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Modern art and literature of France.

New acquisitions and recent highlights from our bookshop, including livres des artistes and books with manuscription annotations. Full list below

Buffon, 1942-1951 with 30 woodcuts by Germaine DeCoster.

De Coster, Germaine [artist]. Buffon. Lettre-préface de Georges Duhamel gravures de Germaine de Coster. Paris: [privately printed] 1951. #3 of 3 special copies, with three original drawings laid in, with a suite of woodcuts in the first state, as well as, a suite of woodcuts in “décomposition. Germaine De Coster [1885-1992] French artist and bookbinder is a great 20th Century figure of the book arts. Her bookbindings, many done with colleague Hélène Dumas are recognized internationally, and her earlier engravings on paper deserve to be. She was made Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur in 1946. Full description

Don Juan de Espina en Madrid, by José de Cañizares (4 July 1676 – 4 September 1750)

Comedia que escribió [...] y se ha de representar a sus Majestades en el Coliseo del Buen Retiro, a expensas de la muy Noble y muy Leal Coronada Villa de Madrid, con motivo de celebrar los gloriosos, felicísimos Desposorios. del Serenísimo Señor D. Carlos Príncipe de Asturias, y de la Serenissima Señora Dña. Luisa Princesa de Parma [...]. [Madrid, s.i. n.a., c. 1765]. Palau 42900. Quarto. Contemporary Red morocco, gilt. Arms of Carlos III on each cover. Original royal binding in beautiful conditon An extremely popular play with much magic and special effects staged to celebrate a royal marriage of the King’s son,

[Libretto]. La Felicita rinventa. Festa di musica, Milano 1671

Libretto for a Lost Opera The beginnings of Opera in Milano [Libretto]. La Felicita rinventa. Festa di musica. Celebrata al glorioso nome dell’Eccellentissima signora D. Felice Sandovalle, Duchessa d’Uceda, e d’Osuna, Contessa di Uregna, . . . Nel Regio Ducale Palagio di Milano l’anno 1671. Il giorno 30 d’Agosto, nel quale si solenniza la memoria di Santa Felice. Milano: Lodovico Monza, (1671). Not in Sartori. Not in OCLC, KVK. The opera dramatizes the felicity and renewing power of music and dance. It is an opera in one act with a characters of Greek and Roman gods, along with the Renaissance figure of Petrarch. Although the setting is based on neo-classic Florentine and Venetian opera, the theme is local, indicating that La Felicita rinventa has musical and scenic elements specific to Milan. The libretto is anonymous although it seems to be written by a Milanese poet. Inquiries invited. Full description below

20th Century French Literature. Limited Editions and Art books

Including signed books by Aragon, Valery, Max Jacob. Also books with original prints by Dufy, Laurens, Matisse and others. Don't hesitate to inquire. The link is below.

Grossmann, Rudolf. (1882-1941) Boxer. Acht Lithographien

Düsseldorf: Galerie Flechtheim, 1921. No. 52 of 60 albums on Japan, with all eight lithographs hand-colored. Each lithograph and the colophon signed in pencil by Grossmann. Large folio. Loose sheets in portfolio. 13 1/4" x 17 3/4" on Japan, Text: 6p incl colophon. 14 1/2" x 20". A rare Weimar album devoted to the urbane and “snobistisch” sport of boxing by an important artist of the time whose work was extensively destroyed by the Nazis. Full description at the link below:

New Acquisitions and Highlights from our bookshop

Illustrated books, archives of ballet designs, an important Loie Fuller letter, prints, first editions, early & rare theatre items. No charge shipping in the U.S. Libraries can be billed after 1 July, on request. Inquiries invited. List at the link below

Catharina Helena Stöber 1775 or Stöberin

This is a rare portrait of Catharina Helena Stöber, a woman who was only two foot four inches (ca. 70 cm) in height. Her parents exhibited her at fairs all over Germany. Stöber was known for her perfect proportions and for her elegant dress (as pictured here). She is posing jauntily on a tabletop wearing a dress with a low neckline, and an open over-skirt with lace and ribbons, and a decorative hat. Her feelings are not on exhibition. Etching with engraved text on laid paper (9 ⅛ x 6 ½ inches) Full description at the link below.

Libretti collection. 18th century Italian oratorios.

An interesting collection of eighteen 18th century Milanese libretti for oratorios, thirteen of them in original or contemporary wrappers. With four duplicates. Because Milan was an important center of Italian vocal music in the baroque era, it is surprising that more research has not been done on the Milanese sacred oratorio. Inquiries invited Full list at the link below.

New German drama, 1924. One play by a young Hanns Johst (1890 – 1978) the future Nazi poet Laureat

Schöllgen, Hubert. Zehn Schnitte zum jungen Drama. Mit Geleitwort von H. Johst. Frankfurt, Englert & Schlosser, 1924. “Mappe” folio, image size 8”x 12”; sheet size 12 Texts with ten original woodcuts by Hubert Schöllgen, each signed in pencil and with stamp on verso lower right by publisher. In original folding case of boards with cloth spine, cover lettered in white ink.öllgen.pdf

Madison, Maud [Early American dancer]. b ca. 1875; d. ca 1953]. Original photograph, hand colored, ca. 1900

A rare photograph of Madison in her "butterfly" dance. 7" x 9" mounted, signed in pen "Maud Madison." Delicately hand-colored in multi-hues to reflect the diaphanous colored of the shawl-dress. Maud Madison was born in San Francisco ca 1875. She studied at the Boucicault School of Acting in 1889. She performed with Richard Mansfield in Richard the Third (1890?) and toured in acting and dancing troupes. Madison was influenced by seeing Loie Fuller perform, and went to Paris in 1900 to attempt to get performing engagements during the Exposition. Letters indicate that she danced for a time with the Fuller dance company. She gave programs of what she called "fancy costume dances" in Paris and then on tour in the United States. Later she taught social ballroom dancing in New York City at her own school during World War I.

Manual para administrar los santos sacramentos, arreglado al ritual romano, con el orden de bendiciones, exequias, processiones, y otras cosas necesarias. By Diego Osorio.

En México: En la Imprenta del Nuevo Rezado, de Doña Maria de Ribera, en el Empedradillo,Year, 1748. Ref: Medina, Mexico. #3907; Palau 206596. Printed by the grand daughter of the first woman printer in Mexico. Bound in contemporary stained calf. Link to full description below.