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  • Jeu instructif des peuples et costumes des quatre parties du monde et des terres australes. by (GAME). (GAME). ~ Jeu instructif des peuples et costumes des quatre parties du monde et des terres australes. Paris: Basset, [n.d., 1815].
    A superb ‘game of goose’ on the theme of the peoples of the known world, with fine engraved corner vignettes representing Africa, America, Europe and… (more)

    A superb ‘game of goose’ on the theme of the peoples of the known world, with fine engraved corner vignettes representing Africa, America, Europe and Asia and 63 vignettes representing different peoples. They include native Americans (of California, Mexico, the Amazon, Iroquois, Brazil, Chile, Tierra del Fuego, Paraguay and Nootka Island), inhabitants of Java, Sumatra, China, Japan, Tahiti, Australia (Nouvelle Hollande) and New Zealand, as well as Africa, the Middle East and Europe. In common with other games of this type, the cultural attitudes represented by the symbolism and mode of play is worthy of decoding. With dice and counters, the players are to navigate (culturally, not geographically) from China (evidently still at the furthest reaches of the European geographical imagination) to France, via the 63 numbered squares, with their various characteristics, advantages and disadvantages. Mexico (square 6) is shown as a bridge and players landing there jump straight to square 12 (the Amazon); at 19 (Tahiti) the islanders’ hospitality detains players for two turns; at 31 (Siberia) the players waits in exile until another player reaches the same square and rescues them, at square 42, traditionally the ‘puzzle’ square (Japan) the player is refused landing and goes back to 30 (Abyssinia) and just before the end, square 58 (New Zealand) the player encounters the reputed anthrophages (man-eaters) and returns to the start. Ciompi/Seville Collection 32; Adrian Seville, ‘The geographical Jeux de l'Oie of Europe. Les Jeux de l’Oie géographiques de l’Europe’, Belgeo, 3-4, 2008, 427-444 (56).

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  • Old Æsop at White-hall, giving Advice to the young Æsops at Tunbridge and Bath: or, Some Fables relating to Government. By a Person of what Quality you please. by (AESOP). (AESOP). ~ Old Æsop at White-hall, giving Advice to the young Æsops at Tunbridge and Bath: or, Some Fables relating to Government. By a Person of what Quality you please. London: J. Nutt, 1698.
    First edition of this British political satire, co-opting Aesop’s animals of in a series of witty verses, capitalising on the popularity of the Aesop in… (more)

    First edition of this British political satire, co-opting Aesop’s animals of in a series of witty verses, capitalising on the popularity of the Aesop in English via the editions of Ogilby and L’Estrange. ‘In 1698 a whole series of fables began to appear anonymously which set Aesop on a journey through England and the rest of Europe. He comments through his animal characters about the Jacobite threat, William’s government of England, and Louis XIV’s ambitions on the continent. As one writer put it, “It is now the Mode, it seems, for Brutes to turn Politicians,” and Aesop was chosen as their main expositor. Aesop at Tunbridge (1698) was a structured attack on William and on Whig principles in general. In the same year Aesop at Bath criticized the Jacobites; Aesop Return d from Tunbridge committed the hapless supporter of the Jacobites to Bedlam; Old Aesop at Whitehall defended the government; and Aesop at Amsterdam objected to the very monarchical forms of government supported in one way or another by Whig, Tory, and Jacobite factions’ (Daniel, ‘Political and Philosophical Uses of Fables in eighteenth-century England’, The Eighteenth Century, 23, 2, 1982, p. 153).
    Wing O196. ESTC lists US copies at Clark (UCLA), Folger, Harvard, Cincinnati and Texas.

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  • Neuf pas autour de ma chambre. Tournée sentimentale, dédiée aux amateurs d’un exercice modéré. by [CARON or CHARLES] ‘H.R.C’. [CARON or CHARLES] ‘H.R.C’. ~ Neuf pas autour de ma chambre. Tournée sentimentale, dédiée aux amateurs d’un exercice modéré. Stockholm: Charles Deleen, 1816.
    First edition, presentation copy. A witty imaginary Voyage autor de ma chambre in the spirit of Le Maistre. In just nine steps the author circumnavigates… (more)

    First edition, presentation copy. A witty imaginary Voyage autor de ma chambre in the spirit of Le Maistre. In just nine steps the author circumnavigates his room, bumping into Napoleon and traversing Europe. There are verses, riddles, enigmas and an acrostic on the Swedish succession: ‘Charles Jean Prince Royal de Suede’. The ninth step is a long verse dedicated to the elderly British King George III. The allegorical plate depicts voyagers in an elegant state of undress on the back of a flying horse. The dedicatee of this presentation copy is Maria Juliana Wahrendorff von Rosen (1763-1820). Worldcat locates the Yale copy only in the US. JISC/Copac lists no UK copies.

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  • The March of Intellect. by [HEATH, William]. [HEATH, William]. ~ The March of Intellect. London: G. Humphrey, Jan. 23 1828.
    One of Heath’s famous graphic satires on the theme of The March of Intellect, which expressed contemporary anxiety over technological progress and social change in… (more)

    One of Heath’s famous graphic satires on the theme of The March of Intellect, which expressed contemporary anxiety over technological progress and social change in England brought about by science, education, industrialisation and commercialisation. This one shows a London street corner at the edge of open country and the sea, with numerous figures, including a street-sweeper, horse-drawn carriage, two men playing chess, musicians and singers and street-sellers, with wealthy figures being sent down a mechanical lift beside giant shop window stuffed with milliner. A steam carriage full of redcoat soldiers is seen in background, along with passenger balloons and a flying warship (raining canon-fire at ships below) in the air beside bridge crossing the English Channel between Dover and Calais.

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  • Londres et l’Angleterre, ouvrage élémentaire à l'usage de la jeunesse. by [AUBERT DE VITRY, François-Jean-Philibert]. [AUBERT DE VITRY, François-Jean-Philibert]. ~ Londres et l’Angleterre, ouvrage élémentaire à l'usage de la jeunesse. Paris: [Paul Renouard for] Bossange frères, 1826.
    First edition of this extensive pocket guide to London, England and Wales for a juvenile audience. The description of London is admirably complete, with notes… (more)

    First edition of this extensive pocket guide to London, England and Wales for a juvenile audience. The description of London is admirably complete, with notes on the principal monuments as well as its people and customs (‘The Lord of Merry Disports’ and ‘Itinerant Musicians’ among them). The plates (originally appearing London, or interesting Memorials published by Thomas Boys in London in 1823) depict The Custom House, Somerset House, Hanover Terrace and Westminster Abbey. Adams, London illustrated, 1604-1851 (1983), 150. No US copies in Worldcat and JISC/COPAC records the Bishopsgate Institute and Bodley copies only.

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  • Le Emportemens amoureux de la Religieuse etrangère. Nouvelle galante & historique. [Lettres Portuguaises avec les réponses traduites en françois]. by (LETTRES PORTUGAISES). (LETTRES PORTUGAISES). ~ Le Emportemens amoureux de la Religieuse etrangère. Nouvelle galante & historique. [Lettres Portuguaises avec les réponses traduites en françois]. ‘A la Haye’ [?Rouen] [and Lyon: Sebastien Roux], 1707 [1696].
    First edition with this title and introductory part, a very rare opportunistic edition of Lettres Portuguaises, which found itself onto the Index librorum prohibitorum in… (more)

    First edition with this title and introductory part, a very rare opportunistic edition of Lettres Portuguaises, which found itself onto the Index librorum prohibitorum in 1727. The epistolary novel Lettres Portugaises was one of the publishing sensations of the late seventeenth century and beyond, first published in Paris in 1669, purporting to be the genuine letters between a Portugese nun, Mariana Alcoforado, and the French nobleman, the Marquis de Chamilly. Despite its passionate tone it was not outlawed and indeed it was widely reprinted and set the tone for much of the sentimental and epistolary fiction of the eighteenth century. Though the letters have been proved to be fictional, both parties were real.

    This edition, probably clandestine, seems to have been a step too far in the eyes of the censors. Apparently a reissue of the sheets of a 1696 Lyon edition, it was augmented with a 48-page prequel in which the first encounters between Maria and the Marquis in Portugal are recounted. This text was cast as a seduction scene, in which the young nun entertained the Marquis in a private apartment beside her cloister, dressed in a pale blue nightgown adorned with red ribbons. Suppression seems to have been effective and it is unrecorded in public collections, as far as we can tell, besides a single copy in the library at Bourg-en-Bresse. Gay mentions it among the reprints of Lettres Portugaises, citing a copy offered for sale in Paris in 1869. Gay II, 847. Not found in Worldcat.

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  • Painted and calligraphic arms. by (HERALDRY). (HERALDRY). ~ Painted and calligraphic arms. [Britain, c. 1800-1950].
    An attractive miscellaneous collection of painted arms, some perhaps dating from soon after 1800, some from the later nineteenth century and some from the twentieth.… (more)

    An attractive miscellaneous collection of painted arms, some perhaps dating from soon after 1800, some from the later nineteenth century and some from the twentieth. They provide an interesting overview of the arts of the heraldic miniature painter and calligrapher. Two good examples come direct from the College of Arms (both dated 1907), one of the larger pieces (315 × 255 mm) bears the arms of Thomas James Summers and is signed on the back ‘Painted by J. Eedes. 63 Great Titchfield St. Oxford St and a fine painting on vellum is marked in contemporary manuscript on the back ‘Painted by Peters & Sons Coachmakers London November 11 1858’. Some, including a couple bearing royal arms have evidently been cut from the original grants of arms.

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  • A General Atlas, being a Collection of Maps of the World and Quarters the Principal Empires, Kingdoms &c. with their several Provinces, & other Subdivisions, correctly delineated. by (STARBUCK FAMILY). (STARBUCK FAMILY). ~ A General Atlas, being a Collection of Maps of the World and Quarters the Principal Empires, Kingdoms &c. with their several Provinces, & other Subdivisions, correctly delineated. London: ‘Published Feb 1st 1800 by Robert Wilkinson’ [but this issue 1807].
    A Starbuck family atlas, owned by one of the British branch of the family, with annotations recording the Pacific discoveries of the whaling captain Valentine… (more)

    A Starbuck family atlas, owned by one of the British branch of the family, with annotations recording the Pacific discoveries of the whaling captain Valentine Starbuck [b. 1791]. The initials of the pencil Starbuck signature are difficult to decipher, but are likely to be ‘E.F.’, probably Edward Folger Starbuck [1801-1855] son of Samuel and Lucretia [Folger] Starbuck, New England Quakers who in the 1790s had settled at Milford Haven (Pembrokeshire, Wales). The early annotations mark the family origins at Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard as well as Valentine Starbuck’s 1823 discovery of the Pacific Island which took his name [Starbuck made the discovery as captain of the British whaling ship L’Aigle while carrying King Kamehameha II of Hawaii and Queen Kamalu and their retinue to England. He settled in England thereafter and was living at the time this atlas was in use: he was probably a cousin of its owner]. The family were notable as a dynasty of Whalers, prosperous Quakers and Abolitionists, making this Atlas an evocative association.
    The annotations, in an early hand comprise:
    -Double hemisphere map: Starbuck Island marked on the map with the marginal note: ‘Starbuck Island Discovered by Captain Valentine Starbuck in the ship L’Aigle in latitude 5 deg. 58.1.2 min South and Longitude 155 deg 58 min West’
    -Mercator map: ‘Polynesia’ and ‘Australasia’ added in pale red ink.
    -Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Iceland map: ‘Duna’ and ‘Vistula’ rivers named at their mouths at Danzig and Riga.
    -Russia in Europe: Odessa named in pencil, the coastlines of the Black and Caspian seas extended into the margins.
    -Africa: Liberia coast marked with a pencil cross and the marginal note ‘Now Liberia American Col[…] Ap 28 1822. Colonists 2000 Native allies 10,000 Total cost 130,000 Dollars. Cost of each emigrant $30 ― was [?given] on landing 30 […] free of expense Freedom offered to many thousands more gratuitously Great aim of the “American Colonization Soc” to abolish the slave trade and slaveholding’.
    -The United States of America: red line drawn between the US and Canada with the note in the upper margin ‘Lake of the Woods. The Red line in the North part of this map is to represent neatly the Boundary lines between the United States and the British Colonies’. Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard named in manuscript.
    -West Indies: Mexico City marked in the margin in red ink.
    Wilkinson’s Atlas was first published in 1794 and reissued with updated maps several times into the nineteenth century. The map of the United States in the present edition is of interest for its inclusion of the short-lived ‘Franklina’, located between Tennessee and North Carolina.

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  • Calendrier perpétuel ou Almanach journalier; avec une table chronologique de calculs faite depuis l’an mil un de Jesus-Christ, jusqu’a l’an deux mil, pour l'Ancien & le Nouveau Calendrier. Ouvrage très-utile & nécessaire aux magistrats, gens de justice, hommes de lettres, chronologistes, navigateurs, curieux & a toutes sortes de personnes. by DUPLESSIS, [Pierre-Alexandre GRATET-]. DUPLESSIS, [Pierre-Alexandre GRATET-]. ~ Calendrier perpétuel ou Almanach journalier; avec une table chronologique de calculs faite depuis l’an mil un de Jesus-Christ, jusqu’a l’an deux mil, pour l'Ancien & le Nouveau Calendrier. Ouvrage très-utile & nécessaire aux magistrats, gens de justice, hommes de lettres, chronologistes, navigateurs, curieux & a toutes sortes de personnes. Paris: Grangé, veuve Duchesne, ‘et chez l’Auteur’, 1767.
    First edition of an ingenious perpetual calendar, serviceable to the year 2000. and including a folding engraved lunar chart. The preface suggests its utility to… (more)

    First edition of an ingenious perpetual calendar, serviceable to the year 2000. and including a folding engraved lunar chart. The preface suggests its utility to ‘l’Homme d’État, le Magistrat, l’Homme de Lettres, le Particulier même’. Duplessis was a map publisher, who also issued a variety of calendars. The advert after the preface offers geographical and historical maps and charts, a large map of France on 175 sheets but also calendar mounted on card with elaborate engraved borders which could be supplied glazed in gilt frames. No US or UK copies in Worldcat.

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  • Des Suites de la Contre-Révolution de 1660 en Angleterre. by CONSTANT, Benjamin. CONSTANT, Benjamin. ~ Des Suites de la Contre-Révolution de 1660 en Angleterre. Paris: ‘se vend chez F. Buisson... An VII’ [1799].
    First edition. In this polemical work the Republican, Constant warned the French people of the consequences of a potential restoration of the monarchy in France.… (more)

    First edition. In this polemical work the Republican, Constant warned the French people of the consequences of a potential restoration of the monarchy in France. He considers the undesirable consequences of the British Restoration and cites the histories of Clarendon, Hume, Burnet and Ludlow, often giving footnote excerpts in English. It was published shortly before the events of the 18th Brumaire and in the year Constant was also translating Godwin. The manuscript corrections in this copy appear to be editorial. Cioranescu 20698. Worldcat gives US copies at the University of Connecticut, Harvard, Michigan State, Missouri and American Philosophical Society.

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  • Candeur et Bonté ou les quatre ages d’une femme. by LEGRAND, Augustin. LEGRAND, Augustin. ~ Candeur et Bonté ou les quatre ages d’une femme. Paris: chez Louis Janet … et Pelicier, 1819.
    First and only edition of this delightful illustrated gift book, describing the four ages of women and depicting them in a series of elegant hand-coloured… (more)

    First and only edition of this delightful illustrated gift book, describing the four ages of women and depicting them in a series of elegant hand-coloured plates. The dedication printed in civilité type is to the author’s wife (and mother of his children). The final 10 pages comprise a calendar for 1820 (in common with the V&A copy). Worldcat: V&A and Landesbibliothek Mecklenburg only.

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  • Grands déplaisirs à l’occasion d’un train de plaisir ou les infortunes de Polycarpe Baboulard. by [ADAM, Victor]. [ADAM, Victor]. ~ Grands déplaisirs à l’occasion d’un train de plaisir ou les infortunes de Polycarpe Baboulard. Paris: [Maulde et Renou for] A. Marcilly, [n.d., c. 1840].
    First edition, rare. M. Baboulard is something of a dandy (notably sporting tartan trousers of a type then fashionable in both Britain and France) but… (more)

    First edition, rare. M. Baboulard is something of a dandy (notably sporting tartan trousers of a type then fashionable in both Britain and France) but he also has a wife and family of seven children and a taxing job in the ministry. Grands déplaisirs à l’occasion d’un train de plaisir is a graphic satire in the mould of Daumier on the aspirations of the newly-leisured middle classes seeking recreation on the railways. Tempted by newspaper advertisments, Baboulard books a trip to Le Havre, only to be assailed by friends and family loading him parcels, packages and a pair of dogs to deliver. The trip turns out to be a holiday from hell, and Baboulard returns to Paris duly chastened. Only one of the plates is signed by Adam, though all are demonstrably his. Among his numerous lithograph collections reflecting the rise of modernity in France this must be one of the rarest and it is especially so in coloured form. Gumuchian, Livres de l’Enfance, I, p.18. Worldcat lists the Bn copy only, there is also a copy in the National Library of Scotland (probably on account of the hero’s tartan trews).

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  • Shakespeare’s Cotswolds [13 Scenes of Country Life painted for the Shakespeare Exhibition 1564-1964. by HUGO, Jean. HUGO, Jean. ~ Shakespeare’s Cotswolds [13 Scenes of Country Life painted for the Shakespeare Exhibition 1564-1964. London and Bradford: Lund Humphries for W. H. Smith and Son [1964].
    Sole edition, this copy signed and inscribed by the artist to Pierre Toreilles. For the Shakespeare 400 year centenary Hugo painted 13 very large panels… (more)

    Sole edition, this copy signed and inscribed by the artist to Pierre Toreilles. For the Shakespeare 400 year centenary Hugo painted 13 very large panels depicting an imagined journey of Shakespeare from Stratford to Oxford, a journey the artist apparently traced on foot. His scenes comprise: Charlecote Park, Fowlers and the Red House of Tysoe, Gentry at Compton Wyngates, Mummers on the Green, Nearing Oxford, Chipping Camden Fair, The Road to Market,The Cotswold Games, Plough and Pasture, Hawking in the Stour Valley and Meon Hill.

    ‘The French artist Jean Hugo (1894-1984) produced... a set of six canvases he painted for the Shakespeare Festival Exhibition, organised by the ballet critic Richard Buckle in Stratford-upon-Avon. Opened by Prince Phillip on 23 April 1964, the exhibition celebrated the quatercentenary of Shakespeare’s birth and aimed to portray the world of Tudor England as it may have appeared to Shakespeare... Jean Hugo was born in Paris the great-grandson of the poet and novelist Victor Hugo. He was a painter, illustrator, theatre designer and author, whose artistic career spanned the 20th century and whose work brought him into contact with many of the most influential artistic figures of the 20th century including Jean Cocteau, Pablo Picasso, Paul Elouard, Francis Poulenc, Max Jacob, Cecil Beaton and many others.’ (V&A website). Not found in JISC/Libraryhub. Worldcat lists copies at National Gallery of Canada and University of Strasbourg only.

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  • Flecht-Schule. by WINCKELMANN, Leonie. WINCKELMANN, Leonie. ~ Flecht-Schule. [Germany or Austria, 1912].
    A good example of ‘Flecht-schule’ exercises for young girls, in which dexterity, accuracy, patience and creativity were encouraged through intricate pattern weaving in paper. This… (more)

    A good example of ‘Flecht-schule’ exercises for young girls, in which dexterity, accuracy, patience and creativity were encouraged through intricate pattern weaving in paper. This could be applied to the practical arts of embroidery but had been encouraged as an independent exercise. In addition to the 25 abstract designs here, the final two panels give the maker’s initials ‘L.W.’ and the date ‘1912’.

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  • (NAPOLEON). ~ An Act for the more effectually detaining in Custody Napoleon Buonaparté. [London: George Eyre and Andrew Strahan], 11 April 1816.
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    First editions of these two separately-issued Acts of Parliament in which the British government sought to legalise the detainment of Napoleon as a prisoner of war on the island of St. Helena.

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  • Cary’s Traveller’s Companion, or, a Delineation of the Turnpike Roads of England and Wales; shewing the immediate Rout to every Market and Borough Town throughout the Kingdom. Laid down from the best Authorities, on a new set of County Maps, to which is added, an Alphabetical List of all the Market Towns, with the Days on which they are held. by CARY, John. CARY, John. ~ Cary’s Traveller’s Companion, or, a Delineation of the Turnpike Roads of England and Wales; shewing the immediate Rout to every Market and Borough Town throughout the Kingdom. Laid down from the best Authorities, on a new set of County Maps, to which is added, an Alphabetical List of all the Market Towns, with the Days on which they are held. London: for John Cary, 1791.
    An attractive portable atlas. A reissue of the plates of the 1790 edition, with the dates altered to ‘Sepr. 1, 1792’ on all of the… (more)

    An attractive portable atlas. A reissue of the plates of the 1790 edition, with the dates altered to ‘Sepr. 1, 1792’ on all of the maps except the map of Yorkshire. Letterpress printed by C. Rickaby, whose name appears at foot of first page.

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  • Haec Homo: wherein the Excellency of the Creation of Woman, is described by way of an Essay … by AUSTIN, William. AUSTIN, William. ~ Haec Homo: wherein the Excellency of the Creation of Woman, is described by way of an Essay … London: by Richard Olton, for Ralph Mabb, and are to be sold by Charles Greene [engraved title gives ‘For H. Blunden’], 1638.
    Second edition (first 1637) of this rare proto-feminist essay, probably first written around 1620 in response to the misogynist pamphlet Hic mulier, or, The Man-Woman. Austin’s title… (more)

    Second edition (first 1637) of this rare proto-feminist essay, probably first written around 1620 in response to the misogynist pamphlet Hic mulier, or, The Man-Woman. Austin’s title Haec Homo is an epicene (ungendered or binary) construction which joins a female definite article (Haec) with the masculine noun homo (man) to introduce the author’s thesis that men and women share common humanity as well as ‘the same reasonable soule; and, in that, there is neither hees, or shees.’ It was dedicated to ‘Mistress Mary Gifford’ and both first and second editions were issued with an engraved portrait of her, which is lacking in this copy (and in the EEBO copy). The book includes four woodcut illustrations of a ‘Vitruvian woman’. This copy was rebound in the first decades of the nineteenth century by Auguste Marie Comte de Caumont, an aristocratic French emigré who worked as a bookbinder at addresses around Soho, London for more than 20 years from 1790. ‘He is considered a very great binder, in an age when English bookbinding was temporarily at a high level, and actually far ahead of contemporary French binding’ (Ramsden, French Bookbinders 1789-1848, p. 49). This example of his work bears his Gerrard Street address, his final workshop before returning to France around 1814-15. Interestingly there is no evidence that he had experience of bookbinding before leaving France.
    STC 975. ESTC: BL (lacks letterpress title), Cambridge (lacks leaf A4 and engraved title), Folger (lacks letterpress title and portrait), LC (lacks letterpress title), Illinois (lacking portrait), Minnesota, Yale.

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  • De inventoribus rerum libri tres. Noviter impressi: emendatq[ue] q[uem] dilige[n]tissime q[ui]busda[m] additis. by VERGIL, Polydore. VERGIL, Polydore. ~ De inventoribus rerum libri tres. Noviter impressi: emendatq[ue] q[uem] dilige[n]tissime q[ui]busda[m] additis. [Venice: Ioannem de Cereto de Tridino, alia Tacuinum, 22 November, 1516].
    An attractive Venetian edition by Johannes Tacuinus de Tridino, which, like the first edition of 1499 consists of the first three books on the ‘origin… (more)

    An attractive Venetian edition by Johannes Tacuinus de Tridino, which, like the first edition of 1499 consists of the first three books on the ‘origin of things’. In this encyclopaedic work, Vergil addresses questions of origins, from the origin of the gods, man and languages to the origin of wine and liqueurs, marriage, magic, medicine, poetry, drama, geography and law. It notably includes an account of the invention of printing, attributing its birth to Peter Schoeffer, rather than Gutenberg.

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  • (HUNTING). [ENGELBRECHT, Martin. ~ [A boar hunt in a miniature perspective peepshow. Augsburg: Martin Engelbrecht, c. 1730-50].
    A rare perspective peepshow depicting a boar hunt in a forest, with horses and dogs. Engelbrecht (1684-1756) produced many different designs of these sets in… (more)

    A rare perspective peepshow depicting a boar hunt in a forest, with horses and dogs. Engelbrecht (1684-1756) produced many different designs of these sets in three sizes, of which ours is an example of the smallest (and rarest). They were designed to be viewed when slotted successively into a perspective viewing box but can equally be appreciated when standing in simple slots or stands. One of the parts is marked ‘N. 87’ in the plate. In this example the prints have been mounted in the early nineteenth-century. cf. Ralph Hyde, Paper Peepshows (2015), pp. 14–15 and David Robinson, ‘Augsburg Peepshows’, Print Quarterly, Vol. 5, No. 2 (June 1988), pp. 188–191.�

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  • (HUNTING). [ENGELBRECHT, Martin. ~ [A stag hunt in a miniature perspective peepshow. Augsburg: Martin Engelbrecht, c. 1730-50].
    A rare perspective peepshow depicting a stag hunt in a forest, with horses and dogs. Among the hunters is one with a rifle, and two… (more)

    A rare perspective peepshow depicting a stag hunt in a forest, with horses and dogs. Among the hunters is one with a rifle, and two with horns. Engelbrecht (1684-1756) produced many different designs of these sets in three sizes, of which ours is an example of the smallest (and rarest). They were designed to be viewed when slotted successively into a perspective viewing box but can equally be appreciated when standing in simple slots or stands. One of the parts is marked ‘N. 87’ in the plate. In this example the prints have been mounted in the early nineteenth-century. cf, Ralph Hyde, Paper Peepshows (2015), pp. 14–15 and David Robinson, ‘Augsburg Peepshows’, Print Quarterly, Vol. 5, No. 2 (June 1988), pp. 188–191.�

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