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MAURITIUS - TEMPLE, Robert. Eight Views of the Mauritius, comprising the Positions of the British Army,
London : 1813First and sole edition of this superb and extremely scarce visual record of the British capture of Mauritius in 1810. The aquatinting is by the accomplished Scottish engraver John Heaviside Clark - also known as "Waterloo Clark" for his sketches made in the immediate aftermath of the battle - from on-the-spot drawings by Robert Temple, serving with... Learn More£15,000.00
Stock Code: 141697
MASON, George Henry; ALEXANDER, William; DALVIMART, Octavien; PYNE, William Henry; D'OYLY, Charles & Thomas Williamson. The Costume of China; The Punishments of China; The Costume of the Russian Empire; The Costume of Turkey; The Costume of Great Britain; The Costumes and Customs of Modern India
London : 1800; 1801; 1803; 1804; 1804; c.1824"A most important series of books on costume" (Hardie, p. 151), this a particularly choice set - presented here in stylish period morocco bindings - of these famous colour plate books, issued by two of the most fashionable publishers of the era, William Miller and Edward Orme.
The Costume of China has plates by the accomplished stipple engraver... Learn More£17,500.00
Stock Code: 145507
LIGHT, Henry. Travels in Egypt, Nubia, Holy Land, Mount Libanon [sic], and Cyprus, in the Year 1814.
London : 1818First and sole edition. Sir Henry Light (1783-1870), later governor of British Guiana (1838-48), was a captain with the Royal Artillery stationed at Malta when, in 1814, he "obtained leave to travel in the countries he describes" (preface). Continuing in the third person, Light remarks that "curiosity and amusement were his object: he kept a journal... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 140585
RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); DANA, Richard Henry. Two Years Before the Mast.
London and Glasgow : First edition, first impression. A stunning copy of this book which was produced cheaply and most often seen in a tired state. Learn More£475.00
Stock Code: 113086
DODWELL, Edward. Views in Greece, from drawings.
London : 1821First edition of one of the most spectacular aquatint travel books of its era, with hand-colouring justifiably puffed by the publisher as "from the original drawings in the best manner"; Abbey describes as "outstanding" those plates engraved and coloured by Robert Havell, who came from a distinguished family of artists. Copies in the original parts... Learn More£37,500.00
Stock Code: 67038
JAMES, F. L. The Unknown Horn of Africa:
London : 1888First edition of this important monograph, a truly superior copy of a book often found in calamitous condition. "The coloured plates of birds in the more scarce first issue are especially handsome" (Czech). While not in the red pictorial cloth, all other signs are that this is a first issue; the colouring of the plates is particularly skilful.
Frank... Learn More£3,000.00
Stock Code: 60741
SCHOBERL, Frederic. Picturesque Tour from Geneva to Milan, by way of the Simplon:
London : 1820A smart copy, with delicate contemporary hand-colouring and early watermarks, of the first discrete English edition of this beautifully illustrated book; it was originally issued in 1811 as Voyage Pittoresque de Genève à Milan par le Simplon (Paris: Didot) and then by Ackermann between 1818-20 in his monthly magazine, the Repository of Arts.
The... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 145506
BOCCACCIO, Giovanni. The Decameron.
London : 1886First Payne edition, number 340 of 750 copies on Holland paper, in the rare jackets, an unrecorded variant in which the imprint on the title pages do not state that it was printed "for the Villon Society". "A landmark in the history of the Decameron in English, and the very first complete and unexpurgated version" (Armstrong, p. 259).
A linguistic... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 145739
HEARN, Lafcadio. Japanese Fairy Tales.
Tokyo : First edition thus of the illustrated 5-volume set of Japanese folklore stories. These five tales were first published on plain paper between 1898 and 1922 in a larger format than this one. They were also issued separately in small crêpe-paper editions (the crêpeing process was applied after printing) sometimes simultaneously as the first plain paper... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 146072
WOOLF, Virginia. Monday or Tuesday.
Richmond : 1921First edition, first impression, one of 1,000 copies of this collection of short stories, and an early Hogarth Press production. Leonard Woolf stated that the work "was printed by F. T. McDermott of the Prompt Press, Richmond, who used to give him advice on printing problems when he and Mrs. Woolf first started the Hogarth Press" (Kirkpatrick). Woolf... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 137334
OMAR KHAYYÁM; POGÁNY, Willy (illus.) Rubáiyát.
New York : Signed limited edition, number 82 of 500 copies printed for the United States and signed by the artist, specially bound and with an original etching facing the title page, also signed by Pogány; there were also 750 copies printed for the UK and published by George G. Harrap & Co. Pogány's illustrated edition was first published in 1909.
Fitzgerald's... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 147882
FRY, Roger. A Sampler of Castile.
Richmond : 1923First edition, first impression, presentation copy inscribed on the limitation page to the Swedish art historian and curator Sixten Strömbom (1888-1983) who established the Swedish Portrait Archive in 1915 of which he published a catalogue in 1935-42. This is number 50 of 550 copies only numbered and signed by Fry in pencil. A charming travelogue of... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 145258
GREENAWAY, Kate. Collection of works.
1870-1930A significant collection of the illustrated books of Kate Greenaway, gathered by a private collector over many years and an assemblage which in scope and quality would now be difficult to equal, covering the full breadth of her career, and richly illustrating the extent and variety of her work.
The collection comprises four presentation copies... Learn More£30,000.00
Stock Code: 144492
AESOP. Aesop's Fables
London : 1687First fully illustrated Barlow edition, the second overall following the first of 1666, here adding the 31 plates of the life of Aesop; one of the finest English illustrated books of the 17th century.
Barlow has been called "the first native English book illustrator - indeed, the leading interpretative illustrator in England before 1800. Otto... Learn More£6,000.00
Stock Code: 147445
REDOUTÉ, Pierre-Joseph. Les Roses.
Paris : 1835Third edition, the most complete, of the most famous of all rose books, published under the direction of L. J. Pirolle, the collector of roses who had supplied Redoute with many of the specimens.
This edition was expanded with 23 new plates, the portraits of Redoute and Thory, and a biographical note on Thory which had not appeared in the first... Learn More£18,750.00
Stock Code: 147433
BURGESS, Gelett (ed.) [The Lark: issues 1-24.] "Who'll be the Clerk?" "I!" said The Lark:
San Francisco : 1896-97First editions of the complete run of this American arts and crafts periodical which was a great contribution to the San Francisco Bay Area literary renaissance of the 1890s, by the American artist, art critic, poet, author and humorist, Frank Gelett Burgess (1866-1951).
Burgess is best known as a writer of nonsense verse, such as "The Purple... Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 147999
AUDUBON, John James. The Birds of America,
New York & Philadelphia : 1839-40-44First octavo edition of Audubon's "Great National Work", the first complete edition and the first American edition; the original double-elephant folio was published in Edinburgh and London between 1827 and 1838. From the estate of the family of Edward Cruft (17761866), an original subscriber to this edition. Cruft was a prominent Boston merchant and... Learn More£65,000.00
Stock Code: 146756
RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); SWINBURNE, Algernon Charles. The Springtide of Life.
London : 1918First Rackham edition, signed limited issue, number 631 of 765 copies signed by the artist. A contemporary review described the edition as "one of his best... Rackham's delicate and romantic fancy is in sensitive harmony with Swinburne's poems and his pictures show that he understands no less than did the poet" (The Publisher's Weekly, vol. 94, 1918,... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 147713
RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); AESOP. Aesop's Fables.
London : 1912First Rackham edition, signed limited issue, number 584 of 1,450 copies signed by the artist.
"The peculiar secret of Rackham's success in seizing upon the essence of the human and portraying it in animal form, which is after all the basic device of the morality, is unwittingly touched upon in Chesterton's delightful introduction to the 1912... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 147692
RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); SHAKESPEARE, William. A Midsummer-Night's Dream.
London : 1908First Rackham edition, signed limited issue, number 303 of 1,000 copies signed by the artist. In A Midsummer Night's Dream, Rackham "developed his gift for drawing witches, gnomes, fairies, and anthropomorphized trees and brought them to a pitch of vivid characterization, sometimes with an unsettling frisson of horror" (ODNB). Learn More£1,850.00
Stock Code: 147694
RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.) Some British Ballads.
London : First Rackham edition, signed limited issue, number 113 of 575 copies signed by the artist. Some British Ballads collects 44 songs and poems from across the country. Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 147697
RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); GRIMM, The Brothers. Little Brother & Little Sister and Other Tales.
London : 1917First Rackham edition, signed limited issue, number 15 of 525 copies signed by the artist. A publisher's note describes how this collection, "together with the selection we published some years ago... make a total of one hundred stories which include, it is thought, all the best of the Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm" (p. v). Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 147704
RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); GRIMM, The Brothers. The Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm.
London : 1909Signed limited edition, number 271 of 750 copies signed by the artist. Rackham's first edition of the Fairy Tales, published in 1900, is here revised and enlarged with some new illustrations, as well as others redrawn and coloured.
Mrs Edgar Lucas, the translator, was born Alice Erichsen, the daughter of Hermann Erichsen, a Danish businessman... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 147685
BLAKE, William. Illustrations of Dante.
Clairvaux : 1978First edition thus, number 33 of 376 copies so bound, from a total edition of 440 copies, all on Lana rag paper.
This Trianon Press edition is the first accurate reproduction of Blake's seven engravings for Dante's Divine Comedy, which were first published in 1838. The facsimile was made from a proof set in the collection of Sir Geoffrey Keynes,... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 147470
ARNOLD, Matthew. The Forsaken Merman.
London : 1900First Jean Archer edition, this copy beautifully hand coloured, a stunning piece of arts and crafts design. Archer's illustrated edition is uncommon, with 15 copies held institutionally worldwide. In 1901 Dent released a further 50 copies of this work printed on Japon and 10 on vellum for binding by the Guild of Women Bookbinders.
This melancholy... Learn More£850.00
Stock Code: 147588
LEAR, Edward. Views in the Seven Ionian Islands,
Oldham : 1979Limited facsimile edition, number 777 of 1,000 copies, faithfully reproducing the 1863 original.
Views in the Seven Ionian Islands is described by Lear's biographer Peter Levi as "the finest of Edward Lear's productions as a traveller... because its lithographs are of such beauty and done with such care... it marks a high point in his career"... Learn More£275.00
Stock Code: 147630
JACKSON, Mary Ann. The Pictorial Flora;
London : 1840First edition of this remarkable collection of botanical drawings, gathered over five annual journeys across England and Wales, and comprising a catalogue of over 1,500 plant species. Jackson intended the present work "to serve as a handy and affordable alternative to more expensive and elaborate botanical plate books then available" (Carter). This... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 140873
ARS MORIENDI. Ars Moriendi ex.
Nuremberg : First of three Latin editions printed by Weissenburger. The book derives from the Tractatus (or Speculum) artis bene moriendi, composed in 1415 by an anonymous Dominican friar, probably at the request of the Council of Constance. Owing to its popularity, a shorter version of Ars Moriendi was taken from the second chapter, dealing with the five temptations... Learn More£18,500.00
Stock Code: 90894
RAVILIOUS, Eric, & J. M. Richards. High Street.
London : 1938First edition, first impression. Published in an edition thought to be of 2,000 copies, High Street was never reprinted, as the original lithograph stones were destroyed during the Blitz when the Curwen Press premises in Plaistow, east London, received two direct hits (reported by Message: Belgian Review in 1945, a periodical printed by the press).... Learn More£3,000.00
Stock Code: 147590
EROTICA. Japanese Pillow Book.
No place : [c.1860]A well-preserved example of Japanese pillow book from the Meiji period. Erotic publications of the time were not sanctioned by the Shogunate, and artists, wood block carvers, and printers risked severe punishment if caught, resulting in a pseudonymous or anonymous (as here) publication issued in small numbers and distributed secretly. This is a very... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 146236
AUSTEN, Jane. Sense and Sensibility: A Novel.
London : 1833First Bentley edition, the third edition overall (pre-dating the first American edition by a few months), and the first edition to be illustrated; issued as the twenty-third in Bentley's Standard Novels series.
Sense and Sensibility was first published in 1811, with the second edition in 1813. In 1832-3 Richard Bentley bought the copyright to... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 145567
KIEFFER BINDING - FLAUBERT, Gustave. Madame Bovary.
Paris : 1905First Ferroud edition, published in his "librairie des amateurs" and specially illustrated by Richemont, in a striking Kieffer binding, number 325 of 600 copies signed by the publisher on the limitation page. This copy is bound with a six-page promotional excerpt in straight-grain wrappers with a full-page etching and two in-text illustrations.
René... Learn More£3,000.00
Stock Code: 145735
DORÉ, Gustave (illus.); ARIOSTO, Ludovico. Orlando Furioso.
Milan : 1881First Italian edition of the last of the great Doré folios devised by Hachette, this copy presented in a most imposing binding, with a gift dedication on the front cover "Al Caro Carlo Tito"; it was preceded by the Paris edition of 1879, and unusually there was no edition in English.
Ariosto's "sprawling poetic epic relating the intricate... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 144199
BLAKE, William. Songs of Innocence.
Clairvaux : 1954First edition thus, copy E of 26 lettered copies, from a total edition of 1,600 copies; the lettered copies were reserved for Lessing J. Rosenwald, the Library of Congress, the Trustees of the Blake Trust, and the publishers. This is a copy of Rosenwald, subsequently presented by him with a New Year card loosely inserted, reading "Best Wishes for a... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 147471
BLAKE, William. Jerusalem.
Clairvaux : 1974First edition thus, number 110 of 500 copies so bound, from a total edition of 558, all printed on Arches pure rag paper matching that used by Blake.
In this Trianon facsimile, the 25 plates of Chapter 1 of Blake's visionary epic Jerusalem are reproduced in full colour facsimile, working from Lord Cuncliffe's copy of Blake original hand-illuminated... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 147479
BLAKE, William - KEYNES, Geoffrey. Poet, Printer, Prophet.
London and Paris : 1964Signed limited edition, number 475 of 525 copies only, all signed by Geoffrey Keynes on the limitation leaf; an unsigned trade edition was also published by the Orion Press.
The book was designed by Arnold Fawcus, comprising a selection of plates from Blake's illuminated books, all printed in 6- and 8-colour offset on paper specially manufactured... Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 147458
BLAKE, William. The Song of Los.
Clairvaux : 1975First edition thus, number 144 of 400 copies so bound, from a total edition of 458, all printed on Arches pure rag paper made to match the paper used by Blake.
Blake scholar Geoffrey Keynes (1887-1982) provides a commentary and bibliographical history. One of the richest and most elaborate of Trianon's Blake facsimiles, "The Song of Los completes... Learn More£400.00
Stock Code: 147459
BLAKE, William. There is No Natural Religion.
Clairvaux : 1972First edition thus, number of 142 copies of 540 copies bound thus, from a total edition of 616 copies, all printed on Arches pure rag paper made to match the paper used by Blake. A faithful facsimile, based on the Rosenwald copy in the Library of Congress, with a bibliographical essay by Sir Geoffrey Keynes.
From the library, though unmarked... Learn More£350.00
Stock Code: 147460
BLAKE, William. All Religions Are One.
Clairvaux : 1970First edition thus, number 247 of 600 copies so bound, from a total edition of 662 copies, all printed on Arches pure rag paper made to match the paper used by Blake.
Blake scholar Geoffrey Keynes (1887-1982), the brother of John Maynard, provides a commentary and bibliographical history. He summarizes the gnomic intent of Blake's early tractate... Learn More£350.00
Stock Code: 147454
BLAKE, William & Catherine. The Complete Portraiture.
Clairvaux : 1977First edition, number 119 of 500 copies thus bound, from a total edition of 562.
Geoffrey Keynes (1887-1982) was an academic, biographer, and the younger brother of John Maynard Keynes. He was a world authority on Blake, and was instrumental in the production of the Trianon facsimiles, writing the accompanying bibliographical texts and contributing... Learn More£325.00
Stock Code: 147457
BLAKE, William - KEYNES, Sir Geoffrey. Laocoon. A Last Testament.
Clairvaux : 1976First edition thus, number 79 of 380 copies so bound, out of a total edition of 438. This Trianon production constitutes a finely illustrated disquisition by Keynes on Blake's artistic and philosophical obsession with the classical Laocoon sculpture.
From the library, though unmarked as such, of David Lindsay, 28th Earl of Crawford and 11th Earl... Learn More£300.00
Stock Code: 147440
BLAKE, William. Songs of Innocence and of Experience.
Clairvaux : 1955First edition thus, copy E of 26 lettered copies, this one of those retained by Lessing Rosenwald. The lettered copies were reserved for Rosenwald, the Library of Congress, the Trustees of the Blake Trust, and the publishers - this has a Trianon proof illustration laid in with the note on verso "Lessing Rosenwald's copy". The total edition was 526 copies.
A... Learn More£3,000.00
Stock Code: 147441
ACKERMANN - PAPWORTH, John B. Select Views of London.
London : 1816First edition in book form of this splendid illustrated account of Regency London. Select Views first appeared in Ackermann's Repository of Arts between 1810 and 1815 prior to its publication in the present book-form edition, an edition considered "a vivid testimony of the high standards of this monthly publication" (University of Rochester, online).... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 147436
BLAKE, William. The Book of Ahania.
Clairvaux : 1973First edition thus, number 372 of 750 copies so bound, from a total edition of 808 copies.
The Trianon Press, in collaboration with The William Blake Society, produced a series of fine facsimiles of Blake's books based on copies in the Rosenwald Collection at the Library of Congress. These facsimiles were printed using the collotype process onto... Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 147439
WESTALL, Richard. Victories of the Duke of Wellington, from the Drawings of R. Westall.
London : 1819First edition, third issue, the scarce de luxe Large Paper version, with the plates printed on card and mounted, originally sold at 10 guineas - some three times the UK average annual earnings - gilt on black label to the title page to that effect.
Wonderfully effective series of heroic images from the Duke's triumphs in the Peninsula and... Learn More£4,250.00
Stock Code: 144880
WESTALL, Richard. Victories of the Duke of Wellington, from Drawings of R. Westall.
London : 1819First edition of this wonderfully effective series of heroic images from the Iron Duke's triumphs in the Peninsula and at Waterloo, by one of the most popular and influential British artists of the period, comprising scenes of the battles of Vimiero, Talavera, Busaco, Salamanca, Vittoria, "the Pyrenees", Saint Sebastian, Toulouse, and Waterloo, and... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 145539
EICHHORN, Christopher. Bilder fran Gamla Stockholm valda och beskrifna.
Stockholm : 1889First edition, first series (all published), of this interesting and attractive collection of scenes and views of "Old Stockholm", reproducing prints from the late 17th to mid-19th centuries, gathered by the writer, collector and librarian, Christopher Eichhorn (1837-1889), and including work by Johan Fredrik Martin, Hjalmar Mörner, and Ferdinand Tollin;... Learn More£100.00
Stock Code: 146316
REMINGTON, Frederic, & Owen Wister. Done In The Open.
New York : 1902First edition, first issue, of this collection of Remington's striking illustrations of the American West. It was published simultaneously by P. F. Collier & Son. Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 142057
HANCARVILLE, David. Antiquités etrusques grecs et romaines.
Paris : 1785Volumes one and two (of five) of the second edition, the first with plates by Francois-Anne David (1724-1824), first printed in Naples in 1766-67 in a folio edition of 500 copies. The work had a profound influence on Josiah Wedgwood, and was one of the earliest influences in the neo-classical revival that swept England and the continent in the 18th... Learn More£975.00
Stock Code: 147381
JEANNIOT, G. (illus.); LACLOS, Choderlos de. Les Liaisons Dangereuses.
Paris : 1914First edition thus, sole printing, number 182 of 200 copies on vélin du Marais paper with Jeanniot's illustrations in two states. First published April 1782; Laclos reputedly said of this controversial epistolary novel: "I resolved to write a book which would create some stir in the world and continue to do so after I had gone from it". Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 145356
VOLTAIRE, François-Marie Arouet de. Candide.
London : 1898First edition thus, number 36 of 100 large paper copies on Japanese vellum with an extra set of "en-têtes" in orange, from a total edition of 600 copies only. This major 18th-century philosophical conte was first published in French in 1759. Learn More£200.00
Stock Code: 146513
HALL, Mr. & Mrs. S. C. Ireland: Its Scenery, Character, &c.
London : [c. 1850]A handsome set of this important and comprehensive travelogue of Ireland; scarce in a contemporary binding.
Samuel Carter Hall (1800-1889) and Anna Maria Fielding (1800-1881) were both born in Ireland but moved to London to be married in 1824. Hall was a prominent journalist who edited various literary magazines, most notably the prestigious... Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 145570