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A New Book of Chinese Designs Calculated to Improve the present Taste.
A New Book of Chinese Designs Calculated to Improve the present Taste. Consisting of Figures, Buildings, & Furniture, Landskips, Birds, Beasts, Flow.rs and Ornaments; &c.
By Mess.rs Edwards & Darly.
Published according to Act of Parliament, & Sold by the Authors, the first House on the right hand in Northumberland Court, in the Strand, & by the Print & Booksellers in Town & Country. MDCCLIV [1754].
4to, original full calf, maroon morocco gilt title label on spine; engr. title, index of plates and 112 plates (of 120). Covers detached and worn.
A book of chinoiserie designs by Matthew Darly with a collaborator only identified in the book as 'Edwards' but identified as George Edwards (1694-1773, the famed ornithologist. It is possible the missing plates were never included; there is no evidence in the block of their removal. The V&A's example has 116 plates.
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Collection of Etchings after the most Eminent Masters of the Dutch and Flemish Schools.
Collection of Etchings after the most Eminent Masters of the Dutch and Flemish Schools. Particularly Rembrandt, Ostade, Conelius Bega and Van Vliet Accompanied with Sundry Miscellaneous Pieces and A Few Designs by Dav.d Deuchar Seal Engraver, Edinburgh. Dec,r 22 1803.
1 vol. of 3, original green morocco gilt; 136 etchings on 101 pages. Some scuffing of binding, bookplate of John Cheesment Severn on front pastedown.
Etchings by David Deuchar (17431808), seal engraver to George, Prince of Wales, in Edinburgh.
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Hieroglyphica, of, Merkbeelden der oude volkeren : namentlyk Egyptenaren, Chaldeeuwen, Feniciers, Joden, Grieken, Romeynen, enz. [...]
Hieroglyphica, of, Merkbeelden der oude volkeren : namentlyk Egyptenaren, Chaldeeuwen, Feniciers, Joden, Grieken, Romeynen, enz. [...] Beschreven en Verbeeld door M.r Romeyn de Hoogue [...[ door Arn. Henr. Westerhovius,
Te Amsterdam, by Joris van der Woude. MDCCXXXV [1735].
First edition. 4to, original half calf with speckled boards; pp. (xvi)+455+(20)(index including plates); eng. title, title in black & red with engr. vignette, engr. dedication, portrait of de Hooghe, 63 etched plates. Large paper copy. Binding worn, inner hinges strained, contents clean.
Extraordinary illustrations. ''The Hieroglyphica of the People of Old''. A collection of allegorical plates about the iconography of early cultures, with classical, Christian, Jewish and Mohammedan. The plates were etched by Romeyn de Hoogue (who had died in 1708), described in an extensive text by Arnoldus Herricus Westerhoff, written before Egyptian hieroglyphics were decyphered. The frontispiece portrait of de Hooghe was engraved by Houbraken after Bos.
Landwehr 108.
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Fragments choisis dans les Peintures et les Tableaux les plus intéressants des Palais et des Eglises de  L'Italie, Première Suite. Rome
Fragments choisis dans les Peintures et les Tableaux les plus intéressants des Palais et des Eglises de L'Italie, Première Suite. Rome [&] ... Second Suite. Rome. [&] ... Cinquieme Suite. Venice. [&] Troisieme Suite. Bologne.
[Paris: Lavoy, 1770-75.]
Small folio, 265 x 210mm (10¼ x 8¼"), original half calf gilt, marbled boards. Four parts: 1 & 2 (Rome) with 55 of 60 numbered aquatints (one unnumbered, bound at end of book); part 4 (Venice) 40 numbered plates, as called for; part 3 (Bologna) 40 numbered plates, as called for. Total 135 aquatints printed in sepia of 140. Wear to binding, inner hinges strained, parts three and four misbound, ink stamp on engraved title
A collection of the first four parts of the 'Fragments' (Five & Six related to Naples and Herculanum, with 60 more plates), containing sketches mostly by Fragonard after paintings by Michaelangelo. Raphael, Carrachi and others. The plates were etched in aquatint by Jean-Claude Richard, abbé de Saint-Non, an early use of the technique.
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[Mortimer's Etchings of Figures] To Jos.a Reynolds
[Mortimer's Etchings of Figures] To Jos.a Reynolds President of the Royal Academy, these Etchings are dedicated by his humble Serv.t J.H. Mortimer.
Published Dec.r 8th 1778 by J. Mortimer Norfolk Street Strand [but Thomas Palser, 1812?].
Folio, 370 x 275mm (14½ x 10¾"), original boards with printed title label; etched title and 16 plates, some watermarked '1811'. A little wear to covers, plates generally clean.
A posthumous edition of Mortimer's 'Fifteen Etchings', a collection of romantic scenes inspired by Mortimer's hero, the painter Salvador Rosa (a portrait of whom is one of the plates); the subjects include banditti, allegorical figures of Comedy and Tragedy, a portrait of painter Gerard Lairesse and six fantastical plates of sea-monsters. Two of the monsters are additional plates, by Mortimer but dated 1780, added to the work by Mortimer's widow Jane. The series was dedicated to the President of the Royal Academy the year that Mortimer first exhibited there (rather than at the Society of Artists) and, shortly after, elected A.R.A. Mortimer died in 1779, aged only 38. His widow republished the plates in 1780, with the addition of two more plates of sea-monsters ('Revengeful' and 'Sleeping', dated 1780 but both drawn and engraved by Mortimer). Christie's held a sale of Jane Mortimer's property in 1808, at which Thomas Palser presumably bought the printing plates: he published 'Mortimer's works: a collection of fifty historical designs' (including this series) in 1812, with a second edition in 1816
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The Wonderful Magazine. 35. [Vol III]
The Wonderful Magazine. 35. [Vol III]
London: Printed for the Proprietors. Sold by C. Johnson, No 14. Hogg, Symonds, Parsons, Walker, and the Other Booksellers in Paternoster-Row, and may be had of all Booksellers and Newsmen in England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland [n.d., c.1795.]
8vo, original printed wrappers with woodcut illustration and publisher's adverts; engraved frontis. portrait, pp. 401-440, edges uncut. With 4pp. from next issue, loose. Edges worn, covers stained.
A very rare surviving single issue of one of the earliest magazines to focus on tales of the unusual, with a mixture of fact and fiction. The cover illustrates a Beefeater turned town crier with an extensive letterpress text. The frontispiece is a portrait of Thayendanegea (or Joseph Brant) after William Armstrong, painted when the Mohawk chief visited London in 1775 (where he was interviewed by James Boswell, who owned Armstrong's painting). Also included is an extract of 'Gulliver's Travels'. The portrait appears to be a teaser to encourage purchase of the next issue, in which the text describing Thayendanegea's visit appears (this is the extra text included here).
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Promenade dans Paris et ses Environs.
Promenade dans Paris et ses Environs. A walk through Paris and its Environs.
Drawn on stone by J. Jacotte and Ph. Benoist. Figures by A. Bayot.
Chez Gihaur freres, Editeurs, M.ds d' Estampes, Boulevant des Italiens, 5.
Large folio, original half morocco giltwith embossed boards; uncoloured lithographic title, with 30 litho plates (as called for) in very fine hand colour with gum arabic highlights, interleaved with tissue.. Spine worn; one plate loose, plates 26 & 27 mis-bound.
A book of Parisian scenes, titled in French and English. Views include; the Palace of Versailles, the Arc de Triomphe, The Madeleine, Colomn of the Place Vendome, Notre Dame, Exchange and Tribunal of Commerce, the boulevarts St Denis and St. Martin. Le Boulevarde des Italiens, Le Chateau d'Eau, Hotel des Invalides, palace of the Tuileries, palace of St Cloud, the Pantheon, the Louvre, Gallery of Orleans, the Chamber of Deputies, the Market of the Fountain of the Innocents and the Garden of the Royal Palace.
Not in Abbey
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[Album of 43 sketched portraits after Anthony van Dyck.]
[Album of 43 sketched portraits after Anthony van Dyck.]
[n.d., c.1780.]
Folio, half calf with marbled boards; 43 portraits, of which 41 are red crayon, two pencil, all bordered with gilt. A little wear to the binding, a few plates with stains from glue.
Most of the portraits have been named in pencil; the sitters include Erasmus and Inigo Jones.
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