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1 "Company School" Metamorphic Costume Cards, Watercolors/Gouache on Mica, depicting various Indian characters -- tradespeople and servants
NA Good 
N.d. Circa 1830 to 1850. Eleven cards, ten of which are overlay cards, deliberately leaving out a face, and one, the base card, this one featuring two heads, one to apply to the standing figures, the other, to the kneeling/seated ones, regardless of the figure's gender. The cards all measure 11 by 7.5 cm. Scarce genre. One comes upon Company School mica painted figures with some regularity, and metamorphic costume overlay cards, the same, but the two genres combined are encountered far far less. These Indian paintings on mica from the early to mid-19th Century have become known as "Company School" paintings because they were typically produced for employees of the East India Company as souvenirs. The genre was supposedly emulating the painting on glass which was the rage in Europe at the time. The nature of mica dictated the size of these paintings. While mica has the wonderful ability to be shaved off into thin slices or sheets, these sheets are also brittle and easily fracture, making a larger format impractical. The subject matter of these cards include a seated street vendor with scales, a seated woman spinning thread on a spindle whorl, a seated pot mender, a man armed with a scimitar and shield, a kneeling man with a bottle and cup, a man with a hound and whip, a dancing girl, etc. Condition: typical edge chips, cracks or fracturing. Still, the painted work remains bright, fresh, and essentially well-preserved. 
Price: 1750.00 USD
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2 "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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3 "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 shortly thereafter. 
Price: 4000.00 USD
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4 "The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse" Produced for the First Time in Great Britain on Monday Evening August 14th, 1922 at the Palace Theatre, London Souvenir of Publicity August 5th to August 20th 1922
London 1922 Quarter Morocco, Cloth boards Very Good 
Unusual scrapbook prepared for movie mogul of the silent era. Folio, 37 by 27 cm. 33 leaves with content (66 pp), with a few blank leaves. The scrapbook consists of photographs and many newspaper clippings all relating to the London roll-out of the Rudolph Valentino movie, "The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse", which was the top money-making movie of 1921. The movie, based on the Vincente Blasco Ibanez novel, would be remade in 1962. The first version catapulted Valentino to major stardom and turned him into the screen's foremost Latin Lover. It also greatly popularized the tango outside of Argentina. Also starring in the movie were Wallace Beery and Alice Terry. The scrapbook or album was prepared on behalf of Marcus Loew, the theater chain magnate and a founder of MGM, which was formed through merger three years later, who admitted to not caring for the movie, before the money started rolling in. As a document, the scrapbook captures in a concentrated manner the nature of movie publicity in the early twenties, at a time that the movie industry was taking the form of an actual industry. Leaves are of heavy card. A gilt printed title page, with a modern outer binding. Some photos with corner creases and minor edge loss. 
Price: 1250.00 USD
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5 ?????? ??????? (40 ?????????????? ??????) (Russian Equine Breeds)
Moscow ???????????? ???????????? ????????? ????????? ???? NA Very Good 
Oblong folio, with 40 plates of equestrian breeds found in the Soviet Union. N.d., circa early 1950s. 28 by 43 cm. The plates are charming, in a style that is similar to the leading American equestriant artist of the period, George Morris. With Russian cyrillic captions, and text on the verso describing the breed. The outer soft card folder has tears and chips along its shorter sides, and has moderate soiling. The plates themselves are bright and clean. 
Price: 950.00 USD
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Album of a Dozen Chinese Watercolors of Colorful Birds on Pith Paper, 19th Century
6 Album of a Dozen Chinese Watercolors of Colorful Birds on Pith Paper, 19th Century
Silk covered boards Good 
N.d., circa 1850. 12mo, 16 by 12 cm. Each painting mounted on thin paper and framed with blue strips, as typical of such albums made presumably for the tourist and expatriate market. The paintings have a disarming naive quality. Yet in our view the paintings have more color and detail than the average such album of this size (larger format pictures tend to be more nuanced when it comes to this genre). The silk patterned cover has had its joints repaired. The usual amount of fissures, or tears, to the pith paper. Most of the paintings have no or very light defects of this type. 
Price: 1500.00 USD
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Album of Animal Photographs, Circa 1930
7 Album of Animal Photographs, Circa 1930
Hardcover. Cloth. String ties. Very Good 
N.d., circa 1930. Oblong, 23.5 by 28.5 cm. 14 large amusing or curious photographs, each with a caption, showing a wide variety of animals at the London Zoo, the Whipanade Zoo, by the docks, a dog show at Olumpia, a farm. Included are turtles, a polar bear, a seal, an antelope, giraffes, terriers, cats and a Golden Retriever, a lamb, a bear, penguins, bulldogs. The tone is one of breezy levity. The animals are shown as cuddly, cute or funny, all of them, entertainers in essence. This album can be viewed as a homemade photobook. It has an irresistible charm. 
Price: 250.00 USD
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Album of Caricatures and Photos of an Austro-Hungarian Army Unit Stationed in Northern Italy, circa early 1860s.
8 Album of Caricatures and Photos of an Austro-Hungarian Army Unit Stationed in Northern Italy, circa early 1860s.
Full Morocco Very Good 
Fabulous collection of army caricatures, as well as actual photos of many of the soldiers and officers. The artwork has an inimitable naive, folk art-ish and outsider art-ish quality that is simply captivating. Even with the captions mostly unreadable by us written as they are in an indecipherable Suettelin Schrift, the humor and narrative generally comes through very clearly. The artwork is mostly focused on the soldiers' lifestyle -- hunting, womanizing and wooing, drinking and carousing, day to day activities, and other than their being in uniform mostly, relatively light on actual military matters. Early 1860s, before Austria lost much of Northern Italy. Oblong. 23.5 by 29 cm. 67 pp. with content. First, 22 pp. of photos, with 82 photos in all, with all but two individual oval portraits. Then 35 pp. of painted caricatures, containing 40 mounted pieces, one of which has a fold-out and thus is larger than the page, a few are full page size, and several form multi-part narrative series, like a cartoon strip. About half of these are thickly or thoroughly painted, while the rest may have a combination of pencil and watercolor, and simple or no background to the drawn human figures. 8 pp. of portraits, one painted, the others, drawn with pencil or printed. 2 pp. of mixed media photo caricatures (16 such caricatures, which generally have photo imaged heads combined with drawn bodies, all of which is contained in a photo image). Condition: two inch chip to lower spine. Leather on boards rubbed and worn. Moderate soiling to the album's leaves, with a few corner creases, etc. 
Price: 5000.00 USD
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Album of seventeen miniature-sized pen-and-ink caricatures
9 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. Condition: moderate wear to the cover. Scattered soiling. 
Price: 275.00 USD
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Album of Watercolors of Verdun by an English Prisoner-of-War during the Napoleonic Wars
10 Album of Watercolors of Verdun by an English Prisoner-of-War during the Napoleonic Wars
Verdun, France 1810-1813 Wraps Very Good 
Thirteen fine original watercolors of Verdun. Oblong, 16.5 by 26 cm. According to an inscription on the first leaf, these paintings were done by a friend of John Spencer Stanhope while both were prisoners-of-war in Verdun. The identity of the artist, alas, is unknown otherwise. Stanhope (1787-1873) was indeed a prisoner-of-war in Verdun between 1810 and 1813. His son, John Roddam Spencer Stanhope, was a well-known Pre-Raphaelite artist. This album captures the lovely architecture of Verdun, an ancient yet still small city, as well as the countryside surrounding the city, with its panoramic views. From the paintings one would have no inkling there was a war going on. Verdun was the site of battle in the late 18th century and infamously during the First World War. During the time this album was done, though, it was not a battleground, and the wide variety of views created by the artist suggest that as a prisoner-of-war he was allowed some freedom to paint away from the prison. The style is both slightly naive yet also quite polished, and it is no overstatement to describe the paintings as simply exquisite. Condition: a few minor chips, both of the cover and a few of the leaves. Scattered light foxing, and some light soiling besides. 
Price: 7500.00 USD
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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
11 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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Book of Hours, Use of Rome
12 Book of Hours, Use of Rome
Hardcover Good 
Beautiful near-miniature 15th Century Book of Hours. 10.5 by 8.5 cm. 96 leaves of parchment. Illuminated Latin manuscript on parchment. Illustrated with twelve full page painted miniatures, with an additional 20 pages with elaborate diaper decoration (full page ornamentation) of delicate floral and vine tracery design. Throughout are elaborate letter devices with raised and gilt-gesso accents. The calligraphy, mostly seventeen lines per page, is predominantly in a brownish ink, with touches of red tracery decoration on all pages (those not counted as having a diaper design). The miniature paintings include a portrait of Christ's face, his crucifixion, the Madonna and child, an angel holding a staff and letter, the visitation of a seraph, Solomon on his throne and woman at his feet with two bleeding infants, the flight out of Egypt, monks by a coffin, St. Jerome with his lion, St. Anthony with his pig and his hem aflame, St. George slaying the dragon, and St. Catherine and her wheel. Binding: red velvet, possibly contemporary, with three raised bands on spine. Condition: cover velvet heavily worn. Fabric clasps mostly missing. A few leaves -- ones with the fuller decoration and painting -- have suffered some worming, mostly by edges, with some of these gaps repaired with clear material meant to stabilize. (Holes and loss not disconcerting or especially conspicuous, in our view.) While we would consider it possible that the highly decorated pages without facing paintings might once have had such, we think it likelier that this Book of Hours has suffered no such loss, as there is no evidence of excision. Many leaves with browning by the edges. 
Price: 30000.00 USD
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Caricatures, Derby Election, April, 1859
13 Caricatures, Derby Election, April, 1859
Derby Bemrose & Sons 1859 Wraps. Cloth spine. Very Good 
Oblong 4to, 27.5 by 39 cm. With 13 large lithographed political caricature plates. Scarce, with no copies located on OCLC First Search, nor COPAC, nor the British Library catalogues. Original wrappers. 
Price: 750.00 USD
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Carte des Bords du Rhin depuis Schaffhouse a Rotterdam avec Indication des Chemins de Fer.
14 Carte des Bords du Rhin depuis Schaffhouse a Rotterdam avec Indication des Chemins de Fer.
Basle (first two publishers) and London Maehly-Lamy; Schreiber & Walz; and Johanning & Co. Slipcase Very Good 
1840s. The slipcase, 16 by 11 cm. When the folding map is fully opened, 132 by 29 cm. The long map of the river's course runs down the center, with 46 engraved views surrounding the map. All the view vignettes are the same size except for six at the ends, with the center two of these, showing views of Basle and Rotterdam, larger still. There are also two inset railroad maps on a side of the primary map. The map has some color highlighting -- blue, red, and yellow. The map is linen-backed. The linen side has foxing; the map and pictorial side is clean. The slipcase has moderate wear and soiling. 
Price: 900.00 USD
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Charming group of hand-made and painted folk art origami figures, including fourteen soldiers, three horses, a flag on a staff, and two incomplete figures (a horse and a soldier)
15 Charming group of hand-made and painted folk art origami figures, including fourteen soldiers, three horses, a flag on a staff, and two incomplete figures (a horse and a soldier)
NA Very Good 
N.d., early twentieth century (1910 to early 1930s), based, among other things, on box housing the grouping with stamp of George V, which dates from 1914. (We assume the box housed the grouping from the time it was created, more or less.) The figures are quite precisely painted, and appealingly resemble nutcracker soldiers and what we would imagine would be their toy mounts. Testament to the attention to detail is that the mane on one of the horses is very precisely cut into separate fine strands! The paint colors on the soldiers are bright and eye-catching blues and reds, with some green, yellow and quite realistic flesh colors, while the horses are bay, piebald and chestnut-ish. Most of the soldiers have bayonets or muskets, and they are all postured as if on a ceremonial march. Although origami, the figures are essentially two dimensional, but an example of the care rendered is that they are all painted on both sides. The unfinished figures are a plus to have as well, as they easily reveal the process by which the figures were made. We don't know who made the figures, although their are initials on the two unfinished ones, and we would guess that whoever made them was from the Bristol area of England, based again on the box housing them. Our conjecture was that a young adult made the figures, but certainly it had to be someone with the skill beyond the ability of a pre-teen. The soldiers are generallly 8 cm tall, the horses, the same, and the horses are about 10 cm long at their longest. Some of the firearms are bent, and there is other trivial soiling. 
Price: 600.00 USD
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Collection of 46 Pen-and-Ink Caricatures, Mid-19th Century, from New England probably
16 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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Collection of a Dozen Postcards Featuring Original Watercolors and Ink and Pencil Drawings
17 Collection of a Dozen Postcards Featuring Original Watercolors and Ink and Pencil Drawings
1903-1907 Very Good 
An extraordinary group of original artwork from the early twentieth century, with short text written on a few of the cards. The artwork was all done by a B. Vinya and sent to a D. Enrique Montagut in Alicante, which is on the Mediterranean Coast of Spain. Subjects of the watercolors include an elderly guitarist, a young family looking off to the sea's horizon where there is the fishing craft of the father and husband, a picturesque old mill, two country landscapes, several sailing vessels, a European woman dressed like a Geisha, lovers on coastal rocks and a woman with a fan with a Venetian backdrop. The three ink or pencil drawings are stylistically quite varied, with elements of Daumier in one, more contemporary caricature in another, and yet the third a good-hearted depiction of carousing monks. Each of the pictures is of a quality worthy of framing, and cumulatively they make for an uncommon and pleasing oeuvre. 
Price: 670.00 USD
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Curioser Spiegel, worinnen der ganze Lebenslauf des Menschen von der Kindheit bis zum Alter zu sehen, in Figuren, mit beygefugten ganz neuen kurzen Erklarungen vorgestellt.
18 Curioser Spiegel, worinnen der ganze Lebenslauf des Menschen von der Kindheit bis zum Alter zu sehen, in Figuren, mit beygefugten ganz neuen kurzen Erklarungen vorgestellt.
Nurnberg Verlag der Johann Andreas Endter. Endterischen Handlung 1824 Neue Auflage Half Cloth. Marbled Boards. Custom Cloth Box to 
Tall folio, 34 by 21 cm. Title, followed by 41 hand-colored plates. This work was originally published in 1689, and there was also an 1812 printing. This copy used the original woodcut plates, and the hand-coloring palette and style is consistent with that of the seventeenth century, lending an antiquarian authenticity to the edition. They are woodcuts by Elias Porzelius, mostly after designs by Susanne Maria Sandrart (1658-1716), the relatively rare known female artist of the time. The plates depict all the stages of life, from birth to death, and many depicting the various professions, including tailor, cobbler, baker, butcher, paper maker, bookbinder, cartwright or barrel-maker, dyer, weaver, stonecutter, coachmaker, house painter, saddler, locksmith, , blacksmith, carpenter, clown, etc. Particularly charming are the plates of acrobats and a sleigh procession. None of the illustrations are static -- they depict activity, and a sense of movement and things happening applies to every plate. Not infrequently there is even activity in the background. This applies to the several plates that cover a soldier's life, including an army on the move or at an encampment when soldiers in the foreground are playing dice and others farther back are kibitzing. Some of the illustrations have touches of humor, and they all are suffused with humanity and a Rococo gracefulness in their composition and movement. The hand-coloring has a certain courseness, as actually is period appropriate to coloring of the seventeenth century in this kind of book. Pictorial label on front, laid onto marbled boards, with title of "Bilderbuch fur Kinder". Light wear to binding. Modern cloth box. An overall beautiful children's book that should speak to any antiquarian. 
Price: 15000.00 USD
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Der Osterhas aus Reisen
19 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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Drawing Book with 22 Original Pen-and-Ink, Mostly Comical Illustrations
20 Drawing Book with 22 Original Pen-and-Ink, Mostly Comical Illustrations
1909 Full Calf Very Good 
8vo. 24 by 19 cm. Unpaginated, with 22 pages of pen-and-ink comical drawings, with the last two augmented with red watercoloring of various shades. (Two of the drawings are straight portraits, and so not humorous.) 16 of the drawings have captions. There is a mix of human subjects and anthropormophic ones, with politics being a common thread of a few of the cartoons, and the artist would seem to have had an anti-Progressive bias. At the time, this actually manifest itself with ridicule against the Republican elephant, which in one cartoon is shown carrying a black student on a tusk. Particularly well-rendered are two cartoons featuring alligators, and also a delightful, partly colored illustration entitled "In China Town". Most of the illustrations are done at a high level of proficiency. We suspect a few of the illustrations were based on published material elsewhere, while others are more original in conception. Dating is based on an inscription, "A present to Dear Grandfather". We assume that the present was of the album replete with the illustrations, and not of a blank album which the grandfather then filled. The fashion is also more of the first decade of the 20th century than the second. Scuffs and wear to the full calf binding, but with its gilt border embellishment and title lettering, this is still an uncommonly handsome binding for such an album. 
Price: 900.00 USD
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