Tilting at Windmills, Protecting Dulcinea, & Flying to the MOON
Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de. Primera parte del ingenioso hidalgo don
Qvixote de la Mancha. En Brucelas: Por Huberto Antonio, 1617. 8vo ( 16.8 cm;
6.625").  ff., 583,  p.,  ff. (one leaf in facsimile).
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That momentous international success, Don Quixote, part I, appearing in Brussels within the first dozen years of its life — this for the third time, following Brussels printings of 1607 and 1611. Part II was not issued in Brussels until 1616 and and then as a stand-alone volume. Overall this is the only 11th separate printing of part I.
Scarce: We trace but seven copies in U.S. libraries (Harvard, University of California–Berkeley, Dartmouth, Huntington, University of Kansas, Hispanic Society, Texas A&M).
Provenance: Late 17th-century ownership inscription at top of title-page of “T. Engle”; 18th-century ownership inscription below that of “E. Ward”; on endpaper, “December, 1787,” with lines in French in an 18th-century hand.
Contemporary purchase information: On recto of rear free endpaper, in an early 17th-century Spanish hand, “# 1618 # [new line] En 24 de marco [i.e., março] Costo en Brusellas 20 placas.”
Rius 11; Peeters-Fontainas 227; Suñé Benages 15; Palau 51988. Contemporary limp vellum, soiled and beginning to separate, ties perished; Don Quixote inked on spine, faded. Lacking one leaf of text only, supplied in very good facsimile (pp. 575–76). First and last gatherings guarded with strips of Renaissance vellum manuscript. (23423)
The Last of the 17th-Century Editions ofSIDNEY
(An Array of Knights Here). . . . Sidney, Philip. The Countess of Pembroke's Arcadia. London: George Calvert, 1674. Folio (29 cm, 11.4"). Frontis., , 576, 541–564, 601–624,
 pp. (pagination erratic).
Handsome folio printing of the Arcadia, opening with a strongly impressed copper-engraved portrait of Sidney done after Elstrack, and accompanied by a “Life and Death; a brief Table of the principal Heads, and some other new Additions.” Along with the title work, this stated 13th edition contains Sidney's sonnets, “The defence of poesie,” “Astrophel and Stella,” “Her Most Excellent Majestie walking in Wanstead Garden,” “A supplement [not by Sidney] to the third book of Arcadia,” and “A remedie for love.” Richard Bellings's sixth book of the Arcadia, originally published separately in 1624, here appears with a separate title-page, also dated 1674; the pagination and register are continuous.
Provenance: “Judith Tichborn her book given me by my most renowned and beloved knight Stephen de la Stanly 1713.”
ESTC R21446; Wing (rev. ed.) S3770. Period-style mottled calf, covers framed and panelled in blind fillets with blind-tooled corner fleurons, spine with raised bands and gilt-stamped title. Pages age-toned and foxed with occasional small inkspots; some paginations trimmed and frontispiece edges slightly ragged. One early leaf with tear in lower margin, extending into text, repaired with two words from opposing page partially lifted by adhesion; one leaf with small hole affecting about eight words; one leaf with tear in outer margin touching final letters of seven lines; occasional edge chips, one upper outer corner torn away. A very readable copy in a dignified binding; a romantic tale with a romantic inscription. (33123)
(A Bit of Wit)? [Nares, Edward]. Heraldic anomalies; or, rank confusion in our orders of precedence, With disquisitions, moral, philosophical, and historical, on all the existing orders of society. By It Matters Not Who. London: G. and W.B. Whittaker (pr. by R. Gilbert), 1823. 8vo (19.7 cm, 7.75"). 2 vols. I: xxii, , 334, [2 (1 blank)] pp. II: , 372 pp.
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First edition of these entertaining, historically informed meditations on the quirks and peculiarities of heraldic issues such as the niceties of the usage of “Lady” before and after marriage, the symbolism and history of wigs, and the nature of academic titles. A whole chapter is dedicated to Quakers, who reject all worldly titles.
Though Nares is quite capable of picking nits with a level of scrupulousness to match that of the most pedantic of scholars, he is also prone to flights of fancy such as pondering—after noting that a married woman’s moveable goods are unquestionably the property of her husband— “whether the female tongue is to be reckoned among the moveables . . . I believe it is pretty generally held to continue ‘in potestate Mulieris,’ even after marriage, and I know nothing to prevent it” (p. 148). This is followed up with references to Ovid, the Wife of Bath, and the much-storied Flitch of Bacon!
Contemporary half calf with marbled paper sides, spines with gilt-stamped helm decorations and gilt-stamped leather title and volume labels (the volume labels recently supplied, in sympathetic style). Board edges showing light to moderate wear, with leather cracking at joints and crackled over the spines generally. Top edges gilt. Front pastedowns with bookplates now partially torn away; title-page of vol. II with an early inked ownership inscription in the upper margin. Delightful reading, as well as an overall attractive set. (10358)
EVERYONE You Need to Know in France — Bright, Fresh, IN THE BOX!
Almanach de la cour, de la ville et des départemens pour l'année 1829. Paris: Louis Janet, . 12mo (11.2 cm, 4.4"). , 254,  pp.; 4 plts.
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1829's issue of this useful and decorative annual, “orné de jolies gravures.” The preliminary calendar is followed by genealogical information for European nobility, the list of French bishops and archbishops, the royal household roster (both domestic and military), names and positions of civil servants by department, members of chivalrous orders, major military officers, etc. Thefour steel-engraved plates offer views of the Chateau de Neuilly, Chateau d'Avaray, Chateau de Lucienne, and Chateau de Rosny (with brief descriptions of these noble residences).
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)
Mythology, Fables, Chivalry, & Legends — A Pretty & Pleasing Set
Bulfinch, Thomas. The age of chivalry. New York: Thomas Y. Crowell, © 1901. 12mo (15.6 cm, 6.3"). Frontis., add. t.-p., viii, 329,  pp. [with the same author's] The age of fable. New York: Thomas Y. Crowell, . 12mo. Frontis., add. t.-p., xiii, , 460 pp. [and] Legends of Charlemagne. New York: Thomas Y. Crowell, . 12mo. Frontis., add. t.-p., xviii, 271,  pp.
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Before Bulfinch's immortal collection of myths, legends, and lore was combined into a single volume, it was originally published as a trio of works under individual titles — as seen here. Crowell's set is attractively bound in a style rather evocative of “the good greenwood,” and it is ornamented with frontispieces from relevant artworks and with decorative title-pages illustrated by Theodore Brown Hapgood.
Publisher's quarter green goat with green cloth sides, spines with gilt-stamped titles and leaf and vine motifs; two volumes with tiny scuffs near spine extremities, overall handsome and fresh. Back pastedowns each with small ticket of a Rochester, NY department store. Pages clean and crisp. A beautiful set. (35339)
For the Peace of the State
Chevalier, Sieur de. Libre discours fait au roy, sur la conclusion de la paix. Paris: Abraham Saugrain, 1516 [i.e., 1616]. 8vo (17.6 cm, 6.9"). 8 pp.
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Also published as Harangue prononcée au roi en sa ville de Blois, following the negotiations between Condé and Marie de Medici, this is apparently a variant — not bearing the attribution “Par un Seigneur de qualité.” The title-page features a vignette of the royal coat of arms (per pale France and Navarre).
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)
Nouveau Dictionnaire CHIVALRY
Gourdon de Genouillac, Henri. Nouveau dictionnaire des ordres de chevalerie crées chez les différents peuples despuis les premiers siècles jusqu'a nos jours.... Paris: E. Dentu, 1891. 8vo. 347 pp.
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Handy illustrated dictionary. The illustrations are in-text wood engravings. The date on the wrappers is 1892; on the title-page, 1891. UNCUT and mostly unopened exemplar.
Original printed wrappers; dusty, with chipping, and front one now separated. Paper lost at top of spine along front joint. The whole, fragile and wanting to separate between signatures. (Our interior image tends a bit to pink tone that is not actually present, FYI.) Now housed in a simple acid-free phase box. (4701)
Maigne, W. Dictionnaire encyclopédique des ordres de chevalerie civils et militaires créés chez les différents peuples depuis les temps les plus reculés jusqu'a nos jours. Paris: Adolphe Delahays, 1861. 12mo (17.2 cm, 6.8"). xvi, 240 pp., fold. table/plt.
Offering in encyclopedic form the history of chivalric orders of Europe, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Northern Africa, and the Americas, this volume describes, among others, American orders such as the Society of the Cincinnati (U.S.), Ordem de Cristo (Brazil), Ordem de Aviz (Brazil), Ordem do Cruzeiro (Brazil), Orden de la Cruz de Honor (Guatemala), Légion d'Honneur (Haiti), Ordre de Sainte-Anne (Haiti), Orden de los Libertadores (Venezuela), Orden Nacional (Nicaragua), and Orden de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe (Mexico).
Vicaire, Manuel de l'amateur de livres du XIXème, I, 772. Uncut, mostly unopened copy. Publisher's wrappers, printed in black and red; front one off, with expectable chipping and with soiling. Some pages lightly spotted; mostly, clean. Now housed in a simple acid-free phase-box. (14356)
MARLOWE inFine “16th-CENTURY” Style
Marlowe, Christopher. Edward the Second. Kensington: The Aquila Press, 1929. 4to (25.8 cm, 10.1").  pp.; illus.
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Handsome fine-press edition of the “Troublesome raigne and lamentable death of Edward the Second, King of England: with the tragicall fall of proud Mortimer.” The volume, which reproduces the 1594 text, opens witha striking double-page display of richly colored and illuminated heraldic coats of arms, and reintroduces the shield motifs to mark character entrances.
The text was hand-set by “I.W.S.” (with “Sibthorp” pencilled in this copy) in Caslon Old Face and printed by hand on Maillol hand-made paper, with the decorative shields drawn by Alexina Ogilvie and emblazoned by A. Alexander and sons, and the binding done by James Burn & Co. This isnumbered copy 244 of 500 printed.
Binding: Publisher's vellum, front cover with Edward's coat of arms stamped in red, black, and gilt, spine with gilt-stamped title; top edge gilt.
Bound as above, vellum very slightly sprung; spine gently darkened with gilt dimmed and small scuffs to extremities, front cover shield with two minute spots of rubbing to gilt. Four leaves with unobtrusive creasing from outer (untrimmed) edges. A very attractive copy of a very atmospheric work. (34085)
Moulin, Gabriel, du. Histoire generale de Normandie. Contenant les choses memorables aduenuës depuis les premieres courses des Normands payens, tant en France qu'aux autres pays, de ceus qui s'emperent du pays de Neustrie sous Charles le Simple. Avec l'histoire de leurs ducs, leur genealogie, & leurs conquestes, tant en France, Italie, Angleterre, qu'en Orient, iusques a la reünion de la Normandie à la couronne de France. A Rouen: Iean Osmont, 1631. Folio.  ff., 56 pp.,  f., 564, 52 pp.,  ff.
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First edition of this sought-after history of Normandy. Preliminary leaves include a dedication; publication statement; a sonnet, epigrams, and an ode to the history of Normandy; “Discours de la Normandie” (35 pp.); “De l'ancienne Normandie” (35–56 pp.); and a genealogy of the Dukes of Normandy. Rear matter includes an index (22 ff.) and a list (52 pp.) of the Lords of Normandy and other French provinces who took part in the conquest of Jerusalem under Robert Courte-heuze, Duke of Normandy, and Godefroy du Buillon, Duke of Lorraine.
An early owner has mounted on the title-page an armorial plate bearing an image of the two leopards of Normandy on a shield superimposed by a crown, the whole flanked by attendants holding long branches (palms? laurels?) in one hand and the shield in the other.
Handsomely decorated with engraved initials and tailpieces.
Brunet 24296. Recent deep walnut full calf old style, by Grace Bindings (signed in blind at inner area of rear cover, lower turn-in); round spine with raised bands accented in gilt and with blind-tooled devices in compartments, oxblood leather gilt-lettered title-label, blind fillets extending onto covers from each band to terminate in trefoils and covers framed in double blind fillets. Ex–Mercantile Library of Philadelphia with stamps, mostly faint, including to title-page; title-page re-margined along top and inner edge with an interior hole filled also (no words affected). Title-page with early inked ownership initials; a few other instances of early inked notations within text. Some leaves chipped, others mildly to moderately waterstained; we have chosen to show pages bearing more waterstains rather than fewer. Armorial device mounted to title-page, as noted; we cannot be sure what this covers, but it is elegant! (21215)
of the Cincinnati. Pennsylvania. Proceedings of
the General Society of the Cincinnati, with the original institution of the
Order.... Philadelphia: Pr. by John Ormrod, 1801. 8vo. 82 pp.
At its founding, The Society or Order of the Cincinnati was composed of the regular army officers who had fought at some length and in specific prominent theaters for American independence, equality, and freedom; future members were to be drawn from among their sons only. By the time that the Society published its second constitution, the Order had changed its membership rules to admit militia and other officers and then their heirsdiluting its elite nature though not renouncing it.
This publication demonstrates that change among many others, as it traces the Society via its own documents from its founding at the "Cantonment of the American Army, on Hudson's River, 10th May, 1783," through the incorporation of the Pennsylvania branch, to the death of Gen. Washington. Included here are the by-laws of the Pennsylvania chapter.
Shaw & Shoemaker 1339. Sewn, as issued. Front wrapper missing, rear wrapper present. A few spots of waterstaining. Uncut copy. New protective paper corset provided and the whole housed in a cloth clam shell case with a leather spine label lettered in gilt. A very good copy. (2946)
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