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 (1747-1798), 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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L'Architecture, 1931. Hardcover. Includes all twelve issues from 1931. Ex-library with stamps and label to endpapers, title page, and some interior pages. Bound in black cloth with brown leather title label to spine. Rubbing to title label and wear / fraying to spine ends and corners of boards. Browning and chipping to edges of some pages. Clean overall aside from library stamps. Includes many black and white photographic illustrations. 360 pages plus 456 pages. ARCH/050619. Very Good.
L'Architecture, 1932. Hardcover. Includes all twelve issues from 1932. Ex-library with stamps to title page and some interior pages. Bound in black cloth with brown leather title label to spine. Rubbing and chipping to title label. Fraying and wear to book cloth along both hinges, corners, and edges of boards. Front hinge is starting. Browning and chipping to edges of some pages. Clean overall aside from library stamps. Includes many black and white photographic illustrations. 384 pages plus 468 pages. ARCH/050619. Very Good.
L'Architecture, 1933. Hardcover. Includes all twelve issues from 1933. Ex-library with stamps to title page and some interior pages. Bound in black cloth with brown leather title label to spine. Rubbing to title label and wear / fraying to corners of boards. Minor rubbing and wear to boards. Browning and chipping to edges of some pages. Clean overall aside from library stamps. Includes many black and white photographic illustrations. One page of contents is detached but present and laid in. 380 pages plus 464 pages. ARCH/050619. Very Good.
Paris: L'Avenir Graphique, 1974. Very good minus. Oblong octavo. Bound in side-stapled paper wrappers with title to front panel. Previous owner's writing to front wrapper in pen. Light foxing to wrappers. Photographic illustrations to interior, including images of old cameras. [16 pages.] French. FRE111101.
Paris: Chez la Veuve Desaint, 1775. Hardcover. Bound in contemporary mottled brown leather with gilt designs to spine along with red title label. Missing free front endpaper and last page of the "Approbation" in rear. Interior is in very good condition with tight textblock and foxing. A few pages in middle have light dampstaining to margins and edges of text. Antiquated signature of previous owner in pen on the front endpage and title page. An attractive book. 437 pages. REL/033010. Very Good.
Paris: Chez Vincent, 1776. Hardcover. Bound in 2 volumes: A - K and L - Z. An extensive dictionary of artists including painters, musicians, actors, dancers, engravers, printers, clockmakers, and mechanics. The dates of birth and death and a brief biography is listed for each cited artist. Very good minus in full brown leather with maroon title labels and black volume labels to spines. Six compartments to spines with raised bands and gilt decoration. The front hinge of volume one is cracked. The corners are bumped, edges worn, spine ends chipped, and leather cracked. Previous owner's signature in pen to front endpages of both volumes. Page 281 / 282 of volume 2 has a long closed tear and paper imperfection to following page. Scattered foxing throughout and a spots of dampstaining to beginning and end of volume one. Marbled endpage and full red edges. 772 pages in volume one and 95 pages in volume two. FRE/011513. Very Good.
Nouveaux Cahiers, 1963. Paperback. IN FRENCH. Includes essays by Andre Dalmas, Jean Paulhan, Louis Massingnon, Pierre Leyris, John Clare, Georges Perros, Andre Pieyre de Mandiargues, Henri Thomas, Francois Michel. Grey paper wrappers with red title to front panel. Minor wear to edges of wrappers. Clean, bright interior. 123 pages. FRE/080508. Very Good.
Paris: Bibliotheque des Curieux, 1909. Hardcover. Very good rebound in brown cloth covered boards with gilt titles to maroon leather title labels on spines. Minor rubbing to spine labels. Light bumping to corners and spine ends. Decorative end pages. Light yellowing to pages. Text is clean and bright. In French. French Language. FRE110171 This set may require an extra shipping fee. Very Good.
Coblenz: Karl Baedeker, n.d. (1867). Hardcover. Seventh edition of this travel guidebook for Switzerland and parts of Italy from the classic series of guidebooks published by Karl Baedeker for locations throughout Europe. This densely printed book offers copius information and recommendations for seemingly every spot in these countries. There are seven maps, seven city plans, and seven foldout panoramas. Except for one foldout with torn edges, the maps and foldouts are in very good condition. The interior pages are also very good with occasional spotting and browning to margins. Bound in red cloth with title in gilt to spine and cover. Spine has been reglued to text block and front joint is tender. Light soiling but still bright. In French. 4 x 6 inches. 421 pages including index. TRAVEL/120717.
Paris: Alphonse Lemerre, 1913. Hardcover. 12mo. In red 3/4 leather with dark marbled paper covered boards with gilt title stamp to banded spine. Minor overall edgewear to boards, front outer hinge very tender and nearly detatched. A few light margin notes in pencil. Interior is otherwise very clean with very clean black and white illustrated frontis and title page with original tissue guard. Gilt top edge with untrimmed edges to fore and bottom. 226 pages. French Language. FRE/082306. Very Good Minus.
Paris: P. Didot L'Aine, 1822. Hardcover. Very good minus full brown leather tiny volume (5.4 x 3.4 x 0.8), gilt tooling around board edges, marbled endpapers and edges. Lacks leather spine, has been reinforced with maroon tape, which also covers the hinges. Handwritten label to spine. Inner hinges have been reinforced with brown tape as well, split near front hinge at half-title page but the maroon tape on the outside keeps it together (half-title is loose, but still bound into textblock). Laid-paper interior is lightly browned but text remains bright. Only minor foxing throughout. In French. 238 pages. French. FRE/12043. Very Good -.
Paris: Freres Barbou, No date. Circa late 1700s. Hardcover. Good brown leather covered boards with gilt tooling to spine. Spine label is missing. Chipping and creasing to leather on spine and corners. Crack to spine. Marble endpapers. Previous owner's bookplate to front paste down. Endpapers foxed, page edges lightly spotted but tight binding and clean text, especially for its age. Includes fold out map. 536 pages. French History. FRELANG/3043. Very Good.
Paris and London: The Berlitz School, 1916. Hardcover. Red cloth boards with gilt title to spine and front cover. Browning to spine panel and edges of boards. Minor wear to hinges and edges of boards. Illustrated with some illustrations in full color. Occasional smudge marks to interior but clean overall. A few previous owner markings to endpapers. In addition to lessons, it includes readings, basic vocabulary, and six songs in French with musical scores. 112 pages. CHILD/062520. Very Good.
Paris: Librairie Renouard, 1905. Hardcover. 8vo. Very good in green cloth covered boards with maroon title to front board and to spine. Beautiful dark green decoration to front board. Minor yellowing to spine. Interior is clean and bright with 113 black and white illustrations. 174 pages. In French. FRE31102. Very Good.
Paris: Editions de la Sirene, 1923. Paperback. 1 of 200 numbered copies. Grey paper wrappers with black title to spine. Creases to spine. Minor and edgewear to exterior. Clean, bright interior with several illustrations. Includes poetry, essays, and more. 231 pages. In French. FRE/080608. Very Good.
n.p. n.p., n.d. [circa late 18th century]. Hardcover. Volume two only of this French translation of Boccaccio's stories. Small octavo in brown leather with front board and free front endpaper detached and back board missing. Raised bands to spine with title label missing. Brown spotting throughout. Just fair condition. 383 pages plus table of stories. FRE/12031. Fair.
Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1928. Hardcover. 8vo. Black cloth backed, orange paper covered boards with grey title to front board and gilt title to spine. Rubbing to edges and boards. Bumping to spine ends and corners. Previous owner's signature to front free end paper and notes to rear end pages.. Minor foxing to margins and a few areas of underlining to text. Else is clean and bright. 257 pages. French Language. FRELANG/103015. Very Good.
Paris: Chez Barbou, 1771. Hardcover. Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet (1627 – 1704) was a French bishop and theologian, renowned for his sermons and other French addresses. He has been considered by many to be one of the most brilliant orators of all time and a masterly French stylist. Court preacher to Louis XIV of France, Bossuet was a strong advocate of political absolutism and the divine right of kings. He argued that government was divinely ordained and that kings received sovereign power from God. He was also an important courtier and politician. The works best known to English speakers are three great orations delivered at the funerals of Queen Henrietta Maria, widow of Charles I of England (1669), of her daughter Henriette, Duchess of Orléans (1670), and of the outstanding military commander le Grand Condé (1687). His work Discours sur l'histoire universelle (Discourse on Universal History 1681) is regarded by many Catholics as an actualization or new version of the City of God of St. Augustine of Hippo. The first volume covers the subject from the beginning of the world until Charlemagne's Empire. Volume II continues the discourse from the year 800 of our Lord until 1700 [Wikipedia]. Bound in contemporary mottled brown leather with spine compartments with red spine labels and gilt decorations. Leather is rubbed, and bumped. Volume I has a one inch split to the top of the spine and a dark brown mark to front cover. Volume II has small chips at top of spine. Interior pages clean and bright with occasional spots. Very good condition. Measures 4 x 6.5 inches. Volume I:: 510 pages; Volume II:342 pages. FRENCHLANG/031121. Very Good.