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Lot 7001


Book Details: Grose, Francis (1731-1791) . The Antiquities of Ireland. London: for S. Hooper, 1791. First edition, two large quarto volumes, large-paper issue, illustrated with an engraved title in each volume and an additional 266 copper-plate engravings; bound in full diced russia gilt, rebacked, 13 x 9 1/4 in. Provenance: The Estate of David Spinney. .

Grose, an antiquary and travel writer, sought to provide his audience with the fullest experience possible, peppering his works with many detailed historical notes and remarks on all subjects treated. Tragically, he died on this very voyage, likely of a massive cerebral hemorrhage. His nephew worked with his friend Dr. Edward Ledwich, to complete the unfinished work, here published posthumously.
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Lot 7002


Book Details: ROBERT DE VAUGONDY, Didier (1723-1786). Atlas Universel. Paris: chez les Auteurs & Boudet, 1757[-1758]. Folio (21 3/16 x 15 15/16 inches). Engraved title, 108 engraved maps (3 folding, 105 double-page), all hand-colored in outline and mounted on guards, all but one map (number 97) with original stencilled number on the verso. 19th-century red half morocco by Leon Choulette of Paris, spine gilt in six compartments, lettered in the second and fourth, the other compartments with repeat decoration of rocaille-work tooling in gilt.

A fine copy of the Robert de Vaugondy's great atlas

Gilles and Didier Robert de Vaugondy were descendents of Nicolas Sanson, and their atlas is clearly a continuation of Sanson's great work, Cartes Generales de Toutes les Parties de Monde published in 1654 and later enhanced and enlarged by Hubert Jaillot. Of the 108 maps, 12 are of the ancient world and 96 reflect modern geography. The Robert de Vaugondys, following Sanson's example, include maps of the postal routes, roads and canal systems of the European countries but herein they are significantly more accurate. Special attention has been paid to the Far East and to North America where the French explorers made such important strides during the eighteenth century. The maps of the East Indies, China, Japan; the maps of Africa and Egypt; and the maps of North America, Canada, Virginia & Maryland, Colonies Angloises are especially interesting in this atlas because they include information gathered from the latest explorations of the area. In particular, California and Australia are represented in truer form. The finish date of 1758 is given on the basis of the date on the map numbered 24 'Carte du royaume de France'. The binding can be asssigned to Leon Choulette on the basis of an inscription found on the back of the book block underneath the leather spine which names him as binder and gives a date of 1867.

Nordenskjold 245; NMM 266; Phillips Atlases I.619; Sabin 71863
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Lot 7003


Book Details: FAY, Theodore Sedgwick (1807-1898);. Views in New-York and its Environs from Accurate, Characteristic & Picturesque Drawings. New York: 1831. 4to. Engraved title, 14 engraved views on 7 sheets (lacking 24 views on 8 sheets, lacking folding map). 34pp. text only (of 62). Disbound.

Important series of views of New York

"The Peabody prints offer fascinating glimpses of New York in the 1830s" and form "a lively document of a city in the making" (Deßk).

The work was originally intended to be issued in ten parts, of which only eight were actually issued. Present here are views of Bowling Green, Residence of Philip Hone, City Hall, Navy Yard, Leroy Place, Shot Tower, Elysian Fields, Hotel Trinity & Grace Churches, Washington Institute, Hudson River from Hoboken, Coffee House Slip and Park Theatre. Given the haphazard publication, Fay's views are often found incomplete as here.

BAL 5686; Deßk 399; Howes F64; Stokes III: page 599.
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Lot 7004


Book Details: EYRE, Sir Vincent (1811-1881). The Military Operations at Cabul, which ended in the retreat and destruction of the British army, January 1842. With a Journal of Imprisonment in Affghanistan ... Fourth edition. London: John Murray, 1843. 8vo (7 3/4 x 5 inches). Lithographed folding plan of Kabul. Publisher's ads in rear and an addtional ad tipped to the front endpaper [see note below]. Publisher's green cloth, covers decoratively blocked in blind and the upper cover pictorially stamped in gilt, flat spine lettered in gilt (minor fading to spine).

Expanded and best edition of Eyre's narrative of the evacuation of Kabul and his imprisonment.

Eyre, an officer in the Bengal Infantry, was captured during the first Anglo-Afghan War by Akbar Khan. He spent nine months in captivity, during which he kept a diary and made sketches of his fellow prisoners. Eyre was freed in September 1843 and upon return to England published his journal.

The work "traces the evacuation of Kabul by the British and their subsequently disastrous attempt to retreat to India... Seriously wounded, Eyre, his wife, and child were taken prisoners ... and were not released until September 1842 and the approach of General Pollock's forces" (Riddick).

The present fourth edition, published the same year as the first, includes corrections and additions by Edward Eyre not found in earlier issues, including an Appendix with copies of various previously unpublished dispatches. Interestingly, the present copy includes a publisher's notice tipped in advertising Eyre's suite of lithographs, titled Portraits of the Cabul Prisoners: "The plates will be published in such as size as to enable purchasers to bind them up with Lieut. Eyre's Narrative, and the price will not exceed One Guinea."

Riddick p.34
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Lot 7005


Book Details: WESTON, Brett (1911-1993). Hawaii Fifty photographs by Brett Weston. Carmel, California: Photography West Graphics, 1992. Oblong quarto (12 x 12 3/8 inches). Portrait of Weston, 50 full-page illustrations after photographs by Weston. (Without the original photograph by Weston called for in the limitation statement). Original green cloth, upper cover and spine blocked in gilt, original green cloth slip-case.

"Instead of abstract sculpture, [Brett Weston]... saw a magic play of light" (Nancy Newhall).

"Collector's Special Edition", limited to 300 copies signed by Weston, this copy number 129.

Brett Weston was the son of photographer Edward Weston. He began to take photographs in the 1920s in Mexico, where he lived with his father. He travelled widely in search of subject matter, taking photographs in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe and Japan. From 1978 onwards Weston spent much of his time in Hawaii and the present work represents his choice of images from this final inspirational period. The hallmark of his work is to be found in black and white images that stretch the boundaries between abstraction and recognizable subject matter.
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Lot 7006


Book Details: VANCOUVER, George (1757-1798). A Voyage of Discovery to the North Pacific Ocean, and Round the World; in which the coast of North-West America has been carefully examined and accurately surveyed... principally with a view to ascertain the existence of any navigable communication between the North Pacific and North Atlantic Oceans; and performed in the years 1790.. [-] 1795, in the Discovery sloop of war, and the armed tender Chatham. [Edited by John Vancouver]. London: printed for G.G. & J. Robinson and J. Edwards, 1798. 3 volumes, quarto 11 3/8 x 9 1/4 inches. Half-titles, 3pp. errata at the end of vol.III. 1 engraved chart, 17 engraved plates. Extra-illustrated with unrelated but period map at the end of vol. 3 of central Asia (from Forster, Journey from Bengal to England, London 1798). Period tree calf.

"One of the most important [voyages] ever made in the interests of geographical knowledge" (Hill).

Vancouver was put in command of the expedition on the recommendation of his old commanding officer Alan Gardner. He had served earlier with both Admiral Rodney and on James Cook's second and third voyages, so was well equipped in terms of experience, in addition he was a first class navigator. The voyage was mounted as a `grand-scale expedition to reclaim Britain's rights, resulting from the Nootka Convention, at Nootka Sound, to thoroughly examine the coast south of 60║ in order to find a possible passage to the Atlantic; and to learn what establishments had been founded by other powers. This voyage became one of the most important ever made in the interests of geographical knowledge. Vancouver sailed by way of the Cape of Good Hope to Australia, where he discovered King George's Sound and Cape Hood, then to New Zealand, Hawaii, and the northwest coast of America. In three seasons' work Vancouver surveyed the coast of California; visited San Francisco and San Diego ... and other Spanish settlements in Alta California; settled the necessary formalities with the Spanish at Nootka; investigated the Strait of Juan de Fuca; discovered the Strait of Georgia; circumnavigated Vancouver Island; and disproved the existence of any passage between the Pacific and Hudson Bay.' (Hill Pacific Voyages [2004] p.623).

Cowan (1914), p. 236 ("superior to any of its kind, and constitutes the chiefest source of authority of that period"); Cowan (1933), p. 654-655; Cox II, p.30 ("one of the most important voyages ever made in the interests of geographical knowledge"); Ferguson I, 281; Fitzpatrick Early Mapping of Hawai'i ("Vancouver's voyage resulted in the first published map of Hawai'i to depict the islands in their entirety"); pp.39-43; Forbes I,298; Graff Western Americana 4456; Hill (2004) 1753; Howes V-23; JCB 2009; Jones Americana 667; Judd 178; Lada-Mocarski 55; Lande 1495; National Maritime Museum 142; O'Reilly-Reitman 635; Sabin 98443; Smith Pacific Northwest Americana 10469. Staton & Tremaine 688; Strathern 582; Streeter Sale 3497;Tweney 78; Wagner Cartography of the Northwest Coast, pp.853-860; Wantrup 63a; ; Wickersham 6601; Zamorano Eighty 77.

Cf. Vice Admiral George W. Emery. The Rodgers Family Collection at the Navy Department Library. (online); R.P. Johnson. Rear Admiral John Rodgers, 1812-1882. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 1967.
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Lot 7007


Book Details: LIVINGSTON, Robert R. Essay on Sheep: their varieties -- account of the merinoes of Spain, France, &c. Reflections on the best method of treating them, and raising a flock in the United States. Concord, NH: Daniel Cooledge, 1813. 12mo. 143, [1]pp. Woodcut vignette on title. With a contemporary bookseller's advertisement mounted on the front pastedown. Contemporary quarter reverse calf and marbled paper covered boards, morocco lettering piece. Provenance: James Robinson (early signature on title).

Important early American work on raising sheep.

Second edition, first published in New York in 1809. The author was Chancellor of New York, statesman, diplomat, farmer and agricultural experimenter. He was a pioneer in the importation of Merino sheep and in the use of gypsum as a fertiliser. Thomas Jefferson had a copy of the first edition in his library (Sowerby 796) and assisted Livinston in importing the Merino sheep.

Shaw 28966; Hedrick p. 503; Rink 1612.
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Lot 7008


Book Details: STAUNTON, Sir George Leonard (1737-1801). An Historical Account of the Embassy to the Emperor of China ... Including the Manners and Customs of the Inhabitants and preceded by an account of the causes of the Embassy & voyage to China. Abridged principally from the Papers of Earl Macartney... London: John Stockdale, 1797. 8vo (8 1/4 x 5 1/8 inches). Directions for the binder and ad leaf in the rear. Engraved title, 2 engraved folding maps, 22 engraved plates [complete, i.e. 33 images on 25 plates, as issued]. Modern calf, spine with raised bands in six compartments, black morocco lettering piece in the second.

First abridged edition of Staunton's Embassy to China, illustrated with plates not found in the folio atlas.

George Macartney, 1st Earl Macartney (1737-1806) was dispatched to Beijing in 1792 traveling via Madeira, Tenerife, Rio de Janeiro, the Cape of Good Hope and Indonesia. He was accompanied by Staunton, and a retinue of suitably impressive size, including Staunton's 11-year-old son who was nominally the ambassador's page. On the embassy's arrival in China it emerged that the 11-year-old was the only European member of the embassy able to speak Mandarin, and thus the only one able to converse with the Emperor. The embassy, the first such to China, had two objectives: the first to register with the Emperor British displeasure at the treatment that the British merchants were receiving from the Chinese, the second to gain permission for a British minister to be resident in China. The first objective was achieved, the second was not. Macartney was twice granted an audience with the Emperor and in December 1793 he was sumptuously entertained by the Chinese viceroy in Canton, and returned to England via Macao and St. Helena, arriving in September 1794.

The present octavo abridged edition was published the same year as the full account, but prior to the publication of the latter's atlas. "Owing to popular demand, this abridged edition was brought out in the same year as the official account, at a considerably lower price. It was issued without the atlas volume, and the atlas plates were not incorporated into this abridgement. A preliminary Advertisement in this edition reveals the rivalry between the two printers of this work, Stockdale, and Nicol [the publisher of the official account]; Stockdale writes: 'And not withstanding Mr. Nicol has presumed to bestow the epithet of miserable on the Prints, the Public will see, by comparison, that none are inferior, many are superior to his own engravings" (Hill).

Lowendahl 698; Hill 1630; Cordier Sinica 2383-2384; Lust 548.
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Lot 7009


Book Details: GATTY, Mrs. Alfred [Margaret Scott GATTY (1809-1873)]. The Book of Sun-Dials. London: Bell and Daldy, 1872. 4to (11 x 8 1/2 inches). Tinted lithographed frontispiece, 5 plates. (Foxing to the plates). Publisher's green cloth, stamped in black and gilt.

First edition.

The work contains detailed descriptions of various styles of sundials, many from Gatty's own collection. Over 350 sundials from across Britain and Europe are described, and each sundial's location is noted in this work, which was one of the first popular books on the subject.
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Lot 7010


Book Details: RIPA, Cesare (1560-1623). Iconologia, Overo Descrittione D'Imagini delle Virtu', Vitij, Affetti, Passioni humane, Corpi celesti, Mondo e sue parti. Padua: Pietro Paolo Tozzi, 1611. Large 8vo 8 3/4 x 6". Full soft vellum. (32) 552. Many woodcut illustrations. In Italian.

The Iconologia was a highly influential emblem book based on Egyptian, Greek and Roman emblematical representations. The book was used by orators, artists, poets and "modern Italians" to give substance to qualities such as virtues, vices, passions, arts and sciences. The concepts were arranged in alphabetical order, after the fashion of the Renaissance. For each there was a verbal description of the allegorical figure proposed by Ripa to embody the concept, giving the type and color of its clothing and its varied symbolic paraphernalias, along with the reasons why these were chosen, reasons often supported by references to literature (largely classical) (Wikipedia)


222] RIPA, Cesare (1560-1645). Iconologia di Cesare Ripa ... Divisa in tre libri, ne i quali si esprimono varie imagini di virt¨, vitij, affetti, passioni humane, arti, discipline, humori, elementi, corpi celesti, prouincie d'Italia, fiumi, & altre materie infinite vtili ad ogni stato di persone. Venetia: Nicolo Pezzana, 1669. 8vo. [58], 686pp. Lacks half title. Contemporary vellum.

Ripa's famed encyclopedia of iconology, with nearly 200 woodcut illustrations depicting symbolic human figures.

First published in 1593, the work served as a useful guide to emblematic illustration.
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Lot 7011


Book Details: ISELBURG, Petrus, engraver. Emblemata Politica In aula magna Curiae Noribergensis depicta. Nuremberg: 1617. Small 4to. Engraved title, engraved dedication, [10]pp. text, 32 engraved plates. Engraved title and final plate trimmed and mounted at an early date. Nineteenth century half brown morocco and cloth, upper cover stamped in blind, bound by J. Leighton.

Rare emblem book.

Engraved by Peter Iselberg, with Latin verses attributed to Georg Remus. The originals of these emblems were painted for the great chamber of the city hall of Nuremberg.

Landwehr 372; Praz, p.86
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Lot 7012


Book Details: Engelgrave, Henricus . Lux Evangelica. Coloniae: Jacobum a Meurs, 1655. 2 volumes, 12mo. Engraved titles, engraved emblematic illustrations. Text in two columns. . Contemporary mottled calf.

Landwehr, German 266
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Lot 7013


Book Details: VALERIANO, Giovanni Piero. Hieroglyphica, sive de Sacris AEgyptiorum, aliarumque gentium literis commentarii. Venice: Jo. Antonius & Jacobus de Francicis, 1604. Folio. Title printed in red and black, with large woodcut printer's device. [60], 644, 47, [2]pp. Numerous woodcut emblems. Library stamps. 19th century mottled vellum backed paper boards.

Pierio Valeriano Bolzani (1477- 1558), born Giampietro Valeriano Bolzani, was an Italian Renaissance humanist, favored by the Medici. His Hieroglyphica, written during a frenzy of popularity surrounding the rediscovered Hieroglyphica of Horapollo, was a nearly thousand-page folio that constituted the first Renaissance dictionary of symbols, which would become a popular genre.

The work is a curious compendium of ancient and Medieval lore that was once anchored in a monastic library. First published in 1556, Valeriano rose to such fame as a scholar that Venice erected a statue of him outside the Frari church. Despite its title, this work will tell the reader very little about the hieroglyphs of Egypt, but it is full of information on natural history, culled from Medieval bestiaries, lapidaries, and the "Physiologus," an ancient book of Alexandrian origin. More importantly, the work was widely used as a source in the 16th and 17th centuries for art, literature, and emblem books. Mortimer calls the book "a major contribution to emblem literature," and Moseley calls it "the great encyclopedia of symbol for the period."

Praz, page 521
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Lot 7014


Book Details: BOCCACCIO, Giovanni (1313-1375). Il Decamerone di M. Giovanni Boccaccio nuovamente corretto et con diligentia stampato. Florence: Philippo di Guntia, 1527 [but Venice: ╔tienne Orlandini, 1729]. Large 8vo (9 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches). [7], 284 ff. Contemporary vellum, spine lettered direct in gilt (covers a bit soiled and bowed).

The classic masterpiece of early Italian prose.

This series of one hundred novellas set against the background of a plague-ridden Florence would have a profound influence on Renaissance literature throughout Europe. Although dated 1527 on the title, this edition, edited by Stefano Orlandinin and printed at the cost of Salvatore Ferrari, was in fact printed in Venice in 1729 as a facsimile of the Giunta 1527 edition. It is sometimes referred to as the Consul Smith edition, after Joseph Smith (1682-1770), the British consul at Venice, and noted book collector, who was involved in its production.

Adams, B 2147; Brunet I, 999; Graesse I, 440.
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Lot 7015


Book Details: WATTS, Isaac. Hymns and spiritual songs. Philadelphia: Robert Campbell, 1799. 12mo. 249, [11]pp. Contemporary calf.

Early American edition of Watts' hymnal.

Scarce edition, with only three examples cited in OCLC. This edition not recorded by Evans or Bristol.
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Lot 7016


Book Details: COCKBURN, James Pattison (1779-1847). Swiss Scenery from Drawings by Major Cockburn. London: Rodwell & Martin, 1820. Large 8vo. Engraved title, engraved vignette on verso of final leaf, 60 engraved plates. Contemporary red morocco, covers elaborately bordered in gilt and blind, spine with wide semi-raised bands in five compartments, lettered in gilt in the second and fourth, the others with a repeat decoration in gilt, gilt edges. With a FORE-EDGE PAINTING view of Geneva.

A lovely copy of one of the finest steel-engraved illustrated books of the 19th century: this copy with a fore-edge painting of Geneva.

The artist, an army officer and watercolour painter, was a pupil of Sandby. He made the drawings for this book whilst on leave from Malta and Woolwich, where he was stationed after 1815. He was "a very accomplished artist" (DNB) and his continental drawings were used for many other publications.
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Lot 7017


Book Details: CARR, John. The Stranger in Ireland; or, a Tour in the Southern and Western parts of that Country, in the Year 1805. London: Richard Phillips, 1806. 4to. 16 aquatint plates printed in sepia (5 folding), hand coloured plan of the Lakes of Killarney. Contemporary half calf and marbled paper covered boards, spine with semi-raised bands in six compartments, lettered in the second, the others with an overall repeat decoration in gilt, marbled endpapers and edges. Provenance: Baron Northwick (armorial bookplate).

A fine copy of a noted English work illustrated with aquatints.

The beautifully printed aquatints in the present uncoloured issue are tinted in sepia.

Abbey Scenery 455
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Lot 7018


Book Details: BURTON, Robert (1577-1640). The Anatomy of Melancholy. What it is, with all the kinds causes, symptomes, prognostickes, & seuerall cures of it. In three partitions, with their severall sections, members & subsections. Philosophically, medicinally, historically, opened & cut up. By. Democritus Iunior. With a satyricall preface, conducing to the following discourse ... the fift [sic.] edition, corrected and augmented by the author. Oxford: Printed for Henry Cripps, 1638. Quarto. [12], 78, [2], [1]-140, [4], 141-218, [4], 219-723, [11] pp, with errors in pagination as issued. Engraved title (not included in pagination). Early repair at head of half title, title page trimmed close with minor loss to imprint. Early calf, covers ruled in blind, rebacked at a later date, black morocco lettering piece. Provenance: George Crohats (early signature); Charles Skene (signature dated 1790).

Fifth edition of Burton's masterpiece.

"Burton had read much, and all that he had read, or nearly all, was refined and incorporated in the Anatomy. If it were objected that some of the matter was irrelevant, the reply would be that the anatomy of melancholy, like the study of jurisprudence, demands a knowledge of all things, human and divine. The whole book is elaborately divided and subdivided into partitions, divisions, sections, members and sub-sections ... The Anatomy, as its publishing history shows, was one of the most popular books of the seventeenth century. All the learning of the age as well as its humour -- and its pedantry -- are there ... it exercised a considerable influence on the thought of the time..." (PMM).

The present fifth edition with an interesting printing history. As Osler notes, "this edition has the distinction - possibly unique for any book - of having been printed piecemeal in three cities." According to Madan, pages 1-346 were actually printed at Edinburgh but that the Scottish edition was suppressed at the insistence of the Oxford printers, who then agreed to incorporate the pirated pages in the present edition; some 68 leaves, incorporating Burton's latest changes, were actually reprinted in London. For an account of the printing history of this edition see further Oxford Bib. Soc. Proceedings & Papers I (1922-6), pp. 194-7.

ESTC S122250; Garrison-Morton 4908.1; Grolier, English, 18; Hunter & Macalpine, pp. 94-99; Jordan-Smith 5; STC 4163; Madan, Oxford books II # 881; PMM 120 (first edition).
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Lot 7019


Book Details: TIPPING, Henry Avray (1855-1933). English Gardens. London: Country Life, LTD, 1925. Folio (15 1/4 x 10 1/2 inches). Numerous photographic illustrations. Publisher's green cloth (spine a bit faded and worn at corners).

First edition.

"This volume illustrates and describes fifty-two English gardens as they are in our own times. Some of them are new creations, but many have links more or less strong with the past, so that, despite alterations arising from passage of time and change of taste, we can get, through them, a glimpse of what Tudor, Stuart and Hanoverian gardening was like" (Introduction).
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Lot 7020


Book Details: MAYER, Luigi. Group of 48 hand coloured aquatint plates from Mayer's Views in Egypt, Palestine and Other Parts of the Ottoman Empire. London: Thomas Bensley for R.Bowyer, 1801-1804. 48 hand-coloured aquatint plates by or under the direction of Thomas Malton after Mayer. With the letterpress title from the first volume, but without any other text.

An important collection on the costume and scenery of Egypt.

Most of these views are from the first part of the above: Mayer's Views in Egypt. The work was first published separately under the auspices of Sir Robert Ainslie (1730?-1812), antiquary, numismatist, and ambassador to Constantinople from 1776 to 1792. The plates include many remarkable images, including breathtaking views from the top of the Great Pyramid at Gizeh, and the second and third pyramids at Gizeh. The plates are based upon the designs of Luigi Mayer, an Italian-born artist of German parentage, about whom little else is known. The engraver was Thomas Milton (1743-1827), about whom W. Bell Scott, in his 'Autobiographical Notes', 1892, observed: 'He had a unique power of distinguishing the foliage of trees and the texture of all bodies, especially water, as it never had been done before, and never will be done again.'

Abbey Travel II, 369; Colas I, 2018; Hardie p.141; Hiler p.577
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Lot 7021


Book Details: DREXEL, Jeremias (1581-1638). Orbis Phaeton hoc est de Universis Vitiis Linguae. Cologne: Cornel. ab Egmond, 1634. 16mo. Engraved title, 23 engraved plates. Contemporary vellum.

Lovely emblem book.

This Jesuit emblem book depicts various sins, organized alphabetically with each plate representing a letter of the alphabet.
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Lot 7022


Book Details: CHARLES I. ReliquiŠ sacrŠ CarolinŠ The workes of that great monarch and glorious martyr King Charles the Ist. both civil and sacred. With a short view of the life and reign of that most blessed Prince from his birth to his buriall ... [Bound with:] Eikon Basilike. The Pourrtraicture of His Sacred Majesty in his Solitudes and Sufferings. Hague [but London]: Printed by Sam: Browne [i.e. in part by Robert White for Henry Seile and Richard Royston], 1648 (date on second part title) [but 1658]. 8vo. [4, including engraved frontispiece], 96, [2], 78, 77-355, [1]; [10, including double-page engraved plate], 374, 9-119, [9]pp. Frontispiece portrait and double-page plate engraved by Marshall, first title printed in black and ruled in red, second title printed in red and black with crown and skull ornaments, within an ornamental border. Contemporary calf, title with royal CR stamp in gilt, spine with red morocco lettering piece, worn.

"The imprint is false; in fact printed in 1658 in London for Richard Royston and possibly Henry Seile (see Madan 64:second issue). 'A short view of the life and reign' is probably a reissue, with preliminaries cancelled, of Wing H1735B, which was printed for Royston in 1658. The 'Eikon basilike' was possibly printed by Robert White (see Madan 64:first issue)" (British Library).

Wing C2070; ESTC R19877; Almack 19; Mauden 64
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Lot 7023


Book Details: WALCOTT, Mary Vaux (1860-1940). North American Wild Flowers. Washington: Smithsonian Institute, 1925. 5 volumes, 4to (12 1/2 x 9/14 inches). Half-titles. Title with seal of the Smithsonian printed as a vignette in red. 400 coloured plates after Walcott. Unbound as issued (with the exception of the titles and preliminaries in each volume and the index in the final volume which are stitched in paper wrappers), all within five blue cloth portfolios.

A fine complete set of the first trade edition

Mrs. Walcott writes: "Wild flowers were a joy and inspiration in the happy days of childhood when I was taught to observe and sketch them under the direction of a skilled artist ... During the past ten years I have spent from three to four months each season in the Canadian Rockies, where Dr. [Charles Doolittle] Walcott was carrying out geological explorations, covering in all more than five thousand miles on mountain trails ... As time went on and the collection grew, botanists, artists, and others interested in flowers began to urge that the water-color sketches should be permanently preserved and made available for students and lovers of the beautiful in Nature, before the dust of time faded and browned them to the hues of pressed flowers in the herbaria. A survey of wild flower publications led to the decision that there was need for a finely illustrated work that would be of service pictorially to all professional and amateur botanists and designers, and to the larger group of lovers of wild flowers and the great out-of-doors. To many of these the living flowers are inaccessible, and their real beauty unknown. No attempt has been made to create a text book with technical descriptions, or to illustrate all native American wild flowers, and only native plants have been included."

Blunt & Stearn The Art of Botanical Illustration (1994) pp. 301 & 328; Nissen BBI 2094; Stafleu & Cowan TL2 16.550
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Lot 7024


Book Details: COOK, Capt. James (1728-1779). - John HAWKESWORTH (1715?-1779). An Account of the Voyages undertaken by the order of His Present Majesty for making discoveries in the Southern Hemisphere, and successively performed by Commodore Byron, Captain Wallis, Captain Carteret, and Captain Cook, in the Dolphin, the Swallow, and the Endeavour; Drawn up from the journals which were kept by the several commanders, and from the papers of Joseph Banks. London: for W. Strahan & T. Cadell, 1773. 3 volumes, quarto (11 1/2 x 9 1/8 inches). 52 plates, maps and charts (18 folding, 24 double-page), early ink marginalia to pp.689, 691 and 697 in vol.III, all concerning the people of Savu (Worming to the beginning and end of each volume). Contemporary mottled calf, rebacked, later endpapers. Provenance: C.M. (initials on verso of titles, marginalia in vol.III).

First edition of Hawkesworth's account of all the most important mid-18th century English voyages of exploration to the southern hemisphere: including the official account of Cook's first voyage. A fascinating narrative intended to 'embellish England's prestige as a maritime power' (Hill) and describing events that were to be major factors in the shaping of the subsequent history of the region.

One of the standard works of Pacific voyages, giving an account of English voyages of the 1760s in the first volume, and of Cook's first voyage in the second and third volumes. The first volume includes an account of John Byron's voyage to the Tuamoto Islands and the Gilberts, as well as Capt. Wallis' voyage of discovery to Tahiti and Moorea. Captain Carteret's discovery of Pitcairn Island is also told. The majority of the book, of course, is devoted to an account of Cook's first Pacific voyage. "The first voyage under Captain Cook's command on the Endeavour was primarily of a scientific nature. The expedition was to sail to Tahiti in order to observe the transit of Venus across the disk of the sun, to determine the earth's distance from the sun, and also to carry on the geographical discovery that John Byron had started. Entering the Pacific around Cape Horn, Cook reached Tahiti in 1769 and carried out the necessary astronomical observations...Leaving Tahiti in July, Cook discovered, named, and charted the Society Islands, and then, heading southwest, explored New Zealand...then headed towards Australia and discovered and charted the eastern coast for 2,000 miles, naming the area New South Wales. Both Australia and New Zealand were annexed by Britain as a result of this voyage which began in 1768 and ended in 1771" (Hill).

Beddie 648; cf. Hill (2004) 782; Holmes 5; Sabin 30934.
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Book Details: MISSALE ROMANUM. Missale Romanum ex decreto sacrosancti Concilii Tridentini restitutum. Venice: Giunta, 1595. Folio. Printed in red and black, musical notation, full-page woodcuts. Lacking pages, several leaves defective with loss. Modern brown cloth.

16th century Missal printed by the Giunta Press.
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