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 (174701798), 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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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 marginsbut overall very good. Measures 7.5 x 11 inches. 964 pages. OCCULT/012121very good -. Very Good -.
Paris: Ludovic Basche, 1878. Hardcover. An interesting folio volume featuring the biography and art work of three young military painters, De Neuville, Detaille, and Dupray. Each painter has a section of the book devoted to his biography and his art. There is a mounted photograph of each artist, a brief biography and description of his work, three or four full page engraved plates from paintings or drawings, and several copies of the artist's many sketches of his fellow soldiers. Bound in three quarter red leather and black pebbled cloth with gilt titling to spine and front cover. Covers are frayed, bumped, and chipped but interior pages are very good+. Unpaginated. ART/012521. Very Good.
Montreal: Eusebe Senecal, 1866. Hardcover. This interesting history written by the French priest Alexandre Tache recounts his experiences as a Catholic missionary of the Oblate order in the Northwest Territories of Canada. Alexandre-Antonin Taché, O.M.I., ( 1823 –1894) was also the first Archbishop of Saint Boniface in Manitoba, After studying for the priesthood Taché soon expressed an urge to preach to the Native American population of the west. Upon completion of his novitiate in 1845 he was sent by his superiors to Saint Boniface in the Red River Colony, now in the Province of Manitoba. They set out from Montreal on 25 June, traveling the entire distance of 1,400 miles to Saint Boniface by canoe, arriving on the following 25 August. Taché was ordained a deacon a week later and a priest on 12 October. He studied the basics of the Ojibwe language and was sent to start a mission in Île-à-la-Crosse. Later, he also became proficient in Cree and Athabaskan. In 1847 the Holy See created the Diocese of Saint Boniface. Taché was named titular bishop of Arathia and became the Bishop of St. Boniface in 1853. . The following years saw Taché serving a widespread region of which about half of the population were Catholics. He was involved in the difficult years when the Territories were absorbed into Canada. He also traveled to Europe, where he sought assistance from his congregation, funds and volunteers. Bound in three quarter brown leather with red, white, and blue marbled paper boards. Chipping to leather corners, sunning and scuffing to spine, with five compartments with gilt titling and decorations. Marbled endpapers. Interior pages are in very good condition save for a Pittsburgh bookseller stamp and tear along bottom edge for title page and the two following pages. 245 pages. Measures 6 x 9 inches. REL/010321. Very Good.