3 p.l., x, 214 pp., 1 leaf. 8vo, cont. red boards, flat spine gilt, uncut. Paris: Silvestre, 1837.
(VEINANT, Auguste Alexandre). Catalogue des Livres rares et précieux du Cabinet de M. *** [name supplied in a contemporary hand: “Veinant”] dont la Vente aura lieu le jeudi 20 décembre 1855 et jours suivants. vi, , 118 pp. 8vo, uncut. Paris: E. Tross, 1855.
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3 p.l., x, 214 pp., 1 leaf. 8vo, cont. red boards, flat spine gilt, uncut. Paris: Silvestre, 1837.
[filled-in by a cont. hand: Dincourt d’Hangard]. Dont la vente se fera le Lundi 9 Mars 1789, & les jours suivans. ix, , 11-20, 270 pp., 1 leaf, -316 pp. (“Tables des Auteurs”); 18 pp. (“Supplement”); 26 pp. (“Liste des Prix”). 8vo, cont. sheep (blank corner of title & pp. 181-84 torn away), spine gilt, red morocco lettering pieces on spine. Paris: Née de la Rochelle & Belin Junior, 1789.
(LE VAVASSEUR DE LA HÉRONNIERE). Catalogue des Livres de la Bibliothèque de feu M. Le Vavasseur de la Héronniere; Composé d’articles précieux, tant par les Editions que par les Reliures. Dont la Vente commencera Lundi 20 Avril...
xvi, 312 pp. 8vo, 19th cent. half-calf (head of upper joint a bit worn, some browning), spine gilt, contrasting leather lettering piece on spine. Paris: De Bure, 1780.
(--). Catalogue des Livres rares et précieux de la Bibliothéque de M. Mel de Saint Ceran. xii, 290 (i.e. 300), 42 pp. 8vo (some browning). Paris: De Bure, 1791.
Engraved vignette on title & another — emblematic — vignette on final leaf of Vol. II. 2 p.l., 646 pp., one leaf with the Barberini arms, otherwise blank; 2 p.l., 596 pp. Two vols. Folio, cont. vellum over boards. Rome: Typis Barberinis, Excudebat M. Hercules, 1681.
The rare catalogue of the vast library created by the enormously rich Cardinal Francesco Barberini (1597-1679), a great patron of the arts due to his status as one of the chief beneficiaries of the exorbitant nepotism practiced by his uncle Pope Urban VIII. The cardinal built a rich library at the Palazzo Barberini which included ancient Greek and Roman manuscripts...
Four vols. & three supplement vols. 8vo, cont. marbled boards (extremities a little worn), orange vellum lettering pieces on spines. Nuremberg: M.J. Bauer, 1770-71-71-72-74-74-91.
First edition of this bibliographical catalogue of rare books, compiled by Bauer (1706-72), a bookseller in Nuremberg. It has many of the characteristics of the other such German compilations of the 18th century: it is arranged alphabetically with a prefatory discussion on the nature and causes of rarity in books and lists primarily Protestant theology, the Greek and Latin classics, a good selection of historical and geographical writings, and, except for...
Four vols. 8vo, orig. polished mottled green calf (a little rubbed), single gilt fillet round sides, flat spine gilt, orange leather lettering piece on spine, crown stamped in gilt at head of spine [Vol. I], orig. fine brown sheep maroquiné, single gilt fillet round sides, flat spine gilt, orange leather lettering piece on spine, crowns stamped in gilt at head & foot of spine, a.e.g. [Vol III], orig. boards [ Vols. II & IV]. Munich: 1832-33-48-72.
The first catalogue issued, with its three supplements, of the maps and plans in the Bavarian Army Library, founded in 1822. This was...
By Eric George Millar. Many fine plates (six in color). Two vols. in four [all published]. Large folio, cont. red morocco-backed cloth. London: Privately Printed by John Johnson at the Oxford University Press, 1927-30.
A fine set and scarce. “One of the handsomest and most learned productions from the pen of a British palaeographer.”–De Ricci, p. 172.
From the library of Eric H.L. Sexton, the noted collector of incunabula.
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...
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...
Edited by Maurizio Lettieri. One folding printed table. 1 p.l., iv, 24 pp. Large 4to, antique marbled wrappers (minor foxing), uncut. Naples: ex Regia Typographia, 1837.
The uncommon catalogue of the first and only volume describing the Arabic manuscripts in what is today the Biblioteca Nazionale of Naples. Lettieri (1804-49), was professor of Arabic at the University of Naples.
The folding printed table depicts Arabic letter forms and their Latin equivalents.
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...