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An extraordinary trove of over 200 Victorian printed pattern cotton percale and muslin swatches in their original eye-catching sales sample portfolios.
[Calcutta, India & Manchester: Williamson Brothers of Calcutta, Robert Barbour & Brother, Ltd, c.1860-70. [Calcutta, India & Manchester: Williamson Brothers of Calcutta, Robert Barbour & Brother, Ltd,, c.1860-70. Twenty-one pieces: 20 folio-sized portfolios from 356 x 228 mm. up to 419 x 240 mm., 1 oblong quarto, produced in a spectacular range of variously coloured, textured and patterned paper, all overprinted with striking designs often in metallic inks, many with printed and embossed labels of Williamson Brothers, Manchester or Calcutta to the front flaps, descriptive details added in manuscript, a few with annotations in Bengali, a number with hand-coloured or chromolithographic pictorial engravings within elaborately printed and embossed frames inside the flaps, occasional additional gilt "trimmings". Contents mounted on heavy paper stock in leporello form, leaves varying from 3 to 10 per item, a total of 234 textile swatches, from 228 x 178 mm up to large double-width folding samples, c.300 x 635 mm, many of them retaining the handsome embossed, gilt-printed labels of Williamson Brothers, together with the appealing small gilt-framed printed stock-number tickets, some flimsy interleaves also remain. Most portfolios with some damage, variably rubbed, missing flaps, separation in the folds, or leaves loose, in general the mounting leaves are lightly browned, and some have offsetting from the samples, but the swatches themselves are overall startlingly fresh and bright, occasionally a little creased, others with sample strips snipped from them, but altogether the c … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Peter Harrington [United Kingdom]
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