Sale 520: Fine & Rare Books, Bindings & Sets - Fine Press -(435 Lots)
435 lots | 434 with images
November 21, 2013Live Auction
November 21, 2013Live Auction
Description: (3)-248 pp. (8vo) 23.5x14 cm (9¼x5½") original paper-backed boards, remnants of spine label, pages untrimmed. First Book Edition.The first book edition of this series of essays written by John Adams for publication in the Gazette of the United States during his first year of his term as the first Vice President of the United States. With the ownership signature of John W. Hulbert, Member of the House of Representatives from Massachusetts, in office 1814-1817. Also with a later (c.1830) ownership signature of Ambrose Cowdery, Cowdery served during the American Revolution in Captain Parsons' Company of the 2nd Connecticut Regiment.
Condition Report: Some wear to boards, early stitched repairs at spine edge through both boards and all leaves; foxing throughout; good. Rare, especially so in the original boards.View additional info and full condition report »
Description: 8 volumes. Engraved vignettes on title pages. (8vo) 21.5x13 cm (8½x5") period full calf, spines gilt, black morocco labels.
Condition Report: Bindings worn, some joints and hinges cracked; foxing; 250good.View additional info »
Description: , 64, 55, , 55, , 64 pp. (A4, *4, B-I4, 2B-2H4, 3A-3G4, 4A-4H4). With engraved frontispiece portrait, engraved added pictorial title-page, & 80 engraved plates (metal cuts). (4to) 21.2x15 cm. (8½x5¾"), modern full brown levant morocco ruled in gilt, spine elaborately tooled in gilt, raised bands, gilt inner dentelles, all edges gilt.Rare first Ogilby translation of Æsop's Fables, basically the earliest obtainable edition in English. With 80 engraved copperplate illustrations. Handsomely bound, Wing A689.
Condition Report: Slight indent to rear cover, occasional minor soiling within, bookplate, fine condition.View additional info »
Description: Bound edition for the year 1933 covering the period from the first issue of that year until December 1933, and runs from page 2-864. (Folio) 10½x14¾", period cloth.The AIZ was a German illustrated magazine published between 1924 and March 1933 in Berlin, and afterward in Prague and finally Paris until 1938. Anti-Fascism and pro-Communism in stance, it was published by Willi Munzenberg and is best remembered for the propagandistic photomontages of John Heartfield. It was started by the Workers International Relief in Berlin in in 1921 as a magazine of Soviet Russia in pictures with reports of the newly created Russian Soviet state, its achievements and problems. It grew rapidly during the 1920’s and in 1924 was renamed the AIZ with a new format. In 1928 it became a weekly and was the most widely read Socialist pictorial newspaper in Germany. The magazine covered current events etc. and also focused on women’s issues and gender relations. Munzenberg wanted the AIZ to connect the Communist Party of Germany to a broad educated readership. The photojournalism, often striking, was predominantly worker photography until 1920 when the magazine associated with John Heartfield, whose photomontages savagely attacked both National Socialism and Weimar Capitalism and became a regular feature. The last issue published in Berlin was dated March 5, 1933 after the seizure of power by Hitler, and the AIZ went into exile in Prague. When the Nazis invaded Czechoslovakia, the publication was moved to Paris in 1938, where it eventually ceased publication. This volume covers the period when the magazine moved from Berlin to Prague. The photography which fills every page is astounding and photographs of the Nazis and the Hitler regime taking over Germany are amazing. The magazines are printed in sepia tone photogravure on very fragile lightweight paper. In 2011 Museo Reina Sofia organized an exhibition in Madrid, “The Worker Photography Movement, 1928-1939” which included many numbers of the AIZ. An important Weimar photography documentary and a rare survivor of the complete year of 1933.
Condition Report: The full cloth binding is completely loose from the text block and is in need of restoration; internally it is in surprisingly good condition considering the fragile nature of the pages, the first 24 pages are loose from the binding and tattered, but appear complete.View additional info and full condition report »
Description: 131 pp. 11x8½, green paper wrappers, photo illustration on front cover, housed in a custom cloth box. First Edition.Signed and dated by Lois Wilson on front cover. Diary written by Lois Wilson during the 1925-1926 motorcycle tour she took with her husband Bill Wilson, co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous. Also included are typed and handwritten lists of individuals and groups to whom Diaries were sent at Christmas, 1973 and later, other related ephemera also laid in. Rare!
Condition Report: Several leaves and rear cover dogeared, very good.View additional info »
Description: 50 uncolored plates by Henry Alken, interleaved with descriptive letterpress. (Royal 8vo) 27x18 cm (10¾x7") later red half morocco and cloth, spine lettered in gilt; all edges marbled. First Edition.Scenes of horse-racing, fox hunting, bird hunting, otter hunting, angling,, dog and cock fighting, etc. Plates differ from the folio work of the same title. Tooley 43 (for the colored issue).
Condition Report: Binding rubbed, front free endpaper detached, hinges cracked; light finger soiling in margins, one plate with repair on rear; very good.View additional info and full condition report »
Description: 2 volumes. , xxxvi 84; [iv], 100 pp. Map, two illustrated title pages and 94 engraved plates. (4to) 27.5x20.5 cm. (10¾x8¼") period half calf and marbled boards, spines tooled in gilt.Plates after a series of drawings from nature by Thomas Allom.
Condition Report: Boards rubbed, minor scuffing to spines and extremities; occasional light scattered foxing within, without the general map of the Mediterranean and Turkish Empire called for; very good.View additional info and full condition report »
Description: 338; 146 pp. (12mo) period full paneled calf, red morocco labels. A scarce early American imprint.
Condition Report: Rubbed; foxing; very good.View additional info »
Description: 84 pp. 46 black and white plates. (8vo) original printed wrappers. First Edition.The first major work on Cubist art. Includes the works of Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, Jean Metzinger, Albert Gleizes, Juan Gris, Marie Laurencin, Fernand Leger, Francis Picabio, Marcel Duchamp, Duchamp-Villon, etc.
Condition Report: Some light wear to wrappers, front free endpaper lightly chipped; text leaves a touch browned; very good.View additional info »
Description: [xii], 163, , xv,  pp. 102 black & white illustrations, plus two photo plates on pale rose paper. (8vo) original stiff blue wrappers. First Edition.The Incoherents was an artist group formed as an ironic counterpoint to the serious, academic movements of the late 19th century. Founded in 1882 by the artist Jules Lévy, the group subscribed to the made-up concept of "le arts incohérents": their earliest exhibition was "drawings by people who can't draw." What was conceived as a hoax, however, achieved extraordinary renown, as their first show was attended by Renoir, Pissarro, Manet and even Richard Wagner. Many of the "crazy" and "wild" works that the Incoherents presented can now be seen as extremely early precursors to dadaism, surrealism and other avant-garde 20th-century styles.
Condition Report: Spine leaning; light foxing; very good.View additional info »
Description: viii, 112, pp. + 31 double-page copper-engraved maps, hand-colored in outline. (4to) 22x15 cm. (8¾x6"), period leather-backed pastepaper boards. First Edition.Rare little geography and atlas, published during the French Revolution, with maps of the world, the continents, the countries and regions of Europe and particularly of France, various portions of Asia, and the young United States. OCLC/WorldCat lists only three institutions with copies, the Bibliotheque National de France, the Herzogin Anna Amalia Bibliothek Klassik in Germany, and the Newberry Library in the United States; no copies are shown to have sold at auction for the last 35 years according to American Book Prices Current.
Condition Report: Spine rubbed and worn, corners showing; still a near fine in contemporary boards, maps clean and bright with original outline color.View additional info and full condition report »
Description: With engraved pictorial title-page, list of contents, & 40 (of 41) double-page engraved maps, all with original hand-coloring. (4to) 19.7x15 cm. (7¾x5¼"), later full morocco.With hand-colored maps of the world, the various continents (that of the Americas depicting California as an island), the nations and regions of Europe, etc. This copy lacking map 27, Schwaebischer Cr. Formerly in the Map Division of the Free Library of Philadelphia, with bookplate, perforated stamps to title-page, and a few other markings.
Condition Report: Some rubbing to covers, front joint worn; lower right corner of title-page replaced, some soiling and foxing to contents, good to very good.View additional info and full condition report »
Description: With 45 copper-engraved maps (including the double-sheet map of India, which counts as two in the numbering) and a comparative view of the Mountains, all hand-colored in outline, most engraved by J. Dower. (Folio) 38.5x25 cm. (15¼x10"), period blind-stamped full morocco with gilt tooling, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt.Clean series of maps, including world and hemisphere maps, and those of Australia, the Pacific Ocean, the United States, Mexico, etc. On the map of Mexico & Guatimala is the engraved notation, "The Province of Texas acknowledged an Independent State by Grt. Britain Nov. 7, 1840." Phillips Atlases 796 (1848 issue). Ink presentation inscription on front flyleaf dated 1847.
Condition Report: Some extremity wear to binding, front joint cracked, repair to hinge; else very good, contents clean and fine or nearly so.View additional info and full condition report »
Description: 160 ff. [16mo] 10.2x7 cm (4x2¾") full vellum over boards, spine gilt. Scarce 16th century edition of the Meditations of Saint Augustine. OCLC WorldCat locates only a single copy of this edition.
Condition Report: Vellum soiled, hinges cracked, penciled notes on front endpaper, light foxing; very good.View additional info »
Description: 92 pp. Illustrations from photographs, drawings, etc. Two spiral-bound sample books of fabrics and paint colors mounted to inside of rear cover. 30x24 cm (11¾x9½") original pictorial cloth. First Edition.Full color trade catalog, covering all three series for 1957: Bel Air, Two-Ten, and "One-Fifty." Shows sport models, four-door models, two-door models, and station wagons. It also shows mechanical details, color samples, and fabric samples. Very rare and a must for any owner of this beautiful car.
Condition Report: Covers a bit soiled, corners bumped; very good.View additional info »
Description:  pp. Illustrated through, some printed in color, some colored with crayon. 25x37.5 cm. (9¾x14¾"), color pictorial wrappers.Aviation coloring book with a variety of aircraft pictured. Including the wrappers, 12 of the full-page illustrations are printed in color; 15 are colored in crayon by a fairly careful child; and one us uncolored. OCLC/WorldCat lists only one copy, at the University of Chicago.
Condition Report: Some minor wrapper wear, a few leaves with corner chips, contents coming loose, about very good.View additional info »
Description: vi, , 360 pp. 4 engraved diagram plates at rear. 7x5¼", period cloth-backed boards.A compendium of sports from a pioneer of physical education. The first edition of this work was published in 1796 and contained a very early description of baseball, "englische Base-ball," the forerunner of American baseball. "Gutsmuths's documentation of the game is an important contribution to baseball history, because it is the strongest surviving evidence of an ancient family of European ball games that may have influenced the inception of baseball in England" (David Block, Baseball Before We Knew It, 2005, p 182).
Condition Report: Edges rubbed; name in ink on front pastedown; a few marks to title page; foxed; very good.View additional info »
Description:  page text booklet and 36 mounted illustrations, several in color. (Folio) 47x35 cm (18½x13¾") loose in cloth-backed portfolio, as issued. Adolf von Hildebrand (1847 – 1921) was a German sculptor. Hildebrand was born at Marburg. He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts Nuremberg, with Kaspar von Zumbusch at the Munich Academy and with Rudolf Siemering in Berlin. A friend of Hans von Marées, he designed the architectural setting for the painter's murals in the library of the German Marine Zoological Institute at Naples (1873). He spent a significant amount of time in Munich after 1889, executing a monumental fountain there, the Wittelsbacher Brunnen. He is known for five monumental urban fountains.
Condition Report: Portfolio worn, lacking one flap; plates very good.View additional info »
Description: Frontispiece portrait, title-leaf, , 485,  pp. With 26 engraved plates, 13 of them folding. (4to) 20x14 cm. (7¾x5½"), 19th century quarter morocco & boards. First Edition.Rare Spanish work on anatomy, surgery and surgical instruments. OCLC/WorldCat lists eleven copies only, six of them in the United States. There are no auction records with American Book Prices Current, and no copies are currently available though online retail sites.
Condition Report: Wear to covers, front joint cracked; title-page detached, backed with paper, stained; some staining within, a few plates with splits along folds, a preliminary leaf with margins trimmed; about very good, rare.View additional info and full condition report »
Description: [viii], 232 pp. (Folio) 31x21 cm. (12¼x8¼"), period stiff paper covers.Rare history of the Hospital di San Marco at Bergamo, Italy. OCLC WorldCat locates no copies of this title. Rare.
Condition Report: Light wear and soiling to binding; dampstain to approximately 20 leaves at rear; very good.View additional info »
Description: Volume 1 only, containing three titles, paginated continuously. [ii], 448 pp. (4to) 24x17.4 cm. (9½x6¾") period stiff paper covers.Each section with a separate title page. Orders and decrees for the city and province of Bergamo, Italy. OCLC WorldCat locates but a single copy, at Yale University.
Condition Report: Light wear to binding; some faint marginal staining; very good.View additional info »
Description: Comprises:Communes et Familiares Hebraicae Linguae Idiotismi. 24 pp.1572.Liber Ioseph, sive, de Arcano Sermone, ad Sacri Apparatus Instructionem. 122.  pp. 1572.Liber Ieremiae, sive De Actione... 25,  pp, 1573.Thubalcain, sive, De Mensuris Sacris... 19 pp. 1572.Phaleg, sive, De Gentium Sedibus Primis, Orbisque Terrae Situ, Liber. 13,  pp. 1572....Librum Chanaan, sive De Duodecim Gentibus Praefatio (caption title).Plus 8 others, some in Hebrew or ChaldaicFolio, 41x25.5 cm. (16¼x10"), period boards, vellum spine.Theological works by the 16th century Spanish priest and Orientalist, forming part of the critical apparatus in the supplemental volumes of the Plantin Polyglot, 1569-1672.
Condition Report: Binding worn, top 4" of spine strip lacking; some internal wear, a few margins replaced or extended; good to very good, sold as is.View additional info and full condition report »
Description: 18 leaves, numbered 60-77. Text in 2 columns, 63 lines, black letter. Woodcut initials. With half-page woodcut map on the first leaf under the heading "The description of the holy lande, conteyning the places mentioned in the foure Euangelistes, with other places..." On the recto of the final leaf is a smaller woodcut map of the eastern Mediterranean, :The Cart Cosmographie, of the Peregrinations or journey of Saint Paul..." 34.7x23.3 cm. (13¾x9¼"), modern boards.Complete Acts of the Apostles, with two woodcut maps, from the third folio edition of the Bishops' Bible. First appearing in 1568, the Bishops' Bible was an attempt to replace the Calvinistic Geneva Bible with a translation more in tune with the Episcopalian aims of the Church of England. It was extensively revised for the 1572 second folio edition, which is closely followed by this 1574 printing. This revised edition was to be prescribed as the base text for the Authorized King James Version of 1611. STC 2109; Herbert 137.
Condition Report: Some aging to contents, marginal chip to top of 1st leaf, repairs to margins of last 2 leaves; very good.View additional info »
Description: 29 leaves, numbered 74-102. 4K-4N8 (-4K1, -4N7-8). Text in 2 columns, 63 lines, black letter. Woodcut initials. 34.7x23.3 cm. (13¾x9¼"), modern boards.Complete Book of Maccabees from an early folio edition of the Bishops' Bible. Produced under the authority of the established Church of England in 1568, the Bishops' translation was substantially revised in 1572, and this revised edition was the base text for the Authorized King James Version of 1611. STC 2109; Herbert 137.
Condition Report: Some light marginal staining and other minor aging; very good or better.View additional info »
Description: 28 leaves, numbered 19-46. Text in 2 columns, 63 lines, black letter. Woodcut initials; woodcuts of Saint Mark and Saint Luke. 34.7x23.3 cm. (13¾x9¼"), modern boards.Complete Gospels of Mark and Luke, with two woodcut portraits, from the third folio edition of the Bishops' Bible. First appearing in 1568, the Bishops' Bible was an attempt to replace the Calvinistic Geneva Bible with a translation more in tune with the Episcopalian aims of the Church of England. It was extensively revised for the 1572 second folio edition, which is closely followed by this 1574 printing. This revised edition was to be prescribed as the base text for the Authorized King James Version of 1611. STC 2109; Herbert 137.
Condition Report: Minor aging, very good or better.View additional info »
Description: Unpaginated. (12mo) 13x7 cm (5x2¾") period full red morocco, spine gilt. Bookseller's ticket for Thomas A. Ronalds, Pearl Street, New York on front endpaper.Stamped in gilt with the name of the original owner, Jean Goelet and with a gift inscription from her father on the front endpaper. Bookplate of Peter Goelet inside from cover. An early American bookplate. Peter Goelet (1727 - 1811) was a merchant and real estate entrepreneur of New York City, the founder of a prominent New York family, descended from Huguenots of La Rochelle who escaped to Amsterdam. His grandfather, Jacobus, had been left an orphan in New York and was brought up in the family of Frederick Phillipse, the prominent merchant.He was at first in partnership with Peter T. Curtenius, but from 1763 his place of business was Hanover Square, at the sign of the Golden Key. In 1755 he married Elizabeth Ratse, daughter of another prominent New York merchant. In May 1775 he was elected a member of the Committee of One Hundred and the Committee of Correspondence in support of the American patriots.His son, Peter P. Goelet, added to his real estate holdings and had four children, Peter (1800—1879), Jean Buchanan (1802— ), Hannah, who married Capt. Thomas R. Gerry, USN, son of Elbridge Gerry, and Robert.
Condition Report: Binding rubbed, a few pages uneven; very good.View additional info »
Description: Three parts in 1, The Holy Bible, preceded by The Book of Common Prayer, and followed by The Whole Book of Psalms. A-H6, I4 (-I4, a blank); [--]2 (blank leaf & engraved title-page), A-Z6, Aa-Za6, Aaa-Ggg6, Hhh4, Iii4, Kkk-Xxx6, Yyy4, A-R6, A-I6. Copper-engraved pictorial general title-page for the Bible. (folio) 36.5x23 cm. (14¼x9), 18th century full red morocco tooled in gilt with panel designs on both covers, spine elaborately tooled & lettered in gilt, raised bands, gilt inner dentelles, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt.Textually important and superbly printed folio Bible in a striking early binding, with interesting provenance. As noted by A.S. Herbert, "In this edition... the work of correction begun in the folio Cambridge Bible of 1629 was carried further. The revisers took special pains to render uniform the use of italics; and they introduced a certain number of new readings... This remained the standard text until the publication of Dr. Paris' Cambridge edition of 1762..." With the bookplate of Thos. Milles Riddell, Esq.; four pages of period manuscript genealogical descriptions at front begin with a paragraph on Thos. Milles Riddell the younger, followed by descending Riddells, and there are two additional pages at rear. Thomas Milles Riddell, of Larbert, Stirlingshire, Scotland (1756-1796), is not to be confused with the Scotsman of the same name (but different birth and death dates) who apparently served as the model for the evil Lord Voldemort in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter saga, though undoubtedly there is some connection.. Herbert 520.
Condition Report: Light rubbing to covers, joints cracked, corners showing, spine ends a bit chipped; leather reinforcements to hinges at endpapers, very good or better, contents quite clean, and attractive copy.View additional info and full condition report »
Description: , 459,  pp. Bound with: Sternhold, Thomas & John Hopkins. The Whole Book of Psalmes... London: Printed by G.M., 1646. (8vo), early full calf.STC 2798.5 & Wing (CD-ROM edition) B2415A.
Condition Report: Binding well worn, early notes on endpapers; internally very good.View additional info »
Description: 80 leaves, manuscript on vellum, on both sides. Central column of 19 lines in dark brown, with interlinear and side glosses in lighter brown in miniscule hands. The two books each with a red uncial initial (5 lines ad 3 lines). Arabic numerals in a later hand in the upper corners of some leaves giving chapter numbers. 23x15 cm (9x5¾"). later (c.18th century) green vellum over boards, spine lettered in gilt "Salomon Varia Opuscula," later endpapers.Very rare 12th century glossed Biblical manuscript of the two wisdom books of the Old Testament, Proverbs and Ecclesiastes, with extensive marginal and interlinear notes. Glossed Bibles present an interlinear paraphrase of the vulgate text with surrounding marginal commentaries of the great church fathers. The original manuscript with glossing was apparently executed in Germany in the second half of the 12th century. Contains on fol. 1R-58v book Proverbia Salomonis, on fol. 59R-80v the book of Ecclesiastes. To the best of our information this is the only example of a glossed manuscript of these Biblical texts to appear at auction in several decades.
Condition Report: Normal discoloration and wear to vellum, one small hole in text (likely due to natural flaw in the vellum), another leaf with marginal tear, a few leaves with marginal loss not affecting text; very good condition.View additional info and full condition report »
Description: One leaf from the 1462 Fust and Schoeffer Bible. Printed in double columns, 48 lines. One large hand-executed decorative initial in blue and red, with a decoration in blue between the columns on the other side; headline on both sides added by hand in alternate red and blue letters. 40.3x30 cm. (15¾x11¾").Rare leaf with large decorated initial opening a Biblical text, from the 1462 Mainz Bible printed by Fust & Schoeffer, the earliest Bible with a printed date and essentially the earliest Bible leaf obtainable after Gutenberg. The headline reads Esoras.
Condition Report: A few slight finger marks in the margins; fine or nearly so.View additional info »
Description: 2 volumes. , 635; , -1132,  pp. (folio) 33.3x21 cm. (13x8"), period calf, spines tooled in gilt, raised bands, marbled endpapers & edges.Early work on comparative religion, expanded from the edition of 1683-85, which contained only the first three books.
Condition Report: Covers scuffed, lacking spine labels, come corners reinforced with cloth; old Jesuit College rubberstamps to title-pages, else very good, quite clean internally.View additional info and full condition report »
Description: 4 volumes. Engraved portrait frontispiece in Volume 1, two plates (1 folding) in Volume 2. (8vo) 21.5x13 cm (8½x5¼") period full tree calf, spines gilt, red leather title labels. Eleventh Edition.With the final corrections by Blackstone and with additions and continuation by Richard Burn and John Williams. With the bookplate of the author's nephew, Henry Blackstone, in Volume 1.
Condition Report: Some wear to extremities; light foxing; very good.View additional info »
Description: 4 volumes. 4 volumes. , viii, 485; [viii], 520, xix; [viii], 455,  blank, xxvii; [viii], 436, vii,  blank,  pp. Folding Table of Descents and Table of Consanguinity in Volume 2. (4to) 10¾x8¼, period full calf, spines gilt, red and black morocco lettering pieces. Fourth Editions."Blackstone’s great work on the laws of England is the extreme example of justification of an existing state of affairs by virtue of its history...Until the Commentaries, the ordinary Englishman had viewed the law as a vast, unintelligible and unfriendly machine; nothing but trouble, even danger, was to be expected from contact with it. Blackstone’s great achievement was to popularize the law and the traditions which had influenced its formation..." (PMM). Grolier English 52; PMM 212; Rothschild 407 (all for first edition). Eller 5. Each volume with the armorial bookplate of Thomas Tipping.
Condition Report: Bindings well worn, joints and hinges cracked; internally very good.View additional info »
Description: 8 volumes (of 9). 6 text volumes and 2 (of 3) plate volumes. 272 engraved plates, many folding. (8vo) text volumes 21.5x13.5 cm (8½x5¼"), plate volumes 22x15 cm (8¾x6"), period full mottled calf, spines gilt, morocco labels.First edition of the 'Petit Blondel', considered the most influential architectural work of its day. After Blondel's death in 1774 the work was completed by Pierre Patte, his disciple and former student. Lacking the first plate volume which contains an additional 105 plates.
Condition Report: Bindings rubbed; light foxing, a few of the large folding plates with some edge wear; overall very good.View additional info »
Description: , 336 ff. Woodcuts after Jean Rabel. (8vo) 17x10.5 cm (6¾x4¼"), Modern full tan calf by Riviere, spine gilt, morocco labels, all edges gilt. First Edition.Scarce first edition of this illustrated guide to Paris. The woodcuts depict funeral monuments and statues of French monarchs and nobles.
Condition Report: Extremities rubbed, front joint and hinge cracked; title leaf resized and possibly backed, final leaf resized; light foxing; very good.View additional info and full condition report »
Description: Bound with: A Commandment to the Altar. London: John Beecroft, 1774. [And] A New Version of the Psalms of David. London: Richard Hett, 1774. Various paginations, the second title with an engraved frontispiece. (8vo) 20.5x13 cm (8x5"), modern half calf and marbled boards.
Condition Report: Light wear to binding; a few leaves with professional repairs, foxing; very good.View additional info »
Description: xxii, 168,  ad pp. Two engraved frontispieces and dozens of smaller engraved illustrations throughout. Circular table lacking the movable volvelle. (8vo) 18x11 cm (7x4¼"), early full red morocco, elaborately stamped in gilt, rebacked with original gilt spine leather laid down.This variant without the cherubic border on page V.
Condition Report: Light wear to binding; light foxing; very good.View additional info »
Description: Small safe in the shape of a book, titled in gilt on spine "Les Amours Epiques". Constructed of full red morocco over boards with faux gilt page edges of wood, boards bordered in gilt, spine gilt. Binder's name gilt stamped at foot of spine "P. Lefebvre".
Condition Report: Some light wear; near fine.View additional info »
Description: Two book safes made from early printed books, the title pages and a few preliminary pages still intact:Memoires de Litterature Tires des Registres de l'Academie Royale des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres. Vol. 63. Paris: Pankoucke, 1778. Pages [ix], 15 intact. The remaining pages used for the book safe. (8vo) in full period mottled calf, gilt border and crest decoration, gilt-lettered spine. Some repair at cover and spine edges.Fleury, Mr. Histoire Ecclesiastique. Vol. 8. Paris, 1720. Pages xxix, , 16 intact, the remaining pages used for the book safe. (4to) in full period leather, gilt border decoration, gilt-lettered spine.
Condition Report: Some wear and repair; very good.View additional info »
Description: 5 volumes. Various paginations. Engraved frontispiece in the earliest volume; engraved and woodcut vignettes, head- and tail-pieces and initial letters. (4to) period full calf, spines gilt. Scarce collections of sermons. Alessandro Borgia (1682–1764) was an Italian bishop and archbishop. From a patrician family of Velletri which was only distantly related to the better known house of Borgia, he was the son of Clemente Erminio Borgia. He studied theology and letters at the "Sapienza" and in 1706 followed Monsignor Bussi to Cologne as secretary to the legation there, succeeding him as nuncio on Bussi's promotion to cardinal in 1712. He remained in northern Europe until 1714, when he was made governor of Assisi, in 1716 becoming bishop of Nocera Umbra. In 1724 he was made archbishop of Fermo, remaining in that diocese until the end of his life.
Condition Report: Bindings worn; foxing; good.View additional info »
Description: 60 plates, of which 53 are color printed plates of fruits and 7 are collotype plates of trees and flowers. (Oblong 8vo) 22x14 cm (8¾x5½") original full black calf, metal clasp.A charming agricultural trade catalog, wonderfully illustrated.
Condition Report: Light wear, gilt name on closing flap obscured; very good.View additional info »
Description: [vi], 199,  pp. Errata leaf bound in at rear. Etched frontispiece. (4to) 22.5x17 cm. (9x6¾), period stiff paper covers, spine lettered by hand. First Edition.Brembati (1602-1675) was an amateur naturalist who for pleasure studied botany and mineralogy. The present work explores the relationship between astrology and the planting of flowers. OCLC WorldCat locates only 2 copies of this edition, both in German libraries. Rare.
Condition Report: Light wear and soiling to binding; light foxing; very good.View additional info »
Description: 5 volumes. , 648, ; . 565, ; , 520, ; , 522, ; , 498,  pp With frontispiece portrait; 80 (of 84) engraved plates (9 of them folding), many with multiple images; 2 (of 5) engraved maps, both folding. (4to) 28x20 cm (11x7¾"), period calf.Le Bruyn [or Brun] left for Italy on 1 November 1674; he remained there for four years before departing for Smyrna, whence he visited Asia Minor, and Egypt. In 1684 he returned to Venice, where he lived for eight years and studied painting with Carl Loth. On March 19, 1693 he arrived in the Hague; he spent the next five years writing his first travelogue (Reizen van Corn. de Bruyn door de vermaardste deelen van Klein Asia, de eylanden Scio, Rhodus, Cyprus enz. mitsg. de voornaamste steden van Aegypten, Syrien en Palestina, Delft, 1698) and preparing the 215 engravings that illustrate it. A French version (Voyage au Levant dans les principaux endroits de l'Asie Mineure) was published by H. de Krooneveld in Delft in 1700. Bookplates of Anthony Godwin Hale and Mr. Dashwood.
Condition Report: Spines worn, a few of the panels lacking, extremities chipped; darkening and foxing to some text leaves, but plates quite nice, crisp impressions printed on fine, thick paper. Very good.View additional info and full condition report »
Description: 19 leaves. 16 engravings by Bucaille. 25x16.5 (9¾x6½") loose in printed wrappers, as issued, glassine jacket. No. 24 of 50 copies on Normandy Vellum from a total edition of 650 copies. First Edition.A superb example of surrealistic illustration.
Condition Report: A touch of edge wear; near fine.View additional info »
Description: 3 volumes. , 80; 76; 100,  pp. With 120 engraved plates including 3 vignette title pages; 2 engraved maps. (4to) 27.2x20.5 cm. (10¾x8"), period straight-grain green morocco tooled in blind, ruled in gilt, spines tooled & lettered in gilt, marbled endpapers & edges.A striking look at the ever-turbulent Middle East, with engravings from views drawn by W.H. Bartlett, William Purser, and others.
Condition Report: Covers with some mottled fading, light rubbing, some scuffing to joints and edges; occasional scattered light foxing within, very good, nicely bound.View additional info and full condition report »
Description: , 616 [i.e. 612],  pp. A7 (2d and 5th l. signed: A2; dedication leaf which should be A2 bound after C2), c2, B-R4, S3, T-2O4, 2P3, 2Q-4I4, 4K2. Translated by John Phillips. With copper-engraved frontispiece (mounted) & 8 copper-engraved plates, each bearing two images. (folio) 31.5x18.5 cm. (12½x7½"), period calf, later morocco spine label. First Illustrated Edition in English.First illustrated edition available in the English language of one of the high spots of world literature. Wing C1774A.
Condition Report: Spine refurbished; some soiling within, Bbb2 & Bbb3 with lower margins extended, last two leaves with lower corners missing not affecting text; very good.View additional info and full condition report »
Description: Illustrated with 32 original color lithographs by Jean Charlot; prospectus with an additional color lithograph laid in. (4to) original tan wrappers, woodcut decoration on front cover, lettered in black, decorative slipcase. No. 942 of 1000 copies printed by Lynton R. Kistler and the presswork by Ernest J. Perry. First Edition.Signed by Jean Charlot and the printer Lynton R. Kistler at the colophon.
Condition Report: Slipcase and spine faded; else fine.View additional info »
Description: Unpaginated. 32 color lithographs by Charlot. (4to) 28x22 cm (11x8¾") original wrappers, paper chemise (laid down), custom clamshell box. No. 182 of 500 copies.Signed at the colophon by Charlot, Lynton Kistler, and Merle Armitage. Blank order sheet laid in.
Condition Report: Paper chemise worn and laid down on stiff paper, part of spine panel lacking; volume with a bit of browning to the wrappers; else fine.View additional info and full condition report »
Description: , 185,  pp. With 88 etched plates. (4to) 20x16 cm. (8x6¼"), later marbled boards. First Edition.Worship and idolatry among the ancients, with a marvelous series of plates.
Condition Report: A little darkening to earlier leaves, else fine or nearly so.View additional info »
Description: Volumes 4, 5, & 6 only (of 6). , ii, ii, , 784, ; , 716, ; , iv, 736,  pp. 69 engraved plates and maps, many folding. (Folio) 35x22.5 cm (13¾x9") period full calf. Includes Careri's Voyage Round the World, Techo's History of the Provinces of Paraguay, etc., Pelham's Green-land, Barbot's Description of North and South Guinea, Baron's Description on Tonqueen, Careri' Travels Through Europe, Gatonbe's Voyage into the Northwest Passage, etc.
Condition Report: Bindings worn; some staining and foxing. Offered with all faults, not subject to return.View additional info »