viii, 63 pp. 8vo, attractive antique calf-backed paste-paper boards, spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. Paris: Dubois, 1832.
A rare sale catalogue of a varied and rich collection formed by one of Napoleon’s trusted advisors. Hauterive (1754-1830), statesman and archivist, fled from the Revolution to the United States, where he served as French consul in New York. He was recalled to France by Talleyrand to a high post in the office of foreign affairs in 1798. The two collaborated on De L’État de la France à la fin de l’an VIII (1800), which justified Napoleon’s coup d’état to the world...
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viii, 63 pp. 8vo, attractive antique calf-backed paste-paper boards, spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. Paris: Dubois, 1832.
One very large folding lithographed map. 87 pp. 8vo, disbound. [Washington]: 1858.
First edition of this fundamental western report, describing Beale’s journey from San Antonio to Fort Tejon on the Colorado. The trip is famous in the annals of travel, since Beale’s task was to deliver the camels the Army had imported as a desert transport corps to their station in the Arizona desert. The trip took them across Texas to El Paso, up to Albuquerque, then over to the Colorado.
The very large (640 x 1220 mm.) map, “Preliminary Map of the Western Portion of the Reconnaissance and Survey...
Two scrolls, measuring 290 x 6540 mm. & 290 x 6870 mm. Ink, brush, & wash in various colors, on paper, newly & expertly backed. Japan: ca. 1855.
These two vividly illustrated contemporary scrolls recount Commodore Matthew Perry’s second expedition to Japan from the perspective of the Japanese. A large number of the scenes are devoted to American machinery and technology, which the Japanese had never seen before, such as a small-scale train locomotive, a telegraph transmitter, a freestanding steam engine, a furnace, and a cannon. Executed shortly after Perry and his squadron departed, these scrolls also contain portraits of Perry and his chief of staff, Henry A....
One scroll measuring 277 x 3830 mm. Ink, brush, & wash in red, blue, black, and brown, on paper newly & expertly backed. Japan: after 1853.
A contemporary copy of an official report concerning Commodore Perry’s first expedition, when he attempted to land on Japanese shores in 1853. Much of the scroll is wonderfully illustrated and contains a map tracking the American squadron’s path through Uraga Channel on its way to Edo. The scroll dramatically depicts two American steamships and concludes with the text of four internal government documents concerning the arrival of these foreign ships that contain the contents of high-level discussions on the...
Folding engraved frontis. map of the eastern half of North America. xviii, 73 pp. 8vo, orig. printed wrappers. Oxford: the Ashmolean Society, 1839.
First edition and a very fine copy in original state. Daubeny (1795-1867), professor of chemistry, botany, and rural economy at Oxford, carried out important research in chemistry, geology, and botany; he wrote a masterly work on volcanoes (1826).
The present work is the outcome of his extensive travels in the eastern parts of the United States and Canada.
Two folding lithographed maps (each hand-colored) & six lithographed plates of fossils. 136 pp. 8vo, cont. green sheep-backed cloth (lower joint split & cover shaky, head of spine chipped), spine gilt. Boston: Phillips, Sampson, 1853.
First edition. Hitchcock (1793-1864), was President of Amherst College and one of the leading American geologists of the 19th century. This is his general survey of the earth’s geology with emphasis on the United States.
12 p.l. (the first a blank), 159,  pp. (final leaf blank). 12mo, cont. sheep (spine faded, a bit rubbed). London: J.C. for W. Crook, 1672.
First edition of “the earliest work in English on the medicinal virtues of North American tropical plants. Based on first-hand observations made in the West Indies. Evidence suggests that Hughes began his career in 1651 with a privateering voyage to the West Indies, during which he traveled to Barbados, St. Kitts, Cuba, Jamaica and mainland Florida. He appears to have spent a good deal of time visiting British plantations on Jamaica and Barbados, where he observed...
4 p.l. (4th leaf a blank), 58 leaves. 4to, 17th cent. calf (neatly rebacked & recornered), spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. London: T. Berthelet, 1540.
An early Tudor translation of an important early medical work on the curative properties of the American wood known as “guaiacum,” a text first published in Latin in 1519 as De Guaiaci Medicina et Morbo Gallico by the German scholar, poet and reformation thinker Ulrich von Hutten (1488-1523). Hutten’s treatise, which was quickly translated into several languages, popularized the use of guaiacum to treat several conditions, especially the scourge of syphilis, and accelerated the importation...
Many black & gray ink drawings and maps (mostly double-page). 16 leaves. 8vo (250 x 170 mm.), orig. wrappers (slightly soiled), later stitching. Japan: from the text: “1853.”
An extensively illustrated contemporary manuscript recording Japan’s immediate responses to the recent foreign incursions, following Perry’s first mission to Japan. This document contains plans for Japan’s defense, presented with elaborate maps of Uraga Channel and the area around the capital, Edo. It also includes sections where the anonymous author has compiled information on potential invaders: China, Korea, Russia, and the United States. A map displays the limited scope of Japanese understanding of the outside world in 1853...
One woodcut diagram in the text. viii, 103 pp. 8vo, orig. American binding of sheep-backed green printed boards (browning throughout due to the quality of the paper). Philadelphia: E.Y. Schelly, 1838.
First edition in German, enlarged with the additional text by Joel Schelly. Kendrick (1789-1872), was the son of one of the pioneer nurserymen in America, who had established a nursery in 1790 between Newton and Brighton, Massachusetts.
“By 1823, William had become associated with his father in the enterprise, and for a half a century he was one of a small group of nurserymen who laid the foundations of the fruit...
6 p.l., iv, 120,  pp. Small 4to (205 x 145 mm.), cont. vellum over boards. Barcelona: Compañía de Jordi, Roca, y Gaspár, 1803.
First edition, and very rare, of a practical treatise on successful business practices. Coll y Alsina (active early 19th cent.), a businessman in the Maresme region near Barcelona, dedicates this work to his son and addresses him throughout the text. The author advises him on all the steps in the formation and running of a business, by presenting templates for the founding charter, appointment of directors, establishment of bylaws, the purchase of land, insurance, etc. Each section is followed...
One large folding printed chart (533 x 368 mm.). Title within typographical border. 1 p.l., 62 pp. Small folio (290 x 180 mm.), modern boards, label on spine. [Mexico City]: from the folding chart: “Viuda de D. Joseph Bernardo de Hogal,” 1755.
First and only edition printed in Mexico of these important ordinances governing manufacturing, trade, and the production and commerce of food within Mexico City. This copy is complete with the extremely uncommon folding chart detailing bread costs and prices. These 117 statutes touch upon many aspects of daily life, including the large-scale production of bread; quality controls on bread; animal husbandry and the production...
Added finely engraved title by M. Merian (with a port. of Münster), woodcut port. of the author on verso of title, one folding plate (between pp. 1040-41), & 1490 woodcuts in the text (of which 26 are double-page maps & 72 are double-page plans & views). Printed title in red & black. 14 p.l. (incl. the engraved title, the 7th leaf a blank), 1752 pp. Large thick folio, cont. blindstamped panelled pigskin over thick wooden boards (some inevitable browning due to the quality of the paper), eight decorated brass corner-pieces & a central boss on each cover, orig. catches &...
Three parts in two vols. 139; 86 folding leaves. 8vo (235 x 165 mm.), cont. patterned covers (extremities a little worn), new stitching. Edo: ca. 1863.
A fascinating compilation of contemporary reports chronicling the first 11 years of the turbulent Bakumatsu era, 1853-67, the period between Commodore Perry’s first visit to Japan and the establishment of the Meiji government. These two volumes consist of manuscript copies of high-level official documents in the years 1853 to 1863, describing pivotal moments in Japan’s history that fundamentally shaped its relationship to the rest of the world.
Heralding the end of the Edo period and a Tokugawa-controlled government, the Bakumatsu period saw Japan end its policy of strict isolationism. The shogun reluctantly accepted that interactions with the rest of the world were unavoidable; however, sizable factions steadfastly and violently resisted opening Japan to the world. The influx of Americans, British, Russians, French, and Dutch in several port cities instigated numerous crimes against foreigners. In one notable incident in January 1861, a group of samurai assassinated a Dutchman named Henry Heusken, who was serving as secretary and interpreter for the American embassy. That summer, at the British legation in Edo, a band of ronin (masterless samurai) attacked ambassador Rutherford Alcock and several other diplomats, killing two.
Woodcut printer's device on title & 16 woodcuts in the text. 250,  pp., one leaf of errata. 8vo, late 16th cent. richly blindstamped pigskin over wooden boards, orig. clasps & catches. Antwerp: C. Plantin, 1567.
PICODELLA MIRANDOLA, Giovanni Francesco. Libri III. De Auro...Accessit Bernhardi Comitis antiqui Trevirensis... Per Chemeias :[in Greek] Opus Historicum & dogmaticum, ex Gallico in Latinum simpliciter versum, & nunc primùm in lucem editum. Woodcut printer's device on title. 13,  (blank), 223 pp. 8vo. OberUrsel: C. Sutor, 1598.
152 pp. 8vo, orig. pink printed wrappers bound in attractive modern marbled wrappers. [From the upper wrapper]: “Perthes & Besser Buchhandlung Hamburg 1816.”
Following a nine-year apprenticeship, Friedrich Christoph Perthes (1772-1843), established his own book business in 1796. Two years later, he entered into a partnership with his brother-in-law, Johann Heinrich Besser (1775-1826). They soon became one of the leading publishing and bookselling firms of northern Germany. During the Napoleonic period, Perthes experienced many difficulties caused by his public resistance to French influences and was forced to leave Hamburg.
This remarkable priced catalogue lists about 3000 books published in Britain and France from 1812...
12 p.l., 586,  pp. Folio, cont. calf (joints a little rubbed, title dusty, some unimportant dampstaining towards end), spine richly gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. Antwerp: J. Meursius, 1643.
A greatly expanded edition of the first bibliography of the Jesuit order; the first edition appeared in 1608. Many entries relate to the Jesuit missions in the Orient and the Americas. This edition is very rare with no copy located by OCLC in the U.S.
Ribadeneira (1527-1611), a member of a noble Castilian family, after finishing his studies at the Universities of Paris, Louvain, and Padua, became a leading diplomat and...
Numerous woodcuts (some full-page & some half-page) in the text. 6, 3, 40 folding leaves. 8vo, old, possibly orig. wrappers (with several repairs, one of which touches but does not obscure the text), orig. block-printed label on upper cover, new stitching. [Peking: 2nd Preface dated 1614].
First edition, and very rare, of this work on the gnomon, one of the first astronomical measuring instruments, and its uses in astronomy and surveying. This work is important in the history of astronomy as it states here for the first time in China the doctrine that the earth is spherical. Ursis is also the first to state in...
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.
128 pp. 8vo, cont. tree sheep (some browning due to the quality of the paper), red morocco lettering piece on spine. Alexandria: Printed by Cottom & Stewart, 1803.
First collected edition and a very nice copy. The Young and Sinclair letters were originally published separately in 1801 and 1800, respectively. This is the first edition to contain both, published in Virginia within a few years of Washington’s death. These letters offer perhaps the best picture from his own pen of Washington as an agriculturist and plantation owner, seeking to improve both his own lands and those of his country through this correspondence with...
3 p.l., 482 pp. 8vo, cont. speckled calf (upper joint expertly repaired), single gilt fillet round sides, spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. London: W. Nicoll, 1768.
“The second edition, corrected and enlarged” of Young’s first book. “The book supported the bounty on the export of corn and introduced some of his enduring themes: the cultivation of waste lands, enclosure as a preliminary to improvement, and the superiority of large farms.”–ODNB.
“The energy, the enthusiasm, the ambition and the insatiable curiosity of the youthful Arthur Young launched him…into a career of farm reporting (and later, of the administration...