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        BOUSSOLE de poche

      S.l., (vers 1800), format 5,5x8,6 cm hauteur 1,8 cm., sous forme de petite boite en bois, charnières métalliques, fermoir conservé, avec feuille imprimée des distances entre des villes européennes collée sur le couvercle, et à l'intérieur : feuilles de calculs gravées décor (verre fendu mais solide), couvercle lég. poussiéreux, mais décor intérieur aquarellé en bel état, le tout fonctionnant parfaitement. Charmante boussole de poche de la période Révolutuion-Empire.

      [Bookseller: L'intersigne Livres anciens]
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        Figures of British land birds, engraved on wood by T. Bewick. To which are added, a few foreign birds, with their vulgar and scientific names. Volume I. [All published].

      Newcastle upon Tyne, R. Beilby and T. Bewick, 1800. 8vo (23.0 x 13.8 cm). Title page with engraved vignette, preface, 133 plates, each with a captioned engraving of a bird or (the first plate) a nest, or (the second and third plate) bird hunting, and on each an engraved vignette; one page with engraved vignette only. Contemporary polished half calf over marbled boards. Spine with black morocco label, gilt lines.= Rare edition - the rarest of all Berwick's works -, probably printed in 500 copies only. The vignettes are either simple ornaments (a few) or scenes from rural life (the vast majority). The last page has no bird, but includes the uncensored engraving of a farmer defecating in an outdoor loo-annex-pigsty, which in other copies has often been found lacking (fide Nissen) or censored with bars. The 14 engravings of foreign birds included here are not present in Bewick's more common larger, contemporary work, "History of British Birds". Bookplate of Walter George Crombie on the front paste-down. Joints week, some rubbing to boards and spine, otherwise a very good copy. Nissen IVB, 96.

      [Bookseller: Antiquariaat Schierenberg]
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        Le Opere di Q. Orazio Flacco Tradotte in rima dal Dottor Francesco Borgianelli da Monte Lupone fra gli Arcadi Itarco

      Appresso il Martini - Venezia. INTERLINGUE 0,48 Volume del 1800 in 8°, stato discreto, coperta rigida in pergamena, molti segni del tempo, fioritura sparsa, piatto inferiore e dorso staccati dalla legatura, tagli poco bruniti, pagine in buono stato con marginalia, poche con becca, frontespizio con parte della pagina tagliata. Su risguardia scritta ex libris in parte cancellata, macchia d'inchiostro su foglio di guardia. Presenta segnatura dei fascicoli e richiami. Lingue: Italiano, Latino. USATO

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        Schweizerisches Idiotikon. Wörterbuch der schweizerdeutschen Sprache. 15 Bde. (I-XVI ) u. 1 Bd.: Registerbd. (für die Bde.: I - XI) u. 1 Bd.: Quellen -und Abkürzungsverzeichnis.. (17 Bde., compl.).

      4, j e ca. 1000 S., HLdr.(Lederimitat) mit Goldprägung., Etwas berieben, sonst tadell. - Das Schweizerisches Idiotikon das grösste Regionalwörterbuch des Deutschen, ist aus einem Idiotikon schweizerdeutscher Wörter längst zu einem umfassenden Wörterbuch des Schweizerdeutschen geworden, ja in gewissem Grad zu einem Reallexikon oder Thesaurus. Es erschliesst sowohl den Wortschatz der zum Teil sehr altertümlichen Dialekte der deutschen Schweiz (inkl. Walsermundarten Oberitaliens) als auch die schriftliche Überlieferung dieses Gebiets seit dem 12. Jahrhundert, besonders gründlich die des 15. und 16. Jahrhundert dabei sind namentlich Landwirtschaft, Jagd, Fischerei und Gewerbe, Sachkultur und Volksleben, Recht und Dichtung berücksichtigt, auch Volkslieder, Kinderreime, Bauernregeln usw., sodann die Sondersprachen der Schüler, Studenten, Soldaten und Fahrenden.Die einzelnen Wörter sind zufolge der lautlichen Vielfalt gemäss dem Schmellerschen System in erster Linie nach der Herkunft angeordnet und semantisch aufeinander bezogen dadurch werden nicht nur die Bedeutungsentwicklung jedes Wortes, sondern auch dessen Stellenwert und Leistung innerhalb der Wortsippe sichtbar. Vielfache Verweisungen auf Synonyme und begriffsnahe Wörter erschliessen Wortfelder der Gegenwart oder früherer Zeit. Wo möglich (durchwegs für die Sprache vor 1800) sind die Wörter im Satzzusammenhang geboten daher ist auch Phraseologie und Idiomatik berücksichtigt. Den Appellativen sind in reichem Masse entsprechende lebende und urkundliche Namen (Personen- und Lokalnamen) angeschlossen.Da der Grundstock des Mundartmaterials in der zweiten Hälfte des 19. Jahrhunderts dank der Mitarbeit von gegen 400 Korrespondenten zusammengekommen ist, kann das Werk sonst kaum beschriebene und heute weitgehend verschwundene Bereiche der sprachlichen, geistigen und materiellen Kultur dieser Zeit besonders gut dokumentieren. Es ist Arbeitsinstrument für verschiedenste Wissensgebiete wie Sprach-, Geschichts- und Rechtswissenschaft, Volks- und Namenkunde. Geographisch umfasst das Bearbeitungsgebiet die deutsche Schweiz einschliesslich der Walserorte in Norditalien. Das Gesamtwerk ( Bd. 16 erscheint 2010, Bd. 17 erst 2020) wird 17 Bände umfassen. Auf den Abschluss hin sind Arbeiten an einem alphabetischen und einem grammatischen Gesamtregister in Gang.Versandkostenfrei für Europa. (Beiliegend: Quellen- u. Abkürzungsverzeihnis. 3. nachgeführte Auflage, Huber,1980, Walter Haa das Wörtebuch der schweizerdeutschen Sprache. Versuch einer nationalen Institution. Huber, 1981.)Seit 2013 ist eine neue überarbeitete Auflage in Arbeit: 17 Bde,, CHF 525.- pro Band

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        An account of the natives of the Tonga Islands, in the South Pacific Ocean. With an original grammar and vocabulary of their language.London, John Murray, 1818. 2 volumes. 8vo. With engraved frontispiece portrait of Mariner by Bragg after Mouchet, and a folding engraved map of the Tonga Islands. 19th-century half calf.

      Forbes 487; Hill 1076; Kroepelien 819; cf. Howgego, 1800-1850, M14. Second enlarged edition of an account containing an elaborate dictionary and grammar of the Tonga language as well as several songs. Volume two, moreover, includes some interesting notes on James Cook, who had named the Tonga Islands the Friendly Islands in remembrance of the friendly reception accorded to him and his crew. With inscription on endpapers and title-pages; volume 1 lacking half-title; spines chafed. Very good set with the armorial bookplate of the Tennant family on front pastedown.

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        Early 19th Century Rhode Island Company Receipt Book.

      1800-1801., Providence, Rhode Island: 1800 - Rectangular small 8vo, (8" x 5"), split calf, receipt book 1801 written on cover some faded writing on other cover, about 85 leaves. Top cover detached, rear almost detached, covers worn, small pasted label on pastedown, a few pages slightly loose, some aging and browning, and a little staining, but internally very good overall. Interesting early Rhode Island business receipt book for the Jacob Whitman & Co. Based in Providence, Whitman appears to be an auctioneer. Consignors used Whitman to sell a broad range of items, including tobacco, tea, old cloths, chairs, soap and even chocolate. Most of the writing is legible (some more than others), and many consignors signed the book to acknowledge receipt of payment. There are about 85 leaves, and information is recorded on both sides of the page. [Attributes: Signed Copy]

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        Antique Indian (South Asian) Painting Of Hindu God And Consort Playing With Waterguns

      1800. Original Painting. No Binding. Very Good. Antique Painting On Paper, Almost Certainly Nineteenth Century Or Earlier, Depicting Blue Skinned Hindi God And His White Skinned Consort Shooting Each Other With Colored Water Using Water Guns (Pichtari: Tubes With Plungers) In The Hindu Indian Festival Of Holi. The Guns Were Made Of Brass And Most Date From The Mughal Period. Well Preserved, Slight Edgewear, 3/4" Faint Waterspot Near Center.

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        Gli Imperi Antichi parte orientale & occidentale

      Roma 1800 - EDIZIONE ORIGINALE, COLORITURA COEVA - Due belle e decorative carte geografiche che mostrano l'estensione dell'antico Impero Turco, diviso nella sua regione orientale e occidentale. Tratta dal "Nuovo Atlante Geografico Universale delineato sulle ultime osservazioni", edito a Roma dal 1792 fino al 1801, opera che la Calcografia Camerale commissionò al Cassini al fine di sostituire l’ormai obsoleto "Mercurio Geografico". Giovanni Maria Cassini, Chierico Regolare Somasco fu geografo e cartografo, ma anche intagliatore di architetture e prospettive - uno dei migliori discepoli di Giovanni Battista Piranesi - Cassini fu uno degli ultimi sferografi italiani del Settecento ed i suoi globi ebbero una notevole diffusione, come pure questo "Nuovo Atlante Geografico". Incisione in rame, coloritura coeva dei contorni, leggere bruniture, per il resto in ottimo stato di conservazione. L'Atlante del Cassini fu ristampato dalla Calcografia Camerale nel primo quarto del XIX secolo, prima del 1839. Solo gli esemplari di prima edizione come questo sono stampati su carta vergata coeva e sono colorati a mano in epoca. Le tirature del XIX secolo sono già su carta meccanica, priva di vergelle, e generalmente in bianco e nero. FIRST EDITION, CONTEMPORARY OUTLINE COLOUR - The Italian painter and engraver, Giovanni Maria Cassini, produced these two map od the urkish Empire decorative divided into eastern and western parts Published in: Nuovo atlante geografico universale delineato sulle ultime osservazioni. Roma, Calcografia camerale, 1792-1801. Cassini was geographer and cartographer but he was also good at engraving architectural items and perspectives – he was one of the best disciples Giovanni Battista Piranesi had. Moreover, Cassini was one of the last artists to engrave spheres in the XVIII century and his globes were quite famous and widespread, and realized the most important Italian Atlas of the XVIII century; his maps always bear a cartouche, extremely rich in colours and details. Copperplate with fine original hand colour, some foxing, otherwise in very good condition. Dimensioni

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        The Works of Robert Burns.

      Liverpool J. M'Creery 1800 - First edition, 4 volumes, 8vo., [4], [i-iii], iv-xxvi, 377pp.; [i-v], vi-xxvi, [xxvii -xxviii], 476pp.; [4], i-xv, 384, Appendix & Glossary 55pp.; [6], i-xxiv, 417pp., engraved portrait frontispiece, postscript leaf at end of volume one, advertisement leaf at end of volume 4, some light foxing, mostly marginal, occasional finger-mark, minor worming to affecting lower outside corner of volume 3, contemporary marbled calf, black and red lettering pieces to spines, a little rubbed at extremities, a few bumped corners, otherwise a very good and noble set. If ever a poet understood the character of his nation, he was Robert Burns. The language he was most fluent in wasn't so much Scots or English – it was the language of the heart. All too human in his personal life, he carried that humanity over onto the page. Nothing was too small or too large to escape his notice, from a mouse in the mud to God in his heavens. A poet for all seasons, Burns speaks to all. [Attributes: First Edition]

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        Vue du Chateau de Versailles, du côté des Jardins

      Paris: Published by chez Basset, 1800. Hand-coloured engraving heightened with touches of gum arabic. Printed on laid paper. Very good condition apart from some overall light soiling and minor foxing, two skillfully repaired small tears in the top margin, a couple of mild water stains in the left margin, and a few tiny nicks at the edges of the sheet. A stunning view of the impressive grand facade of the chateau of Versailles as seen from the garden. Originally a modest hunting lodge built by King Louis XIII in 1623, Versailles was transformed into one of the largest and most extravagant palaces in the world during the reign of Louis XIV (1643-1715). The self-proclaimed Sun King remodelled Versailles to demonstrate and symbolize his absolute power as monarch and the glory of France. He enlisted the services of the finest French architects of the era: Jules Hardouin-Mansart (1646-1708), Louis Le Vau (1612-1670), and Charles Le Brun (1619-1690). The extensive project of expansion and renovation began in 1661. The landscape architect André Le Notre (1613-1700) was responsible for redesigning the chateau's luxuriant park, including vast terraces and numerous fountains. In 1682, Versailles became the official royal residence.

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        Phytologia; Or the Philosophy of Agriculture and Gardening. With the theory of draining morasses, and with an improved construction of the drill plough.

      London: Printed for J. Johnson, 1800 - Quarto (267 x 204 mm). Contemporary tree calf, titles to red label and insect decorations gilt to spine. Minor wear to extremities, a couple of small scratches and marks to boards, top edge dust toned with a couple of faint marks, foxing to prelims, occasional light offsetting from plates; an excellent copy. With 12 plates, 2 of which are folding. First edition of Darwin's major treatise on agriculture. Darwin's "intention was to systematise agricultural knowledge, informed by his conviction that plants were inferior animals, providing a theoretical framework that could sustain better agricultural and horticultural practices" (ODNB). In this work he provides "a confident overview of the prospects for improving agricultural production and an imaginative range of innovations, including methods for forwarding the production of seeds and their ripening, for perfecting and enlarging fruit, and for growing timber with appropriate flexibility for use in the shipbuilding industry" as well as proposing "what came to be regarded as ecological controls, such as the regulation of insects by increasing the numbers of their predators" (ODNB). [Attributes: First Edition]

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        Voyage de la Propontide et du Pont-Euxin. Tome 2 (seul).

      Paris, Dentu, Imprimeur-Libraire, An VIII (1800), - in-8vo, 2 ff. (faux-titre et titre) + p. 169 à 416 + la grande carte dépl. ?Carte de Constantinople par F. Kauffer et J. B. Lechevalier l'an 1786? + la ?carte de la Mer Noire ou Pont-Euxin? dépl., entièrement non rogné, cartonnage original muet, pièce de titre en papier au dos. Manque le tome 1. Le tome 2 fait a dèscription de Constantinople (Istanbul, c'est la quatrième partie p. 169) avec l'Explication de la Carte de Constantinople suit la vue générale de Constantinople son intérieure, les bains et ces mosquées etc. Suit la cinquième parte les dimensions de la Mer Noir et la dèscription de ces côtes. Second volume only of 2 vols., with the description of Istanbul and the Black Sea, with a superbe folded map of Constantinople (Istanbul) and a smaller folded map of ?la Mer Noire? (Black Sea), untrimmed copy in cont. paperbinding.Please notify before visiting to see a book. Prices are excl. VAT/TVA (only Switzerland) & postage. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Handbuch des heutigen deutschen Privatrechts (6 Bände in 3 von 10)

      Stuttgart, Löflund, 1. Auflage 1796/1800. - nach dem Syteme des Herrn Hofraths Runde. XIV, 481 Seiten; XII, 556 Seiten; VIII, 328 Seiten, XIV, 487 Seiten; VIII, 467 Seiten, XII, 450 Seiten, Halblederbände der Zeit, 19 x 12 cm, Einbände etwas berieben, innen teils etwas gebräunt. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        An Account of a Voyage in Search of La Pérouse, Undertaken by Order of the Constituent Assembly of France, and Performed in the Years 1791, 1792, and 1793, in the Recherche and Espérance, Ships of War, Under the Command of Rear-Admiral Bruni d'Entrecasteaux

      London: Printed for J. Debrett, Picadilly, 1800. First English language edition. Hardcover. 2 volumes, lacking quarto atlas. Octavo. lxii, [1], 464pp. vii, [1], 423pp. Contemporary gold-ruled three-quarter calf over marbled boards with gold decorated spine. Ribbon markers. Captivating account by French naturalist, Jacques Julien Houton de Labillardiere. Illustrated with 9 full-page engravings. Translated from the French by M. Labillardière. In 1791, Labillardière was appointed as a naturalist to Rear-Admiral's Bruni d"Entrecasteaux's expedition to Oceania aboard the Espérance in search of Jean-François de Galaup, comte de la Pérouse and his missing ships, the Boussole and Astrolabe. After the American Revolutionary War, King Louis XVI ordered a exploring voyage to rival that of Captain Cook. De la Pérouse's expedition left France in 1785 and reached Australia in January 1788. Six weeks later both ships wrecked, hitting a coral reef off Vanikoro Island. According to the inhabitants of the Island, some surviving sailors built a two-masted boat from the wreckage of the Astrolabe and left in a westward direction a few months later. Their fate remains unknown. D'd"Entrecasteaux' expedition failed to find any trace of De la Pérouse and his two ships. During the search Labillardière and his colleagues collected zoological, botanical and geological specimens of southwest Australia, Tasmania, the northern part of New Zealand, and the East Indies. He also described the customs and languages of the local Indigenous Australians. In 1799 he published the account of his voyage under the title "Relation du Voyage à la Recherche de la Pérouse. Age wear, abrasions and some staining to binding. Free front endpaper along gutter in vol. I partly attached due to small glue remnants. Sporadic foxing and staining on outer margins from pages 239-286 in same volume. Minor foxing to some leaves in both volumes. Small chip on free front endpaper in vol. II. Ex-libris of Labaor Omnia Vincit on inside of front covers. Bindings in fair, interior in good to good+ condition.

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        Journal of three voyages along the coast of China, in 1831, 1832, & 1833, with notices of Siam, Corea, and the Loo-Choo islands. Including: ELLIS, William. ... an introductory essay on the policy, religion, etc. of China.London, Frederick Westley and A.H. Davis (printed by R. Clay), 1834. 12mo. With steel-engraved frontispiece and an engraved folding map of the coasts of China and Siam. Modern black half leather, with the original plain wrappers bound in.

      Cordier, Sinica, col. 2111; Howgego, 1800-1850, G25; Lust 371. First edition, in the original English, of a lively travelogue describing three voyages along the coasts of China, giving great details about China and China Trade in the days leading up to the first Opium War. The German-born missionary Gützlaff left Siam in 1831 for his first voyage, on a Chinese junk that traded along the coast of China as far as Tientsin. From February to September 1832, he made a second voyage as interpreter and surgeon on a (British) East India Company ship, exploring trading possibilities at ports north from Canton to Shanghai, and then visited Korea and Okinawa. He made his third journey, from October 1832 to April 1833 as a translator on an opium trading vessel.With armorial bookplate on the front of the original wrapper. The map and frontispiece heavily foxed and a manuscript note on p. 1732, otherwise a good copy.

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        A sample poem written by Maillardet's Draughtsman-Writer automaton, circa 1820

      Black ink on watermarked wove paper, sheet 95 x 145 mm (trimmed); recto with foxing at upper left corner and a couple of small toning spots; verso with traces of old adhesive (the sheet was once mounted in an album); overall a well preserved and rare original sample of automatic writing. Around 1800 the Swiss watchmaker and mechanician Henri Maillardet, then living and working in London, constructed an automaton with the largest "memory" of any such machine ever built. Known as the Draughtsman-Writer, it stored close to 30,000 separate mechanical movements and was able to reproduce four drawings and three poems. The automaton was in the life-size form of a boy seated at a desk with a pen in his right hand; the original pen is thought to have been something like a hypodermic needle filled with ink. The operator could "program" the automaton to perform any one of the seven different functions that might be requested for demonstration. The Draughtsman-Writer automaton was a sensational and popular attraction of its time, and was exhibited by Maillardet alongside a number of his other automata in the Great Room, Spring Gardens, London, between 1798 and around 1817. It was later owned by a succession of fairground and sideshow promoters in England, Europe and ultimately the United States. The present example of the Draughtsman-Writer's work was probably produced around 1820. It is the only poem in English which the automaton was "programmed" to write (the other two were in French): "Unerring is my hand tho' small / May I not add with truth, / I do my best to please you all; / Encourage then my Youth.". The poem is signed "The Automaton, Scrt." From the mid nineteenth century the Draughtsman-Writer disappears from the historical record for several decades. Its fate and possible whereabouts remained unknown until 1928, when it resurfaced in Philadelphia after being brought to the Franklin Institute Science Museum, badly damaged by fire, with parts missing and no longer working. Although at first its true identity and significance were not recognised, Maillardet's automaton was miraculously brought to lifeonce more and is now on permanent display at the Franklin Institute. This most remarkable of all automata was the inspiration for Martin Scorcese's 2011 film Hugo.

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        Ferrandino. Fortsetzung der Geschichte des Räuber-Hauptmanns Rinaldini von dem Verfasser derselben. Drei Teile in drei Bänden.

      Leipzig, 1800/1801. - 147, 1; 126, 2; 119, 1 S., je Band 1 gestochene Titelvignette. 16, 8 x 10, 5 cm, Pappbände der Zeit mit goldgeprägtem Rückentitel und Bandzählung auf zwei Rückenschildern (eins rot, das andere grün) und Feldertrennung, dreiseitiger Rotschnitt. Frühe Ausgabe ohne Verlagangabe. WGII 83 titelt "Ferrandino" und datiert Lpz.:Gräff (Rinaldo Rinaldini 10. - 18. Buch) 1800 - 1801. Goedeke V. §279 11, 28 titelt "Fernando Fernandini" und datiert 1799. "Die Vulpius-Bibliographie (in Jahrbuch der Slg.Kippenberg Bd.6 von 1926, S.93) bezeichnet diese Auflage als Nachdruck des zehnten bis achtzehnten Buchs von Rinaldo Rinaldini, zuerst als Erweiterung innerhalb der zweiten rechtmäßigen Auflage, Leipzig, Gräff 1800-1801, erschienen. Die von Goedeke erwähnte Auflage 1799 kann auch Vulpius nicht nachweisen. Goedeke irrt sicher, da Ferrandino ja erst 1800 rechtmäßig gedruckt wurde." Dank an den Kollegen Günther Trauzettel. Kanten leicht bestoßen, sonst und im Ganzen gut erhaltenes Exemplar. * * * *Achtung ! ! ! Wichtiger Hinweis * * * * Derzeit eingehende Anfragen und Bestellungen können wohl erst ab Mittwoch, dem 5. Juli 2017, bearbeitet werden. * * * Sprache: Deutsch Gewicht in Gramm: 666 [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        LAUSANNE., Gesamtansicht von einer Anhöhe, im Hintergrund der Genfer See, vorne drei Landleute mit einem Kind, links eine Kutsche.

      Gouache, "gez. und gemalt v. J. Heinr. Bleuler in Feuerthalen bei Schaffhausen", um 1800, 42 x 61 cm. Thieme-Becker Bd. IV, S. 115. - Johann Heinrich Bleuler (Zollikon 1758 - 1823 Feuerthalen) ist besonders bekannt für seine Gouachen (meist über Radierung oder Aquatinta) und Schweizer Ansichten. - Im Himmel links gering berieben. Mit grau gouachierter Umrandung. Alt in Waschgoldleiste gerahmt. - Sehr dekorative, farbfrische Gouache. Europa, Schweiz

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        Mappe-Monde ou carte générale de la terre et des mers, suivant les dernieres observations dans

      lequel, sont marquées, les nouvelles découvertes, des plus célébres Navigateurs, tel que les Capitaines Cock [sic], Fourneaux, M.rs de Bougainvikle, et Kerguelen, &, &;d'après les derniers mémoires de J. B.te Nolin, an 8. A Paris : chez Jean, rue Jean de Beauvais no. 32, [1800]. Copperplate engraved map with hand coloured outlines, sheet 520 x 760 mm, folding to 200 x 115 mm, in original marbled papered covers (rubbed) with original printed title label to front:Nouvelle Mappemonde ou Globe Terrestre; the two hemispheres are surrounded by cartouche illustrations of models of the universe, including those of Tycho Brahé, Copernicus, Descartes and Ptolemy; pale water stain to upper central section and a tiny burn mark to the east of the Caribbean; otherwise in very good condition. This rare map, separately issued by the small Parisian publishing house of Jean in Year 8 of the Republic, is based on maps by Nolin from as early as 1740. It shows the tracks of numerous navigators including Magellan, Drake, Mendana, Quiros, Cook, Tasman, Bougainville and Fourneaux, as well as that of a Russian expedition in the North Pacific in 1709. A curious feature is the territory on the northwest coast of America markedFou-sang des Chinois, which asserts the Chinese exploration of North America prior to Columbus. Also marked in this region are the Bay of the West and the River of the West, both cartographic myths of the eighteenth century. Unrecorded in Australian collections.

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        Negenjaarige reyse door Oostindien en Persien.The Hague, Abraham de Hondt, Jacobus van Ellinkhuysen and Meyndert Uytwerf, 1700. 4to. With engraved frontispiece, engraved author's portrait, 3 folding engraved maps and 7 folding engraved plates and views. Contemporary calf, gold-tooled spine, modern flyleaves.

      Diba, p. 152; Howgego, to 1800, F87; STCN (9 copies); for Fryer: Franklin, "Fryer, John", in: Encyclopaedia Iranica (online ed.); Lach & Van Kley III, pp. 580-582. First and only edition of a Dutch translation of a highly accurate account of India and Persia, with numerous anecdotes and told with a fine sense of humour. The account is based on the experiences of John Fryer (ca. 1650-1733), a British East Indian Company surgeon who arrived in India in 1673, spending time at Masulipatam and Madras on the Coromandel Coast and at Bombay and Surat on the West Coast, with trips to Gokarna, Karwar, Goa, and Junnar. From 1677 to 1679 he was in Persia, visiting the southern parts of the country and Isfahan, after which he returned to India, where he remained until 1681.Fryer's writings "display a lively curiosity, which, sharpened by his scientific training, produces accurate observations in geology, meteorology, and all aspects of natural history. Fryer also provides some shrewd insights into the nature of Mughal government in the later years of Awrangzeb's reign (r. 1658-1707), … His professional background makes Fryer a valuable commentator upon contemporary medicine as practiced in Surat" (Franklin).Good copy, a smudge in the gutter of the first few leaves, some occasional minor thumbing and a faint waterstain throughout the lower margin, only noticeable on a dozen leaves. Binding somewhat rubbed, but still firm.

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        Litterae Iaponicae annorum M.DC.IX et X. ad R. admodum piae mem. p. Claudium Aquavivam generalem praepositum Societatis Iesu A.R.P. Provinciali eiusdem in Iapone Societ. Missae.Antwerp, Petrus and Johannes Bellerus, 1615. 8vo. With woodcut printer's device on title-page. Modern limp parchment, gilt edges.

      Alt-Japan-Katalog 1311; Cordier, Japonica, col. 268; Howgego, to 1800, R54. First edition of the second Latin translation of the annual report and letters of the Jesuits in Japan during the years 1609 - 1610, translated by Andreas Schottus. The report was written by the "Pioneer Portuguese Jesuit missionary to Japan" (Howgego), João Rodriguez (also called Giram, Giron Girao or Roiz; 1558-1633) and is addressed to Father Claudius d'Aquaviva. It deals with the events that had taken place in Japan concerning the Jesuit mission.Heavily browned and a restoration to the last leaf, but otherwise a good copy.

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        Journal of three voyages along the coast of China, in 1831, 1832, & 1833, with notices of Siam, Corea, and the Loo-Choo islands. Including: ELLIS, William. ... an introductory essay on the policy, religion, etc. of China.London, Frederick Westley and A.H. Davis (printed by R. Clay), 1834. 12mo. With steel-engraved frontispiece and an engraved folding map of the coasts of China and Siam. Modern black half leather, with the original plain wrappers bound in.

      Cordier, Sinica, col. 2111; Howgego, 1800-1850, G25; Lust 371. First edition, in the original English, of a lively travelogue describing three voyages along the coasts of China, giving great details about China and China Trade in the days leading up to the first Opium War. The German-born missionary Gützlaff left Siam in 1831 for his first voyage, on a Chinese junk that traded along the coast of China as far as Tientsin. From February to September 1832, he made a second voyage as interpreter and surgeon on a (British) East India Company ship, exploring trading possibilities at ports north from Canton to Shanghai, and then visited Korea and Okinawa. He made his third journey, from October 1832 to April 1833 as a translator on an opium trading vessel.With armorial bookplate on the front of the original wrapper. The map and frontispiece heavily foxed and a manuscript note on p. 1732, otherwise a good copy.

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        Reize te voet door het Russische Rijk en Siberië ... voorafgegaan door eene beschouwing van het karakter en de zeden der Russen, door R. Lyall, en eene geschiedkundige inleiding van den vertaler.Delft, Johannes Allart, 1826. 2 volumes. 8vo. With lithographed frontispiece showing a Russian peasant family, and a folding table. Publisher's boards, uncut.

      Chavanne 3741; Muller, Bibl. Neerlando-Russe 80; NCC (6 copies, incl. 1 incomplete); Saalmink, p. 407; not in Tiele; for Cochrane: Howgego, 1800-1850, C39. A Dutch translation of Cochrane's lively Narrative of a pedestrian journey (1824), preceded by an abridged Dutch version of Robert Lyall's noteworthy Character of the Russians (1823). Cochrane travelled by Paris and Berlin to Siberia with the main objective to trace the coast of the Polar Sea. He arrived at St Petersburg on 30 April 1820, and by way of Moscow he proceeded to Siberia, arriving at Nizhne Kolymsk, near the Arctic mouth of the Kolyma River on 31 December 1820. His journey further took him to Okhotsk and Kamchatka, where he married a local girl. With his wife he crossed Siberia back to St Petersburg, stopping at Moscow. Cochrane travelled most of the way on foot, which earned him the nickname "the Pedestrian Traveller".Some wear to boards. A fine uncut set.

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        Narrative of the life and adventures of Paul Cuffe, a Pequot Indian: during thirty years spent at sea and in travelling in foreign lands.Vernon, Horace N. Bill, 1839. 8vo. Modern cloth.

      Hill 403; Howgego, 1800-1850, C57; WorldCat (7 copies). First edition of Paul Cuffe(e) junior's narrative, describing his adventurous life at sea. Although Cuffee is identified in the title as a Pequot Indian, he was of Wampanoag and African Ashanti descent and the son of the famous abolitionist and African colonizer with the same name. With his father he made his first voyage in 1813 when he joined the whaler Atlas as a 12-year old harpooner. The ship was seized by the English and Cuffee was held on Jamaica for eight months. He managed to escape and spent the next decades aboard a number of whalers, visiting Brazil, the Azores, Peru, and the Society Islands. The factual narrative makes for interesting reading and "is one of the scarcest and most sought after of all accounts of the American whale-fishery" (Howgego). Some dampstains. Good copy with a clipping from the Mystic Seaport Newsletter on the Paul Cuffe Memorial Fellowship loosely inserted.

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        Bladen over Japan, ... (Met eene afbeelding van Decima).The Hague, Belinfante brothers, 1852. 8vo. With a large lithographed folding bird's eye view of Dejima (32.5 x 46), with the Dutch flag coloured by hand, inserted in a pocket on the front paste-down, lithographed by Elias Spanier, the Hague, after J. Lobatto. Rebacked in black half sheepskin, modern endpapers.

      Alt-Japan-Katalog 838; Cordier, Japonica, col. 507. First and only edition of a collection of various short texts (new articles, excerpts, transcriptions of letters etc.) concerning Japan and in particular Dejima and Dutch-Japanese relations, collected by Joseph Henry Levyssohn (1800-1883), who was the chief official ("opperhoofd") of Dejima, the Dutch trading post in Japan, from 1845 to 1851. It is divided into 4 parts: the first covering the Dutch-Japanese relations and Japanese polity; the second particularities during Levyssohn's stay in Japan; the third the American-Japanese trade relations; and the fourth various topics (including an extensive, 39-page bibliography of books concerning Japan). Levyssohn provides introductory remarks and commentaries and includes transcriptions of previously unpublished documents. Slightly browned, a few spots, a couple annotations in the margins, and the map mounted on Japanese paper (restoring old tears), with a small tear in a fold, otherwise still a good copy. Rebacked with some wear to the corners.

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        [Collection of 14 signed, mostly autograph letters].Toulon, 1842-1849. 8vo and 4to. Letters in black and brown ink on paper (11 with the "prefecture maritime" letterhead), 1 with its original envelope and 3 originally folded, addressed and sealed for posting without an envelope.

      For Charles Baudin: Howgego, 1800-1850, B16 (see also B17). Collection of 14 signed letters, all but 3 autographs, written by Charles Baudin (1792-1854) and dated 1842-1849, when he served as Maritime Prefect at Toulon. He was one of the leading naval figures of the 19th century, whose naval service, mostly as Vice Admiral, began under Napoleon Bonaparte and ended in the early days of the Second Empire. Charles Baudin lost his right arm in battle in 1808 and had to write with his left hand, leading to the distinctive back-sloped handwriting evident in his signature and the 10 autograph letters. All letters are in good or very good condition. Letters 4, 7 and 14 are very slightly browned and 14 also shows some small stains. Letter 2 has a corner torn off and a small hole (neither affecting the text). A valuable primary source for French naval affairs in the last decade of Louis Philippe I's reign.

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        Bladen over Japan, ... (Met eene afbeelding van Decima).The Hague, Belinfante brothers, 1852. 8vo. With a large lithographed folding bird's eye view of Dejima (32.5 x 46), with the Dutch flag coloured by hand, inserted in a pocket on the front paste-down, lithographed by Elias Spanier, the Hague, after J. Lobatto. Rebacked in black half sheepskin, modern endpapers.

      Alt-Japan-Katalog 838; Cordier, Japonica, col. 507. First and only edition of a collection of various short texts (new articles, excerpts, transcriptions of letters etc.) concerning Japan and in particular Dejima and Dutch-Japanese relations, collected by Joseph Henry Levyssohn (1800-1883), who was the chief official ("opperhoofd") of Dejima, the Dutch trading post in Japan, from 1845 to 1851. It is divided into 4 parts: the first covering the Dutch-Japanese relations and Japanese polity; the second particularities during Levyssohn's stay in Japan; the third the American-Japanese trade relations; and the fourth various topics (including an extensive, 39-page bibliography of books concerning Japan). Levyssohn provides introductory remarks and commentaries and includes transcriptions of previously unpublished documents. Slightly browned, a few spots, a couple annotations in the margins, and the map mounted on Japanese paper (restoring old tears), with a small tear in a fold, otherwise still a good copy. Rebacked with some wear to the corners.

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        Africa.Göttingen, Johann Christian Dieterich, 1796. 8vo. Slightly later black half goatskin.

      Gay 345; Howgego, to 1800, I5; not in Atabey; Blackmer. Second edition of a Latin translation of a work on the geography of Africa, written by the Islamic geographer and botanist Muhammad al-Idrisi (1100-1165). It deals specifically with the geography of northern Africa, Egypt and the Sahara desert, covering its soil, cities, population, mountains, deserts, rivers and monuments. Al-Idrisi also mentions various travel routes from one city to the other. Around 1138, al-Idrisi was invited to the court of the king of Sicily, Roger II, who asked him to map the world as it was then known. This map is now lost, but Roger II also asked for supplemental texts to comment on the map. "Emissaries were sent far and wide, and from the information they brought back the Kitab al-Rojari [ Book of Roger ] was compiled, and completed by January 1154" (Howgego). Various manuscripts containing (parts of the) Kitab al-Rojari have survived, and the present translation was based on one of them. The present work was translated and edited by the Johannes Melchior Hartmann (1764-1817), who worked from a medieval Arabic manuscript at the University of Jena.With a library stamp. Somewhat browned and foxed throughout. Binding worn at hinges and along the extremities. Otherwise in good condition.

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        Account of a voyage of discovery to the west coast of Corea and the great Loo-Choo Island. With an appendix, containing charts, and various hydrographical and scientific notices. And a vocabulary of the Loo-Choo language by H. J. Clifford, esq.London, John Murray (back of half-title: T. Davison), 1818. 4to. With aquatint frontispiece (printed in blue and coloured by hand), 8 aquatint plates (7 coloured by hand), engraved plate and 5 engraved maps (2 folding). Modern calf.

      Abbey, Travel 558; Cordier, Japonica, col. 469; Howgego, 1800-1850, H3. First edition of an account of a voyage to the west coast of Korea made by the Scottish Captain Basil Hall (1788-1844). In 1815 Hall was sent to China to accompany Lord Amherst's embassy. "During this voyage the vessel surveyed the Yellow Sea (=Hwang Hai), visiting Canton and sailing as far as the coasts of Korea" (Howgego). The two ships, the Alceste and Lyra obtained detailed information on the area, also visiting the Ryukyu Archipelago. This account contains entries about the specifics of Korean lifestyles, local vocabulary, including Korean, and hydrographic charts and nautical facts such as records of sea currents and meteorological data. The illustrations of scenery and costumes were made by William Havell (1782-1857), the eminent artist who accompanied the embassy, from sketches made on the spot by C.W. Browne, midshipman on board the Alceste . The last 70 pages of the book contain the Vocabulary of the language spoken at the great Loo-Choo Island, in the Japanese Sea by lieutenant Herbert John Clifford, from whose notes parts of the main text derived as well. Some foxing thoughout, plates browned. Overall in good condition.

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        Reize te voet door het Russische Rijk en Siberië . voorafgegaan door eene beschouwing van het karakter en de zeden der Russen, door R. Lyall, en eene geschiedkundige inleiding van den vertaler.Delft, Johannes Allart, 1826. 2 volumes. 8vo. With lithographed frontispiece showing a Russian peasant family, and a folding table. Publisher's boards, uncut.

      - Chavanne 3741; Muller, Bibl. Neerlando-Russe 80; NCC (6 copies, incl. 1 incomplete); Saalmink, p. 407; not in Tiele; for Cochrane: Howgego, 1800-1850, C39. A Dutch translation of Cochrane's lively Narrative of a pedestrian journey (1824), preceded by an abridged Dutch version of Robert Lyall's noteworthy Character of the Russians (1823). Cochrane travelled by Paris and Berlin to Siberia with the main objective to trace the coast of the Polar Sea. He arrived at St Petersburg on 30 April 1820, and by way of Moscow he proceeded to Siberia, arriving at Nizhne Kolymsk, near the Arctic mouth of the Kolyma River on 31 December 1820. His journey further took him to Okhotsk and Kamchatka, where he married a local girl. With his wife he crossed Siberia back to St Petersburg, stopping at Moscow. Cochrane travelled most of the way on foot, which earned him the nickname "the Pedestrian Traveller".Some wear to boards. A fine uncut set. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Collection of 14 signed, mostly autograph letters].Toulon, 1842-1849. 8vo and 4to. Letters in black and brown ink on paper (11 with the "prefecture maritime" letterhead), 1 with its original envelope and 3 originally folded, addressed and sealed for posting without an envelope.

      - For Charles Baudin: Howgego, 1800-1850, B16 (see also B17). Collection of 14 signed letters, all but 3 autographs, written by Charles Baudin (1792-1854) and dated 1842-1849, when he served as Maritime Prefect at Toulon. He was one of the leading naval figures of the 19th century, whose naval service, mostly as Vice Admiral, began under Napoleon Bonaparte and ended in the early days of the Second Empire. Charles Baudin lost his right arm in battle in 1808 and had to write with his left hand, leading to the distinctive back-sloped handwriting evident in his signature and the 10 autograph letters. All letters are in good or very good condition. Letters 4, 7 and 14 are very slightly browned and 14 also shows some small stains. Letter 2 has a corner torn off and a small hole (neither affecting the text). A valuable primary source for French naval affairs in the last decade of Louis Philippe I's reign. [Attributes: Signed Copy]

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        An History of Marine Architecture. Including an Enlarged and Progressive View of the Nautical Regulations and Naval History, both Civil and Military, of all Nations, especially of Great Britain; derived chiefly from Original Manuscripts, as well in Private Collections as in the Great Public Repositories: and deduced from the Earliest Period to the Present Time.

      London: by Bye and Law, for R. Faulder; G. G. and J. Robinson and Co.; A. and J. Black, and H. Parry; [& 26 others in London and 1 in Cambridge], 1800–02 - 3 volumes, quarto (288 × 228 mm). Mid-19th-century half calf, spines gilt tooled on the raised bands and at head and tail, dark brown labels, marbled sides, brown speckled edges, A few scrapes to bindings, a little wear to extremities, front joint of volumes II and III partially split, internally clean and a very good set. Volume I with additional engraved title page (dated 1801) and incorporating a roundel vignette of Britannia by Shipster after Benjamin West & Dominic Serres, 99 plates (34 aquatints, 65 line engravings, 21 folding). First edition of the first serious study of British naval architecture, with "100 handsome plates" (McDonald). "The definitive work of the period on the design and building of ships" (JCB Catalogue). Although McDonald warns that it can be uneven and anecdotal, and ODNB cautions that Charnock followed the opinions of sea officers in over-praising French ships and designs at the expense of their British equivalents, this is certainly the most comprehensive history of marine architecture up to its time. The engraved plates are magnificent and a rich source of information in themselves. Provenance: engraved armorial bookplates (dated 1900) of Sir Richard Harington (1861-1931), 12th baronet (Harington baronetcy of Ridlington, Rutland), JP, High Sheriff of Herefordshire: served in the London Brigade of the Royal Naval Artillery Volunteers (1880-91), commanded Artillery Company of the Calcutta Port Defence Volunteers (1900-09), volunteered for Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve on outbreak of Great War (aged 53), promoted to rank of chief petty officer in Anti-Aircraft Corps, in which capacity he served until 1916; with two letters (both circulars, one dated 2 June 1916 on Chancellor of the Exchequer stationery, concerning American dollar securities; the other dated 2 June 1926 on LMS stationery, concerning the General Strike). Abbey, Life, 331; Adams & Waters, English Maritime Books Printed Before 1801, 337; John Carter Brown Catalogue 431; McDonald 290; Scott 474. [Attributes: First Edition]

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        Naaukeurige versameling der gedenk-waardigste zee en land-reysen na Oost en West-Indiën, ... gedaan; zedert het jaar 1521 tot 1524 ... [volume 10].Leiden, Pieter van der Aa, 1707. Comprising: (1) Vervolg der roemwaardige zee- en land-reysen des dapperen Ferdinand Cortes; aan de vaste kust van Mexico en Nieuw-Spaanje. Gedaan in 't jaar 1521, en vervolgens.Leiden, Pieter van der Aa, 1706. (2) Drie verscheyde togten ter zee en te land in de West-Indien, gedaan in 't jaar 1523 en vervolgens. De eerste door Franciscus de Garay van Jamaica na Panuco; de tweede door Pedro d'Avarado van Mexico na Guatemala; de derde door Diego de Godoy; mede van Mexico.Leiden, Pieter van der Aa, 1707. (3) Scheeps-togt van Johan de Verrazano, Florentyner, na Florida.Leiden, Pieter van der Aa, 1706.3 works in 1 volume. 8vo. With 15 engraved double-page plates and 4 engraved folding maps. Contemporary calf, gold-tooled spine and board edges.

      Alden & Landis 707/2; Howgego, to 1800, C193, C194, M16 and V32; Sabin 3; Tiele, Bibl. 5. First edition of the tenth volume of the 8vo edition of a collection of travelogues, compiled by the publisher and cartographer Pieter van der Aa (1659-1733). The complete collection, consisting of 28 volumes, covers important voyages to the East and West Indies and other countries from 1246 to "this day" (1696), undertaken by all European countries other than the Dutch. The present volume deals with voyages during the years 1521-1524 to the "West Indies", including North America, Mexico, and Nicaragua. The three works were meant for publication, with a general title-page and index. The first work gives a chronological account of the explorations and conquests of the Spanish conquistadors Hernán (Ferdinand) Cortes (1485-1547) and Dil Gonzales Davila, and the Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan (1480-1521). The second text, entitled Drie verscheyde togten..., deals with voyages to the West Indies by Franciscus de Garay, Pedro d'Alvarado and Diego the Godoy. The book ends with a small work on the voyages of the Florentine navigator Giovanni de Verrazano (ca.1485-1528), including a report on French voyages and colonies in Canada and Florida. With bookplate. Minor browning and a waterstain on some of the last pages. Binding rubbed and slightly damaged. Overall in very good condition.

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        [PLATYPUS] Sur un nouveau genre de quadrupède édenté, nommé Ornithorhynchus - paradoxus;

      par M. BLUMENBACH. IN: Bulletin des Sciences, par la Société Philomatique, No. 39. Paris : Prairial, an 8 de la République [i.e. May-June, 1800]. Quarto, mid nineteenth century plain blue wrappers (some paper loss along spine), upper wrapper with later nineteenth century manuscript annotation '1800 a 1801', containing a year's run of twelve Bulletins (nos. 37-48, pp 97-192), the French translation by "C.V." of Blumenbach's report on the Ornithorhynchusparadoxusappearing on the first page of Bulletin no. 39, occupying three-quarters of page 113, and accompanied by an engraved illustration of the animal(Pl. VII. fig. 1.); all of the Bulletinswithin the binding are crisp, uncut copies. Text in French. Housed in a custom clamshell box. The first illustrated description of the platypus published in French, being a translation of the German naturalist Johann Friedrich Blumenbach's account published in Göttingen early in 1800. Translation of the French: 'This animal was given to the author by Mr. Banks. It is found in abundance in a lake of New Holland, close to Botany Bay. The form of its body, if one ignores the head, is not dissimilar to that of a small otter. It possesses no teeth, and its snout is large and flat, covered with a bare skin which, in short, resembles a duck's beak. The sides of the lower jaw are furnished, as those of that bird, with small blades like the teeth of a saw. Yet in spite of this outward resemblance, the skeleton of this snout is comparable to that of the snouts of quadrupeds, with the exception of this remarkable anomaly: that there is a gap between the two intermaxillary bones which consists entirely of cartilage ... This animal is similar in appearance ... to the Porcupine-anteater (Myrmecophagus aculeata) [described by] Shaw in Natural Miscellany no. 36 Echidna Cuv. tabl. Zool.' But it differs greatly in the form of its snout and by the nature of its outer covering. It is worth noting that the family of edentates, of which there are few recognised types in previously known regions of the world, seems to have more representatives in this vast continent of New Holland; and likewise that only very few examples of animals with pouches, or didelphes, are found in America and the Indies, in comparison with the variety of forms which are evident in this new country.' In 1797, Governor John Hunter collected the skin of a platypus and sent it to the Literary and Philosophical Society in Newcastle-upon-Tyne with an accompanying sketch. George Shaw used these for the basis of what was, until recently, regarded as the first published scientific description of the mysterious animal (George Shaw, Platypus anatinus, in Natural Miscellany,June 1799). Many distinguished scientists, including Shaw, entertained doubts as to the genuineness of the specimen, instinctively believing that an animal with such paradoxical characteristics could well be a taxidermist's hoax. Early in 1800, the German naturalist Blumenbach, having examined a specimen brought from New Holland by Joseph Banks, reflected the animal's enigmatic nature in naming it Ornithorhynchus paradoxus, although to colonists in New South Wales it was variously known as the watermole, duckbill or duckmole. However, a Germanchildren’s encyclopaedia by J.F. Bertuch (Bilderbuch für Kinder. Weimar, 1798-1830), held in the collection of the National Library of Australia, makes the subject of who was the first to classify the platypus a matter for conjecture. The third volume of Bertuch's work, published in 1798, contains a description of the platypus which uses Blumenbach's taxonomy -Ornithorhynchus paradoxus - and which is accompanied by two illustrations of the enigmatic animal. This publication appeared in print the year prior to Shaw's description, a fact which is strong evidence to support the case for Blumenbach having described and classified the platypus well before his own account was published. Curiously, although Blumenbach refers to Shaw's published account of the echidna (Natural Miscellany no. 36), he makes no mention of Shaw's description of the platypus (Natural Miscellany no. 10). The question of the true taxonomy of the platypus was one which vexed scientists throughout most of the nineteenth century. In 1802 the anatomist Everard Home was the first to recognise that the platypus possessed a cloaca (for reproduction and secretion), an unknown characteristic in any mammal. The first hearsay evidence that the platypus laid eggs was provided by George Cayley of Sydney, who reported to an inquisitive Joseph Banks in 1803 and 1804 information that local Aborigines had given him concerning the animal's habits. Yet, since the platypus was of the piliferous (hair bearing) class - not a reptile, fish or bird - the suggestion that it laid eggs was one which confounded scientists. By the 1830s, many scientists, including the distinguished British naturalist Richard Owen, were still antipathetic to the idea that the platypus laid eggs. However, even for scientists who accepted this as fact, there was still a further distinction in classification to be made: did the animal suckle its young, as a true mammal, or did its young hatch independently and without the need for maternal secretion for sustenance, like a reptile? It would not be until 1884 that the riddle of the animal's mode of reproduction was finally solved, when William Caldwell, a Darwinian evolutionist, established that both the platypus and the echidna are teatless, egg laying mammals which suckle their young, the evolutionary link between reptiles and mammals.

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        Dagverhaal eener reize naar Temboektoe, van de westkust af van Afrika, door de binnenlanden, over Jenné, Kabra, Arawan en vele andere opmerkelijke plaatsen, de groote woestijn door, op Tanger... Uit het Fransch overgebragt door Herman van Lil. Haarlem, widow A. Loosjes, 1831. 2 volumes. 8vo. With engraved frontispiece and an engraved author's portrait by D. and A. Veelvaard, and a large folding map (41.5 x 28.5 cm) after E.F. Jomard. Contemporary half cloth.

      NCC (6 copies; 1 incomplete); Saalmink, p. 338; cf. Gay, Bibl. de l'Afrique et l'Arabe248 (French edition); Howgego, 1800-1850, C2; not in Tiele, Bibl. First Dutch edition of Caillié's travels to Timbuktu. In 1826 the Société de Géographie had offered a reward of 10,000 francs to the first European to visit Timbuktu (and return alive). Caillié, by that time already travelling in Africa, was determined to reach the fabled city. Dressed as a Muslim and well-versed in Arabic, he embarked on his journey in April 1827, reaching Timbuktu on 19 April of the following year. "Caillié was sorely disappointed with what he saw: a dreary, sleepy little town on the edge of the desert ..." (Howgego). Nothing was left of the legendary riches of the city, and the population lived in constant fear of Tuareg attack. Caillié remained in Timbuktu for only two weeks, leaving for Morocco on 4 May. He crossed the Sahara, and after many hardships reached Morocco's Tafilet region on 23 July. By way of Fez, Meknes and Rabat he arrived in Tangier from where he sailed for France.Caillié was preceded Benjamin Rose and by Alexander Gordon Laing in being the first European to enter Timbuktu. Laing, however, was murdered on the way back and Rose's account met with disbelieve. Accordingly, Caillié was rewarded the 10,000 franc prize after his successful return in October 1828. His narrative contains many interesting details on the secluded regions he traversed and the peoples he encountered, without romanticizing his adventures.Fine set.

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        Copper token issued by Pidcock's Menagerie, London, circa 1801, featuring a kangaroo and joey

      Æ halfpenny, diameter 29 mm, weight 11 grams. Obverse: a kangaroo left, facing back, a joey in pouch, THIS KANGAROO'S BIRTH. SEP. 10. 1800. Reverse: a lion standing right, facing back, with dog on back, LION AND DOG 1801; plain edge. An extremely fine, near mint example with lustrous brown patina. The Grand Menagerie of Wild Beasts and Birds, owned by the entrepreneur Gilbert Pidcock, was one of numerous menageries of exotic animals that could be visited by the public in Georgian London. Pidcock opened for business under his own name in 1795, at the Exeter Change in the Strand, after purchasing his initial stock from his former business partner and fellow menagerist, Thomas Clark. To promote his business, between 1795 and 1801 Pidcock issued copper tokens with a wide variety of combinations of animals from his menagerie adorning the obverse and reverse. Apart from the kangaroo and lion, these included a cockatoo, toucan, beaver, rhinoceros, elephant, baboon, ostrich and a two-headed cow. Pidcock's tokens went into general circulation and had a value equivalent to a halfpenny. They could also be redeemed at his establishment for minted crown coinage, or used as part payment towards the admission fee (which would have been considerably more than halfpence). Pidcock's business was hugely popular and financially successful. By 1809, his animals were insured for the staggering sum of £4,000. Posters for the Grand Menagerie were designed by none other than engraver and natural history artist Thomas Bewick, who drew many of his illustrations from life on Pidcock's premises. Pidcock's animals were not solely for exhibition - they could also be procured by other private collectors: "I was one day walking down Piccadilly, early in the morning, when I met a porter carrying a live kangaroo, which he was conveying from Mr Pidcock‘s at the Exeter Change, to a person who had purchased it. The animal was fastened to [him] by the feet, and his head lay dangling over, very near the left ear of the fellow who was carrying him; this it seemed was a temptation not to be resisted by the kangaroo, who, after smelling at the man‘s ear for a long time, gave it a terrible bite, and nearly clipped it off." (Letters from an Irish Student in England to his Father in Ireland, vol.1., p.149. London : Lewis, 1809. Cited in Plumb, Christopher. The Georgian menagerie : exotic animals in eighteenth-century London. London : I.B. Tauris, 2015).

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        Description du Tibet, d'après la relation des Lamas Tangoutes, établis parmi les Mongols.Paris, Bossange, Masson et Besson, 1808. 8vo. With engraved illustration on title-page. Modern half calf, gold-tooled spine.

      - Lust 207; cf. Cordier, Sinica, col. 2879; Howgego, to 1800, P10. Very rare first edition in French, of a description of Tibet, written by the German zoologist and botanist Peter Simon Pallas (1741-1811). The text was translated from German by Baron Jean de Reuilly (1780-1810?), explorer of the Crimea and the Black Sea. "[Pallas] soon attracted the attention of Catharine II of Russia and was invited to St Petersburg, where he was appointed professor of natural history at the Imperial Academy of Sciences in 1767. At the request of Catherine, he was very quickly placed in charge of an academy expedition into Russia and Siberia" (Howgego). The first part of the work is devoted to the description of Tibet according to accounts of Tibetan Lamas established among the Mongols. The second part is dedicated to a report of the celebrations and ceremonies during the period from 22 June to 12 July 1729, in the small village Ourga, to celebrate the rebirth of Koutoukhta, one of the most distinguished priests of Mongolia.With a faint waterstain throughout, otherwise in very good condition and nearly untrimmed. [Attributes: First Edition]

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        Engelske capitainens Wilhelm Blighs resa, genom Södra Werlds-Hafvet, tolf hundrade sjömil i öpen bät, frän Tofoa till Timor. Including: Nyaste tidningar frän Otahiti. Uppsala, Joh. Edmans Enka, 1792. 12mo. Contemporary blue stiff paper wrappers.

      Ferguson 129; O'Reilly & Reitman 554; WorldCat (5 copies); cf. Hill 132; Howgego, to 1800, B107; Wantrup, pp. 128-129. Rare first and only edition of the abridged Swedish translation of William Bligh's account of his voyage to Tahiti as commander of the Bounty, of the mutiny onboard the ship and the subsequent voyage of part of the crew in a small boat, "one of the most remarkable incidents in the whole of maritime history" (Hill). In 1787, the English naval officer William Bligh (1754-1817), who had accompanied Captain Cook on his third voyage to the Pacific, was sent off to the Pacific for the purpose of introducing breadfruit trees from the South Sea Islands to the West Indies as cheap food for the slaves. After spending five months at Tahiti, he set sail for the Caribbean by way of Tonga, where the famous mutiny took place. Bligh and 18 of his men were set adrift in the ship's small launch boat and made a remarkable voyage to Timor, more than 6.5 kilometres away. "In the course of this hazardous journey Bligh took the opportunity to chart and name parts of the unknown north-east coast of New Holland [= Australia] as he passed along it" (Wantrup).It includes an additional chapter dealing with Captain William Sever's visit to the Society Islands in 1788 (an abridgement in Swedish of chapter 20 of Stockdale's Botany Bay, 1789) and some notes on Tahiti by the translator Samuel Ödmann.With bookplate and owner's inscription. Only a few minor spots and the spine partly tattered. Very good, wholly untrimmed, copy.

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        Klavermusik 1-2. [=Omslagstitel.]

      - Handskrifter, circa år 1800. 4:o. 44,+ (12); 94 s. Oskurna och häftade i samtida, något nötta marmorerade pappersomslag, det första i rött och det andra i blått, med handskrivna etiketter på frampärmarna: ?Åtskillige Clavérstycken. Aug. Odencrantz? Två häften. Fin avskriftsamling av stycken för piano och oftast med sång, med mycket svenskt material av Vogler, Mecklin, Edelmann, Åhlström m.fl. men även förstås av Mozart, Glück etc. Två stycken till text av Bellman ?Frun och pigan på morgonstunden? och ?Mångelskan? Den andra häftet f.f.a. innehåller många avskrifter ur ?Musikaliskt tidsfördrif? Thor August Odencrantz (1782-1829) som studerade i Uppsala mellan åren 1798 och 1800 var hovrättsråd och ledamot av Jönköpings hushållningssällskap, samt topografisk och statistisk författare. Han var en duktig amatörmusiker och ?.spelade klavér, citra, lutha och harpa - ofta till egna compositioner? Han dog ganska ung, endast 47 år gammal.

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        An expedition of discovery into the interior of Africa, through the hitherto undescribed countries of the great Namaquas, Boschmans, and Hill Damaras.London, Henry Colburn (on back of title-page: printed by William Wilcockson), 1838. 2 volumes. Large 12mo (20 x 12.5 cm). With a lithographed folding map illustrating Alexander's route through South Africa in red, 7 etched plates by William Heath depicting African landscapes, villages, animals and people, and 7 wood-engraved illustrations in text. Richly gold-tooled green morocco (ca. 1890), with gold-tooled illustrations of African animals in 5 of the 6 spine compartments.

      Gay 3126; Howgego, 1800-1850, A4; Mendelssohn I, p. 20; South African Bibliography I, p. 49. First edition of an account of an expedition into Namaqualand and Damaraland, in present-day Namibia, undertaken by Sir James Edward Alexander (1803-1885) on behalf of the Royal Geographical Society. He was "the first European to travel overland from Cape Town to Walvisbay. En route he discovered deposits of copper, and in 1836 at Alexander Bay (named after him, at the mouth of the Orange River), discovered diamonds. He covered nearly 6500 kilometres without losing a man, brought back many specimens of birds and plants, and produced a good map of the region" (Howgego). Besides various anecdotes, the work discusses the indigenous population and its natural history. The African interior remained little known and Alexander's account must have fascinated the public in his day, forty years before Henry Morton Stanley made a media sensation with his Through the dark continent.Added is an appendix on natural history, including descriptions of birds, botanical specimens, minerals and more, followed by extensive notes on the social conditions of the Namaquas, Boschmans and Damaras, the Colony of the Cape of Good Hope, the Boer Trekkers in Natal and the Zulus, and some notes on whaling.With the plates browned, with minor offsetting on the facing pages, and a small tear in the folding map, but otherwise in very good condition. The spines are faded to brown but otherwise also very good.

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        Reis naar de noord-west kust van Amerika. Gedaan in de jaren 1785, 1786, 1787 en 1788.Amsterdam, Matthijs Schalekamp, 1795. 4to. With folding engraved map (34.5 x 46 cm) showing the routes of the ships King George and Queen Charlotte , 1 plate with engraved music and 8 folding engraved plates (last plate partly hand-coloured). Modern red half leather.

      Forbes 253 (cf. 177); Howgego, before 1800, P141; Sabin 64395; Tiele, Bibl. 878. First edition of the Dutch translation of Portlock's account of "the first commercial voyage to the northwest coast [of America] and the first English voyage to visit Hawaii after that of Captain James Cook" (Forbes). The object of the voyage was to trade furs between China and the northwest coast of America. The expedition was fitted out with two ships, the King George commanded by Portlock and the Queen Charlotte by George Dixon: both commanders had accompanied Captain Cook on his last voyage. They rounded Cape Horn and sailed for the northwest coast of America by way of Hawaii. The expedition cruised Cook Inlet and the Gulf of Alaska and the King George called three times at Hawaii, visiting Kealakekua, Aohu, Niihau, Kawaihae, Waimea and Kauai. The plates include an illustration of Hawaiian artefacts and a portrait of Hawaiian chief Kiana (here spelled "Tijaana") in feather cape and helmet. Slightly browned, some marginal stains, occasional foxing and small spots. In good condition.

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