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A Round of the Links.
A Round of the Links. Views of the Golf Greens of Scotland Etched by George Aikman, A.R.S.A. From Water Colour Drawings of John Smart, R.S.A. To Lovers of The Royal and Ancient Game this Series of Views of Twenty of the Older Greens is dedicated by a Brother Golfer.
[Edinburgh, privately published] 1893.
Limited edition, signed by the artist, no 70 (of 100?). Oblong folio, publisher's cloth, lettered and illustration of a golfer placing his ball in gilt on front board; title, dedication and 20 etched plates with remarques, each with a title leaf. Front hinge split.
A book of views of Scottish golf courses drawn by John Smart (1838-1899) and etched by George Aikman (1830-1905), one of the most sought-after golfing books of the period. The courses are: Dunbar, North Berwick, Gullane, Luffness, Musselburgh, Leith, Leven, Elie, St. Andrews, Carnoustie, Montrose, Aberdeen, Perth, Stirling, Bruntsfield, Lanark, Glasgow, Machrihanish, Prestwick and Troon.
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Atlas to Accompany the Monograph on the Tertiary History of the Grand Cañon District.
Atlas to Accompany the Monograph on the Tertiary History of the Grand Cañon District. By Capt.Clarence E. Dutton U.S.A.
Julius Bien & Co Lith. New York.
Department of the Interior United States Geological Survey. J.P. Powell Director. Washington 1882.
Portfolio, 540 x 430mm (21¼ x 17"), original half morocco gilt, five (of six) ties, marbled flaps; brown wrapper with printed title; title, List of Atlas Sheets, 21 (of 22) double-page tinted and chromo-lithographic maps and plates. (The title and List are counted as 'Sheet 1' in the index). A Presentation Copy: from the publisher to the Geological Society of Lyons. Portfolio worn; fold of wrapper broken, ink mss. presentation inscription front; small damp stain on the bottom of all plates.
The atlas volume to what Farquhar calls 'One of the greatest, if not the very greatest of all Grand Canyon books', a work considered the preeminent work on the Grand Canyon to date. Among the maps and plans are three plates that make a 270º view of the canyon by William H. Holmes, and a fourth plate, 'The Transept, Kaibab Division, Grand Cañon An Amphitheater of the Second Order', by Thomas Moran. The missing sheet is Sheet II, 'Sketch map... of the strata in the western part of the Southern Plateau Province'. Julius Bien, the publisher, had worked with the sons of John Audubon to produce a new chromolithographic edition of the 'Birds of America'. Begun 1858, only 150 plates were created before the Civil War ruined the enterprise.
Farquhar 73: 'The atlas... is a rich portfolio of art as well as a collection of maps and an exposition of geology'.
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Londons Armory
Londons Armory Accuratly delineated in a Graphical display of all the Arms, Crests, Supporters, Mantles and Motto’s of every distinct Company and Corporate Societie in the Honourable City of London....[etc.]
London, Printed for the Author Rich Wallis Citizen & Arms painter of London & are to be sold by him at his Shop against ye Royall Exchange 1677.
Book, folio (458 x 350mm). Engraved titlepage, 27 engraved plates, and original ink and wash sketch of an elaborate empty shield cartouche; broken fine contemporary red calf City of London binding, tooled in gilt. Lacking four preliminary pages. Binding re-cornered, generally scuffed and rubbed, spine worn and partially missing at top, front cover detached. The plates slightly soiled and browned, with waterstains to margins. The titlepage and first two plates with extensive marginal repairs.
A magnificent collection of skillfully rendered crests of the various livery companies of the City of London. Includes East and West India companies, and the Bermudas Company and Merchants of Virginia. Three engravings are full size plates, one with empty shield cartouche at centre. The remainder are arranged as four armorials per plate, separated by contemporary red ruling. Some are annotated in ink by a contemporary hand. Volume also contains Preface and dedication to the Lord Mayor, Sir Thomas Davies. With Worthing Public Library and Phillip Shirley ex-libris bookplates inside front cover, and Worthing ink stamps to upper right of each sheet.
See British Library: 138.i.1.
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[Grotesque Masks] Serie di Mascheroni Cavati dall'antico che per la prima volta escono in luce intagliati in rame opera utile a professori ed amatori delle belle arti.
[Grotesque Masks] Serie di Mascheroni Cavati dall'antico che per la prima volta escono in luce intagliati in rame opera utile a professori ed amatori delle belle arti.
[by Aloisio Giovannoli.]
In Roma MDCCLXXXI [1781] Presso Venanzio Monaldini al Corso.
Folio, rebound in half treed calf with marbled boards, morocco title label, marbled endpapers; 33 of 38 etched plates. Scarce, but incomplete.
A fine collection of etchings of classical Roman theatrical masks etched by Aloisio Giovannoli (ca.1550–1618), and originally published c.1600 with book and plate numbers under the image, here cut from the plate. Giovannoli has copied prints designed by Cornelis Floris, engraved by Frans Huys and published by Hans Liefrinck I between 1539-1560.
See BM 1932,0217.37 for the original issue and description.
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Miseries of Human Life:
Miseries of Human Life: Designed and Etched by T. Rowlandson and Published December 1 1808 by R. Ackermann, Repository of Arts, 101 Strand, London.
[n.d., 1808, First Edition, early issue.]
4to, original half morocco, with printed paper title label on front board; 50 etchings, as called for, with wonderfully fresh colour and large margins; plates watermarked 'J Whatman 1804' (1), 'J Whatman 1805 (3, including 'Pall Mall'); 'J Whatman 1806' (3), and 'John Hall 1805' (11). Hinges cracked, front board nearly detached. 'Miseries of Human Life Introductory Dialogue' with stain; 'Miseries of Social Life Dialogue 7' with repaired tear.
An extremely rare early example of the complete series by Thomas Rowlandson, inspired by 'The Miseries of Human Life' by James Beresford (1764-1840), published in 1806. Rowlandson began drawing scenes as soon as the book was published and, after two years, fifty were selected by Ackermann to be published in a new edition. Contents of the book vary widely, with some plates replaced. The iconic scenes and characters from this series, some of which were Rowlandson's own invention while others closely mirror Beresford's text, reappeared frequently under variations of the 'Miseries' title, right up until the artist's death.
Abbey Life 317; ''Plate 40 'Pall Mall' [last plate in this example] is rare, most copies replacing this with 'The Chiropodist''. Grego Vol II, pp. 119-124.
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Newmarket, Collection d'onze planches lithographiques...
Newmarket, Collection d'onze planches lithographiques... A Collection of Eleven Plates, Executed in Lithography; Representing a View of Newmarket, and the Life of the Race Horse, from the moment of his entering the stud until that of his sale...
by A Dubost, formerly Adjutant Captain of the Corps du Genie...
Paris: to be had of the Author, Quai de Bully, No 18. 1818. Printed by J. Smith.
Oblong folio, red half morocco with red cloth, spine gilt lettered and decorated; letterpress title in French and English, lithographic frontispiece and plates I-V [of X] with letterpress descriptions. Spine worn, plate v tipped onto back endpaper, lacking five plates and their text, some spotting.
Six plates from a very scarce album of lithographs of Newmarket which, according to the frontispiece, includes portraits of the 'most celebrated running horses in 1809', some descended from the Godolphin arabian. The plates are: the frontispiece; Colts - the race horse in the stud; Colt - the race horse taken in hand; Plover by Sir Peter [Teazle] - the race horse in the stable; Eaton by sir Peter - the race horse in the dressing stable; & Vandyke by sir Peter - the racehorse at the starting post. Antoine Dubost (1769-1825) was a neoclassical painter with a penchant for racing, owning and riding horses in a number of important races. Having served in the Corps du Genie (enginneers) he came to England in 1806, attracted by the racing at Newmarket, painting the originals of these plates in 1809, before returning to France in 1813. He fought a duel with a neighbour over a pavilion in which both participants were killed.
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[Album of set designs after important Italian theatre designers connected with La Scala, Milan.]
[Album of set designs after important Italian theatre designers connected with La Scala, Milan.]
[Milan, c.1800-1820.]
Large folio (585 x 445mm, 21¾ x 17½"), 19th century quarter morocco, gilt lettered "Invenzioni teatrali" on spine; 38 full-page plates (a hand-coloured etching, a hand-coloured aquatint, 29 sepia aquatints, a black aquatint and 5 etchings), 25 half-page plates (4 sepia aquatints, 4 aquatints printed in colours, 1 black aquatint, 16 etchings, proofs?, one printed in red with pencil additions), plus 4 half-page etched topographical views, total 67 plates. Losses to head and foot of spine, boards scuffed, some of the half-page plates trimmed and joined to match book size.
The larger plates include: the hand-coloured title and 10 sepia aquatint plates (of 24) of Gaspare Gallieri's ''Numero XXIV invenzioni teatrali'', c.1801, with an uncaptioned hand-coloured aquatint after Galliari; 17 sepia aquatints by Francesco Fontanesi & Ludovico Pozzetti (numbered 1-18, lacking no. 6); an aquatint and six proof etchings before aquatint by Luigi Rados after Pietro Gonzaga; and two sepia aquatints (''Carcere'' and ''Ampia Volta'') by Carolo Zucchi after Frencesco Fontanesi. The 29 smaller prints include four colour-printed aquatints by Zucchi after Galliari (numbered 1-4), and a number of scenes (one of a courtyard, printed in red with pencil additions) after Sanquirico. The final four etchings have no theatrical connection.
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Loyal Volunteers Of London & Environs, Infantry & Cavalry,  in their respective Uniforms.  Representing the whole of the Manual, Platoon, & Funeral Exercise, In 87 Plates.
Loyal Volunteers Of London & Environs, Infantry & Cavalry, in their respective Uniforms. Representing the whole of the Manual, Platoon, & Funeral Exercise, In 87 Plates.
Designed & Etch'd by T. Rowlandson. and Dedicated by Permission to his Royal Highness the Duke of Gloucester.
[London: Rudolph Ackermann, n.d., plates dated 1798 - 1799.]
Subscriber's copy, with large 4to, original marbled boards, rebacked, uncut; pp. viii incl. dedication, plus list of subscribers & foreign subscribers, and contents; hand-coloured etched titlepage & 86 hand-coloured aquatint plates, many heightened with gold or silver, total 87 as called for. Binding worn, plates generally good with well-preserved vivid colour, occasionally stained. Some offsetting of image to facing text.
The volunteer corps were established as a direct response to the perceived imminent danger of invasion by Napoleon's forces. A volunteer from each London regiment is placed by Rowlandson in a particular drill position, with an etched description below. The corresponding adjacent text sheet gives a brief history and description of the composition of the corps, and lists the commanding officers. Arguably the greatest of all military costume books, no mere record of uniforms but an important social document in its own right that should be viewed in the context it was published - a time of great national peril with Britain under threat of invasion from France.
Abbey Life In England: 379, "Later impressions can be recognised by not being heightened with gold".
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