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About this Item: Hamburg, Carstens, [1618]., 1618. 2 Stimmbücher (von 8). 4to. Neue Pappbände. Erstausgabe dieser bis zu 20stimmigen Gesänge. In Typendruck, mit zahlreichen, verzierten Initialen. Mit Hassler, Jakob Gallus und Michael Praetorius gehört der Komponist zu jenen, die den mehrchörigen venezianischen Stil nach Deutschland verpflanzt haben. - Leicht gebräunt, ausgezeichnet erhalten. Gaspari II, 484. RISM P, 5341. Nicht in Katalog Wolfheim. Seller Inventory # 48024

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Ottoman-Austrian Trade Agreement].

Published by Wien, (Baumeister for) Sebastian Hartl, 1785. (1785)

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About this Item: Wien, (Baumeister for) Sebastian Hartl, 1785., 1785. 8vo. 276 pp. With a folding table printed on both sides. Early 20th c. half cloth over marbled boards with giltstamped spine title. First edition. - Contains the text of the Trade Agreement of 24 March 1784 as well as earlier similar treaties: trade and shipping accords closed as part of the Treaty of Passarowitz in 1718, articles concerning trade as part of the Peace of Carlowitz in 1739, and the 1783 trade engagement between Russia and the Ottoman Empire. The extensive final section (pp. 165ff.) contains tables of the prices for various products manufactured in Austrian factories "to facilitate and make more transparent the trade with Turkey", giving prices for a vast array of wares, such as mirrors, crockery, silverware, boxes and cases, toys, cloth and socks, etc.). - Title page stained and wrinkled with and old Hungarian stamp and paper flaws (rebacked with insignificant loss), some further staining to fol. G1, otherwise a very good copy. Kress p. 5073. Wernigg 5849. Seller Inventory # 49020

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Peregrinazione del mondo.: Cubero Sebastiano, Pedro.

Cubero Sebastiano, Pedro.

Published by Naples, Giuseppe Criscolo, 1683. (1683)

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About this Item: Naples, Giuseppe Criscolo, 1683., 1683. 4to (157 x 202 mm). (8), 339, (5) pp. With additional engraved title and 2 portraits. Original papered boards with handwritten lettering to spine. First Italian edition of an interesting and detailed account of the first overland journey from Spain to the East Indies (1671-80) made by the Spanish missionary Sebastian Pedro Cubero. Interestingly, Cubero covered most of his route by land, as would later Careri, thus constantly being able to observe the customs, religions, ceremonies and costumes of the peoples he visited, describing them in considerable detail. After spending time in Italy, where he was appointed as a missionary to Asia and the East Indies, Cubero travelled by way of Istanbul and Moscow to Iran, visiting Isfahan ("Hispaham") and Bandar Abbas, after which he finally arrived in India. After crossing to Malacca he was imprisoned by the Dutch and later banished from the city. He then proceeded to the Philippines and ultimately, by way of Mexico, back to Europe. "After a stint as confessor in the imperial army in Hungary, Cubero became one of the notable travellers of the seventeenth century. What set him apart was the variety of his traveller's hats. Most obviously a missionary [.], he also became [.] a representative figure of the whole exploratory enterprise. By circumnavigating the globe in his travels, he was recognized in his own time to be another Magellan, Drake, or Cavendish" (Noonan). Included are three very three very detailed chapters of devoted to China, Tartary and the Chinese-Tartarian wars. Additionally, there are important discussion of Persia, India, Malacca, the Philippines, and Mexico; chapter XX (pp. 136-156) contains an extensive discussion on Islam, the birth and death of Mohamed and Mecca and Medina. Chapter XXXIII (p. 225-229) contains a discussion of the the Kingdom of Ormuz and Bandar Abbas, the city on the Straits of Hormuz at the mouth of the Persian Gulf. - Bookplate of the New York "Explorers Club" (James B. Ford Library) to pastedown. Old inscriptions to front flyleaf; occasional stains. Lacks lower flyleaf; small tear to corner with loss of some text to fol. O4. This is the only copy of this edition that appears in the auction records over 30 years, no copy in the trade. Howgego C225. Cf. Sabin 17820. Palau 65757. For the author cf. F.T. Noonan, The road to Jerusalem: pilgrimage and travel in the age of discovery (2007), p. 104. Seller Inventory # 48756

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Scott, Hugh et al.

Published by London, printed by Order of the Trustees of the British Museum, 1941-1957. (1957)

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About this Item: London, printed by Order of the Trustees of the British Museum, 1941-1957., 1957. 8vo. XIV, 504 pp. Plates from photos, one coloured plate, illustrations to text, one folding map. Contemporary yellow British Museum buckram with upper wrappers retained. First edition. - Scott and his colleagues travelled to Aden and the Yemen for the British Museum (Natural History) Expedition. The present work collects the scientific results of the team, with information on mammals, amphibians, reptiles, and insects. Several sections of the reports comment on collecting stations previously established by H. de St. H. Philby. A book version of the narrative appeared as Scott’s "In the High Yemen" (1942). - British Museum Natural History Tring library inkstamps to prelims and to each wrapper. Seller Inventory # 48852

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Hoskins, Halford L.

Published by Washington, The Library of Congress Legislative Reference Service, 1950. (1950)

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About this Item: Washington, The Library of Congress Legislative Reference Service, 1950., 1950. Large 4to. (6), 118, (8) pp. with 2 plates of illustrations. Originalprinted paper wrappers, spine lettered by hand in red. First edition, first printing, of this work arguing that America's dependence on Middle Eastern oil necessitates a systematic foreign policy approach to the region. Written at the beginning of the Cold War, at a time when America's foreign policy was rapidly shifting from isolationism to interventionism, Hoskins's study was part of an active debate over America's position and role on the world stage. - A little tones and creased. Autograph ownership of the British diplomat and Arab expert Henry St John Basil Armitage (1924-2004) to front cover and title page, dated Jidda, 22nd December 1951, with his occasional handwritten annotations. Armitage, a former British soldier, was a specialist in Middle East affairs with half a century’s experience in Saudi Arabia. Public Affairs Bulletin no. 89. Seller Inventory # 48893

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Karabacek, Joseph Maria von.

Published by Vienna, Kaiserl. Königl. Hof- und Staatsdruckerei, 1887. (1887)

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About this Item: Vienna, Kaiserl. Königl. Hof- und Staatsdruckerei, 1887., 1887. 4to. (4), 92 pp. Printed on thick paper with 2 text illustrations and 1 plate (counted as III). Contemporary brown half cloth over marbled covers with old paper label pasted on the spine. First edition of this important study of Arabic papyrology, exceedingly rare. With quotations and interspersions in Arabic. The orientalist Joseph Maria von Karabacek (1845-1918) was professor at the University of Vienna and director of the Imperial Court Library. This is the first and only independent, monographic edition in German, an offprint (with separate pagination) from vols. II and III of the "Mittheilungen aus der Sammlung der Papyrus Erzherzog Rainer" (1887). The book was translated into English in 1991 (republished in 2001); it remains a classic textbook referenced by specialized literature such as Adam Gacek's handbook on Arabic manuscripts (Leiden: Brill, 2009). - In very good condition: title-page showing light foxing; contemporary library stamp of the Brünn German Technical University on the cover, their bookplate on the pastedown. Binding slightly rubbed; extremeties bumped. A wide-margined copy. OCLC 17791658. Cf. Gacek, Arabic Manuscripts, pp. 191f., 306 (citing the serialized edition and the English translation). Seller Inventory # 49030

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About this Item: Paris, Gide & J. Baudry, 1852., 1852. Folio (447 × 315 mm). 125 mounted original salt-prints, letterpress captions to mounting leaves and tissue-guards, 3 small engravings to the introductory text, double-page engraved plan of Karnak, single-page plans of Medinet-Habu and the island of Philae. Recent half brown cloth, marbled boards, original spine, brown hard-grained morocco laid down, title gilt direct, low flat bands with dotted roll gilt, double fillet panels to the compartments, new endpapers, original marbled free endpapers retained. Extremely rare first edition complete, illustrated with 125 salt prints from wet paper negatives (Blanquart-Evrard process) mounted one to a page. Maxime Du Camp’s monumental survey, "Égypte, Nubie, Palestine et Syrie", was the first of its kind, the first travel album to be completely illustrated with photographs of archaeological monuments. - A young man of independent means, Du Camp learnt the craft of photography from Le Gray in 1849 in preparation for his second journey to North Africa. By the time he came to Abu Simbel in March 1850 to explore the rock-cut temples built by Ramesses II (reigned 1292-1225 BC), Du Camp was thoroughly at ease with the medium. With official backing from the French Government, and travelling in the company of the novelist Gustave Flaubert, Du Camp returned with over 200 paper negatives of the antiquities of Egypt and the Near East, of which 125 were published in the present work. The illustrations were produced at the photographic printing works of Louis-Désiré Blanquard-Évrard at Lille and their distinctive cool neutral tones are due to the prints being chemically developed rather than merely printed-out in sunlight. - Distinguished as it was, Du Camp’s photographic career was short-lived. After the completion of his magisterial survey of the antiquities of the Near East, he abandoned photography entirely in favour of literary pursuits. - Soundly bound, presenting well on the shelf, front hinge slightly cracked towards the head at the first blank, some foxing throughout, varying from light to moderately heavy but the prints themselves fairly lightly touched when at all, remains very good. Seller Inventory # 48430

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Burggrav, Johann Ernst.

Published by Frankfurt, Kaspar Rötel for William Fitzer, 1630. (1630)

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About this Item: Frankfurt, Kaspar Rötel for William Fitzer, 1630., 1630. 8vo. 144, (3)-15 pp. All edges red. Unsophisticated wrappers. Second edition thus, the first to contain Ribola's appendix. This work on sympathetic magic constitutes "a curious booklet, the first edition of which appeared in 1610 or 1611. It gives an account of a lamp fed with a liquid made from human blood, which burns as long as the person lives from whom the blood is taken, and goes out at his death" (Duveen, p. 109). "Ouvrage remarquable par la bizarrerie des idées qui y sont exposées" (Rosenthal 3082). Also contains Paracelsus's "Cura morborum magnetica, qua vera Theophrasti mumia significatur", as well as the "Alexipharmacum". The separately paginated appendix is the "Tractatus de facultate metallorum germinatrice secundum hermeticos" by the Munich Benedictine monk and alchemist Petrus Ribola. - This copy lacks the blank leaf K1, as do those at the BSB Munich and at Prague. Outer edge untrimmed; light worming to lower corner; insignificant browning. A good copy; rare. VD 17, 12:657571X. Brüning 1516. Ferguson I, 131 (note). Kopp II, 367. Rosenthal 188 (wanting appendix). OCLC 491751455. Cf. Caillet I, p. 264f., no. 1807. Seller Inventory # 49019

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Gallucci, Giovanni Paolo.

Published by Venice, Roberto Meietti, 1598. (1598)

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About this Item: Venice, Roberto Meietti, 1598., 1598. 4to (22 × 16.5 cm). With engraved title-page, folding woodcut plate, 3 woodcut volvelles with moving parts, and numerous woodcut illustrations in text. Including a world map in two hemispheres (incl. America and a scattering of islands at the location of Australia) on two facing pages, they reappear with volvelle attachments on both sides of leaf 149 and leaf 153. Contemporary limp sheepskin parchment. First edition of a well-illustrated encyclopaedia of astronomical and surveying instruments available since classical history, by the Italian astronomer Giovanni Paolo Gallucci (1538-ca. 1621), a well-known private teacher to the Venetian nobility and founding member of the Second Venetian Academy. It gives a comprehensive summary of the knowledge of astronomy, cosmography and mathematics at the time of Galileo. "It describes instruments designed by others (Finé, Apian, Gemma Frisius, etc.) and gives credit to the original inventors. The one exception to this is the Visorio, which Gallucci claims as his own, but an identical instrument by Waldseemüller can be found illustrated in the 1512 edition of Margarita Philosophica by Gregor Reisch. Other instruments, such as the Hemispherical Uranico (a complicated device used for computations dealing with the moon, sun and stars), appear to be of Gallucci's invention. Besides the usual portable instruments, he also includes a simple quadrant and a two-ringed armillary built into the church of Santa Maria Novella in Florence" (Erwin Tomash). For some of the instruments this is the only description available. The present second issue of the first edition appeared a year after the first. With the owner's label of the Capuchin friar and astronomer Agostino da Piacenza (1747-1839) and the relating library stamp "Bibliotheca Capucinorum Placentiae" on the engraved title-page. A few marginal water stains and some occasional spots, otherwise in very good condition. Adams G 167. Burden 96. Cantamessa 1688. Crone 98. Erwin Tomash 23. Shirley 199. for Gallucci: G. Ernst, "Gallucci, Giovanni Paolo" in: Treccani LI (1998). Seller Inventory # 49029

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Historiale description de l'Afrique, tierce partie du: Leo Africanus, Johannes

Leo Africanus, Johannes (al-Hasan ibn Muhammad al-Wazzan al-Fasi).

Published by Lyon, Jean Temporal, 1556. (1556)

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About this Item: Lyon, Jean Temporal, 1556., 1556. Folio (305 x 200 mm). Vol. 1 (of 2) only. (40), 495, (23) pp. Wood-engraved title border, double-page woodcut map of Africa, including Arabia, and 26 illustrations, all but one coloured by a contemporary hand. 18th c. mottled calf with giltstamped red label to fully gilt spine. Marbled endpapers. Scarce first French edition of the famous description of Islamic Africa and Arabia, with the illustrations coloured by a contemporary hand; the first collection of voyages printed in France. The book was originally written in Arabic around 1526 by the Berber Andalusi geographer and traveller al-Hasan ibn Muhammad al-Wazzan al-Fasi (ca. 1494-ca. 1554), known in the West as Johannes Leo Africanus, translated into Italian by the author and first published in Venice in 1550. The Arabian Peninsula is depicted nearly complete on the double-page woodcut map and is treated extensively in the first chapter, which contains information on its people, cities, geography, religion, customs, costumes, etc. Illustrations include Arabian camels and veiled women. - Johannes Leo took his Christian name from his sponsor Pope Leo X when he converted to Christianity after his capture in 1520. While still very young he began to travel widely in the Barbary States; in 1513 he appears to have started on his famous Sudan and Sahara journeys (1513-15). In 1516-17 he travelled to Constantinople, probably visiting Egypt on the way; it is more uncertain when he visited Arabias, Armenia and Tartary. His three Egyptian journeys, immediately after the Turkish conquest, all probably fell between 1517 and 1520; on one of these he ascended the Nile from Cairo to Aswan. - Binding somewhat rubbed; spine head and hinges professionally repaired. Repairs to lower margin of first two leaves (very slight loss of title border), some toning and soiling, water- and inkstains. Very occasional marginal tears or worming. Early marginalia and ink ownerships on title page ("Pacauld" and "Ex Bibliotheca Joh. Huyseri", i. e. Johann Huyser). No other auction record of a coloured copy in RBH or ABPC. Adams L 482. Howgego A17. Gay 258. USTC 1136. Sabin 40044. Seller Inventory # 48442

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Lexicon Arabico-Persico-Turcicum adiecta ad singulas voces et: Meninski a Mesgnien,

Meninski a Mesgnien, Franciszek.

Published by Vienna, Joseph Edler von Kurzböck, 1780-(1802). (1802)

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About this Item: Vienna, Joseph Edler von Kurzböck, 1780-(1802)., 1802. Folio (290 x 452 mm). 4 vols. (8), CLXI, (12), 660, (4) pp. (4), 822, (2) pp. (2),1086 (but: 1084, pp. 693f. numbered twice), (2) pp. (2), 1207, (2) pp. Title printed in red and black. With engraved and woodcut head- and tailpieces; 3 engraved and folded plates. Allegorical engraved title vignette (a putto surrounded by books). A uniformly bound set in contemporary marbled boards with gilt label to flat green spine. All edges untrimmed. Second edition, produced in a total press run of 502 copies, of which only two were printed on large paper (cf. Graesse, Ebert and Wurzbach). The normal-paper copies measure a mere 36 cm, compared to the present copy, which stands 45 centimetres tall. - As the first edition, published in 1680, had been rare from the start, most copies having perished in the Siege of Vienna, and plans for a new London edition had fallen through, a second edition was becoming incresingly desirable. With the financial support of Empress Maria Theresa, who granted an advance of 8000 fl., the monumental work was edited by the Austrian orientalist Bernhard Freiherr von Jenisch (1734-1807), who enlisted the aid of Franz von Klezl for the final three volumes; the printer Kurzböck had many of the types specially recast. The first volume also contains a bio-bibliography of Meninski, "De vita et scritis Meninski". - Vols. II-IV contain only half-titles as issued. All volumes rubbed and bumped at extremeties; top edge of volume IV has and old brown inkstain. Altogether a fine, untrimmed copy on large paper with only marginal light browning on a few pages. Brunet, II, 1633. Graesse, IV, 489. Ebert 13814. Wurzbach X, 163f. Durstmüller I, 217. Mayer, Wiens Buchdrucker-Geschichte II, 51. Seller Inventory # 48539

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L'état militaire de l'Empire Ottoman, ses progrès: Marsigli, Luigi Fernando.

Marsigli, Luigi Fernando.

Published by The Hague and Amsterdam, Pierre Gosse & Jean Neaulme, H. Utywerf & F. Changuion, 1732. (1732)

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About this Item: The Hague and Amsterdam, Pierre Gosse & Jean Neaulme, H. Utywerf & F. Changuion, 1732., 1732. Folio (260 x 392 mm). 2 parts in one vol. (2), IX-XVI, 151 (but: 153), (1) pp. (4), 199, (1) pp. In Italian and French throughout. With 3 titles (French for pt. 1, Italian and French for pt. 2) printed in red and black with engraved vignettes, 34 plates (several folding), 10 engravings in the text (all numbered 1-44 and 22 bis, nos. 2 and 3 on a single plate), and two large maps of the Ottoman Empire coloured in outline in a contemporary hand. Contemporary full calf with giltstamped label to gilt spine. Marbled endpapers. All edges red. First edition of this early, finely produced classic, a survey of the Ottoman Empire and its military administration, finance, and commerce. "His important work on the military system of the Ottoman Empire concerns itself with its finances, revenues, commerce, etc. Marsigli gives an account of the different military functions as well as a description of the different types of artillery, mines, fireworks, etc." (Blackmer). The work concludes with an invitation to the Christian princes of Europe to reunite against an enemy who would not be able to resist the combined disciplined forces at their command. - Marsigli (1658-1730) had accompanied Ciurani, the Venetian bailo, to Constantinople in 1679, was captured during the Turkish-Hungarian campaigns of 1682-99 and was appointed by Emperor Leopold in 1699 to demarcate the frontiers between Turkey, the Venetian republic, and Hungary. The plates show plans of sieges, battle formations, organisation of camps, costumes, horses, weaponry and ordnance, equipment, ensigns, etc. This copy never was bound with the Italian title to the first part; the preliminaries are complete thus, numbered IX-XVI. - Variously browned. Engraved armorial bookplate "Le Chevalier de la Cressonnièrie" on pastedown (rubbed and duststained). Inner hinges reinforced with cloth. Old ownership removed from first title (remargined with old paper). Some scuff-marks to binding, still a good copy. Blackmer 1084. Atabey 776. Apponyi 2436. Pohler III, 431. Brunet III, 1474f. Not in Lipperheide. Seller Inventory # 48758

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Sabbagh, Michel.

Published by Paris, Imprimerie Impériale (J. J. Marcel), an XIV = 1805. (1805)

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About this Item: Paris, Imprimerie Impériale (J. J. Marcel), an XIV = 1805., 1805. 8vo. 95, (1) pp. Contemp. wrappers. First French edition, with the translation (by Silvestre de Sacy) and the Arabic text printed in parallel, entitled "The race with the lightning and the clouds above: on the success of the messenger dove". The Syrian linguist Michel Sabbagh (1784-1816) served as interpreter to the Imperial Army during Napoléon's Egyptian Campaign. He emigrated to France when the army left Egypt and attached himself to Silvestre de Sacy and the Imperial Library and print shop. His original work on carrier pigeons remains a classic. - A well-preserved, untrimmed and wide-margined copy. GAL II, 479. OCLC 11618486. Schnurrer BA 426. Seller Inventory # 48680

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Relaciones de Pedro Teixeira d'el origen descendencia: Teixeira, Pedro, [Mir

Teixeira, Pedro, [Mir Khwand and Turan Shah].

Published by Antwerp, Hieronymus Verdussen, 1610. (1610)

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About this Item: Antwerp, Hieronymus Verdussen, 1610., 1610. 8vo. (8), 384, (8), 115 [but: 215], (17) pp. With a woodcut on title-page, a woodcut initial and some woodcut tailpieces. 17th century marbled calf with gilt label to richly gilt spine, red edges. First edition of a "history of the kings of Persia compiled from the Persian histories of Mir Khwand and Turan Shah" (Howgego), in the original Spanish, by the Portuguese merchant and adventurer Pedro Teixeira (1563-1645?). It is one of the earliest European sources to mention Qatar, relating to the pearl fishery in the region: "The pearl fishery at Bahren begins some years in June, but generally in July, an lasts all that month and August They generally go a fishing to Katar, a port on the coast of Arabia, 10 leagues to the southward of the Island Bahren. As soon an oyster is brought up, they open it, and take out the pearl. The pearls of this sea surpass all others in goodness and weight " (English translation). The work is divided into three parts. The first, which is the largest, deals with the kings of Persia. It is a summarized translation of the voluminous Rawzat al-Safa by the Persian historian Mir Khwand (ca. 1434-1498), and is probably the first translation of the text into an European language. The second part is a translation of the Ayyibud emir Turan Shah's (d. 1180) chronicle of the kings of Hormuz, a text which is today only extant in translations. Though Teixeira's adventures started in 1586, he reached Hormuz in 1593, where he resided for several years to study its history. Both parts contain a chronological account of the kings, but also provide a more general history of the area. The last and third part contains an account of Teixeira's later travels from India to Italy in the 1600-1601 and 1604-1605, visiting China, Mexico and the Middle East. In his preface Teixeira states that he originally wrote the work in Portuguese, but that it was translated into Spanish to appeal to a wider audience. The work appeared in a French translation in 1681, and extracts appeared in an English translation appeared in 1711, followed by a translation of the full text in 1715. - Binding slightly rubbed and with a small defect to upper spine. Slightly browned, otherwise immaculate copy in its first binding. Howgego, to 1800, T19. Maggs Bros., Spanish books 1014a. Not in Blackmer. Seller Inventory # 48679

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Mahometto Den. [Translated by Tadasu Hayashi].: Prideaux, Humphrey.

Prideaux, Humphrey.

Published by Tokyo, Higashi Kan'ichi, Meiji 9 [1876]. (1876)

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About this Item: Tokyo, Higashi Kan'ichi, Meiji 9 [1876]., 1876. 8vo. 2 vols. 88, 47 ff. Original Japanese fukuro-toji bindings. First Japanese edition: the first Japanese book on the life of the prophet Muhammad, drawn from Prideaux's "The True Nature of Imposture Fully Display'd in the Life of Mahomet" (1697) and translated into Japanese by Hayashi Tadasu, later to become Japan's Minister for Foreign Affairs. Rare as a complete two-volume set. - Bindings very slightly stained, otherwise fine. Cf. Chauvin XI, 185f., 656ff. (other editions). Seller Inventory # 48767

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Kitab al-Maqamat. Les séances de Hariri, publiées: Hariri, al-Qasim Ibn

Hariri, al-Qasim Ibn 'Ali al- / Silvestre de Sacy, Antoine-Isaac (ed.).

Published by Paris, Imprimerie Royale, 1822. (1822)

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About this Item: Paris, Imprimerie Royale, 1822., 1822. Small folio (214 x 314 mm mm). 19, (1) pp. of French text; 12, 660 pp. of Arabic text, 1 blank f. (separate title pages in French and Arabic). Contemporary brown mottled calf spine over marbled boards, gilt morocco label to spine; spine-ends gilt. All edges red. First printing of the famous "Maqamat" ("Assemblies" or "Sessions") of al-Hariri of Basra (1054-1122): a virtuoso display of Arabic poetry, consisting of fifty anecdotes written in stylized prose which used to be memorized by scholars. "Al-Hariri's Maqamat tie in with the tradition of al-Hamadani. Like he, al-Hariri tells us of the experiences of an educated vagrant, Abu Zaid from Sarug. But his aim is not so much to render vividly this creature of his imagination or even his environment, but rather to invest his accounts with every syntactical and lexical finesse imaginable, and it is these, rather than the content of the narrative, that are to captivate and preoccupy the reader. This is the final flaring of the national Arab spirit: dazzling and, for the moment, pretty as fireworks, but similarly barren, ultimately fizzling out without effect" (Brockelmann). Hariri's masterpiece had continued to captivate European Arabists since the 17th century (cf. Fück, 148): the first part only was published in Arabic and Latin by Fabricius in 1638, followed by Golius in 1656. Schultens published the first three chapters in Arabic and Latin in 1731, with parts 4 through 6 following in 1740. Caussin de Perceval published the full Arabic text in 1819 (following an 1809-14 Calcutta edition), but it was de Sacy’s edition that made the text well-known among orientalists: "[.] it was de Sacy's commentary and edition of the Maqamat of 1822, that was the major work of his scholarly career. De Sacy's edition of al-Hariri was epoch-making in the sense that it began with only a 19-page introduction in French and then the rest of the 600 pages in Arabic" (Jauss/Bahti/DeMan, Toward an Aesthetic of Reception, Minneapolis 1982). Rückert produced a German version in 1826 which was commended by de Sacy. - A fresh, clean copy, appealingly bound, with handwritten ownership "Alfes" on endpapers. GAL I, 276. Brunet III, 44. Graesse III, 211. Seller Inventory # 48538

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Travels through Arabia, and other countries in: Niebuhr, Carsten.
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About this Item: Edinburgh, R. Morison, 1792., 1792. 8vo. 2 vols. XX, "454" [= 408], [2]; XII, "439" [= 437] [3 blank] pp. With 10 full-page plates and 3 folding maps: of Yemen (605 x 400 mm), the Red Sea (785 x 230 mm) and the Persian Gulf (250 x 310 mm). Contemporary mottled calf richly gilt, red and green labels to spine. First edition in English of Niebuhr's excellent account of his travels in the Middle East, Egypt, Persia, India and Arabia, the first scientific expedition to this area, subsidised by the Danish king. Of the five scientists, Carsten Niebuhr (1733-1815) was the sole survivor, and his work represents an important contribution to the study of the Middle East. The maps Niebuhr drew in the course of the expedition were remarkably detailed and accurate. Indeed, his map of Yemen was the first exact map of the area ever, remaining the standard for the next 200 years. The volumes include authentic descriptions of life and customs in Yemen, Oman and elsewhere, with detailed descriptions of Mecca and Medina, Sana'a and Mocha as well as several references to coffee and coffeehouses. The first volume was adapted from Niebuhr's "Reisebeschreibung nach Arabien" (1774) and the second from his "Beschreibung von Arabien" (1772). - An immaculate copy with wide margins of the most sought-after translation of Niebuhr's travels. Seller Inventory # 48594

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A Journey From Merut in India, to: Lumsden, Thomas.

Lumsden, Thomas.

Published by London & Edinburgh, Black, Kingsbury, Parbury & Allen; Oliver & Boyd, Mecredie, Skelly & Co., 1822. (1822)

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About this Item: London & Edinburgh, Black, Kingsbury, Parbury & Allen; Oliver & Boyd, Mecredie, Skelly & Co., 1822., 1822. 8vo. VII, (1), 272, 12 pp. With a folding hand-coloured map and a plate (view of Mount Ararat). Contemporary polished calf, spine gilt, rebacked retaining original spine. Marbled endpapers. First edition. - Rare travel report by the British lieutenant Thomas Lumsden, who journeyed from Meerut near Delhi down the Ganges to Calcutta, then onwards by boat to the Arabian Gulf and by land through Persia (Iran), the Caucasus, and southern Russia. A German translation appeared in the same year (and was republished in 1824). The author gives a detailed account of his voyage through the Gulf from Muskat to Bushire immediately after the British Navy's controversial 1819 campaign against Ras al-Khaimah, and notes approvingly the Arabs' kindness and hospitality toward their foreign guests ("which could hardly have been the case, had their detestation of Christians been in reality as great as the Koran tends to inspire"), as well as the entire absence of the cruel mistreatment of the sailors so common on European ships. - Plate slightly browned; a fine copy. Wilson 131. Salmaslian 135. Miansarov 3022 Lowndes 1413. Western Travellers in the Islamic World AR-2028. Cf. Griep/L. 840. Engelmann 124. Not in Macro. Seller Inventory # 48391

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Novas observationes in quosdam numos Abbasidarum aliosque: Arri, Giovanni Antonio.

Arri, Giovanni Antonio.

Published by Turin, ex Regio Typographeo, 1835. (1835)

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About this Item: Turin, ex Regio Typographeo, 1835., 1835. Large 4to. 55, (1) pp. With 3 engraved plates (one folding). Contemporary orange wrappers. First edition. - Rare numismatic treatise on Abbasid coins and their inscriptions in Kufic script. Separately pre-published from the "Memorie della Reale Accademia delle Scienze di Torino", vol. 39 (1836). - Some duststaining; plates foxed, still a good, wide-margined copy. Not in Leitzmann. Seller Inventory # 48682

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Falsafat al-musiqa al-Sharqiyah. The Philosophy of Oriental: Allawerdi, Michael (Allah

Allawerdi, Michael (Allah Wirdi, Miha'il Halil).

Published by Damascus, Ibn Zeydoun, [1949]. (1949)

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About this Item: Damascus, Ibn Zeydoun, [1949]., 1949. 4to. (60), 608, (2), 40, (4) pp. With portrait frontispiece after preliminaries. Contemp. green cloth. - Includes: The same. Arabism and Peace. 8, (4), 8 pp. Ibid., 1951. Printed wrappers. - And: The same. Typescript "Unification of the Language of Music and its Relation to World Peace". 4to. 5 ff. with occasional handwritten corrections. - And: collection of publisher's promotional leaflets on "The Philosophy of Oriental Music" in French and English. First edition in Arabic, inscribed by the author to an unidentified member of the Swedish Nobel family: "Présenté par l'auteur à Mr. le Maître Gunar Nobel avec les meilleurs salutations [.] Damas 10.5.1952". The Syrian musicologist Allawerdi held that there were two basic forms of music: the oriental, natural one, based on the harmonic series, and the western, mechanical one, based on the tempered scale of 18th century instruments. While he associated the former with serenity and peace, he viewed the latter as artificial and complex, ultimately leading to restlessness, chaos, and war. Allawerdi strove to unify the "language of music" as a first step towards achieving world peace. He was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1951. - A good copy, including several of the author's further writings on the subject, one as an original authorial typescript. Seller Inventory # 48781

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Kitab sirat Napoleon al-Awwal. Histoire de l'Empereur: Calligaris, Louis.

Calligaris, Louis.

Published by Paris, (typographie Arbieu), 1856. (1856)

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About this Item: Paris, (typographie Arbieu), 1856., 1856. Large 8vo. (4), 7, (1), (12), 584 pp. With 12 portraits and 5 engraved plates as well as several maps and plans in the text. Title page in French and Arabic. Green half calf with gilt crowned "N" to spine and lower board, upper board with gilt dedication "Offert a Mr le Comte de Breteuil". Moirée endpapers. All edges gilt. First edition, rare. - Historical work on Emperor Napoleon I by Colonel Louis (Luigi) Calligaris (1808-70). Apart from his work as orientalist, Calligaris is remembered for founding the military academy at Tunis and for serving as aide-de-camp to the monarch of Tunisia. In 1861 he was appointed professor of Arab studies at the University of Turin, a position he held until his death. - The 12 portrait plates include Napoléon, Joséphine, Napoléon III, and Louis Philippe; the engravings show the Estates General, the Battle of Arcole, the Battle of the Pyramids, etc. - Occasional brownstaining. Binding slightly rubbed, endpapers torn, otherwise in good condition. A remarkable typographic effort of the Second French Empire, this copy a gift for the diplomat and statesman Achille Le Tonnelier de Breteuil (1781-1864), who had already served Napoleon I in various capacities and was made a member of the Senate in 1852. Ibrahim-Hilmy II, 58. Seller Inventory # 48508

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L'art de monter a cheval, ou description: Eisenberg, [Friedrich Wilhelm]

Eisenberg, [Friedrich Wilhelm] von.

Published by La Haye, P. Gosse & J. Neaulme, 1733. (1733)

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About this Item: La Haye, P. Gosse & J. Neaulme, 1733., 1733. Oblong folio (398 x 250 mm). Engraved title, letterpress title printed in red and black, (3), 55 (instead of 56) ff. (lacking fol. 37) with 54 (instead of 55) hand-coloured engravings of horses and 4 engravings of horse tack (numbered 1-7). Period half brown calf over marbled boards with giltstamped red spine label. A truly royal copy of Eisenberg's famous riding school, which boasts beautiful illustrations of horses and horsemen (repeated from the 1727 first edition), engraved by B. Picart. Arabian horses in particular are lauded as "the most beautiful produced by the Orient. They are exceptionally fine animals, especially those from the hills of Mokha [.] Arabian horses are full of fire and vigour in general and are possessed of a great natural agility [.] Their start is like lightning, and so they are incomparable for racing and tournaments, for they are skillful as well as swift". Baron Eisenberg was one of the most famous equestrians of his day and served royalty throughout Europe as a riding instructor. - Wants a single plate (no. 37, "Le Superbe") and explanatory text (passage in a straight line after the German fashion), otherwise an excellent copy in full near-contemporary colour. Provenance: gift from Prince Gustaf of Sweden (1736-92, later King Gustav III) to Claes Julius Ekeblad (1742-1808), son of the agronomist countess Eva Ekeblad, the first female member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, and of Claes Claesson Ekeblad, with autograph ownership to engraved title: "j'ai eu ce livre de S. A. R. Monseigneur le Prince Gustave, Prince Hereditaire de Suede, Le 23 Novembr. 1764 Claes Julius Ekeblad"; additional note "illuminerad 1797 med färgor af ayaren / Claes Ekeblad" ("coloured with egg tempera in 1797"). Engraved armorial bookplate with the motto "speravit infestis" ("hopeful in adversity") to pastedown. Lipperheide Tc 41. Hiler 267. Brunet II, 957. Jöcher/Adelung II, 854. Mennessier de la Lance I, 438. Huth 1727. Cohen/R. 345. Hoefer XV, 774. Not in Colas. Seller Inventory # 48776

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Les Mille et Une Nuit [sic]. Contes: Alf layla wa-layla

Alf layla wa-layla – French].

Published by Lyon, Antoine Briasson, 1709-1719. (1719)

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About this Item: Lyon, Antoine Briasson, 1709-1719., 1719. 8vo. 6 vols. (24), 312 pp. (8), 352, pp. (12), 322 pp. (12), 323, (1) pp. (6), 228 pp. (6), 456 pp. Contemporary mottled calf, gold-tooled spines on five raised bands, gilt labels to spines, red sprinkled edges. The first six volumes of the original edition of the Arabian Nights, considered unobtainable in all twelve volumes as published by Antoine Galland from 1704 onwards. Of the utmost rarity: not a single copy of any of the original issues (even separate volumes or incomplete sets) traceable at auction or in the trade within the last decades; even the Bibliothèque nationale de France holds only an incomplete set (lacking vol. 3, cf. FRBNF33486572), while all but four (Univ. of Indiana, UCLA, Princeton, and Newberry) of the 91 entries in OCLC refer either to separate volumes or incomplete sets. The Newberry (OCLC 919637686) and Princeton copies seem to be identical with ours, describing the imprint as "Lyon, chez Antoine Briasson" dated 1709-17 (Princeton: 1706-20). The twelve volumes initially appeared over a period of 13 years, but due to their immense popularity the separately published volumes were reissued multiple times by their original three printers in Paris and Lyon, and so all known sets - complete or incomplete - are made up of various issues of the original edition. "With our present knowledge, we cannot distinguish those reissues or tell whether any real differences entered into them" (Macdonald, 388). Pirated editions, too, appeared at once in Holland; only in 1726 did a distinctive second edition appear in six volumes (Chauvin 21B: "recherchée en raison de l'extrême rareté de l'édition originale"). - The collation of the preliminaries of the first volume of our set follows precisely the description given by Macdonald (388f.): after the dedicatory letter to the marquise d'O, the "Avertissement", and the table for the entire volume we find the "Approbation" and "Privilège de roi" (as mentioned on the title page), identifying this as the original first edition. The two lines printed at the bottom of the royal privilege, not found in Macdonald's copy, shed some light on the complex process of changing imprints for individual volumes even while the legitimate first edition of the Arabian Nights was being published (which Chauvin admits to have found confusing): "Et la dite Veuve Barbin à fait part de son Privilège à Antoine Briasson, Librairie de Lyon, suivant leur traite du 5 Mars 1705". - Uniform, contemporary bindings only slightly rubbed and scuffed at the edges; interior clean and spotless throughout. A genuine, charming copy of one of the greatest rarities of world literature, removed from an as yet unidentified noble library, with small heraldic ownership stamp to each title-page and contemporary handwritten ownership "D. Rossi" on pastedowns. D. B. Macdonald, A Bibliographical and Literary Study of the Appearance of the Arabian Nights in Europe, in: The Library Quarterly 11, 1932, p. 398f. Chauvin, IV, 25f. Seller Inventory # 48860

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Gastaldi, Giacomo.

Published by Rome, Pietro de' Nobili / Paolo Graziani, 1561 [ca. 1580]. (1580)

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About this Item: Rome, Pietro de' Nobili / Paolo Graziani, 1561 [ca. 1580]., 1580. Engraved map, printed from two copper plates (750 x 483 mm). Framed (96: 70 cm). "The first modern map of the Arabian peninsula" (Al-Ankary), here in the extremely rare second state as produced by Paolo Graziani. Still the most sought-after map of the region Gastaldi's two page wall-map served as a model for all further mapping of the peninsula until the 19th century. Gastaldi is regarded as "the most important 16th century Italian cartographer. His maps are very rare, as they were issued separately to order and were not part of an atlas" (Al-Qasimi, 1st ed., p. 23). Gastaldi used various sources including Portolan charts of the region drawn by the 16th-century Portuguese explorers. Many details, such as the coastline of the Arabian Gulf, certain coastal towns, or the peninsula of Qatar, are mapped and named for the first time. It is the most valuable of the early maps of the region. "Although the shape of the peninsula is distorted by modern standards, the Qatar peninsula and Bahrain are both shown - details that are missing on some maps produced up to almost 300 years later" (Stuart McMinn Catalogue). - The present example is a rare variant edition, bearing the imprint of Pietro de Nobilis, a successor of Lafreri in Rome after 1580. Also, above the scale of miles is a further imprint reading: "In Roma appresso Paulo de Graciam." Tooley located only a single example of this state in the Beans collection (now sold). Stefano Bifolco, in his recent census for his upcoming book on Italian Printed Maps from the 16th Century locates only 2 examples (in the Malta National Library and in the Jerusalem National Library, ex-Laor). Tibbets 28. Karrow 30/91. Couto/Bacqué-Grammont/Taleghani, Atlas Historique du Golfe Persique (2006), p. 132 no. 29 and p. 152. Tooley, Maps in Italian Atlases of the 16th Century, 54. Sultan Bin Muhammad Al-Qasimi (2nd ed.), p. 26 with 2 figs. Tooley, Dictionary II, 143. Cf. Al-Ankary 133 (for the small map only). Seller Inventory # 48778

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Gagern, H[ans] C[hristoph] E[rnst] Frhr. von.

Published by Leipzig, Brockhaus, 1847. (1847)

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About this Item: Leipzig, Brockhaus, 1847., 1847. XVI, 495, (3) SS. Bedr. Originalbroschur. 8vo. Erste Ausgabe. - Wie meist etwas stockfleckig. Unbeschnittenes Exemplar. Kayser XI, 335. Seller Inventory # 47073

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De re metallica.: Agricola, Georg.

Agricola, Georg.

Published by Basel, J. Froben and N. Episcopius, 1556. (1556)

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About this Item: Basel, J. Froben and N. Episcopius, 1556., 1556. Folio. (10), 538 (but: 502), (74) pp. With 2 (1 folded) woodcut plates and about 280 woodcut illustrations and diagrams in text, partly full-page. Contemporary vellum with ms. title to spine. Edges in blue. First edition of "the first systematic treatise on mining and metallurgy, and one of the first technological works of modern times" (PMM), an immaculate copy with outstanding provenance. Dealing with "everything connected with the mining industry and metallurgical processes, including administration, prospecting, the duties of officials and companies, and the manufacture of glass, sulphur and alum" (PMM), Agricola's main work paved the way for further systematic study of the earth and of its rocks, minerals, fossils, refinery and oil. Illustrated with 2 plates (one folding) and more than 280 woodcuts in the text attributed to Hans Rudolf Manuel Deutsch (1525-72), some very large, showing the different stages of the extraction and transformation of metals. - From the library of the famous German physician and botanist Joachim Camerarius the Younger (1534-98) with his autograph ownership to the title page ("Joachimo Joach[imi] F[ilio] Camerario"; the Morgan Library holds another book from his library with an identical inscription, cf. Accession no. PML 129904) and a very few underlinings and marginalia most likely also in his hand. Unidentified 18th c. engraved bookplate with the motto "similare nescit" on verso of title. Acquired from the library of Werner Habel, with his stamp, signature and acquisition date (1977) to front pastedown. First and final pages very lightly brownstained in the edges, otherwise clean and crisp throughout. Complete with the two inserted plates following page 100. A very appealing, wide-margined copy in its first binding. PMM 79. Adams A 349. Sparrow (Milestones of Science), 4 and pl. 26. Seller Inventory # 48845

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Quadratum geometricum praeclarissimi mathematici.: Peurbach, Georg.

Peurbach, Georg.

Published by Nuremberg, Johann Stuchs, 1516. (1516)

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About this Item: Nuremberg, Johann Stuchs, 1516., 1516. Folio. 10 unnumbered ff. Title-page printed in red and black with full-page woodcut of the instrument in question (repeated on f. 2v) and numerous woodcut diagrams. Modern half morocco over red boards. First edition of one of the rarest works by the Austrian astronomer and instrument maker. The "Quadratum geometricum", a new geodetic measuring instrument, was invented by Peurbach himself, and its use is here described for the first time. - From the library of Werner Habel, with his ownership stamp, signature and acquisition date (1977) to front pastedown. Previously in the collections of Count Wladyslaw Hrabia Bielinski and Zygmunt Czarnecki, with their stamps to title. - Rare, only a single copy recorded at auction within the last 60 years. VD 16, P 2054. Adams P 2270. BNHCat P 943. Seller Inventory # 48834

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Harl, Johann Paul.

Published by Frankfurt, Heinrich Wilmans, 1825. (1825)

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About this Item: Frankfurt, Heinrich Wilmans, 1825., 1825. 8vo. X, (2), 96, (2) pp. Original printed wrappers. First edition of this proposal for a system of public care for the destitute, submitted to the King of Prussia in 1824. A French translation appeared in 1837. - Harl studied theology and was an educator in Salzburg, but changed his focus and in 1805 was appointed professor of philosophy and cameralism at Erlangen. He became a prolific writer on economic subjects and publisher of a journal, the "Cameral-Correspondent". All his publications are considered rare. He was retired in1842 and took his life. - Stamped ownership "H. F. C. Tann" on reverse of title-page. A good copy, untrimmed as issued. Humpert 11470. Stammhammer, Social-Politik I, 225. Wurzbach VII, 366. Kayser III, 43. Not in Kress or Goldsmiths'. Seller Inventory # 48144

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Proudhon, Pierre Joseph.

Published by Bruxelles, Collection Hetzel, A. Lacroix, Van Meenen et Cie, [1861]. (1861)

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About this Item: Bruxelles, Collection Hetzel, A. Lacroix, Van Meenen et Cie, [1861]., 1861. 8vo. 2 vols. in one. XXVIII, (29)-367 pp. 460 pp. Contemporary half calf over marbled boards with gilt spine. Publisher's original yellow printed wrappers bound within. First edition, published simultaneously with the Paris first edition (Essais d"une philosophie pratique 13/14). - An exposition of Proudhon's theory of international relations, according to which power is the decisive force in society and the sole basis for international law. Proudhon's argument that war is a legitimate resolution of a power struggle garnered considerable criticism from other socialist writers. "A teleological theory of progressive legal, moral, and social evolution anticipating a bright, market-driven future" (E. Castleton, Proudhon's War and Peace, p. 273). Proudhon wrote the book in Belgium, where he had taken refuge after his condemnation to three years imprisonment for his "De la justice dans la révolution et dans l'église" (1858). Despite a general pardon granted by Napoleon III, he decided to stay in Brussels, and in the preface to the present book Proudhon apologizes for his "daring to present himself to the French public, and worse, for doing that with a book 'daté de l'étranger'" (Prologue, Brussels 1 March 1861). - Wrapper covers somewhat browned, stained, and with pencil marks, otherwise an excellent, unmarked copy. Maitron III, 260. Einaudi 4561 (probably listing a composite of a Paris and Brussels edition). Cf. Stammhammer I, 190, 29; Nettlau 19; Dolléans/Crozier 63 (all citing the Paris edition only). Seller Inventory # 48219

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Graziani, Antonio Maria.

Published by Rome, Alessandro Zanetti, 1624. (1624)

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About this Item: Rome, Alessandro Zanetti, 1624., 1624. Small folio (184 x 250 mm). (8), 330, (28) pp. Architectural title page engraved (Cl. Mellan sculps.). With woodcut printer's device on final page and several initials, head- and tailpieces. Contemporary full red morocco, lavishly gilt, with the arms of the Barberini family on an inlaid shield of different-coloured leather on both covers. All edges gilt. First edition, dedication copy. - One of the fundamental sources for the Ottoman conquest of Cyprus in 1571, when the Turkish forces invaded the island with 400 ships and some 100,000 men, massacring Nicosia's 20,000 inhabitants. Thus wrested from the Venetians, Cyprus would remain under Ottoman rule until 1878, when it was ceded to Britain as a protectorate; Ottoman sovereignty continued until the outbreak of World War I. - A. M. Graziani (1537-1611) studied the law at Padua before becoming secretary to Pope Sixtus and, in 1592, bishop of Amelia (in Umbria). Pope Clement VIII sent him as his nuncio to the Italian princes and states to unite them in a league against the Ottomans. Graziani having died in 1611, his account was published only posthumously: it was edited by his son Carolo, who dedicated the book to Cardinal Francesco Barberini, nephew of Pope Urban VIII. Barberini was created a cardinal in 1623; in 1627 he became librarian of the Vatican, and in 1632 vice-chancellor. The engraved architectural title (by Claudio Mellan after Antonio Pomeranci) shows History, "magistra vitae", seated atop an elaborate Baroque structure which incorporates Barberini's arms. This is the dedication copy bound for Cardinal Barberini himself: both covers show the crowned bee arms of the Barberini family on dark green leather, enclosed within borders of blind rules and double fillets with corner fleurons and two different bee cornerpieces, all set within a wide floral border and double gilt fillets. Even the spine is richly decorated with bee tools running up and down between a floral railing. - Corners insignificantly bumped, joints barely starting at foot. Some browning and slight waterstaining throughout, also visible on covers, but endpapers replaced with old paper. Later armorial bookplate of the collector John Stafford Reid Byers (1903-84), of Waterfoot House, Newcastle, County Down, to pastedown. Blackmer 726. Cobham/Jeffery, p. 24. Bruni/Evans, Italian 17th-c. books in Cambridge libraries STC 2547. NUC 211:420. BMC 91:156. Maggs, Cat. 697 (1940-1), no. 114 (this copy). Not in Atabey or Aboussouan. Not in Brunet, Ebert, or Graesse. Seller Inventory # 48599

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