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1952 Improvisations.  Artists Equity Fund, Inc. Presents Spring Fantasia Masquerade Ball.  May 15, 1952.  Hotel Astor.
1 1952 Improvisations. Artists Equity Fund, Inc. Presents Spring Fantasia Masquerade Ball. May 15, 1952. Hotel Astor.
New York 1952 First Spiral Bound. Plastic spiral. Good 
No. 312 of 2,000 copies. The third annual installment of the Artists Equity publication meant as a souvenir to its ball. 4to. 31 by 24 cm. Lithographs within by a distinguished roster of artists, including Milton Avery, T. Lux Feininger, Antonio Frasconi, Chaim Gross, Jacob Lawrence, Reginald Marsh, Ben Shahn, Raphael Soyer -- a total of 99 such lithos. Condition: front cover detached. Also small corner chip and crease in opposite front corner. Within, clean, complete. 
Price: 400.00 USD
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2 53 Gezigten van Steden, Kerken, Gebouwen, &c. in de Vereen: Nederlanden: In't Koper gesneden door J.C. Philips. Naar de Teekeningen van C. Pronk, J. de Beyer, A. de Haen, &c.
Amsterdam Is. Firion 1730-1756 Small hardcover folio. Very Good Minus 
8vo. 21 by 15.5 cm. Virtually all the 53 copper engraved plates are folding, most about 25 cm wide but some as much as 48 cm wide (two folds versus four folds, with just a few that are smaller than the former). The city and church views are of Amsterdam, Middelburg, Utrecht, Arnhem, Haarlem, Graerenhagen, Rotterdam, Zierikzee, and many other Dutch towns. All together the folio makes for a glorious snapshot of how the thriving Dutch Republic looked in the mid-18th century. The collection also has an element of manuscript, with a handwritten, in ink, title page and table of contents. The plates were engraved printings, but the collection was assembled as a one off. From the handwriting, the collection was surely assembled by the mid-19th century, and the folio has kept the collection intact and heightened its appeal. There is sometimes heavy foxing in the margins. The images themselves remain vivid and mostly unaffected by the foxing. The plates are bound with a 19th century marbled paper. Its spine is shot. The outer folio has the same marbled paper on the boards, with a more recent cloth on the spine. The spine is utilitarian and neither adds nor subtracts from the appearance. Pasted within the front board is a bookplate. The "book" itself has a small label on the rear cover from a book dealer in Antwerp from 1957. 
Price: 1200.00 USD
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3 Almanach des Dames pour l'An 1823 Almanach Lyrique
Turbingu and Paris Chez I. G. Cotta; Chez Truettel & Wurtz 1822 First Edition Cartonnage, Slipcase Very Good 
12mo. (13 x 9 cm.) 238 pp. Six engraved plates. Scarce, with only two copies located on OCLC. Soiling on the binding and more on the slipcase. Otherwise, quite clean and tight. 
Price: 265.00 USD
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4 Costumes et Moeurs des Differentes Nations. Ornes de 48 Gravures.
Paris Alexis Eymery 1826 First Edition Thus Half Morocco Good Plus 
32mo, 8 by 6 cm. 120 pp. The French equivalent of a rare English miniature -- Alfred Mills "Costumes of All Nations". Woodcut plates are simple and even naive but tend to depict people in some kind of activity. Thus there is the free black man making his slave climb a tree, a young "negress" playing ouri, Congolese carrying their cheif on a chaise, South Sea natives in mourning, etc. Leather is heavily rubbed. Cloth boards with scuffs and abrasions. Light occasional foxing and other minor soiling. Some leaves with minor corner creases. 
Price: 250.00 USD
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5 Goettinger Taschen Calender von Jahr 1778
Joh. Chr. Dieterich Stiff Card, Slipcase. Near Fine 
32mo. 10 by 6 cm. 100 pp. With 29 illustrated plates, 17 of which are grouped preliminarily and cover the extravagant ladies' hair styles of the day, the remainder spaced in the first half the text and generally carrying two oval vignette portraits on each one. Preserved, besides the original stiff card boards and probably the original endpapers is the decorative slipcase with its wallpaper pattern-like design. Light to moderate edgewear on the slipcase. 
Price: 2250.00 USD
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Heures du Moyen Age
6 Heures du Moyen Age
Paris Gruel & Englemann 1887 First edition Full Morocco Fine 
Lavish 19th century rendering of a Book of Hours using bright chromolithography that cogently replicates the exquisite detail, sublimity and sheer miraculousness of the Medieval biblio staple. Each of the 192 plates (including title page) is unique with the high Gothic ornamentation that is usually encountered only under glass at better art museums. Usually the ornament frames Gothic type of the text in French and Latin, but occasionally the framed is instead a miniature painting. Credits for this production are Engelmann, artistic director and chromolithography; painting, Ed. Moreau; actual printing on stone, A. Pralon. Lush silk moire endpapers. Dentelle ornamentation on leather perimeter. All leaves are bright and clean, and the binding is tight. Gilt TEG. Silk ribbon placemark intact. Metal mounts on boards with crown and initials HE and floreate design for clasp stays. A minor scratch of brown morocco on front board and the most minor of shelfwear besides. Book measures 6.5 by 5 inches, or 16 by 13 cm. Other than loss of leather strap clasps, this is about as good as it gets. 
Price: 2450.00 USD
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La Moda Elegante Ilustrada al Ano De 1880:  Periodico De Las Familias
7 La Moda Elegante Ilustrada al Ano De 1880: Periodico De Las Familias
1880 First Edition Half Calf Fine 
Folio - over 12. Book. 48 color plates, 14 by 10 inches, of women's fashion, with many plates also featuring children and activities. Depicted is an early bicycle, toy boats, a piano. Many of these are not mere static fashion plates, but also interesting genre scenes involving affluent ladies and their children. Backgrounds, whether interior or exterior, also contribute. Calf spine, with raised bands, considerably scuffed and rubbed. Marbled boards have shelfwear and scuffing. Binding tight. Plates all clean. One plate has 1 inch discreet tear in margin -- it does not effect picture itself. Thus, binding might only be Good, but with the action here the plates, which are fine, I grade the condition overall fine. 
Price: 1600.00 USD
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Nature and Art (2 Volumes Bound in one)
8 Nature and Art (2 Volumes Bound in one)
London Day and Son, Limited Hardcover Very Good Plus 
Book. 1866 and 1867, 2 volume publication bound in one. These were the only two issues of the publication. iv, 252, iv, 196 pp. Over 50 color chromolithographs, missing frontis chromo to 1866 volume. The main point of this publication was to demonstrate the potential for the new form of color printing, chromolithography. The diverse range of articles thus facilitated the rendering of a similarly broad range of illustration: botanical, zoological, travel related, decorative arts, etc. Also, some of the illustrations are similar or the same of ones found in other publications, such as the plate of chickens for an article by W. B. Tegetmeier who also did a much sought after plate book on poultry. Other than the one missing plate, this copy is in near fine condition. It is tight and clean, with quarter buckram over marbled boards for the binding and the wrap covers (title pages) bound in. Some minor wear to the binding. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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9 Principales Merveilles de la Nature. Ou l'on traite de la substance de la Terre, de la Mer, des Fleuves, Lacs, Rivieres, Montagnes, Rochers, &c. Ourvage rempli d'Histoires, Avantures & Evenements extraordinaires, arrivez dans l'Europe, l'Asie, l'Afrique & l'Amerique. Tire des meilleurs Auteurs Anciens & Modernes
Amsterdam Chez Paul Marret 1726 Second edition Full Calf Very Good 
8vo. xxxvi, 330 pp. With 13 copper engraved plates, one of which is folding, several of which have fantastical elements reflecting the imperfect scientific knowledge of the time especially about far-off places still being explored. Plates depict strange plants and/or animals, as well as geological subjects. Some light offsetting to the plates. A minor chip in the folding plate lower margin. Old rebacking of the spine. Calf has lot of cracquelature, but is contemporary and desirable nonetheless. 
Price: 800.00 USD
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10 Scenes from History
Quarter Calf Very Good 
N.d., circa 1690. Folio, 36.5 by 23 cm. 47 leaves (printing only on rectos), with a total of 422 copper engraved vignettes -- 420 are a more or less standard smaller size, with some differentiation in their shape, and two are somewhat larger. The scenes are from the Bible, Classical history (Rome and Greece) and carry forward to the sixteenth century. Among the then more modern history was the fall of Constantinople to the Ottomans, Columbus' discovery, the ascension of Henry IV in France, the abdication of Queen Christina of Sweden in 1654, and the repulse of the Turks at the Gates of Vienna in 1683. The vignettes are highly detailed in the fine Baroque style of the period. There is no indication of where the collection of illustrations was printed, but we would conjecture in Amsterdam, given the heterodox nature of the scenes depicted, etc. The collection is complete, but the plates are not bound entirely in the correct order, as may not be surprising. There is no title page, but there are four pages which summarize the illustrations, and each vignette also has a caption. The vignettes may often have been cut from these sheets to serve as cards or paste-ons. 
Price: 975.00 USD
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11 Serie Superieure Aux Armes D'Epinal. Histoires & Scenes Humoristiques. Contes Moraux Merveilleux (No. 19)
Imagerie Pellerin First edition Hardcover Very Good 
N.d, circa 1910. (No. 19 of series.) 25 elephantine leaves or plates (15.5 by 12.5 inches, 43 by 33 cm), including title page. Plates 451 to 475 in the series. All with cartoon stories and verses accompanied by color illustrated panels in all kinds of configurations on the page. Sometimes just two different illustrations, sometimes as many as, or even more than, a dozen. Highlights from a purely visual gag, as well as perhaps historical point-of-view, is the plate entitled "De Utilite des Aeroplanes", which pokes fun at the perils of early plane aviation, and another plate that features a flying machine that resembles a grasshopper, but the satire, parody and humor is far-ranging and boundless. Plates are all clean and binding is tight. Boards, with illustrated paper pasted onto board, has considerable wear, soiling and foxing, with some chipping and minor edge loss of the paper. However, the illustration of a bow in a clown outfit is still attractive and indeed, a component in making for a handsome package overall. 
Price: 350.00 USD
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The Officer's Manual in the Field;  or, a Series of Military Plans, Representing the Principal Operations of a Campaign. Translated from the German.  Under the patronage of His Royal Highness the Duke of York
12 The Officer's Manual in the Field; or, a Series of Military Plans, Representing the Principal Operations of a Campaign. Translated from the German. Under the patronage of His Royal Highness the Duke of York
London (also Edinburgh and Dublin) T. Bensley, printer, for Egerton; Elmsley and Bremner; Lloyd; Sewell; Stockdale; Wright; Mundell and Son; J. Milliken 1798 Full Calf Good 
12mo. 16.5 by 13.5 cm. 70 pp., plus 60 plates of maps depicting primarily army positions and maneuvers and fortifications. "Translated from a work which was published at Berlin, under the auspices of General Czetteritz, without any date but it is suposed to have been written a few years subsequent to the peace of 1763." Condition: missing plate 26 and a duplicate copy of plate 34 placed where 26 should be. (Disorderly compilation was apparently rife with the printing of this book, and generally copies are missing one or more plates in a similar fashion.) Full calf binding is rough, wiht significant rubbing, some drying of the leather, chips to the spine label. Tissue guards are generally eaten around their edges and are foxed. The pages proper are age toned but read clean, with occasional light soiling. 
Price: 350.00 USD
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13 The Poetical Works of Shakespeare. With the Life of the Author. Cooke's Edition. Embellished with Superb Engravings.
London C. Cooke 1797 
12mo, 215 pp. With frontis portrait of Shakespeare, copper engraving on title, two other plates, and some tail-piece ornamentation. Poems include "Venus and Adonis", "Rape of Lucrece", the Sonnets, "Passionate Pilgrim", and "A Lover's Complaint". Age toned leaves, some foxing of plates but little on text pages. Tight binding. Crack of outer hinge along front gutter. Full contemporary calf cracked, especially on spine. 
Price: 250.00 USD
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Tyrolese Scenery:  Or, Continental Travels, Illustrated with Fine Steel Engravings, with Descriptive Letter Press
14 Tyrolese Scenery: Or, Continental Travels, Illustrated with Fine Steel Engravings, with Descriptive Letter Press
London Black & Armstrong Hardcover Very Good 
Book. 8vo - over 7. N.d. Circa 1840s. 72 pp with 6 full page plates. Some soilage on green decorated boards. Rubbing along gutters and corners. Generally clean inside. Tissue guards intact. A very good copy. 
Price: 200.00 USD
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Versailles:  Palais, Musee, Jardins
15 Versailles: Palais, Musee, Jardins
Paris Imprimerie D'E. Duverger 1850 Cloth Bound Good 
4to - over 9. Book. 47 plates (steel engravings mostly), with text interspersed. Probably was published as souvenir of the Palace and Trianons, with attractive pictures and concise historical and architectural explanations. Leather spine scuffed a bit, gilding fairly bright. Rubbing to joints. Binding tight. Gilded foreedges. Ribbon placemark intact. Foxing mostly on blank back sides of plates, but gives the interior a certain quality of grubbiness. Overall, good. 
Price: 120.00 USD
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Warren's Paper Buyers Guide 1919. Practical Demonstration on Warren's Standard Printing Papers for All Patrons of Printing.
16 Warren's Paper Buyers Guide 1919. Practical Demonstration on Warren's Standard Printing Papers for All Patrons of Printing.
Boston S.D. Warren Company 1919 First Edition Hardcover Very Good 
Book. 4to - over 9. 108 pp entirely made up of full page illustration mock examples of printing specimens, with many being advertisements, pages from trade catalogues, pages that might be in decor, sporting or general interest magazines, etc. Many pages with color, and a mix of photographs and drawings. Often pictures accompanied with short text in which the Warren Company explains the printing product it is using and in which it pitches a particular enduser. In essence, this book is a trade catalogue, and a highly handsome one at that. Some dark soil marks on buckram spine. Two dampstains affecting final few leaves on edges but not impingiing on any of the illustration pages. Clean interior otherwise. A very good copy. 
Price: 175.00 USD
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The Comic History of England (2 volumes), A'Beckett, Gilbert A.
17 A'Beckett, Gilbert A. The Comic History of England (2 volumes)
London Bradbury, Agnew & Co. Decorated Cloth Good Leech, John 
4to - over 9. Book. Contains bookplates of teh wife of Lord Curzon (the Marchioness Curzon of Kedleston), who was the viceroy of India. She was the second wife, married in 1917. he was made a Marquess in 1921. 20 handcolored steel engravings (full page plates) and many other illustrations. Considerable shelfwear to decorated boards, with corners rubbed, some chipping to spine tips, etc. Writing and picture on boards fairly bright. Inside, some scattered foxing, with most pages clean. Both volumes with weak front inner hinges. Volume 1 preliminary pages detached and need to be tipped in. Overall, good. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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18 Abbe Prevost. Illustrations by Tony Johannot. Noice Historique sur L'Auteur par Jules Janin Histoire de Manon Lescaut et du Chevalier Des Grieux
Paris Ernest Bourdin et Cie. 1839 Full Morocco, with Slipcase Very Good Plus 
N.d., 1839. 4to, large paper version and one of ten copies on chine-tiree. 27 by 18 cm, or 10.5 by 7 inches. xii, 344 pp. 90 vignettes and 17 tinted plates. Lovely version of classic morality tale of self-destruction flowing from ill-starred passion between minor young aristocrat and luxury loving Manon who flee to the New World (Louisiana). Basis for two major operas by Massenet and Puccini, through which it is probably better known nowadays. One plate heavily foxed. Otherwise generally clean. Red Morocco is vibrant. Some rubbing on spine bands and extremities. Box has light wear and rubbing along edges but still has structural integrity and makes for a highly attractive package with its inner and outer marbled papers. 
Price: 275.00 USD
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The History of the Abbey Church of St. Peter's Westminster, Its Antquities and Monuments (2 Volumes), Ackermann, R.
19 Ackermann, R. The History of the Abbey Church of St. Peter's Westminster, Its Antquities and Monuments (2 Volumes)
London R. Ackermann 1812 First Edition Full Contemporary Calf Very Good 
Folio - over 12. Book. First edition. 83 plates, 81 of which are handcolored. Aymer de Valance plate, or half title plate of second volume, credited to Pugin. Bindings are both tight. Spines rebacked. Calf vibrant and healthy re boards, excepting some edgewear, with small spot of calf worn through on vol 1. Some bumping of corners w/ also calf worn through in some corners. Spines have suffered dryness and cracking, but original spines preserved and mounted in rebacking. Bright gilding on calf boards. Plates are by and large clean. Considerable offsetting of plates. Otherwise, text pages are generally clean, with a few pages with foxing in volume 2. Overall, a very attractive set. If serious interest, I would rather send photos than have you rely on description. 
Price: 3000.00 USD
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Narran le Maschere, Adami, Giuseppe
20 Adami, Giuseppe Narran le Maschere
Bergamo Insituto Italiano D'Arti Grafiche 1st Edition Hardcover Fine Montedoro, Marco 
Book. 4to - over 9 - 12" tall. N.d. Circa 1920s. 148, [1] pp. With 9 tipped-in color plates featuring Arlecchino, Brighella, etc. Interconnected tales inspired by and relating to the Commedia dell'Arte. The plates are of vivid color and full of panache. Nominally juvenalia, these illustrations and accompanying text are even more likely to ingratiate themselves to adults, especially those intrigued by masques and the Venetian Carnavale. Interspersed with the Italian is Venetian and Bergamasco dialect. Montedoro, the illustrator, is an unjustly forgotten or neglected artist (to our knowledge). Other than light soilage on the white cloth, this is a fine copy. Con 9 tavole in colore rappresentanti Arlecchino, Brighella, e altre caratteri della commedia dell'arte. Le tavole sono pieno di colore brilliante e lo stile. Benche ufficialemente per i bambini, queste illustrazioni e il testo accompagnante piaciono gli adulti perfino piu probabilemente, specialemente la gente affascinata dalle maschere e la carnavale veneziana. Mescolato nel testo e pezzi del dialetto veneziano e bergamasco. Montedoro e un illustratore sfortunatamente adesso dimenticato. Inoltre un po di sporchezza leggera sulla copertina, questa copia e veramente ottima! 
Price: 300.00 USD
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