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Pomponii Melæ De orbis situ libri III & C. Iulii Solini

Pomponii Melæ De orbis situ libri III & C. Iulii Solini, Polyhistor, quorum ille descriptionem singularum orbis terreni partium atq; regionum: hic verò præter eadem, quæ ubiq; memorabilia sint loca, animantia, plantæ, gemmæ, & similia, compendiosè enarrat. Authores ut politissimi ita geographiæ studiosis utilissimi; in quorum gratiam uterque nunc scholiis & tabulis elegantibus illustratus, & à multis mendis repurgatus est, indice sufficienti præfixo.

MELA, POMPONIUS & SOLINUS, GAJUS JULIUS. Basel, S. Henricpetri, 1595. 8:o. (32),398,(2) pp. & 28 woodcut map plates, 22 of which are folded, with a total of 33 map images. Woodcut printer's device on last page. + NEANDER, MICHAEL. Orbis terrae succincta explicatio, seu simplex enumeratio distributa in singularum partium regiones. Ubi porro singulis regionibus suæ urbes, elogia, & præconia, personæ sive illustres, sive infames, fontes, merces, singularia & propria singulis & cætera quacunq; ratione insignia, admiranda & nova attribuuntur. Maria item, littora, marium sinus, peninsulæ, & insulæ maris magni sive oceani, maiores minoresq; mediterranei maris, eodem prorsus ordine exponuntur, cum indicatione etiam authorum, tum veterum tum recentium. Denuò adiecta sunt alia aliorum auctorum scripta lectu iucundissima, quæ altera pagella facies indicabit. Leipzig, sumtibus Iacobi Apeli, ex officina A. Lamberg, 1597. 8:o. (63,1 blank),583,(23) pp. Woodcut printer's device on title page.Contemporary vellum, spine blind-ruled and with MS title. Covers with blind-ruled border, corner and centre stamps. Worn blue edges. The binding with some brown stains and numerous minor blue ink spatters. Front flyleaf torn out. Occasional foxing and a few ink stains. Title leaf in first work with small hole, long tear in the text on pp. (3-4), tear in outer margin on pp. 9-10, a few underlinings and marginal notes, for example on pp. 164-65 and 319, and an object in the paper pulp in outer margin on pp. 225-26. Second work more stained and with more underlinings and notes, especially in the beginning. Faint dampstain in upper margin from p. 497 to the end. Last index sheet almost loose from stitching. Three pages of old Latin notes on rear flyleaves. Front pastedown with early 19th-century notes in Latin. Signatures of Johannes Holstenius and [J. W.] Liliestråle, the first dated 16 April 1643, and crossed-out signature of Wilhelm Malm from 6 March 1835, Signatures of Wilhelm Gynther, dated 18 december 1841, and J. W. Kullberg, dated 1896. A nice composite volume!VD16 M 2328 for Mela. VD16 ZV 11415 for Neander, the variant with "fOficina" in the impressum on the last page. The first work with very decorative maps. The second work contains geographical descriptions and travels by Martin Crusius, Matthias Dresser (Ethiopia), Jan Ma ecki (Prussia) och Paul Oderborn (Russia). Johannes Holstenius (1624-85) was the son of the learned headmaster at the Västerås gymnasium, Eric Holstenius. The son studied in Uppsala, performed an oration on the science of mining in 1646 and eventually returned home to become a teacher at above-mentioned school. Holstenius ended his days as vicar of Folkärna in Dalarna.

Bref, skrifna under et kort wistande i Swerige, Norrige och Danmark, af Maria Wollstoncraft. Öfwersatte från engelskan.

WOLLSTONECRAFT, MARY. Stockholm, J. C. Holmberg, 1798. 8:o. 243 pp. Nice new sprinkled boards with ivory-coloured label. Top edge trimmed, otherwise uncut. Occasional foxing. Stains on pp. 73-74 and 127-28 and ugly stains on pp. 233-38. Crossed-out numberings on title leaf, signature of Magd. Kiörning and blue stamp of Carl Gustaf Lewenhaupt. Kiörning has also written her name with one letter in outer margin on each leaf on pp. 3-27: M-a-l-i-n K-i-ö-r-n-i-n-g.Bring Itineraria Svecana 290. Schiötz Itineraria Norvegica 1195h*. Bibliotheca danica II:589. Aberstén & Tiselius Göteborgs och Bohus län i litteratur, karta och bild 209. Aberstén Bibliographia Gothoburgensis 215. The rare portrait, engraved by Åkerland, lacking as usual. The English original was published in 1796 and the book was translated into Russian, Dutch and Portuguise, among other languages, at an early stage. Mary Wollstonecraft (1757-97) is today mostly known for her for her polemics against Burke in "A vindication of the rights of women" and she has, somewhat anachronistically, been called the first feminist. From Midsummer to October 1795 she made a business journey along the west coast of Sweden to Norway, which she described in letters to her then husband Gilbert Imlay. In the work she describes her impressions of Gothenburg, Uddevalla and Trollhättan, among other things. Magdalena Kiörning (1759-1810) was born in Härnösand and married the district judge Johan (Jan) Tideman from Jämtland in 1778. Carl Gustaf Lewenhaupt (1834-1908) owned the manor Aske in the parish of Håtuna in Uppland. His library contained some 10000 volumes and among the subjects were history, travel books, genealogy, heraldry and many pamphets from the Swedish Age of Freedom and the Gustavian Era.

Géographie, ou annonce de quelques ouvrages relatifs à cette science, avec quelques vues sur la manière de l’enseigner, par m. Mentelle, [=headline].

MENTELLE, EDME. (Paris), P. G. Simon & N. H. Nyon, (1784). 8:o. 15 pp. Sewn in contemporary glazed bluish-green wrappers, somewhat worn, with insignificant paper losses. A nice copy printed on thick paper.A catalogue of maps, atlases and teaching aids for sale from Edme Mentelle. The introductory text presents the teaching aids and describes how they should be used in the teaching. The later part describes the terms of sale for Mentelle's "Atlas nouveau". Edme Mentelle (1730-1815) was a French cartographer and taught at the French court during the 1780s and was at the time "historiographe de monseigneur comte d'Artois", the future Charles X. Mentelle made, among other things, the drawings for a famous and for its time very advanced globe, which was made for Louis XVI's son Louis Joseph and has been preserved to this day. Despite the fact that his importance as a cartographer has been put in to question - he barely left Paris during his lifetime and has been called "the most sedentary of armchair geographers" - he made a great impact through his teachings and his textbooks. "Mentelle became, in effect, the official geographer of the Republic during the latter phase of the National convention and through the Directory, from late 1794 to 1799" according to Michael Heffernan's article "Edme Mentelle's geographies and the french revolution" in "Geography and Revolution" (2005).
The mariner's new calendar. Containing the principles of arithmetic and practical geometry; with the extraction of the square and cube roots: also rules for finding the prime

The mariner’s new calendar. Containing the principles of arithmetic and practical geometry; with the extraction of the square and cube roots: also rules for finding the prime, epact, moon’s age, time of high-water, with tables for the same. Together with exact tables of the sun’s place, declination, and right-ascension: of the right ascension and declination of the principal fixed stars: of the latitude and longitude of places: a large table of difference of latitude and departure, for the exact working a traverse. Also the description and use of the sea-quadrant, fore-staff and nocturnal: necessary problems in plane-sailing and astronomy, wrought by the logarithms, and by Gunter’s scale: a tide table: the courses and distances on the coast

COLSON, NATHANIEL. London, printed for J. Mount and T. Page, 1768. 4:o. 136 pp. With several small woodcut illustrations and larger woodcut illustrations on p. 20 and 63-64. Contemporary light brown calf, slightly worn, with sparingly blind-stamped covers. Blue sprinkled edges. Leather scraped off at head of spine, front joint starting at top, a few minor scratches. A nice copy with small bookplate of Anders Persson in Västerås on front pastedown.A large number of editions printed between 1676 and 1785 can be found in ESTC, although not this one. Verso of half title with a publisher's catalogue: "Books of navigation, sea charts, &c. printed for J. Mount and T. Page on Tower-hill". On pp. 89-136, with a new title leaf: "A large and useful table of difference of latitude and departure in minutes and thenths parts, to every degree and quarter point of the compass, for the exact working of a traverse". A popular guide for navigating at sea.
Kort beskrifning på aërostatiska machinen

Kort beskrifning på aërostatiska machinen, hvarmed herrar physici Charles och Robert gjorde en luft-resa 1524 famnar öfver jorden, d. 1 dec. 1783, samt berättelse om herr Montgolfiers tilförene gjorde försök med luft-machinen, jemte en tilläggelse på physiska grunder til vidare eftertanka, om bruket med samma machin. Med kopparst [A short description of the aerostatic machine, in which the gentlemen . Charles and Robert made an aeronautic journey 1524 fathoms above the earth, 1 dec. 1783, and an account of mr Montgolfier’s earlier experiments with the air machine, with an appendix . on the use of the same machine]. Stockholm, A. J. Nordström, 1784. 8:o. (19) pp. & 1 folded engraved plate.

Kort Sewn as issued in contemporary spunge-painted greyish-lilac wrappers. Three minor defects on spine, which indicates that the booklet has previously been sewn into a binding. Occasional minor spotting. Dampstain in the inner margin towards the end. Minor contemporary correction in the text on p. (14). Minor darker-toned stain on pp. (17-18). Plate with minor spotting and an expertly closed tear."Försäljes i Runémarks boklåda på Lilla Nygatan" [Sold in the Runémark bookshop on Lilla Nygatan]. The beautiful plate with text in French shows shows the balloons of Charles and Robert taking off from the Tuileries in Paris. The balloon of the Montgolfiers brothers, which was filled with hot air and not hydrogen, had performed its first voyage only a few days earlier. There were another two pamphlets on balloons published in Stockholm in 1784, however this is the most extensive. On p. (19) there is a list of the maps which are sold in the Runémark bookshop. Furthermore, an illuminated engraved folio leaf depicting "the place where mr Charles landed with his air machine" (our translation), which soon is expected to arrive at the bookshop, is mentioned.
Rön och försök angående möjeligheten

Rön och försök angående möjeligheten, at Svea rike kunde äga egit rådt silke anstälte. In: Kongl. swenska wetenskaps academiens handlingar 1745-46 [Observations and experiments instituted, regarding the possibility that Sweden may produce its own raw silk. In: Transactions of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences 1745-46].

TRIEWALD, MÅRTEN. Stockholm, L. L. Grefing, 1745-46. 8:o. pp. 22-29, 136-47, 189-99, 100-06 & 1 folded engraved plates (no. [XI]), pp. 253-66 & 1 folded engraved plate (no. XIV), pp. 83-88,85-93 & 1 folded plate (no. III) & pp. 257-73 & 1 folded engraved plate (no. IX). Two volumes in contemporary half calf, somewhat worn, with raised bands, gilt-ruled spines, light red labels and green volume labels. Edges sprinkled red and blue. The 1745 volume slightly damaged at head of spine. Occasional spotting, for example a rust stain on p. 121 and a small stain in the outer margin on pp. 103-16 and 249-66. Plate X with browning in the margin which is protruding from the rest of the insert. The 1746 volume with tear in the margin on the first index leaf. Plate I attached to the outer margin of p. 71. Contemporary signature on title leaves. Plate II lacking. Otherwise complete, not least in the six parts containing Triewald's serial on Swedish sericulture with it's four plates.Löwendahl China illustrata nova 433 och 435 for Triewald. Three of the plates with illustrations copied from woodcuts by Jiao Bingzhen from "Yuzhi Gengzhi tu". The latter work, containing 23 plates, was presented to the Swedish Academy of Sciences by its member Hans Teurloen, who was supercargo on the Swedish East India Company's ship Stockholm during its journeys in 1737-39 and 1740-42. Mårten Triewald (1691-1747) introduced the thought that Sweden could become a self-sufficient producer of silk by cultivation of mulberry and silkworm farming, in accordance with the mercantilist ideas which were prevalent at the time. He discussed the subject with Linnaeus and his pupil Christoffer Tärnström, who received thorough instructions to investigate the matter further during his scientific journey to China. The silk-dream lived on in Swedish scientific circles for a long time and only at the end of the 19th century, after decades of extensive and fruitless efforts, the utopian idea was finally laid to rest. Apart from this, the volumes also contain six essays by Linnaeus: "Stormväders fogeln beskrifven" [A description of the fulmar], the famous first description of aphasia, "Glömska af alla substantiva och i synnerhet namn", "Pomerantz med inneslutet foster beskrifven" [The Seville orange . described], "Om lyckte-matken ifrån China" [On the Chinese glow-worm], "Om den obekanta växten Limnia" [On the unknown plant species of Limnia] and "Om boskaps siukan" [On the cattle plague]. Plate II, which is lacking in the 1746 volume, is a geometric plate belonging to Fredric Palmqvist's "Mechaniskt problem angående fallande kulor".
Dædalus hyperboreus. Eller några nya mathematiska och physicaliska försök och anmerckningar för åhr 1716: som herr assess. Pållheimer och andre sinrike i Swerige hafwa giordt och nu tid efter annan til almen nytto lemna. (I)-V.

Dædalus hyperboreus. Eller några nya mathematiska och physicaliska försök och anmerckningar för åhr 1716: som herr assess. Pållheimer och andre sinrike i Swerige hafwa giordt och nu tid efter annan til almen nytto lemna. (I)-V.

SWEDENBORG, EMANUEL) Uppsala, J. H. Werner, 1716. 4:o. (8) + (4),23 pp. & 3 folded engraved plates + (2),25-40 pp. & 1 printed table & 1 folded engraved plate + 41-64 pp. & 4 folded engraved plates + 65-99 pp. + (1),100-38 pp. & 1 folded engraved plate. Five parts uncut, with new stitching. Part II and V partly foxed, occasional minor spotting. Some leaves with very faint dampstain. Ink stroke in outer margin on p. 65. Final plate with closed tear. A few plates supplied from another copy. In a nice, dark brown sprinkled slipcase with ivory coloured label (Johanna Röjgård). A fine copy purchased at Bukowskis in Stockholm, April 21 1896, according to a pencil note. Final part VI lacking as usual.Lundstedt Sveriges periodiska litteratur 11. Hyde A bibliography of the works of Emanuel Swedenborg 58-62 with divergent information on the number of plates. Stroh & Ekelöf Emanuel Swedenborgs skrifter 15. Bibliotheca Walleriana 10782a with 8 plates only and also lacking part VI. The latter was printed in Skara in 1718 and is exceedingly rare. Part V with parallell texts in Swedish and Latin. There are variants of the preliminary pages for part I. The original title and foreword cover four pages, but an eight-page variant with an additional index for the four first parts was also printed and was meant to replace the original, shorter version. In this copy, both variants are present, the original one being loosely added. "Dædalus hyperboreus" was published by the precursor to Vetenskapssocieteten, Collegium curiosorum, through Emanuel Swedberg, raised to the nobility as Swedenborg, who also has written most of the texts in this publication, which are often based on the inventions, observations and experiments of his teacher Christopher Polhem. Among Swedenborg's own papers are his "Utkast til en machine at flyga i wädret" [An outline for a flying machine] on pp. 80-83. Furthermore, Lars Roberg and Johan Vallerius each contributed a text. The rare and interesting work, which has been described as Sweden's first scientific journal, was discontinued due to a lack of subscribers. It was reissued as a facsimile in Vetenskapssocietetens minnesskrift at the bicentennial in 1910. Vetenskapssocieteten later resumed publishing a periodical work when its "Acta" (in Latin) was founded in 1720.
Voyage philosophique

Voyage philosophique, politique et litteraire, fait en Russie pendant les années 1788 et 1789. Ouvrage dans lequel on trouvera avec beaucoup d’anecdotes, tout ce qu’il y a de plus intéressant et de vrai sur les moeurs des russes, leur population, leurs opinions religieuses, leurs préjugés, leurs usages, leur constitution politique, leurs forces de terre et de mer, et les progrès qu’ils ont faits dans les sciences, etc. Traduit du hollandais, avec une augmentation considérable. Par Chantreau. Avec carte et gravures en taille-douce. I-II.

CHANTREAU, (PIERRE NICOLAS). Hamburg, P. F. Fauche, 1794. 12:o. III-XX,314 pp. & 1 folded engraved map & 1 engraved plate + XII,300 pp. & 2 engraved plates. Two volumes in beautiful contemporary half calf bindings with richly gilt spines, tan title and green oval-shaped volume labels. Glazed edges. Spines slightly faded. Inserts very good with a few faint dampstains on pp. 227-28 in volume I and some minor spotting in the text on pp. 141-42 in volume II. Corner torn off with loss of paper and text on pp. 75-76 in volume I. Old repair in upper margin on p. 293 in volume II. Signature of Louise Celsing. From Biby Manor in Södermanland, Sweden. Half title lacking in volume I.The nice plates and the map engraved by Gustav Georg Endner. First published in Paris the same year. This is an original work and the statement that it is a translation is fictitious. Elisabet Lovisa Celsing (1772-1866) was given Fjällskäfte and a third of the ironworks in Hellefors bruk as an entailed estate. She married Elof Ihre (1766-1828) in 1791.
Christeligh lijk-predijkan/ som för närwarande höge och förnähme sampt folckrijke försambling bleff hållen uthi Stockholm och St. Jacobs kyrckia åhr 1678 den 12 maij. tå hans kongl. may:tz wår allernådigste konungz och herres troomans ammirals och ammiralitetz rådz/ then edle och wälborne herres h. Johan Bärgenstiernas herres til Haddenäs/ etc. döde lekamen medh wederbörlig heder och prydnad dhersammastädes wardt begrafwen [A funeral sermon for . admiral Johan Bergenstierna .].

Christeligh lijk-predijkan/ som för närwarande höge och förnähme sampt folckrijke försambling bleff hållen uthi Stockholm och St. Jacobs kyrckia åhr 1678 den 12 maij. tå hans kongl. may:tz wår allernådigste konungz och herres troomans ammirals och ammiralitetz rådz/ then edle och wälborne herres h. Johan Bärgenstiernas herres til Haddenäs/ etc. döde lekamen medh wederbörlig heder och prydnad dhersammastädes wardt begrafwen [A funeral sermon for . admiral Johan Bergenstierna .].

Bergenstierna] ALCINIUS, ABRAHAM. Stockholm, N. Wankijff, (1678). 4:o. 44 pp. Disbound and with later grey paper backstrip. Closely cut in upper margin, touching the first words in the title and a some of the captures. A few soilstains. Some leaves with wormhole in inner margin, pp. 35-38 loose from stitching. Old pencilled duplicate note. Melander Personskrifter hänförande sig till Finland 708. Warmholtz Bibliotheca historica Sueo-Gothica 7697. A new edition was printed in Åbo by the widow who remarried with Johannes Gezelius the Elder. The work is concluded with an interesting section containing biographical data on pp. 31-43, in which the travels and military achievements of the deceased are described. Admiral Johan Bergenstierna, who died on the ship Victoria prior to the naval battle at Rügen in 1676, travelled to East India, among other places, an visited, for example, Java, Siam and Japan. Bergenstierna is usually counted as the first Swede to visit Japan, an event which took place in 1647. This is the only presentation of his travels made in older times, and the preacher at the Admirality, Alcinius, obviously had access to Bergenstierna's travel journals. These are now lost, which makes this work the main source of his travels. Bergenstierna owned Hadnäs on Åland and is buried in the church of Lemland.
Del modo di misurare le distantie

Del modo di misurare le distantie, le superficie, i corpi, le piante, le provincie, le prospettive, & tutte le altre cose terrene, che possono occorrere a gli huomini, secondo le vere regole d’Euclide, & de gli altri piu lodati scrittori.

BARTOLI, COSIMO. Venice, per Francesco Franceschi Sanese, 1564. 4:o. (4),141,(3) leaves & 2 folded woodcut plates. Title within figurative woodcut border. Numerous woodcuts in the text. Nice light brown half calf with raised bands, spine richly decorated in black (Hedberg, 1925). Red edges. Spine slightly faded, more so in the top compartments. Dark-toned dampstain in inner margin on the first ten pages. Dampstains, foxing and occasional soiling. A few closed tears in upper margin, for example on leaf 2. Contemporary signature in lower margin on title leaf. Old stamp "D. O. P." on verso of title leaf and on leaf 1. From the library of Carl Sahlin with his note: "Inköpt i ett bokstånd på Seine-kajen i Paris 360 år efter bokens tryckning för 3 francs" [Bought in a bookstall on the Seine quayside in Paris 360 years after the book was printed for 3 francs].Mortimer, Italian 45. Graesse I, 303. Riccardi, Biblioteca matematica italiana I:I, col. 90. Smith, Rara arithmetica 2, p. 135 (1589 ed.). Cicognara 421. Berlin Katalog 1701. First edition. A second edition was printed in 1589. With four full-page woodcuts, 48 larger woodcuts and c. 100 smaller geometrical woodcuts. The larger woodcuts mainly depict landscapes in which measurements of perspective and triangulations of different kinds are being made, often from high towers, using astrolabes, quadrants and compasses. The second leaf contains the author's portrait and, on verso, a list of other authors from which Bartoli has gathered information; Archimedes, Euclid, Alberti and Vitruvius. Cosimo Bartoli (1503-72) was an author and mathematician from Florence, and for a long period active as a diplomat in Venice. He was a friend of Giorgio Vasari and assisted the latter in the publishing of his "Vite".
STRABONOS PERI TES GHEOGRAPHIAS BIBLIA 17 [=greek text]. Strabonis De situ orbis libri XVII. Grecé & latiné simul iam

STRABONOS PERI TES GHEOGRAPHIAS BIBLIA 17 [=greek text]. Strabonis De situ orbis libri XVII. Grecé & latiné simul iam, in eorum qui pariter & geographiæ et utriusque linguæ studiosi sunt, gratiam editi: olim quidem, ut putatur, à Guarino Veronensi, & Gregorio Trifernate in latinum conversi: ac deinde Conrad I Heresbachij opera ad eius generis autorum fidem recogniti: nunc verò postremùm, eruditorum aliquot industria ac studio, quorum in præfatione fit mentio, ab innumeris, quibus æquè & græcum exemplar & latina translatio scatebant, medis repurgati. Accessit rerum et verborum memorabilium locupletisz. index.

STRABO. Basel, per Henrichum Petri, 1549, mense augusto. Folio. (32),797,(1,1 blank,1) pp. Printer's woodcut device on last page. Small woodcut on p. 782. Contemporary pigskin binding, somewhat worn and soiled, with raised bands, richly blind-stamped covers, clasps preserved. Front joint starting. Occasional spotting. Title leaf with somewhat soiled marginals and a dampstain at bottom, which reoccurs here and there on the first five hundred pages. Ink stain on p. 95 and a few larger stains on pp. 657-60. Small wormhole from p. 355, which grows larger and is joined from p. 671 by several growing wormholes, which becomes one large wormhole on the last twenty pages, all in the lower margin. The wormholes do not however disturb the text. Many contemporary underlinings and marginal notes in both Latin and Greek and several beautiful little pointing hands. Last page full of partly crossed-out and smudgy contemporary notes. Small Greek note on front flyleaf. Title leaf with erased old signature at bottom and inscription "Ex bibliotheca patris, Matth. Floderus, Upsaliæ 1788". Signature of E. A. Almquist from 1794 och Wilhelm Malm's signature dated Uppsala 3 mars 1835 on front pastedown. Small bookplate of And. Persson in Västerås. A nice and interesting volume.VD16 S 9344. A similar edition with only (8) pages in the beginning was also printed. Greek-Latin parallel text in columns. The woodcut on p. 782 is a small map on which Libya with Carthage and the Nile are visible but placed far to near each other. Strabo (c. 63 BC-21 AD.) was a Greek geographer whose only fully preserved work is this extraordinarily valuable geography in 17 books. A trip around the Eastern Mediterranean territories gave him firsthand knowledge of these areas, which he could use in his geographical description, which also contains information on literature, cultural history, medicine and natural history. Besides his own experiences Strabo based his work on earlier authors such as Eratosthenes, Poseidonios and others. The first books cover Western Europe, Britain, Gaul, Britanny, Italy, Sicily, Sardinia and Corsica. Book seven describes the northeastern parts of Europe while books nine and ten deal with Greece. The descriptions of Asia begin in book eleven with the main emphasis on the Middle East, including Assyria, Babylonia, Mesopotamia and, Arabia, and also India. The last book covers Egypt and Africa. Matthias Floderus (1766-1822) was, after an academic career, made vicar of Rasbo and Kil in Uppsala archdiocese in 1797. He was also a great collector. Eric Abraham Almquist (1767-1830) was bishop of Härnösand. His library was sold at auction in Uppsala in 1832.