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        THE MONASTERY. A Romance

      Printed for Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, London; and for Archibald Constable and Co., 1820 - Three volumes; size of the bindings: 4 1/2 in. x 7 5/8 in. Vol. I: [4], [1]-331 pp. with imprint at the bottom of page 331; Vol. II: [4], [1]-333 pp. with imprint at the bottom of page 333; Vol. III: [4], [1]-351 pp. with imprint at bottom of p. 351. All three volumes have their half-titles and second half-titles. Bound in full, dark brown morocco leather by Zaehnsdorf, with their gilt stamp on the lower front inner turn-in, five raised bands on the spine, with gilt titling, double-line borders, and richly gilt inner dentelles, brown watered silk endpapers, top-edge gilt. The fore and lower edges of the book have not been trimmed in binding. Fading to the spines and cover margins. Vol. III shows a scratch to the leather of the spine, and a small imperfection to the leather on the back cover. With the bookplates of Cleveland, Ohio based book collector, William G. Mather (1857-1951), on the reverse of the front free endpapers. Weight 3 lbs. Postage may be extra on this item. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Peter Keisogloff Rare Books, Inc.]
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        The monastery : A romance / By the author of 'Waverley' - [Complete in 3 volumes]

      Edinburgh : printed for Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, London; and for Archibald Constable and Co., and John Ballantyne, Bookseller to the King, Edinburgh 1820 - Physical desc.: 3 v. ([4], [1], 2-58, [1], 60-76, [3], 80-331, [1] p.; [4], 333, [3] p.; [4], 351, [1] p.) ; 12°. Notes: Signatures: V. 1: pi A-N O6 P4; v. 2: pi A-O ; v. 3: pi A-O P6 Q . "In three volumes"--t.p. The final page of vols. 1 & 3 and the last 3 pages of vol. 2 are blank. In volume 1, pages [1]-58 contain the 'Introductory Epistle' signed by 'Cuthbert Clutterbuck'; pages [59]-76 the 'Answer' by 'the author of Waverly'. Page [77] is the fly-title, and pages [79]-331 the text. In some copies (such as this) of vol. 1, page 226, last line, the word "attention" is altered to "attentoin" these two states appear in both the first and second editions. In some copies (such as this) of vol. 1, page 263 is misnumbered 268. --cf. Todd and Bowden. In vol. 2, chapter numbers on pages 26 and 63 both read 'II', and those for 89 and 123 read 'III' all subsequent chapter numbers are short by two. The only Scott publication where John Ballantyne used "bookseller to the King" in the title imprint, cf. Todd and Bowden. Colophon: Edinburgh: Printed by James Ballantyne & Co. ('and Co.' in vols. 2-3.). Subject: Scotland - History - 16th century - Fiction. Referenced by: Worthington, 9. Todd and Bowden, 144Aa. Provenance; bookplate of Lieut. Gen. Sir John Hope. Very good copies all in the original half calf over plain boards. Professionally and period sympathetically re-backed with ruled cross bands and the title and volume indicators blocked direct in gilt; very impressively finished. Remains a particularly well-preserved set; tight, bright, clean and strong. 2 Kg. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: MW Books Ltd]
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        Tragedie

      Firenze, Leon. Ciardetti 1820-21.. 6 vols. 4°. (1) 262 (1); 363 (1); 306 (1); 368 (1); 329 (1): 394 (2) S. mit Titelportr. u. 21 Kupfertaf. HLdr. d. Zt. Mit Rückengoldpräg. u. marmorierten Buchdeckeln. Kanten berieb., leicht stockfleckig. Exlibris. Vittorio Alfieri, (1749 in Asti gest.1803 in Florenz) war einer der bedeutendsten italienischen Dichter und Dramatiker des 18. Jahrhunderts. Seine streng formalen, klassischen Tragödien waren durchdrungen von den republikanischen Freiheitsgedanken des späten 18. Jahrhunderts und seiner Abscheu gegenüber jeder Form von Tyrannei. Dadurch hatten seine Werke großen Einfluss auf die italienische Freiheitsbewegung des 19. Jahrhunderts, das Risorgimento - Con un ritratto di Alfieri inc. da. G. Cantini e 21 tavole n. t. davanti a ciascuna tragedia finem. inc. in rampe per lo più da Ant. Verico e Carlo Lasinio. Dedica dell' editore al conte D. Boutourlin. Precedono la lunga 'Lettura di Ranieri de' Calsabigi all' autore sulle quattro sue prime tragedie', la 'Risposta' ed il 'Parere sull' arte comica in Italia' dell'Alfieri. Bella, accurata e non comune edizione. Esempl. magnifico, a pieni margini (rare fioriture della carta).

      [Bookseller: Antiquariat Burgverlag]
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        Allgemeine deutsche Real - Encyclopädie für die gebildeten Stände ( Conversations-Lexicon ). In zehn Bänden. Fünfte Original-Ausgabe.,

      Leipzig, Brockhaus 1820.,, - Kl. 8°, XXXII/931/7(Verlagsanzeigen), 928 (919-928=Verlagsanzeigen), 1056 (1051-56=Verlagsanzeigen), 960, 944 (941-44=Verlagsanzeigen), 968, XVI(Verlagaanzeigen)/990/2(=Verlagsanzeigen), 968, 1007/2(=Verlagsanzeigen), XXXII/1013/3(Verlagsanzeige). Alle Bänden mit der Halbtitelseite mit der Nachricht für Buchbinder/Anzeige. Halbledereinband der Zeit mit dreiseitigem Rotschnitt. Zustand: Rücken und Ecken bestoßen und beschabt, Buchrücken zum Teil gebrochen u. unprofessionel mit Klebeband zusammengeklebt, Kapital unterschiedlich abgenutzt, Buchblock fest, insgesamt als Sammelobjekt restaurierungbedürftig . Sprache: de Gewicht in Gramm: 6550

      [Bookseller: Antiquariat an der Uni Muenchen]
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        OPERA QUAE EXSTANT OMNIA GRAECE ET LATINE. Padova, Seminario, 1819. Segue: Idem. ODYSSEA et Hymni fere omnes Graece at Latine.

      Seminario,, Padova, 1820 - 2 gr. voll. in-8 gr., pp. IV, 694; IV, 630, belliss. leg. m. pelle coeva con tass. e fregi oro ai d., piatti in carta dec. Risguardi in carta dec. Il primo vol. contiene l'Iliade, il secondo l'Odissea e gli Inni, con testo originale greco e trascrizione latina in calce, nella redazione di Enrico Lederlino e Stefano Berglero. Ottimo esempl. a pieni margini. [096]

      [Bookseller: SCRIPTORIUM Studio Bibliografico]
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        History of the Indian Archipelago. Containing an Account of the Manners, Arts, Languages, Religions, Institutions, and Commerce of its Inhabitants . with Maps and Engravings - [Complete in 3 Volumes]

      Edinburgh : Archibald Constable & Co. 1820 - Subjects; Subject: Malay Archipelago - History - Description and travel. Asian / Middle Eastern history. India. Phillipines. Austronesian languages. Physical desc. : 3 v. , 35 plates, [1] fold. Leaf : ill. , map ; 22 cm. Assoc. Reference; Goldsmiths'-Kress no. 22742. Uninked, inpressed inst. Stamp to the title. Original full polished speckled calf, very good. Professionally and period-sympathetically recased; very impressively finished. Gilt cross-bands with the title and volume indications blocked direct. 4 Kg. 0 pp. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: MW Books Ltd.]
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        The Tour of Doctor Syntax Through London

      J. Johnston, London 1820 - .or the Pleasures and Miseries of the Metropolis. A Poem. Third Edition, London, J. Johnston, 1820. Large 8º (254 x 155 mm.), untimmed as issued in original drab boards, 20C. rebacking in purple cloth with new paper label, original endpapers retained, inner hinges reinforced with paper. Pp. iv, [list of plates], 319. Vignetted title-page plus 19 full page plates all hand-coloured as called for. Old ownership signature on first free endpaper and again faintly at head of page 1, small 20C. bookplate of Lawrence Strangman (the noted book-collector) on pastedown, a little very minor offseting from some plates, the odd mark to text; an excellent large copy in very clean and fresh condition, rarely seen in the original boards. One of the several imitations of William Combe's series of Dr Syntax books, the illustrations sometimes attributed to Isaac Robert Cruikshank (George's brother), though more likely by other illustrators (but definitely nothing to do with Rowlandson!).

      [Bookseller: Richard Smith]
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        30 mahlerische An- und Aussichten von Dresden und den nächsten Umgebungen; aufgenommen, gezeichnet und radirt.

      1820 1820 - 2. verb. Aufl. Dresden: in den Arnoldischen Buchhandlung [1820]. Oblong-8vo. 17 pp. + 30 plates. Contp. yellow boards, loose. First 8 pages dampstained. * This copy belonged to the Danish artist Wilhelm Ferdinand Bendz, dated 4. August 1831 Dresden (on the titlepage). [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Peter Grosell, Antiquarian Bookseller]
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        The history of England, from the invasion of Julius Caesar, to the revolution in 1688 / by David Hume to which is prefixed a short account of his life [volumes 2 - 8]

      London : Printed for Richardson & Co. 1820 - Physical description: 7v. ; 22cm. Volumes 2 - 8 only. Subjects: England -- History. Summary: The History of England (1754-61) is David Hume's great work on England's history which was written in installments while he was serving as librarian to the Faculty of Advocates in Edinburgh. It was first published in six volumes in 1754, 1756, 1759, and 1761. More a category of books than a single work, Hume's History spanned "from the invasion of Julius Caesar to the Revolution of 1688" and went through over 100 editions. Many considered it the standard history of England until Thomas Macaulay's The History of England from the Accession of James the Second. Very good copies bound in contemporary full aniline calf. Gilt-blocked leather labels to spines, with gilt-crossed bands. Wear to some title labels. Spine bands and panel edges somewhat dulled and rubbed as with age. General surface marks as with age. Remains quite well-preserved overall. 3 Kg. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: MW Books Ltd]
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        Swinhoe's Deer

      - A very detailed hand-colored natural history lithograph by Joseph Wolf (German-English, 1820-1899) from his book "Zoological Sketches", which was compiled for the Zoological Society of London and printed in London: by Henry Graves & Company in 1867. Overall this print measures 13 ½" x 19", the lithograph is tipped into the larger paper which includes a boarder and lettering. Sir Edwin Landseer described Joseph Wolf as “.without exception the best all-round animal painter who ever lived.” Born and educated in Prussia, Wolf moved to London in 1848 to pursue a growing number of commissions to illustrate natural history works. He quickly became the foremost animal illustrator in Britain. Among his achievements were the illustrations he produced for Gould’s “The Birds of Great Britain”(1862-1873) and the romantic subjects he drew for “The Life and Habits of Wild Animals” (1873). Wolf did not wish to be categorized as a scientific illustrator, preferring to create complete and naturalistic compositions, which conveyed a sense of drama and mystery. Rather than show his subjects isolated from their environment, Wolf integrated them into a natural setting and portrayed them involved in dramatic action. In 1852, the British Zoological Society commissioned Wolf to complete several watercolors for its Zoological Sketches published in parts between 1856 and 1867. P.L. Sclater, the secretary of the society, noted in the publication’s preface, “the Council was fortunate enough to secure the services of Mr Joseph Wolf, who may be fairly said to stand alone in intimate knowledge of the habits and forms of Mammals and Birds.” By this stage in his career, Wolf’s works were in considerable demand both in their own right and as illustrations to books and journals. From 1859 to 1869 Wolf was the regular artist for Ibis, the journal of the Zoological Society, and his work was also reproduced in the Illustrated London News, Once a Week, The Leisure Hour, The Sunday at Home, and The Graphic. Unfortunately, during the 1870s, Wolf was increasingly hindered by the onset of chronic rheumatism, which gradually curtailed his work, but he lived on into his eightieth year and died in London surrounded by his pet birds and held in high popular esteem. More than three-quarters of a century later his plates are regarded as among the finest productions of the great period of the illustrated book, while his oil paintings, watercolors and drawings are prized by museums and collectors alike. Overall this print is in good condition with some foxing and staining throughout.

      [Bookseller: Arader Galleries San Francisco]
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        Essais historiques sur la ville de Caen et son arrondissement.

      A Caen, Poisson, A Rouen, Chez Renault 1820 - 2 vol. in-8, XII-401 pp. et 454-8 pp. (liste des souscripteurs), 10 planches dont 2 frontispices et une d'armoiries dépliante, demi-basane verte à grain long, dos lisse orné de filets dorés (reliure de l'époque). Dos légt passés, qqs manques sur les plats mais bon exemplaire. Ex-libris Beaujour et Lebastard.

      [Bookseller: Librairie Historique F. Teissèdre]
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        Storia della decadenza e rovina dell Impero Romano

      Milano, Bettoni 1820 - 13 volumi form. 21X14. Legatura coeva marmorizzata in mezza pelle con titoli e fregi impressi in oro al dorso. Pp. 6000 circa. Traduzione di di D.Bertolotti. Ottimo esemplare della piu importante edizione italiana dell Opera di Gibbon. Fine condition Cat. Quarantasette/57 [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: libreria Metamorfosi]
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        Literary Hours: or Sketches, Critical, Narrative and Poetical

      London - Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme and Brown, 1820 Book. Very Good. Hardcover. Nathan Drake's charming collection of short works. The fourth edition, corrected. Complete in three volumes. Nathan Drake (17661836) was an essayist and physician. He published various collections of miscellaneous essays, critical, narrative, biographical, and descriptive throughout his life, of which this was the first. Condition: In full leather bindings. Externally, worn with loss. Four joints are starting, one board held by the cords only. Internally, firmly bound, bright and clean with just the odd spot. Overall: GOOD ONLY with very good interiors..

      [Bookseller: Rooke Books]
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        Malerische Reise in 6 Bändchen. Ägypten, Syrien, Constantinopel, Griechenland, Istrien, Dalmatien, Neapel, und Sicilien. 6 Bände in 3 Bd.

      Leipzig, Fleischer & Jung. 1820 - Mit 102 (von 103) Kupfern. Oktav. Pappband der Zeit. Kupfer Nr. 18 im 2.Bändchen fehlt. Titelblatt des 5. Bändchens hinterklebt. Kapitale geplatzt. Rücken mit Fehlstellen, sonst gut erhalten. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Biblio Industries Alain Haezeleer]
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        Italian Scenery from Drawings made in 1817

      Published by Rodwell & Martin, New Bond Street 1820 Italian Scenery from Drawings made in 1817. Batty Elizabeth Frances - Published by Rodwell & Martin, New Bond Street, London, 1820. In - 8°, grande, (26 x 16). Piena pelle con impressioni a secco, taglio dorato (cop. anteriore staccata). (10), 197, (1) pp. e 60 tavole finissime tavole f.t. a piena pagina protette da veline incise in acciaio. Frontespizio con vignetta incisa al centro e veduta del Vesuvio come vignetta finale. Doppia cornice ai piatti e doppia filettatura in oro. Margini interni dei piatti con ricca cornice impressa in oro. Esemplare stampato su carta forte di ottima qualità. Interno esemplare in ottimo stato di conservazione. Prima edizione di questa descrizione dell' Italia come appariva agli inizi del XIX secolo. Fra le magnifiche vedute: Torino, Genova, Sempione, Domodossola, Venezia, Rapallo, Lavenza, Pisa, Firenze, Terni, Roma, Tivoli, Napoli ecc. A parte il difetto alla legatura, l' esemplare è ottimamente conservato. Brunet, I, 701 - 2: Les vignettes de ce livre sont, en général d' un effet agréable... Cremonini, L' Italia nelle vedute, 93.

      [Bookseller: Brighenti libri esauriti e rari]
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        Lebens-Ansichten des Katers Murr,

      Berlin: Ferdinand Dümmler,, 1820–22. nebst fragmentarischer Biographie des Kapellmeisters Johannes Kreisler in zufalligen Makulaturblättern. 2 volumes, octavo (163 × 97 mm). Contemporary binding of black paper backing marbled boards, spine lettered gilt and with four gilt rolls, pale green endpapers. Spines rubbed at ends, the occasional hint of very light browning internally, an excellent copy. First edition of Hoffmann's final work and masterpiece, a novel ("The Life and Opinions of Tomcat Murr") dealing with such issues as the aesthetic status of true artistry and the modes of self-transcendence that accompany any genuine endeavour to create. Hoffmann's portrayal of the character Kreisler (a genius musician) is wittily counterpointed with the character of the tomcat Murr — a virtuoso illustration of artistic pretentiousness that many of Hoffmann's contemporaries found offensive and subversive of Romantic ideals. Hoffmann points to the failings of many so-called "artists" to differentiate between the superficial and the authentic aspects of such ideals. The self-conscious effort to impress must, according to Hoffmann, be divorced from the self-aware effort to create. This essential duality in Kater Murr is structurally conveyed through a discursive "splicing together" of two biographical narratives. As a subversive writer, Hoffmann had a lasting and sometimes underestimated influence: this work had a particularly strong effect on the Russians, especially Gogol and Dostoevsky.

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        Plate 174 - Rosa Myriacantha

      Paris 1820 - Pierre-Joseph Redouté(1759-1840). From Les Roses. Hand-colored stipple engraving. Paper Size: 14” x 10 1/2”. Extremely rare print, from one of probably only 5 large paper editions that were hand-colored by Redouté himself. Pierre-Joseph Redouté’s Roses are perhaps his most celebrated images, which the artist issued while under the patronage of the Empress Josephine, wife of Napoleon. The flowers are classical “portraits” which lack backgrounds or settings. The regal simplicity of the compositions allows the viewer to focus without distraction on the beauty and delicate complexity of the plants themselves. This image demonstrates the flawless and pristine French style of botanical art that Redouté pioneered and brought to a pinnacle of quality. Redouté is unquestionably the best-known botanical illustrator of any era. The decorative appeal of his original engravings has led to their modern reproduction, which in turn has popularized Redouté’s work in a way unique among botanical artists. Yet no reproduction can capture the great and subtle beauty of his original engravings from Les Roses. This magnificent engraving demonstrates the full mastery of his abilities, as the form of the rose is set off dramatically by Redouté’s masterful and rich modulations of tone and hue. Born into a family of artists in what is now Belgium, Redouté’s talent was recognized and encouraged from an early age. Eventually, Redouté had, as pupils or patrons, five queens and empresses of France, from Marie-Antoinette to the Empress Josephine and her successor, Marie-Louise. Despite many changes of regime in a turbulent epoch, he worked without interruption, eventually contributing to over fifty works on natural history and archeology. The luminosity of stipple engraving, a technique perfected by Redouté, is particularly suited to the reproduction of botanical detail. The medium involved engraving a copper plate with a dense grid of dots that could be modulated to convey delicate gradations of color. Because the ink rested on the paper in minuscule dots, it did not obscure the “light” of the paper beneath the color. After this complicated printing process was complete, the prints were finished by hand in watercolor.

      [Bookseller: Arader Galleries San Francisco]
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        Rosa Rosenbergiana

      Paris 1820 - Pierre-Joseph Redouté Illustrated plate from Les Roses Paris: circa 1820 Hand-colored stipple engraving 24” x 20 1/2” framed; framed in a beautiful gold leaf museum quality frame, mounted with archival materials and UV plexiglass Excellent condition Pierre-Joseph Redouté’s Roses are perhaps his most celebrated images, which the artist issued while under the patronage of the Empress Josephine, wife of Napoleon. The present selection comprises the three images that are often considered the most magnificent roses that Redouté ever painted and engraved. Certain common themes run through them. In each, the flowers are classical “portraits” which lack backgrounds or settings. The regal simplicity of the compositions allows the viewer to focus without distraction on the beauty and delicate complexity of the plants themselves. Perhaps better than any other engravings that the artist ever made, these three images demonstrate the flawless and pristine French style of botanical art that Redouté pioneered and brought to a pinnacle of quality.

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        Plate 57 - Rosa Berberfolia

      Paris 1820 - Pierre-Joseph Redouté(1759-1840). From Les Roses. Hand-colored stipple engraving. Paper Size: 14” x 10 1/2”. Extremely rare print, from one of probably only 5 large paper editions that were hand-colored by Redouté himself. Pierre-Joseph Redouté’s Roses are perhaps his most celebrated images, which the artist issued while under the patronage of the Empress Josephine, wife of Napoleon. The flowers are classical “portraits” which lack backgrounds or settings. The regal simplicity of the compositions allows the viewer to focus without distraction on the beauty and delicate complexity of the plants themselves. This image demonstrates the flawless and pristine French style of botanical art that Redouté pioneered and brought to a pinnacle of quality. Redouté is unquestionably the best-known botanical illustrator of any era. The decorative appeal of his original engravings has led to their modern reproduction, which in turn has popularized Redouté’s work in a way unique among botanical artists. Yet no reproduction can capture the great and subtle beauty of his original engravings from Les Roses. This magnificent engraving demonstrates the full mastery of his abilities, as the form of the rose is set off dramatically by Redouté’s masterful and rich modulations of tone and hue. Born into a family of artists in what is now Belgium, Redouté’s talent was recognized and encouraged from an early age. Eventually, Redouté had, as pupils or patrons, five queens and empresses of France, from Marie-Antoinette to the Empress Josephine and her successor, Marie-Louise. Despite many changes of regime in a turbulent epoch, he worked without interruption, eventually contributing to over fifty works on natural history and archeology. The luminosity of stipple engraving, a technique perfected by Redouté, is particularly suited to the reproduction of botanical detail. The medium involved engraving a copper plate with a dense grid of dots that could be modulated to convey delicate gradations of color. Because the ink rested on the paper in miniscule dots, it did not obscure the “light” of the paper beneath the color. After this complicated printing process was complete, the prints were finished by hand in watercolor, so as to conform to the exquisite models Redouté provided.

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        Rosa bifera alba (Autumn Damask Rose)

      Paris 1820 - Pierre-Joseph Redouté Illustrated plate from Les Roses Paris: circa 1820 Hand-colored stipple engraving 24” x 20 1/2” framed Pierre-Joseph Redouté’s Roses are perhaps his most celebrated images, which the artist issued while under the patronage of the Empress Josephine, wife of Napoleon. The present selection comprises the three images that are often considered the most magnificent roses that Redouté ever painted and engraved. Certain common themes run through them. In each, the flowers are classical “portraits” which lack backgrounds or settings. The regal simplicity of the compositions allows the viewer to focus without distraction on the beauty and delicate complexity of the plants themselves. Perhaps better than any other engravings that the artist ever made, these three images demonstrate the flawless and pristine French style of botanical art that Redouté pioneered and brought to a pinnacle of quality. Redouté (1759-1840) is unquestionably the best-known botanical illustrator of any era. The decorative appeal of his original engravings has led to their modern reproduction, which in turn has popularized Redouté’s work in a way unique among botanical artists. Yet no reproduction can capture the great and subtle beauty of his original engravings from Les Roses, nor can any introductory paragraph fully describe his many achievements. These magnificent engravings demonstrate the full mastery of his abilities, as the forms of the roses are set off dramatically by Redouté’s masterful and rich modulations of tone and hue. Born into a family of artists in what is now Belgium, Redouté’s talent was recognized and encouraged from an early age. Eventually, Redouté had, as pupils or patrons, five queens and empresses of France, from Marie-Antoinette to the Empress Josephine and her successor, Marie-Louise. Despite many changes of regime in a turbulent epoch, he worked without interruption, eventually contributing to over fifty works on natural history and archeology. The luminosity of stipple engraving, a technique perfected by Redouté, is particularly suited to the reproduction of botanical detail. The medium involved engraving a copper plate with a dense grid of dots that could be modulated to convey delicate gradations of color. Because the ink rested on the paper in miniscule dots, it did not obscure the “light” of the paper beneath the color. After this complicated printing process was complete, the prints were finished by hand in watercolor, so as to conform to the exquisite models Redouté provided.

      [Bookseller: Arader Galleries San Francisco]
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        Plate LVI, Stock Dove, Rock Pigeon

      London 1820 - Prideaux John Selby (1788-1867) created some of the most memorable bird images of the 19th century. This expertly hand-colored copperplate engraving, Plate LVI, Stock Dove, Rock Pigeon, from his work “Illustrations of British Ornithology,” measures 27" x 21.5” and is in excellent condition with a few light stain marks. This well detailed engraving illustrates two large and well detailed birds, the Stock Dove and the Rock Pigeon. Both of these birds are members of the Columba genus. Expertly hand-colored in rich gray, these birds also each have accents of green and red around their necks and have red legs. Selby’s contributions to British Ornithology were rivaled only by those of John Gould, and yet his images were on a larger scale and less purely scientific, exhibiting Selby's distinctive and charming style. nBorn in Northumberland and educated at University College, Oxford, Selby was a landowner and squire with ample time to devote to the study of the plant and animal life at his country estate, Twizell House. As a boy, he had studied the habits of local birds, drawn them, and learned how to preserve and set up specimens. Later, Selby became an active member of several British natural history societies and contributed many articles to their journals. Although Selby was interested in botany and produced a "History of British Trees" in 1842, he is best known for his "Illustrations of British Ornithology," printed in 1820, the first attempt to produce a set of life-sized illustrations of British birds, remarkable for their naturalism and the delicacy of their execution. Issued in nineteen parts over thirteen years, the book consisted of 89 plates of land birds and 129 plates of water birds, engraved by William Lizars of Edinburgh.

      [Bookseller: Arader Galleries San Francisco]
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