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148 engraved plates (several double-page and one double-page & folding). 3 p.l., 15 leaves of explanatory text. 4to, cont. marbled sheep (joints well-repaired), flat spine gilt. London: J. Taylor, 1823.
The “Ninth Edition” and a fine copy. The first edition appeared in 1788. Pain “was constantly in print either with a new book — he published eleven between 1758 and 1793 — or with a revised enlarged edition of an earlier one. In America the demand for his books exceeded that of any other eighteenth-century English author…
“Intending ‘plainly and faithfully to answer the purpose of the manual artificer’, he pared his text to essential instructions and wherever possible...
83 engraved plates. 5,  pp., 4 leaves of explanatory text, one leaf of ads at end (an Isaac Taylor catalogue). Large 4to, cont. speckled calf (carefully rebacked by Aquarius), double gilt fillet round sides, spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. London: I. Taylor, 1774.
First edition and a fine copy, with the “Schlossbibliothek Dessau” stamp on verso of title. This was one of the most successful and influential of the 18th-century architectural pattern books and was extremely successful in popularizing the Adam style of ornamentation. This is the first of Pain’s books to express the influence of Robert Adam.
Pain “was constantly in print either with a new book — he published eleven between 1758 and 1793 — or with a revised enlarged edition of an earlier one. In America the demand for his books exceeded that of any other eighteenth-century English author…
79 engraved plates. xi, 79,  pp. Large 4to, cont. sheep, flat spine gilt. London: I. & J. Taylor, 1797.
First edition and a nice copy from Schloss Tetschner, with the private library’s attractive stamp on verso of title. Nicholson (1765-1844), architectural writer and mathematician, “was probably the most prolific communicator on the technical aspects of architecture in the first half of the nineteenth century and his influence should not be underestimated. He wrote at least twenty-seven books and two collaborations, which all went into many reprints and which were still being republished and updated by others well after his death…Furthermore his was one of...
Edited by Maurizio Lettieri. One folding printed table. 1 p.l., iv, 24 pp. Large 4to, antique marbled wrappers (minor foxing), uncut. Naples: ex Regia Typographia, 1837.
The uncommon catalogue of the first and only volume describing the Arabic manuscripts in what is today the Biblioteca Nazionale of Naples. Lettieri (1804-49), was professor of Arabic at the University of Naples.
The folding printed table depicts Arabic letter forms and their Latin equivalents.
1 p.l., 404 pp. Small 8vo, self-bound. Leipzig: .
An uncommon sale catalogue, which describes in the first half (3314 lots) the library of Müller (1747-1819), philologist, teacher, and rector of the Stiftsgymnasium at Zeitz in Saxony-Anhalt. He also served as administrator of the monastery’s library at Zeitz and wrote a series of books and articles concerning the manuscripts present in the collection.
The second part of the catalogue describes another 5622 titles of early and contemporary books. It is amazing to contemplate just how many antiquarian books and manuscripts were on the market following the Napoleonic era.
2 p.l., 153,  pp. Small 8vo, self-bound (title & verso of final leaf a little dusty). Nuremberg: J.L. Schmidmer, 1829.
A very rare sale catalogue. Hoffmann (1739-1828), was rector of the famous Latin school that was part of the Holy Spirit Hospital in Nuremberg, founded in 1339. His library consisted of 2632 volumes and included some early incunabula, many 16th-century books, and works of philology, history, etc.
Very nice copy. WorldCat locates only one copy, in Germany.
Engraved vignette on title & 32 finely engraved plates (seven are folding). 4 p.l., 50 pp., 2 leaves. Folio, cont. half-calf & speckled boards (a little worn), spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. Amsterdam: printed for the Heirs of Jan van der Heyden, 1735.
Second edition, enlarged with important additions. The first edition appeared in 1690. The frequency and severity of fires in increasingly densely constructed cities was a growing and devastating problem in the 17th century. Until that time, firefighting had been quite rudimentary. But solutions were soon found with the invention of fire engines with suction and force pumps.
Van der Heyden (1637-1712), a Dutch Baroque-period painter and printmaker, was one of the most accomplished painters of landscapes and buildings of his time. But, as an Amsterdam city official, he was also concerned with the problem of fires in that city and turned his attention to the problem. In 1672 he developed a fire engine that utilized a suction hose to draw water from a reservoir. He also invented, in conjunction with his brother Nicolaes, a new and highly effective flexible fire hose made of leather and joined together using brass fittings, which was able to withstand considerable pressure while directing water at a fire.
Added engraved title (with the arms & port. of the dedicatee, Christian Ludwig I, Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin) & 32 engraved plates (one is folding). 12 p.l., 408,  pp. Small thick 4to, cont. vellum over boards (minor browning throughout). Würzburg: J.G. Schönwetter, 1660.
First edition of one of the most comprehensive works of the period dealing with all kinds of measuring operations, including surveying. Many of the instruments described were preserved in Kircher’s museum. This book, along with that of Claramontius, “contains the most important records of the leveling instruments of this period.”–Kiely, Surveying Instruments, p. 130–(& see pp. 130-33, 136, 137, 139, 233, 241, & 340).
Fine copy. Contemporary ownership inscription on title.
Two large folding engraved maps, one finely hand-colored, the other heightened in color, & three folding printed tables. xxviii, 654 pp., one leaf of errata. Two parts in one vol. Large thick 4to, cont. green sheep-backed green boards (upper joint with a three-inch crack at head), spine gilt, red leather lettering piece on spine. Würzburg: J. Stahel, 1810 [altered by hand to read “1820“].
—. Formulare zu den Forstinstruktionen als Dritter Theil der Forstdirektionslehre. 32 folding printed tables & three leaves of explanatory text. 1 p.l., 136 pp. Large 4to. Würzburg: J. Stahel, 1810.
1 p.l., 261, 20 pp. Small 8vo, stitched as issued (title detached). Leipzig: .
Kees (1750-1821), was professor of law and a judge at Leipzig and the author of a number of works on criminology, Church rights, and matrimonial law. In his anonymously published Allgemeines juristisch–praktisches Lehrbuch… (1789), he criticized the existing legal literature as being too complicated for laymen to understand. He also suggested that bad justice was prevalent in the German courts.
The library of Kees was large and largely concerned with legal texts. The catalogue — 5496 lots of books and 258 lots of art and autographs — includes items...
63 pp. Small 8vo, self-bound. [Vienna, Prague, or Karlsbad?]: 1806.
Franz Haas (1762-1811), was a publisher and bookseller with branches in Vienna, Prague, and Karlsbad, the famous spa in western Bohemia in today’s Czech Republic. This catalogue of about 1000 priced items was prepared to help guests pass the time while taking the cure at Karlsbad. The catalogue contains collected works of popular poets and novelists, books with engravings, children’s books, travel, a small selection of French books, and much engraved music for various instruments.
Fine copy and very rare; WorldCat does not list a copy.
One folding engraved plate, finely hand-colored. 3 p.l., ii, 144 pp. 8vo, cont. fine sheep, spine nicely gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. Berlin: S.F. Hesse, 1788.
First edition, printed on fine thick paper, of this posthumously published work on various aspects of forest management; A.D.B. considers it to be one of the author’s most important writings. Gleditsch (1714-86), a celebrated German botanist and sylviculturist and a close friend and supporter of Linnaeus, was director of the botanical garden at Berlin. He wrote many works on botany and sylviculture and gave the first public courses on scientific forest management in...
1 p.l., 28 pp. Small 8vo, self-bound (title & verso of final leaf dusty). Halle: Gebauer, .
The very rare sale catalogue of the natural history library of Gebauer (1745-1818), the Halle publisher and printer. In 1772, Johann Jacob took over the publishing firm established by his father in 1733 and ran it until his own death in 1818. The publishing house was later acquired by his son-in-law C.A. Schwetschke and renamed Gebauer-Schwetschke. During Johann Jacob’s proprietorship, the firm greatly expanded, specializing in scholarly, scientific, and theological works. The archive of the publishing house from its origins is in the city archives of Halle.
Double-page folding engraved frontis., a double-page folding port. of the author, & 35 double-page engraved plates (nine are also folding). 13 p.l., 120 pp. Small folio, 18th-cent. speckled black boards (a little rubbed), red leather lettering pieces on spine (the one at the foot is partially worn away). Augsburg: J. Schultes, 1640.
First edition and a fine fresh copy of this attractively printed and illustrated book; our copy comes from the celebrated library of the Counts of Schönborn-Buchheim with their engraved bookplate and label on upper cover.
Furttenbach (1591-1667), went to Italy at age sixteen for ten years to study engineering and military...
2 p.l., 268 pp. 8vo, self-bound (margins of title a bit frayed). Frankfurt: September 1809.
A very rare book auction catalogue of over 6000 lots; Loh, V, p. 256 knows of it only from a newspaper ad. This catalogue is rather unusual as there are prices alongside each lot; we learn from the Foreword that these serve as guides to bidders. Most of the books were published in Germany and France within thirty years of the auction. The arrangement is by language and then format. There are several sections of what are clearly “racy” French novels.
Very good copy. No copy in WorldCat.
2 p.l., 366 pp. Small 8vo, self-bound (spine a little defective). Leipzig: 1809.
A rare sale catalogue: Loh, V, p. 256 locates no copy, although WorldCat records a copy at the Sachsische Landesbibliothek, Dresden. This was a large sale of 5162 lots of books and 176 lots of prints and music; it took place in Eilenburg, near Leipzig. While the sale is anonymous, there were several notable Eilenburg residents who died that year and are candidates for ownership, including Sabina Christophora von Görne (b. 1739) and the city physician Christian Gottlob Francke (b. 1760).
The lots are arranged by subject and then format. Section 18 is enticingly entitled “Typographische Monumente und andere Seltenheiten” and contains, amongst other notable books, a Hypnerotomachia Poliphili of 1499. Section 19 lists manuscripts including a 7th- or 8th-century vellum manuscript of Isidore of Seville!
2 p.l., 286 pp. Small 8vo, orig. blue wrappers. Dresden: “Gedruckt beym Hofbuchdrucker Meinhold,” 1807.
A very rare Dresden book auction catalogue; Loh, V, p. 227 locates no copy. This was a large sale of 5598 lots. While most of the lots are 17th and 18th century, there are a good number of 16th-century books as well. The range of subjects is impressive. and many of the books are in French, English, and Latin.
Segnitz was a long-standing auctioneer of books, natural history specimens, and art in Dresden. He sold many famous libraries during his career. Known for issuing catalogues that listed books in...
Woodcut arms on title. 10 p.l., 208 numbered leaves. Small 4to, later speckled boards (some browning & waterstaining, first 12 leaves with marginal restorations with loss of a few letters). Madrid: Varez à Castro, 1599.
First edition of a rare book; there is no copy in North America. Bastelli was a native of Melfi in the Basilicata region of southern Italy. He practiced medicine in Naples and successfully treated Juan de Zuñiga, Count of Miranda, who was serving as Spain’s viceroy of Naples. Bastelli accompanied the Count back to Spain in 1595. There, Bastelli became a physician at the court of Philip III at Valladolid...
Woodcut printer’s device on title. 183,  pp., 2 blank leaves. Small 8vo, cont. blind-stamped panelled pigskin over wooden boards (minor rubbing), bevelled edges, orig. catches & clasps. Cologne: J. Gymnich, 1534.
BRASAVOLA, Antonio Musa. Examen omnium Simplicium medicamentorum, quorum in officinis usus est. Addita sunt insuper Aristotelis Problemata, quae ad stirpium genus, & oleracea pertinent. 12 p.l., 542 (i.e., 544),  pp. Small 8vo. Lyons: J. & F. Frellon, 1537.
Title within illus. border, frontis., & 51 illus. in the text. Five vols. in one. 8vo, orig. wrappers (rubbed & a little defective, first leaf a little dusty), new stitching. Kyoto: Kikuya, [ca. 1714].
First edition of this notable gastronomy book; it is rather uncommon. The Shijo School of Cooking was established by professional chefs during the Muromachi period (ca. 1400-1550). These chefs specialized in preparing formal banquets for nobility. The text is a compilation of techniques and recipes taken from earlier noteworthy cookbooks of this school. There are details on cutting and slicing, the meanings of the dimensions of the long metal chopsticks...
Numerous woodcut illus. in the text. 24; 27; 23 folding leaves. Three vols. 8vo, orig. patterned wrappers (cover of Vol. II a little stained), orig. block-printed title labels on upper covers, new stitching. Osaka, Kyoto, & Edo: Prefaces & Afterword dated 1802.
—. Nokaeki kohen [Sequel to For the Farmer’s Benefit]. Numerous woodcut illus. in the text. 30; 35 folding leaves. Two vols. 8vo, orig. patterned wrappers (bindings a little soiled), orig. block-printed title labels on upper covers, new stitching. Osaka, Kyoto, & Edo: Prefaces dated 1810 & Afterword dated 1802.
27 full-page woodcuts (14 of which are partly color printed) by Tokei Niwa. 14, 6 folding leaves. Large 8vo, orig. wrappers (a little soiled), orig. block-printed title label on upper cover, new stitching. Osaka: Sumitomo clan, ca. 1801-11.
First edition of an important and fascinating illustrated work on the history and technology of smelting copper in Japan, which by the late 1670s had become the largest copper producing and exporting country in the world (replacing Sweden and replaced by China in the 1740s), with much of the copper being exported by the Dutch East India Company to European and Asian markets. Copper mining, refining...
Pictorial frontis. & many full-page woodcuts. 32; 32 folding leaves. Two vols. 8vo, orig. patterned wrappers, orig. woodblock title labels on upper covers (labels a little rubbed & defective), new stitching. Osaka: Kawachiya Tasuke et al., Preface dated 1827.
First edition of this richly illustrated work on the theory of Japanese garden design. Akisato (fl. 1780-1814), travelled with his artists throughout the country in order to accurately record the landmarks, writing the first detailed accounts of early Japan; his books were immediate best sellers. In his earlier works, he had described many of the most important gardens of Japan; in this work he describes the...