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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.

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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 Edition
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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.
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THEATRE COMPLET DE VICTOR HUGO
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THEATRE COMPLET DE VICTOR HUGO

by HUGO, Victor

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1846. HUGO, Victor. THEATRE COMPLET DE VICTOR HUGO. Paris: Chez l'Editeur de Repertoire Dramatique, 1846. [4] + 32 + 34 + 31 + 30 + 32 + 29 + 62 (mispaginated) + 27 pp. + 7 engraved plates, including frontispiece portrait of Hugo. 8vo., quarter brown morocco with raised bands, gilt rules and ornaments, a.e.g., brown pebbled cloth boards stamped in blind. Tops of boards sunned, spine worn. Moire endpapers have light soil. Ink ownership dated 1868 on blank preceding half title. Light to moderate foxing in the text, plates clean. Plates by Boulanger depict scenes from the plays. Inlcudes: Hernani, Marion de Lorme, Le Roi s'Amuse, Lucrece Borgia, Marie Tudor, Angelo, Ruy Blas, and Les Burgraves. Perhaps the first collection of Hugo's plays, the BNF locates only one copy. (Not in OCLC.) Scarce. Very good overall.
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OEUVRES COMPLETES DE VICTOR HUGO- Poesie- V- LES CHANTS DU CREPUSCULE
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OEUVRES COMPLETES DE VICTOR HUGO- Poesie- V- LES CHANTS DU CREPUSCULE

by Victor Hugo

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1st Edition-3rd Printing
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Paris: Eugene Renduel, 1839. OEUVRES COMPLETES DE VICTOR HUGO- Poesie- V- LES CHANTS DU CREPUSCULE- Victor Hugo- Eugene Renduel- Paris-1839 (On Title page)-1st edition-3rd Printing- Hardcover:-8vo-1/2 green morocco with 5 raised bands- 6 panels (2 with title and author in gilt and 4 with gilt decorations)-Near FINE/ no jacket as issued- marbled boards-As fine an example as there is- Gift Quality!- 2ff, i-xviii, [19-23], 24-336, 2ff with marbled endpapers- SEE PHOTOS- "A Victor Hugo masterpiece. Book is in French."- Non-fiction-poetry-classic-French-Hugo (3180) . 1st Edition-3rd Printing. 1/2 Leather & Marbled Boards. Near FINE/No Jacket as Issued. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.
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OEUVRES COMPLETES DE VICTOR HUGO- Poesie- VI- LES VOIX INTERIEURES and LES FEUILLES D'AUTOMNE
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OEUVRES COMPLETES DE VICTOR HUGO- Poesie- VI- LES VOIX INTERIEURES and LES FEUILLES D'AUTOMNE

by Victor Hugo

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1st Edition
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Paris: Eugene Renduel, 1837. OEUVRES COMPLETES DE VICTOR HUGO- Poesie- VI- LES VOIX INTERIEURES and LES FEUILLES D'AUTOMN- Victor Hugo- Eugene Renduel- Paris-1837 (On Title page)-For Voix Interieures-1st Edition, Joined with Feuilles D'Automne-1843- E. Michaud, Paris Hardcover:-8vo-1/2 green morocco with 5 panels (2 with title and author in gilt and with gilt decorations)-G-VG/ no jacket as issued- marbled boards-Heavy rubbing at spine ends, boards are rubbed, but tight and clean- 2ff, [i-vii], viii-xiv,1ff, [1-3], 4-320, 2ff with marbled endpapers-joined with Feuilles D'Automne- 2ff, i-xii, [13-17], 18-316, 2ff- are clean, no tears no writing- Booxstore price on ffep- SEE PHOTOS- "Two Victor Hugo masterpiece. Book is in French."- Non-fiction-poetry-classic-French-Hugo (3181) . 1st Edition. 1/2 Leather & Marbled Boards. G-VG/No Jacket as Issued. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.
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JEAN AND JEANNETTE
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JEAN AND JEANNETTE

by Gautier, Theophile

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Limited Edition
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Paris (nd, ca.1894): Societe De Beaux Arts. Limited Edition. Tall Octavo. one of 550 copies, xli pp. preface by Leo Claretie, 249pp., extra-illustrated with double tinted plates with protective tissue guards, exquisitely bound in full red crushed morocco, both boards elaborately decorated in gilt with green onlays while framing a family crest in gilt on upper board, raised bands with compartments lettered and decorated in gilt, full morocco red and blue crushed morocco doublures highly decorated in gilt, silk free endpaper and marbled endpapers, top edge gilt, all others uncut. upper joint professionally repaired and finely done. A very handsome volume.
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Les Burgraves Trilogie

Les Burgraves Trilogie

by Hugo, Victor

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First Edition
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Paris: E. Michaud, 1843. First Edition. Octavo. half-title, xxix, 188pp., (1)p. table, bound in 3/4 red morocco over marbled paper covered boards, raised bands with compartments uflly gilt decorated in a floral motif, top edge gilt, marbled endpapers, ribbon marker. This is an historical play by Hugo, first performed by the Comedie-Francaise on 7 May 1843. (as stated on the verso of the title page) It takes place along the Rhine and features the return of Emperor Barbarossa. A lovely copy.
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Les Petites Cardinal
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Les Petites Cardinal

by Halevy, Ludovic

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Paris: Ancienne Maison Michel Levy Freres, Calmann Levy, Editeur, 1880. 12mo. Full page pen & ink drawing with added water-color before title page signed Ulysse-Roy. 6 other black and white illustrations signed in the plate J[ean].Massard tipped in, and two unidentified artist plates between half-title and title page, 256(1) with 12 engraved vignettes by Henry Maigrot. OCLC records a limited edition of 25 copies of this work with the original 12 vignettes on Chine and tipped in as opposed to only vignettes printed above the text. An additional two copies of an unidentified illustrator with tipped in plates between half-title and tile page, although none are included in collation and does not make mention of a color illustration by Ulysse-Roy. The first six chapters of this volume are the result of the first two chapters of the volume entitled: Madame et Monsieur Cardinal (Mr. and Mrs. Cardinal) published in 1872. Bound in 1/2 blue-gray morocco over decorative paper covered boards, spine lettered and… Read More
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La tete contre les Murs. (Signed Presentation Copy in 6-color inlaid leather)
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La tete contre les Murs. (Signed Presentation Copy in 6-color inlaid leather)

by Bazin, Herve; Jacques Blanchet (binder)

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Used - Fine
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1st
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Hardcover
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Granville, New York
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Paris: Aux Editions Eliane Norberg, 1951. First edition thus. Signed, De Luxe limited edition. Sumptuous, full leather Artesian binding by Jacques Blanchet. From an edition of 202, number 72 of 180 printed on Velin d' Arches. Published Paris: Editions Eliane Norberg, 1951. Folio, 10 1/2" x 13 1/4" x 2 7/8" thick, 302pp., illustrated with full page engraved plates and fine textual engravings from copper - all with tissue guards, and two leather engravings (cover and verso) in 6 colors by Robert Fonta. Full dark blue satin morocco over 1/4" thick boards with chamfered corners and leather inner hinges attached to thick, duplex flyleaves and gray leather pastedowns. Gilt block paneled titles on spine, top edges tinted blue with gilt embossed edge design stamped into the page block. Front cover and verso decorated with unique, six-color leather inset engravings by Fonta, Signed on the half title by the Bazin: "Hommage amical / de l'auteur / Herve Bazin." Presentation… Read More
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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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Used - Very Good
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1st Edition
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Tarrington, Herefordshire
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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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La Chasse de Kaa
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La Chasse de Kaa

by KIPLING, Rudyard

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Limited Edition
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Sydney, New South Wales
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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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Poemes de Charles d'Orleans
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Poemes de Charles d'Orleans

by Matisse, Henri

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Used - Near Fine
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1st Edition
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Hardcover
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Whitby, Ontario
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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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La Vie Litteraire, in Three Volumes
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La Vie Litteraire, in Three Volumes

by France, Anatole

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Used - Near Fine
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First Edition Thus
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Hardcover
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Bloomington, Indiana
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Paris: Calmann-Levy, Editeurs, 1930. 3 volumes, Vols. 1-3, published 1930, '31, and '32. #532 of 1500 copies printed. Beautifully rebound in Art Deco quarter purple morocco over marbled paper covered boards, gilt rules and geometric gilt design at backs, top edges gilt, the binding signed Suz. Sabatier. With the Guy Arnaux -designed bookplates of Armand Massard front end page each volume. Armand Massard was the Olympic champion fencing multi-medalist who held the presidency of the French Olympic Committee for 34 years and was also first vice president of the International Olympic Committee. The set Near Fine, small rubs at tips. . First Edition Thus. Quarter- Morocco. Near Fine/No Jacket, As Issued. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.
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Esquisse d'un Tableau Historique des Progres de L'Esprit Humain, Suive de Reflexions Sur...
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Esquisse d'un Tableau Historique des Progres de L'Esprit Humain, Suive de Reflexions Sur L'Esclavage des Negres: Sketch for a Historical Picture of the Progress of the Human Mind, Followed by Reflections on the Slavery of Negroes

by Marquis de Condorcet

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Hudson, New Hampshire
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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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Moeurs, usages et costumes de tous les peuples du monde d'après des documents authentiques et...
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Moeurs, usages et costumes de tous les peuples du monde d'après des documents authentiques et les voyages les plus récents.

by WAHLEN, Auguste.

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Bruxelles: Librairie historique-artistique, 1843. First edition. 4 large in-8 volumes, (270 mm x 170 mm). Midnight blue half-sheepskin binding, embossed percaline covers, spines have gilt titles and decoration. Illustrated with hand coloured / hand finished engraved plates. These were created by the leading illustrators of the time, including Duverger, L. Markaert, R. King. The bindings are in very good condition, with a little rubbing to the edges only. Inside, the text and plates have light foxing throughout, but are overall in very good condition. Each copy online offers a different number of plates for each of the four volumes - but our copy seems to match the maximum collation for each variation (so seems complete.) The index is of limited use, as it only lists a proportion of the plates. In addition to the four title vignettes, we have: Europe (1844). 364 pages, 49 plates; Asie (1845). 592 pages, 82 plates; L'Afrique et l'Amérique (1844), 368 pages, 43 plates; l'Océanie (1845) 368 pages… Read More
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The Works of Victor Hugo

The Works of Victor Hugo: Complete Nineteen Volume Set, Text In French

by Hugo, Victor

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Used - Very Good Condition
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Nouvelle Edition Illustree
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Hardcover
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Printed in the original French and published in Paris circa 1880, this is the definitive collection of the works of Victor Hugo.Some of the volumes show some exterior scuffing,and all have very good interiors with tight bindings and no markings of any kind. Complete in nineteen volumes, this set contains all of the stories, odes, ballads, and poetry of Victor Hugo. Each of the volumes is bound with leather spines and green cloth covers, and each is illustrated with several engravings. This set will make a fine addition to the library of the collector of classic literature. Due to the size and weight of this set of books, shipping costs will be individually quoted and will depend upon shipping method and destination.
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