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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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THE ECONOMICS OF AN ARISTOCRATIC ESTATE
IN PRE-REVOLUTIONARY FRANCE
AN EARLY ILLUSTRATED WORK ON FORESTRY


ESTANCELIN, Louis. Collection de Cartes Concernant les Forêts, Triages et Bois Taillis du Comté-Pairie d’Eu, Avec plusieures Desseins et Etats analogues au Commerce et à la Partie des Bois. [France], Gravée par Chambon, 1768.

Only edition of this unusual volume surveying the wooded holdings of the Count of Eu, in Upper Normandy, a work comprised entirely of 40 fine, single-sided engravings, including a pictorial title page, 13 calligraphic plates of text, charts and tables, 5 botanical and industrial images, and 21 handsome, precise maps of the woods, copses and forests within the County of Pairie d’Eu. “This volume, evidently not intended for general sale, is a great rarity” (Thiébaud, 155).
$6,850


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SANITATION IN ENLIGHTENMENT SPAIN


[SANITATION] OLIVIDE Y JAÚREGUI, Pablo Antonio de. Reglamento General de Limpieza de las calles por semanas de esta ciudad de Sevilla Dispuesto por el Señor Don Pablo de Olavide ... para desde 5. de Octubre de este año de 1767. Seville, Dr. D. Geronymo de Castilla, 1767.

Very rare document announcing new sanitation regulations in 18th-century Seville. These enlightenment, reformist solutions to one of Seville’s longstanding public health problems are the work of the writer, politician and lawyer Pablo de Olivide (1725-1803), who was appointed intendant and asistente of Seville in 1767, in the year of the document’s publication.
$950


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MERCANTILE MATHEMATICS IN MILAN


PISANI, Giovanni Battista. Giardino aritmetico. Milan, Per Lodovico Monza, 1646.

Very rare first and only edition of a practical handbook of business mathematics by Giovanni Battista Pisani (born circa 1606), who promises on the work’s title page to help readers “solve the intricate Labyrinth of mercantile accounting.” The small-format volume seems clearly to have been intended as a vademecum for Milanese merchants, and its practicality and portability in the marketplace perhaps account for its low survival rate today.
$3,850


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LIBERTÉ DÉMOGRAPHIQUE! THE FIRST MODERN DEMOGRAPHIC STUDY
—CONSCRIPTION BEFORE THE FRENCH REVOLUTION


POMMELLES, Chevalier de. Tableau de la population de toutes les provinces de France, et de la proportion, sous tous les rapports, des naissances, des morts & des marriages depuis dix ans, d’après les registres de chaque Généralité. Paris, 1789.

Very rare first edition of de Pommelles’ groundbreaking study of the population of France and its bearing on provincial militia quotas, important for the application of statistics to the study of large groups.
$3,350


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