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1928 - The Nonesuch Press, London - Limited edition of 1475 copies of which this is number 442.
‘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 there above neither knows how nor has power to recount.’ – Paradise.

A gorgeous large limited edition of this medieval epic, combining Botticelli’s 42 sepia drawings (34 on double sheet, 8 on single sheet) with Dante’s
Divina Commedia in both Italian and English. Showing only a modicum of the usual spine fading to which this vellum is notoriously prone, and in the original matching leather trimmed and felt lined slipcase.

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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1911 - Hodder & Stoughton, London - Edition de Luxe, limited to Seven Hundred and Fifty copies signed by the Artist, and numbered, of which this is No. 686
A near fine example of the large [32 x 27.5 cm], sumptuous, vellum-bound, Limited Edition de Luxe, signed and exquisitely illustrated by Edmund Dulac with twenty eight tipped-in colour plates,

Dulac’s mixture of humour, menace, grace and depth of colour blend wonderfully with these seven classic fairy tales by Hans Andersen: -
The Snow Queen; The Nightingale; The Real Princess (Princess and the Pea); The Garden of Paradise; The Mermaid; The Emperor’s New Clothes; The Wind’s Tale. 
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Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens - J. M. Barrie, Arthur Rackham (illustrator)

1912 - Hodder & Stoughton, London - First Thus : Best edition with Rackham’s Illustrations interspersed amongst the text.
In Peter Pan In Kensington Gardens, Peter, not wanting to grow up, spent his time amongst the enchanted birds, trees, animals, and magical folk of the park, he also meets and falls in love with a little girl named Maimie Mannering. Peter and Maimie were developed by Barrie into the slightly older Peter Pan and Wendy, for the play Peter Pan, or the Boy Who Would Not Grow Up.

Finely bound by Bayntun-Riviere, and with 50 delightful illustrations by Rackham who 'seems to have dropped out of some cloud in Mr. Barrie’s fairyland, sent by a special providence to make pictures in tune to his genius' -
Pall Mall Gazette.

‘The still air is filled with the ringing of hundreds of little fairy bells,
but the sweetest sound of all,
is the fluting of Peter Pan’s pipes as he calls to the spring to make haste,
because with the spring comes Wendy.'
 
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Quality Street: A Comedy in Four Acts - J. M. Barrie, Hugh Thomson (illustrator)

1901 - Hodder & Stoughton, London - Number 542 of 1000 limited copies. First Edition Illustrated by Hugh Thomson
Large limited edition of J. M. Barrie’s play, in magnificently gilt decorated vellum binding. Illustrated throughout with line drawings and twenty-two mounted colour plates by Hugh Thomson. Number 542 of a limited edition of 1,000 vellum bound copies signed by the illustrator Hugh Thomson. Housed in later bespoke felt lined slipcase.

The premiere of
Quality Street in 1902, two years before Peter Pan, was a big enough hit to inspire a line of chocolates which where advertised using its characters... Quality Street has inspired a number of films, one with Katherine Hepburn, and is still enacted on stage today, using modern parlance it would be referred to as a ‘RomCom’.

‘Valentine Brown is trying to persuade Phoebe Throssel that age is no barrier to their romance. She might regret the decade that has passed since he abruptly left to fight in the Napoleonic wars, leaving their love unrequited, but he’s having none of it. “Instead of growing older you shall grow younger,” he says, promising to heal the wounds of time.’
 
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1928 - Maurice de Becque, Paris
The romantic account of Sonnica of Saguntum, and the eight month siege of her city by Hannibal which took place between 219 BC and 218 BC between the Carthaginians and the Saguntines. Text in French, illustrated with 60 colour etchings by Maurice Becque, and two monochrome portraits opening and closing the text. A limited edition of 270 of which this is number 176. Originally in wraps this copy has been placed in a smartly bound in half morocco and patterned endpapers. 
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Julens Tolv Dage - Doreen and Lars Bo

1953 - O.C. Olsen & Co, Denmark
One of 850 copies privately printed for Doreen and Lars Bo to give to friends.

A fine copy, of this personal interpretation in Danish of the traditional carol ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’, written and beautifully illustrated by renowned Danish artist and illustrator Lars Bo, with gilt illustrated blue paper wrappers, and inscribed from Doreen and Lars Bo to their friends the equally renowned illustrator Ronald Searle and his wife, the journalist and publisher Kaye Webb.
 
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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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Motoritis or Other Interpretations of the Motor Act - Charles ‘Chas’ Crombie (illustrator)

1906 - Simpkin, London - First Edition
A superb rare and 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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