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London, [printed by Charles Whittingham] for W. T. Gilling 1821. The Rare 1821 Reissue, near-contemporary tan calf over marbled paper sides, spine elegantly gilt, all edges of text block gilt. Large 4to, + 175, title-page faintly dusty and just slightly creased at inner margin, binding a little rubbed or scuffed at extremities, else an excellent mellow copy. With handsome 19th century armorial bookplate of James Waller Sidney with motto Quo Fata Vocant. *** The Rare 1821 Reissue : the title calls for 6 plates, but in this copy only the hand-coloured aquatint of the Storming Of St Sebastians is present [drawn & etched by W. Heath, aquatinted by J. C. Stadler]. The Wars Of Wellington was originally issued in 1819 with 30 plates : this 1821 Reissue was provided with a new title-page calling for only 6 plates. The work is an imitation of William Combe's famous series of Dr Syntax narrative poetical works : here the very long narrative poem is supported by extensive factual prose footnotes. See Tooley 154 describing this as A Syntax Imitation; and see Abbey : Life In England 358. A rare book : no copy listed in The Sandler Collection. See COPAC listing 2 copies only of the 1819 Edition [in the British Library and at Birmingham] : and no copies at all of this 1821 Reissue. (Book ref. 9296)
Double Crown Club 1974. The Menu a sheet of textured card folded once to form 4 pages c. 19 x 19 cms, the front cover with a spray of William Morris leaves printed in green, the interior printed in Morris's Kelsmcott Press Troy type. In fine condition. <> About 100 copies only designed and printed by Sebastian Carter at the Rampant Lions Press. With texts in Morris's Kelsmcott Press Troy type which had been specially cast at Oxford University Press, from the original matrices held by Cambridge University Press, for use in the Rampant Lions superb edition of the Morris & Burne-Jones Cupid & Psyche. Sebastian Carter spoke on Morris and Burne-Jones's Cupid & Psyche Project, Its Origin and Completion. (Book ref. 9395_)
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)
Privately Printed 1959 First Edition, c.pp54 with the top edge gilt, quarter gilt morocco over attractive marbled paper boards. Couple of corners a little scuffed, else an excellent copy. <> 100 copies attractively printed by Brooke Crutchley at Cambridge University Press. A series of poems by Victor Scholderer, the well-known Caxton scholar. (Book ref. 9535)
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)
London, Country Book Club 1955. Green cloth with patterned green and white dustwrappers. 8vo [binding c.22 x 14 cms], pp287, backstrip slightly faded, dustwrappers slightly darkened along backstrip and just chipped at head and foot, else a very good copy. Illustrated with c.64 very attractive woodcut country scenes. § First published 1953. Canadian-born naturalist's lyrical account of the English countryside and its wildlife around Epping Forest, Essex, during the period 1934 to 1948. The first of only a handful of books to be illustrated by Harry Pettit, wildlife artist, ecologist and associate of the naturalist Peter Scott. This copy with endpaper inscribed 'Chloris Hughes Stanton, 2 Cedar House, Marloes Rd W8'. She was the daughter of the artist Sir Herbert Hughes-Stanton, and sister of the artist and book illustrator Blair Hughes-Stanton. She was painted by William Russell Flint at her father's house in Cagnes, France in 1926. (Book ref. 9521)
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 1971. White card c. 27 x 16 cms with text printed in red. With 2 transparent paper overlays, one with pencil-drawn lower-case letter c, the other with letter d, an excellent copy of a particularly fragile piece. § About 100 copies only printed by John Miles using Matthew Carter's type drawings. Matthew Carter spoke on Aspects Of Contemporary Type Design. (Book ref. 9383)
Double Crown Club 1971. Sheet of cream paper c. 28 x 20 cms printed in black with two small heraldic shields in blue, pin-prick hole in blank top margin, and signs of two horizontal folds to fit a standard letter envelope, else excellent. § About 100 copies only printed in the style of Newdigate at the Shakespeare Head Press. 'Members may invite their wives, but as the number of places is limited, it may not be possible to invite any additional guests'. With 26-line text detailing arrangements for the activities of the day. (Book ref. 9382)
Double Crown Club 1971. 4 pages c. 28.5 x 19 cms french-fold on thick textured paper, tiny thumb-nick to margins, final blank page just slightly darkened at top and bottom edge, else very good. § About 100 copies only printed by R. S. Atterbury's Westerham Press, the illustration printed with the assistance[?] of Harold Hugo, who also gave a talk describing his work at The Meriden Gravure Company. With a full-page print of the engraving Leaves & Tree by Anthony Gross, signed and numbered 7/8 by Gross. (Book ref. 9381)
Double Crown Club 1970. Together 2 items. The Menu printed in mauve and blue on large stiff white card c. 30 x 23 cms, corners just nudged, small marginal spot. The Invitation printed in matching style in green and gold on stiff white card c. 20 x 15 cms, with neat ink annotation cheque 'sent 4/11/70. Guest Graham D.', else excellent. § About 100 copies only. Designed by Herbert Spencer and printed by Lund Humphries. Both items based on a swirling Art Nouveau design by Henry van de Velde for the Continental Havana Compagnie. Fernand Baudin spoke on Henry van de Velde & Typography. (Book ref. 9380)
Double Crown Club 1970. Signed by Ruari McLean , DCC President.* 4 pages c. 20 x 11 cms french-fold on thick cream paper. Printed in black with numerous type decorations in ochre in typical Dwiggins style. Excellent condition. § About 100 copies only. Designed by Stuart Rose, printed by Moore & Matthes. Rollo Silver spoke on W. A. Dwiggins : Six Points Of An American Nonpareil, and showed slides by Dorothy Abbe. (Book ref. 9379)
Double Crown Club 1969. Together 2 items. The Menu in burgundy wrappers c. 29 x 23 cms with striking gilt titling. Containing a sewn-in tinted sheet, the 4 pages printed in cerise and green. Very slight wear, else excellent. The Invitation on tinted paper, the two wings folded over to form c. 9 x 20 cms, printed in green throughout, fine. § Designed by Hans Schmoller and printed by David Gentleman at Cambridge University Press. The burgundy wrappers strikingly printed with outsize DCC initials in gilt, the initials themselves formed by various exotic fruits. A larger than normal gathering : 'The Committee especially hopes to welcome many of our honorary members from here and overseas ... Members' wives are welcome ... and may bring up to two additional guests'. (Book ref. 9377)
Double Crown Club 1968. Stiff tinted card folded twice to give 6 panels each c. 23 x 16 cms. Excellent. § About 100 copies only : designed by Iain Bain and printed at the Stellar Press. The triple extended cover printed with a reproduction of a 15thC woodcut panorama of Florence. The interior with a tipped-in photo of flood-damaged books and shelves in the Biblioteca Nazionale in Florence 1966. Peter Waters (!), Roger Powell & Sydney Cockerell gave a talk describing Books & Floods : Florence & Lisbon. (Book ref. 9375)
Double Crown Club 1963. Sheet of stiff white card folded once to give 4 pages c. 29 x 19 cms. Printed in red and black. A few light foxing-like spots along top strip of front page, else very good. § About 100 copies only. Printed principally in Cyrillic caps : with explanatory texts in a smaller size of roman types in red. John Commander and Rowley Atterbury addressed the meeting. 'The theme of the evening is Design & The Printing Industry. In the more neurotic areas of this field, the harassed designer might ultimately tire even of the roman alphabet itself. Following this nightmare, we give you a menu entirely in the usual English and French, as it might appear had some trick of history endowed us with the characters of St Cyril instead of those of Rome.' (Book ref. 9374)
Double Crown Club 1963. 4 pages c. 25 x 17 cms french-fold on thick tan paper, excellent. § About 100 copies only. Elegant title-page borders in red-brown adapted by Hugh Williamson from a design by Frederic Warde : and with five other designs of fleurons also printed in red-brown. Printed by Benham. (Book ref. 9373)
Double Crown Club 1962. Stiff green wrappers c. 29 x 18 cms with elegant DCC initials in matt gold. Containing a tipped-in folded sheet of contrasting acid yellow card printed in brown and ochre. Excellent copy. § About 100 copies only. Designed and printed by Will Carter. (Book ref. 9372)