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Specimens of the Flora of South Africa By a Lady

Specimens of the Flora of South Africa By a Lady

ROUPELL, Arabella Elizabeth (1817-1914)] (22 1/2 x 18 inches). Hand-coloured lithographic title, 8 mounted hand coloured plates, lithographed by P. Gauci after Arabella Roupell. Large hand coloured botanical tail-piece. 1p. list of subscribers (103 names subscribing for 111 copies). Publisher's full purple morocco, covers with decorative border tooled in gilt and blind, the upper cover with central gilt vignette with the title surrounded by flowers and foliage, gilt edges gilt. Provenance: Frederick du Cane Godman (bookplate) A beautiful copy of this rare work, beautifully illustrated with large scale images of the exuberant flora of the Cape of Good Hope. According to the subscriber's list, only 111 copies of this work were produced. The genesis of the work is described in the Preface: "The original drawings . were made from specimens collected at the Cape of Good Hope [in 1843 and 1844] . during a temporary residence in that Colony . During their progress they happened to come under the observation and critical eye of Dr. [Nathaniel] Wallich (then also on a visit to the Cape), and under the encouragement derived from his approbation and with his sanction of their fidelity, the drawings were sent to England, and having been submitted to the inspection of Sir William Hooker, were likewise honoured by his favourable opinion, and it was at the joint suggestion and advice of these two distinguished botanists that they were ultimately placed in the hands of the eminent Lithographer Mr. P. Gauci. The very interesting descriptive remarks upon the plates were contributed by Professor Harvey of Dublin, whose intimate knowledge of South African botany has enabled him to confer a value upon the work, in which it would have otherwise have been deficient." The identity of the artist was initially kept secret, but clues were given: the final tailpiece is an image of the only non-South African plant to be included, the "Roupellia grata", which, according to Harvey, "forms an appropriate conclusion to this work . [because of] the generic name it bears." The secret did not remain a secret for long: Wallich and Hooker disclosed, in print, the identity of the artist in September 1849, and later in April 1850. Arabella Roupell (née Piggott) was the wife of Thomas Boone Roupell of the East India Company. She based her drawings on specimens collected at the Cape of Good Hope in 1843 and 1844. Dr. Nathaniel Wallich (1786-1854) reviewed them and sent them to his colleague, Sir William Hooker (1785-1865), in London for further critique. Wallich and Hooker suggested that Roupell publish them, and recommended P. Gauci as the lithographer. Professor William Henry Harvey (1811-1866) provided the descriptive text. The final image in the work, Roupellia grata, was named in honour of various members of the Roupell family (including Arabella Roupell and her husband, his grandfather Charles Roupell of Charleston, and Dr. Roupell of London) by Wallich and Hooker. M. Arnold South African Botanical Art (Vlaeberg, 2001), p.39; BM(NH) IV, p.1742; Great Flower Books (1990) p.134; Mendelssohn II, p.254; Nissen BBI 1687; Stafleu-Cowan 9684.
Great Pacification. (To the People of the United States) . I propose the restoration of our Union . Peace

Great Pacification. (To the People of the United States) . I propose the restoration of our Union . Peace, the hope of it, even in the midst of the most strenuous war, should not be abandoned .

CIVIL WAR - Estick [or Estwick] EVANS (1787-1866) Letterpress broadside. 24 x 8 1/2 inches. Expert restoration on verso. An unusual broadside Civil War peace proposal. A little-known, but highly eccentric character, Evans first made a name for himself in 1818, when he walked from New Hampshire to Detroit (in the middle of winter no less), backtracked to Pittsburgh and continued his walk all the way to New Orleans, publishing a narrative of his pedestrian journey the following year. After a failed Congressional run in New Hampshire, and a failed attempt to become secretary of the Senate, he ended up practicing law in Washington. In the midst of the Civil War, Evans published a series of broadside letters, all known in but few examples and likely printed in small quantities. In one, in which excoriated the south for their role in the war, he explained that he issued his missives as broadsides since his letters had no chance of publication in the already crowded pages of the newspaper press. The present broadside by Evans suggests a 20-point proposal for peace between the North and South, including the abolition of slavery, the federal assumption of Confederate debt, universal amnesty, restoration of all confiscated property, the annexation of Mexico, the expulsion of the Russians from the Pacific Northwest, the seizing of the Hudson's Bay and Arctic fur trade from the British, inviting Canada to become part of the United States, the unification of Central America and the building of a trans-Darien canal, the nationalization of the mining industry, universal temperance, fair pay, charity from the rich and more. The broadside letter concludes: "Unhappy -- deeply unhappy am I in what I am now going to say -- tears of pity, grief and shame for the whole country, coursing down my cheeks: -- I solemnly declare, that I have no doubt, and never had, that the longer the South holds out, the nearer she will be so absolute annihilation ." We locate only four examples extant (Boston Aethenaeum, American Antiquarian Society, Harvard and Minnesota Historical Society).
The Industrial Arts of the Nineteenth Century

The Industrial Arts of the Nineteenth Century

WYATT, Sir Matthew Digby (1820-1877) - David BATTEN (binder) (19 3/8 x 12 7/8 inches). 2 chromolithographed titles, 158 chromolithographed or tinted lithographed plates. Period full green morocco, bound by David Batten, covers with an elaborate overall decoration in gilt, spines with wide raised bands in five compartments, lettered in the second and fourth the others with a repeat overall decoration in gilt, silk endpapers, gilt edges An important Great Exhibition catalogue, among the most elaborate works illustrated with chromolithography of the mid-19th century: this copy in an extraordinary binding by the London binder David Batten who exhibited at the Great Exhibition and whose work is depicted within the book. The architect Digby Wyatt was Secretary to the Executive Committee of the Commissioners of the Great Exhibition and executant architect for the construction of the Crystal Palace, responsible for realising the outline design of Sir Joseph Paxton. In his capacity as Secretary he was also charged with the arrangement of the exhibits. He published The Industrial Arts in order to reproduce the best objects in the Exhibition by chromolithography. "The preface gives an account of the production of the plates: 1069 stones were used, the greatest number of printings for any one subject was fourteen, the average number seven" (Abbey). "Shortly after the opening of the Great Exhibition the Publisher called upon the Author, and, stating his desire to demonstrate, upon a great scale, the capabilities of colour-printing as an auxiliary to industrial education, requested him to undertake this Work. The work was . issued in. forty parts, embracing, in the whole, 160 plates [i.e. 2 titles and 158 plates]. The first number appeared on the 1st October, 1851, and the last will have been published on the 7th March, 1853. The greatest number of printings for any one subject has been 14, and the average number 7. The edition printed has amounted to 1300 copies" (Postscript). Wyatt goes on to acknowledge the contributions to the text by William Burges (the architect), C. Fowler and T. Hayes. The plates are presented under six different sections: I. Sculpture; II. Metal-Work; III. Textile fabrics, Lace, and Embroidery; IV. Porcelain, Glass, and Earthenware; V. Architectural decoration, Furniture, Wood and Ivory Carving, etc.; VI. Objects from India. In addition to India, the work represented comes from Germany, France, Denmark, Italy, Spain, Greece, Albania, Turkey, Russia, China, and of course Great Britain. The present copy, like the copy in the Royal Collection, was bound by David Batten, a London binder who exhibited at the Great Exhibition and whose work is illustrated within the book as plate 52. This fine example with the text and plates re-ordered as per the subject index located in vol. 1. Abbey, Life in England 85 (incorrectly calling for plates numbered 1-160 [the two titles being unnumbered and the plates numbered 1-158]).
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Cabinet card studio portrait of the Chiefs of the Six Nations in Canada]

EDY, J. N. & Company, photographer Cabinet card photograph on the photographer's mount. Contemporary ink manuscript inscription on verso identifying each sitter (the inscription possibly in the hand of Horatio Hale). Rare image of the Chiefs of the Six Nations, holding their wampum belts. The Smithsonian online catalogue explains the image and the circumstances of its being taken: This photograph of "Onondaga, Mohawk, and Seneca Indians with wampum belts [was] made on September 14, 1871, for Horatio Hale. Includes Joseph Snow (Hahriron), Onondaga Chief; George H. M. Johnson (Deyonhehgon), Mohawk chief, government interpreter and son of John Smoke Johnson; John Buck (Skanawatih), Onondaga chief and hereditary keeper of the wampum; John Smoke Johnson (Sakayenkwaraton), Mohawk chief and speaker of the council; Isaac Hill (Kawenenseronton), Onondaga chief and fire keeper; John Seneca Johnson (Kanonkeredawih), Seneca chief. Horatio Emmons Hale (1817-1896) was an American-Canadian philologist, ethnologist, author, and businessman who studied American Indian languages as a key to their origins. He published the Iroquois Book of Rites in 1883, which documented the history and rituals of the Iroquois Confederacy based on interpretations of the group's wampum belts. In September 1871, he requested that six Iroquois chiefs, with whom he had worked on the wampum belts, come to the Brantford, Ontario, studio of James N. Edy, where this photograph was made."
Polnoye sobraniye sochineniy Mikhayla Vasil'yevicha Lomonosova

Polnoye sobraniye sochineniy Mikhayla Vasil’yevicha Lomonosova

LOMONOSOV, Mikhail Vasil'evich (1711-1765) (10 x 8 inches). xviii, 345, [1]; 262, [2]; 260 (i.e. 258, with no pages numbered 225-226 as issued), [2]; [10], 294, [2]; [4], 241, [1]; [6], 451 (i.e. 449, with no pages numbered 201-202 as issued), [1] pp. Engraved portrait frontispiece in vol. 1, 16 engraved plates (15 folding). Engraved headpieces. Early manuscript annotations in vols. 5 and 6. Contemporary tree calf, flat spines gilt, red and black morocco lettering pieces, marbled endpapers First edition of the collected works of the Russian scientist and polymath Lomonosov. A poet and scientist from a poor family near Archangel, Lomonosov studied metallurgy in Germany. "On his [return to] Russia he rapidly rose to distinction, and was made professor of chemistry in the University of St Petersburg. He ultimately became rector, and in 1764 secretary of state .The most valuable of the works of Lomonósov are those relating to physical science, and he wrote upon many branches of it . He compiled a Russian grammar, which long enjoyed popularity, and did much to improve the rhythm of Russian verse" (Encyclopaedia Britannica). His most lasting work related to the formulation of the Law of Mass Conservation in chemical reactions; i.e. in a chemical reaction, the mass of reactants is equal to the mass of the products. Lomonosov founded the first chemistry laboratory at the Russian Academy of Science, and was integral in the founding of Moscow University. He would become the first to record the freezing temperature of mercury, and as an astronomer, the first to observe and deduce the atmosphere of Venus. Around the same time, he improved the design of the reflecting telescope. Lomonosov's work on mineralogy led to observations on iceberg formation, which in turn yielded early theories on continental drift, as well as the theoretical existence of Antarctica. In 1764, he organized the Chichagov expedition to find the Northeast Passage, and invented various maritime tools for calculating direction at sea. The annual award for achievements in science presented by the Russian Academy of Sciences is named in his honor.
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A Narrative of the Life of Mrs. Mary Jemison, who was Taken by the Indians, in the Year of 1755, when only about Twelve Years of Age, and who has Continued to Reside amongst Them to the Present Time . and other Entertaining Matter

SEAVER, James E. (1787-1827) 189, [1]pp. With the copyright leaf pasted on verso of the title as issued. Later red morocco, marbled endpapers Very rare first edition of a noted Indian captivity narrative. "Mary Jemison, who lived her entire adult life among the Seneca Indians, is probably the most famous captive of the nineteenth century. The text remains one of our best accounts of the history and culture of the Senecas, with the appendices presenting Mrs. Jemisons firsthand descriptions of feasts, religion, dances, government, funerals, and agriculture" (Siebert). Over twenty editions followed this first edition. Jemison was captured by the Senecas in 1758 at the age of twelve, the rest of her family having been massacred. She was initially taken from near Fort Pitt to eastern Ohio, but after the French and Indian War the tribe moved north to western New York State. This volume includes long accounts of the Revolutionary War in upstate New York, as well as incidents of frontier fights throughout the War of 1812, and Mrs. Jemison's life in the area around Buffalo from the Revolutionary period to 1823. Frederick Strecker, bibliographer of the Jemison narrative, notes that "considerable of the history of the settlers of western New York, has its source in the Jemison narrative." Jemison's account was recorded by Dr. James Seaver when Jemison was seventy-seven, and Seaver transcribed and arranged for the publication of her memoirs. Jemison lived with the Senecas until her death at ninety, having married several times and having continued to live with the tribe even after the Revolution, when she was free to return to white society. "One of the most authentic and interesting of captivity narratives, told by one who spent a long life among the Senecas and was the first white woman to descend the Ohio" (Howes). "Extremely rare and for many years unknown to bibliographers and collectors. (Braislin 1630). Only a single other example has appeared on the market since the Siebert copy in 1999. Ayer 248; American Imprints 17933; Streeter sale 3:905; Howes S263; Siebert sale 451; Ebserstadt 133:528; Pilling, Proof-Sheets 3541; Hubach, pp.15-16; Jones 863.
Instructions Given with a Commission for seizing the Ships

Instructions Given with a Commission for seizing the Ships, &c. belonging to the Inhabitants of the Rebellious Colonies, &c. . [Bound with:] Instructions for the Commanders of such Merchant Ships or Vessels who shall have Letters of Marque and Reprizals

AMERICAN REVOLUTION 8; 7, [1]pp. Signed in print by George Germain and Weymouth. Each signed in manuscript by Godfrey Lee Farrant, Registrar of the Court of Admiralty. Later pebbled cloth Provenance: Marinens Bibliotek (old inked stamps); deaccessioned by the Garnisions Biblioteket in 2017 Very rare Royal Navy instructions to British privateers during the American Revolution. Dated 27 March 1777, the Instructions not only authorize the "seizing and taking all ships and vessells, goods, wares, and merchandizes, chattels and effects whatsoever, belonging to the inhabitants of the Colonies now in Rebellion", but also authorize the same for any British ship trading to or from the colonies. There are XVI Articles, followed by a form of Affidavit to be executed by the owner of the pirate vessel. The instructions explicitly state that no prisoners shall be ransomed; There is also a penalty for not taking any vessel or goods of the Colonies, through consent or by collusion. ESTC records four different variants from different settings of text, but only six extant of all four combined (British Library, Library of Congress, New York Historical Society, New York Public Library, Newberry Library and Massachusetts Historical Society). We find no record of this ephemeral document in commerce in the modern era. The similar 1778 Instructions bound with relate to seizures by British privateers against the French. Sabin 34859; ESTC N69948.
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Pioneer Life; or, Thirty Years a Hunt. Being Scenes and Adventures in the Life of Philip Tome, Fifteen Years Interpreter for Cornplanter and Gov. Blacksnake Chiefs on the Allegany River

TOME, Philip (1782-1855) viii, [9]-238pp., including full-page woodcut frontispiece of an eight-point buck by Wightman. Publisher's brown cloth, covers blocked in blind, upper cover lettered in gilt Provenance: Charles Prescott (early signature) First edition: a scarce early work on frontier life. "A remarkable and accurate account of hunting elk, deer, bears, wolves, trapping and fishing from 1791 to about 1825, in the counties of Lycoming and those adjacent and in Warren County, Pa. Much Indian material in the book" (Phillips). A very rare book. "Charles Sheldon had a note in his copy reading 'This is one of the prize books in my library. At present, June 10, 1914, it is the only known copy.' Whitman Bennett.describes it as 'extraordinarily rare, especially in original condition'" (Streeter). Graff also had a copy, and he remarks, "Tome's association with Cornplanter was particularly interesting; his volume is an important account of pioneer life in the Old West." Tome was born in 1782 and grew up on the Pennsylvania frontier. Much of this book is concerned with his hunting and association with the Indians in western Pennsylvania and New York from the 1790s to the 1820s. Howes T288; Streeter sale 4088; Graff 4162; Henderson, p. 179; Phillips, American Sporting Books, p. 377; Siebert sale 243.
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Inspection Report of the Disbursing Branches of the Army of the United States in the Military Department of the South, Made by Colonel A.B. Easton, A.C.G.S., under the Special Instructions of the Secretary of War, Between the 14th of April and the 14th of May, 1864, Army of the Potomac Printing Office, 1864

CIVIL WAR - Colonel Amos B. EATON (1806-1877) 27, [1]pp. With an autograph letter signed to Eaton from General James A. Hardie, tipped to the verso of the title and an autograph letter signed by Secretary of War Edwin Stanton to Eaton, laid in (see below). Publisher's tan lettered wrappers, marked in ink at the top "Confidential" Provenance: Amos B. Eaton (signature on upper wrapper and accompanying letters) The author's copy of a confidential Union report, published on a field hand-press. At the height of the Civil War, the Department of the South, comprising the Union-held positions on the coasts of Florida, Georgia and South Carolina (e.g. Hilton Head, Morris Island, and Pensacola) held critical strategic importance, but also a great logistical challenge. Failures to adequately supply and maintain the posts in a difficult climate prompted an official inquiry from the Department of War. Long-serving and well-respected commissary department officer A. B. Eaton was despatched to the region in the spring of 1864 to inspect the "disbursing branches" of the Army in the region: the Quartermaster Department, the Subsistence Department, the Medical Department, the Engineering Corps and the Ordinance Department. Upon his return, Eaton submitted his report to his superior, Inspector General James Hardie. Showing no favoritism, Eaton's report called to task a number of respected officers and clergymen, for everything from the disbursement of water and the construction of barracks, to the education and diet of freed slaves. Realizing the gravity of the problem, but also the delicate politics involved, Hardie had the report confidentially printed in but a few copies (perhaps as few as two): i.e. for the Secretary of War and Eaton himself (i.e. the present copy). Accompanying this pamphlet is an autograph letter signed by Hardie to Eaton, dated June 20, 1864, sending the present copy of the report and explaining the unusual circumstances of its printing: ". You may know that I think the report valuable, since I had it printed confidentially for the eye of the Secretary himself, who has read it & sent it to Gen. Halleck for his review. The report has not been published. You need fear no issue of extra copies. I send you one. I had the report printed on a War Dept. handpress, a few pages set up at a time & struck off, then the same type used again &c. So you can see that there can be no extra copies possibly retained by any body." Also accompanying Eaton's copy of his report is a June 28,1864 autograph letter signed by Secretary of War Stanton, thanking Eaton for his "diligence, fidelity and ability." Following this confidential report, Eaton was promoted to Brigadier General and Commissary General of the Army.
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Tom Sawyer's Comrade) . By Mark Twain

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Tom Sawyer’s Comrade) . By Mark Twain

CLEMENS, Samuel (1835-1910)] Illustrated by E.W. Kemble. 366pp. Photogravure portrait frontispiece. Publisher's deluxe half brown morocco and marbled boards, gilt spine with raised bands, marbled edges and endpapers. First American edition in the publisher's deluxe binding: one of 500. A fine first edition of Twain's enduring classic of boyhood, in the deluxe publisher's half morocco binding at the time of publication the rarest and most expensive of the various publisher's bindings. The first edition comprised 30,000 copies; the publisher Webster announced that 20,000 would be bound in green or blue cloth ($2.75), 2,500 in a sheepskin library binding ($3.25), and 500 in this deluxe half morocco binding ($4.25). In his "Huck Finn among the Issue-Mongers," Kevin MacDonnell has shown that there are only three points which distinguish the first printing from the second printing of 10,000 copies: "The plates were corrected to reflect three changes in the text: at page 13 the erroneous page reference '88' was changed to '87'; at page 57 the misprint 'with the was' was corrected to 'with the saw'; and at page 9 the misprint 'Decided' was corrected to 'Decides.'" Our copy exhibits all three first printing points. The Uncle Silas illustration at page 283, which was infamously defaced at some point during the printing, is here in its first "curved" state. As for the other points enumerated by Blanck and Johnson, they derived from corrections made to the electrotyped plates during the course of printing and do not indicate a priority of issue. BAL 3415; Grolier American 87.
Plantae Asiaticae rariores; or

Plantae Asiaticae rariores; or, Descriptions and figures of a select number of unpublished East Indian plants

WALLICH, Nathaniel (1786-1854) (21 1/2 x 14 1/2 inches). Half-titles in vols I and III (as issued, no half-title in vol. II published). 295 hand-coloured lithographic plates on 294 sheets, by M. Gauci and Weddell after Gorchand, Vishnu Prasad, M. Curtis, Miss Drake, and others, (plates 222/223 constituting one folding plate as issued), printed by Engelmann, Graf, Coindet & Co., Engelmann & Co., and Graf & Soret, folding double-page engraved map (numbered plates 296-300) of India by J. Arrowsmith, with routes of various botanists marked in colours by hand. 3pp. list of 160 names subscribing for 225 copies in vol. 1. Usual oxidization at margins of a few plates in vol. 1. Expertly bound to style in half period russia and period marbled paper covered boards, spine gilt with wide flat bands, marbled endpapers and edges Provenance: Frederick du Cane Godman (bookplate) A very fine, complete copy of this magnificent work: some of the finest images ever produced of the spectacular trees, shrubs and plants of India, Burma and Thailand. A worthy successor to William Roxburgh, Wallich served as superintendent of the Calcutta botanical garden from 1817 to 1846. The present work was prepared for publication by Wallich during a leave of absence in 1828 - because of ill-health he had returned to England bringing with him a collection of about 8000 dried specimens as well 1200 original watercolour drawings executed from life. The majority of the specimens had been collected by Wallich himself during trips to Nepal, Western Hindostan, Ava and lower Burma -- but he also benefited from the explorations of his contemporaries, and their names and the areas they explored are recorded on the map at the end of the third volume. In the production of the original drawings, Wallich employed the talents of many of the same artists that had worked for Roxburgh, the two most notable being Vishnupersaud (or Vishnu Prasad, who Blunt calls the 'most talented of the native Indian artists') and Gorachand (or Gorchand). Wallich's Plantae Asiaticae was seen as an extension to Roxburgh's Plants of the Coromandel coast (London: 1795-1820) and was undertaken with the enthusiastic support of the East India Company who subscribed to 40 copies. It was published by subscription in 12 parts, priced at £ 2 10s per part, between September 1829 and August 1832. Wallich writes: "the present Work consists of a selection of plants made chiefly from a series of 1200 drawings, executed under my direction by Native Artists" (preface, p.x). The translation of the drawings onto stone was carried out by the Maltese born Maxim Gauci, perhaps the greatest of the early lithographers of botanical subjects. Wallich thanks him for his contribution in the Postscript, and unusually, he goes on to acknowledge the contribution of the colourist John Clark: "For both of these worthy men and admirable artists I beg to express my sincere respect." Two additional points that are rarely noted elsewhere are that plate number 6 is an engraving by Weddell (not a lithograph), and that the correct plate total is 294 not 295 as the folding plate is numbered 222/223. This fine example with important provenance to Frederick DuCane Godman, the English naturalist who conceived, authored, and underwrote the groundbreaking Biologia Centrali-Americana. Born into a wealthy English family in 1834 (his father was a partner in the British brewer Whitbread), Godman studied at Eton and Cambridge, where he met his later co-author Osbert Salvin and founded the British Ornithological Union. Much influenced by the 1859 publication of Darwin's On the Origin of Species, Godman and Salvin believed that a complete examination of the flora and fauna of Central America would reveal patterns on the distribution of species and evolution. Arnold Arboretum p.729; Bradley Bibliography I, p.471; Dunthorne 326 (incorrect plate count); Great Flower Books (1990), p.149; Lack Garden Eden Masterpieces of Botanical Illustration 70; Nissen BBI 2099 (incorrect plate count); Stafleu & Cowan TL2 16.583; Pritzel 9957.
A New Digester or Engine for Softning Bones

A New Digester or Engine for Softning Bones, Containing the Description of its Make and Use in these Particulars: Viz. Cookery, Voyages at Sea, Confectionary.and Dying . [Bound with:] A Continuation of the New Digester of Bones: It’s Improvements and New Uses it Hath Been Applyed to, Both for Sea and Land. Together With Some Improvements and New Uses of the Air-Pump

PAPIN, Denis (1647-1712?) [New Digester:] [8], 54pp. Engraved folding plate. [Continuation:] [8], 123, [3]pp. Two engraved folding plates. Later calf, panelled in blind, repairs to front joint. First editions of an important work leading to the development of the steam engine. Papin's work, here complete with both parts, contains a description of his invention of the pressure cooker, including a safety valve which would become a technically important development relating to steam power. In addition, the Continuation includes an important description of pneumatic transmission. Papin had worked extensively with Boyle on his air pump experiments, and perceived that water's boiling point was raised when heated under pressure. Supported by Robert Hooke, he demonstrated his "digester" to the Royal Society in 1679. Papin would later develop the first steam engine, based on principles developed here. "The present autoclave in such general use in laboratories, as a steam pressure cooker in kitches, and as a retort in manufactories, is Papin's digester with improvements, and modifications to suit special purposes" (Bitting). Wing P309 & P308; ESTC R17820 & R24444; Bitting, p. 355; Vicaire 653.
A Select Collection of One Hundred Plates

A Select Collection of One Hundred Plates, consisting of the most Beautiful Exotic and British Flowers

EDWARDS, John (1742- after 1812) (17 7/8 x 11 1/4 inches). 100 hand-coloured engraved plates by J. Edwards, Ferner, W. Darling and I. Fougeron after J. Edwards. Minor foxing and toning. Contemporary diced russia, spine gilt, expert repair to the front joint. Provenance: David Mill (bookplate); Frederick du Cane Godman (bookplate) One of the most highly artistic flower books of the eighteenth century. It is likely that the illustrations were coloured by Edwards himself, as he not only made the drawings, but also etched and engraved the majority of the plates. Born in 1742, Edwards was both a book-illustrator and an artist for the calico-printing industry. He specialised in flower studies, and his works were exhibited at the Society of Artists and the Royal Academy. Described by Henrey as "an outstanding folio volume", Edwards' work is not really a herbal at all "as a number of the species figured have no medical interest, and without doubt the plants were chosen for their decorative value" (Henrey, 2:17-18). This second edition of Edwards's Herbal includes a new and "more suitable title", but contains the same letterpress and plates. As Henrey points out, the plates were primarily chosen for their decorative value, and it seems no coincidence that many flowers on Worcester porcelain of the period are directly inspired by Edwards's work. Great Flower Books (1990) p.93; Dunthorne 104; Henrey 676; Nissen BBI 578.
The British Volunteer: or

The British Volunteer: or, A General History of the Formation and Establishment of the Volunteer and Associated Corps, enrolled for the Protection and Defence of Great Britain

TOMKINS, Charles (c.1750-c.1810) 12 engraved plates (6 colored aquatint full-length portraits, 5 hand-colored plates of military maneuvers [2 folding], and 1 hand-colored folding map of the United Provinces), engraved by and after Tomkins. Repaired tear to the map. Contemporary mottled sheep, expertly rebacked, period marbled endpapers and edges Provenance: Colonel Paul Le Mesurier (flyleaf inscription, see plate 1 and p.5) A beautifully illustrated and rare work on British military costume. Organized to defend Britain against Napoleonic invasion, this short-lived volunteer army (1794-1805) consisted of 300,000 members at its peak. The present publication closely followed an appeal for more volunteers in the face of the threat posed by Napoleon. This example an important association copy, with provenance to Colonel Paul le Mesurier (1755-1805), officer of the Honourable Artillery Company, who is depicted in the first portrait plate. The portrait plates represent officers and uniforms of the Honourable Artillery Corps, the Norfolk Rangers, the Loyal Pimlico Volunteers, the Pendennis Artillery Volunteers, the Surrey Yeoman Cavalry, and the Bloomsbury and Inns of Court Volunteers. "Patriotism found another outlet in the formation of Volunteer corps and bodies of militia all over the country, which led to the publication of such books as Rowlandson's Loyal Volunteers (1799) and The British Volunteer of the same year; these camps, as well as the foreign campaigns, may explain some part of the singular demand for books of naval and military, as well as national, costume, so characteristic of the beginning of the nineteenth century" (Prideaux). Originally published in monthly parts, the work ceased following the sixth part, accounting for the abrupt ending of the text of the "General Military Dictionary" in the rear, i.e. following page 24 (as in all extant copies). Very rare. Not in Abbey, Colas or Tooley.