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Studies from the Stage, or the Vicissitudes of Life, Heath, William
121 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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[Print] Grimaldi's Bold Dragoon in the Popular Pantomime of the Red Dwarf, Heath, William
122 Heath, William [Print] Grimaldi's Bold Dragoon in the Popular Pantomime of the Red Dwarf
NA Near Fine 
Circa 1812. Framed, 28 by 36.5 cm. Print itself, 22.5 by 31 cm. Hand-colored. Facing Grimaldi is Norman as Pantaloon. Farleys popular pantomime Harlequin and the Red Dwarf, or The Adamant Rock, was first performed at Covent Garden on Boxing Day 1812. 
Price: 450.00 USD
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[Print] Mr. Grimaldi & Mr. Norman in the Epping Hunt from the Popular Pantomime of the Red Dwarf, Heath, William
123 Heath, William [Print] Mr. Grimaldi & Mr. Norman in the Epping Hunt from the Popular Pantomime of the Red Dwarf
London NA Very Good 
Circa 1815. Framed, 38 by 48 cm. Print itself, 24 by 34 cm. Hand-colored. Showing Grimaldi as clown, riding the "Alpaca". Farley's popular pantimime, Harlequin and the Red Dwarf, or The Adamant Rock, was first performed at Covent Garden on Boxing Day 1812. Condition: closed tear, a few cm in length, upper right. Light soiling covering print. 
Price: 450.00 USD
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A Trip to Margate by Paul Pry Esq., Heath, William (1794-1840), illustrator.  Paul Pry, author
124 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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125 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
126 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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[Print] Mathew-Orama for 1827 or, Cockney Gleanings -- Aint that a good un now?, Herrien, Augustus.  A. Ducote, lithographer
127 Herrien, Augustus. A. Ducote, lithographer [Print] Mathew-Orama for 1827 or, Cockney Gleanings -- Aint that a good un now?
London 1827 NA Good 
Matted, 29 by 32 cm. The print itself, which was once folding, 20.5 by 23.5 cm. Showing Mathews in a multitude of characters crowding an art exhibition. With brown tinting. 
Price: 200.00 USD
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128 Hesse, Raymond; Aquarelles by Dubout De Phryne a Abelard
Paris A L'Embleme du Secretaire 1936 First 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: 400.00 USD
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129 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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The Political Showman -- at Home!  Exhibiting His Cabinet of Curiosities and Creatures--All Alive! With Twenty-Four Cuts, Hone, William, author.  George Cruikshank, illustrator
130 Hone, William, author. George Cruikshank, illustrator The Political Showman -- at Home! Exhibiting His Cabinet of Curiosities and Creatures--All Alive! With Twenty-Four Cuts
London William Hone 1821 Third edition Good 
8vo. 22 by 14 cm. Unpaginated, 30 pp. including title and three pages of ads for Hone's publications. Broad satire of the nefarious types that inhabited the politican scene then and for an eternity after. Closed tear of some length on one leaf. Another leaf loose. Age toned. 
Price: 175.00 USD
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[Manuscript] Meinem geliebten Stropp, HŲnerbach, Heinz
131 HŲnerbach, Heinz [Manuscript] Meinem geliebten Stropp
Cologne (?), Germany 1938-1950 Hardcover. Half cloth. Paper pastedown on board Very Good 
8vo. 21 by 19 cm. Unpaginated, 
Price: 350.00 USD
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[Trade Catalogue] La Mode chez Delion.  Printemps et Etť 1903 Chapellerie Delion., Illustrations by NoŽl Dorville
132 Illustrations by NoŽl Dorville [Trade Catalogue] La Mode chez Delion. Printemps et Etť 1903 Chapellerie Delion.
Paris Devambez 1903 First Wraps Very Good 
8vo. 20 by 11.5 cm. 28 pp. Notable aspect of this thin catalogue is the eight pages devoted to caricature portraits of celebrities of the day -- Waldeck-Rousseau, Boni de Castellane, General Andre, etc. These drawings were done by NoŽl Dorville, a famous newspaper caricaturist of the day and a frequent contributor to the humor magazine, "L'Assiette au Beurre". The hats on offer range from top hats to bowlers, panamas, boaters, safari -- the full panoply of men's hats popular back when. While men's headgear is the primary thrust of the catalogue, there are two pages of hats for women, two pages of men's outerwear coats, and a page of canes and umbrellas. Overall, this is a handsome catalogue that sought to spare itself from being discarded upon receipt with its touch of levity. Condition: light soiling on the wraps. Clean within. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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Trachten aus Alt-Hamburg, Jessen, H.
133 Jessen, H. Trachten aus Alt-Hamburg
Hamburg B. S. Berendsohn Decorative Cloth Very Good 
N.d., circa 1850. 8vo. 20.5 by 14 cm. With 50 hand-colored plates. Colas 1547, Lipperheide 809. No title page, and probably the front cover always served as the title. A series of evocative, livelycostume plates, depicting a broad cross-section of Hamburger types, from all classes and many professions, sometimes with a dash of saucy humor. The collection was issued and/or bound in a variety of sizes and plate numbers -- there is no uniform standard. The volume here is of a larger format. Condition: light soiling of the contemporary decorative red cloth binding. Slight looseness to front hinge. Light age toning, but plates generally clean, their colors bright. 
Price: 1450.00 USD
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Album of Comical Drawings, Jones, J. Kenyon
134 Jones, J. Kenyon Album of Comical Drawings
Quarter Leather Very Good 
N.d., circa 1860. 8vo. 19 by 11.5 cm. The drawings poke fun of fat people, philanthropists, indulgent pet masters, street urchins, dandies, etc. The cartoons could very plausibly have appeared in "Punch" magazine, for they are generally very well executed artistically, with visual humor that speaks for itself, and a number have captions that can bring a chuckle even to a modern reader. The humor tends to be gentle, directed at very human foibles, of which paramount is the lack of self-awareness in the subject. While most of the drawings are free-standing, with a few tied together in a short narrative, there is a strong cohesiveness to the whole album. Leafing through it should transport one to mid-Victorian London to witness some of its ordinary absurdities and quotadian collisions between people from different walks of life. Overall, it is the visual aspect of the drawings that will bring the widest smile. Rebacked, with skiver (pig). Heavy wear to boards. Scattered soiling within, most on the surviving tissue guards. 
Price: 1450.00 USD
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135 Joseph Clayton Clarke (Kyd) Four Original Watercolors of Dickens Characters

All four watercolor paintings are signed by Kyd. Revealed by the matting, they measure 5 by 4 inches. All are luxuriously double matted, with gilt trim, to match, and three have matching frames at present, with the fourth frame having disappeared (but if not found, a matching frame would not be difficult to arrange). A few light fox marks, not disconcerting, on the pictures. 
Price: 1200.00 USD
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Monkey-ana or Men in Miniature, Landseer, Thomas (1795-1880)
136 Landseer, Thomas (1795-1880) Monkey-ana or Men in Miniature
London Moon, Boys & Graves 1827 Half Morocco Near Fine 
Folio. Large paper edition. 34 by 25 cm. Etched title, followed by 24 etched plates of anthropomorphic monkeys, acting out scenes from Shakespeare or illustrating lines from Cowper, Dryden and others. Thomas Landseer was the brother of the more famous Sir Edwin Landseer and was best known for making many fine engravings of his brother's work. "Monkey-ana" is one of the few works he engraved from his own designs. These designs are as full of spirit, originality, whimsy and mastery as anything by Sir Edwin. On china paper mounted on wove rag. The work was originally issued in six parts of four etchings each, and the six original wrapper covers are bound in at the end. These wrapper covers are lightly foxed. Otherwise, the plates are crisp and clean, with only the most occasional, light finger smudging on an margin edge. One plate cut slightly shorter than the rest. Bound in contemporary half red morocco. Marbled paper boards. Light wear to the binding. 
Price: 1750.00 USD
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Merton College Caricature Album, Leather, R. S.;  S. C. Deed;  L.D. Fox;  the Freak;  G. J. M. Hardy;  and others probably
137 Leather, R. S.; S. C. Deed; L.D. Fox; the Freak; G. J. M. Hardy; and others probably Merton College Caricature Album
Oxford, England 1899-1904 Half Leather Very Good 
Madcap "salad days" from back when! 4to. 30 by 25.5 cm. Unpaginated, 20 pages with caricatures mounted onto card rectos. Additional blank card, and a number of drawings that are loose, some of which were probably always so. In total, 91 separate pieces of overwhelmingly, caricature, of varying size, and ranging from simple portraits, exaggerated in one way or another as called for by the medium, to multi-character cartoons, or depictions of a scene, with dialogue bubbles and captions. The caricatures center around, but are not confined to, the doings and personalities of Merton College, Oxford. A few of the portraits would appear to be of Theodore Roosevelt, for example. Many, but far from all, of the mounted caricature illustrations are signed or credited, although we think it is quite likely that pseudonyms were used, as was obviously the case with "the Freak". The album is quite unusual, then, in its creation, with multiple contributors, something common in a friendship or amicorum album, which this decidedly is not. We would surmise that the contributors were members of an informal club of artistic anarchists. The quality is not entirely even, as might be expected from such an effort, but overall, the caricatures are vivid and amusing, with quite a few displaying true artistic cleverness. Rebacked in matching calf. Wear to the corners and edges. Some scrappiness to interior. Paste marks where there once were a few mounted pieces. 
Price: 1350.00 USD
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Album of Caricature and Satirical Drawings, most of which is entitled,
138 Lynn, Frank G. Album of Caricature and Satirical Drawings, most of which is entitled, "From Punch's Book of Ancient British Costumes"
England 1860-1879 Hardcover Very Good 
Small folio, 31.5 by 26.5 cm. 55 pp. with content, including 106 original drawings, most of which are mounted, and a few are drawn directly into the album, and six additional printed cartoons by Lynn. Most content on rectos, with the occasional verso having content on part of its page. (Six blank leaves in back.) We have been unable to find out anything about the artist, other than his name. The bulk of what is here is indeed copied from "Punch's Book of Ancient British Costumes", which was a series illustrated by John Tenniel in 1860, and which ran in issues through most of that year. Here the text is abridged from the original, but is often verbatim from the original. Virtually all the illustrations are copied, but do not appear to have been traced, with small modifications discernible. Because the drawings here are done with pen and ink and are not printed, they come off as sharper and richer than their inspiration. To our knowledge, the Tenniel series was never assembled together to form a single book, and so there is satisfaction to be derived here from having the series brought together as such. Nine pages of the album are devoted to fourteen cartoon drawings. We have no way of knowing whether these are copies or totally original by Lynn, who initialed these as well, and wrote captions, often with dialogue, either on the mounted paper or on the album paper beneath the mount. One of the drawings was drawn not by Lynn but a schoolfellow. That tells us that most of the album was kept by a student. 
Price: 3850.00 USD
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Advice to Sportsmen, Rural or Metropolitan, Noviciates or Grown Persons; with Anecdotes of the most renowned shots of the day: Exemplified from Life.  Including recommendatory hints in the choice of guns, dogs, and sporting paraphernalia: . . ., Markwell, Marmaduke.  Thomas Rowlandson, illustrator
139 Markwell, Marmaduke. Thomas Rowlandson, illustrator Advice to Sportsmen, Rural or Metropolitan, Noviciates or Grown Persons; with Anecdotes of the most renowned shots of the day: Exemplified from Life. Including recommendatory hints in the choice of guns, dogs, and sporting paraphernalia: . . .
London Thomas Tegg. Printer: Henry & Haddon 1809 First Hardcover. Paper backed boards. Cloth folding ca Very Good 
12mo. 17.5 by 10.5 cm. 132 pp. 15 hand-colored lithographic plates after Rowlandson. Tooley 407. Schwerdt II, pp. 14-15. Contemporary blue paper-backed boards, with printed paper label on spine. Condition: old spine repair. Still about one inch of spine loss at foot. Cloth folding case with light wear. Its interior white paper lining has light foxing and staining. Leaves with age toning, offsetting, scattered light foxing or soiling, and a few minor flattened creases. 
Price: 1500.00 USD
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140 Maurice, Arthur Bartlett, Edited and With Forward by How They Draw Prohibition
New York The Association Against the Prohibition Amendment 1930 First Edition Wraps Very Good 
Unpaginated, 48 leaves, each 10 by 9 inches, with 7 pp introduction, about 76 full page cartoons, and short humor essay at end by Edward Hope. A good synopsis of prohibition and its unintended nefarious consequences via a light, satiric prism. Also a separate sheet listing the newspapers in the syndicate which carried the cartoons contained in the book. Age toning to the leaves. Light soiling to the wrappers. Age toning to the leaves within. A few minor edge creases or tiny chips. A very nice piece of scarce ephemera. 
Price: 95.00 USD
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