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1928 - The Nonesuch Press, London - Limited edition of 1475 copies of which this is number 132.
‘Midway upon the journey of our life I found myself in a dark wood, where the right of way was lost.’ - Hell.

To run over better waters the little vessel of my genius now hoists her sails, as she leaves behind her a sea so cruel.’ - Purgatory.

In the heaven which most of His light I have been, and have seen things which he who descends from thereabove neither knows how nor has power to recount.’ - Paradise.

A gorgeous limited edition of this medieval epic, combining Botticelli’s 42 sepia drawings with Dante’s
Divina Commedia. With text in Italian and English. Showing none of the usual spine fading to which this vellum is notoriously prone.

Reportedly based on Dante’s experiences during his banishment from Florence, this reinterpretation of Christian themes had a seminal influence on philosophy, literature, and art, inspiring Chaucer, John Milton, Salvadore Dali, and T.S. Eliot, among many others.

‘Dante and Botticelli represented the Florence of two very different generations. No Renaissance artist contemplated the verities of Christianity with a depper faith. Botticelli’s drawings are so much more than a commentary on, or a two-dimensional summation of, the
Divina Commedia. They are breathtakingly beautiful. And in realising his project, Botticelli refined his own mysticisim and thus anticipated the intense lyricism of his final years’ - Francis Russell on the 2001 Botticelli exhibition at the Royal Academy (Country Life). 
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The American Girl - Howard Chandler Christy

1906 - Moffat, New York - First Edition
Classic work by one of the great American masters of illustration. A literary and cultural treasure, this tribute to the American girl of the new century is illustrated throughout with 16 colour plates and other illustrations in black and white by artist and journalist Howard Chandler Christy.

The Army Girl, The Socialite Girl, The Golf Girl, The Dancing Girl; they are the girls of turn-of-the-century America that Christy celebrates in their period glory. The American girl ‘has ceased, finally, to be a hothouse flower’. 
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1913 - Macmillan and Co. Limited, London - First edition with these illustrations
A beautifully bound example of one of the earliest collections of fairy tales from different countries, first published in 1863. With old English tales, such as Jack the Giant-killer and Tom Thumb, as well as German stories from Grimm, French tales of Perrault and Madame d'Aulnoy, and many other delightful and time-honored fairy tales. Stunningly illustrated by Warwick Goble with 32 colour plates. 
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Flora's Feast: A Masque of Flowers - Walter Crane

1895 - Cassell & Company Limited, London Paris & Melbourne - Early Edition (first published 1889)
A charming copy of this influential and typical children's book by Walter Crane, beautifully illustrated with wonderful art-nouveau colour illustrations.

Crane’s work featured some of the more colourful and detailed beginnings of the child-in-the-garden motifs that would characterize many nursery rhymes and children's stories for decades to come. He was part of the Arts and Crafts movement and produced an array of paintings, illustrations, children's books, ceramic tiles and other decorative arts.
 
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Motoritis or Other Interpretations of the Motor Act - Charles ‘Chas’ Crombie (illustrator)

1906 - Simpkin, London - First Edition
A superb large (38 x 27.5 cm) folio. ‘Motoritis’ contains twelve colour plates of humorous ‘Other Interpretations’ of the newly passed 1904 Motor Car Act. Section 1 of the Act introduced the crime of reckless driving, which Crombie aptly illustrates in the third plate.

Produced for ‘Perrier’ ‘The Champagne of Table Waters’, with additional colour plate advertisement for them, and bottle labels to the verso of each of Crombie’s illustrations.
 
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1999 - Jonathan Cape, London - First Edition
A fine copy with an original great big red ink cartoon drawing of Gordon Butcher on the half title page, and signed by Ralph Steadman.

The true story of a Suffolk ploughman, Gordon Butcher, who uncovered the greatest treasure ever found in the British Isles. It was Roman silver of unparalleled beauty and value and, not appreciating what he had discovered, Butcher was savagely cheated out of the fortune that should have been his.

 
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1898 - Cassell and Company Limited, London Paris & Melbourne - Dore Illustrated Edition
‘Finally, from so little sleeping and so much reading, his brain dried up and he went completely out of his mind.’

A beautifully bound large quarto edition of what many consider to be the first true novel in Western literature, powerfully combined with Gustave Doré’s magnificent illustrations. Consisting of 118 full page plates and numerous in-text engravings.

The windmill-chasing antics of Don Quixote have been delighting readers for over four centuries. Combining revolutionary writing techniques such as realism, intertextuality, and comedy, Miguel De Cervantes’ immortal novel continues to be a bestseller twenty generations after its publication.
 
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A Sleep of Prisoners, A Play - with - The Dark Is Light Enough - Christopher Fry, Ronald Searle (illustrator)

1951 - Geoffrey Cumberlege, London New York Toronto - First Editions
Dark and cold we may be, but this
Is no winter now. The frozen misery
Of centuries breaks, cracks, begins to move;
The thunder is the thunder of the floes,
The thaw, the flood, the upstart Spring.
Thank God our time is now when wrong
Comes up to face us everywhere,
Never to leave us till we take
The longest stride of soul we ever took.
Affairs are now soul size.
The enterprise
Is exploration into God.
Where are you making for? It takes
So many thousand years to wake,
But will you wake for pity's sake!

A highly imaginative, poignant drama about four prisoners of war locked up in a church in enemy territory, together with Fry’s 1954 play
The Dark is Light Enough, his ‘winter comedy’ set during the nineteenth century Hungarian Revolution, and companion play to his earlier works The Lady’s Not for Burning, and Venus Observed. Two volumes in dust jackets illustrated by Ronald Searle. 
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