Two engraved plates & a few text illus. 1 p.l., xvi, 500 pp. 8vo, mid-19th cent. sheep-backed marbled boards, spine gilt. Brussels: E. Flon, An VII .
First edition of one "of the monuments of typographical bibliography."Bigmore & Wyman, I, p. 418. Lambinet's book is the result of much original historical research on the spread of printing in the 15th century. The author also treats the history of papyrus, vellum, paper; blockbooks and typefounding; the origins of printing with moveable type; etc.
Nice large copy with many edges uncut.
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Two engraved plates & a few text illus. 1 p.l., xvi, 500 pp. 8vo, mid-19th cent. sheep-backed marbled boards, spine gilt. Brussels: E. Flon, An VII .
2 p.l., 118 pp. Small folio, orig. blue cloth, spine gilt. N.p.: Privately Printed, 1995.
Lawn (1905-2001), a medical practitioner, collected in fields as diverse as the occult, alchemy, philosophy, and theology. The collection, now in the Bodleian, was especially rich in 16th-century Italian books. Lawn also possessed a great number of Western and Arabic manuscripts [these collections are described in Vols. I-II, which appeared 1993-94] as well as an enormous collection of auction, bookseller, library (private and public), and museum catalogues, here described. There are many 18th- and 19th-century catalogues.
Lawn was a collector for 80 years and left two very appealing accounts of his collecting and collections in The Book Collector, Spring and Summer 1999 (“Bibliotheca Lawniana”).
iv, -156 pp. 8vo, modern calf-backed marbled boards, red morocco lettering piece on spine. London: S. Fisher, 1797.
First edition. In 1777, Lemoine (1756-1812), “purchased a bookstall in the Little Minories, and devoted his leisure to writing for the magazines. He also dispensed drugs and specifics of various kinds, especially a freely advertised ‘bug-water’.”–D.N.B., XI, p. 907–(and see the rest of the article for more about this charming man who ended up selling books on the street and doing much literary hack work in public houses. While greatly industrious, he cared little for money and his habits were too “convivial.” He...
Engraved frontis. port. of Caxton & two woodcut plates of watermarks. xxii, 156 pp., one leaf of errata. 8vo, cont. blue pebbled morocco (a bit of rubbing to extremities), spine lettered in gilt, a.e.g. London: 1737.
First edition of the first full-scale biographical study of Caxton. Lewis (1675-1747), listed the Caxton editions known to him and reconstructed from them an outline of Caxton’s life.
A very fine copy, printed on what seems to be thick paper. From the libraries of Col. J.C. Dundas of Ochtertyre, Stirling (his sale Sotheby’s, 3 November 1958) and A.R.A. Hobson with his bookplate.
8 p.l., 193 pp. Small 4to, cont. sheep-backed patterned paper over thin wooden boards (three corners a little rounded, slight browning due to the quality of the paper). Copenhagen: P.J. Phoenixberg, 1725.
First edition of the very rare catalogue of the private library commenced by Anne Gøye (1601-81). Upon her death, the collection was passed on to her daughter-in-law Karen Brahe (1657-1736) who continued to make additions. The collection — one of the greatest of the early Danish private libraries — remains intact in the Landesarchiv at Odense and contains many unique Danish imprints and other rarities.
The present catalogue describes about 2000 titles. For full accounts of the history of the formation of this library see Victor Madsen, “Karen Brahes Bibliotek i Odense” in Nordisk Tidskrift för Bok- och Bibliotheksräsen, 6 (1919), (Isak Collijn, ed.), pp. 171-85 and Nielsen, Danske Privatbiblioteker, I (1946), pp. 96-123.
16 pp. 8vo, attractive modern marbled wrappers, printed paper label on upper cover. [Boston: 1840].
Little, Brown, one of the greatest names in American publishing, started in 1837 as booksellers, specializing in “publishing, importing, and selling of books.” This is one of their earliest lists.
2 p.l., viii, 494 pp., 1 leaf of errata. Large thick 8vo (245 x 160 mm.), cont. aubergine straight-grained morocco, sides gilt & inlaid to an elaborate “cathedral” design in the shape of a “gothic” window enclosing a cathedral rose inlaid in ochre, light-green, & red, four bands on spine, two of the compartments lettered in gilt, the others gold-tooled & partly inlaid in light-green morocco, aubergine morocco doublures & triplures brilliantly gilt & blind-tooled, a.e.g., by Joseph Thouvenin (signed at foot of spine “THOUVENIN”), in Paris, ca. 1825. Paris: [Privately Printed by] Firmin-Didot, 1823.
Limited to 340 copies, of which this is one of thirty copies on large “papier vélin,” reserved for presentation to the members of the Société des Bibliophiles Français and magnificently bound in very fine mosaic cathedral-style binding by Joseph Thouvenin. Privately printed, this is one of the earliest Russian private library catalogues and was written by the owner himself with the aid of Charles Piquet.
64 unnumbered pages. Tall 8vo (210 x 110 mm.), semi-stiff pictorial wrappers (by LeWitt), staple-bound. [Paris: 1995].
An uncommon catalogue which describes 446 books by artists, including Baldessari, Boltanski, Broodthaers, Jean-Marc Bustamente, Ulises Carrion, Hanne Darboven, Felix Gonzales-Torres, Keith Haring, On Kawara, Kippenberger, Jeff Koons, LeWitt, Richard Long, George Maciunas, Pistoletto, Richard Prince, Gerhard Richter, Dieter Roth, Herman de Vries, Warhol, Lawrence Weiner, Christopher Wool, etc. The catalogue ends with a selection of Loewy’s own publications. For each item, measurements, publication information, printing method, and edition size are provided, and for some there is a concise description of the content.
Fine copy, with an untitled artwork by Sol LeWitt executed in the summer of 1995 in Spoleto, Italy.
12 p.l., 271 pp. 8vo, 18th-cent. French mottled calf (joints a little rubbed), flat spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. Cambridge: C. Crownfield, 1721.
First edition. “A work of great rarity. It is divided into two parts, the first of which contains an account of the rise and progress of the King’s Library, and of nine other public libraries, at Paris. In the second part, the author discusses the use of public libraries, and the knowledge of literary history…Some notices are also introduced relative to the librarians and other literati then at Paris.”–Horne, p. 561.
Very good copy. Note on free front endpaper: “Coll. & perf. FCB. Octr. 1849.” This was Francis Capper Brooke (1810-86). Stamp of W.B. Chorley, editor of The Winter’s Wreath, on title. Bookplate of A.R.A. Hobson.
Engraved frontis. port. of Robert Estienne. ix (incl. frontis.),  pp. of woodcuts, , 564 pp.; 5, 133 pp. Two parts in one vol. (lacking 7-page Appendix). 8vo, later 18th cent. straight-grained red morocco, sides decorated in gilt, flat spine richly gilt, a.e.g. London: B. Motte for C. Bateman, 1709.
First edition of "Maittaire's first book, consisting of an extensive history of the Estiennes; with a 140-page catalogue of their publications."-Schreiber 294.
Maittaire (1668-1747), classical scholar and bibliographer, was born in France but spent all his mature years in England, having been educated at Westminster and Oxford.
Woodcut illus. of artists’ marks on many leaves. 72 pp. 12mo, early 18th-cent. morocco (about 1740), triple gilt fillet round sides, flat spine gilt, contrasting morocco lettering piece on spine, a.e.g. Paris: J. Langlois, 1672.
The catalogue of the second print collection formed by Marolles (1600-81), abbot of Villeloin and man of letters. His first collection amounted to 123,400 separate prints by more than 6000 print makers, mounted in 400 large volumes and 141 smaller ones. It was acquired in the name of the King by Colbert in 1667. This was the largest and finest collection ever formed up to that...
Woodcut vignette on title. 167 (i.e. 157),  pp. 8vo, fine red morocco of about 1760, triple gilt fillets round sides, tiny gilt stars at each corner, flat spine richly gilt “á la grotesque,” green morocco lettering piece on spine, blue paper endpapers, a.e.g. Paris: F. Leonard, 1666.
First edition of the catalogue of the first of two print collections formed by Marolles (1600-81), abbot of Villeloin and man of letters. He began acquiring prints in 1626 and by 1644, his collecting activities governed his life. At that time there was little competition, and Marolles bought several important collections en bloc, including those...
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...
2 p.l., iv, lxxxviii, 20, 318 pp.; 2 p.l., 319-808 pp., 12 pp. of publisher’s ads. Two vols. 8vo, cont. marbled half-sheep & marbled boards (expertly rebacked), flat spines gilt, red morocco lettering pieces on spines. Brussels: P.J. de Mat, 1823.
The bookseller Mat’s catalogue of a fine anonymous private collection, compiled and edited by Gaudefroy (1758-1839), the French bibliographer. There are 6918 items described including a goodly number of important 15th and 16th century books. The sections on science, medicine, and natural history are outstanding.
Very good set with the armorial bookplate of Th. de Jonghe. This copy has pages 37bis-40bis.
2 p.l., iv, lxxxviii, 20, 318 pp.; 2 p.l., 319-808 pp. Two vols. 8vo, cont. calf-backed marbled boards (some foxing as is usual to first & final leaves), flat spines gilt. Brussels: P.J. de Mat, 1823.
The bookseller Mat’s catalogue of a fine anonymous private collection, compiled and edited by Gaudefroy (1758-1839), the French bibliographer. There are 6918 items described including a goodly number of important 15th and 16th century books. The sections on science, medicine, and natural history are outstanding. The final lot is extremely enticing: “6918 Collection de 255 Catalogues de bibliothéques, ou Notices de vente de livres faites à Paris...
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.
Engraved frontis. port. of J.B. Mencke. Title printed in red & black. 8 p.l. (incl. frontis.), 876 pp.,  leaves. Thick 8vo, orig. limp boards (occasional minor foxing), uncut. Leipzig, J.F. Gleditsch & Son, 1727.
Second edition, much enlarged (1st ed.: 1723) and a very lovely copy in original state; this was a very influential catalogue and was considered in its time to be the model of a universal bibliography. The Menckeniana is a catalogue of a specialized library particularly interesting to students of history and the history of learning. It was open to the public. The library was created by Otto Mencke...
2 p.l., 164, 5 pp. 12mo, early 19th-cent. half-calf & marbled boards (short crack at foot of upper joint), flat spine nicely gilt. Paris: de l’Imprimerie de Didot l’Ainé, 1783.
Limited to 25 copies only, finely printed by Didot on Annonay paper; this is one of the rarest and oddest of all private library catalogues.
Mérard (1749-1812), man of letters, was born into a family of great wealth and, for a number of years, was in charge of the residence of the future Louis XIII. After retiring from his public duties in 1782, he concentrated on his growing collection of books and on...
2 p.l., 164, 5 pp. 12mo, cont. polished calf by Derome, triple gilt fillet round sides with floral devices in each corner, flat spine gilt in a fish-scale pattern, black morocco lettering piece on spine, a.e.g. Paris: de l’Imprimerie de Didot l’Ainé, 1783.
Limited to 25 copies only, finely printed by Didot on Annonay paper and handsomely bound in contemporary polished calf by Derome; this is one of the rarest and oddest of all private library catalogues. It is also notable as the first bibliography or catalogue with a limitation statement and, very probably, the first catalogue to mention...
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...
By Wendell E. Wilson. Plates in color & many facsimiles in the text. 264 pp. Large 4to, orig. cloth over boards. Tucson: The Mineralogical Record, 1994.
First edition, hard-bound issue, of this extremely important and useful history of mineral collecting. This is the best book on the subject. Well indexed.
Numerous samples of paper from the various mills. Illus. Small folio, orig. morocco-backed paste-paper boards. North Hills: Bird & Bull Press, 1974.
Limited to 175 numbered copies, printed with Centaur and Goudy No. 38 types on paper made at the Press and bound by Fritz and Trudi Eberhardt. This is one of Morris’ greatest achievements. Mills described include those in Canada, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, Italy, and Poland as well as a number in the United States. The second part of this book contains a history of the noted journal The Paper Maker, along with a selective index to it.
Fine copy of a very scarce and important book. Prospectus laid-in.
Five parts bound in two vols. 8vo, cont. marbled boards (extremities a little worn). Leipzig: Breitkopf & Haertel, 1797-98-1803-04-05.
First edition, and a complete set, of the most comprehensive early bibliography of the older literature of mathematics and allied subjects, including bookkeeping, optics, physics, astronomy, navigation, hydraulics, mechanics, architecture, fortification, etc., etc.; about 10,000 titles are listed chronologically by subject.
A very good set of a work that remains invaluable to this day, as its lists many books now unknown or forgotten.