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  • BABAR ET LE PERE NOEL. by Brunhoff, Jean de.
    Brunhoff, Jean de.
    BABAR ET LE PERE NOEL.

    Edition: Early printing.

    Paris: Librairie Hachette, (ca 1949, c 1941). Hardcover - A lovely book in the original large format edition from Hachette. Lists through the first 8 titles on the verso of the copyright page (also states "Copyright by Librarie Hachette 1941" on copyright page, "depot legal 8213-5-49" on last page.) Text in French / texte en francais. Red elephant endpapers. 40 pp

    Condition: Good overall in illustrated boards with a green cloth spine - a line of foxing on verso of endpapers. corners slightly bumped, some age-toning and discoloration to the boards, but still quite attractive.

    Book ID: 65313
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  • LA FETE DE CELESTEVILLE. by Brunhoff, Laurent de.
    Brunhoff, Laurent de.
    LA FETE DE CELESTEVILLE.

    Edition: First edition.

    Paris: Librairie Hachette, (1954). Hardcover first edition - Text in French (texte en francais) - a delightful story in the Babar series with detailed and humorous illustrations, from the double page spread of all the visitors streaming over the bridge to Celesteville to the animals venturing into the underwater world in their protective gear, complete with a 'chemise transparente' for the lion so he won't get wet. Folio. 40 pp.

    Condition: Very good in glossy illustrated boards with a yellow cloth spine - some rubbing and fraying to the corners of the boards, and the edges, but the contents are bright and beautiful and just about fine.

    Book ID: 64609
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  • AIME CESAIRE. by [Cesaire, Aime] Kesteloot, Lilyan.
    [Cesaire, Aime] Kesteloot, Lilyan.
    AIME CESAIRE.

    Edition: Trade paperback (second printing, originally published in 1962.)

    Poitiers, Vienne, France: Editions Pierre Seghers, (1966.). "Presentation par Lilyan Kesteloot, choix de textes, bibliographie, portraits, fac-similes." Text in French (texte en francais.) Contains an introduction and biographical information by Lilyan Kesteloot, includes a generous selection of poems by Cesaire, the Martinque-born poet. Illustrated with several photographs. Poetes d'Aujourd'Hui 85; 211 pp. Small square format.

    Condition: Very good in illustrated wrappers (from the collection of poet Elizabeth Harrod, with her name and date, and some annotations on a few pages.)

    Book ID: 41794
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  • MANUEL COMPLET DE SORCIERS, ou La Magie Blanche Devoilee par les decouvertes de la chimie, de la physique et de la mecanique. . . Precede d'une Notice Historique sur les Sciences Ocultes par M. Julia de Fontenelle. by Comte, M. ( Louis Apollinaire Christian Emmanuel Comte, 1788 - 1859) and Julia de Fontenelle.
    Comte, M. ( Louis Apollinaire Christian Emmanuel Comte, 1788 - 1859) and Julia de Fontenelle.
    MANUEL COMPLET DE SORCIERS, ou La Magie Blanche Devoilee par les decouvertes de la chimie, de la physique et de la mecanique. . . Precede d'une Notice Historique sur les Sciences Ocultes par M. Julia de Fontenelle.

    Edition: Nouvelle edition, revue, corrigee and augmentee et orne des figures.

    Paris: La Librarie Encyclopedique de Roret, 1853. Hardcover - The subtitle continues "contenant un grand nombre de tours empruntes a la science de l'electricite, du calorique, de la lumiere, de l'air, ainsi qu'aux nombres, aux cartes, l'escamotage, etc. Et la description de scenes de ventriloquie executees et communiquees." En francais (text entirely in French.) While this is a small volume measuring just 15 cm tall by 9 cm wide, it is encyclopedic in its contents, with information on how to create special effects, to determine the age of women, on card tricks and oracles, on vampires and ventriloquists. Comte performed before three French kings and is credited with being the first magician to pull a rabbit out of a…

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    Paris: La Librarie Encyclopedique de Roret, 1853. Hardcover - The subtitle continues "contenant un grand nombre de tours empruntes a la science de l'electricite, du calorique, de la lumiere, de l'air, ainsi qu'aux nombres, aux cartes, l'escamotage, etc. Et la description de scenes de ventriloquie executees et communiquees." En francais (text entirely in French.) While this is a small volume measuring just 15 cm tall by 9 cm wide, it is encyclopedic in its contents, with information on how to create special effects, to determine the age of women, on card tricks and oracles, on vampires and ventriloquists. Comte performed before three French kings and is credited with being the first magician to pull a rabbit out of a hat in a public perfomance. Three multi-panel folded plates at rear. Opposite the title page is a notice - "avis" - which states that since book is subject to imitations and counterfeits, this volume is signed by the editor. 426 pp.

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    Condition: Very good in a contemporary embossed dark green binding with gilt lettering and borders. Marbled endpapers and edges of the text block (wear to ends of spine and corners.)

    Book ID: 52878
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  • MONSIEUR AND MADAME. by Dimock, Edwin, illustrated by Louis Glackens.
    Dimock, Edwin, illustrated by Louis Glackens.
    MONSIEUR AND MADAME.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Harper & Brothers, (1924.). Hardcover first edition - French text (en francais) except for the English preface which explains that the purpose of this book is to help even the youngest students of the French language understand and remember the concept of genders using humourous verses and drawings by Louis Glackens. 143 pp.

    Condition: Very good in light blue cloth with yellow and green paper labels on the front cover and the spine (the young prev owner's name dated January, 1924, a few illustrations have had a hint of pink added to them.)

    Book ID: 57097
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  • LES CENT MEILLEURS POEMES (LYRIQUES) DE LA LANGUE FRAN‚AISE. Choisis par Auguste Dorchain. by Dorchain, Auguste, choisis par (compiled by)
    Dorchain, Auguste, choisis par (compiled by)
    LES CENT MEILLEURS POEMES (LYRIQUES) DE LA LANGUE FRAN‚AISE. Choisis par Auguste Dorchain.

    Edition: Fourth printing with revisions (first was 1905.)

    Paris, Bruxelles, London & Glasgow et al: Frederic Gittler; Spineaux et cie; Gowans & Gray; etc, 1906. Hardcover - A small volume measuring just 4 1/4 by 5 inches. Includes selections from Villon, Moliere, de Musset, Hugo, Verlaine and others. Text in French (texte en francais.) xvi, 159 pp.

    Condition: Overall good condition in decorative cream-colored boards, with illustrations, a raised round gilt frame on front cover, top edge gilt with decorative stamping, somewhat frayed ribbons to tie the book closed (offsetting, age-toning to pages, and previous owner's name, but still a charming little book.)

    Book ID: 54876
    Keywords: francais, Poetry
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  • LES CENT MEILLEURS POEMES (LYRIQUES) DE LA LANGUE FRAN‚AISE. Choisis par Auguste Dorchain. by Dorchain, Auguste, compiler.
    Dorchain, Auguste, compiler.
    LES CENT MEILLEURS POEMES (LYRIQUES) DE LA LANGUE FRAN‚AISE. Choisis par Auguste Dorchain.

    Edition: Early printing (first was 1905.)

    London & Glasgow: Gowans & Gray, 1908. A small volume in beige paper wraps with an art nouveau style illustration of a young woman playing a small round harp - banner with row of red roses under title . Measures just 14.5 cm by 10 by 1.25 cm. Text in French (texte en francais.) 158 pp.

    Condition: Overall good condition: covers are beginning to separate from textblock (need to be reglued), some splitting along the sides of the spine/covers - 4 cm down from the top, 2 cm from bottom, crease to lower corner of front cover.

    Book ID: 37437
    Keywords: francais, Poetry
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  • QU'EST CE QUE JE FOUS LA? (What Am I Doing Here?) by Gebe (George Blondeaux,1929 - 2004)
    Gebe (George Blondeaux,1929 - 2004)
    QU'EST CE QUE JE FOUS LA? (What Am I Doing Here?)

    Edition: Reprint.

    Paris: Dargaud Editeur (1983.). Hardcover - 80 pages de bandes dessines et dessins noirs et blancs. Couverture rigide. Texte en francais (text in French). ISBN: 2205022881.

    Condition: Near fine in glossy illustrated boards.

    Book ID: 54028
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  • Griffin, Robert and Grinde, Donald A., Jr.
    APOCALYPSE DE - OF CHIOKOYHIKOY.

    Edition: First printing.

    Canada: Les Presses de l'Universite Laval, 1997. dj. Hardcover first edition - The first publication since 1777 of this rare and uncommon work. Purportedly a translation into French of an Iroquois text written on birch bark by the Chief Chiokoyhikoy, this was in actuality an early example of progranda by the Continental Congress and the American revolutionaries - the key point of this 'prophecy' was that the American descendants of the English were less depraved than the English and it is with them that the future of the Indians lay. Although even the place of printing is a mystery (this book makes the argument that it was one of the earliest books published - although clandestinely - in Canada),…

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    Canada: Les Presses de l'Universite Laval, 1997. dj. Hardcover first edition - The first publication since 1777 of this rare and uncommon work. Purportedly a translation into French of an Iroquois text written on birch bark by the Chief Chiokoyhikoy, this was in actuality an early example of progranda by the Continental Congress and the American revolutionaries - the key point of this 'prophecy' was that the American descendants of the English were less depraved than the English and it is with them that the future of the Indians lay. Although even the place of printing is a mystery (this book makes the argument that it was one of the earliest books published - although clandestinely - in Canada), this work was banned by the Inquisition as early as 1779. This book contains the original French text and the first published English translation. The preface by Denis Vaugeois and other material are in both French (en francais) and English, although the chapters on the literary and historical background are only in English. Illustrated with drawings by the Mohawk artist John Kahionhes Fadden, who also did the cover painting. 271 pp. ISBN: 2-7637-74490.

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    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket (a new copy.)

    Book ID: 36422
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  • EMPLOI PRATIQUE EN VINIFICATION DES LEVURES PURES SELECTIONEES (Vin, Cidre, etc.), Resultats Obtenus en 1894 & LES ALCOOLS: Produit des Fermentations Pures et Leur Innocuite au Point de Vue Hygenique. by Jacquemin, Georges.
    Jacquemin, Georges.
    EMPLOI PRATIQUE EN VINIFICATION DES LEVURES PURES SELECTIONEES (Vin, Cidre, etc.), Resultats Obtenus en 1894 & LES ALCOOLS: Produit des Fermentations Pures et Leur Innocuite au Point de Vue Hygenique.

    Edition: First printing.

    Nancy, France: Imprimerie Nanceienne, 1895. Hardcover first edition - A scarce pamphlet by this noted French scientist, who was responsible for (among other things) the large scale use of cultured yeasts in wineries. 112 pp plus 3 leaves of plates of drawings of wine-making equipment (2 folded). Bound by, and with the bookplate of, The Chemists Club, New York. Text in French (en francais.)

    Condition: Fair condition only in olive green cloth with gilt lettering (some pages are detached, other signatures are loose, but all are present)

    Book ID: 53759
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  • UN CERTAIN MALAISE. by Lauzier, GŽrard, 1932-2008.
    Lauzier, GŽrard, 1932-2008.
    UN CERTAIN MALAISE.

    Edition: Early printing.

    Neuilly-sur-Seine & Montreal: Dargaud Editeur & Dargaud Canada, (1977.). Hardcover - The first book of erotic cartoons by the cartoonist, screenwriter and film director GŽrard Lauzier who was described by the Times as epitomizing "a certain vision of France during the prosperous Sixties and Seventies.. . he explored the contradictions and ironies of an epoch that was liberated and anti-materialist in its discourse and, more often than it liked to admit, hung up and rapacious in behaviour. Anti-PC before political correctness had even been thought of," Text is in French (en francais) but the humor shines through regardless of the language. Large format, in color throughout. 64 pp. ISBN: 2205007068.

    Condition: Near fine in glossy illustrated boards.

    Book ID: 54025
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  • Lauzier, GŽrard, 1932-2008.
    CHRONIQUES DE L'ILE GRANDE.

    Edition: First edition.

    Neuilly-sur-Seine & Montreal: Dargaud Editeur & Dargaud Canada, (1977.). Hardcover first edition - A story told in cartoons by this French comics author and movie director, best known as one of the leading authors in the more adult-oriented French comics scene of the 1970s and 1980s. Texte en francais (text in French) 60 pages de bandes dessinŽes en couleurs. Mise en couleur Johnny Coca. Couverture rigide. ISBN: 2205011464.

    Condition: Near fine in glossy illustrated boards.

    Book ID: 54026
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  • LA COURSE DU RAT. by Lauzier, GŽrard, 1932-2008.
    Lauzier, GŽrard, 1932-2008.
    LA COURSE DU RAT.

    Edition: First edition.

    Neuilly-sur-Seine & Montreal: Dargaud Editeur & Dargaud Canada, (1978.). Hardcover first edition - A story told in cartoons by this French comics author and movie director, best known as one of the leading authors in the more adult-oriented French comics scene of the 1970s and 1980s. Texte en francais (text in French) 61 pages de bandes dessinŽes en couleurs. Mise en couleur Johnny Coca. Couverture rigide. ISBN: 2205012819.

    Condition: Near fine in glossy illustrated boards.

    Book ID: 54027
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  • L'EXIGENCE DE NOTRE TEMPS: POESIE ET REVOLUTION. by Lowenfels, Walter (1897-1976).
    Lowenfels, Walter (1897-1976).
    L'EXIGENCE DE NOTRE TEMPS: POESIE ET REVOLUTION.

    Edition: First printing, a small trade paperback.

    Montreal: Reedition Quebec, (1971.). First edition - Essays by this activist American poet. En francais / in French. Translated by Marie Jose / Traduit de l'americain par Marie Jose. 95 pp.plus table of contents. ISBN: 0-88515-0015.

    Condition: Very good+ in stiff blue wrappers (some rubbing to covers) Tres bon etat.

    Book ID: 51947
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  • Merimee, Prosper.
    COLOMBA with La Venus D`ille; Les Ames Du Purgatoire.

    Edition: Reprint.

    Paris: Nelson Editeurs, 1935. Hardcover - Text in French (texte en francais), a small volume measuring just 15.5 cm (6 1/4 inches) tall, 11 cm wide, 1.5 cm thick, bound in flexible navy blue pebbled cloth binding, with gilt lettering on spine, top edge gilt, in a lavender-blue cardboard slipcase. 286 pp. Small bookstore sticker from The French Bookstore in San Francisco affixed to the front pastedown.

    Condition: Book in fine condition; slipcase is split along seam at bottom edge.

    Book ID: 38237
    Keywords: Classics, francais
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  • Merimee, Prosper.
    CARMEN with Arsne Guillot - l'AbbŽ Aubain - la Dame de Pique - les BohŽmiens - le Hussard - Nicolas Gogol.

    Edition: Reprint.

    Paris: Nelson Editeurs, 1933. Hardcover - Text in French (texte en francais), a small volume measuring just 15.5 cm (6 1/4 inches) tall, 11 cm wide, 1.5 cm thick, bound in flexible navy blue pebbled cloth binding, with gilt lettering on spine, top edge gilt, in a lavender-blue cardboard slipcase. 286 pp. Small bookstore sticker from The French Bookstore in San Francisco affixed to the front pastedown.

    Condition: Book is in fine condition (slight offsetting on the endpapers from the wrapper), original celophane wrapper with printed cardstock flaps is still present, although the lower corner is missing on the back cover, and it is splitting, slipcase is very good (a small spot on the spine)

    Book ID: 38238
    Keywords: Classics, francais
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  • LEONARD, 24, TEMPS DE GENIE. by Turk & De Groot (artist Philippe Ligeois and writer Bob de Groot)
    Turk & De Groot (artist Philippe Ligeois and writer Bob de Groot)
    LEONARD, 24, TEMPS DE GENIE.

    Edition: First edition.

    Paris: Dargaud, (1994). Hardcover first edition - Illustr de nombreux dessins en couleur. Conception graphique - Didier Gonard; couleurs - Claire de Graef. Texte en francias (Text in French). Cartoons. The 24th book in this Belgian comic series about an eponymous inventor and self-proclaimed genius and his long-suffering assistant, Basile, who most often serves as a guinea-pig for the inventions. Looking on are are Raoul the cat and Bernadette the mouse. Large format. 48 pp. ISBN: 2-884250050.

    Condition: Very near fine in glossy illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 72352
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  • Verne, Jules.
    LE SECRET DE L'ILE. (L'”le mystŽrieuse. Troisime partie).

    Edition: Hardcover.

    Paris: Hachette. (1930.). Hardcover - Frontispice, illustrations noir et blanche de Henri Faivre. Texte en francais. Part 3 of The Mysterious Island, illustrated with black and white drawings, Text in French. 251 pp.

    Condition: Near fine in light green cloth with gilt lettering (spine slightly sunned.)

    Book ID: 32486
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  • POESIES COMPLETES. by Villon,
    Villon,
    POESIES COMPLETES.

    Edition: First thus.

    Paris: Le livre de poche, (1964). Hardcover - Edition etablie, presentee et annotee par Robert Guiette. Index de Gilbert Sigaux. Although originally published as a paperback, this has been bound in olive green leather with gilt lettering on the spine, marbled endpapers. Text in French / texte en francais. 254 pp.

    Condition: Very good (some rubbing to the covers, usual toning to the pages, but overall an appealing small volume.)

    Book ID: 59231
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  • Zamaco•s, Miguel.
    LES BOUFFONS: Pice en Quatre Actes, en Vers.

    Edition: Reprint.

    Paris: Flammarion (1934.). Hardcover - En francais. Text in French. 213pp.

    Condition: Trs bon exemplaire. Bound in dark blue cloth with gilt lettering, toning to pages, otherwise just about fine.

    Book ID: 33645
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