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Das Podium.; Künstlergesten aus dem Concertsaal

Das Podium.; Künstlergesten aus dem Concertsaal

SPIRO, Eugen Berlin, 1906. Limited Edition. Lithographiert von Eugen Spiro.. Master musicians of Berlin Beautiful collection of lithographic portraits of famous European singers and musicians of the turn of the century, with each plate individually signed by the artist. Eugen Spiro was born in Breslau in 1874 and worked as a landscape and portrait artist in Germany and later the United States. His portraits of prominent creative and scientific personalities won him lasting acclaim in both continents. After a spell in Paris, Spiro returned to Germany in 1914 and rose to prominence amongst the fashionable Berlin art scene; he served as chairman of the Berlin Secession and was appointed Professor of the Berlin Academy of Arts. On account of his Jewish ancestry, Spiro was prohibited from working by the ascendant Third Reich from 1933 onwards. He finally emigrated to the United States with his family in 1941 and although 67 years of age upon arrival, Spiro continued to work and exhibit until his decease in 1972 at the age of 98. The portfolio was originally issued with 34 plates in an edition of 55 copies; this copy is an example of the later expanded edition with an additional 3 plates and limited to 30 numbered copies. Portfolio of 37 lithographic portraits measuring 320 x 290 mm., each in folding protective mount, original printed folding card case with the titling leaf. Some wear and staining of the folding card case; internally in very good order with all portraits well preserved.
Papillons; Vingt planches en phototypie coloriées au patron donnant 81 papillons et 16 compositions décoratives

Papillons; Vingt planches en phototypie coloriées au patron donnant 81 papillons et 16 compositions décoratives

SEGUY, E. A. Paris: Tolmer editeur, 1925. Iridescent pochoir printmaking A rare and astonishingly beautiful French art nouveau design album based on the butterflies of the world, featuring species from China, India and Asia. Eugene Alain Séguy (1889-1985) was a leading French designer of the art nouveau and art deco periods who produced 11 stunning design portfolios with a range of styles and inspirations. Séguy had an acute interest in scientific study of insects, and utilised this knowledge to produce two albums on this theme including this brilliant set of butterfly designs. For Séguy, insects were both beautiful objects and wondrous mechanical creations, and formed a rich subject matter for illustration and more abstract design possibilities. In Papillons he accomplished both goals. The album features remarkably detailed and accurate depictions of butterflies from across the globe in addition to breathtaking art nouveau abstract designs derived from their shimmering patterns. The pochoir stencil printmaking process was ideally suited to this task, capturing the subtlety and iridescence of light playing across the butterfly wings. Complete collection of 20 pochoir plates measuring 448 x 323 mm., with title-page, introductory note and list of plates housed in the original folding case with cloth ties, pochoir design to the front board, a superior copy.
The Chewg-um-blewg-um

The Chewg-um-blewg-um

GAZE, Harold Melbourne, Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin, Wellington and London: Whitcombe & Tombs Limited, 1919. First Edition. GAZE, Harold. A fine copy of this book of poetry about a gum-leaf chewing koala written and illustrated by Harold Gaze, known for his 'distinct personal style'. (Muir, A history of Australian childrens book illustration, p. 77) The Chewg-um-blewg-um is the third part of the "Mite Merry" series, valued for its rich colour plates. The imaginative and atmospheric fairyscapes of Gaze's expressive watercolours reproduce beautifully. Born in New Zealand in 1885, a whimsical artist with outstanding talent, Harold Gaze is one of the more elusive children's writers and illustrators. We know little with exactitude about his life. After being rejected for active service, Gaze reputedly studied at various art schools in London for a period before publishing his first (recorded) book illustrations in New York in 1917: I Wish I Could Fly by Rose Strong Hubbell. At the close of World War I, Gaze moved to Melbourne and launched his career with The Wicked Winkapong in 1918. Ever opting to paint to a scale suitable for exhibition, Gaze exhibited at the Victorian Artists Society Annual Exhibition in May 1919, the same year as The Chewg-um-blewg-um was released. His work over the next few years "established him as the most original illustrator of children's books after Ida Rentoul Outhwaite." (Holden, Robert. A Golden Age: Visions of Fantasy, p. 82) In 1927, commercial publishing success in the United States led Gaze to settle in Pasadena where he continued his dual career as a munitions expert, either remaining here until his death in 1962 or returning to England in 1959 and settling in Hampstead for his final years, dying in 1963. Solo shows of his fantasy paintings in Los Angeles earned him the appellation of 'The Bubble Man'. It is said that Gaze worked with the Disney studios on Fantasia. Work by Harold Gaze is held in the National Museum of American Illustration, the Pasadena Museum of History, and the San Diego Museum of Art, among others. Quarto, 245 x 180 mm, three tipped-in plates (two in full colour), 32 pages, black & white drawings in text; a fine copy, stitch-sewn, with the pictorial wrappers tied on with the original blue ribbon. Copies in such fine condition are extremely scarce.
Observations on the Poetics of Aristotle

Observations on the Poetics of Aristotle, by Metastasio… with a biographical notice of the author..

ELWIN, Hastings (attributed) Sydney: Kemp & Fairfax, 1842. First Edition. Rare, and very fine: a presentation copy (inscribed on the front endpaper to Walter Wrottersley "from the translator") of an unusual publication for this period in Australia, a translation of an obscure commentary on Aristotle. Almost nothing of a philosophical bent was published in Australia before the 1850s and the creation of the Universities of Sydney and Melbourne. Perhaps the earliest philosophical work printed in Sydney? Elwin says that he translated part of the eighteenth-century writer Metastasio's critical observations on the Poetics in order to place "such portion as appeared to be likely to engage the attention, as well from the nature of the immediate topic, as from the spirited manner in which it is treated... within reach of the English reader". Metastasio, or Pietro Antonio Domenico Trapassi, is best known today because Mozart used his "La Clemenzo di Tito" as the basis for his libretto. Ferguson originally entered the translator as Elwin Hastings, but the Addenda notes that his identity as Hastings Elwin was established by an inscribed presentation copy offered by Henry Cork, London, Cat. 5 (1929) No. 294. Hastings Elwin was a rather grand figure, friend of the poet Thomas Moore, elected to the NSW Legislative Council in 1843. Small quarto; original embossed cloth boards with dark green calf spine gilt, partially unopened, in fine condition.
The Art of Artificial Silk

The Art of Artificial Silk

LINCOLN, Maxine Nottingham: Courtaulds Ltd, 1925. First Edition. Enchanting catalogue of 1920's women's fashion and textiles for home furnishings and interiors. "Beautiful frocks, like pictures, need an appropriate frame to set off their loveliness, and Courtaulds, whose marvellous development of Artificial Silk has resulted in the existence of the beautiful materials I hve endeavoured to describe to you in this little book, have also brought their years of experience in the manufacture and perfecting of this achievement, to bear upon the heavier forms of fabric necessary for furnishing processes. Surely, Alladin, when first his gaze alighted on those glistening treasures within the magic cave, felt much as I did when I viewed the modern storehouse of wonder, where are so artistically displayed, Courtauld's fabrics for the home. The room was ablaze with colour, rich Brocade and slim Taffeta Hangings, Damask and Tapestry - and what seemed, if possible, more exquisite than all the others, a reproduction of red Chinese lacquer - perfect in every detail - yet with not a single metallic thread in its gorgeous celestial luxury of design. The luminous effect of the golden dragons with which it was adorned, was achieved solely by the golden colour that Courtaulds have secured with their Artificial Silk, and as I learned that every fibre throughout this beautiful fabric was of that same Artificial Silk, it seemed proof positive of the superiority of the artificial over the real." [Page 30]. Quarto, bound in decorated boards with original ties, 31 pages, 1 double-page colour illustration and 10 full-page colour photographic illustations, transparent patterned tissue guards, illuminated capitals, pictorial borders, decorative endpapers, mild spray of spotting to front cover only, internally clear and bright, a very good copy.
Coppertop: The Queer Adventures of a Quaint Child

Coppertop: The Queer Adventures of a Quaint Child

GAZE, Harold Melbourne: Melbourne Publishing Company, 1919. First Edition. First edition, with beautiful colour plates by the author. Gaze was one of the most prolific authors of books for children in this period, and this fantasy about the adventures of a small girl in a world where she meets people such as the Clerk of the Weather and the South Wind is one of his most popular works. Coppertop, and its sequel Coppertop Cruises (1920), were marvellous vehicles for Gaze's fine, opalescent-hued watercolours. The plates in these, and his other Australian-published works, 'established him as the most original illustrator of children's books after Ida Rentoul Outhwaite' (Holden, A Golden Age: Visions of Fantasy, p. 82). Born in New Zealand in 1885, a whimsical artist with outstanding talent, Harold Gaze is one of the more elusive Australasian children's writers and illustrators. We know little with exactitude about his life. After being rejected for active service, Gaze reputedly studied at various art schools in London for a period before publishing his first (recorded) book illustrations in New York in 1917: I Wish I Could Fly by Rose Strong Hubbell. At the close of World War I, Gaze moved to Melbourne and launched his career with The Wicked Winkapong in 1918. In 1927, commercial publishing success in the United States led Gaze to settle in Pasadena where he continued his dual career as a munitions expert, either remaining here until his death in 1962 or returning to England in 1959 and settling in Hampstead for his final years, dying in 1963. Solo shows of his fantasy paintings in Los Angeles earned him the appellation of 'The Bubble Man'. It is said that Gaze worked with the Disney studios on Fantasia. Work by Harold Gaze is held in the National Museum of American Illustration, the Pasadena Museum of History, and the San Diego Museum of Art, among others. Octavo, colour frontispiece and six colour plates; in the original boards with oval colour portrait onlay; the unusual dustjacket (cut to show the portrait on the front board). Previous owner's inscription, some foxing throughout not affecting plates, all plates clear and bright.
Histoire archeologique descriptive et graphique de la Sainte-Chapelle du Palais

Histoire archeologique descriptive et graphique de la Sainte-Chapelle du Palais

DECLOUX, Alfred Pierre Hubert & DOURY. Architectes Paris: Felix Malteste et Cie, 1857. First Edition. Built by King Louis IX on the Île de la Cité in Paris between 1239 -1248 to house Christ's Crown of Thorns and relics of the Virgin and other saints, Sainte Chapelle suffered great destruction during the French Revolution. At the Salon of 1835, a young architect by the name of Jean Baptiste Lassus submitted two watercolours rendering Sainte Chapelle as it would have appeared in the fifteenth century. Awarded a second tier gold medal, Lassus's paintings highlighted the degradation of the once gothic masterpiece, inspiring interest in its restoration. Chief architect Felix Duban and Lassus began work on the chapel in 1836 forging a new scientific 'archeological' style of restoration. "Lorsqu'on fit des recherches, avant d'entreprendre les travaux de restauration, on retrouva les traces de l'ornementation primitive : les arabesques des colonnes, les verrières des consoles qui supportent les statues des apôtres, les étoiles d'or, sur fond bleu, de la voûte, la presque totalité des vitraux,.." (While doing research, before undertaking the work of restoration, traces of primitive ornamentation were found: the arabesques of the columns, the canopies of the consoles that support the statues of the apostles, the golden stars, on a blue background, of the vault, almost all the stained-glass windows...) Decloux & Doury, preface. Taking over from Duban, Lassus became the chief architect of Sainte-Chapelle in 1849. This volume illustrates the chapel as restored by the architect J.B.A. Lassus. The chromolithograph plates show decorative panels, the design of interior borders, statues, murals and stained glass windows, highlighted in gold. The five black & white engraved plates show cross sections, a view of the exterior, and plans of the upper and lower chapels. First edition: folio, twenty chromolithograph plates and five engraved plates mounted on India paper, sound copy in quarter morocco, cloth, gilt title and decoration, binding rubbed.
Fish Dainties

Fish Dainties

Wicken, H. Melbourne: Mutual Provedoring Co. Ltd, 1892. First Edition. Born in Lambeth, cookery writer Harriet Frances Wicken (1847 - 1937) emigrated from England to Australia in 1886. Having studied at the National Training School for Cookery in South Kensington in London shortly after it opened and acquiring a diploma, Harriet Wicken published her first book, the 'Kingswood Cookery Book', in 1885. An expanded Australian edition of her English cookery book assisted in securing her the position of head 'instructress' of domestic economy at the Sydney Technical College and ensured continuity for her publishing career. According to the 'Australian Dictionary of Biography', in other small cookbooks that appeared during the 1890s, such as The Cook's Compass (Sydney, 1890) to promote the Sydney grocers J. G. Hanks & Co, and Fish Dainties (Melbourne, 1892) for the Melbourne Mutual Provedoring Co., or Recipes of Lenten Dishes (1896) as a seasonal gesture, Harriet Wicken stressed simplicity and her favourite 'dainty' recipes. Among the fish cakes, patties and soufflé, recipes in 'Fish Dainties' include baked barracouta, blue cod pie, boudins of whiting, kromskies of oysters and lobster, steamed moki with piquante sauce, schnapper in aspic, and a sharp maitre d'hotel sauce. Octavo, bound in decorated paper boards with regency-style stripe in blue and cream with blue spine, 56 pages, boards chpped and worn, a good copy only, internally sound.