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Looking through our books today this particular illustration leapt out. The artist is one of my personal favourites, Harold Jones, and the poem described is called 'The Little Shop'. The book, a collection of children's verse by Walter de la Mare, is called 'This Year, Next Year'. Our 250-year-old business is going to see some changes over the coming year due to the pressure of unsupportable rent increases in the West End. We are embracing this as a challenge and are determined to protect our piece of London and the history of booksell…
To help mark the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings, Sotheran has donated a copy of Daniel Maclise's wonderful 1866 work The Story of the Norman Conquest to Battle Museum in East Sussex where it all happened. To commemorate the 800th anniversary of the battle Maclise reworked the Bayeux Tapestry as a frieze in a neo-Classical style. He clearly favoured the Normans, as they are seen praying righteously on the eve of the battle while the Saxons are drinking mead and larking about. It's very difficult to defend a hill with a hangover. Sti…
Looking out of the window this morning Mr Sotheran couldn't help but sniff back a melancholy tear as he saw the geese beginning to pack up for the winter and fly south. So we have decided to cheer him up by putting together a small catalogue of choice and lovely books on birds, which we'd like to share with you here: https://www.sotherans.co.uk/catalogue/PDF/Birds.pdf Give the link a quick peck, hover over the lovely books and if there's anything you'd like to take home to your nest, give us a call.…
I've only worked here a few years producing catalogues, and often wondered what some of our earlier offerings were like. Well, amongst other interesting items, a recent trawl through our cellars has uncovered a pile of various old copies of our roughly annual Piccadilly Notes. This includes two copies of the first issue of which one remains untrimmed. Published in 1933, this dates from just after the death of the last Mr Sotheran to own the business. After a year or two of uncertainty, a new owner was found and the General Manager, John Ston…
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[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…
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).
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.
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…
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…