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Gli amori di Anacreonte o sia collezione delle sue odi di amoroso argomento Tradotte dal conte Xaverio Broglio d'Ajano, Anacreon
1 Anacreon Gli amori di Anacreonte o sia collezione delle sue odi di amoroso argomento Tradotte dal conte Xaverio Broglio d'Ajano
Place Not Identified Publisher Unstated 1790 First Edition Softcover Very Good Square 8vo 
2 p.l. & 92 pages; Very scarce first edition of Count Xaverio Broglio d'Ajano's verse translation of odes by Anacreon into Italian. It was probably printed somewhere in Italy around 1790, though there is no date printed. It probably was made in the Marche, near Macerata, where the translator was a Senator in the Repubblica romana. (The date comes from a catalogue entry in the database of the Istituto Centrale per il Catalogo Unico delle biblioteche italiane e per le informazioni bibliografiche - ICCU). This handsome octavo version was printed to celebrate the wedding of Carlo Teodoro Antici de' marchesi di Pesci and donna Marianna Mattei de' duchi di Giove - which does contribute some element of precision to the estimate of its date of issue. It is bound in jolly contemporary wrappers with a printed floral pattern. This is a large copy in original condition, with large margins - at least a few fore-edges show deckles. A few leaves of the high-quality laid paper have a blue tinge; 220 years ago, this may have been printed on special blue paper. The long-lived translator, born a Count in 1749, had to wait nearly forty years to see a regularly published version of this text (published in small 24mo format: (Verona : tipografia di Pietro Bisesti, 1829). This rare undated first edition from about 1790 is not in OCLC, none in the British Library, none in the French Bibliotheque Nationale. ICCU database locates two copies: (Accademia Georgica - Treia; and Biblioteca internazionale La Vigna - Vicenza). A clean unmarked copy, with some splitting to the gutter hinge of the front wrapper, but still attached. Handsome and rare. ; Experience the pleasure of reading and appreciating this actual printed item. It has its own physical history that imbues it with a character lacking in ephemeral electronic renderings. 
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De la Generation des Vers dans le Corps de l'Homme - Tome Second (only), Andry de Bois-Regard, Nicolas
2 Andry de Bois-Regard, Nicolas De la Generation des Vers dans le Corps de l'Homme - Tome Second (only)
Paris La Veuve Alix : Lambert & Durand 1741 Third Edition Full Leather Very Good 12mo 
Vol. 2; De la nature et des especes de cette maladie; des moyens de s'en preserver et de la guerir. Troisiemme edition, considérablement augmentée, & formant un ouvrage nouveau. Volume 2 only. Contents clean and tight in contemporary 18th century full mottled calf binding with five raised bands at spine and extensive gilt decorative stamping in compartments, leather titles label at spine with gilt lettering, marbled endpapers, all edges red. Leather beginning to split at hinge, but text still securely bound, wear at corners and spine ends. Bibliotheca Walleriana, 417; Heirs of Hippocrates, 451. Nicolas Andry de Bois-Regard (1658 – 1742) was a French physician and writer. He played a significant role in the early history of both parasitology and orthopedics. This work,considered the first text on parasitology, is an account of Andry's experiments with the microscope, building on the earlier work of van Leeuwenhoek. Unlike Leeuwenhoek, Andry's experiments led him to believe that the microorganisms he called "worms" were responsible for smallpox and other diseases. He was among the first physicians to discount the notion of spontaneous generation and put forth the notion that disease entered the body from outside sources, in some cases foods. 
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Journal Historique Et Politique Des Principaux Événements Des Différentes Cours de L'Europe  including "Traite de paix entre l'Angleterre & les Caraïbes de l'isle Saint-Vincent", Anonymous
3 Anonymous Journal Historique Et Politique Des Principaux Événements Des Différentes Cours de L'Europe including "Traite de paix entre l'Angleterre & les Caraïbes de l'isle Saint-Vincent"
Genève [but probably Paris] Ch.- J. Panckoucke 1773 First Edition Hardcover Very Good 12mo 
On offer here is an attractive volume in 18th century full calf, bound in the French style, (flat spine with floral tools in gilt, red label lettered in gilt, marbled endpapers, edges decoratively stained red). The volume in which these interesting numbers of the now-scarce 'Journal Historique Et Politique Des Principaux Événements Des Différentes Cours de L'Europe' is in a handsome contemporary binding which shows only minor rubbing -- mostly along the hinges, apart from some moderate fraying and loss at the corners and erosion of the top cap of the spine, exposing the headband. The original swirl-marbled endpapers are intact and the inner hinges are tight and secure; the sewing is sound and tight throughout. There are scattered brown marks and paper flaws, reflecting the mediocre quality of the paper selected for this journal, which was hardly expected to last for 240 years. This volume contains issues 10-18 of the interesting periodical "Journal Historique Et Politique Des Principaux Événements Des Différentes Cours de L'Europe," covering events of April-June of 1773. This journal was published every 10 days for the active Parisian publisher and bookseller Charles-Joseph Panckoucke. One of the "différentes Cours de L'Europe" in which events were covered extensively was London, with pages of details of goings on in England and its colonies offered in each issue. There is an unusually detailed account, with full text (in French) of a significant treaty signed by a representative of King George III: "Traite de paix entre l'Angleterre & les Caraïbes de l'isle Saint-VIncent." This appears on pp. 45-48 of Numero 12 -- issued 30 Avril, 1773. The treaty is presented as having been agreed to on the 17th "de ces mois," and so it is very much in the category of breaking news. This treaty is now fairly (but undeservedly) obscure, but the situation it attempted to settle grew out of one famous treaty, from ten years before and it proved to be a fascinating precursor to another more famous treaty, signed ten years later. In one of the lesser re-assignments of the territories of the world effected by the 1763 Treaty of Paris at the conclusion of the Seven Years' War -- Britain was awarded the right to rule over the Caribbean island of Saint Vincent. The island's history, of course, is much older; native American Arawak and Carib tribes settled over several centuries on a number of islands in the Lesser Antilles including St.Vincent. The Arawaks arrived around 100AD, and the Caribs about a thousand years later. The Caribs, more organized and aggressive, subdued and absorbed the culture of the Arawaks. Shortly after the first British claim on Saint Vincent in 1627, two Dutch ships carrying captured Nigerians destined for slavery were shipwrecked in 1635 off the coast of St. Vincent. Some of the Africans were able to swim ashore and find shelter in the Carib villages. This population of Africans and their descendants was augmented over the years, including in 1675 when a ship carrying British settlers and their slaves was shipwrecked between St. Vincent and Bequia. Only the slaves survived the shipwreck and they also came to live and mix with the native mixed Carib-Arawak population. A certain number of escaped slaves from nearby Barbados, Grenada and St. Lucia also added to the African-Carib population. After some friction, and even wars, eventually the native Caribs and the newer African arrivals merged and blended their cultures. British settlers distinguished them as "Black Caribs" and "Red (or yellow) Caribs. The "Black" people so-designated by outsiders preferred to call themselves Garifuna. Throughout some of this period, there were French settlers who arrived with the intention of making their living as planters. They seemed to get along with the native population with less friction, but the British land owners seemed united in their desire to form large plantations and to run the Caribs off the most desireable land. They tried to buy the land, tried military action with the minor forces available, but the "Black" Caribs resisted both efforts. The British raised the stakes by sending Major General William Dalrymple, with troops borrowed from around the Caribbean and augmented by two regiments which were sent from North America (Dalrymple himself had been dispatched from Boston, where he had technically been in command of troops involved in the Boston Massacre, although he himself had not been present). Despite his best efforts, Dalrymple was unable to subdue the resisting Caribs, led by the now-legendary Chief Joseph Chatoyer -- who knew the windward side of the islands and the hills far better than any of their combantants. In February, opponents of the Government of Lord North raised objections in Parliament, and obtained votes which compelled the British Government to end the fighting and secure peace on the best terms possible. The French language text offered here appears to be a word for word version of the 24 articles of the English treaty published in the 'Saint Vincent Gazette' of 27 February 1773. One article, number VIII, is of extraordinary interest concerning Slavery and the trade (which would continue in the British possessions for nearly another sixty years). The heart of this article requires that Runaway Slaves in the possession of the Caribs are to be given up, that efforts must be made to discover and capture others, and it must be agreed that no future efforts to encourage, receive or harbour other slaves shall be made, under the penalty of fortiture of lands. Finally, it was stated that removal of Slaves from the Island constituted a Capital crime. The Caribs were required to pledge allegiance to King George III, but were made British subjects (which gave legal standing to enforce article VIII, of course). In return, the British ceded a well-defined portion of the Island to the Caribs -- (called the prettiest and most fertile part of the land by at least one subsequent scholar). Thus concluded the first Anglo-Carib War. This treaty did not endure for the ages... During three days in June of 1779, French ships fighting on behalf of the Revolutionaries in (North) America quickly took possession of Saint Vincent (with the assistance of Joseph Chatoyer and the "Black Caribs"). But in the Treaty of Versailles which was an ancillary treaty to the Treaty of Paris 1783 by which Britain also recognized the end of the American Revolutionary War saw the British restored as sovereigns over Saint Vincent. Relations between the British and their once-again subjects, the Caribs, disintegrated. The situation brought about a second Anglo-Carib war (1794-6), once again led by Joseph Chatoyer. As in the first war, the Caribs gave the British forces all they could manage for over a year, but after the death in battle of Chatoyer on March 14, 1795, the end seemed inevitable, although fighting raged throughout St. Vincent over the next year with both sides sustaining heavy losses. The final battle took place at Vigie on June 10th, 1796. After a night of arduous fighting the Caribs approached the British with a truce flag. The victorious British then did a remarkable thing, which has repercussions lasting throughout the Caribbean and extending to South and North America through the present time. They sorted the 5000 Caribs who surrendered, separating the darkest skinned individuals, and those with the most "African" features, from the "Yellow Caribs." This darkest majority of the so-called Black Caribs were first sent to Balliceaux in the Grenadines and then on to Bequia. Eventually, in 1797 the survivors were transported hundreds of miles to the island of Roatan off the Honduran coast in Central America. This extraordinary settlement has permanently affected the modern populations of Belize, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Honduras. The 1773 treaty offered in its French version here, may have become moot in just over six years, but it will stand forever as the first time that Britain was compelled by military force to negociate a treaty as equals with indiginous citizens of the New World. The incident has lasting imporance to African American history, and the lamentable history of the Slave Trade. (There is even a painting which records the negotiations for the treaty -- commissioned of the itinerant artist Agostino Brunias by Sir William Young, a major landowner on Saint Vincent, who became governor of Dominica; lithographs based on the painting were sold). Of course, there is much other news from all over Europe in these pages, including an interesting account from the future United States with details of the grant of land to Phineas Lyman and some of his fellow veterans of the French and Indian Wars. General Lyman was the most experienced American soldier of the period prior to the Revolution. He moved to England after 1762 and spent the next nine years petitioning for a grant of land in the newly established colony of West Florida. A tract near Natchez (now Mississippi) was granted by royal charter in 1772. Lyman led a band of settlers to the region in 1773 -- (see pp. 42-3 of Numero 11, 20 Avril, 1773). There is much in these pages about the troubles of the East India Company, and the Wilkes affair, as well. And, finally, there is an account of a significant incident in the tensions which moved events towards the American Revolution. Colonial Governor of Massachusetts Thomas Hutchinson, in a speech to the assembly, argued that either the colony was wholly subject to Parliament, or that it was effectively independent. The Boston Provincial Assembly's response, authored by John Adams, Samuel Adams, and Joseph Hawley, countered that the colonial charter granted autonomy -- and was described in an account on pages 39-40 of Numero 13, 10 Mai, 1773. 
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Istoria del Testamento Vecchio e Nuovo rappresentata con bellissime figure con spiegazioni estratte da' Santi Padri, che molto edificano e servono a ben ordinare i costumi in ogni genere di persone, Anonymous [Rockwell Kent's copy]
4 Anonymous [Rockwell Kent's copy] Istoria del Testamento Vecchio e Nuovo rappresentata con bellissime figure con spiegazioni estratte da' Santi Padri, che molto edificano e servono a ben ordinare i costumi in ogni genere di persone
Venice nella stamperia di Giambatista Albrizzi 1770 Paperback Good+ Large 12mo 
8 p.l., 766 & [2] pages; Original flexible paste-paper boards. Spine quite worn, with upper portion now missing, exposing the sewing and the folded ends of the gatherings, some soiling and marks to the front and rear covers, hinges still attached by the sewing, upper corner of the first several leaves bumped, some lifting to the front paste-down endpaper. With engraved frontispiece and over 100 half-page illustrations throughout, along with an assortment of woodcut decorative tailpieces. With two Rockwell Kent bookplates, designed by the artist himself, mounted to the front paste-down endpaper. These bookplates date from Kent's second and third marriages. While living on Monhegan early in the twentieth century, Rockwell Kent met his first wife, Kathleen Whiting, a niece of painter Abbott Handerson Thayer. Over the course of the next 13 years, the couple had five children together until their divorce in 1925. Kent was married again in 1926 to Frances Lee Higgins, and, after a 1939 divorce, yet another marriage followed in 1940 to Shirley (“Sally”) Johnstone. Both bookplates Kent used for this book were exhibited at SUNY Plattsburg's State Art Museum "Art of the Bookplate" at the University's Rockwell Kent Gallery. [The larger plate is #458 - Frances and Rockwell Kent, 1928, image: 2 5/8 x 1 3/4 ", paper: 3 x 2 1/8 ". The smaller plate mounted beneath is #560- Sally and Rockwell Kent, 1955, image: approx. 1 1 x 1 1/4 ", paper: 1 5/16 x 1 1/2 "]. There is an interesting inscription in ink on a front blank leaf: "To Clarke Bowen / Compliments of / Mr. Joseph Calì / Artist / Malta / 31st March / 1914." Giuseppe Calì (1846 –1930) was a Maltese painter, born in Valletta of Neapolitan parents and educated at the Accademia delle Belle Arti in Naples. He was a prolific artist: almost every church of any consequence in Malta boasts work by Giuseppe Calì. He was commemorated by the Republic of Malta with a series of four postage stamps in 1996, and a coin in 2004. The 'New York Times' (23 May 1915) printed a notice of a private exhibition of Clarke Bowen's collection of art, furniture and objects at his home, Woodhaven [Queens], noting that most of Bowen's paintings had been aquired in Malta. There are also brief eighteenth century ownership inscriptions on that same front blank and the title page. Printed as an unusually tall 12mo. Collation: [-] 8 A-Ii 12. With both half title and a genuine initial blank leaf ([-]1). Despite the wear to the fragile original boards, a clean and complete copy of what is now a rare book. OCLC Number: 636308750 (locating a single copy only, at the Sistema Bibliotecario Ticinese, Lugano, Switzerland. From the collation, it appears that this sole OCLC copy lacked the initial blank leaf, and had only the text of the "Vecchio Testamento" - ending with page 504). A search of the huge database of ICCU [4600 Italian libraries -- Istituto Centrale per il Catalogo Unico (delle biblioteche italiane e per le informazioni bibliografiche)] turns up three copies in Italy -- [Biblioteca comunale Planettiana - Jesi - AN; Biblioteca del Monte - Perugia - PG; and Biblioteca comunale Manfrediana - Faenza - RA]. The collation of the uniform listing is completely in accord with our copy, with the blank leaf, the frontispiece, 766 pages of text (Testamenti Vecchio e Nuovo) and [2] pages of "Tavola." The Hauptbibliothek Altstadt at Heidelberg University has a copy with identical pagination (and the same frontispiece), but evidently dated "1760." Since that date, ten years earlier than our copy, is not mentioned in the 4600 library database of the ICCU, I suggest that this is a typographical error in modern cataloguing rather than a variant. No copies recorded in the USA, none in the British Library, or the Bibliotheque Nationale. Some of the many illustrations throughout show some wear in this copy, and the plates from which those were printed were almost certainly reused from earlier sources. Still, ownership of this copy seemed to inspire two reknowned artists, and at least one American collector of paintings. 
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5 Anonymous [Rockwell Kent's copy] Istoria del Testamento Vecchio e Nuovo rappresentata con bellissime figure con spiegazioni estratte da' Santi Padri, che molto edificano e servono a ben ordinare i costumi in ogni genere di persone
Venice nella stamperia di Giambatista Albrizzi 1770 Paperback Good+ Large 12mo 
8 p.l., 766 & [2] pages; Original flexible paste-paper boards. Spine quite worn, with upper portion now missing, exposing the sewing and the folded ends of the gatherings, some soiling and marks to the front and rear covers, hinges still attached by the sewing, upper corner of the first several leaves bumped, some lifting to the front paste-down endpaper. With engraved frontispiece and over 100 half-page illustrations throughout, along with an assortment of woodcut decorative tailpieces. With two Rockwell Kent bookplates, designed by the artist himself, mounted to the front paste-down endpaper. These bookplates date from Kent's second and third marriages. While living on Monhegan early in the twentieth century, Rockwell Kent met his first wife, Kathleen Whiting, a niece of painter Abbott Handerson Thayer. Over the course of the next 13 years, the couple had five children together until their divorce in 1925. Kent was married again in 1926 to Frances Lee Higgins, and, after a 1939 divorce, yet another marriage followed in 1940 to Shirley (“Sally”) Johnstone. Both bookplates Kent used for this book were exhibited at SUNY Plattsburg's State Art Museum "Art of the Bookplate" at the University's Rockwell Kent Gallery. [The larger plate is #458 - Frances and Rockwell Kent, 1928, image: 2 5/8 x 1 3/4 ", paper: 3 x 2 1/8 ". The smaller plate mounted beneath is #560- Sally and Rockwell Kent, 1955, image: approx. 1 1 x 1 1/4 ", paper: 1 5/16 x 1 1/2 "]. There is an interesting inscription in ink on a front blank leaf: "To Clarke Bowen / Compliments of / Mr. Joseph Calì / Artist / Malta / 31st March / 1914." Giuseppe Calì (1846 –1930) was a Maltese painter, born in Valletta of Neapolitan parents and educated at the Accademia delle Belle Arti in Naples. He was a prolific artist: almost every church of any consequence in Malta boasts work by Giuseppe Calì. He was commemorated by the Republic of Malta with a series of four postage stamps in 1996, and a coin in 2004. The 'New York Times' (23 May 1915) printed a notice of a private exhibition of Clarke Bowen's collection of art, furniture and objects at his home, Woodhaven [Queens], noting that most of Bowen's paintings had been aquired in Malta. There are also brief eighteenth century ownership inscriptions on that same front blank and the title page. Printed as an unusually tall 12mo. Collation: [-] 8 A-Ii 12. With both half title and a genuine initial blank leaf ([-]1). Despite the wear to the fragile original boards, a clean and complete copy of what is now a rare book. OCLC Number: 636308750 (locating a single copy only, at the Sistema Bibliotecario Ticinese, Lugano, Switzerland. From the collation, it appears that this sole OCLC copy lacked the initial blank leaf, and had only the text of the "Vecchio Testamento" - ending with page 504). A search of the huge database of ICCU [4600 Italian libraries -- Istituto Centrale per il Catalogo Unico (delle biblioteche italiane e per le informazioni bibliografiche)] turns up three copies in Italy -- [Biblioteca comunale Planettiana - Jesi - AN; Biblioteca del Monte - Perugia - PG; and Biblioteca comunale Manfrediana - Faenza - RA]. The collation of the uniform listing is completely in accord with our copy, with the blank leaf, the frontispiece, 766 pages of text (Testamenti Vecchio e Nuovo) and [2] pages of "Tavola." The Hauptbibliothek Altstadt at Heidelberg University has a copy with identical pagination (and the same frontispiece), but evidently dated "1760." Since that date, ten years earlier than our copy, is not mentioned in the 4600 library database of the ICCU, I suggest that this is a typographical error in modern cataloguing rather than a variant. No copies recorded in the USA, none in the British Library, or the Bibliotheque Nationale. Some of the many illustrations throughout show some wear in this copy, and the plates from which those were printed were almost certainly reused from earlier sources. Still, ownership of this copy seemed to inspire two reknowned artists, and at least one American collector of paintings. 
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L'Art d'aimer, et Poésies Diverses, Bernard, Pierre-Joseph
6 Bernard, Pierre-Joseph L'Art d'aimer, et Poésies Diverses
N.p. No Publisher Recorded circa 1775 Hardcover Good+ 8vo 
2 p.l. & 170 pages; Contemporary full calf, front cover detached but present; large portions of the original spine are now lacking. Text clean, sewing intact. This is most likely a counterfeit edition of L'Art d'aimer by the poet called "Gentil-Bernard" by Voltaire. The lines with which Voltaire awarded this designation are printed on the verso of the half title to this edition: "Les Trois Bernards." There is an engraved title without publisher's imprint or date) signed "Lud. Dreppe. Fe[cit]." This is followed by the half title with the Voltaire text on its verso, and then pp. [1]-170, with decorative headpieces but no other plates or illustrations. After the title poem, the major text is "Phrosine et Mélidore, poème," pp. 62-111. Cohen has details of illustrated editions of these two works, suggesting dates of 1775 and 1772, "un titre gravé et de 3 figures de L. Martini gravées par Baquoy, le second illustré de 4 belles figures de Eisen gravées par Ponce et Baquoy." The present edition, with just the handsome title engraving, is described, along with the suggestion of its status as a counterfeit, in NUC pre-1956 imprints NB0361434. OCLC locates five copies exactly matching ours -- [see OCLC Number: 29548013. Library of Congress (from the Yudin collection); Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, Toronto; The British Library; University of Oxford; & Australia Defence Force Academy Library]. The collation of our copy is [-]1 A-K8 L6 (unlike the Library of Congress/Yudin copy, ours has a genuine blank leaf as the sixth leaf of the "L" gathering). There is rubbing along the edges of the covers, and especially at the corners, but this is an excellent candidate for restoration. At least 80 percent of the original spine remains -- enough for a pattern, or even to be laid down over a restoration. In any event, there is a highly interesting bookplate mounted to the front paste-down: a ribbon bearing the motto “Sub Tegmine Fagi” (“Concealed Beneath the Beech Tree”) crowns a beech tree that rises from a particolored band. Below this crest is the owner’s name: Henry B. H. Beaufoy, F.R.S. [Henry Benjamin Hanbury Beaufoy, 1786-1851]. From the mid-18th century the Beaufoy family were prosperous Quaker vinegar brewers in Lambeth. Henry B.H. Beaufoy's father Colonel Mark Beaufoy (1764-1827) was an astronomer and physicist, who was elected FRS, and was also the first Englishman to climb Mont Blanc. Starting in the early years of the nineteenth century through 1843, Henry B. H. Beaufoy was one of Europe’s most celebrated hot air ballonists. In 1811 he accompanied James Sadler (1753–1828, the first English balloonist), on a flight from Hackney, Middlesex, to East Thorpe, Essex, and took readings with a watch, barometer, thermometer, hygrometer, electrometer, mariner’s compass, and a needle compass; he also performed experiments with bottles of champagne. He published the diary he kept during the flight the same year. Beaufoy's numerous ascents contributed significant support to aeronautics in its earliest period; interested parties may consult his ballooning scrapbooks, now at Princeton. Beaufoy was also a great collector of both coins and books; he wrote a well-regarded book on early English “tokens”. Beaufoy collected across a range of subjects and period. But certainly, as a book collector, his crowning achievement was assembling together copies of the first (1623), second (1632), third (1663), and fourth (1685) folios of the plays of William Shakespeare. Clearly, the volume we offer for sale here once shared shelves with some remarkable companions. The bulk of Beaufoy's library was sold in 1909 [ Catalogue of a portion of the valuable library of books & manuscripts formed during the early part of the last century by Henry B.H. Beaufoy, Esq. and now sold by order of the Beaufoy Trustees ... : which will be sold by auction ... on Monday, June 7, 1909 and three following days and Tuesday, June 15, 1909 and two following days by Manson & Woods Christie]. The four folios of Shakespeare were catalogued separately a few years later, in 1912. The Folger Shakespeare Library now owns the Beaufoy first folio, in its handsome Roger Payne binding; Henry Folger bought it for $15,500 in April, 1914. 
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ANALYSES COMPARATIVES DES CENDRES D'Un Grand Nombre De Végétaux Suivies De L'Analyse De Différentes Terres Végétales, Berthier, M. P
7 Berthier, M. P ANALYSES COMPARATIVES DES CENDRES D'Un Grand Nombre De Végétaux Suivies De L'Analyse De Différentes Terres Végétales
Paris Bouchard-Huzard 1854 Hardcover Very Good+ 8vo 
131 pages; Extrait des Mémoires de la Société impériale et centrale d'agriculture, Chimie Agricole. Quarter calf over marbled boards, marbled endpapers. Raised bands with gilt lettering and accent lines. LC release stamp on first blank. Leather lightly rubbed at head & tail of spine. ; Experience the pleasure of reading and appreciating this actual printed item. It has its own physical history that imbues it with a character lacking in ephemeral electronic renderings. 
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Le Nouveau Testament - C'est a dire la Nouvelle Alliance de nostre Seigneur Jesus Christ, Nouvelle édition    Revue par les pasteurs et professeurs de Geneve, Bible
8 Bible Le Nouveau Testament - C'est a dire la Nouvelle Alliance de nostre Seigneur Jesus Christ, Nouvelle édition Revue par les pasteurs et professeurs de Geneve
Amsterdam chez J. van Heekeren, A. Hasebroek, la veuve de G. de Groot, B. Beaumond & Comp. 1708 Hardcover Very Good 18mo 
Unpaginated pages; Handsome binding, from the end of the eighteenth century -- polished brown calf, flat spine with panels formed by delicate tooling in gilt, decorative acid staining to the covers, which display a border of small gilt tools, marbled endpapers. Minor wear to the binding, with light rubbing at the spine ends, corners and a faint line of rubbing running down the center of the spine. Title page entirely engraved. This handsome French New Testament is especially interesting for its provenance; the front free endpaper has the neat ownership signature: "Wm Ladd / Portsmouth / New hampshire." Opposite this inscription, there is a pencil note in Ladd's distinctive handwriting: "London 3/ 1798." William Ladd was, in turn, a sailor, a captain of an ocean-crossing vessel, a plantation manager, a farmer, a politician, a preacher, and the father of the American peace movement. William Ladd [1778 - 1841] was born in Exeter, New Hampshire; his father was Eliphalet Ladd [1745?-1806], a wealthy ship's captain, merchant, shipbuilder, and member of the New Hampshire State Legislature. His mother was Abigail Hill [1750-1838] of South Berwick (in the Maine District, as it was then). William Ladd attended Exeter public schools, and then the Phillips Exeter Academy, from which he graduated in 1793. His family had moved from Exeter to Portsmouth the prevous year. William Ladd subsequently attended Harvard, and graduated with an A. B. degree with the class of 1797. After Harvard, he sailed as a seaman on the Ship Eliza, owned by his father, and under the command of his brother-in-law, Capt. Samuel Chauncey. It was a potentially dangerous time to begin life as a seaman on the Atlantic, during the hottest part of what the Americans came to call the "Quasi-War" with France. The year after he acquired this pocket-sized French New Testament in London for three shillings, William Ladd became master of the "Eliza" in 1799. It was not the only thing from London young William Ladd added to his life. On a voyage from London to Philadelphia he met Sophia Ann Stidolph [1780? - 1855] -- who was living in London, and was traveling to meet her parents in Wilmington, Delaware. William and Sophia were married in London in October, 1801. In 1802 William moved to Savannah, Georgia, and in January 1804 was granted by the Spanish Government about 1500 acres of land in New Smyrna, East Florida, to establish a cotton plantation. Ladd was firmly opposed to slavery from his earliest years; for the Smyrna Plantation, Ladd's plan was to make primary use of the services of Dutch indentured servants, (called redemptioners), rather than slaves. The plantation failed, at least in part from Ladd's experimental alternative to slave labor, and he left the land in the care of his neighbor Ambrose Hull. William and Sophia returned to Portsmouth in 1806 and he returned to life on the seas.Between 1812-14 William and Sophia lived in Portsmouth -- at least one source suggests that he was so opposed to the War of 1812 that he turned again to a life on dry land. William became involved in the Washington Benevolent Society, wrote on the state of the country for the 'Portsmouth Oracle,' and was elected to the Portsmouth Committee of Safety. During this time he purchased his brothers' shares of a farm in Minot, Maine District, which had been deeded to them by their father. William and Sophia moved to Minot in June 1814. William served as a representative of Minot to the Massachusetts State Legislature in 1815, and as a delegate to the first convention of Maine which formed the independent state government and prepared a state constitution for the separation of Maine from Massachusetts in 1820. A later newspaper account of Ladd's life recorded that during this period, he took up Christianity in a serious way; in about 1816, his life became "an exemplification of applied Christianity." Ladd traveled to Brunswick in 1819 to meet with Jesse Appleton, the president of Bowdoin College, who was on his deathbed at the time. Appleton talked about the work of various local peace societies. From that time onward, Ladd was driven by the idea that peace might transform mankind and society. He wrote articles on peace for the 'Christian Mirror' under the pseudonym "Philanthropos" beginning in 1823and gave his first lecture in 1824 before the Peace Society of Maine. William Ladd was the organizing force in the formation of the American Peace Society in 1828 and served (reluctantly, according to one source) as its first president. He edited the APS publication 'Harbinger of Peace' from 1828-1831, and wrote for its successor the 'Calumet' from 1831-35. Ladd corresponded with the leaders or various peace societies throughout the Eastern United States and England, and spent the major portion of the rest of his life traveling and lecturing to promote the cause. It became a personal goal of Ladd's to see the establishment of an International Congress and a High Court of Nations to resolve disputes between countries without citizens of disagreeing nations resorting to warfare. All this sounds reasonable in the early 21st century, but Ladd's views were not always popular. As an example, he was outspoken in his opposition to the Bunker Hill monument, calling it a "monument to "barbarism and anti-Christian spirit."He observed that, "Such things encourage military glory, and thereby endanger the peace of the world. Because it is as vainglorious for a nation to erect a monument of her own victories as it is for an individual to trumpet his own fame…" Ladd opposed both defensive and offensive war; in a letter that was part of a series of exchanges with a later Bowdoin College President William Allen, Ladd wrote, "What war in modern times has not been called defensive by both sides?" One of his intellectual innovations was to invite women (in a pamphlet called 'On the Duty of Females to Promote the Cause of Peace,' 1836) to join the peace movement.William Ladd was stricken with partial paralysis in Canandaigua, New York while on a lecture tour in January 1841. Ladd, never lacking determination, continued on with his planned tour, giving his last lecture in Boston. One source reports that he delivered part of this last lecture on his knees. William Ladd returned to Portsmouth and died in the family house in April 1841. His widow, Sophia Ladd, died in 1855. There is an unrelated short inscription in a different handwriting under William Ladd's signature on the front free-endpaper. A clipping relating to a Maine preacher is laid in (but the clipping is posthumous to William Ladd). There is also a small sheet of paper inserted, folded once vertically to form four small pages, with notes in English relating to eight numbered comforts of the Christian Life. The handwriting does not resemble the youthful signature of Ladd's on the front endpaper, but this insert, probably a draft of a lecture (or sermon) deserves further study. The book itself is now scarce. See OCLC: 19952663 (which locates three copies: Keller Library in NY; Miami Ohio Univ., and Washington & Lee Univ. in Virginia). Another OCLC accession number (302412674) locates two copies in the Netherlands [Univ. of Groningen; Universiteit Leiden]. The text is unpaginated. The collation of this small 18mo is unusual: A-M with alternating gatherings of 8 and 10 leaves, followed by gathering "N" with 10 leaves, a second "N" with 8 leaves, O with 10, and P with 3 leaves. [139 leaves, and apparently complete]. At least one of the OCLC copies was bound with a Psalter from the same bookseller-publishers, but this copy ends with the NT text. ; Signed by Notable Personage, Unrelated 
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Schreiben des Herrn Ignatz von Born ... an Herrn Franz Grafen von Kinsky ... ueber einen ausgebrannten Vulkan bey der Stadt Eger in Böhmen, Born, Ignaz von
9 Born, Ignaz von Schreiben des Herrn Ignatz von Born ... an Herrn Franz Grafen von Kinsky ... ueber einen ausgebrannten Vulkan bey der Stadt Eger in Böhmen
Prag [Prague] bey Wolfgang Gerle, 1773 First Edition Softcover Very Good- Small 4to 
16 pages; Unbound (possibly extracted from a volume). Very light soiling to the title page and final page. Ignaz von Born [1742-1791] was a mineralogist and metallurgist, who became a significant figure in botany, and other branches of natural history. He was also a prominent freemason, (whose writing influenced Mozart, both as a mason, and as a major source for the structure and intellectual foundations of "The Magic Flute." Indeed, some writers suggest that Born was the inspiration for the role of Sarastro). Born was also a satirist, and an influential anti-clerical writer. Wikipedia calls Born "the leading scientist in the Holy Roman Empire during the 1770s in the age of Enlightenment." He was born into a noble family, in the Grand Principality of Transylvania. He was educated in a Jesuit college in Vienna, but left the Jesuits after sixteen months to study law at Prague University. After extensive travels to study mineralogy throughout Germany, the Netherlands and France, and a second trip through Hungary and Transylvania, he returned to Prague in 1770 entered the department of mines and the mint. At Prague, where he held a post as mining councillor, Born was active among the founders of a scientific society. In 1771, Born was elected a foreign member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences (which he mentions on the title page to the work offered here). In 1776 he was summoned to Vienna by the Empress Maria Theresa to arrange the natural history collections, which he afterwards described in a superb (and expensive) book -- ['Testacea Musei Caesarei Vindobonensis' 1780]. Despite all this activity, Ignaz von Born remained an active and important force in mineralogy and the cutting edge methods of mining and metalurgy. His last work was an important contribution, detailing his invention of an amalgamation process for removing gold and silver from various ores, without the expensive and dangerous necessity for melting down the ores -- ['Ueber das Anquicken der gold- und silberhältigen Erze ...' 1786]. His avid pursuit of knowledge in the field may have been a contributing factor to his death at a relatively young age. The DSB states that "During his visit to a mine at Felso-Banya, he descended into the mine too soon after fires used to detach the ore had been extinguished, and inhaled a dangerously large quantity of arsenical vapors" Conspiracy-minded modern writers, knowing that Ignaz von Born was one of the most important members of the Illuminati in Vienna, may have other interpretations of Born's demise. Poggendorff i, col. 242; DSB ii, 316. The present work is quite scarce. See OCLC Number: 77229735 -- [specifying six locations, only one (University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign) in the USA. There are also copies in the British Library, and in the Library of the Univ. of Basel, under separate OCLC numbers. Bornite, a sulfide mineral also known as peacock ore, is named in his honor. 
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THESAURUS NUMMORUM SUEO-GOTHICORUM, Brenners, Elias
10 Brenners, Elias THESAURUS NUMMORUM SUEO-GOTHICORUM
Holmiae (Stockholm) Joh. Laur. Horrn 1731 Hardcover Very Good 4to 
Engraved Plates; Very good, in worn 19th century red half morocco. Best edition of the great work on Scandinavian numismatics (rare first edition was 1691) -- with 1780 bibliography at end. Illustrated by Engraved plates of coins. ; Experience the pleasure of reading and appreciating this actual printed item. It has its own physical history that imbues it with a character lacking in ephemeral electronic renderings. 
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11 Carte, Thomas ; [1686-1754] The History of the Revolutions of Portugal, from the foundation of that kingdom to the year MDCLXVII With letters of Sir Robert Southwell, during his embassy there, to the Duke of Ormond; Giving a particular Account of the deposing Alfonso, and placing Don Pedro on the Throne
London Printed for John Osborn at the Golden Ball in Pater-Noster Row, MDCCXL 1740 First Edition; First Printing Hardcover Very Good+ 8vo 
[2], xiv, [8], 374, [2, ads] pages; Contemporary full calf, raised bands on the spine, pairs of simple gilt rules outline the edges of the covers and surround the raised bands -- if there was a spine label, it is now missing. The front free-endpaper is now gone, and the rear free-endpaper remains only as a stub (the rest is neatly cut out). No marks of ownership, the binding is sound and handsome, the text clean and tight. Collation: A8 a4 B-2A8 2B4 This anonymously published work was written by Thomas Carte [1686-1754]. [NOT French historian, René-Aubert Vertot's more common work published in an English translation in 1735.] Our author, Thomas Carte, was born near Rugby, took his degree from Brasenose College, Oxford, in 1702, and an MA from King's College, Cambridge in 1706. He was ordained around 1714, and in that year refused to take the Oath of Allegiance out of loyalty to the Stuarts. In 1721, on the discovery of the plot for the capture of the royal family and the proclamation of the pretender (James Francis Edward Stuart) as King James -- Bishop Francis Atterbury (an accomplished political schemer) was arrested with the other chief malcontents, and in 1722 committed to the Tower of London. Thomas Carte, as secretary to the disgraced Francis Atterbury, was accused of high treason in 1722 and was forced to flee to France -- where he adopted the name of "Philips," for a time. We have a story which would have been familiar to many of the subjects whose histories Thomas Carte was prepared to write: a talented Englishman, abstracted from England for a time not of his choosing. In Paris, Carte (or, should we say "Philips" ?) collected materials for an English edition of the works of Jacques August de Thou and Nicolas Rigault -- two French men of affairs, who were also historians, scholars (and book collectors, by the way). Carte also began gathering papers for a detailed history of James Butler, Duke of Ormonde, who had ruled over Ireland (twice) for the English crown, and had spent many years in Paris enduring his own exile during the Protectorate. It is probably during this time in Paris that Carte also adopted his only other non-English subject: the complex history of Portugal. And it is revealing that there is an Englishman, Sir Robert Southwell, who wrote detailed and revealing letters home to England in the midst of one of the most complicated situations at the heart of the Portuguese history Thomas Carte wished to relate. In outline at least, Carte's text covers the development of modern Portugal from the Moorish overturning of the Gothic empire in A.D. 713. But the central period which attracts most of Carte's full attention begins with a revolution by the nobility and high bourgeoisie on the first of December, 1640, 60 years after the crowning of Philip I. Three main plotters -- Antão Vaz de Almada, Miguel de Almeida and João Pinto Ribeiro -- together with several associates, killed Secretary of State Miguel de Vasconcelos and imprisoned the king's cousin, the Duchess of Mantua, who had governed Portugal in his name. Their moment was well chosen, as Spain was at the time fighting the Thirty Years' War. The support of the people of Portugal became apparent almost immediately and soon John, 8th Duke of Braganza, was acclaimed King of Portugal as John IV. Subsequently, there was a war with Spain, called the "Restoration War." This conflict concentrated mainly on five significant battles - each a victory for King John's Portuguese forces, and the new King was in a position to demand of Spain that they recognize his new Portuguese Royal House of Braganza. John IV was a splendid monarch, a patron of fine art and music, and a proficient composer and writer on musical subjects. He collected one of the largest libraries in the world. He also cemented a relationship with England by marrying his daughter Catherine of Braganza to Charles II of England, (and offering Tangiers and Bombay as a dowry). Alas, John IV died in 1656 and was succeeded by his son Afonso VI. And here, the story gets twisted again in an interesting way. The new King of Portugal was thirteen years old. He suffered from an illness that paralyzed the left side of his body and left him mentally unstable. After a useful six-year regency of Luísa de Guzman, the Queen Mother, Afonso officially assumed the control of Portugal. Not for long, as a conspiracy between his wife, Queen Marie Françoise of Savoy, and Afonso's brother, Prince Peter, contrived to secure an annulment of her marriage to Afonso VI in 1667 (based on his impotence). Peter [Thomas Carte calls him "Don Pedro"] continued his helpful ways as royal brother by later marrying Marie Françoise. During the shaky early years of Peter's de facto rule of Portugal, there is another war with Spain. And, to negociate an end to this (and look after King Charles II's interest in the affairs of the Portuguese royal family into which he had married) -- Sir Robert Southwell is sent. And Sir Robert's reports home mostly take the form of letters to his fellow Anglo-Irishman, the first Duke of Ormonde (whose papers had been acquired by Thomas Carte, engaged in writing his biography of Ormonde). So, in this convoluted way, a skilled and workmanlike history of Portugal becomes really a history of one aspect of English diplomacy during the Restoration of Charles II, written by an Englishman who shared something which many of the outstanding English men of affairs of his time had to endure: many years of exile away from the British Isles. The author, Thomas Carte, was a great gatherer of interesting papers relating to history. Fortunately, Carte was recalled to England in 1728 through the influence of Queen Caroline. His vast collection of historical papers survives today as the property of the University of Oxford, on deposit in the Bodleian Library, where they are known as the Carte Manuscripts. A splendid copy of a book written by Carte using some of these papers -- which is now quite scarce in commerce. The records of William Bowyer, the printer, show that 750 copies were printed in 1740. See ESTC System No. 006365266 (locating seven copies in the UK and eight in the U.S.) OCLC Number: 519679346 (as often, there are other OCLC numbers; none locates many copies). The London market may not have readily absorbed all 750 copies of this book which had been printed in 1740. The publication of a 1735 English translation of the similarly titled work by the French historian Abbe René-Aubert Vertot may not have helped. Adding to the confusion, there appears to have been a "Dublin edition" printed from the same setting of type as the London edition with cancelled title-page reading "Dublin: for William Ross, 1759." 
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The History of the Revolutions of Portugal, from the foundation of that kingdom to the year MDCLXVII With letters of Sir Robert Southwell, during his embassy there, to the Duke of Ormond; Giving a particular Account of the deposing Alfonso, and placing Don Pedro on the Throne, Carte, Thomas ; [1686-1754]
12 Carte, Thomas ; [1686-1754] The History of the Revolutions of Portugal, from the foundation of that kingdom to the year MDCLXVII With letters of Sir Robert Southwell, during his embassy there, to the Duke of Ormond; Giving a particular Account of the deposing Alfonso, and placing Don Pedro on the Throne
London Printed for John Osborn at the Golden Ball in Pater-Noster Row, MDCCXL 1740 First Edition; First Printing Hardcover Very Good+ 8vo 
[2], xiv, [8], 374, [2, ads] pages; Contemporary full calf, raised bands on the spine, pairs of simple gilt rules outline the edges of the covers and surround the raised bands -- if there was a spine label, it is now missing. The front free-endpaper is now gone, and the rear free-endpaper remains only as a stub (the rest is neatly cut out). No marks of ownership, the binding is sound and handsome, the text clean and tight. Collation: A8 a4 B-2A8 2B4 This anonymously published work was written by Thomas Carte [1686-1754]. It must not be confused with the less uncommon work by a French historian, René-Aubert Vertot (published in an English translation in 1735). Our author, Thomas Carte, was born near Rugby, took his degree from Brasenose College, Oxford, in 1702, and an MA from King's College, Cambridge in 1706. He was ordained around 1714, and in that year refused to take the Oath of Allegiance out of loyalty to the Stuarts. In 1721, on the discovery of the plot for the capture of the royal family and the proclamation of the pretender (James Francis Edward Stuart) as King James -- Bishop Francis Atterbury (an accomplished political schemer) was arrested with the other chief malcontents, and in 1722 committed to the Tower of London. Thomas Carte, as secretary to the disgraced Francis Atterbury, was accused of high treason in 1722 and was forced to flee to France -- where he adopted the name of "Philips," for a time. We have a story which would have been familiar to many of the subjects whose histories Thomas Carte was prepared to write: a talented Englishman, abstracted from England for a time not of his choosing. In Paris, Carte (or, should we say "Philips" ?) collected materials for an English edition of the works of Jacques August de Thou and Nicolas Rigault -- two French men of affairs, who were also historians, scholars (and book collectors, by the way). Carte also began gathering papers for a detailed history of James Butler, Duke of Ormonde, who had ruled over Ireland (twice) for the English crown, and had spent many years in Paris enduring his own exile during the Protectorate. It is probably during this time in Paris that Carte also adopted his only other non-English subject: the complex history of Portugal. And it is revealing that there is an Englishman, Sir Robert Southwell, who wrote detailed and revealing letters home to England in the midst of one of the most complicated situations at the heart of the Portuguese history Thomas Carte wished to relate. In outline at least, Carte's text covers the development of modern Portugal from the Moorish overturning of the Gothic empire in A.D. 713. But the central period which attracts most of Carte's full attention begins with a revolution by the nobility and high bourgeoisie on the first of December, 1640, 60 years after the crowning of Philip I. Three main plotters -- Antão Vaz de Almada, Miguel de Almeida and João Pinto Ribeiro -- together with several associates, killed Secretary of State Miguel de Vasconcelos and imprisoned the king's cousin, the Duchess of Mantua, who had governed Portugal in his name. Their moment was well chosen, as Spain was at the time fighting the Thirty Years' War. The support of the people of Portugal became apparent almost immediately and soon John, 8th Duke of Braganza, was acclaimed King of Portugal as John IV. Subsequently, there was a war with Spain, called the "Restoration War." This conflict concentrated mainly on five significant battles - each a victory for King John's Portuguese forces, and the new King was in a position to demand of Spain that they recognize his new Portuguese Royal House of Braganza. John IV was a splendid monarch, a patron of fine art and music, and a proficient composer and writer on musical subjects. He collected one of the largest libraries in the world. He also cemented a relationship with England by marrying his daughter Catherine of Braganza to Charles II of England, (and offering Tangiers and Bombay as a dowry). Alas, John IV died in 1656 and was succeeded by his son Afonso VI. And here, the story gets twisted again in an interesting way. The new King of Portugal was thirteen years old. He suffered from an illness that paralyzed the left side of his body and left him mentally unstable. After a useful six-year regency of Luísa de Guzman, the Queen Mother, Afonso officially assumed the control of Portugal. Not for long, as a conspiracy between his wife, Queen Marie Françoise of Savoy, and Afonso's brother, Prince Peter, contrived to secure an annulment of her marriage to Afonso VI in 1667 (based on his impotence). Peter [Thomas Carte calls him "Don Pedro"] continued his helpful ways as royal brother by later marrying Marie Françoise. During the shaky early years of Peter's de facto rule of Portugal, there is another war with Spain. And, to negociate an end to this (and look after King Charles II's interest in the affairs of the Portuguese royal family into which he had married) -- Sir Robert Southwell is sent. And Sir Robert's reports home mostly take the form of letters to his fellow Anglo-Irishman, the first Duke of Ormonde (whose papers had been acquired by Thomas Carte, engaged in writing his biography of Ormonde). So, in this convoluted way, a skilled and workmanlike history of Portugal becomes really a history of one aspect of English diplomacy during the Restoration of Charles II, written by an Englishman who shared something which many of the outstanding English men of affairs of his time had to endure: many years of exile away from the British Isles. The author, Thomas Carte, was a great gatherer of interesting papers relating to history. Fortunately, Carte was recalled to England in 1728 through the influence of Queen Caroline. His vast collection of historical papers survives today as the property of the University of Oxford, on deposit in the Bodleian Library, where they are known as the Carte Manuscripts. A splendid copy of a book written by Carte using some of these papers -- which is now quite scarce in commerce. The records of William Bowyer, the printer, show that 750 copies were printed in 1740. See ESTC System No. 006365266 (locating seven copies in the UK and eight in the U.S.) OCLC Number: 519679346 (as often, there are other OCLC numbers; none locates many copies). The London market may not have readily absorbed all 750 copies of this book which had been printed in 1740. The publication of a 1735 English translation of the similarly titled work by the French historian Abbe René-Aubert Vertot may not have helped. Adding to the confusion, there appears to have been a "Dublin edition" printed from the same setting of type as the London edition with cancelled title-page reading "Dublin: for William Ross, 1759." 
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13 Cerreti, [Giovanni Battista] Histoire des Monts de Pieté Avec des Réflexions sur la Nature de des Établissemens
Padova Padoue 1752 First Edition; First Printing Hardcover Very Good 12mo 
xii, 153 pages; Contemporary pattern-printed paper-covered boards backed with calf -- flat spine with dark red leather label lettered in gilt. Binding somewhat worn, with erosion at the head of the spine, and at the corners and edges of the boards. Old round institutional stamp on the title page, with somewhat smaller "redactio" stamp. Two old shelf mark notations on the title page; the round institutional stamp is repeated at the lower blank margin of p. 51. Still, a sound, complete and handsome copy of this scarce book on the history of the monts de pieté -- pawn-shop like establisments for lending money to the needy, secured by objects of value. Their history in Europe dates from the later Middle Ages times to the 20th century. In the original Italian concept, the "Monte di Pietà" depended on acquiring a monte, a collection of funds from voluntary (more-or-less) donations by the well-off who had no necessity of regaining their money quickly. The people in need would be able to come to the Monte di Pietà and give an item of value in exchange for a monetary loan. The term of the loan would last the course of a year and would only be worth about two-thirds of the value of the borrower’s item. A pre-determined interest rate would be applied to the loan and these profits were used to pay the expenses of operating the Monte di Pietà. The initial impetus behind the idea was to combat usury. In practice, in some cities at least, there was an element of anti-Semitism involved in the conception and capitalization, if not the day-to-day operation of these institutions. In England, there was a similar fund initiated in1361 by the Bishop of London, Michael Northburgh, who put up 1000 silver marks. There was to be no official interest charged, but some expenses of the institution were to be defrayed from its foundation capital. The money was literally kept in a vault in St. Pauls. The fund is reported to have been exhausted after operating for some time. A scarce and intersting contribution to the history of banking, pawnbroking, and usury. See Goldsmiths'-Kress library of economic literature no. 8726. OCLC: 23611578. 
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Histoire des Monts de Pieté Avec des Réflexions sur la Nature de des Établissemens, Cerreti, [Giovanni Battista]
14 Cerreti, [Giovanni Battista] Histoire des Monts de Pieté Avec des Réflexions sur la Nature de des Établissemens
Padova Padoue 1752 First Edition; First Printing Hardcover Very Good 12mo 
xii, 153 pages; Contemporary pattern-printed paper-covered boards backed with calf -- flat spine with dark red leather label lettered in gilt. Binding somewhat worn, with erosion at the head of the spine, and at the corners and edges of the boards. Old round institutional stamp on the title page, with somewhat smaller "redactio" stamp. Two old shelf mark notations on the title page; the round institutional stamp is repeated at the lower blank margin of p. 51. Still, a sound, complete and handsome copy of this scarce book on the history of the monts de pieté -- pawn-shop like establisments for lending money to the needy, secured by objects of value. Their history in Europe dates from the later Middle Ages times to the 20th century. In the original Italian concept, the "Monte di Pietà" depended on acquiring a monte, a collection of funds from voluntary (more-or-less) donations by the well-off who had no necessity of regaining their money quickly. The people in need would be able to come to the Monte di Pietà and give an item of value in exchange for a monetary loan. The term of the loan would last the course of a year and would only be worth about two-thirds of the value of the borrower’s item. A pre-determined interest rate would be applied to the loan and these profits were used to pay the expenses of operating the Monte di Pietà. The initial impetus behind the idea was to combat usury. In practice, in some cities at least, there was an element of anti-Semitism involved in the conception and capitalization, if not the day-to-day operation of these institutions. In England, there was a similar fund initiated in1361 by the Bishop of London, Michael Northburgh, who put up 1000 silver marks. There was to be no official interest charged, but some expenses of the institution were to be defrayed from its foundation capital. The money was literally kept in a vault in St. Pauls. The fund is reported to have been exhausted after operating for some time. A scarce and intersting contribution to the history of banking, pawnbroking, and usury. See Goldsmiths'-Kress library of economic literature no. 8726. OCLC: 23611578. 
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15 d'Arnaud, Francois-Thomas-Marie de Baculard ; [Clara Tice's set] Oeuvres de D'Arnaud [ in Twelve Volumes ]
Paris Chez Laporte Libraire, rue Christine, M.DCC.CXV 1795 Hardcover Very Good 8vo 
12 vols pages; Twelve volumes, 8vo, contemporary full calf, flat spines, covers with a decorative "cloud" or flame pattern, executed in acid-staining, delicate gilt borders. The flat spines have gilt-lettered labels in red and black; two of the other panels have gilt-tooled decorative "urns" -- the other two panels have an all-over pattern of gilt tools within a diagonal grid of rules. There are plum-colored endpapers, and the edges of the text-blocks are decoratively stained to match the boards. There is some cracking along the hinges and some light rubbing and wear, but the boards are all attached, and this is a sound and handsome set of a landmark of French Eighteenth century book illustration. With 33 full page plates after designs by Marillier, Eisen, and Le Barbier -- engraved by de Ghendt, de Longueil, de Launay, Halbou, Lingée, Fessard, Godefroy, Née, Ponce, Guttenburg, and Macret; Also, there are 42 vignettes and tailpieces after Eisen, Marillier, and Le Barbier by Duflos. Legrand, Helman, Maillet, Texier, and the artists mentioned above. [See Cohen-deRicci 103]. There is musical notation in volumes 2 and 7. This set belonged to a significant and accomplished early twentieth century American artist: Clara Tice [1888-1973]. She made a pencil drawing on the first blank leaf of the first volume, under which she has signed "Clara Tice / Her Books." Tice was known as the “Queen of Greenwich Village” at the height of her fame. In youth, she studied with Robert Henri - a founder of the ash-can school. In 1910, she became part of the indelible history of modern art in America through a now-legendary exhibition organized by Robert Henri organized together with colleagues John Sloan and William Glackens - and some of his students, (among them Tice). This was the first exhibition of Independent Artists -- the show opened on April 1, 1910 and attracted with its revolutionary “no jury, no awards” concept a crowd of over two thousand people on the opening night. Despite this large audience only three artworks were sold that night: one drawing by Henri, one picture by Tice and a sketch by Edith Haworth. Clara Tice was further launched by another event in New York five years later. This time, it was a non-exhibition, in a sense. In March 1915 the headline "Comstock Ban Brings Art Buyer" startled the 'New York Tribune's' readers. The accompanying article described how the determined anti-vice crusader Anthony Comstock had visited Polly's, a popular restaurant in bohemian Greenwich Village, where he determined that some of the many works of Clara Tice's hung on the restaurant's walls were indecent and had to be removed from pulbic view. Comstock spent most of his time working as a self-appointed enforcer and protector of public decency. Before he was able to take any further action one of the diners bought the pictures and thus saved them. The fame certainly aided Clara Tice's career, which bloomed nicely. She had several one-man exhibitions in Manhattan -- [including, Bruno's Garret (1915), the Anderson Galleries (1922) and the Schwartz Galleries (1934)]. Her drawings appeared often in the leading magazines - such as Vanity Fair, Rogue, Cartoons Magazine, The Quill, Greenwich Village and Bruno's Weekly. She also designed theater curtains, menus, murals, posters and invitation cards for costume balls, etc. Beginning in 1920 she started to illustrate books. Many of these were published by the Pierre Louÿs Society, which was organized to distribute private printings to subscribers only -- (however, her books were available in the trade in New York, and most other major cities, to customers who knew where and how to ask...) Tice was known especially for female nudes, and also, for an extraordinary ability to convey movement with just a few deft strokes in her drawings. Her pencil-drawing in this set displays both her favorite subject, and her skill at executing a drawing alive with movement with an economy of line. The author whose works are collected in these dozen volumes was a long-lived and prolific French author of plays and fiction. Some of his works display a blend of romantic melancholy, Gothic horror, and improving sentiment. He was very popular with the general public in the years before the Revolution. Voltaire and some like-minded critics had no use for him, but Rousseau said: ‘Monsieur Arnaud écrit avec son cœur.’ Arnaud's verse drama, 'Les Amants malheureux (1764, performed 1790)' is set in a catacomb; its atmosphere is described by Baculard as ‘le sombre’. His greatest success was a collection of 24 novellas, Les Épreuves du sentiment (1772-80). This finely illustrated collected edition presents a minor puzzle in its imprint. The publisher, M. Laporte, set the date in Roman numerals on the title pages: as "M.DCC.CXV." On the face of it, this should translate to "1815." But the periods after "M" (a millenium) and "DCC." (seven centuries) indicate that some other category of years is indicated for the group at the end ".CXV" -- The logical conclusion is that the printer, perhaps distracted by the brand new Revolutionary calendar, has transposed the "C" and the "X" [this would be XCV properly, or ten years less than a century, plus five years]. OCLC has a foot in each camp. OCLC: 15476023 locates seven sets, described as originating in 1795. But OCLC: 23407366 locates eight further sets, listed as "1815." We strongly believe that 1795 is the correct date, and can offer at least two reasons. First, the bookseller Laporte moved shop in Paris sometime between 1795, when he issued this twelve volume set from the rue Christine, and 1803, when Laporte recorded his address as "rue de Savoie, no. 19" - from which they issued another 'Oeuvres d'Arnaud,' with a different arrangement of volumes. There is no record of Laporte issuing any other books as late as 1815. It strains credulity to suggest that he would have revived his business, back in his old location, in order to issue an expensive set of books which would not have had much appeal to a different post-Napoleon French public, ten years after Baculard d'Arnaud died as an impoverished old man. ; Signed by Notable Personage, Unrelated 
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Les Amours de Plantes, poeme en quatre chants, Darwin, Erasmus
16 Darwin, Erasmus Les Amours de Plantes, poeme en quatre chants
Paris L'Imprimerie De Digeon 1800 Hardcover Near Fine 12mo 
(iv), 412 pages; Translated by Deleuze. Suivi de notes, et de dialogues sur la poesie par J. P. F. Deleuze. This botanical poem "The Loves of the Plants," is a description of Linnaeus' sexual system of classification in verse. It comprises the second part of a famous work by Erasmus Darwin (grandfather of Charles Darwin) titled The Botanic Garden. Perhaps to the surprise of modern readers, this didactic poem was immediately popular, as the study of botany was quite fashionable within the higher social circles who found the poetic form appealing. This is the First French edition which was published in An VIII [1800]. The book is bound in half vellum over marbled boards, with gilt lettering at the spine and all edges tinted green. ; Experience the pleasure of reading and appreciating this actual printed item. It has its own physical history that imbues it with a character lacking in ephemeral electronic renderings. 
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MEMOIRES POUR SERVIR A L'HISTOIRE DE PORT-ROYAL ..., Du Fosse, [Pierre-Thomas -- 1634-1698]
17 Du Fosse, [Pierre-Thomas -- 1634-1698] MEMOIRES POUR SERVIR A L'HISTOIRE DE PORT-ROYAL ...
Utrecht Aux Depens De La Compagnie 1739 Hardcover Very Good 12mo 
xi, 533 pages; Full contemporary brown mottled calf, raised bands, red label lettered in gilt, swirl-marbled endpapers, edges sprinkled red. Minor stains have darkened the upper portions of the covers. Port-Royal, once a simple convent, was the center of a struggle in the French Catholic church. This book is an account of the Jansenist movement, the involvement of Blaise Pascal, etc. -- by one who was once a student at Port-Royal, and became a participant in the events of the final years he describes. This book was published for the use of the last Jansenist congregation, in Utrecht in the Netherlands. It certainly could not have been printed in France without dire consequences for all involved, as the Jansenists had been thoroughly surpressed. The account of Pascal's "Lettres Provincales" is a nearly contemporary account of one of the great spiritual books of all time -- (see PMM) . ; Experience the pleasure of reading and appreciating this actual printed item. It has its own physical history that imbues it with a character lacking in ephemeral electronic renderings. 
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Instrumenta Graecorum Rustica ex Hesiodo illustrata adprob. ampl. ord. philos. in reg. academ. Upsal. praeside mag. Johanne Flodero ... pro gradu publico examini tradit Salomon Eklin, Eklin, Salomon
18 Eklin, Salomon Instrumenta Graecorum Rustica ex Hesiodo illustrata adprob. ampl. ord. philos. in reg. academ. Upsal. praeside mag. Johanne Flodero ... pro gradu publico examini tradit Salomon Eklin
Upsaliæ [Uppsala, Sweden] apud Joh. Edman 1779 First Edition Softcover Very Good- Small 4to 
[2], 20 & [1, engraved plate] pages; Instrumenta Graecorum rustica ex Hesiodo illustrata, adprob. ampl. ord. philos. in reg. academ. Upsal. praeside mag. Johanne Flodero ... pro gradu publico examini tradit Salomon Eklin, stip. reg. Wexionia-Smolandus, in audit. Gustav. maj. d. V. Maji MDCCLXXIX. Horis ante meridiem solitis. Small 4to. A rare dissertation, stiched and sewn as issued, never bound. With the engraved plate depicting Greek farm implements, with a printed legend recording names [in Greek letters] for 11 parts of these tools. Faint circular stain to the front cover, minor scrappyness to the uncut edges -- with trimming to the lower part of the gutter margin of the plate, to enable this leaf, slighlty larger than the text, to be folded. This disseration was defended by Salomon Eklin [1756-1803]. The thesis advisor was Johan Floderus [1721-1789], who spent most of his life at the University at Uppsala. Floderus was first a student at Uppsala in 1738, became Master of Arts there in 1743, he was appointed in 1752 to associate professor in Greek literature. Five years later he was promoted to lecturer in 1762 and to full professor in Greek. He was appointed in the year of this academic thesis, 1779, Vicar of Old Uppsala , and was named in 1786 as a member of the Academy of Letters. Several Library catalogues list him, mistakenly, as the author of this thesis; Swedish Wikipedia states that he "Presided" over 153 academic dissertations. Interestingly, RISM, the "Répertoire international des sources musicales" suggests that Salomon Eklin was also a Swedish composer of music. OCLC lists only one location [see OCLC Number: 249958845 -- copy at Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin]. COPAC locates only the British Library copy. There appear to be four copies in Swedish institutions, and a copy at Helsinki University. While OCLC suggests that there are none in the U.S., Harvard's Houghton Library has a copy in a bound volume of 38 dissertations. 
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A French Prosodical Grammar, or reading book calculated for the use of all those to whom the English language may be a vehicle to learn the French pronuciation. : Dedicated to the United States of America, Gay, Anthelme
19 Gay, Anthelme A French Prosodical Grammar, or reading book calculated for the use of all those to whom the English language may be a vehicle to learn the French pronuciation. : Dedicated to the United States of America
New York Printed for the author, by John Bull, no. 115, Cherry-Street 1797 First Edition Hardcover Good+ 12mo 
215, [1] pages; Contemporary full sheepskin leather, flat spine with gilt rules (now nearly rubbed away). This original binding is quite rubbed and worn, with several scrapes to the leather. The front hinge is cracked and tender, but the cover is still attached on its cords. There are two ink signatures and one set of initials in ink on the title page and facing front paste-down, along with another line. That line and one of the signatures is crossed out in ink, but it is easily possible to read that the distinctive signatures and initials belonged to a noted New York lawyer and politician, Hugh Maxwell [1787-1873]. This is a copy of one of the first generation of schoolbooks launched in the early United States of America. It was printed in New York, during the second term of President George Washington and bears the author's broad statement on the title page: "Dedicated to the United States of America." The author may have sought a broader audience, as evidenced by this dedication, but did achieve adoption by the scholarly community of Columbia College. Anthelme Gay printed in full the text of a letter of endorsement by Columbia's President, Dr. William S. Johnson, and a slightly earlier endorsement from Columbia's Professor of the French Language - A[ntoine]. [Villete de] Marcellin. This latter figure was appointed in 1792, at an annual salary of £100 -- to "teach such of the students of the College as choose to be instructed in that Language" at such times as might be agreed upon by the Board of President and Professors, the fee for each student to be forty shillings..." It was specifically understood that his courses were open to other persons. Although the French had been the first allies of the American patriots of the Revolution, the relationship between the young USA and the French was deteriorating during the years following the French Revolution, to the point that 1797 would bring what we now call the "Quasi-War" with France. It is a matter of record that Marcellin's professorship was discontinued in 1799 when he retired, and formal French studies at Columbia were not revived until 1828, when the "Department of the French Language and Literature" was institued under professor Antoine Verren, A.M. But the records of institutional hirings and dismissals and formal strictures of studies are not the complete record of any vibrant university, and so it is both interesting and significant that this copy of Anthelme Gay's 1795 text book has ownership signatures of a noted Columbia student who was just a boy when Professor Marcellin retired. This copy has two full signatures and one bold set of initials, all written in ink by Hugh Maxwell [1787-1873]. Maxwell first came to prominence in New York as the instigator of a incident at the Columbia College Commencement ceremonies held on August 8, 1811 at Trinity Church which was called by even some ensuing court documents "The Columbia Riot." A graduating student, John B. Stevenson, who was scheduled to speak, included in his prepared address some lines about elected officials being obligated to "obey the will of constituents." A member of theColumbia faculty saw Stevenson's text, and ordered those lines struck out. Disregarding this administrative order, Stevenson read the lines anyway — and he was subsequently informed he would not receive his Columbia degree later that day with the rest of his class. When the moment arrived, Stevenson mounted the platform anyway, demanding his degree. Hugh Maxwell, owner of our book, a 24 year old lawyer and 1808 Columbia graduate, then lept to the platform and raised a loud objection. The Columbia faculty, in subsequent court documents, held that "a species of riot commenced, with hissing, clapping, and noisy exultation." Gulian C. Verplanck, another lawyer and slightly less recent Columbia graduate (1801) ran forward with a few others, first demanding an explanation from Columbia Provost Dr. John A. Mason, and failing to find this satisfactory, he turned to the audience and moved that thanks be voted to Hugh Maxwell for his eloquent defense of an unjustly-treated student, and of democratic prinipals. The ceremonies broke up without concluding exercises, and Stevenson, Hugh Maxwell and Gulian C. Verplanck were hauled before old New York Mayor's Court, charged with riot. The mayor was DeWitt Clinton, an experienced politician, who had already been a U.S. Senator from New York, and was serving his third term as Mayor of New York; Clinton would subsequently twice be Governor of the state. In his Mayor's court, DeWitt Clinton was even more spirited in his prosecution of Hugh Maxwell, Stevenson and Verplanck than Columbia's Provost had been. "We have no hesitation in declaring that the disturbance which took place ... is the most disgraceful, the most unprecedented, the most unjustifiable, and the most outrageous, that ever came within the knowledge of this court." Mayor Clinton levied a fine of $200 each to Hugh Maxwell and the other two men. Joel Parker's contemporary account of the trial, published at the time as a pamphlet, is now widely available as part of Gale's series, "Making of Modern Law.") In taking his stand against the young "riot mongers," Clinton, nominally a Democratic-Republican in politics, won many friends among the New York Federalists. This would have significant repercussions the next year, as DeWitt Clinton ran for the U.S. Presidency against the incumbant James Madison. The election of 1812 is one of the more complicated of the early Republic's contests. Most brief accounts list Clinton as the Federalist candidate ... (he was not, officially) and record that he won 47.6 percent of the popular vote, against Madison's victorious 50.4 percent. A swing of a couple of Southern states might have changed the electoral College vote. Clinton's vigorous put down of Hugh Maxwell and associates as "Jacobins" and impassioned rage against "mobocracy" probably won him crucial New York support. But it certainly earned DeWitt Clinton the lasting hatred of Gulian C. Verplanck, whose ancestors had been at the heart of power in New York since the days of the Dutch. And while Clinton and Verplanck each wrote angry pamphlets about the other for the next several years, Hugh Maxwell rapidly moved on. During the War of 1812, he suspended his already successful law practice to become an Assistant Judge Advocate General of the U.S. Army. He was New York County District Attorney from 1817 to 1818 and from 1821 to 1829. In this high position of political and legal authority, Maxwell acquired a reputation for brilliant oratory and rhetorical skill. He got a chance to demonstrate these qualities during one of the most celebrated cases brought during his long tenure -- the so-called "Conspiracy Trial” in 1823. Jacob Varker, a well-known Quaker banker, Henry Eckford, a prominent ship-builder, and several others prominent in Tammany Hall were charged with allegedly committing millions of dollars in acts of fraud against banks, insurance companies, and private citizens. Although the defendants had means sufficient to retain highly talented defense attourneys, Hugh Maxwell succeeded, through two trials, in securing the conviction of a most of the accused. The first trial ended in a hung jury; Henry Eckford was not prosecuted again after the first trial and sought an apology and public statement of his innocence from Maxwell, but succeeded only in getting Maxwell to make a statement that Eckford had been duped by others into illegal acts. Eckford challenged Hugh Maxwell to a duel in December 1827, but Maxwell, perhaps remembering the fate of an earlier Columbia College figure, Alexander Hamilton, wisely ignored the challenge. In the realignment of American politics following the demise of the first party system of the founders' time, Maxwell became a prominent Whig. In 1849, Maxwell was appointed by President Zachary Taylor as Collector of the Port of New York and remained in office until 1853, when his term expired. Many considered this job to be the plum of all Federal appointments. Maxwell retired from business and the law after another few years and spent the rest of a long life at No. 14 St. Marks Place, collecting books, among other literary pursuits. He was a member of the New York Historical Society and was elected a member of Saint Andrew’s Society on 30th November, 1811. He served as a Manager from 1826-1828; as Second Vice-President, 1828-1832; as First Vice-President from 1832-1835, and as President from 1835-1837. He lived to be 86, and was the oldest member of the society when he died. Hugh Maxwell's co-conspirator in the Columbia riot of 1811, Gulian Crommelin Verplanck, also lived into his eighties. He was elected to the New York State Assembly and Senate, and later to the United States House of Representatives from New York, where he served as Chairman of the influential House Ways and Means Committee. DeWitt Clinton died suddenly in 1828, aged 58, but not before he managed to be the major progenitor of the Erie Canal. His name appears on the subscriber's list of this 1795 book, along with his uncle, twice Governor of the state, and a future U.S. Vice President) and his cousin, George W. Clinton, as are two Verplancks, (one is the uncle of "our" Gulian Verplanck), joining Alexander Hamilton, Esq., Noah Webster, Governor John Jay, Senator Rufus King, Senator Joshua Sands, Sir John Temple (the first British consul-general to the United States), several Columbia College professors, and at least six named "teachers of French." ( see "Subscriber's Names," p. [203]-215). The subscriber's list does not include Oliver Ellsworth, third Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (whose copy of this 1795 book was sold at Anderson's Galleries, in the Appleton sale, 24 February, 1902). As expected, Hugh Maxwell's name also does not appear on this 1795 list. He was born in 1787 at Paisley, Scotland, and was brought in 1790 by his parents to New York, where he attended public schools until entering Columbia College. Anthelme Gay, the author, may have moved on from New York in a couple of years. the AAS has a copy of a 1797 text by Gay with a Philadelphia imprint: ['New French pronouncing spelling-book, or, prosodical grammar, : designed for the use of such young ladies and gentlemen as may wish to acquire, with facility, a just and elegant pronunciation of that polite and useful language.' By A. Gay. Philadelphia: : Printed for John Ormrod, no. 41, Chestnut-Street., 1797]. Our 1795 text is Evans 28727. See OCLC Number: 122577190.; Signed by Notable Personage, Unrelated 
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HORTUS REGIUS MONSPELIENSIS, SISTENS PLANTAS TUM INDIGENAS TUM EXOTICAS..., Gouan, Antonius
20 Gouan, Antonius HORTUS REGIUS MONSPELIENSIS, SISTENS PLANTAS TUM INDIGENAS TUM EXOTICAS...
Lyon Fratrum De Tournes 1762 Hardcover Very Good 8vo 8" - 9" tall 
548, [32] pages; Contemporary calf, rebacked. Illustrated by Engraved 6 plates (1 folded). OCLC: 14931781 This extensive catalogue of the plants in the Montpellier Botanical Garden is the first application of Linnean classification in France. Antoine Gouan (1733 – 1821) was a French naturalist from Montpellier and an early expositor of Linnaean taxonomy in France. In 1752, Gouan received his doctorate under Antoine Magnol and practiced medicine at Saint-Éloi Hospital in Montpellier while continuing to pursue his interest in natural history. In 1762 Gouan published this plant catalog of the botanical garden at Montpellier titled Hortus regius monspeliensis. This publication was the first French botanical work that followed the binomial nomenclature of Linnaeus. ; Experience the pleasure of reading and appreciating this actual printed item. It has its own physical history that imbues it with a character lacking in ephemeral electronic renderings. 
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