1787. Claude Louis Berthollet. Seven Autograph Letters Signed and One Document Signed. 1) ALS. "Berthollet." One page (of a bifolium) in French, with integral address sheet, 4.75" x 7", n.p.[Paris?]; October 16, 1787. In this short letter to Baron Philippe Friedrich Dietrich (1748-1793), a French scholar and politician, Berthollet requests that the Baron send him all issues of Crell's periodical that he can spare from a given year. [Lorenz Florenz Friedrich von Crell (1744-1816) was a German chemist, who in 1778 he started publishing the first periodical journal focusing on chemistry. The journal had a longer title, but was known simply as Crell's Annalen]. 2) ALS. "Berthollet." Three pages in French with an integral address sheet, 6" x 7.5", n.p. [Aulney?]; October 13, 1789. In this letter Baron Philippe Friedrich Dietrich in Strasbourg, Berthollet begins by saying Monsieur Schourer [?] has given him the letters the Baron wrote to him. He assures the Baron that he will always be eager to serve him or his friends in any way he can. He remains four leagues away from Paris and will not leave but to visit "friends, the Academy and my informer about affairs of state". The Baron's province must have been the site of significant revolutionary violence; Berthollet expresses gratitude that the public's "consideration and attachment" to the Baron saved him from falling victim to the revolutionary sentiment. He says the current conditions will set back the Academy's activity and their individual projects, as well as publication of materials. Asks if there may be a reliable publisher in Strasbourg and how much the cost would be. Asks if he knows of a manganese mine in Brittany. 3) ALS. "Berthollet." One page in French with an integral address sheet, 6" x 7.75", Paris; January 22, 1790. In this letter to Baron Dietrich, Berthollet writes after receiving his letter, he instructed Mr. Adet [Pierre-Auguste Adet (1763-1834), a French scientist, politician, and diplomat who served as secretary to the scientific periodical Annales de chimie, founded in 1789] to have the most recently published volume of annals sent to the Baron. He informs the Baron that the fourth volume will soon be published. He also informs him that per the Duc de La Rochefoucauld's [François Alexandre Frédéric de La Rochefoucauld, Duke of La Rochefoucauld (1747-1827), a French social reformer] proposed reform that all members of the Academy of Sciences be perfectly equal insofar as the pension serve only as a financial reward and not to distinguish certain members above the rest, there has been a committee set up to see the reform through, composed of de Condorcet [Marie Jean Antoine Nicolas de Caritat, Marquis of Condorcet (1743-1794), known as Nicolas de Condorcet, a French philosopher and mathematician], Tillet [Mathieu Tillet (1714-1791), a French botanist, agronomist, and metallurgist], De Laplace [Pierre-Simon, marquis de Laplace (1749-1827), a French scholar whose work was important to the development of engineering, mathematics, statistics, physics, astronomy, and philosophy], De Berda [Jean-Charles, chevalier de Borda (1733-1799), a French mathematician and physicist] and Bopret [?]. 4) ALS. "Berthollet." Three pages (of a bifolium) in French, 6.5" x 8.25", Paris; August 8, 1793. Berthollet certifies that Alexandre-Théophile Vandermonde [Vandermonde (1735-1796), a French mathematician, musician, and chemist] suffers from dangerous hemorrhoids and diarrhea and is in great pain. He is also under house arrest. The letter includes the certification as well as notes by officers of the law and a judge specifying Vandermonde's status under the law. Vandermonde also wrote a note and signed the letter. 5) ADS. "Berthollet." One page in French, partially printed document, 7.25" x 9.25", Paris; February 17, 1812. On this document, Berthollet acknowledges of his 2,450-franc pension as a Grand Officer of the Légion D'Honneur for the latter part of 1811. 6) ALS. "Berthollet." Three pages (of a bifolium) in French, 6" x 7.75", n.p.; May 7, 1820. In this letter to an unnamed correspondent Berthollet apologizes for the delayed response, has suffered from a "catharre" [catarrh] since the start of winter and was completely out of order. Transmitted his recipient's analysis of mustard to the President of the Academy but the latter still has not read it, which is partly why Berthollet took so long to reply. Berthollet's recipient had also sent him a small amount of a substance he discovered, and named in honor of Berthollet, and his accompanying observations; Berthollet informs his recipient that he transmitted all this to a noted chemist, Monsieur Chevreul [Michel Eugène Chevreul (1786-1889), a French chemist], who jotted some thoughts down for the recipient's benefit and which Berthollet has included with his own letter. While Berthollet is honored that the recipient named the substance after him, he cautions that newly discovered substances should be named according to an important characteristic or property, and gives this example: instead of "vauqueline" [after Louis-Nicolas Vauquelin (1763-1829), a French pharmacist and chemist, and discoverer of both chromium and beryllium], the element was named something else. 7) ALS. "Berthollet." One page in French, 7.25" x 9", Arcueil; n.d. In this letter to an unnamed correspondent, Berthollet states that he is pleased he will meet with "citizen Décroiville" [?] as he and his son go on a tour of manufacturing facilities and then to Rouen. Asks his recipient not to spread the word of his travels as he does not intend to make any visits other than to the manufacturing sites. 8) ALS. "Berthollet" and "M.M. F. Berthollet." Three pages (of a bifolium) in French, 3.5" x 4.5", n.p.; [circa 1800]. This is a letter to an unnamed woman by one Déodat [possibly Dieudonné Sylvain Guy Tancrède de Gratet de Dolomieu, known as Déodat de Dolomieu (1750-1801), a French geologist]. Addressed to "chère madame", Déodat is highly distraught over the "terrible news" they received about her. He shares her grief and tells her to take comfort in her remaining son. Berthollet and Madame Berthollet each offer and sign short words of condolence. Condition: All documents have the usual folds. 1) Has toning around edges and paper loss not affecting text, where wax seal was broken; otherwise good. 2) Heavy toning on upper edges of each page, affecting text; paper loss on address sheet where wax seal was broken, fair to good. 3) Paper loss, not affecting text, at right edge of address sheet where wax seal broken; otherwise good. 4) Paper loss, not affecting text, at bottom edge of page 1 and 2; otherwise good. 5) Slight foxing; otherwise very good. 6) Iron gaul ink bleeding through pages, not affecting text; otherwise good. 7) Paper wrinkled throughout; rust residue of paper clip; otherwise good. 8) Good.
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France: Aux Editions Du Cygne, 1932. (unstated edition). Quarto. Good- with no dust jacket. Half-cloth, half marbled pink boards. Brown spine with beige panel and black lettering. Wear along the top of the spine at the front hinge. Binding loosening in several spots. Text block edges clean. Text of pages clean and unmarked. 366pp. Text in French.
Montreal: Le Cercle du Livre de France, Ltee, 1961. Small Octavo; G+/no-DJ paperback; Off-white spine with black text; Uncut pages; Covers have slightly age toned exterior edges which also have some minor edge wear, overall intact; Previous owner's name on Text block has darkened slightly on exterior edges due to age with unmarked pages and good binding; pp 308.
Paris: Editions Du Centre, 1960. First Edition. Entirely in French. Large Octavo; VG-/no-DJ softcover; Off white spine with black/red text; Covers show some wear, moderate staining on spines/covers; Textblock have faint staining on exterior fore edge; Bindings strong; 388+380+340pp Additional shipping may be necessary due to size/weight restrictions for international/expedited orders.
Paris, France: Éditions de La Sirène, 1923. First. Octavo; G+/no-DJ paperback; Brown spine with black text; Covers darkened with age, generally clean, with shelfwear and edgewear, covers fragile, darkened patch along front cover edge of spine, one or two small darker spots on front cover as well, spine and back cover are a darker shade of brown than front cover, light rubbing/chipping at tail end of spine, 1.5" open tear at top end of spine, open along front cover edge of spine, and bottom of tear along spine, that is to say tear hinges along back cover edge of spine, tear also causes minor textblock separation from binding, otherwise spine has minor edgewear, and back cover has several small creases, reverse side of covers appear light green - possibly the original color?; Textblock darkened by age, otherwise clean, slight musty smell, pages fragile, some age-toning along edges of pages, other pages mis-cut along tail edge, in general edges lightly deckled, small dark stain near tail corner edge on pages 32-33, offset stain marks on several pages preceding and following the stain; pp 119.
Buffalo, NY: Foster & Stewart Publishing Corporation, 1952. Second Edition, Fourth Printing. Octavo; pp 150; G/no-DJ; beige spine with dark brown text; illustration to front; cloth shows slight sunning with light soiling to exterior; some wear to edges and corners; text block shows slight toning to exterior edges; some foxing to first and last few pages; small sticker to first page; interior clean; profusely illustrated.
Paris: Chez Jombert, 1752. Fourth Edition. Quarto; (12), 448, (12) pp. Contemporary full calf, gilt decoration on spine, five raised bands, leather spine label. With 37 full-page engravings. Boards rubbed; heavily rubbed at corners; spine label mostly lacking; old tideline from water stain on endpapers and first and last few pages of text. Good solid copy. Shelved in Case #3.
Paris: Sedes, 1950. 12mo; pp 199; G-/paperback; dark peach with black text; covers show some fraying to spine; moderately sunned spine; slight writing to front; rubbing to edges; text block has deckled edges; some age toning throughout; slight cracking to front gutter; frontispiece; illustrated; French text; inscribed by author's granddaughter, Aurore Sand.
France: Editions Albert Morance, 1924. First Edition. Octavo; VG/no-DJ paperback; spine khaki w/black txt, creasing at joints and along spine, minor shelf wear; covers firm, clean; binding strong; pages are in good repair: some wear, scalloped edges exhibit minor chipping, slight discoloration due to aging otherwise in very good cond. 227pp. French txt.
Paris: Chez Poncelin, 1801. 12mos., 11 volumes; VG; bound in full brown calf, paneled spines with gilt tooling and lettering; all edges of text blocks gilt; marbled endpapers; blue ribbon in each volume; each volume with title page, half-title, illustrated title page, and numerous copper engravings; light wear to bindings; some mild age-toning; text in French; shelved case 0.
Washington: National Gallery of Art, 1998. Quarto; pp 271; VG/VG; brown spine with white text; dust jacket has minimal wear to exterior; cloth clean; strong boards; text block clean; interior clean; frontispiece; profusely illustrated; arts - French; additional shipping may be necessary due to size/weight restrictions for international/expedited orders;.
Amsterdam: 1762. Text in French; 16mo; G/no-DJ; Tan leather spine with faded gilded text and raised bands; Marbled boards. Boards strong with considerable wear. Front board has book plate. Boards scuffed, wear along edges, corners have large chips. Spine's head edge frayed off, spine tail has large chip. Top layer of leather on spine cracking/flaking. Pastedowns age toned and wrinkled, back pastedown has a few small spots and a very small letter in black ink. End papers are torn out. Binding is strong; Textblock age toned. Textblock edges age darkened. First page has dedication in black ink. Last page has a few small notes in black ink. Interior has occasional foxing. Text clean and clear; 371 pp.
Noble Offset Printers, Inc., 1968. Text in French; Octavo; VG-/no-DJ; Black spine with gold text; Boards straight and strong, with minor edge wear and a few scuffs. Spine's top left lightly frayed. Front board has a small spot of white paint at top edge. Front pastedown has former owner's name in black ink. Binding strong; Textblock edges have a few small spots, tail edge some light rubbing, interior clean; 832 pp.
Saint-Parres-lès-Vaudes: La Contra-Reforme Catholique. Mixed Editions. Small Octavo; VG/VG; white spines with black and red text; 3 volumes: vol. 1, Sourate I: La Benediction and Sourate II: Dieu des Delivrances, pp 344; vol. 2, Sourate III: Dieu des Delivrances et cinq etudes linguistiques et historiques, pp 315; vol. 3, Sourate IV: Le Dieu des Fecondites, Sourate V: C'est le Dieu Qui Est Roi! et une etude linguistique et historique: la Ka'ba, pp 335; dust jackets have light wear to exteriors; cloths clean; strong boards; text blocks clean; French text;.
Paris, France: Firmin Didot Freres, Fils et Cie, 1862. 1st assumed. VG 4to in red marbled boards, qtr. spine in red-brown leather. Corners badly bumped, edges abraded. Spines scuffed, esp.at bottom, uncracked, hinges sound. Textblock red-spattered, tops poss. dyed, now faded to uniform gray. Pages clean, flat and white, slight foxing, mostly to endpapers, Vol. I pgs. 785-7 top corners torn off. Text in French. 787, 751, 810, and 791 pgs. This is the 4 volume edition of 1862, not loose volumes of the 1836 12 volume edition. Shelved in alcove #1.
Paris: Libraire J. Techener, 1859. no edition listed. VG+. Three 16mos (6 1/4th" tall) in marbled brown boards with green leather half spines, titles on green leather spine in gilt. Vol I is the work of Bossuet, vol II is Bourdaloue, vol III is Massillon. Text in french. Light shelf and edgewear to boards; all vols have rubbing along edges, along spine, and light wear along hinges. Gilt on top of textblock, front edge is deckled. Spines bowed, but binding strong. Bossuet, Bourdaloue, and Massillon were contemporaneous 17th-century French theologians. Shelved French Language.
Paris: Robert Laffont, 1968. Octavo; G-/no-DJ paperback; Off-white spine with black text; Covers have slightly age toned exterior edges with foxing along spine which also has front cover slightly cracking away from gutter, otherwise intact panels and overall clean; Text block is slightly age toned on exterior edges with some writing on front end paper, clean text pages and good binding; pp 522.
Paris: 1790. Second Edition. Octavo, 167pp. Hardcover without jacket as issued. Bumping and shelf-wear. Light rubbing to red leather-bound boards. Head-edge gilt. Stamp to front paste down endpaper; offsetting from gilt filigree to both front and rear free endpapers. Mild foxing throughout text. Front hinge cracked. Includes two plates: frontispiece and portrait of La Marquise de Pompadour. Text is in French. Good copy only. Shelve: CASE #7 Spine is red leather with gilt text and five raised bands.
Paris: Firmin-Didot, 1879. First Edition. Large quarto in 3/4 brown marble with burgundy leather; VG; 6 band embossed spine with gold gilt; boards show some amount of shelf wear around corners and spine and slight soiling; small sticker inside front board; previous owner's signatures on ffep; strong binding; paper slightly faded and plates clean; contains 190 lithographs of patterns and 10 color lithographs (1 with gold lining); Jules Bourgoin traveled to Damascus in 1875 and came upon 150 plates which he could not acquire but reproduced and elaborated upon; 47 pages of text in French; shelved in Case 7.
Paris: Hermann, 1956-1969. first and second editions. set of five octavos in beige and ivory soft covers with black letters; in good condition; first three volumes slightly discolored with moderate shelf wear on spines; some discoloration; text clean; binding loosening with spine half detached on volume VI (chapters 7 and 8); contains chapters on Inegalites de convexite; espaces de Riesz;; integration des mesures; integration vectorielle; mesure de Haar; compiled by Actualites Scientifiques et Industrielles; previous owner's name on ffep; in FRENCH; shelved in Room 13; please contact us for shipping costs.
Paris: Compagnie de Commissaires-Priseurs, 1990. Quarto; VG+/VG-; Dark & Light blue spine with bright pink text; Dust jacket has slight age toning, rubbed exterior and corners, fraying and tear at top of spine; Boards have slightly rubbed edges, otherwise clean; Spine is cocked; Textblock is slightly age toned, some small spots at head edge; pp 367. Shelved Arts - French Additional shipping may be necessary due to size/weight restrictions for international/expedited orders.
Paris: Le Goupy, 1926. Limited Edition, no. 182/1075. Octavo; Limited Edition no. 182/1075; G+; Paperback; Spine tan with black print; Cellophane wrap is torn, spotted, penciled; cover itself has small tears at top and bottom of spine, slightly exposed binding, creasing along spine, wear to edges and bumped corners; Textblock has deckle edges, spotting on front endpaper, pencil mark on rear endpaper, slight foxing on some pages near spine; text in French; vi, 187 pages, frontispiece, illustrated.
Paris: Denoel/Gonthier, 1976. Signed First Edition Thus. French trade paperback; 201pp; modern graphic illustrated cover; minor wear and soiling; text block a bit toned; contents very good; inscribed by the author on first blank. [Spine; black titles on white]. Item kept in "13 ephemera" box in Netdesk area.
[Remington, Va.]: Military History Press, 2006. First North American Edition, Limited #805/1400. Quarto., iii, 227 pages; VG; bound in full burgundy morocco with gilt lettering and tooling; full gilt text block, minor scratching; sewn in ribbon; limited to 1,400 copies and signed by translator on bookplate to rear pastedown; shelved above case 7.
[Remington, Va.]: Military History Press, 2005. First North American Edition, Limited #60/1000. Quarto., 347 pages; VG; bound in full burgundy morocco with gilt lettering and tooling; full gilt text block, minor scratching; sewn in ribbon; limited to 1,000 copies and signed by translator on bookplate to front pastedown; shelved above case 7.
Paris: Albin Michel, Editeur, 1918. 12mo; pp 324; G/no-DJ; 3/4 bound brown leather spine with gilt text; slight sunning to exterior; rubbing wear to marbled boards; raised bands to spine; some rubbing to spine edges; text block has top edge gilt; slight age toning to fore and tail exterior edges; mild cracking to front gutter; deckled fore edge; French text;.
New York City: Brentano's, 1945. Small quarto, 203 pages; VG- condition; Black cloth with silver-gilded text on spine and cover and pasted reproduction of surrealist artwork on cover, spine is cocked, rubbing to edges especially foot edge and spine edges, bumping to all corners, minor wear to spine head and foot, wear to rear board, textblock edges have few blemishes and light age-toning; endpapers heavily age-toned with small pencil price notations on front free endpaper, interior unmarked and clean with slight age-toning to some edges.
Paris: Nicolas Le Gras, 1687. Second edition. 10mo in brown leather with six-band embossed spine and gold gilt; condition: Good; some shelf wear on board, with fraying on corners and small bump on upper right; spine is frayed with tear on leather on upper right; front board loosening but not affecting binding; inscription in black ink on title page; paper faded, with occasional foxing at the beginning; edges dusty; vol. 1 contains 268 pages including l'Isle de Notre Dame; vol. 2 focuses on the Rue de l'Universite and Paris bridges; in French; shelved in Case # 4.
Paris: Chez Francois Fournier, 1717. Seventh edition. 16mo; G/no-DJ; Brown spine with gold text; French language; Boards have rubbed exterior and edges, slight tear at head spine edge; Text block has shelf wear due to age and handling with some slight buckling and foxing, but tightly bound; Previous owner's book plate on front pastedown; Title page has library stamps; pp 494. eb/nd.
Bruxelles: Editions "La Boetie" n.d. Octavo; G/no-DJ paperback; off-white spine w/o text; 2 volumes; covers are lightly age toned; panels are unmarked otherwise w/ some tearing & fraying toward spine tail edges, condition noted; text block has slight wear due to age & handling on exterior edges; text pages are unmarked pages & tight binding; previous owner's name on ffep; pp 348. French text.
Antwerp: Fonds Mercator, 1995. Quarto; pp 343; VG/G; dark green spine with white text; slipcase has moderate wear to exterior; intact panels; dust shows slight wear to exterior; scratch to front joint; cloth has minimal wear to exterior; strong boards; text block shows slight wear to exterior edges; profusely illustrated; interior clean; additional shipping may be necessary due to size/weight restrictions for international/expedited orders.
Paris: Chez Gaston Boutitie & Cie, 1923. Limited Edition, #173/1030. 4to., 2 volumes; VG; bound in full burgundy leather, paneled spine with gilt lettering; boards and board sides both have double-ruled borders; turn-ins gilt decorated; top edges of text block gilt, others untrimmed; marbled endpapers; mild wear, primarily to corners and head and tail of spine; volume 2 has some splitting to the head and tail of front hinge; both volumes with matching colophons and matching limitation numbers #173; This catalog describes and reproduces 271 pieces of the engraved work of the artist, reproduced in collotype. Volume 1 has numbers 1-141, Volume 2 has 142-271; bilingual, with French and English type; shelved above Science.
Providence, RI; London: Brown University Press; Lund Humphries, 1962. Reprinted. Large octavo; pp 564; VG-/no-DJ; dark blue spine with gilt to red bar; cloth has slight rubbing to exterior; minor wear to edges; lightly sunned spine; strong boards; text block shows light wear to exterior edges; map illustrations to endpapers; light toning toward page edges of first few pages, otherwise clean; profusely illustrated in color, including maps; frontispiece; additional shipping may be necessary due to size/weight restrictions for international/expedited orders.
Lyon: Editions des Deux Fleuves, 1981. Octavo; VG-/no-DJ paperback; Green spine with black text; Covers are lightly rubbed with minor wear at edges, front cover slightly curled upwards, lightly sunned spine and overall intact; Text block shows slight shelf wear along exterior edges, but pages are clean, tight binding; pp 206. French language.
New York: Congdon & Weed, Inc., 1985. First Edition, First Printing. Octavo, 256 pages; VG/VG; spine pictorial with white and beige lettering; dust jacket protected with a mylar covering, price uncut '$16.95'; slight speckling to top edge of text block; SIGNED flat on title page as 'Bill Bryson'; extremely scarce signed; shelved case 9.
Paris: Sfelt, 1951. Octavo; G; Paperback; Spine, tan with black print, white label affixed to spine; Cover has age-toning, foxing, smudging, stain on back, small closed tear on back lower edge, bumped lower right corner; Textblock clean, age-toning to paper; text in French; 268 pages, frontispiece, 20 pages of plates, illustrated.