New York: Béatrice Coron, n.d. Number 2 of 3 copies. Coron and her collaborator the Canadian poet Charles Gill have created an inventive artist's book with Gill's evocative poem on gold seekers illustrated with Coron's intricate papercuts that show the gold hunters in their often desperate attempts to find gold. Coron describes her book work: "For the last 20 years, I have been exploring visual storytelling in artist books, paper cutting and public art. Collecting memories from individuals and communities, I stage narrative allegories in silhouette to create a dialogue with the viewer in playful fantasies. These visual chronicles record archetypal stories that transcend time and space. I have been fascinated by the relation of people to their space and the sense of belonging. Using papercutting where everything is cut from a single piece of Tyvek, the profusion of individual stories makes a coherent whole world." [From her website]. This work is done from hand-cut brown Cave paper with gold leaf appliqué. The text of the poem is printed on four white labels affixed to the bottom margins of the folded pages. Housed in a folder covered with brown textured paper with a paper title label. In fine condition. Measures 6 xx 22 inches when unfolded. ARTB/090821. Fine.
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Paris: Sebastien Hure, 1652. Uncommon edition of the author's writings. Francois de Sales (1567 – 1622) was a Bishop of Geneva and is revered as a saint in the Catholic Church. He became noted for his deep faith and his gentle approach to the religious divisions in his land resulting from the Protestant Reformation. He is known also for his writings on the topic of spiritual direction and spiritual formation, particularly the Introduction to the Devout Life and the Treatise on the Love of God. This edition from Sebastien Hure is an important one. It is a comprehensive compilation of the writings of de Sales, and includes engravings and decorated initials in the Introduction to the Devout Life (Introduction a la Vie Devote) and the Treatise on the Love of God (de l'Amour de Dieu). The letters offering spiritual direction are also a major portion of this volume. Bound in contemporary full brown leather. The leather is chipped, rubbed, worn, and bumped. Chipping along edges reveal the boards underneath. Raised bands and red label to spine. Front hinge has cracked open but text block is still tightly holding to the cords. Page ends were marbled but marbling has faded. Marbled paper pastedowns but marbled free endpapers presumedly missing. Light dampstains to the subject index. Browning and spotting throughout text but pages are still quite legible and relatively clean. Small stamp of Library Sulpician Seminary Washington, DC.Text is printed in two columns that are individually numbered.There are 2308 columns or over 1000 pages. A separate index of subjects of about 70 pages refers the reader to the relevant text column number. Very good. Measures 10 x 15 x 3.5 inches. Heavy book requiring extra postage. REL/102021.
Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1908. Hardcover. A lovely little volume of French poetry that includes such writers as Baudelaire, Chateaubriand, Froissart, Gautier, Hugo, Moliere, Ronsard, Villon, and Verlaine. Bound in full dark red leather by the binder Morrell with raised bands, gilt titling, and gilt dentelles. Light wear to edges and joints. Rear hinge is cracked. Rear dentelles have chips. Offsetting on free endpapers from leather turn-ins. Call number faintly visible on spine and small accession number in ink on verso of title page. Remnant of signout slip on rear endpaper. Interior pages are clean and bright. Bookplates of Elsie Bogardus Murphy and John P. King. Still very good condition. Measures 4.25 x 6.75 inches. 492 pages. FRENCHL/101921. Very Good.
Paris: G. Masson, Bibliothèque de La Nature, n.d. [circa 1886]. Hardcover. In his preface, the author says that travel to the United States from Paris was now easy and wonders why his fellow citizens don't sail there to see that beautiful country. He notes that the United States does not have monuments of art, or historic sites, but reminds his readers that it is a very young country. The country does display its extraordinary energy and extreme hard work. The traveler will see there the results of their intelligence and see the grand works that they have accomplished. Albert Tissandier (1839 – 1906) was a French architect, aviator, illustrator, editor and archaeologist. He was the brother of adventurer Gaston Tissandier with whom he collaborated in writing the magazine La Nature, a French language scientific journal aimed at the popularization of science. Tissandier was also a passionate writer and traveller. In 1886, he started a long trip around the world in America, subsequently traveling to the East Indies, Ceylon and many other Asian locales, sending his magnificent illustrations back to Paris so they could appear in La Nature [Wikipedia]. This account in French of his travels in the U.S. naturally focuses on what he finds most interesting - engineering achievements such as the Brooklyn Bridge; natural wonders like the canyons of the west and Niagara Falls; and important developments in transportation and manufacturing. His text is accompanied by his wonderful illustrations. There are eight two-page plates, 82 engravings, and two maps. One of the maps shows Tissandier's route across the United States. Bound in half red leather with marbled paper boards. Spine with raised bands, gilt titling and ornaments. Leather is rubbed with wear along edges and paper boards have some chipping and bumping. Interior pages are clean and bright with a bit of foxing to first and last few pages. Very good condition. Measures 6.25 x 10 inches. 298 pages plus page listing plates and maps. TRAVEL/092121. Very Good.
Paris: Petit Palais, 1972. This is a catalogue of a special exhibition of British romantic painters and Pre-Raphaelites held at the Petis Palais in Paris from January-April 1972. Painters included in the exhibition included Blake, Burne-Jones, Constable, Fuseli, Gainsborough, Holman Hunt, Millais, Reynolds, Rossetti, and Turner. Many black and white plates, and 8 color plates, including Blake's The Ancient Days and Millais' Ophelia. In French. ART/050422.
Paris: Lavigne, Librarie-Editeur, 1841. Hardcover. First edition thus of this French translation of Wyss's stirring adventure story about the shipwreck of a Swiss immigrant family en route to Australia. With wonderful vignettes and 6 plates after the designs of Lemercier. Bound in three quarter black leather with black covers, gilt titling and ornaments to spine, and marbled endpapers. Leather is chipped, torn, and bumped , and covers are scraped and soiled. All edges gilt. Interior pages are browned with scattered foxing. Crack to gutter in introduction. Ownership bookplate afafixed to free front endpaper.Only good + but still a nice reading copy with quite enjoyable illustrations. Octavo. 580 pages. FRENLANG/032322. Good +.