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

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  1. 145739
    BOCCACCIO, Giovanni. The Decameron.

    London : 1886

    First Payne edition, number 340 of 750 copies on Holland paper, in the rare jackets, an unrecorded variant in which the imprint on the title pages do not state that it was printed "for the Villon Society". "A landmark in the history of the Decameron in English, and the very first complete and unexpurgated version" (Armstrong, p. 259).

    A linguistic... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 145739

  2. Aesop's Fables
    AESOP. Aesop's Fables

    London : 1687

    First fully illustrated Barlow edition, the second overall following the first of 1666, here adding the 31 plates of the life of Aesop; one of the finest English illustrated books of the 17th century.

    Barlow has been called "the first native English book illustrator - indeed, the leading interpretative illustrator in England before 1800. Otto... Learn More
    £6,000.00

    Stock Code: 147445

  3. 147470
    BLAKE, William. Illustrations of Dante.

    Clairvaux : 1978

    First edition thus, number 33 of 376 copies so bound, from a total edition of 440 copies, all on Lana rag paper.

    This Trianon Press edition is the first accurate reproduction of Blake's seven engravings for Dante's Divine Comedy, which were first published in 1838. The facsimile was made from a proof set in the collection of Sir Geoffrey Keynes,... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 147470

  4. 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
    £18,500.00

    Stock Code: 90894

  5. Madame Bovary.
    KIEFFER BINDING - FLAUBERT, Gustave. Madame Bovary.

    Paris : 1905

    First Ferroud edition, published in his "librairie des amateurs" and specially illustrated by Richemont, in a striking Kieffer binding, number 325 of 600 copies signed by the publisher on the limitation page. This copy is bound with a six-page promotional excerpt in straight-grain wrappers with a full-page etching and two in-text illustrations.

    René... Learn More
    £3,000.00

    Stock Code: 145735

  6. Orlando Furioso.
    DORÉ, Gustave (illus.); ARIOSTO, Ludovico. Orlando Furioso.

    Milan : 1881

    First Italian edition of the last of the great Doré folios devised by Hachette, this copy presented in a most imposing binding, with a gift dedication on the front cover "Al Caro Carlo Tito"; it was preceded by the Paris edition of 1879, and unusually there was no edition in English.

    Ariosto's "sprawling poetic epic relating the intricate... Learn More
    £2,000.00

    Stock Code: 144199

  7. Hommage A Rimbaud.
    RIMBAUD, Arthur; VIEILLARD, Roger (illus.) 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
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 135463

  8. Antiquités etrusques grecs et romaines.
    HANCARVILLE, David. Antiquités etrusques grecs et romaines.

    Paris : 1785

    Volumes one and two (of five) of the second edition, the first with plates by Francois-Anne David (1724-1824), first printed in Naples in 1766-67 in a folio edition of 500 copies. The work had a profound influence on Josiah Wedgwood, and was one of the earliest influences in the neo-classical revival that swept England and the continent in the 18th... Learn More
    £975.00

    Stock Code: 147381

  9. Umbrellas and Their History.
    SANGSTER, William. Umbrellas and Their History.

    London : [c.1870]

    A handsomely bound early extra-illustrated edition of Sangster's Umbrellas and Their History, which was first published in 1855. Learn More
    £875.00

    Stock Code: 146174

  10. Ireland: Its Scenery, Character, &c.
    HALL, Mr. & Mrs. S. C. Ireland: Its Scenery, Character, &c.

    London : [c. 1850]

    A handsome set of this important and comprehensive travelogue of Ireland; scarce in a contemporary binding.

    Samuel Carter Hall (1800-1889) and Anna Maria Fielding (1800-1881) were both born in Ireland but moved to London to be married in 1824. Hall was a prominent journalist who edited various literary magazines, most notably the prestigious... Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 145570

  11. Letters on India.
    GRAHAM, Maria. Letters on India.

    London : 1814

    First edition of this attractive supplement to Graham's Journal of a Residence in India (1812), similarly based around her own travels, and "extending her account of the culture" of India (Robinson). A pretty copy of a surprisingly uncommon work, less than a dozen locations on WorldCat.

    "Written solely with the design of being useful to such... Learn More
    £875.00

    Stock Code: 142796

  12. L'Isole Piu Famose Del Mondo.
    PORCACCHI, Thomaso. L'Isole Piu Famose Del Mondo.

    Venice : 1576

    Second and best edition, which contains "much more" (Sabin) than the first edition of 1572, including 17 additional maps. Two of these, Jamaica and Porto Rico, are in the eight-map section on the New World, which also includes a reduced version of Forlani's 1565 map, the first to show America as a single geographical entity, Temistitan (Mexico), Cuba,... Learn More
    £7,500.00

    Stock Code: 143018

  13. Our Indian Empire and the adjacent countries of Afghanistan, Beloochistan, Persia, etc. Depicted and described by Pen and Pencil.
    MARTIN, Robert Montgomery. Our Indian Empire and the adjacent countries of Afghanistan, Beloochistan, Persia, etc. Depicted and described by Pen and Pencil.

    London : 1879-81

    First edition thus, based on Martin's The Indian Empire (1858-61), but with a new introduction taking in recent developments in the Great Game, volume III closing with the conclusion of the Second Afghan War (1878-80) and General Roberts's entry into Kandahar.

    The Dublin-born writer and civil servant Robert Montgomery Martin (c.1802-1868), wrote... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 137592

  14. Simpson's Choice.
    CLUTTON-BROCK, Arthur. Simpson's Choice.

    London : 1915

    First edition, first impression, one of 500 copies printed, this one hand-numbered by Roger Fry. Simpson's Choice was the first work to be published at the Omega Workshop, which was founded in July 1913, and was to be one of only four books completed by the press.

    The original prospectus (not present here) stated the intention of this enterprise,... Learn More
    £3,000.00

    Stock Code: 146170

  15. 5395_milton
    MARTIN, John (illus.); MILTON, John. The Paradise Lost of Milton.

    London : 1827

    First edition in book form, a handsome copy of the more desirable large plate issue. 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 to Milton.... Learn More
    £6,000.00

    Stock Code: 145395

  16. Salomé.
    WILDE, Oscar; BEARDSLEY, Aubrey (illus.) Salomé.

    London : 1894

    First edition in English, one of 500 trade copies. This edition was the first to feature Beardsley's striking illustrations, however, some of his designs were withheld from publication and not issued until 1907. "If Le Morte Darthur 1893 made Beardsley known, his designs for the first edition in English of Wilde's Salomé made him notorious, and it... Learn More
    £3,000.00

    Stock Code: 143966

  17. The Seven Lamps of Architecture.
    RUSKIN, John. The Seven Lamps of Architecture.

    London : 1849

    First edition of the first of Ruskin's works to carry his name and the first to be illustrated. This copy is extra-illustrated with a later portrait of Ruskin as frontispiece.

    His purpose was to "both secularize and make protestant the movement of the Gothic revival, drawing it away from the Roman Catholic influence of August Wegin Pugin" (ODNB).... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 142792

  18. Nos héros.
    WORLD WAR I - JOU, Louis. Nos héros.

    1915

    First and sole edition, number 4 of 100 copies, each plate signed and numbered in pencil by the artist (also numbered on the mount) and with nine additional plates in a different state, a number annotated by Jou. A superb series of deeply affecting but little known prints, and a major contribution to the iconography of the Great War.

    Louis Jou... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 122352

  19. Homeric Hymn to Aphrodite.
    GOLDEN COCKEREL PRESS; F. L. LUCAS (trans.) Homeric Hymn to Aphrodite.

    [London] : 1948

    First edition thus, copy 26 of 100 deluxe copies bound by Sangorski & Sutcliffe and signed by the translator F. L. Lucas, from a total edition of 750 copies. This Golden Cockerel Press edition exhibits the ancient Greek poetic hymns to Aphrodite, goddess of love, with both the Greek text and Lucas's translation, alongside woodcut illustrations by Belgian... Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 145202

  20. Mort de l'Amour.
    BARNEY, Natalie Clifford (her copy); ROUVEYRE, André (illus.) Mort de l'Amour.

    Paris : 1911

    First and only edition, inscribed on the half-title to the Amazon of Paris "à Natalie Clifford Barney, imperturbable, André Rouveyre"; number 928 of 1000 copies on papier d'Arches, from an edition limited to 1010 copies only. Rouveyre seems to have been liberal with his inscriptions, but this is a superb Parisian association.

    The Paris-based... Learn More
    £650.00

    Stock Code: 145003

  21. De re militari libri quatuor.
    VEGETIUS RENATUS, Flavius. De re militari libri quatuor.

    Paris : 1553

    Fifth Wechel edition, the fourth illustrated, of the Scriptores rei militaris (The writers of the art of war), which gathers the work of four Roman authors, Vegetius, Frontinus, Aelianus, and Modestus. The superb woodcuts were copied from Heinrich Steiner's 1529 Augsburg edition and first used by Wechel in 1532. This copy carries an appealing ancien... Learn More
    £5,000.00

    Stock Code: 145044

  22. The Thousand and One Nights;
    BRANGWYN, Frank (illus.); LANE, Edward William (trans.) The Thousand and One Nights;

    London & Philadelphia : 1896

    First Brangwyn edition, signed limited edition, number 55 of 100 large paper sets, with an extra suite of Brangwyn's 36 plates, numbered 3 of 100 sets of proofs on Japan vellum, signed by the publisher on the limitation page of the portfolio and the first volume. We were unable to trace another set including the suite of proofs. Learn More
    £675.00

    Stock Code: 144790

  23. The Posthumous Papers of The Pickwick Club.
    DICKENS, Charles. The Posthumous Papers of The Pickwick Club.

    London : 1837

    First edition, bound from the original monthly parts, in a very handsome binding by the leading British bookbinders Bayntun-Riviere, and delightfully extra-illustrated with the full suite of Frederick Pailthorpe's 24 additional illustrations which were issued in 1882, retaining the front wrapper of that publication with the publisher's presentation... Learn More
    £2,750.00

    Stock Code: 145656

  24. The Fairy Family.
    BURNE-JONES, Edward (illus.); MacLAREN, Archibald. The Fairy Family.

    London : 1857

    First edition, in an attractive custom binding in notably bright condition. This work features Edward Burne-Jones's first book illustrations, done while still at Oxford and published anonymously at his own request. This copy appears to have been bound for the liberal politician and medieval scholar Allan Heywood Bright (1862-1941) with his and his brother's... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 142951

  25. Salomé.
    WILDE, Oscar; BEARDSLEY, Aubrey (illus.) Salomé.

    London : 1894

    First edition in English, one of 100 large paper copies. This edition was the first to feature Beardsley's striking illustrations, however, some of his designs were withheld from publication and not issued until 1907. "If Le Morte Darthur 1893 made Beardsley known, his designs for the first edition in English of Wilde's Salomé made him notorious, and... Learn More
    £4,000.00

    Stock Code: 144068

  26. Picturesque Europe.
    TAYLOR, Bayard (ed.) Picturesque Europe.

    London : 1875-9

    First issue in book form, originally published in 60 parts from 1875 to 1879. A very handsome production, the first two volumes on the British Isles, the latter three on the rest of Europe; the lavish illustrations depict natural wonders alongside notable and rustic architecture, often highly romanticised. Learn More
    £1,875.00

    Stock Code: 145358

  27. A Book of Nonsense by Derry Down Derry.
    LEAR, Edward. A Book of Nonsense by Derry Down Derry.

    [London : 1856?]

    Second edition, rare - "virtually unfindable" according to Ray - and here preserving the original boards, judiciously restored. The second edition contains three illustrations not present in the trade edition, and which have never appeared since. This copy with an interesting provenance.

    The book was presented to the novelist Amy Dillwyn (18451935)... Learn More
    £3,750.00

    Stock Code: 144461

  28. Ode a Priape.
    COLLOT, André (illus.); M. Piron. Ode a Priape.

    Paris : 1927

    First edition thus, number 29 of 325 copies on Rives, from a total edition of 350, of this clandestine erotic publication featuring an early appearance (uncredited) of etchings by André Collot (1897-1976), who would go on to be prolific for such work in the 1930s and beyond. The images are outrageous and fantastical, from priapic penis-worship to bestiality.... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 144962

  29. Mémoires de la Régence de S. A. R. Mgr. le duc d'Orléans, durant la minorité de Louis XV, Roi de France.
    LAW, John; PIOSSENS, Chevalier de. Mémoires de la Régence de S. A. R. Mgr. le duc d'Orléans, durant la minorité de Louis XV, Roi de France.

    Amsterdam : 1729

    First edition of a history of the regency in France during the minority of Louis XV, charting all the political and financial upheavals of the duc d'Orléans regency, with much information on John Law and his system between 1715 and 1723. It was published simultaneously at The Hague.

    Learn More
    £1,000.00

    Stock Code: 140575

  30. Douze eaux-fortes.
    DEVAMBEZ, André. Douze eaux-fortes.

    Paris : 1915

    First and sole edition, number 116 of 150 copies only, title page and each plate signed and numbered in pencil by the artist. Inevitably highly uncommon, this quite superb suite of plates can trace its lineage to those more famous series on a similar theme by Jacques Callot and Goya.

    André Devambez (1867-1944) originally studied with his father... Learn More
    £1,600.00

    Stock Code: 142725

  31. 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
    £650.00

    Stock Code: 140103

  32. Fables.
    BLAKE, William (engr.); GAY, John. Fables.

    London : 1793

    First edition thus, large paper copy, with 12 plates engraved by William Blake, 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 and the Philosopher", is the most characteristically Blakean of the illustrations.

    Gay's... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 143914

  33. Americans.
    GIBSON, Charles Dana. Americans.

    New York : 1902

    Early printing, following the first of 1900; a collection of Gibson's satirical yet elegant drawings of high class American life, with several drawings representing the attractive, well-dressed, and independent ladies since called the "Gibson Girl".

    "One of the best and most influential illustrators of American life, Gibson's drawings helped... Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 144020

  34. The Poetical Works.
    DARWIN, Erasmus. The Poetical Works.

    London : 1806

    First edition of this posthumous collection placing Darwin's exuberant and eccentric inquiry into the Linnaean system in rhyming couplets alongside his poetic speculations on evolution, the whole much enlivened by numerous plates including a number by Blake and Fuseli. A wide-margined, ?large paper copy in a handsome Regency binding from the library... Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 141677

  35. Mister Tootleoo One & Two.
    DARWIN, Bernard & Elinor. Mister Tootleoo One & Two.

    London : 1932

    First edition, first impression, of the first joint appearance of the first two Tootleoo books. The author, the grandson of the naturalist Charles Darwin, collaborated with his wife on children's books, with Bernard providing the text and Elinor the illustrations. Learn More
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 130310

  36. Drawings faithfully copied from Nature at Naples
    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
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 139987

  37. The Life and Epistles of St. Paul.
    DULEEP SINGH - CONYBEARE, W. J., & J. S. Howson. The Life and Epistles of St. Paul.

    London : 1855

    Inscribed on the first blank of volume I; "To the Revd. G. J. Colinson sic with the best wishes of Duleep Singh, Roehampton June 18 1856". This suitably soberly bound set of an early edition of a handsomely illustrated popular biographical study of the Apostle, perhaps the greatest Christian conversion narrative, may seem an apposite choice for this... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 142745

  38. Theatrum Machinarum Universale;
    VAN DER HORST, Tileman, & Jacob Polley (part II). Theatrum Machinarum Universale;

    Amsterdam : 1757 [part II dated 1737]

    A handsome publication illustrating the technology behind the Dutch waterways, their canals, windmills, bridges and boats. The first part was first issued in 1736, the second in 1737, here a secondary issue with a title page of 1757 (the second part keeping a date of 1737), presented in the original trade binding of quarter sheep. Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 143528

  39. Le Thé du Capitaine Sogoub.
    KESSEL, J. Le Thé du Capitaine Sogoub.

    Paris : 1926

    First edition, number 701 of 1,000 copies printed on Annonay vellum, from a total edition of 1,260 there were also 20 printed on velin cuve for friends of the publishers, 60 on japon and 180 on van Gelder. An undisclosed number were also printed but reserved from commerce. Joseph Kessel was a French novelist and member of the Académie française from... Learn More
    £350.00

    Stock Code: 143358

  40. Opera.
    HORACE. Opera.

    London : 1733-37 [i.e. 1757]

    First edition of Pine's Horace, second printing of 1757 from the same plates. A tour-de-force of bookmaking, Pine's Horace is entirely engraved, both text and illustration, and liberally supplied with initials, head- and tailpieces and vignettes. "Pine's complete command of his craft makes this the most elegant of English eighteenth-century books in... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 142441

  41. Workes of Armorie,
    BOSSEWELL, John. Workes of Armorie,

    London : 1572

    First edition, contemporary hand-colouring throughout. The numerous woodcut crests and other illustrations throughout Bossewell's Armorie were published with the colours indicated by key letters ("V" for vert, green; "A" for argent, silver, etc). In this copy, all the crests, initials and illustrations have been finely illuminated throughout in colour... Learn More
    £10,000.00

    Stock Code: 83133

  42. Designs for Mr. R. Bentley for Six Poems by Mr. T. Gray.
    GRAY, Thomas. Designs for Mr. R. Bentley for Six Poems by Mr. T. Gray.

    London : 1765

    Fourth edition overall, expanded from the three editions of 1753 with further Odes, of this large, elaborately illustrated publication of the best-known works of the poet Gray, including the Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard. A presentation copy of H. A. J. Munro's translation of the Elegy into Latin (c. 1873) is tipped-in at the rear endpapers.

    "This... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 142136

  43. A Practical Treatise on Painting.
    BURNET. John. A Practical Treatise on Painting.

    London : 1827

    First collected edition of "highly respected writer on art" (ODNB)Burnet's best-known works, comprising Practical Hints on Composition (first published in 1822), Practical Hints on Light and Shade (1826), and Practical Hints on Colour (1827). Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 141933

  44. Histoires extraordinaires; Nouvelles histoires extraordinaires.
    POE, Edgar Allan, & Charles Baudelaire (trans.) Histoires extraordinaires; Nouvelles histoires extraordinaires.

    Paris : 1884

    First editions thus, each number 66 of 100 copies on Japon paper, of Poe's classic tales, extra-illustrated and and with an original watercolour in both volumes by noted Swiss artist Evert van Muyden (1853-1922), who left Rome to study at Geneva's Beaux-Arts around 1884. Van Muyden is best known for his illustrations of plants and animals inspired by... Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 141759

  45. [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
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 118091

  46. Negro Drawings.
    COVARRUBIAS, Miguel. Negro Drawings.

    New York : 1927

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

    Stock Code: 139911

  47. 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
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 117250

  48. Promĕna. [Metamorphosis.]
    KAFKA, Franz; COESTER, Otto (illus.) 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 Metamorphosis... Learn More
    £5,750.00

    Stock Code: 140159

  49. 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
    £650.00

    Stock Code: 140771

  50. 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
    £1,650.00

    Stock Code: 139807

  51. 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 pas en état... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 140915

  52. 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
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 140668

  53. 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... Learn More
    £200.00

    Stock Code: 140842

  54. 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
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 140763

  55. Pirates! or, The Cruise of the Black Revenge.
    BAUMANN, Gustave (illus.); 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... Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 140322

  56. 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
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 140303

  57. Fables.
    BLAKE, William (engr.); 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
    £1,650.00

    Stock Code: 140405

  58. 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
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 139926

  59. 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
    £3,600.00

    Stock Code: 134323

  60. 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 different... Learn More
    £650.00

    Stock Code: 137706

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