The history of the College of Bonhommes at Ashridge, in the county of Buckingham, founded in the year 1276, by Edmund, Earl of Cornwall (George Canning’s copy)
Compiled from original records and other authentic sources. To which is added, a description of the present mansion, erected on the site of the ancient college. London : printed by R. Gilbert, 1823. Elephant folio (570 mm tall), papered boards with later calf spine lettered in gilt, binder’s ticket of Wilson, bookplates to front pastedown …
NEALE, John Preston
The history and antiquities of the Abbey Church of St. Peter, Westminster : including notices and biographical memoirs of the Abbots and Deans of that Foundation.
Illustrated by John Preston Neale. The whole of the literary department by Edward Wedlake Brayley. London : J. P. Neale, 1818 – 23. Two volumes, quarto, later nineteenth century half-crushed morocco over pebbled cloth (edges rubbed), ruled in gilt, spines in compartments, lettered in gilt, joint to upper board of volume one cracked, top edges …
ELMES, James (1782 - 1862); SHEPHERD, Thomas H. (1792–1864)
London and its environs in the nineteenth century; Illustrated with a series of views from original drawings by Thomas H. Shepherd with historical topographical and critical notices
London : Jones & Co., 1829. Quarto, half-calf marbled boards, raised bands with gilt tooling and lettering, engraved half title (marked 1829), title page (marked 1828), pp. vi, 96, , pages with some foxxing. Showing over 100 images of Regency and Adam’s style architecture.
Limoges: Martial Ardant frères, 1854. Octavo, polychromatic cloth, all edges gilt, 208 pp., 23 plates of races of the world, including the Americas,Asia, Europe, Africa and the Pacific. A French geographical book for children, recounting the stories of voyages made by great explorers to the four corners of the globe. Includes the expeditions of Columbus, Cook, …
Cunard liner Lusitania, torpedoed by Germans without warning May 7th 1915, 1441 lives lost, during the Great War.
[Title from caption in the image]. [U.K. : artist unknown, 1915]. Reverse painted print on glass tile with applied mother-of-pearl shell, 178 x 178 mm, unframed; in good condition with no cracks in the glass or major blemishes, a small amount of paint loss confined to the edges. This anonymous work commemorates the infamous sinking …
HARE, Augustus J. C.
London : Daldy, Ibister & Co., 1878. Two volumes, octavo, half cloth over marbled boards (rubbed), gilt lettering to spine, joint to volume one cracked, front free endpaper defective, signed by the author to the half-titles of both volumes, pp. xxxvi; 480; 511, vignette illustrations. Loosely enclosed, the cut signature of the author from a …
MAYER, Luigi; AINSLIE, Robert, Sir
Interesting views in Turkey, selected from the original drawings, taken for Sir Robert Ainslie, by Luigi Mayer with descriptions historical and illustrative.
London : Printed for R. Bowyer, by Bensley and Son, 1819. Quarto, contemporary quarter morocco over marbled papered boards (rubbed, corners worn); original endpapers, half title ‘Views in Turkey’; lacking title page;  aquatint plates with contemporary hand colouring, pp 13 (essay ‘Turkey in Europe’),  (descriptions of plates),  (printer’s imprint); foxing to one …
RADO, Alexander (compiler); Society for Cultural Relations of the Soviet Union with Foreign Countries
Guide-book to the Soviet Union : issued by the Society for Cultural Relations of the Soviet Union with Foreign Countries.
Berlin : Neuer Deutscher Verlag, 1929. Thick octavo, original embossed red cloth (rubbed and faded, cloth starting to split along the spine), pp lxxxvii, 855, advertisements at front and rear; numerous maps and plans, many folding; original owner’s occasional pencilled marginalia; a couple of leaves with tape repairs; map of Moscow with mild foxing; a sound, but …
WILSON, Charles, Major-General Sir
London : John Murray, 1895. Octavo, original limp red cloth lettered in gilt; front pocket with engraved pastedown of the London ‘Junior Carlton Club Library’ dated 1895; pp xii, 416, 64 advertisements; numerous folding maps and plans, including in the front and rear pockets; original owner’s pencilled marginalia, else a fine copy.
OLIVER, Mabel (1868 - 1956)
Etching, 202 x 267 mm (plate line), signed in pencil lower left, edition 29 / 120, old mount adhesion to margins, not affecting the image. A charming view of Harrow School, London, with two students walking along the footpath with the school and chapel behind them. “Mabel Oliver was born in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, becoming in …
BARBIER, George (1882-1932)
Paris : Meynial, 1920. Duodecimo, pictorial silk, paper dust jacket, illustrated card slipcase (short split to top edge, otherwise very good), all edges gilt, patterned endpapers, pp 137, colour title page, 6 pochoir plates by Barbier; a fine copy. The final year of issue of the annual almanac, exquisitely illustrated by the master of art …
FEARNSIDE, W. G.
Edited by W. G. Fearnside. London : Tombleson & Co. . Octavo, half-calf over marbled papered boards (rebacked with new spine to match), gilt-lettered morocco title label to upper board, endpapers replaced, engraved title page, large folding panoramic plan of the Rhine; pp. 181; ; engraved plates with tissue guards (some foxing); folding map of the …
ADAM, Robert (1728 - 1792)
By R. Adam F.R.S. F.S.A. Architect to the King and to the Queen. Printed for the author MDCCLXIIII. Elephant folio (564 mm tall), contemporary half-calf over marbled papered boards (worn), spine in compartments with simple gilt rule, contrasting morocco title label, pp. [xii]; 34; 61 fine copperplate engravings, many of which are folding and printed …
MARINETTI, Filippo Tommaso, 1876-1944; RUSSOLO, Luigi, 1885-1947; BOCCIONI, Umberto, 1882-1916, et al.
A collection of key manifestos and other ephemeral publications from Futurism’s most vital period, 1910-1913. The Italian poet Marinetti published his Manifesto del Futurismo in 1909. Above all, his philosophy called for a rejection of the past and a celebration of change; Futurism was the promoter of urban modernity and the power of the machine, as …
BOEMUS, Johannes, 1485-1534
Omnium gentium mores leges et ritus ex multis clarissimis rerum scriptoribus … collectos: & in libros tris distinctos Aphricam, Asiam, Europam, optime lector lege
Augsburg : Augustae Vindelicorum excusa in officina Sigismundi Grimm medici, ac Marci Wirsung, 1520. [Imprint from colophon]. First edition. Folio, later vellum, three raised bands to spine; added title page: Repertorium librorum trium Ioannis Boemi de omnium gentium ritibus. Item index rerum scitu digniorum in eosdem, set within a decorative woodcut border, an old paper repair to centre; …
GRASSET DE SAINT-SAUVEUR, Jacques, 1757-1810
Encyclopédie des voyages, contenant l’abrégé historique des moeurs, usages, habitudes domestiques, religions, habitudes domestiques, religions, fêtes, supplices, funérailles, sciences, arts, et commerce de tous les peuples : er la collection complette de leurs habillemens civils, militaires, religieux et dignitaires, dessinés d’après nature, gravés avec soin et coloriés à l’aquarelle.
Rare set of Grasset de Saint-Sauveur’s ethnographic encyclopaedia, containing additional plates and in a fine binding. [Paris] : Deroy, 1796. First edition. Quarto, five volumes bound in four, early nineteenth century full vellum with central arabesque lozenges tooled in blind, manuscript titles to spines, green silk ribbons, four engraved frontispieces and 434 plates, all with fine original …
Abrege de geometrie pratique … Paris, 1837. Octavo, pp. 180, engraved plates. A common French mathematical textbook bound in vellum, being a fragment of liturgical manuscript, probably fifteenth century, with rubrication in red and blue. The practice of reusing older manuscripts for binder’s vellum was common in the Renaissance, however this is a relatively late …
SFORZA, Gian Galeazzo Maria, 1469-1494; [Isabella of Aragon, 1470-1524]
A signed love letter of the young Duke of Milan, Gian Galeazzo Maria Sforza (1469-1494) to his future bride, Isabella of Aragon (1470-1524). Sforza was later a confidant of Leonardo da Vinci; Isabella is considered by art historian Maike Vogt-Luerssen to have been the model for Leonardo’s Mona Lisa. Bifolium, 300 x 210 mm, the manuscript in a …
CHAMPION, Joseph; BICKHAM, George
George Bickham : London, 1740 or 1741. Copperplate engraved leaf with a specimen of ‘The Secretary, or Law Running Hand’, from The Universal Penman, 415 x 255 mm (sheet), 325 x 200 mm (plate); numeral “3” in plate at top right; the example is engraved at the foot ‘J[oseph]. Champion / Carter Lane, near Doctor’s …
Lundi 4 Mai et jours suivants. Exposition de vêtements et trousseaux pour hommes. Paris : Imp. Draeger, 1914. Quarto, illustrated wrappers (small blemish to lower wrapper), staples rusted, pp. 12, printed in colour. Charming Parisian catalogue displaying cutting edge fashion for men at the cusp of the First World War. Suits, coats, hats, trousers, cravats, …
ROSE STEREOGRAPH CO.
Great suffragette demonstration in London : The Empire Car (different colonies) passing through Trafalgar Square.
Melbourne ; Sydney ; Wellington ; London : The Rose Stereograph Co., . Stereoscopic gelatin silver print photograph (mount 95 x 175 mm), from the series Great suffragette demonstration in London, serial no. 11,951, printed title beneath the images The Empire Car (different colonies) passing through Trafalgar Square, recto of mount imprinted The Rose Stereographs …
Paris : [Monsieur Magazine], 1921. Quarto, illustrated wrappers (water damage on recto), [pp 36]. Illustrated throughout with full colour Art Deco images, and cover illustration by Pierre Mourgue (1890 – 1969). With humours articles and stories. Monsieur was a monthly, now bi-monthly, magazine formed in December 1919 by Jacques Hébertot and Paul Poiret. Devoted to men’s fashion and style, …
Paris : [Monsieur Magazine], 1924. Quarto, illustrated wrappers (some marks, minor foxxing on rear), [pp 28]. Illustrated throughout with full colour Art Deco images, and cover illustration by Michel Bouchaud (1902-1965). With articles on Summer fashions, sporting outfits, and Londoner’s attire. Monsieur was a monthly, now bi-monthly, magazine formed in December 1919 by Jacques Hébertot and Paul Poiret. …
London : W Kent, 1861. Octavo, cloth boards with decorations in blind (minor sunning), pp [vi]-174. A charming and detailed guide to the Derbyshire region, with emphasis given to fishing and game sport, as well as a proposed railway in the area. Westwood and Satchell, p. 1.
The Driffield angler, in two parts : containing descriptions of the different kinds of fresh water fish, and the best methods for taking them in rivers, lakes, and fish ponds
With full directions for baits, and the manner of making artificial flies for every month in the season. To which are added instructions for shooting : with rules for breeding, breaking, and management of Pointers and Spaniels, and the choice of guns for game and wild fowl. With a description of the The Forest Blair, in …
"The Amateur Angler" [pseud.]
London : Sampson Low, Marston, Searle, and Rivington, 1887. Octavo, green pictorial limp boards, pp x-136; a fine copy. Bushell, p.70.
The angler’s instructor : a treatise on the best modes of angling in English rivers, lakes, and ponds, and on the habits of fish
London : Longmans, . Third edition (revised). Octavo, green cloth pictorial boards decorated in black and lettered in gilt; pp vii-188; a fine copy. An interesting publication on the Nottingham school of angling, which opted to cast directly from a wooden reel without a check with a ‘Derby twist’ silk running line. The dominant Thames school …
Containing an account of all the best places for angling, the means used to obtain permission, as well as an account for the different sorts of fish contained therein: the tackle, baits, & other requisites to form an expert angler: with correct description of tying hooks, making artificial flies, repairing tackle, &c. London : The author, [c.1830]. …
To which is added a catalogue of books on angling. London : William Pickering, 1835. First edition. Octavo, green pebbled cloth boards, spine with printed paper label; pp xvi-256, uncut; a few pencil annotations; a fine copy. The Reminiscences comprise a selection of ‘anecdotes on fish and fishing’ taken from books and newspapers. The appended catalogue draws heavily on …
With a history of the propagation, growth, and metamorphoses of the salmon. London : G. Routledge & Co., 1854. First edition. Octavo, rebound in (later?) nineteenth century green cloth with gilt lettering and paper title label pasted on spine, inscription of previous owner to verso of front endpaper, pp iv-144; lithographed illustrations; very clean throughout. …
The Amateur Angler [pseud. E Marsten]
London : Sampson Low Marston, 1896. First edition. Octavo, pictorial green cloth boards (lightly rubbed), ink marks on lower board, pp xiv-134; illustrated with fifteen photographic plates; clean throughout. Bushell, p.70.
Clericus [pseud. Rev. William Cartwright]
London : Cassell, Petter, and Galpin, 1874. First edition. Octavo, green cloth boards, upper board with decorative fly fishing lure in gilt, spine lettered in gilt, all edges stained red, author’s presentation inscription on title page; frontispiece and title page with small stains to fore-edge; pp 271; with 10 illustrations of angling scenes. Westwood and …
DAVY, Sir Humphry
With some account of the habits of fishes belonging to the genus Salmo. London : John Murray, 1869. Fifth edition. Octavo, blue cloth boards (lightly rubbed), spine lettered in gilt, uncut and partially unopened, pp xvi-306; the final edition published, illustrated throughout, with some earlier woodcuts substituted for engravings; the prior edition was enlarged by Dr. John …
The Amateur Angler [pseud. E. Marsten]
London : Sampson Low, Marston, 1892. First edition. The large paper issue, limited to 250 copies, with this copy numbered 95 with initials of author. Octavo, vegetable parchment over boards (some chipping), lettered and decorated in black and red, pages uncut and partially unopened, pp viii-120; illustrated with six photographic plates; a near fine copy. …
POPE INNOCENT IV (Sinibaldo Fieschi), 1195-1254
Innocent IV, born Sinibaldo Fieschi in 1195, was Pope of the Catholic Church from 1243 until his death in 1254. This bull is addressed to the monastery of Moutiers-Saint-Jean de Réôme (in the village of Moutiers-Saint-Jean, Bourgogne). The document deals with the debts of the monastery and is dated 26 September 1252. Originally the bull would have been sealed …
MORRIS, William, 1834-1896
A fine copy of the Kelmscott Chaucer, recognised as the finest book printed since the Gutenberg Bible. Hammersmith : Kelmscott Press, 1896. Folio, bound in full rich tan morocco, with raised beveled panels to front and rear boards, blind-stamped in a diamond pattern, borders and dentelles also stamped in blind, leather inlay gilt-lettered with “Chaucer’s Works”, spine with five …
A significant unofficial photographic record of the Western Front in 1918, taken with a private camera by a young Australian soldier from Perth; a total of 267 photographs contained in four albums. Private Laurence Lee, 7994, 16th Battalion, 27th Reinforcement, A.I.F., a labourer from Western Australia, enlisted at Perth on 29 August 1917, at the age of 19. His …
Steel’s naval chronologist of the late war, from its commencement in February 1793, to its conclusion in 1801.
Third edition, corrected and greatly enlarged. London : P. Steel, [c. 1802]. Small quarto, half-morocco over marbled boards (worn, boards detached), bookplate from the United Service Museum to front pastedown with discard stamp, engraved frontispiece (of a medal designed by Thomas Bewick), pp. ; civ; 122; 5 engraved charts; , occasional foxing. Scarce book on …
GIBSON, Andrew Lucian (Scotland, 1796 - "Tirranna", near Goulburn, 1840)
Sketches made during the Napoleonic Wars and later (c.1815-1821), by military surgeon Dr. Andrew Gibson, founder of Tirranna station near Goulburn, New South Wales
Nine leaves removed from a small early nineteenth century sketchbook, trimmed to various dimensions up to 160 x 100 mm, eight with watercolour and pencil vignettes and manuscript captions in ink, one with manuscript bearing the artist’s name, ‘Andrew Lucian Gibson’, laid down on a later nineteenth century backing sheet, 380 x 320 mm; in very good condition, with some mild …
IRIBE, Paul (1883 - 1935)
Paris : Editions Iribe, . Quarto, lettered boards with glassine cover (split, as usual), spiral bound, pp. 32; 7 gold and silver foil plates with acetate overlays (the metallic plates corroded, as always), else very good. An icon of art deco design by the legendary Paul Iribe. Limited to 800 copies, this one of the …
SEGUR, Compesse de; STERRETT, Virginia
Illustrated by Virginia Frances Sterrett. Philadelphia : Penn Publishing Company, . Quarto, gilt-lettered cloth with pictorial onlay (slightly dulled to spine and rubbed lower edge), decorated endpapers, black and white illustrations, 8 magnificent colour plates. A fine copy. A superior copy of this book of fairy tales with illustrations done by Sterrett at the age of …
[MANUSCRIPT] A Journal or Narrative of the Proceedings betweene the Commissioners appointed by His Majestie, and the Commissioners Deputed by the States Generall, pursuant to the Treaty of Peace made at Westminster 9/19 Ffebruary 1673/4 Concerning a Treaty Marine to be observed throughout all the World. And also an Article particularly relateing to the English and Dutch East India Companyes Concluded in the yeare 1674.
[London, 1674-75]. Folio, old mottled calf gilt, spine with raised bands, gilt ornament, red leather title labels lettered in gilt, all edges gilt; manuscript written in English, Latin, Dutch and French in several contemporary secretarial hands; ff 269; clean and fresh throughout. An important contemporary manuscript record of the Mixed Commission established to draw up a Treaty Marine and …
Löhr, Marie Kaye Wouldes (1890-1975)
Typed draft letter signed by Australian actor Marie Löhr, promoting a special benefit performance at her Globe Theatre, London, in November 1918
Quarto sheet (250 x 200 mm), typed letter on the red embossed letterhead of the Globe Theatre, Shaftsbury Avenue, W.1. Lessees: Anthony Prinsep and Marie Löhr. Under the Management of Marie Löhr; dated 26 October 1918 and addressed to a Mr. Northcott, inviting him to attend a special matinee performance of Edmond Rostand’s L’Aiglon, with Marie Löhr herself playing the …
Fiji before Civilization … Dawn of Civilization … Advance of Civilization … Glorious Result of Civilization
[Crystal Palace, London : Machinery Department, c.1879]. Cotton handkerchief, 570 x 580 mm, lithograph printed in brown and red; old fold lines and some insignificant toning and spotting; a very well preserved example. These satirical cotton handkerchiefs lampooning the effects of the introduction of Western civilisation into a “primitive” society in the South Seas were printed in colour in the machinery …
Wrexham : John Painter, 1799. First edition. Quarto, full calf by J. Gill of Penhryn, elaborately tooled in blind and gilt, contrasting morocco title label, marbled endpapers, armorial bookplate for John Hughes (1810-1871) to front pastedown, pp 192, the twelve engraved plates replaced by twelve magnificent original paintings heightened with gold of the royal arms …
Paris : Cartier, 1947. Quarto, two volumes housed in crimson slipcase (some panels lifting). Vol 1, pp 45, loose as issued in printed card covers, minor loss on spine, with original lithograph by André Derian on frontispiece, printed by Jean Vigneau at the press of Paul Dupont. Vol 2, pp 23, boards with monogrammed dust jacket (minor …
With full information as to fishing stations, bait, distances, &c. London : Jarrold & Sons, 1893. Fourth edition. Octavo, plain paper wrappers hand titled in ink, spine sunned, pp 112, with extensive advertisements. With seven illustrations of fishing spots across Norfolk, and two maps of the local area.
STODDART, Thomas Tod
Edinburgh : W. & R. Chambers, 1836. Second edition. Octavo, cloth boards, spine lettered in gilt, early owner’s ink initials on front endpaper; title page vignette; pp iv-164; uncut; illustrated; a near fine copy. Westwood and Satchell, p.203.
James Boring’s second annual summer cruise to Iceland, land of midnight sun; Norway’s fjords; Scandinavia’s capitals, Scotland (with stopover), sailing from New York June 29, 1929 on specially chartered White Star Line S. S. Calgaric
New York : James Boring Travel Service, 1929. Octavo, spectacular art deco printed wrappers, pp. 48, photographs.
Dettagli sopra la giovine Esquimaude giunta in Francia il 27 Luglio 1827 in compagnia degli Indiani-Osagi venuti dall’America e presentati a S. M. Carlo X. nel suo Palazzo Reale di S. Cloud il 15 Agosto 1827 e che Il. Sig. Paganini espone alla pubblica vista. Compendio della nascita e costumi di questa giovine Esquimaude ed altre particolarita’ degne dell’ osservazione del pubblico.
[Cover title: L’Esquimade vivente.] Torino : Tipografia Eredi Bianco e Comp., 1838. Octavo, original green printed wrappers (stitching a little loose, a trifle dog-eared), woodcut frontispiece illustration of the young female Inuit, pp 16; internally clean and sound, a good copy. This scarce pamphlet – a wonderful example of the nineteenth century European public’s fascination with travelling exhibitions …