2896 - 3632 OLD AND RARE BOOKS
- Fine. = Cohen/ De Ricci 331; Sander 558; Deusch, Kat.Fürstenberg 17b.
= Very rare series of woodcuts of dwarfs, each with a Dutch caption above the woodcut and a 4-line Dutch verse below the woodcut, each 6x6 cm. Only one copy in the NCC. KVCS p.370: "Dit almanakbijwerkje met vijftien illustraties bevat 14 dwergen met allitererende namen als Siewert Spits van Spitsbergen, Lubbert Likgraag van Likhuizen (...). De vijftiende afbeelding (Leepe Levi van Leipzig) stelt een venter voor. De tekst bij de afbeeldingen en op de pagina ernaast in de almanak verschilt van die op de prenten." SEE ILLUSTRATION PLATE CXLI.
LOOSELY INSERTED IN: d'Erve Stigters Enkhuyser Almanach, Op 't Jaar onses Heeren Jesu Christi, 1785. Amst., Erven Wed. C. Stichter, (1784), (54) lvs., 5 diff. woodcut title-vignettes and ills., 7 full-p. woodcut ills. of professions, contemp. limp vellum wallet binding with woodcut decoration printed in red on both covers (the coat of arms of MUIDEN on back cover), 12mo.
- Contents partly loose and occas. sl. fingersoiled in margins.
= Cf. The Children's World of Learning 2514 (other years); cf. Waller 68-69. Rare.
- Lacks title-p. Joints splitting.
= Cioranescu 45696/ 45631. Palgrave III, p.870 passim (under physiocrats): "Always in strict collaboration with the master [Quesnay], Mirabeau wrote a treatise on one of the major economic problems of the time: the reform of the fiscal system. The Théorie de l'impôt appeared in 1760 and presented one of the Physiocrats' most famous proposals: the single tax on rent. Fiscal reform must abolish all taxes and duties which are levied either on the peasants or on their products. This tax burden is one of the main reasons why cultivation cannot become profitable. The financial needs of the Kingdom must be met by a single general tax, which has to be paid in proportion to the net product of agriculture. (...) Thus, only the surplus is really disposable for taxation, because it does not affect reproduction of output."
- Waterst. in upper margin almost throughout. = Nijhoff/ Van Hattum p.27.
- Lacks the col. frontisp. to the first plate vol. of the Antiquités and without 4 later published text vols.: vol. 9 ("Antiquités - Mémoires et Descriptions") and vol. 22-24 ("Histoire Naturelle - Zoologie"); all text vols. sl. foxed; occas. sl. dogeared at beginning and end (incl. wrappers); first text vol. occas. marking/ underlining in red pencil. Wrappers of vol. 10 darkened; frontwr. of vol. 1 one sm. hole (also present in first few leaves) and 1 indented spot. Maps and plates in plate vols. occas. sl./ trifle foxed in blank margin, but generally in fine condition; topographical atlas vol. several maps w. repaired hole in blank margin. Mor. letterpieces on spines of plate vols. partly worn/ dam.
= Collation of plate vols. as follows:
1. Atlas vol.: letterpress title, engr. title, engr. "tableau d'assemblage", engr. "caractères topographiques" and 50 (double-p.) engr. maps;
2. Antiquités (5 vols.): engr. dedic. plate and 419 (fold.) double-p./ single-p. maps and plates;
3. État moderne (2 vols.): 170 (fold.) double-p./ single-p. maps and plates;
4. Histoire naturelle (2 parts in 3 vols.): 256 (fold.) double-p./ single-p. maps and plates (incl. the following 10 plates: "Médaille Égyptienne", "Médailles trouvées en Syrie", "Inscription intermédiaire de la Pierre de Rosette" (8 sheets with 16 numbered plates) and "Tableau synoptique des constellations (...)" w. letterpress "Description du tableau").
In the course of 1798, Napoléon convinced the "Directoire" that it would be better to aim at conquering Egypte rather than attacking Great Britain and swiftly (and secretly) began his preparations for this expedition. In a very short time he had organized his forces (200 ships and roughly 35.000 troups) and, importantly because it was the guise that kept his military intents secret, a commission of scientists and numerous accompanying artists and technicians. They sailed off to their destination in May 1798. After having conquered the island of Malta within ten days, Napoleon succesfully deluded the English into believing that his intent was to sail on to Turkey. He first landed in Alexandria, where his troups disembarked, and after having conquered Alexandria, marched on to Cairo. The scientists and other members of the scientific commission remained on board and eventually reached Cairo via the Nile. There their scientific work gained momentum, despite several severe setbacks (i.a. loss of valuable scientific instruments) and, although many of the troops and artists, technicians and scientists did not survive the Egyptian campaign, the results of their immense and deeply impressive research reached France in 1801, where it took over 300 men 18 years of work to create this invaluable and beautifully executed work, which formed the basis of all subsequent research in the 19th century on the history of Egypt. The first edition was published between 1809-1822, the second edition followed in its footsteps between 1820-1829. De Meulenaer p.66f; Blackmer 526 note; cf. Atabey 343 (ed. 1809-1828); Navari 476. SEE ILLUSTRATIONS PLATE CXLII.
- Plan w. sm. tear near fold. Top of spine vol. II dam. and upper joint splitting; both vols. extremities binding rubbed w. a few worn spots.
= Cox I, p.235 (Engl. ed. 1788); Blackmer Coll. 1748 (ed. 1799); Blackmer (sale) 1067. "Volney's popular and highly-regarded work was the result of three years' travel, a good deal of which time was spent in Cairo (...) It constitutes the best exposé of Ottoman Egypt at the end of the 18th century." (Blackmer Collection). "One of the most exact and valuable works of the kind ever published" (Cox).
- A few lvs. fore-edge margin unobtrusively waterst. Corners showing; spine worn.
= Buisman, p.93.
- Lacks 1 leaf w. 2 ills. (p.95/96; supplied in neat reproduction); some occas. vague staining (2 lvs. w. darker brown inkstain), a few sm. marginal tears and 1 central tear; title-p. cut sl. short in outer margin, sl. affecting the woodcut border; old owner's entries on (verso of) title-p. Chintz wr. w. some neat repairs.
= One of the most complete Latin editions of Alciatus' Emblemata. Alciatus wrote the emblems as epigrams for his humanist friends and sent a selection of them to his friend Peutinger at the court of Emperor Maximilian I of Habsburg. They were first published under the title Emblemata by Steyner at Augsburg in 1531 without Alciatus' consent. The Emblemata of Alciatus is regarded as the first emblematic book ever and according to Mortimer "set the standard for the popular field of emblem literature". Rare. Adams/ Rawles/ Saunders F 031; Landwehr 52; Praz p.250; Baudrier X, p.221 and cf IX, p.187f. SEE ILLUSTRATION PLATE CXL.
- Yellowed/ occas. sl. browned; old. annots. on title-p.; lower hinge weak; bookblock sl. warped. Vellum sl. stained; backstrip creased.
= This edition not in Landwehr.
- Marginal waterst. on htitle; occas. trifle dustsoiled. Vellum trifle warped.
= Landwehr 86; Praz p.288; De Vries 115; Meertens, Letterkundig leven in Zeeland p.308-310; Hollstein, Van de Venne 22-64. The first edition of one of the finest Dutch emblemata. SEE ILLUSTRATION PLATE CXLII.
- Rebacked copy. A few lvs. partly browned; occas. sl. foxed. Covers worn. = Praz p.326.
- Old owner's entries/ annots. on title-p.; partly waterst. in lower inner corner; occas. sl. foxed/ browned or fingersoiled; hinges sl. weak. Vellum sl. duststained.
= Praz p.366; Landwehr 297; De Vries 33.
- Engr. title-p. sl. dam. in lower right corner, sl. worn in upper right corner and laid down; most leaves restored in lower blank corners, the restorations touching the border of the plate in a few instances (1x closed tear into blank border of plate); one plate sm. worn spot in image; one plate tiny hole in inner border line; two plates sm. hole in outer blank margin; two plates trimmed to the outer border line at fore edge; occas. sl. foxed/ sl. soiled (1x soiled); all leaves set on later stubbs.
= The extremely rare first edition of one the pinnacles in the genre of amorous emblemata, which consists of two parts: a series of 30 emblematic engravings with mottoes in Dutch, Latin and French in the margins of the engravings and with distichs in these three languages opposite the images and (from p.73 onwards) a collection of sonnets and songs. It is not certain who the artist was who created the beautiful engravings, some say Simon Frisius, Praz points to Serwouters and Landwehr identifies him tentatively as Le Blon (and attributes the title-p. to P. Serwouters). Hollstein (Frisius) 38 (title-p. only, with mention of Serwouters as possible alternative); Hollstein (Serwouters) 59 (attributing all 30 plates to Serwouters, but explicitly not the title-p.), but Hollstein not listing these emblems under C. le Blon. Landwehr 320; Praz p.371; Leendertz 17: "Van de andere gedichten,48 in getal, zijn er 45 hier voor het eerst gedrukt. Niet minder dan 21 heeft Hooft later niet willen herdrukken." SEE ILLUSTRATION PLATE CXLIII.
- Lacks the portrait; occas. sl. soiled.
= With prize to "Jan Stuurman" bound with, presented by the Vereenigde Doopsgezinde Gemeente te Westzaandam on the 25 February 1770. Cf. Landwehr 331.
- Lacks the title-p.; occas. sl. soiled. Binding sl. rubbed.
= Praz p.373. Landwehr 334 (erroneously 150 emblems). First edition. Contains the same engravings as "Synryke Fabulen" by P. de la Court.
- Sl. browned
= Klaversma/ Hannema 1735, 723 and 719; Van Eeghen/ Van der Kellen 165, 465 and 352; Landwehr 376, (2nd work not listed) and 365.
- Lacks the printed title; a few (restored) tears in blank margin; second part bound in the middle of the first part. Upper joint splitting; binding trifle rubbed along extremities.
= Landwehr 424: "editio princeps and the only edition in the 4-to format"; Praz 389; Scheurleer p.47. SEE ILLUSTRATION PLATE CXLII.
- First part lacks printed title; soiled copy; general title dam. in corners and outer margin; three textleaves dam. in margins; second engr. title loose and sl. dam.; one leaf at the end misbound; occas. frayed. Vellum worn and soiled. Sold w.a.f.
= Landwehr 426; Praz 390 (note); Scheurleer p.47. Very rare.
- Contents loose(ning) and occas. badly torn/ dam.; trifle waterst. Backstrip and spine-ends worn/ dam. along extremities.
= Landwehr 454; De Vries 43.
- Lacks 5 textlvs. w. 2 emblems (p.1-2 and 149-156); title loose(ning); partly yellowed and fingersoiled; lower pastedown loosening. Vellum sl. darkened and stained.
= Landwehr 548; Praz p.404.