Spenser’s Faerie Queene
SPENSER, Edmund; [WALTER CRANE, illustrator] Spenser’s Faerie Queene. Edited by Thomas J. Wise. London : George Allen, 1894-97. Quarto, nineteen parts in original illustrated wrappers, illustrated by Crane throughout. The deluxe edition printed on Japanese vellum, limited to 28 copies of which 25 were for sale.Magnificently illustrated by Crane and a highpoint of Arts and Crafts publishing.View More
The Clipper Blue Jacket at Sea 1869 by Hugh Hughes
Pencil and coloured crayon drawing on prepared board 32.5 x 46.3 cm Signed and dated; also titled below the image under the mount. Provenance: Private collection, UK until 2011. The Blue Jacket was an American clipper built in Boston in 1858 and well known for the lavish decoration of the staterooms and saloon. She served in the Liverpool and Australia trades between 1860-1864. The ship was named after The Blue Jackets, a traditional name for sailors in the US and British navies. Hugh Hughes was an Able Seaman aboard the Blue Jacket in 1867.View More
Young Nudes: Studies From Japan by Masaya Nakamura
One of a selection of Japanese photography books we exhibiting. Many which are listed in Bertolotti's "Book of Nudes" and Kaneko & Vartanian's "Japanese Photobooks".
PRINCESS COVER PAPERS
Princess Cover Papers Windsor Locks, CT: C.H. Dexter and Sons, n.d. circa 1895 Trade catalogue: from the paper mill of C.H. Dexter & Sons, established in the early 1800s, with examples of nineteen colour paper samples, beautifully illustrated in the style of art nouveau. Stationery fetish aside, this is an important document in the development of printing history, with historical and cultural significance. Quarto, bound in pictorial wrappers, sewn, original ties intact. rubbed on rear panel and nicked at edges, a very good copy indeed, clean and unmarked within.View More
Travels into the Interior of Southern Africa.
In which are described the Character & the Condition of the Dutch Colonists of the Cape of Good Hope, & the several Tribes of Natives beyond its Limit. ...Comprehending also A Topographical & Statistical Sketch of the Cape Colony...2 volumes. Second & best edition, with additions ... By John Barrow London: T. Cadell and W. Davies, 1806. 4to. Original full calf with gilt borders to front & rear covers. Spines rebacked. Marbled end-papers. With 8 full-page coloured aquatints by S. Daniell, 9 folding charts of which the coloured ones show some offsetting, & Direction for Placing the Plates leaf.
Illuminated Book of Hours leaf, France, c.1440.
Extensive, vibrant illuminations on a manuscript French Book of Hours leaf, c.1440. Surrounding the text on three sides are illuminations in a style called rinceaux. A bar border in burnished gold, black and white has coloured buds at its top, centre and bottom from which sprout delicately coloured & gilded acanthus leaves. Other flowers, real and imagined, ivy leaves and foliage in colours and gold are borne on swirling black tendrils. Within the tendrils in the bottom margin is a strawberry, a symbol of a drop of Christ’s blood. Verso has almost identical illuminations.
Thomas Frognall Dibdin. THE LIBRARY COMPANION. London, 1824.
First edition, one volume issue. With a tipped-in autograph letter from Dibdin, signed, and dated April 15, 1814, to W. Godwin, and with an integral address leaf to Godwin, franked by Earl Spencer (in Bath).View More