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[ Swiss Flora; Alpines ] Swiss botany in the Enllghtenment period: an anonymous manuscript Flora of Switzerland in Latin, with observational notes in French and German.

Author: 
Flora of Switzerland [ Albrecht von Halle (1708-1777), Abraham Gagnebin (1707-1800) and Johann Rudolf Suter (1766-1827), Swiss naturalists and botanists ]
Swiss Flora 1
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[ Switzerland. Circa 1790? ]
£5,000.00
Swiss Flora 1

The present item is a product of the marked growth of interest in botany in general and the flora of Switzerland in particular exhibited during the Enlightenment, and exemplified by Jean-Jacques Rousseau's celebrated 'Lettres élémentaires sur la botanique'. Alexandra Cook's 'Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Botany' (2012) is a useful discussion of the subject (see in particular Chapter 3: 'Helvetia mediatrix: the atmosphere of eighteenth-century Swiss science'). It provides in addition a mass of invaluable observational evidence. 396pp, 8vo.

[ Medicine in Georgian Scotland. ] Printed form from the University of Edinburgh Faculty of Medicine, signed by Andrew Duncan the Younger, and made out in manuscript for undergraduate 'Mr A Moore', with signed note by Moore regarding his examination.

Author: 
Andrew Duncan the younger (1773-1832), Professor at Edinburgh University [ Alexander Monro III of Craiglockhart (1773-1859); James Gregory (1753-1821), Scottish physician; Alexander Moore ]
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[ University of Edinburgh, Faculty of Medicine. ] Edinburgh, 24 April 1820. Moore's note dated 16 May 1820.
£200.00

On a 12mo bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. Addressed, with postmark and seal in red wax, on reverse of second leaf, to 'Mr A Moore | Mr Watsons | No 1 Gibbs Entry'. The printed form is on the recto of the first leaf, and begins (autograph additions by Duncan in square brackets): 'Edinburgh, [24 April] 18[20] | Sir, | You are desired to attend a Meeting of the Faculty of Medicine, at Dr [Gregory's on Monday 15 May at Three] o'clock.

[ Henry Home, Lord Kames. ] Autograph Signature to letter in a neat secretarial hand, addressed to Edinburgh attorney Thomas Cockburn, expressing a desire to lend money while 'borrowing upon bill', as he did when he 'begun the world of business'.

Author: 
Henry Home, Lord Kames (1696-1782), judge and philosopher, a central figure of the Scottish Enlightenment
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Blair Drummond [ Stirling, Scotland ]. 4 June 1776.
£500.00

1p., 8vo. On bifolium. In fair condition. Addressed (with postmark) on second leaf to 'Mr. Thomas Cockburn Writer to the Signet | Edinh.' The letter begins: 'Sir | When I begun the world of business, no sooner had I collected 40 or 50 guineas than I was ready to lend out

Offprint entitled 'Notice sur Mr. F.-G. Maurice, l'un des Rédacteurs de la Bibliothèque Britannique et Universelle.'

Author: 
[Fréderic-Guillaume Maurice (1750-1826), French-Swiss savant, one of the founders in 1796 of the Bibliothèque Britannique [Bibliothèque Universelle]
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Tiree de la Division Litterature de la Bibl. Univ. [Bibliothèque Universelle] Nov. 1826'.
£75.00

8vo, 13 pp. Paginated I-XV. Eight-leaf unbound bifolium. Unbound and unstitched, the whole held together by a pin in the gutter. Good, on wove paper, but with title-page somewhat discoloured with damp. Separate printed title, 'NOTICE SUR Mr. F. G. MAURICE.' Inscribed [to?] at head of title-page, 'Msr Marshall Newton-Kyme, Tadcaster, Yorkshire'.

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