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Oeuvres Completes de Voltaire 69 of 70 Volumes
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Oeuvres Completes de Voltaire 69 of 70 Volumes

by Voltaire, Francois Marie Arouet; Marquis De Condorcet (Editor); Pierre Beaumarchais

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Kehl, Baden: Imprimerie de la Socit Littraire-Typographique, 1784. Leather Bound. Very Good. L 8vo 7.75 - 9.75'' tall. "In French. Famous first posthumous collected edition of Voltaire's [1694-1778] works known as the 'Kehl Voltaire', produced by Beaumarchais, who created a print foundry at Kehl to carry out this great work. Set contains 69 of the 70 Volume 8vo edition (smaller 12mo 90 volume edition was also produced). Volume 23 (Histoire de Charles XII) missing. Volumes 10 and 27 printed 1784, summary volume 70 printed 1789, all other volumes printed 1785. Uniform 18th century calf full brown leather. Spines decorated in gold floral designs, titles, volume numbers, within 6 boxed compartments. Boards have a natural brown mottled leather finish, slanted gold lines on the narrow board edges. All page ends stained a very light yellow finely bespeckled with green. Green silk reading ribbons. Moderate wear of leather at spine tops, light stress wear along exterior leather hinges, some boards show… Read More
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Paradise Lost, A Poem
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Paradise Lost, A Poem

by Milton, John

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Hardcover
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edinburgh, Midlothian
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Printed by Robert and Andrew Foulis, Printers to the University, Glasgow, 1770. Hardcover. Poor. Printed by Robert and Andrew Foulis, Printers to the University, Glasgow, 1770. Poor. Approx. 13'' by 8.25''. Full leather binding, spine with raised bands, outer binding original, but in poor condition. Inner book is generally clean & still well bound. Subscriber list, summary of the arguments within the poem. 466pp of the poem plus index. Portrait of Milton on title page and marbled endpapers. 3 pages at front have a tear and there is an ink stain on the edge. (see pictures). From the library of Lockhart of Cleghorn with their bookplate on the front pastedown. With an inscription 'Barbara Lockhart from her sister Mrs Jamieson' on the front endpapers.***Heavy & will require overseas postage***
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Tercume-i Sihah el Cevheri (Translation of Kitab Sihah al Jawhari) printed by Ibrahim Muteferrika
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Tercume-i Sihah el Cevheri (Translation of Kitab Sihah al Jawhari) printed by Ibrahim Muteferrika

by Muhammad bin Shaykh Muslih Muhammed al Vani (D. 1000 H. -1592 AD. )

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Hardcover
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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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$35,000.00

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First ed. complete with, vesilet ut tiba'aa by Ibrahim Muteferrika, and the Imprial order. contemporary full leather bindings with flap. (VOL.1) 2p., 6p. 1p. blank, 5p. wasilat ut tiba'aa, 2p. author's biography, 2p. blank. 9p. index and errata. 1p. blank. 666p. (VOL. 2) 7p. index and errata, 2p. blank. 756p. mint condition
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The Works of William Shakespeare (Shakespere)
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The Works of William Shakespeare (Shakespere): Imperial Edition edited by Charles Knight

by William Shakespeare

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Imperial
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Hardcover
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RUTLAND, Vermont
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The Works of Shakespeare/ Shakespere. Imperial Edition, edited by Charles Knight, illustrated throughout with beautiful steel plate engravings. In 2 parts with 2 volumes to each part. 3/4 black morocco grained leather, brown linen boards, raised bands, contrasting red leather spine labels (later additions). Specked endpapers and page edges. 57 engravings throughout on heavy stock paper. One of the largest and most lavishly illustrated of the 19th century Shakespeare editions and one that is very rare, especially in this condition. Some scuffs and cracks to leather binding and wear to edges as well as inscriptions on front endpapers. Covers are all attached and binding tight except for one small section of one volume that is dislodged. Pages clean and unmarked overall. Very good condition.11" wide x 15" tall x 5" (across all books)
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$1,200.00
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

by Ga'g, Wanda

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Used - Good-
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18th Impression Thus
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Hardcover
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Salem, Oregon
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$1,200.00

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SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS. By Wanda Ga'g. 1938. Coward-McCann, Inc. First Edition, 18th Impression Thus. EXLIB. Good- Condition/ Good- Condition DJ. A clean, solid copy. The beloved tale as the Grimm Brothers set it down, accompanied by perfect pictures." Translated and illustrated with woodcuts by author Wanda Ga'g. DJ flaps have been trimmed by library. DJ protected by mylar. (Please see our photos.) QUITE RARE, ESPECIALLY IN A NICE DJ. Back panel of the green, red and white dust jacket is a book list of Wanda Gag titles.
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Designs by Mr. Bentley for Six Poems by Mr. T. Gray
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Designs by Mr. Bentley for Six Poems by Mr. T. Gray

by Thomas Gray

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Used
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Hardcover
ISBN 13
9788362751495
ISBN 10
8362751495
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Warszawa, Poland
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$264.96

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Designs by Mr. R. Bentley for Six Poems by Mr. T. Gray
Thomas Gray
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Octavo. 112 pp, set in Monotype Bell and printed on Fabriano Tiepolo wove, cotton paper in an edition of 25 copies (this is no 6).
Bound in leather with marbled boards, in a slipcase.
Attractively bound by hand, titles and decoration to spine gilt, marbled edges.
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Brand new copy in a fine binding.
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The construction and principal uses of mathematical instruments : Translated from the French of...
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1723 1st ed Mathematics Instruments Bion Engineering Science Navigation PhysicsRare 1st English edition of Bion's famous mathematics treatise!'The Construction and Principal Uses of Mathematical Instruments' is an important mathematics treatise by Nicolas Bion which is considered "the most famous book devoted to instruments." (Knight). Bion was a 17th-century engineer and math tool maker who was well-known for being the king's engineer.This 1723 first English edition includes all 26 full-page and folding engravings – a highly desirable book! Illustrations in this book depict navigational tools such as compasses, ships and ship masts, armillary spheres, and protractors; it also includes maps, clocks, sundials, globes, vacuum pumps, pendulums, mirrors, telescopes, and more!Item number: #5166Price: $2500BION, NicolasThe construction and principal uses of mathematical instruments : Translated from the French of M. Bion, ... To which are added, the construction and uses of such instruments as are omitted… Read More
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A new history of the Holy Bible : from the beginning of the world, to the establishment of...
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1752 Thomas Stackhouse History of the Holy Bible Illustrated Maps ENORMOUS SETRare history of the Bible – HUGE set with impressive maps!Thomas Stackhouse was an 18th-century English theologian known primarily for his work 'New History of the Holy Bible'. This work was an important ecclesiastical history incorporating descriptions of the early church, Biblical passages, difficult text commentary, and impressive illustrations throughout. This 1752 edition is an enormous two-volume set with over 100 illustrations, maps, and engravings.Item number: #5152 Price: $950STACKHOUSE, ThomasA new history of the Holy Bible : from the beginning of the world, to the establishment of Christianity : with answers to most of the controverted questions, disertations upon the most remarkable passages, and a connection of profane history all along : to which are added, notes, explaining dificult texts, rectifying mis-translations, and reconciling seeming contradictionsLondon : printed for John Hinton, 1752-53. Details:… Read More
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The works of Aristotle, the famous philosopher. In four parts: Containing, I. his Complete...
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1793 pseudo ARISTOTLE English W. Salmon Bizarre Woodcuts Sexuality Midwife

"It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it."
― Aristotle

Aristotle was an ancient Greek philosopher and scientist who is regularly considered the 'Father of Western Philosophy.' His extensive writings cover a variety of topics from physics and zoology to metaphysics and psychology; and while many of his original thoughts have since been outdated or developed, he laid the foundation for a number of schools of thought, many of which were not expounded upon until the Enlightenment in the 18th-century.

This late 18th-century English version of the "works of Aristotle" was published in London in 1793. It is the self-proclaimed 'best edition' and, in addition to notable philosophical works, includes the pseudo-Aristotle treatise of 'Problemata physica'. The authorship of rest of the works in this book are also called into question. For instance – at the end of the last section,… Read More
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$750.00
Costumes civils actuels de tous les peuples connus dessinés d'après nature gravés et...
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1788 COSTUMES Illustrated Inuit Eskimo Pacific Indians Alaska AFRICA Quakers

First published in 1784, Sylvain Marechal's 'Civil Costumes' was an impressive and important work on the cultures of people groups from all over the world. It has 58 full-page, hand-colored engravings depicting clothing and costumes from Western cultures, African and Native American tribes, Pacific Islanders, and from all over the rest of the known world. These incredible illustrations were engraved by Grasset de Saint-Sauveur.
This fourth volume from the 1788 edition covers the clothing, cultures, and religion of the inhabitants of Senegal, Guinea, Madagascar, Mexico, Inuit from Shaktoolik Alaska, and even the Quakers. The illustrations depict both men in women in formal dress including the upper bourgeoisie.
Item number: #8604
Price: $1500
MARECHAL, Sylvain
Costumes civils actuels de tous les peuples connus dessinés d'après nature gravés et coloriés accompagnés d'une notice historique sur leurs coutumes,… Read More
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The poetical works of John Milton: consisting of Paradise lost and regained, and Poems on several...
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The poetical works of John Milton: consisting of Paradise lost and regained, and Poems on several occasions, from the text of Dr. Newton, with the life of the author

by MILTON, John

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1796 Paradise Lost BOSTON John Milton Poetry + Regained RARE American ed Newton

"The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven."
― John Milton, Paradise Lost

'Paradise Lost' follows the biblical story of the Fall of Man and the temptation of Adam and Eve. Milton himself states that purpose for this book was to "Justify the ways of God to Men". It covers the characters Adam, Eve, and Satan and the roles each played in the development of religious culture and idolatry.
It was critically acclaimed and well-received by many famed personalities, including Samuel Johnson who states.
"[Paradise Lost shows] Milton's peculiar power to astonish…and he seems to have been well acquainted with his own genius, and to know what it was the Nature had bestowed upon him more bountifully than upon others: the power of displaying the vast, illuminating the splendid, enforcing the awful, darkening the gloomy, and aggravating the dreadful.
Christian writer C.S. Lewis also… Read More
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$499.00
LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES, Vol. I, II, III & IV
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LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES, Vol. I, II, III & IV: ou Lettres Recueillies dans une Société, publiées pour l'instruction de quelques autres

by Choderlos de Laclos

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Almunecar, Granada
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A classic of French Erotic Literature.
Title comprising 4 volumes. Half Calf Hardcover with marbled boards. Morocco spine label with abbreviated name. Gilt nº and gilt lines to separate boxes.
VOLUME I. Language: French. Pages: 177. Printing: À Amsterdam.
Boards in good conditions though there are 2 minute holes on the backboard.
Hinge between the free front board and the spine is cracked from the bottom over 2/3. Part of the calf is missing at the heel of the spine and at the head. Corners are grazed and the board under the marbled paper is appearing. Edges of the boards are also grazed in some areas. Evident shelf wear. Front… Read More
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The Tour Of The World In 80 Days
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The Tour Of The World In 80 Days

by Jules Verne

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Used - Very Good
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1st Edition
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Hardcover
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Elton, Wisconsin
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Boston: R. Osgood & Co., 1873. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Very Good/No Jacket. 12mo - over 6 - 7" tall. 1st Printing 1 Copyright Date 1873, First English Edition, With Frontispiece Illustration From Sketch Of Le Saint Michel By Verne. (12Mo) Maroon Cloth Stamped In Blind, Lettered In Gilt; All Edges Stained. First Edition. English Edition Of Verne's 'Around The World In 80 Days', Published The Previous Year In French. Hints Of Wear To Cloth; Occasional Foxing, Slight Age-Toning To Text Block; Very Good.
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Paradise Lost
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Paradise Lost: A Poem in Twelve Books, 15th Edition published in 1738

by Milton, John

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Fifteenth Edition
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Hardcover
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KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PK, California
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Paradise Lost was originally published in the year 1667. Early editions such as the one being offered here are very scarce and valuable. This fifteenth edition from 1738 is completely original inside and out. The leather covers show some scuffing, and the gold decor on both front and back covers is still good. There is a former owner's name on the front endsheet, and a few pages have some edge spots. The binding is tight, and the book is mostly as it was when it was published almost three centuries ago.This will make a fine and unique addition to your library of classic literature.
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$5,000.00
1789 COMPLETE Works of VOLTAIRE French Science Physics Newton Candide Kehl 92v
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1789 COMPLETE Works of VOLTAIRE French Science Physics Newton Candide Kehl 92v

by VOLTAIRE

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1789 COMPLETE Works of VOLTAIRE French Science Physics Newton Candide Kehl 92v

"Let us read and let us dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world."
― Voltaire

Voltaire was a versatile and prolific writer, producing works in almost every literary form, including plays, poems, novels, essays, and historical and scientific works. He wrote thousands of books and letters, and frequently made use of his works to criticize intolerance, religious dogma, and the French institutions of his day.

This enormous set of 92 volumes was published in Kehl and contains many of Voltaire's most famous works. It also contains his physics studies and correspondence, much of which had never been published.
Item number: #18490
Price: $7500
VOLTAIRE
Oeuvres completes de Voltaire

[Kehl]: De l'imprimerie de la société littéraire-typographique, 1785-1789.

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· Collation: Complete; 92 volumes
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Numerous engraved plates throughout
· Language: French
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$7,500.00