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         The Works of Laurence Sterne, In Ten Volumes Complete

      J. Dodsley, J. Johnson, etc., London 1793 - Duodecimo. 4.75 x 7 in. Aprox. 2,643 pp. Fine in handsome three quarter speckled tan morraco by Birdball. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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         Karte von Polen und den angränzenden Provinzen in XVI Blättern nach des H.O.C. Büsching Erdbeschreibung und den besten Hülfsmitteln entworfen von D.F. Sotzman G. Secret, beym Ob. Kr. Coll. u. Geogr der Königl Acad d. Wissenschaften zu Berlin. [with] Polen Litauen und Kurland im Jahr 1796.

      1793 - Berlin: Verlag der K.P.A. Kunst u.Buchhandlung, 1793. Original colour. Dissected and laid on linen, total 985 x 1200mm, folded into a contemporary marbled slipcase with morocco gilt label and matching marbled chemise; also containing a second folding map, original colour, 455 x 510mm Second map with old ink mss. edits. A detailed map published in the Prussian capital of Berlin immediately after the Second Partition of Poland, in which the Prussians and Russians helped themselves to more Polish territory. It shows the pre- and post-partition borders. The elaborate title vignette was drawn by H.J. Bruningh and is also dated 1793. The second, smaller map shows how the Prussian, Russians and Austrians carved up the remainder of Poland in the Third Partition, 1795. The map has paper patches over the title and date ('itauen' and '96'); all the other examples we could trace have the same details engraved on, suggesting this is an early state, soon changed. It is impossible to see the original engraving under the patches. As Sotzman (1754-1840) was a self-taught engraver it is probable that he engraved this map himself. He became Geographer to the Prussian Academy of Sciences in 1786 and Prussian Minister for War in 1804. NIEWODNICZANSKIEGO: Imago Polaniae, K125. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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         Gedichte

      396 Seiten gebundene Ausgabe Kartoniert,Rückenschild,ein Vorsatzblatt(das hintere ) mit einem größeren Einriß.sonst:Alles gut erhalten. Nach Wikipedia:Wilhelm Ribbeck (* 11. März 1793 in Markgrafpieske 27. Februar 1843 in Magdeburg), war ein preußischer Offizier, Rendant und Schriftsteller.

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         De amplitudine, eversione, et restauratione Urbis Ravennae. In Italicum idioma versi, et notis illustrati.

      Ravenna, Typis Antonii Roveri apud Fratres Fava, 1793/1796, tre volumi in-folio legatura non recente in mezza pelle marrone con angoli rinforzati, titoli e fregi dorati al dorso (il terzo volume ha la legatura identica agli altri due ma in pelle moderna) pp. XXIV-(8)-498-(20) + XVII-591-(4) + (2)-264-(142) con antiporta incisa in rame, una tavola con grande stemma della città, una tavola con grande ritratto di Camillo Spreti, 16 tavole (di cui due grandi ripiegate) incise in rame fuori testo raffiguranti oggetti d'arte, mosaici, iscrizioni e altri materiali pertinenti, numerose tavole xilografiche di iscrizioni ripiegate e numerose altre incisioni xilografiche nel testo e 14 belle vignette incise in rame poste come finalini. Esemplare ad ampi margini, numerose arrossature o bruniture che non compromettono la lettura. Timbro di cessione come duplicato da biblioteca.

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         The Natural History of British Insects;

      1793 1793 - Explaining them in their several States with the Periods of their Transformations, their Food, Oeconomy, &c. Together with the History of such Minute Insects as require Investigation by the Microscope. 16 vols. bound in 8. London: Author & Rivington 1793-1813. With 576 engraved plates of which 574 are handcoloured. Bound in contemporary black halfleather gilt on spine and boards, all edges gilt. Some leaves weakly browning. * Rare complete set of this very attractive work on British Entomology, describing a number of new species which often still bear the name bestowed by Donovan, and exquisitely handcoloured. It was first intended to comprise only ten volumes but later was decided to publish another six volumes. Edward Donovan (1768-1837) was an Anglo-Irish naturalist and the author of a number of important natural history works which stand out for their perfection of execution. Best known are probably his publications of the insects of China and India. He was a Fellow of the Linnaean Society and the Wernerian Natural History Society.Volume 1 in new edition 1802, originally published 1792. Plate no. 444 placed with text after plate no. 468. Plates nos. 290 + 560 + 561 upside down.Nissen ZBI 1142. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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         An Enquiry concerning Political Justice, and its Influence on General Virtue and Happiness.

      London: Printed for G. G. J. and J. Robinson,, 1793. 2 volumes, quarto (295 x 228 mm, uncut). Uncut in original boards, rebacked with new paper spines, printed paper labels. Preserved in a custom made slipcase. With errata and directions to the binder leaf bound in vol. I. Contemporary ownership inscription to title of vol. I, another to front board of vol. I partly eroded. Sympathetically rebacked, with new printed paper labels, half-titles removed, front free endpapers refitted; occasional light spotting and the odd stain; a very good copy, rare in this condition. First edition, uncut in the original boards, of one of the most radical and far-reaching political tracts of the era, by the father of British philosophical radicalism. Published just weeks after the execution of Louis XVI, and written in response to Burke's Reflections, Godwin's tract attacks all restraints on the exercise of individual judgement - in the belief that human opinions will become progressively more enlightened with the growth of knowledge. Among Godwin's targets were established religion and marriage, and he believed that government itself would ultimately become unnecessary. The first edition is famously free from the mediations and compromises that Godwin worked into later editions, and which so vexed Percy Bysshe Shelley, who took this book, in its original form, as his bible. Godwin's Political Justice directly provoked Thomas Malthus to write his Essay on the Principle of Population (1798).

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         Geschichte des erbäulichen Lebens der Prinzeßinn Ludovika Maria von Frankreich, Tochter Ludwigs des XV. und Base Ludwigs des XVI., Königs von Frankreich, welche als Barfüßer-Carmeliterinn zu Saint-Denys am 23sten Christmonat im Jahre 1787 gestorben. An das Licht gestellt von einem Barfüßer-Carmeliter baierischer Provinz.

      Augsburg Joseph Wolffische Buchhandlung 1793 - O-Ganzledereinband mit Titel u. Floralverzierung in Golddruck auf Rücken u. 5 Bünden, Rückenkanten gebrochen, Ecken u. Kanten beschabt, Marmorpapiervorsätze, Rotschnitt, (3 Bl.) Vorrede, 311 Seiten. Angebunden: "Lebensgeschichte Ludwig XVI. Königs von Frankreich" mit dem Frontispiz einer Büste Ludovicus XVI, 88 Seiten, wenige Seiten etw. stockfleckig u. einer Seite mit kl. Papierabriss im Randbereich ohne Textverlust, 8°. Im Band "Geschichte des erbaulichen Lebens ." befindet sich auf Seite 311 eine Verlags-Anzeige "In eben dieser Verlagsbuchhandlung ist zu finden die merkwürdige Lebensgeschichte Ludwigs XVI. Königs von Frankreich, worin die ganze Revolutionsgeschichte in Kurzem enthalten ist, .". Diese Schrift ist unter Angabe des Druckortes "Wien 1793" angebundenen und umfasst 88 Seiten.

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         HAITI MSS.: CAP FRANÇAIS (CAP-HAÏTIEN) GREAT FIRE OF 1793: "PLAN DE LA VILLE DU CAP OÙ EST MARQEÉ EN NOIR CE QUI À ÉTÉ INCENDIÉ LES 21, 22, 23, 24, 25 & 26 JUIN 1793."

      [n.p., circa ]. 1793 - Manuscript, pen and ink and watercolour on laid, watermarked paper (Very Good, bright and clean, just 2 very minor points of smudging), 8.8 x 16 cm (3.46 x 6.3 inches). Small, but important – one of the only surviving contemporary manuscript maps depicting the Great Fire of Cap?Français of 1793 that virtually destroyed the most important French city in the Americas during the early period of the Haitian Revolution, drafted by an exceptionally skilled anonymous hand in the wake of the conflagration. his is one of only a few surviving original contemporary manuscript maps concerning the Great Fire of June 21-26, 1793, that consumed most of Cap?Français (popularly known as ‘Ville du Cap’, today’s Cap-Haïtien), the commercial centre of the French colony of Saint-Domingue (Haiti), one of the wealthiest trading cities in the New World. The destruction of the city occurred within the greater context of the Haitian Revolution (1791-1804), whereupon the city was set ablaze under mysteries circumstances, during a complex battle between rival French factions and Haitian rebels. The consequent destruction of Cap?Français was one of the great turning points in the history of the West Indies, forever altering the course of the established Trans-Atlantic economy. The map focuses closely on the city of Cap?Français proper, from a westward-oriented perspective. The city is shown composed of 260 orderly, geometrical built-up blocks, punctuated by squares. Entitled "Plan de la Ville du Cap où est marqeé en noir ce qui à été Incendié les 21, 22, 23, 24, 25 & 26 Juin 1793." [Plan of Ville du Cap where the places marked in black indicate the areas destroyed by the fire of June 21-26, 1793], the plan shows that the vast majority of the city was consumed in the conflagration, with scarcely some blocks along its periphery still remaining. Beyond the city, the Morne Jean highlands rise to the right-hand side of the map, while on the left, commences the plantation estates upon the fertile plains along the Rivière Mapou. A scale . SEE OUR WEB PAGE FOR LONGER DESCRIPTION.

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         Eponine ou de la République, ouvrage de Platon découvert et publié par l?auteur de la Philosophie de la Nature. Nouvelle édition. En 6 volumes.

      Paris, 1793, - in-8vo, avec 23 gravures d?après Eisen, Monnet e.a. + 1 table dépl., par-ci par-là des rousseurs. Le frontispice-portrait rogné un peu court, sans perte d?image, reliure en cuir originale, dos orné. Avec les 2 volumes du supplément. Très rare, ainsi complet en 6 volumes.Please notify before visiting to see a book. Prices are excl. VAT/TVA (only Switzerland) & postage. Lewine, S. 134 Sander 447. Versins: ?Utopie curieuse. ou l?on trouve parfois des passages comme celui qui préfigure l?imperialisme idéologique moderne.?

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         Ueber das erste Wesensgesetz in der Schöpfung. Eine Rede, abgelesen auf der churf. Hofbibliothek, als die churf. Akademie der Wissenschaften ihren Stiftungstag, und zugleich das Fest der fünfigjährigen Regierung Sr. ist regierenden Churfürst. Durchlaucht u. u.feyerte, von dem Churfürst. Hofrath und geheimen Archivar von Eckartshausen Mitgliede dieser und verschiedener anderer Akademien. Den 2ten April.

      München, J. Lindauer 1793 - S. 347-384, 2 Vignetten, 23 x 18,5 cm, Deckblatt handschr. beschrieben, Ecken geknickt, Bindung gelockert, Einband fleckig, papierbedingt leicht gebräunt, leicht stockfleckig, Inhalt gut erhalten. Karl von Eckartshausen (1752-1803) war Schriftsteller, Philosoph und Theosoph. Er verfasste nun zahlreiche religiöse, mystische (sogar kabbalistische) und alchemistische Schriften. Sprache: deu Erstausgabe. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

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         The History of Dahomy an Inland Kingdom of AfricaWithJACKSON James Grey  An Accout of the kingdom of Marocco and the district of Susewith an interesting `Account of Timbuctoo the great emporium of Central Africa

      First edition. Folding frontispiece map & 6 plates. 4to.  Contemporary half calf, restored . xxxii, [iv], xxvi, 230pp. London,

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         Rare Antique Proof Print-MACKREL-FISH-CRIES OF LONDON-Schiavonetti-Wheatley-1793

      - 'New mackrel, new mackrel!' This plate shows a scene from 18th century London with a street seller / hawker vending fish. Plate (5 of 13). Proof print of original ed. Very rare. Handcoloured stipple and line engraving on a verge type handlaid paper. Description: Original antique print after a painting by Francis Wheatley from a series of 12 plates. This plate was originally published by Colnaghi & Co., London, 1793-1797. Wheatley exhibited his series of oil paintings entitled the 'Cries of London' at the Royal Academy between 1792 and 1795. He created these sublime images of street sellers that are now the works upon which his reputation rests. Born in Covent Garden in 1747, Wheatley was ideally qualified to portray these hawkers because he grew up amongst them and their cries, echoing in the streets around the market. However, these pictures are far from social reportage as we understand it, and you may notice a certain similarity between many of the women portrayed in these pictures, for whom it is believed Mrs Wheatley, herself a painter and exhibitor at the Royal Academy, was the model. This appears to be a proof print before letters.Artists and Engravers: Engraved by Niccolo Schiavonetti jr. (1771 - 1813) after Wheatley. Francis Wheatley (1747 - 1801), English painter. Condition: Very good, given age. Some small spots in the margins. General age-related toning and/or occasional minor defects from handling. Please study scan carefully. Profesionally matted, not examined out of matting. Storage location: DPO-78-21 The overall size is ca. 19.7 x 23.6 inch. The image size is ca. 11.6 x 15 inch. The overall size is ca. 50 x 60 cm. The image size is ca. 29.5 x 38 cm. [Attributes: Soft Cover]

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         GALATÉE, ROMAN PASTORAL; IMITÉ DE CERVANTES . . . ÉDITION ORNÉE DE FIGURES EN COULEURS, D'APRÈS LES DESSINS DE M. MONSIAU

      Defer de Maisonneuve, Paris 1793 - 333 x 247 mm (13 x 9 3/4"). 125 pp. First Edition with these Illustrations. Pleasing contemporary black half roan over black paper boards, smooth spine gilt in panels with vase or patera centerpiece. Original (somewhat worn but solid) board slipcase. FOUR FINE STIPPLE-ENGRAVED PLATES by Colibert and Cazenave after Monsiau, PRINTED IN COLORS, original tissue guards. Front pastedown with ex-libris of Jean Furstenberg. Cohen-de Ricci 400; Furstenberg 122; Lewine, p. 188; Maggs 1930 Catalogue of French Illustrated Books 84; Ray, p. 145. Corners a little bumped, a few hardly noticeable blemishes on covers, but the binding not only solid, but with only trivial wear. A breath of foxing here and there, but extremely fresh and clean internally, with vast margins. AN EXTREMELY FINE CONTEMPORARY COPY. This edition of Florian's pastoral romance in imitation of Cervantes is one of the grander French books to be printed in colors when the vogue for such productions took hold during the last years of the 18th century. Ours is one of six such books, all printed after 1786, that Ray singles out for praise as "handsome and imposing volumes." A noted painter of both classical and modern subjects, Monsiau (1754-1837) was also an illustrator whose "abundant and interesting work in this line" is underrated, even though it has the merits of being simple, natural, lively, and piquant. (Ray) Monsiau's obscurity, says Ray, may be owing to the fact that he most often worked as a secondary collaborator on major illustrated works; the present book is one of the few he did on his own, and it is among his best. Publisher Defer de Maisonneuve did not develop the technique of stipple engraving on copper plates, but he did perfect the process, which allowed for gradual tonal changes in hues and intensities of color, rather than the "stained glass" effect of separately printed patches of color. The Maggs catalogue states that this work is very rarely found in a full binding, "as it appeared at a troubled time when purchasers refrained from having books bound expensively. Normally copies are found in boards, or, at the best, in half-bindings." Our copy has the engraver's name just visible beneath the plates, so perhaps it does not qualify as "avant la lettre," but it is obviously printed on thick luxury paper and with extremely ample margins. The volume comes from the renowned library of Jean (or Hans) Furstenberg, who wrote several books on 18th-century French book illustration. This edition of Florian's pastoral romance in imitation of Cervantes is one of the grander French books to be printed in colors when the vogue for such productions took hold during the last years of the 18th century. Ours is one of six such books, all printed after 1786, that Ray singles out for praise as "handsome and imposing volumes." A noted painter of both classical and modern subjects, Monsiau (1754-1837) was also an illustrator whose "abundant and interesting work in this line" is underrated, even though it has the merits of being simple, natural, lively, and piquant. (Ray) Monsiau's obscurity, says Ray, may be owing to the fact that he most often worked as a secondary collaborator on major illustrated works; the present book is one of the few he did on his own, and it is among his best. Publisher Defer de Maisonneuve did not develop the technique of stipple engraving on copper plates, but he did perfect the process, which allowed for gradual tonal changes in hues and intensities of color, rather than the "stained glass" effect of separately printed patches of color. The Maggs catalogue states that this work is very rarely found in a full binding, "as it appeared at a troubled time when purchasers refrained from having books bound expensively. Normally copies are found in boards, or, at the best, in half-bindings." Our copy has the engraver's name just visible beneath the plates, so perhaps it does not qualify as "avant la lettre," but it is obviously printed on thick luxury pape

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         A Catalogue of Engraved British Portraits.

      London: Payne, 1793.(). Large 4to. 479 pp plus unnumbered appendix and index. Extra-illustrated with engravings by Geese, Payne, White, Vertue and Gucht. Bookplate of A.N.L. Munby. Full calf, worn.

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         Autograph letter signed ("S.T. Coleridge") to his brother George, incorporating a 6-stanza poem ["The Rose"]

      Exeter 1793 - 4 pp. pen and ink on a bifolium. To his brother George, with a 6-stanza poem "The Rose" An early autograph letter from Coleridge to his older brother George, written while a student at Cambridge. Coleridge was drinking heavily, sinking into debt, and flirting with Jacobin radicalism - but he was also composing much poetry. "The atmosphere was now [in the summer of 1793] subtly different from the scholarly triumph of the previous year: there was much drinking and arguing with Edward [his brother], much flirtation with local girls, and considerably more poetry" (Holmes, I, p. 50). Many of the early lyrics that would contribute to Coleridge's Poems (1796) were written at this time. He also first encountered the poetry of Wordsworth at a reading of "Evening Walk" in Exeter. The present letter, written in a coach en route from Salisbury to Exeter while visiting various family members during his summer break, gives something of the flavor of Coleridge's life at that tumultuous moment "? Monday afternoon Ned [Edward Coleridge], Tatum & myself sat from four till ten drinking - and then arose as cool as three undressed Cucumbers. Edward and I - and - (o! the wonders of this Life) disputed with great coolness & forebearance the whole time - we neither of us were *convinced* - tho' now & then Ned was *convicted* - Tatum Umpire sat, and by decision embroiled the fray ?" The letter includes a 6-stanza poem, which he prefaces: "I present a moss rose to a lady. Dick Hart [George Coleridge's brother-in-law] asked her if she was not afraid to put it in her bosom, as perhaps there might be love in it. I immediately wrote the following little ode or song or what you please to call it. It is of the namby-pamby genus.[The Rose]As late as each flower that sweetest blowsI pluck'd, the Garden's pride;Within the petals of a RoseA sleeping Love I spy'd.Around his brows a lucid wreathOf many a mingle hue;And purple glow'd his cheek beneathInebriate with Dew.I softly seiz'd th'unguarded Power,Nor scared his balmy rest,And plac'd him cag'd within the FlowerOn Angelina's Breast.But when all reckless of the GuileAwoke the slumberer sweet,He struggled to escape awhile,And stamp'd his angry feet.Ah! soon the soul-entrancing SightSubdued th'impatient Boy:He gaz'd, he thrill'd with deep delight,Then clapt his Wings for Joy.And - oh! he cried. What charms refin'd.This magic Throne endear!Another Love may Venus findI'll fix my empire here!"The poem sometimes referred by the title "On Presenting a Moss Rose to Miss F Nesbitt." "F Nesbitt" is one Fanny Nesbit of Plymouth, and according to Coleridge's letter of 5 August 1793 to his brother George, she was his "fellow-traveller in the Tiverton diligence from Exeter - I think a very pretty Girl." This was one of several mildly seductive poems that Coleridge wrote in the summer of 1793, perhaps in consolation for his diminished prospects of wooing Mary Evans. Initially addressed to "Angelina" as here, he later adapted the poem for his future wife Sara Fricker. The poem was first printed in the first edition of Coleridge's Poems (1796) as "Effusion XXVII" and again in the second edition (1797) as "The Rose," with line 12 now reading "On spotless SARA'S breast."Before closing the letter, Coleridge adds another small snatch of verse: "An extempore. Ned during the dispute, thinking he had got me down, said, 'Ah sam! You *blush.* Sir answered I - Ten thousand BlushesFlutter around me drest like little Loves,And veil my visage with their crimson wings."There is no meaning in the Lines - but we both agreed they were very pretty."Griggs records this as only the twenty-ninth letter by Coleridge. He dates the letter to July, though the "JU" postmark indicates it was sent in June, suggesting that Coleridge left Salisbury earlier than previously thought. Griggs, The Letters I, p. 57. Provenance: British Rail Pension Fund (sold Sotheby's London, 27 September 1988, lot 116, £4,400) Faint creasing, small circular tear at margin, just [Attributes: First Edition]

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         Partially Printed Ledger Sheet for the Connecticut General Assembly 1793

      Near Fine. Large partially printed folio leaf of laid paper. Approximately 7.5" x 12.5". Old folds, slightly irregular margins, near fine. The document consists of six partially printed receipts acknowledging payment from the Treasurer (printed:"Peter Colt", but crossed out with the name "A. Kingsbury" handwritten in) "...in full of my debenture, for attending the Assembly oin their Session in Oct. 1793." Signed by five Assembly members: Aaron Austin, Seth Spencer, Elisha Bostwick, Angus Nickelson, and Giles Pettibone. The other is left blank but bears the initials "P.C." possibly indicating Peter Colt. Several of the signers served in the Revolutionary War, with Bostwick crossing the Delaware with Washington and participating in the Battle of Trenton.

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         An Enquiry concerning Political Justice, and its Influence on General Virtue and Happiness.

      London: Printed for G. G. J. and J. Robinson, 1793 - 2 volumes, quarto (295 x 228 mm, uncut). Original boards, uncut, rebacked with new paper spines, printed paper labels. Preserved in a custom made slipcase. Contemporary ownership inscription to title of volume 1, another to front board of volume 1 partly eroded. Sympathetically rebacked, with new printed paper labels, half-titles removed, front free endpapers refitted; occasional light spotting and the odd stain; a very good copy. With errata and directions to the binder leaf bound in first volume. First edition, in the original boards, of one of the most radical and far-reaching political tracts of the era, by the father of British philosophical radicalism. Published just weeks after the execution of Louis XVI, and written in response to Burke's Reflections, Godwin's tract attacks all restraints on the exercise of individual judgement - in the belief that human opinions will become progressively more enlightened with the growth of knowledge. Among Godwin's targets were established religion and marriage, and he believed that government itself would ultimately become unnecessary. The first edition is famously free from the mediations and compromises that Godwin worked into later editions, and which so vexed Percy Bysshe Shelley, who took this book, in its original form, as his bible. Godwin's Political Justice directly provoked Thomas Malthus to write his Essay on the Principle of Population (1798). Rare thus, uncut and unpressed, in the original boards. Adams, Radical Literature 40; Goldsmiths' 15825; Kress B2529; Printing and the Mind of Man 243; Rothschild 1016;. [Attributes: First Edition]

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         La Giacobineide, ragguagli eroi-comi-civici con osservazioni critiche

      - Montechiaro, Lucilio Sincero, 1793 In 8°, legatura dell'epoca in ½ vitello avana, piatti in bellissimo cartoncino a fiorami verdi su fondo oro, pp. 180, 12 tavole fuori testo incise in rame. Rara traduzione italiana, con luogo e nome evidentemente falsi (in realtà, secondo M. Parenti, p. 146, Siena o comunque Toscana), del poema eroicomico La Jacobineide dell'ultraconservatore François Marchant contro i Giacobini. Le 12 belle tavole satiriche inaugurano la moda della “bestializzazione” dell'avversario (I Giacobini trasformati in asini) ripresa poi nell'800 da Grandville e Gavarni. La versione, in ottimo italiano, di autore che sarebbe interessante identificare, uscì l'anno seguente di quella francese ed è arricchita dell'elenco dei “republicomanes” giustiziati nel frattempo. Solo due esemplari nelle biblioteche pubbliche italiane e uno nella biblioteca di Giacomo Leopardi a Recanati. Bellissimo esemplare [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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         Fables.

      London: John Stockdale, 1793.(). 2 vols. With a life of the author and embellished with seventy plates. With twelve plates engraved by William Blake. GAY. Vol. I. [II.] London: Two octavo volumes. xi, [1, blank], 225; vii, [1, blank], 187, [1, ads] pp. Seventy-one engraved plates, Qtr. Contemporary leather and marbled boards. Spines chipped, marbling peeling off lower corners of covers of both volumes, corners lightly bumped and worn in general, edges a little worn, front hinges of both volumes loose but not falling off yet, mild foxing to endpapers and title page.

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         FABLES by JOHN GAY, WITH A LIFE OF THE AUTHOR and EMBELLISHED WITH SEVENTY PLATES

      London: John Stockdale, Picadilly, 1793. Octavo, 2 vol in dark red morocco with gilt decorations and titles on spine, 5 raised bands on spine with gilt escutcheons and titles, date on bottom of spine, gilt edges on text block all around. Vol I, 225pp, Vol II, 187pp plus advertisement at rear dated Feb 2, 1793. Contemporary or very early unsigned binding, hinges and spines repaired, about 1/2"x2" chunk missing from Vol 1 spine(see photos), shelf-wear at edges of boards and slight bumping at corners, otherwise tight and bright. Overall in Very Good to Fine condition; shelved in Case #7; please contact us for shipping costs. Dupont.

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         De amplitudine, eversione, et restauratione Urbis Ravennae. In Italicum idioma versi, et notis illustrati.

      1793 - Ravenna, Typis Antonii Roveri apud Fratres Fava, 1793/1796, tre volumi in-folio legatura non recente in mezza pelle marrone con angoli rinforzati, titoli e fregi dorati al dorso (il terzo volume ha la legatura identica agli altri due ma in pelle moderna) pp. XXIV-(8)-498-(20) + XVII-591-(4) + (2)-264-(142) con antiporta incisa in rame, una tavola con grande stemma della città, una tavola con grande ritratto di Camillo Spreti, 16 tavole (di cui due grandi ripiegate) incise in rame fuori testo raffiguranti oggetti d'arte, mosaici, iscrizioni e altri materiali pertinenti, numerose tavole xilografiche di iscrizioni ripiegate e numerose altre incisioni xilografiche nel testo e 14 belle vignette incise in rame poste come finalini. Esemplare ad ampi margini, numerose arrossature o bruniture che non compromettono la lettura. Timbro di cessione come duplicato da biblioteca.

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         [PRINTED CERTIFICATE FOR THE NORTH AMERICAN LAND COMPANY, COMPLETED IN MANUSCRIPT AND SIGNED BY JAMES MARSHALL AND ROBERT MORRIS]

      Philadelphia, 1793. Broadside, 10 x 12 inches. Matted and framed. Minor soiling. Scalloped cut along left margin. Near fine. Document signed by Robert Morris - signer of the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, and the United States Constitution, and the "Financier of the Revolution" - granting four shares in the North American Land Company to Dr. Enoch Edwards. Enoch Edwards, a surgeon by trade, was a leading patriot who served as a member of the June 18, 1776 Provincial Congress, and a signer of the 1790 Pennsylvania Constitution. Robert Morris played a leading role in the financial decisions of the Revolutionary government: he founded the first national bank, sought to fund public debts by means of a national revenue, and used his own funds, when necessary, to finance the Revolution and the fledgling American government. In the late 1780s and the 1790s, Morris speculated extensively in various land deals, becoming fabulously wealthy, then losing everything in 1798, spending two and a half years in debtors prison. The North American Land Company, the most ambitious of his schemes, is the venture that finally brought about Morris' downfall. Counter-signed by Secretary James Marshall, brother of future chief justice John Marshall.

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         Hudibras, a Poem, in Three Cantos

      London: Printed by T. Rickaby, for J. Edwards, 1793. One of 200 copies. Engraved portrait frontispiece in vols. I (by James Ross after Peter Lely in sepia) & II (by Caldwall after Gardener), engraved title-pages with vignettes in vols. I & II and engraved title vignette in vol. III, 12 engraved double-page plates by William Hogarth, 2 engraved plates in sepia by Ross after Dobson, head- and tailpieces throughout, some in sepia, by Ross. [ii], xxxix, [i], 317, [1]; [ii], [319]-678, [2], viii; [ii], 495, [1], xviii, [2] pp. 3 vols. 4to. Contemporary full red straight-grained morocco, covers with gilt border composed of two plain and two dotted fillets, the sides broken with intersecting gouges surrounding small oval tool, spines with 5 double bands, board edges and turn-ins gilt, a.e.g., marbled endpapers, silk ribbon markers. Spines slightly faded, vol. III front joint just starting, occasional light spotting to plates. Armorial bookplate. One of 200 copies. Engraved portrait frontispiece in vols. I (by James Ross after Peter Lely in sepia) & II (by Caldwall after Gardener), engraved title-pages with vignettes in vols. I & II and engraved title vignette in vol. III, 12 engraved double-page plates by William Hogarth, 2 engraved plates in sepia by Ross after Dobson, head- and tailpieces throughout, some in sepia, by Ross. [ii], xxxix, [i], 317, [1]; [ii], [319]-678, [2], viii; [ii], 495, [1], xviii, [2] pp. 3 vols. 4to. A magnificent copy in contemporary red morocco of this deluxe illustrated edition of Butler's mock epic of the English Civil War, edited and with a supplementary volume of notes by the Worcestershire antiquary T.R. Nash. The twelve engraved plates by William Hogarth were originally published in 1725-6. Of this edition, Lowndes comments, "200 copies printed, some with plates in red. An elegant edition, edited by Dr. Nash, the Historian of Worcestershire who has added a variety of interesting notes" Lowndes I, p. 356; Paulson 82-93

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         Autograph letter signed ("S.T. Coleridge") to his brother George, incorporating a 6-stanza poem ["The Rose"]

      Exeter, 1793. 4 pp. pen and ink on a bifolium. Faint creasing, small circular tear at margin, just touching one letter. 4 pp. pen and ink on a bifolium. To his brother George, with a 6-stanza poem "The Rose" An early autograph letter from Coleridge to his older brother George, written while a student at Cambridge. Coleridge was drinking heavily, sinking into debt, and flirting with Jacobin radicalism - but he was also composing much poetry. "The atmosphere was now [in the summer of 1793] subtly different from the scholarly triumph of the previous year: there was much drinking and arguing with Edward [his brother], much flirtation with local girls, and considerably more poetry" (Holmes, I, p. 50). Many of the early lyrics that would contribute to Coleridge's Poems (1796) were written at this time. He also first encountered the poetry of Wordsworth at a reading of "Evening Walk" in Exeter. The present letter, written in a coach en route from Salisbury to Exeter while visiting various family members during his summer break, gives something of the flavor of Coleridge's life at that tumultuous moment "… Monday afternoon Ned [Edward Coleridge], Tatum & myself sat from four till ten drinking - and then arose as cool as three undressed Cucumbers. Edward and I - and - (o! the wonders of this Life) disputed with great coolness & forebearance the whole time - we neither of us were *convinced* - tho' now & then Ned was *convicted* - Tatum Umpire sat, and by decision embroiled the fray …" The letter includes a 6-stanza poem, which he prefaces: "I present a moss rose to a lady. Dick Hart [George Coleridge's brother-in-law] asked her if she was not afraid to put it in her bosom, as perhaps there might be love in it. I immediately wrote the following little ode or song or what you please to call it. It is of the namby-pamby genus. [The Rose] As late as each flower that sweetest blows I pluck'd, the Garden's pride; Within the petals of a Rose A sleeping Love I spy'd. Around his brows a lucid wreath Of many a mingle hue; And purple glow'd his cheek beneath Inebriate with Dew. I softly seiz'd th'unguarded Power, Nor scared his balmy rest, And plac'd him cag'd within the Flower On Angelina's Breast. But when all reckless of the Guile Awoke the slumberer sweet, He struggled to escape awhile, And stamp'd his angry feet. Ah! soon the soul-entrancing Sight Subdued th'impatient Boy: He gaz'd, he thrill'd with deep delight, Then clapt his Wings for Joy. And - oh! he cried. What charms refin'd. This magic Throne endear! Another Love may Venus find I'll fix my empire here!" The poem sometimes referred by the title "On Presenting a Moss Rose to Miss F Nesbitt." "F Nesbitt" is one Fanny Nesbit of Plymouth, and according to Coleridge's letter of 5 August 1793 to his brother George, she was his "fellow-traveller in the Tiverton diligence from Exeter - I think a very pretty Girl." This was one of several mildly seductive poems that Coleridge wrote in the summer of 1793, perhaps in consolation for his diminished prospects of wooing Mary Evans. Initially addressed to "Angelina" as here, he later adapted the poem for his future wife Sara Fricker. The poem was first printed in the first edition of Coleridge's Poems (1796) as "Effusion XXVII" and again in the second edition (1797) as "The Rose," with line 12 now reading "On spotless SARA'S breast." Before closing the letter, Coleridge adds another small snatch of verse: "An extempore. Ned during the dispute, thinking he had got me down, said, 'Ah sam! You *blush.* Sir answered I - Ten thousand Blushes Flutter around me drest like little Loves, And veil my visage with their crimson wings. "There is no meaning in the Lines - but we both agreed they were very pretty." Griggs records this as only the twenty-ninth letter by Coleridge. He dates the letter to July, though the "JU" postmark indicates it was sent in June, suggesting that Coleridge left Salisbury earlier than previously thought. Griggs, The Letters I, p. 57. Provenance: British Rail Pension Fund (sold Sotheby's London, 27 September 1988, lot 116, £4,400)

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         The Ladies' Assistant for Regulating and Supplying the Table; being a Complete System of Cookery, &c. Originally Published from the Manuscript Collection of Mrs. Charlotte Mason The Seventh Edition, Enlarged, Corrected, and Improved to the Present Time.

      London: J. Walter, 1793. - 2 parts in one volume, 8vo (214 x 130mm), pp. [18], 1-484, [19 (index)], [1 (blank)], [2 (title to Appendix, blank)], 1-23, [1 (publisher's advertisement)]; bound without [?half-title] A1; contemporary British calf gilt, boards with roll-tooled gilt borders, modern calf spine divided into 6 compartments by raised bands, gilt black morocco lettering-piece in one, all edges speckled; slightly marked and scuffed, extremities lightly bumped, skilfully recornered, generally a very good copy; provenance: Mary Chadsey (bookplate on upper pastedown; sale Sotheby's London, 28-29 January 1999, lot 82) – John Price, London (bookseller's loosely-inserted description) – Christopher Hogwood.Seventh edition. Published twenty years after its first appearance, this edition of Charlotte Mason's The Ladies' Assistant includes the Appendix to Mrs. Mason's Cookery, &c. which had first been printed at the same time as the third edition of 1777.This edition is rare: ESTC lists three copies: the British Library, the University of Winsconsin-Madison, and Michigan State University; however, Michigan State University's online catalogue indicates that they only hold the appendix to the 1793 edition. COPAC adds the Bodleian Library's copy, so it seems likely that there are only three copies held in institutional collections worldwide. Similarly, Anglo-American auction records only show this copy at auction since 1975.ESTC N11608; Maclean, p. 95. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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         Edward Bishop Elliott-Horae Apocalypticae -4vols AUTHOR'S COPY w notes-prophecy

      - ELLIOTT, EDWARD BISHOP (1793-1875). Here is an incredible find, and probably takes the award (or at least shares it) with the most historically valuable item on the list. Complete in four volumes, the present offering is Elliott's own copy of the third edition of his Horae Apocalypticae, and is the very set he used to prepare revisions for the fourth edition, which were extensive. There are several letters from other scholars tipped in, and extensive reworking of the text, diagrams altered and new ones prepared in hand, etc. Well-worn, but certainly workable, and VERY important. This four volume set is respected by many as THE seminary scholarly work on eschatology. It defends, according to some anyway, against the preterist system by proving a late date for the writing of the book of Revelation. Elliott also demonstrates the impossibility of the futurist system, and defends the traditional historicism. All the major Reformers and all the major Reformation creeds and confessions adopted the historic position - and it is this position that Elliott so skillfully defends. Included in Horae Apocalypticae you will also find a very useful historical survey of who held which positions concerning eschatology, much history on the Roman empire (and its interaction with Christianity(, how the Reformation, Islam, etc. were prophesied in the Apocalypse, a world chronology according to the Hebrew Scriptures (which would make the Earch 6127 years old), patristic views of prophecy, the beast and his mark (666) revealed, and much more. The Papacy is also shown to be the apocalyptic antichrist, which was a standard position among the Reformers. Elliott also deals with Moses Stuart's Preterism, etc. Concerning Elliott's Horae Apocalypticae H. Gratton Guiness, writes, The "Horae Apocalypticae" of Elliott, which may well be considered as the most important and valuable commentary of the Apocalypse which has ever been written, was also called into existence by Futurist attacks on the Protestant interpretation of prophecy. In his preface to the fifth edition Elliott says: When I first began to give attention to the subject some twenty years ago, it was the increasing prevalence among Christian men in our country of the Futurist system of Apocalyptic interpretation - a system which involved the abandonment of the opinion held by all the chief fathers and doctors of our Church respecting the Roman Popes and Popedom as the great intended anitchristian power of Scripture - prophecy, - that suggested to me the desirableness and indeed the necessity, of a more thoroughly careful investigation of the whole subject than had been made previously. For thereby I trusted that we might see God's mind on the question; all engaged in that controversy being alike agreed as to the fact of its being expressed in this prophecy, rightly understood: and whether indeed in His view Popery was that monstrous evil, and the Reformation a deliverance to our Church and nation as mighty and blessed, as we had been taught from early youth to regard them. Elliott's commentary was practically the work of the lifetime of one of the most learned and laborious expositors of modern times. :ole Gibbon's "History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire," to which it frequently refers, it stands alone it its sphere, as a monumental work of surpassing value. The ten thousand references it contains to ancient and modern work bearing on the subject elucidated greatly enhance its value. We may safely say that during the half century which has elapsed since it publication, no other work on historic lines of interpretations has appeared of equal importance. "Furthermore, in 1878, Charles Haddon Spurgeon wrote the classic reference work Commenting on Commentaries. The 'prince of preachers' surveyed over 1400 commentators on the books of the Bible providing bible students and pastors with a valuable guide for selecting books for their libraries. His comments are often as entertaining as they [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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         Über Vergnügen und Weltgenuss Das Bewusstseyn eines Lasters raubt der Rose ihren Geruch, der Lilie ihren Glanz und macht selbst ein Eden zu einer schreklichen und erstorbenen Gegend. Young von Originalwerken.

      Halberstadt, In der Buchhandlung der Grossschen Erben, 1793 - XII und 252 Seiten Sehr rares Buch von 1793. Altesgemäss guter Zustand mit wenig beschabtem Einband und goldgeprägtem Rücken sowie grünen Schnitten. Leicht bestossene Einbandecken sowie altersgemäss kaum gebräunte Seiten. Nur drei blauen Unterstreichungen in der Vorrede und eine blasse Namensnotiz auf der Titelseite. Sprache: Deutsch Gewicht in Gramm: 192 [Attributes: First Edition]

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         Vue de Lausanne et de ses environs prise de St. Sulpice.

      1793, 1793 - 40x61 cm, gravure originale au trait coloriée à la main / Orig.- Umrissradierung handkoloriert, 1 Blatt / 1 Feuille (41x61.5 cm). Please notify before visiting to see a book. Prices are excl. VAT/TVA (only Switzerland) & postage.

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         A Genuine Narrative of the Proceedings at Paris

      London - Robert Turner 1793 - A very scarce edition of this historical account of the French Revolution by Mr. Johnson. Title page reads: 'Containg, among other interesting anecdotes, a particular statement of the memorable tenth of August and third of September. To which is annexed the life, trial, and execution of Louis XVI. By Mr. Johnson, who was eye-witness of the whole of the transactions'. Witha frontispiece and one plate. Condition: In a blue paperback binding. Externally, generally smart with some edgewear. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are slightly age-toned but generally clean. Some loss to top of title page. Overall: GOOD. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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         A Complete Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson, in New South Wales, including an Accurate Description of the Situation of the Colony; of the Natives; and of its Natural Productions: taken on the spot, by Captain Watkin Tench, of the Marines

      G. Nicol and J. Sewell, London 1793 - Quarto, with the folding map; in modern polished tree calf gilt, in eighteenth century style. A fine and large copy of Tench's second book, completing his account of the settlement at Sydney Cove: this is an original subscriber's copy, inscribed on a flyleaf by Baron Prescott, whose name appears in the printed list of subscribers.The first edition of one of the scarcest First Fleet accounts, the second of Tench's two books brings his account of settlement in New South Wales down to the end of the first four years. Tench left New South Wales with the other marines on 18 December 1791 aboard HMS Gorgon which had accompanied the Third Fleet, and his book was published in November or December 1793, more than a year after his return.Tench's well-crafted book paints a comprehensive view of daily life in the settlement through years of hardship and severe shortages. An understanding and intelligent observer of human nature, he gives vivid insights into the often strained relationships between convict labourers and the marines set to guard them. His account has been praised as the most insightful and detailed description of the social fabric of the penal colony, in contrast to other more formal and official narratives. There is a detailed account of the Aborigines "the tribes derive their appellations from the places they inhabit" and attempts to note their society and language, abundant "with vowels ?mellifluous and sometimes sonorous" noting that Mrs Johnson, wife of the Chaplain named her daughter Milba, taken as she was with the indigenous name [pp 178-204]. Tench also describes his significant explorations of the landscape of the Sydney basin and forays into the Blue Mountains, while providing sympathetic descriptions of their contact with the Eora Aboriginal people. The book includes a folding map providing an excellent survey of known lands, detailing Botany Bay and Broken Bay along the coast and inland to the Nepean river, with numerous engraved notes on the landscape with a view to future farming and grazing ventures. Provenance: With early ownership inscriptions on flyleaf: J. (?) Woodgate, by gift from Sir George Beeston Prescott (1st Baronet, 1748-1801, a subscriber on publication); H. Cleaver, Christ Church Oxford. Subsequently private collection, Sydney. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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         A Treatise on the Law of Corporations. Two Volumes [complete]

      Printed for J. Butterworth, Fleet-Street 1793-94, London - Contemporary 3/4 calf, rebacked, the original spines laid down, some foxing to the second title page and following, else very clean; the Taussig set Only edition of a pathbreaking treatise, and the only treatise of its kind to appear in the eighteenth century, praised by Holdsworth as "a very complete and learned work [and] a remarkably able pioneer treatise on this subject"

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         The Catholick Christian instructed in the sacrifice, ceremonies and observances of the church by way of Question and Answer

      LONDRA: J. P. Coghlan - Londra, 1793. XIII ED.. Rilegato. DISCRETO. 10,8 17,6. USATO

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         The Country Spectator

      Mozley and Co, Gainsborough, 1793. First Edition. Hardcover. Good Condition/No Dust Jacket. Comprised of all 33 parts, originally issued periodically, and dated Tuesday, 9 October, 1792 to Tuesday, 21 May, 1793. Here bound as one in half leather with continuous pagination. The editor was a noted Anglican bishop, who in 1814 became the first Bishop of Calcutta. Loosely inserted is a magazine snippet with some details as to his appointment. Size: 8vo - over 7.75 - 9.75" tall. 266 pp. Hinges beginning to crack and front joint beginning to split but main text block remains firmly bound and board firmly affixed. Spine worn, with loss to top panel. Title piece is loose from spine, but the majority of it is present, loosely inserted. Foxing to front/rear pages, but body of book mostly clean and unfoxed. C. J. Bird's copy, who was Vicar of Gainsborough. His inscription dated 1843, with ink notes as to the author of each issue and additional notes to text. Marbled edges and end papers. Covers slightly worn. Corners bumped. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 500 grams. Category: History; England; 18th century; Farming & Rural Life. Inventory No: 22337. .

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         Il pastor fido di Giambattista Guarini

      Impresso co' Tipi Bodoniani, Crisopoli [Parma] 1793 - In-4 imperiale (305x225 mm.), pp. (4), 345, (3). Esemplare in barbe, uno dei 25 impressi su carta sopraffina. Bella legatura ottocentesca in mezza pergamena, titolo in oro si tassello. Ottimo e candido esemplare, proveniente dalla Biblioteca Litta. Bibliografia: Gamba, 557. De Lama, II, p. 91. Brooks, 522. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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         Cartas Marruecas.

      En Madrid, en la Imprenta de Sancha, 1793. - in-8. 5ff. 3-224pp. Pleine basane racinée, dos lisse orné, pièce de titre de maroquin rouge (menus défauts). Edition Originale de cet ouvrage célèbre, qui fit l’objet de fréquentes réimpressions jusqu’à nos jours. Il s’agit du premier livre espagnol écrit sur le modèles des "Lettres Persanes" de Montesquieu, évoquant les ridicules de la société espagnole de l’époque à travers les lettres d’un marocain visitant la péninsule. On y trouve notamment des considérations sur l’Amérique, sur Hernan Cortes, sur la variété des provinces composant l’Espagne, sur la langue castillane, sur les "Corridas de Toros", etc. José Cadalso (1741-1782) avait été élevé à Paris et il voyagea en Allemagne, Angleterre, Italie avant de suivre la carrière des armes en Espagne. Il périt d'un éclat d'obus pendant le siège de Gibraltar. Quelques feuillets brunis. Passages soulignés et annotations au crayon. Très bon exemplaire.

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        Travels in India, during the Years 1780, 1781, 1782, & 1783.

      London: Printed for the Author, and sold by J. Edwards, , 1793. Quarto (283 x 223 mm). Mid-19th century blue half calf, sometime rebacked to style, decorative gilt spine, marbled sides, red speckled edges, bisque coated endpapers. Large folding engraved map of part of Bengal and Bihar, 14 engraved plates (9 of them views) by Medland, Byrne, Angus and others after Hodges. Spine and corners expertly refurbsihed. Small tear at fold of map, scattered foxing to plates, neat repair to closed-tear in blank margin of one plate (A View of Bidjegur). A very good, well-margined copy. First edition, possibly a fine paper copy (as noted by Lowndes). Presentation copy from the author, inscribed on a preliminary blank: "From the Author to his friend Col[onel] Justly Hill"; and with the armorial bookplate of Justly Pearson (1816-1906), grandson of the above, whose pencilled note below the inscription mentions "Cheyt Singh … whose sword was brought home by Col. Hill". Chait (or Chet) Singh was the raja of Benares and an important figure in the impeachment of Warren Hastings: "the dunning (or demands for money) of Raja Chait Singh of Varanasi and his deposition in 1781" (Ency. Brit. online) played a significant part in Hastings's downfall. Justly Hill (1749-1802) joined the Royal Artillery as a cadet in 1763; by 1771 he had transferred to the Bengal Artillery and was commanding the newly-raised Golandaz Company; he took part in the campaign against Chait Singh in 1781 and was present at the reduction of the forts at Pateta and Bijigarh (see V.C.P. Hodson, List of the Officers of the Bengal Army 1758-1834, Part II, pp. 451-52). He is mentioned by Archer and Lightbown in their note on Hodges's painting "The Hill Fort of Pateta": "Pateta was one of the three forts in the hills south of Benares in which Raja Chet Singh held out against Warren Hastings in 1781. After its capture in September, Hodges visited the spot and made this oil painting for Warren Hastings. Another version, very similar to the present picture, was made for a gunner, Colonel Justly Hill, who had been present at the engagement" (India Observed: India as viewed by British Artists 1760-1860, V&A 1982, p. 35). According to the pencilled note, Hill had commissioned a number of paintings of the forts involved in Chait Singh's uprising; the plate at p. 86 shows the hilltop fortress of Bijigarh, which was also stormed and taken, and at which Hill "shared in the Bijigarh prize" (Francis W. Stubbs, History of the Bengal Artillery, Volume I p. 70) - The Spectator, reviewing Stubbs's History, noted that "sometimes an artillery officer would come in for a good thing, as at the capture of the fort of Bijigarh, belonging to Chet Singh... where the captain of artillery present [Justly Hill] got, as his share of the prize-money, more than twenty thousand rupees" and, presumably, as alluded to in the holograph note, Chait Singh's sword. "The first professional landscape artist to visit India and please such tastes [for the picturesque and the sublime] was William Hodges (1744-1797). He went with a highly individual vision and style of painting which had been formed while he was official artist on Captain Cook's second voyage to the Pacific between 1772 and 1775. Hodges had served his apprenticeship with Richard Wilson and had learnt to paint landscapes in the classical tradition, producing calm wooded scenes lit by a soft glow, the foreground peopled with classical figures. With Captain Cook Hodges was suddenly jerked into observing nature in a completely different way... [His] first year in India was disappointing. Hodges' health was poor and the Second Mysore War (1780-84) against Haidar Ali was in progress. This made it impossible for him to explore the countryside of South India freely and he was confined to Madras and its immediate environs. On moving to Calcutta in February 1781, however, he was to travel far more widely through the generosity and patronage of the Governor-General, Warren Hastings, a man of broad culture. During 1781 Hodges made two tours up-country with him during which he saw the ruins of many Muslim palaces, tombs and mosques. The next year he found a patron in Augustus Cleveland, a liberal administrator stationed at Bhagalpur in Bihar. Touring with him Hodges saw a very different India - the forested tracts inhabited by an aboriginal people, the Paharias. During 1783 he made a long expedition up-country to join Major Brown who was heading a diplomatic embassy to the Mughal Emperor. Hodges was now able to see the great Mughal monuments at Agra and Sikandra. He returned through Central India to Calcutta via Lucknow and left India in November 1783" (Archer & Lightbown, pp. 8-9). Presentation copies are decidedly uncommon.

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