Tag Archive: 0france

Cut-flush edges

Cut-flush edges

21st September 2023

This book, a first edition of Recherches pratiques sur les différentes manieres de traiter les maladies vénériennes (1770) by Jacques-Joseph de Gardane (1726–1786), docteur-régent at the University of Paris, exhibits something called a cut-flush binding.  As the online Language of Bindings Thesaurus explains, in such a binding ‘the boards and/or covering material are cut level […]

‘A work of darkness’ (Voltaire)

‘A work of darkness’ (Voltaire)

7th September 2023

Wikipedia calls Charles Théveneau de Morande (1741–1805) a gutter journalist, blackmailer, and spy. He was certainly ‘a large and charismatic man of great physical strength and presence, traits he used to bully and intimidate.  Having received an education in Arnay-le-Duc and Dijon, Morande joined the French army and was possibly wounded serving in the Seven […]

In the pink

In the pink

30th June 2023

This is a copy of the first edition of Les amours de Mirtil (‘Constantinople’, but actually Paris, 1761), attributed variously to Fontenelle, Claude-Louis-Michel de Sacy (though he would have been only fifteen at the time), and Marc-Ferdinand Groubentall de Linière.  There was another edition the same year, also with a fictitious ‘Constantinople’ imprint, but unillustrated.  Cohen–de Ricci […]

American drivers on French roads

American drivers on French roads

17th January 2023

I like finding English books which were printed abroad. Published in Paris in 1893, this is a copy of the bilingual regulations—English, then French—of the Reunion Road Club, newly founded in France by American coaching fanatic, George William Tiffany (1842–1905). The son of a Boston banker, Tiffany was ‘one of the most astounding amateurs ever […]

A bibliographer gets political

A bibliographer gets political

26th October 2022

Jules Gay (1807–1887) is remembered by book historians for publishing over 400 works from history which he thought ‘libre’ (i.e. uninhibited) in content, as well as his famous Bibliographie des principaux ouvrages relatifs à l’amour, aux femmes et au mariage (1861).  But this libertine publisher and bibliographer was also a committed socialist.  In London, in […]

A little je ne sais quoi by Beckford’s librarian

A little je ne sais quoi by Beckford’s librarian

6th April 2022

Printed in Meaux, east of Paris (and presumably in limited numbers), this is a copy of the first edition of a rare little book of epigrams by Ange-Denis Maquin (1756–1823), a professor of rhetoric and belles-lettres who subsequently fled across the Channel during the Terror.  Settling at Hastings, ‘he began learning English and supported himself […]