Binding: Contemporary mauve calendered paper–covered sides, covers framed in wide gilt grapevine roll, spine with complementary gilt foliate roll. All edges gilt.
Provenance: From the children's book collection of Albert A. Howard, small booklabel (“AHA”) at rear.
Gumuchian 4425. Bound as above, without the matching slipcase; volume showing only light wear overall and with archival tape strengthening joints, this latter overlying but not at all obscuring gilt tooling. Small spots of faint to mild foxing, otherwise clean, and clearly untouched by childish hands. As Gumuchian says, charmante! (40062)
Binding: 19th-century calf, spine with gilt-stamped title, raised bands, and small circular gilt-stamped decorations in compartments; board edges and turn-ins with gilt rolls and covers framed and panelled in blind with gilt-stamped corner fleurons. All page edges stained red, red silk placemarker present and attached. Binding done by Koehler (with his stamp on front free endpaper).
Provenance: From the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel (“AHA”) at rear.
Brunet, I, 1701-02; Index aurel. 134.656; Moreau, Editions parisiennes du XVI siecle, III, 1158. This ed. not in Adams or Mortimer, French 16th-Century Books. Bound as above, spine and edges rubbed, sides scuffed. Endpapers with pencilled annotations and with binder's small rubber-stamp as above; title-page with date faintly inked in an early hand. Final leaf (printer's vignette) in facsimile, title-page with lower outer corner with small loss of paper in blank area repaired via excellent leaf-casting, and a similar excellent leaf-cast repair to two inner areas of last text leaf with a few letters supplied in pen and ink facsimile. One leaf with small printing flaw affecting a handful of words without loss of sense; three leaves at back with small semi-circular areas of worming touching a few letters, also without loss of sense. Pages very clean and type very clear. A scarce and desirable volume. (37747)
First published in 1587, this popular work found an audience among both Protestants and Catholics, and went through a number of editions in not only the original French, but also several other European languages as well as Latin. The present early French printing is handsomely accomplished, with nice head- and tailpieces and decorative capitals. WorldCat findsno U.S. institutional holdings of this edition.
Binding: Later dark blue Jansenist-style morocco: spine with raised bands and gilt-stamped title and date, board edges with double gilt rules, and turn-ins with particularly elegant gilt dentelles. All edges gilt. Signed binding done by Hans Asper, with Asper's minute rubber-stamp on the front free endpaper.
Provenance: Front pastedown with bookplate of Swiss theologian, historian, and professor Gaspard Ernest Stroehlin (1844–1907), a notable scholar of Protestantism. Most recently in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel (“AHA”) at rear.
Index Aurel. 164.928; Pettegree, French Vernacular Books, 34461. This ed. not in Adams, not in Brunet. Binding as above, spine showing very slight sunning, lower back outer corner bumped. Bookplate as above, with small paper adhesion over one corner. Pages gently age-toned with scattered small, faint spots, otherwise clean. A striking copy, with notably apropos provenance. (38345)
The third volume includes two plates and one oversized, folding plate reproducing two inscriptions and a frieze, engraved by E. Malpas.
Uncommon outside of Great Britain.
ESTC T113913; Brunet, I, 26; Lowndes, I, 5. Contemporary treed calf, spines gilt extra, with gilt-stamped leather title and volume labels; leather worn at edges and moderately rubbed with joints cracking. Front pastedowns with private bookplates and signs that a plate was removed on front free endpaper (one vol. endpaper holed); impressions of old pencilled shelf numbers on title-pages (and one lightly inked old date). First two leaves of vol. III with upper margins stained and final leaf browned; some pages with a few spots of faint foxing, most clean and crisp. (13107)
Binding: Publisher's apple green paper–covered boards in original matching slipcase with gilt-stamped spine title. All edges gilt.
Binding as above: lower front and back edges each with tiny bump, extremities showing very slight rubbing, slipcase with edges rubbed and a few small spots of discoloration. Front free endpaper with pencilled annotations in French. Pages and plates clean. Really in quite remarkable condition. (30574)
Provenance: From the residue of the stock of the F. Thomas Heller bookselling firm (est. ca. 1928).
Barbier, Dictionnaire des ouvrages anonymes et pseudonymes, 13963; Licquet, Catalogue de la bibliothèque de la ville de Rouen, 2858. Contemporary mottled calf in an interesting striped pattern, spine with gilt-stamped leather title-label, gilt-dotted raised bands, and gilt-stamped floral compartment decorations; edges and extremities rubbed, front joint cracked and open (sewing holding). All page edges stained red. Title-page with early inked annotation re: author. Pages gently age-toned and cockled. (39986)
Wheeler Gift 1320. Publisher's printed green paper wrappers; spines and edges chipped, vol. I sunned and vol. III slightly darkened, vol. III front wrapper torn with old tape repairs. Signatures unopened; some mild age-toning and occasional spots of foxing. Vol. I with final signature and plates starting to separate. Important, and unusual in original wrappers. (40236)
Binding: This copy is exquisitely bound in full black leather in good imitation of morocco, elaborately stamped in gold on the covers forming a five-element frame or border, with gilt tooling on the board edges and with gilt inner dentelles. The spine has slightly raised bands and elaborate gold stamping in its compartments. This is the second copy of this Bible that we have had and we are convinced that this is a publisher's deluxe leather binding. A choice of colors was apparently available, for the other copy we had was of an olive-green color.
Provenance: The name “Sarah B. Leverett” is lettered in gilt on the front cover, and the same name is given in precise gothic calligraphy on the front free endpaper.
Not in O'Callaghan; not in Darlow & Moule. Bound as above, corners a little bumped with a bit of long ago refurbishing thereto, dulling outermost elements of gilt border (only) on front cover, just at those corners. Evidence to endpapers of the volume's once having been sewn into a chemise or wrapper; old notes just discernible (not really readable) in a minute hand on front free endpaper (i.e., “behind” Sarah's name); see our image. Faint waterstaining in lower inside area for the first few pages (only). The whole very attractive and well preserved. (2666)
Although some sources claim Boileau translated his own text into French, the BNF considers that a false attribution and credits Abbé François Granet with both editing and translating the text. This version, by Dutch printer du Sauzet, features a title-page printed in red and black and simple but elegant typesetting.
Binding: Contemporary calf, spine with gilt-stamped title and date, gilt-ruled raised bands, and gilt-stamped compartment decorations; covers framed in triple gilt fillets, turn-ins with a gilt roll. Handsome marbled endpapers and all edges gilt. Signed binding, with front free endpaper stamped “Koehler.”
Provenance: Front free endpaper with garter-design ex-libris rubber-stamp of G. Manessier. Later in the residue of the stock of the F. Thomas Heller bookselling firm (est. ca. 1928).
Bound as above, leather scuffed and rubbed. Small area of worming to outer margins of some leaves, not touching text. Pages gently age-toned, otherwise clean. A pleasing, elegant little volume. (40413)
Provenance: Front fly-leaf with armorial bookplate of New York attorney and book collector Frederic Robert Halsey, and with decorative medieval-inspired bookplate of “G.E.” Volume with laid-in handwritten note signed by Gruel, on Gruel-Engelmann letterhead, dated 1892. Later in the collection of
Brunet, I, 1056; DeBacker, Auteurs du XVIIe siècle, 1020; Tchemerzine, II, 271. Binding as above, nearly perfect save for just a touch of rubbing to the spine extremities, in cloth-covered slipcase, worn, with cloth starting to split over edges. Frontispiece and title-page separating from binding; title with red-tinted signs, near edges, that the marbling process did not go entirely smoothly; upper margins of several other leaves with hints of very faint waterstaining. Otherwise, clean and quite lovely. (13767)
Martin & Walter 3914. Removed from a nonce volume, title-page with paper shelving label in lower inner corner, early inked date addition within title and annotation in upper portion, and pencilled monogram in upper outer corner. Light foxing and the occasional other spot. (30937)
Barbier, Dictionnaire des ouvrages anonymes, II, 755; Coumont, Demonology and Witchcraft, H50.4. Period-style quarter calf and marbled paper–covered sides, spine with gilt-stamped leather title-label, gilt-ruled and -dotted raised bands, and gilt-stamped compartment decorations; back pastedown with small binder's ticket of Starr Bookworks. Rubber-stamps as above; three parts only out of five as above, thus with six plates present out of ten; title-page verso with inked numeral. Pages and plates age-toned, otherwise clean. Attractive and enjoyable. (40394)
This is the second edition, with the title-page imprint maintaining the same publisher and year as the first but really printed in the Netherlands, by Adrian Moetjens, although saying it is merely for sale there. This printing is even scarcer than the uncommon first: WorldCat locates no U.S. institutional holdings of this Moetjens-sold edition. Later editions were published under the title Explication des prières de la Messe.
Brunet, I, 1136; STCN 191215252. On Bossuet, see: New Catholic Encyclopedia, II, 717–18. Original vellum over boards, title inked on spine in an early hand; vellum darkened and slightly sprung, spine title faded. Pastedowns pulling up, with short tears. Bottom outer corner of p. 217 lost (not affecting text); back free endpaper with closed tear from right margin. Pages gently age-toned throughout. A good, solid copy. (37264)
The volume is illustrated witha total of ten hand-colored lithographed plates, each offering a pair of multi-animal images — except for the added engraved title-page, which bears a single vignette representing a dramatic encounter: a snake constricting a difficult-to-identify but undoubtedly ferocious catlike creature, while fending off a vulture at the same time. Among the birds depicted are the wild turkey, bird of paradise, pelican, swan, and peacock, while mammals include the lion, tiger, camel, marmot, rhinoceros, elephant, and bear; also present are a number of lizards, fish, snakes, etc.
Provenance: Curiously, the back free endpaper of this copy bears a pressure-stamp from the Calzoleria di F. Barellai, in Florence — a shoemaker’s shop! Most recently in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel (“AHA”) at rear.
Publisher's color-printed yellow paper–covered boards; slightly darkened, corners and spine extremities rubbed. Back hinge (inside) starting from foot but cover firm; back free endpaper stamped as above. Variable foxing throughout and the occasional “splotch” of something else, the latter most notably to the engraved title-page with off-setting to frontispiece leaf opposite (not marring the illustrations on these leaves). One leaf with short tear from lower margin, not touching text. Scarce, and delightful. (39796)
Second thoughts here raise the question, though maybe this wasn't censorship but rather an expression of erotic interest or, um, art appreciation?? Maybe someone wanteda nice little nude to keep in his pocketbook??????
Contemporary mottled calf framed in triple gilt fillets, spine gilt extra, all page edges marbled; binding with expectable acid-pitting and minor cracking of the leather over the spine and joints. One (and only one) signature foxed, leaves otherwise clean. A handsome book, defaced in a way that is depressing but also interesting. (11896)
WorldCat and Lindsay & Neu combine to locate only three copies in the U.S.
Lindsay & Neu 3721; see also 3636. Recent paper–covered boards, front cover with printed paper label. Title-page verso with inked numeral; all four leaves institutionally pressure-stamped. Inner margins reinforced. Clean. (27785)
Searches of NUC and WorldCat locate copies only at the British Library and the French National Library. We know of one copy in a U.S. library (Brigham Young U.).
Provenance: Ex–Hartford Theological Seminary; sold to Pitts Theology Library; sold by Pitts to PRB&M.
Duvall, French political pamphlets, 426. Not in Lindsay & Neu, French Political Pamphlets 1547–1648.; not in Hillerbrand, Bibliography of Anabaptism. Disbound. Each page institutionally pressure-stamped (not rubber-stamped); title-page verso with inked numeral. Light staining along inner margins of first few leaves, just touching text in some instances. Very good. (40446)
Uncommon: WorldCat and NUC Pre-1956 locate only seven U.S. institutional holdings.
Martin & Walter 9944. Removed from a nonce volume. First page with paper shelving label in lower inner corner, touching lower edges of seven letters without obscuring sense, and with pencilled inscription in upper outer corner. Half-title and 22 pp. of additional supporting material lacking. Pages mildly age-toned with a handful of small spots, otherwise remarkably clean. (30864)
Binding: Contemporary treed calf. Spine with gilt-stamped red leather title label, gilt-stamped compartment lines, and floral devices within compartments.
Brunet, II, 576. Binding somewhat rubbed and starting to crack over joints, though very firm; some onetime water exposure visible on front cover (a not entirely unattractive effect). Pages with a bit of very minor spotting, and some offsetting from plates. An attractive copy of a pretty book. (8295)
The title-page vignette, engraved by Henry Isidore Chevauchet after Durand, shows a gentleman expounding over a young lady's palm; in-text illustrations include an Indian goddess along with the expected diagrams of hands.
Provenance: From the residue of the stock of the F. Thomas Heller bookselling firm (est. ca. 1928).
Caillet, Manuel bibliographique des sciences psychiques ou occultes, 3010. Contemporary quarter green sheep with green and brown marbled paper–covered sides, spine with gilt-stamped title and bands; binding rubbed overall with sides scuffed, small areas of insect damage to lower front joint. Front free endpaper absent (no visible signs of excision). Light to moderate foxing. A solid and consultable copy of this notable work. (39984)
Searches of NUC Pre-1956 and WorldCat locate only three U.S. libraries reporting ownership (!!!).
Late 19th- or early 20th-century half dark blue morocco with marbled paper–covered sides, spine with raised bands and gilt-stamped title; extremities and edges showing minor rubbing, back cover scuffed. Wrapper edges browned. Pages with a scattering of tiny spots and faint smudges, one leaf with short tear from lower margin, overall clean andmore than pleasing. (39412)
19th-century quarter sheep over paper-covered boards, worn and abraded with small discolorations; spine leather chipped, with remnants of gilt-stamped leather title label. Edges untrimmed. Some offsetting and a very few spots to pages; small area of worm damage in upper margins. (5107)
Binding: Contemporary calf. Covers framed in gilt roll and fillet; spine with gilt-stamped black leather title-label, compartments defined by multiple rules, and five different gilt-stamped compartment decorations, all harmonizing; quite elegant.
Caillet, I, 3344. Bound as above, worn overall; front cover with burn mark to lower edge, spine label chipped, joints and extremities rubbed. First few leaves and a few others with waterstaining to outer margins; occasionally a spot of soil or ash-burn; a handful of pages with pencilled underlining, bracketing, or marks of emphasis. A solid, very readable copy of an unusual and interesting treatise. (40406)
The work's two volumes are here bound as one, with each half-title present; the main text is in French, with many footnotes in Latin or Greek. The author (1730–1812) was a French-born tutor and chargé d'affaires who spent much of his life either in England or travelling the Continent, generally in the service of various well-to-do people of rank.
Provenance: Front pastedown with bookplate of G.W. Fowler. Later in the residue of the stock of the F. Thomas Heller bookselling firm (est. ca. 1928).
Barbier, IV, 29; Blake, NLM 18th Century, p. 130; Brunet, II, 922; Wallis, Newton and Newtoniana, 382.55. Contemporary quarter mottled sheep and interestingly marbled paper–covered sides (paper in shades of rose, grey, and brown, with pattern resembling camouflage), spine with gilt-stamped leather label; binding rubbed and worn overall, with tiny spots of insect damage. Bookplate as above, front free endpaper with early inked initials in upper margin, vol. I half-title with early inked authorship attribution. Light foxing, only. A solid copy of this interesting look at 18th-century thought on the history of science. (40425)
Given the nature of these publications and that they were printed not in Paris or another large printing center, it is clear why all are scarce, even in France. Truly a remarkable compendium of church history during the French Restoration, July Monarchy, and Second Republic.
19th-century marbled paper–covered boards with roan shelfbacks, spines with gilt-stamped titles, dates, and bands; spines and extremities rubbed. All edges speckled. Two pages with neatly inked French annotations in (different) early hands; one title-page with early inked ownership inscription; one single-page letter addressed by hand to M. le Curé à Savianges; one order with a missing bullet point and the date added in a neat early inked hand; a few pieces with dates inked in. Several leaves with creases from mailing folds, one cover leaf with a postal cancellation from Buxy, 7 June 1840. Many leaves variously with generally very light, occasionally moderate waterstaining; occasional spots of foxing or staining scattered throughout, a few leaves age-toned, pages generally clean. A trove of data in physically informative forms. (37160)
Offered here is his landmark work known in English as “Observations on the illusions of the insane, and on the medico-legal question of their confinement.” It originated as a “Memoire lu a l'Institut, le 1er octobre 1832" (p. 1) and is here reprinted in the first book edition from the Annales d'hygiène et de médecine légale.
Provenance: From the library of Robert Sadoff, M.D.
Searches of NUC and WorldCat locate fewer than ten U.S. libraries reporting ownership (ClobS, CLU, CtY-M, MH-M, DNLM, MnRM, CCCP, TxU-M, ViW) and COPAC finds only the copy at Cambridge. WorldCat adds one other British library reporting ownership (University of Essex).
On Esquirol see: Heirs of Hippocrates 766; The Haskell F. Norman Library of Science & Medicine 721. Original wrappers. Uncut, unopened. An excellent copy. (39178)
The title-page here is decorated with a small printer's device of a snail, perhaps making haste slowly, and the text features shouldernotes for ease of use.
Evidence of Readership: A past reader has added a few paragraphs of commentary in French on the verso of the front endpaper as well as two marginal notes in pencil and one in ink.
Provenance: 19th-century “Ex libris Lebers” in ink on verso of front free endpaper. Most recently in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel (“AHA”) at rear.
Barbier 4030. 19th-century quarter brown morocco and brown, tan, and yellow marbled paper–covered boards, spine lettered and stamped in gilt, stormont marbled endpapers, all edges stained red; lightly rubbed with some loss of paper and leather. Provenance and readership markings as above, light age-toning with a few spots; a few leaves with waterstaining at corners, two short marginal tears, and one marginal repair. (38054)
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