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VILLIERS DE L'ISLE-ADAM, August, Comte de. L'Ève future.
Paris : 1886First edition, inscribed on the half-title "A Edmond de Goncourt. Hommage de son admirateur, Villiers de l'Isle Adam". This is a superb association copy, with a distinguished provenance, of this very scarce and highly unusual symbolist science fiction novel, which popularised the word and concept of the "android".
The recipient was the man of... Learn More£9,500.00
Stock Code: 147107
SMITH, Adam; BLAVET, Jean-Louis, M. l'Abbé (trans.) Théorie des Sentimens Moraux;
Paris : 1774-5First edition of the second French translation of Scottish moral philosopher and economist Adam Smith's ground-breaking first work, The theory of moral sentiments (London, 1759), in an attractive contemporary binding.
This work introduced the concept of the "invisible hand", guiding individuals to advance community interest, laying the philosophical... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 146600
DE BRUYN, Cornelius. Voyages … par la Moscovie, en Perse, et aux Indes Orientales.
Amsterdam : 1718First edition in French of one of the principal accounts of Russia published during the 18th century and certainly one of the most lavishly illustrated; it was originally issued in Dutch (Amsterdam, 1711). It is of note that De Bruyn was "far more concerned" than other visitors to Russia, "to describe the Russian built environment in detail, both verbally... Learn More£10,000.00
Stock Code: 61428
HUME, David. Essais sur le commerce; le luxe; l'argent; l'intérêt de l'argent; les impôts; le crédit public, et la balance du commerce.
Paris & Lyon : 1767Third edition in French of Hume's Political Discourses, translating the seven essays on economics which first appeared in English in 1752. Together they rank as one of the major economic writings of the 18th century. Hume's specific contributions to economic thought include the so-called "specie-flow mechanism" and the "theory of creeping inflation".... Learn More£1,000.00
Stock Code: 120782
LA FONTAINE, Jean de. Fables.
Paris : 1883An attractively bound set of La Fontaine's Fables in French, first published in 1665, including the author's essay on the fable form. This copy is from the library of Evelina de Rothschild (1839-1866), with her bookplate featuring the phrase "my books are friends" in both volumes. Learn More£300.00
Stock Code: 146047
WALRAS, Leon. Études d'économie politique appliquée.
Lausanne & Paris : 1898First edition of this collection of articles, originally intended to complete Walras's Élements d'économie politique pure under the title Élements d'économie politique appliquée. The treatise remained unfinished, however, and it was eventually published in the form of incomplete Études.
"Three-quarters of the volume are devoted to money... Learn More£3,250.00
Stock Code: 147799
BARNEY, Natalie Clifford. Aventures de l'Esprit.
Paris : 1929First edition, first impression, presentation copy inscribed on the half-title "À Paul Valery, 'Ce n'est pas vivre que vivre sans objections, sans cette résistance vivante, cette proie, cette autre personne, adversaire, reste individué du monde... intelligence rivale, irrépressible - ennemi le meilleur ami, hostilité divine, fatale, - intime.'... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 146058
CHATEAUBRIAND, François-Auguste-René, Vicomte. Mémoires d'outre-tombe.
Paris : 1849-50First edition, first printing, of this acclaimed masterpiece of 19th-century French literature. This copy, complete with the address to the reader ("avertissement"), the list of subscribers, and Chateaubriand's letter to H.-L. Delloye, is in the original wrappers and rare thus, especially in such excellent condition.
Written between 1809 and... Learn More£17,500.00
Stock Code: 147515
FRANK, Robert. Les Américains.
Paris : 1958First edition, first printing, an exceptional copy with almost none of usual toning. "Robert Frank's masterpiece has become so much the photobook of legend in its first American edition Grove Press, New York, 1959 that it is often forgotten that Delpire's original Paris edition was a different book. Its accompanying texts, gathered by Alain Bosquet,... Learn More£3,500.00
Stock Code: 133176
NAPOLEONIC REGULATIONS. Règlement concernant le service intérieur, la police et la discipline de l'infanterie, du 24 juin 1792.
Paris : 1809Highly attractive volume, combining early editions of three rare Napoleonic-era manuals for the organisation and administration of infantry on service at home and in the field, in camp and quarters; containing immensely detailed regulations for the duties incumbent on various ranks, with examples of the extensive tables and forms required in record-keeping.... Learn More£1,650.00
Stock Code: 147518
VIVIEN, Renée. Les Kitharèdes.
Paris : 1904First edition thus, first printing, presentation copy inscribed on the front free endpaper "A Léon Bocquet, avec mes très sincères remerciements de son aimable accueil littéraire, Renée Vivien". This wonderful translation of the female lyric poets of classical Greece (imagined as the "Cythereans" of the island of Aphrodite) followed Vivien's groundbreaking... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 145267
DESCLOS, Anne, as Pauline Reage. Histoire d'O.
Sceaux [Paris] : 1954First edition, one of 480 numbered copies "sur vergé", from an edition of 600. Published as Pauline Réage, the author was the French journalist and novelist Anne Desclos (1907-1998), who also used the pseudonym Dominique Aury.
Its sadomasochistic content caused a scandal on publication and both Pauvert and Jean Paulhan (who was Desclos's lover... Learn More£400.00
Stock Code: 147740
KIEFFER BINDING - BAUDELAIRE, Charles. Les Fleurs du Mal.
Paris : 1920First Kieffer edition, first printing, in a striking Kieffer binding, number 254 of 485 copies only, of Baudelaire's best-known poetry and including the banned poems, here delicately illustrated by Domin.
First published in 1857 by Baudelaire's friend Auguste Poulet Malassis, Les Fleurs du Mal's principal themes of sex and death (lesbianism,... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 145732
WALRAS, Auguste. Théorie de la Richesse sociale or Résumé des Principes fondamentaux de l'Economie politique.
Paris : 1849First edition. The Théorie de la Richesse is important for the influence it had on Auguste's son Léon; it is from this work that Leon derived his conceptual arrangement of capitaux as "all 'goods' that serve more often than once and, in a narrower sense, as durable goods that are themselves produced (capitaux proprement dits). Their services he called... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 147806
THÜNEN, Johann Heinrich von. Le salaire naturel et son rapport au tax de l'intérêt.
Paris : 1857First edition in French of the second volume of von Thünen's magnum opus Der isolirte Staat, originally published in German in 1850, and containing his theory of the natural wage.
Thünen introduces the question of functional income distribution in accordance with the principle of marginal productivity. Grounding the whole analysis in his own... Learn More£1,000.00
Stock Code: 147817
STEIN, Gertrude. Américains d'Amérique.
Paris : 1933First edition in French, first printing, inscribed on the first blank to the art dealer "George Maratier who was the first to want it into French and had the courage to toy with all my affection and gratitude. Gertrude Stein". This is a superb association copy.
This is one of 200 press review copies, with "S.P." (service de presse) on the spine... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 147549
CAILLARD, Antoine Bernard. Catalogue des livres rares et précieux de la bibliothéque.
Paris : 1810First edition, second issue, presentation copy from a member of Caillard's family, inscribed "Donné à Monsieur Grutter, par son ami S. C. Caillard" on the half-title, with the rare four page sale schedule. First published by Debure in 1808, the catalogue was printed again, with the additional schedule inserted, for the posthumous auction of the library... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 122638
SOUBHY, Saleh. Pèlerinage à la Mecque et à la Médine.
Cairo : 1894First and only edition. Saleh Soubhi was an Egyptian public health official commissioned by Khedive 'Abbas II to write a report on the sanitary conditions experienced by pilgrims travelling to Mecca. He performed the hajj twice, in 1888 and 1891, producing this detailed account, to which are affixed a response to European criticisms of Islam and an... Learn More£4,000.00
Stock Code: 99252
KIEFFER BINDING - FLAUBERT, Gustave. Madame Bovary.
Paris : 1905First Ferroud edition, published in his "librairie des amateurs" and specially illustrated by Richemont, in a striking Kieffer binding, number 325 of 600 copies signed by the publisher on the limitation page. This copy is bound with a six-page promotional excerpt in straight-grain wrappers with a full-page etching and two in-text illustrations.
René... Learn More£3,000.00
Stock Code: 145735
RIMBAUD, Arthur; VIEILLARD, Roger (illus.) Hommage A Rimbaud.
Paris : 1945First edition, first printing, inscribed in pencil "à Ralph Kirkpatrick pour 'les possibilités harmoniques' Roger Vieillard amicalement" inside the first blank, including two musical drawings, further drawings on the title page with the caption "pour Ralph Kirkparick" signed with Vieillard's "RV" monogram and dated "1942-1971-1982". This copy number... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 135463
KEMPIS, Thomas à. Imitation de Jésus-Christ.
Paris : [c.1917]A very attractively bound French-language edition of the Imitation of Christ, the supreme Catholic popular devotional work.
Mainly composed of aphorisms and maxims advocating humility, resignation and abnegation, this work has known the greatest number of impressions, after the Bible. "This little book never left me, in summer in my pocket, in... Learn More£225.00
Stock Code: 147626
KEYNES, John Maynard. Réflexions sur le franc
Paris : 1928Sixth edition, published the same year as the first, of a collection of previously published articles by Keynes, most of which had first appeared in The Nation and Athenaeum. Learn More£125.00
Stock Code: 147072
JEANNIOT, G. (illus.); LACLOS, Choderlos de. Les Liaisons Dangereuses.
Paris : 1914First edition thus, sole printing, number 182 of 200 copies on vélin du Marais paper with Jeanniot's illustrations in two states. First published April 1782; Laclos reputedly said of this controversial epistolary novel: "I resolved to write a book which would create some stir in the world and continue to do so after I had gone from it". Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 145356
KING, Charles; FORBONNAIS, Francois Véron de (trans.) Le Négotiant Anglois, ou traduction libre du livre intitulé: The British Merchant.
Dresden & Paris : 1753First edition in French of Charles King's The British Merchant (1713), translated by Forbonnais. The preliminary discourse, written by Forbonnais, contains historical considerations on Anglo-French commerce, a general notion of the commerce of Great Britain and its impact, and a translation of Charles Davenant's Of the use of political arithmetic in... Learn More£1,200.00
Stock Code: 146602
HUME, David. Discours politiques.
Amsterdam : 1754-56First edition of the first three instalments of an important series of economic publications, published in view of the increasing interest in works of political economy appearing in France, England, and Holland.
In 1754 Schreuder and Mortier published the first volume, Hume's Political Discourses. Owing to the growing interest and the relative... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 146627
LA JONCHERE, Étienne Lécuyer de. Systême d'un nouveau gouvernement en France. Tome I [-IV].
Amsterdam : 1720First edition, first issue of a very rare work by La Jonchère, one of the most original works of political economy of the 18th century. In the second issue, the title is extended to read "Le Prix des quatre Volumes est de cent livres en Argent, & de quatre cent livres en Billets de Banque."
Writing after the death of Louis XIV in 1715, La Jonchère... Learn More£20,000.00
Stock Code: 145697
MATISSE, Henri - VILLIER, Franz. La vie et la mort de Richard Winslow.
Paris : 1947First edition, first printing. No. 33 of 35 copies on Velin teinte Malacca paper with the frontispiece signed in pencil by Matisse. Franz Thomassin who wrote under the pseudonym Franz Villiers, was a neighbour of Matisse in Vence. Text in French.
Stock Code: 146792
DORÉ, Gustave (illus.); LA FONTAINE, Jean de. Fables de La Fontaine.
Paris : 1867First Doré edition in book form, deluxe issue, with the extra plate "Les devineresses" in vol. 2. It was published simultaneously in London, after a serialized publication from November 1866. This is a superb copy, with illustrations from "one of the most popular" and "greatest of all illustrators" (Ray, 327-28).
During the period of this book's... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 146397
BARTLET, C. H. Traité complet des opérations commerciales et de la tenue des livres, ouvrage à l'usage des professeurs & des personnes qui se destinent au commerce, à l'industrie, etc... Troisième édition.
Malines : 1867Third edition, issued as volume II of the Cours complet d'études commerciales et industrielles, first published 1845-7, but each volume complete in itself. The work was specifically destined for use in Belgium. Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 104920
WEULERSSE, Georges. Le Mouvement Physiocratique.
Paris : 1910First edition, first printing, of this fundamental thesis on the origins of physiocracy, the French economic theory defining economic wealth by the value of land agriculture and development, starting in 1756 when Quesnay produced his first articles.
This in-depth analysis stops at the year 1770, English translation "because that is the last... Learn More£275.00
Stock Code: 146525
CUREAU DE LA CHAMBRE, Marin. Discours sur les causes du débordement du Nil.
Paris : 1665First edition of this scarce treatise concerning the causes of the flooding of the Nile, for the first time published separately, previously included in his Pensées of 1634 and 1662; from the celebrated library of Henry M. Blackmer II, with his bookplate.
This could perhaps be a presentation copy, as in addition to the gilt supralibros there... Learn More£4,000.00
Stock Code: 41178
THÉVENOT, Melchisedec. L'Art de Nager, demontre par figures,
Paris : 1696First edition of the first French book on swimming and one of the earliest books on the subject in an era when most Europeans, even sailors, could not swim. The book was widely read during the 18th century, including by Benjamin Franklin, an avid swimmer in his youth.
The book is illustrated with 35 engraved plates by Charles Moette of people... Learn More£3,500.00
Stock Code: 146986
BECKETT, Samuel. Molloy.
Paris : 1951First edition, first printing, inscribed by the author on the unopened title page "For Dr. P. J. Heury with all good wishes Samuel Beckett Paris Nov. 81".
This copy is number 164 of 500 trade copies issued thus; a further 50 were printed on handmade paper. The first English translation was published in 1955. Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 146969
COMBE, Joseph-André Brun de la. Nouveau Plan de Culture, de Finance et d'Économie...
[Place and publisher not stated,] : 1790First edition of Combe's proposals to the National Assembly to reform France's society and economy. The work offers an analysis of the present state of France and criticises Necker's policies, offering instead the author's own alternatives. Uncommon, with WorldCat listing 12 copies worldwide, with Library Hub adding the British Library copy. Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 129428
GALIANI, Ferdinando. Correspondance.
Paris : 1881The second published collection of Galiani's collected correspondence, following the first published in 1818, with this edition including extensive new material. No other edition followed for another century. Galiani, a leading figure of the Italian enlightenment, was in correspondence with many of his French contemporaries, with his letters displaying... Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 127731
BLANQUI, Jerome-Adolphe. Conservatoire des Arts et Métiers.
Paris : 1837First edition of this textbook of economics by Blanqui (1798-1854), "French labour economist, economic historian and first major historian of economic thought" (Palgrave). Learn More£575.00
Stock Code: 127739
BELLOT, P. F., and others. Annales de législation et d'économie politique.
[Geneva : 1822]First and only issue of this journal, a great rarity, with copies known only in Cambridge and in Geneva. The journal had grown out of the Annales de législation et de jurisprudence, which was published between 1820 and 1823 in Geneva. In the current journal, the editors aimed to expand their scope, and to provide recommendations and analysis for the... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 127713
HERBERT, Claude Jacques. Essai sur la police générale des grains.
London : 1753First edition of Herbert's work on the grain trade. McCulloch calls the work "in all respects, an excellent treatise; and may, indeed, be safely placed at the head of the works on commerce that had appeared in France, or anywhere else on the Continent, previously to the era of Quesnay and the Economists. It is clearly and ably written; and contains... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 127715
ÉPRÉMESNIL, Jaques Duval d'. Correspondance sur une question politique d'agriculture.
Amsterdam & Paris : 1763First edition of this printed correspondence between Épremesnil and Dupuy d'Emportes of the Academy of Florence, concerning agricultural issues. Épremesnil (1745-1794) later had an important role in pushing for the summoning of the Estates General, before defending the monarchy in the French Revolution, and subsequently being guillotined. The book... Learn More£450.00
Stock Code: 127720
BOESNIER DE L'ORME, Paul. Du rétablissement de l'impot dans son ordre naturel.
Yverdon : 1769First edition, large paper copy, of this scarce publication on tax reform by the French economist Paul Boesnier de l'Orme (1724-1793). WorldCat locates just eight copies (three in France, two in the UK, two in Switzerland, and one in the US at Columbia) of this title in institutions worldwide, with Library Hub adding one more at Sheffield University,... Learn More£6,500.00
Stock Code: 126487
CAPITAL PUNISHMENT - L'ASSIETTE AU BEURRE. La peine de mort.
Paris : 1907First edition of the visually compelling and famously anarchic illustrated French satirical journal's issue on the death penalty. Published weekly from March 1901 to October 1912, L'Assiette au Beurre eventually totalled 594 issues, each composed of full-page black and white and colour illustrations by a variety of artists, tackling current events and... Learn More£125.00
Stock Code: 119341
LUCAS, Charles. Appendice à la théorie de l'emprisonnement,
Paris : 1838First edition of the leading prison theorist and Inspector General's supplement to his influential work, De la réforme des prisons, published two years previously.
On the whole, Lucas's work in penal reform was received favourably by his contemporaries; his Du système pénal et du système répressif en général de la peine de mort en particulier... Learn More£125.00
Stock Code: 91149
TOCQUEVILLE, Alexis de, & Gustave de Beaumont. Système pénitentiaire aux États-Unis,
Brussels : 1837Third edition of this landmark report on prison reform, first published in 1833. Prompted by the dismal and ineffective state of France's penitentiary system in the 1820s, the French government commissioned Tocqueville and Beaumont - two friends, both young magistrates at the time - to complete a tour of America (which was then seen as leading the way... Learn More£225.00
Stock Code: 91100
LUCAS, Charles (intro.) Recueil des débats des Assemblées Législatives de la France sur la question de la peine de mort.
Paris : 1831First edition of this collection of reports on the subject of the death penalty given to the French National Assembly, including those delivered by Berenger and Lapelletier, among others, with an introduction and notes by the influential early French abolitionist and Inspector General of prisons Charles Lucas. Learn More£225.00
Stock Code: 91118
ALMANACK. Almanach des Dames pour l'an 1819.
Tübingen & Paris : 1818First edition of this handsomely bound early 19th century French ladies' almanac. It includes explanations of the pictured artworks, biographies of Joan of Arc and Blanche de Castille, numerous poems, excerpts from academic discussions on religion and other topics, and fragments from classical literature. This is a superbly preserved copy. Learn More£675.00
Stock Code: 146460
CASTEL DE SAINT PIERRE, Charles Irénée. Projet pour perpetuer la paix et le commerce en Europe.
Utrecht : 1713First edition, very rare, of Castel de Saint Pierre's project for perpetual peace in Europe. The Abbé de Saint-Pierre (1658-1743), wrote on political, economic, and moral topics. Best known for his Projet pour rendre la Paix perpetuelle en Europe (1713-17), "some of his other schemes called for the inauguration of political, economic and demographic... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 144854
CROSBY, Harry (his copy); Alphonse Daudet. Sapho.
Paris : [c.1903]Harry Crosby's copy of Daudet's cautionary romantic novel warning against a life of overt debauchery, with Crosby's pencil and ink underlinings to 116 pages of the text, including many passages that play upon the symbolism of the sun and the power of lust and desire in a man's life.
In addition to being bound for Crosby this copy has several... Learn More£4,750.00
Stock Code: 144911
DUMAS, Alexandre. La Tulipe noire.
Paris : First edition, in the first-issue binding of yellow wrappers (reissued in 1851 in blue wrappers), this Paris edition preceding the Brussels edition of the same year.
Dumas's historical novel is based on the protagonist's attempt to grow a black tulip for a vast reward in the period of Dutch tulip mania. "Dumas has most successfully accomplished... Learn More£9,750.00
Stock Code: 144317
MOZART, Wolfgang Amadeus - GOUNOD, Charles. Le Don Juan de Mozart.
Paris : 1890First edition, an exceptional presentation copy to the proprietor of the famed Montmartre cabaret Le Chat Noir, inscribed on the half-title "À Monsieur Rodolphe. Salis, Hommage de l'auteur Ch. Gounod". The book is a study of Mozart's Don Juan that reveals its particular importance to Gounod, and its continuing influence on his life and work: "The score...... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 142346
LE CLERC, Laurent Josse. Lettre critique sur le dictionaire de Bayle.
The Hague : 1732First edition of this criticism of Bayle's Dictionary by the theologian Laurent-Josse Le Clerc (1677-1736), attacking Bayle on various points within the Dictionary. Learn More£450.00
Stock Code: 133196
TURGOT, Anne Robert Jacques, Baron de l'Aulne (revises); RULIÉ, Pierre. Théorie de l'Intéret de l'Argent,
Paris : 1780First edition. The work is assigned by Barbier to Pierre Rulié, a parish priest of Saint Pierre de Cahors, with the text then revised by J. L. Gouttes and by Turgot. The treatise serves to justify the commercial loaning of money at interest, and instigated various refutations by the clergy, incensed by its defence of usury. Turgot's 1770 paper on lending... Learn More£1,000.00
Stock Code: 129392
DUPONT DE NEMOURS, Pierre Samuel. Examen et parallèle des différens projects de droits sur les boissons, par M. Dupont, député de Nemours à l'Assemblée Nationale.
Paris : 1790First edition. A supporter of constitutional monarchy, Dupont represented Nemours in the National Assembly. The present work is his report on the taxation of drink. A scarce item, with WorldCat listing copies in ten institutions: one in the UK, five in the US, three in France, and one in Switzerland. Learn More£450.00
Stock Code: 127703
CHASSEPOL, Francois de. Traité des finances et de la fausse monnoie des Romains, auquel on a joint une dissertation sur la maniere de discerner les médailles antiques d'avec les contrefaites.
Paris : 1740First edition of this study of counterfeit money among the Romans, with advice to contemporary numismatic collectors. An English edition followed in 1741. Library Hub lists copies in four British institutions. Learn More£350.00
Stock Code: 127721
DELAY, Pierre de. Opinion de M. Pierre de Delay, Député du Dauphiné, sur l'Impot en Général, Prononcée à la Séance du 16 Septembre 1790. [Bound with:] Seconde opinion de M. de Delay, député du Dauphiné, sur la définition du revenu net imposable d'une propriété fon
Paris : First editions. Delay (1750-1824) was a revolutionary politician, a frequent speaker in the National Assembly, who went on to serve in the Directory, under Napoleon, and the Restoration. The present two addresses to the assembly are on questions of taxation. Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 127736
SAVARY, Jacques. Pareres, ou Avis et Conseils sur les plus importantes Matières de Commerce.
Paris : 1688First edition of the author's continuation of his manual on mercantile trade, Le Parfait Négociant (1675). Savary wrote on commercial topics with considerable authority in that he made a large fortune through commerce. He suffered both politically and financially from the disgrace of Fouquet (1661), who was his patron, but he later made good his name... Learn More£3,500.00
Stock Code: 116183
TOPFFER. Voyages en Zigzag.
Paris : 1844First edition. With the bookplate to front pastedown of Calvin Bullock (1829-1966), Wall Street financier and promoter of Anglo-American goodwill in the Second World War; his was among the leading collections of Nelson and Napoleon memorabilia, Learn More£300.00
Stock Code: 102096
DUCPETIAUX, Edouard. De la peine de mort.
Brussels : 1827First edition. De la peine de mort was the Belgian journalist and prison reformer's first book, written when he was twenty-three years old. Ducpétiaux earned himself a name and an official position as inspector general of prisons on the strength of this passionate and ambitious plea for the abolition of capital punishment. He argued that the alternative... Learn More£550.00
Stock Code: 91158
CASANOVA DE SEINGALT, Jacques - WEGENER, Gerda (illus.) Une aventure d'amour a Venise.
Paris : 1927First edition thus, first printing, number 226 of 414 copies printed on velin d'arches paper, of a total print run of 500. The text is extracted from Casanova's memoirs describing his relationship with "M. M.", a nun from the convent at Murano. This edition is beautifully illustrated by Gerda Wegener, likely using her wife, Lili Elbe as a model.
Gerda... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 145168