Rare Books & Fine Prints
Smit, J. (publisher). [Complete Series of 12 Engravings of Sets from the Amsterdam Schouwburg plus two related plates]. First version (1). Amsterdam: Smit, [1760s].
Folio (12 1/2 x 20”). Contemporary red, half morocco and marbled boards (scuffed). Endpapers with Jean Villedary I.V. watermark (2). Fourteen double-page, folded plates, each uncut and mounted on a separate stub (plate size: 22 x 18”). Fine condition, very occasional light foxing. For full description see:
(Chagall, Marc) Claire Goll, Journal d'un Cheval, Paris, Manuel Bruker, 1952.
Copy 111 of 150 on Rives, unsigned as issued. ( Entire edition 200: 50 on Van Gelder, the first 25 with a suite, 150 as this copy). Quarto. 9 3/4" x 12" x 32.5 x 25mm. Unbound as issued in wrappers and original brown wove boards with ribbons. Fine. With wood engraved cover in color designed and cut by Robert Blanchet. Two original etchings and four lithographs after Chagall. For full description see:
CHAGALL, MARC. Paris. l'Opera. Le Plafond de Chagall. Detail
[Lithographic poster printed in colors] by Mourlot Gallery. Paris: Mourlot, 1965. On paper, 24x38 in; 610x965 mm, sheet.
The decoration from Romeo and Juliet was created for the ceiling of the Paris Opera by Chagall. It was commissioned by Andre Malraux, then the Cabinet Minister in charge of Cultural Affairs. This interpretive rendering of lithograph is executed by Charles Sorlier. It also includes images of the Place de la Concorde and the Arc de Triomphe. Ref: Sorlier, Chagall's Posters, A Catalogue Raisonne, 96; Weill page 358.
Mirbeau, Octave. Le jardin de supplices. [Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) -Artist]
Vingt compositions originales de Auguste Rodin. Paris: Ambroise Vollard, 1902. Copy #139 of 155 copies (total edition 200 copies: 45 examples with double suites of the lithographs on two different types of papers; 155 sur vélin fabriqué spécialement as this).
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(LAURENS, HENRI.) Lucien of Samosata. Loukios, Ou l'Ane.
68 woodcuts by Laurens (24 full-page and 54 printed in grey, black, and/or gold)
Copy: 247 signed by Laurens: Total edition 270: 250 as this with the first forty containing a suite of the woodcuts on Chine and 20 extra examples on Arches numbered in roman numerals.
Small folio, (293x212 mm; 11 1/2x8 3/8 inches) contents loose as issued in original gilt-pictorial wrappers; board chemise and slipcase.
Printed by Pierre Bouchet, Paris. Paris:Tériade, 1947. References: Hommage à Tériade, Grand Palais, 1973, p. 113, illustrations 144-146. Chapon, Le peintre et le livre, pp. 220 et 297.
Miro, Joan. LUCIFER. [Original lithographic poster in color]. published by the Martha Graham Dance Company, New York, printed by Maeght, Paris, 1975. (Mourlot, 1050). Copy #51 of 75, signed by Miro in pencil, on handmade paper (there were also 500 unsigned copies, with “letters” published as an advertising poster for the performance). Mourlot. The Lithographs of Joan Miro, #1050; Picazo. The Posters of Joan Miro, #86. 31" x 21". Image/sheet size 30 3/4 x 22 1/4 in. (78.0 x 56.4 cm), unmatted, Deckled edges.
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Boydell Collection, 1803
(Boydell, John & Josiah). A collection of Prints from pictures painted for the purpose of illustrating the dramatic works of Shakespeare by the Artists of Great Britain. London: John and Josiah Boydell, Shakespeare Gallery, 1803, Vol.I, II. Two volumes large folio. 21 ½” x 27 ½". Contemporary calf ruled in gilt and blind. Rebacked to style. Marbled endpapers, with gilt dentelles. Armorial bookplate of John Michael Williams. Fine Set complete with 100 plates including portraits.
The origin of these majestic engravings grew from the publisher Alderman John Boydell who, in 1786, decided to publish “a fine edition of Shakespeare” that might rival the elegant volumes which the French were then producing of their national authors.
The nine-volume, illustrated edition of Shakespeare was produced in 1804. These much larger engravings were printed in a separate suite of 100 plates to be appreciated as art objects for their beauty. They were available for purchase individually from 1795 and, after 1805, complete in two volumes as here.
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Dances at the Danish Court, 1780
"Samling af de nyeste engelske Danse med Tourer" by Pierre Laurent. Copenhagen, 1780. One of the earliest books on social dancing in Denmark.
Bound for Juliane Marie the Queen of Denmark, by Johan Tobias Wilhemin, the most artistic Danish binder of the period.
Strenna Italiana anno XIX (Milano, Venezia e Verona: Carpano, 1853)
Large 8vo. ( 9 3/4 x 6 7/8"; 248 x 175mm). Publisher’s stiff paper binding of white and blue, embossed with cameos on both covers, including an 18th century couple dancing and a central cameo which is hand-colored and decorated with fabric, gilt and colors of a girl holding a rose.
This is a “strenna” gift book popular in the mid-19th century. Mainly for women, the anthology includes Italian poetry and travel stories. Quite rare because of its fragility.
Svétlow, Valerien. Le Ballet Contemporain. Ouvrage édité avec la collaboration de L. Bakst. Traduction française de M.-D. Calvocoressi. St. Petersbourg: R. Golicke & A. Willborg, 1912. First edition in French (there was also a Russian edition).
A fine, fresh copy. Aside from ½" of slight fading to the spine crown, slightly affecting the upper front cover, and aside from a slight bump to the upper right-hand corner, this is as close as one can get to the book as it looked the day it was issued. Original silk ribbon bookmark, original tissue wrapper (frayed a little).