20 pp. 8vo (198 x 125 mm.), modern aubergine cloth (head of spine a little worn), title on upper cover. Paris: Félix & Regnault-Delalande, 1822.
An extremely rare auction catalogue inventorying the collection of an obscure painter active at the turn of the century. A contemporary annotator has written in the surname for this anonymous sale on the title-page, corroborating Lugt’s attribution. An 1817 almanac of Paris records a painter with the same surname working at rue de Rohan, 6. Viglianis also exhibited a landscape at the 1814 Salon — no. 948 in the exhibition livret.
184 lots, consisting primarily of prints (lots 1-132) by artists such as Bartolozzi, Bervic, Bloemaert, Cochin, Le Bas, Desnoyers, Earlom, Green, Ingouf, Massard, Morghen, Strange, Wille, Woollett, etc. We then find original engraved plates by a number of contemporary artists. The final section of drawings includes the work of Bruandet, S. Gessner, H. Robert, and “Joseph Pascal Viglianis,” presumably the seller. With the list of vacations on the final page.
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20 pp. 8vo (198 x 125 mm.), modern aubergine cloth (head of spine a little worn), title on upper cover. Paris: Félix & Regnault-Delalande, 1822.
23 pp. 8vo (210 x 135 mm.), partially stitched (edge of title-page expertly repaired), uncut. Paris: Félix & Pérignon, 1825.
The rare auction catalogue of Regnault-Delalande (1762-1824), one of the most prodigious Parisian dealers in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Regnault presided over a number of famous sales from the period, foremost among them those of the expert Basan, Count Potocki, Rigal, and the influential critic Saint-Yves. The introduction claims that Regnault-Delalande produced more than 300 sale catalogues (the Getty Provenance Index records approximately 222). This memorial concludes (in trans.): “This historian of Engraving…practiced as a connoisseur of art for forty...
16 pp. 8vo (218 x 138 mm.), modern cream cloth-backed marbled boards, title on spine. Paris: Félix & Regnault-Delalande, 1817.
An extremely rare auction catalogue of prints, drawings, engraved plates, and books; WorldCat locates only the BnF copy. Regnault-Delalande (1762-1824) presided over more than 300 auctions and was the most prolific expert of the period.
107 lots, including prints by Audran, Bartolozzi, Edelinck, Earlom, Flippart, Morghen, Woollett, etc. The books and suites of prints consist of many of the famous and beautifully illustrated art historical works of the time, along with travel and archaeological works.
Numerous black & white illus. in the text, some full-page. 166,  p. order form. Large 4to, color printed wrappers, glue-bound. [New York: Printed Matter, 1983].
Printed Matter’s largest catalogue up to that point and a valuable bibliographic resource for the study of artists’ books. It lists Printed Matter’s inventory of thousands of titles and many are well-described. This includes the early work of Kathy Acker, Carl Andre, A.A. Bronson, Stanley Brouwn, Christo, the Coracle Press, Robert Cumming, Helen Douglas, Andrea Evans, Sue Fishbein, Mike Glier, the Guerilla Art Action Group, Hans Haacke, Keith Haring, Robert Jacks, Alison Knowles, Barbara Kruger, Sol LeWitt, Lucy...
Illus. throughout (four in color). 39,  p. Small 8vo (151 x 106 mm.), orig. printed stiff wrappers, staple-bound. [From colophon]: La Rochelle: .
A very rare catalogue for an exhibition held 20 November 1987-3 January 1988 at the Maison de la Culture de la Rochelle et du Centre-Ouest. The exhibition consisted of pieces from Boltanski’s earlier work which are pictures taken by Annette Messager, as well as photographs of a 1987 performance of choreography conceived by Boltanski and Dominique Bagouet.
In near fine condition. WorldCat records only one copy in North America.
24,  p. Tall 8vo (235 x 102 mm.), orig. pictorial wrappers, staple-bound. Barrytown, NY: .
A very rare catalogue issued by Dick Higgins’s later bookselling and publishing operation. It lists bookworks by Cage, Corner, Hendricks, Higgins, Knowles, and Rothenberg. At the end there is a biography for each artist. The front cover is designed by Cage and Knowles.
In near fine condition. Likely mailed to the important proponent of intermedia Elaine Summers, who has removed the address stamp and added her own stamp for the “Experimental Intermedia Foundation / 5337 Broadway 5th Floor / New York, NY 10012”.
164 stories in six series, bound in 18 vols. Small 8vo, orig. wrappers, new stitching. [China]: Bian shan lou cang ban, 1806.
An early edition of Tang Dynasty (618-907) fiction, containing 164 stories, some of which are concerned with gastronomy, medicine, calligraphy, and tea. Others concern extraordinary events and strange spirits.
Nice set. Scarce.
Five-page woodcut of Shaka & his Protectors. Five columns per page, 17 characters per column, each column & page framed with silver borders. 90 pages, 2 blank pages. Tall narrow 8vo (260 x 95 mm.), orig. decorated “wallet binding” of semi-stiff wrappers, with a pale-brown background (koiro; clove-stained), heightened with gold & silver speckles and a mist of gold (kasumibiki), all preserved & attached to the orig. “wallet-style” semi-stiff outer wrapper employing the same decoration. [Nara: 1383].
An extremely rare and very beautiful early sutra, printed at Nara in 1383. It has been printed on highest-quality thick paper (gampi or mulberry fibers), and printed in bold, thick strokes, using black...
49 vols. Large 8vo, orig. wrappers, block-printed title labels in Chinese & Manchu on upper covers, new stitching. [Beijing: Wu ying dian, 1771].
An important edition, this is the revised and enlarged version of the Manchu–Chinese dictionary first published by Emperor Kangxi in 1708. Our edition was compiled under the supervision of Fuheng (1720-70), a younger brother of the Empress and trusted brother-in-law of Emperor Qianlong.
For Kangxi’s grandson, Emperor Qianlong, “the most crucial element of Manchu identity was language…Hong Taiji’s warning of the dire consequences that would follow if the Manchus’ native tongue were allowed to decline is another sign that the...
12 vols. 8vo, orig. wrappers, orig. block-printed title labels in both Manchu & Chinese on upper covers (one label missing), new stitching. [From the title-page]: Jingzhou: Jingzhou zhu fang fan yi zong xue, 1897; Afterwords in final volume dated 1897 & 1911
An early reprint (1st ed.: 1897) of “this indispensable reference work for scholars of Manchurian studies even today”–Yong & Peng, Chinese Lexicography. A History from 1046 BC to AD 1911 (Oxford), p. 398. This work combines two of the leading Manchu–Chinese dictionaries of the 18th century: Yanji Li’s The Compendium of the Manchurian Language (1750) and Yixing’s The Supplements of the Manchurian Language (1786)...
80 pp. 8vo (216 x 135 mm.), early 20th-cent. cloth-backed marbled boards & orig. printed wrappers mounted on stubs, gilt title on spine. Paris: Bonnefons Delavialle, Ch. Paillet; London: Treuttel & Wurtz, Jarman; Amsterdam: Dufour & De la Chaux; Brussels: Danot; Berlin: Logier & Simon Schropp; Vienna: Schabacher, .
A fascinating and rare auction catalogue of an extensive and influential collection of Asian artifacts belonging to a “F. Sallé,” with many contemporary pencil annotations in the margins. We have been unable to ascertain his first name, but Sallé appears in numerous early 19th-century Parisian auction catalogues as the commissaire-priseur.
This was the greatest collection of Chinese materials after that of the renowned sinophile Henri Léonard Jean Baptiste Bertin (1720-92), powerful ministre d’Etat under Louis XV and XVI. Most of Bertin’s collection was dispersed in 1792 without a catalogue; in 1815, a catalogued auction (Lugt 8637) was held to sell off the final portion of the collection.
72 leaves (a few leaves torn out, a few others with what appear to be blank sections neatly cut away). Small 4to (198 x 163 mm.), cont. sheep-backed marbled boards (spine worn, covers shaky). Dated on first leaf of text “January 27 1796.”
A most interesting English manuscript, notably containing pharmaceutical recipes and treatments for horses and cows. The beginning of the manuscript — 38 leaves — is concerned with treatments for horses. Recipes include “Ointment for Mange,” “Lotion for Eyes,” “Ung. for the Itch,” “Balls for Pissing Blood,” “For a Poll Evil, or, Fistula,” “Worms,” “Ung. to Stop a Gangrene,” “A Repellent Wash against...
43 parts in 16 vols. 8vo, orig. wrappers, new stitching. [China]: Zhan yi tang, Prefaces dated 1790 & 1791.
First edition. Zhao (1727-1814), “was an important poet and historian from Yanghu. He was born poor and supported himself at first as a private tutor. In 1761 he passed the imperial examination and in a long career served in many official capacities. Upon being appointed the prefect of Zhenan, Guanzi province, in 1766, he showed himself to be a reformer, dedicated to helping the common people. From 1784 to 1786 he became the director of the Anting Academy in Yangzhou. In addition to writing a collection...
Printed in Chinese & Manchu. 40; 52; 43; 42 folding leaves. Four vols. 8vo, cont. wrappers (final three leaves of Vol. I & final leaf of Vol. IV with some waterstaining), new stitching. [China]: Preface dated 1710.
First Chinese/Manchu edition, printed in parallel columns, of this great classic, the single most famous Chinese story of a young couple consummating their love without parental approval. Wang (ca. 1250-1307/1337?), a native of Beijing, was a leading dramatist of the Yuan dynasty, a period that saw the flowering of Chinese drama.
This work prints his play Xi xiang ji [The Story of the Western Wing], which “is widely regarded...
One double-page woodcut map. 56; 60 folding leaves. Two vols. 8vo, orig. wrappers, new stitching. [China]: Wei jing tang, Preface dated 1814.
An early, variorum edition (1st ed.: 1777) of this great classic, the Xiyu wenjianlu. “The Manchu official Qishiyi, in [the present work], offers a frontiersman’s view of the conquest quite different from that of the imperial center. Qishiyi, who earned his jinshi degree in 1754, served as a low-ranking official in charge of grain supply in Turkestan. He narrates vividly the struggle for succession to the Zunghar Khanate after Galdan Tseren’s death, describes the states bordering the Qing in Central Eurasia...
Color lithographs by Roth on upper and lower wrappers & many black & white illus. 40 unnumbered pages. 4to (230 x 170 mm.), orig. pictorial wrappers (lower wrapper signed by “Roth”), staple-bound. Stuttgart, London & Reykjavik: 1974.
A rare catalogue bearing two striking original color lithographs signed and numbered by Dieter Roth; it was produced in an edition of 1000 copies. This catalogue presents many works Roth created in collaboration with Mayer, in addition to works by Emmett Williams, Eduardo Paolozzi, Dorothy Iannone, Emil Schult, Richard Hamilton, Hansjörg Schneider, Tom Phillips, Stefan Wewerka, Mark Boyle, Arnulf Rainer, etc. Records, posters, and earlier catalogues are also offered. Nearly...
Black & white illus. throughout. 38 unnumbered pages (incl. inside of upper & lower wrappers). 4to (229 x 171 mm.), orig. green printed wrappers (spine sunned), staple-bound. Stuttgart, London & Reykjavik: 1972.
A very rare and early catalogue of artists’ books distributed and published by Hansjörg Mayer. It features many of the works Mayer created in partnership with Dieter Roth, along with books by Richard Hamilton, Tom Phillips, Emmett Williams, Hase Otto, Eduardo Paolozzi, Ludwig Harig, Stefan Wewerka, etc. Nearly all of these items are illustrated with photographs.
“A printer, art teacher and publisher living in London, Hansjörg Mayer’s typographical experiments and publications in his edition...
Many black & white text illus. 44 unnumbered pages (incl. inside of upper & lower wrappers). 4to (229 x 170 mm.), orig. printed paper wrappers, staple-bound. [Stuttgart, London & Reykjavik: 1970].
Hansjörg Mayer’s rare and wonderfully designed 1970 catalogue, issued under the imprint Wasserverlag. It offers works by Rot, Emmett Williams, Eduardo Paolozzi, Robert Filliou, Stefan Wewerka, Ludwig Harig, etc.; nearly all works are pictured.
“A printer, art teacher and publisher living in London, Hansjörg Mayer’s typographical experiments and publications in his edition hansjörg mayer made him into one of the most important protagonists of concrete poetry and the art of the 1960s…Since 1963, as Dieter...
41 hand-cut leaves (incl. upper cover). Small 4to (130 x 147 mm.), orig. printed covers, “long stitch through slotted wrapper cover” sewing. [Rochester, NY]: Feb. 1984.
A scarce example of one of Smith’s “no-picture books,” printed in an edition of 100 copies, bound and signed by Smith. Here the core of the book is a continuous circle and graduated circular hole through the entire work. The hole in each leaf was formed by a blade attached to a compass. This book was part of Smith’s effort to create affordable hand-bound works in larger editions, “which could be purchased by anyone, even by students —...
Embossed title on first leaf. 24 unnumbered leaves of thick Fabriano Rosaspina Avorio paper. Oblong folio (260 x 370 mm.), orig. cloth boards, linen cords strung through holes in paper. Barrytown: Space Heater Multiples, 1982.
A book that commands it be read from beginning to end, then end to beginning. This is one of Smith’s masterpieces, also known as the “String Book”; from a numbered edition of 50 and signed by the artist. This work is noteworthy in terms of its structure — thick paper linked by string — and its interaction with light. Book 91 is not a printed book; one finds no...
Woodcut royal coat-of-arms on title & three woodcut floor plans. 51,  pp. Small 8vo (155 x 102 mm.), 18th-cent. paste-paper boards (spine a little rubbed), red calf lettering-piece on spine, spine gilt, shelf mark at tail of spine. Paris: J. Chardon, 1715.
(AMSTERDAM). [Drop-title]: Description de l’Hotel de ville d’Amsterdam, avec les Explications de tous les Emblemes, Figures, Tableaux, Statues &c. qui se trouvent au-dehors, & au-dedans de ce Batiment. Four finely engraved folding plates. 108 pp. Small 8vo. N.p.: n.d.
Engraved royal coat-of-arms on title. 16 pp. 8vo (170 x 111 mm.), 18th-cent. paste-paper semi-stiff boards (lower edges of covers a bit worn). Paris: Pierre de Bats, 1683.
A very scarce early edition of this guide to the church of St. Denis, a place of pilgrimage that holds the remains of most of the French kings who reigned between the 10th and 18th centuries. The earliest edition we locate was published in 1656 (14 pp.), and is exceedingly rare. The present work is considerably augmented from previous versions and presents updated descriptions of the interior of the royal basilica at St. Denis, just north...
38 pp. 8vo (205 x 132 mm.), cont. pink upper wrapper bound in late 19th-cent. maroon sheep-backed paste-paper boards, spine gilt. Paris: Bonnefons de la Vialle & Henry, 1817.
A very rare sale catalogue of paintings owned by Marie Antoine Didot (d. 1835), better known as Didot de Saint-Marc. A member of the printing and publishing dynasty, he benefitted from the family’s wealth, and was more concerned with collecting pictures. Nearly all prices have been recorded in pencil by a contemporary annotator in the margins, as well as on the upper wrapper which is covered in notes and several names, such as Senave, Mallet, and...
2 p.l., 60 pp. 8vo (189 x 131 mm.), late 19th-cent. marbled boards, red sheep lettering-piece on spine. Paris: Laneuville, Henry & Bonnefons de la Vialle, 1821.
A scarce sale catalogue of paintings and several drawings, with nearly all prices in a contemporary hand and several marginal notes, along with a curious letter bound-in at the end. The contents of this sale were probably drawn from the stock of Laneuville (1748-1826) and Bon Thomas Henry (1766-1836). One hand, in ink, has recorded all but a few prices, while another, possibly later and in pencil, has noted the provenance of one picture and several occasions when...