With time on our hands during the Coronavirus lockdown, we are reviewing the prices of some of our older stock and adjusting prices of books to ensure that they are the most attractive offering in the marketplace, as it is a reality of the antiquarian market for books that less expensive and mid-level material the trend has been inexorably downward, to the chagrin of booksellers and to the benefit of collectors.  Consequently, we have slashed prices anywhere between 20 percent and 60 percent of these books we have had listed for five years or more.  So we hope that anyone visiting the site might find something that might have become overpriced but now legitimately qualifies as a bargain.



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Illustrated Plate Books
Hand-colored, chromolithographic, copper engraved, steel engraved, etc.

Illustrated Plate Books

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1 53 Gezigten van Steden, Kerken, Gebouwen, &c. in de Vereen: Nederlanden: In't Koper gesneden door J.C. Philips. Naar de Teekeningen van C. Pronk, J. de Beyer, A. de Haen, &c.
Amsterdam Is. Firion 1730-1756 Small hardcover folio. Very Good Minus 
8vo. 21 by 15.5 cm. Virtually all the 53 copper engraved plates are folding, most about 25 cm wide but some as much as 48 cm wide (two folds versus four folds, with just a few that are smaller than the former). The city and church views are of Amsterdam, Middelburg, Utrecht, Arnhem, Haarlem, Graerenhagen, Rotterdam, Zierikzee, and many other Dutch towns. All together the folio makes for a glorious snapshot of how the thriving Dutch Republic looked in the mid-18th century. The collection also has an element of manuscript, with a handwritten, in ink, title page and table of contents. The plates were engraved printings, but the collection was assembled as a one off. From the handwriting, the collection was surely assembled by the mid-19th century, and the folio has kept the collection intact and heightened its appeal. There is sometimes heavy foxing in the margins. The images themselves remain vivid and mostly unaffected by the foxing. The plates are bound with a 19th century marbled paper. Its spine is shot. The outer folio has the same marbled paper on the boards, with a more recent cloth on the spine. The spine is utilitarian and neither adds nor subtracts from the appearance. Pasted within the front board is a bookplate. The "book" itself has a small label on the rear cover from a book dealer in Antwerp from 1957. 
Price: 1200.00 USD
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2 Almanach des Dames pour l'An 1823 Almanach Lyrique
Turbingu and Paris Chez I. G. Cotta; Chez Truettel & Wurtz 1822 First Edition Cartonnage, Slipcase Very Good 
12mo. (13 x 9 cm.) 238 pp. Six engraved plates. Scarce, with only two copies located on OCLC. Soiling on the binding and more on the slipcase. Otherwise, quite clean and tight. 
Price: 265.00 USD
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3 Costumes et Moeurs des Differentes Nations. Ornes de 48 Gravures.
Paris Alexis Eymery 1826 First Edition Thus Half Morocco Good Plus 
32mo, 8 by 6 cm. 120 pp. The French equivalent of a rare English miniature -- Alfred Mills "Costumes of All Nations". Woodcut plates are simple and even naive but tend to depict people in some kind of activity. Thus there is the free black man making his slave climb a tree, a young "negress" playing ouri, Congolese carrying their cheif on a chaise, South Sea natives in mourning, etc. Leather is heavily rubbed. Cloth boards with scuffs and abrasions. Light occasional foxing and other minor soiling. Some leaves with minor corner creases. 
Price: 250.00 USD
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4 Goettinger Taschen Calender von Jahr 1778
Joh. Chr. Dieterich Stiff Card, Slipcase. Near Fine 
32mo. 10 by 6 cm. 100 pp. With 29 illustrated plates, 17 of which are grouped preliminarily and cover the extravagant ladies' hair styles of the day, the remainder spaced in the first half the text and generally carrying two oval vignette portraits on each one. Preserved, besides the original stiff card boards and probably the original endpapers is the decorative slipcase with its wallpaper pattern-like design. Light to moderate edgewear on the slipcase. 
Price: 2250.00 USD
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Les Lettres et les Arts.  Revue Illustrée (4 volumes)
5 Les Lettres et les Arts. Revue Illustrée (4 volumes)
Paris Boussod, Valadon et Cie. 1889 First Half Morocco. Marbled boards. Very Good Plus 
Folio, 33 by 27 cm. An abundance of plates, some in color. The fourth and final year of a luxuriant art journal. Condition: rubbing of morocco on raised bands, joints, edges, but still handsome. Light scattered foxing, but mostly clean within, and reads as clean generally. Please note that the four volumes are extra heavy and additional shipping charges will be required. 
Price: 475.00 USD
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Nature and Art (2 Volumes Bound in one)
6 Nature and Art (2 Volumes Bound in one)
London Day and Son, Limited Hardcover Very Good Plus 
1866 and 1867, 2 volume publication bound in one. These were the only two issues of the publication. iv, 252, iv, 196 pp. Over 50 color chromolithographs, missing frontis chromo to 1866 volume. The main point of this publication was to demonstrate the potential for the new form of color printing, chromolithography. The diverse range of articles thus facilitated the rendering of a similarly broad range of illustration: botanical, zoological, travel related, decorative arts, etc. Also, some of the illustrations are similar or the same of ones found in other publications, such as the plate of chickens for an article by W. B. Tegetmeier who also did a much sought after plate book on poultry. Other than the one missing plate, this copy is in near fine condition. It is tight and clean, with quarter buckram over marbled boards for the binding and the wrap covers (title pages) bound in. Some minor wear to the binding. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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Principales Merveilles de la Nature.  Ou l'on traite de la substance de la Terre, de la Mer, des Fleuves, Lacs, Rivieres, Montagnes, Rochers, &c.  Ourvage rempli d'Histoires, Avantures & Evenements extraordinaires, arrivez dans l'Europe, l'Asie, l'Afrique & l'Amerique. Tire des meilleurs Auteurs Anciens & Modernes
7 Principales Merveilles de la Nature. Ou l'on traite de la substance de la Terre, de la Mer, des Fleuves, Lacs, Rivieres, Montagnes, Rochers, &c. Ourvage rempli d'Histoires, Avantures & Evenements extraordinaires, arrivez dans l'Europe, l'Asie, l'Afrique & l'Amerique. Tire des meilleurs Auteurs Anciens & Modernes
Amsterdam Chez Paul Marret 1726 Second edition Full Calf Very Good 
8vo. xxxvi, 330 pp. With 13 copper engraved plates, one of which is folding, several of which have fantastical elements reflecting the imperfect scientific knowledge of the time especially about far-off places still being explored. Plates depict strange plants and/or animals, as well as geological subjects. Some light offsetting to the plates. A minor chip in the folding plate lower margin. Old rebacking of the spine. Calf has lot of cracquelature, but is contemporary and desirable nonetheless. 
Price: 700.00 USD
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8 Scenes from History
Quarter Calf Very Good 
N.d., circa 1690. Folio, 36.5 by 23 cm. 47 leaves (printing only on rectos), with a total of 422 copper engraved vignettes -- 420 are a more or less standard smaller size, with some differentiation in their shape, and two are somewhat larger. The scenes are from the Bible, Classical history (Rome and Greece) and carry forward to the sixteenth century. Among the then more modern history was the fall of Constantinople to the Ottomans, Columbus' discovery, the ascension of Henry IV in France, the abdication of Queen Christina of Sweden in 1654, and the repulse of the Turks at the Gates of Vienna in 1683. The vignettes are highly detailed in the fine Baroque style of the period. There is no indication of where the collection of illustrations was printed, but we would conjecture in Amsterdam, given the heterodox nature of the scenes depicted, etc. The collection is complete, but the plates are not bound entirely in the correct order, as may not be surprising. There is no title page, but there are four pages which summarize the illustrations, and each vignette also has a caption. The vignettes may often have been cut from these sheets to serve as cards or paste-ons. 
Price: 975.00 USD
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Serie Superieure Aux Armes D'Epinal. Histoires & Scenes Humoristiques. Contes Moraux Merveilleux  (No. 19)
9 Serie Superieure Aux Armes D'Epinal. Histoires & Scenes Humoristiques. Contes Moraux Merveilleux (No. 19)
Imagerie Pellerin First edition Hardcover Very Good 
N.d, circa 1910. (No. 19 of series.) 25 elephantine leaves or plates (15.5 by 12.5 inches, 43 by 33 cm), including title page. Plates 451 to 475 in the series. All with cartoon stories and verses accompanied by color illustrated panels in all kinds of configurations on the page. Sometimes just two different illustrations, sometimes as many as, or even more than, a dozen. Highlights from a purely visual gag, as well as perhaps historical point-of-view, is the plate entitled "De Utilite des Aeroplanes", which pokes fun at the perils of early plane aviation, and another plate that features a flying machine that resembles a grasshopper, but the satire, parody and humor is far-ranging and boundless. Plates are all clean and binding is tight. Boards, with illustrated paper pasted onto board, has considerable wear, soiling and foxing, with some chipping and minor edge loss of the paper. However, the illustration of a bow in a clown outfit is still attractive and indeed, a component in making for a handsome package overall. 
Price: 350.00 USD
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The Officer's Manual in the Field;  or, a Series of Military Plans, Representing the Principal Operations of a Campaign. Translated from the German.  Under the patronage of His Royal Highness the Duke of York
10 The Officer's Manual in the Field; or, a Series of Military Plans, Representing the Principal Operations of a Campaign. Translated from the German. Under the patronage of His Royal Highness the Duke of York
London (also Edinburgh and Dublin) T. Bensley, printer, for Egerton; Elmsley and Bremner; Lloyd; Sewell; Stockdale; Wright; Mundell and Son; J. Milliken 1798 Full Calf Good 
12mo. 16.5 by 13.5 cm. 70 pp., plus 60 plates of maps depicting primarily army positions and maneuvers and fortifications. "Translated from a work which was published at Berlin, under the auspices of General Czetteritz, without any date but it is suposed to have been written a few years subsequent to the peace of 1763." Condition: missing plate 26 and a duplicate copy of plate 34 placed where 26 should be. (Disorderly compilation was apparently rife with the printing of this book, and generally copies are missing one or more plates in a similar fashion.) Full calf binding is rough, wiht significant rubbing, some drying of the leather, chips to the spine label. Tissue guards are generally eaten around their edges and are foxed. The pages proper are age toned but read clean, with occasional light soiling. 
Price: 350.00 USD
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11 The Poetical Works of Shakespeare. With the Life of the Author. Cooke's Edition. Embellished with Superb Engravings.
London C. Cooke 1797 Full Calf 
12mo, 215 pp. With frontis portrait of Shakespeare, copper engraving on title, two other plates, and some tail-piece ornamentation. Poems include "Venus and Adonis", "Rape of Lucrece", the Sonnets, "Passionate Pilgrim", and "A Lover's Complaint". Age toned leaves, some foxing of plates but little on text pages. Tight binding. Crack of outer hinge along front gutter. Full contemporary calf cracked, especially on spine. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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Tyrolese Scenery:  Or, Continental Travels, Illustrated with Fine Steel Engravings, with Descriptive Letter Press
12 Tyrolese Scenery: Or, Continental Travels, Illustrated with Fine Steel Engravings, with Descriptive Letter Press
London Black & Armstrong Hardcover Very Good 
8vo - over 7¾. N.d. Circa 1840s. 72 pp with 6 full page plates. Some soilage on green decorated boards. Rubbing along gutters and corners. Generally clean inside. Tissue guards intact. A very good copy. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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Versailles:  Palais, Musee, Jardins
13 Versailles: Palais, Musee, Jardins
Paris Imprimerie D'E. Duverger 1850 Good 
4to. 47 plates (steel engravings mostly), with text interspersed. Probably was published as souvenir of the Palace and Trianons, with attractive pictures and concise historical and architectural explanations. Leather spine scuffed a bit, gilding fairly bright. Rubbing to joints. Binding tight. Gilded foreedges. Ribbon placemark intact. Foxing mostly on blank back sides of plates, but gives the interior a certain quality of grubbiness. Overall, good. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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Warren's Paper Buyers Guide 1919. Practical Demonstration on Warren's Standard Printing Papers for All Patrons of Printing.
14 Warren's Paper Buyers Guide 1919. Practical Demonstration on Warren's Standard Printing Papers for All Patrons of Printing.
Boston S.D. Warren Company 1919 First Hardcover Very Good 
4to. 108 pp entirely made up of full page illustration mock examples of printing specimens, with many being advertisements, pages from trade catalogues, pages that might be in decor, sporting or general interest magazines, etc. Many pages with color, and a mix of photographs and drawings. Often pictures accompanied with short text in which the Warren Company explains the printing product it is using and in which it pitches a particular enduser. In essence, this book is a trade catalogue, and a highly handsome one at that. Some dark soil marks on buckram spine. Two dampstains affecting final few leaves on edges but not impinging on any of the illustration pages. Clean interior otherwise. A very good copy. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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The Comic History of England (2 volumes), A'Beckett, Gilbert A.
15 A'Beckett, Gilbert A. The Comic History of England (2 volumes)
London Bradbury, Agnew & Co. Decorated Cloth Good Leech, John 
4to. Contains bookplates of teh wife of Lord Curzon (the Marchioness Curzon of Kedleston), who was the viceroy of India. She was the second wife, married in 1917. he was made a Marquess in 1921. 20 handcolored steel engravings (full page plates) and many other illustrations. Considerable shelfwear to decorated boards, with corners rubbed, some chipping to spine tips, etc. Writing and picture on boards fairly bright. Inside, some scattered foxing, with most pages clean. Both volumes with weak front inner hinges. Volume 1 preliminary pages detached and need to be tipped in. Overall, good. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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Old Inns, Aldin, Cecil
16 Aldin, Cecil Old Inns
London William Heinemann 1921 First Vellum (3/4) Very Good Aldin, Cecil 
4to. Large paper edition, signed by author/illustrator, # 177 of 380. 16 tipped in color plates, many black and white drawings as well. viii + 149 pp. Interior very clean, crisp, fine. Vellum spine has tear on lower front, about 2", and similar upper rear. Lightly bumped corners. Some other minor shelfwear. Overall, very good. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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The Happy Annual, Aldin, Cecil and John Hassall
17 Aldin, Cecil and John Hassall The Happy Annual
New York; London, respectively E.P. Dutton & Company; Produced by Carl Hentschel First Hardcover Very Good Aldin, Cecil 
Folio - over 12 - 15" tall. N.d., circa 1910 (date of inscription on FFEP). Very rare title with color, four tone generally, illustrations. Unpaginated, 40 pp including title. A potpourri of stories, poems, and humor. The first part is devoted to a quintessential Aldin subject of dogs and foxhunting entitled The Nursery Harriers: The Story of a Hunt, but with a difference inasmuch as the horse is a hobbyhorse. The final pages of the book are devoted to various children's games of the Middle Ages: bowls, tobogganing, skating, sliding, golf, quintain, cricket, football, etc. Also some illustrated nursery rhymes and snippets of other children's classics (Robinson Crusoe, Aladdin). Throughout delightful and less familiar Aldin illustrations, all 14 by 10 inches in size. Soilage on rear boards and to a lesser extent on front board. Blistering to endpapers. Otherwise tight and clean and very good if not better. 
Price: 200.00 USD
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18 Aleksei Aleksyeyevich, Lev Smoylovich, Vladimir Aleksyeyevich Byelkin, Aleksandr Nikolayevich, Ivan Bilibin, etc. Malaya Knishnaya Grafika Chudoshnikov "Mira Iskusstva" [Assorted Book Graphics International Style]
St. Petersburg Izdatelstvo "Kleo" 2000 Full Calf Fine 
Russian miniature book full of Art Nouveau vignettes from an array of Russian artists, all executed at the turn of the twentieth century -- most are from the first decade of the 20th century. The imagery is full of enchantment, variety and imaginativeness. The publication honors an artistic past that Russians could at last imbibe freely with the fall of the Soviet Union, and it demonstrates how connected the Russians were at the time to the prevailing artistic winds sweeping Europe and America while somehow preserving a certain wonderful Russian otherness. Here one will find represented the celebrated Bilibin but also many names obscure in the West. WIth a gorgeous Art Nouveau cover. One doesn't have to know any Russian to appreciate, enjoy and use this exquisite book. 
Price: 175.00 USD
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A Picture of the Manners, Customs, Sports, and Pastimes, of the Inhabitants of England, From the Arrival of the Saxons Down to the Eighteenth Century.  Selected from the Ancient Chronicles, and rendered in Modern Phraseology.  Illustrated by Numerous Engravings, From Strutt and Others, Aspin, Jehoshaphat
19 Aspin, Jehoshaphat A Picture of the Manners, Customs, Sports, and Pastimes, of the Inhabitants of England, From the Arrival of the Saxons Down to the Eighteenth Century. Selected from the Ancient Chronicles, and rendered in Modern Phraseology. Illustrated by Numerous Engravings, From Strutt and Others
London J. Harris 1825 First Very Good 
8vo. iv, 296 pp. With 12 plates. Great miscellany of cultural history. Modern quarter morocco over original boards, with paper pastedowns. Small loss to the paper, which also has considerable soiling. Some light soiling within. Overall an attractive, tight copy. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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20 Bac, illustrator; Preface by Marcel Prevost. Editor: H. Simonis Empis La Femme Intime Album. Absolument Inedit Par Bac
Paris 1894 Half Morocco over Marbled Boards Near Fine 
Small folio, measuring 14 by 10.75 inches, 38 by 27 cm. Louche women, in states of semi-undress (usually revealing their breasts partially), and attitudes befitting the boudoir, the bedchamber, the bath. With light-hearted captions, this is fetching fin-de-siecle softcore erotica. Unpaginated, with 26 tinted full-page plates. Original wraps bound in half green morocco over marbled boards. Some rubbing of leather, with surface loss areas near spine. Clean inside. 
Price: 225.00 USD
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