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AN INTERESTING ACCOUNT OF THE VOYAGES AND TRAVELS OF CAPTAINS LEWIS AND CLARK, IN THE YEARS 1804, 1805 AND 1806... Baltimore, 1812. 326pp. including two portraits. Contemporary calf; rebacked, preserving original label. Light tanning and foxing. Very good. In a black morocco and cloth clamshell case. The socalled "Apocrypha edition" of Lewis and Clark, bearing the name of compiler William Fisher on the titlepage. In response to the growing curiosity of the public regarding the findings of Lewis and Clark, and the delay in publication of the "authorized account" of their expedition, this compilation of bits and pieces from already published works appeared (culled from Gass, Clark, Mackenzie, Carver, and Jefferson's MESSAGE... of 1806), misleading the reader into believing it was the account sanctioned by the government and containing all the information gathered during the journey. Howes calls this the "spurious" edition, while Sabin states it contains material not published in any other edition. HOWES F153a. WAGNERCAMP 8:5. GRAFF 1331. PILLING PROOFSHEETS 1298. SABIN 24508. [Bookseller: William Reese Company  Americana ] 1. Check availability: ABAA
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[AUTOGRAPH LETTER, SIGNED, FROM WILLIAM SHEPARD TO JUSTIN ELY, REGARDING LAND TRANSACTIONS AND DEBTS OWED ON LANDS IN OHIO] Canandaigua, 1812. [3]pp., docketed and addressed on verso. Folio, on a folded sheet. Old fold lines. Slight loss from wax seal. Light toning and soiling. Very good. Letter written by Maj. William Shepard to Justin Ely regarding some of Ely's real estate transactions and holdings in the Western Reserve. William Shepard (1759 1821) served as sheriff and magistrate for Canandaigua and was a founding member of the Congregational Church there. His correspondent, Justin Ely, was a native of West Springfield, Ma., who invested heavily in real estate in western New York and in the Connecticut Western Reserve  what would later become northern Ohio. The present letter concerns debts (noted in the letter as "bonds") owed to Ely by several men in Canandaigua, and also the sale of some of his lands in the area. Shepard details who has been able to pay and who has not, listing reasons and excuses and possible dates by which the bonds might be paid. Much of the final page is comprised of a list of lots sold by Shepard on Ely's behalf, with dates, lot numbers, and amounts paid. He writes, in part: "In the meantime on the 3d March I wrote you in haste a few lines and sent by Mr. Zachariah Seymour $165 to be left in the Albany bank for you to draw for & sent your signature to the cashier of that bank....I have not rec'd any money for you since that of Munford or McKays bond I expect to receive all that McKay owes you in May. Williams & Close have sent to their friends in Columbia County to raise and send on the money to pay up their bonds. J.D. Nelson to whom I wrote, was written me that he is very poor and not able to pay a cent on his bond & wishes to give up his contract  Comfort Smith has called on me repeatedly but cannot pay a cent on his bond before next Decr. unless he gets help from his brother, which is uncertain." An interesting letter detailing the difficulties of regulating tenancy from afar, out on the western frontier. [Bookseller: William Reese Company  Americana] 2. Check availability: Biblio
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An Interesting Account of the Voyages and Travels of CaptainÃ¢Â€Â™s Lewis and Clark, in the Years 18045, and 6. Giving A Faithful Description of the River Missouri and Its Source Ã¢Â€Â" Of the Various Tribes of Indians Through Which They PassedÃ¢Â€Â¦ To which is added a Complete Dictionary of the Indian Tongue Anthony Multenberger, Baltimore 1812  12mo (6 Ã‚Â¾ x 3 Ã‚Â¾), period sheep, rebacked with modern leather, old spine label, two wood engraved frontispiece portraits, 326 pp. Housed in custom made half morocco folding box. Covers a little worn and scuffed, contents foxed with some browning and soiling; lower corner of pp. 2930 torn off, affecting a few words, and a tear on pp. 8182; otherwise very good. Some sources suggest there are one or two other plates in this title, but only the portraits are bound in this volume.The Lewis and Clark Expedition (18041806) was the first overland expedition by the United States to go to the Pacific coast. This was an extremely important expedition because it laid the groundwork for the Western Expansion, and gave our government a first hand account of the resources we picked up with the Louisiana Purchase of 1803. The expedition was led by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, but was greatly assisted by Sacajawea, their Native American guide and translator. This work was published because of the growing demand by the public for information on the expedition. Fisher borrows heavily from Patrick GassÃ¢Â€Â™s Journal, and portions of the works of Jonathan Carver and Alexander Mackenzie. While it has been criticized by scholars, it contains some extremely useful information, and it did play an important role in shaping the impressions of America at the time. Contains portraits of Lewis and Clark. [Attributes: Hard Cover] [Bookseller: Nicholas D. Riccio Rare Books, ABAA] 3. Check availability: AbeBooks
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The Life of the Rev. John Hough, D. D. Successively Bishop of Oxford, Lichfield and Coventry, and Worcester: Formerly President of St. Mary Magdalen College, Oxford, in the Reign of King James II. Containing Many of his Letters, and Biographical Notices of Several Persons with whom he was connected London: Printed for the Author, by James Billet..and Sold by White and Cochrane, 1812. First edition, with halftitle. Engraved portrait frontispiece (by Caroline Watson after Sir Godfrey Kneller 1690 painting), and 7 other engraved fullpage plates. xvi, 387, [388 blank] pp. 1 vols. 4to. Original gray boards, rebacked, uncut. Booklabel of James Cruikshank, LL.D. Old oil stain at foot of 20 leaves and three plates (entering bottom center of images approx 1 inch) and on rear endsheets. First edition, with halftitle. Engraved portrait frontispiece (by Caroline Watson after Sir Godfrey Kneller 1690 painting), and 7 other engraved fullpage plates. xvi, 387, [388 blank] pp. 1 vols. 4to. [Bookseller: James Cummins Bookseller ] 4. Check availability: ABAA
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Säkularausgabe. 41 Bde. komplett inklusive aller Kommentarbde. und des Registerbdes. Herausgegeben von den Nationalen Forschungs und Gedenkstätten der klassischen deutschen Literatur in Weimar und dem Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique in Paris. Bd. 1: Gedichte 1812  1827. Bd. 1KI: Gedichte 1812  1827 Kommentar. Bd. 1KII: Gedichte 1812  1827 Kommentar. Bd. 2: Gedichte 1827  1844 und Versepen. Bd. 3: Gedichte 1845  1856. Bd. 4: Tragödien, frühe Prosa 1820  1831. Bd. 5: Reisebilder I 1824  1828. Bd. 6: Reisebilder II 1828  1831. Bd. 7: Über Frankreich 1831  1837. Bd. 7K: Über Frankreich 1931  1937 Kommentar. Bd. 8: Über Deutschland 1833  1836 Kunst und Philosophie. Bd. 9: Prosa 1836  1840. Bd. 10: Pariser Berichte 1840  1848. Bd. 11: Lutezia. Berichte über Politik, Kunst und Volksleben. Bd. 12: Späte Prosa 1847  1856. Bd. 13: Poemes et Légendes. Bd. 13: Poemes et Légendes. Kommentar. Bd. 14: Tableaux de Voyage I. Bd. 15: Tableaux de Voyage II. Italie. Bd. 14/15K: Reisebilder. Tableaux de Voyage. Kommentar. Bd. 16: De l?Allemagne I. Bd. 17: De l?Allemagne II. Bd. 18: De la France. Bd. 19: Lutèce. Bd. 20: Briefe 1815  1831. Bd. 20K: Briefe 1815  1831 Kommentar. Bd. 21: Briefe 1831  1841. Bd. 21K: Briefe 1831  1841 Kommentar. Bd. 22: Briefe 1842  1849. Bd. 22K: Briefe 1842  1849 Kommentar. Bd. 23: Briefe 1850  1856. Bd. 23K: Briefe 1850  1856 Kommentar. Bd. 24: Briefe an Heine 1823  1836. Bd. 24K: Briefe an Heine 1823  1836 Kommentar. Bd. 25: Briefe an Heine 1837  1841. Bd. 25K: Briefe 1837  1841 Kommentar. Bd. 26: Briefe an Heine 1842  1851. Bd. 26K: Briefe an Heine 1842  1851 Kommentar. Bd. 27: Briefe an Heine 1852  1856. Bd. 27K: Briefe an Heine 1852  1856 Kommentar. Bd. 2027R: Briefwechsel 1815  1856 Register.  Umschläge gebräunt mit kl. o. grösseren Randläsuren, vereinzelt auch Ausrissen, teils fleckig, angeschmutzt und/oder lichtrandig, Einband vereinzelt fleckig oder lichtrandig, Schnitte teils fleckig, Bll. und Vorsätze teils gebräunt, wenige mit Knickspuren, bei wenigen Bd. sind die Kapitalbändchen defekt. Insgesamt gute Exemplare.  Einzelverkauf der Bände ist ggfs. auch möglich. Bitte fragen Sie uns. [Bookseller: Rotes Antiquariat] 5. Check availability: booklooker.de
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Eigenhändig geschriebener Brief. Mit Unterschrift. 1 Seite gefaltet. (ohne Datum)  12x10 cm. (wohl erhalten, kleiner Ausriß von Siegel hinten). Friedrich Adolf Ferdinand von Flotow (* 26. April 1812 auf seinem väterlichen Gut Teutendorf im Mecklenburgischen, + 24. Januar 1883 in Darmstadt), deutscher Opernkomponist. "Bevor ich Ihre Zeilen erhielt, hatte ich eine Einladung zu einem Diner angenommen, es wird mir dadurch unmöglich gemacht die mir so angenehme Visite für heute anzunehmen. Wollten aber der Graf mit Ihnen mir die Freunde Ihres Besuchs einen anderen Tag schenken, so wird mir jede Stunde willkommen sein [.]Hochachtungsvoll F. v. Flotow." Flotow [Bookseller: Aegis Buch und Kunstantiquariat] 6. Check availability: AbeBooks
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Docket Book, Mifflin County, Pennsylvania, 18121839. 1812. Early Docket Book from Mifflin County, Pennsylvania [Manuscript]. [Pennsylvania]. [Commissioners of Mifflin County]. [Docket Book, Mifflin County, Pennsylvania, 18121839]. [300] pp. Oblong folio (151/2" x 61/2"). Three quarter sheep over marbled boards. Light rubbing to boards, heavier rubbing to extremities with some wear to spine ends and corners. Light toning, faint dampstaining, a few partial cracks to text block, text in small neat hand to rectos and versos of 66 pages, later annotations in pencil to endleaves and a few other places. $500. * Apparently a retrospective record, this ledger records court appearance records for Mifflin County, Pennsylvania from 1812 to 1839. This is an early docket book; the county was founded in 1789. The content is related exclusively to cases heard in this central Pennsylvania county, with hundreds of individual names and various institutions, such as the Turnpike Road Company, United States Bank, Juniata Bank and Lewistown Presbyterian Church. The entries include an "indictment for the murder of her child," an "indictment for larceny," and an "indictment for scaring defendants [who were] not guilty." [Bookseller: The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd.] 7. Check availability: Direct From Seller
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CollecÃ§Ä Lisboa: Na Typ. da Academia, 1812. First edition. Modern three quarter morocco over marbled boards. Near fine, small period stamp on title page.. vi, 178 pp. Includes: 1. Breve relaÃ§Ä [Bookseller: Kaaterskill Books, ABAA/ILAB ] 8. Check availability: ABAA
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Scloppetaria: or Considerations of the Nature and Use of Rifled Barrel Guns, with Reference to Their Forming the Basis of a Permanent System of National Defence, Agreeable to the Genius of the Country London: Printed by C. Roworth, Bellyard, TempleBar, for T. Egerton, Military Library, Near Whitehall, 1812. x Second Edition. Hardcover Hardcover. Fine. xxiv, 251, [7] pages, including the errata sheet. Nine engraved plates and three target plates, showing the accuracy of various rifle bores. With a fourth target illustration, in manuscript, bound in. A significant early work on the rifle (the title is a Latinized word meaning The Militiaman) describing attempts to increase the accuracy of weapons. The anonymous author of this book argues for a greater twist to the rifling than was prevalent at the time. The person who inserted the additional manuscript target plate (initials R.E.P.) agreed with that proposition and his manuscript target plate results using quarter, half, and threequarter twists supports that conclusion. Second ediiton. Recently halfbound in blue straightgrained morocco and marbled paper. Fine. [Bookseller: Eureka Books, ABAA] 9. Check availability: IOBABooks
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The History of the European Commerce with India. London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Browne, , 1812. To which is subjoined a Review of the Arguments for and against the Trade with India, and the Management of it by a Chartered Company; with an Appendix of Authentic Accounts. Quarto (265 × 208 mm). Contemporary red half moroccograined skiver, marbled boards and edges, title gilt direct to the spine, low flat bands with twined bead and fern leaf roll, rectangular device composed of drawerhandle, and foliate scroll tools to the compartments, bead and leaf roll in blind to the spine and corner edges. Folding engraved frontispiece map. Rubbed, some foxing and browning to the map which has offset onto the title page, textblock toned and with occasional light foxing, but overall very good. First edition, first impression. Macpherson's most celebrated work was his Annals of Commerce, Fisheries and Navigation, which established him as a leading authority on the history of Britain's overseas trade. This, his final work, "opposed Adam Smith's view that the East India Company's monopoly was detrimental to the development of trade between India and Europe" (ODNB). [Bookseller: Peter Harrington] 10. Check availability: Biblio
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Poem Written by an American Prisoner of the British at Melville Island During the War of 1812 Folio journal, preprinted and accomplished in manuscript. Melville Prison, on an island in Halifax Harbor, Nova Scotia, was used to house prisoners captured by the British in the War of 1812. This is an original, unpublished, manuscript poem written in rhymed couplets, composed by William Payne Jr. of Philadelphia. It is written in the back of a log book that was used to record the progress of an 1812 voyage aboard the brig General Eaton from Philadelphia, to Lisbon, and then to Brazil. Presumably this log was the only paper available to Payne. The "Melville Prison" poem, in 35 stanzas of 10 to 12 lines each, takes up 18 pages at the end of the book. It is intelligent, highly descriptive, and literate (Payne mentions William Hogarth and Samuel Butler.) Following the final stanza of the poem (which is written in ink) is a pencil note that reads, in part, "Taken in the schooner Idalia on the 18th of December 1814 by the Narcissus Frigate Capt. John Richd. Lumley after a chase of 12 hours." The poem graphically details living conditions for prisoners and terms of their imprisonment  (French, American and Negro prisoners were segregated into separate populations), the poor food (occasioning Payne's fantasy of a banquet), the harsh conditions and high rates of illness and death, and the hope of freedom and a return home. In fact, the war ended a few months after Payne's capture, though how long it took him to be released and find his way home is lost in the mists of time. One of the most interesting aspects of the poem is Payne's reference to negro prisoners, of whom there were a sufficient number to form their own group of prisoners. What were African Americans doing in the War of 1812? This is an original manuscript, and I can find no record of copies in any institution. [Bookseller: Ten Pound Island Book Co.] 11. Check availability: Biblio
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De Beoefening der Teekenkunde, door de eerste gronden der Meetkunde gemakkelijk gemaakt Amsterdam: J. van der Hey (part 1); W. van Vliet (parts 24), and H. van Munster and Son, 1812. 4to (220 x 160 mm). Four parts, 23; [2],18; [2], 13, [2], 14 pages, 80 engraved plates (mostly numbered 120 in each part), all signed HN f[ecit], including 64 crayon manner engravings, 6 folding lineengraved perspectival diagrams (Part 2), and 11 aquatints or engravings with aquatint (Part 4). Woodcut title vignettes. Other than a very occasional small spot, a clean, fine copy. Contemporary half calf and speckled papercovered boards, smooth spine, red calf gilt letteringpiece, edges untrimmed (minor edge wear, a few small dents). Modern armorial bookplate, initials W H S. ***Only edition of a Dutch artist's beautifully illustrated drawing treatise. Numan was a landscape painter, portraitist, engraver, skilled copyist, and set designer. He studied with Jan Augustini in Haarlem and with JacquesPhilippe Le Bas in Paris. His other published works include a wellregarded suite of color aquatints of Dutch country houses (1797), and a treatise on taste in art (1772). In this, his major written work, he approaches the teaching of drawing methodically, starting in Part 1 with the simplest geometric shapes, illustrated in the first three plates. Building on these, and using grids to start, the student learns to reproduce twodimensional images of everyday objects, such as a fence, a bench, or a teacup. Spherical objects introduce the concept of shading to create depth, illustrated in Numan's chalkmanner engravings, showing three to five spaciously displayed objects per plate, all drawn from domestic life: candles and snuffers: children's toys (dice, a top, a rattle, a hoop and stick); jars and cooking utensils: bellows, spoons, tongs, a firepit; brooms and a dustpan; outdoor and gardening tools: axes, a hammer, a chopping block, watering pail, shears, and a wheelbarrow; and even the lowly equipment of laundry: buckets, brushes, and pails. In Numan's simple but sure depictions the objects are shown with no sense of relative scale, possibly one reason for the slightly surreal quality of this visual catalogue of mundane things.Part 2 introduces the rules of perspective, illustrated in 7 diagrams and 13 plates showing more complex groupings of objects, and a few clusters of buildings. Shown are a water pump with crock and ladle, a boat and winch at water's edge, a tworunged stile, a grinding wheel, coffee grinder, embroidery loom, infant's curtaincovered basket, churches and humble houses, and a traveler's paraphernalia: gourds, sack and saddle blankets, gracefully draped on a tree branch. To demonstrate perspective, objects are shown in context here  lightly engraved landscapes beyond the hamlets, a bucket on its side and knife awaiting sharpening next to the grinding wheel, a needle and a bag of thread hanging from the embroidery loom  grounding these fine didactic designs in the Dutch stilllife and landscape tradition, with its ability to show the immanence of material objects.In Part 3 the authorinstructor brings in nature and botanical drawing. The text is letterkeyed to the first 6 plates, providing examples of flowers, leaves, branches and trees. The last 14 plates in this section, including several stipple engravings, are unnumbered other than with a 3 (indicating the part), and appear to provide supplementary examples for the previous parts; subjects include machinery, windmills and village streetscenes (devoid of people). The fourth and final part is devoted to shadows and shading with the pencil and the paintbrush, and 10 of the 20 plates in this section are gray "wash" aquatints. Subjects include flowers, village vistas, of which two show bridges over canals (one with a fisherman or boatswain and a man pushing a wheelbarrow), a rococo divan, a sewing box, a baby in a cradle, musical instruments, glass bottles on a silver tray, and animals: cats and a dog, water birds, rabbits and swans. In the entire book only two plates show human figures, and only one of these, that of the baby, shows a face. Perhaps portrait drawing was intended for a later part or work, never published.OCLC lists two copies outside the Netherlands, at the BnF and Peabody Essex Museum. Cf. ThiemeBecker 25:536. [Bookseller: Musinsky Rare Books, Inc.] 12. Check availability: Biblio
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The Holy Bible, containing the Old and New Testaments: Translated out of the original tongues, and with the former translations diligently compared and revised. Stereotyped for the Bible Society at Philadelphia, by T. Rutt, Shacklewell, London, [and pr. by William Fry], 1812. The first Stereotyped Bible Printed in America. The Bible Society of Philadelphia, founded in 1808 with Bp. William White as its first president, was the first Bible society organized in the United States. It published this, the first stereotype Bible printed in the U.S., from plates imported from London; the B.F.B.S. contributed £500 towards the purchase of the plates, and they were admitted to the U.S. free of import duties. The initial run produced 1050 copies of the complete Bible and 750 copies of the New Testament, in double columns in very small type. Provenance: Signature of Edward H. Mills dated 27 May 1843 on front pastedown. From the collection of Michael Zinman. [Bookseller: PRB&M/SessaBks (Philadelphia Rare Books ] 13. Check availability: Direct From Seller
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De Beoefening der Teekenkunde, door de eerste gronden der Meetkunde gemakkelijk gemaakt. Amsterdam: J. van der Hey (part 1); W. van Vliet (parts 24), and H. van Munster and Son, 1807180818101812. 4to (220 x 160 mm). Four parts, 23; [2],18; [2], 13, [2], 14 pages, 80 engraved plates (mostly numbered 120 in each part), all signed HN f[ecit], including 64 crayon manner engravings, 6 folding lineengraved perspectival diagrams (Part 2), and 11 aquatints or engravings with aquatint (Part 4). Woodcut title vignettes. Other than a very occasional small spot, a clean, fine copy. Contemporary half calf and speckled papercovered boards, smooth spine, red calf gilt letteringpiece, edges untrimmed (minor edge wear, a few small dents). Modern armorial bookplate, initials W H S. ***Only edition of a Dutch artist's beautifully illustrated drawing treatise. Numan was a landscape painter, portraitist, engraver, skilled copyist, and set designer. He studied with Jan Augustini in Haarlem and with JacquesPhilippe Le Bas in Paris. His other published works include a wellregarded suite of color aquatints of Dutch country houses (1797), and a treatise on taste in art (1772). In this, his major written work, he approaches the teaching of drawing methodically, starting in Part 1 with the simplest geometric shapes, illustrated in the first three plates. Building on these, and using grids to start, the student learns to reproduce twodimensional images of everyday objects, such as a fence, a bench, or a teacup. Spherical objects introduce the concept of shading to create depth, illustrated in Numan's chalkmanner engravings, showing three to five spaciously displayed objects per plate, all drawn from domestic life: candles and snuffers: children's toys (dice, a top, a rattle, a hoop and stick); jars and cooking utensils: bellows, spoons, tongs, a firepit; brooms and a dustpan; outdoor and gardening tools: axes, a hammer, a chopping block, watering pail, shears, and a wheelbarrow; and even the lowly equipment of laundry: buckets, brushes, and pails. In Numan's simple but sure depictions the objects are shown with no sense of relative scale, possibly one reason for the slightly surreal quality of this visual catalogue of mundane things.Part 2 introduces the rules of perspective, illustrated in 7 diagrams and 13 plates showing more complex groupings of objects, and a few clusters of buildings. Shown are a water pump with crock and ladle, a boat and winch at water's edge, a tworunged stile, a grinding wheel, coffee grinder, embroidery loom, infant's curtaincovered basket, churches and humble houses, and a traveler's paraphernalia: gourds, sack and saddle blankets, gracefully draped on a tree branch. To demonstrate perspective, objects are shown in context here  lightly engraved landscapes beyond the hamlets, a bucket on its side and knife awaiting sharpening next to the grinding wheel, a needle and a bag of thread hanging from the embroidery loom  grounding these fine didactic designs in the Dutch stilllife and landscape tradition, with its ability to show the immanence of material objects.In Part 3 the authorinstructor brings in nature and botanical drawing. The text is letterkeyed to the first 6 plates, providing examples of flowers, leaves, branches and trees. The last 14 plates in this section, including several stipple engravings, are unnumbered other than with a 3 (indicating the part), and appear to provide supplementary examples for the previous parts; subjects include machinery, windmills and village streetscenes (devoid of people). The fourth and final part is devoted to shadows and shading with the pencil and the paintbrush, and 10 of the 20 plates in this section are gray "wash" aquatints. Subjects include flowers, village vistas, of which two show bridges over canals (one with a fisherman or boatswain and a man pushing a wheelbarrow), a rococo divan, a sewing box, a baby in a cradle, musical instruments, glass bottles on a silver tray, and animals: cats and a dog, water birds, rabbits and swans. In the entire book only two plates show human figures, and only one of these, that of the baby, shows a face. Perhaps portrait drawing was intended for a later part or work, never published.OCLC lists two copies outside the Netherlands, at the BnF and Peabody Essex Museum. Cf. ThiemeBecker 25:536. [Bookseller: Musinsky Rare Books] 14. Check availability: Direct From Seller
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The Life of Merlin, Sirnamed Ambrosius. His Prophecies, and Predictions Interpreted; and Their Truth Made Good by Our English Annals:; Being a Chronological History of all the Kings and Memorable Passages of this Kingdom, from Brute to the Reign of King Charles Carmarthen: Printed and sold by J. Evans, 1812. Hardcover. Very good. 8vo. viii,324pp Contemporary marbled paper boards nicely rebacked in quarter leather, red leather lettering label, gilt. List of subscribers, index. Edges and corners worn else this is a very good copy. Reprint of the first edition of 1641 and scarce in its own right. Lowndes, p. 1064. [Bookseller: Thorn Books] 15. Check availability: Biblio
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ExÃ¡men imparcial de la disensiones de la America con la EspaÅ„a, de los medios de su reconcilliacion, y de la prosperidad de todas las naciones Cadiz: Imprenta de D. Manuel Ximenez CarreÅ„o, 1812. Second edition. Full modern vellum, new endpapers, gilt title on spine. A very good or better copy, title leaf soiled and with a few tiny holes affecting a few letters, soiling on last (blank), else contents clean, binding fine.. 283 pp. + index [2 pp]. The preferred second edition, corrected and considerably enlarged by the author. Florez Estrada, the Procurador General, examined the issues dividing the American colonies from Spain and offered proposals to effect a reconciliation including the emancipation of the colonies. An important and incisive work but coming too late to change the forces that were already in motion. Florez Estrada is considered the most distinguished Spanish economist of the first half of this century," Palgrave, Dictionary Of Political Economy II, pp. 9192. Palau 84325 (1st). Sabin 23058. Leclerc 195 (1st). [Bookseller: Kaaterskill Books, ABAA/ILAB ] 16. Check availability: ABAA
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Grape] Blue Muscadine Grape G. Brookshaw, [London] 1812  Aquatint engraving, with some stipple, printed in colours and finished by hand. Very good condition apart from a skillfully repaired 2" tear in the left margin. A fine image from Brookshaw's masterpiece: 'Pomona Britannica; or, A Collection of the Most Esteemed Fruits'. George Brookshaw's 'Pomona Britannica' is the finest work on fruit and flowers ever produced. Its breathtaking images display a level of technical virtuosity and beauty that distinguish this magnificent book as a true work of art. As a retired cabinetmaker, Brookshaw produced his seminal botanical study late in his career, at first publishing it in parts and then as a complete edition in 1812. The fact that this outstanding work took ten years to complete is evident in the quality of its images and the care with which Brookshaw executed each individual picture. 'Pomona Britannica' was produced as a visual record of the best available varieties of fruit in an attempt to encourage gardeners to experiment with growing fruit, and illustrates examples found in the Royal gardens at Hampton Court, Kensington Gardens, and the private gardens of the Prince of Wales in Blackheath. 'Pomona Britannica' differs from other botanical books in its dark aquatinted backgrounds and its stylized compositions. By using aquatint to create a contrasting background, Brookshaw manages to produce a truly dramatic effect. His use of stylized composition distinguishes his pictures from the dry scientific illustrations found in other botanical studies and creates an exceptionally beautiful visual experience. 'Pomona Britannica' is not only a didactic study, it is a masterpiece of illustration in which every picture is a testament to the artist's talent and ingenuity. Cf. Dunthorne 50; cf. Great Flower Books (1990) p. 81; cf. Nissen BBI 244; cf. Sandra Raphael An Oak Spring Pomona 40a. [Bookseller: Donald A. Heald Rare Books (ABAA)] 17. Check availability: AbeBooks
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Säkularausgabe. 41 Bde. komplett inklusive aller Kommentarbde. und des Registerbdes. Herausgegeben von den Nationalen Forschungs und Gedenkstätten der klassischen deutschen Literatur in Weimar und dem Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique in Paris. Bd. 1: Gedichte 1812  1827. Bd. 1KI: Gedichte 1812  1827 Kommentar. Bd. 1KII: Gedichte 1812  1827 Kommentar. Bd. 2: Gedichte 1827  1844 und Versepen. Bd. 3: Gedichte 1845  1856. Bd. 4: Tragödien, frühe Prosa 1820  1831. Bd. 5: Reisebilder I 1824  1828. Bd. 6: Reisebilder II 1828  1831. Bd. 7: Über Frankreich 1831  1837. Bd. 7K: Über Frankreich 1931  1937 Kommentar. Bd. 8: Über Deutschland 1833  1836 Kunst und Philosophie. Bd. 9: Prosa 1836  1840. Bd. 10: Pariser Berichte 1840  1848. Bd. 11: Lutezia. Berichte über Politik, Kunst und Volksleben. Bd. 12: Späte Prosa 1847  1856. Bd. 13: Poemes et Légendes. Bd. 13: Poemes et Légendes. Kommentar. Bd. 14: Tableaux de Voyage I. Bd. 15: Tableaux de Voyage II. Italie. Bd. 14/15K: Reisebilder. Tableaux de Voyage. Kommentar. Bd. 16: De l?Allemagne I. Bd. 17: De l?Allemagne II. Bd. 18: De la France. Bd. 19: Lutèce. Bd. 20: Briefe 1815  1831. Bd. 20K: Briefe 1815  1831 Kommentar. Bd. 21: Briefe 1831  1841. Bd. 21K: Briefe 1831  1841 Kommentar. Bd. 22: Briefe 1842  1849. Bd. 22K: Briefe 1842  1849 Kommentar. Bd. 23: Briefe 1850  1856. Bd. 23K: Briefe 1850  1856 Kommentar. Bd. 24: Briefe an Heine 1823  1836. Bd. 24K: Briefe an Heine 1823  1836 Kommentar. Bd. 25: Briefe an Heine 1837  1841. Bd. 25K: Briefe 1837  1841 Kommentar. Bd. 26: Briefe an Heine 1842  1851. Bd. 26K: Briefe an Heine 1842  1851 Kommentar. Bd. 27: Briefe an Heine 1852  1856. Bd. 27K: Briefe an Heine 1852  1856 Kommentar. Bd. 2027R: Briefwechsel 1815  1856 Register.  Umschläge gebräunt mit kl. o. grösseren Randläsuren, vereinzelt auch Ausrissen, teils fleckig, angeschmutzt und/oder lichtrandig, Einband vereinzelt fleckig oder lichtrandig, Schnitte teils fleckig, Bll. und Vorsätze teils gebräunt, wenige mit Knickspuren, bei wenigen Bd. sind die Kapitalbändchen defekt. Insgesamt gute Exemplare.  Einzelverkauf der Bände ist ggfs. auch möglich. Bitte fragen Sie uns. [Bookseller: Rotes Antiquariat] 18. Check availability: booklooker.de
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Instruction sur les Soupes andEacuteconomiques [Bookseller: Maggs Bros. Ltd.] 19. Check availability: Direct From Seller
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Gottfried August Bürger's EhestandsGeschichte. Titel, 258 S. Schlichte Kartonage d. Z. (Kanten berieben). Berlin und Leipzig, Ferdinand Schulz u. Comp. (d. i. Hamburg, Vollmer), 1812.  Sehr seltene erste Ausgabe. "Berüchtigtes Eroticum . Das Buch ist von Reinhard nach dem Concept und nach mündlichen Mitteilungen des enttäuschten Ehegatten herausgegeben und enthält nicht nur einen wichtigen Beitrag zur Lebensgeschichte Bürgers. Die dritte Ehe Bürgers bildet eine der fesselndsten, zugleich aber auch der erschütterndsten Episoden im Leben des Dichters. Nur dann, wenn man die frohen Hoffnungen in Betracht zieht, welche er an dieses letzte Liebesband knüpfte, und alle die sehnsüchtigen Erwartungen berücksichtigt, die durch die Schuld der leichtfertigen Gattin, deren Eheirrungen eine eingehende Schilderung erfahren, so jählings getäuscht wurden, ist man im Stande, sich eine zutreffende Vorstellung von dem zerrissenen Herzensleben des Dichters zu machen. Der Inhalt (dieses Buchs) ist zum Teil so intimer Natur, daß das Buch in manchen Bibliotheken nicht in der Abteilung für Literaturgeschichte, sondern im sogenannten 'Giftschrank' aufbewahrt wird" (Hayn). Überwiegend sind Briefe wiedergegeben, die Bürger an die Mutter seiner dritten Frau, des "Schwabenmädels" Elise Hahn, gerichtet hat. Darin wird nicht nur von den erotischen Aktivitäten berichtet, mit denen seine Frau schon bald nach der Hochzeit begann, sondern auch über ihre nachlässige Haushaltsführung usw. berichtet und so ein ziemlich eindrucksvolles Bild von Arbeit und Hauswesen eines Göttinger Professors ohne Gehalt am Ende des 18. Jahrhunderts gegeben. Am Anfang ist das Gedicht wiedergegeben, mit dem sich Elise Hahn dem unbekannten Bürger als Gattin angeboten hatte (und das sie später als 'bloßen Scherz' bezeichnete, den Bürger gar nicht lesen sollte) sowie das Antwortschreiben Bürgers. – Etwas gebräunt und stockfleckig. Exlibris. – Goed. IV l, 991, 11. HaynG. I 498 f. Borst 1149. Nicht bei Jestädt, Vollmer. [Attributes: First Edition] [Bookseller: Antiquariat Wolfgang Braecklein] 20. Check availability: ZVAB
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\"Markt Platz zu München\". Blick von Westen über den Schrannenplatz zum alten Rathaus mit Rathausturm, vorne lebhaftes Markttreiben. Um die Mariensäule haben die Bauern ihre Getreidesäcke ausgebreitet, überall sind Fuhrwerke und zuschauendes Volk. Radierung von Dom. Quaglio, 1812, 23 x 32 cm. Trost R49. Vor der Adresse von Zeller. Maillinger I,2894; Pfister II,115126; Slg.Proebst 350.  Mit schmalem Rand um die Plattenkante, oben bis knapp an diese beschnitten, rechts oben hinterlegter Randeinriß bis ca. 10 mm in den leeren Himmel. Eine der reizvollsten Altmünchner Ansichten.  In feine ältere Goldleiste gerahmt. Versand D: 6,00 EUR BAYERN, Oberbayern [Bookseller: Antiquariat Bierl] 21. Check availability: buchfreund.de
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The History of the European Commerce with India. To which is subjoined a Review of the Arguments for and against the Trade with India, and the Management of it by a Chartered Company; with an Appendix of Authentic Accounts. London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Browne, 1812  Quarto (265 × 208 mm). Contemporary red half moroccograined skiver, marbled boards and edges, title gilt direct to the spine, low flat bands with twined bead and fern leaf roll, rectangular device composed of drawerhandle, and foliate scroll tools to the compartments, bead and leaf roll in blind to the spine and corner edges. Rubbed, some foxing and browning to the map which has offset onto the title page, textblock toned and with occasional light foxing, but overall very good. Folding engraved frontispiece map. First edition, first impression. Macpherson's most celebrated work was his Annals of Commerce, Fisheries and Navigation, which established him as a leading authority on the history of Britain's overseas trade. This, his final work, "opposed Adam Smith's view that the East India Company's monopoly was detrimental to the development of trade between India and Europe" (ODNB). Goldsmiths'Kress no. 20505. [Attributes: First Edition] [Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA member] 22. Check availability: ZVAB
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Traité complet sur la théorie et la pratique du nivellement. Draguignan, Fabre, (1812). ____ Première édition. Elle est illustrée par 21 planches dépliantes horstexte. JeanAntoine Fabre (17491834), né à SaintAndré (BassesAlpes), était ingénieur hydraulique des Etats de Provence, puis ingénieur en chef des Ponts et Chaussées jusqu'en 1812. Traité complet par lequel "on connaîtra parfaitement les règles du nivellement, et on sera en état de les appliquer aux diverses parties des travaux publics, sans être exposé aux erreurs inévitables dans les premières opérations de la pratique." Cette première édition a été publiée à Draguignan, la suivante le sera à Paris. Bon exemplaire. *****. In4. [280 x 208 mm] Collation : XXVI, 368 pp., 6 tableaux dépliants, 21 planches dépliantes horstexte. Demibasane rouge, dos orné. (Relié vers 1880.). [Bookseller: Hugues de Latude] 23. Check availability: Direct From Seller
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Kupferstich  Karte, n. C. Mannert b. Schneider und Weigel in Nürnb., "America nach der zweyten AusGesamtansichtbe von Arrowsmiths Weltkarte .".  mit altem Grenzkolorit, dat. 1812, 52 x 59 Seltene Karte bei Schneider und Weigel. Oben links die Titelkartusche. [Bookseller: Antiquariat Nikolaus Struck] 24. Check availability: ZVAB
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The Art of Cookery Made Plain and Easy; Excelling Any Thing of the Kind Ever Yet Published Alexandria [Virginia]: Cottom and Stewart. 1812. H Hard Cover. Poor. Published 1912. Rough but complete copy of this hardtofind work on cooking and food and menu selection, also a scarce preCivil War Virginia imprint. Unfortunately this copy does indeed appear to have been through the war, with scorched covers and smokedarkened outer edges, a few smoke whispers in the margins, but the text complete, readable and barely touched by the smoke darkening. Full calf of the period with gilt spine ruling and old repair to the rear cover, 288, xii pages, endpapers still present but with excess creasing and a few tiny edge chips. Covers are dried and blackened, especially the front cover, with the calf curled back from the underlying composition board which has warped considerably. Text block is somewhat shaken with a few gatherings a little loosened but not detached, contents protruding from the covers at the outer edges, pages generally clean with the aforenoted minor smoke traces in the margins, some darkening to the upper corner of the title page and first page of text, names of Israel Gillett and Susan Morris on front free endpaper along with the name Regent in all caps. Good rebinding candidate but readable as is. [Bookseller: Resource Books, LLC] 25. Check availability: Biblio
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\"Vue d`Oberwesel et la Ruine de Schomberg\". Prächtige Gesamtansicht vom Rhein aus, links die Ruine Schönberg. Altkol. Aquatinta von Radl nach Schütz, 1812, 47,5 x 59 cm. Schönes Blatt in kräftigem Altkolorit.  Auf Chinapapier aufgezogen, mit wenigen Restaurierungen in den Rändern. Versand D: 6,00 EUR RheinlandPfalz  Saarland [Bookseller: Antiquariat Bierl] 26. Check availability: buchfreund.de
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IJsgezicht  19de eeuw. IDYLLISCHE WINTERTekening in waterverf toegeschreven aan Reinier Craeyvanger (18121880). Afm. 36,4 x 52,6 cm.De Lage Landen kenden vele vinnig koude winters. Kou die ?deur vel en vleesch passeerde?. Binnenwateren en rivieren konden potdicht gevroren zijn en tot maart met een dikke ijskorst bedekt. Havens zaten dicht. De Zuiderzee werd met sledes en wagens overgestoken. Soms zwierven wolven rond op zoek naar prooi. De prijzen voor etenswaren stegen tijdens de winterperiode tot onwaarschijnlijke hoogte. Er was gebrek aan turf, hout en kolen en vooral aan vers water. Werk was moeilijk te vinden. Er stierven heel wat mensen van de kou. Ellende overheerste.Toch ligt de winter ligt veel Nederlanders na aan het hart. De gedachte aan ijs en schaatsen alleen al doet het sneller slaan. Vroeger even goed als tegenwoordig.Van de ruige realiteit tijdens grillige winters is op ijsgezichten doorgaans weinig te zien. Het koperspubliek wilde geen ellende en ook geen al te realistische weergave van borrelende scheuren, windwakken en viezigheid op het ijs. Men vroeg om een idyllisch plaatje.Prijs: ?2.350, (incl. lijst). [Bookseller: InterAntiquariaat MEFFERDT & DE JONGE] 27. Check availability: NVvA
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Säkularausgabe. 41 Bde. komplett inklusive aller Kommentarbde. und des Registerbdes. Herausgegeben von den Nationalen Forschungs und Gedenkstätten der klassischen deutschen Literatur in Weimar und dem Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique in Paris. Bd. 1: Gedichte 1812  1827. Bd. 1KI: Gedichte 1812  1827 Kommentar. Bd. 1KII: Gedichte 1812  1827 Kommentar. Bd. 2: Gedichte 1827  1844 und Versepen. Bd. 3: Gedichte 1845  1856. Bd. 4: Tragödien, frühe Prosa 1820  1831. Bd. 5: Reisebilder I 1824  1828. Bd. 6: Reisebilder II 1828  1831. Bd. 7: Über Frankreich 1831  1837. Bd. 7K: Über Frankreich 1931  1937 Kommentar. Bd. 8: Über Deutschland 1833  1836 Kunst und Philosophie. Bd. 9: Prosa 1836  1840. Bd. 10: Pariser Berichte 1840  1848. Bd. 11: Lutezia. Berichte über Politik, Kunst und Volksleben. Bd. 12: Späte Prosa 1847  1856. Bd. 13: Poemes et Légendes. Bd. 13: Poemes et Légendes. Kommentar. Bd. 14: Tableaux de Voyage I. Bd. 15: Tableaux de Voyage II. Italie. Bd. 14/15K: Reisebilder. Tableaux de Voyage. Kommentar. Bd. 16: De l?Allemagne I. Bd. 17: De l?Allemagne II. Bd. 18: De la France. Bd. 19: Lutèce. Bd. 20: Briefe 1815  1831. Bd. 20K: Briefe 1815  1831 Kommentar. Bd. 21: Briefe 1831  1841. Bd. 21K: Briefe 1831  1841 Kommentar. Bd. 22: Briefe 1842  1849. Bd. 22K: Briefe 1842  1849 Kommentar. Bd. 23: Briefe 1850  1856. Bd. 23K: Briefe 1850  1856 Kommentar. Bd. 24: Briefe an Heine 1823  1836. Bd. 24K: Briefe an Heine 1823  1836 Kommentar. Bd. 25: Briefe an Heine 1837  1841. Bd. 25K: Briefe 1837  1841 Kommentar. Bd. 26: Briefe an Heine 1842  1851. Bd. 26K: Briefe an Heine 1842  1851 Kommentar. Bd. 27: Briefe an Heine 1852  1856. Bd. 27K: Briefe an Heine 1852  1856 Kommentar. Bd. 2027R: Briefwechsel 1815  1856 Register.  Umschläge gebräunt mit kl. o. grösseren Randläsuren, vereinzelt auch Ausrissen, teils fleckig, angeschmutzt und/oder lichtrandig, Einband vereinzelt fleckig oder lichtrandig, Schnitte teils fleckig, Bll. und Vorsätze teils gebräunt, wenige mit Knickspuren, bei wenigen Bd. sind die Kapitalbändchen defekt. Insgesamt gute Exemplare.  Einzelverkauf der Bände ist ggfs. auch möglich. Bitte fragen Sie uns. [Bookseller: Rotes Antiquariat] 28. Check availability: booklooker.de
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OBSERVATIONS ON LAYING OUT FARMS IN THE SCOTCH STYLE, ADAPTED TO ENGLAND. Comprising an account of the introduction of the Berwickshire Husbandry into Middlesex and Oxfordshire. London, John Harding, 1812.. FIRST EDITION 1812. Large 4to, approximately 385 x 280 mm, 15 x 11 inches, printed on good heavy stock, 38 engraved plates (title page calls for 40 plates, there is a note on this discrepancy at the end of the plate list), 10 are tissue guarded hand coloured aquatints including frontispiece, panorama with 3 images and 1 plate with 2 images, making a total of 13 images, 3 are large folding plates, plus 1 large folding in black and white, pages: [9]16, 1960, 59105, collation: AG5, HM4 (1) including halftitle, pagination slightly erratic but complete, numbers 59 and 60 are duplicated but there is no duplication of text. Handsomely rebound in half dark blue crushed morocco, matching cloth covers divided by gilt decoration, contrasting gilt lettered labels to spine, gilt date at foot, gilt decoration and urns between raised bands, edges untrimmed, housed in a plain blue cloth slipcase. The folding plates each have a small tear on central fold, all have repairs to the blank side to strengthen, the panorama plate has a repair to central blank margin on the image side, not affecting images (see attached image), 2 small repairs to edges, not affecting images, 2 further small tears to fold, not repaired, the large folding black and white plate has small central repair to fold on the blank side and the image side, not affecting the images (MOST COPIES SEEM TO SUFFER FROM TEARS TO FOLDS), pinhole worm track from page 50 to the end, hardly noticeable, small worm track affecting 2 plates, 1 in colour, on the colour plate the track just runs into the sky (see image named "Scone"), both neatly repaired on the blank side, 1 colour plate has 2 small darker blue spots in the sky, tissue guards foxed, that on frontispiece loose, 1 with a small worm track, 1 page has small hole to blank margin (paper fault), 1 margin has 2 neat small closed tears repaired, margin of 1 black and white plate has small closed tear neatly repaired, 13 black and white plates have pale agebrowning, some margins on the colour plates have pale agebrowning, not affecting images, page edges a little dusty with occasional tiny nicks and a tiny ink spot just affecting several edges. A very good copy of a rare colour plate farming book. See Mary Aslin, Catalogue of the Printed books on Agriculture published between 1471 and 1840, page 80; The Kress Library of Business and Economics, Volume 2, page 304, B. 6011. Not in Abbey or Tooley. John Claudius Loudon (1783 1843) was a Scottish botanist, garden and cemetery designer, author and garden magazine editor. This work is based on Loudons experiments at Tew Park in Oxfordshire which he rented in 1809 and set up as an agricultural school. Despite significant success financially, he abruptly disbanded the school in 1811 and left for a tour of the Continent (returning in 1814), leaving his publishers to produce the book. MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING, ALL ZOOMABLE. FURTHER IMAGES ON REQUEST. POSTAGE AT COST. [Bookseller: Roger Middleton] 29. Check availability: Biblio
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Théorie Analytique des Probabilités. Paris: Courcier, 1812. [With:] Supplément a la Théorie Analytique des Probabilités, Paris: Courcier, n.d. [1816]; Deuxième Supplément ..., n.p., February 1818; Troisième Supplément ..., Paris: Courcier, n.d. [1819]; Quatrième Supplément ..., Paris: HuzardCourcier, n.d. [1825]. Paris: Courcier, 181225. First edition, very rare, accompanied by all four supplements (the fourth supplement is especially rare), of "the most influential book on probability and statistics ever written" (Anders Hald), which John Herschel called "the ne plus ultra of mathematical skill and power" (Essays from the Edinburgh and Quarterly Reviews (1857), p. 382). "In the Théorie Laplace gave a new level of mathematical foundation and development both to probability theory and to mathematical statistics. ... [It] emerged from a long series of slow processes and once established, loomed over the landscape for a century or more." (Stephen Stigler, Landmark Writings in Western Mathematics, pp. 32930). "It was the first fullscale study completely devoted to a new specialty, ... [and came] to have the same sort of relation to the later development of probability that, for example, Newton's Principia Mathematica had to the later science of mechanics" (DSB). "The Théorie analytique des Probabilités contains, besides an introduction, two books and four supplements: Book I. Du calcul des Fonctions génératrices; Book II. Théorie générale des Probabilités; first supplement, composed in 1816. Sur l'Application du calcul des Probabilités à la philosophie naturelle; second supplement, composed in 1817. Sur l'Application du calcul des Probabilités aux opérations géodésiques, et sur la Probabilité des résultats déduits d'un grand nombre d'observations; third supplement, composed in 1819. Application des formules géodésiques de Probabilité à la Méridienne de France; [fourth supplement, composed in 1825]" (Hoefer, Nouvelle Biographie Générale, 547). ABPC/RBH list only one copy of this first edition sold at auction since Honeyman, and that copy lacked the fourth supplement (Sotheby's, 11 December 2007, $25,000). The Honeyman copy had only the first supplement. "The first edition contains a brief introduction that was eliminated in the second and third in favor of the Essai philosophique. It is worth notice, nevertheless, for the interest that Laplace claimed for the work in bringing it before the public: "I am particularly concerned to determine the probability of causes and results, as exhibited in events that occur in large numbers, and to investigate the laws according to which that probability approaches a limit in proportion to the repetition of events. That investigation deserves the attention of mathematicians because of the analysis required. It is primarily there that the approximation of formulas that are functions of large numbers has its most important applications. The investigation will benefit observers in identifying the mean to be chosen among the results of their observations and the probability of the errors still to be apprehended. Lastly, the investigation is one that deserves the attention of philosophers in showing how in the final analysis there is a regularity underlying the very things that seem to us to pertain entirely to chance, and in unveiling the hidden but constant causes on which that regularity depends. It is on the regularity of the mean outcomes of events taken in large numbers that various institutions depend, such as annuities, tontines, and insurance policies. Questions about those subjects, as well as about inoculation with vaccine and decisions of electoral assemblies, present no further difficulty in the light of my theory. I limit myself here to resolving the most general of them, but the importance of these concerns in civil life, the moral considerations that complicate them, and the voluminous data that they presuppose require a separate work." Laplace never wrote that separate work, although the thought of it may well have been what led him to expand his old lecture for the École Normale into the Essai philosophique two years later. "The general subtitle of Book I is "Calcul des fonctions génératrices." It consists almost entirely of a republication, with some revision, of the two cardinal mathematical investigations of the early 1780's. The "Mémoire sur les suites", on generating functions themselves, has now become the basis of its first part, and that on the approximation by definite integrals of formulas containing very large numbers the basis of its second part. The introduction reiterates what Laplace had first stated in the memoir of the preceding year, that the two theories are branches of a single calculus, the one concerned with solving the difference equations in which problems of chance events are formulated, the other with evaluating the expressions that result when events are repeated many times. "Laplace says in the introduction that he is now presenting these theories in a more general manner than he had done thirty years before. The chief difference in principle is that the new calculus is held to have emerged along the main line of evolution of the analytical treatment of exponential quantities. In an opening historical chapter, Laplace traces the lineage back through the work of Lagrange, Leibniz, Newton, and Wallis to Descartes's invention of numerical indices for denoting the operations of squaring, cubing, and raising magnitudes to higher integral powers. The principal difference in practice between the two earlier memoirs and their revision in Book I is that Laplace omitted certain passages that had come to appear extraneous in the interval and gave greater prominence to others that now appeared strategic. The most important omission is three articles from the "Mémoire sur les suites" on the solution of secondorder partial differential equations, which were important for problems of physics but not for theory of games of chance. On the other hand, Laplace gave greater emphasis than in the earlier memoirs to the passage from the finite to the infinitesimal and also from real to imaginary quantity. He now develops as an argument what he had merely asserted in the immediately preceding memoir on definite integrals, namely that rigor is not impaired by the necessity of neglecting in appropriate circumstances infinitesimal quantities relative to finite quantities and higherorder infinitesimals relative to those of lower order. It is in support of this proposition that he brings in the solution to the problem of vibrating strings. It affords a convincing example that discontinuous solutions of partial differential equations are possible under conditions that he specifies. He attached even greater importance to the fertility that he increasingly found in the process of passing from real to imaginary quantities and discussed those procedures in the transitional section between the first and second parts ... "In Book II, subtitled "Théorie générale des probabilités," Laplace turns from the calculus to probability itself. Indeed, it is fair to say that he constituted the subject, drawing together the main types of problems from the theory of chance already treated by many mathematicians, including himself, in a somewhat haphazard manner, and rehandling them in tandem with problems from the new areas of application in philosophy of science, astronomy, geodesy, instrumentation, error, population, and the procedures of judicial panels and electoral bodies. Unlike the two parts of Book I ..., Book II is more than a republication of earlier memoirs with minor and incidental revision. Material from earlier work is incorporated in it, to be sure, but it is revised mathematically and fortified with new material ... The first chapter gives the general principles and opens with the famous characterization of probability as a branch of knowledge both required by the limitation of the human intelligence and serving to repair its deficiencies in part. The subject is relative, therefore, both to our knowledge and to our ignorance of the laws of a determined universe. After stating the definition of probability itself and the rule for multiplying the probabilities of independent events, Laplace includes as the third basic principle a verbal statement of his theorem on the probability of cause, still without mentioning Bayes. Thereupon, he takes the example of the unsuspected asymmetries of a coin to consider the effect of unequal prior probabilities mistakenly taken for equal. Finally, he distinguishes between mathematical and moral expectation ... "The actual problems discussed in the early chapters also consist in part of examples reworked from ... early papers on theory of chance. Laplace solved them by using generating functions and arranged them, not for their own sake, but to illustrate the typology of problems in probability at large, interspersing new subject matter where the methodology made it appropriate. Chapter 2, which is concerned with the probability of compound events composed of simple events of known probability, is much the most considerable, occupying about onequarter of Book II. In a discussion of the old problem of determining the probability that all n numbers in a lottery will turn up at least once in i draws when r slips are chosen on each draw, he adduced the case of the French national lottery, composed of ninety numbers drawn five at a time. Laplace went on to other classic problems in direct probability: of odds and evens in extracting balls from an urn, of extracting given numbers of balls of a particular color from mixtures in several urns, of order and sequence in the retrieval of numbered balls, of the division of stakes and of the ruin or victory of one of a pair of gamblers in standard games ... "We shall not follow Laplace into yet another calculation (his last on this phenomenon) that the orbital arrangement of the planets results from a single cause and that the comets escape its compass, nor from that back to a variation on the original problem, in which any number of balls in the urn may be designated by the same integer, nor even into his derivation by the same method that the sum of the errors in a series of observations will be contained within given limits. Suffice it to indicate the sequence and the virtuosity it bespeaks. But we must notice his earliest venture, this late in life, into judicial probability. Imagine a number i of points along a straight line, at each of which an ordinate is erected. The first ordinate must be at least equal to the second, the second at least equal to the third, and so on; and the sum of these i ordinates is s. The problem is to determine, among all the values that each ordinate can assume, the mean value ... Suppose now, however, that an event is produced by one of the i causes A, B, C, ..., and that a panel of judges is to reach a verdict on which of the causes was responsible. Each member of the panel might write on a ballot the various letters in the order that appeared most probable to him ... If all members of the tribunal follow that procedure, and the values for each cause are summed, the largest sum will point to the most probable cause in the view of that panel. Laplace hastened to add that since electors, unlike judges, are not constrained to decide for or against a candidate but impute to him all degrees of merit in making their choices, the above procedure may not be applied to elections. He proceeded to outline a probabilistic scheme for a preferential ballot that would produce the most mathematically exact expression of electoral will. Unfortunately, however, electors would not in fact make their choices on the basis of merit but would rank lowest the candidate who presented the greatest threat to their own man. In practice, therefore, preferential ballots favor mediocrity and had been abandoned wherever tried. "The third chapter deals with limits, in the sense in which the idea figures in the frequency definitions of the discipline of probability that have developed out of it. In his own terminology, his concern was with the laws of probability that result from the indefinite multiplication of events. No single passage is as clear and definite as his derivation of the central limit theorem in the memoir on approximating the values of formulas containing large numbers that had brought him back to probability several years before, but the examples he adduces are much more various ... Laplace points out that two sorts of approximations are involved. The first is relative to the limits of the a priori probability (facilité) of the event A, and the second to the probability that the ratio of the occurrences of A to the total number of events will be contained within certain limits. As the events are repeated, the latter probability increases so long as the limits remain the same. On the other hand, so long as the probability remains the same, the limits grow closer together. When the number of events reaches infinity, the limits converge in a point and the probability becomes a certainty. Just as he had done in his earliest general memoir on probability, Laplace turned to birth records to illustrate how the ratio of boys to girls gives figures from experience for prior probabilities, or facilitiés. "The latter part of the discussion contains another of the many passages scattered throughout his writings that have led modern readers to feel that Laplace must somehow have had an inkling (or perhaps a repressed belief) that random processes occur in nature itself and not merely as a function of our ignorance. The mathematical occasion here is the use ... of partial differential equations in solving certain limit problems. The concluding example turns on a ring of urns, one containing only white and another only black balls, and the rest mixtures of very different proportions. Laplace proves that if a ball is drawn from any urn and placed in its neighbor, and if that urn is well shaken and a ball drawn from it and placed in the next further on, and so on an indefinite number of times around the circle, the ratio of white to black balls in each urn will eventually be the same as the ratio of white to black balls in all of them. But what Laplace really thought to show by such examples was the tendency of constant forces in nature to bring order into the most chaotic systems. "By comparison to the early probabilistic memoirs of the 1770's, and 1780's, the fourth chapter on probability of error certainly represents the most significant development in the subject as a whole. It contains, of course, a derivation of the leastsquare law for taking the mean in a series of observations ... The chapter opens with determinations that the sum of errors of a large number of errors  equivalent to the distribution of sums of random variables  will be contained within given limits, on the assumption of a known and equipossible law of errors. It continues with the probability that the sum of the errors (again amounting to random variables), all considered as positive, and of their squares and cubes, will be contained within given limits. This is equivalent to considering the distribution of the sum of moduli. That leads to the problem of correcting values known approximately by the results of a great number of observations, which is to say by least squares, first in the case of a single element and then of two or more elements. Mathematically, this involves a discussion of linearized equations with one unknown and with two unknowns, respectively. Laplace includes instructions on application of the analysis to the correction of astronomical data by comparison of the values given in a number of tables. He then considers the case in which the probability of positive and negative error is unequal, and derives the distribution that results. The nexttolast section deals with the statistical prediction of error and methods of allowing for it on the basis of experience. At least, that seems to be a fair statement of what Laplace had in mind in speaking of "the mean result of observations large in number and not yet made," on the basis of the mean determined for past observations of which the respective departures from the mean are known. The chapter closes with a historical sketch of the methods used by astronomers to minimize error up to the formulation of least squares, in which account Laplace renders Legendre and Gauss each his due. "In the fifth chapter, Laplace discussed the application of probability to the investigation of phenomena themselves and of their causes, wherein it might serve to establish the physical significance of data amid all the complexities of the world. The approach offers practical instances of his sense of the relativity of the subject to knowledge and to ignorance, to science and to nature. In the analysis of error, it is the phenomena that are considered certain, whereas here the existence and boundaries of the phenomena themselves are the object of the calculation. The main example is the daily variation of the barometer, which long and frequent observation shows to be normally at its highest at 9:00 a.m. and lowest at 4:00 p.m., after which it rises to a lower peak at 11:00 p.m. and sinks until 4:00 p.m. Laplace calculated the probability that this diurnal pattern is due to some regular cause, namely the action of the sun, and determined its mean extent. He then raised a further question which, for lack of data, he could not resolve mathematically here, but which is interesting since it came to occupy the very last calculation of his life. For in theory, atmospheric tides would constitute a second and independent cause contributing to the daily variations of barometric pressure ... The detection of such a small effect was not yet possible, although Laplace expressed his confidence that observations would one day become sufficiently extensive and precise to permit its isolation. "In short, it was calculations of this sort that Laplace had in mind when he claimed, as he here remarked again, that on the cosmic scale probability had permitted him to identify the great inequalities of Jupiter and Saturn, even as it had enabled him to detect the minuscule deviation from the vertical of a body falling toward a rotating earth. He even had hopes for its calculus in physiological investigations, imagining that application to a large number of observations might suffice to determine whether electrical or magnetic charges have detectable effects upon the nervous system, and whether animal magnetism reflects reality or suggestibility. In general  he felt confident  the same analysis could in principle be applied to medical and economic questions, and even to problems of morality, for the operations of causes many times repeated are as regular in those domains as in physics. Laplace had no examples to propose, however, and closed the chapter with a mathematical problem extraneous in subject matter but not in methodology. The problem had been imagined by Buffon in order to show the applicability of geometry to probability. It consists of tossing a needle onto a grid of parallel lines, and then onto a grid ruled in rectangles, of which the optimal dimensions relative to the length of the needle constitute the problem. Laplace adapted it to a probabilistic, or in this instance a statistical, method for approximating to the value of π. It would be possible, he points out, although not mathematically inviting, to apply a similar approach to the rectification of curves and squaring of surfaces in general. "Chapter 6, "On the Probability of Causes and Future Events, Drawn From Observed Events," is in effect concerned with problems of statistical inference. In practice, the material represents a reworking of his early memoir on probability of cause and of the application of inverse probability by means of approximations of definite integrals to calculations involving births of boys and girls and also to population problems at large. He now had figures for Naples as well as for Paris and London. In calculating the probable error in estimates of the population of France based on the available samples, he made use of the partial census which, at his request, the government had instituted in 1801. "The next, very brief, chapter also starts with old material, to which he gave a new turn. He recurs to his own discovery of the effect of inequalities in the prior probabilities that are mistakenly supposed to be equal. He always attached great importance to that finding, so much so that he alluded to it in the opening chapter of Book II, where definitions were laid down. The significance was that it brought out the care that needed to be taken when mathematical calculations of probability were applied to physical events. In effect, there are no perfect symmetries in the real world, and what Laplace was saying was that allowance has to be made for slight deviations of parameters from assumed values in making predictions. He discussed the problem in the same connection in which he had started it, in relation to the unfairness to one of two players of unsuspected asymmetries in a coin to be tossed. That could be mitigated, he now suggested, by submitting the chance of asymmetry itself to calculation ... "In chapters 8, 9, and 10, all of them quite brief, Laplace took up life expectancy, annuities, insurance, and moral expectation (or prudence). We do not know where he obtained his information, but it is reasonable to suppose that some of it must have been derived from occasional service on commissions appointed to review writings in this area and various actuarial schemes submitted to the government. The procèsverbaux of the Academy in its last years and of the Institute contain record of his having thus been called on from time to time. Moreover, the "Notice sur les probabilités" (1800) was published as a rationale of the application that it was legitimate to make to tables of mortality. This piece was an expansion of his École Normale lecture of 1795. It was then further expanded to become the first edition of the Essai philosophique and concludes with a summons to governments to license and regulate underwriters of insurance, annuities, and tontines, and to encourage investment in soundly managed associations. For an insurance industry and a literature did exist, although Laplace does not refer either to actual practice or to authorities. Comparison of his chapters with both would be required before a judgment could be made of what his contribution may have been. "Mathematically, his model for calculations of the "mean duration," both of life and marriage, is error theory. Given the tables of mortality covering a large population, a value for the mean length of life may be taken and the probability calculated that the mean life of a sample of stated size will fall within given limits. Calculation of life expectancy at any age follows directly. Laplace also gave a calculation for estimating the effect of smallpox on the death rate and of vaccination on life expectancy. The conclusion is that the eradication of smallpox would increase life expectancy by three years, if the growth in the population did not diminish the improvement by outrunning the food supply. Laplace did not give the data or provide numerical examples here, as he had done in his population studies. The succeeding chapter on annuities and tontines is equally abstract and gives expressions for the capital required to create annuities on one or several lives, for the investment needed to build an estate of given size, and for the advantages to be expected from participation in mutual benefit societies. "In the tenth chapter, with which Laplace concluded the first edition, he softened the asperity he had once expressed about Daniel Bernoulli's calculation of a value for moral expectation in distinguishing that notion from mathematical expectation. Bernoulli had proposed that prospective benefits, in practice financial ones, may be quantified as the quotient of their amount divided by the total worth of the beneficiary. Laplace now adopted that principle as a useful guide to conductwithout attributing it this time to Bernoulli ... Laplace concluded that in the most mathematically advantageous games of chance the odds are always unfavorable over time, and that diversification is a prudent practice in the investment of wealth ... "Laplace extended the application of inverse probability to the analysis of criminal procedures in a supplement to the Théorie analytique, the first of four, composed in 1816. For this purpose a condemnation is an event, and the probability is required that it was caused by the guilt of the accused. As always in the probability of cause, prior probabilities had to be known or assumed, and Laplace again supposed that the probability of a truthful juror or judge lies between 1/2 and 1. In a panel of eight members of whom five suffice to convict, the probability of error came to 65/256. He felt that the English jury system with its requirement for unanimity weighted the odds too heavily against the security of society, but that the French criminal code was unjust to the accused. By one provision, if a defendant was found guilty by a majority of 7 to 5 in a court of first instance, it required a vote of 4 to 1 to overturn the verdict in a court of appeal, since a majority of only 3 to 2 there still left a plurality against him in the two courts taken together. That rule was as offensive to common sense as to common humanity ... "Between 1817 and 1819, Laplace investigated the application of probability to sharpening the precision of geodesic data and gathered these studies for publication as the second and third supplements of the Théorie analytique. In recent years scholars concerned with the history of statistics have been especially interested in these two pieces, which Laplace himself saw in the context of his theory of error. His intention was to improve on the method of least squares in the minimization of instrumental and observational error. That had also been his motivation in the opening articles of the First Supplement, where before taking up judicial probabilities, he further developed what he called the "most advantageous" method of combining equations of condition formed from observations of a single element, like those exemplified in his initial justification of the leastsquares method. He then applied the method to estimating the probable error in Bouvard's recent, highly refined calculations of the masses of Uranus, Saturn, and Jupiter. "In the Second Supplement, Laplace turned to geodesy and compared the results of his method with the socalled method of situation of Boskovic. Stigler considers that this discussion contains the earliest instance of a comparison of two wellelaborated methods of estimation for a general population, in which the conditions that make one of them preferable are specified. He is particularly enthusiastic about the growing statistical sophistication, as he sees it, of Laplace's later work in probability and argues that the analysis here is strikingly similar to that which led R. A. Fisher to the discovery of the concept of sufficiency in 1920. In the Third Supplement, Laplace reports the result of applying his method to the extension of the revolutionary DelambreMéchain survey of the meridian from a base in Perpignan to Formentera in the Balearic Islands. The data were the discrepancies between 180° and the sums of the angles measured for each triangle. There were only twentysix triangles in the PerpignanFormentera chain, however, and Laplace preferred to estimate the law of error on the basis of all 700 triangles in the original survey. He could then calculate the probabilities of error of various magnitudes in the length of the meridian by the formulas already developed for his modified, or most advantageous, method of least squares. In a further article on a general method for cases involving several sources of error, Laplace obtained a paradigm equation for formulating equations of condition that relate values for observed elements to the error distributions involved. The equation served him in his later investigation of variations of the barometer as evidence for lunar atmospheric tides, the last he ever undertook" (DSB). The main part of the fourth Supplement consists of the solution of problems which may be considered as generalisations of the Problem of Points. In the simplest problem a player A draws a ball from an urn containing white balls and black balls; after the ball has been drawn it is replaced. Then a second player B draws a ball from a second urn containing white balls and black balls; after the ball has been drawn it is replaced. If a player draws a white ball he counts a point; if he draws a black ball he counts nothing. Suppose that A wants x points, and B wants x' points to complete an assigned set; required the probabilities in favour of each player. This is then generalized by allowing balls of more than two kinds, and allowing drawing without replacement. These problems are solved by the method of generating functions. This is followed by a section headed Remarque sur les fonctions génératrices which refers to some problems solved in sections 8 and 10 of the Traité, cautioning that the solutions given there cannot be replied upon; correct solutions by means of generating functions are now provided. "PierreSimon Laplace (17491827), sometimes called "the Newton of France," was a mathematician and astronomer who made many important contributions to the fields of mathematical astronomy and probability. Laplace's Mécanique Céleste (Celestial Mechanics) was the most important work in mathematical astronomy since Isaac Newton. 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Théorie Analytique des Probabilités. Paris: Courcier, 1812. [With:] Supplément a la Théorie Analytique des Probabilités, Paris: Courcier, n.d. [1816]; Deuxième Supplément ..., n.p., February 1818; Troisième Supplément ..., Paris: Courcier, n.d. [1819]; Quatrième Supplément ..., Paris: HuzardCourcier, n.d. [1825]. Paris: Courcier, 181225. First edition, very rare, accompanied by all four supplements (the fourth supplement is especially rare), of "the most influential book on probability and statistics ever written" (Anders Hald), which John Herschel called "the ne plus ultra of mathematical skill and power" (Essays from the Edinburgh and Quarterly Reviews (1857), p. 382). "In the Théorie Laplace gave a new level of mathematical foundation and development both to probability theory and to mathematical statistics. ... [It] emerged from a long series of slow processes and once established, loomed over the landscape for a century or more." (Stephen Stigler, Landmark Writings in Western Mathematics, pp. 32930). "It was the first fullscale study completely devoted to a new specialty, ... [and came] to have the same sort of relation to the later development of probability that, for example, Newton's Principia Mathematica had to the later science of mechanics" (DSB). "The Théorie analytique des Probabilités contains, besides an introduction, two books and four supplements: Book I. Du calcul des Fonctions génératrices; Book II. Théorie générale des Probabilités; first supplement, composed in 1816. Sur l'Application du calcul des Probabilités à la philosophie naturelle; second supplement, composed in 1817. Sur l'Application du calcul des Probabilités aux opérations géodésiques, et sur la Probabilité des résultats déduits d'un grand nombre d'observations; third supplement, composed in 1819. Application des formules géodésiques de Probabilité à la Méridienne de France; [fourth supplement, composed in 1825]" (Hoefer, Nouvelle Biographie Générale, 547). ABPC/RBH list only one copy of this first edition sold at auction since Honeyman, and that copy lacked the fourth supplement (Sotheby's, 11 December 2007, $25,000). The Honeyman copy had only the first supplement. "The first edition contains a brief introduction that was eliminated in the second and third in favor of the Essai philosophique. It is worth notice, nevertheless, for the interest that Laplace claimed for the work in bringing it before the public: "I am particularly concerned to determine the probability of causes and results, as exhibited in events that occur in large numbers, and to investigate the laws according to which that probability approaches a limit in proportion to the repetition of events. That investigation deserves the attention of mathematicians because of the analysis required. It is primarily there that the approximation of formulas that are functions of large numbers has its most important applications. The investigation will benefit observers in identifying the mean to be chosen among the results of their observations and the probability of the errors still to be apprehended. Lastly, the investigation is one that deserves the attention of philosophers in showing how in the final analysis there is a regularity underlying the very things that seem to us to pertain entirely to chance, and in unveiling the hidden but constant causes on which that regularity depends. It is on the regularity of the mean outcomes of events taken in large numbers that various institutions depend, such as annuities, tontines, and insurance policies. Questions about those subjects, as well as about inoculation with vaccine and decisions of electoral assemblies, present no further difficulty in the light of my theory. I limit myself here to resolving the most general of them, but the importance of these concerns in civil life, the moral considerations that complicate them, and the voluminous data that they presuppose require a separate work." Laplace never wrote that separate work, although the thought of it may well have been what led him to expand his old lecture for the École Normale into the Essai philosophique two years later. "The general subtitle of Book I is "Calcul des fonctions génératrices." It consists almost entirely of a republication, with some revision, of the two cardinal mathematical investigations of the early 1780's. The "Mémoire sur les suites", on generating functions themselves, has now become the basis of its first part, and that on the approximation by definite integrals of formulas containing very large numbers the basis of its second part. The introduction reiterates what Laplace had first stated in the memoir of the preceding year, that the two theories are branches of a single calculus, the one concerned with solving the difference equations in which problems of chance events are formulated, the other with evaluating the expressions that result when events are repeated many times. "Laplace says in the introduction that he is now presenting these theories in a more general manner than he had done thirty years before. The chief difference in principle is that the new calculus is held to have emerged along the main line of evolution of the analytical treatment of exponential quantities. In an opening historical chapter, Laplace traces the lineage back through the work of Lagrange, Leibniz, Newton, and Wallis to Descartes's invention of numerical indices for denoting the operations of squaring, cubing, and raising magnitudes to higher integral powers. The principal difference in practice between the two earlier memoirs and their revision in Book I is that Laplace omitted certain passages that had come to appear extraneous in the interval and gave greater prominence to others that now appeared strategic. The most important omission is three articles from the "Mémoire sur les suites" on the solution of secondorder partial differential equations, which were important for problems of physics but not for theory of games of chance. On the other hand, Laplace gave greater emphasis than in the earlier memoirs to the passage from the finite to the infinitesimal and also from real to imaginary quantity. He now develops as an argument what he had merely asserted in the immediately preceding memoir on definite integrals, namely that rigor is not impaired by the necessity of neglecting in appropriate circumstances infinitesimal quantities relative to finite quantities and higherorder infinitesimals relative to those of lower order. It is in support of this proposition that he brings in the solution to the problem of vibrating strings. It affords a convincing example that discontinuous solutions of partial differential equations are possible under conditions that he specifies. He attached even greater importance to the fertility that he increasingly found in the process of passing from real to imaginary quantities and discussed those procedures in the transitional section between the first and second parts ... "In Book II, subtitled "Théorie générale des probabilités," Laplace turns from the calculus to probability itself. Indeed, it is fair to say that he constituted the subject, drawing together the main types of problems from the theory of chance already treated by many mathematicians, including himself, in a somewhat haphazard manner, and rehandling them in tandem with problems from the new areas of application in philosophy of science, astronomy, geodesy, instrumentation, error, population, and the procedures of judicial panels and electoral bodies. Unlike the two parts of Book I ..., Book II is more than a republication of earlier memoirs with minor and incidental revision. Material from earlier work is incorporated in it, to be sure, but it is revised mathematically and fortified with new material ... The first chapter gives the general principles and opens with the famous characterization of probability as a branch of knowledge both required by the limitation of the human intelligence and serving to repair its deficiencies in part. The subject is relative, therefore, both to our knowledge and to our ignorance of the laws of a determined universe. After stating the definition of probability itself and the rule for multiplying the probabilities of independent events, Laplace includes as the third basic principle a verbal statement of his theorem on the probability of cause, still without mentioning Bayes. Thereupon, he takes the example of the unsuspected asymmetries of a coin to consider the effect of unequal prior probabilities mistakenly taken for equal. Finally, he distinguishes between mathematical and moral expectation ... "The actual problems discussed in the early chapters also consist in part of examples reworked from ... early papers on theory of chance. Laplace solved them by using generating functions and arranged them, not for their own sake, but to illustrate the typology of problems in probability at large, interspersing new subject matter where the methodology made it appropriate. Chapter 2, which is concerned with the probability of compound events composed of simple events of known probability, is much the most considerable, occupying about onequarter of Book II. In a discussion of the old problem of determining the probability that all n numbers in a lottery will turn up at least once in i draws when r slips are chosen on each draw, he adduced the case of the French national lottery, composed of ninety numbers drawn five at a time. Laplace went on to other classic problems in direct probability: of odds and evens in extracting balls from an urn, of extracting given numbers of balls of a particular color from mixtures in several urns, of order and sequence in the retrieval of numbered balls, of the division of stakes and of the ruin or victory of one of a pair of gamblers in standard games ... "We shall not follow Laplace into yet another calculation (his last on this phenomenon) that the orbital arrangement of the planets results from a single cause and that the comets escape its compass, nor from that back to a variation on the original problem, in which any number of balls in the urn may be designated by the same integer, nor even into his derivation by the same method that the sum of the errors in a series of observations will be contained within given limits. Suffice it to indicate the sequence and the virtuosity it bespeaks. But we must notice his earliest venture, this late in life, into judicial probability. Imagine a number i of points along a straight line, at each of which an ordinate is erected. The first ordinate must be at least equal to the second, the second at least equal to the third, and so on; and the sum of these i ordinates is s. The problem is to determine, among all the values that each ordinate can assume, the mean value ... Suppose now, however, that an event is produced by one of the i causes A, B, C, ..., and that a panel of judges is to reach a verdict on which of the causes was responsible. Each member of the panel might write on a ballot the various letters in the order that appeared most probable to him ... If all members of the tribunal follow that procedure, and the values for each cause are summed, the largest sum will point to the most probable cause in the view of that panel. Laplace hastened to add that since electors, unlike judges, are not constrained to decide for or against a candidate but impute to him all degrees of merit in making their choices, the above procedure may not be applied to elections. He proceeded to outline a probabilistic scheme for a preferential ballot that would produce the most mathematically exact expression of electoral will. Unfortunately, however, electors would not in fact make their choices on the basis of merit but would rank lowest the candidate who presented the greatest threat to their own man. In practice, therefore, preferential ballots favor mediocrity and had been abandoned wherever tried. "The third chapter deals with limits, in the sense in which the idea figures in the frequency definitions of the discipline of probability that have developed out of it. In his own terminology, his concern was with the laws of probability that result from the indefinite multiplication of events. No single passage is as clear and definite as his derivation of the central limit theorem in the memoir on approximating the values of formulas containing large numbers that had brought him back to probability several years before, but the examples he adduces are much more various ... Laplace points out that two sorts of approximations are involved. The first is relative to the limits of the a priori probability (facilité) of the event A, and the second to the probability that the ratio of the occurrences of A to the total number of events will be contained within certain limits. As the events are repeated, the latter probability increases so long as the limits remain the same. On the other hand, so long as the probability remains the same, the limits grow closer together. When the number of events reaches infinity, the limits converge in a point and the probability becomes a certainty. Just as he had done in his earliest general memoir on probability, Laplace turned to birth records to illustrate how the ratio of boys to girls gives figures from experience for prior probabilities, or facilitiés. "The latter part of the discussion contains another of the many passages scattered throughout his writings that have led modern readers to feel that Laplace must somehow have had an inkling (or perhaps a repressed belief) that random processes occur in nature itself and not merely as a function of our ignorance. The mathematical occasion here is the use ... of partial differential equations in solving certain limit problems. The concluding example turns on a ring of urns, one containing only white and another only black balls, and the rest mixtures of very different proportions. Laplace proves that if a ball is drawn from any urn and placed in its neighbor, and if that urn is well shaken and a ball drawn from it and placed in the next further on, and so on an indefinite number of times around the circle, the ratio of white to black balls in each urn will eventually be the same as the ratio of white to black balls in all of them. But what Laplace really thought to show by such examples was the tendency of constant forces in nature to bring order into the most chaotic systems. "By comparison to the early probabilistic memoirs of the 1770's, and 1780's, the fourth chapter on probability of error certainly represents the most significant development in the subject as a whole. It contains, of course, a derivation of the leastsquare law for taking the mean in a series of observations ... The chapter opens with determinations that the sum of errors of a large number of errors  equivalent to the distribution of sums of random variables  will be contained within given limits, on the assumption of a known and equipossible law of errors. It continues with the probability that the sum of the errors (again amounting to random variables), all considered as positive, and of their squares and cubes, will be contained within given limits. This is equivalent to considering the distribution of the sum of moduli. That leads to the problem of correcting values known approximately by the results of a great number of observations, which is to say by least squares, first in the case of a single element and then of two or more elements. Mathematically, this involves a discussion of linearized equations with one unknown and with two unknowns, respectively. Laplace includes instructions on application of the analysis to the correction of astronomical data by comparison of the values given in a number of tables. He then considers the case in which the probability of positive and negative error is unequal, and derives the distribution that results. The nexttolast section deals with the statistical prediction of error and methods of allowing for it on the basis of experience. At least, that seems to be a fair statement of what Laplace had in mind in speaking of "the mean result of observations large in number and not yet made," on the basis of the mean determined for past observations of which the respective departures from the mean are known. The chapter closes with a historical sketch of the methods used by astronomers to minimize error up to the formulation of least squares, in which account Laplace renders Legendre and Gauss each his due. "In the fifth chapter, Laplace discussed the application of probability to the investigation of phenomena themselves and of their causes, wherein it might serve to establish the physical significance of data amid all the complexities of the world. The approach offers practical instances of his sense of the relativity of the subject to knowledge and to ignorance, to science and to nature. In the analysis of error, it is the phenomena that are considered certain, whereas here the existence and boundaries of the phenomena themselves are the object of the calculation. The main example is the daily variation of the barometer, which long and frequent observation shows to be normally at its highest at 9:00 a.m. and lowest at 4:00 p.m., after which it rises to a lower peak at 11:00 p.m. and sinks until 4:00 p.m. Laplace calculated the probability that this diurnal pattern is due to some regular cause, namely the action of the sun, and determined its mean extent. He then raised a further question which, for lack of data, he could not resolve mathematically here, but which is interesting since it came to occupy the very last calculation of his life. For in theory, atmospheric tides would constitute a second and independent cause contributing to the daily variations of barometric pressure ... The detection of such a small effect was not yet possible, although Laplace expressed his confidence that observations would one day become sufficiently extensive and precise to permit its isolation. "In short, it was calculations of this sort that Laplace had in mind when he claimed, as he here remarked again, that on the cosmic scale probability had permitted him to identify the great inequalities of Jupiter and Saturn, even as it had enabled him to detect the minuscule deviation from the vertical of a body falling toward a rotating earth. He even had hopes for its calculus in physiological investigations, imagining that application to a large number of observations might suffice to determine whether electrical or magnetic charges have detectable effects upon the nervous system, and whether animal magnetism reflects reality or suggestibility. In general  he felt confident  the same analysis could in principle be applied to medical and economic questions, and even to problems of morality, for the operations of causes many times repeated are as regular in those domains as in physics. Laplace had no examples to propose, however, and closed the chapter with a mathematical problem extraneous in subject matter but not in methodology. The problem had been imagined by Buffon in order to show the applicability of geometry to probability. It consists of tossing a needle onto a grid of parallel lines, and then onto a grid ruled in rectangles, of which the optimal dimensions relative to the length of the needle constitute the problem. Laplace adapted it to a probabilistic, or in this instance a statistical, method for approximating to the value of ?. It would be possible, he points out, although not mathematically inviting, to apply a similar approach to the rectification of curves and squaring of surfaces in general. "Chapter 6, "On the Probability of Causes and Future Events, Drawn From Observed Events," is in effect concerned with problems of statistical inference. In practice, the material represents a reworking of his early memoir on probability of cause and of the application of inverse probability by means of approximations of definite integrals to calculations involving births of boys and girls and also to population problems at large. He now had figures for Naples as well as for Paris and London. In calculating the probable error in estimates of the population of France based on the available samples, he made use of the partial census which, at his request, the government had instituted in 1801. "The next, very brief, chapter also starts with old material, to which he gave a new turn. He recurs to his own discovery of the effect of inequalities in the prior probabilities that are mistakenly supposed to be equal. He always attached great importance to that finding, so much so that he alluded to it in the opening chapter of Book II, where definitions were laid down. The significance was that it brought out the care that needed to be taken when mathematical calculations of probability were applied to physical events. In effect, there are no perfect symmetries in the real world, and what Laplace was saying was that allowance has to be made for slight deviations of parameters from assumed values in making predictions. He discussed the problem in the same connection in which he had started it, in relation to the unfairness to one of two players of unsuspected asymmetries in a coin to be tossed. That could be mitigated, he now suggested, by submitting the chance of asymmetry itself to calculation ... "In chapters 8, 9, and 10, all of them quite brief, Laplace took up life expectancy, annuities, insurance, and moral expectation (or prudence). We do not know where he obtained his information, but it is reasonable to suppose that some of it must have been derived from occasional service on commissions appointed to review writings in this area and various actuarial schemes submitted to the government. The procèsverbaux of the Academy in its last years and of the Institute contain record of his having thus been called on from time to time. Moreover, the "Notice sur les probabilités" (1800) was published as a rationale of the application that it was legitimate to make to tables of mortality. This piece was an expansion of his École Normale lecture of 1795. It was then further expanded to become the first edition of the Essai philosophique and concludes with a summons to governments to license and regulate underwriters of insurance, annuities, and tontines, and to encourage investment in soundly managed associations. For an insurance industry and a literature did exist, although Laplace does not refer either to actual practice or to authorities. Comparison of his chapters with both would be required before a judgment could be made of what his contribution may have been. "Mathematically, his model for calculations of the "mean duration," both of life and marriage, is error theory. Given the tables of mortality covering a large population, a value for the mean length of life may be taken and the probability calculated that the mean life of a sample of stated size will fall within given limits. Calculation of life expectancy at any age follows directly. Laplace also gave a calculation for estimating the effect of smallpox on the death rate and of vaccination on life expectancy. The conclusion is that the eradication of smallpox would increase life expectancy by three years, if the growth in the population did not diminish the improvement by outrunning the food supply. Laplace did not give the data or provide numerical examples here, as he had done in his population studies. The succeeding chapter on annuities and tontines is equally abstract and gives expressions for the capital required to create annuities on one or several lives, for the investment needed to build an estate of given size, and for the advantages to be expected from participation in mutual benefit societies. "In the tenth chapter, with which Laplace concluded the first edition, he softened the asperity he had once expressed about Daniel Bernoulli's calculation of a value for moral expectation in distinguishing that notion from mathematical expectation. Bernoulli had proposed that prospective benefits, in practice financial ones, may be quantified as the quotient of their amount divided by the total worth of the beneficiary. Laplace now adopted that principle as a useful guide to conductwithout attributing it this time to Bernoulli ... Laplace concluded that in the most mathematically advantageous games of chance the odds are always unfavorable over time, and that diversification is a prudent practice in the investment of wealth ... "Laplace extended the application of inverse probability to the analysis of criminal procedures in a supplement to the Théorie analytique, the first of four, composed in 1816. For this purpose a condemnation is an event, and the probability is required that it was caused by the guilt of the accused. As always in the probability of cause, prior probabilities had to be known or assumed, and Laplace again supposed that the probability of a truthful juror or judge lies between 1/2 and 1. In a panel of eight members of whom five suffice to convict, the probability of error came to 65/256. He felt that the English jury system with its requirement for unanimity weighted the odds too heavily against the security of society, but that the French criminal code was unjust to the accused. By one provision, if a defendant was found guilty by a majority of 7 to 5 in a court of first instance, it required a vote of 4 to 1 to overturn the verdict in a court of appeal, since a majority of only 3 to 2 there still left a plurality against him in the two courts taken together. That rule was as offensive to common sense as to common humanity ... "Between 1817 and 1819, Laplace investigated the application of probability to sharpening the precision of geodesic data and gathered these studies for publication as the second and third supplements of the Théorie analytique. In recent years scholars concerned with the history of statistics have been especially interested in these two pieces, which Laplace himself saw in the context of his theory of error. His intention was to improve on the method of least squares in the minimization of instrumental and observational error. That had also been his motivation in the opening articles of the First Supplement, where before taking up judicial probabilities, he further developed what he called the "most advantageous" method of combining equations of condition formed from observations of a single element, like those exemplified in his initial justification of the leastsquares method. He then applied the method to estimating the probable error in Bouvard's recent, highly refined calculations of the masses of Uranus, Saturn, and Jupiter. "In the Second Supplement, Laplace turned to geodesy and compared the results of his method with the socalled method of situation of Boskovic. Stigler considers that this discussion contains the earliest instance of a comparison of two wellelaborated methods of estimation for a general population, in which the conditions that make one of them preferable are specified. He is particularly enthusiastic about the growing statistical sophistication, as he sees it, of Laplace's later work in probability and argues that the analysis here is strikingly similar to that which led R. A. Fisher to the discovery of the concept of sufficiency in 1920. In the Third Supplement, Laplace reports the result of applying his method to the extension of the revolutionary DelambreMéchain survey of the meridian from a base in Perpignan to Formentera in the Balearic Islands. The data were the discrepancies between 180° and the sums of the angles measured for each triangle. There were only twentysix triangles in the PerpignanFormentera chain, however, and Laplace preferred to estimate the law of error on the basis of all 700 triangles in the original survey. He could then calculate the probabilities of error of various magnitudes in the length of the meridian by the formulas already developed for his modified, or most advantageous, method of least squares. In a further article on a general method for cases involving several sources of error, Laplace obtained a paradigm equation for formulating equations of condition that relate values for observed elements to the error distributions involved. The equation served him in his later investigation of variations of the barometer as evidence for lunar atmospheric tides, the last he ever undertook" (DSB). The main part of the fourth Supplement consists of the solution of problems which may be considered as generalisations of the Problem of Points. In the simplest problem a player A draws a ball from an urn containing white balls and black balls; after the ball has been drawn it is replaced. Then a second player B draws a ball from a second urn containing white balls and black balls; after the ball has been drawn it is replaced. If a player draws a white ball he counts a point; if he draws a black ball he counts nothing. Suppose that A wants x points, and B wants x' points to complete an assigned set; required the probabilities in favour of each player. This is then generalized by allowing balls of more than two kinds, and allowing drawing without replacement. These problems are solved by the method of generating functions. This is followed by a section headed Remarque sur les fonctions génératrices which refers to some problems solved in sections 8 and 10 of the Traité, cautioning that the solutions given there cannot be replied upon; correct solutions by means of generating functions are now provided. "PierreSimon Laplace (17491827), sometimes called "the Newton of France," was a mathematician and astronomer who made many important contributions to the fields of mathematical astronomy and probability. Laplace's Mécanique Céleste (Celestial Mechanics) was the most important work in mathematical astronomy since Isaac Newton. 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AN ILLUSTRATED RECORD OF IMPORTANT EVENTS IN THE ANNALS OF EUROPE DURING THE YEARS 1812, 1813, 1814, & 1815. Comprising a Series of Views of Paris, Moscow, the Kremlin, Dresden, Berlin, The BattleS of Leipsic etc. London, printed by T. Bensley for R. Bowyer, Marlborough Place, Pall Mall, 1815, 1812. Together with a History of those Momentous Transactions in 2 parts,1815. BOUND WITH: THE CAMPAIGN OF WATERLOO ILLUSTRATED WITH ENGRAVINGS OF LES QUATRE BRAS ETC, 1816. Folio, 515 x 370 mm, 20 x 14½ inches. AN ILLUSTRATED RECORD: 19 LARGE FINE HANDCOLOURED PLATES IN AQUATINT, 4 FOLDING, full page map, plate of facsimile signatures and plate with ten medallion portraits all uncoloured, pages 176, followed by 28 unnumbered page on Moscow, followed by 10 pages of Biographical Notices of Sovereigns, Warriors and Statesmen with 2 uncoloured plates of portraits. THE CAMPAIGN OF WATERLOO WITH 4 HAND COLOURED AQUATINT PLATES, 1 FOLDING, 2 WITH 2 IMAGES TO EACH PLATE, AND AN UNCOLOURED MAP, pages 134, last page has an uncoloured vignette of St Helena. Making a total of 23 hand coloured plates, 2 maps and 4 uncoloured plates plus vignette. Bound in half modern green morocco with flat spine and cloth covered boards, new cream endpapers, gilt lettering to spine. Binding rather crude, spine slightly concave, boards scratched and rubbed, 2 colour plates have very light offset, 3 colour plates have pale agebrowning to margins only, the folding colour plate in the Campaign of Waterloo has a shallow crease to top blank corner, not affecting image, 3 of the uncoloured plates are foxed, occasional agebrowning and fox spot to text, mostly to margins, otherwise a very clean copy. Views of Moscow, The Kremlin, Smolensko, Frankfurt, Dresden, Amsterdam, Berlin, Hamburg, View from Mont St. Jean of the Battle of Waterloo, Map of Elba, portrait of Napoleon and view of Porto Ferrajo on 1 plate etc. See: R.V. Tooley, English Books with Coloured Plates 17901860, page 104, No. 97; J. R. Abbey, Life in England in Aquatint and Lithography 17701860, pages 301303, No.351354. We have all the plates listed in Tooley and Abbey but placed in a different order. MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING, ALL ZOOMABLE, FURTHER IMAGES ON REQUEST. POSTAGE AT COST. [Bookseller: Roger Middleton P.B.F.A.] 42. Check availability: maremagnum.com
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Anno 2065. Een blik in de toekomst, door Dr. Dioscorides. Tweede druk.Utrecht, J. Greven (back of titlepage: printed by P.W. van de Weijer), 1865. 8vo. Modern black calf (faux morocco).  NCC (6 copies of this ed. & 6 copies of the first); cf. G. LindbergWada (ed.), Literary history: towards a global perspective I, p. 104. Very rare second edition, published in the same year as the first, of an early Dutch science fiction novel, written by Pieter Harting (18121885), a Dutch biologist and early supporter of Charles Darwin’s theories. While marvelling at the technological advances of the 19thcentury, the main character suddenly finds himself in the year 2065, on a city square in "Londinia", the future London. There he meets a reincarnation of the 13thcentury Roger Bacon, who guides him along a selection of several interesting scientific advancements. It was "the very first [literary] work to be translated [into Japanese] in the Meiji Era" (LindbergWada), appearing in its first year 1868.With a small note about the author in pencil. Very slightly browned, some minor spots and the outer margins of the titlepage slightly soiled, otherwise in good condition and wholly untrimmed. [Bookseller: ASHER Rare Books] 43. Check availability: ZVAB
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DICKENS Charles 1812 1870 Writer [Bookseller: Maggs Bros. Ltd.] 44. Check availability: Direct From Seller
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