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Magic Age Card."
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Magic Age Card."

By Mathematics puzzle.

American or British, After 1760. Very Good/Manuscript 18th-century game or puzzle which allows whoever knows the key to accurately guess anyone's age (or chosen number in a "pick-a-number" scenario). We won't divulge the secret--but it has to do with binomial number systems--and it works! Similar magic age tables persist to the present day in a somewhat different form. . 1 leaf, 200 x 323mm; watermark of crowned lion with scepter and fascia of arrows, very like Churchill #88, which he identifies as English colonial, dated 1762. Seven columns of numbers, with brief explanation on verso. Folds, some beginning to split.

$800.00

The works of John Sheffield, Earl of Mulgrave, Marquis of Normanby, and Duke of Buckingham. In Two Volumes.
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The works of John Sheffield, Earl of Mulgrave, Marquis of Normanby, and Duke of Buckingham. In Two Volumes.

By Buckingham, John Sheffield, Duke of.

London: Printed for J[ohn] B[arber] and sold by Aaron Ward, etc., 1729. Second edition, corrected. Memorial volumes published upon the death of Dryden's patron John Sheffield, the Duke of Buckingham, first published in 1723. Two of Sheffield's essays ("Feast of the Gods," and "Some Account of the Revolution") were left out of the memorial, and they have been bound in after the text here from a separate publication.. Octavo (21cm); 2 volumes. xvi, 400; iv, 272, xliv (i.e., xlii) pages, 2 folding engraved frontispieces, 10 half-page engraved vignettes with historiated initials, and five half-page engraved tail-pieces. Bound in contemporary polished leather ruled in gilt, with gilt-tooled spine in six compartments. Fissure in spine of volume 1. Gilding perished from leather title labels. Upper joints of both volumes reinforced with Japanese paper. Contemporary and later bookplates.

$120.00

Suite de la clef, ou, Journal historique sur les matieres du tems.
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Suite de la clef, ou, Journal historique sur les matieres du tems.

By Jordan, Claude; Pierre-Nicolas Bonamy; and others.

Paris: Chez Ganeau, 1751. (Numbers for January to June 1751). Newsy monthly journal of literature and current events that was published from 1717 to 1776, this issue covering the first six months of 1751. . Octavo (17 cm); 480 pages. Six parts in one volume, each with separate title page. Woodcut vignette (of Verdun) on each title page. Bound in contemporary sheep, spine in six compartments tooled in gilt, with leather label titled in gilt. A little worn at corners and spine ends. Very good.

$150.00

The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. including A Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides...
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The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. including A Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides...

By Boswell, James; John Wilson Croker, editor.

London: John Murray, 1831. Boswell's Life of Samuel Johnson is a book that names names. Johnson, during his long life, came into contact with virtually everyone in British society who left a footprint, and Boswell names them all. John Wilson Croker's edition of Boswell's great biography-offered here in its initial printing-inspired something of a fashion for collectors to gather up printed portraits of the figures named in the biography, and have them bound into their copies of Croker's Boswell opposite the pages where the figure is named or discussed. The majority of the portraits, scenes, facsimiles, and maps in this copy date from the first quarter of the 19th century, while a few were printed in the late 1700s and the most recent ones date from the 1840s. Celebrity portraits include those of Johnson, Boswell, Hester Lynch Piozzi, Richardson, Rousseau, Sterne, Catherine the Great, Leibnitz, Byron, Swift, Joseph Banks, Voltaire, Madame de Sévigné, Captain Cook, Thomas Gray, John Donne, Adam Smith, Walter Scott, Joseph Addison, Thomas Brown, Montaigne, Drake, Milton, and many, many, many others.. Octavo (23 cm); 5 volumes. Extra-illustrated with 197 (give or take) black-and-white engravings (some folding) and 16 color stipple engravings including portraits, facsimiles, scenes, and a map. Handsomely re-cased in 20th-century tan buckram with leather labels on spines titled in gilt. Some offsetting onto text pages from opposing plates, but otherwise the text is in excellent condition.

$1200.00

Collection of 31 French armorial bookplates of the XVIII century.
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Collection of 31 French armorial bookplates of the XVIII century.

By Ex libris.

Collection of 31 engraved ex libris from French private libraries. Most are identified either in plate or in pencil notations. Five of the bookplates are mounted on card stock, another 13 are mounted on heavy stock intended to be menu blanks for a late 19th- or early 20th-century bar or café. The rest are mounted variously or unmounted. Conditions vary, but most are very good or fine.

$400.00

He postpones repaying 20,000 livres borrowed by the government for constructing canals to improve navigation on the Charente.

By Necker, Jacques (1732-1804).

Paris: 5 August, 1777. The newly appointed French Director-General of Finance was faced with handling vast amounts of money poured into infrastructure, particularly the construction and improvement of French waterways. Here Necker postpones repayment of a government bond from August until the following winter months.. 1 leaf, 208 x 315 mm; signed "Necker" on verso. Addressee unknown. Usual folds.

$200.00

[In Hebrew]: Sefer Ruah hadashah... [BOUND WITH]  Zemirot Yisrael...
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[In Hebrew]: Sefer Ruah hadashah... [BOUND WITH] Zemirot Yisrael...

By Coen, Anania ( 1757-1834).

Reggio Emilia: by the author, 5582 [i.e., 1822]. First edition. Very Good/From modest origins, Anania Coen emerged as a principle Jewish intellectual who established a Hebrew school and a Hebrew press in his native Reggio Emilia. Later he became the rabbi of the Jewish community of Florence and established one of the first Hebrew printing presses there. His mature work is devoted primarily to issues of language, style, and rhetoric (as opposed to the vast body of Hebrew publishing devoted to religious and Talmudic arguments). He was extremely interested in developing a model for spoken Hebrew that would be based in the scriptural language but include neologisms, anticipating the spoken Hebrew of the Zionist movement. As a lexicographer, he wrote a Hebrew-Italian dictionary (Ma'aneh ha-lashon, 1811-12), and a lexicon of Talmudic Hebrew with definitions in Hebrew and Italian (Sefer Safah ahat, 1822). In addition to his Hebrew publications, Coen published several translations into Italian of British rationalists such as Pope and Hume, and some of the Romantic novels of Walter Scott! In 1822, Coen published this essay on language and prosody. According to Giulio Busi's monograph on Coen, Ruah Hadasha "is perhaps the most significant document of Jewish poetic theory in Italy during the 18th and 19th centuries, ... offering a clear and original treatment of the intricate matter of Hebrew versification." Busi continues, "In effect, Ruah Hadasha is the synthesis of the long literary process that detached Italian Judaism from Medieval Judeo-Arabic models" (Anania Coen: editore e letterato ebreo tra sette e ottocento, Bologna, 1992, p. 27-28). The citations in the text include examples of modern Hebrew poetry (by Yeshua Hai Carmi, among others) alongside biblical and Talmudic selections. . Two titles bound together. 12mo (16cm); xii, 108 pages; [16] leaves. Text in Hebrew. Apparently bound together in 1822 in original publisher's blue printed wraps, perhaps with remaindered copies of the second title, which was published at Livorno in 1792. Wraps stained, portions of spine perished. Text clean. Preserved in custom clamshell case. Busi, #28; Cf. Salah, "La République des lettres," #243.

$700.00

Life of William Blake, with selections from his poems and other writings.
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Life of William Blake, with selections from his poems and other writings.

By Gilchrist, Alexander; William Blake.

London: Macmillan, 1880. Second edition. Very Good/Finished and much expanded version of the 1863 pilot edition, which was interrupted by the author's death. Anne Gilchrist completed the work, with the help of Dante Gabriel Rossetti, who edited the poems and writings, William Michael Rossetti, who catalogued the paintings. Gilchrist can be credited with securing Blake's reputation.. 24 cm; 2 volumes: xxi, 431 pages ;ix, 383 pages, engraved portrait frontispiece and numerous illustrations, including the entire set of engravings for the Book of Job, the entire set of Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience (bound out of order), images from The Gates of Paradise (printed on India paper and mounted), and many illustrations from the "prophetic" books, from the Virgil and Dante illustrations, and from his sketches, prints, and his work as an illustrator for hire. Justly celebrated covers of blue cloth stamped in gilt with art nouveau rendering (by Frederic J. Shields) of a sketch from Blake's manuscript notebook of two figures reclining in an open poppy petal beneath a canopy of belladonna petals under a spangled night sky. The spine reproduces in gilt a figure from Blake's "Night Thoughts." Binder's ticket (Burn & Co.) present. Pages uncut. This copy extremely well-preserved. Distinctly fresh look without edge wear or discoloration. Wordsworth scholar Ernest de Sélincourt's copy, with his bookplate and signature in both volumes.

$1250.00

Life of William Blake, “Pictor Ignotus.” With Selections from his Poems and Other Writings. Illustrated from Blake’s own Works, in facsimile by W.J. Linton, and in photolithography; with a few of Blake’s Original Plates.

By Gilchrist, Alexander; William Blake.

London: Macmillan, 1863. First edition. Bentley said it better than we can: "Never has an important literary reputation been posthumously established so effectively, instantaneously, and forcefully.... Gilchrist's title, 'Pictor Ignotus,' had not been mere showmanship. Blake had been unknown, and Gilchrist made him sensationally well-known. From 1863 on, Blake took an unchallenged place in literary and artistic history as one of the great figures of the Romantic Movement. Gilchrist's biography is still, in many respects, the best biography of Blake" (pp. 12-13).. 24 cm; 2 volumes. [i-v], vi-xv, [1]-389; [i-v], vi-vii, [1-3] 4-268 pages, and 66 plates including the "Job" engravings and 16 plates from electrotypes of the copperplates of "Songs of Innocence and of Experience." Text illustrations. Folding plate of Canterbury pilgrims in volume 2. Bound in roughly contemporary red half morocco over marbled boards, with gilt-tooled compartments on spine, with original gilt-stamped morocco covers laid down on front pastedowns in both volumes. Binding somewhat worn at joints and edges, but this is a sound copy, internally without blemish. Reference: Bentley, Blake Books, 1234A.

$500.00

Il Newtonianismo per le dame; ovvero, Dialoghi sopra la luce e i colori ...

By Algarotti, Francesco, conte (1712-1764) ; Emilie du Chatelet.

Napoli (i.e. Padova) , 1737 (i.e, 1739). Pirated edition of the first edition.. Reference: Arato, #3. Very Good/An eighteenth century best seller, Algarotti's "Newtonianism for Ladies" poses the "Opticks" in a series of dialogues with Emilie du Chatelet. It was an instant success, and it inspired many imitations. It was also one of the main channels through which Newtonian ideas reached the general public in continental Europe. Algarotti was invited to Cirey in order to teach Newton's precepts to Emilie du Chatelet in 1735. The text is the result and distillation of their conversations, and it must be said that du Chatelet played a major role in its creation. The frontispiece of the original edition was re-engraved for the "pirated" edition and apparently omitted from many copies, including this one. . 24 cm; xii, 300 pages. Lacks frontispiece. Bound "alla rustica" in original pasteboard. Untrimmed, unsophisticated, wide-margined copy. Distinguished from first printing by inverted printer's device on title page, variant type face, variant collation, and absence of errata. A fine, bright copy.

$400.00

The Newest, best, and very-much esteemed book of knowledge ...
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The Newest, best, and very-much esteemed book of knowledge ...

London: A. Wilde, 1764. The title, acting as a sort of table of contents, continues: "... Shewing the effects of the planets and other astronomical constellations ... Together with The husbandman's practice ... And the shepherd's perpetual calendar for the weather. Also a brief discourse on the natural causes of meteors ... And observations on the weather ... A brief collection of all the members of man physiognomiz'd. - Signification of moles on man or women. - Interpretation of dreams ... With a particular account of the earth and sea ... " Quite rare.. 16 cm; [12],156 pages, printed on foolscap, with full-page woodcut frontispiece of a man sighting stars through a telescope, and 12 woodcut illustrations. Bound crudely in contemporary utility cloth with leather backstrip; pages deeply toned and thumbed. Condition: well-used. References: NLM 18th century, 323; English Short Title Catalog, ESTCN11126.

$400.00

Uffizio della Beata Vergine Maria, Uffizi de' morti, dello spirito S., della Croce, sette Salmi penitenziali, ed una Raccolta di divote orazioni con gli argomenti de' salmi.
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Uffizio della Beata Vergine Maria, Uffizi de' morti, dello spirito S., della Croce, sette Salmi penitenziali, ed una Raccolta di divote orazioni con gli argomenti de' salmi.

By Catholic Church.

Rome: Stamperia Pagliarini, 1755. First edition thus. New/Splendid "Bolognese School" edition of the Offices of the Virgin, illustrated throughout with full page engravings after the Bolognese masters who emanated from the Caracci studios in the 16th and 17th centuries, and who defined European artistic sensibilities for subsequent generations. This copy bears the bookplate of Henry J. Heinz (1844-1919), the German-American entrepreneur who founded the H. J. Heinz company in Pittsburgh, and who made a fortune in ketchup and other prepared foods. . Octavo (23 cm); 5 parts in one volume, each part with separate title page and pagination. Complicated pagination resolving into 192, 32 (of 33) leaves, lacking final leaf D8*, directions to the binder. Roman and italic types. Title page and first two section titles printed in red and black with repeated engraved vignette of the adoration; third section title printed in black with engraved vignette of death. In all, 4 engraved vignettes and 15 full-page engraved illustrations after the rock stars of the Bolognese school, including Guido Reni, Ludovico Caracci, Guercino, Pietro Facini, Francesco Albani, Baldassare Palaninus, and others. 28 woodcut headpieces, 18 woodcut tailpieces, and 25 woodcut initials (all with some repeats), woodcut initial frames throughout, a few typographic tailpieces and ornaments. Bound in contemporary mottled calf, stamped in gilt on both boards and spine; edges gilt; later large silver (?) hinge clasps and plates. Joints, corners, and spine ends expertly reinforced. Free endleaves apparently lacking. Light scattered foxing, mostly marginal. Provenance: Bookplate of Henry J. Heinz. Reference: Sotheby's Otto Schäffer sale part I, 1994, #133 (calling for only 14 engraved plates).

$1500.00

Histoire de l'astronomie, depuis 1781 jusqu'a 1811,

By Voiron.

Paris: Courcier, 1810. First edition. Cloth. Very Good/Interesting account of the state of the astronomy at the end of the 18th century and through, optimistically, to the year following the date of publication. This was an active period, which included the later work of William Herschel and J.H. Schroeter, the discovery of planets and comets, advances in understanding motion and gravity, conflict over the placement of the prime meridian, and much more. This copy belonged to the American physician Charles D. Humberd (1897-1960), known as "the freak doctor" because of his nearly obsessive interest in circus sideshows, and particularly in acromegalic gigantism. Humberd not only collected articles of clothing that belonged to giants (their hats, shoes, finger rings, etc.), but he also acquired the remains of two individuals, boiled off the soft tissue and reconstructed their skeletons to decorate his rural Missouri home. Humberd published several papers in the Journal of the American Medical Association (in the 1930s) on the measurements and personality "disorders" of particular individuals, resulting in professional tit-for-tat with Harvey Cushing, and provoking a lawsuit for libel from one of the subjects.. 4to (29 cm); ix, 383 pages. Bound in mid-20th-century blue buckram, title and owner's name stamped in gilt on spine. Original blue paper publisher's wraps bound in. Untrimmed copy with generous margins. Binding rather mottled, especially on lower board. Ownership mark of Charles D. Humberd, M.D., on spine.

$300.00

An Introduction to the Italian Language

By Baretti, Giuseppe (1719-1789); Samuel Johnson.

London: for A. Millar, 1755. First edition. Leather. Very Good/The cultural bosses in Milan, Turin and Venice made certain Giuseppe Baretti would never work in Italy after he published a merciless satire of one of their rank. Consequently Baretti moved to London (1751) where he became something of a professional Italian, translating, teaching, writing about and promoting Italian culture. He was welcomed into the circles of Samuel Johnson and Henry Thrale and, was a frequent guest at Streatham Park. (Later, when Baretti was tried for murder after stabbing a pimp to death, Johnson testified as a character witness, and Baretti was acquitted.) Here, in the same year that Johnson published his great dictionary, Baretti issued this selection of passages from 37 celebrated Italian authors with facing translations in English (including Castiglione, Machiavelli, Boccaccio, Ariosto, Tasso, Michelangelo, Petrarcae, and others, some of them unknown in English before). Baretti went so far as to translate a few of Milton's sonnets into Italian, probably at Johnson's suggestion. Johnson is credited with writing a portion of the Preface, and two extensive footnotes. . Octavo (21 cm); xi, 467 pages. Bound in contemporary speckled calf, double gilt fillet on covers and on each side of the five raised spine bands; two old paper spine labels, one with title in manuscript. Corners very slightly bruised; upper cover and spine extremities rubbed. Manuscript table of contents in contemporary hand on lower free endleaf, and a few textual annotations in ink and pencil in two hands. Broughton Baptist Library bookplate. References: Courtney, p. 73; Chapman & Hazen, p. 139

$900.00

Tooneelpoëzy [Part I; bound with] Artemines.
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Tooneelpoëzy [Part I; bound with] Artemines.

By Winter, Nicolaas Simon van (1718-1795); Lucretia Wilhelmina van Merken.

Amsterdam: Pieter Meijer; Helders & Mars, 1774; 1786. First edition. Acceptable/Collection of romantic tragedies by the husband-and-wife team of Van Winter and Van Merken. In fact, all but one of the titles in this collection are by the wife, Van Merken (only "Monzongo," an anti-slavery drama, is by Van Winter). Van Winter was the son of a trader in indigo and dyes, and witnessed first-hand the kinds of abuses which led to his anti-slavery play, Monzongo. Van Merken was an established poet and playwright when she married Van Winter the year his first wife died (1768). Her "Artemines," subtitled in French "La vertu pour guide," was first published in 1774, but was republished in 1786 to coincide with the second volume (not present) of the couple's collected works.. Quarto (22 cm) [4],549,[3] pages, and 11 plates (six portraits and five dramatic scenes) engraved by Reiner Vineles and J. Houbraken. Engraved vignette on title page. "Artemines" ; 85, [1] , and one engraved dramatic scene; engraved vignette on title page. Part I only (a second part was published in 1786, which included "Artemines"). Bound in speckled paper-covered boards with leather backstrip. Spine vertically cracked but holding; joints the same. Basically clean, sound and entire.

$200.00

The Italian library. Containing an account of the lives and works of the most valuable authors of Italy.

By Baretti, Giuseppe (1719-1789); Samuel Johnson.

London: A. Millar, 1757. First edition. Leather. Very Good/Effectively exiled from Italy after he insulted the cultural and academic bosses there, Baretti settled in London. English awareness of Italian literature and art was practically non-existent, and Baretti energetically introduced Italian studies into England. He joined the society of Henry Fielding, Joshua Reynolds, David Garrick, and, most importantly, Samuel Johnson. Under Johnson's patronage, he produced a series of works intended to promote Italian language and literature, including the Italian Library, which provided short commentaries on the lives and works of Italian writers, and a brief history of the development of the Italian language. Johnson wrote the stunning first paragraph of Baretti's preface.. Octavo (22 cm); [2],xciv,[2],343,[27] pages. Bound in contemporary full calf ruled in gilt, experty rebacked with new leather spine in period style, and title label. A clean, bright copy.

$450.00

In Honour to the Administration. The importance of the African expedition considered:

By Postlethwayt, Malachy.

London: Printed by C. Say and sold by M. Cooper, 1758. First edition. Reference: Sabin 64566. Poor/Sabin: "Contains curious information about the French and English competition for the procuring of slaves for their North American Colonies." Rare, and desirable even in compromised condition.. 21 cm; [2], xxiv, 98 (of 99) pages. Last page torn away. Cheaply bound in later paper-covered boards, hinges cracked, spine perished. Title page with portion torn away at gutter corner of lower margin, barely affecting text. Pages evenly toned.

$200.00

Phaedri Augusti liberti Fabulae.
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Phaedri Augusti liberti Fabulae.

By Phaedrus; Étienne André Philippe de Prétot, ed.

Paris: Barbou, 1754. Leather. Very Good/Appealing edition of the verse fables, in Latin. Appended to the text of Phaedrus are the fables of the 6th-century fabulist Avianus, as well as sententiae by Seneca and Syrus Pubilius (1st cnetury BC). Appended are notes by the Dutch classicist Jan Gruter.. 12mo (16 cm); xlviii, 305 pages, and engraved frontispiece by Jean-François Durand (1731-1778). Woodcut Barbou device on title page. Thirteen additional vignettes and ornaments engraved after Durand. Rebacked in early 20th century, with original mottled calf boards, ruled in gilt, worn at edges. All edges gilt. Discrete library stamp on verso of title page canceled. Reference: Cohen-De Ricci 798 ("Jolies illustrations").

$450.00

Lettres Ècrites de la Montagne.

By Rousseau, Jean-Jacques.

Amsterdam: Marc Michel Rey [but pirated], 1765. See Dufour, 237. Good/One of about five pirated editions of Rousseau's letters on political philososphy, first published by Rey in December 1764 and widely plundered by unscrupulous publishers in the ensuing year. . 12mo (17 cm); 2 parts in one volume: vi, 231, [3 blank]; [2], 153, [1] pages. Bound in half calf over boards, worn and scuffed, yet strong and entire. Pages evenly toned, with some light foxing present.

$150.00

Dal Muratori al Cesarotti, tomo IV : Critici e storici della poesia e delle arti nel secondo Settecento.

By Bigi, Emilio, ed.

Milan and Naples: Riccardo Ricciardi, 1960. Very Good/Anthology of later 18th century Italian literary criticism, with selections from Cesarotti, Tiraboschi, Signorelli, Napione and others. Number 44 in the Ricciardi "Storia e testi" series.. 23 cm; xxii, 1180 pages. Cloth in dust jacket, preserved in publisher's pasteboard slipcase. Silk signet. Dampstains on dust jacket spine; typewritten list of represented authors pasted to spine. Pencil marks on dust jacket. Text unblemished.

$75.00

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