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Image for Windsor Castle : an historical romance. Illustrated by George Cruikshank & Tony Johannot : with designs on wood by W. A. Delamotte.

Windsor Castle : an historical romance. Illustrated by George Cruikshank & Tony Johannot : with designs on wood by W. A. Delamotte.

By: AINSWORTH, William Harrison : Cruikshank, Johannot & Delamotte illus.

Price: £300.00

Publisher: Colburn 1843.:

Seller ID: 8215

Condition: First Illustrated Book Edition, original blue cloth pictorially gilt. Roy.8vo, c.pp236 uncut, spine just slightly sunned, vulnerable binding lightly bumped or marked here and there, but very good. Endpaper with ticket of original 19thC bookseller Weller of Croydon. With portrait by Maclise + etched title by Johannot + 14 engraved illustrations by Cruikshank + 4 by Johannot and + 87 woodcut illustrations by Delamotte.


Rare in the original gilt-decorated cloth binding. Excellent copy in the original cloth binding, and with text and plates very clean & crisp. The first fully illustrated Book Edition : it is this 2nd Book Edition 'which is most sought after' [Locke]. Originally issued 1842-43 in Ainsworth's Magazine : followed by the 1st Book Edition issued in 3 vols but illustrated only with three Cruikshank frontispieces : followed by this 2nd Book Edition, fully illustrated as per the Ainsworth Magazine issue but with the addition of the portrait + etched title : followed by the Part Issue 1843-44 in 11 par... View more info

The Fanfrolico Press : Satyrs, Fauns & Fine Books.

By: ARNOLD, John : Fanfrolico Press.

Price: £48.00

Publisher: Private Libraries Association 2009.:

Seller ID: 9384

Condition: First Edition, blue cloth handsomely gilt. Roy.8vo, c.pp328, an excellent copy as issued. Fully illustrated.


Handsome Limited Edition. Detailed and authoritative history - with complete bibliography etc - of Jack Lindsay's prolific but short-lived idiosyncratic Australian private press, begun in Sydney in the 1920s and wound up in 1930 after a move to Britain. Includes reduced title-page facsimiles of all 46 Fanfrolico books : and also 45 illustrations, some full-page after Norman Lindsay, Edward Bawden, Hal Collins and Lionel Ellis. View more info

The Happy Hypocrite. Illustrated by George Sheringham.

By: BEERBOHM, Max.

Price: £80.00

Publisher: John Lane, The Bodley Head [1915]:

Seller ID: 9198

Condition: First Illustrated Edition, gilt buckram, front board with striking floral design in colours and gilt. Roy.8vo, c.pp71 uncut, some light spotting of text, spine lettering bit faded, lower cover a bit soiled, overall covers a bit dulled and scuffed. With illustrated endpapers : illustrated title-page in black & gold : 10 large pictorial initials and tail-pieces : and 24 full-page tissue-guarded colour plates.


A fine series of colour illustrations, and a famous example of the Romantic Movement in book illustration. 'In 1915 Sheringham illustrated Max Beerbohm's The Happy Hypocrite ... This book, which has a pretty, flowery cover, is a curious mixture of coloured lithographs and decorative two-colour initials and line-drawings. Sheringham's softly tinted lithographs have an atmosphere of chintz and pot-pourri. They marked the end of the golden days of pre-1914 England' [John Lewis : The 20th Century Book]. View more info

A Memoir : written by himself 1822 - 1828. With an introduction by Selwyn Image.

By: BEWICK, Thomas.

Price: £18.00

Publisher: London, John Lane, The Bodley Head 1924.:

Seller ID: 9451

Condition: First Selwyn Image Edition, roy.8vo [binding c. 24 x 16 cms], olive green-brown cloth lettered and with Bewick vignette in black, top edge of text block tinted red, others uncut. C.pp306, small attractive bookplate on half-title, larger bookplate removed from front pastedown, gutters of endpapers resealed with tape, binding bit worn and dulled, overall a stout copy. With portrait plate of Bewick + 60 other Bewick illustrations in text.


The first modern edition of Bewick's Memoir : 'There has been no reprint of the book since its first publication in 1862, and it has long been difficult to obtain a copy' [Selwyn Image : Introduction]. View more info

Small Packages : The Augustine Adventures : Nos 1 - 7.

By: D'ARBELOFF, Natalie.

Price: £45.00

Publisher: London, NdA Press 1984 - 1986.:

Seller ID: 9538

Condition: 7 Small Booklets, each c.pp16 plus covers, each in different coloured illustrated wrappers. Printed from cartoon-style hand-drawn texts and illustrations throughout. In excellent condition.


Scarce. An excellent long run of this amusing series. Comprises 7 issues (completed in 1988 with issue 10) detailing in delightful naive style the soul-searching anxieties plaguing Augustine's life. *** Comprises 1. Augustine Escapes : 2. Augustine Finds the Ultimate Deterrent : 3. Augustine Seen : 4. Augustine and Inertia : 5. Augustine Private and Public : 6. Augustine Not In Love : 7. Augustine and Identity. *** An uncommon run of quirky little items by Natalie d'Arbeloff, the well-known London-based print maker and producer of small press and artist's books. View more info

Death's Duell : A Sermon delivered before King Charles I in the beginning of Lent 1630/1. Edited with Postscript by Geoffrey Keynes.

By: DONNE, John : Geoffrey Keynes.

Price: £75.00

Publisher: Boston, Godine 1973:

Seller ID: 7797

Condition: Handsome binding of quarter black morocco lettered in gilt, over black cloth sides. Sm.folio, c.pp64 a.e.g., neat little endpaper booklabel, a fine copy. And with 6 plates.


Handsomely printed by Brooke Crutchley at the Cambridge University Press on quality paper. The title-page with a striking ornamental border. Includes a substantial 25pp essay on Donne by Keynes. Originally issued in rather ordinary cloth & dustwrappers : this copy however has been handsomely & appropriately bound in 'funereal' quarter black morocco. View more info

Invitation + Menu for Double Crown Club Dinner 207 on 2 December 1970.

By: DOUBLE CROWN CLUB : Henry van de Velde : Fernand Baudin : Herbert Spencer.

Price: £20.00

Publisher: Double Crown Club 1970.:

Seller ID: 9380

Condition: Together 2 items. The Menu printed in mauve and blue on large stiff white card c. 30 x 23 cms, corners just nudged, small marginal spot. The Invitation printed in matching style in green and gold on stiff white card c. 20 x 15 cms, with neat ink annotation cheque 'sent 4/11/70. Guest Graham D.', else excellent.


About 100 copies only. Designed by Herbert Spencer and printed by Lund Humphries. Both items based on a swirling Art Nouveau design by Henry van de Velde for the Continental Havana Compagnie. Fernand Baudin spoke on Henry van de Velde & Typography. View more info

Delizie Galanti del XVIII Secolo [Delightful Gallantry of the 18th Century : with illustrations after Cochin, Eisen, Boucher, Moreau Le Jeune, Charles Monnet, Binet &c].

By: EROTICA : Cochin : Eisen : Boucher : Moreau Le Jeune : Charles Monnet : Binet.

Price: £65.00

Publisher: Milan, Perrella [1950s]:

Seller ID: 7742

Condition: Stiff green wrappers sunned around backstrip. Tall 8vo, 12pp title + text &c, complete with 56 loose-leaf plates printed with captions and borders in red, neat booklabel, excellent copy in slip-case.


Edition Limited to 750 copies : this not numbered. Complete with 56 lightly erotic plates after a number of French masters. View more info

A Book Of Towers and other buildings of Southern Europe. Copper engravings by Richard Wyndham : introduction and descriptions by Sacheverell Sitwell.

By: ETCHELLS & MACDONALD : Richard Wyndham : Sacheverell Sitwell.

Price: £240.00

Publisher: Etchells & Macdonald 1928.:

Seller ID: 7805

Condition: Half vellum/parchment lettered in gilt, salmon-pink boards with illustration in black, card slip-case with large pictorial paper label. Folio, c.pp118 uncut, neat endpaper booklabel, spine just lightly dusty, slip-case slightly worn, else an excellent copy of a delicate book. With 25 copper-engraved illustrations.


Limited Edition of 337 numbered copies [& 13 Specials] printed on Zanders handmade paper. This copy with OUP publisher's slip tipped to inner foot of printed title-page. Exquisite views of buildings, townscapes and interiors from France, Italy & Spain in haunting, silvery engravings by Richard Wyndham. Brief introduction and commentary by Sacheverell Sitwell. A fine austere book, similar in style and feel to the same publisher's outstanding Sailing Ships & Barges Of The Western Mediterranean. View more info

A Point Of Departure : poems by Joyce Finzi. Wood engravings by Richard Shirley Smith.

By: FINZI, Joyce : and Richard Shirley Smith.

Price: £25.00

Publisher: Cambridge, Golden Head Press 1967:

Seller ID: 9206

Condition: First Edition, glossy dark blue illustrated wrappers lettered in white. C.pp50, couple of trifling marks, a near-fine copy of a fragile book.


Includes 17 wood engravings by Shirley Smith. Scarce book issued by Raymond Lister's Golden Head Press. And one of the earlier books to be illustrated by Shirley Smith. View more info

A View Without A Room.

By: FORSTER, E. M.

Price: £75.00

Publisher: New York, Albondocani Press 1973.:

Seller ID: 9151

Condition: First Edition, patterned wrappers and printed label. C.pp20, owner's handsome little label on wrapper turn-in, a fine copy.


Edition Limited to 200 numbered copies only : handsomely printed in Palatino on Fabriano paper, and sewn in striking patterned Italian Bertini paper wrappers. A 'prophetic retrospect', written in 1958 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of A Room With A View, in which Forster brings the lives of the characters from his famous novel up to date. View more info

Christmas 1982.

By: FRIENDS' PRESS, Cambridge : Patricia Jaffe : Mrs Turner.

Price: £30.00

Publisher: Cambridge, Fitzwilliam Museum, The Friends' Press 1982:

Seller ID: 7735

Condition: Striking marbled paper chemise with decorative label in red. Narrow 8vo, containing 8 loose leaves, a fine copy.


Scarce early item from the unusual The Friends' Press. Wrappers contain illustrated title leaf + colophon leaf + 6 other leaves. Texts and woodcuts are from Cautionary Tales In Verse taken from Mrs Turner's The Daisy, and The Cowslip 1811. Hand-set and printed on tinted leaves by Patricia Jaffe. View more info

Servile Labour & Contemplation. Foreword by Brocard Sewell.

By: GILL, Eric : Brocard Sewell.

Price: £20.00

Publisher: Aylesford Press 1989:

Seller ID: 2868

Condition: Quarter cloth & marbled boards, with handsome dws, c.pp24, a very fine copy.


Edition Limited to only 100 numbered hardbound copies [& 25 Signed Specials & 267 ordinaries]. First publication of this short essay by Gill. View more info

Unto The Fields. Illustrated by Harry A. Pettit.

By: GILLINGHAM, H. W. : Hughes Stanton association.

Price: £30.00

Publisher: London, Country Book Club 1955.:

Seller ID: 9521

Condition: Green cloth with patterned green and white dustwrappers. 8vo [binding c.22 x 14 cms], pp287, backstrip slightly faded, dustwrappers slightly darkened along backstrip and just chipped at head and foot, else a very good copy.


Illustrated with c.64 very attractive woodcut country scenes. *** A lyrical account of the English countryside and its wildlife around Epping Forest, Essex, during the period 1934 to 1948, by the Canadian-born naturalist H. W. Gillingham. The book was first published in 1953. *** This is the first of only a handful of books to be illustrated by Harry Pettit, wildlife artist, ecologist and associate of the naturalist Peter Scott. *** This copy with endpaper inscribed 'Chloris Hughes Stanton, 2 Cedar House, Marloes Rd W8'. She was the daughter of the artist Sir Herbert Hughes-Stanton, and ... View more info

The Hundredth Story of A. E. Coppard. With engravings by Robert Gibbings.

By: GOLDEN COCKEREL PRESS : A. E. Coppard : Robert Gibbings.

Price: £50.00

Publisher: Golden Cockerel Press 1931.:

Seller ID: 9509

Condition: Quarter green morocco gilt over strikingly patterned green and cream woodcut paper boards. Royal 8vo [binding c. 24.5 x 16 cms], c.pp64, top edge of the text block gilt, others uncut. Backstrip faded to neutral and just fractionally nicked at extreme head and foot, corners scuffed or nudged. Internally very clean and crisp.


Edition Limited to 1000 numbered copies. With 4 large bird or aimal headpiece wood engravings by Robert Gibbings. This copy with the Notice to Subscribers loosely enclosed as issued. *** The first book in Eric Gill's new Golden Cockerel type expressly designed for the use of the press. The striking woodcut paper boards were designed by Tirzah Garwood. Chanticleer 74. View more info

R. L. Stevenson To J. M. Barrie : a Vailima portrait. Intro by Bradford A. Booth.

By: GRABHORN PRESS : R. L. Stevenson & J. M. Barrie.

Price: £68.00

Publisher: Grabhorn Press, San Francisco 1962.:

Seller ID: 4228

Condition: Quarter holland & striking patterned boards. Folio, c.pp36 uncut, one lower corner just scuffed. With ms facsimile & 4 drawings [red on blue paper] by Isobel Strong. Fine copy.


475 copies in red & black throughout. Very attractive Grabhorn Press book. View more info

Sixe Idillia 1588 : poems or eclogues by Theocritus translated into English verse. Intro by S. Gaselee.

By: GRIBBLE, Vivien : Stanley Morison : Theocritus.

Price: £85.00

Publisher: Duckworth 1922.:

Seller ID: 4516

Condition: Ruari McLean Copy.* Quarter buckram gilt, illustrated boards, and with dws printed with text & illustration. Slim folio, c.pp60 uncut, endpapers darkened as always, some wear to edge of lower board at two places. With numerous woodcut illustrations & decorations by Vivien Gribble.


350 copies on hmp: numbered & signed by Gribble. Designed by Stanley Morison who finally chose the unusual Cloister Old Style types after some seven trial settings. Vivien Gribble's first book illustrations. Very attractive and rather uncommon book. This copy with the neat typographical bookplate of Ruari McLean, typographer and historian of book design. View more info

An Innocent Grows Up.

By: HANCOCK, Norman : John Piper.

Price: £25.00

Publisher: Dent 1947:

Seller ID: 9037

Condition: First Edition, gilt cloth & colour illustrated dws. C.pp190, two small and very neat signatures on corner of endpaper, also neat little endpaper booklabel, a fine bright copy. The dws with colour lithograph by John Piper : this is repeated within as a double-spread frontispiece.


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The Lion & The Farmer : an engraving from Aesop's Fables 1928.

By: JONES, David : Aesop.

Price: £750.00

Publisher: 1928.

Seller ID: 6878

Condition: Copper Engraving [image size c.6.5 x 8cms] attractively mounted & framed in simple lime-washed wood [size c.25.5 x 27cms].


One of only seven engravings from the extremely rare privately issued 1928 Aesop's Fables. Stanley Morison 'had asked David Jones to illustrate with copper engravings some of the Fables of Aesop for a type specimen of the New Hellenic Type (in Greek characters) designed by Scholderer for the Lanston Monotype Corp. This was privately issued in 1928 with seven copper engravings, and is now extremely rare. 150 copies were specified in the colophon; but in one extant copy Morison altered the number to 50, and in another to 30 ... Finally the copper plates were lost in the Blitz that destroyed both... View more info

Image for Marie Laurencin : avec une preface par Marcel Jouhandeau.

Marie Laurencin : avec une preface par Marcel Jouhandeau.

By: LAURENCIN : Marcel Jouhandeau.

Price: £190.00

Publisher: Paris, Quatre Chemins 1928.:

Seller ID: 7150

Condition: Wrappers with printed label. Sm.folio, c.24pp text + 5 colour plates + 32 black-&-white plates. Endpaper with handsome small booklabel, wrappers faded to neutral, else very good.


Limited Edition printed by Ducros & Colas on a thick card-like paper : the illustrations printed by Jacomet and by Barry. View more info