Colour plate & aquatint
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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. From the estate of the family of Edward Cruft (17761866), an original subscriber to this edition. Cruft was a prominent Boston merchant and husband of Elizabeth Storer Smith, a second cousin of John Quincy Adams, sixth president of the... Learn More£65,000.00
Stock Code: 146756
DULAC, Edmund (illus.); ANDERSEN, Hans Christian. Stories from Hans Andersen.
London : 1911First Dulac edition, handsomely bound by Bayntun, with an accompanying typed letter dated July 1986 addressed to Birmingham lawyer Gordon William Quance (the initial purchaser), introducing the book, and signed by each of the four craftsmen involved in the designing, sewing, binding, and tooling of the volume. Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 148410
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
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
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 at... Learn More£4,250.00
Stock Code: 144880
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
RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); GRAHAME, Kenneth. The Wind in the Willows.
London : 1951First UK edition with Rackham's illustrations, 100th edition overall; number 212 of 500 copies, finely bound.
Grahame's timeless classic was originally published in 1908 with just a frontispiece by Graham Robertson. Rackham's illustrations for the text first appeared in the Limited Editions Club published in New York in 1940, and it was the last... Learn More£4,500.00
Stock Code: 148419
GRIVAZ, Eugene. The World Awheel.
New York : 1896First and only edition. Extremely uncommon, just 8 copies listed on WorldCat, all in North America, no copies traced at auction. Wonderful Gibson Girl-style illustrations on a cycling theme. The twelve images, originally published by the Frederick A. Stokes Company in their Cycling World Calendar, represent bicyclistes of different nationalities; "they... Learn More£3,500.00
Stock Code: 133637
BARKER, Matthew Henry, & George Cruikshank (illus.). Greenwich Hospital, a Series of Naval Sketches, Descriptive of the Life of a Man-of-War's Man … By an Old Sailor.
London : 1826First edition of this rollicking and highly attractive colour plate book, among Cruikshank's "most brilliantly comic treatments of naval life capturing with incomparable vivacity the frolics of tars ashore and at sea" (Johnson, p. 7). This copy presented in an attractive period-style binding.
Cruikshank was a friend of Barker (1790-1846), who... Learn More£1,350.00
Stock Code: 145496
WETZEL, Johann Jakob. Voyage pittoresque au Lac de Garda ou Benaco.
Zurich : 1824First edition of this rare suite of plates with superb contemporary hand-colouring, executed with enormous subtlety and exhibiting a beautiful gradation of tone. Wetzel (1781-1834) was one of the leading Swiss landscape painters of the Romantic era, the popularity of whose work meant that a "whole staff of aquatint engravers was employed in imitating... Learn More£30,000.00
Stock Code: 111172
HILDEBRANDT, Eduard. Aquarelle. Auf seiner Reise um die Erde.
Berlin : [1871-74]First edition, extremely uncommon complete, of this superb visual record of the Prussian court painter's progress around the world, consisting largely of images of the Far East including views in Bangkok, Rangoon, Hong Kong, Macao, Peking, and Singapore. Edward Hildebrandt was born in Danzig in 1817, he studied with the marine artist Wilhelm Krause,... Learn More£15,000.00
Stock Code: 52259
ACKERMANN, Rudolph (publ.): GERNING, Johann Isaac von. A Picturesque Tour Along the Rhine, from Mentz to Cologne:
London : 1820First illustrated edition, with plates watermarked 1816-20. By 1820, Rudolph Ackermann (17641834) had established himself as one of the premium publishers of colour plate books in Britain, largely thanks to a number of works on English topography starting with The Microcosm of London in 1808. A Picturesque Tour Along the Rhine was the first title in... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 136164
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
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. This is the deluxe issue printed on japon and bound in white cloth instead of the usual blue.
The calligraphic... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 141266
OMAR KHAYYÁM; BRANGWYN, Frank (illus.) Rubáiyát.
London & Edinburgh : 1919First edition thus, deluxe issue, one of 350 unnumbered copies printed on handmade paper. Rubáiyáts with illustrations by Frank Brangwyn (1867-1956) were published from 1906 onwards, of which this edition is the most comprehensive and elaborate, with seven illustrations by Brangwyn reproduced for the first time.
The text of this edition, Fitzgerald's... Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 147887
OMAR KHAYYÁM; BRANGWYN, Frank (illus.) Rubáiyát.
London & Edinburgh : 1920An attractive copy of the Brangwyn-illustrated Rubáiyát, with the scarce dust jacket. Rubáiyáts with illustrations by Frank Brangwyn (1867-1956) were published from 1906 onwards; this edition is a reprint of the most comprehensive and elaborate, first published in 1919.
The text of this edition, Fitzgerald's translation, first published in... Learn More£300.00
Stock Code: 147893
OMAR KHAYYÁM; HANSCOM, Adelaide, & Blanche Cumming (illus.) The Rubáiyát.
New York : 1912First edition thus. Originally published in 1905 with black-and-white lithographic plates, this edition of the Rubáiyát is lavishly illustrated in colour by Adelaide Hanscom Leeson (1875-1931), one of the first artists to use photography to illustrate literary works. Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 147880
RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); GRIMM, Jacob & Wilhelm. The Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm.
London : 1909Signed limited edition, number 168 of 750 copies signed by the artist. This is a revised and enlarged edition of the work originally published in 1900 with some new illustrations, as well as others redrawn and coloured. Learn More£5,750.00
Stock Code: 134021
HOOLA VAN NOOTEN, Berthe. Fleurs, fruits et feuillages choisis de la flore et de la pomone de l'ile de Java peints d'apres nature.
Brussels : [c.1866]Second edition of this splendid depiction of the flowers and fruits of Java, richly presented in striking chromolithography, and one of the great colour plate books for Indonesia's flora. The first edition was published in 1863.
Hoola van Nooten "was clearly a more than competent artist, for the splendid tropical plants, with their lush foliage,... Learn More£9,500.00
Stock Code: 148660
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.); POE, Edgar Allan. Tales of Mystery & Imagination.
London : 1935First Rackham edition. Rackham described his images for these stories as "so horrible I was beginning to frighten myself." It is unusual to find copies in near-fine condition, as here.
Stock Code: 148527
MICHAUX, Francois Andre, & Thomas Nuttall. The North American Sylva;
Philadelphia : 1849 (Nuttall volumes), 1850 (Michaux vol. I and II), & 1851 (vol. III)First Smith edition of Michaux volumes (first published in French in 1810-13 and in English in 1817-19), early editions of Nuttall's continuation (first published from 1841 to 1849, here each volume dated 1849); together the most important work on the trees of North America prior to the 20th century.
"Of the two works united, it is no exaggeration... Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 148552
MAUND, Benjamin. The Botanic Garden:
London : 1825-35An appealing run of one of the best known botanical periodicals of the 19th-century, comprising the first decade of the periodical's existence in its first five volumes; the entire series was eventually extended to 13 volumes and published up until 1851. Benjamin Maund (c.1790-1864) "sought to share his lifelong passion for flowers by producing an interesting... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 147430
McKENNEY, Thomas L., & James Hall. History of the Indian Tribes of North America,
Philadelphia : 1855A magnificent record of Native American dignitaries - "the most colourful portraits of Indians ever executed" (Howes); this is the third octavo edition, following the first folio edition of 1836-44, and the first octavo edition of 1848-50.
McKenney, who was Superintendent of Indian trade from 1816 until 1822 and headed the US Bureau of Indian... Learn More£15,000.00
Stock Code: 146818
BARROW, John. A Voyage to Cochinchina, in the Years 1792 and 1793:
London : 1806First edition of the "first illustrated English work on Vietnam" (Hill), being a description of the outward voyage of Lord Macartney's embassy to China. The account is superbly illustrated with aquatints of views, "types," and natural history specimens, Abbey commending the aquatinting as "of excellent quality."
"The voyage visited Madeira,... Learn More£5,000.00
Stock Code: 81263
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 : 1815-16First 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