A FINE SERIES OF ETCHINGS DEPICTING LATE-NINETEENTH-CENTURY CHELSEA, LIMITED TO 110 COPIES Bits of Old Chelsea. A Series of Forty-One Etchings ... with Letterpress Description by Lionel Johnson and Richard le Gallienne
London: Ballantyne, Hanson & Co. for Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner & Co., 1894.
NAPOLEON ENOBLES COLONEL PÉCHEUX FOR HIS ‘BRILLANT FAIT D’ARMES’ IN THE PENINSULA Brevet signed (‘Napole’), for Colonel Marc Nicolas Louis Pécheux, granting him the title of Baron of the Empire.
‘Notre Camp Impérial à Burgo’, 22 November 1808.
THE GODMERSHAM PARK-CHAWTON COPY, READ BY JANE AUSTEN?
WITH JOHN NEWTON’S SUPPRESSED PREFACE
Poems … London: printed for J. Johnson … 1782. [With:]
_________. The Task, a Poem, in six Books … To which is added … An Epistle to Joseph Hill … Tirocinium, or a Review of Schools, and the History of John Gilpin. London: Printed for J. Johnson … 1785.
The Droomme of Doomes Day. Wherein the Frailties and Miseries of Mans Lyfe are lyvely portrayed and learnedly set forth. Devided, as appeareth in the Page next following … Imprinted at London, for Gabriel Cawood … 1576. [Bound after:]
PETRARCH. TWYNNE, Thomas, translator. Phisicke against Fortune, aswell prosperous, as adverse, conteyned in two Bookes. Whereby Men are instructed, with lyke indifferencie to remedie theyr Affections, aswel in Tyme of the bryght shynyng Sunne of Prosperitie, as also the foule lowryng Stounes of adversitie. Expedient for all Men, but most necessary for such as be subject to any notable Insult of eyther Extremitie … At London, Printed by Richard Watkyns. An Dom. 1579.
THE MOST BEAUTIFUL CONCHOLOGICAL BOOK, IN A CONTEMPORARY MOROCCO BINDING Conchology, or the Natural History of Shells: Containing a New Arrangement of the Genera and Species, Illustrated by Coloured Engravings Executed from the Natural Specimens, and Including the Latest Discoveries. London: W.
Bulmer and Co. for William Miller, 1811 [but some plates watermarked 1813].
A voyage to the South Sea . . . for the purpose of conveying the bread-fruit tree to the West Indies, in his majesty’s ship the Bounty, commanded by Lieutenant William Bligh. London, George Nicol, 1792 [including] A narrative of the mutiny, on board his majesty’s ship Bounty; and the subsequent voyage of part of the crew, in the ship’s boat, from Tofoa, one of the Friendly Islands, to Timor, a Dutch settlement in the East Indies. Written by Lieutenant William Bligh.
London, George Nicol, 1790.
A satirical Poem. In which are contain’d the humorous Transactions, Speeches, and Behaviour of the Guests who were present at the Ceremony and Entertainment …
London: Printed by W. James … 1732.
SOLVING ‘SUBLIME ASTRONOMICAL PROBLEMBS’ The Doctrine of Eclipses, both solar and lunar; containing short and easy Precepts for computing solar and lunar Eclipses … fully and carefully explained, from the latest Discoveries and Improvements; whereby any Person of a moderate Capacity may be able in a short Time to solve those grand and sublime astronomical Problembs [sic]…
Norwich: printed by J. Crouse, for the Author, and sold by M. Booth … 1782.
RAVERAT, Gwendolen Mary.
The Wood Engravings of Gwen Raverat. Selected with an Introduction by Reynolds Stone.
First edition. This was the first catalogue of the wood-engravings of Raverat (1885-1957) to be published, and the works were selected and edited by the distinguished wood-engraver Reynolds Stone (1909-1979), who later wrote of her that, ‘Everything that Gwen Raverat undertook was done with intelligence and skill – her graphic work for the Admiralty in the Second World War, as well as her theatre designs and paintings and drawings – but it was through wood-engraving that she was able to communicate her vision most fully. In her engraving she did not aim at decoration or use a strong decorative line, like her friend Eric Gill; nor was she a naturalist interested in the rendering of a bird's plumage or an animal's fur, like Thomas Bewick. Rather, she was a master of light, shade, and the interplay of textures, with a deceptively simple technique, and a bold sense of design’ (ODNB). The volume reproduces both individual engravings and suites of images for the books that Raverat illustrated for the Ashendene Press and other publishers.
LAOCOON ENGRAVED REZZONICO, Carlo.
Castone della Torre di. Discorsi accademici del conte … segretario perpetuo della R. Accademia delle Belle Arti.
First and only edition of an exquisite little product of the Bodoni house: Count Rezzonico’s reflections on the fine arts, including a dissertation on the techniques of woodcut and engraving. The Neo-Classical aesthetics that inform this work are reflected in the illustrations, masterfully executed by the painter, engraver and stucco artist Benigno Bossi. Perhaps the most remarkable is the depiction of the marble Laocoon, which had been made by Lessing the symbol of the aesthetic autonomy of poetry and painting.
[SHACKLETON, Sir Ernest Henry] — FRADELLE & YOUNG, photographers.
‘Welcome Home Dinner to Lieut. E.H. Shackleton and his Comrades, Princes’ Restaurant, London, June 29th, 1909’.
On 29 June 1909 a dinner was held at Princes’ Restaurant to welcome back Ernest Shackleton from his British Antarctic Expedition of 1907-1909. This expedition was the first to the Antarctic led by Shackleton and, although the expedition did not, as hoped, reach the South Pole, it achieved a new ‘Farthest South’, with much more modest means than Scott’s Discovery expedition six years previously. This dinner was one of series of celebrations held upon Shackleton’s return to England, when he was awarded a number of public honours, including that of Commander of the Royal Victorian Order, later turned into a knighthood.