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        Memoirs of the Life of Agrippina, the wife of Germanicus?In three volumes

      Bath: Printed by R. Cruttwell; for G. and J. Robinson, Pater-noster-row, London, 1804 First edition. Later nineteenth-century calf over marbled boards, gilt spine with burgundy morocco labels, edges sprinkled red. Marbled endpapers, armorial bookplate of Donegal landowner Horatio Granville Murray Stewart (1834-1904) in each volume. Three volumes, octavo. Remains of small circular label on spine of Volume I, some light dampstaining at fore-margin, and a few marginal pencil marks in the same volume. Otherwise a very good, attractive set, complete with half-titles. Elizabeth Hamilton (1758-1808) is best known for her influential works on education, such as Letters on the Elementary Principles of Education. She was "one of the earliest British pioneers of the theories of Pestalozzi" (Stewart & McCann, p. 14), and was much admired by Maria Edgeworth. She also wrote social criticism, somewhat in the style of Goldsmith's Citizen of the World, and books on Scottish manners and customs, which earned the praise of Sir Walter Scott. The present work is considered admirable in its understanding of Roman laws and customs. It has been called "an important attempt to deal seriously with the life of an admirable Roman woman" (Blain, Clements and Grundy, Feminist Companion to literature in English).

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        Boosh Wannah's

      London: Published by Samuel Daniel, 1804. Aquatint, coloured by hand, backed, with two skilfully repaired tears into image area. Image area: 12 3/4 x 17 3/4 inches. Sheet size: 17 1/4 x 21 3/4 inches. A stunning aquatint from Samuel Daniell's celebrated work, "African Scenery and Animals at the Cape of Good Hope". Samuel was the younger brother of the famous topographical painter William Daniell, and the nephew of Thomas Daniell: the least known because of his early death, but Thomas Sutton considered him 'the most inspired and original of the three.' Samuel evidently developed a keen interest in natural history and an insatiable desire to travel, a combination which inspired him to follow in his brother's footsteps. Soon after the first British occupation of South Africa, Daniell left England for the Cape of Good Hope, arriving in December of 1799. His affable nature and considerable artistic skills earned him an appointment as artist on Truter's expedition. The party set off in October of 1801 to explore the northern and eastern regions of the Cape Colony. The area, which included the Moloppo and Kuruman rivers on the border of Botswana, was relatively uncharted at that period and the expedition discovered many new specimens and geographical features which had gone unnoticed by earlier European explorers. Daniell himself discovered the source of the Kuruman river, known as the "eye," which has become one of South Africa's most celebrated natural wonders. His own keen eye and quick pen allowed him to make numerous sketches whilst traveling through South Africa, sketches which were used in his two seminal books African Scenery and Animals at the Cape of Good Hope published between 1804 and 1805 (in two volumes with coloured plates, at £21), and Sketches representing the Native Tribes..of Southern Africa, published in 1820 with uncoloured plates. Thomas Sutton writes of the present work: 'The coloured plates represent local scenery, animals singly or in groups in their natural surroundings, native types, and views of kraals' (p.107). He goes on to sum up the achievement of the work: 'It may safely be said that never before had drawings of animals been presented so beautifully in their natural scenery. Particularly fine are the plates of the gnu, springbok, and the hippopotamus. The landscapes are equally fine, those of Sitsikamma, with the interlacing jungle trees and elephants watering, the Hottentot Kraal, and the Korah Hottentot Village being lovely things. Apart from these, such plates as the Halt of a Boor's Family and Boors returning from Hunting are valuable records of early itinerant life in South Africa ... [In this work, Samuel Daniell] shows full control over his medium: his freshness of approach is apparent; his composition and colour are full of beauty; his animals are delicately drawn, his figure- studies full of life and sincerity and warmth' (pp.107 -111). Cf. Abbey Travel 321; cf. Lowndes I, p.588 (incorrect publication date); Mendelssohn I, p.411; Nissen ZBI 1035; T. Sutton The Daniells Artists and Travellers 1; Tooley 168.

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        Über Die Ernährung Des Fötus

      Halle, in der neuen Societats Buchhandlung 1804 In-8° broché, XVIII-214 pages. 2 ff. n. ch. 1 planche dépliante hors-texte dépliante. Première traduction allemande de la thèse sur la nutrition du foetus, du célèbre anatomiste et chirurgien né allemand mais devenu un des maîtres de l'école strasbourgeoise. Couverture muette d'attente de l'époque, aux plats frottés, bords émoussés, nombreuses rousseurs

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        The Shipwreck

      London: Printed for William Miller by T. Bensley, 1804. Full polished calf with ornate and deeply tooled blindstamped floral, leaf and bloom motif on front cover, rear cover with similar motif, but only five devices. An unsigned Guild binding, but unarguably Guild of Women Binders and coming together from collection of Guild Bindings as well as auction provenance. The binding shows some wear, especially to spine and margins of spine where the fragile calf has become scuffed a bit. Overall a nice copy of a unique and attractive Guild binding.

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        Robertson's Works:

      sp;to 1804 - London - T. Cadell, W. Davies, E. Balfour, 1802 Book. Very Good. Hardcover. An attractively bound collection of the historical works of William Robertson. William Robertson( 1721 1793) was a Scottish historian, minister of religion, and Principal of the University of Edinburgh. This collection of his works contains:The History of the Reign of Emperor Charles V. In four volumes, with engraved frontispiecesThe History of America. In four volumes, with five folding maps. The History of Scotland. In three volumes, with engraved frontispiece to volume one. An Historical Disquisition concerning The Knowledge which the Ancients had of India. In one volume, with two folding maps. Thus, this collection excludes only one of his works - The Situation of the World at the Time of Christ's Appearance - presenting a rare opportunity to own the majority of Robertson's works in a uniform binding. Condition: In full diced calf bindings with gilt detailing. Externally very smart, with some slightrubbing andwear to spines and extremities. Front hinge of Charles V volume one strained. Internally, firmly bound and clean and bright with just somespotting to some endpapers with only occasional spots elsewhere, pages are uniformly clean. Map plates in good condition with just a few small closed tears. Overall: VERY GOOD INDEED..

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        MEMORIA SOBRE EL CULTIVO DE TOBACOS, SU AUMENTO Y BUENA FABRICACION EN LA YSLA DE CUBA [manuscript title]

      Havana. Oct. 15, 1804.. 47pp. Written in a fair secretarial hand. Small quarto. Once stitched, though stitching now gone. Titlepage torn at inner margin, several small holes on final blank. Minor soiling and wear. Very good. The Cuban tobacco industry was under a Spanish monopoly until 1817, a system which created a great deal of resentment (and several armed revolts). The present manuscript consists of an eight page letter signed by Plaune, which is a preface to the report. The second part is the report itself, which is comprised of forty- six articles on thirty-eight pages. The whole is addressed to Don Benigno Duque de Heredia, at the Real Hacienda, the Royal Treasury in Havana, and appears to have been intended for distribution to high ranking government officials. The intent of the report was the revitalization of the tobacco industry in Cuba. Some of the suggestions include a judicial commission to control and arbitrate tobacco prices; the introduction of slaves to tobacco farming (they had not been used in this area of Cuban agriculture); the suggestion that each tobacco product should have strict formula; and the creation of a "Puro" cigar, i.e. one made solely with all tobacco components of the cigar grown in the same country. Cuba, in fact, did and does achieve this distinction. A fascinating and significant early document relating to the tobacco industry in Cuba.

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        A Moorish Mosque at Bangalore

      London.: Edward Orme.. Dated in the plate 1804.. Aquatint engraving, handcolored, 11 x 13 3/8 (neatline of print) on sheet 16 1/2 x 23 inches. Very good condition. A beautifully executed aquatint from the series "Picturesque Scenery in the Kingdom of Mysore" by James Hunter first published in "A Brief History of Ancient and Modern India" by Francis William Blagdon in 1805 (the engraving is dated on the plate June 4 1804). This may be from a subsequent edition (see Abbey, #425), as another plate from the same series and with the same provenance has a watermark "Whatman Turkey Mill 1834." .

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        Killader's Tomb, Ouscottah

      London.: Edward Orme.. Dated in the plate 1804. A later edition, ca. 1834.. Aquatint engraving, handcolored, 11 x 13 5/8 (neatline of print) on sheet 16 1/2 x 23 inches. Very good condition. A beautifully executed aquatint from the series "Picturesque Scenery in the Kingdom of Mysore" by James Hunter first published in "A Brief History of Ancient and Modern India" by Francis William Blagdon in 1805 (the engraving is dated on the plate June 4 1804). This copy is from a subsequent edition, the sheet watermarked "Whatman Turkey Mill 1834" (see Abbey, #425). .

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        Practical Agriculture; or, A Complete System of Modern Husbandry: with the Methods of Planting and the Management of Live Stock

      London: Richard Phillips n.d. (dedication page dated 1804). 2 vols. xix; contents, (618 p. vol. 1), 1265 p. total. 27 cm. Colour frontispiece in each volume. Plate 1 is a fold-out with stain in corner, fold-out plate XLVII has some wrinkling and a tear at edge. 53 plates in volume 1. Volume 2: 23 colour plates, 34 plates total. Lacks plate 27, page 1134. Rebacked probably fairly early on in a different leather, full leather binding. Volume 1: wormholing from front endpaper, to page 20, t.p. has repair at spine, blue smudge on dedication page, light smudges and thumbprints throughout. Volume 2: occasional light stains and thumbprints. These remarkable volumes include tools (implements of husbandry), farm buildings, cottages, walls and fences, roads, soils, manures, draining the land, cultivation, and livestock.

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        Voyage en Chine et en Tartarie... traduit de l'anglais

      Paris,: la veuve Lepetit,, 1804.. Six volumes, small octavo, and an atlas of uniform size, with twenty double-page plates; marginal wormholes affecting 50 pp. in the last text volume; original dark calf decorated in blind and gilt, an attractive set in excellent condition. A most attractive set of the delightful 'BibliothËque portative' edition, a diminutive French version of the official narrative of the important Macartney embassy to China, by which the British sought to establish formal diplomatic and commercial relations. Staunton accompanied the embassy as Secretary, and compiled his book chiefly from the papers of the Ambassador and his fellow envoys. It is of great interest not only for its description of the exotic court of the emperor Qianlong (1793-1794) but also for its descriptions of the many places visited en route at the close of the eighteenth century.Lust, 545 (note).

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        Frederic-Le-Grand, Sa Famille, Sa Cour, Son Gouvernement, Son Academie, Ses Ecoles, Et Ses Amis, Generaux, Philosophes Et Litterateurs; Ou, Mes Souvenirs De Vingt Ans De Sejour a Berlin; Par Dieudonne Thiebault ... - [Complete in 5 Volumes]

      Paris, A. Bossange; [Etc. , Etc. ], 1804. 1st Edition. Description: 5 v. Fronts. (v. 1, 2: ports. ) fold. Facsims. 21 cm. Subjects: Frederick II, King of Prussia, 1712-1786. Prussia (Germany) --History --Frederick II, 1740-1786. [Notes: First published under title: Mes souvenirs de vingt ans]. Full contemporary analine calf, recased in a very period-sympathetic fashion. Gilt-cross bands with the title and volume numbers blocked direct in gilt. An exceptional set, of presentation quality - scans and additional bibliographic detail on request.

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        Cape Comorin, taken near Calcad [vol. IV, plate 1]

      London: published by Thomas Daniell, "Jany.1.1804". Aquatint, pinted in colours, by and after Thomas & William Daniell, finished by hand, on 'Whatman' wove paper. Image size: 16 1/4 x 23 5/8 inches. 21 3/8 x 29 1/8 inches. A fine view of the serene landscape at the southernmost tip of India. Cape Comorin, a massive outcrop over 3000 feet high, is also known as Kanya Kumari which literally means the virgin. This view was made in August 1792 on the Daniells' journey from Madras through southern India. "According to the Daniells' rendition, the towering entrance gate, or gopura, of [the temple at Kalakkadu] ... is completely overwhelmed by a magnificent rocky peak partly enveloped in clouds." (Martinelli/Michell p.170). The Daniells' Oriental Scenery is considered to be the finest illustrated work on India. Thomas Daniell and his nephew William spent nine years in India making studies, sketches and drawings of the scenery, architecture, and antiquities that graced the countryside. They then devoted a further thirteen years to publishing their remarkably accurate aquatints. In Britain, the impact was explosive. A cult of Indian architecture, landscaping and interior decoration arose, with the Royal Pavilion at Brighton as its centerpiece. The Daniells gave the English public their first accurate look at the exotic sub-continent. Their great achievement still lies in their ability to blend the picturesque with the real, resulting in images that capture the European taste for the sublime landscape, while still remaining faithful to their subjects. Consisting of one hundred and forty-four views, published in six parts, the work was issued in seven stages: three sets of twenty-four plates titled Oriental Scenery with title dates of 1795, 1797, and 1801; twelve plates titled Antiquities of India dated 1799; twenty-four plates titled Hindoo Excavations dated 1803; twenty-four plates titled Views in Hindoostan dated 1807; and twelve further plates of Antiquities of India published without a title page in 1808. All plates were engraved by the Daniells and all are taken from their drawings save the twenty-four plates of Hindoo Excavations, which are after drawings by James Wales. Abbey Travel II 420, no.127; cf. Lowndes I, p.588; Martinelli/Michell India Yesterday and today '111 Kalakkadu, temple tower'; cf. RIBA 799-804; cf. Sutton The Daniells (1954) p.156; cf. Tooley 172.

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        Neue Fibel für Kinder oder methodischer Elementarunterricht im Lesen und Abstrahiren nach Pestalozzi, Olivier und eigenen Ideen von M. Friedrich Herrmann Konrektor in Lübben. Mit 14 Kupfern

      Leipzig, Hinrichs 1804. 21 cm. Gestochenes Fronstispiz von Gottlieb Boettger, gestochener Titel, (4), 213, (1 weisse) Seiten und 5 Kupfer, davon 2 kolorierte, I - IV typographische ABC-Tafeln und 1 gestochenes ABC-Doppelblatt-Kupfer mit Schreibschrift. Original-Karton mit Kupferstich-Illustration auf beiden Deckeln und Rücken - DBA 521, 7 - Doderer, Bilderbuch S. 26 - 28 - Teistler, Fibeln 581 - "Was das hier aufgezeigte Buch besonders auszeichnet, sind die humanen, Standesdünkel und Obrigkeitsdenken der damaligen Zeit kaum beachtenden Ansichten des Verfassers. Diese auch heute noch ansprechenden Gedanken haben ihre Wurzel wohl in der französischen Revolution, die kurz vor der Abfassung des Buches stattgefunden hatte und die Ideen von Brüderlichkeit und Gleichheit verbreiteten. Es fällt auch auf, wie sehr die Vernunft als höchstes Gut des Menschen gepriesen wird, die hier die Stelle der in anderen Lesebüchern und Elementarwerken zentral aufgezeigten Gottesallmacht und Gottesvernunft einnimmt." (Doderer mit ausführlicher Beschreibung und Inhaltsangabe) Der Verfasser Friedrich Herrmann (auch Hermann, 1775 - 1819) 1799 bis 1805 Konrektor in Lübben, 1805 in Hamburg Redakteur der Zeitschrift Minerva und Lehrer am Johanneum, ab 1806 in Lübeck, nennt sein Buch "Fibel", beginnt auch mit dem Alphabet, verzichtet aber auf einen Leselehrgang. Er setzt die ersten Kenntnisse im Lesen voraus und bringt Leseübungen, die sich mit dem täglichen Leben beschäftigen. Rücken unten ca. 3 cm eingerissen und leicht angestoßen. Das Buch ist so erhalten, wie es vom Verlag geliefert wurde. Sofort nach Erwerb wurde es in Papier eingeschlagen und handschriftlich mit dem Rückentitel "Neue Fibel" versehen. Die Buchstabentafeln und S. 181 - 188 waren nicht geheftet und liegen bei. Die auf dem Titelblatt genannten 14 Kupfer ergeben sich, wenn man die auf den Kupfertafeln gezeigten jeweils 2 Abbilungen als je 1 Kupfer zählt. Alle im KVK gefundenen Exemplare sind unvollständig, nur eines hat die genannten ABC-Tafeln teilweise. Dieses Exemplar ist offensichtlich nie durch Kinderhand gegangen. -

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        Map of the State of New York by Simeon De Witt Surveyor General Contracted from his large Map of the State

      New York: 1804 [but a circa 1812 issue with colouring reflecting new county boundaries]. Engraved map, hand-coloured in outline, sectioned and linen-backed at a contemporary date. Housed in a black morocco backed box. 23 1/4 x 28 3/8 inches. Unique copy of De Witt's important 1804 map of New York, with county divisions updated to 1812. In 1778, George Washington appointed Simeon De Witt as the assistant to Robert Erskine, the first Geographer and Surveyor General of the United States, a position De Witt attained several years later. Following the war, De Witt became the first Surveyor General of New York, a position he held for an unprecedented fifty years. Among his first acts was to create the definitive first map of the state based on actual surveys. Following the settlement of the state's boundaries and accurate surveys which he directed, De Witt published a large wall map in 1802 - the first map of the state and the progenitor of similar mappings in other states. Two years later, De Witt issued this "contracted" version of his wall map, intending its circulation to meet a wider audience. According to Allen, however, the map, which was sold by subscription, "does not seem to have been as widely distributed as its predecessor, although it appears to have been designed to reach a wider audience. It may be that De Witt's 1804 map was unable to find a niche in competition with other small-scale maps of the state, such as those of Samuel Lewis" (Allen). Nevertheless, as Streeter commented, De Witt's 1804 map is "one of the earliest separate folding maps of New York after it became a state." Interestingly, the present copy suggests that De Witt, or an enterprising mapseller, made an additional attempt to market this map. This copy of the 1804 map is updated to 1812; that is, the map is as printed in 1804 but the county boundaries shown via period hand colouring depicts the state in 1812: the far western counties established in 1808 are clearly delineated (e.g. Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, and Niagara counties) but Erie County created in 1821 is not shown; Putnam county is shown separate from Dutchess County as per its establishment in 1812; Oneida County is shown with its western boundary on Lake Ontario, i.e. before the 1816 establishment of Oswego County; among other additions. In all the state is divided into 47 counties. We find no other example of De Witt's 1804 map altered in this fashion. The exactness and appearance of the colouring, however, suggests it to be a distinct issue of the map, or done for some official purpose, as opposed to an early owner's mere manuscript addition. Ristow, American Maps and Mapmakers, pp. 73-83; Rumsey 2489; Streeter Sale 893; David Y. Allen, How Simeon De Witt Mapped New York State.

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        Psitteuteles Rubronotatus (Red-backed Lorikeet)

      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, "Psitteuteles Rubronotatus", measures 21.5" x 14.75" and is in excellent condition. These birds, commonly called Red-backed Lorikeets, are expertly hand-colored with intricate patterns in vibrant shades of green, yellow, red, blue and gray. The dynamic positioning of these birds allows for their tops as well as underside coloring to be appreciated. These birds are shown flying over a marshland with four other Red-backed Lorikeets in the distance.

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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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