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Metamorphoses D'Ovide en Rondeaux Imprimez et Enrichis de Figures Par Ordre de sa Majeste, Et Dediez a Monseigneur Le Dauphin, Ovid
121 Ovid Metamorphoses D'Ovide en Rondeaux Imprimez et Enrichis de Figures Par Ordre de sa Majeste, Et Dediez a Monseigneur Le Dauphin
Amsterdam Abraham Wolfgang 1679 Hardcover Very Good Minus Le Clerc, Sebastien; Chauveau, Francois; Hagen, Christian; Le Brun, Charles (frontis) 
Book. 12mo - over 6¾ - 7¾" tall. [11], 462, [4] pp. 227 illustrations, including frontis, which was designed by Charles Le Brun. There is an exquisite pictorial image, 2.5 by 3 inches (with one exception) to each generally 15 line verse recounting concisely one of the Metamorphoses immortal tales and/or character trasnformations. Verse is on facing pages and caption below illustration describes the scene of the picture in prose. This is a Dutch reprint of 1676 Metamorphoses published by Isaac Benserade in Paris, Imprimerie Royale. Brunet IV 288. This particular copy appears to have minor elements of a mixed state, with the frontis possibly being from the earlier Paris edition. Pages 165/166, 457/458, 459/460, and the last three leaves (which is the 6 page index, appear to come from another edition as well, with the likelihood that most of these leaves -- are from a later edition or the facsimile of another edition, given a slight difference in the paper stock, the number typography, etc. (The final leaf bears the date of 1676.) In total, thus, there are seven leaves which are probably not issued by Wolfgang in 1679, and these include the frontis and a single other image, that of Leda and the swan, the latter of which is smaller than the other text images which are uniformly approx. 2.5 by 3 inches. Light offsetting to the illustrations. Some light soilage scattered throughout. A few minor closed tears or margin losses. One page with old, rather clunky tape repair. A few other spots with more subtle or discreet Japanese tape repair. Imagery is always sharp and vivid. Binding itself is tight, and modern full leather with raised bands and understated tooling, plus title labels, make this an attractive and very good copy. 
Price: 950.00 USD
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De Goupil a Margot, Pergaud, Louis
122 Pergaud, Louis De Goupil a Margot
Paris Editions Rombaldi 1944 Limited edition Half Morocco Very Good Plus Gandon, Pierre 
"Maitrise" Editions Rombaldi, limited edition no. 503 of 950. 8vo, 8 by 6 inches, 20 by 16 cm. Color illustrations by Pierre Gandon, with engraver Gilbert Poilliot and pochoir by Edmond Vairel. Lovely half morocco fine binding, with flowers and fox color decoration on spine and vertical lines all done in an Art Nouveau style. Morocco is over textured marbled boards which match endpapers of card stock. Lovely color illustrations. Preliminaries, the first page of story and a few leaves afterward have light to moderate foxing. Some sunning to leather spine an edges of boards. Slight crack of leather in upper front along gutter line. Binding is tight and beautiful and overall very good plus copy. 
Price: 275.00 USD
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Gedeon En Afrique, Rabier, Benjamin
123 Rabier, Benjamin Gedeon En Afrique
Paris Librairie Garnier Freres 1928 Hardcover Very Good Rabier, Benjamin 
Book. Folio - over 12. Unpaginated. Tale of goose Gedeon and adventures in Africa. Rabier's color illustrations would seem to prefigure the anthropomorphic charm and acuity of Warner Brothers' Loony Toons. Text is minimal and not critical to enjoyment of the cartoon-like format, with some frames half and even full page, which measures 12.5 by 9.5 inches. Some shelfwear to boards, with moderate soilage and some minor losses to paper on board along edges. Heavy stock paper with toning but clean otherwise. Tight binding. A very good copy overall. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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Les Petites Miseres De La Vie Des Animaux, Rabier, Benjamin
124 Rabier, Benjamin Les Petites Miseres De La Vie Des Animaux
Paris Librarie Garnier Freres 1923 Cloth Very Good Plus Rabier, Benjamin 
Oblong 12 By 9 Inches. Book. 50 comical color plates of animals in uncomfortable, humiliating or disconcerting situations. Slight shake to front inner hinge. Pages very toned, as inevitable with particular paper stock, but very clean otherwise. As if a child never touched the book. VG plus 
Price: 225.00 USD
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Oeuvres de Jean Racine (5 Volumes), Racine, Jean
125 Racine, Jean Oeuvres de Jean Racine (5 Volumes)
Paris Pierre Didot L'Aine, Firmin Didot 1803 (An XI) Full Calf Very Good 
24mo. 14 by 8.5 cm. Rubbing along joints, with volume two actual splitting but holding. Scuffs and wear on spines, with considerable wear by some spine extremities. Still an attractive, diminutive set. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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126 Racine, Jean Oeuvres de Jean Racine precedees des Memoires sur Sa Vie Par Louis Racine, Nouvelle Edition Ornee du Portrait en Pied Colorie des Principaux Personnages de Chaque Piece
Paris Ancienne Librairie Morizot -- La Place, Sanchez et Cie. 1870 Quarter Morocco over Leatherette Good Geffroy, MM.; Allouard, H. 
636 pp. With 20 color plates, including frontis portrait of Racine. Others of principal characters of plays. 4to, 10.5 by 7 inches, 27 by 18 cm. Included are La Thebaide, Alexandre le Grand, Andromaque, Les Plaideurs, Britannicus, Berenice, Bajazet, Mithridate, Iphigenie en Aulide, Phedre, Esther, Athalie, along with poetry, correspondence, miscellaneous prose wriing. Stamp of Paul Child (husband of Julia Child). Considerable wear to binding. Light soilage scattered. Text block has a stiffness. Marbled free endpapers with minor edge chipping. 
Price: 245.00 USD
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Les Farces du Moyen Age, Raoul Mortier.  Illustrations de Marcel JeanJean.
127 Raoul Mortier. Illustrations de Marcel JeanJean. Les Farces du Moyen Age
Paris Union Latine D'Editions 1937 First Limited Edition Full Decorated Morocco Near Fine 
No. 427 of 1,100 on Pur Fil Lafuma. 8vo. xiv, 363, [4] pp. With four "farces" rendered in old and modern French. Three of the farces are presented as theater works, and the fourth, as a narrative poem. Introduction places these works in context, making the point that our perception of the works as farce may not have been the original understanding or intent of the works. Spine a bit sunned and scuffed. Otherwise, highly decorative and unusual. Clean and pristine within. Marbled slipcase is in wonderful shape. 
Price: 135.00 USD
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128 Senancour, Etienne Pivert De; with Biographical and Critical Introduction By Arthur Edward Waite Obermann
New York Brentano's 1903 First Edition Thus Decorated Cloth Very Good 
8vo - over 7¾. Book. LXXXIII + 423 + 4 ad supp. Memoir classic work of mysticism and romantic era, first published in 1804. Generally clean, with foxed title and prelim pages and very light foxing in a few other early pages. Tight. Cloth spine sunned, making lettering and small pictorial faint. Front cover has illustration of Alps embossed and colored in white and gray. Overall a very good copy. 
Price: 85.00 USD
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129 Simenon, Georges Les Fantomes Du Chapelier
Paris Les Presses De La Cite 1949 First Edition Paperback Very Good Very Good Jacket Jacket 
Book. 8vo - over 7¾. 1st. 255 pp. Slight wear to jacket. Otherwise, VG or better, both book and jacket. 
Price: 40.00 USD
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[Onlay Binding] Paul and Virginia With an Original Memoir of the Author, and Three hundred and Thirty Illustrations, St. Pierre, Bernardin de
130 St. Pierre, Bernardin de [Onlay Binding] Paul and Virginia With an Original Memoir of the Author, and Three hundred and Thirty Illustrations
London W. S. Orr & Co. 1839 First Full Decorated Morocco Fine 
Extra-illustrated, with a fine onlay binding by Bayntun. 4to. 23.5 by 16 cm. xxix, [1], 307 pp. With onlay portrait of Paul sitting on seashore with sun setting over the ocean. This cameo is surrounded by an oval gilt and black band, and beyond that there is a four line gilt ruled frame with squared corners joining a vertical rectangle, with the same geometric pattern repeated in the spine compartments between the raised bands, and also on the rear cover. Extra illustrations are mostly mounted steel engraved plates by Thomas Williams. There are 26 of these additional plates, each has a tissue guard, all but the frontis portrait of the author with a short printed caption describing what the illustration is depicting. Condition: light wear to spine extremities and the binding edges. 
Price: 1500.00 USD
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Le Juif Qui Rit Deuxieme Serie, Szyk, Arthur.  Arrangees par Curnonsky & J. W. Bienstock
131 Szyk, Arthur. Arrangees par Curnonsky & J. W. Bienstock Le Juif Qui Rit Deuxieme Serie
Paris Albin Michel Editeur 1927 Full Morocco Fine 
8vo, 222 pp. Original wraps bound in full morocco binding. Humorous anecdotes and one liners illustrated with Szyk line drawings, from the time when Szyk was residing in Paris. A beautiful binding, with just one minor abrasion on front. Pages are age toned, and edges of leaves are somewhat roughly cut. 
Price: 500.00 USD
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La Sultane Daoulah, Toussaint, Franz
132 Toussaint, Franz La Sultane Daoulah
Paris Editions Mornay 1923 First Editiion Hardcover Near Fine Thomas, A. H. 
Book. 8vo - over 7¾. Limited edition, #320 of 950. 230 pp. Four brightly colored plates (like pochoir) illustrate the text. Original wraps bound into gorgeous full mottled calf binding, with four raised bands on spine, four pages of lush marbled paper both in the front and rear, and exquisite dentelle work around borders of inside boards. Exotic tales of Arab world is set off throughout by Islamic ornamentation, the whole effect being evocative of the perfumed harem. A little starting on the lower front gutter, and some rubbing along whole of spine edge. Otherwise, fine. 
Price: 295.00 USD
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L'Eventail, Uzanne, Octave
133 Uzanne, Octave L'Eventail
Paris A. Quantin 1882 First Edition Three Quarters Morocco Near Fine Avril, Paul 
4to - over 9¾. Book. First edition, with printing in 1881, issue in 1882. 141 pp. Magnificent relic of the Belle Epoque. Heavy paper, three-quarters navy morocco binding by Root & Sons, just a smidge rubbed along spine joint, and slight corner wear, or book would be fine. Charming Paul Avril two tone illustrations throughout, with brilliant half title color plate, rich in gilding. (Also in my inventory is a companion volume of Uzanne, Avril, L'Ombrelle") 
Price: 500.00 USD
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L'ombrelle, Le Gant, Le Manchon, Uzanne, Octave
134 Uzanne, Octave L'ombrelle, Le Gant, Le Manchon
Paris A. Quantin 1883 First Edition Three Quarters Morocco Fine Avril, Paul 
4to - over 9¾. Book. 138 pp. Printed in 1882, date given for issue 1883. First edition. Handsome 3/4 navy morocco binding by Root & Sons. Charming Paul Avril two tone illustrations throughout, and brilliant half-title color plate, rich with gilding. Heavy stock paper. Ribbon book mark intact. Stunning book production and relic from the Belle Epoque! 
Price: 500.00 USD
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Les Modes De Paris:  Variations Du Gout et De L'Esthetique De La Femme: 1798-1899, Uzanne, Octave
135 Uzanne, Octave Les Modes De Paris: Variations Du Gout et De L'Esthetique De La Femme: 1798-1899
Paris Societe Francaise d'Editions D'art; L. Henry May 1899 Cloth Very Good Courboin, Francois 
8vo - over 7¾. Book. iv +242 pp., 100 full page color plates, depicting women's fashion throughout the nineteenth century. A delightful, eye-filling traversal of Paris fashions from yesteryear. Plates are all very clean, with pages age toned. Cloth binding is tight. Original title page has neat thin strip cut from bottom. Illustrated paste ons on boards and spine have some soilage, with dime sized loss of illustration on rear cover. 
Price: 300.00 USD
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Oeuvres Poissardes de J. J. Vade, et De L'Ecluse, Vade, J.J. [Jean Joseph]; L'Ecluse
136 Vade, J.J. [Jean Joseph]; L'Ecluse Oeuvres Poissardes de J. J. Vade, et De L'Ecluse
Paris Didot Jeune 1796 Full Morocco Near Fine 
Lovely early copy of Vade's "poissard" songs, poems, dialogues, etc. 12mo. 216 pp. With five copper engraved plates, one of which is a frontis portrait of Vade, the other four, street scenes. Vade invented the poissard genre, which reveled in the more vulgar vernacular of literally, the fish-wife, and sought to dignify the lives, joys and trials of more common people. Minor soiling scattered. Light wear to contemporary red morocco. 
Price: 300.00 USD
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Les Papillons Métamorphoses Terrestres des Peuples de l’Air, Varin, Amédée.  Text by Eug. Nus and Antony Meray
137 Varin, Amédée. Text by Eug. Nus and Antony Meray Les Papillons Métamorphoses Terrestres des Peuples de l’Air
Paris Gabriel de Gonet Quarter Morocco. Pebbled cloth boards. Very Good 
Two volumes in one. N.d., circa 1852. 4to. 27.5 by 18.5 cm. 232, [4], 258, [3] pp. 35 whimsical anthropomorphic hand-colored plates, including two frontises. Scattered light foxing and soiling. Still, a tight and attractive copy. 
Price: 2750.00 USD
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Vingt Masques, Vaucaire, Maurice;  Dessins de Louis Morin
138 Vaucaire, Maurice; Dessins de Louis Morin Vingt Masques
Paris Librairie A. Rouquette 1895 First Limited Edition Half Morocco Near Fine 
One of 100 copies issued on Japon paper, with extra suite of illustrated plates on chine paper. 8vo (21 by 14 cm), 41 pp, not counting the extra suite. With superb vignette color illustrations by Morin depicting characters at a masque described by Vaucaire's witty verse. Many of the characters derive from the Commedia dell'Arte (Pantalon, Arlequin). The entirety of the production captures the spirit of the Belle Epoque or Fin de Siecle, at least as we like to remember it. Complementing the work itself is the spine decoration of masked figures linked by a floreate vine. Some foxing on the chine extra suite leaves. The half morocco leather is sunned. Spine gilt decorations, though, remain vividly bright. 
Price: 750.00 USD
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Villon (Oeuvres), Villon, Francois.  Illustrations by Dubout
139 Villon, Francois. Illustrations by Dubout Villon (Oeuvres)
Paris Gibert Jeune Libarie d'Amateurs 1954 Limited Edition Full Vellum Fine 
Comical Dubout figures painted on to the mint-condition vellum binding. No. 2,534 of 5,000 limitation. Original semi-rigid wrap binding bound in. 8vo. 20 by 13.5 cm. 160, [1] pp. Very colorful and exuberant Dubout illustrations. 
Price: 300.00 USD
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140 Voltaire Le Siecle de Louis XIV (Two Volumes) Nouvelle Edition. Revue par L'Auteur et Considerablement Augmentee
Dresden George Conrad Walther 1753 Full Calf Very Good Minus 
12mo. 17 by 10 cm. [12], 488, [4], 495, [1] pp. With errata page. Foxing of early and final leaves, mostly light, with some leaves in the first volume having heavier foxing. Most of the pages, though, are on the clean side. Contemporary calf, with raised bands and gilt decoration. A few small holes in leather boards, and other wear, especially on raised bands, extremities and joints, but still a handsome set. 
Price: 250.00 USD
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