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 Proprietor of the Late Edition of Puckle's Club . . . Trusts [This]
Cannot Fail to Interest the Lovers of the Fine Arts. . . .”
Thurston, John. Illustrations to Puckle's club: printed (for the proprietor) in colours, from the original blocks, and limited to one hundred impressions. [London?]: Printed (for the proprietor) [by R. Ackermann], 1820. 8vo (24.6 cm; 9.75").  pp, 24 color plates.
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The engraved illustrations from the 1817 edition of James Puckle's The Club. This is analphabet of fools, knaves, and other types of immoral or unpleasant characters with one “wise” exception only, presented in25 wood engravings printed in colors, produced from the original blocks and mounted on India paper. English engraver and illustrator John Thurston designed them and John Thompson, the English wood engraver best known for his work in History of British Birds, cut them; each rectangular image is set within a printed double-ruled border and its subject is labelled (e.g., “Buffoon,” “Hypocrite,” “Swearer,” etc.).
Puckle's story, a moral dialogue between a father and son, has been reprinted numerous times. The edition with Thurston's illustrations was reprinted as recently as the year 1900; the wood-engraved monogram of Edward Walmsley, editor of the original 1817 edition, appears on the title-page of this volume.
Binding: Original red paper–covered boards with black lettering and double-ruled border to title on front board.
Provenance: From the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel (“AHA”) at rear.
WorldCat has located only ten institutional copies.
Bound as above; rubbed, soiled, and scraped with wrinkling to rear board. Minor gutter crack at the seventh illustration. Pages untrimmed. Housed in a modern red cloth slipcase, faded, with lettering on spine reading “Illustrations to Puckle's Club — Original Boards — 1820. A copy complete, clean, and in original boards, containing wonderful engravings. (37777)
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