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FRENCH ILLUSTRATED BOOKS

ALLARD, Roger. L’APPARTEMENT DES FILLES. Orné de 6 Gravures au burin par J.-E. Laboureur. Paris: Camille Bloch, 1919. 8vo, 76pp, 6 etched plates. Orig. printed purple wrappers, a very nice copy printed on pink paper. $450. ¶ First Edition, inscribed by the publisher Camille Bloch to the publisher Edouard Champion, together with a short letter from Bloch to Champion. Talvart & Place 8.

 

ARNOUX, Guy. NOS FRERES D’AMERIQUE. Texte de Roger Boutet de Monvel, Images de Guy Arnoux. Paris: Chez Devambez, [ca. 1918]. 12mo, 12 pochoir plates with facing letterpress in English. Orig. wrappers. Very good. $175. ¶ Charming pochoir plates celebrating the American and French alliance during the Great War.

 

(Art nouveau calendar). L’ANNEE FLEURIE. Poesies de Charles Fuster, Dessins de L. Trianon. Paris: Edité par Henry, A la Pensée, 1900. Tall 8vo, 28 leaves printed in tints. Wrappers embossed and printed in colors. Very good, with original ribbon. $200. ¶ Beautifu art nouveau calendar, with wrapper illustration of girl picking flowers surrounded by art nouveau border repeated on back cover.

 

[ASSISI, Saint Francis of]. Perate André & Bois de Marchand (translators). LE CANTIQUE DU SOLEIL DE ST FRANÇOIS D’ASSISE suivi du Cantique des Trois Enfants dans la Fournaise. Paris: L’Art Catholique, [1918]. Sm. 8vo, 31, (5)pp, woodcut decorated front wrapper & title, 3 plates & several initials, text printed in black & orange. Orig. wrappers. A fine uncut copy. $45. ¶ First Edition of these beautifully printed French translations of St. Francis’s songs of praise, along with the original texts in Italian & Latin, based on manuscripts published by M. Sabatier in Speculum Perfectionis and by Corneille in L’Office de la Sainte Vierge. Rare. NUC lists 3 copies.

 

BARBEY D’AUREVILLY, Jules-Amadée. LES DIABOLIQUES. Paris: G. Gres, 1921. Sm. 4to, (9), 297pp, with a color frontispiece & 22 wood-engravings by Gaston Pastré. Orig. blind-stamped calf, rebacked retaining orig. backstrip, gilt top, rubbed but sound. $175. ¶ Edition de Luxe, limited to 16 copies on papier de chine of one of Barbey d’Aurevilly’s best works, a collection of tales recalling the satanism of the last Romantics. Praz compares d’Aurevilly with Huysmans and points out that he is the connecting link between the frénétique of 1830 and the decadent of 1880. Des Esseintes, the hero of Huysmans’ A Rebours classes Barbey d’Aurevilly immediately after de Sade in brilliance. Mahé I, 132.

 

BARBIER et al. MODES ET MANIERES D’AUJOURD’HUI. Paris: Collection Paul Corrard, 1912-20. 6 vols, 8vo, 72 pochoir plates, orig illustrated board portfolios (light wear to spines). Very good set, lacking the final volume.

¶ First Edition, one of 300 numbered sets. 1912: 12 plates by LePape; 1913: 12 plates by Martin; 1914: 12 plates by Barbier; 1914-19 (War Years volume): 12 plates by Lepape; 1919: 12 plates by Marty; & 1920: 12 plates by Bonfils. Lacking only the final number, with plates by Fernand Simeon. Hiler p.621. Colas 2099.

 

BECKFORD, William. VATHEK. Paris: Au Cercle des Amateurs de Livres..., 1962. 8vo, L, 148pp. Unsewn signatures as issued, in wrappers & slipcase. Fine. $200. ¶ One of 500 numbered copies with lithographic illustrations by Edourd Georg. Monod, Manuel de l’Amateur de Livres Illustrés Modernes, 1277.

 

BENEDICTUS, Edouard. RELAIS 1930: quinze planches donnant quarante-deux motifs décoratifs. Enluminure d’art de J. Saudé. Paris: Editions Vincent, Fréal, 1930. Folio, 15 plates colored in pochoir. Modern folding cloth case with gilt leather label. Plates 10 & 11 stuck together as frequently the case with this title $1750. ¶ Benédictus, "working close to Séguy and in collaborations with Verneuil in exploring the decorative use of flora and fauna, eventually created his own individual albums which are masterpieces of their kind…" (Ercoli, Art Deco Prints p.34).

 

[Book of Hours]. LIVRE d’HEURES DU XIXème SIECLE. Paris: Laplace, [ca. 1885]. Small 8vo, (8), 188pp, each page with elaborate color-printed border printed in either orange, red, green, creme or brown, color half-title, color frontis., color title. Full morocco, gilt, gilt dentelles, silk moire endpapers, a.e.g. A fine copy in a folding cloth case. $500. ¶ A luxurious printing of a book of hours inspired by medieval sources. The drawings, by E.T. Thérond (b.1821), were engraved on wood by Bertrand, and the entire work was printed by Jules Crété.

 

CHAMPFLEURY [pseud. of Jules Husson]. HISTOIRE DE LA CARICATURE MODERNE. Paris: E. Dentu, [1865]. 8vo, xx, 519pp, illustrated title & approx. 100 illustrations. Half gilt-ruled morocco over marbled boards, spine gilt. Joints & corners rubbed, very good. $150. ¶ First Edition. Jules Husson, called Champfleury, (1821-89) published many articles and books on art, beginning with Chien Caillou, 1847, a work based on the life of Bresdin; he also wrote Les Chats, illustrated by Manet. Carteret III, p.157. Courboin & Roux p.385. Thieme 73.

 

[CHARLET, Nicolas Toussaint]. CROQUIS LITHOGRAPHIQUES PAR CHARLET. Paris: Printed by Villain, Published by Gihaut, 1824. Complete suite of 16 lithographs with orig. cover bound in. Quarter red morocco, marbled boards, bookplate, 1 plate foxed, otherwise very good. $650. ¶ Charlet’s third lithographic album. It is mainly taken up with showing the effects of war on the military, on the soldiers themselves and on civilian life. The album contains: ¶ C’est la fin du monde! ¶ Le petit… le grand ¶ Il meconnait un ancien camarade ¶ J’en mangerais dix comme toi ¶ J’ai vu le Nil et la Beresina ¶ Un homme qui boit seul n’est pas digne de vivre ¶ N’apporte qu’une bouteille d’eau-de-vie pour ma compresse ¶ Tu as la respiration trop long ¶ Adieu! ¶ Discours du legionnaire à ses enfans ¶ Combat d’infanterie ¶ Oh les gueux! ¶ Le lendemain du mardi-gras ¶ J e m’appelle César ¶ Krafft et Braunn ¶ Guerillas Navarrois. DeLaCombe 534-549. Beraldi IV, p.l24.

 

CHEVRIER, Chevalier de. LES AMUSEMENTS DES DAMES DES BRUXELLES. Histoire Honnete & Presque Edifiante. Nouvelle Edition Augmentée d’un Avant Propos et d’une Clef des Noms. Bruxelles: Gay & Doucé, [ca. 1880]. 12mo, xxii, 170, (2)pp. Frontis. by Felicien Rops. Text printed in red & black on yellow paper. Vellum-backed boards, preserving orig. rose wrappers. $300. ¶ One of 500 numbered copies. A reprint of the 1762 edition, this edition contains a key to the names of the characters. Gay I, 194-5. Drujon, Livres a Clef, 43-6. Exteens 487. Not in Pia, The Private Case, or Rose.

 

DAUDET, Alphonse. TARTARIN DE TARASCON. Illustree par J. Giradet, Montégut, de Myrbach, Picard, Rossi. Paris: Ernest Flammarion, [ca. 1910]. 8vo, 233, (7)pp., illus. Half morocco over marbled boards, raised bands, gilt letter on spine, speckled edges. Head of spine slightly rubbed. Very good. $15.

 

DEMOUSTIER, C[harles] A[lbert]. LETTRES A EMILIE SUR LA MYTHOLOGIE. Paris: Renouard, 1809. 6 parts in 2 vols, 8vo, separately paginated, with a portrait frontispiece, and 36 plates engraved after Moreau Le Jeune by various artists. Contemp. diaper calf, covers panelled in gilt, backstrip gilt, gilt edges, silk markers, raised bands, a very good copy in an unsigned binding of high quality. $300. ¶ FIRST EDITION WITH THE MOREAU PLATES. Very attractive copy of this famous illustrated text, first published in parts from 1786 to 1798. Demoustier was descended from Racine and La Fontaine; he wrote this work to give women access to science and fable and it may reflect his opinion of Rousseau’s handling of women’s issues in Emile. Ray (p.88) singles out this work as one of the few collections of plates from Moreau’s later period that "are occasional oases in the desert…his is the greatest name among French illustrators of the eighteenth century" and notes how copies are often found in fine bindings because bibliophiles valued Moreau’s illustrations so highly. This copy is sumptuously bound in the style of Thouvenin. NUC notes three copies of this edition.

 

(Denis, Maurice, illus.). Francis Thompson. POEMES… Traduits par Elizabeth M. Denis-Graterolle. Paris: Ambroise Vollard, 1939. Folio, 65 orig. lithographs by Denis printed by Clot (13 hors-text in color, 56 within the text). Orig. wrappers. Fine. $2250. ¶ One of 260 copies, this copy on Van Gelder. The work was left unpublished by Vollard in 1939 and issued by Martin Fabiani and Lucien Vollard in 1942. Johnson, Vollard, 182. Rauch 13.

 

(Denis, Maurice, illustrator). LA VIE DE FRERE GENIEVRE. Traduite de l’Italien par André Pératé. Illustrée par Maurice Denis. Paris: Jacques Beltrand, 1923. Folio, [8], (32), (2)pp, 33 color wood-engravings (incl. 10 hors texte, 1 vignette on title, 2 borders, 14 initial letters and 6 culs-de-lampe), & with an extra suite of the illus., proofs before letters; all bound in full vellum, gilt back, a beautiful copy in fine condition. $1500. ¶ Only Edition, limited to 175 copies; the extra suite is limited to 10 sets and is signed by Beltrand. Furthermore, there is a presentation inscription by Pératé, signed and dated 18 October 1923. One of Denis’ exquisite ‘Italian period’ productions making full use of Italianate themes and colors, perfectly rendered into wood-engraving by Beltrand, Denis’ frequent and foremost collaborator. Genievre was a companion and disciple of St. Francis, and was also from Assisi. Denis intended this work as a companion volume to his major work on St. Francis, Petites Fleurs de Saint François d’Assise, 1913, also translated by Pératé and engraved in wood by Beltrand. Mahé p.67 (addenda).

 

(Denis, Maurice, illustrator). LE LIVRE DE L’EUCHARISTIE par M. l’Abbé de la Serre. Illustrations de Maurice Denis. Paris: Jacques Beltrand, 1920. 4to, (4), 187, (3, index & colophon)pp, letterpress enclosed by single color borders in various hues, mostly dark salmon and olive-khaki, 8 of the borders are elaborately decorated with figures, animals, etc. in homage to the borders found in illuminated manuscripts; half-title with multi-color border, title-page with a color vignette, color-printed initials, & 13 full-page wood-engraved color plates printed in several colors. Sumptuously bound in dark salmon morocco extra, backstrip lettered in gilt, raised bands, paste-downs of olive-khaki morocco panelled in gilt, free endpapers of crimson silk with abstract marbled endpapers en suite, silk marker, gilt edges on the rough, enclosed in a morocco-tipped slipcase, by J. van West & signed on front paste-down. A fine binding, text in fine condition, some plates have slightly offset to facing leaf as usual. $1750. ¶ Limited to 130 copies. This work is a fine example of Denis (1870-1943) in full flower. His earlier monochrome Symbolist period was followed by this style of colored wood-engravings, often with a religious theme and in this text clearly in the style of early illuminated manuscripts, with borders, historiated borders, full-page ‘miniatures,’ and so forth. This was a style he first used in Sagesse (1911). Ray (II, p.491) notes: "Denis was greatly indebted to the Beltrands for the realization of his conceptions, through wood engraving." The Beltrands collaborated with Denis on some fifteen volumes, even publishing some of his later books such as this one. The binding is a restrained and subtle complement to the text, blending almost exactly with the two principal hues in the color plates. See Manet to Hockney 4.

 

DEREME, Tristan. SOUS LES TROENES DU BEARN. AUTOUR DE LA FONTAINE ET DE SES ELEGIES. Bois Gravé par Jean Chieze. Saint-Félicien-en-Vivarais: Edition du Pigeonnier, 1928. 8vo, 62pp. Orig. printed wrappers, title lettered in red & black, some browning to wrappers and endpaper, otherwise a very nice unopened copy. $150. ¶ First Edition, limited to 775 numbered copies on Vergé Montgolfier d’Annonay Paper. A presentation copy, "poetically" inscribed by the author. Dereme (pseud of Philippe Huc) experimented freely with modern literary forms. Talvart & Place 32.

 

(Doré). ARIOSTO. ROLAND FURIEUX. Poème Héroïque. Traduit par A.-J. du Pays et illustré par Gustave Doré. Paris: Librairie Hachette, 1888. Folio, (4), viii, 658pp, 82 large plates incl. frontispiece, 533 illustrations in text. Orig. red cloth elaborately blocked in gilt & black, slight foxing throughout, recased, a very good tight copy. $600. ¶ Second French edition of this lavish production of Rolando Furioso, replete with Doré’s engravings and cased in the original elaborate cloth binding.

 

(Dore). CERVANTÈS SAAVEDRA, Miguel de. DON QUICHOTTE de la Manche. L’Ingénieux Hidalgo. Traduction de Louis Viardot. Paris: L. Hachette, 1869. 2 vols, folio, 14 1/2 x 10 1/2 inches, (4), xxiv, 587; (4), 636pp, frontispieces, 123 plates, 245 engravings in text. Publisher’s cloth, morocco spines, elaborately blocked in gilt & blind, marbled endpapers, a.e.g. Light wear to corners of vol I, head of vol II’s spine chipped, otherwise very good. $675. ¶ Third French edition, similar to the first of 1863 but in slightly smaller format. "I believe that Don Quixote is in many ways Doré’s greatest work, for it was there, more than anywhere else, that Doré truly was adrift on dreams of splendor" (Malan p.67). Le Blanc p.68. Malan p.255.

 

DUVERNOIS, Henri. MAXIME. Paris: Henry Babou, 1929. 4to, 186, (3)pp, 65 orig. woodcuts by Carlègle. Orig. printed wrappers, slipcase, fine copy, case faded. $250. ¶ Edition Limited to 50 copies on fine paper, with an extra suite of plates printed in sanguine, of a total edition of 450 copies. A beautifully stylized work typical of the twenties, with woodcuts throughout.

 

FARRERE, Claude. SHAHRA SULTANE ou les Sanglantes Amours authentiques et mirifiques de Sultan Shah’Riar… Paris: Dorbon-Ainé, [1923]. 4to, 70, (3)pp, illus. throughout by Rassenfosse printed in colors. Orig. decorative wrappers, a fine unopened copy. $400. ¶ Limited to 400 copies, this copy printed for Louis Dorbon the publisher. A delightful tale of ancient Persia with charming illustrations in the text. Mahé II, 21. NUC notes three copies.

 

(Fermes & Chateaux). FERMES & CHATEAUX. Paris: Pierre Lafitte, 1905-1907. Folio, 15 numbers, lavishly illustrated, preserving original wrappers. Quarter red morocco over marbled boards, marbled endpapers. Slight splitting of endpapers, otherwise very good. $50. ¶ Nos. 3-11, 13-14, 18, 20, 21-22 of the French version of Country Life.

 

FLAUBERT, Gustave. LA LEGENDE DE SAINT JULIEN L’HOSPITALIER. Illustrée de Vingt-Six Compositions par Luc-Olivier Merson. Gravées a l’Eau-Forte par Géry-Bichard. Préface par Marcel Schwob. Paris: A. Ferroud, 1895. 8vo, xxx, 72, (4 ads)pp, etched title & 26 etched paltes. Half brown morocco over marbled boards by V. Champs, gilt lettering and dec. to spine, teg, a few rubbed spots, some sunning, internally clean, very good uncut copy with the orig. wrappers preserved. $400. ¶ First separate edition, one of 500 copies, this no. 267, hand-numbered and initialed by the publisher. The Legende de Saint Julien was the second of Flaubert’s Trois Contes, first published in 1877. The notable history painter Merson (1846-1920) also illustrated works by Hugo, Merimee, and Musset. Talvart & Place 14. Not in Monod. Three copies in OCLC.

 

FLAUBERT, Gustave. LA TENTATIµON DE SAINT ANTOINE. Avec une Introduction de Paul Valéry et des Illustrations de J.-G. Daragnès. Paris: 1942. 4to, 221pp, illustrated throughout in color with plates, & head- & tail-pieces. Orig. full brown calf elaborately stamped in blind, backstrip lettered in gilt, a very fine copy sumptuously bound & signed by René Kieffer. $450. ¶ Limited Edition, beautifully illustrated and bound during the second World War.

 

FLAUBERT, Gustave. SALAMMBO, Avec Six Hors-Texte en Couleurs et des Ernements Graves sur Bois par F.-L. Schmied. Paris: "Le Livre," 1923. 8vo, (4), 413pp, head & tailpieces in black, 6 orig. color wood-engraved plates. Orig. blue wrappers, the title embossed in silver, light edge wear. Very good. $1750. ¶ Limited to 1030 numbered copies, the six color plates printed separetly by Schmied. Nasti B3. Ritchie 23.

 

FORAIN. LA COMEDIE PARISIENNE. Deuxieme Série de la Comédie Parisienne. 188 Dessins. (Paris): Librairie Plon, [ca. 1900]. 8vo, 188p. Orig. printed wrappers, title lettered in red & black, missing 1"x 1/2" section to foot of spine, slightly sunned, otherwise a very good copy. $200. ¶ A presentation copy, inscribed by Forain to Girard.

 

(Fraipont). COSSERET, Paul. LE LIVRE DES FLEURS Ouvrage Orné de 80 Compositions en Couleurs par Fraipont. Paris: Tallandier, n.d. [c. 1895]. 4to, vii, 242pp, 80 illus. in colors of which 20 are hors texte. Presentation binding of the city of Paris in full red pebbled cloth, gilt, very good. $300. ¶ A very lovely work on flowers, with Gustave Fraipont’s (b.1849) charming illustrations in colors. Included are chapters on foxglove, poppy, chicory, lily of the valley etc. The chapter on poppies includes a mention of opium and morphine.

 

(Fraipont) MENDES, Catulle. LES ILES D’AMOUR. Paris: Frinzine, 1886. 4to, vii, 85pp, 6 etchings hors texte, 38 illustrations throughout the text. Original wrappers, backstrip worn, wrappers soiled, contents very good with fine impressions of the plates. $1250. ¶ Edition limited to 1000 copies, this copy signed by the publisher. The text on real and imaginary islands of love is illustrated by Fraipont’s dreamy etchings in a Japanese style, showing the early influence of Japanese art on French artists. Talvart & Place 33.

 

(French product labels). Album of French cosmetic labels. [Paris, ca. 1910]. Oblong 4to, 9pp with labels affixed, 11 ff blank. Wrappers, very good. $250. ¶ Collection of beautiful perfume and soap labels, some gold, some in colors.

 

FUNCK-BRENTANO, Frantz. LA BASTILLE DES COMÉDIENS, Le For L’Évêque. Avec 11 Gravures Hors Texte. Paris: Albert Fontemoing, 1903. 8vo, 316pp, frontispiece, illus. Orig. printed wrappers. Very good. $20.

 

GAVARNI (pseud. of Sulpice-Guillaume Chevalier). LA MASCARADE HUMAINE. 100 Grandes Compositions par… Introduction par Ludovic Halévy. Paris: Calmann Lévy, 1881. 4to, 215pp., incl. 100 plates. Orig. red cloth, elaborately blocked in black & gilt. Slightest water damage to 1 corner, light marginal dampstaining, otherwise very bright. $250. ¶ First Edition. Not in Ray.

 

GONCOURT, Edmond [Huot] de. GERMINIE LACERTEUX. Paris: Maison Quantin, 1886. 8vo, xix, 294pp. With 10 full-page etched plates by Muller after Jeanniot. Half red morocco, backstrip panelled in gilt, gilt top, orig. printed wrappers bound in. Backstrip just fading to brown, otherwise a fine copy. $125. ¶ Fifth edition, revised and with a new preface by Goncourt written in 1866 about Lacerteux, who had just died. Well printed on fine paper and beautifully illustrated, this work is one in the series Les Chefs d’Œuvre du Roman Contemporain which were usually limited to around 700 copies. This is the best-known novel of the Goncourt brothers (1822-96 and 1830-70) and a cornerstone in the emergence of the realism or naturalism movement; it tells the double-life of one of their own servants. Jeanniot (1848-1934) left the military to pursue an artistic career and became a successful and popular illustrator. This is one of his earliest works; his first illustrations were published in 1884. See Ray 402. Talvart & Place 213.

 

GOURMONT, Rémy de. LES SAINTES DU PARADIS. Paris: René Kieffer, 1922. Sm. 4to, (44)ff unpaginated, each page enclosed in a color-printed border & with a full-page color-printed plate of each saint, all by Auguste Henri Thomas. Orig. printed wrappers, some chipping to spine, otherwise a fine copy with an orig. drawing (by Thomas?) laid in. $200. ¶ Limited to 500 numbered copies. The color printing is by Charpentier, with text in calligraphy. Each Saint has her own section, with a picture depicting her in a setting with text describing her achievements.

 

GRASSET, Eugene. LES MOIS. Douze Compositions… Gravées sur bois & imprimées en chromotypographie. Paris: G. de Malherbe, [1896]. Quarto, 12 full-page wood-engraved color plates for each of the twelve months, loose in original printed wrappers (light wear to edge of wrappers, backstrip reninforced), plates fine. $2000. ¶ Proof edition before letters of Grasset’s sumptuous calendar commissioned by the firm La Belle Jardiniere. "Each month’s maiden, clad in aesthetic taste, does something appropriate to her flowers, trees or plants, the whole simultaneously giving an extended botanical lesson, and providing a decorative ensemble of formal relationships between figure and garden… Grasset women are… demure, innocent, quiescent. he eschews the vulgarity of bright colour to attract the attention, preferring to choose more subtle, often sombre combinations, inclcuidng such rarely used colours as green and purple. His ‘modern" woman wears timeless clothes, with some medieval inspiration, with flying scarces and patterned materials. The influence of William Morris is there, as is that of Walter Crane, but there is also a storng flavour of Kate Greenaway" (Arwas pp.25-27). Turn of the Century 50. Art Nouveau Belgium France 41.

 

GUILLOT, Ernest. ELEMÉNTS ORNEMENTATION POUR L’ENLUMINURE recueillis et dessinés par… Paris: Librairie Rouard, H. Laurens, (1894?). Short 8vo, 16 color plates, cover-title. Color printed wrappers, 3 corners cut off, otherwise very good. $125. ¶ First Edition of this lovely collection of Egyptian, Assyrian, Greek, Greco-Roman, Carolingian, Merovingian, and Byzantine book illustration patterns & ornaments. NUC cites one copy with a different and later imprint.

 

HAYET, Armand editor. CHANSONS DE BORD. Harmonisées par Charles Bredon et Illustrées de Quatorze Dessins Originaux d’Andre Lhote. Paris: Editions Eos, 1927. 4to, (147)pp incl. 14 black/white illustrations by Lhote. Orig. illustrated wrappers by Lhote, the whole enclosed in an elaborate half emerald green morocco folding box neatly tooled in gilt & black, fine. $275. ¶ First edition, limited to 2000 copies. This collection of French sea shanties is evocatively illustrated by Andre Lhote (1885-1962), the "academician of Cubism." He illustrated several books during the 1920s. Mahe 11, p.341.

 

HENRIET, Frédéric. LE PAYSAGISTE AUX CHAMPS. Paris: A. Levy, 1876. 4to, 142pp, 20 orig. etchings, 2 etched reproductions. Orig. publisher’s emerald green cloth elaborately stamped in gilt and black. A fine copy. $3250. ¶ Edition limited to 135 copies. An important, beautiful and rare example of a Barbizon illustrated book. Charles Frédéric Henriet (1826-1918), painter, engraver and author, was intimately acquainted with the artists of the Barbizon school, including Daubigny, Corot and Harpignies, and here provides a look at the workings of the major plein air artists, their methods, theories and styles. Henriet was the author of the first catalogue raisonné of Daubigny’s works and founded the museum at Chateau-Thierry which houses a major collection of Barbizon School paintings. The present work includes the following original etchings: Corot, Solitude; Daubigny, Le Botin à Conflans; Harpignies, Hameau; Lalanne, Retour au Gite and Le Passage de la Marmite; Lhermitte, A l’Auberge and Au Village; Veyrassat, Cour de Ferme; Delauney, Le Pont Neuf, and works by Pèquègnot, Taiée, Portier, deGroseilliez, deBellé, Cassagne and L. and J. Debrosses.

 

[HOCQUART?, Eduard Auguste Patrice 1787-1870]. LE LAVATER PORTATIF ou Précis de l’Art de connaître les Hommes par les Traits du Visage. Sixième Edition Augmenté d’une Notice sur la Vie de Lavater, d’un Receuil d’anecdotes Physionomiques &c. Paris: Saintin, 1815. 12mo, 92pp, engraved title, portrait of Lavater, and 32 engraved plates colored by hand. [with] LE LAVATER DES DAMES, ou L’Art de connoitre les Femmes sur leur Physionomie; suivi d’un Essai sur les Moyens de procréer des Enfans d’Esprit… Augmentée d’une Notice sur le Caractère des Femmes des divers Pays de l’Europe. Paris: Saintin, 1815. (2), 96pp, 30 engraved plates colored by hand. Old calf stamped in blind, new endpapers, very good. $750. ¶ Sixth edition of the first work, fifth edition of the second. These two scarce works describe human types by facial expression and structure, and body language, and are charmingly illustrated with examples from the sublime to the absurd. Ranging from drunks and half-wits to businessmen and professionals, the caricatures of men are disarmingly accurate; this volume ends with brief essays on the overall style of a man. Women are likewise depicted, with a special section on facial outlines, foreheads, eyes, and nose shapes; this volume also includes essays on how to raise children of quality, and on the various types of European women and their differences. The accompanying text is quite serious and clearly based on significant knowledge of physiognomy, and the references to the great German practitioner Lavater are a clear homage to the origins of the practice; Hocquart is described by Larousse as a serious author on education and economy as well as having an interest in physiognomy and handwriting. No author is listed in Quérard or Barbier but NUC records three titles under Hocquart, L’Art de Connaître les Femmes and L’Art de Juger du Caractère and with his name appearing on the title-page of an edition of L’Art de Connaître les Hommes (one copy only, Yale). BN agrees but BL records them under L.J.F. Hocquart.

 

(IMAGE). MARX, Roger et al. L’IMAGE. Revue littéraire et artistique ornée de figures sur bois. Paris: Floury, 1896- 1897. 12 issues 4to, with all of the original wrappers, with the loose collective wrapper engraved by Peyat and Angst, the loose half-title, and with the Spécimen issue. Spines worn and chipped with some loose stitching, otherwise very good in a canvas portfolio. $1500. ¶ A complete run. Edited by Roger Marx, Jules Ray, Tony Beltrand, Auguste Lepère, Léon Ruffe, Image published the work of the finest wood-engravers of the fin de siècle, including plates and cover illustrations by Auriol, de Feure, Verneuil, Bellery-Defontaines, Berthon, Prouvé, Belville, Toulouse-Lautrec, Lenoir, Vallotton, Laboureur, Denis, Pissaro, Steinlen, Bonnard, Bracquemond, Chéret, Degas, Fantin-Latour, Grasset, Puvis, Rodin, Schwabbe, etc. L’Image is said to include the only woodcuts ever designed by Alphonse Mcuha, the most sought-after poster designer of the day. Text include works by Huysmans, Louys, Mallarmé, Zola, etc. Carteret IV, p.213: "Trés bel et louable effort artistique très réussi."

 

(Iribe). [BERNOUARD, François]. LE COVALESCENT ET LA BERLUE RAYONNANTE. Orné de Plusieurs Dessins Inedits de Monsieur Paul Iribe. Paris: A La Belle Edition, [1917]. 8vo, sewn at the top, (32)pp, vignettes printed in colors throughout, text printed in blue. Orig. wrappers, very good. $375. ¶ Edition limited to 365 copies. François Bernouard (1884-1949), poet, typographer and publisher, first met the famous fashion designer, illustrator and artist, Paul Iribe (1883-1935), in 1905. They began publishing together in 1907-08. Bernouard was drafted during World War I and left his press in the hands of Iribe and Cocteau. Wounded, he returned from the front and composed this series of poems which his friend Iribe illustrated. The work was eventually exhibited at the Salon d’Automne of 1919 and is a charming example of their witty aesthetic collaboration. Iribe Catalogue 177.

 

(Iribe). [BERNOUARD, François]. LE COVALESCENT ET LA BERLUE RAYONNANTE. Orné de Plusieurs Dessins Inedits de Monsieur Paul Iribe. Paris: A la Belle Edition, [1917]. 8vo, sewn at the top, (32)pp, vignettes printed in colors throughout, text printed in blue. Orig. wrappers, very good. $400. ¶ Inscribed by the printer Bernouard to publisher Edouard Champion; limited to 365 copies. François Bernouard (1884-1949), poet, typographer and publisher, first met the famous fashion designer, illustrator and artist, Paul Iribe (1883-1935), in 1905. They began publishing together in 1907-08. Bernouard was drafted during World War I and left his press in the hands of Iribe and Cocteau. Wounded, he returned from the front and composed this series of poems which his friend Iribe illustrated. The work was eventually exhibited at the Salon d’Automne of 1919 and is a charming example of their witty aesthetic collaboration. Iribe Catalogue 177.

 

(Italy) L’ITALIE AU XVIIIe SIÈCLE. Mélanges de Litterature et d’Histoire publiés par L’Union Intellectuelle Franco-Italienne. Paris: Ernest Leroux, 1929. 8vo, 244, (3)pp, illus. Orig. printed wrappers. Very good. $25.

 

[JOUY, Victor-Joseph Étienne de]. LA GALERIE DES FEMMES. Collection Incomplète de Huit Tableaux recueillis par un amateur. Hamburg: 1799 [i.e. Brussels:, 1875]. 2 vols in 1, sm. 8vo, (4), 207pp, frontisportrait & 8 etchings. Half red morocco over marbled boards, marbled endpapers, spine tooled & lettered in gilt, t.e.g. Very nice copy. $350. ¶ Rare third edition (a reprint of the first), limited to 300 copies, of de Jouy’s notorious portraits of eight varieties of women. Each chapter, dedicated to a different woman (among whom are "Adèle ou l’Innocente," "Zulme ou la Femme voluptuese," "Sapho ou les Lesbiennes"), is accompanied by a humorous erotic etching. After returning to France from military service in America and India, de Jouy (1764-1846), "un des écrivains français du xixe siècle les plus distingués" (Quérard, La France Littéraire II, p.257), served in the earliest campaigns of the French Revolution, until he left the military to devote himself entirely to letters. He is best remembered for his vaudevilles, comic operas, and a tragedy. This work of erotica was not included in his collected works. Galitzin 720. Gay II, p.383. Kearney, The Private Case, 683. Pia II, p.512. Cf. Bibliothèque la Léonina III, p.80 & Quérard, Les Supercheries… I, 287. Not in NUC.

 

(Kahnweiler). HUGHES, Jean. 50 ANS D EDITION DE D.H. KAHNWEILER. 1909-1959. Introduction & Catalogue Rediges par... Paris: Galerie Louise Leiris, 1959. 8vo, 52pp, 31 b&w illus. & 5 color plates. Tan wrappers, very good. $60. ¶ With Kahnweiler’s card laid in incribed with compliments. Exhbition catalogue of the livres d’artistes published by the legendary art dealer including works by Picasso, Gris, Leger, Masson et al.

 

(Kahnweiler). HUGHES, Jean. 50 ANS D’EDITION DE D.H. KAHNWEILER. 1909-1959. Introduction & Catalogue Rediges par... Paris: Galerie Louise Leiris, 1959. 8vo, 52pp, 31 b&w illus. & 5 color plates. Tan wrappers, lightly spotted, very good. $45. ¶ Exhbition catalogue of the livres d’artistes published by the legendary art dealer including works by Picasso, Gris, Leger, Masson et al.

 

KOBER, Jacques. LE VENT DES EPINES. N. P. [Paris]: Editions Pierre à Feu, 1947. 4to, 23pp, frontispiece, 2 full-page illus. Printed stiffcard wrappers in glassine within portfolio, fine. $400. ¶ First Edition, limited to 300 copies of which this is no. 148, on vélin d’Auvergne à la main paper. Illustrations by Matisse, Braque, and Bonnard.

 

KOCK, Paul de, et al. LA GRANDE VILLE. Nouveau Tableau de Paris. Comique, Critique et Philosophique. Par…, Balzac, [Alexandre] Dumas, [Frederic] Soulie… H. Monnier. Paris: Marescq, 1844. 2 vols, 8vo, (4), 412; (4), 418pp, 16 wood-engraved plates hors text, 1 typographic chart, numerous illustrations throughout., by Gavarni, Adam, Daumier, Traviés, Monnier and others. Uniform contemporary quarter calf, gilt, very good. $750. ¶ Second edition of this successful collaborative effort. The abundant illustrations by Gavarni, V. Adam, Daumier (with 58 wood-engravings), Daubigny, Emy, Travies and Monnier show the modes, manners, foibles and glory of mid-19th century Parisians. The many chapters include home bathtubs (a new innovation), sidewalks and sidewalk vendors, hairdos, beards & moustaches, beggars, railroads, gardens, fashion, artists and models, and a chapter on the daguerreotype, only recently invented. In addition, there are chapters on restaurants, boats, auctions, the Jockey-Club, crime, courtesans and prostitution (by Dumas), and an important chapter on printing by Balzac, failed printer that he was, with some of his axioms: "Criticism of today serves one purpose only: to perpetuate itself;" "There are no thought police;" and "To a journalist, all that is probable is true." Carteret III, 278-281. Ray 229. Talvart & Place I, 183 and X, 268. NUC cites one set only.

 

LA FONTAINE, Jean de. FABLES CHOISIES, Mises en Vers. Paris: Desaint & Saillant & Durand, 1755-59. 4 vols, sm. folio, frontispiece portrait of Oudry & 275 engraved plates after Oudry by Cochin, Aubert, Dupuis, Tardieu et al., plus numerous wood-engraved floral decorations. Old calf, rebacked and rebordered, marbled endpapers, gilt titles. Armorial bookplates of the Marquis Cornwallis. Inspite of some staining and browning, overall a very good and tall copy measuring 16-1/2 x 10-3/4 inches. $6000. ¶ First Edition of "one of the most ambitious and successful of all illustrated books… General opinion holds that the Boucher Moliére and the Oudry La Fontaine are the two masterpieces of French book illustration during the first half of the eighteenth century" (Ray). After becoming director of the Beauvais tapestry factory the French painter Jean-Baptiste Oudry (1686-1755) amused himself in making 276 sketches to the Fables. C.N. Cochin copied the drawings and oversaw the remarkable engravings, particularly famous for the renderings of animals. The Oudry engravings are complemented by the beautiful fleurons following each fable engraved by J.J. Bachelier, "among the most splendid woodcut decorations of their kind known" (Updike, Printing Types, 233). This is the first issue, without the words "Le Léopard" on the banner of the first plate for fable CLXXII which is said to indicate early impressions of the engravings. Ray, Art of the French Book, 5. Cohen-de Ricci 548-550. Bassey, Les Fables de La Fontaine: Quatre Siècles d’Illustration, 24. Lewine 274-75. Sander 1065. Opperman, J.B. Oudry (Ft Worth 1983) p.146f. Bland p.209f; Blumenthal, Art of the Printed Book, p.29.

 

LANGLOIS, CH.-V. LA VIE EN FRANCE AU MOYEN ÂGE de la Fin du XIIe Au Milieu du XIVe Siècle d’après des Romans Mondains du Temps. Paris: Librairie Hachette, 1926. 2 vols, 8vo, xxviii, 388, (4); xxviii, 387pp., illus. Quarter morocco over printed boards. Slight wear to joints & extremities, bookplate; very nice. $100. ¶ Revised edition of a basic work on the middle ages.

 

LARGUIER, Léo. LA POUPEE. Dessins de Chas Laborde. Paris: G. Briffaut/ Collection "La Rose et le Laurier," 1925. 8vo, 99, (1), (1 colophon)pp, 23 text, five full page pochoir illus. Contemporary half vellum over patterned boards, gilt lettering to red morocco spine label, teg, original wrappers preserved, some yellowing to vellum, rubbing to spine label and boards, otherwise an internally pristine, very good+ copy. $250. ¶ First Edition, limited to 750 numbered copies on vélin. Chas Laborde (1886-1941) a popular painter, engraver and designer who illustrated editions of Colette, Paul Morand, Zola, Pierre MacOrlan, Claude Farrère, Maupassant, etc., gained reknown for his novel expression of thoughtful sensuality, at once realistic, satiric and enchanting. Only one copy in OCLC. Scarce. Monod 6855.

 

(Laurencin, Marie). MARIE LAURENCIN. Avec une Préface par Marcel Jouhandeau. Paris: Editions des Quatre Chemins, (1928). 4to, 5 color plates & 32 om b/w. Orig. gray wrappers, pink printed label. Very good. $250. ¶ One of 1000 copies on LaFuma. The color plates were printed by Jacomet.

 

LEGRAND, E[mile], ed. LA MATRONE DU PAYS DE SOUNG. LES DEUX JUMELLES. Contes Chinoises. Paris: Lahure, 1884. Lg. 8vo, xxx, 102pp, frontis, 14 full-page color gillotypes, color vignettes throughout. Quarter morocco, inlaid covers of mottled calf with lacquer finish à la japonaise, gilt monogram, orig. wrappers bound in (dated 1892), very good. $200. ¶ Only edition. The lovely plates are signed V. de Poinson and are drawn in the Japanese manner even though the stories are Chinese. These stories originally appeared in Remusat’s Contes Chinoises in 1827; by the mid 1880s interest in the Orient had grown to such an extent that numerous works were being published on both China and Japan. Cordier I, 811, 813.

 

LEMONTEY, P.E. LE JARDINIER DE SAMOS. Ouvrage orné de gravures sur bois originales de Deslignères. Paris: Marcel Seheur, 1920. Royal 8vo, (67)pp, woodcuts in the text. Full contemp. tan morocco, upper cover stamped with elaborate floral centerpiece colored by hand, hand-colored stamped borders, designed by Deslignères. $650. ¶ Edition de luxe, limited to 25 copies on Japon signed by the publisher. The text was written during the French Revolution by the young lawyer Lemontey who was also a capable writer; this tale is one of 300 imaginary Greek legends he composed, predating Pierre Louys in this innocent hoax. This edition has powerful almost expressionist woodcuts by Deslignères who also designed the commissioned binding.

 

LENOTRE, G. VIEILLES MAISONS, VIEUX PAPIERS. Première Série. Paris: Perrin, 1920. 4 vols, 8vo, (6), 362, (1)pp; (6), 384, (1); (1), 399, (2); 391, (4)pp, separate frontisportraits, illus. throughout. Uniformly bound in quarter calf over boards, spine ruled and lettered in gilt. Edges foxed, else very good. $100. ¶ Series one through four of Lenotre’s collection on Revolutionary France. Vol. 1 is the sixth edition.

 

LICHTENBERGER, André. ANGOMAR ET PRISCILLA. Illustrations de Mariette Lydis. Paris: Calmann-Levy, (1935). 4to, 32pp, with pastel illustrations throughout. Orig. gray quarter cloth, over pictorial boards, pink illustrated endpapers. A fine copy in matching dust jacket with 1"x1.5" chip to lower edge of rear panel, very good. $100. ¶ First Edition, scarce in the illustrated dust jacket. Artist Mariette Lydis contributed the beautiful illustrations to this French children’s story.

 

(Livre d’Or). LIVRE D’OR DU BIBLIOPHILE, Première Année 1925. Paris: Chambre Syndicale des Editeurs de Livre d’Art, 1925. 4to, approx. 150pp, illus. Orig. printed wrappers. Very good. $150. ¶ A panorama from the heydays of the French illustrated book. Each of 27 publishers illustrates his new books with specimen plates and facsimile title. Limited to 2000 press-numbered copies.

 

(Lobel-Riche). BAUDU, René. AGORA. Texte de René Baudu. Illustré de Vingt-Trois Compositions Originales Dessinées et Gravées a la Point Séche par Lobel-Riche. Paris: Pour le Compte des Auteurs, 1925. 4to, 95, (5)pp, frontispiece, 22 engravings. Wrappers with etched title, signatures sewn and laid in wrappers as issued, mild shelf darkening to spine, nearly fine. $300. ¶ Limited to 310 copies, of which this is no. 209, printed on vélin d’Arches and containing the definitive suite of Lobel-Riche’s engraved plates and headpieces. Not found in any of the standard erotica references. Scarce.

 

(Louis XIV.) Bibliotheque Nationale. LE SIECLE DE LOUIS XIV. Catalogue de l’exposition. Paris: Bibliotheque Nationale, 1927. 8vo, 178, (6)pp, illus. Orig. printed wrappers, worn. Good. $20.

 

LOUYS, Pierre; Edouard Chimot, illustrator. LES CHANSONS DE BILITIS. Illustrées de Douze Eaux-Fortes Originales Gravées par Édouard Chimot. [Paris]: Imprimé Pour l’Artiste et ses Amis, (1925). 4to, 158, (2)pp, frontispiece, 19 eaux-fortes, 1 planche refusee, 1 original drawing. Unsewn in original printed wrappers within maroon chemise. $7500. ¶ Exemplaire Hors Commerce Réservé Spécialement à Monsieur Edouard Champion (the reknowned French publisher and collector), Signed by the Artist, one of only 40 copies (of an edition of 576) specially produced for the artist and his friends, handsomely printed on China paper with each of the original 12 eaux-fortes in four states, plus an additional suite of eight eaux-fortes in four states, a refused plate, and an original drawing by Chimot. The drawing is inscribed to Champion and a confidential ALs to Champion from the artist is laid in. ¶ Originally published in 1894, The Chansons de Bilitis is the purported translation by Louÿs of a series of poems by an ancient contemporary of Sappho. In reality, written by Louÿs himself, and considered to be one of the greatest literary hoaxes of the 19th century. This edition not found in Perceau or Pia. Monod 7383.

 

LOVER. AU MOINS SOYEZ DISCRET! Dessins de Robert Bonfils. Paris: Georges Crès, 1919. Sm. 4to, approx 100pp, 17 color pochoir plates, 75 color pochoir chapter headings, 75 color pochoir culs-de-lampe. Half pink morocco, orig. pochoir wrappers bound in, fine. $650. ¶ Edition limited to 500 copies. One of the loveliest of the pochoir productions of the period 1910-1930. Bonfils (1886-1972) had a delicacy and refinement particularly apparent in this work of 75 poems, each dedicated to some physical or emotional aspect of a loved one. The author's name seems to be a French play on the English word. Mahé p.732.

 

MAGRE, Maurice. LA NUIT DE HASCHICH ET D’OPIUM. Bois en couleurs de Ahü. [Paris]: Flammarion, [1929]. Sm. 4to, 76, (1, colophon)pp, 4 3-color plates in woodcut, ornaments. Orig. pictorial wrappers. Slightest wear to exremites, otherwise nearly fine. $300. ¶ One of fifty copies on Hollande van Gelder Zonen in a total edition of 890. Beautifully illustrated, the work narrates a series of bizarre events and impressions. Maurice Magre (1877-1942), described by Liedekerke as "un familier des fumeries" considered the drugged state the only reality. A companion of Claude Farrère, he wrote books and poems focussing on drugs and lurid topics. Cf. Liedekierke, p.156, for a reproduction of a woodcut. This title not in Carteret. For the artist, cf. Monod 4497. Phantastica 169.

 

MAISTRE, Xavier de. ŒUVRES CHOISIES DE XAVIER DE MAISTRE. Edition illustrée de 15 vignettes par Émile Bayard. Paris: Hachette, 1864. Sm. 8vo, (4), 290, (1)pp, illus. Orig. red cloth, elaborate gilt title design on upper cover, gilt spine, a.e.g. Final illustration (p.285-6) torn away, signature on endpaper, light soiling overall, still very good. $30. ¶ Printed for the Bibliotheque des Jeunes Filles.

 

MAIZEROY, René. [i.e. Toussaint, René Jules Jean]. LA MER. Préleudes de MM. Paul Arène, Paul Bonnetain, Paul Bourget, Gustave Geffroy, Catulle Mendès, Armand Silvestre… Illustrations par Louise Abbema et Georges Clairin. Paris: Georges Petit, [1895]. Folio, 146pp, etched frontispiece by Braquemond & 29 etchings & heliogravures, approx. 100 engraved vignettes. Half-cloth, illustration to front board. Light soiling to foot of front board, light wear to extremities, very good & bright. $1250. ¶ First Edition of this lavish fête of the sea, arranged and mostly written by Baron Toussaint (1856-1918). Decking his prose and the poems of others are four original etchings by Bracquemond and dozens of etchings and heliogravures by Louise Abbema, Boilvin, Champollion, Lalauze, Courtry, Toussaint, Lefort, Damman, Mathey, Milius, Vion, Carre, and Boulard. Many of these etchings are after Millet, Corot, Monet, Courbet, Daubigny, Abbema, Meissonier, Ziem, Butin, Moutte, Alfred Stevens, Billet, Vernier, Dupré, Courant, Isabey, Duez, and others. Hundreds of engraved vignettes ornament the text. NUC cites three copies only.

 

MARMONTEL, [Jean François]. CONTES MORAUX. Paris: J. Merlin, 1765. 3 vols, 12mo, frontispiece portrait by Cochin, engraved titles in each vol by Gravelot, and 23 plates by Gravelot and others. Contemporary mottled calf, gilt backs, light rubbing, very good. $750. ¶ First Illustrated Edition, first issued in two vols in 1761 without illustrations. The splendid plates by Gravelot are engraved by Baquoy, Legrand, Le Mire, Le Veau, de Longueil, Pasquier, Rosseau and Voyez. Cohen de Ricci declared them among the most beautiful that Gravelot made. Marmontel (1723-99), the prolific but almost forgotten writer, was a friend of Voltaire and a contributor to the Encyclopédie. Cohen-de Ricci 686-7. Quérard 549. Ray, Art of the French Illustrated Book, 18.

 

MARMOTTAN, Paul and J. Vacquier. LE STYLE EMPIRE. Paris: Contet, 1914-27. 4 vols, folio, each vol. with approx. 24pp text, 42, 42, 40, 40 plates (complete). Orig. marbled portfolios, half title and title leaves lacking from vol. 1 but otherwise complete, all plates and text present, very good. $750. ¶ Major work on Empire architecture and decoration.

 

(Martin, Chas.) PAUL-MARGUERITTE, Lucie. LE SINGE ET SON VIOLON. Paris: Albin Michel, 1918. 8vo, 253pp, approx. 50 red & black block cuts. Orig. pictorial wrappers in glassine. One leaf clumsily opened, otherwise mostly unopened & nearly fine. $150. ¶ First Edition, an amusing novel most humorously illustrated by Charles Martin in his art deco style.

 

(Masereel). VERHAEREN, Emile. QUINZE POEMES. Illustrés de 57 Gravures Sur Bois, Dessinés et Gravées Par Frans Masereel et Suivis d’un Souvenir a Verhaeren par Octave Uzanne. Paris: Editions Georges Cres, 1917. 4to, 103pp, 57 woodcut engravings. Illus. wrappers, small chip to top of spine, very good. $275. ¶ First Edition, one of 190 copies on Fabriano paper.

 

MONNIER, Henri. LES GRISETTES. Paris: Delpech, 1829. Oblong 4to, lithograph title, 6 pen lithograph plates handcolored with watercolor. Later full cloth, morocco label, old tape repair to bottom margin of title, a few inconsequential stains in the margins of a few plates, but overall a very good copy with the plates fresh & clean. $750. ¶ Henri Monnier (1799-1877), one of the leading caricaturists of the 19th century, studied under Girodet and Gros and learned lithography early on, publishing his first set of lithographs in 1825. He spent the years 1825 to 1827 in London working with Eugène Lami, and upon his return to Paris, "embarked on a series of albums in which he recorded the manners and humors of the city with unprecedented profusion. Between 1826 and 1830 he satisfied the insatiable demand for his designs with almost 500 lithographs, neary all of which were drawn with a pen and colored by hand" (Ray, vol. I, p.199). Among these is the series Les Grisettes, a look at the young working women of Paris known as "grisettes," a class virtually discovered by Monnier, and their relations with young men. In all, Monnier published three separate albums with the title Les Grisettes; two appeared in 1827, and this, the final suite, appeared in 1829. Colas 2131. Lipperhede 3661. Hiler, p.627.

 

NERET, Jean-Alexis. HISTOIRE ILLUSTREE DE LA LIBRAIRIE, et du Livre Français des Origines a nos Jours, avex Deux Cent Dix Figures Dans le Texte. Paris: Lamarre, 1953. 4to, 396pp, illustrated. Fine in wrappers. $50. ¶ First Edition

 

NODIER, Charles. JOURNAL DE L’EXPEDITION DES PORTES DE FER… Paris: Imprimerie Royal, 1844. Large 8vo, xvi, 329pp, with half-title, folding map, 40 wood-engraved plates on chine appliqué, wood-engraved title vignette & 152 text illus. Full blue morocco by Mercier, gilt ruled borders & spine compartments, red morocco doublures with gilt fleur-des-lys, silk & marbled endpapers, a.e.g., bookplate. Fine copy. $3850. ¶ First Edition, a superb copy with a pencil portrait of the Duc d’Orleans by his brother the Prince de Joinville, a full page guache of the Duc on horseback by Marcel Clesinger, dated 1915, and with two autograph letters by the Duc (one undated with wax seal, the other dated 1849), a letter from Nodier, and another from Clesinger.

The only edition of this sumptuous work privately printed at by the Duc d’Orleans in an edition of 1500 copies and at an expense of 91,000 francs Nodier wrote the text from the Prince’s notes and describes his visit to Algeria shortly after it became French territory. The illustrations, comprising 193 engravings in all, are after Raffet, Dauzat, and Decamps: Raffet did most of the plates with figures and Dauzat specialized in the landscapes, and Ray comments on their accuracy and spirit while noting the superb quality of engraving by the best engravers at the Imprimerie Royale. Carteret III, 434-37. Sander 527. Brunet IV, 90. Ray, The Art of the French Illustrated Book, 235.

 

[NOE, Amédée-Charles-Henri, Comte de]. CHAM [and] Mauriset. ALBUMS. Paris: Au Bureau du Journal Le Charivari, [n.d., ca. 1847-53]. 2 vols, tall 8vo, approx. 416ff, over 1600 lithographs printed to rectos only. Late 19th century half burgundy morocco over marbled boards, gilt lettering, raised bands, some foxing, occasional age-toned leaves, original wrappers preserved, bookplates, otherwise very good. $450. ¶ First Editions of 29 of the albums collecting the lithographs of the popular caricaturist Cham (1819-1879) that originally appeared in Le Charivari, for which it "was said that he had ‘an idea a day’"(Ray, Art of the French Illustrated Book pp.155-56). Considered to be "among the most attractive"(Ray) caricaturists of those who followed in Daumier’s wake. With a contemporary album of Theodore Mauriset’s designs and engravings.

¶ Contains: Folies du Jour; Coups de Crayon; Banque-Proudhon; P.-J. Proudhon en Voyage; Revue Comiquede L’Exposition de L’Industrie; Les Représentants en Vacances; Mélanges Comiques; Les Voyages D’Agrément; La Grammaire Illustrée; Variétés Drolatiques; Soulouque et sa Cour; Croquades; Croquis en l’Air; Nouvelles Charges; Revue Comique du Salon de 1851; L’Exposition de Londres Croquis Comiques; Fantasia; Les Chasseurs; En Carnival Croquis; Croquis Parisiens; Salmigondis; Paris L’Été; Croquis D’Automne; Calendrier pour 1853; Paris L’Hiver; Revue de Salon de 1853; Croquis de Printemps; Nouvelles Crooquades; Nouvelles Leçons de Civilité Puérile et Honnête; and Album des Rébus Illustrés, dessinés et gravés par Maurisset. Scarce.

 

ORAZI, Manuel (illustrator). AVENTURES MERVEILLEUSE DE HUON DE BORDEAUX Pair de France et de la Belle Esclarmonde Ainsi que du Petit Roi de Feerie Auberon. Mises en Mouveau Langage par Gaston Paris. Paris: Maison Didot, (1898). 4to, 12 color plates by Orazi, and each page of text surrounded by ornamental borders. Half red morocco, marbled boards. Very good copy with the original illustrated wrappers bound in. $750. ¶ First Edition. The art nouveau type was designed by Grasset. Monod 671. Not in Ray, Turn of the Century, or Artist & the Book.

 

PARIS. ILLUSTRATIONS. Album de Gravures. [Paris]: Pourrat, [ca. 1840]. 8vo, 208pp, with an engraved title, 24 full-page plates with protective tissues, and several cuts in the text. Contemp. brown morocco, covers and backstrip stamped in gilt with elaborate rococo panels, gilt edges, a fine binding by Liebermann of Paris with his ticket. $450. ¶ The illustrations include views of Paris, historical scenes, and portraits including Byron, Cromwell and Louis XVI. The binding is a lovely example of a romantic style popular at the time.

 

(Pascin, Jules). WARNOD, Andre. TROIS PETITES FILLES DANS LA RUE, Texte par Andre Warnod; Dessins en Couleurs de Pascin. [Paris]: Editions de la fanfare de Monparnasse, 1925. Sm. 4to, 63 pages, 35 drawings throughout, including frontispiece & 4 double-page, colored in pochoir. Marbled boards, gilt morocco label, orig. printed salmon wrappers bound in. Fine copy. Bookplate of Elmer Adler laid in. $500. ¶ One of 710 numbered copies, the coloring by Charpentier. Jules Pascin (Julius Pincas, 1885-1930), studied in Vienna and Munich, where he contriubted to the satirical journal Simplicissimus. In 1905 he settled in Paris where he associated with the avant-garde artist and writers. Monod 11482. Skira 281.

 

PILLET, Roger. LES ORAISONS AMOUREUSES de Jeanne-Aurélie Grivolin Lyonnaise. Illustrés de Quinze Pointes Sèches et d’Ornements et d’Ornements Originaux de Yan B. Dyl. Paris: La Connaissance, 1926. 8vo, xi, 215pp, frontis., 14 plates, numerous illus. in the text. Orig. decorated wrappers, a fine copy. $800. ¶ Limited to 500 copies on Annam japon-like paper, with superb dry-point engravings beautifully heightened in watercolor and russet drawings and ornaments in the text, by the art deco artist Yan B. Dyl. The illustrations are delightfully erotic and aptly complement the text. This work is very scarce and this copy is in virtually flawless condition. Mahé III, 129. NUC records 3 copies: DLC, NN, MH.

 

(Pochoir). NOURY, Jean. HEURES GALANTES. Quatre Poèmes. Illustrés par G-P Guinegault. [Paris: Galerie Lutetia, ca. 1920]. 4to, 4ff loose in decorative wrappers, very good. $250. ¶ Edition limited to 500 copies. Each page is a poem illustrated by a circular pochoir image in colors, gold and silver by Guinegault (b.1893). The upper wrapper also bears a smaller pochoir image. Not in Mahé.

 

POE, Edgar Allan. MANUSCRIT TROUVE DANS UNE BOUTEILLE. Traduit par Charles Baudelaire. Vignettes originales en colors de Pierre Falké. Paris: Editions René Kieffer, 1920. 4to, 34, (1), (2 as adv.)pp, 30 pochoir illus. Contemporary half green crushed morocco over marbled boards, gilt lettered spine, mild rubbing to extremities, mild toning to half title, a beautiful erotic bookplate, otherwise near fine. $225. ¶ An exquisitely illustrated edition limited to 500 copies on vélin. Monod 9176.

 

(Reiner). VOLTAIRE, [F.M.A. de]. LA PRINCESSE DE BABILONE. Bois Gravées de Imre Reiner. Berne-Bümpliz: Editions les Belles-Feuilles, 1942. 4to, 116pp, with a wood-engraved frontispiece & illus. in the text. Orig. decorative wrappers, slipcase slightly worn, a fine copy. $250. ¶ Edition de luxe, limited to 30 copies signed by the artist, printed on Japon vellum with an extra suite of plates on Japon in a separate folder. With the presentation slip of Erwin Rosenthal loosely inserted.

 

[RESTIF DE LA BRETONNE, Nicolas Edmé]. MONUMENT DU COSTUME PHYSIQUE ET MORAL de la Fin du Dix-Huitième Siècle. A Londres: Chez C. Dilly, 1790. 2 vols, 12mo, (2), xii, 185; (2), 162pp. 26 engraved plates with captions in French & English. Contemp. mottled calf, rebacked, gilt titles. $1500. ¶ First counterfeit edition, published in England, and reproducing the text of the original without change. The first edition was published in folio in 1789 with plates by Moreau le Jeune. Neither Rives Child nor Jacob note plates for the present edition, other than two frontispieces. As several of the plates are dated 1792 one can assume they were offered separately. Rives Child XXXVI, 2. Jacob XXXIX, 2. NUC notes Library of Congress copy only.

 

[RESTIF DE LA BRETONNE, Nicolas Edme]. TABLEAUX DE LA BONNE COMPAGNIE Our Traites Caracteristiquies, Anecdotes Secretes, Politiques, Morales & Litteraires, Receuilles Dans les Sociétes du Bon Ton, Pendant les Années 1786 & 1787... gravées par M. Moreau le jeune.. Paris [i.e. Neuwied], 1787. 2 vols, 12mo, (6), 210; 192pp, 16 copper-engraved plates, most with captions in both French & German, a few only french. Contemp. half calf, speckled boards, spines tooled in gilt, raised bands, morocco lettering pieces, corners of pastedowns darkened from the binder’s glue, which has offset to adjacent leaves incl. title-pages; otherwise nearly fine, with old armorial bookplates. $2000. ¶ First Edition of this rare work, the 17 engravings among the finest by Moreau le Jeune. Rives-Child p.312 questioning Restif’s authorship. Jacob p.333-5. Cohen-de Ricci 879-80. NUC notes only 2 copies, at Yale and the Library of Congress.

 

(ROBIDA, Albert, illus.). LA NEF DE LUTÈCE pour tous pérégrins & gentils hommes voyageans es rües du moult viel quartier du Vieulx Paris inclyte, royalle et Joyeuse cité. [Paris: n.p., ca. 1900]. 4to, (2), 30pp, elaborately illustrated in black & red. Orig. sackcloth binding, pictorially stamped, faux-wax seal to front board, leather ties, a very good copy. $350. ¶ Only edition of Robida’s humorously illustrated edition of this farcical history of Paris. Robida and the publishers of this amazing work, printed in the style of an illuminated manuscript, clearly had in mind the work of Karl Maria Seyppel (b.1847), the greatest designer of faux-ancient bindings and paper. Very few copies could have possibly been manufactured. Not in Monod. NUC cites one copy (OClW).

 

SADE, D.A.F. de. LES CRIMES DE L’AMOUR. Eugénie de Franval. Lithographies Originales de Xavier Saint-Justh. Paris: N.p. [Éditions d’Albusse], 1966. Sm 4to, 134, (6)pp, unbound signatures in cloth portfolio, 8 color lithographs. Black silk, gilt lettered, purple silk slipcase, very fine in mildly damp stained slipcase with bump and crack at head. $350. ¶ Signed by the Artist, Xavier Saint-Justh, and limited to 990 copies of which this no. 675. Beautifully printed on Vélin de Lana pure chiffon paper. Unrecorded in any of the standard references of erotica. Scarce.

 

SANDER, Max. LES LIVRES ILLUSTRÉS FRANÇAIS DU DIX-NEUVIÈME SIÈCLE. [Facing title in German]. Stuttgart: Julius Hoffmann, [ca. 1925]. 8vo, 255pp, 8 plates, text in French & facing German. Orig. cloth, very good. $125. ¶ First Edition, covers the years 1825-1870. Includes excellent biographies of illustrators & lists 702 important works.

 

SAUNIER, Charles. LES DECORATEURS DU LIVRE. Paris: F. Riedrer, 1922. 8vo, 130pp, 24 plates. Decorated boards somewhat rubbed, text browned as usual. $75. ¶ An essential text on French book illustration of the early 20th century. In the series L’Art Français Depuis Vingt Ans.

 

(Sauvage). Regnier, Henri de. LE MARIAGE DE MINUIT Aquarelles de Sylvain Sauvage. Paris: André Plicque, [1926]. 4to, (8), 278pp, 45 pochoir color plates by Sauvage. Orig. full coffee morocco, backstrip lettered in gilt, orig. pochoir wrappers bound in, a fine copy. $750. ¶ Edition de Luxe, one of 30 copies on Van Gelder with an extra suite of the illustrations in black/white not called for in the colophon. This is one of Sauvage’s prettiest books. Mahé p.220.

 

SAVIGNY, [l’Abbé] de. HISTORIETTES ET IMAGES. Texe, par… Illustrés par plus de sept cents dessins, gravés d’après MM. Grandville, Daumier, Johannot, E. Forest, Watier, et autres. Étrennes divertissantes et utiles. Paris: Aubert, [1840]. 4to, (4), 304pp, illustrations throughout. Quarter morocco over cloth, spine & boards stamped in gilt. Light wear to edges of boards, light browining & barest of dampstaining to margins throughout, headcap nicely restored, still very nice. $400. ¶ First Edition, a "livre amusant et très rare" (Carteret). Quérard suggests that "Savigny" was a pseudonym for Maurice Alhoy. Of the beautiful plates, 31 were the work of Daumier. Bouvy, Daumier, 335. Brivois p.362. Carteret III, p.551.

 

SCHWABE, Carlos (illus) - Catulle Mendes (trans.) L’EVANGILE de l’Enfance de Notre Seigneur Jesus-Christ selon Saint-Pierre. Mis en Francais par Catulle Mendes d’apres le Manuscrit de l"Abbaye de Saint-Wolfgang. Compositions et Encadrements de Carloz Schwabe. Paris: Armand Colin, [1894]. 4to, color plates, and color borders surrounding each page of text. Bound in publisher’s full brown leather with blind embossed illustration on front (edges worn, contents fine). $1000. ¶ Only Edition of a marvellous art nouveau collaboration between Schwabe and the Parnassian poet Catulle Mendes. Schwabe, a Swiss Symbolist artist, moved to Paris and exhibited at the first Salon de la Rose + Croix in 1892 where the prepatory drawings for this work were shown. At first known for his stylized flower patterns for wallpapers, he turned his technique to book illustration and between 1891 and 1908 illustrated works by Baudelaire, Haraucourt, Maeterlinck, Samain, and Zola’s Le Reve which is similar in spirit to the present work. His illustrations display a complex symbolism expressed in strikingly original designs and the influence of Rossetti and Burne-Jones is evident in his work. Monod 4397. Talvart & Place XIV, p.197 gives the date of 1897. Not in Ray or Turn of the Century.

 

SEGUY, E.A. FLOREAL: Dessins & Coloris Nouveaux. Paris: A. Calavas, [ca. 1920s]. Folio, (2) leaves text, 20 color plates. Preserved in later cloth folding box. Traces of bookplate, plate 6 torn, with numerous pencil annotations, piece missing from plate 3, piece taken from plate 17, not affecting image. Otherwise very good. $1500. ¶ Along with Grasset and Verneuil, Séguy pioneered the decorative application of floral motifs, and his works are among the most sumptuous of the period.

 

SEGUY, E[ugène]-A[lain]. BOUQUETS ET FRONDAISONS. 60 Motifs en Couleur. Paris: Massin, (1926). Folio, 4pp, 20 elaborate color pochoir plates (showing 60 designs). Orig. decorative board portfolio with pochoir design, linen ties, very good set. $2500. ¶ One of Séguy’s handsome Art Deco compendiums with designs based on flowers and leaves. Along with Grasset and Verneuil, Séguy pioneered the decorative application of floral motifs, and his works are among the most sumptuous of the period.

 

SORINE, Saveli Abramovich. PORTRAITS. Avant-Propos par André Salmon. Berlin: Edition Ganymed, 1929. Folio, 20pp, 35 of 36 color portraits. Orig. die cut cloth revealing window of author’s signature on a piece of paper from his studio. Barest external soiling, some wrinkling to plates, otherwise fine. From the library of Cary Grant, with his bookplate. $1000. ¶ One of 300 numbered copies, this copy signed by the author and inscribed by him to Cary Grant. A fine collection of art deco society portraits. Among those rendered are Mrs. Otto Kahn, Anna Pavlova, and members of the Du Pont family. The Polish born painter Sorin (also Sorine or Ssorin, born approx. 1887) studied at the the Academy in St Petersburg, exhibited at the Salon d’Autommne in Paris, the exhibition of Contemporary Russian art held at Philadlephia in 1932, and at the International Exhibition at Pittsburg, as well as in New York (at Wildenstein), Chicago and Moscow throughout the twenties. He illustrated the works of Gorki. Monod, Manuel de l’Amateur de Livres Illustres Moderne, 10363. Caterert V

 

[SWIFT, Jonathan]. VOYAGES DE GULLIVER. Paris: (Alphonse Leclere), 1860. 2 vols in 4, 12mo, xxxv, 307, 358pp, frontispiece, 9 engravings by Masquelier after designs by Le Febvre. Contemp. full green morocco, gilt lettered, raised bands, gilt orn. compartments, teg, blindstamped ruled borders, elaborate dentelles, untimmed, minor soiling, otherwise fine. $500. ¶ Limited Edition of 150 Large Paper copies with each engraving in two states, before and after letters. An intriguing illustrated edition; one engraving reveals Gulliver extinguishing the fire of Lilliputia by urinating upon it. Carteret III, p.580.

 

TRAVIES, [Charles-Joseph]. ALBUM TRAVIES. 20 Lithographies. Paris: Pannier, 1843. Oblong 4to, lithograph title, 20 handcolored lithograph plates. Later full cloth, morocco label, fine set. Ex libris: Raphael Esmerian. $1250. ¶ Charles-Joseph Traviès (1804-1859), born in Switzerland where he studied lithography, came to Paris as a young man and began his career as a caricaturist with astonishing early success. His contempt for liars and hypocrites fills his work with power and force. The twenty lithographs in this set are from several of the artist’s best series. A particularly biting commentary on critics and censors from the series, Paraphrases de la Bruyère, shows the destruction of a larger-than-life size book by vicious men with saws, knives, erasers, scissors and other damaging tools. Another image, a satire of connoisseurs, shows men engaged in throwing, breaking and otherwise destroying works of art. An image from Les génies méconnus portrays several artists in a studio as they smoke tobacco, and in one instance perhaps, hashisch.

 

VALBEL, Horace. POUR PASSER UNE HEURE. Contes et Nouvelles Illustrés. Paris: Beugniot, 1904. 8vo, 227pp, 21 plates, each with tissue guard. Quarter morocco, floral velvet boards, illustrated endpapers, orig. illustrated wrappers by Léandre bound in, chapter headings & Art Nouveau floral borders on each page printed in fawn by Bugniot, very good. $50. ¶ A collection of amusing short stories, each illustrated with a plate by a popular artist (Auriol, Morin, Grun, Jouart) of the period.

 

(Verneuil) - MEHEUT, M[athurin]. ETUDE DE LA MER. Manche et Océan. Texte par M.P. Verneuil. Paris: Albert Levy, 1924. 2 vols, 4to, 213, 199pp, 50 color plates, color & black & white illus. throughout. Orig. cloth a little worn, very good. Dark green slipcase. $1250. ¶ New edition of this spectacular work on ocean flora and fauna with illustrations and chapters on seaweed, algae, octopi, squid, crustaceans, jellyfish, turtles etc. Méheut (b.1882) was a significant decorative artist, painting murals for the Marine Ministry and other locations; he exhibited frequently and was a ceramic designer as well as a designer of interiors for passenger ships. Previous editions had appeared in 1913 and 1914.

 

VIGNY, Alfred de. LA MAISON DU BERGER. Orne de cinq bois originaux par Louis Latapie. Paris: François Bernouard, (1920). 4to, (27)pp, 5 woodcuts. Orig. colorprinted wrappers, unopened, fine. $125. ¶ Edition limited to 310 copies. One of Bernouard’s lovely productions with woodcuts reminiscent of the work of Emile Bernard. Latapie was an artist of some renown; he exhibited at the Salon des Independants and the Salon d’Automne. Carteret V, 197. Mahe p.139. Monod 11215.

 

VOLTAIRE, [F.M.A. de]. LA PUCELLE D’ORLEANS, Poème en Vingt-un Chants… Edition ornée de Figures gravées par les meilleurs Artistes de Paris. Paris: Didot le Jeune, [1795]. 2 vols, 4to, 211; 212pp, 11 engraved plates in each vol, incl. frontis. Late 19th-cent. crimson morocco by L. Claessens, marbled boards, gilt, corners slightly rubbed, rehinged backstrip to vol II neatly repaired. Very good. $750. ¶ A beautiful edition of Voltaire’s mock-heroic poem on Joan of Arc. The plates are engraved after Lebarbier, Marillier, Monnet & Monsiau by Baquoy, Choffard, Delignon, Delvaux, Duhamel, Dupréel, Lemire, Lingée, Malbeste, Patas, Pauquet, Ponce and Romanet. The frontispiece in vol. I shows a portrait of Joan of Arc, after C. S. Gaucher, engraved by the artist himself. The first edition was printed in 1755. Bengesco 513. Cohen-De Ricci p.1034. NUC: 2 copies.

 

ZOLA, Emile. LE REVE. Illustrations de Carlos Schwabe et L. Metivet. Paris: Flammarion, [n.d, ca 1895]. 4to, wood-engraved title by Metivet, 26 full-page wood engravings by C. Schwabe, 6 by Metivet. Bound in cloth, with orig. front wrapper preserved. $1750. ¶ First illustrated edition of the text. The Neo-Gothic design of the work "effusively conveys the veiled and mystic symbolism of the supernatural content of this novel." Turn of the Century 51. Ray, French, 373. Vicaire pp.1213. V&A Mackinstoch cat. no.44.