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[ANONYMOUS]
[Antique book case (Italian)]
Italy, ca. 1700. Wooden box (16.5 x 17.0 x 9.2 cm). With mother-of-pearl and brass thread inlays. Brass hook and handle.l An elegant little box, covered with delicate mother-of-pearl and brass floral patterns. It was probably used for preserving and carrying a missal, breviary, book of prayer, or perhaps even jewelry. Showing some signs of age and wear, but generally in very good condition. A few tiny worm holes in the rear panel, the metal threads partly incomplete, one side panel lacking one inlay, otherwise hardly showing the wear of time. A very fine item.
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Book number: 69874
€  1800.00 [Appr.: US$ 2014.46 | £UK 1584.5 | JP¥ 224196]

 
Archiv von Merkwurdigkeiten aus dem Reiche der Natur und dem Gebiete der Kunste und Wissenschaften. Erster Jahrgang.
Braunschweig, [Oehme & Müller], 1832-1833. 12 issues in one. 4to (25.0 x 21.2 cm). 96 pp., 24 lithographed plates. Contemporary marbled boards.l A rare periodical about the curiosities of nature, new discoveries and fascinating facts and places. Illustrated with very fine plates, showing for example whales and whaling, elephants, shells, towns like London and Milan, hunting scenes, etc., etc. Some scattered foxing in the text, a few old (ink) spots. Spine chipped. Plates generally clean. A very good copy.
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Book number: 51185
€  100.00 [Appr.: US$ 111.91 | £UK 88.25 | JP¥ 12455]

 
Basteria. Tijdschrift van de Nederlandse Malacologische Vereniging. Volumes 14-32.
Leiden, Nederlandse Malacologische Vereniging, 1949-1967. 19 volumes bound in three. Small 8vo. Numerous plates. Bindings not uniform.l Long run of longest running and most important Dutch malacological periodical. Many papers are in German and French (especially in the earlier volumes), and English (in the later volumes). Many papers are taxonomically important and contain new species. A good set.
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Book number: 55140
€  100.00 [Appr.: US$ 111.91 | £UK 88.25 | JP¥ 12455]

 
Bataviaasch Genootschap der Kunsten en Wetenschappen: Verhandelingen. Volume 1.
Batavia, Ter Lands Drukkerij, 1820. 8vo (18.6 x 12.5 cm) 266 pp., 59 pp. Voorbericht, 23 pp. Nabericht and Bladwijzer. Contemporary half calf with mottled paper over boards.l Rare first volume of this series of Asian studies begun in 1779, and completed in 1950. This is the first reprint, published in Batavia, whereas the 1st edition was published in the Netherlands. Includes: Baron van Wurmb, De orde der Palmboomen; Josua van Iperen, Beschrijving van een witten Neger; Register der geslagten van drie rijken der Natuur naar de 12e druk van Systema Natura van Car. Linnaeus tot de Vegetablilia, vervolgens naar de Herbarius Ambonensis dealing with Animalia, Vegetabilian, Mineralia in three languages - Malaysian, Dutch and Latin - and dealing mainly with the natural history of Southeast Asia; J. Radermacher and W. van Hogendorp, Beschrijving van het Koningrijk Jaccathra and Stad Batavia; W. van Hogendorp, Beschrijving van het eiland Timor. Wear to bottom headcap, joints and corners. Very light waterstain to tops of pp 49 (Voorbericht) - 24, 47-82, otherwise text block is clean and in fine condition. Gilt labeling on spine, title on paper label. A rare edition of 18th century observations of natural history in present-day Indonesia in good condition.
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Book number: 50455
€  650.00 [Appr.: US$ 727.44 | £UK 572.25 | JP¥ 80960]

 
Berichte der Deutschen Botanischen Gesellschaft. Volumes 1-10 (1883-1892).
Berlin, Gebrüder Borntraeger (Ed. Eggers), 1883-1892. 8vo. Text, two portraits, 197 [15; 15; 17; 20; 22; 19; 14; 20; 22; 33], mostly lithographed plates, several in chromolithography, and 184 [42; 35; 22; 38; 8; 15; 4; 7; 5; 18] text engravings. Uniform green cloth with gilt title on the spines.l A nice uniform set of the rare start of this important periodical. Especially the earlier volumes contain fine monographs and beautiful, detailed illustrations. Armorial bookplate of the University College Library in Nottigham "Sapienta urbs conditur", some scattered spotting, dot in spines, otherwise a very good, clean and unmarked set. Rare.
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Book number: 70410
€  350.00 [Appr.: US$ 391.7 | £UK 308.25 | JP¥ 43594]

 
[ANONYMOUS]
Chinese watercolour from around 1850. Oliva, Fissurella, Arca, Fulgonaria (?), etc.
A fine watercolour depicting shells on pith paper. Oblong, 15.0 x 23.0 cm. Glass covered. In simple but elegant frame of 27.0 x 34.0 cm.l Delicately watercolour images of shells by an unknown artist. The genera are usually very recognizeable, except for the volutid; species-level identification is less easy, but that of course has not been the aim of the artist, who painted the gastropods as mirror images. Small tear to lower middle part and some light foxing, but not very distractive. A unique item.
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Book number: 70063
€  380.00 [Appr.: US$ 425.27 | £UK 334.5 | JP¥ 47330]

 
[ANONYMOUS]
Chinese watercolour from around 1850. Cassis, Conus, Haliotis, Nerita, Venus.
A fine watercolour depicting shells on pith paper. Oblong, 15.0 x 23.0 cm. Glass covered. In simple but elegant frame of 27.0 x 34.0 cm.l Delicately water-coloured images of shells by an unknown artist. The genera are usually very recognizeable; species-level identification is less easy, but that of course has not been the aim of the artist. A few thin tears and some light spots are present, but not very distractive. A unique item.
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Book number: 54649
€  450.00 [Appr.: US$ 503.61 | £UK 396.25 | JP¥ 56049]

 
[ANONYMOUS]
Chinese watercolour from around 1850. Babylonia, Pusio, Tonna with hermite crab, turbinid operculum.
China, ca. 1850. Oblong, 15.0 x 23.0 cm. Glass covered, in simple but elegant frame of 27.0 x 34.0 cm.l Delicately watercoloured images of Chinese shells by an unknown artist. Most shells are from marine environments (South Chinese Sea), and large and colourful. The genera are usually very recognizable, species-level identification is less easy, but that of course was not the aim of the artist. Some light spotting and a few tiny dents, but not very distracting. A unique item.
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Book number: 54650
€  480.00 [Appr.: US$ 537.19 | £UK 422.75 | JP¥ 59786]

 
[ANONYMOUS]
Chinese watercolour from around 1850. Cypraea, Glycymeris, Babylonia, muricid.
A fine watercolour depicting shells on pith paper. Oblong, 15.0 x 23.0 cm. Glass covered. In simple but elegant frame of 27.0 x 34.0 cm.l Delicately water-coloured images of shells by an unknown artist. The genera are usually very recognizeable, except for the volutid; species-level identification is less easy, but that of course has not been the aim of the artist, who painted the gastropods as mirror images. Very small tear in upper right part and thin tear to upper middle margin, some light foxing, but not very distractive. A unique item.
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Book number: 70064
€  380.00 [Appr.: US$ 425.27 | £UK 334.5 | JP¥ 47330]

 
[ANONYMOUS]
Chinese watercolour from around 1850. Oliva, Angaria, Merica, etc.
A fine watercolour depicting shells on pith paper. Oblong, 15.0 x 23.0 cm. Glass covered. In simple but elegant frame of 27.0 x 34.0 cm.l Delicately water-coloured images of shells by an unknown artist. The genera are usually very recognizeable, except for the volutid; species-level identification is less easy, but that of course has not been the aim of the artist, who painted the gastropods as mirror images. Some light foxing, but not very distractive. A unique item.
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Book number: 70065
€  425.00 [Appr.: US$ 475.64 | £UK 374.25 | JP¥ 52935]

 
[VIOLLET-LE-DUC, E. E.]
Compositions et dessins de Viollet-Le-Duc publiés sous la patronage de Comité de l'Oeuvre du Maitre.
Paris, Librairie Centrale d'Architecture Des Fossez et Cie, 1884. Folio (48.8 x 34.5 cm). Frontispiece portrait (heliogravure); iii pp.; 100 plates on 91 leaves. Original burgundy half morocco over marbled boards. Spine with five stipple-gilted raised bands, gilt ornamental lines at head and foot, and gilt title. Floral patterned endpapers; red speckled edges.l A very special copy, with the printed text "Edition de Luxe No. 239. Exemplaire souscrit par M. J. Carbonnier" on the half-title verso. Several different printing techniques and different types of paper were used for this "deluxe" edition. Eugène Emmanuel Viollet-le-Duc (1814-1879) "...was a French architect and theorist, especially known for his interpretive 'restorations' of medieval buildings. Born in Paris, he was a major Gothic Revival architect. His works were largely restorative and few of his independent building designs were ever realised. Strongly contrary to the prevailing Beaux-Arts architectural trend of his time, much of his design work was largely derided by his contemporaries" (Wikipedia). A few plates with a few small spots, i.e. much cleaner than usual. Rare in the original binding, especially when so well-preserved as this copy.
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Book number: 69206
€  1250.00 [Appr.: US$ 1398.93 | £UK 1100.5 | JP¥ 155692]

 
Contributions from the Osborn Botanical Laboratory. Yale University 1916-1938.
Various places and publishers, 1916-1938. In 12 volumes. 8vo and large 8vo. Near uniform brown buckram. Gilt title on the spines.l A complete collection of botanical works published over a period of 23 years by members of the Osborn Laboratory and their colleagues. All neatly bound, and with printed content pages. Many important monographs are included, usually as offprints, with their original printed wrappers. The activity and output of the Laboratory is both versatile and massive. Hundreds of papers are included, the total number of pages exceeds 5,000. A true botanical treasure cove. Shelf width is 43 cm (17'). The last four volumes are a bit larger then the first eight. Some light signs of age, several small stamps (never on plates); overalli n very good condition. Rare.
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Book number: 70408
€  350.00 [Appr.: US$ 391.7 | £UK 308.25 | JP¥ 43594]

 
Copeia. volume 1936.
Washington, DC, American Society for Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, 1936. In four parts. Four parts in four. Large 8vo (25.0 x 16.8 cm). 256 pp., many figures. Original uniform printed wrappers.l Single, complete volume of this important series, with much on taxonomy, and zoogeography. As always published in four parts. Tiny previate owner's stamp and number in the top margin of the front wrappers. Otherwise a very good, clean set.
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Book number: 70417
€  15.00 [Appr.: US$ 16.79 | £UK 13.25 | JP¥ 1868]

 
Copeia. volume 1931.
Washington, DC, American Society for Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, 1931. In four parts. Four parts in four. Large 8vo (25.0 x 16.8 cm). 174 pp., many figures. Original uniform printed wrappers.l Single, complete volume of this important series, with much on taxonomy, and zoogeography. As always published in four parts. A very good, clean set.
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Book number: 70416
€  25.00 [Appr.: US$ 27.98 | £UK 22.25 | JP¥ 3114]

 
[WALL CHART]
Crocodile [Very large print, framed]
Leipzig, [Leipziger Schulbilderverlag von F. E. Wachsmuth, ca. 1878]. Giant lithographed plate. Glass-framed with plain late 20th century woodfen frame. Frame size 71.0 x 92.5 cm.l A fine image of, apparently two Nile-crocodiles in a river, the landscape being sandy, with a single Papyrus stand. Lithographed by Hermann Springer in Leipzig. There is no indication of the publisher, but a near identical plate, however, with a different subject, is known to originate from Wachsmuth. A very good item. Clean, presumably very rare.
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Book number: 69871
€  950.00 [Appr.: US$ 1063.18 | £UK 836.25 | JP¥ 118326]

 
[ANONYMOUS]
[Cuba - Bay of Matanzas] Abbildung welcher Gestalt die Spanischen Silberflotta von dem Hollaendischen General Peter Peters Hayn an der Insel Cuba in der Baya Matanca Anno 1628 erobert worden.
[Hanau, David Aubry for Mattheus Merian, 1630]. Map (35.2 x 41.9 cm). With a view of the Bay of Matanzas (Cuba), a map of Cuba (South up), and the portraits of "Pieter Pieters Hayn" [= Piet Hein) and Hendrick Cornelisz Lonq [= Lonck].l This work gives a pictorial account of the capturing of "La Flota" by the fleet of the Dutch admiral Piet Hein in 1628. "La Flota" was the yearly convoy bringing silver, pearls and other valuables, including gold, gems, spices, sugar, tobacco, lumber, etc. from the Spanish colonies in the Americas and the West Indies to Spain. La Flota operated between 1573 and 1790. Piet Hein was the first to successfully attack and defeat the Spanish fleet, a major naval achievement in itself. Even the famous Sir Francis Drake never succeeded, despite many attempts. Hein's men did not kill anyone and Hein allowed the Spanish crew members to march to Havana, even supplying them with food. Piet Hein brought the entire cargo home to the Dutch Republic, where the total value of the captured goods (mainly silver) was estimated to be around 10 million guilders (currently about 120 million euro). This was a huge moral boost to the Netherlands, then in its 60th year of the Eighty Years' War with Spain (ended in 1648) and renewed interest in trading in South America and the West Indies. Hein's achievement is celebrated even today, especially during soccer football matches where a song - written in 1844 by J. P. Heije with a melody by J. J. Viotta - commemorating the event is sung by the Dutch. The present edition is the one printed for Merian (and also used for de Bry's "Grand Voyages", published by Merian) after J. C. Visscher. A faint vertical fold in the middle and at the right (identical to the copy in the John Carter Brown Library, Brown University, Providence, RI), otherwise a very good clean copy with wide margins.
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Book number: 62439
€  2500.00 [Appr.: US$ 2797.86 | £UK 2200.75 | JP¥ 311384]

 
[LEHMANN, J. G.]
Darstellung einer neuen Theorie der Bezeichnung der schiefen Flächen im Grundriss oder der Situationszeichnung der Berge.
Leipzig, Johann Benjamin Georg Fleischer, 1799. 8vo (19.6 x 12.0 cm). xx, 172 pp., four large, folded, engraved plates. Contemporary full tree calf. Spine with morocco label with gilt ornamental lines and title. Edges pale yellow.l An important work on cartography, geomorphology and trigonometry, with chief objective to introduce a standard method of visualising optical relief in geographical and geological maps. The author is the German geologist Johann Georg[e] Lehmann (1776-1811). He is neither mentioned on the title page, nor in the preface, but he did sign the last two plates (with his middle name ending on an e). “From 1789 he attended the War School in Dresden. During mapping courses he developed what was to be named Lehmann's hatching: The steeper the terrain, the darker the hachures are shown. This invention, which he published in this work, became the dominant method of relief representation of the topographic maps of the 19 century. Lehmann's goal was to reproduce the relief with only a single, legible method, suitable for military purposes” (after Wikipedia). Endpapers lightly spotted, otherwise a very good clean copy. Not in Ward and Carozzi.
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Book number: 66792
€  700.00 [Appr.: US$ 783.4 | £UK 616.25 | JP¥ 87187]

 
[J. BRANDT & ZOON]
Decorative leathers applied to modern furniture.
Amsterdam, J. Brandt & Zoon, ca. 1910-1916. Folio (37.0 x 30.0 cm). With 36 original photographs of furniture leather crafting such as, chairs, clocks and smoking stands, each with a handwritten caption, on 34 leaves. Original full leather, with gilt title and vignette on the front board. Marbled endpapers.l J. Brandt & Zoon was an Amsterdam based bookbinder and paper wholesaler, active from 1742 until the mid-20th century, when it merged with P. Proost & Zoon, another Amsterdam firm, founded in 1842. The present volume is apparently a display of their craftsmanship, as it is meticulously bound and gilted. It contains 33 framed photographs of contemporary decorative furniture, all in a style transitional between Jugendstil, or Art Nouveau, and Art Deco. Many items show the characteristic ornamentation of the "Amsterdamse School", a mainly architectonical art movement characterized by the profuse use of ornaments, chiefly inspired by nature and by Indonesian art. Buildings and interiors in typical Amsterdamse School style were made between 1912 and 1925. What we see here are early examples, in which the use of fluent, curved lines - more typical for Art Nouveau, are still present. A few boards in the rear removed. Firm stamp on front flyleaf verso. A unique item in a very good state.
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Book number: 69168
€  2650.00 [Appr.: US$ 2965.73 | £UK 2332.75 | JP¥ 330067]

 
[RÖNTGEN,W.]
Deutsche medicinische Wochenschrift. The first papers on the application of Röntgen or X rays in medicine.
Leipzig und Berlin, 1896. Folio (31.5 x 23.6 cm). Numerous pages and illustrations including original, mounted photos. Later half cloth over marbled boards.l The discovery and first announcement of X-rays, or Röntgen rays, was made in the dying seconds of the year 1895. In the Sitzungsberichte der Physik.-Med. Gesellschaft zu Würzberg, number 9, it was stated that "Am 28. Dezember wurde als Beitrag eingereicht: W. C. Röntgen: Ueber eine neue Art von Strahlen". This discovery brought Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen (1845-1923) the first Nobel Prize in Physics (1901). The importance of this discovery was immediately understood and three weeks later the first of many papers on the use of X-rays in medicine was submitted to the leading medical weekly in Germany. M. Jastrowitz started with a paper titled "Die Roentgen'schen Experimente mit Kathodenstrahlen und ihre diagnostische Verwerthung". This may be the first report on medical use of X-rays. It was quickly followed by another 25 original publications dealing with its various uses, often for the first time, in medical diagnosis and treatments. This includes the use of X-rays to locate foreign bodies and tumours; various experiments with contrast mediums, such as air, and varying doses, and the first reports on the negative effect of (too) much radiation on the skin. This volume is a bound convolute of the contributions based on X-rays. All pages complete, and very clean, except for a few pencil marks. A very good copy.
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Book number: 68555
€  800.00 [Appr.: US$ 895.31 | £UK 704.25 | JP¥ 99643]

 
[RAPHAEL, MICHELANGELO]
Deux candélabres composés par Raphael Sanzio d'Urbin, et Michel-Ange Buonaroti; d'après le concours ouvert entr'eux, par les Papes Jules II et Léon X, environ l'an 1518. Dédiés au citoyen Chaptal, Ministre de l'Intérieur, membre de l'Institut national de France.
Paris, Joubert, 1803. Large Folio (59.5 x 41.5 cm). 4 pp. Four large, engraved plates. Later mottled half sheep over treecalf resembling paper boards. Black morocco label with gilt title. Original printed wrappers bound in.l This work shows two, probably life-size designs for candle sticks, designed by Renaissance artists Raphael and Michelangelo, on the occasion of a contest organized by Popes Julius II and Leo X. Each leaf shows either the top, or the foot of a candle. The wrapper text, extensively describing the candelabras is printed in French and in English, in two columns, Armorial bookplate on the front pastedown. Some, mostly marginal, spotting. Otherwise a very good copy. Rare.
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Book number: 70351
€  950.00 [Appr.: US$ 1063.18 | £UK 836.25 | JP¥ 118326]

 
[HORSE RACING]
Doncaster races. Race for the Great St. Leger Stakes 1836.
London, Ackermann, 1837. Four hand-coloured aquatint plates. Broadsheets, oblong (42 x 64 cm), in uniform frames with gilt borders. Each frame size 62.5 x 82.0 cm.l Four rare images after the paintings by James Pollard (1792-1867), commemorating this great race. With the following captions: "Anticipation. Who is the winner?"; "Approbation. Off in good shape"; "Vexation - The false start"; "Joy and desperation! - All over but settling". Single plates are rather rare, complete sets are very rare. Some light spotting, small chip to one frame corner, otherwise very good. The frames are from a renowned Dutch firm, Heijdenrijk in The Hague and Amsterdam, founded in 1845 and still active.
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Book number: 70399
€  1500.00 [Appr.: US$ 1678.71 | £UK 1320.5 | JP¥ 186830]

 
[ANONYMOUS]
Die elegante Stickerin oder Pracht-Muster im neuesten Modegeschmack zum Sticken und Weissnähen nebst dem vollständigen Alphabet in lateinischer und gothischer Schrift, und einer Anweisung, wie eine Stickerin, ohne zeichnen zu können, sich selbst jedes Muster ab - und aufzeichnen und fortführen kann. Ein Geschenk für das schöne Geschlecht.
Meissen, F. W. Goedsche, [no date, but circa 1820]. 8vo. 4 pp. instruction leaf, and 11 leaves with floral patterns (three double-sized). In original marbled paper covered slipcase (22.2 x 13.2 cm) with mounted pictorial title leaf.l A charming "Biedermeier" style pattern book, being a guide in decorating clothes. An ephemeral publication intended to be used; as the leaves would become damaged in the process it is very rare indeed to see it in this pristine state. Only the leaves with letters are wanting. Board edges a bit rubbed, otherwise in a very good clean condition.
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Book number: 63376
€  720.00 [Appr.: US$ 805.78 | £UK 634 | JP¥ 89679]

 
[BERTRAND, B. N.]
Elemens d'oryctologie ou distribution méthodique des fossiles.
Neuchatel, Société Typographique, 1773. 8vo (18.8 x 11.5 cm). xxxix, 137, xxii pp., 16 double, folded tables. Contemporary full calf. spine with four raised bands. Rich gilt floral compartments, red morocco label with gilt title. Edges red.l Rather rare work by, according to the title page "M. B. C. P. de la C. de P." but known to be written by Bernard-Nicolas Bertrand. According to Ward and Carrozzi, the initials stand for "M[essieur] Bertrand, Conseiller Palatin de la Cour de Pologne". The tables contain arrangements of "fossiles", some of which are on remnants of animals and plants indeed, but others are on various groups of stones and minerals. Former owner's stamp on front paste-down, some worming to the boards, small chip at spines foot, internally a very good clean copy. Ward and Carozzi, 195.
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Book number: 62198
€  450.00 [Appr.: US$ 503.61 | £UK 396.25 | JP¥ 56049]

 
[VARIOUS MATHEMATICIANS]
Encyclopédie méthodique. Dictionnaire des jeux, faisant suite au tome III des mathématiques. [AND] Dictionnaire des jeux familiers, ou des amusemens de société; faisant suite au dictionnaire des jeux, annexé au tome III des mathématiques. [AND] Dictionnaire des jeux mathematiques, contenant l'analyse, les recherches, les calculs, les probabilités & les tables numériques, publiés par plusiers célèbres mathématiciens, relativement aux jeux de hasard & combinaisions; et suite du dictionnaire des jeux.
Paris, Pancoucke, 1792. 4to (25.4 x 19.0 cm). Title-page, iii, 316 pp., 16 engraved plates; Paris, Agasse, An V (1798 or 1799). Half-title, engraved title-page, ii [erroneously numbered viii], 172 pp.; Paris, H. Agasse, An VII (1801 or 1802) viii, 212 pp., numerous text engravings. Contemporary full mottled calf, spine with five raised bands, Louis XVI style gilt bands and vignettes, and brown morocco label with gilt title.l The very rare section on mathematical games, game-theory, etc., of the greatest encyclopaedia ever published. The second and third part are exceptionally rare, as they were published during the turmoil of the revolution. The first part specifically deals with games, and contains fine plates, which show various board games, card games, billards, etc. The two later parts have numerous text figures. The three parts bound in reverse order. Boards rubbed at extremities, two plate edges shaved, otherwise a very good, clean, unmarked copy. Brunet II, pp. 973-974.
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Book number: 68184
€  3600.00 [Appr.: US$ 4028.91 | £UK 3169 | JP¥ 448393]

 
C. W.", TRANSLATED BY "O. D." [WÜSTEMANN, E. F.; O. J. DELEPIERRE]
An essay on the mythological and symbolical history of the rose.
London, Trübner, [no date, but 1856 or 1857]. 8vo (22.1 x 14.1 cm). 35 pp., original blind tooled boards with gilt title on front board, and gilt rose vignette on rear board.l An extremely rare scholarly publication with many references. There are no auction records of this book. According to the title page, the work is "translated from the German, by C. W.". The author is anonymous, and so is the translator. On the title page it is stated that only 100 copies were printed. The Australian library holds a copy with a slightly different title: "O. D./An essay/on the/mythological and symbolical/history of the rose/From the German/by C.W./reprinted from the original/(only one hundred copies printed)". And "(not to be sold)". Apparently here is a clue towards the author. On p. 22, footnote 80, the sentence "Compare my review of Becker's Gallus in Klotz and Dietsch's Year Book of Philol. and Paldag. Vol. 57, number 2, p. 147" is underlined in ink. Here we should find the author's name, although the translator remains anonymous. However, Stock shows that the translator is O. J. Delepierre, and the author E. F. Wüstemann ("C. W." then being an error for E. W., but in the German Frakturschrift the letters C and E are quite similar). This is the Trübner version which differs from the 1856 Smith, Elder version in lacking the dedication page. Boards a bit browned, small dent to rear board, light damp-stain to top outer corner of the title page. Small stamp to front board and front flyleaf, otherwise a good copy. Stock, Rose Books, 634.
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Book number: 52870
€  400.00 [Appr.: US$ 447.66 | £UK 352.25 | JP¥ 49821]

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