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Germain's Element's d'Orfevrerie Divises

GERMAIN, Pierre (died 1684).Elements d'Orfevrerie Divises. Paris: Chez l'Auteur, 1748.2 parts in one volume, 4to (11 x 8 inches): two engraved title-pages, dedication leaf, author's "Avis", list of plates, and 100 FINE numbered plates after Germain by Pasquier or Baquoy (paper fault lower outer corner of plate 63 with loss, not affecting the image, EXTRA-ILLUSTRATED with 2 mid-18th-century undated and unsigned red chalk drawings loosely inserted. Modern FINE binding of red morocco gilt, with blue morocco doublures, gilt dentelles, all edges gilt edges by CUZIN. Provenance: Small red and gilt library label of Edouard Rahir (1862-1924), antiquarian bookseller, bibliographer, and publisher in Paris, on the verso of the first blank; Jaime Ortiz-Patino, his sale, the Collection of Important Books and Manuscripts, Sotheby's 21 April 1998, lot 116. First edition, and an EXCEPTIONALLY FINE COPY of an important record of French rococo silver designs made by the Germain family. The Germain family were pre-eminent French silversmiths during the latter half of the 17th and first half of the 18th- centuries. Pierre, at 17 "was presented to Louis XIV. He was admitted as a master in the guild in 1669. In 1677 he made an ornate frame for a portrait of the king, notable for its flattery of the monarch in its reliefs and inscription. He was given apartments in the Louvre in 1679. Among his more important works were a cross and six silver chandeliers for the chapel at Fontainebleau (1680), an eight-branched chandelier for Versailles" (Encyclopedia Britannica). Berlin Kat. 1066.Guidance: Christie’s Paris, 2007 - $6,530Read more

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Boissard's Portraits of Sultans

BOISSARD, Jean Jacques (1528-1602).Wahre Abbildungen der Turckischen Kayser und Persischen Fursten. Frankfurt: Johann Ammon, 1648.Small 4to (7 3/8 x 6 inches): letterpress title within engraved historiated border and 47 fine engraved portrait plates by Theodore de Bry after Joris Hoefnagel, each within elaborate border of flowers, insects, animals and cartouches (title-page lightly browned, pale waterstaining in lower margin of some leaves affecting the image). 18th-century half calf, gilt (extremities a little worn). PROVENANCE: 19th-century manuscript bibliographical note on verso of the front free endpaper, and faint small ownership ink stamp on front flyleaf of laurel wreath with text that appears to read "EX BIBL CONST KARA (rest illegible), probably from the library of Constantin Carathéodory (1873-1950), a Greek mathematician who spent most of his professional career in Germany and made significant contributions to the theory of functions of a real variable, the calculus of variations, and measure theory. Second edition in German, first published in Latin in Frankfurt by Theodore de Bry in 1596. "This beautiful book contains portraits of the Sultans from Osman I to Murad III and also includes portraits of Scanderbeg and his family [their Christian opponents], Tammas Khuli Khan, Barbarossa, Roxelana the wife of Suleiman the Magnificent, and pashas of the Ottoman Empire (Cairo etc.). The portraits were engraved by Theodore de Bry after drawings by Hoefnagel who apparently took them from medals brought from Constantinople. The portraits are circular within elaborate borders composed of fruits, animals and grotesques within a strapwork frame" (Blackmer). REFERENCES: Atabey 125; Blackmer 159 (edition of 1596); Maria Georgiadou, Constantin Carathéodory: Mathematics and Politics in Turbulent Times (Springer, 2004), pp. 444-447 (regarding Carathéodory's book collecting and personal library).Guidance: Sotheby’s, 2009 - $6,255Read more

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Bloch Ichthyologie (Fish) Rare Book

BLOCH, Marcus Elieser (1723-1799).Ichthyologie, ou histoire naturelle, generale et particuliere des poissons. Avec des figures enluminees,dessinees d'apres nature. Berlin: chez l'auteur [-chez Francois de la Garde], 1785-1797.12 volumes in 6. Folio (18 4/8 x 11 inches). 12 title-pages with engraved vignettes, 432 EXCEPTIONALLYFINE engraved plates with original hand-colour, some HEIGHTENED IN GOLD, SILVER AND BRONZE toreflect the metallic sheen of fish scales (very occasional light spotting or soiling, title to volume 5 withsome tears at inner edge, X1-2 in volume VI with a little dampstaining causing light soiling to plate 316).19th-century half black morocco gilt, all edges gilt (extremities a bit rubbed). Provenance: 19th-centuryengraved armorial bookplate of the Marquesses of Exeter at Burghley; Sir Jocelyn Stevens C.V.O., hissale Bonhams, 27th June 2006, lot 19. C.V.O. "POSSIBLY THE MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOK ON FISHES EVER PUBLISHED" (Dance). First edition in French, published contemporaneously with the German edition. AFINE AND COMPLETE COPY OF BLOCH'S MONUMENTAL WORK. Bloch was a German medical doctor andnaturalist. He is generally considered one of the most important ichthyologists of the 18th century and isbest known for his encyclopedic work in ichthyology. The drawings were taken from Bloch's collection ofsome 1500 fish, the largest collection of its time, which he put together from purchases made at homeand from returning travellers and missionaries from all over the world including Sir William Hamilton inNaples. From the distinguished library of the Cecil family, whose ancestor William Cecil, first BaronBurghley (1520/21-1598) served as Queen Elizabeth's advisor for much of his life. Probably acquired byBrownlow Cecil, 2nd Marquess of Exeter KG, PC (1795 - 1867), Lord Chamberlain and Lord Steward ofthe Household to Queen Victoria. Nissen ZBI 416; Dance, p.56.Guidance: Bloomsbury Auctions, 2010 - $180,000Read more

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