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        Poems on Various Subjects

      London: Sold by Longman and Rees and J. Hatchard 1803 First edition. Contemporary blue boards, uncut and partially unopened, rebacked to style, with new printed paper label. . Octavo. Long subscriber's list at rear (according to Jackson, the subscribers totaled 3,000). Edges of boards rubbed, old ownership signature, dated 1859. A very good copy. This is the first book of Anne MacVicar Grant (1755-1838), the Glasgow-born poet and author. Grant and her mother followed her father, a military man, to New York in 1758, and they remained there for ten years. She discusses her experiences in Memoirs of an American Lady (1808). In 1779, she married a clergyman named Grant, who was garrison-chaplain at Fort Augustus and minsiter of the parish of Laggan in Inverness-shire. Her husband's death in 1801 left her penniless and in need of providing for her children, so she began a writing career. Her works include Letters from the Mountains; being the real correspondence of a lady between the years 1773 and 1807 (1807), Essays on the Superstitions of the Highlanders (1811), and translations of Ossian. Her literary friends included Scott, Lockhart, and DeQuincey.

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        Historical pastime or a new game of the History of England from the Conquest to the Accession of George the Third

      By J. Harris, corner of St. Pauls Church yard & J. Wallis, 16 Ludgate Street as the art directs, 1803Splendido gioco inc. in rame, intelato e composto da 12 riquadri, mm. 560x530. Gioco di percorso a forma circolare, in 158 caselle vivacemente colorite all'acquerello. Dalla battaglia di Hastings del 1066 alla guerra con l'America. Nell'ultima casella, al centro, il volto di Giorgio III. Ben conservato. Raro.

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        Sketches on the Intrinsic Strength, Military and Naval Force of Russia and France

      unknown possibly London Hague: unknown, possibly London, 1803. First edition. Quarto. Half calf, vellum corners, marbled paper covered boards. Part I [all that was published]. 182pp, 6pp. postcript; "The Second Part of these Sketches, 12pp. Tall copy with wide margins, exceedingly scarce and precocious treatise on threat of Napolean and the intracies and strategies of war and how to avoid it, with special respect to Russia and also Great Britain. The author has remained unknown to this day, but from "The Edinburgh Review" of 1804 we have some inkling to his identity: "This is altogether a very singular work. The language is that of a foreigner pretty well acquainted with English, or of an Englishman who, by long residence abroad, has lost the free use of his native tongue." A most intriguing and exceedingly scarce volume on Napoleanic France, only one other copy located on the market. A superb copy with only light wear and discoloration to binding, near fine.

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        Naumann's.

      I-II. Prag, bei K. Barth, 1803-04. 8:o. Grav. porträtt,(16),323,(5) s. + grav. front,(10),424,(2 blanka) s. Med grav. vinjett på sista sidan. Första delen i ett samtida ngt solkigt pappbd med guldornerad rygg av ljusare korkmarmorerat papper och svart titeletikett samt mörkare marmorerade pärmpapper. Andra delen i ett lätt nött samtida marmorerat skinnbd med guldornerad rygg, röd titeletikett och svart oval nummerskylt. Pärmarna och pärmkanterna med enkel dekorativ guldornering. Båda titelbladen, frontespisen och porträttet, som är på avvikande papper, är ngt lagerfläckiga. Första delen med liten fläck på s. 36 och liten reva på s. 43. Andra delen med liten reva på s. (7).. Johann Gottlieb Naumann var hovkapellmästare i Dresden men kallades till Stockholm av Gustav III och stannade där åren 1777-78 och 1782-83. För Kungliga teatern i Stockholm skrev han operorna "Amphion", "Cora och Alonzo" samt "Gustaf Wasa". Den sistnämnda med libretto av Kellgren efter idé av Gustav III. Naumanns svenska tid behandlas på s. 10-98 i del II och hans danska uppehåll på s. 99-133

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        Collection des écrits politiques, littéraires et dramatiques; suivie de sa correspondance.

      I-V. Sthlm, C. Delén, 1803-05. 8:o. Grav. porträtt,(11,1 blank,1,1 blank),247,(1 blank,1) + (9,1 blank,1,1 blank),320,(1) s. & 3 grav. plr + (4),328,(5) s. & 4 grav. plr + (13,1 blank,2),367,(1) + (10),352,(2) s. Fem samtida blå klistermarmorerade pappbd med röda titel- och deltiteletiketter. Oskurna snitt som endast är försiktigt putsade. Några små nötningsmärken på rygg och pärmar. Två titeletiketter med obetydliga nagg. Inlagorna lagerfläckiga på sina håll, särskilt i del II från s. 303 till slutet och även i början av del III. Liten repa i nedre hörnet på porträttet, smutstitelbladet till del I med en gammal lagning och en bläckplump på eftersättsbladet. Fin svit.. Setterwall Svensk historisk bibliografi 3314. Klemming Sveriges dramatiska litteratur s. 187. Dedikationen undertecknad "Dechaux", d.v.s. Jean Baptiste de Chaux, fransk språkmästare, som var medhjälpare till den verklige utgivaren J. G. Oxenstierna. Del IV-V innehåller ett urval av kungens brevväxling. En ny upplaga av första delen utkom 1805 och en svensk upplaga i sex delar publicerades 1806-12. Planscherna i denna franska upplaga är inte desamma som i den svenska. Här är kungens porträtt graverat av C. S. Gaucher efter förlaga av N. Lafrensen d.y. och den första planschen av Heland samt de övriga sex planscherna graverade av de franska kopparstickarna Dambrun, Gauché, Halbou och De Launay efter förlagor av Karl Jakob Hjelm och Emanuel Limnell

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        "Herrans bön, fader wår". (Sthlm, 1803). Stor folio.

      10 graverade plr. Marmorerat pappbd med röda titeletiketter i marokäng på ryggen respektive främre pärmen. Ryggen lätt nött och med mindre skada nederst. Den femte planschen fint uppfodrad i samband med inbindningen. Ur Emil Hultmarks samling.. Frölich Elias och Johan Fredrik Martins gravyrer 78-87, de tre första i första état, det fjärde finns bara i ett état, den femte i andra état. Resterande finns bara i ett état. Utgavs 1803 och återutgavs 1837. Ett mycket ovanligt texthäfte trycktes 1803: "Hufwudsakliga innehållet af herrans bön, fader wår, förestäldt i kopparstick, jämte kårta anwisningar till deras förklaring; till ungdomens underwisning."

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        Elémens de Statique.Paris: Calixte-Volland, 1803.

      A fine copy of the rare first edition of this classic of which no less than twelve editions appeared between 1803 and 1877. "It was in mechanics that Poinsot most effectively displayed his gift for geometry. Although 'Éléments de Statique' (1803) was merely a manual designed for candidates to the École Polytechnique, the work possessed the great merit of applying geometric methods to the study of elementary problems of mechanics and of introducing the concept of the couple." (DSB, XI, p.62). "Poinsot began in normal style: statics was based on equilibrium, forces could be composed and decomposed, and so on. But then he broke new ground with a discussion of the 'composition and decomposition of couples' (ch.1, sect. 2). The couple had long been known in mechanics, but regarded only as a particular system of forces ... Poinsot raised its status in mechanics with this discussion." (Grattan-Guiness). Poinsot devoted his long Chapter 2 to an account of equilibrium, and Chapter 3 to the centre of gravity. (Grattan-Guiness, Convolutions in French Mathematics 1800-1840, Vol. I, pp. 358-360). Scarce.. 8vo: 204 x 132 mm. Contemporary calf, spine gilt (top of spine chipped, corners a little worn). Internally fine. (8), 267, (1:blank) pp. and 4 folding engraved plates

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        HISTORY OF THE INSURRECTION OF THE COUNTY OF WEXFORD, A.D. 1798;

      1803. HAY, Edward. HISTORY OF THE INSURRECTION OF THE COUNTY OF WEXFORD, A.D. 1798; INCLUDING AN ACCOUNT OF TRANSACTIONS PRECEDING THAT EVENT, WITH AN APPENDIX. Dublin: Printed for the author by John Stockdale, 1803. Boston Revolutionary War patriot and Arnold Arboretum contributor Benjamin Bussey's copy with his oval printed bookplate on the front pastedown, and his circular inkstamp to title page. xliv pp. + folding map + 304 pp. + xxxvi pp. + [2] pp. + [4] folding pp. + 20 pp. 8vo., mottled calf with gilt spine ornaments, rules and gilt leather spine label. Joints cracked, label and spine chipped. First blank page and following half-title detached, laid in. Occasional light foxing. Map has closed tear at joint with no loss, and moderate foxing. Bussey, in addition to having served as a soldier in the Revolutionary War, was a merchant, farmer and horticulturist; his Forest Hills estate was eventually made part of Harvard's Arnold Arboretum.

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        THE HISTORY OF A GREAT MANY LITTLE BOYS AND GIRLS, for the Amusement of all Good Children of Four and Five Years of age.

      32pp. Illustrated with 22 wood-emgravings. Original pink wrappers with mounted oval decorative labels to both covers. Octavo. Ownership name on title; slight dust-soiling of covers; else a very attractive copy of later printing of this title.

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        Studies of Chess: containing Caissa, A Poem, by Sir William Jones; a Systematic Introduction to the Game; and the Whole Analysis of Chess

      Samuel Bagster. London. Samuel Bagster. 1803. Handsomely bound in full period Tree Calf. Gilt ruled spine compartments. Red morocco,gilt title label. 8vo. 5.25"x8.5 The First Edition. Illustrated with a copperplate engraved Frontis of a chessboard and pieces. Rare First Edition of this early collection of writings on Chess and according to Hooper and Whyld (318) its chief merit is that it contains the whole of Philidor.The book also includes Sir William James's poem 'Caissa' while the introductory portion is from Peter Pratt's Theory of Chess. François-André Danican Philidor (1726-1795), was regarded as the best chess player of his age; his book Analyse du jeu des Échecs was a standard chess manual for at least a century,and is regarded as the most influential book on the modern game. A well-known opening and checkmate method are both named after him. Small repaired chip to headpiece. Some very sporadic offset, else a remarkably crisp and bright Fine copy of the exquisitely rare First Edition.

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        The Holy Bible, containing the Old and New Testaments: together with the Apocrypha: translated out of the original tongues, and with the former translations diligently compared and revised... to which are added, an index; an alphabetical table of all the names in the old and new testaments, with their significations; and tables of scripture weights, measures and coins, also Brown's concordance, embellished with a map of Palestine, and nine historical engravings

      Samuel Etheridge Charlestown, MA: Samuel Etheridge. 1803. Hardcover. Good+. 1803. Hardcover, large 4to., full calf binding, with 5 raised bands and red morocco and gilt title label on spine, marbled endpapers. 9 engraved plates of biblical scenes (Cain and Able, Solomon, David, Good Samaritan, etc...) and a fold-out map of Jesus' travels through Palestine. Shallow loss and wear to the leather at the corners and spine ends. Outer hinges rubbed with some cracking, but the boards and inner hinges are secure and intact. Contents faded; occasional foxing to contents. Plates have lightened a bit. After the end of the NT and before the index, there is a 4 page Family Record section that has been filled out with the births and marriages of the Smith family, the first record noting George Smith, 1813. An attractive, illustrated old bible.

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        Poems on Various Subjects

      London: Sold by Longman and Rees and J. Hatchard 1803 First edition. Contemporary blue boards, uncut and partially unopened, rebacked to style, with new printed paper label. . Octavo. Long subscriber's list at rear (according to Jackson, the subscribers totaled 3,000). Edges of boards rubbed, old ownership signature, dated 1859. A very good copy. This is the first book of Anne MacVicar Grant (1755-1838), the Glasgow-born poet and author. Grant and her mother followed her father, a military man, to New York in 1758, and they remained there for ten years. She discusses her experiences in Memoirs of an American Lady (1808). In 1779, she married a clergyman named Grant, who was garrison-chaplain at Fort Augustus and minsiter of the parish of Laggan in Inverness-shire. Her husband's death in 1801 left her penniless and in need of providing for her children, so she began a writing career. Her works include Letters from the Mountains; being the real correspondence of a lady between the years 1773 and 1807 (1807), Essays on the Superstitions of the Highlanders (1811), and translations of Ossian. Her literary friends included Scott, Lockhart, and DeQuincey.

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        ALCIPHRON OR THE MINUTE PHILOSOPHER IN SEVEN DIALOGUES

      Increase Cooke & Co New Haven: Increase Cooke & Co, 1803. First American Edition from the Fourth London Edition. The First American Philosophical Work,Owned in 1805 at Yale by a Subsequently Noted MD 213 x 130 mm (8 3/8 x 5 1/8"). xiii, [i], 15-388 pp. (Without the leaf of ads at the end). An original American binding of sheepskin, flat spine divided into panels by gilt rules, original red morocco label. Front free endpaper and title page with ink ownership inscription of "William Tully . . . Yale College 1805" (see below). Jessop 16h. Front joint cracked (with just a slight give to the board), leather at corners worn through, covers with a handful of short scratches and a bit of minor soiling, faint offsetting throughout the text, but an excellent example of an early American sheep binding, completely unsophisticated, the text fresh and clean, and generally in a very much finer state of preservation than is typical of such volumes from this period. This is an excellent unsophisticated copy in its original American binding--with particularly interesting provenance--of the first printing in America of the first major work of philosophy written on American soil (even if by an Englishman). Written during a restful sojourn in Newport, Rhode Island, and first published by Berkeley (1685-1753) in 1732, the work has as its chief aim the defense of religion, especially the established Church of England, against the attacks and objections of atheists and "free-thinkers," nicknamed "minute philosophers." ("Alciphron" is the name of the chief exponent of "free-thinking" in the dialogues.) The book takes the form of seven colloquies, examining, in turn, the nature of the "free-thinkers," the heart of their charges against the established church, the nature of morality, arguments pertaining to the existence of God, contemporary Christian practice, the usefulness of scripture, and the apparent contradiction between faith and reason. Keynes tells us, "Luce places Alciphron with Joseph Butler's 'Analogy,' 1736, as the only comparable book on Christian apologetics in the eighteenth century." Our volume has three important connections with Yale. Timothy Dwight, author of the foreword, was the grandson of Jonathan Edwards and the former holder of the scholarship Berkeley established at Yale. More important, our former owner, William Tully (1785-1859) graduated from Yale College in 1806 and later taught there. Tully studied medicine with a local preceptor, entered Dartmouth Medical College in 1808, and two years later received a license to practice from the Connecticut Medical Society. His research and writings on plant-based sources of medication led to his appointment as professor of materia medica (pharmacology) and therapeutics at both the Vermont Medical Academy and Yale, a demanding position which he satisified by alternating terms between the two schools. Tully was brilliant but had a difficult personality, as reflected in his eventual resignation from Yale in 1842 after student complaints about his teaching (which had devolved to the point where he simply read aloud from a textbook). This dismissal allowed him to return to the research he preferred, and he published a 1,500-page compendium on pharmocology entitled "Materia Medica" in 1857-58, a significant contribution to the field. ANB says that "Tully contributed to the advance of American medicine in two ways. He helped to train hundreds of young physicians by increasing their awareness of the medicinal value of plants and herbs. He also contributed to the eventual discontinuation of bloodletting and calomel as standard medical practice.

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        Utkast til en handbok för brunnsgäster, jämte beskrifning öfver de mäst godkände mineral-brunnar och bad-inrättningar i Sverige. Första afdelningen, om Medevi.

      Stockholm, H. A. Nordström, 1803. Graverad frontispis + (8) + 200 + 1 utvikbar karta + 1 stor utvikbar plansch i perfekt skick. Samtida halvskinnband. 17,5 X 11 cm. Mycket ren och fin inlaga

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        Reise über den Sund.

      Tübingen, in der J. G. Cotta'schen Buchhandlung, 1803. 8:o. (2),334 s. & 1 utvikbar tryckt tabell. Häftad i gammalt blått omslag med handskriven ryggtiteletikett. Oskuren. Lite snedläst. En del lager- och småfläckar. Titelbladet lagerfläckigt. Smutsfläck på s. 288.. Bring Itineraria svecana 342. Cappelin Hvar finns Skåne beskrifvet s. 60. Ottervik Litteratur om Blekinge 2140. Åhlén & Åhlén Censur och tryckfrihet 18.18. Schweizaren J. G. Kerner (1770-1812) gjorde 1802 flera resor i Skåne och Blekinge. Intrycken sammanfattades i "Reise über den Sund", till vilken även E. Z. Munck af Rosenschöld bidrog med upplysningar. Den sistnämnde är sannolikt även översättare av den svenska utgåvan. Kerners brev är daterade i Helsingborg, Ramlösa, Lund, Malmö och Karlskrona. Såväl det tyska originalet som den svenska översättningen förbjöds i Sverige p.g.a. dess vanvördiga angrepp på Gustav IV Adolf. A. Ahnfelt skriver apropå Kerner i "En pamflett och dess öden" att "ännu in på 1820-talet begagnades gärna originalet av turister i Skåne, svenskar såväl som utlänningar, för sin tid en ganska god handbok, innehållande många pikanta upplysningar, en och annan poetisk utgjutelse, roliga misstag och kvicka, väl skrivna reflexioner."

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        Letters to a Young Lady, on a Variety of Useful and Interesting Subjects, Calculated to Improve the heart, to form the manners, and enlighten the understanding…The Third Edition

      London: Printed for T. Cadell, Jun. and W. Davies.. 1803 First published in 1789, this courtesy book in epistolary form went through a number of editions, both in England and America. The author, a clergyman who also wrote Strictures on Female Education (1780) aimed to "rouse young ladies from a vacant or insipid life, into one of usefulness and laudable exertion to recall them from visionary novels and romance into solid reading and reflection and from the criminal absurdities of fashion, to the simplicity of nature and the dignity of virtue. He has attempted a method of uniting, in their character, the graces with the virtues; an amiable heart with elegant manners and an enlightened understanding. Contemporary tree calf, Gilt-decorated flat spines with red and black morocco labels. . Two volumes, twelvemo. Minor signs of insect damage on the back cover of Volume II, but a fine, bright copy. Early ink signature on title-page of each volume ("Maria Frances Montgomery"), engraved bookplate of the same owner ("M.F. Montgomery Convoy").

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        THE WORKS OF THOMAS CHATTERTON

      1803. CHATTERTON, Thomas. THE WORKS OF THOMAS CHATTERTON. Containing His Life, by G. Gregory, D.D., and Miscellaneous Poems. London: Printed by Briggs and Cottle, for T. N. Longman and O. Rees, 1803. Three volumes. Illustrated with seven engravings. 8vo., old mottled calf, edges speckled brown. According to Lowndes, "this edition was published by subscription under the direction of Mr. Southey and Mr. Cottle, for the benefit of Miss Newton, niece of this imposter." Ink ownership to ffep. Text leaves are mostly clean, with some occasional light foxing, and the book-blocks are sound. The leather bindings are quite degraded, being worn and rubbed, having weak joints, and a few detached boards. A scarce set, worthy of rebinding, it is offereed with all faults.

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        PISCES. In "General Zoology or Systematic Natural History", Vol. IV and V, Part I and II.

      In-8 p. (mm. 216x135), 4 parti in 2 voll., p. pelle coeva (piccoli spacchi alle cerniere esterne), dorso a cordoni con decoraz. e tit. oro su due tasselli, pp. V,(3),186; XIII,(3),632, numer. continua; (2),V,(5),250,(2); VI,(2),463,(3) numer. continua; con 4 belle antiporte figur. su disegni dell'A. Questi 2 voll. sui "pesci" fanno parte di una importante opera di zoologia, pubblicata fra il 1800 e il 1826 in 14 voll. Sono molto ben illustrati da 190 pregevoli tavv., inc. in rame per lo più da James Heath. La classificazione seguita dall'A. è sostanzialmente quella proposta da Linneo. "Edizione originale", rara. Cfr. Brunet,V,362: "ouvrage remarquable, surtout pour ses gravures" - Nissen,IVB, 870. Pagg. di testo con qualche fiorit. o arross. per la qualità della carta; lievi aloni al marg. sup. bianco di alc. tavv. di un vol., altrimenti tavole ben conservate.

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        POEMS

      1803. BAYLEY, Peter. POEMS. London: Printed for William Miller by W. Bulmer and Co., 1803. Scarce first edition. Algernon Swinburne's copy with his signature on first blank recto, with "The Pines" - his last place of residence. Owner has noted provenance under the signature. [4 pp] + 208 pp. 8vo., diced calf with gilt ornaments at edges of boards. Front board and spine detached, spine laid in. Boards are worn, edges cracked. Spine lacks label. Block sound. Bayley's verse here is a parody of Wordsworth's Lyrical Ballads; in "The Fisherman's Wife," a parody of Wordsworth's "The Idiot Boy," Bayley appended the note: "The simplicity of that most simple of poets, Mr. Wordsworth himself, is scarcely more simple tha the language of this stanza. Absit invidia dicto." Wordsworth wrote in a letter to Thomas de Quincey, 1804, that the "wretched creature" (Bayley) had committed "Plagiarism, I believe unexampled in the history of modern Literature" - !! Bayley's "The Ivy Seat" parodies the Lucy poems; "The Forest Fay" contains some plagiarisms of "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner," and Evining in the Vale of Festinog" parodies/plagiarizes "Tintern Abbey."The book is sold with all faults (including incendiary poetry!) A period bookmark, painted on vellum, is laid in.

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        Constitutions-Buch der rechtmäßigen und vollkommenen Loge freier und angenommener Maurer Archimedes zu den drei Reissbrettern in Altenburg. Gedruckt als Manuskript für Brüder

      (Altona), 1803.. 2 Bll., 243 S. Blauer Pappband d. Zt. Folio. 30 x 19 cm.

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        Tübingen, J.

      G. Cotta'schen Buchhandlung, 1803. 8:o. (2),+ 334 s.+ utvikbar tryckt tabell. Lätt lagerfläckig med enstaka småfläckar. Något nött samtida marmorerat pappband, gula snitt. Bring 342, variant 2. Åhlen s. 179. Första upplagan. Enligt Bring finns två exemplar kända, på KB resp. LUB, med 336 sidor (variant 1). En svensk översättning utkom 1811. Både det tyska originalet och den svenska översättningen blev förbjudna i Sverige. Schweizaren J. G. Kerner (1770-1812) var sekreterare hos den franske gesandten Reinhard i Köpenhamn, då han under sommaren och hösten 1802 gjorde flera resor till Skåne och Blekinge. I boken skildras besök i Helsingborg, Ramlösa, Höganäs, Lund, Malmö, Karlskrona, Karlshamn, Kristianstad, Landskrona och ett flertal av de skånska godsen. Svensk översättare är troligen Munck af Rosenschöld. I boken återfinns även en detaljerad skildring av svenska förhållanden och hånfulla anmärkningar mot Gustav IV Adolf för bigotteri och högfärd samt kommentarer rörande tvivlen på kungens äkta börd, vilket föranledde förbud och beslagtagande. Misstankarna om vem som försett Kerner med material riktades snart mot Munck af Rosenschöld, som också åtalades, men blev friad

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        HANDLEY CROSS OR MR. JORROCKS'S HUNT.

      In-8 gr., 2 voll., tela edit. con decoraz. oro al piatto, tit. oro al dorso, taglio sup. dorato, pp. (2),X,363; X,372; molto ben illustr. da Cecil Aldin che ha realizzato i 97 piacevolisssimi disegni nel t. e le 24 tavv. a colori (protette da veline con didascalia), f.t. Robert Smith Surtees (1803-1864), scrittore satirico del mondo che ruota intorno alla caccia alla volpe, è il creatore di Mr. Jorrocks, uno dei grandi caratteri comici della letteratura inglese. Cfr. Benezit,I, p. 173: "Cecil Aldin (1870-1935), dessinateur et illustrateur, a souvent traité des sujets de sport et de scènes de la vie quotidienne anglaise. On décèle dans sa manière, l'influence de John Leech et surtout celle du célèbre illustrateur Randolph Caldecott.". Bella ediz. in tirat. limit. di 250 esempl. numer. e firmati dall'artista. In ns., 171, con barbe, è molto ben conservato.

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        Utkast til en handbok för brunnsgäster, jämte beskrifning öfver de mäst godkände mineral-brunnar och bad-inrättningar i Sverige.

      Första afdelningen, om Medevi. Sthlm, H. A. Nordström, 1803. 8:o. Grav. front,(8),200 s. & 1 utvikbar grav. karta & 1 stor utvikbar grav. plansch. Häftad och oskuren i samtida gråpappomslag med handskriven titeletikett på ryggen, etikettsignerat av C. G. Hassellgren i Stockholm. Några revor längst ned på ryggen. Fin inlaga med endast enstaka obetydliga lagerfläckar. Läckert ex. med en handskriven dedikation "à m. baronne Åkerhielm".. Bibliotheca Walleriana 4188. Allt som utkom. Frontespisen av Er. Acharius och graverad av E. Åkerland och den ovanliga stora planschen ritad av Fahlcrantz och graverad av C. Akrel. Originalbanden till arbetet utfördes i regel av C. G. Hassellgren och finns i lite olika utföranden. Detta är det enklaste

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        Commentaries on the Laws of England

      1803. A Fine Early Nineteenth-Century BlackstoneBLACKSTONE, William. Commentaries on the Laws of England, In Four Books. The Fourteenth Edition, with the Last Corrections of the Author; and with Notes and Additions by Edward Christian, Esq.…London: Printed by A. Strahan…for T. Cadell and W. Davies, 1803.Fourteenth edition (first published at Oxford 1765-1769), the sixth edition published after Blackstone’s death, with notes and additions by Chief Justice of the Isle of Ely Edward Christian. Four octavo volumes (8 1/16 x 5 1/16 inches; 205 x 129 mm.). Irregular pagination. Collation: a8 B-Z8 Aa-Tt8 Uu4; A4 B-Z8 Aa-Uu8; A4 B-Z8 Aa- Mm8; a4 B-Z8 Aa-Pp8 Qq4 Rr2.Engraved frontispiece portrait in Volume I. Engraved “Table of Consanguinity” facing p. 204 and folding engraved “Table of Descents” facing p. 240 in Volume II.Contemporary calf. Covers decoratively ruled in blind. Smooth spines ruled in blind with red morocco gilt lettering labels and with volume numbers stamped in black. Board edges decoratively tooled in blind. A spectacular set.“Blackstone's great work on the laws of England is the extreme example of justification of an existing state of affairs by virtue of its history…Until the Commentaries, the ordinary Englishman had viewed the law as a vast, unintelligible and unfriendly machine; nothing but trouble, even danger, was to be expected from contact with it. Blackstone's great achievement was to popularize the law and the traditions which had influenced its formation. He has been accused of playing to the gallery, of flattering the national vice of complacency with existing institutions. The charge is in many respects just; but it is no small achievement to change the whole climate of public opinion…Blackstone was not interested in the science of law. All law is the same to him—the law of gravity or the law of the land. The object of the latter is to distinguish between right and wrong. Rights are either the rights of persons or of things; wrongs are either public or private. These theses from the headings of the four books of the Commentaries…He takes a delight in describing and defending as the essence of the constitution the often anomalous complexities which had grown into the laws of England over the centuries. But he achieves the astonishing feat of communicating this delight, and this is due to a style which is itself always lucid and graceful. This is the secret of Blackstone’s enormous influence” (Printing and the Mind of Man 212).This work was enormously successful with eight editions appearing in the author's lifetime, and “for sixty years after his death editions continued to follow one another almost as quickly” (D.N.B.).

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        The Domestic Encyclopaedia; or Dictionary of Facts, and Useful Knowledge. Comprehending a Concise View of the Latest Discoveries, Inventions, and Improvements. Chiefly Applicable to Rural and Domestic Economy... Five Volumes

      Philadelphia: William Young Birch, and Abraham Small. 1803. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. F First US Edition. H Hard Cover. Good. First American edition. Complete and well preserved five volume set, first four volumes 1803, fifth volume 1804, all as originally published. First published in London in 1802, the American edition contains considerable revisions to make it more suitable to the American market. Plates include an American fire engine, multiple agricultural mechanisms. Includes all 32 engraved plates called for plus one additional plate that does not appear in the binder's instructions, with additional woodcuts throughout the text. Three quarter calf over marbled boards, red spine labels and volume numbers, gilt lettering and ruling: xv, [1], 506 + 6 plates; vii, [1], 519 + 9 plates; [12], 516 + 6 plates; [12], 516 + 5 plates; [10], 476, 35, [1], [4] + 7 plates (one folding). Bindings most original and with expected wear and rubbing, marbled paper worn and lightly chipped at the edges, spine ends lightly scuffed but not chipped, spine labels all present and bright, bindings firm, text blocks sound, front free endpaper of volume I detached but present, some minor old dampstains to the outer edges of the volume II preliminaries, pages lightly to moderately foxed, name of Benj. T. Chase handwritten at the top of each title page.

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        Traité d'Economie politique ou simple exposition de la manière dont se ferment, se distribuent, et se consomment les richesses. 2 tomes.

      Paris, L'imprimerie de Crapelet, 1803. 8vo. 2 cont. uniform brown full calf bindings w. large gilt red titla-labels to richly gilt backs. Both volumes professionally rebacked, preserving the old backs. Minor loss to capitals, and old leather a bit "crackled". Gilding worn. Corners bumped, w. a bit of loss of leather. Edges of boards darkened and w. a bit of loss of outer layer of leather. Internally very nice w. some occasional brownspotting. W. both half-titles. (4), XLVI, 527; (4), 572 pp.. The seminal first edition of Say's main work, his "Treatise on Political Economy", which irrevocably created the study of economic politics as a separate science.The French businessman and economist Jean-Baptiste Say (1767-1832) was the first academic teacher of economics in France. With his classically liberal views, which included arguments of free trade and lowering of restraints on business, all in favour of competition, he became one of the leading founders of the classical school within economics. He is now primarily famous for his groundbreaking principle of markets, also known as "Say's Law", which is developed in his "Traité d'économie politique".Say's Law (of Markets) states that the supply of X creates the demand of Y; without supply, there can be no demand. Thus, according to Say, prosperity is increased by stimulating production, because the more that is produced, the more demand can be constituted. And thus, recession, according to Say, is not due to the lack of money or lack of demand, a view that has become of the utmost importance to the development of political economy. A severe decline in economic activity across the economy, which does not pass straight away, and which may ultimately lead to a "depression", cannot be turned around or mended by the creation of more money -which would merely result in inflation-, but by sparking the production. With this argument, Say was also the first to argue the neutrality of money in its effect on the economy, and as such, he also came to influence the later full development of the Quantity Theory of Money.Jean Baptiste Say was brought up in a merchant family, and he received a mercantile education. He was in business apprenticeship in England and was afterwards employed at an insurance firm in Paris, where he was encouraged to read Adam Smith's "Wealth of Nations". He then abandoned his business career in order to become an economist, and he began writing economic articles. His major work "A Treatise on Political Economy" was an attempt to improve on Smith's monumental work. The attempt must be said to have succeeded, and Say's work almost immediately became a classic within economics. Napoleon, however, wanted several passages to be changed, so that the work would fit with his own theories on political economy, and when Say refused this, the work was prohibited. This is the reason why, though a work of the greatest popularity, the second edition was not printed until 11 years later, in 1814. After that, the work was published in more than 30 editions, and it was translated into a large number of languages. The division into production, consumption and distribution of the classical doctrine, gave precedence to standard doctrines for more than a century. When Say, in opposition to Smith, defined the "entrepreneur" as something different from merely a capital investor, namely as the buyer, but also correlator, of the services of land, labour and capital, production, with Say, became a market phenomenon; - and it is this that leads him to develop his famous law of markets. "Say's Law" has been of the utmost importance to the development of political economy, no economists can ignore the importance and impact of this theory, and controversies over it continue to flourish. The theory was attacked by both Malthus in the 19th century and Keynes in the 20th. Say's ideas also helped inspire later 19th century neoclassical economics, and the later development of equilibrium economics is largely indebted to Say.Active during The French Revolution, Say accepted the principles that governed it, and he fought in favour of the republic in 1792. He became a member of the Tribunate, but was dismissed, because he refused to accept the financial policies of Napoleon and adapt those to his own theories. He then became a very successful textile manufacturer in the North of France; he copied the newly developed cotton-spinning techniques from England and introduced them here. After the fall of Napoleon, he returned to Paris, where he now began lecturing on political economy. In 1830 he was appointed the first professor of political economy in France

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        OPUSCOLI SCELTI SULLE SCIENZE E SULLE ARTI - TOMO XXII. Tratti dagli Atti delle Accademie, e dalle altre Collezioni Filosofiche e Letterarie, dalle Opere più recenti inglesi, tedesche, francesi, latine, e italiane e da manoscritti originali, e inediti.

      In-8 (mm. 241x174), similpelle mod., filetti e tit. oro al dorso, pp. 432,44, con 6 tavv. f.t. inc. in rame, ciasc. con più figg. (2 sono carte geografiche). "Tomo XXII" di questo importante periodico scientifico milanese che raccoglie saggi e memorie dei più grandi scienziati dell?epoca, edito dal 1778 al 1803. In Appendice ?Libri nuovi? in Italia e all?estero. Questo vol. raccoglie 54 saggi di cui: "18 di Agricoltura ed Arti" (?Del montone idraulico? del C. di Montgolfier - ?Ricerche chimico economiche sull?imbiancamento della seta? del Prof. G.A. Giobert - ?Sulla coltivazione dell?oppio in Toscana? del Dr. Carradori) - "26 di Fisica, Chimica e Storia Naturale" (?Sopra un Arco-baleno lunare? di P. Spadoni - ?Sulle stelle cadenti? di Beuzenberg e Brandes - ?Transunto d?un viaggio fatto nell?interno dell?Africa? di Horneman - ?Transunto de? viaggi di Mackenzie nell?interno dell?America settentrionale? - ?Osservazioni sulle anguille? di C. Amoretti - ?Ragguaglio del viaggio aereo del C. Zambeccari agli 8 ottobre 1803, ecc.) - "10 di Medicina e Anatomia" (?Sull?applicazione del galvanismo alla medicina? di A.M. Vassalli-Eaudi - ?Della vaccinazione fatta nel dipartimento del Verbano? del Dr. L. Sacco - ?Su alcune cure fatte in Como col voltaismo medico? di Laverine - ?Storia del Galvanismo?, ecc.). Con aloni ma complessivam. un buon esemplare.

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        Dramatic Poems, comprising the following Tragedies: Gunilda, Usurper, Matilda and Abdalla.

      Lewes: W. & A. Lee 1803.. First edition, 8vo, (iv, 7 List of Subscribers, 5), 295, (1) pp. Contemporary maroon half morocco, extremities with some wear, spine darkened with gilt tooling, slight loss to foot, marbled sides, edges stained yellow. Four unacted plays. "The author of numerous works long since forgotten" (DNB), Delap had several of his pieces staged by Garrick, but none achieved any real success.

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        Cession of the District of Matavai in the Island of Otaheite, to Captain James Wilson for the use of the Missionaries sent thither by that Society in the Ship Duff is Most Respectfully Dedicated, by their most obedient servants Willm Jeffrys and Co

      London:. 1803.. The title is preceded by the phrase "To the Treasurer and Directors of the London Missionary Society, this print representing the Cession..." Black & white mezzotint, as issued. 29 1/2" by 23" with sml. margins. Includes the engraved title. London, January 1st, 1803. For the Benefit of the Missionary Society. A large separately-issued mezzotint by Bartolozzi after the original oil painting by Smirke which is held by the National Library of Australia. Laid down on linen, which nicely stabilizes some slight creases & small marginal tears, two of which affect the caption, one barely into the plate. One sml. hole repaired. Overall, the picture is very bright, with warm glowing shades of gray nuancing the gathering of missionaries. England was enamored with Omai, the first Polynesian native to visit London, who accompanied Capt. James Cook after his 2nd voyage. He was seen as a living example of the "noble savage". However, Omai returned to the South Pacific in 1776 without being converted to Christianity, which was seen as a missed opportunity. To rectify that situation, the London Missionary Society was established, and in 1796, the ship Duff was dispatched with a group of 18 missionaries to Tahiti, under the command of Captain James Wilson. Wilson is seen in the foreground holding his hat, facing Chief Pomare. The Queen is held in the air on the shoulders of natives. At least 24 Tahitians & 17 Europeans are pictured on Matavai Bay. Nan Kivell & Spence, p. 324, National Library of Australia website. A very scarce print.

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        Bibliotheque portative des ecrivains françoise ou choix des meilleurs morceaux extraits de leurs ouvrage en prose.

      Seconde edition considérablement augmentée et sur un nouveau plan. 1-6. Londres, Dulau et co., 1803. Large 8vo. iii-viii,+ 340,+ iv; (2),+ 347,+ v; (2),+ 348,+ iv; (2),+ 356,+ iv; (2),+ 348,+ iv; (2),+ xviii,+ 340,+ vi,+ 46 pp. Contemporary half calf with five raised bands. Richly gilt spine with red and green labels. Six vols. Very fine. Brunet III, 1935

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        Insecta suecica descripta a Leonardo Gyllenhal. Classis I. Coleoptera sive Eleutheria

      Scaris & Lipsae: F.J. Leverentz & Friederic Fleischer, 1803. relié. 4 tomes en 4 Vol. in-8 (11,5x19cm). Edition originale. Rare. Demi basane havane, dos lisses ornés de doubles filets dorés comportant quelques traces de frottements, deux coiffes inférieures affectées d'un petit manque dû pour l'une à un léger travail de ver n'atteignant aucunement le texte, et de taches brunes, coiffe supérieure du tome 2 arasée, noms dorés d'un précédent propriétaires en queues, un mors du tome 3 fendu en tête, plats de papier marbré, reliures postérieures mais du XIXème. Rare et agréable exemplaire quasi exempt de rousseur. Entomologiste et militaire suédois qui fit ses études sous la houlette de Linné, Les insectes de suède (Insecta suecica) constitue sa plus importante contribution à la discipline ; sa collection d'insectes était très importante. Les tomes 1 et 4 comportent chacun, reliés in-fine, des précisions et annotations manuscrites couvrant 5 pages 1/2, d'une écriture fine et serrée, certainement de la main du premier possesseur de l'ouvrage : A. Godart dont le nom figure en queue de chaque volume. - F.J. Leverentz & Friederic Fleischer, Scaris & Lipsae _1803-1827, 4 tomes en 4 Vol. in-8 (11,5x19cm), 4 volumes reliés. - 4 volumes reliés

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        The Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy, 3 volumes

      London: Symonds. 1803. First printing. Hardcover. Very Good. First printing, 1803, 3 volumes; first printing in English of the complete text of the Principia. Ex-library copies, rebound in plain brown library buckram, titles in white on spines, text blocks trimmed all the way around, library bookplates on pastedowns (with 'withdrawn' stamps to all bookplates), stamps including perforated stamps to title pages, some minor removable paper labels to spines, texts and plates collated complete. A not very attractive set of a rare work.

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        Beschreibung von der Insel Ceylon, enthaltend Nachrichten von ihrer Geschichte, Geographie, Naturbeschreibung und von den Sitten und Gebräuchen ihrer verschiedenen Einwohner. Nebst dem Tagebuche einer Gesandtschaftsreise an den Hof des Königs von Candy. Aus dem Englischen mit Anmerkungen und mit einem Zusatze über die Perlenfischerrey übersetzt von J.A. Bergk. Leipzig, Rein, 1803. XVI, 510 S., 1 Bl. Mit 1 mehrfach gefalt. Kupferstichkarte. Hldr. d. Zt. m. RSch. u. RVerg. (Rücken etwas fleckig).

      Engelmann I, S. 130; Griep/Luber II, 1060.- Erste deutsche Ausgabe.- Captain Percival (1765-1826) kam nach seinem Militäreinsatz in der Kapkolonie 1797 mit den englischen Truppen auf die Insel. Er blieb drei Jahre und erlebte die Vertreibung der Holländer.- Alter Stempel auf dem Titel; papierbedingt leicht gebräunt und stockfleckig.

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        Bataille des pyramides. (Planche 12)

      Paris: Didot, 1803. Broché. 54x82cm. Gravure originale in folio non rognée, extraite du Voyage dans la Basse et la Haute Egypte de Vivant Denon. Planche dépliante composée d'une vue ainsi décrite par l'auteur: Bataille des pyramides. Ce tableau représente le moment de la double action, où deux corps de Mamelouks font chacun une sortie ; l'un sur les divisions Dugua, Desaix, et Reynier, l'autre sur le bataillon commandé par le général Rampon ( voyez dans le journal le récit de la bataille, tome 1, page 76 ). J'ai tâché de donner l'image d'une charge de Mamelouks, dont j'ai été plusieurs fois témoin , et dont la rapidité, l'abandon, le dévouement, et la bravoure chevaleresque, m'ont toujours frappé ; j'ai voulu rendre aussi l'effet de la mitraille sur cette cavalerie, qui venoit la braver jusqu'à la bouche du canon ; j'ai fait voir les serviteurs à pied à travers les combattants, leur maniere d'emporter les blessés, de les éloigner du combat; les chameaux portant les cartouches et les instruments guerriers; les palmiers avec leurs fruits , comme ils étoient à cette époque, et jusqu'à la gerçure produite par l'inondation et l'ardeur du soleil; enfin tout ce qui caractérise le pays, et contribue à lui donner une physionomie particuliere. Le fond contient tout ce que le vaste horizon offre d'intéressant : à droite de l'estampe, est la route qui conduit à Suez et en Asie, où l'on voit le corps d'Ibrahim-bey; la ville du Caire, au pied du Mokattam, ou l'extrémité de la chaîne arabique; le grand aqueduc, qui arrive jusqu'au vieux Caire, sur le bord du fleuve Boulac: plus en avant, le Nil, avec les isles de Raoudah, de Boulac, et du Lazaret ; le vaisseau amiral de la flotte de Mourat-bey, auquel, il fit mettre le feu pendant le combat : de l'autre côté du Nil, Djyzeh, la maison de Mourat-bey, la plaine et les pyramides de Ssackarah ; l'espace entre elles et celles de Djyzeh, qui est l'emplacement qu'occupoit Memphis; et en derniere ligne, le Mont-Libyque, dont la chaîne gît du sud au nord jusqu'aux pyramides de Djyzeh, et d'où , changeant tout-à-coup de direction à l'ouest, elle va se perdre dans les déserts de Barca. Rousseurs, quelques pliures, deux infimes restaurations marginales à l'aide de morceaux de filmoplast, sinon bel état de conservation. Publié pour la première fois en deux volumes, dont un atlas de gravures, chez Didot, en 1802, le 'Voyage dans la Basse et la Haute Égypte' connut un tel succès qu'il fut traduit dès 1803 en Anglais et en Allemand, puis quelques années plus tard en Hollandais et en Italien, notamment. Presque toutes les planches sont dessinées par Denon, qui en a aussi gravé lui-même un petit nombre, notamment des portraits d'habitants d'Egypte, qui ont encore gardée toute la fraîcheur d'esquisses prises sur le vif (nos 104-111). Une bonne vingtaine de graveurs ont également collaboré à la création des eaux-fortes dont Baltard, Galien, Réville et d'autres. Dominique Vivant, baron Denon, dit Vivant Denon, né à Givry le 4 janvier 1747 et mort à Paris le 27 avril 1825, est un graveur, écrivain, diplomate et administrateur français. A l’invitation de Bonaparte, il se joint à l’expédition d’Egypte en embarquant dès le 14 mai 1798 sur la frégate " La Junon ". Protégé par les troupes françaises, il a l’opportunité de parcourir le pays dans tous les sens, afin de rassembler le matériau qui servit de base à son travail artistique et littéraire le plus important. Il accompagne en particulier le général Desaix en Haute Egypte, dont il rapporte de très nombreux croquis, lavis à l’encre et autres dessins à la plume, à la pierre noire, ou à la sanguine. Il dessine sans relâche, le plus souvent sur son genou, debout ou même à cheval, et parfois jusque sous le feu de l’ennemi. A l’issue d’un voyage de 13 mois durant lesquels il dessine plusieurs milliers de croquis, Vivant Denon rentre en France avec Bonaparte, et devient le premier artiste à publier le récit de cette expédition. Les 141 planches qui accompagnent son Journal retracent l’ense une feuille

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        Vue du Caire, prise de la place êl-békyéh pendant le temps de l'inondation du Nil. (Planche 88)

      Paris: Didot, 1803. Broché. 81,5x54cm. Gravure originale in folio, extraite du Voyage dans la Basse et la Haute Egypte de Vivant Denon. Planche dépliante composée d'une vue ainsi décrite par l'auteur: La place de l'Elbequier, la plus grande place du Caire, sans régularité, sans groupe d'édifices pittoresques ; elle a cependant deux moments agréables dans l'année, celui où le Nil à sa grande hauteur y introduit ses eaux et l'inonde, et celui où l'eau en se retirant fait de toute la place un grand jardin couvert de la plus belle verdure. C'est la premiere époque que j'ai voulu représenter dans la pl. LXXXVIII ; c'est celle qui annonce une récolte abondante, c'est la fête de tous les ordres de la société, celle de tout le monde. Cette place, devenue alors un vaste bassin , est couverte de barques illuminées, dans lesquelles les grands se promenent, jouissant du calme et de la fraîcheur de la nuit : j'ai pensé d'ailleurs que moins on verroit les maisons, plus elles paroîtroient agréables : la principale est le palais d'Elfy-bey, que l'on voit à droite, et qui est éclairé par des pots à feu ; elle est devenue un monument historique pour avoir été l'habitation de Bonaparte pendant son séjour en Egypte, et par l'insigne valeur avec laquelle elle a été défendue dans le temps du siege du Caire, en l'an 8. Rousseurs marginales, unléger accroc marginal, sinon bel état de conservation. Publié pour la première fois en deux volumes, dont un atlas de gravures, chez Didot, en 1802, le 'Voyage dans la Basse et la Haute Égypte' connut un tel succès qu'il fut traduit dès 1803 en Anglais et en Allemand, puis quelques années plus tard en Hollandais et en Italien, notamment. Presque toutes les planches sont dessinées par Denon, qui en a aussi gravé lui-même un petit nombre, notamment des portraits d'habitants d'Egypte, qui ont encore gardée toute la fraîcheur d'esquisses prises sur le vif (nos 104-111). Une bonne vingtaine de graveurs ont également collaboré à la création des eaux-fortes dont Baltard, Galien, Réville et d'autres. Dominique Vivant, baron Denon, dit Vivant Denon, né à Givry le 4 janvier 1747 et mort à Paris le 27 avril 1825, est un graveur, écrivain, diplomate et administrateur français. A l’invitation de Bonaparte, il se joint à l’expédition d’Egypte en embarquant dès le 14 mai 1798 sur la frégate " La Junon ". Protégé par les troupes françaises, il a l’opportunité de parcourir le pays dans tous les sens, afin de rassembler le matériau qui servit de base à son travail artistique et littéraire le plus important. Il accompagne en particulier le général Desaix en Haute Egypte, dont il rapporte de très nombreux croquis, lavis à l’encre et autres dessins à la plume, à la pierre noire, ou à la sanguine. Il dessine sans relâche, le plus souvent sur son genou, debout ou même à cheval, et parfois jusque sous le feu de l’ennemi. A l’issue d’un voyage de 13 mois durant lesquels il dessine plusieurs milliers de croquis, Vivant Denon rentre en France avec Bonaparte, et devient le premier artiste à publier le récit de cette expédition. Les 141 planches qui accompagnent son Journal retracent l’ensemble de son voyage, depuis les côtes de la Corse jusqu’aux monuments pharaoniques de la Haute Egypte. Bonaparte le nomme ensuite directeur général du musée central de la République, qui devient le musée Napoléon, puis le musée royal du Louvre et administrateur des arts. En 1805, Vivant Denon relance le projet de la colonne Vendôme, qui avait été suspendu en 1803. Il organise ensuite des expéditions dans toute l’Europe impériale pour amasser les objets d'art, qui sont pillés pour être emportés au Louvre. En 1814, Louis XVIII le confirme à la tête du Louvre, dont une aile porte encore son nom aujourd’hui. Il est considéré comme un grand précurseur de la muséologie, de l'histoire de l'art et de l'égyptologie. - Didot, Paris _1803, 81,5x54cm, une feuille. - une feuille

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        A Group of Carnations [First State]

      London: April 2nd., 1803. Hand-coloured and colour-printed aquatint, stipple and line engraving by Caldwell. 20 7/16 x 15 5/8 inches. The most strikingly beautiful flower plates ever to be printed in England. "Carnations are cultivated forms of Dianthus caryophyllus, a flower grown in gardens since the time of the Emperor Augustus, during whose reign, according to Pliny, it was introduced to Rome from Spain. Found on castle ruins both in France and England, it has been suggested that it made its way to England from France in Norman times on stone imported for building castles. It was popular in medieval times both for its colour and its clove scent, and from the latter was known as the `clove-gillyflower'. Many varieties have been bred such as those shown in this picture, which was painted by Peter Henderson. These belong to what are called `florist's flowers', that is, varieties conforming to certain recognized standards. Those with broad stripes of one colour were classed as `Flakes': the Flakes in this group were named by Thornton `Palmers's Dutchess of Dorset' and `Palmer's Defiance'. Those with stripes of two or three colours were known as `Bizarres': Thornton called the Bizarres in this group `Caustin's British Monarch' and `Midwinter's Dutchess of Wurtemburg'. Those with toothed and coloured edges to the petals were `Piquettes', in this case `Davey's Defiance' and `Princess of Wales'." (Ronald King. The Temple of Flora by Robert Thornton. 1981, p.60). Thornton's Temple of Flora is the greatest English colour-plate flower book. "...Thornton] inherited a competent fortune and trained as a doctor. He appears to have had considerable success in practice and was appointed both physician to the Marylebone Dispensary and lecturer in medical botany at Guy's and St. Thomas's hospitals. But quite early in his career he embarked on his...great work. What Redouté produced under the patronage of L'Héritier, Marie Antoinette, the Empress Josephine, Charles X and the Duchesse de Berry, Thornton set out to do alone... Numerous important artists were engaged.. twenty-eight paintings of flowers commissioned from Abraham Pether, known as `Moonlight Pether', Philip Reinagle, ... Sydenham Edwards, and Peter Henderson... The result... involved Thornton in desperate financial straits... In an attempt to extricate himself he organized the Royal Botanic Lottery, under the patronage of the Prince Regent... it is easy to raise one's eyebrows at Thornton's unworldly and injudicious approach to publishing... But he produced... one of the loveliest books in the world" (Alan Thomas Great Books and Book Collecting, pp.142-144). First state of two of this plate from the Temple of Flora. `Minute alterations which in no way affected the appearance of the prints were made at an early stage of this plate, which... is one of the finest of Thornton's productions. In its final state... the background has been entirely removed and a bluish white wash substituted, while the temple on the right has been re-engraved.. Impressions of the Carnations vary therefore more widely than any others.' (Handasyde Buchanan. Thornton's Temple of Flora, 1951, p.16).

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        The Triumphs of Temper

      Chichester: Printed by J. Seagrave for T. Cadell and W. Davies. 1803. First printing. Hardcover. Near Fine. First printing to feature Flaxman's illustrations engraved by William Blake. Small 8vo (17 cm), full original tree calf, red spine label, gilt decorated spine compartments featured encircled rose medallions, 164 pp., six engraved copperplates. Unusually sharp and attractive copy, with some expert and hardly noticable japanese paper reinforcement to inner hinges, lightest rubbing to binding, contents very good and crisp, minor foxing, especially noticable to margins of the plates. Bookplate of Julius Hope Josephus, Baron Szilassy, a minor late 19th century diplomat and ownership signature of a forebear of his, L. A. Hope, 1807, on flyleaf.

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        Le Livre des Mille Nuits et Une Nuit

      - Paris Librairie Charpentier et Fasquelle, 1803 Book. Very Good. Hardcover. A complete sixteen volume collection of 'Le Livre des Mille Nuits et Une Nuit' by John Charles Madras. Joseph Charles Mardrus, otherwise known as Jean-Charles Mardrus (18681949), born in Cairo, was a French physician and a noted translator. Today he is best known for his translation of the 'Le Livre des Mille Nuits et Une Nuit' aka 'Thousand and One Nights' from Arabic into French, which was published from 1898 to 1904, and was in turn rendered into English by Powys Mathers. One Thousand and One Nights is a collection of Middle Eastern and South Asian stories and folk tales compiled in Arabic during the Islamic Golden Age. It is often known in English as the Arabian Nights, from the first English language edition (1706), which rendered the title as The Arabian Nights' Entertainment. The work was collected over many centuries by various authors, translators and scholars across the Middle East, Central Asia and North Africa. The tales themselves trace their roots back to ancient and medieval Arabic, Persian, Indian, Turkish, Egyptian and Mesopotamian folklore and literature. Some of the stories of The Nights, particularly Aladdin's Wonderful Lamp, Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves and The Seven Voyages of Sinbad the Sailor, while almost certainly genuine Middle-Eastern folk tales, were not part of The Nights in Arabic versions, but were interpolated into the collection by Antoine Galland and other European translators. Mardrus's version of the Arabian Nights is racy, elegant, and highly readable. It is mentioned explicitly in the pages of A Remembrance of Things Past. Mardrus inserted a lot of imaginative material of his own, and his translation, while not wholly authentic, is very well written and developed. Complete in16 Volumes. In French. Condition: In half paper vellum bindings with cloth boards. Externally, generally smart with some wear to the top and tail of the spine and rubbing to the boards. Some marksandpartsof the paper vellum to Volumes XVI, XV andIX is torn or has some slight loss. Internally, firmly bound and age toned with some spotting throughout. Dusting to the text block edge which is encroaching onto the margins. Overall Condition: VERY GOOD..

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        Advice to Mothers, on the Subject of Their Own Health; and on the Means of Promoting the Health, Strength, and Beauty, of their Offspring.

      First Edition, 419pp (+advertisement leaf), large octavo, spine elaborately gilt in compartments, green morocco label, marbled boards, front hinge slightly worn but sound, an excellent attractive copy, London, Printed by A. Strahan, for T. Cadell and W. Davies, 1803. *Wellcome, II, p. 262. See Heirs of Hippocrates, 994. * Paediatrics, obstetrics, nursing and welfare provision for the poor. Includes chapters on: Hints to Women before Marriage; Rules of Conduct during Pregnancy; A Few Remarks on Childbirth; Nursing and Rearing of Children; On the Influence of Air on the Health and Lives of Children; Of Children's Dress; Of the Injury done to Children by the too early and unnecessary Use of Medicines; On Food proper for Children; Of Exercise and Rest during Infancy; Dwarfism; Baneful Effects of Parental Tenderness toward Children; Of Employments unfavourable to the Growth and Health of Children; Of Accidents; Of Foundling Hospitals and other Charitable Institutions for the Rearing of Poor or Deserted Children. The final part, a long Appendix (pp.377-419, set in a smaller typeface) is on nursing, Buchan discussing at length a pamphlet by a Dr Cadogan, agreeing with him that "the business of nursing has been too long fatally left to the management of women, who cannot be supposed to have proper knowledge to fit them for such a task, notwithstanding they look upon it to be their own province." * William Buchan (1729-1805) Scottish physician, educated Edinburgh University, entered a medical practice in Yorkshire and became a physician with the Foundling Hospital. His dissertation for his MD, in 1761, was 'On the Preservation of Infant Life'. He practiced as a physician at Edinburgh from 1766 to 1778, and relocated his practice to London in 1778. Buchan first published his immensely popular 'Domestic Medicine' in 1769 which sold 80,000 copies and was translated into many European languages and became a great standard work in households in England, Scotland, New England and the US Colonies. The present book is far rarer, particularly so in this first London edition. PROVENANCE: With the armorial bookplate and signature of Richard York (1786?-1843) of Wighill Park, Yorkshire; married 1801, Lady Mary Anne Lascelles from Harewood House, Yorkshire - daughter of Edward Lascelles 1st Earl of Harewood. (Perhaps this book was a gift in the early years of their marriage).

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        The Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy. To which are added: Newton's System of the World; A Short Comment on, and Defence of, the Principia, by W. Emerson: with The Laws of the Moon's Motion according to Gravity, by John Machin. [Vols II & III only]

      London:: H.D. Symonds,, 1803.. New Edition (stated) - and the First English edn of Book III.. Hardcover. Very Good+. Vol II: [ii], 321, (i), [10] index: with 19 numbered fold-out diagrams and 2 folding tables; Vol III: vi, 231, [1] advert: with 10 fold-out diagrams (some numbered). Vol II constitutes Books II and III of the Principia, together with a 7-page appendix of explications furnished by the editor; Vol III contains Newton's System of the World and the pieces by Emerson and Machin. The foldout diagrams are toned, in a few cases heavily, as are the last few pages of Vol III: in other respects text and diagrams are in very good order. In contemporary half calf with marbled boards and endpapers, the spines ruled gilt and titled. Boards rubbed, joints and ends recently refurbished with Japanese tissue. An attractive part-set of the English edition.

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        The Temple of Nature; or The Origin of Society: A Poem with philosophical notes [with plates by Henry Fuseli]

      London: Printed for J. Johnson, St. Paul's Churchyard, by T. Bensley, Bolt Court, Fleet Street, 1803. First Edition. Half Leather, Paper-covered Boards. Near Fine. First Edition. 4to; [6], 174, [2], 124pp, with the half-title, frontispiece and three further full-page engravings, including The Creation of Eve after Henry Fuseli. Contemporary (probably original) half-leather, the spine ruled in blind in six compartments with a new red morocco label gilt, and blue paper-covered boards. A superb, wide-margined, unsophisticated copy, the binding tight and secure, the pages and plates fresh and virtually free of foxing, the plates in deep, dark, rich impressions. Provenance: Very pretty engraved oval book label of C. Hunt on the front paste down. OCLC Number: 3182406. Erasmus Darwin's final work, published posthumously, was this paean to evolution (he had adumbrated the concept at the end of a long footnote to The Loves of the Plants, published anonymously in 1789 and republished throughout the 1790s as part of The Botanic Garden—we also have a splendid copy of that work on offer: please inquire). In The Temple of Nature, considered his best poem, Darwin maps the progression of life from micro-organisms to civilized society. In the first canto, he traces the origin of life to the forces of heat, repulsion, attraction, and contraction on brute matter, with organic forms arising in the sea, moving onto land, and ultimately evolving into humans. Reproduction, the theme of Canto II , is shown to facilitate evolution through the inheritance of acquired characteristics and the emergence of new traits in sexual reproduction. (Recent research has exposed the debt owed to Erasmus by his more famous grandson, Charles. According to the ODNB, "It is now known that Charles's draft ‘Preliminary notice’ for Krause's (1879) essay on Erasmus's scientific work was substantially edited by Charles's daughter Henrietta in such a way as to underplay Charles's admiration for, and intellectual debt to, his grandfather. Early exposure to the ideas of Zoonomia was crucial in Charles's formulation of his theory of evolution and the connections between these two evolutionary theorists may have been underestimated.") The third canto celebrates the triumph of human reason in the accomplishments of natural philosophers and technological innovators such as Newton, Herschel, Savery, and Arkwright. In the final canto Darwin reflectes on the moral dimensions of his vision: accounting for death and destruction, including natural checks on human population growth, as necessary components in nature's progressive ways. (adapted from ODNB)

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        Reise von Glogau nach Sorrent, über Breslau, Wien, Triest, Venedig, Bologna, Florenz, Rom und Neapel. von dem Verfasser des Natalis

      Berlin, Maurer 1803 -1804. 18 cm. 3 Bände. 12, 290; 12, 340, (2); 16, 360 Seiten mit 3 gestochenen Frontispizes und 4 ausfaltbaren Kupfertafeln. Festeinband, Halbledereinband der Zeit mit Rückenschild, Rückenvergoldung und marmorierten Vorsätzen - Kosch DLL I, 390 - Engelmann, Geogr. 251 - Holzm. / Boh. Anonym II, 11550 - Erstausgabe, dicht bei Goedeke, Brümmer und Tresoldi. Typisches Beispiel für die Italien-Sehnsucht der Romantik. Benkowitz (1764 - 1807), war 1804 Kammersekretär in Glogau. Die Stationen seiner Reise waren Troppau, Brünn, Wien, Graz, Laibach, Triest, Treviso, Venedig, Padua, Bologna, Florenz, Siena, Viterbo, Rom, Terracina, Neapel, etc. Mit Ansichten des Palazzo Pitti und der Uffizien sowie 2 schönen Umrißkupfern des Golfs von Neapel. Exemplar aus der Bibliothek der Grafen von Schönborn-Buchheim mit gestochenem Wappen-Exlibris. Leicht berieben, innen stellenweise schwach gebräunt. -

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        Bibliothèque Portative Du Voyageur: 47 Volumes including Histoire de Gil Blas; Fables de La Fontaine; Théatre de Voltaire, etc

      T. Desoer; J.B. Fournier / Bibliothèque Portative Du Voyageur, Paris, 1803. Later Edition. Hardcover (Full Leather). Very Good. A collection of 47 volumes published by the Bibliothèque Portative, bound in uniform (save for Grecourt) acid calf. Various wear, a few detached boards, many cracked hinges, chips to spine ends, a few with significant loss of leather, some missing spine labels. Most though, Very Good. Includes: Le Sage. Gil Blas. 5 volumes. * Bossuet. Discours sur L'Histoire Universelle. 3 volumes. * Corneille. Chefs-D'Oeuvre. 5 volumes. * Racine. Oeuvres. 4 volumes. * Moliere. Oeuvres. 7 volumes. * Grammont. Memoires. 2 volumes. * Dumoustier. Lettres A Emilie sur la Mythologie. 3 volumes. * Voltaire. Theatre. 5 volumes. * La Fontaine. Fables. 2 volumes. * La Fontaine. Contes. 2 volumes. * Considerations sur les Causes de la Grandeur des Romains. * De Bernis. Oeuvres. * Bernard. Oeuvres. * Tressan. Histoires du Petit Jehan de Saintre. * Gresset. Oeuvres Choisies. * Daphnis et de Chloe. * Boileau. Oeuvres. * Grecourt. Oeuvres. * La Pucelle D'Orleans. Housed in a period travel box shaped like a book, now quite worn with the lid missing. A charming collection of this popular portable edition, meant to go on long journeys via the newly popular steamships. Volumes measure 3 5/8" x 2 3/4" some 1802, 1803, some undated. The box measures about 14" x 10" - the size of a thick folio volume. Size: 16mo . Text is clean and unmarked. All edges gilt in good condition. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: 2 lbs 0 oz. Category: Fiction Classic & Modern; Inventory No: 038370. .

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        [COLLECTION OF FOURTEEN AUTOGRAPH LETTERS, SIGNED, AND MANUSCRIPT LETTERS OR CIRCULARS IN A SECRETARIAL HAND, FROM COMMODORE EDWARD PREBLE TO TOBIAS LEAR, THE AMERICAN CONSUL TO THE BARBARY STATES, DISCUSSING ALL THE MOST IMPORTANT ISSUES AND ACTIONS OF THE BARBARY WARS]

      Various ports and locations in the Mediterranean and the Barbary States. 1803-1804.. [25]pp. of manuscript, written on folded folio sheets. Several pages have tears from wax seals or otherwise, with some paper loss, affecting a few words of text on two letters, but generally with no loss of text or readability. Overall very good. In a half morocco and cloth clamshell case. A truly outstanding group of letters from Commodore Edward Preble to Tobias Lear, addressing all the most important issues in the era of the Barbary Wars. Preble, commander of the United States Mediterranean Squadron, and Lear, the consul in Algiers, were the two most important Americans in the most sensitive region for the United States. Theirs is a correspondence of the highest level, and offers unparalleled insights into the diplomatic and military policies of the United States during the Barbary Wars. Edward Preble and Tobias Lear likely knew each other since the 1770s, as both were students at Dummer Academy in Massachusetts in the early years of the American Revolution. In 1803 Preble was made commander of the Mediterranean Squadron and Tobias Lear was the newly- appointed American consul general to the Barbary States. The Mediterranean was an important trading region for the United States, but the region was a mine field as well, as pirates sponsored by the leaders of the Barbary states routinely harassed and attacked American shipping in the area. Preble and Lear sailed to the Mediterranean together in the summer of 1803, aboard the USS Constitution; Lear charged with improving American relations with Algiers, Tripoli, Tunis, and Morocco, and Preble with projecting American military might into the region, to protect American trading interests. The letters in this collection address the capture of the USS Philadelphia and the subsequent destruction of that ship by American forces in the bay of Tripoli; Preble's capture of the ship that was used in the American attack on the Philadelphia; strategies for ransoming the crew of the Philadelphia; Preble's blockade of the port of Tripoli and his attacks on Morocco and Tripoli; and much more. The letters in this collection are dated September, 1803 to December, 1804. Four of the letters appear to be completely in Preble's hand, while the other ten are in secretarial hands. Commodore Edward Preble (1761-1807) was born at Falmouth (now Portland, Maine). He joined the Massachusetts state navy in 1780, and participated in battles against the Royal Navy and Loyalist privateers. For a brief time he was held prisoner by the British aboard the prison ship, Jersey. After the war he engaged as a master and supercargo of merchants vessels sailing to Europe, Africa, and the West Indies. By the time of the "Quasi War" in the 1790s he was eager to join the American navy, and was commissioned a lieutenant in 1798, and was promoted to captain the following year. In 1803-1804 Preble was commander of the U.S. Mediterranean Squadron, arguably the most important command in the navy at the time. The United States was at war with the Barbary states and Preble's activities in this period - the period covered by the present group of letters - are what made his reputation. He fought successfully against Morocco and Tripoli and engineered, with Stephen Decatur, the destruction of the captured American frigate, Philadelphia. After his return to the United States he supervised the construction of gunboats and served as an adviser to the Navy. Tobias Lear (1762-1816) is best known for his service as George Washington's personal secretary, and for his diplomatic work. He served as Washington's aid from 1786 to 1793, and again from 1798 until Washington's death the next year. He was very close to the Washington family - he married two of Washington's nieces, was at George Washington's bedside when he died, and was executor of his estate. Lear's activities in that capacity were clouded by controversy, as he was suspected of destroying several of Washington's personal papers after the General's death. Thomas Jefferson appointed Lear as consul to Saint Domingue during the reign of Touissant Louverture, a position he held for a year, until May, 1802. Shortly afterward, Jefferson appointed Lear as consul general to the Barbary states. Stationed at Algiers, he held the sensitive post until 1812, when the dey of Algiers expelled him. Lear's tenure as consul in Algiers was controversial as well, as he negotiated a treaty with the pasha of Tripoli in 1805, which included provisions to pay a ransom of $60,000 for the captive crew of the American ship, USS Philadelphia. During the War of 1812 Lear negotiated with the British over prisoner-of-war exchanges in northern New York. He committed suicide in 1816. The earliest letter in this group was written by Preble from Gibraltar Bay on September 30, 1803, just over two weeks after he and Lear arrived at Gibraltar with the USS Constitution. The pressing matter at hand for the United States was the hostility of Morocco, and Preble writes Lear: "I had had correspondence with Mr. Simpson. Shall make you fully acquainted with the present state of affairs with our Morocco 'friends' [underlined in the original] as soon as I see you." In another letter, dated the next day, Preble invites Lear to join him for lunch, no doubt to inform him of the steps he is taking to bring the Moroccan sultan to heel. Preble gathered his naval forces quickly, and on October 3rd he wrote Lear again, inviting him to join him aboard the Constitution for another update on the rapidly evolving situation: "I have rec'd. dispatches from Mr. Simpson & wish to consult you immediately. Be so good as to come in the boat which brings you this, as I cannot leave the ship at present. I shall sail this afternoon." By mid-November Preble had managed to wring concessions from the Moroccans, but was now occupied with Tripoli. On November 14th Preble wrote Lear to coordinate their movements toward Algiers: "Your proposition to wait at Algiers until the spring, I think prudent and proper, as the season is now too far advanced for active operations against Tripoli, with any prospect of success." The next document in the present collection is a manuscript copy of Preble's announcement of the blockade of the harbor of Tripoli. It is written in the form of a circular, in a secretarial hand, addressed to Lear, datelined at the Bay of Algiers, and signed by Preble as "commander in chief of the United States Ships of War in the Mediterranean." The text reads: "Sir, Whereas the United States of America, and the Regency of Tripoli, are in a state of war and actual hostility with each other; I have thought proper in order to distress the enemy, by preventing any supplies from reaching him, to blockade the port of Tripoli by a detachment of ships of war acting under my orders; and you are hereby requested to communicate this information to the government of Algiers, and to all the consuls of neutral powers residing there, that they may warn the vessels of their respective flags, that all neutral vessels that attempt to enter the port of Tripoli, or are met with on the coast of that port, after this notice as received by such neutral powers, will be stopped by the squadron under my command, and sent into port for adjudication." The next letter in the group is present in two copies, both in a secretarial hand. It was written by Preble from Malta harbor, and is dated January 17, 1804. Preble discusses the situation of the captured ship, USS Philadelphia, his plans for a prisoner exchange in order to free its crew - which was being held in Tripoli - and also relates news of his capture of a Turkish vessel. He alludes to plans being formed with regard to Tripoli (likely the attack on the Philadelphia, which would take place a month later), but tells Lear that he is loath to brief him by letter, but will send someone to Algiers to fill him in on his plans: "I was honored with your esteem'd favor by the Siren, and most sincerely deplore the loss of the Philadelphia and its attendant consequences - it was to me an unexpected & mortifying circumstance, but we must make the best of it. I have not yet had it in my power to send a boat on shore of Tripoli on account of the severe weather I met with near that Coast. On the 23rd of December in sight of Tripoli I captured a vessel under Turkish colours from that Port only a few hours out, bound to Bengara. She had on board two Tripoline officers of distinction, a number of Tripoline soldiers, 30 young black women and 12 black boys, some belonging to the Bashaw, and some to Tripoline merchants, and some of the officers side arms &c. captured in the Philadelphia. The prize is now in Syracuse where I have established my head quarters. I came here yesterday in the Vixen to have the papers of the prize translated, and to forward some necessary supplies to Captain Bainbridge, his officers and crew. I hope this capture will enable me to effect the release of some of our countrymen and I have proposed an exchange. I shall write you as soon as I know the results of my proposition to the Bashaw & shall by the next opportunity send you copies of my letters. It will not do to be too anxious for the ransom of our friends, as the Bashaws demands will undoubtedly be too exorbitant to meet the concurrence of our government. I am taking measures to lessen his pretensions as soon as the weather becomes favorable to our operations and hope to convince him that it will be for his interest to make peace on reasonable terms. It would be imprudent in me at present to make known to you by letter my plans. I shall 'ere long send a vessel to Algiers you will then have all the information I can give you." Preble's next letter was written two weeks later, on January 31, from Syracuse harbor. It is a remarkable letter, divulging plans for Stephen Decatur's daring attack on the Philadelphia using the ship that Preble has just captured, and discussing with Lear possible strategies for negotiating with Tripoli for the American sailors captured from the Philadelphia, including the payment of a ransom. Preble writes: "Since my last letter to you I have discovered that the prize I took off Tripoly [sic] the 23rd ulto. under Turkish colours was in that port when the Philadelphia ran on the rocks; and that the captain who pretended to be a Turk took on board upwards of an hundred Tripolines armed with swords and muskets - slipped his cables - hauled down the Turk's and hoisted Tripoline colours, and went out to the attack; and as soon as the frigate surrendered boarded her, plundered the officers and men, and conducted them as prisoners to the Bashaw. In consequence of this conduct I have detained him and his crew, and shall make prize of the vessel. The captain and crew having acted hostile towards our flag under enemies colours, I cannot release either the vessel or them, as I have no doubt but should they meet an American merchant vessel they would without hesitation capture her. If a Tripoline, he is a prize, if a Turk, a pirate. I find on translation of the papers that 23 of the negroes belonging to the Bashaw of Tripoly, which he intended as presents to the captain Pacha and other officers; and 20 of them belonged to the officers and merchants of Tripoly, which were for sale....The prize is equipped as a cruiser. She sails tomorrow with 70 volunteers from the squadron on board, under the command of Captain Decatur whose orders are to burn the Philadelphia in the harbour of Tripoly. The Siren brig goes with him to assist with her boats and cover the retreat. I hope they will succeed; it is of national importance that they should." Preble then discusses the situation of the captured crew of the Philadelphia, and possibly paying a ransom for their freedom: "I have rec'd. letters from Capt. B[ainbridge] as late as the 18th inst. He complains of not having received one from me, notwithstanding I have written several from Malta last week. I forwarded clothing, stores & money to a considerable amount to the care of the English and Danish consuls. The Bashaw has received my proposals for an exchange of prisoners ere this, but I have no answer. While I was at Malta I received proposals from the Bashaw of Tripoly's agent for a peace, which he says he is authorised by the Bashaw to negotiate. The Bashaw finds we are making considerable preparations for the next summer, and has become alarmed. His agent proposes a truce for 10 years. I told him that would not do. I had several consultations with him and assured him we never would consent to pay a cent for Peace or Tribute. He then proposed that we should give the Bashaw 500 dollars for each of the Philadelphia's officers and crew - a schooner in exchange for the frigate, and make peace without money or tribute and that they would exchange 60 Americans for the sixty Tripolines in my possession. This would be gaining peace on more reasonable terms than is expected by our government. Say 300 American captives; 60 Tripolines deduct'd; leaves 240 at 500 doll. each, $120,000 and we should gain something by exchanging one of the worst schooners for the frigate. If you could prevail on Mr. O'Brien [Lear's predecessor as consul at Algiers] to come here with Capt. Smith as he speaks the language of Barbary, he could be of infinite service in any negotiation. I should be glad to see you both here, and wish I had a larger vessel to send for your accomodation [sic]; but if you cannot leave Algiers at present what sum will you authorise me to pay for the ransom of the officers and crew of the Philadelphia, if the Bashaw will make peace without money - without any annual tribute or any consular present - except a small present at the reception of the first consul that is appointed? I am anxious to know your opinion, as I expect further proposals from the Bashaw in three weeks." Ultimately, Tobias Lear negotiated an agreement with Tripoli in 1805, in which the United States paid $60,000 in ransom for the crew of the Philadelphia. The agreement drew much scorn in the United States, most of it directed at Lear. On June 19, 1804, from the USS Constitution at Tunis Bay, Preble wrote Lear a long and interesting letter regarding his hopes for negotiation with Tripoli, but detailing the preparations he has made to attack the harbor of Tripoli should need be. Preble appealed to the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies for boats and weapons, which he ultimately used to attack Tripoli's maritime defenses numerous times in August and early September, 1804. He writes that since his last letter "the squadron has closely blockaded Tripoly. The 4th of May I left this Bay for Naples and applied to the King for the loan of six gun and two mortar boats completely prepared for service, with a sufficient stock of naval and military stores for a siege. I also applied for six long battering cannon 26 pounders for the upper deck of this ship, the whole was immediately granted. I took on board the battering cannon, nine hundred shot, and one hundred barrels of powder at Naples, and sailed for Messina where I remained three days, and sailed for Syracuse with six gun boats under American colours, each carrying a long 26 pounder, and manned with 30 Americans. The bombards will be ready in a few days; I intend then to make a dash at the Tripolotans, and I hope with success." While he prepared for war with Tripoli, Preble pursued a two-track negotiation: using the French consul, Bonaventure Beaussier, as an intermediary, and also sending his own officers to open channels of communication with the leader of Tripoli. He writes: "I enclose you copies of two letters from Mr. Beaussier and my answers [not included with this collection] - you will readily discover he is no friend of ours. I also send you a copy of my instructions to Captain O'Brien [also not included here] the 13th instant where I sent him on shore at Tripoly to endeavour to negotiate for the ransom of our country men, and for peace if the Bashaw should desire it. I conceived your letter of the 23rd march by the Vixen sufficient authority for me to say that I was empowered to ransom the prisoners, and make peace whenever it could be done consistent with the honor and dignity of the United States. The terms offered, I presume, would have been satisfactory to our government, if they had been accepted, and hope I shall be able ere long to oblige the Bashaw to accept, although he has been so imprudent as to refuse them....It is truly singular that the French consul did not see Mr. O'Brien when he landed at Tripoly, notwithstanding he has instructions from his government to endeavour to procure the liberation of the officers and crew of the Philadelphia." In this same letter Preble also discusses what he considers the petty complaints of the leaders of the Barbary states with regard to ships seized by the U.S. Navy, relates his understanding of American reinforcements on their way to the Mediterranean ("with such a force at hand, we shall have nothing to fear from the powers of Barbary combined"), and describes the efforts he has taken to alleviate the condition of the prisoners taken from the USS Philadelphia: "Captain Bainbridge complains of the want of clothing for his people. I have now on board this ship a sufficient quantity ready made for them to last more than twelve months but have not been permitted to send them shore. I hope to in a few days as well as a quantity of stores, and a full supply of cash." The final letter, dated at Naples on December 22, 1804, is a copy of a letter (noted "triplicate") written from Preble to Commodore Samuel Barron. Barron, who was senior to Preble in rank and led a larger and more powerful squadron than Preble's, replaced him as commander of the United States fleet in the Mediterranean in September, 1804. Preble notes that his ship will sail "direct for the United States" that evening, and writes Barron with information on negotiations he had undertaken with Palermo for more guns and ships to use in the fight with the Barbary states. Preble says that he came to Palermo armed with letters of introduction to the Prime Minister and King, and though he had audiences with both he was unable to secure any additional weapons or ships. He suspects "that French influence here has deprived us of the gun boats....Beware of the French consul in Tripoli, for I believe him to be our enemy." Preble advises Barron to approach the Maltese for gun boats, mortars, and shells, and gives his "ardent wishes for your prosperity and that of the squadron under your command." A collection of letters of the highest importance, addressing all the most important issues and actions of the Barbary Wars in 1803-1804, written from the commander of American naval forces to the leading American diplomat in the region.

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        [MANUSCRIPT LETTER, SIGNED, FROM THE FRENCH COLONIAL PREFECT OF LOUISIANA, LAUSSAT, TO CAPTAIN GUILLERMO DUPARC, COMMANDANT OF THE POINT COUPEE POST, TELLING HIM OF THE SPANISH RETROCESSION OF LOUISIANA TO THE FRENCH, AND INSTRUCTING HIM TO TAKE THE NECESSARY MEASURES TO EXERT CONTROL OVER HIS PARISH]

      New Orleans. December 10 [i.e. 9], 1803 [17 Frimaier an 12].. [1]p. letter on a folded folio sheet, with engraved scene entitled "Republique Francaise" at the top of the first page. A few manuscript notes and calculations on the second and fourth pages. Old folds. Some soiling on fourth page, a bit of ink bleedthrough. Very good. [with:] [PRINTED INVITATION, SENT BY THE FRENCH COLONIAL PREFECT OF LOUISIANA, LAUSSAT, FOR A GALA IN HONOR OF THE SPANISH COMMANDER IN LOUISIANA, AND IN ANTICIPATION OF HANDING THE LOUISIANA TERRITORY OVER TO THE UNITED STATES]. December 11, 1803 [19 Frimaire an XII]. [1]p., printed on a folded quarto sheet, addressed in manuscript on the fourth page. Small tear in upper right corner of first page, half-inch split along one fold. Very good. The pair in a half morocco clamshell case, cloth chemises. A remarkable pair of documents, announcing to a local French commander the completion of the transfer of Louisiana from Spanish to French control, and inviting him to an upcoming gala in honor of the local Spanish commander and the forthcoming transfer of Louisiana Territory to the United States. The letter and invitation are both addressed to Captain Guillermo Duparc, commandant of the Point Coupee military outpost, just northwest of Baton Rouge. Pierre Clément de Laussat, the last French Colonial Prefect of Louisiana, arrived there in late March 1803, just a month before the Louisiana Purchase Treaty was signed in Paris (on April 30). Spain had ceded Louisiana to the French in the Treaty of San Ildefonso of 1800, though the provisions of the treaty had remained a secret; his immediate responsibility was to oversee the transfer from Spain to France. Laussat had been hearing rumors since his arrival of a potential sale of Louisiana from France to the Americans, and those rumors were officially confirmed to him in August. In May 1803 the Spanish commanders of Louisiana, including the Marquis de Casa Calvo, announced the forthcoming retrocession of Louisiana from Spanish to French control, a process that was formally completed on November 30, 1803. In the present letter, dated just nine days after the completion of the Spanish retrocession, Laussat writes Duparc, sending him (in translation from the French) "the order which I have issued concerning taking possession of the French Republic of Louisiana in your district. I reached an agreement on it, in advance, with the Commissioners of S.M.C. [Sa Majeste Catholique, i.e. King Charles IV of Spain] dated the 12th of Frimaire [December 4, 1803]." Laussat writes that, along with the proclamation, he is sending Duparc various decrees regarding the circumstances of French control and asks him to redouble his efforts for tranquility, peace, and order in his district. The proclamation and decrees mentioned by Laussat are not present with this letter. The manuscript letter is on Laussat's official letterhead, with the seal of the French Republic and the engraved text, "Marine. Coloniea. Louisiane." Interestingly, Laussat has annotated the pre-printed portion of the letter, changing his title from "Colonial Prefect of Louisiana" to "Colonial Prefect Commissioner of the French Government," reflecting the new political situation after the Spanish hand- over of the territory to the French just nine days earlier. The printed invitation is also addressed to M. Duparc, and is very rare, located by Jumonville in only one other copy, at the Historic New Orleans Collection. Dated December 11, 1803, it invites Duparc to a soiree hosted by Laussat on "next Thursday," the 15th of December. The party was being held to commemorate the transfer of Louisiana from Spanish to French control, and its impending transfer to the United States. More specifically the party was in honor of the Spanish commander, the Marquis de Casa-Calvo, brigadier of the Spanish armies, in thanks for the Spaniards' efforts in recent days, and as a sign of the union and friendship between the Spanish and French governments. On December 20, 1803, just eleven days after writing this letter and five days after his gala in honor of Casa-Calvo, Laussat presided over the ceremony officially transferring Louisiana Territory to the United States. Laussat's manuscript letter and printed invitation of Captain Duparc are rare survivals, and fascinating evidence of the political, military, and social aspects of events in Louisiana in 1803, from the Spanish transfer of control of the territory to France, to the official completion of the Louisiana Purchase by the United States. Printed invitation: JUMONVILLE 86.

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        Poems on Various Subjects

      Sold by Longman and Rees and J. Hatchard London: Sold by Longman and Rees and J. Hatchard 1803 First edition. Contemporary blue boards, uncut and partially unopened, rebacked to style, with new printed paper label. . Octavo. Long subscriber's list at rear (according to Jackson, the subscribers totaled 3,000). Edges of boards rubbed, old ownership signature, dated 1859. A very good copy. This is the first book of Anne MacVicar Grant (1755-1838), the Glasgow-born poet and author. Grant and her mother followed her father, a military man, to New York in 1758, and they remained there for ten years. She discusses her experiences in Memoirs of an American Lady (1808). In 1779, she married a clergyman named Grant, who was garrison-chaplain at Fort Augustus and minsiter of the parish of Laggan in Inverness-shire. Her husband's death in 1801 left her penniless and in need of providing for her children, so she began a writing career. Her works include Letters from the Mountains; being the real correspondence of a lady between the years 1773 and 1807 (1807), Essays on the Superstitions of the Highlanders (1811), and translations of Ossian. Her literary friends included Scott, Lockhart, and DeQuincey.

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        Opera. Recensuit et illustravit Frid. Guil. Doering. Tomus primus. + Opera omnia recensuit et Illustravit Fridericus. Guil. Doering. Tomus secundus. Editio secunda auctior et emendatior.

      2 volumes. Caspar Fritsch, Leipzig 1803-1828. 8vo. XXXVI+469 + XVI+381+(4]+348+(4) pages. Contemporary brown-calf bindings with lavishly gilt decorations on spines Title-labels (somewhat crackeled) in red and green. The bindings are almost uniform, but due to the span of time between the publication of each, there are minor variations. Ink stamp on titlepage of volume 1 and on flyleaf in vol. 2. Minor foxing in vol.1.. A lovely set of Doerings excellent edition of the works of Horace, with volume 1 in first edition

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        Architettura universale... in compendio riformata con alcune annotazioni da baldassarre orsini. in perugia, dai torchi di carlo baduel, 1803.

      Tre volumi legati in uno di cm. 23, pp. xvi, 110 (2); 163 (1); 110 + 1 cb. Con 26 tavole incise fuori testo, di cui alcune ripiegate. Solida legatura dle tempo in mezza pelle, dorso liscio con fregi in oro e titoli su doppio tassello. Esemplare particolarmente fresco e marginoso (in barbe), in eccellente stato di conservazione.

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