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Sprache der Menschen ein Anfang dazu. Nicht nach Regeln – auch nicht nach ABC-Ordnung – sondern nach dem Leben aufgenommen. Erstes Theilgen [all published].DINKLER, Constantin.] 8, pp. [xi], 12-160, large engraved title vignette by Roßmäsler; with some woodcut music in the text, partly printed in double columns; contemporary buff boards, spine lettered in ink; extremities a little rubbed and some light discolouring, but a fine crisp copy, from the library of Talleyrand, with the engraved Bibliothèque du Château de Valençay's book plate to front pastedown. First edition of Dinkler's curious philological and grammatical study. Dinkler argues against a normative grammar based on high literature, and insists that the language of the 'people' and of daily life (Volkssprache) should be the basis of linguistic study. He praises the tonal elegance of low German or Plattdeutsch, which has a higher emotive range. Dinkler includes an interesting section of the origins and early development of language studies and their protagonists (Geschichte der Sprach-Gelehrten) and on the influence of music on language (illustrated with examples). He concludes with an extended section of translations of classical texts: a part of Cicero's De Officiis or Nepos' Life of Titus Pomponius Atticus, and ends with a comparison of the German language with other languages. Dinkler identifies Saxon and Thuringian language as 'high German', the cultivated language as spoken in Meissen. He dedicated his work in particular to the people of Thuringia and Saxony, signs the preface as a 'Düringer' (dialect form for someone from Thuringia), and in a later edition (1785) changed the title to Die Sprache der Menschen in Sachsen und Thüringen. This is Constantin (or Konstantin) Dinkler's (1746-1796) first publication. He practised as a jurist in Erfurt. Holzmann Bohatta IV 3327; OCLC: Newberry Library and a number of copies in Germany.
Zu dem hoechsten alleinigen Iehovah gerichtete theosophische Herzens Andachten, oder Fuerstliche selbst abgefasste Gedanken, wie wir durch Gottes Gnade uns von dem Fluch des Irdischen befreyen und im Gebet zum wahrem Lichte und himmlischen Ruhe in Gott eingehen sollen; nebst einigen aus dem Buch der Natur hergeleiteten Philosophischen Betrachtungen von denen dreyen Haushaltungen Gottes im Feuer Licht und Geist zur Wiederbringung der Creatur.SAXE-WEIMAR, Ernst August v. 4to, engraved title, pp. 148, with pp. [iv], engraved portrait and arms of Ernst August bound in; with author's signature to title; large final engraved vignette and woodcut; contemporary panelled sheep, head of spine chipped and a little worn, but an attractive and very wide-margined copy. First edition, privately printed, of this outline of the Theosophical Devotions, religious studies of the Duke Ernst August Saxe-Weimar, which oscillate between theology, Rosicrucianism, mysticism, and free masonry. Ernst Augustus I (1688?1748), was a duke of Saxe-Weimar and, from 1741, of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach, which became the most important of the Thuringian principalities. He is best remembered for his patronage of J.S. Bach. The work traces the scriptural sources for the justification of freemasonry. It was printed for private circulation only, for the friends of the Duke. This copy also has an engraved portrait of Ernst August bound in, and carries the signature of the Duke on the engraved title. The fine engraved title includes a view of the small palace Belvedere, one of the results of the Duke's lavish spending, which eventually bankrupted the duchy. Rosenthal 274; Seebass 249; Kopp I, 139; Kloss 269; Wolfstieg 42102: 'Sehr selten. Enthält die Resultate der Forschungen des Herzogs zur Ergründung des Zwecks der Maurerei'; the work was reprinted in 1762 and 1786, with a Philadelphia printing following in 1789.
Hamburgisch- verbesserter Schreib-Calender aufs 1747. Jahr: darin hiesige Gerichts-Tage, Verlassungen, Predigten, Music und Passion in allen 5 Haupt- und Neben-Kirchen, wie auch Zucht- und Spinn-Hause, St. Georg, und St. Pauli aufn Hamb. Berg; nebst Bericht der Fluth und Ebbe des Elbestrohms, der Jahr-Märckte, und des Post-Wesens.WAHN, Hermann. 32mo, (80 x 50mm), interleaved copy, pp. , printed in red and black, with one additional double-page and six single-page hand-coloured engravings by Joh. Georg Schmidt, Braunschweig auf der Höhe, 1747, heightened with egg white; fine red velvet binding, with elaborate silver thread stitching, crowned initials AE C H to upper board, lower board with crowned 1747 in silver stitching; a very fine example of a 'presentation binding'. A finely-bound miniature Hamburg Calendar for 1747, extra-illustrated with one double-page and six single-page hand-coloured engravings by Joh. Georg Schmidt from Braunschweig. The charming and very detailed engravings show moralistic scenes with a four-line motto below. Particularly charming is the elaborate presentation binding in red velvet with the crowned initials of the recipient AE C H stitched onto the upper board within a decorative silver stitched frame. The Hamburgisch-verbesserter Schreib-Calender was published from the late 17th century. It contains the usual information on sun and moon phases, church events, court session dates, post and market dates, but also, rather appropriately for Hamburg, tide tables. Music clearly played an important role in Hamburg life with church concerts listed. This was the final year under the editorship of Hermann Wahn (1678-1747), a theologian, mathematician and astronomer. Not in Köhring, For the engraver: Allgemeines Künstlerlexicon, p. 1516.
Vortrag und Verwahrung des Nürnbergischen Genannten und Kaufmanns, Georg Paul Forsters. Dem Genannten-Kollegium übergeben den 8ten April 1794. Deutschland, . [with:] [ANON.] Einige Bemerkungen über des Nürnbergischen bürgerlichen Genannten und Kaufmanns, Herrn Paul Forsters, Vortrag und Verwahrung. vom 8ten April 1794. [with:] Vortrag des Nürnbergischen bürgerlichen Genannten und Kaufmanns Georg Paul Forsters, in dem Genannten-Kollegium abgelesen den 16ten Merz 1795.FORSTER, Georg Paul. Three works, 8vo, pp. vii,  blank, 21,  blank; uncut in folded signatures; title a little dust-soiled and with small number label in upper outer margin; 15,  blank, uncut in sheets, folded; pp. 46,  blank; contemporary pale blue wrappers; 1 and 3 with small book number pasted to title. First editions of all three titles. A detailed and well informed eighteenth-century debate about the mandate of the city council of Nuremberg to impose or agree an increase in the national debt. At the same time it is a critical assessment of the patrician and 'feudal' structures in city government of the city of Nuremberg. The 'Genannten-Kollegium' existed as a non-elected discussion forum for the city magistrate since the 14th century. It gave representation to the important and substantial class of artisans and craftsmen, but also included the old patrician families of the city. Neither was elected in a popular vote, or even a restricted vote. Georg Paul Forster (1747-1808), a combative Nuremberg merchant, argues for a reform of the Genannten Kollegium and a curtailment of its powers. Not in Humpbert; OCLC: Bamberg, Augsburg, Munich, Copenhagen.
WEIGHTS.] OERTLING. Housed in a mahogany case (21 x 25 x 39cm), 11 brass troy weights (300 - 1 ounce), with separate mahogany case for smaller weights, 27 (.001 - ), complete with handling fork. Unusual set of Troy weights, units of mass customarily used for precious metals and gemstones, and still in use today. Named after the city of Troyes in northern France, the troy system of weights existed already in medieval times, and was used at the famous fair at that city. Because there were 12 troy ounces in the old troy pound, there would have been 240 pennyweights to the pound?the basis of the fact that the old British pound (currency) contained 240 pence. This set is unusual in the wide range it covers; the well known scientific instrument collector Michael Bennett-Levy comments: 'This is the only set of weights I have ever had where the difference between the largest and the smallest weight is 300,000.' DUE TO ITS WEIGHT SPECIAL SHIPPING CHARGE APPLIES
Briefe über die Wirthschaft grosser Landgüter und über die Ursachen des geringen Ertrags derselben, nebst der Geschichte seines Schicksals auf seiner fünfjährigen ökonomischen Laufbahn zu Frankenberg im Dienste . Freyherrn von Pöllnitz .HATZEL, Adam Heinrich. 8vo, pp. 144; some faint inoffensive dampstaining; contemporary marbled calf, spine decoratively gilt, gilt-lettered spine labels; a fine copy with engraved heraldic bookplate to front paste-down, two faint Hungarian library stamps to title; a very attractive copy. First edition, rare, of what it arguably the earliest study of the economics of scale in agricultural estates. Hatzel differentiates between small farms, owned and run by an individual farmer; tenant farmers who paid rents and provided obligatory services to the landlord, who was typically a nobleman; and large estates run by an estate manager on behalf of the owner. He argues that only long lease contracts result in decent returns, whereas short ones are more likely to lead to the exploitation of the soil without any long term management ideas. Estate managers, who should be employed with long term contracts, need to have virtual independence to guarantee successful results. Only then will this be preferable to leaseholds. Not in Kress or Goldsmiths'; Humpert 2712 (wrongly dated 1776); OCLC lists copies in Germany only.