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Systeme des Connaissances Chimiques, et de leurs applications aux phénomènes de la nature et de l’art..
Paris, An IX-X, 1800-01..
First Octavo edition, published simultaneously with an edition in quarto format. Contemporary vellum, gilt lettered spine-labels, 10 volumes in 5. With the stamped signatures of Fourcroy and the publisher on verso of titles for authentication purposes, and the publisher’s voucher for the separately published index tipped in Volume I. Institutional stamps on titles, generally very clean. Fourcroy’s magnum opus.
Rare First Edition of Turner's An Account of an Embassy to the Court of the Teshoo Lama, in Tibet; From the library of Adventurer Steve Fossett
An Account of an Embassy to the Court of the Teshoo Lama, in Tibet; Containing A Narrative of a Journey Through Bootan, and Part of Tibet.
London: Printed by W. Bulmer and Co, 1800.
First edition of the first printed account of a British mission to Tibet and Bhutan in English, the only account available in English until 1875. Quarto, bound in full calf, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, morocco spine label, engraved folding route map, 13 engraved plates (one folding). George Bogle preceded Turner to Tibet, but his account was not published until 1879. Turner and Bogle were both sent to explore the East India Company’s commercial prospects with Tibet, and, hence, with China. Appendices include sections on Tibetan affairs 1785-93 and the Nepalese-Tibetan wars. Marshall 319; Yakushi T277. From the library of James Stephen “Steve” Fossett with his bookplate to the pastedown. American businessman and record-setting aviator Steve Fossett became the first person to fly solo nonstop around the world in 2002 in his 10-story high balloon Spirit of Freedom. He completed the 2002 trip in 13 days, 8 hours, and 33 minutes and set records for both the Longest Distance Flown Solo in a Balloon and Fastest Balloon Flight Around the World. Fossett was also one of sailing’s most prolific distance record holders set the Absolute World Speed Record for airships with a Zeppelin NT in 2004. He received numerous awards and honors throughout his career including aviation’s highest award, the Gold Medal of the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI), which he was awarded in 2002. Fossett disappeared on September 3, 2007 while flying a light aircraft over the Great Basin Desert, between Nevada and California. In very good condition with light toning to the text. Uncommon in this condition and with noted provenance.
"The revolutionary manifesto of the romantic poets”: First Edition of Lyrical Ballads, with Other Poems; containing the first appearance of William Wordsworth's famous Preface defining his theory of poetry
London: Printed for T.N. Longman and O. Rees, 1800.
First complete edition of the manifesto for the English romantic movement containing the first appearance of Wordsworth’s landmark preface defining his theory of poetry. Small octavos, two volumes bound in full contemporary tree calf with gilt titles and tooling to the spine with red and green morocco spine labels lettered in gilt, gilt ruling to the front and rear panels, gilt turn-ins and inner dentelles, marbled endpapers. In near fine condition. From the Brother Julian F.S.C. Collection with bookplates to the pastedown of each volume. Housed in a custom cloth chemise case and half morocco clamshell box.
Rare First Edition of Tunis Wortman's Political Classic A Treatise Concerning Political Enquiry, and the Liberty of the Press
New York: Printed by George Forman, 1800.
First edition of a classic work of libertarian political philosophy. Octavo, contemporary calf. In very good condition with some marginal dampstaining and wear to the extremities. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. First editions are extremely rare.
"the first American book on parliamentary procedure": First edition of Thomas Jefferson's A Manual of Parliamentary Practice. For the Use of the Senate of the United States
Washington City: Samuel Harrison Smith, 1801.
First edition of the first American book on parliamentary procedure. Small octavo, bound in full contemporary sheep with red morocco spine label lettered in gilt, gilt tooling to the spine, all edges red. In very good condition. Early ownership signature.
"The largest single engraving enterprise ever undertaken in England": Rare Finely Bound Complete Set of Boydell's Monumental illustrated edition of the Dramatic Works of Shakespeare
London: Printed by W. Bulmer and Co. for John and Josiah Boydell, George and W. Nicol., 1802.
Rare finely bound complete set of “by far the largest single engraving enterprise ever undertaken in England”, John Boydell’s magnificent illustrated folio edition of the dramatic works of Shakespeare. Folio, 9 volumes. Bound in three quarters morocco with gilt titles to the spine, all edges marbled. Elaborately illustrated with 96 plates engraved by the most eminent British engravers and painters of the era including Richard Westall, Thomas Stothard, George Romney, Henry Fuseli, Benjamin West, Angelica Kauffman, Robert Smirke, James Durno, John Opie, Francesco Bartolozzi, Thomas Kirk, and Henry Thomson. Edited by George Steevens, one of the greatest Shakespearean scholars of the 18th century. In near fine condition. A rare complete set of Boydell’s masterpiece, for which he spared no expense to produce.
“Consider your origin. You were not formed to live like brutes but to follow virtue and knowledge": Rare First Edition in English of Dante's Divine Comedy
The Divina Commedia of Dante Alighieri: Consisting of the Inferno, Purgatorio and Paradiso (The Divine Comedy).
London: Printed by A. Strahan for T. Cadell Jun. and W. Davies, 1802.
First edition in English of Dante’s masterpiece. Octavo, three volumes. Bound in three quarters contemporary calf. Translated into English with preliminary essays, notes, and illustrations by the Rev. Henry Boyd. Engraved frontispiece portrait of Dante, engraved by R.H. Cromek. In very good condition with only light browning to the text, ownership inscription in pencil of Frederick William Paine of Worcester, Massachusetts on title pages dated 1813, in Paine’s bindings, half-titles. Frederick William Paine (1799-1869) traveled widely as an agent of J. & T. H. Perkins and was married to Ann Cushing Sturgis. In the late 1820s, he settled in Worcester where he immersed himself in local affairs. He was an active member of the Worcester Horticultural Society and the American Antiquarian Society. Rare in contemporary binding.
The Works of Francis Bacon, Baron of Verulam, Viscount St. Albans, and Lord High Chancellor of England.
London: J. Johnson, 1803.
Large octavo, 10 volumes. Bound in full contemporary calf. Gilt titles and tooling to the spine, edges speckled. Frontispiece of Francis Bacon in volume one. With the early armorial bookplate of J. Lawson Whalley and the modern bookplate of Elmer Holmes Bopst, namesake of New York University’s Bopst Library. In very good condition.
“The constancy of the laws of nature, or the certainty with which we may expect the same effects from the same causes, is the foundation of the faculty of reason”: Rare Second Edition of Malthus' An Essay on the Principle of Population
An Essay on the Principle of Population; or, A View of its Past and Present Effects on Human Happiness; with an Inquiry into our Prospects Respecting the Future Removal or Mitigation of the Evils which it Occassions.
London: J. Johnson by J. Bensley, 1803.
Second edition of this cornerstone text of modern economics. Quarto, bound in period-style three-quarter speckled calf, red morocco spine label, marbled boards, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, marbled endpapers. In fine condition. An exceptional example.
London: Richard Phillips by T. Gillet, 1804-07.
First English edition of Marshall’s magisterial biography of Washington. Octavo, five volumes. Finely bound in full morocco by Howell, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, raised bands, inner dentelles, all edges gilt, Extra illustrated with 16 plates as called for, including three frontispieces, 12 maps, and a tail piece at the end of volume three, plus an additional two maps in volume three and an additional 39 plates interspersed throughout all volumes.
London: Richard Phillips by T. Gillet, 1804-07.
First English octavo edition of Marshall’s magisterial biography of Washington. Octavo, five volumes. Finely bound in three quarters morocco, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, frontispiece portrait, 2 folding plates, 10 folding maps, engraved vignette at end of volume III, a printed slip announcing volume V tipped-in at front of volume IV and another tipped-in at front of volume V. In near fine condition. A very nice presentation.
Paris: Chez Giguet et Michaud, 1805.
Finely bound example of Berchoux’s epic gastronomical poem. 12mo, bound in one quarter morocco over marbled boards with gilt titles and tooling to the spine, marbled endpapers, all edges marbled. Engraved frontispiece and other engravings throughout. In near fine condition. Tasteful bookplate to the front free endpaper. A charming example.
First Edition of Triomphe de l'évangile ou mémoires d'un homme du monde revenu des erreurs du philosophisme moderne Révolution, religion naturelle, philosophie; Finely Bound
Triomphe de l’évangile, ou Mémoires d’un homme du monde, revenu des erreurs du philosophisme moderne; ouvrage où l’on combat d’une manière victorieuse les sophismes de l’incrédulité, et dans lequel on démontre la vérité de la religion catholique. [Triumph of the Gospel, or Memories of a man of the world, returned from the errors of modern philosophy; work in which one victoriously fights the fallacies of unbelief, and in which one demonstrates the truth of the Catholic religion].
Lyon: Chez Bruyset aîné et Buynand, 1805.
First edition of this philosophic defense of Catholicism. Octavo, 4 volumes. Bound in speckled calf, gilt title to the spine with red and green labels. Engraved frontispiece in volume one. In very good condition. Scarce.
London: Printed for T. Cadell and W. Davies, 1805.
Early edition of Adam Smith’s magnum opus and cornerstone of economic thought, finely bound by Bayntun Bindery. Octavo, 3 volumes. Bound in three quarters calf over marbled boards, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, raised bands, morocco spine labels, top edge gilt. In near fine condition, small stamp to volume one. An exceptional set of this classic work.
Glasgow: Printed by and For J. & J. Schymgeour, 1805.
Early edition of Adam Smith’s magnum opus and cornerstone of economic thought. Octavo, 3 volumes. Bound in full contemporary calf, gilt titles to the spine, morocco spine labels. In very good condition, contemporary bookplate.