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  • Calonne, Charles Alexandre de, 1734-1802
    Discours prononcé de l'ordre du roi et en sa présence, par M. de Calonne, contrôleur général des finances, dans l'assemblée des notables, tenue à Versailles, le 22 février 1787, précédé du discours du roi

    Edition: First Edition

    Paris: chez les marchands de nouveauté, 1787. Disbound, no wrappers. 20 cm. Minor foxing; short tear to inner margin of first leaf, soft creases; near fine otherwise. FRBNF34058081. "In the terrible crisis preceding the French Revolution, when successive ministers tried in vain to replenish the exhausted royal treasury, Calonne was summoned as Controller-General of Finances, an office he assumed on 3 November 1783. He owed the position to the Comte de Vergennes, who for over three years continued to support him. According to the Habsburg ambassador, his public image was extremely poor. Calonne immediately set about remedying the fiscal crisis, and he found in Louis XVI enough support to create a vast and ambitious plan of revenue-raising and administrative…

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    Paris: chez les marchands de nouveauté, 1787. Disbound, no wrappers. 20 cm. Minor foxing; short tear to inner margin of first leaf, soft creases; near fine otherwise. FRBNF34058081. "In the terrible crisis preceding the French Revolution, when successive ministers tried in vain to replenish the exhausted royal treasury, Calonne was summoned as Controller-General of Finances, an office he assumed on 3 November 1783. He owed the position to the Comte de Vergennes, who for over three years continued to support him. According to the Habsburg ambassador, his public image was extremely poor. Calonne immediately set about remedying the fiscal crisis, and he found in Louis XVI enough support to create a vast and ambitious plan of revenue-raising and administrative centralization. Calonne focused on maintaining public confidence through building projects and spending, which was mainly designed to maintain the Crown's capacity to borrow funds. He presented the king with his plan on 20 August 1786. At its heart was a new land value tax, which would replace the old vingtieme taxes and finally sweep away the fiscal exemptions of the privileged orders. The new tax would be administered by a system of provincial assemblies elected by the local property owners at parish, district and provincial level. This central proposal was accompanied by a further package of rationalizing reform, including free trade in grain and abolition of France's myriad internal customs barriers. It was in effect one, if not the most, comprehensive attempt at enlightened reform during the reign of Louis XVI." - Wikipedia. His reforms were rejected by the Assembly of Notables and Louis XVI dismissed and exiled him in 1787. Note: lighter parcel, any default shipping price may be reduced.

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    Book ID: 47495
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  • Rosalind H. Williams
    Dream Worlds: Mass Consumption in Late Nineteenth Century France

    Edition: First Edition

    Berkeley: University of California Press, 1982. Mauve cloth. pp xii, 451 + plates. Notes, index. Ink owner name at front. very small corner bump to front cover, else fine in VG jacket. 0520043553

    Book ID: 44187
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  • BALZAC, Honoré de
    DROLL TALES: the second decade. Translated by J. Lewis May. Illustrated by Jean de Bosschère

    New York: Covici, Friede, 1929. Terra cotta buckram gilt lettered, top edges gilt, others rough trimmed. 12 colour plates (some with gilt highlights) and b&w plates. Yellowing to fore and bottom page edges, private bookplate at front. else a fine copy, lacking the dust jacket. Edition of 1550 copies (1500 for sale), this is # 215. The plates were printed by the Knudsen process, a half-tone lithography process still in use today and at the time at the time superior to any other known method of photo and picture reproduction. Balzac's erotic DROLL STORIES were published in three sets of ten stories each in 1832, 1833, and 1837. The bookplate, that of a Canadian collector, is of the shell-damaged…

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    New York: Covici, Friede, 1929. Terra cotta buckram gilt lettered, top edges gilt, others rough trimmed. 12 colour plates (some with gilt highlights) and b&w plates. Yellowing to fore and bottom page edges, private bookplate at front. else a fine copy, lacking the dust jacket. Edition of 1550 copies (1500 for sale), this is # 215. The plates were printed by the Knudsen process, a half-tone lithography process still in use today and at the time at the time superior to any other known method of photo and picture reproduction. Balzac's erotic DROLL STORIES were published in three sets of ten stories each in 1832, 1833, and 1837. The bookplate, that of a Canadian collector, is of the shell-damaged Basilique d'Albert in France, 1914-18, with it gilded leaning virgin, a popular image from the Somme during WWI. Note: 1.5 kg parcel, extra postage may be required.

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    Book ID: 46054
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  • COTTIN, Marie Risteau) (1770-1807).
    ELISABETH, ou les Exiles de Siberie; suivi de la Prise de Jerico, Poeme.

    Edition: First Edition

    Paris: Giguet et Michaud, 1806. Two volumes. 12mo. Contemporary calf. (206); (224) pp. Tips of spines chipped away, VG otherwise, with half titles present. The last of Madame Cottin's five novels, all of which were very popular in their day. "A young girl undertakes the difficult journey from Siberia to St. Petersburg with no equipment but a passionate longing to procure the Tsar's pardon for her exiled father." - Oxford Companion to French Literature (1966). Cottin was a follower of Rousseau and his ideas about women.

    Book ID: 1944
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  • WILSON, Angus (Zola)
    EMILE ZOLA: an introductory study of his novels

    London: Secker & Warburg, 1964. Second edition, revised (first was in 1952). 12mo, blue boards. Fine in fine jacket. Note: lighter parcel, any default postage rate may be reduced, depending upon your location.

    Book ID: 43290
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  • BROWN, Roger Glenn
    FASHODA RECONSIDERED: the impact of domestic politics on French policy in Africa 1893-1898

    Edition: First Edition

    Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Press, 1970. Blue cloth, endpaper maps. pp (xii), 157, [7]. Bibliography, index. Ink owner name at front, else fine. Price-clipped jacket has nicks and rubbing at foot of yellowed spine, three ink digits on rear panel, VG otherwise.

    Book ID: 43923
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  • DREYFUS, Alfred
    FIVE YEARS OF MY LIFE 1894-1899

    Edition: First US printing

    New York: McClure, Phillips, 1901. Tan and dark blue cloth stamped in gilt. pp (xvi), 310. Includes an introductory essay by the unnamed editor, and a map, diagram, and facsimile. Spine browned but gilt stamping bright; light rubbing to dark blue panel on front cover; yellowing to page edges, text paper lightly toned; front inner hinge neatly repaired with rice paper, ink owner name and used book store rubber stamp on front endpapers; else a VG unworn copy.

    Book ID: 43659
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  • LONERGAN, W.F.
    FORTY YEARS OF PARIS

    Edition: First US issue

    New York: Brentano's, 1907. Red cloth. top edges gilt. pp 384 + frontispiece with tissue guard and 31 other portraits. Modest wear to spine ends; ink owner name; endpapers browned; VG clean, tight and unworn otherwise. Author's memoirs of 25 years' residence in Paris and 15 more years of visits. 1.5 kg parcel; Octavo

    Book ID: 48465
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  • SYLVESTRE, Guy (Jules Superveille)
    GANTS DU CIEL

    Montreal: Fides, 1945. pp 77 + plates. Five unbound gatherings. Light soiling, one small tear, to first and last leaf, VG otherwise. Issue #7, March, 1945, "Hommage à Jules Supervielle", with contributions by the erditor, Alain Bosquet, Robert Élie, and others, and including some unpublished poetry by Superveille. This was W.E. Collin's copy with his catalogue card laid in. "Jules Supervielle (16 January 1884 - 17 May 1960) was a Franco-Uruguayan poet and writer born in Montevideo. He was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature three times. He opposed the surrealism movement in poetry and rejected automatic writing, although he did adopt other techniques of modern poetry. In so doing he anticipated the literary movements of the late…

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    Montreal: Fides, 1945. pp 77 + plates. Five unbound gatherings. Light soiling, one small tear, to first and last leaf, VG otherwise. Issue #7, March, 1945, "Hommage à Jules Supervielle", with contributions by the erditor, Alain Bosquet, Robert Élie, and others, and including some unpublished poetry by Superveille. This was W.E. Collin's copy with his catalogue card laid in. "Jules Supervielle (16 January 1884 - 17 May 1960) was a Franco-Uruguayan poet and writer born in Montevideo. He was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature three times. He opposed the surrealism movement in poetry and rejected automatic writing, although he did adopt other techniques of modern poetry. In so doing he anticipated the literary movements of the late 1940s, including the work of such authors as René Char, Henri Michaux, Saint-John Perse or Francis Ponge. Amongst his admirers are René-Guy Cadou, Alain Bosquet, Lionel Ray, Claude Roy, Philippe Jaccottet and Jacques Réda."- wikipedia. ; Octavo

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    Book ID: 53367
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  • GENEVIÈVE: histoire d'une servante by LAMARTINE, Alphonse de, 1790-1869
    LAMARTINE, Alphonse de, 1790-1869
    GENEVIÈVE: histoire d'une servante

    Edition: First Edition

    Paris: Michel Lévy Frères, 1851. 23.5 cm. pp (4), 394. Half blue-green straight grain morocco by Stroobants, top edges gilt, marbled endpapers, bound-in ribbon marker, half-title present, original publisher's printed wraps (front and rear covers and spine) bound in. Carteret II, p. 29; Vicaire IV, 998. Spine a little tanned; yellowing and slight foxing to page edges; only a little scattered minor foxing, tan spots in margins of a few pages; else fine. Armorial bookplate inside front cover of Ross Ambler Curran, early twentieth-century California society figure and bibliophile. First book edition of this novel, originally issued as a free supplement to the periodical Le Conseiller du Peuple in 1850. A handsome volume in a fine binding.; Octavo

    Book ID: 45240
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  • GREEN CLIFFS. A Summer Love Story by GREY, Rowland [pseud. of Lilian Kate Rowland-Brown, 1863-1959]
    GREY, Rowland [pseud. of Lilian Kate Rowland-Brown, 1863-1959]
    GREEN CLIFFS. A Summer Love Story

    Edition: First Edition

    London: Hutchinson, 1905. Green cloth, white cover title, gilt lettering to spine, pp. viii, 310. Spine and margins of covers a bit tanned; endpapers tanned; else a VG clean, tight and unworn copy, no owner names. Romance novel, set in France.; Octavo

    Book ID: 27448
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  • GENET, Jean
    HAUTE SURVEILLANCE

    Edition: First Trade Edition

    Paris: Gallimard, 1949. Octavo, paper covers. (136) pp. Spine lightly tanned with nicks at foot; light tanning to covers with small corner crease to front cover; text paper tanned as usual; VG partially unopened copy otherwise. This play was first published privately Paris, 1947, in an edition of only 60 copies. The E.O. of this Gallimard edition was only 23 copies. This is the ordinary edition, stated "2e édition". Note: lighter parcel, any default postage rate may be reduced.

    Book ID: 14502
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  • STENDAHL
    HAYDEN, MOZART AND METASTASIO. Translated, Introduced & Edited by Richard N. Coe

    Edition: First US issue

    New York: Grossman, 1972. Red cloth. pp xxxii, 370, [2] + plates. Musty odour but no damp marks, else fine. Dust jacket has a short tear to rear panel, slight rubbing to corners, VG otherwise. His first book in its first modern translation (original was in 1814). ; Octavo

    Book ID: 50212
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  • WILLIAMS, Roger L.
    HENRI ROCHEFORT: prince of the gutter press

    Edition: First printing

    New York: Scribner's, 1966. Blue cloth. pp 309 + plates; index. Ink owner name, else fine in VG price-clipped jacket. Henri Rochefort-Luçay, French publisher and muckraker active from the Second Empire to the Action Française.; Octavo

    Book ID: 48676
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  • IMPRESSIONS. With an Introduction by Henry James by LOTI, Pierre (Henry James)
    LOTI, Pierre (Henry James)
    IMPRESSIONS. With an Introduction by Henry James

    Edition: First UK printing

    Wesminster (London): Constable, 1898. Green pictorial linen grain cloth stamped in black, page edges rough trimmed. pp (4), 189, [3]. Lovely illustrated title page - poppies, red, Art Nouveau. Decorated initials. Slight wear to ends of lightly darkened spine; small bookplate and 1906 ink gift inscription at front; endpapers are pulpy paper which has caused light offset to first and last leaf; mild foxing early and late; cracked inner hinges neatly repaired with clear archival paper tape; page edges yellowed and slightly foxed; else a VG+ clean and unworn copy of this attractive book. James' Introduction is on pp 1-21, its first and only appearance. This is in the second of the two seconday bindings described by E&L B17a.; Square octavo

    Book ID: 49804
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  • CROCKER, (Lester G.) [Jean-Jacques Rousseau].
    JEAN-JACQUES ROSSEAU. The Quest (1712-1758). The Prophetic Voice (1758-1778).

    New York: Macmillan, 1974. 2nd printing. Two volumes, 8vo, grey-brown cloth. (xii), 372; (x), 385, [5] pp. A fine pair in fine jackets, no previous owner names. A study and biography of the great author. Note: 2 kg parcel, extra postage will be required.

    Book ID: 12099
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  • GREEN, F.C. (Jean-Jacques Rousseau)
    JEAN-JACQUES ROUSSEAU: A Critical Study of His Life and Writings

    Edition: First Edition

    Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press, 1955. Inscribed by Author.; Grey cloth. pp [8], 376 + frontispiece portrait. Light spine sunning, bump to lower outer corners of covers, yellowing to page edges, else a VG clean and tight jacketless copy. Inscribed by the author " To____ as a small token of gratitude for his kindness to a very amateurish fisher of bass. From F.C. Green. 10 Nov, 1956". There was an Easton Press reprint in 1994.; Octavo; Signed by Author.

    Book ID: 27964
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  • WATELET, Claude-Henri, 1718-86
    L'art de peindre. Pöeme. Avec des réflexions sur les différentes partis de la peinture

    Edition: First Edition

    Paris: H.L. Guerin & L. F. Delatour, 1760. 16mo, 14.5 cm (there was also a quarto edition). pp (2), xxiv, 152, (2) + 2 plates. Lacking the frontispiece (this copy seems to have never had one). Bound in contemporary mottled calf, spine gilt decorated with label, all edges red, marbled endpapers. Spine has shallow chip at head, small chip to upper rear joint, small chip about 0.5 on a side to middle of front joint; front joint partially cracked but covers quite firmly attached, inner hinges not cracked. In all, externally good, internally fine, no owner names. Title page vignette and 23 finely engraved head and tale pieces by J.B.M. Pierre, engraved by the author. Watelet was an amateur…

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    Paris: H.L. Guerin & L. F. Delatour, 1760. 16mo, 14.5 cm (there was also a quarto edition). pp (2), xxiv, 152, (2) + 2 plates. Lacking the frontispiece (this copy seems to have never had one). Bound in contemporary mottled calf, spine gilt decorated with label, all edges red, marbled endpapers. Spine has shallow chip at head, small chip to upper rear joint, small chip about 0.5 on a side to middle of front joint; front joint partially cracked but covers quite firmly attached, inner hinges not cracked. In all, externally good, internally fine, no owner names. Title page vignette and 23 finely engraved head and tale pieces by J.B.M. Pierre, engraved by the author. Watelet was an amateur painter, engraver, and collector, and the present book, his first, is a long poem on the practice of painting. It got him elected to the French Academy in the year of publication.

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    Book ID: 33523
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  • ZOLA, Émile
    L'ASSOMMOIR. Translated from the French and with an Introduction by Arthur Symons, and a frontispiece after Toulouse Lautrec (signed by translator)

    London: Privately Printed for Subscribers by T. Werner Laurie, 1928. Octavo, japon vellum spine with paper label and grey-green boards, grey-green endpapers, fore edges rough trimmed, spare label at rear. pp [2], 468, [2] + frontispiece with tissue guard. Small bump to lower outer corner of front cover, yellowing to page edges, else fine. Dust jacket has small chips and tears to ends of lightly yellowed spine, small corner chip to spine label, small tears to panels, VG otherwise. Edition of 1000 numbered copies signed by Arthur Symons, this is #125. "L'Assommoir (1877) is the seventh novel in Émile Zola's twenty-volume series Les Rougon-Macquart. Usually considered one of Zola's masterpieces, the novel - a study of alcoholism and poverty…

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    London: Privately Printed for Subscribers by T. Werner Laurie, 1928. Octavo, japon vellum spine with paper label and grey-green boards, grey-green endpapers, fore edges rough trimmed, spare label at rear. pp [2], 468, [2] + frontispiece with tissue guard. Small bump to lower outer corner of front cover, yellowing to page edges, else fine. Dust jacket has small chips and tears to ends of lightly yellowed spine, small corner chip to spine label, small tears to panels, VG otherwise. Edition of 1000 numbered copies signed by Arthur Symons, this is #125. "L'Assommoir (1877) is the seventh novel in Émile Zola's twenty-volume series Les Rougon-Macquart. Usually considered one of Zola's masterpieces, the novel - a study of alcoholism and poverty in the working-class districts of Paris - was a huge commercial success and helped establish Zola's fame and reputation throughout France and the world.... the account of the wedding party's chaotic trip to the Louvre is perhaps the novelist's most famous passage. - Wikipedia. Un assommoir was a shop selling cheap booze made on site, where the working poor could drink themselves senseless. Because of its stark and depressing realism, the novel was considered too strong for the general reader. Symons' translation was first published by the Lutetian Society in 1894. Note: 1.5 kg parcel, extra postage may be required. ; Signed by translator

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    Book ID: 46053
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  • COURTOIS, J.- F.- Isidore
    LA BONAPARTIDE, ou Le Nouvel Attila. Tableau, historique et national, en douze livres, avec des notes. Deuxième édition

    Paris: Henrion, 1820. Quarter calf and marbled boards, octavo (21 cm); (4), iii, [3], ix, [1], 296 pp. With the half-title. Spine darkened, with a bit of wear at foot, slight rubbing to joints; bit of wear to lower outer corners of covers and to edges of boards; slight foxing early and late; small chip to fore edge of first two leaves; in all a VG copy, text quite clean and unworn. A royalist attack on Napoleon, depicting him as a usurper and tyrant. With an effusive dedicatory epistle to Louis XVIII: "Souverain des Français, Monarque désiré, / Frère d'un roi martyr si justement pleuré!" First edition was Paris : Verdière, 1818. This is actually the third edition, as…

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    Paris: Henrion, 1820. Quarter calf and marbled boards, octavo (21 cm); (4), iii, [3], ix, [1], 296 pp. With the half-title. Spine darkened, with a bit of wear at foot, slight rubbing to joints; bit of wear to lower outer corners of covers and to edges of boards; slight foxing early and late; small chip to fore edge of first two leaves; in all a VG copy, text quite clean and unworn. A royalist attack on Napoleon, depicting him as a usurper and tyrant. With an effusive dedicatory epistle to Louis XVIII: "Souverain des Français, Monarque désiré, / Frère d'un roi martyr si justement pleuré!" First edition was Paris : Verdière, 1818. This is actually the third edition, as there was an 1819 Henrion edition. Davois I, Bibliographie napoléonienne, 166.

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    Book ID: 46641
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