Paris: Abbé de la Chau and Abbé Le Blond, 1780 and 1784. Hardcover. These two sumptuous French volumes describe the Duc of Orléans's magnificent collection of pierre gravées - "engraved stones or gems" - that was acquired over the years. This was the collection of Louis Philippe (1725-1785) that was inherited by his son Louis Philippe II (1747-1798), The son had the collection for two years but it was sold to Catherine, Empress of Russia in 1787. The volumes include descriptions of every stone included along with beautiful and intricate engravings of each. Most of the subjects are the Greek and Roman divinities. There are also a number of vignettes and cul de lampes throughout the text. There is also an engraving of the Duc designed by the artist Charles-Nicolas Cochin. The two folio volumes are bound in brown speckled calf skin, with gilt rulings to edges of covers, and gilt titling and ornaments to spine compartments. Leather is scuffed and mottled, and gilt has faded in places, with a skillfully rebacked spine in both volumes. Marbled paper endpapers. All edges gilt. Interior pages are in very good to near fine condition. Volume I, published in 1780, is 303 pages; Volume II, published in 1784, is 215 pages. Small folios measuring 8 x 12.5 inches. ART/122820. Very Good.
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1918. Hardcover. Rare military service record of Brigadier General Frank Parker (1872-1947). Presentation inscription from Parker "To C. Van U. in memory of the Great Days together - F.P. - Bridge Head, Easter, 1919". Includes service record, facsimiles of orders and telegraphs, as well as a list of decorations of Brig. Gen. Frank Parker from 1918 - 1919 during which he was awarded the War Cross of France with Palm, Commander of the Legion of Honor of France with second Palm of War Cross, Commander of the Order of the Crown of Belgium, D.S.M., and Third Palm on War Cross. Parker served in a tour of Lorraine, the second Battle of the Marne, the Battle of St. Mihiel Salient, the Battle between the Meuse and the Argonne Forest, and more. Bound in full red leather with gilt title and dates to spine. Gilt rules and swastikas to both boards. Rubbing and wear to boards, edges, spine ends, and corners. Evidence of a removed sticker to front board (about 1 x 2 inches) with surface sheen of leather removed in this small area. Adhesive remnants to front pastedown where a bookplate was removed. Browning to interior, mostly along margins. Unpaginated with blank sheets bound in at rear to fill out an otherwise thin binding. [Approximately 150 pages, of which about 100 have text printed on one side (so, about 50 pages of text).] WWI/011221. Very Good.
London: printed for the author, 1723 - 1732. Hardcover. This scarce and important work was printed for the author. Aubry de la Mottraye (1674?-1743) came from a French Huguenot family that had settled in England. He received an excellent education, and started traveling in 1696. In the course of twenty-six years, he toured Northern Europe, Crimea, the Near East, Russia, Prussia and Poland. La Mottraye combined diplomatic travels – as counselor and attendant to various rulers – with commercial transactions and his activity as a collector. His chronicle is adorned with impressive engravings of rare subjects, views of cities as well as everyday life scenes. His detailed descriptions make his account one of the first travelogues in which the force of the written discourse equals the impact of the illustrations. The first two volumes were printed in 1723 with the third issued in 1732. Bound in later three quarter red leather over red cloth covered boards with gilt title to spine. Includes a total of 58 plates including maps, many of which fold out. Large chip to leather on foot of spines of both volumes I and III, which have been repaired with a modern strip of leather. Chipping and wear to leather along hinges, spine ends, and corners of all volumes. The leather on all hinges is cracked; however, the boards remain firmly attached with all cords intact. Bookplate of Daniel Baugh to front pastedowns of all three volumes. Non-archival tape repair to first page of text in volume three and the same page is mostly separated from binding. Occasional spots of soiling, small dampstains to top margins of a couple of pages, occasional foxing, and uniform browning to some pages. Occasional slight splits to interior bindings and occasional short closed tears to edges of pages. Some plates appear to have been trimmed, which in one case has affected a small portion of the image. Some folding plates and maps have additional creases and/or closed tears and a few have minor archival repairs to the verso. Small wormholes to bottom margins of some pages in third volume. Frontis in third volume is mounted. Includes woodcut head and tail pieces as well as several initials. Overall, an attractive and interesting work with numerous illustrations of antiquities and maps.Volume I: 440 pages plus 26 plates of which 14 fold (appears to lack plate XI) and 2 folding maps. Also includes 7 page list of subscribers. Volume II: 432 pages plus 72 pages of appendices and contents as well as 18 plates of which 8 fold plus 2 folding maps. Volume III: 296 pages plus 2 pages of advertisements and 10 plates, of which 1 folds. Very Good.
Washington DC: Abstract Orange, 2019. Number ? of 36 copies signed and numbered by the book artist. The book was published on May 31, 2019 in celebration of Walt Whitman's 200th birthday. The book artist writes: "The book explores ideas central to Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass including transcendentalism, or the inherent goodness of nature, and realism, depicting familiar things as they are. It captures both the complexity and simplicity of nature by juxtaposing dimensional paper grass texture and a quote about nature and wonder. The book is not a reprinting of all of Whitman’s words, but an art object that encapsulates the feeling of Whitman." Her evocative work is done as a box that opens like a traditional book. The inside front cover and back cover are covered with cream paper that includes quotes from Whitman along with his image. The inside of the box/book are several spiky rows of grass leaves crafted from green paper. The box is covered with green paper with the title, author and press name in a lighter shad of green. In fine condition. Measures 5.25 x 7.25 inches. ARTISTB/122319. Fine.
London: Sotheby, 1982. "The Nuhad Es-Said Collection of Islamic metalwork is one of the finest in private hands ... This catalogue describes and discusses each piece in detail. Every object is lavishly illustrated with at least one color plate and there are numerous black and white photographs" (jacket). Fine in black cloth boards with gilt title to spine and gilt emblem to front board. In fine white jacket with brown title to spine and front panels. Size: Tall quarto. 128 pages. ART/010720.
4 hardcovers and 4 paperbacks. Books on garden paintings at the MET, Art from the Victoria and Albert Museum, a survey of American Painting (1760 - 1910), a history of the British Royal Collection, a monograph on Cezanne, a monograph on Jacques Callot, 8 American artists in the Milwaukee Art Musuem, and a survey of Art Treasures in Italy. Very good condition.
Paris: Delhomme et Briguet, n.d. (c. 180s. Hardcover. Scarce. Volume One only of a two volume set in French on all aspects of the occult, including chapters on free masonry, fabricating crimes, the devil, spiritualism and much more. A fascinating account of views and beliefs about these subjects in nineteenth century France. With 120 interesting albeit strange illustrations. Bound in three quarter black leather with brown paper covred boards. The leather is cracked along the spine, bumped, and chipped. Paper boards are scratched, chipped. Good only. The text pages are printed on paper similar to newsprint. There are occasional small tears, a larger tear to title page, aging to margins but overall very good. Measures 7.5 x 11 inches. 964 pages. OCCULT/012121very good -. Very Good -.
1715. Hardcover. Third edition of this magnificent book that, despite its title, describes the building of St. Peter's Basilica, based on the plans of Michelangelo, illustrated by gorgeous and detailed plates of his plans for the interior and exterior. The first edition appeared in 1696. This edition has seven additional plates. The author, Filippo Bonanni (1638-1723) was an important Jesuit scholar. His many works included treatises on fields ranging from anatomy to music. He created the earliest practical illustrated guide for shell collectors in 1681, for which he is considered a founder of conchology. He also published a study of lacquer that has been of lasting value since his death. This book comprises 36 chapters with 92 plates. The plates are numbered 1-86; however, two plates have multiples with the same number and there are actually 92 total plates.The plates are stunning. Many were engraved by the famed Hieronymus Frezza, Arnoldo Van Westerhout, or Alexander Specchi. There are illustrations of architectural renderings, statuary, sepulchres, doorways, the Vatican Palace, and much more. Bound in contemporary vellum with red leather spine label. The vellum is soiled, stained and bumped, and the spine label is chipped. As is typical with vellum, the front board curls out. The title page is lightly foxed, as are a few text pages, but the rest of the interior pages and plates are in very good to near fine condition. Notable is that none of the several fold-out plates has any damage as is often the case with fold-out illustrations and maps. A treasure of a book. Folio measuring 14.5 x 9.25 inches. 218 pages plus plates. ARCH/011621. Very Good.
London: Constable and Co Ltd, 1933. Hardcover. Author's Presentation Copy. First Edition. Inscription reads: "To the Revd H.M. MacLeod of Killearn, in remembrance of his sympathy and support during the dark hours of August 1st to 4th 1947. with the affectionate regards of Gordon Bottomley. Easter: 1948. Gordon Bottomley (1874-1948) was a notable figure known for his verse drama. He was greatly influenced by the Victorian romantics. In a beautiful dark red morocco binding by binder, E. Garrett with his stamped signature to the rear turn-in. Garrett was associated at the turn of the century with the Municipal School of Art. Hand stamped gilt title and author to spine and front board with raised bands to spine. Gilt rules, gilt chalice, gilt flowers, and embossed leaves to boards. Printed endpapers and full edges gilt. The binding is lovely despite the tooling being awkward in places. The interior is clean overall with occasional spots of foxing, which are most prevalent on first and last few pages. Black and white photographic frontispiece. 85 pages. DRA/011221. Very Good.
Albany: Self Published, 1851. Hardcover. Volume 1 only of a 3 volume work. Bookplate of Andrew H. Parker on bottom of title page. Bound in three quarter red leather over marbled paper covered boards with gilt title to spine. Chip to head of spine, rubbing to hinges, and heavy wear to corners and edges of boards. Evidence of old sticker to front board, which has removed a small section of marbled paper. Browning, foxing, and occasional soiling to interior. Marbled endpapers with top edge gilt. Blank pages have been bound into rear to allow for binding of this otherwise slim volume. 48 pages. AMER/010721 (American Revolution). Very Good.
1934. Number. Number 136 of 150 copies printed for private distribution only. With the signatures of Estelle Doheny, Anna Cox Brinton, and the printer Ward Ritchie. Tipped in front is a card "with the Compliments of Mrs. Edward Laurence Doheny. This lovely book is titled A Pre-Raphaelite Aeneid of Virgil in the Collection of Mrs. Edward Laurence Doheny of Los Angeles, Being an Essay in Honor of the William Morris Centenary 1934. The book is a handsome collaboration by Doheny, Ritchie, and Brinton in honor of the great William Morris. Estelle Doheny, the wife of a multi-millionaire oilman became probably the greatest woman book collector ever, and one of the greatest without regard to gender. Much of her collection, which included a Gutenberg bible, was left to a small seminary in California after her death in 1958, and would be sold 30 years later for almost $38 million. Her Morris holdings, which included Morris’s calligraphic manuscript of the “Aeneid” and a Kelmscott “Chaucer” printed on vellum, alone brought more than $2 million when sold by Christie’s in 1987. Harry "Ward" Ritchie (1905 - 1996) was an important American printer, book designer, book-collector and writer of around 100 books. He was part of the "Golden Age" of fine printing that took place during the 1920s and 1930s in Southern California. Anna Shipley Cox Brinton was an American classics scholar, college administrator, writer, and Quaker leader, active with the American Friends Service Committee. She has credited with being one of those who "reinvented Quakerism" for the 20th century. At the time that she wrote this work she was on the faculty of Mills College, where the centenary exhibition was held. She writes in A Pre-Raphaelite Aeneid: The reader is less near to the versatile genius of William Morris in turning the triumphant pages of his Kelmscott Chaucer than in poring over the illumnated leaves of the Aeneid." Bound in cream paper boards with red titling to spine and front cover. Housed in a slipcase covered by the same cream paper. Book and slipcase are in near fine condition. Measures 6 x 8 inches. 39 pages plus colophon. PRI/021521.
New York: John Lane Company, 1918. Hardcover. Later edition. First published in 1915 the year Brooke died in Greece. Attractively bound in beautiful unsigned three quarter turquoise morocco over pastel marbled paper covered boards with gilt title to spine and decorative gilt designs to compartments. Matching endpapers with top edge gilt. Minor sunning to spine, wear to edges and corners, and minor rubbing to boards. Occasional spots of foxing to interior and slight, uniform browning, but clean and bright overall. 168 pages. POE/011221. Very Good.
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1869. Hardcover. Ross J. Browne (1821 - 1875) wrote this American West travelogue during the end of the Civil War. He discusses rattlesnakes, deserts, scorpions, robbery, Apache encounters, starvation, the dangers of his travels, and much more. Bound in later blue buckram with gilt title to spine, which reads "The Apache Country." Small dampstain to bottom corners in margins only of most pages. Smudge marks / minor soiling to many pages, mostly in margins. Illustrated with numerous engravings. 535 pages plus 4 pages of ads. STA/011421 American Regional History. Very Good.
New York: Thomas Y. Crowell Company, [circa 1950]. Hardcover. A beautiful edition of Browning's famed romantic sonnets to her intended husband, Robert Browning. They are accompanied by b&w and color romantic and erotic illustrations by Willy Pogany. Bound in light red cloth with gilt titling to spine and cover, with gilt rosebud also on front cover. Light signs of handling. Interior pages are in near fine condition. Gift inscription dated 1957 on front free endpaper. Measures 7.5 x 10.25 inches. 93 pages. POETRY/010621. Near Fine.
London: various, various. Hardcover. Volume 1: For the Year 1758, the seventh edition, London: J. Dodsley, n.d.Volume 2: For the Year 1759, the eighth edition, London:Otridge and Son; R. Faulder, etc.; 1802 Volume 3: For the Year 1760, the ninth edition, London: W. Otridge and Son, R. Faulder, etc. 1811 Volume 4: For the Year 1761, London: W. Otridge and Son, R. Faulder, etc. n.d. Volume 5: For the Year 1762, the fifth edition, London: J. Dodsley, 1787 These are later editions of the first five volumes of Edmond Burke's ambitious publication that ran from 1759-1824, designed as a summary of chief events of each year. It was called "the most valuable record and chronicle of historical and political events for over a hundred years" [Sabin]. Most notable in these volumes are the lengthy contemporaneous accounts of the Seven Years War (1756-1763). Each year had standard sections, such as the war events, State papers, Chronicles and Book Reviews. But each year had sections that were relevant to that year but not necessarily others, such as "Remarkable Characters," or "Extraordinary Adventures." The Adventures section in the 1758 volume has an indeed extraordinary first person account of an Englishman imprisoned in the heinous Black Hole of Calcutta. Another highlight is the 1762 volume, which has detailed and fascinating descriptions of the coronation of King George III and of his marriage to Princess then Queen Charlotte, complete with order of procession, attendees and attendants, attire of the King and Queen, banquet menus, and more. The volumes are bound uniformly in brown three quarter leather with brown and black marbled paper boards. Marbled paper edges. The volumes are in very good condition, with some bumping and chipping to some of leather, and scuffing to the marbled paper boards of volumes 4 and 5. Interiors are also in very good condition. Light foxing to pastedowns and free endpapers, creasing to several page edges in volumes 1 and 4. Volume 1: 495 pages + contents list; Volume 2: 494 pages + contents list; Volume 3: 271 + 260 pages + contents list; Volume 4: 304 + 316 pages +contents list; Volume 5: 267 + 259 + contents list. Very Good.
New York: Harper and Brothers, 1858. Hardcover. Aaron Burr (1756 - 1836) served as the third vice president of the United States; although, he is now perhaps best known for killing Alexander Hamilton in a duel. Includes journal entries and correspondence from about 1808 - 1812 with the intention of being presented to Burr's daughter, Theodosia, upon his return to the states. Unfortunately, she was lost at sea in 1813, possibly enroute to visit her father. Subsequently, Burr presented the journal and correspondence to the editor for publication. Both volumes are bound in three quarter tan leather over marbled paper covered boards with gilt titles to spines. Rubbing and wear to boards and leather of both volumes. Evidence of removed stickers to the spines of both volumes, as well as removed bookplates from front pastedowns. Frontispiece portrait engraving to volume one. Boards remain firmly attached, however, there are interior splits to the front and rear of both volumes. Free endpapers and first / last few pages of both volumes are a little loose. Marbled endpapers. Volume I: 451 pages; Volume II: 453 pages. AMERBIO/011521. Very Good.