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21 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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22 Bac, illustrator; Preface by Marcel Prevost. Editor: H. Simonis Empis La Femme Intime Album. Absolument Inedit Par Bac
Paris 1894 Half Morocco over Marbled Boards Near Fine 
Small folio, measuring 14 by 10.75 inches, 38 by 27 cm. Louche women, in states of semi-undress (usually revealing their breasts partially), and attitudes befitting the boudoir, the bedchamber, the bath. With light-hearted captions, this is fetching fin-de-siecle softcore erotica. Unpaginated, with 26 tinted full-page plates. Original wraps bound in half green morocco over marbled boards. Some rubbing of leather, with surface loss areas near spine. Clean inside. 
Price: 325.00 USD
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23 Beaumarchais. Aquarelles de H. [Henri] Montassier Le Mariage de Figaro, ou La Folle Journee
Paris Henry Babou 1927 Limited First Edition Half Morocco over decorated paper, with original w Very Good 
No. 51 of 525, this being one of 50 copies on papier verge blanc de Hollande, with pochoir plates also on Hollande, and thus a more special copy than the vast majority of the limitation. Bound by Donnelley of Chicago. The watercolors of Montassier were printed with a pochoir process by the master of pochoir, Jean Saude. The pochoir plates and headers (at the beginning of each of the five acts) dazzle with their lucious color. 4to. (29 by 23 cm, 11.5 by 9 inches.) 139, [2] pp. With ten pochoir color plates. Henri Montassier (1880 - 1946) painted in a wide range of genres and was an active contributor to such well-known periodicals as "Le Sourire", "L'Illustration" and "La Baionnette". Jean Saude is unquestionably better known today, in part because he wrote the most authoritative treatise on the pochoir process when its popularity was on the rise. The morocco is rubbed along the joints and is worn in the lower corners, with a few tiny spots of wear elsewhere along the edge. The paper pasted onto the boards features a design of a Centaur, pipes, an urn, each bordered by vines. The paper is sunned or faded somewhat, particularly along the edges. Still, the binding is attractive as a single unit and in all its components. Within, a few pages have light foxing. Otherwise, the paper is luxuriant and impressive. Some offsetting from the pochoirs onto the opposite pages. 
Price: 750.00 USD
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Idylles et Romances.  A L'Usage des Enfans.  Ornées de 24 vignettes en taille-douce. Nouvelle Édition, Berquin
24 Berquin Idylles et Romances. A L'Usage des Enfans. Ornées de 24 vignettes en taille-douce. Nouvelle Édition
Paris Chez Leprieur Ans X (1802) Half Calf Very Good 
12mo. 17 by 10 cm. 144 pp. Moderate foxing throughout. A few pages repaired. Still a handsome copy. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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Satire Contre Les Femmes, Boileau
25 Boileau Satire Contre Les Femmes
Paris Gibert Jeune, Librarie D'Amateurs 1944 First Edition Paperback Very Good+ Dubout, Albert 
Book. Limited edition, this copy being # 1656 and featuring 29 brightly colored, farcical, racy illustrations of Dubout. Color direction under E. Charpentier. x + 43 pp. Still intact is original wax paper DJ, which has some minor loss and then a fair amount of soilage. Underneath wraps are mostly clean with some light soilage spots. Binding tight, and pages clean. Color as bright as if just issued. Book measures 8 by 5.25 inches. Overall very good to fine. 
Price: 135.00 USD
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Les Nouvelles Lecons d'Amour dans un Parc, Boylesve, Rene;  Illustrations de Rene Lelong
26 Boylesve, Rene; Illustrations de Rene Lelong Les Nouvelles Lecons d'Amour dans un Parc
Paris Librairie de la Collection des Dix 1930 First edition thus Half Morocco over Marbled Paper on Boards Near Fine 
No. 83 of total 301 copies. 4to. 135 pp. Plus 17 color plates with gauzy sensuality to explicit depiction of coitus positions. Very much in the glossy arty vein meant to render a bit of class and piquancy to porn, as was in fashion during the twenties and thirties and especially prevalent in French literature. The aesthetic drew inspiration from powder and crinoline nostalgia for the pre-Revolutionary eighteenth century French court in which flirtation, debauchery and sexual intrigue spiced up the stupefying ritual and monotony of court life, and the illustrations, and not a little the text, emulate the style and mood found in the paintings of Boucher and Fragonard, and this is the time period of the tales contained herein. A beautiful and clean copy. Original wraps bound in gray half morocco. Some shelfwear to the leather. Still a handsome binding, and typically French with its type of gilt ornamentation on the spine. 
Price: 400.00 USD
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La Vie Des Dames Galantes (2 Volumes, Slipcase), Brantome
27 Brantome La Vie Des Dames Galantes (2 Volumes, Slipcase)
Paris Editions Athena 1948 First Edition Thus Wraps, with Original Box Fine Becat, P. E. 
8vo - over 7¾. Book. #599 of 1,449 limited edition. With many porn color plates of Renaissance ladies making love, including lesbian scenes. A classic of erotic literature. Both volumes are in fine conditon. Protective clear wrap is tearing but still mostly intact. Red plush slipcase has shelfwear but remains solid. Overall, fine or near fine. 
Price: 185.00 USD
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Bibliotheque pour Les Enfans, Ouvrage propre a leur inspirer l'mour pour la Vertu & l'horreur pour le vice, en occupant leur Esprit & leur Coeur d'une maniere aussi instructive qu'amusante (Two volumes bound as one), Bruel, J.A.
28 Bruel, J.A. Bibliotheque pour Les Enfans, Ouvrage propre a leur inspirer l'mour pour la Vertu & l'horreur pour le vice, en occupant leur Esprit & leur Coeur d'une maniere aussi instructive qu'amusante (Two volumes bound as one)
Dresden Hilscher 1777-1778 First Edition Paper pastedown Very Good 
4to. 17 by 11 cm. 168, [4]. 165, [3] pp. Contemporary mottled paper pastedown on boards and spine. Scattered light foxing. 
Price: 200.00 USD
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29 Buchon, J. A. C. Jean Froissart. Enguerrand de Monstrelet Les Chroniques de Sire Jean Froissart, [together with] Choix de Chroniques et Memoires sur L'Histoire de France -- Chroniques d'Enguerrand de Monstrelet. (Four Volumes)
Paris A. Desrez 1836 and 1840 Half Calf, Marbled Boards Good Plus 
4to. 26 by 18 cm. Classics of Medieval Literature with commentary, etc. by Buchon. A set of four contemporary leather bound volumes. Leather is dry and rubbed on all volumes. Some cracking along joints. Occasional foxing, but the pages are generally clean, and perhaps remarkably so given the paper stock of the period. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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Contes Du Temps Jadis, Bunelleschi, Umberto, illustrator
30 Bunelleschi, Umberto, illustrator Contes Du Temps Jadis
Paris L'Edition D'Art, H. Piazza 1912 1st Limited Edition Hardcover Fine Brunelleschi, Umberto 
Book. 4to - over 9¾ - 12" tall. Limited signed first edition, this being #247 of 400. 123, [4] pp. Plus 20 tipped-in color plates illustrated by Brunelleschi. (12 by 9 inches, or 30 by 24 cm.) Umberto Brunelleschi was a brilliant Italian painter, book illustrator and fashion designer, probably best known nowadays for his erotica. Here, though, he applies his bold flair with color and his puissant imagination to fairy tales, and resulting is something truly extraordinary! This material would seem his true calling, for here his sensual proclivities are expressed with none of the lurid excess that one might find in some of his other work. And the images are sheer delight which enchant and arrest the eye. The costuming and elegance of the figures depicted are evocative of dance, and the images surely benefit from Brunelleschi's fashion career. And there is still the languid androgyny that spills forth the erotic sensibility. This, and the immersion in atmospherics, make the pictures also squarely belong to the high Art Nouveau fancy, an association reinforced by the foliate borders, which curiously, have a formal lineality not necessarily affiliated with that fin-de-siecle aesthetic movement. What is most conspicuously Art Nouveau, it should be recognized, is the panache of the whole book production represented here. This is truly a book that in and of itself is artwork. Fairy tales contained herein include "La Belle Aux Cheveux D'Or", "L'Oiseau Bleu", "Gracieuse et Percinet", "L'Adroite Princesse" and "Le Prince Cheri". The original wraps are in this copy bound in half vellum which is laid over marbled boards. There is some light spotting in the upper reaches of the vellum and minor soil spots within, but overall this is a tight, clean copy. The tissue guards are all present and the paper is of a nice thick card stock. 
Price: 950.00 USD
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Recueil de Romances, dediees a ma soeur Adele, Caillon, Alexandre
31 Caillon, Alexandre Recueil de Romances, dediees a ma soeur Adele
1837 Full Morocco Very Good 
Eleven exquisite, highly detailed watercolors of battle scenes, landscapes, waterfronts, etc. 12mo. 16 by 10 cm. 48 leaves, writing on virtually all rectos and versos. Specifically, the watercolors include a portrait of Napoleon, a bucolic landscape with a seraph, a sheperdess in a bucolic setting, a ship in a coastal seascape, a panorama of a botanical garden at Avranche, a hilly panorama, a view of St. St.-Michel, the battles of Waterloo, Montreau and Arcole, a bouquet of flowers. In addition, there are decorative devices, most notably on the title page, and every page is framed by an unique ornamental band. The poetry, all presumably by Caillon, is written in a neat, cursive calligraphic hand. A common thread running through the writing is Normandy and the war, and Caillon pays homage to the former Emperor. Mainly, though, this is a manuscript of extraordinary phyiscal beauty. 
Price: 3800.00 USD
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32 Champsaur, Felicien; Dessin par Andre Gill Les Hommes D'Aujourd'Hui
Paris 1878-1881 Quarter Calf Near Fine 
4to, 29n by 19 cm. A complete run of 142 weekly installments of four page brochures of the most famous Frenchmen of the day (and a few others such as Garibaldi), each with a color lithograph caricature on the front page followed by a three page loose biography and appreciation. All of this is attractively bound in quarter red calf over marbled boards. Beginning with Victor Hugo, figures covered include Leon Gambetta, Sarah Bernhardt, Alphonse Daudet, Andre Gill himself, Georges Clemenceau, Louis Blanc, Ferdinand DeLesseps, and on and on. They come from all spheres of professional activity. Many are now obscure, but even if you don't know the indvidual, you can appreciate and enjoy the visual send-up of him. Tight and clean. A little shelfwear along edges of the boards. Minor scuffing of the calf and boards. 
Price: 975.00 USD
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33 Chevallier, Gabriel. Illustrations by Dubout Clochemerle
Paris Ernest Flammarion 1946 Limited Edition Wraps Very Good 
No. 138 of 200 copies "hors commerce". 4to. 340, [3] pp. With numerous funny chromotypographic illustrations by Dubout, many full page, to illustrate the lightly satiric novel about the village of Clochemerle-en-Beaujolais. Toning to the wraps and along the edges of the text leaves. Light soiling on the spine. Clean otherwise, and a lovely copy. 
Price: 300.00 USD
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Chroniques Francoises de Jacques Gondar Clerc.  Publiee par F. Michel.  Suivie de Recherches sur le Style par Charles Nodier., Clerc, Jacques Gondar. F.[rancisque] Michel.  Charles Nodier.
34 Clerc, Jacques Gondar. F.[rancisque] Michel. Charles Nodier. Chroniques Francoises de Jacques Gondar Clerc. Publiee par F. Michel. Suivie de Recherches sur le Style par Charles Nodier.
Paris Louis Janet 1830 First Edition Velvet on Boards. Full Morocco Slipcase Near Fine 
12mo. 16.5 by 10.5 cm. clvii, 44, [1] pp. With five hand-colored and illuminated plates, including title, plus illuminated devices and decoration elsewhere. While the plates are printed, the coloring and illumination is such that it is a fine simularcrum of manuscript illumination. This work is in fact a literary hoax, simulating a Medieval Romance but in fact penned by Michel and promoted by the extensive notes and annotations that follow the chronicles. The leaves are a light vellum, and this edition was issued with luxuriant, unusual bindings such as the navy blue velvet of this one. 
Price: 2500.00 USD
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35 Clerc, Jacques Gondar. F.[rancisque] Michel. Charles Nodier. Chroniques Francoises de Jacques Gondar Clerc. Publiee par F. Michel. Suivie de Recherches sur le Style par Charles Nodier.
Paris Louis Janet 1830 First Edition Cloth. Full Straight-Grained Morocco Slipcase Near Fine 
12mo. 16.5 by 10.5 cm. clvii, 44, [1] pp. With five hand-colored and illuminated plates, including title, plus illuminated devices and decoration elsewhere. While the plates are printed, the coloring and illumination is such that it is a fine simularcrum of manuscript illumination. This work is in fact a literary hoax, simulating a Medieval Romance but in fact penned by Michel and promoted by the extensive notes and annotations that follow the chronicles. The leaves are a light vellum, and this copy has a resplendent decorative green cloth relief with a rich gilt background that is quite distinctive. Pink moire endpapers. Lovely gilt decoration, including border, on the straight-grained morocco slipcase. A few light fox marks, but essentially clean and mostly pristine. Minor rubbing of the gilt on the spine, and other trivial manifestations of wear. 
Price: 1850.00 USD
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Chefs-D'Oeuvre de P. Corneille (5 volumes), Corneille, Pierre
36 Corneille, Pierre Chefs-D'Oeuvre de P. Corneille (5 volumes)
Paris Adrien Égron 1817 Full Calf Very Good 
Lovely contemporary bindings with typical period gilt decoration on spines and rich treee calf. 24mo. 13.5 by 8.5 cm. Scattered soiling and foxing, with darkening around perimeters of title pages, but overall typical and not disconcerting. Some fading of the spine decoration. Still, a handsome, small set. 
Price: 350.00 USD
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37 Corneille, Pierre. Illustrations of M. Geffry Oeuvres de P. Corneille. Theatre Complet. Precedees de la View de L'Auteur, Par Fontenelle et Suivies D'Un Dictionnaire Donnant L'Explication des Mots Qui Ont Vieilli Nouvelle Edition Imprimee D'Apres Celle de 1682. Ornee du Portrait en Pied Colorie.
Paris A. Laplace, Sanchez et Cie. 1873 Half Morocco Good 
4to, 779 pp. With 20 color plates of characters from the plays, as well as portrait of Corneille in frontis. Leather has roughness, with rubbing along joints and rawness in corners. Scattered foxing on text pages, with plates clean. 
Price: 225.00 USD
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Les Gaites de L'Escadron, Courteline, Georges
38 Courteline, Georges Les Gaites de L'Escadron
Paris Javal et Bourdeaux 1926 1st Edition Hardcover Fine No Jacket Hemand, Joseph (aquerelles) 
Book. 4to - over 9¾ - 12" tall. [8], 191, [1] pp. Original wraps bound attractively in blue cloth. With 10 full page color plates, aquerelles, by Joseph Hemand. These are delightful, and complement humorous picaresque satire intended to be enjoyed by young adults as well as the child in all adults. With the charm and sensibility not unlike a Jacque Tati film. Tight, clean, crisp and fresh. A fine copy in all respects. 
Price: 500.00 USD
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Messieurs les Ronds-de-Cuir, Le Train de 8 H. 47, Les Gaites de l'Escadron (Three Volume Set), Courteline, Georges.  Illustrations de Albert Dubout
39 Courteline, Georges. Illustrations de Albert Dubout Messieurs les Ronds-de-Cuir, Le Train de 8 H. 47, Les Gaites de l'Escadron (Three Volume Set)
Monte Carlo Aux Editions du Livre 1949, 1951, 1952 First Editions Thus, Limited Editions Half Morocco, Marbled Boards Near Fine 
All three volumes are of numbered limited editions (with large limitations of 5,000 each). Inimitable, zestful Dubout illustrations the perfect complement to the light satirical farces of Courteline. While the volumes were not issued as a set, the matching bindings make them perfect as such, and so they are being sold together. Minor soiling to the leather spine. All volumes are otherwise tight and immaculate. 
Price: 500.00 USD
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A Travers Paris, Crafty [Victor Eugène Géruzez] (1840-1906)
40 Crafty [Victor Eugène Géruzez] (1840-1906) A Travers Paris
Paris Librairie Plon First Edition Decorated Cloth Very Good Plus 
N.d., 1887. Oblong, 23 by 27 cm. 48 pp. A tour of the streets of Paris and the various contretemps encountered, most involving in some way horses, whether working or sporting horses. Thus we encounter the collision of horses with modern technology, from bicycles to electrified trams. The humor is somewhat dry and ironic. While one here can enjoy a glimpse of the pre-automobile city, there is enough that is recognization in the various accidents, activities, pretensions, and confusion that one might nod in recognition of many of Crafty's remarks. Binding is near mint in terms of the brightness of the cloth and imagery. Light foxing in early leaves, then only occasionally. Most leaves are clean. Tiny pinprick hole on FFEP where there is the remnants of a seller's small price tag. 
Price: 625.00 USD
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