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Lot 31 - "Drawings by George Barbier IMPORTANT set of 100 drawings in hardcover with modern leather-backed folder and matching slipcase, featuring numerous original drawings, watercolors and tracings by George Barbier, signed, monogrammed or attributed to the artist, most mounted on modern Canson paper. They include : 18 pencil drawings and 56 pencil drawings heightened with Indian ink 5 pencil drawings enhanced with watercolor (Amerindians and frogs) 1 Indian ink and chalk drawing (probably an ex libris entitled Reminiscence?) 1 large illustration project for the fourth year of the 1920 garland of months, consisting of 9 drawings on a full page, all in pencil enhanced with Indian ink and blue ink 1 large illustration project for an advertisement for "Poudre discrète" J.C. Boldoot, Brussels, in pencil heightened with Indian ink and blue ink 1 draft illustration for the 1920 Guirlande des mois in pencil and India ink (selected for the cover), 1 draft illustration for a "Toiles de soie naturelle" advertisement in pencil 1 draft illustration for an advertisement for "Parfum tendre", Rigaud, Paris in pencil and Indian ink 1 LARGE DRAWING in India ink heightened with watercolor depicting an elegant woman placing a laurel wreath on a bust 2 Indian ink drawings entitled "La Belle Impéria" and "Débardeur" on the same plate 8 compositions spread over two plates to illustrate L'inconstante et le nonchalant, a Chinese story, in Indian ink 1 large pencil and India ink drawing of a costume for Mistinguett, depicting the cabaret dancer accompanied by a second dancer 3 interesting pencil and India ink drawings for fashion projects, each surmounted by the 2 previous tracing states, giving 3 states of the costume, broken down, dated 1922. The set includes numerous annotations by the artist, most of them project drawings and preparatory sketches, some of them very accomplished or even finalized. Also included is a large original Indian ink drawing signed E, Larry and dated 1909, depicting an amusing party scene."

Estim. 3 000 - 4 000 EUR

Lot 40 - Jean-Toussaint MERLE. Description historique et pittoresque du Chateau de Chambord, offert par la France à S.A.R. Mgr le Duc de Bordeaux. Dédiée aux communes de France par MM. Merle et Périé, ornée de gravures, de plans et de cartes. [Paris], Imprimerie de P. Didot l'aîné, s.d. [1821]. 1 volume in-folio of 2 ff. n. ch. (faux-titre on cream paper and title on white paper, each presenting a lithographed vignette, under serpents), 33 pp. printed on paper of different colors (green, blue, pink, cream), with 3 lithographed vignettes under serpents; followed by 11 lithographed plates (including 2 plans) on tinted background and colored papers, with hand-colored highlights. Cherry half-maroquin, smooth spine decorated with gilt garlands and fleurons, green vellum corners, printed cover preserved. UNIQUE EDITION OF THIS BEAUTIFUL ALBUM, PRODUCED AT THE TIME OF THE NATIONAL SUBSCRIPTION IN FAVOR OF THE DUC DE BORDEAUX, FUTURE COMTE DE CHAMBORD. One of the rarest copies printed on colored paper: the various parts of the text are printed on green, cream, pink and blue paper, as are the engraved plates, all enhanced by hand. The titles and chapter headings are also illuminated in brilliant colors, making this copy quite exceptional, if not unique: no other copy on colored paper with highlights is referenced. Eleven engraved plates and plans, drawn by Fragonard, Périé, Villeneuve, Dupré and Desmadryl.some rubbing to the boards, corners slightly dulled, otherwise a very fresh copy, with no spotting, restorations or defects. Four copies referenced in public institutions: Bibliothèque nationale de France, Archives départementales du Loir-et-Cher, Bibliothèque de l'INHA and Fonds d'Archéologie Jacques Doucet. No known copies on contemporary colored paper and highlights.

Estim. 10 000 - 12 000 EUR

Lot 55 - "Alexandre DUMAS - Nouvelles impressions de voyage [Bound with] Charles-Paul de KOCK - Un homme à marier Chez Pauline à Paris, Publication du Figaro, 1837 - Extremely rare first edition, probably the rarest of all Dumas originals and not included in either the Carteret or Clouzot editions. Only Vicaire offers the following relatively imprecise description: "La Biliographie de la France of May 27, 1837 contains the following interesting note on Volume III of Impressions de voyage: ""Le Figaro, a daily newspaper, has appeared since its last revival, in two parts distributed simultaneously, the first in 4 pages in-4, the second in 8 pages in-8, which together form a volume containing a work approximately every month. One of these volumes is entitled Nouvelles impressions de voyages (New travel impressions). These are only fragments of the third volume announced today. But it is the subject of a lawsuit brought before the Commercial Court. The case has been put on the roll. See Le Droit of May 24, page 2047. "" In fact, the text relates passages from volumes 3 and 5 of "Impressions de voyage", but with variants, and that's the whole point of this copy: apart from its rarity, it presents passages that are in themselves unpublished! Bound in Romantic half-basin with smooth, richly decorated spine. Some rubbing, interior well preserved, but with scattered foxing. Complete with all 52 daily issues, bound together in a strictly period binding: the only copy known to have been offered on the national and international market for several decades, in a later binding. A TRUE BIBLIOPHILIC RARITY! Following is another uncommon text in a first edition by Paul de Kock: Un homme à Marier ou M. Frontin. Au bureau d'abonnement à Paris, 1837. In-8, 410pp + 2pp, 131pp."

Estim. 600 - 800 EUR

Lot 58 - "Pondicherry [INDES FRANÇAISES]. Bound manuscript entitled ""Conduite de Monsieur de Lally depuis son arrivée dans l'inde jusqu'à la destruction de Pondichéry arrivé le 15 janvier 1761"". 18th century. Approx. 184 pp. in-folio. Bound in supple vellum with covers and laces, speckled edges. Some erasures. Missing and soiled binding. Light spotting at head of leaves. A very interesting manuscript work dedicated to Lally-Tollendal and Bussy's period of governance in the Indies. Thomas Arthur de Lally-Tollendal, Commander General of all French establishments in the Indies, went to defend the French Indies against the English, following Dupleix. Defeated, he capitulated in 1761. French aid fell to the English. Taken prisoner, Lally was taken to England, where he was imprisoned under a lettre de cachet. He was beheaded in 1766 for high treason and corruption. He left a harsh indictment of the Marquis de Bussy, who had assisted him during the siege of Pondicherry. A long and fascinating account of this period. "Dear reader, the extraordinary nature of the facts I'm about to tell you about, and the lengths to which certain individuals will go to alter the truth or deny its existence, will more than once give you reason to doubt their reality; I'll leave it to time to dispose of your doubts, but sooner or later the truth will come out, and those who are the last to perceive it are often its most zealous defenders. Witness to everything I say, witness to everything I have to tell, I claim to follow no other guide than frankness and sincerity, without prejudice or prejudice. My aim is neither to attack nor to deffend, but to console myself by recounting in a natural and artless way the misfortunes of my nation in India and the evils I endure and feel like so many others without having deserved them. The public and private cries, the testimonies of all the European nations spread along the Coromandel coast and of all the peoples who inhabit India from Pondicherry to Dély will leave you nothing to be desired in terms of the clarifications you may wish for. Moreover, it would be doing me an injustice to seek from me anything other than the truth in all its candor and sincerity: I love it and I stand by it [...]". A similar work appears in the catalog of the Nantes library (by Péhant), under inventory number 53805. Attached is an unrelated parchment from 1778. Expert: Emmanuel Lorient."

Estim. 1 800 - 2 000 EUR

Lot 62 - United States, circa 1880. Photo album from a trip to the United States. 82 original photographs with captions. Large in-folio Oblong, period half-chagrin binding. Three formats: approx. 10 X 18 cm; approx. 17 X 26 cm and approx. 24 X 33 cm. The photo album presented is a collection of places that a supposed traveler might have visited. The photos are annotated in English with fine, delicate ink. As the album unfolds, one can imagine a journey that would start in Washington DC, take in Denver and the Rocky Mountains, Salt Lake City, St Francisco, Yosemite Park, Arizona and finally end in San Francisco. The limited production and professional quality of this album make it a rarity. John F. Jarvis, William Henri Jackson and Oscar Victor Lange, among others, are responsible for many of the photos in this album. A few of them include the investigation of President Garfield in Washington DC in 1881, and views of the White House and the Capitol. As for the Denver shots, there are several stereoscopic images of parks visited in the Rocky Mountains. The album includes views of San Francisco before the 1906 earthquake and fire, and of its Chinatown. Some fine views of Yosemite Park complete the collection. For the Arizona section, three works by Elias Atkinson Bonine on the Yuma Amerindians (Quetchan is their traditional name). Two of them are typical of 19th-century itinerant photographers' cabinets: a seat, a draped fabric background, a rug and a few other decorative elements (accessories, background landscapes, etc.) made up this type of cabinet. The seated man with dreadlocks, sometimes found among Amerindians, wears European clothes with an American army belt buckle marked US. The Yuma men photographed by E.A. Bonine usually live almost naked, due to the climate. The women in the second photo pose proudly next to pottery typical of their tribe. The third photo shows a view of a Yuma village. These same photos by E.A. Bonine can be found in the collections of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC. There are three formats in this Album: 30 small (approx. 10 X 18 cm), 32 medium (approx. 17 X 26 cm) and 20 large (approx. 24 X 33 cm). Together, these 82 photos constitute an important testimonial. We would like to thank Mr. Denis Buffenoir for his contribution in writing the text and card for this lot.

Estim. 1 000 - 1 500 EUR

Lot 66 - "Travel] Jules DUMONT D'URVILLE - Voyage au pôle Sud et dans l'Océanie (Voyage to the South Pole and Oceania) Chez Gide à Paris, 1841-1846 - First edition of this important account of the voyages on the corvettes l'Astrolabe and la Zélée carried out by order of the King during the years 1837-1838-1839-1840. Period bindings in fawn half-basanes, 5-rib spines, ornate compartments and morocco title-pieces, rubbing with a few small leather tears not serious, solid bindings. A fine copy, complete with the 9 folding maps, the interior well preserved overall, with scattered foxing and some browned quires. Traces of moisture in last volume. This was Dumont D'Urville's third voyage around the world, and he made a considerable contribution to science in the fields of zoology, botany, mineralogy and more. During this voyage, Dumont d'Urville and Charles Hector Jacquinot explored the Marquesas Islands, Tahiti, the Tonga Islands, New Zealand and Tasmania, the Hamoa and Viti archipelagos, Vanikoro, the Solomon Islands, the Carolines, New Guinea and Australia, then the Southern Ocean: Dumont d'Urville reached the Antarctic in January 1840. He died 2 years later in the tragic circumstances of the Meudon rail disaster. This edition, the original of the text, includes the account of the voyage told by Dumont d'Urville, then completed from volume 4 onwards by expedition hydrographer Vincendon-Dumoulin from the author's notebooks and retaining the first person, another publication comprising a total of 30 volumes essentially composed of In-Folio atlases rich in illustrated plates saw the light of day, published first by Dumont d'Urville then completed after his death, by Charles Hector Jacquinot. In-8, 82pp, 295pp, 363pp (2), 4pp, 451pp (1), 410pp (1), 8pp, 428pp (1), 344pp (1), 346pp (1), 391pp (1), 360pp (1) 318pp (1) Provenance: Superlibris "E. Michelot "" on the iron at the tail of each volume."

Estim. 800 - 1 000 EUR

Lot 69 - Figure of a "mbulu viti" bifacial reliquary. Obamba/ Mindoumou. Kota area. Gabon / Republic of Congo. 19th century Hardwood, old patina, copper, brass, iron, milking gun screws. H. 59 cm. Provenance: according to information provided by the current owner, this reliquary figure was acquired in New York from a close friend of Victor Hammer, former director of the Hammer Gallery in Manhattan, where it was originally sold between the wars (the Hammer Gallery was founded in 1928 by Victor Hammer - who died on July 23, 1985 - and is located at 33 West 57 th Street). This impressive reliquary figure, with its hardwood core plated with fine brass and copper leaf, is undoubtedly in the style of the master sculptor "Semangoy" from the village of Zokolungo (Moanda region), active in the last half of the 19th century. This classical sculpture features two opposing faces, one concave, the other convex. The convex face is articulated around a high, rounded forehead overhanging the face where the facial features are concentrated. The concave reverse is decorated with a cross formed by wide brass bands, which hold the half-spherical eyes, adorned at their center with a screw from a milking rifle. The two idealized faces, of a regular oval shape, are surrounded by two curved side caps and a crescent at the top. These appendages are adorned with a lineage emblem in relief in the center of the summit crescent, and two small crescents in repoussé on either side of the lateral wings. Our example, like that in the British Museum and the Barbier Muller collection, features the same decorations, emblematic of the clan that commissioned it, and probably the sculptor's "signature". The corpus of this type of figure from the Semangoy workshop is very small, but it can be compared with the two sculptures mentioned above. The figure in the British Museum is the closest to our example. This exceptional sculpture, whose surface has never been cleaned, is distinguished by its age, the quality of its workmanship and the care taken to fix the metal plates, using long iron staples, which is a sign of very early workmanship. According to Louis Perrois (Kota. 2012. page 63/64), bifacial reliquary figures are not very common (less than 1% of the corpus). They are mainly found among the Southern Kota, on the Gabon/Congo border.

Estim. 60 000 - 70 000 EUR

Lot 73 - "Éloi BÉRAL (Cahors, 1838-1908). NOTEBOOKS AND CORRESPONDENCE. 19 notebooks and a wooden case containing approximately 250 documents. Exceptional set mainly covering his mission in the Ottoman Empire. It consists of : - 19 autograph notebooks covering a large part of his career as an engineer and particularly his missions in Turkey and Russia, i.e. around 1,800 pages (in-12 or in-16) of notes, sketches, information records and travel accounts. Ink or pencil. - A wooden case containing a large amount of active and passive correspondence (to be sorted), mainly from the Ottoman and Russian period, 1863-1871: mainly letters from - and to - family, friends and colleagues, including many written from Constantinople (but also from various parts of the Ottoman Empire and Russia Galuboska, Kharkoh, Sevastopol, etc.); drafts, studies and letters to the editor.); drafts, studies on railroads in Serbia and Rumelia, vouchers from the Imperial Ottoman Bank, a document in Turkish on mining discoveries, a passport to Turkey, his booklet from the École Polytechnique, printed matter, etc., as well as 2 rolled-up photographs of unidentified Ottoman regions (including a village with mosques). In all, some 250 documents. A few anecdotes from Eloi Béral's letters. Constantinople, Nov. 1869, on the visit of Empress Eugenie. "You ask me for details of the Empress's reception. She was really very sympathetic. The Turks were delighted. In any case, it has to be said that she is perfectly graceful. Although already quite wrinkled, under the veil she is charming, and she even seemed much prettier than 10 years ago when I saw her at the Tuileries ball. When she and our wives were introduced to her on the day of her arrival, she chatted for a few minutes with each and every one of them, with a truly charming affability and benevolence. In this respect, there's nothing to reproach her for. She is truly attractive, and the welcome she received from the population was sincerely full of enthusiasm and admiration. One goes so far as to say that the Sultan had fallen in love with her and that since her departure he has done nothing but weep [...]". Letter to his father when he stayed in Naples on his way to the Ottoman Empire. He visited Pompeii, Herculaneum, the Bay of Naples, churches and museums. "Finally, yesterday I climbed Mount Vesuvius. It erupted 8 days ago from a small side crater. I climbed to within a few meters of this small crater, from which thick swirls of sulfurous smoke hissed out, covering all the surrounding rocks, still burning, with a layer of yellow and red sulfur dust. I then climbed the cinder cone of the main crater, descending to the rim of the inner cone that surrounds the volcano's mouth [...]"; "Rhodes, Monday morning. My darling, I am writing you a note from Rhodes on the French ship that has just arrived. We arrived here last night at night. It's now 5 a.m. I only have time to give you a big kiss and go ashore for a while. The crossing is magnificent. A thousand kisses, darling. Attached is a business-card-sized photographic portrait of Eloi Béral by Abdullah frères in Péra. Expert: Emmanuel Lorient."

Estim. 3 000 - 4 000 EUR