A Selection of our Most Interesting Items
BARKER, John. Syria and Egypt under the last Sultans of Turkey: being Experiences, during Fifty Years, of Mr. Consul-General John Barker, chiefly from his Letters and Journals, edited by his Son, Edward B. Barker.
London, Samuel Tinsley, 1876.
Two volumes, 8vo. Original blue cloth, spine lettered in gilt, ruled in gilt and black, covers ornamented in black; pp. xi, 366; viii, 338, 16, (advertisements, dated September, 1876…
SHARPE, Richard Bowdler (1847-1909). Ptilorhis victoriae, Rifle-bird, Queen Victoria's.
Original lithograph by William Hart with later hand-colour, as published by Mintern Bros, in Sharpe's 'A Monograph of the Paradiseidae or Birds of Paradise, and Ptilonorhinchidae or Bower Birds' 1891-98. 560 x 390 mm.
DANIELL, Thomas & William. Near Currah, On the River Ganges.
Original aquatint with hand-colouring by Thomas Daniell, plate number 21 from Oriental Scenery, published as the Act directs by Robert Bowyer, at the Historic Gallery, Pall Mall, London, November, 1796. 475 x 615 mm.
The Daniells's Oriental Scenery is considered one of the finest illustrated works on India. Thomas Daniell and his nephew William spent nine years in India making studies and sketches of the scenery, architecture and antiquities that graced the countryside. They then devoted a further thirteen years to publishing their remarkably accurate aquatints. Their impact was explosive. A cult of Indian architecture, landscaping and interior decoration arose, with the Royal Pavillion at Brighton as its centrepiece. The Daniells gave the English public their first accurate look at the exotic sub-continent. Their great achievement still lies in their ability to blend the picturesque with the real, resulting in images that capture the European taste for the sublime landscape, while still remaining faithful to their subjects. The Daniells brought the romance of the English landscape to the antiquities of India and provided England with an accurate vision of this wondrous country. [Martinelli and Michell, India:Yesterday and Today, no. 36].
BIBLE. The Bible. Translated according to the Ebrew and Greeke, and conferred with the best translations in divers Languages. With most profitable Annotations upon all the hard places, and other things of great importance, as may appeare in the Epistle to the Reader. And also a most profitable Concordance for the readie finding out of any thing in the same conteined.
Deputies of Christopher Barker. 1589.
4to in 8's. Bound in mid-nineteenth century calf with metal clasps, later red morocco label, marbled endpapers, all edges red; title printed within a woodcut border, as is the separate title…