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The Yellow Book - Aubrey Beardsley

April 1894-April 1897 - Elkin Mathews &, London
A complete, clean and better than normally encountered thirteen volume set of this groundbreaking art nouveau publication, in the publisher’s bright yellow illustrated covers with designs by Aubrey Beardsley. Together with ‘A Selection’ published in 1950 and bound in yellow cloth to match the earlier set. Fourteen volumes in total.

From its initial visually arresting issue, for which Aubrey Beardsley was art editor and for which Max Beerbohm wrote an essay, ‘
A Defence of Cosmetics’, ‘The Yellow Book’ attained immediate notoriety.

Published by John Lane and edited by Henry Harland, ‘
The Yellow Book’ attracted many outstanding writers and artists of the era, such as Arnold Bennett, Charlotte Mew, Henry James, Edmund Gosse, Richard Le Gallienne, and Walter Sickert.

Although dominated by the illustrations of Aubrey Beardsley, and his decadent fin de siècle aura, many other distinguished artists contributed to the quarterly, notably Frederic Leighton, Will Rothenstein, Walter Sickert and Philip Wilson Steer; contributors to the text included Max Beerbohm, John Buchan, Baron Corvo, Edmund Gosse, Kenneth Grahame, Henry James, E. Nesbit and W. B. Yeats.
 
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Julens Tolv Dage - Doreen and Lars Bo

1953 - O.C. Olsen &, Denmark
One of 850 copies privately printed for Doreen and Lars Bo to give to friends.

A fine copy, of this personal interpretation in Danish of the traditional carol ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’, written and beautifully illustrated by renowned Danish artist and illustrator Lars Bo, with gilt illustrated blue paper wrappers, and inscribed from Doreen and Lars Bo to their friends the equally renowned illustrator Ronald Searle and his wife, the journalist and publisher Kaye Webb.
 
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Architectura Navalis - bound with - Architectura Civilis, Nova & Antiqua - Josephum Furttenbach, Georg Andreas B

1629 - Johan Saurn, Ulm - First Editions
A stunning, clean and complete copy of Joseph Furttenbach’s famous treaty on shipbuilding, Architectura Navalis with double-page engraved title, title in red and black, twenty stunning double-page engraved plates showing boat design, and various types of boats many engaged in action with other boats and monsters of the sea. Furttenbach was a highly influential German architect, who attempted to cover all fields of architecture in his writings. Böckler corresponded with Furttenbach and his works on architecture were intended to contribute to the rebuilding of Germany after the devastation of the Thirty Years War, his Architectura Civilis, Nova & Antiqua presents a comparative treatment of the Orders [Architectural Styles] and is illustrated with forty engraved plates, woodcut printer’s device and red and black text to title page, woodcut head pieces, and initials.  
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A Study of Chinese Paintings in the Collection of Ada Small Moore - Louise Wallace Hackney, Yau Chang-Foo

1940 - Oxford University Press, London New York Toronto - First Edition
A superior example of this significant and large folio catalogue of the substantial collection of Chinese paintings in the collection Ada Small Moore (Mrs. William H. Moore) from pre T'ang times to the Ch'ing Dynasty.

Profusely illustrated with 43 monochrome plates of paintings (a number of which are folding), five colour plates of paintings, five plates of calligraphy, and three plates of seals. With detailed descriptions of each work, together with additional notes on history and provenance, and detailed indexes.

This copy includes the additional ten page additional supplement describing the Ming Dynasty hand scroll ‘Distinguished Scholars Feast Before Parting by Shên Chou (1427-1509)’ which ‘
was added to the Collection too late to be included in this book’. It is also housed in the original scarce dust jacket, which has suffered somewhat to protect this fine copy. 
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Is She a Lady? A Problem in Autobiography - Nina Hamnett

1955 - Allan Windgate, London - First Edition
A rare dust jacketed first edition of Nina Hamnett’s second autobiographical work, the first being ‘A Laughing Torso’ [1933], and published only a year before her death.

Although more famous as the ‘Queen of Bohemia’ in Paris and written about first and foremost as a subject for the art of others (from Henri Gaudier-Brzeska to Roger Fry to Walter Sickert, ), she was a well trained and versatile artist in her own right and one of few emerging female artists of the first half of the 20th century.

‘Reading her story as a tale of the emergence of a young woman into the modern art world, her writing – breathless as it can be – creates a pithy, vivid and often amusing picture of what it felt like to throw off the constraints of the Edwardian lady and reinvent yourself as an artist’ - Alicia Foster, Art UK.

Illustrated with seven photographs and six reproductions of her drawings, including one of Anthony Powell from 1927.

Beginning in 1926, Nina Hamnett ‘
proceeds to unleash a reckless Niagara of hilarious anecdotes and preposterous incidents of the vintage Bohemian lif of London and Paris in the late twenties and early thirties. This was a world of pubs and clubs and parties, of painters, patrons, poets, boxers and tarts, of champagne drunk with the rich, quiet visits to the pawnshop and studio free-for-alls...’ 
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Laughing Torso - Signed - Nina Hamnett

1932 - Constable &, London - First Edition
‘A lady was the last thing I wanted to be’

Signed the year before her tragic death, rare in first edition even more so signed.

The witty, irresistible memoirs of the self-effacing artist and ‘Queen of Bohemia’, Nina Hamnett – her always enchanting and occasionally deadpan account of Bohemian life in Paris and a bestseller upon its first appearance in 1932 in both Britain and America.

A model as well as a painter, Hamnett shamelessly name-drops the innumerable artists and celebrities she encounters at Montmarte’s popular cafés and night spots – including Modigliani, Lytton Strachey, Erik Satie, André Gide, Walter Epstein, Nancy Cunard, and Jean Cocteau, among dozens of others – and with whom she engages in fancy dress parties, all night drinking, and naked dancing. She even sang nursery rhymes with James Joyce, who she described as ‘the most respectable and old fashioned man I have ever met’.

Wonderfully illustrated throughout with 23 black and white photographs and sketches and paintings by the author, including the infamous ‘torso’ as frontispiece, which can now be found at the Victoria and Albert Museum.
 
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Love Night, A Laotian Gallantry - Powys Mathers, John Buckland Wright (engraver)

1936 - The Golden Cockerel Press, London - First Edition - Number 112 of 195 copies.
Number 112 of 120 copies on English vellum-paper, out of a total printing of 200. Exquisitely illustrated with fifteen wood engravings, consisting of ten full page engravings, four half page engravings, and the illustrated title page. In the publisher’s fine binding by Sangorski & Sutcliffe.

Powys Mathers’ play about a festival night in a Laotian village. John Buckland Wright’s first work for the Golden Cockerel Press.

Although less explicit than the Paris based John Buckland Wright would have liked, ‘when ‘
Love Night’ appeared in Autumn of 1936, it was warm, but not too warm. The production was superbly successful. Printed on a smooth-surfaced Japon vellum, the presswork was immaculate, and the book’s effect was what both publisher’ and artist had hoped for.’ [Cave & Manson].

Powys Mathers’ ‘
Love Nights’ was considered for publication in 1934, but postponed because the partners wished to find the right illustrator, two years later it became John Buckland Wright’s first commission for the press. 
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A Series of Picturesque Views of Seats of Noblemen and Gentlemen of Great Britain and Ireland with Descriptive and Historical Letterpress. - The Rev. F. O. Morris (editor)

Circa 1890 - William Mackenzie, London - First Edition
Exquisitely illustrated six large quarto volumes in publishers ornately gilt decorated bindings.

Containing 240 beautiful full page colour chromolithograph plates of country houses printed by Benjamin Fawcett from coloured wood blocks from drawings by Alexander Lydon.

Each illustration is accompanied by a fascinating description and history of the house and its owners.
 
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