Fine Printed Books & Manuscripts Including Americana

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Datum der Auktion: 04.12.2018 - 04.12.2018

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ALBOHAZEN [or Abu l-?asan 'Ali ibn Abi l-Rijal al-Shaybani] (c.1015-c.1063). Albohazen Haly filii Abenragel libri de iudiciis astrorum. Translated and edited by Antonius Stupa. Basel: Heinrich Petrus, March 1551. An influential Arabic astronomical text translated into Latin, from the library of

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BERNOULLI, Jacob (1654-1705). Ars conjectandi . Edited by Nicolaus Bernoulli (1687-1759). Basel: Thurneisen brothers, 1713. The first edition of the "first significant book on probability theory" which "set forth the fundamental principles of the calculus of probabilities and contained the first

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COPERNICUS, Nicolaus (1473-1543). De lateribus et angulis triangulorum, tum planorum rectilineorum tum Sphaericorum, libellus eruditissimus & utilissimus... Additus est Canon semissium subtensarum rectarum linearum in Circulo. Wittenberg: Johann Lufft, 1542. The very rare first edition of

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DARWIN, Charles (1809-1882). On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection. London: John Murray, 1859. The first edition in original cloth of "the most important single work in science" (Dibner), and "a turning point, not only in the history of science, but in the history of ideas in

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DARWIN, Charles – GOULD, John (1804-1881) and GOULD, Elizabeth (1804-1841). The Zoology of the Voyage of the H.M.S. Beagle. Part III. Birds. London: Smith, Elder, and Co., [1838-]1841. The key part of Darwin’s lavish publication on the scientific findings from the voyage of the Beagle. Upon his

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EINSTEIN, Albert (1879-1955). Autograph letter signed ("A.Einstein") to Dr Otto Halpern, n.p., 2 February 1924. In German. Two pages, 279 x 216mm, with autograph corrections (nearly separated at center fold, marginal soiling). Einstein critiques a fellow physicist: "I have found errors in two papers

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EINSTEIN, Albert (1879-1955). Typed letter signed (“A. Einstein”) to Vera Halleman, Saranac Lake, New York, 13 July 1945. In German. One page, 281 x 206mm, on Einstein’s embossed Princeton letterhead (closed tear to centerfold with tape repair). A charming letter of advice to a young girl, written

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Schätzpreis: 2.500 $ - 3.500 $

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EUCLID (fl. 300 BC). Elementa geometria , in Arabic. Recension of Nasir al-Din al-Tusi. Rome: Typographia Medicea, 1594. The first Arabic edition of Euclid, printed by the Typographia Medicea—a very rare copy in a contemporary presentation binding for an Ottoman owner. Euclid's book has been a

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Schätzpreis: 40.000 $ - 60.000 $

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GALILEI, Galileo (1564-1642). Systema cosmicum ... in quo quatuor dialogis, de duobus maximis mundi systematibus, Ptolemaico et Copernicano . Translated from Italian by Matthias Bernegger (1582-1640). Strasbourg: D. Hauttius for the Elzevirs [at Leiden], 1635. The first Latin edition of the Dialogo

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GALILEI, Galileo (1564-1642). Mathematical Discourses concerning Two New Sciences relating to Mechanicks and Local Motion in Four Dialogues . London: J. Hooke, 1730. The first separate edition in English of "the first modern textbook of physics, a foundation stone in the science of mechanics

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GALILEI, Galileo (1564-1642). Il saggiatore . Rome: Giacomo Mascardi, 1623. The first edition, first issue of “one of the most celebrated polemics in science” (DSB) . Il saggiatore was Galileo’s response to Orazio Grassi's 1618 treatise on comets. Because Galileo had been forbidden since 1616 to

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GALVANI, Luigi (1737-1798). Autograph document signed (“Aloysius Galvani”), Bologna, 17 March 1778. In Latin, two pages, 241 x 173mm, single sheet; with seal and affidavit of Luigi Alboresi, Notary of Bologna, dated 20 March 1780. A letter of recommendation for his student Giuseppe Trabbia, signed

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LEIBNIZ, Gottfried Wilhelm von (1646-1716). "Nova methodus pro maximis et minimis, itemque tangentibus, quae nec fractas, nec irrationales quantitates moratur, & singulare pro illis calculi genus" pp. 467-473. In: Acta Eruditorum Anno MDCLXXXIV [- Anno MDCLXXXV ]. Leipzig: Christopher Günther for

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NEWTON, Isaac (1643-1727). Document signed ("Isaac Newton") as Master of the Mint, Westminster, 24 December 1718. One page, 162 x 232mm (some losses to left margin reinforced on verso, small loss at upper right corner, left margin trimmed affecting four words of text). Newton, as Master of the Mint

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NEWTON, Isaac (1642-1727). The Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy . Translated by Andrew Motte. London: Benjamin Motte, 1729. A handsome copy of the first edition in English of the most important work in the history of science: "Perhaps the greatest intellectual stride that it has ever

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AUDUBON, John James (1785-1851), and BACHMAN, Rev. John (1790-1874). The Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America . New York: J.J. Audubon, 1845-46-48. The first edition of Aububon’s folio Quadrupeds, the most ambitious of all color-plate books to be wholly produced in the United States . Audubon, the

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Schätzpreis: 120.000 $ - 180.000 $

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AUDUBON, John James (1785-1851). The Birds of America, From Drawings made in the United States and Their Territories . New York: J. J. Audubon, 1840. The first octavo edition of Audubon's masterpiece . The octavo edition adds 65 new images for a total of 500 plates, making it "the most extensive

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AUDUBON, John James (1785-1851). The Birds of America . New York & Amsterdam: Johnson Reprint Corporation & Theatrum orbis terrarum, 1971-72. A full-scale facsimile of Audubon's masterpiece, no. 171 of 250 copies. This edition reproduces the subscriber’s copy in the collection of the Teyler

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AUDUBON, John James (1785-1851) and BACHMAN, John (1790-1874). The Quadrupeds of North America . New York: V.G. Audubon, 1849, 1851, and 1854. The first octavo edition of Audubon's final great work. Issued in response to the success of a similar edition of The Birds of America , Quadrupeds contains

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BEWICK, Thomas (1753-1828). A Complete set of India Paper Proofs for A History of British Birds and A General History of Quadrupeds . [London] 1820-1826. India paper proofs of Bewick’s fine wood engravings, in a sumptuous Riviere binding. Bewick is famed for not only the sharply observed detail of

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BLAEU, Joan (1596-1673). Novum ac magnum theatrum urbium Belgicae Regiae [– Foederate .] Amsterdam: J. Blaeu, [1649-1652]. “[This copy] surpasses any other copy which I have seen before by its brilliant, delicate and careful coloring … the gold-painted dedication-leaf gives proof of a presentation

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Schätzpreis: 250.000 $ - 300.000 $

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CHORIS, Louis (1795-1828 ). Voyage pittoresque autour du monde, avec des portraits de sauvages d'Amérique, d'Asie, d'Afrique, et des iles du Grand Ocean; des paysages, des vues maritimes, et plusieurs objets d'histoire naturelle. Paris: Imprimerie de Firmin Didot, 1820-1822. The first edition, with

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CAZABON, Michel Jean (1813-1888) and CICÉRI, Eugène (1813-1890). Views of Trinidad. Paris: Lemercier, 1851. The first edition of “possibly the finest set of engravings that has ever been produced of the West Indes” (Maclean). Born in Trinidad, Cazabon studied in Europe before setting up his studio

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CHATELAIN, Henri Abraham (1684-1743). Carte tres curieuse de la Mer du Sud, contenant des remarques nouvelles ... mais aussy sur les principaux pays de l'Amerique . [Paris: 1719]. A fine and richly colored example of Chatelain’s extraordinary map of the Pacific and Americas , published in his Atlas

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DONOVAN, Edward (1768-1837). The Natural History of British Birds . London: for the Author, 1799-1819. The first edition , mixed issue. Donovan's British Birds was issued in fifty monthly parts, illustrated from his own extensive collection of specimens. "The hand-coloring of these birds was

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DRESSER, Henry Eeles (1838-1915). A History of the Birds of Europe . London: Taylor and Francis for the author, 1871-1896. The first edition, with supplement, of “by far the most exhaustive account of the European Avifauna yet attempted” (McGhie). It had been fifty years since the publication of

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FRITH, Francis (1822-1898). A collection of 143 albumen prints bound in three volumes: “Sinai & Arabia Petra”, “Jerusalem & Palestine”, “Egypt & Athens.” [London: 1860s-1870s.] A selection of views, buildings and monuments in the Holy Land and the Near East , drawn from Frith’s stock of more than

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L'HÉRITIER de Brutelle, Charles Louis (1746-1800). Stirpes novae, aut minus cognitae, quas descriptionibus et iconibus illustravit . Paris: Philippe-Dionysius Pierres, 1784-1785 [-1791]. The first edition of L'Héritier's first botanical publication with engravings: "one of the more delightful flower

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LILFORD, Thomas Littleton Powys (1833-1896). Coloured Figures of the Birds of the British Islands . London: R.H. Porter, 1885-1897 [but -1898]. The first edition of an important bird book, which “establish[ed] a new standard of excellence” (Radclyffe). Some of the finest nature illustrators of their

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MAHMUD RAIF EFENDI (1760?-1807). Cedid Atlas Tercümesi. Istanbul: Ottoman Military Engineering School Press, 1218 [1803]. The first European-style atlas printed in the Islamic world: an exceedingly rare, handsome, and complete example; one of only 50 copies printed. The maps are closely based on

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