Clifford, W.H.; J.C. Whimper (editor and illustrator); Bradley, J.W. and T.G. Goodwin with J.J. Laing (revised and enlarged with notes and illustrations); Charles H. Weingall
London: J. Barnard & Son, no date, circa 1860. Hardcover. Includes: Heraldry, and Heraldic Painting: with a Complete Elucidation of the Laws, Usages, and Practice of Heraldry; and a Dictionary of Its Charges, Figures, and Language by Clifford, W.H.; J.C. Whimper (editor and illustrator). London: J. Barnard & Son, no date. 4 pages of ads, color frontis, 56 pages plus 8 pages of ads.
A Manual of Illumination on Paper and Vellum by Bradley, J.W. and T.G. Goodwin. Revised and illustrated by J.J. Laing. London: Windsor & Newton, no date. Nineteenth Edition. 100 pages plus "index of illustrations" plates.
A Guide to Animal Drawing for the Use of Landscape Painters by Charles H. Weingall. London: George Rowney & Co., 1868. Seventh edition. 50 pages plus plates of animals (horses, cows, deer, geese, rabbits, dogs, a cat, and more).
All works have been trimmed and bound together in an "Emerson Binder" with internal clips and threaded needles intact. The boards are three-quarter black leather over pebbled black cloth. Gilt title, author, and volume on spine read: "Illumination Etc., IV, Kurtz." Presumably this was one of many works bound in a similar style by the previous owner, Charles M. Kurtz of New York. His bookplate, penned name, and stamp of gold skull and crossbones with - perhaps fraternity symbols? of Phi Delta Kappa surrounding it - on the front pastedown. His name also appears on preliminary leaves of several of the bound in books, along with different addresses and dates. A few sheets of lined notebook paper proceed the books. A hand written table of contents is present on the first page. Even toning to interior. Offsetting from leather turn-ins to to first and last few pages. Clean and bright overall. All pages including plates have been trimmed, in some cases affecting the edges of images or plate numbers. Chipping to cormers of several pages.
Chalres McMeen Kurtz (1855 - 1909) was an American art critic, author, and museum curator. He studied at the National Academy of Design in New York City when he was using these books (based on the date of 1876 being written on the verso of the frontis of the heraldry book). Kurtz was involved with several major art exhibitions including the World's Columbian Exposition and Paris Exposition of 1900. ART/032323. Very Good. More