With time on our hands during the Coronavirus lockdown, we are reviewing the prices of some of our older stock and adjusting prices of books to ensure that they are the most attractive offering in the marketplace, as it is a reality of the antiquarian market for books that less expensive and mid-level material the trend has been inexorably downward, to the chagrin of booksellers and to the benefit of collectors.  Consequently, we have slashed prices anywhere between 20 percent and 60 percent of these books we have had listed for five years or more.  So we hope that anyone visiting the site might find something that might have become overpriced but now legitimately qualifies as a bargain.

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A Tour Through Paris, Illustrated with Seventeen Colored Plates, Accompanied with Descriptive Letter-Press
1 A Tour Through Paris, Illustrated with Seventeen Colored Plates, Accompanied with Descriptive Letter-Press
London William Sams Very Good 
N.d., 1834. Folio-sized, 14 by 10 inches, or 36 by 25 cm. The subject matter of the plates is full of delight and surprise, and the composition and coloring is singularly tasteful and sublime. Highlights are surely the dancers on stilts, the blind man on the bridge, the juggler or the charcoal porters. But this is not an early, Parisian version of "London Poor" or the street life of Paris, for we encounter people from all walks of life, and we are taken to places more private, such as the interior of a swimming school! Perhaps the most exception aspect of this collection of plates is how it teems with life. Every plate has a real story to tell -- this is not a mere collection of costume or caricature! Most of the plates are watermarked 1822, and we find also 1824. Tooley 444. (This edition omits four plates from the 1822 edition.) Text leaves with scattered light to moderate foxing, more prevalent on title and some prelim pages, as well as tissue guards. Plates are generally clean, and the little bits of soiling in the margins of a few is trivial. One plate with margin chip. Corner dampstain affecting corner of early leaves. In sum, the defects of the text pages is more than compensated by the general luster of the plates. 
Price: 2400.00 USD
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Costume Francais de 1200 a 1715
2 Costume Francais de 1200 a 1715
London C. Hullmandel Fine 
N.d. Circa 1820s. 12mo, 5.5 by 4.5 inches, or 14 by 11.5 cm. 100 hand-colored lithograph costume plates, all immaculate. Leaves are printed only on one side, and the plates resemble stylish costume cards. This book is usually found with only black and white plates. Other than minor toning along the edges, the thick paper looks virtually new. All is bound in a lush modern reddish-orange morocco, with gilt and incised decoration on both the boards and spine. The gilt figures incorporate the shape of the fleur-de-lys and come off both tastefully simple and elegant. The leather has a particularly substantial look, atypical of a book this size, and it is also in superb condition. The green marbled endpapers complete the package of this petit charmer. 
Price: 1000.00 USD
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3 Lumiere et Beaute. Revue Mensuelle Editee Specialement Pour Les Laboratoires Laurencon Janvier 1931 a Juin 1933 (30 issues from the 1st to 3rd year of this publication)
QuarteCalfr Very Good 
Square, measuring 7 by 7 inches. Each issue runs six pages, including the covers, and is virtually entirely photographs of travel through France or of interesting ads as well (not necessarily related to travel). Some light spotting appearing occasionally. Otherwise clean, with minor wear of binding along edges. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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Versailles et Trianon
4 Versailles et Trianon
Paris Imprimerie Lemercier et Cie. Hautecoeur freres, Martinet Cloth Very Good 
Oblong, 26 by 17 cm, 10 by 6.75 inches. With sixteen hand-colored views of the main palace, its grounds and fountains, and the Trianons. With no title other than that which is on the binding, this is a collection of views that were either assembled by the tourist and then bound, as was done then, or more likely, bound with some randomness by the souvenir shop. This can be inferred by the views bearing numbers but not having any particular order in this album. In any event, the pictures are delightful. Other than a very occasional fox mark in the margins, the plates are clean. The red cloth is faded, with soiling along the hinge and scattered elsewhere. Minor repairs to the hinge. 
Price: 500.00 USD
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5 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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Le Moyen Age, Callendier, M.
6 Callendier, M. Le Moyen Age
Cloth Fine 
N.d., circa late 1800s. Folio-sized. 38 by 31 cm. Unpaginated, [36] pp., including title. With stunning borders, mostly in the Medieval style, often illuminated, plus two watercolors of castles, and mounted illuminated leaf of vellum for title, and a mounted vellum leaf painting of a troubadour. This manuscript or homemade book was quite possibly the creation of a French student, who in the text described, always in a calligraphic quality cursive, chivalry, Medieval commerce, literature, education, heraldry, armaments, architecture, guilds, music and policing, the Inquisition, and hunting. The synopses are well-done for what they are, but it is the visual dimension that makes this manuscript a treasure. The pages are heavy card. The initials on the front board are M.T. (Callendier might be Tallendier). On the rear board is a gilt insignia for a school, partially rubbed out. 
Price: 1850.00 USD
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Journal of Sentimental Travels in the Southern Provinces of France, Shortly Before the Revolution, Combe, William.  Illustrated by Thomas Rowlandson
7 Combe, William. Illustrated by Thomas Rowlandson Journal of Sentimental Travels in the Southern Provinces of France, Shortly Before the Revolution
London Rudolph Ackermann 1821 First Full Morocco Fine Rowlandson, Thomas 
8vo. (23 by 14.5 cm.) [2], ii, 291, [1] pp., With 18 handcolored aquatint plates by Rowlandson. Text by Combe (uncredited) has a delightful levity without the doggeril that afflicts his once very popular light verse. Abbey Travel 89. Tooley 415. Full red morocco binding by Brentano's. Condition: joints and edges of morocco binding rubbed, and somewhat heavily at a few spots on front joint. A few scratches to surface of boards. 
Price: 1000.00 USD
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8 Dulaure, J. A. Panorama de la Ville de Paris, et Guide de l'Etranger a Paris; Presentant L'origine, l'histoire et l'accroissement de cette ville, la description de ses monumens, et ses etablissemens publics; Extrait litteralement de l'histoire physique, civile et morale de Paris
Paris Peytieux. P. Corneille. 1824 First Edition Half Leather, Marbled Boards Very Good Minus 
Scarce, early travel guide for Paris, with a folding hand-colored map of the city. 12mo. 14 by 9 cm, 5.5 by 3.5 inches. xxiv, fold-out table, 468 pp. With 12 steel engravings. The map, when opened, measures 47 by 32 cm and color keys major buildings by type: military structures, religious structures, theaters, etc. It is a very handsome map depicting Restoration Paris. Heavy rubbing and wear to calf spine. Tear to map perpendicular to where hinged to binding. Most leaves are clean. 
Price: 200.00 USD
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A Visit to the Monastery of La Trappe in 1817, with  Notes, Taken During a Tour Through Le Perche, Normandy, Bretagne, Poitou, Anjou, Le Bocage, Touraine, Orleanois, and the Environs of Paris Illustrated with Numerous Coloured Engravings, From Drawings Made on the Spot, Fellowes, W. D., Esq.
9 Fellowes, W. D., Esq. A Visit to the Monastery of La Trappe in 1817, with Notes, Taken During a Tour Through Le Perche, Normandy, Bretagne, Poitou, Anjou, Le Bocage, Touraine, Orleanois, and the Environs of Paris Illustrated with Numerous Coloured Engravings, From Drawings Made on the Spot
London Thomas McLean 1818 Stated Second Edition Very Good 
4to (9.5 by 6 inches, 24 by 16 cm), with 15 plates, of which 12 are hand-colored aquatints. xii + 188 pp. A classic of travelogue literature, noteworthy for the author's modest, leisurely and informative conversational style that perfectly complements the luminous, soft-hued aquatints. Here is an appreciation of the surroundings, and one can in an armchair experience some sense of travel from another era. Abbey Travel 86, Tooley 212. Clean and tight within. Rubbing to joints, and lower front corner bumped. Floral tooling within spine compartments is simple yet most attractive. 
Price: 450.00 USD
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Collection des Nouveaux Costumes des Autorités Constituées, Civils et Militaires.  Dostumes des Législateurs et des Autres Fonctionaires Publics., Garnerey, Jean François, author of text and illustrator.  Engraved by Pierre-Michel Alix.
10 Garnerey, Jean François, author of text and illustrator. Engraved by Pierre-Michel Alix. Collection des Nouveaux Costumes des Autorités Constituées, Civils et Militaires. Dostumes des Législateurs et des Autres Fonctionaires Publics.
Paris 1796 Full Morocco Near Fine 
8vo. 19 by 12.5 cm. 8 pp, followed by 26 hand-colored aquatint plates depicting the dress of legislators, military officers, bureaucrats and other public officials during the French Revolution and Directoire period. Later full red morocco binding, with ornate gilt turn-ins, by Riviere. Light foxing, never disconcerting. 
Price: 1350.00 USD
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11 Giafferri, Paul Louis L'Histoire du Costume Feminin Francais de l'an 1037 a l'an 1870
Paris Editions Nilsson 1922 First Wraps housed in a portfolio Very Good 
10 Fascicules housed in a portfolio folder. With 120 color pochoir plates, each measuring 39 by 28 cm, or 14.4 by 11 inches. The fascicules are devoted to different historic eras, and within, the plates are devoted to different aspects of clothing. All the fascicules have bright, lively illustrations on their covers which are among the most appealing illustrations in the series, followed by eight pages of text and then 12 plates, and the plates themselves have somewhat detailed captions describing the items depicted, thus making this an excellent visual reference as well as a hedonistic feast for the eyes for those enraptured by costume. Some fraying of the blue cloth of the outer portfolio. The leaves within are toned more heavily around the edges. A few chips. One fascicule has wraps torn at the spine line. Still, complete and mostly clean and fresh. 
Price: 300.00 USD
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12 Grandjouan, author and illustrator L'Assiette au Beurre Municipale. No. 55 -- 19 Avril 1902
Paris Schwarz 1902 First Very Good 
pp. 886-907, plus wrap covers. Each page is to a large vivid cartoon, a few of which are two-paged, many of which are tinted. Also comes with a two-page advertising supplement. Closed tear along spine of wraps, as is typical. Some soiling on front and back. Mostly clean otherwise. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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Mon Village Ceux Qui N'Oublient Pas, Hansi, L'Oncle (Johann Jacob Waltz, or Jean-Jacque Waltz)
13 Hansi, L'Oncle (Johann Jacob Waltz, or Jean-Jacque Waltz) Mon Village Ceux Qui N'Oublient Pas
Paris H. Floury 1920 Hardcover Very Good No Jacket Hansi and Victor Huen 
Oblong, measuring 32 by 24 cm, 12.5 by 9.5 inches. Nostalgic look at Alsatian village of yore, and as much of Hansi's writings, about the French-ness of the village and demonizing the German occupiers, who were only recently driven out at the time this copy was issued. The illustrations exude the naive charm of Hansi's best work, whose legacy was to create an enduring visual image of Alsatian life. The decorated cloth boards have soiling and the fabric is worn by the corners and the spine extremities. Inside the pages have age toning but otherwise are clean. 
Price: 200.00 USD
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Album of 39 Engraved Plates, Le Pautre, Antoine
14 Le Pautre, Antoine Album of 39 Engraved Plates
Full Leather Very Good 
Circa mid-1700s. Small 4to. With 39 engravings of vases, grand interiors and other architectural elements. A real schmorgesborg of Le Pautre's output. Le Pautre (1621–1679) was a leading architect during the reign of Louis XIV. He is now most appreciated, though, for his spectacular engravings. These engravings were published by Pierre Mariette, Nicolas Langlois and others. 
Price: 800.00 USD
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15 Popinot, Marcel, director. Jean Vertex, editor. La France Touristique de Paris a la Champagne Revue Mensuelle
Paris Les Editions France & Tourisme 1934 Wraps Very Good 
4to. 31 by 24. Unpaginated, 80 pp. Treats vineyards and champagne-making more than anything else, but touches on, briefly, sports, local history, First World War, other cultural elements of area. Also advertisements, again, most for champagne and wine. Distinguished contributors include Albert Lourdes. Many sepia-toned photographs, some mounted. Scarce, with no copies located on OCLC FirstServe. This was apparently a part of a monthly series, but it stands very much alone. Soiling of chammy-textured wraps. Clean within. 
Price: 275.00 USD
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