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Daniel Defoe. Die wunderbare Lebensbeschreibung und Erstaunliche Begebenheiten des beruhuten Helden Robinson Crusoe. 12 mo. One frontispiece plus 141 pp. containing 6 full page woodcut illustrations and two vignettes. Philadelphia: Conrad Zentler, 1809. Text has normal browning and cover is early with spine intact but boards rubbed. As found. Ref.: collates complete with Shaw-Shoemaker. Copies at: AAS and LCP.

A lovely copy of Robinson Crusoe with charming, primitive woodcut illustrations. $225

Joseph Strutt. Sports and Pastimes of the People of England. London: White & Co. and seven others, 1810. Second edition. Quarto. 40 hand colored engraved plates include frontispiece. A few of the plates are out of sequence. Half leather with marbled boards, rehinged and rebacked. Gentle time toning throughout, colors bright, slight foxing on initial and terminal leaves. A fine example. Not in Tooley, English Books with Colour Plates. Collates complete with directions to binder.

A lovely example of a British study of various sports in England using illustrations from illuminated manuscripts and stained glass windows, which were the obvious inspiration for these lovely prints. The study of games for all the classes, jousting and hawking for the nobility, chess and backgammon for the intelligentsia, wrestling and bowling for the commoners, and field games for children are all included. An English color plate book that uses pictorial sources for its primary authority. $750

William Falconer. The Shipwreck, A Poem....with Additional Notes and Illustrations, and a Sketch of the Author’s Life. Embellished with Descriptive Engravings by Robert Dodd, Marine Painter. London: Wm. Baynes, 1811. 3rd. Edition. With 18 marine prints, 4 vignettes with sailors, and a map. Some foxing and a few pencil marks. Rebound. Overall, a handsome volume.

William Falconer was a common sailor when he wrote this poem, though he eventually rose to the position of purser aboard a royal frigate. This poem in three cantos, praised in its time for its “terrific sublimity and wild beauty,” contains wonderful descriptions of ships in storms at sea. Notes on the poem present a valuable guide to contemporary maritime vocabulary and procedures. The glory of this book are eighteen lovely aquatints by the famous marine painter, Robert Dodd. The sequence of ship portraits showing various weather conditions is a fine study in Dodd’s use of the etching process which made his reputation. Plate I, Plate II, Plate III $650

W. and E. Finden. The Book of the Boudoir; or, The Court of Queen Victoria. London: Tilt and Bogue, and New York: D. Appleton and Co., 1842. Folio. Original green calf with decorative gold-stamped covers and spine. All edges gilt. Cover restored at corners and at head and foot of spine. 12 folio engraved portraits, each with some foxing. Otherwise, interior very good.

Twelve portraits of young women associated with the Queen’s court, engraved after paintings by John Hayter, are presented in this elaborate Victorian gift book. Each sitter is accorded a short biography, and eighteen poems of love and romance by eleven different poets accompany the appealing portraits. Such a book would have provided English middle class women with an elegant and admiring glimpse of the women in the royal circle. $225

Eliza Leslie (ed.) Miss Leslie's Magazine. Home Book of Fashion, Literature and Domestic Economy. Philadelphia: Morton McMichael, 1843. Vols. I-XII. With numerous illustrations. Octavo. With very worn original cover; hinges somewhat weak, but still intact and entire. Interior with considerable and typical smudging and stains. Some pencil scribbles, especially on fly-leaves. A few of the prints with added color. Overall, typical worn condition, but still complete and readable.

Prints (engravings and lithographs): 7 hand-colored fashion plates, one folded; 2 pairs of die-cut fashion plates; 1 fashion plate printed with color; 1 lithotint genre print; 12 uncolored genre prints; 3 pattern prints, one hand-colored; 2 embossed prints.

The complete one year run of a lady's journal of considerable note, including three firsts for American magazines. Eliza Leslie (1787-1858) was a Philadelphia author of cookbooks and domestic economy books. In 1843 she edited Miss Leslie's Magazine containing literary writings, articles on domestic economy, and many illustrations. The magazine was very progressive in its content and the nature of its illustrations, but it still only lasted one year. It did include the following firsts for American magazines:

This magazine, then, is a fine example of the genre from the mid-nineteenth century, but particularly important in the history of American printmaking. $300

Auguste Racinet. Le Costume Historique. Paris: Firmin-Didot, 1888. Six volumes. Folio. 471 plates of 500 (172 monochromatic and 299 in brilliant color). Many plates highlighted in gold, with 12 back- to- back plates of clothing patterns. Bound in library buckram. Ex libris with typical withdrawal stamps. Interior clean and beautiful. A lovely set with much information.

Superb chromolithographed plates illustrating the history of costume in many lands and many periods. $1,250

Charles F. Horne, Editor. A series of Pen and Pencil Sketches of the lives of more than 200 of the most prominent personages in history: Soldiers & Sailors; Statesmen & Sages; Workmen & Heroes; Artists & Authors. New York: Selmar Hess, 1894. Complete set of 68 10 x 12 fascicles, many with uncut pages. Published as eight volumes, with fascicle 68 containing the index to each volume’s essays and illustrations. $325

Owen Jones. The Grammar of Ornament. London: Bernard Quaritch, [1856-]1928. Folio. Chromolithographs by F. Bedford. Title page and last plate loose. Else, excellent condition. Ex-library copy.

A handsome series of 112 folio chromolithographic plates illustrating the many different styles of decoration used from ancient times to the mid-nineteenth century by civilizations from all parts of the world. Ancient civilizations of Egypt, Greece, Rome, Celts, Maya, Persia, India and other Asian cultures are represented, as well as medieval, Renaissance and later styles used in European countries.

These intricate and beautifully colored prints represent the varied inspirations and heritage of the many decorative styles used in architecture, interior decoration, textiles, ceramics, and many other functional media which have also been embellished. $2,200

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