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Roman et Contes: Le Sultan Misapouf

Roman et Contes: Le Sultan Misapouf, et la Princesse Grisemine – Volume One of Two – Derome Binding

par Voisenon (Claude-Henri de Fusée de Voisenon) Most likely a Derome Binding, please see description below*. Volume One only, containing the first three parts (published in 2 volumes with 5 parts). Dark red morocco with double gilt ruling to both boards, double gilt ruling and dart design to spine with black title label and gilt lettering to two panels. All edges gilt, marbled endpapers, gilt dentelles and leather bookplate panel with gilt bird design and initials to front endboard. In very good condition with light marks to boards, slight rubbing to corners and minor dryness to front hinge, otherwise a tight and sound binding. Internally clean with light marks throughout the book and light mark to margins as seen in photos. Original silk page marker still present. *With small newspaper cutting with reference to 'Beckford copy' which led me to the Auction Catalogue of 'The Hamilton Palace Libraries - Catalogue to the Third Portion of the Beckford Library removed from The Hamilton Palace, sold by Auction by Sotheby, Wilkinson & Hodge, July 1883'. Listed under the Second Day Sale, on page 278, Lot 292: Voisenon (Abbe de) Le Sultan Misapouf et la Princesse Grisemine, 2 parts, Londres, 1767. red morocco, gilt edges, by Derome. 5 parts in 2 vol.'. The Beckford Library was a collection rich in early printed books, French, Italian and Spanish works, rare voyages and travels, etc., but especially famous for fine bindings; left by William Beckford to his younger daughter, the Duchess of Hamilton, and removed after his death, 1844, to Hamilton palace, but kept apart from the Hamilton collections. Nicolas Denis Derome was born on October 1, 1731, became a master binder on March 31, 1761, and was elected one of the Gardes en Charge of the Community of the Master Binders and Guilders of the City and University of Paris on May 10, 1773 at the same time as François Gaudreau, binder to the dauphine. Derome executed many mosaic bindings, but his great renown has been gained by his dentelles, especially those in which he introduced a little bird with outstretched wings, and which are in consequence termed dentelles à l'oiseau.
The Lady's New-year's Gift: or

The Lady’s New-year’s Gift: or, Advice to a Daughter

Right Honourable George Lord Saville Dark red morocco binding with triple gilt ruling around the edges, gilt design to each corner, extensive floral & little birds and insects gilt motif to centre of both boards, marbled endpapers and gilt dentelles. Five raised bands to the spine with triple gilt boxed ruling and floral design to each one. Some mottling to boards, that are also a little dry and bowed, slight bumping and rubbing to corners and loss to the spine, see photos for better idea of the condition. With all that said, still firmly held together with no movement to the boards. Rubbing and fading to endpapers with light marks to ffep. Clean pages with age toning as expected to a book of this age. Originally with all edges gilt but now faded and original plated silk page marker, detached but present. A simple but beautiful example that brings to mind the French tradition of dentelle à l'oiseau usually attributed to Pierre-Paul Dubuisson and Nicolas Denis Derome, however without a signature to the binding it is not possible for us to say. 116pp plus 3 pages of ads. The Lady's New-year's Gift: or, Advice to a Daughter. Under these following Heads, viz. Religion, Husband, House, Family and Children, Behaviour and Conversation, Friendships, Censure, Vanity and Affection, Pride, Diversions. By the Right Honourable George Lord Saville, Late Marquis and Earl of Halifax. The Eleventh Edition, exactly Corrected. Printed for D. Midwinter, at the Three Crowns in St. Paul's Church-yard; and A. Ward, at the King's Arms in Little Britain.
M. Minucii Felicis Octavius

M. Minucii Felicis Octavius, Cum integris Observationibus Nic. Rigaltii, Et Selectis aliorum.

Marcus Minucius Felix Not dated, [1706,1707]. Preface dated, Cantabrigiae pridie Kal. December. MDCCVI. A good and sound copy of an early 18th century printing, house in a contemporary paneled sprinkled calf with recent red leather title label. Overall in very good condition with some damage to central panel of back board and some dryness with small split to edges of the spine as seen in photos. Internally also in good+ condition with pages up to 83 generally clean and crisp and from 84 to end of the books with an overall browning (seems to be a different quality of paper, not as white as the previous pages). Brown mark in margin of one leaf - pp185/86 - not affecting text and page 65 with some browning to top of page. Bookplate 'Pytt's Book Room at Kyre' to front endboard with similar personal library label to top of the spine (Pytt's Book Room was owned by Edmond Pytts, MP for Woscester 1753-61, Sheriff 1771). Strip of paper to bottom of upper board showing the title of the book, a common practice in the 18th century. Overall a very good copy, in sound condition, especially for its age, 300 plus years. viii, 206pp, xvii, index. M. Minucii Felicis Octavius, Cum integris Observationibus Nic. Rigaltii, Et Selectis aliorum. Recensuit, suasque Notas adjecit Joannes Davisius, Coll. Regin. Cantab. Socius. Praemittitur Franc. Balduini Dissertatio, Rerumque & Latinitatis Indices subnectuntur. Londini: Prostant apud Gul. Bray in Orientali parte Xysti Interioris Cambii Exoniensis, Alglice Exeter-Change, in vico vulgo dicto, the Strand. 'Marcus Minucius Felix was one of the earliest of the Latin apologists for Christianity. Nothing is know of his personal history and even the date at which he wrote can only be approximately ascertained as between AD150 and 270. He is now exclusively known by his Octavius, a dialogue on Christianity between the pagan Caecilius Natalis and the Chistian Octavius Januarius. Written for educated non-Chistians, the arguments are borrowed chiefly from Cicero'.
Les Contes des Fees & John Bull

Les Contes des Fees & John Bull, ou Londresiana – Two Volumes in One, Fine Binding by Atkinsons of Salisbury

Madame D***; C.D. Two volumes/titles bound together in a half green calf binding with marbled boards and double blind ruling finish to both boards. Five raised bands to the spine, gilt lettering & decoration and blind ruling to each band. Bound by Atkinsons of Salisbury with their ticket pasted to rear board, in excellent condition. Pages generally in good condition, with a touch of browning and minor foxing to sporadic pages throughout the book and contemporary name in ink of Beck? on both title pages. *Les Contes des Fees, par Madame D*** (Marie Catherine, Jumele de Berneville, Comptesse de Aulnoy). Contenant: L'Oisean bleu, La Belle aux cheveux d'or, La Definition du Jeu, Le Cabaretier ruse, La Reve d'un Gascon, La Souris experimentee. Nouvelle Edition. C1820. With engraved frontis. Light marks to title page, pages 83-86 loose but all present and slight loss to page 107/108, affecting last line as seen in photos. Printed on laid paper, perhaps not the most expensive printing of the time, however both volumes in remarkably clean condition for their age and age group they are aimed at. 108pp. *John Bull, ou Londresiana, Recueil d'originalites et de singularites anglaises, avec les anecdotes, bons mots, plaisanteries, sarcasmes, et railieres particulieres a ce peuple?, par C. D. Small hole to page v/vii of Preface otherwise in very good condition. vi, 7-108pp. 'A wry and extremely rare look at English life, humour, customs and language from a French perspective'. Both rare titles bound together in a very smart binding.
Apparato Alle Antichita Dicapua Overo Discorsi della Campania Felice di Camillo Pellegrino figl. di Aless. Con tre Racconti di cio che in essi si contiene.

Apparato Alle Antichita Dicapua Overo Discorsi della Campania Felice di Camillo Pellegrino figl. di Aless. Con tre Racconti di cio che in essi si contiene.

With the rare folding map by J. Thoueno: 'Descrittione della Campania Felice, Nella maniera dimostrata ne Suoi Discorsi Da Camillo Pellegrino figl. de Alessi. Full dark brown sprinkled calf with five raised bands to the spine, gilt decoration to each band, title label with gilt lettering, gilt edges to boards and marbled endpapers. Some scratches to boards and general wear but still a tight and sound binding. Restoration to the spine, done many years ago, with a new top panel and title label with new gilt decoration and lettering as seen in photos and some very old worm holes to bottom two panels. Overall in good condition with mark and paper crease to pages 87/88 only, occasional light spotting, light page edge staining to last five leaves, not affecting text, small loss to ffep and old worming to inner edges of 24 pages (b2 to i2), most of it avoiding text and where it touches text it is slight. Clean and fresh map with very slight trimming to left hand edge of cartouche to allow for holding into book and one small fold split, otherwise in very good condition. Text block 20.5 X 14.7 cm. [92], 780pp. 'An important and rare archaeological work, among the first researchers to sites Capua, Pozzuoli, Naples, Pompeii and Herculaneum'. Apparato Alle Antichita Dicapua Overo Discorsi della Campania Felice di Camillo Pellegrino figl. di Aless. Con tre Racconti di cio che in essi si contiene. Polibio nel lib. 3 reso Latino.
The Birth of a Legend - Limited Edition

The Birth of a Legend – Limited Edition

Brooke, Jocelyn Limited Edition [Out of Series Copy]. The Birth of a Legend, A Reminiscence of Arthur Machen and John Ireland. Text from verso of title page: 'This edition consists of sixty-five numbered copies signed by the author, of which fifty are for sale. The book was designed by John Ryder and printed by The Stellar Press Ltd Barnet, for Bertram Rota Ltd, Bodley House, Vigo Street, London WI', although this is a out of series copy, therefore not numbered or signed. Unbound pages with plain card covers protected by thick green card covers with black & red lettering to front cover. A lovely copy, clean and bright with a touch of browning to top edge, spine's area and inner flaps. A touch of foxing to inner side of inner cover otherwise in clean and crisp condition. 7pp. 'Jocelyn Brooke (1908-1966) was an English author born in Kent. He wrote several unique, semi-autobiographical novels, as well as some poetry. His most famous works include the Orchid Trilogy?The Military Orchid (1948), A Mine of Serpents (1949), and The Goose Cathedral (1950)?and The Image of a Drawn Sword (1950). In addition to his own writing Brooke was a percipient reviewer and wrote critiques of Aldous Huxley, Elizabeth Bowen, Ronald Firbank, and John Betjeman as well as introducing and editing the journals and published works of Denton Welch. His interest in music is shown in his final publication, The Birth of a Legend: a Reminiscence of Arthur Machen and John Ireland (1964)'.
Dit Boecxken - Limited Edition with Hand Coloured Engravings in Original Publisher's Box.

Dit Boecxken – Limited Edition with Hand Coloured Engravings in Original Publisher’s Box.

One Hundred & Fifty copies of this edition have been printed in facsimile on English handmade paper. One Hundred & Twenty-five copies only are for sale. Twenty-five copies being "Out of Series". In Series copies are numbered 1 - 125, and are case bound in quarter red morocco grained leather, by Tony Sismore. This is number 100. A fine copy in near mint publisher's box. The engravings have been skilfully hand coloured and I can find no mention to this anywhere I assume that the colouring has been done by a 'collector owner', turning this copy into a very collectable item. Pages unnumbered. A literal translation into English of the earliest known book on fowling and fishing, written originally in Flemish and printed at Antwerp in 1492. This is a facsimile reprint of a privately published edition of 1872, by Alfred Denison, which was limited to 25 privately circulated copies. The Denison edition was more or less a facsimile, containing the original engravings, but with English text rather than the original in Flemish. The translation is literally rendered, giving a very appropriate-sounding period feel to the text. According to Denison, Dit Boecxken was the earliest known publication dealing with fishing and field sports, on the grounds that the 'Treatise of Fishing with an Angle' did not appear in the Book of St. Albans until the edition of 1496. Dit Boecxken - A Literal Translation into English of the Earliest Known Book on Fowling and Fishing written Originally in Flemish and Printed at Antwerp in the Year 1492. Privately Printed for Alfred Denison. Chiswick Press: Printed by Whittingham and Wilkins, Tooks Court, Chancery Lane.
Passages from the Letters of John Butler Yeats: Selected by Ezra Pound - Limited Edition

Passages from the Letters of John Butler Yeats: Selected by Ezra Pound – Limited Edition

Pound, Ezra Limited Edition of 400 copies. 'Passages from the Letters of John Butler Yeats', selected by Ezra Pound. Published and printed by Elizabeth Corbet Yeats on paper made in Ireland, at the Cuala Press, Churchtown, Dundrum, in the County of Dublin, Ireland. Finished in the last week of February, nineteen hundred and seventeen. Pale blue paper covers over cream cloth spine, black lettering to upper board and title label to the spine. With marks to both boards and spine, bumping to corners and most of title label missing as seen in photos, externally in fair to good condition. Pale blue endpapers, vignette title page and binder's label 'Bound by Galwey & Co., Eustace St. Dublin' to bottom of front endboard. Internally very clean and bright with crisp pages, all bar light browning to free endpapers, light mark to one page and a touch of browning to top edge. 60pp. 'The letters from which the following pages are taken, were written to W. B. Yeats between 1911 and 1916'. 'John Butler Yeats was one of Ireland?s finest portrait painters and during a long and productive lifetime, painted many of the leading figures of the Irish Renaissance. Among these were his famous sons, Jack B. Yeats, and the poet William Butler Yeats and writers such as Lady Gregory, AE and Padraic Column as well as the original members of the Abbey Theatre Company. Ezra Pound is widely considered one of the most influential poets of the 20th century; his contributions to modernist poetry were enormous. He was an early champion of a number of avant-garde and modernist poets; developed important channels of intellectual and aesthetic exchange between the United States and Europe'.
The Novels of Jane Austen

The Novels of Jane Austen, 5 Volumes of 6 only, comprising Sense and Sensibility; Mansfield Park; Northanger Abbey; Persuasion; and Emma (Pride and Prejudice NOT present). The Series of English Idylls.

Austen, Jane The Series of English Idylls. First Edition Thus, with revised coloured plates. A lovely set in pale green cloth with extensive floral gilt design & lettering to upper board and spine, decorative endpapers, rough page edges and top edge gilt. In very good condition, overall clean and very bright with a touch of browning to the spine and top edge, all bar Northanger Abbey with a couple of marks to boards as seen in photos. A sound set with square corners. Vignete title page with tissue guarded frontispiece and all with twenty-four full page coloured plates illustrated by C. E. Brock. Internally also in very good condition, all volumes generally with clean & fresh pages and beautiful bright plates (with exception of minor issues as noted below), slight browning to endpapers and some browning to outer edges as seen in photos. Light foxing sporadically throughout the book and a touch of browning to pages but overall in excellent condition. Sense and Sensibility, 1908 - in lovely condition; Mansfield Park, 1908 - some foxing to ffep and tissue guard, foxing to pages throughout the book, mainly to verso of plates and pages near plates & several pages uncut. Emma, 1909 - webbing showing to both endpapers but no movement to boards and very light creases to a few pages towards the end of the book. Northanger Abbey, 1907 - loss to page 13, where it was badly cut/opened as seen in photos. Persuasion, 1909 - a couple of edge tears to pages.