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        République des Champs Élysées ou Monde ancien Ouvrage dans lequel on démontre principalement: Que les Champs Élysées et l'Enfer des Anciens sont le nom d'une ancienne République d'hommes justes et religieux située à l'extrémité septentrionale de la Gaule, et surtout dans les îles du Bas-Rhin; que cet Enfer a été le premier sanctuaire de l'initiation aux Mystères et qu'Ulysse y a été initié; ... que les Élysiens nommés aussi sous d'autres rapports, Atlantes, Hyperboréens, Cimmériens, &c, ont civilisé les anciens peuples, y compris les Égyptiens et les Grecs; que les Dieux de la Fable ne sont que les emblêmes des institutions sociales de l'Elysée; ... que les poètes Homère et Hésiode sont originaires de la Belgique..., Ouvrage Posthume.

      Gand, imp. P.-F. de Goesin-Verhaeghe, 1806, 3 vol. in 8°, de 38pp.-266pp. 2 ff. XLVIIIpp. 1f. & 1 f. 251pp. 2 ff. XLIpp. & 1f. 266pp. 1 f. LVIIIpp., demi-percal. mouchetée époque, p. de t. rouge, bel exemplaire frais à toutes marges. Ouvrage très rare, tiré à très petit nombre. Oeuvre paradoxale et excentrique où l'on trouve à côté d'intéressants chapitres sur l'initiation et l'antiquité, des bizarreries du genre qu'Homère et Hésiode sont belges (sic). « Curieux ouvrage d'une grande rareté, rempli de vues extraordinaires sur les mystères ésotériques de l'antiquité. On peut dire de cette étonnante production intellectuelle, qu'elle est aussi puissante en son genre que le fameux ouvrage de Bébescourt sur les Mystères du Christianisme et que ces deux traités, également difficiles à rencontrer, forment comme des penchants destinés, à l'insu de leurs auteurs, à se compléter l'un par l'autre. De Grave démontre qu'il y eut une Église Élyséenne primitive, laquelle fut le berceau des arts, des sciences et de leur voile mythologique, et que les Élyséens qui furent la race perdue des Atlantes, ont civilisé les anciens peuples, dont les Égyptiens. Ainsi les dieux des mythologies antiques furent les emblèmes des institutions sociales et intellectuelles de la mystérieuse Atlantide. Il y a là une mine des plus intéressantes de documents neufs basés sur un savoir philosophique et philologique immense, le tout bien fait pour satisfaire les rares amateurs d'incontestables curiosités, qui ont le bonheur de posséder un tel ouvrage » d'après Thiébaud. ¶ Brunet Fous Littéraires p. 92 "Une vaste érudition. Fort intempestivement déployée, s'étale dans cet amas de rêveries" - Blavier fous p.167 - Gattefossé & Roux Bibliographie de l'Atlantide, n°503 - Caillet 4756 - Guaïta n°629 - Eluard-Valette cat. Utopies n°143 "travail gigantesque et délirant décodage..." - Versins utopie 416B.

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        The Scientific Library; or, Repository of Useful and Polite Literature: comprising Astronomy, Geography, Mythology, Ancient History, Modern History, and Chronology.

      London: J. Wallis, 1806. Six duodecimo volumes. (10), 136; (8), 152; (8), (158); (8), 168; (8), 138; (8), 132pp. First edition. Each volume with wood-engraved frontispiece. Following the success of John Marshall's miniature libraries, the publisher John Wallis, together with his son and John Harris, issued three box sets of their own, thereby expanding from the realm of the intricately engraved geographic games for which they had been known. This is the third of the Wallis box sets, and it contains a broad compendium of information about a variety of subjects. As with other juvenile boxed libraries of the early 19th century, this set often appears without the box: indeed, over the last thirty years, only two sets have come to auction with their original boxes. This set retains its original wood box with scrolling fretwork at the top, presenting the appearance of a small bookcase, and a colored engraving on the sliding wood lid. The first two volumes have been expertly rebacked, and the remaining volumes are in the original roan-backed boards, the corners of which show light wear. Overall, a remarkably fine, bright set, quite rare in its box. (Alderson 14; Moon 810).

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        A Sporting Tour through various parts of France, in the year 1802, including a concise description of the sporting establishments, mode of hunting, and other field-amusements as practised in that country with general observations on the Arts, Sciences, Agriculture, Husbandry and Commerce: strictures on the customs and manners of the French people; with a view of the comparative advantages of Sporting in France and England. In a series of letters to the Right Hon. the Earl of Darlington.2 vols.

      4to, pp. lxvi, 168, [4]; xii, 260, [12]. additional engraved vignette titles, 46 aquatint plates (10 folding), 6 engraved plates, 2 leaves of musical notation, clean and free from the usual off-setting, half polished calf, marbled boards, rebacked to style, spines lettered gilt direct, very appealing.

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        Geschichte der Bekleidung, Bewaffnung und Ausrüstung des Königlich Preußischen Heeres

      1. Teil: Die Infanterie-Regimenter im Jahre 1806, Weimar, Putze & Hölzer, 1902, Halbledereinband, (NEU GEBUNDEN), Großformat, 275 Seiten, mit farbigen Tafeln, Buchblock mit Feuchtigkeitsspuren,2. Teil:Die Kürassier- und Dragoner-Regimenter seit Anfang des 18. Jahrhunderts bis zur Reorganisation der Armee 1808, wie vor, 1906, Halbledereinband der Zeit, 501 Seiten, farbige Tafeln, Einband berieben, 3. Teil: Die leichte Infanterie oder Die Füsilier-Bataillone 1787 - 1809 und Die Jäger 1744 - 1809, wie vor, 1912, 186 Seiten, farbige Tafeln, Einband berieben, Zustand 3(T2244) (T2244)

      [Bookseller: Antiquariat Ehbrecht - Preis inkl. MwSt.]
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        Portraits. Fürst Ferdinand Maximilian zu Ysenburg-Büdingen-Wächtersbach und seiner Ehefrau geb. Prinzessin Augusta Marie Gertrude von Hanau (1829-1887). Zwei Zeichnungen (Gegenstücke) des Ehepaares, wohl in Grisaille Technik, beide signiert unten rechts "Fr. Roux jun. Cassel".

      Jeweils in Passepartout (Bildausschnitt: ca. 50 x 40 cm). Je in ovalem altem Stuckrahmen (Rahmen: 85 x 75 cm, die Rahmen etwas beschädigt). *Bei dem Künstler handelt es sich wohl um den Kasseler Maler und Fotografen Johann Friedrich Wilhelm Theodor Roux (1806-1880) "Vielbeschäftigter Pastellbildnismaler von technisch routinierter, naturalistisch nüchterner biedermeierlichen Haltung" (Thieme-Becker 29, S. 122). Beide Werke sind in roter Tinte signiert "Fr. Roux junior, Cassel" also möglicherweise auch ein Sohn des Johann Friedrich Roux (über den aber nichts bekannt ist). Die beiden Bildnisse (vermutlich Grisaillemalerei oder Mischtechnik) sind im Stile einer realistischen Fotografie gemalt. Der Rahmen rückseitig mit zeitgenöss. Bezeichnung in Handschrift "Fürst Ferdinand Maximilian zu Ysenburg" (Datierung also nach 1865). - Der Graf Ferdinand Maximilian III zu Isenburg und Büdingen wurde 1865 in den Fürstenstand erhoben und nannte sich ab 1865 "Ferdinand-Maximillian I." - Augusta Marie Gertrude von Hanau war die unehelich geborene älteste Tochter des Kurfürsten Friedrich Wilhelm I. von Hessen-Kassel (18021875) und seiner erst späteren Ehefrau Gertrude, spätere Fürstin von Hanau und zu Horowitz (18031882). Augusta Marie Gertrude wurde nach der Eheschließung der Eltern von ihrem leiblichen Vater Friedrich Wilhelm zur Gräfin Schaumburg und später zur Prinzessin von Hanau erhoben. Sie heiratete 1849 den Grafen Ferdinand Maximillian. - Die beiden vorliegenden Portraits sind wohl die einzigen oder eines der wenigen erhaltenen Bildnisse des Ehepaares der ehemals reichen Fürstendynastie von Ysenburg.

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        Zur Südamerikanischen Reise. 1849-1850.

      German manuscript, title with motto and 139 illustrated leaves, mostly pencil or brown pen drawings, about 20 with handcolouring, some grey-, brown or ochre wash drawings, and 1 watercolour, showing ships, nautical instruments, portraits, Indians, hydro-biological matter, fishes, birds, coastal sceneries, landscapes, geological structures and plants. 8vo (160 x 102 mm). Contemporary calf, sides with gilt border, gilt edges, preserved in a brown half morocco box. The diary in form of a sketchbook in chronological order of Freiherr Ernst von Bibra's well-known voyage to South America. Ernst von Bibra (Schwebheim 1806 - Nüremberg 1872) was a famous naturalist and traveller and one of the early pioneers writing on psychoactive drugs. As a result of his voyage he published his 'Reise in Südamerika' in 1854. The title of the present manuscript has the following device: 'Wen(n) Euch nicht gefällt was ich hier gezeichnet, so ist mir das gleich. Ist auch solches nicht desshalb geschehen, sondern nur damit ich selbst eine Erin(n)erung habe, an das, so ich in fremden Lande gesehen' [When you do not like what I have written, I do not care. It is not for you, but to have a recollection what I have seen in foreign countries]./Almost all drawings have pencil annotations many with dates, starting 14.4. (18)49 ending 4.7.(18)50./The first drawing shows an early bronze of an animal in the Bremen cathedral; followed by portraits of probably crew members or passengers (Lamers, Friedmann, Kunitz, Kühn and others); profiles of the coast of Portland (England); medusa; a flying fish; the coast of Brasil; the coast near Rio de Janeiro; several drawings showing the harbour entrance of Rio de Janeiro and its surroundings; a detailed landscape with palm trees, agaves and mountains signed Rio de Janeiro 27.6.49; several detailed drawings of Cape Horn; the coast of Chile (Valdivia & Conception); Valparaiso seen from the sea; a view of Valparaiso town and harbour; 2 drawings of an aloe; la casa del Caballero Michael Dores; a view of the Cordillera; a camp with tent, rifle, fire etc. in the Cordillera; illustrations of the island 'mas a fuerta'; the harbour of Porto Coral; an old Spanish chapel of Porto Coral; several plates of indians; a skull of a whale; a view of Tocopilla; detailed study of porphyry rocks; a view from the roof of the hotel in Callas; some exotic fruit; an old Peruvian mummy; a shark; crustacea; several exotic fishes; a number of plates of evertebrates with the longitude and latitude; the Eddystone lighthouse; a section of 6 plates with a separate ornamental title 'Nautica' portraying a ship, sails and ship equipment.//Bibra wrote several scientific works regarding his voyage, one of which 'Beiträge zur naturgeschichte von Chile' was published in the 'Denkschriften der Kaiserl. Akad. der Wissenschaften' 1853. On the first page he mentions that he will consult his [the here offered] 'Tage- und Skizzenbuch' [diary- sketchbook] in writing the article. Plate vii 'Fernsicht von der hohen Cordillera über das Flachland von Chile bis zur Küsten-Cordillera' is an exact copy of a plate found in his sketchbook. On page 95 of his article he writes 'Ich habe eine Zeichnung an Ort und Stelle zu entwerfen gesucht ... und habe sie auf Taf. vii, beigegeben [I made a drawing on the spot, which is shown on plate vii].//Ernst von Bibra studied law, chemistry, and medicine at the University of Würzburg. In 1824 he inherited the family estate, allowing him to travel and study without worrying about money. In 1855 he published 'Die narkotischen Genussmittel und der Mensch'. The work is based on his experience in South America and became a pioneering study of psychoactive plants and their role in society. Drawing on his own travel experience as well as the writings of his predecessors, Baron Ernst von Bibra devotes a full chapter to each of seventeen plants, ranging from such mild stimulants as coffee and tea, through tobacco and hashish, to powerfull narcotics and hallucinogens such as opium and fly agaric. This classic text on the use of mind-altering plants was translated into English and still is a famous and classic text.

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        Travels in China : Containing Descriptions, Observations, and Comparisons, Made and Collected in the Course of a Short Residence at the Imperial Palace of Yuen-Min-Yuen, and on a Subsequent Journey Through the Country from Pekin to Canton

      London: Printed for T. Cadell and W. Davies 1806. xii, 632 pp. Contemporary full calf with gilt borders to boards. Rebacked with raised bands to spine, gilt panels and maroon leather title label. Slight wear to corners and extremities and boards slightly marked. Edges uncut. Neat ink name to front pastedown. Scattered foxing. Binding firm. With colour frontispiece, four additional full-page colour plates, 2 double-page plates and one full-page plate. Plates complete. Contains chapters on Government, Law, Taxes, Religious Sects, Agriculture, Population, Science, Literature, etc. Sir John Barrow (1764-1848) was the founder of the Royal Geographical Society. . Very Good. Full Calf. Second Edition. 1806. 4to..

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        A Voyage to South America: Describing at Large the Spanish Cities, Towns, Provinces etc on that Extensive Continent. Translated from the original Spanish By John Adams

      Stockdale, London 1806 - 2 vols. With folding plates & maps. In fine contemporary full tree calf binding, hinges cracked but holding. Neat gilt crest on spine. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Anah Dunsheath RareBooks ABA ANZAAB ILAB]
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        General-Charte von Australien. Nach den neuesten Entdeckungs-Reisen und astronomischen Bestim(m)ungen neu entworfen und gezeichnet. Revidirt im April 1806.

      Weimar: Geogr. Institut dat. 1806 - Grenzkolorierter Kupferstich, 61 x 46 cm. Breitrandig, sehr gut erhalten. In very good condition, with wide margins. * Tooley, Australia 1001. Eine der frühen Australien-Karten (erstmals 1801 erschienen), die bereits fast vollständig die Küstenkonturen zeigt (eine Lücke nur noch in der Region der später gegründeten Stadt Adelaide). Das Kartenbild reicht bis Indonesien, Philippinen, Sandwich-Islands (Hawaii), Gesellschafts-Inseln, Pitcairn, Tasmania (Van Diemens Land) und Neuseeland. Oben rechts runde Titelkartusche mit Autoren- und Verlagsangabe. An den Küsten Australiens sind erste geographische Erkenntnisse eingraviert: "Hohe rote Spitze", "Unfruchtbares Land", "Unbewohnte wasserlose Gegend", "Dürres Land mit einzelnen Bäumen", "Geographen-Bay", "Nuyt's Entdeckung" (=Nullarbor Plain), "Dreyeinigkeits-Berg" (bei Cape Tribulation), "Warnungs-Berg" und "Spitze der Gefahr" etc. One of the earliest special maps of Australia. In the coast regions are engraved many short mentions about the unhabitated waterless landscape, unfertile soil, dry lands with lone trees, etc. The whole of the south coast is filled in. . The shape of New Guinea is completely altered. (T.). 2nd edition (first publ. 1801). (#4981AG)

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        Mein Sommer 1805

      Leipzig, Verlag Fr. Steinacker, 1806, Leipzig - 262 S., marmorierter Pappband der Zeit, erste Ausgabe.seltener Reisebericht. Guter Zustand mit Bleistiftanmerkungen am Rand und Unterstreichungen im Text [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        The Works of Samuel Johnson 15 volume set

      Edinburgh: Bell and Bradfute, James McCliesh and Wm.Blackwood. Covers rubbed with marking. Splits & nicks in some outer hinge ends (chip at vol.9 heel ) . Title labels missing. Inscribed. Slight age darkening. Lightly browned and foxed endpapers & prelims. Inscribed. Owner's name on label on front pastedown. Annotations on rear pastedown. Contents in VG condition without dust jacket. Two sides untrimmed. Tightly bound set. 1806. 'New' edition. Leather cover with gilt decorated spines. 160mm x 105mm (6" x 4"). .

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        Le Canadien 1806 - 1810

      Charles Roi, Québec 1806 - Fort in-4. Paginations diverses. Reliure récente de qualité. 177 numéros de cet important journal politique, un numéro manquant, le no. 44 de la troisième année, les autres numéros manquants correspondant à ceux indiqués par Hare et Wallot. Exemplaire d'Édouard Bacquet (1794-1833), avocat, puis juge. Exemplaire enrichi de nombreuses pièces historiques. Description détaillée sur demande. Journal politique se portant à la défense des Canadiens français, ses propriétaires seront emprisonnés pour trahison. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Librairie Bonheur d'occasion (LILA/ILAB)]
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        The complete works in philosophy, politics, and morals Now first collected and arranged; with memoirs of his early life, written by himself

      London, Longman, Hurst, Rees, & Orme, Paternoster Row and Johnson & Co. St. Paul's [1806].. Second edition. 3 vols. gr.-8. XIV (2) 440 S., 16 Bll. (Index); VI, 468; VI (2) 552 S. Mit je 1 gest. Titel, 1 Titelportr., 8 (dav. 5 gefalt.) Kupfertaf., 1 gef. Kupferkarte. OPbde. Unaufgeschn. Einbde. berieb. 1 Deckel lose.

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        [Spitzenbildchen] - Sancta Helena.

      o.O., -, o. J. [um 1806]. Orig. Gouache-Aquarellzeichnung. ca.11,8 x 7,8 cm [Blatt]. Altkoloriertes und goldgehöhtes Spitzenbildchen des späten 18. bzw. frühen 19. Jahrhunderts. Im Rahmenbereich auf der Rückseite beschrieben, daort auch datiert 1806 anläßlich des Todes der M. A. Helena Baumeister. - Rand alt beschnitten, im Bereich der Spitze eine Falte dadurch etw. knittrig sowie Fehlstelle (ca. 2 x 0,5 cm). - Entzückende Spitzenarbeit. Versand D: 7,00 EUR Andachtsbilder; Heiligenbildchen; Religiöse Graphik

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        Spitzenbildchen] - Sancta Helena.

      Orig. Gouache-Aquarellzeichnung. ca.11,8 x 7,8 cm [Blatt]. Altkoloriertes und goldgehöhtes Spitzenbildchen des späten 18. bzw. frühen 19. Jahrhunderts. Im Rahmenbereich auf der Rückseite beschrieben, daort auch datiert 1806 anläßlich des Todes der M. A. Helena Baumeister. - Rand alt beschnitten, im Bereich der Spitze eine Falte dadurch etw. knittrig sowie Fehlstelle (ca. 2 x 0,5 cm). - Entzückende Spitzenarbeit.

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        THE MAGIC LANTERN; or, Amusing and Instructive Exhibitions for Young People. With eleven coloured engravings. By the authoress of Short Stories, Summer Rambles, The red and Black Book, &c. &c. Price 6s. half-bound.

      [2], 200, [2 ad's] pages. Eleven hand-coloured engravings. Original half untitled red sheep gilt over plain buff boards.177 x 110mm. First edition. Spine restored; some light marking and creasing; else a very good copy of a very scarce and charming title from Tabart, the unusual illustrations designed to imitate a magic lantern image projected upon a white background. Moon 151. This title was reprinted in America by Benjamin Johnson of Philadelphia, in 1807.

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        Travels from Buenos Ayres By Potosi to Lima

      

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        A Father's Memoirs of His Child.

      - London: printed for Longman; by T. Bensley, 1806. 8vo, iv, xlviii, 172 pp. With a frontispiece by Blake engraved by Cromek, and three plates (one folding). Original boards, a superb large-paper uncut copy with the original printed label still present. First edition, very uncommon in original state especially the large-paper issue. The text includes the first typographic printing of the poems "Laughing Song", "The Divine Image", "Holy Thursday", "The Tiger", and "I love the Jocund Dance". In addition, the preface has a 23-page account of Blake, being the first biographical information on him ever printed. The text of this section was largely obtained from conversations with Blake himself. The child was Malkin's son, apparently an infant prodigy who died at the age of seven. Bentley, Blake Books, p. 18 (a good note on the book) and #482. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Le Brigand de Venise

      Paris, Dentu, 1806, in 12, de 2ff. 271pp., demi-veau brun moderne genre ancien, dos lisse à filets dorés, p. de titre rouge, très nombreuses rousseurs et tâches en marge. Rarissime édition originale de la traduction française de "The Bravo of Venice" (1804). C'est une adaptation faite par M. G. Lewis du très célèbre Abaellino, der grosse Bandit de Johann H. Daniel Zschokke. C'est l'ouvrage le plus connu de Lewis après Le Moine, un classique parmi les les romans d'aventure et d'amour: un jeune noble est spolié de ses biens par un infâme personnage et se retrouve à Venise, afin de se venger. Il en profite pour déjouer un complot contre le Doge, et écumer la ville de ses brigands. Il finit par trouver l'amour en la personne de la propre nièce du Doge. ¶ Loliée cat. romans noirs n°324 "Edit. originale française d'un roman de toute rareté. L'action se passe à Venise et les crimes et conspirations y abondent." - Oberlé cat. Romans noirs n° 25: "D'une grande rareté." - Killen pp. 39-61.

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        Histoire de la guerre de la Vendée et des Chouans, depuis son origine jusqu'à la pacification de 1800

      First edition, illustrated with a large folding map colors enhanced by the theater of war.Binders in full sheepskin rooted blonde time. Back smooth decorated with 4 irons and rollers. Parts of titles in red morocco, and volume numbers in black leather. Mors top of Volume 3 slotted head. 5 blunted corners and bare. All very rubbed. Chez Giguet et Michaud A Paris 1806 in-8 (12,5x20cm) 438pp. et 462pp. et 470pp. 3 volumes reliés

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        In morte di Carlo Imbonati. Versi di Alessandro Manzoni a Giulia Beccaria sua madre

      Per Nicolò Bettoni Tipografo dipartimentale, Brescia 1806 - 20 cm, copertina muta recente, numeri delle pagine incorniciati; pp. 15, (1). Manca al Parenti e al Vismara che cita la 1° edizione di Didot e quella di Destefanis ambedue del 1806 Ottimo e fresco esemplare

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        Portraits of the Whole of the Royal Family, Engraved from the Original Pictures by Her Majesty's Most Gracious Permission to Whom They Are Humbly Dedicated by Her Dutiful and Obedient Servant E. Harding.

      London: (1806). Folio. (21) ff. A handsome color stipple album of the Hapsburg family starting with two poses of King George III and continuing with likenesses of nineteen others, including Prince Octavus, who died at the age of four, and Princess Charlotte of Wales, who has a small golden bird perched on her outstretched hand. All color plates executed principally by Beechy and Bourlier. Title-page has a small etching of a scene of Windsor Castle, which is signed by G. Nash. With two pages of advertisements tipped-in after title-page, and one smaller formal portrait of Prince Octavus tipped-in between two others. The paper is watermarked 1802. Bound in one-quarter green morocco and boards with title and emblems gilt-stamped in compartments on spine. Corners bumped and spine slightly worn. Occasional light foxing throughout, but still a fine, bright, rich example of color stipple printing. All edges decorated with a red striped pattern. (Abbey 298).

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        De l'amour, considéré dans les lois réelles, et dans les formes sociales de l'union des sexes.

      Paris, Cérioux, Arthus Bertrand, février 1806. ____ Première édition. "Sénancour étudie l'amour et les questions qui s'y rattachent en dehors des idées répandues et consacrées par les législateurs religieux et politiques. La cause du divorce est plaidée avec talent. Le style est d'une élégante simplicité, d'une fermeté virile, qualités qui n'étaient pas suffisantes pour le rendre bien populaire ; mais l'auteur creuse si profondément et si hardiment son sujet qu'on peut reconnaître en lui l'un des précurseurs du socialisme en fait de questions morales, bien entendu. Il était pour le surplus contre-révolutionnaire, et il avait été obligé d'émigrer." Gay I, 810. Clouzot, Guide du bibliophile français 252 : "Rare et recherché." Bon exemplaire. *****. In-8. Collation : (4), XV, (1), 13-287, (1) pp. (avec quelques erreurs de pagination). Demi-basane brune, dos orné, double étiquettes rouges. (Reliure de l'époque.).

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         République des Champs Élysées ou Monde ancien Ouvrage dans lequel on démontre principalement: Que les Champs Élysées et l'Enfer des Anciens sont le nom d'une ancienne République d'hommes justes et religieux située à l'extrémité septentrionale de la Gaule, et surtout dans les îles du Bas-Rhin; que cet Enfer a été le premier sanctuaire de l'initiation aux Mystères et qu'Ulysse y a été initié; ... que les Élysiens nommés aussi sous d'autres rapports, Atlantes, Hyperboréens, Cimmériens, &c, ont civilisé les anciens peuples, y compris les Égyptiens et les Grecs; que les Dieux de la Fable ne sont que les emblêmes des institutions sociales de l'Elysée; ... que les poètes Homère et Hésiode sont originaires de la Belgique..., Ouvrage Posthume.

      Gand, imp. P.-F. de Goesin-Verhaeghe, 1806, 3 vol. in 8°, de 38pp.-266pp. 2 ff. XLVIIIpp. 1f. & 1 f. 251pp. 2 ff. XLIpp. & 1f. 266pp. 1 f. LVIIIpp., demi-percal. mouchetée époque, p. de t. rouge, bel exemplaire frais à toutes marges. Ouvrage très rare, tiré à très petit nombre. Oeuvre paradoxale et excentrique où l'on trouve à côté d'intéressants chapitres sur l'initiation et l'antiquité, des bizarreries du genre qu'Homère et Hésiode sont belges (sic). « Curieux ouvrage d'une grande rareté, rempli de vues extraordinaires sur les mystères ésotériques de l'antiquité. On peut dire de cette étonnante production intellectuelle, qu'elle est aussi puissante en son genre que le fameux ouvrage de Bébescourt sur les Mystères du Christianisme et que ces deux traités, également difficiles à rencontrer, forment comme des penchants destinés, à l'insu de leurs auteurs, à se compléter l'un par l'autre. De Grave démontre qu'il y eut une Église Élyséenne primitive, laquelle fut le berceau des arts, des sciences et de leur voile mythologique, et que les Élyséens qui furent la race perdue des Atlantes, ont civilisé les anciens peuples, dont les Égyptiens. Ainsi les dieux des mythologies antiques furent les emblèmes des institutions sociales et intellectuelles de la mystérieuse Atlantide. Il y a là une mine des plus intéressantes de documents neufs basés sur un savoir philosophique et philologique immense, le tout bien fait pour satisfaire les rares amateurs d'incontestables curiosités, qui ont le bonheur de posséder un tel ouvrage » d'après Thiébaud. ¶ Brunet Fous Littéraires p. 92 "Une vaste érudition. Fort intempestivement déployée, s'étale dans cet amas de rêveries" - Blavier fous p.167 - Gattefossé & Roux Bibliographie de l'Atlantide, n°503 - Caillet 4756 - Guaïta n°629 - Eluard-Valette cat. Utopies n°143 "travail gigantesque et délirant décodage..." - Versins utopie 416B.

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        An essay on the principle of population;

      Two vols., 8vo., xvi505(61) and vii(i)559(1)pp., complete with the two half-titles, intermittent very slight spotting and dampmarking, contemporary sprinkled calf, professionally rebacked, spines gilt with labels lettered gilt. A very good copy indeed.Publisher: London: J. Johnson,Year: 1806Edition: Kress B.5067. Goldsmiths 19210. Einaudi 3669. Mattioli 2208.

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        Substance of the debates on a resolution for abolishing the slave trade : which was moved in the House of Commons on the 10th June, 1806, and in the House of Lords on the 24th June, 1806 with, etc.

      London: Printed and sold by Phillips and Fardon 1806 - xi, 216 pp., folding plate of the interior of the slave ship; original boards, now lacking the front cover and any prelims; an occasional light smudge or soil mark to the margins, text age-toned, otherwise internally clean with the folding plate in very good condition. Photos available upon request.

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        SCRIPTURE LESSONS, Designed to Accompany a Series of Prints from the Old Testament. By Mrs. Trimmer.

      xi, 239 pages. Illustrated with 64 finely hand-coloured engraved plates. Contemporary marbled boards, sometime re-backed in calf. Plates dated 1797, but the address given at the end of the book is Fleet Street, one that Marshall moved to in 1806. A very nice copy with very attractively coloured plates.

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        Rapport du Jury sur les produits de l'industrie française, présenté à S.E.M. de Champagny, ministre de l'Intérieur ; précédé du procès-vergal des opérations du Jury.

      de l'Imprimerie impériale, A Paris 1806 - In-8 de (2)-XV-304 pp., demi-basane, dos à nerfs orné de filets dorés (relié vers 1860). Quatrième exposition publique des produits de l'industrie française organisée par Chaptal. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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        Plate XXX. [Millet's minion, Super royal and the Double swalsh peaches.] Aquatint from Pomona Britannica.

      London. 1806. Color aquatint with added handcolor, plate mark 18 3/4 x 14 3/4 inches on sheet 21 1/2 x 16 3/4 inches. Remains of adhesive tape at upper edge of verso from previous matting (not visible from recto), a couple of tiny foxed spots in margin, light toning to margins (just outside platemark)from previous matting. There is some fading to the color, but this is still a striking image. This exquisite print is from the first, folio, edition of George Brookshaw's lavish production "Pomona Britannica; or, A Collection of the Most Esteemed Fruits at present cultivated in the country; together with the Blossoms and Leaves of such as are necessary to distinguish the various sorts from each other." This magnificent work of 90 plates was published in 1812, although the plates are dated between 1804 and 1812, having been issued in parts over that period. The plates were printed in color by the aquatint process, with some stipple, and then highlighted with handcolor. This plate (number 30) is a lovely image of three peaches, each with a leaf and blossoms, with a two tone background showing off the printer's skill.

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        Tableau méthodique des espèces minérales.

      Paris, Levrault, Schoell, puis D'Hautel, 1806, 1813. ____ Première édition. Jean-André-Henri Lucas (1780-1825) était, avec son père, garde, c'est à dire conservateur, des Galeries du Muséum. Son ouvrage est basé sur le "Traité de minéralogie" de René-Just Haüy "et augmenté des nouvelles découvertes : auquel on a joint l'indication des gisemens de chaque espèce, et la description abrégée de la collection de minéraux du Museum d'histoire naturelle". La seconde partie part du "Tableau cristallographique" d' Haüy, "avec la description abrégée de la collection de minéraux du Muséum d'histoire naturelle et celle des espèces et des variétés observées depuis 1806 jusqu'en 1812." Illustré par un portrait d'Haüy et une planche dépliante. Le titre de la première partie est au nom de Levrault. On a relié en tête de la seconde partie, parue sous le nom de D'Hautel, le faux-titre et le titre de la première partie au nom de ce même éditeur - qui sont donc en double et en deux états dans cet exemplaire. Petits manques de cuir sur les plats, mais bel exemplaire.***** First edition. Jean-André-Henri Lucas (1780-1825 ) was, with his father, curator at the Museum of Paris. His work is based on the " Traité de minéralogie" of René-Just Haüy , enlarged by new discoveries and with a description of the minerals collection of the Museum. 2 tomes en 1 vol. in-8. Collation : portrait, (8), XXXXVIII, (2), 372 pp., 1 planche h.-t. / (8), XLVII, 587 pp. Demi-basane verte, dos orné. (Reliure de l'époque.).

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        A SEQUEL TO THE COMIC ADVENTURES OF OLD MOTHER HUBBARD AND HER DOG. Illustrated with engravings, on copper-plate. By another hand.

      14 engraved unnumbered leaves, including title and dedication, all printed upon one side of the paper only. Original wrappers dated 1806. First edition. Spine repaired; corners a little worn; name on title; else a very good copy of this sequel to Sarah Martin's original tale and her continuation by the unknown 'W.F.' Moon 562(1) records no copies in original wrappers.

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        Jeu de Cartes Geographiques...

      Lille: chez Vanackere and Paris, chez Nicolle, c. 1806. Geographical card game, consisting of 48 cards measuring 105 x 70 mm, each illustrated with a small round engraving by Pierre-François Godard, together with a folded sheet with introduction and rules for the game, and a folded world map (190 x 310 mm; entitled "Planisphere ou carte reduite du globe terrestre. A l'usage du jeu de cartes Geographique. Par J.B. Poirson, ingen. geogra. en Janv. 1806"); in original marbled paper box (slightly rubbed), with engraved title sheet pasted on front. Rare children's card game designed to teach the geography of the world, complete with the original suite of 48 delicately engraved cards describing the nations and regions of the world, including Australia, New Zealand and Oceania.Each card gives a short description of a country or geographical area accompanied by a small engraving of the inhabitants. The game kit includes a printed world map, and also a sheet explaining the rules of the game. According to these rules, children had to show where the area described on their card was located on the supplied map, thereby linking the printed information with an understanding of the global geography.The scope of the cards is impressive - aside from European countries, there are cards treating exotic places in far flung Asia, South America and Africa. Of special interest are the two last cards in the series. The first is titled "Isles d'Amerique", and treats the islands of the South Seas including the Solomon Islands, Hawaii and Tahiti (with brief mention of its discovery by Bougainville and some praise: 'célèbre par sa beauté, sa fertilité, et les moeurs douces de ses inhabitans'). The last card in the deck - "Terres Polaires et Australes" - treats the antipodes and includes specific mention of the penal colony at Botany Bay. The text incorrectly locates Van Diemen's Land within New Holland (although the map correctly depicts the island south of the Australian continent), reflecting vague understanding of the region in the early nineteenth century.Games such as this marvellous example are rarely seen complete and well preserved given their nature, intended audience, and many separate parts. This is a lovely set, with both the cards, map and printed sheet beautifully preserved within the original publisher's card case.

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        Sixième JEU DE CARTES GEOGRAPHIQUES, Orné de figures gravées avec soin et représentant les différens peuples de la terre dans le costume particulier à chacun d'eux; destiné à l'instruction et à l'amusement de la jeunesse des deux sexes. Nouvelle édition revue et corrigée.

      Contained in the original box (112 x 78 x 33 mm.) of marbled paper over thick card with paste-down illustrated label on one surface. Containing 48 cards (103 x 68 mm) with engraved cartouche and text (each card representing a different region; a folding copper-engraved map of the world (299 x 185 mm) by Tardieu, 'Planisphère ou Carte réduite du Globe Terrestre. A l'usage du Jeu de Cartes Geographiques. Lacks the single sheet of rules. Box rubbed and worn; cards and map excellent. Card XLVI is dedicated to Nouvelle-Hollande, but also mentions New Guinea. It is decorated with an engraving of a fierce some looking warrior wearing a headdress and animal skins and brandishing a spear. This illustration does not accord with the description of Australian Aborigines printed on this card, which alleges that the indigenous inhabitants of New Holland are, 'Without clothing, without industry, without habitation, they have nothing for a bed but the earth and nothing for nourishment except for shellfish which they gather at the edge of the ocean'. The text also mentions the English settlement at Botany Bay and the transportation of convicts. Card XLVIII is dedicated to Terres Polaires et Australes, and is decorated with an engraving of a bare-breasted maiden (possibly inspired by illustrations of Tahitian women). The text states that New Zealand is inhabited by cannibals and that the savages of New Guinea and New Holland live in a primitive state owing to their lack of intelligence; 'Some geographers consider New Holland to be a continent.... Considered as an island, it is the largest on earth, approximately 300,000 square leagues.' A rare children's game from the first decade of the nineteenth century and one of the very first to feature the peoples of Australasia.

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        Les tristes, ou mélanges tirés des tablettes d'un suicide

      Chez Demonville. First edition.Half green shagreen, spine in five compartments (faded), the fine raised bands with gilt edging, spine with blindstamped fleurons and gilt friezes, gilt date to foot, head of joints slightly rubbed, marbled endpapers and pastedowns, upper corners bumped. Internally good, practically no foxing. Rare. Chez Demonville Paris 1806 13,5x21,5cm relié

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        A Voyage to the Eastern Part of Terra Firma, or the Spanish Main, in South America, During the Years 1801, 1802, 1803, and 1804...

      New York: I. Riley and Co. 1806. Three volumes, octavo, large folding map with closed tear at the fold, with light browning and foxing typical of American books of the era, but here unusually moderate; a very good set in attractive contemporary marbled sheep (scuffed, joints rubbed) original green morocco labels a little chipped. This scarce New York publication is the first edition in English of this 'important account of Venezuela giving a description of the country and people and also accounts of growth and production of cocoa, indigo, sugar, cotton, coffee, and tobacco' (Hill).From 1801 to 1804 François Depons lived in Venezuela, where he worked as a political and diplomatic correspondent of the French government. His account, which he began in Caracas and completed in France, is of great historical importance, providing the first modern vision of Hispanic America. It describes the history, conquest, topography, political and commercial life, customs and manners of the Spanish and Indians, and finance, in the various provinces in the Caribbean under control of the Captain-General of Caracas including the provinces of Venezuela, Maracaibo, Spanish Guiana, Cumana and the Isle of Margaretta.The account was first published in Paris in 1806. This translation of the same year, which was attributed to "a gentleman" was, in fact, Washington Irving's first published work, which he completed in collaboration with his brother Peter, and George Caines. A London edition followed in 1807. Map closed tear at the fold with closed tear at the fold, with light browning and foxing typical of American books of the era.

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        A Catalogue of the Royal and Noble Authors of England, Scotland, and Ireland; with Lists of their Works.

      London: John Scott, 1806. Five volumes, octavo; with 149 engraved portrait plates; contemporary binding of dark green straight grain morocco, ornately gilt; armorial bookplates. A very attractive set of this major literary work by Walpole: although his literary reputation rests principally upon his voluminous correspondence, he also produced a number of substantial books, including this with its useful collection of biographical accounts and engraved portraits. As a carefully researched and honest assessment of the literary contributions of a significant number of lesser-known writers (figures whose rank in society was generally greater than their reputations and abilities as authors), the work is of particular value. The set offered here is a appealing example of a decorated binding from the early nineteenth century. An excellent set.

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        Leçons sur le calcul des fonctions. Nouvelle édition, revue, corrigée et augmentée par l'auteur.

      Paris, Courcier, 1806. ____ Première édition séparée. C'est un supplément et un commentaire de la "Théorie des fonctions analytiques". A ce texte, d'abord publié dans le "Journal de l'Ecole Polytechnique" en 1801, Lagrange a ajouté un "traité complet du calcul des variations." "(He) abandoned the differential notation and introduced a new vocabulary and a new symbolism: first derivative function f'; second derivative function f''; and so on. To a certain extent this symbolism and vocabulary have prevailed." DSB 7, 570. *****. In-8. Collation : VI, 501, (1) pp. Demi-veau, dos orné. (Reliure moderne.).

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        The Book of Common Prayer, And Administration of the Sacraments and Other Rites and Ceremonies of the Church, According to the Use of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America: Together with the Psalter, Or Psalms of David.

      Alexander Ming (Successor to Hugh Gaine), New-York 1806 - First Edition. Tall Octavo. Contemporary full leather, with black leather spine label. The Book of Common Prayer for American Protestants. Good, front cover detached, loss to top spine end and some loss to lower spine end and cover corner; 5 inch crack along spine. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        Il Mappamondo di Fra Mauro Camaldolese descritto ed illustrato...

      Venice: 1806. Folio, folding map, engraved plate; contemporary calf, spine in compartments with gilt bands. Fra Mauro's mappamundi (1457) is approximately two metres in diameter, was drawn on parchment and mounted on wood. It is full of detail, carefully coloured, and annotated with many legends. Though the coasts are drawn in a style recalling that of the portolan charts, the effect is definitely that of a mappamundi, not a nautical chart, especially as it is oriented with the south at the head. It is the most important of fifteenth-century maps, the last important pre-Columbian map of the world, and it represents the culmination of medieval cartography on the eve of the Renaissance. His delineation of Ethiopia, though unduly spread over a wide area, is wonderfully correct, and shows the Sinus Aethiopicus by which Henry the Navigator thought he could reach Ethiopia and so "Prester John." It is in his map that the greatest influence of the Marco Polo narratives is seen before printed editions began to be disseminated; he was able, by personal intercourse, to gather additional information from Nicolo de' Conti, who had returned from the east in 1440, and it is also of special interest in showing that, at least forty years before the Portuguese reached India, Arab sailing directions covering the east coast of Africa, India, and the seas beyond to the vicinity of Sumatra, were available in western Europe.It 'uniquely fused the three predominant medieval map forms--the portolan chart, the mappamundi and the Ptolemaic atlas--with knowlegde drawn from the latest maritime exploration to create what was, in effect, a compendium of current knowledge about the world. It is both an authoritative cartographic source and a supremely imaginative and beautifully realised vision of the extent of the world in the pre-Columbian period' (Mapping our World). Very little is known about Fra Mauro (c. 1390-1459?) save that he was a lay member of the Camaldolese order at the monastery of San Michele di Murano near Venice and remained there all his life. He was celebrated after his death as as cosmographus incomparabilis, or cosmographer without peer.Zurla's handsome work is the earliest on Fra Mauro's map and the first to include a reproduction of it in bookform. Placido Zurla (1769-1834) had a unique insight into Mauro's monumental achievement as at the age of 18 he had joined the same Camaldolese order as Fra Mauro and as Librarian, had access to Mauro's map. Fra Mauro's map was the centrepiece of the 2013 Mapping our world exhibition: the first time in over 5 centuries the map had left Venice and this is the indispensable first substantial reference work on it. Some light foxing, but a fine copy.

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        Voyages Pittoresques dans les Quatre Parties du Monde, ou troisième édition de l'encyclopédie des voyages, contenant les costumes des principaux peuples de l'Europe, de l'Asie, de l'Afrique, de l'Amérique, et des Sauvages de la mer du Sud.

      Paris: Veuve Hocquart, 1806. Two volumes, small quarto, with six folding maps coloured in outline and a splendid series of 160 handcoloured aquatint costume plates (including frontispieces to each of the four sections); a fine uncut copy with generous margins in contemporary half crimson morocco and glazed boards; pleasing contemporary ownership stamp on two leaves at start of each volume. A fine set of this colourful work on peoples of the world and their costumes. The wonderful series of 160 coloured plates includes nine plates depicting peoples of the Pacific islands and Kamchatka derived from the published voyage accounts of James Cook.The coloured plates are by Lachaussée and Mixelle after drawings by Grasset de Saint-Sauveur; the four frontispieces feature idealised maidens representing Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas. Most of the vibrantly handcoloured aquatint plates depict two figures, male and female, dressed in the native costume of their lands. Of special interest are the plates of Pacific peoples, including Tahiti, Hawaii, Palau, New Zealand, Tanna and the Marquesas (including the island of Saint-Christine). The Kamchatka plate also derives from Cook's third voyage account.Bernard Smith discusses the importance of Saint-Sauveur's costume studies in disseminating impressions of exotic lands, especially the Pacific islands: 'The engravings published in Cook's Voyages provided new visual information about many previously unknown peoples, and greatly enlarged Europe's knowledge of the family of man. Dr. Joppien has shown how important encyclopaedias of costume and 'gallery of man' books were in this process of popular dissemination. But as artists copied the engravings so they altered them still further in the direction of European pre-conceptions, the anthropological and ethnographic intentions of the originals being diverted increasingly to fulfil the demands of taste and the intrinsic needs of decoration.' (European Vision and the South Pacific p. 113).Born in Montreal in 1757, Jacques Grasset de Saint-Sauveur was a French diplomat who served in Egypt amongst other postings. A prolific author and illustrator, he made a long career of studying and depicting the costumes and habits of the peoples of the world, and consistently derived his work from published voyage accounts including those of Cook, La Pérouse, Wilson and other celebrated voyagers. He died in Paris in 1810, his lifetime coinciding with a unprecedented age of discovery in the Pacific.Saint-Sauveur openly acknowledged his use of voyage accounts as they added authenticity to his depictions of exotic peoples. Overall 18 pages of text accompany the Pacific plates in Voyages Pittoresques; these descriptions are rich in references to well-known explorers such as Cook as well as less prominent figures such as Mendana, the Forsters, and Marchand.Published in 1806, Voyages Pittoresques is derived from Saint-Sauveur's successful Encyclopédie des Voyages of 1794. It was issued in parts; Forbes describes the copy held by the Turnbull Library with the original wrappers for one such separately sold part bound in (and priced at 3 francs), while the six maps were likewise issued discretely in printed wrappers.This particularly attractive example of this colourful and picturesque work, in an excellent French binding of the period, has the attractive library stamps at start of each volume of Achille Hippolyte Gentil, French senator and for sixteen years president of the Conseil Général.

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        Beobachtungen aus der Zoologie und vergleichenden Anatomie, gesammelt auf einer Reise nach den Tropen-Ländern des neuen Kontinents, in den Jahren 1799, 1800, 1801, 1802, 1803 und 1804, von Al. von Humboldt und A. Bonpland. Bearbeitet und herausgegeben von A. von Humboldt.

      Tübingen / Paris: Cotta / Levrault, Schoell & Co, 1806. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Folio - over 12 - 15" tall. Tübingen: Cotta / Paris: Levrault, Schoell & Co. 1806-1808. Folio (340 x 268 mm). x, 212 pp. incl. first blank, plus 14 engraved plates (of which 2 coloured and 2 partially coloured), original printed front wrappers of the 3 issues bound in at the end. Issue 1 and 2 (gatherings 1 to 17) are printed on untrimmed wove paper, issue 3 on laid blue paper. Faint dampstaining to lower blank margin of first 6 gatherings and plates 1 to 5, front wrapper of issue 3 with repaired close tears at gutter, slight foxing to pp. 97-103. [loosely attached]: HUMBOLDT, Alexander von & BONPLAND, Aim Jacques Alexandre. Extract from 'Recueil d'observations de zoologie et d'anatomie comparée', Vol. 1, Paris: F. Schoell and G. Dufour, 1811. pp. 16, 305-344, 353-363 [1], with 4 engraved plates printed in colours and finished by hand, numbered XXVII-XXX (apes). Later half calf over marbled boards, spine with 5 raised bands and morocco lettering piece (little rubbing to extremities). A crisp and clean copy with the rare original wrappers bound in. ----Sabin 33773; Fiedler/Leitner 4.5.3 & 4.5; Löwenberg 112 (err. dat. 1807-1809); Fischer, Cotta Bd. 1, 550. The separately issued German translation of Numbers 1 to 8, Volume I, Part II, of the Recueil d'Observations de Zoologie of Humboldt and Bonpland's Voyage aux Régions Equinoxiales du Nouveau Continent, fait en 1799 - 1804. It contains the very important papers on vertebrate zoology, on the history and comparative anatomy of monkeys and reptiles, and on fishes and the electric eel. Published in a print run of 1050 copies, of which 300 on vellum. The partial issue of the second part of the travel work appeared in German and French. The German version included 3 deliveries in total, which are present here. Because of differences between the French and German publishers, the print of the German edition was terminated already after the third delivery. Near Fine.

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        Base du Système Mètrique Décimal, ou Mesure de l'Arc du Méridien compris entre les Parallèles de Dunkerque et Barcelone, exécutée en 1792 et Années suivantes. [With:] Recueil d'Observations Géodésiques, Astronomiques et Physiques, exécutées par Ordre du Bureau des Longitudes de France...pour déterminer la variation de la pesanteur et des degrés terrestres sur le prolongement du Méridien de Paris, faisant suite au troisième volume de la Base du Système métrique.

      First edition Paris: Baudouin & Garnery, 1806-21. Rare complete set (in four volumes) of the foundation work of the metric system. PMM 260 (3 vols.); Norman 1481 (lacking half-titles). We know of just one other set with all four volumes and having the half-titles as here (Arago's copy, modern bindings). "In 1790, at the request of Talleyrand, the Academic des Sciences set up a commission to consider the problem of finding a fundamental unit of measurement to replace the Various diverse regional systems that had been in use throughout Europe for centuries. The members of the commission included J.C. Borda, Lagrange, Laplace, G. Monge and Condorcet. 'In 1791 they reported that the fundamental unit of length should be derived from a dimension of the earth: it should be the ten-millionth part of a quadrant of the earth's meridian extending between Dunkirk and Barcelona ... The Constituent Assembly set up a general commission of weights and measures to carry these proposals into effect and in 1795 a law was passed introducing the metric system into France with provisional standards' (PMM). The astronomers Delambre and Mechain were appointed to make accurate measurements of the meridian passing through Dunkirk and Barcelona, and their measurements were completed in 1799. The project had numerous delays, including France's political revolution, the tedious calculations in converting one system to another, and the death of Mechain in 1804. Delambre completed the final volume of their report in 1810." (Norman). 4 vols., 4to (244 x 195), bound in four uniform contemporary half calf bindings with morocco spine labels, capitals with old repairs, otherwise completely unsophisticated, fully complete: pp [4] [ii] 180, 551 and 8 plates; xxiv 844 and 11 plates; [iv] 4, 704 ,62 (index) and 9 plates; xxx 588 and 2 plates, some light spotting to a few plates, old rubber stamps to titles, fine and clean throughout. Rare.

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        [K366]. Idomeneo Re di Creta o sia Ilia e Idamante Drama Eroico in tre atti... prezzo 48 fr. [Full score]

      Bonn: Chez N. Simrock... Paris: H. Simrock, professeur, marchand de musique et d'instrumens, rue du Mont Blanc No. 373. Chaussée d'Antin près le Boulevard. [PN 444], [ca. 1806]. Folio. 19th century half-calf marbled boards, paper title label to spine. 1f. (title), [1] (blank), [2] (Personaggi), 3-123, [i] (blank), [i] (title to Act II), 124-223, [i] (blank), [i] (title to Act III), 224-365 pp. Engraved. With text in Italian. From the collection of the noted German music historian and author of the first major biography of Mozart, Otto Jahn (1813-69), with his bookplate "Inter Folia Fructus" to front pastedown and with an autograph entry to p. 363 (the word "coda" written twice in ink in his fine, distinctive hand to outer margin). With some additional pencilled markings, cancels, etc., possibly in Jahn's hand. With small handstamp "Karl Tittel Kantor und Organist" in purple ink to title and following leaf. Binding worn and scuffed; spine chipped at head and tail; upper detached; lower hinge splitting. Occasional minor blemishes, but a very good copy overall. First Edition, 6th issue. Scarce. Haberkamp p. 165. Hoboken II, 108 (another issue). Hirsch II, 654. RISM M4187. Overture and 32 numbers, including 2 ballets. Libretto by Gianbattista Varesco after Antoine Danchet's "Idomenée," German version by Andreas Schachtner (1780). Mozart's setting of Varesco's libretto (based on a French opera by Danchet and Campra) was first performed on January 29, 1781 at the Residenz Theater in Munich. "Having completed nine operatic works, Mozart, aged twenty-four, was commissioned to write an opera by the Elector Karl Theodor of Bavaria, formerly of Mannheim, who had moved to Munich in January 1778. He began work in Salzburg in October 1780 and moved to Munich in November to complete the work with the singers, several of whom he knew from Mannheim days. The opera was successful but there were no further performances in other houses and the amateur performance in Vienna took place five years later." Robbins Landon: The Mozart Companion, p. 248. "Idomeneo sprang from a specific tradition and far outstripped it. The happy auspices under which it was created brought forth from Mozart a work so demanding that it could hardly be performed elsewhere. Even the Mannheim-Munich forces were probably not ready for its boldness. "Magnificent," "expressive," "novel," "powerful," "and "strange," its first auditors called it, with the dominating impression certainly the last. For all but a few the profundities of this opera eroica were too deep. In the decade Mozart had left to live, it had already became a work dispossessed. This is perhaps one of the reasons why he loved it especially among all his works." Heartz: Mozart's Operas, p. 34. "There may not be here the delicate psychological detail that we find in Figaro and Cosi fan tutti, or the sublime naturalness and simplicity of Die Zauberflote -- these would both have been completely foreign to the general style of the opera -- but there is a monumental strength and a white heat of passion that we find in this early work of Mozart's and shall never find again. Idomeneo is the first and last 'opera seria' that represents the complete and mature Mozart." Dent: Mozart's Operas (2nd ed.), p. 45.

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        The Works of Samuel Johnson. 15 volume set

      Edinburgh: Bell and Bradfute, James McCliesh and Wm.Blackwood. Covers rubbed with marking. Splits & nicks in some outer hinge ends (chip at vol.9 heel ) . Title labels missing. Inscribed. Slight age darkening. Lightly browned and foxed endpapers & prelims. Inscribed. Owner's name on label on front pastedown. Annotations on rear pastedown. Contents in VG condition without dust jacket. Two sides untrimmed. Tightly bound set. 1806. 'New' edition. Leather cover with gilt decorated spines. 160mm x 105mm (6" x 4"). .

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        Histoire du Japon; Nouvelle édition. Paris, Rollin (colophon vol. 6: printed by d’Hours fils), 1754. 6 volumes. 12mo. With 56 engraved plates (including 28 folding maps, plans and other illustrations and 28 single-page botanical plates). Contemporary mottled calf, gold tooled spines.

      - Alt-Japan-Katalog 325; Brunet I, col. 1806; Cordier, Japonica, col. 423. One of two issues published in the same year, of the third incarnation of Charlevoix's notable history of Japan, which is considered the best by Brunet, since it is revised, augmented and arranged in better order than previous editions. The first volume gives a general introduction to the country, treating its geography, topography, climate, ethnography, politics, education, religions, etc., and the other five volumes contain the history itself, which is divided into 20 chapters starting with the discovery of Japan by the Portuguese in 1542. Several parts, especially those concerning natural history, are drawn from Kaempfer.With manuscript bookplate of Cournault on each pastedown and page numbers added in pencil to the index of volume one. Restored tear in two plates and some occasional spots throughout, otherwise a very good copy. The bindings also very good, with only the spines slightly worn.

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        The complete works in philosophy, politics, and morals. Now first collected and arranged; with memoirs of his early life, written by himself.

      London, Longman, Hurst, Rees, & Orme, Paternoster Row and Johnson & Co. St. Paul`s [1806]. - Second edition. 3 vols. gr.-8. XIV (2) 440 S., 16 Bll. (Index); VI, 468; VI (2) 552 S. Mit je 1 gest. Titel, 1 Titelportr., 8 (dav. 5 gefalt.) Kupfertaf., 1 gef. Kupferkarte. OPbde. Unaufgeschn. Einbde. berieb. 1 Deckel lose. Gewicht in Gramm: 2000

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        In morte di Carlo Imbonati. Versi di Alessandro Manzoni a Giulia Beccaria sua madre

      Per Nicolò Bettoni Tipografo dipartimentale, 1806. 20 cm, copertina muta recente, numeri delle pagine incorniciati; pp. 15, (1). Manca al Parenti e al Vismara che cita la 1° edizione di Didot e quella di Destefanis ambedue del 1806

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