February 2024

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1. Alken, Henry [Apperley, C.J.] by Nimrod.

Memoirs of the Life of the late John Mytton ... with notices of his hunting, shooting, driving, racing, and extravagant exploits by Nimrod ... reprinted from the New Sporting Magazine.

London: Rudolph Ackermann, 1835. First edition. 108 pages. 21 x 13.5 cm. Twelve hand-colored etched plates, the design and etching by Henry Alken, the aquatint by E. Duncan. Apperley had been Mytton's neighbour in Shropshire, and both had lived together in Calais to avoid creditors. "Apperley's task was to write the life of a man who, while he was one of the most heroic sportsmen that ever lived, was also drunken, diseased and insane, and he performed the task with admirable judgment. [Cambridge History of English and American Literature, vol. XIV]. Three of the plates in this first edition (2, 8 and 9) did not appear in the second edition and valued highter than the second edition which had 18 plates. Owner inscription front cover pastedown. Nick to backstrip foot. ABBEY LIFE, 385. GORDON RAY 48. Orig. brown cloth decorated in blind, front cover scroll device lettered in gilt. Very good in fine full red morocco pull-off case by Riviere & Son. $1,750.00


2. _____.

Illustrations To Popular Songs.

London: Thomas McLean, 1823. Second edition. Unpaginated. 25 x 36 cm. Thirty two of 42 engraved color plates including the frontispiece all with hand coloring printed recto only with blanks between each plate. All color plates bright and sharp from publisher's "Repository of Wit & Humor, 20 Haymarket, 1822." Rubbing to spine head and foot with all interior images and text very bright and fresh.TOOLEY 37. Original half red roan, and matching red cloth, sine and front cover lettered in gilt. $250.00


3. _____.

Sporting Scrap Book.

London: Thomas McLean, [1824]. First edition. No text. 27 x 19 cm. 50 hand-colored plates, many with multiple images, of the fifty plates, twenty are full paged sporting scenes, well drawn and nicely coloured, and printed on heavy paper. All plates printed recto only. Bright, clean copy, most plates titled at head, the frontispiece , "Wild Fowl Shooting." DIXON 67; MELLON/PODESCHI 120. Orig. deep rose boards, front cover text within rectangular border, backstrip rebacked in modern red morocco with red morocco corners housed in red cloth chemise in matching half red morocco slipcase, the latter with raised bands, spines lettered and decorated in gilt. Fine. $1,995.00


3A. Alken, Henry (Illustrator).

Jorrocks's Jaunts And Jollities; Being The Hunting, Shooting, Racing, Driving, Sailing, Eating. Eccentric And Extravagant Exploits Of That Renowned Sporting Citizen, Mr. John Jorrocks, Etc..

London: Rudolph Ackermann, 1843. Second edition. 358 pages. 21 x 14.2 cm. First edition with colored plates -- 15 hand-colored aquatint plates, including the engraved title vignette. Each plate marked, drawn and etched by H. Alken (except the title which does not bear his name).TOOLEY 471. "First appeared in Vols. I-VII of New Sporting Magazine and then in book form in 1838 with 12 plates by Phiz. and again in 1839." Bright, sharp and clean -- text and plates. Lacks adverts. Marbled portion of covers lightly rubbed, red leather spine label printed in gilt, spine panels richly gilt. Three quarter dark green calf, marbled boards, matching marbled endpapers and edges. Very good. $650.00


3B. Atkinson, Frank H.

Atkinson's Sign Painting Up To Now.

Chicago: Frederick & Company, 1915. Second edition. 356 pages. 25.5 x 32 cm. Originally published 1914. Black and white alphabets and host of signboard illustrations printed recto only. Interior contents clean and fresh. Rubbing to corners. Orig. multicolored dark beige cloth, front cover illustrated in orange, green and black. Very good. $150.00


4. Browning, Robert.

The Ring And The Book.

London: Smith, Elder And Co., 1868/1869. First edition. 245, 251, 249, 235 pages. 17.5 x 11 cm. Browning's long epic blank verse poem which is composed of 12 books cemented his reputation as the leading English Victorian poet, and is arguably his greatest work. Book plates front cover pastedowns. Interior contents clean and fresh. Slight rubbing to extremities. Orig. green cloth backstrips lettered in gilt, beveled edges, borders decorated in blind. Very good housed in near fine full red morocco drop box. 4 Vols. $775.00

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5. Burne-Jones, Edward.

The Flower Book. Reproductions of Thirty-Eight Watercolour Designs by Edward Burne-Jones.

London: Fine Art Society, 1905. First edition. Unpaginated. 32 x 26.5 cm. Limited edition, copy 213 of 300. 31 of 38 circular coloured plates (lacking nos. 2, 10, 18, 20, 23, 25, 32) after the original watercolours by Burne--Jones. Index of Plates. Produced by Piazza, the esteemed publisher of the famed "L'Estampe Moderne." Burne-Jones' memorable images for this book were painted at a seaside home in Rottingdean, Sussex which had wonderful and expansive gardens. Based on Arthurian legends and folklore, the illustrations form a kind of double-entendre, with the plant name forming the inspiration for the artwork. The color process for the book was innovative and highly effective, involving a process similar to collotype, but appearing similar to pochoir. In his opening comment Burne-Jones notes, "The Pictures in this book are not pictures of flowers themselves, but of subjects suggested by their names." He began the series for his own pleasure in 1882... keeping by him a list of beautiful names that he had met with & choosing subjects amongst them from time to time according to his mood. All the pictures take the same form, a circle about six inches in diameter - a kind of magic mirror in which the vision appears - and he wished them not to be separated, because, wide as is their scope, one spirit, that of pure fantasy, unites them. After his death, his wife Georgina decided to make an edition: the publisher Piazza reproduced the watercolor gouaches in collotype, which he colored with stencil. In 1909 Georgina Burne - Jones sold the original watercolors and gouaches to the British Museum. After the last plate: "FACSIMILE OF PART OF THE LISTS OF FLOWERS MADE BY SIR EDWARD BURNE-JONES AT THE OF THE FLOWER BOOK." Four pages of hand written ink names of flowers. Housed in green cloth box, black leather spine label printed in gilt. Fine. $2,950.00


6. Burroughs, Edgar Rice.

Tarzan And The Leopard Men Illustrated by J. Allen St. John.

Tarzana: Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc, 1935. First edition. 332 pages. 19.5 x 13 cm. Bright, very fresh copy with $2.00 price dust jacket intact and protected in clear plastic wrapper. Tiny nick head of dust wrapper. Published by the author, his seventeenth Tarzan novel. Orig. blue cloth, covers and spine lettered in orange. Near fine. $365.00


7. Caldecott, Randolph.

Graphic Pictures, More Graphic Pictures, Gleanings From The Graphic & Last Graphic Pictures.

London: George Rutledge and Sons, 1883-1889. Unpaginated. 25.5 x 37 cm. The complete set of four volumes. Voluminously illustrated with colored lithographs and black and white illustrations by the premier color printer of the 19th century, Edmund Evans. Caldecott died in St. Augustine, Florida in 1886 at the age of forty while on holiday. All spines lettered in gilt -- three in brown cloth and one in navy. All pictorial front covers with interior contents fresh and clean, very slight rubbing to backstrips head and foot. Orig. boards in a multitude of colors, both front and back. Spines lettered in gilt. Very good. 4 Vols. $350.00


8. Charles Boni Paper Books Series.

Complete Set 16 Volumes & The Paper-Back Its Past Present And Future By Desmond Flower With A Foreword By Sir Allen Lane Front Cover Designs by Rockwell Kent.

New York: Charles Boni Paper Books, 1929-1930. Paper backs are 16.5 x 12.5 cm. The Desmond Flower title, 22 x 14 cm. 39 pages, published by Arborfield Products Ltd, London, 1959. The latter represents a paper read to the Double Crown Club in April 1959, and it is worth noting that Sir Allen Lane established Penguin Books in 1935. Paper Backs are fresh and crisp, interior and covers in near fine to fine condition as is the Desmond Flower book. The Boni series success heralded a publishing juggernaut, including the Book of the Month Club, followed by Bennett Cerf and Donald Klopfer who used the latter as a foundation to build Random House. Our front cover illustrations are representative of the entire collection. Near Very good & Near fine some covers in clear plastic jackets. Not all 20 pictured. Paperback & green cloth. $1,250.00


9. Chaucer, Geoffrey.

The Booke Of The Duchesse.

Lexington, Ky: Anvil Press, 1954. Unpaginated. 20.5 x 13.5 cm. Limited edition, copy 73 of 225 with text of the Chaucer Society First Series edited by F.J. Fournival from the manuscript in the Bodleian Library. Partly unopened. Jacob Hammer set the type in period English. Title page printed in red and black. Bright, very fresh copy. Publisher plain cream boards with spine paper label printed in red. Fine. (#24042) $350.00


10. Chicago. Popular Mechanics Handbooks.

Mission Furniture How To Make It. Parts 1-3.

Chicago: Popular Mechanics Co., 1909, 1910, 1912. 120 pages in each. 17 x 12 cm. Index in all three with adverts at rear. Host of black and white images, all with detailed instructions. All bindings tight and firm with interiors clean. Slight extremity rubbing. Orig. covers in red, brown and blue with front cover illustration. Very good. 3 Vols. (#24066) $150.00


11. D'Ambrosio, Joseph.

Daisies Never Tell.

Sherman Oaks: Joseph J. D'Ambrosio, 1982. First Edition. Unpaginated. 22.5 x 15.5 cm. Limited edition, copy 3 of 50 signed by D'Ambrosio with four serigraphs signed by him in pencil on below the latter illustrations. Full dark green green leather, front cover with two glass insets of daisies under glass, and small gray leather inset on spine noting title. Fine in fine felt lined gray/green clamshell box, spine lettered in black. (#24043) $1,100.00


12. Dennis, John.

Miscellanies In Prose and Verse.

London: Printed for James Knapton, 1693. First edition. 144 pages. 16.5 x 12 cm. Complete with half title, and with imprimatur on verso of half-title. Dennis was the first professional literary critic, and best remembered as the leading critic of his generation, and as a pioneer of the concept of the sublime as an aesthetic quality. In that regard. In 1711 he began disputes with Pope and Addison. Samuel Johnson noted Pope as the dispute instigator. DNB p.528. "he showed real abilities and Southey justly observed that Dennis's critical pamphlets deserve republication." WING D1034. Slight toning throughout. Modern green cloth, back strip lettered in gilt. Very good. $750.00


13. Dickens, Charles.

The Life And Adventures Of Nicholas Nickleby.

London: Chapman and Hall, 1854. 499 pages. 19.5 x 12.5 cm. Frontispiece from a painting by T. Webster Esq. Yellow endpaper adverts for Chapman & Hall, text in two columns, latter clean and fresh. Orig. olive cloth, covers decorated in blind, backstrip decorated and lettered in gilt. Near fine. $175.00


14. Galbraith, John Kenneth.

The Affluent Society.

Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1958. First edition. 368 pages. 21 x 14.5 cm. Landmark work on the American economy, reasoned and unpolitical, facing a future in pursuit of goods rather than investing in people. It is perhaps truer today than than the day published. Unclipped dust wrapper $5.00 price, pristine almost as new copy. Orange brown cloth, front cover lettered in silver, black spine label lettered in silver. Fine. $750.00


15. Graham, Frank D. & Thomas J. Emery.

Audels Masons And Builders Guide: Vols. 1- 4.

New York: Theo Adel & Co. Publishers, 1927. 16.5 x 12.5 cm. Total of 1078 pages in four volumes. XV page indices in all Vols. Illustrated throughout with photographs, plans, graphs, & drawings. Each volume contains specific subjects covering Brick Work, Brick Laying, Bonding, Designs, Brick Foundations, Arches, Tile Setting, Estimating, Concrete, Mixing, Placing Forms, Reenforced Stucco, Plastering, Stone Masonry, Steel Construction & Blueprints. Exceptionally bright and fresh set. Orig. red cloth, front cover decorated in blind, backstrips lettered in gilt. Aeg. 4 Vols. Fine. $175.00


16. Hogg, James.

Queen Hynde. A Poem, In Six Books.

London & Edinburgh: Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, Brown, and Green and William Blackwell, 1825. First edition. 443 pages. 21.5 x 14 cm. Dedicated to "the daughters of Caledonia." Hogg, born in Selkirkshire had little formal education, worked as a shepherd, fortunately had access to books and began writing verse. He settled in Edinburgh where he began a promising literary career, finding friends in Walter Scott, Byron, Wordsworth, Southey and the publisher John Murrary. Wordsworth's poem "Upon the Death of James Hogg" expressed respect and affection shared by many of his contemporaries. DNB p.984. "The spontaneity, freshness and energy of Hogg's verse are readily apparent. Armorial bookplate of Exam, text clean, rubbing to spine head and foot. Orig. watered brown silk cloth, lettered paper spine label. Very good. $275.00


17. Hunter, Dard.

Papermaking by Hand in India.

New York: Pynson Printers, 1939. First Edition. 129 pages. 29 x 23 cm. Limited edition, copy 44 of 375 copies signed by Dard Hunter and Elmer Adler with binding by Gerhard Gerlach. Four page prospectus laid-in. Photogravure title vignette, with 27 paper specimens and 85 photogravures with complete descriptions for each. The latter produced by the hand printing process. The book printed on rag hand-made paper from Sweden. Bookplate front cover pastedown. Interior contents bright and clean. Quarter black cloth spine and elaborately decorated cloth boards. Spine printed in gilt. Near fine in worn slipcase lacking bottom panel. $995.00


18. Ireland, Samuel.

Picturesque Views on the River Thames, from its Source in Glocestershire to the Nore; with Observations on the Public Buildings and Other Works of Art.

London: T. and J. Egerton, 1792. First edition. 209, 258 pages. 23.5 x 15.6 cm. 52 aquatint plates with half-titles additional aquatint titles, 2 maps and errata at the end of each volume. Russell, Ronald. GUIDE TO BRITISH TOPOGRAPHICAL PRINTS, p.90. "The topographical work in aquatint described so far was all finished by hand-colouring, and was therefore costly." Some plates, text with marginal spotting plus offsetting of plates to text. Very wide text margins. Raised bands spines lettered in gilt, spine in six compartments. ABBEY SCENERY 430. Full contemporary red straight-grained morocco with single gilt lettering frame with interior dentelles. Near fine in fine black cloth slipcase. Aeg. 2 vols. $850.00


19. Mackail, John William.

Biblia Innocentium: Being the Story of God's Chosen People Before The Coming Of Our Lord Jesus Christ Upon Earth, Written Anew For Children.

Hammersmith: Kelmscott, 1892. [2], viii, 249, [1] pp. 21x14.5 cm. Woodcut border to first leaf of text; woodcut initial letters throughout. One of 200 copies printed on paper. Spectacular binding by Zaehnsdorf, with their gilt name stamp on front doublure (dated 1900) and their small pictorial stamp on rear endleaf. Bookplate of M.C.D. Borden on verso of front endleaf and of George Edward Dimock on recto of rear endleaf. The first octavo volume issued by the press. The author a sometime fellow of Balliol College, Oxford. PETERSON A9. Finely bound in full tan morocco, elaborate acanthus leaf pattern stamped in brown, with borders of gilt and brown rules, matching full morocco doublures with acanthus leaf devices at corners, ruled borders, morocco endleaves with ruled borders, untrimmed. Aeg. $12,500.00


20. Moser, Barry (Illustrator).

the invasion of italy a poem by Louis Simpson with wood engravings by Moser.

Northampton: Main Street Inc., (1976). First edition. Unpaginated. 16 x 18 cm. Limited edition, one of 75 numbered copies signed by Simpson. Three wood-engravings signed by Moser. Printed on Kita-kaka paper in American Unical tyoe designed by Victor Hammer. Binding by David Bourbeau of the Thisle Bindery. Design and presswork by Barry Moser. Gilt decorated quarter brown morocco spine and brown cloth. Fine. $475.00


21. _____,

Thirteen Botanical Wood Engravings With A Preface To The Suite By John V. Brindle.

Easthampton: Pennyroyal Press, 1974. First edition. 25 x 16,5 cm. Limited Edition, one of 100 signed by Moser. Each plate titled in red. Four page introduction signed by Brindle. 13 plates signed by Moser. As Brindle notes, "These printed images are not much larger than memorial postage stamps and surely the size is part of their charm." Brindle was Art Curator at the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation. Orig. sandlewood cloth. Fine in fine matching dropbox with dark brown leather spine label printed in gilt. $1,250.00


21A. Nicholson, William.

An Almanac of twelve sports Words by Rudyard Kipling.

New York: R.H. Russell, 1898. First American edition. 15 pages. 30.5 x 25. Twelve color lithograph plates after woodcuts by Nicholson. Interior and plates clean and sharp. Nick with loss at middle spine front cover, rubbing to extremities with calendar for 1898 noting dates for each day of the week. Orig. drab boards illustrated and lettered. Very good. $395.00


22. Orczy, Baroness.

The Devine Folly.

London: Hodder And Stoughton Limited, 1937. First edition. 343 pages. 19 x 13 cm. This story is set in London, Venice, Vienna and Paris concerning two English brothers and their connection to a secret society planning the assassination of Napoleon III. A few front cover spots to dust wrapper. Light blue cloth with rondel portrait of a gentleman on white background in clear plastic over wrapper. Very good. $95.00


22A. Paris. P:E. Maincent.

Le Carnet Empire Publie par E. Maincent.

Paris: E. Maincent, ca 1890. Unpaginated. 13. 5 x 17.5 cm. Empire style furniture, frontispiece and 67 plates, all colored by hand and printed recto only of Empire furniture designs. Lavish presentation: drapery, chairs, bedding, tables and more. Contents clean, bright and fresh. Orig. red cloth front cover lettered in gil, marbled endpapers. Fine. $495.00


23. Pinnock. W.

The Young Gentleman's Library Of Useful & Entertaining Knowledge; Intended As A Holiday Or Birth-Day Present Embellished with Thirty-Five Beautiful Engravings By M.E. Sears.

London: Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, And Green, 1829. First edition. 354, (2), (4) pages. 14 x 9 cm. J.J, Jarvis illustrator, errata page and List of Contents. Bookplate of Marjorie Moon with inscription front cover pastedown -- a gift note. Interior contents bright and clean, backstrip worn, cover soiling with binding firm and tight. Publisher's advertisements at end of volume. Stipple-engraved frontispiece engraved by M.U. OCLC: 1008137162 Orig. illustrated boards. Aeg. Very good. $150.00


24. Robson, Francis.

The Life of Hyder Ally with an Account of his Usurpation of the King of Mysore...to which is Annexed, a Genuine Narrative of the Sufferings of the British Prisoners of War, Taken by His Son Tippoo Saib.

London: Printed for S. Hooper, 1786. First edition. VI, 228 (3) pages. 22 x 14 cm. Signed by author at end of Preface. Hyder Alie was the de facto ruler of the Kingdom of Mysore in southern India, or more famously known as "the Napoleon of South India" for his relentless fighting against the East India Company and their ambitions of expansion. Having already fought a war with the East India Company, he was known far and wide for his gunpowder rockets. In the First Anglo-Mysore War he successfully defended his kingdom against a joint attack by the East India Company. Slight toning lower portion of first two leaves, owner inscription top title page. Glossary at rear defines Indian vocabulary. Modern black cloth backstrip lettered in gilt with marbled endpapers. Fine. $750.00


25. Shelly, Mary.

Frankenstein; Or, The Modern Prometheus.

West Hatfield: Pennyroyal Press, 1983. 282 pages. 35 x 26 cm. Limited Edition, copy 233 of 350 with an extra suite of 52 unsigned engravings by Moser: The first instance of the use of multiple color block prints in a Pennyroyal book. Frontispiece in two colors, with fifty-two wood-engravings by Barry Moser, several printed in colors by Harold P. McGrath. Essays by Ruth Mortimer, Emily Sunstein, Joyce Carol Oates and William St. Clair. The epigraph from "Speeches for Dr. Frankenstein" printed with permission of Margaret Atwood. Bound by Samuel Ellenport at the Harcourt Bindery in half tan morocco over burgundy cloth boards, with a morocco lettering label on spine stamped in gilt, top edge gilt. The book and extra set of prints (burgundy cloth) fine in fine matching burgundy slipcase. $6,500.00


26. Surtees, Robert S.

The Analysis Of The Hunting Field; Being A Series Of Sketches Of The Principal Characters That Compose One. The Whole Forming A Slight Souvenir Of The Season, 1845-6.

London: Rudolph Ackermann, 1846. First edition. 326 pages. Six hand-colored plates by Alken, with additional pictorial vignette title, and forty-three illustrations on wood engraved by Cook. GORDON RAY p.36, said of Alken, "He worked in color aquatint in a style akin to that of Rowlandson and the early George Cruikshank, passing from the broader caricature in his early books to a more sober recording of the passing scene in his later." Moderate foxing to first few text leaves, light to moderate toning beyond, plates clean, four pages of adverts at rear. Slight toning to backstrip. Orig. green cloth with pictorial front cover in gilt, sharp and bright. Front cover design replicated on back cover in blind. Aeg. Near fine in custom cloth slipcase. $850.00


27. Thorne, William H.

Junior Course, Intermediate Course & Senior Course in Mechanical Drawing.

Philadelphia: Williams, Brown & Earle, 1890-1901. Second, Third & First editions respectively. 13.5 x 17.5 cm. 41, 64, 105 pages respectively with eight, twenty and forty three fold-out plates per the three volumes. Index in Junior and Senior volumes. All plates are fold-outs printed in black and white. The author was Director of the Drawing School of The Franklin Institute of Philadelphia and Member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Owner inscription front cover pastedowns. Orig. brown pebble grained cloth. Near fine. 3 Vols. $100.00


28. Walton, Izaak & Charles Cotton.

The Complete Angler Or Contemplative Man's Recreation Edited by Sir Harris Nicolas.

London: William Pickering, 1836. (ccxii) 436 pages (16 pp. Index at rear). 27 x 18 cm. Large Paper copy of the first Nicholas Edition, half titles, titles printed in red and black, numerous engraved head pieces, illustrated throughout, and extra Illustrated with forty five full page engraved plates, including fifteen proofs on India paper. With an additional portrait of Walton laid-in. PERCY MUIR, VICTORIAN ILLUSTRATED BOOKS. p.21. "one of the best, possibly the very best of ,,,the 146 editions of the Compleat Angler published between 1836 and 1901, with engravings after Stothard (scenery), Inskipp (fishes) and others." The text follows that of the fifth edition of 1676 which was the last edition revised by Walton himself and the variations of the four preceding editions are indicated at the foot of each page. Marginal spotting, minor offsetting of plates to text, a few leaves with dampstain at margins. Contemporary dark green morocco, double gilt cover border panels, gilt paneled raised bands. Aeg. Near fine. 3 Vols. $4,000.00