Paris: Chez Favre, . Hardcover. An early French history of the American Revolution, published just two years after the French Revolution ended, by two French citizens and historians. The work inevitably compares the two revolutions. Interesting documents in the Founders Archive at the National Archives show that Jean Chas and Thomas Jefferson exchanged correspondence regarding the book. Chas wrote that he met Jefferson when he was the ambassador to France and showed Jefferson the manuscript for the book, and was now honored to send him a copy. Jefferson wrote back to thank him, saying "It is a happy circumstance for our country that its fortunes interest the eloquent writers of your country and through them find their way to the notice of the world. the scenes through which we have past were worthy of your pen, inasmuch as to they presented to mankind the first example in Modern times of a people asserting successfully the right of self government, and establishing that government among themselves by common consent." Chas and Lebrun dedicated the book to the then First Consul, Napoleon. Bound in contemporary full brown leather with gilt decoration to spine and red spine label. Leather is chipped, torn, abraded and rubbed. The joints have pulled away a bit to reveal the binding cords. Hinges also weak. Interior pages generally clean with inkspot to fore edge, ownership signatures to half title and ffep. Bookplate of William Sheffield, probably the U.S. Representative and Senator from Rhode Island in the mid to late 1800s. Binding good, contents in very good condition. Small octavo. 458 pages plus one page advertisement. AMERH/050621. Very GoodVery Good -.
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Paris: Urbain Canel et Ad. Guyot, 1832. Hardcover. Bound in black quarter leather with black and cream marbled covers with ornate spine with gilt titling and decoration. Leather is chipped and torn. Paper covers abraded along edges and on back cover. Front and rear free endpapers missing, damp stains along top of first forty-three pages and light foxing throughout. Good+. 356 pages. Good +.
Paris: Chez Treuttel et Würtz, 1828. Hardcover. Scarce. These three volumes in French on the voyages made by Christopher Columbus to the new world were published as part of Navarette's five volume Collection of the voyages and discoveries made by the Spaniards since the late 15th century. The volumes include two engravings of Columbus, a facsimile of one of his handwritten letters, and two large fold-out maps of the areas he explored. This is a monumental history of the four voyages of Columbus that includes a lengthy introduction, detailed descriptions of each voyage, the texts of his letters, and more. Bound in three quarter brown leather with marbled paper boards and endpapers. Leather is scuffed, bumped, and the spine is sunned. Volume II has an area of exposed board to front cover. Evidence of spine and front cover labels having been removed and round blind stamp to title pages. There is scattered foxing throughout, most heavily in volume II. The plates and maps are in nice condition. A very good copy of this classic work. Octavo. Volume I: 400 pages; Volume II: 489 pages; Volume III: 444 pages. TRAVEL/072021. Very Good.
Lyon: Chez Bruyset Ainé & C., 1796. Hardcover. Fourth edition of this exhaustive treatise on the botany of European plants and flowers. The title translates: "Elementary Demonstrations of Botany. Containing the general principles of this Science, the fundamentals of Methods, and the elements of plant physics. The description of the most common, the most curious, the most useful Plants, arranged according to the Method of Tournefort & that of Linnaeus. Their uses & their properties in the Arts, the rural economy, in Human & Veterinary Medicine; as well as an instruction on harvesting & desiccating plants." The title page notes that this fourth edition adds to the notices of the principal authors, adds descriptions of nearly twelve hundred species not included in the previous edition, and draws up to form a complete body of doctrine, embracing the history of almost all of Europe and of those which have been naturalized there by culture. We have added the figures of nearly 400 alpine, southern or northern plants drawn under the direction of Richier de Belleval and under that of Linnaeus, those of the most common grasses in Europe, mosses and the like, accompanied by a commentary and a critical discussion. The author Jean-Baptiste François Rozier (1734 -1793 ) was a French botanist and agronomist. With his friend Claret de la Tourrette, he wrote Démonstrations élémentaires de botanique, foregrounding the virtues of plants and combining the principles of Tournefort and Linné. In 1786 Rozier became director of Lyon's agriculture school. He assisted in the early stages of the French Revolution, asking the first two assemblies to create a national agriculture school. He became curé constitutionnel of Sainte-Polycarpe parish in Lyon during the Revolution and was killed in his bed by a bomb during the siege of Lyon [Wikipedia]. Bound in brown quarter leather with green marbled boards and gilt titling to spine. Bindings are scuffed, bumped and rubbed. the top of the spine of Volume 2 is torn and chipped. The free front endpapers of the first two volumes have the top half torn away. the free front endpapers to volumes 3 and 4 are missing. Stamps to title page of Stl Alphonsus Church, New Orleans. No other ex-library signs. Volume 1 has eight foldout plates and Volume 4 has two. Despite flaws still a good, sound set of this classic work. Small octavos. Volume 1 has 512 pages followed by pages 721-735. It is unclear whether a section was removed during binding. Volume 2: 752 pages; Volume 3: 776 pages; Volume 4: 735 pages. Very Good -.