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A Tour Through Paris, Illustrated with Seventeen Colored Plates, Accompanied with Descriptive Letter-Press
1 A Tour Through Paris, Illustrated with Seventeen Colored Plates, Accompanied with Descriptive Letter-Press
London William Sams Quarter Calf Very Good 
N.d., 1834. Folio-sized, 14 by 10 inches, or 36 by 25 cm. The subject matter of the plates is full of delight and surprise, and the composition and coloring is singularly tasteful and sublime. Highlights are surely the dancers on stilts, the blind man on the bridge, the juggler or the charcoal porters. But this is not an early, Parisian version of "London Poor" or the street life of Paris, for we encounter people from all walks of life, and we are taken to places more private, such as the interior of a swimming school! Perhaps the most exception aspect of this collection of plates is how it teems with life. Every plate has a real story to tell -- this is not a mere collection of costume or caricature! Most of the plates are watermarked 1822, and we find also 1824. Tooley 444. (This edition omits four plates from the 1822 edition.) Text leaves with scattered light to moderate foxing, more prevalent on title and some prelim pages, as well as tissue guards. Plates are generally clean, and the little bits of soiling in the margins of a few is trivial. One plate with margin chip. Corner dampstain affecting corner of early leaves. In sum, the defects of the text pages is more than compensated by the general luster of the plates. 
Price: 3600.00 USD
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2 Jenkins, Js. [James] The Martial Achievements of Great Britain and Her Allies; from 1799 to 1815
London Js. Jenkins 1815 First Edition Full Morocco Very Good 
Folio, 35 by 28 cm. With 52 hand-colored aquatint plates (including title vignette) as well as hand-colored dedication to Duke of Wellington. Engraved title (uncolored). Aquatinted by Thomas Sutherland after paintings by William Heath. Plates dated 1814 and 1815. Tooley 281. Abbey, Life 365. A contemporary history of the Napoleonic Wars with plates capturing well the frenzy, action, excitement, horror and heroism of war with astonishing realism. Scattered light to moderate soiling, including finger smudges in margins of some plates. One closed tear, about 3 cm or one inch, in a plate margin repaired with archival tape. Rebacked sympathetically, and quite inconspicuously -- the spine leather is slightly darker but passes as a good match, and the gilt decoration on the spine is in a period correct style, and fits with the gilt and blind decoration on the boards. 
Price: 5000.00 USD
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A Nineteenth Century, and Familiar History of the Lives, Loves, Misfortunes of Abeillard and Heloisa:  A Matchless Pair, Who Flourished in the Twelfth Century, Rabelais, Robert (pseudonym); etchings by T. Landseer, aquatinted by G. Lewis, from drawings by Thurston
3 Rabelais, Robert (pseudonym); etchings by T. Landseer, aquatinted by G. Lewis, from drawings by Thurston A Nineteenth Century, and Familiar History of the Lives, Loves, Misfortunes of Abeillard and Heloisa: A Matchless Pair, Who Flourished in the Twelfth Century
London J. Bumpus 1819 Very Good 
8vo. xvii, 384 pp. With nine of ten hand colored aquatint plates. Since there is no evidence in the form of offsetting of the missing plate, it may never have been bound into this particular copy. Notwithstanding its omission, the scarcity of this work of English caricature and illustration from Regency England make this a desirable copy. Prideaux 348. Small repair to the top of one plate, a tiny chip on another, and and a few text pages with a repair. Heavy offsetting onto text pages of plates. Otherwise internally quite clean. Attractively bound in three quarter red morocco. 
Price: 495.00 USD
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