January 2024

Recent Acquistions

[Two Kelmscotts]

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1. Aiken, John. 

Descriptions of The Country from thirty to forty Miles around Manchester. 

London: John Stockdale, 1795. First edition. 624 pages. 30 x 23 cm. Engraved frontispiece and additional title, two immense folding engraved maps (including one hand-coloured map of country around Manchester, 43 engraved plates and 18 single-page maps and plans, list of subscribers includes Booksellers as a separate entity after the alphabetical list. Contains a section on canals in the area. Index. All interior plates with tissue guards, some of which slightly toned. Interior contents generally clean and fresh. LOWNDES, I, p.22. UPCOT. pps. 462-465. Owner inscription free front endpaper. A large, very heavy tome weighing over eight pounds. Raised bands, spine panels richly gilt, black leather spine label printed in gilt with cover border panels in both blind and gilt arabesques. Modern full brown calf. Fine. $750.00


2. Bachinski, Walter (Illustrator). 

The Artist As Saltimbanque. 

Ontario: Shanty Bay Press, 2010. First edition. Folio, 72 pages including blanks. 38 x 27 cm. Limited edition, copy five of 55 for sale printed on 200 gsm arches cover in 18 point Deepdene Roman signed by Bachinski and Janis Butler. Four full-page pochoir plates and 8 multi-coloured linocuts including title and colophon, all by Walter Bachinski. Shanty Bay was established in 1996 as a private press devoted to publishing livres d'artistes. The press is a partnership between Janis Butler, who does the typesetting, presswork and bindings, and Walter Bachinski, who illustrates the books. The French Saltimbanque translates to "travelling entertainer ⧫ street entertainer." Laid in the original four page prospectus and a larger version of the title page illustration and notes price for each copy at $3000.00. Wide text margins, almost as new copy. Orig. illustrated black cloth decorated in red. Fine in fine black cloth slipcase. $1,895.00


3. Bewick, Thomas. 

A History of British Birds. Volume I: History And Description Of Land Birds & Vol. II: History And Description of Water Birds. 

Newcastle: Sol, Hodgson, For Beilby & Bewick, 1797, 1804. First editions. 335, 400 pages. 24 x 14.5 cm. Voluminously illustrated with wood-engravings. The first volume of this work was published in 1797 for which Beilby furnished the written descriptions with Bewick providing the text of the second volume. Gordon N. Ray [ILLUSTRATOR AND THE BOOK IN ENGLAND, ETC.] "Bewick's use of end-grained blocks was widely imitated both in England and the Continent. Among his apprentices were some of the most distinguished engravers of the first half of the 19th century. When later artists like Gordon Craig and William Nicholson revived the tradition of creative work on wood, they turned to Bewick's example in freeing themselves from the trammels of reproductive engraving." BRUNET, Vol.I, p.839. Interior contents fresh and clean. Raised bands, spine panels in arabesque motifs and lettered in gilt. Rebacked, full brown diced morocco covers. Very good. 2 vols. $1,200.00


4. Blume, Karl Ludwig.

Collection des Orchidées les plus remarquables De L'Archipel Indien et Du Japon. Amsterdam: C.G. Sulpke, 1858. First edition. 190 pages in text. Folio, 43 x 28.6 cm. Presents the first major work on the orchids of Japan and Malay Peninsula. Half-title. Additional hand-colored lithographic by Lauters depicting dancing Balinese maidens surrounded by a wreath of orchids and 70 lithographic plates, including 56 hand-colored and one double-page by G. Severeyns after T.Bik, Blume, Gordon, Latour, van Raalten and A.J. Wendel. An attractive work on the orchids of the Malay archipelago. It was also issued with the title Flora Javae et insularum adjacentium nova series. ''It is possible that the parts of the two editions were issued almost simultaneously'' (Stafleu). Henry Nicholas Ridley (1855-1956) was director of the Botanic Gardens, Singapore, from 1888 to 1912, and author of The Flora of the Malay Peninsula. GREAT FLOWER BOOKS p. 50. NISSEN BBI 17. STAFLEU & COWAN TL2 569. Endpapers spotted, small damp stain first few leaves at head toward fore-edge, approx. 1/2 centimeter wide by 8 centimeters not affecting text, rubbing to extremities, raised bands, gilt decorated panels in floral motifs. Three quarter black morocco and marbled boards, matching marbled endpapers. Teg. Very good. $5900.00


5. Bouvet, Francis. 

Bonnard The Complete Graphic Work. 

New York: Tabard Press, 1981. 1st English edition. 351 pages, Folio, 34 x 24.5 cm. Introduction by Antoine Terrase. Sixty color and 476 black and white illustrations. The first completed illustrated catalogue of Bonnard's prints. Bibliography. Exhibitions of Bonnard's graphic works. Two indices. FREITAG 848. Orig. green cloth spine lettered in gold. Fine in fine dust wrapper. $90.00


6. Carroll, Lewis [Charles Lutwidge Dodgson] & Marie Laurencin. 

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. 

Paris: Black Sun Press, 1930. 114 pages. Landscape 29.5 x 24.5 cm. Limited edition, copy 94 of 350 on Rives paper of the American issue from a total edition of 790. Six full page chromolithographs (all with tissue guards) by Marie Laurencin, lithographs executed by Desjobert of Paris. Title page printed in red and black, wide text margins -- a brilliant, fresh copy with interior almost as new. Marie Laurencin (1883-1956) was born in Paris and was an integral part of that city's wide literary and artistic circles that included Picasso and Apollinaire. AVERY 27. MINKOFF A39. Orig. beige stiff wrappers, clear cover glassine intact. Fine in board chemise lacking backstrip, in original worn slipcase. $1,950.00


7.Carroll, Lewis [Charles Lutwidge Dodgson]

Alice's Adventures In Wonderland. 

London & New York: Frederick Warne & Co. Ltd, ca 1924. 184 pages. 19 x 12 cm. Illustrated by Muriel Baines and K.M. Roberts with eight full page black and white illustrations and full color frontispiece. Small stamp inside front cover of John Drew, Printer, Swindon, UK. and with publication price in the UK (1 6 net). Interior contents fresh and clean. Front cover artwork on dust jacket by Newsome. An apparent varient of the first edition illustrations by this duo. Not in LOVETT & LOVETT. OCLC: 154296. Orig. dark salmon cloth, backstrip lettered in black and front cover lettered in salmon against a black background. Near fine in colored dust wrapper with slight lose at backstrip head. $195.00


8. Clarke, Bob.

Mad Magazine Archive.

Original drawings and related ephemera of Bob Clarke, a mainstay illustrator at Mad Magazine who had the most cartoon-like style through the late 1950's and early 1960's, and also designed the label of Cutty Sark scotch. Clarke arrived after the original editor Harvey Kurtzman left MAD. Included here are eight images (some original drawings), and a seven page signed contract between Tom Koch and Robert Clarke with the Swedish Bonnier Magazine group to publish a paperback edition of the “Mad Worry Book” in Swedish. Signed by William M. Gaines and Ebbe Zetterstand for their respective magazines, and dated September 15, 1980. Print material include sheets of Clarke's stationary and business cards, a mechanical for the The Mad Worry Book, and a printer's proof for "The Mad Worry Book." Original drawings: (1) Man with a fish, approx. 35 x 21 cm. (2) Bluegrass Iggy, 24 x 16 cm. (3) Gloria in Excelsis Deo, 38 x 15.5 cm. (4) Drawing in pencil of a pelican, 35 x 28 cm. (4) Ink drawing of a man's head and left hand, 42 x 35 cm. Orig. drawings and printed mater in fine condition. $675.00


8A. Edwards, William H.

The Butterflies Of North America (First Series).

New York: Hurd And Houghton, 1868-1872. First edition. 29.5 x 23 cm. Printed at the Riverside Press with drawings by Mary Pearl and hand-colored by Lydia Brown. Fifty full page color plates with tissue guards. Vol. 1 of a three volume series./ With: Synopsis of North American butterflies by William H. Edwards. Philadelphia : The American Entomological Society, 1872. Includes index. Edwards began his work on the Butterflies of North America in 1865, a three-volume masterpiece that has been called "one of the most important entomological publications of the 19th century." Bright, very fresh set, interior clean, raised bands, spines lettered in gilt. OCLC: 7138626. Rebacked, three quarter black morocco and marbled boards with matching endpapers. Aeg. Near fine.     $995.00


9. Elizabeth, NJ. American Type Founders Company. 

American Specimen Book Of Type Styles Complete Catalogue of Printing Machinery and Printing Supplies.

Elizabeth, NJ: American Type Founders Company, 1912. First edition . 1301 pages. 28 x 20.5. An enormous compendium of types, machinery, borders, ornates, fonts, electrotyped cuts furniture for the composing room and related subjects to the trade and printed on high gloss stock in black and white and multiple colors. The American Type Founders Co. was the dominant American manufacturer of metal type from its creation in 1892 until at least the 1940s; it continued to be influential into the 1960s. Many fonts developed by the ATF Co. in its period of dominance, including News Gothic, Century Schoolbook, Franklin Gothic, Hobo and Bank Gothic, remain in everyday use. Interior contents almost as new, slight rubbing to cover extremities. A very large and heavy production. Orig. red cloth lettered in black. All edges red. Very good. $395.00


10. Flagg, James Montgomery. 

Celebrities: A Half Century Of Caricature And Portraiture With Comments By The Artist. 

Watkins Glen: Country House, 1951. First edition. 104 pages. 26.5 x 19 cm. A sketchbook, portraiture of motion picture stars, most from Hollywood: each page a facial sketch by Flagg with accompanying commentary -- positive and negative. Signed presentation copy in blue and red crayon on front free endpaper ["Merry Xmas to Catharine J Loughran from truth's legitimate Father"]. He called Mickey Rooney polite, but he still thought him a brat. Orig. brown cloth, backstrip lettered in black. Fine in illustrated, nicked dust wrapper. $215.00


11. Gauffecourt, Jean Vincent Capronnier de. 

Traite de la Relieure des Livres A Bilingual Treatise on Bookbinding Translated from the French by Claude Beaiteau.

Austin: W. Thomas Taylor, 1987. 130 pages. 24 x 16 cm. With an Introduction by John P. Chalmers and Edited by Elaine B. Smyth. Dos-A-Dos binding -- Limited edition, one of 40 copies printed on Gampi Torinoko and specially bound in dark green morocco with brown onlays by Silvia Rennie. The author was remembered by readers of Jean-Jacques Rousseau's "Confessions" as the sexagenarian friend who attempted the seduction of Rousseau's companion. The English translation, though not strictly literal, follows the French closely, preserving it stylistic characteristics. The text transcribed exactly from the Bibliotheque publique et universitaire de Geneve. The three cover bindings, two as pictured here, and a third interior with only two brown inlays. Dos-A-Dos bindings fine housed in a fine beige cloth clamshell box with brown leather spine label. $2,950.00


12. Geyling, Remigius (Illustrator). 

Ball Der Stadt Jugendstill/Wiener Werkstatte.

Vienna: Berger Druck, 1909. First edition. Unpaginated. 14.5 x 16.6 cm. Celebrates the Ball Der Stadt in the year 1809 with twelve chromolithograph plates by Geyling, an Austrian painted and stage designer. The images printed on boards present scenes from Viennese history with this one commemorating the second conquest of Vienna by Napoleon, an illustrated score by Hadyn, and commemorating social events in Vienna during 1809. The covers are pristine, white leather designed by Wilhelm Melzer, who also designed the illustrated box holding latter. The Wiener Werkstätte is this publication, one of the loveliest Viennese "dance-gift" of the period -- an outstanding document of the Viennese Art Nouveau. The expressive illustrations show scenes from the Viennese history. One tie lacking. Orig. white leather decorated in gilt, black and red. Aeg. Fine in slightly rubbed lettered and decorated box with white cloth tie. $750.00


13. Gill Eric (Engravings). 

The Holy Sonnets Of John Donne Introduction by Hugh I'A, Fausset.

London: J.M. Dent & Sons Ltd for Hague & Gill Ltd, 1938. First edition. xiv, 17 pages. 23.5 x 15 cm. Limited edition on of 550 signed on the colophon by Eric Gill. and also signed of front free endpaper, "with love from E.g. Christmas 1938." together with Christmas card illustrated by Gill and signed by him. Binding frayed with abrasions front and back cover, corner and backstrip wear. Orig. black cloth lettered in gilt, gilt clover leaf front cover. Good. $395.00


14. Goldsmith, Oliver & Thomas Parnell & Somervile, William.

Poems By Goldsmith And Parnell (Bound with) The Chase. 

London: W. Bulmer And Co. (Shakespeare Printing Office), 1795 & 1796. First editions. xx, 76 & xv, 126 pages. Engraved titles with plates and vignettes by John and Thomas Bewick. Laid in are two proof plates from woodblocks by Bewick. The Thomas Whitehead bookplate inside front cover. Parnell volume in four parts each part with its own engraved design page. Parnell, an Anglo-Irish poet and clergyman who was a friend of both Alexander Pope and Jonathan Swift. Somerville's fame rests chiefly on The Chase, a poem in 4 books, which has some passages of considerable descriptive power; to which Field Sports may be considered a supplement. It contains a vivid description of his favorite pastime and some lively pictures of animal life. Elegantly printed, wide text margins, raised bands, inner dentelles, spine panels lettered in gilt. Full dark red morocco, marbled endpapers. Aeg. Near fine in fine matching cloth slipcase. $595.00


15. (Horea, B.M.V.) Senault, Louis. 

Heures Nouvelles dediées a Madame la Dauphine. 

Paris & Versailles: Chez l'Autheur, ca 1690. 260 pages. 18 x 12.4 cm. Later variant printed by Hansy. Dedication and with head-piece of sirens on p.210 revealing their breasts covered in later, our issue -- Second state headpiece on page 210, finely engraved throughout with ornamental borders, vignettes, head- & tail-pieces and pictorial initials. Exquisite calligraphic prayer book beautifully illustrated with charming decorations of flowers, birds et al. With no p.47 as correct p.223 is apparently numbered twice. BONACINI p.308. COHEN-de RICCI 487. Unsigned gilt armorial bookplate, inner dentelles and multi colored floral endpapers. Later full brown calf. Aeg. Near fine. $1,550.00

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16. [KELMSCOTT PRESS] Morris, William. 

The Life Of Thomas Wolsey, Cardinal Archbishop of York Written by George Cavendish.

Upper Mall, Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1893. 287 pages. 20.8 x 14.5 cm. Limited edition, one of 250 printed in red and black in Golden type. Woodcut ornaments and initials designed by William Morris. Transcribed after the autograph manuscript of the author, now in the British Museum. PETERSON A14. Slight fade to gilt of "Life" on spine title. Interior contents very fresh and clean. Orig. limp vellum, yapp edges and cloth ties. Near fine. $6,450.00

[ONE OF 300]


The Love-Lyrics & Songs Of Proteus By Wilfrid Scawen Blunt With Love-Sonnets Of Proteus By The Same Author Now Reprinted In Their Full Text With Many Sonnets Omitted From The Earlier Editions. 

Upper Mall, Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1892. 251 pages. 21 x 14.5 cm. Limited edition, one of 300 copies, printed in red and black in Golden Type. There is a separate title to each of the four parts into which the poems are divided. William Morris border on page one. The only Kelmscott book with initials in red. Gilt spine lettering bright, partly unopened. PETERSON 3. SCOTT pp.83-84. Orig. limp vellum, yapp edges and cloth ties. Fine. $5,500.00


18. Munz, Ludwig. 

Bruegel The Drawings Complete Edition. 

London: Phaidon, 1961. 1st English edition. 240 pages. 30.5 x 23 cm. Small folio, 240 illustrations. Translated from the German by Luke Hermann. Critical catalogue of Bruegel's own drawings. FREITAG 1120. Chips to dust wrapper backstrip head. Orig. beige cloth front cover lettered in brown. Fine in nicked dust wrapper. $100.00


19. Phillips, John C. 

Waltham Great Pond.

Salem: Peabody Museum, 1938. First edition. xii, 110 pages. 25.5 x 18 cm. Limited edition, one of 400 on special rag paper printed by the Southworth Anthoensen Press. An historical overview of the Pond with the source material first collected by Arthur C. Pickering. Illustrated with photographs. Appendices. As new copy mostly unopenend. Owner inscriptiption front free endpaper to Mr. & Mrs. Russell signed by Betsy Wheeler. Orig. green cloth spine lettered in gilt. Fine. $175.00


20. Rathbun, Frank R. 

Bright Feathers Or Some North American Birds of Beauty

Auburn, NY: Published by the author, 1880. First edition. 88 pages. 30 x 23.5 cm. A rarity of ornithological literature published privately in a limited edition, said to be only of 200 copies. Five parts were published as herein, each with a hand colored plate by the author. The original plan was to have ten or more parts. The original cover is laid-in, some interior repairs to the original. Plates are full page, clean and fresh. Modern red cloth backstrip lettered in gilt. Fine.) $495.00


21. Robinson, W. Heath (Illustrator). 

The Monarchs Of Merry England (William I To Henry III). 

London & New York: Alf Cooke Ltd. & Frederick A. Stokes Company, ca 1901. First edition. Unpaginated. 29 x 23 cm. Full page color plates and black and white illustrations in the text. Bright, clean copy with interior contents sharp. Orig. illustrated boards and red cloth spine. Very good. $90.00


22. _____. 

The Works of Mr. Francis Rabelais Doctor in Physick Containing Five Books of the Lives, Heroick Deeds & Sayings of The Lives, Heroick Deeds & Sayings Of Gargantua And His Sonne Pantegruel. 

London: Grant Richards, 1904. Vol.I, xlii, 377pp. Vol. II, xliv, 350 pages. 28.5 x 22.2 cm, A total of ninety-eight full-page illustrations, ninety-four grotesque heads, and seventy small drawings,all in line. Two photogravure frontispieces. According to Geoffrey Beare, this was Robinson's "most ambitious project to date.....the full page drawings are most original, with visions of hell that are truly horrific, and a raw power and earthiness in the drawings that is exactly in tune with Rabelais' narrative style....The costs involved in printing this extravagant edition contributed to the failure of the publishing house of Grant Richards." A bit of light cover soiling; with an art nouveau design of a vine climbing a tree on the front cover and spine. Spine of Vol. I faded. Orig. white cloth with front and spine decorations and lettering in gilt. Teg. Very good. 2 vols. $325.00


23. Saint-Sauvuer, Hector (pseud. of Charles Massin). 

Les Beaux Jardins De France Introduction De R. Ed. Andre.

Paris: Ch. Massin & Cie, ca1921. First edition. 23 pages. 44.5 x 32 cm. Title page printed in red and black. 44 collotype plates printed from photographs. Among the fine gardens here presented are those at Neuilly-sur-Seine and Chateau Bijou at Villefranche by landscape architect Jules Vacherot, Nanteau-sur-Lunain and the Parc de Valmirande at Montrejeau by Andre and the Hotel Cassini with a lattice-work tennis pavilion by architect Jacques Greber. Interior contents clean and bright. Orig. three quarter black cloth with ties and green boards lettered in gilt with front cover pictorial inlays. Near fine. 2 Vols. $325.00


23A. Smith, George.

The Cabinet-Maker And Upholsterer's Guide: Being A Complete Drawing Book; In Which Will Be Comprised Treatises On Geometry And Perspective, As Applicable To The Above Branches Of Mechanics; etc..

London: Jones & Co, 1826. First edition. 217 pages in text. 27 x 20 cm. 152 plates, colored frontispiece, additional pictorial title page, and thirty-nine hand-colored plates, colored from the original drawings, plus 115 plain. Index. The title is almost as long as a chapter. Some plates bound out of order, number of leaves remargined, plate offsetting, and scattered light foxing throughout. Comprehensive review of Regency household furniture and interior decoration with elegantly colored examples. With the usual misnumbering of plates, examples being XXXIV, LII & CXL. Moderate foxing and dust smudging, toning mostly marginal. Front cover rehinged, endpapers renewed. ABBEY LIFE 73. Contemporary sheep rebacked, portions of original spine laid-down, red leather spine label. Very good. $995.00


24. Society of Arts. 

Report Of The Committee Of The Society Of Arts, &C. Together With The Approved Communications And Evidence Upon The Same, Relative To The Mode Of Preventing The Forgery Of Bank Notes. 

London: Sold by the Housekeeper at the Society's House in the Adelphi, 1819. First edition. 72 pages. 25.5 x 16.5 cm. T.C. Hansard's Plan for a Typographic Bank Note; finely engraved plate of a Bank of England £1 note design submitted by Thomas Ransom; an exceptional engraved plate of bank note design elements submitted by R.H. Solly; an engraved folding plate of a printing press for bank notes also submitted by Solly; and 2 finely engraved steel-printed plates of geometric designs submitted by Richard Williamson. A landmark work. In the three or four years preceding publication, "convictions before the criminal courts for the circulation of Forgeries of the Bank of England Note" had risen precipitously, resulting in the "increasing reluctance of Juries to visit with the extreme penalty of the law." The committee's findings, largely penned by Thomas Curson Hansard, had great impact on the course of anti-counterfeiting measures and technology in America as well as Great Britain. Many of the suggestions for technological improvements were in fact derived from American sources. Discussed at some length in Hewitt & Keyworth's 1987 As Good as Gold: 300 Years of British Bank Note Design. GOLDSMITHS. 22503. KRESS C414. McKERCHAR 217. Minor toning and offsetting from plates to text. Later, quarter light green cloth and darker green boards. Very good. $1,150.00


25. Stein, Henri. 

Les Jardins De France Des Origines A La Fine Du XVIIIe Siècle. 

Paris: D-A. Longuet, 1913. First Edition. Folio, 39 x 29 cm. 104 Plates. 393 Reproductions d'après des estampes anciennes et des documents originaux inédits. Text in French. Each plate contains Chateau or physical property for gardens described. Black and white plates. The author was a Convservateur for the National Archives. Plates in black and white. Covers dusty. Orig. beige cloth slightly soiled with front cover lettered in green. All cloth ties intact. Very good. $275.00


26. Triggs, H. Inigo. 

Formal Gardens in England and Scotland Their Planning And Arrangement Architectural and Ornamental Features.

London: B.T. Batsford, 1902. First edition. XXIV, 63, (1). Folio, 43 x 33 cm. Illustrated by seventy-two plates from drawings by the Author and Fifty-three by Charles Latham, collotypes from photographs. Title page printed in red and black, interior contents clean. Six page Subscriber's List. Many full page plates with drawings to scale. Backstrips reinforced. Orig. decorated boards. Very good. 3 Vols. $295.00


27. Valery, Paul.

L'Ame Et La Danse.

Paris: Le Livre Contemporain, 1925. 80 pages. 34 x 26 cm. 22 lithographic illustrations by Raphael Drouart. Limited edition, copy 56 of 120, signed by Paul Valery and Raphael Drouart. This copy dedicated to M.R. Delaine. Rouart was proficient in all the printmaking techniques; etching, engraving, mezzotint, relief and lithography. He worked as a collaborating illustrator for many authors throughout the 1920s -- in 1925 he did aquatints for a livre d’ artiste Le Cantique Des Cantiques and 20 wood engravings for Rene Boyleve’s Le Meillieur Ami. Art Deco binding by Jacques Anthoine-Legrain, stepson and assistant to Pierre Legrain. The text develops a dialogue and philosophical interpretations of Socrate, Phedre, and Eryximaque as they view a dance performance at a banquet. Covers decorated in ruled gilt and blind, and in pointelles, inner gilt dentelles with gray silk moire endpapers plus original wrappers are bound-in. Full decorated black morocco. Fine in matching fine slipcase. $3,250.00


28. Voltaire, Francois Marie Arouet de.

Micromegas Histoire Philosophique.

Paris: Rene Kieffer, 1923. 54 pages. 24 x 19 cm. Limited edition, copy 95 of 500 on velin la forme with 45 vignettes in pochoir by Joseph Hemard. An exquisite copy bound by Kieffer with his label on verso of front cover paste-down. Hémard’s lasting fame, however, lies in his book illustrations – always with a distinctly French character, usually comic, and often mildly erotic. He was probably the most prolific book illustrator in the first half of the twentieth century in France. Orig. full two-toned brown leather, covers decorated in blind, backstrip lettered in gilt, marbled endpapers. Teg. Fine. $775.00


29. Walker, Jonathan.

Trial And Imprisonment Of Jonathan Walker, At Pensacola, Florida, For Aiding Slaves To Escape From Bondage With An Appendix, Containing A Sketch Of His Life.

Boston: Published at the Anti-Slavery Office, 1846. 126 pages. 19.5 x 12.5 cm. American reformer who became a national hero in 1844 when he was tried and sentenced as a slave stealer following his attempt to help seven runaway slaves find freedom. He was branded on his hand by the United States Government with the markings "S S", for "Slave Stealer". Interior clean and fresh, frontispiece portrait of Walker has foxing, image offseting to title. The preface by Maria Weston Chapman presents a concise summation of the current antislavery position of the day. Three full page wood engravings and a lock of hair between pages 20-21. Chipping to backstrip extremities, corners rubbed. Orig. publisher's brown cloth decorated in blind with front cover paper label. Very good. $950.00


30. Westmacott, Charles Molloy [Bernard Blackmantle].

The English Spy: An Original Work, Characteristic, Satirical, And Humorous. Comprising Scenes And Sketches In Every Bank Of Society, Being Portraits Of The Illustrious, Eminent, Eccentric, and Notorious, Drawn From The Life By Bernard Blackmantle.

London: Sherwood, Jones, 1825-1826. First edition. 412, 399 pages. 24 x 15 cm. 71 hand-colored aquatints with tissue guards, of which 67 are by Robert Cruikshank, 2 by Rowlandson and one each by T. Wageman and G.M. Brightly; full page woodcut [Five Principal Orders of Society], and 74 woodcuts in the text, of these 23 are by Rowlandson, the others by Cruikshank, Wageman and Huges. With first issue points -- plate at p.389 in Vol. I misdated 1284 and p.222 in Vol. 2 blank. CBEL Vol. 14, p. 225. " The English Spy, both in text and in illustrations, is sometimes as coarse as ever was Smollet in word or Gillray in drawing, it contains many lively representations of life, high and low, gives much curious information about real people still recongisable under their fictitious names [including Charles Kemble, Macready, Grimaldi, Mme. Vestris, Mathews and Wallack, and also George IV and his mistress] , and preserves many tales of a past age." Further, CBEL notes this work was considered an offshoot of "Life in London," and that Westmacott "appears to have been a blackmailer; but was a spirited and amusing writer." Purportedly, Westmacott received a horsewhipping from Charles Kemble three years after this work was published. ABBEY LIFE 325. TOOLEY 504. Elegantly bound by W. Root & Son. raised bands, spine panels richly gilt, elaborate cover border panel gilt motifs frame inner four corner floral designs in gilt, inner dentelles, marbled endpapers. Exceptionally clean, bright set; plates and text, Vol. I covers rehinged. Early 20th century full brick crushed morocco. Teg. Two vols. Fine. $1,750.00