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Marcel, [Jean Joseph].

Published by Alexandria, Imprimerie orientale et française, an VI [1798]. (1798)

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Item Description: Alexandria, Imprimerie orientale et française, an VI [1798]., 1798. Small 4to. 16 pp. Modern brown half calf with red label to giltstamped spine, bound to style. The first book ever printed in Egypt, unquestionably the rarest and most important of the early books printed in the Middle East, published in the very year when modern printing was introduced to the Arab world. Only in October 1798 did J. J. Marcel arrive in Cairo with his employees and types to organize the Imprimerie Orientale. "The expedition of Napoleon Bonaparte to Egypt from 1798 until 1801 was a prelude to modernity. It was to change permanently the traditional Arab world [.] The French brought Arabic typography to Egypt, where it was practised under the supervision [.] of Jean Joseph Marcel [.]. Only a few days after the French troops landed [.] they set up the Imprimerie Orientale et Française there. It was an extraordinarily important turning point. For, leaving aside the Hebrew printing presses in Egypt of the 16th to the 18th centuries, until this date announcements and news adressed to Arabs there, as well as in other parts of the Arab-Islamic world, had been spread only in hand-writing or orally, by criers, preachers or storytellers" (Glass/Roper). - Slightly spotty in places, but well preserved. No copy in auction records or in libraries within the Arab world. Geiss, Imprimerie en Égypte, p. 146, no. 1. D. Glass/G. Roper, The Printing of Arabic Books in the Arab World, in: Middle Eastern Languages and the Print Revolution (Gutenberg Museum Mainz 2002), p. 177-225, at 182. Querard V, 506. Bigmore/Wyman, II, 22. Schnurrer (Bibliotheca Arabica) 140 note. OCLC 245958561. For the importance of the first modern printing press in the Arab world cf. also Albert Hourani, Arabic Thought in the Liberal Age 1798-1939 (Cambridge University Press 1983). Bookseller Inventory # 44376

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Alphabet arabe, turk et persan, à l'usage: MARCEL, Jean Joseph.

Item Description: Geiss, Imprimerie en Égypte, p. 146, no. 1; Glass & Roper, The Printing of Arabic Books in the Arab World, in: Middle Eastern Languages and the Print Revolution (2002), p. 177-225, at 182; Querard V, 506; Schnurrer 140 note. The first book ever printed in Egypt, unquestionably the rarest and most important of the early books printed in the Middle East, published in the very year when modern printing was introduced to the Arab world. Only in October 1798 did J. J. Marcel arrive in Cairo with his employees and types to organize the Imprimerie Orientale. "The expedition of Napoleon Bonaparte to Egypt from 1798 until 1801 was a prelude to modernity. It was to change permanently the traditional Arab world [.] The French brought Arabic typography to Egypt, where it was practised under the supervision [.] of Jean Joseph Marcel [.]. Only a few days after the French troops landed [.] they set up the Imprimerie Orientale et Française there. It was an extraordinarily important turning point. For, leaving aside the Hebrew printing presses in Egypt of the 16th to the 18th centuries, until this date announcements and news adressed to Arabs there, as well as in other parts of the Arab-Islamic world, had been spread only in hand-writing or orally, by criers, preachers or storytellers" (Glass/Roper). Slightly spotty in places, but well preserved. No copy in auction records or in libraries within the Arab world. Bookseller Inventory # GASCP2M2U73T

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Education, McGraw-Hill

Published by McGraw-Hill Inc.,US, U.S.A. (2010)

ISBN 10: 0076581055 ISBN 13: 9780076581054

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Item Description: McGraw-Hill Inc.,US, U.S.A., 2010. Card Set. Book Condition: New. 0076581055 New. DLM Early Childhood Express, Alphabet Wall Cards (Early Childhood Study) (Spanish Edition) (Spanish) By McGraw-Hill Education (Author) Product Details Series: Early Childhood Study Cards: 64 pages Publisher: McGraw-Hill Inc.,US (March 1, 2010) Language: Spanish ISBN-10: 0076581055 ISBN-13: Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.4 x 14 inches. Bookseller Inventory # Z0076581055ZN

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Architectural picture alphabet

Published by J. de Pian and L. Müller, Vienna (1842)

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Item Description: J. de Pian and L. Müller, Vienna, 1842. Pian, Jean Baptiste de (illustrator). Folio. 26ff. Twenty-six color lithographs after Jean Baptiste de Pian, printed and finished by hand by the noted Viennese lithographers Leopold Müller, Johann Höfelich, and M. R. Toma, each tipped into mounts and matted. Each plate in this series has a large letter of the alphabet fully incorporated as part of the internal decoration or architectural structure of various buildings, set in realistic landscapes. The buildings range from traditional European domestic architecture to exotic Babylonian and Egyptian temples, Moorish mosques, Indian porticoes adorned with stone elephants, and a Chinese palace. The illustrations directly reference many periods and styles of art and architecture, including the Classical, Baroque, Eclectic, Gothic, and Romantic movements. In his essay on Pian's alphabet, Dr. Anton Durstmüller notes that the letters also correspond with architectural elements in the scenes. In one illustration, the letter F forms the shape of a kitchen hearth, which is "Feuerstätte" in German. The illustrations are imaginative and nuanced, with attention to the finest architectural details. Jean Baptiste de Pian, also known as Giovanni Battista de Pian, belonged to a family of Italian artists who immigrated from Venice to Vienna in the late 18th century. Jean Baptiste's father and grandfather were both draughtsmen, painters, and engravers who also worked as set designers for the Imperial Court Theater of Vienna. This set is extremely rare; only one other copy has sold at auction in the last thirty-five years. A facsimile was published in Vienna in 1973, a copy of which accompanies this set. Housed in a blue board folding case. Some imprints slightly shaved, most lower imprints cropped, adhesion abrasion from old matting on a few images, minor marginal soiling, and scattered foxing. With the bookplate of Arthur and Charlotte Vershbow inside the front cover of the box. (Durstmüller, Ein Schmuckalphabet Aus Wien). Bookseller Inventory # 25299

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Ornamented Types. 'Twenty-Three Alphabets from the Foundry: Victorian Alphabet] Mosley,

Victorian Alphabet] Mosley, James (ed.)

Published by Ian Mortimer (1993)

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Item Description: Ian Mortimer, 1993. No Binding. Book Condition: Fine. The case measures 61 by 48 cm. Special set (only one). This copy provides the most beautiful printing on vellum of recent years; Unique example with eighteen large sheets of decorative alphabets printed on vellum. It is here divided into three volumes, housed in a strong case by Glen Bartley, past-president of Designer Bookbinders. The normal edition, printed by Ian Mortimer (I.M. Imprint) in 1993, was in two volumes, limited to two hundred copies for sale, the second volume consisting of these large and wonderfully decorative alphabets in various sizes. However, the present set has, uniquely, a third volume, consisting of eighteen superb alphabet-sheets printed - in several brilliant colours - on vellum. This is 'Set A'. (Set B contained fifteen vellum sheets; set C had four vellum sheets. Three other sets had one vellum sheet, printed in black. ) The A, B, and C were printed only one copy each. The survival in perfect condition of these amazing alphabets, engraved on box-wood during the early nineteenth century, among the archives of the Monotype Corporation in mid-twentieth century, was an important event. They are printed here from the original box-wood blocks. In the large case which holds these three volumes, Volume 1 is in its original black cloth boards; volumes 2 and 3, the alphabets on paper and on vellum, have been bound in limp vellum. All three volumes are together in their large box of black cloth over boards, with gold-on-black title label. Bookseller Inventory # KS11843

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Saint-Victor, Beauvalet de (Chevalier).

Published by (NP, ca. 1840). (1840)

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Item Description: (NP, ca. 1840)., 1840. 9 1/4 x 11 3/4. 120 pages. The album is comprised of 12 alphabets of 25 letters (there is no "W") on rectos of thick, smooth paper which was "made" by the artist. There are also a title page, an index, and 10 section titles preceding the ten major alphabets of ornamented initials. These are lettered in black & red and stencil-signed "par Beauvalet St. Victor." Saint-Victor's watercolored & gilded letters are his own creations, derived from Medieval sources. The letters are all majuscules (Onciales du 9e au 11e siecles, 12e siecle, 12e au 14e siecles; Gothiques Ornà es, Anglais Ornà es, Majuscules d'Eglise, d'Eglise Ornà e, Alphabet de Romain Droit Ornà et Ombrà , and -in a closing crescendo- Majuscules Choisies Ornà s 12e au 14e. Letters are variously one, two, or 4 to a page, separated by a gilt rules. The other 2 alphabets are single leaves of simple Lombardic caps in red and gold. Bound in full wine morocco, all edges gilt (upper joint lightly rubbed) in Medieval style, ca. 1896 for J. E. Woodhead. Fine, in felt-lined slipcase. Born in Paris in 1780, the artist described himself as a "Peintre Minerologiste brevetà " (a patented minerologist painter) in reference to the luminous pigments he invented. St.-Victor's technique may be even more important, as he appears to have been an early adopter of pochoir. His process-- aquarelle-miniatures-- St. Victor termed “veritablement unique dans son genre.” In his 1835 manual "Aquarelle-Miniature Perfectionnà e reflets mà tallique et chatoyans et peintre a l'huile sur velous en six leçons," the artist gives precise and detailed instructions for the tools needed: cutting implements, various brushes, colors, and paper prepared with a smooth vellum-like surface (instructions for this are included). Although painting with stencils was used in c19 decorative arts (theorem painting on velvet, for example), the process does not seem to have been employed to illustrate books. St. Victor was one of the first to use stencils for book illustration. His process was labor intensive, slow, and expensive. And it coincided with the rise of chromolithography.THE ONLY COPY LOCATED. Examples of Beauvalet de St. Victor's work are rare. They may all have been offered by subscription. His Vases Grecques et Étrusques illustrated from stencils and "peints d'apres sa nouvelle decouverte metallique, was issued in fascicules between 1837 and 1845. And they were expensive. His aquarelle-miniature text book was--10 francs for each of the 6 lessons. The Vases was 32 francs for each fascicule. Woodhead was a prominent c19 Chicago businessman. His name is stamped in gilt at base of spine; he has penciled his name in tiny letters and the date '96 at top corner of title page. Bookseller Inventory # 14275

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Volume 1: Railroad ABC; Farm Yard ABC;: CRANE, Walter

Item Description: London; Routledge, 1865-76, 1865. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. 37 titles in 3 bound volumes, 9.5 - 10.5 inches tall. An elegant yet simple 19th century half morocco by Antoine Chatelin with raised bands and gilt titles and top edges. Most of these titles are extremely scarce in this very fine condition, the early titles are almost unobtainable in any condition. The later titles which show Crane's freer hand and oriental influences are superb when seen in this state. I imagine these were perhaps from the Publisher's Paris office but there is no sign of previous ownership. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-1485353036600

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Item Description: Moscow, 1835. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. n/a. Please feel free to request a detailed description. Short description (computer translated from Russian into English): S-Pb Edition A.Smirdina 1835. 7 l. lit .c. Format 28,5h39,5 see. This book may be shipped internationally, delivery may take up to 45-60 days. Buyers are advised to contact us for details on delivery time frame before placing an order. We prefer payments via PayPal (credit cards are accepted by PayPal). SKUALB2076710898 Language: Russian (unless indicated otherwise by the description). Bookseller Inventory # ALB2076710898

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Item Description: Moscow, 1835. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. n/a. Please feel free to request a detailed description. Short description (computer translated from Russian into English): C-Petersburg Edition A.Smirdin 1835 7 l. lit.with. Format 285x39,5 cm. This book may be shipped internationally, delivery may take up to 45-60 days. Buyers are advised to contact us for details on delivery time frame before placing an order. We prefer payments via PayPal (credit cards are accepted by PayPal). SKUALB1720264497 Language: Russian (unless indicated otherwise by the description). Bookseller Inventory # ALB1720264497

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ABC. - Ein geschütteltes, geknütteltes Alphabet in: Felixmüller, Conrad (

Felixmüller, Conrad ( *1897 Dresden-1977 Berlin ); Felixmüller, Londa

Published by Selbstverlag, Dresden (1925)

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Item Description: Selbstverlag, Dresden, 1925. ( Vorzugsausgabe + Widmuingsexemplar ) Mit 16 ( davon 15 von Conrad Felixmüller handkolorierten ) Original-Holzschnitten auf Büttenpapier. Der miteingebundene Umschlag-Holzschnitt ist in rot und blau gedruckt. Im schlichten Leineneinband späterer Zeit, Quer4° ( 27,5 x 35,5 cm ). Die 15 Holzschnitte jeweils laut Widmungsvermerk von Conrad Felixmüller eigenhändig koloriert, der Titelumschlag in blau und rot gedruckt. Hier das Exemplar Nr. 17 einer Auflage von nur 100 nummerierten und signierten Exemplaren im Selbstverlag ( laut Impressum auf dem ersten kolorierten Holzschnitt ). Der erste kolorierte Holzschnitt von Felixmüller eigenhändig mit *17* nummeriert und mit *C.Felixmüller* signiert. Sämtliche Holzschnitte einschließlich dem gedruckten Umschlag-Holzschnitt auch im Druck mit *FM* monogrammiert. Der letzte Holzschnitt untenstehend mit eigenhändig in Tinte geschriebenem datiertem und signierten Widmungsvermerk Felixmüllers: *Eigenhändig coloriert für Dr. G.K:- Hambug - Tautenhain - Weihnachten 1951. Conrad Felixmüller, in herzlichster Dankbarkeit*. Eins von 250 (gesamt 350) Exemplaren auf Ingres Papier. Eines der nach Söhn vom Künstler eigenhändig kolorierten nur "etwa 10 Exemplare". Der erste kolorierte Holzschnitt mit Impressum mit gedrucktem Vermerk: "Unter meiner Aufsicht vom Oberdrucker Zielinski in der Firma F. Emil Boden Dresden im Dezember 1925 gedruckt". Schön koloriertes ABC-Buch mit Tier-, Zirkus-, Spiel- und Märchenszenen, bei dem Felixmüller ebenso wie die Autorin der Verse Londa Felixmüller das Kunststück vollbringen mussten, immer 2 aufeinanderfolgende Buchstaben des Alphabets in 1 Bild und 1 Zweizeiler zu bringen: z.B.: "Man kann die Clowns im Circus sehn, Wie sie auf einem Drahtseil stehn. / Ein Riese ist der Elefant. Der Fotograf knipst ihn gewandt. / Die Katze sieht zum Fenster raus, und Luca schneidet Bilder aus. / Zum Schlittenfahren stets bereit ist Titus voller Heiterkeit. ". ( Literatur: Söhn 348-363 (mit den Abbildungen aller Holzschnitte); Jentsch (Illustrierte Bücher des deutschen Expressionismus) 154 ); Ziersch, Bilderbuch, 182; Rifkind Coll. 617. ) Der Einband leicht fleckig, etwas angestaubt, der Vorderdeckel mit kleiner handschriftlicher Notiz *F* in oberer Ecke ( wohl für Felixmüller ), Bindung stärker gelockert. Innen wenige Blätter gering fleckig oder gering fingerfleckig, die kolorierten expressiven Holzschnitte farbfrisch erhalten, die Vorsatzblätter gering fleckig bzw. gering stockfleckig mit kleinen Randläsionen insbesondere zu den Ecken hin bzw. eselsohrig, der vordere Vorsatz mit altem Exlibris, die übrigen Blätter teils minimal fleckig zum Unterrand hin außerhalb der Darstellung. Insgesamt von guter, dekorativer Erhaltung. Provenienz: Alter Privatbesitz - überaus selten - ( Gewicht 500 Gramm ) ( Pic erhältlich // webimage available ). Bookseller Inventory # 13740

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Felixmüller, Conrad und Londa:

Published by Dresden, Selbstverlag, (1925)

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Item Description: Dresden, Selbstverlag, 1925. Zweifarbig gedruckter Holzschnitt-Titel und 15 eigenhändig kolorierte und signierte Holzschnitt-Tafeln von Conrad Felixmüller. Söhn 348-363. Pressler 25. Ziersch, Bilderbuch, 182. Rifkind Coll. 617. Jentsch 154. Pommeranz-Liedtke S. 180. Eines von 100 num. Exemplaren auf Bütten. Druckvermerk und sämtl. Holzschnitte vom Künstler signiert. Eines der wenigen Exemplare, die Felixmüller koloriert und auf jedem Blatt signiert hat. Unterhalb der letzten Darstellung mit eigh. Vermerk vom Künstler: "Eigenhändig coloriert - Conrad Felixmüller" (laut Söhn wurden nur etwa 10 Exemplare vom Künstler koloriert). Auf dem Titel- und dem Schlußblatt wird in Holzschnitt erläutert: "Für meine Kinder Luca und Titus und für die Kinder meiner Freunde gezeichnet und in Holz geschnitten . Unter meiner Aufsicht in der Firma F. Emil Boden Dresden im Dezember 1925 gedruckt." Schön koloriertes ABC-Buch mit Tier-, Zirkus-, Spiel- und Märchenszenen, bei dem Felixmüller ebenso wie die Autorin der Verse das Kunststück vollbringen mussten, immer 2 aufeinanderfolgende Buchstaben des Alphabets in 1 Bild und 1 Zweizeiler zu bringen: "Ein Riese ist der Elefant. Der Fotograf knipst ihn gewandt. - Die Katze sieht zum Fenster raus, und Luca schneidet Bilder aus". - 8 Bl. mit kl. Wasserfleck im oberen w. R., Vorsätze erneuert. - Insges. schönes und farbfrisches Exemplar, komplett signiert sehr selten. - Die angegebenen Versandkosten gelten für Bücher bis 1000 Gramm. Bücher über 1000 Gramm kosten nach Deutschland EUR 5,30, nach EU-Ausland EUR 14.-, für andere Länder bitte nachfragen. - Sprache: Deutsch Gewicht in Gramm: 550 27,5 x 35 cm. Halbpergamentband d. Z. mit vergold. Rückentitel. Bookseller Inventory # 16429

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PELIEU CLAUDE (1934-2002)

Published by Le Soleil Noir, Paris (1972)

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Item Description: Le Soleil Noir, Paris, 1972. Couverture souple. Book Condition: Neuf. Pas de jaquette. GUDMUNDUR ERRÓ (né en 1932) (illustrator). 19x14cm, 157p., broché, couverture illustrée. Un des 150 exemplaires de la série A Livre-Objet sur vélin d¿Arches qu¿illustrent douze événements collages d¿Erró, piégés par inclusion dans douze cubes mobiles coulés en polyester transparent. Numéro 102/150, (tirage réel effectué de 80 exemplaires). Ces douze cubes d¿illustration, qui, dans l¿espace permettent « une infinité ou presque » (6 millions de milliards) de lectures, sont intégrés dans une structure en acier chromé, qui contient le livre. Sur l¿un des cubes, l¿illustrateur a signé et numéroté à la pointe d¿acier. L'ensemble, mesurant 360x120x40mm, constitue un de ces objets pop-art associant avec succès humour, esprit et contemplation plastique dont seul l'éditeur François Di Dio connaissait la recette. Bibliographie : Multiples, Berlin N.B.K. p. 212, reproduit. Librairie Nicaise cat. 17, 1975, n°374, reproduit. Bibliothèque Nationale, « Le livre et l¿artiste », Paris 1977, n°112. « Le livre français à travers les siècles », Bordeaux 1979, n°249. BPI, Centre Pompidou, « Le Livre-Objet », 1979. Catalogue Lecointre-Ozanne 1991, p.32-33; Nîmes, Carré d¿Art 1993, p.90-91. Etat neuf, dans les emballages d'origine, complet du prospectus de montage. Bookseller Inventory # 100913

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Felixmüller, Londa und Conrad,

Published by Dresden, Selbstverlag, (1925)

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Item Description: Dresden, Selbstverlag, 1925. Rotblau gedruckter Holzschnitt-Titel und 15 vom Künstler eigenhändig kolorierte und signierte Holzschnitt-Tafeln Eines von nur 10 kolorierten Exemplaren aus der Vorzugsausgabe, in 100 nummerierten und signierten Exemplaren (siehe Söhn 348 M). - Originelles ABC-Buch, das für seine Kinder Luca und Titus und für die Kinder seiner Freunde gezeichnet und in Holz geschnitten wurde. Der letzte kolorierte Holzschnitt mit dem Impressum "Unter meiner Aufsicht vom Oberdrucker Zielinski in der Firma F. Emil Boden Dresden im Dezember 1925 gedruckt". Der erste kolorierte Holzschnitt von Felixmüller eigenhändig mit "71" nummeriert und mit "Conrad Felixmüller" signiert. Zusätzlich unten links bezeichnet "eigenhändig koloriert -" und rechts nochmals signiert. Alle 16 Blätter außerhalb des Bildrandes unten rechts mit "C. Felixmüller" signiert. Sehr schönes farbfrisches Exemplar mit einwandfreien Tafeln. Sprache: Deutsch Gewicht in Gramm: 0 Quer-4°, schlichter grün. Leinenband d. Z. Bookseller Inventory # 160472

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HEISLER (Jindrich).

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Item Description: Constitué par les clichés des 25 collages originaux contrecollés sur des feuilles de papier in-12, formant les lettres de l'alphabet et foliotés de A à Z (sauf le W), chacun de 14 cm de hauteur, sous emboîtage. Texte tapuscrit biographique sur Heisler joint avec quelques autographes. (M.41) Le chef-d'oeuvre de Jindrich Heisler (1914-1953) et sa dernière réalisation. Poète, peintre et photographe, Heisler adhère en 1938 au "Groupe des surréalistes en Tchécoslovaquie" dont Toyen (Maria Cerminova, 1902-1980) était membre. Pendant la guerre, il crée des collages à partir de photomontages et objets. "En 1943, il découvre une nouvelle technique qu'il appelle photogravure". Toyen et Heisler partent à Paris en 1947. "De 1948 à 1950, il devient membre du comité de rédaction et en même temps un des animateurs de la revue Néon, première revue surréaliste d'après guerre, dont il réalise la mise en page (Dictionnaire général du surréalisme). Quand Heisler meurt, début 1953, Breton lui rend hommage car il "a vécu intégralement pour le surréalisme". Dans Le Surréalisme et la peinture, Breton écrit : "Et aussi disparu (tout récemment, hélas !, celui que j'aimais entre tous, celui qui. fut ici la mieux ramifiée et la plus subtile articulation de l'activité surréaliste, mon très cher Jindrich Heisler.") (p. 209-210). En 1955, Breton utilise les lettres de l'alphabet de Heisler pour composer le mot "surréalisme" qui sert d'ouverture aux pages de documents de la réédition des Manifestes du surréalisme aux éditions du Sagitaire, dans une maquette de Pierre Faucheux, publiée simultanément en version reliée au Club français du livre (Faucheux. Le Magicien du livre, 1995, p. 209). On notera la différence de qualité et de finesse entre l'original sur papier brillant et la reproduction, en petit format, médiocre et fort sombre. Certaines lettres de cet alphabet surréaliste (A, D, E, H, I, O, T) ont été utilisées comme lettrines pour les chapitres du livre de Jennifer Mundy, Surrealism: desire unbound (2001). Leur reproduction est parfaite, quoique d'un format très réduit. Le catalogue Alphabets de l'exposition organisée par Massin au Musée-Galerie de la Seita en 1986 présentait cet ensemble (n° 201). Les gravures étaient alors contrecollées sur bois découpé. Tout en reprenant la technique du collage de gravures anciennes portée à la perfection par Max Ernst, Heisler lui donne une nouvelle dimension typographique, associant des éléments disparates afin de produire le choc surréaliste qui fait mouche à chaque fois, dont José Pierre dit qu'ils sont "d'une invention sans faille" (Le Surréalisme : dictionnaire de poche, 1966). Joint un exemplaire de Jindrich Heisler : Surrealism under Pressure, catalogue de l'exposition de 2012 à l'Art Institute of Chicago. N° 632 du catalogue Livres 1 de la vente André Breton (mentionnant par erreur 26 collages). Bookseller Inventory # 1329463

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Alphabet Gothique par Midolle

Published by N.p. (1845)

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Item Description: N.p., 1845. Midolle, Jean (illustrator). Octavo. (26)ff. A manuscript alphabet book of calligraphic paintings, signed by the artist, Jean Midolle. Includes an elaborately decorated title page, twenty-four letters, and "Fin." A renowned nineteenth-century Swiss calligrapher and miniature-painter, Midolle executed his alphabets in the gothic style of lettering to resemble the text of a medieval manuscript, and often heavily decorated his work. A leading figure in the field of chromolithography, Midolle also hand-colored his work in the fashion of the miniature paintings found in fifteenth-century French illuminated books. Entirely hand drawn, Alphabet Gothique is executed in such a style, with each extensively detailed letter rendered in bright colors that have retained their vibrancy to a remarkable degree. Multi-colored flowers, birds, and serpents are prevalent as compositional motifs, intertwined with the letters themselves. Bound in brown morocco with a cover design by noted American collector Cornelius Hauck. The design depicts an oak tree in brown and green morocco onlays. The tree is situated behind three arched and spired portals in gilt that suggest a cathedral. The spine also incorporates portions of the design. Gilt dentelles and silk endpapers complete this handsome binding, which is a fitting complement to the exquisite artwork inside. A.e.g. Fine. Bookseller Inventory # 20975

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SHAHN, BEN; BONET; BEN SHAHN; PAUL BONET

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Item Description: 1954. BOUND BY PAUL BONET SHAHN, Ben. The Alphabet of Creation: An Ancient Legend from the Zohar. Illustrated by Ben Shahn. 4to., 272 x 167 mm, bound by Paul Bonet in a full polished red and black calf binding with Hebraic-like alphabetic onlays on both covers, with matching chemise and slipcase; the original cloth binding bound-in. New York: Printed at the Spiral Press for Pantheon, 1954. A superb example of twentieth-century bookbinding from the greatest French practitioner of the art. Laid in are three autograph letters from Paul Bonet to the person who commissioned the binding, and a typed letter, signed from Ben Shahn concerning the book itself. One of 50 copies containing an original signed drawing by Shahn, of a total edition of 550 copies, with the colophon also signed by Shahn. The delicate calf chemise and slipcase are in near-fine condition. A Century of Artists Books, p. 109. Bookseller Inventory # 118572

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Item Description: Ensemble de deux ouvrages reliés en un volume in-4 (203x152 mm), vélin rigide de l'époque, dos lisse titré à la plume. Quatrième édition de 'l’Utopie' de Thomas More, la dernière parue du vivant de l'auteur et corrigée par ses soins. "La perfection du texte, le souci apporté aussi bien au contenu qu’à la présentation graphique et esthétique faite par Hans Holbein font de cette édition de l’Utopie l’un des plus beaux documents et des plus hauts monuments de la littérature et de la pensée moderne" (‘5e centenaire de la naissance de Thomas More. L'Utopie’, Catalogue de l'exposition bibliographique au Centre Culturel Portugais, Paris, Fondation Calouste Gulbenkian, 1977, n°4). La deuxième partie de l'ouvrage contient les ‘Épigrammes’ en seconde édition. L'illustration, entièrement gravée sur bois, se compose d'un bel encadrement d'Hans Holbein sur le titre, répété en tête de la préface, d'une carte à pleine page de l'île d'Utopie gravée par Ambrosius Holbein, d'une vignette à mi-page du même artiste représentant John Clement, Raphael Hythloday, Thomas More et Peter Gillis au début du texte, de grandes lettrines historiées par Urs Graf, Hans et Ambrosius Holbein, d'un second encadrement sur le titre intermédiaire des Épigrammes et de deux marques typographiques de Froben. On trouve aussi, en regard de la carte d'Utopie, une savoureuse représentation de l'alphabet utopien conçu par Pieter Gillis. La troisième partie de l'édition, contenant une réimpression des Épigrammes d'Érasme, n'a pas été reliée dans cet exemplaire. On a relié à la suite, en revanche, un intéressant recueil d'opuscules moraux à l'usage de la jeunesse publié par Érasme, en seconde édition. (Pour le premier: Gibson, 'Th. More', n°4. Adams, M-1756. Van der Hagen, III, 41. VD16, M-6300. Pour le second: Adams, C-1115. Van der Hagen, II, 15. VD16, C-1606). Ex-libris manuscrit de Stephanus Bertolini (?) et cachet d'inventaire au pied du titre. Reliure restaurée, gardes renouvelées, marge inférieure de la page de titre renforcée. Exemplaire bien conservé, très frais. Bookseller Inventory # 36263

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Du Royaume de Siam. Amsterdam, Abraham Wolfgang,: LOUBÈRE, Simon de

Item Description: STCN (6 copies); Walravens 92; cf. Lach & Van Kley III, pp. 1194-1196; Wyatt, "Introduction" in: A new historical relation of the Kingdom of Siam (1966). Second edition, published in the same years as the first, of a comprehensive work on the history of the kingdom of Siam, "Universally regarded as the finest work on seventeenth-century Thailand" (Wyatt). The French diplomat Simon de La Loubère (1642-1729) was appointed as Louis XIV's envoy extraordinary to the court of Siam, and while he stayed in Siam for only three months he diligently and systemically asked questions, "probably stimulated by the Jesuit scientists who accompanied the mission to take more than a passing interest in Siamese cosmology, astronomy, and mathematics" (Lach & Van Kley). Loubère compensated his short stay with a thorough study of earlier writers, referring to twenty-three European authors from Pinto to Gervaise in the first volume and collecting French translations of native works in the second. Besides presenting information on Siam itself, Loubère also incorporates information on India and China and their influence on Siam's past.With the armorial bookplate of Anton Ernst Burckhard van Birckenstein (active 1686-1744) on paste-down. Very good copy. Bookseller Inventory # 89QBOS08WBVR

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Benois, Alexandre

Published by Izdanie Ekspeditsii Zagotovleniia Gosudarstvennykh Bumag, St. Petersburg (1904)

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Item Description: Izdanie Ekspeditsii Zagotovleniia Gosudarstvennykh Bumag, St. Petersburg, 1904. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. Benois, Alexandre (illustrator). 1st Edition. Folio - 10-3/16" x 12-13/16". (Russian Interest) AZBUKA V KARTINAKH [ALPHABET IN PICTURES] by Alexandre Benois. St. Petersburg: Izdanie Ekspeditsii Zagotovleniia Gosudarstvennykh Bumag, 1904. First edition. Folio - 10-3/16" x 12-13/16". Cream cloth backed color pictorial paper-covered boards with the slightest of wear to the tips and two bumped corners to front board for what is a magnificent copy of the book. Name neatly written on FFE. [36] pp. Thirty four full page chromolithographic and letterpress illustrations, some highlighted in silver or gilt, all after Benois. This is an art nouveau alphabet book by one of the leaders of Russia's "World of Art" movement. The scenes illustrating each letter derive from Russian folklore, fairy tales, daily life and the Bible. This is one of the most beautiful alphabets ever produced. The condition of the book is NEAR FINE. RARE. Bookseller Inventory # 000446

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Item Description: Chicago, Illinois IL, 1900. Full-Leather. Book Condition: Very Fine. On offer is an absolutely remarkable handwritten manuscript work of tremendous depth, researched, written and compiled by John C.C. Clarke, A.M, titled "ALPHABETS OF THE WORLD." This book is his original unpublished manuscript and details the alphabets of the world from ancient times; Egyptian hieroglyphics, Egyptian hieratic, Egyptian Demotic, or Enchorial, Egyptian Comparative Tables, Coptic (Egyptian), Ancient Libyan, modern Libyan, Southern Arabic and so on. 479 pp but not all pages are full since Mr. Clarke left space between chapters and spare pages if he overwrote. The work is complete as per the author's handwritten notes. The author has signed the last page stating it is wholly executed and listing the sections of the book for which he claims originality. Scholars and historians of world languages will find this work priceless for its remarkable detail and depth. An added bonus is a wealth of ephemera being newspaper articles about the author and his work. As mentioned the author states "This book, on this date is wholly executed .Sep 21, 1900" as if in preparation for publishing [though it never was]. On the last page Mr. Clark provides a concise biography: he was born in Providence R.I. in 1833. He was a Phi Beta Kappa and got his A.B. and M.A. from the University of Rochester (1859, and 1866). He earned his doctorate in 1894 from Bellevue College of the University of Omaha. He was a professor at the University of Chicago from 1865 to 1867. He was a Professor of Greek, Modern Languages and Hebrew at various colleges - see photo. He was a pastor in Yonkers, NY, also Chicago and Cincinnati. He wrote three books - The Origin and Varieties of the Semitic Alphabet (Chicago, 1884, 20 pages of plates); Man and his Divine Father (Chicago 1900) and Revelation Rediscovered (Chicago 1905). There are many citations throughout this work which provide a valuable bibliography and footnotes. This large leather gilt edged and titled book is in MINT condition as it has been stored in cloth and boxed for nearly 110 years. Size: 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Autograph. Bookseller Inventory # 000705

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Item Description: Cf. Christie's London, 6 June 2000, lot 23, from the collection of William Foyle, lower left in illustration (horn-book with very similar alphabet leaf); no similar example in Tuer. A late 18th-century horn-book, probably made in the Netherlands or England, in the late 18th century. The only similar example we know was in the collection of William Foyle (1885-1963), described (incorrectly?) as having a manuscript alphabet leaf, and with no date proposed. It was not printed from the same block as the present example, but the lay-out and style of the lettering is nearly identical.The brown colouring of the letters and the yellow colouring of the paper is caused by the old varnish protecting the horn-plate. Original horn-books are extremely rare and much sought after, as no respectable collection of children's books can do without one. In very good condition, with a small hole drilled in the left side of the wooden backing and a few minor stains on the horn and paper. An 18th-century horn-book, remarkably well preserved. Bookseller Inventory # 33

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A Fowl Alphabet, Twenty-six Wood Engravings by: CHELONIIIDAE Press. -

CHELONIIIDAE Press. - Alan James ROBINSON

Published by Cheloniidae Press, [Easthampton, Massachusetts] (1986)

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Item Description: Cheloniidae Press, [Easthampton, Massachusetts], 1986. (8 ½ x 5 ½ inches). Bound volume: title printed in black with the word fowl lettered by hand, half title. Text and colophon/limitation leaf printed in brown and black. 26 wood-engraved plates of birds by Robinson, presented in alphabetical order according to their common name, each with their name and their scientific name added beneath in variously coloured inks in a fine calligraphic hand by Suzanne Moore, the letter of the alphabet added above each plate in manuscript by the same hand. Colophon/limitation leaf signed and numbered 'A/2' in pencil by Robinson; Chemise: an additional suite of the 26 wood-engraved plates, each signed and numbered 'A/2' in pencil; a set of 26 blind-stamped impressions of the line cut initials produced for the regular limited edition; 1 original pen, ink and watercolour drawing on vellum (sheet size: 5 ¼ x 5 ¼ inches) of the head of the Toucan; extra-illustrated with two copies of the original prospectus, one signed by Robinson. Bound volume: original limp vellum by Grey Parrot, the flat spine titled in gilt; Chemise: unbound (as issued) within original vellum-backed cloth-covered boards. Both volumes contained within a single vellum-backed cloth-covered box, the spine titled and dated in gilt with the Sea Turtle device at the foot of the spine One of five copies: the whole edition limited to 231 signed and numbered copies, including 31 "Full Vellum Edition" copies, this a "Full Vellum" example but one of the "five artists proofs" and numbered "A/2". The prospectus describes the "Full Vellum Edition" as having the "initial letter and the Latin and common names of the birds? hand lettered by Suzanne Moore. The book is bound [in] full bleached vellum by Gray Parrot. An extra suite of the 26 wood-engravings, a set of the alphabet blind-stamped and a drawing are laid in a chemise and housed in a quarter vellum tray-case." [with:] A boxed collection of three 'folders', containing a paste-up, original artwork, and a set of watercolour drawings, all relating to the production of 'A Fowl Alphabet', together with an explanatory 3pp. TLS from Robinson. [Easthampton and elsewhere: circa 1986]. The three 'folders' contained within a single cloth box, with a calligraphic manuscript title label inset on the spine [comprised of:] Alan James ROBINSON (designer, illustrator), and Harold Patrick McGRATH (printer). A full-size paste-up of 'A Fowl Alphabet'. [Easthampton and elsewhere:] "1986". 44pp. (8 ½ x 5 ½ inches): title and 3 preliminary pages with a mixture of pasted-on typeset words and manuscript notes; 8pp. introductory text composed from blocks of pasted-on typeset text with numerous manuscript notes; 1p. manuscript section title; 1p. blank; 27 pp., twenty-six of which have versions of the wood-engraved illustrations pasted-on with the initial letters penciled above (the final image with a proof of the line-cut initial pasted on), with the type-set (or in two cases manuscript) names of the birds below (the twenty-seventh page, between 'Y' and 'Z' is blank); 1p. blank; 1p. colophon/limitation with a block of pasted-on typeset text; 1p. final blank. + 1 second version of the title and the following three pages. Unbound within a cloth chemise. The "first complete paste-up of the book with notes and placements - a unique piece" (Robinson, letter) [and:] Alan James ROBINSON (illustrator), and Suzanne MOORE (calligrapher). A full set of original pencil drawings for "A Fowl Alphabet' with the manuscript calligraphy added. [Easthampton and elsewhere:] "1986". 27 leaves (8 ½ x 5 ½ inches): typeset title with the word 'fowl' added in a calligraphic hand; 26 leaves of thick 'papier d'arches' each with an original pencil drawing of a bird's head by Robinson, presented in alphabetical order according to their common name, each with this name and their scientific name added beneath in light brown coloured inks in a fine calligraphic hand by Suzanne Moore, the letter of the alphabet added above each plate in manuscript. Bookseller Inventory # 24057

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Item Description: S.l.s.d. (Anvers, Edition du Conservatoire de la Tradition populaire, 1901), ''Achevé. d'orner dessiner. et graver. le 2. d'octobre 1901 par Max. Elskamp. Imagier. à Anvers. Reliure plein veau glacé bleu, avec une décoration mosaiquée qui répète le dessin de la couverture, tr. sup. dorée, couverture conservée, avec étui. Edition originale entièrement xylographiée, tiré à 215 ex., un des 5 exemplaires sur Japon (N°1), un des deux ex. imprimés en noir jaune et bleu sur ce papier, les doubles ff. sont pliés à la japonaise. (Couverture sup. légèrement souillée, sinon en parfait état).Sadeleer, Cat. Raisonné n°24. Bookseller Inventory # 12524

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An English Alphabet, For the Use of: OMAI] SHARP, Granville

Item Description: Printed for J. Galabin, London, 1786. Octavo, 76 pp.; an untrimmed copy in quarter calf binding. Very rare English grammar which records the unique method used to teach English to Omai. The first Polynesian to visit Britain, Omai became an overnight sensation when he arrived in Portsmouth aboard Cook's Adventure on 14 July 1774. He was presented to the king, feted by Fanny Burney, approved by Samuel Johnson, entertained by Mrs Thrale and Lord Sandwich, painted by Sir Joshua Reynolds, and even his rapid mastery of ice skating was reported in the General Evening Post. But while Joseph Banks was happy to have Omai tour the celebrity circuit, other, more devout souls recognised his potential to spread the gospel in the Pacific and made particular efforts to improve his religious instruction at the same time as his elocution. William Ellis, himself a missionary, recounts in his Polynesian Researches of 1830 that 'Granville Sharp became acquainted with Mai [Omai], taught him the first principles of writing and, so far as his knowledge of our language allowed, endeavoured to pour light of divine truth into his ignorant and untutored mind. He made such progress in the use of letters, that on his voyage to the South Seas, while staying at the Cape of Good Hope, he wrote a letter to his friend Dr. Solander'.In February 1776 Granville Sharp approached Lord Sandwich, First Lord of the Admiralty, to gain permission to instruct Omai. The method he employed, published here as An English alphabet: for the use of foreigners, was based on his earlier work, A Short treatise on the English tongue, of 1767. The record shows that Sharp tutored Omai regularly for a month, but by 6 April Sharp wrote that 'Omai was so taken up with engagements that I could have no more opportunity of giving him lessons, which were but fifteen in all'. He had taught his pupil the use of English letters and made him sound 'every combination of vowels and consonants that letters are capable of'.Just over a decade after Omai returned to Huahine with Cook, Sharp published An English alphabet, probably in anticipation of a need for such a work in the spread of the gospel in the South Seas. A large portion of the book is devoted to rules for "The Lord's Prayer", the "Creed", the "Ten Commandments", and shorter prayers, all part of Sharp's 'instruction in the first principles of Christian religion'.In any case, it must have been produced in very small numbers, as today it is very scarce indeed. Searches of COPAC and ESTC have revealed only five copies in British libraries and a single copy in the United States (at Yale's Walpole Library). Alston VI, 502 adds a copy at Heidelberg University. Very good condition in modern binding. Bookseller Inventory # 3411401

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Ray, Man

Published by Copley Galleries, Beverly Hills, CA (1948)

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Item Description: Copley Galleries, Beverly Hills, CA, 1948. First Edition. First Edition. One of 500 copies issued. INSCRIBED by the author and artist on the front endpaper: "For Charlotte [Bebe] and Louis Barron. Cordially, Man Ray, Hollywood, 1949." An exceptional avant-garde association. Around this time the Barrons were beginning to experiment with committing electronic sounds as music to magnetic tape, and were ultimately not only pioneers in that field, but its inventors. One year after the date of this inscription, they would compose their first piece, "Heavenly Menagerie," and they would go on to produce the first electronic film score, for the seminal 1956 science fiction film, "Forbidden Planet" (credited as "tonalities" rather than "music" at the time, due to union rules). The Barrons' earliest compositions were slow and laborious, as their early work preceded the digital age, and involved building circuits and tape splicing to create even the smallest sequences of sound. In the decades that followed, electronic composition has become a worldwide phenomenon in every musical category. A tremendous association between pioneers in two major fields of twentieth century artistic endeavor. Bookseller Inventory # 119735

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ISBN 10: 184507825X ISBN 13: 9781845078256

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Item Description: Hardcover. Book Condition: As New. Bookseller Inventory # P-12-81

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Ted Harrison

Published by Tundra Books (1982)

ISBN 10: 088776133X ISBN 13: 9780887761331

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Item Description: Tundra Books, 1982. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX088776133X

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Dictionnaire de Chifres et de Lettres Ornees,: POUGET, Jean-Henri-Prosper (d.1769)

POUGET, Jean-Henri-Prosper (d.1769)

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Item Description: Tilliard, Paris, 1767. Small 4to. (9 3/4 x 7 1/4 inches). Half-title, double-page letterpress table. Engraved frontispiece, engraved dedication, 9 engraved plates of script, & 240 engraved plates of ornamental letters and cyphers (13 hand coloured). Late 19th century green crushed morocco, bound by Lortic Frères, spine with raised bands in six compartments, lettered in the second, the others with an overall repeat decoration in gilt, marbled endpapers, gilt edges Provenance: Baron Raimondo Franchetti (1889-1935, morocco booklabel) Very rare first edition of this monumental work on ornamental cyphers, monograms and alphabets, by a noted French jeweler and decorator. A beautifully engraved work, this copy is bound in a lovely binding for a noted collector. The first edition is very rare, with only a single example appearing in the auction records in the last quarter century. BMC 20:790.13; Brunet V:p.848; Bonacini 1466; Ornamentstichsammlung Berlin 5322. Bookseller Inventory # 29311

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VALERY (Paul).

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Item Description: Librairie Auguste Bl, Paris, 1976. In-8, plats et dos en polycarbonate, plats ornés d'un décor échevelé composé de filets courbes et désordonnés gravés plus ou moins en creux qui délimitent des surfaces peintes dans différents tons blancs, verts et jaunes; doublures en polycarbonate laqué noir, gardes de tissu brun foncé, couverture imprimée. Etui (Edgard Claes, 2007).Edition originale. Tirage limité à 180 exemplaires numérotés sur vélin d'Arches. Un des 150 exemplaires. Etonnante reliure de frère Edgard Claes, dont le décor évoque les mèches d'une chevelure. Bookseller Inventory # 38427

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Item Description: A Paris, de l'imprimerie de Pierre Didot l'aîné, l'An Viè de la République. 1795-1798., 1798. Trois volumes in-4°, portrait, LV, 176 pp., LIX planches numérotées et 5 planches non numérotées; frontispice, 256 pp., planches LX à CXIII (plus une planche XCVI bis et une XCVI ter), et 2 planches non numérotées; frontispice, 149 pp., 2 ff.n.ch., pp. (151) à 392, planches CXIV à CLIX, et 2 planches non numérotées. cartonnage de papier marbré rose, dos lisses avec étiquette manuscrite, non rogné (Reliure de l'époque). Ouvrage qui constitue l'étude la plus complète des antiquités égyptiennes avant la Description de l'Egypte. Frédéric-Louis Norden fut chargé en 1737, par le gouvernement danois d'explorer et de dessiner les monuments de la haute et de la basse Egypte. Il remonta le Nil jusqu'à la Nubie. La relation de ses explorations, accompagnée de ses dessins fut publiée pour la première fois en 1755 en deux volumes in-folio. Cette édition, augmentée par Langlois de nombreuses notes et descriptions très précises sur les pyramides et les inscriptions qui s'y trouvent, est en partie originale. Elle est illustrée de 170 planches gravées. Les dessins sont les mêmes que ceux de la première édition, mais ont été regravés dans le format in-4°. Superbe exemplaire, à l'état de neuf, presqu'entièrement non coupé, à toutes marges, imprimé sur un papier d'une blancheur immaculée, sans aucune rousseur. Le texte est imprimé sur papier vergé, et les planches, regroupées à la fin de chaque volume, sur papier vélin fort. Rarissime dans cette condition. Bookseller Inventory # 8980

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