Ten Books
(c. 1600-1877)


Slavery-Religious Iconography-
Risk-Taking & Insurance-Fortifications-
Censorship-Travel & Exploration-
Women-Beer


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Affaire de la Vigilante #1
SLAVERY
"Rare untranslated original work in French
documenting the slave trade" (Miller)

1. [SLAVERY] Affaire de la Vigilante, batiment négrier de Nantes. Paris, l'Imprimerie de Crapelet, 1823. 8vo, (1) f (=title page), pp. 1-8. With a folding lithographic plate by Charles-Philibert de Lasteyrie.
$6500
 
"A rare untranslated, original work in French documenting the slave trade--not merely reproducing and translating Clarkson or other English abolitionists" (Miller, p. 172). The anonymous pamphlet describes the capture of La Vigilante, a French vessel from Nantes employed in the slave trade, on April 15, 1822 by the British. The boat had 345 slaves on board, who were found lying on their backs as well as seated on the lower deck, with chains around their necks, feet, and arms--a horrific scene pictured in the lithograph, accompanying the pamphlet.

SLAVERY LAWS, TRADE & ECONOMY
IN THE FRENCH CARIBBEAN

2. CASSAN, Jean-Baptiste. Considérations sur les rapports qui doivent exister entre les colonies et les métropoles, et particulièrement sur l'état actuel du Commerce Français dans les Antilles, relativement à celui qu'y font les Étrangers... À Paris, Chez Guillot, Libraire de Monsieur, rue des Bernardins, 1790. 8vo (19.3x12.5cm), (1-3) pp, 4-127 pp. Modern bradel binding with gray paper covers, title stamped in black on spine.    
$2850

An exceedingly rare tract urging the French government to allow its colonies in the Antilles to trade with England as well as to improve colonial laws and the conditions of slaves, written by the French royal physician on the island of Saint Lucia, Jean-Baptiste Cassan. In 1786, Saint Lucia was a small colony, with a population of about 20,000 people, 80 % of which were slaves. Only one copy in a U.S. institution recorded by OCLC.

RELIGIOUS ICONOGRAPHY
EXTREMELY RARE ICONOGRAPHY
SEVEN VIRTUES & SEVEN DEADLY SINS
PARIS CA. 1600

3. LECLERC, Jean IV & CHARPY, Edme. [The Seven Deadly Sins & The Seven Virtues]. [Paris, circa 1600]. 7 leaves of numbered engravings (1-7) in each suite. 278 x 200 mm. In a later quarter-binding in leather with paste paper sides, title in ink on the spine.
[Bound with:]
GRISPOLDI, Gaspare. VII Petitiones orationis dominicae correspondentes ad VII sacramenta XPI Ecclae nec non ad VII Virtutes... [Italy, circa 1600]. Engraved title and 5 engraved plates (nos. 1, 3, 4, 5, 7) out of 7.
$4450

Three exceedingly rare separately published suites of engravings on the seven deadly sins, seven virtues, and seven petitions (5 out of 7 in our copy) bound together, two of them published by the engraver, printer and print seller Jean IV Leclerc (1560-1621/2).

RISK-TAKING & INSURANCE
ADVICE ON HOW TO GET RICH:
CALCULATING RISK AND PROBABILITY

4. CODRONCHI, Niccola. Saggio Filosofico su i contratti e giochi d’azzaro. Florence, Gaetano Cambiagi, 1783. 8vo. [21 x 14 cm], (4) ff., 123 pp. (p. 124 blank). Bound in contemporary vellum-backed patterned boards with matching patterned edges, gilt title label on spine. Armorial bookplate of Giuliano Monaldini on verso of title page.
$3850

First and sole edition of an exceedingly rare work on the underlying principles of insurance contracts and business ventures, focusing on the psychological, ethical, and mathematical dimensions of risk-taking. Codronchi states early on that “there is perhaps no other more constant and universal desire among men than the desire to enrich themselves” (p. 1). He links man’s readiness to undertake risks to hope—a factor, that defines what he calls “chance contracts” (contratto di azzardo). OCLC locates only one copy in the U. S.—at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

FORTIFICATIONS
VAUBAN’S THEORY OF FORTIFICATION IN ITALY
PUBLISHED THE YEAR VAUBAN’S POLYGONAL TRACE
WAS ADOPTED IN PALERMO

5. CASTRONE, Benedetto Maria. L’ingegnoso ritrovato di fortificare con mirabil esattezza ogni sorta di poligono regolare sopra l’idea del signor di Vauban. Palermo, Stamperia di Gramignani, 1733. 4to (22.5 x 16.5 cm), (8) pp., 1-52 pp. With 5 folding engraved plates (numbered Tab. XIV, XV, XVI, XVII, XVIII). In carta rustica, deckled edges.
$2950

The first separately published edition of a short tract in parallel Italian and Latin by the Italian mathematician Benedetto Maria Castrone on Vauban’s theory of fortification. It was published in the same year that the city of Palermo (the place of this book’s publication) adopted Vauban’s regular polygonal trace. Sébastien Le Prestre de Vauban (1633-1707) was one of the greatest military engineers of all times, who revolutionized fortification construction.

CENSORSHIP
BIOGRAPHY OF JANSENIST SCHOLAR GODEFROY HERMANT
WITH MANUSCRIPT MATERIAL ON LOUIS XIV’s ROYAL CENSORSHIP

6. BAILLET, Adrien. La vie de Godefroy Hermant docteur de la Maison & Société de Sorbonne... Amsterdam: Chez Pierre Mortier, 1717. 12mo, (3) ff, 159 pp., (1) p. blank. Contemporary calf binding, gilt floral frame on the covers, raised bands, edges gilt, gilt floral pastedowns.
$3850

The first and only edition of the most detailed biography of the Jansenist theologian and doctor of the Sorbonne Godefroy (or Geoffroy) Hermant (1617-1690) by Adrien Baillet (1649-1706), a prolific historian and librarian and one of the most interesting and lesser-known French seventeenth-century intellectuals. The volume includes several loose manuscript pages. Among them is a copy of a letter from Louis Phélypeaux de Pontchartrain, the Secretary of State to Louis XIV dated January 15, 1692. In the letter, Pontchartrain writes that the king has looked at Hermant's epitaph written by Baillet's friends and asks not to publish it.

TRAVEL & EXPLORATION
EARLY PORTUGUESE CONTACTS WITH ASIA
“None of the early observers matched de Castro in measuring the large-scale pattern of geomagnetic declination field” (Trigo, Vaquero)

7. [INDIA / JOHN DE CASTRO] FREIRE DE ANDRADA, Jacinto / tr. WYCHE, Peter. The Life of Dom John de Castro, the Fourth Vice-Roy of India ... Containing also a particular relation of the most famous siege of Dio. London, Henry Herringman, 1664. Folio [28.5 x 18.5 cm], engraved frontispiece portrait, (10) ff., 272 pp., (10) ff., with engraved plate following p. 35 and double-page engraved map following p. 72. Contemporary English calf, ruled, spine with six compartments and paper title label. 
$9850

First edition in English, first issue of the most famous biography in the Portuguese language. D. João de Castro (1500-1548), the fourth vice-roy of India and military commander, was also famous for collecting geomagnetic data of greatest significance for the study of long-term changes in the magnetic field of our planet. The book is important for the history of early contacts between Portugal and India.

"One of the Classic Source Book
for the Recapture of Bahia" – Borba

8. GUERREIRO, Bartolomeu. Jornada dos Vassalos da Coroa de Portugal, pera se recuperare a Cidade do Salvador, na Bahya de todos os Santos, tomada pollos Olandezes, a oito de Mayo de 1624. & recuperada ao primeiro de Mayro 1625. Lisbon, Mattheus Pinheirio, 1625. 4to in eights [19.5 x 14.4 cm], 74 ff., (1) folding engraved plate. Bound in elaborately stamped contemporary calf, rebacked, red sprinkled edges; later paste-downs & endpapers.
$14850
 
Rare contemporary Portuguese account of the Dutch conquest in May 1624 of the principal Brazilian city, Salvador da Bahia, a brief victory that was reversed less than a year later by the largest armada ever sent to the Americas. This Dutch attempt to establish a colony in Brazil was the first episode in a 30-year war with the Portuguese and Spanish that had a lasting effect on the balance of European powers and colonial holdings. Portuguese-language accounts are notably rarer than their Dutch counterparts.

WOMEN
THE “PROTOTYPE OF MODERN COURTESAN”
IN THE SECOND FRENCH EMPIRE

9. PEARL, Cora. Mémoires de Cora Pearl. Treizième mille. Paris, Jules Lévy, Libraire-Éditeur. 2, Rue Antoine-Dubois, 2. 1886. 18° (18 x 11.5 cm): (2) ff, 360 pp. Complete with 1 folding facsimile plate of Cora Pearl's birth certificate. Quarter-bound in green calf, marbled paper boards, marbled paste-downs and endpapers, raised bands.
$1750
 
The first edition of the memoirs of the renowned French courtesan Cora Pearl (1835-1886), who led one of the most fascinating lives in nineteenth-century Paris, published four months before her death. Born Eliza Emma Crouch, she moved to Paris in her twenties, took on the pseudonym of Cora Pearl and "by unanimous consent ... became, for twenty-five years, the prototype of the modern courtesan" (Richardson, p. 28).

BEER
BREWERY ATLAS SHOWING THE LATEST TECHNOLOGY
AND ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN
NO US COPY

10. [Brewery/ Architecture] HABICH, G. E. & JOHANNESSON, B. Brauerei-Atlas. Enthaltend vollständige Brauerei-Anlagen sowie Maschinen und Geräthe (Leipzig, Otto Spamer, 1877). In 2 volumes. Atlas folio with a suite of 25 lithographic plates in printed publisher's wrappers; and text in 8vo. 
$3350

Expanded, third edition (1866-first; 1869-second) of a very rare publication on later nineteenth century German beer making on the eve of the invention of pasteurization. Complete ensemble of the folio atlas and textbook showcasing the Kosler Brothers’ newly built brewery in Ljubljana, Slovenia, and presently part of the Heineken group. 5 large plates deal with the factory which was built by Carl Tietz, one of the foremost architects of his time in Vienna. Very rare, no US copy of any of the 3 editions.

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