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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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      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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        View of Sydney Cove, New South Wales

      London,: F. Jukes, 10 April, 1804.. Hand-coloured aquatint, 435 x 605 mm., a good example, complete with caption, in an old frame. A fine early view of Sydney, just the second view of Australia to have been separately published, and the earliest depiction of boat-building in the infant colony.The few large separately-issued early Australian views are all of great rarity, and this magnificent coloured aquatint engraving is a particularly good example of this famous image with excellent original colouring.Edward Dayes, the English artist of this fine aquatint, had earlier links with Australia. He had worked on sketches by the convict artist Thomas Watling which were published in David Collins's An Account of the English Colony in New South Wales, London, 1798, and on engravings published in John Hunter's An Historical Journal of the Transactions at Port Jackson and Norfolk Island, London, 1793.The caption to the engraving reads "From an Original Picture in the possession of Isaac Clementson Esq. Drawn by E. Dayes from a Picture painted at the Colony. Engraved by F. Jukes, London, Published April 10, 1804 by F. Jukes, No. 10 Howland St.". The original picture referred to here, now lost, was presumably a painting done in the colony by Thomas Watling.The Government Dock Yard, established by John Hunter, shows the frame of Governor Hunter's brig 'Portland' partly finished; her frame had been laid down in 1797, but as Governor King noted in 'Return of Government Shipping', 9th November 1802, five years later she was still "in Frame, no shipwrights to work on her".First Views of Australia, plates 54 and 55.

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      Premium quality bindings, 1804-7 1st edition, with 1st edition Atlas and Subscriber's list, 1/2 leather complete set in six volumes, THE LIFE OF GEORGE WASHINGTON by John Marshall, printed and published by C P Wayne, Philadelphia Pa., approximately 4,500 pages and complete with colonial history.  Excellent premium crimson moroccan leather bound volumes adorned with much gilt. Overall very clean, minor to moderate foxing, no stains, all have very tight bindings, ruff cut page edging, gold gilt  top edging, all near fine, a real solid set.  1807 first edition Atlas has original leather binding, minimal light foxing, all double and single page maps, complete with subscribers names listed, all pages present, none loose.  Volumes cover the entire life of Washington, along with the Revolutionary War from Bunker Hill and the death of Joseph Warren, Lexington, Tarrytown, Bennington, Yorktown,  Cowpens, King's Mountain, Brandywine, battlefield at Trenton, Princeton, Millstone, Waxhaws, capture of New York, Crown Point, Lake Champlain, White Plains retreat, occupation of Boston, the harsh winter at Valley Forge, defense of Charleston South Carolina, attack on Quebec, Arnold's journey through the wilderness of Maine, many letters and writings, officers, Generals Putnam, Benedict Arnold, Gates, Schuyler, St. Clair, Stark, Lee, Greene, Sullivan, the Marquis de LaFayette, Indian enemies, and many other facts exhaustively covered from Washingtons' actual notes and letters.  A wonderful read and a must for any quality US history library, the buyer will be very pleased.  These have been beautifully rebound long ago, volumes are over 208 years old, atlas is original. See the many photos provided, ask any questions.  Thank you for viewing, see our other fine books for sale, many fine leather.

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        [Pears] King Catherine Pear (Catherine Royal); Lemon Pear; Late Petite Muscat; Oignon La Reine; Long stalked Blanquet [Pl. LXXVII]

      [London]: G. Brookshaw, [1804-1812]. Aquatint engraving, with some stipple, printed in colours and finished by hand. Very good condition. 17 3/4 x 13 3/4 inches. 21 3/4 x 18 1/8 inches. A fine image from Brookshaw's masterpiece: 'Pomona Britannica; or, A Collection of the Most Esteemed Fruits'. George Brookshaw's 'Pomona Britannica' is the finest work on fruit and flowers ever produced. Its breathtaking images display a level of technical virtuosity and beauty that distinguish this magnificent book as a true work of art. As a retired cabinetmaker, Brookshaw produced his 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 books 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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        An Inquiry Into the Nature and Origin of Public Wealth : and Into the Means and Causes of its Increase / by the Earl of Lauderdale

      Edinburgh : Printed For Arch. Constable & Co. ; London : T. N. Longman & O. Rees, 1804. 1st Edition. Physical desc. : [1-8] 1-482 [483-488] p. ; 22 cm; folding table. Subject: Economics. Wealth. Early Political Economy. Notes: Signatures: 4 p. [? ]. , A-Ggp8s, Hhp4s (first four leaves of each signature signed; 2Hh folds out to c. A. 32 x 27 cm. ) . Referenced by: OCLC 15814475. Goldsmiths'-Kress library of economic literature, no. 18801. Finely bound in modern aniline calf over marble boards. Raised bands with the title blocked direct in gilt. An exceptional copy - scans and additional bibliographic detail on request.

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      - Madrid; Imprenta Real, 1804. 16º (11 cm.) Retrato de Carlos III y Maria Luisa., 216 p. = 234 p. (Estado militar). Encuadernación en pasta española con orla dorada en el lomo. Buen estado, leves rozes en la encuadernación. Revisado completo. Año: 1804

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        Catalogue des Livres rares et précieux, et des Manuscrits, composant la Bibliothèque de M***,

      dont la Vente se fera le Jeudi 22 Germinal (12 Avril 1804) et jours suivans... xii, 320, [4] pp. 8vo, cont. speckled calf (rather nicely rebacked with the orig. red morocco label laid-down), double gilt fillet round sides, spine gilt. Paris: G. De Bure père et fils, 1804. An important sale, containing a large portion of books from the famous De Boze collection. De Boze's library was acquired in 1753 before the scheduled auction jointly by Cotte (1721-1804), Président au Parlement de Paris, and Charles Robert Boutin, Maître des Requêtes, for the sum of 83,000 livres. They, in turn, sold most of the fifteenth-century books, reputedly for 80,000 livres, to Louis-Jean Gaignat, except for the Gutenberg Bible, of which he probably already owned a copy. Cotte and Boutin then divided up among themselves the books they wished to keep, and sold the remainder by auction through Martin in 1754. This was one of the great and most highly anticipated sales of the period which dispersed a very large portion of the legendary De Boze collection formed more than fifty years before. The sale was an enormous success and Didot was a major buyer. Cotte made his first important purchases at Count d'Hoym's sale in 1738. Fine copy with the four-page schedule of sale at end. 2422 lots plus two further numbered lots and one lot of three dozen skins of red morocco. Pages [308]-320 list another ca. 180 lots of manuscripts. Priced throughout in a contemporary hand. This catalogue is rare; I have not had a copy before. ❧ Gustave Brunet, Dictionnaire de Bibliologie Catholique, col. 439-"Les classiques grecs et et latins y dominent. Belles éditions et exemplaires de choix payés alors à des prix qu'on ne retrouverait plus aujourd-hui." Guigard, II, pp. 162-63. Peignot, p. 91-"Catalogue intéressant; beaucoup d'articles se sont vendu exorbitamment cher." .

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      [London]: [Rivington], [1804]. Disbound. The maps are quite clean but with offsetting. One map has a small, dark stain toward the top. Very Good. Small quarto (8-1/4" x 10"), disbound, with one original board present. Lacking the title page but with the table of contents and all 33 double-page maps present. The first 20 were engraved by Richard William Seale; William Henry Toms engraved the remainder. None of the maps is colored, and most measure about 12" x 8-1/4" on 15" x 10" pages. Apparently Seale issued these beginning about 1731, and they continued in print until about 1819. The paper is watermarked 1804. Christoph Cellarius (1638-1707) was a German classicist and geographer who was an early advocate of using maps to illustrate his publications. His most notable publication was Geographia Antiqua... (1686), and it was reissued throughout the next century and a half in various forms. Apparently the combination of maps varied for different editions. Most of the maps in this edition are the classical ones: the Roman Empire, ancient Greece, Macedonia, Palestine, etc.

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        Phaethornis Pygmaeus, Pl. 42 (Swallow-tail)

      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. His wife Elizabeth and other artists were able to transfer his sketches to stone; hand print and hand-color them.Of all his works, many of Gould?s best-known images come from this beautiful and comprehensive ?Monograph of the Trochilidae, or Family of 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. 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.This magnificently hand-colored lithograph, "Phaethornis Pygmaeus", measures 21.75" x 15" and is in excellent condition with a few light foxing marks. These hummingbirds, also known as Pygmy Hermits or Reddish Hermits, are colored with reddish undersides, green wings and patterned tail-feathers. Precise lines define and detail each feather, giving these hummingbirds dimension and their positioning, one in the nest and one outside, show their small size and add to this dynamic composition.

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        MÈmoire sur le nouveau genre Pyrosoma

      Paris,: An XII, that is, 1804.. Quarto, hand-coloured plate and 10 pp.; some toning, but an excellent copy in modern marbled paper wrappers. Very rare indeed: the first printing of one of PÈron's earliest scientific articles based on his work during the Baudin voyage.In 1804, newly returned from the voyage, PÈron was living in Paris, where he and Lesueur began work on the official Baudin account. He had been resigned to the fact that by sending many of his specimens home, the scientific descriptions of a great number fell to important figures like Cuvier and Jussieu. On his return, however, he pressed on to publish several essays of his own, and one of the first was this essay on "Pyrosoma", bioluminescent organisms common to warm waters (from the Greek pyro "fire", soma "body"). His work on unheralded sea creatures like pyrosoma was the product of his tremendous collecting enthusiasm; he and Lesueur had been overwhelmed and delighted with the myriad different oceanic species they had discovered during the voyage, and later commented that 'their number and diversity afforded an inexhaustible fund of pleasure, and were the subject of philosophical enthusiasm' (quoted in Duyker, FranÁois PÈron, p. 87).'PÈron's work on jellyfish would ultimately include pioneering observations of their anatomy and physiology, and the collection of many previously undescribed species' (Duyker, p. 64). It was for this reason that the various mollusca and zoophytes he collected were so beautifully illustrated in the official account: the subject of the present article, the Pyrosoma atlanticum, was later figured at the upper left corner of plate 30 of the Atlas. The species is also, interestingly, one of only a handful to now be named after PÈron, as its official nomenclature has since been updated to Pyrosoma atlanticum PÈron, 1804.Any separate scientific publication relating to the voyage is a rarity: very few indeed survive, probably because of the limited audience to which they were distributed. Although not noted here, this article was published the same year in Annales du MusÈum national d'Histoire naturelle (pp. 437-46); this does confirm, however, that the present article, newly paginated, is a proper offprint rather than simply an extract from the museum journal. Such offprints, where they exist, are recognised as the original editions since they normally precede the journal printing and were typically done in very limited numbers for the author to distribute.

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        White-Fronted Goose, Anser albifrons; Steph

      This splendid hand-colored, folio-size lithograph, "White-Fronted Goose, Anser albifrons; Steph", from John Gould?s (1804-1881) monumental book "Birds Europe" (1832-1837) is in very good condition with light foxing and a small pencil mark on the lower right corner. Measuring 14" x 21", this lithograph magnificently displays the author?s scientific skill and attention to detail. These geese are expertly hand-colored and finely detailed. The goose in the goose in the foreground has a taupe colored body, with white and gray accenting on the back and wings and black spots on its belly. The goose in the background is colored in rich taupe with gray and white highlighting. Each geese has a white face and colored beak tip. Precise lines define and detail each feather, giving these birds great dimension and naturalistic qualities.John Gould 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. His wife Elizabeth and other artists were able to transfer his sketches to stone; hand print and hand-color them.One of the most accomplished and engaging natural history works of the 19th century, ?The Birds of Europe? was also the first of Gould's works to feature plates by Edward Lear. A total of sixty-eight images bear Lear's name, and they are among the most remarkable bird drawings ever made. Lear endowed his illustrations with some measure of his own whimsy and intelligence, and his style is at once fluidly spontaneous and realistically precise.In this way, the images of ?The Birds of Europe? are amazingly distinctive, while also highly realistic. Gould undertook this work partly in an effort to redress the imbalance between the study of local and foreign ornithology. Gould portrayed birds native to Europe in a manner that had only been thought appropriate for the colorful species of distant places. In this way he managed to draw much popular interest back to native birds, which were suddenly considered equally beautiful to exotic species.

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