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[GAMES]; [TAROT, PIQUET].
Accademia di giuochi o regole del picchetto, del tarocco e del commercio.
Verona, Tipografia Bisesti, 1827. 71, [1] pages, including one diagram in text. In original printed wraps, enclosed in modern (?) marbled paper . Ink reference number on upper wrap. Reference: CLIO 1, p. 13. Good
¶ Handbook for the rules of the early modern card games Piquet and Tarot, and for the 19th-century card game Commerce. Example in the Marciana is the only other copy recorded.
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Book number: 6077
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[GAMES]; [MINCHIATE].
Capitolo relativo al giuoco delle minchiate.
Florence, Stamperia Granducale, 1827. 16 cm; 22 pages. Disbound in modern (?) marbled paper wrappers. Pages lightly toned with scattered stains throughout. Good
¶ Florentine in every aspect, this little didactic essay on the card game associated with that city is written entirely in terza rima, the three-line stanza of interlaced rhymes invented by Dante Alighieri (among the most famous citizens of Florence). Not found in any available union catalogue.
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Book number: 6078
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Keywords: card games Florence Terza rima Didactic poetry

 
[BIGHELLI, VINCENZO].
Compendio istorico e cronologico delle ragioni, e proprietà della città di Brescia sopra li tre fiumi Oglio, Chiese, e Mella.
Brescia, dalla stamperia della nobile congregazione delegata, 1800, First edition. Quarto (28 cm); 140, [2] pages. Engraved crest of the city's department of rivers and canals on title page; and three additional engraved vignettes, two of them of hydraulic equipment. Printed on heavy stock. Bound in contemporary polychrome marbled stiff paper. Covers rather dusty , with wear to edges and spine. Dampstains at upper right corner of title page, and in margins of last leaves. Few marginal notes in pencil. Reference: Melzi 1, p. 233 (1806 edition). Good
¶ Compendious history of the waterways of Brescia, including the three navigable rivers and the system of irrigation canals. Interesting history of water rights, engineering, and the social impact of waterways.
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Book number: 6098
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Keywords: hydrology canals water rights river navigation irrigation

 
[REPUBLIC OF WEST FLORIDA].
The Courier.
London, Tuesday, January 15,, 1811. #4,891. Price, sixpence-halfpenny. 324 x 488 mm, [4] pages, four columns per page. Tax stamp, ownership stamp of the Paisley Coffee Room [Scotland]. Folds, else fine.
¶ Fascinating issue of the Courier. Includes pre-graphic advertising (for soap, remedies, books, etc.), and full-text accounts of speeches in Parliament. Of interest is an exchange of correspondence on the short-lived Republic of West Florida, an area made up of the eastern parishes of modern Louisiana, including Baton Rouge, that declared independence in 1810. In 1803, the US and Spain disputed the territory, as a population of English-speaking Americans grew in the area. The Americans attacked the Spanish fort at Baton Rouge on the date of the letter reproduced in this paper (23 September 1810) and declared an independent state. The letter is addressed to Governor of the Mississippi Territory, effectively requesting the recognition of the United States. A second letter, dated November 15, 1810, effectively rejects the state's declaration of independence, on the grounds that the territory was part of the Louisiana Purchase and is therefore integral to the United States.
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Book number: 5772
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Catalogue: North America
Keywords: Baton Rouge Louisiana

 
[PASINI, GIUSEPPE].
Dizionario delle favole per uso delle scuole d'Italia ove compendiosamente descrivesi tutto ciò che è necessario, non solo alla intelligenza de' poeti, ma de' quadri ancora, e delle statue, i di cui soggetti sono cavati dalla storia politica
Venice, Francesco Andreola, 1818, Nuova edizione. 17 cm; 214 pages. Bound in contemporary 1/4 sheep over marbled boards. Shelf worn. Pages toned and moderately foxed. Useful condition. Good
¶ Nth edition of the popular dictionary of mythology used as an auxiliary text in Italian schools at the turn of the 18th century. Pasini was responsible for the earliest editions, although his name appears nowhere in the present edition.
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Book number: 4417
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Keywords: mythology dictionaries

 
[ABU SHE YING ; PENGCUO LANGJIE BIAN].
Donggar Cave Murals in Ngari Prefecture [Zhongguo Xizang Ali Dongga bi hua].
Beijing, Zhongguo da bai ke quan shu chu ban she, 1998. 18, 135 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm. Preface in Chinese, Tibetan, English, and Japanese. Soft cover, Very good; slight edge wear along top edge. ISBN: 7500059019
¶ Color illustrations of Buddhist mural painting and decoration in Tibet.
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Book number: 5674
USD 120.00 [Appr.: EURO 103 | £UK 92.75 | JP¥ 12560]
Keywords: Tibetan Buddhism Buddhist mural paintings Buddhist art 7500059019

 
[ANTHOLOGY].
English Lyrics.
London, Kegan Paul, Trench, & Co., 1885. Boards, Octavo (17 cm); xiii, 296 pages. Bound in faux vellum. Title in red on upper board and spine. Edges untrimmed. Binding mottled with age, else fine. Very Good
¶ Anthology of English poetry published for the gift trade in 1885, still the Victorian age. Indeed there is a gift inscription in ink: "Inspirations to the Celtic bard, from a Saxon." Interesting to consider who among the poets represented is still well-known, and who is forgotten. Charles Sedley? Winthrop M. Praed? Hartley Coleridge? Yet Blake is there, and all the Metaphysicals (I thought their popularity came later). Two female poets are represented: Aphra Behn (1642-1689) and Anna L. Barbauld (1743-1825). The editor is not named.
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Book number: 5577
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Keywords: anthology English poetry women poets

 
[ZAKARIAN, TOMAS].
The gods of the Egyptians: the creation.
Cairo, Tomas Zakarian, n.d. [1930?]. Wrappers, 4 volumes only (of 6); 64 (of 96) mounted chromolithograph cards (16 per volume) of Egyptian deities and figures, each with glassine tissue guard. Letterpress explanation to each card. Bound in original brown wraps. Spines variously abraded, but all volumes still sound and entire. Good
¶ A sort of field guide to Egyptian deities published by the bookseller Tomas Zakarian in the first part of the 20th century for English-speaking visitors. Zakarian writes in preface: "With great difficulty I succeeded to collect from different sources teh necessary knowledge of the original colouring and others hundredfold details, nd with pleasure I now publish this work..."
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Book number: 5637
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[DICTIONARY].
Illustrated pronouncing pocket dictionary of the English language.
New York, London, and Glasgow, Published for the Trade, 1877, Later printing. 14 cm; 318 pages. Text in three columns in 4-point type. Bound in stamped cloth, quite worn and creased. Early owner's inscription on front blank. Poor.
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Book number: 5862
USD 9.00 [Appr.: EURO 7.75 | £UK 7 | JP¥ 942]

 
[CALIFORNIA GOLD RUSH].
The Illustrated London News.
London, Vol. XIV, #357, February 10, 1849. PAPER BOUND, 40 cm; pp. 81-96. Woodcut illustrations. Disbound; outer bifolium split along fold. Horizontal fold. Good
¶ Contains appropriately illustrated articles on "The Gold-Seekers of California" and on "The Hudson Bay Company and Vancouver Ilsand."
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Book number: 5352
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Catalogue: North America
Keywords: California Gold Rush Forty-niners Hudson's Bay Company Vancouver

 
[DOLCE, LODOVICO].
Lettere di diversi eccellentiss[imi] huomini raccolte da diverse libri: tra le quali se ne leggono molte, non più stampate, con gli argomenti per ciascuna delle materie, di che elle trattano, e nel fine una tavola delle cose più notabili, a commodo de gli studiosi.
Venice, Gabriel Giolito de' Ferrari, 1559. soft cover, Octavo (17cm); 488, [16] pages. Giolito device (phoenix atop flaming orb) on title page; alternate device (phoenix facing the sun) on colophon page. Woodcut initials and ornaments throughout. Bound for utility in contemporary flexible vellum, worn and discolored in places, and not entirely entire. Text block sound and generally in very good condition, with few stains. Early ownership inscription in ink in upper margin of title page. Notation in early hand on rear blank, later notes on last two text pages. Generally, a clean, sound copy in well-worn binding. Preserved in custom-made cloth clamshell box with title label on spine. Reference: Bongi, II,67; Gamba, 1462 (1554 ed.; also citing a 1558 edition which does not appear to have actually existed). Very Good
¶ In the context of Renaissance society, publishing a well-crafted letter was one more way for courtiers and notables to broadcast their refinement, like wearing the clothes we see in Renaissance portraiture. Private letters were indeed public matter, enthusiastically shared and discussed. Some letters became famous. Paolo Manuzio issued collections of letters, and Giolito followed. Giolito had his resident scholar, Lodovico Dolce, create a "greatest hits" volume of letters that had appeared in print in a wide variety of sources. Dolce set out to collect "the most beautiful letters and the ones of greatest value." First published in 1554, the collection became a model for Italian prose, as well as a storehouse of stories about 16th-century celebrities. The book was produced in small quantity and quickly sold out. A second edition was necessary, and Dolce prepared it with a completely new dedication, and with notable changes in content from the 1554 edition, including the addition of several letters by Giulia da Ponte. Of the two editions, Bongi writes "both are very uncommon, and highly sought by collectors. Since there are notable differences between the two, with each containing letters that are missing in the other, both would be worthy of acquisition by a true devotee." (Bongi I, 442).
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Book number: 5511
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Macrocosmos: a poem.
New York, Alfred A. Knopf, 1930. 4to, 32 pages. Bound in pictorial boards designed by Percy Smith, preserved in original slipcase. Slight darkening of outer leaves and spine; slipcase worn at edges. One of 500 copies for U.S. distribution signed by Laver. Very Good.
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Book number: 2770
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[CHOISEUL, ETIENNE-FRANÇOIS, DUC DE].
Memoire historique sur la negociation de la France et de l'Angleterre Depuis le 26 mars 1761, jusqu'au 20 septembre de la même année....
London, D. Wilson, T. Becket & P.A. De Hondt, 1761. soft cover, 26 cm; [2] leaves, 60 pages. Half-title present. Disbound. Reference: Sabin 47516; Howes M-507. Very Good
¶ First British printing of the documents that formed the underpinning of the Treaty of Paris, that is, the end of the French and Indian War. The treaty decided the cession of Canada to Great Britain, the limits of Louisiana, the control of fisheries off Newfoundland, the disposition of Cape Breton, Guadeloupe, etc. The texts include correspondence at the highest levels of French and British governments, and intergovernmental memoranda between the respective kings and their ministers, and between the prime ministers of France and Great Britain.
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Book number: 5485
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Catalogue: North America
Keywords: French and Indian War William Pitt

 
[INSTITUT D'EGYPTE (1798-1801); INSTITUT DE FRANCE].
Memoirs relative to Egypt written in that country during the campaigns of General Bonaparte, in the years 1798 and 1799, by the learned and scientific men who accompanied the French expedition.
London, R. Phillips , 1800, First English language edition. Reference: Goldsmiths'-Kress library of economic literature, #17852.1., Octavo (22 cm); viii, 459 pages, and 2 folding maps. Lacks Q 7 and 8 (blanks?), as Goldsmiths', Google's, and every examined copy. Bound in nineteenth-century red half calf over marbled boards, tooled in gilt on spine, by J. Larkins. Binding scuffed and dampstained. Dampstain in lower quarter of frontispiece, first and last leaves, and intermittently through text. Some foxing on frontispiece and title page. Yet sound and entire. Good
¶ Translation of the first part of the French Egypt Institute's Mémoires sur l'Egypte, the first report of the French expedition into Egypt of 1799, preceding the grand Description de l'Égypte. Condition noted.
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Book number: 5137
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Keywords: Description de l'Egypte French campaign in Egypt Middle East Arab world

 
[REMONDINI].
Il mondo alla riversa.
Bassano del Grappa, Remondini, ca 1710. 1 leaf, 34 x 22 cm. Two images, each within palm-frond borders, and each underscored with six-line legends in verse. "In Bassano, per il Remondini" in lower center frame. Matted and protected by mylar guard. References: Alberto Milano, "Le Ventole," in Remondini: Un editore del settecento, pp. 202-203, #7; Fine
¶ From the house of Remondini in Bassano, a print that actually pairs two popular images: the "world upside down" and the "dance of death." From the cycle of the "world upside down," we see the donkey that drives a man who labors under the weight of two barrels. The "dance of death" image shows what may be a courtship scene, but the legend tells us that it shows a young man consulting an African fortune-teller while his true fortune--Death--stands at his shoulders. A relic.
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Book number: 6171
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Keywords: Dance of death Danse macabre Il mondo al rovescio El mundo al reves Fortune

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