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61 Beerbohm, Max Observations
London William Heinemann Ltd. 1925 First Edition Cloth Very Good Minus 
4to. 52 plates of the famous and celebrated, many of whom were among the literati, with a few politicians thrown in, as well as a few with no known personage but satirizing some current in society. Thus found here are unforgettable send-ups of Stanley Baldwin, Lord Balfour, Lytton Strachey, GB Shaw, and Beerbohm's arch-nemesis, Rudyard Kipling. Captions on tissue guards.The original orange-ish cloth has a moderate amount of soiling. Spine extremities with fraying. Frontis leaf tipped back in. English Literature 
Price: 60.00 USD
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Rossetti and His Circle, Beerbohm, Max
62 Beerbohm, Max Rossetti and His Circle
London William Heinemann First Limited Edition Cloth Near Fine 
No. 44 of 380 limitation signed by Beerbohm. 4to. 26 by 19 cm. 23 color plates, all mounted on heavy card and including frontis, with captioned tissue guards. Caricatures in inimitable Beerbohm manner. Light soiling of the cream colored cloth cover. Otherwise, clean and tight. 
Price: 250.00 USD
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63 Beerbohm, Max The Poets' Corner
London William Heinemann 1904 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine Beerbohm, Max 
Folio, 14.5 by 11 inches, 37 by 28 cm. Twenty color lithograph plates. Beerbohm's inimitable satirical caricatures of Omar Khayyam, Robert Browning, Boethe, Matthew Arnold, Henrik Ibsen, Lord Byron, Walt Whitman, William Watson, William Wordsworth, Lord Tennyson, Paul Verlaine, Shakespeare, Coleridge, Yeats, Homer, Robert Burns, Dante, Austin Dobson and Edmund Gosse, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, and Rudyard Kipling. Printed by Hazell Watson and Viney. Original wrappers, with chipping and minor losses by the joints and on the spine, as well as along the edges. The pages are on brittle card, as always the case. That said, this is a remarkably well-preserved copy of a work that unfortunately, given the acidity of the paper, seldom survives in good shape. 
Price: 950.00 USD
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Les 16 conseils de Radiola, Bellaigue, J. C. [Jean-Claude], illustrator
64 Bellaigue, J. C. [Jean-Claude], illustrator Les 16 conseils de Radiola
Paris Editions d'Art Risacher et Cie. Wraps Very Good 
Short inscription and signature of Bellaigue on FFEP. Scarce, with no copies located anywhere. N.d., circa 1920s. 4to. 24 by 16 cm. 16 leaves, with color plates and humorous captions and text bubbles all on rectos. This was a humorous promotional publication of Radiola, a French maker of radio receivers in the 1920s. J. C. Bellaigue (1893-1931), son of belletrist Camille Bellaigue, was a French book, magazine and poster illustrator known especially for his depictions of early aviation. He also was a designer for the French national carpet and tapestry manufacturer of Beauvais. The humor is all about preposterous accidents, frustrations and screw-ups relating to radios from when radios were a real novelty. Much of the same humor might with slight variation be applied to our PCs, iPhones, iPads, etc. The caricatures in the drawings are funny even without the specifics of the particular situation. Light use. 
Price: 750.00 USD
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Les Centaures du Turf, Bib et  Roland [Breitel, Georges Auguste and Roland Carle Vernet]
65 Bib et Roland [Breitel, Georges Auguste and Roland Carle Vernet] Les Centaures du Turf
Paris 1931 First Portfolio. Near Fine 
No. 51 of 700 copies on vélin Navarre, 732 copies issued in total. Scarce survivor -- only one institutional copy appearing on OCLC First Search, at the University of Virginia. Not in the BNF's Gallica catalogue. Oblong, 31 by 41 cm. 35 loose plates within portfolio, three of which are color plates. The clever caricatures depict one or more figures of the French racing world as centaurs, often with another equestrian nabob as a full human. The people being poked fun at are generally obscure to us, as we are not intimate with the French equine scene of the 1920s, but we can enjoy the clever fun every bit as much. The one person we can identify with confidence is the effete denizen of French high society Boni de Castellane. Condition: light soiling to the portfolio cover. Slight fraying along the joint of this portfolio of the cloth. All the tissue guards survive, but given the challenge of keeping the loose leaves in perfect order, the edges of the guards can have some creasing. Ribbon ties also survive. 
Price: 850.00 USD
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66 Bobbin, Timothy [John Collier]. Edward Orme, engraver The Passions, Humourously Delineated. Containing Twenty-Five Plates, With His Portrait, Title Plate, and Poetical Descriptions.
London Edward Orme. J. Hayes, printer 1810 Half Calf Very Good 
4to. 28 by 21 cm. 26 hand-colored plates in all (including dedication page plate, which does read as a full plate), plus frontis copper engraved portrait, uncolored, of Bobbin. Following a one page intro (address), the format is a plate is faced with an explanatory verse, usually short but in two instances, continuing onto a second page. Scarce with contemporary hand-coloring. Bobbin, whose real name was John Collier (1708-1786), was the Lancashire Hogarth, and was both celebrated in his day for his illustrations and his writings, which in the case of this work, was rendered in light verse. His publication on the Lancashire dialect was indeed the first important work to treat the subject and thus his legacy is both as a humorist and a linguistic scholar. The illustrations evoke the saucy genre paintings of earlier Dutch artwork as well as Hogarth and closer contemporaries such as George Moutard Woodward. They are exceptional, though, in their economy of composition, with little expended on extraneous background and details, and in this they stand apart from Woodward, not to mention Rowlandson and other illustrators of the period. Topically, the illustrations and verse have a broadness of theme that while of its period, also handily transcend it. Thus topics include love, anger, mercenary marriage unions, the squandering of savings in the pursuit of a Pyrrhic court victory. Dentistry, or the torture of tooth pulling, is the subject of a number of the plates, as is intemperate drinking. The characters depicted are rogues, simpletons, rakes, picaresque types, vulgarians, the panoply of everyday English society, brimming with life, if not always virtue. Rebacked in matching calf. Old calf abraded and chipped. Scattered soiling. 
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Pen and Ink and Watercolor Self-Portrait of Tim Bobbin, Bobbin, Timothy [John Collier]. (1708-1786)
67 Bobbin, Timothy [John Collier]. (1708-1786) Pen and Ink and Watercolor Self-Portrait of Tim Bobbin
NA Very Good 
This is presumed to be a self-portrait of Bobbin, whose real name was John Collier. The work is unsigned, but there can be no question that the person portrayed is Bobbin, and it is done with the unsparing caricaturial sharpness and economy that characterized his artwork. Bobbin as a caricaturist captured the vulgarity and coarseness of his subjects, no matter how lofty their social status, and he treated himself to no special indulgence. The face is a isobar map of furrows, with an absurdly clownish smile. Besides being unctuous, the smile contorts the facial outline to something simian, while the large eyes glint with a vaguely sinister manner. The style of the artwork could be described as naive and a bit folk art-y, but there can be question that the artist was also very much in control of his artistic faculties. The image is not a pretty one, yet it is visually arresting, and with the colored penwork ornamentation, quite lovely. Bobbin, or Collier, was the self-professed Lancashire Hogarth, and was both celebrated in his day for his illustrations and his writings, which included light verse as well as an important work on the Lancashire dialect. The picture comes in a gilt frame of some age but not contemporary with it. With the frame, the dimensions are 36 by 26 cm, and the image is about 29 by 19 cm. It has not been examind out of the frame. Some minor soiling to the paper. 
Price: 2400.00 USD
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Kreatury "Nové Evropy". 12 politických karikatur, Bohman, Hanus.  Introduction by Dr. A. Gotz-Krížanovský
68 Bohman, Hanus. Introduction by Dr. A. Gotz-Krížanovský Kreatury "Nové Evropy". 12 politických karikatur
Prague Akad. Mal. H. Bohmana 1945 First Edition Folder Very Good 
Scarce, with only two copies found on OCLC First Search (Drew U., Czech National Library). Folio, 33.5 by 25 cm. with one text leaf (on card), followed by twelve caricature plates. Caricatures depict Hitler, Göring, Himmler, Goebbels, Reinhardt Heydrich, Mussolini, Dr. Robert Ley, Hirohito, Rommel and others. The plates are black and white, with splashes of red here and there. The imagery is stark, pointed, and memorable, stylized in a manner to suggest their violence, their militarism, their sinister natures. Moderate soiling of the outer folder. Two small close tears to edge. Light wear besides. 
Price: 2000.00 USD
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Nos Actrices, Cappiello, Leonetto, artist.  Preface by Marcel Prevost.
69 Cappiello, Leonetto, artist. Preface by Marcel Prevost. Nos Actrices
Paris Edition de la Revue Blanche 1899 First Limited Edition Wraps. Glassine DJ over outer folio. Fine 
No. 28 of 44 copies printed on Japon Imperial. Large folio. 45 by 36 cm. One page preface followed by 18 pochoir plates of the leading actresses of the Fin-de-Siecle Parisian stage, with two plates of Sarah Bernhardt. Other actresses include Lucienne Breval, Marthe Brandes, Marie-Louise Marsy, Lara, Yahne, Rejane, Megard, Marcelle Lender, Lavalliere, Lucie Gerard, Cassive, Marthe Mellot, Simon Girard, Mariette Sully, Cecile Sorel and Jeanne Granier. The actresses are in costume, and Cappiello's approach is both highly stylized, yet also light and frothy, caricature perfectly befitting the frivolity of the period. Leonetto Cappiello (1875-1942) is best known for his revolutionary poster designs. He got his professional start, though, as a caricaturist for publications such as "Le Rire", "L'Assiette au Beurre", and "Le Cri de Paris", and theater caricature was a major sideline of his. The caricatures in this set embody many of the qualities of his later posters -- their simplicity, their fillip of drama, etc. Condition: slight creasing in the lower corner. The plates have essentially detached from the spine, as is typical, and slight chipping to the lower extremity of the spine. A touch of soiling on the glassine. Overall, very clean, and still about as lovely a copy as one is bound to see. 
Price: 2500.00 USD
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The Old English Squire
70 Careless, John [Pseudonym for William Andrew Chatto] The Old English Squire "A Jovial Gay Fox Hunter, Bold, Frank and Free." A Poem, In Ten Cantos. By John Careless, Esq. Illustrated with Plates, By One of the Family.
London Thomas M'Lean. Printed by Howlett and Brimmer 1821 First Full Morocco Near Fine 
8vo. 25 by 18 cm. viii, 136 pp. 24 hand-colored plates. With half-title. Condition: other than offsetting of plates, a clean copy. Full red morocco glistens. 
Price: 2000.00 USD
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The Old English Squire "A Jovial Gay Fox Hunter, Bold, Frank and Free."  A Poem, In Ten Cantos.  By John Careless, Esq.  Illustrated with Plates, By One of the Family., Careless, John [Pseudonym for William Andrew Chatto]
71 Careless, John [Pseudonym for William Andrew Chatto] The Old English Squire "A Jovial Gay Fox Hunter, Bold, Frank and Free." A Poem, In Ten Cantos. By John Careless, Esq. Illustrated with Plates, By One of the Family.
London Thomas M'Lean. Printed by Howlett and Brimmer 1821 First edition Cloth. Very Good 
8vo. 30 by 20 cm. viii, 136 pp. 24 hand-colored plates. With half-title. Original boards, rebacked. Small chip and minor loss to original title label pastedown. Light offsetting on text and title. Scattered minor soiling. 
Price: 1750.00 USD
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Our Artist in Cuba.  Fifty Drawings on Wood.  Leaves from the Sketch-Book of a Traveler, During the Winter of 1864-5, Carleton, George W.
72 Carleton, George W. Our Artist in Cuba. Fifty Drawings on Wood. Leaves from the Sketch-Book of a Traveler, During the Winter of 1864-5
New York Carleton 1865 First Edition Pebbled Cloth Very Good 
8vo. 16.5 by 11 cm. viii, 50 pp., each with a comical illustration or two. Charming, if arguably Rascist. Probably capturing very well the common impressions of the tourists of the era, with noisome insects, heat and other afflictions sabotaging the pleasure of the visit. A clean, fresh copy, with the lightest of wear. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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Album of Nine Original Pen-and-Ink Cartoons Depicting Life at a  Vichy France Prison Camp for Political Prisoners, Cascal (?)
73 Cascal (?) Album of Nine Original Pen-and-Ink Cartoons Depicting Life at a Vichy France Prison Camp for Political Prisoners
Sisteron, France Wraps Very Good 
Early 1940s. 8vo. 22 by 17 cm. Sisteron was used for political prisoners -- communists, anarchists, other undesirables -- as well as common criminals, during the German occupation. It would be liberated by American forces in August, 1944. The artist, whose signature we can not make out with certainty (Cascal, Gascal?), had a sure mastery of his art -- the lines are drawn with great precision, without the result coming off the least bit fussy. He easily conveys the absurdities of prison life, and the insanities of his masters, as well as his fellow prisoners, for whom the circumstances of their incarceration could drive to insanity. In these nine illustrations he somehow seems to capture the breadth and wackiness of his experience. Each of the illustrations is captioned in French, which we translate as "Arrival", "The clandestine fire", "The guard's review" (of the prisoners), "The forced carrying of wood", "The aftermath of squash and leek" (soup?); "Soup", "Distribution of parcels", "The game of boule", "Forced labor relating to squash". The illustrations are all signed, but we are not sure of the spelling. The notebook itself is a generic "Dessin" booklet. Light wear. 
Price: 1950.00 USD
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Mother Goose in Washington.  A Story of Old King Dole and His Humpty Dumpty Court, Chandlee, Will H., principal author and illustrator, with Alden Turner contributing a few illustrations.
74 Chandlee, Will H., principal author and illustrator, with Alden Turner contributing a few illustrations. Mother Goose in Washington. A Story of Old King Dole and His Humpty Dumpty Court
New York and Harrisburg, PA The Telegraph Press 1936 First edition Cloth Very Good Plus 
Anti-Roosevelt and anti-New Deal humor and caricature! 4to. 26 by 22 cm. Unpaginated, 60 pp. The verse takes off from well-known nursery rhymes and applies them to ridicule every aspect of the Roosevelt administration. Whatever one's thoughts on FDR's policies and the men responsible for them, one can not deny the cleverness and wit of the cartoons. Chandlee was in his day a well-known cartoonist and artist connected with "The Washington Star" from 1886 to 1908. He was the founder of the Washington School of Art. Some light soiling on the decorated cloth cover and light foxing of the endpapers. Otherwise, clean and tight. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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Le Trust des Perles Deauville 1921, Chastel, Roger.  Pochoir (colored) by Jean Saudé
75 Chastel, Roger. Pochoir (colored) by Jean Saudé Le Trust des Perles Deauville 1921
Chez Jacoub Aulard & Cie. 1921 Limp Card. Paper pastedown on card. Very Good 
No. 58 of 300 copies, on "Grande Fibre de Bambou de Cochin-Chine". Folio, 38 cm square. 24 pochoir plates, 3 of which are double pages, with a brief introductory page and a limitation page at the end. Scarce, with only two institutional holdings reflected on OCLC First Search, both in France. Caricatures bear a superficial resemblance to those of Sem. The subject matter -- the rich, pampered, louche, effete -- come in for gentle drubbing by both artists. But Chastel's caricatures strike us as more cutting edge, more modernist, and compositionally quite virtuosic, in the manner that they can somehow incorporate cubist aesthetics, all the time rendering likenesses that we suspect would have been instantly recognizable by contemporaries. And without being strictly speaking realistic, Chastel recreates convincingly the atmosphere and spirit of scenes depicted. This being an album about the fashionable channel resort of Deauville, we here are shown people at the gaming tables, at the race track, sur la plage, and engaged in drinking, dancing, smoking, and almost always, peacocking -- looking to see and be seen! Condition: chipping of the paper along the spine, as virtually inevitable given the material. Light soiling on the paper pastedown. Some gentle edge creasing of the leaves within, a result of their not having the the exact same measurements and their never having been together. 
Price: 4500.00 USD
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Vie en Rose Vendu au Bénéfice des Bretons.  No. 72, Chatenay, E.
76 Chatenay, E. Vie en Rose Vendu au Bénéfice des Bretons. No. 72
Wraps Very Good 
1902? Special issue of serial humor and caricature/cartoon publication issued from 1901 to 1903. Contributions by Radiguet, Jean Richepin, Bac, Louis Morin and others. This issue focused on poking fun at Bretons. 4to. 29 by 20.5 cm. 12 pp., plus wraps. Color cartoons on front and rear cover. Mostly page-sized cartoons, with also several songs and poems. Condition: cheap pulp paper predictably very age toned or browned. Small edge chip on cover, and minor edge staining. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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World War One Sketchbook of Original Watercolor and Ink Caricature and Cartoons, Cheuillotte, J.
77 Cheuillotte, J. World War One Sketchbook of Original Watercolor and Ink Caricature and Cartoons
1914 or 1915 Cloth Very Good 
The drawings are all rendered with an uncommonly precise hand, if by an amateur. Oblong, 17.5 by 25.5 cm. 29 pp. of drawings, ten of which are watercolored, the remained, ink work. Some of the ink work is credited as having come from other sources, and so the artist here copied or adapted from these sources, which include the artist Hansi, or cartoons from the Daily Chronique or The Cartoon. All the watercolors bear no such crediting, and so it is assumed that these and a few of the ink drawings are entirely original. Since it is obvious that the artist, probably this J. Cheuillotte (whose name is on the front cover) had a proficiency with drawing, the purpose of the album might well have been to share some favorite cartoons with others, or to hone his own craftsmanship through emulation. The depictions of the Germans is less about showing them as sinister as much as simply absurd. Light wear and finger soiling here and there. 
Price: 2250.00 USD
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The Three Tours of Doctor Syntax.  The First Tour in Search of the Picturesque.  The Second Tour in Search of Consolation; The Third Tour in Search of a Wife. (3 volumes), Combe, William
78 Combe, William The Three Tours of Doctor Syntax. The First Tour in Search of the Picturesque. The Second Tour in Search of Consolation; The Third Tour in Search of a Wife. (3 volumes)
London Nattali and Bond 1855 Ninth Edition Hardcover Fine Rowlandson, Thomas 
Book. 4to - over 9ľ - 12" tall. 3 volumes each bound in modern full calf in pristine condition, with five raised bands and gilt decoration on the spine, with red title label and black green label with Rowlandson name. 81 hand-colored plates. All volumes tight, with some minor soilage and occasional light fox marks inside. Plates are bright. Volume one has hand-sketched portrait of Combe, the author, along with neat handwritten biography on two leaves of preliminaries. 
Price: 1800.00 USD
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The Tour of Doctor Syntax (3 volumes) In Search of the Picturesque, In Search of Consolation, In Search of a Wife, Combe, William
79 Combe, William The Tour of Doctor Syntax (3 volumes) In Search of the Picturesque, In Search of Consolation, In Search of a Wife
London Rudolph Ackermann 1855 Ninth Edition Blindstamped Cloth Very Good Rowlandson, Thomas 
4to. 77 handcolored plates, plus three additional extra title page color illustrations. This is one of Rowlandson's most famous set of illustrations, and Combe's light satiric verse was a perennial favorite into the twentieth century, when its sort of fluent rhyming fell out of favor. Syntax has to be one of the great imaginative creations of the English language literature, though. He is modeled on picaresque figures such as Don Quixote. Wear to upper spine tips, all volumes. Generally clean interiors. A few loose preliminaries in vol 3, but still holding. A few pages are brittle yet clean. Overall, VG. 
Price: 300.00 USD
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The Tour of Doctor Prosody, in Search of the Antique and the Picturesque, through Scotland, the Hebrides, the Orkney and Shetland Isles; Illustrated by Twenty Humourous Plates, Combe, William, presumed.  C. Williams and W. Read, artists
80 Combe, William, presumed. C. Williams and W. Read, artists The Tour of Doctor Prosody, in Search of the Antique and the Picturesque, through Scotland, the Hebrides, the Orkney and Shetland Isles; Illustrated by Twenty Humourous Plates
London Matthew Iley 1821 First edition Full Morocco Near Fine 
8vo. 24 by 15.5 cm. [2], 251 pp. 20 hand-colored aquatint plates. Half title absent. Bound in full brown crushed morocco by Riviere & Son. A knock off of the hugely popular Dr. Syntax trilogy, with additional inspiration presumably coming from Boswell's account of his tour of Scotland in the company of Samuel Johnson. Abbey, Life 277. Tooley 433. Prideaux p. 334. Light wear. Occasional light fox marks. Predominantly clean and crisp. A beautiful copy. 
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