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Non Mi Ricordo, George Cruikshank
101 George Cruikshank Non Mi Ricordo
London William Hone 1820 Twenty-ninth Edition Brochure Very Good Minus 
A scarce satire on the testimony of Queen Caroline's Italian servant in the notorious divorce proceedings initiated by George IV against her. 8vo. 21 by 13 cm. 16 pp. With three woodcuts by George Cruikshank. Cohn 606. Last leaf loose. Light soiling. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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[Caricatures of Gillray], Gillray, James (1756-1815)
102 Gillray, James (1756-1815) [Caricatures of Gillray]
London and Edinburgh John Miller and W. Blackwood Full Straight-Grained Morocco Near Fine 
A spectacular assemblage of the master caricaturist's oeuvre! Politicians, fashion, actors and opera singers, ladies playing cards, sportsmen (skaters, hunters), connoisseurs and aesthetes, royalty, the rich and the rabble -- nothing was sacred before Gillray's acerbic eye and brush! N.d., 1818. Oblong 4to, 23 by 32.5 cm. 164 pp., plus 85 hand-colored aquatint or engraved plates, four of which are folding. The coloring is throughout rich and bright. No small part of what makes this survey a true treasure are the typically three or four pages (occasionally less, occasionallyl more) of droll commentary that accompany each plate. These short essays provide the context and explain the goings-on in the illustrations, which might have even been sometimes obscure then after the passage of a few years. In doing this, the text aspires to capture some of the Gillray voice but in more than clipped dialogue bubbles. At times these explanations might themselves beg for further interpretation for the reader of today, but they are also rich in cultural and social material that greatly augments the Gillray artwork. The collection is bound to be a revelation to anyone not already very familiar with Gillray in its diverse subject matter, for Gillray excelled equally at political satire and social and cultural mockery. And even when the subject matter is not immediately accessible to us, one can not but relish the imagination Gillray applied to it and the material remains highly risible regardless. Gillray was not an artist notable for his delicacy, and yet his broad, sometimes outrageous visual antics truly transcend the genre. This bound copy combines what was issued in nine separate installments. Elegantly bound by Sangorski & Sutcliffe in a full straight-grained red morocco, with gilt border and spine decoration, turn-ins, etc. Bearing the bookplate of "A. M. Broadley", or Alexander Meyrick Broadley (1847-1916) who was a well-known barrister, historian and bibliophile -- he wrote "Napoleon in Caricature 1795-1821". Not incidentally, there are quite a few cartoons in this book lampooning Napoleon. Repaired front joint. A few scuffs to the binding, some edgewear and rubbing, but it remains a luxuriantly beautiful binding. Lacking a title page, but it should be noted also that this collection was not issued as a single volume, and the installments had wrap covers, not proper title pages as such. Some occasional dampstaining and heavy age toning to a few leaves, with scattered light foxing besides. Yet given the heft of the work, we would consider the collection overall quite clean, with the blemishes in balance quite minimal, or certainly not significantly marring the entirety. 
Price: 17500.00 USD
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The Works of George Cruikshank in Oil, Water Colors, Original Drawings, Etchings, Woodcuts, Lithographs, and Glyphographs With a Fac-simile of the Catalogue and Twenty-Eight Original Drawings Rproduced by Photogravure, Gough, John B.
103 Gough, John B. The Works of George Cruikshank in Oil, Water Colors, Original Drawings, Etchings, Woodcuts, Lithographs, and Glyphographs With a Fac-simile of the Catalogue and Twenty-Eight Original Drawings Rproduced by Photogravure
Boston The Club of Odd Volumes 1890 Limited First Edition Hardcover Very Good 
Featuring several original sketches, mostly of witches on broomsticks, by Cruikshank, drawn and signed on two sides of a leaf tipped into the FFEP. The book itself: No. 4 of 125 limitation of copies on plate paper. 4to. 12 by 10 inches. 31 by 26 cm. 56 pp, followed by 28 plates. Printing is exclusively on the rectors, thus there are a total of 84 leaves. Spine heavily rubbed, with surface of spine label partly abraded. Boards are worn, with general soiling. Clean within. 
Price: 1200.00 USD
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21 manuscript silhouette
104 Grams-Grock 21 manuscript silhouette "Theatre d'Ombres" scenes, or early comic strips
NA Very Good 
N.d., circa 1880s or 90s. 27 panels with comical silhouette pen-and-ink illustrations, representing 21 different comic story lines, with all the panels about 49 cm wide, and almost all 16.5 cm tall (a few are narrower). All the panels are titled, with the illustrations sometimes, but not always, being captioned. Generally the captions, which are rendered in French, are not essential to the enjoyment of the drawings nor to an understanding of what is going on. Most artwork done directly onto the paper, with a few strips with the artwork mounted onto the underlying paper. Titles to the panels include: Etude sur le Divorce (2 panels); Le Chant du Chat (4 panels); La Chanson de la Cocotte (3 panels); La Poète a la Campagne; L’amiral Courbet / Les Chinois; En Algere: Conférence Interrompue; L'Inégalité Conduit a l'Egalité; Les Mendiants, Avant les Elections; Le Voleur Volé; Un farce. En Bordée; Mesaventure de Pandore; Camelots; Au Cirque; D'Apres Nature; Un Polisson; La Victoire du Sapeur; Créancier; Entre l'Arbre et l'Encore. We have been unable to find out anything about the artist, who we assume was using a pseudonym with these strips. Indisputably his work was at a most professional level; equally of merit are both the imagination evident in the conception and the execution. Captured often is a sense of movement in the silhouetted figures; one can look at these as an early prototype of motion pictures. In this vein, the individual parts of the panels, the equivalent of comic strip cells, at times deliberately blend into one another very artfully. With the silhouetting details are necessarily sacrificed while others are more sharply in focus, and the artist masterfully conveys the personality and character of the figures with just their outlines. Grams-Grock satiric sensibility and muscle were formidable. The figures are all quite distinctly French and of the period, and yet, the satire holds up exceedingly well because the topics generally relate to truisms about human, and animal, nature. As to the latter, cats are the subject of two of the strips. Finally, the artwork has an elegance and beauty that separates it from the zestful yet decidedly vulgar artwork of the newspaper comic strip that was just coming into its own around the time these were made. Condition: all panels are folded down their center. The paper used is thin, heavily toned and somewhat brittle, resulting in a few tears and slender edge chips here and there, never getting close to the actual illustration. Sometimes the paper has a blistered surface. Stains along a few edges probably from paste -- some of the panels, if not all, were probably mounted into albums or on boards in the past. Scattered offsetting effect and also scattered light soiling. 
Price: 2500.00 USD
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105 Grandjouan, author and illustrator L'Assiette au Beurre Municipale. No. 55 -- 19 Avril 1902
Paris Schwarz 1902 First Edition Wraps Very Good 
pp. 886-907, plus wrap covers. Each page is to a large vivid cartoon, a few of which are two-paged, many of which are tinted. Also comes with a two-page advertising supplement. Closed tear along spine of wraps, as is typical. Some soiling on front and back. Mostly clean otherwise. 
Price: 60.00 USD
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Cent Proverbes.  Texte par Trois Têtes dans un Bonnet. Nouvelle Édition Revue et Augmentée pour le Texte par M. Quitard, Grandville, Jean-Jacques. Revisions and editions to the text by M. Quitard
106 Grandville, Jean-Jacques. Revisions and editions to the text by M. Quitard Cent Proverbes. Texte par Trois Têtes dans un Bonnet. Nouvelle Édition Revue et Augmentée pour le Texte par M. Quitard
Paris Garnier Frères Blindstamped, pebbled cloth. Very Good 
N.d., circa 1860s. 4to. 27.5 by 18.5 cm. 551 pp. 50 hand-colored plates, and many black and white text illustrations. (The plates are not always colored, it should be noted.) Moderate wear to the binding by edges, corners, joints. Scattered foxing on text pages and tissue guards, as the norm for this book and the paper stocks used. The color plates are generally clean. 
Price: 400.00 USD
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Plain Language from Truthful James.  The Heathen Chinee . . ., Harte, Bret.  Joseph Hull, illustrator
107 Harte, Bret. Joseph Hull, illustrator Plain Language from Truthful James. The Heathen Chinee . . .
Chicago Western News Company 1870 First Edition, First Printing Full Morocco Very Good 
Uncommon to find in the hand-colored version. 8vo. 22.5 by 18 cm. Nine hand-colored plates of light narrative verse of card players avenging themselves on a Chinese cheat. Obviously politically incorrect as it plays into negative stereotypes and distrust of the Chinese who first came to the American West in numbers to build the transcontinental railroad. All plates are first printing except 6, which is the second state. BAL 7246. In this copy the separately issued cards have been mounted onto a light card stock and bound in full blue morocco. The binding is rubbed along the joints, somewhat dry on the spine and has other wear. Tight and clean within. 
Price: 750.00 USD
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Old Way's & New Way's, Heath, H. (Henry), designed and sketched by
108 Heath, H. (Henry), designed and sketched by Old Way's & New Way's
London Charles Tilt 1828 First Wraps. Custom cloth clamshell case Near Fine 
Oblong, 25 by 36 cm. Six hand-colored etched plates, each with a multitude of vignettes or comic cells poking fun at the fast pace of cultural change in everything from fashion to music-making, dancing, smoking, drinking, love-making, etc. A fabulous telescope on the cultural tumult of early 19th Century in England. Abbey 299. Condition: backstrip replaced. Occasional light soiling. Modern dedicated clamshell box has morocco spine label and a substantial presence, and thus is an excellent repository for this otherwise limp booklet. 
Price: 1500.00 USD
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Demonology & Witchcraft, Heath, Henry
109 Heath, Henry Demonology & Witchcraft
London Charles Tilt Hardcover Very Good Minus 
Circa 1830. Oblong, 27.5 by 37.5 cm. Six hand-colored plates. Condition: first two plates moderately to heavily foxed. Remaining four plates mostly clean, or read clean. Foxing on boards (paper pastedown). 
Price: 650.00 USD
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Omnium Gatherum. First Series, Heath, Henry
110 Heath, Henry Omnium Gatherum. First Series
London Charles Tilt 1828 Cloth Very Good 
Oblong, 28.5 by 38 cm. 6 hand-colored plates. Original wraps bound in. Condition: cloth binding with soiling. Original front wrap with corner chips, a few shallow closed tears, and other small edge chips. Rear wrap also with edgewear. Age toning, some scattered soiling of the plates. 
Price: 500.00 USD
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111 Heath, W. [Print] Little Cupid's a Mischievous Boy

Hand-colored humorous print of milkmaid and suitor. N.d, circa 1820. The print itself measures 18 by 22 cm oblong, nd matted, it is 36 by 41 cm. 
Price: 300.00 USD
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112 Heath, W. [Print] Necessity

Hand-colored humorous print. N.d, circa 1820. The print itself measures 23.5 by 18 cm, and matted, it is 41 by 30 cm. 
Price: 350.00 USD
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113 Heath, W. [Print] Preference

Hand-colored humorous print. N.d, circa 1820. The print itself measures 23.5 by 18 cm, and matted, it is 41 by 30 cm. 
Price: 350.00 USD
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Studies from the Stage, or the Vicissitudes of Life, Heath, William
114 Heath, William Studies from the Stage, or the Vicissitudes of Life
London W. Sams 1823 Full Morocco Very Good 
Oblong 4to, 27 by 40.5 cm. Engraved title page, followed by 20 hand-colored plates, capturing 121 scenes, with five to eight per plate. Bound by Morrell, with gilt decoration, including turn ins. Abbey Life 415. The conceit here is various. Some of the illustrations are inspired by the titles of plays, which can be rendered both literally or with a dollop of license, and other illustrations spring from quintessential dramatic scenes, or perhaps particular notorious scenes from plays. The overriding spirit, whatever the source, is burlesque, high jinx parody, and silly fun. And if the theatrical allusions are at times thin or strained, the contrary argument to be made is that life itself is a stage -- or, theater is in everything and inseparable from daily living. Life is theater, and theater is life, might be the motto. The mish mash of imagery is a feast to the eye, and from this work, it is our sense that we get a superb sense of life as it really was in Regency England, even if what we behold in its illustrations is exuberantly absurdist. Condition: binding rubbed along the joints, with some starting. Minor soiling, both light and infrequent, within. 
Price: 3500.00 USD
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Three Works Bound in One, including The Art of Tormenting, Illustrations of Heraldry, and The March of Intellect, Heath, William
115 Heath, William Three Works Bound in One, including The Art of Tormenting, Illustrations of Heraldry, and The March of Intellect
London Tormenting: Charles Tilt. Heraldry and Intellect: Thomas McLean 1831, 1828, and 1829, respectively First Quarter Morocco. Marbled paper on boards. Good 
Oblong 4to. 25 by 38 cm. [6], [7], [6] pp. or 19 leaves. Lacking titles for Tormenting and Intellect. Heraldry and Intellect are both hand-colored throughout, while Tormenting is uncolored. Notwithstanding the condition issues, these are all uncommon works. The March of Intellect is especially rare as a complete set. We could locate no institution that has the full suite, and this, we would add, mitigates the issue of our lacking its title, as there are no institutions who appear to have a title. Condition: besides missing titles, Tormenting is heavily soiled, dampstained and foxed, with a few repaired close tears and other margin problems addressed but still visible. The other two works are far less dirty, but they too have a touch of griminess. 
Price: 1000.00 USD
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A Trip to Margate by Paul Pry Esq., Heath, William (1794-1840), illustrator.  Paul Pry, author
116 Heath, William (1794-1840), illustrator. Paul Pry, author A Trip to Margate by Paul Pry Esq.
London T. Mclean Half Morocco, Marbled boards. 
Oblong, 27 by 41 cm. Six hand-colored plates, each of which has five to nine vignettes or separate illustrations. Scuffs and rubbing to cover, which nonetheless is contemporary and handsome, with its leather title label, etc. Moderate soiling within, but illustrations retain brightness. 
Price: 3750.00 USD
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117 Heidet, S. La vie de garnison a Maubeuge a la veille de la Grande Guerre
Maubeuge (Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France 1900 Hardcover. Chammy spines. Marbled pastedown. Very Good 
Two fabulous albums of 81 original watercolors of French military caricature from the turn of the twentieth century. One of the illustrations is dated 1900, and so we assume the balance were done within a few years prior or post, as they are all of a single piece. Both 4o. One, 35.5 by 23 cm, the other, slightly smaller, 31 by 20.5 cm. 46 and 35 watercolors, respectively. The images are all on separate sheets which are mounted by inserting into diagonal corner slots cut out as in many a photo album. These separate sheets are not of a single size, but generally they measure around 25 by 16 cm, and this applies to both albums. The humorous portraits, sometimes accompanies by captions, depict the soldiers stationed at the garrison as well as the assortment of personages who gravitate to the garrison or are part of the fabric of the soldier's garrison life. Many of the portraits are done in full or partial profile, and this is an unifying element. The figures cast shadows, and there is an occasional dog, child, or non-living prop and furnishings to provide a setting; for the most part, though, the focus is entirely on the figure. The cumulative effect is to give a vivid sense of the soldier's life -- the mix of discipline, sport and hedonism -- during peacetime. The gentle rhythms of that life would a little over a decade later be torn apart with the outbreak of the First World War, of course. hese drawings, to our knowledge, were never printed, and we could find no trace of the artist's work elsewhere, although the work is manifestly of publishable quality. The captions can be gentle as well as arch and acerbic in their tone; never, though, could one imagine these men as anything but harmless characters in a period operetta. A few of the watercolors are loose. Some chipping and minor loss to the marbled paper pastedown on the cover. 
Price: 6000.00 USD
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Comic Natural History of the Human Race, Henry L. Stephens.  Lithography by L. Rosenthal
118 Henry L. Stephens. Lithography by L. Rosenthal Comic Natural History of the Human Race
Philadelphia Samuel Robinson. Color lithography by Rosenthal. 1851 First Cloth Very Good Minus 
N.d., 1851. Large 8vo. 216 pp. 38, of 40, chromolithographs, and these have hand-colored touch-ups. Missing the Alm's House Bird and the Frontis. The plates and accompanying sketches lampoon various well-known Philadelphia figures of the day. While most of the personages may now be obscure, a knowledge of them is not a prerequisite for enjoying the droll illustrations and the mock scholarship of the text describing the particular pseudo-species depicted. Ex-lib, with indicia the buckram cloth binding, the library call number lower spine, a library bookplate on FEP and a mounted check out slip on RFEP. Happily none of the text pages nor plates have any library markings. The pages are heavily age toned, with occasional fox marks and light soil marks. Plates, other than the toning, generally clean. Cracked hinge. 
Price: 750.00 USD
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119 Hesse, Raymond; Aquarelles by Dubout De Phryne a Abelard
Paris A L'Embleme du Secretaire 1936 Limited First Edition Half Morocco with Slipcase Near Fine 
No. 88 of 600 copies printed on Papier Royal Vidalon, or a heavy stock paper (near card thickness). 4to, 159 pp. Collection of several risque to raunchy adaptations of old stories, myths or legends, some biblical, some from Greek or Roman myth, yet others from history, each with the over-the-top ludicrous, farcical and bawdy illustrations of Dubout and colored with fitting luridness. Some of the parts are entitled "Phryne Devant L'Areopage", "Le Proces de Socrate", "Le Jugement de Salomon", "Les Tonneaux des Danaides", "Jacob et Esau", "Romulus et Remus", "Le Jugement de Paris", "Cassandra", "Le Premier Mariage de Samson", "L'Affaire Abelard". There is minor rubbing on the spine. The papers used on the boards and endpapers have a exquisite silken tissue quality and striking modernist diaper design. The interior is pristine and tight. The slipcase also has some minor rubbing but otherwise retains structural strength and integrity. 
Price: 500.00 USD
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120 Holme, Geoffrey, editor. Introduction by Randall Davies Caricature of To-Day
New York and London Albert & Charles Boni, Inc. and The Studio Limited, respectively 1928 First Edition Cloth Very Good Minus 
4to. 29.5 by 21 cm. xi, [1], 16 pp., followed by 136 illustrated plates (mostly black and white, one color). Wonderful survey of caricature, with wide cross-section of top caricaturists of the day and of subjects/victims from all spheres of life -- politics, entertainment, etc. Also quite international in its selection -- not just the leading suspects of America and the U.K. The prefatory text pages have moderate to heavy foxing, and some of the plates are foxed as well -- mostly the ones with similar paper stock to the text pages. The majority of the plates are clean. The green of the green cloth binding is washed out mostly around the perimeter of the boards. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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