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We were greatly saddened to hear of the death of Sue Grafton, who lost her battle with cancer on 28th December 2017. Sotheran's has stocked many of her books over the years and they have always found a loyal readership. Grafton had a fine reputation as a writer of crime novels, her most famous work being the "alphabet series" of books featuring the detective Kinsey Millhone. Starting with "A" Is for Alibi in 1982, the novels followed Millhone, described by Grafton as her alter ego, through 25 adventures in the small fictional town of Santa Ter…
Last night we were pleased to host a launch party for John Julius Norwich's annual Christmas Cracker. The shop provides a convivial and interesting setting for events in central London. Please get in touch if you would like us to host your exhibition, lecture or book launch. Contact Katie Putt email@example.com …
Our annual exhibition of Vintage Travel Posters begins today, running till the end of November. These bright and stylish prints are always popular and we had a particularly busy Private View last night. …
We have been putting catalogues together at an unprecedented rate after a slow summer when our shop refurbishment caused something of a backlog. Piccadilly Notes, our roughly annual roundup of everything we do, came out a couple of weeks ago. Just published — Science and Natural History — maths, medicine and fly fishing; and everything between. Our annual exhibition of Vintage Travel Posters opens on 9th November, with an accompanying catalogue about to arrive from the printer. A Children's and Illustrated Books catalogue is …
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Diderot on Mathematics, Navigation, and Cartography
DIDEROT, Denis. Sciences, Mathématiques (Mathematics)
Encyclopédie, ou dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers. Plates vol. 5 (1767) and the Supplementary Plates Volume Paris (1777)
Folio, 253 x 393mm. 60 pages of descriptive text & 136 loose plates with their accompanying 8 text sheets from the volume of plates. Slight browning to margins, a little spotting…
Prince Aleksei Dmitrievich Soltykoff (1806-1859). Festival of the Goddess Dourga at Calcutta.
An original tinted and lithographed proof plate, printed in Paris for "Indian Scenes and Characters from Drawings" made on the Spot', large folio edition, as published in London by Smith, Elder & Co, 1858. 460 x 635 mm.
Prince Soltykoff, the artist, is shown standing between 'two Hindu gentlemen of rank'.
Soltykoff's fabulous wealth gave him the luxury of lavish publication - he funded it himself. The work was available with the plates in at least two states: the earliest, the proof edition as is this one, was published in 1858, one year before the 'so-called first edition'.
LINDGREN, Astrid (author). Ingrid NYNAM (illustrator). Pippi Långstrump; Pippi Långstrump går om bord; Pippi Långstrump I Söderhavet.
Stockholm; Rabén & Sjögren. 1945; 1946 and 1948.
12mo.; 3 volumes; each volume bound in original taupe or beige cloth-backed yellow pictorial boards with publisher's advertisement to lower covers of volumes 1 and 2, pictorially decorated…
ANON. La Ultima Noche Del "Titanic." (A night to remember.)
Original lithograph in colours, linen backed, as published c.1958. 1100 x 740 mm.
Advertising the film directed by Roy Baker and starring Kenneth Moore, Ronald Allen, Robert Ayres and Honor Blackman. With the original film title in Spanish and English.
Architecture and Related Parts
DIDEROT, Denis. Architecture et Parties qui en Dépendent (Architecture and Related Parts)
Encyclopédie, ou dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers. Vol. 1 (1751) and the Supplementary Plates Volume (1777) Paris
Folio, 253 x 393mm. 33 pages of descriptive text & 73 loose plates with their accompanying 10 text sheets. Slight browning to margins, a little spotting otherwise very good.The 39…
Diderot on Clock-making
DIDEROT, Denis. Horlogerie (Clock-making)
Encyclopédie, ou dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers. Plates vol. 4 Paris (1765)
Folio, 253 x 393mm. 34 pages of descriptive text & 42 loose plates with their accompanying 13 text sheets from the volume of plates. Slight browning to margins, a little spotting…