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Lowry-James Rare Prints & Books established in 1986 specializes in the art of John James Audubon and the Art of Natural History from the sixteenth through the nineteenth centuries.The collection focuses on fine and rare Natural History, Botany & Horticulture books and original hand-colored engravings and lithographs, books on Literary WomenBritish Culture and Fine & Private Press books.
Our Recent Catalogue:
Catalogue Ten: Charles Livingston Bull


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A Fine original hand-colored copperplate engraving. Folio (12.5/8 x 19.25 inches, 32.05 x 48.89 cm). Presented matted in an Ivory rag mat with gilt line decoration. Sized to 18.5 x 24.5 inches, 46.99 x 62.23 cm). One of the rarest, and most elusive, of all botanical works. As stated in Gordon Dunthorne's Flower and Fruit Prints of the Eighteenth and early Nineteenth Centuries, London. 1938: Hortus Nitidissimis is one of the finest records of the cultivated flowers of the period, containing full-sized coloured of the figures. This is the showiest of the Florilegia; garden and florist's flowers painted for their beauty opposed to their scientific appeal. Many of the botanicals were rendered and appropriately credited to Georg Dionysius Ehret (1708-70). Ehret's contribution to the art of botanical illustration is so instrumental, that in his well-referenced and essential tome of the same name, Wilfred Blunt credits Ehret for an entire period of botanical illustration: The Age of Ehret. In Hortus Nitidissimis, Ehret's contributions were honored, unlike the fate that befell him from his involvement with Weinmann's Phytanthoza Iconographia (1737-45). The author of Hortus Nitidissimis was Ehret's friend and colleague Dr. Christoph Jakob Trew (1695-1769), a celebrated Nuremberg doctor, who also rewrote and reissued the botanical work of Elizabeth Blackwell's A Curious Herbal in 1747-1773, illustrated with plates engraved by N. F. Eisenberger.  Hortus Nitidissimis omnem per annum superbiens floribus Lilium ll- Lilium Persicum- plate 120
Trew, Dr. Christoph Jakob.

Price: $1,400.00

Fine, bright condition in a Very Good toned and rubbed DJ. Large Octavo (6 x 9 inches). Blue textured cloth with gilt lettering and four color lithographed illustration (By Bull) set in arched panel on front board. xii, 15-313 + colored frontispiece + 12 halftone plates plus 16 pen and ink illustrations heading each chapter. Illustrated endpapers. A fine absorbingly diverse collection wild animal tales by Minnesotan writer Paul Annixter (pseudonym Howard Allison Sturtzel: 1894 - 985) illustrated by Charles Livingston Bull. As stated in the forward written by Bull:  I have been illustrating [Annixter's] stories for some years and am always struck by his mastery of story-making and range of subject matter. From the icebound tundra of the far North to the jaguar-haunted jungles of the Tropics. From cold windy coasts of Maine to the forested slopes of the Western Mountains. I love the feeling of utter wilderness, remoteness and the savage beauty of his scenes. I always have difficulty when asked to illustrate one of his stories, not in finding good subjects for picture, but in deciding what not to do. These animal illustrations are some of the more mature compositions produced by Charles Livingston Bull- as they come late in his life and display a complete mastery in rendering the graceful elegance of animals in the natural world. (Blauvelt 70.7) Wilderness Ways.
Annixter, Paul. Charles Livingston Bull (Illus).

Price: $95.00

A Fine Copy, with signed compliment slip by Dorothy Canfield. Quarto: 8 x 11.25 inches (203.3 x  284 mm). Gray cloth with gilt lettering to front board and spine. TEG, decorative end papers illustrating chart of the entrance to Resurrection Bay, Alaska, Kenai Peninsula. Pp. xvii, 217, with 46 full page illustrations, and numerous text illustrations by Kent. A signed compliment slip on engraved stationary of Mrs. J. R. Fisher by Dorothy Canfield Fisher, friend of Kent who wrote the introduction is tipped onto the final sheet before the rear flyleaf. The journal of Kent's time on Fox Island with his young son, Rockwell, Jr. , from August 1918 to March 1919. During its time of publication, Kent's Wilderness was hailed as "easily the most remarkable book to come out of America since Leaves of Grass". (Rockwellkentiana 59). Wilderness A Journal of Quiet Adventure in Alaska
Kent, Rockwell.

Price: $325.00

Very Good. 12 mo. Wraps. 8 pp, including 4 plates.  Small to top edge of wrap, lightly soiled. The "Enjoy Your Museum "series was edited by Carl Thurston, and issued with the intent to help the reader understand how the mind of the artist works. Here Kent offers more of a philosophical rather than technical explanation as to why or how to create art- (ie: wood-engraving and  wood cuts.). List of booklets in the series published to date on rear wrap. Enjoy Your Museum II B: How I Make a Wood Cut.
Kent, Rockwell.

Price: $95.00

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