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Scenes and Characters of the English XVIIIth Century, all, with the exception of one or two Portraits, Original, Vulliamy, C. E.
101 Vulliamy, C. E. Scenes and Characters of the English XVIIIth Century, all, with the exception of one or two Portraits, Original
1906 Quarter Leather Very Good Plus 
A complete manuscript book containing 34 pen and sepia wash pictures, each captioned on the facing leaf by the hand of Colwyn Edward Vulliamy (1886 - 1971). Vulliamy was a Welsh biographer and historian. Educated privately, he studied art under Stanhope Forbes. In World War One he served in France, Macedonia and Turkey. Post-war, in addition to biography, he produced several mysteries and dabbled in humor writing. This album beautifully combines his affinity for history and humor, and one could only wish he had devoted more of his later energies to such caricature. The subject matter is of some historic remove from Vulliamy, but surely the album reflects the surge of interest in the eighteenth century that occurred at the turn of the twentieth century. Here one will find both a wistful and jaundiced look back -- Vulliamy doesn't look away from the seedy and ugly aspects of Georgian England. His style and wash media are true to the period, and but for the paper stock and the binding, one could be easily deceived into thinking the artwork was in fact contemporary with the period depicted. The front endpaper is signed and dated by the author, and he again initials and dates the closing illustrated leaf. Quarter leather over pebbled cloth binding, measuring 9.5 by 13.5 cm, or 5.25 by 3.75 inches. Some spotting on the black cloth. Otherwise, quite fresh and clean. 
Price: 850.00 USD
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102 Whiting, Harris Jon Math Notebook
Holliston, Massachusetts 1821 NA Good 
Federalist period student's math notebook, with much of the writing by a calligraphic hand (at least by today's standards). About 50 leaves. One loose page. A few page ends torn out. Age toning, and some insignificant soiling. Wear to the top page. No binding. Probably complete, other than torn out pages. 
Price: 60.00 USD
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Manuscript of caricatures, Williams, Edward
103 Williams, Edward Manuscript of caricatures
England 1845 Quarter Calf. Cloth Boards Very Good 
Eleven leaves of precise and incisive pen and ink caricatures of those involved in the courts and in medicine, with sixteen original caricatures in all. Folio, 37 by 27 cm. Also lovely bird, butterfly and foliate vignettes ornamenting the three first pages without caricatures. The court characters include the judge, the barrister, the crier of the court, the attorney, the plaintiff, the defendant, witnesses for each, the bailiff's follower and the sheriff. The medical cast is comprised of the apothecary, the physician, the quack doctor, the patient, the medical student and the surgeon. The writing is by a calligraphic hand, and this is applied both to the flowery dedicatory and introductory pages and the sharp captioned text. 
Price: 1800.00 USD
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104 [Lemke, Horst], illustrator probably Rompopo Rompopo Presents Levitatia 8th Wonder of the World
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Unpublished, but with a touch of editing, an original illustrated story of a levitating circus act. While no authorial credit(s) are given, we believe the illustrator was Horst Lemke, a prolific German illustrator closely associated with Erich Kästner, among others. The style is precisely the spare yet exuberant in precisely the same manner as Lemke, and in fact, some of the human figures are very close figures drawn in Lemke's published works. While Lemke could certainly have inspired an imitator, the similarities are just too great, and the quality too high, to make this a strong possibility, and the manuscript most definitely looks as if it was not only prepared for a commercial publisher, but also that it had been probably reviewed by a publisher. And although Lemke is far better known in the German-speaking world, he did contribute to works published originally in English, and did so around the time of this manuscript's likely production. Oblong, 26 by 38 cm. 21 leaves, with pen-and-ink drawings on most pages (rectos and versos) and original accompanying text. Rompopo is the producer of a small traveling circus whose chief attraction is Levitatia, or Mildred, who has the amazing ability to fly until she puts on too much weight because the coachman who is in love with her has been spoiling her with candies. When she falls in love with a loyal spectator Pastrami, Rompopo chases the young man away. Disconsolate, Levitatia soon sheds the excess weight, allowing her to fly better than ever and become an even bigger sensation. The story ends with her flying to Pastrami, leaving Rompopo in the lurch. 
Price: 1250.00 USD
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The Red Letter Day Gazette, Brattleboro, VT. Devoted to the Interests of Social Gossip and Young Woman.  Vol. 1.  No. 1., [Saudelet, A. Howard](?)
105 [Saudelet, A. Howard](?) The Red Letter Day Gazette, Brattleboro, VT. Devoted to the Interests of Social Gossip and Young Woman. Vol. 1. No. 1.
Brattleboro, Vermont 1884 Hardcover Good 
Charming manuscript semi-parody of a local gossipy magazine. While the title page indicates Vol. 1, No. 1, we are aware of no other issues and doubt that there would have been. Based on a penned inscription on the inside cover, the manuscript was intended as an inside joke of sorts, for its author writes: "In presenting this little book, as a joke, I desire it distinctly understood that it is not for circulation outside the members of the club, and sincerely trust that the little personalities which it contains may be accepted by all concerned in the same spirit in which they are written." The "articles" within, all written in a neat hand, include an account of a "club party", or a musical soiree, a piece on Harvard students spending a summer in Brattleboro, an assortment of gossipy snippets with a jokey tone, a concert review, a short feature on an actor, etc. It isn't entirely clear whether the particular articles are tongue-in-cheek, serious or in between. The illustrations, though, are generally broadly comical, and so we can infer that the intent is generally meant to tickle the funny bone, and the target would appear to be the artistic and cultural pretensions of those in a small New England city, which at the time was prosperous. For us, conjured up is the starchy, and perhaps not quite so starchy world, of late 19th century upper middle class life in New England, and perhaps equally applicable to other regions of the United States, long prior to the mass migration to the larger cities and the upheavals brought about by the automobile and other disruptive technologies. And whatever the intent of the author, the manuscript is a wonderful primary source document of the times, with even such things as the author's syntax and wording transporting us back to his day. We assume the author is A. Howard Saudelet, based on another related manuscript we have explicitly credited to him. Pretty clearly, though, all was probably done by one hand. 8vo. 25 by 20 cm. Unpaginated, 6 pp., plus original artwork and/or text on cover. We count eight illustrations within, three of which combine photos with original drawing to varying degrees. (One can legitimately come up with a count that is one or two greater or lesser than ours -- we haven't counted, for example, what we regard more as less significant decorative fillips.) The artwork is varied in its style, with some of the immediacy and artlessness of folk art, yet also capturing the absurdist spirit of the practiced caricaturists of say a Cruikshank or Leech. A little different is a silhouette of a midget of a man diving into water, with below shown two legs disappearing into the water. And we are smitten with the front cover which has six or seven compartments of separate illustrations or textual pieces all of which blend together in a collage of sorts composed with the prevailing arts and crafts aesthetic of the 1880s. Condition: the cardboard of the covers, front and back, with edge chips and nicks, but the artwork suffering little loss. Rear cover, which mostly just a solid painted color, with numerous abrasions. Original sewn stab binding replaced with newer thread and this supplemented with transparent achival tape, visible yet not overly conspicuous, on outside cover and inside hinge. The leaves within have a ripply waviness, at least partly the result of the ink and paint, and there is a light film of soiling, which doesn't detract seriously from the content. A few minor edge chips to the leaves. 
Price: 1750.00 USD
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