Paris: Larousse, 1957. first edition. Set of three thick quarto in black hardcovers embossed with gold gilt with illustrated DJ in brodart; VG/VG-; spine green, beige and blue with white letters; DJ have substantial shelf wear, with tears and abrasions, but protected by brodart; paper and text in good condition; paper slightly faded; text in fine print and in FRENCH; all illustrations in black and white; app. 350 pages each volume; shelved alcove; LR consignment; please contact us for shipping costs.
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Paris: Firmin-Didot, 1892. First edition; illustrated with 17 plates and map;. Thick quarto in 1/2 brown marble hardcovers and red leather; VG; six-band embossed spine with gold letters; moderate soiling and shelf wear with some fraying along edges; frontispiece illustration; engravings clean; folded color map at the end; pp. 684; in French; shelved in Case # 1; please contact us for shipping costs; IR consignment.
Paris: Delagrave, ca. 1913. First edition. Large folio magazine rebound in 3/4 red marble and brown leather; VG; six-band embossed spine; moderate shelf wear around edges; ex-libris plate inside front cover; open back gutter; strong binding; marbled end pages; tiny closed tears on first end pages; paper heavily faded; text clean in French; pp. 398; contains Daumier, Forain, Leandre, Louis Morin among others; shelved in Case # 7; please contact us for shipping costs; GP consignment.
Paris: Librairie de Firmin-Didot Freres, 1878. Quarto, xiii, 560 pages; VG; bound in publisher's gilt-stamped red cloth, sun-faded spine with gilt lettering; mild wear to hinges, some chipping to head of spine; marbled endpapers; mild foxing throughout; Illustrated with of 16 Chromolithographs and 250 woodcuts (of which 20 are taken out of text); consignment; shelved case 11.
Milan: Alice Edition, 1974. First limited edition (1 of 1,750). Thin, oblong folio in beige and green soft covers with grey cardboard case; VG/G; case shows some shelf wear on spine; tiny stain on back cover; contains 24 watercolours and the foreword in form of lithograph by Max Ernst; shelved in Case # 11; please contact us for shipping costs; IR consignment.
Paris: Treuttel et Wurtz, 1817. Second edition, revised. Small octavos in 1/2 brown leather and marble hardcovers with six-band spine; VG; moderate shelf wear on boards with fraying around corners; end pages and first few pages slightly soiled; text and paper clean; pp. 530 and 452; in French; contains 15 plates and 13 engravings in vol. 1; shelved in Case # 9; IR consignment.
Boston: The Riverside Press, 1909. Limited Edition, #283/370. small 4to., 337pp.; VG; bound in green cloth with gilt; wrapped in the original glassine cover, numerous rips, including a chunk missing along the tail of spine and the lower part of the front cover; fore and lower edges of text block deckled; of a limited edition of 370 copies, this is number 283; many pages uncut; interior clean; MA consignment; shelved case 12.
Amsterdam: Elzevier, 1655. First edition. 12mo in vellum with flattened corners; VG; moderate soiling or shelf wear and strong binding; ex-libris plate on second front page; pencil and ink inscriptions on back of front board and first end page; dusty edges; clean text in very tight print; two volumes in one book; scarce; this book was published in English in 1656 as "Men before Adam" and burned in public in Paris before La Peyrere recanted and converted to Catholicism; contains a folded map of the Holy Land, in very good condition; shelved in Case # 3; VK consignment.
Paris: Demoraine et Compagnie, 1824. First Edition. 32mo., 128 pages; VG-; bound in publisher's red long-grained morocco, smooth spine with gilt tooling, no title, fillet and dentelle border on covers; dull gilt to all edges; rear two gatherings uncut; gutters loosely attached; text in French; Illustrated with 3 maps bound in front, "Plan de Paris et de ses Faubourgs", "La France et les Etats voisins", and "l'Europe divisées en ses principales parties", some mild wear to maps, two tears along folds; SP consignment; shelved case 3.
Philadelphia: Carey and Hart, 1842. First American Edition. Five Octavos; VG-; Blue cloth boards and spine with gilt lettering; General edge wear, bumping to the corners; All spines are faded; Bindings are strong; Text block is foxed, mostly at or near the edges, some interiors affected; End papers foxed; Four volumes of text and one volume of 55 black and white plates; Please contact us for international or expedited shipping; DS Consignment; Shelved above Nature.
London: printed for Henry Rhodes at the Star, 1695. First English Edition. Octavo, , 228, 260 pages,  ads; VG; bound in early gilt morocco, rebacked with a marching paneled gilt spine; headband slightly loose; bookplate to front pastedown; all edges of text block gilt; title page with archival repair to top edge, having been trimmed, open tear to lower fore edge, lower fore corner with a chip missing; pages 97-112 with hand-corrected page numbers; some soiling and wear to pages; pages 115/116 and 117/118 with minor archival repair. Early hand wrote 'Hot' on page 1, above 'Amours,' Use of Hot as "full of sexual desire, lustful" dates to c. 1500, while the sense of "inciting desire" is c. 1800. MW consignment; shelved case 3.
London: Edward Blount & Will Aspley, 1630. Fourth edition in English. Small quarto in dark brown leather; condition: Good; general shelf wear and soiling; open tears and fraying around spine and boards' edges; closed tears and rubbing on boards; end pages creased; copper engraved title page; paper edges dark and dusty; wobbly paper clean and age-toned; text clean, in tight print; pp. 588; this is the fourth of nine editions in English before 1700; shelved in Case # 10; GP consignment.
Paris: Bernard Grasset, 1927. Limited edition (V on Annam paper). 8vo. rebound in brown, sleek leather with gold gilt in brown marbled case; VG; marble satin end pages with gold frame (art Deco binding); deckle edges; text in large print; stamp on back of last end page; pp. 259; in French; shelved in Case # 12; IR consignment.
Gettysburg, PA: James Magee, printer, 1802. Rare Gettysburg imprint. 16mo; good+/none; full brown leather with gilt title and panel rulings; new endpapers; ex libris, signature, title-page; all corners and edges, chipping, wear, and some abrasions; text block, clean with foxing, spot staining; and light general age-toning; 272 pp.; small dog-ears with text loss on final pages, 271-272, missing head-edge; spine and boards, creases and scars; else very good; ---CONSIGNMENT. Shelved Case #3.
Paris: Bachelier, Imprimeur-Libraire, 1847. First Edition. Octavo, xiv, 353 pages, 9 plates; VG; bound in 3/4 brown calf, brown cloth boards, paneled spine with gilt, burgundy label and gilt titling; marbled endpapers; hinges beginning to separate, wear primarily to head of spine, hinges, corners; top edge of text block gilt, others uncut; bookplate to front pastedown; text in French; MW consignment;.
London: Rodwell and Martin, 1822. First edition. Thick quarto in burgundy leather with gold gilt; six-band spine with heavy gilt; VG; moderate shelf wear on boards, mostly around spine and edges; gilt edges; paper sunned with light, occasional foxing or offsetting; text in French; contains an engraving on each page with descriptive paragraphs; shelved in Case # 7; please contact us for shipping costs; SD consignment.
Paris: Francois Huby, 1613. First Edition. Thick 12mo in discolored vellum; G; substantial shelf wear on covers with large open tear on spine, binding still strong but loosening; engraving title page stained and brittle; paper wobbly with general offsetting and slight foxing; previous owner's ex-libris inscription on back page; pp. 850; text in French with no marks; scarce, early edition of this work; shelved in Case 3; GP consignment.
New York: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1960. Limited edition (58 copies); signed (#D). Thick, small quarto in burgundy leather with five-band embossed spine and gold letters in cardboard case; bound by hand; VG/VG; moderate shelf wear on spine with slight fraying around edges; front board slightly loosening on top; marbled end pages clean; paper and text clean; three pages have minuscule notches on the edge; pp. 400; abundant illustrations, mostly in black and white, with color at the end; synopsis of each chapter at the end; dedication in French and signature on special page; shelved in Case # 7; please contact us for shipping costs; GP consignment.
Paris: Editions de la Nouvelle Revue Française, 1917. Limited Edition, #247/575. Octavo, unpaginated; Fine; in original printed wrappers, with the tanned as usual, very lightly chipped glassine, offsetting onto endpapers, as usual; #247/575 numbered copies on Vergé d'Arches, in addition to twenty-five copies on Japon; text in French; MW consignment; shelved case 0.
Paris: Durand Ainé, Marcand D'Estampes, 1832. Quarto, unpaginated; VG; bound in 3/4 red calf, marbled boards; gilt stamping and titling to spine; head and tail both have some glue repair, head with drop of glue showing, chipping to head and tail of spine' some rubbing and wear to binding; bookplate to front pastedown; with 70 beautifully colored plates, some mild foxing, primarily to edges; list of plates bound in rear; MW consignment; shelved case 11.
[Paris]: De l'imprimerie royale, 1752. First Edition. Quarto, 2 volumes; VG; bound in contemporary calf with gilt seal to center of each board, newly rebacked in pale brown leather, two burgundy labels with gilt titling; all edges of text block gilt; some rubbing and wear to boards; marbled endpapers; bookplate to front pastedown; illustrated with 3 engraved headbands and 2 title vignettes.; MW consignment; shelved case 7.
[n.p. but Paris]: [n.p.]. Early Edition. Quarto, 123 leaves; VG; bound in period speckled calf, paneled spine with gilt, titling worn off; some wear and rubbing to boards; speckled textblock; two bookplates to front pastedown; with 122 leaves of plates plus an engraved title page; MW consignment; shelved case 4.
1803/1804/1808. 1) ALS. "F. Berthollet." One page (of a bifolium) in French, 7.25" x 8.75", Arcueil [France]; May 28, 1803. In this letter to an unnamed minister, Madame Berthollet requests the original letters from Berthollet [her husband or herself?] requesting assistance with finding an administrative position for two people when the minister sends his recommendations for said people to give to officials at the administrative offices they wish to enter into. 2) ALS. "F. Berthollet." One page (of a bifolium with an integral address sheet) in French, 6.5" x 8", Arcueil; July 29, 1803. In this letter to a Madame Vinneux in Lausanne, Madame Berthollet informs her friend that she will be able to obtain a passport for her and that the ambassador to Switzerland will assist her with the necessary steps for her return to France. 3) ALS. "F. Berthollet." Three pages (of a bifolium with an integral address sheet) in French, 6.5" x 8.25", Arcueil; June 11, 1804. In this letter to Madame Vinneux, Madame Berthollet opens by speculating that passport troubles are being caused by "cette saison" [presumably meaning the contemporaneous political situation] and will seek information about the delay experienced by her friend in obtaining permission to travel. Mme. Berthollet was convinced her friend was on her way and assures her that she and her husband speak of her and "their second son," Déodat, at every meal. Meanwhile her husband has received a "new distinction" from the government that she describes as more of a burden than a privilege since they must outfit an "archbishop's house" with furniture, linens and all the rest [Claude Louis Berthollet was made a Grand Officier de la Légion d'Honneur in 1804]. 4) ALS. "F. Berthollet." One page (of a bifolium) in French, 7.5" x 9.25", Arcueil; January 9, 1808. In this letter, Madame Berthollet invites Monsieur and Madame Tochon [could be Joseph-François Tochon (1772-1820), numismatist, collector, and political figure] to dinner in Arcueil. Condition: Letters have usual folds. Letter 2 has four pin holes through lower left hand corner, and small paper loss where seal was broken when letter opened; otherwise good. Letter 3 has four pins holes through the lower left hand corner, and small paper loss where seal was broken when letter was opened; otherwise good. Letter 4 has some paper loss on the last line of the letter where gaul ink has bled through paper, effective several words; otherwise good.; Consignment; shelved case 0.
1732. Lemery," "Boulduc," "Geoffroy." One page, with cross outs and words added, in French, 7.5" x 8.5", [Paris?]; February 27, 1732. In this report, possibly in Lemery's hand and presumably prepared for the French Academy of Science, Lémery, Boulduc, and Geoffroy write the following concerning the trade of rhubarb We have examined by order of the Academy a dissertation submitted the Controller General concerning the trade of rhubarb and false rhubarb which was substituted for the [latter or former?] because it is rare in France; we opine that in order to [illegible] the trade of rhubarb which is as delicious from Archangel to the Echelles du Levant [ports in the Near East and North Africa], it would be in the interest of the king and the public good that the [illegible] forbid the entry of false rhubarb from foreign lands. If false rhubarb is useful in certain cases, enough of it grows in the kingdom to satisfy that need." Condition: Manuscript has creases along edges, small section of paper loss under Lemery's signature; otherwise good.; Consignment; shelved case 0.
London: printed [by William Stansby] for Walter Burre [and are to be sold at his shop in Paules Church-yard at the signe of the Crane], 1614. First Edition. Folio; G+; bound in early diced brown calf, newly rebacked with new spine and corners, paneled with gilt lettering; housed in a custom brown buckram covered clamshell; With the Poem and the engraved title page. Both have been trimmed and inlaid, possibly having been married to this copy from another.; With 5 folding maps, Lacking 3 maps: the Arabian Desert (pages 414/415), Troy (452/453), and Troy (454/455). Maps trimmed incredibly close, with map of the Middle East impacted just slightly.; Lacking blank leaf 3K4 and terminal blank 7C6; 4G3r has the woodcut initial hand-colored, with the color bleeding over to the facing page; with the Errata leaf at the end; Printer’s name and bookseller’s address from colophon.; "The first part of the historie of the vvorld .. The third booke" (caption title) begins new pagination on 4A1r.; LD consignment; shelved case 4.
[Rouen]: [n.p.], 1707. First Edition, First Issue. Quarto, , 204,  pages; VG; Bound in contemporary calf, spine gilt with raised bands, gilding faded and a bit rubbed, inner hinge front cover cracked but binding solid. Large folding table, "Formulaire qui peut servir pour tout un pays", at page 192.; Extremely Rare First Edition, First Issue, with B4 in an uncancelled state, on p. 16, a setier is given as weighing 170, rather than 240 pounds, "...le septier pesant net cent soixante & dix livres..."; In Le Projet d’une dixme royale (“Project for a Royal Tithe”), one of the 18th century’s most important writings on political reform, Sébastien Le Prestre de Vauban (1633-1707) suggested replacing existing taxes, which were unfair and offered limited yield, with a 10% income tax on all land and trade from which no one should be exempt. He substantiated his arguments with a mass of statistical documentation practically unprecedented and, in doing so, pioneered the use of statistics in economics. The idea, which occurred to Vauban as he made observations on his constant travels throughout the kingdom, was intended to help France overcome an economic crisis and keep its rank as a great power. As the situation worsened, in 1706 Vauban had his book secretly printed in François Maurry’s Rouen press and gave his entourage the first copies, bound in Paris at the widow Fétil’s. The French government, too deeply committed to the system of tax farming (i.e., selling the right to collect taxes to groups of financiers for a fixed sum), was reluctant and even unable to revoke the exemptions of the privileged classes. Their dependence on them, and lacking interest in fundamental reforms, led to the government suppressing the publication of his book. On February 14, 1707 the Privy Council ordered the destruction of all the copies, which had been published without permission. The ailing Vauban did not survive the affair, dying on March 30th. Subsequent searches of his home failed to turn up any other copies.; According to Boislisle, the first edition was printed in Rouen in 1706 at the initiative of the Abbé de Beaumont (who is actually credited with the authorship of the work by Boisguilbert). Vauban had the sheets bound by the widow of a certain Fétil, and took great pains that the book did not have any public circulation. It was prohibited on 14 February 1707, but apparently the police were only able to seize two copies. To the police, the binder declared she had had 264 copies in total, 12 bound in morocco, the rest in calf. The two copies seized at the Abbé de Beaumont's were described as in 'veau fauve' and marbled parchment. See Arthur Michel de Boislisle, La Proscription du projet de Dime Royale et la mort de Vauban (Mémoire lu à l'Académie des sciences morales et politiques), Paris, 1875.; A notable rarity, of 'an erudite economic work much in advance of its time, and distinguished both by accuracy of method and breadth of view' (Palgrave), 'creditable alike to the heart and the head of its illustrious author' (McCulloch). 'Though the book was published anonymously, and only a few copies issued (for circulation among friends), Vauban had to submit to the mortification of seeing it 'pilloried' by the parliament, while he himself incurred the displeasure of the king (Louis XIV).' (Palgrave).; The copy of the author himself contained four pages of manuscript in which statements were to be found which could not be printed and in which Vauban, among other things, clearly distinguishes between nobles which have earned their title and position by their actions, whether by their ancestors and by themselves and are an honour to the State, and those who have purchased their titles and are of no use at all to the State. [Les Collections Aristophil].; The Projet d'une Dixme Royale is an outstanding work in the field of public finance. Its two most notable features are its understanding of the central role of fiscal policy in economic reform - the result of an exceptionally comprehensive grasp of the economic process - and its use of detailed numerical data to substantiate conclusions. Schumpeter called the work 'unsurpassed, before or after, in the neatness and cogency of the argument . Purposeful marshalling of all the available data was the essence of his analysis. Nobody ever understood better the true relation between facts and argument. It is this that makes him an economic classis in the eulogistic sense of the work, and a forerunner of modern tendencies' (Schumpeter, History of Economic analysis, p. 204).; BH consignment; shelved case 3.