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56 photogravure plates. 3 p.l., [165] pp. Very large & thick heavy folio, orig. half crimson morocco & marbled boards (joint expertly repaired), spine gilt. New York: Privately Printed [at Witherspoon & Co.], 1926. Privately printed catalogue limited to 100 numbered copies with superb illustrations; printed on fine thick paper. "Clarence Hungerford MacKay (1874-1938), was an art collector, patron, businessman, philanthropist, chairman of the board of the Postal Telegraph and Cable Corporation, president of Mackay Radio, and son of the silver magnate, John W. Mackay (1831-1902)... "Mackay collected Italian paintings and sculpture, Flemish Tapestries, armor, firearms, swords, and cassoni. Among other artists, Mackay owned work by Antonello da Messina, Giovanni Bellini, Sandro Botticelli, Duccio di Buoninsegna, Francesco Francia, Pietro Lombardo, Sebastian Mainardi, Alesso Baldovinetti, Pisanello, and Matteo di Giovanni... "The bulk of Mackay's collection was sold ... Read more

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4 vols. Small 8vo, 19th-cent. quarter green morocco & marbled boards. Paris: P. Fr. Didot jeune, 1778. Second "genuine" edition. "It is the genuine second edition as written by Macquer, whose name now appears on the title and whose reputation had by this time greatly increased. An important addition is the 168-page article on gas, a topic that was almost entirely new and had not been mentioned in the first edition...While the number of articles remains almost the same, the work is nearly twice as long owing to the inclusion of an up-to-date account of chemistry and much new material."-Neville, II, p. 113. Macquer also added a large index to this edition. Although designated the (genuine) second edition on the title-page, this is actually the fifth appearance in French of this important and influential dictionary. Upper margin trimmed a little close in places but a very good set. Without the errata leaves in Vols. 2-4, and the inserted leaf paginated *335-*336 in Vol. 4. & ... Read more

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Three vols. Small 8vo, cont. mottled sheep (some wear to ends of spines & corners, fore-edge of upper cover of Vol. III worn), spines gilt, brown & green morocco lettering pieces on spines. Paris: P. Fr. Didot jeune, 1777 [but probably 1778]. A pirated reprint of the authorised second edition of 1778, which was expanded to nearly twice the size of the first edition with an up-to-date account of chemistry and much new material. Although technical dictionaries had appeared earlier, this was the first attempt to cover the whole field of chemistry, pure and applied, in an encyclopedic manner. The introduction traces the progress of chemistry from its origins to the time of Stahl and Boerhaave. The book was an immediate success and it was several times reprinted and translated; it produced many imitators. There are substantial entries for glass and wine. Good set. ❧ Cole 867. D.S.B., VIII, pp. 618-624. Duveen p. 377. Neville, II, pp. 113-114-"Published without the index and the ... Read more

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xxx, [2], 582, one blank leaf; 1 p.l., [3]-655, [1] pp.; 1 p.l., [3]-647 pp. Three vols. 8vo, cont. half-sheep (edges & corners a little worn, head of spine of Vol. I worn & foot a little chipped). Yverdon: [no printer], 1767. Third and definitive edition of the first modern chemical dictionary. Although technical dictionaries had appeared earlier, this was the first attempt to cover the whole field of chemistry, pure and applied, in an encyclopedic manner. The 26-page introduction traces the progress of chemistry from its origins to the time of Stahl and Boerhaave. The book was an immediate success and it was several times reprinted and translated; it produced many imitators. There are substantial entries for glass and wine. "This Swiss edition is the first to be printed outside France. It 'was copied from the original Paris edition, and the printer took note of all four substantial alterations listed after the preliminary discourse, making this the only version of the first edition ... Read more

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Engraved vignette on each title. 2 p.l., lxxii, 519, [1] pp.; 8 p.l., 576 pp. Two vols. Small 8vo, cont. mottled calf, spines richly gilt, red & green morocco lettering pieces on spines. Paris: J.T. Hérissant, 1756. Second edition, revised and corrected; this book "presents the operations of chemistry as applied to mineral, vegetable and animal substances and is, as well, an extensive account of compound substances."-Cole, p. 361. Fine and handsome set. 18th-century engraved French armorial bookplate in each volume. ❧ Cole 883-"The second edition has some corrections and additions. The Avant-Propos was expanded and a long section, Eclairissemens, responding to criticisms of the first edition by the unknown translator of Cramer's Elementa artis docimasticae and by the editor of Lemery's Cours de chymie, Théodore Baron d'Hénouville (1715-1768).".

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xxiv, 616 pp.; 1 p.l., [3]-688 pp. Two vols. Small 8vo, cont. mottled sheep (head of spine of Vol. II chipped), spines gilt, red morocco lettering pieces on spines. Paris: Lacombe, 1766. Second (first pirated) edition of the first modern chemical dictionary. Although technical dictionaries had appeared earlier, this was the first attempt to cover the whole field of chemistry, pure and applied, in an encyclopedic manner. The introduction traces the progress of chemistry from its origins to the time of Stahl and Boerhaave. The book was an immediate success and it was several times reprinted and translated; it produced many imitators. There are substantial entries for glass and wine. Good set. This rare pirated edition appeared in the same year as the first. ❧ Cole 864. D.S.B., VIII, pp. 618-24. Neville pp. 112-113. Partington III, pp. 80-90.

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Four vols. Small 8vo, cont. vellum, brown morocco lettering pieces on spines. "En Suisse: Chez Les Libraires Associés," 1779-[1780]. Second Swiss edition, an unchanged reprint of the expanded and improved second edition of 1778 by Les Libraires Associés, the imprint used by the Sociétés Typographiques of Berne, Lausanne, and Neuchâtel in the years 1779-82 for books that they issued in co-operation. The fourth volume of this edition appeared a year after the others (the original fourth volume of the first Swiss edition did not appear until 1780, although dated 1778). Fine set. Bookplates of G.P.C., and of Fratelli Salimboni. ❧ Cole 872. D.S.B., VIII, pp. 618-624. Neville, II, p. 115.

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2 p.l., xii, [8], 458 (i.e. 438) pp.; 8 p.l., 468 pp. Two vols. 12mo, cont. mottled sheep (a few gatherings lightly browned), spines gilt with red morocco lettering pieces on spines. Paris: J.T. Herissant, 1751. [with]: -. Elemens de Chymie Theorique. Four folding engraved plates. xx (i.e. xviii), [2], 263, [17] pp. 12mo, binding as above. Paris: J.T. Herissant, 1751. Reprints of the first editions (1751 and 1749 respectively) of the two works which together formed a complete course of practical chemistry for beginners. They superseded the textbooks of Lemery and Senac. Nice set. Paper flaw in S2 of Vol. I without loss, also in lower margin of Kk6, and in Kk1 where the corner of the sheet is missing with loss of some 20 words or parts of words. ❧ Cole 882 (the Pratique). Cole does not list this reprint of the Theorique, but this copy is almost certainly the copy in "a private collection in England" noted in 884. Neville, II, pp. 119 & 120 respectively (also in matchi ... Read more

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Engraved frontis. viii, 47 pp. 8vo, later wrappers (title a little browned), uncut. London: Printed for W. Parker..., 1777. First edition of "an important milestone in the early literature of gas analysis...Magellan (1722-90), was an Augustinian prior who emigrated to England and Protestantism in 1764. Elected F.R.S. (1774), he published this account of his researches on gases, addressed to Joseph Priestley. The glass apparatus for impregnating water with fixed air (carbon dioxide) is described in detail. Newly improved by 'Mr. Parker,' the apparatus was superior to that used by Priestley and described by him in 1772. Carbon dioxide was prepared by dissolving marble (calcium carbonate) in dilute sulphuric acid. Magellan also describes three new types of eudiometer he had designed; these, and the apparatus for making carbonated waters, are illustrated in the frontispiece."-Neville, II, p. 125. Very nice copy, inscribed by Magellan at the head of the title-page: "Comte de ... Read more

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Engraved port. of the author & an engraved vignette on title. Title printed in red & black. xxiv, 303 pp. Large 4to, cont. vellum over boards (minor worming at front & back). Florence: Tartini & Franchi, 1721. First edition of this posthumously issued collection of letters by this famous scientist who has the distinction "of having written the best scientific prose in Italian after that of Galileo; his descriptions of experiments in physics are written in colorful, almost dramatic, language."-D.S.B., IX, p. 3. Essays include those on light (addressed to Viviani), Galileo, the effects of snow, the comet of 1664, horticulture and the culture of vines, the sense of smell, circulation of blood, and languages. Magalotti (1637-1712), was one of the first ten members of the Accademia del Cimento and was its secretary. He studied with Viviani and attended lectures given by Malpighi and Borelli. Apart from the unimportant worming, a fine copy. Bookplate of S. Villani.

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12 p.l., 271 pp. 8vo, 18th-cent. French mottled calf (joints a little rubbed), flat spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. Cambridge: C. Crownfield, 1721. First edition. "A work of great rarity. It is divided into two parts, the first of which contains an account of the rise and progress of the King's Library, and of nine other public libraries, at Paris. In the second part, the author discusses the use of public libraries, and the knowledge of literary history...Some notices are also introduced relative to the librarians and other literati then at Paris."-Horne, p. 561. Very good copy. Note on free front endpaper: "Coll. & perf. FCB. Octr. 1849." This was Francis Capper Brooke (1810-86). Stamp of W.B. Chorley, editor of The Winter's Wreath, on title. Bookplate of A.R.A. Hobson. ❧ Peignot, p. 36-"Ouvrage très estimé.".

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Mis en ordre sur les Mémoires de feu M. de Maillet, par J.A. G[uer]. 6 p.l., cxix, [9], 208 pp.; 1 p.l., 231, [2] pp., one leaf of errata. Two vols. in one. 8vo, cont. polished calf (small defect at head of lower joint), triple gilt fillet round sides, spine richly gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. Amsterdam: L'Honoré & Fils, 1748. First edition. Maillet (1656-1738), French diplomat, wrote most of this work while serving as general consul at Cairo. "This fundamental work, in essence an ultraneptunian theory of th earth, was based largely on his geological field observations made during extensive travels throughout Egypt and other Mediterranean countries...Maillet's ideas unquestionably influenced many leading naturalists for almost a century, notably Buffon and Cuvier."-D.S.B., IX, pp. 26-(& see the entire article for a detailed account of this book's importance). For another interesting discussion of the importance of this book, see Eiseley's ... Read more

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Woodcut device on title & 17 folding engraved plates. 6 p.l., 570, xxii pp. Large 4to, cont. mottled sheep (a few minor scuff marks), spine nicely gilt, contrasting vellum lettering piece on spine. Paris: de l'Imprimerie Royale, 1754. Third edition, greatly enlarged, of the first exhaustive treatise on the aurora borealis. Mairan attributed the phenomenon to an extension of the sun's atmosphere, which at times enveloped the earth and blended with our atmosphere. "Inquiry into the history and physics of the aurora borealis; the chapter on the relation between the aurora and the magnetic declination is of special interest."-Wheeler Gift Cat. 382. There are many references to Descartes, Newton, Cassini, and Euler. Mairan (1678-1771), while basically a Cartesian, did incorporate some Newtonian ideas in his theories. He was secretary of the Paris Academy of Sciences and belonged to the Royal Societies of London, Edinburgh, and Uppsala, the St. Petersburg Academy, and the Institute o ... Read more

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Engraved frontis. port. of Robert Estienne. ix (incl. frontis.), [4] pp. of woodcuts, [2], 564 pp.; 5, 133 pp. Two parts in one vol. (lacking 7-page Appendix). 8vo, later 18th cent. straight-grained red morocco, sides decorated in gilt, flat spine richly gilt, a.e.g. London: B. Motte for C. Bateman, 1709. First edition of "Maittaire's first book, consisting of an extensive history of the Estiennes; with a 140-page catalogue of their publications."-­Schreiber 294. Maittaire (1668-1747), classical scholar and bibliographer, was born in France but spent all his mature years in England, having been educated at Westminster and Oxford. Fine and attractive copy. This copy lacks the 7-page Appendix -- "Appendix librorum sub Stephanorum nominibus impressorum" -- as is often the case. Bookplate of Julia Parker Wightman. Bigmore & Wyman, II, p. 14-­"This very complete work." Peignot, p. 364­-"Ouvrage estimé."

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One brush & ink illus. in the text. 9; 7 folding leaves. 8vo (230 x 168 mm.), orig. wrappers (text rather wormed with some relative minor loss of text, carefully repaired), new stitching. [Japan: early mid-Edo]. A most interesting collection of texts based on Chinese writings on the pulse. "Dosan Manase (1507-1594 or 95), [was] perhaps the most famous of the early Japanese physicians, and prolific writer in the entire field of medicine as then practiced in Japan."-Mestler, Old Japanese Medical Books, I, p. 300. His writings covered all aspects of medicine, including a treatise on diagnosing disease by taking the pulse. Manase "became a pivotal figure in the history of Japanese medicine. In his private academy, called Keitekiin, he devoted himself to making the whole system of [Chinese] Li and Chu medicine intelligible to several hundred students through clear and concise explanations...Dosan had many able followers who excelled in theory, practice, and education."-Sugimoto & ... Read more

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Finely engraved port. of Bentley by Vertue, a large folding engraved plate depicting the Farnese globe, & a fine engraved headpiece. xvi, 307, [5] pp. Large 4to, cont. French red morocco, double gilt fillet round sides, flat spine gilt, with the characteristic Lamoignon green morocco labels on spine, a.e.g. London: Typis H. Woodfall, sumptibus P. & I. Vaillant, 1739. First edition of Bentley's commentary, with the text, of Manilius' Astronomicon, the earliest extant treatise on astronomy of antiquity. Bentley's commentary, his last work, is recognized as the greatest on this text and is one of the most celebrated classical editions of the 18th century. A.E. Housman, a great admirer of Bentley's genius, thought this edition "a greater work than either the Horace or the Phalaris." Provenance: From the library of Chrétien François de Lamoignon (1735-89), with his "Bibliotheca Lamoniana" booklabel on the front paste-down endpaper, crowned " ... Read more

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Traité des Pierres graveés

MARIETTE, Pierre Jean

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Finely engraved title-pages, engraved dedication leaf to Louis XV, engraved head- & tail-pieces, & many engravings in the text. Vol. I: two engraved plates & Vol. II: 63 engraved plates. 5 p.l., 468, [2] pp.; 2 p.l., xii, [4], 132 (i.e. 135 leaves incl. 47*, 86*, & 107*); 2 leaves. Two vols. Folio, cont. red morocco, triple gilt fillet round sides, spines richly gilt, a.e.g. Paris: 1750. First edition and a magnificent large set bound in contemporary red morocco; this is a presentation copy from Baron Holbach, inscribed on the free front-endpaper: "This Book I receiv'd from the Baron D'Holbach. Paris - October - 1763." "This is the earliest analytical work on engraved gems and one that fully retains value even today. However, the two volumes are actually two distinct works combined together for the author's convenience as publisher as well as writer. The first volume is by far the most important because of its authoritative summary of the knowledge of engr ... Read more

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Tipped-in color frontis., about 1000 superb collotype plates (several tipped-in & in color) reproducing about 1500 bindings, & text illus. Three vols. Folio, orig. blue morocco-backed cloth, t.e.g., slipcases. Florence: Istituto di Edizioni Aristiche, 1960. Limited to 500 copies, handsomely printed at the Stamperia Valdonega. The authoritative work on 15th and 16th century Italian bookbindings and a truly sumptuous book. The result of close collaboration with the reigning experts in the field, this lavishly illustrated work contains more than 3100 meticulous descriptions of books examined in public and private libraries both in Europe and the United States. Arranged by place of origin with a prefatory essay on each city and indexes. A fine set. Breslauer, The Uses of Bookbinding Literature, pp. 21-22­"The great Italian bookseller-scholar Tammaro de Marinis covered the history of Italian bookbinding up to ca 1550 in [the present work]. In three folio volumes he lists about 3,500 bindings, g ... Read more

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Finely engraved frontis. of the interior of the Imperial Library in Vienna, 43 folding engraved plates, 17 engravings in the text (including 8 full-page), engraved plan of Vienna on title, engraved headpiece, & one initial. Title printed in red & black. 12 p.l. (incl. the frontis.), 210 pp., one leaf of errata. Folio, cont. mottled sheep (dampstain, for the most part quite faint, in lower portion of final 40 leaves), spine richly gilt, contrasting leather lettering piece on spine. Vienna: L.J. Kaliwoda, 1745. First edition, first issue, of this luxuriously printed and illustrated volume; this is a particularly fine and handsome copy. This work describes and illustrates the astronomical instruments in the private observatory of G.J. Marinoni (1676-1755), mathematician and astronomer to the Imperial Court of Austria and geodetic surveyor. Like the private observatories of Tycho Brahe in the 16th century and Hevelius in the 17th century, Marinoni's observatory was one of the most beautiful an ... Read more

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Engraved title-page & five engraved plates. xvi, 294 pp. 8vo, cont. vellum over boards, spine lettered in gilt. [Florence: G. Cambiagi], 1776. First edition of this scarce treatise on the cultivation, processing and use of madder (rubia tinctorum), a herbaceous climbing plant with small yellow flowers, the root of which is used medically, and - more importantly - as the primary source of dye (usually crimson). Madder was the principal source of various brilliant red pigments until artificial production of alizirin, the pigment chemical in madder, by Graebe and Liebermann in 1868. The finely engraved plates depict the plant and its processing for red dyes. Mariti (1736-1806), was the author of several works, notably travel books on Cyprus, Syria, Palestine, Monaco and the Holy Land. Fine copy with half-title. The work was dedicated to Leopold I, Grand Duke of Tuscany, whose arms appear on the engraved title-page. With the bookplate of Francesco Maria Berio (1765-1820), marchese di Salza ... Read more

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