Colour plate & aquatint
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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
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
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
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
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
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. 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
WATHEN, James. Journal of a Voyage, in 1811 and 1812, to Madras and China;
London : 1814First edition of this attractive, informative and well-illustrated travelogue. In 1811, Wathen (1751-1828), a glover from Hereford, occupied his retirement with numerous expeditions mostly within the British Isles, and many written up for the Gentleman's Magazine, to which he was a frequent contributor.
In 1811 he sailed to India and China with... Learn More£3,250.00
Stock Code: 142461
PINKERTON, Robert. Russia:
London : 1833First edition, an excellent copy of this attractively illustrated narrative, unusual in the original boards. In 1805 Pinkerton was sent to the Edinburgh Missionary Society's mission in Karass in the North Caucasus, then in 1812 joined the British and Foreign Bible Society in St. Petersburg.
In 1816 he "undertook a tour of some seven thousand... Learn More£950.00
Stock Code: 93113
MACPHERSON, Duncan. Antiquities of Kertch and Researches in the Cimmerian Bosphorus.
London : 1857First and only edition, uncommon. "An example of the degree of technical virtuosity reached by this time in lithography, giving plates brilliant in effect, the equivalent of modern four-colour process work from photographs. It is very difficult to tell whether, or to what extent, the plates are touched by hand The inks are excellent, with some strong... Learn More£2,875.00
Stock Code: 71516
SHAW, Henry. Dresses and Decorations of the Middle Ages.
London : 1843First edition in book form following issue in parts in 1840, this a large paper copy, with the plates and initials enhanced by gilt, originally issued at 18, compared to 7 7s for the regular paper copies, which did not have the gilt embellishment.
An exceptional, highly regarded book: McLean states that "it has considerable claim to be called... Learn More£3,850.00
Stock Code: 129144
TICE, Clara. ABC Dogs.
London : 1940First edition, first printing, in the scarce jacket. This charming book features a different breed of dog for each letter of the alphabet.
Clara Tice (1888-1973) was a notorious New York bohemian artist who began exhibiting her art from 1910. "Tice was apparently so highly regarded and so instantly recognizable as one of those 'queer artists'... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 123418
BURNE-JONES, Edward. The Flower Book.
London : 1905First edition, number 76 of 300 copies, initialled "F.A.S." (Fine Art Society) on the limitation page.
Burne-Jones (1833-1898) "began the series for his own pleasure in 1882, as a rest from more laborious work", and worked on the 38 roundels over the subsequent 16 years (Introduction). The roundels do not depict the flowers themselves, but were... Learn More£12,500.00
Stock Code: 146476
FLINT, William Russell. The Song of Songs which is Solomon's.
London : 1909First Flint edition, number 465 of 500 copies on handmade paper (with a further 17 printed on vellum), one of few issued in the deluxe full vellum binding, and this copy additionally signed by the artist on the colophon. The Song of Solomon is certainly the most erotically charged passage of the Bible.
Sir William Russell Flint (1880-1969), was... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 145559
CASANOVA DE SEINGALT, Jacques - WEGENER, Gerda (illus.) Une aventure d'amour a Venise.
Paris : 1927First edition thus, first printing, number 226 of 414 copies printed on velin d'arches paper, of a total print run of 500. The text is extracted from Casanova's memoirs describing his relationship with "M. M.", a nun from the convent at Murano. This edition is beautifully illustrated by Gerda Wegener, likely using her wife, Lili Elbe as a model.
Gerda... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 145168
HADFIELD, John, ed. Georgian Love Songs, Restoration Love Songs, Elizabethan Love Songs.
Preston, Herts : 1949-55A lovely complete set of these illustrated Cupid Press anthologies collecting love poetry from the time of Shakespeare and Sidney to the time Gay and Goldsmith, edited by John Hadfield who founded the press, and illustrated by Rex Whistler and John Piper. Each was one of 660 numbered copies, the Elizabethan volume being number 226 and signed by John... Learn More£600.00
Stock Code: 144365
AUSTEN, Jane; BROCK, C. E. (illus.) Persuasion.
London : 1909First revised Brock-illustrated edition, deluxe issue in the richly gilt vellum binding, the second overall, with new plates re-drawn from the first Brock-illustrated edition of 1898. Demonstrating his mastery in using ink and watercolour, Brock provided colour illustrations for all six Austen novels published by Dent between 1907 and 1909.
Charles... Learn More£875.00
Stock Code: 142228
MUDFORD, William. An Historical Account of the Campaign in the Netherlands,
London : 1817First 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
GREENAWAY, Kate. Almanack for 1883[-1895].
London : 1883-95A straight run of Greenaway's delightful Almanack series, lacking only the final issue (1897, issued by a different publisher; none was issued in 1896).
Greenaway was one of the great illustrators of the Victorian era, in influence and popularity the most significant female illustrator of that period. Her style is immediately recognizable, and... Learn More£3,000.00
Stock Code: 145495
FLINT, William Russell. The Song of Songs which is Solomon's.
London : 1909First Flint edition, number 248 of 500 copies printed on handmade paper at the Riccardi Press, with a further 17 printed on vellum, this one of a few issued in the deluxe full vellum binding. The Song of Solomon is certainly the most erotically charged passage of the Bible.
Sir William Russell Flint (1880-1969), was described by Charles Wheeler,... Learn More£900.00
Stock Code: 145321
BRANGWYN, Frank (illus.); FITZGERALD, Edward. Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám.
London & Edinburgh : 1919Deluxe 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
ZOOLOGY. La Ménagerie Royale,
Paris : 1814First edition published under this title, second overall. This work was first published in 1812, under Napoleon's reign as emperor, as "La Ménagerie Impériale." Napoleon abdicated in 1814, to be succeeded by King Louis XVIII, and so the menagerie was reclassified as "royale," prompting Saintin to reissue the book from the same sheets with a suitably... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 134214
RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); DICKENS, Charles. A Christmas Carol.
London : 1915First trade edition, in the publisher's special deluxe binding, the rarest of all the various original bindings. This copy is the first issue with the frontispiece mounted on white paper and the date printed on the verso of the title page. Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 144940
NEVINSON, C. R. W. Modern War Paintings.
London : 1917First edition, first impression, signed by Nevinson below the colour frontispiece. "He experienced the First World War at first hand as a Red Cross orderly (1914-15), and with the Royal Army Medical Corps in France and Flanders (1915-1916) before illness led to his military discharge in 1916. From 1915 he executed and exhibited several harshly emotive... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 145464
KEYNES, Geoffrey. William Blake's Illustrations to the Bible: A Catalogue.
Clairvaux, France : 1957Limited edition, copy V of 20 copies with additional proof states of the frontispiece at rear and bound in full morocco, out of 506 copies in total.
A fine copy of this grand book, here from the Garden collection of Haven O'More, with his black morocco monogram book label to the front pastedown. One of the greatest book collectors of the latter... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 145346
SIRÉN, Osvald. Early Chinese Paintings.
London : 1938Limited edition, number 294 of 750 copies, inscribed by A. W. Bahr on the limitation page: "the 18th September 1958. To Marjorie Phelps Starr, every good wishes for your gifted appreciation and understanding of the great Chinese pictorial art. With great hopes for your own personal expressions. Sincerely your well wishing friend O. W. Bahr Ridgefield,... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 145347
CHEVREUL, Michel Eugène. Exposé d'un Moyen de Définir et de Nommer les Couleurs
Paris : 1861First edition of the Atlas volume of Chevreul's pioneering treatise on colour theory, which was intended for artists as much as scientists, and which came to influence the Impressionists and Pointillists; retaining the original binding, and scarce thus.
Chevreul's "colour studies made him one of the most influential scientists of the nineteenth... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 143524
RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); BARRIE, J. M. Peter Pan In Kensington Gardens
London : 1906First Rackham edition. Barrie asked Rackham to illustrate not the play Peter Pan (which remained unpublished until 1928) but make a new book from those chapters from The Little White Bird (1902) that had first introduced the character. Signed by Rackham on the half-title. Learn More£3,500.00
Stock Code: 134784
TWEEDIE, W. K., Rev. The Rivers and Lakes of Scripture.
London : 1857First edition of this delightful and uncommon book, presented here in a remarkably bright example of the most attractive original cloth binding. The majority of views are of Jordan, but there are also landscapes in Syria, and near the Tigris and Euphrates. This is a fine example of Victorian book production, included by Bamber Gascoigne in his Milestones... Learn More£150.00
Stock Code: 144152
RADCLYFFE, Charles W. Memorials of Shrewsbury School
Shrewsbury : 1843First edition of this handsome depiction of Shrewsbury School in the early Victorian period, here a presentation copy from the publishers to a contributor, with a presentation letter mounted to front free endpaper: "Messrs Sandford & Howell beg to thank Mr. Pagett (?) for the kind assistance, which in conjunction with Dr. Kennedy (?), he has rendered... Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 143980
GENEALOGY - RUVIGNY AND RAINEVAL, Melville Henry Massue, Marquis of. The Blood Royal of Britain.
London : 1903First edition, presentation copy to the Princess of Bavaria, the last Bavarian queen, with four vellum leaves at front each richly decorated in colour and gilt with heraldic designs, with a calligraphic presentation across the leaves.
The calligraphic inscription reads "Her Royal Highness Princess of Bavaria, Madam I venture to offer for the... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 141266
LATROBE, Christian Ignatius. Journal of a Visit to South Africa, in 1815, and 1816.
London : 1818First edition. Latrobe's account - characteristic of the man, "devout, but most companionable, and energetic in mind and body" - is much enhanced by the superbly coloured plates after sketches by the author himself and John Melville, Government Surveyor of the Cape, who accompanied him.
Latrobe was sent out to South Africa in response to the... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 143506
DARWIN, Bernard & Elinor. The Tale of Mr. Tootleoo.
London : First edition, first printing. The first Mr. Tootleoo book. Bernard Darwin (18761961) was the grandson of the naturalist Charles Darwin. He and his wife collaborated on their children's books, with Bernard providing the text, and Elinor the illustrations. With a handwritten note on the publisher's stationery loosely inserted, apparently unconnected... Learn More£400.00
Stock Code: 130309
ROWLANDSON, Thomas (illus.); COMBE, William (text). The English Dance of Death.
London : 1815-1816First edition, and a particularly nice example; "indispensable to any Rowlandson collection, one of the essential pivots of any colour plate library" (Tooley). The book was originally published in 24 monthly numbers and on completion issued in two volumes in boards. This copy is an example of the remainder binding, matching the Abbey copy, which they... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 143969
DARWIN, Bernard & Elinor. Tootleoo Two.
London : 1927First edition, first impression, of the second Mr. Tootleoo book. Bernard Darwin (18761961) was the grandson of the naturalist Charles Darwin. He and his wife collaborated on their children's books, with Bernard providing the text, and Elinor the illustrations. Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 130307
BAKST, Léon, & others - PROPERT, W. A. The Russian Ballet in Western Europe, 1909-1920.
London : 1921First and limited edition, number 234 of 500 copies for sale in Great Britain. The plates represent the work of all of the major contributors to the early productions of the Ballets Russes - including many of the key artists of the period: Picasso, Derain, Matisse, Sert and, on the Russian side, Bakst, Goncharova, Benois, Fedorovskiy, Golovin, Larionov,... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 118960
BENNETT, Charles H. Shadows.
London : [1856?]First edition, by the pioneering Victorian comic illustrator Charles H. Bennett, part of his Shadows series, depicting people in innocuous activities casting humorous shadows behind them. Learn More£400.00
Stock Code: 144010
RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); AESOP. Aesop's Fables.
London : 1912First Rackham edition, signed limited issue, and first edition of this translation; number 1,071 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... Learn More£2,950.00
Stock Code: 115168
ILDREWE, Miss (ed.) The Language of Flowers.
Boston : 1865First edition of this significant American botanical compendium, complete with the 12 colour plates and in the bright, decorative original cloth. Miss Ildrewe champions the significance of her native flora, an effort which was applauded by contemporary reviewers: "this pretty gift-book is the first really American contribution to the language of flowers"... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 143182
FIELDING, T. H., & J. Walton. A Picturesque Tour of the English Lakes,
London : 1821First 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... Learn More£3,000.00
Stock Code: 143350
RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); BARRIE, J. M. Peter Pan of Kensington Gardens.
London : 1906Signed limited edition, number 336 of 500 copies signed by the illustrator; this additionally a presentation copy to Barrie's close friend and future literary agent, Golding Bright, inscribed by J. M. Barrie on the half-title, "Golding Bright, with a friend's greeting J. M. Barrie".
Golding Bright and his elder brother Addison Bright both worked... Learn More£15,000.00
Stock Code: 143331
NIJINSKY - BARBIER, Georges, & Francis de Miomandre. Dessins sur les danses de Vaslav Nijinsky.
Paris : 1913First 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
YEATS, Jack B. (illus.); SYNGE, John Millington. The Aran Islands.
Dublin & London : 1907Signed limited edition, number 18 of 100 large paper copies signed by Synge and Yeats, and with plates hand-coloured by the artist. This book, based on the author's annual visits to the islands prompted by W. B. Yeats, would become the "the great prose manifesto of the Irish literary revival" (ODNB).
From the Penzance Library, the only independent... Learn More£11,000.00
Stock Code: 142885
GOOD, John Mason; Olinthus Gregory; Newton Bosworth (eds.) Pantologia. A New Cyclopaedia,
London : 1813First edition of this extensively illustrated Georgian encyclopedia, a "vastly ambitious survey of human genius, learning, and industry" (ODNB), here presenting particularly nicely in contemporary red morocco. Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 143137
YEATS. Jack B. (illus.); SYNGE, John Millington. The Aran Islands.
Dublin : 1907Signed limited edition, number 42 of 100 large paper copies signed by Synge and Yeats, and with plates hand-coloured by the artist. This book, based on the author's annual visits to the islands prompted by W. B. Yeats, would become the "the great prose manifesto of the Irish literary revival" (ODNB).
Accompanying this copy is a loosely inserted... Learn More£12,500.00
Stock Code: 142886
ROBERTS, David. Egypt & Nubia,
London : 1846-49First 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