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PICASSO SCULPTEUR, Abadie, Daniel; Pierre Sterckx
1 Abadie, Daniel; Pierre Sterckx PICASSO SCULPTEUR
Paris Beaux-Arts 2000 2842783468 / 9782842783464 Paperback Fine 4to 11" - 13" tall 
48 pages; Essay by Daniel Abadie titled Picasso l'Homme, Picasso l'Oeuvre; essay by Pierre Sterckx titled Picasso, l'Acrobat et le Bricoleur; 32 pages of colour plates of Picasso's sculptural works printed on glossy photographic stock. Text in French. This publication by Beaux Art was issued on the occasion of the Exposition Picasso Sculpteur organized by the Braubourg Center at MNAM in 2000, but does not appear to be the official catalogue of the exhibition. ISBN: 2842783468 OCLC: 468192126; Experience the pleasure of reading and appreciating this actual printed item. It has its own physical history that imbues it with a character lacking in ephemeral electronic renderings. 
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Les Fables d'Esope, mises en François Avec des quatrains a la morale. Nouvelle edition dédié a la jeunesse.  Prix 75 sous., Aesop
2 Aesop Les Fables d'Esope, mises en François Avec des quatrains a la morale. Nouvelle edition dédié a la jeunesse. Prix 75 sous.
A Philadelphie none listed 1823 First Edition Thus Hardcover Good 12mo 
[4], iv, 112 pages; Contemporary, probably original binding: calf-backed marbled paper-covered boards. Significant wear to the binding, sewing compromised, considerable foxing throughout -- but a complete copy of this rare American edition of an Aesop's fables, in French quatrains. Title page states: "Nouvelle edition dédié a la jeunesse." There is a dedication (in verse quatrains) to youth, page [3], signed with initials at the bottom -- "F. M." ["A LA JEUNESSE"] The French text appears to the version of Jean-Baptiste Morvan de Bellegarde. The statement of a price in "sous" on the title page is odd, but one noted library holding a copy of this rare edition helps confirm that this "Philadelphie" stated in the imprint is the city in Pennsylvania; the American Antiquarian Society copy states in their catalogue entry: "Place: United States; Pennsylvania; Philadelphia." There are three OCLC numbers, but only six locations are scattered across the three accession numbers: Columbia, Dickinson College, Virginia Tech, Georgetown University, Millersville Univ., and AAS. See OCLC numbers: 1398897, 21709607, and 198424372. Who was F. M.? And, did the un-named Philadelphia printer or bookseller responsible for this charming book for young students of French accept 75 U.S. cents, rather than French "sous" for a copy? Given that 1 sous = 5 centimes and 1 livre, or franc = 20 sous, this 1823 price would not really make sense at 3 francs 15 sous, which would have been the price of a very expensive and luxurious volume, indeed. Keep in mind that Victor Hugo's 1830 'Les Misérables' informs us that "une flûte de pain" = 1 sou. Was this book really priced at an equivilent cost to 75 (wide) baguettes of bread? Perhaps our modern price is a bit low... 
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3 Alvin, Colonel ; et Commandant Andre Les Canons de la Victoire -- Septieme Edition du Manuel d'Artillerie Lourde Revue et Considerablement Augmentee
Paris Charles LaVauzelle & Cie. 1923 Hardcover Very Good 8vo 
ix, (1), 572 pages; Preface de M. Le Marchal Joffre. Avec 422 croquis et figures dans le texte. OCLC 458462719 Original owner's name on ffep - Major Anderegg [of the Swiss Army], otherwise clean and tight in pulisher's green cloth binding with black lettering. Illustrated throughout with diagrams, charts and drawings. A foundational reference for artillerymen and officers written by Colonel Pierre Hippolyte Scipion Isidore Alvin and Commandant Felix d'Andre. In February 1914, then Captain Pierre Alvin published a detailed essay on the use of field artillery during the Balkan War in the Journal des Sciences Militaires. In the conclusion he speculates about the role of heavy artillery should a conflict arise between France and Germany, which it obviously did when World War I broke out. The treatise offered here reflects his accumulated experience, knowledge and research joined with that of Commandant Andre. Commandant Felix d' Andre, adjutant and A.D.C. to General Pau, was a distinguished soldier, a world traveller, and a writer on military tactics. In 1900 he was a member of the French military mission to Peru, where he served as sub-director, and later director- in-chief of all military instruction in that country. His career there was brilliant, resulting in Peru's admirable preparedness when the difficulties with Bolivia arose. In the Great War, Commandant Andre played a major role in the Battle of the Marne, for which he received the Cross of the Legion of Honour. He was captured after making an heroic defence at Ailly Wood for four days, and was confined in a German military prison for two years, being eventually released in an exchange of prisoners. 
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De la Generation des Vers dans le Corps de l'Homme - Tome Second (only), Andry de Bois-Regard, Nicolas
4 Andry de Bois-Regard, Nicolas De la Generation des Vers dans le Corps de l'Homme - Tome Second (only)
Paris La Veuve Alix : Lambert & Durand 1741 Third Edition Full Leather Very Good 12mo 
Vol. 2; De la nature et des especes de cette maladie; des moyens de s'en preserver et de la guerir. Troisiemme edition, considérablement augmentée, & formant un ouvrage nouveau. Volume 2 only. Contents clean and tight in contemporary 18th century full mottled calf binding with five raised bands at spine and extensive gilt decorative stamping in compartments, leather titles label at spine with gilt lettering, marbled endpapers, all edges red. Leather beginning to split at hinge, but text still securely bound, wear at corners and spine ends. Bibliotheca Walleriana, 417; Heirs of Hippocrates, 451. Nicolas Andry de Bois-Regard (1658 – 1742) was a French physician and writer. He played a significant role in the early history of both parasitology and orthopedics. This work,considered the first text on parasitology, is an account of Andry's experiments with the microscope, building on the earlier work of van Leeuwenhoek. Unlike Leeuwenhoek, Andry's experiments led him to believe that the microorganisms he called "worms" were responsible for smallpox and other diseases. He was among the first physicians to discount the notion of spontaneous generation and put forth the notion that disease entered the body from outside sources, in some cases foods. 
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La Mère l'Oie. Poésies, énigmes, chansons et rondes enfantines Illustrations et Vignettes par L. Richter et F. Pocci, Anonymous
5 Anonymous La Mère l'Oie. Poésies, énigmes, chansons et rondes enfantines Illustrations et Vignettes par L. Richter et F. Pocci
New York; Boston Henry Holt; F.W. Christern; Schoenhof 1873 Hardcover Very Good- 8vo 
80 pages; Publisher's grey paper-covered boards, with brown cloth spine -- title and illustration on front cover, ads for French books from Henry Holt on the rear cover. Rubbing to the edges of the covers, wear to the spine, particularly at the hinges and edges, and a few very short tears without loss to a couple of text leaves. Neat Christmas inscription in ink on the front free-endpaper dated 1889. This charming American edition of the Mother Goose tales is entirely in French, with b/w wood-engraved illustrations by Ludwig Richter [1803-1884] and Franz, Graf von Pocci [1807-1876]. It appears that there were at least three issues, which can be chronologically arranged by differences in the names of the publication firms. We suggest, tentatively, the following order: 1. New York: Leypold & Holt, S. R. Urbino [see the copy Hutchins Library - Special Collections, Berea College, Kentucky] 2. New York : Holt & Williams, F.W. Chistern ; Boston : S.R. Urbino [see the copy in The Mary Faulk Markiewicz Collection of Children's Books; Rhees Rare Books accession no.: RB-12383 -- University of Rochester; also the Cotsen Childrens Library at Princeton]; and 3. New York: Henry Holt and Company : F.W. Christern ; Boston : Schoenhof. (Such as the copy offered here). By 1870, Frederick Leypold pulled back from his partnership with Henry Holt (more or less to head "Publisher's Weekly"). Between about 1864 and 1870, the Boston firm of S. R. Urbino - a specialist in foreign literature, was gradually acquired by De Vries, Ibarra & Co. After the death of G.H. De Vries in 1870, the firm then was acquired by Carl Schoenhof, one of the firm's employees. Henry James was a fan of Schoenhof & Moeller's Boston establishment, describing it in 1878 as "a vastly better shop than any of the kind in London." Our best guess is that this copy dates from some time between 1873-1880. There are four pages of "Airs" in musical notation on pp. 77-80. The ads on the rear cover of the binding are "Works for the Study of French" from Henry Holt & Co. 
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Miracle de nostre dame la marquise de la Gaudine qui par laccusemen~t de loncle de son mari auq[ue]l son mari lauoit com~ise a garder fu condampnee a ardoir, Dont Anthenor p[ar] le co~mendeme~t d[e] Nostre dame sen combati a loncle et le desconfit en champ... Imprime nouuelleme~t a Paris, Anonymous
6 Anonymous Miracle de nostre dame la marquise de la Gaudine qui par laccusemen~t de loncle de son mari auq[ue]l son mari lauoit com~ise a garder fu condampnee a ardoir, Dont Anthenor p[ar] le co~mendeme~t d[e] Nostre dame sen combati a loncle et le desconfit en champ... Imprime nouuelleme~t a Paris
Paris Par Crapelet chez Silvestre 1841 First Edition; First Printing Hardcover Very Good 12mo 
[33 ff.] pages; Old marbled paper-covered boards, ms. title on label mounted to the front cover. 33 leaves, unpaginated. Text printed in a gothic black letter type, with 2 woodcut illustrations. The long title transcribes the manuscript original, including its dropped letter abbreviations: "Miracle de nostre dame la marq[ui]se de la Gaudine qui par laccusemen~t de loncle de son mari auq[ue]l son mari lauoit com~ise a garder fu condampnee a ardoir, Dont Anthenor p[ar] le co~mendeme~t d[e] Nostre dame sen combati a loncle et le desconfit en champ. Et est le dict miracle a XVII person~aiges..." This beautifully printed small volume appears to be a type-facsimile of an early printed book, but it is really an original production from 1841 -- the editio princeps of an important fourteenth century French mystery play. It is one of a group collectively known as the "Miracles de Nostre Dame par personnages" -- (originally performed annually between 1339 and 1382 at the meetings of the Confrérie Saint-Éloi of the Parisian Goldsmiths' Guild). The texts of these forty plays were preserved in two precious manuscript volumes once the property of the French crown and now in the Bibliotheque Nationale: [MS. 2 vols. Bibl. Nat. 819-820. The first volume contains 22 plays; the second contains 18 plays. The pair are known also as MS. de Cangé, and date from the 15th century]. The present play is number twelve in the BN MS -- "La marquise de la Gaudine." The story is one of the most vivid of these early mystery plays, and is likely to have been an adaptation of sources drawn from the old romances and chansons de geste. The earthy plot involves the intervention of the Virgin only as an agent of consolation at the end. The uncle of the marquise seeks in vain to seduce his niece during her husband's absence. Desiring revenge for her rejection of his advances, he puts a dwarf in her bed while she sleeps, pretends to "discover" him there, murders his planted "lover," and accuses the marquise of adultery. The marquise's husband on his return condemns her to be burned alive. Fortunately, a knight whom she has formerly befriended arrives at this crucial point, proclaims her innocence, and challenges anyone who will deny it. The uncle, who has been responsible for this mess, unwisely accepts the Knight's challenge, is conquered, and admits that his accusation was false. The marquis and marquise are reunited, while the knight is rewarded with half the uncle's lands. The role of Nostre Dame is subordinate, as she descends from heaven only to comfort the marquise and to assure the knight of her innocence. There are thirty two unpaginated leaves with the text (signed A-H4), plus a final leaf with two-pages of historical information by the editor, signed "A.V." -- [Auguste Veinant (an anagram of Gustave Aventin)]. There are two wood-engraved illustrations: a depiction of the marquise of Gaudine on her way to meet her unpleasant fate on the title page, and a full-page woodcut depicting the heroic Knight, between the end of the text and the leaf of the editor's explanation. The modern editor explains that the former is based on the miniature at the head of the text in the BN manuscript. "A.V." also explains that up until 1841, only thirteen of the forty plays had been published, the present "Marquise de Gaudine" being one of the final pair. The modern colophon appears immediately below: "Achevé d'imprimer le 20 fevrier 1841, par CRAPELET, rue de Vaugirard, no. 9; et se vend a Paris, chez SILVESTRE, Libraire, Rue des Bons-Enfants, no. 30." A modern description of the original manuscript volumes and confirmation that this 1841 publication is the editio princeps of the Marquise de Gaudine can be found in "References for students of miracle plays and mysteries," by Francis Hovey Stoddard (Berkeley, 887) -- see pp. 27-8. The binding is executed with marbled paste-downs but no matching free endpapers, front and rear. 
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7 Anonymous Miracle de nostre dame la marquise de la Gaudine qui par laccusemen~t de loncle de son mari auq[ue]l son mari lauoit com~ise a garder fu condampnee a ardoir, Dont Anthenor p[ar] le co~mendeme~t d[e] Nostre dame sen combati a loncle et le desconfit en champ... Imprime nouuelleme~t a Paris
Paris Par Crapelet chez Silvestre 1841 First Edition; First Printing Hardcover Very Good 12mo 
[33 ff.] pages; Old marbled paper-covered boards, ms. title on label mounted to the front cover. 33 leaves, unpaginated. Text printed in a gothic black letter type, with 2 woodcut illustrations. The long title transcribes the manuscript original, including its dropped letter abbreviations: "Miracle de nostre dame la marq[ui]se de la Gaudine qui par laccusemen~t de loncle de son mari auq[ue]l son mari lauoit com~ise a garder fu condampnee a ardoir, Dont Anthenor p[ar] le co~mendeme~t d[e] Nostre dame sen combati a loncle et le desconfit en champ. Et est le dict miracle a XVII person~aiges..." This beautifully printed small volume appears to be a type-facsimile of an early printed book, but it is really an original production from 1841 -- the editio princeps of an important fourteenth century French mystery play. It is one of a group collectively known as the "Miracles de Nostre Dame par personnages" -- (originally performed annually between 1339 and 1382 at the meetings of the Confrérie Saint-Éloi of the Parisian Goldsmiths' Guild). The texts of these forty plays were preserved in two precious manuscript volumes once the property of the French crown and now in the Bibliotheque Nationale: [MS. 2 vols. Bibl. Nat. 819-820. The first volume contains 22 plays; the second contains 18 plays. The pair are known also as MS. de Cangé, and date from the 15th century]. The present play is number twelve in the BN MS -- "La marquise de la Gaudine." The story is one of the most vivid of these early mystery plays, and is likely to have been an adaptation of sources drawn from the old romances and chansons de geste. The earthy plot involves the intervention of the Virgin only as an agent of consolation at the end. The uncle of the marquise seeks in vain to seduce his niece during her husband's absence. Desiring revenge for her rejection of his advances, he puts a dwarf in her bed while she sleeps, pretends to "discover" him there, murders his planted "lover," and accuses the marquise of adultery. The marquise's husband on his return condemns her to be burned alive. Fortunately, a knight whom she has formerly befriended arrives at this crucial point, proclaims her innocence, and challenges anyone who will deny it. The uncle, who has been responsible for this mess, unwisely accepts the Knight's challenge, is conquered, and admits that his accusation was false. The marquis and marquise are reunited, while the knight is rewarded with half the uncle's lands. The role of Nostre Dame is subordinate, as she descends from heaven only to comfort the marquise and to assure the knight of her innocence. There are thirty two unpaginated leaves with the text (signed A-H4), plus a final leaf with two-pages of historical information by the editor, signed "A.V." -- [Auguste Veinant (an anagram of Gustave Aventin)]. There are two wood-engraved illustrations: a depiction of the marquise of Gaudine on her way to meet her unpleasant fate on the title page, and a full-page woodcut depicting the heroic Knight, between the end of the text and the leaf of the editor's explanation. The modern editor explains that the former is based on the miniature at the head of the text in the BN manuscript. "A.V." also explains that up until 1841, only thirteen of the forty plays had been published, the present "Marquise de Gaudine" being one of the final pair. The modern colophon appears immediately below: "Achevé d'imprimer le 20 fevrier 1841, par CRAPELET, rue de Vaugirard, no. 9; et se vend a Paris, chez SILVESTRE, Libraire, Rue des Bons-Enfants, no. 30." A modern description of the original manuscript volumes and confirmation that this 1841 publication is the editio princeps of the Marquise de Gaudine can be found in "References for students of miracle plays and mysteries," by Francis Hovey Stoddard (Berkeley, 887) -- see pp. 27-8. The binding is executed with marbled paste-downs but no matching free endpapers, front and rear. 
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LES RUSSES PEINTS PAR EUX-MÉMES par un Russe, Anonymous ; [Mary Lowell Putnam]
8 Anonymous ; [Mary Lowell Putnam] LES RUSSES PEINTS PAR EUX-MÉMES par un Russe
Wurzbourg Kressner 1876 Paperback Fair 12mo 
230 pages; Text is clean and unmarked, binding damaged. Backstrip missing, boards and eps detached (half burgundy leather, marbled boards), leather on boards scraped. OCLC: 264974893 This copy belonged to and was bound for Mary Traill Spence Lowell Putnam (1810-1898) was an American writer and sister of James Russell Lowell. She had an aptitude for acquiring languages: she was eventually fluent in French, Italian, German, Polish, Swedish and Hungarian, and familiar with many other languages. She married Samuel R. Putnam in 1832 and later traveled abroad for several years. Her name is imprinted in gold along the edge of the front board of this book "Mary Lowell Putnam." Contents include: Le chancelier Grand-Seigneur (Prince de Gortschakoff); La littérature sous Nicolas I; Le Vice-Sultan (Général Ignatieff); Marchands et Négotiants Russes; Le Patriarche-Hussard-Rouge (Comte Protassoff); Le comte de Bismarck à St. Pétersbourg 
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9 Baedeker, Karl Palestine et Syrie Routes Principales a Travers La Mesopotamie et La Babylonie, L'ile de Chypre
Leipzig Baedeker 1912 Fourth Edition Hardcover Very Good 12mo 
458 pages; Clean and tight in original red cloth binding with gilt lettering at spine and front cover, cloth rubbed along spine with some loss. Hinrichsen F220 All maps and plans present and complete. Folding map at rear. 21 cartes, 56 planes, 1 panorama de Jerusalem. Verlag Karl Baedeker, founded by Karl Baedeker in 1827, is a German publisher that pioneered worldwide travel guides. Usually referred to simply as "Baedekers", these excellent guidebooks contain important introductions to various regions of the world, along with specific information about routes and travel facilities; and historical descriptions of important buildings, sights, attractions and museums. For the convenience of travellers, they contain many reliable maps and town plans all bound in a convenient pocket format. 
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Paraboles Hyperboliques, Bainville, Jacques
10 Bainville, Jacques Paraboles Hyperboliques
Paris Editions du Capitole 1931 Paperback Very Good 12mo 7" - 7½" tall 
154 pages; Contents clean and unmarked in original printed tan wrappers, dust toning to wrappers. Exemplaire No XXVII. Il a ete tire a part: 50 exemplaires sur Papier Alfa Numerotes de I a L . OCLC: 26733467 Jacques Pierre Bainville (1879 -1936 in Paris) was a French historian, journalist and devoted monarchist. Table des Matières : MOUVEMENTS TOURNANTS. PETITE CONTRIBUTION A L'HISTOIRE; PERSONNAGES : La Judith libérale. Napoléon III en exil. Réflexions sur Clémenceau. Napoléon et Clémenceau; VOYAGES A TRAVERS LE TEMPS. Amériques. Hordes et Soviets. L'intelligence et le sport. Le vélocipède; RÉFLEXIONS SUR L'ARGENT; RECOMMENCEMENTS; DIVERTISSEMENTS LITTÉRAIRES; QUESTION DE MOTS; AUTOUR DE NAPOLÉON; AU JOUR LE JOUR. 
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HISTOIRE DES TREIZE - Ferragus - La Duchessede Langeais - La Fille aux Yeux D'Or [Leather binding], Balzac, Honore
11 Balzac, Honore HISTOIRE DES TREIZE - Ferragus - La Duchessede Langeais - La Fille aux Yeux D'Or [Leather binding]
Paris Calmann-Levy 1898 Hardcover Very Good+ 8vo 
Scènes de La Vie Parisienne, La Comédie Humaine; Clean and tight in handsome binding of quarter red leather over marbled boards, marbled endpapers, five raised bands and gilt lettering at spine, bears the engraved bookplate of Ralph Nicholson Ellis. Honoré de Balzac (1799 – 1850) was a French novelist and playwright. His magnum opus was a sequence of short stories and novels, including this one, collectively entitled La Comédie Humaine, which presents a panorama of French life in the years after the 1815 fall of Napoleon Bonaparte. 
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HISTOIRE DES TREIZE - Ferragus - La Duchessede Langeais - La Fille aux Yeux D'Or [Leather binding], Balzac, Honore
12 Balzac, Honore HISTOIRE DES TREIZE - Ferragus - La Duchessede Langeais - La Fille aux Yeux D'Or [Leather binding]
Paris Calmann-Levy 1892 Hardcover Very Good+ 8vo 
Scènes de La Vie Parisienne, La Comédie Humaine; Clean and tight in handsome binding of quarter red leather over marbled boards, marbled endpapers, five raised bands and gilt lettering at spine, bears the engraved bookplate of Ralph Nicholson Ellis. Honoré de Balzac (1799 – 1850) was a French novelist and playwright. His magnum opus was a sequence of short stories and novels, including this one, collectively entitled La Comédie Humaine, which presents a panorama of French life in the years after the 1815 fall of Napoleon Bonaparte. 
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LE CONTRAT DE MARIAGE La Grenadiere - Gobseck  [Leather binding], Balzac, Honore
13 Balzac, Honore LE CONTRAT DE MARIAGE La Grenadiere - Gobseck [Leather binding]
Paris Calmann-Levy 1890 Hardcover Very Good+ 8vo 
Scènes de La Vie Privee, La Comédie Humaine; Clean and tight in handsome binding of quarter red leather over marbled boards, marbled endpapers, five raised bands and gilt lettering at spine, bears the engraved bookplate of Ralph Nicholson Ellis. Date is approximate. Honoré de Balzac (1799 – 1850) was a French novelist and playwright. His magnum opus was a sequence of short stories and novels, including this one, collectively entitled La Comédie Humaine, which presents a panorama of French life in the years after the 1815 fall of Napoleon Bonaparte. Frontispiece illustration by Theophile Gautier. 
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LETTRES DE FEMMES adressees a Honoré de Balzac - Deuxieme Serie (1837-1840), Balzac, Honore de
14 Balzac, Honore de LETTRES DE FEMMES adressees a Honoré de Balzac - Deuxieme Serie (1837-1840)
Paris Editions Lapina 1927 First Edition Thus Softcover Fine 8vo 
"Les Cahiers Balzacien '', no. 5. Six facsimiles and one full page plate (frontispiece). Limited edition of 599 copies. This one presented to W. L. Smyser. A near FINE unopened copy in the original wrappers and glassine inscribed on limitation page. ; Experience the pleasure of reading and appreciating this actual printed item. It has its own physical history that imbues it with a character lacking in ephemeral electronic renderings. 
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CHAMPS-ELYSEES, FAUBOURG, SAINT-HONORE, PLAINE MONCEAU, Barrielle, Jean-Francois ; Therese Castieau; Antoinette Le Normand-Romain; Yvan Christ; Philippe Maille
15 Barrielle, Jean-Francois ; Therese Castieau; Antoinette Le Normand-Romain; Yvan Christ; Philippe Maille CHAMPS-ELYSEES, FAUBOURG, SAINT-HONORE, PLAINE MONCEAU
Paris Henri Veyrier 1982 2851992465 / 9782851992468 First Edition Red silk Very Good+ Folio 13" - 23" tall 
Monographie des hôtels particuliers et édifices publics; 307 pages; French text. Clean and tight in original bright red silk binding with extensive gilt lettering and decoration at spine and front cover, former owner's inscription on ffep. Binding has 4 faint marks on front cover, otherwise bright and beautiful. A wonderful architectural and social history of these areas of Paris; beautifully produced and profusely illustrated with photographs, drawings, architectural plans, etc. A very large and heavy book; requires additional charge for Priority or International shipping.; Experience the pleasure of reading and appreciating this actual printed item. It has its own physical history that imbues it with a character lacking in ephemeral electronic renderings. 
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VIE DES SAINTS POUR TOUS LES JOURS DE L'ANNEE suivant l'ordre de l'office Romain traduites des legendes du Breviaire et de divers supplements approuves, Beauchesne, Gabriel
16 Beauchesne, Gabriel VIE DES SAINTS POUR TOUS LES JOURS DE L'ANNEE suivant l'ordre de l'office Romain traduites des legendes du Breviaire et de divers supplements approuves
Paris Gabriel Beauchesne 1922 Hardcover Near Fine 8vo 
744 pages; Dret et Lerouge, Chanoines honoraires de Troyes. Bright red half morocco over marbled boards, marbled endpapers, raised bands, gilt lettering and decorative devices, top edge gilt. Clean & tight (no names, no markings). A very attractive book. ; Experience the pleasure of reading and appreciating this actual printed item. It has its own physical history that imbues it with a character lacking in ephemeral electronic renderings. 
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Tournefort  [Grands naturalistes francais; collection dirigée par Roger Heim], Becker, Georges Henri Bianchi  ; Charles Carriere ;  preface par Roger Heim
17 Becker, Georges Henri Bianchi ; Charles Carriere ; preface par Roger Heim Tournefort [Grands naturalistes francais; collection dirigée par Roger Heim]
Paris Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle 1957 First Edition Paperback Very Good+ 8vo 
321 & colophon pages; Publisher's wrappers, printed title and mounted portrait of the subject -- in the original glassine outer jacket, folded in the French manner. Minor wear to the glassine, but a tight, clean copy. This is the second volume of the distinguished series 'Grands Naturalistes Francais' - published under the direction of Roger Heim. The subject: Joseph Pitton de Tournefort [1656-1708] is usually credited with being the first to make a clear distinction between genus and species. He travelled widely in Greece, Constantinople, Armenia, Georgia and other regions along the shores of the Black sea, collecting specimens for his herbarium (a word which Tournefort seems to have invented). One of his memorials is the street in Paris on which he died as the result of a carriage accient, now named in his honor -- (Rue de Tournefort in the 5ème arrondissement). 
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LA MORALE EN ACTION - ou, Élite de faits mémorables et d'ánecdotes instructives, Bérenger, Laurent-Pierre
18 Bérenger, Laurent-Pierre LA MORALE EN ACTION - ou, Élite de faits mémorables et d'ánecdotes instructives
Londres No Publisher Listed 1803 Hardcover Very Good 12mo 
viii, 423 pages; Contemporary full sheep, marbled covers, flat spine decoratively paneled and stamped in gilt, title on red leather label, marbled endpapers. A very nice copy, with rubbing to the binding, wear to the corners, minor toning to the endpapers and text throughout, but still intact and handsome. An early edition of this French classic of moral education and etiquette, usually attributed to Laurent-Pierre Bérenger (1749-1822). The book's application and intention is stated at length in the extended subtitle: "propre à faire aimer la sagesse, à former le coeur des jeunes gens par l’exemple de toutes les vertus, et à orner leur esprit des souvenirs de l’histoire : ouvrage utile aux élèves des écoles militaires, des lycées et maisons déducation de l’un et l’autre sexes." This edition may or may not have been printed, or at least published in London, as suggested by the title page. The French revolution and subsequent rise of Napoleon had certainly created a diaspora of French aristocrats whose children required education and moral instruction. The influence of the book can be inferred from the many later editions, including a version with a very similar title attributed to. In addition, the great French literary figure and book collector Charles Nodier published a new version: La Morale en action :nouveau choix de bons exemples tirés des rapports." And there was even a stage production lampooning the title - by Ferdinand de Villeneuve, "La morale en action, comédie-vaudeville en un acte." ; Experience the pleasure of reading and appreciating this actual printed item. It has its own physical history that imbues it with a character lacking in ephemeral electronic renderings. 
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L'Idee de Lieu chez Aristote [Signed inscription by Edouard Dolleans], Bergson, Henri
19 Bergson, Henri L'Idee de Lieu chez Aristote [Signed inscription by Edouard Dolleans]
Paris Albin Michel 1949 First Edition Paperback Very Good- 8vo 
Les Etudes Bergsoniennes; Autograph; Vol. 2; 272 pages; Near very good in original printed wrappers. Long manuscript note on half-title signed by Edouard Dolleans about Bergson and the idea of the historical balance between militants and the masses. Edouard Dolléans (1877-1954) était un historien du mouvement ouvrier. Il a notamment écrit une histoire du mouvement ouvrier, en trois volumes, qui couvre la période de 1830 à 1953. Outre son travail d'historien, il sera membre du cabinet du secrétariat d’État aux loisirs et aux sports de Léo Lagrange sous le gouvernement du Front populaire, en 1936, puis chef de cabinet du sous-secrétariat d’État au travail Philippe Serre en 1937. Il participa en 1948 avec Georges Bourgin, à la création de l'Institut français d'histoire sociale. [wikipaedia] This volume also includes Emile Brehier's "Images Plotiniennes Images Bergsoniennes," and Jeanne Delhomme's "Duree et Vie dans la Philosophie de Bergson."; Signed by Notable Personage, Unrelated 
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L'Art d'aimer, et Poésies Diverses, Bernard, Pierre-Joseph
20 Bernard, Pierre-Joseph L'Art d'aimer, et Poésies Diverses
N.p. No Publisher Recorded circa 1775 Hardcover Good+ 8vo 
2 p.l. & 170 pages; Contemporary full calf, front cover detached but present; large portions of the original spine are now lacking. Text clean, sewing intact. This is most likely a counterfeit edition of L'Art d'aimer by the poet called "Gentil-Bernard" by Voltaire. The lines with which Voltaire awarded this designation are printed on the verso of the half title to this edition: "Les Trois Bernards." There is an engraved title without publisher's imprint or date) signed "Lud. Dreppe. Fe[cit]." This is followed by the half title with the Voltaire text on its verso, and then pp. [1]-170, with decorative headpieces but no other plates or illustrations. After the title poem, the major text is "Phrosine et Mélidore, poème," pp. 62-111. Cohen has details of illustrated editions of these two works, suggesting dates of 1775 and 1772, "un titre gravé et de 3 figures de L. Martini gravées par Baquoy, le second illustré de 4 belles figures de Eisen gravées par Ponce et Baquoy." The present edition, with just the handsome title engraving, is described, along with the suggestion of its status as a counterfeit, in NUC pre-1956 imprints NB0361434. OCLC locates five copies exactly matching ours -- [see OCLC Number: 29548013. Library of Congress (from the Yudin collection); Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, Toronto; The British Library; University of Oxford; & Australia Defence Force Academy Library]. The collation of our copy is [-]1 A-K8 L6 (unlike the Library of Congress/Yudin copy, ours has a genuine blank leaf as the sixth leaf of the "L" gathering). There is rubbing along the edges of the covers, and especially at the corners, but this is an excellent candidate for restoration. At least 80 percent of the original spine remains -- enough for a pattern, or even to be laid down over a restoration. In any event, there is a highly interesting bookplate mounted to the front paste-down: a ribbon bearing the motto “Sub Tegmine Fagi” (“Concealed Beneath the Beech Tree”) crowns a beech tree that rises from a particolored band. Below this crest is the owner’s name: Henry B. H. Beaufoy, F.R.S. [Henry Benjamin Hanbury Beaufoy, 1786-1851]. From the mid-18th century the Beaufoy family were prosperous Quaker vinegar brewers in Lambeth. Henry B.H. Beaufoy's father Colonel Mark Beaufoy (1764-1827) was an astronomer and physicist, who was elected FRS, and was also the first Englishman to climb Mont Blanc. Starting in the early years of the nineteenth century through 1843, Henry B. H. Beaufoy was one of Europe’s most celebrated hot air ballonists. In 1811 he accompanied James Sadler (1753–1828, the first English balloonist), on a flight from Hackney, Middlesex, to East Thorpe, Essex, and took readings with a watch, barometer, thermometer, hygrometer, electrometer, mariner’s compass, and a needle compass; he also performed experiments with bottles of champagne. He published the diary he kept during the flight the same year. Beaufoy's numerous ascents contributed significant support to aeronautics in its earliest period; interested parties may consult his ballooning scrapbooks, now at Princeton. Beaufoy was also a great collector of both coins and books; he wrote a well-regarded book on early English “tokens”. Beaufoy collected across a range of subjects and period. But certainly, as a book collector, his crowning achievement was assembling together copies of the first (1623), second (1632), third (1663), and fourth (1685) folios of the plays of William Shakespeare. Clearly, the volume we offer for sale here once shared shelves with some remarkable companions. The bulk of Beaufoy's library was sold in 1909 [ Catalogue of a portion of the valuable library of books & manuscripts formed during the early part of the last century by Henry B.H. Beaufoy, Esq. and now sold by order of the Beaufoy Trustees ... : which will be sold by auction ... on Monday, June 7, 1909 and three following days and Tuesday, June 15, 1909 and two following days by Manson & Woods Christie]. The four folios of Shakespeare were catalogued separately a few years later, in 1912. The Folger Shakespeare Library now owns the Beaufoy first folio, in its handsome Roger Payne binding; Henry Folger bought it for $15,500 in April, 1914. 
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