TCHEMERZINE, Avenir. Bibliographie d’Editions Originales et rares d’auteurs français des XVe, XVIe, XVIIe et XVIIIe siècles. Contenant environ 6.000 fac-similés de titres et de gravures.
Paris, Marcel Plee, 1927-33.
4to, 10 vols in 30 books, three for each vol.. Edition of 1000 copies only. This is one of 88 copies on simili Japon paper, numbered from 26 to 113 (copy No. 87). Ex libris of William and Marianne Salloch on second front flyleaf. The Sallochs were well-known American rare book dealers of the second half of C20th. Bound in light red cloth, gilt title to spine on black label. A wonderfully well-preserved, nearly pristine set, showing 6000 fac-simile title pages and engravings from rare editions of French authors issued between C15th and C18th. A exceptionally fine unopened and uncut set.
EXCEEDINGLY RARE EDITION OF ONE OF THE MOST CELEBRATED CRITICAL EDITIONS OF AQUINAS’ THEOLOGICAL MASTERPIECE
AQUINAS, Saint Thomas. Summa Theologica in Quinque Tomos Distribuita, Cum Commentariis Thomae de Vio Cardinalis Cajetani, Et Elucidationibus Literalibus. P. Seraphini Capponi a’ Porrecta, Ordinis Praedicatorum…[Vol. I with initial inserted Papal letter with Vatican imprint, and treatise at end: Cui Annexus est Tractatus De Praescentia, & Praedestinatione Dei]
Padua, Ex Typographia Seminarii, 1698.
Royal Folio, 5 vols. Roman and Italic letter, head- and tailpieces, floriated initials in two sizes at least, double-column text to head of pages and commentary to foot, with lateral glosses and occasional printed maniculae. In sequence: first volume with beautiful large engraving of the Saint while his heart is getting infused with the Holy Spirit through the intersession of the four Latin Church Fathers suspended in the sky: Gregory, Ambrose, Augustine and Jerome. Imposing title pages in red and black and small tailpiece; dedication to Pope Innocent XII with half page left blank for the portrait of the pope; letter of the typographus; two quarto leaves insertion with papal letter by Benedict XIII to the monks of the preaching orders addressed against those who slandered the doctrine of Augustine and Aquinas, with the magnificent device of the Vatican press flanked by Saints Peter and Paul (Rome, Typis Reverendae Camerae Apostolicae, 1724); short text on the “altitude of Aquinas’ doctrine; instructions for the reader; index of the topics and articles discussed; treatise on the “foreknowledge and predestination of God”. Rebound with early vellum over thick boards. Boards of first volume covered by reusing the original vellum and with gilt-stamped titles to spine on two painted labels, the upper one gilt, the lower one azure framed by gilt Greek fretwork. Other four volumes with ink title to spines and a.e.r.. Autograph of owner: “Hugh Edmond Ford, Rome” (1851-1930; Abbot of Downside, Historian and theologian), and “Ex · Libris · Monasterii · Beatae · Mariae · Virginis · De · Worth” printed on label glued to front pastedown. A little rubbed and worn to cover corners and fore-edges, some minor chipping and light staining on boards and negligible tiny cracks to spine in correspondence to the sowings. In very good condition overall.
8vo, 18 vols (of 26; Vols 19-26 are missing: curated by C. Woltman and C. Curths and devoted to the Thirty Years’ War and the History of the Downfall of the Netherlands), illustrated copperplate frontispieces for each volume, by artist J. Blaschke, and 1 folded facsimile insert. Bound in contemporary brown marbled paper-covered pasteboards, red label to spine with gilt lettering. Text generally clean and fresh. Very light occasional age yellowing or spotting. A very nice set.
HEINE, Heinrich. Werke. Illustriert von Wiener Künstlern
Wien; Leipzig; Prag, Bensinger, [ca 1884-1888].
4to, 6 vols, pp. viii, 379; 385; 378; 379; 380, 380. Illustrated edition with many numerous woodcuts, many full page. Bound in contemporary red cloth, boards and spines richly panelled with elaborate shiny gilt and black decorations, centrepiece with gilt-stamped author’s profile in a pensive attitude on a black oval background, text crisp with very occasional light age yellowing, marbled fore-edges. A little rubbed along cover edges and spines. Vol. 1 with partially detaching spine. On half title, ex libris with monogram formed by initials L, A and K. First volume with frontispiece portrait of Heine, tissue guard. Fully decorated title pages for each volume.
BURTON, Sir Richard F. (Tr.). The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night
London, H. S. Nichols, 1897.
8vo, 12 vols. The illustrated library edition. Publisher’s red half morocco, green cloth over boards, raised bands, gilt title to spine in English and Arabic, interlace panels to the third and fifth compartments, upper fore-edge gilt, the others uncut, beautiful marbled endpapers. Spines just a little worn and rubbed, an admirable collection withal. 71 photogravure plates taken from oil paintings by Albert Letchford, especially commissioned for this work, each with captioned tissue-guard. One of the variant issues of the Nichols-Smithers Editions, this styled the “illustrated ‘Library Edition’” by Penzer (p.122), while the blocking to the tails of the spines identifies it as the Kamashastra Edition. A very good, attractive, and skilfully produced set. Chauvin IV, 229 refers to the 1893 issue of the “Library Edition”, note at p.85 to the Letchford illustrations; Penzer pp.122-3.
GREGORY I THE GREAT, Pope and Saint. Cognomento Magni, Opera omnia, jam olim ad manuscriptos codices Romanos, Gallicanos, Anglicanos emendata, aucta, & illustrata notis, studio & labore monachorum ordinis sancti Benedicti … nunc autem a Johanne Baptista Gallicciolli sacerdote Veneto, ad codices præsertim marcianos iterum exacta, atque novis accessionibus locupletata.
Venice, ex typographia Sansoniana in vico S. Raphaelis, 1768-1776.
Large 4to, 17 vols. half title, frontispiece with engraving of the Saint, title page in red and black with vignette of personification of Faith. Roman and Italic letter, occasional Greek type. Head pieces, historiated initials, double-column text. Bound in contemporary vellum over boards, gilt title stamped on spine. “Ex · Libris · Monasterii · Beatae · Mariae · Virginis · De · Worth” printed on label glued to front pastedown, also with bookseller’s label: A. D. Woodhouse L.td, Birmingham. Red speckeled fore-edges. Text fine, just a touch of age yellowing throughout. A beautiful set.
TASSO, Torquato. Le Opere di Torquato Tasso raccolte per Giuseppe Mauro
Venice, Presso Carlo Buonarrigo, 1722.
Large 4to, 12 vols, pp. (6)LI-603, (8)560, (4)482, (4)492, (4)524, (4)531, (4)536, (4)534, (4)548, (4)540,(4)532, (4)424. Roman and Italic letter. Single and double-column text alternating. Large woodcut initials and vignette on title-page. Frontispiece engraving by Antonio Luciani after a drawing by Domenico Maria Fratta. Bookplate of Charles, 3rd Baron Kinnaird, on front pastedown. A.e.b., bound in contemporary vellum, gilt brown morocco label to spine with title and vol. number.
Just a few minor chips and cracks to some spines due to the dryness of the vellum. In excellent condition, fresh, crisp and clean.
ROUSSEAU, Jean-Jacques. Ouvres Complètes, mises dans un nouvel ordre, avec des notes historiques et des éclaircissements par P. R. Auguis
Paris, Chez P. Dupont, 1824.
8vo, 26 vols. Bound by “White Relieur, 24 Pall Mall, 1850” (printed on top corner of verso of front fly) in green rhombus-patterned morocco with triple-fillet gilt along cover edges and gilt dotted lines to fore-edges, black-stamped turn-ins with triangular and floral motives alternating. Spine faded, divided in six compartments, richly gilt and with titles and volume numbers. Remarkable Marbled fore-edges and pastedowns. Vol. 17 with front cover starting. Some spine labels a little chipped and detaching; a few light occasional stains on boards, binding edges a touch rubbed. Text generally fine, some light browning or spotting throughout. A lovely set.
GALERIE DU MUSÉE DE FRANCE, publiée par Filhol, Graveur, et rédigée par Lavallée (Joseph),…
Paris, Chez Filhol, De l’Imprimerie de Gillé Fils, 1814.
Large 8vo, 10 vols, copiously illustrated with beautiful engravings of works of art in the Musée de France. Bound in straight-grain green morocco, triple blind-ruled fillet along cover edges and central triple-fillet panel with gilt-stamped fleuron to inner corners, gilt-stamped imperial eagle on the centre of covers, gilt dotted lines to fore-edges of corners and fore-edges of spine, entwines gilt meander to turn-ins. gilt titles to compartments divided by raised bands on spine, each one stamped with same gilt decoration found on covers (eagle and fleurons). Sometimes spotted and lightly foxed throughout. Vol. 6 heavily dampstained and moulded on covers (especially rear one), some loss of colouring, mould on pages throughout. Upper fore-edge gilt. Notwithstanding a few defects, a fine set.
SHAKESPEARE, William. The Works. The Text of the First Folio with Quarto Variants and a Selection of Modern Readings: edited by Herbert Farjeon
London: Nonesuch Press, 1929-33.
Large 8vo, 7 vols. Original tan morocco, raised bands, gilt titles to compartments, gilt rules to boards and turn-ins, top edges gilt. Spines lightly stained. Fresh, clean, crisp, untrimmed. An excellent a set, nearly pristine. One of 1,600 sets published (this is number 275).