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Pretty Vintage & Unique Japanese Concertina Book, with Lovely Textile Cover

Containing a Long Watercolour Sequence of a Black and White Cat Chasing Insects - follow the chase over several folded sheets. Very Sweet!

SOLD



CARPENTRY INTEREST:

VERY RARE Scottish Arts and Crafts Furniture Design Publication:

“The Chip Carver” by George S. Gibson, Edinburgh. Published 1897.

With eight -fold out patterns printed in green ink.  

This is a very rare 19th century publication which was issued as a guide for woodworkers, carvers and furniture makers. It has a brief text which explains the principles of drawing and executing various designs, followed by eight fold-out sheets, each measuring approx 18 x 2 inches. The designs are patterns for use on the following items: music holders; fireside stools, photo holders, cigarette boxes, trinket boxes etc.  The patterns are prisine and unused with all illustrations  and leaves intact. Althogether contains a total of 55 illustrations. The volume measures 30 x 23.5 cm.

Price takes into account both the rarity of this volume and its fine condition:  £145



CARPENTRY INTEREST: LARGE FOLIO BOOK:

"Scottish Woodwork of the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries",

with 100 lithographed illustrations and text by John William  Small.

Published by Bernard Quaritch in 1898. (First edition, limited to only 500 copies)

Original yellow cloth cover, slightly mark.

Fair Condition: £125



FOR SALE: Rare, Antiquarian Book - Anders Zorn: His Life and Work by Dr. Karl  Asplund

1st Edition published by The Studio in 1921.

This volume is in excellent condition with gold-stamped title and decoration, paper-covered boards with title in gold on front panel (hardcover). It measures  30 x 24 cm,  and contains 64 plates including eight in colour (tipped in) and eight fine reproductions in photogravure of Zorn’s etchings.

A nice clean copy

SOLD



 A RARE COPY OF THE MORTE D'ARTHUR; A LAVISHLY ILLUSTRATED VOLUME BY AUBREY BEARDSLEY.

This is the third (and most complete) edition  which was published in 1927 by Dent & Co., London.

Printed by Turnbull & Spears, Edinburgh. It is one of a limited edition of 1600 copies, and has a lovely black cloth binding with art nouveau gilt decoration (no dust jacket). The binding is in fine condition with only a tiny chip to the top of the spine as shown, and very easy to restore. The pages and generally nice and clean with many uncut.

£1,495



A RARE COPY THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW;

ILLUSTRATED BY ARTHUR RACKHAM

"The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" with Illustrations by Arthur Rackham.  Published 1928 by Harrap, London.

In good condition with pristine binding.

£275



VERY RARE LIMITED EDITION, SIGNED COPY OF UNDINE;


ADAPTED FROM THE GERMAN BY W.L. COURTNEY. Text by F.H. DE LA MOTTE FOUQUE.

ILLUSTRATED BY ARTHUR RACKHAM.




This rare book is the first edition, published in London, and is of a small edition of only 1,000 signed and numbered copies. It was published by William Heinemann, London in 1909. It is in nice condition with a hard back ivory vellum cover with gold illustration on the front (the front cover slightly rubbed). It contains 15 tipped-in colour illustrations (mounted on brown paper) complete with tissue guards with legends, and also has numerous vignette text illustrations. Sadly the original silk ties are now missing but these are very easily replaced.

This is copy No. 333 of 1000. 136 pages.

Undines or Ondines often appear in European folklore as fairy-like creatures or water spirits. They are said to be able to only gain a soul by marrying a man and bearing his child. This aspect has made them a popular motif in romantic and tragic literature.  

GOOD CLEAN COPY: £695



Unique and Very Interesting Early 20th Century Photo Album Showing the Life and Interests of the British Living in India in pre-war days.

All Photographs unpublished and are fascinating social history documents  (only a fraction of the 250 photographs in the album are illustrated below).

Album of 250 Rare Eastern and Indian photographs: £495



Genuine Original World War One  Recruitment Poster, Designed by E.V. Kealey (1914)

Chromolithograph on paper: 76 x 51 cm ( 30 x 20 inches) (unbacked)

Published by the Parliamentary Recruiting Committee poster no.21. 1914

Fine Condition: ON ETSY




Genuine Original World War One  Recruitment Poster, Designed by Alexander Bassano (1916)

Chromolithograph on paper: 76 x 51 cm ( 30 x 20 inches) (unbacked)

Published by the Parliamentary Recruiting Committee poster no.20 1914



Field Marshal Lord Roberts was probably Britain's most famous soldier when the war broke out in 1914. He died of pneumonia at St Omer in France during a visit to Indian troops in November of that year. After lying in state in Westminster Hall, one of only two non-Royals to do so in the 20th century, the other being Winston Churchill, he was given a state funeral. Roberts had been a soldier for over 50 years and this poster appeals to recruits to follow his example of service and loyalty.

Fine Condition:  ON ETSY




ORIGINAL &  VERY RARE

 “See Britain by Train” Railway Poster.

“Over the Sea to Skye”.



Designed by Kenneth Steel (1906 - 1970)  

Published by British Railways (Scottish Region) and Print in  Great Britain.

Large Size, in generally good condition; unbacked and framed (some glare effects on my photographs caused by reflections in the glass, rather than being on the poster).

This poster is an extremely rare one and has achieved record prizes at auction - a similar one was sold at Christies on 14 October 2004 (Lot 361) for a then world record price of £1015

£795


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