* Homiliae VI. First edition in Greek - extremly rare - of the Six Homilies of St. John Chrysostom. This work happens to be the first Greek book printed in Oxford. Joseph Barnes, the printer of our volume, was the first printer to set up his presses in Oxford in 1585 at the initiative of the University, which granted him a loan, but without royal protection. The Greek text, edited by John Harmar (c. 1555-1613), Regius Professor at Oxford, is based on a manuscript in the library of New College, Oxford (the present ms. 80). It includes a homily against those who celebrate the new moon (at Antioch), four on Lazarus and one on those who have fallen asleep.This very precious copy belonged to the poet Pontus de Tyard (1521-1605), a founding member of La Pléiade, alongside Ronsard & Du Bellay. With his bookplate on the title page.
Offered by Nicolas Malais - Cabinet Chaptal
* Mushroom Book by John Cage, Lois Long and Alexander H. Smith (New York: Hollanders Workshop, 1972). First edition. Limited edition of only 75 copies from a total edition of 90. A unique collaboration between the great avant-garde composer John Cage, the textile artist and instructor at Pratt Institute Lois Long, and the distinguished botanist and president of the Mycological Society of America, Alexander H. Smith. This portfolio is perhaps the peak expression of John Cage's life-long engagement with mushrooms and mycology. Cage supported himself early in life as a composer by selling edible mushrooms to restaurants in New York City, including the famous Four Seasons. All plates are signed by Cage as issued.
Offered by Jeff Hirsch Books
* La Cuisine est un jeu D'enfants by Michel Oliver, preface by Jean Cocteau (New York: Random House, 1965). Text in French and English. English translation by Charlotte Turgeon. An amusing and artistic children's cookbook filled with entertaining illustrations and yummy recipes such as: Croque-Monsieur, Soufflé au Fromage, Bananes fondues, and many, many more. The preface by Jean Cocteau is playful and warm, with references to children being like poets; they like to disobey.
Offered by lizzyoung bookseller