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ILLUSTRATED BOOKS

 

George Tattersall

The Pictorial Gallery of English Race Horses
Containing
Portraits of all the Winners of the Derby,
Oaks and St. Leger Stakes, During the Last Twenty Years
And a History of the Principal Operations of the Turf

 
Publisher: Henry G. Bohn, 1850 first edition. bound in half leather over marbled boards. Very good condition, with the spine leather replaced, bumped corners and board edges, light scuffing to hte marbled paper.  One gift inscription on the endpaper to John Tattersall Brewer, possibly a descendant of the author.  Occasional light marks to pages and plates, a very few pages adjacent to plats with light offsetting and scattered foxing.  A very few plates have a small triangle of light waterstain to the lower corner of their fore edges, and one plate has a small loss to the same area. Two plates have repair to their attachments. One plate and one leaf of text, Mr Thornhill and pp15-16, have been misbound between pages 246 and 247. Page 386 is misnumbered 336. Mainly clean and in very good condition.
The book is illustrated with ninety-one engravings, 71 of these being plates, mainly portraits of racehorses, but also a few of characters of the turf, and the rest engravings within the text.  Ninety of these engravings are listed in the  List of Illustrations, while the final plate 'Rhedycinal Winner of the Oaks 1850' is not listed, and in the accompanying text the horse is actually named as Rhedycina. Presumably this plate and its entry were last minute additions, since the race occurred in the year of publication.
Each portrait is accompanied with text, in which the races and events of the day are described.

Large octavo, 25.3 cm tall (10 inches), viii, 386 pages.

£350

E.V. Lucas

The Book of Shops

Verses by Edward Verrall Lucas
Illustrated by Francis D. Bedford
 

Publisher: Grant Richards, undated but 1899, first edition. Large format bound in pictorial paper covered boards with brown cloth spine. Titles on spine in gilt.
The book is in good plus condition, with worn boards, gilt on spine slightly rubbed, fresh endpapers.  The half title has handling marks and a worn fore-edge which has been reinforced on the verso with Japanese tissue.The title page has creases and several repaired short closed tears.  In the rest of the book there are occasional light handling marks, otherwise clean.
The book is illustrated on the half title, title and contents pages, and has 24 full colour plates, each with accompanying verse with decorative line-drawn borders.
A very beautiful book, and rare in the first edition.
23 cm tall by 31.5 cm wide (9 by 12.5 inches). Complete.

£300

 

Charlotte M. Yonge

The Instructive Picture Book
Or
Lessons From The Vegetable World

by
The Author of 'The Heir of Redclyffe'

Illustrated with 31 coloured Plates
 
Publisher: Edmonston & Douglas, 1863, Third edition carefully revised.  Pictorial paper-covered boards with spine and corners of maroon cloth finely embossed with a foliate design.  The book is in good plus condition, with the boards darkened and worn around the edges.  There is light scattered foxing the the title page and first few text pages, and an occasional spot here and there throughout.  The book is mainly clean.  22 text pages printed in two columns are followed by 31 spectacular double-page hand coloured plates.  The plates have occasional light marks, slight toning of the edges, and some old paper tape repairs to the folds.  Two plates have long closed tears which have also been repaired with paper tape on the reverse.  The hand colouring of these plates is beautifully done.
33 cm tall by 21.5 cm wide (13 by 8.5 inches). Complete.

£200

F. Edward Hulme

Familiar Wild Flowers

Figured and Described by
F. Edward Hulme

 
Publisher: Cassell, Petter & Galpin (Series 3) and Cassell & Company Limited, undated, but series 3 will be before 1888 when the company changed its name, and the others will date from c.1890.  Bound in the publisher's green cloth with all edges gilt. Blind stamped decoration on the bottom boards, heavily decorated in gilt and black on the spines and top boards, with a hand painted colour vignette of a flower on each top board. Beautiful bindings in very good condition, nice and square and with bright gilt.  Internally the books are also in very good condition, with occasional light scattered foxing, and toning to two title pages and slight edge toning to pages which lie against plates.  In series 3 the last plate has two repaired tears, a small chip from the fore-edge and a small nick from the tissue guard. Series one has a chipped frontispiece, mounted onto a new acid free paper backing, and without its tissue guard.  All other plates are in very good condition. Some slight foxing to tissue guards.
40 beautiful plates in each volume (a total of 200 plates). Each flower has a four page description with two very attractive engravings within the text.
Octavo, 19.5cm, 7.75 inches, tall, xvi prelims in each volume followed by 160pages in each volume, except for series 5 which has 8 extra pages of index for all the volumes. Each book also has four pages of publisher's advertisements at the end. Plus 40 tissue-guarded plates in each volume.
 
£185

 

W. & D. Downey

The Cabinet Portrait Gallery
Reproduced From
Original Photographs
First Series
 
 
Publisher: Cassell & Company Limited, 1890.  Bound in half maroon leather over maroon cloth boards, with five raised bands and titles and decorations in gilt to the spine. The leather is a little bumped on the spine and corners, but is generally in very good condition.  The book has occasional light marks and a small scuff to one photo. Otherwise it is clean and the photos are all in lovely condition, and the book is tightly bound.

This book contains actual photographs pasted on to heavy card backing pages, and has some very fine portraits of celebrities of 1890.  My personal favourite is Sarah Bernhardt, looking magnificent in costume (or are those her day clothes?).  There are also portraits of Lily Langtry, a bevy of actresses, Mrs Henry Fawcett (Millicent Garrett Fawcett) the noted suffragist, Professor Huxley (Darwin's Bulldog), the Prince of Wales (the future King Edward, Prince George of Wales (also a future King), the Princesses Victoria and Maud of Wales, Mrs Humphry Ward, and others. Each photo is accompanied by a short biography of about three pages. A splendid look into late Victorian celebrity.

Small quarto, 24 cm tall (9.5 inches), 96 text pages, plus the mounted photographs..

£125

Maund, B.

The Botanic Garden

Consisting of Highly Finished Representations of Hardy Ornamental Flowering Plants, Cultivated In Great Britain; With Their Names, Classes, Orders, History, Qualities, Culture, and Physiological Observations

Publisher: Baldwin and Cradock, 1827-8, Volume 2, first edition.

This lovely book, the second of twelve volumes of The Botanic Garden, contains twenty-four gorgeous hand coloured plates, each plate illustrating four of the plants described in the text.

The book is in very good condition, in the publisher's original grey paper covered boards, rebacked in brown cloth, with green paper title label on the top board.  The boards have light edge wear and slightly bumped corners.  Both the title page and the engraved title page have some light foxing.  Text pages throughout the book have occasional light marks, and the final signature is slightly out of alignment with the rest of the block, but tightly bound in.  The plates have occasional isolated light marks, not affecting the images, mainly clean and bright. 

Octavo, 240mm tall by 195mm wide.

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Maund, B.

The Botanic Garden

Consisting of Highly Finished Representations of Hardy Ornamental Flowering Plants, Cultivated In Great Britain; With Their Names, Classes, Orders, History, Qualities, Culture, and Physiological Observations

Publisher: Baldwin and Cradock, 1827-8, Volume 2, first edition.

This lovely book, the second of twelve volumes of The Botanic Garden, contains twenty-four gorgeous hand coloured plates, each plate illustrating four of the plants described in the text.

The book is in very good condition, in the publisher's original grey paper covered boards, rebacked in brown cloth, with green paper title label on the top board.  The boards have light edge wear and slightly bumped corners.  Both the title page and the engraved title page have some light foxing.  Text pages throughout the book have occasional light marks, and the final signature is slightly out of alignment with the rest of the block, but tightly bound in.  The plates have occasional isolated light marks, not affecting the images, mainly clean and bright.

Octavo, 240mm tall by 195mm wide.

 
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Ernest D’Hervilly

Deux Contre Un
(Two Against One)
Ou Les Suites d’une Consultation
Divertissement Molièresque et Médical

Illustrator Robert Tinant

Publisher: Librairie Ch. Delagrave, undated, c.1880. Cloth spine with illustrated paper covered boards. Boards a little bumped and scuffed, spine repaired and the whole re-cased in the original binding with fresh endpapers. Pages are slightly toned around the edges. One small closed tear to the edge of a leaf, and some light handling marks. Very good condition.
This is a beautifully illustrated comic tale of a medical consultation to which two doctors are called, and they disagree from the very beginning. The disagreements over diagnosis and treatment escalate to a fight over the unfortunate patient, and then with each other. Text pages alternate with illustrations, all printed on one side of the paper only. Text pages all have a decorative large red initial letter and border. The illustrations are in black, red and light brown, with white highlights.
29 cm tall by 23cm wide (11.5 by 9 inches), unpaginated, 16 text pages and 16 illustrations. Text in French.

£80

 

Alfred Munnings

An Artist’s Life
The Second Burst
The Finish

Publisher: Museum Press Limited, three volumes, 1950, 1951, 1952, all first editions. Uniformly bound in the publisher’s red cloth with titles in gilt on the spine, and the author’s autograph reproduced in gilt on the top boards. Endpapers reproducing drawings by the artist. All in very good condition, the first volume with a lightened spine, the other two with very slightly lightened spines. Light scattered foxing of the closed page edges, and the endpapers and first and last few pages, not much beyond the title pages, and only the last couple of pages and a very rare isolated pale spot elsewhere. One owner name in pencil on the endpaper of the first volume, otherwise clean and bright and tight in their bindings.
These three volumes constitute the autobiography of Sir Alfred Munnings, painter of naturalistic subjects, especially horses and rural scenes, but much else also. The books are extensively illustrated throughout by the artist, in monochrome.
Octavos, 23.5 cm (9.75 inches) tall; An Artist’s Life, 328 pages; The Second Burst, 368 pages; The Finish, 378 pages.

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Samuel Taylor Coleridge

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

Illustrated and illuminated by Willy Pogany

Publisher: George G. Harrap & Co., undated but 1910. Large quarto sized volume, 33cm, 11.75 inches, tall, bound in red reverse calf with titles and decorations in gilt on the top board. Yapped edges. This is a very beautiful book, but reverse calf is not a very durable binding, and the leather is spotted and has losses around the edges. However a previous owner has supplied the book with a custom-made solander (or clamshell) box, and the book can be read and enjoyed while keeping it in the box for protection. The first few signatures are a little loose, but the rest is tightly bound. There is some scattered foxing throughout the book, but mainly at the beginning and end, and all of the colour plates are clean and bright. There is one owner bookplate on the front endpaper. The condition is good plus.
At publication, this book was produced in different bindings, as was the practice of Harrap, who produced a number of different books in this illustrated and illuminated style in the early years of the 20th century.
The book is illustrated on every page, both the text of the poem and many illustrations are in black and pale green or lilac, and there are 20 tipped in colour plates. The illustrations are wonderful, haunting and mysterious. Truly a magnificent book.
The book is unpaginated, but collates complete.

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Ancient Mariner


 

Ysart Glass

With a Foreword by Salvador Ysart.
Ian Turner
Alison J. Clarke
Frank Andrews
With an Introduction by Brian Blench

Publisher: Volo Edition, London, 1990, first edition. Bound in red glossy paper covered boards with titles in silver on the spine and top board. In the original dust jacket. Near fine condition, with a small area of bubbling to the top board its only detraction. Clean and bright and tightly bound, in a near fine dust jacket.
This is a lovely large-format book illustrated throughout in, mainly in colour, some monochrome. An essential guide to Ysart Glass, paperweight, vases, bowls and more. There is also useful illustrated advice on how to spot fakes.
31 cm tall by25.5 cm wide, 12.25 by 10 inches, 192 pages.

 

 

W Swaysland


Familiar Wild Birds

Illustrated by A. Thorburn and Others

Publisher: Cassell and Company, 1901. Four volumes bound in dark blue cloth with titles and decorations in gilt on the spine and top board, and decorations in pale blue on spine and boards. All edges bright gilt. Yellow endpapers.
This is a beautiful set of the first to fourth series of this work, each volume with 40 tissue-guarded chromolithographic plates of the birds, plus engraved illustrations within the text. Volume four also contains plates of the eggs, along with information about the nesting habits of the birds.
The set is in very good to near fine condition. There is one presentation inscription on the front free endpaper of the first volume. Otherwise the books are clean and bright and tight in their bindings.
Octavos, 19.5 cm, 7.75 inches, tall, Vol. 1, 160 pages; Vol. 2, 160 pages; Vol. 3, 160 pages; Vol. 4, 176 pages.

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Gustave Doré and Blanchard Jerrold

London

A Pilgrimage

Publisher: Harper and Brothers, New York, 1890. Bound in dark blue cloth with titles in gilt on the spine and top board, and a vignette of St Paul’s Cathedral in gilt on the top board. All edges gilt.
This is a marvellous vision of London, first published in 1872, and portraying the city in all its contrasts from the rich at play to the poor at work. Magnificent work by Doré, accompanied by Jerrold’s text.
The book is in good condition, with repairs to the head of the spine and the lower corner of the top board, the board corners are bumped and worn, and the cloth along the board edges in rubbed. The pages of the text block are lightly age-toned, and the first few pages have been repaired along the hinges with Japanese paper, and have some slight chipping to their edges. The main body of the text block, including the illustrations, is otherwise clean and in very good condition. The heraldic bookplate of Edward P. Lawton is pasted to the front endpaper.
Large Quarto, 34cm, 13.5 inches, tall, xxii, 191 pages.

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Omar Khayyam, Edward Fitzgerald

The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam

Presented by Willy Pogany

Publisher: George G. Harrap, undated but 1913. Bound in light grey-green cloth with heavy gilt decorations and titles on the spine and top board. Decorative endpapers. Top edges trimmed, other edges untrimmed.
This is a beautiful Pogany edition of the Rubaiyat, the Fitzgerald translation. The text is printed in brown on heavy grey/light brown paper, in a font resembling Arabic script. The pages are all decorated and each of the tipped-in plates has a border around it. There are 16 plates as called for in this edition.
The book is in very good condition, with some bumping to the spine cloth. Internally, there are a very few isolated marks, and two of the plates have a tiny crease to the lower inside corner. Otherwise the book is clean and tidy.
Octavo, 22.5 cm (9 inches) tall, 102 pages, un-numbered.

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Mariana Monteiro

Legends and Popular Tales of the Basque People

With Illustrations in Photogravure
By Harold Copping

Publisher: T. Fisher Unwin, 1887, first edition. Limited large paper edition, number 66 of 100, signed by the author. Bound in light brown cloth with dark brown cloth spine. Untrimmed page edges.
This is a very attractive book, printed on laid paper, with borders around each text and engraved head-pieces and initial letters for each story. The four photogravure illustrations are very atmospheric. The book contains 13 stories and ballads and a glossary.
The book is in very good condition, with a newly rebound spine with the original boards. The board corners are bumped, and there are some marks to the back board. Internally, the frontispiece has some light foxing and two very short closed tears, and its tissue guard is creased and foxed. There is also a little transfer foxing and offsetting to the title page. The other three illustrations have loose tissue guards, and have also lightly offset onto the facing pages. The back free endpaper has some age-toning and has lost a corner, and the rear internal hinge is split, but the binding is firm and tight. Otherwise the pages are clean and bright.
Quarto sized, 30.3 cm tall (12 inches)

£125

 

 

Henrik Ibsen/Arthur Rackham

Peer Gynt
A Dramatic Poem

Publisher: George G. Harrap & Co. Ltd., London, 1936, first edition. Bound in the publisher’s tan cloth with titles in gilt on the spine and top board, and gilt vignette on the top board. Decorative endpapers, designed by Arthur Rackham. Illustrated with twelve full colour plates by Rackham, and line drawings throughout as headers and footers. In the original dust jacket with a wrap around illustration by Rackham, which is not reproduced elsewhere within the book. Top edges red, untrimmed fore-edges.
This is a very nice copy of the Rackham illustrated Peer Gynt. The book has one bump to the fore edge of the top board, and some sunning to the spine area where the dust jacket has been lacking. The pages have some light foxing around the edges, though many pages are free of this. The plates are affected, but the foxing does not encroach onto the images. All of the plates retain their captioned tissue guards.
The dust jacket is in fair condition, having lost about one-third of the spine, with other pieces lost from the front and back panels. It also has foxing. The jacket is now held in a protective sleeve to neaten and preserve it.
A handsome book with beautiful illustrations.
Quarto sized, 25 cm (10 inches) tall, 256 pages.

£135

 

Picasso’s Vollard Suite
Introduction by Hans Bolliger

Publisher: Thames and Hudson, 1956, first edition. Black cloth quarto sized hardback with titles on the spine in white and a Picasso drawing reproduced in white on the top board. In the original dust jacket.
This book reproduces 100 etchings made by Picasso between 1930 and 1937, which were commissioned by the art critic and dealer Vollard, from whom the suite takes its name. The plates fall into several groups. The first 27 are of various subjects. These are followed by: The Battle of Love, 5 plates; Rembrandt, 4 plates; The Sculptor’s Studio, 46 plates; The Minotaur, 11 plates; The Blind Minotaur, 4 plates; and Three Portraits of Vollard.
The plates are printed on one side of each sheet only.
The book is in very good condition, with pages lightly toned at the edges, and, on the half title page, the bookplate of the Redfern Gallery Exhibition of December 1967 to January1968, which was the first London Exhibition of these etchings. Otherwise the book is clean and bright and tight in its binding. The dust jacket is also in very good condition, with some scuffs around the edges, light surface scuffing and one short closed tear (a little over 1cm long). The jacket is now in a protective cover.
Quarto, 28 cm, 11 inches, tall, xxii prelims, 1 blank leaf, plus 100 etchings on 100 leaves. 1.5kg packed.

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Staff of the Walt Disney Studios

The Tortoise and the Hare

Written and Illustrated by the Staff of the Walt Disney Studios

Publisher: Dean and Son, London, c.1935. Bound in pictorial paper covered boards, the illustration the same on both the front and back. With nine full-page colour illustrations and twelve full page line drawn plates, plus three line drawn vignettes.
This is a very lively telling of the fable of the tortoise and the hare, with sparky illustrations in the typical Disney style.
The book is in very good condition, with light marks and some bumping to the binding, pulling to the head and foot of the spine, with cracking to the paper along the front hinge, but with a sound, tight binding. There is one owner inscription dated 1941 on the front endpaper, but the rest of the book is clean and bright. A lovely book from the heyday of the Disney studios.
22.5 cm tall by 26.5 cm wide (9 inches by10.5 inches), 48 pages printed on heavy stock.

£125




The Cries of London


As they are daily exhibited in the streets;
With an epigram in verse, adapted to each,
Embellished with sixty-two elegant cuts.
To which is added,
A description of the Metropolis in verse

Printed for F. Newbery, at the Corner of St. Paul’s Church-Yard. 1771. First edition. Bound in the original Dutch floral paper-covered boards, later oversewn with grey paper.
This is the very rare first edition of Newbery’s Cries of London, of which I can find no other copy, only references to there being no known copy. It is a small chap book with woodcuts of the various trades people with their cry, each facing a verse about them, mostly uncomplimentary. At the end of the book there is a description of London in verse, followed by A Song on the City of London. These are followed by six pages of Books printed by F. Newbery.
The book is in good condition, having some defects. The backstrip of the Dutch floral paper covered binding is missing, and the whole has been covered in grey paper sewn to the boards. The small text block is shaken and has had the first two leaves sewn back in, leaving them misaligned. Five leaves are missing, comprising pages 23 to 28, 93, 94, 123 and 124.
The book has 57 woodcuts of the original 62.
Scattered foxing and occasional handling marks throughout, though many pages are mainly clean. One leaf (pages 61-62) has a small hole, but no text or image is missing. On the rear free endpaper is inscribed Elizth Harrison Her Book March 5 1775. The edges of the pages are slightly softened, and there are some turned corners.
So, a defective copy, but apparently the only one left in existence.
12mo, 10cm (4 inches) tall, pagination: title, blank, i-v, 6-22, 29-92, 95-122, 125-133, plus 6 unnumbered pages of the publisher’s catalogue. Photos available on request
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£3500


Tunis et ses Environs 

Texte et Dessins D'Apres Nature
Par
Charles Lallemand 
Cent Cinquante Aquarelles Tirées en Couleurs 

Publisher: Maison Quantin, Paris, 1890.  This is a magnificent volume bound in full maroon leather with five raised bands to the spine, and gilt decorations on the spine and boards.  All edges are gilt and there are marbled endpapers.  The book measures 12 ¼ by 9 ¾ inches, (30.5 by 24 cm).  
The text contains 150 reproductions of beautiful watercolours by the author, with jewel-like colours.  Except for very occasional light marks, and some very light scattered foxing on the preliminary pages, the book is clean and bright, and in very good condition.  
The spine has lightened a little, there are a couple of small scuffs and pressure marks on the back board and some light wear to the bottom edges of the boards.  The front endpaper has split at the hinge, but the boards are still firmly attached.  There are bookplates on the front and rear pastedown endpapers , but no inscriptions.

This is a very fine large volume giving a vivid picture, both textually and visually, of late nineteenth century Tunis.    245 pages.
4to, 9 ¾”- 12 1/2 “ tall 

 
£
360

                           

 

 

Moscou
Vu Par Henri Cartier-Bresson

Publisher: Collection Neuf/Robert Delpire, Éditeur, 1955, first edition. Bound in publisher’s oatmeal cloth, in original dust jacket.
The book is in very good condition, with a slight lean, but otherwise clean and bright. The dust jacket is in good condition, with edge chipping two short closed tears and surface wear on the spine and along the folds. It is now preserved in a protective sleeve.
This book contains 163 monochrome photographs, some double-page, a wide-ranging portrait of 1950s Moscow.
Quarto sized, 28cm (11 inches) tall.

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Izaak Walton and Charles Cotton

The Complete Angler

Extensively Embellished With
Engravings on Copper and Wood,
From Original Paintings and Drawings, by First Rate Artists
To which are added, An Introductory Essay;
The Linnaean Arrangement of the Various River-Fish Delineated in the Work;
And Illustrative Notes

Publisher: John Major, 1823, first Major edition. Bound in full green morocco with gilt titles and decorations on the spine and gilt decorations on both boards. All edges gilt.
This edition of The Complete Angler has the benefit of 14 engraved plates and 77 woodcuts within the text.
The book is in very good condition, with a little darkening to the spine, scuffing to the leather and some ink-marks on the lower board. The endpapers are a little scuffed, and the front pastedown shows signs of a bookplate having been removed. There are a few notes in pencil on the verso of the front free endpaper and two small printed cuttings describing the second Major edition and one other edition of this famous book.
There is some light foxing here and there throughout the book and a few pages at the end of the book stand a little out of line with the rest of the block, but are not loose. The book is otherwise clean and bright and is tightly bound.
Small octavo, 17 cm (6.75 inches) tall, lx, 411 pages, plus 4 pages of publisher’s advertisements.

£300


Les Européens
Photographies Par
Henri Cartier-Bresson

Publisher: Editions Verve, Paris, 1955, first edition. Folio sized book bound in decorated paper-covered boards with no dust jacket as issued. The board design is by Joan Miró.
A very nice copy of this beautiful book. The board corners are bumped and the head of the spine is pulled, causing short tears in the hinges. The back hinge is also cracked just through the surface layer. The binding is still tight and firm. Inside, there is a light touch of foxing on the first few preliminary pages. Otherwise the book is clean and bright, with 114 monochrome photographs by Bresson from 1950-55. Some very fine photography indeed.
37.5 cm tall (14.75 inches). Introduction in French and 114 photographs, complete.

£650

 

James Ford and Katherine Morrow Ford

The Modern House in America

Publisher: Architectural Book Publishing Co. Inc, 1945, fourth printing, bound in dark red cloth with titles in white on the spine and top board. In original dust jacket.
From the dust jacket; ‘The first book devoted exclusively to the modern movement in residential design within the United States. 318 illustrations of 64 houses, designed by 44 architects. Each house is accompanied by a statement from the architect or designer himself, setting forth the conditions of family composition and habits, plot topography and other factors which influenced his design. That design is clearly shown by means of photographs, floor plans, plot plans, isometric drawings, circulation and orientation diagrams, etc. Every practical means is used to show both the design itself and the conditions which influenced it.
‘Examples of Modern American Residential Design chosen range in cost from $2000 to over $150,000. They are located from coast to coast and from the Gulf of Mexico to the Great Lakes.’
Photographs are all monochrome.
The book is in very good condition, with a little fading at the top and bottom of the spine. Otherwise clean and bright and tight in its binding. The dust jacket is in good condition, with chipping and closed tears, and will be provided with a protective sleeve.
28cm, 11 inches, tall, 134 pages.

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The Work of Ernest Newton, R.A.

With An Introduction by Sir Reginald Blomfield  and a critical appreciation by
William Godfrey Newton 

Publisher: The Architectural Press, 1925, first edition.  This book is a thorough appreciation of the work of Ernest Newton, an architect who specialised in grand country houses at the beginning of the twentieth century.  The main part of the book is filled with photographs, plans and architect’s drawings of these very beautiful houses and some interior detail.

The book is bound in original maroon cloth, which has some light marks and bumping of the head and foot of the spine.  Otherwise the binding is in very good condition, with gilt titles on the spine and top board. 

The text block is tightly bound in.  There is some light scattered foxing of the eps and prelims, otherwise the pages are clean and bright.

Quarto sized (12 inches or 31 cm tall), 212 pages

£300

 

 

Robert Flynn Johnson
Essay by Donna Stein

Artist’s Books in the Modern Era 1870-2000
The Reva and David Logan Collection of Illustrated Books

Publisher: Thames and Hudson for the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, 2001, first edition. Blue cloth hardback with titles in gilt on te spine, in original dust jacket.
This book was published on the occasion of the exhibition of the same title at the California Palace of the Legion of Honor. It contains a treasure trove of imagery from the great artists of the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries, including Bonnard, Chagall, Max Ernst, Kandinsky, Paul Klee, Matisse, Picasso and many more.
The book is in near fine condition, with just a little scuffing and edge creasing to the dust jacket. Otherwise the book is clean and bright and tight in its binding.
Quarto, 28.5 cm tall, just over 11 inches, 302 pages.

£100

Atlas:1
Fine Art Photography from the World’s Great Photographic Archives

Publisher: Atlas (Litho-Tech), 2001, first edition, number 162 of an unspecified limited edition. Paper-covered hardback, titles on spine and top board.
This book accompanied an exhibition at the Gallery in Cork Street, London. It contains some beautifully reproduced monochrome photography from a number of different archives including the Aperture foundation, the Royal Geographical Society. Notable among these pictures are a set from china in the 19th Century and images of North American Indians by Edward Sheriff Curtis, from the early 20th century. There are also photographs of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s Trans-Arctic Expedition, 1914-17, by Frank Hurley, including The Endurance Beset by Ice. Much more besides of various different subjects, all of great beauty.
The book is in near fine condition, with just a little surface scuffing to the boards, otherwise clean and bright and tight in its binding. With the exhibition flyer loosely inserted.
Quarto, 30cm tall (12.5 inches), 65 pages plus 2 pages of publisher’s advertisements.

£50

 

Kate Greenaway

Under the Window
Pictures and Rhymes for Children
Engraved and Printed
By Edmund Evans

Publisher: George Routledge and Sons, undated, but 1878, first edition. Blue glazed pictorial boards with the back and front the same. Blue cloth spine, blue endpapers, all edges yellow.
This is was the first book both written and illustrated by Kate Greenaway, with what was to become her customary mix of sweet and sometimes humorous verse and beautiful illustrations, yet here mixed with a touch of the sinister. This is the first issue of the book, with no printer’s ornaments to ‘Edmund Evans’ on page 5 (the title page), ‘End of Contents’ on page 14, and the three illustrations,on pages 21, 35, and 63, which were omitted from later editions. In the case of two of these illustrations they may well have been thought to be too frightening (the witch and the child abductor), and indeed, nothing so disturbing ever appeared in a Kate Greenaway book thereafter.
The book is in very good condition, with scuffed boards which have edge wear and corner bumping. The back board has two small injuries which have taken small patches of the glazed cover paper off. The cloth spine is in good order with no splitting, but some bumping with tiny losses to the head and foot. The endpapers are clean and tidy. The binding of the book is tight and sound. There is some light foxing, mainly at the beginning and end of the book, and some staining to the upper corners of pages toward the end of the book, none of which impinges onto the images. One owner name on the title page (dated 1879). Otherwise the book is clean and bright.
24 cm (9.5 inches) tall, 64 pages.

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Kate Greenaway

Marigold Garden
Pictures and Rhymes
Printed in Colour
By Edmund Evans

Publisher: George Routledge and Sons, undated, but 1885, first edition.  Green glazed pictorial boards with the back and front the same.  Dark red cloth spine, green endpapers, all edges yellow.
This is a lovely Greenaway book with her customary mix of sweet and sometimes humorous verse and beautiful illustrations.  The book is in very good condition, with slightly scuffed boards which have edge wear and corner bumping.  The cloth spine is in very good order with no splitting, and the endpapers are clean and tidy.  The binding of the book is tight and sound.  There is a little light foxing, mainly at the beginning and end of the book, and some isolated light marks.  Otherwise it is clean and bright.
Quarto sized, 28 cm (11 inches) tall, 60 pages.

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Sacheverell Sitwell, Handasyde Buchanan and James Fisher

Fine Bird Books 1700-1900


Publisher: Collins and Van Nostrand, 1953, first, limited edition. Folio sized volume, bound in half red leather over marbled boards. Number 100 of 295 copies, signed by the three authors on the limitation page. With marbled slipcase.
This is a magnificent book, and in this limited edition it does full justice to the fine bird books it catalogues. There are 38 tissue-guarded plates, 16 of which are in full colour, and one of these is a folding plate (of the trogon, or quetzal bird), and 22 of which are monochrome.
The book is in very good condition. There is some damage with loss to the foot of the spine, and the corners are lightly bumped. The free endpapers are very lightly age-toned, and there are a very few light isolated marks to pages. The large folding plate has a slightly creased edge due to careless closing of the book, but the image is unaffected. Otherwise the book is clean, bright and tight in its binding.
The slipcase has some damage with losses to the corners and tabs of the portal, and it is slightly rubbed.
This is a large heavy book,(4.5kg packed weight), 51cm (20 inches) tall, viii, 120 pages.

£420

 

Walter Crane

Queen Summer
Or The Tourney of the Lily and the Rose
Penned and Portrayed by
Walter Crane
 
 
Publisher: Cassell & Co., 1891, first edition.  Bound in pictorial paper-covered boards with cream cloth spine, floral endpapers.  This is a very good condition copy of this book. Forty pages of gorgeous illustrations printed on one side only.
The corners of the boards are bumped, and there is some bumping along the edges of the boards.  There is a short split at the foot of the hinge, now stabilized, and the front endpaper is partly split, but the binding is sound. Apart from a very few light marks, the pages are clean and bright.
A very beautiful book.
28.5 cm tall, 40 pages plus 9 pages of publisher’s advertisements.

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Washington Irving
Illustrated by Arthur Rackham

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Publisher: George G. Harrap, 1928, first edition, second printing (in the same month and year as the first impression).
This is a beautiful edition of ‘Sleepy Hollow’ with a frontispiece and seven other full colour plates by Arthur Rackham, and numerous line drawings. The book is bound in an unusual variant publisher’s binding, of blue-green leather with yapped edges, titles and vignettes of a Rackham imp and tree from the line drawings worked onto the leather, and the dye applied variably to the leather to emphasise these elements.
The book is in very good condition, with some fading of the leather to the spine and a little loss to the yapped edge at the bottom of the spine. Some scuffing to the edges. The book has beautiful pictorial endpapers, also by Rackham, and top edges gilt. There is some very light marking to the title pages, but otherwise the book is beautifully clean and bright.
26cm tall, (10 inches), 103 pages.

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Cicely Mary Barker

The Book of the Flower Fairies

Publisher: Blackie & Son Limited, undated, 1927, first collected edition. Publisher’s green cloth with titles in gilt on the spine and top board and vignette of cowslip fairy in gilt on top board. Pictorial endpapers, also by Cicely Mary Barker.
This lovely book is illustrated with 72 full-colour plates of the flower fairies from the Spring, Summer and Autumn, all in beautiful condition. There are also quite a few line drawings.
The book is in very good condition, with a few marks to the cloth, one owner name on the front endpaper, and a very few light marks to pages. Mainly clean and bright and tight in its binding.
Octavo. 29 cm tall (7.5 inches), 92 pages plus plates.

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Written by Alfred C. Calmour
Pictured by Walter Crane

Rumbo Rhymes
Or The Great Combine
A Satire

Publisher: Harper & Brothers, 1911, first edition. Publisher’s light green cloth with dark green cloth spine. Titles in red on the spine and top board, decorations in red and green on the top board.
This is a satirical poem wherein all the beasts of the earth rise up, tired of being eaten and exploited by man, to make a plan to stop him. It is illustrated by Walter Crane in a colour double spread title page, 22 colour plates, and 9 drawings within the text, beautiful illustrations which include airplanes and submarines invading the realms of other animals.
The book is in very good condition, with marks to the cloth and slightly bumped spine ends and corners, occasional light handling marks within and one short closed tear (repaired) to one page, not affecting the text. Otherwise the book is clean and bright and tight in its binding. Printed on thick, glossy paper.
23cm tall (9 inches) 98 pages plus plates.

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Jonathan Swift
Illustrated by Arthur Rackham

Gulliver’s Travels
Into Several Remote Nations Of The World

Publisher: J.M. Dent & Co., 1909, first trade edition. Publisher’s cream cloth gilt, pictorial endpapers.
This is a gorgeous edition of Gulliver’s Travels, with 12 colour plates by Arthur Rackham, plus line drawings, some full page others within the text, and endpapers illustrated by him also.
The book is in very good condition with a darkened spine and some rubbing to the gilt, and a short split (1cm) in the top of the front hinge, which is stable. The free endpapers are slightly browned, and the book ownership panels have been filled in. There are very occasional light handling marks to some, but the book is mainly clean and bright, and is tight in its binding.
23.5cm tall (9.25 inches), 291 pages plus plates.

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Hans Andersen’s Fairy Tales

Translated by H. Oskar Sommer

With Twenty-Four Pictures in Colour by
Cecile Walton


Publisher: T.C. & E.C. Jack, 1911, first edition. Publisher’s black cloth with gilt titles and decorations. Gold and black endpapers. Top edges gilt, other edges uncut.
This is a beautiful illustrated edition of Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tales, the colour plates done in an ethereal Pre-Raphaelite style by Cecile Walton. The book is in very good condition with a little rubbing to the cloth, but with bright gilt decorations. There is one owner name on the verso of the front free endpaper, dated 1913, a few small spots to the half-title, and a very occasional isolated spot elsewhere. Two pages have their front edges trimmed off by about 1cm. The 24 plates are all clean and bright, and the book as a whole is clean and bright and tightly bound.
The book contains 32 stories, including; The Rose Elf; The Princess and the Pea; The Tinder-Box; The Little Mermaid; The Snow Queen; The Shepherdess and the Sweep; The Red Shoes; The Goloshes of Fortune; The snowman; The Wild Swans; Thumbelina; The Girl Who Trod on the Loaf of Bread; The Ice Maiden, and many more.
Large octavo, 24 cm tall (9.5 inches), vii, 431 pages.

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Henry Gilbert, Walter Crane (illustrator)

Robin Hood and the men of the Greenwood

Publisher: T.C. and E.C. Jack, 1912, first edition. Publisher’s green cloth gilt, top edges gilt, other edges uncut, decorative endpapers.
This is the much loved story of Robin Hood, his Merry Men, the Greenwood, Maid Marion and the Sheriff of Nottingham, illustrated in 16 colour plates by Walter Crane. The book is in very good condition, with some light rubbing to the gilt, some stablised splitting to the front hinge, a gift inscription from 1912 on the half-title, and occasional light marks. The plates are all clean and bright, and the book itself is mainly clean and bright, and tightly bound.
Large octavo, 24 cm tall (9.5 inches), 360 pages.

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Fairy Realm

A  Collection of the Favourite Old Tales Illustrated from the Pencil of
Gustave Dore

Told in Verse by Tom Hood.

Publisher: Ward Lock and Tyler, undated, but 1865, first edition.  Bound in publisher’s blue cloth gilt over bevelled boards.

This is an uncommon Doré title.  The tales are; The Sleeping Beauty; Little Red Riding Hood; Puss in Boots; Cinderella; Hop O’ My Thumb.  The stories are illustrated by marvellous illustrations by Doré, 23 full page plates, plus a frontispiece.  As always, modern reproductions of these illustrations always reduce then in size and do not deliver the impact of these quarto-sized Victorian editions.
The condition of this book is good.  It has been carefully rebacked with the original gilt titles from the spine cloth laid on, and the inside hinges reinforced.  The pages have handling marks throughout, edge creasing and occasional light scatters of foxing.  The plates have edge wear, some marking, mainly to the margins, occasional closed tears, some with old repairs, one instance of water staining to the plate margin, and three plates with corner triangles missing, not affecting the images.  There is one instance of a closed tear running a little way into the image, and the plate on which this occurs has three other short closed tears with old repairs, though the image remains clean and bright.  Overall, the book has the look of a volume that has been read and loved, but also cared for and preserved.  There is a gift inscription from 1866 on the verso of the frontispiece.

Quarto, 33cm tall, 91 text pages, plus plates.

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George C. Williamson

The History of Portrait Miniatures 

Publisher: George Bell & Sons, 1904, first (and only) edition, limited to 520 copies of which 510 are for sale.  This is a handsome two volume set, folio sized and bound in cream cloth with gilt titles and decorations on the spines and top boards.  Top edges gilt, other edges deckled.

This is a comprehensive work on the subject of portrait miniatures and it is illustrated with a frontispiece in Volume One and 104 further plates, most with multiple images, all in sepia monochrome, and with titled tissue guards.  The books are in very good condition, the bindings having some darkening of the cloth, mainly to the spines, and some marks.  Volume Two has a one inch, 2cm, tear to the cloth of the front lower hinge, and the corners of the boards and head and foot of the spines are bumped.  Internally, the endpapers have some light scattered foxing and there is an owner name on each front pastedown endpaper, and a note on the rear free endpaper of Volume Two.  The frontispiece in Volume One has foxing mainly around the edges, and there is a very occasional isolated light spot to other pages.  Otherwise the pages are clean and bright, and the bindings tight.

Folio, 39cm, 15 1/2 inches, tall, Volume One, prelims i-xxix, 214 pages; Volume Two, prelims i-ix, 211 pages.                                                                                

£500

 

Lewis Carroll

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
With Forty-Two Illustrations by John Tenniel

Publisher: Macmillan and Co., 1867, sixth thousand (first published in 1865). Rebound in full red leather with title in gilt on spine, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt.
This is a lovely early edition of Alice, nicely rebound. The text block is lightly uneven, there are occasional light marks to pages, and the half title has a darkened fore edge and a presentation inscription ‘Ellen Bonham from W.(?) Macmillan’. The book is mainly clean and is in very good condition.
Octavo, 19cm tall, half title, frontispiece, title, 6 pages of prelims, 192 pages.

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Charles H. Ross


The Book of Cats.
A Chit-Chat Chronicle Of Feline Facts and Fantasies, Legendary, Lyrical, Medical, Mirthful and Miscellaneous With Twenty Illustrations by the Author.
 
Publisher: Griffith and Farran, 1868, first edition.  Bound in publisher’s red cloth with gilt titles and vignettes on the spine and top board.  The book has been recased in its original boards, with a new spine and the old spine cloth laid on.  New endpapers.
This is a book by a cat lover for cat lovers.  The author expresses the belief that those who claim not to like cats are simply misinformed, and were they to get to know members of the feline race, their opinion would change.  The book contains anecdotes, myths, history and opinion, all concerned with cats.  It is written in a humorous, easy style, and wittily illustrated.  There are illustrations for the head of each of the thirteen chapters, seven full-page plates and an illustrated title page.  It is an uncommon book, and would make an unusual gift for a cat lover.
The book is in very good condition.  The corners of the boards are bumped, the text block has occasional light marks throughout, but is mainly clean, and one leaf, pages 224/5, has been supplied in facsimile.
Octavo, 18.5cm tall, viii, 296 pages, plus 32 page publisher’s catalogue.

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Kenneth Grahame
Illustrated by Arthur Rackham

The Wind in the Willows

Publisher: Methuen & Co. Ltd, 1950. This version of The Wind in the Willows, illustrated by Rackham, was first published in a limited edition in 1940, and this 1950 edition is the British first trade edition.
The book is in very good condition, bound in the publisher’s green cloth with titles in gilt on the spine, top edges green, clean and bright and tightly bound, with 12 beautiful colour plates and 12 line drawings as chapter headings.
The dust jacket is in fair condition, with losses along the lower edge, a piece missing from the back of 3cm by 9cm along the top edge, running slightly into the spine, a closed tear on the spine associated with this, and three small chips from the back of the jacket. The jacket has some small areas reinforced with archival document tape and some marks on the back from old sellotape. It is now held in a protective sleeve.
A very good copy of a beautiful Rackham edition.
Large octavo, 24 cm tall, xii, 178 pages, preface by A.A. Milne.

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Annie Berlyn
With Illustrations by Arthur Rackham

Sunrise-Land
Rambles in Eastern England


Publisher: Jarrold & Sons, 1894, 1st edition.  Publisher’s grey pictorial cloth, advertising endpapers.
This is one of the earliest books illustrated by Arthur Rackham.  There are over a hundred illustrations, 71 of which are by Rackham.  They are mainly vignettes within the text, with some full-page illustrations.  The book is a guide to East Anglia and the combination of text and illustrations give a vivid picture of the region in the 1890s.
The book is in very good condition, with the binding a little rubbed, scattered foxing to the closed page edges, light marks to endpapers, a little light scattered foxing to a couple of early pages, otherwise clean and bright and tight in its binding.
Octavo, 19cm tall, 345 pages, plus 7 pages of advertising at the front of the book and 20 at the back, including the endpapers.  Includes a Great Eastern Railway timetable dated 1894.

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John Heygate


A House for Joanna
Illustrated by Philip Gough

Publisher: Jonathan Cape, 1937, first edition. Hardback bound in pink cloth with titles in silver on the spine and a vignette of a house in dark red on the top board. Very good condition with a slightly darkened spine and board edges, slightly bumped corners, occasional light foxing, mainly clean and bright and tightly bound. Beautiful illustrations of countryside and English country houses, both full page and vignettes within the text. Illustrated endpapers.
This book is about Heygate’s second marriage to the actress Gwyneth Eliot Lloyd, the Joanna of the title, to whom the book is dedicated. It is the story of their relationship from the first days of their marriage through their acquisition of a Queen Anne House in Sussex and its extensive renovation and their struggles with country life, as for example when the well that provided all their water runs dry. The book ends just after the birth of their first child. It is written in a very light and engaging style, making it a very good read, and filled with details about the English countryside of the 1930s.
Heygate was a Northern Irish writer and journalist who was dismissed from the BBC when he was cited in the divorce proceedings between Evelyn Waugh and his wife, Evelyn Gardner. He married Evelyn Gardner in 1930, but they divorced in 1936, when he almost immediately married Gwyneth Lloyd.
Octavo, 20.5cm tall, 252 pages.

£125


Nicholas Everitt

Told at Twilight


With 46 Illustrations by A.J. Munnings

Publisher: R.A. Everett & Co. Ltd, 1904, first edition. Publisher’s light tan cloth with titles in brown on the spine and titles and vignette in brick red on the top board, signed by the author on the front endpaper.
This collection of short stories is quite an entertaining read, but perhaps its main interest lies in its being an early example of illustration work by Alfred Munnings, later to be famous as a great painter of horses. There are no horses in these illustrations, though there is a dog, and they do have great charm and variety. There are both full-page illustrations and smaller illustrations within the text and as titles for each story.
The book is in very good condition, with handling marks to the cloth, but internally clean and bright with only a couple of very light marks, and tightly bound. Rare.
Octavo, 19cm tall, 266 pages plus publisher’s catalogue (5 pages).

£300




A Victorian Practice Writing Sheet

Publisher: T. Goode, Clerkenwell.  This is a large format writing practice sheet, 50.5 by 38 cm.  The title of the sheet is Solomon’s Judgment, and the large header woodcut portrays this biblical story.  There are six further woodcuts at the sides of the sheet, illustrating quotations from Kings, and a woodcut panel at the bottom of the sheet which appears to portray a sacrifice in the temple, in which is the name of the pupil whose writing practice sheet this was “Richard Allix Dec 21st 1858”.  The centre of the sheet is filled with Master Allix’s handwritten account of the story of Solomon’s Judgement, complete with spelling errors.  From his hand, I would say that Richard Allix was about eight or nine when he wrote this.

The woodcuts all have contemporary hand-colouring.

These sheets were probably produced in some quantity, but very few survive.  This sheet is in very good condition, with age-toning, and some short closed tears around the edges, several with tissue-paper repairs.  There are also some spots around the edges, which appear to be where a low-tack adhesive has been used to mount the sheet to a backing.  There is currently no backing on the sheet.

There is a great deal of charm in the simple but dramatic woodcuts, and in the handwritten retelling of the well-known story.

£185

Illustrations to the Epitome of the Ancient History of Japan
Including illustrations to the Guide Book

Collected and Arranged by N. McLeod 

Published in Kiyoto, 1878, second edition, plate volume.  Bound in limp green brocade covers, stitched in the traditional Japanese stab binding.  The brocade is a little rubbed and faded and has some fraying at the edges and a short tear in the top cover, but the stitching is firm and strong and the covers intact.

This book is the plate volume to a very eccentric book written by McLeod to try to prove that the Japanese were one of the lost tribes of Israel and were therefore Jewish in origin.  The plates, however, stand by themselves as a fascinating and beautiful collection of imagery.  The many of the earlier plates are captioned as support for the theory, but most of the plates in the book are not.  There are portraits, illustrations of Aino houses and belongings, Buddhist and Shinto Temples, many illustrations to legends and stories such as the Forty-Seven Ronin, and much else besides. 

The book consists of a title page, preface, two page summary of the Shinto Faith, and a list of the Emperors and guide to their graves, followed by 80 pages of engravings, most double sided, and with multiple images, and a two page Contents ‘with fuller explanations’.

The condition of the book is very good, with a small area of damp staining on one corner of some pages at the beginning of the book, but on most of these pages this is quite insignificant, and nowhere touches any illustration.  Two leaves have a short closed tear, there is occasional minor creasing, a very occasional light mark, and a small puncture runs through the last seven pages, on the very edge of the plate borders.  Otherwise the book is clean and bright.  The book is protected within a custom-made folder.

The dimensions of the book are17.5 cm by 28 cm. 

£950

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Mother Goose
o
r the Old Nursery Rhymes

Illustrated by Kate Greenaway
Engraved and printed by Edmund Evans

Publisher: George Routledge and Sons, undated, 1881, first edition, second issue (the Lattice Edition), with all the second issue points present, including upside-down G on both front and back boards. Lattice pattern in green with title in dark pink on both boards.
Bound in cream cloth with pink cloth spine, olive green endpapers, in very good condition. The cloth is a little mottled, there is a gift inscription on the front free endpaper and occasional light marks throughout. One page has a tiny closed tear. Mainly clean and tight in its binding.

Contents printed on verso of the front free endpaper, followed by illustrated half title, frontispiece, title, dedication pages and 44 pages of beautiful full-colour plates, each with a one-verse nursery rhyme.

17 cm tall by 12.5cm wide.

£185

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Robert Louis Stevenson

A Child’s Garden of Verses

Illustrated by Willebeek le Mair 

Publisher: George G. Harrap & Co. Ltd., 1931, first edition.  

This is a beautiful illustrated edition of Stevenson's much-loved book of children's verse, with twelve full-colour plates by le Mair.  
The book has paper-covered boards with a brick-red cloth spine, and the top board has a vignette of a child with a sled in a snowy landscape.  The boards have some spots, light edge wear and a small damp stain to the upper corner of the back board.  
The endpapers are brown pictorial.  There is a light scatter of small foxing spots on the title page and the last page, and a very occasional light mark to other pages, but mainly clean and bright.  The plates are all clean and bright.  
This is a very good condition copy of a scarce and lovely book.

Large oblong octavo, 9 inches tall by 11 inches wide (17.5 by 27.5 cm), 72 pages.  

£200




Pictures of Early New York
On Dark Blue Staffordshire Pottery

Together with Pictures of Boston and New England
Philadelphia, the South and West
by

R.T. Haines Halsey

Publisher: Dodd, Mead & Company, New York, 1899, limited edition, one of 268 copies on hand-made paper. Bound in light brown cloth with gilt titles on the spine, gilt edging and vignette of blue plate on the top board. Edges untrimmed.

This is a very beautiful book, illustrated with gorgeous colour photogravures of the pottery, mainly in blue and white, but some illustrations of red and brown ware, and two plates of coloured wares. Many illustrations are full-page plates, others are within the text, and wherever they occur, tissue guards are bound in. This is an extraordinary and surprising look at American history through the medium of Staffordshire pottery.

The book is in very good condition, with some marks to the cloth and lightly bumped corners. One tissue guard is missing, a few have creases and one has a short closed tear. There are occasional isolated light marks to pages, and two pages have a patch of slight darkening in the upper inside corner due to a small bookmark, not affecting any text or image. Otherwise the book is clean and bright, and is tightly bound.

Quarto, 29 cm tall, xxvi, 329 pages.

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Walter Crane 

A Floral Fantasy In An Old English Garden
Set Forth in Verses & Coloured Designs

Publisher: Harper & Brothers, London, 1899, first edition.  This is a beautiful book by Walter Crane.
 All the characters of the book are flowers and plants, and the lovely plates are printed on one side of the heavy paper stock only.  The beige cloth of the binding is decorated in two shades of green , brown white and red, and the design is also embossed onto the covers, giving it a three dimensional aspect.
The book is in very good condition.  This title is often found in disbound condition.  This particular copy has had some restoration (not recent).  The book has been respined, with part of the original spine laid on.  The front decorative endpaper has been restored along the hinge, but the back endpaper is complete.

The book has a two-page half-title, printed in red and an end-piece also printed in red, depicting an artist crane shaking the hand of a floral lady.  The double-page titles are in full colour. There are 42 plates, all clean and bright, except for a mark on the first plate, and a little surface damage to the last plate

Quarto, 27 cm tall, 48 pages printed on one side only.

SOLD

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The Book of the Flower Fairies

Poems and Pictures

Cicely Mary Barker 

Publisher: Blackie & Son Limited, undated but 1927.  This is a beautiful first edition copy of The Book of the Flower Fairies, containing The Flower Fairies of the Spring, The Flower Fairies of the Summer, and the Flower Fairies of the Autumn, and in the very rare dust jacket.  There are 72 gorgeous full-colour plates and six line drawings.
The book is bound in green cloth with gilt titles on the top board and spine, and a gilt vignette of the Cowslip Fairy on the top board.  The book is in very good condition, with a scatter of light foxing on the half-title, two tiny spots on the title page, and two on the first page of the contents, a couple of tiny spots to text pages, but otherwise beautifully clean and bright.  The dust jacket has some marks, small chips and some short closed tears (see photos).  There was sellotape behind the tears, but this has now been removed and the jacket placed in a protective sleeve.  There are sellotape marks on the back of the jacket, but these do not show through to the front.  The front of the jacket has another lovely illustration by Cicely Mary Barker. 

These books continue to exert their magic even today, and this is a wonderful first edition.

Octavo, 19cm tall, 92 printed pages, plus plates.

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Aldin, Cecil

Hunting Scenes

Forty Sketches of Hunting Scenes and Countries  
Selected and arranged by Cecil Aldin
With a Memoir and Descriptive Notes  
By "Sabretache"

Publisher: Eyre & Spottiswoode, 1936, first edition.  Half cream buckram with red cloth boards, some light marks to buckram. Internally, some light spots to the half title, otherwise bright and clean. A beautiful copy of this book of hunting sketches and landscapes, with colour illustrations throughout.

Quarto, 310mm tall, 86 pages, very good condition.                                                                   
 

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Gray, Thomas

An Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard 

Sampson Low, Son & Marston, 1869, first thus. Blue cloth ver bevelled boards, decorated with gilt and black. Very good condition, corners slightly bumped, some wear to spine, head of spine has a small area of loss, and there is a small area of staining on the blind stamped back board. A Very attractive volume. All edges gilt. Monochrome portrait of Gray on title pages and 16 colour plates from drawings by R. Barnes, R.P. Leitch, E.M. Wimperis, and Others. Some light foxing, 2 plates have suffered edge creasing, repaired with tissue, not affecting the illustrations. A very attractive set of mid-19th century colour illustrations.

4to -over 9¾" -12" tall.
 
£85




Holme, Charles (editor)

Peasant Art in Italy 

The Studio Limited, 1913, first edition. Half leather and blue cloth, spine rubbed and with tears and some losses to head and foot. Ex-Finsbury Public libraries, embossed stamp on front cover, some damage to front pastedown ep where labels have been removed, library name punched through on four pages, small stamps on verso of title page and on five other pages through the book. Otherwise the book is clean and bright and in very good condition.  With 13 plates in colour and 449 monochrome photos. Covers every aspect of peasant art in Italy; houses, costumes, lace, embroidery, textiles, carpets, jewellery, woodcarving, metal work, pottery, basket work and more.

4to -over 9¾" -12" tall

£28

 

W.G. Waters

The Pecorone of Ser Giovanni: Now First Translated Into English 

Lawrence and Bullen Ltd, 1897. Large 4to, limited edition 157/600. Moire silk covered boards, spine faded, edges worn. Gilt titles on spine and vignette on front cover. Very good condition. Foxing to eps and edges. Scattered light foxing spots throughout, though most pages clean and bright. Italian tales of the 14th century, in the vein of the Decameron. Many erotic. Here illustrated by 11 lovely plates, drawn by E. R. Hughes and engraved by the Swan Electric Engraving Co. Several of the plates feature attractive naked ladies in distress. One plate has lost its paper guard and has offset onto the facing page, but this plate and the others are in very good condition.

4to -over 9" -12" tall 
 

£35



Edgar Wallace

This England 

Hodder & Stoughton, 1927, first edition. Red cloth hardback, very good condition. One small owner name on ffep, browning to half-title, otherwise clean and bright. A series of portraits of 1920s life, first printed as newspaper articles, on such subjects as 'Our Burglars', 'The Idle Rich', 'The Modern Girl', 'Sea Talk', all illustrated with witty drawings of the characters portrayed, by Bert Thomas.

8vo -over 7¾" -9¾" tall

£45



Baudelaire & Walton, Alan Hull (Translator)

Selections From Baudelaire 

The Fortune Press, 1941, first edition, limited to 500 copies on handmade paper. Dark blue cloth, with slight fading where the covering dust jacket has browned on spine and edges. Very good condition, pages clean and bright, with full-page illustrations and some smaller decorations by Anthony Moore, plus drawings of Baudelaire and Jeanne Duval.

4to -over 9¾" -12" tall

£30