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Technical Illustrations from a Bestseller of the Enlightenment

Diderot, Denis, & Jean le Rond d'Alembert.  I. Mathématiques. Contenant la géométrie, trigonométrie, arpentage et nivellement, algébre et machine arithm., sections coniques, analyse, fabrication des instrumens de mathématique. II. Méchanique. [Lyons: ca. 1777?]. 4to (26.7 cm, 10.5"). 8, [4] pp.; 33, 6 plts.
$350.00

Gathering of plates originally intended to illustrate sections of Diderot and d'Alembert's massive, groundbreaking Encyclopédie ou Dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers, here in intriguingly altered — and possibly pirated — form. Present here are ten plates for geometry, three for trigonometry, six for surveying, two for algebra, five for conical sections, four for "analyse" (calculus), and three on the fabrication of mathematical instruments; followed by six mechanical plates. These appear to be taken from a Recueil de planches issued to supplement the text of the encyclopedia; there were eleven such, originally printed in ten installments from 1762 through 1772. Curiously, while the images here match those digitized by the ARTFL Project, there are two major differences regarding the plates — in order to fit them into quarto format rather than the former folio, they have been divided in half, with each original plate represented here in two, and their captions have been altered to add the main header (for example, a plate previously labelled simply "Géometrie" is now marked "Mathématique Géometrie") but also to remove any artist or engraver attribution. Accompanying the plates are a few pages providing a table of contents and brief explanations.
        Although it is difficult to identify exactly which printing this collection might have been intended to accompany, it seems probable that these are the plates from one of Panckoucke and Duplain's Lyons quarto editions, ca. 1777 (those editions having been disguised with various printer and publisher attributions including Pellet and others).
        Provenance: From the residue of the stock of the F. Thomas Heller bookselling firm (est. ca. 1928).

On the convoluted history of Encyclopédie printing, see: "The Encyclopédie Wars of Prerevolutionary France," Darnton, The American Historical Review, Vol. 78, No. 5. Plain black cloth shelfback over paper wrapper; edges untrimmed. First plate with small area of paper adhesion from opposing page, that page with loss of a few words of text. => A remarkable set, in the original wrappers, of illustrations from one of the most important texts of its day.  (40130)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Ciganal y Angulo, José.  Astronomía para todos en doce lecciones, ó sea, Demostración del mecanismo celeste en términos claros y palpables sin necesidad de estudios geométricos, con siete láminas que facilitan su inteligencia. Gerona: A. Oliva, 1829. 12mo. iv, 226 pp., 7 plts. (some fold.); illus.
$300.00

A work for the general audience. One of the plates is a volvelle.

Publisher's tree sheep. Small rend in title-page. Very good.  (40038)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Montesquieu, [Charles de Secondat, baron de].  Autograph Note Signed to Jules Fontaine. No place: No publisher/printer, 1838 (14 August). Small 8vo (20 cm, 7.875"). 2 ff.
$75.00

Thanks for sending him papers in which his name occurs.
        Provenance: Ex–Allyn K. Ford Collection, Minnesota Historical Society, recently deaccessioned.

Off-white sheet of paper folded in half with writing on front of one leaf; some minor wrinkling and faint creases, very small water-stain underneath date, stray ink dots through both leaves.  (40115)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

De Koven, Reginald.  Autograph on card, undated. No place: n.d.. 64mo (8.5 cm x 5 cm; 3.375" x 2"). 1 f.
$20.00

American composer.
        Provenance: Ex–Allyn K. Ford Collection, Minnesota Historical Society, recently deaccessioned.

Cream-colored paper card with small strips of black tape at two adjacent corners; some minor finger-smudging and light smearing of ink.  (40112)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Davis, James John.  Typed Letter Signed to E. Marie Lorimer, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, September 9, 1942. TLS. Washington, D.C.: United States Senate, Committee on Finance, 1942. Small 4to (26.7 cm, 10.5"). 2 ff.
$40.00

Includes the free frank envelope. He explains reasons for shortage of petroleum products along the East Coast, and the need for gasoline rationing. Davis was United States Senator from Pennsylvania and Miss Lorimer was a citizen of Philadelphia.
        Provenance: Ex–Allyn K. Ford Collection, Minnesota Historical Society, recently deaccessioned.

Two sheets with navy type; two horizontal creases. Original envelope age-toned and lightly wrinkled.  (40123)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Flynn, Martin H.  Typed Letter Signed to John R. Joslyn. Albany, NY: 1913. 8vo (24.4 cm, 9.5"). 2 ff.
$20.00

Flynn is sorry regarding Joslyn’s indisposition [which apparently prevents his attending a conservation conference]. On stationery of the Executive Chamber of the State of New York. Joslyn was a citizen of Buffalo.
        Provenance: Ex–Allyn K. Ford Collection, Minnesota Historical Society, recently deaccessioned.

Thick, off-white sheet folded in half with blue type and gilt emblem at the head; slight curling, faint horizontal crease, several abrasions and remnants of a darker paper that was once pasted to very back of the letter.  (40118)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Brooks, Phillips.  Autograph Letter Signed, to unknown female addressee. Boston, MA: 1890. 8vo (20 cm, 8"). 1 f.
$35.00

Brooks does not know anything about the Movement to which the unknown correspondent's note refers. (Brooks was a Protestant Episcopal bishop of Massachusetts.)
        Provenance: Ex–Allyn K. Ford Collection, Minnesota Historical Society, recently deaccessioned.

Cream-colored sheet with black ink; crease down the very edge of left side with small split at the very bottom, faint horizontal crease, slight curling.  (40120)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Edinburgh University Students' Club.  Membership card, J. C. Aitken, 1881-1882. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Students' Club, [1882]. Card (6 cm x 9.2 cm; 2.25" x 3.625"). 1 f.
$20.00

Provenance: Ex–Allyn K. Ford Collection, Minnesota Historical Society, recently deaccessioned.

Cream-colored card with dark blue lettering; slight curling, foxed with some spots of soiling to the back.  (40172)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Leete, Frederick Deland.  Autograph Letter Signed to Forest H. Sweet. Mackinaw City, MI: 1948. Small 4to (26.5 cm, 10.5"). 1 f.
$40.00

Letterhead says, "Methodist Autographs & History, Bishop Frederick D. Leete, Randolph Hotel, St. Petersburg, Fla.” Discusses a Methodist document Sweet is offering for sale, and a Buffalo Bill signature he (Leete) sold. Sweet lived in Battle Creek, Michigan.
        Provenance: Ex–Allyn K. Ford Collection, Minnesota Historical Society, recently deaccessioned.

Off-white sheet with dark blue and black ink; very light wrinkling, two horizontal creases (although mostly only visible from the back), some stray ink dots to (blank) back of sheet.  (40122)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Boutet de Monvel, Louis Maurice.  Autograph Letter Signed to unknown female addressee. No place [France]: ca. 1900. 8vo (20 cm, 7.875"). 1 f.
$50.00

Item in in French. Includes translation (taken from Allyn K. Ford’s files). Writing to a lady, telling her where she can get a book she wants. Boutet de Monvel was a painter.
        Provenance: Ex–Allyn K. Ford Collection, Minnesota Historical Society, recently deaccessioned.

Thin, cream-colored sheet with black ink; very faint horizontal crease through the center.  (40119)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Gen. Cos Proposed Plans for Peace or War in 1812 — They Were Rejected

Cos y Pérez, José María de.  [drop-title] Plan de paz y de guerra, propuesto al gobierno de México por el Dr. D. José María Cos, en 1812. [colophon: Mexico: Imprenta (contraria al despotismo) de D.J.M. Benavente y socios, 1821]. Small 4to (21.5 cm, 8.5"). 4 pp.
$1,375.00

Posthumous publication of Gen. Cos's plans for war and peace during the early years of the War for Independence, calling for America and Spain to be put on equal footing, neither to be dependent on the other, and a short string of other reasonable proposals all aimed at establishing rights for the Mexicans, none of which would Spain agree to.
        Undoubtedly issued in the waning days of the war or the earliest of the first empire to reassert the basic rights that Mexico went to war to establish, this work is now scarce. WorldCat locates => only two U.S. libraries reporting ownership (Texas A&M, NYPL). The published Sutro catalog shows a copy, but it is not findable via the library's OPAC.

Garritz, Impresos novohispanos, 4454; Sutro p. 193. Folded as issued; never bound. Lightly dust-soiled. Very good.  (39488)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

"Distinct & Deliberate Quests of Truth" — First Edition, Variant Printing

Coke, Zachary [possible pseud. of Henry Ainsworth].  The art of logick; or the entire body of logick in English. Unfolding to the meanest capacity the way to dispute well, and to refute all fallacies whatsoever. London: Pr. by Robert White for George Calvert, 1654 [i.e., 1653]. 8vo (17.6 cm, 6.9"). [24], 222 pp.
$600.00

First edition: a systematic, philosophical approach to the rigors of logical thought. The authorship of this work is debated, with some sources accepting the title-page attribution to Zachary Coke and others suggesting Brownist clergyman Henry Ainsworth (1571–1622), while still others describe the text as heavily indebted to an unauthorized, abridged translation of Bartholomäus Keckermann's Systema Logicae; Harvard notes that "the 'Advertisement to the reader' in the second edition (1657) states that Coke obtained a manuscript of Henry Ainsworth & 'printed it as his own.'" Regardless of whether this work was actually done by Coke's hand or another's, Marco Sgarbi notes that "there is no doubt that Coke's logic was the most complete logical handbook in English written before Locke's Essay" (The Aristotelian Tradition & the Rise of British Empiricism, p. 198).
        The present example appears to be the variant printing of the first edition as described by the University of Illinois, with line 32 of p. 179 giving "F acies" (instead of "Fallacies"); ESTC and Thomason suggest that the actual printing date was 1653. => Printed legend "Cokes Art of Logick in English." vertically on a blank between the front free endpaper and the title-page; the relic of a ream wrapper.
        Binding: Notably elegant period-style quarter speckled calf and marbled paper–covered sides, spine with gilt-stamped leather title-label, raised bands, and blind-tooled decorations filling compartments.
        Provenance: Front free endpaper with early inked inscription of M[atthew?] Bakewell; half-title and title-page each with early rubber-stamp of S. Davies. Later in the residue of the stock of the F. Thomas Heller bookselling firm (est. ca. 1928).

ESTC R9220 (variant); Wing (rev. ed.) A804B (formerly C4986); Thomason E.1436[2]. Binding as above; endpapers with offsetting from previous leather, front one chipped at edges, age-toning generally with page edges browned/dust-soiled. Small spots of pinhole worming to upper inner margins of roughly first half of volume, just touching some top lines without affecting legibility; old waterstaining across lower outer corners variably reaching text; a few pages showing traces of red around edges, presumably from now-shaved original red edge staining. => A solid, pleasing copy of this fairly uncommon treatise.  (40076)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

"Bloody Mackenzie" on the Monarchy

Mackenzie, George.  Jus regium; or, the just and solid foundations of monarchy in general; and more especially of the monarchy of Scotland: Maintain'd against Buchannan, Naphtali, Dolman, Milton, &c. London: Printed by R. Chiswell, 1684. 8vo (18.2 cm, 7.125"). Engr. frontis., [3] ff., 138 pp., [1] f, 139–209, [1] pp., [2 (ads)] ff.
$350.00

Mackenzie (1636–91) was a lawyer, politician, and staunch royalist. He served as king's advocate during the period of the covenanting persecution, and in Scottish covenanting tradition was known as "Bloody Mackenzie."
        It was in his role as king's advocate that his works included writings on political theory "that later came to denote the apotheosis of royalist political sentiment in the twilight years of Stuart absolutism in Scotland." His Jus regium is one of those political theory works and is "directed against the resistance theories expounded by post-Reformation presbyterians and Jesuits alike. Incensed that writers such as George Buchanan [in his De jure regni apud Scoto] 'should have adventur'd upon a debate in Law' without legal training and 'should have written Books upon that Subject, without citing one Law, Civil, or Municipal, pro or con', Mackenzie insisted that the sovereign authority of the Scottish monarch was divinely ordained, absolute, and irresistible (p. 6)" (ODNB).
        Pages 139–209 print Mackenzie's "That the lawful successor cannot be debarr'd from succeeding to the crown: maintain'd against Dolman [i.e., the Jesuit Robert Parsons], Buchannan, and others" with a special sectional title-page; and the final two leaves list "books printed for and sold by Richard Chiswell." The frontispiece portrait of Mackenzie was engraved by F.H. van Hove (circa 1628–98), a student of Frederik Bouttats the Younger.
        => This is an important Scottish take on monarchy, constitutional law, and the succession of kings and rulers.

ESTC R945; Wing (rev. ed.) M163. Recent marbled paper–covered boards with leather spine label. Light waterstaining across upper gutter corners; light age-toning, especially in the foremargins. Overall a nice copy.  (40105)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Ripa, Matteo.  Memoirs of Father Ripa, during thirteen years' residence at the court of Peking in the service of the emperor of China; with an account of the foundation of the college for the education of young Chinese at Naples. New York: Wiley & Putnam, 1846. 12mo (19 cm, 7.25"). 174 pp.
$50.00

Ripa was an early 18th-century missionary for the Propaganda Fide in China. After leaving Beijing in 1723 he hoped and tried to establish => a college in Naples for training Chinese young men for the priesthood, with the aim of returning them to China as missionaries.
        This volume is condensed from his "History of the Chinese College" and was translated by Fortunato Prandi. It is here as volume 47 in the series Wiley and Putnam's Library of Choice Reading."

Publsher's speckled sheep, a bit abraded. Ex–social club library: 19th-century bookplate, call number on endpaper, pressure-stamp on title-page, paper call number label on spine; black tape at top of front and rear boards. A solid and clean copy.  (40089)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

A Printing & the Mind of Man Book, with a Dramatic Chromolithographed Frontispiece

Booth, William.  In darkest England and the way out. London, New York, Melbourne, Toronto: International Headquarters of the Salvation Army, [1890]. 8vo (22.5 cm, 8.875"). [4] ff., 296, xxxi, [1] pp., 1 folded chormo. plate.
$275.00

The first edition, later issue, of General Booth's proposal to elevate the urban poor. "[Booth's] preoccupation with the submerged tenth was not confined to their spiritual welfare; he was determined to relieve their physical misery as well. In 1890, the same year that Stanley published In Darkest Africa, Booth published In Darkest England. In this book he analysed the causes of pauperism and vice of the period, and proposed a remedy by ten expedients. These included land settlement, emigration, rescue work among prostitutes and at the prison-gate, the poor man's bank, and the poor man's lawyer. Money was liberally subscribed and a large part of the scheme was carried through. The book was largely ‘ghosted' by W.T. Stead, who was associated with Booth's son in a sensational frontal attack on the recruitment of young children for brothels" (PMM).
        An interesting series of six appendices includes one on "Count Rumford's Bavarian Experience" and another on "The Co-operative Experiment at Ralahine," in County Clare.
        The work's marvelous, dramatic, fold-out chromolithograph, entitled "Salvation Army Social Campaign," emblematically depicts what Booth proposes in the text. It pictures "The City Colony," with little vignettes picturing all the different programs he recommends; a "Farm Colony"; and the poor, who are drowning in a sea of despair, being rescued by the outstretched hands of Salvation Army members on land.
        => With the often-missing "pledge form" laid in.

Printing and the Mind of Man 373. Original cloth, rebacked and original spine reapplied; pledge with lost margin on left side costing text on verso. Fold-out frontispiece in excellent shape and the volume's interior unmarked.  (40104)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

"Un Missionnaire Doit Être un Excellent Voyageur"

Jesuits.  Nouvelles des missions, extraites des Lettres edifiantes et curieuses. Paris: Societé catholique des bons livres, 1827. 12mo (16.9 cm, 6.68"). 2 vols. I: vii, [3], 214 pp. II: [4], 243, [3] pp.
$350.00

The first volume here opens with an impassioned defense of the overall interest and significance of the Lettres édifiantes, 34 volumes of correspondence from non-European Jesuit missions reporting back to Rome, originally published from 1702 to 1776. While there was obviously much therein on the condition of the various missions and missionaries and their conversion activities, the writers also addressed social and political conditions and events, as well as occasionally writing detailed descriptions of natural history. The present two volumes, an early 19th-century abridgement, offer some of the => highlights of letters from the Middle East, Asia, and the Americas (Constantinople, Armenia, Persia, Syria, Tripoli, Jerusalem and the Holy Land, in the first volume; various parts of Canada, California, Santo Domingo, and Guyana in the second).

This ed. not in Sabin; see 40697 for main entry. Contemporary paper in tree calf pattern, spines with gilt-stamped red leather title-labels; rubbed overall. All edges stained yellow. Front free endpapers each with small 19th-century library paper shelving label. Occasional small spots of staining or foxing, pages generally clean.  (40086)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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Feuding Friends & Jesuit's Bark

Torti, Francesco.  Ad criticam dissertationem De abusu chinae chinae Mutinensibus medicis perperam objecto a clarissimo quondam viro Bernardino Ramazzino. Mutinae: Typis Bertholomaei Soliani, 1715. 8vo (23 cm, 9"). viii, 191, [1] pp.
$750.00

Torti, a professor in the University of Modena, was the first to systematically study => the effect of cinchona in the treatment of malaria. He recommended the use of the drug for a period of eight days beyond the febrile stage of malaria and in 1712 published Therapeutice specialis ad febres quasdam perniciosas, inopinatò, ac repentè lethales, una verò china china, peculiari methodo ministrata, sanabiles, which pushed that advice and seriously displeased his senior colleague Bernardino Ramazzini, who in 1714 took Torti to task in his De abusu chinae chinae.
        The present work is Torti's reply to Ramazzini's De abusu chinae chinae. Needless to say the Modena University colleagues and friends were soon erstwhile friends.

Blake, NLM 18th Century, p. 455; Alden & Landis 715/174; Waring, Bibliotheca therapeutica, I, 341. 18th-century quarter vellum with block-printed paper sides; outside lower corner of front board bent but not breaking. Internally a very good copy.  (40092)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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Armelle Nicolas in Philadelphia — An Early American Catholicum

Jeanne de la Nativité.  Daily conversation with God, exemplified in the holy life of Armelle Nicolas, a poor ignorant country maid in France, commonly known by the name of the good Armelle, deceas’d in Bretaigne in the year 1671. Philadelphia: Reprinted by Henry Miller, 1767. 8vo (16.3 cm, 6.375"). 16, [2] pp.
$500.00

An early American religious tract that tells the story of French maid Armelle Nicolas and her "child-like, hearty, and confident conversing with God as her only love, her father, and intimate friend." This short English work was translated from a section of the 1704 French work "L'école du pur amour de Dieu" in the hopes that "some able pen or other" might be inspired to translate the entirety of the humbly pious woman's story into English.
        WorldCat records suggest this could have been => a tract printed for Anthony Benezet (1713–84), a French-born educator and abolitionist who immigrated to Philadelphia.

Evans 10659; Hildeburn, Pennsylvania, 2289; Parsons 21. In modern tan wrappers; faint stain to front one. Leaves age-toned with some foxing, tip of one leaf corner torn away, tiny stain to bottom edge of leaves. => A small, neat product of earnest Philadelphia.  (39894)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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Portugal's Colonial Economies & Commerce, Studied by a Brazilian

Azeredo Coutinho, José Joaquim da Cunha de.  Ensaio economico sobre o comercio de Portugal e suas colonias. Offerecido ao serenissimo principe da Beira, o senhor D. Pedro, e publicado de ordem da Academia Real das Sciencias pelo seu socio ... Lisboa: Na Typografia da Academia Real das Sciencias, 1816. 4to (21 cm, 8.25"). xxiii, [1], 8, 201, [1] pp., [2] ff.
$1,500.00

Azeredo Coutinho (1742–1821) was born into a very well-to-do => sugar-growing and landowning family in the captaincy of Rio de Janeiro. His primary and secondary education was in Brazil. He spent his early adulthood learning about the mining industry in Minas Gerais and about his family's sugar business, which he inherited in 1768 at the age of 26. But his ambitions lay elsewhere, and in 1775 at the age of 33 he went to Portugal and enrolled in the recently revised canon law program at the Coimbra University.
        In 1780 he graduated with a degree in canon law and continued in Portugal, being elected to the Royal Academy of Sciences in 1792. In 1798 he left Lisbon for Olinda, Pernambuco, where he served as the bishop (1794–1806). While there he founded a renowned seminary based on Enlightenment principles instilled in him at Coimbra.
        As an Enlightenment figure and also still an owner of significant sugar-producing land, Azeredo Coutinho unsurprisingly was interested in the economic underpinning of Portugal and its colonies, especially Brazil; during his years in Portugal he wrote against legislation that would adversely effect the => sugar, salt, cacao, and other export crops of Brazil and other colonies. His detailed analysis, the Ensaio economico sobre o comercio de Portugal e suas colonias, appeared in 1794 and is now a rare book. In it he lays out the facts about the Brazilian export economy and combats => Montesquieu's silly, but nonetheless celebrated and universally received, theory of climates.
        This "segunda edição, corrigida, e accrescentada pelo mesmo auctor" was revised in Portugal where Azeredo Coutinho was living following his recall in 1802. The text has some corrections and whole paragraphs and areas have been rewritten, or expanded with new information or arguments. Even the footnotes, where Azeredo Coutinho has set forth considerable personal observations on all aspects of life and people in Brazil, are expanded.
        => It must be emphasized that while much of the volume addresses Brazil, the Portuguese colonies in Asia and Africa are also studied.
        Provenance: Late 19th- or early 20th-century bookplate of the Visconde de Moreita de Rey.

Goldsmiths'-Kress 21406.8; Inocencio, IV, 384/6; Borba de Moraes, Bibliographia brasiliana, I, 23; Archivo biográfico de España, Portugal e Iberoamérica, fiche 242, 428–34; Sabin 17949 (for first edition; the second not listed). Burns, "The Role of Azeredo Coutinho in the Enlightenment of Brazil," The Hispanic American Historical Review, 44. 2 (May, 1964), pp. 145–60. Contemporary mottled sheep ("pasta espanola"), gilt spine with red leather gilt label, plain boards; some worming, this reaching in to some areas of front free endpaper but not text. => A sound, clean, nice copy.  (40065)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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Resettling Free Black Americans: Creating (& Proselytizing to) an African Colony

Bacon, E[phraim], & J. B. Cates.  Abstract of a journal of E. Bacon, assistant agent of the United States, to Africa: With an appendix, containing extracts from proceedings of the Church Missionary Society in England, for the years 1819–20. To which is prefixed an abstract of the journal, of the Rev. J.B. Cates, one of the missionaries from Sierra Leone to Grand Bassa; in an overland journey, performed in company with several natives, in the months of February, March, and April, 1819. The whole showing the successful exertions of the British and American governments, in repressing the slave trade. Philadelphia: S. Potter (pr. by D. Dickinson), 1821. 8vo (21 cm, 8.25"). 96 pp.
$650.00

First edition of this gathering of items related to efforts to end the slave trade, resettle freed slaves, and promote Christianity among the freedmen. Bacon was one of the earliest formally appointed Episcopal missionaries to Liberia; while in the country in 1821, he negotiated for the use of land for resettlement in the Bassa Colony. He was dispatched to Sierra Leone following the death of his brother, the Rev. Samuel Bacon, who had been trying to establish a colony that failed with many deaths on Sherbro Island, and the main account here describes his efforts to relocate the Sherbro survivors along with a new group of emigrants.
        Appended to Bacon's journal are "An Extract from the Royal Gazette, Published at Freetown, Sierra Leone, Saturday, April 21st, 1821" (an update on the state of American colonization on the coast of Africa), "An Abstract of Proceedings of the Church Missionary Society for West Africa, Published in London, 1819–20" (giving names, descriptions, and faculty of schools and churches), and the Cates excerpts mentioned in the title (the author being an English missionary to Sierra Leone), as well as additional items from the Royal Gazette, "Accounts from the English Colony in South Africa," details on laws enacted to suppress the slave trade, and => an account of the sinking of the slave ship Carlota. The collection went through a second edition in the year following this initial publication.

Library Company, Afro-Americana (rev. ed.), 753; Sabin 2641 (giving second ed. only); Shoemaker 4517. Marbled paper wrappers, lightly worn overall. Title-page with two small pencilled annotations, pages age-toned. => Frankly, riveting.  (40077)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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Simmons on Gonorrhea, in Portuguese, Widow Printer

Simmons, Samuel Foart; Jozé Bento Lopes, trans.  Observaçoes sobre a cura da gonorrhea virulenta ... Porto: Offic. de Viuva Mallen, Filhos, e Companhia, 1794. 12mo (16.6 cm, 6.55"). xv, [1], 169, [5 (index & errata)] pp.
$400.00

The first and only Portuguese appearance of Observations on the Cure of the Gonorrhoea. The author (1750–1813) was a fellow of both the Royal Society and the Society of Antiquaries and served as physician to St. Luke's Hospital, where his accomplishments in treating mental illness led to his becoming physician extraordinary to King George III in 1804. His present treatise, first printed in English in 1780, quickly spread throughout Europe, appearing in several languages (French in 1783, Spanish in 1784, and Italian in 1785); the Portuguese translator (ca. 1760?–1800) was himself a physician and professor of medicine, having received his training at the University of Coimbra, and added his own notes to the text.
        This => sole Portuguese edition is now scarce: WorldCat finds only two institutions reporting copies (Wellcome and the National Library of Medicine). It comes from the press of the Widow Mallen
        Provenance: Spine with printed paper label: "Biblioteca do Prof. C. Sacadura, medicina" — possibly Dr. Sebastiâo Cabral da Costa-Sacadura (1872–1966), a celebrated Portuguese physician, author, medical historian, and professor at the Faculdade de Medicina de Lisboa. Later from the residue of the stock of the F. Thomas Heller bookselling firm (est. ca. 1928).

Blake, NLM 18th Century, p. 419. Not in Garrison & Morton. Contemporary mottled sheep, spine with gilt-ruled compartments containing small gilt-stamped floral decorations; binding rubbed with portions of leather acid-damaged, spine label now absent, foot of spine with paper shelving label as above. Back pastedown lifted, sewing loosening, small area of pinhole worming in upper inner corner of first few leaves not touching text. A very few small spots, pages otherwise clean.  (40093)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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Schellenberg, Johann Philipp.  Ueber Bodagra, Gicht und andere rheumatische Krankheiten. Frankfurt & Leipzig: und in Commission bey Sanuel Flick, in Basel, 1809. Small 8vo (18 cm, 7"). 63, [1] pp.
$175.00

Schellenberg brings together here the epitome of the writings of Huseland, Sternberg, Cadogan, and others on "podagra, gout [generally], and other rheumatic diseases."
        WorldCat lists only one copy worldwide (St. Galler Bibliotheksnetz).

Uncut copy, but opened. In modern wrappers. Very good.  (40096)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Oberndorffer, Coelestin.  Dissertationes de anima, animae conditore, et corpore physico. Frisingae: Formis Philippi Ludovici Bock, [1758]. 4to (20 cm, 8"). [9] ff., 83, [1], 184 pp., [6] ff., 9 fold.plates.
$675.00

A compiled publication of six dissertations under Oberndoffer’s direction in the fields of medicine and physics: De anima; De anima conditore deo; De corpore, ejusque affectionibus mechanicis; De motu corporum; De principiis mechanices, statices, & hydrostatices; and De rebus aerometricis.
        Searches of NUC and WorldCat find no copies in the U.S. and precious few in Europe.

Not in VD18; not in Blake, NLM 18th Century. In modern wrappers. Some dustsoiling and dog-earing.  (40091)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Civil Engineering: Building (& Funding!) Railroads, in Italian

Biot, Édouard, & David Hansemann; Luigi Tatti, ed. & trans.  L'architetto delle strade ferrate: Ovvero, saggio sui principi generali dell'arte di formare le strade a ruotaje di ferro di Eduardo Biot altro dei sovraintendenti all' esecuzione della strada ferrata da Santo Stefano a Lione. Recato in Italiano con note ed aggiunte dall' ingegnere Luigi Tatti[.] Unitavi una memoria di Davide Hansemann relativa ai rapporti politici ed economici di questa specie di strade. Milano: Angelo Monti, 1837. 8vo (29.1 cm, 11.45"). viii, 371, [1] pp.; 5 fold. plts.
$750.00

First edition: Italian rendition of two railway-related items, from two authors and a translator who were all prominent in that field. First here is Manuel du constructeur de chemins de fer, a treatise on railroad construction written by the French engineer, Sinologist, and author-translator Biot (1803–50); following that work, with a separate title-page, is "Le strade ferrate e i loro imprenditori considerati nei rapporti colla pubblica amministrazione," by Prussian politician and banker Hansemann (1790–1864), one of the Rhenish Railway directors. Both items were translated into Italian by engineer, architect, and architectural historian Luigi Tatti (1808–81). At the back of the volume are => five oversized, folding plates, each with multiple figures of train and track schematics.
        This first Italian appearance is now uncommon: searches of WorldCat find only four U.S. institutions reporting physical holdings (Harvard, Stanford, University of Chicago, and University of Michigan).
        Provenance: Title-page, rear free endpaper, and rear pastedown rubber-stamped "Ex libris Augustini Mueller." Later from the residue of the stock of the F. Thomas Heller bookselling firm (est. ca. 1928).

Goldsmiths'-Kress no. 29998. 19th-century quarter brown sheep, marbled paper–covered sides in a Spanish wave and shell vein pattern; spine with gilt-stamped red leather title-label, blind-tooled decorative motif in center, and small gilt roll bands. Binding moderately rubbed overall, more so at edges, extremities, and joints; light to moderate foxing, one page with small area of tiny ink splatters in outer margin; large Mueller rubber-stamp as noted. => A sound, more than serviceable copy of this interesting work.  (40072)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

Early Electrical Experiments — First Edition in the Author's Mother Tongue

Cavallo, Tiberius.  Trattato completo d'elettricità teorica e pratica con sperimenti originali ... tradotto in Italiano dall'originale Inglese con addizioni e cangiamenti fatti dall' autore. Firenze: Gaetano Cambiagi Stamp. Granducale, 1779. 8vo (23 cm, 9.1"). xx, 511, [1] pp.; 1 fold. table., 3 fold. plts.
$500.00

First edition of the first appearance in the author's native Italian of this treatise on electricity, originally published in English in 1777. Tiberius Cavallo (1749–1809, sometimes given as Tiberio), was a Naples-born physicist and natural philosopher who left Italy in favor of England in 1771, eventually becoming a Fellow of the Royal Society. In his day an eminent authority on electrical phenomena and their detection, he created the machine known as => Cavallo's multiplier.
        The author was directly involved in this Italian translation, as evidenced by his letter to the translator (pp. vii–x), offering a number of corrections and expansions. The text, which includes a chapter dedicated to medical applications of electricity, is enhanced by a folding table of experimental data and by => three oversized, folding engraved plates depicting equipment and experimental setups, done by "SM."
        Provenance: Title-page with early inked ownership inscription of Domenico Antonio Farini (1777–1834); later part of the residue of the stock of the F. Thomas Heller bookselling firm (est. ca. 1928).

Ronalds, Catalogue of Books & Papers Relating to Electricity, p. 100; Wheeler Gift. I, 463 (for the first English edition). 19th-century decorative paper–covered boards (sides with cream and light blue interlaced pattern, attractive shelfback of tan paper with foliate pattern in brown and green) and hand-inked paper label; edges and extremities much worn, with paper peeling back on both boards and text block starting to separate from spine at front joint (sewing holding). Pastedowns and endpapers with limited worming, at rear touching lower margin and innermost fold of final plate without affecting image; one leaf with paper flaw in upper margin. Page edges untrimmed, leaving wide handsome margins. Text block entirely solid and pages overall clean and crisp. => A most interesting copy of this interesting book.  (40045)   Add to My BOOK-STACK

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