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Cirque.
Cirque. 24 gravures au canif par Tilmans. Preface Par Maurice De Laborderie.
Editeur L'Imagerie Francaise Limoges 1946.
24 coloured limited-edition woodcuts, complete as index. Disbound, with titlepage and text sheets, in paper-covered card wrappers with lettered cover bearing vignette of three clown's faces. Presented in original printed card sleeve. Tear in cover paper lower left. Foxing to wrappers and title page, plates good. Outer sleeve scuffed and missing two short sides.
A collection of vibrant illustrations of circus acts, each captioned lower left and signed 'Tilmans' in pencil lower right. Stamped 'No 12', of an edition limited to 130. By Belgian artist Émile Henri Tilmans (1888 - 1960).
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Almanac 1883.
Almanac 1883.
From T.J. Sawyerr, 162, Rawdon Street, Freetown.
A.J. White, Limited, 21, Farringdon Road, London, E.C.
Printed pamphlet wrapper, chromolithograph, and one disbound sheet. 12vo, 150 x 95mm, 6 x 3¾".
An Almanac printed for the British settlement at Freetown, Sierra Leone, West Africa. The printed text within, including verso side of disbound sheet, is overwritten by hand in ink in a non-European script. The recto of the sheet ( numbered '5') lists significant historical events for the month of February, and is illustrated with a monk looking at his fishy catch to signify Pisces. Below is a recommendation for 'Seigel's Curative Syrup' by one Joseph Woods, Chemist. According to a pencil note offered with this item, the ink manuscript is a local charm, to be recited for the purpose of curing the sick. A truly unique piece of ephemera.
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King Charles I and the Heads of the Noble Earls, Lords and others, who suffered for their Loyalty in the Rebellion and Civil-Wars of England.
King Charles I and the Heads of the Noble Earls, Lords and others, who suffered for their Loyalty in the Rebellion and Civil-Wars of England. With their Characters engraved under each Print, extracted from Lord Clarendon. Taken from the Original Pictures of the Greatest Masters, many of them Sir Anthony Van Dyke's, and all the Heads accurately engraved by Mr. Geo. Vertue,
London: Printed for J.Ryall and R.Withy, Book and Printsellers, at Hogarth's Head, opposite Sailsbury-Court, Fleet Street. [1757.]
Folio, disbound, lacking front board; engraved frontis, 10 numbered plates containing 19 portraits as called for in the index. Damp stain on frontis.
The frontis. has the portraits of the six Stuart monarchs and the Duke of Glocester. The plates include Charles I, Archbishops Laud & Juxon, the earls of Stafford, Litchfield & Caenarvon, and Royalist soldiers Harry Slingsby & George Lisle.
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Chinese Architecture. Part the Second.
Chinese Architecture. Part the Second. Being a Large Collection of Designs of their Paling of different Kinds, Lattice Work, &c. For Parks, Paddocks, Terminations for Vistos, Ha Ha's Common Fence and Garden, Paling, both close and open, Chinese Stiles, Stair-Cases, Galleries, Windows, &c. To Which are added, Several Designs of Chinese Vessels, Ewers, Ganges Cups, Tureens, Garden Pots, &c.
The Whole neatly engraved on Twelve Copper-Plates, from real Chinese Designs, improved by P.Decker, Architect.
Printed for the Authorm and Sold by Henry Parker and Elizabeth Bakewell, opposite Birchin-Lane, in Cornhill; and H.Piers and Partner, at the Bible and Crown, near Chancery-Lane, Holborn. MDCCLIX. Price 3s.
Part 2 only. Oblong 4to, wrappers, disbound, edges worn; title & 12 engraved plates. Some worming.
Designs for fences, windows and pailings, with some plates decorated with vases etc.
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To Heneage Legge, Esqr. This Series of Engravings from Subjects executed in Ancient stained Glass, in the Windows of the Hall at Aston, near Birmingham is... Inscribed by... W. Fowler.
To Heneage Legge, Esqr. This Series of Engravings from Subjects executed in Ancient stained Glass, in the Windows of the Hall at Aston, near Birmingham is... Inscribed by... W. Fowler.
W. Fowler Sculpt.
[London: for the Author, 1807-8.]
Book with Titlepage and ten fine hand-coloured engraved plates (disbound): seven Norman Earls of Chester and two Saxon Earls of Mercia, plus genealogical chart frontispiece. All mounted on thick card and presented in original marble card wrappers, atlas folio (670 x 495mm, 26½ x 19½"), printed title label to upper cover. Also included is a watercolour drawing to separate, smaller sheet captioned "The foot of the great Staircase Aston Hall" in pencil. c.1872 armorial bookplate of Berdmore Compton of Atherstone Hall. Boards scuffed and rubbed, with tatty and heavily chipped extremities. Plates good, in vibrant original colour.
William Fowler (1761 - 1832), architect, engraver and draughtsman, was born at Winterton, Lincolnshire, where he became an architect and builder, and about 1796 made drawings of Roman pavements discovered there. These were so much admired that he took them to London to be engraved, where he studied the process of copper-plate engraving. He published three volumes in total, containing coloured engravings of twenty-five pavements, thirty-nine subjects from painted glass, five brasses and incised slabs, four fonts, and eight miscellaneous subjects. He also executed at least twenty nine engravings, mostly of objects of antiquity, which were never published. He became acquainted with Sir Joseph Banks, Sir Walter Scott, and other celebrities, and was once at least presented to the royal family at Windsor. Aston Hall is a municipally owned Jacobean mansion in Aston, Birmingham. Heneage Legge of Idlicote, Warwickshire, was the son of the judge of the same name (1704 - 1759). This is a handsome production; very rarely does a complete set of these vibrant designs come to the market.
BL 001280861. DNB.
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[Album of original etchings, various subjects, by Sir George Hayter.]
[Album of original etchings, various subjects, by Sir George Hayter.]
[c.1850.]
Composite set of twelve etched plates, numbered non-sequentially and largely printed in brownish ink, apparently from the artist's personal collection. Stitched but disbound and lacking boards, with marble endpapers; folio, 345 x 255mm (13½ x 10"). Signed 'George Hayter 1852' in ink to front free-endpaper, original pen and ink sketch from life by Hayter on thin scrap pasted to verso of fly-leaf. Showing the same bespectacled face in profile in two expressions, it is captioned “My father drawn with my eyes shut G.H. July 1806(?)”. Foxing to plates, waterstain to upper left corners.
The plates, titled and dated c.1812-1829, include a self-portrait of Hayter, study of a lion, a Saracen warrior on horseback, Saint Bernard, The Prophet Ezra, and Frontispiece to a Lady's Album. A unique and intimate collection. Sir George Hayter (1792 - 1871), portrait and history painter, son of the miniaturist Charles Hayter. He was appointed Queen Victoria's court portraitist in 1837.
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Survey & Plans of Woolley Manor in the County of Somerset, the Property of Miss Eliz: Gunning.
Survey & Plans of Woolley Manor in the County of Somerset, the Property of Miss Eliz: Gunning.
Survey'd by John Hinde in 1760, and planned by Isaac Johnson, Surveyor Woodbridge Suff: 1798, &9.
7 estate plans, 2 figurative vignettes, 1 elaborate frontispiece and 1 view of Woolley church in pen and ink and watercolour separated by blank leaves, in original card wrapper and complete as index. Sheet size 233 x 200mm. Binding extremely worn and chipped, with tatty extremities. Leaves partially disbound.
A set of high quality manuscript surveys, far more decorative than is standard on maps of estates. Each map shows a unique compass point design and corresponds to an index on facing page with elegant calligraphic title within a cartouche in ink and watercolour. 2 leaves with classical female figures in ovals mark the beginning and end of the volume. These and the vignette view of the local church further demonstrate the high degree of draughtsmanship and skill of the artist, Isaac Johnson. Johnson [1754 - 1835], a Suffolk man through and through, practised as a surveyor in Woodbridge for 50 years and he produced detailed maps of many estates throughout East Anglia. He was also a gifted artist, copyist and antiquarian draughtsman. This survey he copied from an earlier work by a John Hinde, perhaps at the request of a Reverend Gunning of Sutton in Suffolk who it is known ordered drawings of Gretna Green and 'Cupids from Cipriani', and may have been a relation of the Elizabeth Gunning who owned Woolley Manor. Includes 4 loose sheets of ephemera relating to the Poulett family, including 2 birth certificates, an engraved genealogical chart and an 1851 certificate of induction of one William Henry Poulett into the 'Grand Lodge of Ireland'. The Pouletts were an ancient Somerset family who it can be reasonably assumed resided at Woolley Manor during the 19th century.
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[Sketchbook of an upper-class lady amateur, Sarah Monk Cuslace(?); subjects include houses, marine views and scenes from drama and popular literature, some copied from other images.]
[Sketchbook of an upper-class lady amateur, Sarah Monk Cuslace(?); subjects include houses, marine views and scenes from drama and popular literature, some copied from other images.]
[British, c.1815.]
Charming and desirable sketchbook, 12mo, 18 pp. [+6], 15 pen and ink and watercolour drawings numbered to verso, complete as 'description of The preceding Drawings' (three following pages of ink mss.); original gilt tooled calf binding. Binding scuffed and rubbed; upper cover and fly leaf disbound. Some leaves excised; three doyley-form cartes-de-visit loosley inserted.
All compositions are executed with considerable skill by an accomplished hand. The identity of the artist is revealed at the back, with cut-out initials 'SMC' and full name glued to the final two pages. The 'description' refers to "a scene which passed in the May of 1809", a fishing party at Eythrope, seat of the Earl of Chesterfield. Houses depicted include Lethington House, East Lothian, Scotland; Shakespeare's house at Stratford; Woburn Abbey, Bedfordshire; the mausoleum at Cobham Park; and Longleat in Wiltshire. Also included is a scene from Shakespeare, Mr. Kemble as Cato, scenes from the Ballad of Chevvy Chase and Marmion, the epic poem by Sir Walter Scott; two marine views featuring British warships and sailors.
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Bianka Capello von A.G. Meissner.
Bianka Capello von A.G. Meissner.
Wien in der Wucherischen Buchhandlung 1786.
Engraved titlepage, frontispiece, and 12 engravings, bound with single stitch, largest 115 x 85mm, most c.94 x 70mm.
A set of illustrations from an early Vienna edition of August Gottlieb Meissner's 'Bianka Capello'. It is a tragedy inspired by the life of Bianca Cappello (1548 – 1587), an Italian noblewoman who was first the lover and then the wife of Francesco I de Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany. Meissner (1753 - 1807) was an author and poet who became a professor in Prague in 1785, and in 1805 director of the Lyceum at Fulda. He wrote plays and stories and was active as a translator. His work has a pronounced moralizing trend. Alfred von Meißner was his grandson. All engravings by Mark after Sambach, and inscribed with plate and page numbers from the volume they have been disbound from.
Ex: Collection of Alec Clunes.
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The American Colonies.
The American Colonies.
[Drawn and engraved by George Bickham.]
[n.d., 1748.]
Extract, disbound, 21 engraved plates, numbered 165-185. Each c. 260 x 160mm (10½ x 6¼"). Some damp staining and wear to edges.
Twenty-one pages of engraved-text description of the American colonies (fourteen with illustrations), including New York, New England, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and Carolina, published in George Bickham's 'The British Monarchy or a Chorographical Description of all the Dominions Subject to the King of Great Britain'. One of Bickham's interests was calligraphy, so the text is engraved with great verve.
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The Bardic Museum, of primitive British Literature;
The Bardic Museum, of primitive British Literature; and other admirable rarities; forming the Second Volume of the Musical, Poetical and Historical Relicks of the Welsh Bards and Druids ... containing the Bardic Triads; Historic Odes; Eulogies; Songs; Elegies ... with English translations and historic illustrations: likewise the ancient War-tunes of the Bards ... To these national melodies are added new Basses; with Variations, for the Harp, or Harpsichord; Violin, or Flute;
By Edward Jones, Bard to the Prince.
London: Printed by A. Strahan, Printer-Street, for the Author; 1802. (Price 1/. 5s.) Entered at Stationer's Hall.
Book; small folio (340 x 250mm, 13¼ x 9¾"), text and sheet music with lyrics complete as issued. With hand coloured etched frontispiece by Rowlandson after Ibbetson and J. Smith, of figures gathered around a harpist playing on a hillside. Unmarked blue paper-covered binding with calf spine. Binding chipped, scuffed and rubbed; paper covers tearing. Spine largely worn away, front cover disbound. Sheets slightly foxed, some offsetting to music sheets.
Edward Jones (1752 - 1824), known as Bardd y Brenin, or the King's Bard, was a musician and Welsh writer. He taught music to many persons of rank and was appointed bard to the Prince of Wales, an honorary office, in 1783. In 1784 he published ‘Musical and Poetical Relicks of the Welsh Bards, preserved by Tradition and Authentic Manuscripts from very remote Antiquity, with a Collection of the Pennillion and Englynion, Epigrammatic Stanzas or native Pastoral Sonnets of Wales, a History of the Bards from the Earliest Period, and an Account of their Music, Poetry, and Musical Instruments,’ London, folio, in 2 parts; republished with additions in 1794. This companion volume was issued in 1802. These works, largely based on the author's original researches among unpublished Welsh manuscripts, rescued and preserved some of the oldest Welsh airs extant. In many ways Jones can be said to have invented Wales as the 'land of song', while defining its people as 'aboriginal Britons' and as the oldest musical nation in Europe. A scarce Rowlandson image.
British Library: 004439254.
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A Catalogue of Historical Prints, Various Subjects, Landscapes, Sea Pieces, Views, &c.
A Catalogue of Historical Prints, Various Subjects, Landscapes, Sea Pieces, Views, &c. After the most Capital Pictures in England. Engraved by the most Celebrated Artists.
Published by John and Josiah Boydell, No 90, Cheapside. London: Printed by Joseph Cooper, No 134, Drury Lane.
8vo, disbound; pp. (iv)+88, complete as per index.
A lengthy list of the prints available from the leading London publisher of the period, beginning with seven collections in volumes. Elsewhere are the publisher's prices for the mezzotints after Joseph Wright of Derby, Van Huysum's Fruit and Flower Pieces, Claude's Liber Veritatis engraved by Richard Earlom and the two-volume 'Capital Pictures' from Houghton. A scarce & interesting item.
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Catalogue of the Works of British Artists in the Gallery of the British Institution, Pall Mall, for Exhibition and Sale. 1836.
Catalogue of the Works of British Artists in the Gallery of the British Institution, Pall Mall, for Exhibition and Sale. 1836.
[London: The British Institution, 1836.]
4to, disbound; pp. (18) (numbered 7-20+(6)).
A list of 503 pictures and sculptures, with works by David Roberts (from his Spanish tour), Edwin Landseer, John Constable, J.M.W. Turner and William Beechey.
Ink ownership inscription of Richard James.
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Members of the University, with their Respective Costume.
Members of the University, with their Respective Costume.
T. Uwins del.t. J. Agar Sculp.t.
London, Pub. May 1st 1814 [- April 15th 1815] at 101 Strand, for R. Ackermann's History of Cambridge.
Extract, 4to, pp. (16), numbered 299-314, 15 coloured stipples with etching & engraving, complete for this section. Disbound.
Illustrations of the gowns of doctors in Divinity, Law, Physic, Music, master & bachelor of Arts, Nobleman, Fellow Commoner, Pensioner, Proctoer, etc.
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[Fallen but Charming Creatures.]
[Fallen but Charming Creatures.]
[after Aleksandr Lebedev.]
[St Petersburg: Pol-Peti, 1862.]
Folio, disbound, 30 numbered lithographic plates, each 430 x 305mm (17 x 12"), as called for. Hinges strained, wear to plates, especially first and last, some staining, a few plates misbound.
An extremely rare set of the first issue of 'Fallen but Charming Creatures', 30 satirical plates after Aleksandr Lebedev (1830-98) with titles written by Vsevolod Krestovsky. The scenes depict 'kamelii' (camellias), urban women who used their sex to gain advancement, in various locations including the opera. All but two have Russian titles in Cyrillic: Plate 1 has a French quote from Victor Hugo's 'Les Chants du Crèpuscule' (Hugo's 'Lady of the Camellias' was the origin of the nickname); Plate 5 has a shopkeeper talking about her assistant like one of her wares. The series with another 30 lithographs, issued separately, then 'An additional album, Another Ten Fallen but Charming Creatures' in 1863.
Colleen Lucey: ''Fallen but Charming Creatures'': The Demimondaine in Russian Literature and Visual Culture of the 1860s. (PDF available for download)
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An Epistle to William Hogarth. By C. Churchill.
An Epistle to William Hogarth. By C. Churchill. The Third Edition.
[London: Printed for the Author, And sold by J. Coote, at the King's Arms in Pater-Noster-Row, and J. Gardiner, in Charles Street Westminster. M.DCC.LXIII [1763].
4to, extract, disbound. Half-title, title, pp. 31. 285 by 220mm (11¼ by 8¾") Some creases and light staining.
Charles Churchill's famous attack on William Hogarth's caricature of John Wilkes, to which Hogarth responded with 'The Bruiser', a caricature of Churchill as a drunken bear, with a pug urinating on this work. This third edition was issued in the same year as the first.
[Ref: 52817]   £160.00   (£192.00 incl.VAT)
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The Experimental Squadron.
The Experimental Squadron. Dedicated by Permission to, and and the especial patronage of Her Most Gracious Majesty, The Queen [...] A Series of Drawings, on stone by L. Haghe, Esq., Lithographer to the Queen, from paintings by J.M. Gilbert, Esq., of Lymington, Marine Painter to the Royal Southern Yacht Club, Illustrative of Her Majesty's Visit to Spithead, July 15th, 1845, at the Departure of the Experimental Squadron [...]
Lymington: Published and Sold by R.A. Grove [...] M.DCCC.XLVI [1846.]
Subscribers copy. Large oblong folio, printed wrappers with list of subscribers, tinted lithographic title and three numbered plates, as called for and three sheets of text. Disbound, wrappers with some repairs, one plate with a repaired tear entering image, repaired tears in margins of the plates, text chipped and worn.
The Experimental Squadrons were groups of ships sent out between 1831 & 1845 to test innovations in ship design. This squadron of 1845 travelled from Spithead to Cork and then Plymouth.
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In Fairyland, a series of Pictures from the Elf World.
In Fairyland, a series of Pictures from the Elf World. By Richard Doyle with a Poem by William Allingham.
London: Longmans, Green, Reader & Dyer, 1870.
Folio, disbound; lithographic title and 2pp. index, 16 colour-printed wood-engraved plates, as called for, with portrait of Doyle. Lacking text pages.
The colour plates from the most famous work by Richard Doyle (1824-83), with the colour illustrations printed by Edmund Evans (1826-1905), who had perfected the colour wood-engraving process (chromoxylography).
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[Jerusalem Delivered] A Moon Light Scene of a Forest where Ismen the Magician is sacrificing to Demons and invoking them to rise.
[Jerusalem Delivered] A Moon Light Scene of a Forest where Ismen the Magician is sacrificing to Demons and invoking them to rise. [&] The Magicians marching off after the success of their Incantations. [&] A Turkish Mosque lighted after the Mahometan Manner where Aladine the Emperor is seated on a Throne Surrounded by his Divan. [&] The Forest as Enchanted, where Alcast General of Swiss is stopp'd by a firy Castle, defended by Daemons. [&] The Christian Army under the Command of Godfrey of Bulloigne encamped before the Walls of Jerusalem. [&] A Morning Scene of the Forest with Rinaldo, on the Bank of the Enchanted River.
[Various engravers, including Edward Rooker and Paul Sandby after John Collins.]
[Published by Elizabeth Jane Collins, n.d., c.1763.]
Complete set of six etchings, each c.460 x 540mm (18 x 21¼"), stitched. With two end papers in disbound contemporary marbled boards, large folio, 575 x 480mm. (22½ x 19"). Boards scuffed and rubbed, with chips and tears to extremities. Some spotting to plates, some cut very close to or along lower platemark.
A fine set of prints based on John Collins' stage sets for a performance of Torquato Tasso's 'Jerusalem Delivered' at the Royal Theatre in the Tuileries in Paris in 1754. Tasso's epic poem, first published 1581, tells the story of the First Crusade mixed with heroic myth featuring magic and monsters, based on the styles of Homer and Virgil. John Collins (c.1725-58/9) was a London-born set designer who had studied in Italy. This series was published by his widow.
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[Album of watercolours, drawings, etc. by the Mahon family.]
[Album of watercolours, drawings, etc. by the Mahon family.]
[by Caroline Charlotte Mahon, Edward Elphinstone Mahon et al.]
[dated 1838-1911.]
Victorian maroon morocco gilt album, lacking spine, disbound.
Containing watercolours and drawings of views in England and overseas, including Muscat, India, Port Arthur (Australia), China and Egypt. Besides the views there are flowers, fruit and animals, costumes (including a geisha), a few copies of prints and a couple of photographs. Originally given to Caroline Charlotte Mahon by her husband Rev. George William Mahon in 1838, the album passed to their son, Edward Elphinstone Mahon, C.B., a fleet surgeon who became Inspector General of Hospitals and Fleets. During the First Zulu War he was recommended for a Victoria Cross but was not awarded one. Many of the views are of places he was posted during his career; he was staff-surgeon on HMS Baccante, a flag ship in the East Indies, mentioned on one of the sketches. In 1911 he presented this album to his wife, Ermyntrude Madeline, two years after they married.
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Picturesque Views on the River Niger, sketched during Lander's last Visit in 1832-33
Picturesque Views on the River Niger, sketched during Lander's last Visit in 1832-33 [1] Views on the Nun Branch of the River Niger. [2] Procession to Ibu. [3] Cliffs at Attah [&] Mountains & Market Conoes near Bokweh. [4] Huts at Jogguh. [5] The Palaver. [6] The Cinfluence of the Rivers Niger and Chadda. [7] Mount Patteh from Bangadeh. [8] The King Giving Judgement at the Gate of His Palace [&] The Interior of the Chief Malem's House. [9] The Morning Call. [&] Attah. [10] Beaufort Island [...].
by Commander William Allen, R.N., F.R.G.S. of London and Paris, and Corresponding Member of the Zoological Society.
London: John Murray, Albemarle Street; Hodgson & Graves, Pall Mall; and Ackerman, Strand. M.DCCC.XL.
Tinted lithographs. 10 plates and title page. Sheet size: 275 x 385mm (10¾ x 15¼") each. Disbound. Damage to title page. Ink stain on first plate. Plate 6 folded as issued. Foxing. Cut down & damage to printed wrapper on which in ink 'from Papa 1845'.
A complete set of lithographs made from sketches by Richard and John Lander along the River Niger, including a panoramic view of the meeting of the rivers Niger and Chadda. No Text.
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Sketches in Normandy.
Sketches in Normandy.
By L.J. Wood.
Published by Ackermann & Co. Strand, & Reeves and Son, Cheapside, London, 1838.
Titlepage and 22 tinted lithographic plates (of 31), disbound. Sheets 415 x 340mm (16¼ x 13½"). Titlepage soiled.
A rare publication, not listed in Abbey, with plates drawn on stone by George Childs and printed by J.R. Jobbins. According to 'Bent's Literarary Advertiser', 1838': 'Preparing for Publication, Picturesque Sketches in Normandy, in a series of Thirty-one Plates, after Original Drawings, taken on the spot, by L.J. Wood, during the Summers of 1836 and 1837, and forming faithful representations of the Magnificent Architectural Structures, both Ecclesiastical and Judical, which are to be found in this interesting Province, and once renowned Dukedom'.
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The Rights of Kings; or, Loyal Odes To Disloyal Academicians; by Peter Pindar, Esq. [John Walcot].
The Rights of Kings; or, Loyal Odes To Disloyal Academicians; by Peter Pindar, Esq. [John Walcot]. A New Edition.
London: Printed for J. Evans, Paternoster-Row. M.DCC.XCI. [1791.]
4to, disbound; pp. (iv)+70+(ii)(publisher's ads). Wear on title page.
A satire on the George III's influence on selecting members of the Royal Academy, written by John Wolcot (1738-1819). The target of the satire is the election of Associates in 1790, when the competition was between Thomas Lawrence, favourite of the king (who is described as having 'a superior knowledge in painting) and Francis Wheatley. The author decries the disloyalty of the Academicians, of whom only three voted for the king's choice, against 16 for Wheatley. On the last page is 'A List of Peter Pindar's Works' with a price list.
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A Catalogue of the Miniatures, Drawing and Pictures by the Late Sir William C. Ross, R.A.
A Catalogue of the Miniatures, Drawing and Pictures by the Late Sir William C. Ross, R.A. Collected for Exhibition at the Society of Arts, John Street, Aldephi, W.C. Proof.
Printed by Whittingham and Wilkins, at the Chiswick Press, for the Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manusfactures and Commerce. 1860.
4to, disbound; pp. 26.
A list of 212 items on display at the commemorative exhibition following the death of Sir William Charles Ross (1794-1860), listing the owners of the pictures.
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A Collection of Landscapes and Figures, Beautifully Etched,
A Collection of Landscapes and Figures, Beautifully Etched, by the Late Paul Sandby, Esq. and M. Chatelain.
London: Published by R.H. Laurie, No 53, Fleet Street. [n.d., c.1810)
4to, disbound, blue paper front wrapper with printed title label, with 16 (of 29?) etchings, each c. 145 x 180mm (5¾ x 7") Lacking back wrapper.
A collection of etchings after Paul Sandby (1731-1809) and Jean Baptiste Chatelain (1710-58), published after Sandby's death. Six landscapes and a full-length portrait of a woman have no inscriptions; the other nine plates signed by Chatelain, suggesting the unsigned ones are after Sandby. The Chatelain plates include a pair 'Calm' and 'Storm', with the publication details of Robert Sayer, suggesting Richard Holmes Laurie was republishing plates dating back to c.1750.
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The Shannon and The Chesapeake: A Poem.
The Shannon and The Chesapeake: A Poem. Neptunia proles Quem neque fas igni cuiquam nes strene ferro. Virgil.
London: Printed by T. C. Hansard, Peterborough Court, Fleet Street, for C. Cradock and W. Joy, 32 Paternoster Row. 1813.
8vo., disbound; pp. 24.
A scarce anonymous verse celebrating the famous skirmish during the War of 1812.
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[The funeral of Maria Clementina Sobieski] Parentalia Mariae Clementinae Magn. Britan. Franc., et Hibern. Regin.
[The funeral of Maria Clementina Sobieski] Parentalia Mariae Clementinae Magn. Britan. Franc., et Hibern. Regin. Iussu Clementis XII. Pont. Max.
In Roma appresso Giovanni Maria Salvioni Stampator Vaticano M.DCC.XXXVI [1736].
Scarce folio, original boards, but disbound; engr. title, pp. xxxi (text in Latin & Italian), two folding engr. plates. Complete. Tear to one plate, damp staining throughout, damage to text pages. Country house condition.
A commemoration of the lavish state funeral in Rome for Maria Clementina Sobieski (1702-35), wife of the ''Old Pretender'', here regarded by Pope Clement XII as the legitimate queen of England. The folding plates depict the interior of the Church of the Twelve Apostles with Maria Clementina lying in state, and the funeral procession from there to St. Peter's. Maria Clementina, the granddaughter of John III Sobiestki of Poland, married James Francis Edward Stuart in 1719. The couple set up their Jacobite court in Rome, having two children (including Bonnie Prince Charlie) before her death aged 32.
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Illustration to the Battles of Quatre-Bras, Ligny, and Waterloo,
Illustration to the Battles of Quatre-Bras, Ligny, and Waterloo, with Circumstancial Details. By a Near Observer. And the Various Communication of Important Particulars from Staff and Regimental Officers, in a Series of Thirty-Four Etchings, comprehending General Views of the British Positions, Regimental and Individual Acts of Heroism, Gallantry, and Incident.
Drawn from the Most Correct Information, by Capt. George Jones, and Engraved by S.Mitan, &c.
London: Sold by John Booth Duke Street, Portland Place; T.Egerton, Military Library, Whitehall; and J.Fairburn, Edinburgh. 1817.
Quarto, disbound, titlepage and 34 numbered engraved plates, complete. Some wear to edges.
The text to the plates was offered for sale separately.
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Congratulatory Addresses Recited in the Theatre, Oxford, at the Installation of His Grace the Duke of Wellington, Chancellor of the University.
Congratulatory Addresses Recited in the Theatre, Oxford, at the Installation of His Grace the Duke of Wellington, Chancellor of the University. M.DCCCXXXIV.
Oxford, Published by J. Vincent. 1834.
8vo, 28 pages (of 69), disbound and mounted in 4to album paper, five extra illustrations relating to Wellington & Oxford.
Different verses in English, Latin and Greek.
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Catalogue of Works of Art Sent In, Pursuant to the Notices Issued by Her Majesty's Commissioners on the Fine Arts,
Catalogue of Works of Art Sent In, Pursuant to the Notices Issued by Her Majesty's Commissioners on the Fine Arts, for Exhibitio in Westminster Hall.
London: Printed by William Clowes and Sons, Stamford Street, for Her Majesty's Stationery Office. 1844.
4to, disbound; pp. 24.
A list of 183 sculptures, frescoes and pictures submitted for the decoration of the New Palace at Westminster, rebuilt after the disastrous fire of 1834. A Royal Fine Art Commission under the presidency of Prince Albert had been set up, which decided to encourage a British school of history painting. Among the exibitiors is William Dyce, who was the first to start fresco work in the Palace in 1848, completing only five of the seven commissioned works before he died in 1864.
Ink ownership inscription of Richard James and John Martin.
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Catalogue of the Works of the Late Sir David Wilkie R.A. together with a Selection of Pictures by Ancient Masters,
Catalogue of the Works of the Late Sir David Wilkie R.A. together with a Selection of Pictures by Ancient Masters, with which The Proprietors have favoured the Institution. June 1842.
[London: The British Institution, 1842.]
4to, disbound; pp. (10) (numbered 7-16).
A list of the 193 paintings of Sir David Wilkie (1785-1841) exhibited at the British Institution a year after his death, listing the owners of the paintings.
Ink ownership inscription of Richard James.
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