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Eighteenth-century book-artMottled-calf binding sculpted to form a painters' box 210 x 140 x 55 mm, fully-lined in floral linen with two-removable inner trays, containing 28 ceramic paint-shells and three paint-brushes. An eighteenth-century painters' box intricately sculpted from a book-binding of full mottled-calf with marbled fore-edges. Intriguingly the...
Paris: Office Technique Pour l'Utilisation de l'Acier, 1935. Folio, numerous photogravure plates, plans, elevations and details, black leather spine, coloured decorative boards edged with white leather scuffed. Binding signed 'Barast' apparently one of a number of special copies for presentation, this copy numbered '8' and inscribed to M.Bruneton. This impressive.....
New York: Enoch Morgan's Sons Company, 1893.
William Andrews' solo crossing in his smallest boatOctavo, folding map and folding plate, illustrated throughout; in original illustrated brown cloth, flyleaf inscribed and signed by the author. Signed presentation copy in original illustrated cloth, detailing the audacious solo transatlantic crossing of William...
Auckland: 2 April, 1856. Original parchment document measuring 337x372mm., with a plan of the property in coloured ink, blind stamp paper seal, etcetera; fine and folded to docket size. Original parchment land grant to John College, Auckland. The grant specifies that the college is entitled to 'the No. 2 Division...
Paris: Chez Camille Bloch & Jules Meynial, 1927.
Diaghilev and the Ballets RussesQuarto, portrait frontispiece, introduction followed by twenty-five pochoir colour plates, each signed by the artist and mounted on tinted grey Arches paper; fine in polished half-calf with black lettering. A remarkable collection of elegant theatrical costume designs...
London: St. Martin's, 1912.
Early automobile design and construction.Quarto, illustrated, fine copy in original red cloth. An early book on the engineering and construction of automotive parts, with a special emphasis on metallurgy. 'An account of the modern metallurgical science applied to automobile engineering, inclusing detailed descriptions of the...
London: T. Egerton, 1810.
A dictionary of heraldic ornamentOctavo, with 12 engraved plates; splendidly bound by Sangorski in half crimson morocco with gilt lettering. An appealing introduction to the design and history of heraldry, beautifully presented in a fine crimson leather binding by Sangorski and Sutcliffe. The author served...
Cape Town: South African Vigilance Committee, 1900. Octavo booklet, 58pp. (last blank), a good copy in original printed wrappers; Mitchell library duplicate copy with a few discreet stamps. The stated object of the South African Vigilance Committee was 'To set forth to the British public the necessity for the prosecution...
London: Smith, Elder and Co., 1845.
Polemic on New Zealand: Waitangi and WakefieldOctavo, viii, 302 pp. (incorrectly paginated 320); in the publisher's blind blocked deep green cloth, gilt. A detailed and informative account of Maori life and custom from the perspective of a successful merchant settler. 'Brown, a shrewd...
London: John Carpenter, 1843. Quarto, eight handcoloured engraved plates; in original cloth-backed boards, paper titling label on front board. Fifth edition of this beautifully-produced but practical guide to colour in painting, which uses works by old masters such as Titian, Van Dyck and Rubens as a guide.
London: for the author; and sold by Richardson and Urquhart, and others, 1774.
England in the 1770sTwo volumes, large quarto, in a lovely contemporary tree calf binding, flat spines featuring gilt foliate ornament with green and crimson morocco labels. Redolent of the 1770s in its strictly contemporary binding, Campbell's...
London: John W. Parker, February, 1850. Octavo, 8 pp. advertisements, 56 pp. text, large folding map; preliminary leaves and advertisements in attractive half green morocco by Sangorski, spine gilt. Scarce early history of the settlement, collecting and publishing important primary documents related to the Canterbury Association with a modest desire...
Milan: Ranieri Fanfani, 1825-1829.
Fine Americana in original wrappersEighteen small quarto volumes, with a total of 101 handcoloured plates and seven maps; an excellent set as issued in the publisher's tinted wrappers. Scarce in original condition: a record of Catholic missionary activity across the globe from the seventeenth to...
Glasgow: William Collins, 1832.
In the tradition of Adam Smith and MalthusOctavo, contemporary diced russia, with gilt spine label, title page inscribed 'to Captain McKenzie with the author's best regards'. Standard work by the great Scottish minister, theologian and economist.
Newcastle-upon-Tyne: J. Marshall, MS note dated, 1807.
Nelson & TrafalgarSingle sheet folded to form four leaves (eight pages paginated); edges untrimmed. A well-preserved early nineteenth-century English chapbook of popular ballads and ditties. This publication of eight pages is one of a series; each part being separately issued and individually...
[Bombay]: 1875. Octavo, 100 pp., New York Public Library stamp on verso of title-page, preserved in solander box of half green morocco, marbled paper boards. Rare: although often quite whimsical in tone, this work is in fact an empassioned plea to protect the Maori from the worst excesses of European...
London: T. Clay, 1828.
Learning to paint in watercolourOblong quarto; illustrated throughout with full-page hand-coloured lithographs; in later quarter maroon calf over original marbled boards. Artistic tuition by a notable English painter whose reputation has grown in recent years. The recent major exhibition of Cox's work at the Yale...
London: Boussod Valadon & Cie. 1896. Folio, coloured frontispiece & 39 full page engraved plates with captioned tissue guards, full red morocco, gilt spine, tooled. Limited edition 146/200; book plate of William Montague Hay. Deluxe edition, with the plates supplied in two states, of a richly illustrated history of the...
Paris: Chez L. Tenré, 1836. Quarto, with two folding maps and numerous full-page engraved plates;an attractive copy in contemporary gilt half morocco trade binding. Popular account of the natural wonders and indigenous peoples of South America, compiled by the veteran explorer naturalist Alcide Dessalines d'Orbigny (1802-1857). An accomplished microbiologist, d'Orbigny.....
London: John Harris, 1744.
Emanuel Bowen map of Dampier's discoveriesEngraved chart measuring 245 x 410 mm. (sheet size). The fine Bowen map of William Dampier's discoveries along the Papuan coastline and adjacent islands. Dampier sailed in the Roebuck in January of 1699, landing in Shark Bay, Western Australia in...
Paris: Felix Malteste et Cie, 1857. Folio, twenty chromolithograph plates and five engraved plates, sound copy in quarter morocco, cloth, gilt title and decoration. This volume illustrates the chapel as restored by the architect J.B.A. Lassus, the chromolithograph plates show decorative panels, borders, murals etc highlighted in gold.
circa 1840. Original lithograph, 195 x 166mm., mounted. Portrait of Thomas Denman, Lord Chief Justice and politician, in his judicial robes. Denman played an active role in reforming English laws so as to secure individual liberties. In 1837 he carried two bills abolishing the death penalty for forgery and other...
London: T. Becket and P. A. De Hondt, 1770-, 1772. Three volumes, quarto, folding map and eight plates (including frontispieces), a fine set in handsome contemporary gilt decorated calf, spine in raised bands with red and green morocco labels. A beautifully bound set of Dow's history of Bengal, illustrated with...