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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New York: Printed by Shepard Kollock for Cornelius Davis, 1798. Hardcover. First American Edition. An interesting and extensive recounting of the English lady's years in France during their revolution's reign of terror. The author was identified as Helen Maria Williams (1759 – 1827), a British novelist, poet, and translator of French-language works. A religious dissenter, she was a supporter of abolitionism and of the ideals of the French Revolution; she was imprisoned in Paris during the Reign of Terror, but nonetheless spent much of the rest of her life in France [Wikipedia]. Bound in contemporary brown leather with red spine label. Leather is chipped, abraded, and bumped. Wear and crack lines to spine edges. Joints are cracked but text block is tight. Scattered spotting throughout and many text pages are browned although still legible. Initials in ink on top page edges. Still a nice copy of this account of the writer's experiences. FRENCHIST/080921. Very Good -.
New York: New York Labor News Company, 1922. Hardcover. SCARCE. 8vo. Red cloth covered boards with gilt title to front board and to spine. Soiling to boards. Minor bumping to spine ends. Interior is clean and bright with only a few spots of light foxing throughout. Includes several illustrations. 120 pages + publishers ads. French History. FREHIS/090215. 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.
London: Simpkin, Marshall and Company, 1880. Hardcover. 8vo. Green cloth covered boards with gilt title to spine. Two small white spots of soiling to the front board and general soiling to the spine. Minor edgewear and rubbing to exterior. Decorative end pages. Front free end page is brittle. Light yellowing to page edges. Else is clean and bright. Binding is tight. 309 pages. French History. FREHIS/090215. 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.
Stuttgart: Carl Krabbe. Hardcover. No date. Very Good in grey illustrated paper wrappers with grey title to front wrapper and black title to spine. Minor edgewear to exterior. Interior is clean and bright with illustrations throughout and a fold out map. A few unopened pages at rear. 88 pages. In German. GER/4213. 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.
London: Macmillan and Co, 1881. Hardcover. Uncommon. Written under a pseudonym by Caroline Emelia Stephen (1834 - 1909), English Quaker, philanthropist, and the aunt of Virginia Woolf. With colored maps. Written somewhat informally, often in the first person, and as the title would suggest, relating everything possible to England and English History such as "If you look at the map, you will see that France is a country about three times the size of England ..." (page 1). Writtten in this manner, it is a very readable and entertaining history that seems more like a collection of engaging stories than a series of dull facts. Bound in three quarter brown leather over marbled paper covered boards with black and gilt title label to spine. Rubbed and tarnished gilt decorations to spine. Fading to spine, rubbing to boards, and wear to corners and edges. Marbled endpapers and full marbled edges. Award certificate to front pastedown from North London Collegiate School for Girls. The recipient's name has been scratched out. Minor foxing to first and last few pages. Small closed tear to last page of text. Slight toning to margins and creasing to corners of a few pages. 451 pages. FREHIS/082522. Very 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.
New York: The Macmillan Company, 1909. Hardcover. First American edition. 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.
Paris: Diffusion Hachette, (1972). Hardcover. 4to. Very good in off-white leatherette covered boards with blue title labels with gilt title to spine. Gilt design to front board. Minor rubbing to exterior and minor bumping to spine ends and corners. Very slight yellowing to edges of pages. Else is clean and bright with illustrations throughout. 470 pages. IN FRENCH. French. FRE110231. Very Good.
Paris: Edouard Champion, 1923. Hardcover. This two-volume publication is part of the Librairie Speciale Pour L'Histoire de France. It is an important summary of the history of French poetry in the late Middle Ages and the beginning of the Renaissance. 60 phototypes inset. Small quarto. Black leather-covered boards, with gilt title to raised spine of each volume. Leather is scuffed and worn at all corners and edges of covers on both volumes, as well as at front and back gutters and on spines. Marbled front and back endpapers. Pages are browned but clean. 395 pages in Volume I; 475 pages in Volume II. FRELANG/090722. Very Good.
Paperback. Very good in cream paper wraps with black lettering on cover. Minor browning to edges. Light foxing to wrappers. Inscription to previous owner on half title page. Else is clean and bright with two illustrations, one of which is an actual black and white photograph. Text in french. French History. in wraps. FRENCH01/010700. Very Good.
Libraire Hachette, (1923). Hardcover. Very good in maroon cloth backed marbled paper covered boards. Gilt lettering and design on spine as well as 5 raised bands. Rubbing to hinges and edges. Marbled endpages. Minor browning to interior. Text remains bright. Includes several illustrations. 212 pages. TEXT IN FRENCH. French History. FREHIS12/082899. Very Good.
London: Leonard Smithers and Co., 1899. Hardcover. 2 volumes. Bright blue cloth boards with gilt fleur-de-lis on front and title on spine. Includes frontis of Cardinal with tissue intact. Deckle edge paper in great condition. Vol. 1 282 pages, Vol. 2, 268 pages. French History. This set may require an extra shipping fee. FRA/5163. Very Good.
Versailles: Imprimerie Aubert, 1902. Hardcover. Very good. Signed by the author. Number 91 of 100 copies. Bound in quarter dark brown cloth over marbled paper covered boards with black and gilt title label to spine. Original blue paper wrappers are bound in. Minor browning to margins, else clean. 69 pages. French Language. FRE/011420. Very Good.