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Cambridge, Macmillan 1881. First Edition, original dark blue cloth, the front cover very handsomely lettered and illustrated in gilt, top edges of the pages gilt, others uncut. Folio c.41 x 28 cms, pp6 Intro + 56 leaves each engraved on one side only. Front endpaper with vertical crease, and some of the loose-leaf tissue guards creased as ever. Binding just slightly darkened at edges, one or two light marks, but overall an excellent bright copy of a large and vulnerable book. <> A very handsome period book : the etchings superbly printed, black and velvety, on a thick textured paper. Comprises an etched and illustrated title-page + 25 small etched and illustrated title-panels + 38 etchings of Cambridge and its environs. A number of the etchings are accompanied by etched descriptive texts. Farren 1832 - 1912 was a leading Cambridge-born topographical artist & etcher. <> With an Introduction by John Willis Clark, a leading Cambridge bibliophile and antiquary and author of a number of important books on Cambridge buildings. <> An 'apprehension that the pace of change was accelerating and a legacy of beauty being recklessly squandered may be discerned in the commentary composed about 1880 by Robert Farren, a Cambridge topographer and engraver, as he took his readers by the hand and led them down Castle Hill into the heart of the city, to look at the non-university buildings of the ordinary citizens' Cambridge that was his immediate concern. A Ruskinian, revering the Middle Ages and abhorring the recent past, he mingled praise of the few ancient structures he discovered with regrets that so many had been destroyed ... Eight engravings were enough to record the non-university buildings Farren thought of aesthetic value in the city centre, which he abandoned to register his impressions of Stourbridge Common', and to record the churches, and the ruins of churches, on the outskirts of the city (see Searby : History of the University of Cambridge). (Book ref. 9544)
Stour Valley Art Project 1999. First Edition, original cream wrappers handsomely titled and decorated in black. Landscape 8vo, c.14 x 21 cms, c.pp44 of facsimile hand-written text in blue with 2 full-page colour photo illustrations, tiny mark or bump at extreme head of backstrip, an excellent copy. <> Edition designed by Hamish Fulton and limited to 500 numbered copies. An attractive piece by the famous 'walking artist' : based on a series of walks in the Stour Valley in Kent. 'This small book constitutes my commissioned work of art ... There are no words in nature. What follows here is the flow of words unedited from my walk diary and later re-written for this publication'. (Book ref. 9543)
London, NdA Press 1984 - 1986. 7 small booklets, each c.pp16 plus covers, each in different coloured illustrated wrappers. Printed from cartoon-style hand-drawn texts and illustrations throughout. In excellent condition. <> Scarce. An excellent long run of this amusing series. Comprises 7 issues (completed in 1988 with issue 10) detailing in delightful naive style the soul-searching anxieties plaguing Augustine's life. Comprises 1. Augustine Escapes : 2. Augustine Finds the Ultimate Deterrent : 3. Augustine Seen : 4. Augustine and Inertia : 5. Augustine Private and Public : 6. Augustine Not In Love : 7. Augustine and Identity. An uncommon run of quirky little items by Natalie d'Arbeloff, the well-known London-based print maker and producer of small press and artist's books. (Book ref. 9538_)
London, Lonsdale [c.1860s] Handsome morocco volume c. 15 x 12 cms containing family photographs. Comprises 23 photo portraits inserted front and back into 12 thick card leaves each printed with gilt arched frames, and bound in dark green morocco handsomely decorated in gilt and blind, the card leaves with all edges gilt, the binding with double brass clasps. In excellent condition. <> A series of single-figure studio portraits by John Smith Lonsdale, who advertises himself here as : Artist & Photographer, 100 Fleet Street, London E.C. Lonsdale was born in Scotland in 1829, and seems to have worked only briefly as a photographer : from 1863 - 1864 in his Fleet Street studio, and from 1864 - 1869 at 54 Chancery Lane. He also had a brief career as a portrait painter 1866 - 1867. Lonsdale died at St Pancras in London in 1897. Photographs by Lonsdale appear to be scarce : the Victoria & Albert Museum locates only one, an 1860s portrait of Alice Marriott, the celebrated actress-manager of Sadlers Wells best-known for her role as Hamlet. (Book ref. 9536)
London, Jarrold & Sons [1887]. First Edition, original red cloth with a striking design in black and gilt. C.pp193, an excellent bright copy. With 11 full-page plates and 8 text illustrations. Also with numerous decorative head and tail-pieces, and decorative opening initials. § Scarce children's book : only 3 copies located in British libraries. An early exhortation on the avoidance of cruelty to domestic animals : includes also chapters on the elephant and the camel. The illustrations are probably by a variety of artists : at least two of the full page plates are by Harrison Weir 1824 – 1906, the highly successful natural history illustrator who was 'steadfast in his devotion to animal welfare' (Ingpen). He originated the first cat show, and was an expert breeder and judge of poultry. The author is most probably William Smith, the Scottish architect of Balmoral Castle. 'His only interests outwith architecture were music, children and animals' (DSA). (Book ref. 9531)
Whittington Press 1997. Folio, original woodcut-illustrated wrappers over stiff boards. With numerous illustrations and typographical examples tipped-in. Also loosely enclosed are a flyer for Matrix 18 : and Whittington News No 4, Jan 1998. An excellent unused copy, bright, fresh and very handsome. § Edition Limited to 770 copies [and 80 Specials]. Includes important articles on a Washi Tour in Japan, on Oxford Bible Types, on the Golden Cockerel Press, Maximilien Vox, Hermann Zapf, Lissitzky, Bruce Rogers, Caslon Type, Van Krimpen &c. (Book ref. 9528)
New York, Putnam 1906. First Edition thus, stiff vellum boards with striking gilt design by Margaret Armstrong. Tall 8vo [binding c. 23.5 x 16 cms] with all edges gilt, backstrip and edges of binding lightly dusty, else an excellent copy of a vulnerable book. Endpaper with neat pencil inscription 'To Kitty from Frank. Ap 6/09'. § Rare Limited Edition : this is No 15 of 100 copies only printed on Japanese vellum. The limitation notice mistakenly calls for the book to be signed, but the 100 copies were all issued unsigned. A lovely romantic fin-de-siecle book, in a striking edition binding with the MA monogram of Margaret Armstrong, one of the outstanding woman binding designers of the period. Atmospherically illustrated with 6 full-page tissue-guarded sepia plates, and 20 pages with large woodcut headpieces and page decorations all printed in black and various single colours, and with similarly illustrated half-title, title, contents and colophon leaves, all by Frederick Simpson Coburn, the important Canadian artist and book illustrator. (Book ref. 9526)
Oxford, Inky Parrot Press 1985. Artist's Presentation Copy : and with 3 additional cards and illustrations signed by artist Wilton Priestner.* Tan boards strikingly illustrated allover with numerous line drawings, with matching illustrated slip-case. Folio [binding c. 31 x 23 cms], c.pp155, spine just fractionally sunned, a fine copy. § Wild extravagant nudity : Edition Limited to 360 numbered and signed copies [and a few hand-coloured Specials]. Exceptionally attractive book. Profusely illustrated with hundreds of idiosyncratic scratchy line drawings which, with a great deal of wildly extravagant nudity and sexuality, stress the imperfections and the corruption both of the flesh and of the world. Edition Limited to 360 copies in Garamond designed by Dennis Hall, set on a Monotype Lasercomp and printed litho. Typically exuberant Inky Parrot production. This copy numbered in Priestner's hand 9 of 360 and signed by him : and with an amusing Presentation Inscription to Dennis, very possibly the Inky Parrot owner and designer Dennis Hall. With an original etching in colour of Candide in the form of a large Christmas Card c.19 x 25 cms signed by Priestner : a colour-printed version of the same card, also signed by Priestner and with an amusing inscription in his hand : and finally with a full-page colour illustration of an uproariously nude Paquette [taken from the extremely limited hand-coloured issue of this book] signed in pencil by Wilton Priestner. (Book ref. 7602)
Double Crown Club 1973. Together 2 Items. The Menu a folded glossy card c. 29 x 20 cms printed with illustration, and containing a folded sheet of gossamer paper printed on 2 pages. The Invitation a matching folded glossy card but smaller at c. 13.5 x 18 cms in size. Both items in excellent condition. § About 100 copies only designed by Kh. Bayat and produced at RCA [Royal College of Art]. The illustration a witty design of two ink bottles with salt and pepper pot tops. Christopher Cornford spoke about proportions : In Defence Of An Obsession. (Book ref. 9392)
London, John Lane, The Bodley Head 1924. First Selwyn Image Edition, roy.8vo [binding c. 24 x 16 cms], olive green-brown cloth lettered and with Bewick vignette in black, top edge of text block tinted red, others uncut. C.pp306, small attractive bookplate on half-title, larger bookplate removed from front pastedown, gutters of endpapers resealed with tape, binding bit worn and dulled, overall a stout copy. With portrait plate of Bewick + 60 other Bewick illustrations in text. § The first modern edition of Bewick's Memoir : 'There has been no reprint of the book since its first publication in 1862, and it has long been difficult to obtain a copy' [Selwyn Image : Intro]. (Book ref. 9451)
Oxford University Press 1975. First Bain Edition, roy.8vo [binding c.24 x 15.5 cms], gilt cloth & pictorial brown dustwrappers. C.pp310, endpaper with small attractive bookplate on front endpaper, and newspaper cutting on rear endpaper, dustwrappers just slightly faded along backstrip, else very good. With 8 plates & numerous Bewick illustrations in the text. § Best Edition : the first complete original text : together with a substantial introduction, by a leading Bewick authority, making use of hitherto unpublished Bewick letters, and clearly explaining both Bewick's methods of engraving and the printing techniques of the period. (Book ref. 9450)
Oxford University Press 1975. First Edition, 3 Vols, small folios [bindings c.28 x 19 cms], original grey cloth lettered in gilt, neat modern booklabel on front pastedowns. Total c.1235pp, and with 32 colour plates and 162 other illustrations. Gilt cloth just slightly marked, else a very good set. § Superb prize-winning historical and bibliographical work. (Book ref. 9448)
Orpington, Kent, George Allen 1884 & 1885. 2 Volumes, publisher's original dark green roan gilt. 8vos [bindings c.18 x 12 cms], c.pp310 + 368, with all edges of the text block gilt. Name stamp of William Peers of Bury on blank corner of title-page and on endpaper, and small attractive modern woodcut booklabel on front paste-down. Vol 1 backstrip bit rubbed and joints splitting, Vol 2 in very good condition, both vols very clean and fresh internally. § Pocket Edition - edited down by Ruskin himself - of the original very extensive text of The Stones Of Venice. (Book ref. 9505)
London, Tate Gallery 1972. First Edition, green cloth with scarlet and gilt label, illustrated red dustwrappers. Small 4to [binding c.25 x 18.5 cms], pp133, small attractive modern woodcut booklabel on front paste-down [mainly hidden behind dustwrapper flap], dustwrappers lacking section from back panel but neatly and unobtrusively repaired, else very good. With colour frontispiece + 6 other colour plates and with 252 black-&-white illustrations. § Authoritative work by the Surveyor of the Queen's Pictures. (Book ref. 9508)
Neri [c. 1991]. Stiff glossy white portfolio containing 12 publications each c. 30 x 21 cms. Some slight bumping to portfolio, else all in excellent condition. § Comprising a dozen handsome publications from the leading Italian firm Neri. 1. Casting An Eye On Italy : a journey through Italian Piazzas & Gardens of the 19th & 20th Centuries with an exhibition of masterpieces from the Italian Museum of Cast Iron, Longiano, Rimini : 63pp fully illustrated 2. Ascoli Piceno : Stone & Light : 16pp fully illustrated + 8pp insert 3. Vicenza : History of Light : 16pp fully illustrated + 4pp insert 4. Cast-Iron Objects for Urban Decor : Techniques of Restoration : 16pp fully illustrated 5. Cast-Iron Bollards : 8pp fully illustrated 6. Cast-Iron Post & Street Clocks : 4pp fully illustrated 7. Cast-Iron Drinking Fountains : 4pp fully illustrated 8. Cast-Iron Kiosks : 8pp fully illustrated 9. Cast-Iron Bus Shelters : 4pp fully illustrated 10. Cast-Iron Benches : 8pp fully illustrated 11. Cast-Iron Gazebos : 16pp fully illustrated 12. Cast-Iron Lighting : 58pp fully illustrated. (Book ref. 9438)
Alsop; with Northampton Borough & County Councils [1990s]. Booklet c. 15 x 21 cms with stiff pink wrappers with designs in white and green. 84pp fully illustrated throughout in colour, excellent copy. § Fully illustrated booklet on the regeneration of Northampton, led by the outstanding Northampton-born modern architect Will Alsop. (Book ref. 9436)
San Francisco, John Windle 1998. Illustrated white wrappers. Tall 8vo, c.pp44 including 2 illustrations, excellent. § Useful catalogue of a number of important Blake books : also of 6 separate Blake prints : and a good collection of books about Blake. (Book ref. 9006)
Frankfurt, Stadelsches Kunstinstitut & Galerie 1975. Complimentary Copy.* Laminated wrappers with colour illustration. 4to, c.pp248, an excellent copy. Includes c.490 b&w illustrations + 16pp colour plates. § Edition Limited to 500 copies. This copy with signed British Council compliments slip. Comprises essays on Blake by Klaus Gallwitz, Werner Hofmann, Johannes Kleinstueck, Siegmar Holsten, and a reprint of Henry Crabb Robinson's 1811 essay : and a 148pp Catalogue by David Bindman. All texts in German. Handsome & profusely illustrated catalogue. (Book ref. 9005)
Warren Editions 1969. Folded sheet of Barcham Green hand-made paper forming 4pp octavo, p1 printed with artist's name, p2 with illustration of a Nash pen and ink flower drawing, p3 with bibliographical information, p4 blank. In excellent condition. § The edition was to be limited to only 65 Portfolios produced by Jonathan and Phillida Gili at Warren Editions. (Book ref. 9312)
Double Crown Club, Leicester College Of Art 1958. Vellum wrappers titled in gilt, sm.8vo, c.pp16, one or two light marks to the vulnerable wrappers, but an excellent copy. With 4 full-page illustrations printed in red by Rigby Graham. § 150 copies only printed on green tinted paper with contrasting burgundy endpapers. (Book ref. 9323)