2640 - 3410 OLD AND RARE BOOKS
- Pagination erratic, but complete (second part skips page number 209-280); libr. stamp on first blank and title-p. Upper hinge starting; vellum sl. soiled. Otherwise fine.
- Sl. yellowed and foxed; bookplate (J.A. Dortmond) opposite title-p. Vague traces of sellotape on front- and backcover.
= Incl. 25 plates showing the letters of the Roman alphabet in upper and lower case. SEE ILLUSTRATION PLATE CLVI.
- First plate of vol. 2 w. large tear; a few plates w. unobtrusive additions in pen and ink; vol. 2 partly (vaguely) waterst.; both vols. w. bookplate (J.A. Dortmond) on verso frontwr. Wrappers creased and sl. stained.
= Bonacini 128.
- Lacks the engr. portrait and 8 plates. The publisher's address of Nicolas Langlois (contemp.) pasted over with a strip of paper containing the address of Pierre Drevet, this strip almost completely removed later on. Title-p., preface leaf and first plate w. repaired tear in lower (blank) margin (affecting the publ. address) and partly sl. browned/ soiled; title-p. also repaired tear in upper blank margin; the last five lvs. trifle foxed/ stained.
= The first plate bearing the title "L'Escriture financiere dans sa naïfveté". Bonacini 138. SEE ILLUSTRATION PLATE CLVI.
- Title cut out (image only) and laid down; first text lvs. creased and frayed; partly (vaguely) waterst.; sl. yellowed and fingersoiled; two plates margins cut short; bookplate (J.A. Dortmond) on upper pastedown. Binding sl. rubbed/ worn along extremities.
= Bonacini 157; Kat. Orn. Berlin 4871. SEE ILLUSTRATION PLATE XIV.
BOUND WITH: (Velde, J. van den). (Fondament-boeck, weaerinne de rechte maniere, om alderhande gheschriften grondich te leeren schryven). (Rott., J. van Waesberghe for the author, 1605), 22p., engr. portrait of the author and 38 plates.
- Lacks title; sl. creased/ yellowed and soiled; the plates from a different work by the same author.
- Spine-ends, corners and joints sl. dam./ worn.
= Gumuchian 5171; cf. Bonacini 223; this ed. not in Kat. Orn. Berl. and The Universal Penman. The first calligraphic plate reads: "Nouveaux exemplaires d'écriture d'une beauté singulier écrits par Estienne de Blegny, M(aîtr)e Ecrivain à Paris (...) et gravez par C.A. Beroy." The letterpress text mainly deals with French orthography, otherwise it instructs in good manners and arithmetic.
- Incl. nine smaller size mounted leaves; bookblock loose. Binding worn.
= Without title-p. as published. Very rare writing book. T. Croiset Van Uchelen, Vive la Plume p.53: "Bastiaan Boers (1650-1715) hield met zijn zoon Maarten (1683-1751) te Warmond een Franse school; zij brachten in eigen beheer een 37 bladen tellend exemplaarboek uit, waarvan ons vijf stuks bekend zijn - merkwaardigerwijs alle zonder titel!"
- Bookplate of J.A. Dortmond on first free endpaper. All lvs. browned
= Cf. Bonacini 354.
(Calligraphy album.) N.pl., p.publ., n.d. (18th cent.), 16 engr. lvs., bound together in later hcl. album, obl. 4to.
- Bookplate of J.A. Dortmond on first free endpaper. All lvs. doubled; 10 lvs. w. (sm.) tear, inkstained, sections cut away. Sold w.a.f.
- Waterstained and sl. browned/ foxed throughout; bookplate (J.A. Dortmond) and owner's stamp on upper pastedown. Binding worn along extremities.
= Very rare. Not in the usual reference works. Treats European, middle eastern and African scripts. SEE ILLUSTRATION PLATE CLVII.
- Lacks 2 lvs.; a few lvs. loose(ning); bookplate (J.A. Dortmond) on upper pastedown.
= Rümann 504; Lanckoronska/ Oehler I, 80; Faber du Faur 1854; Kat. Orn. Berl. 2340. Nice example of 18th cent. engr. calligraphy in an attractive binding.
- A few plates sl. browned and foxed; bookplate (J.A. Dortmond) on upper pastedown. Binding partly sl. discoloured.
= Bonacini 1310; Kat. Orn. Berl. 5247. SEE ILLUSTRATION PLATE CLVII.
- All fine.
= Nice writing manual. Bonacini 1322; cf. S. Morison, Calligraphy 1585-1885, no. 60: "Paillasson is considered one of the more important French calligraphers of the 18th century. His sixteen plates of specimens, giving the geometric proportions for the formation of the three types of script used in France (ronde, batarde and coulée), were included in the Diderot-d'Alembert Encyclopedia [where they were accompanied by 17 textpages] (...)."
- Title stained and fingersoiled; bookplate (J.A. Dortmond) on first free endpaper. Binding rather heavily rubbed and worn.
= Bonacini 1367; Kat. Orn. Berlin 4867. SEE ILLUSTRATION PLATE CLVIII.
- Contents loosening; bookplate (J.A. Dortmond) on verso frontcover. Backstrip worn away; traces of sellotape along spine; covers creased and sl. worn.
= Bonacini 1371; Cat. Fred. Muller 119. Warranted by the author.
- Two plates stained.
= A variant copy of IIa and IIb mentioned by Croiset van Uchelen, "The writing-master Ambrosius Perling (...)", in Quaerendo 26/3. Our copy has a different address, with the plates in a slightly different order. Kleerkoper/ Van Stockum refer obliquely to the Bloedstraat address of Van Broen in connection with the selling of Perling's calligraphed prints. Cf. Bonacini 1398 and 1399. Rare. SEE ILLUSTRATION PLATE CLVIII.
- Title sl. browned/ fingersoiled and margin restored (part of engraving neatly reproduced in pen and ink); occas. vaguely waterst. in blank margins; bookplate (J.A. Dortmond) on upper pastedown.
= Not in Bonacini. Rare. SEE ILLUSTRATION PLATE CLVII.
- A few lvs. (marginally) dampstained/ trifle foxed; hinges weak. Spine and corners sl. worn.
= Bonacini 1708.
- Several lvs. w. restored corners and margins; waterst. and browned/ fingersoiled (title to the first part worse); bookplate (J.A. Dortmond) on upper pastedown. Binding w. large piece of sellotape.
= Very difficult book to collate, as virtually all surviving copies have a different composition and a different number of plates. Bonacini 1931 (mentioning 27 plates for the Spieghel), 1933 (Thresor, 26 plates) and 1930 (Fondament-boeck, 16 plates); The Universal Penman 99 (55 plates); Marzoli p.156-158 (72 plates). The facsimile edition published 1969 reproduced 75 plates. One of the finest specimens of calligraphic art ever published in the Low Countries.
- Collation somewhat 'mixed up', but (more than) complete (all prelim./ privilege/ dedic. lvs. bound in part 1 before the engr. plates, the plates to part 1 and 2 bound in tandem in part 1, and p.1/2 of part 3 bound before title of part 3). Engr. title sl. browned/ foxed and restored along lower blank margin/ corner; portrait sl. foxed; three textlvs. w. restored upper outer corner/ outer blank margin; one textleaf (no. 4) w. mould-stains and restored spots in inner third part of leaf; some lvs. cut short, mainly in the third part and affecting the text on 2 lvs. (p.13/14 and 19/20 (p.19 upper text-line eliminated)); third part textlvs. sl. browned/ soiled and last leaf restored in upper mainly blank margin.
= The third, Blaeu, edition of what is seen as one of the finest specimens of calligraphic art ever published in the Low Countries. This rebound copy contains all possible extra engr. capital alphabet leaves, the extra "Figueren van alle de strecken" (also present in part 3 as full-p. ill.), the "Artificiosissimum Grammatices" leaf and the French "Denonce à ceux (...)" leaf as mentioned by Ton Croiset van Uchelen in Deliciae (Haarlem, 1984), and it contains all possible prelim./ privilege/ dedic. leaves (i.a. prelims. 1-6 to part 1 and 7-9 to part 2 in tandem) (whereas Croiset states that the Blaeu edition does not contain the prelim. lvs. to parts 1 and 2). Cf. Bonacini 1931 (mentioning 27 plates for the Spieghel), 1933 (Thresor, 26 plates) and 1930 (Fondament-boeck, 16 plates) (all 1st ed.); The Universal Penman 99 (55 plates); Sammlung Hauswedell 227 (1st ed.). The present copy has 57 plates (33 to part 1 and 24 to part 2), a portrait and to part 3: 1 full-p., 1 1/2-p. and 15 1/3-p. engr. ills. and 1 ill. w. woodcut elements. SEE ILLUSTRATION PLATE CLIX.
- Trifle/ sl. dustsoiled/ foxed/ stained; textlvs. browned; upper hinge strengthened w. new free endpaper; bookplate of J.A. Dortmond on upper pastedown. Binding worn along extremities.
= Page 24 of the Vorerinnerungen "Geschrieben Detmold den 20ten März 1780". Copies exist with 4+32 textp. and without address Duisburg, Helwing. A Nachtrag was published in 1784. Doede 208 (cf. note: copy Landesbibliothek Fulda); Bonacini (cf.) 2020-2021; Kat. Orn. Berlin 4923; Hauswedell 303. Rare. SEE ILLUSTRATION PLATE CLIX.