AUDUBON, John James and Rev. John BACHMAN.
The Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America. 1845-.
Audubon's magnificent final work, with brilliantly coloured plates. One of the very few great colour plate books on animals. Born in Santo Domingo (now Haiti) in 1785, as the son of a French sea captain and a French chambermaid, Audubon…£400,000
PIRANESI, Giovanni Battista.
Vedute di Roma. [Bound with] PIRANESI, Francesco. Topografia delle fabriche scoperte nella cittá di Pompei. circa 1778 and 1785.
A fine complete set, originally from the Swedish royal family, of the finest illustrated book on Rome and one of the very greatest series of engravings on any subject; the images strong early impressions, clean and fresh.One of the greatest…£275,000
Книга, содержащая чертежи употребляемыхъ ныне артилерийскихъ орудiй съ принадлежностями оныхъ уменьшенные противъ натуральныхъ в 8-ю долю, деланная при Второмъ Кадетскомъ Корпусе, кадетами онаго в классе Штабсъ-капитана Ефимова-втораго. [The Book Containing Drawings of the Artillery Arms Used Nowadays].1800.
A unique album of historical importance, entirely in manuscript, in a signed Russian presentation binding. Of exceptional dimensions and in fresh condition, from the library of Tsar Alexander II.On 10 March 1800, the very year when the album was executed,…£250,000
BLIGH, Captain William.
A Complete set of The Bligh Court Martial Pamphlets, one Inscribed by Bligh. 1794-1795
A superb set of books of great rarity, vividly describing the most notorious episode in British naval history. Examples of books by Bligh inscribed by him rarely appear on the market. We do not know of any other copies of…£195,000
Egypt & Nubia, from drawings made on the spot … With historical descriptions by William Brockedon, F.R.S. Lithographed by Louis Haghe. 1846–49.
A superbly bound example in the preferred deluxe format of “”one of the most important and elaborate ventures of nineteenth-century publishing, and it was the apotheosis of the tinted lithograph”” (Abbey Travel). No publication before this had presented so comprehensive…£160,000
KINGSBOROUGH, Edward King.
Antiquities of Mexico: comprising facsimiles of ancient Mexican paintings and hieroglyphics … together with the monuments of New Spain, by M. Dupaix … the drawings on stone by A. Aglio1831-1848.
First edition of the hand-coloured issue of the greatest illustrated work on Mexican antiquities. “”Kingsborough's nine-volume set, The Antiquities of Mexico, is, quite simply, stupendous. Each massive volume is roughly two feet square, weighs about 65 pounds, and consists of…£110,000
HA-LEVI DUEREN, Isaac Ben Meir.
Sha'arei Dura [The Gates of Dueren]. Passover Haggadah. 14th-15th century.
A magnificent Haggadah of medieval Frenco-German origin. This Passover Haggadah of medieval Franco-German origin combines liturgical text with halakhic (Jewish legal) and homiletical commentary in a beautifully arranged geometric pattern. Its excellent condition, as well as its many unique features,…£100,000
LEVAILLANT, François and Alexandre BOURJOT SAINT-HILAIRE
Histoire naturelle des perroquets [with] Troisième volume (supplémentaire), pour faire suite aux deux volumes de Levaillant.1804-5 and 1837-38 [but 1835-9].
An unusual example of this magnificent work, which Huzard enriched with the publication prospectus and an original watercolour, signed A.P. for the plate 131 'Variété du perroquet à taches souci'. It also includes a plate before the letter (#22).The watercolour…£100,000
GAUTIER d'AGOTY, Jacques-Fabien.
Sammelband of Three Works:
– Myologie complette en couleur et grandeur naturelle, composée de l'Essai et de la Suite de l'Essai d'anatomie, en tableaux imprimés. [Bound with:] – Anatomie de la tête, en tableaux imprimés. [Bound with:]
– Anatomie generale des visceres en situation, de grandeur et couleur naturelle, avec l'angeologie, et la neurologie de chaque partie.1746, 1748 and 1752.
Impressive volume gathering Gautier d'Agoty's most important early works – very rarely found together, with full margins and in this very desirable unfolded condition with all plates superbly varnished. The first life-size anatomical illustrations in colour, beautifully rendered thanks to…£95,000
PIRANESI, Giovanni Battista.
Le Antichità Romane. 1756.
Piranesi's most important work: more than 200 plates in a very early state. With Ducal provenance. This work, which required eight years of careful study and excavation by Piranesi, established his reputation as the leading protagonist of Roman archaeology when…£95,000
Bereishith. [Genesis.] c. 1250-1300.
A 13th Century Book of Genesis – practically complete. Written on exceptionally smooth parchment in a convenient, portable format, this beautifully executed copy of the biblical book of Genesis is also remarkable for its gothic Hebrew calligraphy and several unique…£90,000
[ALEXANDER II] –
Description du Sacre et du Couronnement de leurs Majestés Impériales l'Empereur Alexandre II et l'Impératrice Marie Alexandrovna. [Описание Священного Коронования Их Императорского Величествa Государя Императора Александра Второго и Государыни Императрицы Марии Александровны Всея России].1856.
First edition of the most sumptuous of the imperial coronation albums – one of only 200 copies.In his 1941 Valse des Fleurs, Sacherevell Sitwell speculated that the volume was “”of such immense size [that] this may be the largest book…£85,000
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