Seven unnumbered leaves. Small folio (295 x 195 mm.), attractive antique marbled boards. “Madrid: 24 October 1748.”
A curious manuscript on solutions to combat growing difficulties in harvesting and processing silk in Valencia. In 56 ordenanzas, Jiménez de Quesada lists the ways in which the Torcidos factory plans on reforming its production methods. He cites several experts on silk, such as “Dr. Juan Bautista Ayolde,” and laws that impact the manufacture of the raw materials. Techniques from other regions are also mentioned.
In fine condition. Tightly trimmed, just touching text in a few instances.
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Seven unnumbered leaves. Small folio (295 x 195 mm.), attractive antique marbled boards. “Madrid: 24 October 1748.”
Nine numbered leaves. Small folio (300 x 195 mm.), attractive antique marbled boards. [Spain: ca. 1738].
An unpublished manuscript, written in a single legible hand, in which the author advocates Spanish mercantilism to protect the domestic silk trade from foreign competition. Carlon, an expert on silk manufacturing, thoroughly describes each step in the making of silk. He concludes with reasons why Spain and this industry would benefit from mercantilism.
In fine condition.
1 p.l., ten numbered leaves. Folio (285 x 190 mm.), attractive antique marbled boards. [Valencia: ca. 1750].
An interesting document that describes the founding of an association to support Valencia’s principal silk production facility. Beginning in the 15th century, Valencia built a robust silk industry thanks to close ties with Genoa, which exported silk to the eastern Mediterranean. Within a century, silk had become one of Valencia’s most important exports and by the 17th century the city had consolidated control over the harvesting and manufacture of silk fiber. The mass-production of woven silk helped revitalize the Valencian economy in the 18th century after...
Complete set of 20 original albumen photographs (image sizes: 170 x 250 mm. & 230 x 190 mm.) by Charles David Winter mounted on card boards (440 x 350 mm.). Folio, orig. portfolio with large printed title pasted on upper cover (cloth spine a little worn, some rubbing to boards), orig. cloth ties. Strasbourg: Winter Fassoli, 1870.
A fine set of this extremely rare portfolio of 20 albumen photographs by the Strasbourg photographer Charles David Winter (1821-1904). These photographs reveal the devastation that took place during the siege of Strasbourg in August and September 1870 by Germany in the Franco-Prussian War. This siege was the first example of “total...
2 p.l., xv, , 482 pp. 8vo, orig. blue boards, rebacked with orig. paper spine laid-down, printed paper label on spine, uncut. London: W. Savage “Printer to the Royal Institution,” 1809.
First edition. “The Royal Institution of Great Britain dates from 1799, when it was founded by Benjamin Thompson, Count Rumford. Michael Faraday became the first Fullerian Professor of Chemistry, and many eminent scientists have been associated with the Institution. The library was inaugurated by the purchase of the library of Thomas Astle in 1804 for 1,000 guineas. The first librarian, William Harris, was responsible for the first catalogue published in 1809, containing...
Two vols. Large & thick 8vo, orig. brown cloth, spines gilt, t.e.g. London: “Printed by Order of the Trustees” [of the] British Museum, 1908.
“Historians of the Civil War and Commonwealth can hardly sing too highly the praises of the London bookseller George Thomason (1600?-1666) who, from 1640 to 1661, collected nearly 23,000 ephemeral tracts, pamphlets, news sheets and other broadsides mainly of a political or satirical nature and bound them, in chronological order, in 2000 volumes. After various vicissitudes, the collection was purchased in 1762 by George III for the British Museum…Every scholar knows the two handsome volumes of...
Numerous illus. & plates (several double-page) by Albert Tissandier; one folding table printed on both sides & one folding map. viii, 344 pp. Large 8vo, fine orig. red sheep (a few tiny defects), panelled in gilt, with the initials of Albert Tissandier on upper cover (“A.T.”), spine nicely gilt, a.e.g. Paris: M. Dreyfous, 1878.
First edition, the copy of Albert Tissandier, the illustrator of this book and brother of the author. Gaston Tissandier (1843-99), chemist, meteorologist, author, and aviator, with his brother Albert, were the most famous balloonists of their time, making a number of ascensions. They were the first to...
Five vols. All large 4to, orig. bindings, all with pictorial dust-jackets, all as issued. Each in the original publisher’s cardboard mailing box. In very fine and fresh condition. All Cheshire, Connecticut: Graphics Press.
First editions, each signed by Edward Tufte on the half-titles. Copies of the original first editions of Edward Tufte’s highly influential works have grown increasingly scarce. A set of just the first four volumes, first printings and all signed by Tufte, sold for $8125 in the auction of his library in 2010 (Christie’s New York, 2 December 2010, lot 155).
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iv, 51,  pp. 8vo, attractive antique calf-backed marbled boards, spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. London: B. White and Son et al., 1788.
First edition. Land enclosure in 18th-century Britain was highly controversial: it consolidated small landholdings into larger farms, ceasing to be common land for communal use. Oftentimes, landowners, including the Church, were not adequately compensated upon suffering enclosure on their properties.
Turner (1739-1826), took his degree at Emmanuel College, Cambridge and was rector of Wing. This work was written on the occasion of the enclosure of one of his livings, given to him by the Crown in 1788...
36 pp. Small 8vo, modern boards. Berlin: “Im Verlag der Kōnigl. Preuss. akadem. Kunst- und Buchhandlung,” 1789.
First separate edition, originally published in the same year in the Berlinischen Journal für Aufklärung. This work was written in response to the newly enacted censorship edict, in which King Friedrich Wilhelm II ordered that all publications and other forms of printed material — including illustrations — be submitted to Prussian state censors for approval. Any critical statements of a political or religious nature were officially discouraged. These restrictions remained in force until the 1840s, with the accession of Friedrich Wilhelm IV to the...
Folding printed table in Vol. I. (with a short tear). 9 p.l., iv, -364 pp.; 4 p.l., -368 pp. Two vols. 8vo, cont. sheep (rubbed, occasional browning), spines gilt, red leather lettering pieces on spines. Philadelphia: Printed for the Author, 1785.
First American edition of the most substantial agricultural text yet published in the United States; it was published during Varlo’s unsuccessful sojourn in America (see below). Varlo (ca. 1725-ca. 1795), was an agriculturist and inventor of a number of agricultural machines. The present book was first published in York in 1770.
“In 1784, while he was living in Sloane Square, in London, Varlo became involved in a somewhat ludicrous episode. He had bought papers and charters supposedly granted by Charles I to Sir Edward Plowden, entitling him to colonize New Albion (later New Jersey) in America. This attempt at colonization had failed and in Charles II’s reign the charter was superseded by a new grant to the duke of York. Armed with his papers (which were probably forgeries), Varlo went out to the American colonies in 1784 hoping to be recognized as governor of the province of New Jersey and to take over one-third of the territory. The case was tried before the colonial courts, but Varlo’s claim was dismissed…Before returning to England he travelled for a year through New England, Maryland, and Virginia (where he met George Washington).”–ODNB.
xvi, 320 pp. 8vo, cont. red sheep maroquiné (upper cover a little rubbed & soiled), quadruple gilt fillets round sides with gilt fleurons in each corner, flat spine richly gilt, a.e.g. Sulzbach: J.E. von Seidel, 1827.
First edition of this translation and critical edition of Vegetius’ great treatise on warfare De Re Militari, the most widely-read classical military text of the Middle Ages. It formed the basis of the education of nearly every aristocratic military commander in Europe and was for many centuries the most popular source of information on the preparation and conduct of warfare. It was originally composed...
Twelve finely engraved leaves. Oblong 4to. London: I. Taylor, [plates dated Sept. 20. 1771].
—. The Complete Modern Joiner, or a Collection of Original Designs in the Present Taste, for Chimney-Pieces and Door-Cases, with their Mouldings and Enrichments at Large; Frizes, Tablets, Ornaments for Pilasters, Bases, Sub-Bases and Cornices for Rooms, &c. With a Table shewing the Proportion of Chimneys with their Entablatures, to Rooms of any Size…A New Edition. 36 finely engraved plates. Two leaves of text. Oblong 4to, antique half-calf & marbled boards. London: I. Taylor, [plates dated March 30, 1772].
Two engraved plates with nine facsimiles, printed in color. x, 552 pp. 8vo, orig. blue wrappers, uncut. Heidelberg: A. Oswald, 1817.
First edition of this invaluable and tragic history of the Bibliotheca Palatina of Heidelberg, the most important library of the German Renaissance, along with accounts of other Heidelberg libraries.
“Ninety-five years after the sack of Rome by Lutheran lands-knechts a Catholic army marched into the Palatinate to punish its Calvinist Elector. To Pope Gregory XV a glorious prize suddenly appeared within reach: the famous public library of Heidelberg, founded in the mid-sixteenth century by the Elector Ottheinrich, celebrated for its ancient...
Ca. 150 catalogue cards bolted. Washington, D.C. & New York: Independent Curators Incorporated, 1978-80.
An uncommon exhibition catalogue, important in the early popularization of artists’ books. Curated by Wilson and Frank, the exhibition included more than a hundred examples of book art, representing a wide variety of publishing methods. It also broadened the distribution of these publications, which were normally spread informally, to art spaces across North America. The show was hosted at six locations: Allen Memorial Art Museum; the University of Hartford; Dalhousie University Art Gallery; the University of California, Irvine; the Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art; and the Washington...
42; 26; 31; 38 folding leaves. Four vols. 8vo, orig. wrappers, new stitching. [China]: on title-page & at end of Preface: “1717.”
First edition of this well-regarded standard history, finished in 1717, which “narrates the history of Prince Fu (reigned 1644-1645) in Nanjing, as the successor of the Chongzhen Emperor (reigned 1628-1644), and the short reigns of Prince Tang (reigned 1645-1646) and Prince Gui (reigned 1646-1661) that tried to resist the conquest of China by the Manchus. It ends in 1683 with the submission of Zheng Keshuang (1670-1707), the last supporter of the Ming (1368-1644), to the Manchus. The Sanfan jishi benmo is a very concise...
First edition and very rare; this book is based on the Jusen wakan koto hennen gounzu (ca. 1611) by Nichisei (or Nichisho or Enchi, 1554-1614), a priest at the Yohoji Temple in Kyoto, where they printed “a series of important books…between 1600 and 1614” (Chibbett) with movable types. Nichisei supervised the temple’s printing program and also wrote and edited most of the works himself. Chronology was used in this work to legitimize the ruling families and dynasties and to provide a historical context and memory.
Yoshida (1598-1672), a member of a prominent family of physicians and engineers, is most famous for...
4 p.l., 182,  pp., one leaf of ads. 8vo, attractive modern calf, Greek key motif in gilt round sides, spine nicely gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. Bury St. Edmund’s: J. Rackham for W. Richardson, 1793.
Second edition, enlarged. The first edition was published earlier in the same year; this work quickly ran to four editions and was translated into French, German, and Italian. Young’s earlier Travels to France (1792), though acknowledged as a first-rate work, had been considered rather too uncritical of the French Revolution to gain much readership in England.
“Young’s experiences in France brought about a permanent change in his political views. From being a liberal and a reformer, by 1792 he had become an opponent of the revolution and a conservative in English matters. He was highly critical of the ancien régime but, equally, he attacked the excesses of the revolution, and now he was fearful of the consequences of reform in England, necessary though it was. In France he had seen destitute aristocrats sheltering in inns from the destruction of their châteaux, and he now received the dreadful news of the murder of his friend the duc de la Rochefoucauld, while another friend, the duc de Liaincourt, had taken refuge as an emigré in Bury St Edmunds. What was perhaps his most influential pamphlet, The Example of France a Warning to Britain, appeared in 1793 and reflected his changed views.”–ODNB.
Five engraved plates (three are folding) & one woodcut in the text. 1 p.l., xxiv, 539,  pp; 1 p.l., 416 pp. Two vols. 8vo, cont. speckled calf, flat spines gilt, red morocco lettering pieces on spines. London: H. Goldney for T. Cadell, 1780.
Second edition (the first edition appeared earlier in the same year) and a handsome set. This work “was well received at the time, and has since become a valuable source as one of the few accounts of conditions in Ireland at this time. Among other subjects Young had much to say on commercial policy and the activities of the Dublin Society;...
2 p.l., 73 pp., one leaf of ads. 8vo, attractive antique calf-backed marbled boards, spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. London: W. Richardson, 1797.
First edition, presentation copy, inscribed on the half-title: “From the Author.” Young’s trips to France were primarily to look at French farms and farming techniques. His trips also gave him an excellent perspective on the political upheavals of the country. “Young’s experiences in France brought about a permanent change in his political views. From being a liberal and a reformer, by 1792 he had become an opponent of the revolution and a conservative in English matters...
28 engraved plates (many are folding) & six folding printed tables. Four vols. 8vo, cont. polished calf (each lower joint with a slight crack, head of one spine with the slightest chip), spines finely & richly gilt, red & green morocco lettering pieces on spines. London: W. Strahan et al., 1770.
First edition, and a lovely set in attractive contemporary bindings. “On this tour Young travelled 2,500 miles from Bradfield to the northern boundary of England, across country westward, and so in a wide sweep back home, and he collected statistical data from some 250 farms of all sizes and descriptions. These data he attempted...
Numerous woodcut illus. (some folding), in Vol. III. Text vols.: 73; 45 folding leaves. Three vols. 8vo, orig. brown wrappers (several wrappers somewhat defective), new stitching. [Hang Xian: 1933].
First edition of “the first book on traditional Chinese architecture by a Chinese author.”–Shuishan Yu, “Chang’an Avenue and the Axes of Beijing” in Chang’an Avenue and the Modernization of Chinese Architecture (University of Washington Press), p. 261.
This is a pioneering work in Chinese architectural historiography. Yue (1867-1944), was a revolutionary turned literati scholar and served on the faculty of Beijing University’s Department of Architecture. The third volume contains a number of...
One folding lithographed map of the city & its environs and one folding lithographed plate of the geological strata of the region. x, 338 pp. 8vo, cont. turquoise glazed boards (joints a little worn, some foxing), uncut. Jena: F. Frommann, 1836.
First edition of this uncommon work on the great university city of Jena in Thuringia. Since the 16th century, the city’s university has traditionally been in the forefront of German universities in acceptance of new and liberal ideas.
For this book, Zenker (1799-1837), professor of natural history at the University of Jena, has organized a team of colleagues to describe the...
30; 32; 38; 40 folding leaves. Four vols. Large 8vo, orig. dark green patterned wrappers (some worming touching but not obscuring text), orig. block-printed title labels on upper covers, new stitching. Kyoto: Fushimiya Toemon, colophon dated “1683.”
First edition to be published in Japan of this important encyclopedic work, printed in Chinese with Japanese reading marks. One of the first encyclopedias compiled in China, it was written by Hua Zhang (232-300), statesman, book collector, scholar, writer, and protoscientist, who also wrote, with Xu Xun, the famous catalogue of the imperial library known as Zhongjing bu [Catalogue of the Palace Texts].
Bo wu zhi was first printed in China in 1505. “The Bowu zhi is a collection of 322 items divided into 37 subject headings. Most of the material consists of short anecdotes that are more descriptive than narrative. The first juan of the Song edition gives an account of the geography of the realm, including mountains, oceans, rivers, lakes, and unusual phenomena, ending with a rhymed zan (appraisal). The Bowu zhi is attested as early as the sixth century.”–Knechtges & Chang, Ancient and Early Medieval Chinese Literature, I, pp. 50-51 & see III, pp. 2156-63 for a biographical account of Zhang.