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Lot 8001


Title: The Keramic Gallery Containing Several Hundred Illustrations of Rare Curious and Choice Examples of Pottery and Porcelain
Author: William Chaffers - William Chaffers was an English antiquary and writer of reference works on hallmarks, and marks on ceramics. His Marks and Monograms on Pottery and Porcelain, first published in 1863, has appeared in many later editions.
Publisher: Chapman & Hall
City: London
Year: 1872
Binding Style: Hardcover
Number of Volumes: 2 Full Set: Yes
Width: 6.75" Height: 10.25"
Book Details: This scarce decorative antique set is bound in black and gilt stamped cloth with lavishly adorned boards and spine.

The richly illustrated two volume set is covers “the Earliest Times to the beginning of the Present Century” and includes “Historical Notices and Descriptions.” More than 400 photographic plates of ceramic objects are mounted, and the text pages features printed embellishments.

Having been asked to publish these lectures Chaffers states in the 1871 Introduction: "A recent invention of photography having been submitted to me by Mr. Cundall as a desirable and comparatively economical means of illustrating these Lectures, I resolved to adopt the Woodbury process of printing the plates in permanent ink from metal cliches, transferred from photographic negatives. These have been taken under my superintendence, expressly for this work, from examples in well-known collections, thus securing in every instance absolutely faithful copies of the originals.”

Condition / Notes: This antique two volume set shows decoratively bound in black and gilt stamped cloth with lavishly adorned boards and spine.

The volumes exhibit signs of age/wear to the exteriors concentrated at the extremities. In both volumes the binding is loose, the front board and spine are separating from the text block and the text block is broken in multiple places. The text is clear, the mounted photographs are bright, and the interior pages show very mild age toning throughout. Some of the loosened pages exhibit cracking to the edges.
Lot 8002


Title: Three Poems from Les fleurs du mal
Author: Charles Baudelaire - Charles Pierre Baudelaire was a French poet who produced notable work as an essayist, art critic, and pioneering translator of Edgar Allan Poe. His most famous work, "Les Fleurs du mal" (The Flowers of Evil), expresses the changing nature of beauty in modern, industrializing Paris during the 19th century. Baudelaire's highly original style of prose-poetry influenced a whole generation of poets including Paul Verlaine, Arthur Rimbaud and Stephane Mallarme among many others. He is credited with coining the term "modernity" (modernite) to designate the fleeting, ephemeral experience of life in an urban metropolis, and the responsibility art has to capture that experience.
Publisher: The Limited Editions Club
City: New York
Year: 1997
Printing Information: Limited Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: Unpaginated
Width: 14" Height: 14.75"
Book Details: This scarce and tightly limited edition of nineteenth-century French literature is an oversized folio bound in full red cloth with printed paper label on front cover. The handsome book is protected in a matching clamshell case with stamped black lettering to spine label and velvet lining.

Hand numbered 228 of 300, "The Flowers of Evil" is a volume of French poetry by Charles Baudelaire signed by celebrated photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson on limitation page. First published in 1857, it was important in the symbolist and modernist movements. The subject matter of these poems deals with themes relating to decadence and eroticism.

This book is illustrated with four full-page photogravure prints, printed on hand-made paper by Cartier-Bresson and selected by him especially for this edition. Henri Cartier-Bresson (August 22, 1908 - August 3, 2004) was a French photographer considered to be the father of modern photojournalism. He was an early adopter of 35 mm format, and the master of candid photography. He helped develop the "street photography" or "life reportage" style that has influenced generations of photographers who followed.

This edition was designed, set in Monotype Walbaum and printed by Michael and Winifred Bixler. The four photogravures were printed by Jon Goodman.

Condition / Notes: This scarce volume, bound in full red cloth with printed paper label on front cover, is in excellent condition.

The matching clamshell case with velvet lining, measuring approx. 15" x 16.25", is stamped with black lettering to the spine label and shows light sunning to spine.

The boards show bright and clean, the binding is tight and the interior pages and etchings show beautifully.
Lot 8003


Title: Sancti Hieronymi Stridonensis Operum
Author: Jerome - Saint Jerome (Latin: Eusebius Sophronius Hieronymus) was a priest, confessor, theologian, and historian born at Stridon, a village near Emona on the border of Dalmatia and Pannonia. Best known for his translation of most of the Bible into Latin (the translation that became known as the Vulgate), and his commentaries on the Gospels, Jerome’s list of writings is extensive.

The protégé of Pope Damasus I, who died in December of 384, Jerome was known for his teachings on Christian moral life, especially to those living in cosmopolitan centers such as Rome. In many cases, he focused his attention on the lives of women and identified how a woman devoted to Jesus should live her life. This focus stemmed from his close patron relationships with several prominent female ascetics who were members of affluent senatorial families.

Jerome is recognized as a Saint and Doctor of the Church by the Catholic Church, the Eastern Orthodox Church, the Lutheran Church, and the Anglican Communion. His feast day is 30 September.
Editor: Mariano Vittori - Mariano Vittori (Mariano Victorio Reatino) was a humanist , theologian and Italian Catholic bishop. Pope Pius IV entrusted him with the task of taking care of a critical edition of the Epistles of St. Jerome. The philological work was complex and required comparison of all previous editions and ancient codes, but had the success hoped for and its edition was judged better than the one published a few years earlier by Erasmus of Rotterdam . On behalf of the popes, he also participated in the revision of the Vulgate, to the critical version of the Graziano Decree, and, according to more recent studies, also to the drafting of the Roman Catechism, a manual used to spread the Catholic doctrine of the Counter-Reformation. Vittori was the author of many other works in the field of theology, canon law, liturgy and morality. His scholarship excelled in particular in the field of Oriental languages, so much so that he was the author of a grammar of the Ethiopian language that is considered the first study of an African language that appeared in Europe.
Publisher: Apud Bibliopolas urbis Parisiensis Consortes
City: Parisiis (Paris)
Year: 1609
Binding Style: Hardcover
Number of Volumes: 3 Full Set: Yes
Width: 10" Height: 15"
Book Details: This beautifully bound antique, oversized, three-volume set contains four volumes in three. All three are bound in decorative tan leather with gilt lettering and tooling to the spine. The works of St. Jerome are extensive, and include commentaries on scripture, original commentaries on the Old and New Testaments, and histories, to name a small portion. Jerome’s epistles are an important part of his literary works, giving a vivid picture both of his own mind and of the age in which he lived. This collection was edited, with commentary, by Mariani Victorii Reatini and others. Please see the corresponding images for this title, as they will more clearly show individual parts of this voluminous work.
Condition / Notes: This antique oversized set shows beautifully, with some typical indications of age and wear, including shelfwear and rubbing. The front hinge on volume IV is partially cracked, as are both hinges on volume II-III. The bindings and text blocks are firm, and text is clear and crisp with very little age toning. Each volume bears a small library stamp on the front free endpaper and title page, and volume II-III has writing on the title page.
Lot 8004


Title: The Works of Jonathan Swift, D. D., Dean of St. Patrick, Ireland with Copious Notes and Additions, and a Memoir of the Author
Author: Jonathan Swift - Jonathan Swift was an Anglo-Irish satirist, essayist, political pamphleteer (first for the Whigs, then for the Tories), poet and cleric who became Dean of St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin.
He is remembered for works such as "Gulliver's Travels," "A Modest Proposal," "A Journal to Stella, Drapier's Letters," "The Battle of the Books," "An Argument against Abolishing Christianity," and "A Tale of a Tub." Swift originally published all of his works under pseudonyms – such as Lemuel Gulliver, Isaac Bickerstaff, MB Drapier – or anonymously. He is also known for being a master of two styles of satire: the Horatian and Juvenalian styles.

Editor: Thomas Roscoe [23 June 1791 – 24 September 1871] - Thomas Roscoe was an English author and translator.
Publisher: P. O'Shea
City: New York
Year: c1865
Binding Style: Hardcover
Number of Volumes: 6 Full Set: Yes
Width: 5.25" Height: 7.5"
Book Details: This complete six-volume set of “Swift’s Works” is bound in pebbled black cloth with gilt spine titles. Some titles found in this set include: ”Gulliver’s Travels”, “A Tale of a Tub”, “The Battle of the Books”, as well as letters, poetry, journal entries, proposals, and sermons.
Condition / Notes: These antique volumes show well with some minor indications of age and wear, including shelfwear and rubbing. The bindings and text blocks are sound, and text is clear and crisp through some age toning.
Lot 8005


Title: The Life of Samuel Johnson, LLD, Including a Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides
Author: James Boswell - James Boswell was a Scottish biographer and diarist born in Edinburgh. He is best known for the biography he wrote of one of his contemporaries, the English literary figure Samuel Johnson, which is commonly said to be the greatest biography written in the English language.

Boswell's surname has passed into the English language as a term (Boswell, Boswellian, Boswellism) for a constant companion and observer, especially one who records those observations in print. For example, In "A Scandal in Bohemia", Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's character Sherlock Holmes affectionately says of Dr. Watson, who narrates the tales, "I am lost without my Boswell."
Editor: John Wilson Croker - John Wilson Croker was an Irish statesman and author.

Croker was for many years one of the leading contributors on literary and historical subjects to the Quarterly Review, with which he had been associated from its foundation. The rancorous spirit in which many of his articles were written did much to embitter party feeling. It also reacted unfavourably on Croker's reputation as a worker in the department of pure literature by bringing political animosities into literary criticism.

He had no sympathy with the younger school of poets who were in revolt against the artificial methods of the 18th century. In April 1833 he savagely criticised Poems, published the previous December by Alfred Tennyson—an attack which, coupled with the death of his friend Arthur Hallam, discouraged the aspiring poet from seeking to publish anything more for nine years. He was also responsible for the famous Quarterly article on John Keats's Endymion. Shelley and Byron blamed this article for bringing about the death of the poet, 'snuffed out', in Byron's phrase, 'by an article' (they, however, attributed the article to William Gifford).

His magnum opus, an edition of Boswell's Life of Johnson (1831) was the subject of an unfavourable review by Macaulay in the Edinburgh Review (a Whig rival/opponent of the Quarterly Review) The main grounds of criticism were echoed by Thomas Carlyle in a less famous review in Fraser's Magazine.

- that Croker had added extensive notes which were to little point, being superfluous or declaring Croker's inability to grasp Johnson’s point on matters where the reviewers had no difficulty. Macaulay also complained (with numerous examples) of factual errors in the notes; Carlyle of their carping attitude to Johnson’s motives (Carlyle, whose father was a stonemason, and who (like Johnson) had scraped a living as a schoolmaster, before writing encyclopaedia articles for bread-and-butter wages, also took great exception to one note which took for granted that when Johnson spoke of having lived on 4 ½ d a day he was disclosing something of which he should have been ashamed to speak)
- that Croker had not preserved the integrity of Boswell's text, but had interpolated text from four other accounts of Johnson (Hawkins, Mrs Thrale etc.), distinguished only from genuine Boswell by being inside brackets, so that “You begin a sentence under Boswell’s guidance, thinking to be carried happily through it by the same: but no; in the middle, perhaps after your semi-colon, and some consequent ‘for’ – starts up one of these Bracket-ligatures, and stitches you in half a page to twenty or thirty pages of a Hawkins, Tyers, Murphy, Piozzi; so that often one must make the old sad reflection, Where we are, we know; whither we are going no man knoweth”

Croker made no immediate reply to Macaulay's attack, but when the first two volumes of Macaulay’s History appeared he took the opportunity of pointing out the inaccuracies in the work.
Publisher: Harper & Brothers
City: New York
Year: 1851
Binding Style: Hardcover
Number of Volumes: 2 Full Set: Yes
Width: 6.25" Height: 9.25"
Book Details: 2V James Boswell / John Wilson Croker THE LIFE OF SAMUEL JOHNSON 1851 Decorative Antique Literary History Gilt Tooling Sir Joshua Reynolds Frontispieces

This antique set is privately bound in decorative half red leather and gilt tooling on black boards with raised bands and gilt lettering on the spine. This two volume “New Edition” of James Boswell's has “Numerous Additions and Notes, by John Wilson Croker, LL. D. F.R.S.”

The work was a popular and critical success when first published. It is regarded as an important stage in the development of the modern genre of biography; many have claimed it as the greatest biography written in English, but some modern critics object that the work cannot be considered a proper biography. While Boswell's personal acquaintance with his subject only began in 1763, when Johnson was 54 years old, Boswell covered the entirety of Johnson's life by means of additional research. The biography takes many critical liberties with Johnson's life, as Boswell makes various changes to Johnson's quotations and even censors many comments. Nonetheless, modern biographers have found Boswell's biography an important source of information on Johnson and his times.

Condition / Notes: This decorative privately bound set shows nicely with half red leather and gilt tooling on black boards with raised bands and gilt lettering on the spine.

The book exhibits light signs of age/wear to the exterior concentrated at the extremities. The binding is sound in both volumes with cracked hinges. The boards are clean and the leather spine show brightly. The text is clear and the pages show age toning foxing throughout.

Lot 8006


Title: Antoine Watteau
Author: Virgile Josz
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 226 pages
Width: 12.75" Height: 15.75"
Book Details: This antique volume is bound in pebbled cream cloth with gilt lettering on the front board and spine, and top edge gilt.

This volume is a Limited Edition, numbered 367/500, printed on laid wove paper. It contains text in French, is adorned with a colored frontispiece plate, and features sixty plates, four of which are in color, the others in duotone on heavy stock. Each plate has a captioned tissue guard. This volume also features an index, bibliography, list of principal sales, and a list of museums and major collections with significant Watteau holdings.
Condition / Notes: This antique volume shows nicely with mild indications of age and wear including shelfwear and age toning/soiling to the cover. The binding and text block are sound, and text and illustrations are clear and crisp.
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