[Frontispiece to Jean Commire, 'Carminum']
H. Watelé delin. G. Edelinck sculp. cum privilegio Regis
[First published by Simon Bernard, 1678, but a later impression.]
Engraving, sheet 265 x 195mm (10½ x 7¾"). Trimmmed to platemark on two sides. Female figure holding lyre and trumpet surrounded by putti representing the arts. One sculpts a bust of Jean Commire (1625-1702), the French Jesuit theologian and writer to whose 'Carminum', book three (1678) this is the frontispiece. It was engraved after a design by painter Henri Watelé (1640-77) by Gérard Edelinck (bap.1640-1707), French engraver of Flemish origin who is considered one of the greatest 17th century engravers and reproduced the work of important portraitists of the day such as Rigaud and Largilliere.
[Ref: 41987] £140.00
Cl. et Excell. Joannis Prævostii Practici ac P.P. Patavini Medicina Pauperum ac ejusdem de venenis ac eorundem alexipharmacis opusculum.
Francofurti Sumptibus Johannes Beyeri. M.DC.XL. [1641.]
Engraving. Sheet 105 x 65mm (4¼ x 2½"). Trimmed into image, laid on album paper. The engraved titlepage of a herbal by Jean Pre´vost (1585-1631), head of the Botanical Gardens in Padua, the epicentre of renaissance medicine and anti-clerical sentiment. It was an influential work: the English edition of 1670, 'Medicaments for the poor', was intended to break the monopoly of the apothecaries who used Latin to obscure their knowledge.
[Ref: 42369] £160.00
[Frontispiece vignette to Leonard Plukenet, 'Almagesti botanici mantissa'] Anagr: Ut pene Nullus sic ardeo Aliis inserviendo consumor.
J. Collins fec:
[published by T. Davies et al, 1700.]
Rare engraving, sheet 65 x 90mm (2½ x 3½"). False margins added. Leonard Plukenet (bap. 1642-d. 1706), botanist, sitting at his desk. Vignette from Plukenet's 'Almagesti botanici mantissa' (1700), one of a series of magesterial volumes which presented Plukenet's collection, and in which several British plants made their first appearance. By this time Plukenet had been appointed superintendent of the royal gardens at Hampton Court, by William III, a king himself interested in horticulture.
[Ref: 42079] £130.00
[A ruined abbey.]
Drawn by W.m Westall. Etched by George Cook.
Etching, proof before title? 230 x 300mm (9 x 11¾"). A ruined abbey, with a cowherd driving three cows in the foreground
[Ref: 41784] £65.00
[Eleven Illustrations to Schiller's 'Pegasus im Joche' with frontispiece] Umgriffe zu Schiller's Pegasus im Joche uebst Andentungen von Moritz Retzsch.
Stuttgart und Augsburg, Verlag der J.B. Cotta'schen Buchhandlung [...]
Twelve etched plates in original wrappers, 240 x 330mm (9½ x 13"). Foxing. Set of illustrations to Friedrich Schiller's poem 'Pegasus in Harness' ('Pegasus im Joche'), etched by Moritz Retzsch (1779-1857), German printmaker best known for his illustrations of Schiller, Goethe and other writers (Goethe like Retzsch's illustrations to 'Faust' more than any others). Retzsch's work was more successful in England than in his native country- it has been claimed that his distinctive outline etching style was more popular than that of comparable work by John Flaxman, and that he inspired writers and artists including Byron, Shelley and D.G. Rossetti. The success of Retzsch's work in England let to him producing the eight-volume series 'Retsch's Outlines to Shakespeare (1828-46).
[Ref: 41701] £280.00
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Lithography No. 1. of a Series of Studies for Nature Drawn on Stone, by T.C. Holfand. Dedicated by Permission, to the Right Honourable Countess Harcourt. To be Published Quaterly, Price 10s. 6d. Each Part Containing Six Studies.
Published, and Subscriptions Received, by Mr. Ackerman, 101 Strand:...
Set of 6 lithographs in wrappers. Rare. Limited to 300. 330 x 425mm (13 x 16¾"). Creasing, light staining and tears in edges. A set of six lithographs titled 'The Breakind up of an Old Vessel, near Cumberland Gardens Lambeth', ' Fortescue House, Enfield, (recently pulled down) in which Queen Elizabeth was Confined by her Sister', 'A Cottage, near Kenfield, Kent', 'The Entrance into the Great Cavern, near Castleton, in the Peak of Derbyshire', 'Weathercove Cave, Yorkshire' and 'A Cottage near Epping, Essex'.
Not in Abbey.
[Ref: 42640] £360.00
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