xvi, 120 pp. 8vo cont. half-vellum & paste-paper boards. Hannover: Helwing, 1818.
First edition and rare. Westrumb (1751-1819), administrator of Hannover’s Hof-Apothek, was later appointed a Senator and commissioner of mines at Hameln. He wrote a series of works on various aspects of the chemical technology (bleaching, distillation of brandy, vinegar, glass, etc.).
This book is concerned with the latest developments in glass manufacturing.
xvi, 120 pp. 8vo cont. half-vellum & paste-paper boards. Hannover: Helwing, 1818.
Three chromolithographic plates of textiles. 3 p.l., cxx, 867, , 15,  pp. Thick large 8vo, orig. red cloth, stamped in gilt & blind, a.e.g., orig. slipcase. London: Printed for the Royal Commission by W. Clowes & Sons, 1852.
First edition, “Presentation Copy.” The Great Exhibition of 1851 was the world’s first international exhibition of all aspects of technology. Not only was it a piece of unabashed flag-waving for Britain, then pre-eminent in industrial production, but its enormous success had an incalculable influence both in Britain and across the world. The exhibits, which ranged from heavy machinery to designs for jewelry, were divided into thirty...
vi, 122 pp. 8vo, cont. marbled half-sheep & marbled boards, flat spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. Quedlinburg: F.J. Ernst, 1816.
First edition of a most uncommon book: WorldCat lists only one copy in North America. Gleim was the nephew of the Enlightenment poet Johann Wilhelm Ludwig Gleim (1719-1803). This is an account of some of the most remarkable geological features of the Harz Mountains in northern Germany, one of the mining centers of that country for more than 1000 years. Gleim describes his ascent of the Brocken, the highest peak in the Harz mountain range. This mountain has always...
8 p.l., 164,  pp. 8vo, 19th-cent. red pebbled morocco (minor foxing), a.e.g. London: W. Pearson for T. Osborne, 1730.
First edition in English of Behrens’ Hercynia Curiosa (1703). “Very scarce. A personal narrative of an excursion through northern Germany. The book is interesting for its account of the geology and fossils of the region, and also the author took a special interest in the mineral wealth of the region. Therefore, this work is principally a description of the various mines, quarries, and caves he chanced to visit. Of great value for reporting the state of the mining and metallurgy of...
One folding engraved plate. 12 p.l., 577,  pp. 8vo, cont. half-vellum & paste-paper boards. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck, 1787.
Third edition, greatly enlarged and improved (1st ed.: 1777) of the first textbook of technology, a term created by its author. Beckmann (1739-1811), taught at the University of Göttingen, where an ordinary professorship of economic sciences was established for him in 1770. He lectured on mineralogy, agriculture, technology, materials science, commerce, and general public administration.
The present book “is noteworthy for its systematic approach to the various vocations and for its descriptions of a number of trades.”–D.S.B., I, p. 554. Beckmann describes in great detail the...
A most unusual scroll concerning the organs central to traditional Chinese medicine’s concept of how the human body works: heart, liver, spleen, lung, and kidney along with the small intestine, large intestine, gall bladder, urinary bladder, stomach, and the so-called “triple burner.” In Japan, the study of traditional Chinese medicine, which was introduced in the 6th century, is known as kanpo. By the 15th and 16th century, kanpo began to have independent concepts, diverging from traditional Chinese and Buddhist practices and theories.
The manuscript begins with kanji characters (“Ihomyo” or “Yuihomyo”) saying “Thoughts about the Buddhist way of life...
This attractive scroll begins with three large figures of the human body — front, rear, and side views — with locations of acupuncture points (red dots) and moxibustion locations (black dots). Each of the acupuncture pressure points are labeled in manuscript with their names. The moxibustion points are also labelled but with notes giving their locations. The three images are delicately painted with flesh colors and black hair. The anterior view depicts the 21 bones of the spine. Many of these are numbered with references to specific organs. Again, pressure points are displayed.
These illustrations are derived from the Ling-shu [the “Vital Axis”], a rare collection of dissertations on moxibustion and acupuncture, written in about the second century BCE, which “formed [along with the Su Wen] the theoretical basis of classical Chinese medicine…the Ling-shu…discusses mainly therapy — mostly centered on medicinal prescriptions, but also including physical therapies such as bonesetting and breathing exercises, and stimulation treatments such as acupuncture, moxibustion and massage.”–Sugimoto & Swain, Science & Culture in Traditional Japan, p. 85.
75,  pp. 8vo, attractive antique calf-backed paste-paper boards, spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. Paris: Basan, 1778.
A priced copy of this very rare catalogue of a famous Basan sale which featured an exceptional collection of Rembrandt prints. Our copy has a contemporary inscription on the title-page which reads “M. Servat,” supporting attributions by Lugt and Blanc.
The centerpiece of this sale was two portfolios, bound in red morocco, consisting of 486 prints by Rembrandt. The thorough description notes that a considerable number of the prints therein were not known to Gersaint and Yver, compilers of the first authoritative catalogue...
Four finely handcolored full-page woodcuts in the text. 40 folding leaves; 44 folding leaves. Two vols. 8vo, orig. wrappers (minor rubbing), orig. block printed title labels on upper covers, new stitching. Kyoto: Yojuin, 1759.
First edition of the first book to describe the first officially sanctioned dissection in Japan. Until the 18th century, Japanese medicine closely followed Chinese practices which did not regard anatomy as relevant to pathology or therapy. Additionally, there were strong social pressures against the use of dissections for medical research.
Yamawaki (1705-62), a member of one of the greatest medical families of Japan, studied traditional medicine under both Goto...
Eight double-page color-printed woodcut illus., luxuriously heightened with gold, metallic dusts, & embossing. One leaf of preface (blank verso pasted onto upper cover, nine folding leaves, one leaf of postface (blank recto pasted to lower cover). 8vo (orihon), orig. blue patterned wrappers with waves (rubbed), orig. block-printed title slip on upper cover (slip a little frayed). Edo: Juzaburo Tsutaya, 1789.
First edition of perhaps the greatest of all Japanese illustrated books. “Even among Japanese books, the ‘Shell Book’ must be considered remarkable, hardly another has quite the same concinnity of subject, text and illustration…Its title is a poetic one that strikes the...
Complete in 54 vols. (235 x 170), orig. dark blue semi-stiff wrappers (retsujoso), metallic sprinkled endpapers, written on fine quality torinoko paper in a beautiful & highly skilled calligraphic cursive hand, 10 columns of text per page, orig. orange manuscript title slips in center of each upper cover. Preserved in the original drop-front lacquered wooden book cabinet (Shodansu), six drawers with orig. gilt bronze handles & pulls, exterior of cabinet decorated with autumn grass & flower designs in gilt & silver makie. [Japan]: copied early to mid-Edo period.
A fine, relatively early, manuscript of Lady Murasaki’s Tale of Genji, the first novel ever written, and presented in the...
An important and remarkable survival. “In general, the chonin, the bourgeois citizens of Edo and Osaka particularly, enjoyed literature that was light and entertaining: stories of love and intrigue, often with fantastic or occult elements; and verse that was very much on the surface, relying greatly for its appeal on word-plays that the nature of the language, with it innumerable homophones, encourages…from the beginning of the Temmei period in 1781, kyoka verse became a major leisure activity of the chonin and of some samurai…
“The Temmei vogue for kyoka — literally, ‘crazy verses’ —was a revival. The form had originated...
Many finely drawn illustrations in brush, ink, & colors. Scroll (285 x 9310 mm.), 23 joined sheets (some inoffensive worming, carefully repaired). Japan: copied before 1857.
A finely illustrated scroll, created in the witty and refined realistic style of Yamato-e and Ukiyo-e brush work, depicting the route taken — a distance of about 4 km. — by pleasure-seekers from Ryogoku Bridge to Shin Yoshiwara, the center of prostitution in the city of Edo. By the 18th century, it was the home to some 1750 women. This was an extremely busy section with a strong commercial tradition in what is today’s central Tokyo.
Our scroll is an early copy of the original scroll; we do not know if that earlier scroll still exists. It was created by Bunyo Tozaka (1783-1852), a prominent Nanga-style artist who studied with Buncho Tani and specialized in kachoga (pictures of flowers and butterflies). The author of the notes was Hirokata Yashiro (1758-1841), the influential historian of Japan and great book collector (he had more than 50,000 Chinese and Japanese books housed in a series of three buildings in Ueno, known at the Shinobazu Bunko). The beginning of our copied scroll depicts several boats holding men (including samurai) and women making their way along the Sumida River from Ryogoku Bridge to Shin Yoshiwara. They disembark at Kumagatado, adjacent to Asakusa Bridge. From there, the men — clearly samurai — mount rented horses (Daiden Horse Co., with very inadequate saddles) and continue their journey. There are images of high-ranking men with their faces hidden by large hats in order to conceal themselves. Their family crests on their kimono are also hidden. They pass through Raijin Gate (today’s Kaminarimon) which belongs to Tokyo’s oldest temple, Senso-ji. There is a merchant depicted along the side of the road, selling dumplings (the famous Yone manju). Finally, the samurai dismount and board small boats at an embankment to cross some wetlands at the Nihon zutsumi. They arrive at a commercial area called Doromachi (“Mud Town”) where the travellers wash their feet and tidy themselves before entering Shin Yoshiwara and all its pleasures.
1 p.l., 59 pp., 4 pages of engraved music printing. 8vo, cont. dark red morocco (minor foxing), a.e.g. Paris: la Veuve Allouel, 1741.
First edition; this is, according to Grove, one of the two best early comic operas by Favart (1710-92), the most prominent member of a French family of dramatists, singers, and actors active in musical theater. Favart was a librettist, playwright, and impresario. This copy was presented to the Académie Française and bears the following inscription on a free front-endpaper: “Pigansé de la part de l’auteur a l’Academie le Lundi huitième May 1741.” On the following three pages is...
Folding handcolored engraved frontispiece, two engraved plates (one folding & heightened in red), one folding plate of printed music, & music printing in the text. xii, 52 pp., one leaf of errata. 8vo, cont. marbled semi-stiff boards (spine a little defective), uncut. Erfurt: Beyer & Maring, 1800.
First edition of this attractive and fascinating book which relates harmony to colors; it is very much a product of early German Romanticism. Dalberg (1760-1812), was an author, composer, and aesthetician. He was “born into a noble family…though physically deformed, he was a virtuoso pianist…He studied composition with Ignaz Holzbauer and travelled extensively in Italy and England. His...
Frontis. depicting the facade of Bohn’s bookshop, title within decorative border (foxed). 1 p.l., iv, 1948 pp.; 148,  pp. Two vols. Thick 8vo, cont. half-morocco & cloth sides (minor foxing), spines nicely gilt. London: 1841.
A very pretty copy, sensibly bound in two volumes, of the “celebrated ‘guinea catalogue’ which listed no less than 23,208 articles (a figure unsurpassed in the annals of bookselling so far as my knowledge goes).”–Munby, Phillipps Studies, Vol. III, p. 93. The catalogue made Bohn famous and secured him an unrivalled position in the booktrade.
Bookplate of Sir Francis Hopkins, Bart.
420 pp. Large 4to, red half-calf & marbled boards (extremities slightly worn), gilt title on spine. Paris: Madame Huzard, 1810.
The famous catalogue of an important and vast collection of prints and drawings. Paignon Dijonval (1708-92), secrétaire du Roi and voracious art collector, began accumulating artworks at the age of 16. His grandson and sole heir, Charles Gilbert Morel de Vindé (1759-1842), asked Bénard to prepare a detailed catalogue of Dijonval’s collection in order to facilitate its sale. The English dealer Samuel Woodburn purchased the collection en bloc in 1819 and then sold most of it to the Duke of Buckingham.
This catalogue details 4461 lots of drawings and 11,055 lots of engravings. Alphabetical index of artists and engravers at end.
Ink, brush, & color wash in various colors, gold speckles on edges and endpapers, silk brocade endpapers. Japan: early 19th-century.
The equestrian sport of polo, or in Japanese dakyu, is believed to have originated in Central Asia and then spread both to Europe and became “polo,” as well as to China and subsequently Japan through the Korean peninsula in the 8th or 9th centuries. In the Nara and Heian periods, the court at the Imperial Palace played dakyu, most notably on the Boys’ Day Festival (tango) of 5 May.
While dakyu’s popularity declined during the Kamakura period, it experienced a resurgence under the reign of Yoshimune Tokugawa (1684-1751), who adopted the game as a form of exercise for cavalry warfare. At this time, it evolved into a recreation closer to lacrosse in which they scooped rather than struck the ball with a gittcho (polo cane). This scroll vividly depicts the Yamagata or Imperial style of play, employing shorter canes and smaller balls, and with both teams shooting at a single goal.
xiv, 415 pp.; xiv, one leaf, 333, lxxvii,  pp. Two vols. 8vo, cont. marbled boards (minor wear & foxing), uncut, orange & green morocco lettering pieces on spines. Pisa: N. Capurro, 1821.
First edition of “the catalogue of the vast library on archaeology and art history collected by Cicognara, himself a notable art historian. It is tantamount to a bibliography of the pre-1820 literature on these subjects, owing to the detailed bibliographical and critical notes to the 4,800 works, and is still frequently consulted and quoted.”–Grolier Club, Bibliography, 121.
In 1824, Cicognara (1767-1834), sold the entire library to Pope Leo XII, who incorporated it into the...
2 p.l., iii, 48 pp. 8vo, orig. upper printed wrapper (lacking the lower wrapper). Paris: J. Techener, 1853.
“Bibliothèque peu nombreuse, 302 numéros seulement, mais fort beaux ouvrages qui se sont payés des prix élevés. Le produit de la vente a été de 50,000 fr. environ…Il y avait aussi à cette vente de beaux manuscrits qui se sont payés fort cher.”–Gustave Brunet, Dictionnaire de Bibliologie Catholique, cols. 431-32.
Fine copy. Inscribed by Techener on the upper wrapper and printed on superior paper.
xii, 222 pp.; 191,  pp. Two parts in one vol. 8vo, cont. dark green half-morocco & marbled boards by [Romain] Raparlier (extremities a little rubbed), spine gilt, t.e.g., others uncut. Paris: E. Tross, 1855.
A notable library; Bearzi was “Protonotaire apostolique et chargé d’affaires de S. M. le Roi des Deux-Siciles à la Cour de Vienne.” 4487 lots and priced throughout in a contemporary hand. “Réunion considérable d’ouvrages d’étude et de livres rares; on y remarque une série presque complète d’éditions aldines, une collection précieuse d’incunables, parmi lesquels figurent en grande partie les livres imprimés à Milan. On peut signaler aussi un...
1 p.l., 89 pp. 8vo, orig. printed wrappers, uncut. [London]: Messrs. Puttick & Simpson, 20-25 July 1865.
A lovely copy in original state. 1778 lots including many of the great folio architectural works. We have been unable to determine the architect whose library is being sold here.
❧ Not in BM English Book Sales.
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...