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        CODICE DI COMMERCIO DI TERRA E DI MARE PEL REGNO D'ITALIA.

      Milano Dalla Stamperia Reale 1808 8° Pagine 248 Ottima legatura coeva in mezza pelle marrone. Titolo e ricchi fregi in oro al dorso. Piatti marmorizzati. Lievissime fioriture. Ottimo esemplare. Si tratta della rara edizione originale, da non confondersi con altre edizioni apparse lo stesso anno con formati più piccoli o editori diversi.

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        MEMOIR OF THE NORTHERN KINGDOM, Written A.D. 1872 by the Late Rev. Williamson Jahnsenykes, LL.D. [pseud] an Hon. Member of the Royal American Board of Literature, in Six Letters to His Son . . . Now First Published, Quebeck, A. D. 1901

      Boston: Farrand, Mallory & Co., 1808. First Edition. Very Good. 8vo, later 19th century green quarter morocco, marbled boards, 48 pages, largely untrimmed. First edition, with an early institutional bookplate on the front paste-down but no other evident institutional marks. Some light damp-staining to the last few leaves; some light foxing; a bit rubbed. A very good copy. A satire on Jeffersonian politics and a story which presages the future split of the nation over slavery, but most important as a rare and heretofore under-appreciated example of a (very) early – if not the first – work of American speculative fiction. Cast as an historical account written by a father to his son and published in a notional 1901 (down to the false Quebec imprint, a decidedly modern touch), MEMOIR OF THE NORTHERN KINGDOM posits a history in which the United States has split into three nations: a Northern Kingdom (New England, New York and Canada) ruled by an English viceroy (New England flies to the arms of the Northern Kingdom after a disastrous war against the forces of the King of Virginia); a francophone Southern slave-holding kingdom ruled over by a branch of Bonapartes; and the radical Illinois Republick, which remains the last hope for the principles of the original American Revolution. A look down the chronological list of American fiction in Wright suggests that while there had been earlier imaginary voyages from the pens of American authors (e.g., Royall Tyler’s 1797 Algerine Captive, which may be found in Gove, and several other Algerine tales, picaresque novels, or the Gothic elements present in the work of authors such as Brockden Brown) none appear to posit a future society. Therefore, what is likely the first American work of speculative literature and future fiction as well as what could be claimed the country's first dystopia. Furthermore, a strong argument can be made that MEMOIRS constitutes the first work of American science fiction. While it lacks the technological and fantastical elements more associated with the genre, not to mention a certain narrative drive, it clearly prefigures such better noted prototypical 19th century works as Bellamy's Looking Backward. Our research suggests the story has been unnoticed by the appropriate bibliographies and histories of science fiction and fantasy, and when noted at all anywhere is almost invariably in the context of its previously mentioned prescience on the subject of the Civil War or as a simple curiousity. This cataloguer will spare his reader a long list of “not in's,” but suffice it to say that our research, while certainly not exhaustive, was careful and deliberate. We will note the title's absence from Bleiler, despite its clear theme of futurity, which according to Bleiler's own definition, would qualify MEMOIRS as a work of science fiction: "[Science-fiction] is built principally out of three types of fiction [...] the quasi-scientific story, the lost race story, and the future story. […] More important is the third major component […] In this case futurity, perhaps with a few gimmicks or props, has traditionally been considered sufficient to classify a story [as science-fiction]. Elements of pretended science or technology may or may not be present." The failure of Jenks' tale to be recognized as – we would argue (but then we are far from being a disinterested party) – an important landmark of American speculative literature may in part be due to its scarcity. An early Anderson Gallery catalogue (1919) describes the book as “A GREAT RARITY” (emphasis theirs). We find no auction results for more than thirty years, the last at Parke-Bernet in 1968. And our favorite biblio-blogger Jeremy Dibbell has written an excellent essay1 detailing much on the circumstances surrounding publication of this work, including the following melancholy news about the fate of the novel: “the 14 December 1811 issue of the Boston Centinel reports that 532 copies in sheets were to be sold as part of a sheriff’s sale, and what happened to them after that is unknown.” In a later post2, Dibbell admits these sheets “likely met a sad end.” This cataloguer would tend to agree. [Wright I, 1467]. [Sabin 36033]. [Shaw & Shoemaker 15319].

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        Autograph Letters Signed (4)

      This influential Ohio politician, judge and educator -- originally from Connecticut and an acquaintance of George Washington -- helped to write and sign that state's Constitution; an ardent Abolitionist, he drafted the Constitution in such a way as to prohibit slavery in Ohio; later a trustee of Ohio University. Four items: First, an ALS, 1p, 7½" X 12½", Salsbury, 1808 March 11. Addressed to Sally Parker. Very good. Tiny (¼") tear at left edge near center (from wax seal removal); minor weakness along original folds, archivally reinforced on verso; mild overall age toning. An outstanding and fascinating bit of Ohio history: A flowery (but phonetically spelled), forward, delicate yet blunt MARRIAGE PROPOSAL from Cutler to a 31-year-old woman who according to the mores of that day would have been considered a spinster! In the most euphemistic 19th century terms, Cutler presents his case. In full (and verbatim): "It is with great diffidence I presume to address you on a Subject which to me is of the highest Importance, but as apology is unnecessary to Enlightened minds, I shall wave it. -- I am at this time destitute of that Solace of the heart a Female Friend to whom I can disclose my banes or who can aleviate my Sorrows assuage my grief or Share my Joys. The author of our Natures has given your Sex the most unlimited Faculties & Powers in all those respects & has Said that it is not good, for man to be alone. I am not Insensible of the hard terms which I have to offer you and in consequence a total rejection of my Suit is what I have a right to expect. I have a Family which merits & which must have the bane & regard of me & of the Person to whom I unite my Self. I have nothing to give as a Compensation for this but my Love & respect but I find the Impetuosity of my Passion has Carried me too far I will then only ask the Favor to address you & Cultivate an acquaintance. As I am very anxious to no my Fate I must ask the Favor that you will Condescend so much as to convey to me your Sentiment in such a way as you may think proper. But if you feel a Delicacy & fear to wound by a total rejection I must consider your Silence in that Point of view & summons up my fortitude which has hitherto Supported me in all my trials & misfortunes. I feel Indeed that I have asked much & have perhaps disturbed a repose which I ought not but I could make an apology of a very Peculiar nature, which I cannot at this time disclose. I will only say that I dispise affectation & false delicacy, & have ever endeavored to Cultivate a Frank open Conduct which altho May sometimes appear Blunt yet when it is Known to praise from an honest heart it will be forgiven. I am with Sentiments of the highest Respect...." Integral address portion on verso simply states "Sally Parker / Salsbury" and no postage markings or cancellations or return address, so this delicate missive clearly must have been handed over in person. Second is Sally Parker's response: an ALS, 1p, 7½" X 7", Salsbury, 1808 March 15. Addressed to "Sir" (Ephraim Cutler). Near fine. Small tear near top center from red wax seal removal. Parker's equally roundabout reply to Cutler's proposal, reading: "Perfectly sensible of the awkward predicament in which I stand -- A stranger to your person, manners, taste and sentiments, I am at present only [ ? ] by a sentiment of respect to your character, as a Gentleman. -- If a perosnal interview is consistent with your desire, I am induce'd by the principles of politeness, to accede thereto -- Permit me to offer my gratitude for your very unexpected attention...." Cutler's proposal ultimately worked: Sally Parker (1777-1846) became the second Mrs. Ephraim Cutler and bore him five children. Third is an AL (unsigned) from Ephraim, 2pp (single leaf), 7 3/4" X 10", Belpre, OH, 1808 April 4. Addressed to "Hond. Sire" (Ephraim's father, Manasseh Cutler, 1742-1829, noted as a founder of the Ohio Company that secured acreage from Congress in 1787). Near fine. Marked "Copy" at top center and on partial integral address leaf in Ephraim's hand, this unsigned letter is penned entirely in his hand -- kept no doubt because of its important personal content. Writing almost one month after his letter to Parker proposing marriage, Cutler here discusses his late wife, his children, his current situation -- of course closing with a request for parental advice on a second marriage. A choice, meaty letter, reading in part: "I have now to request your parental advice on a subject of great Import to my future welfare... The opinion which I wish you to give is whether I had better enter into the married state or live single.... I have two amiable obedient and pleasing daughters whose prosperity it is my duty and inclination to advance. Nancy is now turned of eighteen, careful prudent and at present willing to sacrifice every tender feeling and to make every extention for my happiness and welfare. She is uncommonly steady and will I do not doubt take all the cares and duties of the family without ever repining. Polly will soon be twelve of a gay lively disposition with all those little innocent foibles and gaiety incident to her age. She possesses a most amiable heart and the best of mothers has assisted nature in laying the foundation of an elegance of manners rarely discovered at so early an age.... Of my sons I shall say nothing as they are not so immediately under the effect of the female head of a family when that head is not their own mother as girls are. Before my wife died, she with a mind serene and intuitively great gave me her advice on this very important subject. It was to remain single but a very short time and she went so far as to point out a person who she thought would be the most likely to answer my expectation. -- This person was Miss Sally Parker, formerly of Newberry Port. She is a person of excellent character and of a refined and cultivated mind and manners.... With her I should not expect any Fortune her Father is a good liver with a handsome property but has eleven children. Of course each ones share will be small....." Being Cutler's personal retained draft, this fair copy is of course unsigned. The last letter -- likely also a retained draft, although not so marked -- is another AL (unsigned) from Ephraim, 2pp (single leaf), 8" X 10", Belpre, OH, 1808 June 7. Addressed to "Hond Parent." Very good. Mildly age toned. Manasseh's advice, it turns out, arrived too late, as Ephraim here explains: "I returned last evening... & found your esteemed favor of May the 6th it was indeed a very welcome letter but if it had arrived a little sooner its value would have been Increased. I had however formed that connection which Nought but death ought to disolve before the advice I had craved was recd.... I believe I mentioned in my last letter that my wife was about 30 yrs. of age She is tall & of a very agreable Figure her Countenance is very striking, it is perfectly Engaging without having that regularity which distinguishes great Beauties, a Native dignity & elegance of manners added to this Intelligent serene Countenance with a modest air which tells the beholder she is well bred cannot fail to be Interesting. Her Improvements have been much greater than could have been expected any to have attained in a Country like this. She is well acquainted with History Geography Poetry Musick & the Belletres & is no dispiseable Poet herself She writes an elegant hand but a far more elegant Style, she has not in obtaining these Imbellishments neglected the weighty matters of household economy & is also complete master of needle work & every art usefull in a Farmers Family. All this she has attained by her own assiduous attention & since she was eleven yrs. old when she left Newberry She has had no benefit from schools. It is true she has had an able & willing Mother & Capaceous & enlightened mind and an ardent thirst for Knowledge. In order to effect these acquirements She has divided her time in a systematic manner applying a part of each day to the avocation of the Family & c & a part to mental Improvements & to Crown the Whole She delights in Religion & all those Virtues which have there root & spring in it assisted by an amiable feeling heart. Her taste in is some measure congenial to mine Particularly in a love of reading & in contemplating & injoying Natures beauty which are so Luseuriouxly diffused through the numerous wild Scenes of this Country. She would indeed make an excellent Bottanist in a short time under your tuition for nothing is more Pleasing to her than to trace things to their Secret Springs and 'to look through Nature up to Natures God'...." A small but delightful archive of what Cutler would have considered his most important personal correspondence.

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        [Livres à Figures] La topographie de Paris ; ou plan détaillée de la ville de Paris, et de ses faubourgs

      A Paris: Chez l'auteur, 1808. relié. Pet. in 8 (12x18,5cm). Rare édition originale, illustrée de 22 planches sur double page dont 20 aquarellées et 21 de plans de paris et des faubourgs, le tout gravé par Perrier. Impression sur papier fort. Demi Veau bordeaux d'époque. Dos lisse à filets. Frise d'encadrements sur les plats de papier rouge. Epidermures sur le dos, très prononcées en tête. Coins et bordures externes dénudés. Selon l'avis, ce livre a été rendu nécessaire par le changement impérial survenu dans la ville de Paris, non seulement la recomposition de nombreuses rues de Paris par Décret impérial, mais également les changements survenus dans cette ville, percées de rues nouvelles, travaux d'embellissement, notamment du Louvre et de l'hôtel de ville... Le plan est basé sur celui plus ancien de Lagrive et se déclare comme sa correction. Une table alphabétique des rues, monuments, places, hôtels et maisons remarquables précède les cartes et complète scrupuleusement cet état de Paris sous l'Empire. - Chez l'auteur, A Paris _1808, Pet. in 8 (12x18,5cm), VII (1) 104pp. 22 planches doubles., relié. - Livres à Figures relié

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        United States of N[or]th. America; carte des Etats-Unis de l'Amerique Septentrionale. Copiée et Gravée sur celle d'Arrowsmith. Corrigée et considérablement augmentée d'après les renseignements les plus authentiques par P.F. Tardieu, Graveur, Editor-propriétaire

      Paris: Tardieu, 1808. Engraved map with period outline hand colouring, on four folded sheets, each dissected into 60 sections and linen-backed, as issued, with the original chemise and box. Fine condition. together 50 x 57 3/4 inches. An extraordinary copy of a rare, separately-issued, French edition of one of the great large-scale maps of the early United States: this issue the first to name Michigan Territory. Based on the first state of Aaron Arrowsmith's map of the same name, Tardieu's improved edition depicts the United States as it began to expand into its continental destiny. In addition to the content presented from Arrowsmith's map, Tardieu made corrections to the mouth of the Mississippi, the St. Lawrence River and Maine. He also added an inset version of Andrew Ellicott's Plan for the City of Washington. By 1808, the new states of Vermont, Kentucky, Tennessee and Ohio had been added to the original thirteen. Even as the new settlers poured into these areas, new territories were being organized. This updated edition from the first of 1802 reflects those changes. The most noteworthy change is the addition of Michigan Territory, which was organized in June 1805, making this one of the earliest appearances of Michigan Territory on a printed map. The map also names Indiana Territory and notes the early township surveys in Ohio. The detail in the Upper Mississippi River Valley is also of note. Phillips, A List of Maps of America, p.876; Karpinski, Bibliography of the Printed Maps of Michigan p. 207.

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        Memoirs of the Life of Mrs. Elizabeth Carter, with a new edition of her poems, Including some which have never appeared before; to which are added, some miscellaneous essays in prose, together with her Notes on the Bible, and Answers to Objections Concerning the Christian Religion. By the Rev. Montagu Pennington, M.A.…The Second Edition

      London: Printed for F.C. and J. Rivington, 1808 Second edition. Quarter burgundy calf over drab boards, gilt-decorated, flat spine. . Octavo. Engraved frontispiece. Boards soiled and a bit foxed, joints rubbed, intermittent foxing throughout, especially to portrait, old ink annotation on portrait. Nineteenth-century ink signature and bookplate of "G.C. Robertson" (possibly philosopher George Croom Robertson, 1842-1892). A good copy. Elizabeth Carter (1717-1806) was, to quote Priscilla Dorr in Schleuter's Encyclopedia of British Women Writers, "the most learned lady in England during the eighteenth century." She was one of the most famous members of the Blue Stocking Circle, which also included Catherine Talbot, Elizabeth Vesey, Elizabeth Montagu, Hester Chapone, and Hannah More. Despite an early learning disability and "with a persistence that won the praise of V. Woolf in A Room of One's Own," (as Margaret Drabble reminds us in the Oxford Companion to English Literature) she learned Latin, Greek, and Hebrew in childhood with her brothers, and later studied French, Italian, German, Portuguese, and Arabic. She was a friend of Samuel Johnson, who thought her one of the best Greek scholars he had known, and invited her to contribute to The Rambler. She made a number of translations, of which her Epictetus is the masterpiece. It was undertaken at the request Catherine Talbot, who arranged for publication and solicited subscribers, amongst which were a large number of women.

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        The New-England cookery, or The art of dressing all kinds of flesh, fish, and vegetables, ; and the best modes of making pastes, puffs, pies, tarts, puddings, custards and preserves, and all kinds of cakes, from the imperial plumb to plain cake. : Particularly adapted to this part of our country

      Montpelier, [VT]: Printed for Josiah Parks, (Proprietor of the work.), 1808. 24mo., 81, [3] pages. First edition of the first cookbook published in Vermont. Like a number of other American cookbooks of this period it is essentially a pirated edition of Amelia Simmons' American Cookery (Hartford, 1796), the first cookbook by an American author. In the preface, Lucy Emerson states, "It is with diffidence that I come before the public as an authoress, even to this little work; I have no pretensions to the originality of the whole of the receipts herein contained, it is due to those ladies who have gone before me. ... L.E. Montpelier, 21st March, 1808." According to Lowenstein "much of the text is a verbatim copy of the Troy edition of 1808." In worn, paper covered boards, contents good. With the ownership inscription of Betsy Willard. Scarce in the trade. & & [Worldcat locates 26 copies; Bitting page 144; Cagle 235; Lowenstein (3rd ed.) 48; Shaw & Showmaker 1808, 14937; Wheaton & Kelly 1953].

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        Opere. milano, tip. de' classici italiani, 1808-1812.

      Quattordici volumi di cm. 20,5, pp. 3.500 ca. complessive. Ritratto inciso dell'autore all'antiporta del primo volume. Solida ed elegante legatura coeva in mezza pelle marron chiaro con piccole punte, dorsi lisci con titoli e fregi in oro. Piatti marmorizzati e tagli spruzzati. Bell'esemplare, in ottimo stato di conservazione. La raccolta è così suddivisa: Volume I.: Cominciamento e progresso dell'arte di intagliare in rame colle vite di molti de' piu' eccellenti maestri. Volume II-III: Vocabolario dell'arte del Disegno. Volume IV-XIV: Notizie de' professori del Disegno da Cimabue in qua. Ottima e stimata edizione che contiene delle aggiunte rispetto alle precedenti impressioni.

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        Minne af von Linné, fader och son.

      I-II. Sthlm, H. A. Nordström, 1808. 8:o. Porträtt,(8),136 s. + porträtt,102,(10) s. & 2 grav. plr. Samtida hfrbd med guldornerad rygg och titeletikett i glättad papp. Gula snitt. Ryggen lätt nött och med mindre fläckar. Linné den äldres porträtt lätt solkigt, Linné den yngres ngt lagerfläckigt och med en liten bläckplump nedtill. Titelbladen ngt bruntonade och inlagan till del I delvis ngt lagerfläckig. Mindre fläck i texten i del II på s. 5 och liten reva i yttre marginalen på s. 49. De två avslutande planscherna med obetydlig missfärgning som tillkommit vid tryckningen då kopparplåtarna antagligen ej varit ordentligt rengjorda. Med L. F. Rääfs exlibris.. Soulsby 2647. De två avdelningarna har deltiteln "von Linné den äldre" respektive "von Linné den yngre". Första delen återger det äreminne som hölls på Växjö gymnasium i samband med 100-årsjubiléet av Linnés födelse. Andra delen inleds med en minnesteckning över Linné d.y. och följs av "Historiska upplysningar till Carl von Linné den äldres lefverne". Författaren var lärjunge och vän till familjen och hade under 1770-talet disputerat för Linné. Porträttet av Linné, graverat av Akrel efter Kraffts förlaga, har Linnés vapensköld avdraget i nedre marginalen från en mindre plåt. Den sista planschen föreställer fyra olika Linnémedaljer

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        A PRESENT FOR A LITTLE GIRL. A PRESENT FOR A LITTLE BOY. INSTRUCTIVE HINTS, IN EASY LESSONS FOR CHILDREN

      London, printed by and for Darton and Harvey, Gracechurch Street, 1808.. 3 works bound together, the first complete, the second defective and the third lacking 1 leaf. A PRESENT FOR A LITTLE GIRL, early reprint 1808, 12mo, 150 x 88 mm, 5 7/8 x 3 3/8 inches, (52) pages, final 1½ pages contain publisher's adverts. Engraved title page vignette of mother reading to little girl under tree, little boy pointing out nest of baby birds, 3 full page engravings and 24 delightful half page engravings, including some of children at play, and some of naughty children. A series of little essays and verses on a variety of topics, some instructive, some extolling children to virtue. This edition reprints the text of the edition of 1806 but almost all the engravings have been extensively redrawn. A few are dated, either 1806 or 1808. Lacks original covers, rebound in a modern half calf binding with coloured patterned sides, raised bands to spine, no lettering or label, inner hinges strengthened with binder's linen tape. Title page slightly dusty and with 4 minute ink marks, faint name and date of 1816 in margin, tiny tip of upper corner missing on title and following page, occasional pale fingermarks to contents, short closed tear to text on 1 page, expertly repaired, no loss, some margins trimmed close but no loss of text. A good plus copy. First published in 1797 with different illustrations. Oppenheimer 2090; National Book League 522a; Osborne I,114 listing the 1806 edition. Bound with A PRESENT FOR A LITTLE BOY, London, Wm Darton and Jos.h Harvey, circa 1806-1808, several images dated 1806 with imprint. 40 OF 48 PAGES, 4 LEAVES MISSING: TITLE LEAF, FIRST LEAF OF TEXT (A2) AND LAST 2 LEAVES (D5-D6). 22 of 25 engravings including 2 full page, 3 missing on missing leaves. A companion to Darton's Present for a Little Girl, first published in 1798. It consists of a series of anecdotes mainly about animals which includes one on a pig that was taught to read and spell. LACKING ORIGINAL WRAPS, light soiling throughout, 1 page torn across and expertly repaired, some margins trimmed, 1 page with loss of 2 letters but easily legible, another page with old paper repair to small closed tear, no loss. A previous owner has handwritten a title page and a page of text for the second story which has been taken from another edition. A defective copy of a scarce book. Oppenheimer 2087 listing the edition of 1805; Osborne II,703 listing edition of 1804; National Book League No. 525 listing edition of 1805. Also bound with INSTRUCTIVE HINTS IN EASY LESSONS FOR CHILDREN in 2 parts, (by Elizabeth Heyrick), London, Darton and Harvey, No. 55 Gracechurch Street, 1806. Pages: 52 of 54 (lacking page 25/26); 48. Collation: A-B12 (-B1), C3, B2 signed A2; A-B12. Lacks 1 leaf of adverts at the end of Part I. Each title page has a different engraving, that in Part II dated 1804, plus 22 charming half page engravings in each Part. Topics covered include reading, and the production of paper and books; animals especially horses (the missing page deals with cruel treatment of them), donkeys, dogs, sheep, whales, and the uses of all of them; bee-keeping (2 images); knitting and sewing; beauty of sunrise; religion; kindness to animals especially birds; pleasures and use of swimming; tasks a girl of 12 can accomplish; the virtues of cleanliness. Lacking original wraps. Part I: neat early small signature and address on first title page, same name in pencil to 1 upper margin within, a few pages slightly dusty, occasional very light soiling mainly to margins, A11 is missing lower inner corner with loss of 4 or 5 words on recto and verso, 5 ink squiggles in central margin of A11 verso, some margins slightly trimmed, no loss, B12 torn across horizontally and neatly mended and easily legible. Part II: the same signature on title page dated 1809, a little brown staining to text on A2 recto, no loss, some pages dusty and lightly soiled, all legible. A good plus copy of a scarce interesting children's book (lacking 1 leaf), first published in 1800. A copy of Part I 1806 in the Opie Collection, a copy of Part II 1804 in the V. & A., Osborne I,124 lists only Part II of the 1806 edition and no others. No copy in the Oppenheimer catalogue. MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING.

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        [ALBUM OF SIX WATERCOLOR VIEWS OF SCENES IN KAMCHATKA AND SIBERIA IN THE LATE 18th CENTURY]

      [Np. nd, but ca. 1808].. Six watercolors on individual sheets, measuring 10 1/2 x 16 1/4 inches on average. Five of the six watercolors titled in manuscript below the image, and with extensive Dutch- language notes on the verso of each sheet. Bound into modern half morocco and marbled boards (oblong quarto in size), gilt morocco label on front board reading: KAMTSCHATKA ET SIBERIE ALBUM DE DESSINS. Very minor wear or soiling in the edges of the margins, else fine. A very interesting atlas of splendid watercolors by an unknown artist, showing scenes in Kamchatka and Siberia in the late 18th century. The paintings are quite well done, and while the artist's facility for drawing human figures is not of the highest magnitude, his ability in rendering places, topography, and villages is very fine. The identity of the artist is unknown, but it seems likely that he was a Dutchman of some means who owned or had access to a collection of the most important accounts of 18th- century travel in eastern Russia and the Kamchatka peninsula. The watercolors show scenes of village and seaside life as originally depicted in the plates to the travels of Cook, Sarychev, and Chappe D'Auteroche, which all took place between 1760 and 1795. Though undated, a manuscript note on the verso of the final watercolor carries the date of 1808, and likely indicates when one or all of these images were painted. The images contained in this atlas are faithful, detailed, and accomplished watercolor renderings of printed plates from the atlas to James Cook's third voyage; the atlas to the voyage of Gavrila Sarychev; and the account of Jean Chappe D'Auteroche's travels to Siberia in the early 1760s. The artist has taken great care to retain interesting ethnographic details from the original sources, showing details of clothing and decoration as well as animals, dwellings (from thatched huts to wooden structures), buildings, churches, sleds, and local boats and canoes. Two of the images feature fishing scenes, and all but one of them shows a locations near a river or the sea. The interest and usefulness of the album is further heightened by the extensive manuscript notes in Dutch on the verso of each view. In some cases the notes give details of the source of an illustration, but they also provide information about the region depicted, the people who live there, the natural resources and topography, and much more. Further study of the album could lead to more information about the artist and the circumstances of its creation. The illustrations (with their original manuscript captions) are as follow: 1) "Gericht der stad Bolcheretskoi in Kamtschatka en ein Man, Reirende in en Winter." This winter scene in Kamchatka is a combination of two plates from the atlas to Cook's voyages, "A Man of Kamtschatka Travelling in Winter" and "A View at Bolcheretzkoi in Kamtschatka." It shows a small village of wooden buildings with thatched roofs, while a family of natives, bundled against the cold, stand in the foreground. Two cows are shown in a pen, and farm dogs and sled dogs mill about. 2) "Gerigt van de Stad en Haven van St. Petrus en St. Paulus aan Kamtschatka." This image copies a plate from the atlas to Cook's voyages entitled "A View of the Town and Harbour at St. Peter and St. Paul, in Kamtschatka." An interesting scene of a small fishing village, featuring a group of men casting large nets and other groups in canoes. Larger sailing vessels are in the water in the background, and snow-capped peaks are seen in the distance. In the left foreground are a native husband and wife, with an infant strapped to the woman's back. 3) "Gericht der Stad Tobolsk, in Siberien." Copies a plate from Chappe D'Auteroche's VOYAGE EN SIBERIE (Paris, 1768). A very nice and well-done scene of a largish seaside town, with several whitewashed buildings with tall spires along the waterfront and on a cliff. Workers are shown storing casks of goods by the waterside. 4) "Gericht der Vesting auf Sterkte Sueden - Kolymsk en der Rivier Kolyma." This image copies a plate from the atlas to Sarychev's voyage, PUTESHESTVIE FLOTA KAPITANA SARYCHEVA... (St. Petersburg, 1802). An attractive scene of a small village of wooden buildings in a waterside setting. This scene is most interesting for the details of the structures, including a Russian Orthodox Church. 5) Untitled. This is a version of the Cook atlas plate titled "Summer and Winter Habitations, in Kamtschatka." This interesting scene gives great details of the dwellings used in Kamchatka. Located along a river, they are built on stilts so as to withstand floods. 6) "Gericht van de Sterkte (of Vesting) Werchue - Koymsk, en van de Rivier Jasjaschna." This image copies a plate from the atlas to Sarychev's voyage, PUTESHESTVIE FLOTA KAPITANA SARYCHEVA... (St. Petersburg, 1802). Another view of a small fishing village, with men casting nets at the shoreline, a mid-size sailing ship in the water, and a small group of one- and two- story buildings on the shore opposite. A very interesting suite of watercolors, showing evocative scenes of village life in Siberia and Kamchatka at the time when European explorers were first visiting that remote area.

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        [Album of six watercolor views of scenes in Kamchatka and Siberia in the late 18th Century]

      [Np. nd, but ca. 1808]. Six watercolors on individual sheets measuring 10½ x 16¼ inches on average. Five of the six watercolors titled in manuscript below the image, and with extensive German-language notes on the verso of each sheet. Bound into modern half morocco and marbled boards (oblong quarto in size), gilt morocco label reading "Kamtschatka et Siberie Album de Dessins" on front board. Very minor wear or soiling in the edges of the margins, else fine. Splendid watercolors of Kamchatka and Siberia A very interesting atlas of splendid watercolors by an unknown artist, showing scenes in Kamchatka and Siberia in the late 18th century. The paintings are quite well done, and while the artist's facility for drawing human figures is not of the highest magnitude, his ability in rendering places, topography, and villages is very fine. The identity of the artist is unknown, but it seems likely that he was a German of some means who owned or had access to a collection of the most important accounts of 18th century travel in eastern Russia and the Kamchatka peninsula. The watercolors show scenes of village and seaside life as originally depicted in the plates to the travels of Cook, Sarychev, and Chappe d'Auteroche, which all took place between 1760 and 1795. Though undated, a manuscript note on the verso of the final watercolor carries the date 1808, and likely indicates when one or all of these images was painted. The images contained in this atlas are faithful, detailed, and accomplished watercolor renderings of printed plates from the atlas to James Cook's third voyage; the atlas to the voyage of Gavrila Sarychev; and the account of Jean Chappe d'Auteroche's travels to Siberia in the early 1760s. The artist has taken great care to retain interesting ethnographic details from the original sources, showing details of clothing and decoration, as well as animals, dwellings (from thatched huts to wooden structures), buildings, churches, sleds, and local boats and canoes. Two of the images feature fishing scenes, and all but one of them shows a locations near a river or the sea. The interest and usefulness of the album is further heightened by the extensive manuscript notes in German on the verso of each view. In some cases the notes give details of the source of an illustration, but they also provide information about the region depicted, the people who live there, the natural resources and topography, and much more. Further study of the album could lead to more information about the artist and the circumstances of its creation. The illustrations (with their original manuscript captions) are as follow: 1) "Gericht der stad Bolcheretskoi in Kamtschatka en ein Man, Reirende in en Winter." This winter scene in Kamchatka is a combination of two plates from the atlas to Cook's voyages, "A Man of Kamtschatka Travelling in Winter" and "A View at Bolcheretzkoi in Kamtschatka." It shows a small village of wooden buildings with thatched roofs, while a family of natives, bundled against the cold, stand in the foreground. Two cows are shown in a pen, and farm dogs and sled dogs mill about. 2) "Gerigt van de Stad en Haven van St. Petrus en St. Paulus aan Kamtschatka." This image copies a plate from the atlas to Cook's voyages entitled "A View of the Town and Harbour at St. Peter and St. Paul, in Kamtschatka." An interesting scene of a small fishing village, featuring a group of men casting large nets and other groups in canoes. Larger sailing vessels are in the water in the background, and snow-capped peaks are seen in the distance. In the left foreground are a native husband and wife, with an infant strapped to the woman's back. 3) "Gericht der Stad Tobolsk, in Siberien." Copies a plate from Chappe D'Auteroche's Voyage en Siberie, Paris, 1768. A very nice and well-done scene of a largish seaside town, with several whitewashed buildings with tall spires along the waterfront and on a cliff. Workers are shown storing casks of goods by the waterside. 4) "Gericht der Vesting auf Sterkte Sueden - Kolymsk en der Rivier Kolyma." This image copies a plate from the atlas to Sarychev's voyage, Puteshestvie Flota Kapitana Sarycheva..., St. Petersburg, 1802. An attractive scene of a small village of wooden buildings in a waterside setting. This scene is most interesting for the details of the structures, including a Russian Orthodox Church. 5) Untitled. This is a version of the Cook atlas plate titled "Summer and Winter Habitations, in Kamtschatka." This interesting scene gives great details of the dwellings used in Kamchatka. Located along a river, they are built on stilts so as to withstand floods. 6) "Gericht van de Sterkte (of Vesting) Werchue - Koymsk, en van de Rivier Jasjaschna." This image copies a plate from the atlas to Sarychev's voyage, Puteshestvie Flota Kapitana Sarycheva..., St. Petersburg, 1802. Another view of a small fishing village, with men casting nets at the shoreline, a mid-size sailing ship in the water, and a small group of one and two-story buildings on the shore opposite. A very interesting suite of watercolors, showing evocative scenes of village life in Siberia and Kamchatka at the time when European explorers were first visiting that remote area.

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        Microcosm of London; or, London in Miniature, The

      1808. With Nine (Possibly Ten) of Abbey's Twelve Key Plates in Their First "Luminous" State [ACKERMANN, R[udolph]. The Microcosm of London; or, London in Miniature]. London: R. Ackermann’s Repository of Arts, [1808-1810].First edition, early issue, with nine (possibly ten) of Abbey's twelve key plates in their first state. Text watermarked 1806-1807 and plates watermarked 1805-1808, and with the errata uncorrected, except for that reading “coustom” for “custom” on p. 218 of Volume I (see Abbey, Scenery, p. 138). Three large quarto volumes (12 7/8 x 10 11/16 inches; 327 x 271 mm.). iv, 1, contents], [1, blank], [3]-231, [1, blank]; [iii]-vi, [1, contents], [1, blank], 239, [1, blank]; [iii]-iv, [1, contents], [1, publisher’s note], 280, [6, index and errata] pp. Half-titles. present. Woodcut title and engraved dedication leaf in each volume. With 104 hand-colored aquatint plates, including fifty-four by J. Bluck, twenty-nine by J.C. Stadler, ten by T. Sutherland, ten by J. Hill, and one by Harraden, after Rowlandson and Pugin. First state of Abbey's key plates 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, and 10, with plate 8 uncertain as noted by Abbey.Contemporary full tree calf. Gilt-tooled borders. Spines neatly rebacked to period style. Five compartments with crimson and green morocco labels and gilt ornaments. Four gilt-tooled raised bands. Some offsetting to opposing leaves. An extraordinary copy of a book scarcely seen with all half-titles and nine (possibly ten) of the twelve key plates in first state.“The [book's] striking feature is not so much the text (though the third volume is notable as the work of W. Combe) but the coloured illustrations, in this case the combined work of Pugin and Rowlandson…The pictures in this book cover all the well-known public buildings of London—churches, banks, prisons, theatres, etc.,—capitally portrayed by Pugin…The great metropolis, with its high life and low, its light and its shade, could have had no one better fitted [than Rowlandson] to portray its inmates. The spirited figures that he adds to Pugin’s backgrounds show that his talents were not limited to the ludicrous and grotesque. With the happiest faculty for expressing character, he is equally at home amid a serious discussion of naval policy at the Admiralty Board-Room, or among the excited, gambling crowd of the Royal Cockpit. At Westminster Abbey or Bridewell, the College of Physicians or Billingsgate, everywhere he has seized on the essential features and the typical frequenters of the place…The book is a living and delightful record of the old metropolis of [two] hundred years ago, the London of Lamb, Jane Austen, Dickens, and Thackeray, of places and incidents that are now mere memories” (Martin Hardie, pp. 101-102).“The ‘Microcosm of London’ is one of the great colour-plate books, and a carefully selected copy should form the corner stone of any collection of books on this subject. The plates by Rowlandson and Pugin present an unrivaled picture of London in early 19th century, of historic value, as many of the buildings no longer exist” (Tooley). Early impressions are particularly prized: “original impressions of these splendid plates have a luminous quality entirely absent from later printings” (Abbey).Abbey, Scenery, 212. Adams, London Illustrated, 99. Martin Hardie, pp. 100-103. Prideaux, pp. 121-124 and 348. Tooley 7.

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        Oeuvres de Louis Racine

      Paris : Le Normant, 1808. relié. 6 tomes en 6 Vol. in 8 (13x21cm). Edition originale collective véritablement complète des oeuvres de l'auteur ; une première édition des oeuvres en 4 Volumes avait paru de 1742 à 1747 et ne contenait que 4 volumes. Illustrée d'un portrait de l'auteur en frontispice, par Gabriel de Saint-Aubin. Plein veau blond gaufré signé P. Serre. Dos lisses richement ornés de motifs lyriques dorés. Roulettes dorées sur les coiffes. Triples filets d'encadrement sur les plats doublé d'une dentelle dorée . Frise intérieure. Tranches dorées. Certains coins émoussés. Léger frottement en coiffe. Exemplaire quasi exempt de rousseur. Louis Racine, fils du dramaturge Jean Racine se rendit célèbre par ses poèmes chrétiens : La religion et La grâce. L'auteur s'est évertué de traduire en vers Saint Thomas et Saint Augustin. Ses mémoires sur la vie de Jean Racine sont précieux et riches de renseignements sur la vie littéraire d'alors. Louis Racine demeure un des bons poètes de cette époque, parfaitement représentatif du courant dominant hérité de Boileau. - Le Normant, Paris _1808, 6 tomes en 6 Vol. in 8 (13x21cm), 6 volumes reliés. - 6 volumes reliés

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        Atlas de l'itineraire decriptif de l'espagne. s.l. (paris), s.a. (1808).

      Cm. 22,5, pp. 8 di frontespizio ed indice + 29 tavole incise in rame, di cui 9 ripiegate. Modesta leg. coeva in cart. rigido. Dorso mancante e tracce d'uso limitate alla legatura, interno ben conservato. Si tratta dell'atlante (solo) di questa celebre opera sulla Spagna che conta 5 volumi di testo (a noi mancanti). Il presente atlante accompagna la prima o la seconda edizione, rispettivamente del 1808 e 1809. Cfr. Palau, 128 980.

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        Samling till en mineralogisk geografi öfver Sverige.

      Sthlm, H. A. Nordström, 1808. 8:o. Grav. titelblad,XX,276,(8) s. & 5 grav. plr, varav 3 utvikbara. Fint samtida lätt nött hfrbd med guldornerad rygg och tegelröd titeletikett i glättad papp. Rödstänkta snitt. Små maskhål i pärmarnas ytterfalsar. Någon enstaka småfläck, t.ex. i titelbladets övre marginal. Bra ex.. Hisingers ambitiösa försök till en översikt av Sveriges geognostiska beskaffenhet. Planscherna avbildar bl.a. gruvfälten i Norberg och Grängesberg. Wilhelm Hisinger (1766-1852) var kemist och mineralog och ägnade sig åt bergs- och bruksverksamhet. Han samarbetade även med Berzelius vilket 1804 ledde till upptäckten av det nya grundämnet cerium. Han gav ut flera arbeten inom geologi varav ett av de viktigaste är "Anteckningar i physik och geognosi under resor uti Sverige och Norrige". Sina betydande samlingar donerade han till Vetenskapsakademien

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        Insecta Svecica descripta.

      I:1-3. Skara, F. J. Leverentz, 1808-13. 8:o. VIII,(4),572 + XIX,(1),660 + (4),730,(2) s. Tre nära samtida hfrbd med sparsamt guldornerade ryggar. Ryggarna blekta och lite torra. Inlagorna oskurna och ouppskurna. Sporadiska fukt- och solkfläckar ytterst i råkanterna, framförallt i den nedre marginalen, och på några håll in i texten, t.ex. i del I:2 på s. 16-17. En reva i nedre marginalen på s. 499 i del I och en gammal lagad reva på s. 529 i del I:3, även den i den nedre marginalen. Med Carl Jedvard Bondes formklippta exlibris. Från Ericsberg.. En fjärde del (tomus I, pars 4) trycktes i Leipzig först 1827. Arbetet belönades med Vetenskapsakademiens guldmedalj. Om Leonard Gyllenhaal (1752-1840) skriver Björn Dal i "Sveriges zoologiska litteratur": "att han gick i skolan i Skara och började studera i Uppsala, men fick av ekonomiska skäl söka sig till den militära banan. Sedan han med majors rang gått i pension 1799, levde han lantjunkarens liv och började sitt stora entomologiska arbete. Gyllenhaal lämnade bara ett par bidrag till våra vetenskapliga handlingar och medverkade i Schönherrs arbeten, men koncentrerade sig annars helt på sitt storverk Insecta Svecica. [...] Gyllenhaal hade själv bekostat tryckningen hos Leverentz i Skara, och de precis 2000 sidor mäktiga volymerna hade tärt hårt på hans tillgångar. [...] Sammanlagt beskriver Gyllenhaals klassiska verk 2190 svenska arter skalbaggar." Dalman skriver 1828 att "den noggrannhet, hvarmed alla dessa arter äro sinsemellan jemförda, den skarpsinnighet, hvarmed hvar och ens vigtigare kännetecken äro uppfattade, och den fullständighet, hvarmed hvarje form och teckning äro äfven i detaljerna beskrifna, framstår som ett mönster värdigt de svenska entomologernas veteran, och en af de få ännu lefvande lärjungarne af Linné."

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        An Authentic Account of the Proceedings . . . in an Action in the Court of King's Bench in Which the Right Hon. the Earl of Elgin was Plaintiff, and William Ferguson, Esq., Defendant, for Criminal Conversation with the Plaintiff's Wife [etc.]

      A rare, principal account of the action brought by Lord Elgin (of the Elgin Marbles), represented by William Garrow, against "the man who had run away with his wife", the adultery admitted, damages assessed at an enormous 10,000 pounds, as claimed. Modern red cloth, gilt, the boards a bit bubbled, the title dusty, and the binding somewhat strained, else a good, usable and untrimmed copy. Printed for J. Hatchard, Bookseller to Her Majesty [etc.], London, 1808.

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        Marmion , a tale of flodden field. The fourth edition.

      Edinburgh., For Archibald Constable and Company etc.. 1808. 8vo. Rødt samtidig helskinnsbind, opphøyde ryggbånd, rik ryggforgylling, indre og ytre denteller, helt gullsnitt. (10), 377, cxxviii s. 8vo. Red contemporary full leather binding, raised bands, spine richly gilt, inner and outer dentelles, a. e. g. (10), 377, cxxviii pp.. Under fremre gullsnitt skjuler det seg en "fore-edge painting" som viser Dover. Indre falser noe svake, noe slitasje ved kapitélene,hjørnene støtt. Beneath front edge, a fore-edge painting showing Dover. Inner hinges a bit weak, head and foot of spine a bit worn, corners bumped

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        The Ancient History of the Egyptians, Carthaginians, Assyrians, Babylonians, Medes and Persians, Macedonians, and Grecians

      W. Otridge and Son R. Baldwin The Ancient History of the Egyptians, Carthaginians, Assyrians, Babylonians, Medes and Persians, Macedonians, and Grecians, W. Otridge and Son, R. Baldwin, etc, 1808, 8 volumes complete, a solid vg set with nicer contents with all maps and fold-outs present and in near fine condition, some modest wear to board edges and fore edge corner tips, else a very nice set bound in early 19th century contemporary half leather and marbled boards with raised spines and red spine labels noting the title and volume number. A most important and oft reprinted title.

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        SYSTEM OF THEORETICAL AND PRACTICAL CHEMISTRY

      1808. ACCUM, Frederick. SYSTEM OF THEORETICAL AND PRACTICAL CHEMISTRY Two Volumes, with Plates. From the Improved London Edition. Philadelphia, Kimber and Conrad, 1808. Octavo. Two volumes. xx,393pp.; xx,431[7}pp. +VIIff. First American edition. Contains seven engraved plates. First published in 1803, Accum'swas one of the earliest chemical texts to be based on Lavoisier's principles. Accum (1769-1838) was born in Germany, and came to London in 1793 to work in a pharmacy. He became a lecturer in chemistry and an expert on gas lighting and on culinary chemistry. He was arraigned for "mutilating books" at the Royal Institution, and left England in disgrace. His later books, some quite successful, were published under the name Mucca. Tree-calf, showing rubbing and some wear to extremities. Light soil to a few pages, and foxing to plat$850.00

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        Preußische Pharmacopoe

      Aus dem Lateinischen übersetzt, und mit Anmerkungen und Zusätzen begleitet von Carl Wilhelm Juch. Zweyte umgearbeitete Auflage. Nürnberg, Stein, 1808. Klein-4to. (24,5 x 20,0 cm). VI, 378 S., 1 Bl. Marmorierter Halblederband d. Zt. mit dunkelblauem Rückenschild u. reicher Rückenvergoldung. Die Preussische Pharmacopoea war 1799 erstmals in ihrer grundlegenden Überarbeitung erschienen. Sie war "für die Entwicklung der deutschen Pharmakopöen des 19. Jahrhunderts... von grundlegender Bedeutung" (Adlung/Urdang S. 331). Bereits 1804 erschien sie in zweiter Auflage u. wurde umgehend von C. W. Juch ins Deutsche übertragen (1805). Durch seine gründlichen u. ausführlichen Kommentare gilt Juch als "Vater und Begründer der Kommentar-Literatur" (Schelenz S. 615). - Zwischengebunden ist wie meist: Neue Arzney-Taxe zur Pharmacopöa Borrussica (!) oder dem preussischen Apothekerbuch. Neue Auflage. Ebda. (1805). 18 S. Vgl. Hein/Schwarz I, S. 306. - Ecken bestoßen, Vordergelenk etwas aufgeplatzt. - Minimal stockfleckig. Titel mit altem Bibliotheks-Stempel. Exlibris.

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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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