New York: The Macmillan Company, 1909. First US Edition. Hardcover. 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.
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Brussels: François Foppens, 1723. A new edition, divided into five volumes, enriched with figures and augmented with several treatises, contracts, wills, and other new documents. This popular work was reprinted several times in the 17th and 18th centuries. Bound in red leather with gilt rulings and title and volume labels to spines. All edges gilt. Joints are rubbed as is leather, and there is bumping and significant wear to each volume. Spine labels are chipped with pieces missing from some. Marbled endpapers with gilt dentelles. Ex-library with spine label stating Quebec Library. Library label on front pastedown "Bibliotheca Lamoniana," covered with another label with the shelf location. The Bibliotheca Lamoniana was a family library built up over two centuries, the most important collector being the last, Chrétien-François de Lamoignon (1735-1789). All of the books in this collection had an unusual mark of ownership, a crowned L in the margin of page 3 of the text. This is present in these volumes. Interior pages have varying degrees of aging and occasional spots. Still quite legible and in very good condition. Volume I: 442 pages; Volume II: 284 pages plus index; Volume III: 496 pages plus index; Volume IV: 511 pages plus index; Volume V: 580 pages plus index. FRENCHLANG/072822.
London: Chatto and Windus, 1876. English translation of the condensed memoirs of Henry Sanson and his family. A fascinating but macabre memoir of a family of executioners living in Paris. Generations of the Sanson family served as executioners, including a seven year old child who (not yet physically able to wield an axe) was supplied with an assistant and instructor and was forced to sanction executions with his presence. Bound in the original red cloth boards with gilt titles and gilt illustrations of an axe and chopping block to spines. Minor wear to edges and corners of boards. Rubbing and minor soiling to boards. Chipping, tears, browning, and wear to cloth on spines of both volumes. A mouse has nibbled at the edge of the front board of volume two. One signature in the second volume is coming loose. Minor toning to margins. Pages remain unopened. 285 pages plus 32 pages of ads; Volume II has 306 pages. OCC/070722.
London: Henry G. Bohn, 1846. Hardcover. With large hand-colored folding map to front. Map has a 3 inch closed tear. Bound in the original brown cloth boards with gilt title to spine and embossed design to boards. Minor staining to boards and spine with wear to edges and corners. Occasional smudge marks and spots of soiling to margins, and handwritten notes to endpapers, but clean overall. 351 pages. FRE/071422. Very Good.