Salon International du Livre Rare - Paris 2020
We are pleased to share our selection for this year's Salon International du Livre Rare, which would have been held this month at Paris' Grand Palais.
The fair will be sharing a digital catalogue from the 23rd April onwards, and has been rescheduled for September 4th - 6th 2020.
(APOLLINAIRE.) ROUVEYRE, André. Apollinaire filmé en 1914.
Lanzac : 1944First and only edition, number 93 of 115 copies on papier Vélin Madagascar. The short film, or succession of photographs, were taken on 2 August 1914 as Guillaume Apollinaire (1880-1918) on the left, and his friend the artist André Rouveyre (1879-1962), had just returned to Paris and were on their way to the Comœdia's offices to deliver... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 138667
(BIDERMANAS, Izis.) CHARLET, Gaston. G. Les Yeux de L'Ame.
Paris : First and limited edition, number 289 of 300 copies issued. Presentation copy, inscribed by the photographer on the front cover of the title bifolium, "a Jeanine et Pierre, ces images de Paris et da Limousin, cordialement I. Bidermanas, 24-XII-1950". Les Yeux de L'Ame is Bidermanas's first published work. His popular Paris des rêves, which followed... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 123836
(EROTICA.) CRÉBILLON, [Claude-Prosper-Jolyot de.] La Nuit et le Moment ou les Matinées de Cythere.
Paris : 1924First edition thus, number 158 of 230 copies on vélin d'Arches (the first ten had an extra japon suite), of this libertine dialogue between "Cidalise" and "Clitandre" (first published in 1755) illustrated with erotic etchings by Félix Roy, termed the "Sylvain Sauvage". Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 122324
(FLOWERS.) Souvenir de Flore ou le Langage des Fleurs.
Paris : [c.1820]First edition of this attractive flower book, with 12 illustrations of bouquets, each with an imagined dialogue between the flowers. Incongruously, the latter section of the book is an account of the people and government of Turkey. No doubt produced as a ready-bound cheap gift book, the work is now a great rarity, with OCLC listing only a single copy,... Learn More£950.00
Stock Code: 128878
(FRENCH GLASS BINDING.) Chansonnier dédié aux Demoiselles.
Paris : [c.1828-30]A beautifully preserved, finely bound French songbook from the Janet workshop.
The British Library's Database of Bookbindings notes that the Janets (both father, Pierre-Étienne, and son, Louis) were well-known engravers and publishers of ephemera in deluxe and gift bindings, particularly women's almanacs; Louis moved to rue St Jacques 59 - the location... Learn More£1,875.00
Stock Code: 133875
(PICASSO, Pablo.) BALZAC, Honoré de. Le Chef-d'oeuvre inconnu.
Paris : 1931Limited edition, number 171 of 240 copies printed on Rives paper, from a total edition of 340 copies (of which 65 were printed on imperial japon and signed, and 35 for private distribution and numbered using roman numerals).
In 1926 Picasso was commissioned by the publisher Ambroise Vollard to do a series of illustrations for Balzac's novella Le... Learn More£25,000.00
Stock Code: 136550
(PICASSO.) [HALÁSZ, Gyula.] BRASSAÏ. Conversations avec Picasso.
[Paris] : 1964First edition, first impression. Signed by Picasso on the dedication page, and inscribed by Brassai on the half-title: "Pour Maud Leclerc, avec toute son amitié, Brassai. Èze-village, 27 Dec. 1964." Brassaï, who photographed much of Picasso's work in the 1940s, here builds an intimate portrait of Picasso himself, recording each of their meetings... Learn More£4,750.00
Stock Code: 99727
(PROSTITUTION.) [MOET, Jean-Pierre.] Code de Cythere,
Erotopolis [i.e. Paris] : 7746 [i.e. 1746]First edition of this fully-costed Utopian scheme for the elaborate regulation of prostitution, delivered by Cupid himself.
Published anonymously, it was attributed to Jean-Pierre Moet (1721-1806), a state minister and secretary to the Count of Saint-Florentin, who wrote a few books and translated several others from Latin and English into French,... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 136941
(RIMBAUD, Arthur.) VIEILLARD, Roger. 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
AYROUARD, Jacques. Recueil de plusieurs Plans des Ports et Rades et de quelques Cartes particulières de la Mer Méditerranée,
[Paris or Marseille?] : 1732-46First and only edition of this uncommon collection of charts, including the first printed chart of Monaco, a large folding map of Marseilles, and accurate charts of most of the ports, harbours and bays of the region.
Ayrouard's work forms a working waggoner for the coast, recording soundings, anchorages, and pilotage notes on rocks and reefs, and... Learn More£18,000.00
Stock Code: 66701
BARBUSSE, Henri. Le Feu. (Journal d'une Escouade).
Paris : 1916First edition, number I of XX special copies printed on papier vélin de cuve des Usine d'Arches in large paper format and signed by Barbusse for the bibliophiles of Les XX, this copy presented to the society's president Henri Lenseigne, with an autograph letter from Barbusse dated 6 October 1917, and the hand-addressed envelope, here bound in. In the... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 124386
BECKETT, Samuel. The Collected Works.
New York : 1970Signed limited edition, number 192 of 200 copies signed by the author on the limitation leaf in the front of Waiting For Godot; the first collected edition of Beckett's works, also issued in an unsigned trade edition, uncommon complete in either issue. Learn More£9,750.00
Stock Code: 138405
BECKETT, Samuel. Fin de partie
Paris : 1957First 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£2,800.00
Stock Code: 34122
BIERMANN, Aenne, & Jan Tschichold. 60 Fotos/60 Photos/60 Photographies.
Berlin : 1930First edition, first printing, of Biermann's first and only book, which includes Franz Roh's important essay "The literary dispute about photography", 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£2,250.00
Stock Code: 100942
BOESNIER DE L'ORME, Paul. De l'esprit du gouvernement économique.
Paris : 1775First edition of the principal work of the French economist Paul Boesnier de l'Orme (1724-1793), "one of the most systematic and comprehensive expositions of economics of its period" (Higgs). This copy has the imprint of Debure, as do the Mattioli and Sraffa copies, but some have the imprint of Delalaine (no priority established). It is both institutionally... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 120540
CANTILLON, Richard. Essai sur la nature du commerce en général.
London Fletcher Gyles [but Paris : 1755First edition. This copy is one of a very small number to contain at the end a copy of Barrois's catalogue of publications for sale, which lists Cantillon's work with his initial.
Richard Cantillon (c.1680-1734) was an Irish-born banker and economist, forced to emigrate to continental Europe by the Williamite confiscations. He honed his financial... Learn More£57,500.00
Stock Code: 137110
CHAGALL, Marc. Dessins Pour la Bible.
Paris : 1960First edition, first printing, of this lavish collection of Chagall's artwork inspired by the Old Testament. In 1930 Chagall set out to produce etchings to illustrate the Bible, at the request of the avant-garde art book publisher Ambroise Vollard. Chagall worked on the project for many years even after Vollard's death in 1939, eventually publishing... Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 139176
CLAVEL D'USSIERES, Henri de. Cyrus et Milto ou La République.
Geneva : 1796First edition of Clavel d'Ussieres's political fable. Cyrus the Great, the founder of the Persian Empire, was metamorphosed into a philosopher king by Xenophon in his Cyropaedia of the fourth century BCE. Xenophon's Cyrus was a favourite of the mirror for princes genre, from the medieval period through to the Renaissance and Enlightenment. Clavel d'Ussieres's... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 130606
COCTEAU, Jean. Le Coq et l'Arlequin.
Paris : 1918First edition, first impression. Presentation copy inscribed by Jean Cocteau to Gaston Picard, recipient of the Prix Calmann-Lévy in 1943 for his novel Le plus bel amour de Stendhal, "à Gaston Picard, souvenir amical de Jean Cocteau, Mars 1919". From a limited edition of 50 copies printed on Hollande, not numbered but reserved for the author and justified... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 124369
COLETTE, [Sidonie-Gabrielle]. Nudité.
[Brussels & Paris] : 1943First edition, number 24 of 49 copies on Japon Nacré, from an edition of 485 copies; rare on the market, particularly in such an excellent binding and condition. Charles Émile Egli, known as Carlègle (1877-1937) was a Swiss-born illustrator and painter who spent most of his life in Paris. Carlègle excelled in wood engraving. His illustrations for... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 132149
COMTE, Auguste. Cours de philosophie positive.
Paris : 1830-42First 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 achievement of Comte, all arguments... Learn More£3,500.00
Stock Code: 110733
DUJARDIN, Edouard. Les lauriers sont coupés.
Paris : 1888First edition, limited issue. Number 156 of 420 copies, of which 400 were printed on vélin anglais mécanique, and 20 on grand vélin français. The story was first published the preceding year in the magazine Revue Indépendante. An influential work, exemplifying the proto-stream-of-consciousness narrative; James Joyce mentioned in 1922 to Valery... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 103535
DURKHEIM, Emile. Les Règles de la méthode sociologique.
Paris : 1895First edition of the founding manifesto of sociology, which laid the ground-rules establishing it as a true science more akin to chemistry and biology than psychology or ethnography. Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 123785
ELIOT, T. S. Poems 1909-1925.
London : 1925 First edition, signed limited issue, unnumbered, one of 85 copies printed on handmade paper signed by the author and specially bound. This was Eliot's first signed limited edition and his first retrospective collection. Ordinary copies were published on 23 November 1925, with the signed copies published 6 January 1926 at 25 s. The famous dedication... Learn More£12,500.00
Stock Code: 138454
ELIOT, T. S. Four Quartets.
London : 1960First Bodoni edition, number 250 of 290 copies signed by the poet. A magnificent piece of book production executed in Verona under the direction of Giovanni Mardersteig, the greatest printer of the 20th century. Learn More£4,500.00
Stock Code: 137131
FAULKNER, William. Pylone (Pylon). Roman.
Paris : 1946First French language edition, first impression, originally published in the US in 1935. One of 50 hors commerce copies signed by the author on the title page, out of a total limitation of 1,040 copies. Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 68139
GIBRAN, Kahlil. The Prophet.
New York : 1923First edition, first printing, a very scarce presentation copy inscribed on the front free endpaper "To Brander Matthews with real admiration from Kahlil Gibran, October 1923". The recipient, Brander Matthews (1852-1929), was an American writer and educator. The first full-time professor of dramatic literature at an American university, he played a... Learn More£25,000.00
Stock Code: 138457
GOLDSMITH, Oliver. The Vicar of Wakefield.
London : 1903Deluxe edition, number 56 of 250 copies signed by the publisher, this copy in a striking and unusual Arts & Crafts binding, perhaps the work of the Guild of Women Binders, though unmarked, exhibiting their adventurous style. Goldsmith's masterpiece was first published in 1766. Learn More£1,000.00
Stock Code: 139010
GOURMONT, Remy de. Lettres à l'Amazone.
Paris : 30 March 1914First edition, first printing, copy 112 of 112 copies on papier vergé chartreuse, from an edition of 1,075 copies in total. This copy, with the original chartreuse wrappers bound in, has been handsomely bound by Cochard. Gourmont's "Letters to the Amazon" are the result of the symbolist poet, who had been stricken and disfigured by lupus vulgaris,... Learn More£475.00
Stock Code: 117966
GRASLIN, Jean. Essai analytique sur la richesse et sur l'impôt,
London [but Paris? : 1767Rare first edition of one of the most important works written against the physiocrats, this copy from the library of Abbé André Morellet, with his engraved bookplate to the front pastedown.
One of the few enlightenment writers to live into and beyond the years of the Revolution and Napoleon, André Morellet (1727-1819) wrote numerous treatises... Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 135091
HAUTEFEUILLE, Jean de. Recueil des ouvrages de M. de Haute-Feuille. Contenant plusieurs Decouvertes & Inventions nouvelles dans la Physique & dans les Mechaniques.
Paris : 1694First collected edition of Hautefeuille's works, with some additional pamphlets bound in. The note at the front of the book reads as follows: "Mr Jean de Hautefeuille auteur de ce Recueil, ecclesiastique du Diocese d'Orleans, de l'Academie des Sciences, Belles Lettres, et arts de Bordeaux, Pensionnaire du Roy Louis XIV et Louis XV est mort le mercredi... Learn More£7,500.00
Stock Code: 133476
HELIODORUS of Emesa. Les Amours de Theagene et Chariclee.
Paris : 1623A fine volume with the suite of engravings from the first Thiboust edition of the popular ancient Greek romance, the Aethiopica of Heliodorus of Emesa. Jacques Amyot's translation of Heliodorus, first published in 1547, introduced the work to France, where it long retained its popularity. The iconography of the Aethiopica is of considerable interest.... Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 65944
IONESCO, Eugène. L'homme aux valises.
Paris : 1975First edition thus, first impression. Out-of-series copy from an edition of 55, inscribed by the author "A H. Gene Blocker, avec toute ma sympathie, Eugène Ionesco" on the half-title. With two typed letters signed from Ionesco to Blocker, who was professor of philosopher at Ohio University; the letters discuss the possibility of a lecture series in... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 107744
KEATS, John. Lamia, Isabella, The Eve of St. Agnes, and other poems.
London : 1820First edition of Keats's third and final book published in his lifetime. Keats wrote to Charles Brown in regards to the work in June 1820 noting that he had "low hopes, though not spirits this shall be my last trial; not succeeding, I shall try what I can do in the apothecary line" (White, p. 219). Though Keats did not live to see his fame confirmed,... Learn More£15,000.00
Stock Code: 138622
KEYNES, John Maynard (ed.) Manchester Guardian Commercial. La Reconstruction de l'Europe.
Manchester : 20 April 20 1922 – 4 January 1923First edition in French of the scarce complete set of the Manchester Guardian Commercial, "a series of weighty supplements on European Reconstruction, with articles by the most distinguished authorities in each country" (Harrod), published under the general editorship of John Maynard Keynes, with contributions by other notable authorities including... Learn More£8,500.00
Stock Code: 138597
LA FONTAINE, Jean de. Fables choisies, mises en vers.
Paris : 1755-9First edition, large-paper issue, and one of a small number printed on thick holland paper, of "one of the most ambitious and successful of all illustrated books" (Ray). Jean-Baptiste Oudry's sketches for La Fontaine's Fables were executed for his own enjoyment between 1729 and 1735. They were purchased by the publisher Montenault, who asked the finest... Learn More£37,500.00
Stock Code: 135957
LE TROSNE, Guillaume-Francois. De l'administration provinciale, et de la réforme de l'impôt.
Basle : 1779First edition, very rare, especially complete with the additional 24 page note. A French lawyer and economist, Le Trosne studied natural law philosophy with Pothier, planning to become a magistrate. He joined the Physiocrats in 1764 by publishing a book defending the free trade in grain and articles in the Ephémérides du citoyen and other journals,... Learn More£7,500.00
Stock Code: 83936
MARX, Karl. Le Capital.
Paris : [1872-5]First edition in French of the first volume of Das Kapital, the definitive text as authorized by Karl Marx, this being the first issue with Lachâtre's imprint. The book was published in parts from August 1872 to November 1875, here bound on completion. The first volume of Das Kapital was originally published in German in 1867. This French edition was... Learn More£5,750.00
Stock Code: 135070
NERUDA, Pablo. Cien sonetos de amor.
Santiago : 1959First edition, first printing, number 203 of a total edition of 300 copies signed by the author. This is one of the 250 printed on Ledger paper and accompanied by a lithograph by Antunez, signed in pencil by the artist. Of the remaining 50 copies, 20 were printed for the press, eight copies were reserved for collaborators, and 22 copies were printed... Learn More£5,000.00
Stock Code: 139649
PALTOCK, Robert. Les hommes volans,
London : 1763First edition in French of this imaginary voyage, a significant and influential work of proto-science fiction. First published in English in December 1750, the story tells of a castaway in a fantastic land where men and women can fly. The debt to Robinson Crusoe is clear, also to the Arabian Nights and Gulliver's Travels,... Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 139043
RACINE, Jean. Œuvres.
Paris : 1805A highly attractive copy, specially bound for Charlotte de Talleyrand (1799-1873), the illegitimate daughter of the French statesmen and diplomat Charles Maurice de Talleyrand and his mistress Catherine Noël Worlee. Later married to Charles's cousin Alexandre-Daniel de Talleyrand, Charlotte gained a legitimate Talleyrand name, and passed the books... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 129728
REELAND, Adriaan. La Religion des Mahometans,
The Hague : 1721First 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 on Reeland's own collection... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 126891
RIBEMONT-DESSAIGNES, Georges (ed.) Bifur.
Paris : 1929-31First editions, limited issue. A complete set of the Surrealist-inflected, avant-garde Parisian art and literary journal, issued between 25 May 1929 and 10 June 1931. Each volume is numbered: the first four volumes were printed in an edition of 3,000 copies, volumes 5 to 7 one of 2,000 copies, and volume 8 was one of 1,700 copies. Established by Pierre... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 107785
SCHLEGEL, Gustaaf. Problèmes géographiques.
Leiden : 1892-95First edition under this title of a collection of offprints from T'oung-Pao, the oldest international journal of sinology; scarce: Copac gives just one location in British and Irish institutional libraries (Cambridge), OCLC adds 16 worldwide. Gustaaf Schlegel (1840-1903), was one of the most distinguished sinologists of the 19th-century and co-founder,... Learn More£850.00
Stock Code: 110279
SIMONDE DE SISMONDI, Jean Charles L. De la richesse commerciale,
Geneva : 1803First edition of the first work on political economy by the Swiss historian and economist Sismondi (1773-1842), "the first critic of industrial capitalism" (Blaug). De la richesse commerciale "was intended as a systematic exposition of the ideas of Adam Smith. Yet in it Sismondi also pointed out that he was presenting 'an absolutely new' way... Learn More£4,000.00
Stock Code: 134871
SMITH, Adam. Recherches sur la nature et les causes de la richesse des nations.
The Hague : 1778Very rare first edition in French of the Wealth of Nations. This is the first complete translation of the text; an extract, Fragment sur les colonies en général, et sur celles des anglois en particulier, translated by Reverdil, had been published in Lausanne and Basel earlier in 1778 to test public demand for the work. "This translation of the 1776... Learn More£27,500.00
Stock Code: 94923
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
SVEVO, Italo. Zéno.
Paris : 1927First edition in French (second overall), first printing, presentation copy of the service de presse issue, inscribed by the translator on the front free endpaper "à Giuseppe Ungaretti, ce livre dont il a été l'un des premiers confidents. Avec toute mon amitié, Paul Henri Michel". The recipient Giuseppe Ungaretti (1888-1970) was an Italian poet... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 132462
TENNYSON, Alfred, Lord. In Memoriam.
London : 1900First Vale Press editions, each volume one of 320 copies on Arnold hand-made paper (with a further en on vellum).
Charles de Sousy Ricketts (1866-1931) was a French-British artist, book designer, and typographer. "Meeting a wealthy barrister, Llewellyn Hacon, enabled Ricketts to realize his dream of being a publisher and he set up the Vale Press... Learn More£3,500.00
Stock Code: 139021
VERLAINE, Paul. La bonne chanson.
Paris : 1870First edition, one of 590 copies printed at the author's own expense, of his third collection of poetry, very scarce, and here bound in an attractive near-contemporary French binding, barely trimmed and preserving the first and final blank and the half-title.
Verlaine's first six collections of verse had "very limited distribution" and were still... Learn More£3,000.00
Stock Code: 122795
[BERTOLINI, Stefano.] Les suffrages unanimes sur les moyens de rétablir une contrée inculte.
[Florence] : 1764First edition of the Italian lawyer, senator, and scholar's anthology of mercantilist writings, published anonymously. Bertolini (1711-1782) studied at the university in Pisa and trained at the Pisa Law School where he graduated in 1734. He set up a legal practice in Florence before beginning his career as an official of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany in... Learn More£4,750.00
Stock Code: 118046
[DEFOE, Daniel.] Mémoires et avantures de Madlle. Moll Flanders, écrits par elle-même.
London : 1761First French edition. Defoe's classic novel was originally published in London in 1722 under the title The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders, &c. Who was born in Newgate, and during a Life of continu'd Variety for threescore Years, besides her Childhood, was Twelve Year a Whore, five Time a Wife (whereof once to her own Brother) Twelve... Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 92147
[PINTO, Isaac de.] Traité de la circulation et du crédit.
Amsterdam : 1771First edition of this "sound and ingenious" (McCulloch) work on revenue and stock exchange transactions. The main premise of Pinto's argument is that the national debt, instead of being a burden, has been the principal source of the wealth and power of England. The work excited much controversy on publication: it was translated into English by Rev.... Learn More£5,250.00
Stock Code: 111967
[SAINTE-BEUVE, Charles Augustin.] La Bruyère et La Rochefoucauld,
Paris : 1842First collected edition, first impression, presentation binding. Charles Augustin Sainte-Beuve published his biographical portraits anonymously and for private circulation among his circle of friends. For rather obscure reasons he had second thoughts and destroyed most copies. It is said that he did not keep a copy for himself and that his bibliographer,... Learn More£975.00
Stock Code: 90713