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Rare treatise on the perspective of shadows

ADHÉMAR, Joseph Alphonse. Traité des ombres. Théorie des teintes, des points brillants et de la perspective cavalière. Troisième édition. [Plates volume:] Cours de mathématiques à l'usage des architectes, ingénieurs civils, etc. Applications de géométrie descriptive. Ombres. Quatrième édition.
Paris, Armand Colin, etc.; Berlin; Madrid (plates volume: Paris, Armand Colin), 1870-1874. Text volume and atlas volume. 8vo (text) and folio (atlas). Atlas volume with letterpress title-page and numerous illustrations on 42 numbered engraved plates after the author, including 2 folding double-page plates (one of these numbered 12 bis) and 10 double-page plates. Contemporary uniform red half shagreen, gold-stamped spine, marbled boards. Text volume: X, [1], [1 blank], 388 pp. Full description
€ 1,950
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Alphands monumental work showing his major project of designing the "green" gardens, boulevards and parks in 19th-century Paris, with 585 illustrations

ALPHAND, Jean-Charles Adolphe. Les promenades de Paris: histoire, descriptions des embelissements, dépenses de création et d'entretien, des Bois de Boulogne et de Vincennes, Champs-Elysées, parcs, squares, boulevards, places plantées, étude sur l'art des jardins et arboretum.
Paris, J. Rothschild (printed by J. Claye), "1867-1873". 1 text volume and 1 plates volume. Elephant folio (ca. 62 x 44.5 cm). With the title-page in red and black with the Paris coat-of-arms in brown, a letterpress part-title in red for the plates volume, and richly illustrated with 485 wood-engravings, 77 engraved plates and 23 chromolithographs. Uniform, original publisher's half goatskin morocco with the Paris coat of arms on the spine and front board. Text vol.: [18], LIX, [1 blank], [1], [1 blank], 246, [1], [1 blank], CVIII, [12] pp. Plate vol.: [5] ll. interleaving the plates. Full description
€ 6,850
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The establishment of archaeology and philology as fields of study, bound for a Bourbon(?) count, including a work on the famous Rosetta Stone

[ARCHAEOLOGY - PHILOLOGY] BARTHÉLEMY, Jean-Jacques and others. [Collection of texts on early archaeology and philology].
[Various places], [various publishers], 1760-1827.
Containing:
(1) [CHRISTIE'S - LONDON]. A list of the very rare and valuable Aethiopic and other oriental manuscripts, collected by the celebrated traveller, James Bruce, esq. of Kinnaird, taken from the catalogue of them made by the late Alexander Murray, editor of the travels by Mr. Bruce in Abyssinia.
[London, 1827].
(2) WEBER, Georg Friedrich. Observationes sacrae circa funera populorum orientis. ...
Strasbourg, Johann Heinrich Heitz, [1767].
With a woodcut headpiece, tailpieces (2) and open-sided factotum.
(3) SEYFFARTH, Gustav [and Friedrich August Wilhelm SPOHN]. Brevis defensio hieroglyphices.
Leipzig, Johann Ambrosius Barth, 1827.
(4) SCHLICHTEGROLL, Friedrich von. Ueber die bey Rosette in Aegypten gefundene dreyfache Inschrift...
München, printed by Ignaz Joseph Lentner, [1818?].
(5) BARTHÉLEMY, Jean-Jacques. Explication de la mosaïque de Palestrine. Paris, H.L. Guerin & L.F. Delatour, 1760.
With 1 large folding engraved plate of the mosaic, 1 plate showing the names of animals written in the mosaic. Bound with it is an unrelated engraved plate on a 4to leaf, showing Samaritan medals (drawn and engraved by Poisson in 1790) that accompanied another one of Barthélemys publications.
(6) BARTHÉLEMY, Jean-Jacques. Lettre de m. l'abbé Barthelemy ...
[Paris, 1760].
With 2 plates of the Phoenician medals and Phoenician inscriptions found on Malta, with an elaborate woodcut headpiece and a woodcut tailpiece.
(7) BARTHÉLEMY, Jean-Jacques. Seconde lettre de m. l'abbé Barthelemy, ... sur quelques médailles Phéniciennes. [Paris, 1763].
With one plate of the Phoenician medals and the same elaborate woodcut headpiece as ad 6.
(8) [PARQUOY (assistant to labbé François BEJOT at the Bibliothèque du Roi). Lettre à messieurs les auteurs du Journal des Savans, sur un projet d'edition du Syncelle.
[Paris, 1778].
(9) BARTHÉLEMY, Jean-Jacques. Lettre a monsieur le Marquis Olivieri, au sujet de quelques monuments Phéniciens ... Paris, L.F. Delatour (printer), 1766.
With 4 plates (numbered I-IV, nos. I & III folding), the first 3 signed by P.L Charpentier, of Phoenician inscriptions, alphabet and medals. With a woodcut (oak branches with a ribbon) on the title-page and a woodcut headpiece.
(10) [D'ANSSE DE VILLOISON, Jean-Baptiste-Gaspard (draughtsman) and DROÜET (engraver)]. Alphabetum codicis bibliothecae coislininae, nunc sangermanensis, ineunte decimo saeculo manu exarati, ex quo Apollonii lexicon descriptum est. Paris, 1771.
10 works in 1 volume. 4to. A wholly engraved monograph, in Greek and Latin with a few words of Syriac.
Mid-19th-century half red goatskin morocco, sewn on 4 supports, gold-tooled spine (blind-tooled fillets) with the cypher monogram of a French count in compartments 1, 3 & 5 and "labbé|Barthelemy" and "Dissertations|1760-1792" in mid-19th-century roman capitals across compartments 2 & 4, "agathe" chemical-marbled sides, Spanish-marbled endpapers, red sprinkled edges, green ribbon marker. 16; 43, [1 blank]; 24; 28, XIV; [2], 44; 12; 8; 12; [1], [1 blank], 45, [1 blank]; 9, [1 blank] pp. Full description
€ 12,500
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Four fine engraved series of models of architectural ornamentation, bound together in contemporary vellum

BARBET, Jean. Livre d'architecture d'autels, et de cheminees.
"Paris", sold by Cornelis Danckerts in Amsterdam, 1641. Series of 20 numbered engravings, including the title-print, Barbet's dedication to Cardinal Richelieu, a note to the reader and 17 finely designed and engraved altars and chimney pieces.
With:
(2) MITELLI, Agostino. [Model cartouches.] All[e]r[!] Ill[ustrissi]mo. Sig[no]r: Fran[ces]co: Maria Zambeccari.
[Paris?], Rousel, "1636" [ca. 1641/42?]. Series of 16 numbered engravings, including the title-print (with no title) and 15 large ornamental, cartouches, many with grotesque masks.
(3) RABEL, Daniel. Cartouches de diferentes inventions, tres utilles a plussieurs sortes de personnes.
Paris, Francois l'Anglois dit Ch(i)artres, [ca. 1645?]. 2 series of engravings, each with an engraved title-print with an elaborately decorated cartouche plus 12 numbered cartouches with scenes. Plate 1 in each series is signed by [Daniel] Rabel (ca. 1578-1637) in Paris as artist and engraver. The title-prints name the publisher Ch(i)artres. 4 works in volume. Folio (32 x 20 cm). Contemporary vellum. 20; 16; [1], 12; [1], 12 engr. ll. Full description
€ 6,500
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A Franciscan discovering the Holy Land. From the library of King Louis-Philippe

[BEAUGRAND, Felix]. Relation fidele du voyage de la Terre Sainte dans laquelle se voit tout ce qu' il y a de remarquable, tant par mer que par terre, depuis le départ de Marseille jusqu' au retour de ce saint voyage.
Paris, Gabriel Valleyre, 1760. 8vo. With a small woodcut vignette on title, several woodcut head- and tailpieces. Contemporary mottled calf, gold-tooled spine, with yellow morocco title label, gold-tooled binding edges, red edges. [4], 248, [10] pp. Full description
€ 5,000
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Important work on landscape gardening

BECKER, Wilhelm Gottlieb (editor). Der plauische Grund bei Dresden, mit Hinsicht auf Naturgeschichte und schöne Gartenkunst.
Nuremberg, Frauenholzischen Kunsthandlung, 1799. 2 parts in 1 volume. Folio. With an engraved folding plan, and 24 engraved plates, including 8 hand-coloured. Early 19th-century green half morocco. XII, 128; [4], 120 pp. Full description
€ 3,500
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First issue of the first edition of an important work on military and civic architecture, with 53 engraved plates

BÉLIDOR, Bernard Forest de. La science des ingenieurs dans la conduite des travaux de fortification et d'architecture civile.
Paris, Claude Jombert, 1729. 4to. With an engraved frontispiece by Rigault, title-page printed in red and black, engraved headpiece by Filloeul at the head of the dedication, and 53 engraved plates (51 folding), mostly after drawings by Comte Thomassin. Contemporary calf, gold-tooled spine. [16], 80; 64; 96; 104; 80; 80, [8] pp. Full description
€ 1,250
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Pre-fabricated ornamentation

BEUNAT, Joseph. Recueil des dessins dornaments darchitecture de la manufacture de Joseph Beunat. A Sarrebourg, et a Paris, Rue St. Avoye, no. 63. Contenant tout ce qui rapport a la decoration des apartments ...
Sarrebourg and Paris, [ca. 1814]. Large 4to (32.5 x 25 cm). Engraved series of 86 prints (including the decorative title-page) with many hundreds of different designs. Contemporary German tree calf, flat spine with contemporary manuscript paper label in ink. With the original publishers grey printed wrappers bound in, with the title in German. Full description
€ 6,500
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