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Oeuvres Completes de Voltaire 69 of 70 Volumes
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Oeuvres Completes de Voltaire 69 of 70 Volumes

by Voltaire, Francois Marie Arouet; Marquis De Condorcet (Editor); Pierre Beaumarchais

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Kehl, Baden: Imprimerie de la Soci�t� Litt�raire-Typographique, 1784. Leather Bound. Very Good. L 8vo 7.75 - 9.75'' tall. Leather Bound. Condition: Very Good. Imprimerie de la Soci�t� Litt�raire-Typographique, Kehl, Baden 1784. In French. Famous first posthumous collected edition of Voltaire's [1694-1778] works known as the 'Kehl Voltaire', produced by Beaumarchais, who created a print foundry at Kehl to carry out this great work. Set contains 69 of the 70 Volume 8vo edition (smaller 12mo 90 volume edition was also produced). Volume 23 (Histoire de Charles XII) missing. Volumes 10 and 27 printed 1784, summary volume 70 printed 1789, all other volumes printed 1785. Uniform 18th century calf full brown leather. Spines decorated in gold floral designs, titles, volume numbers, within 6 boxed compartments. Boards have a natural brown mottled leather finish, slanted gold lines on the narrow board edges. All page ends stained a very light yellow finely bespeckled with green. Green silk reading ribbons.… Read More
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Tercume-i Sihah el Cevheri (Translation of Kitab Sihah al Jawhari) printed by Ibrahim Muteferrika
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Tercume-i Sihah el Cevheri (Translation of Kitab Sihah al Jawhari) printed by Ibrahim Muteferrika

by Muhammad bin Shaykh Muslih Muhammed al Vani (D. 1000 H. -1592 AD. )

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First ed. complete with, vesilet ut tiba'aa by Ibrahim Muteferrika, and the Imprial order. contemporary full leather bindings with flap. (VOL.1) 2p., 6p. 1p. blank, 5p. wasilat ut tiba'aa, 2p. author's biography, 2p. blank. 9p. index and errata. 1p. blank. 666p. (VOL. 2) 7p. index and errata, 2p. blank. 756p. mint condition
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The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D.
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The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D.: Comprehending An Account of his Studies and Numerous Works, in Chronological order; A Series of his Epistolary Correspondence and Conversations with many Eminent Persons: And Various Original Pieces of his Composition, Never Before Published, The Whole Ex

by James Boswell

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1791. 1st Edition, Limited Edition . Hardcover. Very Good. Complete in 2 volumes. Illustrated with frontispiece portrait of Johnson by J. Heath after Sir Joshua Reynolds, and 2 additional engraved plates. All 3 plates with imprints dated April 10, 1791. Frontispiece with the original tissue-guard intact. 4to. Bound in contemporary (circa 1800) speckled calf with gilt armorial supralibros on all 4 covers, spines with raised bands; red morocco gilt-lettered labels; small black morocco circular volume-number labels. Printed by Henry Baldwin for Charles Dilly, London, 1791. First Edition. Limited to 1750 copies. Printed on light blue paper. Vol. I has the correct give reading on page 135, line 10, generally considered the second state (although, as Pottle notes, booksellers have given this rather uninteresting point more attention than it deserves.) The copies printed on light blue paper were presumably reserved for members of the nobility: When Boswell published his The Life of Samuel Johnson, the King… Read More
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Fables Moral and Political With Large Explications. Translated from the Dutch
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Fables Moral and Political With Large Explications. Translated from the Dutch

by [Court, Pieter de la]

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London: S.n., 1703. Full-Leather. Very Good/No Jacket. In two volumes. 8vo., full cont. calf, rebacked with a later spine, raised bands, leather spine labels, (28), 381, (17) index; vii, 391, (16)pp. index. Frontispiece. Front board of volume two reattached with archival tape, chip to spine head of volume one, wear to extremities, a very good set. Scarce. Pieter de la Court [1618-1685) was a dutch economist who believed in the early economic importance of free competition. De la Court published his works anonymously on the Dutch Republic, politics, and the history of Holland. Some of these works having been attributed to his brother Jacob. This book contains a series of moral fables, followed by explication of the tale as an interpretation of the economy and politics in Holland and the Netherlands on topics of taxes, the Republic, and Commonwealth.
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Traite de la Comete. Qui a paru en Decembre 1743 & en Janvier, Fevrier & Mars 1744. Contenant...
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Traite de la Comete. Qui a paru en Decembre 1743 & en Janvier, Fevrier & Mars 1744. Contenant Outre les Observations de l'Auteur, celles qui ont ete faites à Paris par Mr. Cassini, & a Geneve par Mr. Calandrini. On y a joint diverses Observations & Dissertations Astronomiques, Le Tout Accompagne de Figures en Taille Douce.

by CHESEAUX, Jean-Philippe Loys de (1718-1751).

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Lausanne & Geneva:: Chez Marc-Michel Bousquet, 1744., 1744. 8vo. [2], 308 pp. Title printed in red and black, woodcut title vignette, woodcut headpiece, initial letter, 1 folding table (p. 166), 2 double-page folding tables of lunar observations (between pp. 266(a), 267(b)), 6 folding engraved plates, errata; small repair on verso of title, 2 leaves with waterstaining. Tiny manuscript note on title, recording the author's death date, larger ink ms. also on foot of title: "1744". Original full mottled calf, leather gilt-stamped spine label, raised bands; joints cracked. Very good. Extremely rare. First edition. Cheseaux was a Swiss astronomer who was the first to observe a number of nebulae. Loys de Cheseaux "earned his European reputation as an astronomer thanks to his Traite de la Comete (1744, in which he defends Newton's physics and discusses Olbers' Paradox." – Historical Dictionary of Switzerland. / Halley, having banked his reputation on the predicted return of his comet's return in 1758… Read More
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Ouresiphoitēs Helveticus, sive, Itinera per Helvetiae Alpinas regiones facta annis MDCCII,...
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Ouresiphoitēs Helveticus, sive, Itinera per Helvetiae Alpinas regiones facta annis MDCCII, MDCCIII, MDCCIV, MDCCV, MDCCVI, MDCCVII, MDCCIX, MDCCX, MDCCXI: plurimis tabulis aeneis illustrate

by SCHEUCHZER, Johann Jakob

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1723 Scheuchzer SWISS ALPS Voyages Illustrated Switzerland Zurich Bern Travel

Johann Jakob Scheuchzer was an early 18th-century Swiss scholar who is best remembered for his incredible travelogues. Beginning in 1702, Scheuchzer traveled to nearly every corner of Switzerland focusing his excursions on natural studies, mountains, and glaciers. And while most of the work was scientifically accurate, he does include anecdotal evidence of dragons! According to Fischer, Scheuchzer was the first to make the nature of Switzerland be the focus of any comprehensive research.

This report was published under the title 'Itinera Alpina' – an itinerary of his adventures in the Swiss Alps. This 1723 Leiden edition was published by Vander Aa, and is notable for its exquisite full-page illustrations of cities views, natural bridges and waterfalls, and Swiss relics. This example is the first two volumes of Scheuchzer's famous travel work.

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Long and powerful letter from the Marquis de Sade, just after his release from the hospice of...

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SADE, Donatien-Alphonse-François, marquis de (1740-1814)
Autograph letter signed "de Sade" to his aunt Gabrielle-Eléonore de Sade N.p, 22nd April [1790], 3 pp. in-8vo
Long and powerful letter from the Marquis de Sade, just after his release from the hospice of Charenton. He shouts with rage the injustice done to him by his in-laws, these "monsters", and mourns the loss of his precious manuscripts – including The 120 Days of Sodom – during the storming of the Bastille the previous year.
"My room was searched and I lost everything... precious works, the fruit of fifteen years' work, I have saved nothing... and all this through the fault of those wretched rascals whom I hope God will one day avenge me"


" Je manquerais au plus cher et au plus sacré de mes devoirs, ma chère tante, si je ne vous informais pas que je viens d'obtenir enfin ma liberté ; il ne manquerait à mon bonheur que la satisfaction de pouvoir vous embrasser tout de suite et j'y volerai sans doute, si des affaires majeures ne… Read More
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Paradise Lost
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Paradise Lost: A Poem in Twelve Books, 15th Edition published in 1738

by Milton, John

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Paradise Lost was originally published in the year 1667. Early editions such as the one being offered here are very scarce and valuable. This fifteenth edition from 1738 is completely original inside and out. The leather covers show some scuffing, and the gold decor on both front and back covers is still good. There is a former owner's name on the front endsheet, and a few pages have some edge spots. The binding is tight, and the book is mostly as it was when it was published almost three centuries ago.This will make a fine and unique addition to your library of classic literature.
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Oeuvres completes de Voltaire
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Oeuvres completes de Voltaire

by VOLTAIRE

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1785 ENORMOUS Works of VOLTAIRE French Science Physics Newton Kehl ed 60vols
"Let us read and let us dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world."
― Voltaire
Voltaire was a versatile and prolific writer, producing works in almost every literary form, including plays, poems, novels, essays, and historical and scientific works. He wrote thousands of books and letter and frequently made use of his works to criticize intolerance, religious dogma, and the French institutions of his day.
This enormous set of 60 volumes was published in Kehl and contains many of Voltaire's most famous works. It also contains his physics studies and correspondence, much of which had never been published.
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VOLTAIRE
Oeuvres completes de Voltaire
[Kehl]: De l'imprimerie de la société littéraire-typographique, 1785-89.

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· Collation: complete with 60 volumes (of 70)
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Astronomy : in five books
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Astronomy : in five books

by LONG, Roger

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1742 1st Astronomy by Roger Long ZODIAC Planets Comets Navigation Newton Physics
Roger Long was an 18th-century English astronomer from Cambridge. While little is known of his life, he is certainly best-known for his book 'Astronomy' – a thorough treatise studying all aspects of astronomy. In this treatise, Long covers the surface and phases of the moon, planetary orbits, the rings of Saturn, comets and meteors, behavior of sunlight, the zodiac and astrological signs, as well as the importance of astronomy on navigation.
While the contents of this book are extensive, the full-page and folding engravings set this work apart from other astronomy texts of this era.
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LONG, Roger
Astronomy : in five books
Cambridge: printed for the author: 1742-1764 (i.e. 1784). First edition.

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Vol. 1 (Books 1-2) – xvi, [8], 356
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Vol. 2 (Books 3-5) – iv, 357-728, [14]
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[THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF BENJAMIN FRANKLIN.] Mémoires De La Vie Privée Écrits Par Lui-Même, Et...
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[THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF BENJAMIN FRANKLIN.]
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Mémoires De La Vie Privée Écrits Par Lui-Même, Et Adressées À Son Fils ; Suivis D'un Précis Historique De Sa Vie Politique, Et De Plusieurs Pièces, Relative À Ce Père De La Liberté

This book is the first edition of the Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin.

Printed in French.

Printed in 1791.

The first edition was in French. This book is printed in French. This is correct.
The first English edition of 1793 is the first English edition, it is not the first edition. It was directly translated from this 1791 French book.

The American Edition from 1793 was translated from this book. The true first edition of the Autobiography was in French.

The binding is original.
Leather supple. Hinges sound. Quality rag paper.
Title page margin was professionally conservated, not affecting text.
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The History of Miss Sommervile
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The History of Miss Sommervile

by Anonymous (Gibbes, Phebe)

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Though experiencing somewhat of a critical comeback, Phebe Gibbes remains a relatively obscure author about whom little is known, despite having published a good deal in her lifetime. Her works were published anonymously, and she explained this in a letter of appeal for financial support to the Royal Literary Fund - her family "rejected every species of Literature, except devotional" and she herself was of a "withdrawing turn of temper." She claimed to be the author of several anonymous pieces; in her letter, she also enclosed an attestation by Joseph Johnson, one of her publishers, that she was the author of Elfrida, or Paternal Ambition, which had been published anonymously. Despite her withdrawing nature, Gibbes' writings were full of pronounced views on freedom of marriage choice, lack of educational opportunities for girls, women's role in society, and the evils of gambling. Indeed, the financial difficulty that led her to write to the Royal Literary Fund was due in part to her father-in-law's… Read More
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Annales d'Espagne et de Portugal, contenant tout ce qui s'est passé de plus important dans ces...
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Annales d'Espagne et de Portugal, contenant tout ce qui s'est passé de plus important dans ces deux royaumes & dans les autres parties de l'Europe

by COLMENAR, Juan Alvarez de

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1741 FAMOUS Colmenar Annals of SPAIN & Portugal CUBA Haiti MAPS Barcelona 4in2
Juan Alvarez de Colmenar's "Annals of Spain and Portugal" is a rare 18th-century history of the Iberian Peninsula and the political and military struggles between Portugal and Spain. Colmenar describes the current state of affairs, the influences of Spain and Portugal on the rest of Europe, and a chronological history beginning in the earliest tribes and Roman occupation. This work also served as a travel guide to 18th-century travelers in Madrid, Barcelona, Lisbon, Burgos, Toledo, Seville, and many other cities.
This impressive 1741 edition is profusely illustrated with more than 160 engravings, plus 3 large folding maps. The maps display a city view of Barcelona, a map of Haiti and the Island of Hispaniola, and view of Cuba and the West Indies.
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Annales d'Espagne et de Portugal, contenant tout ce qui s'est passé de plus important dans ces deux royaumes & dans les… Read More
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Histoire du Japon
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Histoire du Japon

by CHARLEVOIX, Pierre

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1754 Charlevoix JAPAN 1ed Jesuit Voyages TOKYO Maps Ships FAMOUS Korea China 6v
Pierre Charlevoix was an 18th-century French Jesuit writer known for his informational surveys of Jesuit missionary voyages around the world. He published reports on voyages in Paraguay, Brazil and other South American countries, as well as voyages in Asia even though he himself never visited these locations. One of his best works was his "History of Japan". This work provides a comprehensive overview of Japanese history which proved to be a catalyst for the western world understanding Japanese culture.
This highly desirable and incredibly valuable 1754 edition of Charlevoix's "Japan" consist of 56 engravings many of which are exquisite folding maps of Japan, Korea, and China! Other engravings depict Japanese costume and manners, ships and weaponry, customs, language, and city plans of Kyoto, Osaka, and Tokyo (Edo).
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Histoire du Japon
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Les metamorphoses d'Ovide, en latin et en françois, de la traduction de M. L'Abbé Banier (…)...
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Les metamorphoses d'Ovide, en latin et en françois, de la traduction de M. L'Abbé Banier (…) avec des explications historiques.

by Ovid [Publius Ovidius Naso]

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First edition of the famous 4-volume edition of Ovid's Metamorphoses by Pierre-François Basan (1723-1797) and Noël Le Mire (1724-1801), illustrated by Baquoy, Choffard, Duclos, Legrand and many others after Bocuehr, Eisen, Gravelot, Moreau, etc. "It is one of the most brilliantly illustrated of the entire century" (Cohen). Large paper issue.
Description: 4 vols., contemporary marbled calf, sides ruled with triple gilt fillet and decorative gilt roll to board edges. Spine richly gilt in compartments between five raised bands, with two brown morocco labels, lettered gilt. Marbled endpapers. Large square octavo: 25 × 19 cm; pag.: vol.1: [5]ll., pp. xc, [2 (approbation)], 264. vol.2: vii, 352. vol.3: viii, 360. vol.4: viii, 367, 8 (explication). With 140 numbered copper-engraved plates (No. 1 frontispiece, 2-140 with printed captions), 1 final plate (vol.4), 4 title page vignettes, 3 engraved dedication vignettes (vol.1), 30 engraved headpieces. All edges gilt.
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