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Viaggio dell'Indie Orientali.Venice, Camillo Borgominieri, 1590. 8vo. With woodcut device on title-page and navigational diagram on leaf 144. 19th-century polished tan calf, richly gold-tooled spine.

by BALBI, Gasparo.

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First edition of an important travelogue by the Venetian state jeweller and gem merchant Gasparo Balbi, detailing his nine-year voyage from Venice to the Far East between 1579 and 1588, and a work of special historical interest for its eyewitness information about the Arabian peninsula in this early period. In the Viaggio dell'Indie Orientali Balbi was "the first writer to record the place names between al-Qatif and Oman that are still in use today" (King, p. 74). His "interest in the area lay in the pearls that came from the oyster beds of which the most extensive are those in the waters around al-Bahrayn, those off the Qatar peninsula and especially those in the western waters of Abu Dhabi. Either taking his information first-hand from a local individual or using a navigator's list, Balbi recorded place-names along the coast of modern Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and the Sultanate of Oman" (King, p. 248). According to B. J. Slot, "practically none of the names of places on the coast between… Read More
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(BINDINGS - JEWELLED).  (ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT - MODERN).  LA BELLE DAME SANS MERCI [AND OTHER...
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(BINDINGS - JEWELLED). (ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT - MODERN). LA BELLE DAME SANS MERCI [AND OTHER POEMS]: Celebrating the Immortality of Beauty with Keats' Poetic Text, Alberto Sangorski's Illuminations, and a Magnificent Jewelled Binding by Riviere

by KEATS, JOHN

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313 x 248 mm. (12 1/2 x 9 7/8"). 21 pp., [1] leaf (colophon). EXQUISITE TERRA COTTA-COLORED CRUSHED MOROCCO, LAVISHLY GILT, INLAID, AND BEJEWELLED, BY RIVIERE & SONS (stamp-signed on front turn-in), upper cover with border of inlaid turquoise morocco, inlaid green morocco frame tooled with gilt rose leaves and inlaid with 22 ivory morocco blossoms, each with a dark blue cabochon stone at center, a border of terra cotta morocco lettered in gilt with first lines of "Endymion" by Keats ("A thing of beauty is a joy for ever: Its loveliness increases / It will never pass into nothingness: But still will keep a bower quiet for us, and a sleep / Full of sweet dreams and health and quiet breathing"), a thinner band of turquoise morocco enclosing a large central panel of green morocco richly tooled with curling fronds of foliage emanating from turquoise morocco hearts at corners and bearing numerous inlaid ivory morocco blossoms, central recessed medallion of turquoise morocco with gold metal "J K" monogram… Read More
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De Omni Rerum Fossilium Genere, Gemmis, Lapidibus, Metallis, et huiusmodi, libri aliquot,...
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De Omni Rerum Fossilium Genere, Gemmis, Lapidibus, Metallis, et huiusmodi, libri aliquot, plerique nunc primum editi. Opera Conradi Gesneri: Quorum Catalogum sequens folium cominet

by GESNER (or GESSNER), Conrad, et al.

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Zürich: Jacob Gesner, 1566. THE FIRST ILLUSTRATED BOOK ON FOSSILS. First edition and a fine copy in contemporary binding, very rare when complete, of this collection of eight treatises, the most important being De rerum fossilium [On fossil Objects], Gesner's last work, the earliest scientific attempt to classify the mineral kingdom, and the first illustrated book on fossils. "It presents a picture of the mineral kingdom as seen through the eyes of the greatest naturalist of his time" (Adams). Gesner's work contains numerous woodcuts after his own drawings, many of which are still preserved in Basel University Library. Gesner's book also famously contains the first printed illustration of a lead pencil (f. 104v). The other seven other works, by six authors, in this composite volume were all edited by Gesner. They include the first appearance of a catalogue of a mineral collection, that of Johannes Kentmann, "stated to have been the first man in Europe to make a collection of minerals." His catalogue… Read More
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Biblia, das ist die gantze Heilige Schrifft Alten und Neuen Testaments verteutscht durch D....
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Biblia, das ist die gantze Heilige Schrifft Alten und Neuen Testaments verteutscht durch D. Martin Luther.

by BIBLE

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Frankfurt am Main, J. Ph. Andreä für M. Merians, 1704.
Folio [364 x 223 mm] of 1 handwritten and illuminated leaf preceding the title, engraved and superbly illuminated full-page title between 2 half-titles and printed title, the whole richly illuminated with 232 beautiful copper-engravings by Merian between 1751 and 1761.
Complete with (23) ll., 675 pp., 264 pp., 182 pp. and 328 pp.; minor foxing not affecting the illuminations, outer margin of p. 181 restored but not touching the text.
Full contemporary blond calf with a surround of marbled calf underlined with multiple framings and gilt borders, spine ribbed and decorated, red morocco lettering pieces, foot of the spine restored, ties and clasps. Contemporary German binding.
The famous bible by the heirs of Matthaüs Mérian the old (1593-1650) superbly illuminated by the German painter who signed his work F. D. between 1751 and 1761.
Wüthrich III, S. 18 l.; Schmidt, 304 ll.; Bibelslg. Württ. LB E 1043.
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(BINDINGS - JEWELLED BINDING). ROSALIND AND HELEN, A MODERN ECLOGUE; WITH OTHER POEMS
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(BINDINGS - JEWELLED BINDING). ROSALIND AND HELEN, A MODERN ECLOGUE; WITH OTHER POEMS: One of the Most Spectacular Bindings We Have Ever Offered

by SHELLEY, PERCY BYSSHE

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MAGNIFICENT CADET BLUE MOROCCO, LUXURIANTLY GILT, INLAID, AND BEJWELLED, BY SANGORSKI & SUTCLIFFE (stamp-signed on front turn-in and with firm's logo on small inlaid lavender morocco medallion at foot of front doublure), upper cover with frame outlined with thin strip of brown morocco and heavily tooled in gilt, with swirling vines bearing 198 inlaid red morocco berries (each with a tiny gilt "seed" dot) on a densely stippled ground, rectangular recessed central panel of ivory morocco outlined in green morocco, large raised gilt fleur-de-lys of blue morocco enclosed by a frame of inlaid interlocking hearts and brackets of green and brown morocco, each of the hearts containing a spray of three jewelled flowers (12 blue topaz, 18 yellow topaz), the ivory morocco lightly stippled with gilt dots and with curling gilt vines blooming with 12 inlaid red morocco cinquefoils, two cabochon garnets, and two flowers composed of garnet center and four turquoise petals, the fleur-de-lys accented with nine… Read More
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Moralia in Job [Morali di Santo Gregorio papa sopra il libro di Job], libri I-X; in Italian,...
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Moralia in Job [Morali di Santo Gregorio papa sopra il libro di Job], libri I-X; in Italian, illuminated manuscript on paper

by Gregory the Great, translated from the Latin into Italian by Zanobi da Strada

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MEDIEVAL ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT IN ITALIAN ON PAPER, Northeastern Italy, Veneto (Venice?), c. 1474. Dimensions 328-332 x 230 mm., 188 folios, missing at least three leaves, written in brown ink in an Italian cursiva libraria script, EIGHT ILLUMINATED INITIALS of seven lines, one-line paraphs in red or blue, simple two- to four-line in red or blue initials. BINDING: re-cased using original binding materials of brown half leather over bevelled wooden boards with three double bands, remains of four straps present. TEXT: Italian translation of Gregory the Great's Moralia in Job, one of the most important and widely copied texts of the Middle Ages. Though forty copies of this translation survive, this volume is unusual in its incorporation of Venetian dialectal forms. All other copies are in European institutions and have not been on the market for the last century. PROVENANCE: scribal colophon on f. 190v provides a date for this manuscript's completion and helps localize its production within Italy:… Read More
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Book of Hours (use of Rome); in Latin and French, illuminated manuscript on parchment
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Book of Hours (use of Rome); in Latin and French, illuminated manuscript on parchment

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ILLUMINATED PRAYER BOOK MADE FOR A WOMAN AND DECORATED BY AN IMPORTANT FOLLOWER OF JEAN COLOMBE. In Latin and French, illuminated manuscript on parchment, France, Bourges, c. 1490-1500. Dimensions 135 x 90 mm., 166 folios, lacking 2 leaves, written in dark brown ink in a cursive gothic bookhand on 15 lines, 1- and 2- line initials, in-filled with gold leaves and flower throughout, 4 FULL-PAGE MINIATURES with architectural frames or frames embellished with jewels and pearls, inscribed with the incipit of the prayer in gold. BINDING: 18th-century brown sheepskin over pasteboard, spine with four raised bands. ILLUSTRATION: The four full-page miniatures are by the Master of Jean de Ferrières, a rare artist who enjoyed success at the Bourbon court in Moulins, and whose career certainly deserves further study. Enshrined within golden frames that simulate the metalwork of devotional altarpieces, these miniatures demonstrate an intimate understanding and singular interpretation of Jean Colombe's prolific… Read More
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A Natural History of Uncommon Birds, and of Some Other Rare and Undescribed Animals
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A Natural History of Uncommon Birds, and of Some Other Rare and Undescribed Animals

by EDWARDS, George (1694-1773)

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London: printed by C. Rickaby "for the author" [i.e. William Gardiner and Messrs. Robinson], 1805. 4 parts bound in 2 volumes. Titles and text printed on wove or laid paper, two general titles (one in French and one in English) at the front of vol.I with engraved vignettes by Johann Sebastian Müller. 1 hand-coloured etched emblematic frontispiece, 211 etched plates (printed on wove or laid paper, 210 finely hand-coloured, 1 uncoloured etched plate of the Samoyed) all by and after Edwards, woodcut head- and tailpieces and initials. [With:] EDWARDS, George (1694-1773). Gleanings of Natural History, Exhibiting Figures of Quadrupeds, Birds, Insects, Plants, &c. London: printed by C. Rickaby for "the author" [i.e. William Gardiner and Messrs. Robinson], "1758-1760" [plates watermarked 1803-1805]. 3 parts bound in 2 volumes. Titles and text printed on wove or laid paper, one general title at the front of vol.I with engraved vignettes by Johann Sebastian Müller, letterpress English and French general… Read More
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A Natural History of Uncommon Birds, and of Some Other Rare and Undescribed Animals ... [With:]...
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A Natural History of Uncommon Birds, and of Some Other Rare and Undescribed Animals ... [With:] Gleanings of Natural History Exhibiting Figures of Quadrupeds, Birds, Insects, Plants, &c

by EDWARDS, George (1694-1773)

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London: Published by Will. Gardner ... C. Rickaby, Printer [vols. 1-5]; Printed by George Sidney [vols. 6-7], 1806. 7 volumes. (11 3/8 x 9 inches). [Uncommon Birds:] 4 parts in 4 vols. Lacks the general letterpress title, part titles to vols. 2-4. Engraved portrait frontispiece in vol. 1, etched emblematic frontispiece in vol. 1, 210 finely hand coloured etched plates, all by and after Edwards. [Gleanings:] 3 parts in 3 vols. Titles in English and French, text in two columns in English and French. 152 finely hand coloured etched plates by and after Edwards and others (numbered 211-362). Early nineteenth century red morocco, bound by J. Wright, covers with an elaborate gilt border composed of small tools, spines in six compartments with raised bands, morocco lettering pieces in the second and third compartments, the others with an overall repeat decoration in gilt, marbled endpapers, gilt edges A spectacular set of the second edition of "one of the most important of all bird books, both as a fine… Read More
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The mathematicall jewell. Shewing the making, and most excellent use of a singuler instrument so called…

by BLAGRAVE, John

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London: by Walter Veng, 1585. FIRST EDITION. Folio. pp. [xii], 124 [par.] 2[par.]_ A-P Q_. Two leaves with full page woodcut illustrations before title, folded table bound in after c4. Roman letter some Italic. Large woodcut of Blagrave’s astrolabe on title, many woodcut illustrations in text, historiated woodcut initials, typographical headpieces, Erwin Tomash’s label on pastedown, early inscription on fep. in seventeenth century hand (see below). Age yellowing, cut a little close in upper margin just touching running headlines on a few leaves, small stain to outer margin of first two leaves causing a little fragility and chipping just touching typographical border of woodcut on second leaf, minor pale waterstaining at edge of t-p, verso of last dusty, lower margins a little dusty in places, rare marginal mark or spot. A very good copy, crisp and on thick paper, completely unsophisticated, stab bound in its original limp vellum, un-sewn with vellum ties stabbed through book block, holes for… Read More
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OF GARDENS
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OF GARDENS

by (ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT ON VELLUM - MODERN). SANGORSKI, ALBERTO, Scribe and Illuminator. BACON, FRANCIS

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London: Especially written out and illuminated by F. Sangorski & G. Sutcliffe, [ca. 1905]. 248 x 178 mm. (9 3/4 x 7"). 2 p.l. (half title followed by a blank), 18, [2] pp. Single column, 24 lines in a fine calligraphic hand. Excellent gilt-decorated dark green crushed morocco (which the Boyle catalogue attributes to Sangorski & Sutcliffe), covers with frame of multiple gilt rules enclosing stylized cornerpiece fans and, at center, a large almond-shaped ornament formed by gilt strapwork and with leafy embellishment and tangent circles containing small crosses on a stippled ground, flat spine with vertical titling and floral tools, RED CRUSHED MOROCCO DOUBLURES featuring a frame of multiple gilt rules and, at the middle, a complex gilt wheel ornament, red watered silk endleaves. In a (repaired) velvet-lined slipcase. EIGHT LARGE AND EXQUISITE ILLUMINATED INITIALS IN SEVERAL COLORS AND BURNISHED GOLD, two with long marginal extensions, THREE ESPECIALLY FINE, BRIGHT OVAL VIGNETTES (approximately 90 mm.… Read More
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LES CAHIERS
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LES CAHIERS

by (BINDINGS - PAUL BONET). COLETTE, SIDONIE-GABRIELLE

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Paris: Les Amis de Colette, 1935-36. No. 95 OF 175 COPIES, each volume SIGNED in the colophon. 311 x 241 mm. (12 1/4 x 9 1/2"). Four volumes.. FANCIFUL GRAYISH-BROWN CRUSHED MOROCCO, INLAID AND DECORATED WITH GILT AND SILVER, BY PAUL BONET (stamp-signed on front turn-ins), covers with an all-over design comprising rows of alternating deeply impressed gilt circlets and inlaid morocco dots of turquoise, pink, sea green, or citron morocco (each volume with inlays matching the color of the bound-in original wrappers), upper cover of each volume with a different whimsical rectangle formed by looping and cresting silver calligraphic flourishes; flat spines with gilt titling, endpapers matching original wrappers of each volume, top edges gilt, other edges untrimmed. In the original morocco-trimmed, leather-lined chemises and matching slipcases. With 24 engravings, six each by Dignimont, Daragnès, Moreau, and Segonzac. TITLE PAGE OF VOLUME I with presentation inscription to Monsieur J. Ortiz-Linares SIGNED… Read More
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Histoire Naturelle des Singes , peints d'après nature.
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Histoire Naturelle des Singes , peints d'après nature.: the most spendid work on monkeys ever published

by AUDEBERT, J.B.

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Large folio (496 x 326 mm). With 61 engraved plates printed in colour and 2 plain engraved anatomical plates. Contemporary red morocco, richly gilt decorated spine with black gilt lettered label, sides with Greek-key outer border enclosing 2 inner roll tool borders, gilt edges.
First edition, first issue, in a beautiful red morocco binding of the most spendid work on monkeys ever published. 'D'une execution magnifique...' (Brunet). Jean Baptiste Audebert (1750-1800) was a distinguised naturalist and artist and the present publication is his first orginal work printed for his own account. Audebert was commissioned by Gigot d'Orex, a rich amateur collector, to paint some of his natural history objects. He was sent by him to England and Holland and Audebert became a passionate naturalist and painter. In the first half of the 19th century France produced a number of magnificent colour plate books many in colour-printing. Audebert invented his own process, by using one single plate and… Read More
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Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam
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Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam

by Fitzgerald, Edward (Trans.); Benson, A.C. (Introduction)

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Bushey: Andre and Sleigh Ltd. [Printer] [4], 1-6pp, [63]p, 1-16pp, [23]p, n.d. but apparently 1910. Original full vellum, smooth back with leather title label to spine, upper cover with gilt peacock design with an elaborate floral order, hand coloured in green, red and mauve, lower cover with large floral spray corner pieces in gilt, a.e.g. with gilt dentelles and maroon silk moire endpapers, original fretwork clasps, each studded with three red amethysts. Externally very good indeed. Illustrations and initials printed in colour on japon vellum paper, text printed in red and black, internally bright and clean. Housed in a fleece lined cloth drop back box with title in gilt to spine. The illustrations are by E. Geddes and the borders, initials and writing by A. Sutcliffe. There was a standard edition of this, limited to five hundred and fifty copies, with a further twenty-five copies on Japon vellum with jewelled clasps (as here), of which ten copies were specially bound and jewelled by Sangorski and… Read More
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The Constitutions of the Several Independent States of America; the Declaration of Independence;...
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The Constitutions of the Several Independent States of America; the Declaration of Independence; the Articles of Confederation between The Said States; the Treaties between his most Christian Majesty and the United States of America.: [First Edition]

by Continental Congress.

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manuscript signature, "John Whiting" cursive script, in period ink on title page

format: book is numbered 1-226. page 208 misprinted as "108". two blank front and back end papers.
dimensions: 6 7/8" x 4 3/8" x 3/4" approx.
condition: as found good original condition, text complete, printing crisp on evenly toned paper with occasional foxing, original calf leather binding with marble patterned leather covers and spine scuffed in places, binding tight, original green leather label on spine is printed "Constitutions" in gold within a gold frame and five gold bands on spine, one worn. Paper loss 1" of lower right corner of first free endpaper and paper loss of 2" strip along bottom edge of inner rear free end paper. Both pasted down endpapers are toned around the inside perimeter, in the profile of the leather edges folded underneath the pastedowns. Wear to leather at each end of spine, corners worn, leather book covers firmly attached but showing some wear along lower section of… Read More
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JESUS CHRISTUS GESTERN UND HEUTE UND DERSELBE AUCH IN EWIGKEIT
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JESUS CHRISTUS GESTERN UND HEUTE UND DERSELBE AUCH IN EWIGKEIT

by (ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT ON VELLUM - MODERN). HOLTZ, JOHANN, Scribe and Illuminator

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[Flensburg, ca. 1925]. 325 x 240 mm. (12 7/8 x 9 1/2"). 4 p.l. (first two blank), 4 leaves, 144 pp., [4] leaves (last blank). Single column, 31 lines in a fine calligraphic hand. FLAMBOYANT DEEP RED MOROCCO, ELABORATELY INLAID AND GILT, BY W. A. PETERSEN (stamp-signed on rear turn-in), covers framed by inlaid white morocco strip tooled with gilt triangles enclosing sides in a bead-and-lozenge pattern of gilt-outlined mandorlas containing a red cross on a blue background alternating with an inlaid white lozenge, upper cover with brass and enamel cornerpieces featuring the symbols of the four Evangelists, each of these set with a colored glass gem, central panel divided into four compartments, each containing a small star tool, central brass and enamel medallion with a six-pointed star emblazoned with a sun and a red enamel "Y," two straps with brass and enamel clasps marked with Alpha and Omega, lower cover with brass cornerpieces, raised bands, spine with gilt-ruled compartments, turn-ins tooled… Read More
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Rime di Pietro Bembo

by BEMBO, Pietro

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Venice: per Giovanni Antonio Nicolini da Sabbio & fratres, 1530. FIRST EDITION. 4to. ff. 54 unnumbered, A-D8 F10 A-C4, first and last blank. Italic letter, occasional Roman. Slight age browning and marginal foxing in places, light oil stain to first couple of gatherings, occasional thumb marks. A very good, well-margined copy, on thick paper, in C18 crimson morocco, gilt double-ruled border with dots and palmettes, gilt arms of Doge Marco Foscarini to covers, roll of palmettes to edges, comb-marbled pastedowns, a.e.g. Spine double gilt ruled in six compartments, roll of fronds, cornerpieces and acorn tool to each, raised bands, a couple of minor cracks to joints, expert repair to upper outer corner of front cover, and joint of lower at head and foot. The odd early annotation. In folding box. The very handsome binding was produced for the bibliophile Marco Foscarini (1696-1763), a poet and diplomat who served as 117th Doge of Venice between 1762 and 1763, when his office was cut short by illness… Read More
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Poems

by COSWAY-STYLE JEWELED BINDING; SANGORSKI & SUTCLIFFE, binders; BURNS, Robert

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Edinburgh: Printed for the author and sold by William Creech, 1787. Should old acquaintance be forgot And never brought to mind Should old acquaintance be forgot And days of auld lang syne" First Edinburgh Edition, First Issue of Robert Burns "Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect" A Stunning Cosway-Style Jeweled Binding by Sangorski & Sutcliffe [COSWAY-STYLE JEWELED BINDING]. SANGORSKI & SUTCLIFFE, binders. BURNS, Robert. Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect. Edinburgh: Printed for the Author, and sold by William Creech, 1787. Second (first Edinburgh) edition (first published in Kilmarnock in 1786). First issue, with "Roxburgh" misprinted "Boxburgh" on p. xxxvii in the list of subscribers and "skinking" (meaning watery) instead of the later issues which were misprinted as "stinking on p. 263, line 13. Octavo (8 3/8 x 5 inches; 212 x 127 mm.). xlviii, [9]-368 pp. Complete with half-title and engraved frontispiece by John Buego after Alexander Nasmyth, with tissue guard. The contents… Read More
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L'histoire de la nature des oyseaux, avec leurs descriptions, & naïfs portraicts retirez du naturel : escrite en sept livres

by BELON Pierre

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Paris: Benoît Prévost se vend chez Gilles Corrozet, 1555. Fine. Benoît Prévost se vend chez Gilles Corrozet, Paris 1555, in-folio (21,5x32cm), (28) 381pp. Sig.: ã6 ~e4 ~i4 a-f6 g4 h-m6 n4 o-t6 v4 x-z6 A6 (A6 blanc) B-E6 F4 G-I6 K4 L3, relié. - Édition originale, rare et précieuse. Six pages de titre spécifiques : Anatomie et De la physiologie des oiseaux, Oiseaux de proie, Oiseaux nageurs, Oiseaux de rivages, Gallinacés, Corbeaux (et espèces semblables), Petits oiseaux chanteurs. Cette édition est illustrée d'une magistrale marque d'imprimeur sur la page de titre, d'un portrait de l'auteur âgé de trente-six ans au verso de ce même feuillet, de deux planches des squelettes de l'homme et de l'oiseau, et de 158 grandes vignettes in-texte, de formats variés. Les gravures ont été exécutées d'après les dessins du peintre parisien Pierre Goudet (en réalité Gourdelle) et d'autres artistes anonymes. Le portrait ainsi que sept des figures d'oiseaux… Read More
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Les Amours de Psyché et de Cupidon. Édition ornée de Figures imprimées en couleurs d’après...
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Les Amours de Psyché et de Cupidon. Édition ornée de Figures imprimées en couleurs d’après les Tableaux de M. Schall.

by La Fontaine.

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Paris, Didot Jeune, 1791.Large 4to [329 x 248 mm] of 163 pp. and 4 coloured plates out of pagination. Bound in citron morocco, large gilt decorated borders, spine ribbed and decorated with gilt fleurons and Greek patterns, gilt inner border, blue watered silk doublures, gilt edges. Contemporary binding.Fine edition printed on Didot's presses and illustrated with 4 large stipple engravings after Schall by Bonnefoy, Demonchy, Madame Demonchy and Colibert.Cohen, Guide de l'amateur de livres à gravures du XVIIIe siècle, p. 582.This is the story of one of the most charming myth of classical antiquity.Based on patterns we find in any popular traditions of the ancient world, it was widespread in literature and Greek art. The purest jewel of the Alexandrian poetry, this legend is found in accounts of the Middle-Ages and the Renaissance.La Fontaine gets his inspiration from the "Metamorphoses" of Apuleus and develops it with new episodes revealing his talent through a personal tone and a half-precious… Read More
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