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  1. 80925
    First edition. "The first systematic treatise on mining and metallurgy and one of the first technological books of modern times" (PMM). The book is extensively illustrated with a fine series of almost 300 woodcuts, some signed with the monogram "RMD", generally attributed to Hans Rudolf Manuel Deutsch (fl. 1525-1572) or,... Learn More
    £45,000

    Stock Code: 80925

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  2. 123572
    First edition, first printing. This work is generally acknowledged to contain some of the best illustrations by American illustrator Maxfield Parrish (1870-1966). Parrish achieved "national popularity for his distinctively elegant style, detailed backgrounds and glowing colours. The subtle shade of blue seen in many of his... Learn More
    £2,500

    Stock Code: 123572

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  3. 123069comp
    Signed limited edition, number 160 of 250 copies signed by the artist. "Publication was delayed by the war - Ransome complained on 15 February 1915 that Mackenzie has 'suddenly gone off to Serbia' - and by Ransome's own absence from England" (Hammond). This is one of the finest work of the illustrator Thomas Mackenzie (1887-1944).... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 123069

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  4. 117250
    First edition. Uncommon: three copies traced at auction, eight in UK libraries, and two world-wide; the list of subscribers 256 records copies printed. Jervis was an officer in the 62nd (Wiltshire) Regiment of Foot, which was deployed to India in 1830 and was initially garrisoned at Bangalore, helping suppress the rebellion... Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 117250

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  5. Sketches in Afghaunistan
    First edition. Without doubt one of the finest illustrated books on Afghanistan, the plates depicting a selection of superb views on the march - Bolan Pass, Quetta, Khojak Pass, Kandahar, and Kabul. In 1833, after a furlough in England, Atkinson returned to his original profession as surgeon to the 55th NI, and in 1838 was... Learn More
    £6,000

    Stock Code: 102546

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  6. Img1
    First and only edition, limited to 120 signed copies, this copy numbered 106 at the limitation leaf and on all plates; the printing-plates were destroyed on completion of the edition. Inevitably highly uncommon, just 8 locations on OCLC. Superb suite depicting off-duty scenes on the British Front including "Les Tambours... Learn More
    £2,000

    Stock Code: 108171

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  7. Scotland Illustrated,
    First edition, in a fine contemporary binding incorporating a variety of attractive Scottish motifs. One of several works by William Beattie (1793-1875), Scotland Illustrated includes historical and topographical descriptions of Scottish sites and landscapes, accompanied by numerous engraved views, of which 91 are by Allom,... Learn More
    £850

    Stock Code: 113843

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  8. 117569
    First Nielsen edition, first impression. The richness of the Danish artist Nielsen's colour images for this lavish illustrated book of Norse pagan mythology was achieved by a four-colour process, in contrast to many of the illustrations prepared by his contemporaries, such as Rackham and Dulac, which characteristically utilised... Learn More
    £2,750

    Stock Code: 117569

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  9. 114470
    First edition of one of the finest graphic representations of the American Civil War; this copy from the library of a Union army veteran: bookplate of William Bush Blackwell (1837-1922), who served as a first lieutenant and quarter master with the 26th Regiment New York Volunteer Infantry (the "2nd Oneida Regiment") and... Learn More
    £5,000

    Stock Code: 114470

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  10. 116490comp
    First edition, copy number 7 of 75 specially bound deluxe copies, signed by the illustrator, from a limited edition of 500 copies printed in Poliphilus type on Arnold's mould-made paper by the Chiswick Press. Learn More
    £650

    Stock Code: 116490

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  11. i1
    First edition. Stonham (1858-1916) "was senior surgeon to the Westminster Hospital... and was decorated for services in South Africa as chief surgeon and officer commanding the Imperial Yeomanry Field Hospital". The illustrator, Lilian Medland (1880-1955) has been described by the National Library of Australia as "much-overlooked... Learn More
    £1,750

    Stock Code: 115567

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  12. Finden's Illustrations of the Life and Works of Lord Byron.
    First book edition, attractively bound. "It was William and Edward Finden's illustrations to Byron that substantially enhanced the status of their work. Following his death in Greece in 1824, their engravings sensitively conveyed to a wide contemporary audience images of Byron's life and work. Initially engaged by Byron's... Learn More
    £600

    Stock Code: 114762

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  13. A Treatise on the Culture and Management of Fruit-Trees; in which a new method of pruning and training is fully described.
    First edition. Forsyth (1737-1804), for whom the forsythia was named, was superintendent of the royal gardens at St. James and Kensington. The Observations on the Diseases, Defects, and Injuries of Fruit and Forest Trees had been separately published in 1791. The "particular method of cure" was a "plaister", or paste, whose... Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 114624

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  14. The Diary of Samuel Pepys.
    First Wheatley edition, "the fullest edition of the diary before the Latham one 1970-83" (ODNB); this set extra-illustrated with the addition of 483 engravings, as described on the extra letterpress title in each volume (dated 1919: "printed for the illustrator", i.e. the collector of the additional illustrations): "being... Learn More
    £2,000

    Stock Code: 114622

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  15. Le decameron de Jean Boccace.
    A fine edition illustrated in large part by Gravelot: "One of the most accomplished illustrated books of the 18th century" (Cohen-de Ricci 158-61); "one of the masterpieces of the illustrated book" (Ray 15). The imprint is false; the book was published in Paris by Prault. The French translation is by Antoine Jean Le Maçon.... Learn More
    £3,000

    Stock Code: 114589

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  16. Wanderings and Excursions in South Wales:
    A fine pair of bindings by London's leading binder of the 1840s and 1850s, with appropriately Welsh heraldic devices, perhaps done in celebration of the birth of Edward, the eldest son of Queen Victoria, in 1841. As Prince of Wales from 8 December 1841 to 22 January 1901, the future Edward VII held the record for longest-serving... Learn More
    £975

    Stock Code: 114542

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  17. Opere diverse.
    First edition of the collected works of the father of modern penology, including his celebrated Dei delitti e delle pene, which was first published in 1764. From the library of archivist and civil servant Henry Hobhouse (1776-1854), with his armorial bookplate to the front free pastedown. Hobhouse was appointed permanent... Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 114251

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  18. Nouvelle construction de cheminées,
    Second edition, preceded by the rare Paris edition of 1759. An important work on chimneys and their ventilation: "the latest technology on making chimneys draw properly and preventing smoke in rooms" (Deborah Howard, William Adam, Architectural Society of Scotland, 1990; who also notes that James Adam acquired a copy in... Learn More
    £325

    Stock Code: 113696

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  19. The Natural History of Barbados.
    First edition of this important and attractive early work on the natural history of Barbados, by the Welsh-born clergyman and naturalist Griffith Hughes (1707-1758?). "In Barbados, Hughes developed the idea of publishing a book on the island's natural history. In 1743 he visited London with the intention of promoting this... Learn More
    £3,750

    Stock Code: 110849

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  20. Il Solimano Tragedia.
    First edition of this famous opera about Suleyman the Magnificent's execution of his son Mustafa. "One of the earliest Turkish operas was written in 1619 by the Italian Prospero Bonarelli, whose Il Solimano became the blueprint for many eponymous operas and for other operas that employed elements of its plot" (Berman, German... Learn More
    £3,750

    Stock Code: 109664

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  21. Welchman's Hose.
    First edition, limited to 525 copies of which 500 were made available for sale. Learn More
    £325

    Stock Code: 106673

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  22. Nouvelles Illustrations de Zoologie … New Illustrations of Zoology,
    First edition. This is a very well coloured copy of a book which often suffers from indifferent colouring. Peter Brown (fl. 1758-1799), thought to be Danish, was court painter to the Prince of Wales. It is not certain if he studied as a pupil of Georg Ehret (1708-1770), the famous botanical artist from Germany, but he was... Learn More
    £5,000

    Stock Code: 111330

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  23. Essays on Physiognomy.
    Second edition in English of this work by Lavater, "the last of the descriptive physiognomists" (Garrison & Morton). Most prized for the remarkable range of illustrative engravings, portraits of historical and contemporary notabilities - including Goethe, a friend of Lavater's, Socrates, Locke, Samuel Johnson, Bach, George... Learn More
    £1,200

    Stock Code: 104088

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  24. i1
    First and limited edition, first impression, number 11 of 40 copies only with an original steel engraved plate signed by the artist. Presentation copy from the publisher, inscribed on a preliminary blank: "à Peter qui a la même passion pour la livre très amicalement, Justine de Kerversau, Paris 15/ 10/ 1974". At the time... Learn More
    £200

    Stock Code: 105276

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  25. Picturesque America.
    A handsomely bound set of the UK edition of American poet William Cullen Bryant's monumental monograph on North America, a classic work of Americana which proved to be an instant success when it was first published in the US in 1872-4. The superb plates were engraved by Robert Hinshelwood, a Scots engraver who emigrated... Learn More
    £575

    Stock Code: 104915

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  26. Nuova Descrizione del Duomo di Milano con Prospetti e Tavole incise in Rame.
    First edition of this attractive grand tour guide book to the duomo in Milan, fairly uncommon in the first edition with just 16 showing on OCLC. This copy with significantly more of the pleasingly sepia-toned plates than any of those listed that offer a collation, most with just 15. From the library of Sarah Frances Bell... Learn More
    £675

    Stock Code: 102865

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  27. Essays on Physiognomy.
    Reprint of the defence by Lavater - "the last of the descriptive physiognomists" (Garrison & Morton) - of the pseudo-science of physiognomy, more correctly pathognomy, "the age old quest for the art how to know men" (Hunter & MacAlpine). Lavater's work was first published in German in 1772 and enjoyed widespread success... Learn More
    £200

    Stock Code: 100644

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  28. The Whole Book of Common Prayer, Administration of the Sacraments &c.
    An attractive edition of the Book of Common Prayer in a lovely Regency binding, bound in two volumes for ease of use. The majority of the plates are stipple engravings by the accomplished Charles Middlemist after Thomas Stothard and show marriage, baptism, a funeral etc, in contemporary settings. Learn More
    £600

    Stock Code: 100756

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  29. 99343comp
    Signed limited edition, number 19 of 30 copies on Japanese vellum signed by the illustrator. A beautiful example of Chivers's vellucent technique, which he developed in the early 1900s. In contrast to the earlier method used by Edwards of Halifax, the painting was not done on the underside of the transparent vellum, but... Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 99343

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  30. Optique de portraiture et peinture, en deux parties,
    First edition, with an appealing near-contemporary French provenance: bookplate and ownership inscription of Hieronimus (Jérôme) Beausire. The Beausires were a famous French architectural dynasty - our Beausire may be Jérôme (1708-1761) architect and son of Jean Beausire, chief of public works in Paris under the Sun... Learn More
    £5,000

    Stock Code: 96431

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  31. Narrative of an Expedition into Southern Africa, during the Years 1836, and 1837,
    First issue of the first Bombay edition, which predates the first London by a year, "scarce" (Czech). Harris was commissioned in the Bombay Engineers in 1823, promoted captain in 1834 and major in 1836. Invalided to South Africa for two years, on the voyage out he joined up with Richard Williamson, a Bombay civil servant,... Learn More
    £2,500

    Stock Code: 98148

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  32. A Treatise on the Culture and Management of Fruit-Trees;
    First Albany edition, the second American edition, following that of Philadelphia (1802); this Albany printing adds an 8-page letter addressed to the publishers by a Peter W. Yates in which he discusses his own practical experiences in cultivating fruit trees. "Cobbett added an introduction and notes, intended for the American... Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 95457

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  33. image1
    First compiled edition. This volume, prefaced in English, contains two French travellers' accounts of their visit to the Kingdoms of England and Scotland in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries: "The two pieces here offered to the public contain the idea which some of our neighbours formed of us in the two last centuries.... Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 87462

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  34. Voyage Pittoresque de la Grece.
    First edition, first issue, the Discours Préliminaire concluding on the fourth line of page xvi. First volume only, but complete in itself, and without doubt one of the most desirable of all 18th-century works on Greece. A second volume was published in two parts, the first in 1809, and the "final biographical livraison... Learn More
    £6,500

    Stock Code: 83997

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  35. Architec-Tonics. The Tales of Tom Thumtack.
    First edition, first printing of the first book Rockwell Kent illustrated. Inscribed by Kent on the front free endpaper, "To Ernest Dawson, this first book that I illustrated and for which I received 125 - Rockwell Kent, 1933". The recipient was Ernest Dawson of the renowned Dawson's Bookshop in Los Angeles. Loosely inserted... Learn More
    £2,750

    Stock Code: 87521

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  36. 80629
    First enlarged edition with the addition of the Libellus de locorum describendorum ratione, & de eorum distantiis inveniendis of Gemma Frisius, in which Frisius first described the principle of triangulation for use in surveying.
    The Cosmographia of Petrus Apianus was one of the most popular books of the century. With... Learn More
    £5,500

    Stock Code: 80629

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  37. The Natural History of Barbados.
    First edition, large paper copy with contemporary hand-coloured plates. Large paper copies were supplied to about a fifth of the thousand or so subscribers Hughes managed to attract to his lavish project. Each of the plates is dedicated to one of the more illustrious of the subscribers. "The book is one to place beside Catesby's... Learn More
    £35,000

    Stock Code: 80069

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  38. A Series of Original Portraits and Caricature Etchings
    New edition. First published in 1837. Learn More
    £875

    Stock Code: 71813

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  39. i1
    First edition, edited by the martyrologist John Foxe. Foxe had established his reputation as the leading chronicler of the English reformation with his first two editions of Acts and Monuments (Foxe's Book of Martyrs) in 1563 and 1570. In the latter he had promised that he would edit a collection of the works of William... Learn More
    £22,500

    Stock Code: 77878

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  40. Castelli, e Ponti …
    First edition of this fundamental work for the history of the restoration and maintenance of St Peter's Fabbrica and for an understanding of early building practice. The master mason and engineer Nicola Zabaglia (1664-1750) invented many ingenious mechanical devices to aid restoration. Here he illustrates his techniques,... Learn More
    £5,000

    Stock Code: 77359

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  41. Edouard Manet. Sein Leben und Seine Kunst.
    First German Edition. The two etchings are Berthe Morisot (Harris 75; Guerin 59 II; Melot M.61; ) and Baudelaire de Profilen Chapeau (Guerin 30; Melot M.54), the woodcut is Olympia, printed in brown and black ink, cut by Alfred Prunaire after Manet had drawn the image on a prepared word block. Learn More
    £950

    Stock Code: 69420

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  42. Les Amours de Theagene et Chariclee.
    A fine volume with the suite of engravings from the first Thiboust edition of the popular ancient Greek romance, the Aethiopica of Heliodorus of Emesa. Jacques Amyot's translation of Heliodorus, first published in 1547, introduced the work to France, where it long retained its popularity. The iconography of the Aethiopica... Learn More
    £3,750

    Stock Code: 65944

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  43. Song of Peace.
    First edition, first impression. From a limited edition of 1000 copies, this one signed by the author and the illustrator, and additionally inscribed by Lowenfels, "For Sol Mandelblatt, these anecdotes of the service, Walter Lowenfels, Mays Landing Lowenfel's sometime New Jersey home 1962" This inscription by one of America's... Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 79776

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  44. 73569comp
    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the artist on the front free endpaper, "Marrin, with the admiration & affection of Lisa & Leonard, 1967". Learn More
    £100

    Stock Code: 73569

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  45. 63838
    £600

    Stock Code: 63838

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  46. The Holy Places.

    The Holy Places.

    London & New York: 1953

    First US edition, signed limited issue, number 36 of 50 specially bound copies, signed by both the author and illustrator, from a total edition of 1,000 copies. The Holy Places is based on an article Waugh wrote for Life magazine, "The Plight of the Holy Places," (24 December 1951) after visiting Israel Palestine in 1951... Learn More
    £2,750

    Stock Code: 67863

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  47. 59393
    £875

    Stock Code: 59393

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  48. 30868
    £1,350

    Stock Code: 30868

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  49. 11940
    £120

    Stock Code: 11940

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