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Folding handcolored engraved frontispiece, two engraved plates (one folding & heightened in red), one folding plate of printed music, & music printing in the text. xii, 52 pp., one leaf of errata. 8vo, cont. marbled semi-stiff boards (spine a little defective), uncut. Erfurt: Beyer & Maring, 1800. First edition of this attractive and fascinating book which relates harmony to colors; it is very much a product of early German Romanticism. Dalberg (1760-1812), was an author, composer, and aesthetician. He was "born into a noble family...though physically deformed, he was a virtuoso pianist...He studied composition with Ignaz Holzbauer and travelled extensively in Italy and England. His works about music and his compositions were published regularly in his lifetime and were regarded seriously by professionals... "Dalberg's writings cover such diverse subjects as meteorology, penal law and translations of works on oriental subjects. This wide range of interest that hints at t ... Read more

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[Japan: 17th or 18th century]. In the seventh and eighth centuries, when trade flourished with the rest of Asia, especially Korea and China, Japanese nobility melded foreign dance and music traditions with native Shinto songs. This amalgam was eventually incorporated into official court functions and became so important that it even merited the establishment of a ministry of dance in 701. Trained court nobles and professionals were the only ones permitted to execute these complex choreographies. Bugaku (now known as gagaku) was a type of dance performed at the imperial court during the Edo period. At the beginning of the scroll, which takes place in the emperor's palace, one sees large drums, called dadaiko, framed by flames and dragons. On top of one of the larger drums there is a motif of the sun. These drums are accompanied by musicians playing a mouth organ (sho), a bamboo flute (ryuteki), and smaller drums in the gakuya (the musicians' section). They sit under an elaborately decorat ... Read more

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70 engraved plates. 3 p.l., xxxviii, 626 pp.; xx, 770 pp., one leaf of errata, approbation, & privilege. Two vols. Large thick 4to, fine cont. polished tree calf (head of spine of Vol. I very slightly chipped, minor foxing), spines richly gilt, red morocco lettering pieces on spines. Paris: D. Mariette et al., 1721. First edition and a splendid set from the Macclesfield library. Daniel (1649-1728), a Jesuit historian, wrote an extremely successful history of France which first appeared in 1713 and a number of other works of history and commentaries on the writings of Descartes. This is the standard work on the history of militias in France which had played such an important role in the earlier history of that country. Before 1688, France has three kinds of organized military forces which were not professional in character nor employed full-time: the urban militia, the militia active in the countryside, and the militia protecting the coast line and borders. By the end of the 17th century, the int ... Read more

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Folding lithographed diagram. 8vo, orig. pale green cloth (head & foot of spine with slightest chipping, occasional unimportant foxing), covers stamped in blind, spine lettered in gilt. New York: D. Appleton, 1860. First American edition, "second issue" with three quotations on verso of half-title. A very good and bright copy preserved in a slip-case. ❧ Freeman 378. For the first edition, see Horblit 23b; Dibner, Heralds of Science, 199; and Printing & the Mind of Man 344b.

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31 pp. 8vo, bound in attractive green morocco-backed cloth over boards. [Cambridge: "Printed for Distribution among the Members of the Cambridge Philosophical Society," 1 December 1835]. First edition of Darwin's first separately printed work, and of the greatest rarity. This unauthorized pamphlet contains extracts from ten letters written to John Stevens Henslow (1796-1861), by Darwin during his five-year voyage on the Beagle. Henslow had been Darwin's botany professor at Cambridge and their friendship "was one of the most influential circumstances in his [Darwin's] early life."-ODNB. It was Henslow who obtained for him the post of naturalist on the Beagle. Darwin's letters were published without his knowledge; Henslow had read some of them before the Cambridge Philosophical Society and was responsible for printing this small pamphlet of extracts. The present work did introduce Darwin's name and some important observations to a small but influential group o ... Read more

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Three folding engraved maps (two are handcolored, one with a split in the fold neatly repaired) & wood engravings in the text. xii, 214 pp. 8vo, cont. half-morocco & marbled boards (minor rubbing to binding). London: Smith, Elder, 1842. First edition of Darwin's most important geological work in which he proposed a theory of "subsidence" to account for the formation and structure of coral reefs, particularly the great depth of water through which they rose from the ocean floor to the surface and the perfect hemispheres they formed around low-lying islands. Very good copy. ❧ Freeman 271.

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Folding engraved frontis. map of the eastern half of North America. xviii, 73 pp. 8vo, orig. printed wrappers. Oxford: the Ashmolean Society, 1839. First edition and a very fine copy in original state. Daubeny (1795-1867), professor of chemistry, botany, and rural economy at Oxford, carried out important research in chemistry, geology, and botany; he wrote a masterly work on volcanoes (1826). The present work is the outcome of his extensive travels in the eastern parts of the United States and Canada. An excellent copy, preserved in a box. ❧ D.S.B., III, pp. 585-86.

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Three vols. Large 4to, Vol. I: orig. red morocco-backed cloth, spine gilt; Vols. II & III: orig. cloth with red morocco lettering piece on spine. [London]: The British Library, [1978-83-2010]. "A most valuable contribution to bookbinding literature in its methodological development."-Breslauer, The Uses of Bookbinding Literature, p. 31. Fine set from the library of Robert S. Pirie.

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Woodcut frontis. 132 (incl. frontis.), iv pp. 12mo, fine modern black morocco, elaborately panelled in gilt, flat spine & inner dentelles gilt, a.e.g. London: Printed for J. Bew, 1781. "Eighth edition, corrected, and improved with an entire new set of cutts." First published in 1722, this is the most popular English conjuring book of the 18th century; more than twenty printings have been identified, and no doubt others have failed to survive. The text is heavily dependent on Reginald Scot's Discovery of Witchcraft (1584), and on subsequent derivative works, but the language has of course been adapted for a more modern readership. The author's identity has long remained something of a mystery, but an advertisement at the end of the fourth edition, published in the 1750's, suggests that Henry Dean may have been a dealer in magical apparatus, with a bookshop "near the Watch House on Little-Tower Hill, Postern Row." The very appealing 36 woodcut illustrations an ... Read more

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xxviii, 226 pp. 8vo, cont. speckled calf (carefully rebacked), orig. leather lettering piece on spine. The Hague: Detune, 1778. First edition, Dutch issue (there is also a Swiss issue published in the same year with a variant imprint). This work consists of a series of letters written by Deluc to Queen Charlotte of England describing his geological researches in Switzerland. On page viii of the Preface, Deluc introduces the term "géologie" for the first time as a more appropriate word than "cosmologie" for knowledge or understanding of the earth and its structure. The text was later incorporated in Deluc's great geological work in six volumes which appeared in The Hague between 1778 and 1780. "Deluc believed that the six days of the Creation were six epochs that preceded the present state of the globe, which began when cavities in the interior of the earth collapsed and lowered the sea level, thereby exposing the continents. There was thus a distinction between an ... Read more

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viii, 370 pp.; 2 p.l., 314 pp. Two vols. 8vo, cont. half-calf & marbled boards (minor foxing), spines stamped in blind & gilt, green leather lettering pieces on spines. Paris: Charpentier & Dumont, 1833. First edition. Desbordes-Valmore (1786-1859), poet, novelist, actress, and singer, is one of the founders of French romantic poetry. Her friend Balzac used her as the model for the title character of La Cousine Bette. She had a difficult and complicated life which is reflected in this autobiographical novel based on her stay, in 1808, with her uncle, the painter Constant Desbordes, in the old Capuchin monastery that he shared with other artists among whom were Girodet de Toussy-Trioson and François Gérard. Fine and attractive set from the Wittelsbach library of the dukes and kings of Bavaria. ❧ N.B.G., Vol. 45, cols. 95-97.

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Three colored frontis., 251 fine plates (some in color), & numerous illus. & figures in the text. Three vols. Large 4to, attractive modern morocco-backed cloth (spines with a few unimportant stains), spines lettered in gilt. Paris: J. Rousseau-Girard, 1959-61. This extraordinary work, limited to 900 copies, provides a richly illustrated history of bookbinding in France from the earliest days until the mid-20th century. In the first volume, the author, himself a well-known binder, provides a technical account of the art of bookbinding and then gives a historical sketch up to 1700. Vol. II continues the historical account from 1700 to 1850. In Vol. III, Devauchelle relates the main trends from 1850 to the mid-1950s. Each volume contains an excellent bibliography and, in Vols. II and III, there are biographical sketches of the leading binders of each period. Fine set. The plates, many of which are in color, are of the highest quality. ❧ Breslauer, The Uses of Bookbinding Literature ... Read more

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Finely engraved added title & 40 engraved plates. Printed title in red & black. 2 p.l. (incl. engraved title), xii, 302, 82, lviii, [14] pp. Folio, cont. marbled boards (one corner a bit worn), spine gilt, red & green leather lettering pieces on spine. Vienna: Krauss, 1772. First edition in German, and a very fine copy from the library of Franziska von Hohenheim (see below). Dezallier (1680-1765), one of the chief contributors to the Encyclopédie (his articles were chiefly on gardening and ornamental waterworks in gardens) formed "one of the finest private collections of such objects as stones, shells, paintings, sketches, and art prints. No mere hoarder of curios, but a collector-scholar, he allowed visitors into his private museum and helped stimulate the passion for natural history so prevalent in eighteenth-century France."-Kafker, The Encyclopedists as Individuals: A Biographical Dictionary of the Authors of the Encyclopédie, pp. 12-16. The present work is tra ... Read more

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Engraved allegorical frontis. & 25 finely engraved plates. Title in red & black. 4 p.l., xvi, 560 pp., one leaf of errata (final leaf a little foxed). Large 4to, cont. mottled sheep (joints & corners carefully repaired), spine gilt. Paris: De Bure, 1755. First separate edition; this work first appeared in 1742 as part of the author's Conchyliologie. Dézallier has expanded the text for this edition and added extra illustrations. The plates in the present work are well-known for their beauty and they illustrate many rocks, minerals, and fossils. Each plate bears the name of the subscriber who paid for its production. "Scarce. An impressive compilation of 18th century mineral knowledge. Dezallier's introduction provides a critical review of past authors and their books. This is followed by a précis of his mineralogical system that gives a tabular arrangement of minerals, stones and precious gems, that is immediately followed by a detailed discussion of the class ... Read more

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42 folding leaves. 8vo (203 x 135 mm.), orig. wrappers (wrappers a little soiled), new stitching. [Japan: mid-Edo?]. A most interesting manuscript on diagnosis employing the "four examinations" or "four diagnostic methods" of traditional Chinese medicine: visual inspection of the patient, especially the tongue; listening to the patient's respiration and smelling the secretions and excretions of the patient; inquiring (to learn relevant medical history); and palpation of the pulse and pressing corresponding body parts. The beginning of the manuscript is an introduction on how to use the instructions found in the rest of the text. Beginning of leaf 4, we find extensive explanations of the four examinations but, most interestingly, there are five. The fifth - "myakujo" - is concerned with the 42 types of veins; it is described on the 15th leaf. The rest of the manuscript provides detailed descriptions of each of these veins. In fine condition.

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London & Paris: 1810-22. A rather wonderful collection of five of Dibdin's writings, including one - item 3 - unknown to Jackson and clearly not seen by Windle and Pippin. 1. Not Published; Only fifty Copies Printed. Specimen of an English De Bure. 32 pp. 8vo. London: Harding & Wright, 1810. First edition, limited to fifty copies. This is a presentation copy: "With the Authors kind Compts" (name of the recipient trimmed away). Jackson 24. Windle & Pippin A12. 2. Book Rarities; or a Descriptive Catalogue of some of the most Curious, Rare, and Valuable Books of Early Date; chiefly in the Collection of the Right Honourable George John Earl Spencer, K.G. &c. &c. &c. Three facsimile illus. in the text. iv, 34 pp., one blank leaf. 8vo. London: Printed by W. Bulmer, 1811. First edition, limited to 36 copies only (so printed on the half-title), and with a presentation inscription on the same leaf: "With the Author's respectful Compliments." Jackson ... Read more

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Three facsimile illus. in the text. iv, 34 pp. 8vo, cont. red half-morocco & brown drab boards, sides ruled in blind, spine lettered in gilt, a.e.g. London: Printed by W. Bulmer, 1811. First edition, limited to 36 copies only (so printed on the half-title), and a presentation copy, inscribed on the free front endpaper "With the Author's respectful Compts." This is the very rare specimen of what was to ultimately become the great catalogue of the Spencer Collection, published as the Bibliotheca Spenceriana (1814-15) in four volumes with three volumes of supplements appearing in 1822-23. In the rather charming "Address" which serves as the introduction, Dibdin asks for corrections to be pointed out to him "over a home-cook'd beaf-steak, lightly sprinkled with snow-white horse-radish, and flanked with the best lettuce my garden can bestow." A fine and lovely copy. Armorial bookplate, apparently of the Eliot family (their motto: "Credunt quod vident"), ... Read more

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16 pp. 8vo, a wonderful cont. binding by George Mullen of Dublin (with his ticket) of cream-colored straight-grained morocco (spine very slightly darkened), richly gilt & blind-tooled, around sides gilt roll borders in a "Gothic" design, flanked by quadruple gilt fillets, central panels decorated in blind, in center of each cover a large lozenge-shaped arabesque blind stamp, inner arabesque cornerpieces; inside borders gilt, doublures & endleaves of blue watered silk, framed by blind ornamental borders, spine with four raised bands & richly gilt, second compartment with title lettered in gilt, a.e.g. [London: printed by W. Bulmer, [1814].]. First edition, limited to 36 copies only; one of the great Dibdin rarities, here bound, ca. 1816, in one of the masterpieces by George Mullen of Dublin, Ireland's finest binder of the period, with his ticket. In this work we find Dibdin in the guise of bookseller. In October 1814 Dibdin managed to purchase for 500 guineas from the Dean and C ... Read more

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2 p.l., 310 pp.; 2 p.l., 315 pp. Two vols. 8vo, cont. green sheep-backed green boards maroquiné, single gilt fillet round sides, flat spines gilt. Paris: G. Barba, 1842. First edition in French of Dickens' Old Curiosity Shop. Rare. Fine set, signed by Prince Dietrichstein on the free front endpapers.

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One engraved plate. xxiii, 527 pp.; vi, 494 pp. Two vols. 8vo, cont. calf (a few unimportant binding defects), spines gilt, red morocco lettering pieces on spines. Edinburgh: J. Dickson & W. Creech, 1788. First edition of the author's most important book; it was published posthumously by one of the author's daughters who has provided here a biography of her father. Dickson (1721-76), wrote a number of practical works on agriculture which described techniques adapted to the soil and climate of Scotland. In the present work, Dickson "collects the agricultural processes of the ancients under their proper heads, and compares them with modern practice, in which his experience renders him a safe guide. The first volume contains accounts of the roman villa, crops, manures, and ploughs; the second treats of the different ancient crops and the times of sowing."-D.N.B., V, pp. 943-44. Attractive set. ❧ Fussell, II, p. 57-Dickson "was able to dispose of some obscurities i ... Read more

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