35 pp. 8vo, modern wrappers. Berlin: G. Reimer, 1834.
First separate edition, an offprint with new pagination from von Gräfe and von Walther’s Journal für Chirurgie und Augenheilkunde (Vol. XXI). Heidenreich (1798-1857), a doctor at Ansbach, was the presiding physician during the autopsy of Kaspar Hauser following his mysterious death in December of 1833.
In this work, Heidenreich provides a description of Hauser’s wounds, his final days, and the autopsy itself.
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35 pp. 8vo, modern wrappers. Berlin: G. Reimer, 1834.
Three folding printed tables. Title printed in red & black. 96 pp. 8vo, cont. sheep (leather a little wormed), spine richly gilt, red leather lettering piece on spine. The Hague: “Aux Depens de la Compagnie,” 1753.
First edition. There is a lack of clarity regarding the authorship of this work. The probable main author is Herouville de Claye (1712-82), French soldier who served in a number of campaigns under Louis XV in Flanders and Germany. He eventually rose to become a lieutenant-general and inspector general of the infantry. He wrote several works on military tactics.
The manuscript of the present work was found in the papers of Maurice, Comte de Saxe (1696-1750), marshal of France and one of the greatest generals of his time. Before his death, Maurice revised Herouville de Claye’s text and added a number of comments but left it in manuscript. The early editions bear Saxe’s name on the title.
Woodcut printer’s device on title. 166 pp. 12mo, cont. red morocco, triple gilt fillet round sides, flat spine gilt, a.e.g. Amsterdam: H. Allard, 1672.
First edition in French, originally published the year earlier under the title Aussführliche und warhafftige Beschreibung wie es mit denen Criminal-Processen… This work describes the “Magnate conspiracy” (or “Zriny Frangipani Conspiracy”) and its aftermath, which was an attempt to rid Hungary and Croatia of Habsburg and other foreign influences.
Petar Zrinski (1621-1671), and Fran Krsto Frankopan (1643-1671), along with the Magyar magnate Ferenc Nadasdy (1621-71), “were implicated in a plot against the Habsburgs and...
1 p.l., x, 169 pp.; 2 p.l., 184 pp. Two vols. in one. Small 8vo, cont. mottled calf (foot of spine a little chipped, lower edge of upper cover a little defective), spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. “Londres” (but probably Amsterdam): 1768.
First edition of one Holbach’s most important assaults on religion, in which he attacked Christianity and other religions as the source of all human evils. Holbach (1723-89), French philosopher, kept a salon in Paris for Helvetius, d’Alembert, Diderot, Condillac, Turgot, Buffon, Grimm, Hume, Garrick, Wilkes, Sterne, Rousseau and other free-thinkers. He was a major contributor to the Encyclopédie...
vi, , 602 pp., one leaf of errata. 4to, fine cont. tree calf (very slightly worn at head), gilt borders on sides, spine gilt in compartments, red morocco lettering piece on spine. London: R. Faulder, 1797.
First edition and a lovely copy. This book was written at a pivotal point in the history of geology, after the publication of Hutton’s Theory of the Earth (1795) but before Playfair’s Illustrations of the Huttonian Theory of the Earth (1802). It was a time when no theory had been generally accepted and Biblical theories were still widely current. Howard’s substantial book is a review of some...
4 p.l., 100 pp. 8vo, attractive antique calf-backed marbled boards, spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. London: W. Richardson, 1787.
First edition and quite scarce. Rev. Howlett (1731-1804), economist and writer on the poor, took his BA at St John’s College, Oxford. Most of his writings concentrated on the well-being of the poor, an issue for which he was well equipped as an able statistician and demographer.
It was widely felt in the 18th century that England and Wales were experiencing depopulation. Howlett argued the opposite: that the population of these two countries “had doubled since 1688 and was...
One folding printed table. 1 p.l., 50 pp. 8vo, attractive antique calf-backed marbled boards, spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. London: W. Richardson, 1786.
Second edition, enlarged by the addition of Woodhouse’s letter. Rev. Howlett (1731-1804), economist and writer on the poor, took his BA at St John’s College, Oxford. Most of his writings concentrated on the well-being of the poor, an issue for which he was well equipped as an able statistician and demographer.
It was widely felt in the 18th century that England and Wales were experiencing depopulation. Howlett argued the opposite: that the population of...
Fifty paper specimens, collotype frontis., eight collotype illus., & two block prints with photos of the blocks that made them. Large 4to, orig. orange-backed decorated boards, spine gilt. Chillicothe: Mountain House Press, 1937.
Limited to 125 numbered copies, signed by the author and printed on paper handmade from the inner bark of the mulberry tree by Hunter while in Asia. The specimens, many of which are folding, are in excellent condition. The paper specimens were collected by Hunter during his journeys in China “as well as in Indo-China, Java, Sumatra, Siam, Malay Peninsula, and other Asiatic countries where the Chinese have emigrated”...
Colored frontis. and over 150 tipped-in illus., facsimiles of paper specimens and ream wrappers, & photographic illus. Large folio, orig. cloth-backed decorated paper boards, printed paper label on spine. Chillicothe: Mountain House Press, 1950.
Limited to 210 (?, see below) numbered copies, signed by Hunter who, for this book, made his own paper, type, and ink, and set all the type himself. “The most authoritative history of early American papermaking is Dard Hunter’s sumptuous, large folio Papermaking by Hand in America, a tour de force on one-man bookmaking, set by the author in a handcut type and hand-printed on handmade paper manufactured at...
Woodcut printer’s device of the golden compass on title. 119 pp. Small 8vo, 18th-cent. Belgian mottled calf (head of spine a little chipped, joints rubbed), sides gilt, spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine (label partly flaked away). Antwerp: C. Plantin, 1570.
[as usual, bound after]:
PHILIP II, King of Spain. Philippi II. Regis Catholici Edictum De Librorum prohibitorum catalogo observando. Woodcut printer’s device of the golden compass on title. 8 unnumbered leaves. Antwerp: C. Plantin, 1570.
47 engraved plates on 28 sheets, all finely handcolored. 3 p.l., xxxix, 46 pp. 4to, cont. marbled boards, paper label on spine. Tübingen: J.G. Cotta, 1811.
First edition of this history of ancient warfare, illustrated with diagrams of the formations and maps of important battles. An Austrian lawyer, Jekel (1763-1816), wrote on many topics including architecture and engineering, military history, and Polish law. In the introduction, he surveys ancient warfare and strategy beginning with Egyptian chariots through the legions of Rome. He describes 40 historic battles, including Marathon, Thermopylae, Salamis, Plataea, Leuctra, and Mycale. In the text, Jekel distinguishes the opposing combatants...
4 p.l., 228,  pp. Small 8vo (160 x 95 mm.), cont. calf-backed marbled boards (head of spine a little cracked & vellum lettering piece a little chipped). Metz: Claude Lamort, 1786.
First edition of an important guide to the Parisian art market, written by one of the leading dealers of the latter half of the 18th century. Joullain (ca. 1734-90), the son of a successful engraver and art dealer, organized a number of famous art sales such as those of the Marquis de Marigny, the Marquis de Lassay, Gabriel Huquier, and Philippe Coypel. This work is a comprehensive update to his Répertoire of 1783, which...
viii, 612 pp. 12mo, orig. yellow printed paper wrappers (extremities a trifle worn), uncut. Paris: Guillaumin & Cie, 1856.
The first appearance of Juglar’s (1819-1905) seminal article on pages 555-81 regarding the theory of economic downturns and business cycles. This work served as the foundation for his 1862 prize-winning essay “Des crises commerciales et de leur retour périodique en France, en Angleterre et aux États-Unis.”
Fine copy in original state, sporadic but inoffensive foxing.
128 pp. Small 8vo, cont. slick red-orange paper boards, covers decorated in gilt (now oxidized). Regensburg: 1793.
First edition of this account of the first campaign, in 1792, in which the armies of Prussia and Hesse-Kassel participated against France. The beginning of the work contains an explanation of the reasons which caused the courts of Vienna and Berlin to go to war against France.
Fine copy with an A.L.s laid-in from the author presenting this book to the future King Maximilian I of Bavaria. From the Wittelsbach library of the dukes and kings of Bavaria. Rare; no copy in the U.S....
17 (of 36) folding black & white woodcut plates, each with fine contemporary (?) hand-coloring. Printed in red & black (zhu mo tao yin ben). 51; 50 folding leaves. Two vols. 8vo (265 x 166 mm.), modern brown wrappers, new stitching. [Beijing: Wu ying dian [the Imperial Printing House], Preface dated 1711, Afterword dated 1712, completed 1713?].
First edition, Chinese issue, of this famous and beautifully illustrated book, ordered by and overseen by Kangxi (1654-1722), Emperor of China. It was printed in 400 copies on superior paper, 200 in Manchu and 200 in Chinese. The Chinese edition is quite remarkable for having been printed in both black and red ink (zhu mo...
[From the preface]: “April 1852.”
In the early 1850s, Japan still maintained sakoku, a policy of isolationism established in 1635 and intended to minimize foreign influence. The governments of Britain, the United States, and Russia, were each determined to be the first to benefit from trade with Japan. Within Japan, there was a growing and passionate debate about how to respond to foreign incursions. Two major camps formed: one claimed it was necessary to use foreign technology in order to repel invasions; the other argued that only traditional Japanese methods should be employed. Our scroll depicts the integration of Western weapons...
19 folding engraved plates, maps, & views (one is hand-colored). xvi, 236 pp., one leaf of errata; iv, , 190 pp., one leaf of errata; x, 163,  pp. Three vols. in two. 8vo, orig. red sheep maroquiné [Vol. II, Vol. I more “orangey”], sides ruled in gilt, flat spines gilt, a.e.g. Nuremberg: J.A. Stein, 1833.
First edition of this history of the major battles and sieges in which the Royal Bavarian Second Army Corps took a role. They include those at Cham, Donauwörth, Ingolstadt, Lauingen, Memmingen, Neuburg, Nördlingen, Regensburg, Straubing, and Wülzburg.
The handsomely engraved plates depict plans and maps of cities and regions. The battles range from the 16th century up through the Napoleonic period.
12; 27; 16 folding leaves with erratic foliation. Three parts in one vol. Small 8vo (142 x 193 mm.), orig. decorated covers embellished with mica, new stitching. [Japan]: after 1808; after 1817; & after 1818.
A remarkable discovery, the mock-up for an unpublished illustrated work by Kitao (1739-1820), a master of book illustration, with 16 pages of his exquisite drawings. From this manuscript, we learn a great deal about the creative process leading up to the publication of illustrated books in the mid-Edo period. This work’s religious contents also would have been a departure for Kitao, who was celebrated for his bijin-ga and yakusha-e. We have found no other...
Fine lithographed port. of Graf Schlik & one folding lithographed map. 313,  pp. 8vo, presentation binding of red velvet, embossed in blind & with gilt arms on each cover, a.e.g. Olmütz: Skarnitzl, 1850.
First edition of this eye-witness account by one of the participants of the winter campaign of 1848-49, commanded by Graf Franz Schlik (1789-1862), Austrian general, against the numerically superior revolutionaries in Hungary. In spite of the Hungarians’ advantages, Schlik was able to win a number of battles and skirmishes. Schlik was one of the most successful Austrian generals during the Hungarian Revolution of 1848.
Very fine copy in a red velvet presentation binding from the Wittelsbach library of the dukes and kings of Bavaria.
N.p. [Japan]: n.d. [but 17th century].
These texts give an account of the life and times of Shingen Takeda (1521-73), and his son Katsuyori Takeda (1546-82), the greatest warriors of a prominent military house active from 1185 to about 1600, a period of considerable chaos in Japan. The Takeda clan had a profound influence on the development of the concept of bushido, the warrior class ethical system, which in turn can be said to permeate much of modern Japanese culture. Our manuscript includes “accounts of the Takeda clan’s rise and fall; their unique military tactics; the army’s constitution;...
[Probably Kyoto: 1862 or shortly thereafter].
The opening of Japan by Perry caused tremendous political and economic turmoil and violence within the hitherto relatively peaceful country. The country was divided into two groups: the first supported the shogun and his cooperation with the Western nations and the second considered these changes a betrayal of traditional Japanese values and called for the emperor to unify the country.
Finely engraved added allegorical title-page & added engraved port. of the author, 158 engraved plates (numbered 1-54; 1-42; 1-25; 1-15; 1-17; 1-5), five engraved headpieces & four tailpieces in the text, and several finely engraved initials. 8 p.l., 127,  pp., 1 leaf of errata. Folio, cont. red morocco, gilt arms of Nicolas-Joseph Foucault on covers, panelled in gilt, spine gilt, a.e.g. Rome: J.J. Komarek, 1690.
First edition, and a splendid copy in handsome contemporary red morocco with the arms of Nicolas Joseph Foucault, of a “sumptuous work describing and depicting upon the excellent engraved plates a large variety of ancient Roman objects…”–Sinkankas, Gemology...
Title within finely engraved & elaborate architectural border and 27 engraved plates (four double-page or folding). Collation as in Mortimer: “four preliminary leaves, one additional leaf of printed text (leaf ), & 27 engraved plates on leaves 5-31, 33-36.” Large folio, cont. speckled calf (joints a little cracked but strong), double gilt fillet round sides, spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. From the second leaf: “Roma, In Casa Nostra,” 1559.
Fifth edition (1st ed.: 1552) of this important work in the study of classical architecture and one of the earliest architectural treatises illustrated with copper plates, in place of woodcuts and printed text. The...