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  • Calendrier perpétuel. La Famille Royale. by (PERPETUAL CALENDAR) PHELIPPEAUX, [Antoine, engraver, after] MASSARD. (PERPETUAL CALENDAR) PHELIPPEAUX, [Antoine, engraver, after] MASSARD. ~ Calendrier perpétuel. La Famille Royale. Paris: [Antoine] Phelippeaux [after] Massard, [n.d. c. 1815].
    A rare moveable volvelle perpetual calendar depicting the French royal family as restored after the fall of Napoleon. The dials give years from 1816 to… (more)

    A rare moveable volvelle perpetual calendar depicting the French royal family as restored after the fall of Napoleon. The dials give years from 1816 to 1823, the dates for days of the week, along with lengths of day and night, sunrise and sunset, the month and the corresponding sign of the zodiac. A calendar giving traditional Gregorian dates such as this takes on a political aspect, printed as it was after an era in which strenuous efforts had been made to suppress the Gregorian calendar in favour of the revolutionary calendar and dates (years, months and days of the week) entirely reinvented.

    The portraits of the royal family (Louis XVIII), the duc and duchesse d’Angoulême and the comtes d’Artois and de Berri, are placed above an architectural frieze depicting Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette bidding farewell to their families before execution. The absence of the duchesse de Berri, who married the duke only in June 1816 provides the latest likely date of publication, though it is probable that the print appeared earlier — in December 1815, in preparation for the new year. We have found no record of this calendar print in the usual online resources, either in Europe or further afield.

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  • The Miser’s Prayer!! by ROWLANDSON, Thomas after George Moutard WOODWARD. ROWLANDSON, Thomas after George Moutard WOODWARD. ~ The Miser’s Prayer!! [London]: R. Ackermann, Feb. 10 1801.
    Sole edition. A thin man in shabby clothes kneels in prayer before a candle on a chair, his toes poking through his worn shoes. The… (more)

    Sole edition. A thin man in shabby clothes kneels in prayer before a candle on a chair, his toes poking through his worn shoes. The window panes above a heavy locked strongbox are broken. ‘The miser confesses he owns nine houses, estates in Essex, mortgages in Hertford, large landed speculations in Russell Square and the neighbourhood, reversions of estates, trading ventures, “Mermaid” sloop, funded property, Government securities, &c. &c. he is beseeching an increase in his means, success in investments, and a rise in the “Stocks”’ (Grego). Rowlandson produced a series of such ‘Prayers’ as squibs in 1801. Grego, Rowlandson the Caricaturist, II, 30.

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  • Account book. by [ONLEY, Thomas]. [ONLEY, Thomas]. ~ Account book. [London: W. Clowes] 1839-52.
    A regimental account book of one Thomas Olney of Northamptionshire serving with the 1st Batallion Rifle Brigade (soldier 1718) successively at Corfu and the Cape… (more)

    A regimental account book of one Thomas Olney of Northamptionshire serving with the 1st Batallion Rifle Brigade (soldier 1718) successively at Corfu and the Cape of Good Hope and lastly garrisoned at Walmer (Kent). Issued to all serving soldiers, the officia account book records enlistment, next of kin (in this case a mother), distinguishing features, kit issue and payments, which are written into printed columns prefaced by rules and regulations for engagement and conduct. Enlisted for a bounty of £3 17 shilling and sixpence Olney (of the village of Weedon) was issued with a knapsack, towels, shirts, stockings, a holdall, cutlery, shaving kit, a forage cap and strap, webbing, a shell jacket and a clothes brush. After service abroad he seems to have been furloughed in 1851, and the last record here is from Walmer in 1852.

    Though fairly lightly completed the book evidently travelled everywhere with its owner, folded into a canvas roll case, the lower parchment cover sometime removed by him. An evocative item.

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  • Catalogus gloriae mundi... In quo multa praeclara de praerogatiuis, praeeminentijs, maioritate, praestantijs, & excellentijs, continentur... Opus ad omnes publicas et quotidianas actiones dirigendas, controuersiasq́ue grauissimas dissoluendas, perquàm vtilissimum : in XII. libros diuisum. Nunc denuo accuratissime emendatum, ac nouis figuris elegantissime illustratum: ita vt facilè omnes caeteras editiones antecellere possit. by CHASSENEUZ, Barthélemy de. CHASSENEUZ, Barthélemy de. ~ Catalogus gloriae mundi... In quo multa praeclara de praerogatiuis, praeeminentijs, maioritate, praestantijs, & excellentijs, continentur... Opus ad omnes publicas et quotidianas actiones dirigendas, controuersiasq́ue grauissimas dissoluendas, perquàm vtilissimum : in XII. libros diuisum. Nunc denuo accuratissime emendatum, ac nouis figuris elegantissime illustratum: ita vt facilè omnes caeteras editiones antecellere possit. Frankfurt: Sigmund Feyerabend, 1579.
    A spectacular renaissance illustrated book, the first edition with the detailed and dramatic double-page etched plates by Jost Amman. First published at Lyon in 1529… (more)

    A spectacular renaissance illustrated book, the first edition with the detailed and dramatic double-page etched plates by Jost Amman. First published at Lyon in 1529 with single-page woodcuts (reprinted with the same woodcuts in 1546) there were also Venice editions of 1569, 1571 and 1576 with quarter-page woodcuts.

    A vast encyclopaedic work, the Catalogus gloriae mundi sought to set out the hierarchy of creation —animate and inanimate, from the heavens themselves to the governments, laws and sciences of humanity. Its particular value was in setting out orders of precedency and protocol in law and ceremony, which probably accounts for its interest to publisher Sigmund Feyerabend, who enlisted Amman to create large emblematic plates for this edition, derived from the earlier woodcut illustrations. They are:

    1. A genealogy with insignia of royal houses (including European houses and those of Persia, Egypt, Israel etc); 2. Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden; 3. a mandala depicting the ranks of the hierarchy of the heavens; 4. a sitting of the papal court; 5. an imperial council; 6. a regal council; 7. a judicial court; 8. the nobility; 9. the military ranks; 10. The liberal arts and sciences (14 female personifications); 11. the mechanical arts (7 female personifications); 12. a geocentric cosmography. Andresen, A. Jost Amman, 32-43; The New Hollstein: German Engravings, Etchings and Woodcuts 1400-1700, 1998, VI.144. A very scarce book. Worldcat lists non-European copies at Folger, Getty and Huntington libraries only.

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  • L’Ombre immortelle de Catherine II au tombeau d’Alexandre Ier. by LE NORMAND, Marie-Anne Adélaïde. LE NORMAND, Marie-Anne Adélaïde. ~ L’Ombre immortelle de Catherine II au tombeau d’Alexandre Ier. Paris: Mlle Le Normand, auteur-éditeur,... Dondey-Dupré père et fils,... et chez les principaux libraires de la France et de l’étranger, 1 Février 1826
    First edition of Le Normand’s panegyric for Alexander I and her prophecies for the state of Russia following the Emperor’s death in 1825. Marie-Anne Lenormand… (more)

    First edition of Le Normand’s panegyric for Alexander I and her prophecies for the state of Russia following the Emperor’s death in 1825. Marie-Anne Lenormand (1772–1843) was a celebrated (or notorious) clairvoyant, publisher, and self-publicist Famed throughout Europe for her exclusive clientele, she popularised cartomancy and spawned an enormous wave of imitators. At the height of her career she claimed to have advised the likes of Robespierre, Talleyrand, Metternich, the Empress Josephine and Emperor Alexander himself; others argued that the whole thing was a sham, and she was frequently arrested, spending several weeks in prison.

    The title verso here gives a list of Le Normand’s other prophesies, both published and forthcoming. Though the half-title verso bears an author’s statement, requiring authorised copies to be signed by her, this copy is unsigned (though genuine).

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  • 大日本物産圖會 東京錦繪製造之図 [Dai Nihon Bussan Zue: Tōkyo Nishiki-e Seizō no Zu, ‘Pictorial Record of Japanese Products: Making Nishiki-e in Tokyo’]. by (JAPANESE PRINTING). [UTAGAWA, Hiroshige III]. (JAPANESE PRINTING). [UTAGAWA, Hiroshige III]. ~ 大日本物産圖會 東京錦繪製造之図 [Dai Nihon Bussan Zue: Tōkyo Nishiki-e Seizō no Zu, ‘Pictorial Record of Japanese Products: Making Nishiki-e in Tokyo’]. [Tōkyō: Ōkura Magobē, Meiji 10 1877].
    A revealing illustration of a woodblock printing workshop in Tokyo in the 1870s. The woodblock print provides a wealth of information on the woodblock printing… (more)

    A revealing illustration of a woodblock printing workshop in Tokyo in the 1870s. The woodblock print provides a wealth of information on the woodblock printing industry in Meiji era Japan, including paper-cutting, printing, bookbinding, fan-making, displaying and selling. There is a clear division of labour between men and women, working together in the same scene. Fans are hung from the ceiling, and at the front of the shop landscape nishikie, portrait nishiki-e, and books are strung up for display. The scroll-shaped panel in the upper right of the illustration gives a description of the printing process. The 118 prints in the Dai Nihon Bussan Zue series illustrate the manufacturing processes of typical products around Japan and were produced in the same year as the First National Industrial Exhibition. The series was published in an orihon concertina-bound format, hence the faint vertical crease to the centre of this print.

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  • Matériel scolaire. by (EDUCATION). H. & C[ompagn]ie. (EDUCATION). H. & C[ompagn]ie. ~ Matériel scolaire. Paris: Lahure, c. 1878.
    A large advertisement for a supplier of educational materials for schools, including maps, globes, gym equipment, easels, desks, benches and geometry instruments. (more)

    A large advertisement for a supplier of educational materials for schools, including maps, globes, gym equipment, easels, desks, benches and geometry instruments.

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  • [‘Intérieurs Anglais’, a catalogue of 86 cyanotypes of British house interiors, 1880s–1890s]. by BEDFORD LEMERE & CO. BEDFORD LEMERE & CO. ~ [‘Intérieurs Anglais’, a catalogue of 86 cyanotypes of British house interiors, 1880s–1890s]. [Paris: Albert Lévy, 1900].
    A superb complete set of Lévy’s cyanotypes depicting English domestic interiors of the 1880s and 90s printed directly from Henry Bedford Lemere’s negatives. The photographs… (more)

    A superb complete set of Lévy’s cyanotypes depicting English domestic interiors of the 1880s and 90s printed directly from Henry Bedford Lemere’s negatives. The photographs primarily document the interiors of houses in England, Scotland, and Wales (as well as a small number of public buildings) and include excellent depictions of paintings and furniture. They include entrance halls, reception rooms, stairwells and fireplaces, with key details such as paintings, furniture, panelling and tiling clearly recorded, all allowing identification.

    These are rare, though two sets survive in American libraries: at Yale Center for British Art and at the Getty ― the latter incomplete but with a partial list of subjects, allowing identification of some 50 of the 87 prints ― Parham Park (Sussex), Astley Hall and Standish Hall (Lancashire), Swan House (Chelsea, London), Monkhams (Woodford, Essex), Curling Hall (Ayrshire) and The Cottage (Walton Heath, Surrey). Of special interest are the three plates (numbers 1-3) of Dawpool, (Thurstaston, Cheshire) home of Thomas Henry Ismay, chairman of the White Star Line, which clearly show Rossetti’s painting The Loving Cup purchased by Ismay in 1892. Another is of 49 Prince’s Gate, London, home of Frederick Richard Leyland showing another Rossetti, La Pia together with Burne-Jones’s Wine of Circe. 49 Prince’s Gate was one of the most celebrated aesthetic interiors of the period with a magnificent staircase (transferred from Northumberland House) and many other works of art including French furniture, Flemish tapestries, oriental Porcelain and Italian bronzes. Leyland’s collection was sold in 1892, making this image an especially valuable record.

    ‘[Bedford Lemere & Co.] was very astute in selling large numbers of its images to architects and craftsmen who wanted to appraise themselves of what their colleagues were doing or build up a body of visual examples for use in their own work’ [Culture 24, 7 May 2010]. They also clearly licensed some of their images to publisher’s abroad, in this case to Albert Lévy whose celebrated cyanotypes were widely distributed in France and the United States but are now rare in complete sets.

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  • Livre d’heures edité et illustré par Mlle A. Rabeau. by RABEAU, M[ademoisell]e A. RABEAU, M[ademoisell]e A. ~ Livre d’heures edité et illustré par Mlle A. Rabeau. Paris: Photogravure Michelot, imprimerie Motteroz, 1882.
    An excellent example of a French neo-gothic prayerbook, imitating many of the forms of medieval manuscripts, designed to be illuminated by hand by (or for)… (more)

    An excellent example of a French neo-gothic prayerbook, imitating many of the forms of medieval manuscripts, designed to be illuminated by hand by (or for) the owner. The photogravure text and borders were printed in monochrome and could then be coloured to the owner’s taste. In this example, a manuscript note on the title verso, ‘Enl. Charles DeFrance. 1883’ gives the identity of the illuminator, whose work is both accurate and sumptuous.
    Mademoiselle A. Rabeau was an interesting figure in the revival of illumination in late nineteenth-century, providing instruction in this popular art (see Hindman, Manuscript Illumination in the Modern Age, p. 152). In fact, there were two A. Rabeau sisters: Amélie and Adrienne — both contributed illuminations to the exhibition ‘Miniaturistes et Enlumineurs de France’ in 1894 (La Plume, 1894, 303). The 1882 Livre d’Heures was a popular publication (examples survive with different levels of illumination) and was often given as a First Communion gift, usually but not exclusively, to girls. It contains a final leaf on which the recipient could record the date of their later marriage but in this case it has been left blank.

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  • Les Merveilles et les originalités architecturales a l’Exposition 1900. by [LÉVY, Albert]. [LÉVY, Albert]. ~ Les Merveilles et les originalités architecturales a l’Exposition 1900. [Paris, 1901].
    A rare and spectacular set of 100 original cyanotypes of the buildings and pavilions of the 1900 Paris Exposition Universelle. The large format prints include… (more)

    A rare and spectacular set of 100 original cyanotypes of the buildings and pavilions of the 1900 Paris Exposition Universelle. The large format prints include the Porte monumentale and a series of views of the monumental Grand and Petit Palais together with the national pavilions and those devoted to the arts, industry and commerce. Besides the two Palais, the majority of the buildings were temporary — built on iron frames covered with plaster and artificial stone — and most were demolished immediately after Exposition closed. Levy’s large format prints for the Merveilles are a beautiful and valuable record of their architectural variety.
    Albert Lévy (1847-1931) was both a pioneering and prolific architectural photographer, unusual for his time in working on both sides of the Atlantic, with studios in Paris and New York. Characteristically, his collections were issued as cyanotypes printed directly from the original glass negatives. His collections included numerous sequences of French, British and American buildings of the Gilded Age, but many, including the Merveilles et les originalités architecturales a l’Exposition are now very rare indeed.

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  • Le Cook de l’enfance et de la jeunesse, ou Choix des particularités les plus intéressantes, des détails les plus instructifs et les plus curieux contenus dans les relations des trois voyages de ce célèbre navigateur autour du monde; précédé d’une notice sur sa vie... avec quatre jolies gravures. by (COOK, Captain). CHAMPAGNAC, J. -B. -J. (COOK, Captain). CHAMPAGNAC, J. -B. -J. ~ Le Cook de l’enfance et de la jeunesse, ou Choix des particularités les plus intéressantes, des détails les plus instructifs et les plus curieux contenus dans les relations des trois voyages de ce célèbre navigateur autour du monde; précédé d’une notice sur sa vie... avec quatre jolies gravures. Paris: [Cosson] Fruger et Brunet, 1836.
    First edition. A juvenile Cook in French, describing his voyages to the Pacific, including New Zealand, Batavia (Jakarta), Tahiti and the Sandwich Islands. the plates… (more)

    First edition. A juvenile Cook in French, describing his voyages to the Pacific, including New Zealand, Batavia (Jakarta), Tahiti and the Sandwich Islands. the plates being: Mort de Capitaine Cook (frontispiece); Indien courant un Muck; Habitans de l’Ile Mallicalo and Débarquement du Capitaine Cook dans la baie de Karakakooka. The appendix contains an interesting ethnographic essay ‘Des deux variétés de l’espèce humaine recnnues dans l’Océanie’, two others on the geography of Oceania and on previous voyages to the region followed by biographies of participants in Cook’s voyages (Cook, Banks, Solander, the Forsters, Clark and Bligh). Worldcat and Library Hub locate no UK or North American copies (though there is one at the University of Hawaii)

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  • La Princesse lumière Conte de fées. by BARTEL, Jehan [pseudonym of Jehannette or Jeanette BARTEL]. BARTEL, Jehan [pseudonym of Jehannette or Jeanette BARTEL]. ~ La Princesse lumière Conte de fées. [Toulouse: Imprimerie du Centre], June 1905.
    A privately-published fairy tale by a young girl, of which we can find no copy in any public collection, nor any obvious trace of the… (more)

    A privately-published fairy tale by a young girl, of which we can find no copy in any public collection, nor any obvious trace of the work or its author elsewhere. The book is printed on a handsome glazed paper and incorporates three illustrations, presumably the work of the author. It was almost certainly her who also decorated the smooth calf binding with a whimsical design depicting an owl in a tree by moonlight. The printed dedication is to ‘ma chère petite Cousine Renée’, with this copy of what was presumably a very small edition inscribed to the author’s mother.

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  • Bibliothèque in miniature [spine title]. by (MINIATURE BOOKS). (MINIATURE BOOKS). ~ Bibliothèque in miniature [spine title]. Paris: [Didot frères] chez Marcilly, [c. 1835].
    A delightful miniature library in its original publisher’s box, comprising: 1. Berquine, Variétés; 2. Démoustier, Mythologie; 3. Florian, Mélanges; 4. La Fontaine, Fables; 5. Millevoye;… (more)

    A delightful miniature library in its original publisher’s box, comprising: 1. Berquine, Variétés; 2. Démoustier, Mythologie; 3. Florian, Mélanges; 4. La Fontaine, Fables; 5. Millevoye; 6. Poésies, Voltaire. The set was issued in various forms, sometime with wrappers of green and pink and sometimes in a variant box. Bondy, p. 75; Gumuchian, 4062; Welsh, Miniature books, 1250

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  • Les Vins du Rhône. Crus principaux du Beaujolias et du Lyonnais. by (WINE). DEVILLE, J. (WINE). DEVILLE, J. ~ Les Vins du Rhône. Crus principaux du Beaujolias et du Lyonnais. Lyon: A. Rey, 1914.
    First edition of a wonderful illustrated account of the wines of the Rhône, the plates all views of the vineyards. Deville was Directeur des Services… (more)

    First edition of a wonderful illustrated account of the wines of the Rhône, the plates all views of the vineyards. Deville was Directeur des Services Agricoles du Rhône. The introduction describes the principal grape varieties (Sirah, Viognier and Gamay) and the major classifications ― among red wines the grands crus include Côte-Rôtie, Morgon, Brouilly, Fleurie, Juliénas, Chenas and Château de la Chassagne. Each commune is then described in detail with an analysis of geology and soils. Rare: Outside continental Europe Worldcat lists copies at Yale and the London Library only, with another copy in Brazil.

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  • de l’Étranger a Londres. Album de croquis amusants contenant tous les renseignements utiles sur Londres et ses environs. by GUIDE COMIQUE GUIDE COMIQUE ~ de l’Étranger a Londres. Album de croquis amusants contenant tous les renseignements utiles sur Londres et ses environs. Paris: Imprimerie Jouaust père et fils, 1862.
    Sole edition of this comic guide to London and the English, issued to coincide with the Great Exhibition. The four letterpress pages give some limited… (more)

    Sole edition of this comic guide to London and the English, issued to coincide with the Great Exhibition. The four letterpress pages give some limited information for visitors: English money, the major sites (headed of course with the Crystal Palace), several hotels, inns and restaurants, carriage and boat fare, a few useful phrases and some baffling tips on British manners ― but this is really a vehicle for the 14 comic plates. They depict 46 numbered scenes or characters including: a coachman and a sweep, The Times newspaper, two pugilists, judges, beggars, hawkers, a Scotsman, huge barrels of drink (labelled ‘Monster Cask’) and a ratcatcher. The cover attributes the lithographs to ‘Mr Cric’ and the text to ‘Mr Crac’ and gives Paris and London booksellers’ addresses, with a price of ‘1 Shelling’. Worldcat lists the Vanderbilt University copy only; no British copies located in Library Hub; the CCFr lists a single copy in France (Bar le Duc).

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  • [A bound collection of 54 plates] by MOTZ, Johann Michael, heirs of; and Albrecht SCHMIDT. MOTZ, Johann Michael, heirs of; and Albrecht SCHMIDT. ~ [A bound collection of 54 plates] Augsburg [n.d. but soon after 1750].
    An interesting collection of 54 rare hand coloured plates by Augsburg publishers Johann Michael Motz and Albrecht Schmidt, very much in the style of the… (more)

    An interesting collection of 54 rare hand coloured plates by Augsburg publishers Johann Michael Motz and Albrecht Schmidt, very much in the style of the recreational and educational prints of the slightly earlier Augsburg engraver-publisher Martin Engelbrecht. Like Engelbrecht’s these prints were intended for popular consumption and were often cut up for albums or other decoupage projects. All are very rare, notably the fine 4-plate suite of the continents here and a part of the biblical sequence by Schmidt. The album was evidently put together c. 1800 from two or more constituent parts, perhaps already quite well used to judge by the variation in condition across the collection and by the various patterns of previous stab holes. An early owner/user has added some amusing pencil drawings to the rear endpapers.

    Comprising:

    1. Les Amans Surpris (after Boucher, c, 1750), Motz.
    2. Les Plaisirs au jardin & La musique, 2 plates, Motz.
    3. Europa, Asia, Africa, America, 4 plates, lower lines of verses and imprint cropped, but Motz after I. Waxmuth.
    4. Der Frühling, Der Sommer, Der Herbst, Der Winter, 4 plates, Motz.
    5. Das Feuer, Das Wasser, Die Lufft, Die Erde, 4 plates, Motz.
    6. Der Morgen, Der Mittag, Der Abend, Die Nacht, 4 plates, Motz after Stockhman[n].
    7. [Hunting], 2 untitled prints, Motz after Stockhman[n].
    8. [Old Testament. Genesis] 14 plates, numbered 5-12, 37, 40, 45-48 each with gold borders, Albrecht Schmidt. [of 56?]
    9. [Old Testament, Genesis, the story of Joseph]. 13 plates, numbered 1-5, 7-14. Motz.
    10. [The Prodigal Son]. 6 plates, numbered 1-2, 5-8, Motz after C. Vogt (stubs of plates 3 & 4, evidently cut out).

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  • Memoire pour Anne Grandjean, connu sous le nom de Jean-Baptiste Grandjean, accusé & appellant. Contre Monsieur le Procureur General, accusateur et intimé. Question. Un hermaphrodite qui a épousé une fille, peut’il être réputé profanatuer du Sacrament de mariage, quand la nature qui le trompoit, l’apelloit à l’état de mari? by (GRANDJEAN, Anne). (GRANDJEAN, Anne). ~ Memoire pour Anne Grandjean, connu sous le nom de Jean-Baptiste Grandjean, accusé & appellant. Contre Monsieur le Procureur General, accusateur et intimé. Question. Un hermaphrodite qui a épousé une fille, peut’il être réputé profanatuer du Sacrament de mariage, quand la nature qui le trompoit, l’apelloit à l’état de mari? Paris: Louis Cellot, 1765.
    First edition of this important legal memoir, the official record of the trial of Anne Grandjean (later Jean-Baptiste). Anne Grandjean was born at Grenoble in… (more)

    First edition of this important legal memoir, the official record of the trial of Anne Grandjean (later Jean-Baptiste). Anne Grandjean was born at Grenoble in 1732, and baptised and raised as a girl until she discovered her attraction to other girls at the age of 14. Confessing this to her father, he was convinced of her feelings, and had her re-baptised as Jean-Baptiste, insisting she live as a young man. At the age of 32, while living as a married man at Lyon, a childhood friend informed Jean-Baptiste’s wife that she had married a ‘hermaphrodite’. Subjected to judicial enquiry, Grandjean was declared to be female and banished in perpetuity with the requirement that he live as a woman and have no further congress with the female sex for the rest of his life.
    The official memoir of the case is thus a remarkable source of detail concerning contemporary orthodox notions of sex and gender. The case and the verdict reward a very close reading and yield several immediate observations. Firstly, the term ‘hermaphrodite’ is used to denote same-sex attraction rather than in a physiological sense, secondly, the decision to change gender was made under the advice of a Catholic confessor who counselled that to remain a woman attracted to women would inexorably lead to a crime in the eyes of the church and, thirdly, a major objection to the transition was that Jean-Baptiste had unlawfully adopted the legal status of a male citoyen. Gay III, 107.

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  • Opium: historical Note, or, The poppy in China published by order of the Inspector General of Customs. (China. Imperial maritime customs. II, Special series: no. 13.) by (OPIUM). [EDKINS, Dr Joseph]. (OPIUM). [EDKINS, Dr Joseph]. ~ Opium: historical Note, or, The poppy in China published by order of the Inspector General of Customs. (China. Imperial maritime customs. II, Special series: no. 13.) Shanghai: Statistical Department of the Inspectorate General of Customs and sold by Key & Walsh Limited in Shanghai, Hong Kong, Yokohama and Singapore and by P. S. King & Son in London, 1889.
    First edition of this important report on the history of opium use and trade in China, printed in China but considered the the first English-language… (more)

    First edition of this important report on the history of opium use and trade in China, printed in China but considered the the first English-language book on opium. Its author was a British missionary long established in the Far East as a translator for the Inspectorate General of Customs at Shanghai. It provides not only botanical and medicinal accounts drawn from earlier Chinese sources, but traces the introduction of opium by Arab and then European traders which had led to the nineteenth-century opium wars.

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  • Armorial album created for the Festes Der Zauber Der Weissen Rose (‘Magic of the White Rose’ celebrations). by [FEODOROVNA, Alexandra, Empress of Russia, born CHARLOTTE Princess of Prussia. [FEODOROVNA, Alexandra, Empress of Russia, born CHARLOTTE Princess of Prussia. ~ Armorial album created for the Festes Der Zauber Der Weissen Rose (‘Magic of the White Rose’ celebrations). Potsdam] 13 July 1829.
    A charming little album created for the birthday celebrations of the young Russian Empress, Alexandra Feodorovna (1798-1860), wife of Czar Nicholas I (born Princess Charlotte… (more)

    A charming little album created for the birthday celebrations of the young Russian Empress, Alexandra Feodorovna (1798-1860), wife of Czar Nicholas I (born Princess Charlotte of Prussia, daughter of Kaiser Friedrich Wilhelm III). The ‘Magic of the White Rose’ celebration was organised by Charlotte’s brothers and recreated a medieval tournament on the theme of the mediaeval legend of ‘Blanchefleur’, the pet name given to Alexandra in childhood, after de la Motte-Fouqué’s Rose Blanchefleur. It is recorded in several prints and lavish illustrated books as well as other souvenirs (such as sets of commemorative china repeating the emblems found in this diminutive album). The album was probably one of six commissioned by the Empress and presented to her sisters and sisters-in-law on July 13th and contains the emblems of each of the knights in the form of quasi-heraldic escutcheons.
    There are 48 highly-coloured armorial emblems, including mottoes in Latin, French, German and Italian. with mottoes such as: ‘Dem Freunde die Brust, dem Feinde die Stirn’; ‘Agilité vaut plus que force’; ‘Nunquam retrorsum’; ‘Schönheit besiegt die Stärke’ (‘Beauty conquers strength’); ‘Tout pour elle rien sans elle mais qui est elle’ and ‘Uni militat astro’. The paintings are made in a very pretty red morocco notebook with gilt stamped binding (with a rose device), original pencil and two preliminary leaves with erasable surfaces. Ilatovskaya and Pakhomova-Geres, Volshebstvo Beloi Rozy (St. Petersburg, 2003).

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  • Mémoires de Léotard. by (CIRCUS). LÉOTARD, Jules. (CIRCUS). LÉOTARD, Jules. ~ Mémoires de Léotard. Paris: [Simon Raçon et comp[agnie], 1860.
    Rare first edition of the memoirs of the great circus performer Jules Léotard, pioneer of the flying trapeze who inspired the 1867 song ‘The Daring… (more)

    Rare first edition of the memoirs of the great circus performer Jules Léotard, pioneer of the flying trapeze who inspired the 1867 song ‘The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze’. A second edition of his Mémoires appeared in the same year, with the same pagination, but giving ‘deuxième édition’ on the title — almost all library copies appear to be of this later edition. The superb comic lithograph by Durandeau shows Léotard trapezing over the city of Paris, while adoring female fans cry out to him from the rooftops (some flying heart-shaped kites). With Blondin, Léotard was one of the first great celebrities of the circus, when he visited London in 1861, Charles Dickens wrote: ‘I have been beguiled into seeing Léotard, and it is at once the most fearful and most graceful thing I have ever seen.’ (Letter to Macready, June 11, 1861).

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