xxxi, 175 pp. 8vo, cont. purple cloth-backed marbled boards (extremities slightly rubbed). Paris: L. Potier, 1860.
An uncommon auction catalogue. Sauvageot (1781-1860), violinist at the Opéra de Paris and famous collector of the decorative arts, donated much of his art collection to the Louvre, greatly augmenting their holdings. From Le Roux de Lincy’s valuable biographical sketch, we learn that Sauvageot bought primarily from De Bure, Crozet, Techener, and Potier. The library was particularly rich in early French books, especially literature and history; there are some early manuscripts as well.
Fine copy. 1691 lots. Bookplate of Eric Speeckaert.
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xxxi, 175 pp. 8vo, cont. purple cloth-backed marbled boards (extremities slightly rubbed). Paris: L. Potier, 1860.
15 pp. 8vo, late 19th-century red cloth, title on spine. Paris: Folliot & Delalande, 1785.
A rare sale catalogue, of which we find no copy in North America. It describes a choice collection of 15 lots, with paintings by Poussin, Albani, Bril, Teniers, N. Berghem, etc. The experts write that normally with such a small collection they would not have issued a catalogue, but with the quality of these paintings, they thought it prudent to publish one. The Comte de Sauveterre was a high-level representative of the French king in Germany; however, we do not know his first name.
Fine copy of a rarity in a red cloth binding similar to those favored by the Goncourt brothers. Engraved bookplate of the Parisian art dealer Georges Pannier (1853-1944), and stamp of the Bibliothèque Heim in the usual location.
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.
22 pp., 1 leaf of “Approbation.” Small 8vo (160 x 95 mm.), 19th-century calf-backed marbled boards (joints a little rubbed), red morocco lettering-piece on spine. Paris: Prault & Barrois, 1748.
A rare sale catalogue of the Egyptian, Greek, Roman, and Gallic antiquities amassed by Valois (1671-1747), an early connoisseur of ancient objects, who was named antiquaire du roi. This was one of Gersaint’s final sales.
“Valois was the son and nephew of great 17th-century scholars, Adrien and Henri de Valois; antiquary of the king and pensionnaire de l’Académie des inscriptions, he accumulated sculptures, ancient bronze and more than 6000 medals, many from the age of...
2 p.l., 72 pp. Small 8vo, cont. red sheep-backed marbled boards (extremities slightly rubbed), spine gilt, green morocco lettering piece on spine. Amsterdam: P. Yver, .
(—). Catalogue d’un precieux Cabinet de Desseins, Coloriés & Non-Coloriés des plus célebres Maîtres Hollandois & Flamands, &c. De même, que d’une tres belle Collection d’Estampes, de Choix. Parmi lesquelles il y a quelques Petits Oeuvres & des Ouvrages d’Estampes Reliées & non-Reliées presque Toutes Premieres Epreuves & des mieux conservées…La Vente s’en fera le Lundi 16 de Janvier 1775 & les Jours suivants…Par les Courtiers… 2 p.l., 235, , 78 pp. 8vo. Amsterdam...
20 pp. 8vo, 19th-century brown half-cloth & marbled boards (spine a trifle rubbed), title on spine, spine gilt. [S.l.: 1737].
One of the very rare contemporary manuscript sale catalogues of the painting collection of the comtesse de Verrue (1670-1736), one of history’s greatest collectors of art as well as books. It is annotated with nearly all prices and a few buyers’ names. According to Lugt, there are no known printed catalogues of this sale of paintings — most likely never printed — and the Getty Provenance Index records 14 extant manuscript copies, all in institutional libraries, except this example.
“Verrue, may be best known today as Alexandre Dumas’s fictive dame volupté, a sobriquet she reputedly created and one that has too easily obscured her crucial role in the art world of early eighteenth-century Paris. She had the social confidence to renounce the traditional pattern of collecting that Crozat had eagerly embraced and turned from ‘serious’ Italian paintings to ‘petits sujets,’ bucolic landscapes, and amorous mythologies, primarily by painters of the Northern and French schools. Like Crozat, she shaped a remarkable and widely admired dwelling that was central to her identity and famous during her lifetime. The importance of each house was enhanced by the way it functioned. Each became a key site of artistic discourse, a place where art lovers and artists assembled, and a locus for assessing competing systems of value, where distinctive outlooks were forged, defined, and absorbed.”–Rochelle Ziskin, Sheltering Art (2012), p. 2.
36 pp. Small 8vo, attractive antique calf-backed paste paper boards, spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. Paris: Musier, 1774.
The uncommon sale catalogue of a distinguished collection belonging to Antoine Antonin, duc de Gramont (1722-1801), who inherited the title in 1745. 106 lots thoroughly described, including works by Albani, Guerchin, Wouwermans, Jordaens, Watteau, etc.
Nice copy, despite inoffensive marginal worming to first five leaves.
126 pp. 8vo (195 x 130 mm.), late 19th-cent. blue sheep-backed marbled boards, spine gilt. Paris: Lebrun, 1788.
A rare auction catalogue, priced throughout in a contemporary hand, of a formidable collection of paintings. Although Lugt attributes this to Montesquiou (1739-98), it seems that most of the lots did not belong to him. Jean Baptiste Pierre Lebrun (1748-1813), this sale’s expert, was known to add his inventory and lesser consignments to prestigious sales for which he was responsible. Montesquiou, member of the Académie Française and a general, was close to many of the physiocrats.
The present catalogue describes 276 lots of paintings by artists such as Giulio Romano, Guercino, Tintoretto, Veronese, Albani, Velazquez, Panini, J. Brueghel the Elder, Bril, Rembrandt, Brauwer, Hals, Teniers, Rubens, A. van Dyck, J. Ruysdael, Potter, Jordaens, A. & I. van Ostade, Metsu, Wynants, Wouwerman, C. Netscher, Miel, N. Berghem, Lairesse, Maes, J. Steen, Lancret, Weenix, Bega, Le Nain, Vouet, G. Poussin, S. Bourdon, Watteau, Coypel, C. Vanloo, F. Boucher, Natoire, Lagrenée aîné & jeune, H. Robert, Greuze, Fragonard, Norblin, etc., etc. The remaining lots consist of ceramics, sculpture, Japanese lacquer and porcelain, ornate pieces of furniture, chandeliers, clocks, and girandoles (for a grand total of 417 lots). The Dutch and Flemish paintings sold for extremely high prices. The annotations also show which lots were bought-in.
Engraved allegorical frontis. 1 p.l., vi, 93 pp. 8vo, attractive antique calf-backed marbled boards, spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. N.p.: 1751.
First edition. Bachaumont (1690-1771) was an influential noble who grew up at the court of Versailles during the height of its significance as the political and cultural nucleus of France. He frequented the salons of Paris and was entangled in several controversies, one in particular regarding a journal filled with gossip ascertained at the salon of Madame Doublet de Persan, for which he may have been partially responsible. By the end of his life, he was known...
36 folding leaves, of which four are blank. 8vo (240 x 170 mm.), orig. blue semi-stiff wrappers (wrappers somewhat worn), orig. label, heightened in gold, with manuscript title, new stitching. [Japan]: n.d.
During the Edo period, there were 12 Korean delegations to Japan, whose purposes were mostly to congratulate a new Tokugawa shogun. The missions, which normally included 300-500 Koreans, accompanied by roughly 1500 Japanese escorts, symbolized the amicable relationship between the two nations and, in the early years, served to legitimize the Tokugawa shogunate.
These delegations, which usually took nine or ten months round-trip, were enormously expensive undertakings for both countries. The Koreans...
12 p.l., 374,  pp., one leaf of errata. 4to, cont. English dark blue morocco (unimportant scuffing to extremities), covers panelled in gilt & blind, spine finely gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine, a.e.g. Amsterdam: J. Claus & others, 1676.
First edition, rare, and a splendid copy bound in contemporary English dark blue morocco, most probably for presentation, of the classic exposition of the Quaker philosophy. The Society of Friends, as Quakers are more formally known, has historically had an outsized influence through the mere force of passive resistance. Their form of Christianity is “widely divergent from the prevalent types, being a....
Engraved vignette on title, 19 finely engraved plates (some folding), one engraved headpiece & several woodcut diagrams in the text. 12, 116, 120,  pp. Large 4to (245 x 210 mm.), cont. paste-paper boards (slightly worn), red morocco lettering-piece on spine. Frankenthal & Mannheim: C.F. Schwan, 1779.
First edition of an uncommon history and examination of ancient warfare with a series of illustrations of formations, famous battles, and many types of siege craft. Baumgärtner (1743-1809), historian of classical Greece and Rome and civil servant, wrote several works on ancient art in addition to military history.
In this book, he expounds on and compares the military traditions of the Greeks and Romans. He exhaustively describes their tactics, formations, uniforms and their iconography, weapons, siege techniques, siege weapons, etc. There is also in-depth discussion of military leaders and what made them successful. The illustrations of battles, such as the one showing a phalanx (pl. XI), are quite dramatic.
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...
Engraved frontis. port. & one engraved plate. 32 pp. 8vo, attractive antique calf-backed marbled boards, spine gilt, red morocco lettering-piece on spine. Paris: “Aux dépens de l’Académie Royale de Peinture & de Sculpture,” 1783.
First edition of this little-known work by Beffroy (1757-1811). A man of letters, he authored several dramas and comedic works, often under the pseudonym “Cousin Jacques.” He quickly fell out of favor during the Revolutionary period once it was discovered that he intended to publish a harsh critique of what he considered a deeply flawed demagogic movement. Subsequently, he and his works were largely forgotten.
In the late 18th century, French humorists targeted John Churchill, first duke of Marlborough, after his sudden fall from the graces of Queen Anne. The present work comically describes an imagined visit by Marlborough to the Salon in the form of a play with musical accompaniment (lyrics on pages 9-10). The author depicts the duke as a dimwit with little taste and of exceptional stupidity as he walks around observing the art on display.
Japan: [from first passage]: “Kae 6,” i.e., 1853, and at end “copied 1854.”
A rare type of “Black Ship Scroll”: our scroll is unusual as it has accounts of not only the first Perry expedition but also the competing Russian mission of August 1853. Moreover, it contains many finely rendered illustrations that do not appear in the majority of other extant “Black Ship Scrolls.”
The opening of Japan to trade was a goal of many European nations from the 17th century onwards. All attempts fell short until 1853, when the United States forced negotiations to open the island nation. These manuscript reports contain...
25,  pp. 8vo, 19th-cent. red sheep-backed marbled boards, spine lettered in gilt. London: Printed for the Author, 1799.
First edition of this scarce book. Rev. Bligh, who has signed and dated (25 August 1798) the final leaf, had the living at Romaldkirk, Yorkshire. This is his account of his lawsuit against his own parishioners regarding the payment of tithes. He gives many details of land and property held by the church and the rules of tithes set out in documents known as glebe terriers. This trial was rather famous in its time.
Title dusty but a nice copy. Stamp of the Lawes Agricultural Trust on front paste-down.
99,  p. Small 8vo (160 x 107), cont. calf (joints a little worn), red morocco lettering-piece on spine, spine gilt. Paris: C.A. Jombert, 1754.
First edition of this uncommon book, which contains an essential lecture given by Blondel at the opening session of the fifth Cours Publique in his independent Ecole des Arts. This school was founded in 1743, and was able to provide an exhaustive curriculum to a larger and more diverse audience than the Académie. Leading figures of the neo-classical such as Chambers, Patte, Wailly, Desprez, Boullée, and Ledoux all took classes at the school.
This work represents the first appearance of Blondel’s famous lecture in print. To replicate the experience of an actual lecture, the text is supplemented with footnotes, some of which take up several pages. An extensive and most interesting list of important architectural works recommended by Blondel is found on pages 83-89.
Engraved vignette on title & four folding engraved plates. 111,  pp. 8vo, attractive antique speckled calf (some foxing), double gilt fillet round sides, spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. Bologna: Lelio dalla Volpe, 1769.
Fourth edition (1st ed.: 1751) of the history of the origins and activities of the Academy of Sciences of the Institute of Bologna (founded in 1714), one of the leading scientific academies of the 18th century.
Very good copy.
Eight engraved plates & one folding engraved map. xix, 247 pp.; 2 p.l., 285 pp. Two vols. 8vo, cont. mottled calf (extremities a bit rubbed), flat spines gilt. Geneva: J.P. Bonnant, 1781 [an early owner has added two I’s the Roman numeral date making it “1783”].
First edition and rather scarce. Bourrit (1735-1815), the son of a watchmaker in Geneva, was one of the first to systematically explore and record the Alps and their geological features. In the years 1784-85 he was the first to attempt the ascent of Mont Blanc (not conquered until 1786). In 1787 he reopened the route over the...
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.
Numerous woodcuts in the text. 28 unnumbered leaves (incl. the first leaf, a blank). Small 4to, early 20th-cent. calf (final leaf with short tear in blank section, carefully repaired). London: W. Stansby for J. Grismand, 1626.
A very rare book that describes the English bread-pricing regulations established in 1266, which remained in force, with modifications, for more than six centuries. As Britain’s early modern economy developed and the price of wheat fluctuated, these regulations were periodically revised and reissued by authority of the Privy Council. ESTC locates only one copy of our edition in North America.
“Bread was one of the basic nutritional elements of the medieval diet and its supply and price were of the utmost concern to local authorities. Consequently, well-defined laws were laid down to control the manufacture and sale of bread: to judge the weight, quality, and price, and also to ensure an open and constant supply. The most significant and long-lasting commercial law in medieval England was the assize of bread, which was entered into statute law sometime  in the thirteenth century…
Lithographed frontis. xvi, 276 pp. 8vo, orig. printed wrappers, uncut. Freiberg: Craz & Gerlach, 1825.
First edition of this rare account of the great mining city Freiberg in Saxony which owes its origin to the discovery of silver mines ca. 1163. Freiberg has traditionally been the seat of the general administration of the mines throughout Saxony and is the home of the famous mining academy, which produced so many famous geologists and mineralogists.
Breithaupt (1791-1873), a leading mineralogist and professor of mineralogy at the mining academy at Freiberg (succeeding Mohs in 1826), has provided an extremely detailed account of the history, the chief landmarks...
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.
Woodcut printer’s device on title, full-page woodcut heraldic device on recto of leaf preceding text, two divisional titles, & woodcut diagrams in the text. 38 p.l., 269, , 343 (i.e., 353)-798 pp. Three parts in one vol. Large thick 4to, cont. vellum over boards, yapp edges, ties gone. Cologne: J. Gymnich, 1591.
First edition, the very fine Bibliotheca Colbertina – Honeyman copy, of this important work on economics, the history of money, and numismatics. Budel (d. 1597), was director of the Bavarian mint.
This massive work is really a collection of texts on economics, money, and the study of coins and paper money by a....