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        Oeuvres... avec des commentaires par J.L. Geoffroy.

      Le Normant 1808 Sette volumi di cm. 20, pp. 2.500 ca. complessive. Ritratto dell'autore all'antiporta del primo volume, bei frontespizi incisi con elegante vignetta incisa a ciascuno volume (diversa per ognuno di essi), un secondo ritratto di Racine fra le preliminari e di Arnault al sesto volume, un grande fac-simile di manoscritto più volte ripiegato e 10 belle tavole posta all'inizio di ogni piéce. Solida legatura coeva in mezza pelle, dorso a nervi con titoli e fregi in oro ed a secco. Tagli marmorizzati. Bell'esemplare, fresco ed in ottimo stato di conservazione. Cfr. Brunet (IV, 1080): "On placera toujours au nombre des prinncipales éditions de ce grand poete celle qu'a donnée Geoffroy...".

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        Poems Original and Translated. Second edition.

      Newark: Printed and Sold by S. and J. Ridge..., 1808.. Authorised edition, 8vo, (x), 152, 151-174 pp. Frontispiece of Harrow Church, outer edge stained, old catalogue description pasted to fly leaf. Uncut in the original marbled boards, paper spine only partially present and with both hinges cracked and loose, dark green spine label illegible. An unsophisticated copy held in a later cloth box, bookplate of Oliver Chadwyck-Healey in the box with a copy of a letter, presumably from him, sent to T.J. Wise concerning this volume loosely inserted. Although styled "second edition" there was no first edition under this title, the volume being the fourth published volume of Byron's verse after "Fugitive Pieces" (1806), "Poems on Various Occasions" and "Hours of Idleness" (both 1807). During printing Byron wrote to the publisher requesting that his "Childish Recollections" be removed, something left to the binder who failed to carry this out. As a result this copy has two leaves numbered pp151-2, one containing "Childish Recollections" and the other the continuation of the book as planned once the offending leaf had been removed. Wise I p10.

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        The Natural History of British Fishes, including scientific and general descriptions of the most interesting species, and an extensive selection of accurately finished coloured plates, taken entirely from original drawings, purposely made from the specimens in a recent state, and for the most part whilst living. Bde. III, IV, V (3 von 5 Bdn.).

      Gr.-8°; Bd. III: 24 Taf., ca. 50 Bl. Text, 2 Bl. Index; Bd. IV: 24 Taf., ca. 50 Bl Text, 2 Bl. Index; Bd. V: 24 Taf., ca. 50 Bl Text, 2 Bl. Index; (Tafeln XLIX -CXX; 72 handkolorierte Kupferstiche), HLdr. goldgeprägt (neu aufgebunden mit dem alten Deckel), Lesebändchen, Rundummarmorschnitt, Deckel etwas geschwärzt (Brandspuren?), innen und Tafeln etwas stockfleckig sonst sauber; Ex Libris a. Vorsatz (Admiral THE HONOURABLE Walter Cecil Carpenter (1834 - 1904), officer of the Royal Navy. Nissen, ZBI 1141; Nissen, Schöne Fischbücher 51; Bosgoed 792; Dean I, 330. - Neben der Oktavausgabe des Bloch'schen Fischbuches wohl das schönste illustrierte Werk über dieses Thema. Mit überaus sorgfältig kolorierten Kupfern, vielfach gold- bzw. silbergehöht u. mit Eiweißlasur, auf kräftigem Papier. - Jede Tafel ist von einem weißen Deckblatt geschützt.

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        Autograph letter signed, 4pp., concerning hospital sanitation

      Paris, 1808. Guyton de Morveau, Louis Bernard (1737-1816). Autograph letter signed to an unidentified correspondent. Paris, 13 May 1808. 4pp. 185 x 117 mm. Fine. Excellent letter from French chemist Guyton de Morveau on hospital fumigation, a practice that he pioneered. In 1773 Guyton de Morveau began using chemical fumigation to control "putrid emanations" in hospitals and other unhealthy environments, believing that epidemic diseases were carried by the foul airs emitted from decaying flesh. He later introduced the practice of chlorine disinfection, which he described in his Traité des moyens de désinfecter l'air (1801). He was one of the original editors of the Annales de chimie, and worked with Lavoisier, Berthollet and Fourcroy in creating the first systematic method of chemical nomenclature.Guyton de Morveau's letter, written to someone who had corresponded with him on hospital sanitation, reads in part as follows:"J'aurais [...] manquer à un devoir d'humanité de garder pour moi seul vos précieuses observations sur les moyens d'entretenir la salubrité des hôpitaux. Je les ai fait insérer dans les Annales de chimie, et sur ce que me dit une des Membres du Directoire central qu'en effet les moyens préservatifs étaient trop souvent négligés je crois faire une chose utile que d'appeler à ce sujet la sollicitude du Ministre en lui adressant un exemplaire de l'article des Annales que j'avais fait tirer séparément. "Je vous envoie cy joint un de ces exemplaires où vous retrouverez votre lettre, qui a été imprimée sur l'original sans aucun changement. En la relisant, je n'ai pu imaginer ce que vous pourriez regretter d'y avoir écrit, et vous ne regretterez surement pas non plus l'approbation que vous avez la bonté de donner à l'image que j'en ai fait. M. Parmentier mon confrère à l'Institut et de la Société des Annales de chimie, m'a aussi parlé de cette lettre, ce qui me fait penser que le Ministre a bien pu exciter le zèle des inspecteurs de santé à cette occasion, mais il n'y a pas de mal à cela . . .[I would have violated a duty to humanity in keeping your precious observations on maintaining hospital sanitation to myself. I had them inserted into the Annales de chimie, and since one of the members of the Directoire central tells me that preventive methods are too often overlooked I believe I have done a useful thing in calling this subject to the attention of the Minister by sending him a copy of the article from the Annales which I had printed separately.I send you enclosed one of these copies where you will find your letter printed from the original without any changes. In reading it over, I cannot imagine what you might regret having written there, and you will surely not regret the approval that you kindly grant to the picture I have drawn. M. Parmentier my associate at the Institute and in the Society of the Annales de chimie, has also talked to me about this letter, which makes me think that the Minister can very well stir up the health inspectors' enthusiasm on this occasion, but there is no harm in this . . .]"Parmentier" refers to Antoine-Augustin Parmentier (1737-1813), the famous nutritional chemist and promoter of potatoes as food for humans. Dictionary of Scientific Biography.

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        The Poetical Works of Robert Burns. With his life. Engravings on wood by Bewick

      Catnach and Davison Alnwick: Catnach and Davison, 1808. First edition. Two volumes. Original gray paper covered boards with white paper spines. 14 full-page wood engravings and 45 tailpiece engravings by Thomas Bewick. With printers two-line colophon at very end, 1808 as called for. One spine with less than half remaining, the other spine chipped top and bottom, else a very presentable, one cover neatly detached; else an unsophisticated and completely untrimmed copy of a very scarce Thomas Bewick title, almost never seen in the original paper binding.

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        Die Nelcken nach ihren Arten

      besonders nach der J. E. Etlers in Schneeberg und anderen berühmten Sammlungen, in Blättern nach der Natur gezeichnet und ausgemahlt. Mit kurzen Bestimmungen begleitet, nebst einer Einleitung in die verschiedenen Systeme und Vorschläge zu einem einfachern und einer neunen Nomenklatur. Erstes - Zweytes Heft (von Drei). Leipzig, im Industrie Comptoir. (1808). 4:o. (2),42,(2 last blank); (3),44-62,(2 blank) pp. + 20 plates with 80 handcoloured illustrations. Plates with tissue-guards. Contemporary worn half calf. Watersoiling to inner margin and upper margin. Most textleafs with brownspotting. Plates with hardly visible watersoiling to inner margin else clean. Remains of sealwax and bluepaper on paste-downs. Hoffrath Wedel in Jena in ink on first free endpaper, R. Köster on verso and on title. 21,5 x 17 cm

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        The Swedish Army. ("Bohus Lehns Regiment" / "Regeiment de Bohus Lehn").

      First edition. London. Ackermann. 1808. Engraved and hand coloured plate of a swedish soldier in the days of the Napoleon wars. Plate area 30 x 21,5 cm. Including margins 32,5 x 27 cm. This plate is numbered 15, in handwriting. Framed and glazed. Title in handwriting under the image. Bright colouring. Great condition.. Fredric von Ebens Work "The Swedish Army" contains 25 plates. The plates were engraved by Heideloff, a german who after the french revolution moved from Paris to London and started to work for Ackermann. Rare

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        The history of Barbados,

      London, 1808. 668 + xxix large pp. 1st ed., a very clean and attractive copy with large margins, rebound in old style grey sugar paper boards retaining original label. Lacking e.p.'s and with small library h/s's on back of title page and last page. Written from the point of view of a West Indian, the welfare of whose colony home seemed indissolubly bound up with the institution of slavery. Very useful for the detailed account of the course of events during the latter part of the eighteenth century. (Ragatz) This is a later state of the edition with the title page corrected to show 'Barbados' and added corrections to the Erratum page.

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        The British Essayists; with Prefaces, Historical and Biographical, by...

      London 1808.. Forty-four volumes (of 45), 12mo, lacking volume XII, or the seventh of ten volumes of the Spectator. 17 volumes with portrait frontispieces. Contemporary tree calf, gilt banded spines, sunned and with 12 volumes lacking their labels, all but 11 volumes also lacking their small roundels of green morocco showing the volume numbers, some wear to a few spine ends otherwise a pretty and well preserved set. Containing the articles of some of the 18th century's most brilliant polemicists, including Samuel Johnson, Joseph Warton, Alexander Pope, Joseph Addison and Jonathan Swift, this set collects in full twelve publications, viz. the Tatler, the Spectator, the Guardian, the Rambler, the Adventurer, the World, the Connoisseur, the Idler, the Mirror, the Lounger, the Observer and the Looker-on. A major work of scholarship, DNB comments of Chalmers "No man ever edited so many works... for the booksellers of London"

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        THE POETICAL WORKS OF ROBERT BURNS; with his life. Ornamented with engravings on wood by Mr. Bewick, from original designs by Mr. Thurston. 2 Volumes,

      Alnwick: printed by William Davison. Sold by the booksellers in England, Scotland and Ireland., 1808. . 8vo (in 4s) (160x92mm), 6,(viii-)xlii,(43-)266; viii,(9-)270p. as concurs with Isaac. Frontispiece portrait, 14 full-page wood engravings by Thomas Bewick after Thurston, and 48 wood engraved vignettes by Bewick. Contemporary marbled calf, Volume 1 backstrip worn and the joints split, volume 2 rebacked. Catalogue label with added typescript of S. Roscoe & the bookplate of Thomas Baker of Old Trafford present in both volumes. (Isaac Davison's new specimen... 30; Tattersfield Thomas Bewick the complete illustrative work TB.2500B). A completely different setting, with variant vignettes, from the Catnach & Davison edition of the same year and with the frontispiece portrait of Burns in volume 1 which, as Tattersfield notes, is not always present. The partnership between Davison and John Catnach had only lasted for a few months in 1807-8, it seems therefore that their edition of Burns enjoyed a healthy enough sale to warrant Davison issuing this new edition shortly after they parted. Or did Jemmy Catnach's papa run off to London with any unsold copies of the joint printing, necessitating another edition? One would not be surprised if that were the case.

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        The history of Greece.

      London: Printed by Luke Hansard... For T. Cadell and W. Davies..., 1808.. 4 vols., 4to, full 19th C. half green calf, marbled sides, spines gilt in compartments, tan leather title labels, an attractive set. Mitfrord added another volume in 1818.

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        A Treatise of the Laws for the Relief and Settlement of the Poor

      1808. Nolan, Michael [d. 1827]. A Treatise of the Laws for the Relief and Settlement of the Poor. With Considerable Additions. London: Printed by A. Strahan, for J. Butterworth, 1808. Two volumes. Octavo (8" x 5-1/2"). Contemporary calf, blind fillets to boards, lettering pieces and blind fillets to spines. Morocco labels gilt-stamped "Hinckford Hundred/ Northern Division" to front board of each volume. Contemporary bookseller ticket to front pastedown of Volume I, light toning to text, internally clean. * Second edition. One of the principal sources for the early 19th century British poor law, this was the standard reference on the subject for some thirty years. Speaking of this branch of literature, Holdsworth remarks: "The most considerable of these books... was by Nolan. It was a successful book... It set out to explain the underlying principles of the law, and to illustrate their application in practice. In its forty chapters it gives a good straightforward account of the law with full references to authorities." Hinckford Hundred was an ancient district in Essex that would have overseen administration of the poor law in its several parishes. First published in 1805 and went through three more editions the last in 1825. All editions are scarce in North American law libraries. OCLC locates 5 copies of the second edition (at Harvard, Georgetown, UC Davis, University of Georgia and Villanova). Holdsworth, A History of English Law XIII:448. Sweet & Maxwell, A Legal Bibliography of the British Commonwealth 2:258.

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        The Young Sea Officer`s Sheet Anchor; or, a Key to the Leading of Rigging, and to Practical Seamanship.

      London, Printed for John Richardson, 1808. 4to. X + (2) + 102 s. 110 kobberstukne plansjer på 55 ark. Noen få plansjer svakt skjoldet ved øvre marg. Samt. skinnbd. med 5 opphøyde bind. Ryggdekor i gull.. *Contemporary half calf. 110 engraved plates on 55 sheets. Occasional light foxing and staining

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        Über die Kuhpockenimpfung. Aus dem Englischen übersetzt mit einer Zugabe, welche historisch-kritische Bemerkungen, und die neuesten Verhandlungen über die Vaccination in England enthält von Georg Friedrich Mühry.

      VIII S., 192 S. Mit 2 gefalteten, gestochenen Farbradierungen. Pappband der Zeit mit handschriftlichem Rückenschild. Hirsch-H. V, 939. - Erste deutsche Ausgabe. - Erschien in Englisch 1806. - Willan (1757-1812) wurde vor allem mit seiner Einteilung der dermatologischen Krankheiten berühmt. - Jenner würdigte Willans Schrift als die wichtigste Verteidigung seiner Entdeckung. - Die auf Seite 123ff gemachten "Zugaben des Uebersetzers" erschien 1809 auch als Beitrag in Hufelands Journal. - Die beiden Tafeln im seltenen Farbdruck zeigen die Veränderungen der Haut. - Pappband bestossen. Papierbezug am Rücken abgesplittert.

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        POEMS ON DIFFERENT SUBJECTS

      1808. HASTINGS, Sally. POEMS ON DIFFERENT SUBJECTS. To Which is Added, A Descriptive Account of a Family Tour to the West; In the Year, 1800. In a Letter to a Lady. Lancaster, Pa.: William Dickson, 1808. Limited edition, "Printed and Sold ...for the Benefit of the Authoress" by subscription. 220 pp. 12mo., rebound in 3/4 green leather, marbled paper-covered boards, gilt-stamped title to spine, top-edge gilt. Bookplate to ffep. Spine is sunned to brown. Joints are rubbed and weak, and just starting, but the boards are still attached. Light foxing to one section of text, else clean. It is a very scarce book in a fragile binding. Hastings (1773 - 1812) was a poet of local celebrity in Lancaster, PA at the turn of the 19th century. Her work combines religious sentiment with odes to nature and to acquaintances among her literary circle; her travel diary includes interesting descriptions of what was then the western frontier. (Streeter Sale vol. 2, 834; Howes H-289).

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        A most pleasant, fruitful, and witty work, of the best state of the public weal, and of the new isle called Utopia; Written in Latin by the Right Worthy and Famous Sir Thomas More, Knight, and translated into English by Raphe Robinson, A.D. 1551. With copious Notes, and a Biographical and Literary Introduction. By the Rev. T.F. Dibdin

      London: Printed by William Bulmer, at the Shakespeare Press, for William Miller, Bookseller, 1808 Large Paper edition of this well edited edition of Utopia, limited to 250 copies. The regular edition was in two octavo volumes. The portrait of the More family only occurs in the Large Paper edition. Contemporary paneled calf, rebacked to style. Spine stamped in blind with gilt green morocco label. All edges gilt. Two parts in one, quarto. 9" x 7 1/8." . VIII, clxxx, 464, [1, errata] pp. Corners worn, title-page, frontispiece, and following page lightly browned, occasional light foxing. A very good copy.

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        The Complete Angler's Vade-Mecum; Being a Perfect Code of Instruction on The Above Pleasing Science; Wherein are Detailed a Great Variety of Original Practices and Inventions; Together with All That Can Contribute to the Sportsman's Amusement and Success

      London: Payne and Mackinlay, 1808. Complete with xi introductory and table of contents pages; 316 text pages; 10 b/w line drawing plates. Exceptionally nice example of one of the earliest 19th century fishing books. Sound binding. Clean pages with some infrequent light spotting/toning. No rips or tears. Original boards re-backed with matching leather. Old bibliographic/pricing info inside the front cover. Noted for being one of the first comprehensive guides with mostly original content, see Westwood and Satchell's Bibliotheca Piscatoria. . First Edition. Leather. Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

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        The rambler

      printed for the booksellers London: printed for the booksellers. 1808. 4 volumes, 12mo, later green paper-covered boards, brown cloth shelf-back, manuscript labels on spines, recently recased with plaid endpapers; some cracking and stiffness, but generally a good set in a slightly bizarre binding. This edition not in Courtney & Smith, Fleeman, RLIN, OCLC, or NUC. Unrecorded edition?

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        Opere... milano, dalla tip. de' classici italiani, 1808-1810.

      Dodici volumi di cm. 19,5, pp. oltre 3.000 complessive. Bel ritratto di Pietro Bembo inciso in rame all'antiporta del primo volume. Solida legatura coeva in mezza pelle con piccole punte, dorsi lisci con titoli in oro su doppi tasselli; tagli colorati. Esemplare genuino ed in ottimo stato di conservazione. Ex libris a ciascun volume. Stimata e nitida edizione che comprende tutta la produziuone letteraria del Bembo così suddivisa: Gli Asolani; Le Rime, Della Istoria Viniziana; Le Lettere a' sommi Pontefici ed a' Cardinali e ad altri Signori e Persone Ecclesiastiche scritte...; Della Volgar Lingua. In fine all'ultimo volume vi si trovano gli ampi indici.

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        Fishermen going out at Worthing

      London: Published by I. & W. Macgavin, No. 107 New Bond Street, Oct. 1, 1808. Coloured aquatint. Printed on wove Whatman paper. In excellent condition. Image size: 13 5/8 x 20 1/4 inches. 15 1/4 x 21 3/4 inches. 18 5/8 x 24 5/8 inches. A dramatic view of fishermen at Worthing, from Philippe Loutherbourg's great work "Picturesque Scenery of Great Britain". This impressive aquatint is plate six of Phillip Jacques Loutherbourg's seminal work "Picturesque Scenery of Great Britain." This accomplished text is comprised of six large aquatint views engraved after Loutherbourg's acclaimed paintings. The work, which was first engraved in 1801 by J. C. Stadler, was later re-engraved in 1808 by J. Hill. Reminiscent of Rowlandson's superb paintings, this image depicts fisherman rowing out from the seashore on a stormy day.The son of a court painter in Darmstadt, the versatile artist Philippe Jacques Loutherbourg was born in Fulda, Germany and was a pupil of J. H. Tischbein and Carle Vanloo and Francis Casanova the elder in Paris. His romantic landscapes, battle scenes, portraits, and biblical subjects were highly esteemed and lauded by influential colleagues such as Diderot. He frequently exhibited at the Salon and became a venerated member of the Académie Royale in 1767. In 1771, he moved to England, where he was employed as the principal scenery designer at London's Drury Lane Theatre. His creative and minutely detailed sets revolutionized the genre of scene painting, and he soon began dabbling in costume design. Loutherbourg once again astounded contemporaries in 1782 with his pioneering invention of the "Eidophusikon," a novel variety of moving panorama that was accompanied by music. His substantial and varied oeuvre also included book illustrations and a series of aquatints of British scenery that was published in 1801 and 1805. Aside from a brief trip to Switzerland in 1782, he remained in London for the duration of his life and became heavily engrossed in mysticism. Abbey, Scenery of Great Britain and Ireland, in Aquatint and Lithography 1770-1860, no.6, plate 6.

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        Jessica

      London: Published by R. Reeve, 7 Vere Street, Jan. 1, 1808. Colour printed aquatint. Printed on wove paper watermarked Edmeads & Pine, 1802. In good condition with the exception of being trimmed to border of image on right and left margin. Trimmed just outside platemark on top and bottom margin. Facsimile work on lower right corner. Skillfully repaired tear in upper left corner. Skillfully mended tear on right side of image. Repaired tear on left margin. Some surface soiling in margins. 16 5/8 x 12 7/16 inches. A charming image of a young woman holding a book, by the celebrated painter Adam Buck. Adam Buck (1759-1833) made a name for himself as an accomplished miniature painter. After arriving in London he soon gained popularity as a skillful portraitist, and became a regular exhibitor at the London exhibitions. During his career he exhibited more than 170 paintings at the Royal Academy and was a regular contributor to the Society of British Artists, and the British Institution. His work was eagerly reproduced by contemporary engravers; and these delicate prints enjoyed a wide circulation throughout England and Europe. Colour printed stipples of his charming paintings were eagerly collected by contemporary print enthusiasts, and they survive today as a wonderful example of fine English printmaking. Not in O'Donoghue

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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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        Veduta degli avanzi dell'antica fortezza di S. Martino in Toscana.

      Firenze, 1808. Incisione in rame all'acquatinta, cm 42,5 x 54 (alla lastra), 55 x 76,5 (il foglio). Disegnata e incisa da Angiolo Angiolini, con dedica al Sig.re Ferdinando Malevolti del Benino. Bella veduta di classico paesaggio toscano, con paesi e costruzioni sulle colline, filari di cipressi e figure di viandanti e contadini in primo piano. La fortezza medicea di San Martino si trova nel comune di San Piero a Sieve. Essa ? racchiusa in un perimetro poligonale, comprensivo di terrapieni e sette baluardi; occupa un intero colle e si affaccia su un'altura che scende sulla Sieve, dominando l'abitato di San Piero e gran parte del Mugello. La sua costruzione fu fortemente voluta da Cosimo I de' Medici per porre un baluardo a difesa dei possedimenti della famiglia e dello stato fiorentino, oltre che per soddisfare le pressanti richieste delle popolazioni locali, stanche dei continui saccheggi perpetuate ai loro danni da eserciti e bande provenienti dal nord. Dalla biografia ufficiale di Cosimo si legge la motivazione ufficiale ". perch? da quella parte si poteva da qualunque havesse voluto assalir lo stato fiorentino venir liberamente insino a Firenze con ogni moltitudine di gente quantunque grande, senza avvenirsi ad alcuna frontiera da poterli contrastare.". Essa prese il nome dalla vecchia chiesa parrocchiale di San Martino a Beriano. Al suo interno si trova una cappella e il mastio con le abitazioni per le truppe del Granduca di Toscana. Essendo il suo scopo quello di difendere Firenze, esso era dotato di sistemi efficaci per resistere agli assedi, come cisterne, magazzini per viveri ed armi, casematte, cucine mulini a vento, armerie e forni per fondere cannoni. Il monte su cui sorgeva era addirittura attraversato da un passaggio segreto che conduceva al fiume, per poter portare i cavalli ad abbeverarsi. Al suo interno, nella parte pi? elevata, c'? un' altra costruzione, fortificata da cinque baluardi e vi si trovava una campana che serviva da segnale. La progettazione della nuova fortezza fu affidata all'architetto Baldassarre Lanci, gi? responsabile delle fortificazioni di Grosseto, Siena e Radicofani, e la prima pietra fu posta il 30 giugno 1569; due anni dopo il Lanci moriva e l'impresa fu continuata da Bernardo Buontalenti; i lavori andarono per le lunghe, vista anche la vastit? dell'opera, che fu terminata solo nel 1608, sotto il regno di Ferdinando I. Nel 1774 questa fortezza fu chiusa da Leopoldo I di Lorena che la giudic? inutile, fu destinata ad abitazione privata e, in seguito, abbandonata. Quasi ridotta a rudere e dimenticata, oggi ? stata riscoperta ed ? sotto restauro. Non comune. Minimo foxing marginale e due lievissimi aloni di umido nel margine bianco superiore, peraltro esemplare bello e decorativo.

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        DEI SEPOLCRI. Poesie di Ugo Foscolo, di Ippolito Pindemonte e di Giovanni Torti. Aggiuntovi uno squarcio inedito sopra un monumento del Parini di Vincenzo Monti.

      In-16 gr. (mm. 198x130), mz. pelle con ang. coeva, fregi oro al dorso, pp. VIII,76 + una carta nn. con: ?Edizione protetta dalla legge 19 fiorile anno IX?. Vi sono contenuti: "Dei sepolcri", carme di Foscolo in terza edizione - "I sepolcri", versi di Pindemonte in seconda edizione - "Sui sepolcri" di Foscolo e di Pindemonte. Epistola di Torti in prima edizione - ?Lo squarcio del Monti? (tratto dal V canto inedito della Mascheroniana) in prima edizione Cfr. Mazzolà,30 - Ottolini,154: ?fu ristampato nel 1823 e 1824? - Manca all?Acchiappati. Con lieve alone a qualche fiorit., timbro di apparten. al frontesp., ma certamente un buon esemplare su carta forte.

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        Beskrifning på lifs-pusten.

      Sthlm, P. Sohm, 1808. Liten 8:o. 14 s. Hklbd från början av 1900-talet med ny röd titeletikett och gammalt grönt glanspapper på pärmarna. Ett gammalt gråpappersomslag medbundet. Några småfläckar. Samtida anteckning på titelbladets baksida och datering "aug." på s. 7. Titelsidan med en samtida oval svartstpl med initialerna "JEÖ". Fint ex. med Arthur Sjögrens exlibris.. Bibliotheca Walleriana 2914. En ny upplaga utkom 1811. Apparaten, som uppfunnits av den engelska militärläkaren Gorcy, skulle göra det möjligt att upptäcka eventuellt skendöda genom att med hjälp av ett par bälgar tömma lungorna på "qväfgas [...] utur lungorna" och med den andra bälgen fylla lungorna med "lifsluft". Att "lifs-pusten" faktiskt fungerade, intygas av A. N. Edelcrantz och H. Nicander och den "som ej har råd att köpa lifs-pusten, kan densamma till låns bekomma, emot billig vedergällning" av "commissarie Fahlman". Arbetet avslutas med en lista på de som redan beställt apparaten för 8 rdr bco. Bland beställarna märks Brahe, Brinkman, Fersen, C. Fleming, S. G. Hermelin, J. G. Oxenstierna, L. M. Philipson, Z. Strindberg och S. af Ugglas

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        The Costume of Great Britain

      London: William Miller, 1808 Full red morocco, lots of gilt & blind tooling to both covers and spine, title in gilt, 5 raised bands to spine, some wear and bumping to edges and corners. Internally, gilt tooling to turn ins, grey endpapers, (1), (iii), (1), 100 pp, 60 coloured aquatints, vignette on title, some plates with with 2 pages of text. This is the best version of the book, which was first printed in 1804, this version has the background of the plates fully coloured (most copies have just the figures coloured), dated 1805. Plates include: Highland Piper, Royal Mail, Rabbit Woman, Lord Mayors Barge, Milk Woman, Coal heavers etc etc. A spectacular Book! Colas 2448. Abbey 430. (Pyne, William Henry [pseud. Ephraim Hardcastle] (1770-1843), artist and writer. He edited the last four volumes of Ackermann's The World in Miniature, completed in 1827, before serious financial difficulties caused him to be confined, in 1828, in the King's Bench Prison for debtors until his friends obtained his release. Afterwards he painted a few watercolours and in 1831 contributed to a work entitled Lancashire Illustrated before being confined again in the debtors' prison in 1835!. For a full Bio see ODNB) Tooley 388/p306.

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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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        THE FREEMASON'S MONITOR; Or, Illustrations of Masonry - In Two Parts

      Salem - Providence: Cushing - Appleton, 1808 Webb, Thomas S. THE FREEMASON'S MONITOR; Or, Illustrations of Masonry - In Two Parts. A new and improved edition. Salem: Cushing & Providence: Appleton, 1808. First Edition Thus. 12mo 236pp., classic contemporary nautical bookplate on front pastedown of B. E. Parker designed by D. Smith. Tree calf binding neatly restored at the tips; the original gilt lined with gilt stamped red leather label spine expertly laid down. Some foxing to endpapers that have been neatly repaired in spots, contents very good & well preserved. Condition overall, very good. Quite a rare example. $477.50 - Thomas Smith Webb [1771 - 1819] author of Freemason’s Monitor or Illustrations of Masonry, a book which had a significant impact on the development of Masonic Ritual in America, & especially that of the York Rite. Webb has been called the "Founding Father of the York or American Rite" for his efforts to promote those Masonic bodies. Webb was born in Boston, Massachusetts. At the age of sixteen he was apprenticed to a printer in Boston, and he afterward removed to Keene, New Hampshire, where he worked for some time at his trade. Here the three degrees of ancient craft Masonry were conferred upon him by Rising Sun Lodge. In 1793 he moved to Albany, New York and established a paper staining factory. On 14 September 1797, as appears from the copyright, he published The Freemason's Monitor, or Illustrations of Masonry. This small volume, which is now exceedingly rare, consisted of two parts, the second part containing an account of the “Ineffable Degrees of Masonry” together with several Masonic songs by the author. The publication of this work was followed by successively enlarged & improved editions in 1802, 1805, 1808, 1816, 1818, & by numerous editions after the author's decease.. 1st Edition, Thus.

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        Handbuch der allgemeinen Staatenkunde, des darauf gegründeten allgemeinen Staatsrechts und der allgemeinen Staatsklugheit nach den Gesetzen der Natur

      Winterthur, In der Steinerischen Buchhandlung 1808.. XXIV, 1 Bl., 305 S., 1 Bl. Marmorierter Pappband d. Zt. mit handschriftl. Rückenschild.

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        PHARMACOPOEIA OF THE MASSACHUSETTS MEDICAL SOCIETY

      1808. PHARMACOPOEIA OF THE MASSACHUSETTS MEDICAL SOCIETY. Boston: E. & J. Larkin, 1808. First edition. 8vo. x, [4], 272 pp. Original green boards, rebacked to style with green paper and orange spine label. Ex-library, with bookplate on front pastedown, perforated stamp on title page and page 4, ink stamp on verso of title page. There is some soiling, spotting and a few edge tears throughout the volume. Based on the Edinburgh Pharmacopoeia with the addition of drugs indigenous to America, this first state pharmacopoeia listed 536 drugs and preparations and was somewhat ahead of its time in publishing the text in English. More than ninety percent of its articles were incorporated in the Pharmacopoeia of the United States of America issued in 1820. (Sonnedecker, Kremers and Urdan's History of Pharmacy, 229-35; Austin 1222).

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        The Transport's Monitor: or, Guide To Masters Of Transports, Victuallers, Hired Tenders …

      London: J. Cawthorn,, 1808. Being a Practical Treatise on the Duties of Commanders and Other Hired Vessels containing Useful Rules … Octavo. Original boards, rebacked with new paper label. 12 folding tables, tables to the text. Somewhat rubbed, hinges and free endpapers repaired, light browning and occasional spotting, but a very good copy. Second and expanded edition, first published 1805; a timely publication at a time of continued warfare. The demand for a logistical fleet rose to a peak during the wars of revolution and the Napoleonic war, as the need to transport troops, equipment, and supplies in larger and larger numbers became a necessity to support extended operations overseas. Abbott collected together the necessary information for shipmasters to maintain accurate accounts to stem "the peculation and other misconduct [which] is so extensive", and also to offer "every possible encouragement … to masters of transports and victuallers … [because to] afford proper information for their conduct whilst in the service is both policy and justice" (preface). A contemporary notice in the Eclectic Review considered that the book would be "extremely useful for the persons for whom it is chiefly compiled … as the greater part of them are justly supposed to be incapable… of passing their accounts, through public offices, unless furnished with the necessary forms of the set vouchers … [these] were so much dispersed, that the collection, into a single volume, of all that was necessary, reflects credit on the assiduity, as well as the judgement, of the compiler … we think well of the book." The British Critic considered that he had "fully succeeded" in his objects. Extremely uncommon: COPAC shows only NLW with the third edition of the same year; not on OCLC; not in NMM. Ownership inscription of John Brown of Leith dated 23 January 1808 to both pastedowns: to which Leith shipmaster of this name it belonged will have to remain a matter for speculation.

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        The Complete Angler's Vade-Mecum; Being a Perfect Code of Instruction on The Above Pleasing Science; Wherein are Detailed a Great Variety of Original Practices and Inventions; Together with All That Can Contribute to the Sportsman's Amusement and Success

      London: Payne and Mackinlay, 1808. Complete with xi introductory and table of contents pages; 316 text pages; 10 b/w line drawing plates. Exceptionally nice example of one of the earliest 19th century fishing books. Sound binding. Clean pages with some infrequent light spotting/toning. No rips or tears. Original boards re-backed with matching leather. Old bibliographic/pricing info inside the front cover. Noted for being one of the first comprehensive guides with mostly original content, see Westwood and Satchell's Bibliotheca Piscatoria. . First Edition. Leather. Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

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        The Complete AnglerÕs Vade-Mecum Being a Perfect Code of Instruction on the Above Pleasing Science...

      London, Payne and Mackinlay, 1808. First Edition. 8vo, [xi], 316pp., 10 engraved plates, half-Morocco and textured green cloth boards with bright gilt ruling, marbled end papers in Excellent condition with no prior ownership markings, no foxing, folds or tears. A Scarce and important publication.& Ñ Westwood & Satchell, pp.241-42; Albee, p.167; Heckscher Sale Catalogue - lot #2274.& & This book is on a larger scale than most angling manuals, being extremely thorough on the topics of equipment and bait as well as the habits of the fish themselves. It also gets high marks, among so many derivative angling books, for originality. Williamson says that he has not servilely copied from any man, but explains that when his own experience has justified a concurrence with the practices of others, he has adopted them and given them all due praise.

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        The Complete Angler

      Samuel Bagster, London 1808. First Edition. Hardback. Very Good/No Jacket. First Bagster Edition 1808 The Complete Angler; or, Contemplative Man`s Recreation . . . with the Lives of the Authors: and Some Notes . . . by Sir John Hawkins. 17 engraved plates, text engravings, (pagination 345/346 not used, pp. v & vi misbound after p. 10), later 19th cent. green straight-grain morocco (by Thomson, Edinburgh), blind-decorated & gilt-ruled covers, gilt-ruled & panelled spine, g.e., red e/ps. printed for Samuel Bagster, 1808. * the first Bagster edition, and the 8vo. issue printed by Mercier and Chervet (see Horne 17); Joseph Crawhall`s copy (illustrator & well-known collector of angling books) - with his ownership signature & armorial bookplate

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        Relazione storica dell?antichità, rovine e residui di Capri.

      Napoli, Luigi e Raffaele Nobile, 1808. In 8vo; pp.26. Bross. moderna. Seconda edizione di questo interessante e rarissimo opuscolo, la prima fu pubblicata nel 1750 quando l?autore era Governatore di Capri. Furcheim, pag.23; Doria, 515: ?Edizione molto rara?.

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        A Lecture On Heads, By Geo. Alex Stevens, with Additions, As delivered by Mr. Charles Lee Lewes. To which is added An Essay On Satire. Embellished with Twenty-Five Humorous Characteristic Prints, From Drawings by G.M Woodward, Esq

      London: Vernor Hood and Sharpe, Cuthell and Martin, et al, 1808. First edition. leather_bound. 19th century straight grained full maroon morocco. Aeg. Fine/No Dust Jacket. Rowlandson, Thomas. 96 pages. 16 x 10 cm. Folding hand-colored frontispiece by Rowlandson, and 24 plain plates after Woodward, a drinking companion of Rowlandson, and a renown drunk. With the rare Index leaf, lacking half title. Stevens who met only with mediocre success as an actor, achieved highest popularity with this work; the idea of which was given him by a country carpenter, who made the character blocks which formed the subjects of illustration. Lovely copy, raised bands decorated in gilt, inner dentelles, green silk moire endpapers, wide rectangular cover panel in a series of gilt florets connected by blocks of straight gilt fillets, interior contents generally clean.

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        Chart of the World on Mercator's Projection

      Chart of the World on Mercator's ProjectionDaniel Lizars, Jr. and William Home Lizars From A New and General Atlas of the WorldEdinburgh: 1808-1812Hand-colored engraving27" x 41" framed to full museum specificationsCondition: Very good; minor foxing and areas of discoloration throughout

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        [A New General Atlas]

      [London: William Faden, circa 1808, maps dated 1778-1808]. Large folio. (22 7/8 x 17 ½ inches). Mounted on guards throughout, letterpress contents leaf. 55 engraved maps or charts, hand-coloured, hand-coloured in outline or with touches of hand-colouring, by Faden, Laurie & Whittle, L.S. de La Rochette, Henry Roberts and others (1 on a single page, 38 double-page, 16 folding). (The four hemisphere maps and the map of the western Mediterranean shaved with slight loss to imprint or image area, 2 others with marginal tears). Contemporary binding of marbled paper over pasteboard, rebacked and cornered to style using 18th-century diced Russia, the flat spine gilt in eight compartments delineated by roll- tools, lettered in the second compartment. A fine example of Faden's atlas: 'His contribution to the development of cartography was considerable, commissioning new surveys and publishing the work of mapmakers throughout Europe' (Tooley) The atlas includes four hemisphere maps, a Mercator-projection world map including the tracks of Captain James Cook's discoveries, a number of interesting charts giving depth soundings for the Baltic, the North Sea, the English Channel, the Bay of Biscay and the seas around the Iberian peninsula, two folding maps of the Mediterranean which could be combined to form one large four-sheet map, two folding maps of Italy that could be similarly combined and a larger scale single-page map of the Dutch Colony at the Cape of Good Hope. Additional maps of note include A Map of the Northern Part of France.. (1795); Plan of the Bay, Rock and Town of Gibraltar... (1783); a folding map of Bengal... (1786); a two-sheet map of the Peninsula of India ...(1800); and an important map of The United States of North America with the British Territories and Those of Spain according to the Treaty of 1784. (Feb. 11, 1796. ) The US Territory is here bounded in yellow, with the trans-Appalachian portions of that territory noted as having been assigned to the aborigines. Western land grants are named and bounded in yellow ("Wabash Company" &c.) "Indiana" shows the influence of Thomas Hutchins.

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        Gli ottaiti. opera di dionigi diderot. prima traduzione italiana di d. v.. supplemento al viaggio di bougainville. prima edizione. milano, gaetano brocca, 1808.

      In 16°, es. da rilegare; pp. II,111,(3); brevi note bibl. al retro della prima pag. bianca; minime difetti alle pp. (vedasi immagine); per informazioni o immagini ulteriori contattateci liberamente; è la prima traduzione italiana del testo scritto da Diderot Supplemento al Viaggio di Bougainville dove il filosofo critica la civiltà europea del tempo attraverso una dialogo tra un vecchio saggio di Tahiti e Bougainville; ottimo es..

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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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