Paris: Chez Favre, . Hardcover. An early French history of the American Revolution, published just two years after the French Revolution ended, by two French citizens and historians. The work inevitably compares the two revolutions. Interesting documents in the Founders Archive at the National Archives show that Jean Chas and Thomas Jefferson exchanged correspondence regarding the book. Chas wrote that he met Jefferson when he was the ambassador to France and showed Jefferson the manuscript for the book, and was now honored to send him a copy. Jefferson wrote back to thank him, saying "It is a happy circumstance for our country that its fortunes interest the eloquent writers of your country and through them find their way to the notice of the world. the scenes through which we have past were worthy of your pen, inasmuch as to they presented to mankind the first example in Modern times of a people asserting successfully the right of self government, and establishing that government among themselves by common consent." Chas and Lebrun dedicated the book to the then First Consul, Napoleon. Bound in contemporary full brown leather with gilt decoration to spine and red spine label. Leather is chipped, torn, abraded and rubbed. The joints have pulled away a bit to reveal the binding cords. Hinges also weak. Interior pages generally clean with inkspot to fore edge, ownership signatures to half title and ffep. Bookplate of William Sheffield, probably the U.S. Representative and Senator from Rhode Island in the mid to late 1800s. Binding good, contents in very good condition. Small octavo. 458 pages plus one page advertisement. AMERH/050621. Very GoodVery Good -.
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New York: Béatrice Coron, 2003. Paperback. Number 2 of 3 copies. Beatrice Coron creates a charming papercut work to illustrate the poem "Le Mot et la Chose" (The Word and the Thing) written by The Abbot of Lattaignant (1697-1779). "Although his name is forgotten, the verses written by the man who was nicknamed in his lifetime 'The great songwriter' have passed through the centuries" [poesie.net].The poem is addressed to "Madame" and Coron's papercut depicts Madame being addressed by the gentleman who composed the poem. Inserted in the folder holding the papercut illustration is what appears to be a charred letter that unfolds to reveal the text of the poem. Housed in a red cloth covered folding box with a black ribbon tie created by Barbara Mauriello. Handcut on Arches paper. In fine condition. Measures 8.5 x 9 x 1 inches. 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]. ARTB/081921. Fine.
New York: Béatrice Coron, 2005. Paperback. Number 1 of 5 copies. Beatrice Coron is an internationally renowned book and installation artist of. She is perhaps best known for her creation of works using her remarkable skill and artistry with papercutting. This charming production departs from papercutting to offer a poem by French novelist and poet Paul Scarron on the pleasures of wine and food printed in the form of a menu. Magenta cloth covers with stenciled decorative pastedowns open to the "menu" that is Inkjet printed text with stenciled illustrations. In fine condition. Size: 6 x 16 inches. ART/081921. Fine.
New York: Béatrice Coron, 2012. Paperback. Number 4 of 6 copies. 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 inspired by a poem by Jean Moreas. Moréas (1856 – 1910)) was a Greek poet, essayist, and art critic who wrote mostly in the French language. The forest leaves of the poem are depicted in twelve hand-cut pages cut from six folded sheets of multi-colored paper that together create a forest. A deer and wolf appear as well. The paper cuts are held in a grey paper folder with the title label on the front cover. In fine condition. Size: 8.5 x 6 inches. ARTB/081921. Fine.
New York: Béatrice Coron, 2001. Hardcover. Number 24 of 25 copies. Beatrice Coron is renowned internationally for her book arts and installations. She is particularly known for her use of papercutting to tell stories and create books. This inventive and complex book by Coron is a departure from her works created by cutting paper. It first appears to be a traditional codex. However, when opened one discovers that the text pages in French of Verne's novel are bifolds that open to reveal facsimiles of his manuscript pages of that text. Even more unexpected are inserts between the pages that may be pulled out by green string to document the changes made in the text in the manuscript. A wonderful production. Soft covers in a Coptic binding. Inkjet printed and stenciled on paper. Housed in a blue cloth and black leather custom box with a title label on front cover. Size: 6 x 9 x 1 inches. Unpaginated. ARTB/081921. Fine.
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.
New York: Béatrice Coron, 2001. One of 12 copies. In this lovely book Béatrice Coron illustrates and decorates this poignant poem, "Sardines a l'Huile" (Sardines in Oil) by Georges Fourest. Fourest (1864-1945) was a well-known French writer and poet. His poem describes the sad fate of sardines in their oil filled tins and imagines them freed after death to ascend to a paradise for fish where they may swim and pray for us. Coron combines her papercutting artistry with handmade papers for this book. Ink jet printed. In a cloth covered binding with a cut-out to front cover to display the title. The rear pastedown has a surprising color diorama of fish swimming in the sea. A silver string with a tiny metal fish attaches the text pages to the binding. In fine condition. Measures 5 x 6 inches. 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]. ARTB/081921. Fine.
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: Chez Treuttel et Würtz, 1828. Hardcover. Scarce. These three volumes in French on the voyages made by Christopher Columbus to the new world were published as part of Navarrete's five volume Collection of the voyages and discoveries made by the Spaniards since the late 15th century. The volumes include two engravings of Columbus, a facsimile of one of his handwritten letters, and two large fold-out maps of the areas he explored. This is a monumental history of the four voyages of Columbus that includes a lengthy introduction, detailed descriptions of each voyage, the texts of his letters, and more. Bound in three quarter brown leather with marbled paper boards and endpapers. Leather is scuffed, bumped, and the spine is sunned. Volume II has an area of exposed board to front cover. Evidence of spine and front cover labels having been removed and round blind stamp to title pages. There is scattered foxing throughout, most heavily in volume II. The plates and maps are in nice condition. A very good copy of this classic work. Octavo. Volume I: 400 pages; Volume II: 489 pages; Volume III: 444 pages. TRAVEL/072021. Very Good.
Lyon: Chez Bruyset Ainé & C., 1796. Hardcover. Fourth edition of this exhaustive treatise on the botany of European plants and flowers. The title translates: "Elementary Demonstrations of Botany. Containing the general principles of this Science, the fundamentals of Methods, and the elements of plant physics. The description of the most common, the most curious, the most useful Plants, arranged according to the Method of Tournefort & that of Linnaeus. Their uses & their properties in the Arts, the rural economy, in Human & Veterinary Medicine; as well as an instruction on harvesting & desiccating plants." The title page notes that this fourth edition adds to the notices of the principal authors, adds descriptions of nearly twelve hundred species not included in the previous edition, and draws up to form a complete body of doctrine, embracing the history of almost all of Europe and of those which have been naturalized there by culture. We have added the figures of nearly 400 alpine, southern or northern plants drawn under the direction of Richier de Belleval and under that of Linnaeus, those of the most common grasses in Europe, mosses and the like, accompanied by a commentary and a critical discussion. The author Jean-Baptiste François Rozier (1734 -1793 ) was a French botanist and agronomist. With his friend Claret de la Tourrette, he wrote Démonstrations élémentaires de botanique, foregrounding the virtues of plants and combining the principles of Tournefort and Linné. In 1786 Rozier became director of Lyon's agriculture school. He assisted in the early stages of the French Revolution, asking the first two assemblies to create a national agriculture school. He became curé constitutionnel of Sainte-Polycarpe parish in Lyon during the Revolution and was killed in his bed by a bomb during the siege of Lyon [Wikipedia]. Bound in brown quarter leather with green marbled boards and gilt titling to spine. Bindings are scuffed, bumped and rubbed. the top of the spine of Volume 2 is torn and chipped. The free front endpapers of the first two volumes have the top half torn away. the free front endpapers to volumes 3 and 4 are missing. Stamps to title page of Stl Alphonsus Church, New Orleans. No other ex-library signs. Volume 1 has eight foldout plates and Volume 4 has two. Despite flaws still a good, sound set of this classic work. Small octavos. Volume 1 has 512 pages followed by pages 721-735. It is unclear whether a section was removed during binding. Volume 2: 752 pages; Volume 3: 776 pages; Volume 4: 735 pages. NATURE/072021. 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.