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British Artists

There are so many fantastic artists from Britain, and Biblio is proud to present our collection of rare books about British artists in the Biblio Rare Book Room. From antique memoirs and biographies of famous British artists to rare books full of graphic illustrations, if you love British artists, there is definitely a rare British art book in the Biblio Rare Book Room for you.

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The graphic works of Ceri Richards
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The graphic works of Ceri Richards

by Sanesi, Roberto (Burns, Richard transl.)

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Cerastico Editore, Milan. 1973. 4to. 152, (1)pp. Illus. Original paper covered boards, slightly chipped to spine. Minor spotting to edge of upper board. A crisp bright copy.
Ceri Geraldus Richards, CBE (1903-1971) Artist.
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X3 Posters ; A British Council Exhibition: Silkscreen Exhibition Poster

X3 Posters ; A British Council Exhibition: Silkscreen Exhibition Poster

by Ken Meharg and Bob Linney

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London: X3 Posters RARE exhibition poster, no date, circa 1982- 1990 ( possibly 1989, the numbers 8 an 9 printed on the hands lower left), by Ken Meharg and Bob Linney, who ran the poster operation for Birmingham Arts Laboratory or Arts Lab, an experimental arts centre in Birmingham, until 1982. Posters from that era were featured in an international touring exhibition by the British Council between 1981 and 1985, and were the subject of an exhibition by Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery in 1998. They were known for their use of psychedelic imagery. Near Fine, small faint creases. Well suited for framing, will be shipped loosely rolled in a mailing tube. . First Printing. Poster. Near Fine. 19 3/4"w x 30"h.
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Art and Letters; an illustrated quarterly.
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Art and Letters; an illustrated quarterly.: Edited by Frank Rutter, Charles Ginner and H. Gilman.

by Art and Letters.

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Volume 1 complete in 4 issues. July 1917 -June 1918. Original wrappers with title and an illustration by Charles Ginner on upper covers. Illustrated by various artists including:- Lucien Pissarro, Walter Sickert, E. McKnight-Kauffer, Paul Nash, Gaudier-Brzeska, J.D.Fergusson, C.R.W.Nevinson, S.J.Pepleo and Nina Hamnett among others. Poems and literature by Herbert Read, Charles Marriott, Laurence Binyon, R.Holbrook-Keen, Geoffrey Whitworth, H.Austin Petch and Vivien Flanders among others. Wrappers slightly soiled and staples rusted o.w in good condition and complete. Very scarce first four separate issues.
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Caricature and Other Comic Art in All Times and Many Lands
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Caricature and Other Comic Art in All Times and Many Lands

by Parton, James

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New York: Harper & Brothers, 1877. SCARCE in fine contemporary binding signed Tout ( of London), half black crushed morocco over marbled boards with gilt rules, matching marbled end pages, the back richly gilt, top edge gilt, silk page marker. With 203 wonderfully funny illustrations. Near Fine, light rubbing to morocco. 340 + 7 pp. publisher's ads. . First Edition. Half Morocco. Near Fine/No Jacket, As Issued. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.
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The Flitch of Bacon or, The Custom of Dunmow: A Tale of English Home
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The Flitch of Bacon or, The Custom of Dunmow: A Tale of English Home

by Ainsworth, William Harrison

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A Flitch Of Bacon, or The Custom of Dunmow (Copyright 1854, George Routledge & Sons.. "Published 1854 by Geo. Routledge. By William H. Ainsworth Published in London. Leatherbound edition. One of a set titled "Ainsworth's Novels" Illustrated by Sir John Gilbert and titled in the same manner as depicted. RARE. "This work has been selected by scholars as being culturally important, and is part of the knowledge base of civilization as we know it. Please see our stock photo. Used. Very Good Condition/ No dust jacket as issued. Attractive marbled black leather boards with 5 ribs and gold titling, gold top stain. A story about traditional British marriage practices of yore.
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Art In Progress: Barbara Hepworth Signed & Dated by the Sculptress
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Art In Progress: Barbara Hepworth Signed & Dated by the Sculptress

by Michael SHEPHERD / Barbara HEPWORTH interest

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48pp, with photographic illustrations. 1st Edition / 1st Printing. Near Very Good cndition with minor marks to covers. Handsigned in blue to the title page "Barbara Hepworth St Ives 31/10/64". No other inscriptions.
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Sunshine in the Country. A Book of Rural Poetry. Embellished with Photographs from Nature
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Sunshine in the Country. A Book of Rural Poetry. Embellished with Photographs from Nature

by [GRUNDY, William Morris]; KEATS, John; DONNE, John; CLARE, John; WORDSWORTH, William

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London: Richard Griffin and Company, 1861. A lovely near-fine copy, the binding firm and bright. The contents with a previous owner's bookplate to the front pastedown and a little spotting to the endpapers, are otherwise clean and fresh throughout. A superb example of a very scarce title. 8vo (21.8 x 15.7 cm). Publisher's original green cloth with gilt titles and decoration to the upper board and spine, gilt to all page edges. Illustrated with 20 mounted albumen prints. FIRST EDITION of one of the earliest works of poetry to be illustrated by photography. The anthology combines extracts from authors including Keats, Clare, Wordsworth, Cowper, and Longfellow, with mounted photographs depicting idyllic scenes of contemporary rural life by the renowned stereographer William Morris Grundy (1806-1859), to create a harmonious interweaving of verse and imagery. Grundy was born in Birmingham, moving to Sutton Coldfield in 1850. Initially taking up photography as a hobby in 1855, he went on to achieve… Read More
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A Series of Original Portraits and Caricature Etchings by the Late John Kay
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A Series of Original Portraits and Caricature Etchings by the Late John Kay: Miniature painter, Edinburgh, with Biographical Sketches and Anecdotes

by John Kay

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Very good copy of the second edition of John Kay's idiosyncratic portraits of celebrities and eccentrics in Georgian Edinburgh.With 358 (of 360) engraved copperplates bound in four volumes. (Plates 84, Right Hon. Charles Hope, and 108, Robert Craig Esq., in Volume 2 apparently never bound in.)With many amusing caricatures of late eighteenth century Edinburgh society, including economist Adam Smith, aeronaut Vincent Lunardi, riding master Angelo Tremamundo, philosopher Thomas Paine, author William Smellie, engraver Andrew Bell, actress Sarah Siddons, golfer Alexander McKellar, apothecary Mortar Willie, anatomist John Barclay, idiots and aristocrats, giants and little people, volunteer soldiers, lawyers, judges, chimney sweeps, sedan-chairmen, and scenes of cockfighting, cudgelling, election violence, transvestitism and ballooning. The appendix has portraits of Toussaint Louverture, John Kay himself, William Wallace, John Knox, Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette, Napoleon, Mary Queen of Scots, George III,… Read More
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Familiar Indian Flowers
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Familiar Indian Flowers: with Coloured Plates

by Lena Lowis

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Lovely copy of a rare book on Indian flora by talented amateur female artist Lena LowisWith 30 elegant botanicals by Lena Lowis, lithographed by David Blair, and printed by M. & N. Hanhart. Among the exotic flowers portrayed are poinsettia, flame lily, bougainvillea, hibiscus, clustervine, coralbush, Rangoon creeper, Nepal trumpet flower, white orchid tree, elephant creeper, oleander, Darwin pea, bottlebrush and Eastern prickly pear.No publication date, but preface dated 1878.Lena Lowis (1845-1919) was a talented writer and botanical illustrator. She was born Selina Caroline Shakespear in Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh, India, the daughter of British Indian Army officer, Col. Sir Richmond Shakespear. She married Lt. Col. Ninian Lowis of the Bengal Staffs Corps and moved to England in 1868.David Blair (1820-1899?), was a botanical artist and lithographer who also worked on Transactions of the Linnean Society (1875), Berthold Carl Seemann and James Britten's Journal of Botany, British and Foreign (1872-8),… Read More
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A New Work of Animals
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A New Work of Animals: Principally Designed From the Fables of Aesop, Gay, and Phaedrus

by Samuel Howitt

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Good copy of this beautifully illustrated book of classic fables with realistic animal studiesComplete with 56 etchings, drawn and engraved "from the life" by Samuel Howitt, with title page and list of platesPlate 32, The Dog in the Manger, bound opposite the title page as the frontispieceSamuel Howitt (1756–1822) was an English painter, illustrator and etcher, famous for his scenes with animals, hunting, horse-racing, sporting and landscapes. He is best known for his illustrations to Captain Thomas Williamson's Oriental Field Sports (1807). Other works include Thoughts on Hunting (1798), Miscellaneous Etchings of Animals (1803), British Field Sports (1807); The Angler's Manual (1808), Groups of Animals (1811), The British Sportsman (1812) and Foreign Field Sports (1819).Blue buckram spine, marble boards bumped and darkened, new endpapers, tissue guards, all plates with varying degrees of spotting and foxing, mostly outside the image, one with 10cm tear within image, first 25 plates with small… Read More
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Bell's British Theatre
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Bell's British Theatre: First edition with illustrations by Samuel de Wilde

by John Bell

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Complete set of 18 volumes of the first edition of John Bell's British Theatre with the de Wilde portraits."In 1793, the year of his first bancrupty, the beleaguered Bell bound up and sold the first 90 numbers of the new de Wilde-illustrated edition without general volume title pages." (Kalman A. Burnim and Philip H. Highfill Jr.). This set conforms to that description: volumes 1 to 18, each with five plays complete with all 90 title pages and theatrical portraits by Samuel de Wilde, engraved by John Chapman, lacking volume titles. Portraits include actors, actresses and opera singers of the Georgian stage including Sarah Siddons, John Philip Kemble, Robert Baddeley, Isabella Mattocks, Charles Lee Lewes, Harriet Pye Esten, Elizabeth Billington, Anna Maria Crouch, Anna Selina Storace, Joseph George Holman, Elizabeth Younge (later Pope),etc.Vol. 1: Comus by John Milton, Maid of the Mill, School for Fathers and Love in a Village by Isaac Bickerstaff, The Beggar's Opera by John Gay. Vol. 2: Venice… Read More
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The Case-Book Of Sherlock Holmes (Cheaper Edition)
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The Case-Book Of Sherlock Holmes (Cheaper Edition)

by Doyle, Arthur Conan

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The Case-book Of Sherlock Holmes. By Arthur Conan Doyle. Publisher: John Murray, 1929 Cheaper Edition. Short story anthology. Detective fiction. Used. Clean and square. Protected in a mylar wrap. Good Condition/Good- ORIGINAL DUST JACKET illustrated by J. Abby. Blue blind-stamped cloth. Toning as is typical of this edition. RARE original, White, blue and red pictorial dust-wrapper. Priced at 2/- net to the bottom right of the front panel. Back panel of the jacket lists "New volumes in Murray's Fiction Library. The 12 Titles listed there are from Beau Geste to The Black Flemings. 320pp. 4 5/8 X 7. A great find. Adventures included here are: The illustrious Client; The Blanched Soldier, The Mazarin Stone, The Three Gables, The Sussex Vampire, The Three Garridebs, The Problem of Thor Bridge, The Creeping Man, The Lion's Mane, The Veiled Lodger, Shoscombe Old Place, The Retired Colourman.
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TREASURE ISLAND - - First UK Printing, A Signed Presentation Copy with original Drawing
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TREASURE ISLAND - - First UK Printing, A Signed Presentation Copy with original Drawing

by Stevenson, Robert Louis. Illustrated by Ralph Steadman

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London: Harrap & Co, 1985. 1st Edition . Hardcover. Near Fine/Near Fine. First Printing. A splendid and unique copy of the Ralph Steadman illustrated version of Treasure Island - inscribed by the artist at the front endpapers to fellow artist and writer Posy Simmonds. Inscription reads, "For Posy Simmonds from me, Ralph Steadman". In addition to the huge inscription in gold ink the artist has drawn a skeleton beneath the existing skull illustration. Bumped at the crown and lower corners, otherwise Near Fine. Dustjacket - unclipped, tiny chip to the surface of the rear panel, Near Fine. Provenance: From the library of Posy Simmonds
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The Dance of Death
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The Dance of Death: from the original designs of Hans Holbein

by Wenceslaus Hollar

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A very scarce, hand-coloured edition of Wenceslaus Hollar's Dance of Death.With 33 plates engraved by Hollar, comprising 31 hand-coloured engravings of the Dance of Death, one hand-coloured engraving of the Dance of Macaber, and two engraved portraits (of Hollar and Holbein).According to the exhaustive Dance of Death website dodedans.com, Hollar's engravings are based primarily on Arnold Birckmann's copies of Holbein's woodcuts. Most of the plates have the initials HB (Holbein) and WH (Hollar), apart from the frontispiece, Mortalitum Nobilitas, which is engraved with HB and DD (David Deuchar?).
Hollar's suite of engravings was first published in 1651 and the copperplates "which appear to have been little used, have been till lately preserved in a noble family" according to Francis Douce's introduction. The original plates have been "retouched, ... with the utmost attention to the preservation of their original spirit and character." English antiquary and curator at the British Museum, Douce would… Read More
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The Dance of Death
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The Dance of Death: in Painting and in Print

by T. Tindall Wildridge

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A very good copy of a scarce edition of the Dance of Death.Complete with handcoloured woodcut frontispiece and 10 other woodcuts by an unknown artist (perhaps Wenceslaus Hollar).One of "400 copies plain" from an edition of 460 (60 copies were issued with handcolour). The 11 subjects are: The Count (handcoloured), The Pope Crowning an Emperor, Emperor, Empress, Queen, Bishop, Abbess, Canoness, Soldier, Physician and Preacher. According to the author, "the blocks illustrating this work are a series found in a northern printing office many years ago. They seem to be of considerable age." Elsewhere, he identifies the owner to be Joseph Temple, a Hull printer and newspaper publisher. According to the exhaustive Dance of Death website dodedans.com, the woodcuts here follow the 1816 re-issue of Wenceslaus Hollar's reworking of Arnold Birckmann's copies of Holbein's woodcuts. The engravings lack any artist's initials or signatures.Thomas Tindall Wildridge (1858-1928) was a librarian, antiquarian, artist and… Read More
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