18th Century
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Museum museorum, oder Vollständige Schaü Bühne aller Materialien und Specereyen……by Bernhard Michael Valentini. 
Frankfurt am Myn, Verlegt von Johann David Zunner sel. Erben, und Johann Adam Jungen, 1714.  3v. in 2.  25 x 38 cm. 

“Of all the folios in the Hoover Collection this is surely one of the most engrossing to the casual browser with its startling and amusing pictures of animals, plants and people: here a whale is being stripped of blubber, Indians are seen harvesting tobacco, a tiny human figure is suspended within a bell jar, a camel is making sal ammoniac in a highly original fashion.” 

Herbert Clark Hoover Collection of Mining and Metallurgy,  Sprague Library.

 
 

Relacion historica del viage a la Meridional hecho de orden De S. Mag. para medir algunos grados de meridiano terrestre, y venir por ellos en conocimiento de la verdadera figura, y magnitud de la tierra, con otras varias observaciones astronomicas, y phisicas by Don Antonio de Ulloa….
Madrid, Impressa de orden del Rey nuestro Señor, por Antonio Marin, 1748.  4 volumes.  21 x 29 cm. 

“ The Spanish King appointed Ulloa, a naval officer and mathematician, to proceed to South America with his friend Don Jorge Juan y Santacilia and join a French scientific expedition to measure precisely one degree of the meridian at the equator.  Ulloa wrote most of the above work and mentioned along the way interesting accounts of gold and silver mines as well as a reference to native platinum.” 

Herbert Clark Hoover Collection of Mining and Metallurgy, Sprague Library

 
  La conjuracion de Catilina y La guerra de Jugurta by Sallust (86-34 BC). 
Madrid, J. Ibarra, impressor, 1772.  27 x 36 cm. 

Considered one of Spain’s finest printers, Joaquin Ibarra was printer to the Court of Spain. This Spanish version of Sallust is widely considered to be one of the  finest books ever  produced. It was greatly admired by Benjamin Franklin, a great American printer.

Rare Book Room, Denison Library
 

 
La conjuracion de Catilina - The Conspiracy of Cataline (Bellum Catilinae)
 
La guerra de Jugurta - The Jugurthine War (Bellum Jugurthinum)
 
 

Eruption of Vesuvius at 
Night

Campi Phlegri, Observations on the Volcanos of the Two Sicilies by Sir William Hamilton (1730-1803).  Text in English and in French.  Three volumes.  Map and fifty-nine plates colored en gouache
Naples, 1776.  34 x 47 cm. 

Sir William Hamilton, English Ambassador to the Court of Naples, witnessed several volcanic eruptions and their aftermaths.  His observations on geological events were extraordinarily accurate. Several years later, Ambassador Hamilton’s wife, Emma, caught the eye of Admiral Lord Nelson during a visit to Naples. The rest is legendary history. 

Woodford Collection, Seeley G. Mudd Science Library

 
 
Jardins anglo-chinois de la mode (Cahier XIII) by George Louis Le Rouge. 
Paris, 1785.  47 x 31 cm. 

This thirteenth volume of the twenty-one volume set printed between 1776 and 1790 contains twenty-six engravings of the Desert de Rez, the private pleasure garden of Monsieur de Monville. 

Rare Book Room, Denison Library

 
 
Bankoku Shinwa [New Stories from Many Lands] by Hosan Katsuragawa.  5 vol. in 1 case. 
Osaka, 1789.  16 x 23 cm. 

Title and text in Japanese. 

Special Collections, Honnold/Mudd Library

 
 
Histoire Naturelle de la Montagne de Saint-Pierre de Maestricht by Barthelemy Faujas de Saint-Fond.  Illustrated with 56 engravings. 
Paris, Chez H. J. Jansen, 1798.  36 x 55 cm. 

Faujas de Saint-Fond was a French geologist with a keen interest in fossils.  Near Maestricht, a Dutch frontier town, he discovered extraordinary subterranean sandstone quarries. 

Woodford Collection, Seeley G. Mudd Science Library

 
 
Aesop’s Fables.
Recueil de Fables d’Esope et autres mythologistes mises en vers par La Fontaine omees de gravures par Augustin Legrand. 
Paris, Balleu, 1799.  17 x 24 cm. 

Rare Book Room, Denison Library

[See also La Fabule di Esopo latine—volgare dove si vede mirabilissimi e notandi amaestramenti… Venice, Augustinum de Bindonis, 1554.  Each of these versions of Aesop’s Fables, printed nearly 250 years apart, is open to an illustration of “The Ass and the Little Dog.”]

 
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