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420 pp. Large 4to, red half-calf & marbled boards (extremities slightly worn), gilt title on spine. Paris: Madame Huzard, 1810. The famous catalogue of an important and vast collection of prints and drawings. Paignon Dijonval (1708-92), secrétaire du Roi and voracious art collector, began accumulating artworks at the age of 16. His grandson and sole heir, Charles Gilbert Morel de Vindé (1759-1842), asked Bénard to prepare a detailed catalogue of Dijonval's collection in order to facilitate its sale. The English dealer Samuel Woodburn purchased the collection en bloc in 1819 and then sold most of it to the Duke of Buckingham. This catalogue details 4461 lots of drawings and 11,055 lots of engravings. Alphabetical index of artists and engravers at end. Nice copy.

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8 p.l., 361, [23] pp. Small 8vo, cont. flexible vellum, ties gone. Paris: Martin le Jeune, 1580. First edition, and a splendid pure copy in its first binding, of a rare and important book in the history of chemistry, hydrology, geology, agriculture, etc., etc. Palissy (ca. 1509-89), who is best known for his discovery of the secret of enamelling pottery, was far in advance of his time in scientific ideas. The "Discours admirables, probably incorporates Palissy's Paris lectures. It...deals with an impressive array of subjects: agriculture, alchemy, botany, ceramics, embalming, engineering, geology, hydrology, medicine, metallurgy, meteorology, mineralogy, paleontology, philosophy, physics, toxicology, and zoology. The book is divided into several chapters, the first and longest of which is concerned with water. The others take up metals and their nature and generation; drugs; ice; different types of salts and their nature, effects, and methods of generation; characteristics of common and prec ... Read more

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19th-cent. russia, sides panelled in gilt & blind, gilt arms in center of the Pelham-Clinton family. Italy, perhaps Tuscany: early 15th century. A fine manuscript, from the celebrated library of the dukes of Newcastle in Clumber, of this important fourth-century Roman treatise on agriculture. It enjoyed wide popularity in the Middle Ages and early Renaissance, owing to its clear arrangement, with the farming and gardening tasks subdivided according to the twelve months of the year. It "was clearly more useful than that of any of Palladius' predecessors. This fact alone may explain the preservation of his text and its popularity compared with that of Columella."-R.H. Rodgers, "Palladius Rutilius Taurus Aemilianus" in Catalogus Translationum et Commentariorum, Vol. III, pp. 195-99. Palladius wrote his agricultural treatise with considerable borrowings from his predecessors, mostly Columella, but he consulted other technical writers as well, some of whose texts have not sur ... Read more

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8vo, orig. printed wrappers. New York: Pierpont Morgan Library, 1972. A nice copy inscribed by Michael Papantonio to Deirdre and Robert S. Pirie on the half-title. Very slight dampstaining on upper cover and spine.

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Numerous woodcut illus. & diagrams in the text. 4 p.l. (the last a blank), 334 (i.e., 332) pp. Folio, cont. limp vellum (title a bit soiled, last two leaves with some light dampstaining), ties gone. Pesaro: H. Concordia, 1588. First edition and a very fine and fresh copy of this uncommon book; this edition, providing the complete extant text, was the final work to be edited by Commandino and completes his life's work of reviving Renaissance mathematics by making available the best mathematical writings of antiquity. "In the silver age of Greek mathematics Pappus stands out as an accomplished and versatile geometer. His treatise known as the Synagoge or Collection is a chief, and sometimes the only, source for our knowledge of his predecessors' achievements. The Collection is in eight books, perhaps originally in twelve, of which the first and part of the second are missing... "Book VII is the most fascinating in the whole Collection, not merely by its intrinsic interest and by what it ... Read more

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Title printed in red & black. 103 unnumbered leaves, one blank leaf. Small 8vo, modern vellum over boards. [Colophon]: Augsburg: M. Franck for G. Willer, [1568]. First edition of a Paracelsian rarity. Paracelsus' commentaries on the first five of Hippocrates' Aphorisms had been published the previous year in Cologne. The present edition comprises his commentaries on all 25 aphorisms of the first section, and on six of the second. They are followed by treatises on the medical uses of corals and the herbs hypericum (St. John's worts) and persicaria (peachwort). A slightly different version of the section on hypericum was published in the same year by Adam von Bodenstein (Sudhoff 95). In his preface the anonymous editor gives what he calls an impartial discussion of Paracelsian ideas. He points out that Paracelsus' rude and aggressive style of writing and his personal conduct might have been regrettable, but now, 33 years after his death, the controversy should moderate since there is not s ... Read more

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Woodcut coat-of-arms of Paracelsus on verso of title. 4 p.l., 167 pp. 4to, attractive antique calf (minor browning), gilt. Cologne: Heirs of A. Birckmann, 1564. First edition of this rare collection of thirteen of the most important medical tracts by Paracelsus on various diseases and their treatments. They include one of the author's most thorough discussions of gout (Paracelsus was the first to suggest the possibility of a chemical as opposed to a humoral causation for gout), an important contribution to his theories regarding the treatment of epilepsy, and descriptions of colic, rheumatism, dropsy, consumption, etc. Fine copy. This is a rare book. ❧ Sudhoff 63. Temkin, The Falling Sickness, pp. 170-77.

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Title within typographical border & a full-page woodcut of the author, aged 47, on verso of A4. 4 p.l., 247, [2] pp. Small 4to, attractive antique mottled calf by Aquarius (final leaf with some skillful marginal repairs), spine gilt, green morocco lettering piece on spine. Cologne: A. Byrckman, 1567. First edition of this important collection of writings; it is the chief collection of Paracelsus's works on natural philosophy, translated here into German. The texts are: "De Vera Influentia rerum"; "De Inventione Artium"; "De Sensu & Instrumentis"; "De Tempore Laboris & Requiei"; "De Bona & Mala Fortuna"; "De Sanguine ultra Mortem"; "De Obsessis a Malis Spiritibus"; "De Somniis, & Erynibus in Somno & annexis"; "De Animabus Hominum post Mortem apprentibus"; "De Lunaticis"; "De generatione Stultorum"; "De Homunculis"; "De Nymphis, Sylvanis, Pygm. Salamand. & ... Read more

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Type ornament device on title & a type ornament headpiece at beginning of text. 15 pp. Small 4to, polished calf (head of spine a bit chipped), signed "F. Bedford," triple gilt fillet round sides, spine gilt, a.e.g. "London, Printed in the yeare 1641." First edition of this very rare anonymous satire in verse, which criticizes monopolies and patents placed on goods such as coals, soap, starch, leather, gold wire, wine, salt, tobacco and butter. By the reign of James I, patents had become so numerous and unfairly granted that they were considered oppressive and unjust to various classes, especially tradesmen and manufacturers. King James was forced to revoke all existing monopolies (except for "novel inventions") and declare that they were only to be used for "projects of new invention." This "statute of monopolies," enacted in 1624, became the foundation for all later developments in patent law in England and elsewhere. It was a fundamental land ... Read more

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Numerous tables in the text. xv, [1], 955, [1], 6 pp. Large thickish 4to, cont. polished calf (foot of upper joint with a short & unimportant crack), spine gilt, contrasting morocco lettering piece on spine. Paris: la Veuve Desaint, 1780. First edition and an enormously useful book in which the author compares many of the weights, measures, and currencies of antiquity with modern counterparts throughout Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. Paucton (1736-98), professor of mathematics at Strasbourg, was later in the Paris bureau of surveys. This is a classic book in the history of weights and measures; Gibbon described it as "useful and laborious." "At the era of its publication this very learned work was universally admitted to be the most complete and important that had appeared on the subjects of which it treats; and though materially affected by the changes which have taken place in the interval, especially the introduction of the metrical system into France, it continues to be held ... Read more

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xx, 514 pp. 8vo, cont. sheep-backed marbled boards, spine nicely gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. Paris: A.A. Renouard, 1812. First edition of this invaluable book, still of great use. "The first bibliography of bibliographies with critical commentaries, listing selected subject bibliographies and public and private catalogues."-Grolier Club, Bibliography, 120. Archer Taylor considered Peignot's critical list of nearly 500 private library catalogues to be "very important'" (p. 187) (and I agree; I have considered it one of my chief guides for more than thirty years). Minor foxing but a fine copy. With the Kuhnholtz-Lordat bookplate. ❧ Taylor, Book Catalogues, pp. 186-87 & 209.

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Three folding printed tables. xxix, 472 pp.; 2 p.l., 450 pp., 3 leaves of errata; x, 373 pp. Three vols. 8vo, later red half-morocco & marbled boards, t.e.g., others uncut. Paris: Villier [Vols. I & II]; A.A. Renouard [Vol. III], 1802-02-04. First edition, Vols. I & II are one of fifteen sets printed on papier vélin bleuâtre, of this work which gives, in dictionary form, information concerning the various aspects of bibliography, book production, the history of books and manuscripts, etc., etc. Although more than 150 years old, it is a most interesting reference tool, of which many articles are still useful - if not essential - especially those on libraries, collectors, and bibliographers. To pick at random one of many examples: where else can be found a ten-page article on the Abbé Rive, the famous 18th-century bibliographer, with a list of his publications and unpublished writings? This is a fascinating set, having belonged to the great bibliographer and bookseller ... Read more

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lx, 413 pp.; 2 p.l., 492 pp. Two vols. 8vo, cont. half red-morocco & marbled boards (minor rubbing, occasional light foxing), flat spines gilt, outer & lower edges uncut. Dijon: V. Lagier, 1823. Second edition, completely revised and greatly augmented, of Peignot's Traité du Choix des Livres (1817); this is one of Peignot's most important works. In this edition, Peignot has divided the text into five sections. The first describes the methods of selecting the best editions. Part Two gives an account of books which were the favorites of famous authors. The third part is a list of the great literary texts of the past. Part Four lists the best and most beautiful editions of these texts. The fifth part offers practical instructions on how to form a library and information on bindings, bibliographies, classification systems, proper conservation, etc. A fine and tall set. Armorial bookplate of Joseph Tasker, Middleton Hall, Essex. ❧ Brunet, IV, 467.

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Finely engraved title-page, one folding engraved map, & numerous large & fine engraved head- & tail-pieces. xx, 464, [34] pp. Folio, cont. marbled sheep (lower cover a little abraded), spine richly & brightly gilt, orange morocco lettering piece on spine. Vienna: M. A. Schmidt, 1780. First edition, and a really fine copy, of this beautifully decorated and attractive book. This work contains a detailed account and history, district by district, of the mines of Bohemia, an area of great mineral wealth including coal, lignite, iron, and the raw materials for porcelain. Peithner provides much information on the earlier and contemporary mineralogical and geological histories of the area. Also included is a chapter on the rivers and streams contributing to the Moldau, Elbe, and Eger rivers, with mineralogical remarks. There is a long section of the mining laws and regulations which apply to the region. Peithner (1727-92), was professor of mining at Prague and later became professor of mini ... Read more

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I. A collection of items which provides intimate details into Péret's peripatetic life (1899-1959): a. Péret's leather agenda (135 x 90 mm.): Organized with alphabetical dividers and replete with the addresses and contact information for his friends and Surrealist collaborators in Paris, South America, and the United States, written in pen and pencil, including Victor Brauner, Manuel Alvarado, Berta de Battini, André Breton, Robert Benayoun, Geyser Péret (his son and crossed out), Roger Blin, Enrico Donati, Adrien Dax, Georges Duthuit, Max Ernst, Eugenio Granell, Robert Lebel, Wilfredo Lam, Pierre Matisse, Jehan Mayoux, Dwight Macdonald, Pablo Picasso, Wolfgang Paalen, Alfonso Reyes Ochoa, Man Ray, Maximilien Rubel, Ione Robinson, Kurt Seligmann, Toyen, Frank Smith, etc., etc. Tucked in the pockets of the agenda are a number of business cards - Louis Pauwels, Miguel G. Vivancos, Pierre Daura, etc. - and scraps of paper Péret used to record addresses and not ... Read more

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Fine woodcut vignette on title & five fine folding engraved plates. 120 pp. 4to, fine antique calf, spine nicely gilt. [Paris: F. Leonard, 1669]. First edition of the second publication of the "Parisians," a famous group of anatomists in Paris; their publications mark the beginnings of modern comparative anatomy. "The constitution of the French Academy of Science in 1666 established a school of morphology to which the modern development of comparative anatomy may be directly traced...The longevity of the early Parisian anatomists was remarkable...Their leader was the veteran Claude Perrault...it was due mainly to his influence that a number of the early members of the French Academy, who are often conveniently referred to in the literature of the period as the 'Parisians', laid the foundations of our modern knowledge of comparative anatomy."-Cole, A History of Comparative Anatomy, pp. 393-95 (& see pp. 393-425). The leading members of the "Parisians" were, besi ... Read more

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One large folding engraved plate. 1 p.l., 44 pp. Large 4to, cont. half-sheep & marbled boards (minor foxing). Paris: de l'Imprimerie Nationale, 1793. First edition. "This Mémoire on his monumental concept of masonry bridges with spans of 200 to 500 feet is the rarest of all Perronet's works. Inspired by some of the great spans of the past (Verona 150ft or Pontypridd 178ft) he asks why, 'dans un siècle ou les sciences & les arts ont fait de si grands progrès, ne pourroit-on pas se flatter d'en établir solidement qui ayent encore plus d'ouverture?'... "Perronet is fascinated by the challenge of building such huge spans, particularly that of 500ft, and three main problems are considered. The first of these is the choice of stone and here he draws on his considerable knowledge, derived from experiments carried out on the strength of stone from quarries all over France, as well as citing his experience during the construction of the ... Read more

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Woodcut of Saxon coat-of-arms on verso of title. 24 unnumbered leaves (final two leaves blank). Small 8vo, attractive antique calf-backed paste-paper boards, spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. Wittenberg: G. Müller for P. Hellwichs, 1596. First edition of a most interesting book in which Person, the longtime city doctor of Rochlitz, gives a scientific description of the local stone - Rochlitzer porphyry - which has been mined on the Rochlitzer Berg for many centuries and used for building (bricks, facades, and tiles) and sculptures but also as a constituent of many medicines. Person describes numerous recipes using the stone to cure colic, leprosy, syphilis, dysentery, diseases of the blood and lungs, bloody noses, fevers, and the plague. Rochlitzer porphyry could also be pulverized and made into casts for broken limbs. Fine large copy. WorldCat locates no copy in North America. ❧Hirsch, IV, p. 563.

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152 pp. 8vo, orig. pink printed wrappers bound in attractive modern marbled wrappers. [From the upper wrapper]: "Perthes & Besser Buchhandlung Hamburg 1816." Following a nine-year apprenticeship, Friedrich Christoph Perthes (1772-1843), established his own book business in 1796. Two years later, he entered into a partnership with his brother-in-law, Johann Heinrich Besser (1775-1826). They soon became one of the leading publishing and bookselling firms of northern Germany. During the Napoleonic period, Perthes experienced many difficulties caused by his public resistance to French influences and was forced to leave Hamburg. This remarkable priced catalogue lists about 3000 books published in Britain and France from 1812 to 1816; it is quite incredible to imagine the quality and range of the stock of foreign books held by Perthes & Besser. Pages 1-77 list the British books; pages 81-149 the French books, and pages 150-52 list about 60 books published in North America, including L ... Read more

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Finely engraved frontis. port., two engraved plates, & two engravings in the text. Title within ruled borders. 7 p.l., 108, [7] pp. Small folio, cont. blind-ruled calf (neat repairs to ends of spine, faint dampstaining towards end), spine ruled in gilt, red morocco label on spine. London: Printed by H.L. & R.B. for T. Basset, 1670. First edition and a fine and large copy of the standard 17th-century English work on mining, valuable for giving an account of the state of mining in England during the period. The glossary at the end is the first attempt in English at a dictionary of mining terms. The fine portrait, here in the second state (signed "W. Sherwin sculpsit"), shows Pettus aged 57. Pettus (1613-90), was the deputy governor of the royal mines in England and Wales. ❧ Duveen, p. 468. Hoover 634.

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