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‎BRUINS, CORNELIS DE (OR BRUYN, OR BRUIJN.)‎

Reference : 26926

‎Reizen over Moskovie, door Persie en Indie: Verrykt met Driehondert kunstplaten, Vertoonende de beroemste lantschappen en steden, ook de byzondere dragten, beesten, gewassen en planten, die daer gevonden worden: Voor al derzelver oudheden, En wel voornamentlyk heel uitvoerig, die van het heerlyke en van oudts de geheele werrelt door defaemde Hof van Persepolis, By den Persianen Tchilminar genaemt. Alles door den Auteur zelf met groote naeuwkeurigheit na't leven afgetekent, en noit voor dezen in 't ligt gebragt.‎

‎'t Amsterdam, Gedrukt voor den Auteur, Door Willem en David Goeree, 1711. Title printed in red and black, with frontispiece by Picart, engraved portrait of de Bruin by G. Kneller, 2 folding maps, 260 numbered engraved plates (many of which are folding), and 37 text engravings, not numbered, including views and portraits. [12, including engraved title and portrait], 472, [12] pp. Folio (33,6 x 22,2 cm). Contemporary blind stamped vellum, spine with six raised bands. Tiele 209; Catalogue Russica B.2184; Catalogus Nederlandsch Historisch Scheepvaart Museum, p. 257; Chadenat 5085 (the 1718 edition). First edition of one of the most richly illustrated voyages through Russia, Persia (today's Iran) and adjacent countries and territories by the Dutch artist and traveller Cornelis de Bruijn. De Bruin left Amsterdam and sailed along the coast of Norway to Archangel above the polar circle, travelled by river and over land southwards through Russia (where he stayed for over a year in Moscow and where he engaged in conversations with Peter the Great, in Dutch), on to the Caspian Sea, from there over land by way of Asia Minor (Turkey) to Persia where he spend a year in Isfahan after which he headed for Persepolis, destroyed by Alexander the Great and which had his special interest. He spend three months there carefully drawing the ruins of the palace, the remaining reliefs and cuneiform inscriptions. His drawings of these ruins are the first reliable pictures of this palace made accessible to Western scholars. From Persia he travelled to India, Ceylon and the East Indies and returned by much the same route, this time visiting the ruins of Pasaragdes in Persia. This is an extensive and very important work in both naval and travel history. It contains many beautiful and large panoramic views of places such as Archangel, Moscow and Isfahan, Persepolis, Astrakhan and others, some of very considerable size when unfolded, portraits of Samoyeds, many illustrations of local flora and fauna, costumes, natives, birds, plants and fish and early depictions of an Australian aborigine and a Kangaroo. The plates 93-94 bound after 95-96; 142 after 146; 206 after 207-211 and 212-213 bound before 207-211. The last pages contain the list of the 260 plates and where they had to placed in the book, as well as errata. The plates are in good and strong impression. Page 414 with a small damage touching some letters, a very good copy. ‎


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‎(MORELLY.)‎

Reference : 23209

‎Naufrage des isles flottantes; ou Basiliade du célébre Pilpai. Poéme heroique. Traduit de l'indien par Mr. M******. ‎

‎A Messine (Paris), Par une Société de Libraires, 1753. Titles printed in red and black, with engraved frontispiece, and title-vignettes. 2 volumes. (2), xxxvii, (1), 216 pp.; (2), 307, (1, corrections) pp. 12mo. Contemporary half calf, marbled boards, spines gilt with raised bands, corners, labels and gilt lettering, somewhat rubbed, small defect to upper cover of volume one. A. Maffey, L'Utopia della Ragione, nr 7; Negley, Utopian Literature, 810; Hartig & Soboul, p. 54; Trousson, pp. 145-150; Versins, Encyclopédie de l'Utopie et de la Science fiction, pp. 602-603; Higgs 665; INED 3319; not in Kress; not in Goldsmiths; not in Einaudi. First edition, one of the rare issues with the portrait looking to the left and a slightly different collation for the preliminaries compared to the copies ordinarely found. According to Versins in his study published in 1963 in 'Ailleurs', this is the true first edition, first issue. Chinard however claims that the copies with the portrait looking to the right are the first issues. 'Oeuvre du fondateur du communisme. Epopée allégorique, sorte d'utopie qui propose une société meilleure. Les idées de Morelly seront plus solidement exposées dans le Code de la nature (1755). Diatribes violentes contre la propriété, mère de tous les crimes; souhait d'une postérité nombreuse; critique de l'indissolubilité du mariage (dans la société de Morelly, il n'y a d'ailleurs ni divorce, ni adultère, ni prostitution, ni grossesse honteuse); attaques portées contre le commerce capitaliste, qui ne fait vivre qu'un tiers des hommes, etc.' (INED). 'Sous une forme allégorique, l'auteur dépeint une société fondée sur des principes communistes, morcelée en petits groupes économiques indépendants, comptant chacun cent personnes. Les idées philosophiques et sociales de Morelly exposées dans cette 'épopée' ont été l'objet d'une critique acerbe de la part de ces contemporains' (Hartig & Soboul). Trousson points to the fact that Morelly's communism is of a negative sort: their is no marriage, no property, no police, no church, no privileges, etc. It is, in fact, an anarchist state, ruled only by the laws of nature, a society without any contract whatsoever and far from the Contract Social. Nothing is forbidden since one can not make any mistakes or do wrong if one follows the rules of nature (or better, nothing wrong can exist for those who live according to nature). The majority of the ideas which were later further elaborated in Morelly's Code de la Nature are already presented here. The work is considered to be one of the most important utopian works of the 18th century. ‎


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‎PORTIEZ, L. (F.R.)‎

Reference : 15061

‎Des voyages, de leur utilité dans l'éducation. (Drop-head title). ‎

‎(Paris), Impr. nationale, (1794). 26 pp. 8vo. Modern half morocco. Martin & Walter 27907. Original edition of this rare work which argues that travelling through the French nation will serve as the basis for a proper knowledge of its poetry, history, politics and sciences. The author voted in favour of the death penalty for Louis XVI, was a member of the Council of Five Hundred (Conseil des Cinq-Cents) and was, during the Empire, director of the School of Law in Paris. ‎


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‎(TERRASSON, J.)‎

Reference : 20695

‎Sethos, histoire ou vie tirée des monumens anecdotes de l'ancienne Egypte. Traduit d'un manuscrit Grec.‎

‎A Paris, Chez Jacques Guerin, 1731. Titles printed in red and black. 3 volumes. (4), xxviii, 426, xii pp.; (4), 427-562, 322 pp.; (4), 323-832 (misnumbered 842), (6, fautes à corriger) pp. 12mo. Contemporary tree calf, spines richly gilt with labels and gilt lettering. Hartig p. 45; Trousson, pp. 134-135; Negley 1092; Gove, pp. 286-287; Versins, p. 874; cf. Valette 310 (edition of 1813); Conlon 31:680. First edition. Supposed translation from a Greek manuscript describing a still innocent nation not affected by luxury and ambition. It is written in the tradition of Télémaque and is more or less conservative utopian account. 'Il s'agit d'un jeune prince égyptien qui, après son initiation aux mystères de son état, parcourt le monde et régénère tous les royaumes où regne l'injustice. Il arrivera ainsi, après avoir fait le tour de l'Afrique, jusque chez les Atlantes et découvrira là, une monarchie élective qui, visiblement, est aux yeux de notre Abbé le nec plus ultra de l'utopie' (Versins). Van Wijngaarden, in his Les Odysées Philosophiques en France entre 1616 et 1789, devotes 7 pages to the work. -All errata have been bound at the end of the third volume, the 2 folding maps are lacking. ‎


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‎YOUNG, A.‎

Reference : 15748

‎Le cultivateur anglois, ou Oeuvres choisies d'agriculture et d'économie rurale et politique. Traduit de l'Anglois par les MM. Lamarre, Benoist et Billecocq; avec des notes par le citoyen Delalauze, coopérateur du 'Cours d'agriculture' de l'abbé Rozier. Avec des planches en taille-douce.‎

‎A Paris, Chez Maradan, an IX, 1800-1801. With 73 plates on 72 leaves (plates 28/29 are printed on one single leaf) and 6 tables. 18 volumes. 8vo. Contemporary calf, spines gilt with red and green labels with gilt lettering, and with gilt lettered on upper sides: 'Ferme expérimentale'. Musset-Pathay 308; Kress B.4312; not in Goldsmiths; not in Einaudi; not in Mattioli. First French translation of Young's works. Complete set of Young's most important works to which are added Delalauze's valuable notes. Of fundamental interest for the history of agriculture. Contains: Voyages au sud, à l'ouest, au midi de l'Angleterre. - Voyage au nord de l'Angleterre. 2 volumes. - Voyage à l'est de l'Angleterre. 3 volumes. - Voyage en Irlande. 2 volumes. - Lettres d'un fermier. 2 volumes. - Guide du fermier. - Expériences d'agriculture. 2 volumes. - Annales d'agriculture. 3 volumes. - Voyage en France. - Arithmétique politique.It is in the diffusion and popularisation of new and improved practices that the merit of Arthur Young's works lies. His descriptions of the tours he made through France and Ireland, the general descriptions as well as those of roads, commerce, manufactures, arts, country houses and palaces are still used as a source for the study of eighteenth-century conditions. - Added: the prospectus for the volumes 15-18. 11 pp. Sewn. A very fine copy. ‎


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‎YOUNG, A.‎

Reference : 15890

‎Voyage en Irlande, contenant des observations sur l'étendue de ce pays, le sol, le climat, les productions, les différentes classes d'habitans, les moeurs, la religion, le commerce, les manufactures, la population, les revenus, les taxes, le gouvernement, etc., etc., etc. Traduit de l'Anglais par C. Millon, et suivi de Recherches sur l'Irlande, par le traducteur.‎

‎A Paris, Chez Moutardier, Cerioux, (an) 8 (1799-1800). With 2 engraved plates. 2 volumes. (2), 8, 368 pp.; (2), 356 (last page misnumbered 561) pp. 8vo. Contemporary half calf, corners, green and red labels with gilt lettering. Not in Musset-Pathay; not in Kress; not in Goldsmiths; Einaudi 6099 (for the English edition). First French edition. Mainly devoted to agriculture, but also supplying useful information on population, commerce, industry. The first English edition appeared in 1780. The additional Recherches by the translator cover the pages 83-end of volume 2. For the period before 1790 the travel accounts as given by Young form an important part of the economic literature, owing to the absence of regular reporting by permanent agencies: see at length: Schumpeter, History of economic analysis. - With an engraved bookplate on the front paste-down of each volume. Copy from the library of Edmond Vallée, with his small owner's stamp on flyleaves. ‎


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