Many black & white illus. 40 unnumbered pages. Tall narrow 8vo (215 x 105 mm.), brown semi-stiff wrappers, title & date on spine. [New York: October 1977].
One of Printed Matter’s earliest mail-order catalogues and now scarce, issued within a year of the store’s founding. It lists hundreds of early artists’ books and publications, and many are illustrated. This is probably an inventory of the store’s entire stock.
It includes the works of Andre, Mel Bochner, Broodthaers, Brouwn, Buren, Marie Combs, Darboven, Constance de Jong, Mario Diacono, Helen Douglas (and Telfer Stokes), Hans Peter Feldmann, Robert Filliou, General Idea, Conrad Gleber, Dick Higgins...
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Many black & white illus. 40 unnumbered pages. Tall narrow 8vo (215 x 105 mm.), brown semi-stiff wrappers, title & date on spine. [New York: October 1977].
18 leaves (including one blank); 22 leaves (including two blanks). Two vols. Small (233 x 177 mm.), orig. gold silk brocade binding, Tetsuyoso-style, over stiff wrappers, title labels on upper covers (labels also heightened in gold), with orig. stitching. [Japan: early Edo].
The creation of this splendid manuscript has been attributed to the wealthy, literate merchant Ryuho Hinaya (or Nonoguchi) (1595-1669), the talented painter and calligrapher who deeply influenced Hanbei Yoshida, Moronobu, and other illustrators of the 17th century. Our manuscript has all the qualities of the very finest Nara-ehon.
Hinaya studied painting with the famous artist Tan’yu Kano and poetry with Mitsuhiro Karasumaru and Teitoku Matsunaga. Hinaya founded his own school, which specialized in the elliptical haibun style of prose. The author of the poems is Katsutoshi (or Choshoshi) Kinoshita (1569-1649), related by marriage to Hideyoshi Toyotomi, the great warrior who unified Japan. Kinoshita converted to Christianity in 1588 and took the first name Pierre.
Large (445 x 330 mm.) folding hand-colored engraved plan (lacking the second engraved plate). Text within ruled borders.  leaves (lacking the first leaf, a blank; small blank portion of title torn away from lower inner margin). Small 4to, 18th-cent. calf (joints cracked but strong), spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. London: G. Eld, 1610.
First edition of the first English work on agricultural irrigation and an important early work in the literature of utopias. This is a very rare book, with or without the two plates. Our copy has the important and large folding engraved plan depicting Vaughan’s idealized community, colored...
Numerous woodcut illus. in the text. Largely printed in black letter. 7 p.l. (first leaf blank except for signature mark), 63,  pp. Small 4to, early 20th cent. polished mottled calf by Riviere, triple gilt fillet round sides, spine richly gilt, red morocco lettering pieces on spine, dentelles gilt, a.e.g. London: H. Denham, 1576.
Second edition, “nowe newly corrected and augmented,” of the first English book on hops. The first edition appeared two years earlier; both editions are very rare. This is “an eminently practical treatise, illustrating the various methods of setting the roots, making the hills and ramming the poles...
Woodcut device on title. Largely printed in black letter.  pp. Small 4to, early 20th-cent. calf (stains to the first six leaves, upper edge trimmed touching the first two words of title & headlines of several other leaves), triple gilt fillet round sides, a.e.g. London: J. Kyngston for M. Hennynges, 1580.
Second edition in English (first edition, in French: 1569; first edition in English: 1577), of this notable work: it presents the first business plan published in France. The work was very influential, with many French editions, two English editions, and a German edition of 1615.
The author, Prudent le Choyselast (1530-ca. 1577), a former soldier and royal prosecutor of Sézanne in Champagne, was familiar with the devastation of the French rural economy caused by the religious wars. In this book, Prudent proposes to an impoverished friend that he create a poultry-farming company to regain his lost fortune. The friend could raise hens and roosters and sell the eggs and excess chickens in Paris. Prudent presents the concept of management and a way of calculating the profitability of the planned company in a modern style. While not the first to include “profit” in the title, Prudent goes further than any other writer of the time in emphasizing the importance of the return on investment. He considers the necessary initial cash outlay, costs of feeding the chickens and the transport of the eggs to market, managing labor and logistics, price fluctuations, etc.
Fine woodcut vignette on title (see below).  pp. Small 4to, early 20th-cent. calf, double gilt fillet round sides, a.e.g. London: P. Short, 1600.
First edition and of the greatest rarity, this is the first of three issues as described by ESTC (which locates only two copies of all the issues in North America). “Sir Hugh Platt (1552-1608), held by Richard Weston to be ‘the most ingenious husbandman of the age he lived in’…was admitted at Lincoln’s Inn. Much of his life was devoted to literary work and to the study of husbandry and gardening. He was also interested in...
Woodcut vignette on title, one full-page woodcut, & several smaller woodcuts in the text. Black letter. 11 p.l., 88,  pp. Small 4to, early 20th-cent. dark green crushed morocco by Riviere & Son, triple gilt fillet round sides, spine richly gilt, gilt dentelles, a.e.g. London: J. Wight, 1575.
A fine and large copy of the third edition of the first English gardening manual; the first edition appeared in 1569 and all 16th-century printings are rather rare on the market. Mascall took most of his text from David Brossard’s Art et Manière de Semer et Faire Pépinières de Sauvageaux (Paris: 1552), and added certain...
Woodcut vignette on title, one full-page woodcut plate, & several smaller woodcuts in the text. Black letter. 11 p.l., 90,  pp. Small 4to, early 20th-cent. brown crushed morocco by Riviere & Son, sides panelled in gilt & blind with gilt fleurons in each corner, spine gilt, a.e.g. London: H. Beynneman for J. Wight, .
First edition of the first English gardening manual; this is a very rare book: ESTC locates no copy. WorldCat locates copies only at BL (lacking the first four leaves and final two leaves), Wisconsin, and BSB. Henrey also locates our copy and another at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.
Mascall took most of his text from David Brossard’s Art et Manière de Semer et Faire Pépinières de Sauvageaux (Paris: 1552), and added certain Dutch practices. “Brossard, a Benedictine monk at the abbey of Saint-Vincent near Le Mans, who lived during the second half of the sixteenth century, was a skilful horticulturist…The English translation proved extremely popular and it appeared in many editions. Comparatively little is known of the translator, Leonard Mascall (d. 1589), who was the owner of a mansion called Plumpton Place, a few miles northwest of Lewes, in Sussex. He became clerk of the kitchen in the household of Matthew Park, Archbishop of Canterbury. It is said that in 1525 Mascall introduced pippin apples into England and established an orchard at his home in Sussex.”–Henrey, I, pp. 63-64 & no. 15 in the bibliography.
Full-page woodcut armorial device on verso of title, one woodcut in the text, & woodcut initials & decorations. Largely printed in black letter. 11 p.l. (several preliminary leaves misbound at end), 193,  leaves. Small 4to, cont. limp vellum (wrinkled & somewhat soiled, minor & mostly marginal worming to misbound leaves, minor dampstaining), ties gone. London: Printed by R. Watkins, 1577.
First edition in English, translated by Barnabe Googe (1540-94). This work, first published in Latin in Cologne in 1570, was extremely popular. Written in the form of a dialogue, the book takes an imaginary visitor through the countryman’s house, and shows him his farm, stables, garden...
4 p.l., 24 pp. Small 4to, early 20th-cent. green half-calf & marbled boards by Sizer, spine lettered in gilt. London: Printed for R. Wodenothe, [1652 or 53?]
First edition of this notable book on fruit culture, part of the growing movement during the Commonwealth towards the improvement of orchards. “The preface is by Samuel Hartlib who here states that the writer of the work was not known to him and that moreover he was unable to discover his name. However, it was said that he was ‘an aged minister of the Gospel’ of Loving-land near Yarmouth, who spent his leisure over a period of...
59 leaves, enumerating the names of grapes, cereal crops, and oils and their prices for nearly two centuries. Small folio (273 x 178 mm.), 18th-cent. vellum over boards (tail of spine defective), two (of four) ties lacking. Burgundy: 1622-1792.
A fascinating and rare survival, which details the precipitous rise in the prices of Burgundian wine and the emergence of a hierarchy among regions and vintages over a 170-year period. This document, consisting of three gatherings (28; 28; 3 leaves), bound together and written in several legible hands, provides a wealth of information on grain harvests in the region, which varied greatly from year...
92 folding leaves. Two parts in one vol. 8vo, orig. brown drab wrappers, orig. block-printed title label on upper cover, new stitching. [China: 1573-1644?].
First edition of this rare Chinese work on internal medicine by Ji Xue (1488-1558), the son of a prominent medical doctor and physician to the Ming emperor Zhengde. It is part of his great encyclopedia of medicine Xue shi yi an (Medical Case Records of Scholar Xue), published 1573-1644, each part issued separately. In this work, Xue introduces 21 kinds of diseases and syndromes derived from deficiencies within the internal zang-fu organs and includes 209 case histories.
Xue emphasized tonification of the spleen and stomach, using herbs such as atractylodes (baizhu), ginseng (renshen), astragalus (huangqi), and licorice (gancao). He believed that many health problems arise from damage to the spleen and stomach through diet, overwork, and mental agitation.
[Japan: late 18th cent. – early 19th cent.].
A fine, brightly colored, and complete set of scrolls concerning the famous gold and silver mines on Sado Island, illustrating all the steps from mining to refining to minting.
Gold, silver, and copper mining on Sado Island, just off the coast of Niigata Prefecture, had its beginnings in ancient times. With the discovery in 1601 of the rich Aikawa gold and silver mine, Sado experienced an economic boom. The Edo shogunate assembled miners and slave laborers (mostly the homeless) from throughout Japan and sent them to Sado to exploit the Aikawa and three...
1 p.l., 35 pages, numbered in upper outer corners, and 17 blank leaves. Small 4to (200 x 150 mm.), modern cloth, upper cover stamped in gilt “Rothamsted Laboratory Lawes Trust.” United Kingdom: 9 February 1649.
A manuscript copy by Archdale Palmor, with variations from the first printed edition, of Weston’s highly important work, which describes farming rotation for the first time in England. Our manuscript precedes the first printed edition by one year.
Weston (1591-1652), canal builder and agriculturalist, while already having had considerable successful experience in farming in Surrey, made a series of observations on the agricultural methods of the Low Countries during his...
11 leaves (lacking the final blank but with the first leaf, blank but for woodcut royal arms on verso). Small 4to, early 19th-cent. half-calf & drab boards (upper joint a little cracked), spine lettered in gilt. London: A. Mathewes, 1634.
First edition of an extremely rare anonymous work on improved fertilizers. “The book deals mainly with steeping seed in mixtures of rape-seed oil and other things and with burnt lime. These mixtures are to be formed in different proportions, and there are alternative constituents. The results promised are, not to overstate it, very advantageous.”–Fussell, I, p. 32.
Nice copy. Stamp of the Lawes Agricultural Trust on front paste-down.
Woodcut vignette on title, two folding printed tables, & many woodcuts in the text. 2 p.l., 26 leaves. Small 4to, later vellum (title & final leaf somewhat soiled). London: F. Kyngston, 1634.
A late edition (1st ed.: 1556) of one of the four great English books on land surveying of the 16th century. Digges’s Tectonicon was by far the most successful and long-lived; there were at least twenty editions, the last published in 1692.
Digges (ca. 1515-59?), who attended University College, Oxford, wrote this work for “surveyors, ‘landmeters,’ joiners, carpenters, and masons. It taught the measurement of land, the calculation of quantities, and the use...
Numerous woodcuts in the text. 28 unnumbered leaves (incl. the first leaf, a blank). Small 4to, early 20th-cent. calf (final leaf with short tear in blank section, carefully repaired). London: W. Stansby for J. Grismand, 1626.
A very rare book that describes the English bread-pricing regulations established in 1266, which remained in force, with modifications, for more than six centuries. As Britain’s early modern economy developed and the price of wheat fluctuated, these regulations were periodically revised and reissued by authority of the Privy Council. ESTC locates only one copy of our edition in North America.
“Bread was one of the basic nutritional elements of the medieval diet and its supply and price were of the utmost concern to local authorities. Consequently, well-defined laws were laid down to control the manufacture and sale of bread: to judge the weight, quality, and price, and also to ensure an open and constant supply. The most significant and long-lasting commercial law in medieval England was the assize of bread, which was entered into statute law sometime  in the thirteenth century…
Scroll (360 x 9290 mm.). N.p.: late-Edo?
Our scroll, while it reveals no definitive place or date, was clearly produced in the early 19th century; it is uncommonly long and richly illustrated. In a series of distinct scenes, we see all the stages of whale hunting and processing. Each scene is a “beehive of activity.”
The first scene depicts the boats sent out for the hunt, including boats for harpooners, a large boat carrying an enormous net, and pursuit boats. The following scene shows an enormous whale — we see only his head and tail — chased by pursuit boats, which...
31 double-page & 81 single-page woodcuts in the text. Three vols. in five. 8vo, orig. wrappers (slightly discolored), block-printed title labels on upper covers, new stitching. Edo, Kyoto, & Osaka: 1858.
First edition and most uncommon. “This work on obstetrics…was the work of Kondo Naoyoshi (also known as Taiz or Kenzan, 1814-1861), and was published in 1858. This is Kondo’s only work and little is known about his life: he was an official doctor in the Obama domain in the province of Wakasa; in 1858 he moved to Kyoto and began to practice medicine there, but he died in the same year. At the outset...
A large engraved copper plate depicting a mechanical model of the Buddhist solar system, executed by the famous artist Shiba Kokan (1747-1818), “the first Japanese artist to create European-style copperplate etchings.”–Oxford Art online. Kokan, Hiraga Gennai, and Gentaku Otsuki were the earliest exponents of Western-style art and science and travelled to Nagasaki to learn from the Dutch. Kokan wrote and illustrated books introducing Western astronomy to Japan.
The present plate shows the cosmic system taught by Fumon Entsu (1755-1834), a Japanese Buddhist monk of the Tendai (or Tiantai) school. In his Bukkoku rekishohen [Astronomical Works for...
Numerous woodcut illustrations in the text.  folding leaves. 8vo, orig. wrappers (wrappers a little rubbed), orig. block printed title label on upper cover (label a little defective), new stitching. Kyoto & Tokyo: 1864.
First edition and rare. Imamura (1814-90), a leading doctor and historian of Japanese medicine, was physician to the future Emperor Taisho when he was a youth. Imamura, professor of medicine at Tokyo University, found that many of the contemporary Japanese works on acupuncture had strayed from the classic teachings of the Chinese physicians. In this work, Imamura makes a series of highly detailed and organized corrections to refine the...
Numerous full-page & double-page color-printed woodblock illus. Two vols. in four. Large 8vo, orig. yellow semi-stiff wrappers (wrappers a little dusty & stained), orig. woodblock title slips on upper covers, new stitching. Osaka: Maekawa Zenbe, [after 1836].
A fine copy of this famous book; this is the first edition to contain color illustrations (the first edition, which had only black-and-white woodcuts, appeared in 1836). Kawahara (1786-1860), was a late Edo painter who was given permission to document local life for the Dutch trading house in Dejima. He was, in fact, one of the few Japanese permitted to enter the Nagasaki island when it...
[Munich]: the first not dated, but winter 1788/89; the second dated 1 February 1789.
Two versions of the important 1789 inventory of famous Nymphenburg Palace and gardens, the summer residence of the Electors of Bavaria, both prepared and signed by the electoral accountant and scribe Alexander Balistier (or Balistrier). The first version, with many corrections, is clearly a rough(ish) draft, whereas the second version is the corrected final version (although this also has contemporary additions and corrections). The 1789 inventory is an extremely important resource, as it provides detailed information on the state and the contents of the palace and its gardens in...
8 pp. 8vo, 19th-cent. marbled boards (joints restored), spine gilt. Paris: Poultier & Constantin, 1807.
The rare sale catalogue, fully priced in a contemporary hand, of Louis François Prault (1734-1806), ancien Imprimeur du Roi and son of the great publisher and bookseller Laurent François (1712-80). Prault’s firm printed many auction catalogues in the 18th and early 19th centuries. Because of the Constantins relationship with the Prault family, who printed almost all of their sale catalogues, either Guillaume Jean Constantin or his son, Amédée, was the expert for this sale.
The present catalogue describes Prault’s choice collection of paintings (by Greuze, Lancret, Teniers, Wijnants, van Goyen, etc.), drawings (by Titian, Caravaggio, Panini, Le Sueur, Cochin, etc.), as well as sculpture and ceramics. There is a total of 63 lots, all priced.