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, 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.
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: Librairie de Theodore Lefevre et Emile Guerin, late 1890's. Hardcover. SCARCE. Very good plus in red cloth boards with gilt title to spine and elaborate gilt and black decoration to spine and front board. Interesting illustration of a bear attacking three men to front board. Light rubbing to front board, chipping to cloth on spine ends, and wear to corners. Signed by previous owner on front free endpage. A few spots of foxing to interior, but overall very clean. Includes numerous full page illustrations. An attractive book. In French. 251 pages. FRE/041509. Very Good.
Paris: Garnier Freres, Libraires-Editeurs. Hardcover. Diziesme (10th) edition. Includes 425 illustrations by Gustave Dore in black and white. Octavo. Red cloth-covered boards with gilt title to spine and black boxed pattern to front and back covers. Sunning to spine. Cover shows signs of wear, with a small crack to bottom of gutter of front cover and cracked gutters on inside front and back covers. Pages and bright and clean, but with some foxing to many pages. 615 pages. FRELANG/082422. Very Good.
Paris: Chez De Bure, 1789. Second edition after the first published in 1788. Jean-Jacques Barthélemy (1716 – 1795) was a French scholar who became the first person to decipher an extinct language. He deciphered the Palmyrene alphabet in 1754 and the Phoenician alphabet in 1758. Barthélemy was the author of a number of learned works on antiquarian subjects, but the great work on which his fame rests is Travels of Anacharsis the younger in Greece (Voyage du Jeune Anarcharsis en Grece). The hero, a young Scythian descended from the famous philosopher Anacharsis, is supposed to repair to Greece for instruction in his early youth, and after making the tour of her republics, colonies and islands, to return to his native country and write this book in his old age. In the manner of modern travelers, he gives an account of the customs, government, and antiquities of the country he is supposed to have visited. A lengthy introduction supplies whatever may be wanting in respect to historical details, while various dissertations on the music of the Greeks, on the literature of the Athenians, and on the economy, pursuits, ruling passions, manners, and customs of the surrounding states supply ample information on the subjects of which they treat. Modern scholarship has superseded most of the details in the Voyage, but the author himself did not imagine his book to be a register of accurately ascertained facts. Rather, he intended to afford to his countrymen, in an interesting form, some knowledge of Greek civilization [Wikipedia]. The nine volumes are bound in quarter black leather with blue marbled paper boards. The volumes are all well worn, with chipped and frayed leather spines and much chipping and abrasions to boards. Text pages have lightly browned from age but are still quite clean and legible. There is a nice fold-out map of Greece in Volume I, but the set does not include the atlas that was originally published with it. With bookplates of author Benjamin Olney Hough. Very good. Measures 4 x 6.5 inches. Volume I: 384 pages; Volume II: 396 pages; Volume III: 388 pages; Volume IV: 370 pages; Volume V: 412 pages; Volume VI: 379 pages; Volume VII: 404 pages; Volume VIII: 420 pages; Volume IX: 283 pages. FRENLANG/091422.
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.
Montreal: Lovell et Gibson, 1848. Hardcover. First edition. This volume presents biographical portraits of the important Sachem and Sagamore Indian chiefs among the Algonquians or other Native American tribes of North America of the time. The book includes an index to the mythological history of the continent. The author, François-Maximilien Bibaud (1823 – 1887) was a Canadian lawyer, professor of law, and extensive chronicler. He was born in Montreal, Quebec. His research and historical publications are just as important as his legal writings. These historical works, primarily encyclopedic, chronological, and biographical, represent an original contribution because of the attention that some of them give to the Indians. Bibaud was a knowledgeable bibliographer with a preoccupation for the great names; his works are considered landmarks in the history of intellectual development in French Canada. This work by him is considered to have greatly contributed to an understanding of Canadian history [Dictionary of Canadian Biography]. Bound in three quarter red leather with marbled paper boards and endpapers. Leather is rubbed, scuffed, and lightly bumped. Paper boards are scuffed. Interior pages are generally clean and bright with some darkening to fore-edge. Very good condition. Octavo. 309 pages plus errata slip affixed to rear free endpaper. NATIVEAM/050521. Very Good.
Paris: Chez Bechet Aine, 1822. Hardcover. Very good in modern green cloth boards with gilt title to spine. Laid paper interior with occasional spots of foxing. Previous owner's bookplate inside cover. Ownership stamp and signature also to front pastedown. Minor wear to edges and hinges of boards. Tight binding, in French. 511 pages. French History. FRH/3113. Very Good.
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.
Tours: Alfred Mame Et Fils, 1888. Hardcover. Second edition, reviewed and enlarged. Very good in red cloth with faded gilt lettering and design on spine and front cover. Gilt lettering on front board states "Institution de Madame Audousset." Marbled endpapers, full gilt edges, raised bands on spine, and engraved frontis with tissue. iIlustrated throughout with engravings. There is intermittent foxing throughout. Thick quarto. 400 pages. French History. FRE104260. Very Good.
Paris: Librairie Hachette, 1927. Hardcover. Bray discusses the development and theoretical basis for what was called the Doctrine Classique, which referred to 17th-century French literature written from the time of Henry IV through the reign of Louis XIV. This literature is associated with the Classicism of Louis XIV's reign; its authors practiced ideals of order, clarity, proportion and good taste. Small quarto. Red and blue marbled paper-covered boards with red raised leather cover to spine. Gilt title to spine. Marbled endpapers. Front cover is slightly bent at upper right corner and small portions of paper are missing. Paper is rubbed off of edges of cover. Cracking to exterior gutters of both front and back leather. Small open tears on front free endpaper. Pages show some browning, with foxing on some pages, especially in early section of book. Also some foxing on edge of text block. 389 pages, including index. FRELANG/082422. Very Good.
Chez Cussac, 1786. Hardcover. Good+ in brown leather covered boards with faded gilt tooling and "4" to the spine. Large chip to head of spine. Title label missing. Crack to front hinge appears to have be reenforced with glue on the inner hinge. Wear to leather on boards including what appears to be some head dammage to the edges. Crack to rear hinge. Binding is tight. Marble end pages. Previous owner's book plate to front paste down. Interior is clean and bright with only light foxing throughout. Good candidate for rebinding. 560 pages. In French. French Language. FRELANG/101315. Good +.
Chez Cussac, 1786. Hardcover. Good+ in brown leather covered boards with gilt tooling and "6" to the spine. Large chip to head of spine. Title label missing. Front board detached but present. Wear to leather on boards. Marbled end pages. Previous owner's book plate to front paste down. Interior is clean and bright with only light and sporadic foxing throughout. Good candidate for rebinding. 519 pages. In French. French Language. FRELANG/110515. Good +.
Chez Cussac, 1786. Hardcover. Good+ in brown leather covered boards with gilt tooling and "3" to the spine. Large chip to head of spine. Title label missing. Front board detached but present. Wear to leather on boards. Crack to rear hinge. Marble end pages. Previous owner's book plate to front paste down. Interior is clean and bright with only light foxing throughout. Good candidate for rebinding. 560 pages. In French. French Language. FRELANG/101315. Good +.
Nancy: Editions Serpenoise, Presses Universitaires de Nancy, (1991). Hardcover. 4to. Near fine in olive green cloth covered boards with gilt title to front board and to spine. Stamp to front free end page and to copyright page. Slight yellowing to edges of pages. Else is clean and bright with illustrations throughout. Red and white illustrated dust jacket with white and black title to front and spine panels. Minor edgewear and rubbing to dust jacket. Index, 231 pages. IN FRENCH. FREHIS/110215. Near Fine.