[Stock catalogues, numbered series:] 19-23 § 27 § 34 § 44-46 § 49 § 57 § 58 § 60 View larger
L'Art ancien SA (Zurich)

[Stock catalogues, numbered series:] 19-23 § 27 § 34 § 44-46 § 49 § 57 § 58 § 60

Zurich, L'Art ancien, 1936-1970
Fourteen catalogues (25 cm) in 13 volumes, original wrappers. - L’Art Ancien was founded in 1920 in Lugano, Switzerland, by Dr Erwin Rosenthal (1889-1981), and was initially linked to the firm of his father, Jacques Rosenthal, in Munich; in 1935 it became fully autonomous. From 1941 until 1958 Erwin Rosenthal lived in the United States and the firm was managed successively by Arthur Spaeth (1835-1937), Alfred Frauendorfer (1937-1971), and Felix Rosenthal (1971-1983), a son of Erwin Rosenthal. Their characters and preferences shaped the firm’s stock: an initial concentration on incunabula and early printed books, medicine and science, gave way to drawings and prints of the 15th-20th centuries (notably ornament prints), then to Art Nouveau and fine printing. During the 63 years of its existence (1920-1983), the firm issued 72 catalogues and about 200 lists and bulletins, and conducted 22 auction sales in association with Haus der Bücher (Basel) and Kornfeld & Klipstein (Bern). ¶ Spines of some wrappers decayed.
Subjects
Book illustration - Booksellers' catalogues
Medical books - Booksellers' catalogues
Prints - Artists, Dutch & Flemish - Bruegel (Pieter, the Elder), c. 1525-1569
Prints - Ornament - Trade catalogues
Science books - Booksellers' catalogues
Trade catalogues
Trade catalogues - Prints
Authors/Creators
Frauendorfer, Alfred, 1937-1971
L'Art ancien SA (Zurich)
Rosenthal, Erwin, 1889-1981
Rosenthal, Felix, 1971-1983
Spaeth, Arthur, 1835-1937
Artists/Illustrators
Bruegel, Pieter, the Elder, c. 1525-1569
Hollar, Wenceslaus, 1607-1677
Other names
Fueter, Eduard, 1908-1970
  • This collection contains

  • L'Art ancien SA (Zurich)

    [Stock catalogues, numbered series: 19] Early science, Literature, Geography : including 22 important mediaeval manuscripts on medicine, alchemy, etc. First editions of Aristotle, R. Bacon, G. Bruno, Descartes, Galileo, Gilbert, Kepler, Spinoza. Precious editions of classical and Italian literature. Rare musical items. Illustrated works by Paracelsus, Vesalius, Coiter. Remarkable items on America and geography, comprising the first national atlas of France, etc.

    Zurich, L'Art ancien, 1936
    (24.5 cm), 112 pp., [6] leaves of plates (pls.I-XI), illustrations. 150 items; priced. Publisher’s printed wrappers. - Descriptions in English. Includes an 11th-century manuscript on baldness from the Fürstliche Oettingen-Wallerstein’sche Bibliothek (item 10; now Bodleian Library, Ms Lyell 57); a 14th century manuscript “Miscellanea alchymica” (item 15), once in the library of Claudius Salmasius (ex-Antiquariat Weiss & Co., Munich, 1927); and a mid-11th-century manuscript computistical collection with holograph notes by Nicolas de Cusa (item 18), once in the Collegium Amplonianum at Erfurt (now Bodleian Library, Ms Lyell 54).
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    [Stock catalogues, numbered series: 20] Gothic and Renaissance Book-Illustration : fine and rare books of the XV and XVI centuries printed in Germany, Italy, France, Spain, etc.

    Zurich, L'Art ancien, [1937]
    (25 cm), 135 pp., [5] leaves of plates (pls.[I]-VIII), illustrations (one in 2 colours). 205 items; priced. Publisher’s printed wrappers. - Descriptions in English. ¶ Two annotations in ink in margins. Paper across back worn, some loss of paper.
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    [Stock catalogues, numbered series: 21] Bibliotheca Medica. A Collection of 900 medical books, prints and broadsides of the 15th-19th centuries, many recently removed from great public and private libraries including numerous first editions of famous physicians from Hippocrates to Freud

    Zurich, L'Art ancien, [1937?]
    (25 cm), (4) 204 pp., [3] leaves of plates (pls.[I]-V), illustrations (1 in colour). 900 items; priced. Publisher’s printed wrappers.
  • L'Art ancien SA (Zurich)

    [Stock catalogues, numbered series: 22] Exact science from Hero Alexandrinus to Pierre Curie : important early manuscripts and books on aeronautics, alchemy, astronomy and astrology, chemistry, dialling and horology, electricity, engineering, geology, mathematics, meteorology, mining and metallurgy, navigation, physics, photography, railways, technology, velocipedes, etc. : including some important illustrated mediaeval manuscripts : a unique single woodcut computus : the first scientific block-book : a great number of first editions of classic works …

    Zurich, L'Art ancien, [1938]
    (25 cm), 122 pp., colour frontispiece, [1] leaf of plates (inserted after p.4; pls.I-II), illustrations. 584 items; priced. Publisher’s printed wrappers. - The xylographic Computus Paschalis mentioned in the title retains its moveable disc representing an angel (Schreiber, Handbuch, IV, 1927, 1904p). The “first block book” is Regiomontanus’ Calendarium for the years 1475-1530, obtained from “a famous old Monastery library”. ¶ Paper browned.
  • L'Art ancien SA (Zurich)

    [Stock catalogues, numbered series: 23] A selection of fine illustrated books from six centuries and of some old prints : including works of Altdorfer, Amman, Baldung, Beham, Bewick, Breu, Burgkmair, the Cuvilliés, Delacroix, Derain, Dufy, Dürer, Füssli, Fyt, Gessner, Goya, Holbein, Hooghe, Laboureur, Manet, Moreau, Picasso, Piranesi, Rodin, Dunoyer de Segonzac, Sichem, Solis, Traut, Tiepolo, Toulouse-Lautrec, Vlaminck, Wolgemut, etc.

    Zurich, L'Art ancien, [1939?]
    (25 cm), 55 (1) pp., [20] leaves of plates (pls.[I]-XXXVIII), illustrations. 129 items; priced. Publisher’s printed wrappers. ¶ Annotation in pencil p.21; corner of wrapper torn away, losses of paper across the back.
  • L'Art ancien SA (Zurich)

    [Stock catalogues, numbered series: 27] Grosse Schweizer Forscher : Erst- und Frühausgaben Ihrer Werke aus dem 16.-19. Jahrhundert : Biographien : mit einem Geleitwort von Dr Eduard Fueter [title on cover also in French and English:] Pionniers Suisses de la science : Swiss pioneers of science.

    Zurich, L'Art ancien, [1942]
    (25 cm), (2) 134 pp., [2] leaves of plates (pls.1-4), illustrations. 704 items; priced. Publisher’s printed wrappers. - Introduction (in German) by Eduard Fueter (1908-1970), author of Geschichte der exakten Wissenschaften in der schweizerischen Aufklärung (Aarau 1941).
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    [Stock catalogues, numbered series: 34] Illustrierte Bücher aus sechs Jahrhunderten

    Zurich, L'Art ancien, [1942?]
    (25 cm), 74 pp., [6] leaves of plates (pls.1-12), illustrations. 294 items; priced. Self-wrappers. - Descriptions in German. ¶ Spine strongly sunned.
  • L'Art ancien SA (Zurich)

    [Stock catalogues, numbered series: 44] Holzschnitte : einzeln und in Büchern vom 15. bis zum 20. Jahrhundert : A selection of woodcuts and woodcut books from the 15th to the 20th century

    Zurich, L'Art ancien, [1954]
    (25 cm), 76 pp., folding frontispiece, 39 leaves of plates (pls.I-LXXVI, of which pls.I-II in colour). 261 items; priced. Publisher’s printed wrappers. - “Pro domo” (in German, by Alfred Frauendorfer). Includes the 1487 Louvain De claris mulieribus (item 41), Erhard Etzlaub’s “Rom-Weg” map c. 1500 (item 137; now Bibliothek Otto Schäfer), some 15th century single-sheet woodcuts (items 27-28, 36, 46, etc.), and copies of both the 1543 and 1555 editions of Vesalius’ Fabrica (items 95-96).
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    [Stock catalogues, numbered series: 45] Alte Drucke : illustrierte Bücher : (Neuerwerbungen)

    Zurich, L'Art ancien, [1956?]
    (23 cm), 32 pp., illustrations. 45 items; priced. Publisher’s printed wrappers. - Includes (item 13) a broadside meant to accompany the Etzlaub map, Presens tabula per latum 210 comprehendit miliaria…, printed by Georg Glockendon c. 1501.
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  • L'Art ancien SA (Zurich)

    [Stock catalogues, numbered series: 46] Manuskripte, Inkunabeln, Holzschnittbücher und illustrierte Werke des 17.-19. Jahrhunderts; alte Medizin und Wissenschaften in Erst- und Frühausgaben ihrer Klassiker

    Zurich, L'Art ancien, [1957]
    (23 cm), 127 (1) pp., 6 leaves of plates (pls.I-XII), illustrations. 212 items; priced. Publisher’s printed wrappers. - Includes thirteen manuscripts, including a “Traicté à la louenge de Dieu” by Victor Brodeau, written in Rome in 1550 for Claude d’Urfé (from “Beaux livres anciens et modernes provenant de la bibliothèque d’un amateur”, a sale conducted by Étienne Ader & Librairie Giraud-Badin, Paris, 3 May 1956, lot 14; now London, Victoria and Albert Museum, L. 1964-1957); and a manuscript World Chronicle (by Heinrich von München?) from the monastery of St. Jakob auf der Hülben in Vienna and the Huth Library (sale, Sotheby’s, 5 June 1912, lot 1582; returned to the market, Parke Bernet, New York, 29-30 November 1948, lot 334).
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    [Stock catalogues, numbered series: 49] Illustrierte Bücher, Varia, Alte Medizin und Wissenschaften

    Zurich, L'Art ancien, [1960?]
    (23 cm), 64 pp., illustrations. 166 items; priced. Publisher’s printed wrappers. ¶ Inscribed on cover “Dr F[eisenberger]; pencil annotation in a margin.
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    [Stock catalogues, numbered series: 57] Ornamentstiche I : Renaissance – Manierismus : 16. Jahrhundert : eine alten Spezialsammlung [other title:] Ornamentstiche I : 16. Jahrhundert § [Stock catalogues, numbered series: 60] Ornamentstiche II : Spätmanierismus, Barock, Frührokoko : 17. Jahrhundert : Dabei eine Hollar-Sammlung, sowie illustrierte Bücher über Architektur, Emblematik : Festlichkeiten, Kalligraphie, etc.

    Zurich, L'Art ancien, 1967; 1970
    Two parts in one volume (24 cm), I: [36] pp., illustrations. 154 items; priced. II: [88] pp., illustrations. 464 items; priced. Bound together in red linen (publisher’s pictorial wrappers bound in). - “These two fully illustrated catalogues contain mainly items of special interest to the historian of metalwork. The catalogue devoted to Mannerist engravings includes many studies for metal objects of every kind. In the second catalogue there is a larger number of engravings of landscapes, architectural pieces, genre and portraits as well as designs for metalwork by the best engravers such as Hollar, Abraham Bosse, Brébiette, Callot, Stefano della Bella, Sébastian Leclerc and Daniel Marot.” (noticed in The Burlington Magazine, volume 110, 1968, p.542; volume 112, 1970, p. 557).
  • L'Art ancien SA (Zurich)

    [Stock catalogues, numbered series: 58] Pieter Bruegel der Ältere, um 1525-1569 : seine Vorläufer und sein Kreis : niederländische Graphik des 16. Jahrhunderts

    Zurich, L'Art ancien, 1969
    (24 cm), [56] pp., including frontispiece, pls.I-XXXVII. 77 items; priced. Publisher’s pictorial wrappers. - Compiled by Alfred Frauendorfer, dedicated to “Dr Erwin Rosenthal zum achtzigsten Geburtstag”.
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