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1 p.l., 333 pp. 8vo, cont. marbled half-calf & marbled boards (corners slightly rounded), spine ornately gilt, red morocco lettering-piece on spine. Berlin: H. Frölich, 1801.
First edition and an attractive copy of this important conservative analysis of the French Revolution and the resulting disruptions throughout Europe. Gentz (1764-1832), a prolific author and zealous critic of the Revolution and Napoleon, studied under Kant in Königsberg. During his years as a lower-level government official in Berlin, he wrote several essays and books to great acclaim, including a very successful translation of Burke’s Reflections on the Revolution in France. Aware of his significant influence...
Mezzotint frontis. port. of George III (a little foxed), arms on each title, & two engraved views of the library serving as head- & tailpieces. Five vols. Large folio, cont. red straight-grained morocco (minor scuffing), panelled & tooled in gilt with centerpiece stamped monogram "GR" surmounted by a crown on covers, spines gilt, dentelles gilt, a.e.g. London: W. Bulmer & W. Nicol, 1820-29.
The catalogue, "sumptuously printed" by Bulmer, of the magnificent library of King George III (1738-1820), donated to the nation by his son, George IV. This is a royal copy, having belonged to Ernest Augustus, Duke of Cumberland and the...
Woodcut printer’s device on title. 6 p.l. (last a blank), 691,  pp. Thick folio, cont. vellum over boards (single wormhole in upper outer blank corner starting at p. 551-end), traces of ties. Zurich: C. Froschauer, 1574.
Second edition of Gesner’s Bibliotheca Universalis, issued for the first time with this title, and edited by the author’s younger friend, Josias Simler (1530-76). Our edition has been greatly enlarged and revised; it now includes approximately 35,000 titles.
“Gessner’s Bibliotheca universalis is not only a bibliography in the true sense of the term, nor is it merely a more or less comprehensive description of...
Woodcut printer’s device on titles. 4 p.l., xxvii, , 368 pp.; 547 pp. Large 4to, cont. Italian red morocco (covers of Vol. II a little rubbed), sides richly gilt with the arms of Pope Clement XIV in gilt in center of each cover, spines richly gilt (each tooled slightly differently), a.e.g. Faenza: G.A. Archi, 1769.
First edition, and a very handsome set with the arms of Pope Clement XIV on covers, of the first bio-bibliographical guide to the writers of Ravenna; about 2500 works by more than 600 authors are included. Ginanni (1698-1774), the learned Italian bibliographer and historian, was...
vii, 247 pp.; 467,  pp. Two vols. Large 8vo, orig. printed wrappers bound in modern blue cloth-backed marbled boards. Brussels: G.A. Van Trigt, 1876-78.
The catalogue of the 2224 books and 2335 manuscripts of the superb genealogical library formed by Goethals (1798-1872), “exact et patient investigateur du passé” (Regnard in Hoefer), bequeathed by him to the Bibliothèque Royale, Brussels. The manuscripts were ably described by Alexandre Pinchart, chief archivist of Belgium. At one time director of the City Library of Brussels, Goethal’s principal genealogical work is the still-valuable Dictionnaire généalogique et héraldique des Familles nobles du Royaume de Belgique (1849-1852)...
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.
Two parts in one vol. 60 folding leaves. 8vo, orig. aubergine patterned wrappers (covers a little defective), orig. block-printed title label on upper cover (label soiled & rubbed), new stitching. Osaka: Harimaya Risuke, 1843 [colophon of the first part is dated 1667; the second part is dated 1816; & the colophon on the rear pastedown is dated 1843].
Second edition of two classic works of Japanese bibliography; the texts were essential guides. Razan Hayashi (1583-1657), was a Japanese neo-Confucian scholar, diplomat, translator of Sinitic texts, and shogunal adviser. He, and his third son Gaho, wrote and edited a number of important chronicles and histories of Japan. One...
xxviii, 236 pp.; 123 pp. Two parts in one vol. Small 4to, cont. half-sheep & speckled boards, spine finely decorated in gilt, contrasting leather lettering piece on spine. Ulm: Stettin, 1790.
The uncommon catalogue of the incunabula in the wealthy Benedictine abbey of Saint Mang, Füssen, in Bavaria. The abbey, founded in the first half of the 9th century, held a key position on the important medieval road from Augsburg across the Alps to upper Italy. The abbey was dissolved in 1803 and the books are now at the University of Augsburg. 687 15th-century books are carefully described.
Very fine and attractive copy from the library of the dukes and Kings of Bavaria.
Folding frontis., 11 plates (several folding), & numerous text illus. (including facsimiles & type specimens). [iv]-xvi, 402 pp.; 1 p.l., -758, , clvi pp. Two vols. Large 8vo, cont. diced russia (heads of spines a tiny bit chipped), spines gilt. London: T. Cadell & W. Davies, 1814.
First edition of a reference book that has remained very useful. “This is a very valuable work to the student of the history of printing.”–Bigmore & Wyman, I, p. 345. Topics include paper, manuscripts, history and techniques of printing, bookbinding, the nature of rarity, classification systems, bibliographies, catalogues and reference books, etc.
“Horne relied largely on Peignot, but made some independent additions. He names (pp. 564-614) perhaps a hundred and fifty institutional catalogues published outside the British Isles. His references to catalogues printed in the latter part of the eighteenth century are especially valuable. Few bibliographers have mentioned catalogues of Russian and Turkish libraries and few European bibliographers have cited those issued by Harvard College (1790) and the Library Company of Philadelphia (1807). Horne’s list (pp. 614-637) of these and other foreign libraries has not been completely replaced by any later list.”–Taylor, Book Catalogues, p. 209 & see pp. 16, 118, 188, 214, & 220.
Folding frontis., 11 plates (several folding), & numerous text illus. (including facsimiles & type specimens). xvi, i-[xxvi], -402 pp.; 1 p.l., -758, , clvi pp. Two vols. Large 8vo, mid-19th cent. half-morocco & marbled boards, joints & extremities rubbed, spines gilt, t.e.g. London: T. Cadell & W. Davies, 1814.
First edition. "This is a very valuable work to the student of the history of printing."Bigmore & Wyman, I, p. 345. Topics include paper, MSS., history and techniques of printing, bookbinding, the nature of rarity, classification systems, bibliographies, catalogues and reference books, etc.
"Thomas Hartwell Horne relied largely on Peignot, but made some independent additions. He names (pp. 564-614) perhaps a hundred and fifty institutional catalogues published outside the British Isles. His references to catalogues printed in the latter part of the eighteenth century are especially valuable. Few bibliographers have mentioned catalogues of Russian and Turkish libraries and few European bibliographers have cited those issued by Harvard College (1790) and the Library Company of Philadelphia (1807). Horne's list (pp. 614-637) of these and other foreign libraries has not been completely replaced by any later list."Taylor, Book Catalogues, p. 209 & see pp. 16, 118, 188, 214, & 220.
Colored frontis. and over 150 tipped-in illus., facsimiles of paper specimens and ream wrappers, & photographic illus. Large folio, orig. cloth-backed decorated paper boards, printed paper label on spine. Chillicothe: Mountain House Press, 1950.
Limited to 210 (?, see below) numbered copies, signed by Hunter who, for this book, made his own paper, type, and ink, and set all the type himself. “The most authoritative history of early American papermaking is Dard Hunter’s sumptuous, large folio Papermaking by Hand in America, a tour de force on one-man bookmaking, set by the author in a handcut type and hand-printed on handmade paper manufactured at...
27 specimens & many photographically illus. plates. Large 4to, orig. black calf-backed decorated cloth sides, spine lettered in gilt. New York: Pynson Printers, 1939.
Limited to 370 numbered copies, of which this is "Out of Series E," signed by Hunter and the publisher, Elmer Adler. Printed on fine paper.
A fine copy, preserved in a box.
[Compiled by Giusto Fontanini]. Large engraved vignette on title & woodcut initials throughout the text. 1 p.l., v, , 738 pp. Folio, cont. calf (neatly rebacked by Aquarius with the orig. spine laid-down, corners repaired), spine richly gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. Rome: F. Gonzaga, 1711.
First edition of the catalogue of Cardinal Imperiali’s large (ca. 20,000 titles) and magnificent library bequeathed to the public upon his death in 1737. This rich and varied catalogue of rare and early books is arranged alphabetically by author in the first part (pp. 1-582), which was a fairly advanced technique for the time. Pages 583-738...
Woodcut printer’s device of the golden compass on title. 119 pp. Small 8vo, 18th-cent. Belgian mottled calf (head of spine a little chipped, joints rubbed), sides gilt, spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine (label partly flaked away). Antwerp: C. Plantin, 1570.
[as usual, bound after]:
PHILIP II, King of Spain. Philippi II. Regis Catholici Edictum De Librorum prohibitorum catalogo observando. Woodcut printer’s device of the golden compass on title. 8 unnumbered leaves. Antwerp: C. Plantin, 1570.
Engraved frontis. port. of the author in Vol. I & one large engraved vignette. Titles printed in red & black. Four vols. Large thick 4to, cont. vellum over boards, spines lettered in gilt. Leipzig: J.F. Gleditsch, 1750-50-51-51.
First edition of the still essential bio-bibliographical dictionary; there are about 50,000 entries. Jöcher (1694-1758), was professor of philosophy and librarian at the University of Leipzig. The present book is his greatest work and continues to be of considerable use; it remains the only convenient place to find accounts of many obscure authors and their writings.
Fine set from the Bibliotheca Bibliographica Breslaueriana.
4 p.l., 228,  pp. Small 8vo (160 x 95 mm.), cont. calf-backed marbled boards (head of spine a little cracked & vellum lettering piece a little chipped). Metz: Claude Lamort, 1786.
First edition of an important guide to the Parisian art market, written by one of the leading dealers of the latter half of the 18th century. Joullain (ca. 1734-90), the son of a successful engraver and art dealer, organized a number of famous art sales such as those of the Marquis de Marigny, the Marquis de Lassay, Gabriel Huquier, and Philippe Coypel. This work is a comprehensive update to his Répertoire of 1783, which...
Introduction and Descriptions by Brian L. Merrill. Illus. xxxviii, 74 pp. Large 8vo, orig. illustrated wrappers. Provo: 1989.
This catalogue has become a work of permanent reference. The Introduction contains a very full biographical sketch of Kircher, with much information not readily available. A list of his major works is provided.
The balance of the catalogue is devoted to careful descriptions of B.Y.U.'s collection of Kircher -- 31 items in all -- with title-page transcriptions, pagination collations, and invaluable annotations regarding the importance of each work, provenance, binding, and references.
Two engraved plates (one is folding & with eight images) & five folding woodcut plates of watermarks. Five vols. bound in four. 8vo, cont. paste-paper boards (occasional minor browning), flat spines gilt, red leather lettering pieces on spines. Brussels: [Privately Printed], 1803.
The very rare privately printed catalogue, in its most complex state, of the vast and famous library of Carlos Antonio La Serna (1752-1813), bibliographer, historian of early printing, and “conservateur” at the Brussels Library. The main part of the library, the finest of the time in the Low Countries, was actually amassed by his uncle, Don Simon de Santander San Juan...
16 p.l., 398 pp.; 27 pp. Two parts in one vol. 8vo, cont. calf (extremities a little rubbed), contrasting leather lettering piece on spine. Rouen: A. Maurry for L. Billaine, 1678.
Third edition (1st ed.: 1664) “of the earliest extant bibliography of bibliographies. It is basically an alphabetical list, arranged by authors’ first names, followed by eight intricate subject indices, among them one of publishers’ and booksellers’ catalogues. Appended is a very useful numismatic bibliography. The work enjoyed three later editions during the seventeenth century and provided the basis for Teissier. Labbé (1607-67), one of the most learned polymaths of his time, was...
16 p.l., 394 (i.e. 392) pp. 8vo, cont. vellum over boards (minor browning). Paris: L. Billaine, 1664.
“This is the first edition of the earliest extant bibliography of bibliographies (despite the ‘curis secundis auctior’ on the title). It is basically an alphabetical list, arranged by authors’ first names, followed by eight intricate subject indices, among them one of publishers’ and booksellers’ catalogues. Appended is a very useful numismatic bibliography. The work enjoyed three later editions during the seventeenth century and provided the basis for Teissier…Labbé (1607-67), one of the most learned polymaths of his time, was a Jesuit professor of philosophy in...