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La Centralisation, Suite De L'indiviidu et L'etat
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La Centralisation, Suite De L'indiviidu et L'etat

By Dupont-White, Charles Brook (1807-1878)

Paris: Guillaumin, 1860. Octavo. 372 pages. John Stuart Mill recognized Dupont-White's view that the advance in civilization brought about an increase in state activity which was an index to continued progress. As opposed to pure laissez-faire, this was a remarkable progressive view. Although the Catholic Church's control over the state had diminished since the French Revolution, his view of Gallicanism was for further freedom for the state over religion. A very nice copy bound in 3/4 brown morocco over marbled paper covered baords, raised bands with compartments lettered and decorated in gilt, all edges and endpapers marbled, Small label to rear pastedown.

$75.00

L'Oeuvre Grave De Albert Besnard
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L'Oeuvre Grave De Albert Besnard

By Besnard, Paul Albert (1849-1934) and Louis Godefroy

Paris: Chez L'auteur, 1926. First Edition. Quarto. [8], [20] and one original etching by Besnard bound in, and 202 pages of illustrations with identifying text of his finest etchings and paintings. Besnard won the Prix de Rome in 1874. He was soon influenced by the Impressionist and devoted himself to the study of color and light. His themes often involved death as well as lovers and exquisite nudes, He became the director of the Ecole des Beaux Arts in 1922 and two years before his death his major works were exhibited in the major museums of the United States. Bound in 3/4 blue cloth over blue marbled paper covered boards, black leather spine label gilt, marbled endpapers, original decorative wrappers bound into front and rear. A very nice copy with just a bit of scattered foxing to margins of etching.

$250.00

Patrice
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Patrice

By Renan, Ernest Amd Ary Renan

Paris; nd[1908]: Calmann-Levy. Octavo. iii, 131 pages, illustrated by Ary Renan. French text. . The importance of this work is that it represents Renan's new-found criticism. It represents the conflict between Patrice and the young woman he loves and Cecile who continues to profess the uncritical faith that begins to resurge within the breast of the skeptic who has denied its truth. He sees the naivete of those who wish to do away with evil. Bound by W.H. Smith & Sons London with their binder's ticket in full green morocco , boards ruled in gilt, brown morocco spine label gilt, marbled endpapers. some rubbing and darkening to spine, very tiny previous owner's gift inscription and another owner's bookplate of Alfred Fowler. A very good copy.

$90.00

Iconologies: Ou Explication Nouvelle de plusieurs Images, Emblems et Autres Figures Hyerogliphiques Des Vertus, Des Vices, Des Arts.  2 Vol. In 1
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Iconologies: Ou Explication Nouvelle de plusieurs Images, Emblems et Autres Figures Hyerogliphiques Des Vertus, Des Vices, Des Arts. 2 Vol. In 1

By Ripa, Cesare; Jean Baudoin; Jacques De Bie; Thomas Philip De Grey; Gabriel Le Clerc; Anthony Blunt, J Rodolph Frey

Paris: Ches Mathieu Guillemo, 1643. Quarto. Two parts in one volume. [2], [20], 204 pages, and [1] leaf, 196 pages. Illustrated. Ceasare Ripa was one of the great codifiers of Renaissance iconography. Icons and emblems gave clues to the major themes of art but also law. He showed, for instance, the different kinds of justice (e.g., Divine Justice, "worldly justice". Bound in contemporary calf quite worn at corners and spine ends, green spine label printed by hand chipped. A very good copy.

$950.00

Eloise a Moscou
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Eloise a Moscou

By Thompson, Kay and Hilary Knight

Paris: Gallimard Jeunesse, 2000. Quarto. Unpaged. Signed by Hilary Knight the original illustrator. The delightful playfulness of Eloise here delighted French children when this book first appeared in 2000. It was followed in 2003 by Eloise: deluge au Plaza. A fine bright copy bound in glossy pictorial paper covered boards, lettering black and red. No dust jacket as issued.

$125.00

Eloise; Deluge Au Plaza (signed By Hilary Knight, the Original illustartor)
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Eloise; Deluge Au Plaza (signed By Hilary Knight, the Original illustartor)

By Thompson, Kay and Hilary Knight

Paris; (2003): Gallimard Jeunesse. Quarto. French language edition for children. Signed by Hilary Knight. unpaged, with all the original illustrations from the original us edition of what was originally titled: Eloise takes a bawth. While taking a bath in a prestigious hotel she fantasizes she is sailing on the seven seas and the water flows on those in the lobby with their finery soaked. This edition appeared first in 2003 and delighted French children and also is ideal for the English-speaking child introduced to French to feel the delight of the language. A fine bright copy bound in glossy pictorial paper covered boards lettered in black, white and red. No dust jacket as issued.

$125.00

Domnine
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Domnine

By Arene, Paul and Jacques Boullaire(artist)

Np/1949: The Bibliophiles De Provence. Limited Edition. Octavo. Limited to 158 copies. This book, the twelfth work of the bibliphiles of Provence, was prepared by the care of Mr. Jules Amaudric of the Chaffaut and members of the committee, Monsieur A. Novella being president. Colophon: J'ai fini d'imprimer ce livre sur mes presses à Paris le jour du bougeoir en 1949 à 158 exemplaires sur vélin arches nus merots de 1 à 158. En outre, 25 exemplaires réservés à lardiest. The present copy for Madame Pierre Moetteis is number 85. The illustrator, Jacques Boullaire illustrated for such authors as Theophile Gautier, Marcel Proust and others. I addition to the copper engravings, there are laid in three additional preliminary drawings in pencil and signed by the artist. One is of the frontispiece, the second is of the plate on page 9, the 3rd on page 85 and the last is on page 125. All leaves loosely laid into printed paper wraps with browning and held within a paper covered chemise with a bit of dampstaining, slipcase is lacking. Internally clean and bright. A very nice copy.

$550.00

Francois I: 1494-1547; Quartre compositions Mises En Chromo Par M. Lianata D'apres Les Aquarelles De M. Bocourt; 70 Gravures Sur Bois, Tetes de Chapitre Cuis-De-lampe, D'apres Les Documents Authentiques
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Francois I: 1494-1547; Quartre compositions Mises En Chromo Par M. Lianata D'apres Les Aquarelles De M. Bocourt; 70 Gravures Sur Bois, Tetes de Chapitre Cuis-De-lampe, D'apres Les Documents Authentiques

By Lescure, Mathurin Francois Adeolphe De

Paris: P. Ducrocq, 1878. Large Quarto. 456p. French text. 4 rich chromolithographs. One of the most thorough accounts of Francis I. With 70 additional black and white engravings and illustrations in text. see Grand dictionnaire universsel du XIXe siecle, Vol. 17, p. 1517-1518. Bound in red pebble grained morocco centrally stamped in gilt, raised bands with compartments lettered and decorated in gilt, all edges gilt, silk endpapers, binding rubbed with some corner wear, scattered foxing. A good copy.

$150.00

King Candaules
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King Candaules

By Gautier, Theophile

Paris; nd: Societe Des Beau Arts. Limited Edition. Octavo. The Salon edition limited to 550 copies, The present copy is number 212. xix, 139pp., with a preface by Anatole France, illustrated by M. Paul Avril, who has interpreted the ideas of Gautier in a series of elegant and delightfully charming tinted etchings with tissue guards present. Bound in 3/4 green crushed morocco over marbled paper covered boards, raised bands with compartments lettered and decorated in a floral gilt with red onlays, marbled endpapers, top edge gilt, the spine had evenly turned to brown, only an occasional spot of foxing. A very handsome copy.

$250.00

L'Oeuvre De Zola; 16 Simili Aquerelles
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L'Oeuvre De Zola; 16 Simili Aquerelles

By Lebourgeois, H.; Emile Zola

Paris; [1898]: E. Bernard & Co. 7" x 10" 16 hand-colored (watercolor ) prints by Lebouregoise which are seldom complete (complete sets are in the British Library, New York Public Library and the Lilly Library at Indiana University). Zola was the object of more caricatures than any other French writer in the 19th Century. It was not just his open view of the erotic but the blatantly scatological. Here the caricatures of Zola are both as an observer and participant of behavior outside normal society. Included are Pot-Bouille which shows him making a move on the cleaning lady, a literary agent [L'agent] bowing before a wealthy publisher, Zola at work with his reference dictionaries "dictionnarie L'Academie" around him, La Docteur Pascal, Zola as satyr in Le Bonheur du Pere Rougon, and others. While these were intended for framing, the set here is complete though the paper covers for the portfolio contain only the front and back covers (detached). Overall toning to first plate, others clean and bright,

$110.00

Braque Lithographe
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Braque Lithographe

By Braque, Georges; Fernanrd Mouriot

(Paris; 1963): Andre Sauret. Limited Edition. Small Folio. The present copy is number 2871 of 4125 copies. 183 pages, chiefly color illustrations with 3 full page rich color lithographs and smaller examples throughout. Preface by Francois Ponge. Cataloged by Ferand Mourlot. After his Cubist engravings, he began to work on rich lithographs balancing the paper's density and color. It has been said that Braque wants to describe paper as pure intensity so this edition became his magnus opus. Bound in stiff lithographic paper wraps, original glassine wrapper with a few chips and a clear tape mend to upper corner of glassine, housed in publishers slipcase with some edge wear. A superb copy.

$450.00

Phedre Tragedie (1677)
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Phedre Tragedie (1677)

By Racine, Jean

Leipzig: Vought and Gunther, 1854. Small Octavo. 110(1) pp, Avec Commentaires Choisis des Meilleurs commentateurs francais, augmentés de remarques par Otto Fiebig et Stanislas Leportier. De la préface de l'auteur "Voici encore une tragedie dont le sujet st pris d'euripide quoique j'aie suivi une route un peu differente de celle de cet auteur pour la conduit de l'action,je n'ai pas aisse d'enrichir ma piece de tout ce qui m'a paru le plus eclatant dans la sienne". Bound in 1/4 brown morocco over marbled paper covered boards, light scattered foxing. A very good copy. OCLC report only two copies but with 96pp.

$65.00

Arrests Remarquables Du Parlement De Toulouse; Qui Contiennent Beaucoup De Decisions Nouvelles Sur Toute Sorte De Matieres (2 Volume set)
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Arrests Remarquables Du Parlement De Toulouse; Qui Contiennent Beaucoup De Decisions Nouvelles Sur Toute Sorte De Matieres (2 Volume set)

By Catellan, Jean-Marie De (1696-1771)

Toulouse: Aux Depens Du Caranove, Pres Les Augustins, 1756. Small Quarto. Nouvelle ed. French Language. Two volume set. Vol. 1: 596 pages. Vol. 2: 606 pages. The earlier editions of these arrests included not only serious capital crimes but the executions of heretics by burning at the stake. In 1733 Catellan received a papal bull which allowed him to administer justice though the extirpation of Protestants who had been suspended in 1669. (There continued to be secret meetings of Protestant congregations even after the Revocation of the Edict of Danes in 1685). While the wealthy business class that adopted the Protestant faith had fled France to enhance the economy of the Dutch, the economic ministers of Louis XIV and his successors came to depend upon increased taxation. Toulouse which along with Paris, was the earliest of these Parliaments, had to find those who could pay the tax and arrest those who clearly were defrauding the King. Here is a picture of the way the law was administered just a generation before the French Revolution. Many of these books were destroyed as emblems of the Ancient Regime, accounting for their rarity. Both volumes bound in a mottled calf, raised bands with compartments fully gilt decorated, red speckled edges, contemporary owner's name to title pages, small older repair to head of one volume, text clean and bright. A very nice, handsome set.

$375.00

Nice et Savoie; Sites Pittoresques, Monuments, Description et Histoire Des Departements De La Savoie, De La Huate-Savoie et Des Alpe-Maritimes (Anicenne Province De Nice) Reunits a La France En 1860
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Nice et Savoie; Sites Pittoresques, Monuments, Description et Histoire Des Departements De La Savoie, De La Huate-Savoie et Des Alpe-Maritimes (Anicenne Province De Nice) Reunits a La France En 1860

By Dessaix, Joseph; Louis Xavier Eyma; Felix Benoist, Alexis De Jussieu

Lyon: Le Regard d'Ulysse, 1995. Folio. French text. Third part, 42pp and 34pp. Supplement. The finest reprint of the 1864 edition measuring 46 cm (largest of the reprints) with the finest color lithographic reproductions. Besides textual illustrations, there are forty full page color illustrations including the map. The original 1864 edition was hand colored thus the publisher has used the finest laid paper and overseen the imagery to be as close as possible to the rare original edition. The last illustration in the volume is of Nice and here is shown in a special pastedown on the cover. Bound in rust color cloth with color illustration mounted to upper board within gilt frame, stamped and lettered in gilt. A fine copy.

$175.00

You Who Can Help
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You Who Can Help

By Churchill, Mary Smith

Boston: Small, Maynard, 1918. 296p, Signed by the author on the title page. From the library of Martha Howey Melissa with her bookplate. Churchill was the wife of an American army officer who worked as an agent for the American Fund for the French Wounded. She depicts French life under the hardships of the war but also of the resilient spirit of those who tried to carry on in spite of shortages and the massive losses of life and incapacitates. Some occasional soiling on some of the pages but an important examination of life on the French home front. Bound in brown cloth lettered and decorated in black and gilt, spine lettering gilt.

$50.00

Tur-Lu-Ri
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Tur-Lu-Ri

By Morau-Vauthier, Ch

[Paris, nd. Ca.1910]: Hachette et Cie. Oblong Quarto. 48pp., text in French, charming color illustrations by GuGu. Bound in gray paper covered boards backed in e owner's gift inscription dated 1927. Internally clean and bright.

$75.00

Zadkine (limited Letterpress Broadside, No. 2 of 25)
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Zadkine (limited Letterpress Broadside, No. 2 of 25)

By Pons, Max

Approx. 12 5/8 x 9 5/8" Scarce. Handsomely in an edition of 25 copies. The present copy is #2. Max Pons is a poet and editor of the journal The Barbican. As curator of Bonaguil castle from 1954 to 1993, he was able to increase its importance in France but also made the Barbican a journal of exceptional quality using fine printing on small dramatic poems. No recorded copies in OCLC.

$120.00

Etrennes à L'innocence.  Anger, Chocolatier De La Cour a Paris
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Etrennes à L'innocence. Anger, Chocolatier De La Cour a Paris

[Paris}: Np/nd (ca.1820). 1.9 x 2.8 cm. 64pp. (pages 62-64 blank) illustrated with 8 full page engraved plates, contains an almanac, bound in full red pictorial gilt morocco, one chip to from board, and two chips to rear board. [Welsh-2694] Scarce. These little books were mainly published for ladies containing love songs or verses of love. Many, such as this copy, were given away at New Year's to favored patrons of chocolate shops. A very good copy.

$825.00

Les Fleurettes
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Les Fleurettes

[Marcilly, Paris], 1836. 2 x 2.7 Cm. 63pp., illustrated with 8 full page illustrations, bound in full gilt decorated red morocco, all edges gilt, lacks front and rear free endpapers, pencil markings on pastedowns. A very good little copy and quite scarce locating only two auction records and only one copy via OCLC. [Welsh, D.V. Miniature books, no. 2840] These little books were primarily published for ladies containing love songs or verses of love.

$1050.00

The Life, Exile and Conversations of the Emperor Napoleon
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The Life, Exile and Conversations of the Emperor Napoleon

By Las Cases, the Count [Emmanuel Dieudonne] (1766-1842)

London; 1835-1836: For Henry Colburn. First Edition. Octavo. First Colburn edition. Four volumes in eight consisting of the original 24 weekly parts, illustrated with eight frontispieces, seventeen engravings, two large folding maps, and one folding plan and tissue guards. There is a notice to the subscribers mentioning the fact that while there is a total of 20 proposed plates, the remaining three volumes will contain 5 more plates, for a total of 25 plates. An important work by the Count Las Cases who followed Napoleon into exile at St. Helena. For 18 months he recorded his conversations with Napoleon on his principles of warfare, his identification of the French Revolution with the Empire, his political philosophy, and his sentiments on religion and philosophy. A letter of complaint about Napoleon's treatment led to Las Cases' deportation and to the seizure of his manuscript by the British government. Forbidden to enter England, he traveled in Germany and Belgium until he was allowed to return to France after the death of Napoleon in 1822. Las Cases represents the 17th military generation of his family, which began with the reign of Louis VIII in 1223. During the time between the reign of Louis VIII and Napoleon's exile in 1815, the Las Cases family was intimately involved in the majority of the European conflicts that occurred, being closely tied to the monarchy and writing their biographies including that of Columbus.. (Ency. Britannica) All front and rear wrappers are bound in the rear of each volume with one wrapper used as title pages within the second parts. All bound in ¾ blue morocco over marbled paper covered boards with matching endpapers, raised bands with compartments lettered and embellished with gilt, top edges gilt. Some minor chipping to heads, darkening to edges, some minor cosmetic color touch ups added. Interior clean and bright without tears, foxing, previous owner's names or bookplates. A handsome set and quit scarce. The last set sold at auction in 2006. OCLC records two holding of only eight parts in four volumes.

$1350.00

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