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Furetière, Antoine (1619-1688). L’Aeneide travestie. Livre quatriesme. Contenant Les Amours D’Aenee et de Didon. Paris: Augustin Courbe, 1649.

The rare first book by the creator of the first French language dictionary Quarto. Contemporary mottled calf (7 x 9"), ruled with double line of gilt. Spine with raised bands, decorated in gilt. Rubbed and carefully restored at top. Lacking free endpapers. Name in old ink “Tourtoy” on front blank. Wide-margined

Fine and Rare Books, including prints and a bit of ephemera

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Degas Danse Dessin

Paris: Ambroise Vollard, 1936. Edition of 325 copies, this is #75. 10" x 13 ½”. Original wrappers, protective stiff board sleeve backed in vellum and lettered Paul Valery/ Degas and slipcase. Protected in a fine half morocco case by Asprey of half-tan morocco, with rounded spine and raised bands, decorated and lettered in gilt. Cloth sides 12" X 15" Suede lining. Fine inside and out. Degas Danse Dessin pictures ballet dancers in costume and nude showing the postures and positions of the ballet, a subject for which Degas was famous.. Illustrated with 26 aquatint-etchings in color, tone or black engraved on copper by Maurice Potin, after original pastel or chalk drawings by Degas. Plus 25 photogravures in text after Degas printed in sepia by Aimé Jourde, plus two page, Tables des Hors-texte with small wood engravings cut by Georges Auberts as a pictorial index to the etchings.

Early Plays, 1547-1800 Ballets, operas & festival librettos and accounts

Please find our catalog of rare drama and festival accounts from the court of Louis XIV and XV, as well as, the early public theatres of France and Spain. We also offer privately printed librettos from the Vienna Court of the Roman Empire and the Madrid court of Philip Vth All books are offered on approval and may be returned within ten days of receipt All shipping is free with the U.S. Inquiries invited Golden Legend, Inc. since 1984 310- 385 1903

Rare and Fine. A selection of books and prints

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Ménestrier, Claude-François (1631-1705). La statue équestre de Louis-le-Grand placée dans le temple de la gloire; dessin du feu d'artifice élevé sur la rivière de Seine, par les ordres de MM. les prévôt des marchands et échevins de la ville de Paris, le jeudi 13 août 1699; avec l'explication des figures, médailles et bas-reliefs. Paris: Impr. de Ve Vaugon, 1699.

This is the printed program for the “highlight of the ceremony” of dedication of 13 August 1699 for the giant equestrian statue of Louis XIV installed on Place Louis-le-Grand (destroyed 1792). The idea for the fireworks celebration was invented by “Menestrier following current ideas certainly based on Bernini” (p34, & Figure 77. Glorious Horsemen).

Included are four extra items: 2 engravings and 2 plaquettes not issued with the program La statue équestre de Louis-le-Grand but published as part of the fireworks celebration on the Seine, of August 13, 1699.

My Life and Dancing

Allan, Maud (1873-1956). My Life and Dancing. London: Everett, [1908]. First edition . Maud Allan was at the beginning of both modern dance and modern striptease. Placed somewhere between Isadora Duncan and Little Egypt, she is now considered an important figure in 20thcentury women’s attempt at freedom of expression through dance in a way that was free from society’s restrictions. Provenance: Carmen Tórtola Valencia (1882-1955): Early Spanish modern dancer born in Seville in 1882. Her first public appearance was in 1908, in the Gaiety Theatre in London as part of the show “Havana.” Her talent and choreographies were more highly appreciated by the intellectuals than by the general public. Emilia Pardo Bazán said of her that she was the reincarnation of Salomé. She died in Barcelona in 1955.

French Opera between Lully and Rameau

[Sammelband]. 15 opera and ballet librettos. Paris: C. Ballard or Ribou, 1700-1714. Bound in one volume, quarto (7 ½” x 9 ½"), contemporary calf, rubbed. Spine gilt, leather label, faded & worn at ends. Very clean, well preserved librettos. This sammelband consists of 15 libretto for opera and ballet, all original editions, performed at l’Academie Royal de Musique from 1700 to 1714 In this sammelband, there are several librettos of high importance. Callirhoé (#6) has been called the “finest achievement of Destrouche’s maturity"; Alçione (#9) is reckoned by La Gorce to have “one of the most beautiful scores of the entire French operatic Repertory”; Le Triomphe des arts (#12) was a ballet so popular that its fourth entree now called Pygmalion is performed to this day; Les Festes de Thalie, (#15) is an opera ballet that was the first modernized work produced at the Royal Academie des Musique using contemporary idioms of speech and modern dress. See full description

[Poster] Cocteau, Jean. Ballets Russes de Diaghilew (1939)

Advertising poster for the 1939 major Ballets Russes exhibition at the Musee des Art Decoratifs, Paris.Sheet size 61” x 34”. The first Diaghilev exhbition, organized by Serge Lifar, ten years after the death of Diaghilev. For a history of the printing of this poster see our full description.

Mlle. Sallé. Se vende a Paris chez l’auteur d’entre du quai de la Feraille ala croix de Perles et chez le Sr. De Laramessin rüe de Platre a la 4e porte cochera adroite par la rüe St. Jacques et chez la Ve de F. Chereau rüe St. Jacques au deux pilliers d’or. Avec Privilege du Roy. Paris, Engraving with Etching. N. Lancret pinxit; N. Delarmessin sculpsit.. [1732

Important engraving of Marie Sallé. Marie Sallé, one of the most prominent dancers of her time, was a daughter of a tumbler. She became a student of Françoise Prevost at the Academie Royale in Paris. In 1725, the English theatre manager John Rich took her to London where she appeared to great popularity. In fact, Sallé’s greatest success was in London because of the stagnant rules of classical ballet at the Paris Opera that prevented innovation “The particular beauty of Sallé’s dancing lay in extraordinary grace, expressive gesture and vivid pantomime.” (Moore 30).

Rare Libretti for operas in Spain under Farinelli’s Directions

Farinelli, original name Carlo Broschi, (born Jan. 24, 1705, Andria, Kingdom of Naples [Italy]—died July 15, 1782, Bologna), celebrated Italian castrato singer of the 18th century and one of the greatest singers in the history of opera. The importance of Farinelli’s role as “impresario” in bringing serious opera to Madrid is made clear from several sources: During the nearly 25 years Farinelli lived at the Spanish court, he produced a “long series of sumptuously staged Italian opera. Overall, the Farinelli productions in Madrid anticipated tendencies that surfaced only later elsewhere in Europe.” His departure from Madrid ended “what was surely the most brilliant chapter for Italian opera in eighteenth century Spain” (DelDonna and Polzonetti, 260). “In 1747, [Farinelli] was appointed artistic director of the theatres at Buen Retiro and Aranjuez marking the beginning of a decade of extraordinary productions and extravaganzas in which he collaborated extensively with Metastasio.” Here he produced 23 operas and serenatas between 1747 and 1756. After the death of his patron Ferdinand VI in 1759, he was asked to leave Spain (Macy, 151). We offer four original libretti for operas directed by Farinelli. The link is below. Inquiries invited

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