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THE GAME OF THE CHESSE.

By Jacobus, de Cessolis (1288-1322); Caxton, William (Ca. 1422-1491); Jean de Vignay; Figgins, Vincent.

[V. and J. Figgins], [London]: ., 1855. pp. [168], 13, [6]. Illustrated with boldly printed woodcuts after Caxton's originals. 288 mm. x 220 mm. Contents include: 'Remarks' signed and dated: Vincent Figgins, May 1st, 1855: pp. [1]-8; 'A list of works ascribed to Caxton' pp. [9]-11; 'A list of places where and persons by whom the art of printing was practised at the time Caxton commenced it in England' p. 12-13; Publishers announcement and appeal for subscriptions to the Printers' Almshouses at Wood Green, TottenhamProfits from the publication of the work 'to be devoted to the endowment of the Printers' Almshouses' leaves [2]-[3] at end. The original by Caxton has no title page nor date - same here as well. Text translated by Caxton from the French version by Jean de Vignay of Cessolis' 'De ludo scacchorum.' This is essentially a facsimile reprint of the 2nd edition (fist 1st illustrated edition) of The Game of the Chesse, printed by Caxton at Westminster, ca. 1483. The woodcut illustrations are traced from a copy of the original in the British Library. The type cast cast by Figgins in imitation of Caxton's. Deluxe binding of brown morocco over heavy beveled boards; Caxton's monogram blind-stamped on covers; black and white checkerboard endpapers; red edges red. Our example is well worn at the corners, rubbed along the extremities, and the front board is mostly detached. I do not think that it represents a great problem in restoration. Text and inserts are in fine condition. The various inserts include a long note: 'This copy belonged to John Gough Nichols, F.S.A. (with his large book plate) and contains the original proof-sheets of the article he wrote in Gentleman's Magazine, also a letter addressed to him by lord Delamere [Hugh Cholmondeley, 2nd Baron Delamere] (1811-1887), to whom Nichols had sent this book as a specimen of type for the Roxburghe Club to use in the printing of 'The Book of Noblise.' John Gough Nichols (1806-1873) was an English printer, publisher, and learned antiquary. Also with the armorial bookplate an unidentified member of the Bailey family. Lord Delamere turned down Nichols' suggestion, and decided that the book shall be set in the ordinary (Roman) type, generally used by the Roxburghe Club - The Book of Noblese was published in 1860, some years late. This quick bit on Figgins is from an ALS offered for sale elsewhere: Vincent Figgins II (d.1861), of Southgate, typefounder in Smithfield, with his brother James Figgins (1811-1884). Autograph Letter Signed ('V Figgins') to a subscriber to his facsimile edition of Caxton's 'Game and Playe of Chesse'. London. 27 September, 1855. 1p., 12mo. The unnamed recipient's 'remittance for the "Game of Chesse' through the Post Office order has duly come to hand'. He thanks him for his subscription, and hopes he will 'find the book & the object of its publication worthy of being recommended to the support of others'. Figgins's facsimile edition is discussed in an 'Excursus' to J.A. Dane's 'Blind Impressions: Methods and Mythologies in Book History' (2013). Figgins died in Nice on 21 January 1861, his health undermined by the destruction of his foundry in West Street, Smithfield in a fire of a rather formidable character' on 4 July 1860. See the report on the fire in The Times, 5 July 1860; and the appeal by 'Mr. Figgins, the well-known type-founder' on behalf of 'the 64 men who were thrown out of employ by the catastrophe', Times, 21 July 1860. See: Beedham. 'List of Reproductions of William Caxton.' Scarce and important chess classic that is held in very few collections. If interested - please write for a few photos. CHEST 2/4. Signed by Author(s). Hardcover. Very Good.

$550.00

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE APPOINTED BY THE PHILOMATHEAN SOCIETY OF THE UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA TO TRANSLATE THE INSCRIPTION ON THE ROSETTA STONE. First Edition.

By (Morton, Henry; Hale, Charles Reuben; and Jones, S. Huntington).

(L. N. Rosenthal for the) Philomathean Society, Philadelphia: ., 1858. pp. (2) [Title & Dedication]; 1-72; 81-136; (24) [Appendix] + An added colored scenic plate. Lithographed throughout, with many pages having colored illustrations and highly decorative frames. The lithographed text appears as a hand written manuscript. 4to. 230 mm. Original illustrated paper boards binding, with minor defects. Spine perished. The owner of this was the son of Robert Heysham Sayre, a major figure with Bethlehem Steel and the Lehigh Valley Railroad. Hardbound. Good. A remarkable achievement and landmark in the history of American color printing, and American scholarship. Both text and illustrations were produced entirely by lithography, requiring more than 400 stones. Most pages have borders. The transcriptions and translations are ornamented with colorful Egyptian motifs. Morton lacked enough lithography stones for the entire book; as each page was completed, the stone was reground and reused. This first edition of only 400 copies appeared in December 1858 and sold out immediately. Three Penn students translated the Rosetta Stone when a plaster facsimile of the Stone was presented to the University. The hieroglyphics of the original inscription are reproduced, with the hieratic and Greek. Each member of the committee wrote his contributions in his own hand reproduced here. Morton devised all the Egyptian designs & decorations; he undertook all the lithography himself, taking impressions of the stones under the direction of Max Rosenthal. Bennett p. 93; Reese 91. One of the greatest books of the American Victorian Age. For more on the history and significance of the Rosetta Stone please see the Wiki article and elsewhere. CHEST 2/1 L.. Hardcover. Good.

$1000.00

LES BUCOLIQUES DE VIRGILE, Prcdes De plusieurs Idylles de Thocrite, de Bion et de Moschus; suivies de tous les passages de Thocrite que Virgile a imits; Traduites en vers Franois par Firmin Didot. Grav, Fondu et Imprim par le Traducteur.

By Virgil; Didot, Firmin (Translator).

Firmin Didot, Paris: ., 1806. ff. (6) [May lack a half-title], 263. 12 mo. 180 mm. Signatures irregularly signed, but pagination is apparently complete. Simple leather backed boards binding. Hardbound. Very Good. Firmin Didot (1764-1836) was a French printer, engraver, type founder, and scholar. Born in Paris into a family of printers and paper makers founded by Franois Didot. Firmin was one of his grandchildren. Didot invented the word "stereotype", which in printing refers to the metal printing plate created for the actual printing of pages (as opposed to printing pages directly with movable type). He was also the author of two tragedies; and he wrote metrical translations into French from Virgil, and others. This is the First Edition of Didot's translation, and the first book published by Didot. A wonderful typographic work which includes the first use of his cursive script - a typeface called 'Anglaise' which was of his own design and from his own type foundry. A famous edition. The book won the gold medal of the exhibition of products of the French industry organized by the Imperial regime of Napoleon in 1806. An important book in the history of printing. Brunet V: 1302; Updike I, p.218. CHEST 2 /1. Signed by Author(s). 1st Edition. Hardcover. Very Good.

$300.00

A FRAGMENT OF THE CHRONICLES OF NATHAN BEN SADDI, PRINTED IN PHILADELPHIA BY JAMES CHATTIN, 1758. FACSIMILE. With an Introduction by Samuel W. Pennypacker.

By Saddi, Nathan Ben (fictitious author); Pennypacker, Samuel W.

The Philobiblon Club, Philadelphia: ., 1904. pp. 18 [Introduction by Samuel W. Pennypacker] + 15 Color plates reproducing the original book with its manuscript notes. Printed on fine hand made paper. Original printed paper boards, with a chip or two at the top edge and spine. Hardbound. Very Good+. Limited to 150 copies. An important and influential "Colonial Satire" of events and personalities in Philadelphia at the time of the French and Indian War. A fuller description of the original work: A Fragment of the chronicles of Nathan Ben Saddi; a Rabbi of the Jews. Lately discovered in the ruins of Herculaneum: and translated from the original, into the Italian language. By the command of the King of the Two-Sicilies and now published in English. Constantinople [i.e., Philadelphia]: Printed [by James Chattin], in the year of the vulgar aera, 5707 [i.e., 1758]. A mock-Biblical account of the arrest of William Smith for allowing a translation of an article from Benjamin Franklin's Pennsylvania gazette to be published in the German newspaper under his control. Ascribed to the press of James Chattin by Hildeburn. The historical introduction by the great book collector and Pennsylvania Governor, Samuel W. Pennypacker (1843-1916) is very interesting and enlightening. PA 59. Hardcover.

$85.00

THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS. Woodcuts by Ilse Bischoff.

By Moore, Clement Clarke.

Holiday House, New York: Ca. 1930's., 1930. np. Color woodcuts by Ilse Bischoff. Color decorated title page. Large print. Design by Helen Gentry. Printing by William E. Rudge's Sons for Holiday House. Inner hinge cracked. 12mo. Unusual split hinge binding, without spine label. Original thick paper boards. Paper boards decorated in color with Christmas stockings. Very nice little copy. Fine books from earlier Christmas seasons make great gifts today. CHRISTMAS/W69. Special Edition.. Hardcover. Very Good.

$40.00

THE BATTLE OF LIFE. A Love Story.

By Dickens, Charles.

Samuel A. Dalton, Philadelphia: December 25, 1956., 1956. 88p. Color drawings on faux parchment by Rey Abruzzi through Frank R. Ewing. Title page lettered in red and black. Text title and author printed in red. Text was composed photographically in the Fotosetter by Typo Photo - Composition, Inc. Format and Typography by Robert Donald. Christmas Greeting insert poem. Bookplate of Bundscho Typographic Library, Chicago. 8vo. Original red cloth over paper binding with a portrait of Dickens surrounded by a heavily gold embossed holly wreath. Gilt lettered spine, very slightly faded. Original deep pink figured Japanese paper slip case. Binding by Albert Oldach & Son. Limited Edition. Number 368 of only 1000 copies. This edition prepared as a Christmas Greeting from Samuel A. Dalton. A handsome copy. Very scarce. Fine books from earlier Christmas seasons make great gifts today. CHRISTMAS/W68.. Hardcover. Very Good.

$30.00

THREE MASQUES. [The Masque of Oberon. The Masque of Blackness. The Masque of Beauty].

By Johnson, Ben (1572-1637).

Robert Grier Cooke, New York: ., 1903. pp. 58, (1). Engraved frontis portrait illustration of Ben Johnson in two states; one from the original engraving on copper by Houbraken, dated 1738. Thin small 4to. 230 mm. Original full flexible vellum binding, soiled. Title in gold gilt on the front board. Silk ties gone, and the boards are sprung. Limited Edition: Y of only 26 copies printed in Lucca Della Robbia sans serif type, on Provence hand-made deckle edged paper. ** Six illuminated letters and decorations painted by William Cushing Bamburgh (who also wrote the preface). In 1903 The Boston Evening Transcript said of these illuminations: "they represent the modern imitation of antique book-making at its very best. Mr. Bamburgh's decorative style is fine, unrestrained, and imaginative; he combines the best of the old with the best of the new. his title page and his illuminated initial letters are beautiful alike in design and coloring. They show, moreover, a sure artistic sense as well as a thorough knowledge of the antique art they reproduce so well. In the dress given them by Mr. Cooke and Mr. Bamburgh they are made doubly attractive to this bustling and unimaginative age." The whole edition was only 156 copies. Signed by the publisher, Robert Grier Cooke in 1907. He had a short business life (1902-1908), but published some very fine books, including the famous and magnificent Catalogue of the Morgan Collection of Chinese Porcelains. LIMITED TO ONLY 26 COPIES. W32. Signed by Author(s). Hardcover. Very Good.

$250.00

THE ADVENTURES OF SIMPLICISSIMUS. In a New Translation by John P. Spielman. Illustrated with Wood Engravings by Fritz Eichenberg.

By Simplicissimus; Von Grimmelshausen, Johann Jakob Christoffel.

Printed for Members of the Limited Editions Club, New York: 1981., 1981. 386 p. Folio. Bound by A. Horowitz and Son in full Dutch half-linen, stamped in bronze and blind. Slipcase. The typography was designed by Antonie Eichenberg; printed in black and red by the Heritage Printers; set in Linotype Janson, with titles hand lettered by Mrs. Eichenberg; the Wood engraving by Fritz Eichenberg reproduced by Meriden Gravure; on soft-white Mohawk smooth wove paper. Number 174 of an edition limited to only 2000 copies, signed by the artist. First published in 1669, Simplicius Simplicissimus is a adroit and humorous account of the adventures of naive and utterly simple idiot boy who acquires a rich knowledge of life through a series of amazing adventures. The illustrations in this edition are wonderfully true to the sense of the text. A very fine example of this handsomely produced edition. It would make a great gift. W44 2c. Signed by Illustrator(s). Full Cloth. Hardcover.. Fine.

$150.00

CHARACTERISTICKS OF MEN, MANNERS, OPINIONS, TIMES. In Three Volumes. The Fifth Edition. [First Baskerville Edition].

By Shaftesbury, Anthony Ashley Cooper (3rd Earl of Shaftesbury); Baskerville, John.

Printed by John Baskerville, Birmingham, M.DCC.LXXIII: ., 1773. Three volumes. pp. (2), iv, 364; 443; (2) 391, [54] (Index) + Engraved frontis portrait by Simon Gribelin after the painting by J. Closterman + Fine engraved title vignettes and headpieces by Gribelin. 8vo. 240 mm. Collation and pagination as noted in Gaskell with the typical errors. Cancels in our example: Vol. I has all the cancelans noted by Gaskell; Vol. II. Has all the cancelandum; Vol. III has the cancelans he cites, as well as small changes in the notes. Early full leather binding; spine handsomely tooled in gold gilt, with morocco leather labels in black and red. Some foxing or offsetting from the heavily printed engraved plates. Edges decorated yellow. Engraved armorial bookplate of Sir Christopher Sykes, 2nd Baronet (1749-1801), an English Tory politician and a Member of Parliament for Beverley from 1784 to 1790. He was a minister of Roos in the East Riding of Yorkshire. In the 1790s he greatly expanded the home of the Sykes family (Sledmere House). Sir Christopher left a vast estate of nearly 120 square km. and a large mansion set in its own huge section of park land. Sledmere was decorated by Joseph Rose, the most celebrated plasterer of his day. The Sykes family subscribed to the theory, exemplified by Shaftesbury and Baskerville, that fine aesthetic taste denotes excellence in moral character. A generally crisp and well preserved example of this beautifully printed work. Anthony Ashley Cooper, the third Earl of Shaftesbury (1671-1713), was an English politician, philosopher, and essayist. He is one of the most important early writers on moral philosophy. He was a significant influence upon all of the chief English ethical writers of the eighteenth century. On the Continent, he had impact on such philosophers as Diderot and Leibniz. The essays contained here were written between 1701 and 1712. They were first published, in three volumes around the time of Shaftesbury's death in 1713. The essays include: A Letter Concerning Enthusiasm; Senses Communis, an Essay on the Freedom of Wit and Humor; Soliloquy, or Advice to an Author; An Inquiry Concerning Virtue and Merit; The Moralist, a Philosophical Rhapsody; Miscellaneous Reflections on the said Treatises, and other critical Subjects; A Notion of the Historical Draught or Tablature of the Judgment of Hercules, with a Letter concerning Design; etc. John Baskerville (1706-1775) was the greatest printer of his era. Born in Wolverley, Hereford - Worcester, England, he became a writing master in Birmingham. He also carried on a successful japanning (varnishing) business there. In about 1750 he began to make experiments in letter founding, and produced the wonderful series of types now named after him. His first book, the Virgil of 1757, was also the first to be printed upon wove paper (manufactured by a process that he invented). In 1758 he became printer to Cambridge University.There he designed other fonts, including his remarkable Greek type. All of his books bear the marks of fine craftsmanship and a refined sense of design. Gaskell 49; Graesse VI, 380; Strauss & Dent 102; Rothschild 1831; NCBEL II 1865. SW2. Full Leather. Hardcover. Very Good.

$850.00

THE RING AND THE BOOK. With an Introduction by Edward Dowden. Illustrated with Engravings by Carl Schultheiss.

By Browning, Robert.

Printed for the members of The Limited Editions Club at The Plantin Press, Los Angeles: 1949., 1949. Two Volumes. Illustrated with copper engravings by Carl Schultheiss; pulled by Anderson-Lamb, New York; designed by Saul Marks and printed at The Plantin Press, set in monotype Garamond on Collins special paper. Title pages printed in red and black. Wide margins. 4to. 7 1/4 x 10 inches. Volumes bound by Russell-Rutter Company in half red sheepskin stamped in gold in a panel with printed Fabriano paper sides in a special design by Mr. Marks. Original slip case, spine faded. Number 769 of an edition limited to only 1500 copies, signed in blue ink by Carl Schultheiss. Very good set. The books published by the Limited Editions Club are justly treasured for the quality of the texts, the beauty and artistry of the illustrations, the creativity of design, and the overall excellence of the paper, presswork, and binding. Each book would make a wonderful gift for any occasion. W36. Signed by Illustrator(s). Half-Leather. Very Good.

$65.00

HE KAINE DIATHEKE [Greek Title] = NOVUM TESTAMENTUM : JUXTA EXEMPLAR MILLIANUM. Typis Joannis Baskerville.

By Bible - New Testament - Greek; Baskerville. 1763.

e typographeo Clarendoniano, sumptibus academiae, Oxonii. (Clarendon Press, Oxford): ., 1763. pp. [4], 415, [1]. Small age and damp stains to the first and last 40 leaves or so. Wide margined. Large 4to. 300mm. All edges gold gilt. Early plain full vellum binding. Marbled endpapers. Hand lettered ownership of: J.M Hicks, Winton, September 1910. Sole quarto printing of the Greek New Testament using Baskerville type (i.e., Greek type that Baskerville designed and cut himself). The text follows the 1707 edition by John Mill (1645-1707), with seven variations. This quarto edition was limited to 500 copies, and is much scarcer than the 8vo edition issued around the same time. Gaskell - Add. 1; Darlow & Moule 4755. John Baskerville (1706-1775) was the greatest printer of his era. Born in Wolverley, Hereford - Worcester, England, he became a writing master in Birmingham. He also carried on a successful japanning (varnishing) business there. In about 1750 he began to make experiments in letter founding, and produced the wonderful series of types now named after him. His first book, the Virgil of 1757, was also the first to be printed upon wove paper (manufactured by a process that he invented). In 1758 he became printer to Cambridge University.There he designed other fonts, including his remarkable Greek type. All of his books bear the marks of fine craftsmanship and a refined sense of design. RARE. SAFE ADD 1. Full Vellum.. Very Good.

$800.00

THE RING AND THE BOOK. With an Introduction by Edward Dowden. Illustrated with Engravings by Carl Schultheiss.

By Browning, Robert.

Printed for the members of The Limited Editions Club at The Plantin Press, Los Angeles: 1949., 1949. Two Volumes. Illustrated with copper engravings by Carl Schultheiss; pulled by Anderson-Lamb, New York; designed by Saul Marks and printed at The Plantin Press, set in monotype Garamond on Collins special paper. Title pages printed in red and black. Wide margins. 4to. 7 1/4 x 10 inches. Volumes bound by Russell-Rutter Company in half red sheepskin stamped in gold in a panel with printed Fabriano paper sides in a special design by Mr. Marks. Original slip case, spine faded. Number 769 of an edition limited to only 1500 copies, signed in blue ink by Carl Schultheiss. Very good set. The books published by the Limited Editions Club are justly treasured for the quality of the texts, the beauty and artistry of the illustrations, the creativity of design, and the overall excellence of the paper, presswork, and binding. Each book would make a wonderful gift for any occasion. W36. Signed by Illustrator(s). Half-Leather. Very Good.

$65.00

THE LIFE OF MUHAMMAD; Apostle of Allah. Edited by Michael Edwardes.

By Ishaq, Ibn.

The Folio Society, London: ., 1964. 177p. + Colored and gilt frontis showing a view of Mecca. Bookplate of Jeanne A. Mill. Map endpapers. 8vo. Original full green cloth binding, front board elaborately decorated in an arabesque design. Spine lettered in red with gold. Original slip case. Hardbound. Limited edition of only 1,000 copies. Second impression. Very nice ISLAM BOX 1. Hardcover.

$15.00

ON GOING TO CHURCH: Being the Preachment Which Treats of Church-Going, Art and Some Other Themes. Done Into a Book at the Roycroft Shop.

By Shaw, George Bernard.

The Roycroft Printing Shop (Elbert Hubbard), East Aurora, NY: ., 1896. pp. (4), 40 (1). Small 8vo. 190 mm. Title with the Roycroft device printed in red; colophon in light red. Foxed throughout. Endpapers browned. Gilt lettered brown boards, backed in coarse white cloth. Edition probably limited to only 420 copies. McKenna. Roycroft Bib. 6. One of Shaw's earliest appearances in the U.S. w140.. Hardcover.

$50.00

THE SHEPHEARDES CALENDER. [Facsimile of the original edition of 1579].

By Spenser, Edmund (1552?-1599).

[John C. Nimmo, London: ]., 1890. 56 leaves. Paper browned and very brittle. Top edge gilt. Though once ribon tied into boards, this is now disbound and fragile. This is likely part of the edition of only five hundred and twenty copies printed for England and America combined. This example apparently lacks the preliminaries, including the introduction. Still, it is interesting as an illustration of the look of early English printing. SW5 Lower Left. Disbound. Poor.

$24.00

A SONG OF THE LATTER DAY.

By Peterson, Frederick.

Privately Printed [Arranged and Printed at the Cheltenham Press], New York: ., 1904. 79 p. Mold made paper with deckle edges. Small 8vo. 200 mm. Full flexible vellum binding, with linen ties. Central tie broken. Yapp edges. Limited edition. "This edition is limited to two hundred and fifty copies." Includes a few poems on natural history and evolution. Very scarce. BINDINGS NW38. Full Vellum.. Good.

$50.00

THE BOOK OF JOB According to the Authorized Version.

By Bible; Book of Job.

Printed by Charles Whittingham & Co. Chiswick Press, London For Scott-Thaw Co., New York: ., 1903. pp. xii, 95. Title printed in red and black. 8vo. Velum backed cloth boards binding; lettered in gilt. Edition Limited to 400 copies printed on handmade paper. Top edge gilt; deckle edged; partially uncut. Some soiling, but generally a very good example of this handsome limited edition bible text. **PRICE JUST REDUCED! W43. Hardcover. Very Good.

$125.00

THREE LEGENDS.

By Hills, Emily Malvina.

[Self Published, Rome: ., 1908. 19 leaves + One plate. Title page and chapter heads, and some vignettes and devices printed in red. Thick mold made paper with deckle edges. 8vo. 205 mm. Full flexible vellum binding, with leather ties. Ties now almost gone. Front cover with a wonderful rosebush design in gilt. The binding is typical of those issued in Rome and Florence for early (mostly English) tourists. The poems include: La Madonna della Sedia; St. Francis of Assisi and Pope Innocent III; and St. Gregory. Very Limited Edition. "Printed 100 copies." Very good. **PRICE JUST REDUCED! NW38 BINDINGS. Full Vellum.. Very Good.

$50.00

THE LUCK OF THE BEAN-ROWS, A FAIRY TALE

By Nodier, Charles (1780-1844)

(Printed at the Westminster Press for) Daniel O'Connor, London: 1921, 1921. 60 p. + Colored frontis; color illustrated title page; and one plate. Colored text illustrations throughout. Toned paper. 8vo. 270 mm. With the separate poem "To the Princess." Unusual cloth backed illustrated paper boards binding; decorated with a pattern of diamonds in five colors. Claud Lovat Fraser (1890-1921) was a wonderful illustrator of books , broadsides, posters, bookplates, prints, advertisements, periodicals, and theater design. His father was a London solicitor, and after leaving Charterhouse School (1907), Lovat began to read law. Wi thin four years he decided to make art his profession. Most of his early works were caricatures in the tradition of Max Beerbohm. But he grew quickly as an artist and, in 1912, established a publishin g venture (with the poet Ralph Hodgson & the bibliophile Holbrook Jackson) called 'At the Sign of the Flying Fame'. At the outbreak of World War One he enlisted, in spite of a constitution weakened by rheumatic fever. He became a Captain of the 14th Durham Light Infantry. At the battle of Ypres salient his was the first battalion to undergo a gas attack. Though debilitated by his battlefield exper iences, he continued to render valuable service to the war effort. After the armistice he entered his most productive period. He died after an operation, while on vacation in Dymchurch, Kent. "I reviv e after 6 p.m. and by 8 I am in full swing and work like a devil. I have enormous accumulations of work to clean up if I am to exist at all as an artist. If I had a month and worked from 8 a.m til 10 p .m. I believe I should still be three years behind-hand. It is purgatory to see these years slip by when I might be doing good things better and better." -- Claud Lovat Fraser to Harold Monro, August 5, 1918. W34. Hardcover. Very Good.

$100.00

THE ILLUMINATED CALENDAR for m.dccc.xl.vi.

By Humphreys, Henry Noel.

Longman and Co., London: ., 1846. 'The Illuminated Calendar and Home Diary for 1846. From the 'Hours' of the Duke of Anjou, King of Sicily and Jerusalem. Now in the Bibliotheque Royale, Paris. / Date concerning the Houses of Anjou, with some remarks on their patronage of Illuminators." Printed throughout on thin card. Introductory text by H.N. Humphreys is in rubricated English gothic letter. The calendar is rendered in brilliant color and gilt chromolithography on 24 card leaves. All edges gold gilt. 4to. 275 mm. Some soiling and staining. Loose in the remains of the original decorated cloth binding, with decorative onlays in red and blue leather. Binding should probably be restored. Pencil note on title: 'Kate Comstock from Kate & J. W. Waid? Cincinnati, XMas. 1856.' Remarkable specimens of miniature painting from the court of Louis I, Duke of Anjou (1339-1384); reproduced and interpreted by Henry Noel Humphreys (1810-1879), a British illustrator, naturalist, entomologist, numismatist, and student of medieval manuscripts. A scarce and remarkable production. **PRICE JUST REDUCED! W139. Hardcover. Fair.

$250.00

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