1 p.l., 261, 20 pp. Small 8vo, stitched as issued (title detached). Leipzig: .
Kees (1750-1821), was professor of law and a judge at Leipzig and the author of a number of works on criminology, Church rights, and matrimonial law. In his anonymously published Allgemeines juristisch–praktisches Lehrbuch… (1789), he criticized the existing legal literature as being too complicated for laymen to understand. He also suggested that bad justice was prevalent in the German courts.
The library of Kees was large and largely concerned with legal texts. The catalogue — 5496 lots of books and 258 lots of art and autographs — includes items...
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1 p.l., 261, 20 pp. Small 8vo, stitched as issued (title detached). Leipzig: .
63 pp. Small 8vo, self-bound. [Vienna, Prague, or Karlsbad?]: 1806.
Franz Haas (1762-1811), was a publisher and bookseller with branches in Vienna, Prague, and Karlsbad, the famous spa in western Bohemia in today’s Czech Republic. This catalogue of about 1000 priced items was prepared to help guests pass the time while taking the cure at Karlsbad. The catalogue contains collected works of popular poets and novelists, books with engravings, children’s books, travel, a small selection of French books, and much engraved music for various instruments.
Fine copy and very rare; WorldCat does not list a copy.
1 p.l., 28 pp. Small 8vo, self-bound (title & verso of final leaf dusty). Halle: Gebauer, .
The very rare sale catalogue of the natural history library of Gebauer (1745-1818), the Halle publisher and printer. In 1772, Johann Jacob took over the publishing firm established by his father in 1733 and ran it until his own death in 1818. The publishing house was later acquired by his son-in-law C.A. Schwetschke and renamed Gebauer-Schwetschke. During Johann Jacob’s proprietorship, the firm greatly expanded, specializing in scholarly, scientific, and theological works. The archive of the publishing house from its origins is in the city archives of Halle.
2 p.l., 366 pp. Small 8vo, self-bound (spine a little defective). Leipzig: 1809.
A rare sale catalogue: Loh, V, p. 256 locates no copy, although WorldCat records a copy at the Sachsische Landesbibliothek, Dresden. This was a large sale of 5162 lots of books and 176 lots of prints and music; it took place in Eilenburg, near Leipzig. While the sale is anonymous, there were several notable Eilenburg residents who died that year and are candidates for ownership, including Sabina Christophora von Görne (b. 1739) and the city physician Christian Gottlob Francke (b. 1760).
The lots are arranged by subject and then format. Section 18 is enticingly entitled “Typographische Monumente und andere Seltenheiten” and contains, amongst other notable books, a Hypnerotomachia Poliphili of 1499. Section 19 lists manuscripts including a 7th- or 8th-century vellum manuscript of Isidore of Seville!
2 p.l., 286 pp. Small 8vo, orig. blue wrappers. Dresden: “Gedruckt beym Hofbuchdrucker Meinhold,” 1807.
A very rare Dresden book auction catalogue; Loh, V, p. 227 locates no copy. This was a large sale of 5598 lots. While most of the lots are 17th and 18th century, there are a good number of 16th-century books as well. The range of subjects is impressive. and many of the books are in French, English, and Latin.
Segnitz was a long-standing auctioneer of books, natural history specimens, and art in Dresden. He sold many famous libraries during his career. Known for issuing catalogues that listed books in...
Woodcut printer’s device on title. 183,  pp., 2 blank leaves. Small 8vo, cont. blind-stamped panelled pigskin over wooden boards (minor rubbing), bevelled edges, orig. catches & clasps. Cologne: J. Gymnich, 1534.
BRASAVOLA, Antonio Musa. Examen omnium Simplicium medicamentorum, quorum in officinis usus est. Addita sunt insuper Aristotelis Problemata, quae ad stirpium genus, & oleracea pertinent. 12 p.l., 542 (i.e., 544),  pp. Small 8vo. Lyons: J. & F. Frellon, 1537.
Title within illus. border, frontis., & 51 illus. in the text. Five vols. in one. 8vo, orig. wrappers (rubbed & a little defective, first leaf a little dusty), new stitching. Kyoto: Kikuya, [ca. 1714].
First edition of this notable gastronomy book; it is rather uncommon. The Shijo School of Cooking was established by professional chefs during the Muromachi period (ca. 1400-1550). These chefs specialized in preparing formal banquets for nobility. The text is a compilation of techniques and recipes taken from earlier noteworthy cookbooks of this school. There are details on cutting and slicing, the meanings of the dimensions of the long metal chopsticks...
Numerous woodcut illus. in the text. 24; 27; 23 folding leaves. Three vols. 8vo, orig. patterned wrappers (cover of Vol. II a little stained), orig. block-printed title labels on upper covers, new stitching. Osaka, Kyoto, & Edo: Prefaces & Afterword dated 1802.
—. Nokaeki kohen [Sequel to For the Farmer’s Benefit]. Numerous woodcut illus. in the text. 30; 35 folding leaves. Two vols. 8vo, orig. patterned wrappers (bindings a little soiled), orig. block-printed title labels on upper covers, new stitching. Osaka, Kyoto, & Edo: Prefaces dated 1810 & Afterword dated 1802.
27 full-page woodcuts (14 of which are partly color printed) by Tokei Niwa. 14, 6 folding leaves. Large 8vo, orig. wrappers (a little soiled), orig. block-printed title label on upper cover, new stitching. Osaka: Sumitomo clan, ca. 1801-11.
First edition of an important and fascinating illustrated work on the history and technology of smelting copper in Japan, which by the late 1670s had become the largest copper producing and exporting country in the world (replacing Sweden and replaced by China in the 1740s), with much of the copper being exported by the Dutch East India Company to European and Asian markets. Copper mining, refining...
Engraved frontis., numerous engravings in the text, & 58 mostly folding engraved plates. 2 p.l., xxxviii, , 408,  pp. Large thick 4to, cont. cat’s paw polished calf, spine nicely gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. Paris: P.J. Mariette, 1750.
First published in 1691 and revised by Le Blond in the early 18th century, the Cours d’Architecture was totally revised and enlarged with new designs of buildings and ornaments by Mariette in 1738. Our edition of 1750 was the one most familiar to architects of the mid-18th century; it “was the standard work for architects…This book included a life of Vignola, a description...
Two brush & ink drawings in the text. 89 folding leaves. 8vo (190 x 127 mm.), orig. wrappers (wrappers somewhat frayed), orig. stitching. [Japan?: mid-Edo].
A most interesting and extensive manuscript on acupuncture and moxibustion, divided into seven parts. Based on WorldCat and Kyoto University’s manuscript with the same title, we can attribute the authorship of these texts to Chishin Tanaka, a physician of the early Edo period.
The first four parts (“East,” “West,” “South,” “North”; 17, 17, 25, 12 leaves, respectively) are devoted to general principles of acupuncture and moxibustion. In each of these parts, many symptoms and case histories are described...
The sheets range from 640 x 1430 mm. to smaller. [Kyoto: 19th century].
The Yagis, father and son, were notable artists of 19th-century Japan. The father, Kiho (1806-76), was born in today’s Shiga Prefecture and lived mainly in Kyoto. He studied painting under Keibun Matsumura of the Shijo school and Giho Yamagata of the Kano school. Kiho excelled at figure painting and bird-and-flower painting and was the subject, along with his teachers, of a recent exhibition (2009) at the Nagahama Castle Historical Museum in Shiga (a catalogue was issued at the time). His work is found at the Kyoto Palace and the...
Brush, pen (?), & ink, many with background underdrawings in red ink. Approximately 200 drawings, ranging from 350 x 260 mm. to ca. 230 x 165 mm., all on fine tissue paper, many of the drawings bound in three large & two smaller albums, and some loose; three bound albums of artist’s proofs. Occasional minor staining, but in fine condition. Several are signed by Tsutsui & dated, a few with his printed seal. [Japan: late Meiji].
An important archive of drawings and artist’s proofs by Tsutsui, a leading kuchi-e artist. The fine drawings in this collection extend well beyond the kuchi-e genre and include the artist’s work for...
19 folding leaves. 8vo (240 x 168 mm.), orig. wrappers, stitched as issued. [Japan: early Meiji].
This is a beautifully written manuscript, signed at the end “Shobei Izutsuya,” a member of the three-generation Kyoto publishing house of the 18th and 19th centuries. The text is most remarkable, a series of verses of the genre known as Ben’yo utaibon. These were traditional noh songs but with new lyrics. Singing noh songs was a common hobby amongst the intelligentsia of Japan, and the tunes were familiar to many. These new lyrics — sung in a rhythmic “sing-song” manner (like Westerners memorizing out loud the multiplication...
Four full-page brush & ink illus. 14 folding leaves. 8vo (244 x 165 mm.), orig. wrappers (wrappers somewhat soiled), stitched as issued. [Japan: ca. 1820].
Nakagami (1743-1833), a member of the great Koiho (Traditional Medicine) School, was one of the leading practitioners of his day. He was trained in the method of Kan, To, and Ge (perspiration, emesis, and purgation). He started his practice in Kyoto in 1791 and wrote on pathology, leprosy, psychiatric diseases, water cures, and diagnosis of diseases. Most of his texts remained in manuscript.
Our manuscript, based on the secret teachings of Nakagami, is concerned with methods of diagnosis. It was prepared...
One brush & ink illus. in the text. 9; 7 folding leaves. 8vo (230 x 168 mm.), orig. wrappers (text rather wormed with some relative minor loss of text, carefully repaired), new stitching. [Japan: early mid-Edo].
A most interesting collection of texts based on Chinese writings on the pulse. “Dosan Manase (1507-1594 or 95), [was] perhaps the most famous of the early Japanese physicians, and prolific writer in the entire field of medicine as then practiced in Japan.”–Mestler, Old Japanese Medical Books, I, p. 300. His writings covered all aspects of medicine, including a treatise on diagnosing disease by taking the pulse. Manase “became a....
Engraved frontis. port. of Leybourn and numerous woodcut diagrams & tables in the text. Title printed in red & black. 6 p.l., 84, 177-279 pp. Small folio, cont. sheep (some wear & rubbing, a few unimportant stains). London: R. & W. Leybourn for E. Brewster & G. Sawbridge, 1653.
First edition under this title. “Of all the seventeenth-century writers on surveying, William Leybourn probably exerted a greater influence on the practicing surveyor than any other, with the possible exception of John Love. Leybourn’s first contribution to surveying was a short pamphlet, Pantometria or the Whole Art of Surveying, published in London in 1650 and written under the...
Woodcut device on title & some woodcut diagrams in the text. 4 p.l., 88,  pp. Small folio, cont. reversed calf (upper cover partly stained, lower margin of final leaf cropped & renewed with loss of the catchword), triple ruled border in blind round sides. London: G. Jones, 1624.
First edition; this is the fine and unpressed John Evelyn copy with his pressmark — “Vulcanus 14” — in his hand at the foot of the title-page. The logarithms in this book, “together with those of Adriaan Vlacq, form the basis from which almost all other logarithm tables were produced…In the preface to this work…Briggs coined...
Two black & white illus.  pp. 8vo (190 x 140 mm.), orig. pictorial wrappers, stitched as issued. Liege: P. Aelberts, .
A very scarce essay on Ensor (1860-1949), the Belgian painter and printmaker, by the distinguished curator and art historian Huyghe (1906-97); this copy is one of eleven printed on fine Hollande V.G. paper and is signed by the publisher. Two letters (one on the upper wrapper and the other on the title-page) and the tail-piece at end have been hand-colored by the publisher.
In excellent condition. We find only one copy in North America.
Frontis. & one illus. (both black & white). 16 pp. 8vo (205 x 136 mm.), orig. green semi-stiff printed wrappers, staple-bound. [From the final page]: Melun: A. Douhin, 1927.
The uncommon second edition of this account of Jean François Millet’s life by the poet and journalist Louis Latourrette. He focuses on the formative time the artist spent at Barbizon. The author writes in the introduction (in trans.): “If Barbizon gave to J.F. Millet the full awareness of his genius and the reason for his most magisterial inspiration, the great painter lavishly settled his debt by giving to Barbizon glory, a glory universal and immortal, such as...
One black & white full-page illus. 8 pp. Large 8vo (252 x 168 mm.), orig. printed wrappers, staple-bound. [Antibes: 1955].
The rare catalogue of the first posthumous exhibition for the artist (1914-55), which was held at the Musée d’Antibes (now the Musée Picasso); WorldCat shows only one copy, in Switzerland. A travelling exhibition of de Staël’s work was organized in the United States the same year. This catalogue, with one illustration, lists 17 works, with measurements, which the artist completed “in the light of the Mediterranean” in the months before his suicide. At the end, there is a note that another retrospective will take place...
Frontis. port. & eight full-page illus. (all black & white). Large 8vo (240 x 157 mm.), orig. printed wrappers, staple-bound. Paris: 1935.
The rare auction catalogue of Carco’s art collection and library. Carco (1886-1958), the celebrated writer and journalist and early devotee of Modigliani’s work, often went to Montmartre and there befriended artists such as Utrillo, Max Jacob, Eugène Paul, and Modigliani, with whom he developed a close friendship. An amateur art historian, Carco wrote Le Nu dans la peinture moderne: 1863-1920 (1924), in which he refers to a number of works in his collection. An earlier sale of paintings, prints, and drawings from Carco’s...
1 p.l., 63 pp. (i.e., pp. 241-301). Large 8vo (250 x 163 mm.), orig. orange printed wrappers (spine a little rubbed), leaves uncut. Besançon: Jacques & Demontrond, 1916.
The scarce offprint, with new pagination, of Michon’s groundbreaking critical bibliography of early exhibition catalogues published by the Musée des Antiques. Michon (1865-1939), curator of antiquities at the Louvre and respected connoisseur, published two important catalogues on the Louvre’s holdings of antiquities. He also made numerous acquisitions of artifacts now considered foundational to the Louvre’s collections.
This work exhaustively examines 22 catalogues from 1800 to 1816. Michon undertakes a bibliographic survey...
96 pp. 8vo (190 x 128 mm.), cont. red sheep maroquiné, gilt coat-of-arms of Louis XVIII & ornate gilt borders on covers, flat spine gilt, a.e.g. Paris: Constantin, et al.; Amsterdam: Coclers; Antwerp: Beckmans; Brussels: Marneef; Mannheim: Artaria; London: Woodburn, 1816.
A splendid copy of this important and scarce auction catalogue, which describes the personal collection and stock of paintings of Constantin (1755-1816). With all prices and nearly all buyers in a contemporary hand, this catalogue is finely bound with the coat-of-arms of Louis XVIII and bears the bookplate of the Duchesse de Berry’s unparalleled Bibliothèque de Rosny. This was the first of...