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ADAMS, Henry. Strains in Ironwork. A course of eight elementary lectures delivered before the Society of Engineers, in their Hall, session 1882-3. Third edition. vii, [1], 65, [1]p., 8 folding plates (one slightly torn), and 32pp of adverts. A very good copy in original gilt lettered brown cloth.

8vo. E. & F.N. Spon. 1898. £30.00

ARCHITECTURAL HISTORY. Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain. Volumes 1 (1958) to Volume 42 (1999), with the index to Volumes 1-25. Very good copies in original wrappers. Together with 16 volumes of annual conference papers, and Newsletter No. 14 (1976) - No. 74 (2001).

8vo. (York, subsequently Leeds), Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain 1958-1999.


ARMORIAL SHIELDS. An unusual collection of 13 engraved plates, identical, unnumbered, and each with twelve blank ‘shields’ for the owner to create their own armorial. The shields are set within a decorative framework, and the first five have been completed in pen and ink by an early owner. The families are Poulle, Rademaker, Edinge, Dugardin and de Buure. In very good clean condition, and bound in late 19th century linen backed marbled boards. The plates do not have any note of engraver or printer.
300mm x 258mm. Dutch? c1790. £295.00

~ Origin and dating of the paper is possible on the basis of the watermark “I Villedary” with a Fleur de Lys. This watermark belongs to the well-known French paper maker Jean Villedary who in the middle of the 18th century was employed in France and in Angouleme whose paper was exported to Holland. From 1758 Villedary also had a paper mill in Hattem in Overijssel where he paper produced for the Dutch market.

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.

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.


BROOKES, Warwick. Photographs from Original Sketches. 31 mounted photographs on card, with wide margins. One card foxed, otherwise in good clean condition, with just some slight dustiness to the outer edges of some cards. Original dark green half morocco portfolio, gilt lettered on the upper cover. Head and tail of the spine neatly repaired, some rubbing to the spine and corners.

folio. c1871.


The sketches are dated 1856-1869, and this copy collates with that in the V & A. Museum, also with 31 photographs.

In April 1871 the following article appeared in the Manchester Guardian.

“Honours To A Manchester Artist, - We have repeatedly alluded with great pleasure to the beautiful drawings in pencil and pen and ink by Mr. Warwick Brookes of this City, of single figures and groups of children. They have been seen at various local exhibitions. Recently Mr. Gladstone saw some of these drawings at the residence of Sir Walter James, and borrowed them to show to the Princess Louise. The Princess, who is known to be an accomplished amateur artist, showed them to the Queen, who expressed a desire to purchase some of Mr. Brookes's drawings. Her Majesty has selected four, and characterized them as 'really charming'. The Queen has also without solicitation, directed that Mr. Warwick Brookes's name should be added to the Civil List for the amount of £100 per annum. Portfolios of photographs from his sketches have also been purchased for The Royal Academy and for The South Kensington Museum. We are glad that our able and modest fellow-citizen is being thus appreciated.”

In a letter from Warwick Brookes, artist, dated 8th April 1871, written in the third person to a Miss Ida Rawlins, (who it appears had written to Brookes to request his autograph), Brookes explains that he is not the only Warwick Brookes in the district, but he has a nephew, also Warwick Brookes who “is a photographer, but not much of an artist...” It is most probably this nephew who took the photographs for the production of these portfolios.

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.


CARICATURE. A late 18th century ink and wash drawing of a group of five caricature heads, in the style of Rowlandson. One depicts a connoisseur with eye glass, and another bears a resemblance to Samuel Johnson. With a window mount, and held down by tape on the reverse.
195mm x 195mm (image size). c1790.

£195.00 + vat

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.


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.


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.


DE SALVERTE, Comte François. Les Ebénistes du XVIII Siècle. Troisième edition. Album des Planches. [10]pp., 66 plates. A very good copy in original linen backed portfolio, printed boards with cloth ties.

4to. Paris. Les Editions d’Art et d’Histoire. 1935.


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.

FLATHER, Samuel. Flather’s Trade Recipes, an Invaluable Collection of Practical Recipes and Trade Processes for merchants, chemists, physicians, herbalists, grocers, bakers, confectioners, barbers, jewellers, tanners, curriers, harness-makers, farmers, and heads of families. The recipes embody the closest approximations of some of the most skilful analysts of the day, and the articles prepared from them will be found fully equal if not superior to the advertised preparations. [2], 136pp. A good copy in original gilt lettered cloth, some slight rubbing.
8vo. Manchester: Sam Flather. 1896.


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

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.


FURNITURE. Three original watercolour designs for chairs by Schmit & Co., Rue de Charonne, Paris. The single sheet, on card, is headed ‘Petit Salon’ and bears the firm’s stamp at the bottom, dated February 1896. Very slightly dusty, but in good condition.

460mm x 315mm. 1898.


The firm was founded in 1818, and by the 1870's had gathered a team of prestigious interior decorators, cabinet-makers, sculptors, upholsterers, joiners, furniture makers, bronze makers, whose international reputation was based on period furniture making and reproduction. They received a Gold Medal at The Exposition Universelle of 1889 in Paris.

[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.


REVEREND GARDNOR’S ACADEMY. An eighteenth century pen, ink and wash drawing of a river scene with an unidentified townscape on one bank, including a church tower, fortifications and a bridge. In the foreground two figures and a dog sit and stand under a tree watching a boatman row down the river. Drawn on laid paper pasted onto another sheet, and with a modern wash-line mount. Some slight wear outside of the image to the backing sheet. This had a modern note that it was drawn by Nat. Howard, at the Rev. M. Gardener’s Academy, Battersea, Surrey, May 1772. I imagine this drawing originated from a portfolio, from whence this information was taken.

234mm x 300mm. [1772].

£220.00 + VAT

The attribution actually refers to the Rev. John Gardnor (born 1728 or 1729) who as the parish curate and doubtless seeking to supplement his income, issued a detailed prospectus for an academy for a maximum of thirty boys (boarders only) in his house at 13 Kensington Square, Battersea. Mathematics, geography, music, drawing and fencing were all offered; decorum was punctiliously observed at mealtimes, Gardnor told prospective parents, while ‘the French Tongue is constantly spoken in the Family’ – fees, £30 per year, or 40 guineas for ‘Parlour Boarders’. After Gardnor took over as vicar in 1778, the academy was being run in partnership with the glass enameller and drawing master William Beilby. From 1763 to 1767 and again in 1769 Gardnor exhibited at the Free Society of Artists, showing a total of more than two dozen paintings and drawings of landscapes. He is also known as the man who married William Blake and Catherine Boucher, in St Mary’s Church, Battersea, in 1782. Ref: Morton D. Paley, The Man Who Married the Blakes. The Blake Quarterly, Spring 2009.

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

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.


HAZLITT, William. Criticisms on Art: and Sketches of the Picture Galleries of England. With catalogues of the principal galleries, now first collected. First and Second Series. First edition. Two volumes. x, 335, [1], lxxxiv, [2], xvi adverts; x, 384, appendix. Very good copies in original blind stamped and gilt lettered green cloth. Spines slightly faded.
8vo. C. Templeman. 1843-1844.


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.


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.


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.

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.

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.


MULLER, William J. Catalogue of a Loan Collection of Paintings in Oil and Water Colours, by William J. Muller. With descriptive notes and twenty-four illustrations. Compiled by Whitworth Wallis and Arthur Bensley Chamberlain. 40pp., plates. Some foxing but a good copy in the original cream and brown gilt lettered buckram, top-edge-gilt.

4to. City of Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery. 1896.


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. 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.

[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].

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.


PREISLER, Johann Daniel. Seven sepia engraved plates on five folio leaves. Five bear the name J.D. Preisler, and the other two appear to originate from the same series. They may form part of Gründliche Anweisung zu richtichen Entwürffen ... der Blumen ... von Johann Daniel Preisler ... bey dem sie auch zu finden, which was published 1730-35.
c360mm x 215mm (sheet size). Nuremberg, 1730-1735?


~ Johann Daniel Preissler,(1666-1737), received his first artistic training in his home town of Nuremberg under his father, the history painter and portraitist Daniel Preissler (1627–1665). He continued his education in the studio of Johann Murrer, and from 1688 to 1696 lived in Italy, including periods in Rome and Venice. In 1705 he became the director of Nuremberg’s Academy of Fine Arts, and in 1716 founded the Zeichenschule (drawing school), open to “poor people’s children”. It proved a great success, with 71 students entering in the first year, and its intake was so large that in 1721 Preissler began producing the teaching materials which later became his “Die durch Theorie erfundene Practic.”

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, 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.


ROTHERY, Guy Cadogan. Decorators’ Symbols, Emblems & Devices. With original designs by E. Fletcher Clayton. First edition. 131, [5]pp adverts., half-title., frontispiece, 18 plates. A near fine copy in original blind stamped red cloth, lettered in black. Scarce.
8vo. The Trade Papers Publishing Co. Ltd. 1907.


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.


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.


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.


VASARI, Giorgio. Le Opere di Giorgio Vasari. Pittore e Architetto Aretino. Bound in two volumes. xvii, 724pp; 725-1496, [1] errata., double column text. Nineteenth century half calf, gilt bands and lettering to the spines, marbled boards. Covers rather rubbed with some wear towards the foot of one spine. Board edges rubbed, some foxing, and with later plain end-papers. The preface is by Giovanni Masselli.
large 8vo. Firenze, per David Passigli. 1832-1838.


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.

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.


WILLEMENT, Thomas. Heraldic Notices of Canterbury Cathedral with Genealogical and Topographical Notes. To which is added, a chronological list of the Archbishops of Canterbury, with the Blazon of their respective arms. First edition. xi, [1], 188pp., engraved frontispiece depicting ‘antient bosses in the cloisters of Canterbury Cathedral’, and small coats of arms in the text. A very good clean copy bound in later 19th century mottled half calf, marbled boards, raised and gilt banded spine with red morocco label.
4to. Harding, Lepard, and Co. 1827.


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.


WYATT, Lewis William. A signature clipped from a letter, which concludes “... Sir Warwick - give my kind regards to him and believe me... yours very sincerely, W. Wyatt.”

90mmx 112mm. c1820.

£20.00 + vat

Lewis William Wyatt (1777—1853) was a British architect, a nephew of both Samuel and James Wyatt of the Wyatt family of architects, who articled with each of his uncles and began practice on his own about 1805. He is known primarily for the English country houses he designed, which include restoring and altering Lyme Park and Heaton Park.

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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