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The World as it is in 1841: or Notions of Nations.
The World as it is in 1841: or Notions of Nations. With the Population, Taxtion, Debts, and Relative Resources of the Chief States. Intended as a Companion for the Counting-House of t English Merchant and the Study of the Man of the World. By W.R. Goodluck, Author of ''A View of the World,'' "French Genders," "Doings of England," &c.
[1841]
Scarce letterpress. Sheet 200 x 320mm (8 x 12½"). Trimmed to printed border, laid on album paper.
A letterpress table, with the author's personal view of the countries listed.
[Ref: 62248]   £260.00   (£312.00 incl.VAT)
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''The Run of the Season.''
''The Run of the Season.'' Messrs. Frost & Reed, have the honour to invite [ink mss.] & Friends to view a series of Four Important Pictures ''Found'', ''Gone'', ''Check'' & ''Finish'' by M.r Thomas Blinks which are now on Exhibition at the Gallery 12, Clare Street, Bristol.
[n.d., c.1887.]
Rare etched invitation. 130 x 200mm (5 x 8") on card.
An invitation to see four hunting pictures by Blinks, illustrated with foxhounds with riders in the background. The four were published as mixed-method engravings in 1887.
See BM 2010,7081.6629 for the published plate this detail comes from.
[Ref: 62313]   £70.00   (£84.00 incl.VAT)
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This Book Belongs to [ *** ].
This Book Belongs to [ *** ]. If thou art borrowed by a friend [...]
[n.d., c.1920.]
Bookplate, letterpress with wood-engraved border, 75 x 45mm (3 x 1¾"). Laid on album paper, some staining.
[Ref: 62423]   £30.00   (£36.00 incl.VAT)
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[Mss. letter and invitation to the Caledonian Fancy-Dress Ball] The Duchess of Buckingham presents her compliments to Capt.n White & has much pleasure in sending him the voucher he wished to have for the Caledonian Ball.
[Mss. letter and invitation to the Caledonian Fancy-Dress Ball] The Duchess of Buckingham presents her compliments to Capt.n White & has much pleasure in sending him the voucher he wished to have for the Caledonian Ball. [with] Gentleman's Voucher for The Caledonian Fancy-Dress Ball. Willie's Rooms. Deliver to [Capt.n H. Dalrumple White] A Ticket for Tuesday, June 15, 1847.
Ink mss. letter, 180 x 115mm (7 x 4½), on Whatman paper, folded once, and printed invitation on card, 60 x 90mm (2½ x 3½"), filled in with ink mss., wax seal.
An invitation from the Duchess of Buckingham and Chandos (neé Lady Mary Campbell) to Henry Dalrymple White (1820-1886). At the time Dalrymple White was a captain in the 6th (Inniskilling) Dragoons. Later, as their commanding officer, he led a squadron at the Charge of the Heavy Brigade during the Battle of Balaclava in October 1854, during which his helmet was pierced by a Russian sabre. By the end of his career he was a general and KCB. Lady Mary divorced her husband three years later (which needed an Act of Parliament at the time), when Buckingham went bankrupt.
[Ref: 62222]   £260.00   (£312.00 incl.VAT)
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[Cutler]. Mechi. 4 Leadenhall Street.
[Cutler]. Mechi. 4 Leadenhall Street.
[n.d., c. 1850.]
Wood-engraving, printed in black and green. Sheet 75 x 105mm (3 x 4¼"). Edges trimmed, corners clipped, laid on album paper.
An image of the outside of John Joseph Mechi's (18021880) cutlery shop in Leadenhall Street, used in his catalogue. He moved to Leadenhall Street in 1830; the business name changed to Mechi & Bazin in 1859; and the shop closed, with the business moving to Regent Street in 1865.
[Ref: 62237]   £120.00   (£144.00 incl.VAT)
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Sung by the Ethiopian Serenaders.
Sung by the Ethiopian Serenaders.
[n.d. c.1850.]
Lithograph. Sheet 170 x 255mm (6¾ x 10"). Trimmed from larger sheet, a few stains, laid on album paper..
A section of a music sheet cover. The Ethiopian Serenaders were an American troupe of blackface minstrels who performed for President John Tyler at the White House in 1844. When they toured England 1846-7 they were mistaken for real black men and had to publish portraits of themselves without make-up. The tour line up was: Gilbert Pelham (playing the bones); George Alfred Harrington & George Warren White (banjos, a new instrument), Moody G. Stanwood (accordion) and Francis Carr Germon (tambourine).
[Ref: 62125]   £95.00   (£114.00 incl.VAT)
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[The Female American] Serenaders.
[The Female American] Serenaders.
[n.d. c.1850.]
Coloured lithograph. Sheet 215 x 330mm (8½ x 13"). Trimmed as scrap, part of title pasted on.
A group portrait of the Female American Serenaders, a troupe of blackface minstrels that toured England in 1847, named as Cora, Jumba, Woski, Miami, Yarico, Womba and Rosa. They play banjos, tambourines, bells and a keyboard.
[Ref: 62126]   £130.00   (£156.00 incl.VAT)
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Fort Montague Bank.
Fort Montague Bank. I Promise o pay Mr John Flag or Bearer on Demand Five Halfpence. Value received _ 18_. Ent.d C Cannon. For the Governor of Fort Montague & Co. E. Hill.
[n.d., c.1820.]
Scarce engraving. Sheet 100 x 175mm (4 x 6¾"). Laid on album paper.
A skit note, proporting to be a banknote, but published from a house in Knaresborough, Yorkshire. Cut from a limestone cliff by linen weaver Thomas Hill and his son 1770-1, the odd house resembled a fort, so acquired the name 'Fort Montague'. Hill, an eccentric, knighted himself and started calling himself governor of the fort, publishing these 'banknotes' which were intended as entry tickets for the house. Others started trying to defraud people with them, so the authorities eventually stopped them being printed. The house remained in the family until 1996; it is Grade II listed.
[Ref: 62399]   £280.00   (£336.00 incl.VAT)

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Extraordingary Novelty! Grand Centrifugal Railway. 200 Feet Long. Vertical Circle Upwards of 40 Feet in Circumference...
Extraordingary Novelty! Grand Centrifugal Railway. 200 Feet Long. Vertical Circle Upwards of 40 Feet in Circumference... Which is Just added to Dubourg's Splendid Exhibition of Wax Work, Consisting of an Entirely New Collection of Groups, Great Windmill Street, without any extra charge. The Car Will Descentd Every Hour.
George Stuart, Printer, 15, Archr-street, Great Windmill-street, Haymarket.
[n.d., c.1840.]
Rare broadside, wood-engraving and letterpress. Sheet 190 x 165mm (7½ x 6½"). Mounted on album paper.
An advertisment for a looping roller coaster, although the tickets were for spectators not riders.
[Ref: 62092]   £220.00   (£264.00 incl.VAT)
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This Book Belongs to Lilian M. Hext.
This Book Belongs to Lilian M. Hext. If thou art borrowed by a friend [...]
[n.d., c.1920.]
15 copies of a bookplate, letterpress with wood-engraved border, c. 100 x 80mm (4 x 3"), stitched in paper wrappers. 1st bookplate torn.
[Ref: 62422]   £95.00   (£114.00 incl.VAT)
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[Merlin's Mechanical Museum.] Merlin Princes Street Hanover Square.
[Merlin's Mechanical Museum.] Merlin Princes Street Hanover Square.
Milton F. Tower.
[n.d., c.1800.]
Etching. Sheet 55 x 50mm (2¼ x 2"). Trimmed, laid on album paper.
The bookplate of Merlin's Mechanical Museum, opened by John Joseph Merlin (1735-1803), a Belgian inventor and maker of automatons, most famously the Silver Swan now in the Bowes Museum. On Merlin's death his collection was purchased by Thomas Weeks; when Weeks died in 1834 it was auctioned off, and Charles Babbage, 'father of the computer', bought an automaton of a dancer and bird that he had seen at the Mechanical Museum as a child.
[Ref: 62424]   £240.00   (£288.00 incl.VAT)
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Mousseline d. Amoy.
Mousseline d. Amoy.
[n.d., c.1840.]
Rare etching, printed in gold on porcelain card. Sheet 1209 x 190mm (4¾ x 7½"). Slight staining on bottom edge, laid on album paper.
An advert for Mouselline, depicting a camel, elephant and bales.
[Ref: 62243]   £130.00   (£156.00 incl.VAT)
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[Printseller] Droosten, Allan & C.º Gallery of Fine Arts. 126 Strand, London.
[Printseller] Droosten, Allan & C.º Gallery of Fine Arts. 126 Strand, London. L. Droostan, from the late Ackermann & C.º. Printsellers, Booksellers & Stationers, Dealers in Artists' Materials & Picture Frame Makers.
[n.d., c.1856.]
Engraved trade card on green paper. Sheet 75 x 95mm (3 x 3¾"), pasted on reverse of Baxter's 'The Lover's Letter Box'. Some scuffing.
The Baxter print was published 1856.
[Ref: 62352]   £120.00   (£144.00 incl.VAT)
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Sculptura: or the History, and Art of Chalcography and Engraving on Copper...
Sculptura: or the History, and Art of Chalcography and Engraving on Copper... To which is annexed A new manner of Engraving, or Mezzo Tinto, communicated by His Hightness Prince Rupert to the Authour of this Treatise.
[by John Evelyn.]
London, Printed by J.C. for G. Beedle, and T. Collins, at the Middle-Temple Gate, and J. Crook in St. Pauls Church-yard, 1662.
Four leaves, 8vo: letterpress title (as above) engraved frontispiece and pp. 145-148. Mounted in album paper, old ink mss. On one sheet.
The title and frontispiece of John Evelyn's account of engraving, mounted on album paper with the four pages of 'Chap VI. Of the new way of Engraving, or Mezzo Tinto, Invented, and communicated by His Highness Prince Rupert, Count Palatine of the Rhyne, &c'. This was the first English account of mezzotint and was accompanied by the first mezzotint published in this country. Prince Rupert introduced mezzotint engraving into England (rather than invented as Evelyn states) when he returned during the Restoration of 1660. He demonstrated the technique to Evelyn and provided him with a plate ('The little executioner') for this book. The frontispiece is signed AH, the monogram of engraver Abraham Hertochs.
[Ref: 62183]   £260.00   (£312.00 incl.VAT)
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[Shorthand] Phonography, or Writing by Sound, being also A New & Natural System of Short Hand.
[Shorthand] Phonography, or Writing by Sound, being also A New & Natural System of Short Hand.
[Invented & Drawn by I. Pitman, 5, Nelson Place, Bath.]
[n.d., c.1840.]
Scarce etching. Sheet 170 x 200mmm (6¾ x 8"). Trimmed to border on three sides, laid on album paper. Very small hole on left centre.
A page of examples of Isaac Pitman's shorthand, first demonstrated in 1837, from Pitman's Journal.
[Ref: 62244]   £380.00  
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The Southampton & Salisbury Canal Company's Security.
The Southampton & Salisbury Canal Company's Security.
J. Puke fe. N.º 38 Southampton Buildings London.
[n.d., c.1800.]
Etching. Sheet 55 x 60mm (2¼ x 2½"). Trimmed, laid on album paper.
The logo of the Southampton & Salisbury Canal Company, founded c.1794 to build part of a canal linking Bristol and Southampton. Like many schemes of the period, it was never completed and investors lost a huge amount of money.
[Ref: 62425]   £130.00   (£156.00 incl.VAT)
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Theatre Royal Cheltenham [...] Boxing Night, December 26th, 1882 [...] Grand Christmas Comic Pantomime entitled Robinson Crusoe.
Theatre Royal Cheltenham [...] Boxing Night, December 26th, 1882 [...] Grand Christmas Comic Pantomime entitled Robinson Crusoe.
Shenton, Printer, Wichcomb Street, Cheltenham [1882].
Letterpress playbill with wood-engraved border. 4pp, sheet 245 x 360mm (10 x 14¼"), folded once. Splits at horizonal fold.
[Ref: 62205]   £140.00   (£168.00 incl.VAT)
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