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The Italian Library. Containing an Account of the Lives and Works of the Most Valuable Authors of Italy. With a Preface, Exhibiting the Changes of the Tuscan Language, from the Barbarous Ages to the Present Time
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The Italian Library. Containing an Account of the Lives and Works of the Most Valuable Authors of Italy. With a Preface, Exhibiting the Changes of the Tuscan Language, from the Barbarous Ages to the Present Time

By Baretti, Giuseppe [& Samuel JOHNSON]

London: Printed for A. Millar, 1757. First edition. [ii], xciv, [1, errata], [1], 343, [1], [26, index] pp. 8vo. Contemporary speckled calf, red morocco spine label. Rebacked, preserving original label, new endsheets. First edition. [ii], xciv, [1, errata], [1], 343, [1], [26, index] pp. 8vo. The first paragraph of the preface was written by Baretti's friend Dr. Johnson. The work comprises an outline of the development of the Italian language and an annotated bibliography of works in Italian. Fleeman 57.2BIL; Hazen, pp. 15-6

$400.00

Papermaking by Hand in America
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Papermaking by Hand in America

By Hunter, Dard

Chillicothe, Ohio: Mountain House Press, 1950. Number 204 of 210 copies (200 for sale), signed by the author. Hand-colored photogravure frontispiece of Hunter's Mountain House with 96 facsimiles, 27 reproductions of early American watermarks, and 42 reproductions of ream wrappers on handmade paper intended to reproduce the original papers. Folio (16-3/4 x 11-3/4 inches). Half linen and decorated paper boards, edges untrimmed, laid into a morocco backed folding case. Number 204 of 210 copies (200 for sale), signed by the author. Hand-colored photogravure frontispiece of Hunter's Mountain House with 96 facsimiles, 27 reproductions of early American watermarks, and 42 reproductions of ream wrappers on handmade paper intended to reproduce the original papers. Folio (16-3/4 x 11-3/4 inches). Schlosser 41 "The last work of the Mountain House Press and the author's magnum opus, this book provides a history of American papermaking by listing and describing the first paper mill in each state from 1690 until 1811, six years prior to the introduction of the first paper machine into the United States. There are in the book 123 facsimiles of documents and watermarks and forty-two reproductions of labels used by these early paper manufacturers. The thick folio volume was to have been issued in an edition of 210 copies, but the author's own bibliography says that only 180 were completed. The book is printed on Dard Hunter's paper." Schlosser 41

$8000.00

Der Index der verbotenen Bücher
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Der Index der verbotenen Bücher

By Reusch, Dr. Fr. Heinrich

Bonn: Verlag von Max Cohen & Sohn, 1883. XII, 624 ; XI, 876 ; IV, 877-1266pp. 2 vols. Bound in three quarters crimon morocco, t.e.g. Fine. XII, 624 ; XI, 876 ; IV, 877-1266pp. 2 vols.

$450.00

Index librorum prohibitorum sanctissimi domini nostri Gregorii 16. pontificis maximi jussu editus
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Index librorum prohibitorum sanctissimi domini nostri Gregorii 16. pontificis maximi jussu editus

By (Prohited Books)

Rome: Ex Typographia Reverendae Camerae Apostolicae, 1835. xlvii, 405, iv, 2, [2], 4. 3,[1], 3, [1],2, 3pp. 8vo. Quarter contemporary vellum and marbled boards. xlvii, 405, iv, 2, [2], 4. 3,[1], 3, [1],2, 3pp. 8vo. Censorship by the Church.

$350.00

The Angling Library of Jeffrey Norton
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The Angling Library of Jeffrey Norton

By Norton, Jeffrey

San Francisco; London, 2003. Illustrated. 6 vols. 8vo. Printed wrappers. Fine. Prices realized loosely inserted. Cream cloth folding box asd issued for this set of catalogues. Illustrated. 6 vols. 8vo. Record of the wide-ranging and substantial angling collections of Jeffrey Norton, including his notable collection of Joseph Crawhall. Comprising three catalogues from Bloomsbury Auctions, London: British & European Part I (12 December 2001, 340 lots), Joseph Crawhall Collection (7 March 2002, 70 lots), British & European Part II (2 May 2002, 406 lots); and three catalogues from PBA Galleries: 24 January 2002 (489 lots), 2 November 2002 (431 lots), and 24 April 2003 (253 lots).

$250.00

A Bibliographical Antiquarian and Picturesque Tour in the Northern Counties of England and in Scotland
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A Bibliographical Antiquarian and Picturesque Tour in the Northern Counties of England and in Scotland

By Dibdin, Thomas Frognall

London: Printed for the author by C. Richards .., 1838. First edition. Illustrated with 40 engraved plates and numerous text vignettes. 2 vols. 8vo. Contemporary three quarter red morocco and cloth, gilt spines, marbled endpapers, a.e.g. Very slight foxing to frontispiece and title, otherwise a lovely copy. First edition. Illustrated with 40 engraved plates and numerous text vignettes. 2 vols. 8vo. Presentation Copy. Inscribed on the flyleaf: "Henry James Wheeler Esq / From the Author". Jackson 89; Windle and Pippin A65

$1500.00

Annales de l'imprimerie des Alde: ou histoire des trois Manuce et de leurs éditions
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Annales de l'imprimerie des Alde: ou histoire des trois Manuce et de leurs éditions

By Renouard, Antoine Augustin

Paris: the author, 1825. Second edition. Frontispiece portraits volumes 1 & 2, 4 plates, and 6 folding leaves of facsimile. [4], 425, [1]; [4], 434, [2]; xl, 420, [4] pp. Half-titles present. 3 vols. 8vo. 19th century half-morocco and marbled boards, spine gilt in compartments, a.e.g., marbled endpapers. Minor rubbing to binding, some foxing to frontispieces, trivial light foxing to text. Second edition. Frontispiece portraits volumes 1 & 2, 4 plates, and 6 folding leaves of facsimile. [4], 425, [1]; [4], 434, [2]; xl, 420, [4] pp. Half-titles present. 3 vols. 8vo. Second and best edition of this classic work on the Aldine press. Bigmore and Wyman p. 251. Provenance: Sir Joseph Henry Hawley (circular Leybourne Grange armorial bookplates); C.F. Libbie Auctioneers (bookplates)

$1000.00

An Account of the New-York Hospital. [With:] Catalogue of Books Belonging to New-York Hospital Library
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An Account of the New-York Hospital. [With:] Catalogue of Books Belonging to New-York Hospital Library

By (New York Hospital)

New York: Printed by Collins & Co, 1811. An enlarged edition of the first edition of 1804. Two folding frontispiece plates showing a view and floor plan of the hospital. 65, [1]; 74 pp. 8vo. Contemporary half calf and marbled boards. Covers rubbed, closed tears to plates, some spotting to text, early ink underlining to one page. An enlarged edition of the first edition of 1804. Two folding frontispiece plates showing a view and floor plan of the hospital. 65, [1]; 74 pp. 8vo. The founding of the New York Hospital, the second oldest hospital in New York City, was inspired by Samuel Bard's seminal Discourse upon the Duties of a Physician (1769). Wartime delays pushed the hospital's opening to 1791. Originally founded as a medical hospital, it eventually focused on treating the insane. After several moves and re-incorporations, the hospital is now part of New York-Presbyterian. Sabin attributes authorship to John Murray, Jr. or Thomas Eddy. The work includes the Charter (1771), two acts of the state legislature (1806, 1810), "By-laws and regulations" for the hospital and a 64-page catalogue of the hospital's library. Norman 1584; Shaw & Shoemaker 23958 & 23555; Sabin 55480 & 54482. Provenance: Haskell F. Norman (his bookplate)

$750.00

A collection of 4 typed letters signed ("Jay"), one typed postcard signed and one autograph postcard signed, to fellow publisher Charles A. Pearce
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A collection of 4 typed letters signed ("Jay"), one typed postcard signed and one autograph postcard signed, to fellow publisher Charles A. Pearce

By Laughlin, James

Cambridge, MA and Norfolk, CT, 1939. Letters one page each, one letter enclosing a one page POEM IN TYPESCRIPT carbon. 4to. On New Directions letterhead. Paperclip rust at top edge of letters, poem typescript toned and brittle at edges. Letters one page each, one letter enclosing a one page POEM IN TYPESCRIPT carbon. 4to. Laughlin to fellow young publisher Charles A. Pearce, on Henry Miller, New Directions, etc. A small but rich group of letters from James Laughlin at the outset of his influential publishing career, to Charles A. Pearce, himself about to strike out on his own as a publisher. Pearce (1906-1970, whom Laughlin addresses in these letters as "Cap") spent ten years as an editor at Harcourt before co-founding (in the year of the present correspondence) the house of Duell, Sloan & Pearce, for which he served as chief editor until its sale to Meredith Press in 1961. Laughlin famously founded New Directions while he was still a student at Harvard, following a suggestion by Ezra Pound and using money he'd inherited from a steel fortune. New Directions published its first work in 1936, and went on to be one of the foremost publishers of modernist literature in its day. The present letters include much discussion of Henry Miller and New Directions' inaugural publication of his work, and make mention of Lawrence Durrell, the New Yorker, the publishing business in general, Laughlin's funding sources, and the end of Laughlin's college career at Harvard. Excerpts: May 4: "Yes, that's a surprise about your leaving Harcourts ... I imagine that you were responsible for most of the good things they did and now they'll sink down to the usual level.... I'm interested in what you write about Miller. He suggested ... I should see you ... I have my Divisionals and then my Finals here at Harvard next week and I have to ... work like hell, having done no schoolwork the rest of the year. I'm sorry if I've hurt Henry's feelings. He thinks he's God & I just think he's a swell writer ... My present plan is to get out a book of Miller's essays and stories in the Fall. This is because I am at present somewhat too hard up to give TROPIC the promotion it would need...." June 6: "About your business venture [i.e. Duell, Sloan & Pearce]. It sounds good ... If I had the dough free I would invest in you in a minute, providing the two other guys are OK and will do what you tell 'em. The trouble is that all my principle is tied up in the Godforshat stock of J & L [the Jones & Laughlin Steel Company]. I want to get rid of it and move into something else but the market is so depressed at the present time.... So I just sit tight ... waiting for Roosevelt to get down off his cross and let the boys play dirty like they used to.... [T]here are some reasons for doing something of Miller right away - to keep him pacified, to keep people here from thinking he is just a myth. My plan would be to make up a book that would be representative of hiw whole talent. Some essays, some fantasies, some stories, some surrealism...." July 26: "Durrell is OK. We'll have sections in ND39. He charges more current into his stuff than any of them. It's exhausting to read. Not pornography so much as sadism.... The enclosed is just for your personal perusal. Keep it. It came out in PARTISAN REVIEW" [referencing a 24 line poem about burning books, titled "A Letter to Hitler," present here]. July 5: "The NEW YORKER sounds pretty good to me. They have been printing a lot of good stuff lately and perhaps you can push in a little more. I've about decided to do a miscellaneous volume of Miller this fall entitled THE COSMOLOGICAL EYE ... I agree with you that it would be best to do one of his big works first, but I can't handle the financing this year, yet feel I must do something. Both Miller and the stores will lose all patience with me if I don't produce some goods. Choice of evils. Have you read CAPRICORN? ... Part of it will go into NEW DIRECTIONS to fix the copyright. It has some powerful passages, some silly ones, and some disgusting ones.... Would you and your wife care to come up here some weekend?... I hope you are not one of those bastards who play golf instead of tennis."

$1750.00

Memoirs of the Year Two Thousand Five Hundred. Translated from the French by W[illiam] Hooper
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Memoirs of the Year Two Thousand Five Hundred. Translated from the French by W[illiam] Hooper

By [Mercier, Louis Sebastien]

Philadelphia: Printed by Thomas Dobson at the Stone-House, No. 41, South Second-Street, 1795. First American edition. The original edition, entitled "L'An 2440" was published in 1770. In this edition the translator has included a note stating that the only change he made in the book was rounding up the date. The text is that of the Dublin 1772 edition. xi, [i], 360 pp. 1 vols. 12mo. Contemporary sheep, red morocco gilt label. Contemporary book label of "Meadville Theological School, presented by Joshua Brookes, New-York." Head of spine rubbed, minor edge wear. Ex-library with perforated stamp to title, affecting a few letters of the epigraph, ink stamp at foot of title, marginal flaw to H4, otherwise internally clean and fresh. First American edition. The original edition, entitled "L'An 2440" was published in 1770. In this edition the translator has included a note stating that the only change he made in the book was rounding up the date. The text is that of the Dublin 1772 edition. xi, [i], 360 pp. 1 vols. 12mo. First Utopian Novel printed in America. Mercier's satire on France and the French. Trousson calls Mercier "the father of the modern Utopia" as his is the "first genuine utopia set in future times." (Lewis) In this work the writer sleeps 670 years and awakens in a reformed France without a monarchy, where there is a leveling of wealth, no international trade or colonies and the American colonies are independent but "united under one spirit of legislation." This was deemed seditious and banned. The first Utopian novel printed in America. Rare. Bowe and Daniels F633; Bleiler p. 26; Shipton and Mooney 29068; Wilke, "L'Ans 2440", Harvard Library Bulletin; Lewis "Utopian Literature in the Pennsylvania State University Libraries" p. 120. For the first English edition of 1772 Block p. 160

$1500.00

2 four page ALSs to Mr. Julius Wadswsorth, "Dear Wadsworth" in Paris France from Judge Mark Skinner in Chicago

By Skinner, Mark

Chicago, 1842. 4to. Old folds. 4to. Chatty letters about Illinois politics, etc. "On July 7, 1897 Rev. P.S. Pratt welcomed Manchester's "many lovers of good books" who had gathered to celebrate the opening of Mark Skinner Library. The library was celebrated as a "new and elegant edifice" which would be "made accessible to all who are associated in the various relations of social and civil life." It was built by Frances Skinner Willing in memory of her father, Mark Skinner, a Chicago judge and philanthropist who was born in Manchester and returned to spend every summer here. Mark Skinner's father, Richard Skinner, had been a Vermont governor and chief justice. Mrs. Willing is noted by librarian and historian Paula Watson as one of the "Lady Carnegies" of the late 19th and early 20th centuries - women philanthropists who had "strong interests in reading and literature and personally empowering experiences with libraries." Watson writes that women's library philanthropy was extensive, but has gone largely unrecognized. Mrs. Willing also provided an endowment of $40,000 to provide for the future of the library. (Paula Watson, "Carnegie Ladies, Lady Carnegies,"Libraries and Culture 31:1, 1996) In 1964 the original 1897 library building was enlarged with an addition that doubled library space. The new wing added an expanded circulation desk, open reading room with high ceilings and large windows, and a basement meeting room."

$200.00

Bibliotheca Hulthemiana ou catalogue méthodique de la riche et précieuse collection de livres et de manuscrits délaissés par M. Ch. Van Hulthem (...). Ghent,  1836-1837
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Bibliotheca Hulthemiana ou catalogue méthodique de la riche et précieuse collection de livres et de manuscrits délaissés par M. Ch. Van Hulthem (...). Ghent, 1836-1837

Ghent: J. Poelman, 1836. 5 vols. 8vo. Contemporary half calf and marbled boards.VG. 5 vols. 8vo. The first five volumes describe the books, more than 31,000 entries, which were bought en bloc and form the nucleus of the Royal Library; a sixth volume describing manuscripts was issued in 1837, and a further catalogue of prints in 1846 (neither of these two are present).

$900.00

Autograph Note Signed ("W Irving"), to Obadiah Rich, requesting a history of Cadiz and Seville

By Irving, Washington

n.p., 1830. 1 p. 4 x 4 1/2 inch slip. Faint toning, fine. 1 p. 4 x 4 1/2 inch slip. Requesting books on Spain from a noted bibliphile. Irving writes to his friend, the bibliophile, bookseller, and former U.S. consul in Spain, Obadiah Rich (1777-1850), with a request for books on Spanish history: "My dear Rich, If you have a chronicle or history of annals of Cadiz I will thank you to send it by the bearer. Also the annals of Seville if you have found them." Irving likely needed the volumes for his Voyages and Discoveries of the Companions of Columbus (1831), on which he was then at work. Irving became intimate with Rich while living in Spain from 1826-1829, part of that time renting rooms in Rich's residence in Madrid. Rich had served as U.S. consul in Valencia before taking charge of the archives at the American legation in Madrid in 1823. While there he amassed an impressive library relating to Spanish and Latin American history, and he would go on to publish several bibliographies relating to Americana. In 1828 he established himself in London as a bookseller, serving as purchasing agent there for the Library of Congress from 1830-1850. Irving had returned to England from Spain in July 1829 following his appointment as Secretary to the American Legation in London.

$850.00

Papermaking by Hand in America
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Papermaking by Hand in America

By Hunter, Dard

Chillicothe, Ohio: Mountain House Press, 1950. Number 2 of 210 copies (200 for sale), signed by the author. Hand-colored photogravure frontispiece of Hunter's Mountain House with 96 facsimiles, 27 reproductions of early American watermarks, and 42 reproductions of ream wrappers on handmade paper intended to reproduce the original papers. Folio (17 x 12 inches). Specially bound in full green morocco by Bayntun (Riviere), Bath, England, all edges untrimmed. Fine. Number 2 of 210 copies (200 for sale), signed by the author. Hand-colored photogravure frontispiece of Hunter's Mountain House with 96 facsimiles, 27 reproductions of early American watermarks, and 42 reproductions of ream wrappers on handmade paper intended to reproduce the original papers. Folio (17 x 12 inches). COPY #2. "The last work of the Mountain House Press and the author's magnum opus, this book provides a history of American papermaking by listing and describing the first paper mill in each state from 1690 until 1811, six years prior to the introduction of the first paper machine into the United States. There are in the book 123 facsimiles of documents and watermarks and forty-two reproductions of labels used by these early paper manufacturers. The thick folio volume was to have been issued in an edition of 210 copies, but the author's own bibliography says that only 180 were completed. The book is printed on Dard Hunter's paper" (Schlosser). Schlosser 41; Cave, p. 331; Ransom p. 383

$8000.00

Printed Leaf from Nicolaus de Lyra's Postilla super Biblia, Strassburg, 1472
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Printed Leaf from Nicolaus de Lyra's Postilla super Biblia, Strassburg, 1472

By (Incunable Leaf)

[Strassburg: Johann Mentelin, 1472. Single leaf, printed recto and verso. Text in two columns, 62 lines, initials supplied in red (5 on recto, one on verso). 1 vols. Folio. Fine. Mounted in card folder. Single leaf, printed recto and verso. Text in two columns, 62 lines, initials supplied in red (5 on recto, one on verso). 1 vols. Folio. From the Press of Johann Mentelin, 1472. Hain 10366; BMC I, 56; ISTC No. in00133000

$750.00

The Derrydale Press. Notes from an informal talk before the Bibliographical Society of the University of Virginia December 13, 1950. With a Checklist of the Derrydale books printed after the summer of 1937
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The Derrydale Press. Notes from an informal talk before the Bibliographical Society of the University of Virginia December 13, 1950. With a Checklist of the Derrydale books printed after the summer of 1937

By Catlin, Mrs. Randolph of Red Acres, Albemarle County, Va

Charlottesville, Virginia: Bibliographical Society of the University of Virginia, 1951. First edition. Mimeographed. 9 pp. 1 vols. 4to. Gray wrappers, stapled. Fine, laid into a brick cloth folding box. First edition. Mimeographed. 9 pp. 1 vols. 4to. The earliest substantial effort to prepare a bibliographical listing of the output of the press (although Siegel notes that the checklist does not include privately printed books). A fine association: from the collection of Don Frazier. Provenance: Don Frazier

$225.00

The Holy Bible  containing the Old and New Testaments
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The Holy Bible containing the Old and New Testaments

By (Bible)

New York: American Bible Society, 1855. Royal 8vo. Bound in full contemporary morocco, a.e.g. With "S. Augusta Brown" (1825-1909) stamped in gilt on the upper cover. With two examples of embroidered Berlin wool work laid in, one with initals "SAB Oct. 29, 1859" and the other an alter scene. Royal 8vo. Sophia Augusta Brown's Bible, Wife of John Carter Brown. The bible of Sophia Augusta Brown (1825-1909), wife of John Carter Brown, herself an active bibliophile who helped her husband build his library and oversaw its stewardship after his death. Sophia Augusta was 34 and John Carter Brown 61 when they married, after a brief courtship, on June 23, 1859. That event is recorded in the family record between the Old and New Testaments, as are the births and marriages of the couple's three children--John Nicholas Brown, Harold Brown, and Sophia Augusta--the marriages of the two sons, and the death of John Carter Brown "dearly loved Husband & Father" on June 10, 1874. The younger Sophia Augusta Brown married banker and businessman William Watts Sherman (1842-1912), whose Newport, RI house is an architectural landmark. The daughter of Patrick Browne, an Anglo-Irish jurist and member of Her Majesty's Council of the Bahamas, and Harriet Thayer of Providence, a direct descendant of Roger Williams, Sophia Augusta Brown was "an indomitable force in an era when women were discovering a role for themselves in the charitable sector ... For Sophia Augusta, perpetuating her husband's mission through the sound management and enhancement of his collection was her way of contributing to the advancement of knowledge and understanding among peoples ... From her sons' earliest age, Sophia Augusta ensured they would develop an appreciation for the care, condition and housing of books ... John Nicholas and Harold often accompanied their mother to booksellers and private collectors. At an early age, they were shown priceless works: a Columbus letter, the papers of Leonardo daVinci, a note by Galileo ... On his trips to Europe [as an adult], John Nicholas was expected to report back ... with his assessment of the books he encountered ... When he turned 22, in 1883, Sophia Augusta entrusted him with the care of the library" (Sylvia Brown, Grappling with Legacy: Rhode Island's Brown Family and the American Philanthropic Impulse, 2017). While her husband was still alive, Sophia Augusta oversaw the construction, in 1862, of the fireproof library wing in the Nightingale-Brown House which remained the site of the library until it was relocated to its current home at Brown University, at the impetus of John Nicholas Brown's will.

$7500.00

El Cantar de Cantares de Salomon
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El Cantar de Cantares de Salomon

By (Printed on Cork) Leon, Fr. Luis de

San Felice de Guixols [Gerona]: José María Viader, 1946. One of 17 lettered copies printed on cork for collaborators, this is letter "Q" for Don Juan Enrique Fau Ardura, El Editor, from an edition of 467 total copies. Eight plates hand-colored and gilt by Juan Ribot, illuminated page borders and initials by Germán Viader. 151, [3] pp. PRINTED ON CORK. 4to. Publisher's incised leather covers. Some wear and splitting to cork leaves, as usual. In publisher's cork slipcase. One of 17 lettered copies printed on cork for collaborators, this is letter "Q" for Don Juan Enrique Fau Ardura, El Editor, from an edition of 467 total copies. Eight plates hand-colored and gilt by Juan Ribot, illuminated page borders and initials by Germán Viader. 151, [3] pp. PRINTED ON CORK. 4to. Hand Illuminated Throughout. A magnificent and fragile production, printed on cork and hand-illuminated throughout.

$3000.00

Sonnets. By E.B.B.

By [Browning, Elizabeth Barrett]

Reading: not for Publication, 1893. Wise forgery. 47, [1] pp., with half-title. 8vo. Dark green crushed morocco, titled in gilt on front cover, gilt edges and turn-ins, t.e.g., the rest uncut, by Riviere & Son. Light wear to joints. Wise forgery. 47, [1] pp., with half-title. 8vo. The most infamous Wise forgery, purporting to be the first edition of Elizabeth Barrett Browning's Sonnets from the Portuguese. John Carter and Graham Pollard's exhaustive investigation, presented in their Enquiry into the Nature of Certain Nineteenth Century Pamphlets (1934), proved by way of internal evidence (paper composition and type faces) and external evidence (lack of presentation copies or evidence of contemporary ownership in any known copies) that this was indeed a forgery. "Of this group [of suspected forgeries] the Reading Sonnets was undoubtedly the star piece. It was the most important, both as literature and as a human document of wide sentimental appeal: it was by far the highest priced: and it was the most amply and authoritatively documented" (Carter and Pollard, p. 6). The true first appearance of Sonnets from the Portuguese appeared in the second edition of the poet's collected Poems (1850). Barnes B2; Carter and Pollard, p. 8 et passim (with census recording 36 copies)

$7500.00

Imprimerie en Caracteres. Contenant dix-neuf Planches. [Extracted from: DIDEROT, Denis, & Jean Le Rond d'ALEMBERT, editors. Encyclopédie, ou Dictionnaire Raisonné des Sciences, des Arts et des Métiers. Recueil de Planches, sur les Sciences, les Arts Libéraux, et les Arts Mécaniques, avec leur Explication]
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Imprimerie en Caracteres. Contenant dix-neuf Planches. [Extracted from: DIDEROT, Denis, & Jean Le Rond d'ALEMBERT, editors. Encyclopédie, ou Dictionnaire Raisonné des Sciences, des Arts et des Métiers. Recueil de Planches, sur les Sciences, les Arts Libéraux, et les Arts Mécaniques, avec leur Explication]

By (Printing)

[Paris, 1772. Pp. [1]-12; 17 [of 19] copper-engraved plates, Goußier del., Benard fecit. 1 vols. Folio. Disbound. A clean bright extract, lacking plates I & XIV. Small adhesion of first leaf to later blank wrapper, else fine. Pp. [1]-12; 17 [of 19] copper-engraved plates, Goußier del., Benard fecit. 1 vols. Folio. An especially attractive selection of plates from the Récueil de Planches, that extraordinary illustrated supplement to the magnificent Encyclopédie of Diderot and d'Alembert. The plates depict every aspect of the art and craft of printing in the late 18th century; the explanatory text is concise yet fully detailed. Printing and the Mind of Man describes the Encyclopedie as "a monument in the history of European thought; the acme of the age of reason; a prime motive force in undermining the ancien régime and in heralding the French Revolution; a permanent source for all aspects of eighteenth-century civilization.". PMM 200; En français dans le texte, 156

$750.00

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