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Vasi, Giuseppe VASI'S MAGNIFICENT PANORAMA OF ROME, produced in the course of the 1750s and 1760s with the assistance of Piranesi and others. 'With this splendid panoramic view of Rome, it is possible truly to have a precise idea of the city in the 18th century' (Frutaz). It was later reissued in Milan in 1829 on 18 sheets. Frutaz, Le Piante di Roma I, CLXXI.With large title cartouche and a large coat-of-arms of king Charles III of Spain in the middle, descriptive text to lower part. This work shows a panoramic view of Rome looking northeast and it extends from St. Peter's Basilica (left) to the Fonte dell'Acqua Paola (right). Vasi also portrays himself in the near left foreground. At the very bottom of the panels, he lists 390 sites and monuments using the same numbering system as he used in his guidebook published.panorama of Rome was dedicated by Vasi, to Charles III of Spain, who had recently abdicated the Sicilian throne. After leaving Sicily Vasi settled in Rome, where he studied under Sebastiano Conca, Pier Leone Ghezzi and Filippo Juvarra and obtained the patronage of Cardinal Neri Corsini. Between 1747 and 1761, Vasi produced ten volumes of views of Rome entitled Delle Magnificenze di Roma antica .The prominent west-east axis in Vasi's panorama is defined first by the large achievement in the lower-middle foreground; then the extensive gardens and princely palace of the Corsini family; masonry embankments on the left bank of the Tiber; the Palazzo Farnese, which served as the embassy of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies in Rome from 1735 forward and, from no later than 1749, as Vasi?s home and studio; the domes of the Pantheon, S. Andrea della Valle, S. Carlo ai Catinari, and SS. Trinità dei Pellegrini; the Palazzo Barberini; and, finally, the Palazzo del Quirinale, the usual papal residence in the 17th and 18th centuries. , Image Size : 1020x2600 (mm), 40.16x102.36 (Inches), Platemark Size : , Paper Size : , Black & White Paper browned, creases, folds and minor losses, also to margins, minor tears, some staining and spotting, some joints with grayish discolourations or stains, but generally very good.

A Journey from Prince of Wales?s Fort, in Hudson?s Bay, to the Northern Ocean. Undertaken by Order of the Hudson?s Bay Company. For the Discovery of Copper Mines, a North West Passage, &. In the Years 1769, 1770, 1771, & 1772.

Samuel Hearne: Edition : First edition. London: A. Strahan, T. Cadell & W. , Contemporary calf boards, expertly rebacked; spine with five raised bands, gilt lettered morocco label on two, gilt dated on last; edges lightly speckled; endpapers renewed. , ?A day-to-day record, with notes on natural history, of three trips northwest by land from Hudson Bay. On the last trip, 1771-1772, Hearne reached the Arctic at the mouth of the Coppermine River, the first man to travel overland from the Bay to the Arctic. Hearne was in the Hudson?s Bay company?s service in Canada from about 1765 to 1787.? ?Hearne designed his travel book to feed an established audience. His strong personality infuses descriptions of Coppermine, Prince of Wales?s Fort, Great Slave Lake, and the Arctic shore. He communicates an alternating sense of self-sufficiency and helplessness. Published after his death, the book contains eight chapters of narrative, one chapter on natives, and one on animals. The final product can be contrasted with the rough diary notes (held in the British Museum, with a copy at the Public Archives of Canada, Ottawa). Although he did not discover a northwest passage, and although the Coppermine River that he did discover proved worthless, he did explore 5,000 miles of Canada?s harsh northland as he moved toward the River and the Arctic coast west of Hudson Bay. And he wrote one of the most readable 18th century accounts of travel in the interior of Canada.? ?Its publication is due to the celebrated navigator La Perouse who captured Fort Albany, Hudson?s Bay, and found the MS. of Hearne. The fort was afterwards surrendered to the British, but La Perouse stipulated for the publication of this work by the Hudson?s Bay Company, which stipulation was honorably fulfilled in this beautiful volume.? , Size : quarto (301x234mm), Complete with nine folding maps and diagrams as indicated in the ?Directions to the Binder?: large folding Plate I "A North West View." facing page 1; large folding Plate II "Indian Implements" at 98; large folding (appr.810x574mm) - "Plan of Hearne's Journies." and large folding Plate III "Plan of the Copper Mine River." at p. 164; large folding Plate IV "A Winter View ." at 248; four inserts at the end: full page Plate V - "Indian Implements" , large folding Plate VI - "Plan of Albany River in Hudson's Bay." , large folding Plate VII -"Plan of Moos River in Hudson's Bay.", large folding Plate VIII -"Plan of Slude River.", References : Bibliography of Canadiana 445; Waterston 1795; Sabin 31181; Cox, Literature of Travel II, 171-172; F. Streeter Sale VI 3652; Story 351-52; T.P.L. 445; Lande 1220; Field 676; Bell H94; Hill 791. , (2), title, blank, dedication iii-iv, preface v-x, contents xi-xix, errata, introduction xxi-xliv, 458, advertisement of two books, directions to the binder, (2); [9 ill.] Near fine with wide margin text and plates clean and crisp

The Death of General Montgomery In the Attack of Quebec Dec.1775

John Trumbull Engraving of the Death of General Montgomery during the late 18th century. General Richard Montgomery was a British General who fought for the Americans during the American Revolutionary War (1775-83). It was during the American attack on Quebec that he was killed in 1775. In late 1785 John Trumbull resolved to devote himself to the depiction of Revolutionary War scenes. Benjamin West encouraged Trumbull's objectives, as did Thomas Jefferson. From the outset Trumbull intended to paint the pictures so that they could be engraved for sale. Through Benjamin West, Trumbull made the acquaintance of "an Italian artist, by the name of Antonio di Poggi, of very superior talents as a draughtsman, and who had recently commenced the business of publishing."The first two works that Trumbull completed of the series of eight were The Battle of Bunker's Hill and The Death of General Montgomery in the Attack of Quebec, which were much influenced not only by West, but also by the dramatic action of John Singleton Copley's Death of Chatham (1781) and The Death of Major Pierson (1782-84). The Death of General Montgomery was begun in February 1785 and finished before Trumbull brought it to Paris in 1786. The Declaration of Independence was begun at Jefferson's house in Paris.As soon as Bunker's Hill and Quebec were completed, Trumbull tried to find a suitable engraver in London. He was unsuccessful and instead decided to look for an engraver in Paris, where Jefferson had invited him to stay with him at the Hotel de Langeac. Finding acceptable engravers for the series proved to be a difficult task. In 1786 Trumbull journeyed through Germany and the Low Countries to look for an engraver. He then returned to London to work on the Declaration of Independence and to begin a new work, The Sortie of the Garrison at Gibraltar. After meeting little success, he went back to the United States in November 1789, traveling everywhere to compile portraits for the historical series. Discouraged, he temporarily abandoned the project in 1793, saying that "my great enterprise was blighted." Trumbull accepted a post with John Jay on the Jay Treaty Commission, and returned to London. While serving there, Bunker's Hill and Quebec were finally published in 1798. (Thomas Jefferson Foundation), Image Size : 508x768 (mm), 20.00x30.24 (Inches), Platemark Size : , Paper Size : 565x780 (mm), 22.24x30.71 (Inches), Black & White, Copper Engraving Some skillful restorations otherwise good

Vita Di S. Filippo Neri.

FILOSI, GIUSEPPE. 1711?1767. Edition : FIRST VENICE EDITION , Full contemporary paneled calf with gilt dentelled and filleted borders.Spine raised with six (6) bands forming seven (7) compartments of which the second is dyed in lighter brown flanked by gilt dentelles. Pasted and free endpapers marbled; all edges gilt. , Beautiful copper engraved plates in two colors depicting scenes from the life of the Saint with allegorical figures depicting spiritual values. ?Vita di S. Filippo Neri, incise in rame. Venice: [s.n.], 1757. This entirely illustrated biography of Saint Filippo Neri (1515-1595), the founder of the Oratorian order, is the only edition of this suite of plates. Neri, an extremely popular confessor and spiritual advisor in Rome whose advice was sought by Popes and Cardinals as well as commoners, was venerated as a saint during his lifetime and was canonized in 1622. During an ecstatic religious experience at the time of his conversion, his heart was said to be miraculously enlarged. This extraordinary condition remained with him throughout his life. The flaming heart seen at the top of the emblematic borders may also allude to this attribute. ? The title page, frontispiece portrait, and 38 plates with explanatory text were engraved by Giuseppe Filosi, a book illustrator active in Venice from the 1740s to the 1760s. The images are based on illustrations by Giacomo Tanaglia. The title of the work is ?spelled out? in historiated upper case letters, each depicting a virtue which is identified in a caption beneath each letter. The illustrations have been printed within engraved borders printed in sanguine. The single exception is the one border for the portrait printed in black. Representative of the lavishness of this production, two separate designs were executed for the emblematic borders: one includes nude cherubs while the other shows cherubs with small pieces of strategically placed cloth to maintain decorum? Bridwell Library?s copy, one of only two in the United States printed on special large-paper sheets with red-colored borders, includes a buff paper band with contemporary manuscript inscriptions indicating the title of the work and the total number of plates included in the suite.?- Bridwell Library., Size : Folio (372 x 270 mm). , Engraved portrait, title and 38 plates after Giacomo Tanaglia with integral text within an ornamental border of cherubim and foliage printed in sepia. , References : Brunet I: 599n; Sotheran 1888: 11; Bridwell Library, Perkins School of Theology Plates 10 and 21 marginally soiled; second half of work with light waterstaining to front edge. Otherwise in very good condition.

Lord Randolph Churchill

Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill contemporary full burgundy cloth over board, title in gilt on upper board and spine, upper board decorated with blind ruling on upper and lower parts and gilt armorial device on the bottom right corner. , Lord Randolph Churchill was a two-part biography written by Winston Churchill of his father, the Victorian politician Lord Randolph Churchill. It was first published in 1906.Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill, KG, OM, CH, TD, DL, FRS, RA (1874 ? 1965) was a British politician, army officer, and writer. He was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945, when he led Britain to victory in the Second World War, and again from 1951 to 1955. Churchill represented five constituencies during his career as a Member of Parliament (MP). Ideologically an economic liberal and imperialist, for most of his career he was a member of the Conservative Party, which he led from 1940 to 1955, but from 1904 to 1924 was instead a member of the Liberal Party. Widely considered one of the 20th century's most significant figures, Churchill remains popular in the UK and Western world, where he is seen as a victorious wartime leader who played an important role in defending liberal democracy from the spread of fascism. Also praised as a social reformer and writer, among his many awards was the Nobel Prize in Literature. Conversely, his imperialist views and comments on race, as well as his sanctioning of human rights abuses in the suppression of anti-imperialist movements seeking independence from the British Empire, have generated considerable controversy.Provenance: Paste-in letter on letterhead of the newspaper, The Guardian [printed] "The Guardian Office, // Manchester //"[manuscript] " Jan 14 / 06. // Dear Dr. Pollard // Many thanks for // your prompt & interesting // notice of Churchill's book. // We were anxious to get it // in on the day of publication . // Yours & truly // C. P. Scott" upper free endpaper signatures "G.Bennett// ex libris" "A.F.Pollard"Info for notes: Charles Prestwich Scott (26 October 1846 ? 1 January 1932), usually cited as C. P. Scott, was a British journalist, publisher and politician. Born in Bath, Somerset, he was the editor of the Manchester Guardian (now the Guardian) from 1872 until 1929 and its owner from 1907 until his death. He was also a Liberal Member of Parliament and pursued a progressive liberal agenda in the pages of the newspaper., Size : 8vo, , Volume : Two volumes. , Paste-in letter on letterhead of the newspaper, The Guardian