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For A-Maze-Meant and For Amusement.
For A-Maze-Meant and For Amusement. 'Tis no hard task to find the gate / By which you enter in; / But if you don't continue right, You'll end where you begin...
Printed & sold by William Jeffrey 7 Geo: Yard, Lombard Street.
A very rare coloured lithograph. Printed area 260 x 200mm, 10¼ x 8". Small tear.
[Ref: 13803]   £160.00   (£192.00 incl.VAT)
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Bible. The result of 3 years, close application.
Bible. The result of 3 years, close application.
[n.d., c.1820]
Pen and ink mss. Image 115 x 185mm, 4½ x 7¼". Small tear in lower edge.
A penmanship excercise: the world 'Bible' is made up of a list of facts about it, starting "The Bible contains 3,555,400 letters...".
[Ref: 15201]   £130.00   (£156.00 incl.VAT)
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Village of Charing - with the Old Cross. Puzele portrait of Wdaedr-Teh-Roencfsos.
Village of Charing - with the Old Cross. Puzele portrait of Wdaedr-Teh-Roencfsos. My First's a name borne by six English kings, Also by a prince of whom England sings; My Next, part of a place where all delight To see actors, in play, raxt, rave and flght; My Third's one of a body in holy orders, And in monastic houses are free boarders; My Whole's a prince, in memory of his wife, Built a cross-and was cross the rest of his life.
[n.d. c.1780.]
Wood engraving. Image 90 x 64mm. 3½ x 2½". Cut and stuck of separate sheet.
19th century puzzle print of Edward the Confessor. The may-pole in the village of Charing, today Charing Cross, the Eleanor Cross is depicted to the right.
[Ref: 16595]   £60.00   (£72.00 incl.VAT)
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Hieroglyphic drawing sent to King Charles 1.st. and supposed to contain the following directions for his safety.
Hieroglyphic drawing sent to King Charles 1.st. and supposed to contain the following directions for his safety. Charles_your head is eagerly sought after_ make your escape_go through the ploughes field, avoid the sportsman who would hunt you as a dog pursues a hare_ haten to put the clothes of the peasant lying at the feet of the sleeping man under the trees. Proceed by the draw-well near the cottage, and down the steps. The man leaning on the wall will conduct you along it to the one leaning on his fork, who, with the haymaker, and the fisherman, will put you into the boat, and with the boatman row you to the ship.
Lithograph. Sheet: 320 x 255mm, (12½ x 10"). Very large margins.
An extremely rare & curious facsimilie of a coded instruction sent to Charles I during the Civil War to aid his escape. Beneath the image is the decoded explanation of the message. The profile in the image is based on Vandyck's portrait of Charles I.
[Ref: 39098]   £260.00  
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[Puzzle print with portraits of the Dutch royal family]
[Puzzle print with portraits of the Dutch royal family] Portraits in Profil van H.H.K.K.M.M. de Koning en Koningin den Nederlanden, Z.R.H. de Prins van Oranje [...]
In Amsterdam by E. Maaskamp nerens het Paleis [c.1820]
Very scarce aquatint printed in colours with engraved text, platemark 285 x 245mm (11¼ x 9½").
Picture of a rose within which is concealed seven profile portraits of seven members of the Dutch royal family (one of whom, Anna Paulowna, is also represented in a separate portrait verso). With verses below.
[Ref: 38950]   £320.00  
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A Fairy Oak or the Power of Britain.
A Fairy Oak or the Power of Britain. From a Sketch taken near Windsor Castle. In this Print may be discovered correct likenesses of the following Eminent Persons. 1. Lord Morpeth. 2. Lord Melbourne. 3. Marquis of Normandy. 4. Duke of Wellington. 5. Lord John Russell. 6. Daniel O'Connell. 7. Prince Albert. 8. Lord Brougham. 9. Queen Victoria. 10. Sir Robert Peel. 11. The Speaker of the House of Commons. 12. Earl Fitzwilliam. 13. The Dowager Queen Adelaide.
London Published 1842 by T. Houlston 154 Strand and R.E. Sly 40 Upper Seymour Street, Euston Square.
Lithograph, puzzle print. 273 x 324mm. 10¾ x 12¾". Margins trimmed. Some rubbing to the text.
The branches of a gnarled old oak tree in the foreground conceal the outline bust profiles of statesmen and royals. The figures represented (listed below title) include Albert and Victoria, Lord Melbourne, the Duke of Wellington, Sir Robert Peel, and Daniel O'Connell. An interesting and fun piece of popular printing.
From: Charborough House, residence to the Erle-Drax family.
[Ref: 19748]   £140.00   (£168.00 incl.VAT)
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A Fairy Oak or the Power of Britain. From a sketch taken near Windsor Castle.
A Fairy Oak or the Power of Britain. From a sketch taken near Windsor Castle. In this Print may be discovered correct likenesses of the following Eminent Persons. 1. Lord Morpeth. 2. Lord Melbourne. 3. Marquis of Normandy. 4. Duke of Wellington. 5. Lord John Russell. 6. Daniel O'Connell. 7. Prince Albert. 8. Lord Brougham. 9. Queen Victoria. 10. Sir Robert Peel. 11. The Speaker of the House of Commons. 12. Earl of Fitzwilliam. 13. The Dowager Queen Adelaide.
London Published 17842 by T. Houlston 154 Strand and R. F. Sly 40 Upper Seymour Street Euston Square.
Lithograph. Sheet 395 x 265mm (15½ x 10½"), large margins on 3 sides..
A puzzle print in which the profiles of thirteen eminent persons of Victoria's early reign are formed in the branches of an oak tree in the park of Windsor Castle.
[Ref: 41378]   £240.00  
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The Journey or, Cross-Roads to Conqueror's Castle.
The Journey or, Cross-Roads to Conqueror's Castle. A New and Interesting Game.
Entered at Stationers Hall London by W. Spooner, 259 Regent Street. Oxford Str.
Lithographic map with fine original hand colour, dissected and laid on linen, total 560 x 430mm (22 x 17"), folded into original buckram covers, with illustrated title label. Some signs of wear, lacking ties, rules, pegs and teetotum.
A board game in which the players race around the board trying to reach the castle, trying to avoid hazards like Giant Grumbo's Ground and Breakneck Hill.
Ex Libris label of Carl Schwerdt, author of the 'Hunting, Hawking, Shooting' bibliography, loosely inserted.
[Ref: 39242]   £950.00   view all images for this item
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The Rose Shamrock & Thistle.
The Rose Shamrock & Thistle. To General Union. This Plate containing Profiles of Eight Illustrious Personages is most humbly Inscribed by a Friend of Liberty.
[n.d., c.1815.]
Engraving with hand-colouring on card, 160 x 120mm (6¼ x 4¾"). Laid on album paper.
Silhouettes of several key figures in European politics can be detected among the leaves and flowers: the Prince Regent, Frederick William III of Prussia, Marshall Blucher, George III, Francis I of Austria, the Duke of Wellington, Louis XVIII of France, and Alexander I of Russia.
[Ref: 42305]   £260.00  
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Portraits of two Great Friends / Portraits de deux Grands Amis.
Portraits of two Great Friends / Portraits de deux Grands Amis. An Allegorical Puzzle, invented by Mr Orme Engraver to the King &c.
Puv & sold by Mr. Orme, 118 New Bond Str.t & E Orme, 59 corner of Brook Str. Oct. 17 1801____Price 1 Shilling.
Engraving, sheet 125 x 85mm (5 x 3¼"). Trimmed on platemark two sides; glued to backing sheet. Very rare.
Puzzle print with silhouette profiles of George III and Napoleon, during a short-lived peace in the Napoleonic Wars.
[Ref: 33192]   £360.00  
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The History of England.
The History of England. The Above Contains 1340 Letters & Figures, The name of every Sovereign that has reigned in England from the Norman Conquest in 1066, to the birth of the Prince of Wales 1841, including the dates of their ascension to the throne & their death. Also the marriage of the Queen & Prince Albert.
Published by G. Gilbert 2, GreenArbour Court Old Bailey. [n.d. c.1840.]
Gold-stamped engraving. 115 x 152mm. 4½ x 6".
"The History of England" text is created using those 1340 figures and letters. In the top left-hand corner is the "Crown and 1066," and in the opposite corner the "Crown of 1840."
[Ref: 15907]   £80.00   (£96.00 incl.VAT)
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[A landscape puzzle.]
[A landscape puzzle.]
[n.d., c.1840.]
Pencil drawing, a puzzle, on card, with decorative embossed frame. Card 110 x 150mm, 4¼ x 6".
Buildings in a craggy landscape form the profile of a man's face; probably copied from an engraving.
[Ref: 12593]   £95.00   (£114.00 incl.VAT)
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Les Lis de France. Le 10, Mai, 1815.
Les Lis de France. Le 10, Mai, 1815.
les Amis du Roi pinx. Etne. B. Sct.
[n.d. c.1815.]
Etching. 142 x 102mm. 5½ x 4". Trimmed. Some glue staining on verso.
A puzzle print. Lillies for the profiles of Louis XVIII (1755-1824), Marie Antoinette (1755-1793), and Louis-Auguste, Dauphin of France (1754-1793). Lillies were often associated with the French Royal House of Bourbon.
See Ref: 11785 for similar item.
[Ref: 14590]   £130.00   (£156.00 incl.VAT)
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Labyrinthus Londinensis, or the Equestrian Preplexed.
Labyrinthus Londinensis, or the Equestrian Preplexed. A Puzzle Suggested by the Stoppages occasioned by repairing the Streets. The object is to find a way from the Strand to St Paul's without crossing any of the Bars in the Streets supposed to be under repair.
C. Ingrey lithog.
[Published by C. Ingrey, 310, Strand, and F. Waller, 49, Fleet Street, London.] [n.d., c.1835.]
Very scarce lithograph, trimmed as scrap, pasted on album sheet, sheet 220 x 260mm (8¾ x 10¼"). Tears pasted down.
A maze constructed around a real map of the streets of London, decorated with armorials in the corners.
[Ref: 37068]   £240.00  
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[Portrait of the Dauphin, Louis Charles (Louis XVII) with two French puzzle prints]
[Portrait of the Dauphin, Louis Charles (Louis XVII) with two French puzzle prints] Mgr. Le Dauphin [&] Le Lis, le 10 Mai 1815, dédié aux Amis de Louis Dix Huit [&] Violettes di 20 Mars 1815]
Portrait of the Dauphin engraved by 'M.no Bovi, late Pupil to F. Bartolozzi R.A.' and 'pub.d Nov. 1 1792 by M.no Bovi, 207, Piccadilly'
One stipple printed in colour and two etchings with hand-colouring mounted on album sheet, Le Lis & Violettes in mint condition with wonderful colour, combined 295 x 220mm (11½ x 8½"). Dauphin portrait trimmed and cut into two separate parts, losing some text.
A rare combination showing a portrait of the future Louis XVII, king of France and Navarre (1785-1795), the third son of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. He became King of France following the execution of his father, but never ruled and died in the Temple prison two years later. This portrait was published before the execution of Louis XVI, hence the text in French 'preserve my good father for his subjects'. With two prints published in 1815 in which silhouetted faces of famous figures are formed by the outlines of flowers. 'Le Lis' includes Louis XVIII, Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI, while 'Violettes' published at the time of Napoleon's return to Paris, probably includes Napoleon and related personages.
For 'le Lis' sold separately, uncoloured, see ref. 14590.
[Ref: 41629]   £300.00   view all images for this item
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General Lilly.
General Lilly.
[n.d., c.1790.]
Etching, rare. Framed. Plate: 165 x 235mm (6½ x 9¼"). Frame: 280 x 365mm (11 x 14¼"). Small margins. Unexamined out of frame.
A puzzle print in which the silhouettes of Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI are formed in the petals of a white lilly, below is the crest of the French Royal Family.
[Ref: 44831]   £360.00  
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Vicissitudes of Love & Matrimony.
Vicissitudes of Love & Matrimony.
[Anon., c.1820]
Aquatint with hand-colouring, sheet 170 x 235mm (6¾ x 9½"). Trimmed and glued to backing sheet.
Ladder showing the progressing stages of love on one side (admiration; flirtation; declaration; acceptation; preparation; celebration), with happy couples ascending a hill to the temple of the muses. From there, the descent begins (alteration; irritation; altercation; execration; desperation; separation), with a ship in a storm providing the not-so-subtle metaphor. One of many nineteenth century prints visualising the ups and downs of relationships (see also the 'Map of Matrimony', ref. 40811). This particular impression has been personalised by a previous owner, who has trimmed the print and coloured the edges in trompe l'oeil fashion, to resemble a piece of paper curling at the edges.
[Ref: 41085]   £230.00  
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Cipher of H.H. Marie Antoinette Queen of France
Cipher of H.H. Marie Antoinette Queen of France
[Anon., c. 1800]
Two ms. sheets glued to backing sheet, combined dimensions 355 x 185mm (14 x 7¼"). Other prints, drawings, ms and printed text verso.
Cipher supposedly used by Marie Antoinette to encode messages, with text below explaining its use.
[Ref: 44500]   £260.00  
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The Colors of the Allied Nations Containing Nine Portraits.
The Colors of the Allied Nations Containing Nine Portraits. The King; Prince Regent; Duke of Wellington; King of Prussia; Emperor of Austria [...]
[c.1815]
Rare etching with hand-colouring, sheet 235 x 190mm (9¼ x 7½"). Remains of scrap album sheet at corners.
Puzzle with nine silhouette portraits of European rulers during the Napoleonic Wars integrated into the flags of the Allied Nations.
[Ref: 41560]   £260.00  
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Mother Goose and her dog Toby.
Mother Goose and her dog Toby.
Copyright / Sold by W. Jeffery. Geo Yd. Lombard St.
Lithograph with hand-colouring, rare; sheet 275 x 220mm (10¾ x 8¾"). Trimmed (losing text 'six pence' at bottom); glued to album sheet; with explanation label verso. Top right horizontally cut.
Victorian puzzle print telling the story of Mother Goose but with various syllables/words replaced by images which must be identifed to read the story (eg. 'Mother' expressed as a picture of a moth and '-er').
[Ref: 32284]   £230.00  
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Les Violettes.
Les Violettes.
à Paris chez Faleur, rue St Denis.
Hand-coloured engraving. Printed area: 150 x 210mm (6 x 8¼"). Frame: 240 x 300mm (9½ x 11¾"). Paper tone and staining. Unexamined out of frame.
A puzzle print in which the silhouettes of Napoleon, Marie Louise and their son Napoleon are formed from the petals, leaves and stems of a bouquet of violets., with the rare letterpiece.
[Ref: 44836]   £360.00  
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[Puzzle print with faces of Napoleon and Marie-Louise]
[Puzzle print with faces of Napoleon and Marie-Louise] Violettes du 20 Mars 1815.
Canu fecit
Déposée a la Direction generale A Paris, rue St Jacques No 29
Stipple with fine hand-colouring, platemark 140 x 90mm (5½ x 3½"). Small margins. Water staining at top; inscriptions in pencil.
Puzzle print showing the faces of Napoleon and his second wife Marie-Louise silhouetted against violets, published at the time of Napoleon's return to Paris. Also shows unidentified third face.
For the same print offered with another puzzle print, 'Le Lis', see ref. 41629.
[Ref: 44847]   £140.00   (£168.00 incl.VAT)
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[Cross Readings,]
[Cross Readings,]
[Anon, c.1830]
Lithograph with hand-colouring, sheet 205 x 280mm (8 x 11"). Trimmed to border and glued to backing sheet.
'Cross Readings' were a curious Victorian print genre depicting a palimpsest of notices pasted against fences so they could be read downwards as complete sentences. These prints both anticipated Surrealist techniques and recorded the interests and events of the period. This print includes references to ballooning, steam transport, entertainment, punishment and trade. An example sentence is 'Mr. G. Robins will / on Monday next at twelve o'clock precisely Swallow / 8 fine male elephants three Kangaroos and an enormous Bengal Tigress / Without Reserve The Proprietor retiring from Swallow Street.' Australian interest.
for another version of this image see ref. 14145
[Ref: 32271]   £180.00   (£216.00 incl.VAT)
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[Nine puzzles.]
[Nine puzzles.]
Pickering ft.
[n.d., c.1830.]
Woodcut puzzle print with letterpress key clues below, sheet 125 x 185mm. 5 x 7¼". Trimmed to image, losing part of the text on lower left.
Grotesque theatrical characters hold a banner displaying nine numbered vignette puzzles. A piece of popular printing for children.
[Ref: 12594]   £65.00   (£78.00 incl.VAT)
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The Spirit of the King at the Standard of Reform.
The Spirit of the King at the Standard of Reform. In this Print may be traced a full length Figure of the King & Profiles of Lord's Brougham & Gray.
E. Lake lith: 5, Sherbourn Lane, Lombard St.
[n.d., c.1830.]
Lithograph. Sheet size: 155 x 220mm (6¼ x 8½").
A very rare and unusual reverse silhouette 'shadow portrait' of Grey and Lord Brougham & the King in profile, to the right, looking out to sea.
[Ref: 35779]   £180.00  
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Reform and Anti-Reform.
Reform and Anti-Reform. The portraits of the King, Lords Brougham, Russell, Grey, the Dukes of Wellington and Cumberland, the Archbishop of Canterbury, &c. may be traced in this Engraving.
Printed at the London Spy Office, 48, Holywell Street, Strand, London.
Wood engraving, 120 x 160mm. 4¾ x 6¼". Laid on album sheet.
An engraving depicting the dispute between reform and anti-reform groups as a sea battle.
[Ref: 11129]   £160.00   (£192.00 incl.VAT)
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The Royal Allied Oak and Self Created Mushroom Race.
The Royal Allied Oak and Self Created Mushroom Race. Behold the Oak, whose firm fix'd stay Doth check Oppression's course, Whose slightest branch can ne'er decay, While strong with Virtue's force...The Mushroom Race you have to seek In weeds about the Root, Who scarce dare at the Oak to peep, Or at its Princely Fruit.
J. Field del.t Etch'd by Heath.
Pub. May 29. 1815, by J. Jenkins, 48 Strand.
Fine hand-coloured etching. 300 x 215mm (11¾ x 8½"). Tear bottom right in margin.
A puzzle-print: a gnarled and aged oak creates profiles of George III, Louis XVIII, the Prince Regent , Tsar Alexander I, Wellington and Blücher. On the ground are two mushrooms and plants, in which are hidden the profiles of Napoleon Buonaparte; his son Napoleon (King of Rome) and brothers Louis, Jerome and Joseph; Charles XIV John of Sweden; and Joachim Murat. In the background the tower of Windsor Castle emerges from trees.
BM Satires: 12547.
[Ref: 43896]   £320.00  
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The Royal Oak.
The Royal Oak. Drawn at the Gallery of Practical Science.
[n.d., c.1840.]
Pencil drawing. Framed. Image: 140 x 175mm (5½ x 7"). Frame: 210 x 250mm (8¼ x 9¾"). Paper tone. Unexamined out of frame.
A concealed silhouette of Queen Victoria formed of the trunk and branches of trees in a landscape scene.
[Ref: 44853]   £140.00   (£168.00 incl.VAT)
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The Royal Rose Buds and the Parent Stem.
The Royal Rose Buds and the Parent Stem.
Pubd. by S.S _ 11, Panton St Haymarket. [n.d., c.1870.]
Puzzle print, zincograph, sheet 190 x 150mm. 7½ x 6".
The profiles of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert face each other, delineated by a rose bush. In the buds above are the Royal Princesses. A copy of an earlier engraving (see item 12591).
[Ref: 17147]   £130.00   (£156.00 incl.VAT)
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The Puzzle
The Puzzle To the Penetrating Genius's of Oxford, Cambridge, Eaton, Westminster, and the Learned Society of Antiquarians._ This Curious Inscription is humbly Dedicated [...]
[Etched by Paul Sandby.]
Printed for J. Bowles at No 43 in Cornhill & Carington Bowles, No 69 in St Pauls Church Yard, London / Publish'd according to Act of Parliament, 1756
Etching with additional letterpress printed from separate plate, sheet 280 x 150mm (11 x 6"). Trimmed around edges of printed area.
Early etching by the celebrated landscape painter and pioneer of aquatint printing Paul Sandby. This print is influenced by Poussin's 'Arcadian Shepherds' who puzzle over a tomb inscribed 'Et in Arcadia Ego'. Here, however, the figures are learned antiquaries who try to decipher the giant inscription. Unusually, this impression has the solution printed below from a second plate (lacking in the British Museum's two impressions). The print was popular enough to be copied in the 1770s.
Not in BM Satires; for the copy published by Darly, see ref. 14095
[Ref: 31957]   £380.00  
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[The Shade of Napoleon.]
[The Shade of Napoleon.]
[n.d., c.1830.]
Lithograph, uncut. 252 x 352mm. 10 x 14". Small stain spot outside title area left. Vertical crease down right-hand side.
Spot the ghostly silhouette of Napoleon by his grave on the Isle of Elba.
[Ref: 19762]   £180.00   (£216.00 incl.VAT)
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General Union.
General Union.
E. T. Parris, Inv.t. et Sculp.t.
Published as the Act Directs by G. Walker, No.105 & 106 Gt. Portland St. 1815.
Hand coloured etching with small margins. Platemark: 145 x 115mm (5¾ x 4½"). Light staining to sheet. Damage to corners of sheet.
An extremely rare 'puzzle' print, depicting a bunch of flowers, with a rose, representing England, a thistle, representing Scotland, and several clovers, representing Ireland. The outline profiles of Wellington and others can be seen within the flowers.
[Ref: 35780]   £180.00   (£216.00 incl.VAT)
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The Royal Windsor Waggon.
The Royal Windsor Waggon. In this print may be traced a full length portrait of Queen Victoria.
London: William Spooner, 377, Strand. Printed by J.M. Lefevre, Newman St.
Very scarce lithograph with hand-colouring, printed area 225 x 245mm (9 x 9¾"). Margins foxed.
Puzzle prints, in which a profile face of a contemporary figure was concealed within a landscape or decorative pattern for the viewer to find, were extremely popular in the early 19th century. This print is one of the more ambitious and unusual in the genre, incorporating an entire full-length depiction of Queen Victoria, which becomes clear immediately if the print is rotated 90 degrees anti-clockwise.
[Ref: 38951]   £320.00  
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The Rose of England.
The Rose of England.
Published & Sold by W & R Triphook 18, Princes St. Red Lion Sq.
Hand-coloured etching. Framed. Plate: 200 x 245mm (8 x 9¾"). Frame: 260 x 320mm (10¼ x 12½"). Unexamined out of frame.
A silhouette profile of Queen Victoria formed from the leaves, petals and stems of a pink rose.
[Ref: 44841]   £190.00   (£228.00 incl.VAT)
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A View Near Windsor Castle.
A View Near Windsor Castle. This Print contains the likenesses of her Majesty with the young Prince, Prince Albert, Duke of Wellington, Sir R. Peel & L.d John Russell.
Printed by Casey & Mourityan, 34 King St. Holborn.
Published 1842 by R. Sly, 8 Queens Place C.t. Queen St. Lincolns Inn Fields & 40 Up.r Seymour S.t Somers Town.
Lithograph, rare. Framed. Printed area: 300 x 260mm (11¾ x 10¼"). Frame: 340 x 300mm (13½ x 11¾"). Unexamined out of frame.
A puzzle print in which the outlines of the Royal Family and politicians are formed out of branches of four trees on the banks of the Thames by Windsor.
[Ref: 44852]   £230.00  
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The Vine, the Willow & the Rose.
The Vine, the Willow & the Rose.
Pub. by McCleary 32 Nassau Street. [n.d., c.1815.]
Hand-coloured engraving, rare. Framed. Image: 100 x 125mm (4 x 5"). Frame: 135 x 180mm (5¼ x 7"). Title excised and glued to back of frame. Unexamined out of frame.
A puzzle print in which the silhouette profiles of the Prince Regent, Princess Caroline of Brunswick and Princess Elizabeth are formed form the flowers, steams and leaves of a vine, a willow and rose. The Prince of Wales's moto 'Ich Dien' is engraved on a banner below the flowers. In an ornate frame, maybe an Irish copy.
[Ref: 44855]   £230.00  
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[Riddle]
[Riddle] The following inscription was written over the Decalogue in a Welsh church. More than a century elapsed before its meaning was discovered. PRSVRYPRFCTMN, / VRKPTHSPRCPTSTN. By placing one of the vowels between the letters, it will form two lines in rhyme.
[Anon. c.1820]
Letterpress on card, sheet 80 x 125mm (3 x 5"). Glued to album sheet with other ms and printed text.
Riddle, with the answer pasted below: 'Persevere ye perfect men / ever keep these precepts ten', referring to the Ten Commandments.
[Ref: 44495]   £65.00  
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