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The Blue Passion Flower.  Mezzotint
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The Blue Passion Flower. Mezzotint

By Thornton, Dr. Robert John

London: Dr. Thornton, 1811. Very good overall. From the small folio "Lottery" edition of The Temple of Flora, the stunning tropical climbing plant is depicted against the trunk of a large tree, with many open and partially opened flowers with white outer petals and pale and dark blue centers. Accompanied by the printed text sheet. After the painting by Philip Reinagle, beautifully engraved by Caldwell. Printed in color and finished by hand, from Dr. Thornton's landmark work the "Temple of Flora", the greatest English color plate flower book. The prints for The Temple of Flora were very expensive to produce, leading to Thornton being forced to sell them at lottery, the Royal Botanic Lottery, under the patronage of the Prince Regent. Color mezzotint 9 x 12", with wide margins. Slightly sunned, slight mat burn.

$275.00

Halley's Comet and Anti-Semitism in 1493, in the Liber chronicarum- Nuremberg Chronicle, an individual page from the Chronicle
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Halley's Comet and Anti-Semitism in 1493, in the Liber chronicarum- Nuremberg Chronicle, an individual page from the Chronicle

By Schedel, Hartmann; Wolgemuth, Michel and Pleydenwurff, Wilhelm (ills)

Germany: Anton Koberger, 1493. First edition. Very good condition. This print depicts the alleged ritual murder of the child Simon of Trent (Italy), a boy whose murder was blamed on the city's Jewish leaders, based on his body being allegedly found in a Jewish home, and the forced confessions of Jews who were tortured. The entire Jewish community of Trent was forced to admit to "blood libel" the accusation that because of Jewish hatred for Christianity, Jews allegedly murdered Christian children in order to use their blood for religious rituals. Fifteen of the Jewish leaders were sentenced to death and burned at the stake, and the trial gave rise to Christian violence against Jews. The verso is illustrated with 3 wood cuts, including Halley's Comet, which Edmond Halley, English astronomer, predicted would return every 76 years. The other two wood cuts depict Christian, King of Denmark, Sweden and Norway; and Hercules, Duke of Ferrara. This work by Schedel [1440-1514] is an illustrated world history which is based on the Bible, which follows the story of human history related in the Bible and includes the histories of a number of important Western cities. Written in Latin by Hartmann Schedel it appeared in 1493. It is a well documented incunabulum, one of the first to successfully combine illustrations and text. This epic history divides human history into seven ages. Published and printed by Anton Koberger, the godfather of Albrecht Durer and the most successful German publisher of his day. The woodcut illustrations were made in the workshop of Michael Wolgemut [1434 - 1519], with an unprecedented number of 1,809 illustrations. These wood blocks include views of cities and towns, battles, kings, and saints. Some images represent actual cities, and other images are purely imaginative. Approximately 12 x 17 1/4", b&w.

$700.00

Bigarreau Commun (Bigarreau Cherry). Color engraving
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Bigarreau Commun (Bigarreau Cherry). Color engraving

By Poiteau, Pierre Antoine; Pierre Jean Francois Turpin

Paris: Chez F.G. Levrault, 1835. Very good condition. Lovely color stipple engraving of a Bigarreau cherry branch and fruit from the 'Traite des Arbres Fruitiers' commonly considered to be the finest work on fruit ever printed. Pierre-Antoine Poiteau (1766 - 1854) was a French botanist, gardener and botanical artist. In 1835, with Pierre Jean François Turpin, Poiteau published a new edition of the Traite des arbres fruitiers (Treatise of the fruit trees) by Henri Louis Duhamel du Monceau. Plate size 9 1/2 x 12'; paper 12 1/2 x 19 3/4". OCLC: 1029996597.

$345.00

Murier Noir (Black Mulberry). Color engraving
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Murier Noir (Black Mulberry). Color engraving

By Poiteau, Pierre Antoine; Pierre Jean Francois Turpin

Paris: Chez F.G. Levrault, 1835. Very good condition. Lovely color stipple engraving of a black mulberry from the 'Traite des Arbres Fruitiers' commonly considered to be the finest work on fruit ever printed. Pierre-Antoine Poiteau (1766 - 1854) was a French botanist, gardener and botanical artist. In 1835, with Pierre-Jean-François Turpin, Poiteau published a new edition of the Traité des arbres fruitiers (Treatise of the fruit trees) by Henri Louis Duhamel du Monceau. Plate size 9 1/2 x 12'; paper 12 1/2 x 19 3/4". OCLC: 1029996597.

$345.00

Large Scale Map of Tibet and environs, 6 sheets
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Large Scale Map of Tibet and environs, 6 sheets

By Du Halde, Jean Baptiste

London: Edward Cave, at St. John's Gate, 1738. Good condition. Maps of Tibet from the Edward Cave folio edition of this important encyclopedic work on Chinese culture, history and society, by a French Jesuit who specialized in China. Du Halde's work inspired great interest in China among Europeans, and was a ground breaking work in geography. The 6 sheets include the second through the seventh: 1. The Second Sheet of Tibet, containing the Country [of Little Bukharia] to ye West of Tursan; 2. The Third Sheet included in the map of Tibet, containing the parts [of Little Bukharia] about Kathghar. 3. The fourth Sheet comprized in the Map of Tibet containing in particular the country of the Tartars of Koko Nor; 4. The fifth Sheet, which is properly the first, of Tibet, as bounded by China & including the country of the Si-san. 5. The Sixth sheet, which is properly the Second of Tibet, containing the Country to the East of Lasa; and 6. The Seventh sheet, which is properly the third sheet of Tibet, including the Country in the Neighbourhood of the Tsanpu to the west of Lasa. Copper engraving, period folds. Engraved map on 6 sheets, a few sheets with loss to lower margin; 5th sheet with chip top edge, some loss to title. 11 1/4 x 10" with margins. The book: Cordier BS 50; Löwendahl 409; Lust 15.

$950.00

"Tenderest of Children".  Lithograph
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"Tenderest of Children". Lithograph

Verlag Gustav Kuhn in New Ruppin, 1840. Very good overall. Charming German hand colored lithograph with titles in English, German and French. Depicting a brother and sister in a wooded tropical landscape, the brother tenderly bandaging the bare foot of his seated sister. Lith. v. Bulow printed below image. Printed below title: London, C. Louis & Co.; Berlin, Reinhold Kuhn; Stockholm, P. A. Huldberg. Image approximately 11 x 15 1/2". Slightly toned, small chip top edge, some damp stains to verso at lower edge, nevertheless a beautiful example of high quality German lithography.

$275.00

Etats Unis D'Amerique. Part 2

By Rochelle, M. Roux de

Paris: Firmin Didot Freres, 1837. First edition. Hardcover. Very good overall. Part 2 of L'Univers Pittoresque Amerique, illustrated with 96 wonderful engraved plates of scenes in the Eastern U. S., including West Point (p258), Philadelphia, New York, the Palisades, Lake George, Boston and more. The author was the French Minister to America, 1829-1831. 8vo, 400 pp, folding map of the United States to date & 96 full page steel engravings, text printed in two columns. Green gilt cloth with the original printed papered hardboards, rubbed at edges o/w a nice copy with mild scattered fox spotting. Sabin 73516, Howes R473.

$125.00

Fraisier a Fleurs Doubles (Strawberry with double flowers). Color engraving
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Fraisier a Fleurs Doubles (Strawberry with double flowers). Color engraving

By Poiteau, Pierre Antoine; Pierre Jean Francois Turpin

Paris: Chez F.G. Levrault, 1835. Very good condition. Lovely color stipple engraving of a strawberry with double white flowers from the 'Traite des Arbres Fruitiers' commonly considered to be the finest work on fruit ever printed. Pierre-Antoine Poiteau (1766 - 1854) was a French botanist, gardener and botanical artist. In 1835, with Pierre-Jean-François Turpin, Poiteau published a new edition of the Traité des arbres fruitiers (Treatise of the fruit trees) by Henri Louis Duhamel du Monceau. Plate size 9 1/2 x 12'; paper 12 1/2 x 19 3/4". OCLC: 1029996597.

$345.00

Muscat Blanc.  White muscat grapes, Engraving
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Muscat Blanc. White muscat grapes, Engraving

By Turpin, Pierre Jean Francois

Paris, 1820. Very good overall. Striking stipple engraving of white Muscat grapes by one of the greatesty botanical illustrators of the Napoleonic era, P J F Turpin. Turpin worked closely with Pierre Antoine Poiteau (1766 - 1854) a French botanist, and botanical artist; together they published a new edition of the Traite des arbres fruitiers (Treatise of the fruit trees) by Henri Louis Duhamel du Monceau, and Traite des Arbres et des Arbustes. 9 1/2 x 12 1/2", on paper 14 x18" with full margins. Few light brown spots, in margins; few short closed tears at margins.

$175.00

Twelfth Night.  Woodcut
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Twelfth Night. Woodcut

By Forain, Jean Louis

1919. Very good condition. Signed in pencil by the artist at the lower right. A bold b&w woodcut depicting the character Feste, the fool, in Shakespeare's 'Twelfth Night'. He is depicted with a star topped staff over one shoulder, and with a clownish face. Feste converses with Count Orsino at the right, while a female character waits in the shadows at the left. Feste is the clown in Olivia's household, and moves between Olivia's and Count Orsino's homes. He earns his keep by cracking jokes, being bright and witty, and offering advice hidden behind a guise of foolishness. Feste often is portrayed as the wisest character in the play. Forain (1852 - 1931) was a French Impressionist painter and print maker, one of the most noted on the first few decades of the 1900s. He was the most famous caricaturist of the Belle Epoque, and was influenced by the work of Daumier and Degas, a life long friend and colleague. 11 1/2 x 13" on paper 14 3/4 x 21". Paper lightly toned. The print wonderfully bold, with graphic b&w decorative elements.

$325.00

The Court of Death, From the Original Painting, by Rembrandt Peale. Chromolithograph

By Peale, Rembrandt

New York: G. O. Colton, 1859. Good condition. A striking chromolithographic print after Peale's famous monumental oil painting, a memento mori based on a period poem. Rembrandt Peale (1778 - 1860), American painter and son of Charles Wilson Peale, is noted for his portraits from life of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, and for many works showing the influence of European painting. Peale studied for extended periods in Europe and was deeply influenced by French neoclassicism and the work of Jacques Louis David. Done in the grand manner of sweeping historical paintings, the chromolithograph shows a central seated figure representing Death, while at the far right are War and his side kicks trampling the bodies of their victims, a widow and child. To the left is the mass of sinful humanity succumbing to various weaknesses, while at the feet of Death is a victim cut down in his prime. Old Age supported by Faith approaches Death gratefully, having led an exemplary life. The Peales had wide ranging interests including in natural history; in 1801 Rembrandt assisted his father in unearthing the bones of prehistoric mammals in Newburgh, NY, including a mastodon, which became the main attraction at the Peale natural history museum in Philadelphia, the first natural history museum founded in the US. Lithographed by Sarony, Major & Knapp. Chromolithographic print: 29 3/4 x 20 1/4". The margins are toned & foxed, with a shadow of old wooden framing slats and slight damp mark in upper left margin. The image itself is strong and striking, without evidence of the marking on the margins.

$395.00

Graduation Day at West Point - The Cavalry Charge
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Graduation Day at West Point - The Cavalry Charge

By [West Point; Print] Zogbaum, R. F.

New York: Harper's Weekly, 1887. Very good condition. Striking double page wood block print of Graduation day West Point cavalry charge, the horses streaming across the field from right to left, with riders charging with swords drawn, and banner flying. Approximately 22 x 15"

$125.00

Fort Putnam West Point
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Fort Putnam West Point

By [West Point; Print]

1810. Very good condition. A rare aquatint of West Point and the tight S-curve in the Hudson River at the Highlands. Two flags are clearly visible at the summit of Fort Putnam and at the waterline. Five small boats dot the river. A couple of trees stand on the mostly rocky looking outcrops. The view is drawn as if on a boat on the river, an intriguing perspective. The plate mark is visible on three sides. 3 1/2 x 6 1/16" on paper 5 x 8 1/2"

$100.00

Through the Vines - near Carmel, Putnam Co. NY
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Through the Vines - near Carmel, Putnam Co. NY

By Hart, James M.

New York: Ladies Repository, 1865. Very good condition. A rare early image of Carmel. A scene of cattle at drinking at a streams edge, surrounded by meadow and trees. In the foreground is a wild tangle of branches and leaves, in contrast with the cattle scene behind. Early images of Carmel are rare. James McDougal Hart was a Scottish-born American landscape and cattle painter of the Hudson River School. Black & white steel engraving by R. Hinshelwood from a painting by James M. Hart. Engraved for the Ladies' Repository. 5" x 6.75" (vignetted), on a 6.5" x 9.5" sheet.

$75.00

School House, Tappan
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School House, Tappan

By Weir, Robert W. James Smillie

New York: New York Mirror, 1840. A rare steel engraving of the school house in Tappan, with the Hudson River visible in the distance, the "Tappan Zee". The image shows children leaving a rural school house. The original painting was by Robert W. Weir, a Hudson River School artist and instructor at West Point. It was engraved on steel by James Smillie, a noted bank note engraver, whose engravings are especially fine. Printed by J. Neale at Illman & Pilbrows. Image & caption 6 3/4 x 6 1/4" on paper with wide margins. With later hand color. The New York Mirror issued these prints with their literary newspaper, and they are often by Weir and extremely attractive.

$145.00

View of St. Anthony's Nose, on the North River.  Province of New York
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View of St. Anthony's Nose, on the North River. Province of New York

By Cooke, Geo., engraver

Cooke, Geo., engraver. View of St. Anthony's Nose, on the North River. Province of New York. A scarce view of a truly rural & wild looking area, now the point of crossing the Bear Mountain Bridge. A rowboat, & 2 boats under sail, otherwise a delightful naturalistic treatment. Artistic license has made Anthony's Nose of rather modest proportions. Copper engraving published in London by Longman Hurst Rees Orme & Brown, April 1812.

$125.00

The Court of Death, From the Original Painting, by Rembrandt Peale.   Chromolithograph
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The Court of Death, From the Original Painting, by Rembrandt Peale. Chromolithograph

By Peale, Rembrandt

New York: G. O. Colton, 1859. Good condition. A striking chromolithographic print after Peale's famous monumental oil painting, a memento mori based on a period poem. Rembrandt Peale (1778 - 1860), American painter and son of Charles Wilson Peale, is noted for his portraits from life of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, and for many works showing the influence of European painting. Peale studied for extended periods in Europe and was deeply influenced by French neoclassicism and the work of Jacques Louis David. Done in the grand manner of sweeping historical paintings, the chromolithograph shows a central seated figure representing Death, while at the far right are War and his side kicks trampling the bodies of their victims, a widow and child. To the left is the mass of sinful humanity succumbing to various weaknesses, while at the feet of Death is a victim cut down in his prime. Old Age supported by Faith approaches Death gratefully, having led an exemplary life. The Peales had wide ranging interests including in natural history; in 1801 Rembrandt assisted his father in unearthing the bones of prehistoric mammals in Newburgh, NY, including a mastodon, which became the main attraction at the Peale natural history museum in Philadelphia, the first natural history museum founded in the US. Lithographed by Sarony, Major & Knapp. Chromolithographic print: 29 3/4 x 20 1/4". The margins are toned & foxed, with a shadow of old wooden framing slats. The image itself is strong and striking, without evidence of the marking on the margins.

$450.00

The Right Honorable George Earl of Auckland, G. C. B.  portrait
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The Right Honorable George Earl of Auckland, G. C. B. portrait

By Eden, George, Earl of Auckland

London: Dickinson & Bros 114 New Bond Street, 1850. First printing. Portrait of the namesake of the Auckland New Zealand. George Eden was born in Beckenham, Kent, the second son of William Eden, 1st Baron Auckland. A lawyer by training, a politician representing Woodstock in 1810, first Lord of the Admiralty under Grey & Melbourne. He gave a commission to William Hobson to sail for the East Indies, which Hobson ultimately rewarded in the naming of his new town and future New Zealand capital city of Auckland in 1840. Mount Eden in Auckland, the town of Eden, New South Wales and Auckland County, New South Wales were also named after him. He was also the Governor-General of India, 1836-1842. Lord Auckland died on New Year's Day 1849, following what was described as a fit.[Wikipedia]. He was aged 64. Lord Auckland was unmarried and on his death the earldom became extinct, while he was succeeded in the barony by his younger brother, Robert. Perhaps this print was issued as a tribute to the recently deceased Earl. Lithograph, 12 1/2 x 21". Couple of closed small margin tears, one extending into the printer's line at the bottom.

$650.00

Natural Selection [Charles Darwin]
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Natural Selection [Charles Darwin]

By Ape [Carlo Pellegrini]

London: Vanity Fair, 1871. Print. Very good condition. A caricature of Charles Darwin, no. 33 from Vanity Fair's 'Men of the Day' series. The publication coincides with the year of the release of his book 'Descent of Man'. The success of "On the Origin of Species" had made Darwin a public figure and dean of the scientific community. His portrait communicates this reverence, with Darwin seated on a velvet chair, inclined somewhat forward, his long white beard hiding a dry smile. The caricaturist Carlo Pellegrini (1839-1889), served from 1869 for 20 years for Vanity Fair magazine. He was the first caricaturist to work for the magazine, originally signing his work as 'Singe' and later, and more famously, as 'Ape'. His nickname was Italian for "bee" - appropriate for his sometimes stinging caricatures.

$200.00

Wm Martin, first Chief Justice of New Zealand.  Print on stone by J. Dickson. Pre title proof copy of lithographic portrait
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Wm Martin, first Chief Justice of New Zealand. Print on stone by J. Dickson. Pre title proof copy of lithographic portrait

By Carpenter, J.

London, 1842. Proof. Very good overall. A compelling portrait of Sir William Martin (1807 - 1880), noted New Zealand judge who set up New Zealand's judicial system, along with Attorney General William Swainson and Thomas Outhwaite, first Registrar of the Supreme Court. The image depicts a handsome young man seated in frock coat and vest. Sir Martin, like his friend George Selwyn, first Anglican Bishop of New Zealand, was sympathetic to the missionary goals of the church, and to the Maori. Martin wrote protests against Britain's failures in living up to the terms of the Treaty of Waitangi and the invasion of Taranaki. In 1861 he authored a work in support of the Maori titled 'Extracts of Letters from New Zealand on the War Question'. Below the portrait, all handwritten, are the notes, "on stone by J. Dickson from a drawing by J. Carpenter". At the center, "Wm. Martin, Chief Justice of New Zealand, London, 1 March 1812". At the right, "Mn. Hanhart, lith. printer". Below this line, "proof". Very slightly dusty in the margins; a slight paper fault (?) in the background. Very faint tide mark below the image of the chair. India paper proof, laid down,13 5/8 x 11"; thick paper, 13 1/4 x 17 1/2". See the Turnbull Library image Ref: C-022-009. An exquisite portrait.

$750.00

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