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101 LONGUS. LES AMOURS PASTORALES DE DAPHNIS ET CHLOE. Traduction nouvelle (par De Bure St. Aubin). WITH 29 ORIGINAL PEN DRAWINGS by MARTINI, AND A DUPLICATE SET BY THE SAME ARTIST (both on vellum),
EXQUISITELY COLORED, EQUAL TO THE FINEST IVORY MINIATURES, from the designs attributed to the Duke of Orleans. 2 vols. In one, ROYAL 4TO., SUPERBLY BOUND IN FULL CITRON MOROCCO, THE SIDES PANELED WITH CRIMSON MOROCCO WITH GOLD BORDERS, BACK PANELS INLAID WITH CRIMSON AND GREEN MOROCCO, ELABORATELY TOOLED, INSIDE LININGS OF GREEN LEVANT, CRUSHED AND POLISHED, SURROUNDED WITH MASSIVE BORDERS THREE INCHES IN WIDTH, TO A DENTELLE PATTERN, AND VIGNETTE CORNERS OF CRIMSON MOROCCO, DOUBLE FLY-LEAVES, WORKED HEAD-BANDS, AND GILT EDGES.
Paris, chez Larny, de l'Imprimerie de Monsieur, 1787 UNIQUE COPY, ON VELLUM.
One of the most remarkable, if indeed it be not the very finest specimen of modern typography executed on vellum. Considering the size of the page, and the difficulty met with in obtaining a clear surface, together with a uniform thickness of the material for so large a work, it is a marvel of perfection.
The series of drawings by Martini, included in the above, disclose a spirited and characteristic touch, that evinces the hand of a consummate master. In the colored series, although they are only 5 by 4 inches in size, the figures, flowers, foliage, costumes, &c., are so exquisitely touched, and with a coloring so brilliant, harmonious, and delicate, as to excite the astonishment and admiration of the beholder.
The instructions of the owner to M. Lortic were, that the book should be placed in a dress equal to its merits, and most thoroughly were his orders obeyed. It is a gem that any collector might covet.
MOREAU'S ORIGINAL DRAWINGS.
102 LETTERS D'HÉLOISE ET D'ABAILARD, traduction nouvelle, avec le texte latin à côté. Édition ornée de huit Figures d'après les dessins de Moreau le jeune.
ROYAL 4TO., MOST SUMPTUOUSLY BOUND IN FULL CRIMSON
LEVANT MOROCCO, SUPER-EXTRA, CRUSHED AND POLISHED,
MARKABLE DESIGN, a la fanfare, designed and executed by
UNIQUE, from the Collection of Renouard.
This superb volume contains THE ORIGINAL DRAWINGS IN SEPIA BY MOREAU, all of the most exquisite finish, and considered as the finest productions of this celebrated artist.
To these superb designs are added a duplicate set of the engravings in two states, to wit: the Etching, and the finished plate, in an UNLETTERED PROOF STATE. Also, Proof Impressions of the series engraved at London by Watson, after Catel of Berlin, which are themselves of great rarity.
The binding of this choice volume is the result of several months' labor, and cost 1,800 francs-$360 in gold. It was considered by the artist to be his Chef-d'Euvre. As a specimen of the perfection to which the art of book-binding has attained in France, at the present day, it can not be excelled.
THE TWO PRECEDING LOTS MAY BE CONSIDERED NOT ONLY THE CHIEF
103 RONSARD, EUVRES DE, revisées et corrigées par l'auteur peu avant son trespas, et encores depuis augmentées de plusieurs commentaires. 10 vols. in 5, 16mo, beautifully bound in crushed crimson levant morocco, super-extra, gilt backs, sides, and inside borders, by HARDY-MENNIL.
$120 00. Paris, chez Gabriel Buon, 1597 Ronsard was idolized in his time. He was styled the Prince of Poets.
The principal prize at the Floral Games was awarded him, and was thought to be a reward so much below his merit that the city of Toulouse forwarded him a silver figure of Minerva, accompanied by a decree, in which he was called Le Poëte Français par Excellence. He was patronized, among others, by Mary Queen of Scots. He first introduced the Ode among the French.
104 ZELIS AU BAINE. Poëme en Quatres Chants. Lettre de Barne velt, dans sa Prison, à Truman Son Ami. Lettre de Zeila jeune Sauvage, esclave à Constantinople à Valcour, Officier Français. Illustrated with designs by EISEN, engraved by De Longueil, Mise, etc. PROOFS BEFORE LETTERS. 8vo., full red morocco, elegantly gilt back and sides, gilt leaves, and green silk lining, in Louis Quatorze style. $22 50.
LARGE PAPER. 105 GALERIE FRANÇAISE DE FEMMES CÉLÈBRES, par leur rang, ou leur
beauté; 76 Portraits en pied, dessinés par Lanté, gravés
FROM VAN DER HELLE'S LIBRARY. Beautiful portraits of handsome women, whose names are famous in French History: Heloise, Agnes Sorel, Mad. de Sevigne, Marie Stuart, La Valliere, Maintenon, Marie Antoinette, Josephine, etc. 106 LIAISONS DANGEREUSES, ou Lettres recueillies dans une Société et publiées pour l'instruction de quelques autres. Par M C. . . de L. Plates. 4 vols. 16mo., half
morocco, gilt tops, uncut.
107 MÉMOIRES, Vie et Aventures de Tsonnonthonau, Roi d'une
Nation Indienne, appellée les Têtes rondes. Traduits librement de l'Anglois. 2 vols. 8vo. half calf. $8 75. Verrieres-Suisses, 1787
Any thing but what it purports to be.
"Je suis bien éloigné de justifier la multitude des choses licencieuses qui s'y trouvent, mais je dois observer que les Anglois n'ont point de Sorbonne."-Traducteur.
108 HISTOIRE DES PAPES. Crimes, Meurtres, Empoisonnements, Parricides, Adultères, Incestes, depuis Saint Pierre jusqu'à Gregoire XVI. Histoire des Saints, des Martyrs, des Pères de l'Eglise, des Ordres religieux, des Conciles, etc. Splendidement illustrée de gravures, executées par les premiers Artistes. 10 vols., imperial 8vo., half calf. $90 00.
Paris, 1842 There is in the above work, in addition to the engravings which properly belong to it, a series of beautifully colored designs.
109 ALFRED DE MUSSET.
EUVRES COMPLÈTES DE, avec lettres
LARGE PAPER. Only a limited number printed. The pres-
MOEURS ET COUTUMES des Peuples, ou Collection
113 LA FONTAINE. CONTES ET NOUVELLES en Vers. Pierre
Didot's Splendid Edition of this French Classic in two vols. Quarto, LARGE PAPER, extended to six, and an additional volume in Royal Folio, composed entirely of plates. TOGETHER SEVEN VOLUMES, SUPERBLY BOUND IN RED LEVANT MOROCCO, SUPER-EXTRA, each volume separately enclosed in a half morocco cover, lined with chamois, and lettered on the back, which is again enclosed in a neat marbled board etui, by DAVID. $1355 00. Paris, L'an III. (1795)
No idea of the richness of these
volumes can be formed, except from a personal inspection. In addition to the plates after the designs of Fragonard, which properly belong to this edition, upwards of 800 extra illustrations from other sources, have been lavishly added, by the best artists and engravers, among which may be mentioned the following:
48 Portraits of La Fontaine, by various engravers.
80 Designs by Eisen, (Fermier Generaux Edition,) PROOF BEFORE 13 Additional to above by same engraver.
63 Ornamental designs by Chaffard, ON INDIA PAPER,
54 Vignettes of different sizes.
35 Plates by Romain de Hooge.
"Bovinet and Le Prince, etc., etc.
Among the large engravings in the folio volume, are the following celebrated plates, viz.
La Fleuve Scamandre, by Boucher.
Le Cas de Conscience, by Eisen.
Lisa Giocondo, by Leonardo Da Vinci.
The series of designs engraved by De Larmessin, viz.
Le Gascon Puni.
Les Deux Amis.
Le Villageois qui cherche son Veau,
A Femme Avare.