MOROZOV, Nikolai Aleksandrovich.
Zvezdnyia pesni … [Celestial Songs].
Moscow, “Zadruga”, 1920.
First published in 1910, this second, enlarged edition is the ‘first complete edition’ of Morozov’s poetry, bringing the collection up-to-date (i.e. 1919). We offer volume I; a second appeared in 1921.
MOROZOV, Mikhail Mikhailovich.
O’tao. Drama v 2-kh deistviiakh [Drama in Two Acts].
Moscow, Sozvezdie, 1921.
First edition of a short play, set in Japan, by the Shakespeare scholar and translator M. M. Morozov (1897–1952). It was premiered on 15 June 1921.
Notice des tableaux exposés dans la Galerie Napoléon.
Paris, Bubray, 1810.
Pocket guide to the pictures exhibited in the Musée Napoléon. The collection was largely composed of paintings looted by Napoleon; the museum was dissolved after Waterloo and and attempts were made to return the pictures to their rightful owners.
Vinzenz und die Freundin bedeutender Männer. Posse in drei Akten.
Berlin, Ernst Rowohlt Verlag, 1924.
Rare first edition of Musil’s early farce.
Asian Drama. An inquiry into the poverty of nations.
New York, Pantheon, 1968.
Third printing, published in the same year as the first edition, of this important study which took ten years to complete.
Der Gedanke der Autarkie im Merkantilismus von einst und im Neomerkantilismus von gestern.
Zürich, H. Girsberger, 1945.
First edition of Niehan’s work on the idea of self-sufficiency in the age of Mercantilism, published as volume 37 of the series Zürcher Volkswirtschaftlicje Forschungen, under the editorship of M. Saitzew. Niehans (1920-2007), a distinguished economist, taught at the Universities of Zurich, Johns...
Gulielmi Paradini Anchemani Epigrammata ...
Lyons, Ant. Gryphius, 1581.
First and only edition of this French historian’s poetry including verses about or addressed to Ronsard, Pontus de Tyard, Claude Rouillet, and the Lyons printers Sébastien and Antoine Gryphe, and Jean de Tournes.
Geschichte der Buchhaltung in Deutschland.
Leipzig, G. A. Gloeckner, 1913.
First edition of this standard, but important, work on the history of German book-keeping. Balduin Penndorf (1873–1941) published numerous works on accountancy, including a translation (1933) of Pacioli’s important Summa di Arithmetica Geometria Proportioni e Proportionalità (1494).
PETNIKOV, Grigorii Nikolaevich.
Kniga Marii zazhgi snega [The Book of ‘Mary Light the Snows’].
St Petersburg, “Liren’”, 1920.
First edition of the last of the poet-translator’s books to be published by Liren’, the publishing house he founded together with Aseev in 1914. ‘Mary light the snows [and set the meadows playing]’ is a reference to a Russian folk-name for 1 April, the feast-day of St Mary of Egypt and the traditional...
PLANAS, D. Eusebio.
Historia de una mujer. Album de cincuenta cromos.
Barcelona, Juan Aleu y Fugarull, 1880.
First edition. A chronicle in pictures of the life of a beautiful modern woman, and her adventures and misadventures with men: in front of fashionable Madrid shop-fronts, in her boudoir, on the balcony, on the stage and in the dressing-room, at balls and dinner parties, in a train, the Alps, the 1878...
[POWNALL, Thomas.] POWNALL, Charles A. W.
Thomas Pownall M.P., F.R.S., Governor of Massachusetts Bay, Author of The Letters of...
London, Henry Stevens, Son & Stiles, 1908.
First edition. Thomas Pownall, English colonial administrator and Governor of Massachusetts, was one of the earliest critics of Adam Smith, publishing a critical Letter (1776) discussing the Wealth of Nations. Although he expressed admiration for Smith’s work in the Letter, he opposed his view of the...
[PRADT, Dominique Georges Frédéric de Riom de Prolhiac du Four de].
Antidote au Congrès de Rastadt, ou Plan d’un nouvel équilibre...
London [i.e. Hamburg], 1798.
First edition of the Abbé de Pradt’s first and most famous work. The entries for the present work in Barbier, Quérard and NUC (which gives a different pagination) all include ‘par l’auteur des “Considérations sur la France”’ in their transcription of the title-page. Our copy is completely...
RADLOVA, Anna Dmitrievna.
Korabli. Vtoraia kniga stikhov [Ships. A Second Book of Poems].
St Petersburg, “Alkonost”, 1920.
First edition of the second collection of poems published by Anna Radlova (1891–1949), a poet well-known for her translations of Shakespeare. Radlova chose to be repatriated at the end of the war – she was immediately sent to a concentration camp, where she later died.
RADLOVA, Anna Dmitrievna.
Krylatyi gost’. Tret’ia kniga stikhov [The Winged Guest. A Third Book of Poems].
[St Petersburg,] “Petropolis”, 1922.
First edition: Radlova’s third collection of poems, written in 1920–22.
P. Rami ... Oratio de legatione.
Paris, Andreas Wechel, 1557.
First (?) edition: a fascinating pamphlet marking a critical epoch in the history of the University of Paris and the first occasion on which Ramus came into prominence as champion of his University and of higher education in general.
Harangue ... touchant ce qu'ont faict les deputez de l’Université de Paris envers le Roy. Mise de Latin en Francois.
Paris, Andreas Wechel, 1557.
First French-language edition of the above, issued simultaneously with the Latin text and presumably translated by Ramus himself. Apart from La Dialectique, this is one of Ramus’ very few works in the vernacular. Very rare.
: or, a modest Search after the great Plunderers of the Nation: being a brief Enquiry into two weighty...
London, Printed in the Year, 1711.
First edition, the issue with ‘known. I.’ (rather than ‘known, viz. I.’) on the title-page, and with ‘against’ and ‘publick’ spelled correctly on pages 11 and 25. As the half-title and title-page form a bifolium cancelling A1 (the text begins on A2, page 3), the two variants were probably...
BERRYAT, Jean, et al., editors.
Receuil de Mémoires, ou Collection de Pièces Académiques, concernant la Médicine, l’Anatomie...
Dijon, Auxerre, Paris and Liège, F. Desventes, F. Fournier, et al., 1754-86.
The scarce first collected edition of these scientific papers from all over Europe (lacking only the last five volumes of the Partie Française), including among its contributors such famous names as Huygens, Leeuwenhoek, Hevelius, De La Hire, Mariotte, Réaumur, La Condamine, Haller, Maupertuis, Boyle,...
REMIZOV, Aleksei Mikhailovich.
St Petersburg, “Alkonost”, 1919.
First edition, one of only a small number of poetic works by Remizov, ‘the most original, many-sided, and accomplished modernist prose writer…, a writer who at best would score a succès d’estime with a select public and never gained international recognition’ (Terras, History of Russian Literature,...
An attempt to discriminate the styles of English architecture from the Conquest to the Reformation with notices...
Second, much enlarged edition, of Rickman’s celebrated investigation into Gothic architecture which was originally published in 1817. ‘This, the first systematic treatise on Gothic architecture in England, soon became well known, and Rickman’s nomenclature was followed by all subsequent writers...