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 .
vi, 218 pp. 8vo, cont. marbled half-sheep & marbled boards (title & final leaf rather foxed), flat spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine, arms in gilt on upper cover of Max, Graf von Preysing-Lichtenegg-Moos (1810-81). Nuremberg: Riegel & Wiessner, 1819.
First edition of this detailed history of the Jesuits in Bavaria. Lang (1764-1835), was a Bavarian government official, the archivist of Munich, and the author of many histories of Bavaria. The Jesuits in Bavaria exerted considerable influence in the region due to their enormous wealth; they were suppressed in 1773.
Apart from the foxing, a fine copy. Bookplate of Philipp Pfister, secretary to King Ludwig
16 pp. 8vo (199 x 126 mm.), modern green wrappers. Paris: Charon, 1793.
First and only edition of this scarce polemical pamphlet published by the great art dealer to critique the direction of the Louvre. Lebrun (1748-1813), a leading connoisseur of Dutch and Flemish art, and husband of the court painter Vigée Lebrun, played an outsize role in the Louvre’s creation. He played an essential role in the compilation of desiderata lists for the French confiscations of art in conquered territories throughout Europe. Once the artworks arrived in Paris, Lebrun was charged with their cataloguing and integration. Beginning in 1793, he launched a series...
Several tables in the text & three folding tables printed on each side (final table with small ink-spill but still legible). 13 pp. of publisher’s ads, 1 p.l., viii, 197 pp. 24mo, cont. red sheep maroquiné (corners slightly rounded), covers with gilt decorative borders, spine gilt, a.e.g. Metz: Verronais, 1828.
First edition, this copy bears a presentation inscription by the author to the Dauphin Louis-Antoine de France, duke of Angoulême, and elder son of Charles X: “Puisse ce foible hommage exprimer à votre Altesse le profond respect et le dévouement d’un de ses plus soumis fidèles serviteurs.”
Produced in a pragmatic portable format, this work on military administration was a vital resource for non-commissioned officers. Leclerc writes in the preface that he felt there was no other adequate work tailored to the needs of a sergeant-major or quartermaster, who were responsible for the essential “nitty-gritty” supplying of troops.
23 folding engraved plates. 2 p.l., xxviii, 484 pp.; 1 p.l., 492 pp. Two vols. Large 4to, cont. vellum over boards, crowns in gilt in center of each cover, brown leather lettering piece on each spine (Vol. II’s label is a little chipped). Lausanne & Geneva: M.M. Bousquet, 1745.
First edition. “Important for containing the evidence, as embodied in the correspondence between Leibnitz and Jean Bernoulli, on the question of the rival claims to priority in the invention of the calculus, between Newton and Leibnitz. It was the only serious claim published in Leibnitz’s favor and a tardy answer to the Commercium Epistolicum...
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.
Forty parts in 12 vols. 8vo, orig. wrappers, new stitching. At the beginning of each part: Cixi: Prefaces dates 1776 & 1788.
A valuable and influential dictionary of synonyms and antonyms in the Chinese language. Li, a native of Cixi, served as a magistrate in Wangjiang County. Originally published in 39 parts, this edition has the valuable supplement — the 40th part — by Huai Guan, painter and librarian, who lived in Hangzhou, near Cixi.
This is an encyclopedic work, encompassing synonyms and antonyms in all disciplines, including science, politics, history, gastronomy, costumes, technology, books and bibliography, transportation, weaving, military history, agriculture, antiquities, music, religious texts, pharmacology...
1 p.l., ii, 152 pp. 12mo (153 x 100 mm.), cont. pink paste-paper boards (spine sunned), green morocco lettering-piece on spine. Paris: L’Imprimerie des Sciences et Arts, [?1801].
The second printing of this exhibition livret, describing 945 works (the first printing recorded only 944 works). This copy was bound for Auguste Gaspard Louis Desnoyers (1779-1857), premier Graveur du Roi. The present catalogue combines the contents of two great exhibitions, the first of French and Flemish pictures, the other consisting of Italian paintings looted from Lombardy and Bologna. Both were held in the grande Galerie of the Musée central des Arts (now the Louvre)...
140 pp. 12mo (150 x 95 mm.), cont. gray wrappers, label in manuscript on spine, stitched as issued. Paris: L. P. Dubray, 1811.
First and only edition of the uncommon catalogue of the two-part exhibition of paintings, drawings, and sculpture held in the Musée Napoléon (the name of the Louvre from 1804 to 1815). The first portion lists 681 drawings, paintings, and sculptures. It included the work of artists such as Albani, del Sarto, Botticelli, Canaletto, the Carracci, da Vinci, Mantegna, Michelangelo, Murillo, Veronese, Raphael, Tintoretto, Vasari, Dürer, van Dyck, A. van Ostade, Joshua Reynolds, Rubens, Bouchardon, Le Brun, Claude Lorrain, Poussin, Watteau, etc....
154,  p. 12mo (155 x 100 mm.), cont. blue wrappers, title in manuscript on spine. Paris: Madame Hérissant Le Doux, 1817.
The scarce first edition of this exhibition catalogue of drawings, paintings, sculptures, and 59 enamel portraits by Jean Petitot. It describes approximately 523 objects, including drawings and paintings from the Italian, French, and Northern schools. No. 500 is expanded into 59 sub-entries to adequately detail the work of Petitot (with a short biography), considered the greatest enamelist of the 17th century. These 59 enamel miniatures depict Peter the Great, Louis XIV, the Duchess de La Vallière, cardinal Richelieu, Queen Christina of Sweden...
2 p.l., 127 pp. 12mo (153 x 100 mm.), cont. pink paste-paper boards, green morocco lettering-piece on spine. Paris: L’Imprimerie des Sciences et Arts, n.d. [but ca. 1802].
The catalogue for a controversial exhibition of antiquities confiscated from Italy. According to the bibliographical research of Jean Joseph Marquet de Vasselot (see below), and Etienne Michon in his “Bibliographie des Catalogues du Musée des Antiques du Louvre” (1914-15), the present livret is a later printing of a catalogue first issued in 1800 at the time of the exhibition’s opening. The present book, like all five preceding printings, is strangely numbered starting with no...
180 pp. 12mo (145 x 90 mm.), cont. blue stiff paste-paper boards, label in manuscript on spine. Paris: L’Imprimerie des Sciences et Arts, An XI [but ca. 1803].
The rare catalogue for a large exhibition of antiquities seized from Italy, consisting of 223 objects. This livret begins with descriptions of the ceilings in six rooms of the museum. Each piece is analyzed at length, with historical and mythological explanations, scholarly notes on the materials and any reproductions, and includes the Italian institution or collection from which it was confiscated — e.g., the Vatican, the Villa Albani, the ducal palace of Modena, the Capitoline...
1 p.l., ii, 152 pp. Small 8vo (160 x 100 mm.), cont. calf-backed paste-paper boards (tail of spine worn), spine gilt, green morocco lettering-piece on spine. [Paris]: L’Imprimerie des Sciences et Arts, [?1801].
The uncommon second printing of this exhibition livret, with 945 works described. The present catalogue has combined the contents of two great exhibitions, the first of French and Flemish pictures, the other consisting of Italian paintings looted from Lombardy and Bologna. Both were held in the grande Galerie of the Musée central des Arts (now the Louvre). As explained in the Avertissement, the artworks from the exhibitions were combined into...
ii, 109 pp. 12mo (155 x 100 mm.), cont. orange paste-paper wrappers (extremities a little frayed), label in manuscript on upper cover, stitched as issued. Paris: Dubray, 1807.
A livret documenting the sculptures, antiquities, paintings, and drawings assembled for an exhibition celebrating the French victory at the Battle of Jena-Auerstedt (1806). This catalogue consists of 710 entries, many extensively described with scholarly notes. Artists whose works were shown include J. Asselijn, Bakhuizen, Bega, Bol, S. Bourdon, Brauwer, Canaletto, An. Carracci, Cranach, Dow, Dürer, van Eyck, both Poussin, Giorgione, H. Holbein, Jordaens, Lairesse, A. Mignon, A. & I. van Ostade, Potter, Rembrandt, Rubens, ter Borch...
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.
282 pp., 1 leaf of errata. 8vo, cont. red morocco (lettering-piece on spine largely flaked away), gilt border round sides, flat spine gilt, a.e.g. Madrid: T. Alban, 1806.
First edition of a rare work that proposes improvements to the fishing practices of Andalucia. Marín Cubillos, director of a school for orphans and a censor, compares fishing practices in this region with the systems of other areas in Spain, England, and Africa. He also discusses the legal questions of fishing outside of local waters. There are notes on catching many types of seafood, including oysters, porgy, snapper, corvina, anchovies, salmon, etc. The...
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...
Engraved frontis. 4 p.l. (incl. frontis.), 283 pp.; 1 p.l., 144,  pp. Two vols. in one. Small 8vo, cont. polished calf (head of spine a bit chipped), spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine (label a trifle chipped). Brussels: P. de Bast, 1763.
First edition of the classic 18th-century survey of art in the Austrian Low Countries; it remains a useful book as it describes many works of art and collections now destroyed or dispersed.
Woodcut port. of the author on verso of title & several woodcuts in the text. Title within typographical border. 12 p.l. (last leaf a blank), 348,  pp. Small thick 8vo, cont. vellum over boards, stamped in blind on upper cover “M N H L” & “1613.” Wittenberg: W. Meisner at the expense of C. Berger, [date of Foreword “1612“].
MATENESIUS, Johann Friedrich. Critices Christianae Libri Duo de Ritu Bibendi super Sanitate, Pontificum, Caesarum, Principum, Ducum, Magnatum Amicorum, Amicarum, &c.… Woodcut printer’s vignette on title. 8 p.l., 189 pp., one blank leaf. Small 8vo (tear to first leaf of text in blank portion of...
Two suites of 12 lithographed plates, the first set of 12 in black-and-white (several a little foxed) and the second duplicate set in fine original coloring. 7,  pp. Small folio, orig. printed blue upper wrapper bound in orig. reddish-orange glazed boards, covers with a gilt border, spine gilt, a.e.g. Munich: J.M. Herrmann, n.d. [but ca. 1825].
This work describes the first synagogue built in Munich; it is the presentation copy given to the royal house of Bavaria, specially bound and with an extra suite of hand-colored plates. This is a rare book and our copy, with the additional set of...
One large folding printed chart (533 x 368 mm.). Title within typographical border. 1 p.l., 62 pp. Small folio (290 x 180 mm.), modern boards, label on spine. [Mexico City]: from the folding chart: “Viuda de D. Joseph Bernardo de Hogal,” 1755.
First and only edition printed in Mexico of these important ordinances governing manufacturing, trade, and the production and commerce of food within Mexico City. This copy is complete with the extremely uncommon folding chart detailing bread costs and prices. These 117 statutes touch upon many aspects of daily life, including the large-scale production of bread; quality controls on bread; animal husbandry and the production...
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...