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1 Anonymous "Sombrero"
Very Good 
N.d., circa 1940s. Five pages long, incomplete story, or simply dangling story, with no resolution. With charming color illustrations, naively executed, of gypsy dancer, Mexican village, etc. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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2 Anonymous artist. Poem by Harold Begbie A Modern Briton
1919 Cloth Very Good 
Patriotic World War One poem, "The Man who Keeps his Head", illuminated with exquisite vignettes. Oblong, 24.5 by 31 cm. With eight plates, including title page, plus painted vignette on final leaf. These vignette watercolors, four to eight per page, depict the diversity of British experience, whether its variety of industry, its trades, its modes of farming, its ships, etc. The effect is panoramic and epic, a visual equivalent to Noel Coward's sweep in "Cavalcade", say. Framing it all are Art Nouveau devices and ornament, very much true to the period. The book was easily of publishable quality, and its creation demonstrates that a strain of patriotism and optimism somehow withstood the bitterness and cynicism engendered by the war. Tissue guards with creases, and one with tear. Binding bowed. Other light wear. 
Price: 3500.00 USD
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3 Anonymous Book of Fate
Wraps. Card. Ribbon tie. Very Good 
A whimsical fortune-telling game and homemade book, with paper cut-outs and painted touches. N.d., circa 1910. 18.5 by 13 cm. Six leaves, each with a hand-drawn flower holding eight petals. When one pulls a petal (a tab), revealed is a fortune. So on each of these pages a question is posed, and then the players pulls one of these petals to discover the answer which applies to her. (This was almost certainly created by a young lady, for the entertainment of her friends.) The questions are: your greatest desire, your characteristics, whom you will marry, when you will marry, what others think of you, and finally your fate. The responses run the gamut, from roseate to tart and unfortunate. Thus as to when you will marry, the answer can be specific -- in two years -- to cynical, such as when sufficiently urged , or when 2 and 2 are five. One can easily imagine the players breaking out into loud hysterics as they proceeded. With a painted flower on the front cover. 
Price: 165.00 USD
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4 [Longus]. Anonymous illustrator with initials "LG". Daphnis and Chloe [Daphnis Kai Chloe]
France 1934 First Edition presumed Wraps made of 18th Century French Vellum Documents Near Fine 
No text, with fifteen color lithographed plates of a softcore sensibility, with nudity. The only words in the story proper is the title rendered in Cyrillic. The illustrations are far from lewd, yet do have a delicious kitschy quality of the second-rate book illustration, and they were in their time meant to give the viewer a frisson of excitement from partaking of something mildly naughty and taboo. The illustrations feel anachronistic, fitting more squarely in the twentieth century than the classical world being portrayed, but perhaps that is also their charm. No one could find the illustrations pretentious or overblown, and if nothing else, they do capture a simplicity and innocence that are at the core of the tale. Perhaps the most special aspect of the booklet is the wraps, or outer wraps, to be precise, made up of two sheets of vellum documents from the mid-18th century that may have come from a Royal Archive. These sheets were clearly meant to conceal the erotic contents. One of the documents is signed Besnard P and is a letter dated 25 9bre 1734, with a seal of the city of Rouen. Back to the Daphis and Chloe, a few of the plates bear a stylized device of what appears to be "LG", and above, the date of 1934. 
Price: 275.00 USD
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5 Anonymous Sea Songs
Quarter Calf. Wood Boards. Very Good 
Could this be an unabashed gay celebration from the Thirties? Here with a single exception, only men are presented, and in two images, with a suggestion of intimacy, and elsewhere, with a constructivist-style muscularity that somehow also brings to mind Tom of Finland, the pioneer in depicting hyper-masculine muscle men, among them, sailors and dock worker-types, the specific subject matter of this unpublished, unfinished manuscript. And the one exception, with a woman in the illustration, depicts what could be depicted as dissention between the muscular man and the diminutive girlfriend. N.d., circa 1930. Folio. 33 by 24 cm. [4], 9-35 pp. The songs represented here include "Whiskey for My Johnny", "Paddy Doyle", "Across Western Ocean", "Poor Old Joe", "One Day More", "Banks of the Sacramento", "Blow the Man Down", "Captain Kidd", "It's Time for us to Leave Her Johnny", and a few songs without the title written in. Even with the gaps in illustration, title or text, the work delivers a strong punch, and there is absolutely nothing tentative or sketchy about what is present. This was done by someone with a clear vision, and testament to that is that the leaves are a Normandy Vellum France paper, which is both a heavy and luxuriant stock. The paper was in common use between 1915 to 1925, anchoring our dating. However, we believe the aesthetic is late twenties to early thirties. Also included are two separate sheets, with three pages of pencil sketches, with some red watercolor employed in one of the drawings, for the artwork presumably that did not get entered into the book. 
Price: 1750.00 USD
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6 Anonymous. [H] Tales of Pollux the Rabbit
Cloth Very Good 
Imaginative, whimsical verse and illustrations of an upper crust rabbit, Pollux, and his frivolous cares and activities. N.d., early 20th century and World War One era. Oblong 4to, 24.5 by 30 cm. 21 pp. (and leaves) of original pen and ink and watercolored drawings. Each page has a mounted illustration, with inked verse next to it, poking fun at Pollux's dress, his vanity, his helplessness, his manners, etc. Other characters include Jenkins, card players, a pining woman, all of whom are rabbits. While we do not know the identity of the cartoonist, the level of work is plausibly professional, with details rendered meticulously. The various verses and illustrations are somewhat loosely linked -- there isn't so much a continuous narrative as much as an overarching archness. The artist and versifier is shooting arrows at the idle nobility. Also included are 10 additional cartoons on separate sheets, only one of which involves Pollux, and only two with colored watercolors. These additional cartoons, including the one with Pollux, relate to the First World War. From these and the album proper we can infer that the artist was of a more left leaning sensibility. 
Price: 1750.00 USD
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7 Anonymous [Homemade Book] To My Valentine Collection of Five Illustrated Leaves on Card
Unbound Very Good 
Winsome collection of manuscript color illustrations, and light text, for part of a children's story. N.d., circa 1920s. The first card, or what is presumed to be so, bears the legend, "To My Valentine", with the name of "Ann Warren Stewart", written on a mailbox. Since Ann is a character in these drawings, we can assume she was not the author or illustrator but rather perhaps a recipient or dedicatee. The artwork is in the style, loosely, of Mabel Lucie Attwell or the Sally Dick and Jane readers. While it is simple, and perhaps even a touch naive, it is also very polished and almost certainly was executed by an adult. And so we see a small child fetching a giant heart-shaped valentine from a mailbox, a toddler stumbling off a chair, an older child trying to interest a baby in toys, and an older toddler climbing up and down a high chair. Each of these cards is fit for framing and hanging on a wall. Now disbound, there are three margin holes that once kept them in a binder. Light scattered soiling does not mar the preciousness and charm of the illustrations, each 11 by 9 inches, 29 by 22 cm, each on heavy card stock. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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8 Piazzetta, Giambattista [after]. Anonymous copyist, [Manuscript Copy] Facillima Methodus Delineandi Omnes Humani Corporis. Nouveau Livre du Dessein Qui Continent XXV Figures Dessinee Par le Celebre Jean Baptista Piazzeta
Full Vellum Very Good 
N.d., but late 18th century, after the publication of the original work in 1760, published in Venezia by Remondi. Large 8vo, 25 by 20 cm. 25 pen and ink pages of illustration. These begin with the elaborate pen and ink Baroque title page, with architectural decoration, followed by page showing drawings of hands, a second title with what we presume the one more fully original work by the copyist of seraphs holding up drapery with the title and a woman painter working before an easel, and other illustrative decoration (a broken sculpted head on the ground, etc.). Then 23 pages of pen and ink nude male studies, the figures very Michelangelo-esque in the musculature, and their overall sculptural quality. We would speculate that this copyist was in fact a woman, based on the second title illustration. This particular illustration is delightful, if the human figure itself doesn't have quite the polished execution of the copied material. Inked title on the vellum spine. The vellum is quite soiled. Otherwise, the paper within is of high quality and clean. 
Price: 2750.00 USD
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