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THE METRIC SYSTEM IN REPUBLICAN PARIS
A CONTEMPORARY COLLECTION OF 26 RARE TITLES
MANY CONTEMPORARY ANNOTATIONS


[METRIC SYSTEM] / [FRENCH REPUBLIC] Mesures Républicaines. Paris, 1793-99.

Contemporary sammelband of 26 rare first-edition tracts relating to the early development of the metric system during the French First Republic. The volume contains titles published in Paris between 1793 and 1799, several of which include large folding tables and engravings illustrating problem surrounding the adoption of various new measurement standards for weights, linear units, monetary units, etc. The earliest and longest title included here has been extensively corrected and supplemented by a contemporary annotator to reflect later official changes to measurement and unit nomenclature.
$4,500


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‘GREAT AMERICAN MASTODON!!’
NOW ON DISPLAY AT NEW YORK’S AMERICAN MUSEUM
OF NATURAL HISTORY
‘NO LIVING ANIMAL APPROACHES THIS IN SIZE’


[PALEONTOLOGY BROADSIDE] Now Exhibiting at the Hall. The Skeleton of this Gigantic Animal was Discovered in the Month of August last on the Farm of Mr. Nathaniel Brewster, in the Town of Newburgh, Orange Co. N.Y. … . United States, c. 1846.

$7,850


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PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION COMES TO PARIS


[PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION] [Title label]: Nouvelles Voitures dites Omnibus. [Drop title]: Nouvelles Voitures a 25 Centimes par Station, qui circulent dans Paris. Paris, Chez Godet, [1828?].

Extremely rare illustrated brochure announcing the introduction of mass public transport to Paris, the second city to adopt the ‘omnibus’ after its invention in Nantes by Stanislas Baudry in 1826.
$3,850


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THE FIRST SYSTEMATIC TREATISE ON MINING


AGRICOLA, Georg. De re metallica Libri XII quibus officia, instrumenta, machinae ac omnia denique ad Metallicam spectantia... . Basel, [Froben], 1561.

An appealing copy of the second Latin edition of “the first systematic treatise on mining and metallurgy” (PMM 70, 1556 ed.), by Agricola, town physician in Joachimsthal, a silver-mining community in the eastern side of the Erzegebirge mountains in modern-day Czechoslovakia.
$14,500


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THE FIRST SYSTEMATIC MINERALOGY
IN A VERNACULAR LANGUAGE


[MINERALOGY] AGRICOLA, Giorgio. De la generatione de le cose, che sotto la terra sono, e de le cause de’ loro effeti e nature. Venice, Michelle Tramezzino, 1550.

Rare first Italian edition and first edition in any vernacular language of “the first handbook of modern systematic mineralogy” (Horblit/Grolier, Latin no. 1546).
$4,850


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