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  1. A Life in View.
    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the photographer's range and includes his fashion, theatre, and society photographs, portraits, as well as previously unpublished archive material such as polaroids and private correspondence.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... Learn More
    £125

    Stock Code: 96066

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    First edition of Repton's last treatise on landscape gardening, written together with his son. Fragments is illustrated in the familiar Repton manner, with overslips used to show the changed landscape before and after Repton's improvements. He was by now famous, mentioned for example in Jane Austen's Mansfield Park (1814)... Learn More
    £22,500

    Stock Code: 114884

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  3. 130515comp
    First edition, first impression, presentation copy inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper to Princess Mary, "To Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal. With respect, gratitude and humble best wishes at Christmastime. Norman Hartnell, Christmas 1955." Hartnell (1901-1979) was the Dressmaker by Appointment to both... Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 130515

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  4. 130464
    First edition, first impression, of the commemorative catalogue of the Royal Academy's Chinese exhibition of 1935-6, the most important exhibition of Chinese art ever exhibited in Britain. The Chinese government loaned 800 objects, including 352 ceramics, some which of a type never before seen in the country. The exhibition... Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 130464

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  5. 128831
    Joseph Wright of Derby (1734-1797) is widely acclaimed as the first professional painter to express the spirit of the Industrial Revolution. His large candlelight painting An Experiment on a Bird in the Air Pump, first exhibited in 1768, is today the best-known of all his works. Wright's commissions during the early 1760s... Learn More
    £9,500

    Stock Code: 128831

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  6. In English Homes.
    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. Learn More
    £850

    Stock Code: 115351

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  7. 120113
    First and only known edition of this unusual and uncommon book on hair, including its physiology, diseases, and cultural significance. An ad at the rear reports that the author, Mr. Winter, "may be consulted on Diseases of the Hair at his Residence, 205 Oxford Street, London, between the Hours of 10 and 4." For those unable... Learn More
    £275

    Stock Code: 120113

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  8. 122132
    First edition of this early Victorian model-book for furniture design. Produced by renowned publisher William Pickering, this work offers examples of furniture in Grecian, Elizabethan, and Gothic styles. Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 122132

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  9. 125592
    First edition of this selection from d'Hancarville's Collection of Etruscan, Greek, and Roman antiquities from the cabinet of the Honble. Wm. Hamilton, 1766-67, and Tischbein's Collection of engravings from ancient vases... in the possession of Sir Wm. Hamilton, 1791-97, the third and last volume of which appeared in 1797,... Learn More
    £4,500

    Stock Code: 125592

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  10. 103094
    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 to transform into a garden of wildflowers,... Learn More
    £2,000

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  11. 121204
    First edition, first impression, trade issue. Described by Entwisle as "an indispensable source book" this work provides a comprehensive and richly illustrated account of the developments within English wallpaper fashions. It also includes a useful history of the foremost wallpaper mills in the country. Learn More
    £650

    Stock Code: 121204

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  12. Aurora Cone Decoration and its Uses.
    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" everything - clothing, lamps, curtains,... Learn More
    £225

    Stock Code: 102355

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  13. 123757
    A pair of Edward McKnight Kauffer (1890-1954) designs, the Calico Printers Association print signed by the artist, "June 2, 1919. I hereby assign to the Calico Printers Association the copyright of this Russian Ticket design, E. McKnight Kauffer". The signed label was designed for the Calico Printer's Association, Manchester,... Learn More
    £650

    Stock Code: 123757

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  14. 123812
    Trade catalogue, with signed original sketch, of renowned furniture designer George Nakashima (1905-1990). Nakashima was trained in carpentry whilst in a Japanese internment camp during the Second World War. In 1943 his release from the internment camp was successfully sponsored by the Czech American architect Antonin Raymond,... Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 123812

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  15. 123707comp
    First edition, first impression. This is the author's own copy, with his bookplate to the front free endpaper and signed by him on the title page. Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 123707

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    Second edition, revised, 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 filling a yawning... Learn More
    £8,750

    Stock Code: 33768

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  17. 118924
    First edition in English, number 64 of 1,000 copies, of which 500 were for distribution in the USA; first published in French by Brunoff, Paris, 1922. Sergei Diaghilev's Ballet Russes production of the Sleeping Beauty, for which Leon Bakst designed the costumes and set, was first staged in London in 1921 at the Alhambra... Learn More
    £2,250

    Stock Code: 118924

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  18. 121474comp
    First edition, deluxe issue, number 135 of 250 copies signed by the author on the limitation page, and containing a suite of five extra plates not found in the trade issue ("ordinary edition"). Hobson (1872-1941) was keeper of ceramics and ethnographer at the British Museum from 1921, and keeper of oriental antiquities from... Learn More
    £2,500

    Stock Code: 121474

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  19. 88813
    A royal warrant ordering a significant amount of cloth to be given to a servant of Queen Katherine, John Hasilby. The matter of clothing was of high public importance in the Tudor court. "Henry VIII passed four sumptuary laws or acts of apparel in 1510, 1514, 1515, and 1533. The laws were hierarchical in their structure,... Learn More
    £30,000

    Stock Code: 88813

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  20. Glen Luchford.
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 114549

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  21. 116051
    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 same aesthetic imbued Charleston, East Sussex,... Learn More
    £2,000

    Stock Code: 116051

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  22. Mr Gladstone's Washi.
    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 course of his inquiry. "At the... Learn More
    £225

    Stock Code: 113217

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  23. Moorcroft Pottery.
    First edition, first impression. Signed by Walter Moorcroft on the front free endpaper. Learn More
    £150

    Stock Code: 110004

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  24. How to Make Origami. The Japanese Art of Paper Folding.
    First US edition, originally published in Tokyo in 1958, scarce in such excellent condition with all specimens intact. Learn More
    £225

    Stock Code: 105639

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  25. Lacquer.

    Lacquer.

    Marlborough, Wilts: 1984

    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. Learn More
    £45

    Stock Code: 110834

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  26. Masterpieces of Glass.
    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. Learn More
    £50

    Stock Code: 110833

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    The Workwoman's Guide,

    London & Birmingham: 1838

    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 the hands of a printer, she is tendering an important and acceptable,... Learn More
    £2,250

    Stock Code: 108261

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  28. Jazz Graphics.
    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. Learn More
    £395

    Stock Code: 109129

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  29. The Design of Lettering.
    First edition, first printing. With the bookplate of Los Angeles architect Elimar Meinardus to the rear free endpaper. Learn More
    £225

    Stock Code: 105035

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  30. Land of Plenty.
    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 Teague. Feb. 20, 1947." Learn More
    £275

    Stock Code: 104121

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  31. .
    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 are printed onto... Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 103576

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  32. 95045
    Striking counter display advertisement for the Adler Company "Collegian" men's suits line, in a style reminiscent of the California Plein-Air School, with two sharp young men in Adler suits standing at a carved stone wall talking to a young beautiful co-ed in a jaunty orange hat. The "Collegian" line was aimed at college... Learn More
    £200

    Stock Code: 95045

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  33. Parfums Lucien Lelong.
    First edition, no copy of this spectacular promotional brochure traced o line. Largely forgotten today, apart amongst the couture cognoscenti, Lelong was enormously influential in his day. After the First World War Lelong took charge of his parents' small fashion house, which was noted for its espousal of the modern look... Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 95082

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  34. Notes on the Dress of The Seventy-First Regiment,
    First and only edition, extremely uncommon, just four copies traced - V & A, NLS, Guelph, and Brown, perhaps Library of Congress. This copy inscribed on the front free endpaper; "R.C. Greenwood from A.N.E. Browne, 27.III. 1925 ? for 1935". Noted by Sutcliffe on the NAM/AMOT on-line bibliography as limited to 50 copies. Browne... Learn More
    £775

    Stock Code: 85462

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  35. i1
    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 of the Mississippi, one of the largest in the country. These four salesman's... Learn More
    £200

    Stock Code: 84121

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  36. John Heartfield: Leben und Werk. Dargestellt von seinem Bruder Wieland Herzfelde.
    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 of the House of Lords to belong to the... Learn More
    £650

    Stock Code: 90113

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  37. Saleman's Fabric Sample Case.
  38. Four papers on packaging and industrial design from the Journal of the Royal Society of Arts.
    Attractively bound volume comprising four articles by Gray extracted from the journal of the RSA over a twenty year period. Inscribed by the author to his wife on the front free endpaper, "To Gnade with all my love, Milner 1959". The papers are; "The History and Development of Packaging"(26 pages with illustrations, 5 May,... Learn More
    £450

    Stock Code: 81478

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  39. Annis Fur Post, Season 1922-1923.
    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 Isaac Newton Annis (1858-1939), who had started collecting... Learn More
    £225

    Stock Code: 80551

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  40. Fans - 1932.

    Fans - 1932.

    Harrisburg, PA: 1932

    Spectacular trade catalogue featuring the vivid pictorial fans produced by The Myers Manufacturing Co., a Pennsylvania novelty company founded by Dr. L.B. Myers, the first man to patent rubber tips for pencils. Myer's fans were essentially an advertising medium commended for their "distinctive appearance - large advertising... Learn More
    £175

    Stock Code: 79116

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  41. On'n off the Campus.
    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 Far West. Frederick... Learn More
    £45

    Stock Code: 80564

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  42. Histoire, Industriele et Commerciale de a Porcelaine.
    First edition. Attractive copy of this important work in the history of the connoisseurship of porcelain. Jacquemart was the leading French collector of oriental ceramics of his time, and here developed a descriptive typology, including that of "families" - famille rose, famille verte and so forth - for Chinese ceramics.... Learn More
    £500

    Stock Code: 76215

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  43. 4
    The best collected edition of the works of William Morris, including introductions by the author's daughter, May Morris. One of a limited edition of 1050 numbered sets and very attractively bound. Learn More
    £3,750

    Stock Code: 68521

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  44. Decorating the Small Apartment.
    First edition, first impression. An attractive book on modern, minimalist decorating for small living spaces. Learn More
    £150

    Stock Code: 79758

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  45. Radio and Television Publicity.
    First edition, first printing. A lovely copy of this book on the commercial graphic design work of Italian artist Erberto Carboni (1899-1984). Learn More
    £150

    Stock Code: 74620

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  46. Grand Bal des Artistes Travesti Transmental.
    The rare programme for the Grand Bal des Artistes, "a philanthropic venture for the Union des Artistes Russes, a society that brought together many of the Russian émigré painters and critics such as Victor Bart, Sonia Delauney, Serge Romoff, Léopold Survage, and Zdanevich. Goncharova and Larionov designed much of the... Learn More
    £975

    Stock Code: 79456

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  47. The Complete Writings. Author's Edition.
    The Author's Edition, one of a limited edition of 1,000 sets, signed on the limitation page by Elbert Hubbard, founder of the Roycroft artisan community, or by one of his Roycrofters whom he had trained to imitate his signature. Roycroft was a handicraft community founded in East Aurora, NY, about 1895 by Elbert Hubbard,... Learn More
    £3,500

    Stock Code: 68633

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  48. The Chromolithograph. A journal of Art, Decoration and the Accomplishments.
    First edition. Uncommon, COPAC locates sets at Oxford, Cambridge, the Universities of London and Nottingham, and the V & A; OCLC adds the Getty, the Huntington, Yale and McGill. No complete set at auction in the last 40 years, this run, in common with that V & A, lacks the last issue for 27 March 1869. A short-lived periodical,... Learn More
    £1,275

    Stock Code: 67422

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  49. A Survey of British Industrial Arts.
    First edition, first impression. With an attractive inscription and drawing of a spark plug by the author on the front pastedown "K. L. G. Campbell A. I. B. D. With the very best wishes & congratulations of the author - H. G. D '36". Learn More
    £250

    Stock Code: 60963

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  50. Cinq Peintres et le Theatre. Decors et Costumes de Leger, Coutaud, Gischia, Labisse, Pignon.
    First edition, first impression of a full study of the sceneography and costume designs of these five theatre artists. One of a limited edition of 150 copies with a separate suite of four original lithographs by Coutaud, Gischia, Labisse and Pignon (Leger had passed away). Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 63331

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  51. Printer's Progress. A Comparative Survey of the Craft of Printing 1851-1951.
  52. Utility Furniture and Fashion 1941-1951.
    First edition. Well-illustrated and highly informative catalogue. Learn More
    £50

    Stock Code: 45597

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  53. The Melliand. The World's Leading Textile Journal.
    First editions. Each volume has an epigram, Henry Ford being a particular favourite with Herr Melliand, but most germane is the one that he contributes himself; "A Textile Business without Science is a Loom without Power." Established in 1929 under the present title and continuing in various guises to the present day, where... Learn More
    £150

    Stock Code: 46599

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  54. The New Keramic Gallery.
    Third edition, enlarged by over 100 additional illustrations with descriptions as well as extra full-page colour plates. Learn More
    £175

    Stock Code: 22567

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  55. English Homes. Period IV-Vol. I, Late Stuart, 1649–1714.
    £300

    Stock Code: 24651

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  56. Meissen and Other Continental Porcelain Faience and Enamel in the Irwin Untermyer Collection
    First Edition, First Printing, US Issue. The most substantial catalogue in the field. Learn More
    £150

    Stock Code: 32663

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  57. Manuscript & Inscription Letters
    First edition, first impression. Laid-in is a two-page autograph letter signed (on the back of printed galleys) from Mervyn Horder, prominent composer and, at the time, chairman and managing director of Gerald Duckworth & Co., Publishers, to the artist and illustrator Gwen Raverat. The letter concerns the commission of a... Learn More
    £975

    Stock Code: 43224

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