Paper cut-out in the shape of two hands (slightly creased at connected fingertips as usual). [Paris: 1953].
The extremely rare and delightful invitation — in the shape of two hands — for a Toyen exhibition held at l’Etoile Scellée in May 1953. With short quotations by Péret, Breton, J. Schuster, J. L. Bédouin, B. Roger, G. Legrand, J. Heisler, and a checklist of the works exhibited.
In very good condition, minor wear to edges.
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Paper cut-out in the shape of two hands (slightly creased at connected fingertips as usual). [Paris: 1953].
One black & white portrait. 12 unnumbered pages. Tall & slender 8vo (215 x 100 mm.), green printed wrappers. [New York: Unpublished Editions, 1977].
A very rare catalogue of artists’ books issued Dick Higgins’s Unpublished Editions. From the preface: “Our books are actually produced by each artist. Each publication is realized as closely to the artist’s intention as modern technology or finances will allow, without the intervention of conservatising editors, sales directors or accounting departments. For this reason, each has the feeling of authenticity about it which no commercial production could achieve, and while most are not limited editions as such (though some will no doubt...
44 unnumbered pages. Small 8vo (210 x 140 mm.), green printed wrappers, staple-bound. [Amsterdam: 1975].
The extremely rare first catalogue issued by Ulises Carrión’s Other Books and So, a bookshop in Amsterdam dedicated to artists’ publications. Distributed shortly after the shop’s founding, this catalogue was printed on a Gestetner and lists several hundred [from the upper wrapper]: “other books / non books / anti books / pseudo books / quasi books / concrete books / conceptual books / structural books / project books / plain books / multiples / posters / postcards / records / cassettes.” It offers for sale books and bookworks by...
4 unnumbered pages. Small 8vo (200 x 125 mm.), orig. printed wrappers, staple-bound. [London: Gimpel Fils, 1948].
The very rare exhibition catalogue, with an invitation to the private viewing laid-in. Held at the Gimpel Fils gallery, this exhibition consisted of 13 paintings and 15 drawings by Modigliani. For almost every picture, details are provided of the lenders, exhibition history, and provenance. The art critic and much sought-after lecturer Eric Newton (1893-1965) has contributed a concise biography and analysis of the artist’s life. Sotheby’s auctioned Portrait of Baranowski (no. 1) for just over 16 million pounds in March 2017.
Very good copy.
Two mounted black & white illus. Eight unnumbered pages. Folio (270 x 210 mm.), printed pictorial wrappers, staple-bound. [Paris: ?1921].
The extremely rare exhibition catalogue, printed in an edition of 150 copies; unrecorded in WorldCat. Smet (1881-1966), member of the Vie et Lumière group with Theo van Rysselberghe, was principally influenced by Impressionism. Among his best-known works are his portraits of authors, such as John Galsworthy, George Bernard Shaw, and Joseph Conrad. He spent a significant portion of his career in England and also painted figures in high society.
Francis Carco opens the catalogue with an introduction of Smet, in which he provides some...
Five mounted black & white illus. (one loose). Eight unnumbered pages. Folio (270 x 210 mm.), printed pictorial wrappers, staple-bound. [Paris: ?1922].
Unrecorded in WorldCat; a rare Galerie Montaigne group exhibition catalogue, printed in an edition of 150 copies. André Foy (1886-1953) started as an illustrator for several humorous French newspapers and London’s Bystander magazine, as well as children’s books. He presented his works at a number of solo shows and several group shows, such as the Salon des Artistes Indépendants, the Salon de l’Araignée, the Salon d’Automne, and the Salon des Humoristes.
Hémard (1880-1961), a designer, draughtsman, and illustrator, is best known for his book illustration, featured in works by Rabelais, Brantôme, Restif de la Bretonne, Courteline, Villon, Molière, and Balzac, “where his light but always sympathetic talent was able to draw on the characters and situations.”
68 pp. (last three blank). Small 8vo (150 x 99 mm.), cont. semi-stiff paper wrappers, orig. stitching. Pisa: N. Capurro, 1817.
First edition of a scarce commentary regarding the record prices of northern Old Master painters, which had been compiled by the dealer Jean Baptiste Pierre Lebrun (1748-1813) and was posthumously published here. Burtin (1743-1818), a renowned mineralogist and collector of minerals, shells, and art, has added his own commentary to Lebrun’s original work (see below). Burtin assembled one of the largest cabinets of curiosities in the Low Counties, to which he welcomed visitors, such as Robert Southey and many nobles. Burtin’s collection consisted...
Engraved frontis.; eight engraved vignettes and head- & tailpieces, 19 finely engraved plates (most folding) & some engravings in the text. 18 p.l., 254,  pp. of index & errata. Thick 8vo (160 x 105 mm.), late 18th-cent. marbled boards (extremities a little rubbed & worn). Dresden: [C. G. Nitzsche], 1765.
An important German edition of Bosse’s Traité des manières de graver en Taille douce (1st ed., in French: 1645), considerably augmented for the German audience. This work was translated and published by Carl Gottlieb Nitzsche from the 1745 Cochin edition. The Cochin edition was the first to promote etching with hard etching-ground (vernis dur), instead of the soft etching-ground...
1 p.l., ii, 152 pp. Small 8vo (160 x 100 mm.), cont. calf-backed paste-paper boards (tail of spine worn), spine gilt, green morocco lettering-piece on spine. [Paris]: L’Imprimerie des Sciences et Arts, [?1801].
The uncommon second printing of this exhibition livret, with 945 works described. The present catalogue has combined the contents of two great exhibitions, the first of French and Flemish pictures, the other consisting of Italian paintings looted from Lombardy and Bologna. Both were held in the grande Galerie of the Musée central des Arts (now the Louvre). As explained in the Avertissement, the artworks from the exhibitions were combined into...
2 p.l., iv, 80 pp. Small 8vo (150 x 100 mm.), cont. brown wrappers, stitched as issued (corners a trifle worn). [Paris]: L’Imprimerie des Sciences et Arts, .
The rare exhibition catalogue of paintings looted in Florence and Turin by Bonaparte’s army. This exhibition presented 147 works from the Italian, Flemish, German, and French schools. It included works by Albani, del Sarto, Caravaggio, Annibale and Agostino Carracci, Domenichino, Orazio Gentileschi, Giorgione, Guercino, Guido Reni, Mantegna, Michelangelo, Moroni, Veronese, Raphael, Sacchi, del Piombo, Tintoretto, Titian, the Brueghels, Dou, Holbein, Potter, Rembrandt, Rubens, both Teniers, Wouwerman, N. Poussin, etc., etc. Each painting is meticulously described...
2 p.l., viii, 118 pp. Small 8vo (153 x 100 mm.), cont. pink paste-paper boards (spine sunned), green morocco lettering-piece on spine. Paris: L’Imprimerie des Sciences et Arts, 1798.
The scarce catalogue recording the paintings seized from Lombardy by the French army. This proved to be an extremely contentious exhibition in France because upon the arrival of the paintings, French experts decided to restore nearly all of them.
“During this hectic period, with works of art coming and going in large numbers, a controversy of major proportions erupted over the way the [Louvre] was run and in particular over the conduct of restorations…Exacerbating...
2 p.l., iv, 108 pp. Small 8vo (152 x 100 mm.), cont. pink paste-paper boards (spine sunned), green morocco lettering-piece on spine. Paris: L’Imprimerie des Sciences et Arts, 1796/97 [An 5].
First edition of this scarce exhibition catalogue, which records the items displayed for the first drawings exhibition held at the Musée central des Arts (now the Louvre). The exhibited items were nearly all drawn from the deposed Louis XVI’s collection and, in many cases, shown to the public for the first time, a detail that the Avertissement underscores.
“Though a handful of drawings had been displayed at the Luxembourg…the exhibition at the Musée central was the first to be devoted exclusively to them…From the three schools 415 drawings were chosen from a collection of more than 11,000…The intent of the exhibition was primarily didactic (…aspiring artists were given privileged access), and the administration even composed an exercise book for use in the gallery. Following the example of the recent Salon exhibition and in anticipation of the Grand Gallery, the drawings were arranged sequentially in schools and vertically according to size.”–A. McClellan, Inventing the Louvre: Art, Politics, and the Origins of the Modern Museum in Eighteenth-Century Paris (1994), pp. 127-28.
25 color-printed double-page woodcut illus. & three color-printed full-page woodcut illus. 22; 18; 19; 21; 19; 17 folding leaves (some mis-paginations). Six vols. (numerated “1-6” in the first line of text of each vol.). 8vo, orig. speckled wrappers (rubbed), orig. block-printed title labels on upper covers (labels rubbed), early stitching. Edo: Ochakuya, ca. 1830-31.
First edition of this very rare erotic story of the famous Tamamo-no-Mae, a legendary figure in Japanese mythology. She is based on Huli jing, the nine-tailed fox, a Chinese mythological creature who could be either a good or bad spirit. In Japan, the fox metamorphosizes into the beautiful and intelligent Tamamo-no-Mae. Employing this deception...
4, viii, 287 pp. 8vo, early 20th cent. black half-morocco (joints rubbed, a little dusty & browned throughout, final two leaves with some pale staining), spine gilt. [London: Mr. King’s et al., 1728].
The rare sale catalogue of the library and antiquities of John Woodward (1665-1728), professor of physic at Gresham College, London, who made important contributions to botany and the earth sciences (see D.S.B., XIV, pp. 500-03, for an account).
Woodward was one of the innovative collectors of his time. “Early on Woodward wrote out meticulous instructions for making observations and collections for natural history and antiquities in Brief Instructions...
1 p.l., 73 pp. Small 8vo, attractive modern marbled wrappers. Göttingen: F.E. Huth, 1824.
The very rare sale catalogue of the library of Suchfort (1747-1824), classical scholar and rector of the Göttingen gymnasium. In 1771, he published a book on Stesichorus (ca. 630–555 B.C.), the first great lyric poet of the West. The catalogue has 1643 lots, and there are multiple items in a number of the lots. The library was very largely devoted to classical studies and philology. The final lot lists Suchfort’s dactyliotheca.
Fine copy. We find no copy outside of Germany.
163 pp. 8vo, orig. upper printed wrapper (a little defective) bound in attractive modern marbled wrappers. Bremen: J.G. Heyse, 1836.
The rare sale catalogue — no copy in WorldCat — of the libraries of Roth (1757–1834), a highly regarded physician and botanist at Vegesack near Bremen, and Friedrich Ernst Müller (1792-1835), a pastor at Borgfeldt. Roth was an influential botanist who wrote a number of important works, including the “Epochemachendes Werk” (Hirsch) Tentamen Florae Germanicae (1788-1801). His botanical activities came to the attention of Goethe, who recommended Roth to a position at the botanical institute at the University of Jena.
Roth’s library was large (4940 lots) and important, containing many of the early and contemporary grand medical, botanical, and scientific publications. Müller’s library consisted of 814 lots.
152 pp. 8vo, orig. pink printed wrappers bound in attractive modern marbled wrappers. [From the upper wrapper]: “Perthes & Besser Buchhandlung Hamburg 1816.”
Following a nine-year apprenticeship, Friedrich Christoph Perthes (1772-1843), established his own book business in 1796. Two years later, he entered into a partnership with his brother-in-law, Johann Heinrich Besser (1775-1826). They soon became one of the leading publishing and bookselling firms of northern Germany. During the Napoleonic period, Perthes experienced many difficulties caused by his public resistance to French influences and was forced to leave Hamburg.
This remarkable priced catalogue lists about 3000 books published in Britain and France from 1812...
1 p.l., 109 pp. Small 8vo, attractive modern marbled wrappers. Berlin: 1815.
The very rare sale catalogue — Loh, Vol. 6, p. 102, locates no copy — of the fine scientific library of Meyer (1739-1811), owner of the Hof-Apotheke in Stettin. He studied chemistry in Berlin under J.H. Pott and A.S. Marggraf, and in 1764 he went to Uppsala University, where he studied botany with Linnaeus and possibly chemistry with J.G. Wallerius. In 1780 Meyer founded a distillery in Stettin to produce French-style brandy and liqueurs according to a process that he had developed in his apothecary shop.
This library of 2227 lots was an important collection of botanical, chemical, medical, and pharmaceutical texts, including all the works of “the chemical revolution.”
1 p.l., 114 pp. Small 8vo, attractive modern marbled wrappers. Würzburg: J.S. Richter, 1827.
The very rare auction catalogue — Loh, Vol. 7, p. 219, locates no copy — of the books, prints, and music offered for sale by the Würzburg bookseller and taxation official Louis. He died on 6 January 1828, two weeks before the sale. The sale was postponed, and his wife later held the auction in the autumn.
The catalogue has about 2000 lots, with excellent collections of medicine, surgery, anatomy, physiology, chemistry, pharmacology, botany, natural history, art, and philosophy.
6 p.l., 182 numbered pages, 4 unnumbered leaves. 4to (216 x 173 mm.), cont. boards, new spine. On page 182: “Munich, 16 March 1818.”
A most interesting and apparently unpublished manuscript on horse diseases, their causes, diagnoses, and cures. The text is divided into ca. 100 paragraphs and is written in a neat German cursive script. Paragraph headings include “Of rages,” “Gland and goiter,” “Injuries to the tongue,” and “Equine epidemic.” Over 200 pharmaceutical recipes are given in Latin with German translations.
Nothing could be ascertained as to the author “Krimm” named on the title page. According to the preface, he seems to have been an experienced veterinary surgeon...
99 leaves, including a few blanks, with pagination up to “224“ (therefore lacking some leaves; see below),  further leaves in a somewhat later hand. Folio (338 x 221 mm.), modern boards with a portion with title of the orig. cover pasted-on. [Germany, probably the Allgäu region in southwestern Bavaria, ca. 1770-1800, with additions up to c. 1850].
An extensive fragment of a collection of equine remedies apparently used by several generations of blacksmiths or veterinary surgeons named Müller or Miller. A number of features point to the manuscript having originated in the Allgäu region in southwestern Bavaria.
Ailments treated include “pain of the body,” colic, jaundice, “palpitation of the heart,” excessive appetite, “the horse constantly eating but steadily decreasing,” and “the horse being ill but with no indication of what exactly is troubling it.” The original core of the manuscript comprises about 75 pages written in a tidy German cursive script in dark brown ink, with additions added apparently by the same hand a little later in somewhat lighter ink. The manuscript is interspersed with numerous further additions, dated between 1773 and 1799, signed in several places by one Johannes Miller, who here and there (for instance, on page 197) describes himself as a blacksmith.
32 pp. 8vo, attractive modern marbled wrappers. [Leipzig]: 1779.
Fritsch was one of the leading publishers and booksellers of Leipzig, with connections across Europe and Britain. The firm had been established in Leipzig by Thomas Fritsch (1666-1726). This unpriced catalogue lists about 800 titles, including many of the standard English books of the 18th century, a run of Baskervilles, some “racy” novels, science, history, and Greek and Roman classics.
Minor browning but a fine copy. Not in WorldCat or ESTC.
47 engraved plates (incl. the frontis. & leaf of dedication in Vol. I, Part I & another leaf of dedication in Part II), two fine engraved vignettes on the titles of the two parts of Vol. I, & four folding printed tables in Vol. II. xviii (incl. dedication leaf), 492 pp.; xxii (incl. dedication leaf), 234 pp., one leaf of errata; 344 pp. Two vols. in three. Large 4to, orig. blue boards. Berlin: J. Pauli, 1783-87-1800.
First edition of this important work, which A.D.B. considered to be “immediately epoch-making” (in trans.). This is one of the most important publications of the prominent Forstwissenschaftler Burgsdorf (1747-1802), manager...
1 p.l., 29 pp. Small 8vo, attractive modern marbled wrappers. [London]: 1816.
A very rare priced catalogue, listing about 500 titles, issued by one of the most important London booksellers of the time. The firm had two locations, joined by a bridge across the street between shops. Black apprenticed for his father from 1781 to 1789 and was succeeded by his son, Alexander. The firm continued until the middle of the 19th century.