Original wooden case (350 x 245 x 65 cm.), upper board covered in aubergine sheep maroquiné, decorated in gilt & blind, with the title in gilt in center: “Le Copiste Électro-Chimique.” Inside are: 1) a blank copy book with the lithographed title in blue within ornamental border Brevet d’Invention et de Perfectionnement. Le Copiste Electro-chimique (4to, orig. glazed boards & sheep spine, 396 numbered blank leaves); 2) three smaller boxes each covered with aubergine sheep maroquiné: “Encre Electro Chimique” (with the orig. metal ink well); “Éponge” (with the orig. sponge); and the third box, untitled & empty; 3) another copy...
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Folding frontis. & numerous plates (many folding). Large folio, orig. cloth. London: [Printed at the Oxford University Press for] Maggs Bros. Ltd., 1975.
Number “3“ of 300 numbered copies, signed by the collector, presentation copy, inscribed by Theodore Besterman to Hardy Grieb (1946-90), bookseller at E.P. Goldschmidt and later a partner at Martin Breslauer: “for Hardy Grieb with cordial regards Th.B.” This is a highly interesting copy, containing the notes regarding provenance and condition as well as appraised values of Besterman’s wonderful collection of 381 books illustrative of the arts. The sale of the collection was handled by Hardy Grieb and Jacques...
Engraved frontis., engraved vignette on title, & one engraved plate (reproducing specimens of handwriting). xxvi, , 436 pp. Folio, cont. vellum over boards. Liburni: A. Sanctini, 1756.
The collections of early books, manuscripts, and works of art in the Biblioteca Riccardiana of Florence were begun in the 16th century by Riccardo Romolo Riccardi. In the last decades of the 17th century it was significantly enlarged by Francesco Riccardi, partially as a result of the dowry of his wife, Cassandra Capponi. Her father Vincenzio, an erudite and famous man of letters and science closely connected with the circle of Galileo, had left his daughter part...
Woodcut arms on title. iv, 478 pp. 8vo, attractive antique sheep, spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. Geneva: B. Chirol, 1779.
First edition of the first catalogue of the MSS. of the city of Geneva, compiled by the city librarian, Senebier (1742-1809), who was also a distinguished physiologist. The MSS. described include oriental, Latin, French, Spanish, and Italian examples, many of which are outstanding and early. With an author index at end.
Very nice copy.
Facsimiles, photographs, & plates (fourteen in color). ix, , 161 pp., one leaf with colophon. 8vo, orig. black morocco-backed decorated boards. Newtown, Pennsylvania: Bird & Bull Press, 1985.
One of 325 numbered copies printed in Van Dijck type on Arches text. Kinder, a German-born binder, was associated with Hubbard and the Roycrofters from 1897 to 1911. He later made custom bindings for Rudge and did restoration work for Dartmouth.
Very fine copy.
Frontis. & illus. 120 pp. 8vo, orig. morocco-backed patterned boards. North Hills: 1981.
Limited to 300 copies, printed in Baskerville type on Hahnemühle Ingres-Büttenpapier. John Murray's 1829 critique of current papermaking practices and abuses, although little regarded when first published, seems today "a work of remarkable prescience at a time when the books of the past 150 years are crumbling and there is effort both to conserve those and to preserve the literature and science of our own time."from the Introductory Essay.
Fine copy with prospectus.
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.
Woodcut vignette on title. Title printed in red & black. 2 p.l., xii, , 122 pp., one leaf. 8vo, green morocco, signed “Emile Rousselle,” triple gilt fillet round sides, arms in gilt of Isidoro Fernández in center of each cover, spine richly gilt. Paris: A. Aubry, 1873.
One of six copies printed on vellum (of a total edition of 606 copies) of this valuable history of the early art and book collectors of France. Bonnaffé (1825-1903), French scholar and man of letters, wrote many books on art history and the art market as well as catalogues of collections of art.
A very fine copy. With the leather bookplate of Isidoro Fernández (1878-1963).
72 plates (many in fine color). Folio, orig. blue cloth, upper cover & spine gilt, t.e.g., others uncut. Cambridge: at the University Press, 1929.
Limited to 230 copies. This volume contains 72 reproductions of binding now, with one exception, in the possession of the University Library, the Fitzwilliam Museum, and the College libraries. Each plate is accompanied by descriptive text giving particulars of the date, provenance, binders, stamps, etc. The bindings range from a Romanesque example dating c. 1190 to the middle of the 18th century and include many notable continental pieces.
“Hobson’s method was to make lists of bindings which had the same tools in common; if the binder of one or several was known, he could attribute the others to him; if the workshop was not known, he baptized it with a sobriquet, such as ‘Queen’s Binder’; all this required an immense amount of historical and archival research, the examination of the holdings of permanent libraries and private collections, and of the illustrations in books on bindings and auction and booksellers’ catalogues.”–Breslauer, The Uses of Bookbinding Literature, p. 28.
Many fine plates (several in color). Folio, orig. vellum-backed cloth, spine gilt, blue morocco lettering piece on spine (rubbed), t.e.g. London: Maggs Brothers, 1956.
Limited to 300 copies, printed at the Cambridge University Press. This is one of the best surveys of the history of bookbinding, ranging from a 12th century Romanesque binding to work by Roger Powell.
Fine copy. With an offprint, inscribed by A.N.L. Munby, of his review which appeared in The Library.
Frontis., numerous facsimiles & 53 plates (some colored) of bindings and MSS. Large folio, orig. half-cream & red cloth (joints worn), upper cover & spine gilt, t.e.g. London: Blades, East & Blades, 1913.
Limited to 200 numbered copies, signed by the publishers. Almack’s library was particularly rich in 17th-century English books and MSS., with many splendid Samuel Mearne bindings. Some of the colored illustrations are heightened in gold.
Nice copy from the library of Robert S. Pirie.
106 fine plates. Large 4to, orig. stiff wrappers. Baltimore: Walters Art Gallery, 1957.
This superb work stands as the best general survey of binding styles. The annotations and references are very informative.
Breslauer, The Uses of Bookbinding Literature, p. 25-"the great American loan exhibition."
Tipped-in color frontis., about 1000 superb collotype plates (several tipped-in & in color) reproducing about 1500 bindings, & text illus. Three vols. Folio, orig. blue morocco-backed cloth, t.e.g., slipcases. Florence: Istituto di Edizioni Aristiche, 1960.
Limited to 500 copies, handsomely printed at the Stamperia Valdonega. The authoritative work on 15th and 16th century Italian bookbindings and a truly sumptuous book. The result of close collaboration with the reigning experts in the field, this lavishly illustrated work contains more than 3100 meticulous descriptions of books examined in public and private libraries both in Europe and the United States. Arranged by place of origin with...
Colored frontis. & 62 fine plates. Folio, orig. cloth (covers a little spotted), spine gilt. Shrewsbury: Printed for the Library of the Shrewsbury School at the University Press, Oxford, 1943.
Limited to 200 numbered copies. A nice copy of this important and handsome book. The bindings are largely English, though there are a few notable French and Italian examples. Scarce.
Breslauer, The Uses of Bookbinding Literature, p. 24"a remarkable catalogue."
Many plates (mainly in fine color) & text illus. Folio, orig. green cloth, spine gilt. [London]: Azimuth Editions on behalf of l’Association de Bibliophilie, .
Limited to 1000 copies, a seminal resource on the origins of Turkish bookbinding. Richly illustrated with many, excellent reproductions in color.
Nice copy from the library of Robert S. Pirie. Slight dampstaining on upper cover.
A fascinating collection of about 85 booksellers’ catalogues, mostly German, dating from 1795 to 1840, all coming from the Wittelsbach library of the dukes and kings of Bavaria. Mostly 8vo or small 8vo, bound in the original wrappers or boards, some stitched as issued, some self-bound. Germany: 1795-1840.
A collection of about 85 publishers’ and booksellers’ catalogues coming from the Wittelsbach library at Tegernsee, the “summer home” library of the royal family of Bavaria. This collection offers an excellent view of how the royal family of Bavaria acquired new books for their personal reading pleasure and use. The kings and dukes of Bavaria...
6 p.l., 276 pp. 12mo, cont. vellum over boards. Paris: C. du Mesnil & T. Jolly, 1654.
First edition of “the first independent bibliography of chemistry and alchemy, including manuscript material, based on the author’s very considerable collection of 4,000 books and manuscripts. Borel, ‘medecin ordinaire du Roy,’ made some original contributions to medicine and also wrote on optics, the microscope, botany, and antiquarian subjects.”–Grolier Club, Bibliography, 59.
A fine copy of a book which has become scarce. Contemporary signature “Ex libris Francisci Sauvin Med.” at head of title. François Sauvin was a 17th-century physician who wrote or edited a number of medical...
xvi, 144 pp., one leaf of ads. 8vo, attractive antique half-calf & marbled boards, spine gilt. London: W. Bowyer & J. Nichols, 1774.
First edition. Bowyer (1699-1777), the son of one of the leading printers of the day, had an equally distinguished career professionally and was very active in scholarly projects. He became printer to the House of Commons, the House of Lords, the Royal Society, and the Society of Antiquaries. The present book, along with his edition of the New Testament in Greek with notes, are his principal works.
Woodcut vignette on title. 30 pp. Large 4to, attractive antique calf-backed marbled boards, spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. Leipzig: J.G.I. Breitkopf, 1793.
First edition. Breitkopf (1719-94), was an eminent printer, typefounder, and bookseller at Leipzig. This work is mainly concerned with the early history of printing and the design of printing types. It also contains an interesting discussion of the disease known as bibliomania.
56 pp. Large 4to, attractive antique calf-backed paste-paper boards, spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. Leipzig: J.G.I. Breitkopf, 1779.
First edition. Breitkopf’s projected history of printing, of which the author completed the first part (and which remained in manuscript) and left material for the second part, was never published.
Engraved frontis. (dampstained in outer upper corner with blank corner renewed). 2 p.l. (incl. the frontis.), 4, 345, , 2 pp. 8vo, later 18th cent. half-sheep & marbled boards, flat spine gilt. London: J. Tonson & J. Watts, 1725.
The very uncommon inventory catalogue of the library of John Bridges (1666-1724), historian of Northamptonshire, who left his library to his two brothers. They prepared this catalogue for sale but their efforts were fruitless as the books were sent to auction before the year was out. This is one of the earliest of all English inventory catalogues.
Dibdin called Bridges “a notorious book-collector” and the library contained over 4000 books and MSS. It was notably rich in the history and antiquities of Great Britain and Ireland.
Woodcut royal arms on title. 1 p.l., 34 pp. Small folio, cont. French red morocco, panelled in gilt in the style of the “cabinet du Roi,” gilt arms & ciphers [Olivier 2495 fer 2] on covers, with ciphers on spine, a.e.g. Paris: de l’Imprimerie Royale, 1743.
First edition and very uncommon. This catalogue, the splendid Han Fürstenberg — Otto Schäfer — Jacques Bemberg copy, lists the plates made of the collections of the king, including paintings, medals, royal chateaux, fountains, grottoes, statues, busts, tapestries, and jewels, along with records of festivals, entrances, battles, etc., etc.
“Colbert, understanding that engraving was the best means to disseminate and preserve knowledge of the undertakings of Louis XlV, began to assemble a group of outstanding engravers. By 1660 they had achieved the stature of independent artists and by 1670 had become a special group under the protection of the king, joined together at the Gobelins around Charles Le Brun and Sebastien Le Clerc. From 1660 André Félibien was charged with providing descriptions of maisons royales and Adam Van der Meulen and Israel Silvestre were sent to the newly conquered territories to make views of the principal chateaus and fortresses. Other commissions for the Cabinet du Roi included engravings by Chauveau of the king’s paintings at the Tuileries; copies of paintings and sculpture by Claude Mellan, Rousselet, and Audran in the galleries of the king; copies by Ronelet of the king’s collection of medals; and other works of art and architecture by Rousselet, Silvestre, Chauveau, and Le Clerc. At the same time the Académie des Sciences began scholarly works commissioned by Colbert…Illustrators for these works were Abraham Bosse, Sebastien Le Clerc (who often made engravings for Claude Perrault), Nicolas Bailly, and L. de Châtillon…
3 p.l., vi, , -766 pp., 2 leaves of errata. Two parts in one vol. Large 4to, cont. mottled calf (two corners a bit worn, outer margin of title a little stained, some spots of dampness & dormant mold towards end), arms in gilt of the Marquis de Tulle de Villefranche (the arms of this important family of the Comtat Venaissin were added in the 19th century) on both covers, spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. Avignon: L. Chambeau, 1770-71.
The very rare privately printed catalogue — issued in a few copies only — of one of the most important collections...