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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.
 
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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 Balsamina I- Plate 80
Trew, Dr. Christoph Jakob.

Price: $1,400.00

Fine bright copy. Very lightly tipped-else fine. Gift inscription and former owner's label on ff. Octavo  (5.5 x 8 inches). Green pictorial gilt cloth (Illustration by Charles Livingston Bull) Gilt lettered spine. Illustrated endpapers and decorations by Bull. Title page printed in red and black. vii-xv, 3-361 pp. Frontispiece + 47 full page illustrations + 13 text illustrations in pen and ink including endpapers and title page design by Charles Livingston Bull. Uncut. A fine collection of classic animal tales written and illustrated by an author and an artist who shared a desire to capture and portray the integrity of the animal. Through years of personal observation- aided by his study of taxidermy- artist Charles Livingston Bull (1874-1932) was able to render naturalistic grace to the animal's form in a multitude of poses and settings. Sir Charles George Douglas Roberts (1860-1943), known as the Father of Canadian Poetry, is also remembered as the originator of the realistic animal story; a title he shared with Ernest Thompson Seton. Roberts felt that animals were motivated not just by instinct but by ‘something akin to reason’. Roberts was elected to the Royal Society of Canada in 1890; became a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 1893; received the Royal Society of Canada's gold medal for literature in 1926; became national president of the Canadian Authors' Association in 1927; and was knighted in 1935. (DNB 58997, Blauvelt 82.3) The Watchers of the Trails A Book of Animal Life
Roberts, Charles G.D. , 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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