24 pp. 8vo, modern cloth boards. Paris: Regnault & Pauquereau, 1806.
A very rare catalogue of the stock of Nicolas (d. 1806), the Parisian gilder and print dealer. He owned a number of paintings and drawings by French artists such as Boucher, Chardin, Galloche, Vallayer-Coster, etc. A total of 202 lots are described. Regnault makes clear in the Avertissement that the items listed all come from Nicolas’s stock.
A very good copy. We locate no copy in North America.
24 pp. 8vo, modern cloth boards. Paris: Regnault & Pauquereau, 1806.
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.
8 pp. 8vo, late 19th-cent. cloth-backed marbled boards (small hole to title, touching several letters), spine gilt. Paris: P. de Lormel, 1765.
The very rare sale catalogue, fully priced, of the celebrated painter’s personal collection. Van Loo (1705-65), first Peintre du Roi and a favorite of Madame de Pompadour, studied under the painter Benedetto Lutti and the sculptor Pierre Legros le jeune in Rome. He won the Prix de Rome in 1724. Van Loo returned to France in 1734 and was shortly thereafter accepted into the Académie royale. The royal court and the great art collectors of Paris commissioned him frequently for...
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.
Engraved frontis. port. x, 512 pp.; 1 p.l., 403,  pp. Two vols. 8vo, fine cont. speckled sheep (short tear, without loss, to pp. 99-100 of Vol. I), green & red morocco lettering pieces on spines. London: T. Davies, 1771.
First edition in English of Cellini’s autobiography, “a production of the utmost energy, directness, and racy animation, setting forth one of the most singular careers in all the annals of fine art. His amours and hatreds, his passions and delights, his love of the sumptuous and the exquisite in art, his self-applause and self-assertion, make this one of the most singular and fascinating books in...
Woodcut printer’s device on titles. 4 p.l., xxvii, , 368 pp.; 547 pp. Large 4to, cont. Italian red morocco (covers of Vol. II a little rubbed), sides richly gilt with the arms of Pope Clement XIV in gilt in center of each cover, spines richly gilt (each tooled slightly differently), a.e.g. Faenza: G.A. Archi, 1769.
First edition, and a very handsome set with the arms of Pope Clement XIV on covers, of the first bio-bibliographical guide to the writers of Ravenna; about 2500 works by more than 600 authors are included. Ginanni (1698-1774), the learned Italian bibliographer and historian, was...
This archive includes hundreds of documents, manuscript and printed, including original detailed drawings, blueprints, schematics, government reports (some classified), photographs, rubbings, & various ephemera. Nara, Kyoto, & Tokyo: 1903-38.
An important archive. Inamori, a native of Nara, was a prominent government architect and engineer specializing in the reconstruction, renovation, and preservation of shrines and temples. Over the course of his 40-year career, which he began as a trainee in Kyoto’s regional department devoted to preserving monuments, he participated in and led innovative efforts to rebuild, restore, and preserve Japan’s most iconic temples and shrines, such as Todai-ji, Horyu-ji, Daikaku-ji, and the Byodo-in...
Engraved frontis. port. of the author in Vol. I & one large engraved vignette. Titles printed in red & black. Four vols. Large thick 4to, cont. vellum over boards, spines lettered in gilt. Leipzig: J.F. Gleditsch, 1750-50-51-51.
First edition of the still essential bio-bibliographical dictionary; there are about 50,000 entries. Jöcher (1694-1758), was professor of philosophy and librarian at the University of Leipzig. The present book is his greatest work and continues to be of considerable use; it remains the only convenient place to find accounts of many obscure authors and their writings.
Fine set from the Bibliotheca Bibliographica Breslaueriana.
Engraved title with a bust of Anne of Autriche & 20 full-page engravings in the text of portraits of famous women. Woodcut printer’s device on printed title. , 452,  pp. (lacking the two final blanks) 18mo, later 18th-cent. French red morocco, sides richly panelled in gilt, flat spine richly gilt, a.e.g. Leyden: J. Elsevier; Paris: C. Angot, 1660.
A handsomely bound copy of the attractive Elsevier edition of Le Moyne’s highly popular collection of biographical accounts of famous women. Twenty women are featured in the book and in each case a biographical portrait is followed by a eulogy and a discussion of...
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.
Engraved vignette on title & divisional title, an engraved head-piece, & 22 engraved plates (one double-page). 5 p.l., 172, , 185-328 pp. Large 4to, fine cont. red straight-grained morocco, gilt fillets round sides, turn-ins gilt, spine finely gilt, contrasting green morocco labels on spine, a.e.g. [London]: B. & J. White, 1796.
—. The Literary Life of the late Thomas Pennant, Esq. By Himself. Engraved frontis. port. of the author, two engraved plates, and one engraved double-page & folding hand-colored plate. 3 p.l., 144 pp. Large 4to. London: B. & J. White & R. Faulder, 1793.
Large Habsburg woodcut coat-of-arms on title; portrait of Archduke Ferdinand II on verso & Habsburg family tree with small portraits on verso of fifth preliminary leaf, both finely engraved & full-page; & 48 woodcut coat-of-arms on preliminary leaves 11-16. 16 p.l., 477, , 28 pp. Small folio, fine cont. limp vellum, covers panelled in gilt with gilt fleurons in corners, gilt coats-of-arms in center of covers, yapp edges, ties gone, a.e.g. Innsbruck: J. Agricola, 1592.
First edition and a lovely copy of this essential official history of the Habsburg princes written by the librarian and keeper of art to Ferdinand II; complete with the finely executed...
Engraved vignette on title. xvi, 416 pp. 8vo, orig. grey boards, red leather lettering piece on spine. Nuremberg: Raspe, 1797.
First edition of an extremely rare book; WorldCat locates no copy in the U.S. The present work contains a series of biographical accounts of twenty-one authors including Jacques Barrellier, Linnaeus, Nathanael Gottfried Leske, Fredrik Hasselquist, Simon Pelloutier, and other notable natural historians, scientists, and scholars. Schrank has also provided detailed bibliographies of the writings of each author.
Fine copy from the Wittelsbach library of the dukes and kings of Bavaria. With a one-page A.L.s dated 2 May 1797 from Schrank presenting...
Numerous illus. & plates (several double-page) by Albert Tissandier; one folding table printed on both sides & one folding map. viii, 344 pp. Large 8vo, fine orig. red sheep (a few tiny defects), panelled in gilt, with the initials of Albert Tissandier on upper cover (“A.T.”), spine nicely gilt, a.e.g. Paris: M. Dreyfous, 1878.
First edition, the copy of Albert Tissandier, the illustrator of this book and brother of the author. Gaston Tissandier (1843-99), chemist, meteorologist, author, and aviator, with his brother Albert, were the most famous balloonists of their time, making a number of ascensions. They were the first to...