Four plates of floor plans of Longford Castle. 60 pp. 8vo, orig. tan printed wrappers. [London: Chiswick Press]; “To be Obtained from the Housekeeper, Longford Castle,” 1910.
“Third edition, edited and revised by William Barclay Squire, F.S.A.”; this is the most complete record of the collection. Radnor (1868-1903), was a prominent Conservative politician and his mother Helen Matilda Chaplin (1846-1929) helped compile this catalogue. The collection began with the father-son pair of Sir Jacob de Bouverie, 1st Viscount Folkestone (1694-1761), and William, 2nd Viscount and later 1st Earl of Radnor (1725-76). The former purchased more than 100 pictures, including works by Holbein...
Four plates of floor plans of Longford Castle. 60 pp. 8vo, orig. tan printed wrappers. [London: Chiswick Press]; “To be Obtained from the Housekeeper, Longford Castle,” 1910.
60 pp. 8vo, orig. blue cloth, upper cover gilt with crown. [London: J. Davy & Sons], 1908.
The enlarged edition (1st ed.: 1864) of the catalogue of this famous collection. The collection was largely formed by the 2nd Lord Northwick (1769-1859), a prodigious art collector and connoisseur, who was active in the art market for over a half-century, amassing over 1400 pictures. Living on the Continent during his younger years, including a transformative period of eight years in Rome, he developed a profound knowledge of fine art. In 1800, he succeeded his father as second Baron Northwick and proceeded to devote himself entirely to collecting.
“He acquired pictures of all schools, especially Italian pictures from all periods, Flemish pictures, and contemporary British paintings. His pioneering interest was in Italian pictures of the fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries. So extensive did his collection become that he built a special picture gallery at Northwick Park in 1832, and some years later acquired Thirlestane House in Cheltenham, the guide to which in 1846 listed over 500 pictures. By 1859 the collection exceeded 1400 pictures; sculpture, bronzes, antique gems and cameos, enamels, coins, carvings, miniatures, and manuscripts also formed part of the collection. Of liberal disposition, he opened Thirlestane House to the public and it became one of the greatest attractions of Cheltenham.”–Charles Sebag-Montefiore in ODNB.
292 plates in black & white and sepia. 14 unnumbered leaves. 4to, orig. green half-morocco & green cloth (spine slightly faded & upper hinge slightly rubbed), spine gilt, t.e.g. London: Privately Printed, .
The rare privately printed catalogue of Old Master drawings sold to J. Pierpont Morgan for nearly $4,000,000 in today’s money. Murray (1849-1919), involved in all aspects of the art world in the course of his life, began to amass this collection while serving as an agent for the Director of the National Gallery and several private collectors in Italy. He helped cultivate American collectors new on the scene and guided the...
Many illus. Two vols. Large folio (440 x 330 mm), cont. crimson morocco (extremities a bit worn), panelled in gilt, spines gilt, doublures of red & blue morocco gilt, crimson silk moiré endpapers, t.e.g. Paris: Manzi, Joyant & Cie, 1903.
Limited to 200 numbered copies of this luxuriously printed and richly illustrated catalogue, finely bound and printed on heavy paper, issued to celebrate the bequest of the wide-ranging collections of the Dutuit brothers to the city of Paris. Eugène (1807-86) and his younger brother Auguste (1812-1902), inherited a large fortune from their father, a successful cotton merchant. They amassed an impressive collection of...
xx, 76 pp. 8vo, orig. green cloth, upper cover lettered in gilt. [Manchester: Chas. Sever, Lithographer], 1900.
The rare catalogue describing a vast and storied collection. The collection had its beginnings with the peculiar story of Francis Egerton (not the above), the 3rd Duke of Bridgewater (1736-1803), also known as the “Canal Duke.” “The Duke of Bridgewater was one of the great and eccentric success stories of English history. Like that other ducal oddity, the 5th Duke of Portland, he was rejected in love and remained a bachelor. Bridgewater had one big idea: to construct a canal from Manchester to Liverpool to...
1 p.l., 110 pp. 4to, attractive modern green cloth, upper cover gilt, spine gilt, t.e.g. London: [Chiswick Press], 1898.
Second edition, enlarged with recent acquisitions; limited to 75 copies. An earlier, smaller, edition appeared in 1884. Tennant (1823-1906), was a Scottish industrialist who greatly expanded the chemicals company started by his grandfather…He was one of the earliest provincial industrialists to become a major metropolitan figure, and held magnificent parties at his great house in Grosvenor Square.”–ODNB.
This catalogue enumerates Tennant’s exceptional collection of hundreds of engravings by artists such as Rembrandt, Joshua Reynolds, and J.M.W. Turner. There is an index...
68 collotype plates. 130 unnumbered pages. Large & thick 4to, orig. green cloth (most leaves sprung due to the use of gutta percha), upper cover gilt, t.e.g. [London: Bradbury, Agnew & Co.], 1896.
The scarce privately printed catalogue of this collection of highly important 18th- and 19th-century English pictures collected by Charles Tennant (1823-1906), the Scottish industrialist. He purchased the bulk of these works from the Agnews, the family of art dealers. “In 1853 Tennant bought The Glen estate in Peeblesshire. He remodelled the house into a baronial mansion resembling Glamis, and improved the grounds extensively. He also amassed a notable library and...
Frontis. woodcut of the castle, printed in red and numerous illus. in the text (some full-page). 66 pp., one unnumbered leaf. Oblong 4to, orig. red cloth-backed printed boards (extremities a little rubbed & soiled, hinges tender). [London: J.W. Benn & Bros.], n.d. [but 1889].
An uncommon and beautifully illustrated catalogue. Lady Somerset (1851-1921), the third daughter of Charles Somers Somers-Cocks, Viscount Eastnor, had married Lord Henry Richard Charles Somerset (1849-1932), but the marriage ended when she discovered his homosexual proclivities. Rather than officially divorce, which was against church doctrine, she opted for a separation and won custody of their son in 1878...
Title framed within typographical ornaments. 4 p.l., 219,  p. 4to, orig. decorative brown morocco with gilt armorial device and mottos on upper cover (corners a trifle rubbed), flat spine gilt, a.e.g. N.p.: [Chiswick Press] “Privately Printed,” 1883.
One of forty copies of this rare catalogue in the deluxe presentation binding. Fox Strangways (1847-1905), possessed a vast collection of family portraits and Old Master paintings spread across a house in London at 42 Belgrave Square and three country houses, Melbury House and Abbotsbury Castle in Dorset, and Redlynch House in Wiltshire. The catalogue was compiled by his mother, Amelia Fox Strangways.
77 photographic plates & four additional photographic plates of Ickwell Bury bound in at the end. 234 pp. Five parts in one vol. Large 8vo, attractive early half-calf & marbled boards, green morocco lettering piece on spine, spine gilt, t.e.g. [London: Christie, Manson & Woods, 1882].
The illustrated issue of the catalogue of a landmark sale; this was the greatest collection of art and furniture ever assembled in Scotland. The 10th Duke of Hamilton (1767-1852), a connoisseur of the ancien régime and Napoleonic eras, amassed the majority of the collection.
“Up in Scotland, one whale of a collection, indeed the grandest ever put together north of the border, was formed…with a distinctly Francophile flavour. Hamilton claimed the French Dukedom of Chatelherault and enjoyed collecting French art and furniture of the ancien régime as well as Napoleonic material. The aim of the latter was political, to give the impression that he was at the centre of events. He turned Hamilton Palace in Lanarkshire into a gorgeous if gloomy repository where the decorative arts, books and manuscripts were paramount. He married Beckford’s younger daughter, Susan Euphemia, and built a special wing to house the Beckford library. Paintings by Poussin and Rubens hung alongside the Portrait of Napoleon which he had commissioned from David…The sale of the contents of Hamilton Palace by Christie’s between 17 June and 21 July 1882 forms a watershed in the history of British collecting. Foreigners flocked to the sale and it signalled the end of the era of British domination of the art market.”–Stourton and Sebag-Montefiore, The British as Art Collectors, p. 191. Many of the finest pieces in the sale were bought by American collectors, who were relatively new to the London art market. The sale achieved a total of 397,000 pounds.
Frontis. albumen print & four albumen prints, all of Monserrate. xviii, 342, iv pp.,  p. of publisher’s ads. 8vo, orig. green cloth (corners rubbed, lower joint & foot of spine worn), upper cover & spine gilt. London: L. Booth, 1870.
First edition of this scarce and peculiar work celebrating the Monserrate estate of Cook (1817-1901), a merchant and famous art collector. The authors are believed to be Thomas Purnell (1834-89), and John Cargile. In rhyming verse, they describe Monserrate, Pena Palace, Mafra, and Lisbon, casting Cook in the role of Oberon.
“In 1856 [Cook] bought the palace of Monserrate at Cintra, a place redolent with romantic associations. He had the building completely restored and embarked on the development of its magnificent gardens. He gradually acquired vast areas of land near Cintra and renewed the prosperity of the district. In recognition of his services to the area and his benevolence to the poor, in 1864 Cook was created Visconde de Monserrate by the king of Portugal…
Fine tinted lithographed frontis. of Thirlestane House. iv, 200 pp. 4to, orig. blind-embossed green cloth (corners slightly bruised), upper cover & spine stamped in gilt. London: .
An uncommon catalogue of a famous sale that lasted 22 days. Northwick (1769-1859), a prodigious art collector and connoisseur, was active in the art market for over a half-century, amassing over 1400 pictures. Living on the Continent during his formative years, including a transformative period of eight years in Rome, he developed a profound knowledge of fine art. In 1800, he succeeded his father as second Baron Northwick and proceeded to devote himself entirely to collecting.
“He acquired pictures of all schools, especially Italian pictures from all periods, Flemish pictures, and contemporary British paintings. His pioneering interest was in Italian pictures of the fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries. So extensive did his collection become that he built a special picture gallery at Northwick Park in 1832, and some years later acquired Thirlestane House in Cheltenham, the guide to which in 1846 listed over 500 pictures. By 1859 the collection exceeded 1400 pictures; sculpture, bronzes, antique gems and cameos, enamels, coins, carvings, miniatures, and manuscripts also formed part of the collection. Of liberal disposition, he opened Thirlestane House to the public and it became one of the greatest attractions of Cheltenham.”–ODNB.
xxiv, , 94 pp. Small 4to, orig. blue limp cloth boards (spine defective), upper cover stamped in gilt. London: Woodfall & Kinder, 1856.
A rare privately printed catalogue of this important collection featuring works by Titian, Turner, Elsheimer, and Palma Vecchio. The collection began with Algernon Percy, 10th Earl of Northumberland (1602-68), who was one of the greatest collectors during the Civil War and Restoration periods and a significant patron of Van Dyck. “By the late 1650s, Northumberland’s collection was perhaps the finest in England. His genuine aesthetic appreciation of Venetian pictures, especially by Titian, and portraits by Van Dyck, made it similar in...
Folding engraved frontis. & five engraved plates. 2 p.l., 2, 32 pp., , 33-103. 8vo, cont. half-sheep & marbled boards (rejointed & extremities rubbed), spine gilt. Edinburgh: Printed by J. Hutchison, .
A famous sale with fatal results; it is clear that this copy survived the collapse of the floor on which the sale was held. John Clerk, Lord Eldin (1757–1832), was one of the leading Scottish lawyers of his time; “he acquired so extensive a practice that, it is said, at one period of his career he had nearly half the business of the court in his hands. As a pleader he was remarkable, both for...
81 etchings on 33 plates. 4 p.l., 32,  pp. Large 4to, orig. half-red morocco & marbled boards, (spine expertly rebacked, new endpapers), spine gilt. London: W. Bulmer & W. Nicol, 1822.
An uncommon catalogue. Miles (1774-1845), “typifies the new class of merchant, having made his money financing the building of railways and of the Avonmouth docks. Miles bought Leigh Court, near Bristol, for which he assembled an extraordinary collection of works attributed to Leonardo da Vinci, Correggio, the Carracci, Guercino, Van Dyck and a Giorgione now in the National Gallery, London, but his fame rests on the purchase of the Altieri Claudes from the Beckford collection...
4 p.l., 175 pp. 8vo, modern marbled paper over boards, red morocco lettering-piece on spine. [Anvers]: J. Grange, .
A rare sale catalogue offering 524 paintings. Knyff (1713-84), a Belgian noble, possessed an exceptional collection of Italian, Dutch, and French works including Rubens’ “Christ and the Adulterous Woman” (no. 176: “Ce Morceau paraît être le fruit d’un pinceau plus qu’humain.”). Each lot is described, some at great length, with commentary on technique and provenance along with measurements. Due to the size of the collection, the viewing was held in the deceased’s home and the catalogue is divided by room.
Very good copy.
Numerous woodcut diagrams in the text. xxxii, 133 pp. 8vo, cont. blond calf (very short crack at foot of upper joint), triple gilt fillet round sides, spine nicely gilt, contrasting morocco lettering piece on spine, a.e.g. Paris: Imprimerie Royale, 1741.
First edition and a fine copy, printed on large and thick paper. This is a further work by Maupertuis to determine the shape of the earth through the accurate measurement of a degree of the meridian, using the results of the French expedition to Lapland in 1735. He argued “that a theory of the moon’s motion, based on parallax observations...
2 p.l., xii, 124,  pp. 12mo, cont. blond calf (two corners a tiny bit worn), triple gilt fillet round sides, spine finely gilt with chevrons “à la grotesque,” red morocco lettering piece on spine. Paris: F.A. Didot & De Bure, 1776.
First edition of this introduction to precious stones written for collectors and jewelers; according to the author this is the first complete treatise on precious stones. Dutens describes the chief varieties including diamonds, rubies, sapphires, emeralds, etc. He has also provided an interesting table at the end of current prices of diamonds of increasing carats. In the Preface, Dutens reviews the writings...
Seven full-page woodcuts & a few smaller text illus. 49 folding leaves. 8vo, orig. wrappers, orig. title label on upper cover with title in manuscript, modern stitching. Wakayama: Kasedaya Hiemon et al., 1818.
First edition of Takebe’s translation and commentary of Lorenz Heister’s writings on infections and their treatment. Heister (1683-1758), wrote one of the best and most complete works on surgery of the 18th century. Translated into Japanese, it was enormously successful, introducing Western methods to many Japanese surgeons.
Takebe (1782-1842), a samurai, has included here all of Heister’s writings on infections and has provided a number of his own...
Numerous illus. in the text (many full-page). 30 folding leaves. 8vo, orig. patterned wrappers (rubbed & a little worn, some worming in blank upper margins), orig. block printed title label on upper cover, new stitching. Osaka: 1827.
First edition. “The last monograph of importance on massage in old Japan was the Ampuku zukai, compiled and published by Shinsai Ota in 1827, which gave the technique of massage in text and illustrations.”–Mestler, A Galaxy of Old Japanese Medical Books, II, pp. 485-86.
This work by Ota, a physician in Osaka, serves as the foundation of modern Anpuku therapy. “Anpuku,” which means to “ease or...
Engraved frontis., two folding engraved charts, six engravings in the text, and numerous woodcut diagrams & illus. in the text. 10 p.l., 199, 100-124, 121-152, 253-311, , 128, 113-131 pp. [and quite complete]. 4to, cont. black morocco by the Charles Mearne bindery (short crack at foot of upper joint, faint dampstain in lower outer corner to first 50 leaves), sides panelled in gilt, inner panel with roll-tooled floral pattern, the corners surmounted with floral & vase devices, spine richly gilt, a.e.g. London: Printed for the Author, 1685.
First edition and very rare; ESTC locates only the Huntington and Yale copies in North America. This is...
Finely engraved frontis. xx, 316 pp. Small 8vo, cont. mottled calf (expertly rebacked), spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. Paris: Vente, 1767.
[bound with as usual]:
(—). Catalogue raisonné de Porcelaines, tant anciennes, premiere forte, qu’ancien Japon & la Chine: d’Effets précieux d’anciens Lacqs, riches Meubles de Boule, & Bijoux, faisant partie du Cabinet de feu… Par C.F, Julliot, Marchand… 80 pp., one leaf of approbation. [Paris: Didot, 1767].
xxxi, 175 pp. 8vo, cont. purple cloth-backed marbled boards (extremities slightly rubbed). Paris: L. Potier, 1860.
An uncommon auction catalogue. Sauvageot (1781-1860), violinist at the Opéra de Paris and famous collector of the decorative arts, donated much of his art collection to the Louvre, greatly augmenting their holdings. From Le Roux de Lincy’s valuable biographical sketch, we learn that Sauvageot bought primarily from De Bure, Crozet, Techener, and Potier. The library was particularly rich in early French books, especially literature and history; there are some early manuscripts as well.
Fine copy. 1691 lots. Bookplate of Eric Speeckaert.
32 p.l., 272 pp. Small 8vo, cont. vellum over boards. Moulins: P. Vernoy, 1644.
First edition of this scarce provincial imprint, a dictionary of geographic names found in classical descriptions of Gaul. Labbé (1607-67), Jesuit scholar and prolific author, wrote this work as a bold critique of an earlier similar work by the cartographer Nicolas Sanson (1600-67), from which Labbé “borrowed” liberally. The subsequent war of words between the two authors led to the brief arrest of Labbé.
The present work describes the locations and variant names in different languages and dialects of numerous ancient cities, temples, fortresses, rivers, etc., oftentimes noting...