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SOUSA, Joseph de.: 
Collecçao  de algumas obras posthumas, que em prosa, e verso deixou 
Joseph de Sousa, Cego desde o berco, ..etc...1746....
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Escobar, Gerardo de, pseud. [i.e. Antonio de Escobar] Crystaes d’alma, frases do corac,am rhetorica do sentimento, amantes desalinhos. Escreve-os Gerardo de Escobar .. 1721....
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Costume ball in the Winter palace. 2 volumes. 
(Kostiumirovannyi bal v Zimnem dvortse ) Bi-lingual English-Russian edition. published in 2003
Volume 1: Album with photographs with biographical references / Al'bom s fotografiiami i biograficheskimi stat'iami. 464pp., 198 photographs, some in colour
Volume  2: Research, documents, materials with added notes and a coloured section of the garments worn which moved through various museums in the 1930-ies. Also added a supplement with photographs of the guests at the ball not included in the album as separate pictures. This 2nd volume is in English only 128pp., 
JOSEPH, JACQUES , ( 1865-1934 )
NASENPLASTIK UND SONSTIGE GESICHTSPLASTIK, NEBST EINEN ANHANG ÜBER MAMMAPLASTIK und einige weitere Operationen aus dem Gebiete der äusseren Koerperplastik: EIN ATLAS UND LEHRBUCH, mit 1718 zum Teil farbigen Abbildungen im Text.Leipzig, Kabitzsch,1931. Oxford, W.A.MEEUWS, Photomechanischer Nachdruck /1718 partly coloured illustrations (drawings and photographs )  Reprint edition. Willem A Meeuws Publisher, 1975. xxxi, 842p, + Korrigenda . £ 45.00 

This is the author's major work on plastic surgery of the nose, his 1st. efforts were in 1911(in HANDBUCH der SPECIELLEN CHIRURGIE., edited by KATZ, PREYSING,und BLUMEN FELD) , and another in 1916 (DIE KRIEGSVERLETZUNGEN der KIEFER und ANGRENZDEN TEILE),& another in 1927(a single volume in 5 languages). 
see: GM 5763. A masterpiece of 20th century plastic surgery Jacques Joseph (1865–1934) gehört zu den Pionieren und Wegbereitern der plastisch-rekonstruktiven Chirurgie



Ignatius, Bishop of Antioch, Saint, Martyr, c.35-c.107. W. Cureton : Corpus Ignatianum: A Complete Collection of the  Ignatian Epistles genuine, interpolated, and spurious; together with numerous extracts from them, as quoted by ecclesiastical writers down  to the tenth century; in Syriac, Greek, and Latin : an English translation  of the Syriac text, copious notes, and introduction, by William  Cureton.London, Francis and John Rivington, 1849, [4], xvii, lxxxvii,  [2], 365, [2] pp.; double-page pl. of Syriac mss. drawn by Harrietta  Cureton, lithographed in red & black;   size 26 x 17 cm., text in Syriac,  Greek, Latin and English. Robust and elegant full dark brown calf leather binding,  £350
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Hortus Deliciarum: Manuscript Reconstruction W.Commentary  ( Studies of the Warburg Institute volume 36 ) A Reconstruction by Rosalie Green, Michael Evans, Christine Bischoff, and Michael Curschmann. With contributions by T. Julian Brown and Kenneth Levy. Under the direction of Rosalie Green. 2 folio-sized vols. Warburg Institute/E.J. Brill, 1979, Volume 1 360 illustrations on plates; Volume 2 : texts and many more illustrations of which several full-page plates in fine colours. in addition to 168 facsimile plates of the original manuscript. The Hortus Deliciarum is a large compilation of texts from Biblical, traditional and theological sources to treat the history of the world from creation to its final consummation at the end of time. This compilation made by Herrad, abbess of Hohenbourg in Alsace between 1176-1196, also includes numerous illustrations of high quality that explain the text and entertain the reader. 
Fischart, Johann
Das Glückhafft Schiff von Zürich : ein Lobspruch vonn der Glücklichen und Wolfertigen Schiffart, einer Burgerlichen Gesellschafft auß Zürich, auff das  außgeschriben Schiessen gen Straßburg den 21. Junij, des 76. jars, nicht vil erhörter weis vollbracht. Dazu eines Neidigen Verunglimpfers schantlicher Schmachspruch, von gedachtem Glückschiff . Samt desselbigen Notwendigem Kehrab ist gethan worden.( Buch der Rupprecht-Presse ,  38 ) München : Rupprecht-Presse, 1927, small 4to., full vellum. 83 [1] pp. Number 19 of an edition of 150 numbered copies hand-printed  on Bedenk paper. ***  A example of fine printing by the most profoundly German private press of the early 20th century. Founded in 1914 in Munich by typographer Fritz Helmut Ehmcke, the Rupprecht Presse published over a span of 20 years some 57 books, of which this No. 38. Drawing mainly on German literature for his sources, Ehmcke printed in artistic form a number of works by philosophers, and this poem composed by pro-Reformation satirist Johann Fischart (1546 - 1590) was typical of his choices. One of the most prominent writers of his time, Fischart first saw his poem published in 1576, and it was regarded as one of the most distinguished works of the last quarter of the 16th century. As in all Rupprecht Presse offerings, Ehmcke designed the covers, endpapers and typefaces for this work. Text is in Ehmcke-Schwabacher, designed in 1920; headings in Ehmcke-Fraktur, designed in 1909 and cut by noted typographer Louis Hoell. Hoell also worked with the renowned Bremer Presse of Munich, as did calligrapher Anna Simon, who created the handwritten initials in red for this volume. Finely printed with wide margins on Bedenk hand-made paper with deckled edges.£395

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Joyce, James

London Folio Society 2004 Limited and Numbered Edition Published on 16 June, 2004 to mark the Centenary of the day on which the action of the book is set. The edition is limited to 1760 copies. In full goatskin binding, blocked with a design by Jeff Clements (a turquoise-blue leather, with gilt and black decoration) with gold colour endpapers. In a dark blue buckram-bound solander box blocked with Joyce's  signature in gilt on the front and used with special permission of the Joyce estate and the title in gilt on spine side. The text used is the one as issued in the 1998 Folio Society edition (which takes the text of the 1926 second edition) set in Old Style with Pastonchi display. Illustrated with 18 etchings with gold leaf by Mimo Paladino.  With gilded top edge and ribbon marker, 758 pages, 18 plates, Introduction by  Jacques Aubert  and a new, revised 2004 preface by the author's grandson Stephen James Joyce.  Paladino's etchings were first published in a limited edition of 18 copies. £650

Seven Pillars of Wisdom. A Triumph. 
The Complete 1922 Text. 
3 Volumes
Edited by Jeremy Wilson. Castle Hill Press, 1997, 4to sized volumes, Three volume set, of which this set is number 210  of the cloth edition in 650  copies (of an edition of 752), in cloth-covered slip-case as issued. 1997, xxii,434pp.; [x],435-880pp.; Vol. III: [vi]+128 (Plates), 4to., original quarter pale grey cloth, green leather labels, grey boards, (vol.iii: matching limp cream cloth, backstrip gilt lettered), dustjackets,  A very fine set. Edited by Jeremy Wilson and based on the Bodleian Library manuscript and Lawrence"s corrected and amended copy of the 1922 «Oxford Times» proof. This edition contains 83,000 words, and  this Oxford Text is one third longer than previously-published editions, (334,500 words ) which were all based on Lawrence"s 1926 one volume subscribers" abridgement. This is thus the first edition of the 1922 text, volume 1 contains the introduction and books I - V, volume 2 contains books VI - X and editorial notes and volume 3 contains a 112-page photographic album with photographs, partly in colour, from the collection formed by Lawrence and presented to the Imperial War Museum. £975

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Self portrait
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ALBERS, J.,. Poems and Drawings / Gedichte und Zeichnungen.. New York, 1961; oblong 8vo; unnumbered pages, texts and plates, bound concertina- style; illus. wrps with printed plastic foil wraparound. * Presentation copy from the publisher of this, the second edition, with his inscription on the front free e.p., over an abstract design which appears to be a lithograph not included in ordinary copies, or else an original drawing. paper£95.00
ARIOSTO, L.,. Der Rasende Roland and Kleinere Werke. 3 Volumes. Uebersetzt und eingeleitet von Alfons Kissner. , Muenchen, Georg Mueller, n.d. [1908/09], XLIII, 634, XV,722, LIII,660pp., with numerous b.&w. illus. mounted on heavy paper, orig. half leather, richly gilt, heads of spines s lightly rubbed, spine of vol. one with very small surface defect at base. *One of an edition limited to 835 numbered copies* First complete edition in German, a fine set.  Ariosto, the Italian poet, is remembered primarily for his ORLANDO FURIOSO, published in its final version in 1532. Ariosto's work was the most celebrated narrative poem of the Italian high Renaissance. Ariosto began writing Orlado Furioso in about 1505, but he constantly expanded the work, polished its metre, and revised it to fit in the Tuscan vernacular. In 1507 he read the unfinished work to the convalescent Isabella Gonzaga d'Este, "causing two days to pass not only without boredom but with the greatest of pleasure." It took sixteen years before Ariosto published the 1532 edition, a year before his death. The plot revolves around the conflict of the Christian versus the Moor, the war between Charles, the Holy Roman Emperor, and Agramante, King of North Africa, and Marsilio, King of Spain. With the defeat and death of Agramante, the conflict ends, and Marsilio returns to Spain£39.50

Title page from earlier edition
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Poncelet, J. V. (Jean Victor) (1788-1867)
Paris: Bachelier, Libraire, Quai des Augustins, 1822. First edition.
With 12 engraved folding plates.. No markings or stamps in the text, but the there is foxing throughout, mostly in the margins, in the prelims and first 50 pages and margins of the plates the foxing is heavier. [i-xlvi], 1-436, errata, plates I-XII. The Rapport de l'Institut de France, Academie Royale des Sciences, seance du 5 juin 1820  by Poisson, Arago, Cauchy. Certified by Delamere.  in a new quarter brown leather binding with leather corners, title label. £650.00

Born to a poor family in Metz in 1788, Poncelet won a scholarship to the lycée and then the École Polytechnique where he studied under Gaspard Monge. In 1810 entered the military engineering college at Metz. He was commissioned a lieutenant of engineers and served in Napoleon's invasion of Russia in 1812. Abandoned as dead at the Battle of Krasnoy, he was imprisoned by the Russians at Saratov before being repatriated to France in 1814. During his imprisonment, he studied projective geometry and started to investigate those properties that figures share with their shadows. With no books at hand, he planned his great Traite des proprietes projectives des figures, which, subsequent to his release and return to Metz late in 1814, he put into form and published in Paris in 1822. It is a geometric milestone. It gave tremendous impetus to the study of projective geometry and inaugurated the so-called "great period" in the history of the subject. The book can be considered the founding text of projective geometry and introduces fundamental ideas such as the cross-ratio, perspective, involution and the circular points at infinity. His development of the pole and polar lines associated with conics led to the principle of duality. A second edition of Traité des Propértiés Projectives appeared in 1865 and it has been reprinted since. On Poncelet's repatriation to France, he resumed military engineering duties at Metz, being appointed professor of mechanics at the école d'application in 1825. There, in his lectures, he coined the term fatigue to describe the failure of materials under repeated stress. He took a particular interest in the design of turbines and waterwheels, proposing the inward-flow turbine in 1826, though the first model was not built until 1838. In his book Industrial Mechanics (1829) he proved the work-kinetic energy theorem and demonstrated its wide applicability. He also wrote a report on the English machinery and tools displayed at the London International Exhibition of 1851, a two-volume expansion of his earlier work of 1822 (1862, 1865), and numerous geometry articles in the pages of Crelle's Journal. Gaspard de Coriolis was simultaneously developing the same ideas, but this work makes Poncelet the most influential engineer in history. Poncelet has been attributed to have introduced the concept of work as the product of force and translation. Poncelet left Metz in 1835 and became professor of mechanics at the Sorbonne in 1838. From 1848, he held the rank of general, commanding the École Polytechnique. Poncelet retired from his administrative duties in 1850 to devote himself to mathematical research. He died in Paris in 1867. A French unit of power, the poncelet, was named after him.

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Main Author: Poncelet, M (Jean Victor), 1788-1867 
Title Details: Traité des propriétés projectives des figures : ouvrage utile a ceux qui s'occupent des applications de la géométrie descriptive et d'opérations géométriques sur le terrain / par J.V. Poncelet 
Publisher: Paris : Bachelier, 1822 
Physical desc.: xlvi, 426 p., [12] fold. leaves of plates : ill ; 26 cm 
Note: Includes bibliographical references
Subject: Geometry, Projective - France 
Language: French 

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