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 [DANCE]. [CONCANEN, EDWARD, ET AL], Read's Characteristic National Dances;
[DANCE]. [CONCANEN, EDWARD, ET AL]
Read's Characteristic National Dances;
London: Read & Co.. Ackermann & Co., [1853]. Saturday Night Fever In 1853 Or, The Hindostanee Shawl Dance, Etc. Burn Up The Floor [DANCE]. [CONCANEN, Edward, et al]. Read's Characteristic National Dances; Including a Series of Tales by Popular Authors. London: Read & Co… Ackermann & Co. n.d. [1853]. First edition. Quarto (10 7/8 x 8 1/4 in; 276 x 210 mm). [4], 101, [1, blank] pp. Thirteen hand-colored steel engraved plates heightened with gum arabic, including frontispiece and lithographed title. Plates dated Nov. 1, 1853. Publisher's crimson morocco-grained cloth (designed by John Leighton, b. 1822 - d. 1912), recased. Paneled in gilt in an arboreal motif, the front cover pictorially gilt-stamped with a scene of dancing around a maypole, rear cover with a large arabesque lozenge. All edges gilt. Spine extremes strengthened. Contemporary gift inscription neat in ink to front free-endpaper. "Realistic engravings illustrate a point in each of the twelve tales" (Niles & Leslie). Little is known about Edward Concanen beyond that OCLC records five books authored by him, all, as here, published by Read & Co. Other contributing writers include Thomas Frost, Hannah Maria Jones, and R.H. Mason. The Plates: 1. Frontispiece - The May-pole dance. 2. Engraved title. 3. The Highland fling. 4. The Irish jig. 5. Minuet de la Cour. 6. The Spanish fandango. 7. The Neapolitan dance. 8. The Swiss dance. 9. The Grecian dance. 10. The Mexican jarabe dance. 11. The Chinese sun & moon dance. 12. The Turkish saraband. 13. The Hindostanee shawl dance. Magriel, p. 53. Niles & Leslie II, p. 441. .
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Book number: 02806
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 ACKERMANN, RUDOLPH, Characters in the Grand Fancy Ball Given by the British Ambassador Sir Henry Wellesley, at Vienna, at the Conclusion of the Carnival 1826;
ACKERMANN, RUDOLPH
Characters in the Grand Fancy Ball Given by the British Ambassador Sir Henry Wellesley, at Vienna, at the Conclusion of the Carnival 1826;
London: Printed for R. Ackermann, 1828. Ackermann's "Characters in the Grand Fancy Ball" [ACKERMANN, Rudolph]. Characters in the Grand Fancy Ball Given by the British Ambassador Sir Henry Wellesley, at Vienna, at the Conclusion of the Carnival 1826; in Thirteen Highly Coloured Plates: with a Description of the Entertainments on that Occasion. London: Printed for R. Ackermann, 1828. Small quarto (9 7/16 x 7 1/2 inches; 240 x 190 mm.). 16 pp. Thirteen hand-colored engraved plates. Original printed stiff wrappers expertly rebacked with tan calf. Wrappers slightly soiled and a little worn at corners. Minimal edge wear and marginal soiling. Inserted ownership leaf inscribed March 1850. An excellent copy of a very rare book. Housed in a felt-lined, half red morocco clamshell case, spine ruled in gilt, black morocco gilt lettering label. "To the year 1828 belongs the Characters in the Grand Fancy Ball given by the British Ambassador, Sir Henry Wellesley, at Vienna, 1826. The book appeals to many by its thirteen plates (line engravings, tinted by hand) and descriptive text of the dresses worn by the many people of rank and distinction, who formed quadrilles composed of characters from the novels of Sir Walter Scott and La Motte Fouqué. 'The profusion of jewels and precious stones displayed on this occasion was almost incredible. The grandeur of the whole, the high rank of the co-operating persons, the assemblage of the flower of the highest nobility, of female beauty, and of noble manly forms, the brilliant armour and weapons, the succession of characters of the East and of the West, of history and of romance-all served to heighten the impression of this extraordinary fête, which can never be erased from the memory of those who had the good fortune to be present'" (Martin Hardie, p. 116). Martin Hardie, pp. 116 and 314. Not in Abbey or Tooley. .
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USD 2250.00 [Appr.: EURO 2010.25 | £UK 1765.25 | JP¥ 250473]
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 ACKERMANN, RUDOLPH; SANGORSKI & SUTCLIFFE; COMBE, WILLIAM, History of the Colleges of Winchester, Eton, and Westminster, the
ACKERMANN, RUDOLPH; SANGORSKI & SUTCLIFFE; COMBE, WILLIAM
History of the Colleges of Winchester, Eton, and Westminster, the
London: Printed for and Published by R. Ackermann, 1816. Highest Praise" For Ackermann's Colleges "Equals, If Not Surpasses, That of Oxford and Cambridge" [ACKERMANN, Rudolph, publisher]. The History of the Colleges of Winchester, Eton, and Westminster; with the Charter-House, the Schools of St. Paul's, Merchant Taylors, Harrow, and Rugby, and the Free-School of Christ's Hospital. London: Printed for and Published by R. Ackermann, 1816. First edition. Large quarto (13 3/8 x 11 inches; 340 x 280 mm.). vi, [1, "Arrangement of Plates"], [1, blank], 56; 72; 27, [1, blank]; 32; 34; 22; 40; 34; 43, [1, blank] pp. With forty-eight hand-colored plates (forty-five aquatint and three engraved), including four costume plates and forty-four views by Havell, Stadler, Bluck, and others, after Westall, Mackenzie, Pugin, and others. Second state of Plate 6 ("Winchester College, from the Meadow"), dated "Jany. 1, 1816"; first issue, second state of Plate 23 ("Westminster School Room"), with the masters bareheaded; first issue, second state of Plate 26 ("Charter House"), lettered by means of a printed overslip, depicting two washerwomen with a basket laying out linen on the lawn, and with eleven figures on the paths. Text watermarked 1812, plates watermarked 1812 and 1816. Bound ca. 1950 [by Sangorski & Sutcliffe] for C.J. Sawyer (stamp-signed on front turn-in) in full red crushed levant morocco. Front cover decoratively tooled in gilt, spine decoratively tooled and lettered in gilt in compartments with five raised bands, gilt board edges and turn-ins, top edge gilt, "Cockerell" marbled endpapers. Bookplate removed from front pastedown. Occasional very light offsetting from the plates to the text. "Eton College" with a small light stain to the inner margin of the recto of leaf G1 (p. 41) and very slight browning to the recto of leaf K1 (p. 65). An excellent copy, with early watermarks, in a very attractive mid-twentieth-century binding. "[Ackermann's History of the University of Oxford (1813) and History of the University of Cambridge (1814)] were fittingly followed by a History of the Colleges…Of this also a thousand copies were issued in monthly parts, the first appearing on January 1, 1816…The text, with the exception of the parts dealing with Winchester, Eton, and Harrow (the work of W.H. Pyne), were entirely written by Combe, and the same artists were employed in its decoration, the highest praise for which is that it equals, if not surpasses, that of Oxford and Cambridge. The original drawings for the forty-eight coloured plates were distributed among Westall, who executed fifteen, and Pugin and Mackenzie, who did fourteen each, while one is by J. Gendall, who besides illustrating Ackermann's publications was employed for some years in managing his business, particularly in developing the new art of lithography. The actual engraving was done by Havell and Stadler, with a few plates by Bluck and Bennett, and four line engravings of costume by Agar after Uwins. Here again it may be noticed that many of the aquatints are printed in two colours before being finished by hand" (Martin Hardie). Abbey, Scenery, 440. Adams, London Illustrated, 116. Martin Hardie, pp. 106-107. Prideaux, pp. 126 and 332. Tooley 3. .
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Book number: 00331
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 ACKERMANN, RUDOLPH, History of the University of Cambridge, Its Colleges, Halls, and Public Buildings, A.
ACKERMANN, RUDOLPH
History of the University of Cambridge, Its Colleges, Halls, and Public Buildings, A.
London: Printed for R. Ackermann, by L. Harrison and J.C. Leigh, 1815. Complete with the Portraits of the Founders ACKERMANN, R[udolph]. A History of the University of Cambridge, Its Colleges, Halls, and Public Buildings. London: Printed for R. Ackermann, by L. Harrison and J.C. Leigh, 1815. First edition, complete with the engraved portraits of the Founders. Two large quarto volumes (13 3/16 x 11 1/16 inches; 334 x 281 mm.). viii, [2, list of plates], [ix]-xii, 296, [6, index]; [4], 324, [8, index] pp. Engraved portrait of the Duke of Gloucester and seventy-nine hand-colored plates (sixty-four aquatint views and fifteen engravings of university figures in academic costume) by Stadler, Havell, Agar, Bluck, Hill, and Reeve after Pugin, Westall, Mackenzie, Uwins, and Pyne. Plates watermarked 1812. Late 19th century half black morocco over brown cloth boards. Crimson morocco spine labels lettered in gilt. All edges marbled (top edge darkened). Some offsets from plates to text only. An excellent copy with early watermarks. "The fine aquatints, with their somewhat old-world flavour, are well suited to reproduce the spirit and to recall the antique associations of the old quads and courts.. "These two books [Ackermann's History of Oxford and History of Cambridge] are among the finest ever executed. A. Pugin, F. Nach, F. Mackenzie, and W. Westall were associated in the drawings, which are worthy even of the splendid architectural monuments they commemorate, while the engraving was carried out by such masters of aquatint as J. Bluck, J.C. Stadler, F.C. Lewis, D. Havell and others of like reputation. The result was the production of plates of unequaled merit in their particular line" (Prideaux, pp. 125-6). Abbey, Scenery, 79-80. Prideaux, pp. 125-126 and 332. Tooley 4. .
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Book number: 01869
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 ACKERMANN, RUDOLPH, A History of the University of Oxford
ACKERMANN, RUDOLPH
A History of the University of Oxford
London: R. Ackermann, 1814. One of Twenty-Five Large Paper Copies ACKERMANN, Rudolph. A History of the University of Oxford. Its Colleges, Halls, and Public Buildings. In Two Volumes. London: R. Ackermann, 1814. First edition, earliest state of plates, large paper copy. List of Plates (without the 'Founders'); One of twenty-five (of fifty) large paper copies on thick paper with hand-colored plates. Two elephant quarto volumes (16 1/4 x 13 inches; 417 x 330 mm.). viii, xxv, [1, blank], 275, [1, blank], [xiv, index & list of subscribers]; [2, arrangement of the plates; [iv], 262, [6, index] pp. With the list of subscribers, the dedication to Lord Grenville and the uncolored engraved portrait of Lord Grenville mounted on India paper (portrait a little foxed). Eighty-two plates (bound without the thirty-three portraits of Founders as often the case with the earliest issues), all hand-colored aquatints or stipple-engravings by Bluck, Stadler, Hill and others after Pugin, Westall, Mackenzie and others. Complete with the half-titles. Most plates watermarked "J. Whatman 1811." Bound ca. 1840 in three-quarter brown morocco over purple cloth boards, ruled in blind. Spines with five raised bands, decoratively tooled and lettered in gilt in compartments, top edge gilt, others uncut, marbled endpapers. Portrait frontispiece on India paper a little foxed as usual, otherwise a very fine and fresh copy with superior hand-coloring. This copy possesses five of Tooley's eight points for "really choice copies": Plate 15, Vol. I signed R. Hills after F. Nash: Plate 50, Vol. I, dated May 1; Plate 78, Vol. II dated June 1; Plate 78 dated June I; Plate 84, Vol II, signed J. Bluck af F. Mackenzie; and Plate 95 dated Decr. "These two books [Ackermann's History of Oxford and History of Cambridge] are among the finest ever executed. A. Pugin, F. Nach, F. Mackenzie, and W. Westall were associated in the drawings, which are worthy even of the splendid architectural monuments they commemorate, while the engraving was carried out by such masters of aquatint as J. Bluck, J.C. Stadler, F.C. Lewis, D. Havell and others of like reputation. The result was the production of plates of unequaled merit in their particular line" (Prideaux, pp. 125-6). Abbey, Scenery, 278; Tooley 5; Prideaux pp. 125-6. .
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Book number: 03388
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 ACKERMANN, RUDOLPH; COMBE, WILLIAM; PUGIN, AUGUSTUS; ROWLANDSON, THOMAS, Microcosm of London; or, London in Miniature, the
ACKERMANN, RUDOLPH; COMBE, WILLIAM; PUGIN, AUGUSTUS; ROWLANDSON, THOMAS
Microcosm of London; or, London in Miniature, the
London: R. Ackermann's Repository of Arts, 1808. With Nine of Abbey's Twelve Key Plates in Their First "Luminous" State An Extraordinary Copy Bound in Early Nineteenth Century Scored Calf [ACKERMANN, R[udolph]. The Microcosm of London; or, London in Miniature]. London: R. Ackermann's Repository of Arts, [1808-1810]. First edition, early issue, bound from the original parts, with nine of Abbey's twelve key plates in their first state. Text watermarked J. Whatman 1806 and 1807; plates watermarked J. Whatman 1806, 1807 and 1808. "Contents" leaf in volume one in first state. With all of the errata uncorrected, except for that reading "coustom" for "custom" on p. 218 of Volume I (see Abbey, Scenery, p. 138). Three large quarto volumes (13 x 10 7/8 inches; 330 x 277 mm.). iv, 1, contents], [1, blank], [3]-231, [1, blank]; [iii]-vi, [1, contents], [1, blank], 239, [1, blank]; [iii]-iv, [1, contents], [1, publisher's note], 280, [6, index and errata] pp. Bound from the original parts without the half-titles, as was quite often the case. Woodcut title and engraved dedication leaf in each volume. With 104 hand-colored aquatint plates, including fifty-four by J. Bluck, twenty-nine by J.C. Stadler, ten by T. Sutherland, ten by J. Hill, and one by Harraden, after Rowlandson and Pugin. First state of Abbey's key plates 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10. Plates 3 and 39 in second state as usual, plate 91 in third state. The plates all with tissue guards loosely inserted, all bright and fresh and without the offsetting from the plates to the text that is normally seen. Apart from some minor foxing to the preliminary leaves of each volume, this is the cleanest and certainly the finest copy of the Microcosm that we have ever seen. Contemporary full red scored calf, covers elaborately bordered in gilt, spine with five raised bands, elaborately decorated and lettered in gilt in compartments, gilt board-edges, elaborate gilt turn-ins, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. Each volume in a red calf chemise, decoratively tooled and lettered in gilt, each in a red board slipcase. All volumes with a small (unidentified) German Library label on front free-endpaper. "The book was issued in twenty-six monthly parts, each part containing four plates, and at 7s. a part, a price that was advanced early on to 10. 6d. for non-subscribers. A thousand sets are said to have been issued, a statement that may be correct for the original part publication, but must be considerably short of the final number, when bound sets distributed later are taken into account" "At the end of the third volume, a list of thirteen errata for the three volumes is given. If these have been corrected then the set will be found to be a late issue: if all the errata are uncorrected (this is rare), then the book has been bound from parts; the same claim of part binding can be made for sets that have errata uncorrected except for that reading 'coustom' for 'custom' on page 218 of volume 1. This is the case with the present copy -- all errata uncorrected except one." (Abbey). "The [book's] striking feature is not so much the text (though the third volume is notable as the work of W. Combe) but the coloured illustrations, in this case the combined work of Pugin and Rowlandson…The pictures in this book cover all the well-known public buildings of London-churches, banks, prisons, theatres, etc.-capitally portrayed by Pugin…The great metropolis, with its high life and low, its light and its shade, could have had no one better fitted [than Rowlandson] to portray its inmates. The spirited figures that he adds to Pugin's backgrounds show that his talents were not limited to the ludicrous and grotesque. With the happiest faculty for expressing character, he is equally at home amid a serious discussion of naval policy at the Admiralty Board-Room, or among the excited, gambling crowd of the Royal Cockpit. At Westminster Abbey or Bridewell, the College of Physicians or Billingsgate, everywhere he has seized on the essential features and the typical frequenters of the place…The book is a living and delightful record of the old metropolis of [two] hundred years ago, the London of Lamb, Jane Austen, Dickens, and Thackeray, of places and incidents that are now mere memories" (Martin Hardie, pp. 101-102). "The 'Microcosm of London' is one of the great colour-plate books, and a carefully selected copy should form the corner stone of any collection of books on this subject. The plates by Rowlandson and Pugin present an unrivaled picture of London in early 19th century, of historic value, as many of the buildings no longer exist" (Tooley). Early impressions are particularly prized: "original impressions of these splendid plates have a luminous quality entirely absent from later printings" (Abbey). Abbey, Scenery, 212. Adams, London Illustrated, 99. Martin Hardie, pp. 100-103. Prideaux, pp. 121-124 and 348. Tooley 7. .
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Book number: 03484
USD 16500.00 [Appr.: EURO 14741 | £UK 12945 | JP¥ 1836803]
Keywords: COMBE, William PUGIN, Augustus ROWLANDSON, Thomas English History London Views
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 ACKERMANN, RUDOLPH, Repository of Arts, Literature, Commerce, Manufactures, Fashions, and Politics, the
ACKERMANN, RUDOLPH
Repository of Arts, Literature, Commerce, Manufactures, Fashions, and Politics, the
London: R. Ackermann, 1809-18. A Presentation Run of Ackermann's "Repository of Arts" With 747 Plates, including 45 Plates with Fabric Samples Affixed [ACKERMANN, Rudolph, publisher]. The Repository of Arts, Literature, Commerce, Manufactures, Fashions, and Politics. Series 1, Volumes I-XIV (January, 1809-December, 1815) and Series 2, Volumes I-VI (January, 1816-December, 1818). London: R. Ackermann, 1809-1818. Series I, volume I is a presentation copy from Rudolph Ackermann to his good friend Joshua Watson. First editions. Twenty octavo volumes bound in ten (9 1/4 x 5 5/8 inches; 236 x 144 mm.). Text in double columns. Series One (volumes I-XIV) with 406 colored plates (some folding) including aquatint views, fashion plates, and furniture designs and 79 uncolored plates (mainly 'Needlework and Muslin Patterns'). In addition there are 45 (of 62) "Allegorical Woodcut" plates, with 152 (of 175) fabric samples affixed. Series Two (volumes I-VI) with 172 colored plates (some folding) including aquatint views, fashion plates, and furniture designs and 45 uncolored plates. Contemporary half red straight-grain morocco over marbled boards. Spines with five raised bands, decoratively tooled and lettered in gilt, marbled edges. With the bookplate of Maxine and Joel Spitz on front paste-downs. Slight wear to bindings. An excellent run of this historically important periodical with the first fourteen (and best) volumes with a very high proportion of the 'fabric samples' present. Provenance: Purchased from Marshall Field, 6 January 1930. Volume I is a presentation copy from Rudolph Ackermann to his good friend Joshua Watson ('Allow me the pleasure of presenting you with my annual Forget me Not', he writes in a tipped in, 2-page letter, dated Strand 29 December 1823) full text of letter below. "The name of Ackermann is intimately associated with the 'Repository of Arts, Literature, Fashions, Manufactures, &c.' which at once became so successful that before the end of the first year (1809) it obtained 3,000 subscribers. It regularly appeared until 1828, when forty volumes had been produced in monthly 3s. 6d. parts, under the editorship of F. Shoberl. Wm. Combe was a large contributor, and Rowlandson supplied many of the plates. The illustrations of fashions, mostly by well-known artists, supply valuable materials for the history of costume" (D.N.B.) "Strand 29 Dec 1823. My Dear Sir, Allow me the pleasure of presenting you with my annual Forget me not, as also with a little favourite child of mine, called Parables, just ready for starting in the World. Now as this youth is educated in the Path of Virtue, Morality, and Religion, I anticipate without fear its kindest reception by so good a man as my friend Mr. Watson, whose fostering hand will lead it the right way on its starting, and protect it on its way, and when once so introduced will easily recommend itself to all good Society, & flourish. Please accept the usual compliments of the season. I remain, My Dear Sir, Your most obliging, R. Ackermann. To Joshua Watson Esq." Joshua Watson, a public benefactor and counsellor of the Church of England was a good friend of Rudolph Ackermann. Abbey, Life, 212. Colas 2541. Hiler, p. 745. Lipperheide 4598. Martin Hardie, pp. 110-112. Tooley 8. .
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Book number: 03336
USD 7500.00 [Appr.: EURO 6700.5 | £UK 5884.25 | JP¥ 834911]
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 ACKERMANN, RUDOLPH, Series Containing Forty-Four Engravings in Colours of Fashionable Furniture, a;
ACKERMANN, RUDOLPH
Series Containing Forty-Four Engravings in Colours of Fashionable Furniture, a;
London: Published by R. Ackermann, 1823. The Extremely Scarce Second Series [ACKERMANN, Rudolph]. A Series Containing Forty-Four Engravings In Colours of Fashionable Furniture. London: R. Ackermann, 1823. First edition. Small quarto. [2], 52, 4, [as adverts.] pp. Forty-four hand-colored line, stipple or aquatint engraved plates, watermarked 1821-22, each printed with caption-title, imprinted "Ackermann's Repository of Arts" and dated to a month in 1822. Publisher's quarter crimson roan over drab boards, original printed pale green paper title label ("Upholsterer's and Cabinet-Maker's Repository"), gilt rules to spine. Roan and boards a little worn at extremities, internally clean. An remarkable copy of a very rare Ackermann title. Housed in an early twentieth-century red cloth clamshell case. No copies have appeared at auction since ABPC began indexing results in 1923. OCLC records only six copies in institutional holdings worldwide. A selection of plates and notes taken from Ackermann's Repository of Arts, and second in a series: Abbey records an Ackermann title, Upholsterer's and Cabinet-Maker's Repository, c. 1830, with seventy-six plates dated 1809-1815 but watermarked 1827-30. "Upholsterer's and Cabinet-Maker's Repository" appears on the title-label to the volume under notice but not the title-page. In the Preface to this copy it is written, "The Publisher.. trusts with confidence that they will prove equally interesting with the First Series, containing seventy-six Designs, which has sometime been before the pubic." Thus the Preface to this, the Second Series, belies Abbey who does not note this Second Series and mis-dates the First Series. Cf. Abbey, Life, 1. Not in Tooley, Hardie, or Prideaux. .
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Book number: 02271
USD 4800.00 [Appr.: EURO 4288.5 | £UK 3766 | JP¥ 534343]
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 ACKERMANN, RUDOLPH, PUBLISHER, Views of the Country Seats of the Royal Family, Nobility and Gentry of England
ACKERMANN, RUDOLPH, PUBLISHER
Views of the Country Seats of the Royal Family, Nobility and Gentry of England
London: R. Ackermann and Co. 1830. A Fine Selection of Hand-Colored Aquatint Plates From Ackermann's Repository of Arts In a Beautiful 'Regency' Binding ACKERMANN, Rudolph, publisher. [A collection of two hundred and thirty plates from Ackermann's Repository of Arts]. London: R. Ackermann and Co. [1809-1826]. Royal octavo (9 x 5 7/8 inches; 230 x 150 mm.). Containing 98 hand colored aquatint plates of the Views of the Country Seats of the Royal Family, Nobility and Gentry of England, plus 55 duplicate plates. In addition there are 75 hand colored and 2 plain aquatint 'furniture' plates including curtains,flower stands, tables, chairs, book cases, library tables and chairs, sideboards, etc. and two plain plates, making a grand total of 230 plates, one plate detached. A few of the Country Seats have their names corrected in ink and dated 1824. Contemporary full 'Late Regency' red straight-grain morocco, covers elaborately bordered in gilt surrounding a diamond-shaped central panel with a large and elaborate gilt design in the center, this in turn is surrounded on the four corners by equally gilt decorated green morocco onlays. Spine richly decorated and lettered in gilt, two elaborately gilt decorated labels, decorative gilt turn-ins, all edges gilt, pink paper endpapers. Joints and corners a little rubbed, binding at some time restored by the Abrams Bindery, Wellington, Somerset with their small ticket on rear paste-down. We have been unable to identify the binder but this is a very flamboyant and beautiful binding by one of the very best finishers of the early nineteenth century. "No record of Regency society is more vivid than Rudolph Ackermann's celebrated journal .. it devoted space to all things fashionable and every month for almost 25 years included hand-colored plates of furniture, drapery and interiors, providing an unrivalled visual record of Regency taste and design. Ackermann was an astute populariser, identifying what was fashionable at the time and presenting it to the public. It is therefore possible to follow the decorative ideas of the Regency period from year to year. Early issues of the Repository enthusiastically promoted the Grecian style, which had come from France and was introduced to London particularly by Henry Holland and Thomas Hope; later issues reflect the arrival of the French Empire style, with its Roman allusions, developed by the designers Percier and Fontaine. Sometimes Ackermann's plates represent the particularly English taste for the picturesque. The revived Gothic style is depicted most notably in the remarkable series of plates by the elder Pugin, and the Egyptian style also figures prominently.  Furniture for dining rooms, drawing rooms, studios and boudoirs, cabinets, bookcases, bureaux, plant stands, chaises longues - indeed, every facet of Regency furniture from window drapes to mechanical chairs is accurately portrayed and described.  Rudolph Ackermann was apprenticed at the age of 17 to a carriage designer at Hueningen, near Basel, under whom he worked for three years. In 1783, now a qualified designer, he took the first decisive step of his career and travelled to Paris, where he entered the employment of the fashionable carriage maker Antoine Carassi .. When sometime before 1786, Ackermann moved to London, he therefore brought with him not only expertise in the design and fitting of Haute Carrosserie but also familiarity with the latest developments in fine arts in Europe .. In 1795, he opened an establishment at 96 The Strand that was at once publishing house, print shop, art supplier and drawing school .. By 1797, the business was so successful that Ackermann moved to 101 The Strand, closer to the Royal Academy's premises in Somerset House. The emphasis on fine art was now increased, with a larger drawing class and a picture gallery. Ackermann's confidence in his new status was marked in 1798 by the naming of 101 The Strand as "The Repository of the Arts." (Stephen ]ones).  Abbey, Life, 212. Tooley, 13. Hardie, pp. 110-112. .
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Book number: 03256
USD 6500.00 [Appr.: EURO 5807.25 | £UK 5099.75 | JP¥ 723589]
Keywords: Architecture Fine Bindings English History Gardening
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 ADAM, VICTOR; EYMERY, ALEXIS, Les Enfans de la Mère Gigogne
ADAM, VICTOR; EYMERY, ALEXIS
Les Enfans de la Mère Gigogne
Bruxelles: Librairie Belge Francaise, 1840. With Twenty-Four Amusing Hand Colored Plates , All Heightened With Gum Arabic Only Two Copies Located In Libraries and Institutions Wordwide ADAM, Victor, illustrator. EYMERY, Alexis. Les Enfans de la Mère Gigogne. Bruxelles: Librairie Belge Francaise, [1840]. First edition. Small quarto (5 11/16 x 5 1/2 inches; 145 x 140 mm.). [1-5], 6-130 pp. Hand colored frontispiece and twenty-three hand colored plates heightened with gum arabic, all with several images on one sheet. Title-page slightly trimmed at top and lower edges, some offsetting from text to plates. Full contemporary brown calf, covers decoratively bordered in blind, title in gilt on front cover, smooth spine ruled and decorated in gilt in compartments, gilt board edges, marbled end-papers, top edge gilt. A very scarce book with just two copies worldwide located in OCLC: National Library of Scotland and Oxford University. A fascinating little children's book with highly colored amusing plates showing the people and animals of various lands. The Plates: 1. Les Pecheurs à La Ligne (frontispiece) 2. La Promenade du Dimanche (title-page) 3. Combat de Chiens / La Goutte / Le Malheureaux 4. Vous avez tort de ne pas acheter / Je vous dis de prendre garde au Loup / En allant toujours comme ca, nous irons bien Ioin, va. / Alllons, monsieur, à l'école 5. Prends, mon mignon / Petit - Jaco? / Oui mademoiselle si vous etes sage / Vous avez tort ma commere? 6. Oui, c'est comme cela que l'on voyage / Je te dis que tu ne l'auras pas / Le Paralytique 7. L'Ecole / Les Petits Soldats / Bonne Maman 8. Les Enfants en récréation 9. Le Cheval de paysan / Le Chevrière 10. Les Écossais 11. La Marée / Papa-Gateau / Le Fileur de Chanvre / La Barque / Que fera-t-il / Le Départ 12. Le Grand-Papa 13. Georges et Colas, ou la Ferme 14. Le Vieux Soldat et la Vivandière 15. Le Faucheur et les Cosaques 16. Les Contrastes 17. La Mère nourrice et les Moissonneurs 18. Une Soirée chez Franconi 19. Les Aventures de Joseph le Mouleur 20. Les Militaires en Campagne 21. Le Curé de village et le Md. de Poissons 22. La Curiosité Episode du moyen age 23. Les Plaisirs de la Peche, ou Scènes Chinoises 24. Le Marabout "Beraldi assigns between 7000 and 8000 designs to Victor Adam [1801-1865]…A Parisian by birth, he remained in the capital all his life, but this did not prevent him from drawing negroes, Turks, Chinese, and other peoples all over the world in his Paris studio. He was famous, indeed, as a faiseur de bonshommes, that is to say a specialist in adding groups of small figures to the foreground of architectural or landscape drawings by other artists…His immense production contains many amusing albums concerning the life of the time" (Ray, The Art of the French Illustrated Book, p. 194). Jean Victor Adam (1801-1866) was a French painter and lithographer. Born in Paris he was the son of Jean Adam, an esteemed engraver. During the years 1814 to 1818 he studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, and also in the ateliers of Meynier and Régnault. In 1819 he exhibited 'Herminia succouring Tancred.' He was almost immediately afterwards employed to paint various subjects for the Museum at Versailles, amongst which are, 'The Entry of the French into Mainz,' 'The Battle of Varroux,' 'The Taking of Menin, 'The Battle of Castiglione,' 'The Passage of the Cluse,' 'The Battle of Montebello,' 'The Capitulation of Meiningen;' the last three in association with Alaux. He also exhibited down to the year 1838: 'Henry IV. after the Battle of Coutras,' 'Trait of Kindness in the Duke de Berri,' 'The Postillion,' 'The Vivandiere,' 'The Road to Poissy,' 'The Return from the Chase,' 'Horse-fair at Caen,' and numerous other subjects. He then retired from publicity, till 1846, when he appeared as the exhibitor of some works in lithography, to which branch of art he afterwards restricted himself. In this line he produced a lithographic album, 'Views in the Environs of Paris,' 'Studies of Animals for an edition of Buffon,' &c. He obtained a gold medal in 1824, a second class medal in 1836, besides several others from Lille, Douai, and other cities. He died at Viroflay in 1866. .
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 ADDISON, JOSEPH; [BASKERVILLE, JOHN], Works of the Late Right Honorable Joseph Addison, the
ADDISON, JOSEPH; [BASKERVILLE, JOHN]
Works of the Late Right Honorable Joseph Addison, the
Birmingham: Printed by John Baskerville, for J. and R. Tonson, 1761. First Baskerville Edition of the Works of Joseph Addison ADDISON, Joseph. The Works of the Late Right Honorable Joseph Addison, Esq; with a complete index. Birmingham: Printed by John Baskerville, for J. and R. Tonson, 1761. First Baskerville edition of the Works of Joseph Addison (first published in 1721), with all errata noted by Gaskell. Four large quarto volumes. Vol. 1. xxv, [2], [1 blank], 537, [1 blank], [4 Index], [2 blank]; Frontispiece portrait and three engraved plates + six numismatic plates (included in pagination); Vol. 2. [8], 538, [11]; Vol. 3. 579, [1 blank], [11 index], [1 blank], two leaves (Ss1 and Ss2 / pp. 321-324) with top margins neatly repaired (not affecting text); Vol. 4. 555, [1 blank], [10 index]. With the preface and dedicatory poem by Thomas Tickell. Engraved frontispiece portrait (by T. Miller after G. Kneller) and three engraved plates (by C. Grignion after F. Hayman) in Volume I, and six woodcut numismatic plates in Volume I (included in pagination). This copy bound without the very scarce "Directions to the Binder" leaf Zzz2 (after p. 538) in volume one and the seven leaves of cuts in volume 2. Contemporary French calf, rebacked, preserving the original spine. Covers triple-ruled in gilt, spines decoratively tooled in gilt in compartments, with two dark blue morocco gilt lettering labels, decorative gilt board edges and turn-ins, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers. An excellent set. "Baskerville spared neither pains nor money to make his books as fine as he could…most of his books were unusually beautiful, expensive and incorrect" (Gaskell, p. xix); Volume Two lacks the called for seven leaves of cuts. Gaskell, Baskerville, 17. Rothschild 15. .
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 AINSWORTH, WILLIAM HARRISON; CRUIKSHANK, GEORGE; BRANGWYN, FRANK, Novels, the
AINSWORTH, WILLIAM HARRISON; CRUIKSHANK, GEORGE; BRANGWYN, FRANK
Novels, the
London: Gibbings & Company, Limited, 1901. Dick Turpin Rides Again AINSWORTH, William Harrison. The Novels of William Harrison Ainsworth. London: Gibbings & Company, Limited, 1901-1902. Windsor Edition. Limited to 2,000 copies. Twenty small octavo volumes (6 7/8 x 4 3/8 inches; 174 x 110 mm.). Illustrated with 64 photogravures from the etchings by George Cruikshank, twelve by Hablot K. Browne, four by Sir John Gilbert, one by Lane, two by Maclise, and one by D'Orsay. Each volume with an engraved title-page designed by Frank Brangwyn. Descriptive tissue guards. Contemporary half maroon scored calf over red marbled boards. Spines decoratively tooled and lettered in gilt with five raised bands, top edge gilt, others uncut, marbled endpapers. A fine and attractive set. William Harrison Ainsworth (1805-1882), English author of popular historical romances, "initially studied law but abandoned it for literature. His first success came with the novel Rookwood (1834), featuring the highwayman Dick Turpin as its main character. This book was followed by many other historical novels, 39 in all, the best known of which are The Tower of London (1840), Old St. Paul's, a Tale of the Plague and the Fire of London (1841), Windsor Castle: An Historical Romance (1843), and The Lancashire Witches (1849). Ainsworth became editor of Bentley's Miscellany in 1839, and he owned that periodical from 1854 to 1868. He was also editor at various times of The New Monthly Magazine and his own Ainsworth's Magazine" (Merriam-Webster's Encyclopedia of Literature). .
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 ALASTAIR, ILLUSTRATOR; VOIGHT, HANS HENNING VON; PRÉVOST, THE ABBÉ; SYMONS, ARTHUR, Manon Lescaut
ALASTAIR, ILLUSTRATOR; VOIGHT, HANS HENNING VON; PRÉVOST, THE ABBÉ; SYMONS, ARTHUR
Manon Lescaut
New York: Dodd, Mead and Company, 1928. The Figures Created by his Imagination have more often than not an air of being less than Flesh and Blood, of being less than Human, more Abnormal than Normal" [ALASTAIR, illustrator]. PRÉVOST, The Abbé. Manon Lescaut. Translated from the French of the Abbé Prévost by D.C. Moylan with Eleven Illustrations by Alastair and an introduction by Arthur Symons. New York: Dodd, Mead and Company, 1928. First American edition. Limited to eighteen hundred and fifty numbered copies for sale in England and America (this being # 1,077). Folio (12 1/2 x 10 inches; 312 x 255 mm.). xxxvi, 196, [1], [3 blank] pp. partially uncut. Title-page printed in black and red. Eleven full-page black, red and white plates with captioned tissue guards. Original gray cloth, front cover stamped and spine lettered in red. Pictorial endpapers printed in black and red, top edge trimmed, others uncut. Spine slightly faded and with small 1/4 inch tear at top. Complete with the original pictorial dust jacket printed in black and red (torn at folds). An excellent copy. "Alastair never sees nor seizes hold on reality; not only does he live in a world of his own, but the figures created by his imagination have more often than not an air of being less than flesh and blood, of being less than human, more abnormal than normal, and essentially "tired of being human"…" (introduction). Hans Henning Otto Harry Baron von Voigt (1887-1969), best known by his nom de paintbrush, Alastair, was a German artist, composer, dancer, mime, poet, singer and translator. Mysterious, flamboyant, enigmatic and attractive, Baron Hans Henning Voight was self-taught as an artist, and he was also a proficient dancer and pianist. He is best known as an illustrator, and his career as an artist was launched in 1914, when John Lane published Forty-Three Drawings by Alastair. His drawings, which are often decadent in spirit and have the look of Art Deco, were influenced by the drawings of Aubrey Beardsley. His 'serpentine line' often depicts characters whose outlines are lightly drawn with the main areas filled in with 'broken dotted lines'.His drawings were in black and white ink, sometimes with one color added. Alastair's illustrations show a strong influence from the Decadent movement in art and poetry that had begun decades earlier, with the perverse and sinister a recurring theme. The poet and publisher Caresse Crosby described her first meeting with him: ".. a blackamoor ushered us into a room where their was a black piano with a single candle burning on it. Soon Alastair himself appeared in the doorway in a white satin suit; he bowed, did a flying split and slid across the polished floor to stop at my feet, where he looked and said, 'Ah, Mrs Crosby !'" He knew how to made an entrance. Set in France and Louisiana in the early 18th century, the story follows the hero, the Chevalier des Grieux, and his lover, Manon Lescaut. Des Grieux comes from noble and landed family, but forfeits his hereditary wealth and incurs the disappointment of his father by running away with Manon. In Paris, the young lovers enjoy a blissful cohabitation, while Des Grieux struggles to satisfy Manon's taste for luxury. He scrounges together money by borrowing from his unwaveringly loyal friend Tiberge and from cheating gamblers&hellip. .
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 ALDRIDGE, ALAN, Sir Maximus Mouse
ALDRIDGE, ALAN
Sir Maximus Mouse
: , 1973. The Cheese Tycoon At Home in the Cheddar Bank Original Art From "The Butterfly Ball" ALDRIDGE, Alan. Sir Maximus Mouse. Original Art, Plate No. 19 from The Butterfly Ball and the Grasshopper's Feast. N.p. 1973. 25 x 19 1/4 inches (64 x 49 cm) matted and glassed in frame; oval image 18 x 12 1/2 inches (46 x 31.5 cm). An original airbrushed acrylic painting illustrating a character from artist Alan Aldridge's modern children's classic, The Butterfly Ball and The Grasshopper's Feast, with verses by William Plomer and nature notes by Richard Fitter, originally published in London by Jonathan Cape, 1973. It is one of twenty-eight illustrations created for the book. Accompanied by a first edition copy of the book. That huge new block, in EC4, Of the Cheddar Bank they built last June Has a secret fat, on the fourteenth floor, For Sir Maximus Mouse, the Cheese Tycoon. There he sits in his cozy room With a ticker-tape, in view of St. Paul's To watch how the market rises and falls. His whiskers twitch at the hint of a broom, His whiskers droop at the hint of a slump in his Hundred-and-twenty super-companies. As a cat will watch a mouse, he stares At the ups and downs of shocks and shares, A prince among mice and millionaires. "Knock, knock," says the grandfather clock, "Money's not all, money's not all - He has quite forgotten the Butterfly Ball!" Alan Aldridge (b. 1943) is an English artist, graphic designer and illustrator. Aldridge first worked as an illustrator at The Sunday Times Magazine. After executing some freelance book covers, he became the art director for Penguin Books. In 1968 he established his own graphic-design firm, INK, which created imagery for the Beatles and their Apple Corps. He was responsible for a great many album covers during the 1960s and 1970s, influencing the graphic style of the period. His work was characterized by flowing, cartoon-like designs with soft airbrushing. He is possibly best known for the children's illustrated book, The Butterfly Ball and the Grasshopper Feast, a series of illustrations of anthropomorphic insects and other creatures, which he created in collaboration with William Plomer. It was based on William Roscoe's poem of the same name but was motivated by John Tenniel's assertion to Lewis Carroll it was impossible to draw a wasp in a wig. Aldridge also created the artwork for Elton John's Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy (1975). .
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 ALEXANDER, WILLIAM, Costume of the Russian Empire, the
ALEXANDER, WILLIAM
Costume of the Russian Empire, the
London: Printed for W. Miller, 1803. Seventy-Three Fine Hand-Colored Stipple Engravings of The Russian Empire With Descriptions Derived From Authentic Sources [ALEXANDER, William]. The Costume of the Russian Empire, illustrated by a series of seventy-three engravings. With descriptions in English and French. London: Printed for W. Miller, 1803. First edition, later issue. Folio (13 13/16 x 10 1/8 inches; 350 x 257 mm.). [xviii], 73 leaves of text. Text printed in English and French. Seventy-three hand colored stipple-engravings. Plates watermarked J. Whatman 1817, text watermarked 1811. A few plates with minor marginal discoloration and light offsetting onto facing text leaves. Full contemporary red straight-grain morocco. Covers decoratively tooled in gilt and blind, spine with three wide and shallow raised bands, decoratively tooled and lettered in gilt in compartments, decorative gilt board-edges and turn-ins, all edges gilt. With the armorial bookplate of Holcombe Ingleby on front paste-down. Minor rubbing to lower joint. A n excellent copy. "In the two former works of a similar nature to the present, - the Costume of Turkey, and the Costume of China, - the utility and advantage of such publications have been sufficiently dilated upon; and the approbation with which they have been honoured has evinced, that the opinion, the Publisher had formed of their value, was not ill-founded. This present work possesses all the advantages, which the former ones embraced, and has the further merit of rather a more systematic arrangement. The Russian empire is of an extent unknown to other modern nations, and hardly equalled by that of the Romans in the summit of their power. It embraces within its limits, nations the most various, with countries and climates the most opposite… The authenticity of the present work is undoubted, being in fact copied from a series of engravings begun at Petersburg in 1776, and finished in 1779… The descriptions to the plates have been derived from the most authentic sources, more particularly from Professor Müller's "Description de toutes les Nations de l'Empire de Russie -- Voyage en Sibérie, par D'Auteroche -- Description de Kamtshatka, par M. Kracheninnikow --Plescheëf's Survey of the Russian Empire -- Pallas's Travels through the Southern Parts of Russia -- Saür's Account of Commodore Billing's Expedition to the Northern Parts of Russia," &c. &c. as well as from information procured from several gentlemen, who have been resident for some time in different parts of that empire." (Preface). "The fourth in the series of costume books issued by William Miller. The plates for this book are closely copied, but somewhat enlarged, from a book by J.G. Georgi published by Carl Wilhelm Müller in St. Petersburg, four volumes, 4to, 1776-80, under the patronage of the Empress. The text to this English edition is said to be by William Alexander." Abbey) Abbey, Travel, 244. .
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 ALEXANDER, WILLIAM, Picturesque Representations of the Dress and Manners of the English
ALEXANDER, WILLIAM
Picturesque Representations of the Dress and Manners of the English
London: Printed for John Murray.. by W. Bulmer and Co. 1814. With Fifty Hand Colored Aquatint Plates Depicting a Huge Range of Social Types ALEXANDER, William. Picturesque Representations of the Dress and Manners of the English. Illustrated in fifty coloured engravings, with descriptions. London: Printed for John Murray… by W. Bulmer and Co. 1814. Small quarto (8 15/16 x 6 1/8 inches; 227 x 156 mm.). [iv], Fifty hand colored aquatint plates, each with an accompanying leaf of text. Plates watermarked "J. Whatman Turkey Mills ---9" which we would estimate to be 1819. Contemporary full maroon straight-grain morocco, covers elaborately bordered in gilt and blind, spine with four raised bands, decoratively tooled and lettered in gilt in compartments, gilt boards edges and turn-ins, all edges gilt. A fine, albeit slightly later copy of this fascinating work. This extraordinary work covers a huge range of social types from 'The Sovereign' to a chimney sweep, a judge to the licensed man that watered and fed the horses pulling the hackney carriages. The images and related text on the lower classes in general and the street vendors in particular are probably the most interesting. They picture and describe people who do not appear in conventional histories of the period, and offer a window into real life on the streets at the beginning of the 19th century. Colas notes that the plates are engraved from earlier images by William Henry Pyne, presumably those published in his The Costume of Great Britain (London: 1804, 60 plates). Pyne's work was evidently a major source for this work, as a comparison of the titles to the plates shows, but there are also a significant number of military subjects that are not in Pyne's work, suggesting a variety of sources. The plates have been executed with a refreshing liveliness and freedom that is not usually seen in books of this type, but which is typical of William Alexander's etched and engraved work. This volume is part of a series, all of which were published uniformly in 1814 and include: Picturesque Representations of the Dress and Manners of the Austrians Picturesque Representations of the Dress and Manners of the Chinese Picturesque Representations of the Dress and Manners of the Russians Picturesque Representations of the Dress and Manners of the Turks Colas II, 2357; Lipperheide Gca 21; Tooley 374. .
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 ALKEN, HENRY; SURTEES, ROBERT S., Analysis of the Hunting Field, the
ALKEN, HENRY; SURTEES, ROBERT S.
Analysis of the Hunting Field, the
London: Published by Rudolph Ackermann, 1846. First Edition, First Issue, Early Plates [ALKEN, Henry, illustrator]. [SURTEES, Robert Smith]. 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. With Numerous Illustrations, by H. Alken. London: Published by Rudolph Ackermann, 1846. First edition, first issue with title and preface dated 1846 and in original green cloth (bound at rear), and with earliest state of three plates (dated Nov. 9th). Quarto (9 5/8 x 5 7/8 in; 243 x 147 mm). [8], 326, [4, publisher's catalogue] pp. Seven hand-colored aquatint plates, including frontispiece and extra title, forty-three woodcuts. Bound c. 1960 by Bayntun-Rivière in full emerald crushed morocco with double fillets, gilt-rolled board edges, gilt-ruled and ornamented compartments, gilt dentelles. All edges gilt. Original cloth preserved at rear. A fine copy. "This work first appeared in Bell's Life and the first edition in book form..at 31s. 6d..There are two issues. First issue in green cloth with both titles and the preface dated 1846. Second issue in red cloth, with the preface dated occasionally 1846 but usually 1847..There are early states of some of the plates with imprint dated Nov. 9th not Nov. 19th" (Tooley). The Plates: 1. Frontispiece - The Meet. 2. Engraved title. 3. Getting Away. 4. Full Cry. 5. The Check. 6. The Leap. 7. Whoo-hoo-o-o-p. Robert Smith Surtees (1805-1864) was an English editor, novelist and sporting writer. Thackeray envied him his powers of observation, while William Morris considered him 'a master of life' and ranked him with Dickens. In The Analysis of the Hunting Field, Surtees offers wry, fatherly advice in this satiric romp through the key archetypes of the fox hunt. As Lord Denham says in his introduction, "this should be required reading for anyone connected with hunting. From the right sort of Master to the wrong sort, from the hunting nobleman to the whip and from the blacksmith to the braggart with horses to sell we find the people 'pon the 'orses are much the same as today." "More people are flattered into virtue than were ever bullied out of vice" (Surtees, Analysis of the Hunting Field). Tooley 470; Siltzer, p. 73; Podeschi 177; Schwerdt II p.232. .
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 ALKEN, HENRY, British Proverbs
ALKEN, HENRY
British Proverbs
London: E. & C. Mc.Lean, 1824. It's Not How Long - But How Well We Live" ALKEN, Henry. British Proverbs. London: E. & C. Mc.Lean, 1824. First edition. Oblong quarto (10/1/4 x 13 3/4 inches; 261 x 350 mm.). Six amusing hand-colored soft-ground etchings, five with five and one with four scenes, depicting a total of twenty-nine proverbs. Bound ca. 1900 by Rivière & Son in full tan calf, covers decoratively bordered in gilt, spine with two raised bands, decoratively tooled in compartments, black morocco spine label lettered in gilt. Gilt board-edges and wide decorative turn-ins, dark blue coated end-papers. With the Armorial bookplate of Arthur Curtiss James and also the engraved bookplate of De Guinzbourg on the front paste-down. Joints very slightly cracked at top and bottom but still absolutely sound. A near fine copy housed in a later brown cloth slipcase. Originally issued in paper wrappers with printed title on the front cover. Very scarce, this is only the second example that we have seen in over fifty years. OCLC located just eleven copies in institutions and libraries worldwide - nine in the US, one in the UK and one in New Zealand. The Plates: 1. Life without a friend is death with a witness… 2. Good to begin well - better to end well… 3. He who would have a hare for breakfast must hunt overnight… 4. The horse thinks one thing and the man that rides him another… 5. They who Love most are least set by… 6. All things are soon prepar'd in a well Ordered house… Henry Thomas ALKEN (12 October 1785 - 7 April 1851) was an English painter and engraver chiefly known as a caricaturist and illustrator of sporting subjects and coaching scenes. His most prolific period of painting and drawing occurred between 1816 and 1831. Tooley, 21. .
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 [ALKEN, HENRY, ILLUSTRATOR]; NIMROD; APPERLEY, CHARLES J., Chace, the Turf, and the Road, the
[ALKEN, HENRY, ILLUSTRATOR]; NIMROD; APPERLEY, CHARLES J.
Chace, the Turf, and the Road, the
London: John Murray, 1837. Alken Off To The Races With Apperley In The Saddle First Edition [ALKEN, Henry, illustrator]. NIMROD (pseud. of Charles J. Apperley). The Chace, The Turf, and the Road. With Illustrations by Henry Alken, and a Portrait by D. Maclise. London: John Murray, 1837. First edition in book form, originally serially published in the Quarterly Review. Octavo (8 3/4 x 5 3/8 in; 223 x 135 mm). xx, 301, [1, printer's slug], [18, publisher's catalogs] pp. Thirteen hand-colored plates, some in aquatint, with tissue guards, and plain, stipple-engraved portrait frontispiece. Publisher's original pictorial green cloth with gilt vignette and borders blocked in blind, expertly recased. Gilt decorated spine. Spine very slightly faded, still an excellent copy. Housed in a later green cloth clamshell case. Charles James Apperley (1777-1843), English sportsman and sporting writer, better known as Nimrod, the pseudonym under which he published his works on the chase and on the turf. A devoted fox-hunter, around 1821 Apperley began to contribute a series of articles to The Sporting Magazine, under the pseudonym of "Nimrod," that covered horse races, hunt meets and other sporting events. His references to the personalities of the people he knew or met at such events helped to double the circulation of the magazine within a few years. Mr. Pittman, the proprietor of The Sporting Magazine, gave Nimrod a handsome salary and defrayed all the expenses of his tours. He also gave Nimrod a stud of hunters. After Pittman's death, the proprietors of the magazine sued Apperley for the money that had been advanced. To avoid imprisonment, Apperley moved to Calais in 1830, where he supported himself by writing. Apperley is best known for his two books, The Life of a Sportsman, and Memoirs of the Life of John Mytton, both of which were illustrated with colored engravings by Henry Thomas Alken. Apperley eventually returned to England and died in Upper Belgrave Place, London, on 19 May 1843. The Plates: 1. Preparing to Start. 2. Getting Well Off. 3. The Race - Epsom. 4. The Melton Hunt. 5. Getting Away. 6. A Queerish Place. 7. A Pull Up. 8. The Lane. 9. Whissendine Brook. 10. The Death. 11. It's The Comet, &c. 12. The Regulator. 13. The Quicksilver Mail. Podeschi 152. Siltzer. p. 73. Schwerdt I, p. 36. .
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 [ALKEN, HENRY, ILLUSTRATOR]; NIMROD; APPERLEY, CHARLES J., Chace, the Turf, the Road, the
[ALKEN, HENRY, ILLUSTRATOR]; NIMROD; APPERLEY, CHARLES J.
Chace, the Turf, the Road, the
London: John Murray, 1870. Alken Off To The Races With Apperley In The Saddle A New Edition [ALKEN, Henry, illustrator]. NIMROD (pseud. of Charles J. Apperley). The Chace, The Turf, The Road. New Edition. With Portrait of Author and Illustrations. London: John Murray, 1870. New edition. Octavo (7 1/4 x 4 3/4 in; 185 x 120 mm). xviii, [2], 277, [1] pp. Hand-colored engraved portrait frontispiece, extra engraved title in two states, plain and colored, thirteen hand-colored engraved plates by Alken, some in aquatint, and nine text illustrations in black and white by an unknown hand. Bound c. 1900 by Rivière and Son in full crimson crushed morocco with French fillets. Gilt-rolled raised bands, decorated and ornamented compartments. Gilt-rolled board edges. Elaborately gilt dentelles. Top edge gilt. Expertly and near invisibly rebacked. A fine copy. Charles James Apperley (1777-1843), English sportsman and sporting writer, better known as Nimrod, the pseudonym under which he published his works on the chase and on the turf. A devoted fox-hunter, around 1821 Apperley began to contribute a series of articles to The Sporting Magazine, under the pseudonym of "Nimrod," that covered horse races, hunt meets and other sporting events. His references to the personalities of the people he knew or met at such events helped to double the circulation of the magazine within a few years. Mr. Pittman, the proprietor of The Sporting Magazine, gave Nimrod a handsome salary and defrayed all the expenses of his tours. He also gave Nimrod a stud of hunters. After Pittman's death, the proprietors of the magazine sued Apperley for the money that had been advanced. To avoid imprisonment, Apperley moved to Calais in 1830, where he supported himself by writing. Apperley is best known for his two books, The Life of a Sportsman, and Memoirs of the Life of John Mytton, both of which were illustrated with colored engravings by Henry Thomas Alken. The Plates: 1. Preparing to Start. 2. Getting Well Off. 3. The Race - Epsom. 4. The Melton Hunt. 5. Getting Away. 6. A Queerish Place. 7. A Pull Up. 8. The Lane. 9. Whissendine Brook. 10. The Death. 11. It's The Comet, &c. 12. The Regulator. 13. The Quicksilver Mail. Cf. Podeschi 152. Cf. Siltzer. p. 73. Cf. Schwerdt I, p. 36. .
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 ALKEN, HENRY, Fores's Hunting Accomplishments
ALKEN, HENRY
Fores's Hunting Accomplishments
London: Messrs. Fores, 1850. Hunting Accomplishments" Six Magnificent Hand Colored Aquatint Plates ALKEN, Henry. Fores's Hunting Accomplishments. Set of Six Plates Drawn by Henry Alken [Engraved by J. Harris]. London: Messrs. Fores, 1850. First edition. Oblong folio (12 3/4 x 19 3/16 inches; 325 x 488 mm). Specially printed title-page which also include a listing of the plates. Six hand colored aquatint plates in thick card mounts, each image size approximately 8 1/8 x 11 1/8 inches and each plate size approximately 10 x 13 1/4 inches. All plates window framed in 1/8 inch thick card, mounted on stubs. The fourth plate "In and Out Clever" has an expertly repaired, four inch tear at the top, plates one, two and six also have expertly repaired short marginal tears. Finely bound by Aquarius of London (stamp-signed on front turn-in) ca. 1990 in full red morocco over boards, front cover decoratively lettered and bordered in gilt. Spine with five raised bands, decoratively tooled and lettered in gilt, decoratively gilt board edges and turn-ins. Fine. With the exception of the aforementioned expertly repaired tear to plate 4 this is a fine and clean copy in a very attractive binding. Dudley Snelgrove in The Paul Mellon Collection asserts "These are copies of the first six plates (of seven) of Qualified Horses and Unqualified Riders, 1815, which is in the collection". However we beg to disagree. We actually have an uncut copy (in the original wrappers) of the 1815 Qualified Horses and Unqualified Riders and whilst the titles are similar - the plate image sizes are not! The earlier book has seven hand colored aquatints with an average image size of 7 1/4 x 10 1/2 inches on a plate size of 10 11/16 x 14 5/8 inches. The Plates: All headed "Fore's Hunting Accomplishments. Pl. 1" [through 6] and "Drawn by H. Alken; Engraved by J. Harris; Published Novr. 1st, 1850." 1. "Going Along a Slapping Pace" 2. "Topping a Flight of Rails and coming well into the next Field" 3. "Swishing a Rasper" 4. "In and Out Clever" 5. "Charging an Ox Fence" 6. "Facing a Brook" Rare: The renowned Fitz Eugene Dixon collection (sold at Anderson Galleries, NY, 1937) did not contain this rare suite of plates. "The aquatint process was developed to give the appearance of a water-colour and was used increasingly for over fifty years for large plates of grand views or small book-illustrations and for practically any subject, but it came to be used almost exclusively as the ideal medium for the best result in sporting prints. The sharp outlines and clear colouring gave them a briskness which sport required; horses seem to gallop and jump with greater verve in aquatint, while farm-horses munch more contentedly in mezzotint. Many engravers devoted themselves to the medium and, together with draughtsmen and colourists, enjoyed a steady livelihood with employment from such flourishing publishers as Rudolph Ackermann, Thomas McLean and Mesrrs. Fores. The method of soft-ground etching successfully simulated pencil-drawing and was used extensively for instructional drawing-books, but it was Henry Alken who used it constantly over many years in his albums with their countless cameos of sporting and comic incidents. Lithographs in hand-coloured form, although cheaper to produce, did not replace aquatints in popular esteem. Later in the century, the invention of chromolithography brought a high standard to colour printing, but initially it was to costly a process for the publisher of sporting prints." (Snelgrove, p. viii). Siltzer, p. 64 Snelgrove, British Sporting and Animal Prints 1658-1874 The Paul Mellon Collection, 42 Not in Schwerdt. .
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 ALKEN, HENRY, Fox Hunting
ALKEN, HENRY
Fox Hunting
London: Thomas Mc.Lean, 1823. Four Magnificent Hand Colored Aquatint Plates, All Heightened With Gum Arabic Showing the Full Sweep of the Hunt Across the Rolling English Countryside… ALKEN, Henry. Fox Hunting. London: Thomas Mc.Lean, 1823. First edition. Oblong folio (13 5/8 x 17 7/8 inches; 347 x 454 mm.). An untitled series of four superb plates etched by Henry Alken and aquatinted by G. Hunt. The plates printed in color and finished by hand, all heightened with gum arabic. Average plate image size 10 7/8 x 16 1/16 inches: 277 x 408 mm. All with the imprint "London. Published by Thomas Mc.Lean. 26 Haymarket, 1823." Margins of plates very slightly browned but still a magnificent series of plates showing the full sweep of the hunt across the rolling English countryside, with outstanding coloring. Bound into an album for the Lakeside Press Chicago ca. 1930 (stamp-signed on front turn-in) in half orange morocco over gray paper boards ruled in gilt. Front cover with shield shaped blue morocco label lettered in gilt, smooth spine lettered in gilt, pale gray endpapers. Bookplate of Joel Spitz on front paste-down. Very rare. We can find no other record of this set of four. There was no copy in the Fitz Eugene Dixon sale (Anderson Galleries, New York, 1937). Provenance: purchased in Paris, 1947. The plates: 1. The Cover. 2. Full Cry. 3. Check. 4. The Death. Mellon/Snelgrove, Alken 19 (listed as "A set of four"); Siltzer p. 60; Wilder, English Sporting Prints, p. 219. .
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 ALKEN, HENRY, Grand Leicestershire Steeple Chase
ALKEN, HENRY
Grand Leicestershire Steeple Chase
London: R. Ackermann, Junr. Sporting Gallery, 1830. The Grand Leicestershire Steeple Chase Eight Magnificent Hand-Colored Plates by C. Bentley after Henry Alken ALKEN, Henry. Grand Leicestershire Steeple Chase. On the 12th. of March, 1829. London: R. Ackermann, Junr.Sporting Gallery, Jan[uar]y. 1st, 1830. First edition. Oblong folio (14 1/2 x 17 7/8 inches; 368 x 455 mm.). Eight superb hand colored aquatint plates by C. Bentley after Henry Alken. (Plate images 10 x 14 1/4 inches; 254 x 361 mm.). Later gray wrappers with rectangular printed label on front cover. Housed in a quarter gray morocco over marbled boards clamshell case. A few short marginal (repaired) tears to four of the plates (none affecting image). The plates: 1. The Start 2. Going the Pace, Captain Ross leading - Mr. Field Nicholson taking a line of his own. 3. Symptoms of Distress - The Cocktail Floored. 4. The field becomes Select - The Captain still leading. 5. A Rich scene; and such as no other County can exhibit… 6. Dick Christian's last fall, commonly called "A Header"… 7. The Climax of Disaster… 8. The Winning Post at Billesden Coplow / This Covert is celebrated for having produced the stoutest Foxes in the Quorn Hunt. Here Mr. Maher was appointed judge and the horses were thus placed: Sir Harry Goodricke's Magic……1 Mr. Maxse's King of the Valley……2 Mr. Patrick's Lazy Bet……3 Captain Ross's Clinker……4 The other three No where. A steeplechase is a distance horse race in which competitors are required to jump diverse fence and ditch obstacles. Steeplechasing is primarily conducted in Ireland (where it originated), the United Kingdom, Canada, United States, Australia and France. The name is derived from early races in which orientation of the course was by reference to a church steeple, jumping fences and ditches and generally traversing the many intervening obstacles in the countryside. The first recorded steeplechase over a prepared track with fences was run at Bedford in 1810, although a race had been run at Newmarket in 1794 over a mile with five-foot bars every quarter mile. The first recognized English National Steeplechase took place on Monday 8 March 1830. The 4-mile (6.4 km) race, organized by Thomas Coleman of St.Albans, was run from Bury Orchard, Harlington in Bedfordshire to the Obelisk in Wrest Park, Bedfordshire. The winner was Captain Macdowall on "The Wonder", owned by Lord Ranelagh, who won in a time of 16 minutes 25 seconds. Report of the event appeared in the May and July editions of Sporting Magazine in 1830. The most famous steeplechase in the world is the Grand National run annually at Aintree Racecourse, in Liverpool, since its inception in 1836 (the official race was held three years later), which in 2014 offered a prize fund of £1 million. The Grand Leicestershire Steeple Chase in 1829, preceded the first Grand National by seven years. Siltzer, p.61. .
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 ALKEN, HENRY, Ideas, Accidental and Incidental to Hunting and Other Sports;
ALKEN, HENRY
Ideas, Accidental and Incidental to Hunting and Other Sports;
London: Thomas M'Lean, 1826-30. First (Best) Edition, Early Issue The Mishaps of a Maladroit Equestrian On The Hunt And Coaches Out of Control "Have You Any Idea Which Way The Hounds Went? ALKEN, Henry. Ideas, Accidental and Incidental To Hunting and Other Sports.; Caught in Leicestershire, &C. London: Thomas M'Lean, n.d. [1826-1830]. First edition, early issue, with plates dated 1826-1830 and watermarked 1831-32. Upright folio (14 1/4 x 10 in; 366 x 253 mm). Letterpress title and forty-two hand colored soft-ground etchings with protective interleaves. Full forest green crushed morocco for Hatchards of London (stamp-signed) by either Rivière or Sangorski and Sutcliffe (ca. 1940), both of whom were Hatchards preferred binders. Occasional mild spots to margins not affecting imagery. A neat professional repair to closed margin tear on plate #6. Otherwise, a beautiful copy of the most desirable edition. "This book was published in 1830. The humorous text is etched on the plates, which were originally issued serially in seven wrappers parts from 1827 [1826] through 1830. The letterpress title-page and publisher's issue binding make a 'book' out of what would otherwise be an assembly of prints" (Mellon/Podeschi). "First issued in upright folio [as here]. A fire consumed part of the stock, and the plates were reissued in oblong folio. These latter are inferior" (Tooley). The draftmanship is good, the colouring vivid, and the inscriptions on the plates are humourous. No copies in British Museum" (Schwerdt). Mellon/Podeschi 136; Tooley 36; Schwerdt I, pp. 17-18; Siltzer, p. 72; Maggs catalog #802 item 57 (£225). The Plates: 1. I say my hearty fellow, have you any Idea where I can get a personal conveyance to Melton? (1826). 2. They may call this pleasure, but I have an Idea that it has brought me into considerable trouble (1826). 3. I say my good woman have you any Idea how they manage here to get a horse out of a brook? (1826). 4. I say my good fellow have you not an Idea that this hunting is exceedingly dangerous? (1826). 5. I say my dear fellow I have an Idea that it will make a considerable alteration to your personal appearance (1826). 6. I say old furnace, have you any Idea how far it is to Melton? (1826). 7. I say old buck, have you any Idea where I can find the hounds? (1827). 8. I had not the most distant Idea of what was on the other side (1827). 9. I shall soon lose all my Ideas (1827). 10. I have an Idea he is going and with him my 150 Guineas (1827). 11. I do not think he has an Idea left (1827). 12. I say my heary chap have you any Idea what ought to be done in the present case? (1827). 13. I have an Idea that I have got them rather too much together now (1827). 14. I say my dear Sir, have you not an Idea that there is considerable danger in the present case? (1827). 15. I say Captain, I have an Idea we have run foul of several things in our passage (1827). 16. I say my clever feller, have you an Idea you can make this thing capable of progression? (1827). 17. I have an Idea its ten to one but we are down now &c. (1827). 18. I have an Idea my Lord that nothing but Time or a stone wall will stop them &c (1827). 19. I say Bob you addent an Idea I could ride so well as you (N.D.). 20. My high Tom, I have an Idea we shall soon be off, &c. (N.D.). 21. I ave an Idea I an down now Tom (N.D.). 22. I say Joe you addent no idea it was so deep, ad you, &c. (N.D.). 23. I say my buck you avent no Idea where the Ounds are, ave you (N.D.). 24. I say my boy we ave got some Ideas about the Unting now avent we (N.D.). 25. You can have no Idea what a magnificent day I have had (1830). 26. By George Harry, I have an Idea that the thing is not quite so easy as I anticipated (1830). 27. My good fellow I have an idea that I shall be right on the top of you (1830). 28. I have an Idea that this is a situation that this of considerable difficulty (1830). 29. I have an Idea that this is a most important and effective Fall (1830). 30. My dear fellows I should be extremely sorry to speak of any Country with disrespect but I have an Idea that the water here abouts is not exceedingly fragrant (1830). 31. This is just to give you an Idea of a Steeple Chase (1830). 32. I have an Idea that this is our Yeoman Cavalry races (1830). 33. I had not the most distant Idea of Getting in such sport as this (1830). 34. I have a strong Idea we shall hit something this time (1830). 35. Is that really a Are, &c. (1830). 36. I begin to have an Idea that this Tandem driving is not altogether free from danger (1830). 37. My good people I beg you not to disturb yourselves but have you any Idea which way the Hounds went (1830). 38. My good fellows I have an Idea that this sort of gate was make for only one at a time to go through (1830). 39. I have an Idea that this Fence is either too High or that my Horse is too Short (1830). 40. I have no idea what could induce me to follow you over this d..d rotten Bridge (1830). 41. I have an Idea I shall win now if I can but carry in my weight (1830). 42. I positively have no Idea what I am to do in this case &c. (1830). .
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 ALKEN, HENRY, Illustrations to Popular Songs
ALKEN, HENRY
Illustrations to Popular Songs
London: Thomas M'Lean, 1823. True Sportsmen are We for the Game Once in View" ALKEN, Henry. Illustrations to Popular Songs. London: Published by Thomas M'Lean, 1822. First edition, first issue. Oblong folio (9 1/4 x 13 3/4 inches; 235 x 347 mm.). [1] leaf (Address). Forty-two (of forty-three) hand-colored etched plates (including added pictorial title). All plates dated 1822. Each plate contains two to six comical scenes, including several hunting or sporting scenes, illustrating titles of popular songs. Bound without the letterpress-title and the plate "No more I'll court the town bred fair &c" Full contemporary russia, covers decoratively stamped in blind and gilt, front cover letters in gilt, spine with title stamped in blind, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers. Board edges a little rubbed. A very good copy. "First issued in 1822, reissued in 1823, 1825, 1826, 1831" (Tooley). "'Swans sing before they die --- 'twere no bad thing "'Should some folks die before they sing.' "So whispered a friend to Mr. Alken, when they were once compelled to hear the discordant notes of a volunteer at a convivial party. 'I wish it were so,' said the Artist, 'but the words of the Song furnish a good subject for a Sketch,' and he soon presented his friend with the Illustration of 'Begone Dull Care,' this was much approved of, and became the first 'Symptom' of the 'Illustrations of Popular Songs,' a Work intended to furnish the Amateur of the Fine Arts, and of Singing, with characteristic representations of his favourite subjects, that he may have the pleasure of beholding the Poet's fancy, embodied by the glowing warmth of the Artist's fertile imagination." (Introduction). Schwerdt IV, p. 4 (1823 issue). Tooley 37. Not in Abbey. .
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