EntirelyENGRAVED 18th-Century LYRICAL DIALOGUE
Berquin, Arnaud. Idylle. [Paris]: no date . 4to
(26.9 cm, 10.6"). Part 2 only of 2. 8 pp.
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The first edition of thefirst work published by M. Arnaud Berquin (1747–91), thisentirely engraved dialogue between Lamon, Lysis, and “La femme” was issued together with the Pygmalion, scène lyrique, which Berquin translated into verse from the original by Jean-Jacques Rousseau. As in the instance of a copy at Texas A&M University, the Idylle in hand has been separately bound — in our copy's case finely bound, well highlighting the vignette and tailpiece engraved by Charles-Étienne Gaucher (1740–1804) after Clément Pierre Marillier (1740–1808), and the text engraved in an attractive italic “hand” by Droüet.
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The two-part text was not reprinted until 1883, by J. Lemonnyer in an edition of 525 copies.
Binding: Fine olive brown morocco gilt, ca. 1910 and very much expressing that era's style. Each board double-ruled in gilt and finely framed with a canopy of elegant gilt garlands, title gilt at center of front cover. Spine gilt extra from top to bottom in a leafy vine pattern. Board edges single-ruled in gilt, turn-ins double-ruled in gilt with a rule of delicate gilt beads between, french combed marbled endpapers in an exceptionally pretty and precise pattern.
Cioranescu 11517. Bound as above, second part only of two; binding a little rubbed (only) at joints, edges, and one corner of front cover. Paper chosen for blank endpapers unevenly bleached, in production, to now-spotty but not unpleasant effect; text with a little age-toning at upper edges and some light dust-soiling at deckle edges. (32768)
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The Bible asGRAPHIC Achievement
Bible. Latin & German. Selections. 1712. Historiae celebriores Veteris [– Novi] Testamenti iconibus repraesentatae et ad excitandas bonas meditationes selectis epigrammatibus exornatae in lucem datae à Christophoro Weigelio. Noribergae: 1712. Folio (38.3 cm, 15.125"). 2 vols. in 1. I: , 150 plts.; II: , 108 plts.
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Representingall-in commitment to fully graphic embodiment of The Word, thisentirely engraved pictorial Bible by Christoph Weigel depicts hundreds of famous stories and incidents central or dear to the Christian faithful, from the temptation of Adam and Eve, to David slaying Goliath; to scenes of Christ's teaching and emblems of His parables; to portrayals of His agony and taking in the garden, and His trial and crucifixion, and more. (At the end are some notably striking visions of, and from, Revelation.) Below each spacious image is its chapter source and abrief didactic poem printed in both Latin and German.
Faber du Faur notes the large illustrations were designed by Jan Luyken, Casper Luyken, F.A. Meloni, and anonymous contributors before being engraved by Weigel. Brunet gives the plate count for the 1712 edition as 261, but there are no Worldcat records with that number of plates, all records showing either 258 or 260, the latter apparently when the cataloguer has counted the engraved title and half-title as engravings.
In total, this folio volume contains two engraved title-pages and 258 full-page engraved illustrations — 150 from the O.T. and 108 from the N.T. — all extremely well done, as is all calligraphy. This is not what one typically thinks of, as an “illustrated Bible”; that is, it is not “embellished text” — it represents, rather, the Bible IN pictures.
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Provenance: The Howell Bible Collection, Pacific School of Religion (properly released).
Brunet, V, 350; on the 1708 edition, see: Faber du Faur, German Baroque Literature, 1843; see also: Graesse, Trésor de Livres Rares, VI, pt. 2, 429. 18th-century rust and ochre paste paper–covered boards, gilt black leather spine label, all edges stained red; rubbed, especially edges and corners. 18th-century rust and ochre paste paper–covered boards, gilt black leather spine label, all edges stained red; rubbed, especially edges and corners. Light age-toning and some leaves with soiling to edges or marginal spotting; some lower corner tips with an old limited inkstain; these things by no means calamitous. Ex-library with pictorial bookplate at front, a few rubber-stamps not within plates, library pencillings, and booklabel and circulation materials at back. A good copy of a captivating, ambitious, and beautiful work. (36418)
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Printed inthe AMERICAS
de Oca, José. Vida de San Felipe
de Jesus protomartir de Japon y patron de su patria Mexico. Mexico: Montes de
Oca ... Calle del. Baustisterio de S. Catalina m.e n.o 3, 1801. 4to (23 cm;
9").  f., 28 [of 30] plts.
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With this work Montes de Oca secured for himself the position of the most important and talented engraver in the New World at the beginning of the 19th century. He conceived andself-published this, the first entirely engraved book printed in the Americas. In a series of 30 plates with captions he told the biography of St. Philip of Jesus (1572–97), the protomartyr of Japan.
This is a rare book with only nine U.S. libraries reporting ownership: Several of those copies are lacking either one, two, or three of the plates, and it is certain that the book was issued unbound, as a gathering of 31 individual leaves, thus accounting for copies with less than the “requisite” engraved title and 30 plates. This copy in fact confirms that the plates spent part of their lives unbound, as two of them are touched by small instances of worming that have not touched their next neighbors!
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Montes de Oca's plates are particularly detailed and moving when they show the saint in Japan being abused and tortured, but all are strong and striking.
Palau 363045. Late 19th-century plain sheep binding. Uncut; lacking two plates and two with minor worming as noted above; all plates well impressed, as would be expected of a work that the artist himself saw through the press! A very good copy of a scarce and important work. (25095)
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