Roger Gaskell Rare Books

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Art and Architecture


London:  printed for G. Keith, at the Bible and Crown, in Gracechurch-Street; and J. Robinson, at the Globe and Bible, at Dockhead,  1755
Binding: Stab sewn as issued in grey-brown wrappers.

Perspective drawing and Boyle’s recipe for varnish.

BOSSE, Abraham (1602–1676)

Paris:  chez ledit Bosse, en l’Isle du Palais, sur le Quay qui regarde celuy de la Megisserie,  1653
Binding: Contemporary calf, gilt spine, marbled endleaves. Joints restored.
Provenance: 1. Engraved maltese cross with motto ‘Fortidudo’ above the engraved arms flanked by two wolves heads on pastedown, identified in pencil on the endleaf as the arms of the Comte d’Huassonville, grand louvetier du roi (Royal Wolf Catcher). I have not been able to confirm this but Bernard de Cleron, comte d’Haussonville d. 1753 was ‘grand louvetier du roi de Pologne’. It seems unlikely to be François de’Haussonville de Vaubecourt (1659–1736) as a later annotator (a bookseller? has assumed.
2. Nicolas-Jean-Baptiste de Poilly (1712–1780), engraver, signature on verso of free endleaf; early note on free endleaf describing the book and noting that the copy belonged to N.B. de Poilly signed C.F.[?] possibly by the next owner.
3. ‘Ex libr. F. Her. Constant=Figuier ...’ apparently a German inscription which I have not been able to fully decipher.
4. A circular stamp has been erased from the printed titlepage.

Projection onto curved surfaces.

CAMPER, Petrus (1722–1789)

Utrecht:  chez B. Wild et J. Altheer,  1791
Binding: Contemporary half green morocco, flat spine with gilt bands. Rubbed and corners worn.
Provenance: 1. 'J. Faivre dt en med', early inscription; 2. 'R. Andry-Aout. 1936', inscription, both on half title of Discours.

The science of art and ‘Camper’s angle’: two works bound together. First editions.

FELIBIEN DES AVAUX, Jean-François (1656?–1733)

Paris:  [no publisher’s name on title; printer's name on P4v:] De l'imprimerie d'Antoine Chrétien,  1702
Binding: Contemporary sprinkled calf, gilt spine with red morocco lettering piece, marbled endleaves, red and brown sprinkled page edges. Head and tailcaps chipped, corners worn.
Provenance: 'Bibliotheca Reuterholmiana', Nils Esbjörnson Reuterholm 1676–1756 with his engraved armorial bookplate with date 1713 in MS; Evert Strokirk, 20th-century bookplate.

HAMILTON, John (d. 1747)

London:  printed for the author, by W. Bowyer, and sold by S. Austen,  1738
Binding: Contemporary bright blue pastepaper wrappers, lined with printer’s waste from Soyecourt, Plaidoyer pour le marquis de Soyecourt (4to, Paris: imprimerie de veuve Valade 1788) and an unidentified Chinese grammar in French with Chinese characters.

Over ambitious.

HARRIS, James (1709–1780)

HARRIS, James (1709–1780)

London:  printed for H. Woodfall, jun. For J. Nourse; and P. Vaillant,  1744
Binding: Contemporary gilt ruled calf, red lettering piece, sprinkled edges. A little wear, joints cracked but sound.
Provenance: Earls of Portsmouth with engraved bookplate of the second Earl (Franks F.30719).

Praise for Handel’s oratorios

PRICE, Francis (d. 1753)

London:  printed by C. and J. Ackers, in St. John's Street; and sold by R. Baldwin, at the Roe in Pater-Noster-Row,  1753
Binding: Contemporary sprinkled sheep. Head and tail caps chipped, corners worn, joints split but cords holding.

Cathedral carpentry.

TINGRY, Pierre François (1743-1821)

Geneva:  chez G. J. Manget, libraire,  1803
Binding: Contemporary mottled calf, flat gilt spines with orange and black lettering pieces. Red sprinkled carmine page edges. A little rubbed but well preserved and attractive bindings.
Provenance: Prosper de Barante (1782–1866), French historian, writer and politician, engraved armorial bookplate in each volume.

The preparation of paints and varnishes for artists. First edition, fine paper copy.