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        Analectic Magazine Vol. IV (inc. "The Star Spangled Banner")

      [Francis Scott Key].  Collection. Analectic Magazine Vol IV, New Series, published by Moses Thomas, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, July-December 1814. # 20035     $1,750 Containing one of the earliest printings of Francis Scott Key's poem, "The Defense of Fort McHenry" prior to its adoption as our national anthem. Key's poem appears in the November issue, on pages 433-434, credited to ?A gentleman [who] had left Baltimore, in a flag of truce for the purpose of getting released from the British fleet a friend of his who had been captured at Marlborough.? On March 3, 1931, President Herbert Hoover signed a bill making the Star Spangled Banner our national anthem. Transcript [Copied from the magazine:]?Defence of Fort Mc Henry?[These lines have been already published in several of our newspapers; they may still, however, be new to many of our readers.  Besides, we think that their merit entitles them to preservation in some more permanent form than the columns of a daily paper.  The annexed song was composed under the following circumstances.­­¾ A gentleman had left Baltimore, in a flag of truce for the purpose of getting released from the British fleet a friend of his who had been captured at Marlborough.  He went as far as the mouth of the Patuxent, and was not permitted to return lest the intended attack on Baltimore should be disclosed.  He was, therefore, brought up the bay to the mouth of the Patapsco, where the flag vessel was kept under the guns of a frigate, and he was compelled to witness the bombardment of Fort McHenry, which the Admiral had boasted that he would carry in a few hours, and that the city must fall.  He watched the flag at the fort through the whole day with an anxiety that can be better felt than described, until the night prevented him from seeing it.  In the night he watched the bombshells, and at early dawn his eye was again greeted by the proudly-waving flag of his country]. Tune¾Anacreon in Heaven.O! say can you see, by the dawn's early light,What so proudly we hail'd at the twilight's last gleaming,Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight,O'er the ramparts we watch'd, were so gallantly streaming?And the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air,Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there¾O! say, does that star-spangled banner yet waveO'er the land of the free, and the home of the brave? On the shore dimly seen through the mists of the deepWhere the foe's haughty host in dread silence reposes, What is that which the breeze o'er the towering steep, As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?Now it catches the gleam of the morning's first beam, In full glory reflected now shines on the stream¾'Tis the star-spangled banner, O! long may it waveO'er the land of the free, and the home of the brave. And where is that band who so vauntingly sworeThat the havock of war and the battle's confusionA home and a country should leave us no more?Their blood has wash'd out their foul foot-steps' pollution.No refuge could save the hireling and slave,From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave;And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth waveO'er the land of the free, and the home of the brave. O! thus be it ever when freemen shall standBetween their lov'd home, and the war's desolation,Blest with vict'ry and peace, may the heav'n-rescued landPraise the power that hath made and preserv'd us a nation!Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just, And this be our motto¾"In God is our trust!"And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall waveO'er the land of the free, and the home of the brave.?  Condition: The Star Spangled banner pages are fine, but the volume has issues. Foxing, tears particularly in margins of pasted-in illustrations before each monthly title page, tear on page 40, etc. 

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        MEMOIRS OF THE LIFE AND CAMPAIGNS OF NAPOLEON BUONAPARTE, in France, Italy, Germany, Egypt, Syria, Spain, Poland, Portugal, and Russia. With a Complete History of Recent Events in Silesia, Prussia, Bohemia, and in the Territories bordering on the Rhine

      London: Printed by and for J. and J. Cundee, Ivy-Lane, Paternoster-Row, 1814. UNIQUE COPY -- LAVISHLY EXTRA-ILLUSTRATED and INCLUDES A PLATE WITH MOUNTED "BONAPARTE" SIGNATURE OF NAPOLEON; two large octovo volumes (9" x 6"), BOUND IN FULL STRAIGHT-GRAINED MOROCCO BY WALLIS OF LONDON. _______ Full straight grained brown morocco with RICHLY TOOLED SPINES (including crowns, bees and eagles), gilt lines on covers, top page edges gilt; other edges untrimmed; gilt inner dentelles; marbled endpapers. Original labels for boards inlaid to size and bound in the front of each volume. Housed in a cloth slipcase. ________ This copy has been extra illustrated: in addition to the regular 20 colored plates and two maps, this copy has an additional 76 portraits and views (21 of which are colored). Eight of the colored views are by George Cruikshank, some of them from the famous Life of Napoleon by Ireland--these plates are folding and are views of the battles and indeed are some of the most famous of the Cruikshank illustrations. ________ This fine, tall copy bears a neatly calligraphed presentation page "To H. W. Prentis, Jr. in appreciation. The Philadelphia Carpet and Upholstery Club. 10 May 1946." Prentis was the president of Armstrong Cork Company in America. ________ Housed in a cloth slipcase. Images can be supplied. Simply said.... A MAGNIFICENT SET in fine condition and which would be an invaluable addition to any Napoleonic collection.

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        Traditioner af swenska folk-dansar.

      I-IV. Sthlm, Kongl. privilegierade not-tryckeriet, 1814-15. 4:o. 20 + 20 + 20 + 20 grav. s. Hfrbd från 1900-talets första hälft med rikt guldornerad rygg, röd titeletikett och vinröda stänkta snitt. Ryggskinnet lackat och ngt nött. Inlagan genomgående med bruksspår, småfläckig här och där och med gamla bockar både i bläck och blyerts i marginalerna. Första häftets titelblad i delvis ganska svagt avdrag. Tråkiga bläckfläckar på s. 17 i det andra häftet och på s. 13 i det tredje häftet, som också har några större solkfläckar på titelbladet. Med Dan. Holms namnteckning och en oidentifierad svart oval stpl på titelbladet till det första häftet.. Allt som utkom. Enligt svärsonen Johannes Sundblad var Sven Magnus Liedzén upptecknare och utgivare av detta arbete. Detta är felaktigt, men möjligen var han en viktig bidragsgivare. I första häftet har hälften av folkdansarna västgötskt ursprung. Liedzén var född i Berg och blev kyrkoherde i Larv och det är inte omöjligt att han och västgöten A. A. Afzelius, som båda var födda på 1780-talet, umgåtts med varandra sedan barnsben eller i annat fall träffats i Uppsala där de studerade samtidigt. Olof Åhlström förestod nottryckeriet och ansvarade för musikarrangemangen

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        L'afrique, ou histoire, moeurs, usages et coutumes des africains. le senegal. paris, nepveu, 1814.

      Quattro volumi di cm. 13,5, pp. (2) viii, 174, 25 (4); (4) 176 (2); (4) 222; (4) 218. Con 47 tavole fuori testo incise in rame e finemente colorate, di cui 44 scene e vedute (4 a doppia pagina) 2 carte geografiche ripiegate ed una tavola di partitura musicale. Solida ed elegante legatura coeva in mezza pelle rossa, dorsi lisci con filetti, fregi e titoli in oro, piatti inquadrati da triplice filetto dorato. Una leggera ed uniforme brunitura alle tavole, qualche fioritura peraltro esemplare genuino e ben conservato. L'appendice di 25 pagine al primo volume contiene: ""Vocabulaire de la langue ouolofe""; le ultime 4 pagine contengono inoltre l'utile avviso al legatore per il collocamento di tutte le tavole.

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        History of the University and Colleges of Cambridge; including Notices relating to the Founders and Eminent Men

      London: Longman Hurst Rees Orme and Brown 1814 London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme and Brown, 1814. (FORE-EDGE PAINTING) 2 vols., 8vo (212 x 132 mm). Engraved title and 31 engraved plates. Contemporary blue straight-grained purple morocco gilt, spines gilt, edges gilt, and EACH WITH A FORE-EDGE PAINTING (some light rubbing); cloth slipcase . The fore-edge painting on volume one shows a view of Downing College; volume two has a view of Cambridge from Castle Hill

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        Lettre de M. Ampere à M. le comte Berthollet, sur la détermination des proportions dans lesquelles les corps se combinent d'apres le nombre et la disposition respective des molécules dont leurs particules intégrantes sont composées.

      Paris, J. Klostermann, 1814. Contemp. hcalf. Spine gilt. Slightly rubbed. A few scratches to binding. Small stamps on verso of titlepage.In: "Annales de Chimie, ou Recueil de Mémoires concernant la Chemie" Tome 90. - 336 pp. a. 4 engraved plates, the large double-page plate divided in two parts. (The entire volume offered). Ampere's paper: pp. 43-87 a. plates. Some scattred brownspots.. First printing of Ampere's main paper in chemical theory, combining his kantian philosophy with his empirical investigations on how molecules and particles combine and independently arrives at Avogadro's Hypothesis that all gases at a given temperature contain the same number of particles per unit volume."In 1818 ay-Lussac discovered that all gases combine in simple ratios, and thus was able to announce his law of combining volumes...In 1814 Ampère published his "Lettre de M. Ampére a. M. le Comte Berthollet...." (the paper offered).It was an attempt to provide the noumenal, and therefore deeper, explanation of the phenomenal relations. From the theory of universal attraction used to account for the cohesion of bodies and the fact that light easely passes through transparent bodies, Ampère concluded that the attractive and repulsive forces associated with each molecule hold the ultimate molecules of bodies at distances from one another that are, as Ampère put it, "infinitely great in comparison to the dimensions of these molecules". This is knowledge of the noumena. It explains certain basic qualities of the observable world in terms of theoretical entities whose properties can be hypothesized from phenomena......Ampéres molecules now were assumed to group themselves in various ways to form particles that had specific geometrical forms. Thus there would be particles composed of four molecules that formed tetrahedrons (oxygen, nitrogen abd hydrogen), of eight molecules that formed an octahedron (chlorine), etc. These geometrical forms were of the greatest importence in Amperès theory, for they allowed him to deal with the problem of elective affinity and also to deduce Avogadro's law.....Ampères philosophy and its influence on his science are obvious here..."(DSB I, p.141). - Parkinson "Breakthrough" 1814 C.The volume contains other importent papers in the history of chemistry, Lavoisier et A. Seguin "Sur la Transpiration, Seconde Memoire", Doebereiner "Experiences sur l'amidon, Guyton-Morveau "Suite de la Pyrometrie" (2 papers), Vauquelin "Experiences sur l'iode" + "Suite de...", Séguin "Memoire sur le cinabre" (2 parts) etc

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        Letter, signed ("Le Gnl. Cmt. Dupont") as Minister of War under the provisional government, to MarEchal Claude Victor-Perrin, duc de Bellune, acknowledging the latter's acceptance of Napoleon's abdication and the restoration of the Bourbons

      N.p. Paris 13 april 1814 N.p. [Paris], 13 april, 1814. (NAPOLEON) Folio. 1 p., on letterhead of "MinistËre de la Guerre". Some very slight waterstaining affecting a few letters, otherwise very good, handsomely mounted and framed . An extraordinary letter of historic significance, written a mere two days after the Treaty of Fontainebleau of April 11, 1814, which set the terms of Napoleon's abdication, and ended an era. Dupont had been one of Napoleon's most distinguished generals, but his surrender in the disastrous Spanish campaign led to disgrace and imprisonment. After the fall of NapolEon, Dupont became Minister of War for Louis XVIII, and, in just such letters as this to Marshal Victor - one of Napoleon's most trusted generals - negotiated the acquiescence of NapolEon's military leaders: [in translation] "Monsieur le MarEchal; - The provisional government has read with intense interest the declaration in which your Excellency has announced his adherence to the act of the Senate pronouncing the abdication of Napoleon Buonaparte and the restoration of the Bourbons on the throne on their ancestors. By this declaration, taken in the interest of the country, your Excellency has established anew a claim to the gratitude of the French people as well as the respect and good will of His Majesty, Louis XVIII. Such is the opinion, sir, of the provisional government - and I am more than happy to be its messenger on this memorable occasion"

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        Synopsis methodica lichenum, sistens omnes hujus ordinis naturalis detectas plantas, quas, secundum genera, species et varietates disposuit, characteribus et differentiis emendatis definivit, nec non synonymis et observationibus selectis: illustravit auctor Erik Acharius.

      Lundæ. Litteris et sumtibus Svanborg et soc. 1814. [6],XIII,[1],392 sidor. Samtida halvfranskt band med mönsterpressad rygg, marmorerat pärmpapper och förgylld trevlig pärmdekor och ryggtitel samt stänkmarmorerade snitt. [19x11,5 cm]. Med handskrivna ägarnoteringar från de fyra senaste ägarna J. A. Rolén?, Erik Lundgren Nyköping, Carl Th. Mörner [se Krok sidan 518] och framlidne professor i ekologisk botanik vid Umeå Universitet 1967-81, Bengt Pettersson. Bra exemplar.. Krok Svensk botanisk litteratur 19. Erik Acharius var lichenologiens vetenskaplige grundare och den siste av Carl von Linnés lärjungar

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        Synopsis methodica lichenum, sistens omnes hujus ordinis naturalis detectas plantas, quas, secundum genera, species et varietates disposuit, characteribus et differentiis emendatis definivit, nec non synonymis et observationibus selectis. Lundæ. Litteris et sumtibus Svanborg et soc. 1814.

      Lund, Litteris et sumtibus Svanborg et soc. 1814. Graverad frontespis + (4) + XIII + 1 blank + 392 s. Samtida nött halvskinnband. 19 X 11 cm, Gamla namnteckningar på förtitelbladet (Johan Ehrenborg)

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        Philippus Theophrastus Paracelsis, welche in vieler Hinsicht eingetroffen ist.

      Köln, Königl. Felddruckerey [=P. Sohm], 1814. 8:o. 8 s. Häftad i samtida gråpappersomslag. Med J. A. Almquists respektive Thore Virgins stplr. Fint ex

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        On the Affections of Light Transmitted through Crystallized Bodies,

      First Edition, extracted from The Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, disbound, quarto, vol.104, pp. 187-218, WITH: BREWSTER (David) On the Polarisation of Light by Oblique Transmission through All Bodies, Whether Crystallized or Uncrystallized, ibid, p.187-218, WITH: BREWSTER (David) On New Properties of Light Exhibited in the Optical Phenomena of Mother of Pearl, and Other Bodies to Which the Superficial Structure of That Substance can be Communicated, ibid pp.397-418, together three papers, with 4 engraved plates (these with small and neat embossed uninked library name), one with small diminishing stain at foot of blank lower margin, good copies, London, [The Royal Society], 1814. * "Brewster created new fields of optical mineralogy and photo-elasticity. In 1813, while studying the "depolarising" action of Topaz, he observed two sets of elliptical rings (interference patterns) centred on axes in the Topaz that were apparently inclined at 65 degrees. He interpreted this to mean that Topaz must have two axes, not one, of double refraction, an entirely unexpected result. After many laborious experiments he was able in 1819 to group all but a few of hundreds of minerals and crystals into mutually consistent optical and mineralogical categories: the primitive form determined the number of axes of double refraction."(DSB). "Since Brewster had found that light was partially polarized by oblique refraction in mica, he attempted to determine the law of this polarization in he simpler case of successive refractions by a pile of thin glass plates. By the end of 1813 he had concluded that "the number of plates in any parcel, multiplied by the tangent of the angle, at which it (completely) polarises light, is a constant quantity" More important, since "the pencil of light polarised by transmission (comports) itself, in every respect like one of the pencils former by double refracting crystals" the study of the physical optics of transparent ought to enable philosophers "to unfold the secrets of double refraction, to explain the forms and structure of crystallised bodies...."(DSB)

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        Adversaria, notae et emendationes in poetas Graecos quas ex schedis manuscriptis Porsoni apud Collegium SS. Trinitatis Cantabrigiae repositis deprompserunt et ordinarunt nec non indicibus instruxerunt Iacobus Henricus Monk A.M., Carolus Iacobus Blomfield A.M

      Gottl. Weigel Leipzig Gottl. Weigel 1814vg 8vo. xviii. 354(2)pp. Half leather over marbled boards. Gilt decorated spine. Minor wear to leather and boards. Decorated page edges. Signature of previous owner to endpaper. Two-inch closed tear to bottom edge of endpaper. The original edition of works taken from manuscript notes of Richard Porson who at the time was one of the greatest classical scholars in England. The book includes notes on Sophocles, Euripides, Aeschylus, the Greek Lyric poets among others. Text in Latin and Greek. A tight copy in very good condition.

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        View from the south side of King George's Sound, from Flinders' Voyage

      G. & W. NicolLondon:: G. & W. Nicol,. 1814.. First edition. The only West Australian view to appear in Matthew Flinders' "A Voyage to Terra Australis". The view shows two aborigines at a fire in the foreground; with the female wrapped in a blanket, and the male kneeling at the fire.The panorama of the Albany harbor spreads out behind them. Copper engraved print, image size 23 x 16 cm on paper 29.2 x 22.5 cm, excellent condition. Flinders was the first to circumnavigate Australia and he is credited as giving Australia its name. His narrative has become scarce and the prints are rarely seen separately.

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        af.

      Samlade skrifter. I-III. Andra upplagan, öfversedd och tillökt. Sthlm, Elméns & Granbergs tryckeri, 1814-16. 8:o. Grav. porträtt,(30),515 + (14),518 + (8),511,(1 blank,2) s. Med grav. titelvinjetter. Tre samtida välbevarade röda saffianbd med guldornerade ryggar och vacker ramdekor i guld på pärmarna. Gula snitt. Lite svart solk på pärmarna och på ryggen till tredje delen. Delvis bruntonad med spridda lager- och småfläckar. Litet hål med en bokstavs förlust på s. 92 i del I. Några fläckar på 304, 502 och 518 i del II. Smutstitelbladet med reva i del III. Fint ex. med namnteckning "Thomas Baker" daterad 1823 och sannolikt denne Thomas Bakers exlibris samt George Warde Normans och Einar Josefsons exlibris.. Med företalet i den förändrade versionen där det står "Skandinaviens förening, och samma spira hyllad af tvenne brödra-riken" i stället för det ursprungliga "ett nytt rikes lydbarhet under svensk spira", syftande på Norge. Det graverade porträttet är signerat J. F. Martin och utfört efter Sergels medaljong från 1800. En fristående fortsättning om tre delar utkom 1831-33 efter Leopolds död. George Warde Norman (1793-1882) var en av de den brittiska ekonomins centralgestalter under 1800-talet. Han började sin karriär i den norska timmerhandeln innan han blev chef för Bank of England 1821, en tjänst han sedan innehade i över 50 år. Han var också en av grundarna, tillsammans med bl.a. Thomas Malthus, James Mill och huvudpersonen Ricardo, av "The political economy club" i London. Klubben sammanträdde en gång i månaden och är kanske den viktigaste sammanslutningen i framväxten av den moderna nationalekonomin. Som medlemmar upptogs tidigt bl.a. John Stuart Mill och Nassau William. Klubben fick under 1800-talet många efterföljare runt om i världen. I Stockholm bildades "Nationalekonomiska klubben" först 1917, på initiativ av Eli Heckscher. Normans exlibris täcker delvis ett exlibris med mottot "Vive ut vivas" och en vapensköld med inslag av nycklar, torn och månskäror, vilket stämmer väl in på vapenskölden tillhörande släkten Baker i Sussex

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        A History of the University of Oxford, its Colleges, Halls, and Public Buildings

      London: Rudolf Ackermann 1814 London: Rudolf Ackermann, 1814. First edition. 2 vols., 13-3/8 x 11-1/4 inches. Stipple engraved portrait of the Chancellor, Lord Grenville, 64 hand-colored aquatints engraved by Bluck, Hill, Stadler and others after Pugin, Mackenzie, Westall, et al, and 17 colored line and stipple engraved costume plates of university figures in their academic garb by Aagar after Uwins; I: xxv, [1], 275, [7] pp.: II: [4], 262, [6] pp. Bound in full antiqued brown calf, gilt spines, marbled endpapers, some offsetting of plates, foxing to Grenville plate, but a fine, otherwise unfoxed, handsome copy. Tooley 5; Abbey Scenery 280 . An early copy. The list of plates in vol. I is the first state (it does not list the portraits of Founders; this copy does not include the Founders). Plate 1, vol.1, is mislabeled "History of Cambridge" and plate 50 bears the May 1, 1814 date - both are Abbey's first states. Plates 15, 39, 74, 78, 84 and 94 are Abbey's second state. There are 6 watermarked plates, each bearing the date 1812, and the half-title is present in both volumes. A fine, early copy of Ackermann's monumental survey of the great university

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        A Voyage to Terra Australis, undertaken for the purpose of completing the discovery of that vast country, and prosecuted in the years 1801, 1802, and 1803, in His Majesty's Ship The Investigator and subsequently in the armed vessel Porpoise and Cumberland schooner

      London: W. Bulmer and Co. for G. and W. Nicol, 1814. 2 volumes only (lacking atlas volume of plates), quarto. (11 1/2 x 9 inches). Half- titles, 9 engraved plates by J. Byrne, John Pye, W. Woolnoth, I. Scott, Edward Finden and S. Middiman after William Westall. (Plates and pages on either side toned). Contemporary half russia over marbled paper-covered boards, the flat spines divided into six compartments by double gilt fillets, lettered in the second compartment, numbered in the fourth. A fine set of the first edition text of the first circumnavigation of Australia an enlightening and fascinating story of brilliant navigation and discovery. Wantrup rightly calls this work 'the most outstanding book on the coastal navigation of Australia', and 'the centrepiece of any collection of books dealing with Australian coastal discovery. Flinders sailed from England on 18 July 1801, and during the next two years he surveyed the entire south coast of Australia from Cape Leeuwin to Bass Strait, the east coast, and the Gulf of Carpentaria. He returned to Port Jackson in 1803 having completed the first circumnavigation of Australia. On the return journey, Flinders was detained by the French in Mauritius for six and a half years and was not released until June 1810. He devoted the remainder of his life to the publication of this work, which was formally published one day before his death on 19 July 1814. It is a day- by-day record of the expedition and includes a lengthy introduction detailing earlier South Seas voyages and an appendix by Robert Brown, the botanist who accompanied the expedition. Flinders took great pains to insure the accuracy of the work and the charts contained in the atlas were used for navigation for over a century. The two volumes of text were originally published in both large-paper and normal issues: the present set is from the regular-sized issue. Ferguson 576; Hill (2004) 614; Ingelton 6487; Nissen BBI 637; Stafleu & Cowan I,1806; Wantrup Australian Rare Books, pp.138-144.

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        The Works of... With Memoirs of his Life and Writings by William Mason. To which are subjoined Extracts Philological, Poetical and Critical from the Author's original manuscripts, selected and arranged by Thomas James Mathias.

      London: Printed by William Bulmer and Co., Shakespeare Press, for John Porter, 1814.. Two volumes, 4to, with a portrait frontispiece, 4 pages of facsimile handwriting and 2 further engravings, finely bound in later black full morocco, gilt rules and arms of Pembroke College, a.e.g., some minor rubbing to joints else a lovely set. A handwritten note on the fly leaf in volume I states "A limited number (probably about 100) copies of this collection... were printed and left by the editor to the Master and Fellows of Pembroke College with directions, that a copy should be presented to each Fellow on his election. On my election in 1874, I received this the last remaining copy. T.H. Orpen". Gray lived for much of his life at Pembroke College, and many of his manuscripts reside there.

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        Det menneskelige Livs Flugt, eller Doden-Dands...Besorget til sine Landsmænds Rytte og Fornøjelse af

      Copenhagen J. H. Schubothe Copenhagen J. H. Schubothe, 1814. Small 4to., more-or-less contemporary marbled boards with a morocco spine label and a gilt cypher on the cover (by Gustave Hedberg, Stockholm, with his ticket). Woodcut title-page with two skulls followed by 36 large (5 x 5 1/4 inch) woodcuts and verses devoted to the Dance of Death. Although the theme is traditional--Death in the form of a skeleton ushers away people of every class to their final reward: the Pope, Emperor, King, Queen, right on down to the child and the humble beggar--the artistic treatment of the figures is quite unlike anything by Holbein or Hollar in the 16th and 17th centuries, or for that matter Matthias Merian, or Bewick a century later. Printed on a rough-textured paper altogether appropriate for these "FOLK ART" DEPICTIONS, the scenes (each of which is attractively framed) are more satirical or playful than frightening. Each is accompanied by twenty-eight lines of verse, set in gothic type. The final image is that of Jesus Christ triumphing over Death. We found JUST TWO REFERENCES. The Minns Catalogue ("The Dance of Death," a Collection sold in New York by AAA in 1922. No. 63), calls it "[a] rare and curious Dance of Death, not listed by Bibliographers." Aldred Scott Warthin, The Physician of the Dance of Death (NY, 1931, pp. 83-84), writes, "A Danish version of the Dance of Death is given in a series of curious woodcuts issued in Copenhagen in 1814..." He goes on to describe the general caracteristics of the book before looking closely at the figure of the Physician, the subject of his study, "It is a simple, naive, conventional representation of the subject." He then reports, "In 1838, an edition, Det Menskliga Lifwets, was published in Fahlun, Sweden. The same woodcuts used in the Danish edition are repeated, reduced in size and reversed [a reproduction of the Physician appears on p. 80]." Although the title-page calls it the third edition, neither of these two references mention any earlier appearance of the book. We found NO COPY OF ANY EDITION IN THE BRITISH LIBRARY. Indeed, a very fine copy of a RARE AND CURIOUS DANCE OF DEATH. Rare and Curious Danish Dance of Death

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