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"State Caterpillars, or Members of the Plot Club." [together with] An Account of the Proceedings Against Her Majesty Queen Caroline . . . Bound Collection of Caricature Cards Inspired by the Divorce Trial of George the Fourth and Queen Caroline
1 "State Caterpillars, or Members of the Plot Club." [together with] An Account of the Proceedings Against Her Majesty Queen Caroline . . . Bound Collection of Caricature Cards Inspired by the Divorce Trial of George the Fourth and Queen Caroline
London J. Turner 1820 Full Sprinkled Sheep Near Fine 
The principal item in this set is a bound collection of 24 hand-colored caricature cards that were inspired by the divorce proceedings brought by George the Fourth against his wife, Queen Caroline. The trial and its ignominious lead-up of libels, charges and counter-charges, was a scandal of the day that today would have produced endless fodder for the tabloids and would certainly now be dubbed, "the trial of the century" or "the divorce of the century." Because it involved the king, the trial was held in the House of Lords, which ultimately rebuffed the king's petition. Caroline, though, passed away in xxx shortly after the trial. The divorce was 
Price: 4000.00 USD
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"Violets." A Calendar 1898
2 "Violets." A Calendar 1898
Boston L. Prang & Co. 1897 First Edition Wraps Near Fine 
Oblong, 9.5 by 17.5 cm. Five cards bound with ribbon from above. Three months per card below title card. Varied violet ornamentation on each card. Light soiling of top, title card, and on back of bottom card. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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A Day's Life of the Japanese Girls
3 A Day's Life of the Japanese Girls
Japan Cloth boards. String ties. Near Fine 
N.d., circa 1920s, possibly earlier. Oblong, 16 by 25 cm. 12 colorized photos. Depicting the idealized life of the more comfortable classes. We love the first image, which is captioned "Enjoying a Morning Smoke"! The color is some of the images is surprising bright and rich. Scarce, with the only copy located on OCLC at University of Idaho. Plates on a card stock. Standard fabric pasted onto boards. Slight soiling to the covers. 
Price: 575.00 USD
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A Los Toros! Viva Espana!
4 A Los Toros! Viva Espana!
Valencia Lit. S. Dura Leporellos Very Good 
N.d., circa 1890. Oblong, 10.5 by 15 cm. 12 color plates depicting crowd heading to arena on the front cover, then within the leporello all the pageantry and ritual of the bull fight, with an illustration of the bulls reposing in a pasture on the back cover. The panorama was almost certainly produced as a souvenir -- a keepsake for someone attending the bullfight and hawked by peddlers calling out to passerbys on the periphery of the arena. The quality of the printing is not necessarily of the highest level, but the arrangement of the images in a leporello has a compact charm all its own. Light age toning, and trivial signs of wear. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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A Tour Through Paris, Illustrated with Seventeen Colored Plates, Accompanied with Descriptive Letter-Press
5 A Tour Through Paris, Illustrated with Seventeen Colored Plates, Accompanied with Descriptive Letter-Press
London William Sams Quarter Calf Very Good 
N.d., 1834. Folio-sized, 14 by 10 inches, or 36 by 25 cm. The subject matter of the plates is full of delight and surprise, and the composition and coloring is singularly tasteful and sublime. Highlights are surely the dancers on stilts, the blind man on the bridge, the juggler or the charcoal porters. But this is not an early, Parisian version of "London Poor" or the street life of Paris, for we encounter people from all walks of life, and we are taken to places more private, such as the interior of a swimming school! Perhaps the most exception aspect of this collection of plates is how it teems with life. Every plate has a real story to tell -- this is not a mere collection of costume or caricature! Most of the plates are watermarked 1822, and we find also 1824. Tooley 444. (This edition omits four plates from the 1822 edition.) Text leaves with scattered light to moderate foxing, more prevalent on title and some prelim pages, as well as tissue guards. Plates are generally clean, and the little bits of soiling in the margins of a few is trivial. One plate with margin chip. Corner dampstain affecting corner of early leaves. In sum, the defects of the text pages is more than compensated by the general luster of the plates. 
Price: 3600.00 USD
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A Trip through the Colortype Plant of the Zeese-Wilkinson Company 424 West Thirty third Street, New York
6 A Trip through the Colortype Plant of the Zeese-Wilkinson Company 424 West Thirty third Street, New York
New York The Zeese-Wilkinson Company 1916 First Edition Wraps. String tie. Near Fine 
Folio, 32 by 24 cm. Unpaginated, 80 pp. (including title), 32 of which are examples, or color plates, mostly of advertisements, generally ones of considerable beauty, or book covers, catalogue pages, etc. The product photographs are especially striking. Discussions of plate making with color (followed by the examples), color printing, many black and white photos of the company's plant, a brief discussion of the New York City location, and a few ads for the enterprises that contributed to the book (inks, electrotypes, etc.) Overall, this is a lovely production on color printing by a color printer, and is a hybrid between an exposition on printing and trade promotion. Light wear. Tiny corner chip on rear cover. Pristine within, with the thick glossy leaves immaculate. 
Price: 200.00 USD
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7 Album of 24 Mounted Color Woodblocks
Hardcover. Silk covered boards. String ties. Very Good 
Circa 1900. Oblong, 27 by 36 cm. Colorful illustrations show a Japanese military officers in Western dress, sumurais, swordsmen, actors, musicians, women, etc. Woodblocks are not all the same size but they generally take up most of the page. 
Price: 975.00 USD
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Album of a Dozen Chinese Watercolors of Ships and Boats on Pith Paper
8 Album of a Dozen Chinese Watercolors of Ships and Boats on Pith Paper
Hardcover. Silk pastedown. Good 
N.d., 19th century. Oblong, 13 by 16.5 cm. Wonderful luminous coloring, with small people, waterfowl and waves represented as well as a wide variety of Chinese boats, from junks and houseboats to impressive galleons. The pith paper has the typical scattered tears, chips and losses. Edge wear, slight tattering and soiling of the silk. Still all the pictorial representations are intact, bright and visually exciting. 
Price: 2000.00 USD
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9 Album of Japanese Color Woodblock Designs and Illustrations
String. Card thickness boards. Good 
N.d., circa mid-19th century. 4to. 25.5 by 18.5 cm. 15 leaves (with content), containing a total of 24 color plates. One page of Japanese text, and short captions in Japanese along side each plate. The graphics are consistently bold, varied though they are. Sometimes its from the metallic color, other times, the unusualness of the more abstract patterns, or the tweaking of perspective. The images range from figurative to abstract, with many have aspects of both, or falling somewhere in the middle on the spectrum. Subject matter takes in animals, flowers, waves, people, dragons, fan. With the immense range, it would be a daunting endeavor to capture all the imagery with any kind of economy of words. For us, a highlight is the semi-abstract elephant which the eye may alternatively see as a loosely realized landscape, or another with a winding away of five-sided letter chips which vanish in the distance. But really, it is the cumulative power of the image that impresses the most. Condition: heavy wear to the card stock binding. Moderate age toning to the leaves within. The few tissue guards are creased. Unknown whether originally other tissue guards within. 
Price: 300.00 USD
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10 Album of Seventeen Hand-Colored Plates Circa 1855
Good 
Oblong, 22 by 34 cm. 17 plates. The plates depict hunters, country scenes, bandits, children who have come upon a bird's nest, flower maidens. The location of these scenes can not be pinpointed, but depending on the plate, it could be Italy, the Tyrol, France or even the Lowlands. The coloring is muted, and this effect is further accentuated by the plates being printed on a dark card. The album was the type that a customer would typically have had a printseller create after choosing the prints he wished to have included. There is an inscription on the FEP dated 1856. Other than minor finger soiling, the plates are clean. The white paper pastedown on the cover is heavily soiled, and the binding has been rebacked. 
Price: 400.00 USD
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Album of Sixteen Hand-Colored Aquatint Swiss Views
11 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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12 Album of Sixteen Hand-Colored Plates of Erotica
Half Calf over Floral Fabric Very Good 
Circa 1820, almost surely of Italian origin, and probably Neopolitan. Erotica undoubtedly goes back to when the first artists scrawled figures onto cave walls, but being that so much of it is by its nature and intent "ephemera", it is elusive finding much of it created in pre-Victorian "Modern" Europe. From the dress and adornments we can date these unsigned, undated plates as from approximately 1820. The racy, raucous and raunchy vignettes, some very funny, should speak for themselves, but surely they suggest that when it comes to things priapic, phallic and pornographic, the purveyors of such in our "liberated" times were just imitators. The drawings also make broad swipes at the Church, and therein lies much of the fun. The book is an oblong 8.5 by 7 inches, or 22 by 17.5 cm, and the images are all contained or held down by thick frames and then protected by tissue guards. There is some finger soiling here and there but in general the pictorials are bright and clean. Some scuffing to the leather of the binding. 
Price: 3400.00 USD
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Album of Twenty Tinted and Hand-Colored Genre Plates Depicting Rural Life
13 Album of Twenty Tinted and Hand-Colored Genre Plates Depicting Rural Life
Paper pastedown on boards Good Plus 
N.d., circa 1850. Oblong, 22 by 34 cm. 20 tinted plates with people and their clothing colored. The album is of the type that a collector would have assembled and had bound at the print shop where he gathered the plates. A number of the plates explicitly depict Italian peasants and fishermen, while others one can tell are of Italians of the day based on dress. But other plates take us to Brittany, the Lowlands and France, and one outlier of a plate shows soldiers in the Sahara escorting a maiden. All the illustrations are picturesque, with their subjects being children, hunters, animal husbandry, etc. Brief captions describing the subjects are rendered in English, French, German and Dutch, suggesting these were prints marketed to the tourist trade. The album itself is decorated with a colorful floral garland. Its white paper pastedown is now heavily soiled, and the spine has been rebacked with cloth, but it remains an attractive cover. The margins of the plates have some finger smudging, giving a slightly grubby appearance to the leaves, and a few plates have a dampstain in an inner corner. One small closed tear. Generally the pictures are unaffected. 
Price: 485.00 USD
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Almanach för Året Ester Frälsarens Christi Födelse, 1838.  Till Stockholms Horizont,  belägen wid 59 grad. 20 1/2 . . .
14 Almanach för Året Ester Frälsarens Christi Födelse, 1838. Till Stockholms Horizont, belägen wid 59 grad. 20 1/2 . . .
Stockholm P. A. Norstedt & Söner 1837 First edition Hardcover. Paper pastedown. Very Good 
Scarce, with only copy found on OCLC at the National Library of Sweden. 16mo. 107 by 88 mm. Unpaginated, 48 pp. Four hand-colored plates depicting a young couple. The plates capture the Biedermeier, high Romantic, sensibility perfectly. Lovely paper pastedown binding, with intricate combining of decorative motives we associate with the period. Moderate wear to the cover, with a distinct diagonal crease line in the upper corner. Still a handsome binding. 
Price: 400.00 USD
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15 Alphabet en Figures
Paris J. Langlumé et Peltier 1835 First Edition Hardcover. Paper pastedown Good 
12mo. 17.5 by 10.5 cm. 46 pp. 24 hand-colored plates, plus hand-colored title page. Scarce French ABC, with only copies found at Princeton, Indiana, and the BNF. (Not including digital versions.) Unusual Abecedaire as well, with entries one might not expect to presented to the young, such as "Odalisque" for "O", "Grec en guerre" for "G", or "Turk fumant" for "T", especially given the pietistic nature of some of the other entries such as "Pape" for "P" or "Confession" for "C". The religious tenor of the ABC is in keeping with the Restoration Period in France, when the Catholic Church was welcomed again into civic society. Other entries are more generic French patriotic fare, such as Napoleon and Henri IV. Le Men 274. With Romantic cartonnage paper pastedown cover. The paper pastedown is chipped along the joints, with considerable loss at the spine base, and with numerous small spots of rubbing on the boards, but with its floral Medieval Revival diaper, quite unusual and still handsome. Foxing, heavy-ish at times, on the text leaves, lighter and less frequent on the plates, which are of a heavier paper stock as well. Child's scrawl of particular letter on plate (the letter corresponding with the plate) in pencil is erasable, and mostly erased, but one can see a slight depression in the paper where the scrawl was. 
Price: 1200.00 USD
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Apolline et Dancourt, Histoire Veritable.  [Bound with] L'Hyver et L'Ete, Pastorale.  [And] La Foret de Breteuil. Pastorale.
16 Apolline et Dancourt, Histoire Veritable. [Bound with] L'Hyver et L'Ete, Pastorale. [And] La Foret de Breteuil. Pastorale.
Amsterdam Marc Michel Rey 1769 First Edition Quarter Sheep Very Good Minus 
With six original watercolor and ink drawings of the novel. 12mo. 17 by 10 cm. 335 pp. The watercolors were executed by a non-professional artist, possibly a juvenile one. Nevertheless, their brightness and naive style applied to the rarefied world of chateau interiors, gardens and forest exudes an irresistible charm, and rather well complements the pastorale conventions of the novel about the aches and tribulations of young love. Lacking two title pages (one being for the second part of the novel, or pp. 161/2). Spine rubbed, and wear to boards. 
Price: 850.00 USD
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Armorial Neuchatelois.  Galerie Historique du Chateau de Neuchatel, contenant les armoiries des comtes et princes de neuchatel, des gouvereurs qui ont administre le pays en leur nom, ainsi que des quartre Bourgeoisies, Accompagnee de Notes Historiques et Heraldiques.
17 Armorial Neuchatelois. Galerie Historique du Chateau de Neuchatel, contenant les armoiries des comtes et princes de neuchatel, des gouvereurs qui ont administre le pays en leur nom, ainsi que des quartre Bourgeoisies, Accompagnee de Notes Historiques et Heraldiques.
Berne and Neuchatel Societe Litteraire (F. L. Davoine) 1857 First Edition Decorated Cloth Very Good 
8vo. 26 by 16.5 cm. 36 pp., followed by 44 hand-colored plates, the first serving as a decorative title to the plate section, and the following 43 being armorial plates, many of which are striking and/or beautiful. Text section with scattered light to moderate foxing, as typical with the paper stock used. Some plates with a trivial amount of light foxing, but plates are generally bright and clean. Spine with repaired tear near upper extremity. Otherwise, the decorative cloth blindstamped and gilded binding is handsome and well-preserved. All edges gilt. A lovely copy overall. 
Price: 1250.00 USD
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18 Atlas des Enfans, ou Nouvelle Méthode Pour Apprendre la Géographie, avec un Nouveau Traité de la Sphere, et XXIV Cartes Enluminées. Nouvelle édition, Corrigée & augmentée
Lyon Jean-Marie Bruyset, Pere & Fils 1790 Full Calf Very Good 
8vo. xv, [1], 17 by 10 cm. 286 pp. With 24 hand-colored folding plates, including map of Americas. rubbing along joints, and some edgewear. Scattered light soiling. Lacking free endpapers. 
Price: 750.00 USD
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Aunt Friendly's Nursery Keepsake.  Containing Seventy-Two Pages of Pictures Printed in Colours by Kronheim.  With Letter-Press Descriptions.
19 Aunt Friendly's Nursery Keepsake. Containing Seventy-Two Pages of Pictures Printed in Colours by Kronheim. With Letter-Press Descriptions.
London Frederick Warne and Co. First Edition Full Calf Very Good 
N.d., circa 1870. 12mo. 18.5 by 14 cm. Stories and nursery rhymes include "Sing-a-Song of Sixpence", "The Frog who Would a Wooing Go", "The Three Little Pigs", "The Ugly Duckling", "Puss in Boots", "Dame Trot and Her Cat", "The Old Woman and Her Pig", "Tom Thumb", "The Three Bears", "Jack and the Bean Stalk", "Diamonds and Toads", and "Hop o' My Thumb". Each story with 10 pages of text (each story with its own paginations), and six chromo color plates. Chromolithography by Kronheim. Rebound in full calf, with gilt title. Osbourne Vol 1 p. 21. Scattered soiling. A few early corners with tiny loss. First plate with corner paper repair, with added paper not touching image. A few scratches on the leather binding. 
Price: 175.00 USD
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20 Aunt Louisa's Nursery Favourite. Comprising Diamonds and Toads, Dick Whittington, Lily Sweetbriar, Uncle's Farm Yard. With Twenty-Four Pages of Illustrations
London Frederick Warne and Co. 1870 Decorated Cloth Very Good 
Printed in colours by Kronheim. 4to. 27 by 24 cm. Each story comes with six chromolithographic color plates. Hinges restored. Light wear to binding. One tissue guard with repaired long closed tear. 
Price: 275.00 USD
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