Manuscripts and Letters

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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]
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
The everla...
Jennings, E. [and Stuart Bevan]
The everlasting animals and other stories.
London, Duckworth & Co., 1898. 4to (26.0 x 19.7 cm). [iii], 87 pp., seven chromolithographed plates. Original full orange and silver pictorial buckram. Black title on the spine, black vignette on the rear board. Large original, hand-coloured drawing by Bevan on the front pastedown and front free endpaper recto.
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A unique copy with an extra drawing of George Grossmith
"Daphnis e...
Joumard, G. P.
"Daphnis et Chloé". Hand-finished pochoirs.
Paris, ca. 1930. 17.0 x 12.0 cm (visible part). In passe-partouts (28.5 x 23.5 cm).
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Two fine watercolour pochoirs, finished by hand, in Art Deco style