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, of a noteworthy collection, devoted primarily to Italian art and sculpture. Bourlat de Montredon (?-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 offer occasional notes on...
99 pp. 8vo, attractive antique calf-backed paste-paper boards, spine gilt, red morocco lettering-piece on spine. Paris: Joullain, 1778.
Engraved title & 32 finely engraved mezzotint plates, printed in sanguine. Large folio, modern half-morocco & cloth (minor foxing), spine gilt. London: I. & J. Taylor, n.d. [but about 1793-97].
First edition of a very great rarity, published between September 1793 and August 1797 (but probably 1795). This is the most ambitious neo-classical ornament and pattern book printed in sanguine issued in Britain. The plates are in imitation of chalk drawings and include foliated and architectural patterns. Some of the plates are directly influenced by French neo-classical patterns, including copies of French designs by Caillouet, ca. 1780.
Nice copy. A duplicate from the Winterthur Library with their bookplate.
32 chromo-lithographic plates of bindings (one double-page). Three vols. in one. Thick & heavy very large 4to (340 x 255 mm.), cont. half-morocco & marbled boards by Zaehnsdorf (a bit rubbed & worn at extremities), spine gilt, t.e.g. London, Dryden Press for Sotheby’s, 1887-1888.
One of 100 large paper copies (our copy unnumbered); this is certainly the largest “large paper” copy of an auction catalogue ever produced. Gibson Craig (1799-1886), was a notable Scottish antiquary and one of the original members of the Bannatyne Club, who during his long life befriended Sir Walter Scott, Sir Henry Raeburn, Macauley, David Laing, et al. His...
Par Michel Huber [& continued by Jean Gottlob Stimmel from the 4th vol.]. Five vols. bound in seven. 8vo, not quite uniform cont. marbled boards (a little worn & rubbed, occasional foxing), pale blue lettering pieces on spines. Leipzig: Breitkopf & Hartel, -03-05-10-10.
The main series of auction catalogues of the most important collection of art formed in Leipzig in the 18th century. Winckler (1731-95), was a wealthy merchant and banker. Following his formal education, he made a European tour in Britain, Holland, and Switzerland and became intensely interested in art. Winckler started collecting prints and soon began buying paintings...
Engraved vignette on title & full-page engraved port. of the author. 8 p.l. (incl. port.), 177,  pp. Small folio, cont. limp vellum (a little worn at edges), sides decorated in gilt, central medallion with radiating gilt devices, medallion with a unidentified painted coat-of-arms (a little rubbed), red silk ties, edges gilt & gauffered. Venice: J. Viezzeri, 1664.
First edition of a very rare and attractive book; WorldCat locates only the NLM copy. Piccioli was a physician in Venice and this appears to be his only published work. It is a collection of descriptions of many types of diseases: fevers of many kinds, ulcers, various...
viii, 175 pp. 8vo, attractive antique calf-backed paste-paper boards, spine gilt, red morocco lettering-piece on spine. Paris: Bénard, 1806.
The uncommon sale catalogue of an exceptional print collection formed in Belgium. Wolfgang Guillaume, the third duc d’Ursel (?1730-1804), a Belgian general and husband of Flore d’Arenberg, focused his collecting on prints of paintings engraved by the painters themselves. The catalogue is arranged by school and within that by painter. We find engravings by Albani, Carracci, Maratti, Titian, Dürer, Hollar, Berghem, van Leyden, Rembrandt, Callot, Coypel, etc.
The catalogue thoroughly describes 948 lots of prints and drawings, many of which are large group lots, with the more considerable collections divided into numerous subsections for greater clarity. Lots 907-948 detail the duke’s books of prints and views, auction catalogues, dictionaries, and other important art historical texts.
1 p.l., vi, 40 pp. 8vo, antique marbled paper wrappers. Paris: Bréart & Lebrun, [“1811“ supplied in manuscript].
The very rare auction catalogue, fully priced and oftentimes with buyers’ names in a contemporary hand, containing a rich library on architecture and engineering. Raymond (1742-1811), chief architect of the Louvre and one of the original architects of the Arc de Triomphe selected by Napoleon, won the Grand Prix of the French Académie d’Architecture in 1766 and completed numerous projects throughout France. He began as a pupil of Blondel and Soufflot, and spent eight years in Italy, where he became an admirer of Palladio...
1 p.l., xxiv, 74 pp. 8vo, self-wrappers, stitched as issued (stitching loose), leaves uncut. Paris: Regnault-Lalande, 1811.
The rare catalogue of this joint sale of the collections of Ozanne (1728-1811) and Coïny (1761-1809), which took place 2-11 December 1811. The former, a distinguished marine artist and engineer, collaborated with Duhamel du Monceau on several illustrated works and taught naval architecture and navigation to the sons of the royal family. Le Tellier de Courtanvaux used one of Ozanne’s ships as a platform to test Pierre Le Roy’s marine chronometer.
A student of Suvée and J.P. Lebas, Coïny exhibited at the Salon from 1802 to 1806 and specialized in engravings of the saints and mythological or historical subjects. He also executed well-known vignettes for the works of La Fontaine, Léonard, and Racine. The pieces from his collection are noted with a “†”.
63 pp. (pagination continuous for the two parts). 8vo, later 19th cent. half-sheep & marbled boards (spine rubbed), gilt title on spine, uncut. Paris: Le Brun, 1791.
A very rare catalogue by Le Brun of what appears to be a stock sale. It describes 110 lots of prints (nos. 1021-1130) and 262 notable 17th- and 18th-century books.
Nice copy, we do not locate a copy in North America. Engraved bookplate of Gaston Pannier, the famous 19th-century art collector on front paste-down and stamp of the Bibliothèque Heim on verso of the title-page.
Finely engraved frontis. with profile of Le Bas (drawn by Cochin & engraved by C.E. Gaucher) & finely engraved tailpiece at the end of the biographical sketch (by same). xlix, 92, 19 pp. catalogue list. 8vo, orig. semi-stiff boards (head of spine a little split), leaves uncut. Paris: Clousier & Joullain, 1783.
The very rare sale catalogue of the engraver to the Cabinet du Roi; with a valuable list of 133 catalogues produced by Joullain since 1763. Le Bas (1707-83), studied under Antoine Hérisset and is famous for his skilled imitations of works by Teniers, Wouwerman, Falens, Coypel, Watteau, Oudry, etc.
This catalogue begins with a lengthy and most informative biographical sketch based on notes by Hecquet, a connoisseur of prints and close friend of Le Bas. It discusses contemporary debates on the artistic merit of engraving and Le Bas’ reputation in the art world, providing an intimate understanding of the man.
96 pp. Small 8vo, attractive antique calf-backed paste paper boards, spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine.Paris: Bénard, 1816.
The rare sale catalogue of this impressive varied auction. Antoine François Piéri Bénard (fl. 1810-40), prominent art dealer and for a time marchand de la Bibliothèque du Roi, advised Eugène Dutuit on his art collecting. In the present catalogue, he thoroughly describes 504 lots. Pages 60-77, numbered separately, contain meticulously detailed and considerable group lots. These lots consist of the works of van Dyck, Hollar, Hondius, de Jode, Pontius (almost three full pages), and Vorsterman. Lots 418-75 details a selection...
48 pp. 8vo, attractive antique calf-backed paste-paper boards, spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. Paris: Bénard, 1807.
The rare sale catalogue of a varied print and drawings collection. It describes 341 lots alphabetically by artist, with a number of large group lots, and includes works by Bartolozzi, Callot, Delattre, Hollar, van Ostade, and Watelet, as well as a number of English artists. It concludes with a handful of dictionaries, catalogues raisonnés, and sale catalogues.
Nice copy. We locate only one copy in North America.
106 pp. 8vo, attractive antique calf-backed paste-paper boards, spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. Paris: Le Brun, 1785.
The uncommon sale catalogue of the collection of a famous patron of the arts. Bailli de Breteuil (1725?-85), an influential diplomat who was ambassador to Malta, collected paintings, sculptures, curiosities, and objets d’art. He lived in Rome for about two decades and he owned a magnificent Roman villa decorated by Lavallée-Poussin. Upon returning to Paris in 1787, he frequented Grimod de La Reynière’s salon. Rumors abounded that Bailli was engaged in an affair with Madame Grimod.
The present catalogue fully describes 102 paintings, 42 drawings, 18 prints, and 240 lots of sculpture, precious minerals, porcelains, ceramics, snuffboxes, antiquities, and furniture. Bailli owned works by Del Piombo, Fragonard (No. 49 “The Stolen Kiss” resides in the Metropolitan Museum of Art), Velazquez, Dürer, Bourdon, Le Nain, Poussin, etc. Of particular note in this catalogue is a section devoted to table centerpieces (surtout de table), models of ancient monuments including the temples of Minerva, Mercury, two arcs de triomphe, four obelisks, 12 sphinxes, and finally 75 knives made from various materials. All are thoroughly described.
19 pp. 8vo, late 19th-cent. limp marbled boards (head & tail of spine worn), gilt title on spine. Paris: Lot & Regnault Delalande, 1809.
The uncommon sale catalogue of Choffard (1730-1809), engraver and draughtsman, who executed famous portraits of La Condamine, Napoleon, as well as the plates for a number of celebrated illustrated books. Regnault Delalande forgoes an extended biographical sketch and supplies but a footnote, on page 6, regarding the deceased. The expert also announces that most of the objects within each lot will be auctioned off separately.
The catalogue describes 171 lots in total; however, we can tell that Choffard’s working collection of...
viii, 167 pp. 8vo, orig. pink paper wrappers, uncut. Paris: Regnault-Delalande, 1803.
A rare sale catalogue, fully priced in a contemporary hand. This sale took place following the death of the widow of Jean Guillaume Alibert (?1763-180?), who died shortly after her husband. He was a well-known dealer and publisher of prints on Rue Fromenteau in Paris. The business’s stock was liquidated and the present catalogue features famous works by Audran, Callot, Edelinck, Pesne, etc.
The star of the sale, to which Regnault-Delalande devotes no less than 52 pages of the catalogue (pp. 97-148), was a “Recueil de Portraits de Souverains...
Engraved vignette on title signed by Hoppe & two engraved vignettes by Christian Gottlieb Geyser serving as head- & tail-pieces to the poem. Four leaves printed on pale yellow-white silk. 4to (257 x 205 mm.), cont. pale pink silk over boards (a bit soiled), black floral design round sides, pale blue silk paste-down endpapers. Leipzig: “Gedrukt bey Wilhelm Gottlob Sommer,” .
Apparently unique, this poem pays homage to the duchess Sophie Wilhelmine von Schönaich-Carolath (1764-95), for her visit to the small village of Rochsburg in Saxony. She was a member of the family which owned the famous Schloss Rochsburg situated above the village. It is...
Six leaves, printed on silk (first & final two leaves are blank). 4to (271 x 197 mm.), cont. pale pink silk over boards, covers stamped in gilt, silk paste-down endpapers, a.e.g. [Weimar?]: 1818.
A rare deluxe printing on silk, a poem written to celebrate the birth on 24 June 1818 of Karl Alexander, the second son of the Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna of Russia (1786-1859) and Karl Friederich, Grand Duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach (1783-1853). Maria Pavlovna was the third daughter of Tsar Paul I (1754-1801). Maria Pavlovna was raised at her father’s palaces at Pavlovsk and Gatchina. Karl Alexander later inherited his father’s...
Woodcut head- & tail-pieces (one hand-colored in red & gold). xiv, , 152 pp. Small 8vo, orig. brown morocco (one corner a bit bumped), dentelles gilt, a.e.g. Paris: P. Daffis, 1872.
Number “1” of two copies printed on vellum; “seconde edition de la Bibliothèque Elzévirienne revue et annoté par M. Georges Duplessis.” Marolles (1600-81), abbot of Villeloin and man of letters, was the foremost print collector of 17th-century France. He began acquiring prints in 1626 and by 1644, his collecting activities governed his life. His first collection amounted to 123,400 separate prints by more than 6000 print makers, mounted in 400 large volumes...
Two folding engraved plates from Klenze’s drawings. 86 pp., one leaf of errata. Folio, cont. red sheep maroquiné, sides decorated with gilt fillets, flat spine gilt, green morocco lettering piece on spine, a.e.g. Munich: 1821.
First separate edition of one of Klenze’s earliest publications, a separately paginated offprint from Vol. VIII of the Denkschriften der königl. Akademie der Wissenschaften of Munich. This copy, printed on large and thick paper, is finely bound, and comes from the Wittelsbach library of the dukes and kings of Bavaria.
“More than any other architect of the first half of the nineteenth century — with the possible exception of Karl Friedrich Schinkel — Leo von Klenze (1784-1864), formed the image of a German town through his buildings and his plans. With some twenty buildings, he set the monumental scale for the development of Munich into a court city of European rank.”–Placzek, Macmillan Encyclopedia of Architects, Vol. II, p. 567.
Lithographed title (tiny repaired tear to outer lower corner) & 19 lithographed plates, each with a blank guard sheet. 1 p.l. (lithographed title), xvi, 92, vii pp., one leaf. Small folio, cont. aubergine morocco, sides richly panelled in gilt, spine richly gilt. London: Ch. Hullmandel, & R. Ackermann, .
First edition and the prettiest copy of this book I have seen. This “was the most important English treatise on lithography to be published in the first half of the nineteenth century. It was one of the few early treatises to appear in a large format (imperial octavo) and was, with the exception of the English...
Probably Edo: “2 March 1802” & following days.
This manuscript contains menus of a series of eight ceremonial meals prepared for Chokushi and Inshi, who were imperial envoys sent to Edo annually in the end of February to the beginning of March. They were reciprocating the earlier annual visit of representatives of the shogun to the emperor who was resident in Kyoto.
These visits were highly ritualized events and the meals which they ate were extremely elaborate. This manuscript gives the menus of several breakfasts, lunches, and dinners given to the envoys which the shogun’s staff (kyooyaku) oversaw and attended. These meals were...
Japan: mid-Edo to early Meiji.
A uncommonly large woodblock board, depicting the Inari Shinto shrine at Konuma in Akita Prefecture with surrounding text concerning the benefits of visiting the shrine (good harvest, avoid the evil spirits, longevity and fertility) and the shrine’s history. The shrine master’s name is “Fukuhisa Fujiwara.” This block was probably used at the shrine to print off talismans for visiting pilgrims.
In fine condition.
12 columns long, 8 columns wide, each column within a border, carved on both sides. Japan: late Edo.
A fine example of a wood block board, carved with 192 fortunes (96 on each side). The printed fortunes, known as tsujiura, are small pieces of paper inserted in edible crackers (senbei). The slips of paper produced from this board each measure 26 x 26 mm. after trimming. Fortune cookies were, in fact, invented in Kyoto, and the tradition of American Chinese restaurants serving fortune cookies was derived from Japanese immigrants.
Some of the fortunes include “God will help you,” “Go to Shimbashi,” “Getting Better,” “Everybody likes you,”...