Paris: Chez Vincent, 1776. Hardcover. Bound in 2 volumes: A - K and L - Z. An extensive dictionary of artists including painters, musicians, actors, dancers, engravers, printers, clockmakers, and mechanics. The dates of birth and death and a brief biography is listed for each cited artist. Very good minus in full brown leather with maroon title labels and black volume labels to spines. Six compartments to spines with raised bands and gilt decoration. The front hinge of volume one is cracked. The corners are bumped, edges worn, spine ends chipped, and leather cracked. Previous owner's signature in pen to front endpages of both volumes. Page 281 / 282 of volume 2 has a long closed tear and paper imperfection to following page. Scattered foxing throughout and a spots of dampstaining to beginning and end of volume one. Marbled endpage and full red edges. 772 pages in volume one and 95 pages in volume two. FRE/011513. Very Good.
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Paris: Durand et Cie, 1913. Andre Helle. Boards. A charming and scarce copy of Debussy's ballet score (piano reduction only) for “La Boite a Joujoux,” with delightful color pochoir illustrations by Andre Helle. The ballet was inspired by Debussy's daughter and her toys and toy box. This was one of Debussy's final works, and the ballet was in fact not staged until after his death, with costumes and decor by Helle. Published in hardbound and softbound editions, this copy has been recased in tan paper-covered boards with a digital reproduction of Helle's illustrated title affixed to front cover. The original paper covers are bound in. In very good plus condition with a few small closed tears on the lower margin of a few pages. 10 x 13 inches. 48 pages. MUS/040513. Very Good+.
Paris: Bibliotheque Artistique; Librairie des Bibliophiles, 1884. Hardcover. Originally published in 1863, this sword play filled novel was later adapted into several films and theatrical versions. Very good in contemporary leather backed marbled paper covered boards with matching marbled end pages. Gilt titles and raised bands to spines. Light rubbing to bands and edges of leather on all volumes. Bumping to edges of front board of volume three. Original wrappers are bound in. Includes several etchings. Clean, tight interiors with occasional spots of foxing. 270 pages; 294 pages; 293 pages. FRE/041409. Very Good.
Amsterdam and Leipzig: Arkstee & Merkus, 1767. Hardcover. Nouvelle Edition. Avec de belles figures - 8 charming etchings in each volume. A beautiful early edition in French of this book. As described in the Oxford Companion to English Literature (p. 565) this was Le Sage's masterpiece and it had great influence in 18th century comic fiction. It was first translated into English by Tobias Smollett. In four small volumes 3 by 5.5 inches bound in full contemporary leather. The spine has four raised bands with gilt design in three and author and title in the other two.The edges of the boards have a very small gilt design of stripes.In very good condition with some minor bumps and rubbing. The hinges are a bit tender but the volumes are sturdily bound. Two hinges are cracked with one board coming loose. The interior pages are very clean and bright save for light browning to the end pages. The ownership signature of a previous owner, James Oldham is inscribed on front free end pages. Nice bookplate with flower design and initials B.C.T. on front pastedowns. A very attractive copy of this important novel. Volume I:392 pages; Volume II: 343 pages; Volume III: 369 pages;Volume 4: 370 pages. This set may require an extra shipping fee. LIT032409. Very Good.