"Chatterton" is a major work of French Romanticism and Literature. The author tells the tragic story of a very young English poet, whose very poor condition and an tragic love, lead him to suicide.
De Vigny (1797-1863) denounces the severe criticism on poets and writers by the society of the time.
The first representation at the Théâtre Français on February 12, 1835, with Marie Dorval (mistress of Vigny), in the role of Kitty Bell, was a real triumph.
This very fine first edition of "Chatterton" by Alfred de Vigny is highlighted with an Edward May's frontispiece, engraved with etching. In addition, the binding is a Nineteenth-century full green morocco, signed by the binder Cuzin, with the original printed wrappers preserved. So this is a very fine copy of a masterpiece of French Literature.
"Le Bibliophile Fantaisiste ou Choix De Pièces Désopilantes et Rares" is a collection of several issues of this monthly magazine, which reprints selected pieces of older, funny and curious pieces about the History and great figures of France. It is complete and contains the three expected portraits.
Very fine first edition, rare, in excellent condition. The binding, signed by Cuzin, is a beautiful with high delicacy and quality.
This copy is one of the 50 printed on "Chine" paper.
This book is important for Bibliophily, because It lists in a complete catalog, the books which constituted the library of the Queen of France Marie-Antionette, in the palace of The Tuileries, before its destruction. All the books constituting this library had, of course, been subject to the approval of her husband, Louis XVI.
Fine binding signed by Chambolle-Duru for the first edition. Copy printed on "vergé" paper and from a limited publication of 300.
This book is a collection of small humoristic and dramatic plays, which were performed and sung at fairs in Burgundy (France). It was made by the Burgundian poet Bernard de La Monnoye (1641-1728), known for his art of Poetry. He was also a philologist and literary critic, particularly known for his "Noei Borguignon" or "Noël Bourguignon".
This copy is rare because all the expected music sheets are preserved.
The binding in contemporary full red morocco, and emblazoned in the center of the covers, makes it a very beautiful copy of this edition. He belonged to Jean-Frédéric Phélypeaux, Count of Maurepas (1701-1781). He was a French politician, who was Secretary of State for the Navy of the King Louis XV from 1723 to 1749. After a long disgrace, he became Minister of State at the accession of the King Louis XVI in 1774 until his death in 1781.
This book was written by Fléchier (1632-1710) for the instruction of the Dauphin of France.
This biography is about Theodosius the Great (Roman Emperor, born in 347 and died in 395. He is the last emperor to reign over the unified Roman Empire).
Fine copy bound in by Duplanil Fils, with delicassy.
First translation by Nodot of this satirical book on the "Galanteries et les Débauches" of the Emperor Nero, and his favorites.
It is preceded by a short biography of Petrone and the key for the understanding of the real names. This translation includes a number of new parts according to a manuscript discovered by one of the translator's friends during the military seat of Belgrade in 1688.
It also had been suspected, at least in part, invented by Nodot. His supplements were frequently included in "the Satiricon" editions until the early 20th century. Texts in Latin and French.
Copy with the arms of Lambert de Thorigny.
The rare first edition.
Librarian of Richelieu and Orientalist, Gaffarel is considered as the principal representative of the Christian kabbalah in the XVIIth century
In this work of magic, divination and astronomy with strong references to the Kabbalah, Gaffarel defends the Hebrews against the reproaches that Christians usually make, he wrote on the art of talismans in Persia, horoscopes and the astrology of the ancients as well as the astronomy and the Hebrew alphabet.
The two folding plates represent the Celestial Hebrew alphabet.
Fine copy in a binding from LE GASCON (similar binding was in the library of Maurice Burrus (n°51)).
This book is a sharp response to Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778), following the publication in 1762 of his treatise on education, on "l'art de former les hommes" entitled "Émile ou De l'éducation".
The author is totally against Rousseau's thesis on natural religion, and on the contrary, he supports Pascal's theory of the concepts of profig and miracle.
In parallel with theories properly pedagogical, "Emile" includes the famous profession of faith of the Savoyard Vicar (book IV), which provides valuable information on the religious ideas of Rousseau. it wanted to be a model to introduce young people to religious questions.
André is categorically opposed to these religious ideas developed by Rousseau in this precise extract, which he considers to be devoid of common sense and reason.
Very fine copy bound in full calf with the arms of Mr. Rigaud de Vaudreuil.
Very fine binding signed by Ginain, very elegant and delicat gilt ornementations.
Ginain was one of the most talented bookbinder of that time. its work were very appreciated by the King Louis-Philippe and the Prince de Joinville.
There are some bindings of Ginain in the Bibliotheca Wittockiana.
One on the same edition of Chateaubriand, in which spine decoration is the same than our copy. (See Culot 66) and an other one with a similar cover decoration (See Culot 113).
A very fine copy of this work of Chateabriand.
These "Contes pour les Bibliophiles" were published on velum paper, and numbered.
Our copy is the n°519.
This book is the result of the works of Octave Uzanne and Albert Robida.
It consists in texts illustrated by Albert Robida (1848-1926), who was a very well-known French illustrator. Its style is full of realism, life, delicassy and sometimes was very witty.
All of these characteristics can be seen in this book.
[BOULANGERIE]. Tableau des Boulangers de Paris, pour l'exercice de l'an 1829; précédé des arrêtés, ordonnances, décisions, délibérations et instructions concernant le commerce de la boulangerie de Paris.
Rare administrative and technical book about the bakers and bakeries of Paris, certainly published at a very small numbers.
The text specifies the conditions for obtaining a license from the administration, to sell bread on the markets, to recruit bakers, etc.
It gives the name and organization of the trade union of bakers and the police officers responsible for monitoring the application of the decisions.
The second part is a yearbook of the bakers in Paris.
Very fine copy, with an elegant and delicate binding in full red morocco.
100 luxury copies have been published on China paper.
Our copy is one of the first 50 copies (n°28), with all the engravings expected (n°28).
The illustrations of this book were realized by Julien Le Blant (1851-1936), who was a French painter specialized on the War in the Vendée, in France, at the end of the eighteenth century.
Amazing manuscript course by a Frigate Lieutenant.
This is certainly a course given in Toulon. Indeed at the end of the manuscript is the list of students following this course. They are native of Toulon and the surrounding area.
This course aims to show the importance of a good knowledge of theastronomy for navigation.
This manuscript is illustrated with many drawings in color, in text and full page.
We fell in love with this amazing handmade binding that makes this marine manuscript an object perfectly incarnated.
Suite of 110 + 1 engravings for "Les Contes", the complete suite for "La Pucelle" (complete).
Only four suites known (one belonged to M.Paillet, and two others).
Provided with the "petits conteurs", in similar red morocco.
This set is lovely illustrated with a Portrait of La Fontaine and 116 unsigned figures mainly from Duplessi-Bertaux, Dreppe, Durand, ...
The two first volumes contains the Tales of La Fontaine, and the two others, Tales from Voltaire, Perrault, Moncrif, Grécourt, Dorat, Saint-Lambert, Chamfort.
Fine edition given by Voltaire of the works of Corneille.
With one frontispice and 34 engravings.
Copy of Charles Villette (arms on spines and ex libris). Villette was the husband of Reine-Philibert de Varicourt, an adopted daughter of Voltaire.
Very good copy.