Bloomsbury Auctions No Reserve Bibliophile Sale on Tuesday June 30, at 2:00 pm

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Featuring property from Heritage Book Shop, Colonial Williamsburg
and The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Exhibition
Friday, 26 June, 10am to 5pm
Monday, 29 June, 10am to 5pm
Tuesday, 30 June, 10am to 1pm

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Featuring:

34. CONRAD, Joseph. The Works. Garden City, New York: Doubleday, Page & Company, 1920-1928. 24 vols. 8vo (214 x 145 mm). Titles in red and black. Photogravure portrait frontispiece to vol.I, plates in vols.XXIII and XXIV. Contemporary green half morocco gilt by Stikeman & Co. of New York, t.e.g. Condition: some fading to spines, occasional neat repairs to joints and the heads of five spines, some small splits to joints.
the sun-dial edition: limited to 735 sets signed by the author in vol.I, this set numbered 27. Includes G. Jean-Aubry’s “Life and Letters” in vols. 23 and 24.

est. $2500 – $3500

76. KIPLING, Rudyard (1865-1936). The Works. L: Macmillan and Co., 1913. 25 vols., 8vo (240 x 160 mm). Bound by Riviere in contemporary three-quarter red levant morocco over red cloth boards, spines paneled and lettered in gilt in compartments, five raised bands, t.e.g., marbled endpapers. Condition: joints repaired on vols. I and XXII, a few other joints just starting; minor staining, a few headcaps chipped, soiling to cover of vol. II.
the bombay edition, one of 1,050 copies, volume I signed by kipling.

$1500 – $2000

119. ROBERT, Nicolas (1614-1685). Variæ ac multiformes florum species appressæ ad vivum et æneis tabulis incisæ. Diverses fleurs dessinées et gravées d’aprés le naturel. Paris: Poilly [n.d. but circa 1742]. 4to (10 1/2 x 8 in). Engraved title, 30 engraved plates, all expertly hand-colored at a later date. Blue straight-grained morocco gilt by Devauchelle, covers panelled in gilt, the flat spine tooled and lettered in gilt, red calf doublures bordered in gilt, marbled free endpapers, g.e. Condition: two tears to engraved title neatly repaired, small section of upper blank corner renewed, small erasure marks on lower margin of plates 9 and 27 affecting imprint on plate 9.
a very attractive copy of this important early flower book with very fine plates from “one of the most outstanding flower painters of the 17th century”. (Oak Spring Flora). Nicolas Robert’s “earliest work was the Fiori Diversi published in Roma in 1640 and he confirmed an already growing reputation in 1641 by painting the exquisite Guirlande de Julie, an album prepared for beautiful Julie d’Angennes …Gaston d’Orléans then employed Robert to make a permanent record of his collection of plants at Blois, and after Gaston’s death, Robert was chosen as the chief illustrator for the Histoire des Plantes projected by the newly founded Académie Royale des Sciences …The plates in the Diverses Fleurs … were adapted by Maria Sibylla Merian as illustrations for her Histoire des Insectes de l’Europe, Amsterdam, 1730, and were also used as models for the anonymous Nederlantsch Bloemwerk, Amsterdam, 1794” (Hunt). BM (NH) IV, p.1712; Hunt 282; Nissen BBI 1645; Oak Spring Flora 42.

$3000 – $4000

119. ROBERT, Nicolas (1614-1685). Variæ ac multiformes florum species appressæ ad vivum et æneis tabulis incisæ. Diverses fleurs dessinées et gravées d’aprés le naturel. Paris: Poilly [n.d. but circa 1742]. 4to (10 1/2 x 8 in). Engraved title, 30 engraved plates, all expertly hand-colored at a later date. Blue straight-grained morocco gilt by Devauchelle, covers panelled in gilt, the flat spine tooled and lettered in gilt, red calf doublures bordered in gilt, marbled free endpapers, g.e. Condition: two tears to engraved title neatly repaired, small section of upper blank corner renewed, small erasure marks on lower margin of plates 9 and 27 affecting imprint on plate 9.
a very attractive copy of this important early flower book with very fine plates from “one of the most outstanding flower painters of the 17th century”. (Oak Spring Flora). Nicolas Robert’s “earliest work was the Fiori Diversi published in Roma in 1640 and he confirmed an already growing reputation in 1641 by painting the exquisite Guirlande de Julie, an album prepared for beautiful Julie d’Angennes …Gaston d’Orléans then employed Robert to make a permanent record of his collection of plants at Blois, and after Gaston’s death, Robert was chosen as the chief illustrator for the Histoire des Plantes projected by the newly founded Académie Royale des Sciences …The plates in the Diverses Fleurs … were adapted by Maria Sibylla Merian as illustrations for her Histoire des Insectes de l’Europe, Amsterdam, 1730, and were also used as models for the anonymous Nederlantsch Bloemwerk, Amsterdam, 1794” (Hunt). BM (NH) IV, p.1712; Hunt 282; Nissen BBI 1645; Oak Spring Flora 42.

$3000 – $4000

121. RUSKIN, John. [Works]. NY: Bryan, Taylor & Company, 1894. 26 vols., 8vo (220 x 150 mm). Contemporary three-quarter tan morocco over marbled boards, spines paneled and lettered in gilt in compartments, five raised bands, t.e.g., others uncut, marbled endpapers. Condition: several volumes with chipping to top rear boards; some shelf wear and rubbing to edges.
edition deluxe. one of 750 numbered sets.

$1500 – $2000

About the author

The Editor

Michael Miller, Editor and Publisher of New York Arts, an International Journal for the Arts and The Berkshire Review, was trained as a classicist and art historian at Harvard and Oxford, worked in the art world for many years as a curator and dealer, and contributed reviews and articles to Bostonia, Master Drawings, Drawing, Threshold, and North American Opera Journal, as well as numerous articles for scholarly and popular periodicals. He has taught courses in classics, the English language, and art history at Oberlin, Rutgers, New York University, the New School, and Williams. Currently, when he is not at work on New York Arts, he writes fiction, pursues photography, and publishes scholarly work. In 2011 he contributed an introductory essay to Leonard Freed: The Italians / exh. cat. Io Amo L’Italia, exhibition at Le Stelline, Milan, and wrote the revised the section on American opera houses in The Grove Dictionary of American Music. He is currently at work on a libretto for a new opera by Lewis Spratlan, Midi, an adaptation of Euripides’ Medea set in the French West Indies, ca. 1930.

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