Tokyo: Tokyo Shorin, 1882. 5.75 in x 8.75 in. Good to very good. Some bumping, tears, and marking to covers, along with some loss of material, particularly evident at edges and corners. The text block is clean, with light age toning and a small instance of insect damage to the first volume, impacting the cover and the first eleven pages. Minor insect damage also affects the upper left corner of several pages in the first volume, but this does not impact the images or the text.
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Japan: Ichimura Theater, 1923. Thread binded program booklet from the Ichimura Theater for a 1923 New Year’s special performance includes several acts. The cover features story characters in the foreground with an image of snow-covered Mount Fuji in the background. It contains descriptions of the feature acts in the first section, and advertisements for goods and beauty products in the back section. The Ichimura-za burned down in the Great Kanto earthquake later that same year. Condition: Very good. Light bookmark folds at the upper left corner. Small yellow spots along upper edge. Dimensions booklet w 6 in x h 8.5 in.
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.
This lot includes the following articles by Bernard Berenson: Bernhard Berenson. Les Quatre Triptyques Bellinesques de l’église de la carità a Venise. Paris: Gazette des Beaux-Arts, 1913. [Text in French] Bernhard Berenson. Venetian Paintings in the United States: I. Art in America: An Illustrated Magazine. Volume III, Number II. February 1915. [Text in English] Bernhard Berenson. Venetian Paintings in the United States: Part Two. Art in America: An Illustrated Magazine. Volume III, Number III. April 1915. [Text in English] Bernhard Berenson. Venetian Paintings in the United States: Part Three. Art in America: An Illustrated Magazine. Volume III, Number IV. June 1915. [front cover of this one is detached] [Text in English] Venetian Paintings in the United States: Part Six. Art in America: An Illustrated Magazine. Volume IV, Number III. April 1916. [Text in English] Bernard Berenson. A Madonna by Giovanni Bellini Recently Acquired by Mr. Willys. Art in America: An Illustrated Magazine. Volume IV, Number IV. June 1916. [Text in English] Bernard Berenson. Un Botticelli Dimenticato: Estrato dal i Fascicolo--V anno di “Dedalo”. Milano--Roma: Casa Editrice d’Arte Bestetti & Tumminelli, June 1924. [Text in Italian] Bernardo Berenson. Fra Angelico Fra Filippo e la Cronologia. Estratto dal “Bollettino d’ Arte” del Ministro dell’Educazione Nazionale. Fasc. II, Agosto 1932. Roma: La Libreria della Stato. [Text in Italian] Bernard Berenson. Nova Ghirlandajana. Estratto da L’Arte. Fascicolo III. May 1933. [Text in Italian] Bernardo Berenson. Ristudiando i Disegni di Cosimo Rosselli. Estratto dal “Bollettino d’ Arte” del Ministro dell’Educazione Nazionale. Fasc. XII. Roma: La Libreria della Stato, Giugno 1933. [Text in Italian] First editions thus. Staple-bound articles in paper covers. Housed in protective case covered in grey cloth. Condition: Good to very good. All pamphlets exhibit age-toning, bumping and wear consistent with age. Three have been folded once vertically and two twice vertically; the front cover of “Venetian Painting in the United States” is detached but present. Several pamphlets have minor tears and chipping to covers. The text of all pamphlets is clearly legible. Plates in very good condition except where creased by folding of the whole pamphlet. Case shows light shelf wear and marking.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.