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Engraved title & several engravings & numerous woodcuts in the text. 8 p.l., 412, [12] pp. Folio, cont. half-sheep & marbled boards (minor worming towards end), spine gilt, black leather lettering piece on spine. Ferrara: F. Succius, 1629. First edition, Jesuit issue, and a very fine copy. "Perhaps the most significant discovery of the century following Gilbert was that of electrical repulsion. This effect seems first to have been noticed incidentally by Cabeus, who, in his Philosophia Magnetica (1629), describes how filings attracted by excited amber sometimes recoiled to a distance of several inches after making contact."-Wolf, A History of Science, Technology, and Philosophy, I, p. 303. Cabeo also relates his many experiments on the possibility of telegraphic communication by means of magnetized needles and gives the first picture of the sympathetic telegraph, an imaginary magnetic telegraph which sometimes appeared in early electrical literature, fancifully prefiguring the a ... Read more

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Woodcut royal arms on title. 1 p.l., 34 pp. Small folio, cont. French red morocco, panelled in gilt in the style of the "cabinet du Roi," gilt arms & ciphers [Olivier 2495 fer 2] on covers, with ciphers on spine, a.e.g. Paris: de l'Imprimerie Royale, 1743. First edition and very uncommon. This catalogue, the splendid Han Fürstenberg - Otto Schäfer - Jacques Bemberg copy, lists the plates made of the collections of the king, including paintings, medals, royal chateaux, fountains, grottoes, statues, busts, tapestries, and jewels, along with records of festivals, entrances, battles, etc., etc. "Colbert, understanding that engraving was the best means to disseminate and preserve knowledge of the undertakings of Louis XlV, began to assemble a group of outstanding engravers. By 1660 they had achieved the stature of independent artists and by 1670 had become a special group under the protection of the king, joined together at the Gobelins around Charles Le Brun and Sebastien ... Read more

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Six folding engraved plates. cc, 448 pp.; 560 pp.; 726 pp.; 607 pp. Four vols. 8vo, cont. tree calf (tips of several corners a bit worn), flat spines richly gilt with green morocco lettering pieces on spines. Paris: Chaignieau, 1803. First edition of the first chemical dictionary to be published after the discoveries of Lavoisier. "As a scientist Cadet is noteworthy for his part in the diffusion and popularization of the new Chemistry rather than for any specific discovery. His most important work, the four-volume Dictionnaire de Chimie, published in 1803 and dedicated to Fourcroy, replaced the old chemical dictionary of Macquer. Cadet's Dictionnaire clearly elucidated the revolutionary changes that had occurred in chemistry and in chemical nomenclature."-D.S.B., III, p. 6. Cadet (1769-1821), was the natural son of Louis XV and Marie-Thérèse Boisselet. A very nice set. Signature of D'Hargevillier(?) on titles. The plates depict chemical apparatus. ❧ Cole ... Read more

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Six folding engraved plates. cc, 448 pp.; 560 pp.; 726 pp.; 607 pp. Four vols. 8vo, orig. blue wrappers (a little worn, dampstain on first few leaves & in fore-edge margin of last few leaves of Vol. III), uncut. Paris: Chaignieau, 1803. First edition of the first chemical dictionary to be published after the discoveries of Lavoisier. "As a scientist Cadet is noteworthy for his part in the diffusion and popularization of the new Chemistry rather than for any specific discovery. His most important work, the four-volume Dictionnaire de Chimie, published in 1803 and dedicated to Fourcroy, replaced the old chemical dictionary of Macquer. Cadet's Dictionnaire clearly elucidated the revolutionary changes that had occurred in chemistry and in chemical nomenclature."-D.S.B., III, p. 6. Cadet (1769-1821), was the natural son of Louis XV and Marie-Thérèse Boisselet. A clean unpressed set. The plates depict chemical apparatus. ❧ Cole 227. Neville, I, p. 233.

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3 p.l., vi, [2], [3]-766 pp., 2 leaves of errata. Two parts in one vol. Large 4to, cont. mottled calf (two corners a bit worn, outer margin of title a little stained, some spots of dampness & dormant mold towards end), arms in gilt of the Marquis de Tulle de Villefranche (the arms of this important family of the Comtat Venaissin were added in the 19th century) on both covers, spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. Avignon: L. Chambeau, 1770-71. The very rare privately printed catalogue - issued in a few copies only - of one of the most important collections of manuscripts formed in 18th-century provincial France. Joseph Louis Dominique Cambis-Velleron (1706-72), was one of the great provincial collectors of the period. A member of a very old and distinguished family from Avignon, Cambis-Velleron served in the army for some years. "Ami des lettres, de Cambis n'avait jamais cessé, dans ses loisirs, de rassembler tous les manuscrits intéressants et les livres rare qu ... Read more

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Two engraved plates. 80 pp. 8vo, cont. boards (spine a little soiled), spine gilt, red leather lettering piece on spine. Frankfurt am Main: Hermann, 1791. First edition and rare. Cancrin (1738-1812), was an engineer and high government official, both in Germany and in Russia, where he was recruited by Catherine the Great to manage the Staraya Russa saltworks. "Despite the press of his civil offices, Cancrin found time (1773-1791) to write an encyclopedic work in twenty-one volumes that covered all aspects of the mining of metals and salt - including mineralogy, assaying, mathematics, and mechanics. This work brought him a European reputation."-D.S.B., III, pp. 41-42. This is one of Cancrin's numerous separate works. It describes newly invented apparatus and procedures used to manufacture potash, which was used in bleaching textiles, making glass and soap, as a baking aid, and as a fertilizer. The finely engraved plates depict the furnaces and leaching pots. Fine copy. Old stamp on v ... Read more

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Fine medallion woodcut port. of the author on verso of title, numerous woodcut illus. in the text, one folding woodcut plate (pp. 769-70) with the woodcut volvelle unassembled on a separate slip bound-in, & one folding printed table (pp. 790-91). 16 p.l. (the last a blank), 1194 (i.e. 1204), [64] pp. Thick 8vo, cont. blind-stamped panelled pigskin over wooden boards (some light dampstaining) by Hans Bopp of Nuremberg, orig. clasps & catches. Basel: [H. Petri], 1557. Second edition (the first edition was published earlier in the same year) of Cardano's second great encyclopedia of natural science; it is a continuation of and supplement to his De Rerum Subtilitate (1st ed.: 1550). These two works contain his important ideas on physics and metaphysics. In this book, Cardano made notable contributions to mechanics, hydrodynamics, and geology and there are interesting chapters on astronomy, botany, zoology, chemistry, metallurgy, etc. "Of special chemical interest is Book X, comprising one ... Read more

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11 folding engraved plates & numerous tables in the text. xxxii, 542, [2] pp. Large 4to (250 x 215 mm.), cont. red sheep maroquiné, flat spine gilt, covers framed with gilt Greek keys, gilt round sides, a.e.g. Stuttgart: Cotta, 1820. The important German translation of the third and final edition of Carnot's chief work, in a most attractive binding. Written at the request of Napoleon and published for the first time in 1810 (third ed.: 1812), it concerns the coordination and logistics necessary for a successful defense of fortified positions. The plates are highly detailed with elevations and cross-sections demonstrating his theories of fortification, which replaced those of Vauban and improved upon the ideas of Montalembert. The translator, von Bressensdorf, was a lieutenant in a Bavarian grenadier guard unit. "Known to French history as the 'Organizer of Victory' in the wars of the Revolution and to engineering mechanics for the principle of continuity in the transmi ... Read more

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Ten black & white illus.; text printed in red. 12 pp. Folio (311 x 230 mm.), unbound folded sheets, as issued. [Alkmaar & Amsterdam: 1978]. An uncommon exhibition catalogue of a show curated by Carrión. The exhibition was held at the Stedelijk Museum Alkmaar in October 1978. From the curator's essay: "This exhibition tries to show the contact points, the relationships, between artists' bookworks and Mail Art. Both forms are contemporary (they belong more or less to the last two decades) and influence and enrich each other." Carrión's exhibition essay (in parallel Dutch and English texts) is interspersed with images showing Mail Art by Regina Silveira, Donald Burgy, Henryk Gajewski, J.H. Kocman, Carrión, Thomas Ockerse, Roy Grayson, Richard Kostelanetz & Henry Korn, and Robert J. Lambert. Fine copy. ❧ BoBoAB (2nd ed.: 2013) 16.

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viii, 584 pp. Large 4to, fine antique mottled calf (first three leaves a little foxed), spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. Paris: Cailleau, 1785. First edition of the earliest bibliography on mineral waters and still the most important bibliography on the subject. The book contains upwards of 1000 extensively annotated descriptions of books of all periods and in various languages on balneology, geology, chemistry, etc. Carrère (1740-1802), a member of a distinguished family of physicians at Perpignan, took his medical degree at Montpellier and became professor of anatomy at his native city. He was also director of the newly established natural history museum at Perpignan. Small hole in blank margin of title, otherwise a fine and crisp copy. ❧ Besterman 3954. Duveen, p. 643-"Very rare. A critical catalogue of books of all periods, and in various languages, on mineral waters, of great bibliographical importance for the student of the history of balneology.".

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Résumés analytiques

CAUCHY, Augustin Louis, Baron

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166 pp., one blank leaf. Large 4to, orig. printed front & back wrappers for all five livraisons bound-in cont. half-calf & marbled boards (well-rebacked, corners a little worn), flat spine gilt, green morocco lettering piece on spine. Torino: de l'Imprimerie Royale, 1833. First edition and a remarkable survival which provides important evidence regarding the publication history of this work on algebraic analysis. This is the private journal kept by Cauchy which he published during his brief time as a professor at the University of Torino, while in exile following the July Revolution of 1830. Fine copy. The upper wrapper of the first part is a little rubbed.

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Three folding engraved plates of apparatus & a folding table. xii, 835, [9] pp. Large 4to, good antique half-calf (some foxing & browning), spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. London: Printed for the Author, 1781. First edition. With this book, "Cavallo switched his attention to the physics of the atmosphere and to the constitution of 'permanently elastic fluids.' Again his strengths appeared in instrumentation - an improved air pump and a modified eudiometer - and in smoothing the way for others. This time his course of self-instruction...was a judicious examination of contemporary work, particularly Priestley's, presented from a nondogmatic phlogistic point of view. He always retained a lively interest in pneumatic physics and chemistry, whose applications to ballooning and to medicine became subjects of two later books."-D.S.B., III, p. 153. Cavallo, while accepting the phlogiston theory, quotes Lavoisier's views as well. In this work, Cavallo also de ... Read more

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Plate vols.: Two folding engraved titles, four engraved leaves of music, & 93 fine folding engraved plates. Text vols.: xv, [1], 501 pp., one leaf of errata; xix, [1], 360 pp., one leaf of errata. Four vols. 8vo, cont. polished sheep, spines gilt, text vols. with a.e.g. Munich: Rösl, 1828. First edition, and very rare, of the official book of instruction and regulations for the Bavarian cavalry (chevauleger). This is a richly illustrated work: the plates depict uniforms of different members of the cavalry; their weapons (swords, lances, and rifles); sword techniques; horse tack including saddles, stirrups, bridles, etc.; the anatomy of the horse and their hooves; and many tactical formations. Fine and handsome set from the Wittelsbach library of the dukes and kings of Bavaria. Upper cover of Vol. II of text slightly wormed.

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Engraved vignette on title & one large folding engraved plate (a little frayed at inner margin). xxxx, 78 pp. 8vo, cont. half-sheep & speckled boards (two corners a little worn, a little worming to covers), spine gilt. Moscow: "bey der Typographischen Gesellschafft," 1785. First edition of this translation, printed in Moscow, and edited anonymously. Cebes of Thebes (ca. 430-350 B.C.E.) was a member of Socrates' inner circle. One of the speakers in the Phaedo of Plato, he was represented as an earnest seeker after virtue and truth, keen in argument and cautious in decision. One of the dialogues that has been attributed to him is the Pinax or Tabula, also known as the Tablet of Cebes. In fact, it was probably Hellenistic, from the second or at the earliest, the first century. The Tabula was well known in antiquity, and after the first modern publication in the late fifteenth century, popular in Europe through the eighteenth century. The large and remarkable folding plate dep ... Read more

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Art Povera

CELANT, Germano, editor

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Many illus. in black & white. 240 pp. Small 4to (228 x 209 mm.), semi-stiff pictorial wrappers (extremities a trifle worn). New York: Praeger, 1969. First edition (an edition was published in Britain simultaneously) of this important anthology presenting the works of 35 American and European artists, accompanied by their artists' statements; stapled to page 204 is an autograph postcard from Andre, dated 23 July 1976, in which he mentions a "terrible fight" with Donald Judd. Celant (b. 1940), the influential art critic and curator, coined "Arte Povera" in 1967 and frequently discussed this movement as well as artists' books in his writings. This was his first work to be published outside of Italy. "The fact that Art Povera was presented simultaneously in various countries and multiple languages gave the publication a transnational character...Celant's was a deliberate and well-orchestrated effort to go beyond the unequal Italy-United States power relationship. ... Read more

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Book as Artwork, 1960/72 [20 September-14 October 1972]

CELANT, Germano & MORRIS, Lynda, curators

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47 pp. Small 4to (210 x 158 mm.), orig. black wrappers (upper corner creased), staple-bound. [London]: Nigel Greenwood Inc. Ltd., 1972. First edition of this seminal exhibition catalogue, which features the first English translation of Celant's essay on artists' books, as well as an important list of nearly 300 then-unheralded artists' books. Originally published in the first issue of the Italian magazine Data (Sept. 1971),the essay is recognized as one of the earliest in-depth examinations of the book form and its bearing within Conceptual art. Celant (b. 1940), the art historian and critic, organized several Arte Povera exhibitions in Italy in the 1960s and was later appointed senior curator of Contemporary Art at the Guggenheim Museum. He also served as director of the 1997 Venice Biennale. "Book as Artwork is poorly produced, as is acknowledged by the publishers, hence the fairly low price; however, it does make Germano Celant's text available to an English-speaking audi ... Read more

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Engraved frontis. port. x, 512 pp.; 1 p.l., 403, [45] pp. Two vols. 8vo, fine cont. speckled sheep (short tear, without loss, to pp. 99-100 of Vol. I), green & red morocco lettering pieces on spines. London: T. Davies, 1771. First edition in English of Cellini's autobiography, "a production of the utmost energy, directness, and racy animation, setting forth one of the most singular careers in all the annals of fine art. His amours and hatreds, his passions and delights, his love of the sumptuous and the exquisite in art, his self-applause and self-assertion, make this one of the most singular and fascinating books in existence. "-Encyc. Brit. The translation by Nugent (ca. 1700-72), writer and traveller, enjoyed great success for more than a century and played a crucial part in the reawakening of English interest in the Italian Renaissance. Fine set.

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Engraved frontis. port. of Cervantes by Virtue, several engraved head-pieces, & 67 engraved plates. xxiii, [8], [xxv]-xxxii, vi, [2], 90, [14] (first leaf a blank), 355 pp.; xii, 388 pp. Two vols. Large 4to, cont. speckled calf (joints very expertly repaired), spines gilt, brown & green morocco lettering pieces on spines. London: J. & R. Tonson & R. Dodsley, 1742. First edition of this esteemed translation and a wonderful association copy; this set belonged to Edward Gibbon and bears his bookplate in each volume. Gibbon was known for the wide range of his reading and he refers to this work in several of his letters and writings. He clearly liked this text; he owned an Ibarra edition in Spanish (1782), two editions of Smollett's translation (1755 and 1770), and the present edition. Jarvis (1675-1739), was a portrait painter and translator. A part of the literary circle of Addison, Pope, and Swift, his stylized portraits of society ladies were very fashionable. Jarvis advised ... Read more

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Large engraved vignette on title. Title in red & black. 8 p.l., 626, [69] pp. Folio, cont. blind-stamped pigskin over wooden boards, arms on covers effaced. Lyon: J. & P. Prost, 1636. First edition, Schuh's issue B (no stated priority) with the dedication to Charles de Neufville. "Very scarce. Compendium of all the author ever discovered or read about the subject of mineralogy. It was published posthumously from notes he left by his Order at Lyon six years after his death. Printed in a double column format in a relatively small type-size, the work is a vast storehouse of all things mineralogical, including new ideas, restatements of earlier authors, observations and superstitious belief. The uncritical selection of material led Webster in his Metallographia (London, 1671, p. 29) to criticize the author as too digressive and as mixing tares with the wheat. Partington thinks the use of the term 'Mineralogia' in the title is the first modern usage of the word... "The wo ... Read more

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Élémens de Chimie. Quatrième édition

CHAPTAL, Jean Antoine Claude

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3 p.l., [iii]-xcii, 361 pp.; 2 p.l., 458 pp.; 2 p.l., 496 pp. Three vols. 8vo, cont. calf-backed boards (mild foxing at beginning of Vol. I, three joints a bit cracked), spines gilt, red leather lettering pieces on spines. Paris: Deterville, 1803. Fourth edition, essentially a reprint of the revised and expanded third edition. This was one of the most important textbooks of chemistry of the period; it was written for the course of chemistry which Chaptal gave at Montpellier where he was appointed to the new chair of chemistry in 1780. In this work, Chaptal "develops the general principles, pointing out their consequences and their applications. He adopts Lavoisier's oxygen theory which he found of great benefit in both theoretical and practical chemistry. In this work he proposes that the name azote be changed to nitrogene."-Cole, p. 105. A very clean and attractive set. ❧ Cole 257. D.S.B., III, pp. 198-203. Partington, III, pp. 557-560.

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