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  1. Design for a plate.
    New Arrival

    Design for a plate. [c.1919?]

    £2,000

    The pattern shows strong stylistic similarity to plates designed by Vanessa Bell for the Omega Workshops, founded by members of the Bloomsbury Group and established in July 1913. Omega closed in 1919, after a clearance sale, and was officially liquidated on 24 July 1920. The …Read more

  2. Cecil Beaton’s New York.

    Cecil Beaton’s New York. 1938

    £500

    First edition, first impression. Read more

  3. In English Homes.

    In English Homes. 1909

    £850

    First edition of the third volume, second of the second, and third of the first (which was first published in 1904). A handsomely bound set featuring the great historic estates of England. Read more

  4. Colour and Pattern in the Home.

    Colour and Pattern in the Home. 1954

    £225

    First edition, first impression, of this 1950s title on interior design with wonderfully vibrant illustrations by Roland Collins (1918–2015). Noel Carrington (1895–1989), brother of Dora, published several books on design and became one of the most influential children’s books publishers as the instigator of Puffin …Read more

  5. Barakei,

    Barakei, 1985

    £200

    First edition thus, first impression. The book was first published in 1963 as ‘Barakai, Killed by Roses’. The title was changed to ‘Barakei, Ordeal by Roses’ for the second edition in 1971, published two months after the suicide of Yukio Mishima. This edition is designed …Read more

  6. Glen Luchford.

    Glen Luchford. 2009

    £375

    First edition, first impression. Read more

  7. Poems and Drawings.

    Poems and Drawings. 1958

    £875

    First edition, presentation copy inscribed by Albers, one of 500 copies printed, in the very scarce dust jacket. This copy has a rare inscription by Albers to front free endpaper, “Margaret Schaack, with pleasure my A.” We must assume Albers was here incorporating his …Read more

  8. Costume through the Ages.

    Costume through the Ages. [1938]

    £160

    First edition. Read more

  9. William Morris. Poet, Craftsman, Socialist.

    William Morris. Poet, Craftsman, Socialist. 1903

    £200

    An exceptionally bright copy of the second edition of this early biography of William Morris. Originally published the preceding year. Read more

  10. Mr Gladstone’s Washi.

    Mr Gladstone’s Washi. 1984

    £225

    First edition, limited to 500 copies printed on mouldmade Hahnemühle paper in Van Dijck types, of which this is number 352. A most attractive production, incorporating a facsimile of Sir Harry Parkes’s original report and handsome reproductions of various artefacts that he collected in the …Read more

  11. The Art of the Poster, Its Origin, Evolution & Purpose.

    The Art of the Poster, Its Origin, Evolution & Purpose. 1924

    £1,750

    First edition, first impression. With an autograph letter signed dated 1924 by Kauffer and various other ephemera. Read more

  12. This Lady’s Not For Burning.

    This Lady’s Not For Burning. 1949

    £3,750

    Some 30 images after the original designs by Messel prepared by the production company from sketches by the designer. The costumier’s work faithfully matches the original sketches adding clarity and some greater detail regarding fabrics, accessories and the cut of several garments. An index accompanying …Read more

  13. Mamluk Costume.

    Mamluk Costume. 1952

    £450

    First edition, first impression of the first monograph on medieval Islamic costume since Reinhard Dozy’s Dictionnaire détaillé, published in 1845. Mayer’s findings, based on literary and documentary evidence and focusing on the development of court ceremonial under al-Nasir Muhammad, are still authoritative today. The Mamluks …Read more

  14. A Cyclopaedia of Costume.

    A Cyclopaedia of Costume. 1876-9

    £600

    First edition of this handsomely illustrated double volume, with fine chromolithographic plates reproducing illustrations from illuminated medieval manuscripts and more recent sources including paintings by Hogarth. Planché was by profession a playwright, and while his plays themselves are now largely forgotten, he revolutionised stage practice …Read more

  15. E. McKnight Kauffer: a designer and his public.

    E. McKnight Kauffer: a designer and his public. 1979

    £100

    First edition, first impression of this biography of Kauffer. Read more

  16. Masterpieces of Glass.

    Masterpieces of Glass. 1990

    £50

    Revised edition, from the library of noted Iranian bibliophile Cyrus Ghani, with his ownership inscription dated “NY, March 20 1991” to the front free endpaper. Masterpieces of Glass was first published in 1980. Read more

  17. Lacquer.

    Lacquer. 1984

    £45

    First edition, first impression, from the library of noted Iranian bibliophile Cyrus Ghani with his ownership inscription dated London, 29 June 1984 to the half-title. Contributors include Teresa Sackville-West, who wrote the chapter on Russia. Read more

  18. The Cabinet-Maker and Upholsterer’s Guide;

    The Cabinet-Maker and Upholsterer’s Guide; 1789

    £8,750

    Second edition of one of the great pattern books of the eighteenth-century, first published in the preceding year, this printing adding an extra plate. “In 1788 Isaac and Josiah Taylor published The cabinet-maker and upholsterer’s guide… In publishing the Hepplewhite Guide the Taylors were …Read more

  19. Magic Motorways.

    Magic Motorways. 1940

    £475

    First edition, first printing. “At first some of [the book’s] features may strike the reader as a fantastic dream, but Mr. Geddes proves their practicability. Grandma wrapped her linen duster around her neck and fearfully went out for a spin at eight dizzy miles an …Read more

  20. Moorcroft Pottery.

    Moorcroft Pottery. 1987

    £150

    First edition, first impression. Signed by Walter Moorcroft on the front free endpaper. Read more

  21. Jazz Graphics.

    Jazz Graphics. 1991

    £395

    First and only edition. Beautifully produced in limited numbers, this is the closest thing to a catalogue raisonné of the work of this prolific and highly influential artist-illustrator, Norman Granz’s designer of choice for JATP, and for the Clef, Norgran and Verve labels. Read more

  22. The Decoration of Houses.

    The Decoration of Houses. 1897

    £5,000

    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy from the author, inscribed on the front free endpaper: “Vernon Lee from Edith Wharton January 1898”. An important association copy: the recipient is the art historian Violet Paget (1856-1935) who wrote under the pseudonym of Vernon Lee. “Wharton made …Read more

  23. The Workwoman’s Guide,

    The Workwoman’s Guide, 1838

    £2,250

    First edition, uncommon, just 4 copies of the first on Copac, together with 4 of the second edition of 1840; only two copies traced at auction. “The Author of the following pages has been encouraged to hope, that, in placing them, after much deliberation, in …Read more

  24. Modes and Manners of the Nineteenth Century

    Modes and Manners of the Nineteenth Century 1909

    £450

    First edition in English, lavishly bound by Sangorski & Sutcliffe. Originally published in Germany in 1907, under the title Die Mode: Menschen und Moden im neunzehnten Jahrhundert. Read more

  25. Antique Gems and Rings.

    Antique Gems and Rings. 1872

    £400

    First and only edition of this attractive work on engraved gems. A fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge, King (1818–1888), travelled to Italy in 1845 “where he resided at Rome and Florence (1845–50). He studied Italian language and literature, and collected antique gems, which he purchased …Read more

  26. Modeling for Money.

    Modeling for Money. 1937

    £250

    First edition, first printing of this early handbook, offering a guide to finding modelling positions. Scarce, with just seven copies located on OCLC. Read more

  27. Eduardo Paolozzi.

    Eduardo Paolozzi. 1984

    £175

    First and only edition, signed by Paolozzi on the front board, and inscribed by him “For Cecil & Mary, Eduardo” on the half-title. Read more

  28. Cigarette Cards and How to Collect Them.

    Cigarette Cards and How to Collect Them. 1937

    £175

    First edition, first impression. A lovely copy of this scarce publication. Read more

  29. Salome.

    Salome. 1927

    £375

    First edition illustrated by John Vassos, first printing. Romanian-born John Vassos (1898–1985) was an American industrial and graphic designer famous for designing the first commercially available television sets and many other popular products and logos. In 1926 Vassos’s design for a cover illustration for a …Read more

  30. How to Make Origami.

    How to Make Origami. 1959

    £225

    First US edition, originally published in Tokyo in 1958, scarce in such excellent condition with all specimens intact. Read more

  31. Photographs of Jazz Era Window Displays for Meier & Frank’s Department Store, Portland, OR.

    Photographs of Jazz Era Window Displays for Meier & Frank’s Department Store, Portland, OR. c.1925

    £200

    Four real black and white photo images on semi-gloss stock of the windows of Meier & Frank at night. Founded in 1857, at the time of these images Meier & Frank, humorously referred to locally as Murphy & Finnigan’s, was the largest retail outlet west …Read more

  32. Go Fusuma Mi Hon. [Fusuma handmade samples.]

    Go Fusuma Mi Hon. [Fusuma handmade samples.] c.1910

    £1,500

    Meiji-era salesman’s sample catalogue with a selection of superb hand-stencilled paper and paper-backed silks for use on Japanese fusuma room dividing screens, some of them showing clear Arts & Crafts influence. The selection begins with two plain heavily textured papers, followed by three where designs …Read more

  33. The Design of Lettering.

    The Design of Lettering. 1932

    £225

    First edition, first printing. With the bookplate of Los Angeles architect Elimar Meinardus to the rear free endpaper. Read more

  34. Aurora Cone Decoration and its Uses.

    Aurora Cone Decoration and its Uses. [c.1925]

    £225

    First edition, first printing, and very scarce: not listed in OCLC. Cone Decoration was an American hobby craze in the 1920s – a sort of chemical paste “embroidery”, with designs provided (two folded samples of stencils are loosely inserted). The purchaser was encouraged to “cone” …Read more

  35. The Finchley List.

    The Finchley List. c.1925

    £250

    First edition, uncommon, no other copy traced. Superb promotional catalogue for the very bon ton Finchley Establishment of 5th Avenue; “In arranging a list of articles appropriate for gentlemen, Finchley has endeavoured to be concise and practical to the end that one may gain a …Read more

  36. John Heartfield: Leben und Werk.

    John Heartfield: Leben und Werk. [1962]

    £650

    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy inscribed by the artist to Lord and Lady Milford: “In friendship, to Wogan and Tamara, with all the best wishes, from John Heartfield, Berlin, 4. 1. 1966”. Wogan Philipps, 2nd Baron Milford (1902–1993) was the first and only member …Read more

  37. Land of Plenty.

    Land of Plenty. 1947

    £275

    First edition, first printing of this book by the “Dean of Industrial Design”. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “With love to Pat and Don, – hoping you judge this book at least as the Bishop judged the egg. Walter …Read more

  38. Trousers, Vests, Breeches & Gaiters.

    Trousers, Vests, Breeches & Gaiters. 1886

    £250

    First edition, scarce: Copac records only 4 copies in British and Irish institutional libraries (British Library, Oxford, National Library of Scotland, Cambridge) and OCLC adds only a further 2. The spine refers to this as “Vol. III” but the work is complete in itself. A …Read more

  39. Visionaire 58 – Spirit.

    Visionaire 58 – Spirit. 2010

    £2,000

    First edition, limited issue. Number 434 of 1500 copies. A selection of the most iconic images of McQueen’s work, from Lamsweerde and Matadin, Mert and Marcus, Mario Testino, Steven Klein and Nick Knight. Published to commemorate McQueen’s life and career, the issue can be planted …Read more

  40. Spring ad Summer 1960 – Salesman’s Sample Box.

    Spring ad Summer 1960 – Salesman’s Sample Box. 1960

    £500

    W.Z. Gibson Inc. was one of the largest franchise tailoring companies in America, here in the 1960s probably at its peak. An attractive, and complete, salesman’s kit. Read more

  41. Saleman’s Fabric Sample Case.

    Saleman’s Fabric Sample Case. 1929

    £1,250

    Wooden sample case (320 442 180 mm) black leather-textured cloth-covered wooden case, with hinged lid cut on the slant, leather handle, black japanned clip-clasps, lower corners with leather protectors, metal brackets reinforcing jonts at rear of lid, and front of case; interior divided with one …Read more

  42. Latest Fashions – Fall and Winter, 1911-12, together with a remarkable collection of meticulously clipped fashion “dolls”.

    Latest Fashions – Fall and Winter, 1911-12, together with a remarkable collection of meticulously clipped fashion “dolls”. 1911

    £950

    Appealing fashion catalogue displaying the 1911 Fall-Winter designs of the Chicago-based tailor Schoenbrun & Company for men’s suits and evening wear. The lithographs, all unsigned, are reminiscent of the work of contemporary illustrators including Harrison Fisher and Howard Chandler Christy; they feature include men in …Read more

  43. Marx & Haas Clothing Co. – pinstriped baby trousers.

    Marx & Haas Clothing Co. – pinstriped baby trousers. c.1916

    £75

    A wonderful promotional item, featuring button sides and a fully-lined waistband. Evidently sent to the proud parents of baby boys in the hope that they would look kindly upon the makers of their son’s “first pair of pants.” The company was founded in 1855, and …Read more

  44. On’n off the Campus.

    On’n off the Campus. 1935

    £45

    Wonderfully illustrated fashion catalogue for college girls, including classics for classes, trim woollens, silk dresses, evening fashions, and even fur coats. The “Cheer Leaders” pages which offer a range of fur-trimmed coats for the football game, features a full schedule for college football in the …Read more

  45. Annis Fur Post, Season 1922-1923.

    Annis Fur Post, Season 1922-1923. 1922

    £225

    Uncommon trade catalogue for fashion fur – coats, capes, scarves, hats, and muffs for the Jazz Age. The types of fur include chinchilla, ermine, monkey, mink, fur seal, leopard, white fox, beaver, marmot, civet and caracul. Annis Fur Post was founded in 1887 by …Read more

  46. Social Events of the Year – Barratt’s Boots by Post.

    Social Events of the Year – Barratt’s Boots by Post. 1923

    £175

    Attractively produced, fully priced catalogue from Barratt’s, the long-established Northampton shoemakers. Themed around the social calendar, with coloured plates of events such as Henley, Ascot, and the motor Show at Olympia, together with images of the Barratt factory, line-drawn illustrations of their retail outlets, and …Read more

  47. Erté’s Costumes & Sets for Der Rosenkavalier in Full Colour.

    Erté’s Costumes & Sets for Der Rosenkavalier in Full Colour. 1980

    £250

    Signed limited edition. This copy number 64 of 1,750 copies signed and numbered by Erté. Read more

  48. A Life in View.

    A Life in View. 2014

    £125

    First edition, first printing. Signed by Snowdon on the front flyleaf. The monograph showcases the photographer’s range and includes his fashion, theatre, and society photographs, portraits, as well as previously unpublished archive material such as polaroids and private correspondence. Curated by Snowdon’s youngest daughter Frances …Read more

  1. New Arrival
    Design for a plate.
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    BELL, Vanessa. BELL, Vanessa.

    Design for a plate.

    £2,000

  2. Cecil Beaton’s New York.
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    BEATON, Cecil. BEATON, Cecil.

    Cecil Beaton’s New York.

    £500

  3. In English Homes.
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    LATHAM, Charles. LATHAM, Charles.

    In English Homes.

    £850

  4. Colour and Pattern in the Home.
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    CARRINGTON, Noel. CARRINGTON, Noel.

    Colour and Pattern in the Home.

    £225

  5. Glen Luchford.
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    LUCHFORD, Glen. LUCHFORD, Glen.

    Glen Luchford.

    £375

  6. Poems and Drawings.
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    ALBERS, Josef. ALBERS, Josef.

    Poems and Drawings.

    £875

  7. Costume through the Ages.
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    (RACKHAM, Arthur.) (RACKHAM, Arthur.)

    Costume through the Ages.

    £160

  8. William Morris. Poet, Craftsman, Socialist.
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    (MORRIS, William.) CARY, Elisabeth Luther. (MORRIS, William.) CARY,...

    William Morris. Poet, Craftsman, Socialist.

    £200

  9. Mr Gladstone’s Washi.
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    SCHMOLLER, Hans. SCHMOLLER, Hans.

    Mr Gladstone’s Washi.

    £225

  10. The Art of the Poster, Its Origin, Evolution & Purpose.
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    KAUFFER, E. McKnight (ed.) KAUFFER, E. McKnight...

    The Art of the Poster, Its Origin, Evolution & Purpose.

    £1,750

  11. This Lady’s Not For Burning.
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    (MESSEL, Oliver.) FRY, Christopher. (MESSEL, Oliver.) FRY,...

    This Lady’s Not For Burning.

    £3,750

  12. Mamluk Costume.
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    MAYER, Leo Aryeh. MAYER, Leo Aryeh.

    Mamluk Costume.

    £450

  13. A Cyclopaedia of Costume.
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    PLANCHÉ, James Robinson. PLANCHÉ, James Robinson.

    A Cyclopaedia of Costume.

    £600

  14. E. McKnight Kauffer: a designer and his public.
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    (KAUFFER, E. McKnight.) HAWORTH-BOOTH, Mark. (KAUFFER, E. McKnight.)...

    E. McKnight Kauffer: a designer and his public.

    £100

  15. Masterpieces of Glass.
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    CHARLESTON, Robert J. CHARLESTON, Robert J.

    Masterpieces of Glass.

    £50

  16. The Cabinet-Maker and Upholsterer’s Guide;
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    HEPPLEWHITE, Alice. HEPPLEWHITE, Alice.

    The Cabinet-Maker and Upholsterer’s Guide;

    £8,750

  17. Moorcroft Pottery.
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    ATTERBURY, Paul. ATTERBURY, Paul.

    Moorcroft Pottery.

    £150

  18. The Decoration of Houses.
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    WHARTON, Edith, & Ogden Codman. WHARTON, Edith, &...

    The Decoration of Houses.

    £5,000

  19. The Workwoman’s Guide,
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    WILSON, Maria. WILSON, Maria.

    The Workwoman’s Guide,

    £2,250

  20. Modes and Manners of the Nineteenth Century
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    FISCHEL, Oskar, & Max von Boehn. FISCHEL, Oskar, &...

    Modes and Manners of the Nineteenth Century

    £450

  21. Antique Gems and Rings.
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    KING, Charles William. KING, Charles William.

    Antique Gems and Rings.

    £400

  22. Modeling for Money.
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    LYNN, Carol. LYNN, Carol.

    Modeling for Money.

    £250

  23. Cigarette Cards and How to Collect Them.
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    EVANS, I. O. EVANS, I. O.

    Cigarette Cards and How to Collect Them.

    £175

  24. How to Make Origami.
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    HONDA, Isao. HONDA, Isao.

    How to Make Origami.

    £225

  25. Photographs of Jazz Era Window Displays for Meier & Frank’s Department Store, Portland, OR.
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    (FASHION) STEVENS, Charles O. & Max... (FASHION) STEVENS, Charles...

    Photographs of Jazz Era Window Displays for Meier & Frank’s Department Store, Portland, OR.

    £200

  26. Go Fusuma Mi Hon. [Fusuma handmade samples.]
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    (JAPANESE ARCHITECTURE.) (JAPANESE ARCHITECTURE.)

    Go Fusuma Mi Hon. [Fusuma handmade samples.]

    £1,500

  27. The Design of Lettering.
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    WEISS, Egon. WEISS, Egon.

    The Design of Lettering.

    £225

  28. Aurora Cone Decoration and its Uses.
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    (FASHION.) SARTORIUS & CO. (FASHION.) SARTORIUS &...

    Aurora Cone Decoration and its Uses.

    £225

  29. The Finchley List.
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    (FASHION) (FASHION)

    The Finchley List.

    £250

  30. Trousers, Vests, Breeches & Gaiters.
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    (FASHION.) HOLDING, T. H. (FASHION.) HOLDING, T....

    Trousers, Vests, Breeches & Gaiters.

    £250

  31. Visionaire 58 – Spirit.
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    MCQUEEN, Alexander. MCQUEEN, Alexander.

    Visionaire 58 – Spirit.

    £2,000

  32. Spring ad Summer 1960 – Salesman’s Sample Box.
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    (FASHION) W.Z. Gibson, Inc. (FASHION) W.Z. Gibson,...

    Spring ad Summer 1960 – Salesman’s Sample Box.

    £500

  33. Saleman’s Fabric Sample Case.
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    (FASHION) Chicago Woolen Mills Co. (FASHION) Chicago Woolen...

    Saleman’s Fabric Sample Case.

    £1,250

  34. Latest Fashions – Fall and Winter, 1911-12, together with a remarkable collection of meticulously clipped fashion “dolls”.
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    (FASHION) Schoenbrun & Company, Merchant Tailors. (FASHION) Schoenbrun &...

    Latest Fashions – Fall and Winter, 1911-12, together with a remarkable collection of meticulously clipped fashion “dolls”.

    £950

  35. Marx & Haas Clothing Co. – pinstriped baby trousers.
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    (FASHION) (FASHION)

    Marx & Haas Clothing Co. – pinstriped baby trousers.

    £75

  36. On’n off the Campus.
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    (FASHION) (FASHION)

    On’n off the Campus.

    £45

  37. Annis Fur Post, Season 1922-1923.
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    (FASHION) (FASHION)

    Annis Fur Post, Season 1922-1923.

    £225

  38. Social Events of the Year – Barratt’s Boots by Post.
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    (FASHION) W. Barratt & Co. Ltd. (FASHION) W. Barratt...

    Social Events of the Year – Barratt’s Boots by Post.

    £175

  39. Erté’s Costumes & Sets for Der Rosenkavalier in Full Colour.
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    (ERTÉ.) Cox, John (intro.) (ERTÉ.) Cox, John...

    Erté’s Costumes & Sets for Der Rosenkavalier in Full Colour.

    £250

  40. A Life in View.
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    SNOWDON, Lord. SNOWDON, Lord.

    A Life in View.

    £125

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