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141 Nicholson, Samuel (1793-1885) Math Notebook Illustrated with Many Fine Watercolored Vignettes
Newton (later absorbed by Camden, NJ) 1811 Half Leather (Sheep) with Marbled Boards Very Good 
33 by 20.5 cm. 81 leaves, or 162 pp. Math problems are set out in an exceptionally neat hand, with topical titles done calligraphically. It is the exquisite vignettes, though, that truly set this apart from other surviving student notebooks from this era. Besides the many mathematical drawings, there are over 50 examples of watercolor work, not including the coloring of the lettering of headings. These include eighteen miniature paintings of such things as ships, towers, hills, soldiers, dogs, houses, trees and topography, the remainder being the coloring in of shapes, both regular and irregular, and not infrequently there might be a colored fleur-de-lys serving as a directional guide . Of the letters that are colored, we note one instance in which it was done with a striking plaid pattern. The math problems encompass geometry, logarithms, trigonometry, topography, and the Pennsylvania method of calculation (of location). But by no means is the drawing all about color. Even the unembellished geometric schemata are rendered with precision and are lovely to behold as a result. It would appear that Nicholson came from a prosperous family, and might be surmised just on the basis of the level of education he attained as reflected by this notebook. 
Price: 4000.00 USD
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142 Nitney, Alice J. The Seasons
Very Good 
N.d., circa 1900. 12 leaves on heavy paper, or card, with each leaf representing a month. On each leaf there is a watercolor vignette accompanying a line or two of verse, written out by hand with calligraphic lettering. Also featuring a hand-done diaper, or pattern, decoration for the endpapers and bound in an album format, with As the heyday of the sentiment book, with snippets of verse, famous, saccharine and/or precious accompanying soft illustrations of pretty scenes, flowers, clouds and sunsets, was fading in the realm of commercial publication, there were still hobbyists, most probably young adults, who emulated the tradition and produced manuscripts that should inspire considerable awe nowadays in their fineness and beauty. It is inconceivable that a young person would produce a document such as this in today's age! We know the identity of the creator -- Alice J. Nitney -- but nothing more about her than her name. 
Price: 750.00 USD
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[Manuscript Copy] Facillima Methodus Delineandi Omnes Humani Corporis.  Nouveau Livre du Dessein Qui Continent XXV Figures Dessinee Par le Celebre Jean Baptista Piazzeta, Piazzetta, Giambattista [after].  Anonymous copyist,
143 Piazzetta, Giambattista [after]. Anonymous copyist, [Manuscript Copy] Facillima Methodus Delineandi Omnes Humani Corporis. Nouveau Livre du Dessein Qui Continent XXV Figures Dessinee Par le Celebre Jean Baptista Piazzeta
Full Vellum Very Good 
N.d., but late 18th century, after the publication of the original work in 1760, published in Venezia by Remondi. Large 8vo, 25 by 20 cm. 25 pen and ink pages of illustration. These begin with the elaborate pen and ink Baroque title page, with architectural decoration, followed by page showing drawings of hands, a second title with what we presume the one more fully original work by the copyist of seraphs holding up drapery with the title and a woman painter working before an easel, and other illustrative decoration (a broken sculpted head on the ground, etc.). Then 23 pages of pen and ink nude male studies, the figures very Michelangelo-esque in the musculature, and their overall sculptural quality. We would speculate that this copyist was in fact a woman, based on the second title illustration. This particular illustration is delightful, if the human figure itself doesn't have quite the polished execution of the copied material. Inked title on the vellum spine. The vellum is quite soiled. Otherwise, the paper within is of high quality and clean. 
Price: 2750.00 USD
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Art Nouveau Watercolors of Decor and Other Subjects, Ragot
144 Ragot Art Nouveau Watercolors of Decor and Other Subjects
1909 Quarter Calf Very Good 
Folio, 48 by 33 cm. 39 watercolors and chalk drawings mostly of furniture and decor items but also a smattering of decorative book bindings, architectural details, flowers, animals, landscapes, etc. Particularly nice are the studies of furniture, screens and stained glass windows. Ragot was a student at the Lycee de Laval at the time. The work is generally quite precise, and he satisfyingly captured the prevailing Art Nouveau aesthetic that was soon to recede. All the leaves are now loose from their binding. Many of them are stamped in the corner with the school name and information about when the work was done, how long it took to do, and for what class it was assigned. The folio is quarter calf and heavily worn. The artworks are mostly on heavy card paper and are generally clean. 
Price: 2800.00 USD
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Stamp Album with Original Pen-and-Ink Illustrations relating to the stamps on the page, Richardson, Mary
145 Richardson, Mary Stamp Album with Original Pen-and-Ink Illustrations relating to the stamps on the page
Cascade, New Hampshire 1932-1943 Spiral binder, Very Good 
A stamp album with a difference, with the collector drawing inspiration from the stamp subject matter. Sheets are 28 by 21.5 cm, or standard 11 by 8.5 inch in size. 37 leaves, 34 of which contain stamps and original artwork, and three of which have typed information on both sides. (12 sheets are of two different illustrations and sets of stamps, so effectively there are 24 different specimens contained in the album. While one might first think the repeated sheets might be photocopies, a close scrutiny reveals small differences, and so it seems Richardson simply copied her own artwork multiple times. And the reason for the repeat is that the stamps relate to the Occupied Nations during the Second World War, and so each nation had its own stamp and page here.) The stamps are both canceled and unusued mint, with a mix of plate blocks and single stamps. Most of the stamps are commemorative stamps, and back when that was a popular pursuit, would have been regarded as desirable to acquire.) So Richardson drew a man galloping on a horse in connection with a Pony Express stamp, a baseball player at bat for the Centenary of Baseball, a map and small ships for the Panama Canal 25 year anniversary, a ship for the Savannah -- the first Ocean steamer, flowers for Luther Burbank, bars of music decorated with instruments for John Phillip Sousa, pioneers in racoon hats for the Ordinance of 1787, a totem pole and gold prospector for Alaska, etc. etc. Condition: some of the punch holes have been repaired or need reinforcement. Age toning to the leaves. 
Price: 875.00 USD
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146 Robert M. Goode, artist Album of Maritime and Barn Sketches and Watercolors in addition to separate watercolors
Hingham, MA Very Good 
N.d., circa 1920s. The best illustrations are of sailboats, mostly watercolors, followed by studies of barns, mostly done in pencil. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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147 Roobin, Alexandre. Illustrated by Jules Glumuault Chansons [Homemade Book of Songs and Accompanying Illustrations]
Paris 1902 Cloth Good Plus 
8vo. 22 by 17 cm. 60 pp., followed by unpaginated leaves. Most of the song lyrics are written out in a very neat hand, with the illustrations rendered in a purplish pencil. The illustrations have a folk art quality, suggestive of the limitations of the artist, but nonetheless exude considerable charm. They include depictions of army officers, dowager types, voluptuaries, lovers kissing with the man in a confessional, other lovers, some naughty nudes and light erotica, and haughty French types. The leaves are browned and occasionally chipped at the edges, and there is wear to the cover. 
Price: 550.00 USD
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148 Rooke, Emily Album with Original Watercolors, Hand-Colored Cut-Outs, Costume Plates, etc.
Blindstamped Calf Very Good 
N.d., circa 1840, with perhaps a few items from later. Presumed the work of Emily Rooke, whose name is written on the FFEP in a contemporary cursive. An early, Biedermeier era English album of miscellaneous artwork, some of which is original, others, printed. In all, there are 65 pages of illustrated content, with ten of those containing original artwork, and several other pages with hand-done borders or ornamentation. Most of the printed illustrated matter is hand-colored. The original content is tilted to butterflies and flowers, with one particularly handsome color drawing of a young boy holding a cane and hat. Costume is certainly the emphasis otherwise, with a number of attractive views as well. Perhaps the most striking of the illustrations is a hunting scene created by a number of intricate cut-outs. Another noteworthy item is a cut-out portrait of the sculptor Antonio Canova with what appears to be his actual signature underneath. Rebacked, with the original spine, most of which has survived, laid on. Wear to the edges. A few cut-outs within have suffered minor losses. 
Price: 875.00 USD
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Cahier de Chansons, Roué, Auguste
149 Roué, Auguste Cahier de Chansons
Cloth Good 
N.d., circa 1910. 4to. 25.5 by 20 cm. 96 pages of bawdy songs, in French, illustrated with color pencil drawings, mostly of ladies and officers, generally humorous, bawdy or risque. Heightening their delight is how they are so deeply rooted in the time period of their creation -- in the dress and styles of the teens, in the feminine physiques idealized, in their conception of the mildly transgressive and naughty. The artwork, although depicting the fashionable and sophisticated, has the charming artlessness of folk art. This is not the product of a trained professional, clearly. Yet never can we not vividly visualize the scenes the artist has worked up. Roué was the headwaiter aboard the Cruiser Battleship La Gloire, and as such he was ideally situated to observe the kinds of people and their behavior that went into his artwork here. Condition: stitching loose in the binding. Some soiling of the boards. Cloth worn at corners. Leaves within with light soiling, minor dog ear-ing. 
Price: 1250.00 USD
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Yachting and Seafaring Scrapbook Album, with a Few Original Drawings as well as Poetry, Stories and Clippings, Schnur, Frederick W.
150 Schnur, Frederick W. Yachting and Seafaring Scrapbook Album, with a Few Original Drawings as well as Poetry, Stories and Clippings
1932, 1933 Hardcover. Cloth spine Good 
8vo. 24.5 by 19 cm. Unpaginated, over 120 pages with some content (a few pages have meagre content, so a firm count is elusive). The album scrapbook we believe was compiled by the son of an illustrator for "Rudder Magazine", active in the 1930s. The bookplate of the professional artist, M. A. Schnur, is pasted onto the inside front cover, while some work within is signed F. W. Schnur. This is also the kind of compilation one would expect from a growing child, enthralled by a parental passion, and encouraged probably by the parent. It is not the kind of thing a grown adult with an active artistic commitment to have directed his energies to create. It would appear that Frederick Schnur later became a boat broker, thus turning a childhood passion into a related career. Of the verse, most are poems written by well-known writers such as John Masefield, Oliver Wendell Holmes and Walter de la Mare, but Frederick Schnur has original pieces as well, and some contributions from unknown names might be friends of his, perhaps members of a club. All written out in a neat, if unremarkable hand. There are two pencil drawings of sailboats, a watercolored moonlit calm seascape and a few small vignettes. Most of the artwork is cutout from magazines (Rudder, Yachting, etc.), with some articles also cut-out. The album itself is a typical black marbled school notebook -- the kind one still encounters -- with lined paper within. The book was carefully and meticulously compiled, albeit there is an undeniable scrappiness to the finished product, which is not without charm in itself. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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Das schöne Alpenland.  Unserem liebwerten, jederzeit hilfsbereiten Herr Oberleutnant J. Rosenberg zur freundlichen Erinnerung., Seigner, R., artist
151 Seigner, R., artist Das schöne Alpenland. Unserem liebwerten, jederzeit hilfsbereiten Herr Oberleutnant J. Rosenberg zur freundlichen Erinnerung.
Hardcover. Cloth spine. Paper pastedown on board Very Good 
Very beautiful watercolors of the Alps, we assume by a gifted amateur. N.d., early 20th century. Oblong, 11.5 by 33.5 cm. The watercolors are 15.5 by 19.5 cm, and these are framed by heavy card matting. Watercolored title page, with calligraphic lettering and a letter device, followed by nine watercolor paintings, all but one, Alpine, Tyrolian views, and the odd painting being a bouquet. Views include of the castle Orth by Smunden in the Salzkammergut; the Alt-Ausseer See and Trissel Forest; St. Wolfgang; Gosau in the Oberosterreich; a Kitzbuhel scene; a farm house in the Tirol; and a baroque steeple (Lofer (?)) with rocky mountains in the background. Pasted onto the front cover is a heart -shaped die-cut that hails from Bad Ischl. While all the watercolors are signed (or initialed) and there is a dedication, we have not been able to find out anything about the album's origins or provenance. The binding has considerable general wear. A few tissue guards are loose and/or crinkled. 
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152 Stephanson, Kirsten (?) Album of Die-Cuts Worked into Colored Pencilled Background Illustrations
Hardcover Very Good 
N.d., circa 1890s. 8vo. 24 by 18 cm. Unpaginated, 16 pp. The background illustrations sets most of these pages apart from a typical chromolithographic die-cut album. There is a heavy debt here to Kate Greenaway, with some of the cut-outs of her pretty juvenile figures. Other cut-outs are of a more kitschy mid-Victorian variety, including of minstrel performers, Lord Fauntleroy types among the children, dogs, horses, Japanese figures, circus performers, etc. The settings include garden and meadow, a river cutting through a rural hillscape, a dog house and yard, a castle front, a circus ring, a wintry paradise with skaters and sledders. Achieved by all this is collage that is not merely random but has a real cohesion. The cover is a classic Aesthetic Movement album cover with gilt, a play of diagonals and arches, eclectic ornamentation including quintessential floral motives, and two chromo vignettes. The paper is acidic and thus a bit brittle -- relatively, though, less than many such albums. Attribution is based on a pencil inscription on the FEP, in which it is stated the album was made the inscriber's grandmother, with a name then in parenthesis. It is not entirely clear whether that name is the said grandmother, however. One large tear crudely repaired with clear tap. A few minor closed tears. Moderate wear to the cover. 
Price: 175.00 USD
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153 Tavenor-Perry, J. [John] (1842-1915) Original Illustrations, or proofs, used in published book, "Dinanderie: A History and Description of Mediaeval Art Work in Copper Brass and Bronze" [together with] a copy of the published book With One Hundred and Twenty Illustrations
London George Allen & Sons. Printed by Ballantyne, Hanson & Co., Edinburgh 1910 First Hardcover Good 
With 133 pages of drawings in pen-and-ink by Tavenor-Perry, assembled into 20 albums. Drawings are of castles, churches and cathedrals, Medieval ruins, the architectural elements and details of these structures, among them doors, windows, gargoyles, hardware, gates, coats of armor, tombs, monuments, fonts, church paraphernalia such as monstrances, crosses, lecterns, reliquaries, candlesticks, holy water vats, sculpture, pewterware, glassware, etc. etc. The survey covers all of these throughout Europe, with an emphasis surely on Northern Europe, including Britain, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Scandinavia, The albums are all 4to in size, or 27 by 18.5 cm, and their appearance is strictly utilitarian -- the bindings are of plain board, with paper bands as spines. Drawings are done generally on thick board. The book the drawings went into is also 4to, 26 by 21 cm. xii, 238 pp. Often there are two or more drawings on the page, and when these were used in the published work, they were numbered individually. There are many drawings that were not used in the printed book, which contains a total of 71 illustrated vignettes. We believe that some of the drawings might have gone into another book or article, as there are two additional title pages: "Damme: An Ancient Town in the Low Countries", and "Dragons and Monsters beneath Baptismal Fonts". One of the virtues of the orginal drawing proofs is that they are almost always larger than their printed version, with the pay-off of greater clarity to detail. Independent of these drawings use at the time, the albums are generally organized around themes, and so in a compact format they can serve as a visual survey of particular types of Medieval decorative art objects. The drawings are whole buildings, sometimes with small human figures to provide a sense of scale and cobbled streets, are especially pretty. Condition: a good number of the boards are loose. Some spines are perished. The albums' exteriors generally are somewhat worn, 
Price: 4000.00 USD
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The National Heraldry of the United Kingdom, Terry, Major Astley, of The Army Service Corp.
154 Terry, Major Astley, of The Army Service Corp. The National Heraldry of the United Kingdom
Colombo (Ceylon, now Sri Lanka) 1903 Half Morocco Very Good 
8vo. 18.5 by 14.5 cm. iv, 44 pp., the leaves made of heavy card stock. The author, a colonial officer for the British army, would later publish "The Annals of the King's Royal Rifle Corps," which contained his color illustrations of uniforms, arms and equipment, and other works. From this work, it is clear he had artistic aptitude, and as an officer in Ceylon, undoubtedly a lot of free time to indulge in the creation of this work. It would seem that this work was written with an eye on possible publication, but that did not come to be. Few will not be charmed by the many vignettes of badges and coats-of-arms, mostly rendered in bright watercolors, with some done as ink drawings. Also illustrated are flags and banners. Some of the tissue guards are heavily foxed, while the cards proper sometimes have offsetting from this soiling. A large chipped loss to the leather spine, with a partial loss of one letter of title. Still a very handsome album. 
Price: 600.00 USD
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155 Thorp, William Album of W. Thorp
1830s Full Morocco Fine 
All the imagery and verse in this manuscript album was done by one accomplished hand -- that of William Thorp. The pencil and watercolor sketches and drawings are delightful, whether depicting architectural detail, landscape, animal or human subjects. There are 26 pages of illustrations, many dated between 1832 and 1836. Twenty are black and white, six in color. Architecture is the most prevalent subject, with much drawn from rural England. Perhaps the most winsome illustration, though, is humorous depiction of a confrontation between a man and woman on an English street. The verse, also, is more than competent in a typical Victorian vein. The album is cased in an elaborately blindstamped ornamented black Morocco. The binding is rubbed along the edges. The joints have had an utilitarian repair. The tissue guards remaining are foxed, and some soiling of the leaves proper as well. Endpapers are pasted to one another by the hinges. A few illustrated leaves are defaced a little by probably later color transfer imagery. 
Price: 675.00 USD
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Tegel Boek, van Beek, Toon
156 van Beek, Toon Tegel Boek
Half Calf. Cloth on boards. Very Good 
Compilation of 460 original watercolors of Delftware tiles, with a wide cross-section of the styles associated with Delftware and in total, representing in excess of 150 designs (since most, but not all designs, are achieved by a combination of tiles, generally four but sometimes more, and here each individual tile is a separate mounted paper). Designs include geometrics, flowers, foliage, fruits, animals (especially birds), people, castles and other buildings, ships, landscapes, mermaids, blueware, multi-colored designs, etc., and including tiles with a strong Italian and majolica influence. N.d., early to mid-20th century compilation, with designs also from the latter part of the 19th century -- many are classic designs, with the same or similar designs still being made today. Folio, 45.5 by 29.5 cm. 62 leaves, with often material just on the rectos but sometimes also the versos. Most leaves are devoted to the painted designs. The tiles are 7.5 cm square, and as indicated, usually four, sometimes six, are grouped together to create a single design. These are generally captioned with the name of the design and sometimes a terse detail or two, all rendered in Dutch but generally decipherable by the non-Dutch speaker. There are also 4 completely full pages of plain paper chits (33 of them) done in pen and ink, with initials of Delft potters and their corresponding groupings of various marks, tags etc. In addition to the designs and the makers' markings, the album has 15 pages, mostly grouped together at the end, devoted to a wide variety of Delftware-related ephemera, including lists of potters buried in Delft churchyards, recipes for making Delftware, manuscript historical information on the Zeldenrust mill, which was demolished in 1860, drawings, photographs, newspaper clippings especially on De Porceleyne Fles, memorabilia on a Kees Tulk and Jan van Beek, the father of the compiler and a potter, his brothers and himself, group portraits of potters. Van Beek, and his kin, worked at this De Porceleyne Fles. As the artwork in the album attests, he was an accomplished draughtsman. We can not know for sure what the impetus for this album was. Was it done on behalf of the company, or was it a more personal project, celebrating van Beek's and his family's work? Or possibly, a combination of the two. The binding itself is of interest as well with its mounted painting of blueware serving as the title label. Otherwise, the binding appears to be a retrofitted comercially purchased blank book. Condition: moderate wear to the binding. Underlying leaves are age toned, foxed, dampstained sometimes, etc. The paintings themselves have occasional light soiling, with some stains from the paste used to mount them coming through the paper, but overall are bright and fresh. First two leaves are loose. . 
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Scenes and Characters of the English XVIIIth Century, all, with the exception of one or two Portraits, Original, Vulliamy, C. E.
157 Vulliamy, C. E. Scenes and Characters of the English XVIIIth Century, all, with the exception of one or two Portraits, Original
1906 Quarter Leather Very Good Plus 
A complete manuscript book containing 34 pen and sepia wash pictures, each captioned on the facing leaf by the hand of Colwyn Edward Vulliamy (1886 - 1971). Vulliamy was a Welsh biographer and historian. Educated privately, he studied art under Stanhope Forbes. In World War One he served in France, Macedonia and Turkey. Post-war, in addition to biography, he produced several mysteries and dabbled in humor writing. This album beautifully combines his affinity for history and humor, and one could only wish he had devoted more of his later energies to such caricature. The subject matter is of some historic remove from Vulliamy, but surely the album reflects the surge of interest in the eighteenth century that occurred at the turn of the twentieth century. Here one will find both a wistful and jaundiced look back -- Vulliamy doesn't look away from the seedy and ugly aspects of Georgian England. His style and wash media are true to the period, and but for the paper stock and the binding, one could be easily deceived into thinking the artwork was in fact contemporary with the period depicted. The front endpaper is signed and dated by the author, and he again initials and dates the closing illustrated leaf. Quarter leather over pebbled cloth binding, measuring 9.5 by 13.5 cm, or 5.25 by 3.75 inches. Some spotting on the black cloth. Otherwise, quite fresh and clean. 
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Three Sketchbooks of Vermont Views, Botanical Subjects, etc., Waddington, Dr. Margaret
158 Waddington, Dr. Margaret Three Sketchbooks of Vermont Views, Botanical Subjects, etc.
Vermont (centered around Rutland) 
1950s. Some of the drawings are dated -- 1951 or 1953, and we are confident that the vast majority which are undated hail from that decade as well. With 98 separate works of art, 31 of which are watercolors or predominantly so, one is color pencil, the balance being pencil drawings. In two of the albums all the illustrations, per our count, are full page and done directly upon the leaves, while in the third album, the one which also contains the most watercolors (27 of them) and the greatest variety of subject matter, the drawings are mounted onto the leaves mostly, and often two per page. All three albums are spirals, two of which open in an oblong fashion, one with the spiral on the top, and they measure 30.5 by 22.5 cm. Waddington lived in Vermont, in and around Rutland and Chittenden, which is a suburb of Burlington, and among the most striking and charming of her artwork represented here are a watercolor of a Vermont village, a color pencil drawing of a farm, and a regular pencil drawing of a smokehouse. These all have a naive charm, with their loose relation to perspective and divergences from strict realism. The most common subject matter was botanical, which includes bouquets, fruits, leaves and close-up flower studies. These tend to be done with tighter precision than the Vermont outdoor pictures; the watercolors among them would delight many a viewer if they were framed and hung on a wall. Five of the watercolors are costume illustrations which resemble the preliminary sketches done by theater designers in mounting a play. We would guess these are based on pictures from a book, but we do not know the source. There are also a plethora of mountain and lake views, some based on Vermont, some, the Alps. Waddington clearly was an enthusiastic traveler, and so here are some depictions of European buildings -- towers and the like -- and antique furniture that we would associate with the Tyrol and the Alpine regions more generally. All told, the albums are a highly satisfying collection of artwork by a gifted person who was in the graphic arts, decidedly an amateur. Margaret Waddington was born in Paris in 1930, studied medicine at the University of Vermont, and was a successful neurologist who taught at Dartmouth Medical School. Some sheets are loose -- torn from the notebooks. A few of the mounted artworks have also become unglued. 
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Dessins Originaux de Paul Wagnez, Wagniez [Wagnez], Paul
159 Wagniez [Wagnez], Paul Dessins Originaux de Paul Wagnez
Cloth Very Good 
Small folio, 33 by 25 cm. 38 pp. of pen and crayon drawings, most of which are both erotic and comical, mounted in "Henschel's Skizzenbuch". The accompanying text, often narrative poems, is written by Wagniez as well. The French-Belgian artist Paul Wagniez (1876 - 1935) studied at the Ecole des Beaux Arts et des Arts Decoratifs in Paris and became known for book illustration. He was a versatile artist, nonetheless, at home with still lifes, landscapes, portraits, and action scenes such as those of the hunt, and equally proficient in oils, watercolors and other media. Most of the works contained in the album are from the early 1930s, shortly before Wagniez's death, and these were dedicated to a friend, Robert Villefumade, who most surely compiled this album in honor of Wagniez. The overall nature of the content is not readily apparent as one opens the front cover. On that cover there is a funny picture of a squat obese woman surrounded ludicrously with mathematic iconology. Humor aside, this offers no hint of the risqué. Pasted to the FFEP is a moody youthful self-portrait, circa 1900. Following are two additional somber works -- another, more mature Wagniez self-portrait executed in 1928, and a pretty yard scene of a cat, dated 1934. Then the fun begins. The erotica bears some resemblance to Epinal cartoon sheets in the arrangement of vignettes on the page amidst text, in their artistic styling, and in being, essentially, graphic short stories, except unlike Epinals, the content is not meant for juvenile eyes. In one tale, "Chut, chut! Tu vas reveiller Grand-mere . . . " a young woman exhorts her lover to be quiet lest they wake the sleeping elderly woman. Another piece involves a lecherous traveller unexpectedly rebuffed in his advances. Other story lines show a wet nurse who doesn't feel compelled to nap with her ward, the uninhibited dreams of young women, and a Flapper named Fanny who "se chauffe en hiver/A la flamme elle expose son derriere . . . " This being the land of saucy louche-ness, one can find tingly hints of sapphic love and other taboos defied. Not all the action is harmlessly consensual by any means -- there is a fair amount of violation and rape. The stories are set in the past, with particular relish for the period spanning from Henri IV to Louis XIII, but scenes also set in mythology, the Middle Ages and the eighteenth century. A few of the final entries are sketchy, unfinished cartoons, but overall, the work is meticulously detailed and rendered with great fluency. Moderate to heavy wear to the cloth binding, with tears along joints, bunching of the cloth, soiling, etc. 
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Random Sketches in Leisure Moments, West, Benjamin, compiler and primary artist.  Also John B. Gibb
160 West, Benjamin, compiler and primary artist. Also John B. Gibb Random Sketches in Leisure Moments
Darlington, England 1883-1889 Half Morocco. Pebbled cloth on boards. Very Good 
8vo. 24.5 by 20 cm. 44 pages with mounted original watercolor, plus watercolor vignette painted directly onto title page, for a total of 54 watercolors in all. (Some blank leaves follow.) Subjects vary, with picturesque views dominating, all done with a slightly naive tinge, one that is so winsome and ingratiating that it could pass as having been deliberately cultivated by the artist. There can be no question that almost all the paintings were done by the same artist, as whatever the subject, a cohesive individual style is manifest. Of particular interest among the views are several paintings from New Zealand. We assume that these were done by the artist on site, as were the far greater number of local English views surely were. Standing out is the artist's attraction to moonlit views and the sea. He also painted many a rustic bridge, a mountain and lake view, a sunset, a church and other typical structures of a tidy English hamlet. We particularly like his painting of a mill and also of a village water pump. Two wash paintings in the back of the album are signed John B. Gibbs. These are clearly also done by another hand, as both washes, they are more refined in their execution and capturing of the minutest detail. Title with calligraphic lettering and a watercolored vignette of a bird on a branch. Identified places include the Derwent, Bassenthwaite Lake; Eashing Bridge by Godalming, Surrey; Haughton near Darlington; off Ramsey, Isle of Man; Adel Church, Leeds; Crummock Lake, Cumberland; Kidnapper Point, Auckland, New Zealand; Waitemata Harbor, New Zealand; Cowton Castle, by Northallerton; Tong, near Bradford; Rawdon Church, near Leeds; Broughham Bridge and Castle; Beauchief Abbey near Sheffield; and Norton Church. Four paintings have boats as their primary subject. Among human subjects are a knight in armor on horseback, a tearful maiden, and a flirtation man threatening to throw a snowball at two lovely women, all in Regency dress. Condition: light to moderate wear. Leaves are somewhat wavy, surely the result of the interactiion of the mounted paper with the underlying paper. Light soiling along the edges of the underlying leaves. 
Price: 1250.00 USD
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