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Plans deren Stellungen und Evolutionen zu Pferd. Nach der Folge wie selbe in dem Aller höchsten Cavallerie Exercitio vorgeschrieben sind

Plans deren Stellungen und Evolutionen zu Pferd. Nach der Folge wie selbe in dem Aller höchsten Cavallerie Exercitio vorgeschrieben sind

Manuscript on laid paper. Text in German. Written in black and red ink, the drawings colored in blue and yellow. In contemporary calf. Panels ruled with gilt waves, with floral stamps at corners. Spine with five raised bands, compartments richly gilt. Edges gilt. Paste-paper endpapers. Text framed by ornamental ruling on the title page and written in red and black ink. Pages ruled throughout, plate titles are written in red. With colored illustrations throughout. ff (4) [2 blank, title, "Explication"], (121) [titled plates with drawings and explanations of which 11 folded], (3) ["Plans register" on 5 pages], (3) [1 ruled, 2 blank]. Eighteenth-century illustrated manuscript cavalry drill book. A neat late eighteenth-century, probably Austrian manuscript drill book for cavalry. Illustrated with more than 120 colored drawings, each titled, showing various formations and movements from one position to another (line, echelon, changing direction, march, charge, etc.) and more complex movements of a cavalry division. We could not find any trace of a printed version of this book. Spine with a wormhole at the head, small damage to the joint at the tail. Panels very slightly rubbed, a scratch on the rear panel. With a few humble notes in pencil occasionally, otherwise clean. The content ("Plans register") suggests a text volume, however, it is not presented. In fine condition. Text in German. Written in black and red ink, the drawings colored in blue and yellow. In contemporary calf. Panels ruled with gilt waves, with floral stamps at corners. Spine with five raised bands, compartments richly gilt. Edges gilt. Paste-paper endpapers. Text framed by ornamental ruling on the title page and written in red and black ink. Pages ruled throughout, plate titles are written in red. With colored illustrations throughout
Mr. William Oughtred's Key of the Mathematicks. Newly Translated from the Best Edition With Notes

Mr. William Oughtred’s Key of the Mathematicks. Newly Translated from the Best Edition With Notes, Rendering it Easie and Intelligble to less Skilful Readers. In which also, Some Problems Left Unanswer’d by the Author are Resolv’d. Absolutely necessary For all Gagers, Surveyors, Gunners, Military-Officers, Mariners, &c. Recommended by Mr. E. Halley, Fellow of the Royal Society

Oughtred, William; Halley, Edmond First edition in Halley’s translation. In somewhat later leather. Spine with red title vignette. With several charts and woodcut diagrams. (4), 208 p. First English edition in Edmond Halley’s translation of Oughtred’s classic work, Clavis Mathematicae. William Oughtred (1574-1660) was an English mathematician, best known for his invention of the slide rule based on logarithms. He introduced the "×" symbol for multiplication (see p. 3 of the present work), the abbreviations "sin" and "cos" for the trigonometric functions sine and cosine, and the proportion sign ("::"). Oughtred was appointed by Thomas Howard, second earl of Arundel to teach his son mathematics. Arithmeticae in numeris et speciebus institutio [Clavis Mathematicae], the Latin version of the Key of the Mathematicks was compiled for this pupil and published first in 1631. The book was first translated into English by Robert Wood, this translation was made by Edmond Halley (1656-1741) the English astronomer, geophysicist, mathematician, meteorologist, and physicist. Provenance: Possessor’s inscriptions and notes by Gabriel Stokes (or Stoakes). Stokes (1682-1768) was a Dubliner land-surveyor, mathematical instrument-maker, best known as a cartographer and the author of the book "A scheme for effectually supplying every part of the city of Dublin with pipe-water" (1735). Ownership inscription of Gabriel Stokes on title page and p. 1. and 104. With marginal notes and diagrams in ink by Stokes throughout. Binding and title page artistically restored. Paper tanned due to ageing. Overall in very good condition. In somewhat later leather. Spine with red title vignette. With several charts and woodcut diagrams
Épreuves Générales des Caracteres qui se trouvent Chez Claude Lamesle Fondeur de Caracteres d'Imprimerie

Épreuves Générales des Caracteres qui se trouvent Chez Claude Lamesle Fondeur de Caracteres d’Imprimerie

Lamesle, Claude First edition. In contemporary leather. Spine with five raised bands, all compartments gilt. Marbled endpapers. Edges tinted red. Title page printed in red and black, with woodcut device. 4to: A-Z, Aa-Ee; 91 unnumbered leaves. [1 leaf (title page); 71 leaves of type and ornament specimens (of which 7 are double-page, mounted to paper guards); and 9 leaves of music type (of which 3 are. The most spectacular eighteenth-century French type specimen book. The first part of the work displays an interesting collection of types of various periods of splendid ornaments, on seventy-eight leaves. Besides Latin, it includes, Greek, Armenian, Arabic, and Hebrew specimens, shows different faces of the same size, presents two curious types cut by Robert Granjon in the sixteenth: "Cicero Gros Oeil no. xxxiv" and "Petit Parangon no. li", and an illicit copy of the Imprimerie Royale’s "romains du roi", cut by Jean Cot’s son Pierre. Of the finishing nine leaves of musical scores (on staves of four or five lines), three were printed in red and black. Updike claims that Lamesle’s book both in type and ornaments "presents better than any other, the output of French foundries during the last quarter of the seventeenth and the first half of the eighteenth century. The collection of types is remarkably fine. [.] For the student of French type-forms of the earlier part of the eighteenth century, there is scarcely a better book." (Updike, 1962) Claude Lemesle was a publisher and type-founder at Paris. He bought Jean Cot’s foundry (Cot père, mère, et fils) in 1737, which he sold it to Nicolas Gando in 1758. Later he started the business again in Avignon, but his subsequent history is unknown. (Bigmore & Wyman, 2014) Bibl.: Bigmore, E. C., & Wyman, C. H. W.: A Bibliography of Printing. Bigmore & Wyman. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014. Vol. 1., p. 419.; Updike, D. B.: Printing Types: Their History, Forms, and Use. New Castle, Del.: Oak Knoll Press, 1962. Vol. 1. p. 270. Binding rubbed, but firm. Paper somewhat yellowed, with occasional spotting. Overall in fine condition. In contemporary leather. Spine with five raised bands, all compartments gilt. Marbled endpapers. Edges tinted red. Title page printed in red and black, with woodcut device
L'Alliance de la démocratie socialiste et l'Association internationale des travailleurs. Rapport et documents publiés par ordre du Congrès international de la Haye

L’Alliance de la démocratie socialiste et l’Association internationale des travailleurs. Rapport et documents publiés par ordre du Congrès international de la Haye

Marx, Karl]; [Engels, Friedrich]; [Lafargue, Paul] First edition. The original printed wrappers bound into later half cloth. (4), 137, (1) p. A scarce copy of the renowned Alliance Pamphlet, whose conclusion was written by Karl Marx. This report, the so-called Alliance Pamphlet is a collection of documents and writings related to the International Alliance of Socialist Democracy, written, compiled, and edited by Friedrich Engels, Paul Lafargue and Karl Marx. The Alliance was a semi-secret, subgroup of the International Workingmen’s Association (IWA; First International) founded and led by Mikhail Bakunin, the Russian revolutionary anarchist. The International sought to extrude the sectarian Alliance from the organization since its establishment in late 1868. Eventually, at the Hague Congress 1872, the leaders of the International exposed the public and clandestine activities of the group and expelled its chief leaders, Bakunin and James Guillaume from the IWA. The Congress appointed a committee which included Marx, Engles, and Lafargue to edit and publish the documents related to the Alliance. "The bulk of the work involved in the collection of additional material, its comparison and analysis was carried out by Engels and Paul Lafargue. The concluding part of the pamphlet was written by Marx" (see Collected Works 44. p. 665, note 623.). In his letter, dated on 26 July 1873 to Adolph Sorge, Engels wrote: "Lafargue and I wrote it [i.e. the Pamphlet] together; only the conclusion is by Marx and myself". (Collected Works 44. p. 521.) The book appeared in French, in the fall of 1873, and soon it was translated into German under a somewhat more tendentious title "Ein Complot gegen die Internationale Arbeiter-Association". Bibl.: The Collected Works of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels. The Collected Works of Karl Marx and Frederick Engels. Letters 1844-1895. Volume 44. Charlottesville, Va.: InteLex Corporation, 2001. Rubel 726.; Stammhammer I, 3. Old, faint collection stamps on wrappers and title page. The front wrapper, and first leaf with traces of creasing. Wrappers and first and last two leaves dusted. A stain at the upper corner of the first four leaves, one leaf with a whole due to the stain, which only affects the margin. Overall in very good condition. The original printed wrappers bound into later half cloth
Exposition Ballets Russes de Diaghilev. Organisée par Serge Lifar. Musée des Arts Décoratifs. Palais du Louvre. Pavillon de Marsan. Mars 1939. Mai 1939

Exposition Ballets Russes de Diaghilev. Organisée par Serge Lifar. Musée des Arts Décoratifs. Palais du Louvre. Pavillon de Marsan. Mars 1939. Mai 1939

Picasso, Pablo]; [Diaghilev, Sergei]; [Lifar, Serge] Original, vintage poster with a mounted lithographic print after Pablo Picasso. Text in French. Poster printed in black on yellow paper, lithograph printed in color. Poster size: ca. 1000 × 618 mm. Image size: 585 × 495 mm. Original, vintage poster of the 1939 Ballets Russes exhibition in Paris, with a mounted lithographic print after Picasso. This poster of the great 1939 retrospective exhibition of Ballets Russes features a color reproduction of Picasso’s costume for the Chinese Conjuror from the Parade. The exhibition, organised by Serge Lifar, the former principal dancer of Ballets Russes and the ballet master of the Paris Opera at the time, was the first significant celebration of Sergei Diaghilev, the founder of Ballets Russes. Under the patronage of the Prince of Monaco and the Ministry of National Education, over five hundred items were presented at the exhibition. Founded by Sergei Diaghilev (1872-1929) and active between 1909 and 1929, Ballets Russes is considered to be the most influential ballet company of the 20th century. It became famous for its ground-breaking collaborations between composers, choreographers, designers and dancers. The company collaborated with composers such asIgor Stravinsky,Claude Debussy, andSergei Prokofiev, artists such asPablo Picasso, Vasily KandinskyandHenri Matisse, and costume designersLéon BakstandCoco Chanel. Paradeis aballetwith music byErik Satie (1866-1925)and a one-act scenario byJean Cocteau (1889-1963), composed in 1916-1917 onSergei Diaghilev’s commission. It premiered on May 18, 1917, at theThéatre du Chateletin Paris, with costumes and sets designed byPablo Picasso (1881-1973). Extremely scarce. [Ref: Wild, Nicole: Les Arts du Spectacle en France. Paris: Bibliothèque nationale, 1976, 1370.]. Poster and lithograph with light traces of creasing. Lower corners of the poster dog-eared, lower right edge slightly chipped. Overall in fine condition. Original, vintage poster with a mounted lithographic print after Pablo Picasso. Text in French. Poster printed in black on yellow paper, lithograph printed in color.
Tabeller till Lärokurs i Trädgårdsodling och Trädgårdsanläggninskonst ritade af Eleven G. P. Hedlund vid Svenska Trädgårdsföreningen 1887-1889. [Plates for the Course of the Swedish Gardening Association in Horticulture and Garden Design

Tabeller till Lärokurs i Trädgårdsodling och Trädgårdsanläggninskonst ritade af Eleven G. P. Hedlund vid Svenska Trädgårdsföreningen 1887-1889. [Plates for the Course of the Swedish Gardening Association in Horticulture and Garden Design, by G. P. Hedlund 1887-1889.]

Hedlund, G. P. 19th-century scrapbook with printed title page and 53 leaves with drawings. In contemporary green half leather. 11 plates hand-colored, plate no. 28 omitted by the designer. 19th-century scrapbook with several watercolored garden plans by a student of the Swedish Gardening Association. Fifty-three drawings of diagrams, plans, and designs of gardens, rosariums, garden building, doors, windows, and various tools for gardening or for gardens. Designed by a student of Horticulture and Garden Design studies at the Swedish Gardening Association between 1887 and 1889. Svenska Tradgardsföreningen, the Swedish Gardening Association was founded in 1832, modeled after the British Royal Horticultural Society. The Association organized the first garden exhibition in Sweden in 1833, however, most of its activities were confined to the city, with pioneering cultivation and building of greenhouses. Its school of horticultural studies for apprentice gardeners was opened in 1840. Because of financial difficulties, the Svenska Tradgardsföreningen ceased its activities in 1911. Spine rubbed with small damages. Corners bumped, edges of the binding rubbed. Inside clean. Overall in fine condition. In contemporary green half leather 19th-century scrapbook with printed title page and 53 leaves with drawings.
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Mein Kampf. Von: Adolf Hitler. Erster Band: Eine Abrechnung. [Zweiter Band: Die nationalsozialistische Bewegung.]

Hitler, Adolf Luxury edition, with the stamp of the deuxième division blindèe G. 5. on half-title, that states the circumstances of the origin of the volume. With photographic frontispiece of Hitler’s portrait, separated by tracing paper. In publisher’s vellum, with gilt ruling to edges on front and rear panel. Spine with four raised bands, with gilt ruling and title. Gilt head. (1 [leaf of frontispiece]), 360; 351, (29) p. 1934 full vellum, luxury edition of Mein Kampf, taken from Hitler’s own collection at Berghof, his home in Berchtesgaden, Obersalzberg in Germany, by the deuxième division blindée (French 2nd Armored Division). With the authentication stamp of unit, and the text, that certifies the origin of the book on half-title: "Cette pièce provient des collections personnelles d’Adolf Hitler au Berghof" (This piece comes from the personal collections of Adolf Hitler at the Berghof). Dated May 4, 1945, Berchtesgaden, the day when the unit took over the place. The first few leaves with very light foxing, otherwise clean. Overall in fine condition. In publisher’s vellum, with gilt ruling to edges on front and rear panel. Spine with four raised bands, with gilt ruling and title. Gilt head Luxury edition, with the stamp of the deuxième division blindèe G. 5. on half-title, that states the circumstances of the origin of the volume. With photographic frontispiece of Hitler’s portrait, separated by tracing paper.
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Architectura

Toroczkai-] Wigand [Ede] (Ede Toroczkai-Wigand) Plans of buildings, several images of interior design, furniture and stained glass designs. First edition. llustrated title page. Text in Hungarian and German. Initials printed in red and blue. Fine set of typography. Color portrait of Toroczkai Wigand (by Bertalan Karlovszky). In illustrated hard paper. 124, (2) p. "Architectura" is the compilation of Toroczkai-Wigand’s works in architecture and design, with several colored plates. Ede Toroczkai-Wigand (1869-1945) was a Hungarian architect and designer of decorative art. The thoughts of John Ruskin and the Arts and Crafts Movement had a major influence on him. Toroczkai-Wigand had the idea that art, architecture, folk customs and language is a complex structure and this complexity and "holism" reflecting in the unique character of his works. Beside being a prolific architect and designer, who was awarded at many international exhibitions (Paris, 1900; Torino, 1902; St. Louis, 1904), Toroczkai-Wigand published bibliophilic books, partly on his art and partly about the art, architecture and the folk tales of the Székelys in Transylvania. In these publications he combined the content and the typography of the print into a special unity, in the manner of the unique Transylvanian Art Nouveau style. First edition. llustrated title page. Text in Hungarian and German. Initials printed in red and blue. Fine set of typography. Color portrait of Toroczkai Wigand (by Bertalan Karlovszky).
Hugo Graetz's Guestbook with Original Artworks by Members of the Novembergruppe

Hugo Graetz’s Guestbook with Original Artworks by Members of the Novembergruppe

Graetz, Hugo]; [Steinhardt, Jakob]; [Huth, Willy Robert]; [Schwichtenberg, Martel]; [Schmid, Wilhelm]; [Beyer, Otto]; [Winninger, Franz] 17 full-page artworks (paintings and drawings in ink, crayon and pencil), some with a short dedication, most are signed and identified, dated between 1920 and 1921 in Germany (Berlin). 12 pages of handwritten greetings dated between 1955 and 1965 in. Pages are handmade Zanders paper. In original half cloth, panels with marbled paper. Printed, ornamented endpapers. (38) leaves of which 17 with full-page graphics and paintings and 12 pages with handwritten greetings. Page size: 22 × 28 cm. Illustrated guestbook of Hugo Graetz, the art dealer and manager of the Novembergruppe, the collective of German Expressionist artists. With 17 artworks by artists related to the November Group, dated in the early 1920s. Contains: Two drawings by the Czech Expressionist painter Friedrich Feigl (Bed?ich; 1884-1965). An ink drawing by Jakob Steinhardt (1887-1968), the German-born Israeli painter, member of the Berlin Secession, founder of the Pathetiker Group and later member of the Bezalel school group. Three images by Willy Robert Huth (1890-1977) and two together with his wife Martel Schwichtenberg (1896-1945). Huth was a founding member of the "Jung-Erfurt" artist group, member of the Berlin Secession and the Deutscher Künstlerbund. Schwichtenberg was a member of the Deutschen Werkbund and the Novembergruppe. Besides the two collective graphics, she contributed with a pencil drawing to the guestbook. A portrait of the host while plays the cello by Wilhelm Schmid (1892-1971) the founding member of the November Group. A gouache by Otto Beyer (1885-1962) member of the Berlin Secession. A signed crayon drawing and an unsigned painting by Franz Winninger (1893-1960) Four works by unidentified artists. The handwritten, friendly greetings are dated between 1955 and 1965, when the Greatz family was already in Israel, and written in German, Hebrew, and English. The Novembergruppe was formed in 1918 by German Expressionist artists led by Max Pechstein and César Klein. Hugo Graetz, the art dealer, and gallery owner became Novembergruppe’s managing director in 1919 and worked in this position until Hitler came to power in 1933 when he emigrated to Palestine with his wife Trude. Greatz gave up his former career in the art business, settled down in Safed, became a meteorologist and worked as the weatherman of Mount Canaan, where he lived the rest of his life. In original half cloth, panels with marbled paper. Printed, ornamented endpapers
Caption title:] Die protestantische Ethik und der "Geist" des Kapitalismus. I. Das Problem. [II. Die Berufsidee des asketischen Protestantismus.]

Caption title:] Die protestantische Ethik und der "Geist" des Kapitalismus. I. Das Problem. [II. Die Berufsidee des asketischen Protestantismus.]

Weber, Max First edition. In later black buckram, with gilt title on spine. From the "Archiv für Sozialwissenschaft und Sozialpolitik" (1905, vol. 20 and 21). 1-54; 1-110 p. First edition of Max Weber’s Protestant Ethic, the founding text of economic sociology and one of the most important texts of general sociology. Max Weber (1864-1920) was a German sociologist and political economist, considered as one of the founders of sociology besides Émile Durkheim and Karl Marx. He studied law in Heidelberg and Berlin and after earning his law doctorate he started to teach commercial law in Berlin, and economics in Freiburg and Heidelberg, until 1903. Later he became the associate editor of the academic journal of social sciences, the Archiv für Sozialwissenschaft und Sozialpolitik, where the present work, The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism, was first published in two parts in 1905. The Protestant Ethic is Weber’s seminal and most famous essay in which he locates the origins of capitalism in the lifestyle characterized by ascetic Protestantism and opposes the Marxist concept of dialectical materialism and relates the rise of the capitalist economy to the Calvinist belief in the moral value of hard work. To this day this essay is considered one of the most important texts in sociology and economic history. Annotated and underlined in pencil. Otherwise in very good condition. From the "Archiv für Sozialwissenschaft und Sozialpolitik" (1905, vol. 20 and 21) First edition. In later black buckram, with gilt title on spine.
ie. ??????? ???????????-??????????i?. 1910. No. 6. [Vozrozhdenie. Zhurnal obshchestvenno-politicheskii. [Revival / Renaissance. Social-Political Magazine.]

ie. ??????? ???????????-??????????i?. 1910. No. 6. [Vozrozhdenie. Zhurnal obshchestvenno-politicheskii. [Revival / Renaissance. Social-Political Magazine.]

Lenin, Vladimir]; [Martov, L. (Julius)] First edition. In original red, printed wrappers. [24 leaves]; 94 columns, and (1) p. Lenin’s own copy of the important Menshevik political magazine, with L. (Julius) Martov’s article, annotated by Lenin. L. Martov’s essay on historical necessity, "The diary of a publicist" (col. 1-18) was the leading article of this number of Vozrozhdenie. Several paragraphs of the writing are marked at the side, some sentences underlined by Lenin in red pencil. A few underlines in black pencil, probably by a different hand. The name "Kogan", supposedly referring to the Menshevik trade union leader Mikhail Grigorievich Kogan (better known by the pseudonym Viktor Grinevich; 1874-1942), inscribed to the margin of pp. 15-16 in black pencil. The word "?????????" (nervous) is circled in Aleksandr Martynov’s article (col. 47), some paragraphs marked in G. Smolin’s article (col. 63-72), and many names of the contributors of a trade union-magazine, whose advertisement placed on the last page, underlined and circled by Lenin. L. (Lev or Julius) Martov, was the leader of the Menshevik movement, friend, comrade, close associate of Lenin in the Russian Social Democratic Labour Party (RSDLP), and co-founder of the party organ Iskra. Lenin and Martov split during the Second Congress of the RSDLP in 1903 on the basis of the definition of the membership. Eventually, Lenin’s more strict proposal gained the majority of the Congress, thus Lenin named his faction the Bolshevik (majoritarian), and Martov’s supporters the Menshevik (minoritarian). However, despite their differences, Lenin remained highly respecting Martov. In 1921 he wrote Trotsky, that his single greatest regret was "that Martov is not with us. What an amazing comrade he is, what a pure man!" From the collection of Marcel Bekus, with a handwritten note by him (with a small ink stamp), claiming that the magazine was in Lenin’s possession and he bought it in Paris in 1934. Bekus (1888-1939) was a Polish-born Russian revolutionary anarchist, historian of revolution and Socialism. His remarkable book collection was sold in 1985. Provenance: Collection stamp of Vladimir Lenin on the front wrapper; Marcel Bekus’ handwritten note and collection stamp. Lenin’s ownership stamp on front cover. Underlined and marked by Lenin in red pencil throughout. A smaller sheet with Marcel Bekus’s handwritten note and ownership stamp mounted before the title page. Printed in two columns. Paper yellowed due to aging. Wrappers artistically restored. Overall in fine condition. In original red, printed wrappers
Relatione tripartita del viaggio di Gierusalemme

Relatione tripartita del viaggio di Gierusalemme, Nella quale si racontano gli avvenimenti dell’Autore, l’origini, & cose insigni de’ luoghi di passaggio visitati, Con una sommaria raccolta delle indulgenze, e preci solite acquistarsi, et farsi nella visita di ciascun loco. Descritta da Fra Steffano Mantegazza Sacerdote Milanese dell’Ordine de Predicatori

Mantegazza, Steffano Second edition (first in 1601). In contemporary paper. (20), 476, (12) p. Rare Italian travelogue of Palestine through Egypt, Sinai, and the Greek islands. An account of Steffano Mantegazza’s travel to Jerusalem around 1600. Mantegazza traveled to Egypt, Sinai and the Greek islands of Zakynthos and Cephalonia. His work contains a detailed account of Alexandria, Cairo, and the Sinai. Although Mantegazza concentrates predominantly on natural history and religious sights he also includes an important report on the Beduin occupation between 1516 and 1518 of the Saint Catherine’s Monastery, during the interregnum between the Mamluk and Ottoman rule. Ref.: Kalfatovic 78 Bibl.: Kalfatovic, M. R.: Nile Notes of a Howadji: A Bibliography of Travelers’ Tales from Egypt, from the Earliest time to 1918. Metuchen, N.J., London: Scarecrow Press, 1992.; Schur, N.: St. Catherine’s Monastery: When Was the Recently Discovered Cache of Ancient Manuscripts Hidden? In: The Biblical Archaeologist. Vol. 44, No. 3 (Summer, 1981), pp. 133-134. Title with woodcut printer’s device, text printed in red and black. With woodcut headpieces and initials throughout. Spine and foot edge lettered in ink. Contemporary ownership inscription on title page. Spine somewhat discolored, with minimal damages at head and foot. Panels stained, spotted, lightly dusted. Inside clean. Overall in very good condition.
Cover Title:] Exmo. Sor. D. Francisco Menendez Presidente de la República

Cover Title:] Exmo. Sor. D. Francisco Menendez Presidente de la República

Barberena, Santiago I.]; [Ruiz, Manuel]; [Pozo, Francisco] Vintage leporello album with 17 mounted albumen prints (ca. 95 × 116 mm). Bound in red morocco. Unique, nineteenth-century photo album of explorations at the Maya site of Copán, dedicated to Francisco Menéndez, the President of El Salvador. Lead by the Salvadoran archaeologist, historian and lawyer, Santiago I. Barberena (1851-1916) and Spanish directors Manuel Ruiz and Francisco Pozo, a group of explorers visited the ancient Mayan ruins in Copán, Honduras in 1888 by the commission of the government of San Salvador. The group, whose expedition is documented in the present album, spent almost three weeks, between May 21 and June 8, 1888, surveying the plazas, pyramids, steles and altars of the Acropolis. The item includes seventeen photographs, presenting the archaeological site in its primary state before the excavation. These images are among the first ones to document the Mayan remains of Copán. Identifiable monuments represented are Stela A, C, D and H – all erected by Uaxaclajuun Ub’aah K’awiil in the early 8th century AD – Altar Q and the West "turtle" Altar of Stela C, as well as the doorway of Temple 22. The album was presented to Francisco Menéndez Valdivieso (1830-1890), the President of El Salvador by Francisco Pozo, the Spanish director of the expedition. Marginal notes describing the album and image captions are included, possibly by Pozo’s hand. Provenance: Stamps of Associació Catalanista d’Excursions Científiques. With the bookplate of Antoni Pach (Antoni Pach Buira). Pach was a chemical expert of the Catalan Society of Sciences (Societat Catalana de Ciéncies) and the author of the 1951 book, Centro Excursionista de Cataluña [.], in which he discusses the birth of the l’Associació Catalanista d’Excursions Científiques. Pach’s bookplate was designed by the Catalan Art-Nouveau graphic artist and painter, Ramón Borrell i Pla (1876-1963). Front panel with gilt title and ornamentation, rear panel with blind stamped ornamentation. Both panels with bevelled, blind stamped edges. With the brief description of the album written on the upper margins in black ink, presumably by Francisco Pozo’s hand. Each image is labelled below in black ink by the same hand. Stamp of Associació Catalanista d’Excursions Científiques on the verso of five leaves. Bookplate of Antoni Pach (Barcelona, 1935) on the rear pastedown. Panels and spine slightly rubbed. The images are sharp, in fine condition. Overall in fine condition. Vintage leporello album with 17 mounted albumen prints (ca. 95 × 116 mm). Bound in red morocco
Kriegskunst; Libro della arte della guerra.] Kriegskunst Dess herren Nicolaj Machiauellj

Kriegskunst; Libro della arte della guerra.] Kriegskunst Dess herren Nicolaj Machiauellj, Burgers und Secretarij von Florentz. Darinnen die heutigs Tags in vbung stehende vornembste Kriegs Disciplin/gegen der alten Römern/Griechen [.] H. C. W. V. B. [Hans Conrad Wieland von Basel]

Machiavelli, Niccolò] Machiauellj (Machiauelli), Nicolaj; [Hans Conrad Wieland von Basel] First German edition. In 18th century leather. Spine with five raised bands, gilt compartments, and gilt lettered title vignette. Marbled endpapers. Red-tinted edges. Title printed in red and black. 4º: (:)4, (*)4, (.)2, A-Z4, Aa-Zz4, Aaa-Ccc4. (20), 419, (1) [263-292 omitted; complete]. The excessively rare first edition of the German translation of Arte della guerra, the first influential modern treatise on military art. Machiavelli’s first book ever translated into German. Only one other copy known, in Montbéliard. Kriegskunst is the first work of Machiavelli translated into German, and it remained the only book by him in this language until the 18th century. It was translated from French by the Basler Hans Conrad Wieland (1563-1629), and printed by Jacob Foillet (1554-1619), the prominent printer of Montbéliard (or Mömpelgard, then part of Württemberg) who had strong connections to the members of the Machiavellian movement of Basel. Although Foillet was commissioned by Ludwig König, the influential publisher and Machiavellist from Basel, it is supposed that the actual man behind this publication was Johann Nikolaus Stupanus (1542-1621), the Italian-Swiss physician, who also lived in Basel at the time. (Kaegi; pp. 49-50.) Stupanus was the author of the infamous foreword of the second Latin edition of The Prince (Princeps. Basel: Perna, 1580), wherein he committed the provocation to dedicate the book to the Bishop of Basel, a powerful force in the Counterreformation. He is also recognized as the first Latin translator of Discourses on Livy which was printed by Foillet too (Disputationum de republica. Montbéliard: Foillet, 1588.). (Ruffo Fiore; p. 40.) The second edition of Kriegskunst (also by Foillet) appeared in 1623 with a new, this time engraved title page and set of text. Arte della guerra is one of Machiavelli’s major works besides the Prince and Discourses, and the only one published in his lifetime, (Libro della arte della guerra. Firenze: Giunta, 1521.). It was written between 1519 and 1520 and reflects Machiavelli’s experiences he gained during the years 1506 and 1507 while organizing a new Florentine militia. Extremely scarce book. According to Piero Innocenti and Marielisa Ross, the editors of the most recent Machiavelli-bibliography, the only known copy of this edition is held in the Library of Montbéliard. Bibl.: Ruffo Fiore, S.: Niccolò Machiavelli. An Annotated Bibliography of Modern Criticism and Scholarship. New York, etc.: Greenwood, 1990.; Bibliografia delle edizioni di Niccolò Machiavelli: 1506-1914. Manziana: Vecchiarelli Editore, 2015.; Kaegi, W.: Machiavelli in Basel. In: Basler Zeitschrift für Geschichte und Altertumskunde. Vol. 39. Basel, 1940. pp. 5-51. Loss of the tail compartment of the spine. Occasional foxing. The print space darkened. Artistically restored. Overall in very good condition. In 18th century leather. Spine with five raised bands, gilt compartments, and gilt lettered title vignette. Marbled endpapers. Red-tinted edges. Title printed in red and black
Granting of Citizenship of the City of Spoleto.] Illustrissimo

Granting of Citizenship of the City of Spoleto.] Illustrissimo, et R.mo DD. Comiti Carolo Montecatino patritio Ferrariensi

Manuscript on vellum. In very finely tooled, gilt, painted, red leather armorial binding. Spine and all edges are gilt. Marbled pastedowns. Written in golden and dark ink. Dated: 6 August 1663. Twelve lines, with a golden double line around the mirror and golden ruling. Title page with with three coat of arms and a large, gilt, floral initial. First leaf blind. (12) p. A very fine and beautiful, late Renaissance Italian armorial binding. The document, issued by the council of the city of Spoleto (Italy, Umbria), grants the citizenship for Carlo Montecatini (Carolo Montecatino), his family and descendants. Montecatini (1616-1699) was a Ferrarese nobleman, who studied law in Rome. He held various ecclesiastical positions in Ferrara and Rome and became elected governor of numerous cities (among them of Spoleto), and Archbishop of Chalcedon (Calcedonia). The document is bound into contemporary, late Renaissance Italian binding in Arabic style. All compartments of the panels – divided with a geometric black border – are richly gilt with different patterns of scales and dots, or fine, decorative floral and geometric designs. The centerpiece on the front panel is the bishop’s coat of arms of Carlo Montecatini, on the rear panel, the coat of arms of Spoleto. Inner and board edges are gilt tooled with tiny geometric patterns, spine with floral ornaments. The oriental character of the binding reflects in the Turkish-marbled (ebru) pastedowns as well. The three illuminated coat of arms, adorning the head of the title page, are the escutcheons of Carlo Montecatini and the city of Spoleto on the left and right sides, and the small coat of arms of Pope Alexander VII in the middle. The document is signed by a secreter, and assumably, this served as the official copy of the document in the private archive of Montecatini. Tiny traces of rubbing at the extremities of the binding. Occasional light stains and spots on the leaves. A small wormhole at lower gutter throughout. Overall in fine condition. In very finely tooled, gilt, painted, red leather armorial binding. Spine and all edges are gilt. Marbled pastedowns. Written in golden and dark ink. Dated: 6 August 1663. Twelve lines, with a golden double line around the mirror and golden ruling. Title page with with three coat of arms and a large, gilt, floral initial. First leaf blind
Milan Kní?ák. Grudzie? 1987. [Milan Kní?ák. December 1987]

Milan Kní?ák. Grudzie? 1987. [Milan Kní?ák. December 1987]

Knízák, Milan Handmade, stapled publication with a stamp of the artist’s name and the gallery on the cover. Signed, numbered (one of 100 copies). 210 mm × 300 mm. The publication includes a double-sided typescript from Kní?ák in Polish, and a vintage, black and white gelatin silver photographic print, mounted on the rear cover, dated to 1977. Photograph size: 162 mm × 226 mm. Limited edition booklet of the Czech artist, Milan Kní?ák (b. 1940), with the typescript of two texts from the artist and a vintage gelatin silver print of his 1977 performance. The booklet was created on the occasion of the 1987 solo show of Kní?ák that took place in the Galeria Potocka in Krakow, Poland. The booklet includes two texts from him, titled Operacje matematyczne (Mathematical Operations) and Wymuszone symbiozy (Enforced Symbioses). The latter can be read as a description of his eponymous 1977 performance of which there is a vintage, black and white photograph in the booklet. Milan Kní?ák is a Czech performance artist, musician, and art theoretician who was a key figure in the development of action art and performance art in Prague in the 1960s. Kní?ák is regarded as one of the most important artists of the Fluxus movement in Eastern Europe. He was appointed as the director of "Fluxus East" by George Maciunas (1931-1978), the founder and coordinator of the Fluxus. A selection of Kní?ák’s works, including a copy of the photograph in this booklet is being held in the collection of Museum of Modern Art, New York. Galeria Potocka was a progressive contemporary art gallery in Krakow, that operated between 1986 and 2010. It was founded by the Polish critic, curator, art theoretician and author, Maria Anna Potocka (b.1950) who was also the founder of the first private gallery in communist Poland, the Galerii PI. Covers somewhat sunned, with two barely noticeable stains on the front. With a line on title page in red marker, presumably on purpose. ‘Styczen" stamped on title page. In fine condition. Signed, numbered (one of 100 copies). 210 mm × 300 mm. The publication includes a double-sided typescript from Kní?ák in Polish, and a vintage, black and white gelatin silver photographic print, mounted on the rear cover, dated to 1977. Photograph size: 162 mm × 226 mm Handmade, stapled publication with a stamp of the artist’s name and the gallery on the cover.
Balatonboglári Kápolnatárlat 1971. M?termkiállítás VII. 1971- július 15-22-ig. [Exhibition at the Balatonboglár Chapel 1971. Studio Exhibition VII. 15-22 July 1971.]

Balatonboglári Kápolnatárlat 1971. M?termkiállítás VII. 1971- július 15-22-ig. [Exhibition at the Balatonboglár Chapel 1971. Studio Exhibition VII. 15-22 July 1971.]

Galántai, György; et al. First edition. One folded page. With 10 black-and-white reproductions. (4) p. Catalogue of the 1971 exhibition of the Hungarian Neo-Avant-garde group, the artists of the Balatonboglár Chapel Studio. Illustrated with the reproduction of a work by each exhibiting artists. The exhibiting artists of the VII Studio exhibition were György Galántai, István Haász, Ildikó Várnagy, Rafael Ábrahám, Vilma Somlai, Ferenc Banga, András Miklós Sáros, Róbert Swierkiewicz, Árpád Szabados and Béla Szeift. The Chapel Studio in Balatonboglár was organised and ran by the Hungarian Neo-Avant-garde and Fluxus artist, György Galántai (b. 1941). In 1968 Galántai contracted with the parish church of Balatonboglár to lease the chapel for art purposes and transformed it into a summer studio and an alternative art institute. Between 1970 and 1973, 35 exhibitions, concerts, theatrical performances, and film showings were held in in the chapel, featuring the best of Hungary’s avant-garde artists as well as guest artists from abroad, making the Chapel Studio one of the most important centers of progressive art of the ’70s in Hungary. The activity of the Studio was considered politically undesirable by the Communist leadership and it was eventually closed by the police in 1973. Slightly yellowed due to acidic paper. Very slightly chipped at two points at the right edge. Overall in fine condition. One folded page. With 10 black-and-white reproductions
Film und Funk. Sozialistischer Kulturtag in Frankfurt am Main. 28.-29. September 1929

Film und Funk. Sozialistischer Kulturtag in Frankfurt am Main. 28.-29. September 1929

First edition. In publisher’s illustrated, red wrappers, printed in black. Cover design by Lehnert. Modernist layout. 79, (5) p. . Booklet of the 1929 Socialist Culture Day in Frankfurt, a conference organised by the Socialist Cultural Association, a left-wing organization of the Weimar Republic. The topic of the conference was the film and radio with a special attention given to their social functions and their possible roles as vehicles of the socialist cultural movement. The booklet contains the transcripts of the lectures given at the conference: a lecture on the importance of film and radio for the working class by Heinrich Schulz (1872-1932), the leader of the Socialist Cultural Association ; a lecture on the technical and cultural possibilities of film, given by Siegfried Nestriepke (1872-1932), a social democratic journalist and theater director; the German-Israeli pianist and politician, Leo Kestenberg’s (1882-1962) lecture on sound film; a lecture on film music by the German-born composer, Klaus Pringsheim (1883-1972) and a lecture on theatre and broadcasting, given by Leopold Jessner (1878-1945) a Jewish-German producer and director of German Expressionist theater and cinema known for his 1921 silent film, Hintertreppe. Rear cover, and the last few pages slightly dog-eared. Pages slightly yellowed due to ageing. In fine condition. Cover design by Lehnert. Modernist layout First edition. In publisher’s illustrated, red wrappers, printed in black.
Skamander. Miesi?cznik poetycki. / Rok Dwunasty. Lipiec-Wrzesie? 1938. Tom Dwunasty. Zeszyt XCVI-XCVIII. [Skamander. Poetic Magazine. Year Twelve. July-September 1938. Volume Twelve. Issue XCVI-XCVIII.]

Skamander. Miesi?cznik poetycki. / Rok Dwunasty. Lipiec-Wrzesie? 1938. Tom Dwunasty. Zeszyt XCVI-XCVIII. [Skamander. Poetic Magazine. Year Twelve. July-September 1938. Volume Twelve. Issue XCVI-XCVIII.]

Schulz, Bruno; [Editor:] Grydzewski, Mieczys?aw First edition. In publisher’s illustrated wrappers. Cover design by Jadwiga H?adki-Wajwódowa. 2), (131)-192 p. . Issue 96-98 of the Polish literary magazine, Skamander, including Bruno Schulz’s essay on Witold Gombrowicz’s 1937 novel, Ferdydurke. Bruno Schulz (1892-1942) was a Polish-Jewish writer, literary critic and graphic artist who is regarded as one of the greatest Polish prosaists of the last century. His writings were regularly published in the magazine Skamander. This issue contains Schulz’s extensive essay on Witold Gombrowicz’s (1904-1969) first novel, Ferdydurke which was first published in 1938 with its cover designed by Schulz himself. Skamander, published in 1920 – 1928 and between 1935 and 1939, was the main organ of the eponymous Polish literary group, founded around 1916 by five Polish poet. The group, that got its name from the Greek mythological figure of Scamander. The Polish visual artist, illustrator and sculptor, Jadwiga H?adki-Wajwódowa (1904-1944) designed the covers of the magazine from its re-establishment in 1935. Cover slightly worn. Cover and first page dog-eared. Pages slightly yellowed due to ageing with light foxing here and there. In fine condition. In publisher’s illustrated wrappers. Cover design by Jadwiga H?adki-Wajwódowa
Relacion del primer descubrimiento del rio de las Amazonas

Relacion del primer descubrimiento del rio de las Amazonas, por otro nombre, del Marañon, hecho por la relígion de nuestro Padre San Francisco, por medio de los religiosos de la provincia de S. Francisco de Quito. Para informe de la Catolica Magestad del Rey Nuestro Señoe, y su Real Consejo de las Indias

Maldonado, José] First edition. Papered spine. 15 numbered leaves. Extremely scarce report on the first ‘entradas’ into the Amazon area, and the expedition of Pedro Teixeira, the first European to travel up the entire length of the river, and his return journey, accompanied by Cristóbal de Acuña. A highly important, contemporary document of the rivalry between the Franciscans and the Jesuits for the Amazon Valley. Borba de Moraes in Bibliographia Brasiliana states that the present work is "the only contemporary printed document to narrate the famous journey made by the Franciscans, Diego de Brieva and André de Toledo, who sailed down the Amazon River in October 1636, and arrived in Pará [Belém] in February 1637". He describes the document as of the greatest rarity, full of valuable information and great importance. Regarding the bibliographical information Moraes claims that the book was printed in Madrid to explain the Court the actions of the Franciscan Order and as such it lacks the imprint like all documents of this kind and points out that it was published after Cristóbal de Acuña’s 1641 report on Pedro Teixeira second expedition, because it is mentioned in its introduction. Relacion del primer descubrimiento de Rio de las Amazonas covers the first Franciscan endeavors to explore the Amazon between 1632 and 1639 and gives a detailed account of the ‘entradas’ of the Franciscan friars and lay brothers who were very active especially in exploring the upper reaches of the river. The book is divided into six parts, an introductory preface and five chapters matching the four entradas ("Descubrimientos"; f4r-12r) between 1632 and 1638 and the return-journey of Teixeira from Quito to Belém with Cristóbal de Acuña in 1639 ("Jornada"; f12v-15v). The preface ("Senor"; f2r-3v) was written in Quito and signed by José Maldonado (y Villamor or Villomar; born in Quito and died in Madrid in 1652) who at that time served as the Comisario General de las Indias of the Franciscan Order (Commissary General of the Indies). Maldonado claims that his writing is based upon the testimonies of reliable witnesses, and – later in the first chapter – he notes that his intention is not to give a detailed account of the Amazon River and its region, as such work has already been made by Cristóbal de Acuña (Nuevo Descubrimiento del Gran Rio de las Amazonas. Madrid, 1641; Sabin 150). The first two chapters report about the travels and the missionary activities of the Franciscans in the upper reaches of the Amazon between 1632 and 1635, the third describes Domingo de Brieva and Andrés de Toledo’s successful journey down to Belém, to the river month in 1636-1637, and the last two chapters discuss the journeys of the Portuguese Pedro Teixeira, the first European to travel up the entire length of the Amazon up to Quito in 1637-1638, which is also known as the fist entrada from east to west, and his return journey accompanied by the Spanish Jesuit, Cristóbal de Acuña in 1639. These five chapters are the only printed, contemporary account of the Franciscan missions. The text names the participants (certainly including the adventurous lay brothers Domingo de Brieva, Pedro Pecador and Andrés de Toledo), gives the numbers of the accompanying soldiers, translators and slaves, describes the territories which the Franciscan brothers reached and evidently reports about their successes – measured foremost in the number of baptized and converted Indians, and the towns the missionaries found (like San Diego de Alcalá de los Encabadellados) – and also their failures (flights and injuries or death of the friars among or often by the Indians). The readers are informed about the first successful attempt to reach Quito via the Ríó Napo by Pedro Pecador (part of the second entrada;f8r). Furthermore the adventurous journey of Domingo de Brieva and Andrés de Toledo down the great river system until Grão-Pará (Belém) and from there to São Luís do Maranhão (part of the third entrada;f10r), where the latter was sent back to Spain to report the importance of the Amazon route they explored, while de Brieva accompanied Pedro Teixeira expedition back to Quito on the river (fourth entrada or "Descubrimiento Quarto"; f10r-12r). The report concludes with the account of Teixeira’s return journey from Quito to Grão-Pará ("Jornada"; f12v-15v), accompanied with the Spanish Jesuit, Cristóbal de Acuña, whose famous report on this journey and his scientific observations was published in 1641. This chapter – besides recounting the expedition itself and praising Diego de Brieva’s deeds, who not just participated in the journey but continued his way to Lisbon – strongly emphasize the importance of the Franciscan and Portuguese achievements in the exploration of the Amazon River, and corroborates it by recalling that Rio Napo was renamed to Rio de San Francisco, and newly discovered rivers, places, even people were named to commemorate the Franciscan Order and the Portuguese. Extremely scarce document. Although Moraes refers to a copy in the New York Public Library we could not find any copies in American institutional holdings. Two copies we found are held in Spain (Universidad de Salamanca), and in the UK (BL). A third one is referred in Palau and Moreno Garbayo, Madrid, however, there is no known surviving copy, and IB assumes it to be a bibliographical ghost. The only sale record we could trace is in Hiersman’s Catalogue 572, February 1927 (referred by Moraes). Ref.: Moraes II. p. 511; Biblioteca Amazonas, V. p. IV. BL-copy: IB, no. 47710, Palau, no. 147685; Moreno Garbayo, Madrid, no. 2464; Vindel. vol. 8, no. 2471 Salamanca-copy: IB, no. 47708; Palau, no. 258112; Moreno Garbayo, Madrid, no. 1731 Ghost-copy: IB, no. 47709; Palau, no. 258212; Moreno Garbayo, Madrid, no. 2209 Bibl.: Castelo, H. R.: Letras de la Audiencia de Quito, período jesuítico. Caracas: Biblioteca Ayacucho, 1984. pp. XXVI-XXXI; 41-44.; Goodman, E. J.: The Explorers of South America. New York, London: The
Illustrator's Dummy of:] Arba'ah Teyashim. [Four Billy Goats.]

Illustrator’s Dummy of:] Arba’ah Teyashim. [Four Billy Goats.]

Kahana, Uriel; [Lissitzky, El]; Raskin, Benzion Original book dummy. Designed and illustrated by Uriel Kahana. Cover design attributed to El Lissitzky. Illustrations and text-bands (the earlier typewritten ones overlaid by print-proofs) are mounted on the pages. With corrections, notes and other signs in black and red pencil. Together with two red-and-black proofs of the front cover design. With ten extra copies of illustrations (clipped), and one leaf with proofs of the signet of Tsil Tslil (the series of the publisher, in which the book appeared). The last leaf of the printed book is omitted from the dummy. Book dummy for the Hebrew children’s book, the Four Billy Goats, illustrated by Uriel Kahana, the cover design is attributed to El Lissitzky. This book dummy of Arba’ah Teyashim, the Four Billy Goats, was created by Uriel Kahana the illustrator and typographer of the book. The drawings are identical to the printed version, the text arrangement slightly differs from it. The illustrations are reminiscent of Chagall’s and Ryback’s works, and also Lissitzky’s drawings for his renowned books Had Gadya (1919) and Yingl tsingl khvat (1922), or the 1919 Der Ber whose text was also written by Benzion Raskin. Twenty mounted illustrations, animals and city landscapes are presented in the maquette. The signet and a smaller city landscape from the printed book’s title and last pages are presented separately, together with extra copies of eight of the illustrations. The collection includes a sheet with five print proofs of the signet of Tarbut’s book series "Tsil Tslil", which was also designed by Kahana. The cover of the publication (two proofs of it included), an arrangement of Hebrew letters as architectural elements in a dynamic design, printed in red and black, is attributed to El Lissitzky and it mirrors his contemporary Proun typography. One of the earliest works of Uriel Kahana (1903-1965) the Ukrainian-born Jewish graphic artist, and architect. Kahana, after receiving a traditional Jewish education, studied art, architecture, and design. His family moved to Warsaw in the early 1920s, where Uriel joined the association of the local Jewish graphic artists. While in Warsaw, through Tarbut, a network and movement of secular, Zionist, Hebrew-language educational institutions in Poland, he got a commission to design the present children’s book. From the mid-1920s until 1933 Kahana studied architecture in Rome, Prague, and London. After some years working in the UK, he settled down in Palestine and started to work at Erich Mendelsohn’s office in Jerusalem, and in 1938 he opened his own architect’s office in Tel Aviv. As an architect, he worked throughout Europe as well as in Palestine, and he also remained active as a graphic artist. Kahana died in Tel Aviv in 1965. The Lissitzky-attributed cover design is included in the collections of MoMA and the Getty Research Institute and referred to it – besides many later art historians – by Jan Tschichold in his 1932 article on Lissitzky (in Imprimatur III, p. 112). Ref.: MoMA 563.1977; Getty Russian Modernism 452 Bibl.: Tschichold, J.: Über El Lissitzky. In: Imprimatur III. Ein Jahrbuch für Bücherfreunde. Gesellschaft der Bücherfreunde zu Hamburg, 1932. pp. 97-112.; Woodruff, D.; Grubi?i?, L.: Russian Modernism: The Collections of the Getty Research Institute for the History of Art and the Humanities, I. Santa Monica: Getty Research Institute for the History of Art and the Humanities, 1997. p. 96. Some of the mounted text-bands are creased (those not pasted, kept separately). Leaves are chipped at edges. Paper yellowed due to aging. Slightly dusted and stained because of the glue used to paste the illustrations and the text-bands. Overall in good condition. Designed and illustrated by Uriel Kahana. Cover design attributed to El Lissitzky. Illustrations and text-bands (the earlier typewritten ones overlaid by print-proofs) are mounted on the pages. With corrections, notes and other signs in black and red pencil. Together with two red-and-black proofs of the front cover design. With ten extra copies of illustrations (clipped), and one leaf with proofs of the signet of Tsil Tslil (the series of the publisher, in which the book appeared). The last leaf of the printed book is omitted from the dummy
L'état présent de la puissance Ottomane

L’état présent de la puissance Ottomane, Avec les causes de son Accroissement, & celles de sa Décadence. Dedié à son Altesse Serenissime Monseigneur le Grand Duc de Toscane. [.]

La Croix, Édouard de] Du Vignau, sieur des Joanots First edition. In contemporary leather. Spine with five raised bands, compartments gilt, titled. Tinted edges. Bookplate and shelfmark on inner front panel. A different possessor’s inscription on flyleaf. Ownership stamp on title page. (30), 370, (4) p. [Complete.]. First edition of Du Vignau’s important work dealing with the decline of the Ottoman Empire. L’état présent de la puissance Ottomane was written after the unsuccessful siege of Vienna by the Ottomans in 1683 and the following withdrawal. It deals with the possible reasons led to the decline of the Ottoman Empire and provides an overview of the period Ottoman power. The book gained interest throughout Europe, and in the subsequent year a second edition was printed in the Hague and an English translation was also published. A year after the present work Du Vignau published another book Le Sécretaire turc. "In both works, he described himself as a former secretary at the French embassy in Istanbul, the ‘secrétaire-interprète’ to the King’s fleet in the Mediterranean, and even a godson to Louis XVI. None of these claims appear to be true." (Ghobrial, 2013) Sieur des Joanots Du Vignau was a pseudonym invented by Édouard de La Croix who was indeed a secretary in the French embassy in Istanbul between 1670 and 1680 and again between 1685-1686. La Croix published his Mémoires in 1684 and four other books between 1686 and his death in 1704, among them Le Sécretaire turc and the present book. "The reason for his having used a pseudonym remains unclear. Interestingly, the two titles published under the name Du Vignau [.], are the only books written by La Croix that were not dedicated to Louis XVI, but instead to the Grand Duke of Tuscany, an indication perhaps of his attempts to cultivate a new patron in the person of Cosimo III de’ Medici." (Ghobrial, 2013) Scarce, we could trace only 3 copies in institutional holdings (BL; BnF; Bibliothèque municipale de Lyon). Provenance: Bookplate: "De la bibliothèque du Comte Nicolas d’Eszterhazy"; ownershipinscription in ink: "Clements[?]". Bibl.: Ghobrial, J-P.: The Whispers of Cities: Information Flows in Istanbul, London, and Paris in the Age of William Trumball. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013. pp. 1-7. Spine with worm traces. Corners slightly bumped. Inside clean with occasional stains throughout. Overall in very good condition. In contemporary leather. Spine with five raised bands, compartments gilt, titled. Tinted edges. Bookplate and shelfmark on inner front panel. A different possessor’s inscription on flyleaf. Ownership stamp on title page
Curiositez de la nature et de l'art

Curiositez de la nature et de l’art, aportées dans deux Voyages des Indes; l’un aux Indes d’Occident en 1698. & 1699. & l’autre aux Indes d’Orient en 1701. & 1702. Avec une relation abregée de ces deux Voyages

Biron, Claude]; [Vallemont, abbé de (Pierre Le Lorrain)] First edition. In contemporary calf. Panels with gilt frames. Spine with five raised bands, the compartment richly gilt with floral motives, and titled. Marbled edges, and endpapers. A copy of the variant with no author’s name on title page. Ownership stamp on title page "Bibliothéque d’Eugène de Froberville". 12mo, signatures: ã8, ?4, ?4, A-2A8/4 (ã1 verso, 2A4 blank); [6], xxiii, [3], [1]-282, [6] p. and [8] engraved plates (one folded). [Signature L bound into twice.]. Scarce late 17th-century travelogue of the West and East Indies. Claude Biron’s scarce and interesting travel narrative and collection of curiosities. A rich collection of information about the natural history of the Indies gathered personally on his two voyages. In the West Indies, he visited Cayenne, Martinique, and Guadeloupe. Illustrated with seven engraved plates of plants and animals, as well as a folded portrait of Confucius. Provenance: The French ethnographer, explorer and geographer Eugène de Froberville’s (1790-1871) ownership stamp on title page. Sabin 5582. Occasional light brown spots, otherwise clean. Overall in very good condition. In contemporary calf. Panels with gilt frames. Spine with five raised bands, the compartment richly gilt with floral motives, and titled. Marbled edges, and endpapers. A copy of the variant with no author’s name on title page. Ownership stamp on title page "Bibliothéque d’Eugène de Froberville"
Tomo primero de la conveniencia de las dos Monarquias Catolicas

Tomo primero de la conveniencia de las dos Monarquias Catolicas, la de la Iglesia Romana y la del Imperio Español, y defensa de la Precedencia de los Reyes Catolicos de España a todos los Reyes del Mundo. Al gloriosisimo Filipo Ermenegildo nuestro señor Emperador de las Españas, y Señor de la maior Monarquia que antenido los hombres desde la creación hasta el Siglo presente. Autor el Maestro fr: Juan de la Puente, de la orden de Predicadores, Chronista de la Mag.d Catolica, Calificador dela Inquisicion y Prior de S.to Tomas de Madrid

Puente, Juan de la First edition. First volume, no more published. our books, divided into two parts, each with distinct pagination. In contemporary limp vellum. Tinted edges. Spine lettered in ink. Edges tinted. Engraved title page. Woodcut head and tail pieces, and initials. Text in two columns, with printed annotations. Text area and text columns ruled. 1612. 6º: [ ]6, ?6, ??4, A-Z6, Aa-Hh6, a-z6, aa-gg6 ([ ]1v, [ ]6, ?2v, ?3v, Zz6v, dd3v, gg6v blank); 371, 371 p. (some mispaginated). Rare Spanish historical and political work with references to Mexico and Brazil. Written by Juan de la Puente (15?-1629) the Spanish Dominican dean, mythographer, treatise writer, President of the Council of Castile and the Chancillería de Valladolid, chronicler of Philip III. In this extraordinary work, whose title and frontispiece encapsulate the notion of the superiority of Spain to all other countries, he demonstrates the apostolic founding of the Spanish Church and its equality with its Roman counterpart. He surmised that St Thomas may have visited the Americas and preached the gospel in Mexico also in Brazil, although without leaving much evidence of any survival of Christian beliefs among the natives of those countries. He supported Gregorio García’s theory that the American Indians descended from the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel and "declared that ‘natural love which a man has for his country is born in the stars which engender us and preserve us in our first years’. It was this emphasis on the power of the stars which led him to insert the notorious oft-cited note: ‘the heavens of America induce inconstancy, lasciviousness, and lies: vices characteristic of the Indians and which the constellations make characteristic of the Spaniards who are born and bred there’. Here was an affirmation against which creole patriots were to rage for more than a century but which was destined to enjoy wide circulation." (Brading 1993, pp. 200) The entire work was planned to be consist of three tomes, however, only the present first volume was published. Palau 74250; Not in Sabin Bibl.: Brading, D. A.: The First America: The Spanish Monarchy, Creole Patriots and the Liberal State 1492-1866. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1993. Binding dusted, stained. Later shelfmark vignette on spine. Endpapers with wormholes and stains. Inside clean. Overall in very good condition. our books, divided into two parts, each with distinct pagination. In contemporary limp vellum. Tinted edges. Spine lettered in ink. Edges tinted. Engraved title page. Woodcut head and tail pieces, and initials. Text in two columns, with printed annotations. Text area and text columns ruled First edition. First volume, no more published.
Uti emlékezetek Amerikából. Írta Rosti Pál. [Travel Memories from America. Written by Pál Rosti.]

Uti emlékezetek Amerikából. Írta Rosti Pál. [Travel Memories from America. Written by Pál Rosti.]

Rosti, Pál First edition. In publisher’s illustrated blue wrappers. Illustrated with 15 lithographic plates protected by tracing paper, including 2 colour, mounted lithographs, 1 plates with two engravings, and 25 woodcut text illustrations, one full page. Lithographs made by Gustav Klette after Rosti’s photographs. Untrimmed as published. (8), 198, (2) p., and 16 plates; 1, errata tipped in at end of text. Extremely scarce, nineteenth-century travelogue of the Americas by the Hungarian naturalist and photography pioneer, Pál Rosti. "One of the most fascinating and beautiful travel books of the time". (Venkovits, 2010.) Pál Rosti (1830-1874) set out to explore and photograph the Americas in 1856, after studying natural sciences in Munich, as well as photography from Gustav Le Gray (1820-1884) in Paris. Following a seven-months-journey around the United States, he had been travelling through Central and South America for two years, following the footsteps of the German polymath, Alexander von Humboldt. During his travels in 1857-1859, Rosti photographed the plantations, towns and landmarks of Cuba, Venezuela and Mexico. His photographs include the earliest appearances of the industrial landscape in Mexican photography and are regarded as the first to depict the landscapes and distinctive features of Venezuela and Mexico with the aim of producing a scientific record. Rosti made the first known photographic views of the ruins of Xochicalco (see p. 189.). Rosti published his memoirs in the present, 1861 book, in which he gives a detailed description of the landscape, climate, flora, industry, society and architecture of the countries he visited. He reported about slavery in accordance with the abolitionist ideas of the time and dedicated entire chapters to the free blacks and the different ethnicities of Havana. He also gives an account of Los Llanos, and the coffee and banana plantations in Venezuela, the Indians and the jungles of Mexico, as well as the politics, architecture, and the Creole and Mestizo population of Mexico City. The book is richly illustrated with lithographs based on Rosti’s original photographs, rendered by Gustav Klette [aka. Gusztáv Kelety, (1834-1902)]. Since it was impossible to capture moving subjects with the wax paper negative technology that Rosti learned from Le Gray, there were no people on his images, thus Klette supplemented the lithographic reproductions with human figures, based on Casimiro Castro’s (1826-1889) México y sus alrededores. The book also contains two engravings by Johann Moritz Rugendas (1802-1859), the German painter who visited Latin America influenced by Humboldt, and numerous woodcut text illustrations. While still in Paris after returning to Europe, Rosti compiled an album of his Latin American photographs, of which five copies are known to survive in European museums and libraries. On his way back to Hungary, he stopped in Berlin and visited Alexander von Humboldt in the Tegel Palace to report about his travels and gave him a copy of his album, which today can be found in the Deutsches Museum in Munich. He also donated a copy of the album to the Hungarian National Museum and gave a one to each of his three sisters. In Hungary, Rosti played an active role in the academic circles. After publishing his memoir in 1961, he was accepted as a member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. His book was later published in Spanish (Caracas, 1968-1969) and in English (San Francisco, 1998) too. Bibl.: Debroise, Olivier: Mexican Suite: A History of Photography in Mexico. Texas: University of Texas Press, 2001, p. 79.; Papp, Júlia: Az ötödik album – Rosti Pál (1830-1874) Fényképi Gy?jteményének újabb példánya. In: Fotóm?vészet 2008/2 LI. évfolyam. 2. szám; Venkovits, Balázs: Writing with Devotion, Drawing with Light: Images of the Americas in Nineteenth-Century Travelogues. In: Moroz, Grzegorz; Sztachelska, Jolanta: Metamorphoses of Travel Writing: Across Theories, Genres, Centuries and Literary Traditions. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2010. pp. 104-112. Cover and the first three leaves artistically restored. Leaves of the first quire with small damage at the lower corners. Overall in fine condition. In publisher’s illustrated blue wrappers. Illustrated with 15 lithographic plates protected by tracing paper, including 2 colour, mounted lithographs, 1 plates with two engravings, and 25 woodcut text illustrations, one full page. Lithographs made by Gustav Klette after Rosti’s photographs. Untrimmed as published
Papal brief

Papal brief, signed by Pietro Bembo, the secretary to Leo X.

Bembo, Pietro; Leo X. Manuscript document on paper, 1518. Only the second half of the document. 13 lines, chancery script, probably written by Ludovico degli Arrighi. Signed by Pietro Bembo as Papal Secretary. Two lines filled by a different hand. With the residue of the papal red wax seal and cord. Papal brief, signed by Pietro Bembo, mentions Carlos I of Spain (later Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor). With the signature of Pietro Bembo, the papal secretary, cardinal and scholar, librarian of St. Mark’s in Venice, and friend of Aldus Manutius. By the time Bembo had a firm position in the papal court, his reputation as a poet was well established by De Aetna and Gli Asolani, published by Aldus in 1495 and 1505. He became appointed by Leo X to the Latin secretary of the Papal court in 1513, and soon became known as the leading advocate of Ciceronian Latin in Europe and of the Tuscan dialect within Italy. The document was probably written by Ludovico degli Arrighi who served as a papal scribe at the time, known for his influential pamphlet on the italic script known as chancery cursive. Water stain to the left edge, and upper right corner. Chipped at sides. Manuscript document on paper, 1518. Only the second half of the document. 13 lines, chancery script, probably written by Ludovico degli Arrighi. Signed by Pietro Bembo as Papal Secretary. Two lines filled by a different hand. With the residue of the papal red wax seal and cord