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If you are a real Francophile, you will love the rare French language books section in the Biblio Rare Book Room. From rare French history books to rare French language books on French culture and cuisine, there is a large selection of rare French language books featured below in the Biblio Rare Book Room. Any of the rare French language books in the Biblio Rare Book Room would be sure to increase the value of your rare and antique book collection.

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Le Rideau Levé ou l'Éducation de Laure. Edition revue sur celle originale de...

Le Rideau Levé ou l'Éducation de Laure. Edition revue sur celle originale de 1786 et ornee de six figures libres, gravees d'apres celles qu'on ajouta aux editions de 1786 et de 1790

by RIQUETTI, Honore-Gabriel, Count de Mirabeau (Variously attributed to H. G. Riquetti, Count de Mirabeau, and to the Marquis de Sentilly)

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Cythere (Brussels): Anon, 1864. "retirez-vous, censeurs alrilaires; fuyez, devots, hypocrites ou fous; prudes, guenons, et vous, vielles megeres : nou doux transports ne sont pas faits pour vous." Text in French. This title was condemned for outrages against good morals, and destruction ordered by the Cour d'assises de la Vienne on December 12, 1838 and banned for many years afterward. The first appearance of "Le Rideau Levé" was in 1786. Scarce early edition of this erotic fiction. CONDITION Red Marbled bds with Black Leather spine and cnrs, bright Gilt title (mild wear to bds with piece of marbled paper missing to front) Pink eps, pp 271. Internally tight with very bright and clean text block, not inscribed. This edition not illustrated. Texte en français. Édition tôt rare de cette fiction érotique. CONDITIONNEZ les bds marbrés rouges avec l'épine et le CNRS en cuir noirs, les eps roses lumineux du titre de jeune truie… Read More
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La Rigenerazione Dell' Olanda Specchio a Tutti i Popoli Rigenerati

La Rigenerazione Dell' Olanda Specchio a Tutti i Popoli Rigenerati

by Anon

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Venice: Appresso Giovanni di Antonio Zatta librajo all'insegna of Providence in Frezzaria, 1799. Very Good. Bookplate of prior owner and also a signature of another owner on inside front cover. VERY GOOD condition (wear to corners and edges, some soiling). VERY RARE collection of political caricatures with French and Italian language.
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NOTRE-DAME DE PARIS
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NOTRE-DAME DE PARIS

by Victor Hugo

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Paris: Charles Gosselin, Libraire, 1831. NOTRE-DAME DE PARIS- Victor Hugo- Illustrated Title Vignettes by Tony Johannot- Charles Gosselin, Libraire- Paris 1831- 1st Edition-1st Impression-4th Issue- The publishers own statement on May 10th 1831 in the Journal des Débats that the first impression of 1100 copies were divided into 4 groups of 275, designating Premiere to Quatrieme edition- He did this to lure people into believing that the novel was popular due to the many editions already out there- This one is falsely designated as Quatrieme Edition as stated on the title page- errors as per the first issue- Vol II pagination errors 339 instead of 439 and 391 instead of 491.- original publishers 1/2 leather and marbled boards rubbed at extremities, but sound and clean- 5 smooth gilt compartments on spine with some legibility of titles and volume- Vol I: 4ff un-numbered, 1-404, Vol II: 2ff un-numbered, 1-536.-no tears, no writing-small amount of foxing especially towards endpapers- A nice set in… Read More
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Quelques Reflexions Sur La Science En France (Presentation Inscription By Pasteur)

Quelques Reflexions Sur La Science En France (Presentation Inscription By Pasteur)

by Pasteur, Louis

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Paris: Gauthier-Villars, 1871. First Edition . Original Blue Printed Wrappers. Very Good +. 8 7/8" Tall. 40 Pp. Original Blue Printed Wrappers. Preserved Nicely In A Well Made Maroon Chemise And Slipcase With Morocco Spine Label, Gilt. Inscribed And Signed By Pasteur " Hommage [De?] L'autour / L. Pasteur" In Small Handwriting At Upper Right Of Front Cover. A Scarce Book In The Trade, Particularly Scarce When Inscribed And Otherwise Unmarked, As Here, And A Very Early Inscription From Pasteur In Any Case.
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IL ETAIT UNE PETITE PIE (THERE WAS ONCE A SMALL MAGPIE)
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IL ETAIT UNE PETITE PIE (THERE WAS ONCE A SMALL MAGPIE)

by DEHARME, LISE (née Hirtz) (1898-1983). Miró, JOAN (1893-1983) illustrator

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Paris, Edition Jeanne Bucher., 1928. Drawings in color by Joan Miró. 8 color pochoirs after drawings by Miró, colored by Jean Saudé on Arches paper. 4to, published in a folio of 14pp. One of the limited edition of 300. Enclosed in the ORIGINAL LINEN FOLIO in pearl grey background, with black numbers and green sun. Interior lined with black paper. 11 5/8 x 10 5/8 x 5/8. Housed in a new black clam shell case. Signed and dedicated by Lise Hirtz to Jane de Margerie. RARE. Miro created one of the most imaginative books for children and far beyond its time. Joan Miró was studying art in Barcelona and moved to Paris in 1919, He was introduced to a surrealists group in 1924 by his neighbor Andre Masson, who shared his studio. He found among these artists the inspiration necessary for his work. But it was his humor that dominated his creations, especially the black humor of the surrealists.
In August 1927 Paul Eluard sent Miro the poems by Lisa Hirtz (born Ann - Marie Meyer), a friend of Breton.… Read More
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La tete contre les Murs. (Signed Presentation Copy in 6-color inlaid leather)
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La tete contre les Murs. (Signed Presentation Copy in 6-color inlaid leather)

by Bazin, Herve; Jacques Blanchet (binder)

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Granville, New York
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Paris: Aux Editions Eliane Norberg, 1951. First edition thus. Signed, De Luxe limited edition. Sumptuous, full leather Artesian binding by Jacques Blanchet. From an edition of 202, number 72 of 180 printed on Velin d' Arches. Published Paris: Editions Eliane Norberg, 1951. Folio, 10 1/2" x 13 1/4" x 2 7/8" thick, 302pp., illustrated with full page engraved plates and fine textual engravings from copper - all with tissue guards, and two leather engravings (cover and verso) in 6 colors by Robert Fonta. Full dark blue satin morocco over 1/4" thick boards with chamfered corners and leather inner hinges attached to thick, duplex flyleaves and gray leather pastedowns. Gilt block paneled titles on spine, top edges tinted blue with gilt embossed edge design stamped into the page block. Front cover and verso decorated with unique, six-color leather inset engravings by Fonta, Signed on the half title by the Bazin: "Hommage amical / de l'auteur / Herve Bazin." Presentation… Read More
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Le Siecle de Louis XIV
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Le Siecle de Louis XIV

by Voltaire (Monsieur de Francheville / Francois-Marie Arouet)

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1st Edition
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Berlin: C.F. Henning, 1751. 1st Edition . Very Good. 3.75 x 6 inches (9.5 x 15 cm). Complete in two volumes. Full calf leather bindings, red leather title labels and gilt decoration to spines. Good solid bindings. Volume one has light rippling to the pages and foxing up to page 3, hole to front free endpaper and three small holes to leading blank, Volume II is very clean throughout. Engraved bookplate to front endpapers (Charles Grave Hudson - 1st Baronet Hudson, of Wanlip Hall, Leicestershire.) The first edition of one of Voltaire's most important works, a landmark in the development of historiography, published under the alternative pseudonym M. de Francheville. A very nice example. Overall condition is Very Good. Size: 3.75 x 6 inches (9.5 x 15 cm). Hardback. Printed pages: 12mo. [14], 488, [1] (Errata) + [2], 466, [2] (Errata)
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La Chasse de Kaa
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La Chasse de Kaa

by KIPLING, Rudyard

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Limited Edition
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Paris: Javal and Bordeaux, 1930. Limited Edition. JOUVE, Paul. Illustrated by one of the leading painters in France, this superb work brings Kipling's classic Jungle Book story into the realm of fine 20th century French publishing. Limited edition of 125 copies, bound in snakeskin-style folding case, protected by matching slipcase (some wear), 340 mm x 265 mm, 130 unbound pages as issued, 21 plates, printed on imperial Japan paper, an excellent copy.
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Poemes de Charles d'Orleans
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Poemes de Charles d'Orleans

by Matisse, Henri

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1st Edition
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Paris: Teriade Editeur, 1950. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine. Folio. Limited Edition. In original lithographed glassine wrappers.Three green fleur de lis illustrated on front cover, with poets name, and a larger fleur de lis on rear cover. This is copy number 1172 of 1200 signed by Matisse in pencil on colophon.100 colourful crayon and pencil lithographs on loose pages, printed on thick Velin d'Arches paper at the Mourlot workshop in Paris. Illustrated frontis of medieval poet Charles, Duke of Orleans [1394-1465], who, taken prisoner after the Battle of Agincourt in 1415. Many of his poems were written during his long captivity over a 25 year period. He wrote courtly and romantic poems set in ballad and rondeau forms. The poems are lithographed in Matisse own hand, with decorative borders with multiple colours. Wrappers yellowed, and stained along spine and joints of front cover. Rubbing to spine edges. Stain to inner hinge of rear pastedown endpaper and sporadic stains throughout interior, but… Read More
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Les Rois En Exil. Roman Parisien; together with Les Femmes D'Artistes ( ASSOCIATION COPIES) )
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Les Rois En Exil. Roman Parisien; together with Les Femmes D'Artistes ( ASSOCIATION COPIES) )

by Daudet, Alphonse

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Paris: E. Dentu and Alphonse Lemerre, 1879. "Les Femmes D'Artistes" , Alphonse Lemerre, Paris, 1874 and "Les Rois En Exil. Roman Parisien", E Dentu, Paris, 1879, both books SIGNED AND INSCRIBED BY AUTHOR at 3rd front end page and half-title respectively, to the French playwright and novelist Adolphe Belot, author of the wildly popular " Mademoiselle Giraud, My Wife" in 1870 and co-author and collaborator with Daudet on the play "Sapho" in 1885 and who adapted Daudet's "Fromont Jeune et Risler Aîné" for the theater in 1876 "Les Rois en Exil" is SIGNED AND INSCRIBED "Adolphe Belot lou ami Alphonse Daudet" and "Les Femmes D'Artistes" is SIGNED AND INSCRIBED "A La femme de feu Les Femmes des Artistes". Belot's novel "La femme de feu" was published in 1872. Both books Near Fine, bound in contemporary half crushed brown morocco over marbled boards, marbled end pages, the… Read More
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Oeuvres complètes de H. de Balzac
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Oeuvres complètes de H. de Balzac

by BALZAC Honoré de DAUMIER Honoré & BERTALL Charles Constant Albert Nicolas d'Arnoux de Limoges Saint-Saëns dit & GAVARNI Paul & JOHANNOT Tony & NANTEUIL Célestin

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Paris: Furne, |Dubochet, |Hetzel & Paulin|puisAlexandre Houssiaux, 1842. Fine. Furne, Dubochet, Hetzel & Paulin puisAlexandre Houssiaux, Paris 1842-1855, 14,5x22cm, 20 volumes reliés. - Première édition collective sous le titre d'oeuvres, présentant, en même temps que nombre de textes en édition originale, une nouvelle version de la Comédie humaine, revue, remaniée par Balzac. Cette édition est aussi la première édition illustrée. Reliures en demi chagrin bleu, dos très légèrement éclaircis à quatre fin nerfs sertis de pointillés dorés et ornés de triples caissons estampés à froid aux centres desquels figurent un fleuron doré, plats de papier marbré, gardes et contreplats de papier à la cuve, reliures de l'époque. Quelques rousseurs sur certains tomes, une petite tache à la page 119 du tome 4, une autre à la page 321 du tome 8, une déchirure sur la page de faux-titre du tome 9, une petite tache d'eau en angle de la page 449 et sur les suivantes du tome 10,… Read More
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[A magnificent copy of an «Édition magnifique» (Brunet) by Bodoni] Fables […] tome premier...
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[A magnificent copy of an «Édition magnifique» (Brunet) by Bodoni] Fables […] tome premier [- second]

by La Fontaine Jean de (Château-Thierry, 1621 – Parigi, 1695)

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Due tomi in-folio; cc. (7), pp. IV, c. (1), pp. LXXXI, 211; c. (1); pp. 366, c. (1). Cartonatura editoriale originale. Qualche abile restauro ai dorsi delle legature, leggermente allentate, tuttavia splendida copia a pieni margini. A splendid copy with uncut margins, preserved in its original editorial orange boards.Iniziata da Bodoni e portata a termine dalla vedova del celebre stampatore, Margherita Paola Dall'Aglio (Parma, 1758 – Parma, 1841), quest'edizione reca nelle pagine precedenti il frontespizio: "Imprimé par ordre de Sa Majesté Joachim Napoleon Roi des Deux Siciles pour l'instruction de son Fils Ainé S.A.R. le Prince Achille Napoleon". Brunet, III, 754: "Édition magnifique"; Brooks, 1149: "E' una delle più belle edizioni bodoniane"; De Lama, II, p. 213.
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L'Etranger
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L'Etranger

by Albert Camus

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An iconic work of philosophy and literature.
First edition, first printing. Original publisher's wrappers. In April 1942, 4400 copies were produced with varied imprints - 400 service de presse, 500 with no mention of edition, and 3500 with false mentions of editions from second through eighth. This copy bears the false fifth edition imprint.
Spine toned and chipped with some spotting, cover edges moderately worn, pages browned per usual, overall a Very Good copy. Rare in wrappers.
'The Stranger was completed as Camus worked during the day in a dingy hotel room in Paris, while in the evenings, he worked for a newspaper. It was a time of loneliness and tumult. As the war raged on, Camus moved from Paris to Oran in Algeria…With the Nazis' growing stranglehold over all French institutions, paper production was strictly regulated and censorship was in place. That Camus's book was published appears nothing short of miraculous…In the end, the Nazi head of propaganda in France, who had the final say in… Read More
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Les metamorphoses d'Ovide, en latin et en françois, de la traduction de M. L'Abbé Banier (…)...
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Les metamorphoses d'Ovide, en latin et en françois, de la traduction de M. L'Abbé Banier (…) avec des explications historiques.

by Ovid [Publius Ovidius Naso]

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First edition of the famous 4-volume edition of Ovid's Metamorphoses by Pierre-François Basan (1723-1797) and Noël Le Mire (1724-1801), illustrated by Baquoy, Choffard, Duclos, Legrand and many others after Bocuehr, Eisen, Gravelot, Moreau, etc. "It is one of the most brilliantly illustrated of the entire century" (Cohen). Large paper issue.
Description: 4 vols., contemporary marbled calf, sides ruled with triple gilt fillet and decorative gilt roll to board edges. Spine richly gilt in compartments between five raised bands, with two brown morocco labels, lettered gilt. Marbled endpapers. Large square octavo: 25 × 19 cm; pag.: vol.1: [5]ll., pp. xc, [2 (approbation)], 264. vol.2: vii, 352. vol.3: viii, 360. vol.4: viii, 367, 8 (explication). With 140 numbered copper-engraved plates (No. 1 frontispiece, 2-140 with printed captions), 1 final plate (vol.4), 4 title page vignettes, 3 engraved dedication vignettes (vol.1), 30 engraved headpieces. All edges gilt.
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Vingtcinq poèmes
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Vingtcinq poèmes: dix gravures sur bois de H. Arp

by Tristan Tzara

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First edition of this important early dada publication, Tzara's second collection of poetry and the first to be accompanied by Arp's illustrations. Unpaginated (52 pp.), publisher's plain boards with printed title on cover, protected in a recent custom made slipcase with gilt titles on spine. 10 woodcuts printed directly on the pages, 2 of them repeated (the title vignette and the "cul the lampe" after the impressum).
Inscribed by Tzara on the presentation page: "Très cordial hommage ... Zurich - Hotel Seehof, Schifflände".
Near very good, cover darkened, the last page (impressum) is fragile at its glued union with the rear board. Some foxing to the dedication page. Contents are fine. We're happy to provide more pictures. Free upgrade to expedite shipping with insurance, by DHL, UPS or FedEx
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