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ELWES, Henry John and Augustine HENRY The Trees of…

ELWES, Henry John and Augustine HENRY The Trees of Great Britain and Ireland

Edinburgh: Privately Printed. 1906-1913.

£6000

Large 4to., 320 x 255 mm. 15 original parts in 7 volumes. Bound in original publisher's printed wrappers and original grey printed folding chemise covers; with 7 chromolithograph…

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BALDWIN, Stanley and KING EDWARD VIII. Prime…

BALDWIN, Stanley and KING EDWARD VIII. Prime Ministerial Document requesting the King's approval for the Appointment of Reverend Percy Scott to the Vicarage of Newport, Barnstaple.

10 Downing Street. 2nd October 1936.

£1750

8vo., single sheet on Downing Street headed paper with Prime Ministerial logo and black mourning edges. Filing hole to top left corner otherwise in very good condition.This typed document…

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[BURTON, Sir Richard]. Stone Talk (Lithofonema…

burton the bohemian - presentation copy

[BURTON, Sir Richard]. Stone Talk (Lithofonema): Being, Some of the Marvellous Savings of a Petral Portion of Fleet Street, London, to one Doctor Polyglott, Ph.D. By Frank Baker, D.O.N.

London, Robert Hardwicke, 1865.

£22500

8vo. Original violet cloth, spine lettered and ornamented in gilt; front cover with title in gilt within uroburos in gilt; pp. [vi, title, dedication and errata leaf, which is lacking in…

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DIDEROT, Denis. Machines de Théâtre (Staging…

Staging Devices

DIDEROT, Denis. Machines de Théâtre (Staging Devices)

Encyclopédie, ou dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers. Plates vol. 10 Paris (1772)

£2250

Folio, 253 x 393mm. 7 pages of descriptive text & 49 loose plates with their accompanying 4 text sheets from the volume of plates. Slight browning to margins, a little spotting…

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HIROSHIGE, Ando (1797-1858). Musashi Koganei.

HIROSHIGE, Ando (1797-1858). Musashi Koganei.

Original woodblock from the series titled "Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji," published by Tsutaya Kichizo, as printed in Japan, 1858. 595 x 420 mm.

Hiroshige was born in the Yayosu Quay section of the Yaesu area in Edo (Tokyo). He was of a samurai background, and was the great-grandson of Tanaka Tokuemon, who held a position of power under the Tsugaru clan in the northern province of Mutsu.

As a ukiyo-e artist, he is considered the last great master of that tradition.

£1900

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DIDEROT, Denis. Histoire Naturelle, Regne Animal…

Diderot on the Animal Kingdom

DIDEROT, Denis. Histoire Naturelle, Regne Animal (The Animal Kingdom)

Encyclopédie, ou dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers. Plates vol. 6 (1768) and the Supplementary Plates Volume (1777) Paris

£3250

Folio, 253 x 393mm. 42 pages of descriptive text & 35 loose plates with their accompanying 7 text sheets from the volume of plates. Slight browning to margins, a little spotting…

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FORREST, Lieutenant-Colonel Charles Ramus…

FORREST, Lieutenant-Colonel Charles Ramus (active 1802-1827). Hindoo Pagodas below Barrackpore, on the Ganges.

An original aquatint by G. Hunt after Charles Ramus Forrest (printed in colours and hand-coloured), as published Rudolph Ackermann, London 1824. 390 x 450 mm.

From 'A Picturesque tour along the Rivers Ganges and Jumna, in India'. (Plate 1).

Lieutenant-Colonel Charles Ramus Forrest's much praised work 'A picturesque tour along the Rivers Ganges and Jumna, in India' is a fine example of colour-plate publishing by the great exponent of this genre, Rudolph Ackermann.

Ackermann’s Repository of the Arts, as it was known, was located in the Strand, barely three miles away from East India House.

The preface to the work relates ‘all attentively copied from nature, and in many cases coloured on the spot, and always while the magic effects of the scenes represented were still impressed on his (Forrest’s) mental vision. The reader will recollect with indulgence, that the colouring of the views which so far exceeds that of the scenery of Europe, is but a just portrait of the enchanting features of India, eternally glowing in the brilliant glory of the resplendent Asiatic sun’.

The construction of the Red Fort or Lal Qila was begun in 1639 by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan. It consists of many buildings inside high battlemented walls, broken only by three gates. Forrest visited the Diwan-I-Am (Hall of Public Audience) that leads to the Diwan-I-Khas (Hall of Private Audience), the latter being the most exclusive and splendid hall of the palace. He wrote of "the ceiling exquisitely painted and gilt ... supported by rows of columns of white marble finely sculptured, and which have once been richly inlaid in mosaic". To the north are the royal baths or Hammams and the Moti Masjid, built in 1662 by Aurangzeb for his personal use.

Pheroza Godrej and Pauline Rohatgi, 'Scenic Splendours, India through the Printed Image', British Library, London 1989 describe Forrest in these terms:‘Forrest was an officer in the British army. He served in Bengal from 1802 and died at Bath in 1827. During journeys, most overland while posted up-country with his regiment, he would make excursions by boat, palanquin or on horseback to nearby places. Hodges, the Daniells and Salt were mostly interested in grand monuments, whereas Forrest also recorded minor buildings..... Although he made several journeys over a number of years, Forrest’s narrative and his arrangement of the illustrations follow a direct course along the Ganges, Jumna and Gumti.... They were inked for printing in at least three distinct shades with more colours added by hand’.

Abbey Travel 441, no. 21. J.R. Abbey, ~i~Travel in Aquatint and Lithography 1770-1860, from the library of J.R. Abbey: a bibliographical catalogue. London 1957.

£800

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