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Lyon: Cercle Lyonnais du livre, 1928.
Prepared for a select society of bibliophilesPortfolio, with unbound letterpress sheets printed in folio and 32 handcoloured plates loosely inserted (and final colophon leaf signed by Daragnès); a fine example in original folding case with leather ties, housed within the publisher's slipcase. An.....
Paris: circa 1795.
From ethnology to fashionEngraved aquatint with original handcolouring, 440 x 530 mm. (sheet size), mounted and framed. Rare and alluring hand-coloured engraving of the islanders of the Pacific, composed of twenty-four groups of inhabitants from new lands revealed through the voyages of Captain James Cook and.....
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Paris: Librairie Plon, 1893. Octavo, folding map; uncut in the original blue-grey wrappers. A fine copy of the first edition: this is an especially good account of Hawaii at the end of the nineteenth century, by a French diplomat, written under the pseudonym Georges Sauvin. D'Anglade was French Consul and.....
Paris: chez Breaute, 1861. 12mo., uncut, in the original pink printed wrappers. First edition and very scarce: through natural aptitude and indefatigable perseverance Mlle. Hertha discovers the truths of the universe. This work is an abstract from Hertha's longer text Égalité-Liberté, and is presented to her public in the hope.....
London: Boussod Valadon & CO., 1897. Folio, coloured frontispiece & b/w engravings, red leather presentation binding, inset with letter of presentation; gilt spine; gilt tooling green silk endpapers with inner gilt dentelles. Presented to Thomas Ryland, a prominent member of the Birmingham community. Ornate and decorative binding typical of the.....
London: J. Johnson, C. Dilly and T. Cadell, 1791.
Prisons, hulks, quarantine stations and mental hospitalsQuarto, with 22 engraved plans and views (18 of them folding) and a large folding table; bound without the half-title in contemporary sprinkled calf, flat spine banded in gilt, red morocco label; an excellent.....
On board: 21 April 1822.
Please send the latest volumes relating to French voyagesSingle-page letter on single folded sheet, 255 x 195 mm., address panel, slightly torn where originally opened at red wax seal; very good. An intriguing letter sent from on board Hyacinthe de Bougainville's command the Thétis.....
Rouen: circa 1480-1500. Illuminated leaf, 166 x 112 mm., panel border on each side of the leaf composed of blue and gold acanthus, coloured flowers on hair-line stems; 4-line initial in dark red and heightened in grey and white on a liquid gold panel enclosing a coloured flower, three 1-line.....
Southern France: circa 1475.
Superb illuminated miniature of King DavidArched miniature depicting King David kneeling in prayer, 91 x 65mm., set in elaborate illuminated border on three sides; 4-line illuminated initial D (of "Domine" - O Lord), eight lines of gothic text on the other side;Mounted. A superb late.....
Babylone (Paris): n.p., 1760. Octavo, with four engraved plates by Cochin after Desfriches illustrating the second work "Mon Odyssée ou le Journal de Mon Retour de Saintonge"; contemporary mottled calf,spine gilt with red label. First edition: a marvellous utopian community in Africa, prefiguring the uses of photography, television and the.....
"Pressure" (Paris?): Dans les Jardins de M. l'Ebahi, 1788.
A visit to JapanOctavo, half-title, woodcut vignette of a ship setting sail at start of text; neat modern quarter calf. First edition: a very scarce anonymous imaginary voyage and a satirical commentary on French politics and society which has decadent.....
Paris: Knapen & fils, 1782.
Suppressed account of the French search for a continent towards the South PoleOctavo, with a folding map; contemporary French mottled calf, spine gilt in compartments; a good copy. The only edition, and very rare: the bulk of the edition was suppressed by the French.....
Paris: Chez Courcier, 1807-, 1810. Quarto, two works bound in one, in total seven folding plates and one folding table, some pages age-toned but overall very good, neatly bound in modern quarter calf, Ingleton bookplate and manuscript note. A fine volume containing rare first editions of two French works of.....
Paris: Paris Philip-Dionysius Pieres (part-titles add: sold by Louis-Nicolas Prevost, Paris; Peter Elmsley, London; and Rudolph Gräffer, Vienna and Leipzig), 1784-1791.
The first book with engravings after Redouté: with 91 hand-coloured botanical plates6 parts in 1 volume, folio, (510 x 355 mm); with a general title-page, six part-titles (each.....
"Agra" (Paris): avec Privilege du Grand Mogol, 1746.
Not known to Strabo or PtolemyTwo volumes in one, octavo; in contemporary French mottled calf, spine gilt, crimson label. First edition: a popular and often reprinted satire on Parisian manners, set in the Indies, in a "fertile land now known to.....
Paris: Didot Fréres, 1836. Engraving, 135 x 220 mm. Charming engraved plate depicting the memorial to La Pérouse erected by the Dumont d'Urville expedition to Vanikoro. The plate was published in Domeny de Rienzi's Océanie ou Cinquième partie du monde, revue géographique et ethnographique de la Malaisie, de la Micronésie.....
Paris: Imprimerie de la Republique, 1797.
"Vanished trackless into blue immensity"Four volumes, quarto, and folio atlas, with a portrait, 69 maps and plates (21 folding) in the atlas; the text in fine condition on bluish-tinted paper, completely uncut in modern French period-style blue mottled boards with double labels; the.....
Paris: Imprimerie de la Republique, 1797.
"Vanished trackless into blue immensity"Four volumes, quarto, and folio atlas, with 69 maps and plates (21 folding) in the atlas; the text in fine condition on bluish-tinted paper; text volumes in contemporary or near-contemporary English dark green straight-grained morocco, spines banded and lettered.....
Livorno: Tipografia Vignozzi, 1827.
With unrecorded platesThree volumes, duodecimo, three frontispieces and three plates, all with good contemporary handcolouring; contemporary quarter roan binding, lettered in gilt, marbled boards with vellum tips. Attractive early Italian edition of La Pérouse's voyage, containing six charming coloured plates (three of which are not.....
Leipzig: no publisher, 1799.
With a full crew list - including savants and supercargoOctavo, with an engraved portrait, five plates and a folding world map; contemporary French mottled calf, spine gilt with raised bands. Abridged account of the La Pérouse voyage, published two years after the official edition. The.....
London: G.G. and J. Robinson, 1798-1799.
Best English editionTotal of three volumes, comprising two quarto text volumes with an engraved portrait frontispiece, and a folio atlas with portrait, engraved title and 69 maps and plates; later black half morocco with gilt lettering and ornament. The best English edition: the.....
Paris: Jules Renouard, 1839.
I, ClaudiusDuodecimo, unopened and untrimmed, in the original printed wrappers, Charming account of the La Pérouse voyage for children, with notice of the later discoveries relating to the great French mariner, including chapters on d'Entrecasteaux, Dumont d'Urville and Peter Dillon. These concluding sections concentrate on.....
Tours: Auguste Vauquer, Imprimeur du Département d'Indre & Loire, 1791.
'Publish what we have'Quarto, 4 pp., woodblock ornament and drop title; fine and uncut, preserved in modern marbled wrappers. The National Assembly decree calling for the publication of all accounts and charts of the La Pérouse expedition. Three different.....
Paris: l'Imprimerie Royale, 1791.
First formal acknowledgement of fears for the La Pérouse expeditionQuarto, 4 pp., uncut and unbound as issued; in fine condition. The search for La Pérouse was initiated with this French National Assembly decree, in response to a petition from the Société d'Histoire Naturelle. As well.....