2726 - 3272 OLD AND RARE BOOKS
- A few scattered library stamps. Binding sl. rubbed; paper shelf ticket on frontcover and at foot of spine.
= The Obschij Gerbovnik was established by imperial decree under tsar Paul I in January 1797 and by August 1816, nine parts had been compiled and approved by the Russian monarch. It appeared in printed form between 1803-1809 (part 1-4) and 1836-1840 (part 5-9) in an edition of 600 copies. Parts 10-20 were compiled and approved in 1836 (10) and 1857-1917 (11-20) and printed in one single copy only, which are now kept at the Russian Historical State Archive in St. Petersburg. Massive genealogical work on the Russian aristocracy with fine engravings. SEE ILLUSTRATION PLATE CL.
- Vol. 2 only; lacks 1 plate and 1 text leaf; engr. title and first textpage remargined; 2 fold. maps frayed/ creased in outer margin/ on fold; most textpages fingersoiled/ sl. stained, mainly in blank margins; occas. pencil marks/ annots. in blank margin of textpages. Binding sl. worn.
= Strangely, this work is rarely found complete in two volumes. Tiele 1224: "Ook deze tweede druk is zeldzaam (...)". Tiele calls for "8 afz. kaarten, 17 afz. platen waarbij 2 afb. van letterschrift en 15 koperpl. in den tekst. Sommige platen die in de 1e uitg. op 4to bl. waren ingevoegd zijn hier afzonderlijk of 2 bijeen op fol. bl. afgedrukt, sommige in den tekst opgenomen." Apparently this copy contains some of the plates that were used in the first privately pubblished edition of 1692. SEE ILLUSTRATION PLATE CLI.
- Sl. (finger)soiled; a few lvs. sl. frayed; remnants of paper on pastedowns. Boards duststained; paper over spine partly worn away.
- Lacks the frontisp. portrait as often; title-p. loose and w. heavily crossed-out owner's entry, the ink having caused holes which are closed w. piece of paper on verso. Ticket on sl. soiled spine.
= Contains i.a. correspondence with Van Beverwijck, Cats and Huygens. Willems 649, note; Rahir 2060.
- Lacks the plate w. Lusitania; occas. trifle foxed; (sl.) yellowed/ browned; hinges weak. Spine wormholed (foot of spine worse); joints split at foot of spine; vellum chafed.
= Rare. This work appeared only one year before Portugal gained its independence from Spain. In it Caramuel defends the Spanish rights and the legitimacy of the Spanish claim to the Portuguese throne. The portraits are mostly drawn by Quellinus and engraved by Galle. Alden/ Landis 639/30.
- Lacks the general view of Gibraltar; all maps and views w. small (1x larger) tear in inner margin; upper hinge almost broken. Spine yellowed.
= Contains a general map of the Iberian peninsula, a chart of part of the western Iberian coast incl. Gibraltar and Lisbon, 2 views of Lisbon after the earthquake of 1755 and a plate of the inquisition at work.
- Browned; wormholed in lower inner margin throughout. Lacks leather and clasps; both joints broken but holding.
- Lacks the 4 pages at the end with laudatory poems; (vaguely) waterstained in inner margin throughout.
= Kat. Orn. Berl. 2967; Lipperheide Sd 31; Landwehr 287; Vinet 642; Lotz, Feuerwerk p.105.
- Htitle of vol.I sl. soiled; occas. trifle foxed. First vol. foot of spine sl. wormholed; all vols,. leather sl. worn and sl. dried. Otherwise fine.
= Sabin 91077; Cat. NHSM, p. 282; Van Doorne/ Van Kempen 6455; Rouffaer/ Muller p.625; Tiele 1046; Muller 1489. The first Dutch edition, rarely found complete and in contemp. bindings. SEE ILLUSTRATION PLATE CLI.
- Fold. plate doubled; title-p. finger- and dustsoiled; occas. sl. (damp)stained in outer margin. Otherwise a fine copy.
= Provenance: contemp. owner's entry on title-p.: "[...?] de neuville" and (in the same hand) several annots. in text/ in margins; the name of "Guilelmus Sylvius" is written in fine early 17th cent. script on two pages (on verso title-p. and on f.190, and is also mentioned on verso of the final leaf in the following 4 lines: "Sol clarus vivis/ Carolus Sylvius/ vigil meus illusus/ guilelmus silvius". Brunet V, p.629f; Gay I, p.397ff: "On sait que cet ouvrage est un livre didactique, instructif et, pour ainsi dire, classique du genre facétieux; manuel de quolibets, de coq-à-l'âne, de pointes, de mauvaises plaisanteries, en un mot. (...) Au fond, c'est simplement un traité poétique en prose, avec de nombreux examples de toutes les formes poétiques de son temps, aujourd'hui fort veillies." More positively, it is a rich collection of tales, witticisms, and miscellaneous observations. On the binder Victor Champs (1844-1912), see Fléty p.41: "(...) Ses reliures pour bibliophiles sont recherchées par les collectionneurs, pour la bonne tenue de leurs corps d'ouvrage et le fini du travail (...)." SEE ILLUSTRATION PLATE CLII.
- Waterstained in three corners and inner margin throughout, occas. (sl.) affecting the images (engr. general title worse); otherwise some sl. spotting/ staining/ soiling; last plate doubled, closing tear in inner margin (touching image); first divis. title w. small tear in inner margin and three plates w. marginal tear (sl.) affecting image; one plate loose; engr. heraldic bookplate on upper pastedown w. name erased. Binding worn, paper over covers dam.
= Kat. Orn. Berlin 1673. SEE ILLUSTRATION PLATE CLII.
- Boards sl. worn. = On needle-making. From Déscriptions des Arts et Métiers.
- Pastedowns partly darkened. = Willems 1556; Rahir 1694.
- All soiled; some with lvs. missing. All bindings worn. The lot sold w.a.f.
- Bookblock loose; a few lvs. sl. frayed and waterstained; sl. soiled; endpapers dam. Vellum soiled. Sold w.a.f.
- Both parts yellowed/ sl. browned; a few scattered foxed spots; erased stamp on title-p. (affecting the title of the second work) and crossed out shelf no. on verso title-p.; traces of red ticket at foot of spine.
= Two very rare treatises on tobacco and on the ancient medical concoction known as "theriac". The first title is present in the first edition of the French translation by Jacques Veyras. Arents 148: "The Tabacologiae consolidated much of the information (some of it inaccurate) provided by Liébault, Monardes, Gohory (....) and others. The long list of authorities cited indicates that the author made an intensive study of his subject, but his literary and scientific nourishment (common to his age) was derived chiefly from Hippocrates, Plato, Aristotle, and Galen. (...) The philosopher-doctor was opposed, as usual, to the use of tobacco except medicinally. On the subject of his therapeutic value he often became rhapsodic. (...) The little that is new in this treatise is of very definite value in the history of tobacco, and that little is rendered more impressive by the novel and accurate illustrations which decorate the work. Among them are the earliest representations known to us of American natives engaged in cultivating and curing tobacco, of curious pipes, and of the kalian of Persia." SEE ILLUSTRATION PLATE CLIII. The second treatise, written by L. CATELAN and probably first published in 1607 as "Démonstrations publiques des ingrédients de la Thériaque", was the first public demonstration of the making of theriac, a potent medicine for all sorts of diseases. Its ingredients were shrouded in secrecy for the public until Catelan demonstrated how it was made. Ferchl p. 88f.
- Old owner's entry on title-p.; engr. title w. tear in the platemark; four plates loose but fine; untrimmed copy, all lvs. (sl.) frayed and/ or trifle darkened along edges.
= Rare first and only edition of a treatise on tobacco. Arents II, 414: "The original intention of the author was to refute Van Peima [Tabacologica] chapter by chapter, but he decided to write as a naturalist and treat particularly of the tobacco plant. All the elements or factors which affect plants are explained or discussed: the movements of celestial bodies, climate, parthenogenesis, etc. An account of the origin of tobacco, its nomenclature, species and varieties, physical characteristics, cultivation, preparation, curing, chemical composition (of tobacco and other plants), comparative medicinal values, etc., etc. are all fully given in separate chapters". Not in Nissen, BBI nor Pritzel. SEE ILLUSTRATION PLATE CLIII.
- Occas. trifle foxed; vol. 2 partly waterst. in lower blank corner; both vols. 2 library stamps on title-p. Bindings sl. rubbed. Joints splitting, Otherwise a fine large paper copy.
= Blackmer 762; Lipperheide Lb31; Colas 1348; Cohen/ De Ricci p.465. "His [Guer's] Turkish work is of considerable interest for its plates, which were engraved by Duflos after designs by Boucher and Hallé and which consist of views and scenes illustrating Turkish characters and costumes. They also include a folding double-page panorama of Constantinople. These plates are particularly charming" (Blackmer catalogue).
- Contents occas. yellowed/ sl. foxed; owner's entry and stamp on first free endpaper. Backcover sl. stained.
= Contains profile views of Smyrna, Jerusalem and the pyramids at Gizeh and a nice plate depicting a sailing vessel ("Galliot van den Groten Heer").