Large-scale colonization of Hokkaido Island (“Ezo”) began in the mid-18th century. Hata (1764-1808), a Tokugawa bakufu official who served in Hokkaido from 1798-1800, wrote a self-illustrated text concerning the ethnology of the Ainu, the aboriginal inhabitants of the island. A copy of his manuscript was prepared ca. 1800 with woodblock illustrations and the only known copy was in the Hyde collection (sold Christie’s NY, 7 October 1988, lot 48 for $66,000).
A series of manuscript copies of Hata’s original manuscript were made and circulated, each with notable variations. Our two scrolls are remarkably complete.
First two openings with double-page colored woodcut borders, three double-page woodcuts, & 28 full-page woodcuts. 33 folding leaves. 8vo, orig. patterned wrappers (spine perished). Osaka: Naraya Matsubei, 1846.
First edition. The Tenjin Festival, dating back to 951, is one of the three largest festivals in Japan (the others are the Sanno Festival in Tokyo and the Gion Festival in Kyoto). It takes place in late July and is dedicated to Michizane Sugawara, who was deified as a god of learning. It was the custom in the 17th century for residents of each district of the city to make beautiful dolls based on the main...
Many fine double-page woodcuts. Six vols. 8vo, orig. thick embossed wrappers (a little worn), orig. block printed title label on each upper cover, new stitching. Kyoto: Preface dated 1799.
First edition of this famous, finely illustrated, fictional tale of the Gempei War (1180-85), the final struggle in Japan between the Taira and Minamoto clans which resulted in the Minamoto’s establishment of the Kamakura shogunate, a military dictatorship that dominated Japan from 1192 to 1333.
Akisato (fl. 1780-1814), was the first to write detailed accounts of early Japan. He travelled with his artists throughout the country in order to accurately record the landmarks;...
viii, 167 pp. 8vo, orig. pink paper wrappers, uncut. Paris: Regnault-Delalande, 1803.
A rare sale catalogue, fully priced in a contemporary hand. This sale took place following the death of the widow of Jean Guillaume Alibert (?1763-180?), who died shortly after her husband. He was a well-known dealer and publisher of prints on Rue Fromenteau in Paris. The business’s stock was liquidated and the present catalogue features famous works by Audran, Callot, Edelinck, Pesne, etc.
The star of the sale, to which Regnault-Delalande devotes no less than 52 pages of the catalogue (pp. 97-148), was a “Recueil de Portraits de Souverains...
3 pp. Small 8vo, modern calf-backed marbled semi-stiff boards (spine slightly rubbed), spine gilt. [Paris: 1769].
An interleaved and annotated copy of this rare catalogue. Amand (1730-69), winner of the 1756 Prix de Rome for his Samson and Delilah (now at the Landesmuseum in Mainz), studied under Jean Baptiste Marie Pierre and became a member of the Académie in 1767. He is very probably the “Jean François Amand or Aman” known to be working in Rome in 1759. From a printed note at the end of the catalogue, we learn that Amand died during a stay in Rome where he was a....
96 pp. Small 8vo, attractive antique calf-backed paste paper boards, spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine.Paris: Bénard, 1816.
The rare sale catalogue of this impressive varied auction. Antoine François Piéri Bénard (fl. 1810-40), prominent art dealer and for a time marchand de la Bibliothèque du Roi, advised Eugène Dutuit on his art collecting. In the present catalogue, he thoroughly describes 504 lots. Pages 60-77, numbered separately, contain meticulously detailed and considerable group lots. These lots consist of the works of van Dyck, Hollar, Hondius, de Jode, Pontius (almost three full pages), and Vorsterman. Lots 418-75 details a selection...
48 pp. 8vo, attractive antique calf-backed paste-paper boards, spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. Paris: Bénard, 1807.
The rare sale catalogue of a varied print and drawings collection. It describes 341 lots alphabetically by artist, with a number of large group lots, and includes works by Bartolozzi, Callot, Delattre, Hollar, van Ostade, and Watelet, as well as a number of English artists. It concludes with a handful of dictionaries, catalogues raisonnés, and sale catalogues.
Nice copy. We locate only one copy in North America.
99 pp. 8vo, attractive antique calf-backed paste-paper boards, spine gilt, red morocco lettering-piece on spine. Paris: Joullain, 1778.
The uncommon sale catalogue, fully priced throughout, of a noteworthy collection, devoted primarily to Italian art and sculpture. Bourlat de Montredon (?-1777), was an influential amateur and collector who resided in Constantinople for forty years.
The catalogue thoroughly describes 695 lots, many of which are composed of numerous items. Lots 579-671 are Bourlat de Montredon’s impressive group of books of prints, mostly focused on the architecture and decorative arts of Italy, including a number of works by Piranesi. The descriptions offer occasional notes on...
19 pp. 8vo, late 19th-cent. limp marbled boards (head & tail of spine worn), gilt title on spine. Paris: Lot & Regnault Delalande, 1809.
The uncommon sale catalogue of Choffard (1730-1809), engraver and draughtsman, who executed famous portraits of La Condamine, Napoleon, as well as the plates for a number of celebrated illustrated books. Regnault Delalande forgoes an extended biographical sketch and supplies but a footnote, on page 6, regarding the deceased. The expert also announces that most of the objects within each lot will be auctioned off separately.
The catalogue describes 171 lots in total; however, we can tell that Choffard’s working collection of...
Engraved frontis. xii, 92,  pp. of ads. Small 8vo, attractive antique calf-backed paste-paper boards, red morocco lettering piece on spine. Paris: Vente, 1768.
The catalogue of artworks in the collection of Gaignat (1697-1768), secretary of the Cabinet du Roi under Louis XV and famed book and art collector. Blessed with a massive fortune and little responsibility, he formed both an art collection and library considered amongst the grandest of the 18th century.
This catalogue’s preface, written by the expert Pierre Rémy, begins with the usual eulogy of the deceased and his superb taste, but suddenly Rémy shifts to a passionate defense of...
viii, 63 pp. 8vo, attractive antique calf-backed paste-paper boards, spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. Paris: Dubois, 1832.
A rare sale catalogue of a varied and rich collection formed by one of Napoleon’s trusted advisors. Hauterive (1754-1830), statesman and archivist, fled from the Revolution to the United States, where he served as French consul in New York. He was recalled to France by Talleyrand to a high post in the office of foreign affairs in 1798. The two collaborated on De L’État de la France à la fin de l’an VIII (1800), which justified Napoleon’s coup d’état to the world...
3 p.l., -120 pp. (lacking pp. 1-40). 8vo, 19th-century blue pebbled cloth-backed marbled boards (spine a little worn), spine gilt. [Rotterdam: Burgvliet & Bothal, 1788].
A very rare sale catalogue, annotated in a contemporary hand with buyers’ names, that provides valuable insight into the growing French interest for 17th and 18th century Dutch art and the primary dealers and runners who acted as agents for the voracious collectors of France. The sections of books (303 lots) and coins were not bound in this copy, but the art portion of 863 lots is complete.
The contemporary annotations in this copy reveal the names of Dutch dealers and collectors of the day, such as van Dongen, Cremer, Heybroek (likely the son of the consigner), van der Laan, van der Pals, Robbens, Burgvliet, Bothal, etc. Another name which frequently appears is that of Jan (or Jean) Yver (1747-1814), an important art dealer in Amsterdam. With his father, Pierre (or Pieter), who died in 1787, they were two of the earliest Dutch dealers to develop an international clientele, which included Louis XVI, Joshua Reynolds, and Stanislaw Poniatowski, King of Poland, as well as many other members of the European upper class. This sale also came at a time when, thanks to the efforts of the famous dealers Jean Baptiste Pierre Lebrun and Edmé Gersaint before him, the French had developed an almost extreme passion for Northern painting. French dealers, several of whom are named here, exploited this opportunity by purchasing directly at Dutch auctions and then importing them to France.
9 pp. Small 8vo, attractive antique calf-backed paste paper boards, spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. Paris: Joullain, 1771.
A very rare anonymous sale catalogue. Describes 29 paintings by artists such as Veronese, Van Dyck, Carracci, etc., two drawings, one print, and a medal housed in a frame with the arms of the Maréchal de Noailles.
Nice copy. We locate no copy in North America.
Finely engraved frontis. xx, 316 pp. Small 8vo, cont. mottled calf (expertly rebacked), spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. Paris: Vente, 1767.
[bound with as usual]:
(—). Catalogue raisonné de Porcelaines, tant anciennes, premiere forte, qu’ancien Japon & la Chine: d’Effets précieux d’anciens Lacqs, riches Meubles de Boule, & Bijoux, faisant partie du Cabinet de feu… Par C.F, Julliot, Marchand… 80 pp., one leaf of approbation. [Paris: Didot, 1767].
106 pp. 8vo, attractive antique calf-backed paste-paper boards, spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. Paris: Le Brun, 1785.
The uncommon sale catalogue of the collection of a famous patron of the arts. Bailli de Breteuil (1725?-85), an influential diplomat who was ambassador to Malta, collected paintings, sculptures, curiosities, and objets d’art. He lived in Rome for about two decades and he owned a magnificent Roman villa decorated by Lavallée-Poussin. Upon returning to Paris in 1787, he frequented Grimod de La Reynière’s salon. Rumors abounded that Bailli was engaged in an affair with Madame Grimod.
The present catalogue fully describes 102 paintings, 42 drawings, 18 prints, and 240 lots of sculpture, precious minerals, porcelains, ceramics, snuffboxes, antiquities, and furniture. Bailli owned works by Del Piombo, Fragonard (No. 49 “The Stolen Kiss” resides in the Metropolitan Museum of Art), Velazquez, Dürer, Bourdon, Le Nain, Poussin, etc. Of particular note in this catalogue is a section devoted to table centerpieces (surtout de table), models of ancient monuments including the temples of Minerva, Mercury, two arcs de triomphe, four obelisks, 12 sphinxes, and finally 75 knives made from various materials. All are thoroughly described.
Finely engraved frontis. with profile of Le Bas (drawn by Cochin & engraved by C.E. Gaucher) & finely engraved tailpiece at the end of the biographical sketch (by same). xlix, 92, 19 pp. catalogue list. 8vo, orig. semi-stiff boards (head of spine a little split), leaves uncut. Paris: Clousier & Joullain, 1783.
The very rare sale catalogue of the engraver to the Cabinet du Roi; with a valuable list of 133 catalogues produced by Joullain since 1763. Le Bas (1707-83), studied under Antoine Hérisset and is famous for his skilled imitations of works by Teniers, Wouwerman, Falens, Coypel, Watteau, Oudry, etc.
This catalogue begins with a lengthy and most informative biographical sketch based on notes by Hecquet, a connoisseur of prints and close friend of Le Bas. It discusses contemporary debates on the artistic merit of engraving and Le Bas’ reputation in the art world, providing an intimate understanding of the man.
63 pp. (pagination continuous for the two parts). 8vo, later 19th cent. half-sheep & marbled boards (spine rubbed), gilt title on spine, uncut. Paris: Le Brun, 1791.
A very rare catalogue by Le Brun of what appears to be a stock sale. It describes 110 lots of prints (nos. 1021-1130) and 262 notable 17th- and 18th-century books.
Nice copy, we do not locate a copy in North America. Engraved bookplate of Gaston Pannier, the famous 19th-century art collector on front paste-down and stamp of the Bibliothèque Heim on verso of the title-page.
63 pp. 8vo, orig. marbled wrappers bound in later calf-backed marbled boards (spine rubbed), spine gilt. Paris: Lebrun, 1784.
(—). Supplément au Catalogue et Feuille de distribution de Tableaux des Ecoles de Flandres, de Hollande, et de France; Dessins, Estampes, Gouaches, Miniatures, Marbres, Bronzes, Porcelaines, & autres Objets de curiosité. Par J.B.P. Le Brun. La Vente s’en fera le Mercredi 14 Avril 1784, & jours suivans… 12 pp. 8vo. Paris: Lebrun, 1784.
54 pp. 8vo, modern marbled boards, printed paper label on spine. Paris: Poultier & Regnault-Delalande, 1811.
A large copy of this rare auction catalogue of Lélu (1741-1810), the history painter and engraver. Lélu studied under Boucher and Doyen and exhibited several works at the Salon in 1793. The catalogue begins with an informative biography of the collector, details his development as an artist and his Italian influences. It features paintings by Boucher, Fragonard, Tintoretto, Titian, etc. (lots 1-117); drawings by the artist himself, Rubens, Watteau, etc. (lots 118-82); and prints by Bourdon, Carracci, Hollar, Le Pautre, Poussin, etc. (lots 183-311). Lots 312-403 are...
Added engraved title-page (by J.M. Moreau le jeune). viii, 79 pp. 8vo, polished green vellum over boards. Paris: Basan & Chariot, 1775.
(—). Supplément au Catalogue des Estampes de la succession de feu M. Mariette, dont la vente a commencé le premier Février dernier, & laquelle continuera en Mai prochain, après la vente de Bibliothèque, qui finira le treize [May 1775]. 23 pp. 8vo. [Paris: 1775].
1 p.l., xxiv, 74 pp. 8vo, self-wrappers, stitched as issued (stitching loose), leaves uncut. Paris: Regnault-Lalande, 1811.
The rare catalogue of this joint sale of the collections of Ozanne (1728-1811) and Coïny (1761-1809), which took place 2-11 December 1811. The former, a distinguished marine artist and engineer, collaborated with Duhamel du Monceau on several illustrated works and taught naval architecture and navigation to the sons of the royal family. Le Tellier de Courtanvaux used one of Ozanne’s ships as a platform to test Pierre Le Roy’s marine chronometer.
A student of Suvée and J.P. Lebas, Coïny exhibited at the Salon from 1802 to 1806 and specialized in engravings of the saints and mythological or historical subjects. He also executed well-known vignettes for the works of La Fontaine, Léonard, and Racine. The pieces from his collection are noted with a “†”.
1 p.l., 24 pp. Small 8vo, attractive antique calf-backed paste-paper boards, spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. Paris: C. Hérissant, .
An uncommon anonymous sale catalogue. 70 lots of drawings (most of which contain many items), 326 lots of prints (again, with numerous items in each lot), and 112 lots of minerals, as well as a number of books and a bronze mirror. Very erratic numbering.
Very good copy. Bottom of title cropped and several leaves misbound. We locate only two copies in institutions; none in North America.
40 pp. 8vo, late 19th-century calf-backed marbled boards, spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece. Paris: J.B. Coignard, 1742.
An extremely rare catalogue of “one of the most important and renowned collections of antiquities assembled in the 18th century.”–Astrid Dostert, “La description historique des antiques du cardinal de Polignac par Moreau de Mautour…”, Journal des savants, 2001, Vol. I, pp. 93-152–(an extremely informative article).
Cardinal Polignac (1661-1742), an influential diplomat and art connoisseur, played an important role in the negotiation of the Treaty of Utrecht as well as maintaining close ties between France and the Vatican. Pope Alexander VIII is believed...