8 pp. 8vo (199 x 125 mm.), modern aubergine cloth, title on upper cover. Paris: Bezançon & Regnault-Delalande, 1813.
A scarce auction catalogue offering the contents of a bankrupt dealership, owned by “Blankenstein.” A chapter in a 1994 text on Franco-German relations during the French Revolution (cited below) mentions an Alexandre Guillaume Blankenstein, a converted Jew from Frankfurt, originally named Aron Levi Wetzlar, who opened a luxurious bookstore on the quai Malaquais around 1810, which then went under three years later. We know of two suites of prints published by Blankenstein. The title-page of this catalogue mentions that a judge has ordered this bankruptcy sale.
44 lots of paintings, drawings, prints, and engraved plates. Lot 35 consists of the 149 (of 179) original engraved plates used to print the famous suite known as the Cabinet Crozat (the Mariette edition of 1729-42).
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8 pp. 8vo (199 x 125 mm.), modern aubergine cloth, title on upper cover. Paris: Bezançon & Regnault-Delalande, 1813.
xvi, 246, , 4 pp. 8vo, cont. attractive antique half-calf & marbled boards. Paris: G. de Bure, 1780.
An important sale of 1604 lots; this copy has been priced throughout in a contemporary hand. Gouttard's collection was rich in first editions of classical literature and history and many of the books were on large paper or vellum and in the finest possible condition. There is a biographical sketch of Gouttard serving as the Preface in which it is noted that Gouttard edited texts of Horace and Virgil. All the great collectors and dealers of the period purchased at this sale, including Comte d'Artois; d'Hangard; Le...
31 pp. 8vo (215 x 140 mm.), self-bound, stitched as issued, leaves uncut. Paris: Deschambeaux & Regnault-Delalande, 1823.
A very rare auction catalogue for the collection of an obscure engraver and print-dealer; we locate no copy in North America. We have not been able to identify Guiot or any of his works, but the entry for prints by him in this catalogue provides his birth and death dates (1790-1823) and reveals that he was taught by the engraver Fortier (presumably Claude François).
107 lots comprising an extensive collection (or stock) of prints by contemporary and Old Master artists.
Engraved frontis. port., one folding engraved plate, & four engraved facsimiles (three folding). Three vols. 8vo, cont. vellum over boards, spines gilt. Paris: G. De Bure, 1783.
An attractive set of the celebrated catalogue of the first part of the most important book and manuscript collection of the 18th century. The catalogue, prepared by De Bure and Van Praet, contains MSS., noteworthy incunabula, and books printed on vellum or large paper. The sale, consisting of 5668 lots, made the enormous sum of 464,677 liv. 8 s.
"The manuscripts constitute an amazing collection of early French poetry and romances."Taylor, Book Catalogues, p. 248.
dont la vente se fera le jeudi 24 mars 1825 et jours suivants. 2 p.l., xviii, 558 pp.; 31 pp.; 1 p.l., lxxxix pp. 8vo, half-calf & marbled boards, flat spine gilt. Paris: J.S. Merlin, 1825.
The scarce auction catalogue of the large library (4364 lots) formed by Louis Mathieu Langlès (1763-1824), one of the leading orientalists of his time and conservator of the oriental manuscripts at the then Bibliothèque du Roi. Archer Taylor points out (in his Book Catalogues, p. 138) that a specialized catalogue such as this one has great bibliographical value.
"Ce catalogue, rédigé avec beaucoup de soin...Très-riche en voyages et en livres de linguistique, il offre une sorte de bibliographie orientale."-Brunet, Dictionnaire de Bibliologie Catholique, col. 479.
Two folding engraved facsimiles (one in red & black). xxviii, 583 pp.; 2 p.l., 473 pp. Two vols. 8vo, orig. blue wrappers, printed paper labels on spines, uncut. Paris: De Bure, 1815.
De Ricci described the Mac-Carthy-Reagh library as "extravagantly rich in books printed on vellum" and the Duke of Devonshire was inspired to put in a bid of 20,000 pounds for the collection which in fact brought only some 16,000 pounds when it came up for auction in 1817. The mysterious Mac-Carthy-Reagh had been a collector on a grand scale, purchasing Girardot de Préfond's collection en bloc in 1769 and leaving a library...
One folding engraved plate. Title printed in red & black. Double-page title, 14, 364, , 61, 925, , 485,  pp. Four parts in one vol. Thick 8vo, cont. calf (one corner worn, some browning due to the quality of the paper), single gilt fillet round sides, spine nicely gilt. Celle: J.G. Passin, 1744.
The very rare auction catalogue of the monumental collection of ancient and modern medals and coins formed by Gerhard Wolter Molanus (1633-1722), the influential Lutheran theologian and abbot of Loccum. After Molanus' death, the collection passed to his disciple and nephew Justus Christoph Boehmer (1671-1732), who succeeded his uncle as abbot of Loccum.
This was an enormously valuable collection; we know that upon Molanus' death his estate has to pay the very large sum of 66,000 thalers in taxes on the collection.
5 p.l., 219,  pp. 8vo, cont. boards, black leather lettering piece on spine. Paris: Silvestre, 1824.
An important sale. "Ce catalogue renferme une réunion très-nombreuse de livres imprimés par les Elzeviers; il en est de très-rares et qui étaient jusqu'alors restés inconnus aux bibliographes."Brunet, Dictionnaire de Bibliologie Catholique, col. 498. A large number of Motteley's books come from the libraries of de Thou and the Comte d'Hoym.
We learn from the same source that Motteley (d. 1850), lived as a hermit, alone and isolated in a rundown apartment. He was afraid to make home repairs because of...
8 pp. 8vo, 19th-cent. marbled boards (joints restored), spine gilt. Paris: Poultier & Constantin, 1807.
The rare sale catalogue, fully priced in a contemporary hand, of Louis François Prault (1734-1806), ancien Imprimeur du Roi and son of the great publisher and bookseller Laurent François (1712-80). Prault’s firm printed many auction catalogues in the 18th and early 19th centuries. Because of the Constantins relationship with the Prault family, who printed almost all of their sale catalogues, either Guillaume Jean Constantin or his son, Amédée, was the expert for this sale.
The present catalogue describes Prault’s choice collection of paintings (by Greuze, Lancret, Teniers, Wijnants, van Goyen, etc.), drawings (by Titian, Caravaggio, Panini, Le Sueur, Cochin, etc.), as well as sculpture and ceramics. There is a total of 63 lots, all priced.
xxii, 330 pp.; 1 p.l., 344,  pp. Two vols. Large 8vo, cont. marbled boards (a bit worn), uncut. Leyden: Haak & Socios; Amsterdam: P. den Hengst et Son, 1806.
This was a very significant collection; this copy has been priced throughout in a contemporary hand. Röver (1719-1803), bought at the most important sales on the Continent during the 18th century and his library was rich in illuminated and classical MSS. as well as the most important 15th-century editions of classical texts.
"A very excellent catalogue...it is not of very frequent occurrence in this country. The bibliographical notes, which accompany it, though short, are...
Par G. Martin. Engraved frontis. port. of the collector & engraved vignette with arms on title. xii, xxiv, 618 pp. 8vo, cont. mottled calf (head of spine a bit worn), spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. Paris: G. Martin, 1746.
Rothelin (1692-1744), a younger son of Marquis Henri de Rothelin, a French war hero (see Hoefer), descended from a natural son of François d'Orléans (d. 1548). Rothelin was one of the most eminent French book collectors of the 18th-century; he had his books, many large paper copies, bound by the outstanding binders of the time, such as Boyer, Padeloup and Duseuil;...
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.
Color and black & white illus. 8vo, orig. pink pictorial wrappers (upper cover a little dampstained), staple-bound. Neckargemünd: [December 1991].
A scarce bookseller’s catalogue modelled after Hans Richter’s experimental film Dreams That Money Can Buy (1947), and consisting of a section of materials relating to Richter as well as three “dreams.” These “dreams” are devoted to Ian Hamilton Finlay and Paul-Armand Gette; Andre, Brecht, Feldmann, Frampton, Long, Dietrich, Oldenburg, Shiomi, etc.; and Dieter Rot and many publications by Hansjörg Mayer. The catalogue offers 331 items in total.
In very good condition.
1 p.l., 29 pp. Small 8vo, attractive modern marbled wrappers. [London]: 1816.
A very rare priced catalogue, listing about 500 titles, issued by one of the most important London booksellers of the time. The firm had two locations, joined by a bridge across the street between shops. Black apprenticed for his father from 1781 to 1789 and was succeeded by his son, Alexander. The firm continued until the middle of the 19th century.
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.
Print-outs stapled and housed in a stamped manila folder and a yellow folder. New York: 1996 & 1999.
I. In a manila folder stamped with the title and the genres found within, this catalogue is entitled, “8 Sheets / Reference: Catalogues, Documentation, Artists’ Writings, Anthologies.” It was distributed at the 1996 College Art Association Conference.
II. In a yellow office folder, three stapled lists issued in 1999. They cover Lawrence Weiner, Weiner’s posters, and rare exhibition ephemera for other artists. In the other pocket of the folder there is a photocopy of a New York Times write-up of a Weiner exhibition at Bound & Unbound.
Black & white illus. 142 pp. 8vo, orig. semi-stiff printed wrappers. Cologne: .
A rare and early bookseller’s catalogue offering artists’ books. This catalogue was specially prepared for documenta 4. It offers artists’ books by Beuys, Cage, Duchamp, Filliou, Guston, Higgins, Hockney, Kaprow, Naumann [sic.], Oldenburg, Emmett Williams, Rauschenberg, Richter, Ruscha, Vostell, Warhol, etc.
In near fine condition.
Black & white illus. Unpaginated 8vo, pictorial wrappers. Cologne: 1975-76.
A scarce catalogue offering works by or about Andre, Baldessari, Broodthaers, Buren, Darboven, Dibbets, Graham, Haacke, Huebler, Judd, Kaprow, Kosuth, Long, Nannucci, Piper, Roth, Ruscha, Weiner, etc.
Very good copy, slightly worn. Some annotations.
Black & white ads. Unpaginated. 4to (207 x 148 mm.), pictorial wrappers with R. Lichtenstein illus., staple-bound. Cologne: 1970.
An early European bookseller catalogue offering the artists’ books, editions, and exhibition catalogues of or concerning Beuys, Brouwn, Cage, Christo, Duchamp, Flavin, R. Graham, Judd, Knowles, LeWitt, Lichtenstein, Long, Oldenburg, Ono, Rauschenberg, Rot, Ruscha, Warhol, Weiner, etc.
In near fine condition, spine sunned.
Illustrated ads. 184 pp. 8vo (210 x 148 mm.), orig. printed pictorial wrappers (spine a bit worn). Cologne: 1985.
A scarce catalogue of art books, with a fine selection of publications by or on Beuys, Broodthaers, Christo, Dali, Dibbets, Duchamp, Filliou, Haring, Johns, Kippenberger, Nam June Paik, Paolini, Tom Phillips, Arnulf Rainer, Lippard, Richter, Ruppersburg, Schneemann, With further sections on Surrealism and Dada, among others.
Very good copy; upper cover a little worn.
Black & white illus. throughout. 38 unnumbered pages (incl. inside of upper & lower wrappers). 4to (229 x 171 mm.), orig. green printed wrappers (spine sunned), staple-bound. Stuttgart, London & Reykjavik: 1972.
A very rare and early catalogue of artists’ books distributed and published by Hansjörg Mayer. It features many of the works Mayer created in partnership with Dieter Roth, along with books by Richard Hamilton, Tom Phillips, Emmett Williams, Hase Otto, Eduardo Paolozzi, Ludwig Harig, Stefan Wewerka, etc. Nearly all of these items are illustrated with photographs.
“A printer, art teacher and publisher living in London, Hansjörg Mayer’s typographical experiments and publications in his edition...
Lithographed frontis. by Rot on inside of upper wrapper & many black & white text illus. 49 unnumbered pages (incl. inside of lower wrapper). 4to (229 x 170 mm.), orig. yellow printed wrappers, staple-bound. Stuttgart, London & Reykjavik: 1973.
A rare and early catalogue of artists’ books issued by Mayer, featuring a lithograph signed and numbered by Dieter Roth. We have identified three states of the lithograph, each printed in an edition of 850. This catalogue offers the work of Roth, Richard Hamilton, Tom Phillips, Stefan Wewerka, Mark Boyle, Emmett Williams, Eduardo Paolozzi, Dorothy Iannone, etc. Almost all entries are accompanied by photographs.
“A printer, art teacher and publisher living in London, Hansjörg Mayer’s typographical experiments and publications in his edition hansjörg mayer made him into one of the most important protagonists of concrete poetry and the art of the 1960s…Since 1963, as Dieter Roth’s publisher, Mayer was prepared to find ways to convert every provocative artistic idea into the letterpress. Mayer moved to England in 1966, where he taught at the Bath Academy of Art and the Watford School of Art. In 1968 the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag (The Hague) dedicated the first large retrospective to the 25-year-old artist. Since then, Mayer has published more than 300 books, posters, films, records and videos in the edition hansjörg mayer.”–from the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin’s exhibition website Hansjörg Mayer, Typoems and Artist Books (October 2019-January 2020).
Many black & white text illus. 44 unnumbered pages (incl. inside of upper & lower wrappers). 4to (229 x 170 mm.), orig. printed paper wrappers, staple-bound. [Stuttgart, London & Reykjavik: 1970].
Hansjörg Mayer’s rare and wonderfully designed 1970 catalogue, issued under the imprint Wasserverlag. It offers works by Rot, Emmett Williams, Eduardo Paolozzi, Robert Filliou, Stefan Wewerka, Ludwig Harig, etc.; nearly all works are pictured.
“A printer, art teacher and publisher living in London, Hansjörg Mayer’s typographical experiments and publications in his edition hansjörg mayer made him into one of the most important protagonists of concrete poetry and the art of the 1960s…Since 1963, as Dieter...