Lovanii: Apud Hieronymum Wellaeum, 1566. 193 numbered leaves (386 pp.). Text in Latin. Small octavo in an early vellum binding. Cropping to handwritten marginalia indicates that the volume has been rebound at least once. Condition: Very Good. The vellum is somewhat soiled and the boards slightly warped. Minor insect damage to spine. The pastedowns have torn in several places due to shrinking vellum, but the binding is overall very tight. There are some pencilled notes on endpapers and in margins and ink marginalia throughout the body of the text. The interior is age-toned. Dimensions 4 x 5.875 x 1.125 inches. Shelved case 3.
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c 1765. Two extracts from the folio edition of Diderot Encyclopédie, circa 1765. Manufacture des Glaces: nine pages of text and 46 plates. Depicts the production of plate glass, along with the tools and machinery employed. Lunettier: one page of text and four plates. Depicts an optician’s shop making lenses, and the tools and machinery employed. The importance of Diderot’s Encyclopedie as a revolutionary text is in part due to its embracing of an unprecedented range and depth of subjects. Through this, both the text and illustrations provide valuable insights into the materials and methodologies used by the artists and craftsmen of Diderot’s day. These details were rarely recorded, which makes glimpses captured in the Encyclopedie entries uniquely important and fascinating. Condition: Good. A fascicle in brown paper wraps with mild chipping and wear. Scattered spotting and slight browning consistent with age. Light and scattered pencil notations. Dimensions 10.75 x 15.875 x 0.625 inches.
Regensburg: Zunkle, 1756. Text in German, Translated to German by D. Martin Luther; Elephant folio. Full leather binding with elaborate blind tooling on covers and spine, and with gilt lettering on spine. Brass corner guards and clasps (fully functional). Text printed in blackletter, with some small inset illustrations and occasional full-page plates. Text block is free of writing. This book is a 1756 printing of the German translation of the Bible prepared by Martin Luther, one of the foremost figures of the Reformation movement. Luther’s translation of the Bible into German was wildly popular, owned by perhaps one third of all literate Germans during Luther’s own lifetime. Luther’s was not the first translation of the Bible into German, but it was the first to bypass the Latin Vulgate, and work instead directly from Hebrew and Greek texts. It had a transformative impact on the German language, much as the writings of Shakespeare or the King James translation of the Bible did in English. Condition: Good to Very Good. The covers show shelf wear, and one corner guard is slightly bent. There are crease lines on the spine and some cracking to joints and hinges. The textblock has some wear to edges, as well as foxing and age-toning on pages. Minor soiling from handling on end papers, bubbling on paste downs. Cracking to the lower half of the gutter between pages 544 and 545. Dimensions 12 x 17.625 x 5 inches.
Paris: H. Agasse, 1805. Quarto. Full tree calf binding with gilt lettering and ornamentation on paneled spine; hand-printed blue and white end papers. The text block is clean, and the leaves are printed on one side only. The volume presents a number of plates from an earlier dictionary of fine arts, which depict tools, techniques, and studio scenes for various categories of fine art. Condition: Good only. The binding shows minor fraying, scratches, and shelf wear consistent with age. Several plates are detached but present or damaged: “Composition et Expression” has been tipped in and then cut out with no damage to the plate. Plate 13 under Dessin [Drawing], “Jambes et Pieds,” has been cut out and then tucked back into the book in its original place. Plate 1 under Sculpture en Bois [Sculpture in Wood], “Vignette, atelier du sculpteur en boise, et outils,” has been removed and cut into three sections. As it originally depicted three separate images on a single page, only one of the three images was damaged in this process, but the printed title that accompanied the image has been lost. In addition, the final page of the table of contents has been removed and cut down slightly, but the page is tucked into the volume and there is no damage to the text. Two plates are absent from the book. Plate 8 under Gravure en taille-douce [Intaglio], “Gravure en manière de crayon,” has been removed. Plate 38 under Dessin [Drawing], “Proportions de la Vénus de Médicis,” is likewise absent. Dimensions 9.25 x 12 x 1.375 inches.
Lancaster: John R. Mathews, 1807. A volume of regulations pertaining to the operation of Pennsylvania's militia, published in Lancaster by John R. Mathews in 1807. Condition: Good only. The front cover and spine are absent, though the pages are still firmly attached. The pages are significantly age toned, with evidence of water damage throughout, and some handwritten text on the title page. Corners and spine are significantly bumped. Dimensions w 4.25 in x h 7 in.
Paris: La Villette, 1793. Two volumes; octavo. The first volume is 336 pages; the second volume is 451 pages. Both volumes are bound in contemporary full calf binding with gilt lettering and ornamentation on the spine and gilt ornamentation on the edges of the boards. The endpapers are marbled. A folding plate map of the east coast of the United States appears at the beginning of the first volume. The second volume includes three plates: a depiction of an Indian warrior, a folding plate depicting a British fortification, and a folding plate image and diagram of a fort at the end of the second volume. Also included with this lot are the title page of a Christie, Manson, and Wood catalogue for a 1926 auction of fine books, and a clipping, presumably from this catalogue, which lists these volumes as among the lots for that auction. In addition, the lot includes a typewritten letter, dated October 9, 1935, which discusses various English translations of the work and describes its historical significance at the time of first publication. Volumes condition: Good. Both volumes exhibit notable wear, including fraying at the foot and edges, loss of gilding, damage to labels, and water damage visible on end leaves and first several pages and final several pages of both volumes. Both volumes have clean text blocks. Letter and catalog sections condition: Good. All exhibit creases, minor tears and punctures, and yellowing consistent with age. The second page of the letter also has two closed tears along the horizontal crease and a partially open tear from the bottom of the page to the horizontal crease. These do not impact legibility. Dimensions 5.25 x 8 x 3.25 inches Shelved case 9.
California: Riverside Press, 1977. Oblong elephant folio. Full leather binding with gilt lettering on front cover. Bob Timberlake has had a long, successful career as a popular painter and furniture designer. Born in Lexington, North Carolina, he began his painting career in 1970. He was mentored by Andrew Wyeth. His painting has been put to many popular uses, including fundraising campaigns and postage stamps. This copy was formerly in the collection of the Library of Congress. Condition: Good. There is some fraying at the corners of the cover as well as scratches and dents on cover both front and back. Some stamps and pencil marks, including a Library of Congress stamp, appear on the first pages. There is water staining to the bottom left corner of a number of the first pages, though this does not impact any plates or text. Dimensions 18.5 x 14 x 1.625 inches.
Ferrara: Vittorio Baldini, 1607. C. Guidebaldo de Bonarelli. Filli di sciro, favola pastorale. Ferrara: Vittorio Baldini, 1607. 172 pp. Text in Italian. Duodecimo. Full contemporary vellum binding with faded black hand-written title and publication date on spine. Engraved title page and four engraved plates. Clean text block. Bookplate on front pastedown identifies the book as having belonged in the library of Joseph Alexander Graf von Hübner (1811-1892), an Austrian diplomat. An inscription on the front fly gives the name of another previous owner. Condition: Good to Very Good. Binding somewhat cockled, with minor shelf wear and bumping. Some foxing and age-toning , with stains to final pages. Dimensions 5.625 x 8 x 0.75 inches; Shelved case 3.
Washington, D.C. U.S. Government Printing Office, 1900/1903. First Edition. Glenn Brown. History of the United States Capitol. 2 volumes. 56th Congress, 1st session, 1900/1902, Senate Document 60. First edition; folio. Both volumes in full red cloth binding with gilt ornamentation and lettering on covers and spines. The name of Albert S. Burleson (1863-1937), a former Postmaster General and U.S. Representative fromTexas, is engraved on the front cover of the first volume. Both volumes contain numerous plates, including architectural photographs and plans, portraits, and historical prints and photographs. Condition: Good. Both volumes show fraying and rubbing to head and foot of spine, edges, and corners; general marking due to shelf wear; age-toning throughout; and some chipping to the edges of pages. Both bindings also have somewhat shaken bindings. Volume 1 has a crack after the first gathering and some water-staining on the left side of the top edge throughout, though this does not impact text or plates. Volume 2 has a four-inch tear to the cloth covering over one joint (the board is still fully attached from the inside) and a notable open tear over the author’s name on the spine. There is some water staining to the cover, as well as to the upper left corner and the lower right corner throughout the volume which does not affect either text or plates. There are gutter cracks after the first gathering and before the last gathering. Dimensions 12.25 x 15.25 x 5 inches DG consignment.
Paris: Chez Desaint, David, Durand, 1757. Second Edition. Text in French. Octavos. Bound in contemporary full brown calf. Gilt ornamentation on boards (double rule with roll). Paneled spine with gilt lettering in two compartments and gilt ornamentation in remaining four. The endpapers are marbled, and the text block edges are tinted red. The volumes contain a total of four folding maps and three folding plans, with one each in volumes 1, 2, 3, and 4, three in volume 6, and no maps or plans in volume 5. Maps and plans in excellent condition. The text block is very clean. Condition: Very Good. Some shelf wear and rubbing on spines and boards. Boards are slightly bowed. Slight age-toning and foxing to pages. Dimensions 4.125 x 6.75 x 9 inches shelved above occult.
Washington DC: 1891-1895. First edition. Elephant Folio. Condition: Fair. Housed in a binding made with two plywood boards and a clasp made from an old belt; each plate is a two-page folding map or illustration; brittle paper as is usual. Includes 163 of the 175 plates, and includes the plate 135 supplements, but lacks plates 161-175. Also lacking the 29-page preface, indexes and introductory material, as well as two-page errata sheet listing additional authorities for the map not listed in the original index. With 25 of the original 35 title pages; misbound, with title pages usually followed by 5/6 plates, as expected, but not always the 5/6 plates called for on the title page. Dimensions 16 in x 20 in.
Paris: Librairie de Firmin-Didot, 1887. New edition. 402 pp. Text in French. Tall quarto. Hardcover with slipcase and sturdy binding. All edges gilt, with silk moiré endpapers. Includes numerous engravings, both black and white and color. Text block clean. Condition: Good only. The volume has been rebacked, and shows bumping and shelf-wear to gilt-decorated leather boards, including soiling and abrasions. The endpapers are somewhat soiled, and there is some age-toning to the textblock. There is chipping, edge-wear and scratching to slipcase, as well as a long red stain on one side. Dimensions 9.875 x 12 x 3 inches.
London: R. and J. Dodsley, 1759 - 1760. First Edition, first printing. Both first editions. Both volumes bound in full leather binding with raised bands, gilt ornamentation and lettering on spines, and gilt ornamentation on edges of boards. A book plate belonging to David Henshaw Ward appears on the pastedown of the 1758 volume. Both texts blocks are clean. Condition: Good to Very Good. Some scuffing and shelf-wear to edges and spines. Both volumes rubbed, bumped, and frayed at corners; some light fraying at spine edges. Missing spot of leather (removed sticker?) to 1758 volume; repaired spine and new end papers to 1759 volume. Some light spotting to both. 1758 volume does not include title page, table of contents, or preface; 1759 volume does not include title page or preface. Both volumes are missing title pages and tables of contents. Dimensions 5.375 x 8.25 x 3 inches.
Vinegia: Presso Altobello Salicato, 1601/1602. Girolamo Bardi Fiorentino. Della cose Notabili della città di Venetia: Libri II. Vinegia: Presso Altobello Salicato, 1601. 143 pp. Text in Italian. Girolamo Bardi Fiorentino. Dichiaratione di tutti le historie, che si contengono ne i quadri posti nuouamente nelle Sale dello Scrutinio, & del gran Consiglio del Palagio Ducale della Serenissima Republica di Vinegia, nella quale si ha piena intelligenza delle più segnalate vittorie; conseguite di varie nationi del mondo dai Venetiani. Vinegia: Presso Altobello Salicato, 1602. 47 pp. Text in Italian. Duodecimo volume in a contemporary full vellum binding. Two works, both by Girolamo Bardi Fiorentino, are bound together in this volume. An ownership inscription, now somewhat faded, has been written in ink on the bottom edge. The interior of the volume is generally clean and tight. Condition: Good to Very Good. The vellum is somewhat soiled and age-discolored, and the binding somewhat cockled. The endpapers are soiled, and show some pencil notes from previous owners. The back endpaper is partially detached from the vellum, and there is minor insect damage to the first and last pages. Dimensions 3.875 x 6.25 x 0.5 inches Shelved case 3.
London: E. and R. Brooke, 1792. London: E. and R. Brooke, 1792. xii, 620 pp.,  index. First Edition. Octavo, bound in full 19th century tree calf with gilt ornamentation. The volume has been rebacked with a new spine of brown calf with black label and gilt lettering and ornamentation. Marbled endpapers; the bookplate of Phythian-Adams on front pastedown. Condition: Good to Very Good. Significant repairs to spine. Butterfly damp stain in upper spine area of first several pages. Dimensions 5.75 x 8.75 x 1.875 inches.
Giessae Hessorum: Nicolaus Hampelius, 1615/1618. Helfricus Ulricus Hunnius. Tractatus de Usufructu. Giessae Hessorum: Nicolaus Hampelius, 1618. Text in Latin. Helfricus Ulricus Hunnius. De Interpretatione et Authoritate Juris: Libri duo. Giessae Hessorum: Nicolaus Hampelius, 1615. Text in Latin. Duodecimo in full contemporary vellum. Two works by the same author are bound in a single volume. The boards are decorated with blind ruling; some hair follicles visible on vellum. All edges of the text block are stained dark blue, as issued. The text block is largely clean, with a bookplate and inscription of two previous owners on the front pastedown. Condition: Very Good. The boards show light wear and are a little bowed. The textblock shows light age-toning and occasional foxing. The title page for Tractatus de Usufructu (the first of the two works in the volume) is somewhat loose but still attached. Dimensions 3.375 x 5 x 1.875 inches; Shelved case 3.
London: Chatto and Windus, 1891. Octavo, full cloth binding with gilt lettering and ornamentation. Condition: Good to Very Good. Some bumping and rubbing to corners, top and bottom of spine, and front board. A few bookseller's annotations on endpapers. Pages are somewhat age toned. Dimensions w 4.75 in x h 6 7/8 in.
Paris: c 1870. A. Alphand. Les Promenades de Paris: Les promenades de Paris, histoire--description des embellissements--dépenses de création et d'entretien des Bois de Boulogne et de Vincennes, Champs-Élysées--parcs--squares--boulevards--places plantées, étude sur l'art des jardins et arboretum. Text volume only. 246 + cviii +  pp. Text in French. Elephant folio. Bound in full green pebble-grained cloth with extensive gilt ornamentation and lettering to boards and spine. Bookplate of Edward Alexander Parsons of New Orleans on front pastedown. Please note that this volume is large and heavy, and will incur additional shipping costs. Jean Charles Adolphe Alphand (1817-1891) was a French civil engineer and landscape architect who contributed to the renovation of Paris under Napoléon III by straightening roads and designing public gardens. He also oversaw aspects of the planning for the International Exhibitions in Paris in 1867, 1878, and 1889. Condition: Good. Rebacked with minimal loss to spine; cloth preserved over new boards with repairs to corners and joints. Some scratches and wear to covers. Original endpapers preserved, though with a few open tears. Closed tear (3 cm or 1 ⅛ in) at bottom left corner of first free endpaper. Light foxing and age-toning to interior. Dimensions 19 x 25 x 2.75 inches.
Lausanne: Andre Gonin, 1943. Limited Edition, #159/174. 136 pages plus indices. Text in French. Small folio, loose-bound in salmon-colored wraps with black title and device on front, housed in a protective outer cover of paper-covered cloth boards with a gilt title on the spine. Included are 21 original engravings, 11 of which are full-page. The volume is signed by the engraver and the publisher (André Gonin), and is a limited edition (edition number 159/174). Condition: Very Good. There is some loss of paper covering at the joints of the outer cover, along with water staining at bottom left and general light marking and discoloration. The inner wraps have a 1 ¼ in. split to the bottom front joint and very minor wear to the corners and the head of the spine. The text block shows light age-toning and some foxing to pages, especially at the fore-edges. Dimensions 11.125 x 15 x 1.25 inches Shelved case 11.
Jacobis Stoer, 1607. Text in Latin. Sextodecimo in contemporary vellum boards. There is a blind-tooled pattern of bands and stars on spine, with “Macrobius” inked in the top compartment, and the binding is tight Two provenance notes on the front fly and title page are dated 1645 and 1858. Condition: Very Good. Some staining to the vellum and to the bottom of the text-block. Dimensions 3.625 x 5 x 1.75 inches.
Amsterdam: chez Ian Ianssen: Ian Ianssen, 1627. Thick quarto bound in early full vellum.; Fair;. The vellum shows moderate soiling and wear, and the front pastedown has tiny ink inscriptions. The paper is at times heavily faded and wobbly with slight offsetting not affecting text. The first 53 pages and first 20 plates are water-stained along the fore edge; the back of plate 42 contains blue and black ink signatures. The title page is absent. The following sections are present: Geometry, Perspective, Symmetry, Doric Columns, and Fortification. The volume also contains a Table of Dimensions of Fortifications. The following plates are present: AA, 4-10, 14-17, 17-24, 30, 32-35, 41, 42, 9-14, 16-18, 23, 24, 5, 8-39, 43-46, 11, 17-23, 26-30, 33, 37, 38, 51, 59, 60, 62-65, 74-79, Z, AA-EE, 1-10, for a total of 117 plates. There are numerous signs of plates being excised. Dimensions 8.625 x 12.625 x 3.125 inches Shelved case 4.
Lipsiae: Johannis Casparis Meyeri/Gottfried Liebezeit, 1692. Fifth Revised edition. Two works of Judaica bound together in a single volume: Henrico Opitio [Heinrich Opitz] with B. Wasmuthi. Hazer leshon ha-qodesh: Hoc est atrium linguae sanctae. Lipsiae: Johannis Casparis Meyeri, 1692. Fifth Revised edition. 156 pages. Henrico Opitio [Heinrich Opitz]. Novum Lexicon Hebraeo-Chaldaeo-Biblicum. Lipsiae: Gottfried Liebezeit, 1692. 1095 pp. [Hebrew] + 62 pp. [Chaldaean]. Square quarto in full vellum binding with faded hand-written titles on spine. All edges tinted blue. Pagination restarts with each part. Text in Hebrew and Latin. Condition: Very Good. The binding is shaken, with some shelf-wear and bumping. The spine and boards are sunned and somewhat warped, and there are some splits at hinges and gutter. Medium age-toning and some foxing. Scattered marginalia, some of which are in Hebrew and some of which appear to be lists of occurrences of particular Hebrew words in the Hebrew Scriptures. Dimensions 7 x 8.125 x 3.125 shelved case 4.
New York: Bollingen Foundation and Pantheon Books, 1966. First Edition. oblong Quarto, 71pp.; VG/VG; spine tan with black lettering; housed in VG brown slipcase with tan paper labels; dust jacket price uncut; INSCRIBED on ffep by St.-John Perse, dated May 1966; bilingual; interior clean; shelved above case 3.
Washington DC: Librix Continuum, 2004. Three Plays by Tennessee Williams: These are the Stairs You Got to Watch, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Glass Menagerie. Washington, DC: , 2004. A scarce copy of this fine limited edition of 1500, signed by John Paul Greenawalt (one of the artists responsible for book design and art binding) and numbered 6/1500 on the limitation page. This is an elephant size folio edition, bound in full calf with blind lettering and gilt ornamentation. It comes with a green suede portfolio, which contains three of the illustrations by Clarice Smith (the other three are bound into the text). Both are contained in a leather box lined with green suede. While two of the plays printed here are well known, the third—“These Are the Stairs You Got to Watch”—was discovered only after Williams's death, and is published here for the first time. The volume was published by Librix Continuum in celebration of the Shakespeare Theater’s, Washington, D.C., production of Five by Tenn (five one-act plays all by Tennessee Williams) in 2004. The book was selected to be a part of the Library of Congress Special Collections, and has been acquired by numerous colleges, universities, and collectors of fine books and art objects. Condition: Good only. The volume has sustained water damage affecting the leather casing, cover, end papers and a number of pages including the title page and the glassine preceding each work. Plates (both bound and in portfolio) are unaffected by water damage. There are a number of scratches to the cover. Dimensions 15.75 x 21.375 x 4.125 inches.
New York and Columbus, OH: Jacob H. Studer & Co, 1881. Quarto. Bound in full leather with five raised bands on the spine and beveled boards; gilt lettering and ornamentation on spine and boards. All edges are gilt. The volume contains 119 chromolithograph plates protected by tissue. All plates are in excellent condition. Condition: Very Good. There is some wear along the edges, corners, and the bands on the spine; the endpapers have been repaired at the hinges. The tissue guards protecting the plates have a few small tears. Dimensions 12.25 x 15.125 x 1.875 inches.
Cambridge: Macmillan and Co., 1859. Octavo in quarter maroon leather and three quarters maroon cloth over boards, with leather corners and gilt text and design. The spine has five raised bands, and the text block edges are in full gilt. The endpapers are red marbled paper, and there is a navy ribbon sewn into the head of the binding. Condition: Very Good. The front joint is worn and has been repaired. The volume shows minimal shelf wear, and the binding is square and tight. There is some age-toning to text block, and a previous owner's name has been penciled neatly onto the front free endpaper. 244 pp. Dimensions 5.5 x 7.125 x 0.875 inches.
Lugdunum: Ioannes Pul [Ioannes Pullonus], 1547. Tibulli, propertii, ac Ovidii flores, ab Ioanne Murmelio olim selecti, nunc autem ab Augusto Botta Rouescallen. Iocupletissimè aucti, ac recogniti. Edited by Ioannes Murmellius and Augustus Botta Rouescallen. Lugdunum: Ioannes Pullonus, 1547. 117 pp. Text in Latin. Duodecimo in early vellum boards. A partial title has been written on the spine in faded ink. The initials F.R.G.F.C. appear in ink on the title page, and the name Erasmus has been crossed out in two instances. A book stamp (likely placing this volume in a library or collection in Bologna in the 19th century) appears on the final page of text. Condition: Very Good. The boards are very thin and have become cockled. The vellum is somewhat darkened with age and light staining and shows minor insect damage. There is evidence of a closure device, now absent, on both boards. Both paste downs are partially detached, but the binding is overall very solid. The pages are somewhat age-toned with occasional foxing. There are a handful of small ink marks to the textblock. Dimensions 4.25 x 6.375 x 0.625 inches shelved case 3.
Rome: Pumpkin Press, 1894. 203 pages plus “Addendum Mirabile.” Folio, first edition, bound in full red leather with gilt lettering on the spine. This is a limited edition (edition number 32 of 72 total copies), and is inscribed by the author to Dr. and Mrs. Boorstin. Condition: Very Good to Excellent. There is slight rubbing to the corners and a few small scratches to the boards. Dimensions 10.25 x 14.5 x .75 inches.
London: The Sydenham Society, 1851. Text in Latin and English. Folio; unpaginated. Bound in full dark green cloth, with gilded lettering and coat of arms on a label on the front cover and a matching gilded coat of arms on back cover. The volume is profusely illustrated, and is complete with 34 plates. William Hunter (1718-1783) was a Scottish anatomist, obstetrician, author, and teacher. He spent most of his career in London, where he became Physician Extraordinary to Queen Charlotte (the wife of George III), and supervised the delivery of fourteen of her children. Through his ties to the royal family, he gained a favorable reputation among the London upper classes, and provided similar services to many elite and noble families. Hunter also ran a prestigious anatomy school where dissections were a prominent part of the curriculum. He commissioned the engravings in this work based on dissections completed at his anatomy school, drawn in an anatomically accurate manner and in real time rather than from memory. The resulting publication was groundbreaking: Hunter was one of the first to study the anatomy of the uterus during pregnancy, and as a result of his research he was able to correctly describe several features which were either unknown or misunderstood by his contemporaries. Condition: Good. The binding shows light smudging and rubbing to corners and edges. There are small tears to the half title page, title page, and preface, and a small hole on all of these pages extending through the first several pages of the Description of Plates. This is an ex library copy; two small library “withdrawn” stamps and a few numbers appear in the footer of the preface. There is some foxing throughout, including to the plates. The final page has a minor chip at the fore-edge. Dimensions 14 x 19.125 x 1 inches.