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[FOUGÈRES, Gustave]. Aux sanctuaires grecs…

[FOUGÈRES, Gustave]. Aux sanctuaires grecs. Paques 1912. XLVIIme croisiere de la "Revue Générale des Sciences".

[Privately printed in Chelles by A. Facheux], 1912.


Large folio. Original printed wrappers (in colour on the front cover, both after watercolours by Mme. Brouardel); pp. 14, ff. 17-74 (plates with tissue guards), pp. 75-6, title printed in…

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UTAGAWA, Yoshifusa (Active c.1837-1860). The Ghost…

UTAGAWA, Yoshifusa (Active c.1837-1860). The Ghost of Akugenta taking Revenge on Namba at the Nunobiki Falls.

Original Japanese woodblock triptych print, published by Oumiya Kyujiro- Omiya Kyusuke, as printed in 1856. 595 x 1000 mm.

This triptych of prints features the ghost of the warrior Akugenta Yoshihira (1141–1160) taking revenge on his murderer Nanba Jir?, a tale based on the Tale of Heiji. The dramatic story is illustrated over three prints. Akugenta causes lightening to strike his murderer Nanba at the center of the composition, and also shoots flames at his enemy Taira no Kiyomori, who confronts Akugenta on the right. The landscape background is treated in ink monochrome, while Nunobiki waterfall is highlighted in blue against the darkness.

Yoshifusa, a pupil of Kuniyoshi and a colleague of Yoshitoshi, continued the Utagawa school's dramatic and bombastic presentations of warrior stories. (Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York).


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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.


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DIDEROT, Denis. Manege et Equitation.

Diderot on Horsemanship

DIDEROT, Denis. Manege et Equitation.

Encyclopédie, ou dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers. Plates vol. 7 Paris (1769)


Folio, 253 x 393mm. 32 pages of descriptive text & 32 loose plate sheets with their accompanying 3 text sheets from the volume of plates. Slight browning to margins, a little spotting…

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BESLER, Basilius. Paeonia Flore Pleno Incarnato.

BESLER, Basilius. Paeonia Flore Pleno Incarnato.

Original copper engraving with later hand colour. 1st edition, plate:100, 1613. 470 x 395 mm.


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CHAUCER, Geoffrey. Troilus and Criseyde. Edited by…

CHAUCER, Geoffrey. Troilus and Criseyde. Edited by Arundell del Re.

Golden Cockerel Press. 1927.


Small folio. Original quarter red-brown niger morocco, panelled spine lettered in gilt, patterned board sides, top edges gilt, others untrimmed; wood-engraved pictorial title-page, 5…

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DIDEROT, Denis. Soierie (Silk Industry)

Diderot on the Silk Industry

DIDEROT, Denis. Soierie (Silk Industry)

Encyclopédie, ou dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers. Plates vol. 11 Paris (1772)


Folio, 253 x 393mm. 56 pages of descriptive text & 136 loose plates with their accompanying 20 text sheets. Slight browning to margins, a little spotting otherwise very good.The 135…

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