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Amélie de Saint-Far

Amélie de Saint-Far, ou la Fatale Erreur; Par Madame de C***, Auteur de Julie, ou J’ai sauvé ma Rose.

[ CHOISEUL-MEUSE (Félicité de) ]. 2 volumes in-12. 2ff. 236pp. 6 dessins originaux et 2ff. 236pp. 6 dessins originaux. Plein maroquin bleu à grain long, dos à nerfs finement ornés, roulette dorée encadrant les plats, coupes et bordures intérieures décorées, gardes de moire saumon (reliure de la deuxième moitié du 19e siècle). Edition Originale du deuxième roman pornographique écrit et publié par une femme en français, seulement précédé par "Julie, ou j'ai sauvé ma Rose" de la même autrice, paru l'année précédente. Cet ouvrage dont on connaît deux tirages présentant la même pagination (l'un étant daté et l'autre non daté comme c'est ici le cas), fut mis à l'index par mesure de police en 1825. Il suscitait le scandale non seulement par son caractère pornographique mais aussi - et surtout - parce qu'il était l'œuvre d'une femme. Ainsi, le critique littéraire Girault de Saint-Fargeau le mentionnait en 1839, en évoquant "la pitié et le dégoût" que lui inspiraient "de tels tableaux écrits par une femme" "Around 1800, there tended in France to be a clear gender division in the production of stories about love and passion. Women novelists such as Adèle de Souza, Sophie Cottin, and Félicité de Genlis wrote sentimental stories in which young men and women died of unrequited love. On the other hand, male authors such as Mirabeau, Restif de la Bretonne, and Andréa de Nerciat were setting up the pattern of modern pornography, by writing forthright stories in which people took their sexual pleasure quickly and often. Choiseul-Meuse’s erotic work, while self-consciously feminine, does not fit this gendered pattern. She focusses on women’s pleasure and seductive tactics, attempting to make room for nuanced desires and gentle pleasures" (Cryle). Cette première édition est évidemment d'une grande rareté. Elle est uniquement répertoriée dans les collections de quatre institutions en France, souvent sous forme de fragments incomplets, et nous n'avons pu en localiser aucun exemplaire à l'étranger. Précieux exemplaire truffé de douze dessins originaux à l'encre spécialement composés pour l'ouvrage et attribués à Jules Adolphe Chauvet (1828-vers 1905). "Merveilleux pasticheur du XIXe siècle, Chauvet travaillait beaucoup à la demande. Gay fit de nombreuses fois appel à lui pour ses éditions bruxelloises avouées ou clandestines" (Bibliothèque érotique Gérard Nordmann). Très bel exemplaire provenant de la bibliothèque du grand bibliophile suisse Gérard Nordmann (1930-1992), qui constitua au siècle dernier la plus grande collection de livres érotiques au monde dispersée aux enchères par Christie's en 2006. Bibliothèque érotique Gérard Nordmann I, 2006, n° 82. Pia, Les Livres de l'enfer, p. 33-35. Peter Cryle in: "Encyclopedia of Erotic literature" (Routledge, 2006), p.236. Girault de Saint-Fargeau, Revue des Romans, I, p.321: "Si un homme l'avait écrit on pourrait lui reprocher d'avoir trahi par ses écrits le dérèglement des mœurs; mais lorsque de tels tableaux ont été écrits par une femme, la pitié et le dégoût arrêtent la censure". Barbier I, 128. Quérard I, 607. Apollinaire, Fleuret et Perceau "L'Enfer de la Bibliothèque nationale", n°45. Gay-Lemonnyer, Bibliographie des ouvrages relatifs à l'amour I, col. 91 : "roman licencieux, cynique et peu commun".
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La Fille Naturelle

La Fille Naturelle, ou l’Abus de l’Indépendance; drame historique, en trois actes et en vers. Reçu à plusieurs Théâtres de Société, à Paris. Par M. de B .

[ BARRUEL-BEAUVERT (Comte Antoine Joseph de) ]. in-8. 84pp. Plein maroquin rouge, dos lisse orné, roulette dorée autour des plats (reliure de l'époque). Edition Originale. Pièce de théâtre apparemment autobiographique, publiée sous le voile de l'anonymat par le Comte de Barruel-Beauvert (1759-1817) qui fut notamment le premier biographe de Jean-Jacques Rousseau. Il y relate la persécution d'un père orchestrée, pendant la Révolution, par sa fille naturelle qui l'avait dénoncé pour royalisme et qui est décrite dans la pièce sous les traits d'Albertine, "modèle extraordinaire de fausseté, de noirceur et de scélératesse, avec une apparence infinie de candeur et d'honnêteté. Âgée de 17 ans". Le père de la pièce, personnage que l'on suppose représenter l'auteur, se prénommait comme lui Joseph. "Les monstres sont de tous les sexes; mais, dans l'espèce humaine (et certes ce sont les monstres les plus dangereux) ils appartiennent principalement à la nature des êtres faibles: elle a droit de les réclamer; elle les a produits. Telle est l'héroïne de cette tragédie". La préface se termine par une sombre prophétie : "Vos enfants, sous leurs pieds, fouleront vos cadavres". En fin de volume, une "post-face de l'éditeur" évoque par ailleurs la situation de "Joseph" (l'auteur) après la Révolution et aux premières heures du Consulat, auquel il prête désormais allégeance. C'est un livre rare que nous n'avons trouvé répertorié dans les fonds publics qu'à la Bibliothèque Nationale de France et à Princeton. Signature ancienne "Jauzelle" au verso d'un feuillet de garde. Bel exemplaire relié à l'époque en maroquin rouge.
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Lettres écrites de Lausanne. A Toulouse (Genève

Lettres écrites de Lausanne. A Toulouse (Genève, Bonnant), 1785. RELIÉ AVEC (à la suite) : [ (de la même) ]. Caliste ou Suite des Lettres écrites de Lausanne. Seconde partie. A Genève, et se trouve à Paris, chez Prault, 1788.

[ CHARRIERE (Isabelle de) ]. 2 parties en un volume in-8. 116pp. + 1f. 148pp. 2ff. Demi-veau à coins, dos lisse (fraîche reliure de l'époque, infimes traces de vers au bas du dos). Edition Originale extraordinairement rare, parue à Genève sous la fausse adresse de Toulouse, des "Lettres écrites de Lausanne". Elle fut reliée à l'époque avec la suite publiée deux ans plus tard à Paris sous le titre de "Caliste" (également en première édition, même si quelques exemplaires de premier tirage portent la date de 1787). Isabelle de Charrière (1740-1805), connue dans sa jeunesse sous le nom de Belle de Zuylen, était une célèbre femme de lettres pré-romantique d'origine hollandaise qui s'était établie en Suisse où elle réunissait autour d'elles tout un cercle d'intellectuels et d'écrivains. Notamment liée à Benjamin Constant et à Madame de Staël, elle représente l'une des plus importantes voix féminines des lettres francophones de son temps. "Dans les Lettres neuchâteloises ou dans les Lettres écrites de Lausanne, déjà, Mmede Charrière prenait la défense d'une conception de l'amour libérée de tous les préjugés, qu'ils soient liés à la fortune, au rang ou à la réputation. Dans Caliste, elle reprend tous ces thèmes en leur donnant la force symbolique d'un personnage et d'une destinée exemplaires. (.) Caliste meurt du chagrin d'amour, et son destin transcende par cette mort la simple lutte contre les préjugés. Avant Corinne de Mmede Staël (1807) et Adolphe de Benjamin Constant (1816), qu'il annonce, Caliste est le tableau extraordinairement vivant et pathétique d'une grande passion contrariée dans la société de la fin du18e siècle" (Dictionnaire des Œuvres Littéraires Françaises). "Ces Lettres appartiennent au genre exquis, au groupe des petits chefs-d'œuvre; s'il n'existait pas, il manquerait une perle à l'écrin de la littérature française" (Godet). Très bel exemplaire, très pur dans sa première reliure. 1 seul exemplaire au NUC de la première partie seule (MH Harvard University). Escoffier, Le Mouvement Romantique, 20 (édition de 1788): "Ouvrage très rare". Clouzot, p.35 : "Première édition extrêmement rare". Quérard, II, 141 (qui ne cite que des éditions postérieures).
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Le passage de la Mission Marchand dans le Haut-Oubangui en 1896.

Le passage de la Mission Marchand dans le Haut-Oubangui en 1896.

MARCHAND. La Mission MARCHAND dans le Haut-Oubangui (1896) MARCHAND (Commandant Jean-Baptiste), officier et explorateur (1863-1934), il dirige la mission française. Grand-officier dans l ordre national de la Légion d honneur (12 septembre 1889). [Photographe non identifié]. Le passage de la Mission Marchand dans le Haut-Oubangui en 1896. Un album exceptionnel, une archive unique représentant pro parte des étapes oubanguiennes de la fameuse « Mission Marchand », les très rares photographies de la canonnière française à vapeur le « Faidherbe », mais plus précisément les parures d époque de certains groupes ethniques, particulièrement les Gbanziri de Kouango et les Sango de Mobaye. Un très rare album photographique relié en percaline, format in-octavo oblong, conservé à part (usures du temps), constitué d un ensemble de 36 épreuves originales sur papier aristotype, de formats entre H_11,5 cm L_17 cm, contenant 18 feuillets en papier carton à fort grammage montés sur onglets, sur lesquels sont apposés (folio recto & folio verso) 36 photographies originales légendées à la plume, encre sépia. Une écriture manuscrite soigneusement calligraphiée. Corpus conservé dans une boîte ouvrante d'archive à feuillets mobiles en carton toilé noir. Un bon état général des épreuves. LA FICHE EXPLICITE BIBLIOGRAPHIQUE ET LES PHOTOGRAPHIES SUR NOTRE SITE : INF0@HERODOTEBOOKSCOM.
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Lettre autographe signée « Caillié »

Lettre autographe signée « Caillié », adressée à son Excellence Monseigneur le prince [Jules] de Polignac, ministre des Affaires étrangères. Paris, 13 mars 1830.

René CAILLIÉ. Une lettre autographe signée AUTOGRAPHE RARISSIME (1830). Lettre autographe signée « Caillié », adressée à son Excellence Monseigneur le prince [Jules] de Polignac, ministre des Affaires étrangères. Paris, 13 mars 1830. René Caillié sollicite le prince Jules de Polignac (1780-1847), ministre des Affaires étrangères, de bien vouloir lui accorder la faveur d'une audience afin de lui offrir un exemplaire de son livre* qui vient de paraître à Paris. *Journal d un voyage a Temboctou et a Jenné, dans l' Afrique Centrale ( ) 1 page sur un bi-feuillet in-quarto format 26,4 x 23 mm. L'adresse postale : à Son Excellence Monseigneur le prince de Polignac Ministre Secrétaire d'État aux relations extérieures Paris. Transcription dactylographique : Monseigneur Mon voyage à Temboctou vient de paraitre, j' ai eu l'honneur d en présenter un exemplaire au Roi [Charles X], Sa Majesté, a daigné l' accueillir avec beaucoup de bienveillance. Je viens prier votre Excellence de vouloir bien m accorder une audience particulière, dans laquelle j' aurai l'honneur de lui en offrir un exemplaire ; je désire Monseigneur, que cet ouvrage qui renferme le simple récit de mes observations dans un pays peu connu, ne soit pas trop indigne de votre Excellence, et qu'il contribue à ne mériter votre honorable bienveillance. Agréez Monseigneur, l'assurance du profond respect avec lequel j' ai l'honneur d être de votre Excellence le très humble et très obéissant serviteur. Paris 13 mars 1830. Caillié 29 Rue de Harlay près le Pont-Neuf. René CAILLIÉ, un grand explorateur. Le vainqueur de Tombouctou. René CAILLIÉ. Le premier grand explorateur Français qui réalisa l'une des plus grandes explorations du XIXe siècle. Le premier Européen parti avec le dessein bien arrêté d'aller à Tombouctou, ville impénétrable, ville interdite aux infidèles (s y aventurer paraissait folie). Sous le costume d'un derviche mendiant, simulant le culte mahométan, il en atteignit le but et en revint (le retour à travers le Sahara fut une terrible épreuve, sa santé en fut fort altérée). Tombouctou existe ! René Caillié rapporta pour la première fois dans l histoire de l'exploration africaine des notions et une description précise de cette ville légendaire, agrandissant considérablement le domaine des connaissances géographiques de l'Afrique occidentale dont les cartes n'indiquaient alors que des pays déserts ou marqués inconnus. Il fut un explorateur courageux, persévérant, accomplissant seul son exploit, sans soutiens et sans moyens financiers et fut souvent jalousé et mis en doute sur la réalité de son voyage, principalement par les Anglais, car il ravissait aux empires occidentaux la gloire de cette découverte. Trente années plus tard, le géographe allemand Heinrich Barth (le troisième explorateur à atteindre Tombouctou) confirmera d une façon éclatante l'exactitude de ses assertions. Un curieux destin pour ce fils de boulanger au bourg de Mauzé (Deux-Sèvres), un enfant malheureux né dans un milieu hostile, sans grande éducation et dont la lecture des récits de voyages, dès son enfance, détermina son exceptionnelle volonté de savoir et d' aventures.
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The workes of Robert Harris

The workes of Robert Harris, Bachelor in Divinity and pastor of Hanwell, in Oxford-shire. Revised, and in sundrie places corrected, and now collected into one volume. With an addition of two sermons, not formerly extant (The vvorkes of Robert Harris)

HARRIS, ROBERT. London, Bartlet, 1635. Folio (285 x 20 mm). In contemporary full calf binding with five raised bands. Blind-tooled framed to boarders of board. Small paper-label pasted on to top of board. Soiling and wear to extremities. Endpapers chipped and missing corners, with a few notes in contemporary hand. Occassional marginal annotations in contemporary hand. dampstain to lower margin of last 50 ff. Last leaf missing lower 5 cm of margin, not affecting text. Internally generally fine. (16), 55, (3), 61-79, (2), 81-85, (1), 85-275, (4), 241-613, (7) pp. Rare work of Harris? collected sermons and commentaries on various theological aspects. Robert Harris, born in Broad Campden, Gloucestershire, in 1581, was a theologian and pastor known for his scholarly achievements and Puritan convictions. Despite financial challenges, he pursued education at Magdalen Hall, Oxford, graduating in 1614 with a Bachelor of Divinity degree. Harris served as a preacher in various locations, including Hanwell and St. Botolph's, Bishopgate, London. He was active in the Westminster Assembly of Divines and contributed to the Westminster Confession of Faith. Harris faced persecution for his beliefs, including expulsion from his church and home by Royalist soldiers. He continued his ministry and scholarly pursuits until his death in 1658.
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Tablettes dramatiques

Tablettes dramatiques, contenant l’abrégé de l’Histoire du Théâtre François, L’établissement des Théâtres à Paris, un Dictionnaire des Pièces et l’abrégé de l’Histoire des Auteurs & Acteurs. Paris, Sébastien Jorry, 1752. [bound with:] Supplément aux Tablettes dramatiques pour les Années 1752 & 1753. Paris, Pissot, Jorry, Duchesne, 1753. [bound with:] Supplément. pour 1753 & 1754. Paris, Jorry, Duchesne, 1754. [bound with:] Supplément. pour 1754 & 1755. Paris, Jorry, Lambert et Duchesne, 1755. [bound with:] Supplément. pour 1755 & 1756. Paris, Jorry, Lambert et Duchesne, 1756. [bound with:] Supplément. pour 1756 & 1757. Paris, Jorry, Lambert et Duchesne, 1757. [bound with:] Supplément. pour 1757 & 1758. Paris, Jorry, Lambert et Duchesne, 175

THEATRE - MOUHY, Charles de Fieux, chevalier de. 8vo in 4s, pp. [ii] (series title dated 1763), xxii, [ii], 244, 88; 48 (the pagination of the six supplements is continuous); text printed within woodcut border; partly uncut, finely bound in late nineteenth century crushed blue morocco, spine in compartments, gilt-lettering directly to spine, tooled with theatrical mask to spine and to all four corners of upper and lower board, upper edge gilt, gilt dentelles; a fine copy. First edition, very rare with all six supplements present, of this detailed account of French theatre up to the middle of the eighteenth century. The supplements, which were published separately over the course of six years, are very rarely present. Here they are collected with a general title page, dated 1763, published 'at the expense of the author', and bound in a fine 'theatrical' binding. The Tablettes dramatiques are a most valuable source for the history of French theatre, covering first the history of the theatre, the history of the foundation of specific theatres, an inventory of plays performed or printed for the period 1552 to 1752, with critical commentary, and finally a biographical dictionary of authors and actors. The supplements generally follow the same format and give information on new plays, a performance calendar for the period in question, details of ballets, and biographical information on new emerging actors. A fascinating overview of French or more specifically Parisian theatre history, documenting the transition from medieval theatre to the highly organised and politicised drama up to the middle of the eighteenth century. The chevalier de Mouhy (1701-84), was a playwright and prolific author on the theatre, he also published an Histoire du theatre français depuit son origine jusqu'en 1780. Grand-Carteret (Almanachs Français) 192; Dufour, Bibliographie de Paris, p. 395; Soleinne, IV, 283; OCLC locates a number of copies of the main work, but only Dutch Royal Library, Lyon and Bibliotheque Nationale for the full complement of supplements.
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Mohammedia filii Abdallae pseudo-prophetae Fides Islamitica

Mohammedia filii Abdallae pseudo-prophetae Fides Islamitica, i.e. Al-Coranus. Ex idiomate Arabico, quo primum a Mohammede conscriptus est, latine versus per Ludovicum Marraccium [.]. Cura et opera M. Christiani Reineccii.

[Qur'an - Latin]. 8vo (117 x 172 mm). (12), 114, (2), 558, (34) pp. Title-page printed in red and black. With 2 woodcut headpieces. Contemporary half vellum over marbled boards with handwritten spine-title. First printing thus. - The edition of Christian Reineccius (1668-1752) contains the Latin text of Luigi Marracci (1612-1700), to which are added a history of the Qur'an and an account of the Muslim faith. Marracci's text, published in 1698, constituted the first accurate Latin translation, the first scholarly printed Qur'an (including a much more accurate Arabic text than any previously printed). "It was a considerable progress that the Qur'an, much maligned by so many in the West possessing no familiarity at all with its content, now was made generally available" (cf. Fück). Reineccius' edition was considered "more convenient" (cf. Pfannmüller) than that of Marracci, as it comprises the complete text in Latin translation, omitting the Arabic text. - Some browning throughout, as common; old ownership "Steph. Manno" stamped to title page. Altogether very well-preserved in an immaculate contemporary full vellum binding. - Binding slightly waterstained, covers a little rubbed. Several pages, including the title-page slightly waterstained, a faint ink smudge to p. 415 (not touching text), else fine. - Schnurrer p. 413f. Fück 95, n. 251. BM Arabic I, 896. Enay 164. Zenker I, 1396. Woolworth p. 286. VD 18, 10327843. Graesse IV, 43. Pfannmüller 208 and 214. Ebert 11520. EROMM 19960910.
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Taqasim al-'ilal [Classification of Diseases].

Taqasim al-‘ilal [Classification of Diseases].

Razi, Abu Bakr Muhammad ibn Zakariyya al- (Rhazes). 2 vols. Tall 8vo (100 x 185 mm). 109 ff. 89 ff. Arabic manuscript on paper. Black naskh script with important words and phrases picked out in red. Originally bound as one. Sans binding, and housed in custom red cloth box. Rare and little known to scholarship: a medical work by one of the greatest physicians in Muslim history, copied quite early. Abu Bakr Al-Razi (ca. 864-925) is known by the name of Rhazes in the Latin tradition; few if any can claim his scope of influence on medical thought in the Christian and Muslim worlds alike. - While the manuscript of al-Razi's "Kitab al-Mansuri" ("The Book of Medicine for Al-Mansur") was translated into Latin by Gerard of Cremona around 1180 and disseminated to the West, the "Taqasim al-'ilal", sometimes also known as "Taqsim wa al-Tashjir" ("Dividing and Diagramming"), remains almost unknown among al-Razi's prolific productions, the present example being one of very few surviving manuscripts. A critical edition was not published until 1992, by the University of Aleppo. - Rather than following the traditional method of treating body parts in order in an anatomical "head to toe" approach, the "Taqasim al-'ilal" details a series of case studies of each ailment in 31 themed chapters. Each chapter begins with the general and then narrows its focus for very careful and deliberate diagnosis. The first chapter, for example, is titled simply "On headaches," but gives an immediate distinction between a headache and migraine, after which symptomatology is further distinguished: there is a headache affecting the auricular region (suda' ma'a waj' al-udhn), the eye (al-'ayn), or a headache-causing cough (suda' ma'a al-su'al). - In the present manuscript, the "Taqasim" is followed by a copy of al-Razi's "Aqrabadin", itself the source of Masawaih's "Antidotarium". The final section of the treatise deals specifically with surgical procedures, such as the cauterization of wounds or the setting of dislocated or fractured bones. - An highly important and very early copy from one of the great names in the history of science, and one which would benefit greatly from the scholarly attention it has lacked for centuries. - In two volumes, originally bound as one, complete in spite of one loose quire. Some paper repair, generally marginal. Well preserved. - GAL I, 223, no. 9.4, 9.5. Taqasim al-'ilal. Aleppo, Ma'had al-Turat al-'Ilmi al-'Arabi, 1992.
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Eutychii Aegyptii

Eutychii Aegyptii, Patriarchae Orthodoxorum Alexandrini, Scriptoris, ut in Oriente admodùm Vetusti ac Illustris, ita in Occidente tum paucissimis Vsi tum perraro Auditi, Ecclesiae suae Origines.

SELDEN, John. (Ed. & Trans.). Small 4to. (200 x 152 mm). pp. (i), XXXVIII, 184. Printed title in red and black, manuscript '1642' in blue ink beneath Roman numerals and the same date in blue ink in Arabic numerals at right, 13 leaves with Selden's 'Praefatio' with elaborate woodcut head-piece and four-line intital, 6 leaves with Eutychius' parallel text in Arabic and Latin with headline in red and black, decorative woodcut head- and tail-pieces, decorative Arabic initial 'ya' with woodcut border and four-line initial to Latin text and Selden's detailed and extensive 'Commentarius' with elaborate woodcut head-piece and decorative 7-line initial, one woodcut of a Roman coin in the text, final leaves with 'Interserenda' with woodcut head-piece, errata to final leaf verso between type rules. Printed text in Latin and Arabic throughout with occasional Greek and Hebrew, using Roman, italic, Arabic, Greek and Hebrew types; manuscript correction in sepia ink, 'tum' for 'ac' in line 27 on pg. 183. Contemporary full vellum with Yapp edges, manuscript title in sepia ink to spine, later paper label with location details (?). The first edition of the first book printed in England to make extensive use of Arabic type. ' . it can be considered as the first Arabic book to be printed in England.' (Geoffrey Roper). Eutychius of Alexandria (877 - 940), i.e. Sa'id Ibn Batriq, was a doctor, appointed Melkite Patriarch of Alexandria in 932 and one of the first Christian Egyptian authors to write extensively in Arabic. His most important work was the 'Nazm al-Jawhar' (the Row of Jewels) and it is an excerpt from that work that is presented here. This critical edition, presented in the original Arabic and with a Latin translation together with extensive analytic commentary, was prepared by John Selden (1584 - 1654), the remarkable polyglot academic (he was competent in, or at least familiar with, Latin, Greek, Arabic, Hebrew, Chaldean, Samaritan, Aramaic, Farsi, Ge'ez, Old English, German, French, Spanish and Italian), antiquarian, historian, jurist and parliamentarian (he had long served as an MP and in different constituencies but at the time of publication was one of the two MPs representing Oxford University in the Long Parliament). Selden's selection from Eutychius' text treats of the ecclesiastical hierarchy of the early Christian church while his extensive commentary in Latin with additional extensive quotation from a variety of Arabic, Greek, Hebrew and Latin sources includes a list in Arabic of the first 307 Alexandrian Patriarchs. Selden's preface gives details of Eutychius and his life and medical practise, surveys Arabic manuscripts in Europe - he mentions scholars such as Erpenius - and relates how he purchased the manuscript he relied on for this edition from William Corderoy. Corderoy, like his fellow merchant Richard Hill, both merchants of the Levantine Company at Aleppo, were often the source of books for scholars; Edward Pococke, a friend and protegée of Selden's, procured the Gospels in Farsi for the English Polyglot through the pair. Pococke, the first Laudian Professor of Arabic at Oxford, was also responsible for another edition of Eutychius printed in 1656 by Henry Hall and paid for by Selden who did not live to see it published. Although Arabic type had been used prior to Selden's 'Eutychius' - and the earliest method had been via woodblocks inserted among metal type - it had been confined mainly to individual letters, short passages or quotations and had, at least until the mid-1630s been of very poor quality. William Stansby used Arabic metal type for the first time in England for Selden's 'Mare Clausum' (1635) and it was used again - this time by Bishop, the printer of Eutychius, who had bought Stansby's business - for the second edition of Selden's 'De Successionibus In Bona Defuncti' (1636) and his 'De Iure Naturali' (1640) but all three of these books used the type sparsely and irregularly with only the 1636 book including even a page. By the time o
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Representation of a function by its line integrals with some radiological implications II in Journal of Applied Physics 35

Representation of a function by its line integrals with some radiological implications II in Journal of Applied Physics 35, October 1964, pp. 2908 – 2913 [ORIGINAL WRAPPERS]

Cormack, Allen FIRST EDITIONS IN ORIGINAL PAPER WRAPS OF PART II ONLY OF ALLAN CORMACK'S SEMINAL INVENTION OF A MATHEMATICAL TECHNIQUE FOR COMPUTER-ASSISTED X-RAY TOMOGRAPHY (CAT Scans) - TOGETHER, THESE TWO PAPERS DOCUMENT THE INVENTION OF THE CAT SCAN. Cormack's work produced the most revolutionary development in the field of radiography since the discover of the x-ray by Rontgen in 1895. In 1979, Cormack and Godfrey Hounsfield received the Nobel Prize in Medicine for their work in "the development of computer assisted tomography" (Nobel Prize Committee). "This was the first time that researchers trained not in the medical sciences but in mathematics and engineering received the Nobel Prize in Medicine" (Grolier Medical Hundred, 365). Cormack's work as a theoretical physicist with a special interest in computer tomography and math drove his interest in and invention of a mathematical technique for computer-assisted X-ray tomography. Cormack's papers contain the first description of the mathematical theory of axial tomography, the method by which the varying X-ray absorption rates of tissues in the human body can be used to construct a detailed picture of the organs and soft tissues. Computerized axial tomography, otherwise known as the CAT scan, is a process by which X-rays can be concentrated on specific sections of the human body at a variety of angles. Once this information is analyzed by a computer, it is combined to reproduce images of internal structures previously unviewable by medical technology. Cormack was the first to analyze the possibility of such an examination of a biological system, and in these papers, developed the equations needed for computer-assisted x-ray reconstruction of pictures of the human brain and body. CONDITION & DETAILS: Individual issue original wrappers, October 1964. American Institute of Applied Physics. (10.5 X 8 inches; 263 x 200mm). Fine condition. Clean and bright inside and out.
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Quantum Theory of Gravity. I. The Canonical Theory in Physical Review 160 No. 5

Quantum Theory of Gravity. I. The Canonical Theory in Physical Review 160 No. 5, 25 August 1967, pp. 1113-1148 [WHEELER DEWITT EQUATION; COSMIC SCHRODINGER EQUATION]

DeWitt, Bryce FIRST EDITION of Bryce DeWitt's first paper on quantum gravity, including the introduction of both the Wheeler-DeWitt equation and canonical quantum gravity. "Quantum gravity attempts to unify quantum mechanics (which describes the behavior of electromagnetism, the weak interaction and the strong interaction) with general relativity (the theory of gravity)" (Wenner Collection). NOTE that we separately offer the 1st ed. in original wraps of all three parts of Bryce DeWitt's paper on quantum gravity, including the introduction of the Wheeler-DeWitt equation. In this work, DeWitt, known as the father of quantum gravity, formed important calculations on quantum gravity highly controversial and important to modern theoretical physics. The Wheeler-DeWitt "equation expresses the expectation that the total energy of a closed universe vanishes" (Liebscher, Cosmology, 269). It is a "cosmic Schrodinger equation" that describes the whole universe - both atoms and galaxies - in a unified manner. Although controversial, the equation does in fact unify deep properties of both quantum theory and general relativity. "The Wheeler-DeWitt equation is a functional differential equation on the space of three dimensional spatial metrics. It is ill defined in the general case, but very important in theoretical physics, especially in quantum gravity. The equation has the form of an operator acting on a wave functional, the functional reduces to a function in cosmology. Contrary to the general case, the Wheeler-DeWitt equation is well defined in mini-superspaces like the configuration space of cosmological theories" (Wikipedia). CONDITION & DETAILS: Lancaster: The American Physical Society. Vol. 160, Number 5, 25 August 1967, pp. 1113-1148 (DeWitt paper). Full volume pp. 719-1611. Fully indexed. Additionally, there are 36 pages of separately culled abstracts. Ex-libris bearing only a small stamps on the front & rear flypapers & text block. There are no spine markings. 4to (10.5 x 8 inches; 263 x 200mm). Bound in pristine brown buckram, gilt-lettered at the spine. Near fine condition inside and out.
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Spectroscopic Observations of the Sun. Received February 2

Spectroscopic Observations of the Sun. Received February 2, Read March 19, 1874. Pp. 577-586 in The Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, Vol. 165, Pt. 2., 1875. [OFFPRINT of LOCKYER’S DISCOVERY OF HELIUM ON THE SUN. 6 PLATES]

Lockyer, J. Norman RARE OFFPRINT OF JOSEPH LOCKYER'S DISCOVERY OF HELIUM ON THE SUN. ORIGINAL PAPER WRAPS, FINE CONDITION. 6 PLATES. An "offprint" is a separately published and bound issue of the journal paper in question. Usually these are printed for the given authors and for authors to give to colleagues. Because they are rare, offprints are considered more desirable that either the original issue of the journal in paper wraps or bound. Helium was the first chemical element discovered on an extraterrestrial body -- in this case, the sun -- prior to its discovery on the Earth. Lockyer's discovery of helium also represents the first element discovered via spectroscopy. Though rare on the Earth, helium is the second most abundant element in the universe, comprising 24% of known baryonic matter by weight. Lockyer discovered helium on the sun in 1868 when he adapted his 6-inch telescope to utilize a spectroscope and while using it to carry out electromagnetic spectroscopic observations of the sun during an eclipse, he discovered a yellow line never seen before in the laboratory. Unable to reproduce the line in his lab, Lockyer made the bold suggestion that the line was the 'fingerprint' of an element, an element he named 'helium' for Helios, the Greek God of the Sun. Lockyer's finding -- the only element to be discovered in space before it was discovered on Earth -- was the first element to be discovered by spectroscopy. As Lockyer tried to make sense of his initial discovery of a yellow line, he reasoned that "because the bright yellow line was close to the D1 and D2 lines of sodium, it [should be] designated D3. In order to identify the lines in his spectral data, Lockyer enlisted the help of the prominent British chemist, Edward Frankland. Their laboratory work showed that the majority of the observed solar lines were due to hydrogen, though often modified by changes in temperature and pressure. The D3 line, however, could not be reproduced in the laboratory" (Jensen, "Why Helium Ends in 'ium'?) . While Lockyer was ridiculed for his discovery for many years, in 1895, twenty-five years after Lockyer's initial discovery, William Ramsay confirmed the existence of Helium when he managed to isolate it from another mineral. In 1897, Lockyer was finally knighted for his discovery of helium. CONDITION & DETAILS: London: The Royal Society. Offprint from The Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, Vol. 165, Pt. 2. 1876. [Printed in 1876]. Continuously paginated, pp. 577-586. 4to. (300 x 225mm; 12 x 9 in.). ILLUSTRATIONS: 6 plates EXTERIOR: Bound in original paper wraps. Tightly bound. Near fine condition.
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Mathematical Formulation of the Quantum Theory of Electromagnetic Interaction" WITH "Spin Echoes" (Hahn) in The Physical Review

Mathematical Formulation of the Quantum Theory of Electromagnetic Interaction” WITH “Spin Echoes” (Hahn) in The Physical Review, Volume 80, Number 3, November 1, 1950, pp. 440-457 (Feynman), pp. 580-594 (Hahn). [FIRST EDITION, BOUND FULL VOLUME, NOT EX-LIBRARY. FEYNMAN’S PROOF OF HIS QED METHODOLOGY]

Feynman, Richard WITH Hahn, E.L. FIRST EDITION of Feynman's proof of the validity of his 1949 "reformation of quantum mechanics itself," work that would "elegantly rewrite quantum theory" (American National Biography; Peacock, The Quantum Revolution, 102). ALSO included is Erwin Hahn's "Spin Echoes," the first detection and report of spin echoes in nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR). FEYNMAN PAPER: In this, the third paper in his pivotal reformulation of quantum mechanics, Feynman provides the mathematical "proof of the validity of the [his] rules for calculations of amplitudes in quantum electrodynamics. Feynman's paper rigorously proved that his treatment of "the problem of molecular forces from a thoroughly quantum-mechanical point of view" was accurate (DSB). Feynman had arrived "at a simple means of calculating the energy of a molecular system that continues to guide quantum chemists" (ibid). In 1965 Feynman was awarded the Nobel Prize along with Schwinger and Tomonaga "for their fundamental work in quantum electrodynamics, with deep-ploughing consequences for the physics of elementary particles" (Particle Physics, One Hundred Years of Discoveries, 113). HAHN PAPER: Erwin Hahn's "Spin Echoes," relays the first detection and report of spin echoes in nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR)."In magnetic resonance, a spin echo is the refocusing of spin magnetization by a pulse of resonant electromagnetic radiation. Modern NMR and magnetic resonance imaging make use of this effect. Echo phenomena are important features of coherent spectroscopy which have been used in fields other than magnetic resonance including laser spectroscopy and neutron scattering" (Wikipedia). In 1950, Hahn, then a graduate student, was experimenting with NMR using pulsed RF energy and observed echo signals, hereafter called 'Spin Echo' or 'Hahn Echo' signals. We also separately offer this paper in its original wrappers. CONDITION & DETAILS: Lancaster: American Physical Society, Volume 80, October to December 1950. Bound in green buckram. NOT EX-LIBRARY. Tightly and solidly bound. Bright and clean inside and out. Near fine condition.
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DESCRIPTION DES FESTES données par la ville de Paris

DESCRIPTION DES FESTES données par la ville de Paris, à l occasion du Mariage de Madame Louise-Elisabeth de France, et de Dom Philippe, Infant et Grand Amiral d Espagne, les vingt-neuvième et trentième Août mil sept cent trente-neuf.

Premier tirage de l un des plus beaux livres de fêtes du XVIIIe siècle, édité à l occasion du mariage de Madame Elisabeth de France avec l Infant d Espagne. « Important livre de fêtes parisiennes » (Bull. Morgand et Fatout, 11011). Les planches gravées par J.-Fr. Blondel représentent : le plan géométral de la partie de la Seine où fut donnée la fête ; le temple de l Hymen, décor du feu d artifice placé sur le terre plein du Pont-Neuf ; élévation géométrale du trône construit pour que Leurs Majestés voient la fête, exécuté sur les dessins de Gabriel ; le plan et l élévation géométrale du salon de musique élevé au milieu de la rivière entre le Pont-Neuf et le Pont-Royal ; les bateaux illuminés. La planche 8 donne l élévation géométrale de la terrasse du bord de l eau où se trouvaient les tentes pour la suite de Leurs Majestés. La planche 9 nous offre une vue générale de cette fête sur la Seine avec tous ses décors, illuminations et feux d artifice. Les dernières planches nous montrent le bal de l Hôtel de ville dans la nuit du 30 au 31 août, avec plans et coupes. En dehors de ces treize planches, l édition est ornée d un fleuron dessiné par Bouchardon et gravé par Soubeyran, et d une grande vignette, servant d en-tête, dessinée et gravée par J. Rigaud, représentant une joute sur la Seine. Ces ouvrages de luxe étaient habillés plus ou moins somptueusement. Le souverain et les princes de sa famille recevaient des exemplaires recouverts de maroquin orné à la dentelle, les ministres des maroquins moins richement décorés et les simples évêques des volumes modestement reliés en veau tous portant cependant au centre des plats les armes de la cité qui avait financé l entreprise. Superbe exemplaire revêtu d une reliure en maroquin de l époque aux armes de la ville de Paris. Provenance : de la bibliothèque Léon Gruel avec ex libris gravé au second contreplat.
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One of the best editions of Fernel's medical works with additional material. It contains the Pathologia which introduces the term 'pathology' in its modern sense and describes gonorrhoea as an independent infection of the bladder .

One of the best editions of Fernel’s medical works with additional material. It contains the Pathologia which introduces the term ‘pathology’ in its modern sense and describes gonorrhoea as an independent infection of the bladder .

Fernel, Jean François, Opera medicinalia. Fernel, Jean François, Opera medicinalia, nempe phisiologia, pathologia et terapeutica seu medendi ratio, quibus adiecimus de abditis rerum causis. Venice, Rutilio Borgominieri, 1565. 4to. [18]f + pp13-655 (misnumbered 659) + [1 blank]p. Roman & italic letter with some Greek. Printer's woodcut device on title. Historiated initials. 18th century calf, spine gilt, worn, woodblock red. One of the best editions of Fernel's medical works with additional material. It contains the Pathologia which intorduces the term 'pathology' in its modern sense and which Garrison calls the 'first explicit treatise on special pathology'. It also includes the Physiology libri septem, the first work to deal solely with physiology and the first to call it by name. Gonorrhoea is also described here as an independent infection of the blader apart from the chapter on lues in which the various modes of contact transmission (syphilis insontium) are ennumerated. Fernel (1497-1558), physician to Henri I of France, was one of the teachers of Vesalius. He was the first to describe many diseases such as appendicitisand endocarditis. Very good copy with contemporary ownership signature of 'Annibalis Magnocaballo' in tailend title margin; Hannibale Magnocavallo (1543-96), a physician and writer at Pavia was born a nobleman in Cuccaro, Piedmont and recorded as an academician at Casale Monferrato. Durling 1462; Garrison-Morton 2271; not in Adams, Wellcome, no copy in British Library.
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Handbook on breeding

Handbook on breeding, training, nomenclature and colours of horses remarkable for its exceptionally life-like illustrations of the typical movements, behavioural patterns and anatomical detail of 63 animals in a series of 34 lively hand-coloured woodblocks

Hirasawa, Kyokuzan. Kayo Hiso (on training horses) Hirasawa, Kyokuzan. Kayo Hiso (on training horsesHandbook on breeding, training, nomenclature and colours of horses.Koto (Edo) Suhara Mohe shi, Kansei Gannen [1789]. 3 vols in large 8vo (267 x 183mm). I: Title inside front cover + 46 pages within meander patterned ornamental border including a 2nd title, [26] pages of calligraphic text & 19 full-page hand-coloured woodblock illustrations; II: [64] pages within meander patterned ornamental border including title, 44 pages of calligraphic text & 15 full-page hand-coloured woodblock illustrations of horses; III: Supplement entitled Draft : 32 pages of calligraphic text within line border. Publisher s paper boards decorated in blind with title slips pasted on upper covers; stitched & folded in Japanese style. Preserved in modern cloth folder. Influential treatise on the breeding, training, nomenclature and colours of horses remarkable for its exceptionally life-like illustrations of the typical movements, behavioural patterns and anatomical detail of 63 animals in a series of 34 lively hand-coloured woodblocks by Sekine Shinbukoku after designs by the artist Fuyo-gi Suzuki (c1749-1816). 12 full-page images represent individual horses, 16 show pairs and 6 are playful compositions of 3 animals interacting. The poignancy of observation evident in the illustrations suggests that the artist might have been a horse breeder himself. The author, Kyokuzan Hirasawa (1733-91), also known as Gengai Yamauchi, was a Confucian writer from Kyoto.Some worming in edges of blank margins neatly repaired, light traces of wear in corners and some outer edges, otherwise very well preserved. See: Hawks & Perry, Japan opened: compiled chiefly from the narrative of the American expedition to Japan, in the years 1852-3-4 (1858): One of [the] specimens of art presented to the commodore is a book . illustrated . from woodcuts of bold outline. printed with a tint to distinguish each in the various groups of the animal by sober grays, reds, and blacks. a breed of small stature and finely formed limbs . There is great freedom of hand shown in the drawing. The animals are represented in various attitudes, curving, gambling, and rolling upon the ground - positions requiring and exhibiting an ability in fore-shortening which is found . in Asiatic art . (2) Bartlett and Shohara, Japanese Botany During the Period of Wood-block Printing (1961): the pictures of horses which so greatly impressed the Americans . appeared much earlier in a work of Kyokuzan. entitled Kayo Hiso .
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Hojutsu densho-kan (Secret Gun Book).

Hojutsu densho-kan (Secret Gun Book).

[Anonymous author & artist]. Pictorial manuscript paper scroll (1062 x 25 cm). Dated on stylistic grounds to 17th or early 18th century. Emakimono manuscript paper tutorial scroll depicting the traditional Japanese martial art hojutsu, or the art of gunnery in 130 segments containing forty-five large multi-coloured drawings mostly of wild life suitable for hunting and shooting in their habitat but also including a design of a gun posed on a barrel, portrayals of 3 armed huntsmen (one galloping) and 4 target panels including a large fan. Among the exquisite paintings are a deer, a wild boar, a fox, a fish, a heron, cranes, pheasants and other wildfowl, a falcon, geese, ducks, a butterfly and a dragonfly; the birds are shown in their habitat of plants, trees and rocks. The images of wild life selected are marked with red target points and sometimes additional red lines to indicate the precise manner of shooting them which is explained in the accompanying calligraphic text. The arms of the three huntsmen (one gallopping on a horse) are also marked and discussed for their use. The scroll is in near fine condition considering its age; a few folds and wormholes expertly repaired, occasional light offsetting and minimal traces of wear, otherwise in excellent condition, intact with its original gilt floral decorative paper wrappers; lightly worn at edges. Shooting with guns was considered a privileged sport for the Japanese aristocracy rather than a weapon used for fighting in battle. The first matchlock guns were imported to western Japan and Tanegashima Island in 1543 from South East Asia, where they were first introduced by the Portuguese. They were initially used in Japan as gifts, or for hunting, but were then gradually adopted by the Samurai warrior class.
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Habilitado por el Rey N[ues]tro S[eño]r D[on].

Habilitado por el Rey N[ues]tro S[eño]r D[on].

Ferdinand VII King of Spain (1808, 1813-1833) Fernando VII. Manuscript in brown ink on paper penned in a neat legible hand including corrections, deletions and footnotes, dated at end 1 May 1833. 39 pages of written text in folio, 1 double-page in octavo, last page blank. Each recto page headed with rectangular stencilled royal seal dated 1823 incorporating circular royal arms in the centre. Comprehensive ministerial manuscript draft proposal to the king (‘Ex[elentisi]mo Señor’) to incorporate the Junta de Cria Caballar (Horse breeding Board) into the recently created Ministerio de Fomento (Ministry of Development) in order to achieve a more economic and efficient administration of national studs. The substantial draft in 44 paragraphs discusses various aspects of the proposed reforms and for the legislation on horse breeding in Spain from both the technical and political point of view with interesting comments. It argues in favour of removing the Junta de Cria Caballar (Horse Breeding Board) from the Secretaria de Despacho de Guerra (War Ministry) in order to incorporate it into the recently formed Ministerio de Fomento (Ministry of Development) for both economic and technical reasons, dwelling on the expenses of the Suprema Junta de Caballeria in transformation. The draft represents an attempt at modernising the cumbersome Bourbon administration of Ferdinand VII who died in September of the same year. The writer stresses the benefits of improved horse breeding for national agriculture, trade and for effective formation of cavalry. Referring to ancient times, he seeks to recreate the famous breeds of Spanish horses, calling Spain the ‘Arabia of Europe’ and he emphasises the importance of royal encouragement and direction. The writer actually suggests that the king’s younger brother, Infante Carlos Maria, later the Carlist pretender to the throne, should become protector of horse breeding in Spain. Special attention is given to the management of studs in Andalucia, Murcia and Estramadura and to the importance of regular and diligent government inspection. The draft covers 34 pages dated ‘Madrid, 1 May 1833’ at the end; it is followed by 2 supplementary pages entitled ‘Gastos’ providing the considerable annual administrative expenses of the present Suprema Junta de Caballeria (Horse Breeding Board) for the year 1832 and by three pages entitled ‘Productos’ containing actual figures of the numbers of foals born to mares in the same year to date. Edges tailend corners of 2 leaves affected by water staining, otherwise the manuscript is in excellent archival condition.
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