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61.

Nova Anglia Septentrionali Americae implantata.

HOMANN, J. B.
(New York, NY, U.S.A.)
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Descripción: Nuremberg, 1724. No Binding. Estado de conservación: Near Fine. 19 ¼ x 22 ¾ inches. Fine original wash color; a crease, few faint stains, else excellent. An excellent, original-colored example of one of the few collectible maps of the Northeast of the early 18th century. This attractive work is an interesting blend of older, Dutch sources and more recent English ones. The map shows that as the number of English settlements increased in the area, Native American tribal names are notably less plentiful than on Dutch maps of the previous century. Nonetheless, the attractive cartouche shows a European bartering with an Indian for an animal pelt, one of the mainstays of the early New England economy. The cartouche also reveals what the European was offering for trade, including beads, a barrel (presumably filled with liquor), guns, hatchets, tools, and textiles. The cartography of Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket is still quite distorted, but the coast of Maine is well detailed. Curiously, the map shows a strait in Cape Cod connecting Cape Cod Bay and Nantucket Sound in the area of Eastham and Wellfleet. Historical accounts and early maps and charts indicate that there existed a water passage in this area from the mid-17th to the first part of the 18th century. New Jersey is divided into East and West Jersey on the map. McKorkle, B. New England in Early Printed Maps, Map 724.1. Nº de ref. de la librería 8143

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Il Microcosmo delle pittura, overa trattato diviso in due libri.

SCANNELLI, Francesco
(New York, NY, U.S.A.)
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Descripción: Cesena Neri 1657., 1657. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: Very Good. 1st Edition. Scarce first edition of this 17th-century survey of Italian painting, and a valuable document for developing Baroque "gusto" by a cultivated amateur. Scannelli follows Mancini’s tripartite division of Italian schools—Roman, Venetian and Lombard, and in an age in which microcosms were everywhere, he compared the whole of Italian painting to a body, likening Corregio to the brain, Titian to the heart, Raphael to the liver (!), and Veronese to the organs of reproduction. According to the Dictionary of Art, Il Microcosmo "stands alongside the works of Mario Boschini (La carta del navegar pittoresco, Venice, 1660) and of Luigi Pellegrino Scaramuccia (Le finezze dei penelli italiani, Padua, 1674), both of whom quoted him. Scannelli’s treatise represents a reaction against the notion, formulated by Giorgio Vasari, that the art of Florence was pre-eminent throughout Italy. He reevaluated the Lombard-Emilian school, led by Correggio, seeing in it an ideal synthesis of the finest achievements of the Venetian (Titian) and of the Roman-Tuscan (Raphael) schools. In taste, he showed classicist inclinations, modified by a liking for vivacity and naturalism, qualities well represented in the art of his ideal painter, Correggio" (Franco Bernabei, DA XXVIII.33-34). Little is known about the author, save that he was a priest and a physician, that he served at the court of Mantua until Francesco I d’Este died, and that he traveled to Milan, Rome and Venice. * Besterman, Old Art Books, p. 93; Schlosser-Magnino p. 614 (rather harsh elsewhere); Cicognara 204; Hollis BAL 6360 (specifying frontispiece and 18 preliminaries); not in Berlin Katalog. Nº de ref. de la librería 2044

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Descripción: Amsterdam 1777., 1777. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: Very Good. 1st Edition. First edition of one of the first French works on commerce in Russia, including a noteworthy early map of Alaska. "Extremely detailed and worth studying" (Lada-Mocarski). Nº de ref. de la librería 3136

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Descripción: Madrid Agustin Fernandez 1713., 1713. Very rare first and sole edition of this professional guide to assaying gold, silver and assorted precious metals by a practicing Madrid assayer, of interest for the international as well as mercantile history of Spain in the last years of her imperial period. The work treats the physical properties of metals from different parts of the Spanish empire (New Mexico, Peru), general methods of determining weights and grades, the precise requirements for producing metals and alloys of different weights, and local differences in assaying terminology in different parts of Spain. For a practical handbook, the author has an unusually scholarly bent and discusses among Spanish authors the previous works of Juan de Arphe (whose tables are the basis for those given here), Roxas, Heras, Y Silva, and among Latin writers Agricola, Ercker, Libavius and others. The NUC records a single copy, at Michigan. OCLC adds Oklahoma. We have also located a copy at the John Carter Brown Library. * Palau 986,613; not in Goldsmiths’-Kress; not in Alden-Landis though clearly an Americanum. Nº de ref. de la librería 1004

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Excmo. Señor mio.

CUBA / SIEGE OF HAVANA] / HEVIA Y BUSTAMANTE, Gutierre Guido, Marqués del Real Transporte
(New York, NY, U.S.A.)
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Descripción: Madrid, 1762. No Binding. Estado de conservación: Very Good. Folio - over 12 - 15" tall. Fol. [28 x 17.5 cm], (8) ff. Disbound with wrappers. Publication and library information (JCB) penciled on front wrappers. A few tears to edges of wrappers; leaves lightly creased, with light toning to upper margins; very faint waterstain to lower corner of first page. Generally good. Extremely rare first edition¿only one other copy located¿of a printed eyewitness account of the Battle of Havana by the Spanish naval commander, Gutierre Guido Hevia y Bustamante, who was subsequently court-martialed for losing the city to Britain. While the work lacks a date of publication, the document, signed October 1762, was very likely drawn up with an eye to such proceedings. Hevia¿s account begins with the hasty war council held in Havana on June 6 1762, during which Hevia and Juan de Prado, the colonial governor, decided to block the entrance to the harbor by sinking two of their own ships and utilize the crews of the remaining vessels to bolster the defense of Havana¿s El Morro fortress. He goes on to enumerate the Spanish forces, including 1500 to 2000 ¿Negros trabajadores,¿ Cuban slaves who were promised (and given) their freedom in exchange for fighting the English invaders. Hevia then recounts the events of the next 60 days: as the Spanish garrisoned and battened down the fort, transferring most of their ships¿ artillery, ammunition and manpower to its defense, the English began constructing siege works in hopes of planting a mine and breaching the Morro¿s outermost walls. On July 30 the mine was detonated and the fortress was overtaken, an event that the author narrates with great emotion: ¿The terrible incident of the Morro filled my heart with bitterness, and my spirit was plunged in a chaos of mournful reflection¿¿ Hevia concludes with a summary of Spain¿s losses, including the names of the 10 ¿ships of the line¿ of the Spanish navy, which he had been unable to burn before the English capture. In 1764 both Hevia and Prado were court-martialed for incompetence in the defense of Havana, Prado receiving a death sentence (later commuted to imprisonment) and Hevia sentenced to 10 years¿ house arrest. Though there are a number of later pamphlets relating to the author¿s court-martial and conviction (e.g. Palau 69,691), the present document is evidently the earliest record of Hevia¿s testimony, as its date and place¿Cadiz, October 30 1762¿suggest that it was recorded almost immediately after he returned to Spain from his catastrophic defeat. Not in Palau. Not in KVK. OCLC: JCB, whose copy, in the absence of any published collation, we have checked against the present one. *With thanks to Dennis Landis at JCB for checking their copy. The JCB copy is bound behind the following work: Defensa, y satisfaccion, que por la de su obligacion, y honor propio expone el marques del R.1 Transporte (Madrid 1764). This latter work is also owned by NYPL, Miami, UT Austin, and Michigan. Palau 69691 (1763) & 152628 (April 1764). Nº de ref. de la librería 4575

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Descripción: Barcelona Maria Teresa Vendrell y Texido 0. Rare first edition and fine copy of this illustrated funeral festival book for Charles III of Spain. Nº de ref. de la librería 2187

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Descripción: Rome Mascardi 1629., 1629. Rare first edition of this polemical work against the use of liquid salts and defending in their their stead the controlled use of arsenic, bound with three other titles by the same author on 1) pharmacy, 2) a distilled vitriolic spirit, and 3) the use of hellebore. Nº de ref. de la librería 2406

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Descripción: Rome A. Bladus de Asula 1535., 1535. Rare first edition of this influential balneological treatise by one of the founding fathers of hydrotherapy. A modern interpretation of Galen, Avicenna and Hippocrates, Brancaleoni’s work promoted the healthful and hygienic effects of bathing a generation earlier than Falloppio, and well in advance of the 19th-century pan-European trend for spa cures associated with Vincenz Priessnitz (1799-1851) and Father Sebastian Kneipp.While the identity of the early annotator of this copy has not been confirmed, the primary hand appears identical to the notes appearing in another medical text handled by our firm: Ferdinando Balami’s translation of Galen’s De ossibus, also published in Rome by Blado in 1535, and bound in an analogous green vellum binding, which bears the ownership inscription of the physician Ottaviano Caligari. OCLC lists two copies of the 1535 edition: Harvard and the Wellcome (this edition not in the NUC). * Wellcome 1037; Durling 669, 670 (1536 eds.); BMC (1536 ed.); Bibliotheca Palatina F2421; not in Osler, Duveen, Waller. On De Balneis omnia see Durling 1101; Garrison & Morton 1986. Nº de ref. de la librería 2593

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Descripción: Rome J.J. de Rubeis 1690., 1690. Two rare suites of engravings depicting Pietro da Cortona’s celebrated frescoes in the salone of Palazzo Barberini and the Pitti Palace, then the residence of the Duke of Etro. Nº de ref. de la librería 533

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Descripción: Johann Eric Hahn for Christian Kirchner, Leipzig, 1671. Soft cover. Estado de conservación: Very Good. 4to - over 9¾ - 12" tall. 4to. [19.5 x 16 cm], engraved frontispiece, (8) ff., 28 pp., (4) ff., 2 engraved folding plates. Bound in later wrappers. Some toning and occasional browning typical of German books of the period, but rather less than usual; generally very good, with a strong impression of the frontispiece. Rare first and only edition of this work describing the inverted heart found in the body of a 19-year-old woman during a five-day-long dissection by physicians at the medical college in Halle. The Cardianastrophe describes the details of the deformed heart and speculates on the cause, with a summary of the present state of knowledge about the heart and comments by earlier physicians on heart defects. In the final four unnumbered leaves, Hoffmann discusses the transformation of chylus (a fluid involved into digestion) into blood and the circulation of blood. The charmingly bizarre engraved title page (signed J.G.T) bears an enormous stylized heart with groups of women holding hearts above and below. (The heart held by the three women at the foot of the engraving is upside down.) The two folding plates show the anatomical structure of the heart, front and back, with the parts labeled. OCLC lists NYAM, NLM, Philadelphia College of Physicians, Texas, Wellcome. * Wellcome record; Krivatsy 5786; not in Garrison-Morton. Nº de ref. de la librería 4186

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Descripción: New York, 1818. No Binding. Estado de conservación: Very Good. 37 ½ x 43 ¼ inches. Original color; dissected and mounted on original linen; abraded surface lower left corner with slight loss, else excellent. ¿Remarkable for its clarity of execution and detail¿ (Rumsey). This large and attractive map of New York State and adjacent areas was published posthumously by the geographer John H. Eddy, who had completed it just months before his death at 35 on December 22, 1817. The eulogistic article on Eddy that appeared in May of 1818 in The American Monthly Magazine and Critical Review said of this map that it ¿may be pronounced his best executed work¿ it may be safely said to exceed all other maps hitherto published in America. It cost him nearly four years of unremitted labour: his materials were original, he collected them with uncommon care, and incurred great expense in obtaining distinct surveys of every county in the state.¿ Tanner, who engraved the map, cited Eddy¿s work as the source for the New York map that appeared in his own American Atlas. Little is known of Eddy. His short life was plagued with illness, and he was deaf. His published cartographic work was mainly confined to New York; in 1811 he produced a map of the proposed route of the Erie Canal and in 1814, a map of the 30 miles surrounding New York City. Eddy is known to have produced a map showing alternative routes between the Atlantic and the Great Lakes, as well as one of the Niagara River, but neither of these appears to have been published. Eddy had planned a map of New Jersey comparable to this one of New York State, and he had also been solicited to produce an American Atlas, but his untimely death prevented his work on either project. Rumsey #2622. Ristow, W. in The Map Collector #67, pp 21-23; Ristow, W. American Maps & Mapmakers p. 103. Nº de ref. de la librería 10016

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Map of the State of Missouri And Territory of Arkansas.

MITCHELL, S. A.
(New York, NY, U.S.A.)
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Descripción: Philadelphia, 1837. No Binding. Estado de conservación: Near Fine. 7 x 20 ½ inches. Lithograph with original wash color; fold reinforcements, else excellent. Rare, separately issued, folding map showing Missouri as a state, Arkansas as a territory, and the area of present-day Oklahoma as ¿Indian Territory Attached to Arkansas.¿ This is a significantly updated edition of the map ¿has many changes topographically and new borders¿There are many new counties in Missouri and Arkansas, and a table of Steam Boat Routes appears in the lower right corner of the map. The detail in the surrounding states is now filled in¿ (Rumsey). Rumsey 4102 (1836 edition); cf. Ristow, W. American Maps & Mapmakers, pp. 303-304. Nº de ref. de la librería 7717

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View of College Point, L.I. 1876.

FOWLER, T. M.
(New York, NY, U.S.A.)
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Descripción: Milwaukee, 1876. No Binding. Estado de conservación: Very Good. 19 ¾ x 28 inches. Marginal mends away from image, rebacked on supporting sheet, very good overall. An elegant and scarce bird¿s-eye view of College Point, showing the area during its transition from a rural suburb to a thriving factory town. The development of the neighborhood centered on the Enterprise Rubber Works, founded by the German-American philanthropist and entrepreneur Conrad Poppenhusen. His factory is shown as well as two other significant Poppenhusen works: the College Point station of the Long Island Railroad (the rubber baron acquired and consolidated the railroads which would become the LIRR) and the Poppenhusen Institute, a free educational center whose offerings included the first free kindergarten. Many of the residents of College Point were, like Poppenhusen, German immigrants; hence it is not surprising that the neighborhood should have become well known for its beer. Only one of the famous beer-gardens, the Boulevard Hotel, is labeled; but two breweries are marked and named. Schools, churches, lumberyards and other manufactories are labeled as well. The view is decorated with many sailboats, rowboats and a steamer sailing Flushing Bay and the East River. Reps, Views and Viewmakers 2489. Nº de ref. de la librería 10019

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Descripción: New York, 1861. No Binding. Estado de conservación: Very Good. 25 1/2 x 29 1/2 inches. Chromolithograph. Some scuffing, soiling, a mended tear, very good. Rare. A large, attractive, well-detailed map (not bird's-eye view, as it calls itself) of the key theatre of the early phase of the Civil War. The map includes street grids for Baltimore, Washington, Norfolk, Richmond, and Lynchburg. The map skillfully renders topography, in particular the Blue Ridge, Shenandoah, and Allegheny Mountain ranges. Town, courthouses, forts, road and railroads are shown throughout and, most notably, in the western regions as well. The map was drawn and lithographed by J. Schedler and printed by Sarony, Major & Knapp. Stephenson 17.3. Nº de ref. de la librería 7426

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Insulae Americanae in Oceano Septentionali.

VISSCHER, N.
(New York, NY, U.S.A.)
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Descripción: Amsterdam, 1680. No Binding. Estado de conservación: Near Fine. 18 1/8 x 22 3/8 inches. Fine original color; excellent. A particuarly handsome map portraying all the Caribbean islands, part of Mexico, Central America, Florida (called "Tegesta Prov.") and part of South America. Strangely, the area of present day Georgia and part of South Carolina is called French Florida ("Florida Galli"); the French colonies in the area had been obliterated a century before this map appeared. The map extends as far north as Delaware Bay. Putti adorn the cartouche in the upper right, while two nereids and a merman make sport of a perplexed ichthyocentaur (with the body of a man, the front legs of a horse and the tail of a fish). The engraving of the figures is uncommon quality. Nº de ref. de la librería 8053

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A Map Of The State Of Pennsylvania By Reading Howell MDCCCXI.

HOWELL, R./ VALLANCE, J.
(New York, NY, U.S.A.)
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Descripción: Philadelphia, 1811. No Binding. Estado de conservación: Very Good. 21 3/8 x 33 ½ inches. Deckled edges; centerfold reinforced, else excellent. Separately published¿very scarce. In 1792 Reading Howell published the first map of Pennsylvania to show the full extent of the state with accurate boundary lines. The present work is an amplified version of this work and the first edition of it published in the 19th century. Moreover, this edition was elegantly engraved by John Vallance, who also produced the first official plan of Washington, DC and the Griffith map of Maryland. Howell¿s excellent map was not superseded until 1822 when Melish¿s map of the state appeared. Ristow, pp. 108-109; cf. Rumsey 4181. Nº de ref. de la librería 4940

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Descripción: Amsterdam, 1635. No Binding. Estado de conservación: Near Fine. 15 x 20 ¾ inches. Fine original color; paper lightly toned, else excellent condition. A very attractive example in full original color of one of the most decorative early maps of Florida and the entire Gulf and Caribbean regions. It was based on the extremely rare Hessel Gerritsz chart of 1631, which was made for pilots sailing for the Dutch West India Company. Blaeu¿s edition retains the nautical characteristics of its ancestor in its rhumb lines, attractive compass roses, and sailing ships. The cartouche and scales are decorated with putti and a striking selection of fauna, including reptiles, a sea tortoise and a bat, associated with the regions portrayed. Burden 242. Nº de ref. de la librería 9378

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Descripción: Bologna gli H. H. del Peri 1672., 1672. First edition and much scarcer than the second edition of 1683. "Troili, a pupil of the quadratura painter Michelangelo Colonna, became scene painter for the Farnese theater at Parma. Ferdinando Bibiena saw his work there (probably after the artist’s death) and absorbed its influence. This original edition of Troili’s exceptionally handsome book on perspective is one of the real milestones in the history of theatrical scenery: it describes the conscious use of visual deception, the creation of greater ‘depth’ by means of oblique positioning of the wings, as common practice twenty years before Pozzo" (Breman in Architectural Theory and Practice III-B-24).The third section treats shadows and fortifications. "Libro molto letto e stimato" (Schlosser-Magnino, p. 620). * Riccardi II.561; Cicognara 866 (mention of 1683 second ed.); Fowler, p. 277-278; J. Baltrusaitis, Anamorfosi, pp. 19, 21 and 23; Piantanida, Autori Italiani Del ‘600, 4424. Nº de ref. de la librería 215

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Clarks¿ Map of Fairfield County, Connecticut.

CLARK, R.
(New York, NY, U.S.A.)
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Descripción: Philadelphia, 1858. No Binding. Estado de conservación: Very Good. 60 x 52 inches. Attached to original wooden rollers; vibrant original color, refreshed; expertly conserved¿re-mounted on new linen, usual separations, minor losses, very good. Richly illustrated wall map of Fairfield County, Connecticut, with 23 inset city and town plans, including ones of Greenwich, Westport, New Canaan, Weston, Wilton, and Fairfield. Both the main map and the insets provide the names and locations of homes throughout the area. Flanking the map are 16 finely engraved views of mansions, factories and schools, such as the Winslow estate in Westport, the Augustus Mead home in Greenwich, and the Rockwell Boarding School for Boys in New Canaan. Thompson 176. Nº de ref. de la librería 5548

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La calligrafia storico-critico-teoretico-pratica.

SICILIAN IMPRINTS/CALLIGRAPHY] CAPODIECI, Giuseppe Maria
(New York, NY, U.S.A.)
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Descripción: Nelle Regie stampe del Pulejo, Impressore del Vescovo, Siracusa, 1794. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. 8vo. [19.5 x 14.5 cm], (4) ff. 192 pp., 4 pp., 3 plates. Final 4 pages before the plates, titled Saggio dell¿ Effemeridi di Napoli sopra il libro della Calligrafia¿ are dated 1797. Bound in contemporary patterned paper wrappers. Pale waterstaining to cover, title and preliminary pages, minor worming in bottom gutter of second half. Otherwise a fresh, clean copy. Very rare first and sole edition of this book on the history and practice of writing, including three plates illustrating a full upper and lower case script as well as the individual components and correct proportions of each letter. Capodieci not only instructs the reader how to make, space, and join letters, but also provides a rather whimsical history of writing, a chapter on tachygraphy and other forms of shorthand, an overview of proposals for a universal language, and a discussion of the many uses of writing, including forgery. He also includes chapters on the tools of modern writing¿quills, ink, inkwells, and paper¿and a history of writing implements beginning with stone inscription and wax tablets. In addition to instructions and information, the work is replete with practical advice¿and colorful opinions. If your ink bleeds through the paper, Capodieci advises, rub the paper with gum powder placed in a piece of cloth, use thicker ink, and find a quill with a thinner tip. His descriptions of other nations and periods, however, is rather more contentious. ¿The art of uniting letters to form words¿ is a secret unknown to the Chinese,¿ he notes, adding, ¿and the source of and reason for their ignorance is that they spend their whole lives learning to write¿ (!) That said, La Calligrafia is in fact a learned work, with discussions of a very broad range of cultures and writing systems, and informed references to the likes of Locke, Leibnitz, and Kircher, as well as important but lesser known figures such as John Wilkins in the field of linguistic philosophy and Thomas Shelton in the field of tachygraphy. Capodieci wrote a number of titles on local history, all published in Siracuse or Messina. OCLC lists Newberry, Washington U. ICCU lists two copies in Ascoli, both evidently without the plates. * ICCU IT\ICCU\FOGE\020833; not in Mirra. Nº de ref. de la librería 4778

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Descripción: Vienna, 1666. Soft cover. Estado de conservación: Very Good. Folio - over 12 - 15" tall. Folio [28.5 x 19.5 cm], (5) ff., including engraved frontispiece signed Melchior Küsell. (3) ff. of double-leaf folded plates also signed Küsell. Bound in patterned green wrappers. A fresh copy with excellent strikes of the plates. Very rare first and sole edition of the official festival program illustrating the firework display that marked the start of the month-long celebration of Leopold I¿s marriage to the Spanish Infanta Margaret Theresa, held in Vienna in the gardens of the Imperial Palace in December 1666. As the frontispiece and 3 double plates illustrate, and the accompanying text explains, the fireworks were arranged into an elaborate symbolic narrative, with fire representing the ardent love of the wedded pair, as well as the monarch¿s love for his subjects (¿the Phoenix¿ consumes itself out of love for its people as the model of His Majesty¿), their love for him (¿ignit[ing] the flames of their most humble submission¿) etc. A re-creation of Mount Etna with the forge of Vulcan stands on one side, Mount Parnassus with the nine muses on the other, framing, in the foreground, two arches bearing hearts inscribed with the pair¿s initials, and set ablaze by the god of marriage. In our experience, firework displays accompanied by human figures forming tableaux are unusual. The text provides not only a very detailed description of each different kind of firework¿including ¿star fireworks¿, ¿fire pumps¿, ¿star grenades¿, and ¿rockets¿¿but also describes the display in such a way that it reproduces the mounting tension of the event. Even this, however, reflects the careful staging of everything associated with the festivities; on the second page, the date in December 1666 on which the fireworks took place has been left blank, suggesting that the present work was prepared before the event. OCLC: Getty. * Kevin Salatino, Incendiary Art; p.86 ¿87, illustrated p.89. Nº de ref. de la librería 4779

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Toutes Les Oeuvres

DU LAURENS, André
(New York, NY, U.S.A.)
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Descripción: Paris for Raphael du Petit Val à Rouen 1613., 1613. Folio [23 x 34.5 cm], (10) ff., including engraved allegorical title & portrait of Du Laurens, 353 (1) pp., (10) ff.; (1)f., 53, (3) ff.; 43, (3) ff.; 57, (3) ff.; 30, (2) ff. Bound in contemporary French calf, gilt-ruled covers with gilt wreath in center, spine with raised bands, rebacked with author-title gilt on spine. Ex Libris of Pierre Americ on front-end pastedown, early ownership inscription of Michaux . De la Burtieve / Praecevitor S. Capellae Dune.sis (?) on title. Soiling to engraved title with extreme right margin in partial facsimile; preliminary & final leaves remargined without loss; light waterstain in upper margin of scattered leaves; some other leaves soiled or spotted in margin. Scarce, French-language edition of Du Laurens’ works, with a set of 26 anatomical engravings derived from Vesalius and others. "This is the second edition of the French translation of Du Laurens’ collected works. which preceded the publication of the Latin text. In addition to the author's textbook of anatomy and his account of scrofula, the volume contains works on geriatrics, melancholy and other mental afflictions, and an early opthalmological work which describes the anatomy and diseases of the eye. The volume has an exceptionally well-engraved title page, the author's engraved portrait, and numerous historical and ornamental woodcut initials." — Heirs of Hippocrates, p. 144. According to Krivatsy, the French translation of Du Laurens’ Opera Omnia was first published by P. Mettayer in Paris in 1613, and was reprinted by Raphael Du Petit Val in Rouen in 1621. Our copy has an engraved title signed by du Petit Val in Rouen but dated 1613; the Rouen librairie presumably recycled some of the original Paris-printed titles, modifying the original engraving with a cancel. Du Laurens (1558-1609) was the court physician to Marie de Medicis and Henry IV and previously had been professor at the University of Montpellier. * Wellcome I, 1942; Krivatsy, 3506, 3507; Heirs of Hippocrates, 389. Nº de ref. de la librería 2072

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Saggio Filosofico su i contratti e giochi d¿azzaro.

GAMBLING / PROBABILITY] CODRONCHI, Niccola
(New York, NY, U.S.A.)
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Descripción: Cambiagi, Florence, 1783. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. 8vo. [21 x 14 cm], (3) ff. 123 pp. Bound in contemporary vellum-backed patterned boards with matching page edges, title gilt label-style on spine. Armorial bookplate of Julian Monaldini on verso of title-page. Boards slightly worn, otherwise a very fresh, genuine copy. Very rare first and sole edition of this work on the underlying principles of insurance contracts and business ventures, focusing in particular on the psychological, ethical, and mathematical dimensions of gambling and risk-taking. Beginning with the premise that man¿s most fundamental urge is to gain wealth, Codronchi discusses the effects of hope on decision-making, as well as the difficulties involved in calculating probabilities. The second half of the 18th century marked an important turning point in the development of modern insurance and risk-taking. Prior to the creation of the first insurance company¿Lloyd¿s of London¿in 1688, insurance had been a relatively simple business chiefly limited to guarding against the loss of cargo on maritime trade voyages. Five years after Lloyd¿s formation, the astronomer Edmund Halley created a basis for underwriting life insurance by combining the statistical laws of mortality with the principle of compound interest, but his table was limited by using the same rate for all ages. This shortcoming was corrected in 1756 by Joseph Dodson, who scaled premiums to age, launching a new era of insurance theory and risk-assessment. It is such refinements, their basis in probability, and their impact on behavior, which the present work explores. Harvard, Nevada * Kress Italian 512; not in Goldsmith. Nº de ref. de la librería 4777

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Descripción: Arnold Bon, Delft, 1663. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: Very Good. 12mo - over 6¾ - 7¾" tall. [12] ff including engraved frontispiece and letter press title, 369 pp, [7] ff including 1 blank, and with 6 double-page engraved plates. Bound in contemporary stiff vellum, repair to upper corner of front cover, some nicking and repairs to upper margin of first few leaves including engraved title page; plate 1 a little toned, pages and plates otherwise fresh and in crisp impression. Very rare first and only edition of this contemporary illustrated account of the Ambon Wars in the Moluccas¿ ¿one of the bloodiest series of campaigns in VOC history¿ - written by the eyewitness Levinus Bor, private secretary to Superintendent Arnold de Vlaming during the conflict. De Vlaming used the war as an excuse to gain a monopoly on the spice trade, destroying plantations throughout the islands as well as brutally suppressing the native uprising. Until the late 18th century, the Moluccas remained the sole source of cloves, mace, and nutmeg, forming a lucrative trade for the European powers who controlled them. When the island of Hoamoal rebelled, Arnold de Vlaming was quick to take advantage of the situation by ordering the destruction of its clove plantations, securing the Dutch monopoly. ¿Then de Vlaming moved against the Ternaten opponents based on Hoamoal and their Makasarese and Malay allies in one of the bloodiest series of campaigns in VOC history. With the VOC sailed the Ambonese Christians in their war-prauws¿In 1656 the population that remained was deported to Ambon. All spice trees on Hoamoal were destroyed, and thereafter it was devoid of human habitation except for passing hongi (war-fleet) expeditions looking for any wild cloves requiring destruction.¿ (Ricklefs, A History of Modern Indonesia, p. 75) The present work, the only account of the episode noted in Landwehr¿s bibliography of the VOC, is a necessarily obsequious portrayal of Dutch actions during the conflict. However, the engraved plates make no attempt to hide the bloodthirsty nature of the affair ¿ ¿resolved martially¿, as the title suggests. The engraved titlepage, for example, is flanked by figures of a Dutch soldier opposite a black native carrying shield and sword, while the vignette at the foot of the page shows the Dutch firing rifles at native forces who return fire with spears. The first engraved double-paged plate depicts smiling, clothed natives greeting Dutch soldiers upon their arrival; the next shows the execution [?] of one native by blowpipe; a third shows natives in war canoes engaging in a naval battle alongside Dutch men-of-war; post-defeat, the fifth plate presents natives in poses of extreme supplication approaching a Dutch official who carries a severed black head in a basket; and a final engraving shows natives and Dutchmen burning a large idol upon a pyre. Arnold de Vlaming van Oudshoorn was Governor of Ambon from 1647 to 1650 and Superintendent of the region from 1652 to 1656. A controversial figure due to the professed Catholicism of his parents, it was his tenure during the Ambon Wars which saw the ¿strenuous military measures that earned him both fame and notoriety¿ (Ricklefs, p. 75). Two American copies of the work are listed on OCLC, at Cornell and the NYPL. Oddly, Landwehr #233 fails to mention any plates in this work. * Landwehr VOC 233; see also Du Perron, De Muze van Jan Companjie (1939) pp. 20-23; Ricklefs, A history of modern Indonesia. Nº de ref. de la librería 4885

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Descripción: Jakob Schweiger, Prague, 1749. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: Very Good. 4to - over 9¾ - 12" tall. 4to. [22 x 18], 47, 80, 70 pp., (1) f., 92 pp., (2) ff., including title printed in red and black, 58 nearly full-page engraved emblems. Bound in contemporary calf, head and tail of spine chipped and a puncture to front cover. Some toning and foxing to text leaves of parts 1-3, but plates are clean; final musical section very good. Very rare first edition of this German language emblem book printed in Prague, unusual if not singular in that the emblems are intended to be set to music. Each of the 58 large emblems in roundels is accompanied by odes, madrigals, and arias. The subject matter of the emblems is generally secular, variously depicting scenes from mythology¿the torture of Tantalus, the perilous Scylla, the Trojan horse, Jason and the Argonaut¿s golden fleece, Atlas supporting the world; animals ranging from sinister snakes, bats and owls to elegant swans and active bees; and an array of dramatic landscapes full of thunderbolts and jagged mountains. A final section, evoking more religious themes, consists of the libretti for four oratorios: I. Tobias, II. Magdalena, III. Die obsiegende Liebe (a Passion oratorio), and IV. Der verlohrne Sohn. Johann Georg Ernst Cajetan Lösel composed music for ¿Die obsiegende Liebe¿, but no copy is extant (Grove). Oppelt¿s interpretation of the ¿spiritual thoughts¿ promised in the title is therefore not about fostering Christian virtue so much as noble sentiments of a more general nature. In this scheme, music and visual drama are used to stir the senses and emotions, in line with the work of rising contemporaries such as poets Friedrich Klopstock and Christoph Wieland. The work thus participates in the mid 18th century trajectory towards the culture of sentiment and sublime that is the signature of the Pre-Romantic period. OCLC lists Princeton and Trinity (Hartford) for the first edition; the 1766 is held by Northwestern. * Landwehr 462; Praz (1766) p. 439 (identical collation); Nº de ref. de la librería 4759

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Descripción: Ludovici Montiae, Milan, 1650. Soft cover. Estado de conservación: Very Good. 4to - over 9¾ - 12" tall. 4to. [23 x 16.5 cm], (4) ff., 79 pp., 1 folded plate. Bound in contemporary limp vellum; faint waterstain at upper corner of first 8 leaves, small inkstain on one preliminary leaf; otherwise excellent. Extremely rare first and only edition of this polemical volume of Italian geometry, responding to recent appropriations of the work of great French mathematician François Viète. In 1644 and 1648, respectively, the Venetian amateur astronomer Antonio Santini had published Supplementi Francisci Vietae and Inclinationum Appendix, which utilized Viète¿s algebra to solve the geometric mean, as well as such celebrated problems as the multisection of the angle and duplication of the cube. In this fierce attack on the ¿bad renewal¿ of Viète¿s work, Caravagio presents point-by-point replies to the supposed ¿solutions¿ of Santini, which he buttresses with his own solutions to solvable problems. The volume also contains a large folding engraved plate with 54 geometrical diagrams. Antonio Santini (1577-1661) is best known for his early corroboration of Galileo regarding the observation of Jupiter¿s moons. In June 1610, three months after the publication of Siderius Nuncius, Santini wrote to Galileo announcing that he had confirmed the presence of satellites around Jupiter. Renn speculates that Santini might have also conducted observations with Galileo in Padua or Venice, where he then lived. Petro Paolo Caravagio (1617-1688) was a Milanese mathematician. OCLC: NYPL and Michigan. *Riccardi I.242-3; Renn, Galileo in Context, p. 283. Nº de ref. de la librería 3638

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Descripción: Piero Matini, Florence, 1688. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: Very Good. 4to - over 9¾ - 12" tall. 4to. [23 x 17 cm] (2) ff., 72 pp., including woodcut Medici arms on title. Bound in old cartonnage. Minor soiling to title, and paper flaw in lower right corner. Pale waterstain and minor foxing on a few leaves, otherwise a broad-margined, fresh copy. Rare first edition of the only published work on engineering by Galileo¿s last and most important disciple. Viviani (1622-1703) was appointed chief engineer of the Office of River Control by Cosimo III, who commissioned from Viviani a proposal for preventing the Arno river from further silting up and flooding. Viviani¿s response gives an interesting description of various hydraulic and engineering techniques as he calls for the construction of run-off channels, weirs, and training walls. He spends a good portion of his treatise on the discussion of different building materials, and advocates the use of relatively expensive woods such as oak and chestnut, arguing that, in the long run, they are more durable and ultimately cheaper. In his introduction Viviani outlines the consequences of the rising of the riverbed for the agriculture of the Florentine countryside and the economy of the city. * Cinti 159; Riccardi I.627. Nº de ref. de la librería 3598

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Descripción: Padua Frombotti 1641., 1641. Extremely rare first edition (issued simultaneously as a Frankfurt edition the same year) of Vesling’s anatomy, which introduced a number of important anatomical discoveries, including his descriptions of the chyle vessels (lacteals) and his discovery that the normal number of pulmonary veins emptying into the left auricle of the heart is four. Nº de ref. de la librería 1952

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Descripción: 0. 4to. (10) ff., with two folding plates. Bound in contemporary patterned wrappers, in turn bound in modern quarter calf and marbled papers over boards. Ownership inscription of the Marquesa Axiany (?). Some bleeding of ownership inscription onto title but otherwise very good, with good strikes of the plates. Extremely rare first and sole edition of this Mallorcan festival book commemorating the festivities held in Palma on the occasion of Charles IV’s accession to the throne. The description, with its careful lists of the noblemen involved, constitutes a snapshot of Mallorcan society at the end of the eighteenth century. The work is illustrated with two plates, one a plan of the central square with the arrangement of ephemeral architecture and decorations, the other a very large plate (49.5 x 33 cm overall, 42.5 x 32 cm to platemark) depicting the triumphal arc erected in honor of the new sovereign, with his arms above those of Palma de Mallorca.The author estimates that between 34,000 and 38,000 citizens took part in the celebration, with gentlemen on horseback dressed à la española antigua and ladies in such splendid finery that it "filled the spirit with extasty." (B2r) The central square was festively decorated with and portraits of the king and queen to which the assembled paid solemn respects.Mallorca had seen a growth in trade and prosperity under Charles III thanks to his policies of liberalizing trade with America. Churches and monasteries were brought under the aegis of the Spanish crown, and the first postal service was created. The accession of his famously weak son at the very time of revolutionary unrest in France would have been a source of worry.Although printing began on Mallorca in the late sixteenth century, work with the Palma imprint are rarely seen on the market.OCLC lists a single copy, University of Connecticut*Palau II.35,402;. Nº de ref. de la librería 3867

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Descripción: Lanckisch¿s heirs, Leipzig, 1716. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: Near Fine. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. (3) ff, 96 pp, plus 5 leaves of engraved plates. Bound in 18th century speckled boards, extremities rubbed and contents somewhat toned, very good overall. First edition of this curious ¿natural history of the cat¿, with a focus on the ¿insolito felino lipsiensi¿, or ¿wonderous cat-birth of Leipzig¿ in 1713. Alongside other descriptions of similar monstrous births, the body of the work is dedicated to a solemn treatment of the cat from a biological, natural historical, gastronomical (!), and medicinal point of view. Carpazov begins his treatise by noting that many unusual, wonderful, and even astonishing things come to pass which are very much against the order and laws of Nature, which no one can deny, because such things are attested to ¿day-to-day experience¿ as well as by physicians and historians. Carpazov proceeds to give a comprehensive account of wonderous births and events in and around Leipzig from 1700 to the present time, by way of example. He is concerned not only with human births (illustrated on figs. I & II), but also with those of animals: a cat-bat is illustrated on fig, IV, alongside a cat-pig. Such monstrosities appear to have occurred with remarkable frequency, nearly every other year by Carpazov¿s account. As advertised on the titlepage, Carpazov later gives a full description, and illustration, of the conjoined birth of six kittens which occurred in Leipzig in 1713 ¿ an event which seems to have had a profound impact on observers. Quoting sources as diverse as the Koran (p. 22) and the Acta Eruditorium of 1686, Carpazov distinguishes six different types of cat (including the Sea-Cat, apparently found off the coast of North America, and the Flying Cat, founding only in the province of Casmir in Hungary), before launching into a discussion of the medicinal properties of feline anatomy. The brains are held to be poisonous, but the rest of the animal is certainly edible, as the French prove by eating them as a delicacy in winter (p. 35). Carpazov even discusses the introduction of housecats to America by the Spanish (pp 62-3) ¿ before which eg Darien was apparently overrun with rats. OCLC locates just 1 American copy, at Yale. * OCLC 54232076. Nº de ref. de la librería 5158

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