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

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  1. 139473
    (LUCCHESI, Edmondo, illus.) BOCCACCIO, Giovanni. Ten Tales from the Decameron.

    London : 1930

    First Lucchesi edition of Boccaccio's Decamerone, number 1 of 12 copies on japon, and specially bound, this being the top paper copy from a total edition of 1,012. This abridged text of Boccaccio's Decameron is based on an anonymous English translation of 1741, revised by S.W. Orson in 1896. Edmondo Lucchesi was an Italian artist active in... Learn More

    Stock Code: 139473

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 139359
    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

  5. Syria, The Holy Land, Asia Minor, &c. Illustrated.
    (BARTLETT, W. H., & others.) CARNE, John. Syria, The Holy Land, Asia Minor, &c. Illustrated.

    London : [1836-8]

    First edition. The artist William Bartlett served his apprenticeship with John Britton and travelled all over England making sketches and architectural drawings. "Bartlett thus became a minor but prolific figure among the topographical artists of the 1820s and 1830s, of whom the leading lights were R. P. Bonington, Samuel Prout, and J. M. W. Turner.... Learn More

    Stock Code: 139343

  6. 139360comp
    BATES, H. E. Flowers and Faces.

    London : 1935

    First edition, signed limited issue, number 83 of 325 copies signed by the author. Of the edition numbers 16 were printed on vellum and 7325 on Batchelor handmade paper; numbers 301325 were not for sale. Commissioned by the Golden Cockerel Press, "this long essay, in eight sections, expresses Bates's passion for flowers and gardening, his fond memories... Learn More

    Stock Code: 139360

  7. 137514comp
    (CLARKE, Harry.) 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. 137872
    (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

  9. 139319
    (MABINOGION.) 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 tales encompass Arthurian legend (though originally... Learn More

    Stock Code: 139319

  10. 139304comp
    (GILGAMESH EPIC.) BRIDSON, D. G. The Quest of Gilgamesh.

    Cambridge : 1972

    First edition, number 8 of 15 copies on handmade paper and specially bound by Sangorski & Sutcliffe, signed by Bridson and Ayrton on the limitation page, and a variant frontispiece bound in also signed by Ayrton. There were an additional 110 ordinary copies. The Epic of Gilgamesh is one of the oldest works of literature known, and an important record... Learn More

    Stock Code: 139304

  11. The Nonesuch Dickens.
    DICKENS, Charles. The Nonesuch Dickens.

    London : 1938-9

    The Nonesuch edition, one of 877 sets, this set unnumbered. This peculiar limitation is due to the inclusion with each set of one of the original plates used in Chapman and Hall's first printings of each title. Since they held in their archive 877 such plates - the majority steel but with a number of wood blocks, as here - the limitation was enforced.... Learn More

    Stock Code: 139227

  12. 139102
    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

  13. The Birth, Life, and Acts of King Arthur,
    (BEARDSLEY, Aubrey.) 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

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. Goblin Market and Other Poems.
    ROSSETTI, Christina. Goblin Market and Other Poems.

    London and Cambridge : 1862

    First edition. The Goblin Market, a fantastical narrative poem with illustrations by Christina's brother Dante Gabriel, has eluded classification, having been interpreted variously as a feminist tract, a capitalist critique, an allegory for drug addiction, and a children's story. This copy with the second state of signature C, with "anguish"... Learn More

    Stock Code: 138831

  17. 136645
    PAOLI, Paolo Antonio. Avanzi delle antichità esistenti a Pozzuoli Cuma e Baia.

    [Naples : 1768]

    First edition of this handsome book depicting the antiquities of Puteoli (Pozzuoli), a major Roman port. Paoli was president of the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy in Rome (177598), and a pioneering scholar and historian of the ancient civilizations of the region of Campania in southern Italy. The engravings are by Giovanni Volpato, Antoine Cardon,... Learn More

    Stock Code: 136645

  18. 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

  19. 138423detail
    SCOTT, Walter. Waverley Novels.

    Edinburgh : 1871

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

    Stock Code: 138423

  20. 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

  21. 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

  22. 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

  23. 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

  24. 137372
    (MARTIN, John, illus.) MILTON, John. The Paradise Lost of Milton.

    London : 1827

    First edition in book form, following the publication of the plates in 12 parts from 1825 to 1827. John Martin's Paradise Lost maintains a strong claim to be the finest illustrated edition of the poem ever produced. Already famous as an artist for his bold and melodramatic paintings, Martin was commissioned by Septimus Prowett to turn his talents... Learn More

    Stock Code: 137372

  25. 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

  26. 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

  27. 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

  28. 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

  29. 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

  30. 136713
    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

  31. 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

  32. 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

  33. Song of Peace:
    LOWENFELS, Walter, & Anton Refregier. Song of Peace:

    New York : 1959

    First and limited edition, of 1,000 copies, signed by both author and illustrator, this copy additionally inscribed by Lowenfels on a preliminary blank, "For Sol Mandelblatt, these anecdotes of the service, Walter Lowenfels, Mays Landing his sometime New Jersey home 1962". A most attractive provenance that links Lowenfels (1897-1976), one of America's... Learn More

    Stock Code: 79776

  34. The Whole workes of … three worthy Martyrs,
    TYNDALE, William; John Frith; Robert Barnes. The Whole workes of … three worthy Martyrs,

    London : 1573

    First edition, edited by the martyrologist John Foxe. Foxe had established his reputation as the leading chronicler of the English reformation with his first two editions of Acts and Monuments (Foxe's Book of Martyrs) in 1563 and 1570. In the latter he had promised that he would edit a collection of the works of William Tyndale, John Frith, and Robert... Learn More

    Stock Code: 77878

  35. Hommage A Rimbaud.
    (RIMBAUD, Arthur.) VIEILLARD, Roger. Hommage A Rimbaud.

    Paris : 1945

    First edition, first printing, inscribed in pencil "à Ralph Kirkpatrick pour 'les possibilités harmoniques' Roger Vieillard amicalement" inside the first blank, including two musical drawings, further drawings on the title page with the caption "pour Ralph Kirkparick" signed with Vieillard's "RV" monogram and dated "1942-1971-1982". This copy number... Learn More

    Stock Code: 135463

  36. Des maladies mentales considérées sous les rapports médical, hygiénique et médico-légal.
    ESQUIROL, Jean-Étienne Dominique. Des maladies mentales considérées sous les rapports médical, hygiénique et médico-légal.

    Paris : 1838

    First edition of "the first modern textbook of psychiatry" (Norman); this copy of especial interest as including, bound into the first volume, a fine original pencil drawing (dated 1836) of a psychiatric patient, ascribed by a later hand to the engraver Ambroise Tardieu, along with a suite of 19 proof engravings. Tardieu appears to have been responsible... Learn More

    Stock Code: 128843

  37. Graphismes.
    [LABOUREUR, Jean-Émile.] Graphismes.

    Paris : 1931

    First and limited edition, number 36 of 108 copies on Hollande paper, this copy with an additional etching, titled "Le Guichet." Jean-Émile Laboureur (1877-1943) was a French artist, illustrator, and engraver who worked with many of his contemporaries, such as André Gide, Colette, Paul-Jean Toulet, and Maurice Maeterlinck, to name but a few. A close... Learn More

    Stock Code: 134226

  38. 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

  39. Fine mezzotint portrait by Paul Sigmund Habelmann after the painting by Emma Gaggiotti Richards
    (HUMBOLDT, Alexander von.) Fine mezzotint portrait by Paul Sigmund Habelmann after the painting by Emma Gaggiotti Richards

    Berlin : 1854

    Rare and very attractive half-length portrait of the great German naturalist, explorer and botanist Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859), the finest and most impressive version from the oil by Emma Gaggiotti Richards, an oval head-and-shoulders portrait, the original of which is at the Archiv der Berlin-Brandenburgischen Akademie der Wissenschaften. It... Learn More

    Stock Code: 131927

  40. The Holy Bible.
    (BIBLE, English.) The Holy Bible.

    London : [c.1860]

    A striking Victorian bible, attractively bound and illustrated, with copious commentary throughout. Learn More

    Stock Code: 131939

  41. 130180
    (NIELSEN, Kay, illus.) GOETHE, Johann Wolgang von. Eventyret Das Märchen.

    Copenhagen : 1949

    First edition with Nielsen's illustrations, number 307 of 350 copies. Goethe's fairy tale was first published in 1795, and is here translated into Norwegian by Ernst Sørensen, who also contributes the introduction. Learn More

    Stock Code: 130180

  42. 128821
    HELMAN, Isidore Stanislaus Henri. Abrégé historique des principaux traits de la vie de Confucius célèbre philosophe chinois.

    Paris : [1788]

    First edition, one of an unstated number of large paper copies, originally priced 18 livres, and very much larger than the 12-livre quarto copies usually met with. Helman made the engravings illustrating the life of Confucius from a set of drawings sent from China to Paris by Jean-Joseph-Marie Amiot (1718-1793), the French Jesuit missionary. The text... Learn More

    Stock Code: 128821

  43. The Danube, its History, Scenery, and Topography,
    BEATTIE, William, & William Henry Bartlett. The Danube, its History, Scenery, and Topography,

    London : 1844

    First edition in book form, originally issued in 20 parts to subscribers from 1842-4. Barlett and Beattie collaborated on numerous lavish books depicting parts of Europe, with this being one of the most popular. Learn More

    Stock Code: 128795

  44. 128537
    SHAKESPEARE, William. The New-Century Shakespeare.

    Boston : 1900

    Edition de Grand Luxe, limited to 500 numbered copies of which this is number 13. Learn More

    Stock Code: 128537

  45. Moby Dick, or the Whale
    (KENT, Rockwell.) MELVILLE, Herman. Moby Dick, or the Whale

    New York : 1930

    First Rockwell Kent trade edition, first printing, in a handsome binding. Kent's imagining of Melville's classic, first published the same year by the Lakeside Press of Chicago in a three-volume limited edition, has been hailed as a masterpiece of 20th-century book illustration and credited with reviving public interest in a sublime but difficult novel.... Learn More

    Stock Code: 128152

  46. Historical and Literary Curiosities,
    SMITH, Charles John. Historical and Literary Curiosities,

    London : 1840

    First edition in book form, previously serialized in eight parts from 1836 to 1840. The engraver, Charles John Smith (1803-1838) died after the fifth part, and thereafter the production was finished by Henry George Bohn (1796-1884). The book is illustrated throughout with facsimiles of historical manuscripts and depictions of notable places. The collection... Learn More

    Stock Code: 123604

  47. 123372
    BARTOLOMMEI SMEDUCCI, Girolamo. L'America poema eroico.

    Rome : 1650

    First edition of this "magnificent" (Gamba) celebration of the discovery of America, an allegorical epic in ottava rima, forty cantos each of a hundred stanzas, "a sort of Pilgrim's Progress in verse" (Rich).
    The work celebrates the heroic wanderings and adventures of Amerigo Vespucci, in avowed imitation of Homer's Odyssey. In his introduction the... Learn More

    Stock Code: 123372

  48. Mysteries of Police and Crime.
    GRIFFITHS, Arthur. Mysteries of Police and Crime.

    London : [1901]

    Special edition for subscribers; originally published in 1898 in two volumes without illustrations. Griffiths was known for his lurid tales of criminality. Some of the chapters included are "The Penge Case", "Illicit Diamond Buying", "A Mysterious Murder" and "The Stepney Murder". Rackham's drawings first appeared in magazine form, in several parts,... Learn More

    Stock Code: 121688

  49. 119726
    HUGHSON, David. Walks through London,

    London : 1817.

    First edition, large paper issue, of this delightful illustrated guide to Regency London, laid out in eighteen walks around the metropolis. In many ways this is the forerunner of the modern guide book, giving a small map and directions for each perambulation. Hughson also compiled an illustrated history and description of London, issued in parts and... Learn More

    Stock Code: 119726

  50. The Fables …
    DRYDEN, John. The Fables …

    London : 1796

    First editions with these Bartolozzi engravings, the only two works illustrated by Lady Diana Beauclerc, here together in handsome contemporary full morocco. Dryden's adaptations of Chaucer and Boccaccio were among the chief reasons for his perhaps surprisingly high place in the esteem of the Romantic poets, especially Coleridge, Keats, Byron and Scott,... Learn More

    Stock Code: 118718

  51. Paved with Gold.
    MAYHEW, Augustus. Paved with Gold.

    London : 1858

    First edition in book form, first published in 13 parts from March 1857 to April 1858. This is considered Mayhew's most significant work, and was the result of a collaborative venture with his brother, the social reformer Henry Mayhew. "Between 1849 and 1852 Augustus assisted Henry in the investigations both for the 'Labour and the poor' series in the... Learn More

    Stock Code: 118598

  52. Fortunia.
    D'AULNOY, Madame. Fortunia.

    New York : 1974

    First edition, signed limited issue, number 293 of 326 copies signed by the translator and illustrator, 26 of which were not for sale. This story was first published by Madame D'Aulnoy in her collection of fairy tales, Les Contes des Fées, in 1697. Andrew Lang later included it in his Blue Fairy book in 1889. Learn More

    Stock Code: 118353

  53. 118099
    [SCOTT, Walter.] Landscape Illustrations of the Waverley Novels.

    London : 1834

    New edition of this collection of landscape illustrations from Walter Scott's popular series of novels. Each plate is accompanied by an excerpt from the text and explanation of the image by the artist. Contributors include G. Cattermole, P. Dewint, J. D. Harding, and G. F. Robson, amongst other successful landscape artists, their work etched by the... Learn More

    Stock Code: 118099

  54. A Midsummer Nights Dreame.
    (NASH, Paul.) SHAKESPEARE, William. A Midsummer Nights Dreame.

    London : 1924

    The Players' Shakespeare, limited to 106 copies. Signed by the art editor Albert Rotherston, the illustrator Paul Nash, and the introduction writer Harley Granville-Barker. Learn More

    Stock Code: 117387

  55. 116713
    (DORÉ, Gustave.) LA FONTAINE, Jean de. The Fables.

    London : [c.1870]

    An early edition of Thornbury's first translation of La Fontaine's fables, with illustrations from "one of the most popular" and "greatest of all illustrators" (Ray, 327-28). During the period of this book's publication, Doré went from being "virtually unknown in England to being the most famous illustrator in the world" (Malan, 67), with books such... Learn More

    Stock Code: 116713

  56. Memoirs of Count Grammont.
    (SCOTT, Sir Walter, ed.) HAMILTON, Anthony. Memoirs of Count Grammont.

    London : 1889

    Deluxe limited edition, number 107 of 780. The first Scott edition was published in 1811; the first English translation from the French appeared almost a century earlier in 1714. An account of Hamilton's brother-in-law, Count de Gramont, and the intrigues of the Restoration court, it is "written with such brilliancy and vivacity that it must always... Learn More

    Stock Code: 116237

  57. 115179
    [WHITE, Gilbert.] The Natural History and Antiquities of Selborne,

    London : 1789

    First edition of one the great English books of the eighteenth century, "the first book which raised natural history into the region of literature" (Ency. Brit.) White's Selborne is arranged into three sequences of letters, those addressed to Pennant and to Barrington forming the natural history portion of the volume, the remainder forming an account... Learn More

    Stock Code: 115179

  58. 114542
    ROSCOE, Thomas. Wanderings and Excursions in South Wales:

    London : [1837?]

    A fine pair of bindings by London's leading binder of the 1840s and 1850s, with appropriately Welsh heraldic devices, perhaps done in celebration of the birth of Edward, the eldest son of Queen Victoria, in 1841. As Prince of Wales from 8 December 1841 to 22 January 1901, the future Edward VII held the record for longest-serving heir apparent until... Learn More

    Stock Code: 114542

  59. Le decameron de Jean Boccace.
    BOCCACCIO, Giovanni. Le decameron de Jean Boccace.

    Londres [Paris] : 1757-61

    A fine edition illustrated in large part by Gravelot: "one of the most accomplished illustrated books of the 18th century" (Cohen-de Ricci 158-61); "one of the masterpieces of the illustrated book" (Ray 15). The imprint is false; the book was published in Paris by Prault. The French translation is by Antoine Jean Le Maçon. Prault published an Italian... Learn More

    Stock Code: 114589

  60. 113696
    GENNETÉ, Claude Léopold. Nouvelle construction de cheminées,

    Liège : 1760

    Second edition, preceded by the rare Paris edition of 1759. An important work on chimneys and their ventilation: "the latest technology on making chimneys draw properly and preventing smoke in rooms" (Deborah Howard, William Adam, Architectural Society of Scotland, 1990; who also notes that James Adam acquired a copy in Belgium "at the start of his... Learn More

    Stock Code: 113696

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