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  1. 132141
    First Belgian edition, first printing, (third overall), number 49 of 25 copies on vergé de Hollande Van Gelder antique, with the additional suite of proofs of the engravings on auvergne paper, from a total edition of 492. Charles Émile Egli, known as Carlègle (1877-1937) was a Swiss-born illustrator and painter who spent... Learn More
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  2. 132505
    One of two editions published in 1787, one under the present title, the other under Réflexions d'un citoyen..., without established priority. The work was Gosselin's contribution to one of the many philosophical essay contests held in 18th-century France. The book is scarce, with OCLC locating five copies of this edition.... Learn More
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  3. 125728
    First edition, uncommon complete as here, of this charming set of instructive tales for children by the French bluestocking Alida de Savignac (1790-1847). Volume I comprises three stories, each bound separately: La Petite Malade imaginaire; Juliette à Rome, ou les histoires du temps passé; and Camille. Volume II is divided... Learn More
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  4. 129302comp
    Having served as Sweden's envoy to the Netherlands, Belgium, the United States, and Switzerland..."> Later edition in book form, presentation copy to the Swedish diplomat and Francophile Count Albert Ehrensvärd, inscribed by Bergson on the half-title, "à Monsieur le Comte Albert Ehrensvärd en dévoué hommage H. Bergson".
    Having served as Sweden's envoy to the Netherlands, Belgium, the United States, and Switzerland... Learn More
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    First trade edition, service de presse copy. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title "Pour Raymond Federman avec amitîé Hélène Cixous". The recipient was French-American novelist, essayist and Beckett critic Raymond Federman (1928-2009), who edited a number of Cixous's critical essays on Beckett.... Learn More
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  6. 130910
    First edition, limited issue. A presentation card inscribed by the author is loosely inserted into this copy, "Souvenir de plusieurs heureux séjours à l'Aichi, S. de Beauvoir", translating as "Remembrance of several happy stays at the Aichi". In 1966 Beauvoir undertook a three week lecture tour of Japan with Jean-Paul... Learn More
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  7. 127491
    First edition, notably rare, of the revolutionary French socialist and feminist's critique of London following her 1839 visit to England, emphasising the city's poverty crisis as a symptom of the English capitalist system, and written in the fluent reportorial style for which Tristan became best known. OCLC locates just... Learn More
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  8. 126533
    A largely unbroken, notably scarce, run of 40 issues of La Dépêche, dating from September 1949 until October 1950, together with three issues of La Note de Paris, from August and October 1950, with a key fashion association, the subscriber being renowned milliner, fashion designer, and female entrepreneur Lilly Daché... Learn More
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  9. 131685
    First edition of this classic of social science, "one of the most remarkable works of the eighteenth century" (PMM). Montesquieu began work on his magnum opus in 1734, and took fifteen years to finish. The book is in six sections: the first dealing with law in general and the different forms of government, the second with... Learn More
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  10. 97220
    First edition, first impression, containing pp. 143-164 from the scientific journal Annales de Mines, May 1942. Learn More
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  11. 113296
    First edition of one of the author's last works, an enlarged compilation of most of his writings on economy. "In order to explain, once for all, his entire social philosophy, Sismondi had the happy idea to assemble, and to publish under the title Etudes sur les sciences sociales, an old treatise on political constitutions... Learn More
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  12. 123649
    First edition of this riposte to Montesquieu's and Mirabeau's claims of depopulation, a classic example of the 18th-century French tradition of political arithmetic. "Messance was secretary to the intendant of the Auvergne, Jean-François de La Michodière, and he published his Recherches sur la population in 1766. Recognizing... Learn More
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  13. 131773
    First edition of this classic of social science, "one of the most remarkable works of the eighteenth century" (PMM). Montesquieu began work on his magnum opus in 1734, and took fifteen years to finish. The book is in six sections: the first dealing with law in general and the different forms of government, the second with... Learn More
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  14. 125626
    First edition of each volume of Sartre's existentialist novel, comprising l'âge de la raison, le sursis, and la mort dans l'âme. Learn More
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  15. 24398
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  16. 122421
    A beautifully preserved, finely bound French pocket literary almanac for women, part of the Hommage aux dames series (published 1813-1830) produced by the poet, translator, and almanac editor Charles Malo, containing a selection of romantic lyrical poetry, a series of accompanying miniature engravings, a "Souvenir" for recording... Learn More
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  17. i1
    First edition of Nicolas Gueudeville's translation of Utopia, one of the very few copies with a cancel title printed entirely in black, unseen by Gibson. This copy also contains the often removed plate on K4 verso by Bleyswick, which depicts future spouses in a state of undress as they inspect each other before marriage.... Learn More
    £700

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    First edition. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title to her friend Henry Harrisse: "a mon ami Henry Harrisse G. Sand"; together with Harrisse's ownership signature on the verso of the front free endpaper, and with his gilt initials "HH" on the spine. The American historian and man of letters Henry... Learn More
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  19. 124093
    First edition, the extremely rare first issue with the fictitious Pékin imprint on the title pages of both parts, in the corrected state. Issued thus to avoid French censorship, but in fact printed in Paris, the Pékin issue was printed in very small numbers and swiftly withdrawn because of a reference made by the editor,... Learn More
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  20. 131461
    First edition. Alfred Binet (1857-1911) was a highly influential figure in French psychiatry in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, now best remembered as being the inventor, with Théodore Simon, of the first practical IQ test. La suggestibilité is an analysis of suggestibility, based on Binet's studies on schoolchildren,... Learn More
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  21. 130787
    First edition. Cournot was the first "to visualize the general interdependence of all economic quantities and the necessity of representing this cosmos by a system of equations" (Schumpeter, p. 467). In 1838 he published Recherches sur les Principes Mathématiques de la Théorie des Richesses. Perhaps because he was primarily... Learn More
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    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by Beckett and Pinget on the same page, next to their photographic portraits: "Merci, cordialement, Samuel Beckett"; "Pour Madame indecipherable, avec mes hommages, Robert Pinget". As part of its 1965-6 season he Odéon Theatre (or, Théâtre de France, now Théâtre de l'Europe)... Learn More
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  23. 120761
    First edition of the French historian's intellectual biography of Marx, examining in particular his school and university days, his time spent as editor of the Rheinische Zeitung, and his early collaborative work with Engels. Cornu's doctoral thesis of the same year was the first French academic work on Marx, and he has... Learn More
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  24. 130843
    Limited edition, from a stated issue of 10 copies printed on japon (this copy unnumbered); a further 170 copies were issued printed on Holland paper, 20 on China paper, and 20 on Whatman paper. The publishing company Librairie des bibliophiles was founded by Damase Jouast (1834-1893) to publish exceptional editions of the... Learn More
    £650

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  25. 61428
    First edition in French of one of the principal accounts of Russia published during the 18th century, originally issued in Dutch, Amsterdam 1711. Cornelis de Bruyn, the Dutch traveller and painter, also known for his account of his journey through the Levant, was the first traveller to whom the tsar gave permission to make... Learn More
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    First Dulac edition in French, number 384 of 400 copies on vélin (wove paper), this copy additionally signed by the artist, though not called for. There were also 300 signed copies on japon. Dulac's illustrations were first used in the English edition of 1909; Dulac personally translated FitzGerald's text for this French... Learn More
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  27. 124016
    The superior tall narrow quarto edition of this remarkable woodcut moneychanger's manual, providing a comprehensive guide to the gold and silver coins in circulation at the time across Europe, accurately reproducing 1,685 different coins, as well as establishing their respective values and prescribed weights. With most currencies... Learn More
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  28. 98719
    First edition of Bentham's French work on crime and punishment, edited, arranged and translated from his unpublished manuscripts by his Swiss collaborator Étienne Dumont.
    "Samuel Bentham, Jeremy's brother, had long been urging Bentham to translate, or get translated into French, his writings on legislation, in order... Learn More
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  29. 101528
    Second edition of Bentham's French work on crime and punishment, edited, arranged and translated from his unpublished manuscripts by his Swiss collaborator Étienne Dumont. This work was first published in English as The Rationale of Reward, (London, J. & H. Hunt, 1825) and The Rationale of Punishment, (London, R. Heward,... Learn More
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  30. 119070
    First edition of Iasaac de Laffemas's History of Commerce in France, extremely scarce. Son of Barthélemy de Laffemas, the first great mercantilist minister of France, Isaac obtained the position of civil lieutenant of Paris, and subsequently member of the council of state. Like his father, he embraced the idea of improving... Learn More
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  31. 129609
    Limited edition, number 11 of 15 copies printed on japon with the plates in three states (printed in black on japon, bistre on chine, and blue). 15 copies were also printed on papier de chine, 40 on Watham paper, and 350 in a standard trade issue. Nerval's translation of Goethe's epic play was first published in 1828, Goethe... Learn More
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    First trade edition, first impression. With the author's signed presentation inscription, "Pour Georges ? en hommage et reconnaissance Sam Beckett Paris, fevrier 1957". One of Beckett's finest plays. Uncommon with a contemporary presentation inscription. Learn More
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    Salomé.

    Paris & London: 1893

    First edition, trade issue, one of 600 copies thus (there were 50 on handmade paper), presentation copy to the influential drama critic William Archer (1856-1924): inscribed by Wilde on the half-title "William Archer, with the author's compliments, Feby 93." A superb association. The play was published on 22 February 1893,... Learn More
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  34. 121182
    Second edition of the French anarchist philosopher's notorious thesis which caused a scandal by equating all property with theft, printed by Proudhon himself in his hometown Besançon as stated on the half-title verso. As a result of his family's financial difficulties, Proudhon entered a printing-office in Besancon as a... Learn More
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  35. 121219
    First edition with Falké's illustrations, limited issue, number 18 of 25 copies printed on japon with the illustrations in three states; in colour on japon and papier de Hollande, and in black on papier de chine. There was total of run 1,076. The Jungle Book and The Second Jungle Book were first published in French in 1899.... Learn More
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  36. 60 Fotos/60 Photos/60 Photographies.
    First edition, first printing of Biermann's first and only book, which includes Franz Roh's important essay "The literary dispute about photography", and with the scarce wraparound band. Designed by Jan Tschichold and edited by Franz Roh, the book has text in English, French, and German. Learn More
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    First edition in French, presentation copy, inscribed by the translator Victor Derély (1840-1904) on the first half-title to an unidentified recipient, but warmly with "homage affecteux d'un vieux comerade, V. Derély". Crime and Punishment was originally published in 12 monthly instalments during 1866 in the literary journal... Learn More
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  38. 93433
    First separate edition in French of three of Hume's Four Dissertations, first published in English in 1757: The Natural History of Religion, Of the Passions, Of Tragedy, and Of the Standard of Taste, translated into French by Johann Bernhard Merian. The volume was originally issued as volume four of Schneider's Oeuvres philosophiques... Learn More
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  39. 128963
    Second, revised and corrected edition, in a handsome contemporary binding. Bausset's expansive biography of Jacques-Bénigne Lignel Bossuet, first published in 1814, was awarded the decennial prize by the Institute of France. Learn More
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    Deluxe signed limited edition, number 6 of 150 copies on Grand Vélin d'Arches signed by the artist and editor. This edition contains two original lithographs signed by the artist as well as 12 other original unsigned lithographs. This is volume two of the four-volume series by Fernand Mourlot. The trade edition was first... Learn More
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  41. 100475comp
    Signed limited edition, number 110 of 200 copies signed by Henry Moore. Loosely inserted as issued is a signed lithograph of "Seated Mother and Child" (1973), which is printed on Barcham Green, numbered 35/100 and housed in its original card chemise. This deluxe edition of the catalogue raisonné of the artist's work in... Learn More
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  42. 84058
    "Pareto's aim in the Cours was 'to provide an outline of economic science considered as a natural science based exclusively on facts'" (IESS). The main economic..."> First edition of Pareto's first major work, inscribed by the author; "A Mr, le Dr Sülzer, Hommage amical, Vilfredo Pareto" to the title of each volume (see below).
    "Pareto's aim in the Cours was 'to provide an outline of economic science considered as a natural science based exclusively on facts'" (IESS). The main economic... Learn More
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  43. 126891
    First edition in French, first published in Latin in 1705, an English edition was published in 1712, and a German in 1715. "Edited by David Durand this important work by the Dutch orientalist Reeland sets out to correct misconceptions in the popular about Islam, and to bring a better understanding of it. The work was based... Learn More
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  44. 113435
    Early edition of the author's magnum opus, Élémens d'idéologie, and his commentary on Montesquieu's Spirit of Laws. Destutt de Tracy (1754-1836) was one of the founding members of the liberal republican group the Idéologues and famously coined the term "ideology" (in the sense of a "science of the formation of ideas").... Learn More
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  45. 43623
    First edition thus. Scarce, one copy only on OCLC, at Harvard. Extracted from the Bulletin de l'Alliance Israélite Universelle, paginated pp. 48-162, this copy has the MS notation "Edition corrigée" to the upper wrap. Based in Paris, the Alliance, the first international Jewish organization, advocated the emancipation... Learn More
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  46. 120542

    Elemens du Commerce.

    Leiden, et se trouve à Paris: 1754

    First edition of Forbonnais's major work, "the first French work on economics using mathematical argument" (The New Palgrave II, p. 396), from the library of Jean-Baptiste de Machault d'Arnouville, the comptroller general of finances from 1745-54. Goldsmiths' has the second edition of Elemens du commerce from Machault d'Arnouville's... Learn More
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  47. 120775
    First edition of three of the Physiocrat and lawyer's essays on the freedom of the grain trade and the French economy, written while he was Royal Councillor at the Orléans Presidial Court. The articles are "De l'utilité des discussions économiques", "Lettre a Monsieur B... Une Nation agricole a-t-elle d'autres intérêts... Learn More
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  48. 120538
    First collected edition in French. It includes the young Huguenot intellectual Samuel Sorbière's popular translation of "De cive" (first 1649); a translation of "De corpore politico", long attributed to Sorbière but now thought to have been by prolific translator John Davies (Malcolm, pp. 464-5); and "Human Nature" translated... Learn More
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  49. 123945comp
    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To Eda, dear Eda, Nancy Cunard, Paris, June 1947". Below the inscription is a pasted in newspaper clipping of a photo of Cunard. The recipient was likely the novelist and friend of Cunard's Eda Lord (1907-1976). This... Learn More
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  50. 126367
    One of two duodecimo editions published in 1757; OCLC lists copies with the same title, date and imprint, with xlii, (6) and 485 pages, whereas our copy comprises the title, 390 pages, plus the leaf of approbation, with 3 leaves removed between the end of the text and the leaf of approbation, which together with the title... Learn More
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  51. 125824
    Second complete Brussels edition, in the scarce and appealing original wrappers, of de Tocqueville's magnum opus. The first appearances of De la démocratie en Amérique in Brussels were published by Louis Hauman in the same years as the first editions (Paris: Charles Gosselin, 1835 & 1840). Meline also published a two volume... Learn More
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  52. 125547
    First edition, first impression, number 783 of 800 copies. Frederic Masson (1847-1923) was a French historian who specialised in Napoleonic history and produced a series of biographical works about Napoleon and his family, including the present title. Learn More
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  53. 98387
    First collected edition in French of the author's collected works. The first part is entirely devoted to electricity and includes previously unpublished pieces. Translated by Jacques Barbeu-Dubourg (1709-1779) from the fourth edition in the original English. A close friend of Franklin and his translator and publisher in... Learn More
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  54. 120568
    First editions in French of Paine's defence of the French revolution, the "clearest of all expositions of the basic principles of democracy" (PMM). The first volume was printed in May 1791, only three months after the first edition appeared in London and one month after Paine's return to France. Learn More
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  55. Cours de philosophie positive.
    First edition of Comte's most important work, the canonical statement of positivism. It is in the prodigious Cours that he lays the foundations of his system, establishing, under the conception of the Law of the Three States, the new sociology in its historical and formal relations to the other sciences. "The remarkable... Learn More
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  56. 125015
    First edition of this glossary on bureaucratic matters by French archaeologist and writer Jacques Bouther de Perthes (1788-1868), who was one of the first to establish the presence of prehistoric man in Europe. Learn More
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  57. 120546
    Second and substantially improved edition, issued by Argenson's son, Paulmy, and incorporating further material from his unpublished manuscripts. René-Louis de Voyer Argenson (1694-1757), the French writer on economic and political subjects, "is better known by his celebrated mot 'pas trop gouverner' (not too much government)-lineal... Learn More
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  58. 125658
    First edition, first printing, without the dedication to Lamartine and the note on pronunciation. Mistral's long narrative poem was his first great literary success, and is generally considered his masterpiece. Taking eight years in composition, the poem, written in the Provençal dialect, tells of a young couple's thwarted... Learn More
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  59. 125380
    Rare 1900 report issued by the Nobel Brothers' Oil Production Association. OCLC locates just four copies, three in Paris and one in Japan.
    The most famous of the Nobel brothers is now Alfred, founder of the Nobel Prizes, but Alfred was the third of the brothers who survived childhood. The Nobel Brothers Petroleum Company... Learn More
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  60. 119925
    First edition by "the ablest expositor of this i.e. physiocratic system" (McCulloch), written following Le Mercier's retirement from Parliament in 1759. Praised by Adam Smith and Diderot amongst others, L'Ordre naturel was, according to Palgrave, considered more highly than L'Esprit des loix by some of Le Mercier's contemporaries.... Learn More
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