Paris: Librairie Hachette, 1927. Hardcover. Bray discusses the development and theoretical basis for what was called the Doctrine Classique, which referred to 17th-century French literature written from the time of Henry IV through the reign of Louis XIV. This literature is associated with the Classicism of Louis XIV's reign; its authors practiced ideals of order, clarity, proportion and good taste. Small quarto. Red and blue marbled paper-covered boards with red raised leather cover to spine. Gilt title to spine. Marbled endpapers. Front cover is slightly bent at upper right corner and small portions of paper are missing. Paper is rubbed off of edges of cover. Cracking to exterior gutters of both front and back leather. Small open tears on front free endpaper. Pages show some browning, with foxing on some pages, especially in early section of book. Also some foxing on edge of text block. 389 pages, including index. FRELANG/082422. Very Good.
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London: Macmillan and Co, 1881. Hardcover. Uncommon. Written under a pseudonym by Caroline Emelia Stephen (1834 - 1909), English Quaker, philanthropist, and the aunt of Virginia Woolf. With colored maps. Written somewhat informally, often in the first person, and as the title would suggest, relating everything possible to England and English History such as "If you look at the map, you will see that France is a country about three times the size of England ..." (page 1). Writtten in this manner, it is a very readable and entertaining history that seems more like a collection of engaging stories than a series of dull facts. Bound in three quarter brown leather over marbled paper covered boards with black and gilt title label to spine. Rubbed and tarnished gilt decorations to spine. Fading to spine, rubbing to boards, and wear to corners and edges. Marbled endpapers and full marbled edges. Award certificate to front pastedown from North London Collegiate School for Girls. The recipient's name has been scratched out. Minor foxing to first and last few pages. Small closed tear to last page of text. Slight toning to margins and creasing to corners of a few pages. 451 pages. FREHIS/082522. Very Good.
Boston / Berlin: A. Williams and Company / Ferdinand Schneider, 1862. Hardcover. A scarce collection of short stories and other papers published posthumously. The editor, Alexander Wheelock Thayer (1817 - 1897) is best known for his biography of Beethoven. According to a letter from Thayer that precedes the volume, this collection of stories, papers, and reminscences was written by his late friend, who is identified only as "I. Brown." The stories include Signor Masoni, An Evening in the Hartz, Susan Bedloe, Our Music Teacher, Ned Morse's Daughter, Mrs. Smith and Elizabeth, A New Acquaintance, Wyzaker, Monsieur Paul, and the Philister's Reminiscence. Attractively bound in three quarter dark brown leather over marbled paper covered boards with gilt title and floral decorations to spine. Minorwear to edges and corners of boards. Dampstaining to bottom margins of many pages. Occasional spots of foxing, but clean overall. Marbled endpapers and top edge gilt. Bumping to top corners. 282 pages. Very Good.
London: C. and J. Rivington, 1827. Hardcover. Dr. French Laurence (1757 - 1809) was a close associate and later the literary executor of Edmund Burke. Irish statesman, Edmund Burke ( 1729 - 1797) worked with French during the impeachment trial of Warren Hastings, the English Governor-General of Bengal. Published by French's brother, this book collects letters between the two men. Bound in full dark brown leather boards with leather turn ins and patterned endpapers. Five raised bands but no title to spine. This appears to be a later amateur unsigned binding. Embossed rules to spine, but no giltwork. A few tiny spots of foxing, but clean and bright overall. 305 pages plus 1 page of ads. LAW/080522. Very Good.
Londini [London]: A. J. Valpy, 1826. The Delphin Classics or Ad usum Delphini was a series of annotated editions of the Latin classics, intended to be comprehensive, which was originally created in the 17th century. The first volumes were created in the 1670s for Louis, le Grand Dauphin, heir of Louis XIV (“Delphini” is the Latinization (genitive) of Dauphin), and were written entirely in Latin. The main features included the main Latin texts; a paraphrase in the margins or below in simpler Latin prose (an ordo verborum); extended notes on specific words and lines, mainly about history, myth, geography, or natural sciences; and indices. The collection includes 64 volumes published from 1670 to 1698 [Wikipedia]. The Ad Usum Delphini series were reprinted for centuries and served in classrooms across Europe and the Americas. Beginning in 1819 a series of Latin classics was published in England under the name Valpy's Delphin Classics by Abraham John Valpy. These volumes were part of Valpy's series. Gaius Suetonius Tranquillus, commonly referred to as Suetonius, was a Roman historian who wrote during the early Imperial era of the Roman Empire. His most important surviving work is a set of biographies of 12 successive Roman rulers, from Julius Caesar to Domitian. Bound in full brown leather with gilt rulings to covers and spines, with dark brown title and volume number labels. Stamped: Bound by MacKenzie Bookbinder of the King. Leather is scuffed, abraded, and bumped. Endpapers are foxed and browned, but interior pages are generally clean and bright with occasional foxing. Bookplates of Ernest Augustus, Earl of Lisburne affixed to pastedowns. Very good condition. Octavos. Continuously paginated: 1819, cxcii. Roman History/092222.
New York: The Macmillan Company, 1909. Hardcover. First American edition. Georges CaIn was a French painter, illustrator and writer, who specialized in the history of Paris, its monuments and its theaters. His illustrations can be seen at various French museums, including the Musee Carnavalet in Paris, where he was curator from 1897-1914. The book includes 12 walks on the Left Bank and 14 on the Right Bank. Includes a color frontispiece by Maxwell Armfield and 118 other illustrations and plans. Small octavo. Blue cloth-covered boards with gilt title to front and spine, and other decorative gilt pattern to spine. Pages show toning, but are clean. Sunning to spine and a part of front cover. Cover shows general wear, including at corners. Previous owner's signature to front end paper. 334 pages, including index. FREHIST/081322. Very Good.
Paris: Librairie Guillaumin et Cie, 1890. Hardcover. Ex-libary with stamps to title pages and evidence of stickers removed from spines. Volume I is 588 pages plus large, color fold-out map; Volume II is 619 pages; Volume III is 597 pages; Volume IV is two parts bound together - 244 plus 408 pages. Very Good.
[Milan]: Enrico Navarra, 1989. Hardcover. Inscribed by the artist to Baltimore art dealer Ernest Lowenstein in the year of publication. With an original lithograph as the frontispiece. Jean-Pierre Cassigneul (1935-) is a French painter known for his striking compositions of women in hats that recall the French Post-Impressionist avant-garde, including the works of Pierre Bonnard and Edouard Vuillard. A lovely volume in French, English, and Chinese that showcases Cassigneul's style and use of color. Bound in gray cloth with gilt title to spine. Small light brown mark on front cover. In a glossy gray paper dust jacket with title in black to spine and front cover. Near fine condition. Measures 8.5 x 11 inches. 79 pages including biography and exhibitions. ART/072722. Near Fine.
n.p. De Francony, 1987. Hardcover. One of 3000 copies, signed by Cassigneul. A catalogue raisonné of Cassigneul's lithographs that were produced between 1965-1985. Descriptions are in French, English, and Japanese. The first volume contains all the prints created from 1965 until 1977, while the second volume includes those from 1978 to 1985. Each volume has two original lithographs bound in, one full page and one double page. There are 343 prints reproduced, of which there are 179 in volume one and 164 in volume two. Jean-Pierre Cassigneul (1935-) is a French artist known for his striking compositions of women in hats that recall the French Post-Impressionist avant-garde, including the works of Pierre Bonnard and Edouard Vuillard. A lovely set that showcases Cassigneul's style and use of color in his art. Bound in red cloth with gilt title to spine and facsimile signature to front cover. In pictorial dust jacket with red spine and white title. Housed in a white cardboard slipcase. Books are in near fine condition. Slipcase has wear and light marks. Measures 9.5 x 12.75 inches. Volume I: 136 pages; Volume II: 136 pages. ART/072822. Near Fine.
Rome: Societa Editrice Nazionale, 1901. Hardcover. Title translates to "The life of Benvenuto Cellini followed by the Treatises of Goldsmithing and Sculpture and by the Writings on Art." Cellini was an Italian goldsmith, sculptor, and author of the 16th century. His best-known works include the Cellini Salt Cellar, the sculpture of Perseus with the Head of Medusa, and his autobiography. Includes 196 illustrations. Octavo. Dark red cloth-covered boards with gilt title to spine. This is a rebinding that shows very little wear except for rubbing at top of spine. Pages are browned and there is some foxing, especially to frontispiece, title page, and first few pages. Title is underlined on title page, and there is a pencil notation on cover page. 857 pages, including index. ITALANG/082922. Very Good.
New York and Monte Carlo: George Braziller and André Sauret, 1962. Hardcover. First edition in English. With two original color lithographs done by Mark Chagall expressly for this edition and printed by Mourlot, as were 36 preparatory color designs transferred to the stones by Charles Sorlier under the direction of Chagall. With 104 plates, 64 of which are in color. This beautiful edition provides a detailed overview of the various stages of Chagall's window designs for the synagogue of the Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Centre in Jerusalem. Bound in red cloth with gilt title to spine and front cover. In a black pictorial dust jacket with protective mylar cover. Slight wear to edges of jacket. Near fine condition in a very good dust jacket. Missing slipcase. Measures 10 x 13 inches. 211 pages. ART/072522. Near Fine.
Paris: Edouard Champion, 1923. Hardcover. This two-volume publication is part of the Librairie Speciale Pour L'Histoire de France. It is an important summary of the history of French poetry in the late Middle Ages and the beginning of the Renaissance. 60 phototypes inset. Small quarto. Black leather-covered boards, with gilt title to raised spine of each volume. Leather is scuffed and worn at all corners and edges of covers on both volumes, as well as at front and back gutters and on spines. Marbled front and back endpapers. Pages are browned but clean. 395 pages in Volume I; 475 pages in Volume II. FRELANG/090722. Very Good.
New York: Van Winkle and Wiley, 1814. Hardcover. Lacks map, but includes fold out plan of Jerusalem and 6 additional engravings. Bound in full brown leather with gilt rules to spine. Title label is no longer present. Loss to leather on foot of spine and wear to leather on edges, hinges, and corners of boards. Rubbing and scuffing to both boards. Spots of foxing and browning to interior. Penned ownership name to front endpaper. Evidence of dampstaining to margins of last few pages. 471 pages plus 46 page appendice. TRA/082522. Very Good.
New York: D. Appleton & Company, (1868). Hardcover. Originally published in 1864, this was issued several years later in a gift book format. Includes 27 plates and half-title in sepia and white along with many black and white in-text illustrations. The plates show hundreds of different snowflake formations. The contents includes mostly prose and poetry on snow; however, some scientific writings are included. A scientific introduction including a letter from Louis Agassiz, derived in part from Scorseby's observations in the Arctic, and several pages on the forms and modifications of snow crystals with experiments by scientist Charles Smallwood begins the book. Several contibutions were written expressely for this book by John Neal, Lowell, Ruskin, Bryant, Emerson, Whittier, et. al. Other included authors are Shakespeare, Cowper, Tennyson, Swift, Etc. This was the first widely circulated American work on the crystallography of the snowflake. Bound in the original full leather publisher's binding with gilt title to spine and both boards. Marbled endpapers, gilt dentelles, and full edges gilt. The front hinge is starting with a five inch crack to the leather. Wear to edges with boards exposed at corners. Wear and rubbing to hinges and fading to spine. Minor dampstain to top corners of some pages, but no text affected. Bookplate of Samuel W. French to front pastedown. 158 pages. SCI/080822. Very Good.
Baltimore: The Norman, Remington Company, 1914. Hardcover. This book covers the history of Ireland from 1641-1653, a turbulent period that included the rising of 1641, the Confederation of Kilkenny, and the Cromwellian Conquest of Ireland. It is told through the histories of Owen Roe O'Neill, an Irish patriot, and James, Earl of Ormond, the English governor of Ireland. O'Neill's quest ended in death when the cause for which he was fighting failed. Ormond, on the other hand, was triumphant and was raised to the rank of Duke. This is a scarce title, especially in the US. Octavo. Brown cloth-covered boards with olive-green cloth on spine and gilt title to spine. Some scraping to spine and signs of wear to front and back covers, especially to corners. Pages show toning, but are very clean. 246 pages, including index. IREHIST/081522. Very Good.
London: William Heinemann, 1893. Hardcover. This is a science fiction classic that first appeared in 1892 in the illustrated magazine Black and White. The novel is a shockingly realistic forecast of a future world war written in collaboration by several great military and political experts of the day. It depicts many of the horrors of modern warfare, including aerial bombardments of cities, something the world was not to experience for decades to come. In fact, sadly, many of the book's predictions came to pass. Bound in the original green cloth with an orange and black pictorial cover. Titling in gilt to spine. Covers are bumped and rubbed, with fraying of spine ends. Hinges are quite tender but text block is tight. Offsetting to pastedowns and free endpapers. Text pages are clean with slightest aging to margins. There are 46 black and white illustrations, including three that fold out and a fold-out map. A very nice copy in good condition. Octavo. 308 pages. LIT/090622. Very Good.
New York: Random House, . Hardcover. Scarce. Second printing of this delightful anthology of stories, poems, history, illustrations and more from the venerable children's monthly magazine. There were many famous writers and artists among those who appeared in their pages, including Howard Pyle, Joel Chandler Harris, Theodore Roosevelt, Arthur Rackham, Longfellow, Kipling, Frederic Remington,Bret Harte, Laura Ingalls Wilder, and Jack London. There is also a section with youthful poems that include contributions by Edna St. Vincent Millay, Eudora Welty, Stephen Vincent Benet, and Babette Deutsch. Contributions date from the late 19th century. Bound in red cloth with green decoration and title to cover and gilt title to spine. In a worn plastic protective cover with promotional printing. Plastic is chipped, nicked and worn. Bound volume has light wear to corners and spine and 1948 gift inscription on free front endpaper. Very good condition. Quarto. 542 pages. CHILD/081122. Very Good.
Philadelphia: E.H. Butler & Co., 1847. Hardcover. Uncommon. Andrew Comstock (1795 - 1864) was a physician and professor of elocution at Philadelphia Polyglott Gymnasium. The entire text of this book is spelled out phonetically using a new alphabet invented by Comstock, in which every elementary sound in the English language is represented with an alphabetic character. This new alphabet (which includes several Greek letters) has 38 simple letters and 6 compound letters. This book explains the importance of using phoentic spelling, describes how each letter should be pronounced, and includes reading exercises. In the preface, the author asks for "every friend of education and of humanity [to] use his influence and his means to promote" this new alphabetic system. Unfortunately, it did not catch on. Bound in full brown leather with dark brown and gilt label to spine. Both hinges are cracked with the front board nearly detached. Losses to leather along spine ends. Wear to spine, edges of boards, and corners. Rubbing and scuffing to leather. Light scattered foxing to interior. Penned previous owner's signature to front free endpaper. Occasional pencil markings Includes illustrations, decorated intials, and diagrams. 386 pages plus about 30 pages of ads. REF/081722. Very Good.
Philadelphia: John C. Winston Co, 1910. Hardcover. Illustrated. Covers parts of Spain, Morocco, France, Italy, Greece, Egypt, Syria, and more. Ex-library with evidence of library stickers removed from spines, pocket removed from rear endpapers, and stamp partially removed from title pages. Both volumes are attractively bound in red cloth with elaborate gilt decoration of grape vines to front boards and spines. Gilt titles to spines. Bumping to corners and to edge of first volume. Minor fraying to spine ends. Penned ownership signature to front free endpapers, crossed through in the second volume. Slight toning to margins, else clean. Full gilt edges with rubbing. Volume I is 609 pages; Volume II is 649 pages. TRA/082522. Very Good.
New York: E.P. Dutton, 1903. Hardcover. First American Edition. With 2 photogravure plates and 172 illustrations. A readable history written by the Countess of Warwick (1861 - 1938) in the first person based on her research. The author was a British socialite and philanthropist. A campaigning socialist, she supported numerous attempts to aid the disadvantaged in pursuing education, getting housing, and finding employment. She established a school for needlework in Essex. She had several scandalous affairs and was the mistress of the Prince of Wales. Her memoirs are considered to be amongst the best written in Edwardian Society, even though they were considered vulgar at the time of publication. Warwick Castle still stands and is now a tourist attraction. Bound in red morocco over marbled paper covered boards with gilt title and decoration to spines. Rubbing to boards, wear to edges, corners, hinges, and bands. The front board of volume I remains attached to the spine, but has become detached from the textblock. Three inch split to leather along front hinge. Rear hinges of both volumes are starting and have tears to the leather. Bumping to top corners of first volume. . Continuous pagination of 882 pages. ENG/083022 May require an extra shipping fee. Very Good.
London: Henry G. Bohn, 1847. Hardcover. Complete and Correct Edition. Unlike previous editions of Curran's speeches, this one includes six of his bar speeches and 33 of his parlimentary speeches. Preceding each speech are facts and events of the case with occasional biographies of Curran's clients. John Philpot Curran (1750 - 1817) was an Irish orator, politician, lawyer, and judge known for his eloquent speeches. Bound in three quarter brown leather over marbled paper covered boards with dark brown and gilt title label to spine. Chipping to leather at foot of spine, bump to edge of rear board, wear to edges, and rubbing to boards. Rear hinge is starting to crack with a three inch split in the leather. Minor foxing throughout, heaviest on early and late pages. Ownership name in pen to front endpaper and a few small smudge marks / spots of soiling to margins of some pages. Frontispiece portrait. 603 pages. LAW/080522. Very Good.
Paris: Maeght Editeur, 1974. Hardcover. A retrospective and guide to the art work of Italian painter Valerio Adami, whose work was influenced by Pop Art. Bound in green cloth with title in red to cover and spine. In a brightly colored pictorial dust jacket with title in black to white spine. Light creasing and one tiny nick to jacket. Interior pages are clean and bright. Housed in a simple somewhat battered cardboard slipcase. Near fine condition. Measures 11.25 inches square. 189 pages plus list of works illustrated. ART/072022. Near Fine.
New York: Pantheon Books, Inc. Hardcover. A portfolio containing 24 lithographs related to married life. Includes a catalogue providing date for each lithograph, as well as a caption for each in French, and translated into English. Small folio. Orange cloth-covered boards with gilt title to front board and spine, and a gilt illustration of a crying baby on the front cover. Cover is slightly bowed with minor wear to the edges including a short closed tear to the bottom of the front hinge. Slight bumping to corners. All plates are in very good condition, with an occasional mark that does not affect image. 24 plates. ART/081522. Very Good.
Cleveland: The World Publishing Company, 1965. Hardcover. This book deals with influences on Western art during the approximate half-century between the beginning of the French revolution and the revolutionary uprisings of 1848. The period was one of political ferment, social unrest and major changes in industrial production. These influences on artists such as Goya, Delacroix, Turner, and others are discussed. Numerous color reproductions of artists' works are tipped-in. Quarto. In glossy white paper covered boards with gilt title to front board and spine. The covers has faded fairly uniformly to cream. Minor wear to edges including bumping to corners. Previous owner's signature on front free endpaper, and a pasted award label to her is on title page from the Cheshire Academy in Connecticut. Pages are bright and clean. White dust jacket with full color illustration to front panel. Black and red title to white spine. Dust jacket is price-clipped with minor wear to edges including several short closed tears. A few smudge marks to rear panel of jacket. 210 pages, including index. ART/081522. Very Good / Very Good.
Paris: Chez Moutard, Libraire-Imprimeur de la Reine & de l'Académie des Sciences, Hôtel de Cluni, 1787. Hardcover. First edition in French. The first edition was issued in Dutch in 1712. An influential work for many 18th century painters. Known as the "Dutch Poussin" (after the French Baroque painter), Gerard de Lairesse (1641 - 1711) was a popular Dutch painter known for his classical style. In this work he gives extensive directions supported with numerous diagrams on proper classical proportions, value, composition, and more. Both volumes are bound in full marbled tan calf with red title and volume labels to spines. Gilt titles and decorations to spines. Wear to edges and corners of boards with cracks to front hinges of both volumes; although, the boards remain firmly attached. A few sporadic spots of foxing, penciled notes from a bookseller in French to endpapers, and penned signature from a previous owner to bottom of title pages. Marbled endpapers and full red edges. Includes 33 plates in Volume I, with 2 that fold out plus frontispiece portrait, which has been pasted down, and 2 plates in Volume II, with 1 that folds out. Bookplates of du Chateau de Marchienne to pastedowns of both volumes. This 17th century castle located in Belgium was owned by the de Cartiers before the French Revolution. The castle survived the revolution; however the de Cartiers were no longer the lords. The family remained in the town and were given municipal tasks. They worked to industrialize the township into the 20th century. Interestingly, there is a gilt stamp to the front boards of both volumes: "Donne A Lecole Centrale du Dept. de la Seine in Fre L'an 6 De da Rep. Francoise, " which translates to "Given to the Central School of the Department of the Lower Seine the year 6 of the French Republic." Bookshop sticker from a shop in Brussels to front pastedown. Evidence of removed library stickers to spine ends of both volumes and to endpapers. Date of May 2, 1962 stamped to front endpapers of both volumes. Volume 1 is 527 pages; Volume 2 is 662 pages. FRE/082522. Very Good.