4to, pp. 249, , with one original watercolour by Pierre Brissaud, and 45 watercolours reproduced in pochoir plates with hand detail, in two suites on separate plates and again within the text; a fine copy in full black morocco gilt signed G Mercier Sr et son pere 1928, outer triangular roll tool and triple fillets, pointillé roll, then richly gilt border including corner shell devices and cupid’s bow and arrow tool, spine in six compartments, the second lettered direct, the rest richly gilt to a panel design, board edges with double gilt fillet, turns-ins gilt with floral corner ornaments, central geometric silk panel, the same to adjacent endpapers, marbled flyleaves, all edges gilt.
US $3344 €2832
A sumptuous edition of Boylesve’s libertine novel, beautifully illustrated with colourful erotic plates. Number 8 of 501 copies, and one of only seven copies on old Japon paper, with one watercolour and a double suite of illustrations in colour and black and white, signed to the limitation by the author and the illustrator.
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The present state of Peru: comprising its geography, topography, natural history, mineralogy, commerce, the customs and manners of its inhabitants, the state of literature, philosophy, and the arts, the modern travels of the missionaries in the heretofore unexplored mountainous territories, etc. etc. The whole drawn from original and authentic documents, chiefly written and compiled in the Peruvian capital; and embellished by twenty engravings of costumes, &c.
First edition. ‘This is the earliest and most lavish English colour-plate book relating to Peru and Ecuador; the plates show natives of Lima and Quito. Before the publication of this work, the English had known relatively little about Peruvian society and its cultural and literary accomplishments. The text was taken from copies of El Mercurio peruano, captured by the English from a Spanish ship sailing out from Callao. According to Skinner’s preface, the issues of El Mercurio peruano comprised a sixteen-month run beginning in January 1791, and other “various authentic sources” were also used in the compilation (p. viii). The appendix contains interesting information about generations of missionaries to the west coast of South America’ (Hill).
BOUND FOR THE EDITOR MADELENET, Gabriel.
Carminum libellus. Parisiis, apud Claudium Cramoisy... M. DC. LXII.
First edition, the author’s only book, edited after his death by Loménie de Brienne, this copy ruled in red and bound for the editor with his arms.