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Catalogue 118 is out now!

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   Cover image: Fête du Sacre et Couronnement de Leurs Majestés Imperials. Vue de la Décoration elevée en face de la Place de Grève de l'autre cote de la rivière, à l'occasion de la Fête donnée à leurs Majestés, par la Ville de Paris. Le Cour del. et sculp. [Paris, 1806.] Scarce aquatint with hand colour. Sheet 440 x 330mm (17¼ x 13"). Trimmed within plate, repairs in inscription area with loss of text including publication line. A view of a fireworks display held on the Place de Grève (now Place de l'Hôtel-de-Ville) to celebrate Napoleon's coronation in 1804. To symbolise Napoleon's crossing of the Alps in 1799, an artificial Mont St Bernard was built on the Place de Grève (a square where public executions were carried out). Troops march up the 'mountain', on which is a huge figure of Napoleon on a rearing white horse, based on David's famous painting. An illuminated warship sits on the

Summer Satire: Catalogue 117!

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  Cover image:   [Robert Walpole] Idol- Worship or The Way to Preferment... Pub. 1740. £2000 Stock Ref: 58328   We are pleased to present Catalogue 117! This satire catalogue of over 200 items contains: Mezzotint Drolls Drolls Transport Military & Naval Political Caricatures Fashion Trades Royal Napoleonic Foreign Religious Anthropromorphism Medical Sporting - including Boxing Social Romance and Marriage Legal Educational   View the whole catalogue here!  Some highlights: [George Frederick Handel] The Charming Brute. The figures odd - yest who wou'd think Within this Tun of Meat and Drink, There dwells the soul of Soft Desires, And all that Harmony inspires; Can contrast such as this be found? Upon the Globe's extensive Round; There can - you Hogshead is his Seat His sole Devotion is to Eat. [Joseph Goupy] [n.d. c.1810] Fine hand coloured etching, plate 320 x 245mm (11¾ x 9¾"). Narrow margins, long r

Next catalogue date and Platinum Jubilee closing.

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    Royal Luncheon to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II Guildhall 12 June Coronation Year MDMLIII. [Intro Page:] To Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. A Royal Luncheon given by The Corporation of the City of London at Guildhall Friday 12 June 1953 in Celebration of Her Majesty's Coronation.   Designed & Printed at the Baynard Press, London. [1953.] Printed letterpress, facsimile and photo-lithograph; embossed front cover; 4 sheet, double-side 4to. 280 x 205mm. 11 x 8". The programme for the Royal Luncheon held at the Guildhall on Friday 12th June 1953, following her coronation 10 days previously; including the speeches, the musical programme, menu, list of toasts to tbe made, a picture of the Guildhall before damage by enemy action in December 1940, and a list of the Sub-Committee members.   [Ref: 19156 ]   £60.00 Here in the UK we shall be celebrating the Queen's Platinum Jubilee   with a four day weekend Thursday 2nd - Sunday 5th June 20

Six reasons why you should buy Antique prints!

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1. You get to own a piece of history You can own something that was made over a hundred years ago. It may have even passed through some famous hands! 2. Aesthetically Pleasing  There is such a range of styles and subject matter to antique prints; there is something for everyone! From 16th Century Woodcuts: Magnus Alexander Achillinus. [Bologna, Hieronymum de Benedictis, n.d., c.1520.] Very scarce woodcut, set in Latin text. Sheet 205 x 135mm (8 x 5¼"). Small notch in top edge, slight spotting. An early portrait of Alessandro Achillini (c.1463-1512), philosopher and physician of Bologna, who studied anatomy. It was published as the frontispiece to 'Annotationes anatomiae magni Alexandri Achillini Bononiensis', first published 1520. Wellcome 8-1. [Ref: 57195 ]   £360.00   To modern etchings: [Falcon.] [Edward Julius Detmold. & Charles Maurice Detmold] Unsig

ABA Chelsea Rare Book Fair Listing: Catalogue 116!

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 Our new catalogue is here! P inchbeck. Isaac Whood pinx.t. J. Faber fecit. [n.d., c.1725.] Mezzotint. 330 x 225mm (13 x 8¾"). Small repaired tear into margin on left. Printer's crease bottom right in margin. Christopher Pinchbeck (1670?-1732), maker of clocks and automata, here shown holding an open pocket watch. He also invented 'pinchbeck', an alloy of copper and zinc that resembled gold, which created a new market for costume jewelry. Among his clients was Louis XIV, for whom he made a music clock. In 1717 he advertised a clock at one thousand guineas (appoximately £140,000 today). From 1721 until his death his address was 'at the sign of ‘The Astronomico-Musical Clock' in Fleet Street. CS 289 i/ii. [Ref: 57864 ]   £950.00   Come see us at the fair at Chelsea Old Town Hall Friday 29th April (2pm-7pm) - Saturday 30th April (11am-5pm). We are stand 78 on the

Mother's Day gift ideas

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  It is Mother's Day Sunday 27th of March. (In the UK. It is Sunday 8th May in the USA) Why not treat your mother figure/guardian to the more unique gift of an antique print! Let us inspire you with some ideas below and check out our latest Ten of the Best for our favourite depictions of mothers. For the mother with a sense of humour A satirical print may make her laugh:   Does Your Mother Know You Are Out? W. Lee 1838. Printed by Standidge & Co., London. Lithograph. Sheet 325 x 210mm (12¾ x 8¼"). Trimmed. A child falls from a window, as the mother dozes, watched by a ragged roadsweep. [Ref: 53216 ]   £95.00   (£114.00 incl.VAT)    For the animal lover A Scottish Terrier Family Group.] J. Hanson Walker J.nr [pencil signature.] J. Hanson Walker J.nr 1904. Copyright 1905 by Photographische Gesellschaft. Published by the Berlin Photographic Company, Ber