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First and desirable rare editions of books with uncoloured illustrations, especially woodcuts and wood-engravings.

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  1. [Title from binding:] Portraits of Celebrated Persons.
    EGERTON, William, first Baron Egerton, of Tatton Park. [Title from binding:] Portraits of Celebrated Persons.

    [c. 1853]

    Highly appealing exemplar of a mid-nineteenth century portrait album, assembled with discernment and a great deal of care by William Egerton, first Baron Egerton of Tatton (1806-1883), carrying in each volume his ownership inscription to the front free endpaper verso and fine armorial bookplate to volume I (the Egerton arms impaled with those of Loftus,... Learn More

    Stock Code: 118091

  2. 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

    Stock Code: 139911

  3. The Birth, Life, and Acts of King Arthur,
    (ARTHURIANA.) MALORY, Sir Thomas. The Birth, Life, and Acts of King Arthur,

    Westminster : 1893-4

    First Beardsley edition, in the original parts, number 70 of 300 deluxe copies on Dutch handmade paper, from a total edition of 1,800. The book was issued in 12 parts in wrappers, with the purchaser given the choice of sending it back to the publisher, who bound them in vellum or cloth, or to a binder of their own.
    In 1892, seeking to emulate the... Learn More

    Stock Code: 136961

  4. Narrative of a Journey to the Falls of the Cavery;
    JERVIS, Humphrey. Narrative of a Journey to the Falls of the Cavery;

    London : 1834

    First edition of this uncommon and attractively illustrated work: three copies traced at auction, eight in UK libraries, and two world-wide; the list of subscribers records 256 copies printed.

    Jervis was an officer in the 62nd (Wiltshire) Regiment of Foot, which was deployed to India in 1830 and was initially garrisoned at Bangalore, helping... Learn More

    Stock Code: 117250

  5. The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby.
    DICKENS, Charles. The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby.

    London : 1839

    First edition in book form, following serialization in monthly parts. Dickens had been catapulted to fame with the success of The Pickwick Papers, and to secure his next novel Chapman and Hall offered Dickens 150 a part, a sum ten times greater than that which he had received for Pickwick. It met with great public enthusiasm, which has continued unabated:... Learn More

    Stock Code: 141189

  6. The Golden Cockerel Mabinogion.
    JONES, Gwyn & Thomas, trans. The Golden Cockerel Mabinogion.

    London : 1948

    First Golden Cockerel edition, number 440 of 550 copies printed (the first 75 copies being specially bound), presenting a new translation of the ancient Welsh epic The Mabinogion (first fully brought into modern English by Lady Charlotte Guest 1838-1845) alongside illustrations by Dorothea Braby. The Mabinogion encompasses Arthurian legend (though originally... Learn More

    Stock Code: 139319

  7. Tales of Mystery and Imagination.
    POE, Edgar Allan. Tales of Mystery and Imagination.

    London : 1919

    First Clarke edition, deluxe signed limited issue, number 106 of 170 copies signed by the illustrator and specially bound in full vellum. Harry Clarke (1889-1931) was a leading figure in the Irish arts and crafts movement, particularly noted for his work as a stained-glass artist. This book, with Clarke's imaginings of Poe's macabre Tales, was the first... Learn More

    Stock Code: 137514

  8. The Faerie Queene.
    SPENSER, Edmund. The Faerie Queene.

    London : 1751

    First complete and first illustrated edition, including Thomas Birch's Life; Spenser's letter to Walter Raleigh; commendatory verses; numerous dedicatory verses by Spenser; an exact collation of the two original editions of 1590 and 1596 which combine to give the first complete text in one edition including the fragment of Book VII; a glossary; and... Learn More

    Stock Code: 132657

  9. Promĕna. (Metamorphosis.)
    (KAFKA, Franz.) COESTER, Otto. Promĕna. (Metamorphosis.)

    Moravia : April 1929

    Suite of illustrations for the first Czech edition, number 97 of 120 copies only, signed by the illustrator on the half-title in pencil and printed by the Graphic Union in Prague under the supervision of Josef Čapek. The illustrations were drawn by Coester in 1927 and are the first to be created for Kafka's masterpiece. The illustration of The... Learn More

    Stock Code: 140159

  10. The Works.
    BYRON, Lord. The Works.

    London : 1823

    First edition thus, published the year before Byron's death, here with the dramatic suite of illustrative plates by Richard Westall. Byron was a great admirer of Westall's work, on seeing his illustrations for Don Juan, he remarked; they 'are quite beautifulthe drawings are superbthe brush has beat the poetry'. Later engraved armorial book plate to... Learn More

    Stock Code: 140968

  11. France, Piedmont, Italy, Lombardy, the Tyrol and Bavaria.
    BUCKINGHAM, James Silk. France, Piedmont, Italy, Lombardy, the Tyrol and Bavaria.

    London : 1848

    First edition of the second part of Buckingham's typically informative travelogue based on his extensive European tour 1846-8, the greater part of which is inevitably taken up with his time in Italy. Well preserved in the attractive publisher's cloth, engraved Fasque bookplates of the Gladstone family to both pastedowns: Fasque was "the Scottish house... Learn More

    Stock Code: 140771

  12. China,
    (ALLOM, Thomas, illus.) WRIGHT, George Newenham. China,

    London : [1843]

    First edition of "the best-known nineteenth-century work" on China (ODNB). Published the year after the First Opium War ended, Allom's China is concerned mainly with areas of British interest in southern China, including Hong Kong, Macao, Canton and Hunan, though there are also many attractive views of Peking. Allom (1804-1872) originally trained as... Learn More

    Stock Code: 139807

  13. Pages de Guerre.
    (WORLD WAR I.) Pages de Guerre.

    Paris : 1915-16

    First edition, first printing, one of 100 on Japon paper, this one unnumbered. This illustrated collection of poems from the First World War was sold for the benefit of artists and craftsmen of the book industry who were wounded in that war. The contributing authors include Émile Verhaeren for Crime allemand, Léon Bloy for Nous ne sommes... Learn More

    Stock Code: 140915

  14. Westmorland, Cumberland, Durham, and Northumberland, Illustrated.
    ALLOM, Thomas; George Pickering; Thomas Rose. Westmorland, Cumberland, Durham, and Northumberland, Illustrated.

    London and Paris : 1832-35

    First edition of this delightful collection of views, more than half of which are given over to Lake District subjects, described as being the first album that "featured Wordsworthian sites and sights" (Saeko Yoshikawa, William Wordsworth and the Invention of Tourism, 1820-1900, 2014, p. 174). It was originally issued in 26 parts as a section of Fisher's... Learn More

    Stock Code: 140668

  15. Epistolae heroidum novissime recognitae aptissimisque figuris exculte:
    OVIDIUS NASO, Publius. Epistolae heroidum novissime recognitae aptissimisque figuris exculte:

    Tusculani Benacum : 1533

    First edition thus, one of several separate editions of Ovid from the press of Alessandro Paganino in the early 16th century. In this edition, the commentaries of Antonio Volsco, Ubertino da Crescentino, Domizio Calderino, and Josse Badius fully surround the text, the two being distinguished by different sizes of Paganino's beautiful and distinctive... Learn More

    Stock Code: 139439

  16. L'Ombre.
    MAGALLON, Xavier de. L'Ombre.

    [Paris] : 1934

    First edition thus, first printing, number XIV of 26 copies on Arches, with an original Moreau-inspired etching of angel-airman falling numbered 6/120 and signed by Pierre Pascal; from a total edition limited to 110 copies.
    This poetic tribute to an airman killed in the First World War, was written by Xavier de Magallon (1866-1956), marquis of Magallon... Learn More

    Stock Code: 140842

  17. The Chester Play of the Deluge.
    (GOLDEN COCKEREL PRESS.) JONES, David (illus.), & J. Isaacs (ed.) The Chester Play of the Deluge.

    Waltham, St. Lawrence : 1927

    First edition thus, first impression, one of 201 of 275 copies only. "In the opinion of some the engravings in this book are the greatest achievement of the Press" (Chanticleer). This is a retelling of the story of Noah and his Ark during the biblical deluge; the Chester version focuses on Noah's wife's reluctance to enter his Ark. The present copy... Learn More

    Stock Code: 140763

  18. Undine.
    LA MOTTE-FOUQUÉ, Friedrich Heinrich Karl, Freiherr de. Undine.

    London : 1854

    First Lumley edition, second overall, of the Tenniel-illustrated Undine. It was first published in German in 1811, and first published with the Tenniel illustrations, in London by James Bruns, in 1845. Learn More

    Stock Code: 140742

  19. The Life and Adventures of Don Quixote de la Mancha.
    CERVANTES SAAVEDRA, Miguel de. The Life and Adventures of Don Quixote de la Mancha.

    London : 1820

    First Westall-illustrated edition. Richard Westall (1765-1836) was "a significant and innovative figure in the development of the English watercolour, his elegant and precise book illustrations set new standards in that field, and his portraits and historical and religious paintings have deservedly received more scholarly attention recently than hitherto"... Learn More

    Stock Code: 140103

  20. Pirates! or, The Cruise of the Black Revenge.
    (BAUMANN, Gustave, illust.) BANNING, Kendall. Pirates! or, The Cruise of the Black Revenge.

    Chicago : 1918

    First trade edition, first printing, of this collection of 13 poems and accompanying woodcuts, following the limited edition of 525 copies in a larger format on handmade paper published by the Brothers of the Book in 1916. The publisher, Laurence Woodworth was the scrivener for the Brothers of the Book, a small private press "made up of those who like... Learn More

    Stock Code: 140322

  21. Travels in Egypt, Nubia, Holy Land, Mount Libanon [sic], and Cyprus, in the Year 1814.
    LIGHT, Henry. Travels in Egypt, Nubia, Holy Land, Mount Libanon [sic], and Cyprus, in the Year 1814.

    London : 1818

    First 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

    Stock Code: 140585

  22. 140413
    HOUSMAN, Clemence. The Were-Wolf.

    London & Chicago : 1896.

    First edition of "one of the best werewolf stories" (Bleiler), and featuring of Laurence Housman's last illustrations, by 1898 he had "stopped producing book illustration since the strain of his intricate drawings affected hi poor eyesight" (Zipes). Learn More

    Stock Code: 140413

  23. Le Purgatoire.
    (DORE, Gustave.) DANTE ALIGHIERI. Le Purgatoire.

    Paris : 1868

    First edition of Doré's completion of the Divine Comedy, which started with L'Inferno in 1861; an expensive book which sold a remarkable 3,000 copies, confounding his publisher, Hachette, and garnering Doré the Légion d'honneur. Purgatory and Paradise seem not to have fired his imagination in quite the same way, which is perhaps true of all readers... Learn More

    Stock Code: 140001

  24. 139987
    (HAMILTON, Lady Emma) REHBERG, Frederick. Drawings faithfully copied from Nature at Naples

    [Rome] : 1794

    First edition, scarce, of Rehberg's record of Emma Hamilton's "attitudes". Perhaps based on her experiences as the "living illustration" of Hygæa at Dr. Graham's infamous "Temple of Health", or perhaps developed as an exhibition of neo-classical culture for her husband, Sir William Hamilton, whatever the truth, the reputation of these postures spread... Learn More

    Stock Code: 139987

  25. Fables of Aesop.
    (AESOP.) L'ESTRANGE, Sir Roger. Fables of Aesop.

    London : 1699

    Third edition, extra-illustrated copy, with a complete suite of Francis Barlow's etchings engraved by Thomas Dudley bound in to face the relevant fables. Though the Barlow plates were first published in 1666, they were first published alongside L'Estrange's text in the first French language edition (Amsterdam: Estienne Roger, 1714). The plates here... Learn More

    Stock Code: 83198

  26. Social Distinction;
    ELLIS, Sarah Stickney. Social Distinction;

    London : [1848]

    First edition of this didactic domestic tale. "The most popular writer of Victorian conduct fiction", Sarah Stickney Ellis (1799-1872) published some 34 books, including educational tracts, conduct manuals, poetry, biographical sketches, and novels (Orlando). With modern sensibilities it is tempting - as many of her female contemporaries did - to dismiss... Learn More

    Stock Code: 140303

  27. Fables.
    (BLAKE, William.) GAY, John. Fables.

    London : 1793

    First edition thus, with 12 plates engraved by William Blake; these are sometimes stated to have been designed as well as engraved by Blake, but the illustrations are based largely on designs from earlier editions, particularly those of John Wootton and William Kent for the first edition of 1727. Keynes notes that the first Blake plate, "The Shepherd... Learn More

    Stock Code: 140405

  28. The Nightingale.
    ANDERSEN, Hans Christian. The Nightingale.

    Birmingham : 1896

    First UK edition of the Merrymount Press production (the US edition was published the same year but in wrappers only), beautifully illustrated by Birmingham arts and crafts artist Mary J. Newill (1860-1947). She was a member of the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists from 1909 to 1923. A diverse artist, she was a teacher of needlework, textile worker,... Learn More

    Stock Code: 140242

  29. The Traveller's Guide to Madeira and the West Indies;
    (WEST INDIES) MILLER, George, Junior. The Traveller's Guide to Madeira and the West Indies;

    Haddington : 1815

    First and only contemporary edition. A curiosity, a journal of a round trip to the West Indies being "chiefly made up of a series of minute engravings in which the events of each day are set forth pictorially. In all there are no fewer than 125 pictures, the whole being accompanied by a running commentary" (Couper, The Millers of Haddington, Dunbar... Learn More

    Stock Code: 139893

  30. The School of Fencing with a General Explanation of the Principal Attitudes and Positions peculiar to the Art.
    ANGELO, Domenico & Henry. The School of Fencing with a General Explanation of the Principal Attitudes and Positions peculiar to the Art.

    London : 1787

    First reduced edition of Domenico Angelo's renowned guide to swordsmanship, which was first published as a sumptuous folio in 1763, undoubtedly one of the most important such works ever issued in English. The editing and compression were undertaken by Domenico's son Henry "under the auspices of his father", who had recently retired to Eton where he... Learn More

    Stock Code: 139926

  31. The Vicar of Wakefield.
    (THOMSON, Hugh, illus.) GOLDSMITH, Oliver. The Vicar of Wakefield.

    London : 1890

    First Thomson-illustrated edition, this copy in a gorgeous signed Kelliegram binding with their signature onlay illustration complemented here by roseate decorations.
    The "Kelliegram" binding was one of the many innovations of English commercial binding firm Kelly & Sons. The Kelly family had one of the longest connections in the history of the binding... Learn More

    Stock Code: 139561

  32. A Tour in England and Scotland in 1785.
    [THOMSON, William.] A Tour in England and Scotland in 1785.

    London : 1788

    First edition, a prettily bound journal-style tour of Britain, compared on publication to Pennant. "Since the publication of Mr. Pennant's tour... several visitors... have endeavoured to imitate the manner of that candid, agreeable and entertaining traveller. The author now before us appears to be a candidate for the same praise; and he is not, indeed,... Learn More

    Stock Code: 139655

  33. Engravings for Teaching the Elements of English History and Chronology after the manner of Dissected Maps for Teaching Geography.
    (EDUCATIONAL PUZZLE.) HEWLETT, John, & W. Darton (engr.) Engravings for Teaching the Elements of English History and Chronology after the manner of Dissected Maps for Teaching Geography.

    London : [c.1800]

    A complete example of "the earliest dated jigsaw puzzle, apart from maps" (Hannas, pp. 93-94), presumably a reissue from its first appearance in 1787, housed in the publisher's wooden box. Created as a learning aid for children, the puzzle's instructions read: "Directions. 1. Learn to put the heads together in succession. 2. Get the dates of the inner... Learn More

    Stock Code: 134323

  34. Ars Moriendi ex.
    (ARS MORIENDI.) Ars Moriendi ex.

    Nuremberg : [1510]

    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

    Stock Code: 90894

  35. Veronensis, de ludis circensibus, libri ii. De triumphis, liber unus.
    PANVINIO, Onofrio. Veronensis, de ludis circensibus, libri ii. De triumphis, liber unus.

    Padua : 1681

    Fifth edition of this well-illustrated study of Roman circuses, games, and triumphs, by the Italian antiquary and Vatican librarian Onofrio Panvinio (1530-1568). The work is "made up of material which was largely unpublished at the time of the author's death. The two books of De ludis circensibus were intended to form part of the larger study of Roman... Learn More

    Stock Code: 139706

  36. Antiquitatum Romanarum corpus absolutissimum.
    ROSINUS, Johannes. Antiquitatum Romanarum corpus absolutissimum.

    Amsterdam : 1743

    The final edition of the Antiquitatum Romanarum of Johannes Rosinus, a compendium of Classical Rome and Roman antiquities, detailing the topography of Rome and the division of the population, its sacred and private remains, its legal system, and its warfare. First published in 1583, the book proved very popular, with various editions under... Learn More

    Stock Code: 137706

  37. 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

    Stock Code: 139446

  38. The Ballad of Reading Gaol.
    (VASSOS, John, illus.) WILDE, Oscar. The Ballad of Reading Gaol.

    New York : 1930

    Early printing of John Vassos's illustrated Ballad of Reading Gaol, signed on the half title by the illustrator, and in excellent condition with the jacket and glassine. John Vassos (1898-1985) was an American industrial and graphic designer famous for designing the first commercially available television sets and many other popular products and logos.... Learn More

    Stock Code: 139448

  39. Her Housekeeping Book.
    WHATMAN, Susanna. Her Housekeeping Book.

    [Cambridge : 1952

    First edition, limited issue, one of 250 copies printed for presentation to the friends of the Printer of the University of Cambridge, Brooke Crutchley, for Christmas 1952, using paper made by the then-present proprietors of the 'J. Whatman' watermark, W. & R. Balston of Maidstone.
    "As mistress of Turkey Court, an elegant house half a mile from Maidstone,... Learn More

    Stock Code: 139359

  40. Volpone: or the Fox.
    (BEARDSLEY, Aubrey.) JONSON, Ben. Volpone: or the Fox.

    London : 1898

    First Beardsley edition, deluxe issue copy, being number 29 of 100 copies printed on japon and specially bound in full vellum, with a further 1,000 copies on art paper also issued and bound in blue cloth. In November 1897 Beardsley was commissioned to produce the artwork for a deluxe edition of Volpone, with 24 illustrations including a frontispiece,... Learn More

    Stock Code: 137872

  41. The Works.
    BURNS, Robert. The Works.

    Edinburgh : 1877-9

    First William Scott Douglas edition, a very fine edition, well printed on superior paper, and here abundantly extra-illustrated. The edition is described by ODNB as a "splendid, six-volume library edition. The poems in this edition are arranged chronologically, and while it was the most sumptuous yet published it was also the most complete and correct... Learn More

    Stock Code: 139102

  42. Life of Napoleon, A Hudibrastic Poem in Fifteen Cantoes by Dr. Syntax,
    (CRUIKSHANK, George.) [COMBE, William.] Life of Napoleon, A Hudibrastic Poem in Fifteen Cantoes by Dr. Syntax,


    First edition, with all points as called for in Abbey. A satirical life of Buonaparte, its intentions best summed up by the allegorical title page, which shows the young Corsican as a revolutionary fire-brand in a Phrygian cap ascending a ladder whose rungs are Plunder, Bloodshed and Murder, this last being the blade of a guillotine. At the top he sits... Learn More

    Stock Code: 41913

  43. Fairy Tales.
    (PERRAULT, Charles, and others.) PLANCHÉ, J. R. (transl.) Fairy Tales.

    London : 1869

    First edition thus of Planché's translation. This attractively produced edition includes "Blue Beard", "The Sleeping Beauty", "Puss in Boots", and "The Story of Beauty and the Beast", with illustrations by Edward Henry Corbould, William Harvey, and James Godwin. The Countess d'Aulnoy (1650/1-1705) termed her works contes de fées (fairy tales) and... Learn More

    Stock Code: 137870

  44. La Voliere de la Jeunesse,
    CUVIER, Georges, & Georges-Louis Leclerc, comte de Buffon. La Voliere de la Jeunesse,

    Paris : 1817

    First and only edition of this charming juvenile guide to the world's birds, based on the work of Cuvier and Buffon, attractively illustrated with a suite of lively and well-executed, if unsophisticated, plates. Uncommon, with just four sets located in an online search of institutional holdings: no copies traced in the UK, just one in the US. This copy... Learn More

    Stock Code: 136054

  45. Works.
    GOETHE, Johann Wolfgang von. Works.

    Philadelphia, New York & Boston : 1885

    A beautiful set of Goethe's works featuring illustrations and lively full-page engravings by various artists. Learn More

    Stock Code: 138623

  46. Waverley Novels.
    SCOTT, Walter. Waverley Novels.

    Edinburgh : 1871

    A handsomely bound and illustrated set of Scott's Waverley Novels. Learn More

    Stock Code: 138423

  47. Fables choisies, mises en vers.
    LA FONTAINE, Jean de. Fables choisies, mises en vers.

    Paris : 1755-9

    First edition, large-paper issue, and one of a small number printed on thick holland paper, of "one of the most ambitious and successful of all illustrated books" (Ray). Jean-Baptiste Oudry's sketches for La Fontaine's Fables were executed for his own enjoyment between 1729 and 1735. They were purchased by the publisher Montenault, who asked the finest... Learn More

    Stock Code: 135957

  48. Travels in India, during the Years 1780, 1781, 1782, & 1783.
    HODGES, William. Travels in India, during the Years 1780, 1781, 1782, & 1783.

    London : 1793

    First edition, in a superior Regency binding; a second edition was published the following year. "The first professional landscape artist to visit India and please such tastes for the picturesque and the sublime was William Hodges (1744-1797). He went with a highly individual vision and style of painting which had been formed while he was official artist... Learn More

    Stock Code: 117400

  49. The Dramatic Works of Shakspeare.
    SHAKESPEARE, William. The Dramatic Works of Shakspeare.

    London : 1802

    First Boydell edition. This lavish edition was the brainchild of John Boydell (1720-1804), who had been responsible for the publication in mezzotint of some of the most impressive paintings of the period. He and his nephew Josiah Boydell conceived this set, with typography by Bulmer and paper by Whatman, to be embellished with one series of large and... Learn More

    Stock Code: 137384

  50. Life Studies of the Great Army.
    FORBES, Edwin. Life Studies of the Great Army.

    New York : 1876

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

    Stock Code: 114470

  51. A Suit of Armour for Youth.
    [GRIMALDI, Stacey.] A Suit of Armour for Youth.

    London : 1824

    First edition of this allegorical "Suit of Armour" produced for the edification of Britain's youth and an early example of this type of "moveable" book with flaps that could be lifted, for which there was a vogue in the 1820s. The first of these was The Toilet (1820), which focused on the toilet articles from a lady's dressing-table, with illustrations... Learn More

    Stock Code: 131200

  52. Liber chronicarum.
    SCHEDEL, Hartmann. Liber chronicarum.

    Nuremberg : 1493

    First edition of the Nuremberg Chronicle, the most extensively illustrated book of the 15th century, a universally acknowledged masterpiece of complex design. Compiled by the Nuremberg physician, humanist and bibliophile Hartmann Schedel (1440-1514), the text is a year-by-year account of notable events in world history from the Creation to the year... Learn More

    Stock Code: 108472

  53. De re metallica, libri XII:
    AGRICOLA, Georgius. De re metallica, libri XII:

    Basel : 1556

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

    Stock Code: 80925

  54. Woodcut proofs for Wuthering Heights.
    (BRONTË, Emily.) EICHENBERG, Fritz. Woodcut proofs for Wuthering Heights.

    [New York] : [1943]

    A selection of nine woodcut proofs, from the library of the artist, each signed by the artist in pencil, done for Eichenberg's edition of Wuthering Heights (New York, 1943). These proofs were printed in a limited, unnumbered, run of 10 or fewer by Eichenberg in 1943. In 1980 at the Hampshire Typothetae Harold McGrath issued a signed limited... Learn More

    Stock Code: 129460

  55. Osservazioni sul musaico di Palestrina.
    PIERALISI, Sante. Osservazioni sul musaico di Palestrina.

    Rome : 1858

    First edition, presentation copy from the prince of Palestrina, Enrico Barberini-Colonna (1823-1889), inscribed on the front wrapper to the French politician Frédéric-Alfred-Pierre, comte de Falloux (1811-1886), instigator of the Falloux Laws, which promoted Catholic education in French schools under Napoleon III. A large and well-illustrated study... Learn More

    Stock Code: 137227

  56. Shakespeare's Sonnets.
    SHAKESPEARE, William. Shakespeare's Sonnets.

    London : 1899

    First Henry Ospovat edition. Ospovat was a prolific illustrator from the late 1800s to early 1900s, providing illustrations for Shakespeare's Songs, Poems by Matthew Arnold, and Robert Browning's Men and Women. He later became known for his caricatures of celebrities, including Harry Lauder and Keir Hardie. Learn More

    Stock Code: 136713

  57. Charles Dickens: The Story of his Life.
    TAVERNER, H. T. Charles Dickens: The Story of his Life.

    London : 1870

    Fascinating copy of the first edition of the first posthumous biography of Dickens, signed on the title page and annotated throughout by Dickens's associate, the English journalist Edmund Ollier (1826-1886).
    Ollier was a scion of a literary family of some consequence in the course of 19th-century English literature. His father Charles Ollier (1788-1859)... Learn More

    Stock Code: 136324

  58. Select Views in Mysore, The Country of Tippoo Sultan; From Drawings taken on the Spot …
    HOME, Robert. Select Views in Mysore, The Country of Tippoo Sultan; From Drawings taken on the Spot …

    London : 1794

    First edition. Home was practising as a portrait painter in Dublin in the late 1780s when the arrival of a rival, Gilbert Stuart, forced his return to London, and on the death of his wife in 1789; "Home left for India, where he had connections. Leaving his children with relatives, he departed without permission from the East India Company, reaching... Learn More

    Stock Code: 136881

  59. The Old [and New] Testament.
    (BIBLE; English.) MACKLIN, Thomas. The Old [and New] Testament.

    London : 1800

    First edition of the Macklin Bible, "the most ambitious edition produced in Britain, often pirated but never rivalled" (ODNB). This vast undertaking, dedicated to the king, was published in 70 parts, each at 1 1s. (Lowndes). Macklin (1752-1800) issued his prospectus for the bible in 1789; he commissioned new type, new paper, and all the engravings (initially... Learn More

    Stock Code: 131215

  60. Histoires naturelles.
    (TOULOUSE-LAUTREC, Henri de.) RENARD, Jules. Histoires naturelles.

    Paris : 1899

    Limited edition, number 84 of 100 numbered copies. Lautrec began his preliminary sketches in 1896, at the Jardin d'Acclimatation, but the lithographs were only executed in 1898. Publication was delayed by the author, displeased with the illustrations which did not illustrate the text in every instance. Though today it is seen as one of the most celebrated... Learn More

    Stock Code: 97129

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