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 BAYNTUN-RIVIÈRE; [ALKEN, HENRY, ILLUSTRATOR]; SURTEES, R.S., Analysis of the Hunting Field, the
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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Keywords: [ALKEN, Henry, illustrator] SURTEES, R.S. English History Hunting Nineteenth-Century Literature Sports

Jorrocks's Jaunts and Jollities
London: George Routledge, 1893. Jorrocks's Jaunts and Jollities Illustrated by Henry Alken In a Beautiful Inlaid Binding By Chris Lewis [BAYNTUN-RIVIÈRE, binders]. [SURTEES, Robert Smith]. ALKEN, Henry, illustrator. Jorrocks's Jaunts and Jollities. The Hunting, Shooting, Racing, Driving, Sailing, Eccentric and Extravagant Exploits of that Renowned Sporting Citizen Mr. John Jorrocks. With Sixteen Illustrations by Henry Alken. Printed in Colours. New Edition. London: George Routledge, [1893]. Tall octavo (8 3/4 x 5 3/4 in; 221 x 145 mm). viii, 272 pp. Sixteen full color plates including frontispiece and engraved title (with tissue guard between). Bound by Bayntun-Rivière, c. 1985 in full crimson morocco and finished by Chris Lewis with a quadruple gilt frame with a gilt horse shoe in each corner surrounding a large rectangular pictorial onlay of multi-colored morocco depicting a country scene with five foxhounds being followed by two huntsmen on horseback. The back cover with the same quadruple gilt border. Spine with five raised bands decoratively tooled and lettered in gilt. Gilt board edges, gilt tooled turn-ins with gilt corner decorations. Marbled endpapers. All edges gilt. A very fine copy. Chris Lewis was one of Bayntun-Rivière's most talented 'finishers'. He designed and finished many unique inlaid bindings during his time at Bayntun-Rivière in the 1960s and then again prior to his death in the late 1990s. .
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Book number: 01962
USD 3750.00 [Appr.: EURO 3366.75 | £UK 2838.25 | JP¥ 407343]
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Keywords: ALKEN, Henry SURTEES, Robert Smith Hunting Sports Dogs

Queen Margot Wife of Henry of Navarre
London and New York: Harper & Brothers, 1907. A Superb Mid-Twenties Cosway-Style Binding by Bayntun of Bath with Two Fine Oval Miniatures Extra-Illustrated by the Insertion of Twenty-Five Engraved Plates of which Six are Hand-Colored COSWAY-STYLE BINDING. BAYNTUN, binder. WILLIAMS, H. Noel. Queen Margot Wife of Henry of Navarre. With sixteen illustrations in photogravure. London and New York: Harper & Brothers, 1907. Quarto (9 3/8 x 7 3/8 inches; 238 x 188 mm.). xviii, 409, [1, blank] pp. Colored frontispiece and nineteen photogravure plates with tissues printed in red & brown. Extra-illustrated by the insertion of twenty-five engraved plates of which six are hand-colored. Bound ca. 1925 by Bayntun, stamp-signed in gilt "Bayntun. Binder. Bath. Eng." on front turn-in. Full dark blue crushed levant morocco over beveled boards, covers with elaborate gilt frames, spine with five raised bands, elaborately decorated and lettered in gilt in compartments, gilt ruled board edges, wide elaborate gilt turn-ins, all edges gilt. Front doublure of red morocco surrounded by a frame of inlaid maroon morocco. Set into the front doublure are two very fine oval miniature paintings set under beveled glass within a double gilt frame. The upper miniature is of Margaret de Valois, Queen Margot of Navarre. The lower miniature is of her spouse Henry III of Navarre (later Henry IV of France). Both miniatures measure 3 3/16 x 2 1/2 inches; 81 x 63 mm. The rear doublure is of red morocco surrounded by a frame of inlaid maroon morocco. Blue watered silk end-leaves. A very fine example housed in its original felt-lined blue cloth clamshell case. Margaret of Valois (1553-1615) was a French Princess of the Valois dynasty who became Queen Consort of Navarre and later also of France. By her marriage to Henry III of Navarre (later Henry IV of France), she was Queen of Navarre and then France at her husband's 1589 accession to the latter throne. Their marriage was annulled in 1599 by decision of the Pope. She was the daughter of King Henry II of France and Catherine de' Medici and the sister of Kings Francis II, Charles IX and Henry III. Her marriage, which was to celebrate the reconciliation of Catholics and Huguenots, was tarnished by the St. Bartholomew's Day massacre, and the resumption of the religious troubles which ensued. In the conflict between Henry III and the Malcontents, she took the side of Francis, Duke of Anjou, her younger brother, and this caused a deep aversion of the King against her. As Queen of Navarre, she also played a pacifying role in the stormy relations between her husband and the French Monarchy. Shuttled back and forth between the two courts, she endeavored to lead a happy conjugal life, but her sterility and the political tensions inherent in the French Wars of Religion caused the end of her marriage. Mistreated by a brother quick to take offence and rejected by a fickle and opportunistic husband, she chose the path of opposition in 1585. She took the side of the Catholic League and was forced to live in Auvergne in an exile which lasted twenty years. .
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Book number: 04479
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Keywords: BAYNTUN, binder WILLIAMS, H. Noel Cosway-Style Bindings Extra-Illustrated Copies French History

 BEETHOVEN, LUDWIG VAN; ROSSINI, GIOACHINO; HANDEL, GEORGE FRIDERIC, [Sammelband of Engraved Sheet Music for Voice and Piano
[Sammelband of Engraved Sheet Music for Voice and Piano
Vienna: S.A. Steiner und Comp. 1823. A Fine Sammelband of Ten Eighteenth Century Works for Voice and Piano Including the First Printing of Beethoven's Vier Deutsche Gedichte BEETHOVEN, Ludwig van. ROSSINI, Gioachino. HANDEL, George Frideric, et al. [General title]. Theater-Journal fur Gesang mit Begleitung des Piano-Forte. Vienna: S.A. Steiner [1823]. A fine sammelband of ten published engraved sheet music for voice and piano, including the first printing of Ludwig van Beethoven's Vier Deutsche Gedichte (Four German Poems), Vienna, [1823] and works by Rossini, Handel, Gluck, Wollank and others. Oblong quarto ( 9 7/16 x 12 3/8 inches; 240 x 314 mm.). A series of 10 published works by Beethoven, Gluck, Rossini, Handel, et. al. Collation: 10; 16; 14; 12; [2], 12, [2, blank]; [2], 14; 4; 4; 6; 8 pp. Some light foxing throughout. Title-page with early ink signatures of Minna Fournier and Alice V. Fournier. Full early nineteenth century red straight-grain morocco. Covers elaborately tooled in gilt with hearts, flowers and a central 'sun ray' design. Spine elaborately tooled in gilt, decorative gilt board-edges, tree calf liners richly bordered in gilt, light blue coated end-leaves, marbled end-papers. Corners a little worn but still a really amazing early nineteenth century binding. Works included: 1. Rossini, Giaochino. Theater-Journal. 11. Heft. Vienna: S.A. Steiner. Rossini's Cavatina from Der Barbier von Sevilla. 9 pp. (Printer's slug S;u:C:2961). 2. Weber, Carl Maria von [&] Wollank Friedrich. Sechs Italienische Gesaenge. Leipzig and Berlin in Kunst und Industrie Comptoir, 15 pp. (Printer's slug 389). 3. Fedrigotti, Giovanni. Tre Cavatine. Vienna: Pietro Mechetti qm Carlo. 13pp. (Printer's slug 485). 4. Diabelli, Anton. Philomele. Vienna: A. Diabelli et Comp. 11 pp. (Printer's slug C. et D. No. 293). 5. Beethoven, Ludwig van. Vier Deutsche Gedichte. Op 113. Vienna: Sauer & Leidesdorf (Bonn, Simrock; Leipzig, Peters). 12 pp. (Printer's slug Sauer et Leidesdorf 226: in Wein). First Printing. 6. Kreutzer, Conradin. Neun Wander Leider von Uhland. Augsbburg: Gombart und comp. 34tos Werk, Ites Heft. 13 pp. (Printer's slug 625). 7. Gluck, Ritter. Cavatine aus der Oper: Die Pilgrimme auf Mecca. Berlin: T. Trautwein. 4 pp. 8. Handel George Frideric. Duett aus dem Oratorium Athalia. Berlin: Grobenschutz und Seiler. 3 pp. 9. Carafa, Michele. Sempre piu l'amor mio etc. Duettino. Leipzig: Breitkopf & Hartel, 5 pp. (Printer's slug 3687). 10. Wollank, Friedrich. Drei Gesange für zwei Weibliche Stimmen. Berlin: T. Trautwein. 7 pp. .
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Sonnets of Shakespeare, the
New Rochelle, New York: The Elston Press, 1901. Early Twentieth Century American Designer Bookbinding at its Very Best Shakespeare's Sonnets Bound by Henry Blackwell of New York [BLACKWELL, Henry, binder]. SHAKESPEARE, William. The Sonnets of Shakespeare now newly imprinted from the first edition of 1609, by Clarke Conwell at the Elston Press. New Rochelle, New York: The Elston Press, [1901]. Large octavo (9 1/8 x 6 1/4 inches; 232 x 159 mm.). [iv, blank], iv], 1-126, [1,], 127-154 [1, limitation], [5, blank] pp. "..The Sonnets of Shakespeare, newly imprinted by Clarke Conwell at The Elston Press from the first edition of 1609, with initial letters designed by H.M. O'Kane. Sold by Clarke Conwell at The Elston Press, Pelham Road, New Rochelle, New York. Two hundred and ten copies have been printed: Finished this twelfth day of December MDCCCI." (Limitation leaf). Superbly bound ca. 1901 by Henry Blackwell (stamp-signed in black "Bound by Blackwell" on verso of front end-paper). Full teal crushed levant morocco, covers with triple-ruled borders surrounding an inlaid border of maroon morocco, in turn surrounding a highly elaborate gilt and inlaid morocco design featuring 'Cobden-Sanderson' style gilt leaves and inlaid red morocco flowers. Each cover with four circles of inlaid maroon morocco. Spine with five raised bands, decoratively tooled and inlaid in the same style, lettered in gilt in the second compartment. Gilt ruled board edges and highly elaborate gilt decorated wide turn-ins. Doublures of orange morocco with a very intricate and pleasing geometric design. Lilac, purple and cream decorated silk end-papers, all edges gilt. A truly amazing example. Early twentieth century designer bookbinding at its very best. Henry Blackwell (1851-1928), bookbinder and bookseller, bibliographer and biographer, was the son of bookbinder Richard Blackwell of Liverpool whose bindery appeared in the Liverpool & Birkenhead Trades Directory in 1870. Henry emigrated to New York in 1877 where he supervised a large bindery. In 1892 he established his own shop in New York City. Blackwell played a prominent part in the Welsh-American life of his adopted country. He was a scholar of Welsh literature as well as binding, his 1899 essay, Notes on Bookbinding, was a memorable contribution. He had the largest Welsh Collection of books on this side of the Atlantic, and wrote articles, books and bibliographies about Welsh-American books. In 1893, he commissioned H.T. Sears to engrave a Welsh bookplate for his Welsh books. He also wrote articles about bookplates. He was a member of ex libris societies in America, England, France and Germany. He wrote the Introduction and a chapter on the study and arrangement of bookplates for W.G, Bowdoin's book, The Rise Of The Book-Plate, New York, 1901. His Private Library was sold at The Collectors Club in November 1915. "A New Book on Bookbinding.. In the coming fall the Briggs Brothers, of Plymouth, Mass. will publish, under the title of "Twentieth Century Cover Designs." an elaborate volume devoted almost exclusively to the work of American binders and artists.. Engravings of bindings by Toof & Co. Stikeman, Dudley & Hodge, F.J. Pfister, Henry Blackwell, Emily Preston, Schleuning & Adams, the Club Bindery and a few of the leading foreign binders will illustrate the text." (The American Bookbinder, Volume VI, No. 4, November, 1895, p.127). "Among the binders who now have notable shops in New York City, Henry Blackwell is one." (The Outlook. Volume LXXI, May-August, 1902, p. 258). "The most important of the New York private presses was in a suburb. The Elston Press began in Manhattan in 1900, but its owner, Clark Conwell, moved it to New Rochelle in 1901. Conwell, with the aid of his designer and wife, Helen Marguerite O'Kane, was one of the most brilliant of the Kelmscott disciples. His books exemplify the best in the private press spirit: with traditional models as a point of departure, they achieve freshness of their own. They were printed by handpress in limited editions on handmade paper and Japan vellum, bound in boards or cloth or vellum with ties." (Susan Otis Thompson. American Book Design and William Morris). While Thompson compares the Elston Press books to those of the Kelmscott Press, many of the Elston books are closer in style to the books of the Vale Press of Charles Ricketts. Either way, the books of the Elston Press are some of the finest examples of printing and book design ever done in America. Herbert H. Johnson. Notes on The Elston Press #7; Will Ransom. Private Presses and Their Books, p. 260, #6. .
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Book number: 04421
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Keywords: SHAKESPEARE, William ELSTON PRESS, The Fine Printing Poetry Sixteenth-Century Literature Limited Editions

The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL. D.
London: Printed by Henry Baldwin, for Charles Dilly, 1791-93. First Edition, First Issue of Boswell's Life Of Johnson Together With The Excessively Rare 'The Principal Corrections and Additions' Bound in at the End of Volume Two BOSWELL, James. The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. Comprehending an Account of his Studies and Numerous Works, in Chronological Order; a Series of his Epistolary Correspondence and Conversations with many Eminent Persons; and Various Original Pieces of his Composition, Never Before Published. The Whole Exhibiting a View of Literature and Literary Men in Great-Britain, for Near Half a Century, during which He Flourished. In Two Volumes. London: Printed by Henry Baldwin, for Charles Dilly, 1791. First edition, first issue, with "gve" for "give" in the uncorrected state (line 10 on p. 135 in Volume I) and all of the errata uncorrected. Two quarto volumes (10 3/4 x 8 7/16 inches; 274 x 216 mm.). vii, [1, blank], [ix-xii], [16, "Table of Contents" and "Corrections and Additions"], 516; [2], 588 [i.e. 586] pp. Engraved frontispiece by James Heath from a portrait of Johnson by Sir Joshua Reynolds in Volume I, two engraved facsimile plates in Volume II. ("Round Robin.." facing p. 92 and "Fac Similes of Dr. Johnson's hand writing" facing p. 588). Together with [at the end of volume II] BOSWELL, James. The Principal Corrections and Additions to the first edition of Mr. Boswell's Life of Dr. Johnson. London: Printed by Henry Baldwin for Charles Dilly, 1793. [Title, verso blank], 42 pp. Bound by Rivière & Son ca. 1910 in full mottled calf, covers with triple gilt rules. Spines with five raised bands, decoratively tooled in gilt in compartments, red and brown morocco labels lettered in gilt, gilt ruled board edges, decorative gilt turn-ins, marbled end-papers, all edges gilt. Expertly rebacked and corners strengthened (over fifty years ago) with original spines laid down. Occasional light foxing or staining to a few leaves, otherwise a fine copy of the first issue with the exceptionally rare Principal Corrections and Additions bound in at the end of volume two. "The work [The Principal Corrections and Additions] is now difficult to obtain; when it turns up it is almost invariably bound in with a copy of the first edition of the Life." (Pottle, p. 212). The 'gve' or 'give' question.. "Of the four copies in the British Museum, two have one reading and two the other. There can be little doubt that 'gve' is the earlier state. The first proof shows the word correctly spelled, but the lines are punctuated as follows: 'Short, O short! then be thy reign, "And give us to the world again.' Boswell passed this in the proof, but in the revise (both proof and revise are in the possession of Mr. Adam) he directed the printer to remove the exclamation point in the first line and substitute it for the first period at the end of the second, which is in fact the punctuation of the printed text. When the changes were made the 'i' dropped out, and the printer, not noticing what had happened, filled up the line by inserting a space between 'gve' and 'us'. After a considerable part of the edition had been printed, the error was discovered and corrected in the press." (Frederick Albert Pottle. The Literary Career of James Boswell, p. 151). The correct first issue as here reads" "Short, O short then be thy reign, "And gve us to the world again!" Boswell's biography of Johnson is a classic of the genre-a full, candid account of the life of one of the most famous eighteenth-century writers and thinkers by another. "The Life of Johnson was no single book miraculously produced by an inexperienced author. It was the crowning achievement of an artist who for more than twenty-five years had been deliberately disciplining himself for such a task" (Pottle, p. xxi). Courtney & Nichol Smith, pp. 172-3. Grolier, 100 English, 65. Pottle 79 & 113. Rothschild 464 & 466. Sterling 71. Tinker 338. .
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Book number: 03432
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Keywords: JOHNSON, Samuel RIVIÈRE & SON Biography Eighteenth-Century Literature English History London

Works, the
London: John Murray, 1823. Lord Byron's Works in a Fine Regency Binding BYRON, Lord George Gordon. The Works. London: John Murray, 1823. Four octavo volumes (8 3/8 x 5 1/4 inches; 212 x 133 mm.). iii-xii, 303, [1]; [iv], 359, [1]; [iv], 345, [1, blank], [2]; iii-viii, 367, [1, blank] pp. Full contemporary citron straight-grain morocco, covers decoratively stamped in gilt and blind. Spines with four wide raised bands, decoratively tooled in gilt and blind and lettered in gilt in compartments, decorative gilt board-edges and turn-ins, light blue coated endpapers, all edges gilt. A near fine set with just a little bit of wear to the top extremities of spines. A lovely set in a fine Regency binding. George Gordon Byron (later Noel), 6th Baron Byron, FRS (1788-1824), commonly known simply as Lord Byron, was an English poet and a leading figure in the Romantic movement. Among Byron's best-known works are the lengthy narrative poems Don Juan and Childe Harold's Pilgrimage and the short lyric She Walks in Beauty. .
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Book number: 03468
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 CELLINI, BENVENUTO; SYMONDS, JOHN ALDINGTON, Life of Benvenuto Cellini Written by Himself, the
Life of Benvenuto Cellini Written by Himself, the
New York: Brentano's, 1906. All Works of Nature Created by God in Heaven and on Earth are Works of Sculpture" CELLINI, Benvenuto. The Life of Benvenuto Cellini written by himself. Edited and translated by John Aldington Symonds with a Biographical Sketch of Cellini by the same hand together with an introduction to this edition upon Benvenuto Cellini, artist and writer, by Royal Cortissoz with reproductions of forty original portraits and views illustrating the life. New York: Brentano's, [1906]. Two octavo volumes (9 3/16 x 5 7/8 inches; 234 x 149 mm.). Decorated title-pages and forty photogravure plates. Contemporary full dark green morocco, covers decoratively paneled in gilt, spine decoratively tooled and lettered in gilt, top edge gilt, others uncut, decorative gilt turn-ins, marbled end-papers. Neat ink inscription on front free end-papers.A fine and very attractive set. Benvenuto Cellini (3 November 1500 - 13 February 1571) was an Italian goldsmith, sculptor, draftsman, soldier and musician. .
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Book number: 03051
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Keywords: SYMONDS, John Aldington Decorative Arts Italian Literature Gift Books

Le Violon de Faïence
Paris: Librairie L. Conquet, 1885. Le Violon de Faïence.. "A Violin Made of Pottery - That Would Make Stradivarius Himself Jealous" With a Fine Original Watercolor Drawing by Jules Adeline CHAMBOLLE-DURU, binder. CHAMPFLEURY, Jules. ADELINE, Jules, artist. Le Violon de Faïence.. Nouvelle Édition. Illustrée de 34 eaux-fortes de Jules Adeline. Avant-Propos de L'Auteur. Paris: Librairie L. Conquet, 1885. One of 150 copies printed on Papier du Japon Impérial (this being number 144), initialed by the publisher and with the plates in three states. This copy enriched with a fine original pen, ink and watercolor drawing on the half-title and limitation leaf, of a cabinet with books, ornaments and artists materials taken from the engraving at the beginning of chapter II (page [13]), signed at lower left by Jules Adeline. Octavo (7 5/8 x 5 1/8 inches; 194 x 130 mm.). Title-page printed in red and black. xv, [i, blank]. 160, pp. plus [4, advertisements]. Engraved frontispiece "Avant-Propos" and thirty chapter head and tail pieces, all in three states. Original printed wrappers (front wrapper in three states, rear wrapper in two states) bound in together with the original printed paper spine and an additional engraved tailpiece. Handsomely bound ca. 1885 by Chambolle-Duru, stamp-signed in gilt on front turn-in. Full midnight blue morocco, front and back covers with an elaborate gilt frame and gilt violin corner pieces. In turn surrounding an elaborate gilt violin, inlaid with blue and olive green morocco. Spine with five raised bands, decoratively tooled and lettered in gilt. Double-ruled board-edges and decorative gilt turn-ins, Marbled end-papers, all edges rough gilt. A very fine example. Chambolle-Duru. An important French bindery that was run by René Victor Chambolle (1834-1898) and Hippolyte Duru (1803-1884). Jules Adeline (1845-1909) was born in Rouen. He was a French artist, engraver and historian. During his lifetime he produced about nine thousand drawings, engravings and watercolors, mainly on the old town of Rouen. During the years 1873-1885, he exhibited his engravings at the Salon of French Artists and won a medal at the World Fair in Philadelphia in 1876. In 1880, he was elected a member of the Rouen Academy, of which he was president in 1890. In 1886, he was one of the founding members of the Society of Friends of Rouen Monuments . [CHAMPFLEURY]. Jules François Felix Fleury-Husson (17 September 1821 - 6 December 1889), who wrote under the name Champfleury, was a French art critic and novelist, a prominent supporter of the Realist movement in painting and fiction. While pursuing his career as a man of letters, Champfleury specializes in the art of faience and soon appears as an authority in the field. In 1872, he was appointed "head of the Sèvres Manufactory's collections" and, in 1876, "curator of the museum and the collections at the Manufacture" and finally, sub-director in 1887, a position he held until his death. A great collector himself , he is ironic about his own mania in an autobiographical novel, The Violin of Earthenware . (Le Violon de Faïence.. ). The Violin of Faience. The scene is laid in Nevers, the center of the fine pottery districts of France; and the characters, Gardelanne and Dalègre, at the first warm friends, end in being rival collectors, consumed with envy and suspicion. Gardelanne, who lives in Paris, having learned of the existence of a violin made of pottery - that would make Stradivarius himself jealous, charges Dalègre, his old companion at Nevers, the home of their boyhood, to hunt it up; and on his failing to find it, undertakes the search himself at last, discovering it in a collection of old rubbish, and buying it for a mere trifle, much to Dalègre's chagrin. To satisfy his friend, however, he puts a clause in his will leaving to him the violin; a concession that helps to convert the former love of his friend into eagerness to hear of his death. At length the coveted porcelain comes into Dalègre's possession, and is about to be assigned to the shrine long kept waiting for it, when, on being tuned for a few delicious notes of greeting, the precious idol cracks and falls to pieces on the floor. The owner, in his grief and mortification, is for a time thought by his friends to have fallen in "defaience." He has horrid dreams of people who have turned into fine vases and may not mingle too freely with their companions lest they spoil their glaze. At length, recovered from his malady, he marries; and amid the joys of home, contrasts the happiness of domestic life with the hollow pleasures of those unfortunates "whose feelings are turning into stone.". .
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London: Macmillan and Co. 1877. Poems by Arthur Clough Florence Nightingale's Devoted Assistant CLOUGH, Arthur Hugh. Poems. With a Memoir. Fifth edition. London: Macmillan and Co. 1877. Octavo (6 1/2 x 4 7/16 inches; 166 x 113 mm.). xxiv, 350 pp. Contemporary full olive green morocco, covers with tripe-gilt rules, spine with five raised bands, decoratively ruled and lettered in gilt in compartments, pale yellow coated endpapers, all edges gilt. Various ink inscriptions on front flyleaf. Near fine. Arthur Hugh Clough (1819-1861) was an English poet, an educationalist, and the devoted assistant to ground-breaking nurse Florence Nightingale. He was the brother of suffragist Anne Clough, who became principal of Newnham College, Cambridge. Clough's output was small and much of it appeared posthumously. Anthony Kenny notes that the editions prepared by Clough's wife, Blanche, have "been criticized .. for omitting, in the interests of propriety, significant passages in Dipsychus and other poems." But editing Clough's literary remains has proven a challenging task even for later editors. Kenny goes on to state that "it was no mean feat to have placed almost all of Clough's poetry in the public domain within a decade, and to have secured for it general critical and popular acclaim." His long poems have a certain narrative and psychological penetration, and some of his lyrics have a strength of melody to match their depth of thought. He has been regarded as one of the most forward-looking English poets of the 19th century, in part due to a sexual frankness that shocked his contemporaries. He often went against the popular religious and social ideals of his day, and his verse is said to have the melancholy and the perplexity of an age of transition, although Through a Glass Darkly (pp. 54/55), suggests that he did not lack certain religious beliefs of his own, and in particular a belief in the afterlife where the struggle for virtue will be rewarded. His work is interesting to students of meter, owing to the experiments which he made, in The Bothie and elsewhere, with English hexameters and other types of verse formed upon classical models. Clough is perhaps best known now for his short poems Say Not the Struggle Naught Availeth (p. 345), a rousing call to tired soldiers to keep up the good fight, Through a Glass Darkly (pp. 54/55), an exploration of religious doubt, and The Latest Decalogue, a satirical take on the Ten Commandments. The Latest Decalogue's (pp. 142/143) couplet on murder, "Thou shalt not kill; but need'st not strive/Officiously to keep alive:" is often quoted - usually out of context - in debates on medical ethics in the sense that it is not right to struggle to keep terminally ill people alive, especially if they are suffering. .
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Book number: 03474
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Queen Elizabeth
London, Paris & Edinburgh: Boussod, Valadon & Cie. 1896. Seldom did Personal Characteristics Play a Greater Part than in the Elizabethan Age" Finely Bound by Roger de Coverly - Thomas James Cobden-Sanderson's Teacher CREIGHTON, The Right Rev. Mandell. (Lord Bishop of Peterborough). Queen Elizabeth. London, Paris & Edinburgh: Boussod, Valadon & Cie. 1896. Folio (12 3/8 x 9 1/2 inches; 314 x 241 mm.). [vi], 199, [1, blank], [2], [201]-202, [1, colophon], [3, blank] pp. Frontispiece (printed in gold and colors) and thirty-nine illustrations of which twenty-three are full-page inserted plates, including one double-page (between pp. 40/41) and one facsimile letter printed on both sides (between pp. 196/197). Title page and colophon printed in red and black. Original printed wrappers bound in. Some light scattered marginal foxing, otherwise fine. Finely bound by Roger De Coverly ca. 1896 (stamp-signed "Roger De Coverly" on front turn-in). Full maroon straight-grain morocco, covers ruled in gilt with elaborately decorated gilt 'pointille' floral corner-pieces. Spine with five raised bands, elaborately tooled and lettered in gilt in compartments, gilt ruled board edges, gilt ruled turn-ins with elaborate gilt corner decoration, marbled end-papers, all edges gilt. A little very light rubbing to spine, otherwise fine. A superb example of the binders art. "The chief merit of this volume, however, lies in the attempt to bring together the most remarkable portraits of Elizabeth and her contemporaries, and to put before the readers careful reproductions of artistic sources of information which have hitherto been little known. It is hoped that such an attempt will give increased reality to the history of the time and will appeal to that power of imaginative reproduction of persons and events without which the study of history is cold and abstract. We cannot afford to overlook the personal element in human affairs; no changes in mechanism of government can eliminate it; and seldom did personal characteristics play a greater part than in the Elizabethan age." (Preface). Roger de Coverly was born in 1831, and at the age of 14 was apprenticed to Zaehnsdorf. From ca. 1852 until 1863 he worked for J. & J. Leighton, and then set up his own workshop near Leicester Square. In 1870 he moved to 6 St. Martin's Court, and began taking in work from the publisher Ellis. This led to orders from William Morris and Thomas James Cobden-Sanderson, who served a year's apprenticeship with de Coverly in 1883-84. At this time the staff consisted of de Coverly's two sons and two male assistants, and their declared aim was "to work excellently rather than cheaply". De Coverly was profiled in the British Bookmaker, vol. V, no. 56, February 1892, pp.179-80. Roger de Coverly died in 1914. Mandell Creighton (1843-1901), was a British historian and a bishop of the Church of England. A scholar of the Renaissance papacy, Creighton was the first occupant of the Dixie Chair of Ecclesiastical History at the University of Cambridge, a professorship established around the time that history was emerging as an independent academic discipline. He was also the first editor of the English Historical Review, the oldest English language academic journal in the field of history. Creighton had a second career as a cleric in the Church of England. He served as a parish priest in Embleton, Northumberland and later, successively, as the Bishop of Peterborough and the Bishop of London. His moderation and worldliness drew praise from Queen Victoria and won notice from politicians. It was widely thought at the time that Creighton would have become the Archbishop of Canterbury had his early death, at age 57, not supervened. .
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Coila's Whispers
London: F. Harvey, 1872. With a Frontispiece by Thackeray and Five Etchings by Cruikshank An Early Twentieth Century Geometric Binding by Rivière & Son FRASER, William, Sir. CRUIKSHANK, George, illustrator. RIVIÈRE & SON, binders. Coila's Whispers. London: F. Harvey, 1872. Second Edition. No. 6 of fifty copies printed. Small quarto (8 1/4 x 6 inches; 210 x 152 mm.). [ii blank], vi, 160, [i], [3 blank]. Etched half-title drawing by William M. Thackeray. Five full-page etchings on india paper by George Cruikshank. Bound ca. 1920 by Rivière & Son (stamp signed on verso of front endpaper) in full dark blue crushed levant morocco. Both covers richly decorated in gilt with triple borders, each surrounding one hundred and seventy nine floral tools in a geometric design. Spine with five raised bands, richly decorated and lettered in gilt with the same floral tools. Double-ruled gilt board edges, decorative turn-ins, all edges gilt. The five etchings by George Cruikshank on india paper, are five out of eight compartments of a large plate etched by G.C. for Sir William Fraser, in 1870, for Poems by the Knight of Morar. "Only fifty numbered copies were issued of this edition, and consequently it is scarce." (Albert M. Cohn. George Cruikshank. A Catalogue Raisonné, p. 104.). Sir William Fraser, KCB (1816-1898) was a solicitor and notable expert in ancient Scottish history, palaeography, and genealogy. .
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Life of George Cruikshank, the
London: Chatto and Windus, 1883. In a Beautiful and Unusual Kelliegram Binding From the Library of Jakob Raskob - Builder of The Empire State Building [KELLIEGRAM Binding]. [CRUIKSHANK, George]. JERROLD, Blanchard. The Life of George Cruikshank. In Two Epochs. A New Edition. With Eighty-Four Illustrations. London: Chatto and Windus, 1883. New edition. Octavo (7 1/4 x 4 1/4 in; 180 x 116 mm). xvi, 392 pp. Nineteen black and white plates with tissue guards, sixty-five black and white text illustrations. Bound by Kelly & Sons ca. 1900 in an unusual Kelliegram (thus signed) binding of full crimson crushed morocco with gilt-decorated frame to covers, and multi-colored morocco inlaid portrait to spine. One raised band. Turn-ins with gilt corner pieces. All edges gilt. Green silk end leaves. Original red cloth covers and spine bound in at rear. With the bookplate of John J. Raskob. The beautifully inlaid and colorful "Kelliegram bindings were one of many innovations of the English commercial binding firm of Kelly & Sons. The Kelly family had one of the longest connections in the history of the binding trade in London, having been founded in 1770 by John Kellie, as the name was then spelled. The binding firm was carried on by successive members of the family into the 1930s. William Henry Kelly significantly developed the company in the first half of the nineteenth century, followed by William Henry, Jr. Henry, and Hubert Kelly, who took control in 1892, taking the firm into the twentieth century..The development [during the 1880s] that came to be known as Kelliegram was one of the bindery's most notable, and the popularity continues today as demonstrated by the prices Kelliegram bindings command at auction and in the rare book trade" (Dooley, Kelliegram Bindings, Brynmawr Library). George Cruikshank was and remains the most celebrated caricaturist and book illustrator of the 19th century. The previous owner, the noted book collector John Jakob Raskob, was a financial executive and businessman for DuPont and General Motors, and the builder of the Empire State Building. .
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Rape of Lucrece, the
: Doves Press, 1915. Designed and Finished by Rivière's Leonard Mounteney for Cuneo of Chicago MOUNTENEY, Leonard, designer & finisher. CUNEO, binders. DOVES PRESS. SHAKESPEARE, William. The Rape of Lucrece. Hammersmith: Printed by T.J. Cobden-Sanderson at The Doves Press, 1915. One of 175 copies printed on paper. Printed in red and black. Small quarto (9 x 6 3/8 inches; 230 x 162 mm.). [1]-76, [1, colophon], [1, errata] pp. Designed and finished by Leonard Mounteney for Cuneo of Chicago ca. 1930 (stamp-signed in gilt on front turn-in "Bound by Cuneo"; stamp-signed in gilt on rear turn-in "Designed & Finished by L. Mounteney"). Full red crushed levant morocco, both covers with elaborate gilt borders and large decorative gilt corner-pieces with flowers and leaves inlaid in orange and green morocco. The front cover with a superb gilt center piece of a vase with flowers and leaves, all inlaid in various colored morocco. Spine with four raised bands decoratively tooled and lettered in gilt in compartments. The top and lower compartments also elaborately inlaid in a floral style in various colored morocco. Wide decoratively gilt tooled turn-ins, pale green watered silk liners and end-leaves, all edges gilt. An immaculate example of one of the greatest designer book-binders of the first half of the twentieth century. "Leonard MOUNTENEY was born in Nottingham, England, in 1881, and died in Chicago in 1971. He was an extra finisher at Rivière in London until 1924, when he emigrated to America to work under De Sauty at Donnelley's in Chicago.  Two years later he set up a fine bindery for John Cuneo, the rival Chicago printers, where he continued until he was succeeded by his assistant George Baer, I believe about 1960.      Most of the work done at Cuneo's hand bindery was more modest, but one occasionally sees elaborate bindings signed Cuneo and Mounteney. It's difficult to say when the Lucrece was bound. My guess is earlier rather than later. Thank you for all the photos. It is a remarkably pretty binding - very unusual on a Doves Press book - and for such a serious poem!" (Many thanks to Marianne Tidcombe for this information).   The Rape of Lucrece (1594) is a narrative poem by William Shakespeare about the legendary Lucretia. In his previous narrative poem, Venus and Adonis (1593), Shakespeare had included a dedicatory letter to his patron, the Earl of Southampton, in which he promised to compose a "graver labour". Accordingly, The Rape of Lucrece has a serious tone throughout. The poem begins with a prose dedication addressed directly to the Earl of Southampton, which begins, "The love I dedicate to your Lordship is without end." It refers to the poem as a pamphlet, which describes the form of its original publication of 1594. The dedication is followed by "The Argument", a prose paragraph that summarizes the events preceding the start of the poem, which begins in media res. The poem contains 1,855 lines, divided into 265 stanzas of seven lines each. The rhythm of each line is iambic pentameter. The rhyme scheme for each stanza is ABABBCC, a format known as "rhyme royal", which has been used by Geoffrey Chaucer, John Milton and John Masefield. Tidcombe. The Doves Press, 37. .
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 NUMISMATICS; DASSIER, JEAN, [Medals of the Sovereigns of England]
[Medals of the Sovereigns of England]
: , 1773. Engravings of Dassier's Medals of the Sovereigns of England [NUMISMATICS]. [DASSIER, Jean]. [An Explanation of Dassier's Medals of the Sovereigns of England]. [N.p.: n.d. ca. 1797]. Blank book, interleaved and with thirty-three leaves with sixty-six mounted engravings (front and back of each medal), including thirty-one medals by Jean Dassier of the Sovereigns of England from William I to George II, including Oliver Cromwell (without the medals of the medals for Richard III, Henry VII, and Henry VIII), as well as medals of George III (by Lewis Pingo) and Queen Charlotte (by John Kirk). Twelvemo (6 3/8 x 3 3/4 inches; 162 x 95 mm.). [33] leaves, each with two mounted engravings showing the recto and verso of a medal. Each leaf separated by a guard leaf. Bound in late eighteenth-century full red roan. Covers with gilt single fillet border, smooth spine ruled in gilt, board edges and turn-ins decoratively tooled in gilt, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers. A fascinating collection. The engravings are most likely cut from An Explanation of Dassier's Medals of the Sovereigns of England, a series of six engraved plates of the Kings and Queens of England, by Pye, c. 1773, the final plate with additional medals of George III and Queen Charlotte, followed by 7 pp. of explanatory text, reduced landscape folio. "The additional medals chosen are interesting, the first the undated medal of George III, by Lewis Pingo. Eimer [Pingo, 54], dates the medal to c. 1775, when the medal was exhibited at the Free Society of Artists. Stainton (private notes) believed it to have been used by the Welch Society. However it is catalogued by Brown [BHM 265], following Col. Grant's lead, as "American Independence", and placed ten years later in 1785. The second medal is John Kirk's medal of Queen Charlotte, for the founding of the Medical Society of London in 1773 [BHM 184]. It would seem logical to date the book to 1773-1776" (Coin Archive). A complete listing of the engravings is available upon request. Swiss medallist Jean (John) Dassier (1676-1763) "trained under his father Domaine Dassier (1641-1719), chief engraver at the Geneva Mint, and studied in Paris under Jean Mauger and Joseph Roettier. From 1711 he was assistant engraver at the Geneva Mint and in 1720 succeeded his father as chief engraver, a post he held until his death. Around 1720 he designed and executed his first series of medals: those of French monarchs (72 medals) and religious reformers (around 24). In 1728 he visited England, where he refused the offer of a position at the Royal Mint. In 1731 he issued a series of medals dedicated to George II, depicting British sovereigns from William I to George II. This consisted of 35 medals available in gold, silver and bronze, some of which were damascened. He was joined in this project by his second son, and the medals are described in his A Sett of Medals of all the Kings of England (London, 1731) and An Explanation of the Medals of the English Monarchs Engraved by John Dassier and Son (Birmingham, 1731)" (Grove Art Online). "Having being presented to Queen Caroline, perhaps through the good offices of Wake, Dassier set out proposals for a set of thirty-three medals of English sovereigns from William I to George II, to whom the series was dedicated. Based on engravings by George Vertue for Paul Rapin de Thoyras's History of England, these were advertised in the prospectus published in 1730 for purchase by subscription at 6 guineas for sets in copper and at 15 guineas for silver. During his second stay in England Dassier also planned, according to Vertue, to engrave many remarkable persons noted for great Actions in the government of this nation in Times passd. and learned men of all degrees lately or formerly or of the present time which he proposes to grave at his own expence. (Vertue, Note books, 3.51-2). Medals of Milton, Bacon, and Selden were included in this set. Together these two medallic series belong to those series of historicizing portraits in different media that were being formulated at Stowe and elsewhere during the 1730s to represent figures from the national past" (ODNB). .
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 DORAN, JOHN; LOWE, ROBERT W. EDITOR, Their Majesties' Servants
Their Majesties' Servants
London: John C. Nimmo, 1888. English Theater DORAN, [John]. "Their Majesties' Servants." Annals of the English Stage from Thomas Betterton to Edmund Kean. By Dr. Doran, F.S.A. Edited and revised by Robert W. Lowe. With fifty copperplate portraits and eighty wood engravings. In three volumes. London: John C. Nimmo, 1888. Limited to 300 numbered copies (this being #222) printed on fine deckle-edge Royal 8vo paper. Three large octavo volumes (9 7/8 x 6 5/16 inches; 251 x 161 mm.). Engraved frontispieces and plates and wood-engraved text illustrations, including fifty portraits in duplicate, one on Japanese and the other on plate paper, as India proofs. Descriptive tissue guards. Wood-engraved tail-piece vignettes. Bound ca. 1970 by [Sangorski & Sutcliffe] for Asprey in three-quarter green crushed levant morocco over green cloth boards, ruled in gilt. Spines decoratively tooled and lettered in gilt in compartments, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers. A fine set. "Readers are indebted to Dr. DORAN in these pleasant volumes, for the first history of the English acted Drama, fitted for ordinary perusal by its moderate length and the amusing nature of its contents. It is sure to become a popular book, as long as the great names of the golden age of the Theatre retain their attraction.. The actors -- those "diverting vagabonds" -- (as Dr. JOHNSON somewhere called them,) stand indeed a better chance to be remembered than most of their graver cotemporaries. There are many among them whose talents might adorn, and their virtues reflect credit on any sphere of action. GARRICK. KEMBLE, SIDDONS, CHARLES KEAN, BETTERTON, and others, are names that would ennoble any profession, and if many of equal ability with those mentioned failed to rival their virtues, the very delinquencies that their names recall, but add to the never failing interest with which we read of PEG WOFFINGTON, KITTY CLIVE, SAMUEL FOOTE, EDMUND KEAN, COLLEY CIBBER, and a whole host of names classic on the boards of Old Drury. Under ???riple heading of "Actors, Authors and Audiences," Dr. DORAN leaves no corner of theatrical history unvisited that could add to the completeness of his picture of the drama in England. This is traced from its origin, when the players were merely an appendage to regal state, acting by virtue of a royal patent, under the regulation and supervision of an officer of the King's household, the Lord Chamberlain, to the year 1843, when "their Majesties servants" became a formality only, and free trade in the drama was established. Dr. DORAN'S style is objectionable as being too obtrusively vivacious; he is nothing if not piquant, and can scarcely repeat the witticism of another without barbina the arrow and sharpening the point." (New York Times, November 9th, 1864). English Theatrical Literature, 857. .
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Les Coupains
Paris: Le Rayon d'Or/Librairie Gallimard, 1952. A Spectacular Copy in a Stunning Binding Signed by the Author with an ALs by the Artist [DUHAYON, Henri, binder]. [BOFA, Gus, illustrator]. ROMAINS, Jules. Les Coupains. Avec douze aquarelles par Gus Bofa. N.p. [Paris]: Le Rayon d'Or, (1952). First edition illustrated by Bofa, limited to 3500 numbered copies sur vélin blanc des Papeteries de Lana, this being copy 3152. Octavo (8 1/4 x 6 1/8 in; 208 x 153 mm). 200, [1], [1, blank], [3, table], [1, blank], [1, colophon], [1, blank] pp. Twelve aquarelle plates, one of which has been inscribed by the artist to the owner. In a stunning contemporary binding by Henri Duhayon of Nice (stamp signed in gilt to inside front turn in) in full crushed cordovan morocco with large hand painted panel to upper and lower sides. Gilt lettered spine. Top edge gilt. Custom endpapers. A flawless copy in binder's leather edged slipcase. Signed and dated Nov. 1958 by the author, with a tipped in ALs by the artist, an inscription by French novelist and playwright Georges Duhamel dated Septembre 1958, and a TLs by the owner, Jean Francesche (with his blindstamped signed ex libris on inside front cover turn in). The eighth volume in Librairie Galimard's illustrated collection, Le Rayon d'or, a reissue of Romain's celebrated novel of 1913. Renowned artist Gus Bofa (b. Gustave Blanchot 1883-1968) was an illustrator for Rire and Sourire, a costume and set designer, a celebrated poster artist, and illustrator for the literary journal, Crapouillot. He soon became one of the most in demand illustrators of editions of Swift, La Fontaine, Cervantes, etc. ultimately with one hundred and seventeen volumes to his credit. (Ref. gusbofa.com). French novelist, poet, dramatist, and essayist Jules Romains (pseud. of Louis Farigoule 1885-1972) was, "early in his career..associated with a short-lived artistic community, the Groupe de 'Abbaye, which published his poems, La Vie unanime, in 1908. These poems wnad much of his later verse and prose, were influence by Unanimist theories of social groups and collective psychology. Before the war in 1914 he published more collections of poetry, a verse play..and two novels, Mort de quelqu'un (1911) and the farcial Les Copains [The Pals]" (New Oxford Companion to Literature in French, p. 707). Georges Duhamel's (1884-1966) experience as a surgeon during World War I produced Vie des martyrs (1917, tr. The New Book of Martyrs, 1918) and Civilisation (1918, tr. 1919). These collections of sketches are noted for their compassionate accounts of human suffering. He was successful as a dramatist; his Dans l'ombre des statues was performed in 1912 (tr. In the Shadow of Statues, 1914) and L'oeuvre des athlètes in 1920. His fiction includes two cycles of novels-Cycle de Salavin (1920-32, tr. 1936), about a sensitive eccentric, and Chronique des Pasquiers (1933-45, tr. 1937-46), about a bourgeois Parisian family. Essays in Scènes de la vie future (1930, tr. America: the Menace, 1931) and other collections reflect Duhamel's aversion to overindustrialization" (Columbia Enclyclopedia). He wrote passionately against war and its atrocities , and against the rise of Naziism. He was elected to the Académie Français in 1935. Though now largely forgotten, he is perhaps best remembered for his timeless epigram: "It is always brave to say what everyone thinks" The TLs by owner Jean Francesche reads: "The owner of this copy had read a book by Jules Romains, edited in 1958 by the Fayard Publishing House. It was the fourth book from the collection 'The Forty: MEMORIES AND SECRETS OF A WRITER.' "Page 128: 'In THE PALS, what part of the book is autobiographical and contains actual events?' "Page 129: 'It is not impossible to find a resemblance between the cheeks and glasses of Huchon with those of Duhamel, just as it is not impossible to find a certain pretentiousness in the future author of DESERT OF BIEVRES when Huchon prepares the veal stew as no one else can (to be more precise it was more like something between a stew and a roast)' "This revelation has led me to question the author's childhood friend on this detail, and Georges Duhamel, who like the author, has been made a member of the French Academy, was kind enough to write his answer on the half-title of this edition, which is illustrated by Gus Bofa. "I was also intrigued by the drawing where the artist had brought together 'THE PALS' and in which , I told him, it appeared that one of the characters had lost his head, or at least his cranium. "I asked him to please complete the drawing with a skillful stroke of his pencil. "He returned the drawing to me with an inscription as well as a curious letter which follows:. "I think that all of this adds to the interest of this charming volume [signed] Jean Franceche" Bofa's ALs response reads: Mr. N.D. des Champs Lundi 24 Novembre 88 Cher Monsieur, Votre lettre soulève un cas de conscience ! Votre «copain sans visage » n'a pas perdu la tête - il n'en a jamais eu - Jules Romain l'a voulu ainsi - lui, dans le même temps, mettait hors des soins, a une grande tendresse a portraiturer les autres copains. Bien loin de vouloir ajouter a ce bonhomme le coup de crayon que vous me demandez, je devrais plutôt regretter de lui ???? déjà, supposé un peu de menton, de bouche et de crâne, sans y être autorisé par le contexte. Avec mes deux mains bien sympatiques, [signature] Gus Bofa [Mr. N.D. des Champs Monday November, 24, '88 Dear Sir, Your letter stirs up a question of conscience! Your "pal without a face" has not lost his head - he never had one - Jules Romain wanted it like this, and at the same time he got a lot of tenderness into the process of drawing the other friends. Far from wanting to add the stroke of pencil to this man that you have asked me to, I regret that I cannot give him the supposed bit of chin, mouth and head, not being authorized to do so in this context. "With my two sympathetic hands, [signature] Gus Bofa] Duhamel's inscription reads: LES COPAINS Je n'ai aucune qualité pour poser ma signature sur le livre d'un ami de ma jeunesse; mais je dois dire que ma spécialité culinaire était alors le ragoût de moutons, & non le ragoût de veau. -[signature] G Duhamel Septembre 1958 [THE PALS I have no authority to put my signature on the book of my childhood friend; but I must say that my culinary specialty was lamb stew, not veal stew. -[signature] G. Duhamel September 1958] Monod 9851. .
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Day of the Jackal, the
London: Hutchinson, 1971. Inscribed First Edition of Frederick Forsyth's 'The Day of the Jackal' Bound by Sangorski & Sutclifffe In a Unique Pictorial Binding FORSYTH, Frederick. [SANGORSKI & SUTCLIFFE, binders]. The Day of the Jackal. London: Hutchinson, 1971. First edition. Presentation copy inscribed by John Forsyth on the verso of the half-title "To/Sir Dudley/with warmest regards/Freddie Forsyth/15.11.71." Octavo (8 3/8 x 5 3/16 inches; 213 x 132 mm.). [vi], 358 pp. Pictorially bound by Sangorski & Sutcliffe ca. 1980 in full red, blue, black and white oasis morocco, front cover with black morocco onlays and silver rule depicting a marksman and crosshairs, smooth spine lettered in silver, all edges silver, red, blue and white head- and tail bands, patterned red and black end-papers, original dust-jacket preserved at end. Housed in the original full black morocco slipcase. Although the binding is unsigned it was specially commissioned by a collector who always used S & S. As a young journalist posted in Paris in the early 1960s, Forsyth had reported first hand from the scene of a genuine attempt by extreme right wing forces to assassinate President Charles de Gaulle on the Avenue de la Libération. It was this experience which inspired his 1971 novel, centered on an unnamed assassin, codenamed the "Jackal," who ingeniously plots a further threat to de Gaulle's life.. Winner of the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Novel, Forsyth's first thriller won immediate acclaim as ""a strikingly successful thriller.. It makes such comparable books as The Manchurian Candidate and The Spy Who Came In From The Cold seem like Hardy Boy mysteries"" (New York Times). Drawing on events such as a 1962 assassination attempt on De Gaulle, made by Alain de Bougrenet de la Tocnaye, Forsyth returned from years as a war correspondent in Africa to write his novel ""in just 35 days, a feat he describes as something 'not quite so crazy when you think of twelve pages a day, times that by thirty-five and there you go, there's your novel"" (BBC). Basis for the popular 1973 film by director Fred Zinneman, starring Edward Fox. Preceded the same year by the English edition. Yaakov & Greenfieldt, 231. A fine signed copy. .
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Life and Adventures of Oliver Goldsmith, the
London: Bradbury & Evans / Chapman & Hall, 1848. With Three Watercolor Portrait Miniatures Under Glass Sumptuously Extra-Illustrated [COSWAY-STYLE BINDING]. SANGORSKI & SUTCLIFFE, binders. FORSTER, John. The Life and Adventures of Oliver Goldsmith. A Biography in Four Books. London: Bradbury and Evans/Chapman & Hall, 1848. First edition, sumptuously extra-illustrated. Three octavo volumes (8 x 4 7/8 in; 204 x 123 mm.).xvii,[4], 232; 233-448; [2], 451-704 pp. Etched half-title. Three additional title-pages printed in red and black. Fifty black and white text illustrations as issued. With over seventy-five extra engraved portraits and views. Bound c. 1930 by Sangorski and Sutcliffe for Brentano's (stamp-signed) in full crushed teal blue morocco over beveled boards with elaborate gilt-rolled borders and gilt-tooled frame. Spines with five raised bands elaborately decorated and lettered in gilt in compartments. Gilt-ruled board edges, broad, gilt-rolled dentelles. Gilt-tooled beige morocco doublures featuring three watercolor portraits in sunken panels bordered with red morocco under glass of Oliver Goldmith, Samuel Johnson, and David Garrick respectively, with gilt laurels. White moiré silk flyleaves. Beveled edges. All edges gilt. With the bookplate of Samuel Wieder. A fine set. Housed in the original felt-lined, marbled paper-covered slipcase with blue morocco edges. Oliver Goldsmith (1730-1774) was an Anglo-Irish novelist, playwright and poet, who is best known for his novel The Vicar of Wakefield (1766), his pastoral poem The Deserted Village (1770), and his plays The Good-Natur'd Man (1768) and She Stoops to Conquer (1771, first performed in 1773). He also wrote An History of the Earth and Animated Nature. He is thought to have written the classic children's tale The History of Little Goody Two-Shoes, the source of the phrase "goody two-shoes.
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Wits and Beaux of Society, the
London: J.W. Jarvis & Son, 1890. The Wits and Beaux of Society A Spectacular Pair of Late-NineteenthCentury Cosway-Style Bindings Extra-Illustrated with Sixty-Eight Fine Engraved Portraits [COSWAY-STYLE BINDING]. WHARTON, Grace and Philip, pseudonym. The Wits and Beaux of Society.. New edition with a Preface by Justin Huntly McCarthy.. And the original illustrations by H.K. Browne and James Godwin. London, J.W. Jarvis & Son, 1890. Two large octavo volumes (9 9/16 x 7 3/16 inches; 243 x 182 mm.). xxxii, 262, (2, blank); vi, 246 pp. Two frontispieces and 14 plates by H.K. Browne and James Godwin. Extra-illustrated by the insertion of sixty-eight fine engraved portraits including one hand-colored. Full late nineteenth century black crushed levant morocco, covers richly decorated in gilt, spines with five raised bands, decoratively tooled and lettered in gilt in compartments, gilt board edges, wide decoratively gilt tooled-turn-ins, gilt decorated maroon morocco doublures, all edges gilt, watered silk end-leaves. The first volume with an oval portrait miniature (3 1/8 x 2 1/2 inches) under glass, of William Wycherley, set into the front doublure and "Binding Specially Executed / Miniatures Painted on Ivory / After Celebrated Portraits / William Wycherley / After Painting by / Sir Peter Lely" stamped in gilt on front watered silk endleaf. The second volume with an oval portrait miniature (3 1/8 x 2 1/2 inches) under glass, of Talleyrand, set into the front doublure and "Binding Specially Executed / Miniatures Painted on Ivory / After Celebrated Portraits / Talleyrand / After Painting by Gerard". A very fine pair of Cosway-Style bindings. Each volume chemised in a light green cloth slipcase, lettered in gilt on spine. The Wits and Beaux: George Villiers (1592-1628), Count Grammont (1621-1707), Lord Rochester (1647-1680), Beau Fielding (1650-1712), William Congreve (1670-1729), Beau Nash (1674-1761), Philip - Duke of Wharton (1698-1731), Lord Hervey (1696-1743), Philip Dormer Stanhope (1694-1773), The Abbe Scarron (1610-1660), Francois Duc de la Rochefoucault (1613-1680), The Duc de Saint-Simon (1675-1755), Horace Walpole (1717-1797), George Selwyn (1719-1791), Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1751-1816), Beau Brummell (1778-1840), Theodore Edward Hook (1788-1841), Sydney Smith (1771-1845) & George Bubb Dodington - Lord Melborne (1691-1762). "When Grace and Philip Wharton found that they had pleased the world with their "Queens of Society," they very sensibly resolved to follow up their success with a companion work. Their first book had been all about women; the second book should be all about men. Accordingly they set to work selecting certain types that pleased them; they wrote a fresh collection of pleasant essays and presented the reading public with "Wits and Beaux of Society". The one book is as good as the other; there is not a pin to choose between them. There is the same bright easy, gossiping style, the same pleasing rapidity. There is nothing tedious, nothing dull anywhere. They do not profess to have anything to do with the graver processes of history -- these entertaining volumes; they seek rather to amuse than to instruct, and they fulfill their purpose excellently. There is instruction in them, but it comes in by the way; one is conscious of being entertained, and it is only after the entertainment is over that one finds that a fair amount of information has been thrown in to boot. The Whartons have but old tales to tell, but they tell them very well, and that is the first part of their business." (Preface). Katherine Thomson (1797-1862) (née Byerley, also as Mrs A. T. Thomson, pseudonym Grace Wharton) was an English writer, known as a novelist and historian. She was the seventh daughter of Thomas Byerley of Etruria, Staffordshire, a nephew by marriage and sometime partner and manager of the pottery works of Josiah Wedgwood. She married, in 1820, the physician Anthony Todd Thomson, as his second wife. During their residence in London, for some of the time at Hinde Street, she and her husband assembled an artistic and literary circle, among their earlier friends being Campbell, Wilkie, Mackintosh, Jeffrey, and Lord Cockburn. Later, in Welbeck Street, they saw much of Thackeray, Browning, and also of Lord Lytton, who became a close friend. After her husband's death in 1849 she lived abroad for some years. In 1860, she suffered the drowning of her son, John Cockburn Thomson. She returned to London, and died at Dover on 17 December 1862. Justin McCarthy (1830-1912) was an Irish author, historian and member of Parliament. .
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Book number: 03252
USD 11500.00 [Appr.: EURO 10324.75 | £UK 8704 | JP¥ 1249185]
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Keywords: WHARTON, Grace and Philip, pseudonym [THOMSON, Mrs. A.T.] Cosway-Style Bindings Extra-Illustrated Copies Literature

Book of the Courtier, the
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1901. The Classic Courtesy Book Newly Translated Bound By Gruel [GRUEL, Léon, binder]. CASTIGLIONE, Count Baldesar. The Book of the Courtier (1528). Translated From the Italian and Annotated by Leonard Eckstein Opdycke. With Seventy-One Portraits and Fifteen Autographs Reproduced by Edward Bierstadt. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1901. First edition of the new English translation, limited to 500 copies, this being copy no. 199. Quarto (10 9/16 x 7 7/8 in; 274 x 200 mm). xii, [2], 439, [1] pp. Seventy-one portraits and fifteen autograph reproductions with captioned tissue guards. Bound by Léon Gruel (stamp-signed) in full contemporary crushed antelope brown morocco with decoratively gilt borders, and a central panel enclosed by an elaborately blindstamped frame. Black crushed morocco doublures with wide dentelles and gilt cornerpieces. Navy blue ribbed linen endleaves. All edges gilt. Some very light rubbing to upper joint but still a superlative copy. Baldassare Castiglione (1478 - 1529), count of Casatico, was an Italian courtier, diplomat, and soldier. Originally published by the Aldine Press of Venice in 1528, his The Book of the Courtier remains the definitive account of Renaissance court life and is considered to be one of the most important books to emerge from that period. Amongst the most widely distributed books of the 16th century, with editions printed in six languages and in twenty European centers, the 1561 English translation by Thomas Hoby had a great influence on the English upper class's conception of a proper English gentleman. The total number of editions to date now exceeds 140. Binder and gilder Léon Gruel (1841 - 1923) began working in the family bindery, established in 1825 after his father assumed control of the Desforges binding workshop in Paris. In 1891 he became sole owner, employing a large number of artisans. In 1887, Gruel published Manuel historique et bibliographique de l'amateur de reliures in which he argued for a synthesis of styles, promoting the acceptance of non-traditional decoration for modern bindings. In practice, he matched this belief with a diverse range of emblematic and pictorial covers. The binding under notice eschews the pictorial for a more traditional approach heightened by his use of elaborate and progressive blindstamping influenced by the Arts & Crafts movement. .
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Book number: 02332
USD 3500.00 [Appr.: EURO 3142.5 | £UK 2649.25 | JP¥ 380187]
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Keywords: CASTIGLIONE, Count Baldesar Italian Literature Sixteenth-Century Literature

 HILDEBRANDT, EDUARD, Aquarelle. Auf Seiner Reise Um Die Erde
Aquarelle. Auf Seiner Reise Um Die Erde
Berlin: R. Wagner,, 1871-4. A Wonderful Visual Account of the Prussian Court Painter's 'Progress Around the World' In the Publisher's Deluxe 'Cosway-Style' Portfolio Box HILDEBRANDT, Eduard. Aquarelle. Auf seiner Reise um die Erde. [Watercolors. From Nature, taken on his trip around the world in Egypt, India, China, Japan, Manilla, America, etc.]. Chromo-Facsimiles von R. Steinbock and W. Loeillot. Berlin: R. Wagner, [1871-4]. First edition. Large folio (21 5/8 x 17 3/4 inches; 548 × 450 mm). Title-leaf printed in maroon on thick cream card. Thirty-four fine 'aquarelle' plates by R. Steinbock and W. Loeillot after the original watercolors by Hildebrandt, each one printed on textured paper and mounted on card with printed title captions on verso. With a duplicate of plate #12 "Strasse in St. Francisco". Some minor soiling to a few mounts, otherwise near fine. Loose as issued in the publisher's 'deluxe' green leather-backed green cloth portfolio box. Upper cover with title stamped in gilt and in each corner an allegorical figure stamped in gilt representing 'Europe', 'Africa', 'America' and 'Asia' all within a decorative border stamped in gilt and black. In the center is a fine oval sepia portrait of Hildebrandt measuring 10 1/4 x 6/58 inches; 261 x 169 mm. set under glass within a gilt frame. Lower cover decoratively stamped in blind, spine lettered in gilt, all edges gilt, two original brass clasps. Our binder has expertly repaired the wooden joints of the box and re-gilded the edges. A fine example. Extremely uncommon complete. A wonderful visual account of the Prussian Court Painter's progress around the World, largely consisting of images of the Far East including views in Bangkok, Bombay, Rangoon, Hong Kong, Japan, Macao, Peking, and Singapore. Also included are two fine views of San Francisco. An 'Aquarelle' is a printed picture that has been colored manually by applying watercolor through stencils, each color requiring a different stencil. Edward Hildebrandt (1818-1869). Born in Danzig, he studied with the marine artist Wilhelm Krause and with French painter Eugene Isabey in Paris, winning three medals at the Paris salon in 1843. On his return to Berlin, his talent as a landscape painter attracted the attention of Alexander von Humboldt, who recommended him to the Prussian king, Friedrich Wilhelm IV. As a result he was made Painter to the Royal Court, and was supported in his subsequent extensive, and expensive, travels. In 1844-5 he visited America and Brazil; in 1847 he was in England, Portugal, Spain, the Canaries and Madeira; in 1851 Italy, Egypt, Palestine, Turkey and Greece; and from 1862-4 the Reise um die Erde - Journey round the World - from Trieste through Suez to India, and on to China, Japan, the Pacific and back via California and Central America. His despatches from the trip were published by the Berlin Montagspost, and subsequently in book form. The original water-colors from the voyage were exhibited in London in 1866 and at an exhibition at Crystal Palace in 1868, just a year before his death in Berlin. Just four copies located in libraries and institutions worldwide: Frick Museum, Art Reference Library (New York, USA); Sachsische Landesbibliothek (Germany); Univ. Forschungsbibliothek Erfurt Gotha (Germany); Wurttembergische Landesbibliotherk (Germany). The Views: 1. Verdeckte Strasse in Cairo 2. Moschee in der Abendsonne 3. Strasse in Bombay 4. Benares am Ganges 5. Sonnenuntergang in Siam 6. Hafen und Stadt Macao 7. Rangoon. Der Elephant 8. Siamesische Familie etc. 9. Schwimmende Gewürzläden 10. Dorf auf den Philippinen 11. Hong Kong. Queen's Road 12. Strasse in St. Francisco 13. Alexandria mit dem Obelisken 14. Suez. Platz in der Stadt 15. Ceylon. Point de Galle 16. Hong Kong. Piratenstrasse 17. Macao. Theater Sing Song 18. Whampoa. Sonnenuntergang 19. Nagasacki. DerHafen 20. Strasse in Jokohama 21. Rangoon. Goldene Pagoda 22. Singapore. Der Hafen 23. Japanische Oschunke 24. Strasse in Tientsin 25. Ladrone-Inseln 26. Ceylon. Wakawell 27. Siam. Bankok 28. Macao. Opfertempel 29. Runde Strasse in Peking 30. St. Francisco. Der Hafen 31. Strasse in Alexandrien 32. Ceylon. Colombo 33. Der Hafen von Foo-choo-foo 34. Brücke bei Peking. .
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Book number: 03772
USD 14500.00 [Appr.: EURO 13018 | £UK 10974.75 | JP¥ 1575059]
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Keywords: Books in German Color Printing Cosway-Style Bindings Voyages and Travels

 JAMESON, MRS.[ANNA BROWNELL]; BAYNTUN, BINDER, Memoirs of Early Italian Painters
Memoirs of Early Italian Painters
London: John Murray, 1891. For the Lover of Italian Painting JAMESON, Mrs. [Anna Brownell]. Memoirs of Early Italian Painters, and of The Progress of Painting in Italy. Cimabue to Bassano. New Edition with Portraits. London: John Murray, 1891. Octavo (7 3/16 x 4 7/8 inches: 182 x 121 mm.). xix, [i], 328 pp. With fifty-eight engraved portraits. Bound by Bayntun (stamp-signed on front turn-in) ca. 1925 in full purple morocco over beveled boards. Covers ruled in gilt, spine with five raised bands, paneled and lettered in gilt, decorative gilt board edges, decorative gilt turn-ins, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers. Spine slightly faded otherwise near fine. "It is to enlarge this sphere of rational pleasure in the contemplation of works of art that the following memoirs were written" (Introduction). Containing memoirs of the great Italian painters from Cimabue to Bassano, including Giotto, Ghiberti, Botticelli, Verrocchio, Da Vinci, Michael Angelo, Raphael, Correggio, Parmigiano, Titian, Tintoretto and others. .
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Book number: 03011
USD 175.00 [Appr.: EURO 157.25 | £UK 132.5 | JP¥ 19009]
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Keywords: BAYNTUN, binder Classical History History

London: The Folio Society, 1998. With Eighteen Etchings in Black, White, and Gold by Mimmo Paladino Bound in Full Turquoise-Blue Morocco From a Design by Jeff Clements JOYCE, James. Ulysses by James Joyce. Preface by Stephen James Joyce. Introduction by Jacques Aubert. With etchings by Mimmo Paladino. London: The Folio Society, 1998 [2004]. "This edition of Ulysses has been published by The Folio Society on 16 June 2004 to mark the centenary of the day on which the action of the book is set. It is limited to 1760 copies, of which 1750 are for sale, bound in full goatskin leather blocked with a design by Jeff Clements. This is Copy No. 744". Small quarto (9 1/4 x 6 1/2 inches; 235 x 165 mm.). xxii, 735, [1, blank] pp. Eighteen etchings in black, white, and gold by Mimo Paladino. Full turquoise-blue goatskin, covers and spine decorated in gilt and black from a design by Jeff Clements, smooth spine decorated in black and lettered in gilt, gold end-papers, top edge gilt. A mint copy housed in the original, gold lined, dark blue buckram clamshell case blocked with James Joyce's signature on the front and lettered "Ulysses" in gilt on spine. Mint as issued together with the original prospectus and photographs in the original shipping carton. The text used is the one as issued in the 1998 Folio Society edition (which takes the text of the 1926 second edition) set in Old Style with Pastonchi display. Paladino's etchings were first published in a limited edition of eighteen copies. "Ulysses is by no means an easy or straightforward book; it is a challenging book.. Reading a book such as Ulysses is not only a challenge, it is a unique face à face between writer and reader.. The ultimate arbiter .. must remain the reader, the listener, the beholder; not the academic or critic. I do not believe that literature can be taught. En revanche one can when the human appetite, open the human mind. If our cultures and civilizations are to be preserved and carried forward down through the ages, the creator must remain the master of his oeuvre, particularly beyond the grave. It is that timeless Joycean mastery that Paladino's illustrations amplify with delicate expressiveness and resonance of sensibility. Though this breathtaking edition is long out of print, I was fortunate enough to track down a copy for our shared enjoyment. (Preface by Stephen Joyce, James's nephew). One of the most important works of Modernist literature, it has been called "a demonstration and summation of the entire movement" (Maurice Beebe, Ulysses and the Age of Modernism. James Joyce Quarterly Vol. 10, no. I). "Before Joyce, no writer of fiction had so fore-grounded the process of thinking" (Declan Kiberd, Ulysses, Modernism's Most Sociable Masterpiece). Ulysses chronicles the passage of Leopold Bloom through Dublin during an ordinary day, 16 June 1904 (the day of Joyce's first date with his future wife, Nora Barnacle). The title alludes to Odysseus (Latinized into Ulysses), the hero of Homer's Odyssey, and establishes a series of parallels between characters and events in Homer's poem and Joyce's novel (e.g. the correspondence of Leopold Bloom to Odysseus, Molly Bloom to Penelope, and Stephen Dedalus to Telemachus). Ulysses is approximately 265,000 words in length and uses a lexicon of 30,030 words (including proper names, plurals and various verb tenses), divided into eighteen episodes. Since publication, the book attracted controversy and scrutiny, ranging from early obscenity trials to protracted textual "Joyce Wars." Ulysses' stream-of-consciousness technique, careful structuring, and experimental prose - full of puns, parodies, and allusions, as well as its rich characterizations and broad humor, made the book a highly regarded novel in the Modernist pantheon. In 1998, the Modern Library ranked Ulysses first on its list of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century. Mimmo Paladino (1948-) is an Italian sculptor, painter and printmaker. Great literature is the underlying thread that, over the years, has led him to illustrate the icons of world culture, such as Tristes Tropiques, Ulysses, the Homeric poems, Pinocchio and Don Quixote. .
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Book number: 04289
USD 650.00 [Appr.: EURO 583.75 | £UK 492 | JP¥ 70606]
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Keywords: THE FOLIO SOCIETY CLEMENTS, Jeff, binder Fine Printing Irish Literature Limited Editions

 LALLIER, MONIQUE, A Superlative Blank Album Binding in Creased and Chased Pewter and Morocco Leather
A Superlative Blank Album Binding in Creased and Chased Pewter and Morocco Leather
Summerfield, North Carolina: , ca. 1980. A Unique Art Binding in Creased Pewter by Monique Lallier [BINDINGS]. LALLIER, Monique (binder). A Superlative Blank Album Binding in Creased and Chased Pewter and Goatskin Leather. Summerfield, North Carolina. Square quarto (12 x 12 in; 305 x 305 mm). Forty-eight blank leaves interleaved with tissue guards. Bound by Monique Lallier ca. 1980 (stamp-signed in gilt on rear turn-in) with black goatskin to lower cover and spine, and creased pewter with chased open dots to upper cover. Green endpapers. Signed in ink by Monique Lallier on the last blank leaf. A stunning binding In pristine condition. Monique Lallier is an internationally recognized book binder and book artist. She began her studies in the 1960s in Montreal at Cotnoir Cappone School of Fashion & L'Art de la Reliure book binding school with Simone B. Roy. She continued on to Paris, with Roger Arnoult, Centro Del Bel Libro in Ascona, with Edwin Heim and Solothurn, Switzerland with Hugo Peller. Monique's work may be found in the collections of: McGill University, Montreal, St. Joseph Oratory in Montreal for the Pope Jean- Paul II, Louisiana State University, University of North Carolina, as well as many private collections in USA, Canada, Europe and Japan. She practices her craft full time from her studio in Summerfield, North Carolina. From Ms. Lallier, responding to our inquiry: "I made several of them for clients but I cannot recall for whom I made this one. Each album is unique. It is never the same design." A wonderful gift opportunity - something unique and very special. This fine album has many potential uses, including a wedding album, a guest album or even a very special 'scrap-album' akin to those so frequently used in the glorious days of the nineteenth century. .
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Book number: 02865
USD 1750.00 [Appr.: EURO 1571.25 | £UK 1324.75 | JP¥ 190093]
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