1. (ANTWERPEN). VAN DE VENNE, Jef Joseph Lefebvre en zijn werk. Antwerpen, Jaak Mössly, 1895. Embossed and decorated leather. 31 x 24 cm. (2), 144 p. Top gilt. Endpapers leaves of glossy comb marble. Many illustrations, partly on slamming plates. 1st edition. Edges a bit worn.
* One of 25 numbered copies printed on moldmade Van Gelder paper, very luxuriously bound with a sculpted Fame (with trumpet), signed J. Mössly. J.S.F. Lefebvre (1818-1891) was alderman of Public Works in Antwerp 1872-1891 and thus the principal of many important buildings. This is one of the few books published by Jaak Mössly (1853-1912), a bookbinder who often made luxurious tribute books (like this one).
2. (BEARDSLEY, Aubrey). POPE, Alexander The Rape of the Lock. A Heroi-Comical Poem in Five Cantos. Embroidered with Nine Drawings by Aubrey Beardsley. Londen, Leonard Smithers, 1896. Original richly gilt blue cloth with design by Beardsley. (2), 48 p. Uncut. Illustrated with a frontispice, six drawings printed on art paper, a headpiece and a tailpiece by Aubrey Beardsley. The binding is fine. The gold is a bit uneven, but it is shimmering brightly. Inside covers partly browned.
* The splendorous binding and eight superb illustrations by Beardsley make this book one of the pinnacles of the 1890s.
4. (BINDING). (MALOU, Jules). BANQUE NATIONALE Rapports fait par le Gouverneur au nom du Conseil d’Administration sur les opérations de l’année 1881 et Rapport du Conseil des Censeurs. Brussels, Imprimerie de la Banque Nationale, 1882. 24 x 17 cm. Richly gilt morocco. 32, (24) p. With double folding table. 1st edition. Upper cover partly slightly discolored, otherwise in perfect condition.
* Full morocco binding with rich gold lettering on both sides, on the spine, the sides of the boards and the lacing on the inside edges. All sides gilt. Flyleaves of moiré paper. From the library of Belgian politician Jules Malou (1810-1886), frequently a minister, long-term member of parliament and a specialist in the area of public finances.
5. (BINDING). MAUPASSANT, Guy de Boule de suif et Le vengeur. Illustrés de huit compositions par Fred Money. Gravées sur bois par Clément et Deloche. Parijs, Librairie des Amateurs/ A. Ferroud, F. Ferroud, 1919. Richly gilt morocco backed marbled boards with leather corners and inlays. Original cover and spine bound in. (8), 110 p. Illustrated. With a marker ribbon. Printed in 1250 numbered copies. Corners slightly dented.
* Fine binding. Three tiny roses of red morocco inlaid on the richly gilt spine. This is one of 10 copies on ‘beau papier vélin d’Arches’, initialed F.F. by the publisher.
9. (DELUXE). BÉRAUD, Henri Le vitriol de lune. Illustrations de Guy Arnoux. Paris, Éditions de Mornay, 1931. Full morocco hardcover with slipcase (Peuser). Original wrappers and backstrip bound in. (10), 270 pp. 54 pochoir-colored illustrations, vignettes and initials. Printed in 965 numbered copies. Tiny tear at the upper spine, otherwise a perfect and splendid book.
* Of 153 copies on various special deluxe papers, this is one of 25 printed on Montval paper. A fine deluxe edition!
10. GOLDSMITH, Oliver The Vicar of Wakefield. With a Preface by Austin Dobson and Illustrations by Hugh Thomson. London, Macmillan, 1891. Original richly gilt cloth. (4), 36, 306, (6) p. All edges gilt. Second edition. Reading slant. Gutters burst, but a very good copy of this glittering 1890’s book. Some foxing.
* Full of whimsical and nicely detailed drawings and funny initials by Thomson.
12. HOMERUS Six hymns of Homer. The English Translation by Percy Bysshe Shelley facing the original Greek. (Maastricht), The Halcyon Press, 1929. Original red morocco. Top gilt. (6), 30 p. Printed in red and black in 481 numbered copies. Corners very slightly worn. A little foxing.
* One of 25 copies printed on Imperial Japanese paper. Bound in subtly gilt and blind-tooled crimson full morocco with marbled flyleaves (publisher’s binding by L. Malcorps). Striking typography by J. van Krimpen. The Halcyon Press 5. Van Dijk 183.
13. HYDE, Robert Wilson Guest Book. (Unused). [San Francisco, Paul Elder, about 1909]. Oblong folio. 28 x 38 cm. Full green leather with gilt title and frame (Riviere and Son). Spine richly gilt with six compartments, each containing a vignette. Marbled endpapers. 140 p. All edges gilt. Printed in colors. Binding slightly worn. No inscriptions!
* Fine and large art nouveau guest book, using various deluxe papers. Some pages with printed borders and mottos on medieval festival themes. Robert Wilson Hyde (1875-1951) was a leading art nouveau artist, living in Santa Barbara. Rare, especially in unused condition.
17. (LION CACHET, C.A.). BRUGMANS, H. (red.) Officieel gedenkboek uitgegeven namens de Huldigingscommissie 1923 te Amsterdam ter gelegenheid van het vijf en twintig jarig Regeeringsjubileum van Hare Majesteit Koningin Wilhelmina Helena Pauline Maria. Amsterdam, Van Holkema & Warendorf/ J.H. de Bussy, 1923. 29 x 23 x 6 cm. Splendid red leather binding, richly gilt (C.A. LION CACHET). Top edge gilt. Red marbled endpapers. (8), 592 p. Illustrated. Vignettes and decorations by Lion Cachet. First edition. Very slight wear at the upper spine corners and lower edges. Bookseller’s ticket inside of co-publisher J.H. de Bussy. Excellent condition.
* Delicate, exquisite gilt binding in an expressionistic art deco style incorporating Wilhelmina’s W and the Dutch Royal Coat of Arms. Official jubilee-edition on the occasion of the 25-year reign of Queen Wilhelmina containing a panorama of history and life of the Netherlands. Contributions by H. Brugmans, Willem Kloos, C.K. Elout, Just Havelaar, J.D. van der Waals jr., Melchior Treub, Leo Lauer and many others. A large and heavy volume. There was also a numbered deluxe edition in gilt vellum.
18. MIDWIVES’ TALES Recueil general des Caquets de l’Accouchée. Ou discours facecieux, où se voit les moeurs, actions, et façons de faire des grands et petits de ce siecle. Le tout discouru par Dames, Demoiselles, Bourgeoises, et autres. Et mis par ordres en viii. apres-dinées, qu’elles ont faict leurs assemblées, par vu Secretaire qui a le tout ouy et escrit. Avec un Discours du Relevement de l’Accouchée. Metz, Lecouteux, 1847. 16 x 12 cm. Original publisher’s boards. (2), 272 p. Uncut. With lithographical title page, reproduction of the 1624 title. Printed on laid paper in only 76 numbered copies. Reprint of the first collected edition of 1623. Binding browned and a bit worn. 20th century bookseller’s mark. Some foxing, but a good copy.
* Unusual publication with very generous margins and an early printed publisher’s binding (upper cover, lower cover and backstrip). The literal meaning of the title is ‘General Collection of Dry Nurses’ Gossip’. Contains ‘piquant and satirical’ sketches about pregnancy.
19. MILNE, A.A. Now we are six. With decorations by Ernest H. Shepard. London, Methuen, 1929. Original gilt leather. (8), 104 p. Richly illustrated. All edges gilt. Fourth edition. Spine slightly worn at top and foot, a few tiny flakes. No discoloring! Owner’s inscription ‘C.M. Thompson’ on first flyleaf.
* Very good copy of the deluxe binding in fine, soft tawny leather, with 5 humorous depictions of Christopher Robin on the spine. On the upper cover the author’s gilt initials in a chocolate brown decoration.
20. MINIBOOK Évangile de Notre Seigneur Jesus-Christ selon Saint Matthieu d’après la version revue par J.F. Ostervald. (Deluxe edition in leather). Zuilichem, The Catharijne Press, 1989. 6.4 x 4.7 cm. Gilt very dark leather in marbled slipcase trimmed with leather (Luce Thürkôw). (2), 54, (6) p. Set from the 2.5-point font of Henri Didot and printed in an edition of 200 numbered copies. 1st edition.
* One of 15 Roman numbered deluxe copies, in a fine binding. Very fine mini booklet!
22. (NIEUWENHUIS, Theo). HOFKER, Jan Gedachten en Verbeeldingen. Met Inleiding van L. van Deyssel. (With an original etched portrait of the author by Willem Witsen). Amsterdam, S.L. van Looy, 1906. Original (dark) honey-coloured full vellum with dark brown and natural decorations and lettering in batik combined with lines and dots blocked in gold. Signed by T[heo] N[ieuwenhuis]. All edges gilt. (10), 144 p. One of 50 deluxe copies on mould-made paper by Van Gelder. First edition. Spine very slightly worn. Two library stamps on flyleaf and first blank page. Signature on first blank page ‘C.F. Hofker’.
* Fantastic batik binding designed by Nieuwenhuis. This magnificent deluxe edition, one of the pinnacles of Dutch Art Nouveau bookbinding, was distributed among friends and admirers of Hofker (1864-1945), a sensitivistic author and a friend of many ‘Tachtigers’. Nieuwenhuis specially painted the owner’s monogram on the lower cover of the copies that were sold. In this case it is ‘F.H.’, the eldest brother of the author, Cornelis Fredrik Hofker (1849-1921).
23. (NOVALIS). BLEI, Franz Novalis. Mit einem Lichtdruck, einem Faksimile und acht Vollbildern in Tonätzung. (Serie Die Literatur herausgegeben von Georg Brandes Nr. 6). Berlin, Bard Marquardt, . 16 x 12 cm. Originalpergament mit Schliessbinden. (8), 64 S. Mit Bilder auf dunkles Papier geklebt, Fotobeilagen und Faksimiles. Gedruckt in rot und schwarz. EA. Eine Binde fehlt (von 4). Etwas berieben. Bindung etwas lose.
* Schöne Jugendstil-Ganzpergamentausgabe in Gold bestempelt.
24. NOVALIS Die Gedichte von Friedrich von Hardenberg genannt Novalis. [Den Haag], (De Zilverdistel, 1915). Original supple vellum parchment with gilt spine lettering and Zilverdistel vignette in gold on the front cover. In modern paper slipcase with the same vignette (Phoenix Bindery). (6), 132 p. Set by handwith a type designed by Peter Schoeffer of Gernsheim and printed by J. F. van Royen on a hand-operated press of Enschede in red and black in 200 copies. With two brown spots on the lower side of the otherwise creamy white vellum. Bookplate of Lucy Spiegl.
* Baroness Spiegl Lucy von Goldschmidt-Rothschild (1891-1977) was friends with Else Lasker-Schüler. Exceptionally beautiful deluxe biliophile edition. Nowadays the designer of the historic type of this book is thought to be not Schoeffer, but the printer Peter Quentell of Cologne (1475-1546). De Zilverdistel 11. Van Royen 1964, 7.
25. (OFFEL, Edmond van). FARRAR, F.W. Drie cricket-spelers. (Proof of the bookbinding with two designs). 1. Sketch in green, white and grey on brown paper. Some wear.
2. Title and author in two different strips of paper pasted on a drawing in black on white paper. Signed by Edmond van Offel.
3. Proof binding: front, back and spine in cloth and board in colors and fabric different from the final version.
4. Drie cricket-spelers. Utrecht, H. Honig, . Decorated cloth after the design by Van Offel. (4), 296 p. With illustrations by Stanley L. Wood. 2nd edition of this Dutch translation of The three homes. A tale for fathers and sons.
* Proof bookbinding in black and bright green on rough cloth. The binding that was used is in brown, bright green and greyish green and without embossing on smoothed cloth.
Edmond van Offel (1871-1959) was one of the foremost Belgian art nouveau artists, especially active as a book designer.
27. PERCY, Gilbert Piccalilli. Illustrated by George Thomas & T.R. Macquoid. London, Sampson Low Son and Co., 1862. Gilt and blindstamped blue cloth, decorated with a spider in a cobweb surrounded by branches dotted with lizards, a frog and a bat. Lower cover blindstamped only with intricate decoration. (2), 110 p. All edges gilt. 13 illustrations, all [wood-]engraved by Edmund Evans. First edition. Binding worn: top of spine damaged, worn at the tail. Corners bumped. Some wear and slight stains.
* Rare childrens’s book in mediocre condition with very delicate and intimate illustrations.
28. RIDEOUT, Henry Milner Dragon’s Blood. Boston/ New York, Houghton Mifflin, 1909. Decorated cloth. (12), 272 p. Illustrated in duotone by Harold M. Brett. Second edition. Spine a little discolored, otherwise a crisp, flawless copy.
* Chinese adventure novel by an American author (1877-1927). Fine publisher’s binding: a blue dragon bursting forth with orange flames against a Chinese disk in gold, conceived by The Decorative Designers, Lee and Henry Thayer, as the tiny monogram DD shows.
29. (ROMANTIC BINDING). KATE, J.J.L. ten Italië. Reisherinneringen. Arnhem, J.W. Swaan, . Richly gilt full morocco. xxviii, 404 pp. All edges gilt. With a full-page tinted lithograph for the title page and 3 extratext tinted lithographical illustrations. List of subscribers after the title. First edition. Very slight wear on some edges, but an almost fine copy.
* Romantic, eclectic bookbinding: a luxurious Renaissance archway grants a view of St.-Peter’s and the Forum, with a few typical Italians as staffage. The charming scene has been set in an elegant frame of rococo decorations. The binding was designed after the title lithograph and signed in the plate S.J. de Vries, In gold the name of cliché maker S.J. de Vries. Binding signed J. Herfkens Fz., Utrecht (active as a binder 1844-1864). The text is about an eight week trip to Italy, peppered with fine Victorian poetry. With prints of Vesuvius, the Roman Forum and the Grand Canal, by C.C.A. Last.
Reportedly from a 19th century Dutch royal collection, that was sold by Queen Emma (1858-1934) or from her estate.
30. ROYCROFTERS – BROWNING, Robert So this then is Christmas Eve. Done into print by the Roycrofters at the Roycroft Shop, which is in East Aurora, New York, U.S.A. East Aurora, Roycrofters, 1899. Gebonden in suède met schuin gezette titel in goud. Oranje zijden schutbladen. 84 p. Gezet in de Old Style Antique en gedrukt op Boxwood-papier. Alle initialen met de hand gekleurd, evenals de titelpagina. Kreukje in laatste schutblad, heel geringe gebruikssporen, maar in het algemeen in prima toestand, ondanks de tere constructie van het boek.
* Vroege Roycroft-uitgaven konden tegen betaling voorzien worden van met de hand gekleurde initialen en vignetten. Dit is exemplaar is spaarzaam, maar subtiel handgekleurd. McKenna 38.
32. SHELLEY, P.B. Prometheus unbound. A lyrical Drama in four Acts. [Den Haag], (De Zilverdistel), 1917. Original limp vellum with gilt spine title and Zilverdistel-vignette on upper cover. (4), 148 p. Set by hand and printed by J.F. van Royen on his own hand-press with the Zilvertype in red and black in 125 copies. Modern slipcase with the Zilverdistel vignette (Phoenix Bindery).
* De Zilverdistel 15. Van Royen 1964, 11.
33. SIKELIANOS, Angelos De heilige weg. Vertaald door Hans Warren en Mario Molegraaf. Amsterdam, Regulierenpers, 1986. Gilt half morocco with morocco side edges (Phoenix Bindery). 48 p. Set by hand and printed in two hues of green and black on tinted handmade paper in 60 numbered copies. Upper cover a bit discolored.
* Four poems by Sikelianos (1884-1951) translated into Dutch. One of 30 deluxe copies. De Regulieren 21/1986.
34. SLAUERHOFF, J. Serenade. Gedichten. Maastricht/ Brussel, The Halcyon Press, 1930. Original wrappers. In a gilt cloth clamshell box (with a vignette by John Buckland Wright, title on spine). (4), 40 p. Set from J. van Krimpen’s Romanée and printed in 310 numbered copies. 1st edition. Top of cover a bit discolored. Fine, intact copy.
* One of only 10 Roman numbered deluxe copies, printed on Japanese paper – and this is one of the major books of poems of the Dutch literature. De Halcyon Pers 3. Van Dijk 230.
37. VILLON, François Oeuvres de François Villon. Le lais, Le testament et ses ballades. (Den Haag, Kunera Pers, 1926). Original limp vellum with gilt spine title. (4), 142 p. Set by hand and printed with the Disteltype by J.F. van Royen in blue, red and black in 110 copies.
* One of the great prewar privately printed editions of the Netherlands. The typography was inspired by the incunables; the initials were cut in boxwood by Van Royen himself, a remarkable feat (especially for a managing director of the Dutch Postal Service, Van Royen’s profession). Van Royen 1964, 15.
40. (ZILVERDISTEL). SUSTER BERTKEN Een boecxken gemaket van suster bertken die lvii jaren besloten heeft gheseten tot Utrecht in dye buerkercke. [Den Haag], (De Zilverdistel, 1918). Original gilt full vellum. In paper slipcase with gilt vignette of the (Phoenix Binderij). (40) p. Set by hand from the Disteltype and printed by J.F. van Royen in red and black in 70 copies, numbered on the press. Bookplate removed from inside upper cover.
* Probably the most beautiful publication of the bibliophile publisher-printing house De Zilverdistel. First application of Lucien Pissarro’s Disteltype. Van Royen 1964, 12. De Zilverdistel 16.