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  • (Language of Flowers) DUBOS, E. Constant.
    LES FLEURS, IDYLLES, SUIVIES DE POÉSIES DIVERSES;

    Paris: Chez P.E. Janet 1817. A lovely little work on floral symbolism, illustrated with hand-colored plates and published in the diminutive format typical of the French gift books and almanachs des dames of this period. A version without color plates first appeared in 1808. It was a precursor to the popular 19th century genre of books on the language of flowers. The enormous interest in floral symbolism, however, did not begin, as a publishing phenomenon at least, until after the Napoleonic Wars. At that point pocket-size books embellished with delicate color plates discussing the meaning and sentiment of flowers became highly fashionable. That Dubos' earlier work was highly suited to that new taste must have been apparent to the Parisian…

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    Paris: Chez P.E. Janet 1817. A lovely little work on floral symbolism, illustrated with hand-colored plates and published in the diminutive format typical of the French gift books and almanachs des dames of this period. A version without color plates first appeared in 1808. It was a precursor to the popular 19th century genre of books on the language of flowers. The enormous interest in floral symbolism, however, did not begin, as a publishing phenomenon at least, until after the Napoleonic Wars. At that point pocket-size books embellished with delicate color plates discussing the meaning and sentiment of flowers became highly fashionable. That Dubos' earlier work was highly suited to that new taste must have been apparent to the Parisian publisher Janet, who had long specialized in ladies' almanacs and decorative gift books. He reissued it, this time in a new smaller format and embellished with color plates, to capitalize on the new vogue. The text of the volume presents fifteen poems on various flowers. Horticultural and historical information accompanies each poem, together with references to other poets. The anonymous hand-colored plates are an interesting study. Aside from being extremely pretty, they could serve as examples of period flower arrangement and of taste in vases and containers. Two plates show plants growing from the ground or landscape, but the rest show arrangements of two flowers in a decorative vase or cache-pot set upon a table or pedestal with brass or gold ornamentation. Second edition, first published in 1808 without the colored plates. Dunthorne 97, this edition, noting a similarity to Bessa's illustrations for Malo; Gumachian 2282. 12mo (12.5 x 8 cm); xxi + (1) 243 + (1) pp. + 9 hand-colored engraved plates with guard sheets.

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    Original pink paper covered boards with gilt borders, matching etui; moderate to heavy soiling on covers, especially etui which is chipped at head;i text lightly to moderately foxed, but plates largely unblemished.

    Book ID: 16719
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  • AN UNUSUAL VIEW OF "CLAIES" COVERING A GLASSHOUSE. by (Greenhouses) French Watercolour.
    (Greenhouses) French Watercolour.
    AN UNUSUAL VIEW OF "CLAIES" COVERING A GLASSHOUSE.

    (France) ca. 1900. An accomplished watercolour showing a greenhouse completely covered in the pale green wooden slate screen once used regularly in glass house cultivation. The structure is set within an area laid out with trees, bedding plants, and paths. A decorative doorway and a flexible ladder over the top of the house distinguish the drawing. Probably from an album or a series of sketches. Very attractive. 15 x 24.5 cm.

    Watercolour sketch on paper; edges unfinished. In very good condition. Simple, temporary paper mat provided.

    Book ID: 16580
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  • For Hungarian Houses and Gardens.
    ( Architecture-Hungary) NADAI, Pal
    HAZ KERT NAPFENY (House Garden Sun).

    Budapest: Kiralyi Magyar Egyetemi Nyomda (1932). First edition. Art Deco influences are shown abundantly in this wide-ranging domestic architecture book including everything from potted plants to exterior architecture. Featured architects and designers include: Schneider Karoly; Fritz Breuhaus; J.J. Adnet etc. Text and illustrations in photograph and drawing are very attractively framed within a green printed border. 4to (29.5 x 23 cm); 112+ (4) pp including ads, with black and white photographs and numerous drawings and sketches; text bordered in green.

    Original green cloth backed silver paper covered boards with decorative cover in red and green on upper cover, printed red seal on lower cover; covers are gently scuffed; edges, including spine ends, minimally rubbed or bumped; very faint scattered foxing to text. Overall, a nice copy.

    Book ID: 16706
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  • (Architecture, Hungary) TOTOCZKAI-WIGAND, Ede.
    CSERÉNYOS HAZAK (REED HUTS).

    Budapest: Taltos Kiadasa 1916. First edition of this exploration of the architectural and decorative folk art characteristics of Transylvania by the architect, Ede Toroczkai-Wigand. 29 +(1) pp. with half title vignette and final page vignette and decorative initials + 15 plates with illustrations printed in black of interiors and exterior architectural scenes.

    Original stiff red paper covers with illustrations in black on upper cover, string bound, with paper spine lacking 1.5 cm at spine heel and with split and chip at spine head; small ink spot on upper cover; faint pencil markson lower cover; some dust darkening to outer margins of text; presentation inscription on half title; in all, a very good copy.

    Book ID: 16560
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  • " The ballet is essentially a product of the French genius"
    BALLET PROGRAMME. HASKELL,Arnold.
    THE BALLET'S DEBT TO FRANCE Royal Opera House...A Gala Performance..In Honour of the Visit of The President of the French Republic and Madame de Gaulle.

    (London) (Royal Opera House) 1960. A beautifully produced silk programme for a gala Royal Ballet performance for the French President, Charles De Gaulle, and his wife given by command of Her Majesty the Queen. Arnold Haskell wrote the introductory piece praising the cultural history of French ballet. The Royal Arms displayed at the top of the fold-out silk were drawn by Rex Whistler. Ninette de Valois and Frederick Ashton directed the ballet. Scenery and Costumes for different scenes were by Osbert Lancaster, André Derain and Oliver Messel and others. Margot Fonteyn performed in the "Aurora Pas de Deux" from SLEEPING BEAUTY. In fine condition. Envelope when folded, 14.5 x 29 cm; silk tassel bordered program 53 x 28.5 when opened.

    Original cream coloured silk panel printed in black, red, and blue with border of silk fringe; enclosing open-ended silk envelope with printed text in black and arms printed in black. Fine.

    Book ID: 16715
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  • BOSANQUET, Theodora.
    HENRY JAMES AT WORK.

    London: The Hogarth Press 1924. First edition. Woolmer 42 .The only book of THE HOGARTH ESSAYS series to be hand printed by Leonard and Virginia Woolf. 33pp.

    Original limp paper covers with upper cover printed in green, with a design by Vanessa Bell; small glue repair to upper 2cm of spine; light scuffing and smudging of covers; very faint foxing to tet, mostly at margins; older booksellers' ticket on inner cover; previous owner name in pen with date on inner rear cover.

    Book ID: 16555
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  • Printing and typesetting by Esther Ryan and Maire Gill; Colouring by Eileen Colum and Kathleen Banfield.
    (Cuala Press - Jack B Yeats illustrations) YEATS, W.B. and F.R. HIGGINS, editors.
    A BROADSIDE. No. 3 (New Series).

    Dublin: Cuala Press 1935. No. 3 in the second series of A BROADSIDE issued by the Cuala Press in an edition of 300 copies. This is the March issue in the series of 12 monthly parts. Jack B. Yeats drew the two hand-colored line-block illustrations in this broadside to accompany Frank O'Connor's "Song Of Repentance," and F.R. Higgins' version of "The Lowlands of Holland," both of these set to music by Arthur Duff. See Miller pp. 120-121. Folio (29.5 x 21.5 cm); (4) ff. with two hand-colored line block illustrations.

    Some faint foxing in margin of final page, not affecting illustrations or text.

    Book ID: 16537
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  • Binding Design By Amy Sacker.
    ( Designer Binding) Warren, Mary Bowers
    LITTLE JOURNEY'S ABROAD.

    Boston: Joseph Knight Company 1895. A lovely copy of this designed binding by Amy Sacker who also designer the Headpieces for the Contents page and the List of Illustrations. Although there is not signature on the binding, she is credited with it on the list of illustrations. Unusual. 8vo (18.5 x 12 cm); 313 + (1) pp. with illustrations in black and white.

    Near fine with just minor shelfwear.

    Book ID: 16734
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  • Jung, Suzanne.
    LA LANTERNE MAGIQUE. Pour Les Enfants Sage.

    (Paris) Grund 1947. First edition of this very colourful children's book for six to 10 year olds.

    Book ID: 16709
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  • With sketches and diagrams in black and white.
    ( PERRET, Auguste)
    LE THÉÂTRE de l'Exposition de Arts Decoratifs 1925.

    Paris; melpomène 1964. No. 15, février-mars 1964. Possibly the earliest published study of the ensemble of le Théâtre de l'Exposition des arts Décoratifs de 1925.

    Book ID: 16750
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  • Créations et Types "Maga"
    (Promotional Brochure - Pencils ) CARAN D'ACHE (cover title).
    CARAN D'ACHE. Le Crayon de Qualité.

    n.p. (Caran D'Ache) ca. 1932 . An amusing and lively colour illustrated promotional brochure for Swiss pencil manufacturer Caran d'Ache. Caran d'Ache was the nom de plume of political cartoonist Emmanuel Poire. "Karandash" means pencil in Russian. With illustrations from designs by M. Pozzati, by Amaldi, and by Nizzoli. A very good copy. Oblong pamphlet ,17.2 x 24.6 cm; (vi) + 21 pp. of colour illustrations printed on rectos only, with printed tissue guards + (ii)pp.

    Original stiff cream paper with colour illustration and "Caran d'Ache" on upper cover; design by M. Pozzati on rear cover; cord tied with original tie; light hand-soiling;internally fine with printed tissue guards. A near fine copy.

    Book ID: 16726
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  • (Tangram)
    LE CASSE TETE -PERSAN/ KOPFZERBRECHER/THE ANCHOR PUZZLE.

    Leipzig: Velags Richters N.D. (ca.1900).. All within a box measuring 7.5 x 7.5 cm

    Original printed box; printed booklet with diagrams; seven stone ( or terracotta) geometric pieces. Very good condition.

    Book ID: 16573
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  • "everyday items into objects of beauty"
    TRADE CATALOGUE - Paper and Stationery for Pharmaceuticals, etc. A. WATON (printer)
    IMPRIMERIE/LITHOGRAPHIE/PAPETERIE ( cover title). PRIX COURANT GÈNÈRAL. Spécialité d'Etiquettes Pour Pharmaciens/ Liquoristes & Confiseurs/ Conserves Alimentaires & Parfumerie....(cover subtitle).

    St. Etienne A. Waton 1890. A richly illustrated trade catalogue for this skilled chromolithgraphy printer specializing in labels or "etiquettes" for medicines and pharmaceuticals. Each page is typographically interesting and many are full of vibrant chromolithographed examples of the labels and boxes available from the firm. There are two double page chromolithographed spreads illustrating small boxes and tins with decorative labels. Referring to other work by Waton, Michael Twyman notes that Waton's plates " transform everyday items into objects of beauty." ( Twyman, A HISTORY OF CHROMOLITHOGRAPHY p. 260. See Twyman's book for further mentions of A. Waton). Very scarce. Sewn pamphlet, 26 x 19 cm; 65 ff., many printed on rectos only, including 2 double -page chromolithographed plates featuring…

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    St. Etienne A. Waton 1890. A richly illustrated trade catalogue for this skilled chromolithgraphy printer specializing in labels or "etiquettes" for medicines and pharmaceuticals. Each page is typographically interesting and many are full of vibrant chromolithographed examples of the labels and boxes available from the firm. There are two double page chromolithographed spreads illustrating small boxes and tins with decorative labels. Referring to other work by Waton, Michael Twyman notes that Waton's plates " transform everyday items into objects of beauty." ( Twyman, A HISTORY OF CHROMOLITHOGRAPHY p. 260. See Twyman's book for further mentions of A. Waton). Very scarce. Sewn pamphlet, 26 x 19 cm; 65 ff., many printed on rectos only, including 2 double -page chromolithographed plates featuring fancy boxes, tins or small cases with decorative labels; 1 page of chromolithographed coloured sealing waxes; 1 page of chromolithographed folders or packets for medication; 1 page of chromolithographed designs for tinted decorative papers; 1 page of chromolithographed labels in 4 colours ; another of labels in 3 colors; another page of chromolithographed labels in gold and black on tinted backgrounds; another with impressions in red and black; and other plates with impressions in different colours on different backgrounds; also, impressions of labels printed in black on orange paper. With other designs and price charts throughout.

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    Original cloth backed, highly decorative colour printed paper covers, both upper and lower ,with heavy chipping at edges and corners, fold line at spine edges; internally there is a small closed tear at the bottom margins not affecting printed text or illustration. Very good apart from cover chipping.

    Book ID: 16713
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  • VILLENEUVE, A.
    LES ETOILES ANIMEES.

    Paris: Mme. Ve. Louis Janet ca. 1850. Astronomy for children. With 12 imaginative hand-colored lithographs by Godard, Paris, from illustrations by Gustave Staal. Small 8vo, xxix + 218 pp. + 12 colour plates including frontispiece.

    In original gilt decorated cloth with very light scattered foxing in text. Plates unblemished. A very good copy.

    Book ID: 16442
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  • A Proper Boston Education for Young Ladies
    (Women's Education) (Putnam, Miss M. Louise)
    Miss M. Louise Putnam's English, French and German Family and Day School for Young Ladies,

    Boston: (1873). Miss Putman's school was located at 68 Marlborough St., Boston, "Vicinity of Public Gardens" (from cover title), a distinguished Boston location matched by the school's equally distinguished references (Rev. A. P. Peabody, D.D., Harvard University, Mrs. Harrison Gray Otis, Rev. Thomas Hill, ex-President of Harvard University, and more). Martha Louisa Putnam was the niece of Harvey D. Parker, founder of Boston's famous Parker House hotel (home to the Saturday Club, to Charles Dickens during his U.S. tour, and temporary residence of John Wilkes Booth) . Her uncle specifically bought the house for her and had it built to her specifications for school use. Her program for young ladies was" comprehensive, thorough, and eminently practical, embracing all the essentials…

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    Boston: (1873). Miss Putman's school was located at 68 Marlborough St., Boston, "Vicinity of Public Gardens" (from cover title), a distinguished Boston location matched by the school's equally distinguished references (Rev. A. P. Peabody, D.D., Harvard University, Mrs. Harrison Gray Otis, Rev. Thomas Hill, ex-President of Harvard University, and more). Martha Louisa Putnam was the niece of Harvey D. Parker, founder of Boston's famous Parker House hotel (home to the Saturday Club, to Charles Dickens during his U.S. tour, and temporary residence of John Wilkes Booth) . Her uncle specifically bought the house for her and had it built to her specifications for school use. Her program for young ladies was" comprehensive, thorough, and eminently practical, embracing all the essentials for an accomplished English and Classical education; together with the French and German Languages; and also including Penmanship and Drawing." Lectures by noted scholars supplemented instruction by able teachers. For a day pupil, the tuition was $250 per annum; for full board, $1000 per annum. Putnam specified that each young lady was "to come provided with bed-linen, blankets, towels, napkins, silver fork and spoons, marked in full..." The school continued at 68 Marlborough until 1886. So far, we have located only the AAS (1874) and the Massachusetts Historical Society Library copy in online records. 12 mo (12.5 x 9.8 cm); 28 unnumbered pp. printed on rectos only but for lower cover.

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    Book ID: 16759
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  • A painter of nature and landscapes influenced by Frederic Edwin Church. Cards printed in chromolithograph by Armstrong & Co. of Boston and titled; versos blank.
    World's Fairs - Chicago 1893 BOLTON JONES, H (ugh). and Francis C. JONES, illustrators
    " THE PANORAMA OF THE SEASONS". Shown at the Exhibit of THE AMERICAN CEREAL CO.

    Chicago: the American Cereal Co. (Quaker Oats) 1893. Scarce and complete, this is a series of cards chromolithographed by Armstrong & Co. , Boston, depicting in this smaller format the panorama of views painted by Bolton Jones for the American Cereal Company at the 1893 Chicago exhibition. The exhibition stand for the American Cereal Co., the new "conglomerate " made up with Quaker Oats and other grain companies,was located in the Agricultural Building of the Fair. A handsome chromolithograph of the the pavilion is inclluded in the set along with 11 cards of scenes from the panorama with signatures of the artists in the chromolithographed printing. The scenes contrast old and new ways of grain cultivation in American, a rather…

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    Chicago: the American Cereal Co. (Quaker Oats) 1893. Scarce and complete, this is a series of cards chromolithographed by Armstrong & Co. , Boston, depicting in this smaller format the panorama of views painted by Bolton Jones for the American Cereal Company at the 1893 Chicago exhibition. The exhibition stand for the American Cereal Co., the new "conglomerate " made up with Quaker Oats and other grain companies,was located in the Agricultural Building of the Fair. A handsome chromolithograph of the the pavilion is inclluded in the set along with 11 cards of scenes from the panorama with signatures of the artists in the chromolithographed printing. The scenes contrast old and new ways of grain cultivation in American, a rather picturesque view of an old windmill and horse drawn sleigh, the contemporary mills of the company, work in the dry room, women at work in the packing room, and a view of the Quaker Oats train crossing the Rockies. The cards were sold both separately and in a set such as this. On OCLC we find 10 listings, although the majority are of single cards. 12 cards, each measuring 19 x 13 cm, with envelope measuring 21 x 13.5 cm.

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    All chromolithographed cards in excellent condition; original mailing envelope, stamped and addressed, chipped or frayed at extremities.

    Book ID: 16712
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