close

Se connecter

Se connecter avec OpenID

Bulletin III - Edmund Brumfitt Rare Books

IntégréTéléchargement
EDMUNDBRUMFITTRAREBOOKSBULLETINIIIJULY2016
1.[ALEA,Léonard].ANTIDOTEDEL’ATHÉISME,ouExamencri:queduDic:onnairedesAthées,Ancienset
Modernes. A Paris, De l’Imprimerie des Instruc:ons Décadaires sur l’Enregistrement, Vendémiaire an IX
(Septembre1800).
£400
FIRST EDITION. 8vo, pp. [iv], 164; some spo2ng in places, but generally clean and fresh; uncut in
contemporarybluewrappers;edgesslightlyfrayed,butagoodcopy.
First edi:on of this response to Sylvain Maréchal’s DicBonnaire des Athées
anciensetmodernesbytheFrenchpolemicistLéonardAléa(died1812).
Maréchal’s project was to label both individuals and whole schools of
thought and socie:es as atheist, in support of his own atheism. For
Maréchal,theslightestanecdote,orthemerestwriVenline,wasenoughto
allow him to aVribute atheist views to someone, and so he iden:fied not
onlyEgyp:ansandIndiansasatheistbutalsoBayle,Spinoza,Voltaire,and,of
course,Napoleon.Aléa,inhisresponse,castsaneyeoverMaréchal’sworkas
awhole,beforeexaminingMaréchal’sreasonsfortheaVribu:onofatheism
topar:cularindividuals,showingtheflimsinessofhisevidence.Thefact,for
instance,thattheEnglishrefertoNapoleonas“legeneraldesathées”does
not,Aléasuggests,provethatheisanatheisthimself;thepassagesofLocke
quoted by Maréchal seem to be impossible to find; and Newton is
condemnedonthebasisofinser:ngintohisGeneralScholium“lespreuves
bannalesdel’existencedeDieu...danslequellesonnereconnaîtpasl’auteur
immorteldesprincipesmathéma:ques”,whichstrikesAléaasapar:cularly
oddwayofprovinghisatheism.
Aléa’sAnBdoteprovedpopular,andasecondedi:on,intwovolumes,appearedunderthe:tleLareligión
triomphantedesaVenantsdel'impiété,this:meundertheauthor’sname.
Outside Europe, OCLC records copies at UCLA, Newberry, Boston Public Library, Harvard, Duke, and
Princeton.
2. [BERTRAND, Séraphique François]. POËSIES DIVERSES. A Leyde [but probably Nantes], Chez
Irameniotena,MDCCXLIX[1749].
£385
FIRST EDITION. 12mo, pp. 183, [1] blank; largely clean
andcrispthroughout,withoccasionalspo2nginplaces,
and a single worm hole throughout at foot, not
affecBng text; in contemporary sheep, spine gilt with
raisedbandsandgilt-leMeredmoroccolabel;somelight
wearandbumping,butsBllanaMracBvecopy.
Firstedi:on,uncommon,ofthissetofpoems,original,
adapted,andtranslated,bytheNantespoetSéraphique
FrançoisBertrand(1702-1752).
Bertrand started his working life as a lawyer, but illhealthforcedhimtore:retohishomecityofNantes,
where he began to publish poetry. This is his first
collec:on, and includes an ode on ingra:tude and
impiety, French adapta:ons of four of Horace’s Odes,
and poems in imita:on of Mar:al, Catullus, Buchanan, and Owen. Also included are transla:ons of
BoccacciointoFrench,andofLafontaineandJean-Bap:steRousseauintoLa:n.
OCLCrecordscopiesattheBLandBNFonly.
3.[CURRENCY].PROCLAMATIONDUROISurleDecretdel’AssembléeNa:onale,du9Mai1790,rela:fàla
signaturedesAssignats.Du13Juin1790.AAix,desImprimeriesdeGibelin-David&Emeric-David,Avocats,
ImprimeursduRois&deM.L’Intendant.1790. £160
Broadside,460x357mm;somestainingaroundfoldmarks.
Uncommon Aix prin:ng of this revolu:onary-era decree concerning the
signaturesonassignats,papercer:ficates,represen:ngthevalueofconfiscated
ecclesias:calproperty,thatwereissuedasbondsinthehopeofwri:ngdown
the na:onal debt. The present decree assigns the responsibility for signing
assignats to twenty ci:zens, with different people given different values of
assignat.
Thesystemwasnotasuccess;assignatswerehugelyoverprinted,andbecame
literallyworthlessthanthepapertheywereprintedon.
ThisAixprin:ngnotinOCLC.
4. [FEARN, John]. AN ESSAY ON IMMORTALITY. By the author of A Review of First Principles of Bishop
Berkeley,DrReid,andProfessorStewart.London:PrintedbyD.CockandCo;1814.
£650
FIRSTEDITION.8vo,pp.viii,328;somespo2ngandfoxinginplacesthroughout;boundwithoneotherwork
(seedescripBon)incontemporaryhalfcalf,marbledboards,spineincompartmentswithBtleinblack;joints
cracked,slightlosstoheadofspine,andsomewear.
First edi:on of the third substan:al work by the Bri:sh Naval Officer turned philosopher John Fearn
(1768-1837).
Fearn was heavily influenced by the work of Locke; in the
present work, he examines what was known as the moral
argument for immortality; anyone expec:ng from that a
discussionofKant’ssecondCriBquewillfindinsteadreferences
toTillotson,thediscoveriesmadebyCookonhisvoyages,and
the wri:ngs of Paley. He rejects the moral argument, but his
reasons are human rather than philosophical. “[It] is not only
defec:veintheeyesofsomeofthosewhoprofesstobelievein
aDeity;but,whatisworse,thestrongeritpleadsitsowncause,
the stronger it urges the objec:on of the ATHEIST, and so
defeats its own purpose whenever it aVempts to eradicate
infidelity”.
Fearn was the author of a dozen books on philosophical subjects, most notably epistemology and visual
percep:on.
BoundwithFearn’sworkisJamesWillsLeMersonthePhilosophyofUnbelief(London,Fellowes,1835)
OCLCrecordsonlyonecopyoutsidetheBri:shIsles,atCovenantCollegeinGeorgia.
5. JARRY DE MANCY, Adrien. ATLAS HISTORIQUE ET CHRONOLOGIQUE DES LITTÉRATURES ANCIENNES ET
MODERNES,desSciencesetdesBeaux-Arts,d’aprèslaméthodeetsurleplandel’atlasdeA.Lesage(Ctede
las Cases), et propre à former le complément de cet Ouvrage, par A. Jarry de Mancy. ... 1re [-XIIme]
Livraison...Plandel’ouvrage.L’AtlashistoriquedesLiVératuresanciennesetmodernes,desSciencesetdes
Beaux-Arts, se composera de tableaux chronologiques et synop:ques, divisés en deux classes, tableaux
générauxettableauxspéciaux.Cesdernierssonconsacrésauxhistoirespar:culièresdescorpsliVéraires,à
l’histoirespécialed’unescience,etc.,etc....AParis,ChezJulesRenouard,[1826-9].£1100
FIRSTEDITION.12volumes,largefolio,with23coloureddoubleleavedsynopBctablesintotal;withoriginal
subscripBoninvoicefromArtaria&FontaineinMannheimtoPrinceMaximilianofBavaria;somemarginal
dustsoilingbutsBllaclean,crispcopy;intheoriginalprintedwrappers;theoddsmallhole,butotherwisein
excellentcondiBon.
A splendid copy, unusually in the original facsicles, of this rather wonderful comprehensive atlas of the
languages, literatures, and arts, based on the model of Lesage’s Atlas historique, généalogique,
chronologiqueetgéographique.
Issued over the course of four years to subscribers (the invoice to one subscriber, Prince Maximilian of
Bavaria, dated 23 September 1826, is s:ll tucked into the first volume), the atlas aims to provide an
overview, in 23 parts, of the whole of ancient and modern literature, including philosophy, theology, and
music. The parts do not seem to have been issued in any par:cular order - the first livraison contains
tableau 10, the second numbers 1 and 4, and so on - and the numbering seems erra:c; moreover, the
promisedtableauonmedicinedoesnotseemtohaveappeared.Thepublishersobviouslywerenoten:rely
sureoftheirplan,adver:singthattheatlaswouldendupbeingcomposedof25tableaux“atmost”.The
wholeworkwasreissuedasasinglevolumein1831andagainin1835.
Among the subjects covered are Western and
Eastern languages; Greek and La:n literature; the
literatures of France, Britain, Germany, Portugal
and Brazil, Spain and La:n America, Scandinavia
andtheNetherlands,RussiaandPoland,andItaly;
physical and mathema:cal sciences; explora:on
andgeography;philosophyandlaw;andmusic.In
eachcase,wefindacolumnonthele{offeringan
overview of the subject, and a number of colourcoded boxes containing chronological lists of
books, events, and writers, o{en with brief
biographicalorbibliographicalnotes.
OCLCrecordsnocopiesofthisedi:on.
6.[JOUSSE,Daniel].NOUVEAUTRAITÉDELASPHERE,oul’onexpliqued’une
maniere claire & simple tout ce qui a rapport à ceVe Science: avec un
discourssurleseclipses,TantduSoleil&delaLunequedesautresAstres.A
Paris,ChezDeburel’aîné,MDCCLX[1755].
£385
FIRSTEDITION.12mo,pp.[ii],vi,3-267,[1]errata;withfourfoldingleavesof
platesatend;somebrowningandfoxingthroughout,marginaldampstainto
last few leaves and plates; in contemporary sheep, spine tooled in gilt with
moroccolabel;rubbedandworn.
First edi:on of this uncommon trea:se by the mathema:cian, astronomer,
andjuristDanielJousse(1704-1781).
Jousseaimshisworkatthelayman,andbeginshisbookwithanexplana:on
of the various geometrical terms encountered, before describing the circles
that divide the sphere of the earth (tropics, equator, arc:c and antarc:c
circles),aswellasthemeridianandthehorizon.Hegoesontoexplainlongitudeandla:tude,thevarying
lengthsofdaysaccordingtoloca:onand:meofyear,thedistribu:onoftheearth’sinhabitants,andthe
usesofthear:ficialsphere.Muchofthesecondhalfistakenupwithanexplana:onofthevarioustypesof
eclipse,alongwithaccountsoftheerrorsmadebyastronomersbothancientandmoderninaccoun:ngfor
them.Theworkisillustratedwithfourplates,includingoneillustra:ngandarmillarysphereandanothera
solarandalunareclipse.
TheauthorwasborninOrléans,wherehespentmuchofhiscareer,andisbestknownasanadvocateanda
specialistincriminallaw;theinfluenceofhiswri:ngsonthesubjectcanbefoundintheNapoleonicCode
pénal. He was, however, a polymath, with a par:cular interest in mathema:cs and music, as well as
astronomy.
OCLCrecordscopiesatMontréal,BNF,andDresden.
7. [MANTEUFFEL, Ernst Christoph Graf von]. AVERTISSEMENT
Nachdem man in der Ste|nischen Intelligenz-Zetul No. 8
wahrgenommen, daß man der, ohnlängst zu Rarvin in HinterPommern gefundenen und von des Herrn Gen. Major von Plathen
Hoch-Wohlgebornen an des Herrn Grafen von Manteuffels Excell.
von diesen aber in die von Deroselben fundirte Kirchen-Bibliothec
zu Kers:n, geschenckten Löwen vorstellenden Metallenen Figur
Erwehnunggethan...[Kers:n,1733].£250
FIRST EDITION. 4to, pp. [8], with pp. 6-7 occupied by double-page
woodcut; some slight dustsoiling and spo2ng, and seemingly
extractedfromavolumeofpamphlets;inrecentbluewrappers.
A charming liVle report, seemingly extracted from a larger
Sammelband,ofthediscoveryofabronzeRomanlioninthecountrysideoutsideRarvin(nearSzczecinin
modern-day Poland). Brought to the church library at Karscino by two local dignitaries, a Gen. Major von
PlathenandErnstChristophvonManteuffel,thelionwasdeclaredbyanuniden:fiedDutchscholartobea
lamp.Thereportdescribesthelion,citesVirgilinanaVempttodiscernitspurpose,andfinisheswithtwo
charmingimages,ofitfacingandthenside-on.
OCLCrecordsjustonecopy,attheAnnaAmaliaBibliothek.
8. [SCOTT, Walter]. PAGINAS DE ORO de Sir Walter ScoV, ô sea Retrato Imparcial de Napoleon. Su
enfermedad y muerte, Seuu las describe aquel célebre escoces en el capitulo VIII de su historia; su
testamento, y algunas par:cularidades rela:vas á la pririon, causa y muerte del desgraciado duque de
ENGHIEN.Segundaedicion.Valencia,LibreriadeCabrerizo,1829.
£225
12mo, pp. [vi], vi, 306, [4] adver:sements; with fron:spiece portrait; first
few leaves browned, but otherwise, aside from some occasional marking,
cleanandfreshthroughout;incontemporarycalf;spineruledingiltwithgiltleVeredmoroccolabel;somewear.
Second edi:on, the same year as the first, of this transla:on of parts of
Walter ScoV’s Life of Napoleon Buonaparte, which had first appeared in
Edinburghin1827.
ScoV’sLife,althoughnotacri:calsuccess,achievedgreatpopularityandwas
quickly translated into several European languages. This Spanish
abridgement (the original occupied nine volumes) concentrates on
Napoleon’s final years and death,including his lastwill and testament, and
the details of his arrest and trial. Although the :tle-page notes that this is
the‘Segundaedicion’,wehavesofarbeenunabletolocateafirst.
OutsideSpain,OCLCrecordscopiesattheBri:shLibrary,theNa:onalLibraryofChile,Columbia,andthe
BNF.
9.[SPINOZA].LESPINOSISMEMODIFIÉ,ouleMondeDieu.[s.l,n.p.],MDCCLXV[II][1765].
£785
FIRSTEDITION.8vo,pp.48;afewoddmarks,butotherwisecleanandcrispthroughout;dateonBtleprinted
asMDCCLXVwithIIaddedinink;incontemporarymarbledwrappers.
A nice copy of this very uncommon brief survey of Spinosism, published
anonymously.Asthesub:tlesuggests,theauthoriden:fiesSpinoza’spantheism
as the framework around which his system is constructed; he divides the work
into four sec:ons on extension, the stars, thinking beings, and determinism,
no:ngthewaysinwhichSpinoza’sthoughtsconvergewithanddivergefromthose
ofDescartes,Newton,Kepler,andFontenelle,aswellashisdebttoEpicureanism.
We have been unable to iden:fy the author, but the book itself caused some
alarm thanks to its pantheist (read as atheist) leanings. Bachaumont, in his
Mémoirssecretsofthesameyearobservesofthebookthat,‘Cen'estplusdansle
ténèbresetdanslesilencequesetraînel'impiété:mide,elleselèveaujourd'hui
un front al:er, elle déchire les bandeaux les plus respectés, elle se montre à
découvert...ettellequecemonstredelaFable,unedesestêtesàpeineabaVue,
ilenrenaitplusieursautres’.
OCLCrecordsjustasinglecopy,attheHebrewUnionCollegeinCincinna:.
10.VALERIAN,Adolphe.CONSIDÉRATIONSGÉNÉRALESSURLECHOLÉRA-MORBUSÉPIDÉMIQUE,suiviesde
quelquesconseilshygiéniquesadressésamesconcitoyens.ThèsePrésentéeetpubliquementsoutenueàla
facultédeMédecinedeMontpellier,le18août1832...Montpellier,ImprimeriedeX.Julien,1832.£215
FIRST EDITION. 8vo, pp. 47, [1] blank; some spo2ng and browning in places; in the original printed
wrappers,withpresentaBoninscripBonfromtheauthoronuppercover;extremiBessomewhatfrayed.
Uncommondisserta:onpresentedtothemedicalfacultyatMontpellierattheheightofthe1832cholera
epidemicbythenewlyqualifiedProvençalphysicianAdolpheValerian.
Valerian describes the route taken by cholera to reach Europe,
discusses some of the recommenda:ons for the preven:on and
treatment of the disease, and examines some of the theories offered
to explain its spread, in an aVempt to determine whether it is an
infec:onoracontagion.Thebulkofthedisserta:onistakenupwith
advice on hygiene, no:ng that preven:on is beVer than cure. He
describesthewaysinwhichhishomecityofAixhasadvantagesover
many towns, with its wide streets, with gentle slopes that allow the
freeflowofwater,andthecleansingwindsofthemistral.Withthisin
mind, Valerian devotes his aVen:on principally to the ways in which
towns can be designed to minimise the risks, and the ways in which
centraladministra:oncanhelp,inkeepingstreetsclean,ensuringthe
isola:onofinfectedpa:ents,andprovidingbathingfacili:es.
OCLCrecordscopiesattheBL,BNF,andtheBIUdeSantéinParis.
EdmundBrumfiVRareBooks
POBox70070
LondonSE159ER
+44(0)7974267357
edmund@ebrb.co.uk
MemberABA/ILAB
Auteur
Document
Catégorie
Uncategorized
Affichages
0
Taille du fichier
3 469 KB
Étiquettes
1/--Pages
signaler