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A scare original mezzotint engraving on wove paper, printed in colors and finished by hand. 30 x 39 cm, 11.75 x 15.25 inches. PM: 128 x 37 cm, 11 1/8 x 14.75 in. There is uniform age toning to the plate, yet the colors are rich and saturated. From the Small Folio, or Lottery, Edition of Dr. Robert Thornton's incomparable work illustrating the Carl Linnaeus'  sexual classification system of plants entitled the The Temple of Flora, or Garden of the Botanist, Poet, Painter and Philosopher.  The plate was engraved by William Dunkarton after a painting by Abraham Pether (1756-1812).  Pether, who contributed this and two other compositions for Dr. Thornton's renowned botanical work; The Temple of Flora, was described as: "extremely versatile- a musical prodigy, artist, philosopher and inventor of mechanical gadgets. His passion for painting nocturnal scenes earned him the sobriquet of "Moonlight Pether," and his "astronomical accuracy" was above criticism. (Wilfrid Blunt. The Art of Botanical Illustration). In this composition Pether sets the white Snowdrops, along with yellow and blue Crocus in a foreboding wintery landscape as the true heralds of spring.  (Great Flower Books, Dunthorne 302.) The Snowdrop The Temple of Flora
Thornton, Dr. Robert John.

Price: $1,600.00

Near Fine. Quarto (17 x 23.5 cm). A Deluxe edition finely bound in crimson morocco over rounded boards with gilt embossed ornamentation: framed title lettering surrounded by ribboned florets and fleur-de-lis set in a star embossed oval, with gryffin and jackdaw in cameo. All set within triple French fillets.  Spine in six panels with five raised bands, gilt lettering set in second panel with alternating gryffin and jackdaws in gilt. AEG. French gilt doublures with marbled paper, marbled flyleaves. xiv, 513 pp. Lightly scuffed on raised bands, head and foot of spine and corner tips, otherwise a handsome, solid copy.  A finely bound and illustrated omnibus edition of humorous myths and legends based on medieval folklore and poetry, penned by The Reverend Richard Harris Barham. Illustrated by George Cruikshank, John Leech and John Tenniel, as were the original issues of the Ingoldsby Legends published in the magazine Bentley's Miscellany in 1837. As stated in the DNB: Conscientious in his clerical duties, both for St. Paul's (where he was responsible for major improvements to the library) and for his parishes, [Rev] Barham nevertheless found time to write, gaining popular repute through his Ingoldsby Legends, which began to appear in 1837 in Bentley's Miscellany. Under the guise of Thomas Ingoldsby of Tappington Everard in Kent, Barham ‘discovered’ old documents which provided the basis for his tales. In effect, most of these are reworkings of other narrative sources, from medieval chronicles to Kentish legends and Sir Walter Scott. The mixture of crime and the supernatural, in both verse and prose, is given a comic and grotesque dimension, immediately appealing to Barham's readers. Barham's verse is notable chiefly for its Byronic metrical and rhyming resourcefulness, and high-spirited energy. His knowledge of such areas as heraldry and witchcraft also lends a degree of authenticity to the Legends. The Ingoldsby Legends or Mirth and Marvels with illustrations by George Cruikshank, John Leech, and John Tenniel
Thomas Ingoldsby, Esquire [The Rev. Richard Harris Barham].

Price: $695.00

Very Good. Two volumes complete. Six parts bound in two, with 190 superb original hand-colored copperplate engravings. Quarto (8.75 x 11.25 inches, 22.2 x 28.6 cm). Three quarter calf . Speckled ochre paper over boards. Gilt-tooled spine with five raised bands. Gilt lettering on red and green toned calf set in second and third panels.  Uniform to both volumes. Paper loss to boards however the spine is handsome and binding sound.  The 190 hand-colored copperplate engravings of shells are richly painted with absolutely no offset or foxing to the plates. A beautiful collection all around. Translated: GW Knorr' s delight of the eyes and the spirit, or Collection of allerley known Horns and scallops, which are depicted in its own colors VOLUME I:  Pp. [4], 118, plus 90 hand-colored copperplate engravings. (Organized thus: First Part; c. 1770, title-page, [intro], pp. 1-44, plates #1-30. Second Part; c. 1772, title-page, pp. 45-82, plates # 1-30, pl. 27 precedes pl. 26. Third Part; c. 1772, title-page, pp. 83-118, plates #1-30, plates 21 & 22 and 26 & 27, pl. 22 precedes pl. 21, and pl. 27 precedes pl. 26.) VOLUME II: Pp. 117, plus 100 hand-colored copperplate engravings. (Organized thus: Fourth Part; c. 1773, title-page, pp. 1-34, plates #1-30. Pl. 2 precedes pl. 1 and pl. 7 precedes pl. 6. Fifth Part; c. 1774, title-page, pp. 35-62, plates #1-30. Pl. #6 & 7, 16 & 17 and 26 & 27, bound in opposition . Sixth Part; title-page, pp. 63-117, plates #1-40. Also includes; The Systematic Arrangement of Horns and Shells, and Alphabetical Register.  This Dutch edition was not issued with the hand-colored frontispiece, as were the French and German editions, therefore it is complete. Each volume has four armorial bookplates from members of the family Oates: Jo, Edward, William Edward and Robert Washington Oates on the first four leaves. Robert Washington Oates (1874-1958) funded the Oates Museum, which commemorates the life and work of The Reverend Gilbert White (1720-1793), author of the renowned work The Natural History and Antiquities of Selborne). Georg Wolfgang Knorr (1705-61), a dedicated painter and engraver of natural subjects, earned the attention and respect of the celebrated Nuremberg doctor and Patron of the Arts, Christoph Jakob Trew, association with whom was a merit of excellence and achievement.  The complete title of this fabulous conchology is "G. W. Knorr's Enjoyment for the Eyes and for the Mind or Collection of many well known horns and shells in their original colors: now examined, improved, continued, and published with a whole new Low-German [Dutch] description." During the 18th and early 19th centuries, shell collecting was a near obsession with European Aristocracy as well as Naturalists. The Dutch, in particular, were passionate collectors of the newly discovered natural curiosities acquired from around the globe. This work documents and illustrates the vast array of the private holdings, with the name of each collector engraved beneath his or her own shell. In addition, the Dutch produced some of most lavish color plate volumes of the era.  And although this work first appeared in both French and German editions, this Dutch edition features the richest coloration, which mirrors the actual specimens from which they were produced. (Dance p. 217; Blunt and Stearn p. 168; Buchanan, Nature into Art p. 189-191). Verzameling van Allerley bekende Hoorens en Schulpen.
Knorr, Georg Wolfgang.

Price: $22,000.00

Near Fine. Duodecimo (10 x 15.5 cm) Full calf. Gilt fillets and corner rosettes to boards. Spine ornamented with gilt florets and arabesques in six panels with five raised bands.  Gilt lettering set in second toned panel. Marbled fore-edge and endpapers. Former owner's signature dated 1895 on verso of ffl. Minor edge wear.  83 pp., frontispiece, 8 color-lithographed plates with tissue guards. Illustrated with duo-toned silhouette plates printed in umber and black. From Professor Church, Lately Professor of Latin at University College, London, a beautifully illustrated miniature edition, penned for 'young scholars just set to work on Homer and Virgil'.  A delicate yet handsome introduction to these two classical poems. The Stories of The Iliad & The Æneid.
Alfred J. Church, M.A.

Price: $225.00

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