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 Cassell's Book of Birds: From the Text of Dr. Brehm (Four volumes bound in two) With Upwards of Four Hundred Engravings, and a Series of Coloured Plates.
Binding Half Morocco
Book Condition Very Good Plus
Publisher London and New York Cassell, Petter, and Galpin
Seller ID 001950
Undated, circa 1870s. 4to. With 400 engravings, and 40 fine colored plates (chromolithographic). Rebacked with modern green morocco over pebbled cloth boards. Marbled fore-edges. Both volumes are tight and clean, with an occasional minor blemish. Boards have some light soiling and minor scuffs or edge chips.