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Les illustres proverbes historiques, ou Recueil de diverses questions curieuses, pour se divertir agreablement dans les compagnies.

By: Adrien de Montluc Cramail, comte de prince de Chabanais; Fleury de Bellingen

Price: $825.00

Publisher: Lyon, Andre Olyer: 1664

Seller ID: 9877

Condition: Good with no dust jacket


[vi], 228, [x] pp. Includes "Le Ballet des Proverbes. Danse par le Roy, le 17 Fevrier 1654. " Ouvrage tire´ des plus celebres autheurs de ce temps Full leather contemporary binding, corners rubbed, spine head rubbed, bottom spine rubbed and compartment leather partially gone, 5 raised bands, scuffed lack on the rear. Interior no blanks, paper generally aged with some foxing throughout, bottom corner of page 7 torn off affecting text, but otherwise complete and good. Bookplate of proverb collector and reputed WWII spy, de Guinzbourg, this the first iteration as Lt. Col. A curious ... View more info

Proverbiorum, Hoc est, Sententiarum, Versuum, & Phrasium Proverbialium Centuriae Duae In quibus Anglicana cum Latinis ac Graecis comparantur.

By: Anonymous

Price: $250.00

Publisher: S.L., S.n.: 1700?

Seller ID: 9407

Condition: Good


No publishing info. 74-94 pp with interspersed blanks. Pebbled green leather with William Stirlings stamp, bit of gold ruling on the spine. Includes proverbs in English with their Latin and Greek translations. According to the Catalogue des livres...de M. Duplessis, 1856, this is a fragment of a small elementary Greek grammar printed in England at the beginning of the 18th century. It has collector William Stirling's bookplate, along with that of Victor de Guinzbourg and Keir House (all collectors of proverbs, etc.), along with a handwritten note referencing the Duplessis connection -- th... View more info

Käfer Und Schmetterlinge Weisheit Aus Dem Lande Des Khalifen. Signed by Barth

By: Barth, Hermann

Price: $40.00

Publisher: Berlin, Alfred Schall: 1901

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 6151

Condition: Good with no dust jacket


Vii + 128 pps. Tan cloth boards with beautiful gilt and teal blue decorations with Arabic and German script, spine has gilt and red. Covers have a bit of shelf soil and wear but quite minor. Inside has lovely golden floral endpapers with the bookplate of Victor de Guinzbourg, sometime WWII spy and proverb collector. On the blank facing the title page there is a very faint inscription in blue ink with Hermann Barth's signature. Each page has lovely blue floral borders. A very pretty book with nice provenance. ; 12mo 7" - 7½" tall; 128 pages; Signed by Author View more info

Thesaurus Proverbiorum Italico-Bergamascorum Rarissimorum...nunquam Antes Stampatorum...italicae Linguae Amanitium Ad Aperiendum Oculos Editorum

By: Bolla, Bertolameo Bartolomaeo.

Price: $1,498.00

Publisher: Frankfurt, J. Saurium: 1605

Seller ID: 6756

Condition: Good with no dust jacket


70 leaves, unpaginated, renewed end papers and blanks. In octavos. With the bookplate of Col. Victor De Guinzbourg, who was in counterintelligence prior to WWII and, according to his family, used a number of different names -- he also happened to collect books of proverbs, the book passed to Robert Easton after his death. Very attractively bound in modern 3/4 leather with gilt ruling, dark blue marbled boards, five raised bands to the spine with gilt florets in the panels, gilt spine label. End papers are marbled to match the boards, new blanks, the text is clean and bright, just lightly toned... View more info

Proverbi E Detti Sapienziali Latini Raccolti volgarizzati o confrontati con altri italiani

By: Borghi, Luigi Costantino

Price: $28.00

Publisher: Venice, Prem. Stab. Tip. Fratelli Visentini: 1898

Seller ID: 8437

Condition: Good with no dust jacket


198pp + 10 unnumbered pages. Italian and Latin languages. De Guinzbourg bookplate on front flyleaf. Book has beige paper softcover with black text on covers and spine. Covers are loose, but still attached to spine, wear on covers and spine. Text is clear and unmarked. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 208 pages View more info

Image for The Birthday Book of Proverbs: Consisting of a Serious, Satirical, or Humorous Sentence, Proverb, and Verse of Poetry, for every Day in the Year.

The Birthday Book of Proverbs: Consisting of a Serious, Satirical, or Humorous Sentence, Proverb, and Verse of Poetry, for every Day in the Year.

By: Bruce, Charles; C.B.

Price: $39.00

Publisher: Edinburgh, William P. Nimmo: c1875

Seller ID: 8160

Condition: Good with no dust jacket


unpaginated but approx 365 pages. Two days per page, plus a page with blanks opposite each day to fill in names. Blue cloth with exuberant black and gilt Victorian decoration, gilt ruling, spine equally decorated in gilt, a bit of rubbing at extremities and joints, gilt edges, title page in red and black, every page in red and black with red ruling, occasional charming engravings, no names have been filled in on this example. However, there are the proverb collectors bookplates of Keir, Sir John Stirling Maxwell and de Guinzbourg. No date, but these "birthday books" were produced by ... View more info

Image for Horae Sacrae. Divine Ethics; Or, the Proverbs of Solomon, in Verse.  Kier, Maxwell, De Guinzbourg Bookplates

Horae Sacrae. Divine Ethics; Or, the Proverbs of Solomon, in Verse. Kier, Maxwell, De Guinzbourg Bookplates

By: Caldecott, C.

Price: $155.00

Publisher: London, T. Harvey: [1830?]

Edition: Second Edition

Seller ID: 10236

Condition: Good with no dust jacket


8, 100 pp. 12mo. Bound in smooth calf with blind ruling, William Stirling Maxwell's initials embossed in the leather front and back. Front board is detached, some normal light rubbing, back board has cloth (? ) tape at inside hinge holding it on and partly obscuring the Kier bookplate. Also has bookplate of De Guinzbourg, the later spy and sword version. Small paper flaw on bottom margin title page (a small hole) , otherwise clean and unmarked. A very scarce little book, this is apparently the c1830 version of the 1819 first, but there seem to be no copies of the 1819 anywhere. Just a very few... View more info

Image for Las Frases del "Quijote" Su Exposicion, Ordenacion y Comentarios, y su Version a las Lenguas Francesa, Portuguesa, Italiana, Catalana, Inglesa y Alemana

Las Frases del "Quijote" Su Exposicion, Ordenacion y Comentarios, y su Version a las Lenguas Francesa, Portuguesa, Italiana, Catalana, Inglesa y Alemana

By: Carcer y de Sobies, Enrique; Marin, Francisco Rodriguez (Prologo)

Price: $110.00

Publisher: Lerida, Barcela, Sol y Benet; Subirana: 1916

Seller ID: 8145

Condition: Good with no dust jacket


xvi, 666,[iv]. In Spanish. Cream paper covers with a lovely red and black border. Paper is a bit toned and some edge chipping, spine head and tail a little chipped. Interior paper somewhat browned, nice head and tail pieces throughout, pages have never been separated. Interior back cover has some small numbers written in ink, paper has a large watermark that says "Vilaseca" otherwise clean and unmarked. Indicates it was printed on the 23rd of April, 1916, the 300th anniversary of the death of Cervantes. Hard to find.; 4to 11" - 13" tall; 666 pages View more info

Monografía sobre los Refranes, Adagios y Proverbios Castellanos... y las Obras O Fragmentos que Expresamente Tratan de Ellos en Nuestra Lengua

By: Don José María Sbarbi

Price: $135.00

Publisher: Madrid, Imprenta y Litografía de los Huérfanos: 1891

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 8002

Condition: Good with no dust jacket


412 pp. Erratas, ads. Published Ago 1891. With the bookplate of man of mystery, spy, and collector of proverbs, de Guinzbourg. Olive green cloth with red spine label. Some general light rubbing but overall good and handsome. Half title is foxed, verso of half title has a stamp of the Madrid national library, text paper is browned, , first few pages coming away at the gutter. Some page turning chips, page 13/14 has a 1" clean tear at the top, otherwise clean and nice. In Spanish. ; 4to 11" - 13" tall; 412 pages View more info

Image for Latium oder das alte Rom in seinen Sprüchwörtern. Eine Sammlung der beliebtesten lateinischen Sprichwörtern

Latium oder das alte Rom in seinen Sprüchwörtern. Eine Sammlung der beliebtesten lateinischen Sprichwörtern

By: Faselius, August

Price: $32.00

Publisher: Weimar, Friedrich Voigt: 1859

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 8508

Condition: Good with no dust jacket


xvi, 276 pp. Latin text in bold, German text in fraktur. Original hard boards are dull brown with some minor wear, bump to front bottom corner, original black paper spine label with bright gilt a bit chipped. Spine tips bit worn Interior has stamp from a Czech museum on the inside front cover, book plate of Lt. Colonel V.S.M. de Guinzbourg, the famous proverbs collector. There is moderate normal foxing throughout but otherwise clean and unmarked, sturdy binding. ; 12mo 7" - 7½" tall; 276 pages View more info

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Proverbios Morales

By: Guajardo-Fajardo, Alonso

Price: $125.00

Publisher: Seville, Carlos de Torres y Daza: 1888

Edition: Second Edition

Seller ID: 8540

Condition: Good with no dust jacket


xi pp, 55 ff. Limited edition of 100, this is number 50. Reprint of the 1587 Cordoba edition, with a preface dated 1888 written by an apparent descendant of the author. Entirely in Spanish. Very handsome 3/4 leather binding with bright gilt to the spine, marbled boards, marbled end papers, clean and crisp on the inside, an early bookplate of the famous proverbs collector and spy de Guinzbourg. Very scarce and attractive little oddity, only four in World Cat of the 2nd edition, none of the first. ; 12mo 7" - 7½" tall View more info

Image for Elements de la Grammaire Turke, a l'Usage des Eleves de l'Ecole Royale et Speciale des Languges Orientales Vivantes a l'Usage des Eleves de l'Ecole Royale et Speciale des Languges Orientales Vivantes  Duxieme Ed.

Elements de la Grammaire Turke, a l'Usage des Eleves de l'Ecole Royale et Speciale des Languges Orientales Vivantes a l'Usage des Eleves de l'Ecole Royale et Speciale des Languges Orientales Vivantes Duxieme Ed.

By: Jaubert, P. Amedee (Pierre-Amedee)

Price: $325.00

Publisher: Paris, Imprimerie de Firmin Didot Freres: 1833

Edition: Second Edition

Seller ID: 8663

Condition: Good


xv, 377, [v], 8, [iv], 2, 3 pp. Appendix, Turkish Proverbs. In French with extensive Turkish, back unnumbered pages are only Turkish. With the bookplate of celebrated proverb/maxim collectorLt. Colonel V.S.M. de Guinzbourg, the early incarnation. In what appears to be original 3/4 cloth with dark blue/black marbled board. Boards are scuffed, bottom edge/corner bumped, brown cloth spine with dulled gilt. Interior inside front cover and first blank have some spattered soiling at bottom edge. General browning and occasional small spot but otherwise clean and nice. Hard to find and nice provenance... View more info

Image for Arabic proverbs and proverbial phrases collected, translated and annotated, a dissertation From vol. XV. of the "Journal of the American Oriental society."

Arabic proverbs and proverbial phrases collected, translated and annotated, a dissertation From vol. XV. of the "Journal of the American Oriental society."

By: Jewett, James Richard

Price: $25.00

Publisher: New Haven, The American Oriental Society: 1891

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 8703

Condition: Fair


96 pp. Brown/Khaki soft cover of the time, front cover gone, back cover has tape remnants. Interior front page has some chips and paper is browned, but otherwise clean and unmarked. This is the actual offprint from the Journal, not a modern reprint. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 96 pages View more info

Image for Cancionero Popular Cuyano 900 composiciones Liricas y Coregraficas, 110 Temas Musicales, 120 Adivinanzas, Paremiologia 17 Cronicas de Cuyo de la epoca Colonial

Cancionero Popular Cuyano 900 composiciones Liricas y Coregraficas, 110 Temas Musicales, 120 Adivinanzas, Paremiologia 17 Cronicas de Cuyo de la epoca Colonial

By: Lucero, Juan Draghi

Price: $95.00

Publisher: Mendoza, Best Hermanos: 1938

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 8017

Condition: Good


cxlvii, 632, [xiv] pp. Index. First edition. B/w plates and music. Original card covers with engraving of dancers and musicians. Paper is a bit grubby, chipped at corners and fore-edge, spine covering worn but still intact. Interior book plate of military man/spy/book collector Victor de Guinzbourg. Otherwise clean and unmarked, paper quite browned and brittle, some page turning chips and tears. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall View more info

Proverbi Motti E Sentenze Ad Uso Ed Istruzione Del Popolo. Centurie XXIV

By: Poggiali, Cristoforo

Price: $75.00

Publisher: Piacenza, Torchi Del Majno: 1821

Seller ID: 7170

Condition: Good with no dust jacket


[iv] 288 pp. With the bookplate of noted collector of proverb books and mysterious man of the world, de Guinzbourg. Original marbled hard paper boards with leather spine, black and gilt spine label. Someone has shellacked the spine in the long ago giving it a very shiny and slightly crackly appearance. Boards have some normal wear and rubbing at the edges. Interior front hinge starting to separate, minor foxing very occasionally, a small bit of humidity staining just at the top edge at the back of the book. An interesting collection of proverbs with nice provenance. ; 12mo 7" - 7½" ta... View more info

Image for Adagiorum opus per autorem quarto iam, ac diligentius recognitum, & magnifice locupletarum. Polydori Vergilii Urbina.

Adagiorum opus per autorem quarto iam, ac diligentius recognitum, & magnifice locupletarum. Polydori Vergilii Urbina.

By: Polydore Vergil

Price: $475.00

Publisher: Basel, [Johann Bebel]: 1541

Seller ID: 9378

Condition: Good with no dust jacket


woodcut printer's device to title, woodcut initials, 8vo (177 x 110mm.), [32], 456, [24 (last leaf blank)] pp., illustration: woodcut printer's device on title-page, woodcut initials. The book is in good antiquarian condition. It is an octavo measuring 7” x 4.5” bound in modern vellum-look cartonnage, renewed end papers. Binding is consequently sturdy. Title page has a scar on the “O” of Polydore, as well as some old repair to the top edge. The signature of “Antonio Bindi, Olivetani” as well as “Dominici Bindi olivetani presbiteri” occur on the title page and on a number of o... View more info

Image for Proverbial Sayings; Or, A collection of the Best English Proverbs, Italian Proverbs, Scots Proverbs, Spanish Proverbs With the Wise Sayings and maxims of the Ancients.  (Hand written note by William Stirling)

Proverbial Sayings; Or, A collection of the Best English Proverbs, Italian Proverbs, Scots Proverbs, Spanish Proverbs With the Wise Sayings and maxims of the Ancients. (Hand written note by William Stirling)

By: Ray, John; Pescetti, Orlando; Ramsay, Allan; Nunez, Ferdinands; Mapletoft, John

Price: $299.00

Publisher: S.L., S.N.: 1800

Seller ID: 8069

Condition: Good with no dust jacket


21,45,38,30,21 pp. Bound in full red morocco with gilt ruling, blindstamped coat of arms to front and another blinstamped mark to back. Book plates of Kier House, Victor de Guinzbourg, and William Stirling, along with a handwritten noted signed "WS" on the first blank explaining that this seems to be a reprint of the English edition of "Select Proverbs" London 1707, in Stirling's copy of which is an inscription noting that the "author is Johawnis Mapletoft" Binding is clean and solid with minimal wear, just a bit of rubbing, interior has interesting bookplates, othe... View more info

Truths Illustrated by Great authors. A Dictionary of Nearly Four Thousands Aids to Reflection, Quotations of Maxims, Metaphors, Counsels, Cautions,Aphorisms,Proverbs,&ec,&c, in Prose and Verse

By: Shakespeare, William, and other Great Writers

Price: $35.00

Publisher: London, William White: 1853

Edition: Second Edition

Seller ID: 9405

Condition: Good


viii, 560 pp. Original Victorian tooled brown leather covers are rubbed at edges and corners, gilt title still legible. Gilt edges. Interior bookplate of deGuinzbourg (the early edition). Otherwise clean and unmarked. Book slightly shaken but still holding. Attractive little collection of sayings and proverbs collected from Shakespeare, Milton, Byron, Socrates, Swift, Fuller, etc. ; 12mo 7" - 7½" tall; 560 pages View more info

La Friquassée Crotestyllonnée Bookplates of Henri Bresles & Victor De Guinzbourg

By: Sidredoulx, Epiphane

Price: $90.00

Publisher: Paris, Librairie Des Bibliophiles: 1878

Seller ID: 6152

Condition: Good with no dust jacket


Vi + 160 pps. In French, Dark green/blue marble boards with brown leather spine and gold gilt lettering, 5 raised bands. Corners and spine tips a little rubbed. Interior marbled end papers have a golden small bookplate of Henri Bachimont Bresles (the French composer) with the early bookplate of Lt. Col. De Guinzbourg, the spy and noted proverb collector. Bresles' bookplate has made a white ghost on Guinzbroug's plate. Red and black title page, paper is toned and a bit crisp, green silk page marker has left a small stain, otherwise clean and unmarked. A nice provenance. ; 12mo 7" - 7½"... View more info

Early English proverbs Chiefly of the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Centuries with Illustrative Quotations

By: Skeat, Walter W.

Price: $50.00

Publisher: Oxford, Clarendon Press: 1910

Seller ID: 6149

Condition: Good with no dust jacket


Xxiv + 147 pps. Index at rear. Frontis plate of John Wyclif. In English with Early English. Dark green cloth with triple blind ruling, gilt to spine, minor shelf wear at extremities. Inside front cover has bookplate of noted WWII spy and proverbs collector Victor de Guinzbourg. Text is clean and unmarked. ; 12mo 7" - 7½" tall; 147 pages View more info