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Northampton : The Cultural Mile.

By: ALSOP, William et al.

Price: £20.00

Publisher: Alsop; with Northampton Borough & County Councils [1990s].:

Seller ID: 9436

Condition: Booklet c. 15 x 21 cms with stiff pink wrappers with designs in white and green. 84pp fully illustrated throughout in colour, excellent copy.


Fully illustrated booklet on the regeneration of Northampton, led by the outstanding Northampton-born modern architect Will Alsop. View more info

The Architecture Of Ancient Rome : an account of its historic development. New Edition revised and rewritten by Thomas Ashby.

By: ANDERSON, W. J. : and R. H. Spiers : Thomas Ashby.

Price: £50.00

Publisher: Batsford 1927:

Seller ID: 5958

Condition: Roy.8vo, gilt cloth, excellent bright copy. C.202pp with 34 illustrations & plans : and 94 plates.


Handsome book : well illustrated. First published 1902 : here very fully revised. View more info

Venetia Felix : Gabriel Bella (Venetian painter 1730 - 1798), Chronicler of the Republic. Text by Alvise Zorzi : Introduction by Vittorio Sgarbi.

By: BELLA, Gabriel : Alvise Zorzi : Vittorio Sgarbi.

Price: £125.00

Publisher: Milan, Franco Maria Ricci 1989:

Seller ID: 8999

Condition: Black cloth gilt with striking mounted colour label, with original very handsome matching folding box. Large 4to, c.pp224 text in Italian & English, endpaper with handsome armorial bookplate. Includes 67 superb tipped-in colour plates. A fine copy of this sumptuous book.


Superb Numbered Limited Edition exceptionally handsomely produced in Bodoni types on handlaid blue-tinted Fabriano paper. Gabriel Bella documented scenes from life in 18th Century Venice in a series of 67 paintings These illustrate all aspects of public life from The Coronation Of The Doge, to A Wedding At The Salute, to A Dance In A Campiello. An extremely attractive 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

Jerusalem. A Facsimile of the Illuminated Book. With Introduction by Joseph Wicksteed and Bibliographical Statement by Geoffrey Keynes.

By: BLAKE, William : Joseph Wicksteed : Geoffrey Keynes.

Price: £2,750.00

Publisher: Trianon Press for the William Blake Trust [1951]:

Seller ID: 9008

Condition: ** Raymond Lister Copy ** Folio, 5 fascicles in grey wrappers, contained in original blue and gold spangled folding box as issued. Folding box with short split in linen at head and foot of opening hinge, box with a couple of other piffling scuffs, else a very fine copy of a large and vulnerable item. Includes 100 superb hand-coloured plates.


The first of the superb Trianon Press Blake Facsimiles : 'The final result bears the closest possible resemblance to Blake's original plates'. Edition Limited to 516 numbered copies : superbly printed on a pure rag paper especially manufactured to match the original paper used by Blake. The earliest, and one of the most important and most admired of the Trianon Press Facsimiles, it was taken from the only complete copy of Jerusalem to have been hand-printed and hand-coloured by William Blake himself. ** The Raymond Lister Copy : with the discreet and very attractive little book label of Pame... View more info

A Jubilee Memorial of the Consecration of Christ Church, Cambridge : which took place 27 June 1839. To which is prefixed A Short History Of Barnwell Priory from its foundation to the present time. By William White, sub-Librarian of Trinity College.

By: CAMBRIDGE : William White.

Price: £55.00

Publisher: Cambridge, Heffer 1889.:

Seller ID: 9276

Condition: First Edition, blue cloth gilt. Sm.8vo, c.pp56, neat early signature on endpaper. Cloth a little scuffed and lightly marked, free endpapers darkened, but a good copy of a vulnerable little book. With 1 plate + 2 text illustrations.


Rare : only the British Library and the Cambridge University Library copies located in the UK. View more info

Giacomo Balla : an album of his life and work. Introduction by Giuseppe Ungaretti.

By: DORAZIO, Virginia Dortch.

Price: £60.00

Publisher: Venice, Alfieri nd [c.1969].:

Seller ID: 9464

Condition: White boards lettered in black, striking green and white illustrated dustwrappers. 4to [binding c.23 x 23 cms], c.pp142, an excellent copy.


Chronologically arranged album of Balla's life 1871 - 1958 as a leading Futurist painter and designer. Essentially a picture essay, with texts mainly in the form of greatly extended captions. Also includes original writings by Balla, a text by Marinetti, and the Futurist manifestos The Anti-Neutral Suit, The Futurist Reconstruction of the Universe, and The Futurist Cinema. 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

Robert & Andrew Foulis and the Glasgow Press : with some account of the Glasgow Academy of the Fine Arts. By D. Murray.

By: FOULIS : D. Murray.

Price: £95.00

Publisher: Glasgow, Maclehose 1913:

Seller ID: 1373

Condition: Linen-backed boards. 4to, c.pp155 uncut, as so often boards and label somewhat age-darkened, but else a very good copy of a vulnerable book. Contents extremely clean and bright : with the spare label tipped-in at rear. With 13 plates & facsimiles.


Important book on the leading 18thC Glasgow printer-publishers. View more info

Biographical Sketches Of Eminent Artists : comprising Painters, Sculptors, Engravers & Architects from the earliest ages to the present time. Interspersed with original anecdotes. With an Introduction containing a brief account of various schools of art. By John Gould.

By: GOULD, John : William Blake.

Price: £110.00

Publisher: Effingham Wilson 1834:

Seller ID: 9057

Condition: First Edition, contemporary gilt calf, morocco label. Thick dumpy 8vo, c.pp772, binding a bit rubbed and scuffed, some cracking of joints [this is a book too thick for its height], slight creasing to extreme bottom corner of c.60pp, still a decent mellow copy, and internally very clean and bright. With folding engraved frontispiece of the facade of The National Gallery.


See Bentley : Blake 1716 for the c.59 line entry for William Blake. View more info

The Union Jack : Its History & Development. Second Edition, with additions.

By: GREEN, Emanuel.

Price: £75.00

Publisher: London, Harrison; and Bath, Gregory 1903:

Seller ID: 7786

Condition: Blue cloth lettered in gilt. C.pp34 t.e.g., others uncut, handsome armorial bookplate of Astley Gerry, excellent copy. With 3 coloured plates showing 12 flags.


Scarce. Emmanuel Green d.1919 was a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and wrote a number of books on Bath, Somerset, the West Country. See Cambridge University Library noting only the 2nd Edition as here : and see NUC listing only 2 copies, both also the 2nd Edition. View more info

[Volume of Victorian Family Photographs c.1860s].

By: Lonsdale, John Smith, photographer.

Price: £110.00

Publisher: London, Lonsdale [c.1860s].:

Seller ID: 9536

Condition: Handsome morocco volume c. 15 x 12 cms containing family photographs. Comprises 23 photo portraits inserted front and back into 12 thick card leaves each printed with gilt arched frames, and bound in dark green morocco handsomely decorated in gilt and blind, the card leaves with all edges gilt, the binding with double brass clasps. In excellent condition.


A series of single-figure studio portraits by John Smith Lonsdale, who advertises himself here as : Artist & Photographer, 100 Fleet Street, London E.C. *** Lonsdale was born in Scotland in 1829, and seems to have worked only briefly as a photographer : from 1863 - 1864 in his Fleet Street studio, and from 1864 - 1869 at 54 Chancery Lane. He also had a brief career as a portrait painter 1866 - 1867. Lonsdale died at St Pancras in London in 1897. *** Photographs by Lonsdale appear to be scarce : the Victoria & Albert Museum locates only one, an 1860s portrait of Alice Marriott, the celebrat... View more info

Street Lights & Urban Furnishing [a portfolio containing 12 publications detailing the cast-iron street furniture available from the firm Neri of Longiano].

By: NERI Ltd of Longiano.

Price: £55.00

Publisher: Neri [c. 1991].:

Seller ID: 9438

Condition: Stiff glossy white portfolio containing 12 publications each c. 30 x 21 cms. Some slight bumping to portfolio, else all in excellent condition.


Comprising a dozen handsome publications from the leading Italian firm Neri. 1. Casting An Eye On Italy : a journey through Italian Piazzas & Gardens of the 19th & 20th Centuries with an exhibition of masterpieces from the Italian Museum of Cast Iron, Longiano, Rimini : 63pp fully illustrated 2. Ascoli Piceno : Stone & Light : 16pp fully illustrated + 8pp insert 3. Vicenza : History of Light : 16pp fully illustrated + 4pp insert 4. Cast-Iron Objects for Urban Decor : Techniques of Restoration : 16pp fully illustrated 5. Cast-Iron Bollards : 8pp fully illustrated 6. Cast-Iron Post & Street Cloc... View more info

The Stones Of Venice : Introductory Chapters and Local Indices (printed separately) for the use of travellers while staying in Venice and Verona. Vol 1 the 3rd Edition (revised) 1884. Vol 2 the 2nd Edition 1885.

By: RUSKIN, John.

Price: £30.00

Publisher: Orpington, Kent, George Allen 1884 & 1885.:

Seller ID: 9505

Condition: 2 Volumes, publisher's original dark green roan gilt. 8vos [bindings c.18 x 12 cms], c.pp310 + 368, with all edges of the text block gilt. Name stamp of William Peers of Bury on blank corner of title-page and on endpaper, and small attractive modern woodcut booklabel on front paste-down. Vol 1 backstrip bit rubbed and joints splitting, Vol 2 in very good condition, both vols very clean and fresh internally.


Pocket Edition - edited down by Ruskin himself - of the original very extensive text of The Stones Of Venice. View more info

Southern Baroque Revisited.

By: SITWELL, Sacheverell.

Price: £65.00

Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson 1967.:

Seller ID: 8219

Condition: * Presentation Copy.* Roy.8vo, c.pp320, neat little endpaper booklabel, gilt cloth, excellent bright copy. Includes 96pp b&w plates showing c.142 subjects + 15 colour plates.


Inscribed by Sacheverell Sitwell to Patrick Hadley thus : 'For Paddy with love and all good wishes from Sachie. 21 October 1967'. View more info

[Theatre Ephemera relating to the production of] Mnemonic.

By: THEATRE De COMPLICITE : Simon McBurney.

Price: £25.00

Publisher: Theatre de Complicite 1999.:

Seller ID: 9426

Condition: Self-sealing plastic bag c. 14 x 12 cms containing a black cotton & silk eye-mask or blindfold together with a large dried leaf. In fine condition.


With printed label reading : 'Theatre de Complicite / mnemonic / Please do not open until instructed. At the end of the performance place your mask and leaf back in this envelope and leave it on your chair. Thank you'. *** Mnemonic, one of Theatre de Complicite's stunning award-winning productions, intertwined the true story of the discovery in the Tyrolean Alps of the preserved remains of a neolithic man with themes of memory, exile and loss. At one point the audience is required to put on the blindfolds supplied [as here] and travel back through their lives, the lives of their parents and ... View more info