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FRENCH LITERATURE OF THE 18th & 19th CENTURIES

ABRANTES, Mme la duchesse d’ [Laure Saint-Martin (Permon) Junot. HEDWIGE, Reine de Pologne. [Paris]: Publié par Dumont, 1838. 8vo, (4), 307pp. Full green morocco, gilt, royal arms on front cover & Meyendorf stamped at foot of spine. Some light foxing, joints lightly worn, otherwise fine. $400. ¶ Only Edition of the author’s last work, an historical novel based on the life of Jadwiga, fourteenth century queen consort to Vladislaus II. The duchesse d’Abrantès (1785-1838), a leader of society, was friendly with the Bonaparte family almost from childhood. After the suicide of her famous husband Général Abrantès, she took to writing and is remembered for her Mémoires Historiques sur Napoléon and her even more interesting Histoire des Salons de Paris. Quérard IV, p.445. NUC notes copies at Yale & Harvard only.

 

AICARD, Jean. JACQUELINE. [1867?]. 8vo, 40pp, in hand-writing to recto. Quarter morocco over modern marbled boards, lettered in gilt, a unique & very nice copy. $500. ¶ Original manuscript. Jean Aicard, novelist & poet, is remembered for his descriptions of Provençal life & childhood, Le Roi de Camargue, Les Poèmes de Provence.

 

(Balzac, printer). CASTEL, L[ouis]. ANTHOLOGIE FRANCAISE, ou Choix de Chansons anciennes et modernes. Deuxième Edition, revue augmentée et ornée de gravures. Paris: Brissot Thivars, 1828. 3 vols in 1, thick 8vo, (2), xxxii, 396; (4) 428; (4), 428pp, 3 frontis. Full vellum, gilt-tooled backstrip, marbled endpapers, slight foxing, very good copy. $325. ¶ Second edition, the only edition printed by Balzac. "In 1825 Balzac interrupted his writing activities to undertake the first, longest, and most disastrous of his business enterprises when he entered into partnership with a bookseller and floundered in the fields of publishing, printing and typefounding for three years. The business… left Balzac crippled with debts that he would be repaying for the rest of his life" (Kunitz & Colby). The three frontispieces are engraved by Chaselat after Fontains. The first edition of this anthology (1828) was so successful that it was reprinted by Balzac the same year. Quérard II, 335. Hanotaux & Vicaire 335.

 

LE BANQUET DU BOYS. [Chartres]: 1838. 8vo, (16)pp. Quarter morocco, front joint starting, otherwise very good. $100. ¶ One of only 25 copies privately issued. Printed in gothic types, this is a type-facsimile of a 16th-century French chanson. Ex-libris Viollet le Duc, but not located in his sale catalogue. NUC: Boston Public Library.

 

BARBEY D’AUREVILLY, Jules-Amadée. DU DANDYSME ET DE G. BRUMMELL. Paris: Poulet-Malassis, 1861. 12mo, (4), xvi, 169pp, title printed in red and black. Quarter morocco, orig. wrappers bound in. Very good. $350. ¶ Second, but first accessible edition, with a new preface, printed in an edition of only 100 copies. The first of 1845 was privately printed at Caen in a very small edition. "D’Aurevilly laid the foundations of his literary career in France with a slender volume in praise of Brummell’s dandyism. Barbey’s book is the pivotal work upon which the history of the dandy tradition turns. Little that came after it cannot somehow be traced to Barbey’s Du Dandysme… Little that had come before it (the memoirs, the novels, the legends of the original Regency tradition) escaped Barbey’s attention" (Moers, The Dandy, p.256). Of this edition, NUC records only 2 copies. Talvart & Place 5B. Oberlé, Poulet-Malassis, 196. Vicaire I, 290. Carteret I, 104.

 

BARDOUX, A. MADAME DE CUSTINE. D’apres des Documents Inédits. Avec un portrait gravé a l’eau-forte. Paris: Calmann Lévy, 1891. 8vo, iii, 431pp. Orig. printed wrappers, lacking backstrip, some light foxing in the text, previous owner’s signature, a good, tight copy. $20. ¶ Third edition.

 

BAUDELAIRE, Charles. LE SALUT PUBLIC. 27 & 28 February, 1848. 4to, (8)pp. Half red morocco, gilt title, marbled boards. Fine copy. $10,000. ¶ First Appearance of this very rare journal of which only two numbers appeared, edited by Baudelaire, Champfleury and Toubin. This is the copy Champion used for his facsimile published in 1925 (cf. Talvart & Place 43). Contemptuous of politics until 1848, Baudelaire made only this one contribution to the revolutionary spirit and it formed the basis of his philosophy of civil war contained in the poem Le Guerre Civile.

 

BAUDELAIRE, Charles. SOUVENIRS-CORRESPONDENCES, BIBLIOGRAPHIE. Suive de Pieces Inédites. Paris: René Pincebourde, 1872. 8vo, (4), 208pp, frontispiece portrait of Baudelaire. Original printed wrappers, tear at joint of from wrfappers, endpapers browned from clippings, spine slightly worn, overall very good. $750. ¶ First Edition, one of a very few large-paper copies on Vergé. This collection was edited by Baudelaire’s friend and publisher, Poulet-Malassis, with Charles Cousin, Charles Asselineau, and le vicomte de Lovenjoul. Talvart & Place 26.

 

(Baudelaire). POE, Edgar Allan. EUREKA Par Edgar Poe. Traduit par Charles Baudelaire. Paris: Michel Lévy Frères, 1864. Small 8vo, xvi, 248, (3)pp. Contemp. purple cloth, backstrip faded, light foxing to edges, otherwise very good. $850. ¶ First Edition. Carteret I, 128. T & P 21.

 

BEAUMARCHAIS, Pierre-Augustin de. EUGENIE, Drame En Cinq Actes en Prose. Enrichi de Figures en Taille-Douce avec un Essai sur le Drame Sérieux. Paris: Chez Merlin, 1767. 8vo, (2), xliv, (2), 118pp, (2 ads)pp, 4 engraved plates by Gravelot. Marbled wrappers, engraved bookplate. Very good. $350. ¶ First Edition. Eugénie is the story of a girl lured into a mock marriage by an English nobleman who deserts her but finally repents of his misdeeds. Beaumarchais (1732-99), who wrote his plays as diversion, is remembered for Le Barbier de Séville and Le Mariage de Figaro. He was the first dramatist to fully utilize the theories conceived by Diderot of stage-craft and acting.

 

BEAUMONT [DE LA BONNIERE], Gustave. MARIE OU L’ESCLAVAGE AUX ETATS-UNIS, Tableau de Moeurs Américaines. Paris: Charles Gosselin, 1835. 2 vols, 8vo, viii, 396; iv, 334pp. Old quarter brown calf, vol. I completely rebacked, vol. II skillfully restored at head and foot, both retaining most of the orig. backstrips & labels, occasional light browning and foxing in text. $800. ¶ First Edition. De Tocqueville’s companion on his visit to America and co-author of their work on the penitentiary system of America, Beaumont de la Bonnière (1802-1866) was a life-long politician and advocate of the oppressed; this work is a powerful indictment of slavery in the United States and went through several editions and translations. After De Tocqueville’s death, Beaumont edited his works and correspondence. A rare book in commerce: no copy has appeared at auction in several decades. Sabin 4188. Rémond, Les Etats-Unis devant l’Opinion Française, 40 refs.

 

BEAUMONT, Gustave de. MARIE Ou L’Esclavage aux Etats-Unnis, Tableau de moeurs Américaines. Paris: Librairie de Charles Gosselin, 1835. 2 vols, 8vo, xiii, 318, 410pp. Later quarter calf over marbled boards, heavy rubbing to backstrips, occasional pale foxing, otherwise a tight, very good set. $450. ¶ Second Edition, Revised and Corrected, originally issued earlier in the same year. A didactic novel of slavery in Jacksonian America. Beaumont explored America together with Tocqueville for nine months, ostensibly to study the country's penitentiary system. But, as Tocqueville later explained, this was a pretext, "an excuse: [we] used as a passport that would allow [us] to go everywhere in the United States." A powerful indictment of slavery in the United States not translated into English until 1958. Sabin 4188. Bourquelot I, 223.

 

[BECKFORD, William]. VATHEK, Conte Arabe. Paris: Poinçot, 1787. 8vo, 190, (2 as adv.)pp. Later patterned stiffcard wrappers, wear to wrappers, otherwise internally crisp and clean and very good. $2500. ¶ Second Revised French Edition. Written by Beckford in French 1782, the English edition of 1786 is a translation by Rev. Samuel Henley of that unpublished and incomplete (until the edition under notice) MSS, which Beckford forbade Henley to publish prior to the French edition. Henley ignored Beckfod. Though a note to the endpaper by the prior owner, the reknowned scholar G. Legman, asserts this to be the first edition, another version of this work was published earlier in the same year with the imprint: A Lausanne, Chez Isaac Hignou & Compe., 1787 (late 1786), a rushed edition of the incomplete French MSS Beckford felt compelled to publish due to Henley’s betrayal. Both these original 18th century French editions are extremely scarce. Chapman 3Bii. Gotlieb 24.

 

[BLACKFORD, Harriet]. Fanny Lear. LE ROMAN D’UNE AMERICAINE EN RUSSIE. Par Fanny Lear. Brussels: A. Lacroix, 1875. Sm. 8vo, ix, 10-326pp. Printed wrappers, backstrip a little worn, some browning, wrappers gnawed, otherwise good. $75. ¶ Only Edition. Published under the pseudonym of Fanny Lear, these recollections of travels through Russia and Italy are attributed by Otto Lorenz to an American woman Harriet Blackford. The author narrates her faintly disguised affair with a grand-duke and her encounters with the emperor and members of the Russian aristocracy. Vicaire V, 123.

 

BOILEAU-DESPREAUX, Nicolas. ŒUVRES… avec des Eclaircissements Historiques donnez par lui-même… Amsterdam: David Mortier, 1718. 2 vols, folio, (4), xviii, (4), 450; viii, 370, (19, index)pp, titles printed in 2 colors, text within typographic borders, engraved emblematic frontispiece incorporating a portrait of the author, folding engraved portrait of the Princesse de Galles, 6 full-page plates, 27 vignettes (some repeated, thus 40 printed) & 2 engraved initials. Late 18th-century full polished calf, covers panelled in gilt, backstrips richly gilt, red morocco labels, gilt edges, Italian floral endpapers block-printed in colors over gold, bookplate in each volume. Joints of vol. I splitting at foot to the 1st raised band, covers lightly worn, overall a very good copy with the engravings in fine impressions. $1000. ¶ The glorious Picart edition; with the exception of the folding portrait by Gunst after Kneller, all the illustrations are by Bernard Picart (1673-1733). Cohen-de-Ricci calls the frontispiece ‘superb’ and the portrait of the Princess ‘magnificent.’ Ray (Artist and the Book in France, p.7) writes: "Picart was the outstanding professional illustrator of the first third of the eighteenth century…" and he mentions this work as one of "two great folios" by Picart. Boileau (1636-1711) was a friend of Racine, Molière, and La Fontaine, and perhaps the purest stylist of his age; he was much admired in England. The six full-page plates illustrate one of Boileau’s most famous poems, "Le Lutrin," and consist of a central panel depicting the subject within an elaborate border decorated with symbolic figures and objects. The fifth plate is the memorable scene of religious combatants in an old bookshop hurling symbolic ancient and modern authors at each other. Cohen-de-Ricci 165-166.

 

 

BOUDIER DE VILLEMERT [Pierre-Joseph] L’AMI DES FEMMES, ou la Philosophie du Beau Sexe. [N.p.: n.p.], 1774. Sm. 8vo, (2), 202, (2)pp. Contemp. calf, later notes in ink & stamps on title, later & new bookplate on front paste-down, some damp-staining, title lightly browned, otherwise very good. $250. ¶ Revised edition of the most famous work by the French writer and lawyer Boudier de Villemert (b.1716). It includes chapters on women’s education and professions, female virtues, leisure and luxury, love & marriage, children’s education and housekeeping. It was translated into several languages, including German, Spanish, Italian and Russian. Cioranescu 13041. See: Quérard I, p.443. Rare. Not in NUC.

 

BOUVY, Eugène. LE COMTE PIETRO VERRI (1728-1797). Ses idées et son temps.[with] DE VICO CARTESII ADVERSARIO. Thesim. [both] Paris: Librairie Hachette, 1889. 2 works bound in 1. 8vo, (6), xii, 300pp.; 68, (2)pp. Quarter calf over speckled boards, morocco spine label with gilt letter. Interiors evenly & lightly browned, extremities slightly rubbed. Good. $35.

 

BUFFON, Georges-Louis Leclerc, comte de. CORRESPONDANCE DE BUFFON DE 1729-1788. Recueillie et Annotée par M. Nadault de Buffon, son arrière-petit-neveu. Deuxième édition, revue et corrigée augmentée d’un grand nombre de lettres inédites et de nombreuses notes précédée d’une preéface par J.-L. de Lanessan. Tome Premier. Paris: Librairie Abel Pilon, [ca. 1890]. 2 vols in one, lg. 8vo, xx, 459; (4),431pp, 2 frontispieces, 7 plates. Quarter morocco over speckled boards, raised bands, gilt letter on spine, extremities rubbed, interior lightly browned, else very good. $125. ¶ Collected correspondence of the great naturalist (1707-88). Buffon spent the greater part of his life at his chateau de Montbard and gathered much of his scientific facts from correspondents all over the world.

 

CABRIERE, Justin. COURT DE GEBELIN, DEFENSEUR DES EGLISES REFORMEES DE FRANCE 1763-1784. Thèse presentée a la Faculté de Théologie Protestante de Paris. Cahors: Imprimerie A. Coueslant, 1899. 4to, 38pp. Self wrappers, edges worn, browned, a good copy the author’s thesis. $25. ¶ Court de Gebelin (1725-1784), a great scholar of his age, is today remembered for his massive work, Le Monde Primitif, 1772-83.

 

CAMPARDON, Emile. LES COMEDIENS DU ROI DE LA TROUPE FRANÇAISE PENDANT LES DEUX DERNIERS SIECLES. Documents Inédits aux Archives Nationales. Paris: H. Champion, 1879. 8vo, xvi, 336pp. Orig. printed wrappers, light edge wear, & small hole in the back cover, otherwise a good copy. $50.

 

CARDOZE, Jules. LINA. Histoire Vraie. Paris: chez toutes les Libraires, 1860. 12mo, [64]pp, frontispiece & 3 full-page plates in pen-and-ink, the frontispiece with a little watercolor added, & 2 head- & 2 tail-pieces drawn in pencil, all orig. artwork by T. Vardon & signed. Full crushed brown morocco extra, covers panelled in gilt with gilt floral sprays at each corner, backstrip panelled in gilt, raised bands, gilt edges, silk marker, blue morocco paste-downs with elaborate rococo gilt frames, patterned silk free endpapers backing onto marbled fly-leaves, orig. printed wrappers bound in, slipcase, a lovely binding signed Lortic Fils, in perfect condition. $750. ¶ A fine example of French bookmaking with the text complemented by delightful original drawings in watercolor, pen-and-ink and pencil, and the whole enclosed in a signed binding of the highest quality. Cardoze was a minor writer who published a few verse pieces such as this between 1860 and 1900. They are all quite rare and no copies of any of his works are in NUC, Thième, Quérard, or Talvart & Place. BN records a few titles, including this one.

 

[CASTELNAU, Junius]. ESSAI SUR LA LITTERATURE ROMANTIQUE. Paris: Le Normant Père, 1825. 8vo, viii, 296pp. Modern marbled boards, gilt morocco label, a very good copy. $350. ¶ First Edition, very rare, one of the earliest books on the Romantic Movement. According to Escoffier, the identity of the author could never be revealed, but NUC gives J. Castelnau (1795-1855). This study can be regarded as the earliest theoretical assessment of romantisme and the establishment of a romantic tradition in French literature that reaches well back into the 18th century. Escoffier 562. Not in Barbier, Quérard or Asselinau. NUC: 3 copies.

 

CHAMILLY, Madame la Vicomtesse de [pseud. of A. Loeve-Veimars, Emile Vanderbruch, and August Romieu]. SCENES CONTEMPORAINES… Paris: Urbain Canel, 1828. 8vo, xvi, 442, (2)pp. With a hand-colored frontis. & a colored plate in the text. Quarter calf antique. A very nice, fresh, copy. $300. ¶ Second Edition, but first appearance of the play Dix-Huit Brumaire. The first edition, published in the same year, did not have the two plates by Henry Monnier. The amusing caricatures show Bonaparte, Talma, a dancer, a priest, etc. On the verso of the half title, the printer’s slug reads: Imprimerie de H. Balsac [sic] Rue des Marais S.G.N. 17. Hanotaux & Vicaire 147. Escoffier, Le Mouvement Romantique, 695. Quérard, Superchéries, I, 691. Béraldi 582-3. NUC: 3 copies.

 

CHAMPAGNAC, J.-B.-C. LE TOUR DU MONDE. Ou Une Fleur de Chaque Pays. Souvenirs Historiques, Caractères, Types Nationaux, Curiosités Naturelles, Peintures Locales, Notions Géographiques, etc. Paris: Chez P.-C. Lehuby, (1848). 8vo, viii, 392, frontispiece & 22 other lithographs. Orig. black cloth, elaborate blocking to boards & spine in five colors, a.e.g. Small cavity to cloth on back, joints & extremities lightly worn, very light foxing, very good. $250. ¶ "Second Edition" according to title page, but NUC and BMC cite no copies of any edition of this beautifully illustrated, didactic narrative of the author’s trip around the world. The plates afe fafter Jules David, Bouchot, Marckl, Bayalos, etc. Intended for youth, the volume is one of many by the Champagnac (1796-1858) for the instruction and amusement of younger people. Champagnac was also the editor of the celebrated thirty-volume Dictionaire historique, critique et bibliographique and the author of Causes célèbres anciennes et nouvelles and numerous other childrens’ books. The chapter on America includes an amusing section about Benjamin Franklin as a verse writer. Gumuchian 1551. Cf. Sabin 11822 for a Dutch edition.

 

CHAMPFLEURY [pseud. of Jules Husson]. GRANDES FIGURES d’Hier et d’Aujourd’hui. Paris: Poulet-Malassis et De Broise, 1861. 8vo, xiv, vii, (3), pp.11-269, frontis. etching by Bracquemond. Modern marbled boards, orig. wrappers bound in, fine. $250. ¶ First edition of Champfleury’s essays on Balzac, Gerard de Nerval, Wagner and Courbet with Bracquemond’s portrait frontispiece of each.

 

CHAMPFLEURY [pseud. of Jules Husson]. MA TANTE PERONNE. Paris: Achille Faure, 1867. 8vo, (4), 2, 287, (1)pp, sprinkled cloth, leather label, orig. printed wrappers bound in, a little worn. $125. ¶ First Edition, with two ALSs from the dedicatee Mme Charles Reybaud to Champfleury thanking him for the dedication and relating local news etc. Clearly from the content of these letters and the dedication to her, she and Champfleury were old and close friends. She had written some highly regarded prose works and was involved in a literary society in the south of France. The text was Champfleury’s last collection of stories, though he published several more studies in the history of art. Talvart & Place 35.

 

[CHAMPION, Honoré]. L’ABBAYE DE LONGCHAMPS, par Honoré C… (Extrait de la Revue Nobiliaire, 1868.) Paris: Librairie Héraldique de J.B. Dumoulin, Librairie de la Société des Antiques de France, 1869. 8vo, 11pp. Quarter cloth over marbled boards, orig. printed wrappers preserved, a very good copy. $30. ¶ From the library of Edouard Champion.

 

CHAMPSAUR, Félicien. PIERROT ET SA CONSCIENCE. Dessins de Corguet. Paris: Librairie E. Dentu, [n.d., 1896]. 8vo, 136, (1)pp, color illus. t-p, color text illus. throughout. Half blue morocco, light edge wear, owner’s inscription, armorial bookplates, very good with the orig. wrappers bound in. $125. ¶ First Edition. Thieme p.398. Not in Monod. Scarce.

 

[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.

 

(Chateaubriand). OBSERVATIONS CRITIQUES SUR L’OUVRAGE INTITULÉ: LE GÉNIE DU CHRISTIANISME par M. de Chateaubriand…Pour faire suite au Tableau de la Littérature française. Paris: Maradan, 1817. 8vo, viii, 231pp. Contemp. tree calf, spine tooled in gilt, red morocco label, marbled endpapers. Spine ends worn, joints cracked, marginal paper defect to title, otherwise very good. $200. ¶ First Edition of this collection of essays on Chateaubriand’s vision of Rousseauistic Christianity. Chateaubriand composed his masterpiece when Roman Catholicism was returning as the state religion of France. Essays included are by such notables as Comte P.-A.-N. B. Daru, the famed poet and supplier of Napoleon’s military campaigns; Népomucène Lemercier; Lacretelle jeune; and Abbé André Morellet, the economist and litterateur.

 

CHATEAUBRIAND, [François Auguste] Le Comte de. MEMOIRES D’OUTRE-TOMBE. Nouvelle Edition avec une Introduction, des Notes & des Appendices par Edmond Biré. Paris: Garnier Frères, [n.d., ca 1890]. 3 vols, 8vo, silk backs, marbled boards. Fine copy with the orig. wrappers and ads preserved. From the library of Parisian publisher Edouard Champion. $100. ¶ Chateaubriand’s autobiography, considered one of the masterpieces of French literature. Written between 1811 and 1841, the author sold the ms to the publishers on the condition that it should not be published until a year after his death. It came out in instalments during 1849-50.

 

CHATEAUBRIAND, [François Auguste] Le Comte de. MEMOIRES LETTRES ET PIECES AUTHENTIQUES Touchant la Vie et la Mort de S. A. R. Monseigneur Charles Ferdinand-d’Artois, Fils de France, Duc de Berry. Paris: Normant, 1820. 8vo, (2), ii, 299pp. Wrappers, printed label, good. $200. ¶ First Edition of this biography of the Duc de Berry (1778-1820), son of Charles X. He joined the Russian army, lived many years in England, married and divorced an English woman, and later was appointed commander-in-chief of the army at Paris by Louis XVIII. He married the daughter of Francis I King of Naples, and was eventually murdered outside the Paris Opera House. His wife made attempts to secure the throne for their son, but never succeeded and ended her life in exile. Quérard II, 152. Rare. Not in NUC.

 

[CHATEAUVIEUX, Lullin de]. MANUSCRIT VENU DE SAINTE-HELENE d’une Manière Inconnue. London: John Murray [and] Brussels: P.S. Demat, 30 April, 1817. 8vo, (6), 124pp, stitched as issued, unbound & uncut, stitching renewed. 1st 2 leaves foxed, otherwise very good. $350. ¶ First Edition of a famous work once thought to be written by Napoleon; so prevalent was the rumor that Napoleon disowned it while in exile and even mentioned in his final testament that it was not by him. Condemned by the Royal Court of Paris which ordered its destruction, the book has been long considered a great rarity. Variously attributed to Benjamin Constant, E.J. Sieyes, and Mme de Stael, and reprinted numerous times, it was not until the 1930’s that the work was attributed to Chateauvieux, a friend of Madame de Stael. No copy of in NUC.

 

CHENEAU, [Constant]. LES ERREURS DE FENELON, DE RAMSAI, DE BOSSUET, ou la Réfutation de leur Principe. Paris: Paul Dupont, 1843. 8vo, 252pp, lithographic frontisportrait. Orig. printed wrappers, text dampstained, otherwise a fine copy. $175. ¶ First Edition. One of Cheneau’s major works, in which he carries on a diatribe against Fenélon, Ramsai and Bossuet, followed by his reaction to the press, several letters and polemics. Cheneau, a well-known eccentric, was a publisher and follower of Swedenborg and also a member of the Swedenborgian ecclesiastical organization known as the Church of the New Jerusalem. Quérard, II, p.612. Blavier, Les Fous Littéraires, p.302-5. Brunet, Les Fous Littéraires, p.42. Caillet I, p. 344 notes other works by Cheneau, but not this rare title. Not in BL or NUC.

 

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.

 

(Children’s game). LES SIX JEUX REUNIS, Recreation Amusante et Variee. French children’s game containing six different games in a handsome papeir maché box. [France, circa 1840]. $500. ¶ The six games include playing cards, a jigsaw puzzle, two dice, dominos, a spinning top, and a set of numbered slips for magic squares.

 

CLADEL, Léon. URBAINS & RURAUX. Avec une Notice de Maurice Talmeyr. Deuxieme Série des Va-Nu-Pieds. Paris: Paul Ollendorff, 1884. 8vo, xv, 324pp. Orig. yellow printed wrappers, title lettered in red & black, foxed, a good copy. $45. ¶ A presentation copy, inscribed by the author. Second edition. Cladel (1835-92), author of realistic tales describing peasant and vagrant life, had published his well-known N’a-qu’un-oeil in 1882.

 

COPPEE, François. OEUVRES COMPLETES… Edition Illustrée par Françcois Flameng & Tofani. Gravures a Burin par Boisson, Boutelié, Dubouchet, Lépold Flameng, & Jules Jacquet. Paris: L. Hébert, 1886-88. 8 vols, 8vo, half red morocco, marbled boards, spine ends a little rubbed. $300. ¶ Collected edition of the prose, poetry and plays of the "poète des humbles."

 

CYRANO DE BERGERAC. HISTOIRE COMIQUE DES ETATS ET EMPIRES DE LA LUNE ET DU SOLEIL [with] Œuvres Comiques Galantes et Littéraires. Paris: Adolphe Delahays, 1858. 2 vols, 8vo, lxxx, 315; viii, 416pp. Half morocco lettered in gilt, top edges gilt, some foxing, otherwise very good. $250. ¶ Annotated by Paul Lacroix. Bookplates and arms of the Prince de Carini.

 

D***, Mme. LES JEUX DES QUATRE SAISONS. Ou les amusements du jeune âge. Paris: Librairie d’ Éducation et de Jurisprudence, 1812. 12mo, (4), 216pp, frontispiece, engraved title, 7 plates (14 engravings). Contemp. quarter calf, marbled boards, marbled edges, marbled endpapers. $450. ¶ First Edition of these rare nine dialogues between children, quaintly illustrated, on the virtues of play, with reference to the moral values of specific games and activities. Apparently intended for children, the volume may well be infused with some political undertones. Not in NUC, which cites three copies of the second (1816) edition. Not in BMC (second edition only).

 

DACIER, [Bon Joseph, Baron]. TABLEAU HISTORIQUE DE L’ERUDITION FRANCAISE ou Rapport sur les Progrès de l’Histoire et de la Littérature Ancienne depuis 1789. Précédé d’une Notice sur l’Auteur par Silvestre de Sacy et accompagné de Notes complémentaires 1808-1862. Paris: Ducrocq, [1862]. 8vo, (4), xviii, 423pp. With a portrait frontispiece of Dacier. Orig. pebbled red quarter morocco, backstrip richly gilt, upper cover stamped in gilt. Occasional light foxing, otherwise very good. $175. ¶ Revised and enlarged edition, the first to contain Silvestre de Sacy’s biography and notes. This erudite study covers philology, antiquities, oriental language and literature, history, geography, law, and philosophy. The author considers works not only by French scholars but by most major European authorities. Dacier (1742-1823) was renowned not only for his learning, but for the elegance and style of his writing; he was admitted to the Academy in 1823. He collected a superb library of rare books and his sale comprised 2320 entries. Silvestre de Sacy (1758-1838) is regarded as the founder of Arabic study in France. Rector of the University of Paris, he was created peer of France in 1832.

 

DE FEURE, Georges. LES MONTMARTROISES, Chat Noir. Color lithographic poster. 30 x 80 cm (12 x 31-1/2 in.). 1893-4. Center fold, slight loss to top center margin, slight stain and discolortion in top margin, small stains and repairs to central figure, slight wrinkling upper right quadrant; colors fresh, overall very good. $3750. ¶ One of De Feure’s best posters, executed for a collections of poems and sons by Jean Goudezki. See Milman, page 26, who remarks that the horizontal format suggests the poster was destined for vitrines or wall of cafes.

 

(Delavigne). DELAVIGNE, M. Germain. ŒUVRES COMPLÈTES DE CASIMIR DELAVIGNE. Avec une Notice par M. Germain Delavigne. Nouvelle Édition. Paris: Didier, 1846. 6 vols, 8vo, (4), 452, (1); (4)467, (3); (4), 448; (4), 499; (4), 423; xxxvii, (3), 312pp., illustrated throughout, moiré grain endpapers. Uniformly bound in prize binding of the Conservatoire Royal de Musique, calf-backed pebbled cloth boards, covers embossed in gilt, gilt titles on spines w/raised bands & compartmental designs, gilt edges. Interiors heavily foxed (plates still quite nice, however), sporadic light wear to extremities. Very good. $125. ¶ Awarded first prize by the Conservatoire

 

DELEPIERRE, [Joseph] Octave. MACARONEANA ANDRA, overum Nouveaux Melanges de Litterature Macaronique. London: Trubner & Paris: Edourad Rouveyre, 1862. 8vo, (4), 179, 32(ads)pp. Orig.red boards, leather backstrip in "Roxburghe" style, gilt top. Endpapers & ads. foxed, otherwise very good. $150. ¶ One of an edition limited to 250 copies. Macaronica, a species of burlesque poetry in which words from a modern vernacular with Latin endings are introduced into Latin verse, has been popular from the late 15th century. The founder of the practice is thought to be Teofilo Folengo (1491-1544), an escaped Benedictine monk who supported himself throughout Europe by his verse. Delepierre (1802-1879), who had in 1852 published the most extensive collection of Macaronica, examines here several sales of book collections in which examples of this form appeared and records hitherto unknown (to him) early printed examples from private collections, etc.

 

DELILLE, [Jacques], Abbé. LES JARDINS, Ou l’Art d’Embellir les Paysages. Poème. Paris: Philippe-Denis Pierre, 1788. 8vo, 265pp, frontispiece, extra engraved t-p. Later full tree calf, gilt lettering to red and black morocco spine labels, gilt dec. and orn. to spine, gilt tooled borders, marbled edges, very good. $275. ¶ Third edition stated on printed titlepage, but engraved title states fourth edition 1782, published by Valade and by Cazin. In this famous poem Delille suggested a reform of the formal French style of gardening with its straight lines and symmetry toward a more naturalist English style. A celebrated poet of the eighteenth century, Delille (1738-1813) was a member of the Aademie and called the Virgil of France. Les Jardins was one of Napoleon’s favorite books while a cadet at the Military Academy at Brienne. Querard II, p.452.

 

[DELISLE DE SALES, Jean Baptiste Claude Izouard, dit]. LETTRE DE BRUTUS, sur les Chars Anciens et modernes. London: 1771. 8vo, xvi, (l)pp. Full mottled calf, rebacked, a very good copy. $350. ¶ Only Edition. Published under the name of Brutus, this curious treatise is the most eccentric of the works of the philosopher and historian Delisle de Sales (1741-1816). Beginning with an amusing dialogue between author and editor, it deals with the history and different styles of carts, wagons and chariots (with captions such as "A Diatribe on the Open Cap") and proposes several reforms in the traffic routing within Paris. Quérard II, 457. Cioranescu 22814. Contades, Le Driving en France, 69. NUC: New York Public only.

 

DELVAU, Alfred. AUCASSIN ET NICOLETTE... Paris: Bachelin-Deflorence, 1866. 8vo, xxii, 98pp, handsomely printed in bastarde types with music printed in red. Quarter morocco, edges of boards rubbed, library stamp on endpaper and title, otherwise very good. $150. ¶ First Edition, limited to 150 copies. The chante-fable of Aucassin et Nicolette was written by an unknown author probably of the early 13th century and survived in a single manuscript rediscovered in 1752 which Delvau here translates. Alfred Delvau (1825-1867), remembered for his charming studies of Parisian modes and manners, wrote works on the sonnets of the 16th century, the Revolution of 1848, biographies of Nerval and Murger, and a dictionary of eroticism. Talvart & Place vol. IV, p.136.

 

DELVAU, Alfred. LE FUMIER D’ENNIUS. Paris: Achille Faure, 1865. 8vo, [iii]-vii, (1), 315, (1)pp. Engraved frontis. by L. Flameng. Orig. printed wrappers, partly split, some foxing, overall very good. $125. ¶ First Edition. A collection of short theatrical scenes, reflections, bonmots and short stories, describing, in ironic tones, Parisian society with portraits of de Musset, Balzac, Prudhomme and others. T&P D-20.

 

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.

 

DESCAVES, Lucien. SOUS-OFFS. Roman Militaire [with] SOUS-OFFSSS EN COURS D’ASSISES. Notes de l’Auteur, Arret de Renvoi de la Chambre des Mises en Accusation, Réquisitoire, Plaidoiries de Mes. Tézenas & Millerand, Verdicq, Bibliographie. Paris: Tresse & Stock, (1889), 1890. 8vo, 437pp, 123pp. Red quarter morroco over contemporary marbled paper, orig. orange printed wrappers preserved, uniformly browned, otherwise very good copies from the library of Edouard Champion. $300. ¶ First Edition. Both copies bound together and warmly inscribed by the author to his friend Georges Laudry. In March 1890, the author was arrested for his work, "Sous-Offs" & was quickly acquitted. The story of the book & the report of the trial were related in "Sous-Offs en Cours d’Assises." In Le Figaro, Dec.1889, a group of the following authors protested in "respect of the writer": Daudet, Zola, Ed. de Goncourt, H. Becque, Paul Bourget, de Banville, R.Ghil, E.Daudet, J. Jullien, G. Salandri, G. de Courteline, Maurice Barres, G. de Porto-Riche, E. Bergerat, G. Geffroy, L. de Gramont, and J. H. Rosny. Talvart & Place 6A & 6B.

 

DESCHAMPS, Arsène. LA GENESE DU SCEPTICISME ERUDIT CHEZ BAYLE. Liége: H. Vaillant-Carmanne, 1878. 8vo, 235pp. Orig. printed wrappers, spine worn, browned throughout, a good copy. $35.

 

DESNOIRESTERRES, Gustave. LE CHEVALIER DORAT ET LES POETES LEGERS AU XVIIIe SIECLE. Paris: Librairie Académique Didier, 1887. 8vo, xi, 408pp. Marbled wrappers. Light foxing, otherwise a very good copy. $35. ¶ The Chevalier Dorat (1734-80) was a poet and for a time a mousquetaire.

 

(Diderot). AVEZAC-LAVIGNE, C. DIDEROT ET LA SOCIETE DU BARON D’HOLBACH. Etude sur le XVIIIe Siecle. 1713-1789. Paris: Ernest Leroux, 1875. Small 4to, 272pp. Orig. printed wrappers, edges worn and somewhat stained, foxingt the text, otherwise a good copy. $30.

 

DINAUX, Arthur. SOCIETES BADINES BACHIQUES CHANTANTES ET LITTERAIRES. Leur Histoire et leurs Travaux. Paris: Bachelin-Deflorenne, 1867. 2 vols, 8vo, vi, 459; 409pp. Orig. printed wrappers, head & foot of the spine chipped, some foxing & scattered notes throughtout the text, good set. $350. ¶ First Edition, edited by Gustave Brunet.

 

(Divines...). DIVINES FEERIES DE L’ORIENT ET DU NORD Par Mme. Rheal et Mr. A. Fragonard. Paris: Fournier, Lavigne, n.d. [ca. 1830]. Small 4to, lithograph title plus 16 lithograph plates. Contemp. full green morocco, gilt & stamped in blind in the Romantic style. Very good. $300. ¶ A charming series of lithographs of fairies and nymphs taken from legends and fables of the Orient, Scandinavia and other exotic locales, including Les Bergers de Krisna, Les Fiancailles du Viking, and Les Bayaderes. Alexandre Fragonard (1781-1850), son of Honoré, was a proficient and prolific book illustrator in the Romantic style. See Béraldi VI, p. 160-62.

 

DOLENT, Jean. MONSTRES. Lithographie par Eugène Carrière. Paris: Alphonse Lemerre, 1896. 8vo, 199pp. Quarter cloth, marbled boards, title lettered in gilt, orig. printed wrappers bound in, a very good copy form the library of Edouard Champion. $100. ¶ First Edition, inscribed by the author. Talvart & Place 11.

 

(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.

 

DU BOULAN, Gerard. L’ENIGME D’ALCESTE. Nouvel aperçu Historique, Critique et Moral sur le XVIIe Siècle.

Paris: A. Quantin, 1879. 8vo, viii, 198pp, frontispiece of Molière. Orig. printed wrappers, covers soiled, otherwise a very good copy. $25. ¶ One of 550 copies on Hollande paper.

 

DUBOCAGE, [Anne Marie Lepage] LA COLOMBIADE, ou la Foi portée au Nouveau Monde. Poème, par Madame Du Boccage [sic]. Paris: Desaint & Saillant, 1756. 8vo, viii, (2), 184pp. Frontisportrait after Tardieu & 10 engravings after Chedel. Quarter-calf, a fine copy. $200. ¶ First Edition of an epic poem on the discovery of America, the first of its kind praising the deeds of Columbus. Dubocage (1710-1802) draws a vivid and colorful picture of the encounter between the conqueror and the conquered; this contact is also the theme of the engravings which depict the important events of the conquest. Dubocage was a moderately successful author, who gained a reputation with this allegorical journey. Cioranescu 25467. Cohen-De Ricci 328. Sabin 21007. John Carter Brown 1112.

 

DUBUISSON. LETTRES DU COMMISSAIRE DUBUISSON AU MARQUIS DE GAUMONT 1735-1741. Avec Introduction, Notes & Tables by A. Rouxel. Paris: Librairie P. Arnould, [ca. 1890]. 8vo, xxviii, 665pp. Orig. printed wrappers. Ownership stamp on the half title & title page. A good copy. $25.

 

DUBUT DE LAFOREST, [J.-L.]. MORPHINE. Roman Contemporain. Paris: Dentu, 1891. 12mo, (8), 394pp. Quarter calf, marbled boards. Very good. $375. ¶ First Edition of one of the few novels devoted to morphine. It is dedicated by the author to Cesare Lombroso. "Ce roman frenetique et mondain, d’un realisme hallucinant, presque documentaire, est un classique de la litterature anti drogue. Pour corser son histoire, afin d’en faire sentir tous les dangers, c’est un homme, un militaire qu’il livre au poison" (Liedekerke, La Belle-Epoque de l’Opium, devotes 6 pages to the work of Dubut de Laforest). Rare; OCLC note only a microfilm.

 

DUMANIANT, [Antoine Jean Bourlin, called]. LE DRAGON DE THIONVILLE, Fait Historique en un Acte et en Prose. Paris: Chez Cailleau, 1787. 8vo, 28pp. 19th c. half yellow cloth over marbles boards, gilt lettering to brown morocco spine label, contemporary wrappers with inked title preserved, some foxing, toning, otherwise a good copy. $125. ¶ Second edition, originally issued in 1786, the year of its premiere at Le Théâtre Palais-Royal. Dumaniant, nee Antoine Jean Bourlin (1752-1828), was an actor and played the lead in the play’s first production. Scarce; OCLC notes only one copy.

 

(Dumas, Hugo, Lamartine, Nodier, Sue et al.). LE VOLEUR, Gazette des Journaux Français et Etrangers… Paris: April 5, 1835 - June 30, 1835. Folio, 289-576pp, 2nd series, nos.19-36. Quarter calf over marbled boards. Boards & spine ends worn, text occasionally slightly foxed, otherwise very good. $150. ¶ Eighteen issues of this rare journal of art, literature and politics, which began publication in 1828. ULS lists four libraries with some copies of a similarly titled journal, published in Leipzig; however, the dates of those do not correspond with our dates. Contributions by Alexandre Dumas (3), Hugo, Lamartine, Nodier, Sue, etc. Hatin p.569.

 

DUPONT-VERNON, H. DISEURS EY COMÉDIENS. Paris: Paul Ollendorff, 1891. 8vo, xii, 246, (1)pp. Quarter cloth over marbled boards, gilt letter on morocco spine label. $25.

 

DURENG, Jean. LE DUC DE BOURBON ET L’ANGLETERRE (1723-1726). D’après des Documents inédits des Archives du Ministère des Affaires Etrangères a Paris. du British Museum et du Record-Office a Londres. Paris: [n.d., ca. 1890]. 4to, 548pp. Orig. printed wrappers, missing 1"x 1" section to spine, wear to extremities, browned, otherwise a good copy. $20. ¶ Thèse pour le Doctorat Es-Lettres, présentée a la Faculté des Lettres de l’Université de Paris,

 

[DUTENS, Louis]. RECHERCHES SUR L’ORIGINE DES DECOUVERTES attribuées aux Modernes… Paris: la Veuve Duchesne, 1766. 2 vols in 1, 8vo, xxlviii, 228; iv, 257, (3)pp. Old half calf, backstrip gilt, sm. bookplate removed from paste-down, early signature, a good copy. $250. ¶ First Edition, rare. Dutens (1730-1812) analyzed history, especially in terms of religion, philosophy, science, and medicine, and showed that the new ideas of such as Newton, Descartes, Leibnitz, Harvey, Linnaeus, etc. were directly derived from earlier writers. Quérard 2, p.137-9. NUC: LC copy only.

 

FABRE, l’Abbé A. CHAPELAIN ET NOS DEUX PREMIERES ACADEMIES. Paris: Librairie Academique Didier, Perrin, 1890. 8vo, viii, 514pp. Light foxing on the few first pages., otherwise a good unopened copy. $30.

 

FAGUET, Émile. LA TRAGEDIE FRANÇAISE AU XVIe SIÉCLE (1550-1600). Paris: H. Welter, 1894. 8vo, (6), 389pp. Quarter cloth over boards. Spine lightly soiled, bookplate on front pastedown. Very good. $30.

 

[FIRMIN DIDOT, Ambroise]. LES MESSENIQUES, CHANTS MILITAIRES DE TYRTEE, traduits en vers Français par… Paris: Amb. Firmin Didot, 1831. 4to, 16pp. Orig. printed wrappers, some foxing. $35. ¶ Translations from the Classical Greek poetry of Tyrtaeus, born in 716 B.C.

 

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 TENTATION DE SAINT ANTOINE. Paris: Charpentier, 1874. 8vo, (5), 206pp. Recent half vellum lettered in gilt, gilt top, orig. wrappers bound in, very good. $1000. ¶ First Edition. This work is regarded by critics as perhaps Flaubert’s most enduring achievement, a prose poem "remarkable for its beauty of style and language and its imaginative power." Mallarmé called it "un idéal mêlant époques et races dans une prodigieuse fête, comme l’éclair de l’Orient expiré." Flaubert had completed an early version by 1849 but did not return to it again until much later, finishing it in 1872. Talvart & Place 5A.

 

FONTENELLE, [Bernard Le Bovier, sieur de] ŒUVRES DIVERSES. Nouvelle Edition, augmentée & enrichie de Figures gravées par Bernard Picart. The Hague: Gosse and Neaulme, 1728-29. 3 vols, folio, (10), 376; (8), 440; (6), 434pp, engraved frontis. to each vol., 3 superb full-page plates, & delightful vignette head- & tail-pieces throughout. Contemp. calf, backstrips gilt, olive morocco labels, gilt edges, joints repaired, bookplates, a very good copy. $1500. ¶ Large-paper copy. Cohen-De Ricci 408 notes that large-paper copies are in folio with the text enclosed within a typographic border; regular copies were in quarto. The illustrations by Bernard Picart (whom Ray I, p.7, calls "the outstanding professional illustrator of the first third of the eighteenth century") consist of a fine allegorical frontispiece to each volume, including a superb portrait of Fontenelle after Rigaud within the frontispiece to vol.I, and three plates illustrating Fontenelle’s Pluralité des Mondes (1686), Histoire des Oracles (1687), and his Dialogue des Morts (1683). Fontenelle (1657-1757) was a nephew of Corneille and a leader in the attack by scientists on the credulity of the public in relation to religion and the supernatural. His Plurality of Worlds was a very early attempt to popularize the scientific system of inquiry and to encourage freedom of thought.

 

FORAIN. DOUX PAYS. Sous Carnot. 189 Dessins. (Paris): Librairie Plon, (1897). 8vo, 209pp. Orig. printed wrappers, title spine lettered in red & black, backstrip repaired, otherwise a very good copy. $40. ¶ First Edition. 189 drawings illustrating the principal political events of 1894 to May, 1897.

 

(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.

 

FRANCE, Anatole. JEAN RACINE. Paris: Alphonse Lemerre, 1874. 12mo, (2), lviii pp. Orig. printed wrappers, a very good copy from the library of Edouard Champion. $250. ¶ First Edition, a presentation copy, warmly inscribed by the author to Mr. Berr de Turique.

 

FRANKLIN, Benjamin. MEMOIRES DE LA VIE PRIVÉE…écrits par lui-même, et adressés à son Fils; suivis d’un Précis historique de sa Vie politique, et de plusieurs Pièces, relatives à ce Père de la Liberté. Paris: Buisson, 1791. 8vo, (2), vi, 156; 203, 360-363pp. Half red morocco over marbled boards, backstrip gilt, green morocco label. Waterstain in upper corner of last few leaves, 2 final leaves reparied in outer margin (not affecting text), otherwise very good. $2000. ¶ First Edition in any language, translated from the English manuscript by Jacques Gibelin. It was followed by German and Swedish editions; the first edition in English did not appear until 1793, and the complete edition was not printed until 1818. None of these editions were from a complete original manuscript; it was not until 1868 that the first complete edition was printed from the original manuscript. This manuscript is now in the Huntington Library.

The complications surrounding the various printings of this work cannot be briefly summarized, but it is clear from all accounts that this edition of 1791 is of great importance not only as the first printing but also in terms of establishing the validity of textual variants in later editions and translations. "The most widely read of all American biographies…this book holds the essence of the American way of life…" (Grolier). Farrand, Franlin’s Memoirs, pp.51-78. Ford 383. Grolier, 100 American, 21. Howes F323 ("b"). Larson 286. Sabin 25549. Streeter Sale 4171.

 

FROMENTIN, Eugène. DOMINIQUE. Paris: Librairie de L. Hachette, 1863. 18mo, (6), 372, (4 ads)pp. Orig. printed wrappers, spine extremities slightly worn, some light foxing, a very good copy of a rare work. From the collection of Edouard Champion. $500. ¶ First Edition of the author’s chief work, an early novel of psychological analysis. "One of the comparatively few novels of psychological analysis in French literature before about 1880. It is a study, party autobiographical, presented with a sobriety that borders upon flatness, of a character who has missed supreme happiness in love and in work, but has learnt to content himself with the second best…" (OCFL). Dedicated to George Sand. After Dominique, Fromentin (1820-76) felt unable to satisfy his high literary standards and returned to his original pursuit of painting. Talvart & Place 4A.

 

GABEREL, J. VOLTAIRE ET LES GENEVOIS. Paris: Joel Cherbuliez, 1857. 8vo, vii, 169pp. Later wrappers, some foxing. A good copy. $50 . ¶ Second edition, revised and corrected.

 

[GACON, François]. ANTI-ROUSSEAU par le Poète sans Fard. Rotterdam: Fritsch et Böhm, 1712. Sm. 8vo, xii, 534pp. With an inserted engraved title after B. Picart & 1 folding plate (with letterpress). Contemp. full calf, gilt backstrip, some wear to spine and joints, light browning. $250. ¶ First Edition. of a sharp attack on Jean-Baptiste Rousseau. Gacon (1667-1725) was a well known French author of slanderous & biting satires and epigrams. Curiously this work appeared in the same year in which Rousseau himself was banished from France for satirical couplets ascribed to him attacking prominent men of letters. Cioranescu 29968. Cohen-De Ricci 417. Quérard III, p.231.

 

GAULLIEUR, E.-H. ÉTUDES SUR L’HISTOIRE LITTÉRAIRE DE LA SUISSE FRANÇAISE, Particulièrement dans la seconde moitié du XVIIIe Siècle. Geneva: Gruaz, Cherbuliez; Paris: Cherbuliez, 1856. 8vo, 518pp. Marbled boards, gilt morocco spine label. Preliminary signatures foxed, spine a little faded, otherwise very good. $45. ¶ Includes chapters on Rousseau, Montesquieu, Voltaire, Geneva printers and publishers, etc.

 

GERSON, Johannes. L’ESPRIT DE GERSON, Ou, Instructions Catholiques Touchant le Saint Siege. [N.p.] 1692. 12mo, (2), 249pp. Contemporary calf, gilt spine, remnants of gilt dentelles, speckled edges. Prelims chipped, ink scribbles on title, small sections missing from pp 248-9, with loss of a few letters on p.249, corners rubbed. Good. $100. ¶ A compendium of writings of the French theologian (1362-?1428) remembered for his attemps at Church unity and reform.

 

(Girardin). SAINT-AMAND, Imbert de. MADAME DE GIRARDIN. Avec des Lettres Inédites de Lamartine, Chateaubriand, Mlle Rachel. Paris: E. Plon, 1875. 8vo, 271pp, with frontispiece. Orig. printed wrappers, lettered in red & black, chipped at foot of spine, light edge wear, otherwise a good unopened copy. $35. ¶ Large-paper copy printed on fine paper.

 

GLACHANT, Paul et Victor. PAPIERS D’AUTREFOIS. Avec une préface de Émile Faguet. Paris: Hachette, 1899. 8vo, xvii, 312pp, folding frontispiece. Orig. printed wrappers w/glassine, spine cracked. $20. ¶ Inscribed by the author on front flyleaf.

 

[GLATIGNY, Albert.] LES GENDARMES DE CANISY. Chanson. Musique de M. de Beauplan. Canisy: Chez tous les Libraires, (Paris, Impr. Claye), 1871. 12mo, 8pp. Orig. wrappers, a very good copy. $45. ¶ First Edition, published anonymously. The French poet Glatigny (1839-73) frequented Parnassian circles and his verse was strongly influenced by Banville and Leconte de Lisle. Talvart & Place 16.

 

GLATIGNY, Albert. POESIES. Les Vignes Folles. Les Flèches d’Or. Le Bois. Paris: Alphonse Lemerre, 1870. 8vo, 250pp. Contemporary vellum, marbled endpapers, elaborate lettered spine, some foxing scattered in the text, light wear to the orig. wrappers, otherwise very good, with the armorial bookplate of Theodore de Banville. From the library of Edouard Champion. $250. ¶ First Collected Edition. The minor Parnassian Glatigny (1839-73) was strongly influenced by Banville, whose copy this was. Talvart & Place 1B.

 

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.

 

GONCOURT, Edmond & Jules de. HISTOIRE DE MARIE-ANTOINETTE. Paris: Librairie de Firmin Didot, 1858. 8vo, 429pp. Contemporary half morocco over marbled boards, raised bands, title in gilt, by Canape, a very good copy. $15,000.

¶ Proof sheets of the first edition, with numerous ms corrections by the authors.

 

GOURMONT, Remy de. LE CHATEAU SINGULIER. Paris: Edition du Mercure de France, 1894. 12mo, 81, (7)pp, with 32 vignettes in red & blue. Cloth backed marbled boards, orig. printed wrappers bound in, a fine copy printed on Arches paper. $450. ¶ First Edition, printed in a small edition, this copy inscribed by the author to Edouard Champion, and with the author’s inscribed calling card laid in. Talvart & Place 19.

 

GOURMONT, Remy de. THEODAT. Poème Dramatique en Prose. Paris: Edition du Mercure de France, 1893. 12mo, 53pp. Quarter vellum over orig. printed wrappers depicting byzantine lions. Fine. $450. ¶ First Edition, one of 290 copies, this copy inscribed by the author to Octave Mirbeau, "le meilleur des Amis." Theodat was performed in December, 1892, at the Theatre d’Art. The author dedicated the play to his good friend Mme Blanche de Courrière, the mistress, model & heiress of Clésinger. Talvart & Place 16.

 

GRANDE-CARTERET, John. LA FEMME EN CULOTTE. Paris: E. Flammarion, (1899). 8vo, (8), viii, 393, (3)pp, numerous text illustrations, many full-page. Contemporary maroon half-calf, gilt-ruled over marbled boards, marbled endpapers, with publisher’s decorative wrappers bound in, t.e.g. Light wear, otherwise very good. $150. ¶ First Edition of an entertaining discourse extolling the virtues and strengths of women. Providing a historical-cultural overview of women in powerful social and political roles, Grande-Carteret maintains that the adoption of masculine wardrobe has been a traditional expression of women’s liberty and equality whether in uniform, in disguise, or in jest. A prospective frontispiece to the work depicts the "Modes futures: La femme en l’an 2000." Grande-Carteret wrote a number books on pastimes and popular literature. Thieme pp.882-3.

 

GRIMBLOT, Paul M. SOUVENIRS DE CHARLES-HENRI BARON DE GLEICHEN. Paris: Leon Techener Fils Librairie, 1868. 8vo, xlviii, 227pp. Orig. printed wrappers, some foxing. A very good copy. $25.

 

[GUDIN DE LA BRUNELLERIE, Paul Phillipe]. AUX MANES DE LOUIS XV, et des grands hommes qui one vêcu sous son régne, our, Essai sur les progrès des Arts & de l’Esprit humain, sous le régne de Louis XV. Lausanne: [n.p.], 1777. 8vo, xvi, 522pp. Contemp. wrappers, slightly defective, slight foxing to title, text otherwise clean. $225. ¶ Second and last edition, the first edition published outside of France. In this overview of the rule of Louis XV, one finds, according to Michaud "the views, the ardor, and the sentiments of a great citizen. It is, or rather ought to be, a tableau of the progress of the human spirit in the 18th century." However, Michaud continues, "The author has been reproached for…having lavishly spent his elogies so indescriminately that he represented Beaumarchais as the Cato of France, for having dared to plead against a member of the Paris Parliament." It is by Gudin’s (1738-1812) relationship with Beaumarchais , as well animosity toward the French censors, that he is best remembered. After struggles with the French censors, Gudin de la Brunellerie managed to have hisAux Manes de Louis XV published in Paris only with the protection and support of the Paris police. Even when it was published a year later in Lausanne, Gudin could not forget his struggles, claiming that "more than ten years have passed since a good book of morality was published in France with the [censors’] permission." He rails against them for having driven the authors of the Henriade, Emile and Esprit des Loix to publish their masterpieces in foreign countries. Other figures whom Gudin praises are Le Blond and Gautier Dagoty (the color printers), Bougainville, Fontenelle, Diderot and Petit (the surgeon). Barbier I, 326.

 

[GUDIN DE LA BRUNELLERIE, Paul Phillipe]. AUX MANES DE LOUIS XV. Et Des Grands Hommes qui ont vêcu sous son régne, ou Essai sur les progrès des Arts & de l’Esprit humain, sous le règne de Louis XV. Deux-Ponts: Imprimerie Ducale, 1776. 8vo, xvi, 248; (4), 184pp. Quarter calf over marbled boards, spine tooled in gilt, red morocco label. Light external wear, some browning, otherwise very good. $300. ¶ First Edition. In this overview of the rule of Louis XV, one finds, according to Michaud "the views, the ardor, and the sentiments of a great citizen. It is, or rather ought to be, a tableau of the progress of the human spirit in the 18th century." However, Michaud continues, "The author has been reproached for…having lavishly spent his elogies so indescriminately that he represented Beaumarchais as the Cato of France, for having dared to plead against a member of the Paris Parliament." It is by Gudin’s (1738-1812) relationship with Beaumarchais , as well animosity toward the French censors, that he is best remembered. After struggles with the French censors, Gudin de la Brunellerie managed to have hisAux Manes de Louis XV published in Paris only with the protection and support of the Paris police. Even when it was published a year later in Lausanne, Gudin could not forget his struggles, claiming that "more than ten years have passed since a good book of morality was published in France with the [censors’] permission." He rails against them for having driven the authors of the Henriade, Emile and Esprit des Loix to publish their masterpieces in foreign countries. Other figures whom Gudin praises are Le Blond and Gautier Dagoty (the color printers), Bougainville, Fontenelle, Diderot and Petit (the surgeon). Barbier I, 326.

 

[GUIARD DE SERVIGNE, J.-B. & le comte de Caylus]. LES SONNETTES, Ou Mémoires de Monsieur Le Marquis D’***, Auxquels on a joint l’Histoire d’une Comédienne, qui a quitté le Spectacle; & l’Origine des Bijoux Indiscrets, Conte. London: [Cazin], 1781. 12mo, (4), 212pp. Contemp. mottled calf, gilt, a.e.g. Very good copy. $300. ¶ First Cazin edition of a famous erotic novel which earned the author a term in the Bastille. The true first, Utrecht 1749, is extremely rare. The second and third stories, L’Histoire d’une Comédienne and Nocrion, are attributed to Comte de Caylus by Quérard. Barbier IV, 530. Gay-Lemonnyer III, 1134-5. Pia pp.652. Not in Galitzin.

 

HAMILTON, Anthony. MEMOIRES DU COMTE DE GRAMMONT...Nouvelle Edition...Précédée d’une Notice Biographique sur le Comte Hamilton,... London: William Miller & Jacques Carpenter 1811. 2 vols, 8vo, lvi, 184; (viii), 367, (3)pp, 64 engraved portrait plates engraved by Edward Scriven. Full tan straight-grain morocco, gilt backs & borders, raised bands, dentelles, a.e.g., lightly rubbed, bookplate of Emanuel Martin, very nice. $250. ¶ French Edition, issued simultaneously in English by the same publishers, first edition with the notes by Walter Scott. A handsome edition of Hamilton’s classic, with fine portrait engravings after Rembrandt, Van Dyck, Lely, et al. Handsomely printed by Bulmer. Brunet III, 30.

 

HENRY, F. N. LE DIABLE DUPE PAR LES FEMMES. Nouvelle Critique et Galante par… Bruxelles: Gay & Doucé, 1881. 12mo, 49pp, with engraved frontis. by Felicien Rops, text printed in red, green, & black. Vellum-backed boards. Very good with the orig. wrappers preserved. $300. ¶ One of 500 numbered copies of a reprint of the rare original edition of 1714. Gay I, p.890. Pia 320-21. Rose 2150. Not in The Private Case. Exteens 493.

 

HUGO, Victor. NOTRE-DAME DE PARIS. Compositions de Bieler, Myrbach et Rossi. Gravées par Ch. Guillaume. Paris: C. Marpon et E. Flammarion, [n.d., ca. 189?]. 2vols, 12mo, 311, 367pp, b&w illus. throughout. Contemp. full green morocco-grained sheep, gilt lettering, aeg, raised bands, gilt orn. compartments, dec. gilt borders, inside dentelles, some rubbing to joints, edges, spine ends, otherwise clean, tight, very good. $100. ¶ Handsomely bound edition of the Hugo classic.

 

(HUGO, Victor). BIRÉ, Edmond. VICTOR HUGO AVANT 1830. Paris, 1883. [with] VICTOR HUGO APRES 1830. Paris 1891. [with] VICTOR HUGO APRES 1852.L’Exil, les Dernières Années et la Mort du Poète. Paris, 1894. 4 vols, 8vo, orig. printed wrappers, light wear, overall a good set. $75. ¶ Second edition of Avant 1830, theothers in first edition.

 

JAMMES, Francis. VERS. Paris: Paul Ollendorf, 1894. 8vo, iv, 92pp. Half cloth, brown morocco labels, orig. pink wrappers bound in. Paper a little browned, otherwise an excellent copy. $100. ¶ First Published Edition, preceded by 2 even more rare published editions printed in 1892 and 1893. Jammes (1868-1938) wrote with naïveté about nature, animals and daily life, in a style sometimes referred to as Jammisme. He was one of the French writers of this century whose conversion to Catholicism became a literary event. Talvart & Place 4. NUC lists 3 copies.

 

[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.

 

(JULIEN.) HISTOIRE DE GENÉVE RACONTÉE AUX JEUNES GENEVOIS. Genéve: Librairie J. Julien, 1889. 8vo, 716pp. Quarter calf over marbled boards, gilt title on spine. Final leaves loose, upper boards loose, extremities worn. Fair. $25.

 

JULLIEN, Adolphe. LE ROMANTISME ET L’EDITEUR RENDUEL. Paris: Charpentier et Fasquelle, 1897. 8vo, 284pp, 50 illus. Half calf, marbled boards, orig. wrappers bound in, good. $35. ¶ Excellent study of the Romantic movement, with chapters on Petrus Borel, Victor Hugo, de Musset, Dumas, Gerard de Nerval, Gautier. Renduel published many of the works of the Romantics.

 

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.

 

LAHARPE, [Jean François de]. LYCEE, ou Cours de Littérature Ancienne & Moderne. Paris: M. Agasse, an VII - XIII 1799-1805 16 vols in 17, 8vo. Full calf, somewhat rubbed but sound $350. ¶ First Edition of a valuable work of literary ciriticsm, being a collection of lectures delivered at the Lycée of Paris. An acclaimed critic and dramatist and member of the Academie, Laharpe (1739-1803) was a friend and disciple of Voltaire. Le Lycée was founded in 1786 by the philosophes as a sort of university extension; lectures were given by Condorcet, Comte, Constant, Saint-Hilaire, etc. With the final part, Philosophie du Dix-Huitième Siècle. Querard IV, p.434.

 

LAMARTINE, Alphonse de. CHANT DU SACRE, ou La Veille des Armes. Paris: Urbain Canel & Baudouin Frères, 1825. 8vo, (4), 64pp, title within architectural border in blue, orig. printed wrappers bound in, bottom edge uncut. Half black morocco, marbled boards, by Dubois d’Enghien. Fine. $350. ¶ First Edition of one of Lamartine’s earliest works. Talvart & Place 5, with an interesting note on the 3 lines which Lamartine suppressed as to not offend the Duc d’Orleans which constitute this second printing. Our issue has Canel’s name first in the imprint. One of the four great French Romantic poets, Lamartine was a man of action as well as a lyric poet. Carteret II, p.30-31.

 

[LAPORTE, Joseph de & Jacques d’ Hébrail]. LA FRANCE LITTÉRAIRE, Contenant: 1° les Académies établies à Paris… 2° les auteurs vivans, avec la liste de leurs ouvrages; 3° les auteurs morts, depuis l’anné 1751 inclusivement, avec la liste de leurs ouvrages; 4° le catalogue alphabétique des ouvrages de tous dex auteurs. Paris: veuve Duchesne…, 1769. 2 vols, 8vo, (8), 412; (4), 591pp. Mottled calf, red morocco labels to spine, spines stamped in gitl, edges tinted red, red paste-papers. Even light external wear, moderate wear to headcap of vol. I, back cover of vol. II scuffed, otherwise very good & fairly clean. $250. ¶ First complete edition. "A mine of interesting and often useful information on all sorts of literary activities" (Cabeen IV, 36). Completed in 1767, the present volumes incorporate material from the supplements of earlier editions and are greatly expanded beyond them. Famed compiler, Joseph de Laporte (1713-1779) quit the Jesuit order to become a litterateur, at first embroiling himself in literary battles with Fréron, defending Voltaire and Rousseau against Fréron’s attacks; but later Laporte reconciled himself with his old adversary and collaborated with him on l’Annee littéraire, eventually splitting off to publish his own periodical, l’Obervateur littéraire, where he began to resume his attacks on Fréron. Though unimaginably prolific, he was called by Laharpe "the most energetic second-hand clothes dealer [fripier] of French literature" Barbier II, pp.501-2. Besterman, WBB, 2358. Peignot, Répertoire, p.17.

 

LAUNAY, Florentine de. ETRENNES AUX GRISETTES… Pour l’Année 1790. [Paris, 1790]. 8vo, 36pp, etched frontis. of a girl riding backwards on an ass led by a horned man. Full red morocco by Capé, damage at top repaired, from the Esher Place library with shelf-label dated 1897 & bookplate of Camille Aboussouan. $1000. ¶ First Edition, extremely rare. The caption title reads: "Requete presentée a M. Silvain Bailly, Maire de Paris. Par Florentine de Launay, contre les Marchandes de modes, Couturières, Lingères, et autres Grisettes Commercantes sur le Pavé de Paris, etc." The text, a plea to the Mayor to enforce anti-prostitution regulations, is followed by a list of grisettes with their occupations and addresses (pp.15-34), followed by two pages of notes.

Grisettes, the young shopgirls of the Latin Quarter, were known to be always ready for love and gaiety, always cheerful and loyal to their lovers of the moment. Sixty years after this pamphlet, Murger romanticized the grisettes in his Scènes de la Vie de Bohème (1848). We wonder if de Launay was so against the "filles de joie" how he happened to have so many of their names in his address book! Gay II, 180. Lacombe, Bibliographie Parisienne, 324. NUC records only the Harvard copy.

 

LE SAGE, Alain Rene. GIL BLAS de Santillane… d’une Notice par M. Sainte-Beuve… Paris: Garnier Frères, 1864. 2 vols, 8vo, half calf, frontispiece engraving of Le Sage & other engravings in text. Edges rubbed, othewise very good. $25.

 

LE SUIRE, [Robert Martin]. LE NOUVEAU MONDE, ou Christopher Colomb. Poême… Paris: The Author, an VIII (ca. 1800). 2 vols in 1, 8vo, xxviii, 143, (1); (4), 147, (1)pp. Quarter morocco, gilt spine. very good. $200. ¶ Second edition, revised and expanded (first in 1781). A rather bizarre and extravagant narration of Columbus’ discovery of America, told in rhymes and with different protagonists. The handling of the topic – i. e. the discovery of the unknown – reflects the enthusiasm of the revolutionary days. The author Le Suire (1737-1815) was a professor of law at Rouen. JCB 4106. Monglond V, p.169. Sabin 40233. NUC: 4 copies.

 

LEBON, André. L’ANGLETERRE ET L’EMIGRATION FRANÇAISE DE 1794 a 1801. Preface de Albert Sorel. Paris: E. Plon, 1882. 8vo, xxxvi, 375pp. Quarter red calf, cloth sides, gilt lettering, marbled endpapers, orig. wrappers bound in, some foxing. A very good copy. $75.

 

LEDRU, Oscar. LES MARIS CELEBRES Anciens et Modernes. Esquisses Historiques de leurs Mésaventures Conjugales. Paris: Plumage-Damourette, 6868 [i.e. 1868]. 12mo, viii,143pp. Printed throughout on citron paper. Old quarter green morocco, gilt top, a fine copy. $200. ¶ Limited to 125 copies on citron paper. A very rare work on marriage customs by the author of Cuckoldiana (1869): the text consists of sketches of famous husbands and their conjugal misadventures, their techniques for ensnaring the fair sex, instances of old husbands losing young wives and other scandals from ancient times to the early 19th century. No copy is recorded in bibliographies of erotica. Not in BMC or NUC.

 

LEGER, Noel. LA CLEF DE LA LANGUE ET DES SCIENCES, ou nouvelle grammaire francaise... Paris: Dutertre et P. Cordier, 1845. 3 parts in 5 vols. 8vo, (4), 591, (1); (4), 802, (2 errata); (4), xx, 728; (4), 729-1469, (3 errata)pp. Quarter calf, marbled boards, numerous illustrations throughout. Some foxing, otherwise a very good set. $350. ¶ First Edition of an eccentric work on language by a great believer in puns. This unusual and entertaining work contains forceful attacks on all previous grammarians, addresses the reader with endless digressions and expounds the author’s social theories, which included abolition of taxes and inheritance. The first volume does deal with punctuation and other technical matters; subsequent volumes branch out into an encyclopedic treatment of heraldry, botany, astronomy, scientific terms, etc. Volume 3 begins with a glossary of musical terms and biographies (including one "famous German composer," Louis van Beethoven). Leger urges the reader to learn the "divine art" of dance and quotes his own poetry at every opportunity. French, he insists, is the most beautiful, precise, clear, majestic, varied in its forms, noble and well-spoken of all languages. NUC lists no copies of this edition and only 2 copies of an 1861 edition.

 

LEGOUVE, Gabriel. LE MERITE DES FEMMES, Poème. Paris: P. Didot l’Ainé, [1801]. Sm. 8vo, 107pp, engraved plate by Duplessi-Bertraux after Isabey. Old mottled calf, covers panelled in gilt, backstrip gilt, label, a pleasant copy. $125. ¶ Fourth edition, revised and enlarged. Legouvé (1764-1818) was a noted poet and playwright, whose most famous work this may be. Duplessi-Bertraux (1747-1819) is regarded as one of the most brilliant exponents of engraving. Béraldi VI, pp.68-73; Quérard V, p.54.

 

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.

 

LEMERCIER DE NEUVILLE, MM., et J. Du Boys. LE BOUT DE L’AN DE LA NOCE. Parodie du Bout de l’An de l’Amour par M. Théodore Barriere. N.p. [Bruxelles]: Partout et Nulle Part [Henry Kistemackers] 1883. 8vo, 26pp. 20th century wrappers over original blue wrappers, very good. $200. ¶ First Separate Edition, limited to 200 copies, a short erotic play originally issued as part of Le Théatre Érotique de la Rue de la Santé in 1864. With the autofellating faun vignette to titlepage. Perceau 30-1, 30-2, 59-1. Dutel 88. Galitzin 248. Gay-Lemonnyer I-428. Stern-Stanza 145.

 

(Lesage). CLARETIE, Léo. LESAGE ROMANCIER. D’après de Nouveaux Documents. Le Roman en France au début du xviiie siècle. Paris: Armand Colin, 1890. 8vo, vii, 447pp. Orig. printed wrappers, some foxing, otherwise a very good copy. $30.

 

[LESCONVEL, Pierre de]. RELATION DU VOYAGE DU PRINCE DE MONTERAUD DANS I’LLE DE NAUDELY. Ou Sont Rapportées Toutes les Maximes qui Forment l’Harmonie d’un Parfait Gouvernment. Merinde: Innocent Democrite, 1706. 12mo, (48), 382 [i.e. 282, pp.126-282 misnumbered 226-382], (6)pp, 12 copper-engraved plates. Contemp. calf, spine tooled in gilt, raised bands, morocco label. Some wear to edges, some light foxing & aging to contents, 1 plate partially detached, else very good. $350. ¶ An imaginary voyage to a utopian island, where, among other progressive features, adulteresses are forced to wear funny pointed hats (depicted in one of the engraved plates). According to Querard, the author intended in this work to surpass in beauty, in character, in moral & in politic, the Telemaque of Fenelon. It was first issued in a shorter version in 1703 under the title of Ide’e d’un Regne Doux & Heureux, ou Relation du Voyage du Prince de Montberau…. Gove, The Imaginary Voyage in Prose Fiction, pp.198-200. Negley, Utopia Collection, p.39. Versins, Enc. de l’Utopie, p.271 & 569. INED 2860.

 

LESCURE, M. de. LES FEMMES PHILOSOPHES. Paris: E. Dentu, 1881. 8vo, (4), 393, (2)pp. Orig. printed wrappers, untrimmed. Scattered marginalia, occasional ownership stamp throughout text, exteriors soiled, edge of wrapper torn. Good. $35. ¶ First Edition, with chapters on the learned women surrounding Fontenelle, Voltaire and Rousseau, including Lespinasse, Staal, Epinay, Choiseul, Noailles, and Madame Helvetius.

 

(Leszcyznski, Stanislas). BOYÉ, Pierre. STANISLAS LESZCZYNSKI ET LE TROISIÈME TRAITÉ DE VIENNE d’aprés les archives d’État, les papiers du roi de Pologne et autres documents inédits par Pierre Boyé. Paris: Berger-Levrault, 1898. 8vo, xx, 588pp. Red quarter-morocco over marbled boards, marbled endpapers. Very good. $75. ¶ First Edition. Leszczynski (1677-1766), king of Poland from 1704 to 1709, settled in France in 1718 where he patronized arts and letters. In 1725 his daughter Marie became the wife of Louis XV.

 

LHOMME, M.F., ed. LES FEMMES ÉCRIVAINS. Œuvres choisies. Pars: Librairie de l’Art, [ca. 1890]. 8vo, xix, (1), 546, (2)pp, portrait illustrations. Quarter calf over marbled boards, raised bands & gilt letter on spine. Spine & extremities slightly rubbed, interior clean. Very good. $100.

 

(Libertine literature) LES CONFESSIONS D’UNE COURTISANE DEVENUE PHILOSOPHE. Londres & se trouve à Bruxelles: B. Le Francq, 1784. 8vo, (8), 132pp. Decorated boards, a very good uncut copy. $400. ¶ First Edition? Various editions appeared with the date 1784. This curious work recounts the adventures of a prostitute who give up a life of licentiousness for one of virtue. The narrative is a pretext for presenting the author’s utopian views of a government based on moral order. A note at the end favors Masonry. A copy of this book was in the collection of the Goncourt brothers (no. 603 in the sale of 1897). Mylne-Martin 84.2. Not in Barbier (or supplements); not in Querard or the BN catalogue. Gay 659, in error, list the first edition as 1774. NUC which has the title entry only, with 4 locations.

 

(Louis Philippe). MONTPENSIER. MEMOIRES DU DUC DE MONTPENSIER (Antoine-Philippe d’Orléans) Prince du Sang. Paris: Imprimerie Royale, 1837. 8vo, xv, 231pp. Full black morocco, gilt bac and title, with the device and initials of Louis Philippe within a wreath, gilt and blind-rolled borders on both covers, silk moiré endpapers, a.e.g. Some foxing and crinkling of text, otherwise very good. $1750. ¶ WITH THE CROWN AND INITIALS OF LOUIS PHILIPPE. The Grolier Club Catalogue of Books…with Arms or Devices upon the Bindings (1895), item 215, describes another copy from Louis Philippe’s library in red morocco. Montepensier (1775-1807), son of Philippe "Egalitié," brother of Louis Philippe, served in the army of Dumouriez but was imprisoned in Marseille; freed in 1797 he travelled to America and to England where he died.

 

M*** M. de [i.e. FOUGERAT DE MONTBRON, Jean-Louis] MARGOT LA RAVADEUSE (Histoire d’une Prostituée). [Brussels, ca. 1880]. 12mo, 115pp. Half blue morocco, marbled boards, t.e.g. Very good. $150. ¶ Apparently first printed in 1750, this is a reprint of the 1774 Hamburg edition; editions were condemned throughout the nineteenth century. The copy of this edition in the British Library is limited to 64 copies (see The Private Case 733). Gay III, 34-5: "Ce roman a des prétensions philosophiques, ce qui est sans doute la cause de sa condamnation." Arcana 93. Rose 1799. This edition not in Pia.

 

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.

 

MALLARME, Stéphane. LES DIEUX ANTIQUES. Nouvelle Mythologie Illustrée d’après George W. Cox et les Travaux de la Science Moderne. Paris: J. Rothschild, 1880. 8vo, xvi, 320pp, 260 engraved vignettes in the text. Orig. publisher’s cloth decorated in gilt, spotted, spine ends ightly worn, otherwise very good. $900. ¶ First Edition of Mallarmé’s free adaptation of Cox’s Manual of Mythology, written while Mallarmé was teaching at the Lycée Fontanes. Talvart & Place 4: "Mallarmé voulut donner une forme séduisante à un travail initialement et génénalement aride." Carteret II, 96.

 

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.

 

MARMONTEL, [Jean François]. CONTES MORAUX. Suivis d’une Apologie du Theatre. A la Haye, 1761 2 vols, 12mo, xiv, 360; (2), 142pp. Contemp. full calf, backs ornately gilt tooled, light edge wear. Very good. $750. ¶ Rare First Edition of a work which became immensely popular in the 18th century and was many times reprinted and illustrated. Marmontel (1723-99), the prolific but almost forgotten writer, was a friend of Voltaire and a contributor to the Encyclopédie. Quérard 549.

 

(Matineés...). LES MATINÉES DU PALAIS-ROYAL. Paris: J.P. Bastien, 1772. 2 vols, 12mo, (2), 201; (2), 219, (3)pp. Old patterned boards, labels, a good set. $150. ¶ Sole Edition. This rare work is a satire on the morals and customs of the nobility in the court of Louis XV, & Mesdames de Pompadour and de Barry. Not in Barbier or BL. NUC: 3 copies only.

 

MAUPERTUIS (DE BRAY). ŒUVRES DIVERSES DE MR. M.P.T. Provins: Imprimerie de Lebeau, 1810. 8vo, 295pp. Orig. marbled wrappers, uncut, wrappers loose and backstrip chipped, a very good copy. $300. ¶ One of an edition limited to three copies. This work collects fragments of verse and prose translated from, or in imitation of, Italian literature. The author, a wealthy man of letters from Bray, died shortly after the tiny edition was printed and it has become a typographic curiosity cited by Brunet and Quérard.

 

MICHEL, Adolphe. LOUVOIS ET LES PROTESTANTS. Ouvrage couronné par la société de l’histoire du Protestantisme Français. Paris: Librairie de Ch. Meyrueis, (1870). 12mo, (4), 350pp. Publisher’s blind embossed cloth. Minor foxing to prelims, inscription cut from upper right corner of front free endpaper, spine very lightly faded. Very good. $35.

 

MIEL, E[dmé] F[rançois] A[ntoine] M[arie]. ESSAI SUR LES BEAUX-ARTS, et particulièrement sur le Salon de 1817, ou examen critique des principaux ouvrages d’art exposés dans le cours de cette année… Paris: Pélicier & Delaunay, 1817-18. 8vo, xxvi, 500pp, with a frontispiece & 37 engraved plates incl. 4pp of engraved music. Contemp. French red morocco, covers backstrip panelled in gilt, gilt edges, dentelles, frontispiece slightly foxed, occasional browning or offsetting of plates into text, otherwise a very good copy in a gorgeous unsigned binding typical of the period. $500.

¶ First Edition of this study of the chief works exhibited at the Salon of 1817, with an engraved reproduction of each piece. Towards the end there is an interesting and very early article on lithography, mentioning the experiments of Lasteyrie and Engelmann and wholeheartedly endorsing the new technique as an art form worthy of the most serious attention (pp.415-422). Miel (1775-1842), who wrote several works on art history and a study of Beethoven’s symphonies, adds that he had wanted to illustrate this book by lithography but problems made this unfeasible. There are also essays on enamels, mosaics, Gobelin tapestries, medal engravings, and music. Not in the standard lithography references.

 

MISTRAL, Frederic. NERTE. Nouvelle Provençale. Avec la traduction française en regard. Paris: Hachette, 1884. 8vo, 381, (3)pp, French & Provencal facing texts. Marbled boards rebacked in red morocco, gilt title, very good with orig. wrappers bound in. $1000. ¶ First Edition, inscribed by Mistral to Edouard Champion, and with 8 autograph notes written by Mistral between 1896 and 1905 tipped in. Talvart & Place 6.

 

[MOLIERE, Jean Baptiste Poquelin]. George Monval, ed LE MOLIERISTE, Revue Mensuelle. Paris: Librairie Tresse [Tresse & Stock], 1879-89. 10 vols, illus., half black morocco, gilt titles & ornaments. Very good set with the bookplates of H.L. Chatfield-Taylor. $300. ¶ Complete run of the monthly journal, bound in annual volumes with collective title pages. Despois & Menard p.232: "…excellante & utile recueil." An index was published in the Harvard Library Bibliographical Contributions no. 57.

 

(Moliere). LACROIX, Paul. ICONOGRAPHIE MOLIERESQUE. Paris: Auguste Fontaine, 1876. 8vo, xxxix, 392, 12pp. Orig. printed wrappers, covers sunned and lightly worn, otherwise a very good copy. $125. ¶ Number 11 of 500 copies on Hollande; the second edition, revised and expanded. The eminent encyclopedist Paul Lacroix, known as "Le Bibliophile Jacob," wrote books on the eighteenth century, the middle ages, and a monumental compilation on the trades and crafts of France.

 

MONTAGNE, Charles. HISTOIRE DE LA COMPAGNIE DES INDES. Paris: Emile Bouillon, 1899. 8vo, viii, 235pp. Orig. printed wrappers, soiled, covers & spine worn, some foxing, a good copy. $45.

 

[MULLER, Théodore]. SOUVENIRS DE PARIS ET DE SES ENVIRONS. Paris: Auguste Bry, [ca. 1850]. Oblong 12mo, 40 tinted lithographs with tissue guards. Original embossed cloth, gilt, spine somewhat frayed, occasional foxing, but plates in fine condition. $300. ¶ Théodore Muller (1819-1879), lithographer, was known primarily for his panoramas and views of European capitals. Among these 40 views are buildings which no longer exist, including a view of the Château des Tuileries which was destroyed during the 1870-71 fighting. Other views include the Bourse, rue de Rivoli, Porte St. Denis etc. as well as sites outside the city such as St. Cloud, Versailles, and Fontainebleu. Beraldi X, p.162. Not copy in NUC.

 

(Napoleon). [GARNIER, Louis]. MEMOIRES SUR LA COUR DE LOUIS NAPOLEON ET SUR LA HOLLANDE. Paris: Ladvocat, 1828. 8vo, (4), 412pp. Rebound in red boards with brown morocco label. A fine copy. $200. ¶ Handsomely printed by Honoré de Balzac at his ill-fated printing house, the book discusses the life of Louis Bonaparte (1778-1846), made King of Holland in 1806 by his brother Napoleon and married to Hortense Beauharnais, daughter of Josephine. Barbier III, 255. Hanataux/Vicaire, La Jeunesse de Balzac, Balzac Imprimeur, p. 464. Quérard IV, 29.

 

NERVAL, Gérard de. LE REVE ET LA VIE. Les Filles du Feu. La Bohéme Galante. Les Oeuvres Complètes V. Paris: Calmann Lévy, Ancienne Maison Michel Lévy Frères, 1895. 8vo, 400pp. Orig. printed wrappers, uniformly browned, otherwise a very good copy. $45.

 

NERVAL, Gerard de. SYLVIE. Souvenirs du Valois…42 compositions dessinés et gravés a l’eau-forte par Ed. Rudaux. Paris: Conquet, 1886. 12mo, 134pp, 42 etchings. Full red crushed morocco, gilt borders, spine gilt, full green crushed morocco dentelles gilt, a.e.g., orig. wrappers bound in by Chambolle-Duru. Fine copy. $300. ¶ One of 825 copies on velin (of a total edition of 1000). A sumptuous binding for Nerval’s tale of unrequited love first published in 1854. Marie 263.

 

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.

 

[PENNE (or Pène), Henri de]. MEMOIRES D’UNE FEMME DE CHAMBRE. Paris: E. Dentu, 1864. 8vo, (4), 318pp, with orig. photographic frontis. Cloth-backed boards. Good. $250. ¶ The discreetly erotic frontispiece, an original photograph by Vaury & Cie, shows a woman in a black velvet mask. Gay III, 152: "Mémoires curieux et devenus peu communs." The fifth edition, this work has sometimes been attributed to Alfred Delvau. Not in Pia, The Private Case or Rose.

 

PEREY, Lucien. LE PRESIDENT HENAULT ET MADAME DU DEFFAND. Paris: Edition Calman-Levy, 1893. 8vo, 548pp. Half calf over marbled boards, raised bands with gilt title on the spine. Light foxing, some edge wear, interior clean. A very good copy. $60. ¶ Henault (1685-1770), a magistrate of the Paris parlement and a man of lettters, was an intimate friend of Mme du Deffand, author of Nouvel Abrégé Chronologiques de l’Histoire de France (1744). Third edition.

 

PETIT TABLEAU DES ARTS ET METIERS, ou Les Questions de l’Enfance. Avec plusieurs sujets gravés en taille-douce, représentant divers ouvriers à leurs travaux. Paris: Pierre Blanchard, 1820. Sm. 8vo, 238pp, with an engraved frontispiece and five plates, each plate depicting four trades. Old quarter blue morocco, paper manuscript label, lacks front free endpaper, occasional light soiling, but quite a pleasant copy. $100. ¶ Second edition. This charming little book describes various crafts and trades for children’s edification; it was reprinted in 1825 but no earlier edition than this has been found. Gumuchian 379. Not in Osborne. NUC: 1 copy (NY Public).

 

PIRON, [Alexis]. OEUVRES INEDITES DE PIRON (Prose et Vers). Accompagnées de Lettres Egalement Inédites Adressées à Piron par M Mlles Quinault & de Bar. Publiées sur les Manuscrits Autographes Originaux, avec une Introduction et des Notes par Honoré Bonhomme. Paris: Poulet-Malassis & de Broise, 1859. 8vo, 441, (3)pp, frontispiece port., 3 folding facsimiles. Later red cloth, orig. wrappers bound in, modern etched bookplate, 1879 review tipped in, very good uncut copy. $250 ¶ First Edition in 12mo, published a month after the 8vo edition. Piron (1689-1773), a witty poet and playwright, enemy of Voltaire, is remembered for Les Fils Ingrats (1789) and Arlequiin Deucalion (1722). Bonhomme, an antiquarian and poet, was the authority on Piron. Oberlé, Poulet-Malassis, 246. Vicaire VI, 687. Brunet IV, 675.

 

PRIVAT D’ANGLEMONT, Alex[andre]. PARIS ANECDOTE [and] PARIS INCONNU… Paris: A. Delahays, 1860-61. 2 vols, sm. 8vo, 343, (4) + 283pp. Quarter red calf. Very good. $500. ¶ Second edition of Paris Anecdote. These studies of many different aspects of life in Paris were renowned in their time and brought their author great fame (and little else.) First published in 1854, this second edition is unrecorded by NUC. ¶ First Edition of Paris Inconnu, a collection of essays and studies of the Parisian milieu by Privat d’Anglemont (1815-59), a renowned bohemian and essayist of his day; preceded by a biographical essay on the author by Alfred Delvau. Included are five poems by Baudelaire, appearing here anonymously for the first time: A Mme du Barry, Ecrit sur l’album d’une dame inconnue, A Mme Anna B, and A Yvonne Pen Moor (here under the title A Mme Joséphine de Fer). Carteret II, 244. Thieme II, p.532.

 

RACINE, Jean. THEATRE COMPLET… Avec Commentaire de M. de Laharpe. Paris: Verdière, 1817. 5 vols, 8vo, eng. frontisportrait, 12 engraved plates after Moreau. Half calf. Good set. $250. ¶ Revised and corrected edition, with a life of Racine and new introductory material comprising 160pp of the first volume.

 

RAYMOND, M. LE TEMPLE DE L’AMITIE. Poème… [Leipzig]: Breitkopf & Härtel, 1819. 8vo, xxxvi, 203, xvi pp. Early tree calf, backstrip, green morocco label, gilt edges, bookplate, joints lightly scuffed, otherwise very good. $125. ¶ Sole Edition of this long romantic poem dedicated to Madame Zoë de Ghyka (born Rossetti). The text is preceded by a very long discourse and followed by notes on the text referring the reader primarily to scriptural sources. The author was formerly an officer in the Austrian army. Not in NUC.

 

REMUSAT, Charles [François Marie, comte de]. ESSAIS DE PHILOSOPHIE. Paris: Librairie Philosophique de Lagrange, 1842. 2 vols, 8vo, (4), iv, 546; (4), 595pp. Later half brown morocco, red tops, owner’s stamp on titles, a nice set. $150. ¶ First Edition. De Remusat (1797-1875), was the son of the famous femme des lettres, Mme. de Remusat. For the posthumous publication of his mother’s Essai sur l’Education des Femmes, he was awarded a medal from the Académie Française, of which he later became a member. This comprehensive philosophical study, beginning with an analysis of Descartes, Reid and Kant, dedicates itself to the definition of basic philosophical terms like matter, judgement, spirit, reality, the inductive method, skepticism etc. Quérard VI, 150.

 

RENAN, Ernest. VIE DE JÉSUS. Paris: Michel Lévy, 1863. 8vo, lix, 462pp, frontisportrait of Renan supplied (not called for). Modern marbled boards, red labels, orig. printed wrappers bound in, a very good copy. $350. ¶ First Edition. Renan (1823-92) was widely denounced for this his most famous book; it offended by placing Christ for the first time in a historical context, as a gentle and oracular visionary of remarkable but human powers who was the central character in a mythology largely created by Paul. Ellmann (Life of Wilde p.358) notes that Oscar Wilde was wont to call it "the fifth gospel". It was intended as the first in a series of seven works on the origins of Christianity and was a huge success: "[it is] a work at once historically valid, eminently readable, and theologically profound. It was, nevertheless, attacked as heretical if not blasphemous" (Lilly Library PMM catalogue 321). It is also acknowledged to be a masterpiece of French prose: "It is Renan’s approach to the subject and his beautiful prose that gave it lasting eminence." PMM 352.

 

[RESTIF DE LA BRETONNE, Nicolas Edmé]. LA MIMOGRAPHE, ou Idées d’Une Honnête Femme pour la Réformation du Théâtre National. Amsterdam & The Hague: Changuion & Gosse & Pinet, 1770. 8vo, (4), 7-466pp. Full calf antique, backstrip lettered & stamped in gilt, first few leaves lightly foxed, otherwise very good. $1250. ¶ First Edition. Reputedly printed in an edition of 2000 copies, this work is the sequel (but complete in itself) to Le Pornographe and was followed by Les Gynographes. It is a detailed and thorough study of conditions in the theater of the day, and Dawes notes that many of these details are not to be found anywhere else. It is usually stated that Restif wrote relatively little of this book, the majority of which was penned by P.J.B. Nougaret. He was, however, responsible for setting some of the type for this printing and for making all the corrections in the forms. The book was immediately successful, though Restif claims that the booksellers who took copies never paid him. It was never pirated and no other editions were printed. Dawes pp.134-35. Jacob VII. Rives Child VII.

 

[RESTIF DE LA BRETONNE, Nicolas Edmé]. LA PREVENTION NATIONALE, Action Adaptée à la Scène; Avec deux Variantes, et les Faits qui lui servent de base… The Hague & Paris: Regnault, 1784. 3 vols in 2, 12mo, 302, (8, ads); 455, (1)pp & 10 engraved plates. Modern morocco-backed marbled boards, gilt labels. Very good set. $750. ¶ First Edition of a miscellaneous collection of writings, the title being that of a play of which 3 versions are given. The remainder consists of essays in criticism, especially on Shakespeare and his plays, French drama in general, and a lengthy study of Jeanne d’Arc. Jacob points out that the only censure of Voltaire’s La Pucelle (on patriotic grounds) in the l8th century is to be found here. The ten anonymous plates are after Binet. Jacob XXVII. Rives Child XXVII. Cohen-De Ricci p.878.

 

[RESTIF DE LA BRETONNE, Nicolas Edmé]. LES FRANÇAISES, ou XXXIV Exemples Choisis dans Les Moeurs actuelles, Propres à diriger les Filles, les Femmes, les Epouses, & les Mères. Neufchâtel: Ches Guillot, 1786. 4 vols in 1, 12mo, 272; 312; 312; 324pp. 34 engraved plates by Giraud l’aîné after Binet. Full red crushed moroccco, gilt spines & borders, a.e.g., by Kaufmann. Repair to lower margin of last leaf of vol I, vol III with flaw in B1 & upper margin of B12 torn away with loss of headline, some spotting, otherwise fine. $2250. ¶ First Edition, and first state of the wonderful engravings, each corresponding to a story in the book. The drawings were drawn by Binet after the suggestions of Restif, and many are said to be authentic portraits, including one of Grimod de la Reynière. There is a section on authors where Restif discusses Voltaire, Rousseau, Buffon, Molière, Corneille, Racine, Crébillon and, incidentally, Shakespeare whom he greatly admired. In a famous passage in the first volume, Restif predicts the French Revolution. Jacob XXXI ("fort rare"). Rives Childs XXXI. Cohen-de Ricci p.878-9. NUC notes on Yale, Harvard & the Library of Congress.

 

[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 Edmé]. PIED DE FANCHETTE Ou L’Orfeline Française. Histoire Interessante et Morale. The Hague & Paris: Chez Humblot; Quillau, 1769. 12mo, 3 parts in one, title, dedication & notes printed in red. Contemp. calf, gilt tooled backes, gilt morocco labels, light edge wear, internally very good. Modern slipcase. $3750. ¶ First Edition, printed in an edition of 1000 copies by Restif himself. Written in 12 days "for my own pleasure," Restif did not offer it to the booksellers but got it approved by the Censor (who happend to be Crébillon fils) and proceeded to print it at Quillau’s shop with the help of an apprentice. It sold at the rate of 50 copies a day, a remarkable success for an unknown author. Restif’s third book, the first of his works to become popular, and one of the best of his early works, Fanchette is the story of a young orphan girl who is submitted to many attemps at seduction, all of which she successfully resists and eventually marries the young man of her choice. For the fanatical passion for pretty feet and shoes this book led to Restif being called "Fetichistes." Jacob III & Rives-Child III, 1. NUC: Harvard only. OCLC: no copies.

 

[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.

 

(Restif). MONSELET, Charles. RESTIF DE LA BRETONNE, Sa Vie et Ses Amours. Documents Inédits… Paris: Aug. Aubry, 1858. 8vo, 212pp, with portrait by Nargeot & a folding facsimile plate. Turn-of-the-century cloth, with orig. printed wrappers bound in. $125. ¶ Limited to 520 copies. This is apparently a re-issue of the sheets of the first edition of 1854 with new title and wrappers. Monselet’s biography is mainly responsibile for the revival of interest in Restif in the mid-nineteenth century. It includes a long annotated bibliography. See Rives-Child pp.66-8. NUC notes 3 copies.

 

RISTELHUBER, P. UN TOURISTE ALLEMAND A FERNEY. Paris: Isidore Liseux, 1878. 12mo, 35pp. Modern marbled wrappers. A very good copy printed on hand-made paper. $40. ¶ This work was first published in the "Journal de Genève".

 

[ROBINET, Jean-Baptiste-René]. DE LA NATURE. Amsterdam: Van Harrevelt, 1761-64. 2 vols, 8vo, xii, 456; xvi, 647pp. Engraved frontis. & title-vignette in vol. 1. Contemp. mottled calf, morocco labels, gilt spines, edges worn. $450. ¶ First Edition of the author’s first book, with the rare second volume published three years later. De la Nature created a great scandal on publication and was for a time attributed to Diderot, Helvetius or Toussaint. Hoefer calls it "un livre bizarre" for its outrageous philosophy of the universe and the soul; but also included are interesting thoughts on the arts and sciences, commerce and agriculture. The controversy surrounding the work naturally led to refutations, notably those of Abbé Barruel and Charles Louis Richard. Others found inspiration in Robinet’s book, including Azais in his Traité des Compensations Humaines. Robinet (1735-1820), who had studied with the Jesuits as a youth, continued to write numerous books, though of a more conservative nature. Fluent in English, he published several grammars and dictionaries and translated the works of Hume. He published the Lettres Secrètes de Voltaire in 1765, and in collaboration with Franklin and Court de Gébelin he began a periodical entitled Affaires de l’Angleterre et de l’Amerique, 1776, 15 volumes. Quérard VIII, p.86. Peignot, Livres Condamnés II, 441. INED 3862. Not in NUC or BL.

 

[ROMANY, Richard de]. LE CARABINAGE ET MATOISERIE SOLDATESQUE. Réimpression textuelle de 1’édition rarissime de Paris 1616; augmentée d’un Avant-propos et de notes, par Philomnestre junior. Geneva: J. Gay, 1867. 12mo, viii, 112pp. Full green morocco, gilt, a.e.g., by Smeers. A very good copy. $150. ¶ Limited to 100 copies with notes and a preface by Gustave Brunet. This is a reprint of a very rare book, containing fictitious conversations between two characters, Poltronesque and Belles-Oreilles, in a Rabelaisean manner of mockery and mirth, written by Drachier d’Amorny (anagram of Richard de Romany). Subjects include the ridicule of marriage, anecdotes of military life, etc. Cioransecu 60096. Brunet II, 830 (orig. ed.) NUC: LC only.

 

ROMIEU, A[uguste] PROVERBES ROMANTIQUES. Paris: Ladvocat, 1827. 8vo, (4), iv, 278, (2)pp. Quarter calf, last leaf repaired not affecting text, backstrip worn, otherwise very good. $250. ¶ First Edition, very scarce. Romieu (1800-55) conceived seven short theatrical scenes under the caption of common proverbs as "Nul n’est prophète en son pays" or "Il n’y a pas de roses sans épines." The preface is a curious piece of self-criticism in which the author mocks romanticism and literary clichés. Hanotaux & Vicaire 63. Not in Quérard.

 

ROMIEU, A[uguste] PROVERBES ROMANTIQUES. Paris: Ladvocat, 1827. 8vo, (4), iv, 278, (2)pp. Modern grey boards, gilt stamped red morocco label, gilt rules on backstrip. Fine copy with the orig. wrappers bound in. $200. ¶ First Edition, very scarce. Romieu (1800-55) conceived seven short theatrical scenes under the caption of common proverbs as "Nul n’est prophète en son pays" or "Il n’y a pas de roses sans épines." The preface is a curious piece of self-criticism in which the author mocks romanticism and literary clichés. Hanotaux & Vicaire 63. Not in Quérard.

 

ROUSSEAU, Jean-Jacques. JULIE, OU LA NOUVELLE HELOISE. Lettres de Deux Amans, Habitans d’une petite Ville au pied des Alpes. Amsterdam: Marc Michel Rey, 1761. 6 vols, 12mo, (16), 407, (1); (4), 319, (1); (4), 255, (1); (4), 331; (4), 311, (1); (4), 312, 24 (Recueil d’Estampes)pp, 12 engraved plates, vignettes on titles, complete with all half titles. Contemp. calf, light edge wear, modern slipcase. Very good set. $6000. ¶ True First Edition of La Nouvelle Heloise, with engraved title vignettes in vols. 2-5, and with the 12 plates engraved by Gravelot seldom found in the first edition. Dufour 87. Tchemerzine X, p.38. McEachern, Bibliography of the Writings of Jean-Jacques Rousseau to 1800. "Julie, ou la Nouvelle Héloïse," 362 (explaining variants of the title ornaments).

 

(ROUSSEAU, Jean-Jacques). PROJET CONCERNANT DE NOUVEAUX SIGNES POUR LA MUSIQUE, lu par l’Auteuar à l’ Académie des Sciences. Geneva: [Moultou & Du Peyrou], 1781. 8vo, 438pp (incl. 19 plates), 1 folding plate. Modern wrappers, marbled endpapers, marbled edges. Barest of occasional foxing & browning, miniscule hole poked in text of K1, 1-inch tear to folding plate, occasional marking in colored pencil & library stamping, otherwise very good. $350. ¶ Volume XVI of the first or second edition of the the complete works. Includes Project concernant de nouveaux signes de Musique, Dissertation dur la Musique moderne, Essai sur l’Origine des Langues, Lettre à M. l’Abbé Raynal, Examen de deux principes avancés par M. Rameau, and Lettre à M. Burney, suivie d’une Réponse du Petit-Faiseur. The plates in the Dissertation represent Rousseau’s novel method of musical notation, and the essay on Rameau is Rousseau’s response to Rameu’s criticism of Rousseau’s articles on music in the Encyclopédie. The important essay on the origin of language contains chapters on harmony, on an alleged analogy between sound and color, and on the music of the Greeks. The Lettre à M. Burney is an analysis of the "Alceste" written at Gluck’s request. Sénelier 1.897.

 

ROZAN, Charles. LES FEMMES DANS LA POLITIQUE. Réponse a MM. Al. Dumas et de Girardin. Paris: P. Ducroq, 1881. 8vo, 62pp. Orig. printed wrappers, some pencil marks scattered in the text, otherwise a very good copy. $125. ¶ Taking a conservative approach, the author questions the "necessity, for the happiness to everyone & for the best of the politic manners, to give to the Woman the right to vote & to be eligible"?

 

[SACY, Claude-Louis-Michel de]. LES JEUX DE LA FORTUNE. Par M. de S***. Amsterdam: [n.p.], 1768. Sm. 8vo, (2), 220pp. Quarter red morocco over marbled boards, cloth corners, spine lettered in gilt. Light staining throughout, light wear, otherwise very good. $150. ¶ Only Edition of this rare erotic volume, written, ironically, by one who would later be appointed "censeur royal." Sacy (1746-90) was also a member of the Académies de Caen et d’Arras. He wrote a number of other works of erotica, but this title is not in Gay or Pia. Among more mainstream topics, a history of Hungary and work in praise of France were written by him. NUC cites copies only at the Library of Congress and Michigan.

 

[SAINT-MARTIN, Louis Claude de]. LE CROCODILE, ou la Guerre du Bien et du Mal, arrivée sous le Règne de Louis XV; Poème Epiquo-Magique en 102 Chants… Oeuvre Posthume d’un Amateur des Choses Cachées. Paris: Imprimerie-Librairie du Cercle-Social, an VII de la République Française [1799]. 8vo, (4), 460pp. Modern green cloth lettered in gilt, ink signature on title crossed out, owner’s stamp on paste-down, a very good copy. $750. ¶ First Edition, rare. This long fictional allegory takes on the established tenets of science, religion and philosophy and attempts, through enigmatic and obscure means, to promote a system called "Illuminisme," an occult philosophy based on the Kabbalah and akin to theosophy and the mystical doctrines of Swedenborg. Its chief proponent was Saint-Martin (1743-1803), and his writings, especially the famous Des Erreurs et de la Verité (of which Voltaire remarked that part I should be fifty folio volumes and part II a half-page), are said to have influenced de Maistre, Ballanche, and Balzac. He also translated works by Jakob Boehme whose influence can be detected in his later writings especially. Many of his books were written under the nom-de-plume of "Le Philosophe Inconnu." NUC records four copies. Bibliotheca Esoterica 4304. Caillet 9266. De Guaita 929.

 

SAINT-SIMON, (Louis de Rouvroy, duc de. MEMOIRES... Nouvelle Edition Collationee sur le Manuscrit Autographe, Augmentee des Additions de Saint-Simon au Journal de Dangeau & de Notes & Appendices par A. de Boislisle. Paris: Hachette, 1879-1905. 18 vols, each over 500pp. Full calf, gilt titles, scuffed but sound. $650. ¶ Excellent edition of the Memoirs which ran, astoundingly, to 42 vols. "Fine edition; ample, scholarly footnotes; convenient marginal subject headings.. Saint-Simon was vivid, passionate observer of decline of Louis XIV and rise of Regency. No such record exists elsewhere. Detailed descriptions of leading personalities of time. Due allowance must be made for author’s volcanic temperament and towering prejudices, bu, particularly for last half of age of Louis XIV, his record seems essentially true in its main lines" (Cabeen 94).

 

SAINTSBURY, George. FRENCH LYRICS. Selected & Annoted by… London: Kegan Paul, Trench, 1882. 12mo, xxxv, 244pp. Full white vellum, lettered in black & red, wear to extremities, ownership signature to free endpaper, otherwise a very good copy. $50. ¶ First Edition, collecting poems of the major French poets from Villon to Gautier and Baudelaire.

 

SALGUES J[acques] B[arthelmy] S. DE PARIS, DES MOEURS, DE LA LITTERATURE ET DE LA PHILOSOPHIE. Paris: J. G. Dentu, 1813. 8vo, viii, 507, (l)pp. Quarter-calf, a little rubbed, marbled boards; very good copy. $85. ¶ Only Edition. A collection of amusing texts on issues of elegant lifestyle compiled by Salgues (1760-1830), one of the principal writers for the Journal de Paris and other major journals of the time. The book contains theater and book reviews; beauty tips and the latest information on fashion and good manners; popular philosophical remarks on happiness, vanity, married life, etc. Not in Quérard.

 

SAND, Georges. QUELQUES REFLEXIONS SUR J. J. ROUSSEAU. N.d.; 1841. 8vo, pp.703-716. Extracted from Revue des Deux Mondes, 1841, in later wrappers. $30.

 

SERUSIER, Paul. LA MARCHAND AMBULANTE (The Street Vendor; sometimes titled La Marchande de Bonbons). Lithograph, 223 x 135mm (image), printed in black on tan stock, initialed in stone: "P Ser." 1895. ¶ Edition of 100. Published hors texte in La Petite Suite de la Revue Blanche. Boyle-Turner, Prints of the Pont-Aven School, SR.3. $1000. Serusier (1864-1927) was a close friend of Gaugin before the latter’s departure for the South Seas in 1891 and his best known painting, Le Talisman (1988) was done under Gauguin’s direction, whose theories he transmitted to friends in Paris, thus establishing the aesthetic basis for the Nabis. Browned as usual (see Boyle-Turner’s note), two marginal repairs, otherwise very good.

 

SÉVIGNÉ, Marie de Rabutin-Chantal, Marquise de. LETTRE DE MADAME DE SÉVIGNÉ avec les notes de tous les commentateurs. Paris: Firmin-Didot, [1843]. 6 vols, sm. 8vo, frontisportrait of Mme de Sévigné & publisher’s catalogue in backs of vols, all uniformly bound in contemporary quarter-morocco over marbled boards (backs worn), raised bands and gilt titles on spine; half-inch section missing from top of spine of Volume 2. Very good. $100.

 

(Sévigné). MONMERQUÉ, M. LETTRES DE MADAME DE SÉVIGNÉ DE SA FAMILLE ET DE SES AMIS. Album. Paris: Librairie de L. Hachette, 1868. 8vo, (70)pp. with 31 plates. Quarter morocco over marbled boards, gilt letter on spine. Minor foxing to some plates, upper joint starting, 1 1/2" section missing from head of spine, foot of spine cracked. Good. $85. ¶ An interesting cross-section of French aristocratic life represented here by portraits, color armorial plates, pictures of residences and facsimiles of autograph letters. The author of this work was a distinguished bibliographer and historian.

 

(Staël). COPPET & WEIMAR. MADAME DE STAËL ET LA GRANDE-DUCHESSE LOUISE. Paris: Michel Lévy, 1862. 8vo, xxxii, 347, (1)pp. Orig. printed wrappers, spine cracked and repaired with tape. Fair. $20.

 

STAEL-HOLSTEIN, [Anne Louise Germaine]. ŒUVRES DE MADAME LA BARONNE DE STAËL-HOLSTEIN. Paris: Lefevre, 1858. 3 vols, 8vo, 882; 857; 755pp. Orig. yellow printed wrappers. Light soiling, extremities chipped, otherwsise a very good, uncut set. $175. ¶ Collected works. Madame de Stael, daughter of Jacques Necker, founded the only salon in Paris that seriously rivaled her mother’s in influence. The strength of her ideas and connections caused her to be exiled and/or choose voluntary emigration five times between 1782 and 1810.

 

[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.

 

TAINE, Hippolyte. PHILOSOPHIE DE L’ART. Paris: Baillière, 1865. 8vo, 175pp. Quarter cloth, orig. wrappers bound in, very good. $75. ¶ First Edition of Taine’s insightful analysis of art history in which he applies psychological interpretations to artistic development which relate to his theories of la race, le milieu and le moment. Taine (1828-93), French critic and historian, did more than any other writers of the period to mould the thought of his generation. Taine’s importance lay in his application of the principles of scientific investigation to the study of literature, history, and art.

 

TANNENBERG, Boris de. ECRIVAINS CASTILLANS CONTEMPORAINS. J. M. DE PEREDA. Extrait de la Revue Hispanique, Tome V. Paris, 1898. 8vo, 39pp. Orig. printed wrappers, slightly sunned, otherwise a very good copy stab-stitched into later wrappers. $20.

 

TOUSSENEL, A[lphonse]. L’ESPRIT DES BETES. LE MONDE DES OISEAUX Ornithologie Passionelle. Paris: Librarie Phalanstérienne, 1853-55. 3 vols, 8vo, (8), iii, 484, (2); viii, 412, (1); (4), 372, (1), 10 (ads)pp, frontisportrait in vol. III. Contemp. quarter calf, backstrips lettered in gilt, a very good set. $250. ¶ First Edition, published posthumously. This unusual study of French ornithology embodies a philosophical treatise based on socialist theories by Charles Fourier (1772-1837), who propounded a cooperative organization of society into "phalanxes" (hence Phalanstérienne). Toussenel (1803-1885) was an admirer of Fourier and an active member of the Phalanx-movement. In this work he investigates the world of birds and draws parallels to the world of the human society, basing arguments on observations, especially stressing the necessity of active participation of women in politics, religion, morality and literature. Larousse devotes a whole article to this title and calls Toussenel’s writings inventive, sometimes paradoxical and fantastic, but always charming. Toussenel was also the author of the well known L'Esprit des Bêtes, Vénerie Française et Zoologie Passionelle (1847). Scarce. Not in BMC or NUC.

 

ULBACH, Louis. LE PRINCE BONIFACIO. La Dame Blanche de Bade. Le Petit Homme Rouge. Le Démon du Lac. Paris: Librairie Internationale/J. Hetzel et A. Lacroix, [n.d., ca. 189?]. 8vo, 299, (1)pp. Contemp. full black morocco, gilt lettered spine, raised bands, gilt orn. compartments, blindstamped double fillet borders and inner quadrangle, central gilt lozenge, corner gilt lozenges, broad gilt dentelles, gilt tooled edges, teg, a few rubbed spots, otherwise near fine. $200. ¶ Later edition, the author’s copy with book label, and another ex libris of Trecis. Beautifully bound by Cottin-Simier.

 

VERLAINE, Paul. ELEGIES. Paris: Léon Vanier, 1893. Small 8vo, (6), 53, (3)pp. Half marbled boards over red cloth, blue morocco label, orig. pink printed wrappers preserved. Barest foxing to first several leaves, signature to front wrapper, label chipped, very good. $125. ¶ First edition of this suite of 12 religio-laic poetic hymns to Philomène Boudin, reviled by some but regarded by others as some of Verlaine’s most piercing insights into the nature of woman. She was, suprisingly, known to have loved Verlaine for his money, what little he ever had, and Montel sadly records that she had little heart and few tears to shed: "à l’enterrement du poète, elle souriait." Montel pp.91-93. Rousseau-Girard p.40.

 

(Villars). DE VOGUE, Le Mts. VILLARS D’APRES SA CORRESPONDANCE ET DES DOCUMENTS INEDITS. Avec Portraits, Gravures et Cartes. Paris: Plon, 1888. 2 vols, 8vo, xii, 409; 452pp. Orig. printed wrappers, foxing throughout, otherwise good. $50.

 

[VILLEMAIN D’ABANCOUR, Jean-François]. MARIA, FILLE NATURELLE DE LA COMTESSE D***, ou l’enfant de l’infortune. Paris: Hedde, Roux, An X – 1801. 2 vols, xii, 132, 152pp, 2 engraved frontis., contemp. wrappers, paper labels on backstrip, a very good uncut set. $75. ¶ A very popular novel telling the story of a naive young girl of illegitimate birth who has to fight many temptations and dangers. Third Edition. Barbier III, 64. Monglond V, 802. Quérard X, 180. NUC lists only one copy, an 1803 Russian edition at the Library of Congress.

 

VILLEMAIN, M. COURS DE LITTÉRATURE FRANÇAISE. Paris: Didier, 1841. 4 vols, 8vo, (4), 432pp.; 401pp.; 484pp; 448pp. Uniformly bound in quarter calf over marbled boards, gilt titles on spine. Light wear to extremities of all volumes; front joint of volume II starting but sound; head of spine to volume III chipped; scattered foxing throughout, some signatures evenly browned. Very good. $100. ¶ First and second volumes contain "leçons" on literature of the Middle Ages in France, Italy, Spain and England; third and fourth volumes discuss literature of the eighteenth century.

 

VOLKONSKY, Mme Le Princesse Zenaide QUATRE NOUVELLES. Naples: De l’Imprimerie d’Ange Coda, 1828. 8vo, 176pp. Publisher’s original purple grained cloth, blindstamped borders, gilt lettering and decoration, aeg, front hinge starting, lt. foxing throughout, wear to rear joint at spine head, rubbing, otherwise nearly good. $400 ¶ Second edition, originally published in Moscow, 1819. The Princess Zenaida Alexandrovna Volkonskaya (1792-1862) was a Russian noblewoman writing in French - the language of the arts and sciences and cultured Russians. A great beauty and accomplished singer, she is remembered as the lover of Pushkin. Here are collected her four novellas - Laure, Nouvelle Européenne; Deux Tribus du Brèsil, ou Nabuya et Zioié, Nouvelle Américaine; Les Maris Mandingues, Novelle Africaine; and L’Enfant De Kachmyr, Nouvelle Asiatique. Scarce, not in the standard references nor in NUC or OCLC. See: Svetlana Kaydash essays on the women of Russian history, (which translates something like Stronger then the Earth Disaster), Molodaya gvardiya, 1983 .

 

(Voltaire). DESNOIRESTERRES, Gustave. VOLTAIRE ET LA SOCIÉTÉ AU XVIII SIÈCLE. Deuxième édition. Paris: Librairie Acadèmique, 1875. 8vo, (4), 509pp. Maroon cloth. Very good. $35. ¶ Second edition.

 

(Voltaire). DESNOIRESTERRES, Gustave. VOLTAIRE ET LA SOCIÉTÉ AU XVIIIE SIÈCLE. Retour et Mort de Voltaire. Paris: Didier et CIE, Librairie-Éditeurs, [1869-] 1876. 8vo, red library cloth, orig. wrappers bound in with small repair to outer margin, good copy. $20. ¶ The last of an eight volume biography, described as "one of indispensable basic works for any detailed study of Voltaire’s life and literary activity" by Cabeen (1667).

 

(Voltaire). DESNOIRESTERRES, Gustave. VOLTAIRE ET LA SOCIÉTÉ AU XVIIIE SIÈCLE. Voltaire et Genève.. Paris: Didier et CIE, Librairie-Éditeurs, [1869-]1876. 8vo, 511pp. with errata, red library cloth, orig. wrappers bound in, good copy. $25. ¶ One of an eight volume biography, described as "one of indispensable basic works for any detailed study of Voltaire’s life and literary activity" by Cabeen (1667).

 

VOLTAIRE, [F.-M. A.] LETTRES INÉDITES DE VOLTAIRE. À Mademoiselle Quinault, à M. D’Argental, au Président Hénault, à M. Damilaville, à Madame D’Épinay, et Autres Personnages Remarquables. Paris: Antoine-Augustin Renouard, 1822. 8vo, contemporary quarter calf over marbled boards, marbled endpapers; joint starting and spine a little worn, foxing throughout with some leaves heavier than others. $25.

 

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.

 

VOLTAIRE, [F.M.R.S.]. SIÉCLE DE LOUIS XIV par Voltaire. Nouvelle Edition Classique avec Commentaire Historique, Geogrpahiques & Litteraire par Paul Gaffarel. Paris: Garnier Fréres, 1882. 8vo, xvi, 660pp, illus. & maps. Orig. printed wrappers. Spine ends chipped, very good, tight, unopened copy. $40. ¶ "Nouvelle Édition Classique" avec commentaire historique, géographique et Littéraire par Paul Gaffarel.

 

(Voltaire). JANIN, Jules. LE DERNIER VOLUME DES OEUVRES DE VOLTAIRE. Contes, Comedie, Pensées, Poésies, Lettres. Oeuvres Inédites précédées du Testament Autographe de Voltaire. Paris: Henri Plon, 1862. 8vo, 436pp, numerous autograph facsimiles inserted. Beige cloth boards, orig. wrappers preserved. Very good copy. $75. ¶ Includes Janin L’Histoire du Couer de Voltaire.

 

(Voltaire). LA HARPE, (Jean-François de). ELOGE DE VOLTAIRE. Paris: Pissot, 1780. 12mo, iv, 112pp. Modern marbled wrappers, flaw on title-page & first page, otherwise a very good copy. $225. ¶ La Harpe (1739-1803), dramatist, journalist, & critic, was a disciple & friend of Voltaire whom he nevertheless criticized. Querard p.440.

 

(Voltaire). LEOUZON LE DUC, L. VOLTAIRE ET LA POLICE. Dossiers Recueilli a Saint-Petersbourg parmi les Manuscrits Français Originaux enlevés à la Bastille en 1789... Paris: Ambroise Bray, 1867. 8vo, 265pp, red library cloth, orig. front wrapper bound in, light foxing. $75. ¶ Le Clère, Bib. Crit. de la Police, 625.

 

(Voltaire). MANNE, Edmund Denis de. GALERIE HISTORIQUE DES PORTRAITS DES COMEDIENS de la Troupe de Voltaire Gravés à l’Eau-forte, sur des Documents authentiques par Henri Lefort. Avec des details Biographiques Inédits, recuellis sur chacun d’Eux par E.-D. de Manne. Lyon: N. Scheuring, 1877. 8vo, VIII, 324, (3)pp, 46 etched plates. Later blue wrappers preserving the original printed wrappers. $200. ¶ New, expanded edition, printed in a small edition.. We had an 1861 edition with engravings by Frederic Hillemacher. Each of the principals, including Voltaire, is accorded a brief (4-8pp) biography accompanied by a portrait etched after contemporary sources. The actors and actresses are also credited with all the roles that they created and the dates of the creation of those roles. The biographies are by no means always flattering.

 

(Voltaire). PALISSOT (de MONTENOY, Charles). ELOGES DE MR. DE VOLTAIRE. Paris: Jean-François Bastien, 1778. 12mo, 96pp. Modern marbled wrappers, water stains, otherwise a very good copy. $145. ¶ The author, a dramatist generally known as "Palissot", caricatured in light comedies various social types of his generation, including Rousseau, Mme de Chatelet, & Voltaire. In later life he drew nearer to the parties he had attacked & he appears to have remained on good terms with Voltaire. Querard pp.564-565.

 

(Voltaire). VIRET, Louis. LE MAUVAIS DÎNER, ou Lettres sur le dîner du Comte de Boulainvilliers. Paris: Bailly, 1770. 8vo, viii, 282, (6)pp. Very good copy in later green boards, gilt spine, gilt red morocco label. $225. ¶ Only edition of this critique of Voltaire’s three dialogues, Le Dîner du Comte de Voulainvilliers (1767). Charged with impiety from many quarters, the brief Le Dîner was never so denigrated as by Louis Viret, who is known only by another work, also attacking Voltaire. Michaud V, p.224, n.1. Quérard X, 232. NUC cites one copy (OU).

 

[WANDELAINCOURT, Antoine Hubert]. PLAN D’EDUCATION PUBLIQUE… Paris: Durand, 1777. 8vo, viii, 180, (4)pp, engraved vignettes & cuts. Contemp. paper wrappers, manuscript backstrip, a little chipped, but a very good partly unopened copy. $300. ¶ First Edition. Wandelaincourt’s (1731-1819) educational theories were critically discussed and often accused of charlatanism, especially this major work presenting a new method of rapid learning, applicable in the author’s opinion not only to basic reading and writing skills, but also to sciences, languages and even to Latin. Wandelaincourt was tutor to the children of Duc de Clermont-Tonnerre and author of several works on education. Barbier III, p. 190. Not in Monglond or Tourneau. NUC & BL record a 1794 edition only.

 

WELSVHINGER, Henri. LA CENSURE SOUS LE PREMIER EMPIRE. Avec Documents Inédits. Paris: Charavay Frères,

 

1882. 8vo, 400pp. Orig. printed wrappers, spine chipped, missing 2 x 2" section of corner of front cover, some stains & foxing. A fair copy. $20.

 

WIESENER, Louis. LE RÉGENT L’ABBÉ DUBOIS ET LES ANGLAIS. Paris: Librairie Hachette, 1891. 8vo, xii, 548pp., (1) errata leaf. Calf with gilt coat-of-arms of Christ’s Church of Oxford on upper cover, raised bands and floral gilt compartment designs, morocco spine labels with gilt letter, extremities gilt-stamped & dentelles in blind. Lightly rubbed overall. $50.