viii, 120 pp. 4to, cont. pale blue paper wrappers (spine defective). Vienna: La Société Typographique, 1790.
The uncommon sale catalogue of the collections formed by the founder of the famous Viennese music publisher. Originally from Lucca, Mechetti (c. 1745-1811), encountered financial troubles and was forced to sell his collection of thousands of items, primarily Italian prints and paintings. In the introduction, Mechetti highlights certain pieces in his collection, which was apparently not for sale by auction but rather private contract. Pages 113-20 describe a large library rich in books on the arts and history.
Nice copy. This copy was inscribed on the inside front wrappers to the amateur geologist Baron de Beroldingen (see Zittel). From the library of His Serene Highness Prince Fürstenberg at Donaueschingen with his stamp on title.
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viii, 120 pp. 4to, cont. pale blue paper wrappers (spine defective). Vienna: La Société Typographique, 1790.
viii, 612 pp. 12mo, orig. yellow printed paper wrappers (extremities a trifle worn), uncut. Paris: Guillaumin & Cie, 1856.
The first appearance of Juglar’s (1819-1905) seminal article on pages 555-81 regarding the theory of economic downturns and business cycles. This work served as the foundation for his 1862 prize-winning essay “Des crises commerciales et de leur retour périodique en France, en Angleterre et aux États-Unis.”
Fine copy in original state, sporadic but inoffensive foxing.
Six illus. in the text (two full-page). 24 unnumbered pages. Folio, pink semi-stiff wrappers (extremities a trifle scuffed). London: 1989.
One of Sam Fogg’s catalogues devoted to artists’ books. It lists 281 items with concise descriptions, including works by or materials related to Carl Andre, Joseph Beuys, Daniel Buren, Lucian Freud, Robert Indiana, Anselm Kiefer, Martin Kippenberger, Yves Klein, Sol LeWitt, Richard Long, George Maciunas, Claes Oldenburg, Jackson Pollock, Gerhard Richter, Ed Ruscha, Cy Twombly, Andy Warhol, Yoko Ono, etc. The second portion features exhibition catalogues and magazines. Catalogue compiled by Tim Cumming and Sam Fogg.
Very good copy.
Many black & white text illus. 111,  pp. of order forms & ads. 8vo, green semi-stiff pictorial wrappers. New York: Printed Matter, 1997.
The Printed Matter catalogue for 1997 and 1998, which begins with an introduction by the new director, David Platzker. He announces the inauguration of a membership program and the launch of a Printed Matter website. Following a listing of fundraising editions, Printed Matter has reproduced statements on artists’ books first published in Art-Rite no. 14 (1976/77), which was dedicated entirely to the theme of artists’ books. It includes the words of John Baldessari, Ulises Carrion, Lucy Lippard, Sol LeWitt, etc. This...
Many black & white illus. in the text. 92,  pp. order form and ads. 8vo, printed semi-stiff wrappers (minor wear on extremities), staple-bound. [New York: Printed Matter Inc.], 1996.
Printed Matter’s 1996 mail-order catalogue consisting of two pages of Artists’ Projects for fundraising; an essay by Clive Phillpot entitled: “Twenty Years of Printed Matter”; a section called “How to Use the 1996 Printed Matter Catalogue”; recent publications ; back-list items; the remaining publications from Printed Matter’s short-lived publishing program in operation from 1976 to 1980; books from the Lapp Princess Press, including the work of Chuck Close, Fred Sandback, and Alan Turner; issues...
Many illus. in the text, some full-page, & on inside covers. 2 p.l., 80 pp. & order forms. 8vo (215 x 140 mm), printed pictorial wrappers, staple-bound. [New York: Printed Matter: 1991].
A catalogue issued in Printed Matter’s 15th year. It begins with an Introduction by director John Goodwin who writes: “Printed Matter Bookstore at Dia is in its fifteenth year of distributing books by artists to an ever-widening audience that includes students, collectors, educators, librarians, and, of course, other artists. We are delighted to observe that what the founders of Printed Matter dared to assert has indeed come true: the field of artists’ books is...
Many illus. in black & white. 240 pp. Small 4to (228 x 209 mm.), semi-stiff pictorial wrappers (extremities a trifle worn). New York: Praeger, 1969.
First edition (an edition was published in Britain simultaneously) of this important anthology presenting the works of 35 American and European artists, accompanied by their artists’ statements; stapled to page 204 is an autograph postcard from Andre, dated 23 July 1976, in which he mentions a “terrible fight” with Donald Judd. Celant (b. 1940), the influential art critic and curator, coined “Arte Povera” in 1967 and frequently discussed this movement as well as artists’ books in his writings. This was...
35 pp. 8vo, modern wrappers. Berlin: G. Reimer, 1834.
First separate edition, an offprint with new pagination from von Gräfe and von Walther’s Journal für Chirurgie und Augenheilkunde (Vol. XXI). Heidenreich (1798-1857), a doctor at Ansbach, was the presiding physician during the autopsy of Kaspar Hauser following his mysterious death in December of 1833.
In this work, Heidenreich provides a description of Hauser’s wounds, his final days, and the autopsy itself.
Engraved frontis. port. of Hauser. vi, 73,  pp. Small 8vo, orig. printed wrappers (a little frayed, some foxing). Nürnberg: G. Eichhorn, 1830.
First edition and rare. In this work, Giehrl, a city official of Nuremberg, refutes the police report by Officer Merker who considered Hauser an impostor (although Merker had never seen Hauser).
Very good copy preserved in a box.
Engraved frontis. port. of Hauser (a little foxed). 3 p.l., 151 pp. 8vo, later green wrappers with large portions of the orig. wrappers pasted on. Anbach: J.M. Dollfuss, 1832.
First edition of the first critical summary of the ascertained details of Kaspar Hauser’s life. Feuerbach (1775-1833), one of the major legal scholars of Germany, was instrumental in the reform of the Bavarian penal code.
Very good copy and rare.
iv, 99 pp.; vi, 125 pp. Two vols. 8vo, cont. marbled boards (orig. printed wrappers bound in Vol. II), green leather lettering pieces on spines. Munich: E.A. Fleischmann, 1839.
Second edition, “vermehrte und verbesserte” (1st ed.: 1837). Caroline, Countess of Albersdorf, born Lady Graham, lived in Nuremberg and mistrusted the reasons for Lord Stanhope’s intense interest in Kaspar Hauser. Although the Countess changed her opinion several times regarding the probable origins of Hauser, she maintained a constant interest in his welfare. The present work is one of the most detailed early accounts of Hauser’s life and death. Her distrust of Stanhope never...
40 leaves (the final blank). Small folio (332 x 210 mm.), orig. paste-paper boards (spine & extremities somewhat worn), uncut. [Clausthal?: ca. 1815].
A fine and legible manuscript instructional manual on techniques and problems of mine surveying. The text is divided into five chapters: “Von der Vorbereitung zum Markscheiden” (“On preparations for measuring the area in which mining may be carried out”), “Von Bennenung der Gänge und Klüfte” (“On the naming of seams and fissures”), “Vom Observiren” (“On Observations”), “Vom Vermaß oder Verbestimmung eines Grubenfelds” (“On measuring and defining a mining claim”), and “Von Wasserfällen, Wasserleitungen und Tiefbau” (“On waterfalls, water conduits and underground mining”)...
Engraved frontis. & engraved title with a vignette of the author in Vol. I. 384,  pp.; 1 p.l., 470 pp. Two vols. Small 8vo, Vol. I in cont. marbled half-sheep & marbled boards, flat spine gilt, orange leather lettering piece on spine; Vol. II in a rather fine pastiche binding matching Vol. I. Leipzig: H. Gräff, 1799.
First edition and scarce. La Roche (1730-1807), was the first financially independent professional writer in Germany and her books were very influential. In 1783-84, she published one of the few significant early journals for women, the Pomona für Teutschlands Töchter. Through her daughter Maximiliane, she became the...
Engraved frontis. & engraved title. 642 pp., one leaf of errata. Small 8vo, cont. half-sheep & marbled boards, spine gilt, orange leather lettering piece on spine. Berlin: E. Felisch, 1796.
First edition and rare. La Roche (1730-1807), was the first financially independent professional writer in Germany and her books were very influential. In 1783-84, she published one of the few significant early journals for women, the Pomona für Teutschlands Töchter. Through her daughter Maximiliane, she became the grandmother of Bettina von Arnim and Clemens Brentano.
La Roche wrote many travel books; no other German woman of the time had seen more countries...
Circular silver photographic print, 92 mm. in diameter, mounted on paper incorporating a printed title and descriptive letterpress dated August 1890 with the signatures of two of Herschel’s sons, mounted on card. Some small areas of abrasions to the paper surface. In the original frame, by Ryman & Co. of Oxford, made from the rungs of the ladder to the telescope. With a fragment of an original (?) printed descriptive notice on the back.
This is the earliest photograph of a scientific instrument and the first photograph deliberately taken to record an object prior to its disappearance (the earliest “record” photograph). It is...
28 finely colored lithographed plates (11 double-page), all mounted on stubs. 4to, cont. cloth over boards, with the upper wrapper of the first “Lieferung” mounted. Bamberg: Verlag der Drausnick’sche Buch und Kunsthandlung, .
This rare and complete series of handsome lithographed plates, all with fine original coloring, depicts the public masquerade, a sort of “prequel” held just before Bamberg’s First Theresia Festival in 1833. Published in two installments they show a harlequin; the commander of the Krähwinklers (rubes, country bumpkins, small-town philistines, squares, stiffs, inhabitants of “dullsville”); a child’s baptism; the Tailor Cockatoo, Rumelpuff, the Fake Catalani, and Staberl (these are all...
Ten folding engraved plates. viii, 368 pp. Large 4to, orig. paste-paper wrappers (a bit frayed), printed paper label on spine, uncut. Paris: Bachelier, 1821.
First collected edition and quite scarce on the market. “Coulomb’s collected memoirs on mechanics. The first of these deals with simple machines and won the Academy prize of 1779. The second is a study of friction at pivots, and the third deals with torsion and the elasticity of metal wire. In the fourth memoir Coulomb discusses man’s ability to perform work, quoting Daniel Bernoulli and d’Alembert. The fifth memoir is devoted to windmills and the force of their...
Six folding engraved plates. lxviii, 260 pp.; vi, 290 pp.; xlviii, 263 pp. Three vols. 4to, cont. mottled calf (lower cover of Vol. II a little wormed), spines gilt, red morocco lettering pieces on spines. Paris: David, 1754-54-56.
First edition. “Devoted primarily to the motion of the moon (Volume II included a new set of lunar tables), it was written at least partially to guard d’Alembert's claims to originality against those of Clairaut. As was so often the case, d’Alembert's method was mathematically more sound, but Clairaut’s method was more easily used by astronomers.”–D.S.B., I, p. 114.
Four folding engraved plates. xxxviii, , 184 pp. 4to, cont. mottled calf, spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. Paris: David l’aîné, 1749.
First edition of one of Alembert’s most important books. “During the late 1740’s, d’Alembert, Clairaut, and Euler were all working on the famous three-body problem, with varying success. D’Alembert’s interest in celestial mechanics thus led him, in 1749, to publish a masterly work, the Recherches sur la Précession des Equinoxes…The precession of the equinoxes, a problem previously attacked by Clairaut, was very difficult. D’Alembert’s method was similar to Clairaut’s but he employed more terms in his integration...
Engraved vignette on title, one engraved headpiece, & two folding engraved plates. 4 p.l., xxviii, 194, 138 pp. 4to, cont. mottled calf (head of spine with a small chip, several signatures browned or foxed), spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. Paris: David l’aîné, 1747.
First edition (?). This and the Berlin edition of the same year (with Latin text only) are both variously claimed as the true first edition, and it is perhaps logical to suppose that a prize-winning essay should appear first under the imprint of the prize-giver. However, the imprimatur of the French Académie des Sciences was granted...
Engraved vignette on title & four folding engraved plates. 2 p.l., xxvi, , 186,  pp. 4to, cont. marbled calf (extremities a trifle worn, preliminary leaves a bit discolored), spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. Paris: David l’aîné, 1743.
First edition, and a fine copy, of d’Alembert’s masterpiece on dynamics; this has become a scarce book on the market. “The Traité de dynamique, which has become the most famous of his scientific works, is significant in many ways. First, it is clear that d’Alembert recognized that a scientific revolution had occurred, and he thought that he was doing the job of...
Lithographed frontispiece of Lenoir by Lasteyrie in Vol. I. Vol. I: 1–99 leaves; Vol. II: 98–279 leaves; Vol. III: 278bis–328 leaves; Vol. IV: 1–168 leaves; Vol. V: 169–253 leaves. Five vols. Small folio (ca. 335 x 220 mm.), Vols. I-IV disbound, Vol. V in cont. cloth-backed paste-paper boards (extremities worn). Paris: ca. 1830.
A remarkable discovery: the unpublished working manuscript, with numerous corrections and additions, of Alexandre Lenoir (1761-1839), the controversial director of the revolutionary Musée des Monuments Français, antiquary, and critic. This manuscript remains unstudied in its entirety. While the manuscript was evidently prepared to be sent to the printer, Lenoir clearly could not let it...
Several small woodcuts in the text. 12 p.l., 128 pp. 8vo, early 20th-cent. half-calf & marbled boards, spine gilt. Stockholm: L. Salvius, 1761.
First edition and very rare. Polhem (1661-1751), the father of Swedish technology, was a pioneer in the mass production of replaceable machine parts, which he made with great precision and accuracy. He made other important contributions to applied mechanics, mining engineering, the construction of canals and docks, building materials and the construction of buildings, and the manufacturing of textiles. Polhem also established a mechanical laboratory for the development and construction of machines, technical instruments, astronomical clocks, etc.
This title of this posthumously published work, edited by his son Gabriel, can be translated as “Patriotic Testament, or Information on Iron, Steel, Brass, Tin and Lead for Those who want to start Industries in these Fields. Including a list of all his Mechanical Inventions,” is the best account by Polhem of his numerous achievements and provides his “alphabet” of machines which demonstrated the basic elements of mechanics.
Large engraved vignette on title & another at the head of the first leaf of Part II and 30 fine folding engraved plates (numbered I–XXVIII plus XV* & a second plate numbered XVI). 184 pp. 4 p.l., 183,  pp. Small 4to, cont. speckled sheep, contrasting vellum lettering piece on spine. Stockholm: tryckt af P.J. Nyström, 1752.
First edition and very rare; WorldCat locates only one copy in North America. This Introduction to the Mechanics and the Art of Construction, including a Description of Several of the Machines invented by the late…Mr. Polhem is the best early treatise on the mechanical and industrial processes...