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If you are a real Francophile, you will love the rare French language books section in the Biblio Rare Book Room. From rare French history books to rare French language books on French culture and cuisine, there is a large selection of rare French language books featured below in the Biblio Rare Book Room. Any of the rare French language books in the Biblio Rare Book Room would be sure to increase the value of your rare and antique book collection.



La Palestine Illustrée (in 2 vols.)
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La Palestine Illustrée (in 2 vols.): I. La Porte d'Entrée: JAFFA; II. JAFFA LA BELLE

by Scholten, Francois

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  • first
Condition
Used
Edition
First Edition
Seller
Lanvellec, France
Item Price
$201.70

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First Edition. Paris: Jean Budry & Cie, 1929. In two volumes: La Porte d'Entrée: JAFFA and JAFFA la Belle. Copy no. 321 of the initial 1 - 1000 numbered print run. Photos and full description available on request. Condition generally very good except for water staining to covers (particularly vol.2 extending to FEP, half-title and title pages) and very minor traces of mould close to bindings. Photos are unscathed in both volumes: 449 bandw historic photos in vol.1, plus 370 in vol. 2. : more than 800 photo heliogravures in excellent condition.Reasonable offers considered.
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$201.70
L'IMAGE. By Jean de Berg [pseud]

L'IMAGE. By "Jean de Berg" [pseud]

by [Robbe-Grillet, Catherine]

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Used
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$350.00

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[Paris]: Les Éditions de Minuit, 1956. Printed wrappers. Lower fore-tips slightly bumped, modest foxing to edges, otherwise a very good to near fine copy. First edition, limited issue. With a Préface by "P.R," attributed variously to Pauline Reage (i.e. Dominique Aury), the dedicatee, or to Alain Robbe-Grillet. One of 700 copies on velin supérieur, from an edition of 790 numbered copies for subscribers. Alain Robbe- Grillet is also occasionally credited as a collaborator on the main text. The ninety deluxe copies featured a graphic by Hans Bellmer.
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$350.00
NOTRE-DAME DE PARIS
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NOTRE-DAME DE PARIS

by Victor Hugo

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  • Hardcover
  • first
Condition
Used - G-VG
Edition
1st Edition-1st Impression-4th Issue
Binding
Hardcover
Seller
Mansonville, Quebec
Item Price
$11,495.95

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Paris: Charles Gosselin, Libraire, 1831. NOTRE-DAME DE PARIS- Victor Hugo- Illustrated Title Vignettes by Tony Johannot- Charles Gosselin, Libraire- Paris 1831- 1st Edition-1st Impression-4th Issue- The publishers own statement on May 10th 1831 in the Journal des Débats that the first impression of 1100 copies were divided into 4 groups of 275, designating Premiere to Quatrieme edition- He did this to lure people into believing that the novel was popular due to the many editions already out there- This one is falsely designated as Quatrieme Edition as stated on the title page- errors as per the first issue- Vol II pagination errors 339 instead of 439 and 391 instead of 491.- original publishers 1/2 leather and marbled boards rubbed at extremities, but sound and clean- 5 smooth gilt compartments on spine with some legibility of titles and volume- Vol I: 4ff un-numbered, 1-404, Vol II: 2ff un-numbered, 1-536.-no tears, no writing-small amount of foxing especially towards endpapers- A nice set in… Read More
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$11,495.95
Française-bulgare-turque dictionnaire / Словарь...

Française-bulgare-turque dictionnaire / Словарь француско-българско-турскы

by Stefan P. Iliev, Dimo V. Hranov /Стефанъ П. Илiевъ , Димо В. Храновъ

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  • good
  • Hardcover
  • first
Condition
Used - Good
Binding
Hardcover
Seller
Sofia, Bulgaria
Item Price
$161.79

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Française-bulgare-turque dictionnaire. Словарь француско-българско-турскы За най-употребителны-те думы
13х20 см, brown hardcover, 294 pages.
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$161.79
Bel Ami
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Bel Ami

by Maupassant, Guy De

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  • very good
Condition
Used - Very Good
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Garrison, New York
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$199.00

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420 pages in 2 volumes. Number 39 of 100 copies that include color lithographs by Jean-Denis Malcles, of a total edition of 1,020 copies. de Maupassant's second novel, originally published in 1885, translates as The History of a Scoundrel. Glassine DJ. Does not include box.
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$199.00
Les soers Vatard

Les soers Vatard

by HÜYSMANS, J.-K

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Condition
Used - Exceptional cond.
Edition
250 copies, this number 65 on large Japan paper
Seller
Paris, France
Item Price
$4,314.40

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Les soers Vatard. Illustrées de... J.- F. Raffaëlli. Préface de Lucien Descaves. Paris (A. Ferroud - F. Ferroud, successeur) 1909.4to. (265x207 mms). Illustrated with partly coloured etchings in 2 states. Original wrappers.Contemporary full brown morocco binding, slightly worn, inner gilt dentelles, upper cover with mosaic and gilt floral ornaments in colours, spine with gilt titles, partly faded, upper edge gilt, otherwise trimmed (signed DERVOIS). Together with a case. Bookplate H. J. Hintze.Edition printed in 250 copies, this number 65 on large Japan paper with etchings in two states. Very good copie.
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$4,314.40
Le Siecle de Louis XIV
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Le Siecle de Louis XIV

by Voltaire (Monsieur de Francheville / Francois-Marie Arouet)

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  • very good
  • Hardcover
  • first
Condition
Used - Very Good
Edition
1st Edition
Binding
Hardcover
Seller
Tarrington, Herefordshire
Item Price
$4,506.12

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Berlin: C.F. Henning, 1751. 1st Edition . Very Good. 3.75 x 6 inches (9.5 x 15 cm). Complete in two volumes. Full calf leather bindings, red leather title labels and gilt decoration to spines. Good solid bindings. Volume one has light rippling to the pages and foxing up to page 3, hole to front free endpaper and three small holes to leading blank, Volume II is very clean throughout. Engraved bookplate to front endpapers (Charles Grave Hudson - 1st Baronet Hudson, of Wanlip Hall, Leicestershire.) The first edition of one of Voltaire's most important works, a landmark in the development of historiography, published under the alternative pseudonym M. de Francheville. A very nice example. Overall condition is Very Good. Size: 3.75 x 6 inches (9.5 x 15 cm). Hardback. Printed pages: 12mo. [14], 488, [1] (Errata) + [2], 466, [2] (Errata)
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$4,506.12
The Sacrilege of Alan Kent / Le Sacrilège d'Alan Kent (Photos!)
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The Sacrilege of Alan Kent / Le Sacrilège d'Alan Kent (Photos!)

by Alexander Calder, Erskine Caldwell

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  • Signed
  • first
Condition
Used
Seller
Woodstock, New York
Item Price
$14,000.00

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"The Sacrilege of Alan Kent / Le Sacrilège d'Alan Kent" by Erskine Caldwell (translated to French by Marcel Duhamel) is illustrated with 20 original color etchings by Alexander Calder, of which 5 are double-page etchings (including cover wrapper). Loose double-pages in-folio oblong (17 3/4" x 15 3/4") in a blue cloth-covered box with title printed in red on the spine. Text printed by Imprimerie Girard and etching by Atelier Morsang, in Paris. Justification page signed in black felt pen by Erskine Caldwell and in pencil by Calder. This is the last work Calder illustrated. Edition size is 200. This one is numbered 88 on the justification page. Condition : the lower part of the spine of the cover wrapper is slightly torn, otherwise in very good condition. (Photos of the 20 etchings & signatures on the justification page are provided! Feel free to request for more photos!)
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$14,000.00
La Chasse de Kaa
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La Chasse de Kaa

by KIPLING, Rudyard

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Condition
Used
Edition
Limited Edition
Seller
Sydney, New South Wales
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$5,418.86

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Paris: Javal and Bordeaux, 1930. Limited Edition. JOUVE, Paul. Illustrated by one of the leading painters in France, this superb work brings Kipling's classic Jungle Book story into the realm of fine 20th century French publishing. Limited edition of 125 copies, bound in snakeskin-style folding case, protected by matching slipcase (some wear), 340 mm x 265 mm, 130 unbound pages as issued, 21 plates, printed on imperial Japan paper, an excellent copy.
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$5,418.86
Poemes de Charles d'Orleans
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Poemes de Charles d'Orleans

by Matisse, Henri

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  • near fine
  • Hardcover
  • Signed
  • first
Condition
Used - Near Fine
Edition
1st Edition
Binding
Hardcover
Seller
Whitby, Ontario
Item Price
$5,457.80

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Paris: Teriade Editeur, 1950. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine. Folio. Limited Edition. In original lithographed glassine wrappers.Three green fleur de lis illustrated on front cover, with poets name, and a larger fleur de lis on rear cover. This is copy number 1172 of 1200 signed by Matisse in pencil on colophon.100 colourful crayon and pencil lithographs on loose pages, printed on thick Velin d'Arches paper at the Mourlot workshop in Paris. Illustrated frontis of medieval poet Charles, Duke of Orleans [1394-1465], who, taken prisoner after the Battle of Agincourt in 1415. Many of his poems were written during his long captivity over a 25 year period. He wrote courtly and romantic poems set in ballad and rondeau forms. The poems are lithographed in Matisse own hand, with decorative borders with multiple colours. Wrappers yellowed, and stained along spine and joints of front cover. Rubbing to spine edges. Stain to inner hinge of rear pastedown endpaper and sporadic stains throughout interior, but… Read More
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$5,457.80
L'Art Du Cuisinier, Tome Premier
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L'Art Du Cuisinier, Tome Premier

by Beauvilliers, Antoine

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  • good
  • Hardcover
Condition
Used - Good
Binding
Hardcover
Seller
Nashville, Tennessee
Item Price
$500.00

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Chez Pilet, 1816. Book. Good. Quarter Leather. Second issue with author's widow's signature, handwritten 6 over date and AB blind stamp on title page. First volume only. Quarter leather binding with raised bands on spine. Three foldouts in rear of volume intact. Hinges cracked. Boards have edge wear, scratches, scuffs, scrapes, Chipping to leather on corners and spine. Flyleaf loose but present. Notes and underlining in pencil on title page. Foldouts have edge wear, creases, browning at edges, very minor foxing. Browning at corners of inside cover pastedowns/free end pages relating to leather corners. No writing in the text block..
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$500.00
Un Homme et son Péché
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Un Homme et son Péché

by Grignon, Claude-Henri

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  • Hardcover
  • Signed
Condition
Used - Very Good+
Edition
Limited
Binding
Hardcover
Seller
Athens, Greece
Item Price
$841.31

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Roman. Edition définitive illustrée de neuf bois de Maurice Gaudreau. 251 pp. 21x15.5 cm. Les Editions du Vieux Chêne, Montréal, 1935. Edition numérotée, No. 82/500 sur vélin supérieur, portant la signature de l'auteur. En plus, dédicace de l'auteur à la première page blanche.
--- Three-quarter leather+marbled papers. Spine with 4 bands and gilt lettering and decoration. Limited edition in 500 copies, signed by the author. There is also a full-page dedication by the author. Minor occasional foxing and light wear to the edges of the covers. Text and illustrations are unmarked and clean. --- Un homme et son péché fait partie des oeuvres littéraires les plus connues au Québec. Ce récit a fait l'objet de plus d'une dizaine de rééditions. Il a aussi été adapté à la radio, à la télévision, au théâtre, en bandes dessinées et au cinema. L'histoire se passe lors de la colonisation du Nord (la région des Laurentides au Québec vers la fin du XIXe (env. 1885-90), près de… Read More
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$841.31
Esquisse d'un Tableau Historique des Progres de L'Esprit Humain, Suive de Reflexions Sur...
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Early copy of "Esquisse d'un Tableau Historique des Progres de L'Esprit Humain" (Sketch for a Historical Picture of the Progress of the Human Mind) Suive de (followed by) "Reflexions Sur L'Esclavage des Negres" (Reflections on the Slavery of Negroes) by Marquis de Condorcet. 1822; Chez Masson et Fils, Libraires; Paris. The book is written entirely in French. Leather covers with decorative gilt borders and gilt decorations on the spine; marbled end papers and marbling on all page edges. With a Table of Contents at the back of the book.Condorcet, who denounced slavery, was a French philosopher and mathematician. His ideas, including support for a liberal economy, free and equal public instruction, constitutional government, and equal rights for women and people of all races, have been said to embody the ideals of the Age of Enlightenment and Enlightenment rationalism. In "Sketch for a Historical Picture of the Progress of the Human Mind" (originally published in 1795), he dealt with theoretical thought… Read More
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$375.00
Querelle de Brest
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Querelle de Brest

by Genet, Jean. Cocteau, Jean (illustrations)

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  • very good
Condition
Used - Very Good
Edition
1st Edition Limted
Seller
Salisbury, Connecticut
Item Price
$3,250.00

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Paris: Paul Morihien, 1947. 1st Edition Limted. Soft cover. Very Good. THE gay 20th century classic, this #151 of 460 copies. Glassine cover missing, remnants on verso rear cover, some separation of front cover from spine fold and minor loss at paper over spine foot. Genet's words have power certainly, but the power of Cocteau's line - wow!
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$3,250.00
LA GRAUNDE ABRIDGEMENT, COLLECTE & ESCRIE PER LE JUDGE TRESREVEREND SYR ROBERT BROOKE, CHIVALIER,...
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LA GRAUNDE ABRIDGEMENT, COLLECTE & ESCRIE PER LE JUDGE TRESREVEREND SYR ROBERT BROOKE, CHIVALIER, NADGAIRS CHIEFE JUSTICE DEL COMMON BANKE.

by BROOKE, Sir Robert.:

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  • Hardcover
Condition
Used
Binding
Hardcover
Seller
Oxford, Oxfordshire
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$594.56

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London, Richard Tottell, 1576.. 2 parts in one volume, 1576, with separate architecturally decorated title pages and separate pagination, ornamental initials to the first page of each part, text in Law French. Thick 8vo, approximately 210 x 145 mm, 8¼ x 5¾ inches, pages: title page, 4 pages of tables, 1-351, title page to part two, 2-327, title page counted as A1, numbered on rectos only, total pages: 1356, LACKS LAST PAGE OF PART II (FINAL PAGE OF TEXT AND COLOPHON i.e. page 328, ending on ssvii). Occasional mispagination in Part II but all catchwords correct, bound to style in full modern 2 tone calf (see image), blind panelled on covers, raised bands to spine, gilt lettered red morocco label, new endpapers. Pages cut down at sometime with loss to bottom of title pages, slightly affecting image, and slight loss top edge of title pages, pale brown staining affecting most of text to some degree, text all legible, 2 blank pages which separate the two parts are heavily stained, a few small ink… Read More
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$594.56