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Album of a Dozen Chinese Watercolors of Colorful Birds on Pith Paper, 19th Century
1 Album of a Dozen Chinese Watercolors of Colorful Birds on Pith Paper, 19th Century
Silk covered boards Good 
N.d., circa 1850. 12mo, 16 by 12 cm. Each painting mounted on thin paper and framed with blue strips, as typical of such albums made presumably for the tourist and expatriate market. The paintings have a disarming naive quality. Yet in our view the paintings have more color and detail than the average such album of this size (larger format pictures tend to be more nuanced when it comes to this genre). The silk patterned cover has had its joints repaired. The usual amount of fissures, or tears, to the pith paper. Most of the paintings have no or very light defects of this type. 
Price: 1500.00 USD
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Album of Pen-and-Ink Illustrations Framing Albumen Photographs
2 Album of Pen-and-Ink Illustrations Framing Albumen Photographs
Full Morocco Very Good 
Charming, varied and meticulously rendered pictorial penwork decoration to many of the mounted photos. N.d., circa 1880s. 8vo. 21 by 17 cm. 28 leaves of card stock, or 54 pages, with mounted photos, and pen-and-ink decoration on 32 of those pages -- we aren't counting the pages with unfinished pencil sketching, although a few of those might arguably be viewed as essentially fully decorated. The photos would appear to be a mix of family members -- the Campbell family, probably other relatives and/or close friends with other surnames -- and celebrities. The penwork, though, is what sets this album apart. Often the illustrations are spread over two facing pages, and sometimes the imagery includes miniature vignette insets. Among the illustrations are a cemetery monument, a mountain road and its ramparts, lighthouses, beached rowboats, shells, willow ware, wildlife, hunters, country manor houses, shore panoramas, etc. The artwork favors rural beauty and the natural world, and the artist, a gifted amateur surely, was seeking to capture the beautiful and the ideal. A few of the drawings feature color ink, but mostly the inkwork is in black. The imagery is of a type one might find in other albums, but seldom as well done as here. Condition: starting, and heavy rubbing, of the joints, and rubbing along the edges and other wear to the binding. Light and even soiling of the leaves. 
Price: 1500.00 USD
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Album of Sixteen Hand-Colored Aquatint Swiss Views
3 Album of Sixteen Hand-Colored Aquatint Swiss Views
Zurich H. F. Leuthold; Dikenman. Cloth Very Good 
N.d., circa 1840. Oblong 4to. 25.5 by 33.5 cm. Views of Rigi, Zurich, Luzerne, the Rhine Falls, Hof Ragaz, Giessbach, Brienz, Interlaken, the Wetterhorn, the Staubach, Thun, and Vevey. The coloring is lush, the detailing, precise, and these plates are very much in the tradition of Lory, in their style and their quality. We believe this was an album that was assembled by a tourist, who would have chosen from a selection at a print shop and arranged, probably there, to have the prints then handsomely bound. Most of the prints were published by Dikenman, with a few by Leuthold. A few abrasions on the red pebbled cloth, which bears an owner's initials and has blindstamped and gilt ruled decoration. Tissue guards within with creases. Some marginal soiling. Pictures themselves are clean and stunning. 
Price: 3500.00 USD
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Bilderbuch:  Der Kampf mit dem Drachen
4 Bilderbuch: Der Kampf mit dem Drachen
Hardcover. Rope binding. Very Good 
Original fairy tale with disarming naive watercolors that thoroughly illustrate the tale. N.d., circa 1910. Oblong 8vo. 19 by 28.5 cm. 11 leaves of heavy card, each with a mounted watercolor illustration on the verso, and mounted text page, in verse surrounded by Jugenstil line decorations, on the facing rectos. The watercolors all cover every inch of their boards, and this imparts a rich lushness seldom encountered in such juvenile efforts. The narrative is about a dwarf named Pumpel who lives in a mushroom hut. Because he is bored, he decides to venture out into the world on a snail-driven cart. Hungry and thirsty, he comes upon an inn run by a landlady frog Unke. At dinner, in the company of other frogs, he hears the tale of an evil dragon who has imprisoned for years a beautiful flower fairy. It is then resolved that they will set out to fight the monster and liberate the fairy. The bees sting the monster and the frogs splash water on him until he finally retreats. The princess Pumpelione wakes up, she and Pumpel are wed, and they live happily ever after. Edges and corners have wear. The binding is in a painted style prevalent around 1920. Occasional staining on text pages. 
Price: 2500.00 USD
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Collection of 46 Pen-and-Ink Caricatures, Mid-19th Century, from New England probably
5 Collection of 46 Pen-and-Ink Caricatures, Mid-19th Century, from New England probably
Custom clamshell cloth box, with leather spine ti Good 
N.d., circa 1870. Caricatures on heavy card stock, 29 by 13.5 cm. Each card contains a single person caricatured. The caricatures are evocative of the type one finds on Vinegar or Poison Valentines of the day, and a few might bring to mind caricatures in Puck and the handiwork of Thomas Nast. The caricatures have a deliberate crudity to them. Among subjects lampooned are suffragettes, the Catholic clergy, various low life, teetotalers and drinkers, and perhaps anyone in sight. We say this is from New England probably because one of the caricatures contains a depiction of an advertisement of a Providence, Rhode Island clothing store. Condition: original binding now disbound, with outer boards remaining, but a modern clamshell box serving to keep things tidy. The cards generally have small corner chips as a result of the brittleness of the card, and there is lots of shavings from the card in this box. The artwork, though, is not affected excepting minor loss to a few captions. 
Price: 2750.00 USD
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It's Done in the Best Places
6 It's Done in the Best Places
Chicago Calvert Distillers Col. 1938 First Plastic spiral. Card stock cover. Near Fine 
Scarce -- no copies of this New York nightclub promo found on OCLC or elsewhere. No. 2043 of a limited edition -- the size of the limitation unstated. 
Price: 1500.00 USD
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Jinshiki Hokan
7 Jinshiki Hokan
Fair 
Fabulous color woodblocks of Foo Dogs, screens, boxes, tea sets, swords, bows and arrows and other weaponry, banners, furniture, mats, carriages and chaises, horses, etc., with black and white imagery mostly architectural. We believe this is a work relating primarily to the Shinto Religion, but as clear from the wide assortment of imagery, this takes in a very broad swath of Japanese material culture at the time. 19th Century. 24.5 by 16.5 cm. 130 pp., 96 of which have woodblock prints, 47 of which are in color (some of the images are double paged, which we have counted as two pages). Original cover and title slip. Untrimmed, full margins. However, heavy wear to cover, moderate to at times heavy soiling of leaves -- but not all leaves. This includes some dampstaining. The color is bright where it occurs, however, and still an appealing woodblock book of some rarity. 
Price: 900.00 USD
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Les Petites Familles
8 Les Petites Familles
Paris Le Fuel 1820 Hardcover. Cartonnage. Slipcase. Near Fine 
Scarce, with a single copy found on OCLC at the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin. (We believe the BNF has a copy as well.) Anomalous is that this copy is shown as issued in 1819 yet our copy has the calendar for 1821, which suggests strongly an issuance in 1820. Either the OCLC listing is in error, or the same book was issued with eight new pages in its back. 18mo. 11.5 by 7.5 cm. 180, [8] pp. Hand-colored frontis, title page vignette, and ten other hand-colored plates of birds and mammals, all done exquisitely, and in this copy, with exceptional brightness. Indeed, the sharpness of the plates and their level of preservation compares extremely well to other almanacs issued by Le Fuel, Macilly and Janet during this period. The text is a mix of brief scientific exegeses intended for children and non-scientists and sentimental verse. The binding is the original pink silk moire, which is like the plates, very bright and well-preserved. The matching slipcase has some soiling and fading, with fraying along the edges, but it is easily in very good condition for such a thing. Internally, the book is fresh and clean, with only the most occasional light fox marks on the edges. 
Price: 1350.00 USD
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Noticias biograficas de la enana alemana Doña Elena Briggs, la muger mas chiquita del mundo
9 Noticias biograficas de la enana alemana Doña Elena Briggs, la muger mas chiquita del mundo
Havana 1857 Wraps Good 
8vo. 32 pp. The biography of Ellen Suter Briggs, which the booklet asserts was the smallest woman in the world. Briggs was born in Germany in 1821 and immigrated with her father to Ohio in 1830, soon afterward embarking on a career as a touring circus attraction. The Spanish language pamphlet describes her friendship with Major Stevens and Tom Thumb and concludes with several pages of translated press notices from American newspapers. The curious thing about Briggs is that we have been unable to find any record of her career in English or other sources. The pamphlet is manifestly scarce, with no copies turning up on OCLC, Palau or other references. With an inserted photograph of Tom Thumb (Charles Sherwood Stratton) and his wife Lavinia Warren Stratton. Lacking front wrapper, with rear worn. Soiling to the title page. Moderate dampstaining. The bottom corner, final leaf, cut out, with slight loss of text. 
Price: 2500.00 USD
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Nouvelles Maisons de Campagne avec Plans Paris et ses Environs Nouveau Recueil contenant un choix des plus jolis types de Constructions nouvelles exécutées aux environs de Paris, ou d'après les dessins inédits de plusieurs architectes distingués.
10 Nouvelles Maisons de Campagne avec Plans Paris et ses Environs Nouveau Recueil contenant un choix des plus jolis types de Constructions nouvelles exécutées aux environs de Paris, ou d'après les dessins inédits de plusieurs architectes distingués.
Paris Francois Delarue Folio Very Good Minus 
N.d., circa 1880. Folio, 38.5 by 29.5 cm. 100 color plates of stately homes (many modest in size but grand nonetheless in their presence), with house plans beneath the color image. Scarce, with only two copies listed on OCLC with the full complement of 100 plates, and three other copies with incomplete sets of plates. Soiling to the folio cover, and some wear to it as well. Some light scattered foxing on the edges. The pictorial images are all bright and lovely. 
Price: 5000.00 USD
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Petit Black et ses Amis Indechirable sur Toile
11 Petit Black et ses Amis Indechirable sur Toile
Paris Paul Bernardin First edition Wraps. Very Good 
Scarce, with no copies on OCLC, and not listed in Cotsen. N.d., circa 1920. 4to. 27.5 by 21 cm. 16 pages, including wrap covers. Each page features a dog and underneath is a cutsie few lines about the individual dog. Half of the images are rendered in full color. Although described as indestructible, the book does have some wear on the laminated wrap cover. Otherwise, clean and comparatively fresh. 
Price: 175.00 USD
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The Costumes of Mankind Designed and Created New York Costume Co.
12 The Costumes of Mankind Designed and Created New York Costume Co.
Chicago New York Costume Co. Printer: The William I. Marsh Co., Inc. Wraps Good 
Costumes, historical, theatrical, masquerade, of every type imaginable! Zulus, convicts, Pilgrims, Crusaders, Pierrot, and on and on! N.d., circa 1920. 4to. 30 by 22 cm. 16 pp., including wraps. The catalogue shows costumes in blue, with some orange highlighting, and up to a dozen costumes per page, with a vignette illustration relating to the general theme of the costumes on the page. For example, the Costumes from the Opera page has an illustration from Faust, and the Early American page shows Columbus landing in America. Scarce, with no copies located anywhere. Closed tear along joint fold, as typical of wraps, and light soiling to the cover. 
Price: 200.00 USD
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The Horse Book
13 The Horse Book
Dundee, London, Montreal Valentine & Sons 1907 First edition Card. Stapled. Near Fine 
Scarce shape book, unrecorded on OCLC. Oblong, outer dimensions, 9 by 16 cm. Unpaginated, twelve leaves, card stock binding. Title, followed by 24 pages of content, text on versos, picture on facing rectos. All but one picture has red tinting. Covers have full color photograph. 
Price: 250.00 USD
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The Youth's Companion Calendar -- 1899
14 The Youth's Companion Calendar -- 1899
Boston Perry Mason & Company 1898 First Edition NA Very Good 
Unusual chromolithographic calendar which opens like a three panel mirror that might sit atop a lady's vanity. Closed, the calendar is 28 by 20 cm. Its full width when opened is 60 cm. When the top panels are pulled opened and to the side, revealed are three portraits of a beautiful young blue-eyed woman, the central portrait a bust, the two side portraits, full body and partial profiles. The decoration is a combination of Art Nouveau and Rococo Revival, with thick gilt serving as an outline border. The whole production is very pretty, if kitschy, with such things as the two outer panels forming a heart shape when the card is completely closed. A corner abrasion on the front panel, and other light soiling and wear to the outside. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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Whimsical Monogram and Crest Album, with monograms and crests incorporated into original watercolors and pen-and-ink artwork mostly mounted onto the page
15 Whimsical Monogram and Crest Album, with monograms and crests incorporated into original watercolors and pen-and-ink artwork mostly mounted onto the page
Half Morocco. Pebbled cloth on boards. Good 
Oblong, 24.5 by 31 cm. 17 leaves containing the original mixed media artwork. The augmented monogram album is different than others we have handled in that the playful artwork is almost entirely pasted or mounted onto the page, with relatively little of this artwork applied directly to the page. We do not think that is a distinction that matters greatly, though. Among the fanciful paper cuts are royal guards, one with a preposterously big bearskin hat, a clipper ship, anthropormorphic pigs (a he and a she), each holding balloons by string, a beehive, a scissor, a witch's head. One picture we think is especially fun depicts a beautiful woman -- this one printed -- resting on a stone wall, while she is blowing bubbles. Directly painted onto the pages are flowers, a Greenaway style girl and a mouse and owls, sometimes some details, or done in pencil, a woman's portrait. One additional page has no monograms or crest but paintings of a lancer and a soldier done onto the page. Condition: the binding has some looseness. General wear to the binding. Soiling scattered on the leaves. 
Price: 2750.00 USD
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[Airmail Sales Proposal] American Airways Limited.  New York-Chicago Route.  Sunset-Sunrise Services.  United States Mail.  Urgent Express. Valuable Cargo. Bank Paper.  Aerograms.  No Passengers.  Presented at Detroit Club Luncheon, March 28, 1925.  Preliminary Plan.  America's Initial Step Towards Practical Private Airway Operation.  Confidential Not For Publication.
16 [Airmail Sales Proposal] American Airways Limited. New York-Chicago Route. Sunset-Sunrise Services. United States Mail. Urgent Express. Valuable Cargo. Bank Paper. Aerograms. No Passengers. Presented at Detroit Club Luncheon, March 28, 1925. Preliminary Plan. America's Initial Step Towards Practical Private Airway Operation. Confidential Not For Publication.
1928 First edition Wraps Good 
4to. 28.5 by 24.5 cm. Unpaginated, 25 leaves, with printing (and photos) all on rectos. Proposal includes using a zeppelin or blimp for transatlantic service. Scarce -- no copies on OCLC -- and further, as a prospectus, it is the type of document that has seldom made its way into institutional collections, we believe. Cover has roughness. 
Price: 250.00 USD
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[Grand Tour Souvenir] Roma. 18th Century Miniature Leporello with Ten Views of Rome, mostly of ruins
17 [Grand Tour Souvenir] Roma. 18th Century Miniature Leporello with Ten Views of Rome, mostly of ruins
Vellum Very Good 
Sublime, very finely detailed and beautiful miniature views of Rome and its ruins, done with pen-and-ink and wash. Oblong miniature, 40 by 62 mm, stretching to about 63 cm. Vellum binding with painted decoration. Views include Temple of Vesta, Vespasian's Arch, the pyramid, St. Peters, etc. Each is mounted on brown painted paper, which has ruling providing addtiional framing. This is a manifestly exquisite and unique Grand Tour souvenir. Soiling on the vellum, and light wear besides. 
Price: 2500.00 USD
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[Manuscript] Ornithology
18 [Manuscript] Ornithology
Half Morocco Very Good 
N.d., circa 1830s. Folio, 36 by 27 cm. 192 numbered pages, 22 of which are given over to striking illustrations of birds made by a mix of precise cut-outs of hand-colored bird forms from "American Ornithology" by Wilson and meticulous pencil drawings of branches and other background elements in a style emulative of Wilson. Thus these illustrations can be described as both mixed media, as there is an element of collage combined with direct drawing onto the page, and folk art, for while the bird paintings are not themselves folk art, the entirety of creation is! These bird plates have hand-written captions which identify the birds, usually two per page, give or take. On many of the pages between these illustrations are hand-written, in a neat hand, verse as one finds typically in a commonplace book of this era. The latter part of the album is an herbarium, with a good number of blank leaves as well. We do not know who created this manuscript, but we think it likeliest it was done in England, notwithstanding the bird cut-outs come from "American Ornithology", based on the binding above all else. 
Price: 3500.00 USD
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[Trade Catalogue] A la Grande Maison.  Spécialités pour Enfants.  Été 1910. Exposition Universelle Paris 1900 Premier Grand Prix
19 [Trade Catalogue] A la Grande Maison. Spécialités pour Enfants. Été 1910. Exposition Universelle Paris 1900 Premier Grand Prix
Paris La Grande Maison 1910 Wraps Fine 
Squarish 8vo. 17.5 by 15.5 cm. 24, [2] pp. Illustrations of fine tailored clothing for boys and girls back when sailor suits and more formal adult dress was lightly pared down for children. There are also knickers and riding habits. Most of the plates show idealized handsome, composed children, all exuding confidence, and the older ones very ready to assume positions of status and responsiblity in the adult realm. The outfits all have evocative names as well, such as the Maxime, the Roosewelt [sic], the Norfolk, the Chantilly, etc. Several plates are just of hats and shoes. With the color image of a boy hunter accompanying a pack of dogs, this is a most charming trade catalogue. 
Price: 185.00 USD
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[Trade Catalogue] Art in Bronze T. F. McGann and Sons Company
20 [Trade Catalogue] Art in Bronze T. F. McGann and Sons Company
Boston Wraps Fine 
Unusual catalogue of First World War commemorative statues, and scarce, with no copies located on OCLC. N.d., but presumed 1919 or so. Oblong 4to. 24 by 31 cm. Unpaginated, eight leaves, with content entirely on rectos. Also separate card for a bas-relief produced by the company. The statues were designed by C. Oscar Crawford, Charles Gibson or unnamed artists and cast by the McGann company, which got its start in 1869 and expanded to foundries in Somerville in 1902. Here the company was surely tapping into the demand for statues to honor the doughboys that was felt in every village and city, and in all probability, was offering statues at a more affordable rate than would have been the case if these municipalities had commissioned works themselves. As fitting the purpose, the catalogue is aesthetically appealing, on a quality grade of paper, with tasteful composition of the imagery and a general solemn gravitas to the production. The brown wraps are bound with a crimson ribbon tie. 
Price: 175.00 USD
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