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1 "Santiago de Cuba"
Box Very Good 
Extraordinary group of ten original "postcards" with mixed media artwork depicting the sights of Santiago de Cuba. N.d., 1950s. With each folk art-y depiction of a monument, building or the like there is a combination of wafer thin pieces of wood pasted down and watercolors and pen and ink applied directly to the card. On to the wood is applied inkwork as well. The sights include the Jose Marti monument, the Abel Santa Maria monument, the cathedral, the Moncada, the Pdre Pico stairs, the Castello del Morro, the Diego Velazquez balcony, the Plaza de la Revolucion Antoni Maceo, the Granjita Siboney, and the City Hall. Homemade box, with faux wood panels -- the faux finish is carried over to the interior of the box as well -- alligator trim and card label made to look like sign nailed down. We would guess that the cards and box were made by a local artist for sale to a visitor, but we can't say for sure that they were not made by an enthusiastic, talented tourist. Either way, does it really matter? Somehow, to the whole production, something of the improvisational, original and quirky spirit of Cuba itself is captured! The box measures 14 by 12 by 2 cm. The cards are 13.5 by 10 cm. 
Price: 1000.00 USD
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Album of seventeen miniature-sized pen-and-ink caricatures
2 Album of seventeen miniature-sized pen-and-ink caricatures
1857 Morocco spine. Blindstamped cloth boards. Very Good 
Oblong, 11 by 19 cm. Nine leaves with 17 cartoons or caricatures, all done on a miniature scale, which is a part of their charm. Each drawing has a short caption written in block letters. The drafting is quite fine -- these drawings could pass for published work of the mid-Victorian era. And the visual humor, showing drunks, sleepers, musical bandits, the injured, etc., holds up remarkably well. Neat though the captions are, an inscription presumably to the artist's sister is not entirely legible to us, and thus we can not identify the artist, other than to state that the artist was probably a woman. And that adds interest to the album, as generally such caricature work was then more common among men. 
Price: 275.00 USD
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3 An 1861 Court Order for Children to Support Pauper Parents, [together with] Testimony Relating to the Case
Wolf Township, Sycoming County, PA 1861 Very Good 
The documents relate to an area to law that has mostly disappeared, namely, the legal obligation of children towards their parents. The larger of the two documents, both of which relate to the pauperism of the Shavers, gets into the nitty gritty of land ownership and the productivity of the land. Thus this is law that arose in a predominantly agrarian economy, and one in which small town values were at the fore. The documents are both written in long hand, the one with testimony running 12 pages, the order, merely a single leaf. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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Bilderbuch:  Der Kampf mit dem Drachen
4 Bilderbuch: Der Kampf mit dem Drachen
Hardcover. Rope binding. Very Good 
Original fairy tale with disarming naive watercolors that thoroughly illustrate the tale. N.d., circa 1910. Oblong 8vo. 19 by 28.5 cm. 11 leaves of heavy card, each with a mounted watercolor illustration on the verso, and mounted text page, in verse surrounded by Jugenstil line decorations, on the facing rectos. The watercolors all cover every inch of their boards, and this imparts a rich lushness seldom encountered in such juvenile efforts. The narrative is about a dwarf named Pumpel who lives in a mushroom hut. Because he is bored, he decides to venture out into the world on a snail-driven cart. Hungry and thirsty, he comes upon an inn run by a landlady frog Unke. At dinner, in the company of other frogs, he hears the tale of an evil dragon who has imprisoned for years a beautiful flower fairy. It is then resolved that they will set out to fight the monster and liberate the fairy. The bees sting the monster and the frogs splash water on him until he finally retreats. The princess Pumpelione wakes up, she and Pumpel are wed, and they live happily ever after. Edges and corners have wear. The binding is in a painted style prevalent around 1920. Occasional staining on text pages. 
Price: 2500.00 USD
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Collection of 46 Pen-and-Ink Caricatures, Mid-19th Century, from New England probably
5 Collection of 46 Pen-and-Ink Caricatures, Mid-19th Century, from New England probably
Custom clamshell cloth box, with leather spine ti Good 
N.d., circa 1870. Caricatures on heavy card stock, 29 by 13.5 cm. Each card contains a single person caricatured. The caricatures are evocative of the type one finds on Vinegar or Poison Valentines of the day, and a few might bring to mind caricatures in Puck and the handiwork of Thomas Nast. The caricatures have a deliberate crudity to them. Among subjects lampooned are suffragettes, the Catholic clergy, various low life, teetotalers and drinkers, and perhaps anyone in sight. We say this is from New England probably because one of the caricatures contains a depiction of an advertisement of a Providence, Rhode Island clothing store. Condition: original binding now disbound, with outer boards remaining, but a modern clamshell box serving to keep things tidy. The cards generally have small corner chips as a result of the brittleness of the card, and there is lots of shavings from the card in this box. The artwork, though, is not affected excepting minor loss to a few captions. 
Price: 2750.00 USD
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6 Croquêt
England Hardcover Very Good 
N.d. Circa 1870s. Small 4to. 24 by 18 cm. Eight pages of manuscript, with eight delightful pen and ink illustrations, including cover decoration, plus six ornamental letter vignettes ("historiated", "floriated" and "rusticated"). The illustrations include ones of a manor house, with three croquet players in the foreground, a grouping of players with one about to do an agressive swing resembling a golf drive, a group of young adults listiening to a serenader, and wooing couple and a seraph steering a tiny sailboat. The verse is pleasant and rich in charm: "Instead of wars of words and wit,/ This is a conflict far more fit./ The lady's ready grace and skill/ Matched against manyly strength and will./ All martyr-like, consent to bear/ Reverses with a cheerful air,/ And learn to hurl the well-aimed blow/ Of retribution on the foe . . . " Perhaps not Gerald Manley Hopkins, but the competent verse does capture the rhythm, the spirit and appeal of the game remarkably well, and together with the illustrations evoke a lazy afternoon in a bucolic setting of the 1800s that is bound to spark wistful daydreams in our hardened, frenetic times. Bound with a red buckram dust jacket, the title "Croquêt" embossed in gilt on the front. The paper is of a stiff card stock. 
Price: 1450.00 USD
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Croquis d'Apres A. Grévin par F. Cosnefroy
7 Croquis d'Apres A. Grévin par F. Cosnefroy
Quarter Morocco. Marbled boards. Very Good 
Brilliant imitation of the style of the great French caricaturist Alfred Grévin. (Cosnefroy we presume was a gifted amateur -- we have no further information on him. N.d., circa 1890. 4to. 31 by 24 cm. 37 original watercolors, all humorist, and superbly capturing the irony and risque spirit of Grévin. We are unaware of any outright copying -- we can not rule that out -- but given that Cosnefroy assiduously, and humbly, asserts "After Grévin", we are of the view that that was precisely what he meant. We do not know anything about Cosnefroy other than his name at this time. We assume that he was an amateur, probably an adolescent, who was gifted and aspired to follow in the footsteps of the famous illustrator. The quality of his illustrations is also not entirely even, and that suggests strongly that he wasn't tracing works he had enjoyed in the humor magazines featuring Grévin's work. 
Price: 1850.00 USD
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8 Czech Caricature Manuscript Given to Fellow Employee, with photo cut-outs of heads combined with painted bodies
1948 

Price: 3500.00 USD
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Der Osterhas aus Reisen
9 Der Osterhas aus Reisen
Half cloth (buckram). Decorative paper pasted ont Very Good 
Charming whimsical story about an Easter bunny, told in German verse and inimitably illustrated with original watercolors. 8vo. 21 by 17 cm. 50 pages, including title page, with an original watercolor on every page, virtually all of which are between a half to three-quarters of the page. The bunny decides to make a journey, using his eggs as currency along the way. On the trip he encounters various obstacles and threats such as a giant and a dragon, but he also meets Snow White and the seven dwarves, Hansel and Gretel, and the like. Before the trip is over he visits Africa. He gets back home just in the nick of time for Easter and to lay new Easter eggs for the children in the area. The narrative is very much secondary to the bright winsome illustrations and the lilting verse. 
Price: 1500.00 USD
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Dora
10 Dora
Cheshire, England Full Morocco Near Fine 
Superb mid-nineteenth century amateur illuminated manuscript with original story told in blank verse. N.d., circa 1850s. With inscription dated 1865. Oblong, 24 by 30 cm. 22 leaves, with illumination, illustration and text only on recto, with exception of frontis ink drawing of Bradley Hall, where the story takes place, on the verso. The poem tells of a father who is thwarted in his wish to have his son marry his virtuous niece and of what happens when later the son dies of illness, leaving a child behind. The sentimental tone and spirit of the tale exemplifies well mid-Victorian piety. Yet while the blank verse carries echos of biblical readings, it must also be noted that it is a departure from the doggeril that was far more likely to come from the amateur pen. The calligraphy throughout is disciplined and arresting; the ornamentation is grounded mostly in the late Medieval style, with a few interpretative variants. Importantly, the illuminist never repeats himself, and there are even subtle variants employed in the lettering. Four leaves feature fuller original illustration, as opposed to being dominated by ornamental motives, and these illustrations have a naive charm that is of singular beauty. Bradley Hall is a half-timber quaint Elizabethan manor house resembling Shakespeare's house in Stratford. Blue morocco binding with gilt border, and title "Dora" spelled out in center. Edgewear to the binding. Otherwise, clean and tight. 
Price: 2850.00 USD
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11 Eighteenth Century Manuscript of Naive Illustrations of Scenes from English History
Limp card Very Good 
Circa late 18th Century. (Watermark suggests 1760 to 1780.) 8vo. 20 by 16.5 cm. Unpaginated, 48 pages with visual content, most of which we would deemed finished artwork. Plus two pages of curious text. On these pages are menus of several Medieval banquets -- we do not know whether these extensive menus are based on a legitimate source or were imagined by the compiler, or some combination. The occasions also don't seem to relate to any of the artwork, other than the Medieval commonality. Much of the illustration, happily, is accompanied with handwritten captions. For the drawings, the medium is generally wash watercolor, with touches of color to suggest human flesh. Subject-wise, the sketches are mostly backward-looking to the Middle Ages, and in this, the notebook can be seen as an outgrowth with the Romantic Era's newfound fascination with that period, as was manifest in the Gothic Revival Movement then just getting under way. The artist carries his survey forward to the Renaissance, Tudor England, and the seventeenth century, or Jacobean and Restoration England. On some pages, the portraits are arranged in a gallery format – imagine the walls of the National Portrait Gallery. Elsewhere, a portrait can take up the page. We also mention there are a few non-historic drawings, such as a man with a turban, and a several portraits of people in eighteenth century dress. These portraits, though, are really not of a piece with the costume survey; these contemporary portraits are sketchier and all pencil drawings. Clearly of interest to the artist was historic costume, and indeed, the book can be seen as a manuscript version of the kind of costume treatise that was to become a mainstay among nineteenth century plate books. Among these costume-oriented drawings are many warriors, jousters, swordsmen, gentlemen, courtly ladies, hunters, astrologers, laborers and various professions, court entertainers and most significantly, monarchs. Just like many a printed costume surveys, there are several pages of drawings of crowns, sceptres and other historic objects. Finally, there are action and historic genre scenes. One is a theater scene. In another, Earl Rivers presents a Caxton bible to Edward IV. Some of these scenes collectively suggest a narrative, as a sequent beginning with the pre-Norman Conquest “Odo as Early of Kent”. We can not always be sure whether a specific historic event is depicted since not all the drawings come with captions. As the artwork is heavily portraiture, a good amount of this is most certainly copied from other artwork. An obvious example is the portrait of diarist John Evelyn, which is based on a work by Thomas Worlidge. For the most part, though, our intuition is that the artwork here is only loosely based on existing sources. While this is a true sketchbook with some willy-nilly-ness to it -- not all the drawings having the same page orientation -- there is an over-arching cohesion to the artwork, and in our view, the totality is more satisfying than the sum of the parts. Condition: chips to the heavy card binding; creases showing on the marbled paper of the cover. Moderate age toning of the leaves, and scattered finger smudges and other soiling. 
Price: 5000.00 USD
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El Periodismo.  Periodico semanal Numero extraordinario.  Obsequio de Angele Batille Tejedor.  A D. Joaquim Alvarez Calvo, Periodista barcelones.  Ano I, Num 1 [Including] Humorisme Suplement de la tradicio
12 El Periodismo. Periodico semanal Numero extraordinario. Obsequio de Angele Batille Tejedor. A D. Joaquim Alvarez Calvo, Periodista barcelones. Ano I, Num 1 [Including] Humorisme Suplement de la tradicio
Barcelona 1946 
Large 8vo. [24] pp plus [12] pp Supplement, laid into illustrated folder with flap. Title drawn and colored on cover. Centerpiece of cover is a bookplate for Angel Batile Tejedor which depicts a Medieval library scene. The text of the primary work is rendered with a calligraphic hand in black and red with some naive foliate ornamentation in green. The text is a near bullet point history of Spanish, and Catalonian, magazine publishing. The second work is profusely illustrated with red and black cartoons. These are all original and drawn by a member of the Batille family. The two seemingly unrelated works are tied together with the final cartoon which carries the caption "El Periodismo en Barcelona por H. Alvarez Calvo", the writer's 1940 study. 
Price: 500.00 USD
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Illustrated Manuscript of two poems:
13 Illustrated Manuscript of two poems: "To a Woodman's Hut there came one day." and "My Voice is still for War." [From "Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves" and Addison's "Cato", respectively]
Full Pebbled Leather, Blindstamped and Gilt Decora Very Good 
N.p., but American. N.d., circa 1860. Oblong, 23 by 28.5 cm. Two text leaves, each with one of the poems rendered in full, followed by 66 leaves, each with a mounted sheet onto which is written words from a poem and is drawn in pen and ink an illustration of those words. The illustrations are inspired mostly by the single word or phrase captioned on the sheet, as opposed to the wholeness of the poem, and thus the illustrations don't always fit in with the poem, or have the most nominal relationship to it, but nonetheless, the illustrations are full of charm and fun, and they are really best viewed and enjoyed without reference to the poem. While we don't have a date for the album, the ubiquity of Civil War-era uniforms and stove pipe hats strongly suggest the 1860s. There are also interesting illustrations of slaves. Many of the illustrations look back nostalgically to an earlier era, as for instance the eighteenth century which is depicted as a world of music and dance masters and gracious society. Classical Rome is represented in abundance too, as one might expect for "Cato". In these drawings and in evocations of Medieval times, the illustrator was not reluctant to indulge in a bit of anachronistic imagery as well. We don't know who the artist was, but clearly he was a very capable amateur -- the artwork is not quite done with the polish of a professional, we would grant. Some of the illustrations are highly detailed, while others are of a sketchier nature. "To the Woodsman's Hut" gives rise to 26 of the illustrations, "Cato", 40. Repair to the joints. The binding has a few scuffs but is overall very attractive. 
Price: 1750.00 USD
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La Perle de Tolede.  Imite de l'Espagnol d'apres Merimee.  Pastiche
14 La Perle de Tolede. Imite de l'Espagnol d'apres Merimee. Pastiche
Quarter Morocco Very Good 
Exquisite vignettes and full-page pencil drawings illustrating an original French narrative poem emulating perhaps, on a small scale, the Spanish chivalric tradition. 4to. 30 by 25 cm. 18 pp. (Writing and artwork on one side of a leaf.) The first page is probably a self-portrait of the writer/artist in profile plying away in an office cell. The author expresses an affection for Andalusia, and perhaps a celebration of the place and its culture is his ultimate aim. The poem pits a Christian against a Moor, the latter meeting his death, but the author appears to sympathize with him. While the poem may lack a certain clarity, the drawings are crisp and delightful. The larger illustrations have a naivete about them, while the vignettes are quite precise. Leaves are of heavy card. Light wear and soiling. 
Price: 2250.00 USD
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15 Leporello of Original Paintings Depicting Characters of the Noh Theater
Leporello. Cloth (silk) cover. Outer case of clo Very Good 
Simple and straightforward presentation of stock characters from Japanese Noh Theater, all appealingly colored. N.d., 19th century. 24 by 18.5 cm. 24 pp of colorful character portraits. Several are double paged and are a bit more dynamic. Noh is a traditional form of Japanese musical drama that first arose in the 14th century and employs masks heavily in its ritualized performances. Scattered light foxing, never disconcerting. Blue cloth case with color fading, moderate wear, title label partially obliterated (the upper layer with lettering is perished). 
Price: 1000.00 USD
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Lustige Post.  Neu Ein Nachschlagewerk.  Neu für angehende Postpensionisten
16 Lustige Post. Neu Ein Nachschlagewerk. Neu für angehende Postpensionisten
Munich 1948 Hardcover. Paper pastedown on cover. Very Good 
The inefficient efficiency of Deutsche Post -- a whimsical and fun take on postal services and innovations! 4to. 24.5 by 21.5 cm. Unpaginated, 29 leaves, each with original illustrations done with pen and ink and watercolors. The manuscript was created as a tribute or gift for a retiring postal official (the Oberpostinspektor) in Munich, whose name was Karl Scherner. The illustrations are absurdist cartoons that don't require an understanding of the text. Along with the title and caption of each illustration, there is usually a small clipping pasted in that represents the actual postal notice or schedule relating to the service. Moderate wear. 
Price: 850.00 USD
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17 Manuscript Samurai Military Campaign Map, circa 1780
NA Very Good 
Outstanding, beautifully painted map of the Toyama area, with considerable detail and vivid coloring. 57.5 by 78 cm. A few repairs, evident on the back but not on the image itself. 
Price: 1000.00 USD
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Masonic Illuminated Manuscript recognizing the contributions of President Carl Amherst, Provincial Grand Master for Kent, for organizing a festival in support of "Aged Freemasons and Widows of Freemasons"
18 Masonic Illuminated Manuscript recognizing the contributions of President Carl Amherst, Provincial Grand Master for Kent, for organizing a festival in support of "Aged Freemasons and Widows of Freemasons"
London 1891 Full Morocco Very Good 
Three hand-decorated and written certificates mounted and matted onto heavy card, and bound in an elaborately decorated full morocco binding, with an ornate centerpiece of actual metal mounts (probably brass). The certificates are quite colorful, and the calligraphy is surrounded by and ornamented by gilt and Greek motive decoration, a crown and a touch of the Medieval. The oblong album is 15 by 13 inches, 38 by 33 cm. Light soiling and/or foxing to the margins. Light wear and soiling to the binding itself. 
Price: 475.00 USD
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Miniature Indian Manuscript with 19 Watercolor Paintings
19 Miniature Indian Manuscript with 19 Watercolor Paintings
India Hardcover Good 
Probably an early nineteenth century manuscript, of undeniable, and irresistible beauty. Oblong, 7.5 by 13.5 cm. 157 leaves with manuscript text (over 300 pages), written with a calligraphic hand and decoratively ruled around the perimeter, text almost always on both sides, and 19 original watercolor plates of hunt, martial, court, and fantastical scenes, featuring along with the high born and the lowly, horses, elephants, and other animals. The watercolors generally have rich and vibrant color, with scenes that are both palpable yet seem to float in a mist of fantasy. The paintings are in a traditional mode, with the flattening of perspective, and their subject matter, it seems to us, as non-specialists in this sort of manuscript. Condition: a more modern binding, with a cloth spine, marbled boards. The papers within are very fine and delicate. Some dampstaining and other soiling. Also some wormholing, and some edges chewed. A few tiny holes in the paper. We believe that the text, though, is overwhelmingly unaffected. Of the nineteen plates, two have considerable damage, suffering some loss of their imagery or a dulling of their color. Perhaps one or two others have minor loss in one way or another -- nothing that we think will disconcert. In other words, most of the watercolors should dazzle. 
Price: 5750.00 USD
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Origami Christmas Ornament, with quotes from the bible on each fold or panel
20 Origami Christmas Ornament, with quotes from the bible on each fold or panel
NA Very Good 
N.d., mid-19th century. Triangular in shape when closed, 10 cm across, 7 cm tall. Opens into a sort of ball, with either three or four quotes in each circle. With 21 biblical quotes, each written over two folds. We call this a Christmas ornament, as with the ribbon, it seems as if it were probably intended to hang from a tree, and the quotations furthers our belief thus, but we do not know this for sure. Regardless, it is a singular piece of origami folk art that captures something about the culture and sentiment of the day. Light soiling to the paper. Possible that two small triangular panels are missing, based on slight tearing, but this object may also be exactly how it was when completed. 
Price: 250.00 USD
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