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  • BELISAIRE. Par M. Marmontel, de l'Académie Françoise by MARMONTEL, Jean-Francois, 1723-99
    MARMONTEL, Jean-Francois, 1723-99
    BELISAIRE. Par M. Marmontel, de l'Académie Françoise

    Amsterdam: Aux Depens de la Compagnie, 1767. Early printing, same year as the first. Small octavo (17 cm), untrimmed, in later quarter tan calf and marbled boards spine with raised bands, gilt title. pp viii, (190), [2, blank]. Tanning to the page edges, creases to one leaf near middle; else fine externally and internally. Contains an author preface. Pages 1-149 contain the novel BÉLISIARE, which is based on the life of the Byzantine general Flavius Belisarius; pages 151-89 contain his "Fragmens de philosophie morale"'; the last page contains"Vers sur la condemnation de Bélisaire projettée en Sorbonne". The famous plea for religious tolerance in Chapter XV brought on the condemnation of the Sorbonne and the Archbishop of Paris, all but…

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    Amsterdam: Aux Depens de la Compagnie, 1767. Early printing, same year as the first. Small octavo (17 cm), untrimmed, in later quarter tan calf and marbled boards spine with raised bands, gilt title. pp viii, (190), [2, blank]. Tanning to the page edges, creases to one leaf near middle; else fine externally and internally. Contains an author preface. Pages 1-149 contain the novel BÉLISIARE, which is based on the life of the Byzantine general Flavius Belisarius; pages 151-89 contain his "Fragmens de philosophie morale"'; the last page contains"Vers sur la condemnation de Bélisaire projettée en Sorbonne". The famous plea for religious tolerance in Chapter XV brought on the condemnation of the Sorbonne and the Archbishop of Paris, all but ensuring the book's success. "Bélisaire is a banned 1767 French novel on the life of the Byzantine general Belisarius by Jean-François Marmontel. It popularised the apochryphal tale of his being reduced to beggary by Justinian I despite his great services to the empire, citing it as an example of the ingratitude of those in power towards their faithful servants and indicting the French king Louis XV by proxy as another such ungrateful monarch." - Wikipedia. Marmontel's contributions to the great Encyclopédie, collected as Eléments de Littérature, is still considered a classic of French literature. "John Ruskin named him as one of the three people in history who were the most influential for him. In his autobiography, John Stuart Mill credits Memoires d'un père with curing him of depression." - Wikipedia. A nice copy of this French classic.

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    Book ID: 47246
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  • Berthe, ou Le Pet Mémorable. Anecdote du IXme. siècle. Par L.D.L. by Langres, Vincent Lombard de, 1765-1830
    Langres, Vincent Lombard de, 1765-1830
    Berthe, ou Le Pet Mémorable. Anecdote du IXme. siècle. Par L.D.L.

    Edition: First Edition

    Paris: Léopold Collin, 1807. 14 cm, bound in early/period calf-backed marbled boards; 145 pp. Slight rubbing to boards and board edges; foxing to page edges; contents with foxing to various degrees throughout; half-title with the ink stamp of a previous owner Etude Tissot avocat. VG. >>> A (perhaps justifiably) obscure and uncommon book whose title poem translates as Berthe or The Memorable Fart. The work is listed as no. 68 in the Bibliotheca scatalogica (ca. 1849): "Un vent lâché involontairement procure à la pauvre Berthe un mariage des plus brillants ce qui confirme ce qu on a dit quelque part qu un pet est parfois bon à quelque chose." (An involuntarily released gust of wind provides poor Berthe with…

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    Paris: Léopold Collin, 1807. 14 cm, bound in early/period calf-backed marbled boards; 145 pp. Slight rubbing to boards and board edges; foxing to page edges; contents with foxing to various degrees throughout; half-title with the ink stamp of a previous owner Etude Tissot avocat. VG. >>> A (perhaps justifiably) obscure and uncommon book whose title poem translates as Berthe or The Memorable Fart. The work is listed as no. 68 in the Bibliotheca scatalogica (ca. 1849): "Un vent lâché involontairement procure à la pauvre Berthe un mariage des plus brillants ce qui confirme ce qu on a dit quelque part qu un pet est parfois bon à quelque chose." (An involuntarily released gust of wind provides poor Berthe with a most brilliant marriage, which confirms what has been said somewhere, that a fart is sometimes good for something). The poem is accompanied by notes and essays dealing with flatulence through the ages, as well as the author’s "souvenirs [in verse] de mon enfance." Lombard de Langres was an ardent revolutionary who in later years devoted himself to literary pursuits. OCLC locates only two copies of the work, in the Bibliothèque national and the Royal Danish Library.

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    Book ID: 53562
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  • SARRAUTE, Nathalie
    BETWEEN LIFE AND DEATH. Translated by Maria Jolas

    Edition: First UK printing

    Calder & Boyars, 1970. Octavo, blue boards. Fine copy, no owner names. Price-clipped dust jacket has light sunning to the taupe spine, VG otherwise.

    Book ID: 39009
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  • HARDY, René (Galway Kinnell)
    BITTER VICTORY (Amere Victoire). Translated by Galway Kinnell.

    Edition: First US printing

    Garden City, New York: Doubleday, 1956. Khaki cloth. Evidence of removed label from front free endpaper, else fine in near fine jacket. A World War II novel of "a patrol lost in the Sahara and its desperate march to safety". Hardy was a successful saboteur with the French Resistance. This is poet Kinnell's third "book", if a translation may be so termed.

    Book ID: 4286
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  • BLACK FLAGS IN VIETNAM: the story of a Chinese intervention by McALEAVY, Henry
    McALEAVY, Henry
    BLACK FLAGS IN VIETNAM: the story of a Chinese intervention

    Edition: First US Edition

    New York: Macmillan, c1968. Octavo, red cloth. pp 296 + plates on text paper, 2 maps. Yellowing to page edges, else fine, no owner names. Spine of red jacket faded, edge nicks; VG otherwise. Story of the Tonkin war of 1884-85. China stepped in when France was trying to steal more land in North Vietnam.

    Book ID: 40034
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  • Caws, Mary Ann; Wright, Sarah Bird
    Bloomsbury and France: Art and Friends. With a Preface by Michael Holroyd

    Edition: First Edition

    New York: Oxford University Press, 2000. Green cloth & mauve boards, photographic endpapers.pp xviii, 430 + colour plates; b&w illustrations in text, index. Fine in fine jacket. 1.4 kg parcel; Octavo

    Book ID: 51751
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  • THIÉRY, Maurice
    BOUGAINVILLE: soldier and sailor

    Edition: First printing

    London: Grayson & Grayson, 1932. Octavo, blue cloth. pp 291 + 7 plates + 3 maps. Tidy ink owner name at front, new bookstore blind stamp in bottom margin of title leaf, spine very lightly darkened, else a near fine jacketless copy. Part One (to p 111) is about his campaigns in Quebec and the fall of New France. Biography of Louis-Antoine de Bougainville the great French explorer, first of his nation to cicumnavigate the globe.

    Book ID: 39917
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  • CENTENAIRE DE LA SOCIETE CHIMIQUE DE FRANCE (1857-1957).

    Paris: Masson, 1957. (2), viii, (252), (2) pp, paper covers. Light soiling to the cream covers, one inch split to lower spine fold, ink name to first leaf, else a VG unopened copy.

    Book ID: 7815
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  • CLAUDINE MARRIED. Translated by Antonia White by COLETTE
    COLETTE
    CLAUDINE MARRIED. Translated by Antonia White

    London: Secker & Warburg, 1968. Black boards. Private bookplate on front free endpaper, else fine in VG jacket. Vol. 13 in The Uniform Edition of her works.; Octavo

    Book ID: 28137
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  • CLOCHEMERLE- BABYLON. Translated from the French by Edward Hyams by CHEVALLIER, Gabriel
    CHEVALLIER, Gabriel
    CLOCHEMERLE- BABYLON. Translated from the French by Edward Hyams

    Edition: First edition in English

    London: Secker & Warburg, 1955. Red boards. Page edges yellowed, VG otherwise, no owner names. Price-clipped jacket (art by Osbert Lancaster) has a bit of wear, small chips, to spine ends; 1.5 inch split to lower front spine fold; shallow chip to lower inner corner of rear panel; jacket yellowed; about VG otherwise, still respectable in appearance. The second of the three satirical novels about a French village. Uncommon edition.

    Book ID: 43184
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  • COLLIN, W.E.
    CLOCKMAKER OF SOULS: a study of Paul--Jean Toulet

    Edition: First printing

    New York: Claude Kendall, 1933. Black cloth. pp [2], (iii)-(xii), 203. Index. Light yellowing to page edges, faint damp spots along fore margin of front cover, else fine. Thin dust jacket has creased tears to lower margin of front panel, small tears to spine ends internally repaired; VG+ otherwise, still quite attractive. Toulet was a French poet and novelist who was a friend and translator of Arthur Machen. Collin was a Professor of French literature at the University of Western Ontario and a pioneering and influential Canadian literary critic. Unommon book.; Octavo

    Book ID: 49523
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  • COCTEAU, Jean. Edited by Margaret Crosland
    COCTEAU'S WORLD: an anthology of writings

    Edition: First US printing

    New York: Dodd, Mead, 1973. Octavo, 488 pp. VG copy, no owner names. Jacket has edge rubbing, VG otherwise. Note: 1.5 kg parcel, extra shipping will be required..

    Book ID: 34232
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  • (VALÉRY, Paul, Léon-Paul Fargue, and Valery Larbaud, editors
    COMMERCE. Cahiers trimestriels

    Paris: 1930. Squarish octavo. Cahier XXII, Hiver 1929. Tan card covers, (247) pp. Tears to spine; VG unopened copy otherwise. #519 / 2500 on Alfa. Contributions by Michel Yell, Henri Michaux, Valéry, and others.

    Book ID: 20235
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  • (VALÉRY, Paul, Léon-Paul Fargue, and Valery Larbaud, editors
    COMMERCE. Cahiers trimestriels

    Paris: Octavo, orange paper covers. Cahier XX, Été 1929. (215), [1] pp. Spine sunned, chips and short tears to fore edge of front cover; VG unopened copy otherwise. Contributions by Hugo von Hofmannsthal, Valéry, and others. #493 / 2500 copies on Alfa.

    Book ID: 20236
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  • Lécluse, Henri de; Sandstrom, Roy E. (editor)
    Comrades-In-Arms : The World War I Memoir of Captain Henri de Lécluse, Count De Trévöedal

    Edition: First Edition

    Kent, Ohio: Kent State University Press, 1998. Black cloth. pp xviii, 227. Illustrated, index. Ink owner name at front, else fine in fine jacket. Lécluse was a French cavalry officer. Covers the period Jan. 1915 to Aug. 1916. 0873386086

    Book ID: 44134
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  • BOSSUET, (Jacques Bénigne) [1627-1704].
    CONFERENCE AVEC M. CLAUDE MINISTRE DU CHARENTON SUR LA MATIERE DE L'EGLISE.

    Edition: First Edition

    Paris: Sebastien Mabre-Cramoisy, 1682. 12mo, page height 14.7 cm. [44], (506), [2, blank] pp. Publisher's device to title page, one small copper engraved headpiece. Contempory calf, spine with five raised bands, gilt decorated compartments, sprinkled page edges. Ex Harvard Library, with release stamp and label to front pastedown; rubber stamp of another owner to title page; Harvard rubber stamp, ink date, and release stamp to verso of title leaf; Harvard label to rear pastedown. Spine chipped to tips, with joints rub bed, cracked, but covers still firmly attached; bit of wear to outer corners; worm holes to lower outer corner of front pastedown and to lower outer corner of text through page 36 - loss of "Y" in "ROY"…

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    Paris: Sebastien Mabre-Cramoisy, 1682. 12mo, page height 14.7 cm. [44], (506), [2, blank] pp. Publisher's device to title page, one small copper engraved headpiece. Contempory calf, spine with five raised bands, gilt decorated compartments, sprinkled page edges. Ex Harvard Library, with release stamp and label to front pastedown; rubber stamp of another owner to title page; Harvard rubber stamp, ink date, and release stamp to verso of title leaf; Harvard label to rear pastedown. Spine chipped to tips, with joints rub bed, cracked, but covers still firmly attached; bit of wear to outer corners; worm holes to lower outer corner of front pastedown and to lower outer corner of text through page 36 - loss of "Y" in "ROY" in title page imprint but no other lettering a ffected, the holes being to blank corners; text has yellowing, and scattered foxing and soiling but nothing severe and generally VG. The second part of the book (pp 231 to end) is "Reflexions sur un ecrit de M. Claude".

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    Book ID: 13146
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  • RACINE, Jean
    CONFESSIONS: unpublished sonnets, translated from the French into English Verse by Walter Roberts

    London: A.W. Mowbray, 1956. Blue cloth. pp (xiv), 72, [2] + frontispiece portrait. Ink owner name at front, offset yellowing to endpapers, else a near fine jacketless copy. Note: light parcel, any default shipping may be reduced.; Octavo.

    Book ID: 52126
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  • WATT, Richard M.
    Dare Call it Treason: The True Story of the French Army Mutinies of 1917

    New York: Dorset Press, 2001. pp viii, 344 + photos. Index and 5 pages of maps at rear. Ink owner name at front, VG clean and unworn copy otherwise. 0760722404

    Book ID: 44095
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  • Méhée de La Touche, Jean-Claude-Hippolyte (1762-1826)
    Dénonciation au roi, des actes et procèdes par lesquels les ministres de sa majesté ont violé la constitution, dénaturé l'esprit et la lettre des nouvelles ordonnances, et détruit l'excellent esprit public, qui avait accueilli le retour des Bourbons ...

    No place (Paris): Chez le veuve Villain, 1814. Deuxième édition, corigée. Disbound. 20 cm. pp (2), 32, sewn. With the half-title, no wrappers. Vertical indentation along right hand and bottom margins, illegible oval stamp on verso of title leaf, VG and clean otherwise, tightly bound. First published the same year by Blanchard (FRBNF36312437), this edition not noted by the BNF. There was also a third edition from Villain in 1814. Méhée de La Touche served as a spy in Russia and Poland in 1791. "He returned to Paris, and became a member of the Cordeliers and the Jacobin Club in 1792. He took part in the attack on the Tuileries Palace on 10 August 1792. That same evening, he…

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    No place (Paris): Chez le veuve Villain, 1814. Deuxième édition, corigée. Disbound. 20 cm. pp (2), 32, sewn. With the half-title, no wrappers. Vertical indentation along right hand and bottom margins, illegible oval stamp on verso of title leaf, VG and clean otherwise, tightly bound. First published the same year by Blanchard (FRBNF36312437), this edition not noted by the BNF. There was also a third edition from Villain in 1814. Méhée de La Touche served as a spy in Russia and Poland in 1791. "He returned to Paris, and became a member of the Cordeliers and the Jacobin Club in 1792. He took part in the attack on the Tuileries Palace on 10 August 1792. That same evening, he was pronounced Secretary of the Paris Commune, and organised the September Massacres at the start of the next month, together with Sulpice Huguenin and Jean-Lambert Tallien. La Touche then became the secretary of Jean-Lambert Tallien, and in November 1795 was appointed First Secretary to the Minister of the War Department of the French Directory. Soon afterwards he held the same function in the Foreign Department under Charles-François Delacroix. He resigned in April 1796, and became editor of the Journal des Hommes Libres. In 1797, after the Coup of 18 Fructidor, he was convicted to be transported to Cayenne, together with Charles Pichegru, François-Marie, marquis de Barthélemy and thirteen others. He ran from justice, and after a few months was pardoned. In 1799, Bonaparte sent him to the Temple Prison, but he was again released in 1801. He started the philosophical and atheist weekly magazine L'Antidote in 1802. He was again arrested, and banished to Dijon and then to Oléron. He escaped from there, and became a French spy in England to report on French emigrants opposed against Napoleon.[He posed as a counter-revolutionary, and convinced the royalists in England that France was waiting to overthrow Bonaparte.In 1804 de La Touche revealed the plot, and the support it received from Francis Drake, the minister to the Perpetual Diet of Regensburg. After the fall of Napoleon in 1815, he was no longer welcome in France and fled first to Switzerland and then to Brussels, where in 1817 he worked as the editor of Le Vrai Liberal. He was apprehended there, but escaped again the next day. He then moved to Königsberg, until he was allowed to return to France in 1819. In 1823 he was living in Paris, where he died in poverty in 1826. Mehée de La Touche was a prolific writer of pamphlets, essays, articles, letters, and books. Much of his production appeared in magazines and journals he created or was editor for. " - Wikpedia. Note: lighter parcel, any default shipping price may be reduced.

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    Book ID: 47227
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  • DERNIER VERS. Edited with an Introduction and Notes by Michael Collie and J.M. L'Heureux. by LAFORGUE, Jules
    LAFORGUE, Jules
    DERNIER VERS. Edited with an Introduction and Notes by Michael Collie and J.M. L'Heureux.

    University of Toronto Press, 1965. Octavo, hardcover, brown cloth, pink endpapers. (viii), 111 pp. Small ink name to front free endpaper, else fine. Dust jacket has a few nicks, small spots, VG+ otherwise. The poems are in the original French, comments in English. Twelve poems written in 1886.

    Book ID: 17411
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