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Lot 3: [ Books ]
Children's & Illustrated Books, Antique Toys & Games. Comics
June 21, 2012
Near Cirencester, United Kingdom
Description: Berquin (Arnaud). L'Ami des Enfans, 23 vols. (of 24), London: Elmsley, 1782-83, contemp. half sheep gilt, extrems. worn, some spine labels missing and a few marbled sidings detached, 16mo in 8s, together with Adam (Victor), Les Enfans de la Mere Gigogne, Brussels, c.1840, half-title, twenty-four hand-col. litho. plts., incl. frontis. and title-page, lightly toned, marbled endpapers, a.e.g., orig. blindstamped calf gilt, rubbed and lightly stained, spine faded, sq. 12mo in 6s, plus Arnault (A.V.) Fables, Paris: Chaumerot, 1812, double-page eng. frontis., scattered foxing, moirŽ pink silk endpapers, a.e.g., contemp. straight-grained navy morocco, elaborately gilt dec., one or two faint marks to lower cover, large 12mo, plus Delafaye (Julie), Les Soupers de Famille ou Noveaux Contes Moraux, Instructifs et Amusans Pour les Enfans..., 3 vols., Paris, 1817, twelve eng. plts., occn. foxing, ms. names on endpapers, bookseller's eng. ticket on front pastedowns, contemp. half calf gilt, extrems. rubbed, spines faded, 12mo in 6s, plus La Recreation de L'Enfance ou Joli Recueil de Gravures Amusantes. Dedie aux petits garcon..., Paris: Alexis Eymery, 1812, eng. title-page and fifteen eng. plts., incl. frontis., some light foxing, stitching strained, contemp. ms. ownership name on front pastedown, orig. boards with printed label on upper cover, rubbed and soiled, spine lacking, oblong 12mo, plus nine other antiquarian children's books in French. See Osborne Collection, 1, p.232 for the London edition of 'L'Ami des Enfans'. Berquin's work was first published in Paris in 1782 in twenty-four monthly parts. The French Academy awarded Berquin 'A prize for usefulness', and this work was acclaimed the most famous children's book in France and England. (38)