Paris: Goupil & Cie, 1912. Hardcover. Number 8 of 75 copies on Japanese paper. This sumptuous book recounts the life and work of Eugene Lami, the famed French painter, illustrator, and designer. It is extensively illustrated throughout with double plates of each of the works. Each is protected by a tissue guard. In full brown leather with ornate gilt ornaments decorating the covers. There are four raised bands on the spine with gilt decorations, author, and title. Light scuffing, bumping, and tear to top of spine along joint along with missing leather where label was removed. Unfortunately this heavy ex-library book's binding is detached from the text block. The free front endpaper is torn as is the half title. Ex-library although library markings are relatively unobtrusive, with an ownership stamp on the verso of the original cover bound in, small ink numbers on verso of title page and scraping to the rear free endpaper where sign-out card removed. The interior of the book is otherwise in very good condition. With the bookplate of Courtland Bishop (1870-1935) the pioneer U.S. aviator, autoist, traveler, and noted book collector. Price reflects flaws. In French. Folio volume with 206 pages plus plates. Heavy volume may require extra postage. ART/031419. Very Good -.
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[The Hague] a la Haye: Pierre de Hondt, 1758-1759. Hardcover. This remarkable "Historical Dictionary," offers critical and literary memoirs about the life and works of various distinguished persons, particularly in the republic of letters, This book was done as a complementary work to the famous early 18th century dictionary of Pierre Bayle. Prosper Marchand (1678-1756) was a Huguenot refugee who became a bookseller, bibliographer, and publisher in the Netherlands. Marchand died before the manuscript was complete, but he had commissioned his friend and executor, Jean Nicolas Sebastien Allamand, to review and publish it. Allamand spent four years putting Marchand's notes in order. They were mostly written on confused and scattered scraps of paper. In his introduction, Allamand describes all the pains he had to take to restore these notes and to supplement the omissions of Marchand. The result is this monumental bound folio with two painstakingly printed volumes on on seemingly everyone and everything literary. Printed in double columns with numerous shoulder footnotes on most pages. At the end of Volume II are an alphabetical list of articles, a table of subjects, and a catalog of books published by Pierre de Hondt. Bound in three quarter brown leather with decorated brown paper boards. Six raised bands to spine with brown leather title label in second compartment. Chipping and small tears to leather as well as to paper covers. Interior pages show light aging but are otherwise clean and bright. Offsetting on free endpapers from leather borders on pastedowns. Previous owner bookplate to front pastedowns and small stamp on title page of volume I "Holstein-Holsteinborg." In very good condition. Volume I: 330 pages plus publisher catalog; Volume II: 328 pages plus lists and publisher catalog. FRE/042415. Very Good.
Paris: Chez F. Muguet, 1671. Hardcover. Quite scarce. In this work - The testimony of Protestants in favor of the Catholic religion by Rossel, deals in part with his own conversion. Theophile Rossel (1615-1683) was the pastor of the Reformed Church of Cognac in 1653 but converted in 1669 to Catholicism. The book is something of an apology for this conversion. The book is dedicated to Cardinal de Buillon. Bound in contemporary leather that is bumped, scraped, and worn. Covers curl and lower front joint is split but holding. Fades gilt titling to spine. Stains to front pastedown and free front endpaper. Title page with stains and and some spotting and staining to first several pages otherwise clean. Includes a table of chapters, in the first and second books (bound together, continuous pagination). Text pages include shoulder notes in French and Latin. Pencil notes about the book on the free front endpaper. Very good. Octavo. 468 pages. REL/022621. Very Good -.