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        American ornithology; or, the natural history of the birds of the united states.

      Philadelphia, Bradford and Inskeep, 1808-1814. 9 volumes bound in 3. 4to (345 x 255mm). With 76 handcoloured engraved plates, by Alexander Lawson, G. Murray, Benjamin Tanner and J.G. Warnicke, after Wilson. Contemtemporary straight-grained green morocco tooled in gilt and blind with central arms gilt on covers, gilt edges (hinges repaired). First edition. "The first truly great American ornithology and also the first truly outstanding American color plate book of any sort" (Bennett, A practical guide to American nineteenth-century colour plate books). "In the 76 plates included in his book, Wilson portrayed more than three-quarters of the species of birds known to have existed in America at that time" ( M.R. Norelli, American Wildlife painting). Anker 533; Fine Bird Books p. 114; Nissen IVB, 992.

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        Der Streit des Philanthropinismus und Humanismus in der Theorie des Erziehungs-Unterrichts unsrer Zeit.

      Jena, Frommann, 1808. 8vo. Contemporary (original?) blue full paper binding with blindstamped title-lable to spine. Occasional light brownspotting throughout. All in all a very nice and fine copy. (6), 359, (1) pp.. Scarce first edition of Niethammer's seminal work, in which he introduces the term "humanism" for a systematically worked out body of thought with its own value structure and becomes the first to apply the word within a conceptual framework, thus profoundly influencing all later research on the humanistic period. "The term "Humanismus" was coined in 1808 by the German educator, F.J. Niethammer, to express the emphasis on the Greek and Latin classics in secondary education as against the rising demands for a more practical and more scientific training. In this sense, the word was applied by many historians of the nineteenth century to the scholars of the Renaissance, who had also advocated and established the central role of the classics in the curriculum..." (Kristeller, Renaissance Thought and its Sources, pp. 21-22). Niethammer's work not only came to determine how we have come to talk of the Renaissance and that essential part of it which we now call "humanism", it also illustrates how scholars framed the essential values embodied in humanism at the time. It furthermore anticipated the 19th century age of "-isms" and ideology and the attempts at developing more structured and systematic ways of organizing theories and ideas with the purpose of influencing society and its culture

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        The Microcosm of London; or, London in Miniature.

      3 vols. London: T. Bensley 1808-10. (Watermarks 1807 and 1816). With 104 beautifully coloured plates by Augustus Pugin and Thomas Rowlandson showing the Insides and the Outsides of Public Buildings in London and of the Manners, Customs, etc. of its Inhabitants of the beginning of the Century, with full and interesting Descriptions. 4to. VI+(IV)+231; (6)+(VI)+239; (6)+IV+280+(6) pp. Finely bound in modern smooth marbled brown morocco in old style, back richly gilt and with dark green labels, outside gilt border and inside a á la greek border and new tissue guards. Tall and fine copy.. Magnificent work on London. Of increasing value and interest for bringing back aspects of English life now for ever passed away. Especially interesting for the many literary and graphic delineations of the manners of the time, among the plates being those of the Pillory at Charing Cross, Bartholomew Fair, with Richardson's Show, the Prisons for Debtors, the Royal Cockpit, and other obsolete institutions. The combination of Rowlandson's humorous figures with Pugin's correct representations of the architecture has a peculiarly happy effect. "The collaboration of Rowlandson, Pugin, and Ackermann brought forth one of the best color plate books, The Microcosm of London. The aquatint color plates have background settings by August Charles Pugin (1762-1832) and figures added by Rowlandson. Pugin's precise architectural drawings are surprisingly strong for the lively energy of Rowlandson's figures." (Roylance. European Graphic Arts, Princeton University 1986). According to Abbey no. 212 this is an early issue in which only 2 of the 13 errata mentioned in vol. 3 have been corrected

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