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  • Manual and Sample Book]. by [PASSMENTERIE. [PASSMENTERIE. ~ Manual and Sample Book]. [France, ?St. Etienne. c. 1870-90].
    A spectacular manual and sample book for the typically-French craft of passmenterie: the production of decorative silk braid, trimmings and tassels. As these samples demonstrate,… (more)

    A spectacular manual and sample book for the typically-French craft of passmenterie: the production of decorative silk braid, trimmings and tassels. As these samples demonstrate, designs could be extraordinarily intricate, expressed as pixel-like coloured cells on graph paper which were then produced in silk using a variety of weaving, twisting and braiding techniques. The French pioneered the craft in the later middle ages and became pre-eminent in its production (with Diderot’s Encyclopédie devoting a long illustrated article on it) and supplying a worldwide market by the end of the nineteenth century. The examples in this album cover a wide range, with complex woven plaids, often with fringes and a wonderful series of 8 coloured silk feathers. The manuscript elements include weaving patterns and tables for the calculation of silk quantities.

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  • Gulliver’s Travels in Lilliput and Brobdingnag. by BOSSCHÈRE, Jean de, illustrator. Jonathan SWIFT. BOSSCHÈRE, Jean de, illustrator. Jonathan SWIFT. ~ Gulliver’s Travels in Lilliput and Brobdingnag. [London]. New York: Dodd, Mead & Company, London: William Heinemann, [ 1921].
    First edition, unique copy extra-illustrated with the 41 preliminary pencil drawings by Bosschère. An inscription to the half title reads: ‘This copy of “Gulliver’s Travels”… (more)

    First edition, unique copy extra-illustrated with the 41 preliminary pencil drawings by Bosschère. An inscription to the half title reads: ‘This copy of “Gulliver’s Travels” containing Mr Jean de Bosschère’s original pencil-drawings for the illustrations, has been specially made for Mrs Leon M. Lion. Jan. 1921’. Leon Marks Lion was a prolific early film actor and later theatrical manager.

    Belgian-born in 1878, de Bosschère’s early illustrations were very much in the symbolist/occult style of Beardsley. After fleeing to London on the eve of war, de Bosschère was to become one of the important illustrators of the early century, and became associated with Huxley, Lawrence, Pound and Eliot, among other literary figures.

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  • Luxures. by DEKOBRA, Maurice. Claude REMUSAT, illustrator. DEKOBRA, Maurice. Claude REMUSAT, illustrator. ~ Luxures. Paris: [Girard et Bunino for] Éditions du Loup, [ 1928].
    FIRST EDITION with the striking art deco illustrations by Claude Remusat, inscribed by Dekobra to Robert Dupont in 1932. All plates hand-coloured (probably by the… (more)

    FIRST EDITION with the striking art deco illustrations by Claude Remusat, inscribed by Dekobra to Robert Dupont in 1932. All plates hand-coloured (probably by the artist). One of 600 copies. Decadent poems, many on the subject of drugs (cocaine and morphine) and contemporary Parisian street life, the first edition of which, with different illustrations, had appeared in 1924.

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  • [Rikka zu]. by (IKEBANA). (IKEBANA). ~ [Rikka zu]. [Kyoto: not after 1792].
    A delightful example of Japanese art of flower arrangement, ikebana, in the form of 24 ‘Rikka Zu’ (flower arrangements), with an important provenance. The arrangements… (more)

    A delightful example of Japanese art of flower arrangement, ikebana, in the form of 24 ‘Rikka Zu’ (flower arrangements), with an important provenance. The arrangements combine boughs of trees or bamboo. with flowers including chrysanthemums, lotus, lilies, irises, and cherry blossom. The style is deliberately and strikingly asymmetrical, with stems tightly bundled at the foot in keeping with prevailing decorative aesthetics.

    The manuscript is dated, on the first extant image, Kansei 4 (1792) July 7th and there is a further inscription to the verso of one fold, now partly obscured by a paper strip (an old reinforcement) but still legible. It reads: ‘The lord Todo Izumino-kami, when his ambassador’s mission at Kyoto had a celebration in Ryokan’ and ‘Ikeno bo’. Ikenobo was the oldest and most important school of ikebana in Japan, founded at Kyoto in the fifteenth century, while the Todo clan were an ancient Samurai family with origins in the sixteenth century. The manuscript may be considerably older than the inscription of 1792. Its style is closely comparable with a manuscript now at Cambridge, Ikenobō rikka no zu (CUL FJ.978.12) dated to the ‘seventeenth or eighteenth century’ (2223 in Hayashi and Kornicki, Early Japanese books in Cambridge University Library).

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  • (BROKATPAPIER). by (BROKATPAPIER). (BROKATPAPIER). ~ (BROKATPAPIER). [n.d. eighteenth- or early nineteenth century). c. 1800.
    A striking and beautiful single sheet of brokatpapier, with devotional images printed in gilt in a style usually associated with Augsburg. This uncut sheet may… (more)

    A striking and beautiful single sheet of brokatpapier, with devotional images printed in gilt in a style usually associated with Augsburg. This uncut sheet may have been destined for endpapers, each image neatly fitting an octavo-sized book.

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  • [Heraldic pedigree. by DAMANT, François and Nicolas and family. DAMANT, François and Nicolas and family. ~ [Heraldic pedigree. Low Countries, c. 1620].
    The narrative pedigree of a royal librarian: François Damant (c. 1535-1611) and his brother Nicolas (c. 1531-1616). François was Conseiller and Garde joyaux (i.e. keeper… (more)

    The narrative pedigree of a royal librarian: François Damant (c. 1535-1611) and his brother Nicolas (c. 1531-1616). François was Conseiller and Garde joyaux (i.e. keeper of the library) to the Duke of Burgundy, Philip II, King of Spain in the Netherlands and afterwards to his son Phillip III. His name appears in numerous manuscripts and records relating to the library and he was also a member of the Order of the Golden Fleece (Toison d’or) from 1587. He was son of Pierre Damant (1503-68), also of the Toison d’or and a royal librarian in his time. His brother Nicolas, who shares this pedigree was an official in the Habsburg government of Flanders and became Chancellor of Brabant and served Phillip II as a Councillor of State, Garde des sceaux and Garde joyaux, before (as is narrated in the pedigree) moving to Madrid when the centre of administration of the Austrian Netherlands moved there in 1698. The gruesome story of how and why he was granted two dogs (gros chiens) and a crown as part of his coat of arms is also related here in the context of a royal hunt (chasse du sanglier) in which a boar was killed by the royal dogs in his presence.

    The pedigree also records the marriages of both brothers: François to Louyse de Sicleers and Nicolas to Barbara Brant, and each couple having several children. The arms of both wives are included in the pedigree besides those of their husbands, the women’s arms in oval cartouches, the men’s in lozenges. The same distinction is applied to the arms of their various male and female children listed in the pedigree.

    The scribe uses a neat French secretarial hand for most of the document, changing to an accomplished italic for describing elements of the blazons, following contemporary practice. The manuscript is foliated in a contemporary hand, presumably by the scribe, in ink at the top right hand corner. A later pencil pagination suggests it was later included (either loose or bound) in a much larger genealogical collection. The paper is watermarked with a hunting horn stringed within a shield (similar to Briquet 7867, dated there to 1586). Lemaire, Bibliothèque royale. Mémorial 1559-1969.

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  • Theatru[m] mulierum sive Varietas atq[ue] differentia habituum foeminei sexus diversorum Europae nationum hodierno tempore vulgo in usu... Londini Ao 1643. by HOLLAR, Wenceslaus. Robert SAYER, publisher. HOLLAR, Wenceslaus. Robert SAYER, publisher. ~ Theatru[m] mulierum sive Varietas atq[ue] differentia habituum foeminei sexus diversorum Europae nationum hodierno tempore vulgo in usu... Londini Ao 1643. London: Robert Sayer, [n.d., c 1795].
    Hollar’s small format plates of European women and their costume are dated from 1642-4 and followed his successful series Ornatus muliebris Anglicanus of 1640. The… (more)

    Hollar’s small format plates of European women and their costume are dated from 1642-4 and followed his successful series Ornatus muliebris Anglicanus of 1640. The plates were obtained by eighteenth-century printseller Robert Sayer, who issued them several times (with captions in English added) right up until his death in 1794. His widow may also have continued issuing and selling them into the early nineteenth-century. They are one of the best sources for seventeenth-century lay female dress and include several English subjects (A Noble Woman, a Merchant’s Wife of London, an English Gentlewoman, A Merchant’s Daughter, Lady of the Court, a Countrywoman etc) together with women of France, Ireland, Holland, Germany, Denmark, Belgium and Austria. Three of the plates at the end depict men of religious orders. cf. Colas 1466 (second edition of 1643); Lipperheide 30.

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  • La Serenade aux guitares. Coplas populaires espagnoles. by GARCÍA CALDÉRON, Ventura. [Federico] BELTRÀN MASSES, illustrator. GARCÍA CALDÉRON, Ventura. [Federico] BELTRÀN MASSES, illustrator. ~ La Serenade aux guitares. Coplas populaires espagnoles. Paris: Éditions du Monde Nouveau, [n.d., c. 1920s].
    First edition, translations into French of popular Spanish songs/verses (’coplas’). García Caldéron was a journalist and poet, and a Pervian government official in Paris in… (more)

    First edition, translations into French of popular Spanish songs/verses (’coplas’). García Caldéron was a journalist and poet, and a Pervian government official in Paris in the 1920s. The cover image is one of Beltràn Masses almost unknown designs.

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  • L’Inde. Architecture, paysages, scènes populaires. by HURLIMANN, Martin. HURLIMANN, Martin. ~ L’Inde. Architecture, paysages, scènes populaires. Berlin: Ernst Wasmuth, [ 1928].
    First edition. A collection of photographs, with a written introduction by Hurlimann showing various scenes and famous places of India. He was a Swiss publisher,… (more)

    First edition. A collection of photographs, with a written introduction by Hurlimann showing various scenes and famous places of India. He was a Swiss publisher, who founded a newspaper Atlantis, in 1929 which specialised in international travel, but he is best known for being a photographer of Western European cities.

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  • Contes fantastiques. by FARGUE, Leon-Paul. André VILLEBOEUF, illustrator. FARGUE, Leon-Paul. André VILLEBOEUF, illustrator. ~ Contes fantastiques. Paris: Éditions de la Galerie Charperntier, [ 1944].
    First edition. One of 195 copies on velin de lana, (there are a further 35 copies with an extra suite, total edition 230). A collection… (more)

    First edition. One of 195 copies on velin de lana, (there are a further 35 copies with an extra suite, total edition 230). A collection of tales by Fargue, illustrated by Villebouef an artist who worked in many different fields including stage design, writing and painting. He worked in Paris in the 1920’s amongst artists such as René Fauchois, Jean-Gabriele Daragnes and Marcel Ayme.

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  • La Princesse de Babylone. by VOLTAIRE, [François-Marie Arouet de]. Leonetto CAPPIELLO, illustrator. VOLTAIRE, [François-Marie Arouet de]. Leonetto CAPPIELLO, illustrator. ~ La Princesse de Babylone. Paris: Javal et Bordeaux 1928.
    A fascinating publisher’s file containing trial impressions of Cappiello’s illustrations engraved by René Lorrain for their edition of La Princesse de Babylone. Each plate appears… (more)

    A fascinating publisher’s file containing trial impressions of Cappiello’s illustrations engraved by René Lorrain for their edition of La Princesse de Babylone. Each plate appears in several states, single colours and combinations, and some appear in trial states marked up in manuscript. Together with one original copper plate the file provides a very useful record of the many processes required for a complex sequence of colour illustrations for an edition limited to just 40 copies. Notable throughout is the use of the registration pins evident on the copper plate and in the margins of each plate, allowing for absolute precision in the successive impressions. Javal et Bordeaux printed numerous large format illustrated editions at this time, characterised by their superbly realised colour plates reproducing the particular quality of gouache and pastel originals

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  • Les Évangiles des dimanches et Fêtes de l’année. by CURMER, Léon, publisher. CURMER, Léon, publisher. ~ Les Évangiles des dimanches et Fêtes de l’année. Paris: Léon Curmer, 1864.
    First edition. One of the most spectacular fruits of nineteenth-century Medievalism, with its elaborate chromolithograph interpretations of illuminated manuscripts, many with gold and silver inks.… (more)

    First edition. One of the most spectacular fruits of nineteenth-century Medievalism, with its elaborate chromolithograph interpretations of illuminated manuscripts, many with gold and silver inks. The text volume additionally contains a sequence of original photographic reproductions of prints by Wierix. Issued as a series of 70 individual numbers, the pagination of the plate volumes is very erratic, with numerous additional plates outside the main sequence and with some leaves having plates on both sides, others on just one. The appendix provides an historical and bibliographical key to the plates, listing manuscripts in mainly French and Italian libraries. Curmer’s output and importance is discussed at length by Isabelle Saint-Martin, ‘Rêve médiéval et invention contemporaine; variations sur l’enluminure en France au XIXe siècle’ in Coomans and De Mayer, eds, The Revival of Medieval Illumination, 2007.

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  • [An album of women’s dress designs in watercolour]. by (FASHION) (FASHION) ~ [An album of women’s dress designs in watercolour]. [?Paris], 1870-71,
    A superb fashion album from the year of the Paris siege, with a great variety of dated designs showing the vogue for dresses emphasising a… (more)

    A superb fashion album from the year of the Paris siege, with a great variety of dated designs showing the vogue for dresses emphasising a narrow figure with low sloping shoulders and skirts gathered extravagantly at the back with ribbons, tapes, ruches and ruffles. Outdoor and walking dresses, evening dresses, hairstyles, headresses, veils, parasols, nightgowns, shoes and coats. Colours, especially for outdoor wear, tend towards darker palettes with deep greens, mauves and black in abundance.

    Despite the Franco-Prussian war and the advance of the Germans on Paris, the city remained at the centre of the fashion world. The military realities of the Paris siege of that year impinge with one image of a rifleman (franc-tireur) of the Légion de la Seine (dated 25 August 1870) and the styles for 1871 exhibiting occasional military references with square cut coat pockets, brocades and frogging.

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  • The French Books. I. Illustrated books, 1873-1925. II. 1926-1970. by MARTIN STONE. MARTIN STONE. ~ The French Books. I. Illustrated books, 1873-1925. II. 1926-1970. November 2017 and March 2018.
    A panorama of the French illustrated books assembled by legendary book scout Martin Stone (1946-2016). 272 items described and illustrated. (more)

    A panorama of the French illustrated books assembled by legendary book scout Martin Stone (1946-2016). 272 items described and illustrated.

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  • A Display of Heraldrie: Manifesting a more easy Acesse to the Knowledge thereof then hath beene hitherto Published by any, through the Benefit of Method... by GUILLIM, John. GUILLIM, John. ~ A Display of Heraldrie: Manifesting a more easy Acesse to the Knowledge thereof then hath beene hitherto Published by any, through the Benefit of Method... London:William Hall for Raphe Mab, 1611. [Colophon, 1610].
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  • Quarterings descended to several of the Nobility & Gentry. by WILLEMENT, Thomas. WILLEMENT, Thomas. ~ Quarterings descended to several of the Nobility & Gentry. 1818 [and later].
    An extended heraldic manuscript by Thomas Willement, heraldic researcher and author who was to become a major figure in the Victorian gothic revival as a… (more)

    An extended heraldic manuscript by Thomas Willement, heraldic researcher and author who was to become a major figure in the Victorian gothic revival as a stained glass artist. It includes reasoned descriptions of arms and quarterings for: Lord Henry Thomas Howard Molyneux Howard (1819), Francis Rawdon Hastings, Earl of Moira (1819), Henry Nevile, Earl of Abergavenny (1819), Lord Viscount Curzon, Earl of Tyrconnel (1819), Henry Pelham Clinton, Duke of Newcastle, Percy of Northumberland, Russell Duke of Bedford, Hugh Duke of Northumberland, Darell of Calehill, Foljambe, Mrs Mostyn (Madame Piozzi), Montagu-Cholmeley and the Knyvett and Stafford Cooke families. It also includes pedigrees of the Kings of England (in reverse from William IV, crowned 1830 to William the Conqueror) and a genealogies of the families of Salisbury (from the time of Charlemagne) and Cholmeley.

    Thomas Willement was an important figure in the Victorian gothic movement and is credited with the revival of the art of stained glass in England, lost since the reformation. Born in 1786 to a heraldic coach painter, he became heraldic painter to King George IV and later Queen Victoria and executed stained glass for more than 1000 buildings (including St George’s Chapel, Windsor). He collaborated with Pugin on several projects. In 1845 he bought the Priory and Church at Davington (Faversham) then in a dire state, with the church having been used for lambing and for storage of smuggled goods, and set about restoration. Willement, was the author of many books, died aged 85, on 10 March, 1871, and is buried in a vault at Davington Church.

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  • Illustrations, Friendships Offering & Forget Me Not [spine title]. by (ACKERMANN, publisher). (ACKERMANN, publisher). ~ Illustrations, Friendships Offering & Forget Me Not [spine title]. London: R. Ackermann. [n.d.]
    A fine nineteenth-century collection of portraits showing members of the nobility after numerous artists such as C. Macpherson, W. Purser, J. Hayes, J. Wood and… (more)

    A fine nineteenth-century collection of portraits showing members of the nobility after numerous artists such as C. Macpherson, W. Purser, J. Hayes, J. Wood and H. Corbould

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  • The history of the town and port of Faversham, in the county of Kent. By Edward Jacob, Esq. F.S.A. Illustrated with copper plates. by JACOB, Edward. JACOB, Edward. ~ The history of the town and port of Faversham, in the county of Kent. By Edward Jacob, Esq. F.S.A. Illustrated with copper plates. London: for the author, by J. March; and sold by B. White, In Fleet-Street; L. Hawes, and Co. In Pater-Noster-Row; S. Patterson, In Essex-Street; and by S. Doorne, in Faversham, 1774.
    First edition. Edward Jacob ‘antiquary and naturalist, was born in Canterbury, the eldest son of Edward Jacob (d. 1756), surgeon and alderman, who served as… (more)

    First edition. Edward Jacob ‘antiquary and naturalist, was born in Canterbury, the eldest son of Edward Jacob (d. 1756), surgeon and alderman, who served as mayor of Canterbury in 1727–8, and Jane, daughter of Strangford Violl, vicar of Upminster. About 1735 he moved to Feversham [sic] where he lived at 78 Preston Street and practised as a surgeon, following in his father's and grandfather's footsteps. Among his patients was Lord Sondes of Lees Court, Sheldwich. The Jacobs were a long-established east Kent family and several members had served as mayors and magistrates in Sandwich and Dover. Actively interested in local affairs, Jacob was four times mayor of Faversham—in 1749, 1754, 1765, and 1775...

    Jacob interested himself in the history of Faversham soon after he had moved there, ‘having an early propensity to the study of antiquities’. He was elected a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries on 5 June 1755, and in 1774 published The History of the Town and Port of Faversham, dedicated to Lord Sondes’ (Oxford DNB).

    This is one of the standard copies with 15 plates, some having an 4 additional plates. With a good local provenance (Philip Neame, Faversham-born recipient of the Victoria Cross for service on the Western Front and of an Olympic gold medal in 1924, apparently the only recipient of both). Bibliotheca Cantiana 198-9.

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  • Promenade de Dieppe aux montagnes d’Ecosse. by NODIER, Charles. NODIER, Charles. ~ Promenade de Dieppe aux montagnes d’Ecosse. Paris: [Didot for] Barba, 1821.
    First edition. Novelist Nodier spent 50 days travelling the length of Britain to Scotland, where he took in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dumbarton, Loch Lomond, Loch Katrine… (more)

    First edition. Novelist Nodier spent 50 days travelling the length of Britain to Scotland, where he took in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dumbarton, Loch Lomond, Loch Katrine and Loch Long and was impressed by the romantic and gothic aspects of landscape and architecture. In England he visited Brighton, London, Richmond and Oxford taking in sights and museums. He was probably the first (of many) Frenchmen to take notice of the paintings of John Constable, having seen the The Hay Wain at the 1821 academy exhibition, including a rhapsodic report here (pp. 84-9).

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  • Une Amazone sous le Premier Empire. Vie d’Ida St-Elme. by LACHIZE, Henri. Charles THÉVENIN, illustrator. LACHIZE, Henri. Charles THÉVENIN, illustrator. ~ Une Amazone sous le Premier Empire. Vie d’Ida St-Elme. Paris: [Macon: Protat frères for] Charles Carrington, 1902.
    First edition, one of 100 copies on vergé d’Arches with plates in three states (of a total edition of 500). A biographical study of the… (more)

    First edition, one of 100 copies on vergé d’Arches with plates in three states (of a total edition of 500). A biographical study of the famous military transvestite, Ida St-Elme who served as a man in the French Imperial armies. It is based on her autobiography Mémoires d'une contemporaine (1829). This is rather atypical of Carrington’s productions—the quality of typography and illustration far higher than that of his more surreptitious erotic publications.

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