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Le Mariage de Loti, Loti, Pierre [pseudonym for Louis Marie-Julien Viaud].  Illustrations by Maurice de Becque.  Reproductions (the pochoir process) by Jean Saudé
101 Loti, Pierre [pseudonym for Louis Marie-Julien Viaud]. Illustrations by Maurice de Becque. Reproductions (the pochoir process) by Jean Saudé Le Mariage de Loti
Paris Librairie Lemercier 1927 First Three Quarter Morocco. Wooden boards. Fine 
No. 54 of 255 copies in limitation, on velin pur fil Lafuma. Beautiful 3/4 morocco binding with unusual wood (or wood veneer) boards and matching wood veneer endpapers. And leather painted "onlay" illustration mounted onto spine! 4to. 28 by 22 cm. 208 pp., with 18 color plates, and twelve vignettes, and a second suite of all the illustrations in just outline form bound in at the end, along with the spine to the wraps. (The wrap cover serves as one of the three title pages.) In its original title, "Raharu", this is the novel that put Loti on the map in 1880, and it served as the inspiration for Leo Delibes' once popular opera, "Lakmé", which premiered just three years later. Essentially, Loti was the authorial counterpart to Gauguin in plunging whole into Tahitian society, and his pen-name, "Loti", followed from this novel. Without question one of Loti's greatest strengths as a writer was the color he brought to his descriptions and exotic subject matter, and these pochoirs most definitely honor and capture that mastery. The bright plates and vignettes could be mistaken for actual painting, and they are a feast to the eye. Apparently scarce, with the only copy we could locate at the BNF -- no copies of this edition were found at all on OCLC or in commerce. Light rubbing of front joint. 
Price: 2500.00 USD
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102 Loti, Pierre; illustrated by D. Charles Fouqueray Les Pagodes D'Or Quinze Aquarelles Par D. Charles Fouqueray
Paris Librairie des Amateurs. A. Ferroud.-- F. Ferroud, Successeur 1931 First Edition Wraps Very Good Plus 
Exemplair 33 of 400 on Velin D'Arches. Exotic tale of Burma. Small closed tear on upper spine extremity. A little finger soiling but mostly clean. 
Price: 450.00 USD
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103 Louys, Pierre; Illustrated by Raphael Collin Aphrodite. Moeurs Antiques
Paris Librairie des Amateurs, A. Ferroud 1909 Limited Edition, and First Edition Thus Half Morocco, with marbled cloth folio accompanyin Fine 
On Japon Imperial. Limited edition, of which this copies was inadvertently unnumbered but which was probably part of the first or second most limited tranch of the first 65 or 130 copies, based on this copy being accompanied by a suite of plates in one or two states, the larger illustrations being in two states, and thus probably fitting into the most exclusive tranch. 4to. 281 pp. 43 color illustrations contained within the work proper. Wraps bound in. Some minor wear to the leather spine and the marbled paper on the edges of the slipcase. 
Price: 600.00 USD
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104 Lucien. N. Perrot. Lucien, De La Traduction de N. Perrot, Sr. D'Ablancourt. Avec des Remarques sur la Traduction. Nouvelle Edition revue & corrigee (Two volumes)
Amsterdam Chez Pierre Mortier Libraire 1709 First Edition thus Half Morocco Very Good 
12mo. 16 by 10 cm. [16], 485, [11], [4], 530, [18] pp. With fourteen copper engraved plates, seven of which are folding, based on the illustrations by Dutch Baroque master Romeyn van der Hooghe. Brunet III 1211. Lucian of Samosata (125 - 180 A.D.) was an Assyrian satirist who wrote exclusively in Greek. Herein are contained, in French, his best-known works: "L'Histoire Veritable", "Dialogues des Morts", "Dialogues des Dieux". Clean and tight. Light wear to the binding. 
Price: 495.00 USD
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The Heptameron or Tales and Novels of Marguerite Queen of Navarre Now First Completely Done into English Prose and Verse from the Original French by Arthur Machen, Machen, Arthur;  Marguerite of Navarre
105 Machen, Arthur; Marguerite of Navarre The Heptameron or Tales and Novels of Marguerite Queen of Navarre Now First Completely Done into English Prose and Verse from the Original French by Arthur Machen
London Privately printed 1886 1st Edition Hardcover Very Good 
Book. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. xix, 392 pp. Contains 72 novels, or stories. Handsome red morocco decorated with gilt left design on spine and five raised bands. Over marbled boards. Marbled endpapers. Some rubbing of leather in corners and tips. Binding is tight and interior generally clean. 
Price: 225.00 USD
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Histoire des Roses Ornee de 12 Planches en couleur, Malo, Charles.  Dessinees par P. Bessa.  Engraved by Teillard.
106 Malo, Charles. Dessinees par P. Bessa. Engraved by Teillard. Histoire des Roses Ornee de 12 Planches en couleur
Paris Chez Louis Janet 1818 First Edition Cartonnage, with slipcase Near Fine 
12mo. (13 x 8 cm.) 240 pp., plus 12 hand-colored plates of roses and a calendar (1819) fold-out. The plates are rendered with minute detail. Neo-classical border and spine gilt decoration on binding as well as clipcase. Light soiling to the former, a bit heavier, on the slipcase. Toning around page edges; otherwise, generally clean and bright. 
Price: 1050.00 USD
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107 Marcel Ayme. Engravings by Jean Oberle Traversee de Paris
Paris Edition de la Galerie Charpentier 1946 Limited First Edition Folio, with slipcase Near Fine 
Exemplaire imprime pour Madame Fernand Leval, and thus presumably among the small number of copies reserved for collaborateurs of the work. Folio, 33 by 26 cm. 98, [1] pp. Evocative charcoal drawings by Ayme. Clean, with minor wear and some sunning to the perimeter of the slipcase. 
Price: 450.00 USD
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108 Mauclair, Camille. Illustrations by H. Cassiers Le Charme de Venise
Paris Editions d'Art H. Piazza 1955 Limited Edition Wraps, Chemise, Slipcase Fine 
No. 1,500 of 1,600 limitation, on Prioux velin blanc. 8vo. 24 by 18 cm. 181, [1] pp. Wraps in glassine, with titled board chemise and matching slipcase. The impressionistic watercolors capture the magical dreaminess of Venice superbly. A beautiful copy of a beautiful book. 
Price: 195.00 USD
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109 Maurois, Andre. Illustrations by Ferdinand Fargeot Ariel ou la Vie de Shelley
Paris Editions Mornay 1932 Limited Edition Full Decorated Calf Very Good 
8vo. 20 by 15.5 cm. 329 pp. Original wraps bound in. Since there is no number to this copy, it is presumed this was one of the 55 copies produced "hors commerce". Regardless, the full calf binding is special, with its watercolor cameo centerpiece of a sailboat on the front, the floral vignette on the back, and portrait of Shelley on the spine. Alas, the calf is heavily rubbed along the joints, with starting by the lower rear joint, and the spine is darkened and heavily rubbed. Inside, the book is clean and fresh, with the color illustrations uniformly a delight. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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La Correspondance Amoureuse, Max and Alex Fischer.  Illustrations by Joseph Hemard
110 Max and Alex Fischer. Illustrations by Joseph Hemard La Correspondance Amoureuse
Paris Les Arts et le Livre 1927 First Limited Edition Wraps Very Good Plus 
No. 374 of 550 copies printed on Rives paper. (There were 590 copies printed in all.) 12vo. 124, [6] pp. Light, racy humor, with stylish, Deco-ish color illustrations on every page. The text and bawdy illustrations will appeal to the many fascinated with the sleek sophistication of the interwar era. Best enjoyed with a martini glass in hand and perhaps a slender cigarette holder balanced between slender fingers! Light soiling to the wraps and evidence of light use within. 
Price: 175.00 USD
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La Chambre Bleue Nouvelle Dediee a Madame de la Rhune.  Une Couverture Illustree et Soixante et Une Acquarelles d'Apres Eug. Courboin., Merimee, Prosper;  illustrations after Eug. Courboin
111 Merimee, Prosper; illustrations after Eug. Courboin La Chambre Bleue Nouvelle Dediee a Madame de la Rhune. Une Couverture Illustree et Soixante et Une Acquarelles d'Apres Eug. Courboin.
Paris Librairie L. Conquet. L. Carteret et Cie. 1902 Limited Edition Half Morocco over Marbled Boards Near Fine 
A lightly racy posthumous novella by Merimee, illustrated deliciously. No. 98 of 250 copies in the limited edition, among the examples on Whatman paper. Small 4to. 58 pp. Watercolor wash illustrations throughout. A few light smudges in margins. Minor wear on lower board edges. A most elegant binding. 
Price: 375.00 USD
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Errotika biblion, Mirabeau, Honore Gabriel Riquetti (1741-1791)
112 Mirabeau, Honore Gabriel Riquetti (1741-1791) Errotika biblion
Paris Le Jay 1792 Second edition Wraps Very Good 
8vo. [2], 176 pp. Plain wrappers, partially uncut. Scattered light foxing. 
Price: 300.00 USD
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Oeuvres Completees De Moliere Avec Les Notes De Tous Les Commentateurs Edition Publiee Par L. Aime-Martin (8 volumes), Moliere
113 Moliere Oeuvres Completees De Moliere Avec Les Notes De Tous Les Commentateurs Edition Publiee Par L. Aime-Martin (8 volumes)
Paris Chez Lefevre, Libraire 1824 Hardcover Very Good Chez Ant. Aug. Renouard; Chardon (printer), F. Lignon; Simoret, Etc. 
Book. 8vo - over 7¾. All volumes tight and generally clean inside. Minor shelfwear and rubbing to bindings, a little stronger on some of the edges of the five raised bands on the spines, not affecting materially shelf appeal. Each play accompanied with a full page copper engraved plate, measuring 9.5 by 6 inches, and these are by various artists and printers, too numerous to list in the entirety. Typical offsetting of these plates onto facing pages. Some foxing, never disconcerting, on the backs of a few plates and in the plate margins. This is, overall, at least a very good copy, and also a sturdy set that notwithstanding its age, one can very comfortably read from without apprehension. 
Price: 600.00 USD
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114 Montorgueil, G. [Georges] Illustrated by Job [Jacque Onfray de Breville] Bonaparte
Paris Boivin et Cie. 1912 Decorated Cloth Good 
Folio-sized (Grand 4to.) 37 by 29 cm. iv, 84 pp. Flamboyant and lively Job illustrations set to colortype. Every other page is a full page illustration, and there are a number of double paged illustrations. Probably the most sought after title in the series of young adult illustrated biographies issued in this young adult series. The interior leaves are clean, with age toning pronounced around the edges. The pictorial cloth binding is heavily soiled and worn, with a few spots entirely worn through, one on the front, a few on the rear, in addition to heavy edgewear. Endpapers are chipped and soiled. Broken hinges repaired. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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Bonaparte, Montorgueil, G. [Georges]  Illustrated by Job  [Jacque Onfray de Breville]
115 Montorgueil, G. [Georges] Illustrated by Job [Jacque Onfray de Breville] Bonaparte
Paris Boivin et Cie. 1910 First Edition Decorated Cloth Very Good 
Folio-sized (Grand 4to.) 37 by 29 cm. iv, 84 pp. Flamboyant and lively Job illustrations set to colortype. Every other page is a full page illustration, and there are a number of double paged illustrations. Probably the most sought after title in the series of young adult illustrated biographies issued in this young adult series. The interior leaves are clean, with age toning pronounced around the edges. The pictorial cloth binding has light soiling and a minor closed tear along the joint. 
Price: 450.00 USD
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France Son Histoire, Montorgueil, G. [Georges]  Illustrated by Job  [Jacque Onfray de Breville]
116 Montorgueil, G. [Georges] Illustrated by Job [Jacque Onfray de Breville] France Son Histoire
Paris Boivin et Cie. 1901 Decorated Cloth Good 
Flamboyant Job illustrations set to colortype. Folio. 36 by 28 cm, 14 by 11 inches. N.d., but probably 1901 or a few years earlier. Boivin released three different editions of this work in the years 1897, 1898 and 1901, each with different covers. The full title was "France Son Histoire Jusqu'en 1789", and this aptly describes the contents of the work, so it is assumed that the latter part of the title was lopped off in a later printing. See Robichon, Job ou l'Histoire illustree, p. 149. Wear to the corners and edges of the binding. Otherwise clean and tight. 
Price: 375.00 USD
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Roman de la Violette, ou de Gerard de Nevers, En Vers, du XIIIe Siecle, Par Gibert de Montreuil; Publie, pour la premiere fois, d'apres deux manuscrits de la Bibliotheque Royale, par Francisque Michel, Montreuil, Gibert.  Edited by Francisque Michel
117 Montreuil, Gibert. Edited by Francisque Michel Roman de la Violette, ou de Gerard de Nevers, En Vers, du XIIIe Siecle, Par Gibert de Montreuil; Publie, pour la premiere fois, d'apres deux manuscrits de la Bibliotheque Royale, par Francisque Michel
Paris Chez Silvestre 1834 First Limited Edition Thus Full Calf, with Blindstamping, Gilt Decoration, et Fine 
Eight spectacular hand-colored and illuminated plates on vellum. No. 20 of a limited edition of 200 total, and one of 15 copies on Hollande paper. 8vo. 22.5 by 15 cm, 9 by 6 inches. lxiv, [4 leaves], 334, [2] pp. Each of the plates is accompanied by a plain black and white lithographic version. The hand-colored versions easily pass for actual illuminated paintings, and indeed, the hand-colorist did not merely fill in color but also made some subtle changes to the illustration so that the hand-colored version does not match exactly the black and white one. The illumination on the vellum is of an uncommon precision and beauty so as to read as tantamount to manuscript, and the work is unquestionably superior to what one would find in the better works of Henry Shaw, who contemporaneously was producing important books on the topic of illuminated manuscripts. The "Roman de la Violette" is based on the same story as Shakespeare's "Cymbeline". The binding of this copy is an exquisite example of French blindstamped leather of the period, with Greek-style ornament in the large centerpiece of the boards and a Gothic ornamental diaper impressed onto the spine, which also has raised bands. The binding has a few dings and tiny pinprick losses, and the joints have a slight goopiness of a earlier restoration, but the binding still comes off as very handsome. The volume itself fits into a custom slipcase with leather fringe and a wide ribbon pull. This copy had once belonged to the Ermitage in St. Petersburg. 
Price: 4000.00 USD
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118 Morel, T. Alpes et Jura, ou Les Aventures de Joachim
Paris Librairie D'Education, A. Courcier 
N.d., circa 1860s. Small 4to. 240 pp. With five color plates. Some foxing throughout. Plates are mostly spared foxing and are bright and attractive. Original red cloth has band along edge that is slightly sunned but the binding remains an asset. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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119 Murger, Henry; Paul Ginisty Scenes De La Vie De Boheme
Paris Librairie Garnier Freres 1915 Hardcover Near Fine 
Book. N.d., circa 1915, based on inscription dated Xmas, 1916. Limited edition, number 486 of 1000. cxvi, 425 pp. of classic tale of Bohemian life in the 1840s and the inspiration for operas by Leoncavallo, which more closely followed the novel, and of course by Puccini, whose version is one of the great ABCs of opera. This copy is clean and tight. Pages are age toned. Some minor rubbing to sturdy red morocco which is laid over marbled boards. Marbled endpapers. Neat inscription written on blank preliminary. 
Price: 200.00 USD
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Nouveau Theatre Des Pupazzi, Neuville, L. Lemercier De
120 Neuville, L. Lemercier De Nouveau Theatre Des Pupazzi
Paris Librairie Generale E. Hilaire 1882 First Edition Hardcover Very Good Neuville, L. Lemercier De 
Book. 8vo - over 7¾. ix, 305 pp. 17 playlets for puppets, all humorous. (A few are just poems.) Send-up of Sarah Bernhardt. 12 full page drawings by author, also comical. Original pictorial wraps bound in. Some rubbing and wear to cloth boards. Tight and clean. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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