Henry Sotheran Ltd. Rare Books and Prints 200 Years of Bookselling in London

Welcome to our September newsletter.

New Shop WindowWe're back! (Just about)

Apart from a few snagging issues and a problem with some damp in our new illustrated book room, the shop is open for business. Do come and see our new look.

To celebrate the new porch window we will be inaugurating a "Print of the Day" series on Twitter to show off Richard's daily choice of artwork to be displayed in the side window. Yesterday was a print of Dolphins - what will today bring?

Performing ArtsHogarth
Our Performing Arts catalogue is out and can be viewed on line here.
And we have a catalogue of William Hogarth Prints to download here.

Georg's Travel catalogue is due to arrive today from the printers. Please contact Oliver if you would like a printed copy, or click here to browse online.


Coming up soon will be our Piccadilly Notes No.64 general catalogue. As usual a broad array of interesting material ranging from Fale's 1626 Horologiographia to a signed copy of George Orwell's Homage to Catalonia.

September 14th sees the first of a series of lectures; and we are pleased to give advance notice of the first external exhibition that will be held in our new downstairs gallery from 4th – 27th October showing the work of photographer Peter Bogardus.

Children's & Illustrated
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We have just received an exciting, and unexpected, delivery from one of our favourite illustrators, Charles van Sandwyk.

We now have five signed copies of "An Unexpected Gift" (appropriate in the circumstances!); five signed copies of "Tree Whispers" (including one copy of the signed limited edition with the original etching) and only 5 copies (all signed) of his latest book "Letters from Fairyland", which is going to be a huge favourite with our customers. We are trying to get our hands on some more of these but meanwhile advise that you get in quickly!

Letters from Fairyland

VAN SANDWYK, Charles (author and illustrator). Letters from Fairyland. [British Columbia, Canada; Savuti Press.] 2016. £148

8vo. Original pale sage green linen-textured pictorial card covers with prettily decorated turn-ins; pp. [12], on cream linen-textured stock; with delicate illustrations and decorations throughout in colours and sepia; the front and rear covers both affixed with marbled card pockets containing, in the upper one, a neatly folded 'letter' (with delightful facsimile stamps and postmark) purportedly from Emma Gladstone to the artist and printed in van Sandwyk's characteristic calligraphic sepia; the rear pocket containing an accordion-folded 6-leaf panorama of 'Little People Common to the Natural Forest' by van Sandwyk printed throughout in colour to both sides; also included are 4 other loose inserts in pockets including a letter; illustrated fairy bank notes; a Royal Summons from the King of the Woodland Gnomes; and a note written on a folded paper leaf, all finely calligraphed by the artist with his exquisitely detailed decorations.

First edition of a beautiful hand-crafted production by van Sandwyk's cottage industry. This copy is signed in ink to the final leaf by the artist. A glorious production which was, apparently, inspired by a letter to the artist from a 9-year-old girl in England asking for advice on attracting fairies to her garden. Van Sandwyk's artistic touch is as light and delicate as the fairy dust he disseminates in his books.

Letters from Fairyland

Science & Natural History
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Flatland [ABBOTT, Edwin A.] A SQUARE. Flatland. A romance of many dimensions.

Seeley & Co. 1884. Square 8vo. Nineteenth century maroon morocco prize binding of St Olave's Grammar School, with original parchment wrapper bound in, ; with ALS from the author to R H Hutton, editor of The Spectator, and an ALS from Hutton to W. Parker Smith, a reviewer; very good.
Second edition, published the same year as the first. The book was issued with an extremely fragile parchment wrapper, now badly damaged in almost all cases. Here it has been beautifully preserved by being rebound not long after publication.
Abbott's mathematical fantasy based in a two dimensional world, part science fiction and part satire, is now considered in the same class as Lewis Carroll's work. The narrator, A Square, leads us on a tour of life in a completely flat society which considers the idea of a third dimension to be heretical. The arrival of a sphere causes terrible consternation. … more …

The secretes of the reverend Maister Alexis of Piemont. [RUSCELLI, Girolamo]. ALESSIO PIEMONTESE. The secretes of the reverend Maister Alexis of Piemont. Containing excellent remedies against divers diseases, woundes, and other accidentes, with the maner to make distillations, parfumes, confitures, dyinges, colours, fusions, and meltinges…

Nycolas England. 1560-62. Part 1 8vo, parts 2 & 3 4to. 3 vols bound in one. Twentieth century full brown calf; long contemporary manuscript note to verso of title page of vol 1, occasional marginal notes in ink, discreet repairs to edges of a few leaves in vol 3, otherwise very good.
Third English edition of vol 1, first English editions of vols 2 & 3. A rare, early collection of these celebrated books. The work marks the swelling interest in Paracelsian, experimental medicine and the rejection of Galen's teaching. The first book to introduce the idea of science as a search for the secrets of nature, it was hugely influential, especially in Britain where natural philosophers such as Francis Bacon were to follow the experimental example, and was translated into every European language. … more …

Traité des Tulipes

ARDENE, Jean Paul de Rome d' Traité des Tulipes qui non seulement réunit tout ce qu'on avoit précédemment écrit de raisonnable, mais est augmenté de quantité de remarques nouvelles sur l'éducanion (sic) de cette belle fleur. Par l'auteur du Traité des Renoncules.

Avignon, chez Louis Chambeau, 1760. 12mo., contemporary full calf; pp 252 + (4), with two folding plates; a very good copy.
First edition. Written by this noted French priest and botanist, this is only the second book devoted entirely to the tulip (the first also by Ardene). The text offers a detailed history of the flower, instructions on its care and cultivation, and a glossary of technical terms. Rare. … more …

English Lake Scenery. LYDON, A.F. English Lake Scenery.

John Walker and Company. 1880. 4to. Original green cloth, with elaborate gilt lettering and decoration to upper board and spine, bevelled edges, a.e.g.; pp. 48, illustrated title page and 24 chromolithograph plates; one or two patches of foxing; near fine.
First edition. A lovely copy of this late Victorian work of topography which depicts the Lake District in its full Romantic glory … more …

Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica. NEWTON, Sir Isaac Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica.

Glasgow: Andreae et Joannis M. Duncan. 1822. 4to. 4 vols bound in 2.
First Glasgow printing of the 1739 Geneva "Jesuit" edition, so-called despite the non-participation of Jesuits; the two editors were Minim monks. This was a hugely influential reprint of the third edition of 1726. This edition of the Principia became the most extensively used because of the brilliance of the notes, which are almost the same length as Newton's text and employ Leibnizian calculus, and ran through two more printings in 1760 and 1822 … more …

Regimen Sanitatis Salerni. PAYNELL, Thomas. Regimen Sanitatis Salerni.

Abraham Vele. 1557. 8vo. Nineteenth century full brown morocco. Provenance: ink signature of John Louis Petit (1727-1780) of Staffordshire, grandfather of the architectural artist of the same name. Bookplate of Sir Robert Throckmorton, 8th baronet, (1800-1862), one of the first Catholic MPs to sit after the Roman Catholic Relief Act of 1829.
Fifth edition, first published in 1528. Paynell (fl. 1528-67), a friar at Merton Abbey, was a translator, not a physician. This book, originally written in Latin, was his first major work. It is believed to have been written in the 12th or 13th century and was translated many times throughout Europe. … more …

The Medical Remembrancer

SHAW, Edward B.L. The Medical Remembrancer; or, Book of Emergencies: concisely pointing out the immediate remedies to be adopted in the first moments of danger from poisoning, drowning, apoplexy, burns & other accidents; with the tests for the principal poisons, and other useful information.

John Churchill. 1849. 12mo. Uniquely rebound in full pale calf featuring a sutured wound to upper board, and the scattered names of text subjects printed in different colours; very clean, very good.
Third edition, first published in 1837. A useful, popular but ordinary guide to emergency first aid and minor operations, here rendered extraordinary by a grisly but beautifully executed twentieth century binding … more …

The Natural History of the Mineral Kingdom WILLIAMS, John. The Natural History of the Mineral Kingdom, relative to the strata of coal, mineral veins, and the prevailing strata of the globe.

Edinburgh: Printed for Bell & Bradfute, and W. Laing. 1810. 8vo. 2 vols. a very good set.
Second edition, first published in 1789. "William's observations, though chiefly on the geology of Scotland, range widely, and there is so much that is sound in the generalisation and principles that he derives from them that the work might perhaps be said to constitute the first textbook of geology" … more …

Travel Department
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This month's contribution by the Travel Department starts with beer-fuelled artistic life in the Paris of the belle époque, followed by a very rare record of the Crown Estate, not exactly a travel related item, but intriguingly detailed. More afloat is a scarce plate depicting American Civil War ships, one of the most revolutionary battleship designs of the nineteenth century. Continuing bellicose, the next item is a documentation of the beginning of the second Anglo-Sikh War with colour plates. Via Yemen and its ancient Arabic sources we draw to a close in Yellowstone Park and its geology.

Album du bon Bock

BELLOT, Emile. Album du bon Bock [cover title].

Paris, Bellot, 1884. Oblong large 4to. 50 leaves lithographically printed from autographs and drawings; provenance: later stamp Docteur Henry Uzan, Paris on front fly-leaf.
This rare privately printed artistic album opens with the editor's lines 'Chèrs camerades - Le voilà donc notre 3me album!'. It is signed in the lithographic stone 'E. Bellot Président du Bon Bock'. This Rabelaisian, beer drinking dinner society was founded in 1875. This album gives a good textual and pictorial insight into the liberal and creative circles of the capital of the French Third Republic and the belle époque … more …

State and Condition of the Royal Forests, Woods, and Land Revenues [COMMISSIONER OF HIS MAJESTY'S WOODS, FORESTS AND LAND REVENUES]. An Account of all the Manors, Messuages, Lands, Tenements, and Hereditaments, in the different Counties of England and Wales, held by Lease from the Crown. As contained in the Report of the Commissioners appointed to enquire, into the State and Condition of the Royal Forests, Woods, and Land Revenues; With the Names of the Lessees, Dates and Terms of their Leases, Real Value, Fines, &c. To which is added, an Appendix, never before printed.
London, printed by Stafford and Davenport, for S. Hooper; and Messrs. Robinsons, 1787. Oblong large folio; apart from very light spotting, a very clean and attractive copy; contemporary engraved armorial bookplate, ownership inscription, dated 1797, on verso of front fly-leaf. Very Rare.
Particularly fascinating are the descriptions of properties in Central London. Sotherans' location is described as follows: Jane Visc. Dowager Gallway had a fifteen and a half year lease of properties with a 'yearly value per latest survey of £90'. They are 'five messuages on the West Side of Swallow Street, and Two Messuages on the North Side of Piccadilly' … more …

American Revolving Turret ShipsBock

DAY & SONS [lithographers]. American Revolving Turret Ships.

London, Day and Sons, January 1st, 1864. Very large (plate size 65 x 112 cm) lithographic plate in outline; very well preserved.
One of the first technical plates depicting the most revolutionary battle ship design of the 19th century, developed during the American Civil War. Built by the engineer John Ericsson for the U.S. Navy, the original vessel of this type was the USS Monitor. 40 technical features were entitled to patents. … more …

Mooltan. During and after the Siege. DUNLOP, John. Mooltan. During and after the Siege.

London, Orr and Co., 1849. Folio. Original red cloth, additional pictorial title in colour-lithography, finished by hand, ; a good copy of a rare item.
Only edition of this record - pictorial and textual - of the horrendous siege of Multan in the Pujab in Pakistan. The plates include views of the city itself, from the outside during the siege and of the inside after the breach of the fortifications, the participants including 'Moolraj' and his brothers. … more …

Yaman UMARAH IBN ALI AL-HAKAMI. Yaman. Its Early Mediaeval History by Najm ad-Din 'Omarah Al-Hakami, also the abridged History of its Dynasties by Ibn Khaldun and an Account of the Karmathians of Yaman by Abu 'abd Allah Baha ad-Din al-Jamadi. The Original Texts, with Transation and Notes by Henry Cassels Kay.

London, Edward Arnold, Publisher to the India Office, 1892. 8vo. Original publisher's cream cloth with bevelled edges, folding genealogical table and folding colour-printed map in rear pocket.
Very rare first edition. A bilingual, thoroughly translated, annotated and indexed edition of early Islamic sources on the history of Yemen … more …

Yellowstone National Park

WALCOTT, Charles D. Geologic Atlas of the United States. Yellowstone National Park, Folio Wyoming … Folio 30. Library Edition [cover title].

Washington D. C., Engraved and printed by the U.S. Geological Survey, 1896. Large folio; 3 photographic views of Yellowstone Park, 7 colour-printed maps, a few text illustrations; wrappers a little spotted, internally very good; provenance: Royal Institution, stamp on front cover.
This ambitious publication came out between 1894 and 1945 in 227 issues, called Folios. - We currently stock two more issues of this atlas, both related to prospecting for gold. … more …

Prints Department
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Print of the month
New Stock Exchange
Artist: STADLER, J.
Title: New Stock Exchange.
Description: An original coloured aquatint from 'Microcosm of London', after the drawing by Rowlandson, published at Rudolph Ackermann's Repository of Arts, in London. Very large margins in perfect condition..
Date: 1809.
Size: 335 x 265 mm.
Price: £450

Poster of the month
Ascot Races, British Railways Southern Region
Artist: ECKERSLEY, Tom (1914-1996).
Title: Ascot Races, British Railways Southern Region.
Description: Original lithograph with colour, linen backed, printed by The Baynard Press, Great Britain.
Date: 1964.
Size: 1060 x 685 mm.
Price: £750

Map of the month
Artist: SPEED, John.
Title: Cambridgeshire described with the devision of the hundreds, the Townes situation, with the Armes of the Colleges of that famous University.
Description: Original copper engraved map with hand colouring from Speed's The Theatre of The Empire of Great Britaine published by Thomas Bassett & Richard Chiswell, London. With sixteen university armorials, four scholars, the Royal Crest and a plan of Cambridge.
Date: c.1676.
Size: 405 x 540 mm.
Price: £1,500

John Speed (1552-1629) is arguably the most famous of all the British cartographers. His Theatre Of The Empire Of Great Britaine, first published in 1611, was the first atlas to cover all of Great Britain whilst his later work of 1627, Prospect Of The Most Famous Parts Of The World was the first world atlas to be published by an Englishman. In his county maps Speed updated the work of Saxton and Norden adding his own innovations such as inset town plans and views of local landmarks resulting in maps that were not only the most accurate and informative of the day but also the most decorative.
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