2726 - 3272 OLD AND RARE BOOKS
- Trifle yellowed; results in contemp. pen and ink in blank margins.
= Pierre-Jean Mariette (1694-1774) was a well-known collector of and dealer in (mainly) French, Flemish and Italian old master prints. Cicognara 4462: "Questo è uno de' piu preziosi Cataloghi, poichè contiene l'elenco di preziosità scelte dal primo intelligente che la Francia abbia avuto in quelle materie".
- First part w. results in pen and ink; trifle foxed. Neatly rebacked.
= Second part titled Description sommaire des Pierres Gravées (...). Cicognara 4404.
- Sl. wrinkled; trifle foxed and yellowed.
= The very fine frontispiece depicting Basan in his cabinet. Describing 917 lots, with a biography of Basan and an artist-index. WITH loosely inserted: "Ordre de la vente de feu P.F. Basan père" (16p., without wr.). SEE ILLUSTRATION PLATE CXXVII.
- Title-p. stained/ soiled; portrait sl. foxed.
= For a thorough overview of the important collections of C. Ploos van Amstel on the basis of the auction catalogues of his estate, see at large T. Laurentius, J.W. Niemeijer and G. Ploos van Amstel, Cornelis Ploos van Amstel 1726-1798, kunstverzamelaar en prentuitgever (Assen, 1980, p.3-103, Ploos' verzamelingen). The present auction catalogue forms the first of 2 parts, describing the collection of drawings - which he himself considered his most important - from the possession of Ploos.
= Rare catalogue of an important collection.
= With results and names of buyers in contemp. pen and ink. Blogie p.64.
- Binding sl. worn along edges. = Interleaved w. results and names of buyer.
- Library stamp on first blank; collector's stamp (of Anatole Demidoff; Lugt 3669) on second blank. A very fine copy.
- Partly w. results in contemp. pen and ink in margins. Covers rubbed and sl. worn; paper over board frontcover partly torn off.
= The art collector Jan Lucas van der Dussen (1724-1773) resided at castle Groeneveld in Baarn.
- First few lvs. w. sm. marginal stain; sm. portion torn off from title, not affecting the image.
- Lacks 2 plates; plates partly loosely inserted.
= Tiele 5; Cat. NHSM I, p.107. Contains descriptions of i.a. the Moluccas, Sumatra and Ethiopia. Published as part of Pieter van der Aa's Naaukeurige versameling der gedenk-waardigste zee en land-reysen na Oost en West-Indië.
- Sl. frayed along edges; trifle foxed. = Very rare.
- Paper over spine worn/ frayed; lacks view of the citadel of Antwerp.
= Colophon of part 2 calls for 75 plates, but only lists 74, part 3 calls for 73 plates, but the list only contains 71 plates. With the plans and profiles of Antwerp and Brussels and many views of castles, nobles' houses, ruins and other important estates in the dukedom of Brabant.
- Fine copy apart from the following (restorable/ minor) defects: owner's stamp and library stamp on recto and verso of title-p.; large tear in view of the tower of Antwerp cathedral and in the plate of the Monumentum Engelberti opposite p.456; two parallel tears (without loss) in lower margin of bird's eye view of Turnhout (8 cm. each); first two plates sl. foxed; number in purple ink on second blank. Backstrip restored w. use of orig. backstrip; corners bumped.
= Bound with (at the end) the rare later published index and list of plates: "Tables alphabétiques pour servir à l'ouvrage du baron Le Roy (...)" (The Hague/ Brussels, J. Ermens, 1781). Bibl. Belgica III, p.831-838. SEE ILLUSTRATION PLATE CXXVII.
- Lacks at least one plate; frontisp. some false folds; some occas. sl. foxing. Rubbed/ sl. worn along extremities; frontcover light scratch.
= Interleaved copy (two lvs. between the plates) in an attractive binding. For the Cole engravings see Darlow/ Moule 839, note.
- Mediocre copy: a few leaves dam.; occas. frayed; sl. soiled/ foxed/ (dust)stained, mostly in margins; two leaves stained in text/ image; lacks free endpapers; spine and most corners dam.
- First few lvs. vaguely waterst. in blank outer margins; first and last lvs. trifle foxed; sm. library stamp on title-p. Spine sl. cracked.
= "In 1781 and succeeding years Christian VII. of Denmark despatched a small band of distinguished scholars to examine Biblical mss. in foreign libraries. On this errand A. Birch (afterwards a bishop of the Danish Lutheran Church) travelled through Italy and Germany; J. G. C. Adler studied at Rome and elsewhere; and D. G. Moldenhawer, accompanied by the famous Orientalist O. G. Tychsen, visited Spain. The combined results of their investigations were arranged, at the royal command and expense, by Birch, and published in this edition, which presents the text of Stephanus' folio Testament of 1550, with an apparatus of various readings collected by the editor and his associates (...) Only one quarto volume, containing the Gospels with some facsimiles, was published. A fire at the Royal Printing-House in 1795 destroyed the type, paper and unsold stock of the first volume, as well as part of the material for the second. Birch collected and published what survived in two octavo volumes (...) in 1798 and 1800" (Darlow/ Moule). Darlow/ Moule 4769. Rare.
- Vol. I contents partly loose/ frayed/ waterstained; both vols. occas. with annots. in red pencil. Vellum vol. I soiled.
= Darlow/ Moule 5141; Fürst II, p.235.
- Illegible contemp. owner's entry on title-p.; a few undisturbing later annots. in pen. Calf sl. affected by acidity of mottled spots.
= A fine copy of this rare pocket bible (only one copy in JAP 1990-1918). Delaveau/ Hillard 4429 ("Suit l'éd. d'Anvers, Joannes Steelsius, 1546"); BM, STC 30; not in the other usual ref. works. SEE ILLUSTRATION PLATE CXXVII.
- Lacks 12 prelim. lvs. (present are the general title and a leaf w. ills. showing the six days of Creation), half of the map of the Holy Land, and of the New Testament leaf P/ p.LXXXVII and the last 10 textlvs. (P8 and Q1-8/ p.XCIII-CII); lacks the top parts of the general title and the prelim. leaf w. six ills. (these two lvs. repaired w. 20th cent. paper); quire 'a', 'b', 'c' and New Testament 'N' and 'P' bound erroneously; two lvs. of quire 'a' lacking part of upper outer corner; partly (sl.) waterstained in upper outer corner and lower margin/ corner, otherwise contents rather fine.
= One of the rarest Dutch 16th cent. bibles. Poortman I, p.92ff; Darlow/ Moule 3282 note and 3285 (ed. 1542 w. the same collation as our ed.). The title-pages contain a compartment with Martin de Keyser's initials, but Poortman states that the woodcuts in the New Testament are not by De Keyser but by an anonymous artist. On verso of the leaf w. the six creation-ills. an interesting late-17th cent. annot. in pen and ink reporting, in English and in Dutch (the Dutch cut short), an earthquake occurred "the 18 of September 1692 betuixt at 2 aclock or ther by ther wes gret erth quak at Rotterdam (...) all the peepell in a great fear that the heall peepell it they thought that the heall toun [..? Dutch: "onderste bove beve zou"] (...) Robert Stal[...?]." This earthquake, with its epicentre at Verviers, Belgium was one of the severest in European history. SEE ILLUSTRATION PLATE CXXVIII.