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Essai sur l’homme Traduit de l’Anglois en François par M[onsieur]. D[e]. S[ilhouette]. ****

Essai sur l’homme Traduit de l’Anglois en François par M[onsieur]. D[e]. S[ilhouette]. ****

POPE, Alexander. One of at least five printings in 1736 of the French prose translation—the first translation into French—of Pope’s Essay on Man by Étienne de Silhouette (1709–1767), Controller-General of Finances under Louis XV, who produced a number of translations (Pope, Bolingbroke, Warburton), as well as giving his name to the cut shadow profiles which became so popular at the time. This copy bears an edifying engraved label on the benefits of methodical reading, presumably in preparation for giving the book to a young reader. This edition not in Rochedieu. There were four other printings the same year, two, as here, with no imprint (one Paris, Jean-Barthélemy Alix, pp. xxiv, 81, [3]; the other pp. xxx, 109, [1]), the other two both styled ‘édition revue par le traducteur’, with a ‘Londres’ (Pierre Dunoyer) and Amsterdam (Jean-Frédéric Bernard) imprint, one pp. xxxvi, 112, the other pp. xxxiv, 103, [1]. In the present copy, the title and c4 have both been cancelled and the cancellans, in each case, has been mounted on the stub. 12mo (158 × 91 mm) in eights and fours, pp. xxxi, [1], 112; with a 4-page offprint (‘Affiches de Février 1786’) on Fabre’s Essai sur les facultés de l’âme bound in at the end; early ms. ink emendation (completing the word ‘espace’) at the end of p. 7; some light browning/offsetting; late eighteenth-century red morocco, smooth spine lettered gilt, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers; from the library of Hubert de Ganay (1888–1974), with his booklabel.
  • $860
My Jubilee or Fifty Years of artistic Life With six Plates

My Jubilee or Fifty Years of artistic Life With six Plates, and a Preface by Thomas Ward

REEVES, John Sims. First edition. Sims Reeves (1818–1900) was one of the leading English tenors of the nineteenth century. ‘He made his début at La Scala in 1846 as Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor [featured in one of the plates here, opposite p. 74] and in 1847 he appeared as Zamoro in Verdi’s Alzira. Returning to London in December that year he sang Edgardo at Drury Lane, where on 20 December 1847 he created the role of Lyonnel in Balfe’s The Maid of Honour. In February 1848 he sang Faust in the first performance in England of Berlioz’s La damnation de Faust under the composer. From 1848 he sang at Her Majesty’s Theatre, first under Lumley’s and then Mapleson’s managements. In 1851 he was briefly engaged at the Théâtre Italien, Paris. In London he sang the title role in Faust in the opera’s first performance in English in 1864, and Huon in the revival of Oberon in 1866. In 1848 he appeared at the Norwich Festival and sang in Handel’s Messiah at the Sacred Harmonic Society, and thereafter he appeared regularly at the various choral festivals. He was particularly admired in Handel oratorios and for his performance of the Evangelist in Bach’s St Matthew Passion, which he sang under Sterndale Bennett in 1862 He made his formal farewell appearance at the Royal Albert Hall in 1891, but reappeared in a concert in 1893, and made a tour of South Africa in 1896 with his pupil Maud Richard, whom he had married the previous year’ (New Grove). 8vo (218 × 137 mm), pp. viii, 280, [4] advertisements; with a portrait frontispiece (‘Printed by C. G. Röder, Leipzig’, a well-known lithographic printer for music) and 6 plates; occasional light spotting; original publisher’s decorated cloth, upper cover and spine lettered gilt; a little rubbed; inscribed ‘Yours faithfully J. Sims Reeves 1890’ on the verso of the frontispiece, to T. H. Peirce.
  • $184