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BATTEAUX, Charles.  LES QUATRE POETIQUES: D'ARISTOTLE, D'HORACE, DE VIDA, DE DESPREAUX. Two volumes.
           






                                              
Paris: Saillant & Nyon, 1771. 8vo. Contemporary calf. Frontispiece, (vi), 310, (ii), 102, (1); (iv), 256, 116, (2) pages. First edition, thus.

 
Batteaux compiled and translated four major works of literature in this two volume set.  Works are by Aristotle, Horace, Marco Vida, and Nicholas Boileau-Despreaux.  There is a handsome engraved frontispiece plate by Cochin in the first volume.  Mottled calf binding with gilt spines, some wear.  Marbled end papers.  Ex-Library.   Very good.



$225.00

  
BOCKSTOCE, John R.  AMERICAN WHALERS IN THE WESTERN ARCTIC .
  




Fairhaven : Edward J. Lefkowitz, 1983. Oblong folio. Quarter-niger goatskin, cloth, and separate cloth portfolio. vi, (ii), 48, (1) pages, 12 color plates; extra suite of 12 plates loose in separate portfolio. One of 400 copies.

  

A large (15 1/2 x 19 1/2 inches) and handsome book, printed by The Steinhour Press and Meriden Gravure and illustrated by William Wilkerson.  Wilkerson is renowned in maritime circles both for his artistry and for his historical precision.  The text surveys whaling from 1848 to the end of the nineteenth century in the waters off Alaska .  Very good.


  
$585.00
 

(COLOR PRINTING)   STOWE, Harriet Beecher.  WOMAN IN SACRED HISTORY.
 





New York : John B. Alden, 1888. 8vo. Publisher's cloth. Color frontispiece, unpaginated.

 
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Being a later printing of Harriet Beecher Stowe's popular book with one of the original (1873) chromolithographs (of Miriam and Moses) as a frontispiece.  Some light cover spotting, but a bright copy overall.  Of Virginia interest, with the nineteenth century bookplate of Wyndham B. Blanton.


$150.00


D'HENNEZEL, Henri.  DECORATIONS AND DESIGNS OF SILKEN MASTERPIECES, ANCIENT AND MODERN.  
 




 
New York : French & European, (circa 1920). Folio. Portfolio (15 3/4 x 11 3/4 inches). (10) pages, 56 colored plates. First edition.


D'Hennezel's survey of the highlights from the Textile Museum of Lyon, France.  The color plates are mounted on stiff gray card stock.  The examples date from the fourth to the twentieth centuries from Coptic, Byzantine, Persian, Spanish, and French.  Bookplate.  Portfolio has been respined and edges tape reinforced.


 
$285.00

 
DRUMMOND, Henry.  THE BOOK OF JOY.





   
 

New York : Dodge, (1903). Square 12mo. Limp reverse calf. (28 pages). First edition. 


Scarce item with only five copies cited on OCLC.  A beautifully composed book of special poems collected and written by Henry Drummond.  The pages are decorated in blue and gold.  Name in ink on front blank leaf.  Endpapers are rich green watered silk.  Very good.


 
$100.00


 
FRANCOEUR, Louis Benjamin.  AN INTRODUCTION TO LINEAR DRAWING. 
    





Boston : Hilliard, Gray, Little and Wilkins, 1830. Small 8vo. Contemporary full-sheep.  viii, 1-54, (12), 56-86, (1) pages, 3 folding plates, plus 8 loose sheets inserted. Third American edition. [Schimmelmen, American Imprints on Art, 207].


Scarce work in any edition.  First published in Paris in 1819, the first American edition of Francoeur's original French work was translated by William Bentley Fowle in 1825, "with alterations and additions to adapt it to the use of schools in the United States ."  It was the first drawing book ever introduced into American schools and went through many editions through the nineteenth century each enlarged over earlier editions.  In addition to what is in the first edition, the second edition of 1828 added a Preface to the Second Edition and added nine pages of "Questions to Part I" and an entirely new section at the beginning of Part Second on "Elements of Linear Perspective" with questions following, and a page of explanation at the end describing the sources of the illustrations and a note regarding the practical use of artificial French chalk on boards painted black, and a second plate.  The third edition of 1830 greatly expanded over the second edition and added a third folding plate with 21 more figures and a further expansion of the text (12 unnumbered pages between pages 54 and 55) in the form of an Appendix to Part I for instruction for drawing with instruments.  Loosely inserted in this copy are eight sheets of beautifully executed ink drawings in perspective (some with shading, one with color), one accompanied by ink notes in shorthand.  Spine slightly darkened, pages intermittently browned, else very good.

 
$525.00

 
    
GIRARD, Guillame.  THE HISTORY OF THE LIFE OF THE DUKE OF ESPERNON, THE GREAT FAVOURITE OF FRANCE.        




London : E. Cotes and A. Clark for Henry Brome, 1670. Folio. Contemporary calf. Frontispiece, (xx), 651 pages, 1 plate. First English edition.

A continuation of D'Avila's biography from 1598 until the Duke's death.  Translated by Charles Cotton, English poet and contributor to The Complete Angler.  With engraved portraits of Cotton and Espernon.  Respined, else very good.

 

$485.00



                 
GOLDMANN, Nikolaus.  NICOLAI GOLDMANNS VOLLSTANDIGE ANWEISUNG ZU DER CIVIL-BAU-KUNST.  Two volumes, bound as one.             






Leipzig : Friedrich Landischens, 1708. Folio. Contemporary, blind-stamped vellum. Frontispiece, (xxii), 179, (1) pages, 74 plates; frontispiece, (x), 165, (1) pages, 19 plates. Second Leipzig edition.

Scarce early German architectural treatise.  This second Leipzig edition of the Civil-Bau-Kunst is an amalgamation of much of seventeenth century architectural knowledge.  Though Goldmann published treatises on fortifications and the proportions of columns during his lifetime, this, his major work, appeared posthumously. The manuscript was completed before his death in 1665, and it was later edited by Leonard Christoph Sturm, who shared Goldmann's passion for mathematics.  The importance of mathematics in architecture, the use of a module in building, and the theory of proportions are all stressed in Civil-Bau-Kunst.  It also contains an illustrated, multi-lingual glossary of architectural terms, a brief history of architecture, and a series of plans and elevations of model buildings, many of which are folding.  Early leaves thumbed; waterstain on frontispiece and title page; minor, sporadic foxing; covers lightly sunned; tips worn.


 
$4,500.00
 

(GUEULLETTE, Thomas-Simon).  TARTARIAN TALES: OR, A THOUSAND AND ONE QUARTERS OF HOURS.   
  




London : J. and R. Tonson, 1759. 8vo. Contemporary quarter-vellum, marbled boards. Frontispiece, ix, 369 pages. Second English translation.

First published in Paris (1714) and translated into English that same year, Tartarian Tales was advertised in The Virginia Gazette several times in 1771, along with the author's Peruvian Tales. The covers are worn, still a nice, uncut copy in an unsophisticated contemporary binding.



$285.00
 
 
HEYLYN, Peter.  CYPRIANUS ANGLICUS: OR, THE HISTORY OF THE LIFE AND DEATH, OF THE MOST REVEREND AND RENOWNED PRELATE...




London : A. Seile, 1668. Folio. contemporary full-calf. (iv), 547 pages. First edition. 

An account of the life of William Laud, Archbishop of Canterbury under Charles I.  His authoritarian efforts to enforce conformity in the Church of England to the king's commands did much to harden puritan opposition to the Church of England under Laud and the king.  Heylyn (who was chaplin to the returning Stuart King Charles II) wrote his work following the Restoration of the king to England as a defense of the policies and actions of the late Archbishop.  In particular his work was written to defend Laud against Prynne's "Canterburies doome."  Bookplates; some early (seventeenth century?) notes in margins.  Professionally respined; internally very good.



$585.00

  
LEVY, Emile (editor).  ART ET DECORATION, REVUE MENSUELLE D'ART MODERNE.  1928.  Two volumes.       
 







Paris : Albert Levy, 1928. 4to. Cloth. (iv), 200; (iv), 192, pages. First editions
 

Volume LIII and LIV of this French arts periodical on modern art and architecture.  Richly illustrated with half tones of architecture, decorative arts, furniture, textiles, and gardens.  Cover slightly rubbed, else very good


$285.00


MARGOLD, Emanuel Josef.  BAUTEN DER VOLKSERZIEHUNG UND VOLKSGESUNDHEIT.
  





Berlin : Ernst Pollak, (1930.) Folio. Cloth. (xv), 362 pages. First edition. 

A major monograph on then contemporary German architecture including works by Walter Gropius, Bruno Taut, and E. Mendhelsohn, illustrated with three hundred and seventy-one photographs and plans.  Very good.  The author was a well-known Berlin architect.



$285.00


MAUND, Benjamin.  THE BOTANIC GARDEN.  Six volumes.
                   



London: George Bell, 1878. 4to. Quarter-morocco, top edges gilt. 250 colored plates. First book edition.
   
Maund's work on ornamental flowers cultivated in Great Britain was first published in parts between 1824 and 1850.  The book edition was edited by James Niven and features two hundred and fifty hand-colored plates.  Bookplates.  Covers lightly rubbed.  This is a complete set, uncommon in commerce.


$1,600.00

 
( OHIO ESTATE INVENTORY--1832)   ROGERS, John.  A TRUE AND ACCURATE INVENTORY OF THE GOODS AND CHATTELS..., 1832.
 




Madison Township , Ohio : December 3, 1832 . Broadsheet (12 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches, unfolded). 4 leaves.



Itemized list of the estate of John Rogers taken by his executor William Rogers.  All items are priced, including his tools, livestock, quilts, bed covers, and library with some book titles identified, such as Millwright Guide, Arrowsmith & Lewis Atlas, Hennings Justice, Blackstones Commentaries 4 vol. and Swift's Works 10 vols. signifying he was a man of some means and learning.  With a textual imprimatur from the local justice of the peace.  The entire document executed in manuscript.  Has fold lines, else very good.


$185.00


(POETS PROSPECTUS) CHIA, Sandro.  FIVE ETCHINGS BASED ON POEMS BY GREGORY CORSO.





Portland , Maine : Anthoensen Press, (mid 1980s). Paper brochure, folded once (6 x 9 inches).


Rare item with only one copy recorded on OCLC - New York Public Library.  An elegantly printed prospectus for a major work by Chia, in collaboration with legendary Beat poet Gregory Corso.  "In a contemporary update of the illuminated manuscript, Sandro Chia and Gregory Corso have collaborated on a suite of etchings that explore the common impulse from which images (both visual and verbal) arise.  During their collaboration sessions at the artist's print studio in New York City in the summer of 1986, Sandro Chia selected five recent poems (by Corso) and re-copied them in his own hand, with images that reflect upon their themes.  "The five etchings...are accompanied by a colophon page reprinting the poems in letterpress, signed by the poet."  "Sandro Chia is an Italian painter and sculptor.  A native of Florence , he was a key member of the Italian Transavanguardia movement, along with fellow countrymen Francesco Clemente, Mimmo Paladino, Nicola De Maria, and Enzo Cucchi.  The movement was at its peak during the 1980s and was part of a wider movement of Neo-Expressionist painters around the world."  Fine.



$50.00

  
(PRINTED SPORTS FABRIC-1906)   ULMANN, Bernard.  Colorful Sports Fabric: Baseball, Football, Fishing, Fox-Hunting, Rowing, Fencing, Golf.
 


(Woodside, New York: 1906). Colorfully printed illustrated cloth (21 1/2 x 21 1/2 inches).

Brightly colored printed cloth with many of the pieces of equipment popular to sportsmen in 1906: Crossed golf club and fencing foil overlapping the fishing reel, tackle box and other sports equipment such as football, baseball, etc.  Done in the manner of a coat-of-arms with pictures around the edges of a rooster, dog, fox hunt and rowing.  The cloth was designed and copyrighted by Bernard Ulmann whose cloth manufacturing business in Woodside , New York was founded in 1867.  They originally sold napkins and handkerchiefs printed with silk-screen designs.  The company was known as Bernard Ulmann Company and was shortened to Bucilla, as acronym for the longer name.  Very good.
 

$275.00

 
RUTTER, John.  DELINEATIONS OF FONTHILL AND ITS ABBEY.




 


Shaftsbury: The Author, 1823. Large 4to. (14 x 11 1/2 inches). Publisher's morocco spine and tips, pictorial boards. xxvi, 127, (1) pages, 28 plates (see below for details). First edition, 1 of 78 copies. [Abbey, Scenery].
 

Of three states of the first edition, this is the most desirable with proofs and etchings on india paper.  Rutter's account of Fonthill, an opulent mansion built for William Beckford by James Wyatt, remains the best contemporary account of the structure.  The text is an elegant description of the interior and its furnishings.  Our copy has an additional plate of the south-west view of the house, not called for.  Plate I is a folding plan of the grounds (26 x 20 inches.)  This deluxe issue has all plates on india paper.  Plates VI-VIII are hand-colored; a copy of Plate VII on standard stock is also included, as are additional variant proofs before lettering of Plates IV, XI-XIII.  There are also many wood cut vignettes on india paper throughout the text.  Rebacked with original spine used as an overlay.  With the bookplate of Jill Allibone, a leading authority on nineteenth century English architecture. 



$3,850.00

 
TRADE CATALOGUE)   CHADWICK, Wm. E.  DIAMOND MODEL HOMES: ADVANCED DESIGNS OF MODERATE COST.





Los Angeles : E.M. Dernier Service Bureau, (circa 1934). 4to. Pictorial wrappers. 48 pages. 
 

Scarce builder's trade catalogue not found on OCLC.  A pattern book for 39 small single-story houses designed for the California environment.  showing a perspective drawing or photograph, measurements and floor plan for each.  Designs for bungalow, cottage and Spanish styles.  In addition, several local California building related advertisements.  Very good.


$125.00

 

(TRADE CATALOGUE)   NATIONAL PLAN SERVICE.  STYLE TRENDS.     





( Chicago ): National Plan Service, 1944. 4to. Pictorial wrappers. 32 pages.


 
Scarce builder's trade catalogue with few copies of any edition and only five copies recorded on OCLC of this edition.  A collection of 24 moderately sized homes with colorful style designations such as "Ranch Houses," "Cape Cod Types," "Georgian Influence," "Charming English Cottage," "Two Way Plan," and "The Moderns."  Each house design comes with floor plans, a color exterior view, dimensions and description.  The National Plan Service published many sets of house designs which were provided to builder's and contractors across the nation.  This catalogue, subtitled "Home is where the heart is," was printed for the Central Lumber Co. in Reading, Pennsylvania, and is already focused on the post-war generation of homes.  In addition to the house plans, there are sections on the basic features in each house - kitchens, bathrooms, basements, utility rooms, hobby rooms, closets, built-ins, etc.  Very good.


$125.00


(TRADE CATALOGUE)   UNITED STATES GYPSUM COMPANY. SEVENTY-TWO DESIGNS FOR FIREPROOF HOMES.






( New York :) United States Gypsum, (1925.) 4to. Heavy stock wrappers with embossed design. 112 pages. First edition.

 
The results of a national competition by the American Institute of Architects and conducted by the Architectural Forum.  Each design has a floor plan, elevation, and detailed sketches, on a tinted lithograph and identifies the architect.  With 82 house designs, each with exterior view, floor plans, specifications and description which includes the twenty-eight prize designs selected by a jury of the following eminent architects: Dwight J. Baum, Edwin H. Brown, F. Ellis Jackson, William T. Warren & Julian Peabody.  Names of some of the designs include Taos , and Santillane for the Spanish; Brattoboro and Pittstown for the Colonial; Limoges and Vitry for the French; Huron and Culpeper for the Modern American; and Palermo and Piacentza for the Italian.
 
These competition designs incorporated a USG material called Structolite, which could be faced with stucco, stone, brick or wood.  The styles are Spanish, Colonial, Modern American and English.  The last twelve pages include specifications and building details.  Scarce with only two copies recorded on OCLC with only one in America - Boston  Architectural  College .  Very good.
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$225.00


(VIRGINIA)  THE ALBEMARLE PAPER MFG. CO.  A SOUVENIR OF RICHMOND.





 
Richmond: 1927. Small 8vo. tied with ribbon at top. 6 heavy leaves.



Being a souvenir of the American Pulp and Paper Mill Superintendent's Association convention, with scenes of Richmond printed on six leaves of different colored heavy cover stock.


  $45.00


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