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1 Almanach des Dames pour l'An 1823 Almanach Lyrique
Turbingu and Paris Chez I. G. Cotta; Chez Truettel & Wurtz 1822 First Edition Cartonnage, Slipcase Very Good 
12mo. (13 x 9 cm.) 238 pp. Six engraved plates. Scarce, with only two copies located on OCLC. Soiling on the binding and more on the slipcase. Otherwise, quite clean and tight. 
Price: 265.00 USD
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Apolline et Dancourt, Histoire Veritable.  [Bound with] L'Hyver et L'Ete, Pastorale.  [And] La Foret de Breteuil. Pastorale.
2 Apolline et Dancourt, Histoire Veritable. [Bound with] L'Hyver et L'Ete, Pastorale. [And] La Foret de Breteuil. Pastorale.
Amsterdam Marc Michel Rey 1769 First Edition Quarter Sheep Very Good Minus 
With six original watercolor and ink drawings of the novel. 12mo. 17 by 10 cm. 335 pp. The watercolors were executed by a non-professional artist, possibly a juvenile one. Nevertheless, their brightness and naive style applied to the rarefied world of chateau interiors, gardens and forest exudes an irresistible charm, and rather well complements the pastorale conventions of the novel about the aches and tribulations of young love. Lacking two title pages (one being for the second part of the novel, or pp. 161/2). Spine rubbed, and wear to boards. 
Price: 850.00 USD
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3 Deck of 49 cards depicting the kings of France
Near Fine 
N.d., circa 1800. There is one card for each French monarch, beginning with Pharamond and continuing to Louis XVII who died in 1795. Each card has a numismatic-like portrait followed by a brief biography, generally two or three paragraphs long. The backs of the cards are blank other than a neat ownership inscription of "A. O. Sullivan". The cards measure 10 by 7 cm, or 4 by 2. 75 inches, each. There is some light soilage here and there and light toning throughout. All cards are stiff as they should be and without creasing. There is no box. 
Price: 375.00 USD
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Dix Nouvelles Morales et Illustrees Par Les Auteurs et Dessinateurs de la Morale en Images
4 Dix Nouvelles Morales et Illustrees Par Les Auteurs et Dessinateurs de la Morale en Images
Paris Chez Aubert Blindstamped cloth Very Good 
N.d., circa 1840. 80 pp. With ten color plates. Small 4to, 10 by 6.5 inches, 25 by 17 cm. This book is extremely scarce, and it should be noted that the same title was used with different stories and illustrations than appeared in this version, and also the plates were not always colored. The ten tales contained in this copy are "Les Dix-Neuf Pots de Confitures" by Eugenie Foa, "Les Deux Amies" by T. Castellan, "La Jeune Orgueilleuse" by T. Castellan, "La Bergamote" by Eugenie Foa, "La Femme du Contrebandier" by T. Castellan, "Le Couvent de Sainte-Croix" by T. Castellan, "L'Orpelin de Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde" by Eugenie Foa, "La Muette de Riva-Rocca" by T. Castellan, "Papaya le Creole" by T. Castellan and "L'Enfant Prodigue" by T. Castellan. The green cloth of the blindstamped binding has some soiling. Its gilt remains bright. Light foxing and soiling within. Images of plates generally clean. 
Price: 300.00 USD
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Heures du Moyen Age
5 Heures du Moyen Age
Paris Gruel & Englemann 1887 First edition Full Morocco Fine 
Lavish 19th century rendering of a Book of Hours using bright chromolithography that cogently replicates the exquisite detail, sublimity and sheer miraculousness of the Medieval biblio staple. Each of the 192 plates (including title page) is unique with the high Gothic ornamentation that is usually encountered only under glass at better art museums. Usually the ornament frames Gothic type of the text in French and Latin, but occasionally the framed is instead a miniature painting. Credits for this production are Engelmann, artistic director and chromolithography; painting, Ed. Moreau; actual printing on stone, A. Pralon. Lush silk moire endpapers. Dentelle ornamentation on leather perimeter. All leaves are bright and clean, and the binding is tight. Gilt TEG. Silk ribbon placemark intact. Metal mounts on boards with crown and initials HE and floreate design for clasp stays. A minor scratch of brown morocco on front board and the most minor of shelfwear besides. Book measures 6.5 by 5 inches, or 16 by 13 cm. Other than loss of leather strap clasps, this is about as good as it gets. 
Price: 2450.00 USD
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Histoire des Missionnaires dans le Midi de la France.  Lettres d'un Marin a un Hussard.  Bound together with second volume Histoire des Missionnaires dans Le Midi et L'Ouest de la France.
6 Histoire des Missionnaires dans le Midi de la France. Lettres d'un Marin a un Hussard. Bound together with second volume Histoire des Missionnaires dans Le Midi et L'Ouest de la France.
Paris Chez Plancher 1819 and 1820 First edition Quarter morocco Very Good 
112, 144 pp. 8vo, measuring 20 by 13 cm, or 8 by 5 inches. With two exceptional hand-colored fold-out plates (16 by 12 inches each). Quarter morocco over silk moire boards. Edge tear of silk in lower half of front edge. Some wear to spine. Some minor light foxing. Minor close tear in each plate not affecting image and by where bound in (thus predictable). Very good overall of very rare title. 
Price: 750.00 USD
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7 Journal des Meres et Des Enfants Revue de L'Education Nouvelle. 12 Chants pour L'Enfance, en Musique. 12 Tableaux Encyclopediques, Colories. Deuxieme Serie
Paris Journal des Meres et Des Enfants 1850 First Edition Half Morocco Good 
Scarce, with no copies located on OCLC. With the unusual format of essentially being two periodicals issued in conjunction with one another, one directed at the children, the other, at the parents. (Think teacher's manual and student's text as a rough corollary.) Although periodical, no other copy found of this or any other issue of this French publication directed at children. 4to. (30 by 20 cm.) The primary interest for most would be the hand-colored two paged plates. While the coloring is not of a high level, the results are most charming, with the showstopper being the plate, "Les Fleurs". Other plate subjects include railroads, ships, hemp production and its products, glassmaking, vegetables, the army (military costume), pig husbandry and its products, weights and measures, mules and their products, dogs. Besides articles that accompany these plates, there are also songs with musical notation interspersed. Large 4to, 12 by 8 inches, 31 by 20 cm. 192, 96, [4] pp. Moderate foxing throughout. The plates are less foxed but heavily toned. The joints have heavy rubbing, and the leather is scuffed. 
Price: 500.00 USD
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8 L'Illustration; Journel Universel
Paris Firmin Didot Freres, Fils & Cie 1857 Tome XXX, July to December, 1857 Hardcover Good Various 
Book. Folio - over 12. 440 pages, including index. Oversized, 15 x 10.5 inches. Weekly general interest publication covering art, culture, politics, etc. Many interesting articles on expositions, theater, travel, et. al. Profusely illustrated. Interior in very good condition, with pages age toned but clean, with only occasional stain. One page corner torn with trivial loss of a few words. Binding is tight except for front board and spine loose (inner joint split). 
Price: 340.00 USD
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9 Les Quatre Elémens (Four volumes, housed in a box)
Paris Imprimerie de Maulde et Renou First Edition Cartonnage, Reliure Romantique, Glazed, Gilt Embo Near Fine 
Beautiful Restoration France (Biedermeier era) suite of children's books on the four elements of nature: water, fire, air and earth. N.d., circa 1830. 32mo. 83 by 54 mm each. Each volume is 24 pages and includes two wood engraved hand-colored plates, including one showing a large balloon, another of a volcanic eruption, yet another of fireworks. The white bindings are superb examples of glazed cartonnage Romantique gift book bindings, with their ornate gilt ornamentation. The outer box complements the bindings perfectly, with its gilt sides, with embossed or relief decoration, the raised framed color vignette centerpiece on the lid, the red leather base, etc. Scarce, with OCLC showing six institutional copies only (Morgan, Grolier, UCLA, Indiana, UVA, Oxford), and these copies would appear to lack the box with which they were originally issued, as we have here. (USAF Academy has a copy of the "Air" volume as well.) Gumuchian 4662. Some scattered light foxing. Soiling to the lid of the box, and minor gilt loss on the side. Overall, the box itself is very well-preserved. 
Price: 2500.00 USD
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Livre Mignard ou la Fleur des Fabliaux
10 Livre Mignard ou la Fleur des Fabliaux
Paris Louis Janet First Edition Silk on Boards. Slipcase, with silk on boards. Very Good 
N.d., circa 1826. 12mo. 15 by 9.5 cm. [6], 192 pp. With seven exquisite hand-colored plates, including title. An anthology of fairy tales told mostly in verse. Foxing throughout. Plates still bright and attractive. Slight looseness to hinges. Light wear to binding, with heavier wear, and sunning, to the slipcase. No base or lid on slipcase. 
Price: 450.00 USD
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Manuel Pour les Jeunes Princes et Pour les Jeunes Seigneurs
11 Manuel Pour les Jeunes Princes et Pour les Jeunes Seigneurs
Basle Jean Schweighauser 1775 First Edition Hardcover. Paper pastedown. Very Good Plus 
12mo. 16 by 9.5 cm. 307, [19] pp. Apercus, verse, dialogues, maxims, etc. All geared to raising moral, virtuous, upright and right-thinking gentlemen with the spirit of noblesse oblige. Sunning of the spine of this handsome paper pastedown cover which resembles a period gilt wallpaper. A few tiny pinprick wormholes on the cover, not affecting interior text. Clean within. 
Price: 375.00 USD
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12 Reponse de M. de Calonne a L'Ecrit de M. Necker, Publie en Avril 1787; Contenant L'Examen des Comptes de la Situation des Finances Rendus en 1774, 1776, 1781, 1783 & 1787: Avec des Observations sur les Resultats de L'Assembee des Notables
Londres T. Spilsbury Janvier 1788 Full Calf Very Good Minus 
8vo. xvi, 424 pp. An account of Calonne's administration. Spine has gilt embossed "II" below title, suggesting that this was previously paired with Necker's writing. However, the volume is complete in terms of the given title. (There are no folding tables, as in a larger format version.) Upper spine extremity a bit chewed, with small pinprick hole beneath. Scuffing and wear to leather elsewhere. Light scattered soiling within. 
Price: 200.00 USD
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13 Serie Superieure Aux Armes D'Epinal. Histoires & Scenes Humoristiques. Contes Moraux Merveilleux (No. 19)
Imagerie Pellerin First edition Hardcover Very Good 
N.d, circa 1910. (No. 19 of series.) 25 elephantine leaves or plates (15.5 by 12.5 inches, 43 by 33 cm), including title page. Plates 451 to 475 in the series. All with cartoon stories and verses accompanied by color illustrated panels in all kinds of configurations on the page. Sometimes just two different illustrations, sometimes as many as, or even more than, a dozen. Highlights from a purely visual gag, as well as perhaps historical point-of-view, is the plate entitled "De Utilite des Aeroplanes", which pokes fun at the perils of early plane aviation, and another plate that features a flying machine that resembles a grasshopper, but the satire, parody and humor is far-ranging and boundless. Plates are all clean and binding is tight. Boards, with illustrated paper pasted onto board, has considerable wear, soiling and foxing, with some chipping and minor edge loss of the paper. However, the illustration of a bow in a clown outfit is still attractive and indeed, a component in making for a handsome package overall. 
Price: 350.00 USD
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14 Small Baroque-style Mahogany Book Case Cabinet with a framed glass door and a collection of eight volumes of ornamental French cartonnage bindings from the 1840s
Paris Lehuby Cartonnage Near Fine 
The bookcase cabinet is elegant and striking, with its ornate carved wood floral ornamented pediment and floral and foliate border framing the glass door. This small piece of furniture stands 33 cm to the top of the pediment, and if we measure to the top of the "box" or case itself, 26.5 cm, and the case is 11 cm deep. The glass door can be secured with the original metal key. The legs holding up the case about 4 cm from the ground are black metal and have typical Baroque detailing. The titles are almost beside the point, but they are all titles intended for a young adult readership. All the volumes have elaborate Renaissance Revival or Rococo frilled gilt decoration on their boards, front and back, and spines. We can not say that the case/cabinet was made for these particular volumes, but it most definitely well-suits them and the volumes fit perfectly within. All the bindings were published by Lehuby of Paris and they generally have steel engraved plates. They are 16mo and 14.5 by 9 cm each. 
Price: 1250.00 USD
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Histoire de Manon Lescaut et du Chevalier Des Grieux, Abbe Prevost.  Illustrations by Tony Johannot.  Noice Historique sur L'Auteur par Jules Janin
15 Abbe Prevost. Illustrations by Tony Johannot. Noice Historique sur L'Auteur par Jules Janin Histoire de Manon Lescaut et du Chevalier Des Grieux
Paris Ernest Bourdin et Cie. 1839 Full Morocco, with Slipcase Very Good Plus 
N.d., 1839. 4to, large paper version and one of ten copies on chine-tiree. 27 by 18 cm, or 10.5 by 7 inches. xii, 344 pp. 90 vignettes and 17 tinted plates. Lovely version of classic morality tale of self-destruction flowing from ill-starred passion between minor young aristocrat and luxury loving Manon who flee to the New World (Louisiana). Basis for two major operas by Massenet and Puccini, through which it is probably better known nowadays. One plate heavily foxed. Otherwise generally clean. Red Morocco is vibrant. Some rubbing on spine bands and extremities. Box has light wear and rubbing along edges but still has structural integrity and makes for a highly attractive package with its inner and outer marbled papers. 
Price: 275.00 USD
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16 Albert Guillaume. Preface de Abel Hermant Etoiles de Mer Album Inedit
Paris H. Simonis Empis First Edition presumed Quarter Morocco Very Good Minus 
N.d. circa 1897. Unpaginated, 19 leaves, including title. Somewhat racy color illustrations about going to a beach resort and life at the resort. From the era depicted in Gigi (or just a few years earlier). Scattered light foxing. Overall tight and most of the plates are clean. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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17 Albert Liger. Preface by Georges D'Esparbes. Illustrations by Andhre des Gachons Jeanne D'Arc Episode de L'Histoire de France
Orleans H. Herluison 1897 or 1898 First Edition Wraps Very Good 
8vo. 162, [2] pp. With eight color plates, in addition to black and white illustrations at the chapter heads. The front cover gives the date as 1898 but the title says 1897. An account of the French heroine and saint. Wraps have soiling. Tissue guards with foxing; little foxing elsewhere. Small crease in upper corner. Pages cut sometimes crudely. 
Price: 225.00 USD
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18 Aretin, Pierre [Pietro Aretino]. Introduction by Guillaume Apollinaire. Illustrations by Berthomme Saint Andre I Ragionamenti. Le Premier Livre des Ragionamenti. Le Second Livre des Ragiionamenti (Two Volumes)
Paris Georges Briffaut 1939 Full Calf Near Fine 
8vo. 22.5 by 16 cm. Minor scuffing to full calf bindings, as well as trivial bumping to a corner or two. Clean within. 
Price: 250.00 USD
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Les Souvenirs et Les Regrets du Vieil Amateur Dramatique ou Lettres D'Un Oncle a Son Neveu sur L'Ancien Theatre Francais depuis Bellecour, Lekain, Brizard, Preville, Armand, Auger, Feulie, Paulin, Belmont, Grandval; Mesdames Dumesnil, Clairon, Les Deux Sainval, etc., Arnault, Antoine Vincent
19 Arnault, Antoine Vincent Les Souvenirs et Les Regrets du Vieil Amateur Dramatique ou Lettres D'Un Oncle a Son Neveu sur L'Ancien Theatre Francais depuis Bellecour, Lekain, Brizard, Preville, Armand, Auger, Feulie, Paulin, Belmont, Grandval; Mesdames Dumesnil, Clairon, Les Deux Sainval, etc.
Paris Librairie de Alphonse Leclere 1861 First edition Half Morocco Near Fine 
8vo. 21 by 14 cm. viii, 219, [1] pp. With 49 richly hand-colored plates of theatrical characters, often in action of some sort. (One of the plates is not where indicated on table, and there are a dozen more plates than are listed on this table. The total count is what is called for, regardless.) An uncommon title. Clean and tight. Minor scuffing to the boards. Red morocco spine clean, with gilt bright. 
Price: 1000.00 USD
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20 Aubrun, Rene-Georges Peladan
Paris E. Sansot et Cie. 1904 Fabric pasted onto boards Good 
With bookplate, "Ex Libris Carl Van Vechten". Fabric binding with primitive floral, butterfly and bird pattern that is quite striking and unusual. The book itself is 8vo, 50 pp. with biography, caricatures, bibliography of noted French author. Contributors include Anatole France, Maurice Barres, Paul Verlaine (as an illustrator), Caran D'Ache. Some fabric loss on upper spine. Considerable soiling or darkening of fabric around edges. Title page heavily toned, and because paper was brittle, causing chipping around periphery, it is now laid on card paper which was tipped into book, and thus stabilized. Pages cut unevenly and where pages jut farther out, they tend to have toning. 
Price: 90.00 USD
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