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Almanach du Masque d'Or -

1920 - chez Devambez, 23 - Premiere Année
A lovely copy of this delightful Almanach. A stunning example of beauty, finesse and luxury from the Art-Deco period. Only 1000 copies were printed and this is numbered 68. The hand-coloured illustrations are by Edouard Halouze and include four plates of the seasons as well as 17 full page plates which decorate the ‘Petit Guide de la Vie Elégante’ presented in the form of a collection of advertisements for the Moulin Bleu, Cartier, Prunier, Gaveau, les couturiers Raimon et Martial & Armand, etc. Suitably housed in a one of a kind, hand-tooled case by Bayntun-Riviere. 
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Price HK$ 22,000



Peintres de L’Empêchement - Samuel Beckett

1990 - Les Éditions De Minuit, Paris - First Edition, Number 29 of 99 number copies printed on Vélin Chiffon de Lana paper
‘Est peint ce qui empéche de peindre’

A fine, unopened copy of Beckett’s essay on art and modern painting, which discusses the relation between subject and object using the works of Dutch artists (and brothers) Bram and Geer van Velde as examples.

The essay was originally printed in
Derriére le Miroir in June 1948 and has not been translated into English. 
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Price HK$ 2,200



The Art of Illustration - Henry Blackburn

1894 - W. H. Allen & Co., London - First Edition
‘The object of this book is to explain the modern systems and Book and Newspaper Illustration, and especially the methods of drawing for what is commonly called ‘process’, on which so many artists are now engaged.’

Henry Blackburn’s informative and appealing commentary on 19th century illustration, featuring numerous examples of the various forms of reproductions of drawings with accompanying descriptions of the methods employed. Chapters discuss everything from diagrams, daily illustrated newspapers, line drawing and sketching, to illustrative process such as the gelatine and half-tone, as well as wood engravings, illustrations from photographs, and decorative pages.

Beautifully presented with ninety-five black and white illustrations, many of them full-page, and featuring the works of prominent illustrators such as Randolph Caldecott, Daniel Vierge, and Walter Crane, among many others.
 
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Price HK$ 1,800



The Architectural Review: For the Artist and Craftsman - Edward Burne-Jones et al.

1897 to 1902 - Architectural Review, Effingham House - First Editions
A superb and rare collection of the first eleven volumes of The Architectural Review, all published between 1897 and 1902, I - XI. Large volumes profusely illustrated, with several volumes featuring additional supplements bound in at rear, all in original publisher’s elaborately decorated gilt and green cloth covers.

Founded by Percy Hastings in 1896, on the cusp of the 20th century,
The Architectural Review is still in print today. The cover of the first issue bore the legend ‘a magazine for the artist and craftsman’, though this subsequently became ‘artist, archaeologist, designer and craftsman’, thus firmly setting its sights on Victorian polymaths everywhere. The earliest issues were large in format and plainly intended to make the discussion of architecture visual as well as verbal. In those early years, the AR was very much an Arts and Crafts organ inspired by John Ruskin and AWN Pugin, the movement’s great patriarchs. It slowly changed with the zeitgeist to become more devoted to classical architecture and conscious of stirring international developments.  
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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 Life of Benvenuto Cellini written by Himself. - Benvenuto Cellini, John Addington Symonds, Royal Cortissoz

1906 - Brentano's, New York - First Brentano Edition
A fine, unopened and elegantly bound two volume set of the most important autobiography from Renaissance Italy and one of the most spirited and colourful from any time or place. Illustrated ‘with reproductions of forty original portraits and views’.

‘Benvenuto Cellini was both a beloved artist in sixteenth-century Florence and a passionate and temperamental man of action who was capable of brawling, theft, and murder. He counted popes, cardinals, kings, and dukes among his patrons and was the adoring friend of - as he described them - the “divine” Michelangelo and the “marvellous” Titian, but was as well known for his violent feuds. At age twenty-seven he helped defend the Castel Sant’Angelo in Rome, and his account of his imprisonment there (under a mad castellan who thought he was a bat), his escape, recapture, and confinement in “a cell of tarantulas and venomous worms” is an adventure equal to any other in fact or fiction. But it is only one in a long life lived on a grand scale.’

‘Cellini’s autobiography is not merely the record of an extraordinary life but also a dramatic and evocative account of daily life in Renaissance Italy, from its lowest taverns to its highest royal courts’
– James Fenton 
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Les Diners de Gala - Salvador Dali

1973 - Felicie, New York - First Edition
‘an overflowing ode to sipping, nipping and swallowing, a delightfully erotic take on supper time’ – Huffington Post

A delectable copy of Surrealist master artist Salvador Dali’s only cookbook, inspired by and dedicated to his wife and muse, Gala Dali.

Dali’s idiosyncratic foray into gastronomy features 12 unique lithographs depicting Dali’s favourite meals, together with 136 lushly illustrated recipes (55 of them in colour) each one as evocative and strange as his paintings, and ranging from the reassuringly edible (vintage Champagne sorbet) to eccentric aphrodisiacs (crayfish in ‘Viking’ herbs)...

Several of the recipes were prepared by leading French
cuisiniers of the 1970s, including Lasserre, La Tour d’Argent, Maxim’s, and Le Buffet de la Gare de Lyon. 
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Price HK$ 4,800



1978 - Harry N. Abrams, New York - First Edition
‘Dalí's predictably eccentric follow-up to his absurdist cookbook Les Dîners de Gala... the modern wine bible we never knew we needed’

‘It’s the second section, “
Ten Gala Wines,” that hits the home run, blowing minds in the way Dalí masterpieces like “The Persistence of Memory” do. Writer Louis Orizet (a viticulturist and politician in Beaujolais), with help from Georges Duboeuf (a driving force behind the marketing campaign for Beaujolais Nouveau), sets out to explode wine criticism by categorizing wines by their emotional resonance, rather than prosaic features like geography or varietal. In his introduction to the section, Orizet lays bare his mission statement: to “organize wines according to the sensations they create in our very depths.”’ - Regan Hofmann, Punch Drink, 2015.

Profusely illustrated throughout, with many full page colour plates of Dali's signature surrealistic paintings and drawings, as well as his doctored versions of 15th century miniatures and 19th century Academic works.
 
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Price HK$ 4,500



 
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