viii, 63 pp. 8vo, attractive antique calf-backed paste-paper boards, spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. Paris: Dubois, 1832.
A rare sale catalogue of a varied and rich collection formed by one of Napoleon’s trusted advisors. Hauterive (1754-1830), statesman and archivist, fled from the Revolution to the United States, where he served as French consul in New York. He was recalled to France by Talleyrand to a high post in the office of foreign affairs in 1798. The two collaborated on De L’État de la France à la fin de l’an VIII (1800), which justified Napoleon’s coup d’état to the world...
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viii, 63 pp. 8vo, attractive antique calf-backed paste-paper boards, spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. Paris: Dubois, 1832.
99 pp. 8vo, attractive antique calf-backed paste-paper boards, spine gilt, red morocco lettering-piece on spine. Paris: Joullain, 1778.
The uncommon sale catalogue, fully priced throughout, of a noteworthy collection, devoted primarily to Italian art and sculpture. Bourlat de Montredon (?-1777), was an influential amateur and collector who resided in Constantinople for forty years.
The catalogue thoroughly describes 695 lots, many of which are composed of numerous items. Lots 579-671 are Bourlat de Montredon’s impressive group of books of prints, mostly focused on the architecture and decorative arts of Italy, including a number of works by Piranesi. The descriptions offer occasional notes on...
Engraved title & 32 finely engraved mezzotint plates, printed in sanguine. Large folio, modern half-morocco & cloth (minor foxing), spine gilt. London: I. & J. Taylor, n.d. [but about 1793-97].
First edition of a very great rarity, published between September 1793 and August 1797 (but probably 1795). This is the most ambitious neo-classical ornament and pattern book printed in sanguine issued in Britain. The plates are in imitation of chalk drawings and include foliated and architectural patterns. Some of the plates are directly influenced by French neo-classical patterns, including copies of French designs by Caillouet, ca. 1780.
Nice copy. A duplicate from the Winterthur Library with their bookplate.
32 chromo-lithographic plates of bindings (one double-page). Three vols. in one. Thick & heavy very large 4to (340 x 255 mm.), cont. half-morocco & marbled boards by Zaehnsdorf (a bit rubbed & worn at extremities), spine gilt, t.e.g. London, Dryden Press for Sotheby’s, 1887-1888.
One of 100 large paper copies (our copy unnumbered); this is certainly the largest “large paper” copy of an auction catalogue ever produced. Gibson Craig (1799-1886), was a notable Scottish antiquary and one of the original members of the Bannatyne Club, who during his long life befriended Sir Walter Scott, Sir Henry Raeburn, Macauley, David Laing, et al. His...
Par Michel Huber [& continued by Jean Gottlob Stimmel from the 4th vol.]. Five vols. bound in seven. 8vo, not quite uniform cont. marbled boards (a little worn & rubbed, occasional foxing), pale blue lettering pieces on spines. Leipzig: Breitkopf & Hartel, -03-05-10-10.
The main series of auction catalogues of the most important collection of art formed in Leipzig in the 18th century. Winckler (1731-95), was a wealthy merchant and banker. Following his formal education, he made a European tour in Britain, Holland, and Switzerland and became intensely interested in art. Winckler started collecting prints and soon began buying paintings...
Engraved vignette on title & full-page engraved port. of the author. 8 p.l. (incl. port.), 177,  pp. Small folio, cont. limp vellum (a little worn at edges), sides decorated in gilt, central medallion with radiating gilt devices, medallion with a unidentified painted coat-of-arms (a little rubbed), red silk ties, edges gilt & gauffered. Venice: J. Viezzeri, 1664.
First edition of a very rare and attractive book; WorldCat locates only the NLM copy. Piccioli was a physician in Venice and this appears to be his only published work. It is a collection of descriptions of many types of diseases: fevers of many kinds, ulcers, various...
viii, 175 pp. 8vo, attractive antique calf-backed paste-paper boards, spine gilt, red morocco lettering-piece on spine. Paris: Bénard, 1806.
The uncommon sale catalogue of an exceptional print collection formed in Belgium. Wolfgang Guillaume, the third duc d’Ursel (?1730-1804), a Belgian general and husband of Flore d’Arenberg, focused his collecting on prints of paintings engraved by the painters themselves. The catalogue is arranged by school and within that by painter. We find engravings by Albani, Carracci, Maratti, Titian, Dürer, Hollar, Berghem, van Leyden, Rembrandt, Callot, Coypel, etc.
The catalogue thoroughly describes 948 lots of prints and drawings, many of which are large group lots, with the more considerable collections divided into numerous subsections for greater clarity. Lots 907-948 detail the duke’s books of prints and views, auction catalogues, dictionaries, and other important art historical texts.
1 p.l., vi, 40 pp. 8vo, antique marbled paper wrappers. Paris: Bréart & Lebrun, [“1811“ supplied in manuscript].
The very rare auction catalogue, fully priced and oftentimes with buyers’ names in a contemporary hand, containing a rich library on architecture and engineering. Raymond (1742-1811), chief architect of the Louvre and one of the original architects of the Arc de Triomphe selected by Napoleon, won the Grand Prix of the French Académie d’Architecture in 1766 and completed numerous projects throughout France. He began as a pupil of Blondel and Soufflot, and spent eight years in Italy, where he became an admirer of Palladio...
1 p.l., xxiv, 74 pp. 8vo, self-wrappers, stitched as issued (stitching loose), leaves uncut. Paris: Regnault-Lalande, 1811.
The rare catalogue of this joint sale of the collections of Ozanne (1728-1811) and Coïny (1761-1809), which took place 2-11 December 1811. The former, a distinguished marine artist and engineer, collaborated with Duhamel du Monceau on several illustrated works and taught naval architecture and navigation to the sons of the royal family. Le Tellier de Courtanvaux used one of Ozanne’s ships as a platform to test Pierre Le Roy’s marine chronometer.
A student of Suvée and J.P. Lebas, Coïny exhibited at the Salon from 1802 to 1806 and specialized in engravings of the saints and mythological or historical subjects. He also executed well-known vignettes for the works of La Fontaine, Léonard, and Racine. The pieces from his collection are noted with a “†”.
16 pp. Small 8vo, modern paper wrappers. N.p.: .
A very rare and useful check-list of 38 Le Brun auction catalogues published from 1771 to 1784. Le Brun (1748-1813), was a leading painter, collector, and Parisian art dealer.
Fine copy. We locate no copy in North America.
63 pp. (pagination continuous for the two parts). 8vo, later 19th cent. half-sheep & marbled boards (spine rubbed), gilt title on spine, uncut. Paris: Le Brun, 1791.
A very rare catalogue by Le Brun of what appears to be a stock sale. It describes 110 lots of prints (nos. 1021-1130) and 262 notable 17th- and 18th-century books.
Nice copy, we do not locate a copy in North America. Engraved bookplate of Georges Pannier, the Parisian art dealer on front paste-down and stamp of the Bibliothèque Heim on verso of the title-page.
Finely engraved frontis. with profile of Le Bas (drawn by Cochin & engraved by C.E. Gaucher) & finely engraved tailpiece at the end of the biographical sketch (by same). xlix, 92, 19 pp. catalogue list. 8vo, orig. semi-stiff boards (head of spine a little split), leaves uncut. Paris: Clousier & Joullain, 1783.
The very rare sale catalogue of the engraver to the Cabinet du Roi; with a valuable list of 133 catalogues produced by Joullain since 1763. Le Bas (1707-83), studied under Antoine Hérisset and is famous for his skilled imitations of works by Teniers, Wouwerman, Falens, Coypel, Watteau, Oudry, etc.
This catalogue begins with a lengthy and most informative biographical sketch based on notes by Hecquet, a connoisseur of prints and close friend of Le Bas. It discusses contemporary debates on the artistic merit of engraving and Le Bas’ reputation in the art world, providing an intimate understanding of the man.
96 pp. Small 8vo, attractive antique calf-backed paste paper boards, spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine.Paris: Bénard, 1816.
The rare sale catalogue of this impressive varied auction. Antoine François Piéri Bénard (fl. 1810-40), prominent art dealer and for a time marchand de la Bibliothèque du Roi, advised Eugène Dutuit on his art collecting. In the present catalogue, he thoroughly describes 504 lots. Pages 60-77, numbered separately, contain meticulously detailed and considerable group lots. These lots consist of the works of van Dyck, Hollar, Hondius, de Jode, Pontius (almost three full pages), and Vorsterman. Lots 418-75 details a selection...
48 pp. 8vo, attractive antique calf-backed paste-paper boards, spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. Paris: Bénard, 1807.
The rare sale catalogue of a varied print and drawings collection. It describes 341 lots alphabetically by artist, with a number of large group lots, and includes works by Bartolozzi, Callot, Delattre, Hollar, van Ostade, and Watelet, as well as a number of English artists. It concludes with a handful of dictionaries, catalogues raisonnés, and sale catalogues.
Nice copy. We locate only one copy in North America.
106 pp. 8vo, attractive antique calf-backed paste-paper boards, spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. Paris: Le Brun, 1785.
The uncommon sale catalogue of the collection of a famous patron of the arts. Bailli de Breteuil (1725?-85), an influential diplomat who was ambassador to Malta, collected paintings, sculptures, curiosities, and objets d’art. He lived in Rome for about two decades and he owned a magnificent Roman villa decorated by Lavallée-Poussin. Upon returning to Paris in 1787, he frequented Grimod de La Reynière’s salon. Rumors abounded that Bailli was engaged in an affair with Madame Grimod.
The present catalogue fully describes 102 paintings, 42 drawings, 18 prints, and 240 lots of sculpture, precious minerals, porcelains, ceramics, snuffboxes, antiquities, and furniture. Bailli owned works by Del Piombo, Fragonard (No. 49 “The Stolen Kiss” resides in the Metropolitan Museum of Art), Velazquez, Dürer, Bourdon, Le Nain, Poussin, etc. Of particular note in this catalogue is a section devoted to table centerpieces (surtout de table), models of ancient monuments including the temples of Minerva, Mercury, two arcs de triomphe, four obelisks, 12 sphinxes, and finally 75 knives made from various materials. All are thoroughly described.
viii, 167 pp. 8vo, orig. pink paper wrappers, uncut. Paris: Regnault-Delalande, 1803.
A rare sale catalogue, fully priced in a contemporary hand. This sale took place following the death of the widow of Jean Guillaume Alibert (?1763-180?), who died shortly after her husband. He was a well-known dealer and publisher of prints on Rue Fromenteau in Paris. The business’s stock was liquidated and the present catalogue features famous works by Audran, Callot, Edelinck, Pesne, etc.
The star of the sale, to which Regnault-Delalande devotes no less than 52 pages of the catalogue (pp. 97-148), was a “Recueil de Portraits de Souverains...
Engraved vignette on title signed by Hoppe & two engraved vignettes by Christian Gottlieb Geyser serving as head- & tail-pieces to the poem. Four leaves printed on pale yellow-white silk. 4to (257 x 205 mm.), cont. pale pink silk over boards (a bit soiled), black floral design round sides, pale blue silk paste-down endpapers. Leipzig: “Gedrukt bey Wilhelm Gottlob Sommer,” .
Apparently unique, this poem pays homage to the duchess Sophie Wilhelmine von Schönaich-Carolath (1764-95), for her visit to the small village of Rochsburg in Saxony. She was a member of the family which owned the famous Schloss Rochsburg situated above the village. It is...
Six leaves, printed on silk (first & final two leaves are blank). 4to (271 x 197 mm.), cont. pale pink silk over boards, covers stamped in gilt, silk paste-down endpapers, a.e.g. [Weimar?]: 1818.
A rare deluxe printing on silk, a poem written to celebrate the birth on 24 June 1818 of Karl Alexander, the second son of the Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna of Russia (1786-1859) and Karl Friederich, Grand Duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach (1783-1853). Maria Pavlovna was the third daughter of Tsar Paul I (1754-1801). Maria Pavlovna was raised at her father’s palaces at Pavlovsk and Gatchina. Karl Alexander later inherited his father’s...
Woodcut head- & tail-pieces (one hand-colored in red & gold). xiv, , 152 pp. Small 8vo, orig. brown morocco (one corner a bit bumped), dentelles gilt, a.e.g. Paris: P. Daffis, 1872.
Number “1” of two copies printed on vellum; “seconde edition de la Bibliothèque Elzévirienne revue et annoté par M. Georges Duplessis.” Marolles (1600-81), abbot of Villeloin and man of letters, was the foremost print collector of 17th-century France. He began acquiring prints in 1626 and by 1644, his collecting activities governed his life. His first collection amounted to 123,400 separate prints by more than 6000 print makers, mounted in 400 large volumes...
Lithographed title (tiny repaired tear to outer lower corner) & 19 lithographed plates, each with a blank guard sheet. 1 p.l. (lithographed title), xvi, 92, vii pp., one leaf. Small folio, cont. aubergine morocco, sides richly panelled in gilt, spine richly gilt. London: Ch. Hullmandel, & R. Ackermann, .
First edition and the prettiest copy of this book I have seen. This “was the most important English treatise on lithography to be published in the first half of the nineteenth century. It was one of the few early treatises to appear in a large format (imperial octavo) and was, with the exception of the English...
2 p.l., 72 pp. Small 8vo, cont. red sheep-backed marbled boards (extremities slightly rubbed), spine gilt, green morocco lettering piece on spine. Amsterdam: P. Yver, .
(—). Catalogue d’un precieux Cabinet de Desseins, Coloriés & Non-Coloriés des plus célebres Maîtres Hollandois & Flamands, &c. De même, que d’une tres belle Collection d’Estampes, de Choix. Parmi lesquelles il y a quelques Petits Oeuvres & des Ouvrages d’Estampes Reliées & non-Reliées presque Toutes Premieres Epreuves & des mieux conservées…La Vente s’en fera le Lundi 16 de Janvier 1775 & les Jours suivants…Par les Courtiers… 2 p.l., 235, , 78 pp. 8vo. Amsterdam...
Woodcut illus., borders, & printer’s mark from designs by Geoffroy Tory. One large oblong woodcut inserted plate (142 x 375 mm.), printed on a double-page & folding sheet (known as “Triomphe de la Vierge” representing her on a chariot pulled by unicorns), & 17 wood engravings by Tory. Pages with woodcuts have woodcut architectural borders. Borders of text pages composed of four different pieces by Tory, those on bottom oftentimes signed with Tory’s Lorraine cross, and among the designs are the crowned “F” of François I, the crowned “C” of queen Claude, & a blank shield and plaque to be...
Edited by Alessandro Sarti. Roman type, 38 lines & headline.  leaves (incl. final blank in Vol. I). One vol. in two. Royal folio (290 x 195 mm.), 18th cent. polished Italian calf (minor marginal dampstaining to final leaves of Vol. II), spines gilt (short crack at foot of upper joint of Vol. I, head of spine of Vol. II a bit wormed), red morocco lettering pieces on spines. Venice: Aldus Manutius, July 1498.
First edition, and the first collected edition of a contemporary author. Poliziano (1454-94), “was a private tutor to the sons of Lorenzo de’ Medici before becoming professor of Greek and Latin at...
Numerous woodcut illus., mostly full-page. 2, 14 folding leaves. 8vo, orig. yellow wrappers (first six leaves a tiny bit mouse-eaten in margin), orig. block-printed title label on upper cover, new stitching. Tokyo: Ishikawa Shibataro, 1892.
First edition of the first work on the artificial cultivation of shiitake mushrooms, which, when dried, became an important export crop for Japan. Tanaka (1849-1922), studied biology at Tokyo Imperial University and was the first to classify Japanese fungi using Western taxonomy. He wrote, with Nobujiro Tanaka, the classic Mycographia Nipponica (Tokyo: 1890), the first modern survey of the fungi of Japan. Tanaka, well-known throughout the country for...