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  • SUPERB SET IN FULL CAT'S PAW CALF WITH ALL 100 ENGRAVED PLATES
    Dictionnaire d’Architecture Civile, Militaire et Navale. by VIRLOYS, Roland de
    VIRLOYS, Roland de
    Dictionnaire d’Architecture Civile, Militaire et Navale.

    Paris: Libraires Associes, 1770 - 1771. 3 volume set, 11.75 inches tall. A splendid set in full cat's paw calf with raised bands, twin labels and floral gilt tooling to the panels. With all 100 engraved plates, mostly folding. An interesting work covering civil, military and naval architecture. A very good looking set. With a small stamp on the title pages and small ticket of 'Domus Aquensis Societatis Jesu' on the pastedown endpapers. In the original French.

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  • CELEBRATED EDITION IN BEAUTIFUL FULL CRUSHED MOROCCO
    Contes et Nouvelles en vers, Par M. de La Fontaine. by La Fontaine, J. de.
    La Fontaine, J. de.
    Contes et Nouvelles en vers, Par M. de La Fontaine.

    (Paris: Barbou) Amsterdam, 1762. 2 volume set, 7 inches tall. The celebrated and very scarce Fermiers-Generaux edition. Complete with half-titles, 2 engraved portraits and 80 superb plates after Eisen by Aliamet, Delafosse, Longueil, Le Mire et al.. with over 50 delightful and ornate vignettes by Choffar. The later binding is by Sangorski & Sutcliffe in the style of the period with gilt raised bands, extra floral gilt tooling to the panels, fine and ornate gilt tooling to the boards, gilt dentelles and all edges. The bindings have been expertly rebacked. Internally exceptionally clean and fresh with slight creasing to a couple of plates. A fine set of this great example of French 18th century printing.

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  • SPLENDID SET OF THIS VERY SCARCE TITLE IN FULL SPECKLED CALF
    Histoire des Empereurs, et des autres Princes qui ont regné durant les six premiers siècles de l’église, de leurs guerres contre les Juifs, des écrivains profanes, & des personnes les plus illustres de leur temps. Justifée par les citations des auteurs originaux. by TILLEMONT, Louis Sébastien Le Nain de (Le Sieur D.T.)
    TILLEMONT, Louis Sébastien Le Nain de (Le Sieur D.T.)
    Histoire des Empereurs, et des autres Princes qui ont regné durant les six premiers siècles de l’église, de leurs guerres contre les Juifs, des écrivains profanes, & des personnes les plus illustres de leur temps. Justifée par les citations des auteurs originaux.

    Paris: Chez Charles Robustel, 1690-1738. 6 volume set, 10.5 inches tall. A splendid set in full speckled calf with gilt raised bands and dense gilt tooling to the panels. Speckled pink edges. The bindings have uniform tooling but were bound as the volumes were published in 1690, 1691, 1691, 1697, 1701 and 1738 and consequently the dimensions of the volumes and the shade of the leather varies somewhat. The volumes are in excellent condition with no splitting but there are a couple of bad scuffs on the boards leaving a small patch of the straw board visible. One engraved chapter heading to each volume. With the armorial bookplates of Le M(arqu)is de Champagne Giffart. This is the First Edition…

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    Paris: Chez Charles Robustel, 1690-1738. 6 volume set, 10.5 inches tall. A splendid set in full speckled calf with gilt raised bands and dense gilt tooling to the panels. Speckled pink edges. The bindings have uniform tooling but were bound as the volumes were published in 1690, 1691, 1691, 1697, 1701 and 1738 and consequently the dimensions of the volumes and the shade of the leather varies somewhat. The volumes are in excellent condition with no splitting but there are a couple of bad scuffs on the boards leaving a small patch of the straw board visible. One engraved chapter heading to each volume. With the armorial bookplates of Le M(arqu)is de Champagne Giffart. This is the First Edition of a work much admired by Gibbon. A superb set of this rare title.

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  • STUNNING EXTRA ILLUSTRATED SET IN CRUSHED MOROCCO
    Oeuvres de Salomon Gessner by GESSNER, Salomon
    GESSNER, Salomon
    Oeuvres de Salomon Gessner

    Paris: L’auteur des Estampes, 1786-1793. 3 volume set, 12 inches tall. An old tipped in catalogue entry attributes this magnificent binding to Charles Lewis. With wide gilt raised bands, delicate and ornate gilt tooling to the panels, twin labels, dentelles and all edges gilt. Complete with 3 engraved title pages, portrait and 73 engraved plates after Le Barbier. There are an extra 18 stipple engraved plates and 70 highly decorative vignettes. Some speckling and scuffing to the boards. A super copy of this beautiful 18th century deluxe edition.

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  • FINEST 18TH CENTURY EDITION IN SUPERB CALF BY BEDFORD
    Oeuvres de Maître François Rabelais, avec des remarques historiques et critiques de Mr. Le Duchat. Nouvelle édition, ornée de figures de B. Picart &c. Augmentée de quantité de nouvelles Remarques de M. le Duchat by RABELAIS, François.
    RABELAIS, François.
    Oeuvres de Maître François Rabelais, avec des remarques historiques et critiques de Mr. Le Duchat. Nouvelle édition, ornée de figures de B. Picart &c. Augmentée de quantité de nouvelles Remarques de M. le Duchat

    Amsterdam: Jean Frédéric Bernard, 1741. 3 volume set, 10 inches tall. Superb full calf by Bedford with gilt raised bands, twin labels and splendid gilt floral tooling to the panels. The boards are framed within triple gilt fillets and corner tools. Gilt dentelles and pink edges. With the bookplate of Baron Howard of Walden. Adorned with 1 frontispiece designed and engraved by Folkema, title engraved by B. Picart for the 1st and 3rd volumes, 3 topographical plates, portrait of Rabelais engraved by Tanjé, 8 cul-de-lampe by Picart, and 12 plates by Du Bourg, engraved by Bernaerts, &c. as called for. There is some minor rubbing and wear to the joints but the volumes are all firm and solid. A…

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    Amsterdam: Jean Frédéric Bernard, 1741. 3 volume set, 10 inches tall. Superb full calf by Bedford with gilt raised bands, twin labels and splendid gilt floral tooling to the panels. The boards are framed within triple gilt fillets and corner tools. Gilt dentelles and pink edges. With the bookplate of Baron Howard of Walden. Adorned with 1 frontispiece designed and engraved by Folkema, title engraved by B. Picart for the 1st and 3rd volumes, 3 topographical plates, portrait of Rabelais engraved by Tanjé, 8 cul-de-lampe by Picart, and 12 plates by Du Bourg, engraved by Bernaerts, &c. as called for. There is some minor rubbing and wear to the joints but the volumes are all firm and solid. A very fine set of this celebrated edition of the works of this great French Renaissance writer.

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  • RARE 10 VOLUME SET SIGNED FIRST COLLECTED EDITION IN FULL MOROCCO
    Théatre Complet; Théatre des Autres; Théatre Notes. by DUMAS Fils, Alexandre
    DUMAS Fils, Alexandre
    Théatre Complet; Théatre des Autres; Théatre Notes.

    Paris, aris: Michel Levy 1868-1894. 10 volumes, 9 inches tall. Superb full straight grain morocco by Paul Vié with gilt bands, titles and gilt tooling to the spine, the straight grain of the boards framed within gilt and blind rolls, dentelles and top edge gilt. Portrait. One of 52 copies on 'papier de Hollande', initialed by Dumas to Gustave Boulanger the celebrated figure painter. On the half title there is a further inscription 'a Gustave Boulanger - Bonne amitie, A Dumas f'. Two letters from his daughter, Collette Dumas, are slipped in and she has written a further inscription on the second blank. Slight fading to the spines and very slight rubbing to the head and tailcaps. A magnificent…

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    Paris, aris: Michel Levy 1868-1894. 10 volumes, 9 inches tall. Superb full straight grain morocco by Paul Vié with gilt bands, titles and gilt tooling to the spine, the straight grain of the boards framed within gilt and blind rolls, dentelles and top edge gilt. Portrait. One of 52 copies on 'papier de Hollande', initialed by Dumas to Gustave Boulanger the celebrated figure painter. On the half title there is a further inscription 'a Gustave Boulanger - Bonne amitie, A Dumas f'. Two letters from his daughter, Collette Dumas, are slipped in and she has written a further inscription on the second blank. Slight fading to the spines and very slight rubbing to the head and tailcaps. A magnificent set of these great works including 'La Dame aux Camélias' ('The Lady with the Camellias'), in the original French.

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  • V RARE COMPLETE SET IN FULL TREE CALF
    Procès Fameux Extraits de l’Essai sur l’Histoire Générale des Tribunaux des Peuples tant Anciens que Modernes, Contenant les Anecdotes piquantes, & les Jugemens fameux des Trubunaux de tous les temps & de toutes les Nations by DES ESSARTS, Nicolas Toussaint Le Moyne
    DES ESSARTS, Nicolas Toussaint Le Moyne
    Procès Fameux Extraits de l’Essai sur l’Histoire Générale des Tribunaux des Peuples tant Anciens que Modernes, Contenant les Anecdotes piquantes, & les Jugemens fameux des Trubunaux de tous les temps & de toutes les Nations

    Paris: Chez L'Auteur, 1786-1803. 20 volume set, 6.75 inches tall. A rare set in a fine binding with gilt bands, twin labels and dense gilt tooling to the panels. The tree calf of the panels in framed within gilt rolls. Red speckled edges. The first volume is a second issue the remaining volumes all first. A fascinating and terrifying collection of trials from ancient times but with a great emphasis on those executed in the French Revolution, the last two unfortunates being Marie-Antoinette and her sister in law Elizabeth. A rare item in superb condition.

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  • ONE OF 200 COPIES BOUND IN FULL 18TH CENTURY STRAIGHT GRAIN MOROCCO
    Théatre Choisi. by CORNEILLE, Pierre
    CORNEILLE, Pierre
    Théatre Choisi.

    Paris: De l'Imprimerie de Fr. Ambr. Didot l'Ainé, 1783. 2 volume set, 12 inches tall. A magnificently bound set with raised bands, fillets, dentelles and all edges gilt. Celebrated edition of just 200 copies. Some ink staining to the lower board of volume 1, otherwise in excellent condition. Armorial bookplate and the tiny stamp of Selbourn Library to the reverse of the title page.

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  • CLASSIC HISTORY IN FINE FULL CALF
    Histoire de France, depuis l’établissement de la monarchie jusqu’à Louis XIV. by VELLY, M. l’abé
    VELLY, M. l’abé
    Histoire de France, depuis l’établissement de la monarchie jusqu’à Louis XIV.

    Paris: Salliant & Nyon and Desaint, 1770-1798. 16 volume set, 10.5 inches tall. Fine full calf bindings, typical of the late 18th century with gilt raised bands, twin labels and floral gilt tooling to the panels. Pink edges. This a complete set though evidently made up from two sets, as can be seen by the variation in the bindings. There is some ancient minor worming but the volumes are in excellent bright condition with no splitting or loss. A great looking set of this classic history of France.

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  • A MAGNIFICENT SET OF THIS LARGE PAPER DELUXE EDITION
    Histoire de Gil Blas de Santillane. by LESAGE, Alain-René
    LESAGE, Alain-René
    Histoire de Gil Blas de Santillane.

    London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, et Orme, 1809. 4 volume set, 11 inches tall. A magnificent crushed and straight grain morocco with triple gilt and blind tooled raised bands and dense gilt tooling to the panels. The boards have a central straight grain panel framed by very fine and elaborate gilt and blind tooling. Gilt dentelles and all edges. Large Paper deluxe edition with india proof impressions of the plates by Smirke. Offsetting from the plates, otherwise clean. The armorial bookplate of William Strahan. Some rubbing and scuffing to the edges but with no splitting or loss. An exceptionally impressive example of this celebrated edition. In the original French.

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  • BEAUTIFUL SET IN FULL CAT'S PAW CALF BY CHARLES LEWIS.
    Mémorial de Sainte-Hélène. by LAS CASES, Comte de
    LAS CASES, Comte de
    Mémorial de Sainte-Hélène.

    Paris: Ernest Bourdin, 1842. 2 volume set, 10.5 inches tall. A beautiful set bound in full cat's paw calf by Charles Lewis, one of the finest London binders of the period. With gilt raised bands, twin labels and wonderful gilt tooling to the panels. Gilt dentelles and all edges. Illustrated with engraved vignettes throughout by Charlet. Armorial bookplate. In the original French.

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  • ONE OF 12 COPIES IN SUPERB FULL MOROCCO
    Souvenirs et Grandeur Militaire. by VIGNY, Alfred de
    VIGNY, Alfred de
    Souvenirs et Grandeur Militaire.

    Paris: Armand Magnier, 1898. 2 volume set, 10.25 inches tall. 2 magnificent full morocco bindings by Stroobants. The spine is superbly tooled in the aesthetic manner with morocco onlays, the boards are bound with a natural tan morocco. Gilt top edges. This set in number 3 of 12 copies ,out of a limited edition of 300, on 'imperiales du Japon' with the plates in 4 states and the vignettes in 3. An unsentimental and gripping account of military life with the concept of honour vanishing from the post Napoleonic army. A superb set in pristine condition. In the original French.

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  • DECADENT NOVEL IN SUPERB FULL CALF
    Les Amours du Chevalier de Faublas. by LOUVET DE COUVRAY, Jean-Baptiste
    LOUVET DE COUVRAY, Jean-Baptiste
    Les Amours du Chevalier de Faublas.

    Paris: Chez Ambroise Tardieu, 1821. 4 volume set, 8 inches tall. A delightful full mottled calf by Bayntun of Bath with gilt raised bands, twin labels and very fine gilt tooling to the panels. A wide gilt roll frames the boards. Dentelles and all edges gilt. Decorated with 8 engravings by Alexandre-Marie Colin, a student of Girodet. Slight rubbing to the edges and some light foxing. An exceptional set of this licentious novel.

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  • EXQUISITE SET IN HALF MOROCCO LIMITED TO 150 COPIES
    Voyages de Gulliver by (Swift, Jonathan)
    (Swift, Jonathan)
    Voyages de Gulliver

    Paris: Alphonse Leclere, 1860. 4 volume set, 6.75 inches tall. A remarkably pretty set with gilt raised bands, fine floral gilt panels, twin labels and gilt top edge by DAVID. One of 150 examples, this being number 145. The full page illustrations, by Lefebvre, engraved by Masquelier, were prepare for Didot's edition of 1797 and are in 2 states. A metal bookseller ticket is on the first paste down endpaper and an early catalogue entry is pasted to the first free end paper. Slight fading to the lower board of volume one, otherwise pristine.

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  • EXQUISITE FULL MOROCCO BY ALLO
    Richardet, Poëme. by FORTEGUERRI, Niccolò
    FORTEGUERRI, Niccolò
    Richardet, Poëme.

    Londres: (Cazin), 1781. 2 volume set, 5.25 inches tall. A fabulous little full morocco set of the highest quality by the great Parisian binder Paul Charles Allo. One of the celebrated editions of Cazin. This work was once attributed to Dumouriez (hence the title on the spine) but is in fact an adaptation of Forteguerri's work. With the red leather bookplate of Leon Rattier. A superb example of this very scarce edition in pristine condition.

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  • 88 MAPS IN DELIGHTFUL EMBOSSED CALF
    Les Jeunes Voyageurs en France. by DEPPING, M.G.-B.
    DEPPING, M.G.-B.
    Les Jeunes Voyageurs en France.

    Paris: Etiene Ledoux, 1834. 6 volume set, 6 inches tall. A delightful little set with embossed boards, finely gilt tooled spines, dentelles and all edges gilt. An interesting Bookseller's ticket on the pastedown endpaper of the first volume. This set for 'young travellers in France' has an engraved frontispiece, 13 views, a folding map of France and 87 maps of the departments of France. All the maps are hand coloured on outline. The charming department maps have borders illustrating the produce and distinctive characteristics of that region. There is fading to several of the boards. In the original French.

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  • SUPERB FULL CALF FROM THE CHATEAU DE CIREY
    Histoire de la Guerre des Hussites et du Concile de Basle. by LENFANT, Jaques
    LENFANT, Jaques
    Histoire de la Guerre des Hussites et du Concile de Basle.

    Amsterdam: Chez Pierre Humbert, 1731. 2 volume set, 10 inches tall. A superb early 18th century full French calf with gilt raised bands, twin morocco labels and extra gilt tooling to the panels. Pink edges. Fine full page engravings throughout. Slight foxing to the title page, otherwise clean. From the library of Madame de Simiane at the Chateau de Cirey. A fine set.

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  • VERY ELEGANT SET OF THIS RARE TITLE.
    Histoire de L’Origine, Des Progres, Et de La Decadence des Diverses Factions…..Jusqu’a L’Abdication de Napoleon. by LAVALLEE, Joseph.
    LAVALLEE, Joseph.
    Histoire de L’Origine, Des Progres, Et de La Decadence des Diverses Factions…..Jusqu’a L’Abdication de Napoleon.

    London: John Murray, 1816. 3 volume set, 8.5 inches tall. Half blue calf with gilt raised bands. Foxing to the preliminaries. A fine set.

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  • FULL SPECKLED CALF IN FINE CONDITION
    Oeuvres Dramatiques by DESTOUCHE, Philippe Nericault
    DESTOUCHE, Philippe Nericault
    Oeuvres Dramatiques

    Paris: Chez Prault pere, 1758. 10 volume set, 6 inches tall. A most attractive set in full speckled calf with gilt bands, twin labels, fine floral gilt tooling to the panels and pink edges. An early, revised and augmented, edition of this great French dramatist's works published just 4 years after his death.

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  • FIRST FRENCH EDITION IN CALF FROM CHATEAU DE CIREY
    L’Heritage by FERRIER, Susan Edmonstone
    FERRIER, Susan Edmonstone
    L’Heritage

    Paris: (Cosson for) Lecointe et Durey, 1824. 5 volume set, 7 inches tall, Quarter calf with twin labels and gilt centre tools. Some fading and rubbing to the boards. Small split to the foot of volume one, but still perfectly solid.First edition in French of The Inheritance (Edinburgh, 1824). Scottish novelist Susan Ferrier's popular second novel. translated by Defauconpret, already established as the translator of sir Walter Scott.

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