36 pp. 8vo, attractive antique marbled boards, paper label on spine. Paris: Olivier & Lebrun, 1811.
The uncommon sale catalogue, fully priced and with nearly all buyers’ names in a contemporary hand, of the art collection a celebrated portraitist and former pupil of Jacques Louis David. Laneuville (1748-1826), foremost a painter who exhibited at a number of Salons, also worked as an art dealer and expert. His painting style imitated considerably that of his master, and his subjects were often politicians. He maneuvered deftly during the Revolution and secured the patronage of leading revolutionaries, including several deputies of the Convention. Laneuville’s luck persisted...
36 pp. 8vo, attractive antique marbled boards, paper label on spine. Paris: Olivier & Lebrun, 1811.
Woodcut royal arms on first leaf (otherwise blank) & one large folding engraved map (on a new stub & with a few short tears to edges carefully repaired). Title within typographical border. 2 p.l., 32 pp. Small 4to, modern morocco (first two leaves carefully remargined in gutter, light browning), uncut. London: T. Fawcet, 1642.
First edition of a very rare and important book; this work, written in 1637 or 1638 but not published until 1642, details for the first time Vermuyden’s plan to drain the Great Level, a significant portion of the Fens between the Nene River and the uplands of Norfolk, which was...
One folding engraved map (with a short tear in one fold). 3 p.l., 81 pp. Small 8vo, 18th-cent. polished calf (a bit rubbed, minor browning), double gilt fillet round sides, spine gilt, green morocco lettering pieces on spine. London: M. Pitt, 1685.
First edition and scarce, of this valuable history of the draining of the Great Level of the Fens by one who was intimately involved in the project. Much detailed information, not readily available elsewhere, is provided including information on the actual engineering activities, division of reclaimed lands, names of the shareholders and officers of the fen drainage corporation, etc.
Jonas Moore (1617-79), was a mathematician and patron of astronomy; he supported John Flamsteed, helping to finance the foundation, construction, and equipping of the observatory at Greenwich. Moore was a professional surveyor and served as surveyor general, one of the principal officers of the Board of Ordnance, for the final ten years of his life.
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 and with buyers’ names, of a noteworthy collection devoted primarily to Italian art and sculpture. Bourlat de Montredon (d. 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...
71 pp. 8vo, 19th-cent. paste-paper boards (corners a little worn), blue morocco lettering-piece on spine. Paris: Paillet & Hugues, 1786.
A rare sale catalogue, with most prices and buyers’ names written in a contemporary hand. Aubert (1736-85), jeweler to the Crown and a favorite of Marie Antoinette, as well as the Comtesse du Barry before, blended his craft with occasional forays into art dealing; however, his avid collecting took precedence. In the preface, Paillet (1743-1814), the expert for this sale, praises Aubert’s taste for Dutch and French pictures along with his impressive natural history cabinet.
This catalogue describes 293 lots: 79 lots of paintings (by Panini, J. Breughel, Rubens, van Dyck, Jordaens, Teniers, Wouwerman, Rembrandt, Metsu, Berghem, Netscher, van Ostade, A. Brouwer, P. Potter, Bourdon, Largillière, F. Boucher, Chardin, Greuze, Fragonard, Anne Valayer-Coster, etc.); 28 lots of drawings (by Bouchardon, Watteau, Lagrenée, etc.); 26 enamel miniatures; 38 lots of prints; 22 lots of sculptures; 38 lots from Aubert’s natural history cabinet; and 46 miscellaneous lots including vases with artificial flowers, bird-cages, rubies, cases of butterflies, etc.
Two frontis., one with three mounted samples & the second with six mounted samples and 243 dyed cloth samples, in many colors, mounted in the text. 1 p.l. (frontis.), vi, 311,  pp.; 1 p.l. (frontis.), iv, -693,  pp. Two vols. 8vo, orig. printed boards (bindings a little worn & soiled, some foxing as is usual), printed paper labels on spines. Berlin: Sander, 1838-39.
First edition of this handsome and extremely rare work on the chemistry of dyes derived from metals by the co-discoverer of aniline dyes in coal-tar; the author considered it a continuation of his Einleitung in die technische Chemie für Jedermann (1836).
Scroll on paper (290 x 8000 mm.), backed some time ago with paper with gold flecks (some relatively minor worming carefully repaired throughout by the backing). [Japan: mid-Edo].
The creator of these beautiful drawings of medicinal plants is not known but he was certainly an accomplished natural history artist. Each plant portrayed has accompanying notes in Chinese (and sometimes in Japanese) of the name of the plant, medical uses, references to published Japanese botanical works, details on their habitat, the optimal climate for the plants, and the seasons when they bloom or produce fruits.
The quality of the illustrations is at a very high and detailed level. The plants illustrated include several kinds of orchids, species of ginseng which came from Korea in 1727-28, thorow-wax (good for detoxifying the liver), etc. There are also notes regarding how to use the plants to make herbal medicines and the medicines’ varied uses to treat many kinds of disease.
One vol. of plates & one vol. of text. Plate vol.: in accordion format (orihon) with an engraved title & 55 engraved plates containing 246 figures. Text vol.: 88 folding leaves. Two vols. 8vo, orig. cloth-covered boards, orig. block-printed title labels on upper covers, text vol. with new stitching. Tokyo: Suhara Mohe et al., 1872.
First edition in Japanese, translated by Kin’ya Naka, of this attractive anatomical atlas. In 1872 Kinya Naka “published his Furesu kaibo zufu, which was a Japanese translation in one text volume and one atlas volume of a work which had originally appeared in Holland about 1866…identified as Handleiding tot de stelselmatige...
One double-page & nine full-page illus. in the text. 90 folding leaves. Large 8vo, orig. patterned wrappers, modern stitching. Osaka: 1803.
First edition of one of the best and most influential recipe books of the period, written for wealthy homes. The author uses here the cooking philosophy of Yuan Kitamura, who invented or codified many recipes in the early 18th century. Sugino provides a series of recipes which are still used today: using dashi to make broth, and how to make many kinds of soy sauce, vinegar, and miso. He discusses when to use which kind of soy sauce or vinegar or miso...
12 leaves of differing colors (gampi paper treated with gofun) bound in two “quires” & sewn together. Small 4to (240 x 179 mm.), orig. semi-stiff pale blue wrappers with mica woodblock-printed designs of reeds, orig. printed label on upper cover. [Saga, near Kyoto: about 1607].
The series of one hundred Noh plays, each produced at the famous private press in Saga, just north of Kyoto, were sumptuous luxury editions printed for the wealthy and enlightened merchant Suminokura Soan (1571-1632), in collaboration with his calligraphy teacher Koetsu, a leading cultural figure of his day, famous as an artist, potter, lacquerer, and connoisseur. They are amongst the...
Numerous illus. (mostly full-page or double-page) in the text. 29; 35 folding leaves. Two vols. Small 8vo, orig. yellow wrappers, orig. block-printed title labels on upper covers, new stitching. Edo: 1852.
First edition of one of the major Japanese guides to surveying techniques of the period. Kai (1812-61), mathematician, wrote a series of books on surveying. Based on the fine and detailed illustrations in the text, we know that Kai used both Japanese and Western surveying instruments (all depicted in detailed woodcuts).
The illustrator was Isai Katsushika (1821-80), an ukiyoe artist who studied under Hokusai. He had a considerable knowledge of surveying. In...
A most attractive picture scroll, containing a series of finely drawn studies, almost all finished, of various flowers, plants, and tree branches. The only evidence of the name of the accomplished artist, who has exhibited here a fine technique, is illegible.
At the beginning of the scroll, there is a mounted sheet of paper where it is written that the subjects include flowers and vegetables. The first illustrations depict a series of pine branches with short and then long pine needles, followed by a dramatic rendering of the paperplant (this has been illegibly signed by the artist). Next, we have...
Woodcut port. of the author on verso of title & several woodcuts in the text. Title within typographical border. 12 p.l. (last leaf a blank), 348,  pp. Small thick 8vo, cont. vellum over boards, stamped in blind on upper cover “M N H L” & “1613.” Wittenberg: W. Meisner at the expense of C. Berger, [date of Foreword “1612“].
MATENESIUS, Johann Friedrich. Critices Christianae Libri Duo de Ritu Bibendi super Sanitate, Pontificum, Caesarum, Principum, Ducum, Magnatum Amicorum, Amicarum, &c.… Woodcut printer’s vignette on title. 8 p.l., 189 pp., one blank leaf. Small 8vo (tear to first leaf of text in blank portion of...
Numerous full-page woodcut illus. in the text. Five parts in three vols. 8vo, orig. blue wrappers (rubbed), orig. block-printed title labels on upper covers (labels a little defective), new stitching. N.p.: Preface dated 1829, [published 1830].
First edition. Ozeki (1781-1845), a fiefdom lord of Kurobanehan in today’s Tochigi Prefecture, was particularly interested in technology and science. He was active as an innovator in developing the agricultural and industrial activities of his region. After his retirement, he moved to Edo and wrote a series of books on technological and agricultural subjects.
This is Ozeki’s invaluable survey of sericulture and hand weaving techniques used throughout Japan before the modernization of the textile industry in the late 19th century. He describes in great detail all the stages of sericulture, the different kinds of looms used in various areas of the country, the production of linen and cotton fabrics, dyeing methods, how to produce different types of silk fabrics including luxury fabrics, etc.
Three double-page & ten full-page woodcut illus., and several woodcuts in the text. 1 p.l., 28 folding leaves, one page of colophon. 8vo, orig. blue patterned wrappers (rubbed & with a few stains), orig. block-printed title label on upper cover (label rubbed & partly defective), new stitching. Osaka: Kawachiya chobei et al., [Preface dated 1828; colophon dated 1830].
First edition of the earliest detailed Japanese description of the cultivation, harvesting, and processing of the kuzu (or kudzu) plant. Kuzu has many uses: its powder is the essential ingredient used throughout Asia for thickening sauces and making various types of desserts. It is also used in numerous...
Title within woodcut frame containing portraits of Galen & Hippocrates & the arms of France. 138,  leaves. Small 4to, cont. “plaque” binding of brown calf over boards, panelled in blind & bearing the name of the bookseller & binder André Boule (“Andri Boule”) on both covers (carefully rebacked & with careful repairs to the edges of the binding). Paris: H. Estienne, .
—. …De Differentiis Foebrium Libri Duo. Trans. by Lorenzo Lorenziani. Title with large woodcut of a saint. 38,  leaves. Small 4to. Paris: H. Estienne, [date at end: 20 Dec. 1512].
Engraved vignette on title & woodcut printer’s device on verso of final leaf. Title printed in red & black. 2 p.l., 944 double columns,  leaves. Folio, cont. blind-stamped panelled pigskin over wooden boards (binding a little wormed), orig. clasps & clatches. Augsburg: Typis J. Praetorii, 1633.
The second catalogue of the library of the Imperial City of Augsburg (the first catalogue appeared in 1600); both are very rare and this is a very early example of an institutional library catalogue. Augsburg was, after the Palatina, the most important public library in Germany and the present catalogue became a valuable reference tool for the contemporary...
7 pp. 8vo (225 x 160 mm.), attractive antique red morocco backed marbled boards, spine gilt. Paris: N. Asseline, 1660.
First and only edition of this very rare French ode to tobacco. “The author presents, in verse, a most disturbing picture of the effects of smoking: the hearts as well as the brains of smokers become black, and tobacco addicts are lost spiritually and physically. The author himself, formerly an inveterate smoker has, at the last minute, been saved from the abyss by a certain good influence, which he neglects to specify. He is now using the solitude and safety of his present retreat...
An important discovery: this is the unique surviving Nara Ehon of the famous story “Ishimochi no soshi,” concerning the famous samurai warrior Shigetada Hatakeyama (1164-1205), who fought in the Genpei War (1180-85). The story describes his preparations for battle, supernatural events which took place while he was going to the battlefield, his great bravery in battle, and the death of his son in the same battle. Hatakeyama’s extraordinary valor and acts of strength and skill are famously recorded in the Heike Monogatari and other histories of the period.
Nara-e (Nara pictures) or Nara Ehon (Nara picture books) are illustrated books produced in Kyoto, not in Nara. They are manuscripts written in fine calligraphy on high-quality paper and were probably executed by under-employed monks. These monks were highly skilled artists and craftsmen who produced extremely lavish versions of otogi-zoshi (fairy tale books) and kowaka-mai (historical folk tales). “Many were produced and purchased for special occasions, and were given as dowry and New Year’s gifts. Pigments used in the paintings were often high-quality, expensive mineral products, and the paper used for the text was often beautifully decorated with designs in gold and silver. In its broadest sense, the term Nara-e refers to books and scrolls with text and illustrations which were produced by anonymous artists from the Muromachi through the mid-Edo period. Yet it is not easy to precisely define a Nara-e style. Current scholarship agrees on a number of characteristics: Nara-e is colorful, often embellished with gold foil (occasionally copper foil); its technique and style are frequently uninspired and unsophisticated, yet the works are almost always charming; and Nara-e paintings tend to be eclectic, revealing their artists’ varied backgrounds and training…
Many fine woodcuts printed in color & many with blind-embossing. Five vols. 8vo, orig. patterned mica-speckled wrappers (some worming carefully repaired), orig. block-printed title labels on upper covers (all the labels a little wormed), new stitching. Osaka: Uozaki Motosaburo [& four others] & Kyoto: Nishimura Kichibei, 1813.
First edition, fine and thick-paper copy with special refined coloring and blind embossing of many of the woodcuts, of this important anatomical work which collects the records of three dissections performed in Kyoto in 1783, 1798, and 1802. The author explains them based on theories of both traditional Chinese medicine as well as Western medicine.
“A Japanese treatise on anatomy and anatomical dissection in five volumes was published in 1813 by Shoshui or Boku or Koki Mitani (1774-1823) with the title Kaitai hatsumo. This was not the first original Japanese work on dissection, since priority in that respect had been established by the appearance in 1759 of the Zo-shi of Toyo Yamawaki. But that earlier work was short and its illustrative material limited to a few crude drawings of the viscera. Kaitai hatsumo appears, however, to be the first Japanese exposition on the whole system of human anatomy, based upon original observation (including dissection) and knowledge of other anatomical works. An inserted advertisement for this book [not present in this and many other copies] is translated to read as follows: ‘This book is Kaitai hatsumo, on some new Dutch theories and moreover some dissections of a real dead body to make it sure. And it has become clear that the Dutch theories are right and the traditional Japanese and Chinese theories which [have been] with us for 3000 years [are] quite wrong.’ (Somehow one gets here the impression of a persistent reluctance to relinquish the traditional anatomical beliefs in favor of the European knowledge which had come into Japan. After all, the gross inaccuracies of the traditional teachings had been firmly established by the work of Gempaku Sugita and his friends in the previous century)…
A fascinating and important series of government documents which fall into the general category of shumon aratame cho (“register of religious investigations”) which were kept, listing the names, ages, and relationship to the heads of households for individuals in villages and towns throughout Japan. Christianity was outlawed in Japan in 1612 but continued secretly, mostly in southwestern Japan, near Nagasaki. Following the Shimabara Rebellion of 1637-38, there were renewed efforts to exterminate Christianity on the Japanese mainland.
Registers, such as these, began to be compiled in the 1660s, which required all subjects to officially register with a Buddhist temple, and also...
Engraved frontis. & woodcut device on title. 5 p.l. (incl. frontis.), 111 pp. 12mo, cont. mottled calf (joints repaired & a bit worn), spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece. [Paris]: 1742.
First edition. The book was written in response to the Marquise du Châtelet’s request to further her studies in the sciences and Newtonian philosophy.
Maupertuis “devoted most of the book to a clear summary of the current state of knowledge about comets, including an overview of the dynamics of the Newtonian solar system and Halley’s heroic calculations of cometary orbits. It evolved into a set piece on the analytical power of...
1 p.l., xvi, 555, 16 pp. schedule of sale, & 16 pp. printed price-list laid-in. 8vo, cont. quarter calf & paste-paper boards (corners slightly worn), red morocco lettering-piece, spine gilt. Paris: Regnault-Delalande, 1810 [sale took place in 1811].
The important sale catalogue of Silvestre (1719-1809), artist, teacher to the princes of France, and art collector. Much of his collection was acquired by the Cabinet impérial.
This sizeable catalogue thoroughly describes 1352 lots of paintings, prints, books of prints, and sculpture. The numerous group lots are precisely listed with additional details on state and condition. At the end there is an index of artists, a full list...
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.