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Doctor Syntax & Bookseller.
Doctor Syntax & Bookseller.
Drawn by Rowlandson.
[n.d., c.1820].
Hand coloured etching with aquatint. Sheet: 150 x 249mm. (6 x 9¾").
The fictional 19th century clergyman 'Dr. Syntax’ at his desk in his study talking to a portly bookseller; scrolling map hanging on wall behind. From 'The Tour of Doctor Syntax, in search of the picturesque' by William Combe. The various tours following the escapades of Dr. Syntax were a satire on William Gilpin’s series of picturesque journeys to different parts of England. By Thomas Rowlandson (1757 - 1827).
Abbey Life 269, 26.
[Ref: 30293]   £130.00   (£156.00 incl.VAT)
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Temple of the Muses. An interior view of the extensive Library of Lackington, Allen & Co. Finsbury Square, London
Temple of the Muses. An interior view of the extensive Library of Lackington, Allen & Co. Finsbury Square, London where above Half a Million Volumes are constantly on Sale.
Walker del et sculp.
[n.d., c.1800.]
Engraving. Plate: 160 x 200mm (6¼ x 8''), with very large margins.
An advertisement for the first ‘cash bookseller’, probably from the periodical 'London und Paris'. James Lackington (1746 - 1815) rose from selling meat pies at ten and taking an apprenticeship to a shoemaker at 14. In 1773 he went to London to make his fortune and set up as a very humble bookseller and shoemaker. By 1775 he had established his cheap circulating library, helped by his second wife, Dorcas Turton, following their marriage in 1776. In 1789, he moved to The Temple of the Muses in Finsbury Square, purpose built by George Dance, taking Robert Allen into partnership in 1793.
See James Lackington's portrait, ref 10495.
[Ref: 50398]   £260.00   (£312.00 incl.VAT)
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[Vicenzo Coronelli presenting a book to Pope Clement XI.]
[Vicenzo Coronelli presenting a book to Pope Clement XI.]
Alles.o Dalla Via Sculp.
[Venice: Coronelli c.1705.]
Coloured engraving with very large margins. 290 x 200mm (11½ x 8") Trimmed close to plate, creasing.
Vicenzo Coronelli presenting a volume of his 'Biblioteca Universale Sacro-Profana' to Pope Clement XI, a bookcase full of Cornelli's atlases behind the papal dais. The print is surrounded by a border of mapmaking instruments and globes. The 'Biblioteca universale' was an encyclopedia, one of the first universal encyclopedias in a European vernacular language with entries arranged alphabetically. It was planned to contain 45 volumes but only 7 volumes appeared, published 1701-7, only reaching 'C'. The set is exceedingly rare. Vincenzo Coronelli (1650-1718) the Franciscan monk, cosmographer, and Official Cartographer to both the Doge of Venice and Louis XIV of France, known for his 'Atlante Veneto' atlases and the pair of two-ton manuscript globes made for Louis and now in the Bibliothèque nationale François Mitterrand in Paris.
See Kivell & Spence P.84; for uncoloured impression see ref. 29665
[Ref: 29666]   £220.00   (£264.00 incl.VAT)
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Weeping. No. 13.
Weeping. No. 13. As Laughter is often exited by the most simple causes, so frequently is Weeping in this instance the hard & obourate features, that would be callous to real sufferings melts at the fancied sorrows of a Village love Ballad.
Woodward Del. Etchd by Rowlandson.
London Pub. 21. Jan 1800 at R. Ackermann's Repository of Arts, 101 Strand.
Hand-coloured etching. Plate: 270 x 220mm (10½ x 8½"). Binding holes in left margin. Trimmed to plate.
A comic scene satirising the artist Charles le Brun's 'Expressions des passions de l'Ame' which portray faces expressing various emotions. 'Weeping' is portrayed by two figures crying at a sad ballad. From the series 'Le Brun Travested or Caricatures of the Passion'.
BM Satire 9628-9632.
[Ref: 46599]   £140.00   (£168.00 incl.VAT)
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Femme de qualité Solicitant un Juge.
Femme de qualité Solicitant un Juge.
Ce vend à Paris chez J. Vander Bruggen. Rue St. Iacques au grand Magazin d'images avec P. D. R.. [n.d., c.1685.]
Very scarce. Etching, image 355 x 395mm. 14 x 15½". Trimmed to plate. Two rust spots to image.
An affluent French lady consults a lawyer in a lavish interior; her black servant exits to left as a vessel in the foreground releases perfume. Published by Jan van der Bruggen (1648/49 - 1690). From a series of prints illustrating the domestic life of an upper class French woman.
BNF: FRBNF41504489.
[Ref: 12315]   £580.00  
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Leeds Library.
Leeds Library.
T. Taylor, del. J. Le Keux, sc.
Published by Robinson, Son & Holdsworth, Leeds, & J. Hurst, Wakefield, March.1.1815.
Image 191 x 254mm. 7½ x 10".
The Leeds Library, founded in 1768, is the oldest surviving example of the 'proprietary subscription library' in the British isles. They were libraries designed to be created, owned and run by its members.
[Ref: 15333]   £75.00   (£90.00 incl.VAT)
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The Libraries and Schools, from Exeter College Gardens.
The Libraries and Schools, from Exeter College Gardens.
M.A. Rooker., del & sculp.
[c.1786.]
Engraving. Sheet 350 x 490mm (15¼ x 19¼"). Trimmed within plate.
Drawn and engraved by Michael Angelo Rooker for the Oxford Almanack.
[Ref: 45784]   £240.00   (£288.00 incl.VAT)
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[Bookplate]
[Bookplate] Designed for The Book Society by Robert Gibbings.
[n.d., c.1930.]
Wood engraved design for an ex-libris bookplate, cream laid paper. Sheet 125 x 100mm, 5 x 4".
Featuring a circular mirror, books open and closed, a letter-opening knife and a quill-pen; unlettered scroll cartouche to centre. A striking and attractive design by Robert John Gibbings (1889 - 1958).
See Guichard p.39.
[Ref: 21665]   £230.00   (£276.00 incl.VAT)
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The Library.
The Library.
[C.W. Radclyffe. del. et lith.] Day & Hague, lith.rs to the Queen.
[Published by Sandford] & Howell, Shrewsbury [1844].
Tinted lithograph with hand colour and large margins. Printed area 215 x 295mm (8½ x 11½"). Rare.
From Charles Walter Radclyffe's 'Memorials of Shrewsbury School.'.
Abbey: 448.
[Ref: 34560]   £160.00   (£192.00 incl.VAT)
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