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Utopian novel with hints of Socialism


1. ANONYMOUS [PECHMEJA, Jean] Télephe en XII livres. Londres [i.e. Paris]: Et se trouve à Paris, chez Pissot, 1784. First Edition. 

 

8vo, pp. [6],264pp.; [*]4 A-Q8 R4; woodcut title page vignette, head- and tail-pieces; full contemporary red imitation morocco, double ruled in gilt, flat spine decorated in gilt. Extremities rubbed with boards occasionally exposed, contemporary blue ribbon marker detached but present. A Very Good, attractive copy.

 

Pechmeja's best-selling prose poem, published anonymously under the patronage of one Madame de Beauvau, presumably the Marquise de Boufflers. The work enjoyed both enthusiastic and scathing reviews from the most celebrated literary figures of the time. Readers admired the work's literary beauty and its touching description of friendship, while others found fault with the moral message (socialist in the modern sense). Among the most notable Télephe detractors was the author Jean-François de la Harpe, who wrote "[The author] seems, like Rousseau, to make a crime out of private property, without which no society could exist. He doesn't want children to inherit their fathers' fortunes, as if inheritance wasn't a natural right, and as if the fathers themselves didn't work for the sake of their children" (my translation). Others, including the relatively enthusiastic reviewer the Baron von Grimm, were nonplussed by Pechmeja's dour description of the fate of man and the injustices of oppression, maintaining that while virtue must always be exercised, little happiness can ultimately be experienced even with the purest intentions (my paraphrase of Michaud and Grimm). Grimm rejects comparisons made to Fénelon's novel Les Aventures de Télemaque (1699), saying that if Marmontel's Les Incas (1747) is the Télemaque for the age of the encyclopedia, then Télephe is the Télemaque for economists. Within three weeks of publication, sales had dropped dramatically and while the book was reprinted once in the 1790s and subsequently translated into English and German, Télephe never re-experienced its initial popularity. ESTC T132203.

 

References:

 

Baron von Grimm and Denis Diderot's Correspondance Littéraire, Philosophique et Economique, Vol. XII, mars, 1794, pp. 80-3. 

 

Joseph Fr. Michaud, Biographie Universelle, Ancienne et Moderne, Vol. 33, pp. 244-6. 

 

$2500

Inscribed to Zaehnsdorf


2. [BOOK ARTS — BINDINGS] Gruel, Léon. Quelques mots sur l'Exposition rétrospective de la reliure au Palais de l'Industrie, en 1894. Paris: Librairie Techener, 1894. 

 

First edition, slim 8vo, pp. 21; black and white photographic folding plate; contemporary three quarter brown morocco over marbled boards, gilt-lettered spine, marbled endpapers; original brown printed wrappers bound in; extremities a bit rubbed, else about fine. Woodcut bookplate on front pastedown from the Zaehnsdorf Company reference library with commemorative booklabel laid in. Signed inscription to Zaehnsdorf on front wrapper.    $500

 

A Fishy Binding


3. [BOOK ARTS — BINDINGS, EMBROIDERED] Maeterlinck, Maurice; Friedrich von Oppeln-Bronikowski; Melchior Lechter, illus. Der schatz der armen. Florenz, Leipzig: Verlag von Eugen Diederichs, 1898. 

 

"Autorisierte Ausgabe." Trade edition of the first German translation of Maeterlinck's The Treasure of the Humble; 4to; pp. 105; contemporary hand-made embroidered and quilted binding on plain buff burlap-like cloth; green floral endpapers; woodcut illustrations and decorations printed in red and black throughout. Binding depicting three green fish swimming through seaweed and lily pads; sequins used for the fishes' eyes and for decorating the seaweed fronds. Small loss to spine crown cloth not affecting embroidery; ownership inscription dated 1903 on title page (original upper wrapper?). Some very shallow losses along end paper extremities due to brittle paperstock, textblock uniformly toned, else very good. A lovely example of early 20th-century hand-made binding and amateur needle art.  

 

Illustrated trade edition of the German translation of The Treasure of the Humble (Le Trésor des Humbles, 1896), a collection of mystical and reflective essays by the Belgian Symbolist and Nobel Prize winner (1911). This translation includes the essay on Emerson not found in the first English translation (1897). The fish depicted on the binding possibly refer to Maeterlinck's Symbolist play The Intruder (1890), in which the rising fish in a moonlit pond indicate the presence of an unknown and sinister figure. (For a brief and more elegant interpretation see John Desmond Peter's Vladimir's Carrot, pp. 268-9.)    $500

 

Charles Henry St. John Hornby's Copy


4. Bandello, Matteo. La prime [-quarta] parte de le novelle. Londra: S. Harding, 1740. 

 

4 volumes, large 8vo; late 19th century full brown morocco, blind-tooled in the style of Douglass Cockerell, gilt spines, a.e.g., marble endpapers; a bit scuffed, scattered foxing; bookplates, including those of Charles Henry St. John Hornby, founder of the Ashendene Press, with his very occasional pencil marginalia throughout. A beautiful set.

 

Originally published from 1554-73, this novella collection, written in the style of Boccaccio's Decameron and the French Fabliaux, was one of the most influential texts of the 16th century, and is considered to be a source book for Shakepeare's Much Ado About Nothing, Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night, and Cymbeline. ESTC N55290. $750

 

Death of a Poet


5. [CZECH LITERATURE] [Vrchlicky, Jaroslav]. Jaroslav Vrchlicky mrtev! [caption title] [Trans.: Jaroslav Vrchlicky is dead!] [Praha: Vydal Portrétní ústav J. Ptácek, 1912]. Folio, unpaged; 6 original black and white photographs mounted to thick maroon paper, loose as issued in tan printed wrappers (a few minor ink spots); edge wear, else very good. 

 

Memorial portfolio produced upon the death of one of Czechoslovakia's greatest lyrical poets, the translator into Czech of Goethe, Dante, Shelley, Baudelaire, Poe, and Whitman. Photographs include two late portraits, the funeral procession, and the memorial. A short printed eulogy is also provided.

 

Not in OCLC.    $350

 

One Year Before the Humanity


6. [HINDENBURG] Deutsche Zeppelin-Reederei. Passenger Ticket for Carriage on the Airship "Hindenburg" [At head of title: Zeppelin-Fahrschein (Ticket/Billete/Bilhete/Contrat de Passage) Nr. 4901] [WITH] One blank sheet of "Luftschiff-Hindenburg" stationery with matching envelope. Berlin: Deutsche Zeppelin-Reederei, 1936. First Edition.

Broadsheet passenger ticket (27cm.) printed in blue and black, accomplished in manuscript; recto printed within blue border; previous folds, a few soil spots; About Fine. Text in German, English, Spanish, Portuguese, and French.  

 

Feminist author Mary Day Winn's passenger ticket aboard one of the earliest commercial eastward trans-Atlantic crossings of the Hindenburg, scheduled to depart on May 11, 1936, from Lakenhurst, New Jersey and arriving in Frankfurt between 43 and 61 hours later. Accomplished and signed by a Reederei agent (illegible) in New York City on May 7, 1936, a day after the ship commenced its "maiden voyage." (The maiden voyage was actually not the ship's first trans-Atlantic flight, it having made crossings to and from South America since March of that year.) Winn's ticket is priced at "$360.00 netts [sic] plus $5.00 U.S. Tax," an exhorbitant price for the time, but less than the average cost of $400 for a one-way ticket. The ill-fated Hindenburg disaster would take place almost exactly one year later, on May 6, 1937, while landing in Lakenhurst at the end of its first trans-Atlantic flight of the year. 

 

TOGETHER WITH:

 

Single sheet of Hindenburg airship stationery (29.5x21cm.) and envelope (11x16.5cm); some old glue (?) stains, else About Fine. Stationery letterhead printed in blackletter in red and black "Luftschiff-Hindenburg / An Bord." Accompanied with an illustration in red and black of the Deutsche Zeppelin-Reederei flag, which depicts an eagle straddling the globe whose axis is spinning on top of a swastika. The envelope also printed in black and pressure stamped "Luftschiff-Hindenburg" along bottom edges.

 

$2,500

 

Best Known for Drinking Absinthe Like Gatorade


7. Jarry, Alfred. Oeuvres complètes. Monte Carlo: Éditions du Livre, ca. 1948. First edition thus limited to 3150 copies of which this is no. 1484 of 3000 copies printed on "vélin sans bois," 8 volumes, 8vo; illustrations by the author and others; uniformly bound in original cream wrappers printed in red and black, glassine dust jackets, 2 board slipcases containing 4 volumes each; jackets and slipcases a bit worn with some loss to glassine spine crowns, else a fine, unopened set.

 

Complete works in French, including translations, art, correspondence, and book reviews; with recollections of the author by Jean Saltas and Jarry's sister Charlotte. Jarry was probably best known for his play "Ubu Roi," but also was notorious for breakfasting on wine, regularly biking 80 miles while hydrating himself on absinthe, usually shod in his gal pal Rachilde's old shoes. Jarry died of tuberculosis at the age of 34 so deeply in debt that Charlotte was compelled to sell her property and live the remainder of her life as a charwoman. (See Alastair Brotchie's Alfred Jarry (2011).)        $450

 

8. JARRY, Alfred. Ubu Enchaîné. Précédé de Ubu Roi. Paris: Éditions de la Revue Blanche, 1900. First Edition. 

 

Small 8vo; original white printed wrappers; pp. [2], 244; illustration on title page verso printed in blue-violet. Spine a bit rubbed, else near fine.

 

First edition of this sequel to Ubu Roi.  This volume also includes the earlier play, present here in its sixth printing. Ubu Roi (1896), possibly the longest-enduring school-boy prank in history, was based on Sophocles' Oedipus Rex, with the title character styled after Jarry's hated  anti-semitic high school professor Félix-Frédéric Hébert. Ubu Enchaîné, intially advertised in the Mercure de France as Ubu Esclave, and based on Aeschylus' Prometheus Bound, was the least critically successful of the three Ubu plays. 

 

Jarry had originally intended to include all three Ubu titles, Roi, Cocu, and Enchaîné, in this volume, however his surviving manuscript calculations for such an edition show that the projected 350 pp. volume would have been too expensive for him to produce. Of note is the woodcut illustration (possibly after an original by Jarry) on the limitation page, depicting Jarry's familiar the owl, many of whose brethren, both live and stuffed, shared his lodgings during his early adulthood in Paris.     $750

 

9. JARRY, Alfred. Messaline: Roman de l'Ancienne Rome. Paris: Editions de la Revue Blanche, 1901. First Edition. 

 

Small 8vo; original white printed wrappers; pp. 232; woodcut illustration on title page verso printed in blue. Joints a bit rubbed, very small loss to spine foot not affecting text, wrapper edges a touch creased from handling, else very good. 
 

Arguably, along with Le Surmâle (1902, see below), Jarry's most traditional (and heterosexual) novel. A meticulously researched fictionalization of the life of the Roman Empress Messalina, possibly written in the hopes of replicating the commercial successes of Flaubert's Salammbô and Louÿs' Aphrodite. Despite falling under the category of "genre" fiction, Messaline is still considered to be a pataphysical novel, each sentence historically accurate and simultaneously fantastical, revealing "history...as an imaginary solution." (See Alastair Brotchie, Alfred Jarry: A Pataphysical Life, p. 264.)    $150

 

10. JARRY, Alfred. Le Surmâle: Roman Moderne. Paris: Éditions de la Revue Blanche, [1902]. First Edition. 

 

Small 8vo; original white printed wrappers; pp. [4], 248; illustration on title page verso printed in orange. Spine toned and a bit rubbed with lettering of top half partially effaced; additional toning to extremities, else a very good, tight copy. 

 

Jarry's last major publication, and, along with its companion novel Messaline (1901), his most accessible. However, while Messaline is set in ancient Rome, this "roman moderne" is set nearly twenty years in the future, in 1920. Nevertheless, Le Surmâle is considered to be more of a realist society novel than science fiction or "anticipatory" fiction, with a five-man cycling race thrown in. The novel  is also known for putting to print Jarry's opinion that alcohol is a superfood. $400

 

11. JARRY, Alfred. Gestes et Opinions du Docteur Faustroll, Pataphysicien: Roman Néo-Scientifique, Suivi de Spéculations. Paris: Bibliothèque-Charpentier, Eugène Fasquelle, Éditeur, 1911. First Edition. 

 

Small 8vo; original yellow decorative wrappers; pp. [4], 323. Spine darkened and a touch cocked, small chip to upper cover fore-edge, extremities a bit toned, else a near fine copy.  

 

One of Jarry's most important works, though unpublished in his lifetime. Most likely begun in 1894 and completed before 1897, Faustroll was the author's attempt at a treatise on his pseudo-scientific philosophy "Pataphysics," which he defines as "the science of imaginary solutions, which symbolically attribute...the properties of objects, described by their virtuality, to their lineaments" (translation of Simon Watson Taylor). When Jarry submitted the manuscript in 1897, his then-editor Alfred Vallette at the Mercure de France declined to publish it, due to work's general unreadability, and it wasn't until four years after the author's death (in 1907) that Eugène Fasquelle acquired and published one of the two extant manuscripts of the work. (See Alastair Brotchie, Alfred Jarry: A Pataphysical Life, pp. 29-30.)    $1250 

 

12. [LEBEDEV, IVAN] Dubray, Jean-Paul. L'ymaigier Jean Lebedeff. Présentation de Pierre Champion. Nombreuses compositions originales dessinées et gravées sur bois et catalogue complet de l'oeuvre de l'artiste. Paris: Chez l'auteur, 1939. 

 

Edition limited to 500 copies printed on Rives, of which this is no. 369, 4to, pp. 105; self-portrait frontispiece of Jean Lebedeff [Ivan Lebedev], illustrations by the artist throughout; original white pictorial wrappers printed in black and red, foxing along edges, else a fine, uncut, copy. Short-title list of the Russian-American artist Ivan Lebedev's works, including books, prints, and bookplates, pp. 96-102.        $500

 

13. Masereel, Frans. L'oeuvre: soixante bois gravés. Paris: Pierre Vorms, 1928.

Printing limited to 500 numbered copies of which this is no. 106 (of an edition of 550), 8vo, [124] pp.; 60 woodcut illustrations; original tan printed wrappers, about half the pages unopened; fine. Poignant novel without words about a giant statue that comes to life.        $650

 

Medicating the Peasantry


14. [MEDICINE] Baümler, Gottfried Samuel. Gottfried Samuel Baümlers chur-pfältzischen ober-amts physici in Germersheim, Mitleidiger artzt uberhaupt gegen alle arme Krancke: ins besondere gegen die von Medicis abgelegen land-leute, welcher mit gemeinen Hauss-Mitteln, oder doch wenig kostenden Artzneyen die mehresten Leibes-Kranckheiten nach der einfältigen Methode der Natur sich selbst zu curiren auffrichtig und gründlich lehret. Straßburg: Verlegts Johann Reinhold Dulssecker, 1731. First Edition. 

 

8vo; pp. [8], 416, [23]; )(4 A-2D8 2E4, N4 missigned N2; title page printed in red and black, woodcut vignette, head- and tail-pieces, and initials; contemporary speckled boards, unadorned spine. Boards rubbed, some soil spotting throughout textblock, contemporary ownership inscription on front free endpaper with very occasional discrete underlining in (we assume) the same hand; minor worming in gutter of a few leaves; very good and sound. 

 

Scarce work on home nursing, complete with recipes, for those with limited access to professional medical care, namely the poor and rural peasantry. Includes sections on both physical as well as mental disorders, including fevers of various severity and length, poxes, measles, inflammation, delirium, headaches, poor eyesight, gum health, sunburns, vertigo, strokes and paralysis, lethargy, hysteria ("Unfinnigkeit" and "Melancholie"), addiction, empyema, asthma, dysentery, colic, jaundice, and many others.

 

OCLC locates one copy in North America, at the National Library of Medicine, though with a slightly different collation.        $1,250

 

Testicular Swelling in Colonial Mexico City


15. [MEDICINE] [MEXICAN COLONIAL IMPRINTS] Sanz, Jose. Observacion chirurgico-medica de un Hidro-Sacrocele, ó tumor scirroso en un testiculo con kiste, ó saco, lleno de pus en escroto. [Mexico City]: Oficina de Doña Maria Fernande de Jaúregui, 1814. 

 

First edition, 16mo, pp. 39; contemporary plain self wrappers; 7 worm holes through the pamphlet touching letters without loss of meaning, else a very good, sound copy. 

 

Per Price's description in the annotated catalogue of medical Americana in the library of the Wellcome Institute, "A day by day case report of the lengthy but successful drainage of a hydrosarcocele [testicular swelling]..it includes an account of the preliminary attempts at a medical cure, and the conferences of physicians headed by Rafael Sagáz. Verses by the grateful and rejuvenated patient, Jose Florencio de Mora Palacios, a householder and merchant, close the account." 

 

Wellcome Medical Americana M. 192; Medina 10967 (calling for a portrait which appears to be either a ghost or an extra-illustration--per various online catalogues, the portrait isn't found in the copies at the Wellcome, the Huntington, the National Library of Medicine, or the Bancroft).        $500

16. [MEDICINE — HYDROTHERAPY] Beni-Barde, Dr. [Joseph-Marie-Alfred]. Exposé de la méthode hydrothérapique: Histoire, théories, technique, applications cliniques [WITH] Sixteen-page manuscript early draft of a lecture by Beni-Barde. Paris: Masson et Cie., 1905. First Edition. 

 

Large 8vo; pp. [4], xv, [1], 454pp.; original buff printed wrappers (a bit of faint dampstaining along top edge and some soil spots); cracking to spine paper at crown without loss, else a very good, sound copy. Presumably the author's copy with a sixteen-page manuscript rough draft of a lecture on the effects of hydrotherapy on dyspepsia. Manuscript comprised of four bifolium sheets with the letterhead of the Établissements Hydrothérapiques d'Auteuil et de la rue Miromesnil, under the direction of Beni-Barde, 63, rue de Miromesnil, "De 10 h à 11 h. et demie et de 4 h. à 5 h. et demie."

 

One of the author's many exhaustive studies of the myriad forms of hydrotherapy, published at the height of its popularity as a treatment for many ailments. Beni-Barde was the leading pioneer in hydrotherapy studies in France, using patient research made first at Bellevue from 1860 to 1865 and later at the Auteuil establishment, which he directed full-time until 1880. In 1876 he founded the establishment referred to (along with that in Auteuil) on the letterhead, in Paris. Though the manuscript does not name a place or date for the lecture, the author begins with: "Je me presente à vous comme un ?substitut de fortune ?flatteusement choisi par le Prof. A[lbert] Robin pour vous preciser les ?indications fondamentalles qui doivent gouverner les applications hydroth. chez la pluplart des dyspeptiques." (It should be noted that while Beni-Barde's hand is quite elegant, it is exceedingly difficult to decipher (at least for this cataloger), and, with the manuscript being the rough draft of a lecture, the hand seems to grow increasingly sloppy and hard to read as the work progresses.) 

 

In the manuscript the author begins with a definition of dyspepsia, then delineates a short history of the progress of hydrotherapy in France as a treatment for dyspepsia, focussing primarily on the advances made by the renowned internist Armand Trousseau, who was an early experimenter with various water temperatures, for which the "Appareil hydro-mélangeur" would prove imperative. While dyspepsia is not among the major illnesses covered in the author's Exposé, this lecture appears to be the precursor of a chapter on the same subject in the author's work Clinique Hydrothérapique (Masson, 1908). A substantial portion of the talk is devoted to various water temperature recipes, although the author stresses that treatment will vary from patient to patient.

 

One copy of the Exposé located in the United States as of February, 2015, at the National Library of Medicine.    $950

 

Gulliver Travels to Mexico


17. [MEXICAN COLONIAL IMPRINT] [Swift, Jonathan]. Viages del capitan Lemuel Gulliver a diversos paises remotos. Traducidos de la edicion francesa. Mexico: Juan Ojeda, 1834. 

 

2 volumes, 12mo, pp. xx, 246, iv; 283, v; engraved frontispiece in each volume; contemporary tree calf, gilt spine labels; endpapers and preliminary leaves quite browned and cockled from damp, else a very good, sound set. Scarce Mexican edition of Gulliver's Travels, translated from a French edition, including its preface. 

 

OCLC locates copies at Columbia, SMU, and the Biblioteca Nacional in Mexico.    $750

 

18. [PLATE BOOKS — PARIS] Chamouin, [Jean Baptiste Marie]. Collection de vues de Paris prises au daguerréotype: Gravures en taille douce sur acier. Paris?, ca. 1860. 

 

Large oblong 4to, lithographic title page and 25 hand-colored engraved plates; contemporary gilt-ruled speckled calf, red gilt morocco spine label, a.e.g., marbled endpapers; edges and spine rubbed, leather dry, boards considerably bowed; title page rather foxed; plates fine. A very nice copy of a common collection of plates of various views of Paris, here uncommonly and expertly hand-colored.        $750

 

First Russian Edition in Book Form


19. Tolstoy, L.N. [i.e. Leo Nekolaevic]. [Text in Cyrillic] Ispoved'. Moskva: Posrednik, 1906. 

 

First edition thus (first Russian edition in book form); 8vo; pp. 85; original green pictorial wrappers (mostly faded to tan); small, unidentifiable contemporary ownership signature at head of upper cover and title page; some edge wear, minor dampstain, else a very good copy.

 

A Confession was written after Tolstoy had become a Christian anarchist in his late middle-age, serving as an autobiographical revelation of his emergence from melancholia and a clean break from his literary past. This piece would eventually serve as an introduction to a series of three works on religion, which the author himself considered to be his best and most important works. Originally published in Russkaya Mysl in 1882, A Confession was almost immediately banned and completely removed by the Orthodox Church censorship. The text was later published in Geneva, in 1884. It would not be until 1906 that Tolstoy be able to produce a Russian edition of the book, at "Posrednik" (The Intermediary), a non-profit publishing house he founded on his own initiative.

 

OCLC does not locate any copies in North America.        $850

 

Hartwig and the Chocolate Factory


20. [TRADE CATALOGUES] [CHOCOLATE] Hartwig & Vogel A.-G. Nahrungsmittel aus sonnigen länderne. Dresden: Hartwig & Vogel A.-G., ca. 1930. First Edition.

 

Oblong 8vo; pp. 16 & 48 black and white photographic plates; loose as issued in green stiff paper chemise embossed in gilt on upper cover, pamphlet staplebound in self-wrappers; fine. Title on upper chemise cover: "Hartwig & Vogel A.G. Dresden: Schokolade, Kakao, Dessert." Beautifully designed photographic account of the process of making chocolate by the German chocolatier and confectioner Hartwig & Vogel. The plates are ordered chronologically, starting with the raw cacao fruit, shots of native workers picking and sorting the ripe fruit, its exportation, and finally the refinement and production of candies and chocolates. The first eight plates depict the early phases of the process; the latter 40 show industrial scenes in the company's factory, where it is clear that the majority of the workers were women. The accompanying pamphlet gives a brief history of chocolate, from its European discovery in Mexico in the 16th century, as well as statistical tables, an explanation on why Hartwig & Vogel is the best chocolate factory in Germany (and beyond), and written descriptions of how chocolates and confections are made.

 

Uncommon; 2 copies located in OCLC, both in Germany.        $600

 

Gone Wild, Roc-Amadour


21. [TRAVEL — FRANCE] Anonymous [Abbé Cheval?]. Guide du pélerin a Roc-Amadour. Montauban: Victor Bertuot [...] A Roc-Amadour au Magasin de Marie, [1862]. First Edition.

8vo; pp. [2], ix, [1], 89; sepia-tinted frontispiece, 8 lithograph plates, 3 tinted; additional text illustrations throughout; contemporary calf-backed marbled boards, spine in six compartments, black gilt-lettered morocco spine label, marbled endpapers. Extremities and spine bands rubbed, leather rather dry; interior fine. 

 

Pilgrim's guide to the newly restored commune of Rocamadour, situated in the Lot region of southwestern France. The village and its Chapelle de Notre Dame (constructed in 1479) is today a UNESCO heritage site as part of the St. James' Way pilgrimmage route. The site first gained popularity as a pilgrim destination during the Middle Ages, but by the early 19th century was in ruins following the depredations of the Huguenots in the 16th century and the ravages of the French Revolution two hundred years later. Not until the mid-19th century were the bishops of Cahors able to raise sufficient funds to restore the site. This guidebook would have been produced shortly after the restoration, and provides handsomely illustrated descriptions of the village, the numerous Chapelles, and surviving relics. Preface dated 1862; attributed to the abbé Cheval by the BNF. 

 

OCLC locates 5 copies in North America as of February, 2015.        $150

A Podophobe Abroad


22. [TRAVEL — ITALY & SWITZERLAND] Cottet, Ch. Souvenirs d'un voyage dans le nord de l'Italie. Pontarlier: Typographie Alexandre Faivre Fils, 1843. First Edition. 

 

Small octavo; [2],36pp.; recent grey wrappers; fine. Signed and inscribed by the author "Souvenirs d'affection" on title page. 

 

Apparently unrecorded personal account of a journey begun in September, 1842, to Italy by way of Switzerland, published to be distributed amongst the author's close friends. As Cottet warns his readers "...'il y aurait dans ces lignes d'incomplet et d'incorrect" ["the account may be abbreviated or incorrect" (my translations throughout)] (p.[1]). Indeed, one of the gratifying pleasures the author experiences during his voyage is that of national pride. However, the partiality of the author's writing gives his travelogue a hint of Dickensian humor, beginning with the packed and suffocating mail coach setting forth from Lausanne at midnight, his assigned seat squeezing him in beside an enormous Italian preacher and a "lady of a certain age" with a fear of drafts. During an early morning pit stop, the author opts to move to the exterior of the coach, from where he describes various historical markers as they pass by. 

 

The first half of Cottet's account covers his trip through Switzerland, where the most notable stop, Valais, proves to be a disappointment. The author, hoping to encounter traditional costumes, instead finds the women unattractively garbed, offensively barefooted, and behatted with something resembling "...une tourte ou [...] un gateau de Savoie." The second portion of the account provides more quotidian descriptions of the cities of Milan, Monza, Turin, and finally, back in France, Chambéry; though the author chooses not to describe the plethora of historical monuments, he does provide a short historical sketch for each city, as well as giving a description of the environs, such as the spaciousness of the sidewalks, the palatial homes, and attractive surroundings of Milan and Turin. 

 

Not in OCLC as of February, 2015.        $850

 

23. [TURKISH ANTI-SEMITIC JOKEBOOK] Anonymous. Salamonun hikâyeleri: Bu kitapta iki yüzden fazla seçme yahudi fikra ve hikâyeleri vardir. [Istanbul]: Ahmet Sait Matbaasi, n.d. [ca. 1940]. First Edition. 

 

Slim octavo; 64pp.; black and white cartoons throughout; original pictorial wrappers. A few horizontal tears to spine, pages uniformly toned, else a Very Good, bright copy. Forms part of the series "Saka Nesriyati" (translated literally as "Hoax Publication"). Collection of over 200 anti-semitic jokes and cartoons featuring Solomon the Jew, more often than not, juxtaposed with a lovely Blondie-esque lady. Released after the success of the publisher's "Bektasi Hikâyeleri," most likely an anti-Sufi collection (though we have not seen a copy) and part of the same jokebook series.

 

None in OCLC as of February, 2015.        $350

 

24. [WALLONIAN DIALECT] Defrecheux, Nicolas. Chansons et poésies lyriques. Illustrations de Aug. Donnay et Arm. Rassenfosse. Liège: Aug. Bénard, 1895. 

 

Small 8vo, pp. 243, [1]; black and white portrait frontispiece, facsimiles, 32 vignettes printed in tan and orange; original red and tan Art Nouveau style wrappers, endpapers a bit toned, unobtrusive expert restoration to top upper cover edge and lower corner, else Very Good. Blue slip signed by the author laid in. OCLC locates one copy in North America, at Yale.

 

Collected poetry and prose of one of the leading men of letters in the Wallonian dialect of the 19th century. Illustrated by two of the principal illustrators at the Bénard press, where they would galvanize the movement towards commercial Art Nouveau and avant-garde art at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries. $350

 

25. [WORLD’S FAIR] Weltausstellung in Paris 1900: amtilicher-katalog der ausstellung des Deutschen-reichs. Berlin: J.A. Stargadt, [1900]. 

 

Small 4to, pp. 440, 80; color maps, Art Nouveau-style endpapers and section head- and end-piece designs by Bernhard Pankok; original cream pictorial cloth repeating some of these designs, all edges red; cloth a bit toned; interior fine. A thorough catalogue of the German Pavillion at the World's Fair in Paris, including a list of contributors and 80 pages of illustrated advertisements displaying the era's iconography of German industry and commerce.        $850

 
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