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Colour plate & aquatint

First and rare editions of books illustrated with hand-coloured plates, especially aquatints and chromolithographs.

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  1. Eight Views of the Mauritius, comprising the Positions of the British Army,
    (MAURITIUS.) TEMPLE, Robert. Eight Views of the Mauritius, comprising the Positions of the British Army,

    London : 1813

    First 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 the... Learn More
    £15,000.00

    Stock Code: 141697

  2. The Canterbury Tales.
    CHAUCER, Geoffrey. The Canterbury Tales.

    London : 1913

    First Riccardi Press edition, number 196 of 500 copies printed on Riccardi paper, deluxe issue bound in limp vellum, and each volume with its original dust jacket and slipcase. The Riccardi Press Chaucer is a most handsome production, attractively illustrated by William Russell Flint, and is among the most desirable productions of the press.
    The... Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 141456

  3. Negro Drawings.
    COVARRUBIAS, Miguel. Negro Drawings.

    New York : 1927

    First and limited edition, number 82 of 100 specially bound copies, each with an original signed artwork by Covarrubias, in this case a sketch based on "Chorus Girl" (plate 29). Negro Drawings was an early work from the Mexican artist Miguel Covarrubias (1904-1957), following his move to New York in 1924 and subsequent immersion in the Harlem Renaissance.... Learn More
    £4,000.00

    Stock Code: 139911

  4. The Holy Land, Syria, Idumea, Arabia, Egypt, & Nubia.
    ROBERTS, David. The Holy Land, Syria, Idumea, Arabia, Egypt, & Nubia.

    London : 1842-5

    First edition, with the plates in the proof state, of "one of the most important and elaborate ventures of 19th-century publishing... the apotheosis of the tinted lithograph" (Abbey Travel); no publication before this astonishing work had presented so comprehensive a series of views of the monuments, landscape, and people of the region.
    The proof... Learn More
    £57,500.00

    Stock Code: 132530

  5. Letters written in a Mahratta Camp during the Year 1809,
    BROUGHTON, Thomas Duer. Letters written in a Mahratta Camp during the Year 1809,

    London : 1813

    First edition, an excellently preserved copy in boards, handsome and uncommon thus. Contains Broughton's account of the Marathas, including detailed observations on various Hindu and Islamic festivals and religious ceremonies. The book is notable as the only British book on India to be illustrated entirely after drawings by an Indian artist, and also... Learn More
    £2,750.00

    Stock Code: 131663

  6. Oriental Field Sports;
    WILLIAMSON, Thomas. Oriental Field Sports;

    London : 1819

    Second edition of the work the bibliographer considered the most beautiful book on Indian sport in existence, containing 40 fine colour plates. The author, who served for 20 years in Bengal, describes his "pig-sticking adventures; shooting tigers from machans and elephant back, hunting buffalo, driving hogs, bears and wolves; and shooting peacocks and... Learn More
    £3,750.00

    Stock Code: 87219

  7. Mooltan, during and after the Siege.
    DUNLOP, John. Mooltan, during and after the Siege.

    London : 1849

    First edition of an uncommon and attractively illustrated folio recording the five-month siege of Multan in Punjab, Pakistan. The British attempt to impose a new ruler on the city led to Dewan Mulraj's defiance, and to the siege which precipitated the Second Sikh War. Plates include images of the city itself, the key participants, and decisive moments... Learn More
    £5,000.00

    Stock Code: 75337

  8. William Blake's Water-Colour Designs for the Poems of Thomas Gray.
    (BLAKE, William.) GRAY, Thomas. William Blake's Water-Colour Designs for the Poems of Thomas Gray.

    London : 1972

    First edition thus, first impression, number 467 of 100 copies reserved for Paul Mellon, from a total edition of 518 copies issued in a range of formats (of which the present copy is one of those "unbound in the French style"), all printed on Arches pure rag paper made specially to match that used by Blake. In this extravagant tour de force Blake used... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 141250

  9. The Tempest.
    SHAKESPEARE, William. The Tempest.

    London : [1926]

    First Rackham edition, signed limited issue, number 70 of 520 copies numbered and signed by Rackham; in the scarce dust jacket. This handsomely produced gift book pairs the enchanting illustrations of Arthur Rackham with one of the most magical of Shakespeare's plays. Learn More
    £2,750.00

    Stock Code: 138799

  10. The Wreath of Victory, or Laurels of Wellington;
    (WELLINGTON, Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of.) The Wreath of Victory, or Laurels of Wellington;

    Dublin : 1818

    First edition of this rare graphic tribute to the Iron Duke, WorldCat locating a single copy, at the National Library of Ireland, with none appearing on auction records; Library Hub cites a copy at the National War Museum, Edinburgh, but dated 1821. As each section of four pages is paginated separately it is most likely that this was originally issued... Learn More
    £4,850.00

    Stock Code: 140044

  11. Contes des Mille et une Nuits.
    (DULAC, Edmund.) HADJI-MAZEM (trans.) Contes des Mille et une Nuits.

    Paris : [c. 1910]

    Early edition in French of the Dulac-illustrated Arabian Nights, published around the same time as the edition of 1907, and using the same illustrations. It was this book that first announced Dulac's status as a popular artist, confirming him as "a direct challenger in the illustrated gift book market to the work of Arthur Rackham. Susan Lambert... Learn More
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 140999

  12. One Hundred and Eleven Poems.
    (FLINT, William Russell, illus.) HERRICK, Robert. One Hundred and Eleven Poems.

    London : 1955

    First edition, number 529 of 445 copies bound thus; a further 105 signed copies with eight extra plates were also issued, all printed at the artist's expense. Sir William Russell Flint (1880-1969), was described by Charles Wheeler, president of the Royal Academy, as an artist of "a steady hand, keen eye and gay spirit in a shaky world" (ODNB). His illustrations... Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 140576

  13. Ten Designs for the Two Gentlemen of Verona.
    GUTHRIE, John. Ten Designs for the Two Gentlemen of Verona.

    Flansham : 1925

    First edition, first impression, number 45 of 50 copies only, signed by John Guthrie on the limitation page. Five of the plates show Guthrie's designs for the stage decor, and the five others illustrate six characters for a theatre production of Shakespeare's play Two gentlemen of Verona (1623). Guthrie explains that "in terms of the stage... Learn More
    £1,375.00

    Stock Code: 140871

  14. La Manière Française.
    BONFILS, Robert. La Manière Française.

    Paris : 1917

    First, and only edition, number 159 of 320 copies only. Superb suite of plates celebrating the French war effort in the early years of the First World War by the designer Robert Bonfils, one of the recognised masters of Art Deco. The text is provided by the Naturalist author Descaves, a follower of Huysmans whose anti-military novel Les Sous-Offs... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 140768

  15. 128465comp
    (POGANY, Willy.) COLERIDGE, Samuel Taylor. The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.

    London : [1910]

    First Pogany edition, signed limited issue, number 7 of 25 copies signed by the artist and printed on japon (a further 500 signed copies were issued on paper, alongside a trade issue; this is thus the most desirable and scarcest issue). Featuring intricately decorated borders and text printed in manuscript style, this edition of Coleridge's masterpiece... Learn More
    £6,500.00

    Stock Code: 128465

  16. La Tempête.
    (DULAC, Edmund.) SHAKESPEARE, William. La Tempête.

    Paris : [c. 1910]

    First Dulac edition in French of Shakespeare's The Tempest. The first Dulac-illustrated edition of this title was published in English in 1908. Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 140657

  17. Prima che tu dica "Pronto".
    CALVINO, Italo. Prima che tu dica "Pronto".

    Cottondale : 1985

    Signed limited edition, number 73 of 75 copies signed by the artist and the author, of this bilingual publication of Before you say "Hello".
    With the printer's change of address humourous slip loosely inserted, explaining that he, Richard-Gabriel Price Rummonds, "has forsaken Cottondale, Alabama, wimpish deans, dragonlady paper decorators,... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 140672

  18. A Tour through Sicily, in the year 1815.
    RUSSELL, George. A Tour through Sicily, in the year 1815.

    London : 1819

    First edition of this attractively illustrated and uncommon narrative. A contemporary reviewer, while bemoaning the book's high price of a guinea, remarked on Russell's "very minute and satisfactory descriptions of things which other travelers, have, perhaps, treated too negligently" (Analyses of Seven New Works of Voyages and Travels, 1819). George... Learn More
    £825.00

    Stock Code: 140383

  19. The Naturalist's Library.
    JARDINE, William (Editor). The Naturalist's Library.

    Edinburgh : [c.1850]

    Three volumes only of William Jardine's beautifully illustrated overview of the animal kingdom, here comprising three of the four books on birds. The series proved highly popular, with several reprints over the 19th century. "The Naturalist's Library was a tribute to a skilful printer who employed the latest technology to produce the volumes cheaply;... Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 123654

  20. I.E. Ilgenfritz' Sons Co., Monroe, Mich. 3565
    ILGENFRITZ, Israel Epsley. I.E. Ilgenfritz' Sons Co., Monroe, Mich. 3565

    Monroe, MI : c.1908

    First edition, thus, of an uncommon Edwardian specimen book, or salesman's sample catalogue for the I.E. Ilgenfritz' Sons Co. Nursery in Monroe, Michigan. The business was founded in 1847, and survived as a family run concern down to 1984 when it was sold on by James I.E. Ilgenfritz, the fourth generation proprietor. In the latter half of the nineteenth... Learn More
    £575.00

    Stock Code: 113838

  21. Utopia found: Being an Apology for Irish Absentees.
    [MANGIN, Edward.] Utopia found: Being an Apology for Irish Absentees.

    Bath : 1813

    First edition of this satirical account of England produced by the Dublin-born miscellaneous author and translator Edward Mangin (1772-1852). The two plates are striking examples of Georgian-era satire, with the frontispiece depicting a surreal London bordered by gibbets and crammed with the skull-like faces of its citizens, blown on by a heavy-haunched... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 125506

  22. The Botanic Garden.
    MAUND, Benjamin. The Botanic Garden.

    London : 1825-33

    An appealing run of one of the best known botanical periodicals of the 19th century; the entire series extended to 13 volumes, published up until 1851.
    Benjamin Maund (c.1790-1864) "sought to share his lifelong passion for flowers by producing an interesting and useful publication affordable to everyone. Each monthly issue contained a plate with... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 138567

  23. The Tragedie of King Lear.
    (NASH, Paul) SHAKESPEARE, William. The Tragedie of King Lear.

    Stratford-upon-Avon, : 1927

    The Player's Shakespeare. Limited edition of 500 copies on rag paper from a total edition of 606; this copy is unnumbered. A handsomely bound copy. Learn More
    £575.00

    Stock Code: 125594

  24. The Ingoldsby Legends.
    (RACKHAM, Arthur.) [BARHAM, Richard Harris.] The Ingoldsby Legends.

    London : 1929

    A handsomely bound copy of Rackham's illustrated edition of Barham's Ingoldsby Legends. The Rackham-illustrated edition of the Ingoldsby Legends was first published in 1898, but was later revised and largely redrawn from in 1907 so that "greater prominence could be given to the illustrations by better and larger reproductions, including a greater number... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 139450

  25. A Christmas Carol.
    (RACKHAM, Arthur.) DICKENS, Charles. A Christmas Carol.

    London : 1915

    First trade edition, early issue, with the frontispiece printed directly on white plate paper, the date 1915 on the title verso. Although the bibliographies state that the first impression of the trade edition has the frontispiece mounted on dark green paper, in our experience it is invariably white, and we recently sold a presentation copy inscribed... Learn More
    £600.00

    Stock Code: 136393

  26. Falconry in the British Isles.
    SALVIN, Francis Henry, & William Brodrick. Falconry in the British Isles.

    London : 1855; revised in 1872.

    Author's heavily revised and expanded proof sheets in preparation for the second edition. Falconry in the British Isles by Francis Henry Salvin (1817-1904), with plates by William Brodrick (1814-1888), is the most important work on the subject produced during the nineteenth century, and an essential standard work. The first edition was published in... Learn More
    £45,000.00

    Stock Code: 137081

  27. Dante's Inferno.
    DANTE ALIGHIERI; PHILLIPS, Tom, illus. & trans. Dante's Inferno.

    London : 1985

    First trade edition of Phillips's Dante, this number 67 of 100 special copies containing a loose signed and numbered Phillips screenprint, additionally signed on the limitation page, and slipcased. This is the signed limited issue of the "popular edition" (jacket front flap), following the 180 copies of the original edition produced at the Talfourd... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 139494

  28. Aucassin and Nicolete.
    (PAUL, Evelyn.) Aucassin and Nicolete.

    London : [1917]

    First Evelyn Paul edition, deluxe signed limited issue, number 117 of 125 copies signed by the illuminator Evelyn Paul, and bound in decorated full vellum. Paul's designs are based on the decoration of mediaeval manuscripts, a fine accompaniment for Michael West's translation of the French tale, composed around the late 12th to early 13th century. Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 139446

  29. 139427
    CARROLL, Lewis. Alice in Wonderland.

    London : [c.1933]

    First Sexton edition, one of the more uncommon of the colour illustrated editions of Alice, and especially so in the jacket. Sexton's illustrations mark a distinct approach to illustrating the tale, with Alice presented much older - almost a young teenager - than usual. Learn More
    £975.00

    Stock Code: 139427

  30. The Garden Party and Other Stories.
    MANSFIELD, Katherine. The Garden Party and Other Stories.

    London : 1939

    First illustrated edition, limited edition, number 708 of 1,200 copies designed by Hans Mardersteig of the Officina Bodoni, this a notably bright example.
    The Garden Party and other Stories was first published in February 1922 and "brought Mansfield great and deserved acclaim" (ODNB). This edition is beautifully illustrated with... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 139127

  31. Tableaux du système métrique accompagnés d'un livret explicatif.
    TARNIER, Étienne Auguste. Tableaux du système métrique accompagnés d'un livret explicatif.

    Paris : 1865

    First edition of this striking exposition of the metric system, with the colour tables illustrating the system's measuring instruments, and the units of measurements of surface, volume, liquids, and weight, its application for measuring grain and other dry matter, and finally the metric system of coinage, illustrated with the coins of Napoleon III.... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 138436

  32. The Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm.
    (RACKHAM, Arthur.) GRIMM, [Jakob & Wilhelm]. The Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm.

    London : 1909

    First Rackham edition thus, signed limited issue, number 505 of 750 copies signed by the illustrator. Rackham's first version of Grimm's Fairy Tales, published in 1900, had no signed limited edition. This is a revised and enlarged edition with some new illustrations, as well as others redrawn and coloured.
    The translator, Mrs Edgar Lucas,... Learn More
    £3,750.00

    Stock Code: 137884

  33. Tales of Passed Times.
    PERRAULT, Charles. Tales of Passed Times.

    London : 1922

    First Austen edition, first impression, of Perrault's tales, including the beloved "Little Red Riding Hood", "Blue Beard", "The Sleeping Beauty", "Puss in Boots", "Cinderella", and others. Learn More
    £650.00

    Stock Code: 137838

  34. Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám.
    (BRANGWYN, Frank.) FITZGERALD, Edward. Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám.

    London & Edinburgh : 1919

    Deluxe edition, limited to 350 unnumbered copies. Rubáiyáts with Brangwyn's illustrations were published from 1906 onwards; this edition, the most comprehensive and elaborate, includes seven illustrations by the artist hitherto unpublished. The text is that of the first edition of 1859. Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 138906

  35. Eccentric Biography;
    (BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES.) Eccentric Biography;

    London : 1801

    First edition of this collection of biographies of historical and contemporary eccentrics, here an issue with the stipple engraved plates printed in colour, not known in other copies. Eccentrics vary from Bamfylde Moore Carew, king of the beggars, to various historical figures including Alexander the Great, Aristotle, Joan of Arc, Catherine the Great,... Learn More
    £975.00

    Stock Code: 138864

  36. East of the Sun and West of the Moon.
    (NIELSEN, Kay.) East of the Sun and West of the Moon.

    London : [1914]

    First Nielsen edition, trade issue. 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 utilized a traditional three-colour... Learn More
    £3,750.00

    Stock Code: 138810

  37. The Ingoldsby Legends or Mirth and Marvels By Thomas Ingoldsby Esqre.
    (RACKHAM, Arthur.) [BARHAM, Richard Harris.] The Ingoldsby Legends or Mirth and Marvels By Thomas Ingoldsby Esqre.

    London : 1907

    Signed limited edition, number 377 of 560 copies signed by Rackham, one of 500 for sale in England. Rackham's previous illustrated edition of The Ingoldsby Legends, published in 1898, had no deluxe signed issue. For this edition, it was revised and largely redrawn, so that "greater prominence could be given to the illustrations by better and larger... Learn More
    £975.00

    Stock Code: 138803

  38. 138801
    (NIELSEN, Kay.) ANDERSEN, Hans. Fairy Tales.

    London : [1924]

    First trade edition, first impression, of one of the most beautiful editions of Andersen's fairy tales, work for which Nielsen had begun in 1912. "Though Dulac only indirectly used Art Nouveau, Kay Nielsen, the Danish artist, combined the bizarre side of the movement and its exquisite motifs, as used by Beardsley, with oriental influences in pattern... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 138801

  39. Milton: A Poem.
    BLAKE, William. Milton: A Poem.

    Clairvaux : 1967

    First edition thus, copy S of 26 lettered copies reserved for Lessing J. Rosenwald, the Library of Congress, the Trustees of the William Blake Trust and the Publishers, containing an original guide-sheet and stencil, and a set of hand-coloured plates showing progressive stages in the stencil work, as well as colour collotype proofs, from a total edition... Learn More
    £3,750.00

    Stock Code: 115042

  40. Dessins sur les danses de Vaslav Nijinsky.
    (NIJINSKY.) BARBIER, Georges, & Francis de Miomandre. Dessins sur les danses de Vaslav Nijinsky.

    Paris : 1913

    First edition, number 260 of 340 copies on wove paper, from an edition of 390. Barbier's first book was inspired by the impact of the Ballets Russes' first seasons in Paris, and of their phenomenal male lead in particular. "We have our despair, our sadness, our violated love and this thing, the most dread of all - the passing of the days between our... Learn More
    £5,000.00

    Stock Code: 136225

  41. (Nihon Kokon Meika Zukai.) Short Biographies of Emineni [sic] Japanese in Ancient and Modern Times.
    MIKI, Teicki [Teiichi]; TAKAHASHI, Goro; KONISHI, Toyonosuke (ed.). (Nihon Kokon Meika Zukai.) Short Biographies of Emineni [sic] Japanese in Ancient and Modern Times.

    Tokyo : Meiji 20 [1887]

    First edition, volume 1, of the biographical instalment of a trilingual publication project celebrating the beautiful land and remarkable people of Japan. The present edition is in English, with a colophon in Japanese.
    The editor planned on publishing two works of ten volumes each, in a style similar to each other, each containing ten illustrations.... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 136267

  42. Images de la Vie des Prisonniers de Guerre.
    BOUCHER, Lucien. Images de la Vie des Prisonniers de Guerre.

    Paris : 1920

    First and only edition, number 72 of 175 copies "sur papier de luxe". An extremely delicately produced piece, with each leaf mounted on a thin paper stub, unsurprisingly just five copies on OCLC - BnF, Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek Münster, Dartmouth College, Yale, and NLA - and no copies traced at auction. A superb eyewitness record, in words... Learn More
    £1,850.00

    Stock Code: 135857

  43. Irish Fairy Tales.
    (RACKHAM, Arthur.) STEPHENS, James. Irish Fairy Tales.

    London : 1920

    Signed limited edition of 520 unnumbered copies signed by the artist. Learn More
    £3,000.00

    Stock Code: 135277

  44. An Historical Account of the Campaign in the Netherlands,
    MUDFORD, William. An Historical Account of the Campaign in the Netherlands,

    London : 1817

    First edition, a superior copy in an elegant period binding, beautifully hand-coloured, with pre-publication watermarks (William Balston 1814 or Whatman; Abbey's copy bearing those of J. Whatman 1816).

    A superb visual record of the field of Waterloo after the battle, illustrating scenes at Mont St Jean, La Haye Sainte, La Belle Alliance, Hougoumont,... Learn More
    £5,000.00

    Stock Code: 130174

  45. Voyage of His Majesty's Ship Alceste, along the Coast of Corea, to the Island of Lewchew;
    McLEOD, John. Voyage of His Majesty's Ship Alceste, along the Coast of Corea, to the Island of Lewchew;

    London : 1818

    Second Edition, first published the previous year. McLeod was the Surgeon of the Alceste which carried Lord Amherst on his embassy to China. The ship was wrecked in the Strait of Gaspar, all hands survived to be menaced by Malay pirates but eventually rescued by the East-Indiaman Ternate. The narrative concludes with their brief stop... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 129164

  46. Historical Record of The Fifteenth, or The King's Regiment of Light Dragoons, Hussars:
    CANNON, Richard. Historical Record of The Fifteenth, or The King's Regiment of Light Dragoons, Hussars:

    London : 1841

    First edition. "Reputedly, William IV proposed that a series of regimental histories should be compiled, whereby the general public could be apprised of the distinguished services rendered by the regiments of the British army the work of compilation was entrusted by royal warrant to Cannon. He started immediately and the first volume to be published... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 125526

  47. Dans les Flandres britanniques.
    LABOUREUR, Jean-Émile & Xavier Marcel Boulestin. Dans les Flandres britanniques.

    Paris : 1916

    First and only edition limited to 350 copies "dont 300 sur papier vélin numérotés de 51 à 350; 50 sur papier de hollande avec deux suites, dont une en couleurs, des illustrations, numérotés de l à 50", this being numbered 4. "Laboureur had studied at the Sorbonne and had come to know Toulouse-Lautrec during his years in Paris During the war... Learn More
    £2,000.00

    Stock Code: 122349

  48. A Picturesque Voyage to India; by the way of China.
    DANIELL, Thomas & William. A Picturesque Voyage to India; by the way of China.

    London : 1810

    First edition, text and plates watermarked 1808. Originally issued in ten parts, this is one of the most famous books on the scenery of China and India to come out of the Golden Age of British aquatint. In 1784, Thomas Daniell (1749-1840) "received permission from the East India Company to travel as 'engraver' to India with his nephew William Daniell... Learn More
    £9,250.00

    Stock Code: 120028

  49. Egypt & Nubia,
    ROBERTS, David. Egypt & Nubia,

    London : 1846-49

    First edition, in the preferred deluxe coloured format, of "one of the most important and elaborate ventures of 19th-century publishing... the apotheosis of the tinted lithograph" (Abbey Travel). No publication before this had presented so comprehensive a series of views of the monuments, landscape, and people of the Near East. Representing the completion... Learn More
    £150,000.00

    Stock Code: 119585

  50. Reconnoitring in Abyssinia.
    WILKINS, H[enry] St Clair. Reconnoitring in Abyssinia.

    London : 1870

    First and only edition, uncommon: nine copies traced in UK libraries, just five other complete copies traced in commerce in the last 50 years, this a remarkably clean and fresh copy from the celebrated travel library of Franklin Brooke-Hitching, with his pencilled initials to the front free endpaper. Wilkins "commanded the Royal Engineers throughout... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 119294

  51. French Riviera Villages.
    RATHBONE, Augusta, & Juliet Thompson. French Riviera Villages.

    New York : 1938

    First edition, first printing. Scarce in the original box. Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 74622

  52. Liber Nauticus, and Instructor in the Art of Marine Drawing.
    SERRES, Dominick, & John Thomas. Liber Nauticus, and Instructor in the Art of Marine Drawing.

    London : 1805-6

    First edition. An excellent copy of probably the grandest English naval aquatint book, eight of the plates here being coloured, in Abbey's copy only plate XVII was coloured. Dominick and John Thomas Serres were father and son. The father was born at Auch in Gascony, and educated at the famous Benedictine academy in Douai, being intended for the clergy.... Learn More
    £16,500.00

    Stock Code: 63304

  53. Life of Napoleon Bonaparte,
    (NAPOLEON.) IRELAND, William Henry, & George Cruikshank. Life of Napoleon Bonaparte,

    London : 1823-8

    First edition, first issue with all required points where visible. Originally issued in 64 parts, the first 48 being issued by Fairburn, "the publication was then taken over by Cumberland, who issued 16 more parts" (Tooley). Abbey remarks that the "Fairburn venture must have been unsuccessful, for sets carrying his imprints are very unusual, and examples... Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 128967

  54. Reichenbachia, Orchids illustrated and described.
    SANDER, Henry Frederick Conrad. Reichenbachia, Orchids illustrated and described.

    London & St Albans : 1888-94 [1895]

    Imperial edition, copy 51 of 100 copies signed by Sander. Published during the heyday of the late Victorian orchid mania, Sander was the foremost authority on the Orchidaceae, as well as the largest grower, maintaining nurseries in England, Belgium, and the United States. He had agents gathering plants worldwide, often dangerous work, and he reports... Learn More
    £37,500.00

    Stock Code: 122509

  55. The Gallery of Maps in the Vatican.
    (VATICAN MAPS.) The Gallery of Maps in the Vatican.

    Modena : 1994

    A handsome, comprehensive publication of the maps and associated items housed in the Vatican collections. With parallel Italian and English text. Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 137737

  56. A Century of Birds from the Himalaya Mountains.
    GOULD, John. A Century of Birds from the Himalaya Mountains.

    London : 1832

    First edition of Gould's first book, the rare issue with the backgrounds coloured; in a letter to Lord Derby, Gould wrote "You will probably recollect that in my first work... neither the plants or sic Backgrounds were coloured; In order to render the Series of my Publications complete... I have had those parts coloured in the few copies I have left"... Learn More
    £32,500.00

    Stock Code: 134609

  57. Histoire naturelle des perroquets.
    LEVAILLANT, François. Histoire naturelle des perroquets.

    Paris : 1801-05

    First edition in the preferred folio format of this celebrated work, which stands in the front rank of ornithological books; a quarto version was issued at the same time. The very fine colour plates are by Jacques Barraband, "a superlative bird artist" (Buchanan, p. 97-8), which, apart from their undoubted beauty, display a scientific accuracy that... Learn More
    £125,000.00

    Stock Code: 137037

  58. North American Indians.
    CATLIN, George. North American Indians.

    Edinburgh : 1926

    A young lawyer turned portraitist, Catlin set out in 1830 from his home in Pennsylvania to record on canvas the indigenous tribes of North America and their way of life. His eight years among the major tribes of the Great Plains and the Rocky Mountains resulted in his "Indian Gallery," an enormous collection of artefacts as well as more than four hundred... Learn More
    £1,875.00

    Stock Code: 126141

  59. A Picturesque Tour of the English Lakes,
    ACKERMANN, Rudolph (publisher). A Picturesque Tour of the English Lakes,

    London : 1821

    First edition, possibly one of 100 large-paper copies (similar to Abbey's copy measuring 14 by 11 inches) from a total print-run of 850, originally issued in 12 monthly parts; all watermarks pre-publication (the plates 1818 and 1820, the text 1818). Ackermann's intention was to combine the "most striking features of the various kinds of scenery of... Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 115759

  60. A Midsummer Night's Dream.
    (RACKHAM, Arthur) SHAKESPEARE, William. A Midsummer Night's Dream.

    London : 1908

    First Rackham edition, trade issue, with an original ink drawing of Bottom to the half-title signed "Arthur Rackham Xmas 08." Learn More
    £5,000.00

    Stock Code: 135382

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