den grossen Raritäten der botanischen Literatur; ganz besonders gilt dies von dem letzten in den Napoleonischen Kriegswirren erschienenen Band. Das Buch ist jedenfalls, wie alle die andern gleichzeitigen Iconographien in ganz geringer Auflage, nur für Liebhaber, erschienen und war wohl nicht im Handel". Provenance: Armorial bookplate of 'The Horticultural Society of New York, bequest of Kenneth K. Mackenzie, October 1934' on inside frontcovers and a library stamp 'duplicata de la bibliothèque du conservatoire botanique de Genève vendu en 1922' on two titles. Dunthorne 325; Great flower books p. 80; Johnston 678; Nissen BBI 2096; Stafleu and Cowan 16560.

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