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“EVERY IMAGE EXISTS IN ITS OWN RIGHT”

RIMBAUD, Arthur. Illuminations. Paris, 1886.

Limited first edition of one of Rimbaud’s important poetical works, one of only 200 copies, this copy number 39 of 170 copies on Holland paper, with preface by French poet Paul Verlaine. Handsomely bound by J.-P. Miguet, with original paper wrappers bound in. $25,000.

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WORKS OF MOLIERE, BEAUTIFULLY BOUND AND ILLUSTRATED

MOLIERE, Jean-Baptiste Pocquelin. Oeuvres de Moliere. Paris, 1734. Six volumes.

Lovely quarto edition of Moliere’s works in six volumes, beautifully illustrated with frontispiece portrait of Moliere by Coypel and 33 copper-engraved plates after drawings by Francois Boucher, “the most successful painter of the day” (Ray), as well as numerous engraved initials, head- and tailpieces, many also by Boucher. Exquisitely bound in lovely full contemporary French calf-gilt. $13,500.

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“THE APPLAUSE WITH WHICH THIS NEW GENRE WAS RECEIVED INDUCED LOPE TO WRITE A GREAT MANY OF THEM, SO THAT HIS NAME BECAME WIDELY KNOWN”

VEGA CARPIO, Lope de, and GÓNGORA, Luis de. Quatro Comedias Famosas. Madrid, 1617.

Earliest obtainable edition of this collection of four popular plays from the Spanish Golden Age, including Lope de Vega’s very first three-act comedy, “La Pastoral de Jacinto” (here under the title “Los Jacintos, y Zeloso de si Mismo”), which created a new theatrical genre that in short order would become the dominant mode in Spain and elsewhere. Also includes “El Lacayo Fingido” by Lope de Vega, “Las Firmezas de Isabela” by Luis de Góngora, and the anonymous “Las Burlas y Enredos de Benito.” From the distinguished collection of the Dukes of Devonshire at Chatsworth, with the Chatsworth bookplate and the Devonshire monogram in gilt on both covers. $11,000.

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“THE ART OF LIVING WELL”

BOCCACCIO, Giovanni. Modell of Wit, Mirth, Eloquence and Conversation (Decameron). London, 1625, 1620.

First complete translation into English of Boccaccio’s sparkling portrait of love, lust and exuberant life, even in the face of death—the second edition of Volume I and the first of Volume II, as virtually always. Illustrated with an elaborate woodcut title page in each volume as well as numerous in-text woodcuts, decorated initials and ornamental head- and tailpieces throughout, scarce in contemporary calf. $11,000.

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RARE LIMITED EDITION OF MODES ET MANIÈRES D’AUJOURD’HUI FOR 1919, ONE OF ONLY 12 COPIES ON JAPON, FEATURING THE ART DECO ARTISTRY OF ANDRE MARTY WITH 12 POCHOIR COLOR PLATES AND ORIGINAL WATERCOLOR SIGNED BY HIM, WITH 12 SHORT WORKS BY TRISTAN BERNARD

MARTY, André AND BERNARD, Tristan. Modes et Manieres d"Aujourd"hui. Paris, 1921.

Limited first edition of Modes et Manières d’Aujourd’hui, Volume VIII for the year 1919, number 4 of only 12 copies issued on Japon (of 300 copies), featuring 12 loose pochoir color plates, accompanying suite of 12 uncolored plates, and original matted watercolor signed by French artist Andre Edouard Marty, the leading Art Deco artist whose work, like that of Barbier and others, “made fashion the art of the day instead of art being the fashion” (Metropolitan Museum of Art), with 12 leaves of accompanying text in French by popular playwright and novelist Tristan Bernard, rarely found complete in the original portfolio. $9500.

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“BOVARY C’EST MOI”

FLAUBERT, Gustave. Madame Bovary. Paris, 1857. Two volumes in one. Rare first edition, first issue in book form of Flaubert’s literary masterpiece, “the definitive model of the novel” (Émile Zola) and the work that “ushered the age of realism into modern European literature.” $9500.

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RARE PRINTER’S PROOFS OF SAINT-EXUPÉRY’S PILOTE DE GUERRE, INSCRIBED BY HIM TO HIS GOOD FRIEND MICHEL BERTIN

SAINT-EXUPERY, Antoine de. Pilote de Guerre—printer’s proofs. Paris, 1942.

Early printer’s proofs of the first French edition of Pilote de Guerre, Saint-Exupéry’s account of his role in the French Air Force during the 1940 Battle of France. This set of proofs presented by Saint-Exupéry to his good friend Michel Bertin, inscribed and signed by him in blue pen on the first sheet: “A Michel Bertin, a jeu d’epreuves d’un petit livre sur le France avec tout ma trés profonde amitié. Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.” [“A set of proofs of a small book about France with all my very deep friendship.”]. $9000.

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THE FIRST ARABIC GRAMMAR IN HEBREW, 1857

(ARABIC GRAMMAR) GOLDENTHAL, Jacob. Grammaire Arabe [Arabic Grammar]. Vienna, 1857.

First edition of the first Arabic grammar in Hebrew, with lovely ornamental cartouche in red, blue and gold, beautifully bound. $9000.

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“STORIES OF FOLK GONE BEFORE AND ADMONITORY INSTANCES OF THE MEN OF YORE”

BURTON, Richard F. Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night. London, 1897. Twelve volumes.

Illustrated “Library Edition” of Sir Richard Francis Burton’s lively (and often daring) translation of The Arabian Nights—the enduring, irresistible folk tales of Aladdin, Ali Baba and many more heroes and heroines of adventure, romance, mystery and magic—with 71 lush and lovely plates after the iconic paintings of Albert Letchford, handsomely bound in morocco-gilt using Arabic designs. This among the earliest complete editions of Burton’s famed translation. Housed in the original wooden box with hinged lid, upon which the title in Arabic is gilt-stamped: Alf Laylah wa Laylah, “Thousand Nights and a Night.” $9000.

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SPLENDIDLY BOUND SET OF CASANOVA’S MEMOIRS, WITH 12 FRONTISPIECES BY ROCKWELL KENT, TOGETHER WITH SCARCE PORTFOLIO OF SIGNED PRINTS

CASANOVA DE SEINGALT, Jacques. Memoirs of Jacques Casanova. (London), 1925. Twelve volumes; portfolio. Limited 12-volume private-press edition, an unnumbered copy of only 1026 sets, with 12 frontispiece line cuts of pen-and-ink drawings by Rockwell Kent, very handsomely bound. Accompanied by the scarce portfolio of Kent’s 12 prints (measuring 11 by 14 inches), all but one signed by him, one of only 26 sets. $8800.

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