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        Rectes Cerviniventris, Gray (Fawn-breasted Wood-shrike)

      John Gould (1804-1881) was an English ornithologist, self-taught artist and naturalist. Gould first worked as a gardener under his father in the Royal Gardens of Windsor, from 1818-1824, where he began his illustrations. He became an expert taxidermist, opening his own practice in London in 1824 and in 1827 he became the first Curator and Preserver at the museum of the Zoological Society of London. Through his work he was able to meet with the country?s leading naturalists and view new collections of birds given to the Zoological Society. His interest in birds was continually developing and in 1830 he published his first volume on birds, ?A Century of Birds From the Himalaya Mountains.? For the next fifty years, Gould, his wife and artists working with them traveled around Asia, the East Indies and Australia. While in Papua New Guinea, he decided to embark on a final folio as a complement to his unprecedented ?Birds of Asia?. ?The Birds of New Guinea? was Gould's last full-scale work, left incomplete on his death in 1881. Gould completed twelve of the twenty-five parts, and the task of finishing the project fell to Richard Bowdler Sharpe, a superbly qualified successor, who had been Gould's colleague, assistant and friend.One of Gould's most exotic works, the five magnificent volumes of the Birds of New Guinea contain an extensive series of beautiful images of birds of paradise, bower birds, parrots, parakeets, cockatoos, kingfishers and hawk-owls. All of the 320 images are extraordinary for their color and artistry, interesting backdrops and animated compositions. Gould and Sharpe created some of their most engaging and active scenes of bird life in the ?The Birds of New Guinea?, and the great popular reception of the work was such that it was one of their only productions that led to a sequel, Sharp's ?Birds of Paradise? (1891-98). Missing from that later production, however, was the almost overwhelming variety of species of the ?The Birds of New Guinea?, which, like the ?Birds of Asia?, was the most comprehensive chronicle of the island's ornithology ever issued.This magnificently hand-colored lithograph, "Rectes Cerviniventris, Gray", measures 21.5" x 14.75" and is in excellent condition. These birds, commonly called Fawn-breasted Wood-shrikes, are expertly hand-colored with rich golden yellow undersides and brown backs, wings and crowns. Precise lines define and detail the feathers of these birds and their ruffed feathered crowns. These birds are resting on a rocky edge with delicate purple flowers in the foreground.

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        A Northern Summer or Travels Round the Baltic,

      - Through Denmark, Sweden, Russia, Prussia and Part of Germany, in the Year 1804. London: Printed for Richard Phillips, 1805. 4:o. xi,(1),480,(4) pp. + 10 plates (lacking Cronberg Castle and Elsineur, from Hamlet`s garden). Bound uncut (from page 335 to the end some pages shaved lower margin) in later half calf, new calf on spine at head of spine (50 mm). Repaired inner hinges. New fly-leafs. Brown spot inner margin along spine from the beginning to page 40. Watersoiling upper margin pages 1-30. Light browning to page edges throughout. Occasional light foxing, a bit more at the beginning. 29 x 23 cm.[#80960]

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        London Plate II [The Tower and Pool of London]

      London: William Daniell, 1 August 1804. Aquatint, tinted by hand, drawn and engraved Daniell. 15 3/4 x 25 1/2 inches. 17 3/4 x 26 1/2 inches. A fascinating and very rare image 'splendidly drawn, quiet and restrained in... colouring, [which] stand[s] at the high-water mark of aquatint in England' (Hardie & Clayton) This view is taken, from a high vantage point, from beside the Tower of London, looking westwards across the Pool of London with its mass of shipping of all sizes, to the bridges and Westminster beyond. The silhouette of the dome of St.Paul's Cathedral is visible on the horizon just to the left of the Tower. 'After the publication of the Oriental Scenery William Daniell had clearly made up his mind that he would not be associated solely with India, and that his prowess as a draughtsman and as engraver in aquatint could well be employed for plates dealing with home scenery... in 1804-5, he made a start with a magnificent set of six views of London which show him at his very best as artist and engraver... These large views splendidly drawn, quiet and restrained in their colouring, stand at the high-water mark of aquatint in England' (Hardie & Clayton) Cf. M.Hardie & M.Clayton 'Thomas Daniell... William Daniell' in Walker's Quarterly Nos.35-36, 1932, p.30; cf. T.Sutton The Daniells (1954) p.113

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        A History of British Birds (Two Volumes)

      Newcastle, England: Charles Henry Cook Early reprint - original was published in 1804. Two volumes. Volume I dated 1832 and Volume II dated 1816. Bound by esteemed binder Henry Sothran in three-quarter green calf with green cloth. Five raised bands on spine with six compartments, four with gilt bird designs and the others with title and author on red and brown leather. T.e.g. Volume I contains History and Description of Land Birds. xl, 386 pp. Volume II contains History and Description of Water Birds. xxii, 361 pp. Some scattered light foxing to both volumes, especially in Volume II. It also has a one page advertisement for the Fables of Aesop which was Bewick's last illustrated work. Tightly bound, handsome copies with hundreds of wood engravings from Thomas Bewick (1753-1828), one of the masters of the art form. . Cloth and Leather. Near Fine. Illus. by Thomas Bewick. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

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        Briefe aus Burgdorf, über Pestalozzi, seine Methode und Anstalt. Ein Beytrag zum beßeren Verständnis des Buches: Wie Gertrud ihre Kinder lehrt, und zur Erleichterung des zweckmäßigen Gebrauchs der Pestalozzischen Elementar-Unterrichtsbücher.

      Hamburg, Perthes 1804. - Mit 4 gefalt. Kupfertafeln. XXVI, 1 Bl., 360 S. Pappband d. Zt. mit Rückenschild. Israel, Pestalozzi 99. - Erste Ausgabe. - Berieben und bestoßen. Spiegel mit alten Papierresten. Tls. braunfleckig. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Cours D'Anatomie Medicale ou Elements de L'Anatomie de 'Homme - LARGE PAPER COPY

      Baudouin Paris 1804. First Edition. Hardback. Very Good +/No Jacket. Complete 5 volume set. Ex Libris Birmingham Medical Institute with their small ink stamp to title. Re-bound in later half morocco over marbled boards. This 4to copy is dated 1804, the 8vo First Edition dated 1803 but both are dated "L'An XII" in the Revolutionary calendar - also shown on title). Very clean complete set of 5 volumes. there is light occasional spotting throughout, one or two leaves have marginal tears with loss, but overall a very handsome set.

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        A History of the Earth, and Animated Nature - [Complete in 4 Volumes]

      York [Eng. ] T. Wilson And R. Spence, 1804. New Edition. Description: 4 v. Illus. 32 cm. Subjects: Zoology -- Pre-Linnean works. Physical geography -- Early works to 1800. Minor scattered marginal foxing. Finely bound in modern aniline calf over marble boards. Raised bands with gilt cross-bands and titling. An exceptional set - scans and additional bibliographic detail on request.

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        [Pineapple] Black Jamaica Pine [Pl. XL]

      [London]: G. Brookshaw, [1804-1812]. Aquatint engraving, with some stipple, printed in colours and finished by hand. In excellent condition. Image size: 17 1/4 x 12 15/16 inches. Reproduction gilt frame. 19 1/8 x 14 7/8 inches. 22 1/4 x 17 1/2 inches. A fine image from Brookshaw's masterpiece "Pomona Britannica; or, A Collection of the Most Esteemed Fruits," the finest work on fruit and flowers ever produced. Its breathtaking images display a level of technical virtuosity and beauty that distinguish this magnificent aquatint as a true work of art. Brookshaw produced this seminal botanical study late in his career, at first publishing it in parts and then as a complete edition in 1812. The fact that this outstanding work took ten years to complete is evident in the quality of its images and the care with which Brookshaw executed each individual picture. 'Pomona Britannica' was produced as a visual record of the best available varieties of fruit in an attempt to encourage gardeners to experiment with growing fruit, and illustrates examples found in the Royal gardens at Hampton Court, Kensington Gardens, and the private gardens of the Prince of Wales in Blackheath. 'Pomona Britannica' differs from other botanical works in its dark aquatinted backgrounds and its stylized compositions. By using aquatint to create a contrasting background, Brookshaw manages to produce a truly dramatic effect. His use of stylized composition distinguishes his pictures from the dry scientific illustrations found in other botanical studies and creates an exceptionally beautiful visual experience. 'Pomona Britannica' is not only a didactic study, it is a masterpiece of illustration in which every picture is a testament to the artist's talent and ingenuity. Cf. Dunthorne 50; cf. Great Flower Books (1990) p. 81; cf. Nissen BBI 244; cf. Sandra Raphael An Oak Spring Pomona 40a.

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        Descrizione pe’ forestieri della cappella privata di D. Vincenzo Aulicino dove si venera in Napoli il Crocifisso medesimo; Aggiuntevi diverse preghiere al Crocifisso medesimo, ed al suo divin Padre.

      Naples 1804. - Folio [35.5 x 24 cm], 1 full page engraving of the Crucifix signed Guglielmo Morghen (after Michelangelo), xx pp. all in woodcut border. Disbound. Extremely rare privately printed illustrated pamphlet describing an ivory crucifix attributed to Michelangelo at the time it was in the private chapel of the Neapolitan D. Vincenzo Aulicino at the beginning of the 19th century, containing a full-page engraving of the crucifix by Morghen commissioned by Aulicino for this and related publications (see below). Because the crucifix was a devotional object as much as a work of art, Aulicino produced a rather unusual publication to be distributed to visitors: it describes and illustrates the crucifix and its placement in the chapel, but also includes a series of devotional texts with which the spectator could meditate on the Passion: prayers, extracts from Augustine and Bernardino da’ Siena etc. Rather more indulgently, there are also a number of highly flattering sonnets congratulating the collector Aulicino on his possession of such a holy object etc. The basis for the attribution to Michelangelo appears groundless: the traffic in 17th- and 18th-century sculpture of fairly high quality to which his name was attached was considerable, though in some cases there is a connection to a drawing, etc. We have located no such source in the present instance. Describing a variant edition of the present work (see below), sometime before 1926, Ernst Steinmann identified the statue as being in the Gesù, though we have not been able to confirm this. To us the sculpture appears to be 17th century. Typically for a private publication of this kind, the work exists in a number of forms, of which we have discovered three, all published the same year. The present form, which conforms to the copy described in the Catalogo dei libri italiani dell’Ottocento (1801-1900); augmented with 8 more pages of verses, as in the Courtauld copy (Blunt Collection)—the only actual copy of the present work we have located. And in an augmented edition attributed to Pietro d’Onofri, Relazione istorica del raro crocifisso di avorio: che si venera in Napoli nella domestica capella del signor D. Vincenzo Aulicino: estratta ed ampliata da un’opera medesimo dedicata. The extended title (‘estratta ed ampliata’) in the latter work proves that it is a separate and later publication. There is no copy of the present work in the US. As mentioned above, we have located a single copy at the Courtauld. The Getty holds a copy of the augmented edition. With thanks to Ms. Sarah Westcott for reporting on the Courtauld copy. If he did not own a genuine Michelangelo, Aulicino did own some serious art, including Guercino’s Erminia and the Shepherds (now Minneapolis), and commissioned Raphael Morghen to make an engraving of this as well. * CLIO I, p. 250, s,v, ‘Aulicino’; Steinmann 1417 (‘Relazione’).

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        Machine pour mesurer la vitesse initiale des mobiles de différens calibres, projettés sous tous les angles, depuis zéro jusqu'à la huitième partie du cercle

      Three folding engraved plates. viii, 59 pp. Large 4to, cont. panelled marbled calf, sides decorated with elaborate gilt tooling, flat spine richly gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. Paris: A. Bailleul & Magimel, 1804. First edition, in an extremely pretty contemporary binding, of a scarce book. "Description of Grobert's machine to measure initial speed. He notes in the avant-propos that his machine operates on the same principle as that of Mathey, but that it differs in form and in the distribution of its parts. Grobert's pamphlet describes a machine designed to measure the initial speed of projectiles launched at angles from 0 to 45 degrees, and for all the calibers standard in the French artillery. Presented to the Institut National, the review by Monge, Bossut, and Prony is appended. Prony himself was involved in Grobert's experiments."-Roberts & Trent, Bibliotheca Mechanica, p. 150. Grobert (1757-ca. 1814), a colonel in the French army who accompanied Napoleon to Egypt, was a member of several important scientific societies and the author of other books on artillery equipment and the art of fortification. Fine and pretty copy. Stamp of "JVC" on free front endpaper. .

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        Voyages and Travelsto India, Ceylon, the Red Sea, Abyssinia, and Egypt, in the Years 1802, 1803, 1804, 1805, and 1806

      803, 1804, 1805, and 1806., 1809 Book. Very Good. Hardcover. First edition. Two volumes from the first edition of Annesley and Salt's extensive voyages toAsia and Africa, with engraved plates and maps, and supplemented with the volume of plates from the second edition. With plates by Henry Salt. With forty-four plates in Volumes One and Three. Withseventy-two plates in Volume Four. Collated, complete, for each volume. Volumes One and Three only of the first edition, with Volume Four,of the 1811 second edition. George Annesley, 2nd Earl of Mountnorris FRS, 1770 1844, styled Viscount Valentia between 1793 and 1816, was a British peer and politician. Henry Salt, 1780-1827, was a traveller and collector of antiquities. On 20 June 1802 Salt left England on an eastern tour, as secretary and draughtsman to Viscount Valentia (later the earl of Mountnorris). He visited India, Ceylon, and the Red Sea, and in 1805 was sent by Valentia on a mission into Abyssinia, to the ras of Tigre, whose affection and respect he gained, and with whom he left one of his party, Nathaniel Pearce. The return to England in 1806 was made by way of Egypt, where he first met the pasha, Mehmet Ali. Lord Valentia's Travels in India (1809) was partly written and completely illustrated by Salt -DNB. Condition: The first editions are in the original publisher's binding. Volume four is in a quarter morroco binding. Externally, some edgewear and rubbed, with slight loss and lifting. The spines are missing. The spine from volume one is detached but present,although with some loss. The boards are detached. Internally, generally firmly bound, althoughworking loose, or loose in places. The first few gatherings of volumes one andthree are detached. Generally bright, with intermittent spots or marks. Marginal foxing to the plates. There is an ink signature to the title page and front free-endpaper of volume three, and to the title page and half title of volume one. Overall: FAIR with good interiors..

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        The Painter And Varnisher's Guide, Or, A Treatise, Both In Theory And Practice, On The Art Of Making And Applying Varnishes, On The Different Kinds Of Painting; And On The Method Of Preparing Colours Both Simple And Compound

      London : Printed for G. Kearsley, Fleet-Street, by J. Taylor, Black-Horse-Court, 1804. 0. Scarce first English edition ( First published as: Traite Theorique et Pratique sur l’Art de Faire et d’Applieuer les Vernis, 1803 ). A well bound copy in the original half leather binding, complete with all engravings etc.. 8vo. pp.42/[2pp.]/pp.540 (ending with errata) + 5 plates (4 folding) + one folding table. 8.25" x 5.25" x 1.50". Scuffed marbled boards, professionally re-backed and corners strenghtened in matching brown leather. Spine with 5 raised bands and gilt titles: "The Painter's Guide" & "P. F. Tingry". Endpapers with light brown stains where they have come into contact with the leather edgings. Contemporary armorial bookplate to verso of the front board for: "William Baker."; with the motto: "Nemo sine cruce beatus" - No one is happy but by the cross. The crest on this bookplate relates to the Baker family of Walton in Norfolk. Printed title page lightly soiled and foxed, with previous owner's name to the top of the page: "Thos. Baker". Clear English text throughout. Light foxing restricted mostly to the first few leaves as well as the last few leaves. All engravings by "Mutlow Sc. Russell Cot." with light foxing to the plate border. The folding table also lightly foxed and has 3 small holes along one fold. A good copy of a scarce book. I can only locate one copy appearing at auction in the last 10 years and copies being limited to the main reference libraries. Referenced by: NSTC I T1163 . Pierre Francois Tingry 1743-1821; chemist, pharmacist, and mineralogist; professor of natural history and applied chemistry; wrote texts on the chemistry of varnish; on mineral waters; and articles on phosphoric acid, phosphorescence, electricity, and fossils. See: 1. Michaud Biographie Universelle (2nd Ed.); Delagrabe: 1843-1865; vol. 41, p569 ; 2. Dictionnaire Historique et Biographique de la Suisse; Neuchatel Administration du Historique et Biographique de la Suisse: 1921-1933; vol. 10, p613 ; 3. Bibliotheque Universelle des Sciences, belles-lettres, et arts 1821, 16, 173-174. 4. Ducommon, F. E. La Pharmacie a Geneve. Aperçu Historique 1780-1980; Filanosa Nyon: 1980; p16-18 *** Henry Mutlow: Engraver and printer; "engraver to the King"; born around 1756 in Clerkenwell; married Sarah Wodman in 1786 and died in 1826. Engraved maps and banknotes; 26th April 1771 apprenticed to William Darling; 1782-1793, a partner (with Thomas Jones Woodman) in Woodman & Mutlow; he carried on his own business at Russell Court, London (1791); 13 Russell Court, Covent Garden, London (1794-1818); as Henry Mutlow & Son (1819-1826) at 3 York Street. of Russell Court, Covent Garden; succeeded by his son James Mutlow who continued the business at 3 York Street. - See Worms and Baynton-Williams, 'British Map Engravers' (2011) . **** Full title reads: The painter and varnisher's guide; or, a treatise, both in theory and practice, on the art of making and applying varnishes : on the different kinds of painting; and on the method of preparing colours both simple and compound: with new observations and experiments on copal; on the nature of substances employed in the compostion of varnishes and of colours; and on various processes used in the art. Dedicated to the Society at Geneva for the encouragement of the arts, agriculture, and commerce. By P.F. Tingry, ... Illustrated with engravings. .

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        Landed Property of Englandi

      London: G & W Nicol, G & J Robinson, R Faulder and Others, 1804.. FirstEdition. Quarto. Full leather, raised bands. A rare, handsome binding. An Elementary and Practical Treatise, containing The Purchase, The Improvement and The Management of Landed Estates. xx, 444pp, (2), (6) Index. Illustrated. In very good condition.

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        An Interesting Account of the Voyages and Travels of Captain?s Lewis and Clark, in the Years 1804-5, and 6. Giving A Faithful Description of the River Missouri and Its Source ? Of the Various Tribes of Indians Through Which They Passed? To which is added a Complete Dictionary of the Indian Tongue

      12mo (6 ¾ x 3 ¾), period sheep, rebacked with modern leather, old spine label, two wood engraved frontispiece portraits, 326 pp. Housed in custom made half morocco folding box. Covers a little worn and scuffed, contents foxed with some browning and soiling; lower corner of pp. 29-30 torn off, affecting a few words, and a tear on pp. 81-82; otherwise very good. Some sources suggest there are one or two other plates in this title, but only the portraits are bound in this volume.The Lewis and Clark Expedition (1804-1806) was the first overland expedition by the United States to go to the Pacific coast. This was an extremely important expedition because it laid the groundwork for the Western Expansion, and gave our government a first hand account of the resources we picked up with the Louisiana Purchase of 1803. The expedition was led by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, but was greatly assisted by Sacajawea, their Native American guide and translator. This work was published because of the growing demand by the public for information on the expedition. Fisher borrows heavily from Patrick Gass?s Journal, and portions of the works of Jonathan Carver and Alexander Mackenzie. While it has been criticized by scholars, it contains some extremely useful information, and it did play an important role in shaping the impressions of America at the time. Contains portraits of Lewis and Clark.

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        NANTEI GAFU

      1804. Good. [EHON] Nishimura NANTEI. NANTEI GAFU. Kyoto, Kyowa 4, [1804]. 3 vols. in one, gappon, in tan covers with a blindstamped vegetal gourd pattern. 25.8 x 18.2 cm. The printed papaer label is present but chipped, the covers are soiled. Good printing with slight worming. Overall a good copy of this classic Shijo work. See Mitchell 432 for a description of this book. Our version is printed without the kyoka poems. Complete.

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        The Costume of Great Britain

      London: Printed for William Miller by Howlett and Brimmer, 1804. Folio (14 1/2" x 10 1/2") [1] leaf, iii, table of contents, 60 Hand-coloured aquatint engravings each followed by a leaf of descriptive letterpress text. Contemporary navy blue morocco, covers with gilt and blind roll-tooled border, spine gilt tooled and lettered, edges gilt (minor scuffing and rubbing along extremities). Provenance: Bookplate of Sir William F. Fowles. Third and most desirable state with fully coloured backgrounds (Tooley). William Henry Pyne is generally known as an etcher, landscape painter and author of literature. In the present volume, Pyne combines all three of his talents to produce a charming account which invites the reader to experience the many aspects of early nineteenth century Britain. Pyne exhibits costumes ranging from royalty, clergy and military dress to those of milk maids and coal shovellers. Pictured against the beautifully drawn and colored backgrounds, the figures come to life in their contemporary settings and the reader can identify with the luxury of the Lord Mayor and the Bishop, as well as the hardships endured by the working class. A contemporary of such great character artists as Thomas Rowlandson and George Cruikshank, W.H. Pyne, in the wardrobes and dress represented here, allows us to envision the manners, habits and lifestyle of British citizens during the early 1800's. A spectacular set. (Tooley 388; Abbey Life 430; Martin-Hardie 142,151). For more information about this book, or a warm welcome to see it and other books in our library at 72nd Street, NYC, please contact Kate Hunter, M.A. Oxon, in the Rare Book Department, on 1 212 628 3668, or katehunter at aradergalleries.com .

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        Beantwortung der den 1. Jenner 1801 von einem ungenannten Mährischen Edelmann aufgegebenen Preisfragen: "Was für Maschinen und Erfindungen zur Rettung des menschlichen Lebens aus verschiendenen Gefahren sind bekannt? und welche verdienen vor Andern den Vorzug?". Zur Vertheilung herausgegeben vom Preisaussteller

      Wien, Schmidt 1804.. 6 Bll., 179 S. - Zusammengedruckt mit: Fothergill, Anthony: Versuch Schiffbruchleidende Seefahrer zu erhalten, als Beantwortung folgender ... Preisfragen: " 1. Welche sind die besten Mittel Seefahrer vor dem Schiffbruche zu bewahren? 2. das Schiff flott zu erhalten? 3. der Schiffsmannschaft Hülfe zu leisten, zur Zeit eines heftigen Sturmes, wenn Boote es nicht wagen können derselben beyzustehen?" Mit 3 Kupfertafeln. 4 Bl., 115 S. Roter Maroquin d. Zt. mit goldgepr. Rückentitel, Rückenverg., goldgepr. floraler Deckelbordüre, Stehkantenvergold. und dreiseit. Goldschnitt I. ADB XXVI, 418; Goldsmiths-Kress 18850.6; II. Hirsch/H. II, S. 576; Goldsmiths-Kress 18934.5. - Poppe (1776-1854) begann als Uhrmacher, seit 1804 Dozent und Professor für Mathematik, Physik und Technologie in Göttingen, Frankfurt und Tübingen. Er verfasste zahlreiche populärtechnologische Schriften. Das erste Werk behandelt u.a. den Blitzableiter, Erfindungen zur Abwendung der Gefahr in Pulvermühlen und Pulvermagazinen. Das zweite Werk (mit eigenem Titelblatt) behandelt ausschließlich Mittel zur Abwendung von Gefahren sowie zur Rettung bei Schiffbrüchen. Der Verfasser Fothergill (1735-1813) war Arzt in Bath und London. - Mit kl. Exlibris Audouin Dollfus (1924-1810), französischer Astronom, der den Saturnmond Janus entdeckte. Der Asteroid (2451) Dollfus wurde nach ihm benannt. - Wenig berieben und tls. gering stockfleckig. Schönes Exemplar, Druck auf besserem Papier und dekorativ gebunden!

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        Autograph letter handwritten and signed by Francis Rawdon, Marquess of Hastings (1754-1826)

      Edinburgh: Manuscript, 1804. Two page letter entirely in Hastings' hand, signed "Moira, General." Written to Lt. Gen. Gordon requesting warrant for L2000 for the Commissary General in Scotland for establishment of signal stations, dated October 13, 1804. Includes a 19th century black & white engraved portrait of Hastings. British soldier; entered the army in 1771; administrator. Fought against the colonists in the American Revolution. Created (1783) Baron Rawdon and then succeeding (1793) his father as earl of Moira; played an active role in the House of Lords; partisan of the prince of Wales (later George IV). As governor-general of Bengal (1813-22), he successfully waged war on the Gurkhas of Nepal (1814-16), the marauding Pindaris, and the Marathas, meanwhile maintaining a vigorous and progressive government; instrumental in extending the Company's territories; rewarded (1817) for his services with the title marquess of Hastings. He was governor of Malta when he died.. Signed. First Edition. Unbound. Very good condition.

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        El Ingenioso Hidalgo Don Quixote de la Mancha

      Bordeaux: En la Imprenta de Juan Pinard, 1804. Hardcover. Good +. En Burdeos (Bordeaux). Four volume complete set in quarter tan calf leather bindings with marbled covers. 12mo. xlvi/ 328 pages. 432 pages. xi/ 382 pages. 438 pages. Bookbinders label. Hearne. 81 Strand. Armorial bookplate of J. H. from the henderson clan. Scarce. General wear and rubbing to covers. Some wear and chipping to top of spines.

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        The Criminal Recorder, Or, Biographical Sketches of Notorious

      1804. Student of the Inner Temple. The Criminal Recorder, Or, Biographical Sketches of Notorious Characters: Including Murderers, Traitors, Pirates, Mutineers, Incendiaries, Defrauders, Rioters, Sharpers, Highwaymen, Footpads, Pickpockets, Swindlers, Housebreakers, Coiners, Receivers, Extortioners and Other Noted Persons Who Have Suffered the Sentence of the Law for Criminal Offences. Embracing a Variety of Curious and Singular Cases, Anecdotes, &c. With Occasional Notes: To Which is Added an Account of the Various Punishments Inflicted on Those Who Transgress the Laws of Their Country; With a Description of the Crimes by Which Those Punishments are Incurred, &c. Alphabetically Arranged Under Appropriate Heads, And Illustrated with Portraits, And Other Engravings. London: Printed and Published by James Cundee, 1804-1809. Four volumes. 40 plates. 12mo. (6" x 4"). Contemporary paper-covered boards with contrasting spines, printed paper title labels, untrimmed edges. Rubbing to extremities with chipping to spine ends, labels rubbed, corners bumped and somewhat worn, faint dampstaining to boards, a few joints just starting at ends. Some toning to text, light browning, dampspotting and dampstaining in places. Early owner signatures to front free endpapers, interiors otherwise clean. A nice set. * Only edition. Dressing this sensationalistic entertainment in high-minded garb, the author presents his book as "a warning to youth" and a "useful book of reference" that will "not be unworthy of the libraries of all classes" (Preface). The first two volumes contain biographies of criminals, alphabetically arranged, many illustrated with plates. The third volume describes crimes and punishments, with an emphasis on those of exotic (i.e. non-Christian) cultures like Turkey and China. The fourth volume is an additional collection of criminal biographies arranged like Volumes I and II. Sweet & Maxwell, A Legal Bibliography of the British Commonwealth 2:85.

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        A COMMERCIAL DICTIONARY; CONTAINING THE PRESENT STATE OF MERCANTILE LAW, PRACTICE AND CUSTOM ... WITH VERY CONSIDERABLE ADDITIONS RELATIVE TO THE LAWS, USAGES, AND PRACTICE OF THE UNITED STATES

      Philadelphia: James Humphreys, 1804. First American Edition. Hardcover. Some rubbing and flaking, mostly to the spines which are lightly chipped. Hinges sound, contents clean. Very Good set with an important provenance. Three octavo volumes in contemporary tree calf with contrasting morocco spine labels. This scarce set was first published in England in 1803 and published here for the first time in America with much new material added relating to American banking and insurance, including a section on Louisiana and more. Includes a subscribers list of prominent American institutions and businessmen, but not including the American businessman who has SIGNED the top of each of the three front endpapers: Allan Melvill, father of the novelist Herman Melville. Melvill ran an import business and these volumes would have been essential for him. The fact that they show little use is a possible indicator of why he never succeeded and often borrowed money to stay afloat. More than one critic has found the genesis of the character of Ahab in MOBY DICK in Melville's father who became insane before he died. Each volume also bears at the top of the title page the small name label of Herman's brother, Allan Melville, an attorney, to whom the novelist dedicated MARDI. From the collection of the late Jay Fliegelman. Listed as 368a in "A cumulative supplement to Melville's Reading" by Steven Olsen-Smith and Merton M. Sealts, Jr. published in the March 2004 issue of LEVIATHAN, which cites that the set was sold at auction in the fall of 1986. Sabin 50100. Montefiore was an English Jew who emigrated to America after the War of 1812.

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        [India] To Mark Wood Esqr. M.P. colonel of the army in India late chief engineer and surveyor general, Bengal this Map of India compiled from various interesting and valuable materials is inscribed in grateful testimony of his liberal communications by ... A. Arrowsmith

      London: Arrowsmith, 1804. Large folio. (26 1/8 x 21 inches). Engraved map, hand-coloured in outline, on 6 sheets joined as 3 folding sheets. Expertly bound to style in half dark red straight-grained morocco over contemporary marbled paper-covered boards, contemporary brown endpapers. The greatest map of India at the turn of the 19th century. A truly spectacular map: the combined image area if the sheets were joined would be 75 x 63 inches, giving an idea of the vast size of the Indian sub-continent. Arrowsmith's dedication of this map to Wood is probably more a reflection of the fact that Wood was in the public eye (he had recently published two successful works on India and the route to India), than a recognition of his work as a surveyor (which had ended over ten years earlier). Sir Mark Wood (1747- 1829) had returned to England in 1793 after a distinguished career in the East India Company, culminating with his appointment as surveyor-general in 1787 and chief engineer in Bengal in 1790. The Dictionary of National Biography notes that the British Library holds three manuscript surveys by Wood of Calcutta and its environs.

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        THE AMERICAN GARDENER

      City of Washington: Samuel H. Smith, 1804. First Edition. Full Leather. Very Good+ binding. 16mo. The First Edition of one of the very earliest American books on gardening, and probably the first American book to contain significant information on the cultivation of flowers. Although Gardiner';s name appears first on the title page, most consider the text to have been primarily the work of David Hepburn, a horticulturist in England and in America as well, having been employed as gardener to Governor Mercer, and to George Mason';s son, General John Mason, a Virginia merchant and planter. The work is divided into three sections, the first being dedicated to the monthly needs of the kitchen garden ("Melons must be thinned this month..."). The second section is devoted to "Fruits, Flowers, and Shrubs" with instruction for annuals (carnations, hyacinths, sweet william and the like), for fruits (apples, pears, plumbs, cherries) and the care of box for hedgings. The last section is three short chapters discussing the hop yard, the hot house and the green house. The subscribers included President Jefferson (3 copies), Aaron Burr, James Madison, and more than 50 members of Congress. Gardiner died while the work was still in the press. There is some speculation that only enough copies were printed to supply the subscribers, of whom there were less than 100. This copy rebound in full tan morocco with raised bands and spine label. There is some light staining to the last two leaves, and a small amount of corner loss to the last leaf with subscriber names. (Shaw-Shoemaker 6366). Very Good+ binding.

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        The Works of Plato, viz. his fifty-five Dialogues and twelve Epistles, translated from the Greek; nine of the dialogues by the late F. Sydenham, and the remainder by Thomas Taylor: with occasional annotations on the nine dialogues translated by Sydenham,

      Printed for T. Taylor: London. Hardcover. 5 volumes. Rebound in library red cloth. Wide margins, errata slip, one page tip tape repaired. Some pages professionally cleaned. Scarce. A very good set. First edition of The Works of Plato in English. * Rare books make Fine Gifts. Shipped in new box. Free tracking USA. Quality, Value, Experience. . Very Good. 1804.

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        CARTAS DE HELEODORO A NAPOLEÓN BONAPARTE desde el 13 ventoso, año 8 (4 de marzo 1800) hasta el 17 de marzo de 1814. Va añadida la carta de un francés al Sr. Conde de Artois en mesidor año 12 (julio 1804).

      - 8º menor (15 cm.) 4 vols. 263 p. = 322 p., 1 h. = 2 h., 230 p. = 224 p. Encuadernación plena piel de época (Pasta española) con dorados y tejuelo en el lomo, cortes pintados. Perfécto estado de conservación, papel muy limpio, revisado completo. Lugar: Valencia, Editorial: Imprenta de J. B. Gimeno., Año: 1836 Otros datos: Materia: Historia de Europa - Cartas.

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        A View of the Western Branch of the Falls of Niagara, taken from the Table Rock, looking up the river, over the rapids

      London: Published by Vander Lyn, 1804. Aquatint by Lewis after Vander Lyn. 24¼ x 33½ inches. Rare: a fine copy of one of the finest ever prints of Niagara Falls John Vander Lyn (for so he spelled his name until at least 1836) returned to the United States in 1801 after a stay of five years in France; where, under the sponsorship of Aaron Burr (then the Vice President), he had studied art - the first American to do so (aspiring Americans at the time preferred to study in London). He wished to paint a series of pictures of Niagara Falls (a first for a trained American artist), which he calculated would attract American clients. This idea may also have originated with Aaron Burr, who had visited the Falls a short time earlier. He arrived on the Canadian side in late September 1801, and stayed for twelve days, during which time he produced the sketches he would use for all subsequent depictions of the Falls. By 1803 he had produced a pair of paintings, one of which was to be the basis for the present image. It may already have occurred to him to have engraved copies made as in February of 1803, Edward Thornton, an acquaintance who was a British diplomat in Washington, was writing in praise of Vander Lyn's depiction to help the artist solicit subscriptions for the prints in America. In the early spring of 1803, Vander Lyn went back to Paris on a mission for the Society of Fine Arts in New York City, to acquire copies of old master paintings and casts of antique sculpture for their collection. In the fall, he traveled to London, where he was introduced to Frederick Christian Lewis, a highly regarded aquatint specialist whom he commissioned to produce the present work. Lewis finished the plate in the autumn of 1803, sending proofs to Copley and West, as Vander Lyn was back on the continent again. Lewis worked in pure aquatint, deploying many intensities of biting, resulting in an effect which is simultaneously subtle, and soft in contrast. It could be that Lewis developed the plate this way because Vander Lyn was thinking about having it printed in colours. In January 1804, Vander Lyn wrote from Paris to John Henry Purviance (secretary to James Monroe, recently appointed Ambassador to the Court of St. James). In an extensive letter he indicates his intention of having "a small number [of impressions of Lewis's plate] struck off in London to supply the demand there, after that to have the plate conveyed to me here [in Paris] in order to print the rest, which may here be done the cheapest…" . In the meantime, Vander Lyn had secured the permission of the Society of Fine Arts to dedicate this plate (and its pair by J. Merigiot) to the Society, which is usually done in acknowledgment of financial support; though it is not clear if in this case, it was for the support he had already received; or if they were willing to purchase the original oils, about which he wrote to John R. Murray, a New York merchant, that he would "let them go for $500", in a letter dated January 10, 1804. Printing commenced, and now Vander Lyn was to experience the frustrations of publishing. First, the printer ran off extra copies, which managed to reach New York before his own could. Then, his subscription lists were lost leaving Vander Lyn's New York agent, a Mr. R. Strong, with lots of prints but "at a loss how to dispose of them". The venture was dogged by bad luck and by 1808, he was writing to Strong urging him to sell off the edition "in a mass for whatever sum they will fetch however small…". The aquatints did at least receive the critical approbation they deserve. A notice about the pair in the January 18, 1806 issue of the Port Folio reads, in part: "The Connoisseurs speak highly of the beauty and accuracy of the pictures, and the plates are very correctly and elegantly engraved by artists of reputation." In the article by John Davis Hatch, "John Vander Lyn's Prints of Niagara Falls," The Antiques Magazine, December 1990, pages 1252-1261, the author traces only 17 impressions, in total, of the prints (note 20). This census includes prints in public and institutional collections, only mentions the Paris pair outside the United States (none in Britain) and does not include the print presented here. Impressions are exceedingly rare, but given Vander Lyn's account, with editions for London and the United States, and the extra copies pulled by his dishonest printer, it is something of a mystery why this should be so. Perhaps a quantity of remaindered stock was destroyed. It is known that Vander Lyn did not prosper from the venture, and he died, essentially in poverty, in his native Kingston, New York, in 1852. Adamson Niagara 131; Dow 885; Eland 142; Christopher Lane Impressions of Niagara 36; McKinsey p.38

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        [An album of twenty four views in India]

      Calcutta: 1804-1810 [watermarked 1798-1807]. Folio. (22 x 17 inches). 24 uncoloured aquatints by Moffat. Expertly bound to style using half 18th- century diced russia over marbled paper-covered boards, the flat spine divided into six compartments by double gilt fillets, lettered in gilt in the second and third compartments, modern morocco-backed cloth box, spine gilt. A fine and very rare album of Moffat's highly important views of India. In its entirety, this album represents the greatest series of aquatint views ever printed in India. We have occasionally been able to offer individual prints by James Moffat, but this is the first album that we have ever encountered: collections such as this are of the greatest rarity. The twenty four plates make up three different series, and were originally assembled in about 1820. All the plates are on laid paper, the majority with watermarks including dates. The three series are probably as follows: a series published in about 1804, a second published in about 1810 and the third group of four plates are from drawings of Gaur by Henry Creighton. Little is known of Moffat. Mildred Archer writes that he 'was a Scotsman living in Calcutta from 1789 to 1815. He appears to have learnt his profession of painting and engraving in India. In 1798 and from 1805 to 1810 he produced views of towns on the Ganges and Hooghly, and in 1808 engravings from Henry Creighton's drawings of Gaur.' The plates are bound and titled as follows: 1.`View of a Mosque at Chunar,' I.Moffat. sculp.1810 (watermarked 'S.Wise & Patch 1807') 2.'View of the large pagoda at Nuddea,' drawn and engraved by I. Moffat (watermarked 'J. Whatman 1804') 3.'View of Agra, on the River Jumna,' I.Moffat, sculpt. (watermarked 'S.Wise & Patch 1807') 4.'Mausoleum erecting at Ghazepore, to the memory of the Marquis Cornwallis.' Engraved by I. Moffat, Calcutta (watermarked 'S. Wise & Patch 1805') 5.'View on the banks of the Ganges with representation of the Churruck Poojah, a Hindoo holiday,' I. Moffat. Del. et sculp. (watermarked 'Edmeades & Pine') 6.'Gate of Sultan Shah Hussein's tomb at Gour,' H.C. delin I. Moffat. sculp (watermarked 'S.Wise & Patch 1805') 7.'1st; view of the city of Benares,' drawn and Engraved by J. Moffat. Calcutta 1804, (14 ½ x 20 ¼ inches) 8.'2d, view of the city of Benares,' Drawn and Engraved by J. Moffat 1804, (14 ½ x 20 ¼ inches) 9.'West view of the city of Moorshedabad,' J. Moffat del: et Sculp, (14 ¾ x 20 ¼ inches) 10.'View of the hospital at Berhampore,' Drawn and Engraved by Jas. Moffat at Calcutta 1805 (Watermarked 'J. Whatman 1801') 11.'South view of Chinsurah,' J. Moffat del. Et Sculp. Calcutta 1803 (watermarked 'J.Larking') 12.'View of Seringapatam,' J. Moffat Sculp. (watermarked 'Budgen 1803) 13.'View in the fort of Monghyr,' Drawn and Engraved by James Moffat, Calcutta 1805 (watermarked 'J. Whatman 1801') 14.'South view of the new government house, Calcutta,' Drawn & Engraved in Aquatinta, by James Moffat, Calcutta 1803' (watermarked 'I Taylor 1798') 15.Kuddum Russoolat Gour, where they shew the print of their prophet's foot, in a piece of white marble,' H.C. delinr. I. Moffat sculp. 16.'Cutwally gate at Gour,' H.C. delinr. I. Moffat. Sculp. (watermark dated 1805) 17.'The small golden mosque at Gour,' H.C. delin I. Moffat. Sculp (watermarked 'S.Wise & Patch 1806') 18.'West view of Calcutta,' Drawn and Engraved by J. Moffat. Calcutta 1805 (watermarked 'J. Whatman 1801') 19.'South east view of the new government house Calcutta,' Delineated and Engraved in Aquatinta By James Moffat, at Calcutta 1st February 1803 (watermarked 'I Taylor 1798') 20.'View of the cantonments at Berhampore,' J. Moffat del. And sculp. 1806 (watermarked 'J. Whatman 1804') 21.'View of the ancient city gate, Rajemahal,' J. Moffat Del. Et Sculp. 1806 ) (watermarked 'S.Wise & Patch 1805') 22.'Mosque at Peruspore, Gour,' H.C. delin J. Moffat Sculp Calcutta (watermarked 'S.Wise & Patch 1805') 23.'View of the palace at Benares,' Drawn and Engraved by J. Moffat. Calcutta 1805 (watermarked 'J. Whatman 1801') 24.'Cossimundia Ghaut, Benares,' J. Moffat del. et sculp. (watermarked 'S.Wise & Patch 1805') M. Archer British Drawings in the India Office Library, I969, II, p.621

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        Chrysobronchus Viridicaudus (Green-tailed hummingbird)

      John Gould (1804-1881)Illustrated plate from A Monograph of the Trochilidae, or Family of HummingbirdsFirst edition: London, 1849-61 (supplement printed 1880-87)Hand-colored lithographs with gum arabic metallic detailPaper size: 21 1/2” x 14 1/2”John Gould was without question the most prolific ornithological artist of the 19th century, and the only one to rival John James Audubon in ambition and quality. The19th century was a time of intense fascination with discoveries in natural history, especially regarding knowledge of the wildlife of exotic lands. Gould shared the romantic enthusiasm of his time for such subjects, as well as the popular impulse to catalogue exotic wildlife. He combined his passion for natural history with outstanding scientific, artistic, and entrepreneurial talents. Drawing on these abilities, he embarked on a series of projects that would eventually make him the leading publisher of ornithological illustrations in Victorian Britain. Gould’s unparalleled career spanned five decades, and he produced a monumental series of books of birds throughout the world. From the time he took up taxidermy in his early teens, Gould was devoted to recording bird life, either as he observed it personally or as it was reported to him by other ornithologists. He procured the scientific information through extensive correspondence, travel, and field research. The preparatory drawings that he produced were passed on for completion to skilled illustrators, most notably his wife, Elizabeth, and Edward Lear. The plates which resulted from such partnerships were a splendid fusion of art and science, with a scope than remains unsurpassed. Stunning and at the same time highly accurate, Gould’s illustrations linked beauty to science, and science to beauty, in and an unprecedented manner. Of all his works, many of Gould’s best-known images come from this beautiful and comprehensive monograph on hummingbirds. One of his largest productions, the Hummingbirds was also the most  painstaking, meticulously detailed project that the ornithologist attempted. In order to create accurate representations of the tiny, delicately beautiful birds, Gould invented a new method of coloring, using metallic pigments to reproduce the iridescence of their plumage. Most images also show at least one subject in flight to further accentuate the coloring of their feathers. The compositions generally show the birds in animated groupings of two or three, surrounded by foliage and landscapes. All of the hummingbirds are drawn to scale and are anatomically correct to the smallest detail, their brilliant coloring highlighted with gold and transparent luster. Most of the subjects in the book were taken from Gould’s personal collection of hummingbird specimens, a number of which he exhibited at the Zoological Gardens, Regent’s Park, during the Great Exhibition of 1851. Joining commerce with science, Gould also utilized the exhibition to display his method of metallic coloring (a shrewd move that worked to publicize his monograph). Gould’s exhibition was a major success, attracting more that 75,000 visitors and, very possibly, not a few of the 273 subscribers to A Monograph of the Trochilidae. These tiny, exuberantly colored birds captured the attention and affection of a vast number of European viewers. Gould’s Hummingbirds represents a splendid triumph of aesthetic sensitivity and scientific rigor.

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        THE LONDON ART OF COOKERY. And Housekeepers complete assistant. On a new plan. Made plain and easy to the understanding of every Housekeeper, Cook, and Servant, in the Kingdom....To which is added an Appendix....Embellished with A Head of the Author, and a bill of fare for every month in the year. The Tenth Edition, with the addition of many new and elegant receipts in the various branches of Cookery

      Scatcherd and Letterman, G. Wilkie, W. J. and J., Richardson, etc...... London. 1804. TENTH EDITION. 8vo. (8.5 x 5.5 inches). Portrait frontis of Farley, plus 12 copper engravings of a bill of fare for each month of the year. Some light browning to several leaves but generally a clean copy. Contemporary mottled sheep boards with an attractive recent tan calf spine, which has highly decorative gilt tooled bands with gilt centre tool in each compartment, red title label, gilt. Recent plain endpapers. Boards a little rubbed and bumped to extremities but overall a very good copy of this famous work.

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        Mémoires de Physiologie et de Chirurgie-Pratique... I. De Penitiori ossium stractura Commentarius (par Scarpa), cum praefatione et notis pathologicis, ab editore. II. Des Pieds-bots et de la manière de corriger cette difformité congénitale.Par Scarpa. III. Des Luxations du Fémur en devant. Par Léveillé. IV. Considérations générales sur les Nécroses. Par Léveillé

      Paris,: F. Buisson,, An XIII - 1804.. [iv], 336, [iv] pp.8vo (13,5 x 20,2 cm.). Contemporary half basane, spine gilt lettered on red morocco label, richly gilt decorated in the typical style (Empire) from the period; marbled boards (slightly discoloured). With 8 very fine engraved copperplates by Adam after Scarpa's drawings. ¶ First edition of this collection. The second work is the first French edition of Scarpa's "Memoria chirurgica sui piedi torti" (1803), being the "First accurate description of the pathological anatomy of congeniital club-foot"(G&M, 4308). Heirs of Hippocrates, 1108: "Edited by Léveillé, this volume contains two of Scarpa's important works translated into French for the first time... In addition Léveillé had included two of his own works on dislocation of the femur and necroses". -- (First few leaves with a small clear stain in the lower margin; some scattered foxing, but a very good copy).

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        Regnum Animale: Natuurkundige Bschryving eener Uitmunde Verzameling van Zeldsaame Gedierten

      Amsterdam: J.B. Elwe, 1804. First edition. A bright and clean copy in near fine condition in a very attractive period binding.. Pp. vi, [ii], 15, 8, 8, 12, 12, 20, 6, 6, 6, 10, 10, 6, 6, 21, 15, 12, 14, 14, 12, 44, 8, 9, 6, 7, 7, 7, 10, 8, 12, 8, 22, 8, 8, with 35 full-page plates with fine contemporary hand-coloring and a hand-colored half-title page. Later brown half leather, spine with red morocco title/author label lettered in gilt, over the original gray marbled boards, sm 4to (10 3/4 x 8 1/4 inches). This work feature 33 species accounts of birds, mammals and reptiles, most of which were published between 1766 and 1787. This is the first collected edition of this work published in book form. These accounts were meant to introduce rare and exotic species to European community. Many species are depicted in this work for the first time. The animals studied were imported from Borneo, the Philippines, Surinam, South Africa, Japan and other regions and housed at menageries and natural cabinets in the Netherlands. Each species account includes a separate title page, description and color plate (the accounts of the giraffe and the orangutan each have 2 color plates). For more information, see Nissen, Zoology, 4293.

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        Topographical Map of the Road from Missouri to Oregon, Commencing at the Mouth of the Kansas in the Missouri River and Ending at the Mouth of the Wallah Wallah in the Columbia, In VII Sections.... From the field notes and journal of Capt. J.C. Frémont, an

      Charles Preuss (1804-1854)Topographical Map of the Road from Missouri to Oregon, Commencing at the Mouth of the Kansas in the Missouri River and Ending at the Mouth of the Wallah Wallah in the Columbia, In VII Sections.... From the field notes and journal of Capt. J.C. Frémont, and from sketches and notes made on the ground by his assistant Charles Preuss E. Weber, Baltimore,1846Lithographed map on 7 sheets20 1/2? x 30 1/2? framed (each)The U.S. Senate ordered ten thousand copies of this topographical road map of the Oregon Trail, which followed the Kansas and Platte rivers across the Great Plains. A German cartographer, Preuss had compiled John C. Fremont?s earlier maps based on his surveys and the explorer?s journal and field notes. The map was lithographed by E. Weber and Company, a Baltimore firm that later, under the name of August Hoen and Company, became one of the principal publishers of government reports and maps. Weber had studied lithography in Munich under the watchful eye of Aloys Senefelder, who had developed the process.Preuss?s map was issued in seven sections so that it could easily be read by wagonmasters under the most adverse conditions. Each section was drawn at a scale of one inch to 10 miles and covered approximately 250 miles. A table of meteorologic observations and notes extracted from Fremont?s report provided information about the region. The section on display shows that portion of the Oregon Trail from its junction with the Platte River at Grand Island to beyond the confluence of the north and south forks. A note, marking the point of Fremont?s ?First view of Buffalo,? captures the nineteenth-century romanticism of the plains: ?We had heard from a distance a dull and confused murmuring and when we came in view of their dark masses, there was not one among us who did not feel his heart beat quicker.... Indians and buffalo make the poetry and life of the prairie and our camp was full of their exhiliration.?Like later road maps, Preuss?s map contains helpful travelers? aids. Distances in miles from Westport Landing (Kansas City are marked along the trail. The map also provides comments on the availability of wild game for food, fuel, ?Some drift wood and buffalo excrements makes the fuel, as that of the camels does in the deserts of Arabia?, and safety, ?Good guard ought to be kept. Pawnees, if they do not kill, will at least take what they can from the travellers by force if they are strong, and by stealth if too weak to act openly.??This map was a road guide for Oregon emigrants such as had never previously existed. Owing to its rarity and to its having long stood in the shadow of the much more widely known and distributed Frémont map of 1845, Preuss?s sectional map of 1846 has been insufficiently appreciated by students of Western history. There were two issues of the map, the original 1846 issue, and that contained in the 1849 Rockwell report. This is the original 1846 separate issue, with the lithographer?s imprint.

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        The British Classics

      London - John Sharpe, 1804 Book. Very Good. Hardcover. A wonderful complete collection of these classic works containing articles from great British newspapers of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, compiled by John Sharpe, renowned publisher of the early 1800s. Fourteen volumes of the original thirty-four within The British Classics collection. All works are complete within themselves, The Tatler infour volumes; The Spectator in eight volumes; andThe Guardian intwo volumes. Illustrated throughout with frontispiece engravings of the newspaper editors, and contributorsin each volume, and engraved title pages. Each volume also benefits from a further five beautifully engraved plate in each. The original Tatler was founded in 1709 by Richard Steele, who used the nom de plume Isaac Bickerstaff, Esquire, the first such consistently adopted journalistic persona. Steele's idea was to publish the news and gossip heard in London coffeehouses, hence the title, and seemingly, from the opening paragraph, to leave the subject of politics to the newspapers, while presenting Whiggish views and correcting middle-class manners, while instructing these Gentlemen, for the most part being Persons of strong Zeal, and weak Intellects. . . what to think. To assure complete coverage of local gossip, a reporter was placed in each of the city's popular coffeehouses, or at least such were the datelines: accounts of manners and mores were datelined from White's; literary notes from Will's; notes of antiquarian interest were dated from the Grecian Coffee House; and news items from St. Jamess Coffee House. The Spectator was a daily publication founded by Joseph Addison and Richard Steele in England after they met at Charterhouse School; it lasted from 1711 to 1712. The paperappeared thrice weekly for sixmonths, and these papers when collected toformeight volumes. The stated goal of The Spectator was to enliven morality with wit, and to temper wit with morality. . . to bring philosophy out of the closets and libraries, schools and colleges, to dwell in clubs and assemblies, at tea-tables and coffeehouses (No. 10). It recommended that its readers consider it part of the tea-equipage (No. 10) and not leave the house without reading it in the morning. One of its functions was to provide readers with educated, topical talking points, and advice in how to carry on conversations and social interactions in a polite manner. In keeping with the values of Enlightenment philosophies of their time, the authors of The Spectator promoted family, marriage, and courtesy. The Guardian was a newspaper published in London from 12 March to 1 October 1713. It was also founded by Richard Steele, and featured contributions from Joseph Addison, Thomas Tickell, Alexander Pope and Ambrose Philips. Sir Richard Steele was an Irish writer and politician, remembered as the founder of these three influential British newspapers. Condition: In original diced calf bindings with gilt designs to the spines. Externally, rubbing to the boards and spines, with wear to extremities. Calf is cracking slightly to all joints, and several hinges are slightly strained. Internally, all volumes are firmly bound and bright throughout, instances of spotting throughout each volume, which is heavier to the first and last pages. Armorial bookplate to the front pastedown of each volume. Overall: GOOD..

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        The Works of Plato, viz. his fifty-five Dialogues and twelve Epistles, translated from the Greek; nine of the dialogues by the late F. Sydenham, and the remainder by Thomas Taylor: with occasional annotations on the nine dialogues translated by Sydenham,

      Printed for T. Taylor: London. Hardcover. 5 volumes. Rebound in library red cloth. Wide margins, errata slip, one page tip tape repaired. Some pages professionally cleaned. Scarce. A very good set. First edition of The Works of Plato in English. * Rare books make Fine Gifts. Shipped in new box. Free tracking USA. Quality, Value, Experience. . Very Good. 1804.

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        A Topographical Map of the County of Essex. Constructed from the Trigonometrical Survey Made by Order of the Board of Ordnance

      London: W. Faden, July 6th, 1804. . Map dimensions 63 x 87 cm, overall dimensions 64.5 x 88 cm. An attractive folding map of the county with original colour in block and outline. Scale: ½ inch to one mile. Dissected into 21 sections and mounted on linen, both folded end sections with marbled paper tabs, one side with a publisher’s label, folds into original marbled paper slipcase with printed label to upper cover. Some wear to the case with the upper edge of one joint cracked, the map slightly browned overall, otherwise a very good copy. Essex was the second Ordnance Survey map to be published, preceded by Kent in 1801. This is the true first edition of their map of the county, the full four sheet version being published the following year. Rare, the only institutional copies found are in the British Library, Cambridge and Oxford. The only auction record is the Wardington copy, sold at Sotheby's in 2006.

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        A Catalogue of all the Books Printed in the United States, With Their Prices, and Places Where Published Annexed

      Boston, Printed for the Booksellers, Jan. 1804. 79 p.; 17.5 cm. The earliest American booktrade bibliography and an early sales catalog. With the 1980 Houghton Library exhibition catalog which included this. Shaw/ Shoemaker, American Imprints 5987 records five copies. Stock#NS0118. Vg/ stitched, spine has marbled paper strip.

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        THE LIFE OF GEORGE WASHINGTON, COMMANDER IN CHIEF OF THE AMERICAN FORCES, DURING THE WAR WHICH ESTABLISHED THE INDEPENDENCE OF HIS COUNTRY, AND FIRST PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES

      Philadelphia: C.P. Wayne, 1804. Five volumes with the atlas. (Six volumes total). Red leather spine labels. All five text volumes show general wear. All covers are intact. 1" piece missing from top of spine of Volume 5. Front free endpaper missing from Volumes 1-2. The Washington portrait frontispiece in Volume 1 shows heavy foxing as does the title-page. Other volumes have varying degrees of foxing and browning, sometimes heavy . The atlas volume does not contain the list of subscribers, thus a second printing. It is bound in 1/2 brown cloth over green paper-covered boards with paper label on front cover. Covers show mild to moderate soiling. (See photos.)Title-page is foxed. All 10 hand-colored maps are in excellent condition. A monumental work by the fourth Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court at an affordable price. See Howes M317. . First Edition. Full Contemporary Calf. General Cover Wear.. Octavo.

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        The Life of George Washington: Commander in Chief of the American Forces during the War which established the Independence of His Country, and first President of the United States, etc. (FIVE VOLUMES)

      Printed for Richard Phillips, 1804-01-01. Leather Bound. Good. 5 volume set. 22 cm. Full leather bindings. 2 volumes in original leather, 3 in modern leather. Excellent bindings and covers. Foxing/toning throughout. Vol. 1 is missing title page, good besides. Contemporary signature, William Kelly. No Atlas. Sabin 44788 Compiled under the inspection of Bushrod Washington, from original papers ; to which is prefixed an introduction containing a compendious view of the colonies planted by the English on the continent of North America, from their settlement to the commencement of that war which terminated in their independence ; by John Marshall.

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        Travels of Anacharsis the younger in Greece. During the middle of the fourth century, before the Christian æra.... The first American edition

      Philadelphia: Pr. by Bartholomew Graves and William McLaughlin for Jacob Johnson & Co., 1804. 8vo signed in 4s (22 cm, 8.625"). Vol. I: xviii, 419, [1 (blank)] pp.; fold. map; II: [1] f., iii, [1 (blank)], 403, [1 (blank)] pp.; III: vii, [1 (blank)], 463, [1 (blank)] pp. (lacking half-title); IV: vii, [1 (blank)], 496 pp. (lacking half-title). Translated from the French by William Beaumont for the original English printing. Really a textbook on the daily life and culture of ancient Greece, primarily centered around Athens, this lengthy work is "so written, that the reader may frequently be induced to imagine he is perusing a work of mere amusement, invention, and fancy" (p. iii). Footnotes citing a multitude of classical sources back up Barthelemy's imagined journey, which is illustrated with an attractive engraved map by du Bocage. Shaw & Shoemaker 5809. Recently rebound in period-style tan cloth over light blue paper sides, spines with paper labels. Contemporary ownership inscription to front fly-leaf in each volume. Map with light offsetting and short tear just starting along one fold. First 20 leaves of vol. II waterstained and last 10 foxed; scattered incidences of spotting in all volumes, pages generally clean. => A nice-looking set, and still — as it always was! — a work offering a pleasant way to absorb ancient history.

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