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        Vue d l'un des Bend, dans la forêt de Belgrade

      Paris: P. Didot l'ainé, 1809-1819. Etching with engraving by Marillier and Née after Melling, with professional later hand-colouring. Very good condition. 18 3/4 x 26 3/8 inches. 26 x 41 1/8 inches. A fine view of a dam in the Belgrade Forest of Constantinople, from Melling's grand work 'Voyage Pittoresque de Constantinople et des rives du Bosphore'. Born in Lorraine in 1763, Antoine Ignace Melling, artist and voyager, was trained in architecture and painting. At the age of 19, he went to Constantinople as part of the Russian Ambassador's retinue. After successfully completing several commissions for Hatice Sultan, the sister of Selim III, which included the renovation of her palace at Ortakeï, Melling was employed as the Sultan's architect in 1795. His position as royal architect gave him a privileged opportunity to observe the Ottoman court, and during his eighteen years there, he made many detailed drawings of the sultan's palaces, Ottoman society, and Constantinople and its environs. Within a year of returning to Paris in 1803, Melling published a prospectus for the Voyage pittoresque, the first thirteen livraisons of which were published in 1809. He completed the engravings for this work in 1819. Cf. Atabey 798; cf. Blackmer 1105; cf. Brunet III, 1591; cf. Lipperheide 1431

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        Nouveau Dictionnaire Portatif de Bibliographie

      10, x, 566, 48 pp., 1 leaf of errata. 8vo, cont. blue morocco, signed at foot of spine by Lefebvre, sides richly gilt within gilt ruled panels, spine richly gilt "à mille points avec feuillage," red silk doublures & endpapers, a.e.g. Paris: Fournier Frères, 1809. Second edition, revised and considerably enlarged, of the immediate predecessor to Brunet. This copy is bound in a richly decorated contemporary binding of blue morocco and signed by the binder Lefebvre. In the Preface, Fournier "stresses his efforts to name the first editions of classical authors, to give titles correctly, and especially to include the titles in several famous series of editions of the classics and the list of works used for the Italian dictionary of the Accademia della Crusca. He thinks these efforts deserve particular commendation and claims that the Nouveau Dictionnaire is the first French bibliography to cite these Italian titles...Fournier was primarily interested in books attractive to collectors in 1809, that is to say, certain editions of the classics, standard theological treatises, editions of the Bible, and rare French books."­Taylor, Catalogues of Rare Books, pp. 35-36. A very fine copy in a beautifully decorated signed binding. Light browning. .

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        Reflections on the Commerce of the Mediterranean, Deduced from Actual Experience During a Residence on both Shores of the Mediterranean Sea. Containing a Particular Account of the Traffic of the Kingdoms of Algiers, Tunis, Sardinia, Naples and Sicily, the

      I. Riley & co., No.1 City-Hotel, 1809. Hardcover. Very Good. 1st American Edition. 12mo. Full contemporary leather binding. 182 pp. counting American preface & authors preface). Former owners inscription on first page. Clean, unmarked pages. Very good cover. Internal binding very strong, restored with slim cloth backing (see picture). <br>Jackson provides a vision into British Mediterranean commerce during the Napoleonic era. Jackson delves into comparative aspects of French merchants in the Barbary states, relations with the Jews of the region, regional commodities, and the importance of British commercial and political power leap frogging from Minorca and Malta. A valuable reference for economic historians. Shaw & Shoemaker 17825; Goldsmith 18859; Kress B.4809

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        [WORKS]. P. VIRGILIUS MARO: IN USUM SCHOLARUM / AD NOVISSIMAM HEYNII EDITIONEM EXACTUS

      Londini: Impensis J. Johnson et al, 1809. Fine Edition, Fine Contemporary Binding,And Appropriate, Unusual Painting of Mt. Etna 248 x 146 mm (9 3/4 x 5 3/4"). 2 p.l., 700 pp. With commentary by Christian Gottlob Heyne. HANDSOME CONTEMPORARY NAVY BLUE STRAIGHT-GRAIN MOROCCO, DENSELY GILT, covers with thick and thin gilt rule border and large central laurel wreath, that on the front with the Latin motto "Honoris Causa" ("For the sake of honor"), that on the rear with the name Thomas T. Churton and the date 1817, raised bands, spine lavishly gilt in compartments filled with foliage and small tools emanating from a central fleuron, gilt titling and turn-ins, all edges gilt. WITH A SPLENDID LATER PAINTING OF MOUNT ETNA ON THE FORE EDGE. In a recent plush-lined blue folding cloth box with gilt spine titling With ink stamp of Bolton Public Library on verso of title and first page of text. Lowndes IV, 2777. Corners slightly bumped, boards a little faded, first two gatherings mildly foxed, isolated rust spots or faint freckled foxing, but still AN ESPECIALLY ATTRACTIVE COPY, the handsome binding virtually unworn, the text clean and smooth, and the unusual fore-edge painting very well preserved. This scholarly edition of Heyne's acclaimed Virgil comes in a fine contemporary binding with an unusual and striking fore-edge painting. Dibdin, Gibbon, and Sandys all praise Heyne's edition of Virgil; Cowper even wrote a poem "On Receiving Heyne's Virgil from Mr. Hayley." Christian Gottlob Heyne (1729-1812) rose from poverty to become professor and university librarian at the pretigious University of Göttingen, and one of the preeminent classical scholars in Europe. Sandys credits hims with being "the first who with any decisiveness attempted . . . To read in the writings of the Ancients, not their language alone, or even their detached opnions and records, but their spirit and character, their way of life and thought." Our volume contains the text of the Eclogues, Georgics, and the Aeneid, with Heyne's copious commentary. The attractive binding, done for Anglican clergyman and scholar Thomas Townson Churton (1798-1865), is exactly what one would expect to find in the library of a gentleman scholar. In the opinion of Jeff Weber, the vivid fore-edge painting was probably done in the 1920s. It shows a coastal landscape on Sicily, rendered in rich green and deep blues. There is a bay on the left and a tiny village perched above the sandy beach, with white-capped Mount Etna emitting a thin wisp of smoke in the background. Purplish clouds are gathering in the distance, which combined with the smoking volcano lend a frisson of foreboding to the otherwise tranquil scene.

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        Lectures on Painting, delivered at the Royal Academy of Arts: with a letter on the proposal for a public memorial of the naval glory of Great Britain...To which are prefixed, a memoir by Mrs. Opie, and other accounts of Mr.Opie&#39;s Talents and Character

      London.: Longman, Hurst, Rees, and Orme.. 1809.. Mezzotint frontispiece, one etching, eight two-color plates, vi+81+186 pp, 10 3/4 x 8 1/2 inches, gilt decorative embossed full leather binding (hardback). Staining to back cover, some marks to front cover, wear to head and tail of spine (repaired split to head), long tear to last two pages (of index), mottling to pages of some sections, light dampstaining to edges of last several pages. Fore edge painting in excellent condition. In slipcase. The two-color plates depict famous painters discussed in the text. The mezzotint is a self portrait of John Opie, engraved by S.W. Reynolds; the etching is from an oil self portrait by William Hogarth, etched by Samuel Ireland. The lovely fore-edge painting is of "The Death of Procris" after Piero di Cosimo. .

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        Voyages and Travels to India, Ceylon, the Red Sea, Abyssinia and Egypt, in the years 1802, 1803, 1804, 1805, and 1806

      London: W. Bulmer for William Miller, 1809. 3 volumes, 4to. (10 13/16 x 8 3/4 inches). Half-titles, 1p. ad for Salt&#39;s Twenty-four views in St. Helena, the Cape, India, Ceylon, the Red Sea, Abyssinia, and Egypt. 3 engraved vignette headpieces, 63 engraved plates by Fittler, Angus, Heath, Landseer, Storer and others, most after Henry Salt (5 folding, 1 double- page), 6 engraved maps (5 folding). Contemporary dark blue straight grain morocco, covers panelled in gilt and blind, spines in five compartments with semi-raised bands, tooled in gilt on each band, lettered in the second and fourth compartments, the others with a repeat decoration in gilt and blind, marbled endpapers, gilt edges (expert restoration at the joints). [With:] William MILLER (1769-1844, publisher and bookseller). Nine autograph letters signed from Miller to the Viscount Valentia, London, 30 July 1807 - 22 December 1809. Together 23 pages, 4to, loosely inserted into a pocket affixed to the vol. 1. front endpaper. A lovely set of the first edition of the Viscount Valentia and Henry Salt&#39;s tour through India and to the Red Sea, illustrated with engravings after Salt. This copy with original manuscript letters by the publisher to Valentia concerning its publication. Henry Salt accompanied Viscount Valentia as secretary and draughtsman on this four and a half year tour through India, and Ceylon and to the Red Sea, Ethiopia and Egypt. Salt&#39;s "Twenty-four Views," published in 1809 and advertised in this work, was a result of the tour and two engravings present here are depicted in that work. For a lengthy contemporary review of Valentia&#39;s Voyages, see the London Quarterly Review, vol. 2 (1810), pp. 82-117. The original correspondence present here concerning the publication of the work is fascinating. In a 30 July 1807 letter Miller declines to purchase the copyright of the work and explains that in light of "the expences attending...a large edition...& the anxiety and time which must attend the getting up of such a work, the profits which would remain would not be a sufficient compensation..." But two years later, on 3 June 1809, the project is very much alive: "I intend to subscribe the work to the trade early next week in order to ascertain the number of copies to be wanted immediately..." 30 June 1809: "The fate of the Travels is going as well as could be expected..." But there are inevitable hassles: 10 July 1809: "as to the carelessness of the Binders, it is proverbial and I lament my inability to make them better..." On 10 October 1809 he plans the timing of the octavo edition. In the final letter, 22 December, he is selling Valentia a copy of Thomas Daniell&#39;s Oriental Scenery and other works. A fascinating correspondence offering insight not only on the evolution of this book, but on the London book trade at the beginning of the 19th century. Abbey, Travel 515 (note); Lowndes p.2747; Allibone, p. 2504; P. Godrej and P. Rohatgi, Scenic Splendours, p. 52.

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        THÈBES. MEDYNET-ABOU. Vue intérieure du péristyle du palais (A. Vol. II Pl. 14), planche dessinée par Balzac, gravée par Réville

      Paris: Imprimerie Impériale, 1809. Broché. 71 x 53,5 cm. Gravure originale in plano, non rognée, extraite de l&#39;&#39;Édition Impériale&#39; de la Description de l&#39;Égypte ou Recueil des observations et recherches faites en Égypte pendant l&#39;expédition française, publié par les ordres de Sa Majesté l&#39;Empereur Napoléon le Grand. Réalisée entre 1802 et 1830 et publiée entre 1809 et 1828, elle fut tirée à 1000 exemplaires offerts aux institutions. Papier vergé au filigrane &#39;Égypte ancienne et moderne&#39; visible par transparence. Légères et marginales piqûres sans atteinte à la gravure, sinon excellent état de fraîcheur et de conservation. La monumentale première édition de la Description de l&#39;Égypte en 13 volumes comportait 892 planches dont 72 coloriées, parmi lesquelles 9 volumes concernaient l&#39;Antiquité. Les autres volumes traitaient de l&#39;Histoire Naturelle et de l&#39;Égypte moderne car Napoléon Bonaparte avait emmené avec lui une commission de savants de toutes disciplines si bien que, disait-on, dans sa description était emmagasiné &#39;le plus riche musée de l&#39;Univers&#39;. Cet ouvrage fut rédigé en partie par la baron Dominique Vivant-Denon, avant que ce dernier soit nommé directeur général du Musée Napoléon au Louvre. Plus de 80 artistes et 400 graveurs furent engagés pour ce projet titanesque. Les dimensions des planches exceptionnellement grandes nécessitèrent la création d&#39;une presse spéciale et d&#39;un meuble spécifique pour les conserver...! - Imprimerie Impériale, Paris _1809-1828, 71 x 53,5 cm. -

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        Tableau comparatif des résultats de la cristallographie et de l'analyse chimique, relativement à la classification des minéraux

      Paris: Courcier, 1809 Book. Very Good. Hardcover. 1st Edition. 4to - over 9¾ - 12" tall. [2], lvi, [2:errata], 312 pp., 4 fold. plates. Half vellum with gilt spine and label. Lacking half title, flyleaf loose and with edge defects, plate 2 with minor marginal defect, only slightly browned and foxed. ---- Honeyman sale 4:1628; Ward & Carozzi 1025; Wellcome 3:224 . - FIRST EDITION OF HAUY'S SURVEY OF THE RESULTS OF CRYSTALLOGRAPHY AND CHEMICAL ANALYSIS AS THEY RELATE TO CLASSIFYING MINERALS. Chemical composition traditionally determines four classes in mineralogy (acidiferous, earthy, nonmetallic combustible, and metallic) and the order and genera. The form of the constituent molecule determines the species. In this work, Hauy "emphasized the invariability of the form and the composition of the constituent molecule of a species but was forced to admit that the definite proportions were often blurred by heterogeneous materials accidentally mixed with the compound" (DSB). By extension, he realized that chemical analysis cannot determine which components are accidental and which essential, since even a small amount of a substance may impress its form on a larger amount of "accidental" impurities. "Only for geometry are all crystals pure," was Hauy's conclusion..

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      [General title from half-title]: Oeuvres. 37 folding engraved plates. xxxi, 403, [1] pp.; 4 p.l., 399, [1] pp.; 4 p.l., 420 pp. Three vols. Large 4to, cont. paste-paper boards (minor wear, a bit foxed), red leather lettering pieces on spines. Paris: Firmin Didot, 1809-13-16. First edition of the works of Gauthey (1732-1806), France&#39;s leading engineer of the period. This edition is especially notable for having been edited by Gauthey&#39;s grandnephew, Claude Louis Marie Navier (1785-1836), who has added his own extensive notes and commentaries which were the result of his research in analytical mechanics and its application to the strength of materials. In this edition, "Navier added notes which drew on the research of Coulomb and on the experimental tradition of eighteenth-century physics that had given him data for tables of the strength of stone and of wood. He appealed for further experiments on the strength of materials so that they could be used well in construction."­D.S.B., X, p. 3­(& see pp. 2-3 for Navier&#39;s fundamental contributions to the properties of bodies which were first expressed in the present edition of his granduncle&#39;s works). Gauthey is best-known for his role in the controversy over the dome of Ste-Geneviève (later the Panthéon Français) at Paris and for his construction of the Canal du Centre which completed the first inland route from the English Channel to the Mediterranean. "The first two volumes contain the treatise on bridges which was to supersede Gautier&#39;s Traité, originally published nearly a century before, remaining the standard work on the subject until well into the 19th century and going into a third corrected edition as late as 1843. The work opens with an historical survey which gives a remarkably complete record of bridges built all over Europe before 1800. It is primarily concerned, however, with laying down a rational approach to bridge design and planning, giving general principles for foundations, curve of arches, thickness of piers and abutments, centring etc. Gauthey draws on his own considerable experience and observations, closely following the precepts of Perronet, whose pupil he was. The treatise also contains the compression tests on stone carried out with Soufflot... "Much of the third volume, on canals, is devoted to the Canal du Centre, his major achievement in the field. Joining the Loire and Saône, it was the first link, by way of the Loire, between the Seine and the Mediterranean. 70 miles long, it required 30 locks from Digoin on the Loire to take it 250ft up to the summit level, and 50 more down the 430ft drop to Chalon-sur-Saône. Gauthey&#39;s discussion of the economic use of water to supply the very high summit, and the siting and optimum dimensions of locks to conserve as much as possible, is one of the most interesting features of the work. The volume also contains other, more general, Mémoires on locks (required reading for Ponts et Chaussées students), water supply etc. as well as appraisals of various canals such as the Briare, Orléans, Bourgogne and Languedoc. As a whole the volumes form one of the great classic works on French engineering."­ Elton, Cat. 5, 19. Fine set and quite scarce on the market. Ex Bibliotheca Mechanica. Poggendorff, I, 857. Roberts & Trent, Bibliotheca Mechanica, pp. 133-34. .

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        Liber Psalmorum Hebraice

      Hilliard et Metcalf. Collectible - Good. 12mo. Leather Hardcover, 1809. First Edition. First Printing of any part of the Bible in Hebrew in America. [6], 495, [3] pp. Bound in original full calf leather with red title plate along spine. Top board is separated along joint. Cover shows considerable rubbing wear. Properly withdrawn from the Meadville-Theological Seminary. Contains usual institutional markings and artifacts. Previous owner names scripted to first and second preliminary blank with the names "Ira Blanchard / Weymouth 1813" and "Rev. H.H. Barber / Oct 1865". Light scattered foxing, mild offsetting in parts. A couple preliminary leaves have a very short closed tear along front edge. Binding is solid. [GOLDMAN 1; SABIN 66455; ROSENBACH 152] Offered by the Antiquarian, Rare, and Collectible department of Better World Books. Your purchase benefits global literacy programs. 100% satisfaction guaranteed.

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        Travelling Sketches in Russia and Sweden during the years 1805, 1806, 1807, 1808. (First Edition)

      London: Richard Phillips, 1809. Period diced calf professionally reback preserving the boards and original morocco label. 2 volumes bound in one. 41 aquatints, many hand-colored, some folding plages. The author (1777-1842) went to Russia in 1804 at the Czar&#39;s invitation to depict Russian historical events. An affair with a Russian princess forced him to leave the country, but he later returned and married the lady. Stadler&#39;s colored aquatints after Porter&#39;s sketches of Russian, Finnish and Swedish costume and scenery are among the liveliest illustrations of the early nineteenth century. Abbey 13; Lipperheide Kaa 25; Colas 2407; Tooley 195.. First Edition. Full Calf Leather. Very Good. Folio - over 12" - 15" tall. Hardcover.

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        Instruction of the Deaf and Dumb; or, A theoretical and practical view of the means by which they are taught to speak and understand a language : containing hints for the correction of impediments in speech: together with a vocabulary, illustrated by numerous copperplates, representing the most common objects necessary to be named by beginners.

      London: Printed and Sold by Darton and Harvey, 1809-10.. First edition, 2 vols., xxxviii, 139, [1], one engraved plate; [ii], 64pp., 80 leaves of plates illustrative of the vocabulary for the deaf and dumb, E8 has slight loss of blank fore-edge with old paper repair, lower third of plate 53 torn away, cont. cloth, neatly rebacked.Joseph Watson (1765-1829) attended the school in Mare Street, Hackney, which was run by his uncle Thomas Briadwood (1715-1806) the pioneer teacher of deaf mute children. Under Braidwood&apos;s influence Watson took up the teaching of the deaf and dumb as a profession. He was heavily involved in the opening of the Asylum for Educating the Deaf and Dumb Children of the Poor in Grange Road, Bermondsey in 1792 to which he was appointed headmaster. This is the first exposition in print of the practical teaching methods used by Briadwood, which were not publicized until after his death.

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        Woman: or, Ida of Athens. FIRST EDITION. 4 vols.

      Longman, Hurst, Rees, and Orme. 1809 Contemp. full calf, borders in blind & gilt, gilt spines, black leather labels; spines a little dulled & sl. rubbed. A good-plus copy. Sadleir 1785; not in Wolff. With gift inscription in prelims of each vol., 'Mary Wise, the gift of her beloved and affect. husband, 1809'.

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        ITINERAIRE DESCRIPTIF DE L'ESPAGNE. Et Tableau élémentaire des différentes branches de l'administration et de l'industrie de ce royaume. Seconde édition.

      In-8 p. (mm. 200x122), 5 voll. + Atlante, p. vitellino coevo, sottili cornici dorate ai piatti (dorsi rifatti in pelle mod. con fregi e tit. oro), pp. (4),CLX,386; (4),283; (4),511; (4),552; (4),496,XXXVIII; con 1 tabella (ripieg.) f.t.: ?Tableau chronologique des Rois d?Espagne depuis Don Pélage. L'"Atlante" (mm. 218x142), p. pelle bazana coeva, decoraz. e tit. oro al dorso (restaur.), pp. 7 (occhietto, frontesp. e indice "des Planches et des Routes"), con 29 tavole inc. in rame, di cui 9 a doppia pag., relative a: ?Catalogne - Valence - Estremadure - Andalousie - Royaume de Murcie - Aragon - Navarre - Biscaye - Asturies - Royaume de Galice - Royaume de Léon - Vieille et nouvelle Castille - Royaume de Mayorque (Isles Baléares et Pityuses)?. I primi 3 voll. contengono un itinerario storico-descrittivo e dati statistici di ciascuna provincia; gli ultimi 2 un quadro generale del paese per quanto riguarda le diverse branche dell'amministrazione e dell'economia politica. Raro. Seconda edizione. (la prima è del 1808). Cfr. Brunet,III,713 - Graesse,IV,58 - Palau,IV, p. 163. Con fiorit. o lievi uniformi arross. ma certamente un buon esemplare.

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        The Opinions of Different Authors upon the Punishment of Death. Two Volumes

      First editions of the first two volumes of Montagu's valuable compilation (a third volume appeared in 1813), part of his sustained effort to abolish capital punishment; with extracts from Bentham, Blackstone, Montesquieu and John Howard, inter alia. Original boards, one volume rebacked, the second with its spine chipped, else good, unsophisticated, untrimmed copies with generous margins. Printed for Longman, Hurst, Rees, and Orme, Paternoster Row, London, 1809-12.

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        Nouveau cours complet d´agriculture théorique et pratique, contenant la grande et la petite culture, l´économie rurale et domestique, la médecine vétérinaire, etc.; ou dictionnaire raisonné et universel d´agriculture. 1-13. Ouvrage rédigé sur le plan de celui de feu l´abbé Rozier, duquel on a conservé tous les articles dont la bonté a été prouvée par l´experience; par les membres de la section d´agriculture de L´institut de France, etc. Avec des figures en taille-douce.

      Paris, Chez Deterville, 1809. 13 volumes, ca 7000 p. + 54 engraved plates. Contemporary half leather with gilt spine and marbled boards and edges.19,5 X 13 cm. Stamped by owner (H. J. F. Gahn, Kåfalla). Interior and plates are very clean and in exellent condition

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        Essay sur le principe de population, ou Exposé des effets passés at présens de l'action de cette cause sur le bonheur du genre humain; suivi de quelques recherches relatives à l'espérance de guérir ou d'adoucir les maux qu'elle entraîne. Traduit de l'Anglois Par Pierre Prevost. 3 Tomes.

      Paris & Genève, Chez J.J. Paschoud, 1809. 8vo. Bound in three nice uniform cont. hcalfbdgs. w. gilt backs, red leather title-labels w. gilt lettering and gilt round green tome-labels on backs. Capitals w. a bit of wear. Internally nice and clean. W. half-titles in all three volumes and advertisement-leaf in vol. one. XIII, (1), 424, (5); (6), 395, (1); (4), 392 pp.. First French edition of this political and economic classic, which constitutes Malthus' first major publication and his main work, because of which he is considered the father of demography and the main source of inspiration of Darwin and Wallace.The first edition was printed anonymously in London in 1798, and in 1803 the second edition, which also according to Malthus himself can be said to constitute a new work, appeared; -the great quarto edition from 1803 is thoroughly revised and much enlarged, the title has been changed and Malthus' name appears on the title-page, it is on this edition that all the preceding editions are based, and in consequence also the early translations. All the later editions were minor revisions of the second one. In 1807 the fourth edition appeared, and in 1809 the first French one, which is translated from the revised fourth edition ("A la suite de cette préface on trouve dans la 4.e édition, sur laquelle je traduis, une notice de tous les changements que la 3.e édition a apportés à la 2.e. Le plus considérable est celui qui a rapport à l'estimation de la fécondité des mariages. Il est absolument inutile pour les lecteurs francois de connoître le détail minutieux des autres changemens, qui ne peuvent intéresser que les acquéreurs des précédentes éditions. P.P.p", Préface, p. xxiij). New revisions of the text kept appearing till the sixth edition in 1826.The book, then as now, is considered highly controversial, and it has influenced all demographers ever since, as well as being of immense importance to the study of economic theory and genetic inheritance. "The "Essay" was highly influential in the progress of thought in the early nineteenth-century Europe.... "Parson" Malthus, as Cobbett dubbed him, was for many, a monster and his views were often grossly misinterpreted.... But his influence on social policy, whether for good or evil, was considerable. The Malthusian theory of population came at the right time to harden the existing feeling against the Poor Laws and Malthus was a leading spirit behind the Poor Law Amendment Act of 1834." (PMM 251).Thomas Robert Malthus (1766-1834), called the "enfant terrible" of the economists, was an English demographer, statistician and political economist, who is best known for his groundbreaking views on population growth, presented in his "Essays on the Principle of Population", which is based on his own prediction that population would outrun food supply, causing poverty and starvation. Among other things this caused the legislation, which lowered the population of the poor in England. Malthus actually turned political, economic and social thought upside down with this work, which has caused him to be considered one of the 100 most influential persons in history (Hart, The 100: A Ranking of the most Influential Persons in History, 1978). Of course, he was condemned by Marx and Engels, and opposed by the socialists universally, but the work was of immense impact on not only politics, economics, social sciences etc, but also on natural sciences. "Later in the "Origin of Species" he [Darwin] wrote that the struggle for existence "is the doctrine of Malthus applied with manifold force to the whole animal and vegetable kingdoms; for in this case there can be no artificial increase of food, and no prudential restraint from marriage" [p. 63]. Alfred Russel Wallace, who arrived at a worked-out formulation of the theory of evolution at almost precisely the same time as Darwin, acknowledged that "perhaps the most important book I read was Malthus's "Principles of Population" (My Life, p. 232). Although there were four decennial censuses before Malthus' death, he did not himself analyze the data, although he did influence Lambert Quetelet and Pierre Verhulst, who made precise statistical studies on growth of populations in developed countries and showed how the early exponential growth changed to an S curve." (DSB, IX, p. 69).As Malthus realized that his theories were not satisfactorily presented or sufficiently demonstrated in the first edition from 1798, he travelled for three years through Europe gleaning statistics, and then published the second edition in 1803. Among other places he travelled through France and Switzerland in 1802, and his detailed diaries of these journeys provided him with some of the evidence necessary for the development of his theory on population growth. The observational information that he gathered on his travels in Europe were crucial to the development of his theories, which also means that the work is of great interest for other European countries, and not only Britain. "In 1819 the Royal Society elected Malthus to a fellowship. He was also a member of the French Institute and the Berlin Academy, and a founding member of the Statistical Society (1834)." (DSB, IX, p. 67). Printing and the Mind of Man 251

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        Theoria motus corporum coelestium in sectionibus conicis solem ambientium.

      Hamburg: Frid. Perthes & I.H. Besser, 1809. 4to. Contemp. hcalf, spine gilt and titlelabel in red leather with gilt lettering. Corners bumped. Marbled covers. XI,(1),227,(1 Errata),20 (tables) pp. and 1 folded engraved plate. The first 2 leaves with light browning and a small stamp (margins). A few scattered brownspots. Internally a fine wide-margined copy.. First edition of this milestone work in mathematical statistics, in which Gauss revealed for the first time his method of least squares. On January 1, 1801, the Italian astronomer Giuseppe Piazzi discovered the planetoid Ceres, but could only observe it for few days before it was lost in the glare of the Sun until the end of the year. After so many months of not being observed it was not possible to calculate with existing methods at which position it should reappear. Gauss, however Gauss, at an age of 24, astounded the world, when in December of that same year he predicted the exact location at which Ceres could again be observed. He did not reveal how he had calculated the orbit of Ceres. Only in 1809, when Gauss published his second book "Theoria motus corporum coelestium in sectionibus conicis solem ambientium" (the offered item), did he reveal his new method of orbit calculation. In the first part he dealt with differential equations, conic sections and elliptic orbits, while in the second part, the main part of the work, he showed how to estimate and then to refine the estimation of a planet's orbit using a new method involving minimizing the sum of squared residuals, i.e. the method of least squares. He was able to prove the correctness of the method under the assumption of normally distributed errors. It is here that the Gaussian curve, expressing statistical distribution in probability, makes its first appearance. This work, along with the 'Discuisitiones', was the fruit of the triumphal decade in Gauss' life and established his reputation as a mathematical and scientific genius of the first order. Hald: History of Mathematical Statistics 1750-1930, pp.351-357.Sparrow: Milestones of Science 81. Norman 879

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        YOUNG (Thomas) The Croonian Lecture: On the Functions of the Heart and Arteries, p.1-31, presented within the complete volume of the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, Vol 99.

      * Here Young explained blood circulation and the function of the heart from a hydrodynamic standpoint, predicting that a relationship exists between arterial stiffness and pulse wave velocity, a relation which was only confirmed much later. Presented within the complete volume of the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, Vol 99, Parts I and II (complete), bound in one volume for 1809, comprising, viii, 187, 27, iv, [188-] 374, (6)pp large quarto, with 18 extending or folding engraved plates, library cloth with a neat unlinked library name stamp on general title, foot of last leaves and occasionally elsewhere, also an inked library stamp verso title, a good copy, London, Bulmer, sold by Nicol, printers to the Royal Society,1809. * A FULL LIST OF CONTENTS OF THIS VOLUME SENT ON REQUEST. Other papers include: DAVY (Humphry) The Bakerian Lecture: An Account of Some New Analytical Researches on the Nature of Certain Bodies, Particularly the Alkalies, Phosphorus, Sulphur, Carbonaceous Matter, and the Acids Hitherto Undecompounded; With Some General Observations on Chemical Theory, pp.39-104; TROUGHTON (Edward) An Account of a Method of Dividing Astronomical and Other Instruments, by Ocular Inspection; In Which the Usual Tools for Graduating Are Not Employed; The Whole Operation Being So Contrived, That No Error Can Occur but What is Chargeable to Vision, When Assisted by the Best Optical Means of Viewing and Measuring Minute Quantities, pp.105-145; BRODIE (B. C.) Account of the Dissection of a Human Foetus, in Which the Circulation of the Blood Was Carried on without a Heart, pp.161-168; CAVENDISH (Henry) On an Improvement in the Manner of Dividing Astronomical Instruments, pp.221-231; HERSCHEL (William) Continuation of Experiments for Investigating the Cause of Coloured Concentric Rings, and Other Appearances of a Similar Nature, pp.259-302; HENRY (William) Experiments on Ammonia, and an Account of a New Method of Analyzing It, by Combustion with Oxygen and Other Gases, pp.430-449; DAVY (Humphry) New Analytical Researches on the Nature of Certain Bodies, Being an Appendix to the Bakerian Lecture for 1808, pp.450-470.

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        Raccolta di Cinquanta Costumi Pittoreschi

      Rome: Lorenzo Lazaro alle Covervile, 1809. Oblong folio. 10 1/2 x 15 7/8 inches). Engraved throughout: title and 50 plates, by Pinelli. Contemporary dark green half morocco over marbled paper-covered boards, small decorative green morocco title label. First edition of the first and best known collection of views of the picturesque costume of Italy. This highly evocative series was a justified 'best-seller' - published in various forms from 1808 to 1828, every 'grand tourist' would return with a copy of this work. The present example, a first edition, shows a crispness that tends to be lost with the later reprints. The images are by turns joyful, comedic, dramatic, tragic and work-a-day. All are engraved with a sureness of line and matchless sense of composition that are the hallmarks of Pinelli's work. The final plate represents the artist himself: Pinelli relaxes, his work done, seated on some Roman masonry, two dogs for company. Cicognara noted that : "Questi sono tolti la più parte dalle abitudini del popolo romano, e sono espressi con una verità e fedeltà insuperabile". Benezit X 951; Choix 17.803; Cicognara 1762; Colas 2370; Hiler 712; Lipperheide Ja12; Nagler XII 480 Nuc 459; Rossetti III n° 8195; Vinet 2294.

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