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ANON. Secrets Concernant les Arts et Metiers: ouvrage utile, non-seulement aux artistes, mais encore à ceux qui les emploient. Four volumes. [2], 814p; [2], 876pp; [2], 784pp; [2], 576pp. A fine fresh set in most attractive full contemporary calf. Gilt spines decorated with ornamental bands and sunburst motifs, red morocco title labels, and black oval morocco volume numbers. With the armorial book-plate of Sir John E. Swinburne, Bart., Capheaton.

12mo. Paris. Chez Moutard. 1790.


First published by Jombert in 1716, this comprehensive ‘book of secrets’ was enlarged throughout the 18th century, and first appeared in English in 1775.

ATKINSON, J. Beavington. An Art Tour to Northern Capitals of Europe. First edition. xii + 455pp. Some occasional foxing but a very good copy in original gilt lettered green cloth. Scarce. Presentation inscription on the half-title, "R. Stuart Poole, from the author in remembrance of a friendship of many years."
The majority of the work is taken up with accounts of Russian galleries and artists.

8vo. Macmillan and Co. 1873.


AUSTRALIA. Completion of Parliament House. Unveiling Ceremony of Commemoration Stone by His Excellency the Governor, at Adelaide on 23rd December 1936. Broadcast messages to commemorate the centenary of South Australia, 28th December, 1936. 44pp., illustrations. Printed compliments slip from the Government of South Australia. A fine copy in original dark blue gilt lettered calf. Booklabel noting this was sold at the Chatsworth House Attic Sale.

4to. Adelaide. 1936.


BARBER, Joseph (1757-1811). Three accomplished watercolour drawings by Joseph Barber. 1. A sepia wash classical female head, (190mm x 155mm). 2. A pen and ink and wash drawing of a decorative urn, some surface marks (163mm x 206mm). 3. A pen and ink and pale blue wash ornate design for a frieze, (75mm x 220mm). Each has been neatly mounted in a later, but not recent paper folder, with the artist’s name and dates in pencil on the upper cover.

~ Joseph Barber (1757 – July 16, 1811) was an English landscape painter and art teacher, and an early member of the Birmingham School of landscape painters. Born in Newcastle upon Tyne, Barber moved to Birmingham in the 1770s, where he worked painting papier-mâché and japanned goods. By the mid-1780s he was well established as the town's first drawing master, with an academy training artists on Great Charles Street. His pupils there included David Cox, William Radclyffe and Samuel Lines, who was to form his own academy in Newhall Street in 1807. Examples if his work are in the British Museum, The V & A., and Birmingham Art Gallery.

BLOXAM, Matthew Holbeche. The Principles of Gothic Ecclesiastical Architecture. With an explanation of technical terms, and a centenary of ancient terms. Seventh edition. Illustrated with two hundred and twenty-eight woodcuts. xii + 336pp., adverts. Inscribed to "Edw. Pretty Esq, with the author's regards, April 29th 1845.". A near fine copy in original blind stamped and gilt lettered cloth. Edward Pretty, flower-painter, and author of A Practical Essay on Flower Painting in Water Colours.

small 8vo. David Bogue. 1845.


BOETHIUS. Vertroostinge der Wysgeerte van A.M.T.S. Boethius in vyf boeken vervat, en nieuwlyks vertaald door M. Gargon. [34],192, [43]pp., 6 etched plates., title-page printed in red and black. A good copy bound in contemporary quarter dark red morocco, raised and gilt banded spine, black morocco label (slightly chipped). Marbled boards are rubbed, and with some wear to the corners.

8vo. Amsterdam; Gouda: Adriaan Braakman: Lucas Kloppenburg, 1703.


~ The first edition of this Dutch edition of the Consolation of Philosophy edited by Matthaeus Gargon (1661-1728). It was reprinted in 1722. The fine plates are by Romain de Hooghe (1645-1708), a skilled etcher, draughtsman, painter, sculptor and medalist. He is best known for political caricatures of Louis XIV and propagandistic prints supporting William of Orange.

BONINGTON, Richard Parkes. His Life and Work. By A. Dubuisson. Number 503 of 1000 copies. xv + (i) + 217pp + adverts., 17 colour plates and numerous black and white illustrations. A very good copy in original cloth backed boards with paper spine label. Dust-wrapper just slightly worn.

4to. John Lane. 1924.


BULLOCK, Albert Edward. Architectural Details from Westminster Abbey and St Margaret’s Westminster. Two volumes in one. Vol I illustrated by 70 phototypes of architectural and sculptural details of the mediaeval and later gothic monuments, with biographical and descriptive texts. Vol II illustrated with 82 phototypes of architectural details of renaissance and later renaissance monuments, memorials and cenotaphs, with descriptive text. A very good clean copy in original black lettered cloth. Limited to 400 sets.

folio. J. Tiranti. 1920.


CELLINI, Benvenuto. Memoirs of Benvenuto Cellini, a Florentine Artist; written by himself. Containing a variety of information respecting the arts, and the hiistory of the sixteenth century. Third edition. Corrected and enlarged from the last Milan edition, with notes and observations of G.P. Carpani, now first translated by Thomas Roscoe. Two volumes. xvi, 428pp; xi, [1], 428pp., portrait frontispiece after Vasari. An uncut copy in original boards, neatly rebacked in grey cloth with paper labels. Some foxing to the end-papers, paste-downs and frontispiece.

8vo. Henry Colburn and Co. 1823.


CHATTO, William Andrew. A Treatise on Wood Engraving, historical and practical. With upwards of 400 illustrations, engraved on wood by John Jackson. A new edition, with an additional chapter by Henry G. Bohn. xvi + 664pp., frontispiece after Blake, and wood engraved illustrations throughout. Original quarter red morocco, gilt decorated spine, red pebble grain cloth boards. Covers rubbed and marked, and some foxing, but a sound copy.

"The former edition of this History of Wood Engraving having become extremely scarce and commercially valuable, the publisher was glad to obtain the copyright and wood-blocks from Mr Mason Jackson son of the late Mr Jackson, the original proprietor of the work, with the view of reprinting it. It will be seen by the two distinct prefaces which accompanied the former edition, and are here reprinted, that there was some existing schism between the joint producers at the first time of publication. Mr Jackson, the engraver, paymaster, and proprietor, conceived that he had the right to do what he liked with his own; while Mr Chatto, his literary coadjutor; very naturally felt that he was entitled to some recognition on the title-page of what he had so successfully performed."

4to. Chatto and Windus. [1881].


COOPER, John Gilbert. Letters Concerning Taste. The third edition. To which are added essays on similar and other subjects. (16) + 220pp., half title with engraved frontispiece by Grignion on the verso. A very good copy in contemporary calf, expertly rebacked and with corners repaired. Some occasional browning and light foxing. Ownership name of Catherine Nevile Thorney, 1809.

    Although the word ‘taste' had appeared in the title of earlier printed works, Cooper's ‘Letters...' published in 1755 is perhaps the first extended study of this aesthetic concept. The third edition has been considerably enlarged by some 80 pages, and includes new material.

8vo. printed for R. and J. Dodsley. 1757.


CROCE, Benedetto. Estetica. Come scienza dell'espressione e linguistica generale. Teoria e Storia. Terza edizione riveduta. xxiii + (i) + 5881 + (1)p., half-title. Contemporary gilt lettered buckram cloth, endpapers foxed, and spine sunned.

8vo. Bari. Gius. Laterza & Figli. 1908.


DAVENPORT, Richard. The Amateur’s Perspective; being an attempt to present the theory in the simplest form; and so to methodize and arrange the subject, as to render the practice familiarly intelligible to the uninitiated in a few hours of study. First edition. xi, [1], 84pp., 15 large lithograph folding plates by Hullmandel (numbered I-XIV, and “Continuation of Plate XIV”), and 23 diagrams in the text. Original grey paper boards, neatly respined and with new paper label, end-papers, and past-downs. Some foxing to the edges of the plates and to the title-page.
4to. Printed for the author: and sold by J. Hatchard and Son. 1828.


~ The treatise is dedicated to Miss C- A. “My Dear Lady, the following treatise belongs to you. I have not forgotten (and you will probably have sometimes recollected) the promise made concerning it, during our tour in Switzerland and Italy... I very well remember (perhaps you do not) the good humour with which you received criticisms of mine on drawings executed with a nicety very far beyond what I could pretend to... my promise was, that if you would give me your attention for one week, at the rate of one hour a day, the Treatise I would
write for you should put you in possession of all the rules of perspective necessary for an amateur.” A Supplement was published the following year.

DAVIDSON, E.A. Drawing for Elementary Schools. Being a manual of method of teaching drawing. Specially adapted for the use of masters of national and parochial schools. viii, 65, [4]pp., numerous line drawings in the text. A near fine copy in original gilt lettered cloth. Slight marking, but not as visible as on the reproduction shown here. Scarce, and the last copy we sold was in 1989.

8vo. Chapman and Hall. 1857.


DAWE, G. The Life of George Morland. With Remarks on his Works. [2], viii, 238, [2]pp., portrait frontispiece, engraved title-page, and 3 plates. Contemporary tree calf, gilt spine with black morocco label. Expertly rejointed. Some slight foxing but a very good copy.

8vo. Vernor, Hood, and Sharpe. 1807.


DAY, Charles William. The Art of Miniature Painting. Comprising instructions necessary for the acquirement of that art. Eighteenth thousand. 58, 64pp illustrated adverts., frontispiece and 13 text illustrations. A very good copy in original printed glazed yellow linen cloth.

small 8vo. Winsor & Newton. c1890.


DELAMOTTE, F. A Primer of the Art of Illumination for the Use of Beginners; with a rudimentary treatise on the art, practical directions for its exercise, and examples taken from illuminated mss. First edition. 44pp., 20 coloured plates + 1pp. Original blue gilt cloth, rebacked and with new end-papers. Some dustiness to the page edges.

small 4to. E. & F.N. Spon. 1860.


DESCAMPS, J.B. Voyage Pittoresque de la Flandre et du Brabant, avec des reflexions relativement aux arts & quelques gravures. xxii + (2) + 328 + (10)pp index + errata leaf., half-title., folding map & 5 engraved plates. A very good copy bound in contemporary calf, gilt banded spine and black gilt label. Some slight foxing.

8vo. Paris: chez Desaint. 1769.


DODGSON, Campbell. Prints in the Dotted Manner and other Metal-Cuts of the XV Century in the Department of Prints and Drawings British Museum. 34pp., colour frontispiece and monochrome plates. A very good copy in original dark green cloth. Bookplate of Denis Tegetmeier, under which is written ‘The gift of Stanley Morison.'

folio. British Museum. 1937.


DUPRE, Giovanni. Thoughts on Art and Autobiographical Memoirs. Translated from the Italian by E.M. Peruzzi. xv + (i) + 456pp., half-title., portrait frontispiece. Original gilt lettered sage green cloth, spine a little rubbed and corners slightly bumped.

8vo. William Blackwood & Sons. 1884.


DYCE, Alexander. Dyce Collection. A Catalogue of the Paintings, Miniatures, Drawings, Engravings, Rings, and Miscellaneous Objects bequeathed by the Reverend Alexander Dyce. 326pp. Some light browning to the paper. A good copy in original quarter morocco, pebble cloth boards. Spine rubbed.

large 8vo. George E. Eyre. 1874.


EGLEY, William (1798-1870). A letter to him written on behalf of a ‘sitter’, Mrs Colonel Ellis, expediting delivery of her picture. “Col. Ellis has set his head upon its being now finished... he will be exceedingly disappointed when he finds Mrs Ellis return to him without it.” Folded sheet, written on three sides and with address panel. Slight holes from removal of the wax seal.

16th July, 1831.

£35.00 + vat

~ William Egley was employed as a bookkeeper and taught himself to paint in his spare time. By 1824, he had reached a sufficiently high standard to have his work accepted by the Royal Academy; that year he exhibited portraits of Lieutenant Colonel Sir David Ogleby and of actor Frederick Yates. Egley gave up his other employment and became a full-time miniaturist, exhibiting almost every year at the Royal Academy until his death. He produced portraits of many distinguished figures and was particularly adept at portraying children.

ELLIS, Tristram J. Sketching from Nature. A handbook for students and amateurs. Second edition, revised and enlarged. xii, 194, [2]pp., half-title, errata slip., frontispiece and 10 illustrations by H. Stacy Marks, and 30 sketches by the author. A very good copy in slightly rubbed original dark red, gilt lettered, cloth.

8vo. Macmillan & Co. 1887.


ETTY, William. Gilchrist, Alexander. Life of William Etty, R.A. First edition. Two volumes in one. . xii + 367 + (1)pp; viii + 343 + (1)pp., portrait frontispiece, half-titles. Original cloth, rebacked retaining most of the original backstrip. Inner joints repaired, bookplate removed from inner front board, and some scattered foxing. Very scarce.
8vo. David Bogue. 1855.


FILDES, Sir Luke, (1844-1927). An autograph note, on card with printed address, to ‘Dear Lethbridge’ in response to an invitation from a friend.

2nd April 1887.

£20.00 + vat

~Sir Samuel Luke Fildes, KCVO, RA was an English painter and illustrator born at Liverpool and trained in the South Kensington and Royal Academy schools.

FORD, Edward Onslow (1852-1901), R.A. Autograph letter acknowledging a donation to the Artists General Benevolent Institution. 2 pages, folded note with embossed address 62, Acacia Road, St John’s Wood.

April 13th. 1888.

£15.00 + vat

~Ford was a leading sculptor of monuments, busts and symbolical subjects, and exhibited annually at the R.A. from 1875. He made the bronze monument to General Gordon at Chatham 1889–90, the Shelley Memorial at University College, Oxford, 1892, and the colossal figure of Queen Victoria for Manchester 1901. The Artists’ General Benevolent Institution (AGBI) was founded by J.M.W Turner in 1814

FOREIGN PRINTS. A collection of 20 engravings by seventeenth century Dutch & Flemish artists, each plate with a double-page leaf of descriptive text. Some foxing . Early 19th century engravings, bound in contemporary olive green gilt morocco, all-edges-gilt, red morocco label ‘foreign prints’. Joints and board edges rubbed, and corners bumped.

small oblong 4to. 136mm x 200mm. c1837.


~ The artists include Teniers, Dujardin, Van Ostade, Berghem, Miel, Van der Velde. The album bears the name Amelia Langford, 1837, on the end-paper.

FRANCIS, G. Manual of Practical Levelling, particularly as applicable to Railways and Canals. [8], 86, [2]pp adverts., text diagrams. A very good copy in original blind stamped and gilt lettered cloth. Some even browning to the paper. Scarce.

8vo. Simpkin, Marshall and Co. 1846.


FRITH, W.P. John Leech, his Life and Work. First edition. Two volumes. With portrait and numerous illustrations. A good copy in contemporary half morocco, raised bands and gilt lettered spines, all-edges-gilt. Joints and corners a little rubbed.
8vo. Bentley. 1891.


[GAINSBOROUGH, Thomas]. Armstrong, Walter. Gainsborough and his Place in English Art. 214pp., 62 fine photogravure plates and 10 lithographic facsimiles in colour. A very good copy in original gilt lettered cloth, top-edge-gilt, remainder uncut. Some slight fading to the covers.
folio. William Heinemann, 1898.


GANDEE, B.F. The Artist or, Young Ladies’ Instructor in Ornamental Painting, Drawing etc. consisting of lessons in Grecian painting, Japan painting, Oriental tinting, Mezzotinting, Transferring, Inlaying and manufacturing Ornamented articles for fancy fairs. First edition. vii, 253, [1], [2]pp adverts., chromolithograph frontispiece printed by G. Baxter [“a very successful specimen of a new art”], coloured decorative title-page, 17 lithograph plates and several small text illustrations. Original blind and gilt stamped cloth rather worn and faded. Internally a good clean copy.

small 8vo. Chapman and Hall. 1835.


~ Abbey Life 126. Baxter’s colour printing process was patented in the same year, 1835. In the advert Gandee offers his services as a teacher, together with all necessary materials as described in his book.

GLASGOW EXHIBITION. A commemorative bronze medal of the 1911 Scottish Exhibition, with "Let Glasgow Flourish" and the Glasgow coat of arms on the reverse. It was designed to go on a chain, and has the original brass loop.

24mm diameter. 1911.

£25.00 + vat

~ The 1911 Scottish National Exhibition was held in Kelvingrove Park in order to endow the chair of Scottish History and Literature at Glasgow University, so the industrial themes of the previous events (the 1888 International Exhibition and the 1901 International Exhibition) gave way to history. The exhibition came at a time when the city`s industrial might was in a less than secure position as it was facing competition from other great cities. This was a Scottish event rather than an international one and it was strong on national image. The main architect was R. J. Walker and Scots Baronial architecture abounded, though there were numerous foreign pavilions, including one for Canadian Pacific whose facade included sculpted engine fronts with enormous cow-catchers.

GORDON, D. A Guide to the Art of Stencilling. Third edition. 64pp., illustrations throughout. Original decorative wrappers a little rubbed, a traces of gold foil on the inner rear cover and two other pages.

8vo. J. Tillyer & Co. c1935.


GUILLARD, Camille. Methode Nouvelle a la Portee de Tous. La Sculpture sur Bois (demi et bas-relief) en une seule lecon. Notions de modelage. Premiere edition. 63, [1]pp., numerous illustrations in the text. A very good copy in original decorative printed wrappers. Slight wear the backstrip.

large 8vo. Paris. Fernand Schmidt. c1890.


HAMERTON, P.G. The Etcher's Handbook. Giving an account of the old processes, and of processes recently discovered. Third edition, revised and augmented. xi + (i) + 97 + 24pp illustrated adverts for Roberson., 6 etched plates. A very good copy in original gilt lettered cloth. Pencil sketch on the verso of the front-end-paper, and early signature of Lintott.

8vo. Charles Roberson & Co. 1881. £45.00

HAMERTON, Philip Gilbert. Drawing and Engraving, a brief exposition of technical principles and practice. xxii + 172pp., coloured frontispiece, 22 plates, 24 text illustrations. A good copy in original gilt lettered cloth, top-edge-gilt.

8vo. A. and C. Black. 1892. £25.00

HAREUX, Ernest. Practical Manual of Painting in Oil Colours. [In Four Parts.] Translated by H.B. Hayes. Four parts (5h, 5th, 4th and 1st editions). 56 + 56 + 60 + 70pp + adverts., 4 frontispieces, numerous text illustrations. A very good copy of an elusive title. Original gilt lettered dark green cloth, all edges gilt.

8vo. George Rowney. c1905. £40.00

HARFORD, John S. The Life of Michael Angelo Buonarroti. With translations of many of his poems and letters. Second edition. Two volumes. 21 engraved plates. A very good copy in original blind stamped and gilt lettered green cloth.

8vo. Longman. 1858.


HAYES, William A. Architect, Building & Land Surveyor, Wednesbury. His trade card, engraved by Storer of Birmingham. Printed on glazed card, with traces of old mount on the reverse.

45mm x 74mm. c1860.


~ William Hayes was born in 1839, and in 1861 was recorded as a surveyor, at Queen Street, Wednesbury, Staffordshire.

HERMANN, Felix. Painting on Glass and Porcelain and Enamel Painting. A complete introduction to the preparation of all the colours and fluxes used for painting on glass, porcelain, enamel faience and stoneware, the colour pastes and coloured glasses, together with a minute description of the firing of colours and enamels. Second, greatly enlarged edition. Translated by Charles Salter. Vii + (i) + 300pp., 18 text illustrations. A very good copy in original gilt lettered cloth.

8vo. Scott, Greenwood, & Co. 1897.


HERZBERG, W. Papierprufung. Eine anleitung zum untersuchen von papier, xi + (i) + 241 + (1)p., 23 plates and 95 figures in the text. A very good copy in original linen backed boards.

large 8vo. Berlin. Verlag von Julius Springer. 1921.


HOGARTH, William. The Analysis of Beauty. Written with a view of fixing the fluctuating idea of taste. [2], 71-229, [1]p. This has been extracted from an early 19th century edition of the works, and bound separately at the time. Contemporary calf backed marbled boards, vellum tips. Spine rubbed, joints cracked but firm, and some wear to the marbled paper on the upper board. In very good clean condition internally. Armorial book-plate of Thomas Hammond Foxcroft.

large 8vo. c1820.


HOLBEIN, Hans (illus.). L’Eloge de la Folie, compose en forme de Declamation par Erasme, et traduit par Mr Guedeville. Avec les notes de Gerard Listre, & les belles figures de Holbein. Nouvelle edition, revue, augmentée, & mise dans un meilleur ordre. (28) + 320pp., half-title., title-page in red and black, engraved frontispiece and portrait, 76 text engravings and 6 folding plates after Holbein Bound in near contemporary sprinkled calf, gilt banded spine with red morocco label, spine slightly rubbed. Original paper flaw to two leaves, forming a tear without loss of text, and with old marginal repair, and last leaf dusty.

small 8vo. Amsterdam: Francois L’Honore. 1731.


~ With a note of the purchase of this volume at York in 1800 for 3/6d by Jacob Costobadie of Jesus College.

HOWITT, Anna Mary. An Art-Student in Munich. First edition. Two volumes in one. xii + 244pp; (4) + 216pp. Some slight foxing but a very good copy bound in contemporary half morocco with elaborate gilt tooled spine, marbled boards and edges. Some rubbing to the boards. Inscribed on the front end paper, "Isabel Milnes Gaskell from her affectionate sister, July 27th 1854."

8vo. Longman. 1853.


HUBBARD, E. Hesketh. 66 Etchings. Being full page reproductions of etchings, drypoints, aquatints and mezzotints, and a few reproductions of wood-block prints and lithographs by members of the Print Society. With inserted price-list. A very good copy in bright original linen backed boards with paper label. Dust-wrapper a little worn and repaired, but has done its job well. Some very slight foxing.

4to. The Print Society. 1923.


[JACKSON, William]. Thirty Letters on Various Subjects. In Two Volumes. vi + 124pp; iv + (1) + 6-120pp. Two volumes in one. A very good clean copy bound in recent quarter green gilt morocco, marbled boards with vellum tips.

12mo. T. Cadell, and T. Evans, in the Strand; and B. Thorn and Son, in Exeter. 1783.


~ ESTC T65249. An interesting collection of essays including a number on painting, taste, warm colouring, as well as others on music, literature, handwriting, a criticism on Quarles. There is also an essay "On Self Production", which deals with the theory of the origin of species through spontaneous generation. William Jackson (1730-1803), born in Exeter, was a musician and painter, who imitated, not unsuccessfully, the style of his close friend Gainsborough. He exhibited at the R.A, and was one of Gainsborough's closest correspondents.

JAMES, J. Burleigh. Catalogue of the Fine Collection of Engravings, formed by the Rev. J. Burleigh James, M.A. Late of Knowbury, Salop. [4], 358pp., plates. An uncut copy, for the three day sale, rubricated with prices realised added neatly, and a grand total at the end. Contemporary half red morocco, rather dull, joints cracked but firm, and title-page dusty.

4to. Dryden Press. 1877.


~ Protestant minister and print collector from Knowbury Park, Shropshire. Assembled a very important collection of prints, mainly by Rembrandt and Dürer, that was dispersed at Sotheby's in three sales in 1877. Much was purchased at the sale by Goupil for the British Museum

JERDAN, William.

National Portrait Gallery of Illustrious and Eminent Personages of the Nineteenth Century; with Memoirs, by William Jerdan, Esq., R.A. Three volumes, large-paper copy, with 108 ‘india proof' plates. A very good set in original dark green moire cloth, with gilt spine labels. Some scattered foxing.

4to. Fisher, Son, & Jackson. 1830.


JUNKER, Carl Ludwig. Erste Grundlage zu einer ausgesuchten Sammlung neuer Kupferstiche. [28], 82pp., engraved vignette to the title-page. Original wrappers, the spine paper is no longer present. Unrecorded in auction records, or Copac.

small 8vo. Bern. 1776.


~ An important and very scarce work, and “one of the first generation of print collecting handbooks published specifically for the non-connoisseurial new print collector. The aim of [this] handbook was specifically to aid the ‘common’ print collector both in acquiring and in using... a collection. As Junker put it, print collecting had now to do not only with the ‘prince’ or ‘count’, but also with the ‘person born of the middle class’, and he himself would provide guidance through the recommendation of a ‘Cabinetchen’ of 100 prints. This Cabinetchen with the diminutive implying the relationship of size between the portfolio of the new collector and the ‘Cabinet’ of the established print lover, was available purely on the grounds that it was affordable, totalling 370 Gulden. This affordability was due to the important fact that the prints were new reproductive engravings, not original Old Master prints. The sum of 370 Gulden was in fact approximately ten times the yearly salary of a tutor and perhaps half a professor’s annual income. The sum required for a ‘start up’ collection was therefore not one to be taken lightly, and implied a degree of seriousness on the part of the aspirant collector.... Junker began his discussion of the 100 recommended prints with the category of Geschicte or History. This was followed by the categories of Portrait, Landscape, and what Junker called Ideale... at the end came a section entitles Schwarze Kunst, or mezzotints.”

Ref: Carl Ludwig Junker and the Collecting of Reproductive Prints. Anne-Marie Link, Print Quarterly, Volume XII, number 4, 1995.

KAUFFMANN, Angelica. A Biography. By Frances A. Gerard. First edition. Xxiii + (i) + 407pp., portrait frontispiece and 9 plates. A good copy in original dark green gilt lettered cloth. Expert repairs to the head and tail of the spine. Some slight browning, and slight tear to the margin of a preliminary page. Scarce.

8vo. Ward & Downey. 1892.


“... it is hoped that the fact of its being the first life of the artist written in English, together with the great interest of the subject, may incline the reader to overlook the short-comings which must manifestly find place in a work of the kind undertaken by an inexperienced writer.” [Preface].

KNIGHT & RUMLEY’S, Heraldic Illustrations, Specimen Crests & Fancy Gems. Designed for the use of artists. Engraved title-page, preliminary plate, plates I-XXVII, I-XX, 1-24, 5 unnumbered plates of alphabets., [22]pp index. Some occasional minor fingermarking mainly to a few page edges. Contemporary half black calf, cloth boards. Expertly rebacked retaining the original gilt banded spine and label. Corners rubbed and worn, and some abrasions to the cloth.

4to. Edinburgh. Thomas C. Jack. c1840.


LAPORTE, John. A suite of four large etched views, the final one with contemporary hand-colouring. Stitched as issued in original plain paper wrappers. Scarce.

oblong folio. 231mm x 325mm. Published Jan. 1st, 1812 by G. Testolini, 73 Cornhill, London.


The plates depict:

Near Hanwell, Middlesex. /Near Kingston, Surry. / At Norwood, Surry. / At Wellyn in Hertfordshire.

LAURIE & WHITTLE. A suite of four numbered engravings of cottages. Stitched as issued, and numbered ‘262’ in a contemporary hand in the top left hand corner of the first page. Some speckling to the upper section of the first page, intruding into the top of the image.

160mm x 190mm. June 25th 1804, by Laurie & Whittle, 53 Fleet Street, London.


LAURIE & WHITTLE. A suite of six engravings, mainly of rustic characters & scenery, one of goats, and another a coastal view. Stitched as issued, and numbered ‘243’ in a contemporary hand in the top left hand corner of the first page.

170mm x 195mm. Laurie & Whittle, 53 Fleet Street, Sept 22nd, 1811.


LAVATER, John Caspar. Essays on Physiognomy. Translated into English by Thomas Holcroft. Second edition. To which are added One Hundred Physiognomonical Rules, a posthumous work... and Memoirs of the Life of the Author... written by his son-in-law G. Gessner. Four volumes. iv, cxlix, 240pp; [4], 324pp; [6], 272pp; [2], 273-399, [11]pp., portrait frontispiece and 423 engraved plates. A very good set handsomely bound in full contemporary dark green morocco. Double gilt ruled and blind stamped borders, ornate gilt decorated spines, marbled end-papers and edges. Some slight foxing, and one plate just a little worn at the head of the page, but a very clean set

large 8vo. Printed by C. Whittingham. 1804.


LAVATER, J.H. Essays on Physiognomy; for the promotion of the knowledge and the love of mankind; written in the German language by J. C. Lavater, abridged from Mr. Holcrofts translation. [8], 288, 269-275, [1]p., engraved title-page, frontispiece and 6 engraved plates. A very good copy in recent quarter calf, gilt banded spine with black label, marbled boards. Some slight old waterstaining to the extreme inner margin of the title-page.

8vo. Printed for G. G. J. & J. Robinson [1800?].


LE BLOND, Guillaume. Eléments de Fortification... avec un plan des principales instructions pour former les jeunes officiers dans la science militaire ... Septieme edition, augmenteé d'un discours sur l'utilité des places fortes; de nouvelles notes. & d’Observations particulieres sur différents objets de la Fortification. [4], 96, 413, [5]pp., half-title., 37 engraved plates on 31 folding sheets.A very good clean copy bound in full contemporary mottled calf, gilt panelled spine and red morocco label. Marbled end-papers, and carmine red edges. The plates are a little proud in the binding, with a few leading edges creased and slightly dusty.

8vo. Paris, chez Charles-Antoine Jombert, pere. 1775.


~ This edition includes “Institution mathématique de feu Monseigneur le Duc de Bourgogne,” by Cardinal de Rohan, and “Dictionnaire abrégé des termes propres á la fortification,” by C. A. Jombert. On the verso of the half-title is a pasted note announcing the change of address for the shop of Alexander Jombert, jeune, successeur de Ch. Ant. Jombert, son pere.

LELAND, C.G. Elementary Metal Work. A practical manual for amateurs and for use in schools. xvi + 111 + (1)., half-title., frontispiece and 124 text illustrations. A good copy in original linen backed decorative boards. Some rubbing and slight wear to the corners and board edges.

4to. Whittaker & Co. 1894.


LEMOISNE, P.A. Gothic Painting in France. Fourteenth and Fifteenth Centuries. 166pp., 88 plates. A very good copy bound in later half red morocco, gilt spine, top-edge-gilt. Bookplate removed from the inner board, and some very slight foxing. The scarce original edition.

4to. Paris: The Pegasus Press. 1931.


LIZEROLLES, Pierre-Marie, Jules-Edouard Dufrenoy, Maurice Devries. Dans L'Intimite de Personnages Illustres, 1845-1890. Ornate title page, printed in red and black), 6 leaves of tipped-in photographic prints on both sides of thick paper. With handwritten lithographic captions, of famous French men and women of the 19th century. Ivory-white decorative embossed wrappers, with a mounted photographic print serving as the centrepiece on the front cover. Linen tie.

oblong 4to. Editions M.D. [Maurice Devries], Paris, 1951.


The first in a series of twelve volumes, which covered the period 1845-1950.

MAINWARING, Rowland. Instructive Gleanings, Moral and Scientific, from the best writers, on painting and drawing; arranged as a book of reference to the pupil and amateur; and containing much information for professional students. [8], viii, 169pp., lithograph portrait frontispiece with pink tissue guard. A very good uncut copy bound in original linen backed boards with paper spine label. Some foxing,
particularly to the frontispiece. Scarce. Later ownership inscription.

8vo. Meyler. Bath. 1832.


~ An anthology of writings by Reynolds, du Fresnoy, Richardson, Opie, Gilpin, et al., arranged by subject. Mainwaring had been a naval officer for 37 years, but in ‘these monotonous times of peace’, with ‘an unwilling retirement to halfpay’, had time for such a work.

MALVASIA, Carlo Cesare. Le Pitture di Bologna che nella pretesa e rimostrata fin’ora da altri maggiore antichita, e impareggiabile eccllenza nella pittura con manifesta evidenza di fatto rendono il passeggiere disingannato e instrutto dell’Ascoso Accademico Gelato. Terza Edizione. [36], 384pp., half-title. A good copy bound in full contemporary vellum, hand lettered spine. Some mellowing to the covers and slight wear to the head and tail of the spine. Nineteenth century armorial book-plate of Thomas Weld-Blundell.

12mo. Bologna. Nella Stamperia del Longhi. 1732.


Malvasia was born to an aristocratic Bolognese family. He gained early fame for his poetry and dabbled in painting as an aristocratic pursuit under Giacinto Campana (b. 1600), Giacomo Cavedone and the literary academy dei Gelati. After graduating with a law degree, Malvasia went to Rome in 1639 where he further participated in the literary academies (degli Umoristi and dei Fantastici) and met Cardinal Giovanni Francesco Ginetti, Cardinal Bernardino Spada (1594-1661) and the artist Alessandro Algardi (1598-1654). From 1647 onward he lectured in Law at the university in Bologna.

After publishing an essay related to the theological aspects of a painting, Lettera a Monsignor Albergati, 1652, and obtaining a theology degree in 1653, he was appointed a canon in Bologna Cathedral in 1662. Malvasia’s appointment took him to the capitals of the Italian states and contacts with the cultural administrators of the land, including Marco Boschini and Nicolas Régnier, and Cardinal Leopoldo de’ Medici (whom he advised on his collections) and, in1665, Pierre Cureau de la Chambre, who gained him entré into the French court of Louis XIV and the Académie Royale. During this period, Malvasia collected and researched the artistic life of his native Bologna. This resulted in the 1678 Felsina Pittrice, Malvasia’s narrative art history of painting in Bologna. Arranged as a series of biographies of Bolognese artists, it is the primary document on Bolognese artists of the Baroque. He attempts to place Bolognese art at the forefront, highlighting its innovations. He divided his book into four sections, beginning with the primitives, then Francesco Francia, then the Carracci and, ending with the great baroque artists of Malvasia’s generation, Guido Reni, Domenichino, Francesco Albani and Guercino.

In 1686 he published Le Pitture di Bologna, a “gallery guide” for the artists about whom he had spoken in the Felsina. The guide was tremendously popular and was reprinted seven times in the next hundred years. This edition was edited by G.P.C. Zanotti.

MARTIAL, A.P. Nouveau Traité de la Gravure a L’Eau-Forte pour les peintres et les dessinateurs. 59, [5]pp., half-title., 13 plates. Original printed wrappers rather dusty, and rear cover torn along the upper edge, but a good clean copy internally.

8vo. Paris. A. Cadart, Editeur. 1873.


MENGS, Anthony Raphael. The Works...translated from the Italian. Published by the Chev. Don Joseph Nicholas d'Azara. First English edition. Three volumes in two. iv + 225 + 153 + 162pp., engraved title-pages. Uncut copies in recent boards. Some foxing and browning to the title-pages and a number of leaves.
8vo. R. Faulder. 1796.


MERRIFIELD, Mrs. Practical Directions for Portrait Painting in Water-Colours. Thirtieth thousand. 60, 64pp illustrated adverts. A very good copy in original yellow printed glazed linen cloth.

small 8vo. Winsor and Newton. c1890.


MICHELL, John, & Canton, John. Traités sur les Aimans Artificiels; contenant une méthode courte et aisée pour les composer et leur donner une vertu supérieure à celle des aimants ordinaires; une manière d’augmenter la force des aimants naturels et de changer leurs pôles; un moyen de faire des aiguilles de boussole meilleures que celles qui sont en usage, et de leur communiquer une vertu plus forte et plus desirable. vii, [1], cxx, 160pp., 4 folding engraved plates. Full contemporary calf, gilt sunburst device in each compartment. Lacks the label and slight wear to the head of the spine. Some old abrasions to the surface leather on the boards.

12mo. Paris: chez Hippolyte-Louis Guerin. 1752.


~ The first French trarslation of this treatise on the construction of artificial magnets. With the 19th century book-plate of Capt. Thos. Herbert, Royal Navy. He fought in the first Opium War in 1841.

MURRAY, Henry. The Art of Portrait Painting in Oil Colours. With Observations on Setting and Painting the Figure. Fifty-eighth thousand. 72, 64pp of illustrated adverts. A very good copy in original printed glazed yellow linen cloth.

small 8vo. Winsor & Newton. c1890.


MUYBRIDGE, Eadweard. The Human Figure in Motion. An electro-photographic investigation of consecutive phases of muscular actions. Sixth edition. 277, [1]p., frontispiece portrait, 87 plates with comprising 2337 figures, and 384 figures on original scale. Original red cloth, gilt lettered spine. Covers a little faded and with a few minor marks.

oblong 4to. Chapman and Hall. [c1922].


NEEDHAM, J. Studies of Trees in Pencil and in Water Colors. First [and Second] Series. Two volumes. 50, [2]pp; 52, [4]pp., 18 tipped-in colour plates and 33 black and white drawings. Original decorative blue cloth, of similar colour but each with a different design as published.

4to. Blackie and Son. [1880].


NEEDHAM, J. Studies of Trees in Pencil and in Water Colors. First [and Second] Series. Two volumes. 50, [2]pp; 52, [4]pp., 18 tipped-in colour plates and 33 black and white drawings. Original decorative blue cloth, of similar colour but each with a different design as published.

4to. Blackie and Son. [1880].


The First Series offers ‘Lessons in Foliage Contrasts. Oak, Ash, Beech, &c.’ The Second deals with ‘Fir, Lime, Elm, Beech, Larch, Birch, Chestnut, Poplar and Willow.’

NEEDHAM, J. Studies of Trees in Pencil and in Water Colors. Second Series.52, [4]pp., 9 tipped-in colour plates and black and white drawings. Original decorative blue cloth, some slight rubbing.

4to. Blackie and Son. [1880].


The Second Series deals with Fir, Lime, Elm, Beech, Larch, Birch, Chestnut, Poplar and Willow.

NEVE, Richard. The City and Countrey Purchaser, and Builder's Dictionary: or, the Compleat Builder's Guide. Shewing the qualities, quantities, proportions, and rates or value of all materials relating to building; with the best method of preparing many of them. The second edition, with additions. (12) + xx + 142ff + (4)pp adverts. Rebound in full speckled calf, blind ruled borders, and spine gilt ruled. Some old light waterstaining and inner hinge of the title-page stained by old paste. Harris 596.

Harris suggests that the anonymous editor is most probably John Ozell. "To make the dictionary ‘fit for Gentlemen's Use, as the former edition was for Workmen', Ozell has carefully corrected Neve's quotations from Wotton and increased the number of architectural terms...." pp 332.

8vo. D. Browne. 1726.


[PARIS, John Ayrton]. Philosophy in Sport made Science in Earnest; being an attempt to illustrate the first principles of natural philosophy by the aid of popular toys and sports. New edition, with additions. Three volumes bound in two. xviii, 316pp; viii, 314pp; [4], 217, [1]p., title-page vignettes and woodcut illustrations by Cruikshank. A very good copy bound in contemporary dark blue half calf, broad raised bands with gilt decoration, gilt volume numbers, and red morocco title labels. Marbled edges. Some slight foxing. With the armorial bookplate of John Headlam, of Gilmonby Hall.

8vo. Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley. 1831.


~ The first edition of 1827 “includes the first printed description of a thaumatrope (p. 5 - 7 of Vol III), a toy which, in its reliance upon, and demonstration of, the principles of persistence of vision, is recognised as an important antecedent of cinematography and in particular of animation. Paris is considered to be the probable originator of this toy, although some accredit the design to Herschel - nevertheless it is most certainly Paris who made the toy popular. The first of various toys based upon persistence of vision, it was the simplest in design. On one side of a round board was drawn a bird; on the other was a cage. When the board was held at the sides by two strings and spun, both images merged and the bird appeared to be in the cage. The object of this most appealing work, according to the preface was to ‘inculcate that early love of science which can never be derived from the sterner productions. Youth is naturally addicted to amusement, and in this item his expenditure too often exceeds his allotted income. I have, therefore, taken the liberty to draw a draft upon Philosophy, with the full assurance that it will be gratefully repaid, with compound interest, ten years after date’ (p. ix). Paris follows in the tradition of Jane Marcet and Maria Edgeworth, and provides instruction through a series of amusing dialogues and conversations, and in so doing introduces the reader to a basic understanding of gravitation, motion, elasticity, pendulums, flight, sound and optics, all through the medium of toys and games.”

[Ref: Marlborough Rare Books, catalogue entry].

PENLEY, Aaron. Sketching from Nature in Water Colours. With illustrations in chromolithography after original water-colour drawings. 36, [8]pp adverts., chromolithograph half-title, 13 chromolithograph plates, and 2 lithograph plates (1 hand-coloured). A very good clean copy in original green gilt decorated cloth, all-edges-gilt.

folio. Cassell and Co. c1880.


PHILADELPHIA EXHIBITION. Westcott, Thompson. Centennial Portfolio: a souvenir of the International Exhibition at Philadelphia, comprising lithographic views of fifty of its principal buildings, with letter-press description. 52pp of text, a map of the centennial grounds, floor plans, and 52 lithographic plates of the ornate exhibition buildings printed in tints. A very good clean copy in original brick red gilt decorated cloth. Very slight wear to the corners and the head and tail of the spine.

oblong 4to. Philadelphia: Thomas Hunter. 1876.


PRINCIPLES OF LANDSCAPE. A bound collection of 38 fine engraved plates, each with caption, issued by C. Taylor between 1791 and 1793. The first plate is intended as a title-page and is engraved Principles of Landscape, this wording also features within the plate mark at the upper right hand corner of eight of the plates. The captions are Rural Subjects: D,E,H,H,I,K,L,M,O,P, Shooting: I,II. The remainder are identified views in the North of England, Snowdon, Rome and Geneva.

The publisher and dating of the plates would suggest that this was issued by Taylor possibly from the remainder stock of plates inserted in his Landscape Magazine of 1791-93. The full title of that work does accurately describe the plates present here. The Landscape Magazine: containing perceptive principles of landscape: also, a series of interesting landscapes; and views of remarkable objects, and places; grottoes, caverns, rocks, mountains, buildings, and ruins; selected from original drawings, from the works of the best masters, and forming a complete system of that delightful art. The Magazine is very scarce, ESTC recording only the BL copy in this country, and 4 copies in America. A very good copy in contemporary half red roan, head and tail of the gilt spine neatly repaired. The plates are all fresh and clean. With the contemporary ownership name of Mrs Tournay, Bath, on the inner front board.

small oblong 4to. C. Taylor. 1791-93.


RANDAU. Paul. Enamels and Enamelling. An introduction to the preparation and application of all kinds of enamels for technical and artistic purposes for enamel makers, workers in gold and silver and manufacturers of objects of art. Translated from the German by Charles Salter. 186 + (16)pp adverts., 16 text illustrations. Some browning to the title-page, and offsetting from a publishers' slip tipped in concerning the published price of the volume. A very good copy in original gilt lettered cloth.

8vo. Scott, Greenwood and Co. 1900.


RANKIN, Herbert A. Simple Lessons in Colour. 158pp., 38 colour plates. A very good copy in original pictorial cloth. Lacks the front end paper.

8vo. Sir Isaac Pitman & Sons Ltd. c1930.


RAPHAEL. His Life, Works, and Times. From the French of Eugene Muntz. Illustrated with one hundred and fifty four engravings in the text, and forty-three full-page plates. Edited by Walter Armstrong. 621pp. A very good copy in original quarter morocco, gilt lettered spine, top-edge-gilt, remainder uncut. Some foxing to the fore-edges, and also to the frontispiece & title-page.

4to. Chapman and Hall. 1882.


REYNOLDS, Joshua. Life and Times of Sir Joshua Reynolds: with notices of some of his cotemporaries (sic). Commenced by C.R. Leslie, continued and concluded by Tom Taylor. Two volumes. xvii + (i) + 532pp; vii + (i) + 646pp., 11 plates. A very good clean copy in recent gilt lettered cloth. Scarce.

8vo. John Murray. 1865.


REDGRAVE, Samuel. A Descriptive Catalogue of the Historical Collection of Water-Colour Paintings in the South Kensington Museum, with an introductory notice. viii, [2], 242pp., 21 plates (including 10 chromolithographs). Some marks to page 45, and occasional foxing, and small ink mark to the head of the title-page. A good copy in contemporary morocco backed, green pebble grain cloth boards. Some marks to the upper cover.

large 8vo. Chapman and Hall. 1876.


RICHARDSON, George. A Collection of Emblematical Figures, Moral and Instructive; chiefly composed from the Iconology of Cavaliere Cesare Ripa, Perugino: ... together with an introductory discourse on the science of iconology. The whole collected and arranged by George Richardson, architect. [14], vii, [1], 113, [1]p., 52 engraved plates. Some dustiness and occasional ink splashes to the margins of the title-page and other leaves. Bound in 19th century half calf, marbled boards. Covers very rubbed, corners bumped. Later end-papers and paste-downs. Head of dedication leaf torn, and one leaf of preface torn with slight loss of text.

folio. London: printed for the Editor. 1777.


~ Rare first printing of the work that developed into Richardson’s two volume Iconographia. ESTC N54635 recording copies at the National Trust, Duke University and University of Texas only. This edition unrecorded in auction records.

RICHARDSON, C.J. The Englishman's House from a Cottage to a Mansion. Second edition, corrected and enlarged. viii + 504 + (30)pp adverts., coloured frontispiece, decorative half-title and nearly 600 engraved text illustrations. A good copy in original decorative cloth, with slight rubbings to head and tail of spine. Corners bumped, and some occasional spotting to the frontispiece and title-page. Fresh contemporary front end-paper and paste-down.

8vo. John Camden Hotten. [1871].


~ First published the previous year under the title "Picturesque designs for mansions...", this edition has a new frontispiece depicting an Elizabethan model village. An American edition, again under a different title, appeared in 1873.

RICHMOND, W.D. The Grammar of Lithography. A practical guide for the artist and printer in commercial and artistic lithography, and chromo-lithography, zincography, photo-lithography, and lithographic machine printing. Second edition. xiii, [3], 254, 1f blank, 12pp adverts., text illustrations. Original blind stamped and gilt lettered cloth a little marked. Bridson and Wakeman D67.

8vo. E. Mencken. 1880.


ROYAL INSTITUTE OF PAINTERS IN WATER COLOURS. A programme for a “The Salon at Home”, held on Tuesday, May 16th, 1893. Decorative front cover by the architect R. Phené Spiers, with a list of Honorary Members, and a programme of the music for the evening. Spiers was the vice-chairman of the Salon. Folded sheet.

225mm x 144mm. Harrison and Son. 1893.


RUSKIN, John. The Elements of Drawing in three letters to beginners. Second edition. xxiii, 359, [1],p 48 woodcuts. A very good copy in full contemporary gilt calf prize binding. Spine gilt decorated in compartments, with black morocco label.

8vo. Smith, Elder. 1857.


SAWARD, Blanche C. Decorative Painting. A practical handbook on painting & etching upon various objects & materials for the decoration of our homes. [10], x, 214, [2]pp adverts., half-title., printed in maroon ink on blue-gray and terracotta tinted red paper., numerous decorative text engravings. A good clean copy, but in rather rubbed original decorative blind stamped cloth.

8vo. Upcott Gill. c1883.


SCHILD, Mme. Marie. One Thousand Characters Suitable for Fancy Costume Balls. Second edition. Fine decorative title-page, preliminary advert leaf, 141, [5]pp illustrated adverts., triple-folding coloured plate, 24 black and white plates, and numerous text illustrations. A very good clean copy bound in original gilt lettered olive green cloth. Some marking to the boards, but not intrusive. A very scarce and attractive work, unrecorded in Copac, which notes only a smaller work ‘Characters Suitable for Fancy Costume Balls’, with 112 pages and no coloured plate. The Metropolitan Museum have two other works by her, Children’s Fancy Costumes, and Old English Costumes, but not this title.

4to. Samuel Miller. c1884.


SILK, WOOLLEN & COTTON DYER. A fine hand-bill advertisement issued by Joseph White, Silk, Woollen & Cotton Dyer, Clothes Cleaner and Finisher, (from Leeds), No. 15, Fish-Street, Hull. He solicits patronage, dyes all sorts of silks and satins - bed and window curtains washed & glazed - scarlet cloaks, gentlemen’s clothes, and ladies’ riding habits, cleaned and dyed - Leghorn, Chip, Dunstable,
and Cane Bonnets dyed any colour. In fine condition. Unrecorded in Copac.

188mm x 106mm. John Hutchinson, Printer, Silver-Street, Hull. June, 1823.


SPERLING, Arthur. Two 19th century oblong folio drawing books of pencil sketches (some with a simple sepia wash), of cottages and rural scenery executed by this accomplished thirteen year old art pupil. 22 & 20 leaves. Bound in uniform roan backed boards, numbered 1 & 2, each with the name ‘Arthur’ on the upper cover. His name is written in full on the first inner board, dated March 1837. In very good condition. Views include, ‘Lich-gate’ Beckenham, Kent; Willingham, near Thorp, Norfolk; and Watchett, Norfolk.

230mm x 292mm. 1837.


~ Provenance: from the library of the late Alec Cotman, Keeper at Norwich Castle Museum, and an authority on the Cotman family and Norwich School of Painting. There is a note in his hand on the inner front board stating that “these would seem to be teaching copy drawing by Arthur Sperling who was possibly a pupil of J.S. Cotman , J.J. Cotman, or one of the family.”

Arthur (1824-1909) was the son of the Reverend Harvey J. Sperling, of Lattenbury Hill, Papworth St Agnes, Huntingdonshire.

TARBUCK, Edward Lance. The Encyclopaedia of Practical Carpentry and Joinery : comprising the choice, preservation, and strength of materials, explanations of the theory and practical details, a complete system of lines for the carpenter, joiner, & staircase builder, together with an account of the improvements effected in England and on the continent, and illustrations of the most remarkable executed works. [2], 236, xiv pp., half-title., lithograph frontispiece and 127 lithograph plates, some coloured (as required by Copac collation). Some slight foxing but a very good copy in contemporary half calf, blind and gilt decorated spine with green morocco label.

4to. Leipzig and Dresden. c1859.


Ref: Weinreb, 19th Century Architecture, 807, 1986.

TIFFIN, Walter F. Gossip about Portraits, including Engraved Portraits. Second edition. vi, [2], 223, [1]p., half-title., errata slip. A fine copy in original blind stamped and gilt lettered dark green cloth. A family copy, with the name Emily C. Tiffin at the head of the title-page.
Scarce. First published by Bohn in 1866.

8vo. John Russell Smith. 1867.


TOPHAM, John. A Description of an Antient Picture in Windsor Castle, representing the Embarkation of King Henry VIII at Dover, May 31, 1520; preparatory to his Interview with the French King Francis I. Read at the Society of Antiquaries, June 21, 1781. [2], 42pp., engraved plate. Title-page browned, but a good copy in later plain wrappers, with hand-written label on the upper cover. Lacks one plate.

4to. printed by J. Nichols. 1781.


VIGEE-LE-BRUN, Elisabeth Louise. The Memoirs... translated by Gerard Shelley. 217 + (1)pp., plates. A good copy in original dark blue gilt lettered cloth. Spine a little faded and slight wear to the joints. Scarce.

8vo. John Hamilton.


WESTMINSTER HALL. An Act for further amending and enlarging the Powers of an Act of the Forty-sixth Year of His present Majesty, for consolidating and rendering more effectual the several Acts for the Purchase of Buildings, and further Improvement of the Streets and Places near to Westminster Hall and the Two Houses of Parliament. 14pp., engraved plan. Some slight foxing, disbound.

folio. London: 21st June 1810.


~ Clearances of buildings in the Parliament Square area took place in 1810 in order to create the railed grass area to the north of St Margaret’s Church.

WEBB, Daniel. An Inquiry into the Beauties of Painting; and into the merits of the most celebrated painters, ancient and modern. The third edition. xvi, 200pp. A very good copy in full contemporary calf, raised and gilt banded spine with red morocco label.

foolscap 8vo. R. and J. Dodsley. 1769.


~ One of the key contributions to the debate on whether professional painters were inherently better judges of art than gentleman amateurs. Webb, himself an artist, advocates that practical knowledge of painting itself, rather than being an advantage to appreciation, carries with it dangers of mental imbalance, which must be overcome for an artist to join the ranks of the truly genteel connoisseur. see. Pears, I. The Discovery of Painting.

WILKIE, David. Cunningham, Allan. The Life of Sir David Wilkie; with his journals, tours, and critical remarks on works of art; and a selction from his correspondence. First edition. Three volumes. Portrait frontispiece to volume one. Original cloth, rebacked with the original spines relaid, paper labels chipped and the backstrips rather sunned. New edn-papers and paste-downs.

8vo. John Murray. 1843.


WHEELER, Monroe. Modern Painters and Sculptors as Illustrators. First edition. 116pp., illustrations throughout. A fine copy in original decorative boards.

4to. New York: Museum of Modern Art. 1936.


WHEELER, Gervase. The Choice of a Dwelling. A Practical Handbook of Useful Information on all points connected with hiring, buying, or building a house, with its stables and garden-outbuildings. With plans and views. Second edition, revised. xii, 305, [1]p., half-title., engraved frontispiece, and 32 figures in the text. A very good copy bound in contemporary dark red half calf, marbled boards. Ornate gilt panelled spine, raised bands and gilt morocco label. Some slight rubbing to the board edges.

8vo. John Murray. 1872.


WHITTOCK, NATHANIEL. The Youth's New London Self-Instructing Drawing Book; containing a series of progressive lessons, with instructions for drawing rural scenery, architecture, the human figure, animals, &c. iv, 108pp., 104 plates, mainly uncoloured lithographs, some in soft-ground etching. Contemporary gilt lettered cloth, covers unevenely faded, and some scattered foxing. A good copy. Archer 344.1.

oblong 8vo. G. Virtue. 1833.

WILKIE, David. Cunningham, Allan. The Life of Sir David Wilkie; with his journals, tours, and critical remarks on works of art; and a selction from his correspondence. First edition. Three volumes. Portrait frontispiece to volume one. Original cloth, rebacked with the original spines relaid, paper labels chipped and the backstrips rather sunned. New edn-papers and paste-downs.

8vo. John Murray. 1843.


WOOD, James. The Principles of Mechanics: designed for the use of students in the University. The fourth edition. [6], 199, [1]p., text diagrams. A very good copy in full contemporary calf, gilt banded spine with red morocco label. Book-plate of Yeldon Rectory, bequeathed by the Rev. E.S. Bunting, with his name on the half-title, and notes in the text..

8vo. Cambridge, printed at the University Press. 1809.


WOOD TURNING. Modern Automatic Wood Turning and Drilling Machinery. W.A. Fell, Ltd. Bridge Iron Works, Windermere. Illustrated trade catalogue. 160 pages., illustrations throughout. A good copy in original decorative wrappers.

8vo. Windermere. c1935.


WYLD, Samuel. The Practical Surveyor, or, the Art of Land-Measuring made Easy. Shewing, by plain and familiar Rules, how to Survey any Piece of Land whatsoever, by the Plain-Table, Theodolite, or Circumferentor: or, by the Chain only. And how to Protract, Cast up, Reduce and Divide the same. Likewise, an easy Method of Protracting Observations made with the Meridian; and how to cast up the Content of any Plot of Land, by Reducing any Multangular Figure to one Triangle. To which is added, an Appendix Shewing how to Draw Buildings, etc. in Perspective : of Levelling; and also how to Measure standing Timber. The second edition: corrected and enlarged by a careful hand. viii, 188, [4]pp., 6 folding plates. Contemporary panelled calf, joints cracked but firm. Head and tail of the spine a little worn, corners bumped and some rubbing to the board edges. Later end-papers and paste-downs.

8vo. London: Printed for H. Lintot, at the Cross-Keys, against St. Dunstan’s Church in Fleet-Street, [1737?]


~ ESTC T109954, 3 copies only (BL, Rothamsted, and Senate House). The work is listed in ‘The Monthly Catalogue’ for July 1737 and in ‘The Gentleman’s Magazine’.

YORK. Views of the Parish Churches in York; with a short account of each. (4)pp., 23 mounted india paper lithograph plates by R.B. each with leaf of desciptive text. Some foxing, rather heavy in places, and a little chipping to the fore-edges of some leaves. Recent wrappers with the original printed front wrapper bound in. A scarce collection of views, Boyne 77.

large 8vo. York. A. Barclay. 1831.


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