The History of America

William Robertson, Published by A. Strahan and T. Cadell, London, and J. Balfour, Edinburgh, 1788


D. D. in three volumes. Fifth Edition. 8vo (8-1/4” x 5-1/4”). 4 copper engraved folding maps and 1 folding plate. An important history by a leading figure in the Scottish Enlightenment. The four folding maps are by Thos. Kitchin. Bound in original polished calf, leather, boards starting. $750/set

Graham’s American Monthly Magazine of Literature and Art embellished with mezzotint and steel engravings, music, etc.

George R. Graham, Philadelphia, 1845


Volume 26. 8v0 (10” x 6-1/8”). 20 plates. Bound in ¼ red morocco with cloth boards, gilt, repaired on spine with librarians tape. Binding loose. Complete. Some stains and tears. Plates mostly very good. A highly sought after volume desirable for the six plates after Karl Bodmer including: Blackfoot Indian on horseback; Dacota Woman and Assiniboin Girl; Cutoff River, branch of the Wabash; Tower Rock on the Mississippi; Mannitarre Warrior in the costume of the dog dance (torn but repaired); Indians hunting the bison; 14 other engravings or mezzotints including the Medical College of George. Outstanding contributors include Edgar Allan Poe, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, J. Fenimore Cooper, Fanny Forester, et al. Excellent example of mid-19th-century American art, news and fashion. ~ SOLD

The Keepsake: A gift for the holidays

John C. Riker, New York, 1854


8vo (9-1/2” x 6-1/4”). 8 plates. Charming American publication with 34 short stories, including Robert Snow and Eliza Walker. 8 beautiful engraved plates. In original brown leather binding with gilt highlights. $90

National Portrait Gallery of Eminent Americans from original paintings by Alonzo Chappel with biographies

E. A. Duyckinck. Johnson Fry and Company, publisher, New York, 1861


2 Volumes, 4to (10-5/6” x 8-1/4”). 67 steel engravings. A nice collection of engraved portraits, with biographies of famous American statesmen, naval and military heroes, authors, and nation’s founders as well as others. Includes: Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Daniel Boone, Patrick Henry et. al. Original binding, boards detached, contents very clean and crisp. $250/set

Uniform of the Army of the United States Illustrated from 1774 to 1889

Quartermaster General, New York, 1890


Large folio (16-1/2” x 15-1/4”). 44 plates. Black leather spines, blue cloth with black leather label with gilt. Binding sound but spine split horizontally below title. Old library labels on spine and inside front board. Plates clean, with some plates with chipped corners, otherwise fine. Colors vivid. Marvelous presentation of U. S. Army uniforms on soldiers in period vignettes. An increasingly difficult book to find. ~ SOLD




General Zoology or Systematic Natural History by George Shaw M.D., F. R. S. with plates from the first authorities and most select specimens. Mammalia.

G. Kearsley, publisher, London, 1800


Volumes 1-2 in 4 complete. 8vo (8-1/2” x 5-1/4”). 232 plates. Complete collection of Mammalia volumes with 232 copper engravings total. Shaw, a founding member of the Linnean Society in London, was head of natural history at the British Museum. Marvelously naïve and decorative depictions of animals. ¼ morocco binding in excellent shape. ~ SOLD

General Zoology or Systematic Natural History by George Shaw M.D., F. R. S. with plates from the first authorities and most select specimens. Insects.

G. Kearsley, publisher, London, 1806


2 volumes complete. 8vo (9-1/4” x 6-1/4”). 139 plates. Exceptionally clean, crisp contents. 139 copper engraved plates of insects. Original leather boards with new spines. Extra-large paper copy. Richly inked images on clean, bright paper. ~ SOLD




Le Antichita di Ercolano Esposte (The antiquities discovered in Herculaneum)

Murr & Kilian, Germany, 1778.


8 volumes bound in 3. Folio (16” x 13”). Volume I: Tomes 1, II, III. 170 plates; Volume II: Tomes IV, V, VI. 245 (of 246) plates; Volume III: Tomes VII, VIII. 190 (of 191) plates. Total 607 plates. Bound ¼ leather, paper boards, gilt lettering on spine, scuffed, bumped. 607 plates of 609 called for (not collated). Engravings on fine 18th-century German rag paper. Contents generally clean with only occasional damp-staining in margins. The work anticipated 40 volumes but only eight volumes were published from materials gathered between 1755 and 1792. This work is the German edition. Completed volumes of the original work were scarce and not offered for sale but rather gifted to members of the royal family or the highest dignitaries. This work is the first documentation of the oldest excavations of Pompeii, Herculaneum and Stabiae. The prints contributed greatly to the formation of neoclassical taste in Europe in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Rare. ~ SOLD




A new and accurate method of all the parts of the different orders in architecture, by means of a well contriv’d and mostly easily manag’d instrument, translated by Thomas Malie

Ottavio Revesi Bruti, Fletcher Gyles & Thomas Heath, publisher, London, 1737


First English Edition. Folio (14-5/8” x 9-1/8”). 44 plates (of 45, missing plate 44). Bound in full calf, raised spines, worn, boards detached, one front and rear end paper detached. A very scarce treatise furthering the development of “Galileo’s Compass”. Bruti’s “architectonic sector”, now housed in the museum of science and history at Oxford, focused on aiding architectural design and drawing and represented a significant practical advance over Galileo’s instrument. A double page plate details the instrument itself while the balance of the work gives practiced advise to the architect on utilizing its potent uses. A scarce and tangible record of the 18th century’s enlightened scientific mind. $1,250

The Four Books of Architecture

Andrea Pallidio, literally translated from the original Italian by Isaac Ware. R. Ware, publisher, London, 1738


Folio (14-1/2” x 9-3/4”). 133 plates (incomplete). Bound in ¼ leather, paper boards, boards detached, leather insect damage, bumped, scuffed. Missing 79 plates. Various internal repairs to plates, with some stains, etc. Heavy wear. Arguably the most important architectural treatises of the Renaissance, Palladio’s Four Books of Architecture is one of the greatest contributions to architectural literature. It is the embodiment of classical architectural form. Sold as a collection of plates. ~ SOLD

Monographie du Palais de Fontainebleau dissinée et gravée

M. Rodolphe Pfonor, Vve A. Morel, publisher, Paris, 1873


2nd Edition. Volume 2 only (of 2). Folio (19-3/4” x 13-5/8”). 62 plates (of 66). Bound in ¼ brown morocco, paper boards, raised spines, gilt lettering, bumped, moderate wear, contents very clean with slight foxing to some plates. A gorgeous collection of engraved plates, printed in sepia, illustrating the exterior, but primarily interior of the Palace at Fontainebleau. Originally a hunting lodge for French King Francois I (and later Napoleon) it was turned into a royal palace in the Italian Renaissance style. The plates depict views of the exterior palace, plans for the gardens, and many exceptional details of the elaborate interior decoration. This volume lacks the four chromolithographed plates. Otherwise, a marvelous collection of French 16th- and 17th-century architectural style. ~ SOLD

L’architecture privée au XIX siecle sous Napolean III. Nouvelles maisons de Paris et des environs

Cesar Daly, Vve A. Morel, publisher, Paris, 1864


Folio (17” x 12”). 3 volumes. Bound in marbled board and red leather spines, paper labels, boards scuffed and bumped. Contents clean with very minor occasional foxing. Volume I, : describes exterior and interior decoration of commercial buildings and larger private houses. 42 plates (of 54); Volume I, 2: Villas, cottages, gardens and various outbuildings. 77 plates (of 96); Volume II: comparison of interior decorations of commercial buildings and homes. 45 plates (of 77). Detailed steel engravings of fine private French architectural design, decoration, landscaping and ornamentation. A wonderful 19th-century architectural record. Previously owned by architect Charles W. Clinton who borrowed heavily from the French Beaux Arts style to design the Astor Hotel on Broadway at 45th street in downtown Manhattan. ~ SOLD

The History of the Royal Residences of Windsor Castle, St. James Palace, Carlton House, Kensington Palace, Hampton Court, Buckingham House, and Frogmore

William Pyne. Printed for A. Dry, 1819


4to (13” x 10-1/2”). 11 hand-colored aquatints. Only a partial volume of this three-volume work, apparently never intended to be part of the larger work. There is no title page. The full red morocco binding with gilt mentions St. James Palace – Carlton House on the spine but only includes a portion of the plates. It appears 11 of 14 plates originally bound in remain here. Possibly produced to order. The letterpress is included and the 11 aquatints are very finely coloured. An excellent sampling of a work that, when complete, rarely sells for less than $10,000. Splendid depictions of the interiors with their lavish furnishings circa 1800. A remarkable visual record of the English monarchy’s homes. $1,650

The History of the Abbey Church of St. Peter’s Westminster, its Antiquities and monuments. First Edition, second issue.

William Combe, London. Printed for R. Ackermann…by L Harrison and J. C. Leigh, 1812.


In two volumes. Large 4to (13-1/4 x 10-1/2). Abbey Scenery 213, 214. Bound in full polished brown calf, raised bands, gilt on spine and boards, boards re-hinged, marble endpapers. Fine condition. The work is complete with both half titles and the list of subscribers. 80 magnificent hand-colored aquatint plates from Ackermann’s renowned publishing studio, depict stained glass windows, mosaics, tombs, monuments and architectural details. The plate offset somewhat to text. ~ SOLD

A Series of Picturesque Views of Seats of Noblemen and Gentlemen of Great Britain and Ireland

Rev F. O. Morris, London, 1870-1880

Full-color lithograph views of the houses and castles of royalty and nobility. Original 19th-century binding.

Volume 3. 4to (10-5/8” x 8-1/4”). 40 chromolithographs. $150


Volume 4. 4to (10-5/8” x 8-1/4”). 40 chromolithographs. $150


Volume 5. 4to (10-5/8” x 8-1/4”). 40 chromolithographs. $150


Volume 6. 4to (10-5/8” x 8-1/4”). 40 chromolithographs. $150


Volume 1. 4to (10-5/8” x 8-1/4”). 40 chromolithographs. $150


Volume 2. 4to (10-5/8” x 8-1/4”). 40 chromolithographs. $150


Volume 3. 4to (10-5/8” x 8-1/4”). 40 chromolithographs. $150


Volume 4. 4to (10-5/8” x 8-1/4”). 40 chromolithographs. $150


Volume 6. 4to (10-5/8” x 8-1/4”). 40 chromolithographs. $150


Regola delli cinque ordini d architettura di M Iacomo Barozzio da Vignola. Gio Battista de Rossi in Piaza Nauona con licenza de Superiori.
Nuova et Ultima aggiunta delle porte d’architeta di Michel Angelo Buonaroti Fiorentino Pittore Scultore & Architetto Eccellmo.

M Iacomo Barozzio da Vignola, Italy, No date (circa 1617)


Folio (15-3/8” x 10-1/4”). 45 numbered plates, 8 un-numbered plates, 1 Michelangelo dedication, 1 title page, appears complete. Bound in marble boards, leather spine, likely original 17th century binding, gilt on spine, front board starting to detach. Corners and boards bumped. This edition does not match any of the 39 separate editions in the Fowler Collection at Johns Hopkins University.
Vignola was one of the most famous Italian renaissance architects, along with Palladio and Serlio. His treatise is almost all superb engravings with minimal text. The work focuses on the five orders of architecture. This volume includes eight un-numbered plates of Michelangelo’s designs for doors and windows plus a dedication plate with a rare early engraved image of Michelangelo. The printer Giovanni Battista de Rossi flourished in Rome and had a printing business in Nauona. This indicates a date of circa 1617. This is one of the five or so great architectural books of the late renaissance, much sought after for the exquisite engravings here in near perfect condition. $4,950




A History of British Birds with coloured illustrations of their eggs

Henry Seebohm. R. H. Porter, publisher, London, 1883


4 volumes. Large 8vo (10” x 6-1/4”). 68 plates. Bound in original cloth with gilt. Contents clean and bright with occasional light foxing in some plates. A serviceable work on the biology of British birds, most appreciated for the 68 chromolithographs depicting hundreds of bird eggs in remarkable accuracy. ~ SOLD

Coloured Figures of the Eggs of British Birds with descriptive notices

Henry Seebohm. Pawson and Brailsford, publisher, Sheffield, 1896.


Large 8vo (10” x 6-1/4”). 60 plates. Bound in original burgundy cloth with gilt. Some mostly marginal foxing and wear. Excellent condition. Beautiful chromolithographic plates of various eggs of British birds with descriptions. ~ SOLD

The Illustrated Book of Poultry with practical schedules for judging, constructed from actual analysis of the best modern decisions

Lewis Wright. Cassell & Company, Limited, publisher, London, Paris and New York, c.1880.


4to (10-2/3” x 8-1/2”). 50 plates. Bound in ½ morocco and red leather boards with gilt. Boards professionally strengthened. Scuffing, corners bumped, some slight stains, overall very good condition. Plates quite clean and bright. An excellent example of Victorian England’s love affair with all things natural history, taking the level of competitive poultry breeding to previously unrivaled heights. Fortunately it gives us these charming and colorful chromolithograph illustrations. ~ SOLD




Flore des Serres et des jardins de l’Europe

Louis Van Houtte, et al. Gent, 1850-51

Bound in red leather spine and marbled boards, gilt lettering on spine with remnant of paper institutional label. Some plates with institutional ink stamp on verso of plates with no bleed-through to recto. Some foxing, but almost never obtrusive. A fine copy. This beautiful Belgian periodical was produced between 1845-1880 by Louis Van Houtte, who served as editor, and who owned the largest nursery on the continent. The monthly editions were printed by his own press located in the middle of his gardens. The stone-printed lithographs, actually chromolithographs, represent masterpieces of mid-nineteenth-century colour printing.. The colors remain vibrant and rich some 150 years later.

Volume 6. Large 8vo (9-1//2” x 6-1/2”). 86 single plates, 13 double plates. ~ SOLD


Volume 7. Large 8vo (9-1//2” x 6-1/2”). 75 single plates, 14 double plates. ~ SOLD


Volume 8. Large 8vo (9-1//2” x 6-1/2”). 89 single plates, 11 double plates. ~ SOLD


Volume 9. Large 8vo (9-1//2” x 6-1/2”). 93 single plates, 14 double plates. $2,050


Volume 13. Large 8vo (9-1//2” x 6-1/2”). 72 single plates, 18 double plates. ~ SOLD


Volume 14. Large 8vo (9-1//2” x 6-1/2”). 69 single plates, 18 double plates. ~ SOLD


Volume 19. Large 8vo (9-1//2” x 6-1/2”). 56 single plates, 27 double plates. ~ SOLD


Volume 20. Large 8vo (9-1//2” x 6-1/2”). 39 single plates, 33 double plates. ~ SOLD


Volume 23. Large 8vo (9-1//2” x 6-1/2”). 44 single plates, 32 double plates. ~ SOLD


English Botany or coloured figures of British Plants

edited by John T. Boswell Syme. George Bell & Sons, publisher, London, 1873, Third Edition

Bound in brown leather spines with cloth boards, gilt lettering on spine, negligible foxing. The lithographed illustrations primarily by John Edward Sowerby have robust watercoloring.

Volume 1. Large 8vo (9-3/4” x 6-1/4”). 112 (of 140) single plates, 1 double plate. $200


Volume 2. Large 8vo (9-3/4” x 6-1/4”). 126 (of 160) single plates. $200


Volume 3. Large 8vo (9-3/4” x 6-1/4”). 67 (of 178) single plates. $75


Volume 4. Large 8vo (9-3/4” x 6-1/4”). 149 (of 187) single plates, 2 double plates. $250


Volume 6. Large 8vo (9-3/4” x 6-1/4”). 154 (of 157) single plates. $250


Volume 7. Large 8vo (9-3/4” x 6-1/4”). 148 (of 158) single plates.


Volume 8. Large 8vo (9-3/4” x 6-1/4”). 201 single plates, 5 double plates complete. $350


Volume 10. Large 8vo (9-3/4” x 6-1/4”). 139 single plates complete. $150


Volume 11. Large 8vo (9-3/4” x 6-1/4”). 138 single plates complete. $250


Volume 12. Large 8vo (9-3/4” x 6-1/4”). 85 (of 97) single plates. $100


Supplement to the Third Edition Volumes I-IV compiled by N. E. Brown of the Royal Herbararium, Kew. With illustrations by N. E. Brown and W. H. Fitch. George Bell & Sons, London, 1892, Large 8vo (9-3/4” x 6-1/4”). 15 single plates complete. $45


Ferns: British and Exotic

E. J. Lowe. Groombridge and Sons, publisher, London, 1865-67.


Volumes 1-8 complete. 8vo (9-3/4” x 6”). 480 colored plates. All bound in ½ green morocco leather bindings over marbled boards, spines with gilt compartments and floral design, all edges gilt, minor rubbing and spines have all faded from green to dark brown. Minor foxing, never intruding into images or plates. Dark, rich printings of chromolithographic plates. ~ SOLD

Chase Brothers Company (Seed Catalog NO.2511)

New England Nurseries, Rochester, N.Y. c.1892.

Oblong 8vo. 50 plates. Bound in brown leather with gilt lettering stamped on front cover. Some minor scuffing, otherwise excellent. A remarkably preserved copy of a nursery-seed catalog apparently owned by a very lazy seed salesman who rarely pulled it out on a sales call. The chromolithograph plates depict roses and flowers, grapes, berries, plums, pears, peaches, quinces, and apples of America. A sumptuous presentation designed to elicit sales from duly impressed buyers. ~ SOLD


Annalen der Blumisterei

Jacob Ernst von Reider. Conrad Heinrich Zeh, publisher, Nuremburg and Leipzig, 1827 & 1828.


8vo (7-3/4” x 4-1/2”). 24 plates. Bound in ½ leather with marbled boards and gilt. Various scuffing and bumps to binding, otherwise sound. Contents and plates clean and bright. Authored by Bavarian horticulturist Jacob von Reider (d.1853), this is one of the early German publications introducing newly discovered exotic plants. Bright, handsomely colored and strongly engraved plates of gorgeous flowers. $950

Flora Pedemontana, Sive Enumeratio Methodica Stirpium Indigenarum Pedemontii 3 Tomi. (Vol 3: Icones accedit explanatio nomenclatura botanica)

Carlo Allioni. Augustae Taurinorum (Turin), Ioannes Michael Briolus 1785.


Folio (16-7/8” x 10-5/8”). 3 volumes. 92 plates. Bound in tan paper boards with leather spines and corners. Engraved portrait frontispiece, half titles, 3 titles printed in red and black with engraved vignettes. Contents fresh and clean, unsophisticated condition. A post-linnean contribution by Allionio who was a leading Italian botanist of the 18th century and professor of botany at Turin University. This is his most famous work, with richly inked, striking engravings of the plant life in the Italian region of Piedmont. The plates of thistles are particularly sought after. $5,500




Cent Portraits de Prices, Savants Illustres, Artistes, etc.

Antoine Van-Dyck. Ferdinand Ongania, editor. Venice, 1878.


Large folio (21-1/2” x 14”). Bound in ½ vellum, cloth boards with extensive gilt tooling to vellum. Van Dyck’s name in gilt on front board. Spine split and torn, covers still attached. A beautiful production rendering engraved portraits, after Van Dyck paintings, depicting the various statesmen, noblemen, artists, scientists, etc. of his day. Notable figures include: painters Breughal, de Vos, Snyders, Rubens; engraver Callot; cartographers DeJode, Hondius; Architect Inigo Jones. Beautiful, richly inked impressions. $750

Der Rittersaal. Eine Geschichte des Ritterthums, seines Entstehens und Fortgangs, seiner Gebrauch und sitten

Carl Hoffman. Stuttgart, 1842


Oblong 4to (8-3/4” x 11-1/4”). 62 plates. Bound in recent cloth boards, damp-staining and mildew stains to title page and first 72 pages of text, plates fine. A famous book on the history of chivalry and ancient armour, renowned for the exquisite detail and color on the lithographic plates. One of the most decorative collections of plates ever created to illustrate medieval arms, armor and costumes. $5,000

Galerie Theatrale ou Collection des portraits en peid des principaux acteurs des trios premiers Theatres de la Capitale. Graces par les plus clebres Artistes. Imprime en noir et en couleur.

Chez Bance Ainé, Editor, Paris, 1812-1834.


Volume II only (of 3). Folio (14-1/8” x 10-3/8”). 48 plates. Bound in vellum with leather spine with gilt. Corners bumped and boards re-attached. Hand-colored engraved title heightened with gold. Middle volume of three volumes, collates complete. Scattered unobtrusive foxing. All the stipple engraved plates are printed a la poupeé and finely hand-finished, some plates heightened in gold or silver. The work models the costumes of each actor’s most celebrated roles. The costumes are fanciful and elaborate. Magnificent color and engraving. $3,750

Galleria Storica Dell’Italia contenente in cento intagli miniati I Fatti Piu Notabili Avvenuti nel Corso di X Secoli

published by David Passigli, Florence, 1845


Folio (13-1/8” x 9-3/4”). 2 volumes complete. 100 plates. Bound in green leather with elaborate gilt tooling to boards and spines. Remnant of brass clasp (front only) remains on Volume II, missing entirely from Volume I. Scratches and gouges to binding from brass clasps. Contents clean, except for occasional foxing to text and plates and occasional off-setting of text to plates. The engravings are brilliantly colored, heightened in gum Arabic and retain all their vibrancy. Text surrounded by a decorative lithographed border. Depicts famous characters of Italian history in vignettes remarkable for the beauty of the costumes. Rare. ~ SOLD

Baierishce Volkstrachten (Bavarian Folk Costumes)

Johann Ludwig Christian Rheinwald, Munich, 1805, 1806.


Folio (15” x 9-3/4”). 12 plates. An early, unsophisticated example of German costume books. 2 original sections, with original wrappers, bound between paper boards. The earlier 1805 section includes a dedication page and introduction with all six plates bound in front together, followed by all corresponding text descriptions, numbered in order and bound last. The second section is bound with the plates and each corresponding numbered text together with print tissue guards. The rich, brightly colored aquatint etchings depict native Bavarians in their historical costumes. A splendid record of period dress. ~ SOLD

Portraits of Characters Illustrious in British History, from the beginning of the reign of Henry the eighth, to the end of the reign of James the Second. Engraved in Mezzotinto

Richard Earlom & Charles Turner. S Woodburn, London, no date (circa 1812).


4to (12-3/4” x 9”). 100 mezzotint engravings. Bound in olive green leather with raised spines, gilt decorations in departments and on boards. Front cover detached. Some scattered foxing but engraved mezzotints in fine condition. Portraits include: William Shakespeare, Oliver Cromwell, Henry VIII, Sir Thomas More, William Penn and more. ~ SOLD




Musical Instruments Historic, Rare and Unique

A. J. Hipkins Illustrated by a series of fifty plates in colours drawn by William Gibb. Adam and Charles Black, Edinburgh, 1888


Folio (16” x 11-3/4”). 50 chromolithographic plates limited to 1,040 copies and 50 artists’ proofs. Description: Original half red morocco, gilt over vellum boards. All edges gilt. Some scuffing and bumping, slight foxing. Plates in excellent condition. A beautiful, sumptuous presentation of the instruments displayed at the London Inventions Exhibition of 1885. Instruments include horns, keyboards, violins, guitars, harp, bagpipes, lute and more. Produced by chromolithography. ~ SOLD

A Collection of one hundred and twenty-nine Fac-similes of Scarce and Curious prints, by the Early Masters of the Italian, German, and Flemish Schools; Illustrative of the History of Engraving, from the invention of the art, by Maso Finiquerra, in the middle of the fifteenth century: with introductory remarks and a catalogue of the Plates

William Young Ottley. London, 1828


Folio (14-5/8” x 11”). 117 plates. A spectacular presentation of faithful facsimiles of various early wood And copper engraved prints from the early 15th and 16th century. 143 plates on 117 sheets. Simple paper boards with ¼ vellum binding, leather and gold leaf title on spine. ~ SOLD

Keramic Art of Japan

George Ashdown Audsley architect and James Lord Bowes president of the Liverpool Art Club. Liverpool: publishers for the subscribers by the authors, publisher Henry Sotheran & Co., London, 1875


First Edition. Folio (16” x 11-1/2”). 2 Volumes, 67 plates (41 chromolithographs). Bound in ½ morocco leather, marble boards, gilt lettering on spine, raised bands, boards detached. Text and plates crisp and clean. Minor splits and tears to text. The full color chromolithographs are masterpieces of stone printing by the unrivaled Didot of Paris. Depicted are superb examples of Japanese ceramic porcelain urns, plates, figurines, etc. One of the truly outstanding examples of Victorian era chromolithographic printing and decorative arts. ~ SOLD




Observations on Several Parts of Great Britain, particularly The Highlands of Scotland relative chiefly to Picturesque Beauty made in the year 1776

William Gilpin. T. Cadell and W. Davies, publisher, London, 1808


Third Edition. 2 volumes bounds as one (8vo (9-1/4” x 5-3/4”). 40 aquatints. In original publisher’s paper boards, signatures stitched with paper spine, Never hard bound. Paper exlibris of William R. Clapp, a prominent mid-nineteenth-century New Jersey businessman. Contents and black-and-white aquatints are crisp and clean, virtually unopened, near pristine. The views of Scotland are in charming oval shapes, very decorative. ~ SOLD

A Picturesque Tour Along the Rhine, from Mentz to Cologne: with illustrations of the scenes of remarkable events, and of popular traditions. Embellished with twenty-four highly finished and coloured engravings, from the drawings of M. Schuetz; and accompanied by a map.

Baron Johan Isaac von Gerning. Translated from the German by John Black. R. A. Ackermann, publisher, London, 1820


First Edition.  Elephant 4to (13” x 11”).  24 finely hand-colored aquatints.  Tooley, 234.  Abbey travel, 217. Bound in publishers dark green embossed cloth, gilt lettering on spine and front board, corners bumped. Water stains to boards, spine fine, all else fine. New endpapers, content tight, plates excellent. The first installment of Ackermann’s “Picturesque Tour” series. Ackermanns’ illustrated books were well known for the quality of the hand-colored, aquatint plates. These in the first edition are exceptionally coloured. This account details a trip down the most scenic and romantic part of the Rhine river, capturing important topographical points along the way. ~ SOLD




Chasses (Hunting) from Encyclopedie, ou Dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des métiers et des arts bound with Chauderonnier (boilermaker; coppersmith)

Denis Diderot and Jean Le Rond Alembert. Paris, 1751-1772.


. Folio (16-1/4” x 10-1/4”). (Hunting) 23 plates. (boilermaker, coppersmith) 4 plates. Together 27 plates. Bound volume of two of Diderot’s encyclopedie entries with descriptive letter press and plates. Bound with original wrappers, in brown cloth (new) with gilt lettered title on spine. Remarkable descriptions and illustrations of methods to track and capture every type of prey from rabbits and small birds to wild boars and stags. The ingenuity displayed is simply amazing. The final section describes and illustrates the methods and tools required to make copper vessels – perfect for making that duck soup! The engravings are richly inked on exquisite hand-made rag paper. A delightful representation of 18th century French art and science. ~ SOLD




Les Metamorphoses du jour

J. J. Grandville. Garnier Freres Librairies, publisher, Paris, c.1869.


Royal Octavo (10-1/2” x 6-3/4”). 70 plates. Bound in period ¼ red leather with marble boards, gilt, original wrappers bound in (but with front wrapper loose). Rubbed. Some foxing. 70 fine beautifully hand-colored wood engravings with tissue guards. This work depicts the metamorphosis of animals to people (and people to animals) in biting social satire. The images are often greatly amusing while retaining a bit of dark humor. Marvelously decorative plates. More plates may be viewed in our Main Gallery. SOLD

Les Fleurs Animées

J. J. Grandville. Garnier Freres Librairies, publisher, Paris, c.1867.


Volume 2 only. 4to (10-1/2” x 7”). 16 plates. Grandville’s most famous work. 16 hand-colored lithographed plates of pretty women dressed in the petals or leaves of various plants. A collection whose images have grown famous over the years. Contemporary ¼ morocco with gilt lettering. ~ SOLD

Les Papillons metamorphoses terrestres des peoples de L’Air

Amadee Varin. Eugene Nus and Antony Meray. Gabriel de Gonet, publisher, Paris, 1862.


2 volumes. 4to (10-7/8” x 7-1/2”). 35 plates. A superb copy of Les Papillons…, in a phenomenal custom full-leather binding by Charles Meunier (1865-1945). The illustrations are beautifully hand-colored with exquisite detailing and fresh, vibrant colors. The illustrations are fanciful depictions of people as butterflies engaged in various pursuits, similar to the style of Grandville’s Les Fleurs Animées. There are 35 plates, 2 frontispieces, and 1 portrait of Cazotte. The binding and contents are in excellent condition with the exception of one endpaper separating. More plates may be viewed in our Gallery Editions. ~ SOLD

L’Empire des legumes. Memoires de Cucurbitus ler

Amadee Varin. Bibliotheque Riche, publisher, Paris, 1861.


4to (10-7/8” x 7-1/4”). 24 plates. A masterpiece of 19th century French book illustration with 24 hand-colored engravings. The plates depict anthropomorphic beings (vegetables as people) including gourds, onions, radishes, carrots, etc. – a regular tuber festival. Very creative and amusing images. Considered the finest of its genre, including Varin’s own Les Papillons and Grandville’s Les Fleurs Animées. Bound in ¼ morocco with marbled boards, the spine in gilt with one of Varin’s figures depicted on the spine. Magnifique! Darkening to some of the plates. A rare offering. More plates may be viewed in our Gallery Editions. ~ SOLD

The Second Tour of Doctor Syntax IN SEARCH OF CONSOLATION; A POEM.

R. Ackermann, London, 1820.


Volume 2. 8v0 (9” x 5-3/4”). 24 plates. Full calf leather, new spine retaining old gilt label, scuffed, scratched, bumped. Old backplate. Some stains, dirt, offsetting, otherwise a very good copy. Hand-colored aquatint plates are bright and handsome. A charming series of illustrations of the loveable, bumbling Dr. Syntax, early 1800’s version of Seinfeld’s Kramer. More plates may be viewed in our Main Gallery. $395




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