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        [K366]. Idomeneo Re di Creta o sia Jlia e Jdamante Drama Eroico in tre atti... Prezzo 48 fr. [Act I only]. [Full score]

      Bonn: N. Simrock; Paris: H. Simrock [PN] 444 [1805]. Folio. Unbound. 1f. (title), [i] (blank), [i] (cast list), 3-123, [i] (blank) pp. Engraved. Text in Italian. Small circular publisher's blindstamp to foot of title. Printed note to foot of final page of music: "Fine dell' Atto Primo." German text underlay added in pencil in an unknown hand to pp. 30-32, 43, 51, 52, 73, and 81; crosses in pencil above the system at some fermatas. Some soiling; edges slightly browned; small ink stain to p. 25; binder's stabhole to upper inner blank margins. An uncut copy.. First Edition. Haberkamp pp. 163-64 (with cast list to recto of folio 2). Köchel 6 p. 372. Hoboken 11, 108 (with cast list to recto of folio 2). Hirsch II, 654. RISM M4187. The score order is unusual in that the timpani are at the head of the system, followed by the winds in order of decreasing loudness - trumpets, horns, clarinets, flutes, oboes; the strings at the bottom of the system appear in the usual layout, i.e., by range. There is no separate staff for the bassoons, which simply doubled the string bass.

      [Bookseller: J & J Lubrano Music Antiquarians LLC]
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        Liber Nauticus, and Instructor in the Art of Marine Drawing. Part First

      London: Edward Orme, 1805. Large folio, with printed title page, 16 pp. letterpress description, engraved dedication leaf and a total of 17 plates (12 engraved and 5 aquatints, one of which is handcoloured); title-page a little chipped, some plates thumbed and worn at the margins, but a very good copy with generous margins in recent half calf preserving original blue tinted wrappers. The first published part to Liber Nauticus, one of the great English naval aquatint books of the Napoleonic era.This ambitious work is the product of a fruitful collaboration between Dominick Serres and his son John Thomas. A Gascon by birth, Dominick Serres was educated at the Benedictine academy at Douai but ran away to sea to escape a life in the clergy. After working as a common seaman on the South American routes he rose to become a master of a ship trading from Havana until captured by a British frigate. When in England, Serres met the famous marine artist Charles Brooking and began a successful new career that included Royal Academy membership and a stint as marine painter to George II. John Thomas followed in his father's footsteps and likewise enjoyed Royal patronage. The title page of the present volume describes him as 'Marine Draught-Man to the Honourable Board of Admiralty'.In the elegantly engraved preface leaf titled 'Address to the Amateurs of Marine Drawing', John Thomas Serres outlines his intention for Liber Nauticus: 'Many are the obstacles to the attainment of a proficiency in drawing Marine subjects, particularly as it is not only a requisite that a person desirous in excelling in this Art should possess a knowledge of the construction of a ship, or what is denominated "Naval Architecture"... but he should likewise be acquainted with seamanship." Accordingly, John Thomas published the Liber Nauticus to educate land-locked artists in the technical details of various naval craft so they could accurately depict them in action settings. Thus it was possible to forego the rigour and brutality of naval life and 'even those who are unacquainted with these floating monuments of British Power' could render them with relative ease.This is an early issue of the first edition, indicated by the single letter printed 'S' as an overslip on the title page correcting 'Nauticum' to 'Nauticus'. Likewise the last letterpress leaf bears the pasted slip reading 'End of Part First'. It is an appealing unsophisticated copy, recently rebound retaining the original wrappers complete with the engaging lithographed titling onlay depicting two leviathans beneath a crown formed from masts and sails. The onlay includes the original sale price for the first part of £2/2s, proof that this was an expensive publication in its day.

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        European commerce, shewing new and secure channels of trade with the continent of Europe : detailing the produce, manufactures, and commerce, of Russia, Prussia, Sweden, Denmark, and Germany ... ... as well as the trade of the Rivers ... (Truncated)

      London : Printed for W.J. and J. Richardson, Royal Exchange; J. Asperne, Cornhill; J. Hatchard, Piccadilly; and F. Perthes, Hamburg, 1805, Hardback, Book Condition: Very Good, First EditionFull Book Title: European commerce, shewing new and secure channels of trade with the continent of Europe : detailing the produce, manufactures, and commerce, of Russia, Prussia, Sweden, Denmark, and Germany ... ... as well as the trade of the Rivers Elbe, Weser, and Ems : with a general view of the trade, navigation, produce, and manufactures, of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland; and its unexplored and improvable resources and interior wealthContemporary calf over marble boards. Professionally and period-sympathetically re-case with raised bands and the title blocked direct in gilt; very impressively finished. Minor wear to the board extremities. A very good copy - scans and additional bibliographic detail on request.; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 651 pages; Physical desc.: xiv, 651, [1] p : front. (fold. map) tables (part fold.) ; 28 x 23 cm. Notes: "Also ascribed to: William Playfair" - note in N. U. C. Subject: Commerce - Early works to 1800. Commercial products - Early works to 1800. Europe - Commerce.

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        A List of the Officers of the Militia, the Gentlemen & Yeomanry Cavalry an Volunteer Infantry of the United Kingdom

      London: War Office, 14 October, 1805. The Eleventh Edition [i.e. Year]. Octavo (233 × 142 mm). Contemporary red morocco, new black morocco label, flat spine with gilt compartments centred on attractive sun-in-splendour tools, elaborate panels to the boards, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers. A little rubbed at the extremities, label replaced as noted, but remaining extremely handsome. First edition. These militia lists are extremely uncommon, COPAC records a single copy of this year at Oxford, and just a scatter of copies for other years, OCLC adds Westminster Library, and copies in the National Library of Australia and the State Library of Victoria. An extremely substantial list, arranged alphabetically by region, issued just two years after the breakdown of the Peace of Amiens. Bookplate of Ernest, Duke of Cumberland, fifth son of George III and Queen Charlotte. Ernest studied at the University of Göttingen and then trained in the Hanoverian Army, fighting "with courage in Flanders and the Netherlands against the French" (ODNB). commanding the Hanoverian light battalion of grenadiers at Villers-en-Cauchi in 1793, and seeing action at Tournai - where he was wounded - and Nijmegen in 1794. He regarded himself as a professional soldier, but after 1796 never again held command in the field, despite repeated efforts to obtain active service. At the time of the issue of this list he was intimately involved in home defence, having been made commander of the Severn District in 1803, with responsibility for the forces in and around the Severn Estuary. And when war with France broke out again, his elder brother, the Duke of York appointed Ernest to the more important Southwest District, comprising Hampshire, Dorset and Wiltshire. On the death of his brother William IV in1837, he ascended to the throne of Hanover. Uncommon, and with excellent provenance.

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        La Perruche Tavane, Pl. 69

      Paris 1805 - Jacques Barraband’s (1767-1809) engravings of birds are masterpieces of French ornithological illustration. This stunning portrait, La Perruche Tavane, Pl. 69, measures 13.75" x 10.25 and is in excellent condition with light spotting around the top edge and a cropped left margin. This engraving was done for the distinguished ornithologist Francois Levaillant, who commissioned Barraband to illustrate his landmark works on African ornithology, including the lavish and striking “Histoire Naturelle des Perroquets”. This bird, commonly called a Budgeriar or Common Pet Parakeet, is expertly hand-colored with a green head, blue underside and brown wings with yellow and blue accents. The tail-feathers, in a light purple color add to the colorfulness of this small bird. Images of African birds were popular in early 19th-century France both for their exoticism and for the interest in Africa that Napoleon’s campaigns were generating. The collaboration of Levaillant and Barraband represented a departure from previous ornithological texts in its emphasis on beauty and luxury, with sumptuously colored and flawlessly rendered birds. The project was a massive undertaking, which required over 300 finished watercolors. Apart from their undoubted beauty, Barraband’s engravings display a scientific accuracy that few ornithological artists have matched since. The meticulous hand-colored engravings in Levaillant’s publications were unmatched for the delicate modulations of tone and color, fine lines and perfect draftsmanship, making them exceptional in their richness and tonal variation.

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        Dissertations sur plusieurs espèces de Fucus, peu connues ou nouvelles, avec leur description en Latin et en Français: I.er Fascicule (all published).

      Paris, Treuttel et Würtz, An XIII.=1805. 4to (315 x 250 mm). pp. xxiv, 83, (1), with 36 fine engraved plates. Contemporary green half calf, gilt lettered spine, marbled sides. Jean Vincent Félix Lamouroux (1779-1825) was one of the leading French phycologist of his time. In the present work he descibes exotic and european algae. He was professor of natural history at Caen. The excellent and detailed plates are engraved by Sellier. A fine copy of this rare item.//Stafleu & Cowan 4155.

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        Die alte Börse, "Vue de la nouvelle Bourse a Berlin a gauche on voit l'une rangees d' arbres dent la place d'Armes est en touree, au fond, et du meme cote le batiment de la Douane et a droite derriere la bourse, la petite Eglise de la Garnison".

      . altkol. Aquatinta b. Genty in Paris, um 1805, 23 x 34,5. Nicht bei Kiewitz; Ernst, Banken Nr. 2..- Selten! Blick vom Lustgarten zur alten Börse, mittig links der Packhof, daneben das Badehaus ( 1802 entstanden ). - Das Blatt tadellos und breitrandig. Oben rechts mit "No. 15" bezeichnet.

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        La Perruche a gorge rouge, Pl. 46

      Paris 1805 - Jacques Barraband’s (1767-1809) engravings of birds are masterpieces of French ornithological illustration. This stunning portrait, La Perruche a gorge rouge, Pl. 46, measures 13.75" x 10.25 and is in excellent condition with cropped edges and light foxing. This engraving was done for the distinguished ornithologist Francois Levaillant, who commissioned Barraband to illustrate his landmark works on African ornithology, including the lavish and striking “Histoire Naturelle des Perroquets”. This bird, a type of Budgerigar or Parakeet is expertly hand-colored with a vibrant green head and body and a red throat and shoulders. Precise lines define and detail each feather on this small birds body, giving it dimension and definition. Images of African birds were popular in early 19th-century France both for their exoticism and for the interest in Africa that Napoleon’s campaigns were generating. The collaboration of Levaillant and Barraband represented a departure from previous ornithological texts in its emphasis on beauty and luxury, with sumptuously colored and flawlessly rendered birds. The project was a massive undertaking, which required over 300 finished watercolors. Apart from their undoubted beauty, Barraband’s engravings display a scientific accuracy that few ornithological artists have matched since. The meticulous hand-colored engravings in Levaillant’s publications were unmatched for the delicate modulations of tone and color, fine lines and perfect draftsmanship, making them exceptional in their richness and tonal variation.

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        The JOURNAL Of A TOUR Into The TERRITORY NORTHWEST Of The ALLEGHANY MOUNTAINS; Made in the Spring of the Year 1803. With a Geographical and Historical Account of the State of Ohio

      Printed By Manning & Loring. Good+; ***SALE. The price of this item has been temporarily reduced by . 30%. Sale price ends soon!***. 1805. First Edition. Hardcover. Full brown calf leather bound cover has overall wear. Boards and spine are straight. Binding is tight. Ex-libris plate of H. Scoffield on front paste down along with stamp of University of Connecticut Library. Antiquated signature on front end sheet dated 1825. Staining to title page. Pages clean with moderate toning and foxing. Lacking 3 maps. Plan at rear is chipped and incomplete. .

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        An Abridgment of the History of France. For the Use of Schools

      Chelsea: Printed by Stanhope and Tilling for T. Faulkner,, 1805. Translated from the French by a Lady. Octavo (160 x 93 mm). Contemporary marbled calf, spine in compartments with gilt titles direct, marbled endpapers. Contemporary gift inscription on front free endpaper verso. Extremities rubbed and lightly chipped, contents clean and fresh. A very good copy. A bilingual juvenile history of France with parallel French and English title pages and texts and an early publication by Chelsea historian and publisher Thomas Faulkner (1777?-1855).

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        Iliade - Odissea - Batracomiomachia. 5 voll.

      La ILIADE di Omero recata dal testo greco in versi Toscani da Giacinto Ceruti. Livorno, Presso Tommaso Masi e Comp. co? Tipi di Didot il maggiore, 1805. Due volumi in 4to (cm. 24); belle legature coeve in pieno vitello con cornici alla greca in oro; pp. XXXVI, 480; 487, (1). L?ODISSEA di Omero tradotta in volgare fiorentino da M. Girolamo Baccelli. Livorno, Presso Tommaso Masi e Comp. co? Tipi di Didot il maggiore, 1805. Due volumi in 4to (cm. 24); belle legature coeve in pieno vitello con cornici alla greca in oro; pp. 445, (3); (29), 396. BATRACOMIOMACHIA e Inni di Omero tradotti in versi da varj. Livorno, Presso Tommaso Masi e Comp. co? Tipi di Didot il maggiore, 1805. Un Volume in 4to (cm. 24); bella legatura in pieno vitello con cornici alla greca in oro; pp. 444. Bellissima edizione stampata su carta pesante ad ampi margini; tagli dorati e legature di pregio. Alcune arrossature. Axs

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        A PRACTICAL TREATISE ON BREWING, DISTILLING, AND RECTIFICATION, with the genuine process of making brandy, rum, and Hollands gin, the London practice of brewing porter, ale and table beer, and the method of brewing country ales, &c.

      London, Robert Scholey, 1805.with the modern improvements in fermentation, or the doctrine of attenuation, in which the old and present mode of work is improved, with an entire new system, much more advantageous; interspersed with practical observations on each kind of fermentable matter, raw and prepared, with rules for obtaining the greatest quantity, and of better quality, from grain, raw or malted, sugar or molasses; and the making wines, cider and vinegar: the whole fundamentally delineated with plates: with a copious appendix on the culture and preparation of Foreign Wines, Brandies, and Vinegars, previous to exportation, and the best method of managing them when imported into these kingdoms. FIRST EDITION 1805, 4to, approximately 285 x 215 mm, 11¼ x 8¾ inches, 8 engraved plates showing equipment, one folding, and 5 folding tables, the work is divided into 4 parts: Book I, Brewing for malt liquors; Book II, Brewing for Distilling; Book III, Made wines, vinegar, cider and perry; Book IV, an Appendix on the "growth, or culture, gathering, pressing, fermentation ... of German, French, Spanish, Portugal, Italian and Grecian wines...", pages: xxxii, 307, (1); 248; 135; 183, (1 - Directions to Binder), bound in half calf over marbled boards, gilt rules to spine, gilt ornament in between, gilt lettered black morocco label, fore - edges and lower edges untrimmed. Leather corners missing, marbled boards rubbed, 3 tiny splits to upper hinge, 2 pinholes in lower hinge, armorial bookplate of George Blount on front pastedown, free endpapers replaced long ago, front inner paper hinge cracked, binding firm, light brown stain to upper edge of front endpaper 160 mm wide x 35 mm maximum (6½" x 1½"), this persists, varying in size and intensity, but mainly diminishing, to page 75, not affecting text, there is a triangular hole in the title page, maximum 10 mm (½") with a grazed area beside it resulting in the loss of the word "attenuation" and partial loss of "modern improvement in", repaired on blank reverse, a few fox spots to fore - edge of title page, small pale stains in the upper margin start on page 113, becoming bigger and heavier and affecting the 4 plates at page 116, these plates and Plates 5 to 8 lightly browned and lightly foxed, light brown offsetting from Plate 1 onto facing text, the stains to the upper margins of the text persisting faintly to page 125, small closed tear to 3 margins, neatly repaired, small piece torn off 1 top corner, no loss, very occasional light foxing, mainly to lower margins, last 4 leaves lightly browned. A good copy complete with all plates and tables. The first detailed account in English of modern wines, preceding Alexander Henderson by 19 years. Gabler, Wine into Words, page 243, G35970: Shannon "deals not only with specific modern wines, but with such details as how the vines are planted, the grapes, the soils, how the wines are made and tasted and even how Burgundy should be shipped to England.....(his) treatise covers all of the world's known wines ... but he leaves no doubt as to his favourite region (Burgundy)". MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING, ALL ZOOMABLE, FURTHER IMAGES ON REQUEST. POSTAGE AT COST.

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        Taschenbuch für Badegäste Badens in Niederösterreich. - Schematismus der landesfürstlichen Stadt Baden in Niederösterreich, und Merkwürdigkeiten der nächst umliegenden Gegend.

      Wien, Geistinger, 1805.. Klein-8, 6 Bll, 320 pp, 4 gefaltete Kupfertafeln; 98 pp. Nebehay-Wagner 631, Sammlung Eckl III/158 (sehr selten), Wurzbach XXIX/201 ("Karl Schenk (1765 - 1830) widmete den Badner Quellen ein eindringliches Studium und veröffentlichte über dieselben, wie über die localen und klimatischen Verhältnisse dieses Curortes mehrere Schriften"); neben einer umfangreichen Geschichte von Baden und seinen Bädern beschreibt die frühe Monografie auch die Wirkung der Badener Bäder, selbst den Zufällen der Badenden und den Unterhaltungen sind eigene Kapitel gewidmet, die Kupferstiche zeigen Reginens Ruhe, das Johannis Bad, Sauerhof, Sauerbad und Engelsburgbadquelle an der Schwechat sowie den Josefsplatz mit der Frauenkirche und dem Josephsbad vor dem Brand 1812; wie meist ist der Schematismus der Stadt Baden beigebunden, hier jedoch vorliegend ein zusätzlich getrüffeltes Exemplar aus der Bibliothek Emil Hütters (Exlibris auf der Titelrückseite) mit seinen 12 Federlithografien mit Ansichten von Baden (Nebehay-Wagner 977: Statt Baden (nach Vischer, eingebunden als Frontispiz); Ansicht der Stadt Baden von der ...gasse aus. Nach Wetzlsberg 1823 (hs. bezeichnet); Die Spital Mühl gegen Mitternacht. Herrschaft Magistrat; Die Anna Kapelle v. Außen. eingang im H+Hof gengen Abent. Herrschaft Magistrat; St. Ana Kapell u: Hof.gegen Mitternacht, + die mergwirdige Vundazions Tafel. Turm v. H+Hof. Turm v. d. A. Kapeln; das Städtische Wirtshaus beim Pock. gegen Mitternacht Herschaft Magistrat; Der Maria Zeller Hof u. der Beregini Bad gegen Abend; Das A Johans Baad von Rügwertz gegen Mitternacht + Aufgang. Der armen Vollbad. Der Armen Füssbaad Einkehr zum Pock; Der Sauerhof gegen Mitter-Nacht. Schlosthurm Sauer-Baad. Herschaft Dopelhof Vorder ansicht; Das Marienspital im Dörfel v. der Morgenseite nächst Baaden. Herschaft Doppelhof; Lesdorf Das Schlos. Mellker Freuhof. Das Dorf. Herrschaft gegen Aufgang o der Aninger; Das Schlos zu Lesdorf bey Baden gegen Aufgang vordr Ansicht) sowie 4 Zeichnungen Hütters (3 Tuschfeder- und eine Bleistiftzeichnung) wie folgt bezeichnet: Rollettmühle, Baden; Säule in Baden am Hause N 33 Feldgasse; zwischen Baden und Pfaffstätten; Baden Antonsgasse 22; jeweils monogrammiert und 2 Blatt datiert (880 und 884); dazu beigelgt eine Lithografie "Maria Hilf Kapelle bei Baden" (N-W 47/5) sowie eine weitere unbezeichnete Tuschfederzeichnung und eine Fotolithografie des Augustinerklosters nach NW 1075/11; in späterem rotem Leinenband mit Wappensupalibros (kleines Wappen des hauses Habsburg), etwas berieben und bestoßen, innen etwas fleckig, sonst gutes Exemplar.

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        TOPOGRAPHIE VON SCHLESWIG IN ALPHABETISCHER ORDNUNG.

      . Ein repertorium zu der von Gollowinschen Karte von Herzogthum Schleswig. Schleswig: Johann Gottlob Röhss 1805. XXXVI + 246 + (2) pp. Contp. half calf..

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        A Dictionary of the English Language: in Which the Words are Deduced from their Originals, and Illustrated in their Different Significations by Examples from the Best Writers

      Longman, Hurst, Rees, and Orme,, London, 1805, Hard, Book Condition: Good, Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket, As IssuedSize: 8vo, Ninth Edition: Corrected and Revised. 4 Volumes. Published London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, and Orme, 1805. Thick 8vos., 6" x 9 1/2". Marbled calf covers loose, rear covers lacking on vols 2 and 3,; spine backings gone, boards and some end papers have residue from previous tape repairs; Signatures tight, bindings strong, pages bright and clean - internally very good and suitable for rebinding. The two front pieces of Dr. Johnson are present - the portrait facing the title page and the statue facing page 13. There is a minor spot on the top corner of the first few sheets in vol. 1, otherwise pages are very clean. A workable set. Early editions of Johnson's work have become scarce.

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        Saint Paul's Cathedral ('Die Pauls Kirche in London').

      . Kupferstich b. Karl August Ferdinand Venus in Zittau, 1805, 18,5 x 31,5. (Extrem selten) (Bilder zum Artikel auf meiner Homepage, oder bei Anfrage - pictures on my homepage or after request)

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        A History of British Birds.

      Newcastle, 1805.00, Hardback, Book Condition: Very Good, Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket, First Edition4to, Printed by Edward Walker, for T.Bewick: sold by him, and Longman and Rees, London. In two volumes, viz Volume 1: The History and Description of Land Birds, and Volume 2: the History and Description of Water Birds. Rebacked, retaining original boards and s,

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        A HISTORY OF THE COUNTY OF BRECKNOCK containing the Chorography, General History, Religion, Laws, Cusoms, manners, language and system of agriculture (two volumes in three books)

      Printed for the author by Wm & Geo North, 1805, hardback, Book Condition: Goodhardback, two volumes in three books bound in full calf, 4to, boards worn, scuffed and rubbed with sizeable loss to leather, boards darkened at edges possibly due to exposure to damp, new calf spines skilfully laid down to all three books with raised band, Book

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        Orderly Book of Penwith Cavalry, Sept. 20th 1803-dec. 10th 1806

      Contemporary sheep with loss. Manuscript orders of the day ... "The cavalry and artillery with assemble on the Western Downs." Cavalry manoeuvres (with small sketched diagrams); letter book; circulars ... "Fire Beacons being now established at Pendennis [castle] and otherparts of the County, on them being fired all the yeomanry and volunteers are to assemble at their respective rendezvous, even tho' they should be without arms." The notebook indicates the readiness or lack of it, of the militias defending the south and western coasts of England from the much feared French invasion. The risk of which diminished in October 1805 with Nelson's victory at Trafalgar ... "In case a landing is made the nearest corps of yeomanry or volunteers must use every effort to discover the extent of its force, what number of ships or vessels and of what description they are, whether he is landing artillery and if so what number of guns ... report thereof to the general commending at Falmouth." Perhaps reflecting the 'dad's army' quality of the militia is the instruction, "In case of the volunteers being called out on an invasion, it is expected they will bring with them three days provisions, a great coat or if that cannot be got a blanket a knapsack to carry their necessaries ... ". 8vo.

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        Die Schweiz oder die Eidgenossenschaft samt den derselben zugewandten Orten, aus: Schauplatz der Fünf Theile der Welt.,

      Wien, um 1805. - 39 Blätter mit 41 Kupferstichkarten mit altem Flächenkolorit Die Karten jeweils mit einer unkolorierten Kartusche. Die Folge beginnt mit einer Karte der Gesamtschweiz (Nr. 389); auf den Blättern Nr. 390 bis Nr. 427 die einzelnen Kantone bzw. Landesteile; die Kantone Bern, Luzern, Wallis und Zürich jeweils mit 3 Karten, 2 Blätter mit je 2 karten (Nr. 425: Die Stadt und das Gebieth Biel, mit der Stadt Mühlhausen. Die Republik Genf. Nr. 426: Die Freyen Aemter. Die Grafschaft Baden.). - Breitrandig und sehr gut erhalten. Sprache: de Gewicht in Gramm: 1550 Blattmass ca. 29 x 43,5 cm, Plattengrösse jeweils ca. 23,5 x 31, moderner Leinenband

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        Magazin aller neuen Erfindungen, Entdeckungen und Verbesserungen, für Fabrikanten, Manufakturisten, Künstler, Handwerker und Oekonomen. Nebst Abbildungen und Beschreibungen der nüzlichsten Maschinen, Geräthschaften, Werkzeuge und Verfahrungsarten, für Fabriken, Haushaltungen, Landwirthschaft, Viehzucht, Feld-Garten-Wein- und Wiesenbau, Brauerei, Brandweinbrennerei etc. nach den neuesten in- und ausländischen Werken nebst Originalaufsäzen. Hrsg. von Christian Ludwig Seebaß u. Friedrich Gotthelf Baumgärtner. 4. Band

      Leipzig, Baumgärtner, 1805. 378 Seiten, 5 Blätter Register, 34 (st. 38) Falt-Kupfertafeln. Pappband der Zeit mit Rückenverg. u. goldgepr. Rücckenschild, 4°. - Kirchner 3917; Engelmann, Bibl. mech.-techn. I, 234 . - Früher Band dieses zwischen 1797 bis 1815 publizierten frühen technischen und gewerblichen Magazins. Darin werden beschrieben und und in anschaulichen Darstellungen gezeigt u.a. Spinnerei-, Wasser-, Maschinen, Holländische Krapp-Bereitung, eine Leipziger Feuer-Leiter, Favre's Feuer-Pumpe, eine englische Mangel-Maschine, Clulon's Weberstuhl, Trautmann's Krankenbett, Hassler's Art aufrecht zu Schwimmen, eine Eisenbahn, ein mit Stoffmustern montiertes Deutsches Warenmuster, ein Tabak-Schneider, das Pfropfen von Bäumen, Borreux's Mausefalle, eine militärische Hänge-Brücke. - Enthalten darin auch ein Musikstück von Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, "Das Mädchen und der Vogel" (KV Anh. 248), ein Allegretto mit Musiknoten mit achtzeiligen Versen von Alois Blumauer. - Anfang und Schluss am Rand leicht wasserfleckig, sonst in guter bzw. sauberer Erhaltung.

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        Costume of the University of Cambridge: Drawn and Published By R. Harraden .

      R. Harraden, Cambridge, England 1805 - Lacks 1 hand-colored plate and 1 uncolored plate, plus title page and preliminaries; slight rubbing and browning to covers (leather over boards; chiefly to edges); ex-library markings (chiefly to spine and rear attached endpaper; latter with printed paper bookplate); slight internal browning (chiefly to edges and endpapers; generally unaffecting images). [11] leaves, [4] pages at rear + plates. Title supplied (from Tooley); imperfect copy, lacking the first (uncolored) plate of "Kings Coll[ege] Chapel, the Public Library & Senate House, Cambridge" and the last (colored) plate "A Member of the University in the Volunteer Uniform", as well as the engraved title page proper, preliminary leaves and 1 page (i.e. leaf) of text (which accompanied the last color plate). Remainder of the plates and texts present (in somewhat shuffled order), including 14 plates of costumes and 2 depicting gold medals (the Duke of Grafton's and Sir William Browne's). Tooley #246; see BMC, volume 11, page 757, column 308 (which attributes the work to "Harraden, R. B." (i.e. Richard Bankes Harraden) and gives the title as "Costume of the Various Orders in the University . Drawn by R. Harraden"; date given as 1803-05, with 2 copies listed (1 imperfect) with similar pagination); one of an unspecified number of copies, published in January of 1805 (a second edition followed in 1822). Bound in modern (early 20th century) dark green morocco over gray marbled boards, light green marbled endpapers, a.e.g. Notable for the 2 leaves (printed recto/verso) of the subscriber's list, bound in at rear (not mentioned either in Tooley or in the BMC records); external page size measures 11 3/8 inches high and 8 7/8 inches wide. Extremely rare in any edition and/or condition. Harraden (1756-1838), English artist and engraver, published views of Cambridge (1797-98; 1800); noted for his "Cantabrigia Depicta" (1811; also illustrated by his son, Richard Bankes Harraden (1778-1862)). [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Liber Nauticus, and Instructor in the Art of Marine Drawing. Part First.

      London: Edward Orme, 1805. Large folio, with printed title page, 16 pp. letterpress description, engraved dedication leaf and a total of 17 plates (12 engraved and 5 aquatints, one of which is handcoloured); title-page a little chipped, some plates thumbed and worn at the margins, but a very good copy with generous margins in recent half calf preserving original blue tinted wrappers. The first published part to Liber Nauticus, one of the great English naval aquatint books of the Napoleonic era.This ambitious work is the product of a fruitful collaboration between Dominick Serres and his son John Thomas. A Gascon by birth, Dominick Serres was educated at the Benedictine academy at Douai but ran away to sea to escape a life in the clergy. After working as a common seaman on the South American routes he rose to become a master of a ship trading from Havana until captured by a British frigate. When in England, Serres met the famous marine artist Charles Brooking and began a successful new career that included Royal Academy membership and a stint as marine painter to George II. John Thomas followed in his father's footsteps and likewise enjoyed Royal patronage. The title page of the present volume describes him as 'Marine Draught-Man to the Honourable Board of Admiralty'.In the elegantly engraved preface leaf titled 'Address to the Amateurs of Marine Drawing', John Thomas Serres outlines his intention for Liber Nauticus: 'Many are the obstacles to the attainment of a proficiency in drawing Marine subjects, particularly as it is not only a requisite that a person desirous in excelling in this Art should possess a knowledge of the construction of a ship, or what is denominated "Naval Architecture"... but he should likewise be acquainted with seamanship." Accordingly, John Thomas published the Liber Nauticus to educate land-locked artists in the technical details of various naval craft so they could accurately depict them in action settings. Thus it was possible to forego the rigour and brutality of naval life and 'even those who are unacquainted with these floating monuments of British Power' could render them with relative ease.This is an early issue of the first edition, indicated by the single letter printed 'S' as an overslip on the title page correcting 'Nauticum' to 'Nauticus'. Likewise the last letterpress leaf bears the pasted slip reading 'End of Part First'. It is an appealing unsophisticated copy, recently rebound retaining the original wrappers complete with the engaging lithographed titling onlay depicting two leviathans beneath a crown formed from masts and sails. The onlay includes the original sale price for the first part of £2/2s, proof that this was an expensive publication in its day.

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        DEMOSTRACION HISTORICA del verdadero valor de todas las MONEDAS QUE CORRIAN EN CASTILLA durante el reynado de Enrique IV y de su correspondencia con las de D. Carlos IV. Con un apéndice de instrumentos que justifican el valor de las mismas.

      Imprenta de Sancha, Madrid 1805 - 27'5x21'5, XXp (incl. port.), 580p (sin desbarbar, con amplios márgenes), 1h, 3 láms. grabs. (mancha hum. en margen de 1ª). Hol. puntas moderna, lomo con tejuelo, nervios y dorados. "- Palau 284463. "Obra importante y de consulta para la numismática española de la Edad Media, por las muchas y exactas noticias, datos y doumentos que contiene" (Rada)." 1805

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        ELEMENTS DE MEDECINE. Traduits de l'original latin, avec des additions et des notes de l'Auteur, d'après sa traduction anglaise, et avec la table de Lynch. Par Fouquier, D. M.

      1805 - A Paris, Chez Demonville et Gabon, 1805. In-8 (133 X 205) maroquin rouge à grain long, encadrement de roulette dorée sur les plats, dos lisse orné de guirlandes dorées en place des nerfs, compartiments ornés de fers dorés (étoiles, points, fleuron central, volutes dans les angles), titre doré, chainette dorée sur les coupes, coiffes ornées, grecque dorée bordure intérieure, tranches dorées (reliure de l'époque) ; XXXII (dont faux-titre et titre), 511 pages, tableau dépliant gravé monté sur onglet. Coiffe supérieure frottée. EDITION ORIGINALE française. En Angleterre, John BROWN (1735-1778), père d'un système qui eut, dans son temps, une diffusion énorme et qui fut appelé « brownisme », affirma que, dans son essence, la vie n'est pas un état normal et spontané, mais un état maintenu par des stimulations continuelles. (Créhange). « Brown's unusual, but immensely popular system of medicine (Brunonism), was based on the principle that life is maintained by a state of externally provoked excitability within living tissues. This disease state was seen as one in which this excitability fell above or below normal limits. After determining the degree and localization of the problem, appropriate stimulants or depressants were administered. The Brunonian theory held the attention of Europe for a quarter century. » (Heirs of Hippocrates, 1018). BEL EXEMPLAIRE en maroquin de l'époque. (Créhange, Les Livres anciens de médecine et de pharmacie, 109). NICE COPY. PICTURES AND MORE DETAILS ON REQUEST. [Attributes: First Edition]

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        Etude de Grosseiller epineux, et Fraise-Bigareau, ou Fausse Ananas

      Vilquin, Paris 1805 - Stipple engraving, printed in colours and finished by hand by Ruotte. Very good condition apart from some overall light soiling and a few small losses along the edge of the bottom margin. An exquisite plate from arguably the most beautiful botanical work ever produced, Collection des Fleurs et des Fruits, "a work of outstanding importance and interest." Contemporary with the work of Redouté, Collection des Fleurs et des Fruits is one of the earliest examples of stipple engraved and colour-printed botanical illustration. Published in 12 cahiers (or parts) of 4 plates each, the work was compiled to assist designers of porcelain and fabric, with the plates often showing flowers grouped together, usually matched according to their flowering season. The greatest collection of flower books to be sold at auction in the 20th century was the de Belder collection, sold by Sotheby's in 1987. The catalogue was intended as a true reflection of the uniqueness of the collection, and the cover illustration selected to represent the best of the best was an image from Prevost's Collection des Fleurs et des Fruits . Dunthorne describes it as, "a work of outstanding importance and interest.issued for the specific purpose of maintaining the great French tradition for excellence of design and draughtsmanship. Perhaps no other prints are more worthy of carrying on the tradition of Jean Baptiste and van Spaendonck than these fine examples of Prévost. Whether bouquets or sprays of flowers or fruit, they possess a splendour and freshness amounting almost to fragrance, which is largely due to the quality of the colour printing." (Dunthorne, p. 33) Cf. Dunthorne p. 229; cf. Great Flower Books (1990), p. 127; cf. Nissen BBI 1568; cf. Pritzel 7332; cf. Stafleu & Cowan TL2 8319.

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        The Inferno of Dante Alighieri with a Translation in English Blank Verse, Notes, and a Life of the Author - [Complete in 2 Volumes]

      London; Printed For James Carpenter, Old Bond St., 1805, Hardback, 1st Edition in this formBoth volumes finely bound in modern aniline calf over marble boards. Raised bands with dark morocco gilt-blocked labels. An exceptional set - scans and additional bibliographic detail on request. ; 1 pages; Description: 2v. , 286p. & 313p. Front. (port. ) . 12cm. Subjects: Hell --Poetry. Hell in art. Cary's celebrated translation that remained the standard for subsequent and other editions for decades.

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        Planche pour les oeuvres de Vicq-d'Azyr, recueillies et publiees avec des notes et un discours sur la vie et ses ouvrages par Jacq. Moreau de la Sarthe.

      . Paris, Duprat-Duverger, 1805, Kl.Folio, gedruckter Titel und 39 fein gestochene, detailgenaue, meist gefaltete Kupfertafeln, Pappband der Zeit.. Erste Ausgabe des Atlasbandes aus den gesammelten Werken Felix Vicq-d'Azyrs (1748-1794). Die Tafeln illustrieren sein klassisches Werk "Recherches anatomiques sur le cerveau." Schönes breitrandiges Exemplar mit kräftigen, tiefschwarzen Abzügen der Kupfer. - "Vizq -d'Azyr, permanent secretary to the Paris Academy of Medicine and personal physician of Marie Antoinette, produced one of the most outstanding anatomical folios of the brain that had yet appeared. He found that his dissections of the brain were facilitated by first hardening the brain in alcohol. He identified accurately for the first time many of the cerebral convolutions, along with various internal structures of the brain..." McHenry, 104-105. The atlas was a part of his posthumous publication, the only collected edition of all his work. The atlas contains thirty-nine plates devoted almost exclusively to neuroanatomy, many double-page. Some of the finest and most accurate views of the brain and nervous system to be found in neurological literature are contained therein. Garrison & Morton 313; Heirs of Hippocrates 1074. Meyer, Hist. of Cerebral Anat. 22-24.

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        "A northern summer; or travels around the Baltick through Denmark, Sweden, Russia, Prussia and part of Germany, in the year 1804."

      London: Richard Phillips. 1805. "First edition, 4to, pp. xi, [1], 480, [4] ads; 11 aquatint plates (1 folding) tinted by hand with sepia wash; contemporary full mottled calf neatly rebacked, red calf label on blind-tooled spine; very good, clean copy. Carr (1772-1832), a lawyer by training, took to traveling for his health, and became quite proficient at spinning narratives of his excursions. DNB notes that Carr's books ""obtained a wide circulation on account of their light, gossipy style, and the fact that in this species of literature there was then comparatively little competition."" Lord Byron ""pilloried Carr in a cancelled passage of English Bards and Scotch Reviewers, and, it is said, begged, when he met Carr abroad, not to be put down on paper"" (Abbey). Abbey, Travel, 73"

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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 (in 2 Vols.)

      Printed for Richard Phillips, London 1805 - xi, 248; 249-480, 11 engraved sepia aquatints (acf) including the fold out panorama of St Petersburg. bound in contemporary half calf with marbled boards. Outer hinges and spine extremities worn, front cover of vol.2 detatched, early bookplates on fpds scratched out, title label of vol. 1 mostly lacking, wormhole affecting margins of last few pages of vol. 1. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        PRACTICAL PHILOSOPHY OF SOCIAL LIFE; OR, THE ART OF CONVERSING WITH MEN

      Penniman & Bliss, Lansingburgh 1805 - Conversation; Manners; We fit archival quality clear acrylic covers for additional protection whenever possible. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 368 pages; 1 vol. Knigge, [Adolf Franz Friedrick Ludwig, freiherr von]. Practical Philosophy of Social Life; or, The Art of Conversing with Men. Lansingburgh, 1805. First American edition. 8vo, (full leather) orig. Sheep, morocco spine label; rubbed. Scattered light foxing. Former owner's signatures on title page. American Imprints 8743 . INTERESTING SOCIAL GUIDELINES SUCH AS xiv PROVOKE NOT THE RESENT, ENT OF AN ILL TEMPERED WOMAN, xv IS IT POSSIBLE TO AVOID FALLING IN LOVE? XVI SEDUCING OR DELUDING., XVII oN CONVERSATION WITH COQUETTES AND SEDUCING FEMALES. All 32pp of the table of contents are rife with such material. A sound copy, ; 0 [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        The Book of Ranks

      Tabart & Co., London 1805 - Full title: The Book of the Ranks and Dignities of British Society. Chiefly intended for the instruction of young persons. London, Printed for Tabart and Co. at the Juvenile and School Library. Frontispiece, title-page, dedication, pp. 120, plus the longer (pp.36) Richard Phillips catalogue at back. 24 hand-coloured copper stipple-engravings as called for. No author cited but now generally attributed to Charles Lamb. No date but engravings dated 1805. An unusually nice copy in original publisher's roan-backed boards with roan corners, a little marked and edges a little worn but binding very sound, and internally clean and fresh.

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        Le grande colibri ( handschriftlich ).

      . altkol. Kupferstich n. Barraband b. Levaillant, um 1805, 51 x 33 (H) - Blattgröße. Mit Bleistift unten mittig betitelt: "Le grande colobri". Aus (?) : "Histoire naturelle des oiseaux de paradis et des rolliers suivie de celle toucans et de barbus ", Paris, Levaillant, 1801 - 1806). - Schönes, farbfrisches Kolorit. - Sehr selten !

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        L'Ara Mara cana, Pl. 9

      Paris 1805 - Jacques Barraband’s (1767-1809) engravings of birds are masterpieces of French ornithological illustration. This stunning portrait, L'Ara Mara cana, Pl. 9, measures 20.75" x 13.75 and is in excellent condition with light foxing in the right margins and a cropped left margin. This engraving was done for the distinguished ornithologist Francois Levaillant, who commissioned Barraband to illustrate his landmark works on African ornithology, including the lavish and striking “Histoire Naturelle des Perroquets”. This bird, commonly called a Macaw is expertly hand-colored with a vibrant green body and rich blue accents and wing-tips. Its strong beak is well detailed as are each feather, giving this bird depth and dimension as it perches on the branch. Images of African birds were popular in early 19th-century France both for their exoticism and for the interest in Africa that Napoleon’s campaigns were generating. The collaboration of Levaillant and Barraband represented a departure from previous ornithological texts in its emphasis on beauty and luxury, with sumptuously colored and flawlessly rendered birds. The project was a massive undertaking, which required over 300 finished watercolors. Apart from their undoubted beauty, Barraband’s engravings display a scientific accuracy that few ornithological artists have matched since. The meticulous hand-colored engravings in Levaillant’s publications were unmatched for the delicate modulations of tone and color, fine lines and perfect draftsmanship, making them exceptional in their richness and tonal variation.

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        LISTA dei cavalli per correre alla bandiera di San Vittorio il dì 29 luglio MDCCCV descritti secondo l'ordine della tratta.

      - In Firenze, nella Stamperia Reale, [1805], foglio volante di mm. 372x256. Con la lista dei cavalli impressa tipograficamente in inchiostro nero inquadrata da una ricchissima cornice decorativa fitomorfa (con inseriti simboli cittadini e con veduta della corsa dei cavalli alla Porta al Prato nella parte inferiore), impressa in inchiostro azzurro. Disegnata, incisa in rame e firmata in lastra da Carlo Lasinio. Un poco corto il margine inferiore, ma esemplare in condizioni eccellenti, come raramente si trovano queste testimonianze, effimere per loro intrinseca natura.

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        MARINER'S DICTIONARY, OR AMERICAN SEAMAN'S VOCABULARY OF TECHNICAL TERMS, AND SEA PHRASES, USED IN THE CONSTRUCTION, EQUIPMENT, MANAGEMENT, AND MILITARY OPERATIONS, OF SHIPS AND VESSELS OF ALL DESCRIPTIONS

      Washington, 1805. b/w engravings. 12mo. (vi), 256 pp. First American edition. This is the earliest dictionary of naval and nautical terms published in the United States. Based on J. J. Moore’s “The British Mariner’s Vocabulary,” first published in London in 1801, this dictionary is adapted to the United States Navy (in details of flag procedures, for example). This edition features 8 copperplate engravings with 119 illustrations. “Its publisher, William Duane, one of the pioneer printers of Washington, made no attempt to hide the fact that his 1805 Dictionary was ‘improved from an English work,’... and dedicated to Secretary of the Navy Robert Smith. Nevertheless, the secretary discontinued its distribution, perhaps due to the depletion of copies, in April, 1808... No other similar instructional book was provided gratis to young officers for years to come.” - Skallerup, Books Afloat and Ashore, p. 111. Moebs 13. Craig pp. 24-35. Sabin 44590. Bound in original calf with spine label. Hinges weak, but a very clean copy internally with the 1812 ownership inscription of W.H. Pilsbury of Newburyport.

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        PRINCIPIOS UNIVERSALES Y REGLAS GENERALES DE LA VERDADERA DESTREZA DEL ESPADIN

      - Principios universales y reglas generales de la verdadera destreza del espadín, según la doctrina mixta de francesa, italiana y española, dispuestos para instrucción de los caballeros seminaristas del Real Seminario de Nobles de esta corte.- Madrid, Imprenta Real, 1805; en 4º menor pasta de época con adornos dorados en tapas con pequeño defecto en lomo, 4 hojas, 68 páginas y 18 láminas. Palau nº 34881. Buen ejemplar, completo y limpio de esta rara obra de esgrima del Maestro Mayor y Examinador de todos los del Reino.

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        PRINCIPIOS UNIVERSALES Y REGLAS GENERALES DE LA VERDADERA DESTREZA DEL ESPADIN, según la doctrina mixta de francesa, italiana y española, dispuestas para instrucción de los caballeros seminaristas ( ).

      - Imp. Real. Madrid. 1805. 4h.+68pp.+17 grabados. Falta lám. Nº 15. 21 x 15 cm. Enc. holandesa fina. ESGRIMA [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Rasselas. With Engravings by A. Raimbach, from Pictures by R. Smirke.

      London; Published by William Miller and Sold by Manners and Miller and Archibald Constable the Letter Press by James Ballantyne Edinburgh : First edition thus 1805 - 4to., [viii], 197pp., four finely engraved full-page plates and a fine decorative engraved half-page headpiece to chapter 1 by Abraham Raimbach from pictures by Robert Smirke, preliminary "Advertisement" by Walter Scott,original ribbon marker still present, a few very light occasional spots to title-page, marbled endpapers, bound in good quality contemporary straight-grained morocco, inner gilt decorative floral borders, gilt ruled borders with gilt decorated spine in compartments with raised bands, slightly rubbed on some leading edges. Overall a generally VG+ copy in an attractive binding of this, the finest illustrated edition of this work. [Courtney & Nichol Smith, p.89]. Ex Libris Mathew Wilson with his fine heraldic bookplate to upper pastedown. The History of Rasselas, Prince of Abissinia, originally titled The Prince of Abissinia: A Tale, though often abbreviated to Rasselas, is an apologue about happiness by Samuel Johnson. The book's original working title was "The Choice of Life". He wrote the piece in only one week to help pay the costs of his mother's funeral, intending to complete it on 22 January 1759 (the eve of his mother's death). The book was first published in April 1759 in England. Johnson is believed to have received a total of £75 for the copyright. Johnson was influenced by the vogue for exotic locations. He had translated A Voyage to Abyssinia by Jeronimo Lobo in 1735 and used it as the basis for a "philosophical romance". Ten years prior to writing Rasselas he published "The Vanity of Human Wishes" in which he describes the inevitable defeat of worldly ambition. Early readers considered Rasselas to be a work of philosophical and practical importance and critics often remark on the difficulty of classifying it as a novel. Johnson was a staunch opponent of slavery, revered by abolitionists, and Rasselas became a name adopted by emancipated slaves. While the story is thematically similar to Candide – both concern young men travelling in the company of honoured teachers, encountering and examining human suffering in an attempt to determine the root of happiness – their root concerns are distinctly different. Voltaire was very directly satirising the widely read philosophical work by Gottfried Leibniz, particularly the Theodicee, in which Leibniz asserts that the world, no matter how we may perceive it, is necessarily the "best of all possible worlds". In contrast the question Rasselas confronts most directly is whether or not humanity is essentially capable of attaining happiness. Writing as a devout Christian, Johnson makes through his characters no blanket attacks on the viability of a religious response to this question, as Voltaire does, and while the story is in places light and humorous, it is not a piece of satire, as is Candide. The plot is simple in the extreme. Rasselas, son of the King of Abyssinia (modern-day Ethiopia), is shut up in a beautiful valley, "till the order of succession should call him to the throne". He grows weary of the factitious entertainments of the place, and after much brooding escapes with his sister Nekayah, her attendant Pekuah and his poet-friend Imlac. They are to see the world and search for happiness, but after some sojourn in Egypt, where they encounter various classes of society and undergo a few mild adventures, they perceive the futility of their search and abruptly return to Abyssinia. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Systema Antliatorum secundum ordines, genera, species, adjectis synonymis, locis, observationibus, descriptionibus.

      Brunsvigae, C. Reichard, 1805. 8vo (190 x 125mm). pp. 372, (4), 30 (index). Contemporary half calf, richly gilt ornamented spine with gilt lettered label, marbled sides. Fabricius was one of the most famous pupils of Linnaeus, with whom he formed a lifelong friendship. He greatly increased the knowledge of entomology and gained a wide reputation abroad. He was primarily a systematist and originated the maxillary and cibarian system of classification of insects in which mouth parts were used to separate the order. He likewise described a large number of North American insects. 'In accordance with his new fundamental characters he changed the Linnaean names... Antliata (Diptera)... ' (Smith, History of Entomology p. 111).//Provenance: Name of W. Williamson on title-page and signature of Kikumaro Okano on inside front-cover.//Horn-Schenkling 6223; Evenhuis p. 250.

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        Superb Collection of Insects, elegant cabinets, &c. A Catalogue of the most capital assemblage of Insects probably ever offered to public sale; consisting of upward of Eleven Thousand different Specimens collected from all Countries with which Great Britain has any intercourse... At the same time will be sold the elegant Mahogany Cabinets, with a few Books on Entomology, and the Copy-right, copper-plates in number One Hundred and Fifty of the Illustrations of Natural History, in 3 volumes...

      Which willl be sold by Auction by Messr. King & Lochee, at their Great Room, 38, King Street, Covent Garden. On Thursday, May 28, 1805 and the two following Days, at Twelve o'clock. 8vo. pp. 16. The very rare auction catalogue of Dru Drury's famous collection of butterflies including many exotic species as well as books and cabinets. The sale was spread out over 3 days. All prices are noted in manuscript in a contemporary hand and totalled Pounds 886.19s.6. Dru Drury (1725-1803) was the son of a silversmith. "By virtue of his marriage and inheritance of the family business he was a reasonably wealthy man who could afford to support his most serious hobby entomology. Drury's collection had great fame during his life time. He spent much time and money persuading others to collect specimens for him from foreign countries. He had a wide correspondence with entomologists around the world. Linnaeus (1707-1778) and Willliam Kirby (1759-1850) both named species after him" (Harvey, Gilbert & Martin, A catalogue of manuscripts in the Entomological library... 119). "Drury's mania for collecting continued throughout his life. Even in his last years adding to his collection gave him great pleasure. In 1777 his fortune made as a goldsmith, began to decline and he sought a purchaser for his collection, which he considered to be 'first in the world', he asked £ 1.000 for the entire collection... No-one offered him an adequate sum and he retained the collection in its entirety. On his death it was impossible to dispose of his collection as one. The sale continued over three days and realised £ 614.8s.6 for the insects and £300 for the cabinets and drawings for the illsutrations" (A. Gilbert. Butterfly Collectors and Painters p. 148). There seems to be a difference in the total amount written in our catalogue and the figure mentioned by Gilbert. Small piece of paper torn away from the lower right corner. The catalogue is preserved in a simple recent cardboard cover.

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