Paris: Chez Poinçot, 1789. Hardcover. A collection of 44 beautiful handcolored botanical plates of which 38 are of various flowers and 6 comprise a visual dictionary of botanical terms. Each plate is accompanied by a page of text describing the plant and its qualities. The plates are in near fine condition but unfortunately the leather binding is not. It is chipped, scuffed, and bumped, and the top half of the spine is missing. The front board is almost detached although the text block is firm. Endpapers have spotting and the title page has browning to edges. Small octavo. Unpaginated. NATURE/072021.
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London: Blackie & Son, 1884. Hardcover. Engraved from important works by distinguished modern painters, and from authentic state portraits. With descriptive historical sketches. These two substantial volumes have 69 handsome plates that illustrate important events and persons in the history of England and Scotland. Bound in three quarter brown leather with black cloth covers. Leather is chipped, rubbed, and bumped. Spine has raised bands with dark brown title labels. Covers have signs of wear and handling. All edges gilt. Hinges reinforced. Light spotting to first and last few pages but otherwise clean and bright. Someone scrawled her name and address on a free front endpaper of Volume II. A nice set in very good condition. Will require extra postage. Quartos. Volume I: 182 pages plus plates; Volume II: 171 pages plus plates. ENG/101921. Very Good.
New York: Limited Editions Club, 1934. Hardcover. Number 930 of 1500 copies signed by Pablo Picasso. This famed edition of Aristophanes's play Lysistrata is considered by many critics to be one of the very finest books published by Limited Editions Club. One of the most ribald works of antiquity,it is illustrated here with Picasso’s magnificent etchings and drawings. It is the only American publication with original etchings by Pablo Picasso and signed by him. Many scholars feel his etchings in this volume are among his most important in the classical style. This edition contains the translation of Gilbert Seldes who translated the text for a stage revival. Seldes was an American writer and cultural critic who served as the editor and drama critic of the seminal modernist magazine The Dial. George Macy, the founder of Limited Editions Club, wrote of this edition, which he designed: "To illustrate Lysistrata, Picasso has given us six etched copperplates and forty pencil drawings. Each plate, each drawing, bears witness to his mastery of method and technique. His line is sure, confident; it cries out to the world that the man who drew it knows what he was about. And the line is pure, it is that sort of line of which even the Greeks used to say that this is 'pure Grecian line.' The etchings which Picasso did for the edition were printed by hand by Charles Furth of New York." [George Macy Imagery Blog]. Bound in heavy boards covered with a three color patterned paper of cream, red, and blue with a design made by LeRoy Appleton from the Picasso drawings. The binding is very good + with very slight edge wear. In a glassine cover that is split along spine and torn along edges. The interior text pages and original etchings are clean and bright in near fine condition. Housed in a blue cloth chemise slipcase that unfortunately is soiled, stained, and worn, with top and bottom edges of chemise missing. Title spine to slipcase is partly detached and soiled. Printed in Caslon types in black and sanguine on Rives paper. Prospectus laid in. Despite problems with slipcase and glassine wrapper the book itself is beautiful. Quarto. 117 pages plus colophon. PRI/100521. Near Fine in Poor Slipcase.
London: John Murray, (1840). First edition of this impressively beautiful folio of thirty plates illustrating the author's theories about Norman architecture in Sicily. Henry Gally Knight (1786-1846) was a member of parliament, traveler, and writer. After early unsuccessful attempts to write poetry, he studied and wrote about architecture. He made tours of Sicily and Normandy to study the architecture of those regions. Knight wrote in his preface: "It is the object of this Work to afford a view of the Architecture of the Normans in Sicily, of the singular difference of the style which they employed in Sicily from that which they employed in any other country, and to explain how that difference arose. The Drawings were taken from the buildings themselves by a professional architect and have, at least, the merit of exact fidelity." He believed that the Normans adopted the pointed arches of Sicily rather than building the round arches of France. The stunning lithographic plates include illustrations of landscapes, buildings, details of exteriors and interiors and doors. Three of the plates are hand-colored. Bound in contemporary three quarter black leather with multi-colored marble boards. Leather is chipped, rubbed, and bumped. Gilt ruling and titling to spine. Marbled boards are scuffed and rubbed. Evidence of label having been removed from spine and glue remains from signout card on rear free endpaper. Light spotting to interior pages generally not affecting images. The front pastedown provides some provenance information. Bookplate of Frances Mary R Richardson Currer (1785-1861), A British heiress and important book collector in her time. She died at Eshton Hall [Wikipedia]. There is a handwritten note affixed under her bookplate saying the book was bought by Sir John Horsfall at the sale of the Eshton Hall collection at Christie's London 1916. Given by Sir John to Mr. FW Petty, Given by Mr. Petty to Geo Turner Conoley (?) in 1916. A very good copy. Measures 15 x 22 inches. Pages 1-6 with preface, list and description of plates. All plates present without original tissue guards. ARCH/042021.
London: George Allen, 1893. Hardcover. This text is substantially a reprint of essays originally published in Loudon's Architectural Magazine beginning in 1837. The essays are in two parts: the first describing the cottages of England, France, Switzerland, and Italy. The second part is on the villas of Italy and England. The illustrations are taken from drawings by Ruskin, done as a series of plates "executed in the best possible style of photogravure" [Introduction]. There are fourteen plates, a color frontispiece, and fourteen text illustrations. Bound in full dark blue leather with raised bands on spine with gilt titling and fleurs de lis. On the cover is a gilt oval seal with a figure in the middle and the words "Deo Dante Dedi" [I have given to God] encircling it. The leather is somewhat worn and the spine has faded . Marbled endpapers and paper edges. The front hinge is cracked and weak, and a previous owner used non-archival tape along the hinge to strengthen it. Rear joint and hinge are also tender. Interior pages are quite clean. Save for binding issues in very good condition. Measures 8.5 x 11 inches. viii; 261 pages. ARCHITECT/092821. Very Good.
London: Printed at the Chiswick Press for George Allen, 1897. Hardcover. One of 1000 sets on paper (there were an additional 28 on vellum).A magnificent edition of The Faerie Queene with Crane's glorious illustrations. Walter Crane (1845-1915) was renowned as an illustrator, artist, decorator, and designer during his career. This was Crane’s most elaborate and extensive commission as a book illustrator. It was inspired by the revival of the private press, particularly the Kelmscott Press, as well as by the transition from Art Nouveau to Arts and Crafts, and by the importance of the illustrator in book production, bound white cloth, with gilt spine lettering plus a large Art Nouveau design in gilt stamped to the front boards. This was originally issued in 19 parts, and all of the original salmon colored pictorial front wrappers are bound in. There are 88 mostly full page (one double page) black on white and white on black illustrations and 132 head or tail pieces, all from woodcut designs by Crane. The boards show very light wear and spines are slightly darker than covers. The texts are very tight throughout with front hinge to volume I somewhat cracked. Pages with some light aging to the margins and just a few have a light speckle. All volumes are in very good or better condition. 1546 pages. PRI/ 042821. Very Good.