Paris: Domino Press, 1931. Hard Cover. First Edition. Colorful French take on the story of Daniel Boone in vibrant colors in the Art Modern tradition of the period. Text in French. Paper covered boards with illustration of Daniel Boone Camping. Soiling to cover boards, wear and rubbing at edges, spine cloth missing, but entire binding intact. Previous owner's name in ink on first free endpaper, clean and vibrant within. Photographs gladly provided. Good.
Paris: Chez Desaint, 1765. Leather. As. 471 pp. This small 235-year-old book has loose front hinge, 3 corners bumped. Leather cover somewhat worn, particularly at corners, and gilt lettering on spine is almost gone. That said, the book is amazingly good. Marbled eps, with ffep missing. Title page has traces of red stain (from edges?). Six-page introducution is followed by a fold-out map of lands of the Bible. In French. Very Good.
Liege, France: Musee de l'Art Wallon, 1975. Soft Cover. First Edition. Folio. Pagination is by sections: preliminaries, 96 pp.; "Catalogue," 214 pp. and "Planches" (b/w and color plates), 51. Front cover has a golden orb surrounded by fleur de lis, of various sizes, on a royal blue background. Rear cover and spine are white. Spine has blue lettering. Covers and spine are slightly aged, soiled, creased and shelf-worn. Edges are slightly soiled. A few page corners, at rear, are curled. Text, in French, is followed by the separate section of, mostly full-page, mostly b/w plates. Interior is occasionally very slightly soiled, otherwise crisp and tight. Very Good.
Carcassonne: Pierre Polere, 1820. Full Leather. As. 768 pp. Binding is reddish-brown leather with faded and worn blind-stamped, gilt lettering, decorative borders and rules. Binding is slightly aged, soiled and shelf-worn. Spine ends and corners are bumped and worn. A.e.g. which is slightly aged and worn. Marbled eps. Interior is slightly aged. Page 105 is torn, part of it missing. Upper corner section is missing from rear fly leaf. Some page corners have been creased. Otherwise, the interior is very good. Good.
Paris: Chez Lacombe, 1769. Hardcover. As. 550 pp. 12mo. Full-leather binding is slightly aged, soiled and worn. Spine, with five raised bands, has blind-stamped, bright gilt lettering and decoration in compartments. Front hinge is split; rear hinge is cracked. Spine ends are chipped. Corners are bumped and frayed to the boards. All edges are red. Marbled eps. Brief ink notation at top of title page. Text, on laid paper, is clean, crisp and tight except for a damp stain in the hinge that extends from page 73 to page 96. Very Good.
Paris: Furne et Ce, 1839. Quarter Leather. First Edition. Brown leather spine with four raised bands, titling in gold, slight chipping at head and foot of each volume in set. Brown marbled paper-covered boards with some bumping and chipping at corners. Pastedowns are a brown and blue marbled paper. Foxing throughout, plates present. An attractive set. Very Good.
Rouen, France: Jean-B. Besongne, 1699. Full Leather. As. Possibly Third Edition. 198,  pp. 16mo. Recent full leather binding in the style of the late 17th century, five raised bands, blind embossed borders to front and rear covers, black leather patch title with gold embossed titling. Very clean within. Text in French. Housed in a custom cardstock slipcase with the title page reproduced on the front cover.
An early French guide for the dyeing of wool. Very Good.
Paris: Chez Merigot, 1788. Leather. First Edition. 360 pp. Cover is edge-and corner worn. Five raised bands on spine are set off by gilt rules. Title block chipped, another (Vol. No. ?) appears missing, Rear hinge repaired at some point. Front has leather cracking at joint. Spine ends chipped. On f.p.d. is armorial bookplate of Louis de Givenchy. Tiny bookworm evidence (about the size of two pinheads) penetrates the entire book. Blue stamp on t.p.: "Sagnier Rentier a Therouanne." Clean and tight throughout, with all text in French. Very Good.
Paris: Plon Freres, 1851. Three Quarter Leather. First Edition. `416 pp. B/w ills. Blue marbled cover has black leather spine and corners. Five raised bands on spine embellished w/gilt; gilt title on spine. Leather is worn, rubbed at corners, and splitting at lower joint in front. Upper joint on back cover is tentative. Marbled boards clean and bright. Inside are 6 months' issues of this weekly journal, approximately 16 pp. per issue. All in French, it is clean and bright although pages are a bit aged. Binding tight. This is a wonderful compilation of features and hard news, with reviews of music and books, and wonderful, wonderful caricatures and cartoons, some aimed at the British. Very Good.
Paris: Le Prieur, 1811. Full Leather. Second Edition. 324, 310 pp. 12mo. Beautifully designed and executed books are bound in tree calf with gilt spine embellishments, black leather title blocks on spine. Corners lightly bumped, with more corner wear to Vol. 2. Spine ends mildly worn, with more attrition to heads than heels. Some joint tenderness on V. 2, but binding is perfectly tight. Gilt dentelles on cover edges do not carry to insides. Endpapers are marbled in navy, green, and white. Each book has an armorial bookplate on front pastedown, no names given. Vol. 1 uniformly foxed, with some let-up in the center of the book. V. 2 foxed only on prelims. Both volumes have the original dark green ribbon marker intact and unfaded...
Paris: Bibliotheque Nationale, 1970. Wraps. First Edition. 131 pp. + ads. B/w and color ills. White wraps have black drawing of face on front cover with title in red, publisher info in black type. Black lettering on spine. Wraps are a little soiled. Interior clean & tight. Text in French. Preface by Etienne Dennery, Administrateur General de la Bibliotheque Nationale. Many full-page ills., some in color. Very Good.
Paris: Libraire De l'Academie, 1756. Full Leather. As. 156 pp. 12mo. Engraved frontis. Subtitle: "Nouvellement etablie a Troyes en Champagne." Two vols. in one. Contemporary calf cover is scuffed and worn, with erosion at corners and along lower edges and hinges. Spine had gilt pattern, mostly obscured now. Binding holding tightly. Bubble-patterned pastel eps are aged and soiled. Pasted inside front cover is an old listing of the book. Pasted on the ffep is a hand-written note, in English, undated but signed by H. Bates. The note reads, in part: "This very curious & facetious collection was the production of Pierre Jean Grosley (born in Troyes, 1718) aided by his relative & friend Andre Lefebure (various spellings in this account), & 'David.' An academy had...
Paris: Librairie Hachette & Cie, 1893. Hard Cover. First Edition. 832 pp. + Index. Color ills. "Recueil Hebdomadaire. Illustre de gravures en couleurs et en noir. Pour les enfants de 8 a 12 ans." Pictorial front cover has drawing of boy reading to other children. Red cloth spine and corners, titled on spine in black. Covers are edgeworn with bumped corners and cocked spine. Spine is "bubbled." Upper edges tinted. Blue eps. Contents aged, with an occasional loose page. A year's collection of a weekly publication for children, w/lavish color ills. In French language. Very Good.
Paris: Les Editions Du Monde Moderne, 1930. Burgundy Leatherette. Limited. 122 pp. B/w ills. Cover is patterned all over with gilt stars. Small white paper title block on front. Black eps. # 194 of 350 printed on Holland Van Gelder paper. Total impression of 625 copies. A lovely survey of dance, illustrated with charming, airy line-drawings. In French language. Possibly a one-of-a-kind binding. Very Good.
Lille: Societe Saint-Augustin, Desclee, De Brouwer et Cie. 1889. Hard Cover. First Edition. 304 pp. Covers and spine have elaborate, blind-stamped rules and decorations. Front cover and spine were highlighted with gilt. Much of the gilt on the front cover is worn and/or faded. Remaining gilt is bright. Gilt on spine has almost entirely worn off. Covers and spine are slightly aged, stained and shelf-worn. Spine ends and corners are bumped, worn and frayed. Top edge of rear cover has a small dent. A.e.g. Gray eps. Preliminaries are slightly foxed. Text in French. Ornamented initial capital letters begin, and decorative floral designs end, each chapter. Text is illustrated with occasional engravings of ships at sea, exotic peoples or ports of call. Interior is slightly aged...
Paris: Furne et Ce, 1839. Half Leather. As. Five volume set: 655, 607, 646, 653, 702 pp. Set is uniformly and attractively bound in marbled boards with leather spines. Spines have blind-stamped, bright gilt lettering, ornamentation and rules. Covers and spines are aged, soiled, shelf- and edge-worn. Hinges are occasionally cracked and/or have been repaired. Spine ends and corners are bumped, chipped and worn to the boards. Page edges are marbled, as are eps. The marbling on the boards, edges and eps complement one another but do not match. B/w engraved frontises, with tissue guards. Text is in French and is augmented by a few additional engravings, with tissues. Interiors are slightly aged and foxed to varying degrees. An aged, but rather attractive set that...
Arnoux, Guy. Paris: Devambez. 10 plates and cover page with limitation page at verso. Elephant Folio. Title page and plates hand colored and depict French soldiers in various battles from the Crusades through World War I and including Joan of Arc. Original folio with some staining to front and rear, colored illustration on cover board of a French World War I helmet within a wreath, original ribbon ties in France's colors of red, white and blue in original condition and still bright.
Published in an edition of 500, this is #446. Illustrtations all by Guy Arnoux.
Paris: Alexis Sinjon, 1929. Loose Leaf. First Edition. 15 pp. + 83 b/w plates. 4to. Individual plates and text in pamphlet form are cased in a paper-over-boards portfolio. Covers are ivory embellished in red and navy. Portfolio is worn at hinges and at all edges. Tape marks upper and lower covers across spine. Corners bumped and worn. Cloth ties. Contents are near fine, unbound. Full-page b/w photos of fine antique furnishings from 1760-1810. Eleven pp. of text in French precede the list of plates. The last plate is chipped a bit on the edge but it does not affect image. Very Good.
Leipzig: Karl Baedeker, 1914. Red Cloth. Eighteenth Edition. 488 pp. Laid in at back is a 60-page Index of streets and Plans of Paris. 16 maps and 39 plans. Flexible red cloth binding. Covers have wrap-around, blind-stamped rules. Front cover and spine have blind-stamped, faded gilt lettering. Covers a bit "handled," with touches of edge wear. All edges marbled; now lightly aged and faded. Feps are an ad for "Baedeker's Guide Books." Prelims lightly foxed, including feps. Rear eps are a map of France. Original green and red ribbon bookmarks present. Interior is slightly aged, with all text in French. As usual, text is accompanied by numerous color maps, many of them fold-out. The quintessential guide book to pre-World War I Paris. We have other...
Paris: Editions De La pLEIADE, 1926. Tan Wraps. First Edition. 99, 114, 148, 199 pp. B/w ills. All volumes are ruled on front and printed front and spine in black. Each is in original glassine wrapper, which is chipped and edgeworn. All bindings are tight, and all covers very good. V.1, Venise, States "Exemplaire No. 1376" opposite t.p. V.2 is Florence; V.3, L'Italie de Centre; and V.4, L'Italie de Nord. All four vols. are clean and tight, printed on nice laid paper with ills. on glossy stock. Fore-edges and bottom edges untrimmed. Very Good.
Paris: Chez Ruault, 1775. Full Leather. First Edition. 53, 70 pp. 24mo. Small calf-covered books have had spines reinforced, with new spines trimmed and ruled in gilt. Original gilt rules on boards worn and rubbed. All corners rubbed bare; boards scuffed. All edges gilt. Black marbled endpapers all have tissue reinforcement to hinges. Each volume has several previous ownerships in ink on prelims -- all from same family, earliest 1794. Occasional light pencil notes in margins. Lovely engraved illustrations. by Marillier, 12 in each volume. Last blank in Vol. 1 has a lengthy note in ink, in French. Text in French. Very Good.