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Tipped-in samples, color photographs, & illus. in the text. Large 4to, orig. cloth. Los Angeles: Dawson's Book Shop, 1983. Limited to 850 numbered copies. Fine.

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Four vols. Small 8vo, cont. green sheep-backed green boards maroquiné, single gilt fillet round sides, flat spines gilt. Paris: P. Baudouin, 1835. First edition in French of this collection of four short novels by Edgeworth (1767-1849). Élise Voïart (1786-1866), translator of many English and German works into French, was also a novelist. Fine set, signed by Prince Dietrichstein on the free front endpapers. WorldCat locates no set in North America.

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xx, 76 pp. 8vo, orig. green cloth, upper cover lettered in gilt. [Manchester: Chas. Sever, Lithographer], 1900. The rare catalogue describing a vast and storied collection. The collection had its beginnings with the peculiar story of Francis Egerton (not the above), the 3rd Duke of Bridgewater (1736-1803), also known as the "Canal Duke." "The Duke of Bridgewater was one of the great and eccentric success stories of English history. Like that other ducal oddity, the 5th Duke of Portland, he was rejected in love and remained a bachelor. Bridgewater had one big idea: to construct a canal from Manchester to Liverpool to transport coals from his mines. He sank £220,000 into this project and when it faltered reduced his household expenditure to £400 a year. But when the canal was completed his income rocketed to £80,000 a year, so he could afford almost anything. Bridgewater's interest in art arose late in life and it is difficult to consider his motives as anything ... Read more

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An important discovery: this is the unique surviving Nara Ehon of the famous story "Ishimochi no soshi," concerning the famous samurai warrior Shigetada Hatakeyama (1164-1205), who fought in the Genpei War (1180-85). The story describes his preparations for battle, supernatural events which took place while he was going to the battlefield, his great bravery in battle, and the death of his son in the same battle. Hatakeyama's extraordinary valor and acts of strength and skill are famously recorded in the Heike Monogatari and other histories of the period. Nara-e (Nara pictures) or Nara Ehon (Nara picture books) are illustrated books produced in Kyoto, not in Nara. They are manuscripts written in fine calligraphy on high-quality paper and were probably executed by under-employed monks. These monks were highly skilled artists and craftsmen who produced extremely lavish versions of otogi-zoshi (fairy tale books) and kowaka-mai (historical folk tales). "Many were produced and purchased ... Read more

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Engraved arms on title, an engraved headpiece depicting the Zwinger, & two engraved folding plates. 1 p.l., 101, [1] pp. Large 4to, cont. mottled & polished sheep (minor browning), spine gilt, leather lettering piece on spine. Dresden & Leipzig: G.C. Walther, 1755. First edition, and a fine large paper copy, of the "first separate catalogue of the Dresden natural history collections housed in the magnificent baroque Zwinger (built by Poeppelmann in 1711), which also accommodated the Dresden print cabinet. This catalogue is one of the fruits of Augustus the Strong's reorganisation of the old Dresden Wunderkammer into a number of specialised collections. The collection of ancient marbles was similarly catalogued in 1733, and the prehistoric and mineralogical collections in 1749; other departments of the museum followed in the nineteenth century... "Fossils and petrifactions, animal skeletons and specimens, corals and shells were all represented in profusion, but oddities and na ... Read more

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xvi, 125 pp., [3] pp. of publisher's ads. Large 4to, cont. mottled calf (a few careful repairs to upper joint & corners), triple gilt fillet round sides, spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine, a.e.g. The Hague: P. de Hondt, 1756. First edition in French (1st ed., in English: 1755); this is one of the few copies which has fine and delicate contemporary coloring. Ellis (ca. 1710-76), whom Linnaeus termed a "bright star of natural history" and "the main support of natural history in England," was one of the earliest marine zoologists. With the Swede Daniel Solander (1733-1782), he discovered that sponges are animals. "Ellis's zoophyte descriptions and professionally drawn engravings, and his scientific approach, were outstanding. His two longest books, Natural History of the Corallines...and the posthumous Natural History of Zoophytes (1786, partly written by Solander), were seminal. In the 1750s he was one of the British Museum's first noteworthy scien ... Read more

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Japan: mid-Edo. These beautifully drawn paintings are in the karako (Chinese children) tradition of painting which was prevalent in Japan, starting in the early Edo period. Karako is a term for a certain kind of pictorial art with the constant theme of children dressed in Chinese clothing, with their hair in Chinese style with partially shaved heads. These scrolls are painted with the highest skill and nuance. The details are beautifully executed in rich colors, many are heightened in gold, and have magnificent nuances of shading and detail. We have been unable to identify the artist but he must have been one of the leading painters of his time. Cockfighting has a long history in Japan and China and was a frequent theme in art and literature. All the scenes are framed, top and bottom, with rich gold clouds. The first scene in the first scroll depicts a group of "Chinese" boys at the waterfront transporting their fowl in elaborate baskets lined with tiger and leopard skins. All the co ... Read more

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Lithographed title with vignette depicting both sides of the medallion of the Société lithographique de Mulhouse, lithographed leaf of table of contents, & eight lithographed plates (two in color). Large 4to, later blue wrappers (title a little dusty), newly stitched, uncut. Paris: "chez l'Auteur Rue Casette No. 18," [1816]. First edition of one of the great rarities of lithography. Engelmann (1788-1839), a native of Mulhouse, first learned of lithography in 1813 and began to experiment on some stones. Realizing he needed more information, he decided to go to Munich to see the process at first hand. "For several weeks Engelmann studied the art in the studios of Stuntz where Strixner and Piloty worked. He had his own press constructed and produced some lithographs in the tinted style which had become so popular in Germany. Like Lasteyrie, whom he is supposed to have met in Munich, Engelmann returned [to Mulhouse] with a press, stones, and all the equipment needed ... Read more

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14 sheets, ranging from 2000 x 377 mm. to 670 x 385 mm. (the 12 drawings) to 567 x 380 mm. (the furnace), plus the wrapper. All on fine thin paper. [Japan: ca. 1855-63]. With the first demonstration of steam power in Japan, thanks to Commodore Perry's visit in July of 1853, the feudal domains immediately began to organize the construction of a fleet of large Western-style warships. By the August 1853 arrival in Nagasaki of the Russian Admiral Yevfimy Putyatin, who gave a demonstration of a steam engine on his ship, the Palladia. Hisashige Tanaka (1799-1881), the founder of the future Toshiba Corporation and the "Thomas Edison of Japan," promptly copied these models and built Japan's first steam engine. The first steam-powered warship to enter the Japanese navy was the Kanko Maru, given by the Dutch government in 1855. Western naval technologies were quickly assimilated; the earliest Japanese steam-powered warships were based on Dutch shipbuilding manuals and with direct assistance ... Read more

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Many fine brush & color and black & white paintings in the text. 26; 20; 27; 17; 32 folding leaves of mica paper. Five vols. 8vo (240 x 172 mm.), orig. finely decorated wrappers, each set of endpapers finely painted with botanical landscapes, orig. title labels on upper covers in manuscript, new stitching. [Japan: mid-Edo]. A beautiful and remarkable luxury manuscript, created on mica paper and richly illustrated in fine colors and brush, describing and depicting all the elements of the costumes for the emperor, the emperor "emeritus," the crown prince, the prince's son, male aristocrats, retainers, and guards of the court. Many of the costumes date from the Heian period. We learn from the first volume that the manuscript draws from three earlier texts: Shozoku shuyo sho (1614), Shozoku yoryo sho (1716), and Shozoku zushiki (1692). The author of our manuscript states that he has edited the earlier works and also made many additions. The luxurious illustrations are entirely n ... Read more

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12 black & white illus. pasted on leaves. 32 unnumbered pages. 8vo (214 x 135 mm.), orig. blue cloth over boards (spine sunned), title in gilt on upper cover & spine. [Manchester: The Cloister Press, Ltd., 1943]. An exceedingly rare Epstein exhibition catalogue, signed by the artist; WorldCat records only the BL copy. As explained on the verso of the title-page, 50 percent of sales from this exhibition were to be given to the Merchant Navy Comforts Service. Epstein writes a brief introduction about the works he has selected: "The works in this collection which date from so early as the 'Marcelle' 1920 to the Chinese Girl 'Chia Pi' (Precious Jewel) 1942 cover a period long enough to embody at any rate a fairly comprehensive development. The works are all in bronze and reflect immediate reactions to things (persons) seen and treated realistically and might seem to leave out those larger imaginative carvings and bronzes such as 'Genesis,' 'Jacob and the Angel,&# ... Read more

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Eight drawings in the text. Written on high-quality paper & in one fine hand throughout. 389 folding leaves of text in 12 vols. 8vo (242 x 180 mm.), attractive navy blue embossed wrappers, all with gold-flecked endpapers, new stitching. [Japan: late Edo]. An important archive of manuscripts of the Tanaka family concerning equine medicine. We learn in the second volume that in 1603 two horse doctors, Kawada Michiharu and another person who lived in the Kanto region, gave the information in these volumes to Murai Jibozaemon. In 1635 Yokohama Sakon gave further information to Murai. Additionally, in 1640 Shoji Kakuzaemoni gave further secrets to Murai. This last revelation was called "Senkin shinden" or "Information Worth a Thousand Pieces of Gold." The volumes are concerned with the diet of horses and include many successful methods of feeding the animals, some of which were learned from the Obata school of veterinary medicine. The anonymous author states that different di ... Read more

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Title within woodcut border & woodcut on verso of final leaf. 54, [2] pp. Small 4to, modern binding reusing an early MS. leaf over boards (verso of final leaf a little soiled). [Basel: J. Froben, 1518]. First separate edition of these two famous texts, "In Praise of Marriage" and "In Praise of Medicine." The first work created a cause célèbre; written many years earlier in honor of the marriage of his friend Lord Mountjoy, when finally published it was seen by the Louvain and Paris theologians as an implicit condemnation of clerical celibacy. The second work is Erasmus's expression of his views of the medical arts. It "presents a view of medical ethics that identifies competence, beneficence and diligence as the physician's primary moral obligations. The activity of the physician, when directed toward the patient in accordance with these obligations, gives rise to reciprocal obligations on the part of the patient: gratitude and reward. The activ ... Read more

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1 p.l., v, 474, [2] pp. 8vo, cont. green sheep-backed green boards maroquiné, single gilt fillet round sides, flat spine gilt. Paris: Desenne & Gattey, 1791. First edition of this vivid account of the first years of the French Revolution, written by an intimate of Rousseau and Diderot. Escherny (1733-1815), a wealthy Swiss nobleman and man of letters, was quite enthusiastic about the Revolution in its early days. Nevertheless, he was obliged to hurriedly leave France in 1792, and later wrote that he was mistaken about the country's social and political upheaval. Fine copy from the library of Prince Dietrichstein. ❧ N.B.G., Vol. 15, cols. 350-51.

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Titles within architectural woodcut borders & numerous woodcuts in the text. 20 p.l., 331, [1] leaves, one blank leaf; 300 leaves. Two vols. in one. Thick 8vo, cont. blind-stamped pigskin over wooden boards, upper cover dated in blind "1580," remains of catches. Rome: V. Accolti, 1574. First edition of Clavius's main work, his rare and influential edition of Euclid; ours is a fine and handsome copy in a contemporary south German or Swiss blind-stamped and panelled pigskin binding over wooden boards. Clavius (1538-1612), was called by his contemporaries "the Euclid of the sixteenth century." "In 1574 a new departure in the matter of format was taken. A Latin edition in two octavo volumes with rather diminutive diagrams was printed at Rome by Vincenzo Accolti. The [editor] was Christophorus Clavius (Schlüssel) of Bamberg, of the Society of Jesus, a mathematician who gave the Gregorian Calendar of New Style its present form and made all the calculations necessa ... Read more

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Woodcut printer's device on title & another on verso of last leaf. Many woodcut diagrams throughout and numerous fine & large woodcut initials. 4 p.l., 587, [1] pp. Folio, cont. blind-stamped panelled pigskin over beveled wooden boards (minor worming at beginning, touching some letters), orig. clasps (one defective) and catches, 19th-cent. morocco lettering pieces on spine. Basel: J. Herwagen, 1537. First Basel edition; this is the first complete assemblage of the Euclidean texts, with printings of both Campanus of Navara's and Bartolomeo Zamberti's versions. It also contains the new Preface by Philipp Melanchthon which in many copies, according to Thomas-Stanford, was removed by the censor. This Herwagen edition contains all the major Euclidean texts: the Elements, Phaenomena, Catoptrica, Data, and the Opusculum de Levi & Ponderoso, which appears here for the first time. The version of Books I-XV of the Elements by Campanus of Navara, (d. 1296) was the one generally used in t ... Read more

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One folding engraved plate. 2 p.l., 542 pp.; 2 p.l., 526, [8] pp.; 4 p.l., 639 pp. Three vols. in two. Large 4to, cont. speckled boards (neatly rebacked & recornered in antique mottled calf by Aquarius), entirely uncut, spines gilt. St. Petersburg: Impensis Academia Imperialis Scientiarum, 1768-69-70. First edition of the third and final classic contribution by Euler to analytical mathematics. "This series of works was completed by the publication in three volumes in 1768 to 1770 of the Institutiones Calculi Integralis, in which the results of several of Euler's earlier memoirs on the same subject and on differential equations are included. This, like the similar treatise on the differential calculus, summed up what was then known on the subject, but many of the theorems were recast and the proofs improved. The Beta and Gamma functions were invented by Euler and are discussed here..."­Ball, A Short Account of the History of Mathematics, p. 396. This work "exhibits Euler's nume ... Read more

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Opuscula Varii Argumenti

EULER, Leonhard

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Twelve folding engraved plates. 1 p.l., 300 pp.; 1 p.l., 166 pp.; 1 p.l., 165 pp. Three vols. in one. 4to, cont. sheep-backed mottled boards (minor rubbing, some foxing as is usual with this book). Berlin: A. Haude & J.C. Spener, 1746-50-51. First edition of one of Euler's scarcer works; this collection contains separate monographs on astronomy, optics, magnetism, electricity, mathematics, and physics and includes several of Euler's most important and fundamental works. Vol. I deals mostly with astronomy and optics. It is valuable for Euler's tables of the sun and moon and for his discussion of the problem of perturbations. Euler's studies in astronomy embraced a great variety of problems: determination of the orbits of comets and planets, calculation of the parallax of the sun, the physical nature of comets, celestial mechanics, etc. With regard to optics, Euler herein rejected the dominant corpuscular theory of light and constructed his own theory in which he attributed the cau ... Read more

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Opuscula Analytica

EULER, Leonhard

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Two folding engraved plates. 2 p.l., 363 pp.; 2 p.l., 346 pp. Two vols. Large 4to, early 19th-cent. half-sheep & green marbled boards, flat spine gilt, red leather lettering piece on spine. St. Petersburg: Typis Academiae Imperialis Scientiarum, 1783-85. First edition of this collection of 29 mathematical treatises by Euler; the first volume was published in the year of his death. This is a very uncommon book. "Containing important papers on the theory of numbers, including his famous 'Observationes circa Divisionem Quadratorum per Numeros primos', also 'de Criteriis Aequationis fxx + gyy = hzz, utrum ea Resolutionem admittat necne? Considerationes super Theoremate Fermatiano,' etc. etc."-Sotheran, 2nd Supp., 1464. Fine and fresh set from the library of the Dukes of Anhalt with their stamp on verso of each title. ❧ Keynes, A Treatise on Probability. Bibliography, p. 443.

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Fifteen engraved plates (on 8 sheets). 16 p.l., 520 pp. 4to, cont. sheep-backed paste-paper boards (head of spine a bit chipped), spine gilt, contrasting leather lettering piece on spine. Rostock & Greifswald: A.F. Röse, 1765. First edition. "The Theoria motus corporum solidorum...is related to the Mechanica. In the introduction to this work, Euler gave a new exposition of punctual mechanics and followed Maclaurin's example (1742) in projecting the forces onto the axes of a fixed orthogonal rectilinear system. Establishing that the instantaneous motion of a solid body might be regarded as composed of rectilinear translation and instant rotation, Euler devoted special attention to the study of rotatory motion...Euler thus laid the mathematical foundation of the numerous studies on variational principles of mechanics and physics which are still being carried out."­D.S.B., IV, p. 480. Nice copy preserved in a very strong morocco-backed box. Early signature of N.P. Morville (?) on bla ... Read more

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