catalogue 20Published on 03 March 2015
an eclectic mix of rare books broadly spanning the period of the Enlightenment.
- some economics, like Tolosan’s rare assessment of the French economy at the outbreak of the French Revolution, Graumann’s proposal for a central bank or Auspitz’s mathematical economics.
- social statistics, like Angeville’s chloropleth maps, or early city maps and business directories for Berlin, Birmingham and Edinburgh.
- broadsides, unrecorded 17th century illustrated Bamberg legal announcements of court sessions, or a gentleman propositioning a prostitute in Georgian England
- science early horological tables, or the original offprint of Herschel’s Telescope.
New Year listPublished on 06 Feb. 2015
The vogue for small format almanacs, often called Étrennes (New Year gifts), began rather innocently in France in the early eighteenth century, before exploding into a specialized printing and publishing industry that spread to neighboring countries and lasted well into the nineteenth century. Often produced by stationer-binders rather than traditional printer-publishers, these almanacs were usually printed in very small formats, 24mo or 32mo. The originally practical purpose of the almanac came to be eclipsed in favor of the frivolous pleasures of pretty bindings and light-hearted illustrations, although many almanacs in name only still included yearly calendars. Herewith a small selection.[...] Read more