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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]. A Presentation Copy Thirteen Fine Hand-Colored Steel Engraved Plates Showing The Folk Dances of Many Lands [DANCE]. [CONCANEN, Edward. FROST, Thomas. MASON, R.H. & LOWNDES, Mrs.]. Read's Characteristic National Dances; Including a Series of Tales by Popular Authors. London: Read & Co.. Ackermann & Co. n.d. [1853]. First edition. Presentation Copy. 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. Neat ink presentation inscription on front free-endpaper "Mrs. W.V. Patten. / with R.H. Mason's most Kind regards. / [flourish] / Decr. 8th. 1853. / [flourish]". R.H. Mason was the author of four of the chapters in this book: The Irish jig; The Mexican jarabe dance; The Chinese sun & moon dance, and The Turkish saraband. "The origin of the accomplishment of dancing has never been traced; probably it is coeval with legs and feet, for there is not a nation on the face of the broad earth but what can manage to knock up a hop of some kind or another; and the inhabitants of all climes, each in a way of their own, adopt it as a recreation or introduce it in solemn ritual.." (address to the reader). ""The title vignette shows a group around a fire dancing an English folk dance, the Sir Roger de Coverley, the following plate the Highland Fling, and from there the dancing progresses across Europe to India and China figuratively speaking," H. Mandeville. The authors described the dances depicted, Mrs Lowndes specifically describing the Swiss folk dance. This work has been called an elegantly illustrated "gift book" whose intention was to suggest that national (folk) dance could express true feeling better than more "artificial" forms of dance, which seems possibly to contravene contemporary thought on theatrical dance, which was in the ascendant at this time." (Bobins III, 888). "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, Mrs. Lowndes (Hannah Maria Jones), and R.H. Mason. The Plates: 1. Frontispiece - The May-pole dance. (T. Frost) 2. Engraved title. 3. The Highland fling. (E. Concanen) 4. The Irish jig. (R.H. Mason) 5. Minuet de la Cour. (T. Frost) 6. The Spanish fandango. (E. Concanen) 7. The Neapolitan dance. (E. Concanen) 8. The Swiss dance. (Mrs. Lowndes) 9. The Grecian dance. (E. Concanen) 10. The Mexican jarabe dance. (R.H. Mason) 11. The Chinese sun & moon dance. (R.H. Mason) 12. The Turkish saraband. (R.H. Mason) 13. The Hindostanee shawl dance. (T. Frost) Bobins, III, 888; Magriel, p. 53; Niles & Leslie II, p. 441. .
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Keywords: Caricatures Dance

 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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Keywords: Costume Dance History

 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 3/8 x 7 1/2 inches; 238 x 191 mm.). 16 pp. Thirteen hand-colored engraved plates. Later quarter black roan over original tan printed wrappers. Covers slightly stained, front cover with two small areas of abrasion just affecting lettering. An excellent copy housed in a custom made, felt-lined half black morocco clamshell case, spine with five raised bands, decoratively ruled and lettered in gilt in compartments. "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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 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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Keywords: Color-Plate Books English History Topography Views

 ACKERMANN, RUDOLPH; PUGIN, AUGUSTUS CHARLES, ARTIST, History of the Colleges of Winchester, Eton, and Westminster;, the
ACKERMANN, RUDOLPH; PUGIN, AUGUSTUS CHARLES, ARTIST
History of the Colleges of Winchester, Eton, and Westminster;, the
London: Printed for and Published by R. Ackermann, 1816. Ackermann's History of the Colleges One of Fifty Large Paper Copies [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, One of Fifty Large-Paper Copies. Large quarto (16 1/8 x 12 5/8 inches; 410 x 321 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. First gathering of text of Eton College misbound as pp. 3/4; [1], 2; 7/8; 5/6, but complete. Abbey's first state of Plate 6 ("Winchester College, from the Meadow"), dated "Jany. 1, 1815"; Abbey's first state of Plate 23 ("Westminster School Room"), with the masters bareheaded; Abbey's third state "as usual in large paper copies" of Plate 26 ("Charter House, from the Play Ground"), printed direct (with no overslip), depicting thirteen boys and masters playing cricket (instead of washerwomen). Text watermarked J. Whatman 1811 and 1816, plates watermarked J. Whatman 1811. A few small fore and lower marginal tears, most of which have been expertly repaired, a few tiny rust spots, mainly marginal, some very light water-staining to the lower margins of a few text leaves, pp. 5/6 of Westminster School with expert and almost invisibly repaired six-inch tear, a few small expert repairs to upper and lower corners. A full listing of all these minor imperfections can be supplied upon request. Mid to late twentieth century three-quarter red morocco over cockerel boards ruled in gilt. Spine with five raised bands, decoratively tooled and lettered in gilt, cockerel end-papers, all edges rough gilt. Housed in a red cloth slipcase. A spectacular and exceptionally rare Large-Paper Copy - only the third that we have seen in over fifty years. The last Large Paper Copy to appear at auction was the Spitz copy at Christie's, London (27th May, 2015 - lot 3) which fetched £6,250 (approximately $9,000). "Originally issued in 12 monthly parts, with 4 plates to each part, the first appearing 1 Jan. 1816.. On completion it was issued in quarto boards at 7 guineas or in the parts complete for £7. 4s. Fifty copies were printed on large paper at 1 guinea per part and on completion issued in atlas quarto for 12 guineas. Twenty-five copies were printed with the plates uncoloured India proof impressions." (Tooley, pp. 8/9). Abbey, Scenery 438; Tooley 3; Prideaux, pp. 126 and 332. .
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Keywords: PUGIN, Augustus Charles, artist English History Topography Views

 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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Keywords: Costume Sets (Bound)

 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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Keywords: English History

 ADAM, ALBERT, ILLUSTRATOR; ROSTAING, JULES, Jardin Des Plantes En Estampes, le
ADAM, ALBERT, ILLUSTRATOR; ROSTAING, JULES
Jardin Des Plantes En Estampes, le
Paris: Maison Martinet - Hautecoeur, Frères, 1860. With Twenty-Four Superb Hand Colored Lithograph Plates Depicting All Species of Animals [ADAM, Albert, illustrator]. ROSTAING, Jules. Le Jardin Des Plantes en Estampes. Dessiné et Lithographié par A. Adam. Accompagné d'une histoire De Tous Les Animaux Que Possède La Ménagerie par Jules Rostaing. Paris: Maison Martinet - Hautecoeur, Frères, [1860]. First edition. Large oblong quarto (10 3/16 x 13 1/2 inches; 259 x 343 mm.). [iv], 30, [1, table], [1, blank] pp. Twenty four superb hand-colored lithograph plates, heightened with gum arabic and with multiple images. Some light foxing to text leaves only, the plates bright and clean. Publisher's black pebble-grain cloth, front cover pictorially stamped and lettered in gilt, lower cover with center blind-stamped decoration, yellow coated end-papers, front inner hinge expertly and almost invisibly repaired. Neat early ink inscription on front fly-leaf dated 1860. The wonderful hand-colored plates depict Bison, Deer, Moose, Antelope, Lama, Goats, Birds, Giraffe, Buffalo, Elephant, Hippopotomus, Rhino, Camel, Zebra, Donkey, Lion, Tiger, Leopard, Jackal, Wolves, Hyena, Orang-Outang, Monkeys, Dogs, Birds of Prey, Crocodile, Snakes, Gazelle, and People. Albert ADAM (1833-1900) was the son of Caricaturist and lithographer Jean Victor Adam (1801-1867) whom he often assisted with his commissions. OCLC locates just one copy - The Morgan Libary, NY (Gordon Ray copy). Unknown to Denise, Bibliography of the Jardin des Plantes. .
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Book number: 04374
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Catalogue: Children's Books
Keywords: ROSTAING, Jules Color-Plate Books Books in French Natural History

 ADAM, ALBERT, Tribulations Parisiennes Et Campagnardes
ADAM, ALBERT
Tribulations Parisiennes Et Campagnardes
Paris: Hautecoeur Frères, 1840. Parisian and Country Tribulations The Humorous Side of Distress, Trouble, Misery, Anguish, Agony, Grief and Wretchedness.. ADAM, Albert, illustrator. Tribulations Parisiennes et Campagnardes. Par Albert Adam. Paris: Hautecoeur Frères, [ca. 1840]. First edition. Folio (12 7/8 x 9 7/8 inches; 328 x 251 mm.). Lithographed pictorial title-page and Thirty-two plates hand-colored lithograph plates heightened with gum arabic, on sixteen sheets. Several of the plates have more than one image depicted. Tiny piece of lower corner of title-page and plate 10 torn away, small piece of lower inner margin of plate 16 torn away - nothing affecting any images. Some light marginal soiling and toning otherwise an excellent copy of this extremely scarce title. Bound to contemporary style in full dark green straight-grain morocco. Covers elaborately decorated in gilt and blind, spine with five raised bands decoratively tooled and lettered in gilt in compartments, decorative gilt turn-ins, gold marbled end-papers. This is the first time in over fifty years that I have seen this very amusing title which depicts the humorous side of distress, trouble, misery, anguish, agony, grief and wretchedness.. especially plate 12 (the top image) "Arrcheur de Dents sans douleur" (pain-free teeth remover). The Plates: 1. Un Chien emporté / Culbute à la Marche 2. Désagrément du Macdam / Le Pot de fer et le Pot de terre 3. Une Famille d'Allemands / Touché !!! / Deux blaguers / Il l'aura . il l'aura pas! / Le Repas 4. Ces Messieurs s'amusant.. / C'est celle-là ! qui est une bête de premier mérite 5. Une branche de salut / Une belle Famille 6. Un accident imprévu / Marchands d'oranges etc 7. Voiture à l'usage des amateurs de culbutes / Le Dejeuner interrompu 8. Arrosement public et gratis / La Ruade 9. Gentlemans au Bois / Visite désagréable 10. Train de plaisir à l'heure / [not titled] 11. Départ du Roulage / Position très désagréable 12. Arrcheur de Dents sans douleur / Le bon père de Famille 13. Concurrence monstre. - Route de Passy / Cheval qui a un défaut marquant 14. Une glissade / [not titled] 15. L'Artiste culbuté / Cheval antropophage 16. Un Mosieur qui n'a pas l'habitude etc / Noouvelle course au Clocher Very scarce: According to OCLC there are just five copies located in libraries and institutions worldwide (Morgan Library, NY; UCLA, CA; Library of Congress, DC; Clark Art Institute, MA, and Harvard Univ. Houghton Library, MA). Albert ADAM (1833-1900) was the son of Caricaturist and lithographer Jean Victor Adam (1801-1867) whom he often assisted with his commissions. .
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Keywords: Books in French Caricatures

 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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Catalogue: Original Art

 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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Book number: 03460
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Keywords: Books in French Costume Voyages and Travels

 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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Book number: 03779
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Keywords: Costume

 ALKEN, HENRY, Ackermann's Sporting Scraps
ALKEN, HENRY
Ackermann's Sporting Scraps
London: Rudolph Ackermann, 1850. One of the Rarest of all Henry Alken's Albums ALKEN, Henry. Ackermann's Sporting Scraps. London: Rudolph Ackermann, February 20th. 1850 - March 13th. 1861. First edition. Oblong quarto (8 5/8 x 10 7/8 inches; 219 x 276 mm.). Thirty-six superb hand colored aquatint plates, heightened with gum arabic, by J.Harris after H. Alken, W.J. Shayer, and W.A. Knell. Contemporary full red morocco, covers decoratively bordered in gilt with ornate gilt corner-pieces. Spine with five raised bands decoratively tooled and lettered in gilt in compartments, gilt-ruled board edges, decorative gilt turn-ins, plum coated liners and endleaves with the original rectangular burgundy morocco label lettered in gilt "Ackermann's / Sporting / Scraps / [rule] / 36 plates / 1850. 1851." on front paste-down, all edges gilt. Armorial bookplate of Henry Duke of Gloucester on front endpaper and another on verso. Fine impressions of the Henry Alken plates. Twenty-eight out of the thirty-six being by him. It includes the best plates from Ackermann's famous publications.. Excessively Rare. According to OCLC there is just one copy in libraries and institutions worldwide: The Huntington Library (CA, USA). The note from OCLC reads "Title from label on inside front cover./ Plates colored by hand./ The plates are mostly in groups of four and cover the following subjects: hunting, racing, coaching, coursing, shooting, steeple-chase, Indian sporting, fishing, deer stalking, stag-hunting, and yachting./ Four plates on coaching by W.J. Shayer; four on yachting by W.A. Knell; remainder by Alken./ Engraved by J. Harris." This actual copy sold at The Anderson Auction Company, New York on December 14th, 1909. The plates: R. Ackermann's Hunting Scraps (dated March 13th. 1861) 1. Drawing Cover 2. Gone Away 3. Full Cry 4. The Death Ackermann's Coaching Scraps (dated March 20th. and April 20th. 1854) 1. The Wet Morning 2. Springing 'em 3. The Rivals 4. The Time Keeper R. Ackermann's Steeple Chase Scraps (dated February 20th. 1850) 1. Getting away - Now for the front 2. The Brook 3. The Stone wall and double fence 4. The last Struggle R. Ackermann's Shooting Scraps (dated June 10th. 1850) 1. Going out 2. The Point 3. The Shot 4. Down Charge R. Ackermann's Coursing Scraps (dated June 12th. 1850) 1. Going Out 2. Soho 3. The Course 4. The Death R. Ackermann's Racing Scraps (dated April 27th. 1850) 1. Training 2. Preparing to Start 3. Started 4. The Race R. Ackermann's Deer-Stalking Scraps (dated July 12th. 1850) Taking the Stag R. Ackermann's Stag Hunting Scraps (dated July 12th. 1850) Taking the Stag R. Ackermann's Shooting Scraps (dated July 15th. 1850) Flacker Shooting R. Ackermann's Fishing Scraps (dated July 15th. 1850) Trout Fishing R. Ackermann's Yachting Scraps (dated April 20th. 1850) 1. Running off the wind 2. The Sapphire 3. Yachts on a wind 4. The Bianca Schooner Yacht R. Ackermann's Indian Sporting Scraps (dated April 9th. 1850) 1. Beating for a Boar 2. Raising the Boar from his lair 3. Charging the Boar 4. The wounded Boar Charging Bobins III, 1168; Siltzer, pp. 65-67; Not in Abbey, Tooley. .
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Book number: 04788
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Keywords: Fine Bindings Caricatures Hunting Sports

 BAYNTUN-RIVIÈRE; [ALKEN, HENRY, ILLUSTRATOR]; SURTEES, R.S., Analysis of the Hunting Field, the
BAYNTUN-RIVIÈRE; [ALKEN, HENRY, ILLUSTRATOR]; SURTEES, R.S.
Analysis of the Hunting Field, the
London: Edward Arnold & Co. 1923. The Hunt Ends Here For A Fine Inlaid Binding [BAYNTUN-RIVIÈRE, Binders]. ALKEN, Henry (illustrator). SURTEES, R.S. The Analysis of the Hunting Field; Being a Series of Sketches of the Principal Characters That Compose One. The Whole Forming a Slight Souvenir of the Season, 1845-6. A New Edition With the Original Illustrations by H. Alken. London: Edward Arnold & Co. 1923. A new edition. Tall octavo (9 1/2 x 6 in; 243 x 154 mm). xi, [1], 244 pp. Six full-color plates, including frontispiece and extra-illustrated title page, forty-three black and white text woodcuts. Bound c. 1965 by [Chris Lewis for] Bayntun-Rivière in full crushed crimson levant morocco with pictorially inlaid central panel framed by gilt fillets, long ovals, and corner-pieces. Raised bands with gilt ornament, gilt-ruled compartments with gilt ornaments. Gilt rolled edges. Gilt-ruled turn-ins, Cockerel end-papers. All edges gilt. A new edition, a reprint of the 1846 first edition, here exceptionally bound by Chris Lewis, c. 1965, for Bayntun-Rivière, in an inlaid pictorial binding depicting a hunting scene with dogs, riders and their steeds in shades of green, brown, tan, red and ivory morocco with foliate blindstamping and black outlines and highlights. The great finisher Christopher Lewis began his career at the internationally renowned Bayntun-Rivière Bindery of Bath, England, during the early 1960s as a finisher. In the 1970s, he established his own bindery and further developed his masterful inlay and gilt work, integrating innovative highlights with paint into his pictorial inlays. He returned to Bayntun during the 1990s. Cf. Siltzer p. 73 (1846). .
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Book number: 01994
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Catalogue: Fine Bindings
Keywords: [ALKEN, Henry, illustrator] SURTEES, R.S. English History Hunting Nineteenth-Century Literature Sports

 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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Book number: 02822
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Keywords: SURTEES, Robert S. Fine Bindings Hunting Nineteenth-Century Literature Sports

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