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Legenda sanctorum al[ia]s Lombardica historia. [= Legenda aurea sanctorum].[Colophon:] Basel, Nikolaus Kessler, 25 June 1486 Small (Chancery) folio (28.5 x 22 cm). With Kessler’s 1485 woodcut armorial device below the colophon (double shield hanging from a branch, the dexter shield with 3 kettle hooks and the sinister shield with a K and cross). Blind-tooled tanned sheepskin (ca. 1870/1900), with a hollow back, sewn on 4 recessed cords but with 5 false bands on the spine, gold-tooled black morocco spine-label in the 2nd compartment and “BASEL 1486” in gold at the foot.

VORAGINE, Jacobus de. [255] ll.The third Basel edition, in the original Latin, of the Legenda aurea or Golden legend, a collection of saints' lives (hagiographies), arranged according to their feast days, with explanations of the church festivals that include the stories of their lives and deaths. The collection originally contained 177 to 182 chapters, but the present edition contains 215 (the running heads give the chapter numbers in 7 mm Roman numerals: the leaves are unnumbered) and Graesse recorded at least 243 in his 1846 edition (Bod-Inc cites Graesse numbers for the chapters in various editions). The previous Basel edition (not after 1479) contained only 185 chapters, while Bod-Inc notes that the texts relating to Marian feasts in the present edition accord with those in Johann Zainer's ca. 1478 Ulm edition, and that the chapters included accord with [Husner's] 1479 Strasbourg edition. Comparing the Graesse numbers strongly suggests Kessler followed the Strasbourg editions of 1479 to 1485, with largely or entirely the same 215 chapters.The Legenda aurea was extremely popular already before the introduction of letterpress printing in Europe, but the incunabula period saw it spread even wider with around 230 editions printed between 1468 and 1500, in both the original Latin and vernacular languages. Many of these editions were of German, Low German or Dutch origin. The work's popularity was due largely to its simple Latin and accessible narrative style. Jacobus a Voragine (1228/29?-1298) was a Dominican, like his contemporary Thomas Aquinas. Born in Viraggio (now Varazze), near Genoa, he joined the Dominican Order in 1244 and quickly gained a reputation as a gifted preacherThe present edition is one of the earliest productions of Nikolaus Kessler's printing office and publishing house. He was born in Bottwar, Württemberg, ca. 1445 and received a Baccalaureus artium liberalium degree in Basel ca. 1471. In 1475, Kessler began working as a bookseller for the printer Bernhard Richel, and later married his daughter Magdalene. He obtained citizenship in Basel on 23 December 1480, and joined the guild of the key in the same year. After Richel died in 1482, Kessler took over his shop in the house Zum Blumen. He printed approximately 100 editions, mainly religious, legal, and historical texts, between 1483 and 1510. Kessler became a guild master and council member in 1496.The title-page is blank except for the two-line title, and in the present copy the watermark appears in this leaf, where it falls below the title, showing it in perfect clarity.With a 15th- or 16th-century five-line Latin manuscript note above the title, a five-line note in German on e3r and shorter notes on a few other leaves. A slip with a printed description of the present copy, item 82 from a German-language auction catalogue published after 1924, is taped to the front paste-down and probably comes from Paul Graupe, auction 61 (Inkunabeln deutscher Pressen), Berlin, 8-10 April 1926, books from a "bekannten Gelehrten", but we have not seen the catalogue. A paper library label near the foot of the spine gives the shelf-mark. Lacking the blank final leaf, O6. With marginal water stains in a few leaves, not reaching the text, a small slightly browned spot in the text of c1, and an occasional small marginal tear or chip, some repaired, but still in very good condition and with attractive manuscript initials and paragraph signs in red and blue. The binding shows a few scuff marks, but is otherwise also in very good condition.l BMC III, p. 763; Bod-Inc J050; Copinger 6446; Goff J114; GW, M 14015; Haegen, Basler Wiegendrucke 18.4; Holtrop, Libr. Saec. XV Impr., p. 477, no. 45; IDL 2568; ISTC ij00114000; Kaufmann-Nabholz 523; Pellechet 6471; Proctor 7655; Sajo 1848; Sallander I, 1789; USTC 746137; Voullieme (B) 510; WorldCat 968326958; not in Hain.
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Die Gastropoden der Gosaugebilde in den nordöstlichen Alpen. [.] Aus den Abhandlungen der k.k. geologischen Reichsanstalt. 1. Band. 2. Abtheilung, Nr. 2. Mit 24 lithographirten Tafeln.Wien, K. K. Hof- und Staatsdruckerei bei Wilhelm Braumüller, 1852. Folio. With engraved coat-of-arms of the Austrian Empire flanked by two eagles on the title-page and 24 numbered full-page plates of (snail-) shells with more than 400 figures, lithographed by J. Strohmaijer, Zehner, Heinrich Backer and A. Paschinger. Contemporary half calf.

ZEKELI, Lukas Friedrich [4], 124 pp.Rare original edition of the thesis ("Habitilation thesis"), previously published as an article in the journal Abhandlungen der k.k. geologischen Reichsanstalt in the same year 1852 by Lukas Friedrich Zekeli (1823-1881), a paleontologist teaching at the University of Vienna. Zekeli's career as a paleontologist started after the two troubled years of revolution in 1850 at the k. k. Geologische Reichsanstalt (Imperial Geological Survey of Austria). He soon became a private lecturer due to his ambitions and idealism. This habilitation thesis Die Gasteropoden der Gosau-Gebilde (The Gastropods of the Gosau Beds), his main work, won broad recognition. Spine and corners are damaged, some pages (such as the title-page) are browned, some foxing throughout, ownership's stamp of Carl Faber, Gosau, Oberösterreich (South-east of Salzburg) - a son of the Austrian industrialist Moritz Faber (1837-1921) who built a villa in Gosau - on the first flyleaf. A rare original edition of this thesis with detailled lithographed illustrations of shells.l cf. Patrick Grunert, 'Lukas Friedrich Zekeli. Leben und Werk eines nahezu vergessenen Pioniers des paläontologischen Unterrichts in Österreich', in: Jahrb. d. Geol. Bundesanstalt, 146 (2006), pp. 195-215.
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Geographie physique ou essay sur l’histoire naturelle de la terre.Including: Réponse aux observations du docteur Camerarius, concernant l’essay sur l’histoire naturelle de la terre.Des fossiles de toute espece.Amsterdam, aux dépens de la compagnie, 1735. 3 texts in 1 volume. 8vo. With a folding engraved plate. Contemporary mottled calf, gold-tooled spine and board edges.

WOODWARD, John. XI, [5], 496 pp.First edition, one of two simultaneously published issues, of the French translation of an essay regarding natural history and geology by the English naturalist John Woodward (1665-1728), translated by Pierre Noguez. "An important figure in the history of geology, Woodward proposed that a universal flood had once disintegrated all the stony and mineral matter forming the earth's crust along with animals and plants, . Fossils, he asserted, were definitely the remains of once living animals or plants. This essay had a wide effect in Great Britain and Europe" (Hoover). The folding plate shows a cross-section of the earth at a scale of about 1:90,000,000, with a four-layer crust surrounding a water core. The essay is followed by Woodward's response to Camerarius's critique on Woodward's theory. Included at the end are letters written by or to prominent scholars and some extracts from texts supporting Woodward's theory, mostly dealing with fossils.Endpapers waterstained. Binding worn along the extremities. Internally in very good condition.l Zittel, pp. 29-30; STCN (6 copies); cf. Hoover 896-897; Ward 2362; for Woodward: DSB XIV, pp. 500-503.
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Picturesque Palestine

Picturesque Palestine, Sinai and Egypt. Edited by Colonel Wilson, R.E, C.B., F.R.S. formerly engineer to the Palestine Exploration Society. Assisted by the most eminent Palestine explorers etc. With numerous engravings on steel and wood.London, Virtue and Co., [ca. 1870]. 4 volumes. Large 4to (33 x 25 cm). With 4 title-pages in red and black, each with a different large steel-engraved vignette, 38 steel-engraved plates (including 4 different frontispieces), 2 double-page engraved maps of Egypt and Sinai, printed in brown, and 576 wood-engravings on integral leaves, many full-page. Contemporary half sheepskin.

WILSON, Charles. [2], X, 240; [2], VI, 240; [2], IV, 240; [2], IV, 236 pp.First edition of a beautifully illustrated description of Palestine, Sinai and Egypt by Major-General Sir Charles Wilson (1836-1905). In the preface to his biography on Wilson, Charles Moore Watson wrote that Wilson "probably did more than any other man to increase the knowledge of the geography and archeology of Asia Minor, Palestine and the adjacent countries". It also includes descriptions by distinguished explorers in Palestine such as Canon Tristram, Charles Warren, M. Rogers, and notably Major Claude Reignier Conder, R.E. (1848-1910), as well as several others. The fourth volume is completely devoted to the Sinai (pp. 1-120) and Egypt (pp. 121-234). The illustrations in the parts that describe the Sinai include a detailed map of the Sinai and Egypt, views of Jebel Hammam Far'un, Jebel Kanata, the mountains at the head of Wady Leja and Jebel ed Deir.Some occasional spots, but otherwise in very good condition.l Andres, Steel-engraved views 980; Ibrahim-Hilmy II, pp. 335-336.
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Justitie van Willem de Goede Grave van Holl[and]. etc. over de[n] Bailju van Zuyt-Hollant.Amsterdam

Justitie van Willem de Goede Grave van Holl[and]. etc. over de[n] Bailju van Zuyt-Hollant.Amsterdam, Hugo Allard the elder, [ca. 1660/80?]. Broadside (40 x 50.5 cm). An engraved print with extensive engraved texts in Dutch, the central scene (33.5 x 30.5 cm) flanked by 6 smaller scenes, with the title above the central scene, 2 verse couplets below each smaller scene and the story in prose in the foot of the engraving.

[WILLIAM III, Count of Holland]. [SILLEMANS, Experiens?]. A very rare (Muller) print presenting an episode in the life of Willem de Goede (William the Good), Count of Holland, in 1336, passing a just judgement in favour of a poor farmer against the rich bailiff of Holland, resulting in the bailiff's execution. Although no other state of the present plate is known, Atlas van Stolk points out that its plan and layout (and lettering, we would add) so closely matches an earlier print showing the death of Floris V, Count of Holland, in 1296 (De doot van Floris de V. Grave van Holl[and]), that one may suppose they were originally produced and published together, so engraved by Experiens Sillemans and published by Cornelis Danckerts before the death of the former in 1652. The present impression, without the name of the engraver but with the imprint indicating it was printed in Amsterdam by Hugo Allard [the elder (ca. 1624/25-1684)] in Kalverstraat, therefore shows the plate in what is probably its second state.With the print trimmed to the plate-mark, edges a bit frayed, some repairs.l Atlas van Stolk 142 (cf. 117, the death of Floris V); Muller, Historieplaten 211 (I, p. 18, and IV, p. 20).
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[Drop-title:] Generale carga

[Drop-title:] Generale carga, ofte lading van twee- en-twintig Oost-Indische retour scheepen; te weeten, Valkenisse, Steenhoven; van Batavia; . van Ceylon, voor de Kamer Amsterdam, . Delft; . Rotterdam; . Hoorn en Enkhuyzen, . zynde de Bataviase schepen, op den eersten December 1720 vertrokken, en die van Ceylon op den 15 November 1720, en alle behouden in de havenen dezer landen gearriveert.Amsterdam, Jacobus van Egmond, [1721.]. 1 leaf (21 x 8 cm). Text printed on both sides, each in a border built up from typographic ornaments.With: (2) Prys-courant. Van de koopmanschappen, verkogt door de bewindhebberen van de generale Nederlandsche Oost-Indische Compagnie, in de respectieve kameren, en ten dage als volgt: Amsterdam, Nicolaas Byl, 25 May 1781. 1 leaf (20.5 x 8 cm). Text printed on one side. (3) Prys-courant der ruwe suikers. Amsterdam, printed for A.E. de Wit & sons, 1853. 1 leaf (17.5 x 8 cm). Text printed on one side.

[VOC - COLONIAL TRADE]. Ad. 1: Rare VOC ship's manifest for cargo shipped from the East Indies - Batavia and Ceylon (Sri Lanka) - on 22 East-Indiamen sailing on 1 December 1720 from Batavia and on 15 November from Ceylon. The list includes more than 100 different colonial wares and gives the weights in pounds or the lengths in feet: from pepper (more than 6.5 million pounds), cloves (694,000 pounds), cinnamon (604,000 pounds) and coffee (more than 1.77 million pounds), to 962 pounds of Javanese cardamom, some jewels and "rariora", and many feet of silk and linen cloth. Small wormhole affecting two characters, otherwise in good condition.Ad. 2: Rare list of the results of the auctions of colonial wares, organized in 1781 by the Chambers of the VOC (Amsterdam, 30 April 1781; Zeeland, 7 May; Delft, 15 May; Rotterdam, 17 May; Hoorn, 22 May; Enkhuizen, 23 May), including pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg, etc. with the prices fetched. With a small tear not affecting the text. Still in good condition.Ad. 3: Price list of the various varieties of raw sugar: brown sugar from Martinique, Surinam, etc.; sugar packed in chests from Brazil, Havana; in bales from Bengal, Manilla, etc.Small hole not affecting the text.l Ad. 1: cf. Landwehr, VOC, 1123-1134 (other manifests).
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[Decree granting a salary to Johan Theodor, Baron of Friesheim, as chief bailiff and state prosecutor in ‘s-Hertogenbosch].The Hague, 2 April 1681. Folio (31.5 x 20.5 cm). Written in brown ink on paper, with the armorial seal of William of Orange stamped on a decorative paper cut-out over red wax.

[1], [3 blank] pp.Decree signed by William of Orange, Stadholder of The Netherlands and future King William III of England, tranferring to Johan Diederik (or Theodo(o)r), 2nd Baron of Friesheim, recently appointed chief bailiff and state prosecutor in the city of 's-Hertogenbosch, all sources of income that had been previously bestowed on his predecessor, Johan Ruse, in total 330 guilders per year plus further unspecified emoluments. The document notes that Friesheim had been appointed to succeed Ruse on 5 October 1679. It is signed by William of Orange ("Guillaume de Orange") and Johan Pesters, a leading figure in William's entourage. Johan Ruse may have been the former Burgomaster of Maasstricht of that name, also known as Johannes Rusius, who was still living in 1668.In his teens or early twenties Johan Diederik had served as William of Orange's page and became a captain in the Dutch army in 1666. He was to serve many years under William of Orange, rising to the rank of Major General in 1701 and General in 1718. He gradually shifted into civilian life beginning in 1709 and ended his career as Governor of 's-Hertogenbosch, where he died in 1733. The earlier civilian post documented in the present decree is not recorded in the standard biographies, which note that little is known about Friesheim, in spite of his distinguished career and decorations for his military achievements under King William III.The document and complete paper and wax seal in very good condition, formerly folded and with some small holes in the blank second leaf where folds cross.
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Het nieuw’ vermeerdert natuerlyck Tover-Boeck of Speel-Toneel der konsten. Bevattende aenstrent 2000 naturelycke Toover-konsten en potsen, soo uyt de Goochel-tas als kaert-spel en terelingh: van de mathesis, van schryven, inckten, verven, schilderen, vergulden, verlacken, , als mede allen slagh van vuurwercken Den X. druck.Amsterdam, Jan ten Hoorn (sold by Emanuel de Grieck, Brussels), 1715. 8vo. Title-page in red and black, with an engraved frontispiece containing 5 compartments showing tricks by Harrewijn after the frontispieces in the original editions by Jan van Hoorn in Amsterdam, 57 charming woodcuts illustrating the various tricks in the text (7 full-page in the last section on fireworks). Contemporary vellum, blind-tooled with a

[10], 518, [40] pp.The 1715 edition (nominally the 10th but (possibly the 11th) of a very popular Dutch conjuring book that had been published for the first time by Jan ten Hoorn in Amsterdam in 1679 and frequently augmented in many, editions far into the 18th century. The present edition mentions 2000 tricks (tover-konsten), instead of the 500 in the 3rd edition. The book was also translated into German.The Tover-boek contains sections on magic tricks, card-games, dice, word and number games, riddles and recipes and instructions for painting and etching, as well as home remedies and recipes for preserving fruits and vegetables, toiletries, fireworks, etc., collected from various sources. The section on drawing and colouring, for instance is taken from Willem Goeree's Inleydinge tot de algemeene teyken-kons, published in 1678.With the owner's inscription of J. Ravelli on the last endpaper. Binding slightly soiled as are the first leaves, otherwise in very good condition.l John Landwehr, "Simon Witgeest's Natuurlyk tover-boek et alia", in: Volkskunde, 68 (1967), pp. 67-82; Hoogendoorn, Witg. 11 (p. 993).
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[Album with unique panoramic photographs of Zanzibar and Madagascar].[Zanzibar, Madagascar, Mayette, 1900]. Oblong album (25 x 34 cm) with 47 silver gelatin photographic prints, many with handwritten captions in French. The photographs vary in size from 8 x 5.5 cm to 27 x 20.5 cm. The 30 panorama photographs measure 5.5 x 17.5 cm. Brown cloth album made by M. Andouard in Paris, decorated endpapers.

10, [10 blank] ll.A unique set of views from Zanzibar and Madagascar, taken five years after the French military intervention of 1894/95, also called the Second Madagascar expedition. The unidentified photographer can be seen in three of the photographs, wearing a white coat and white pith sun helmet, being the French tropical style as used by white colonial troops since 1878, suggesting the photographer's connection with the French colonial army. His travel partner is occasionally shown as well. Their visit took place during the final years of the notorious slave trading activities of Tippu Tip (1837-1905) in Zanzibar.The photo album opens with a portrait of a young Sakalavan woman in a beautiful dress. Three other photographs show other native women as well, including one family with a baby. The majority of the photographs are panoramic views, showing villages, harbours, coasts and landscapes, the first dated 28 November 1900. The only full-page photograph in the album shows an Arab caravan marching along the beach. Rare are the few photographs taken in Mayotte, giving some highly uncommon scenes of the island nation's pre-development era.Binding somewhat scratched, spine slightly worn. The front endleaf clipped. Only a few photographs slightly faded: in very good condition.
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Schat-kamer ofte konst der stier-lieden, Amsterdam, Joannes Loots, 1702. With woodcut illustration of a ship’s pilot with a plumb line and navigational instruments by Adriaan Le Duc (1693-1729) on title-page, 4 engraved plates (3 folding and 1 full-page). Further with many woodcut illustrations (mostly diagrams), and letterpress tables of tides and solar and lunar positions.Including: (2) VLACQ, Adriaen. De Tafelen der sinuum, tangentium en secantium, ofte der hoekmaten, raaklynen en snylynen. Amsterdam, Joannes Loots, 1702. Primarily with letterpress tables of logarithms and trigonometric functions, the present copy lacking those for logarithms. 2 parts in 1 volume. 8vo. Contemporary vellum.

[12], 30, [12], [1], 32-272, 271-334, [1], [1 blank]; [3], 44, [1], [12], [90 lacking], [2], [101], [1 blank] pp.Very rare first edition of a standard practical manual on the art of navigation, by the virtually unknown Klaas de Vries, teacher of mathematics in Amsterdam. In the preface De Vries summarises the content of the book, which is profusely illustrated (mostly with diagrams) and includes letterpress tables of the tides, the time lag between the positions of the sun and moon for the years 1701-1710, the declination of the sun, etc., as well as 4 engraved plates of a compass rose, the use of the Jakob's staff, the "Platte Paskaart" and the "Wassende graadige paskaart". The work is concluded by sections on the winds one can encounter on the journey from Holland to the Dutch East Indies; how to sail to the East Indies in autumn, during monsoons, etc. Ad 2: The corrected Loots edition of tables of trigonometric functions and logarithms. The note to the reader explicitly states that the tables are based on those published by Adriaen Vlacq in 1665 (Tabulae sinuum .), but that they have been corrected, in part based on comparisons with the folio editions of Pitiscus for the trigonometric functions and Henry Briggs for the logarithms. The present copy lacks the tables of logarithms, but its collation and signing otherwise agrees with the somewhat irregular ones given in Crone. Good copy, the Schat-kamer complete with the errata leaf. The Tafelen lacks the two tables of logarithms (45 leaves, 2A1-M1). Binding somewhat dirty and stained, with the head of the spine chipped and cracked.l Crone Library 373 & 374; cf. Bierens de Haan 5196 (1727 ed.); Cat. NHSM, p. 672 (1713 ed. plus 1707 ed. of Tafelen alone); STCN (1727 ed., plus 1707 ed. of Tafelen alone), WorldCat (1710 ed.).
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Schat-kamer ofte konst der stier-lieden, Amsterdam, Joannes Loots, 1702. With woodcut illustration of a ship’s pilot with a plumb line and navigational instruments by Adriaan Le Duc (1693-1729) on title-page, 4 engraved plates (3 folding and 1 full-page). Further with many woodcut illustrations (mostly diagrams), and letterpress tables of tides and solar and lunar positions.Including: (2) VLACQ, Adriaen. De Tafelen der sinuum, tangentium en secantium, ofte der hoekmaten, raaklynen en snylynen. Amsterdam, Joannes Loots, 1702. Primarily with letterpress tables of logarithms and trigonometric functions, the present copy lacking those for logarithms. 2 parts in 1 volume. 8vo. Contemporary vellum.

[12], 30, [12], [1], 32-272, 271-334, [1], [1 blank]; [3], 44, [1], [12], [90 lacking], [2], [101], [1 blank] pp.Very rare first edition of a standard practical manual on the art of navigation, by the virtually unknown Klaas de Vries, teacher of mathematics in Amsterdam. In the preface De Vries summarises the content of the book, which is profusely illustrated (mostly with diagrams) and includes letterpress tables of the tides, the time lag between the positions of the sun and moon for the years 1701-1710, the declination of the sun, etc., as well as 4 engraved plates of a compass rose, the use of the Jakob's staff, the "Platte Paskaart" and the "Wassende graadige paskaart". The work is concluded by sections on the winds one can encounter on the journey from Holland to the Dutch East Indies; how to sail to the East Indies in autumn, during monsoons, etc. Ad 2: The corrected Loots edition of tables of trigonometric functions and logarithms. The note to the reader explicitly states that the tables are based on those published by Adriaen Vlacq in 1665 (Tabulae sinuum .), but that they have been corrected, in part based on comparisons with the folio editions of Pitiscus for the trigonometric functions and Henry Briggs for the logarithms. The present copy lacks the tables of logarithms, but its collation and signing otherwise agrees with the somewhat irregular ones given in Crone. Good copy, the Schat-kamer complete with the errata leaf. The Tafelen lacks the two tables of logarithms (45 leaves, 2A1-M1). Binding somewhat dirty and stained, with the head of the spine chipped and cracked.l Crone Library 373 & 374; cf. Bierens de Haan 5196 (1727 ed.); Cat. NHSM, p. 672 (1713 ed. plus 1707 ed. of Tafelen alone); STCN (1727 ed., plus 1707 ed. of Tafelen alone), WorldCat (1710 ed.).
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Nieuwe natuurkundige ontdekkingen, aangaande de eigenschappen, werkingen, en oorzaaken der electriciteit, of uitlokkings-kragt.Including:(2) WINCKLER, Johann Heinrich. De eigenschappen der electrische stoffe, en van het electrische Vuur.(3) WAITZ, Jacob Sigismund von. Verhandeling over de electriciteit, en derzelver oorzaken.Amsterdam, H.W. van Welbergen, 1751. 3 parts in 1 volume. 8vo. With 11 engraved folding plates. Contemporary calf, gold-tooled spine.

[16], 119, [1 blank]; [14], 110, [2 blank]; [56], 139, [1] pp.Early work on electricity. Johann Winkler (1703-1770) improved the construction of the electric generator by using a leather cushion pad held against the globe by adjustable springs, rather than the palm of the hand, and made a further improvement by having the globe rotated by a cord connected to a foot treadle through an elastic rod, thereby releasing both hands. With these improvements he was able to rotate the globe of his machine as fast as 680 turns per minute and produced much brighter and stronger discharges. He also expanded earlier displays and attempted to determine the speed of the movement of electricity, concluding that no interval of time could be observed. The first part of his book describes the properties and causes of electric phenomena; the second investigates the quality of electric matter and electric fire. The essay by the German mining engineer J.S. von Waitz (1698-1777), who wrote two other essays in Dutch and one in French on the subject, won in 1744 the price at the Berlin Academy for the best dissertation on the subject of electricity.With library stamp on half-title, ownership's inscriptions on the title-page and dedication, one plate slightly waterstained, and a few wormholes. Binding with slightly rubbed sides. Very good copy.l Ad. 1: Cat. Wheeler Gift 313 b; cf: Bierens de Haan 5343 and 5344 (ed. 1745 and 1746); ad 2: cf: Bierens de Haan 5239; Poggendorff 1243.
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Raguagli d’alcune missioni fatte dalli padri della Compagnia di Giesu nell’Indie Orientali, cioè nelle provincie di Goa, e Coccinno, e nell’Africa in Capo Verde.Rome, Bartolomeo Zannetti, 1615. Small 8vo (14 x 9 cm).18th-century(?) sheepskin parchment.

165, [1 blank] pp.One of the two or three editions, all dated 1615 and all rare, of a collection of documents in Italian, reporting on Jesuit missions in the East Indies, Goa, Cochinchina and Africa undertaken by the Jesuit Society. After a two-page letter from the printer (particularly mentioning reports from Ethiopia) come reports from the Ottoman realms, incorporating the two letters from Jerome (Girolamo or Hieronymus ) Xavier (1549-1617), grand-nephew of St Francis Xavier, the first from Goa in India (undated) and the other dated 1611. Next comes a report from Monopotapa in South Africa, one from the Cape Verde Islands off the coast of West Africa, and finally a collection of miscellaneous reports including ones from Madura in Indonesia, Cochin in southwest India , "San Tomaso" (in Madagasgar?) and the Maluku islands in Indonesia.With a contemporary owner's inscription on the title-page (partly trimmed off) and an 18th-century(?) list of missions on an endleaf. Trimmed close to the text, often shaving the signature and catch-word, and with a small tear in 1 leaf and a couple minor stains, but still in good condition.l ICCU (9 copies); Lach & Van Kley III, p. 1990; Streit V, 75; WorldCat (3 copies).
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[In Korean:] Sohak eonhae [In Chinese:] Xiaoxue jizhu [= Elementary learning]. [Korea], [1744?]. Folio (32.5 x 21.5 cm). With the pages printed in pairs (each page 17 x 10 characters) from 2-page woodblocks, each in a frame of thick rules, with thin rules between the columns, the title and leaf number between the pages on the fore-edge fold, with 2 decorations (4 leaves in white on black above the title and below the leaf number). Printed on Asian (probably paper mulberry bark) paper, with clear chainlines (about 20 mm apart) and laidlines (about 2.1 mm apart), with the text in a mixture of hanja (Chinese characters) and hangul (the Korean alphabet). Contemporary Korean spineless wrappers with an embossed diaper pattern (made from interwove

66 double ll.A very rare early edition of the second Korean translation of volume 5 of a classic Chinese Confucian schoolbook that proved extremely popular and influential in China, Japan and Korea. It was written by Zhu Xi (1130-1200) in the Song dynasty (southern Song period) and finished in 1187. He was assisted by his disciple Liu Tzu-cheng. It was translated into Korean twice, first as Beonyeok sohak (published 1518), then as Sohak eonhae (published 1588). The present edition contains this second translation, by Yi San-hae and about thirty other scholars who chose a different redaction of the Chinese text (known as the Xiaoxue Jishuo) and followed the Chinese more literally than the earlier translators. The present volume 5 covers (to give it its Chinese name) "Jia yan" (fair words), meaning writing, rhetoric and other matters concerning the expression of thought. Zhu Xi was an uncompromising figure with strong views on proper education, so the book demands much from the reader. Nevertheless Korean children as young as eight years old (and women, who often could read Korean but not Chinese) were expected to read it. "There are very good reasons why the Xiaoxue has been so highly esteemed. . The statesmen strongly believed that the translation . and the dissemination . were crucial for the restoration of lost Confucian ethics" (Kim, p. 5). The postscript to the 1588 translation notes that the book is as essential to life as grain, water and fire.Since a woodblock could be used for decades or even centuries, it is not easy to date the present book, but Kim illustrates the opening page of vol. 2 and the Staatsbibliothek Berlin has put scans of vol. 6 on the Internet, both described as the 1744 edition. They closely resemble the present vol. 5, including the decorations on the fore-edge fold (4 leaves in white on black). WorldCat records only 4 volumes from 18th-century editions (at the Library of Congress, the Staatsbibliothek Berlin and the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, possibly all from the 1744 edition) and none from earlier editions: only the Library of Congress has the present volume 5.Korean books are all rare in commerce in the West, and their number is continually dwindling. Korean law strictly forbids the export of antiquarian books across the board, so the Korean books in the West generally all came out of Korea by the 1950's at the latest, and over time, the vast majority of these have been purchased by institutional buyers.With a round Asian owner's stamp in black ink on the last page and 2 round sun-burst stamps on the facing paste-down, and manuscript notes on both those pages. The wrappers are worn and darkened with a few small chips and a network of superficial cracks. These cosmetic blemishes nowhere obscure the text and (unusually in this genre) the book shows no worm damage: given the book's rarity it remains highly desirable. Rare early Korean edition of a classic Confucian schoolbook.l WorldCat (1 copy of the present vol. 5, 1 copy of vol. 3, 2 copies of vol. 6, at least some from the 1744 ed.); cf. Wook-Doug Kim, "Two Korean translations of the Xiaoxue", in: Translations in Korea: theory and practice, pp. 1-38 (with an ill. of the opening of vol. 2 from the 1744 edition).