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Illustrations are a natural accompaniment to the written word. Ancient Egyptians illustrated the papyrus scrolls of the Book of the Dead that they would bury with mummies. Early in the 13th and 14th Centuries, monks dutifully reproduced holy books and often added elaborate pictures in ink and gold leaves. Similar to the history of bookbinding, the more modern tradition of book illustrations began with wood boards and block printing. As technology advanced and as Gutenberg introduced the world to typography and the printing press, illustrated books grew in number and popularity. In addition to wood boards, steel-engraving and lithography also became widely accepted methods for illustration. And of course, photography was introduced to the literary world in the 19th Century when photos could be reproduced in books.

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IL ETAIT UNE PETITE PIE (THERE WAS ONCE A SMALL MAGPIE)
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IL ETAIT UNE PETITE PIE (THERE WAS ONCE A SMALL MAGPIE)

by DEHARME, LISE (née Hirtz) (1898-1983). Miró, JOAN (1893-1983) illustrator

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Paris, Edition Jeanne Bucher., 1928. Drawings in color by Joan Miró. 8 color pochoirs after drawings by Miró, colored by Jean Saudé on Arches paper. 4to, published in a folio of 14pp. One of the limited edition of 300. Enclosed in the ORIGINAL LINEN FOLIO in pearl grey background, with black numbers and green sun. Interior lined with black paper. 11 5/8 x 10 5/8 x 5/8. Housed in a new black clam shell case. Signed and dedicated by Lise Hirtz to Jane de Margerie. RARE. Miro created one of the most imaginative books for children and far beyond its time. Joan Miró was studying art in Barcelona and moved to Paris in 1919, He was introduced to a surrealists group in 1924 by his neighbor Andre Masson, who shared his studio. He found among these artists the inspiration necessary for his work. But it was his humor that dominated his creations, especially the black humor of the surrealists.
In August 1927 Paul Eluard sent Miro the poems by Lisa Hirtz (born Ann - Marie Meyer), a friend of Breton.… Read More
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Fiestas de la S. Iglesia Metropolitana, y Patriarcal de Sevilla, al Nuevo culto del Señor Rey S....
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Fiestas de la S. Iglesia Metropolitana, y Patriarcal de Sevilla, al Nuevo culto del Señor Rey S. Fernando el Tercero de Castilla y de Leon ....

by TORRE FARFAN, Fernando de la.

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Seville, En Casa de la Viuda de Nicolas Rodriguez, 1671.. FIRST and ONLY EDITION. Folio (31.2 x 21.2 cm.), contemporary vellum (slightly soiled, repaired, recased, new endleaves). Total of 20 engravings, some folding, many with emblems (see below). Double-rule borders on each page, with ample margins. Crisp and clean, but the plate showing the Giralda with repairs (a bit crude) in upper portion at the fold, affecting the sky. Overall in good condition. (4 ll.), 343 pp., engraved title, 2 engraved portraits, 9 large folding engravings, 9 folio-size engravings. *** FIRST and ONLY EDITION of the finest Spanish festival book of the seventeenth century. Hofer described it as "The best illustrated Iberian book, by all odds, contained in the Harvard Collection." It records the festivities connected with the canonization of D. Fernando III, for which elaborate decorations were made at the Cathedral of Seville - some of them by the important Sevillan artist Juan de Valdés Leal. The portrait of D. Fernando… Read More
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L'isole piu famose del Mondo. Arettino e intagliate da Girolamo Porro Padovano. Con l'aggiunta di...
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L'isole piu famose del Mondo. Arettino e intagliate da Girolamo Porro Padovano. Con l'aggiunta di molte isole all' ill.re s. conte Georgio Trivltio. - [THE CULMINATION OF THE "BOOK OF ISLANDS"]

by PORCACCHI DA CASTIGLIONE, THOMASO.

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1590. Venetia [Venice], apresso gli heredi di S. Gagliani, 1590. [Colophon: In Vintia, appresso Giorgio Angelieri, a instantia de gli heredi di Simon Gagliani de Karera, 1590]. Small folio. 18th century (ab. 1780-90) half vellum with gilt leather title label to spine. Corners a bit bumped and title label a bit worn, otherwise nice and tight. A very nice copy, on thick, crisp paper. A few quires browned and brownspotted, and some occasional lighter browning. Four leaves with a marginal worm-tract, far from affecting text. Beautiful engraved title-page, consisting of a wide architectural border illustrated with large figures, putti, globes, and various symbols. Beautiful large woodcut initials and head- and tail-pieces. 47 half-page engraved maps in the text (by Porro, of islands and continents), excellent, crisp impressions. Large woodcut device to colophon. (12) ff., 201, (1) pp. Third, much enlarged edition (with 47 maps as opposed to the mere 30 of the first edition) of Porcacchi's great book… Read More
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The Highgrove Florilegium
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The Highgrove Florilegium

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London:: Addison Publications Ltd for The Prince's Charities Foundation., 2008. Limited Edition . Hardcover. Fine. Double Elephant - over 25 - 50" tall. ALLEN. BALLARD. BARBER. BARTHOLOMEW. BERNI. BINNS. BOLAS. BOUVIER. BRADBURN. BRASIER. BROWN. BRUCE. CADMAN. CARMICHAEL. CONDY. COOMBS. etc etc.. Fine, 2 vols, limited edition of 175 numbered sets, 124 coloured plates. In half red goatskin over red marbled boards. Spines, raised bands, gilt tooling, titles in gilt to green morocco labels. Internally, Vol 1, 2008, half title, tp in red & black, [1] preface signed by Prince Charles, [3] Introduction, [2] Brief History, [1], [2] Artists dedication, Followed by 61 sections each containing page with artists & plant name, text description to verso, full page coloured illustration, signed by the artist with the embossed & numbered copyright stamp to bottom corner, [1] list of artists, [1], [1] founding subscribers, [1], [1] limitation. Vol 2, 2009, half title, rubricated title page, [1], [1] artists… Read More
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Le Premier Tome de lArchitecture.
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Le Premier Tome de lArchitecture.

by Philibert de L'Orme.

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THE GREATEST BOOK OF RENAISSANCE ARCHITECTUREIllustrated with 205 large woodcuts, including 74 full-page and 7 double-page blocks; magnificent allegorical woodcut title border; large woodcut head-pieces and large floriated and grotesque woodcut initials; leaf I4 slightly taller than the rest of the text block, to accommodate a tall column woodcut, with about 2 cm section at top folded in. Royal Folio. 19th-century ¼-vellum over marbled boards; spine decorated and lettered in gilt; edges gilt. Paris: Fédéric Morel, 1567. First Edition. First Issue. The most influential and most lavishly illustrated handbook of French Renaissance architecture. The first and only published volume. A second volume was planned by the author but never completed.Mortimer, Harvard College Library Cat.: French 16th-Century Books, no.355; Brunet, Supple. I, 888-9; Fowler Architect. coll. 99; Clouzot, Philibert de l'Orme, pp. 90-107; Berliner Ornamentstichkatalog 2362; Pettegree, French Vernacular Books 15434; cf. Adams L… Read More
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Forty-six fine watercolours elegantly bound in a nineteenth-century album
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Forty-six fine watercolours elegantly bound in a nineteenth-century album

by NOVELLI, Francesco

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Probaly Venice, 1825. An exquisite suite of watercolours, including a beautiful series of scenes documenting a Venetian commedia dell'arte troupe, by the Italian artist Francesco Novelli. Francesco Novelli (1767-1836), one of the preeminent artists of his generation, lived in Venice where he was best known for his outstanding book illustration. He enjoyed a long and successful career that culminated in the landmark editions of Don Quixote (1819) and Gil Blas (1820). Novelli is also known for illustrating works such as the Fasti Veneziani (1794), hinting at his abiding interest in the theatre and the performing arts. In this unmatched collection of Novelli's watercolours, the greatest number are piquant images of a troupe of the commedia dell'arte, with especially fine depictions of Pierrot himself, as well as other key figures such as Columbine and Harlequin. There is a remarkable series of scenes from a play, as well as studies of individual performers, many so precisely rendered that it is almost… Read More
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Moby Dick
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Moby Dick

by Melville, Herman; Kent, Rockwell [Illustrations]

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New York: The Lakeside Press, 1930. First Edition Thus. Near Fine/Very Good. First edition thus, limited to 1,000 copies. Three volumes in publisher's acetate jackets, in aluminum slipcase. Presentation copy signed by Rockwell Kent on the front free end paper of Volume I, "Inscribed with affectionate friendship to Putzie - Rockwell Kent, 1950." Volumes II and III bear Rockwell Kent-illustrated bookplates of Marie Luise Hinrichs. Near Fine. Narrow strips of sunning to spine cloth at ends, light rubbing to cloth at extremities and light abrasions to black topstains. Pages toned and with offsetting from illustrations. Acetate wrappers are wrinkled and shrunken with age, as is typical, and show a bit of chipping and edge wear, with some separation starting between the acetate and a paper flap on both volumes II and III; acetate on volume II with light staining. Aluminum slipcase is lightly worn, bumped at top and bottom edge. A stunning presentation copy, inscribed by Kent, and with bookplates designed… Read More
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Wakoku hyakujo - One Hundred Women of Japan (vol 2 of 3)
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Wakoku hyakujo - One Hundred Women of Japan (vol 2 of 3): Milestone of ukyo-e - Moronobu`s most famous book

by Hishikawa Moronobu (1618 – 1694)

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Japanese stab binding, (covers worn), title slip (ink written, not original) 11 double sheets, numbered 12 – 22; 1 page text, 10 double page woodblock prints. In each double sheet a strong sheet of Japanese paper was bound in between, to avoid shining through of the next page, a very effective method to optimize the visual effect of the beautiful pictures.
Old, Japanese library seal on front page; a few minor defects, 7 double pages with a small, hardly noticeable insect damage at upper margin (as an example, the worst one, see last photo).
Reference: IWANAMI, "KOKUSHO SO MOKUROKU", number 4290602. Kenji Toda [RYERSON COLLECTION]. DESCRIPTIVE CATALOGUE OF JAPANESE AND CHINESE ILLUSTRATED BOOKS IN THE RYERSON LIBRARY OF THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO. Chicago, 1931: "… the most famous book by Moronobu…"
Extremely rare: WorldCat knows only three specimen of this edition in public libraries.
Hishikawa Moronobu is generally accredited as the founder of ukiyo-e. Before his time, the illustrations in… Read More
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[Villancicos, Eglogas and Canciones sung and danced in Naples] Qüestión de amor. Agora...

[Villancicos, Eglogas and Canciones sung and danced in Naples] Qüestión de amor. Agora nuevamente impresso: con algunas chosas añadidas

by [Cardona Alonso de]

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4° (mm 185x135); cc. LXXIIII. Caratteri gotici; titolo e anno impressi in rosso, entro cornice silografica a quattro scomparti e con bellissimo legno centrale; al verso dell'ultima carta, marca tipografica silografica. Legatura ottocentesca in mezza pelle. Bell'esemplare, nonostante i margini non amplissimi.
Very rare edition of the earlier Spanish sentimental romance, originally published in Valencia in 1513.
About the authorship of Qüestión de amor, one of the most intriguing among the Spanish sentimental romances:
"In a series of articles on the authorship of the earlier sentimental romance Qüestión de amor, I suggested first that the anonymous author was a member of the aristocratic Cardona family (1994a) basing this attribution on a series of clues deeply imbedded within the text itself – in other words, evidence interior to the work. Furthermore, I suggested that the author was the poet Alonso de Cardona whose work was found in the Cancionero General of 1511 (1994b and 2006). Finally,… Read More
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Novus Orbis, Sive Descriptio Indiae Occidentalis,... Accesserunt & aliorum Indiae Occidentalis...
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Novus Orbis, Sive Descriptio Indiae Occidentalis,... Accesserunt & aliorum Indiae Occidentalis Descriptiones, & Navigationes nuperae Australis Jacobi le Maire Historia, uti & navigationum omnium per Fretum Magellanicum succincta narratio.

by HERRERA, Antonio de.

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Amsterdam, Michel Colin, 1622.
Folio [370 x 250 mm] gathering 6 parts: (6) preliminary ll. including 1 engraved frontispiece, the foreword, and 2 preliminary ll. of the second text bound by mistake at the beginning of the volume; I/ " Herrera's Indiae Occidentalis
" ll. 1 to 44, 15 maps; II/ " Jacob Le Maire's 'Historia Navigationis Australis'", (1) l. (the other 2 preliminary ll. are bound by mistake at the beginning of the volume), 1 portrait of Jacob Le Maire, ll. 46 to 74, 2 large maps, figures in the text; III/ " Account of the Spanish expedition to the strait of Magellan... ", ll. 74-75; IV/ " Short history of the voyages to the strait of Magellan ", ll. 75 to 83; V/ " Description of the West Indies by Ordonez de Cevallos ", 10 ll. wrongly numbered 9 ; VI/ " Description of America, from the geographical tables of P. Bertius ", 11 ll. Bound in limp contemporary vellum, flat spine with the handwritten title. Contemporary binding.
The first complete account of Le Maire's world tour, which allowed… Read More
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De la République des Turcs : & là où l’occasion s’offrera, des meurs & loy de tous...
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De la République des Turcs : & là où l’occasion s’offrera, des meurs & loy de tous Muhamedistes.

by POSTEL, Guillaume.

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Poitiers, Enguibert de Marnef, 1560.
- Histoire et considération de l'origine, loy, et coustumes des Tartares, Persiens, Arabes, Turcs, & tous autres Ismaelites ou Muhamediques, dits par nous Mahometains, ou Sarrazins.
Poitiers, Enguibert de Marnef, 1560.
- La tierce partie des orientales histoires, ou est exposée la condition, Puissance, & revenu de l'Empire Turquesque : avec toutes les provinces & païs generalement depuis 950 ans en çà par tous Ismaelites conquis...
Poitiers, Enguibert de Marnef, 1560.
3 parts in 1 small 4to volume [205 x 146 mm] of: I/ (1) bl.l., (4) ll., 127 pp., (1) bl.p. ; II/ 57 pp., (3) bl. pp ; III/ (4) ll., 90 pp., (1) bl.l., suite of 56 full-page numbered engravings (out of 57) bound together, (1) bl.l. Bound in full contemporary brown granite-like calf, triple gilt fillet on the covers, spine ribbed and finely decorated, red edges. Binding from the 18th century.
Rare first edition of these three books known under the general title of "La République des Turcs",… Read More
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Le Grand Voyage du Pays des Hurons, situé en l’Amérique vers la Mer douce, és derniers...
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A Paris, Chez Denys Moreau, 1632. Avec Privilège du Roy. 8vo.
[Followed by :]
Dictionnaire de la langue Huronne, Nécessaire à ceux qui n'ont l'intelligence d'icelle, & ont à traiter avec les Sauvages du pays. Par Fr. Gabriel Sagard, Recollet de S. François, de la Province de S. Denys.
A Paris, Chez Denis Moreau, 1632. Avec Privilège du Roy. 8vo.
2 parts in one volume 8vo.
Collated complete:
- Voyage : (12) ll. lim. Including 1 engraved frontispiece by Jaspar Isac (this frontispiece
represents savages, on the sides are the figures of Saint Francis and of the blessed brother Martin de Valence, founder of the Franciscan missions in America) ; title ; 2 ll. for an epistle " Au roy des roys et tout puissant monarque du ciel et de la terre, sauveur du monde " ; 2 ll. for an epistle; 3 ll. for a notice "Au lecteur " ; 3 ll. for the Table, le Privilège et l'Approbation ; 380 pp. ; 2 bl.ll. The privilege, dated July 21, 1632, is granted for ten years to Sagard, who declares to cede it to… Read More
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Shizhuzhai Shuhuapu 十竹斎書画譜
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Shizhuzhai Shuhuapu 十竹斎書画譜: Ten Bamboo Studio Manual of Painting and Calligraphy

by Hu Zhengyan (胡正言; ca. 1584–1674)

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Shizhuzhai Shuhuapu , no place (Japan), no date (probably 2nd half of 19th century); 6 of 8 volumes, thick paper covers with cover slips; cover of 1 volume with a small defect at lower left margin, the others are OK; circa 135 double page woodblock prints; 27.5 x 15.5 cm.
Printed on thin Chinese paper.
1. Vol: circa 19 double page woodblock prints and many calligraphies, 2 woodblocks with some brown staining from colors on opposite.
2. Vol: circa 20 double page woodblock prints and many calligraphies, 2 woodblocks with some brown staining from colors on opposite, 2 woodblocks with a brown stain (circa 3 cm).
3. Vol: circa 17 double page woodblock prints and many calligraphies; all woodblocks fine.
4. Vol: circa 38 double page woodblock prints; all woodblocks fine.
5. Vol: circa 18 double page woodblock prints and many calligraphies; all woodblocks fine.
6. Vol: circa 23 double page woodblock prints and many calligraphies; all woodblocks fine.
Japanese, 19. century Hishiya Magobei version of the… Read More
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Trattato della Sanctissima Charità
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Trattato della Sanctissima Charità: Printed 'at the instance’ of the Dominican tertiary nuns of the Monastery of Santa Caterina del Paradiso in Siena: the Essling's copy

by Dominici Giovanni (al secolo Banchini o Baccini Giovanni, Firenze, 1356 o 1357 – Buda, 1419)

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4°; cc. (4), 180 [recte: 170], (2) [numerosi errori nella numerazione delle carte]; segnatura: †⁴,A-X⁸,Y⁴. Caratteri gotico e romanico. Al frontespizio, grande silografia a piena pagina raffigurante l'autore inginocchiato nell'atto di offrire la sua opera a Cristo in Croce; capilettera silografici. Splendido colophon calligrammatico in forme di Croce. Legatura del sec. XIX - firmata "M. Lortic" in marocchino rosso, armi al centro dei piatti, dorso a cinque nervi con titolo impresso in oro e monogramma 'MV', taglî dorati. Accurati, piccoli restauri marginali - verosimilmente ottocenteschi - alla prima e ultima carta; alcuni fascicoli leggermente bruniti. Nel complesso, copia molto bella, discretamente lavata come imponeva il canone collezionistico francese del secondo Ottocento.
Provenienza: legatura alle armi di Victor Masséna, Prince d'Essling (1836-1910); su un foglio di guardia, etichetta "Antiquariato Librario [Francesco] Radaeli", Milano; Christie's 16 Jun 2005, Libri e autografi, n.… Read More
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Columnae Traiani.
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Columnae Traiani.

by F Alfonso Ciiacono Hispano

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Tan leather binding with red title plate, gilt decoration and title on the spine. Gilt 'Cambridge panel' decoration on the boards. In Latin. Rebacked many years ago.
Chacón, A., Historia utriusque belli Dacici a Traiano Caesare gesti. With 2 coppers on 1 l. and 132 ( 2 multiple folding) copper plates. Rome, J. Mascardi 1616. Please download the enclosed selected photographs - upon application all 132+ photographs can be forwarded to interested parties. Naturally, galleries and museums can benefit from a discounted price as it is preferred that this precious volume remains intact.


This is a great book, a magnificent work of art perfected on a series of coppers on Trajan's Column in Rome by the best the world has seen.


The First Edition (1576) was crafted by Giulio Pippi (after Raphael)


This 1616 book (the second edition) is one of the most remarkable Renaissance series of illustrations. These coppers were made by Francesco Villamena, who followed the models & workings of Raphael and his students… Read More
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