With Yuletide cheer we are featuring a selection of nineteenth and twentieth century illuminated manuscripts. It was during the febrile 1800s that an appreciation of Gothic design and the artistry of the Middle Ages came to full fruition, and both professional artists and gifted amateurs strove to capture the beauty of illumination in books and other artwork. Also, the new form of color printing known as chromolithography was especially well-suited to recreating the richness of the ancient art form.
Our fair schedule resumes in the New Year with the San Francisco Antiquarian Print & Paper Fair on February 1st and 2nd at the Fort Mason Center and the California International Antiquarian Book Fair beginning the following Thursday in Pasadena. More details will follow.
Title A Visit to the Monastery of La Trappe in 1817, with Notes, Taken During a Tour Through Le Perche, Normandy, Bretagne, Poitou, Anjou, Le Bocage, Touraine, Orleanois, and the Environs of Paris Illustrated with Numerous Coloured Engravings, From Drawings Made on the Spot
Binding Half Morocco
Book Condition Very Good
Edition Stated Second Edition
Publisher London Thomas McLean 1818
Seller ID 001943
4to (9.5 by 6 inches, 24 by 16 cm), with 15 plates, of which 12 are hand-colored aquatints. xii + 188 pp. A classic of travelogue literature, noteworthy for the author's modest, leisurely and informative conversational style that perfectly complements the luminous, soft-hued aquatints. Here is an appreciation of the surroundings, and one can in an armchair experience some sense of travel from another era. Abbey Travel 86, Tooley 212. Clean and tight within. Rubbing to joints, and lower front corner bumped. Floral tooling within spine compartments is simple yet most attractive.
Illustrated Plate Book, France, English Literature, Travel