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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.
161 Vulliamy, C. E. Scenes and Characters of the English XVIIIth Century, all, with the exception of one or two Portraits, Original
1906 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. 
Price: 800.00 USD
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Three Sketchbooks of Vermont Views, Botanical Subjects, etc., Waddington, Dr. Margaret
162 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. 
Price: 650.00 USD
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Dessins Originaux de Paul Wagnez, Wagniez [Wagnez], Paul
163 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. 
Price: 5000.00 USD
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Random Sketches in Leisure Moments, West, Benjamin, compiler and primary artist.  Also John B. Gibb
164 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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165 Willey, F.E. Herbarium Collection, with Original Pen-and-Ink Illustrations Enlivening the MountedSpecimens
Claremont 1889 Wooden box Very Good 
N.d., circa late 19th century. 52 separate sheets housed within a handsome wooden carrying case or box. Fifty of these sheets contains a dried and flattened plant sample -- flowers, leaves and stems -- with the plant or flower identified in a neat handwriting, and most unusual, accompanied by a pen and ink vignette. The vignettes are a mix -- some replicate the plant or leaf, and thus might be regarded as modestly scientific in purpose; others are of objects or animals which a pleasant to look at or have an appealing association to the artist -- tennis racquets, a sailing boat, an owl, and the like; yet a third group, and these are to us the most special, are pure whimsy, with a touch of humor. This third category also doesn't relate to the plants or flowers. Perhaps one thing that ties all the extra artistic fillips together is that they have an outdoorsy, sporty or summer day quality about them. It goes without saying that the plant samples are arranged neatly and even artistically. We know who the collector and artist was because his name is on both a title page and a brass label attached to the carrying case. The title page also informs us that this collection was created during the Summer of 1889 and for Claremont High School. We would guess that the Claremont in question is one in New Hampshire, based on where this collection was found, but we can not state that definitively. At the time Claremont was a prosperous mill town and presumably this young Willey would have been from an affluent family who afforded him the leisure to create such a collection. including a title page, a second prelim with a pencil illustration of a rose and "Handle with Care" exhortation, and 50 leaves with leaf and flower samples, every one of which also has an original sketch of some kind. The box, really an artist's carrying case with wooden handles attached with thin braided rope to the wood an brass clasps and studs, measures 35 by 27.5 cm, and is 4.5 cm deep. Each of the leaves (the sheets) is 32.5 by 25 cm. Loss of some leaves and some chipped leaves, as to be expected given the dryness of the organic material. Chips on the side of the title. The title and other prelim are discolored by the metal bar which has held them down in the box. 
Price: 2400.00 USD
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Sketches by W.W., Wingfield, Watkin (1803-1886)
166 Wingfield, Watkin (1803-1886) Sketches by W.W.
Very Good 
N.d., circa 1830s or 40s. Oblong 4to. 24 by 30 cm. Unpaginated, with 20 pages, mostly rectos, with mounted humorous illustrations done in either bright watercolor or pen-and-ink, for a total of 22 illustrations, twelve of which are watercolors, not counting one unfinished color illustration. Action scenes abound -- in one, you see an European captive appearing to beg for his life as a louche Arab nabob is cosseted in the shade; another shows a horseman fleeing in the night, accompanied or chased by two fierce dogs and an owl; a third depicts a horseman on a horse rearing up at the edge of a big drop to a lake, with a devilish figure seeming to egg the man on; a fourth shows witches burning a baby in a cave. The artist was not above punning, as in one painting captioned: "How to give a ball without trouble or expense", the picture depicting the shooting of one horseman by another. We especially like a painting of a "horrible nightmare", which portrays various incubi surrounding the anxious sleeper. Several of the pictures relate to one another, as with two captioned "The model of a wife", which are about the painting of a young woman. The pen-and-ink drawings may lack color, but they are equally well executed and are of a piece with the watercolored drawings. 
Price: 1450.00 USD
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167 Winnie Buckman Album of Watercolor, Ink and Chalk Drawings
Cloth Very Good 
N.d, circa early 20th century. Oblong, 25 by 18 cm, 10 by 7.25 inches. With fourteen illustrated pages, mostly in bright color, all by the same hand of gifted amateur by the name of Winnie Buckman. The drawings are both typical subject-wise of teenager artist's and friendship albums of the day and yet mostly on the highest level of what one tends to find in such albums. On the FEP is written in pencil "A prize awarded for art by Miss Oxley". This probably means that the blank album was given to Miss Buckman as a prize, and it indicates that her talent was recognized in her small girlhood community, Illustrations include one of a clownish man with big feet, Dutch children following geese with a windmill in the background, a pierrot strumming a banjo, the silhouette of an eighteenth century lady and gentleman, a boy and his dog, a woman wearing harlequin tights awhirl in dance, children at the shore, a few Mabel Lucie Attwell style infants, a silhouetted eighteenth century lady with parasol and actual fabric used for the front of her dress, portraits of a man and of a woman wearing a kimono, and a harbor scene. Generally clean. 
Price: 275.00 USD
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World War Two Prisoner-of-War Manuscript with Original Poetry and Humorous Drawings A compilation of poems written for several prison camp newspapers, Worth, Private M. H.
168 Worth, Private M. H. World War Two Prisoner-of-War Manuscript with Original Poetry and Humorous Drawings A compilation of poems written for several prison camp newspapers
Camp 53, Sforz Costa (Marche, Italy) June 5, 1942- Tin Good 
Manuscript created by an English prisoner-of-war in an Italian POW camp. 28 by 22 cm, spine along top edge. 184 pp., dense with original poems and cartoon drawings (and some miscellany). The poems were written for the camp newspapers, with each compound within the camp apparently having its own newspaper, and possibly more than one. "Griff" was the newspaper for compound 2, "Brew" and "Star", compound 1, Wire", compound 3. Virtually all the poems rely heavily on rhyming -- not a few might pass as song lyrics. As one might expect, the poems concern camp life, sports, the gauzy recollection of the simple pleasures of life left behind, including the missed girl friend but also the little things in life. Patriotic sentiments are frequently expressed. Humor and light-heartedness suffuse the writing, undoubtedly the best attitude towards tolerating the discomforts and sacrifices of prison camp life, plus there was a general relief at just being alive and spared the grim reaper. Many of the poems are credited with initials and sometimes names. While there were no poets laureates to be among them, the poems are overall competently composed and many quite enjoyable light verse. The manuscript is richly illustrated, with some decorative element or vignette illustration on most pages, and many illustrations that are full page or dominate their pages. The illustrations are almost entirely in color, and many are signed "Len". All the poems appear to be written into the album, generally block capital letters, by a single hand, which we presume to be tht of Private Worth. Whoever it was wrote neatly -- everything is easily legible, and often tried to bring some panache to his writing with coloring and enlarging the first letter of a line. He also was, we might say, a creative speller. In the back of the album there is an one page glossary of Italian words translated into English, and another page listing heavy weight boxing champions and a short piece on statistics relating to gold. The metal binding is made from Red Cross tins. The title, "Griff", is written in white paint. There are a few simple decorative touches applied by the same paint. 
Price: 10000.00 USD
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