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With a Rare Bibliography of Chess

Rocco, Benedetto (fl. 1783-1816); Cancellieri, Francesco (1751-1826)
Dissertazione del ch. signore d. Benedetto Rocco napoletano sul giuoco degli scacchi.

Rome: Francesco Bourliè, 1817

Large Duodecimo: 18.5 x 11 cm. 58, [2] pp. A-B12, C6

$4,500.00

A rare and important chess book comprising the Neapolitan chess player Benedetto Rocco’s “Dissertazione sul Giuoco degli Scacchi agli oziosi”(p. 7-26) and the Abbé Francesco Cancellieri’s important bio-bibliographical catalogue of chess players and their books, "Biblioteca ragionata degli scrittori del givoco degli scacchi" (p. 27-58). Rocco's "Dissertazione" was first published in the “Giornale enciclopedico” (1783).

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Fumagalli 1846; Walker “Bibliographical Catalogue of Printed Books and Writers on Chess” p. 282

“The Grand Tour”. The First Printed Guide Book of The Vatican Museums

Massi, Pasquale, da Cesena
Indicazione Antiquaria del Pontificio Museo Pio-Clementino in Vaticano, stesa da Pasquale Mass Cesenate Custode del Museo Stesso/ Catalogue Indicatif des Antiquitès Composant Le Musèe Pie-Clèmentin au Vatican par Paschal Massi de Cesèns Garde du dit Musèe.

Rome: Presso Lazzarini, 1792

Octavo: 15.5 x 10.8 cm. [4] 216 pp. Collation: [ ]2, a-m8, n12 (the first leaf [ ]1 is a blank and is present)

$8,400.00

The Museo Pio-Clementino was the first major curatorial museum within what are known today collectively as the Vatican Museums. In 1771, Pope Clement XIV had Michelangelo Simonetti adapt the Belvedere Pavilion to accommodate the papal collection of ancient art. When Clement’s successor, the avid art collector Pius VI, was elevated to the pontificate in 1775, the pace of acquisition increased dramatically and very soon the collections outgrew the rooms arranged for them by Simonetti.

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Cicognara 3408. I have located 6 copies in the U.S.: Getty, UC Riverside, USC, Cleveland, NW, Chicago

The Scandalous Life of Elizabeth Chudleigh

Chudleigh, Elizabeth (c. 1720-1788)
An Authentic Detail of Particulars relative to the Late Duchess of Kingston.

London: Printed for G. Kearsley, at Johnson’s Head, No. 46, Fleet-Street, 1788

Octavo: 21 x 13 cm. pp. [ii], ii, 178, [18]. Collation: [A]2, B-Z4, A1. With an added engraved frontispiece of the Duchess, with breasts exposed "as she appeared at the Venetian Ambassador

$3,800.00

Duchess of Kingston, granddaughter of the poet Mary Chudleigh (1656-1710), from whom “she seemed to have inherited no notable literary tastes or talents”(Rizzo) Elizabeth was notorious for her sexual escapades, daring, and profligacy. She studiously cultivated this image, referring to herself (in the third person) thus: “She was both wasteful and penurious; the most enormous sums were expended to gratify her love of display, at the same time that she refused to incur some trifling necessary expense in her household….

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ESTC T92902

Zanotti, Eustachio (1709-1782)
Ephemerides motuum caelestium ex anno 1775 in annum 1786 ad meridianum Bononiae es Halleii tabulis supputatae.

Bologna: Ex typ. Lælii a Vulpe Instituti scientiarum impressoris, 1774

Quarto: 26.5 x 20 cm. VII, 384. With an engraved frontispiece, engraved title vignette, and 3 folding engraved plates.

$2,800.00

In 1750 Zanotti produced a volume covering 1751-1762. In 1762 he published another volume for the years 1763-1774. This volume, for 1775-1786 was the last published in Zanotti’s lifetime. In 1786, his successor at the observatory, Petronio Mateucci, published a final volume for 1787-1798.

Like the astronomer Eustachio Manfredi, his godfather, Zanotti belonged to a prominent family distinguished in the arts, letters, and sciences.

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Houzeau-L. 15537; Riccardi I/2, 655, 34; DSB XIV, 589

The Monuments of Ancient Rome Engraved by Piranesi’s Collaborator & Rival

Barbault, Jean (1718-1762)
Les Plus Beaux Monuments De Rome Ancienne. Ou Recueíl Des Plus Beaux Morceaux de L'Antiquité Romaine Qui Existent Encore: Dessinés Par Monsieur Barbault Peintre Ancien Pensionnaire Du Roy a Rome, Et Gravés, en 128 Planches Avec Leur Explication.

Rome: Chez Bouchard et Gravier Libraires François rüe du Cours près de Saint Marcel, de l 1761

Large Folio: 51 x 35.5 cm. VIII, 90 pp. Collation: [π]1, [a]-[c]1, A-Z, Aa-Yy1. With 73 added plates. Complete.

$16,000.00

The French artist Jean Barbault arrived in Rome in 1747 and quickly became involved with the circle of Piranesi, with whom he worked on the “Varie Vedute di Roma Antica e Moderna” and for whose “Antichità Romane” he contributed figures for 14 plates “thus becoming one of the few official collaborators” of Piranesi. Barbault’s own views appeared 7 years after his collaboration with Piranesi.

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La Cicognara 3593; Fowler 37; Millard IV, no. 13; RIBA, Early Printed Books, 184

Tulips in the Age of Linnaeus. An Extremely Rare Sales Catalogue of “Beautiful Flowers” From the Gardens of the Margraves of Baden-Durlach

Schwerin, Andreas Georg (fl. 1740-1760)
Catalogus von schoenen Blumen-Zwiebeln, als: Tulpen, Crocus, Tross-Narcissen oder Tacetten, Jonquilles, Ranunculen, Annemonen, wie auch Auriculae-Ursi-Pflantzen, welche um beystehenden Preis bey Andreas Georg Schwerin ... in Carls-Ruh, zu bekommen seynd.

[?Karlsruhe] No place, no printer, no date, ca. 1760

Folio: 33.5 x 21.5 cm. [12] pp. Collation: three bifolia signed, ]:[ 2, ]:[ ]:[ 2, ]:[ ]:[ ]:[ 2

$3,900.00

AN EXTREMELY RARE catalogue, with prices, of the tulips, crocuses, and other “beautiful flowers” that grew in the gardens of the Margraves of Baden-Durlach. The flowers could be purchased by application to the inspector of the gardens, Andreas George Schwerin. KVK and OCLC locate only a single record (dating the work ca. 1760), but with no holdings. Another catalogue of bulbs available from the same garden, with slightly different wording, is held at Württembergische Landesbibliothek, Stuttgart.

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Describing Seven Private Collections of Paintings & Sculpture

Carboni, Giovanni Battista (1725-1790)
Le pitture e sculture di Brescia che sono esposte al pubblico : con un'appendice di alcune private gallerie.

Brescia: Dalle stampe di Giambatista Bossini, 1760

Large octavo: Engraved frontis., xxiv-196 p., [1] f Collation: a8, A-M10

$3,800.00

An important guide to the art of Brescia, written by G.B. Carboni, son of the sculptor and engraver Rizzado Carboni. The guide remains a fundamental work for reconstructing the history of Brescian public and private art collections.

Carboni describes all of the churches in the city as well as the artworks in the grand public buildings such as the municipal palazzo and the Biblioteca Queriniana.

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“The Foundation of a Library of California”. A Jesuit Natural history of California. With the Kino Map

Venegas, Miguel, S.J. (1680-1764)
Natural and Civil History of California: Containing an accurate description of that Country, Its Soil, Mountains, Harbours, Lakes, Rivers, and Seas; Its Animals, Vegetables, Minerals, and Famous Fishery for Pearls. The Customs of the Inhabitants, Their Religion, Government, and Manner of Living Before Their Conversion the Christian Religion by the missionary Jesuits : together with accounts of the several voyages and attempts made for settling California and taking actual surveys of that country, its gulf, and coast of the South-sea : illustrated with copper plates, and an accurate map of the country and the adjacent seas / tr. from the original Spanish of Miguel Venegas, a Mexican Jesuit, published at Madrid 1758

London: For James Rivington and James Fletcher, 1759

Two large octavo volumes: [20], 455; [8], 387. I. A8, a2, B-Z8, Aa-Ff8, Gg4 II. A4, B-Z8, Aa-Bb8, Cc2. With four added engraved plates and a large folding map.

$4,200.00

This English translation preceded the French and German translations. Considered by Cowan to be "the foundation of a library of California," this work is the most extensive account of Lower California of its period. It was presumably published in part to counteract anti-Jesuit statements that had appeared in accounts of George Anson's voyage in the Pacific (1740-1744). Venegas was for many years a Jesuit missionary among the Indians of Mexico and California and his account of the Jesuit Missions in California ("The Reduction of California by the Jesuits, and their transactions to the present time") occupies more than half of the text of both volumes (more than 450 pages).

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Sommervogel VIII, col 559; Cowan, p. 658. Graff 4471. Hill, p. 307.

An Extraordinary Copy of "One of the Most Exquisitely Illustrated Astronomical Works Ever Printed” -Kenney

Marinoni, Giovanni Jacopo de (1676-1755)
De Astronomica Specula Domestica et Organico Apparatu Astronomico.

Vienna: Leopold J. Kaliwoda, 1745

Folio: 36.6 x 25.4 cm [12] ff., 210 pp., [1] f. Collation: [a]2, b-d2, )(2, )()(2, A-Z2, Aa-Zz2, Aaa-Iii2. Including an engraved frontispiece signed Sedlmayr after Bertoli and a title printed in red and black. The text is illustrated with 17 half- to full-page engravings and 43 added engraved folding plates. Complete.

$34,000.00

First edition of this lavishly illustrated description of Marinoni's astronomical observatory in Vienna and its instruments, including the astronomer's numerous telescopes, the (fixed) mural quadrant, the quadrant "ampliatus" and the position micrometer, with its screws, indices and two-lens telescope. One of Marinoni's micrometers, a gift to Eustachio Manfredi, the first Director of the Bologna Observatory, was used by the Bolognese astronomers to observe the transit of Venus in 1761.

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Kenny, Catalogue of Rare Astronomical Books, p. 200 (1745); Riccardi I.119; Poggendorff II, 53; Lalande 426; Mayer II, 27; see Zinner, Astronom. Instrumente, 206 and 437; Turner, Early Scientific Instruments. Europe 1400-1800, p. 223: "a remarkable collection of equipment".

A Rare Study of Fossils & Minerals in the Caves and Mountains of Italy

Piccoli, Gregorio, del Faggiol (1680-1755)
Ragguaglio di una grotta, ove sono molte ossa di belve diluviane nei monti veronesi: e dei luoghi in quei contorni; e strati di peitra, tra i quali stanno i corni Ammoni; e ove si ritrovano altre produzioni maritime impietrite, e come in dissegno si dimostra. Con rifflessioni sopra queste materie.

Verona: Fratelli Merlo, 1739

Quarto: 23.5 x 18 cm. [8], 42 pp. *4, A-D4, E4 +1 (With an added engraved plate.)

$4,500.00

This is the sole edition of “A Description of a cave in the mountains of Verona, and Surrounding places, where many bones of beasts from the deluge can be observed, as well as strata of rock within which are found ammonites and other maritime petrifactions. ” In this study, the engineer and cartographer Gregorio Piccoli describes a cave to the east of Cerè in the Piedmont, about 22 miles northeast of Turin.

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Riccardi I/2, 268, 1; See also, Curi, E., “La colonna stratigrafi ca di don Gregorio Piccoli (1680-1755)”, in Annuario Storico della Valpolicella, (2000-2001)

An Irish Woman Poet’s First Published Collection of Poems. With additional Poems by Constantia Grierson and Elizabeth Rowe

Barber, Mary (ca. 1685-1755); Grierson, Constantia (1704/5-1732); Rowe, Elizabeth (1674-1737)
Poems on Several Occasions.

London: Printed [by Samuel Richardson] for C. Rivington, at the Bible and Crown in St. Paul’s Church-Yard. 1734

Octavo: 20 x 12.5 cm. xliv, 290, (14) pp. A8, b-d8, B-U8

$3,500.00

In addition to Mary Barber’s own poems, this volume includes the first appearance of six poems by another Irish woman poet, Constantia Grierson, another member of Swift’s “triumfeminate”, and one poem by Elizabeth Rowe.

Mary Barber (ca. 1690-1757) was the wife of a Dublin tailor. In 1724 she wrote a poem to solicit charity for an officer's widow left penniless with a blind child, and sent it to Thomas Tickell, with the request that it be brought to the attention of Lord Carteret, then Lord Lieutenant of Ireland.

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Foxon p. 45; ESTC T42623; Maslen, Samuel Richardson, 21

The Most Complete Catalogue of the Museum of Basilius & Michael Rupert Besler, With 40 Exquisitely Detailed Natural History Plates

Lochner, Johann Heinrich (1696 - 1715); Lochner, Michael Frederich (1662 - 1720); Besler, Basilius (1561-1629); Besler, Michael Rupert (1607-1661)
Rariora Musei Besleriani quae olim Basilius et Michael Rupertus Besleri collegerunt, aenesique tabulis ad vivum incisa evulgarunt: nunc commentariolo illustrata a Johanne Henrico Lochnero…

Nuremberg: (No printer), 1716

Folio: 29.5 x 19.2 cm. [24]-112. Collation: )(2, )()(2, )()(2, [a]-c2, A-Z2, Aa-Ee2. With the folding, engraved portrait of Johann Heinrich Lochner by G. D. Heümann and 40 folding engraved plates.

$17,500.00

The first descriptive catalogue of the Besler collections, with the most plates of all works on these collections.

Johann Heinrich Lochner’s “Rariora Musei Besleriani” is the most complete description of the natural history museum of Basilius Besler and his nephew Michael Rupert. It contains the first descriptive commentary of the collection and has 40 engraved plates.

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Murray 2000 vol. I, pp. 98-99 e vol. II, pp. 117; Casey Wood 1931: p. 439; Schuh, Bibliography of Mineralogy, 2005: n. 393; Dance 1966: p. 13; Freilich Library 2002: n. 362; Pritzel, Thesaurus Literaturæ Botanicæ, 1871-3: no. 747; Wilson, History of Mineral Collecting, 1994, p. 105; Poggendorff: 1, cols. 1484-5; Nissen, Zoologische 348

The Single most Valuable contribution to Wunderkammer Studies. The Complete 3 Volume Edition. EXTRA-ILLUSTRATED

Valentini, Michael Bernhard (1657-1729)
Museum Museorum, oder vollständige Schau-Bühne aller Materialien und Specereyen, nebst deren natürlichen Beschreibung. Aus andern Material-Kunst- und Naturalien-Kammern, Oost- und West-Indischen Reiss-Beschreibungen.

Frankfurt: heirs of Johann David Zunner and Johann Adam Jungen, 1714

Folio: 3 volumes in one. 38 x 23 cm. With two engraved titles, 95 engraved plates, of which many double-page, 287 engravings, and 5 woodcuts in text. Collation: Vol. I: π1 (half-title), 1 (engraved t.p.), π4, )(4, )()(2, )()()(2, A-Z4, Aa-Zz4, Aaa-Ttt4, **2, A-I4, K2, *4, **2, π2, (A)-(P)4. Vol. II: π1 (half-title), 1 (engraved t.p.), π4, )()(6, A-Z4, Aa4, Bb2, a-o4, p2. Vol. III: π4, [A]-[Z]4, [Aa]-{Ff]4, [Gg]2, a6. Complete.

$24,000.00

A wonderful copy of Valentini’s “Museum of museums”, a comprehensive survey of European Wunder- kunst- und Schatzkammern. “Valentini was the personal physician to the Margrave of Assia and professor of experimental science and medicine at Giessen. His 'Museum Museorum' is the single most valuable contribution to Wunderkammer studies as it reprints many early collection catalogues [many of which are completely unobtainable now] and gives a list of all the museums known to exist at the time (some 159).

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Cobres I p. 106 n. 9; Eales 1259; Ferguson II pp.493-95; Nissen BBI 2035 and ZBI 4217; Alden 714/146.

A Fine Large-Paper Copy of the First Edition

Vergil (Publius Vergilius Maro) (70-19 B.C.); Dryden, John (1631-1700)
THE WORKS OF VIRGIL: Containing His PASTORALS , GEORGICS, AND ÆNEIS. Translated into English Verse; By Mr. Dryden. Adorn’d with a Hundred Sculptures.

London: Printed for Jacob Tonson 1697

Folio: 44.6 x 28.7 cm. [ ]2, A2, *4, **4, ***2, ****2, *****2, †2, ††2 x1, B-G4, [¶]4, [¶¶]2, H-T4, U2; (a)-(f)4, Aa-Zz4, Aaa-Zzz4, Aaaa-Ffff4, Gggg2, Hhhh-Iiii4, Kkkk2.

$20,000.00

“Dryden’s translation of Vergil” says Pope, (whose own translation of Homer was inspired by Dryden’s work) “is the most noble and spirited translation I know in any language.”

“The book was published by subscription, a system of joint-stock patronage now coming into vogue. Dryden’s correspondence with [his publisher] Tonson showed a good many bickerings during the publication.

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Wing V-616; Macdonald 33A; Wither to Prior #325; Malone I.1.313; See John Barnard “The Large- and Small-Paper Copies of Dryden’s The Works of Virgil (1697)” in “Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America” {Columbia, SC} 92, no. 3 (1998 Sept): p. 259-71.

One of the Two Pillars of Early Modern English "Feminism"

Drake, Judith (fl. 1696-1723)
An essay in defence of the female sex. In which are inserted the characters of a pedant, a squire, a beau, a vertuoso, a poetaster, a city-critick, &c. In a letter to a lady. Written by a lady. The Third edition with additions.

London: Printed for A. Roper at the Black Boy, and R. Clavel at the Peacock, both in Fleetstreet, 1697

Octavo: 18 x 11 cm. [32], 148, [4] pp. plus plate. Collation: A-B8, B-K8, L4

$7,500.00

The preliminaries of this edition have been expanded by the addition of two letters, the first written by James Drake to the anonymous author, in which he writes about the absurdity of certain men who have charged him with being the author of the “Essay”, and Judith Drake’s reply, in which she defends her anonymity: “This advantage however I reap by being unknown, that I frequently hear unsuspected, the unbias’d opinions of those that criticize upon me, and scarce, without scorn, hear most men pronounce it a performance above the ability of a woman, yet none answer the arguments in it to the contrary.

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Wing D 2125C (formerly Wing A 4058, under Astell); Halkett & Laing, "Dictionary of Anonymous and Pseudonymous English Literature", Vol. 2; Additional reading: Brenda Tooley, "'Like a False Renegade': The Ends and Means of Feminist Apologetics in 'A Dialogue concerning Women and An Essay in Defence of the Female Sex'", The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation, 36.2 (1995): pp. 157-177; Greenough, Bibliography of the Theophrastan Character, p. 140

The Illustrated Catalogue of the Natural History

Jacobaeus, Oliger (1650-1701)
Muséum Regium Seu Catalogus Rerum tam naturalium, quàm artificialium, Quæ In Baslilica Bibliothecæ Augustissimi Daniæ Norvegiæq; Monarchæ Christiani Qvinti Hafniæ asservantur, Descriptus Ab Oligero Jacobæo, Me. & Phil. Prof. Regio.

Copenhagen: Joachim Schmetgen, 1696

Folio: 35 x 23 cm. )(4 [includes the engraved frontispiece], )(4, A-Z4, Aa-Bb4, Cc-Dd2. With 37 added engraved plates.

$16,000.00

The Royal Danish Kunstkammer was founded by King Frederick III in 1650 and was continued by his son, Christian V (1646-1699), to whom this book is dedicated. The Kunstkammer existed until 1825 when its collections were dispersed among the many specialized museums created around that time. This catalogue is an invaluable illustrated record of the collections as they stood in the 17th century. The author, the comparative anatomist Oliger Jacobaeus taught philosophy, history, geography and medicine at Copenhagen.

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Balsinger p.141 and 279-80; Brunet III, p. 479; Murray, II, p. 190; Nissen ZBI, 2081; Ward & Carozzi, 1676; Wilson, The History of Mineral Collecting, p. 209, only citing 18 plates. See: “Det Kongelige danske Kunstkammer 1737 = The Royal Danish Kunstkammer 1737”, Bente Gundestrup (Copenhagen: 1991)

Barnes’ Euripides

Euripides (484-406 B.C.); Barnes, Joshua (1654-1712), editor.
Works in Greek. Euripidis quæ Extant Omnia: Tragoediæ nempe XX, præter ultimam, omnes completæ: item fragmenta aliarum plusquam LX tragœdiarum; et epistolæ V. Nunc primùm & ipsæ hùc adjectæ: scholia demùm doctorum virorum in septem priores tragœdias, ex diversis antiquis exemplaribus undiquaque collecta & concinnata ab Arsenio Monembasiæ Archiepiscopo. ... Operâ & studio Josuæ Barnes S.T.B. Emmanuelis Collegii apud Cantabrigienses Socii maximè senioris.

Cambridge: Ex officinâ Johan. Hayes, celeberrimæ Academiæ typographi. Impensis Richardi Green bibliopolæ Cantab., 1694

Folio: 32 x 20.5 cm. [8], lvi, 330; [2], 529, [43 ] p. Collation: a-g4, h2, (A)2, B-Z4, Aa-Tt4, Vv2, a-z4, aa-zz4, aaa-zzz4, aaaa-bbbb4, cccc2. With two added engraved portraits of Barnes and Euripides.

$2,500.00

“The merits of all preceding editions are eclipsed by this celebrated one of Joshua Barnes. Fabricius observes that ‘the text is accurately revised and printed, the metrical rules of Canter diligently corrected, and the entire ancient scholia on the first seven plays subjoined and enriched by excerpta from a manuscript in Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. The notes of various learned men, and those of Barnes accompany the scholia; the fragments of Euripides are carefully collected and displayed, with Greek and Latin notes as far as verse 2068; lastly, there are some epistles, attributed to Euripides.

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Wing E 3415; Schweiger p. 115, col 2

An Important Critical Study of English Drama. With Emphasis on Shakespeare

Rymer, Thomas (1641-1713)
A Short View of Tragedy; It’s original, excellency, and corruption. With some reflections on Shakespear, and other practitioners for the stage.

London: Printed and are to be sold by Richard Baldwin, 1693

Octavo: pp. [xvi, including the initial blank], 182, [2, ads]

$3,500.00

This is the sole edition of Thomas Rymer’s important work on the English theatre, and on Shakespeare in particular. The multi-talented Rymer was well suited to his task being, in his own right, a playwright, historian, poet, translator, and literary critic of note.

“Students of the early English drama, particularly of the plays of Shakespeare, will remember Rymer (for he should so be remembered) as the author of ‘A short view of tragedy’, Rymer's most ambitious effort as literary critic.

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Wing R2429; Pforzheimer, 844; ESTC R17017

Chemical Technology & Pharmacy. A Master Distiller’s Method for Making Liquors & Medicines. Complete with the Five Plates

Y-Worth, William (d. 1715)
Introitus apertus ad artem distillationis; or The whole art of distillation practically stated, and adorned with all the new modes of working now in use. In which is contained, the way of making spirits, aquavitæ, artificial brandy, and their application to simple and compound waters in the exact pondus of the greater and lesser composition; as also many curious and profitable truths for the exalting of liquors, being the epitomy and marrow of the whole art; supplying all that is omitted in the London distiller, French and baker &c. Experience being the true polisher hereof. To which is added, the true and genuin way of preparing powers by three noble menstruums, sc. A purified sal armoniack, the volatile salt of tartar, and sal panaristos, through which they are exalted to an higher degree of perfection than any hitherto extant, together with their virtues and dose. Illustrated with copper sculptures. By W. Y-worth, Medicinæ Professor in Doctrinis spagyricis & per ignem philosophus.

London: printed for Joh. Taylor at the Ship in St. Paul’s Church-yard, and S. Holford in the Pell Mell, 1692

Octavo: 16.7 x 10 cm. [16], 189, [3] p., [5] leaves of plates. Collation: A-N8

$10,500.00

The five plates show chemical and distillatory apparatus as well as an image of Yworth’s pharmacy and his distillery.

Very rare. Yworth was a master distiller and “chemical physician” from Rotterdam who moved to England. In addition to producing medicines (pills, menstruums, and tonics), he pioneered the manufacture of “artificial” wines, i.e. liquor distilled from malted corn, cider, or perry.

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Wing Y218; Wellcome 2354080; Ian Burton, The Science and Commerce of Whisky, 2012, p. 37

The Libertine

Wilmot, Earl of Rochester, John. (1648-80)
Poems, (&c.) on Several Occasions: with Valentinian: a Tragedy. Written by the Right Honourable John late Earl of Rochester.

London: Printed for Jacob Tonson, at the Judge’s Head, in Chancery-Lane near Fleet-Street, 1691

Octavo: 19.4 x 12.3 cm. A8, a8, B-R8. [12], xv, [1], 154, [14], 369-449, 449-462, [1] pp. A4, chi2, *8, B-C8, D8 (±D3,D7) E-L8, 2A4, 2B-2G8.

$4,500.00

This is the first authentic edition of Rochester’s poems. The volume was edited by Thomas Rymer who has provided a critical preface, additions, and amendments to correct the pirated editions that had appeared in 1680 and 1685. This is the first edition to include Rochester’s tragedy “Valentinian.”

“During Rochester’s lifetime only a few of his writings were printed as broadsides or in miscellanies, but many of his works were known widely from manuscript copies, a considerable number of which seem to have existed… In February of 1690/91, Jacob Tonson, the most reputable publisher of the day, produced a volume entitled ‘Poems On Several Occasions.

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Wing R 1756

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