Manuscripts and Letters

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Large orig...
Large original watercolour illustration of a 1920's luxury model.
[No place, no publisher, ca. 1925-1930]. Large, oblong sheet (61.6 x 22.7 cm) with watercolour (partly paint-brushed) illustration of a ca. 1925 luxury car; mounted on another contemporary card board (same size).
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Roaring and beautiful
Six fine o...
Six fine original watercolour illustrations of 1920's luxury cars.
[No place, no publisher, ca. 1925-1930]. Six oblong sheets (34.2 x 22.5 cm), each with an illustration of a ca. 1925-1930 luxury car.
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Fine original drawings of cars of an unknown brand
Four illus...
Four illustrations of 1920's luxury cars.
[No place, no publisher, ca. 1925]. Four oblong sheets (ca. 12.5 x 28 cm), each with an illustration of a ca. 1920-1925 luxury cars, mounted on larger sheets (27.0 x 39.0 cm).
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Contemporary paintings of mysterious luxury cars
Bound coll...
Cope, E. D.
Bound collection of five papers on reptiles and amphibians, and a handwritten postcard by Cope.
Washington, DC, United States National Museum, 1875-1889. Thick 8vo (22.5 x 14.7 cm). 1,017 [104, 51, 249, 98, 515] pp. and several handwritten unnumbered leaves, 84 plates. Red buckram. Spine with gilt lines and black morocco label with gilt title.
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A unique, personal copy
Original w...
Original watercolours of 17th-century Dutch costumes.
The Netherlands, not published, [ca. 1920]. Five original water-colours of 23.5 x 17.5 cm, mounted on sheets of 29.0 x 23.5 cm; including three double-sized (oblong, width 45 cm). In later blind wrapper.
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Nice watercolour 'portraits' of 17th-century Dutchmen
Album géné...
Coupin, H.
Album général des cryptogames. Avec la collaboration de M[ademois]elle Fernande Coupin. Algae.
Paris, E. Orlhac, [1911-1912]. 4to (27.5 x 18.6 cm). 394 plates with explanatory text leaves, title pages and indexes. Contemporary half calf over marbled boards. Spine with five raised bands and gilt title. Marbled flyleaves.
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"Un travail d'Hercule" [from an additional letter by the author]
A natural...
Edwards, G.
A natural history of uncommon birds and of some rare and undescribed animals, quadrupeds, reptiles, fishes, insects, &c. In four parts. [AND] Gleanings of natural history - Glanures d'histoire naturelle [In three volumes]. [Complete].
London, for the author, 1743-1764. Seven volumes in seven. Folio (29.4 x 22. 8 cm). Text and 370 engraved plates of which 369 finely hand-coloured), as follows: Part I: Hand-coloured frontispiece, title page with hand-coloured vignettes; wood-engraved head and tail pieces; xx, 53 pp.; 54 plates [1-52; (two not numbered)]. II. Title page, [iii]-viii, xxi-xxiv; 53-128 pp. 55 plates (including the Samojeed, uncoloured) [53-104; (one not numbered - double); 105; (Samojeed)]. III. Title page, dedication leaf, full blank, advertisement leaf, pp. 106-157; 52 plates [106-157]. IV. Title page (dated 1751), dedication leaf, [ii] pp. (preface), [ii] pp. (subscribers list); 158-248 pp.; 58 plates [158-177; (three not numbered); 178-195; (two not numbered); 196-210]. V. Frontispiece portrait of the author, title page with engraved vignettes, dedication leaf; pp. 1-108; 50 plates [211-260]. VI. Two title pages (English and French), [iii] (dedication leaves), [iv] subscribers list; xxxv (preface), 109-215, [iv] (index); 50 plates. [261-310]. VII. Two title pages (English and French), dedication leaf, [ii] (subscribers list), vii (preface), 221-347 pp.; 52 plates [311-362]. Uniform contemporary polished calf. Spines with five raised bands; compartments rich gilt with floral patterns and two morocco labels with gilt title. Gilt-panelled boards. Inner dentelles. Marbled endpapers. Yellow edges.
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Edwards's magnum opus, with extra - unpublished - plates and his handwritten explanations
Cours de t...
Cours de theorie pour la fabrique des tissus.
Lyon or environment, not published, 1846. In two volumes. Folio (45.5 x 29.9 cm). 314 [148; 134, 16, 16] pp. (excluding several deliberately left blank), numerous illustrations. Original quarter vellum over marbled boards. Entirely handwritten text and illustrations, mounted original fabrics and hand-coloured designs. The second volume with a loosely inserted 16 pp. addition, dated 1846, and another 16 pp. addition with 169 often very complex and colourful fabric samples, mostly mounted on rectos). Printed labels (one with additional text) mounted on the front boards.
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Wonderful: 19th-century weaving - explained and illustrated
Histoire n...
Fauché, B.
Histoire naturelle, botanique.
[France, unpublished, ca. 1850]. Folio (39.8 x 28.8 cm). Title page with polychrome title and vignette, heightened with gold; 15 plates with watercolour images of fungi (1) and flowering plants with explanatory text leaves in fine calligraphy. Original full embossed and pebbled black calf; gilt-stippled board edges and fine gilt inner dentelles. Iridescent endpapers. Spine with five raised bands and gilt title; front board with gilt initials "B. F." (= Berthe Fauché); rear board with gilt vignette "Maison des Oiseaux". All edges gilt.
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The Plesch copy - A fine album of large water colour illustrations of flowering plants
Gervais, [F. L.] P.
Bibliothèque des sciences naturelles. Zoologie. Reptiles vivants et fossiles.
Paris, Germer Baillière, 1869. Large 8vo (25.0 x 16.0 cm). 82 pp., 19 lithographed plates. Original printed wrappers.
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Dedication copy of the rare, updated, separate edition
Happe, A.
Abbildung auslaendischer Materialien.
Berlin, [not published], 1767. Folio (37.3 x 24.3 cm). Decorative water colour title page, manuscript text within a garland of flowers and insects, and 86 water-colour plates of plants, manuscript index leaf at the end. Preserved in modern marbled clamshell box.
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A finely coloured manuscript depicting exotic and medicinal plants, by one of the greatest natural history artists of the 18th-century
Six origin...
[Herpetology – snakes]
Six original watercolours of snakes with their names and description.
Unpublished, ca. 1850. Six sheets (22.1 x 18.2 cm), each with an ink and hand-coloured drawing of a snake [recto], and a description [verso]. Loose in portfolio.
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Six original, mid-19th-century watercolours of snakes