World authors, foreign-language titles, and works in translation
George Sand [Amantine-Lucile-Aurore Dudevant Aurore Dupin]
Paris: Michel Levy Freres, 1869. Nouvelle Edition. Leather bound. Very good +. Beautifully bound partial set in green half leather over black and green marbled paper boards. Gilt title on spine. Four raised bands. Rubbing to edges and bumped corners of paper boards on some volumes. Mauprat showing rubbing to spine. Blue marbled end papers. Previous owner’s inscription and writing on some blank leaves. Binding is sturdy and strong. Foxing and toning to pages. Each volume about 300 pp. Sextodecimo, 4 1/2 x 7 inches tall. Text in French. Levy, Sand’s official publisher, released this New Edition in the author’s lifetime.
Government of France
Paris: Frères Debure, 1777. New Edition. Full calf. Very good. Very good law book from pre-revolutionary France. Beautiful mottled calf with five raised bands. All edges painted red. Marbled endpapers, first free endpaper missing a short section. Front cover starting to crack at joint. Off-set toning on first blank leaf and title page. 353 pp. plus 7 additional pp. including 2 catalogues. Octodecimo, 4 x 6 1/2 inches tall. Code of contractual law from before the French revolution, approved by Louis the XVI prior to his demise. Text in French.
A.A. World Services, Inc.
New York: A.A. World Services, Inc., 2008. Third Edition. Cloth. Fine/very good. A fine first printing of the third edition of the AA Big Book in Spanish. In a very good dust jacket which shows mild wear. Dust jacket now protected in a clear, removable, archival cover. 528 pp. Small octavo, 5 3/4 x 8 1/2 inches tall. Una fina primera impresion de la tercera edicion del Libro Grande de AA en espanol.. En una muy buena chaqueta contra polvo que muestra un desgaste leve. Sobrecubierta ahora protegido en una cubierta archivistica lo que es transparente y desmontable.
Carlo Porta; Tommaso Grossi; Pietro Steppani
Italia, 1841. Reprint. Three-quarter leather. Very good +. A very good plus copy of Porta’s (1775-1821) poetry in the Milanese, with and appendix of poetry by Steppani. Brown and yellow marbled boards over 3/4 tan leather. All edges painted blue speckled. Cream endpapers showing offset. Foxing to pages. Binding is sturdy and square. 202 pp. plus an appendix of 14 pp. of poetry by Pietro Steppani in script from 1815. Followed by 30 blank pages, as if inviting notes or the reader’s own compositions. 18mo, 4 1/4 x 6 inches tall. Carlo Porta (June 15, 1775 – January 5, 1821) was an Italian poet, the most famous writer in Milanese (the central dialect of the Western Lombard language)…. Porta began to write poems in 1790, although few of them were published before 1810. In 1804-1805 he worked at a Milanese translation of the Divine Comedy, which he, however, left unfinished. In these years the progressive group that formed round him and called themselves the “Cameretta Portiana” included Giuseppe Bossi, who painted a group portrait of four Amici della Cameretta Portiana”.— wikipedia
Rudolf Pechel, ed.
Berlin: Deutsches Verlagshaus Bong, 1913. Hardcover. Fine/fine. A fine first edition in a fine dust jacket with the original cardstock slipcase in near fine condition. Gorgeous quarter leather binding over textured green paper with gilt accents. Top edge painted, offset bottom edge. Some pages unopened. Original fine ribbon marker. Slipcase showing mild toning at edges and dark stain on bottom edge. Laid in is the original ad for the work. 343 pp. Duodecimo, 4 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches tall. A fine example of a lovely book, made to reflect the era it describes. Text in German.