First edition, number 30 of 65 copies, with publishers’ initials.more...
A fine sequence of wood engravings, all designs by Naudin. Two are engraved by him, the remaining nine are by Georges Aubert. The preface explains the necessity of retaining the skills of reproductive engravers such as Aubert, who interpret the artists’ raw designs to create something altogether more sophisticated than an artist’s original wood engraving..see full details
A sumptuously-illustrated survey of dance in Paris: from the debauched artists’ balls and the Montmartre café scene, to the ballet and opera. The etched and engraved plates are wonderful specimens of the cutting-edge techniques of Vigna-Vignéron, with successive states printed by Geny-Gros demonstrating a rare precision in registration..see full details
A typical early eighteenth-century French chansonnier, full of witty and popular songs, including one, in 24 stanzas, in praise of coffee (ff.more...
54-62 v.) Entitled ‘Sur l’usage du caffé, se proprietés et sur la manière de le bien prépare’, it opens:
‘Si vous voulez vivre sans peine Vivre en bonne santé, Sept jours de la semaine Prenez du bon café: Il vous préservera de toute maladie Sa vertu chassera, la, la Migraine et fluxion, don, don Rhume et mélancolie. Sa force est sans égale, Contre les maux de coeur; La glande pinéale Y trouve sa vigueur; Quand on y met du lait il guérit la poitrine, Au sang il donera , la, la Sa circulation, don, don...’
The verse is known from other eighteenth century song miscellanies and was published in print towards the end of the century.
The volume also contains a sequence of engraved illustrations (not atypical among these chansonniers) several of which are on the them of leisure: depicting women drinking coffee, smoking a pipe, etc)..see full details
A contemporary sketch of the dedicatee of The Lark Ascending, signed by her at the Glastonbury Festival, 1919.more...
Marie Hall (1884-1956) was the outstanding violinist of her generation and it was for her that Vaughan Williams wrote this most popular piece of English music. First written in 1914, performance of The Lark was delayed by Williams’ service in the Great War. He and Hall revised it together in 1920 for a piano and violin performance that year, before she performed it for the first time in a full orchestral version (under Sir Adrian Boult) later that year. Hill played a famous Stradivarius which later took her name.