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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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 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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Book number: 03949
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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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 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; PUGIN, AUGUSTUS CHARLES, ARTIST; COMBE, WILLIAM, History of the Colleges of Winchester, Eton, and Westminster, the
ACKERMANN, RUDOLPH; PUGIN, AUGUSTUS CHARLES, ARTIST; 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, early issue. Large quarto (13 1/8 x 11 inches; 334 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"; Abbey's first state of Plate 23 ("Westminster School Room"), with the masters bareheaded; Abbey's, second state of Plate 26 ("Charter House"), lettered by means of a printed overslip "Charter House/from the Play Ground", depicting two washerwomen with a basket laying out linen on the lawn. Text watermarked 1812, plates watermarked 1812 and 1816. 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 second state of Plate 26 ("Charter House, from the Play Ground") with overslip), depicting thirteen boys and masters playing cricket (instead of washerwomen). Occasional offsetting from the plates to the text. the absolute bare minimum of offset from text to the sky on four plates (Eton College; St. Paul's School; View of the Southern Schools & Dormitories, Rugby School; & The Head Master's House, Rugby School). Some spotting to text on gatherings C & G of Christ's Hospital (pp. 9-16 & 41-44 & list of plates). Contemporary diced russia, covers elaborately decorated in gilt and blind. Expertly re-backed, spine with five raised bands, decoratively tooled in gilt and blind, black morocco label lettered in gilt, gilt board edges and turn-ins, marbled end-papers, marbled edges. Corners expertly repaired. Armorial bookplate of Samuel Ryland on front paste-down. Housed in a twentieth century, morocco edged brown cloth slipcase. An excellent example, with early watermarks, early issue points and in a very attractive contemporary 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). Samuel Ryland (1764-1843) of Bearley and Sherborne was the father of Louisa Ann Ryland (1814-1889) who was the single greatest philanthropist in the history of Birmingham, England. 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: 04461
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Keywords: PUGIN, Augustus Charles, artist COMBE, William Color-Plate Books Bindings English History Topography Views
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 ACKERMANN, RUDOLPH, PUBLISHER; PUGIN, AUGUSTUS CHARLES, ARTIST, The History of the Colleges of Winchester, Eton, and Westminster;
ACKERMANN, RUDOLPH, PUBLISHER; PUGIN, AUGUSTUS CHARLES, ARTIST
The History of the Colleges of Winchester, Eton, and Westminster;
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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Book number: 04460
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 ACKERMANN, RUDOLPH, History of the University of Oxford, A.
ACKERMANN, RUDOLPH
History of the University of Oxford, A.
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 is 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
USD 13500.00 [Appr.: EURO 11954.75 | £UK 10381.25 | JP¥ 1537753]
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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 6641.5 | £UK 5767.5 | JP¥ 854307]
Keywords: Costume Sets (Bound)
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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 4250.75 | £UK 3691.25 | JP¥ 546757]
Keywords: English History
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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 5756 | £UK 4998.5 | JP¥ 740400]
Keywords: Architecture Fine Bindings English History Gardening
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 ADAM, VICTOR; SAILLET, M. ALEXANDRE DE, Les Confessions D'Un écolier
ADAM, VICTOR; SAILLET, M. ALEXANDRE DE
Les Confessions D'Un écolier
Paris & Rio de Janeiro: Belin Leprieur et Morizot, 1848. 'The Confessions of a Schoolboy' Twelve Hand-Colored Lithograph Plates by Victor Adam ADAM, Victor, illustrator. SAILLET, M. Alexandre de. Les Confessions d'un Écolier. [The Confessions of a Schoolboy]. Paris & Rio de Janeiro: Belin Leprieur et Morizot, 1848. First edition. Octavo (8 3/4 x 5 5/8 inches; 223 x 143 mm.). [iv], 338 pp. Twelve hand-colored lithograph plates (including frontispiece). Text leaves browned but all of the twelve plates clean and fresh apart from some minor marginal foxing in places. Late nineteenth century quarter red morocco over red boards, smooth spine decoratively ruled and lettered in gilt, decorative end-papers. Engraved bookplate of José M. Catarineu on verso of front free end-paper. Apart from the aforementioned browning and marginal foxing a very good copy. An important and rare juvenile title by Alexandre de Saillet, who ranks among the most important children's authors of 19th century France. In this book, Saillet pretends to be editing the anonymous confessions of a real schoolboy. According to OCLC there are only two copies in institutions and libraries worldwide, both at the University of Toronto, Canada. .
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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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 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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 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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 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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 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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 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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 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, 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, 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, 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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