Rare books manuscripts

Felix Vallotton portrait of Richard Wagner


WAGNER, Richard (1813-1883). Tristan und Isolde. Vollständiger Klavierauszug von Hans von Bülow.

Neue revidirte Ausgabe

Leipzig: Breitkopf & Härtel, .

In-8. Black half leather binding with corners and red silk cover. 

Binding : Yseux, successeur de Thierry-Simier.- LAMBERT.

Both cover plate detached from the book.

Containing a portrait Woodcut of Richard Wagner by Felix Vallotton one of the 60 copies on paper vélin d'Arches (signed lower right).

Vallotton/Georg No 81a

"Environ 60 épreuves sur vélin d'Arches blanc signées F. Vallotton en bas à droite.

Ex Libris :

Ex-libris imprimé J. de Andrada 1917

This elegant bookplate was made for the French count René Philipon (1870-1936) by J. de Andrada in 1917. It shows a unicorn striding the waves; the Greek motto ‘Philos pontou’, Lover of the Sea, is a pun on Philipon’s name. René Philipon was greatly interested in the occult sciences and salvaged the ‘Bibliothèque rosicrucienne’ series of Henri Chacornac, owner of publishing house Chacornac. A collector himself, he published a work on “Stanislas de Guaita: sa bibliothèque occulte”. Philipon also collaborated on the monthly periodical “L’Initiation” under the pseudonym Jean Tabris (the Ritman Library owns the complete run of this periodical, which offered articles on masonry, theosophy and occult sciences. It was founded in 1888 by Papus and ran until 1912). Several of Philipon’s works with the fine bookplate by De Andrada are in the Ritman Library, both manuscripts and printed works. René Philipon lived at the Château de Vertcoeur in Île de France (see the gouache by William Heer). His library was sold in 1939; some of the books he owned have a ‘Château de Vertcoeur’ supralibros.