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  • Autograph letter, signed, to Sir Francis Chantrey. by SCOTT, Sir Walter. SCOTT, Sir Walter. ~ Autograph letter, signed, to Sir Francis Chantrey. 16 May, 1828.
    Sir Walter Scott here makes arrangements for a short sitting with sculptor Sir Francis Chantrey before lunching with Lady Shell[e]y. In 1820 Chantrey had produced… (more)

    Sir Walter Scott here makes arrangements for a short sitting with sculptor Sir Francis Chantrey before lunching with Lady Shell[e]y. In 1820 Chantrey had produced his celebrated bust of Scott. A further marble version was made in 1828, with additional sittings by Scott, as alluded to in this letter. ‘The original bust in plaster was completed in 1820. It is now in the Ashmolean Museum at Oxford University. According to Chantrey’s ledger, five marble replicas were made, the most famous of which is that at Abbotsford. Begun in 1820, the Abbotsford bust was not completed until 1821, when Scott gave Chantrey a number of further sittings in the course of two visits to London. The Abbotsford bust remained in Chantrey’s studio from 1821 until 1828, and all the engravings and medallions representing Chantrey’s bust would appear to derive from it. Chantrey offered the bust as a gift to Lady Scott while visiting Abbotsford in May 1825... A third marble version was made for Chantrey's own studio in 1828, for which Scott gave further sittings, and which shows minor changes in the configuration of the face. This version was purchased by Sir Robert Peel in 1838 and is now in a private collection’ (Oxford DNB).

    Frances Lady Shelley was one of the principal English diarists of the George III period and a close (if not always sympathetic) acquaintance of the Scotts.

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  • Manuscript facsimile of the Ten Commandments, in Latin. by GUTENBERG BIBLE. [S. B. GAYTHORPE. GUTENBERG BIBLE. [S. B. GAYTHORPE. ~ Manuscript facsimile of the Ten Commandments, in Latin. Barrow-in-Furness (Cumbria), 1926].
    A fine manuscript facsimile of the Ten Commandments (Exodus, 1-17), slightly reduced from the text of the Gutenberg (or 42-line, or ‘Mazarin’) Bible. It was… (more)

    A fine manuscript facsimile of the Ten Commandments (Exodus, 1-17), slightly reduced from the text of the Gutenberg (or 42-line, or ‘Mazarin’) Bible. It was made in 1926 by a Barrow-in-Furness engraver, antiquary and astronomer S.B. Gaythorpe. Formerly in the collections of James Dearden.

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  • Fragment. by [BOOK OF HOURS, [BOOK OF HOURS, ~ Fragment. France, ?Bourges, c. 1450.
    Ex libris James Dearden. Folio Society, Collectors Corner, catalogue 2 (1961), item 66 (£2.10). (more)

    Ex libris James Dearden. Folio Society, Collectors Corner, catalogue 2 (1961), item 66 (£2.10).

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  • A single leaf from an illuminated manuscript. by [BIBLE. [BIBLE. ~ A single leaf from an illuminated manuscript. France (Paris or Avignon), c. 1270].
    A fine fragment from a typical median sized French thirteenth century Bible, with characteristic illumination in a good state of preservation. The text is from… (more)

    A fine fragment from a typical median sized French thirteenth century Bible, with characteristic illumination in a good state of preservation. The text is from Saint Paul’s Epistles 1 Corinthians 15:44 to 2 Corinthians 3:4. Though in a typical Parisian style, the Bible’s origin may actually have been Avignon — it is mentioned in N. R. Ker, Medieval Manuscripts in British Libraries, I, 1969, p, xii, n.2, for its punctus flexus punctuation, distinctive of the Carthusians, and it belonged to the Carthusians of Villeneuve-lès-Avignon. The Bible broken up by the dealer Louis Bondy, c.1961.

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  • The Collected Works... edited with Preface and Notes by William M. Rosetti... by ROSSETTI, Dante Gabriel. ROSSETTI, Dante Gabriel. ~ The Collected Works... edited with Preface and Notes by William M. Rosetti... London: Ellis and Elvey, 1890.
    First published in 1886. (more)

    First published in 1886.

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  • The Life and Letters of Sir John Everett Millais... second edition. by MILLAIS, John Guille. editor. MILLAIS, John Guille. editor. ~ The Life and Letters of Sir John Everett Millais... second edition. London: Methuen & Co, 1900.
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    First published the previous year.

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  • De la primitive Institution des roys, heraulds, & poursuivans d’armes, composé par Maistre Iehan le Feron, advocat en la cour de Parlement à Paris. by LE FÉRON, Jean. LE FÉRON, Jean. ~ De la primitive Institution des roys, heraulds, & poursuivans d’armes, composé par Maistre Iehan le Feron, advocat en la cour de Parlement à Paris. Paris: Maurice Ménier, [14 December] 1555.
    First edition of this rare French treatise on the origins, history and functions of a herald. The title bears a woodcut of a herald in… (more)

    First edition of this rare French treatise on the origins, history and functions of a herald. The title bears a woodcut of a herald in a fleur-de-lys tabard, while the arms on the title verso are those of the dedicatee Claude Gouffier and those on the final leaf of author Jean Le Féron (1504-1570) himself. With its Middle Hill boards and pencil markings to the front pastedown this is likely to be from the collection of Sir Thomas Phillips.

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  • Hannah BRECK. by [SAINT-MÉMIN, Charles Balthazar Julien Févret de. [SAINT-MÉMIN, Charles Balthazar Julien Févret de. ~ Hannah BRECK. Philadelphia, 1799].
    A rare ‘physionotrace’ portrait of Hannah Breck (1772-1846, later Mrs James Lloyd). The original charcoal and white chalk drawing from which it was engraved is… (more)

    A rare ‘physionotrace’ portrait of Hannah Breck (1772-1846, later Mrs James Lloyd). The original charcoal and white chalk drawing from which it was engraved is preserved at the Philadelphia Academy of the Fine Arts. Hannah Breck was daughter of statesman Samuel Breck (1747-1809), and sister to Samuel Breck (1771-1862), a congressman from Pennsylvania. She married James Lloyd (1769-1831), a senator from Massachusetts, and is referred to as Anna or Hannah in various sources. Dexter, The St. Memin Collection of Portraits (New York, 1862), 24; Miles, Saint-Mémin and the Neoclassical Profile Portrait in America (Washington, 1994), 83.

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  • ou l’art de combiner l’élégance, la modestie, la simplicité et l’économie dans l’habillement. Avis utiles adressés aux femmes sur la conservation de leur santé et de leur beauté, sir l’agrément des manières et le bon ton dans la Société; par une dame qui a étudié la mode et le bon goût chez les nations les plu civilisées de l’Europe. Traduit de l’anglais. by LE MIROIR DES GRACES LE MIROIR DES GRACES ~ ou l’art de combiner l’élégance, la modestie, la simplicité et l’économie dans l’habillement. Avis utiles adressés aux femmes sur la conservation de leur santé et de leur beauté, sir l’agrément des manières et le bon ton dans la Société; par une dame qui a étudié la mode et le bon goût chez les nations les plu civilisées de l’Europe. Traduit de l’anglais. Paris: [Brasseur aîné for] l’Editeur, Galignani, Delaunay, 1811.
    Sole edition of this rare little handbook of ladies’ fashion and deportment. Advertised as a translation from the English, there is no obvious British analogue,… (more)

    Sole edition of this rare little handbook of ladies’ fashion and deportment. Advertised as a translation from the English, there is no obvious British analogue, though it is an interesting indication of the esteem in which British fashion was held in France at this period. The four plates are especially charming depictions of Austen-era styles. The format is very much that of contemporary almanacs with similar titles, but Le Miroir des Graces appeared only once. WorldCat lists no UK or US copies (copies at BnF, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek and Kunstbibliothek Berlin only).

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  • Album. by (MONOGRAMS and CRESTS). (MONOGRAMS and CRESTS). ~ Album. [British: c. 1850-60].
    A well-presented Victorian monogram album containing over 1600 cut monograms. Many here are private monograms and include a large number of women’s christian names, while… (more)

    A well-presented Victorian monogram album containing over 1600 cut monograms. Many here are private monograms and include a large number of women’s christian names, while there are pages devoted to regiments, naval ships, clubs, associations and Oxford and Cambridge colleges. The presentation is typical, but especially neat and varied, with the cut monograms arranged on decorative pen and watercolour grounds. These are often geometric (circles and other interlocking figures are frequent) but include a gothic window, patriotic flags, mossy borders, anchors and a heraldic garter. Monogram collecting was hugely popular in the mid-nineteenth century and collections like this usually included genuine examples cut from stationery, together with others specially produced by stationery companies capitalising on the fashion. These latter monograms, evidently sold in sets can be quite elaborate, often featuring gold inks and sometimes with amusing and whimsical subjects.

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  • Idylls of the King. by FORTESCUE-BRICKDALE, Eleanor, illustrator. Alfred TENNYSON, Lord. FORTESCUE-BRICKDALE, Eleanor, illustrator. Alfred TENNYSON, Lord. ~ Idylls of the King. London: Hodder & Stoughton, [ 1911].
    Number 184 of 350 copies, signed by the artist. ‘Eleanor Fortescue-Brickdale never married, and from 1903 to 1943 she lived with her sister, Kate, who… (more)

    Number 184 of 350 copies, signed by the artist. ‘Eleanor Fortescue-Brickdale never married, and from 1903 to 1943 she lived with her sister, Kate, who was also unmarried, at 23 Elsham Road, Shepherd's Bush. She travelled often to the continent and was clearly influenced by the fifteenth- and early sixteenth-century art which she saw on visits to Italy. There were further exhibitions of her works at Leighton House in 1904, with a catalogue containing appreciative remarks by George Frederic Watts, and at Dowdeswell’s in 1905 and 1909. She continued her illustrative work, which from about 1905 consisted of both line drawings and watercolours made for reproduction as half-tone colour plates. In 1911 two editions of Tennyson’s Idylls of the King (de luxe and popular) were published with illustrations from her watercolours while the originals were on show in another of her one-woman exhibitions, this time at the Leicester Galleries. From that year she taught in the art school in Kensington founded by Byam Shaw’ (Oxford DNB).

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  • An Encyclopaedia of Gardening; comprising the Theory and Practice of Horticulture, Floriculture, Arboriculture, and Landscape-Gardening... illustrated with many hundred engravings on wood by Branston. by LOUDON, J[ohn] C[laudius]. LOUDON, J[ohn] C[laudius]. ~ An Encyclopaedia of Gardening; comprising the Theory and Practice of Horticulture, Floriculture, Arboriculture, and Landscape-Gardening... illustrated with many hundred engravings on wood by Branston. London: Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, and Green, [1830].
    Second (revised) edition (the first of 1822). Loudon’s was one of the most widely read gardening encyclopaedias of the Victorian era and ran to at… (more)

    Second (revised) edition (the first of 1822). Loudon’s was one of the most widely read gardening encyclopaedias of the Victorian era and ran to at east six editions, covering plant culture, botany, garden design, and an international survey and history of gardening.

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  • Examples of Fret-cutting and Wood-carving. by HULME, F. Edward. HULME, F. Edward. ~ Examples of Fret-cutting and Wood-carving. London: [printed in Belfast] Marcus Ward and Co, 1877.
    First edition, presentation copy. Among the plates of decorative woodwork, broadly in medieval revivalist style is an illustration for a carved wooded book cover, lettered… (more)

    First edition, presentation copy. Among the plates of decorative woodwork, broadly in medieval revivalist style is an illustration for a carved wooded book cover, lettered ‘Album’.

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  • Chambre à air. by BOURNAZEL, Diane de. BOURNAZEL, Diane de. ~ Chambre à air. [Marliac, 2022].
    One of Diane de Bournazel’s magical optical ‘peepshows’ with a window opening onto a mysterious three-dimensional scene within. It features some of the distinctive features… (more)

    One of Diane de Bournazel’s magical optical ‘peepshows’ with a window opening onto a mysterious three-dimensional scene within. It features some of the distinctive features of the artist’s much-admired artist’s books, but makes use of the peepshow form to bring added depth and perspective to her enchanted world. The paper peepshow was popularised by publishers such as Martin Engelbrecht in Munich from the middle of the eighteenth century, evidently inspired by baroque stage sets, but reached the peak of their elaboration in the Victorian era. They were either sold as toys or souvenirs or, in expanded form, were popular fairground attractions. Each of Diane de Bournazel’s peepshows is a unique creation.

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  • Fourteen Poems by C P Cavafy chosen and illustrated with twelve etchings by David Hockney translated by Kikos Stangos and Stephen Spender. by HOCKNEY, David. HOCKNEY, David. ~ Fourteen Poems by C P Cavafy chosen and illustrated with twelve etchings by David Hockney translated by Kikos Stangos and Stephen Spender. London: Editions Alecto Limited, [ 1966].
    First edition. An unnumbered artist’s proof copy from Edition A (which consisted of 250 numbered copies, plus 50 artist’s proof copies). The total edition was… (more)

    First edition. An unnumbered artist’s proof copy from Edition A (which consisted of 250 numbered copies, plus 50 artist’s proof copies). The total edition was of 550 bound copies and 120 loose sets of the plates only. Edition A was issued with an additional loose signed print ‘Cavafy II’, sometimes framed by owners and not present in this copy. The very rare publisher’s prospectus and an uncompleted order form are inserted at the rear. The plates are not edition stamped on the rear.
    ‘Cavafy wrote two kinds of poem — love and historical. The fourteen selected for this book are, with the exception of Caesarian, poems of homosexual love: short, unrhymed, deeply felt but totally unsentimental. They appear in a new, hitherto unpublished translation by Nikos Stangos and Stephen Spender... For several years Hockney has admired the work of Cavafy’ (from the Prospectus). The book was included by Neil McGregor in the BBC/British Museum’s History of the World in 100 Objects as an emblem of the struggle for human rights and sexual freedom ― homosexual acts in private were decriminalised in Britain only in 1967, the year Hockney’s startling collection appeared (McGregor, pp. 635-9).

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  • Effets merveilleux des lacets. by (FASHION). (FASHION). ~ Effets merveilleux des lacets. Paris: chez Basset, M[archan]d d’estampes et fabricant de papiers peints, [n.d., c. 1807-11].
    A French satire on the excesses of contemporary fashion for both women and men — a woman has her corset laces mechanically tightened by a… (more)

    A French satire on the excesses of contemporary fashion for both women and men — a woman has her corset laces mechanically tightened by a fop in a ridiculously exaggerated version of Napoleon’s headgear and a young woman in a scooped bonnet and corset (which leaves her breast almost entirely bare). The corset enjoyed a brief resurgence in popularity in the Empire era, before being swept away once more at the Restoration. It was a frequent subject of mirth in the popular press on both sides of the English Channel, and while there are several French and English prints on the same theme, this one is very rare. Not in the British Museum catalogue; WorldCat lists a copy in the Spanish national library, and there is also a copy at the Musée Carnavalet in Paris.

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  • Album. by (COOTE FAMILY) (COOTE FAMILY) ~ Album. [France, Italy, Russia and Ireland, c. 1840s].
    A superb collection which includes 24 large watercolours of fashionable interiors in houses and hotels in Pisa, Lucca, Nice, Tours, Lyon (and one in Saint… (more)

    A superb collection which includes 24 large watercolours of fashionable interiors in houses and hotels in Pisa, Lucca, Nice, Tours, Lyon (and one in Saint Petersburg). Richly coloured and detailed these are wonderful visual accounts of contemporary European taste in interior design. Ceiling and wall mouldings, chimney pieces and window frames are rendered in painstaking detail, as are a wide range of furnishings and fabrics, together with domestic articles such as clocks, mirrors, musical instruments, albums, books, prints and pictures. Fabrics, carpets and wall hangings are especially carefully treated, with details of patterns and textures faithfully recorded. The number of books and albums adorning shelves and tabletops is notable, giving an impression of a leisured and cultivated milieu.
    The images are generously proportioned, usually more than 20 cms high and between 25 and 30 cms wide (some are larger). All are probably by the same hand, unsigned, leaving us to search for clues among the captions to the identity of the artist. One refers to the house of ‘My Grandfather Sir Coote’ while two of the pencil drawings are recognisable as the Coote family seat at Ballyfin, Leinster, Ireland. One watercolour refers to ‘ma chambre’ suggesting the watercolours are personal records of a series of visits and stays in popular winter and summer holiday spots, some with prominent hosts. Some images have the captions in pencil on their backs, in a very shaky hand, which have evidently been transcribed when the pictures were pasted into this album, perhaps c. 1860.
    Some of the interiors are unpopulated (and have an eerie quality) while others have well-dressed figures sitting and standing, conversing, reading or drawing. Several faces recur, notably a mustachioed man with longish hair, who might possibly be the artist or a relative. The Anglo-Irish Coote family owned Ballyfin, which became one of the finest mansions in Ireland, from the early nineteenth century and the 9th Baronet, Sir Charles Coote (d. 1864, likely to be the grandfather mentioned in the caption) was educated at Eton and Trinity College, Oxford and was frequently on the continent. He had five sons and two daughters, and presumably many grandchildren — one of whom may have been the artist here. It is possible that the additional pencil drawings (1, 28 and 29) are in different hands.

    1. Pencil caricature ‘The honorable général William Rerelinson’ [sic], signed ‘Vte. R. de Querelly’. (360 × 240 mm), edges creased and slightly frayed.
    2. Portrait of a young girl, untitled (295 × 215 mm).
    3. Interior, untitled, but a variant of the following view (126 × 160 mm).
    4. Caza Leoli - à Pise (126 × 160 mm), closed tear (56 mm) no loss, slightly creased.
    5. Salon au quai du Midi [?Nice] (238 × 180 mm), slight loss at upper corners.
    6. Un salon d’Hôtel - 1842. à Tours (230 × 220 mm).
    7. Eté 1842 Maison Viallon (La Mulatière, Lyon) (235 × 280 mm).
    8. Salon de la Maison Gilly à la Croix de Marbre (Nice) Hiver 1842 et 1843 - Eté 1846 (246 × 342 mm).
    9. Pise - Palais Leoli - Salon. Hiver 1843 et 1844 (235 × 298 mm).
    10. Eté 1844. Bagni di Lucca (225 × 318 mm).
    11. Eté 1845. Viareggio (230 × 280 mm).
    12. Salon. Chez le Prince Méncherski (238 × 310 mm).
    13. Maison Marchet (204 × 274 mm).
    14. [Another version of the above, untitled] (216 × 275 mm).
    15. [Untitled interior with woman reading by a fireside] (250 × 362 mm).
    16. Maison de Roubion (215 × 250 mm).
    17. Maison Gilly (246 × 340 mm).
    18. [Untitled interior, a gentleman seated, in a dressing gown, verso caption ‘ma chambre’] (124 × 146 mm).
    19. Hiver 1844 - 1845 - 1846 à Pise (234 × 314 mm).
    20. Maison Gilly (Adrien) à Nice - Croix de Marbre - Eté 1846 (227 × 295 mm).
    21. [Untitled, an opulent interior] (188 × 262 mm).
    22. Maison Ambroise Tiranty - Nice (Hiver 1846-1847) (246 × 300 mm).
    23. Viareggio (228 × 284 mm).
    24. Petersbourg - Caserne des Chevaliers Gardes (250 × 349 mm), 2 short tears to right border, no loss.
    25. Chambre de mon Gd Père Sir Coote à Nice (288 × 224 mm).
    26. Maison Maselet [or Maschet] (170 × 245 mm).
    27. Photograph, view of Nice (216 × 275 mm).
    28. Pencil drawing [Ballyfin House, Leinster, Ireland] (270 × 375 mm).
    29. Pencil drawing [Ballyfin House, Leinster, Ireland] (180 × 276 mm).

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  • Ann’s Book... by PARSONS, Jacynth and Karl. PARSONS, Jacynth and Karl. ~ Ann’s Book... London: [William Brendon & Son, Plymouth for] The Medici Society, 1929.
    First edition of this attractive book illustrated by Jacynth Parsons. Parsons was a child prodigy, contributing superb illustrations to Ann’s Book by her father, the… (more)

    First edition of this attractive book illustrated by Jacynth Parsons. Parsons was a child prodigy, contributing superb illustrations to Ann’s Book by her father, the Arts and Crafts designer Karl Parsons, in 1929. In 1927 the Medici Society put on an exhibition of her ‘Pictures from the age of 3 to 16’ which met with considerable success. She later illustrated an edition of Blake under the patronage of W.B. Yeats, and several other works.

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  • Contes de Perrault... Préface de Henri de Régnier. by (PERRAULT). DRIAN [Etienne], illustrator. (PERRAULT). DRIAN [Etienne], illustrator. ~ Contes de Perrault... Préface de Henri de Régnier. Paris: Éditions d’Art de la Roseraie, [1922].
    First edition of Drian’s stylish illustrated version of Perrault’s tales including La Belle au Bois Dormant (Sleeping Beauty), Cendrillon (Cinderella), Barbe-Bleu (Bluebeard), Peau-d’Âne (Donkey Skin)… (more)

    First edition of Drian’s stylish illustrated version of Perrault’s tales including La Belle au Bois Dormant (Sleeping Beauty), Cendrillon (Cinderella), Barbe-Bleu (Bluebeard), Peau-d’Âne (Donkey Skin) and a risqué fable pastiche by Marcel Boulenger, Les Oeufs (The Eggs, 1912). This is copy number 256 of 388 copies. Drian (1890-1961) was one of the most celebrated fashion illustrators of 1920s and 30s Paris. Worldcat: Minnesota, Ocean State and V & A only outside Continental Europe.

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  • The History of Joseph and his Brethren Genesis Chaprs. XXXVI. XXXVIII, XL. by JONES, Owen and Henry WARREN, illuminators. JONES, Owen and Henry WARREN, illuminators. ~ The History of Joseph and his Brethren Genesis Chaprs. XXXVI. XXXVIII, XL. London: Day & Son, [1865].
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    First edition of a striking chromolithograph book, with all the pages and illustrations orientated to be read and viewed along the long edge of the book.

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