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François de La Pointe. Abregé de la vie et passion de nostre savveur Iesus Christ, avec les figures, et quelques reflections sur les principaux mystères. Seconde partie contenant la passion. Paris: Chez la veusue Ioron, 1663. Quarto. 58 engraved leaves, 56 with illustrations.

French painter and engraver François de La Pointe (active 1660s-1690), also known as François de Lépine or Lespine, was active from the 1660s to at least 1690. Among his maps and views are a nine panel map of Paris, a color drawing of the Château of Nantes, and some views of Versailles.

This book, the second of two volumes on the life of Jesus Christ, illustrates the Passion, Crucifixion, Resurrection and Ascension of Christ, as well as the Death and Assumption into heaven of the Virgin Mary. $450

C. Taylor. The Elegant Repository and New-Print Magazine. London: C. Taylor, Jan. 1791-Jan. 1792. Quarto. Rebound in 1/4 leather. 35 copper engravings and text. Missing Plate II, No. VIII. Some foxing throughout and a few other blemishes. Overall, handsome volume.

An attractive volume from the late eighteenth century, containing "Engravings from Original Pictures of the most pleasing Subject, furnished by the Art of Design." The images are split between stipple genre scenes (such as "Enjoyment" and "Moderation"...) and engraved scenes of England and elsewhere. The views are not attributed, but the stipples are by Taylor, done with a sure hand. An unusual and delightful plate book. $650

Daniel Defoe. Die wunderbare Lebensbeschreibung und Erstaunliche Begebenheiten des beruhuten Helden Robinson Crusoe. 12 mo. One frontispiece plus 141 pp. containing 6 full page woodcut illustrations and two vignettes. Philadelphia: Conrad Zentler, 1809. Text has normal browning and cover is early with spine intact but boards rubbed. As found. Ref.: collates complete with Shaw-Shoemaker. Copies at: AAS and LCP.

A lovely copy of Robinson Crusoe with charming, primitive woodcut illustrations. $225

W. and E. Finden. The Book of the Boudoir; or, The Court of Queen Victoria. London: Tilt and Bogue, and New York: D. Appleton and Co., 1842. Folio. Original green calf with decorative gold-stamped covers and spine. All edges gilt. Cover restored at corners and at head and foot of spine. 12 folio engraved portraits, each with some foxing. Otherwise, interior very good.

Twelve portraits of young women associated with the Queen's court, engraved after paintings by John Hayter, are presented in this elaborate Victorian gift book. Each sitter is accorded a short biography, and eighteen poems of love and romance by eleven different poets accompany the appealing portraits. Such a book would have provided English middle class women with an elegant and admiring glimpse of the women in the royal circle. $225

Auguste Racinet. Le Costume Historique. Paris: Firmin-Didot, 1888. Six volumes. Folio. 471 plates of 500 (172 monochromatic and 299 in brilliant color). Many plates highlighted in gold, with 12 back- to- back plates of clothing patterns. Bound in library buckram. Ex libris with typical withdrawal stamps. Interior clean and beautiful. A lovely set with much information.

Superb chromolithographed plates illustrating the history of costume in many lands and many periods. $1,250

Charles F. Horne, Editor. A series of Pen and Pencil Sketches of the lives of more than 200 of the most prominent personages in history: Soldiers & Sailors; Statesmen & Sages; Workmen & Heroes; Artists & Authors. New York: Selmar Hess, 1894. Complete set of 68 10 x 12 fascicles, many with uncut pages. Published as eight volumes, with fascicle 68 containing the index to each volume's essays and illustrations. $325

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