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Traité de la construction théorique et pratique du scaphandre, ou du bateau de l’homme....
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Paris, chez Debure père & chez l'Auteur, 1775.
8vo [182 x 98 mm] of xlviii pp., 328 pp., (3) ff., (1) f.bl., 4 folding plates out of pagination. Marbled calf, gilt fillet around the covers, flat spine decorated with gilt fleurons, red morocco lettering-piece, marbled edges. Contemporary binding.
First and only edition of the first description of the diving suit, Jean-Baptiste de La Chapelle's new invention.
The word "scaphandre (diving suit)", from the Greek skaphe (boat) and andros (man), was used for the first time in 1775 by Abbot de la Chapelle in his work Traité de la construction théorique et pratique du scaphandre ou du bateau de l'homme. The invention of Abbot de la Chapelle was a costume made of cork and allowing soldiers to float and cross waterways.
"The Abbot Jean-Baptiste de la Chapelle is a French mathematician, born around 1710, dead in Paris, in 1792. Royal censor, member of some Academies in the provincial France and of the London Royal Society, he spent his life retreated, sharing… Read More
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Voyage de Samuel Hearne, du Fort du Prince de Galles dans la Baie de Hudson, à l’Océan Nord,...

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Paris, Imprimerie de Patris, An VII (1799).
2 volumes 8vo [206 x 126 mm] of: I/ (2) ll., lviii pp., 373 pp., small loss of paper on the half-title; II/ (2) ll., 332 pp., xxix pp, (2) pp., pp.177-192 and 257-288 misbound, quire 2 with shorter margins; 1 volume 4to [258 x 195 mm] illustrated with 9 numbered plates including 5 maps and 2 plates on double-page, untrimmed, paperboard, flat spine. Attractive contemporary binding.
First edition illustrated with 5 folding maps and 4 plates of this very sought-after travel to Canada.
"It was the first of a long series of Arctic Voyages and travels which reflect so much honor on the British Press. Its publication is due to the celebrated navigator La Perouse who captured Fort Albany, Hudson's Bay, and found the MS. of Hearne. The fort was afterwards surrendered to the British, but La Perouse stipulated for the publication of this work by the Hudson's Bay Company, which stipulation was honorably fulfilled in this beautiful volume. "The author will always be… Read More
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Traité sur la culture et les usages des pommes de terre, de la patate et du topinambour. Publié...
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Traité sur la culture et les usages des pommes de terre, de la patate et du topinambour. Publié & imprimé par ordre du Roi.

by PARMENTIER, Antoine Augustin.

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Paris, Barrois l'ainé, 1789.
Avec approbation de la Société Royale d'Agriculture.
8vo [195 x 125 mm] of viii prelim. ll., 389 pp., (2) ll. including the errata inserted between the pp. 386 and 388. Excerpt from the Journal de Paris from January 7, 1789 concerning Parmentier inserted between pp. 204 and 205, small tear without loss p. 273. Brown half-calf, gilt rocaille ornamentation on the flat spine, green sprinkled edges. Binding circa 1830.
Sought-after first edition of Parmentier's famous work dedicated to the cultivation and consumption of potato, up to here abandoned to animals.
Vicaire, Bibliographie gastronomique, 657; not in Oberlé, Les Fastes de Bacchus et Comus.
Poorly raised as well as his two brothers by an early widowed mother, Parmentier had to interrupt his studies at the age of eighteen to be apprenticed to an apothecary of Mont Didier then in 1756 to an apothecary in Paris.
At the age of 20 he obtained a position of pharmacist-assistant for the Hanover army… Read More
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Praeceptorium divinae legis.
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Praeceptorium divinae legis.

by NIDER, Johannes.

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[Cologne, Ulrich Zell, n.d. (not after 1472)].Ia (Table) : [A] Borsus cause q sint. v. … 29a. Incipit prologus ī expositionē decalogi scŏm fratrē Iohānē Nider. sacre theologie professorem ordinis predicatoч. 329a Colophon : Explicit preceptoriū diuine legis frīs Iohānis. Nyder sacre theologie professoris eximij ordinis predicatoч. conuentualis Nurēbergensis. Folio [*10, a10, b8, c-p10, q12, r-y10, A-K10] (330) ll., the last one blank. Gothic characters. Type 2-BMC 115. 2 columns. 37 lines. Small tear in the upper margin of l. 27, not touching the text, waterstain in the upper margin of l. 212 until the end and in the margin of the last 30 ll.Full brown calf, covers decorated with triple blind-stamped fillet with a diamond shaped decoration, leather and brass ties and clasps preserved, spine ribbed preserved (very rare) with tiny restorations, vellum skin endleaves. Very well preserved contemporary binding.297 x 215 mm.Princeps edition, complete with the last blank leaf. First printed… Read More
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Le Cannameliste Français, ou Nouvelle instruction pour ceux qui désirent d’apprendre...
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Nancy, Abel-Denis Cusson, at the name of Jesus and sells at Lunéville, at the Author, 1751.4to [257 x 188 mm] with 1 frontispiece, (2) ll., iii pp., 238 pp., 13 pp. of table, 13 folding engraved plates, small tear restored without loss on 3 plates, stain in the margin of p. 149.Full red morocco, straight gilt dentelle around the covers, spine ribbed and decorated, inner border, gilt edges. Bound in contemporary morocco with dentelle.Very rare first edition of one of the great classics of French gastronomic literature, illustrated with 13 plates of which Oberlé described only the second edition. The 1751 original edition is so rare that Katherine Golden in her Gastronomica Bibliography also reports only the second edition of 1768."The Cannaméliste français is a much sought-after book, not only by those interested in the history of the delicacy and the culinary arts, but by artists and silversmiths who find, in the plates signed on the left by the draughtsman Dupuis and on the right by the engraver… Read More
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La Mode, Revue du monde élégant. Quatrième année.
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La Mode, Revue du monde élégant. Quatrième année.

by [Fashion].

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Paris, Janvier-Juillet 1832.4 volumes large 8vo [217 x 130 mm] gathering 76 plates in total: I/ 320 pp., 21 plates in color: 20 plates numbered from 201 to 220 and 1 not announced, wrappers bound in; II/ 344 pages, 20 plates numbered from 182 to 200 + plate 260, last leaves on yellow paper, upper wrapper bound in; III/ 320 pp., 17 plates numbered 221 to 237, wrappers bound in; IV/ 332 pp., quire 11 is missing hence there is a gap within the numbering from p. 253 to 276, 17 plates numbered 242 to 256, without plates 238 and 254, tear touching the text p. 23, wrappers bound in.A few waterstains. Brown sheepskin, blind-stamped border on the covers, flat spines with green morocco lettering pieces, yellow edges speckled with blue. Contemporary binding.Fourth year of this important magazine founded by Emile de Girardin, who is proud to represent the Parisian spirit and fashionable life.We find there Doctor Véron, whose presence soon attracts Alphonse Karr, Alexandre Dumas, Eugène Sue, Georges Sand, as… Read More
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Le Diable à Paris - Paris et les Parisiens – Mœurs et coutumes, caractères et portrairs des...
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Paris, Hetzel, 1845-1846.Two 4to volumes [282 x 190 mm] of: I/ (2) ll., xxxii pp., 380 pp., 100 full-page plates out of pagination including 1 frontispiece; II/ (2) ll., lxxx pp., 364 pp., 112 full-page plates out of pagination.In the first volume, quire 13 is bound before quire 12. In the second volume, two leaves are almost disbound. Slight foxing. Copy preserved untrimmed, wide-margined, in its illustrated original wrappers. Few tiny tears. Slipcases. First edition and first issue of a romantic publication as important literally as it is graphically, including unreleased works from George Sand, P.J. Stahl, Frédéric Soulié, Théophile Gautier, Alfred de Musset, Honoré de Balzac (" I wrote very funny tales for F. 3000 to Mrs. Hanska ")…" This two-volume work is illustrated with a very large number of pretty wood engravings, around 800, in a very varied text from the greatest writers of the time and 212 separate wood engravings drawn by Gavarni, except the last 4 which are from Bertall. Each… Read More
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Catalogue d'automobiles. (de la Maison Binder Frères). [Catalogue of cars]
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Catalogue d'automobiles. (de la Maison Binder Frères). [Catalogue of cars]

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Paris, around 1880-1885.4to oblong album [268 x 195 mm] composed of 1 title page and 30 plates. Preserved in its contemporary decorated green cloth, blind-stamped information on the upper cover: MAISON BINDER (founded in 1804) Binder Frères BINDER 170 Boulevart Haussmann Paris, large decorative blind-stamped border around the covers. Contemporary binding.Superb catalog executed in the last quarter of the nineteenth century, presenting the brand new collection of horse-drawn carriages offered for sale by the most famous Parisian house.Very rare witness of the crews that were to be found in Europe on the eve of the passage from the era of the carriage to that of the automobile. This precious album presents 30 models of carriages drawn and engraved with a great quality of execution, in superb colors. All the plates have been embellished with gold highlights to show off some elements of the carriages (door handles, axles, lanterns, fittings, decorations of the bodies, ...).The models of cars proposed are… Read More
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Les Souffrances du jeune Werther. Traduction nouvelle orné de trois gravures en taille douce.
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Les Souffrances du jeune Werther. Traduction nouvelle orné de trois gravures en taille douce.

by Goethe, Johann-Wolfgang.

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Paris, de l'Imprimerie de P. Didot l'Aîné, 1809.
8vo [217 x 134 mm] of vi pp., (1) l., 234 pp. and 3 plates out of pagination.
Red morocco, triple gilt fillet around the covers, spine ribbed and richly decorated, inner gilt border, untrimmed. Binding by R. Wallis binder.
Precious French edition of the Sorrows of young Werther in a new translation given by the count de La Bedoyere.
Cohen 442.
Werther, the novel whose influence was so great on all European literature, was published in Leipzig in 1774; the first French translation is, we believe, that of George Deyverdun (Maestricht, J.- E. Dufour, 1775 and 1776, 2 vols. 12mo), then came Seckendorf's (Erlangen, 1776, 8vo), closely followed by Aubry's, which, according to Quérard, was largely the work of the Count of Schmettau (Mannheim and Paris, Pissot, 1777, 8vo). Other translations were subsequently published by L.- C. de Salse (Basle, J. Decker, 1800, 2 vols. 8vo), H. de La Bédoyère (Paris, Colnet, year XII, 12mo), Sévelinges (Paris,… Read More
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Bilder zum Auschanungs Unterricht. fur die Jugend…
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Bilder zum Auschanungs Unterricht. fur die Jugend…

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Esslingen, I.F. Schreiber, 1835.Small folio of (4) ll., 80 plates bound face to face, few stains and foxing, small tear restored without loss in the first plate. Bradel binding in decorated paper, small round hole in the center of the front cover which shows on the endleaf and old wood engraved fleuron glued. Binding towards 1900.304 x 194 mm.Precious educational album composed of 40 double-page lithographs entirely watercolored showing kitchen tools, musical instruments, houses, characters, animal species (from farms, birds, wild, etc.), flowers, plants…The plates are preceded with a title and handwritten tables listing the 40 double-page plates. They are surmounted with a printed title.Copies we could locate only contain 30 plates and not 40 like this one.FrançaisEsslingen, I.F. Schreiber, 1835.Petit in-folio de (4) ff., 80 planches reliées en vis-à-vis, qq. taches et rousseurs, déchirure restaurée sans manque ds. la première planche.Bradel plein papier décoré au pochoir, petite fenêtre… Read More
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[Opera omnia].
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[Opera omnia].

by ALDROVANDI, Ulisse.

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Bologna, 1599-1667.
11 works in 13 folio volumes [338 x 228 mm]. Red morocco, spine ribbed and decorated, border on the covers in the style of Du Seuil, arms on the center of the covers, gilt edges. 17th century binding.
Nissen ZBI, p. 17-18, n° 66, 68, 70-72 & 74-78; Nissen, IVB, 18; Nissen, BBI, 14; Paul Delaunay, La zoologie au seizième siècle, 1962, p. 4 passim; DSB, I, 108-110.
Exceptional reunion of works by the naturalist Ulisse Aldrovandi.
These wonderful volumes, printed in Bologna, are illustrated with copper-engraved titles and portraits. The text is illustrated with over 4 500 woodcuts showing birds, fish, reptiles, mammals, insects, crustaceans, human monsters, minerals, trees …
The eleven titles in thirteen volumes constitute Aldrovandi's complete works: each are in first edition except the De quadrupedis solidi pedibus.
Composition of the series:
1 – Ornithologiae, hoc est de avibus historiae. 1599-1603. 3 volumes.
2 – De reliquis animalibus exanguibus libri quatuor.… Read More
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Institution Astronomique de l’usage des globes et sphères Celestes & terrestres, Comprise en...
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Amsterdam, chez Jean & Corneille Blaeu, 1642.
4to [192 x 154 mm] of (9) ll., 277 pp., many woodcuts in the text. Overlapping vellum, flat spine with handwritten title, remains of ties. Contemporary binding.
Rare first French edition of this treatise dealing with the use of astronomical instruments.
Graesse, Trésor de livres rares, 435 ; Stevenson, Terrestrial and Celestial globes, p. 223.
The first edition was published in Dutch in 1620 in 8vo format.
The work, published by Jean and Corneille Bleau, the sons of Guillaume Blaeu, is divided into two parts, the first one based on Ptolemy's theory, the second one on Copernicus's study, following the arrangement of Galileo's Dialogo.
We find here the way to draw dials.
"The master globe-maker authored the 'Institution Astronomique' so that his customers might get the most out of his celestial and terrestrial globes. Blaeu gives a detailed explanation of the various parts of a globe, followed by a series of nearly 150 exercises. By positioning the… Read More
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Atlas des champignons comestibles et vénéneux de la France et des pays circonvoisins contenant...
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Paris, Octave Doin, 1888.
Folio [355 x 265 mm] of (2) ll., xcviii pp., (1) bl. l., 265 pp., xii pp., 72 numbered plates in full page.
Bound in contemporary quarter green buckram, flat spine decorated with gilt title.
Rare first edition of this treatise dedicated to comestible and toadstool mushrooms of France and its bordering countries.
G.C. Ainsworth, Introduction to the History of Mycology, p. 320; Nissen BBI, 1691.
The Atlas des champignons comestibles et vénéneux de la France is composed of a first scientific part and a second one illustrated.
The first part deals with the history and the development of mycology, and presents a classification of mushrooms as well as a study of the 229 principal species of comestible and toadstool mushrooms of France.
The second part is made of coloured plates representing the mushrooms from different point of views and in cross section.
The abundant illustration of the present work is actually composed of 62 figures in the text reproducing antique engravings… Read More
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by CONSTITUTION DE LA REPUBLIQUE FRANÇAISE – LOIS RELATIVES A LA CONSTITUTION

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A Paris, de l'Imprimerie Nationale, An IV [1791].
Soit trois parties reliées en 1 volumes in-18 de : vii pp., 196 pp., (4) ff., 219 pp., 1 tableau dépliant, (2) ff., v pp., 324 pp. Plein maroquin rouge, triple filet doré d'encadrement sur les plats, dos lisse très finement orné avec fers spéciaux, pièce de titre de maroquin vert, filet or sur les coupes, roulette intérieure dorée, tranches dorées. Reliure de l'époque. 127 x 75 mm.
Édition originale au format in-18 de la première constitution française.
" La première de nos chartes révolutionnaires " conservée dans sa fine reliure en maroquin rouge de l'époque.
" Cette première Constitution, quelles qu'en soient les imperfections, n'en restera pas moins l'un des monuments politiques les plus vénérables de l'histoire de l'humanité; d'abord parce qu'elle était le pacte social le plus parfait qui jamais eût régi un peuple, ensuite parce qu'elle ouvrait une ère nouvelle, inaugurait l'ère de la justice et de la… Read More
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Les Misérables.
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Les Misérables.

by HUGO, Victor.

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Bruxelles, A. Lacroix, Verboeckhoven & Cie, 1862.
10 volumes large 8vo [225 x 144 mm] of: I/ vi pp., 405 pp.; II/ 443 pp. with index; III/ 402 pp.; IV/ 366 pp.; V/ 357 pp., (1) l.; VI/ 346 pp.; VII/ 490 pp.; VIII/ 464 pp.; IX/ 447 pp.; X/ 355 pp. A few rare foxing. Red glazed half-calf, spine ribbed and decorated with blind-stamped fillets, marbled edges. Contemporary binding.
True first edition, published a few weeks before that of Paris, of this great novel by Hugo, A vast social indictment, published during the author's exile in Guernsey.
"The Belgian edition, rarer than that of Paris, appeared a few days before the latter". (Clouzot, 150).
Besides, "In this Belgian edition are a number of phrases which, having seemed dangerous for France, have been modified in the French edition" (Vicaire, IV, 328-330).
"Edition originale parue à Bruxelles le 30 (ou le 31 mars) 1862. Le prospectus de publication de l'éditeur Lacroix, à la rédaction duquel Victor Hugo a collaboré, était ainsi libellé :… Read More
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