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Cyrano De Bergerac

Cyrano De Bergerac, L’Aiglon, Les Romanesque, Chantecler, La Smaritaine.

Rostand Edmond ROSTAND (Edmond). 1938-1939 5 Volumes in half-morocco (fawn, green, blue and red) back with raised bands adorned with Magnificent on-lay figures relating to each book, dates on the tail, top edge gilt and original covers preserved in the back of each vol. The Romanesque. The Two Pierrots - The Last Night of Don Juan. Illustrations of Auguste Leroux. Paris, Pierre Lafitte, 1938. Outline textures in collotype by Auguste Leroux. Chantecler. Illustrations by Mariette Lydis. Paris, Pierre Lafitte, 1938. Outline textures in collotype by Mariette Lydis. L'Aiglon. Illustrations of A.-E. Marty. Paris, Pierre Lafitte, 1939. Poster textural compositions in stencil enhanced by A.-E. Marty. Cyrano de Bergerac. Illustrations by Étienne Drian. Paris, Pierre Lafitte, 1939. Poster textural compositions in stencil enhanced by Etienne Driant. The Samaritan Woman - The Far-away Princess - The Sacred Wood. Illustrations by Sylvain Sauvage. Paris, Pierre Lafitte, 1939. Off-text compositions in collotype stenciled by Sylvain Sauvage. Pleasant meeting of works by Edmond Rostand harmoniously connected in half-morocco fine bindings. Ronstad, 1 April 1868 – 2 December 1918) was a French poet and dramatist. He is associated with neo-romanticism and is known best for his play Cyrano de Bergerac. Rostand's romantic plays contrasted with the naturalistic theatre popular during the late nineteenth century. Another of Rostand's works, Les Romanesques, was adapted to the musical comedy The Fantasticks. Rostand was born in Marseille, France, into a wealthy and cultured Provençal family. His father was an economist, a poet who translated and edited the works of Catullus, and a member of the Marseille Academy and the Institut de France. Rostand studied literature, history, and philosophy at the Collège Stanislas in Paris, France.


Cook, James) [Magra, James] A JOURNAL OF A VOYAGE ROUND THE WORLD, IN HIS MAJESTY'S SHIP ENDEAVOUR, IN THE YEARS 1768, 1769, 1770 AND 1771. (Cook, James) [Magra, James] London: T. Becket and P.A. de Hondt, 1771. 1st edition first printing, 4to, pp. [leaf - title] [leaf dedication with note at bottom Place this next the Title] 130 [2 leaves]. Period half diced Russia and marbled boards, some minor browning in margins or traces of handling on a few text pages, else a large and very attractive copy. The earliest of the series of so-called 'surreptitious' accounts of Cook's voyages, this published anonymously less than three months after the Endeavour returned and two years before Hawkesworth's official account of the voyage. The dedication leaf printed separately from the rest of the text, to the Admiralty, Sir Joseph Banks and Dr. Daniel Solander, implied their approval and gave this work the appearance of authority. However, the Admiralty, Banks and Solander immediately published an advertisement denying all knowledge of this work and the dedication was quickly removed; the result being that very few copies exist with this suppressed added leaf. The authorship has not been conclusively proved, but James Magra is the most likely candidate. He was an American-born midshipman on the Endeavour, whose important proposals twelve years later for the establishment of a colony in New South Wales were supported by Sir Joseph Banks. Magra's authorship was first suggested by Beaglehole and recent scholarship by Alan Frost has given additional weight to this attribution. [Brooke-Hitching cat].


Luther D Martin BIBLIA DAS IST, DIE GANTZE HEILIGE SCHRIFFT LUTHER, D. MARTIN VERTEUTSCHT Published by Jacob Bertsche for Caspar Mangoldts (1665) Jacob Bertsche for Caspar Mangoldts, 1665. Hardcover. Engraved frontice, Title page dated 1665 in ink beside the printed date. Map of the world at Genesis with margin damage and some loss to the edge of the map. Map showing the Mediterranean and surrounding countries, also has small area missing along the fore edge. Map of Israel has larger damager areas yet most of the map detail is complete. Map of Jerusalem mostly complete with index small fore edge margin is worn and partially missing. Map of Canaan is mostly complete small area missing not effecting the map. Final map Deh Apostelen is complete and in good condition, all maps have been expertly repaired as needed. Condition: Good. German Text. original binding. raised bands to the spine without a label. Blind tooled alum tawed pig skin over wooden boards. brass center and corner pieces. With rear lover corners missing, clasps are present but no closing mechanism. the book is complete with 6 double page maps. one of the continents of the world and the rest cover the holy land, parts of Europe, and a bird's eye view of Jerusalem. the book is divided into 4 parts. the first section is not paginated with 82 pages. there are also sections covering the old testament, new testament and the apocrypha. 476 pages; (2 pages); 462 pages and 352 pages. The book has age related marks and small tears but is very good for its age. the binding is magnificently blind tooled with minor expert repairs to head and tail.


Miss Pardoe Inlaid throughout and extra illustrated into 6 Vols with the insertion of 450 portraits and numerous views including many in coulour, with printed title pages and index to the illustrations specially printed for this copy. With a superb tipped in autographed letter from the author concerning one of her books. Illustrated by IOHN. D. Fry and book plates of F. E. Dinshaw. This set is beautifully bound in full red crushed levant, elaborately gilt the tooling is quite exquisite and mirrors the height of opulence awarded to such a well put together Extra Illustrated set of books on Louis the XIV and the Court of France. Bound by Rivière and Son. Resent almost invisible and expert joint repairs to some of the volumes. The inside is clean crisp and presents its self verywell. This incredible set was also in the collection of Sylvester Stallone a keen antiquarian book collector and prolific screenplay writer. FE Dinshaw, Framroze Edulji Dinshaw, was the second son of the Karachi landowner and philanthropist Seth Edulji Dinshaw, and was one of prepartition India's most prominent businessmen and lawyers. He died in January 1936. FE Dinshaw took over and expanded upon his father's landholdings in Mumbai. The FE Dinshaw Estate was, in 2002, the largest private landowner in Mumbai, with a total holding of 2,200 acres. It is today administered by industrialist Nusli Wadia He played a key role in the foundation of the Indian cement business, pioneering a merger between ten companies owned by Tata, Khatau, Killick Nixon and Dinshaw, so as to form Associated Cement Companies Limited. He was closely associated with the Tata Group, being described by J. R. D. Tata as "the most brilliant man" he had ever met. He lent huge sums of money to the Tata Group during the 1920s which, over the years, were converted into equity. By 1936, the year of his death, he owned some 12.5% of the group. Upon his death in January that year, this stake was sold by his heirs and trustees to Shapoorji Pallonji Mistry, a construction magnate who had overseen the building of FE Dinshaw's residence in Pune, which was designed by the architect George Wittet. The shareholding is now owned by billionaire Pallonji Mistry. FE Dinshaw's residence in Pune is now the Tata Management Training Centre. Dinshaw floated F.E. Dinshaw & Co, a financial company, and was one of Bombay's top financiers. He was the financial advisor to the Fifth Maharaja of Gwalior, Madho Rao Scindia, who built the Samudra Mahal palace at Worli in order to accommodate frequent trips to Bombay to see him. In the cotton industry alone, FE Dinshaw had 30 directorships in the 1920s.


COOK, Capt. James THE THREE VOYAGES OF CAPTAIN JAMES COOK. COOK, Capt. James (1728-1779) Published London 1773-1785. (1785) ALL FIRST EDITIONS OF COOK’S THREE VOYAGES PLUS ATLAS & Kippis Life of Captain James Cook, Cook, James. Set of all three voyages, all in first editions, and a uniformly bound copy of the first edition of Kippis’ LIFE. Atlas recently bound in period full calf. ATLAS, 2 large folding charts & 61 plates with nearly all the original tissue guards in place. Recently bound in full calf expertly executed to match the text vols. A near fine set. Together 8 vols. text, med. 4to, & folio atlas with original tissues. In all 202 fine, engraved maps, charts, portraits, costume plates, views, etc.; the text volumes uniformly re-backed in contemporary style, First Voyage: AN ACCOUNT OF THE VOYAGES UNDERTAKEN BY ORDER OF HIS PRESENT MAJESTY FOR MAKING DISCOVERIES IN THE SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE, AND SUCCESSIVELY PERFORMED BY COMMODORE BYRON, CAPTAIN WALLIS, CAPTAIN CARTERET AND CAPTAIN COOK, IN THE DOLPHIN, THE SWALLOW AND THE ENDEAVOUR: DRAWN UP FROM THE JOURNALS WHICH WERE KEPT BY THE SEVERAL COMMANDERS, AND FROM THE PAPERS OF JOSEPH BANKS, ESQ; BY JOHN HAWKESWORTH, LL.D. IN THREE VOLUMES. ILLUSTRATED WITH CUTS, AND A GREAT VARIETY OF CHARTS AND MAPS RELATIVE TO COUNTRIES NOW FIRST DISCOVERED, OR HITHERTO BUT IMPERFECTLY KNOWN. London: Printed for W. Strahan; & T. Cadell in the Strand. M DCC LXXIII. 3 vols., 4to. First Edition; Vol. I, pp. [xii], xxxvi, 140(last blank), [361]-676; 21 charts & plates (mostly folding); Vol. II, pp. xvi, 410; 22 charts & plates (mostly folding); Vol. III, pp. [vi], 411-800 (last blank); 9 charts & plates (mostly folding); contemporary full speckled calf (neatly re-backed, see below); some occasional spotting and offsetting from plates, but a very good, generally clean set. The first edition, without the later added chart of the Streights of Magellan, and with the Directions for Placing the Cuts added at end. Second Voyage: A VOYAGE TOWARDS THE SOUTH POLE AND ROUND THE WORLD. PERFORMED IN HIS MAJESTY'S SHIPS THE RESOLUTION AND ADVENTURE, IN THE YEARS 1772, 1773, 1774, AND 1775. WRITTEN BY JAMES COOK, COMMANDER OF THE RESOLUTION. IN WHICH IS INCLUDED, CAPTAIN FURNEAUX'S NARRATIVE OF HIS PROCEEDINGS IN THE ADVENTURE DURING THE SEPARATION OF THE SHIPS. IN TWO VOLUMES. ILLUSTRATED WITH MAPS AND CHARTS, AND A VARIETY OF PORTRAITS OF PERSONS AND VIEWS OF PLACES, DRAWN DURING THE VOYAGE BY MR. HODGES, AND ENGRAVED BY THE MOST EMINENT MASTERS. London: Printed for W. Strahan; and T. Cadell in the Strand. MDCCLXXVII. 2 vols., 4to. First Edition; Vol. I, pp. xl, 378; portrait frontis., 36 charts & plates; Vol. II, pp. [viii], 396; 27 charts and plates; 2 plates and 2 charts with imprints cropped or shaved by the binder (as often, binders had to trim the large plates to fit them in); contemporary full speckled calf (neatly rebacked, see below); a very good, clean set. Third Voyage: A VOYAGE TO THE PACIFIC OCEAN. UNDERTAKEN BY THE COMMAND OF HIS MAJESTY, FOR MAKING DISCOVERIES IN THE NORTHERN HEMISPHERE. TO DETERMINE THE POSITION AND EXTENT OF THE WEST SIDE OF NORTH AMERICA; ITS DISTANCE FROM ASIA; AND THE PRACTICABILITY OF A NORTHERN PASSAGE TO EUROPE. PERFORMED UNDER THE DIRECTION OF CAPTAINS COOK, CLERKE, AND GORE, IN HIS MAJESTY'S SHIPS THE RESOLUTION AND DISCOVERY; IN THE YEARS 1776, 1777, 1778, 1779, AND 1780. IN THREE VOLUMES. VOL. I. AND II. WRITTEN BY CAPTAIN JAMES COOK, F.R.S. VOL. III. BY CAPTAIN JAMES KING, LL.D. AND F.R.S. ILLUSTRATED WITH MAPS AND CHARTS, FROM THE ORIGINAL DRAWINGS MADE BY LIEUT HENRY ROBERTS, UNDER THE DIRECTION OF CAPTAIN COOK; AND WITH A GREAT VARIETY OF PORTRAITS OF PERSONS, VIEWS OF PLACES, AND HISTORICAL REPRESENTATIONS OF REMARKABLE INCIDENTS, DRAWN BY MR. WEBBER DURING THE VOYAGE, AND ENGRAVED BY THE MOST EMINENT ARTISTS. PUBLISHED BY ORDER OF THE LORDS COMMISSIONERS OF THE ADMIRALTY. London: Printed by W. and A. Strahan: For G. Nicol, Bookseller to His Majesty, in the Strand; and T. Ca


PÉROUSE VOYAGE DE LA PÉROUSE, AUTOUR DE MONDE. De l'Imprimerie de la Republique, 1797 La Pérouse, J.F. Paris: de l'Imprimerie de la Republique, 1797. Four large quarto text volumes plus folio atlas. Text volumes: [4],lxxii,346,[1]; [4],398,[1]; [4],422,[1]; [4],309pp. plus engraved portrait frontispiece in first volume, and all half-titles. Text bound in contemporary French mottled leather, rolled gilt spine decorations, minor invisible repairs to weakened parts of outer joints, with blue marbled endpapers, spines and edges lightly aged and worn; pale bluish French text pages in excellent condition. Atlas: Engraved title page plus sixty-nine maps and plates (many folding). Bound in contemporary marbled blue boards, corners and spine expertly repaired with original 18th century paste paper contents completely untrimmed, all original tissue guards, plates brilliant and un-foxed. Quite an extraordinary copy retaining all of its beauty and patina of its original bindings and strikingly clean and perfectly preserved content. "The voyage round the world under the command of La Pérouse was intended as the French equivalent of Captain Cook's third voyage and was enthusiastically endorsed by the Academy of Sciences and particularly by Louis XVI . The most significant results of the voyage are the charts of the then imperfectly known Asiatic coast of the Pacific." - Forbes. La Pérouse was the first explorer to navigate and chart the Japan sea and the strait between the island of Sakhalin and the northernmost island of Japan, which bears his name. At Kamchatka he received instructions to proceed to Australia to assess the extent of British plans. He arrived at Botany Bay in January 1788, just hours after Governor Phillip had arrived with the First Fleet. La Pérouse's habit of forwarding copies of journals and drawings when opportunity offered ensured their survival, for as is well known, the accomplishments of the voyage have been overshadowed by the disappearance of the entire expedition. The folio atlas contains magnificent maps of Russian Asia, Japan, the Pacific North-West Coast, Hawaii, San Francisco, and Monterey; the views include a fine series of botanical and ornithological plates, including the California quail. Of particular interest to Hawaii is the plate that depicts French ships off Makena, Maui. It is the first fully developed view of that island.

RIPA, Cesare Iconologia/ Nella quale si descrivono diverse Imagini di Virtu, Vitij, Affecti, Passioni humane, Arti, Discipline, Humori, Elementi, Corpi Celesti, Provincie d’Italia, Fiumi, tutte le parti del Mondo, ed’altre infinite material.

RIPA, Cesare RIPA, Cesare Iconologia/ Nella quale si descrivono diverse Imagini di Virtu, Vitij, Affecti, Passioni humane, Arti, Discipline, Humori, Elementi, Corpi Celesti, Provincie d'Italia, Fiumi, tutte le parti del Mondo, ed'altre infinite material. Published: Siena, Appresso gli heredi di Matteo Florimi, 1613. Piero Niccolini signature in ink. Single volume with contemporary vellum binding, title and author on spine with 4 raised bands. 409 pages, 23x16cm, illustrated with numerous fine woodcut illustrations throughout. One of 9 Italian editions, text in Italian. Imprimatur granted by Alessandro Strozzi, canon of the Cathedral of Florence, and Pietro Niccolini, General Vicar of Florence in 1607 (final leaf). Niccolini, as General Vicar of Florence, also granted Galileo an imprimatur for his work Dialogue in 1630, as Galileo hoped to avoid Papal scrutiny by printing his work in Florence rather than Rome. Signatures in ink on imprimatur page including Peiro Niccolini. Appears to be the only Italian edition with imprimatur included. Famous book of emblems based on Egyptian, Greek, and Roman representations arranged in alphabetical order. Each entry consisted of a description of an allegorical figure depicted to embody the concept, which Ripa further explicated using references to classical literature. This collection came to be used by Renaissance artists, poets, and orators, to illustrate abstract concepts allegorically. It was particularly influential in the 17th and 18th centuries, quoted extensively. For example, Dutch painter Vermeer used the emblem for the muse Clio for his The Art of Painting. Ripa dedicated the work to Florentine Cardinal Antonio Maria Salviati, for whom he worked as a butler.
Il Gazzettiere Americano

Il Gazzettiere Americano

Marco Coltellini IL GAZZETTIERE AMERICANO. MARCO COLTELLINI. Published by: Marco Coltellini, Livorno. 1763. Three large matching volumes in contemporary vellum bindings. Ink titles on spines, 5 raised bands. Laid paper. Folio 31.75 x 24.8 cm. Excellent condition. Illustrated with 78 engravings and diagrams throughout, including frontispiece. Of these, 23 are fold out black and white diagrams, maps, and city plans; 55 are full page plates. Complete with all maps and engravings listed in full at the rear of each volume. Includes bird's eye views of major cities and ports (New York, Boston, Santiago, Lima, etc., islands of Central America (Cuba, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Barbados, etc.); 35 other plates depict phenomena particular to the Americas, including toucans, bison, penguins; industrial methods for indigo, tobacco, and sugar production; and construction methods for Native boats. Formatted as an encyclopaedia of the Americas, the work examines geography, flora and fauna, industry, trade, and local customs throughout South America, Cuba, New England, and up to Newfoundland. An expanded Italian edition of the 'American Gazetteer' published in London a year earlier. Published in Livorno, this is an expanded Italian edition of the 'American Gazetteer' published in London a year earlier. "Livorno, as a free port, maintained intense commercial ties with England while supporting a large population of foreigners, many of them English. It should be no surprise that it was in Livorno, in 1762, that there began to be prepared and then published an Italian translation of the American Gazetteer of London: the Gazzettiere Americano. It was no less than an ongoing encyclopedia of the Americas, with a large share dedicated to the Atlantic colonies, heir growing populations and their commerce". (Tortarolo in Connell & Pugliese, 2018)
The Remains of Henry Kirke White

The Remains of Henry Kirke White

Southey, Robert THE REMAINS OF HENRY KIRKE WHITE. ROBERT SOUTHEY. Published by: London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown. 1816. Fore-edge painting, by Lyman Young. The seventh edition, two volumes in one. Bound in full maroon straight grain Morocco, gold and blind tooling to spine and boards, very fine gilt and blind boarders on the covers. A highly attractive binding. Housed in original maroon cloth slip-case. 'The Remains of Henry Kirke White, of Nottingham, Late of St. John s College, Cambridge; with an Account of His Life'. A very fine fore-edge painting of a typical English country hunting Scene. This wonderfully painted hunting scene is signed by Lyman Young on the final free endpaper showing at the bottom of the painting. Lyman Young (1893 - 1984) was an American artist and cartoonist who studied at the Chicago Art Institute, and served in WWI in the ambulance corps and First-Aid Company. Young became famous for his work on 'The Kelly Kids'. 'Tim Tyler's Luck' was his most celebrated comic strip, which first appeared in 1928. Young new Colonel Don L. Wells commissioned him to make fore-edge paintings, possibly during the mid-1930's in Los Angeles, California. Young did not supply title labels to his paintings, but he did sign them on the rear free end leaf facing the fore-edge. This particular book has its fore-edge painting with the description and picture included as part of the very important and descriptive work on fore-edge paintings by Jeff Webber. The following is taken from his remains, along with his letters (which along with White's poems, contain so many allusions to himself that they may almost be considered an autobiography) and an account of his life. White was born in Nottingham, the son of a butcher, a trade for which he was himself intended. However, he was greatly attracted to book-learning. By age seven, he was giving reading lessons to a family servant- unbeknownst to the rest of the family, being offered after the household were abed. After being briefly apprenticed to a stocking-weaver, he was articled to a lawyer, George Coldham. While in this position, he excelled in studying Latin and Greek. Seeing the results of White's diligent studies, his master offered to release him from his contract if he had sufficient means to go to college. He received encouragement from Capel Loft, the friend of Robert Bloomfield, and published in 1803 'Clifton Grove, a Sketch in Verse, with other Poems', dedicated to Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire. The book was violently attacked in the 'Monthly Review' (February 1804), but White was rewarded with a kind letter from Robert Southey. Henry Kirke White (1785- 1806) died, probably of tuberculosis, before his early promise could prove itself. 'Clifton Grove, a Sketch in Verse' was well received by Southey if not by the 'Monthly Review', whose editor (probably Griffiths) had no compunction about attacking the 18-year-old poet who wrote to Southey. "In part, I am presently under afflictions and contentions of spirit, heavier than I have yet ever experienced. the unfavorable review of my unhappy work, has cut deeper than you could have thought; not in a literary point of view, but as it affects my respectability. It represents me as a beggar, going about gathering money to put myself at college, when my book is worthless". And later, "The extreme acrimony with which the 'Monthly Review' (of all the others the most important) treated me, threw me into a state of stupefaction. I regarded all that had passed as a dream, and I thought I had been deluding myself into an idea of possessing poetic genius, when, in fact, I had only the longing". Southey has collected here White's 'Clifton Grove', early poems. References: From the collection of the late Russel Johanson of Ravenna Rare Books. Nancy Swan, p 74. San Francisco Chronical January 26th 1943 Lyman Young (illustrated). Jeff Weber, Pg 266 - 278 Annotated Dictionary of Fore-Edge Painting Artists and Binders 2010 (Illustrated Youn
The Fall of Jerusalem

The Fall of Jerusalem

Milman, H. H. THE FALL OF JERUSALEM: A DRAMATIC POEM. H.H. MILMAN. Published by John Murray, London. 1820. Fore-edge painting. New edition, published in the same year as the first printing. Bound by: B. S. Scott Carlisle. An attractive contemporary blue straight-grain morocco, gilt lines and blind tooling on the covers with gilt lines on the spine raised bands and small centre tool, all edges gilt. The binding is slightly sunned, otherwise in very good condition. Contemporary binding and marble ends with the book-binders ticket. Very minor foxing to no foxing on the most part, clean crisp text beautifully printed with wide margins. A very fine fore-edge painting of 'The Duke Buccleuch's Villa, Richmond'. Probably taken from this steel engraved print, entitled: 'Seat of Duke of the Buccleuch Richmond'. The River Thames, London, and now part of the Terrace & Buccleuch gardens. Drawn by Tombleson, engraved by S. Lacey, and published by Tombleson, London, circa 1840 for "Eighty Picturesque Views on the Thames and Medway". The painting appears to be from the nineteenth century- the hand that identifies the scene in manuscript at the front appears to be from ca. 1840. The volume contains a dramatic epic of the catastrophic destruction of the Second Jewish temple, taking as its theme the siege of rebellious Jerusalem, which fell to the Roman forces in the year 70AD. An ordained minister and Dean of St. Paul's, Milman (1791-1868) is best known for his scholarly achievements. He translated Sanskrit poetry, and wrote several important works of religious history, including a 'History of the Jews' and 'History of Christianity under the Empire', both of which approached their subject matter with historical precision and rational detachment, causing alarm among his fellow clergymen. By 1855, however, when Milman published his masterwork, 'The History of Latin Christianity down to the Death of Pope Nicholas V', the scholarly world had grown more sophisticated, and his book was received with acclaim. The lovely fore-edge painting on the present volume shows the main street of the village of Monk Soham in the early 19th century, appealing with its plain but substantial homes with smoke curling out of two of the chimneys. There is a good deal of detail, including a number of figures frequenting the street, and there can be no doubting the painter's general ability to create a realistic scene. The artist successfully uses an off-center vanishing point to draw in the viewer and create depth, and he is adept at suggesting a cloudy but bright sky. With a very careful brush, he has created convincing three-dimensional details on every structure, even those farthest from the viewer. The series of dwellings on either side of the street lead us toward the background, where we see the large Medieval west tower of Saint Peter's church, built in the thirteenth century. The town received its name from the foundation of a monastery there by Saint Felix in the seventh century.