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  • [Costume Designs for Peer Gynt by LAVALLEY, [Paul Louis]. LAVALLEY, [Paul Louis]. ~ [Costume Designs for Peer Gynt Paris, 1943].
    Costume designs for productions in Paris under the German Occupation. 18 are for the production of German composer Werner Egk’s opera Peer Gynt (Opéra de… (more)

    Costume designs for productions in Paris under the German Occupation. 18 are for the production of German composer Werner Egk’s opera Peer Gynt (Opéra de Paris) directed by Serge Lifar, 4 are for the ballet Les Fêtes du Passé (Opéra comique) choreographed by Tcherkas to music by Couperin.

    Paul Louis Lavalley (1890-1956), painter, illustrator and poster artist had exhibited at the Salon des Indépendants in Paris from 1912 and produced costume designs for several prominent theatre, opera and ballet productions.

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  • À Morte. by RACHILDE. RACHILDE. ~ À Morte. Paris: [Corbeil for] Monnier, 1886.
    First edition. À Morte was dedicated to Maurice Barrès. Rachilde was a key figure in the circle of symbolist and decadent writers associated with the… (more)

    First edition. À Morte was dedicated to Maurice Barrès. Rachilde was a key figure in the circle of symbolist and decadent writers associated with the Édition du Mercure de France. Her relationships with both men and women, and her preference for male dress caused frequent speculation as to her sexuality. Her writing, though sometimes disparaged in the last century is now studied in great detail for its frank (and still surprising) explorations of gender and sexuality.

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  • Cantique des Cantiques. by (SONG OF SONGS). [FAVRE, Jean-François]. (SONG OF SONGS). [FAVRE, Jean-François]. ~ Cantique des Cantiques. [Auvernier]: Atelier du Noir de vigne, 1956.
    First edition, one of 55 copies of a unique production, with the French text of the Song of Songs entirely in manuscript and 30 superb… (more)

    First edition, one of 55 copies of a unique production, with the French text of the Song of Songs entirely in manuscript and 30 superb eroticised plates by Jean-François Favre. The entire edition was evidently produced over several years — the Neuchatel copy (which also contains a duplicated explanation not present in our copy) is dated 1954, where ours is 1956. Swiss artist Favre was born in 1940, studied in Paris and spent several years in Polynesia and Guyana. His figures certainly owe something to Gaugin. Worldcat locates a 2 copies (Neuchatel Bibliotheque publique and an unspecified location).

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  • Di una Pittore Architetto (Benvenuto Benvenuti). by (BENVENUTI, Benvenuto). DELLA SANGUIGNA, G.P. (BENVENUTI, Benvenuto). DELLA SANGUIGNA, G.P. ~ Di una Pittore Architetto (Benvenuto Benvenuti). Livorno: Edizione di “Bottega d’Arte”, 1923.
    First edition, one of 500 copies, this one inscribed by Benvenuti to prominent French critic Robert de Sizeranne. A rare little treatise on the architectural… (more)

    First edition, one of 500 copies, this one inscribed by Benvenuti to prominent French critic Robert de Sizeranne. A rare little treatise on the architectural ideas of painter, engraver and architect Benvenuti. He had been infuenced by Llewelyn Lloyd, Giovanni Fattori and Telemaco Signorini and pioneered a type of Divisionism as a painter. His architecture fused symbolism, art nouveau and an emergent geometric style approaching art deco. Worldcat lists the Stanford copy only in the US.

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  • Ellen. by LORRAIN, Jean. LORRAIN, Jean. ~ Ellen. Paris: Pierre Douville, 1906.
    First edition. Ellen, one of Lorrain’s last substantial works tells the story of the final tragic months of a young English aristocrat, Ellen Horneby, sent… (more)

    First edition. Ellen, one of Lorrain’s last substantial works tells the story of the final tragic months of a young English aristocrat, Ellen Horneby, sent to the Riviera with her mother to recuperate from a mysterious illness. A love triangle ensues, in which Ellen is cruelly misunderstood. She presents the manuscript of an allegorical tale she has written to one of her suitors (her cousin) who fails to understand it and dismisses her with a kiss on the forehead. Devastated, Ellen throws herself to her death from her balcony. It is one of Lorrain’s least outlandish and most stylish creations, surely worthy of revival.

    Appended to the edition are three further short stories: Trains de Luxe, Monte-Carlo, Choses de Là-Bas et La Conquête de Paris

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  • Victoria the good Queen and Empress. by (QUEEN VICTORIA). [BULLEY, Eleanor A.]. (QUEEN VICTORIA). [BULLEY, Eleanor A.]. ~ Victoria the good Queen and Empress. London: Gardner, Darton & Co, 1897.
    First edition of this diminutive near-miniature tribute to Queen Victoria ‘Dedicated to Children in all Places of Her Imperial Majesty’s Dominions’. (more)

    First edition of this diminutive near-miniature tribute to Queen Victoria ‘Dedicated to Children in all Places of Her Imperial Majesty’s Dominions’.

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  • [The Game of ‘Bis-bis’ or ‘48’]. by (GAME). (GAME). ~ [The Game of ‘Bis-bis’ or ‘48’]. [Saint Sébastien, Basque region, c. 1865].
    A collection of manuscript and watercolour drawings, being maquettes for an apparently unpublished game, including portion of a folding game mat on linen, a sheet… (more)

    A collection of manuscript and watercolour drawings, being maquettes for an apparently unpublished game, including portion of a folding game mat on linen, a sheet of counters (uncut) on parchment, numerous drawings and sketches on paper and tracing paper(some coloured) as trials for the game positions, several sheets of manuscript instructions in French and Spanish. The game seems to have been a type of lotto, with the parchment counters corresponding to game squares which were to be placed in a spherical wooden ‘bank’ for shuffling before being drawn by the players.

    Its origin in a French household at Saint Sébastien is indicated by the use of numerous scraps of waste paper from the French Consul’s office their. It was perhaps, therefore made by a member of his own family. The sketches are highly accomplished and carefully rendered often in several preliminary sketches before reduction in goauche to the size of the parchment game counters.

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  • The Twelfth Cake, a Juvenile Amusement consisting of little Ballads to be sung by the following Characters viz King, Queen, Sailor Wife, Match Girl, Simon Pure, Ballad Singer, Punch & Harlequin with a Finale and Introduction. The Music with an Accompaniment for the Piano Forte... by SPOFFORTH, Reginald. SPOFFORTH, Reginald. ~ The Twelfth Cake, a Juvenile Amusement consisting of little Ballads to be sung by the following Characters viz King, Queen, Sailor Wife, Match Girl, Simon Pure, Ballad Singer, Punch & Harlequin with a Finale and Introduction. The Music with an Accompaniment for the Piano Forte... London: Longman & Broderip No. 26 Cheapside & No. 13 Haymarket. NB to be had of the Author No 10 Hyde Street, Bloomsbury, [n.d. but 1797].
    First edition of this wonderful compendium of juvenile songs in honour of the tradition English Twelfth Night iced plum cake, with each song sung by… (more)

    First edition of this wonderful compendium of juvenile songs in honour of the tradition English Twelfth Night iced plum cake, with each song sung by a different character, including King, Queen, Harlequin and Punch. The title vignette is typically immense, decorated with ribbons and swags and miniature figures of the characters, laid on a table ready to be cut. Though undated The Twelfth Cake was reviewed in the January Monthly Magazine of 1798, so was probably issued before Christmas, i.e. in 1797.

    ‘Although his earliest publications were of solo songs, Spofforth’s importance as a composer is based on the numerous glees (about seventy-five in number) that he published from 1796, many of which also appeared in anthologies.... Spofforth composed many songs and duets and left three books of nursery-rhyme settings, but no instrumental or sacred music.

    Spofforth was chorus master at Covent Garden for a time, and wrote various songs and glees for productions there, but turned down an invitation to succeed William Shield as musical director in 1797. He also served as organist at Fitzroy Chapel and later at Eltham parish church, and was active as a teacher’ (Oxford DNB). Osborne Collection of Early Children’s Books, II, 661-2 (suggesting c. 1800 as the date of publication). Worldcat lists copies at BL (erroneously dated 1807), Cambridge (erroneously dated 1778-1787, which is unlikely), Yale, Alexander Turnbull Library (NZ), Toronto (the Osborne copy), Princeton

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  • Nicolas Nickleby... traduit de l’anglais par E. de La Bédollierre. by DICKENS, Charles. DICKENS, Charles. ~ Nicolas Nickleby... traduit de l’anglais par E. de La Bédollierre. [Paris: Fournier and Cosson for] G[ustave] B[arba], [ 1840].
    First edition in French of Nicholas Nickleby (1839) translated with an introduction by Émile de La Bédollierre. The four-and-a-half page Preface describes Dickens’s success in… (more)

    First edition in French of Nicholas Nickleby (1839) translated with an introduction by Émile de La Bédollierre. The four-and-a-half page Preface describes Dickens’s success in England and the undoubted success of Nickleby ‘un panorama de toutes les classes de la société anglaise, une critique fine et piquante de touts les ridicules, une vaste composition à la manière de Gil Blas, où mille personnages divers se meuvent et posent devant le lecteur’. It also explains, for a French audience, the character of schoolmaster Squeers as the representative of an entire class, not just himself.

    The copy retains the adverts (16 pages at the end of volume 3) giving a valuable context, with other English works from Scott and Marryat. It is also interesting as a ‘cabinet de lecture’ copy, from a public reading room in the rue Pigal[le], Paris, run by a M. Laporte, according to the contemporary pencil additions to the printed labels pasted over the imprints in each volume. The library wrappers are probably pasted over at least some of the original yellow wrappers. Rare: Worldcat locates copies at the British Library and Vassar College only. There is also a copy in the Bibliothèque nationale.

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  • Album de la jeunesse, des amateurs, et des artistes composé de vingt-cinq sujets divers, arts et métiers, chevaux, chasses, scènes militaires, vues et paysages ornés de fabriques et d’animaux etc. by DUPLESSI-BERTAUX, Jean. DUPLESSI-BERTAUX, Jean. ~ Album de la jeunesse, des amateurs, et des artistes composé de vingt-cinq sujets divers, arts et métiers, chevaux, chasses, scènes militaires, vues et paysages ornés de fabriques et d’animaux etc. Paris: chez Joubert, 1823.
    First edition of a very scarce picture book. There is a portrait of the author and the finely-rendered miniature scenes include boys of the Lycée… (more)

    First edition of a very scarce picture book. There is a portrait of the author and the finely-rendered miniature scenes include boys of the Lycée royale, a group of convent girls (’pension de demoiselles’), the Battle of Waterloo, English and Scots troops, various trades and crafts and several landscapes. Duplessi-Bertaux had died in 1818 and his miniatures owe something to Callot. This posthumous collection is preceded by a useful history of the art of etching in France. Worldcat lists the Getty copy only outside continental Europe.

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  • Now we are Six... with decorations by Ernest H. Shepard. by MILNE, A. A. MILNE, A. A. ~ Now we are Six... with decorations by Ernest H. Shepard. London: Methuen & Co Ltd, 1927].
    First edition, deluxe leather issue, signed by Milne on the title-page. Signed copies of any deluxe issues of the Pooh books are most uncommon, particularly… (more)

    First edition, deluxe leather issue, signed by Milne on the title-page. Signed copies of any deluxe issues of the Pooh books are most uncommon, particularly so in such neat and presentable condition as this. They are ironically much rarer than the signed limited editions. Provenance: from an English family collection, purchased before 1970.

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  • Aventures de Robinson Crusoé by (DEFOE). SAUVAGEOT. (DEFOE). SAUVAGEOT. ~ Aventures de Robinson Crusoé Paris: [text by Varigault, plates by Génix for] Arnauld de Vresse, [n.d. c. 1850].
    First edition. A rare unacknowledged Defoe adaptation for a juvenile audience, with Sauvageot’s abridged and moralised text in French and a superb series of brightly-coloured… (more)

    First edition. A rare unacknowledged Defoe adaptation for a juvenile audience, with Sauvageot’s abridged and moralised text in French and a superb series of brightly-coloured lithographs probably by Gustave Ricard (1823-1873). Worldcat locates a handful of copies in France, one in Berlin, but none further afield.

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  • [Embroidered sampler. by FULTON, Anna. FULTON, Anna. ~ [Embroidered sampler. British Isles. [ 1827].
    Alphabet (upper and lower case), several decorative lines and two verses: ‘Is there ambition in my heart / search gracious God and see...’ [Isaac Watts]… (more)

    Alphabet (upper and lower case), several decorative lines and two verses: ‘Is there ambition in my heart / search gracious God and see...’ [Isaac Watts] and ‘Teach me to live / that I may dread/ the grave as little / as my bed // Teach me to die ‘ that so I may / with joy behold /the judgement day’ [Thomas Ken, and later sued by Thomas Hardy in Jude the Obscure]. Needlework samplers remain one of the most widespread manifestations of the teaching and learning of basic literacy among girls and young women and, as here, reflect a strongly moralistic background.

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  • [Embroidered sampler by PROCTOR, Emma Angelina. PROCTOR, Emma Angelina. ~ [Embroidered sampler British Isles] February 27 1878.
    A delightful woolwork sampler made by Emma Angelina Proctor at the the age of 11, with a single alphabet and numerous decorative animals, birds, flowers… (more)

    A delightful woolwork sampler made by Emma Angelina Proctor at the the age of 11, with a single alphabet and numerous decorative animals, birds, flowers and ornaments. Needlework samplers remain one of the most widespread manifestations of the teaching and learning of basic literacy among girls and young women

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  • Mme Roland. by CHRETIEN, Gilles-Louis. [ Jeanne-Marie ROLAND DE LA PLATIERE CHRETIEN]. CHRETIEN, Gilles-Louis. [ Jeanne-Marie ROLAND DE LA PLATIERE CHRETIEN]. ~ Mme Roland. Paris, [? 1793].
    A rare miniature portrait of the French revolutionary, madame Roland (née Phlipon, b. 1754) who was executed during the Terror in 1793, having (with her… (more)

    A rare miniature portrait of the French revolutionary, madame Roland (née Phlipon, b. 1754) who was executed during the Terror in 1793, having (with her husband) been a powerful and influential member of the Girondin faction. Produced by physionotrace (and thus probably made from life) the miniature was made from a drawing by Fouquet. The ‘physionotrace’ method was invented in 1786 by Gilles-Louis Chrétien (1774–1811) and used a profile cast with a lamp onto a glass screen, which was then copied by pantograph-like levers. Before the advent of photography it was an economic and effective way of producing portraits from life.

    Chrétien worked initially with the miniaturist Edme Quenedey des Riceys to produce his portraits, but they separated in 1789, and Chrétien went into partnership with the engraver Jean Fouquet (d.1799) fom 1793. Since Madame Roland was executed later that year, this may have been one of his earliest portraits. It is also probable the earliest identified female subject engraved by Chrétien (predated by two or three unidentified women). The imprint reads: ‘Dess. par Fouquet gr.p. Chrétien inv. du physionotrace...’

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  • Procession]. by [GREENAWAY, Kate. [GREENAWAY, Kate. ~ Procession]. [London:] Marcus Ward & Co, [ 1881].
    Greenaway’s ‘Procession’ greetings card set consisted of just two cards, but with each produced with variant verses.

    This set includes all four variants of each.

    Card 1… (more)

    Greenaway’s ‘Procession’ greetings card set consisted of just two cards, but with each produced with variant verses.

    This set includes all four variants of each.

    Card 1 (Blue border):
    (a) ‘A garland fair for Christmas day...’
    (b) ‘My Valentine in every rose discern...’
    (c) ‘Well we love our roses sweet...’
    (d) ‘Thro the Year that dawns...’

    Card 2 (Pink border):
    (a) ‘A garland fair for Christmas day...’
    (b) ‘Let’s love and live together, dear...’
    (c) ‘Well we love our roses sweet...’
    (d) ‘Thro the Year that dawns...’ Schuster & Engen, Kate Greenaway, 284.

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  • Party Girl]. by [GREENAWAY, Kate. [GREENAWAY, Kate. ~ Party Girl]. [London: Marcus Ward & Co, 1880s].
    The three greetings cards comprising the larger version of Greenaway’s Party Girl set, each present here in several variants, listed below according to Schuster &… (more)

    The three greetings cards comprising the larger version of Greenaway’s Party Girl set, each present here in several variants, listed below according to Schuster & Engen 282.

    Card 1 Girl with Badminton set
    a) recto ‘Christmas’ verso ‘I wish you all the joy that you can wish’.
    b) recto ‘Christmas’ verso ‘May the day be as happy as you could wish’.
    c) recto ‘New Year’ verso ‘Thy own wish, wish I thee in every place!’.
    d) recto ‘Valentine’ verso ‘To bear my love to you to-day’.
    e) recto ‘Greeting’ verso ‘Thy own wish, wish I thee in every place’.

    Card 2 Girl in rust coat and beaver hat
    b) recto ‘Christmas’ verso ‘Wishing you every happiness and blessing’.
    d) recto ‘New Year’ verso ‘May the day be as happy as you could wish’.
    d variant) recto ‘New Year’ verso ‘Wishing you every happiness and blessing’.
    e) recto ‘Valentine’ verso ‘From one who loves you dearly’.
    g) recto ‘Greeting’ verso ‘Thy own wish, wish I thee in every place’.
    h) recto ‘Greeting’ verso ‘May the day be as happy as you could wish’.

    Card 3 Girl in green dress
    a) recto ‘Christmas’ verso ‘Thy own wish, wish I thee in every place’.
    b) recto ‘Christmas’ verso ‘Wishing you every happiness and blessing’.
    c variant) recto ‘New Year’ verso ‘I wish you all the joy that you can wish’.
    d) recto ‘Valentine’ verso ‘I bring you some flowers from your Valentine’.
    e) recto ‘Greeting’ verso ‘Wishing you every happiness and blessing’.
    f) recto ‘Greeting’ verso ‘May the day be as happy as you could wish’. Schuster & Engen, Kate Greenaway, 282.

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  • The Story of Little Red Riding Hood’s Christmas]. by [GREENAWAY, Kate [GREENAWAY, Kate ~ The Story of Little Red Riding Hood’s Christmas]. [London:] Marcus Ward & Co, [before 1868].
    One of two versions of this early set, this one apparently issued as Christmas cards. Schuster & Engen, Kate Greenaway, 291. (more)

    One of two versions of this early set, this one apparently issued as Christmas cards. Schuster & Engen, Kate Greenaway, 291.

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  • for the Year 1386. Transcribed, verbatim, from the original antique illuminated Manuscript in the black letter. Omitting only the monthly Calendars and some of the Tables. Containing many curious Particulars, illustrative of the Astronomy, Astrology, Chronology, History, religious Tenets, and Theory and Practice of Medicine of that Age. by ALMANAC ALMANAC ~ for the Year 1386. Transcribed, verbatim, from the original antique illuminated Manuscript in the black letter. Omitting only the monthly Calendars and some of the Tables. Containing many curious Particulars, illustrative of the Astronomy, Astrology, Chronology, History, religious Tenets, and Theory and Practice of Medicine of that Age. ‘Printed for the Proprietor, by C. Stower Hackney, 1812.
    First edition, apparently transcribed from a genuine Middle English original. The title-page notes: ‘The Manuscript to be disposed of.–Apply to the Printer’. pp. 61-70 is… (more)

    First edition, apparently transcribed from a genuine Middle English original. The title-page notes: ‘The Manuscript to be disposed of.–Apply to the Printer’. pp. 61-70 is an ‘Astronomical and Astrological Appendix’ from a work published in 1647. Caleb Stower (d. 1816) was an interesting and prolific printer with Unitarian connections.

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  • Voyage pittoresque à travers le monde. by (JUVENILE). St. AULAIRE, [Achille]. (JUVENILE). St. AULAIRE, [Achille]. ~ Voyage pittoresque à travers le monde. Paris: [Lemercier for] Aubert & c[ompagn]ie, c. 1845.
    First edition of this juvenile guide to the manners, customs and costumes of peoples of the known world. The plates include: France, England, Russia, Spain,… (more)

    First edition of this juvenile guide to the manners, customs and costumes of peoples of the known world. The plates include: France, England, Russia, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Greece, Turkey, Persia, East Indies, China, Japan, Barbary (North Africa), Egypt, Canaries, Africa, United States, Mexico, Brazil, Peru, Argentina, Java, Australia and New Zealand.

    One of Aubert’s Récréations instructives series for young people. The ownership inscription is of Amédée Girod de l’Ain, lawyer and politician who became Minister of Public Education and Religious Affairs in 1832. Gumuchian, 5038.

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