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Album with Many Exceptional Watercolors and Pencil Drawings of Birds, Flowers and Human Subjects
Full Calf. Very Good. An unusually high level of watercolor and pencil sketch work, even by the comparatively high standards of the early 19th century when such skills were widely nurtured among the more comfortable strata of society. The watercolors in particular have a richness and nuance in coloring that jumps off the page, and they bring to mind the color plates one finds in the better botanical books of the period, while the pencil work is highly precise. N.d, circa 1830. 4to. 27 by 21.5 cm. Unpatinated, with content on 82 pages, mostly on the rectos, sometimes on versos. 38 watercolors, 17 pencil drawings. 21 of the watercolors are botanicals, 9 are of birds, 5 of butterflies, and the three remaining include a dog study and an imaginary map. The pencil drawings are mostly human studies, with a few views and animal studies. The majority of watercolors take up the entire page, although some accompany poetry or text. Most of the pencil drawings likewise dominate the page. Hinge broken. Rubbing along joints, and typical moderate wear to the blindstamped leather.
      [Bookseller: White Fox Rare Books and Antiques]
Last Found On: 2017-02-21           Check availability:      Biblio    

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