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DARWIN, Charles Robert. A Monograph on the…

the rare fossil section of first taxonomic study of the entire order of cirripedia which won darwin the royal medal and fore-shadows the theory of evolution

DARWIN, Charles Robert. A Monograph on the Fossil Lepadidae, or, Pedunculated Cirripedes of Great Britain with A Monograph on the Fossil Balanidae and Verrucidae of Great Britain].

London: C. and J. Adlard [vol. I] and J.E. Adlard [vol. II] for The Palaeontographical Society, 1851-1854.


4to, 2 volumes. Recently bound in quarter black morocco, marbled, gilt lettering to spines, patterned endpaers; pp. I: vi, 88, 5 engraved plates by James de Carle Sowerby with explanatory…

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D'Oyly, Bart., Sir Charles (1781-1845). Garden…

D'Oyly, Bart., Sir Charles (1781-1845). Garden Reach from 'Views of Calcutta and its Environs'.

An original Lithograph with hand-colour heightened with gum Arabic and wide untrimmed margins by W. Robert and Lowes Dickinson after drawings by the late Sir Charles D'Oyly Bart, as published by Dickinson & Co., 114 New Bond Street, London 1848. 480 x 580 mm.

D'Oyly was highly effective in capturing the beauty of Calcutta in its classical heyday during the 1830s. The Garden Reach area is situated by eastern bank of the Hooghly River in the south-western part of the city.

From the rare coloured edition of the work. It was published in 1848 at 10 guineas coloured and 6 guineas plain.

The original drawings for this work were probably made between 1833 and 1838 while D'Oyly was Senior Member of the Board of Customs, Salt, and Opium and Marine Board in Calcutta, but some must have been completed between 1839 and 1845 when he retired. The complete work was published after D'Oyly's death in Italy in 1845. D'Oyly, the son of a well-known nabob became the centre of a fashionable group devoted to drawing.

A man of boundless energy, he was a satirical observer of Anglo-Indian life. Between 1821 and 1832 when D'Oyly lived in Patna, travellers up the Ganges would stop there and spend lively evenings at his house, admiring his drawings and dining well.

Abbey Travel 497 no. 3. J.R. Abbey, 'Travel in Aquatint and Lithography 1770-1860 from the library of J.R. Abbey: a bibliographical catalogue'. London 1957


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COLERIDGE, Samuel Taylor. The Rime of the Anciyent…

COLERIDGE, Samuel Taylor. The Rime of the Anciyent Marinere in Seven Parts...now spelled in modern style & embellished with designs by André Lhote.

Paris. Emile - Paul Brothers. 1920.


8vo., original black wrappers with rafia netting and paper label. With illustration by André Lhote. A little light spotting and browning, otherwise a very good copy, preserved in…

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JONES, David. ELIOT, T.S. (Introductory Note) In…

Copy No. 1 of this epic prose poem

JONES, David. ELIOT, T.S. (Introductory Note) In Parenthesis. Seinnyessit e gledyf ym penn mameu.

Faber and Faber. 1961.


8vo., original blue buckram , spine lettered on a grey backround within a gilt panel. With frontispiece and full page plate at the rear both by David Jones, and a map in the text. A fine…

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HOMANN Heirs. Delineatio Insulae St…

HOMANN Heirs. Delineatio Insulae St. Christophori… Insula Antegoa… Insulae Bermudes... Insula Barbadoes… Insula Jamaica…

Original copper engraved map with hand colour, as published c.1750. 555 x 640 mm.

This map was produced in Nuremburg for the heirs of Johan Baptist Homann (1664–1724). The Homann Heirs’ company continued to operate until 1824.


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DIDEROT, Denis. Paumier.

Diderot on Real Tennis

DIDEROT, Denis. Paumier.

Encyclopédie, ou dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers. Plates vol. 8 (1771)


Folio, 253 x 393mm. 2 pages of descriptive text & 9 loose plates. Slight browning to margins, a little spotting otherwise very good.The nine plates and descriptive text for the…

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EASTMAN, Mary, and Seth EASTMAN [illustrator]. The…

EASTMAN, Mary, and Seth EASTMAN [illustrator]. The American Aboriginal Port Folio.

Philadelphia, Lippincott, Grambo & Co., [1853].


Small folio. Original publisher's full brown morocco, lettered and decorated in blind and gilt;, all edges gilt; pp. 83, additional engraved title with vignette and 26 finely…

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