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A CHOICE ORIGINAL MEMOIR FROM A FRENCH MS
A Story of the Palais Royal,
Loves of Louis XIV and
Tranflated with Preface Prolegomena and Notes by various hands from a precious little book writ in French by a not very learned Nobleman of the Court in which these great and pleasant things did happen and now placed before the lovers of the tit-bits of Hiftory in a comely octavo volume of one hundred pages of which the printing is something beautiful exceedingly being from new made type and upon the best of writing paper white and pure and with full generous margins in that the happy explorer may place likeneffes of the many fair women and brave men which herein are mentioned.
This pleafant hiftory was never known before because this little. book is in handwriting and was writ in 1718 (such is the saying of the title-page and several learned Frenchmen of our day) and was bought at the great sale of Perkins in England and it is very valuable and beautiful and you will much please yourself to buy it and reade it but you must be hafty to send for it as there are but few and there are many fine gentlemen who have subfcribed for it who will tell their friends about it and there will be none left for you.
There are but 250 copies of this same which have been printed and thefe upon fine paper for it is a choice book and printed for the Hellui Librorum and the price is FIVE DOLLARS.
J. SABIN & SONS,
84 Nassau Street.
A Monthly Literary Register and Repository of
NEW YORK, MAY & JUNE, 1874.
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This Number contains the third part of a "Dictionary of Terms" and "Miscellaneous Matter" of "A Handy Book about Books.”
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LITERARY (AND OTHER) GOSSIP,
Literary Productions of the Bonaparte Family, 71
Nos. 65 & 66.
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A Monthly Literary Register and Repository of Notes and Queries.
NEW YORK, MAY & JUNE 1874.
LITERARY (AND OTHER) GOSSIP.
Sale of Rare Old Sevres-High Prices.-At the sale of the remarkable collection of Sevres china belonging to Mr. Goding the following were the prices of the principal lots: A pair of cups and saucers, gros bleu, painted by Dodin and Le Guay, 94/. 10s.; large cup and saucer, by Dodin, 977. 138.; a Trembleuse cup and saucer, marbled in imitation of lapis lazuli, exhibited at Lincoln College, 1962, 79. 16s.; a square plateau, 571. 16s.; a cup and saucer, 287. 78.; a cup and saucer, green painted, with shepherd and shepherdess, and landscape, 99/ 158.; a cup and saucer, turquoise, richly gilt, exquisitely painted, with shepherdess catching birds, and landscape, in two medallions, from the collection of the late Mr. Fitzherbert, and part of a carabet in the collection of Sir Charles Mills, 1897.; a square plateau, 6 inches diameter, painted with fruit, green and Rose du Barry, 967. 12s., an oval plateau, gros bleu, painted by Asselin, 12 by 9, 991. 12s.; a rosewater ewer and basin, bleu de Vincennes, 1997. 10s.; a ditto turquoise bleu, 136/. 10s.; a ditto Rose du Barry, with bands of green, painted with bouquets of flowers and fruit, in twelve medallions, from the Stowe collection, 1217. 16s.; an eventail jardiniere an stand, turquoise ground, exquisitely painted with shepherd and shepherdess, and flowers, in seven medallions, 7 inches high, 6827. 10s.; a pair of similar shaped eventail jardinieres and stands, exquisitely painted with peasant after Teniers, flowers and pastoral scenes, in six medallions, 7 inches high, from the late Sir Wathen Waller's collection, 1,890.; a small vase, turquoise openwork, neck exquisitely painted with Cupids and trophies, in medallions, from the collection of the late Mr. B. Sneyd, 110. 5s.; a pair of oviform vases, gros bleu, painted with figures of Apollo and Narcissus, 12 inches high, 504/.; a pair of large oviform vases and covers, turquoise, painted with camp scenes, in octagonal medallions, handles and feet of ormolu, from the collection of the late Capt. Ricketts, 640/. 10s.; three oviform vases, gros bleu, painted with nymphs in landscapes, in large oval medallions, by Dodin, 17 inches high, the smaller 13 inches, 840l.; a large oviform vase, green ground, painted with eastern seaport and
Nos. 65 & 66.
figures, by Morin, from the collection of Mr. W. Angerstein, 336.; a pair of vases of rare form, the sides and necks perforated, and surmounted by group of flowers, the handles forming nozzles for lights, turquoise ground white and gold, painted with Chinese figures and flowers, 9 inches high, from the Duchess of Bedford's collection, exhibited at the Loan Collection, South Kensington Museum, 1862, 430%. 10s. The last lot of the collection was a pair of vases with covers and stands, the sides fluted in six compartments, the necks and covers pierced in open work to hold flowers; the vases in green ground, with Bose du Barry foliage, richly gilt, exquisitely painted with Chinese subjects and flowers in medallions; the necks and covers painted in gros bleu, green and Rose du Barry, surmounted by incrustations of flowers in colors; the stands green, Rose du Barry and gros bleu, richly gilt, 11 inches high. These unique and beautiful examples, which were formerly in the cabinet of the late Duchess of Cleveland, and were exhibited at the Loan Collection at South Kensington, were the great prize of the sale; and after a competion such as has never been surpassed in interest and excitement, were finally knocked down at the enormous bid of 6,500 guineas (6,825,) made by a Mr. Watkins, acting on commission. The price, it need hardly be remarked, is one wholly unprecedented in the annals even of Christie and Manson. It was whispered after the sale that these vases were purchased by the late owner about twenty-two years ago for the sum of 300l., which was at that time considered a very good price. The fine old Worcester china, which was sold after the Sevres, and which belonged to a different property, fetched high prices. A set of five vases, deep blue ground, painted with exotic birds in medallions, sold for 4517. 10s.; a coffee cup and saucer, dark blue, painted with Watteau figures in medallions, for 381. 178.; a ditto, for 44/. 2s; a tea cup and saucer, for 44/. 2s.; a set of three vases, painted with exotic birds and flowers, for 731. 10s. The total of the sale, which consisted of 182 lots, amounted to 20,000l.-London News.
A proposal is on foot to erect a memorial of Dr. Livingstone at Blantyre, near Glasgow, the place of
his birth. It will be in the recollection of our readers in what warm terms the great traveller writes, in the introductory chapter of his "South Africa," of the qualities of head and heart possessed by many of the humble people of his native village. The following little incident has been published by Mr. John Rankin, of Glasgow: "Livingstone and I, when boys, wrought as piecers in the Blantyre Mills, he being a little older than I-he was the big piecer and I was the wee one-the big piecers always having double the wages of the wee ones. The proprietors of the mills did not allow any of their em ployes to walk on the banks of the Clyde in the vicinity of their cotton works. Poor David was one afternoon caught taking a solitary stroll on the forbidden path, with his book of travels in his hand, which was his wont to do. He had no companions, associated with no boys of his own age. I was the only one that he at a time took a stroll with, and that was but seldom, for it was his hobby to walk alone on the banks of Clyde and other minor streams and glens, and at all times with some useful book in his hand; and for having disobeyed his employers' orders, by having walked on the bonnie banks of Clyde, although the property was in no wise theirs, he got his choice of submitting to a fine of £2 or leave the work. It is needless to say he left, for he had a noble spirit in his youth, which he carried with him round the world, even unto death; and may his spirit now rest in peace with his God, is the sincere wish of his old fellow-worker at Blantyre."
It is said that Mr. Charles Reade is at present engaged in the composition of a work of fiction on the subject which has occupied the attention of Mr. Plimsoll-the sending forth of overladen and unseaworthy vessels. Mr. Plimsoll will, we are told, himself furnish the data.
Mr. C. G. Leland ("Hans Breitmann ") and Prof. E. H. Palmer, of Cambridge, are preparing a volume of ballads in the English gipsy dialect, with metrical English translations. Miss Tuckey, a young lady already known by some vers de société, published in Chambers's Journal, is also a collaborateur in the work; and Mr. Hubert Smith contributes specimens of Rommany songs, collected from the gipsies who accompanied him in a tour through Norway. The book will contain only authentic gipsy compositions and ballads founded on incidents actually related by the Roms.
The present year being generally accepted as the four hundredth Anniversary of the Introduction of the Art of Printing into England, the Printers' Pension Corporation have it in contemplation to celebrate the event by holding a public exhibition of antiquities and curiosities connected with the art.
The forthcoming new edition of the "Encyclopædia Britannica" is making progress. The first volume will probably be ready toward the close of the year. (So it is stated.)
The great prices obtained for autographs have been remarked upon in the Tite sale. An instance appeared in the sale of the collection of specimens formed by the late M. A. De Labouisse-Rochefort, a Toulousian poet of the First Empire and the Restoration. His collection of autographs was famous, and when sold at the Hotel Drouot attracted great attention. Balzac the elder, 50 francs; L. Backhuizen, with a drawing, 50f.; B. Castiglione, a fine letter, 54f.; Daneau, Calvinist, 51f.; D'Auvergne, composer, a rare example, 49f.; Duclos, of the Académie Français, 55f; the first Earl of Essex, a very valuable letter in French to Henry IV., 195f.; a letter by Prince Eugène of Savoy, 58f.; St. Francis de Salles, 11of; James I. of Eng'and, in French, to Marie de Médicis, 195f.; Louis XI. of France, a letter, complete, entirely aucographic and signed, 925f.; J. J. Rousseau, a fine letter, 85f.; St. Vincent de Paul to Mlle. Legros, 195.; P. Viret, collaborateur of Calvin, addressed to Calvin, 205f.
During the great French Revolution a daring collector, Dufourny, used to get up in the darkness of the night and take down from the walls the bills posted there in day-time, which it was forbidden to touch under penalty of death. The collection which he thus formed at the imminent peril of his life is now in the British Museum, as well as a very curious collection of the posters of 1848. M. Firmin Maillard, no doubt at less risk, has imitated Dufourny during the siege of Paris and the reign of the Commune (1870-71.) The result of his labors is a collection of 435 bills, published in one volume, "Les Publications de la Rue pendant le Siége et la Commune" (Paris, Aubry.)