Henry Sotheran Ltd. Rare Books and Prints 200 Years of Bookselling in London
 

Welcome to our February Newsletter.

Our first catalogue of the year is about to be published. The digital version is available here. Please contact Oliver if you would like a printed copy.

As Valentine's Day approaches we thought it appropriate to put together a list of works by the Romantic Poets. Click here to see the list.

We are delighted to report that we have bought in conjunction with fellow bookseller John Windle a large collection of Trianon Press Books including almost all of the William Blake facsimiles in various states, and also the Ben Shahn illustrated Ecclesiastes and Haggadah. We are still processing these but do let Oliver know if you would like details or if you have particular wants in this area.


Department of Rock 'n' Roll
Contact Chris for more details.
Signed albums, posters, handbills … & wallpaper!


Wallpaper BEATLES Wallpaper

c. 1964 164 x 52 cm. Long closed tear at bottom edge, some creasing towards bottom, otherwise very good.
A rare and impressive piece of Beatlemania ephemera. … more …


An Interesting Drug MORRISSEY An Interesting Drug

EMI Records Ltd. 1989. 12" vinyl single in original sleeve, cover photograph of Morrissey by Lawrence Watson; first pressing of disc with 'Escape from Valium/ Return to Valium' scratched into vinyl on sides A & B; very good.
Signed by Morrissey in blue ink to front cover, with a small neat inscription in an unknown hand to back. … more …


Canned Heat/Siegel Schwall ROCK HANDBILL Canned Heat/Siegel Schwall

San Francisco: Family Dog 9th-10th October 1967. Colour printed handbill, 7 x 5 inches, in acid free mount, advertising gigs at Family Dog. Designed by Robert Fried. … more …


Otis Rush/Grateful Dead/The Canned Heat Blues Band ROCK HANDBILL Otis Rush/Grateful Dead/The Canned Heat Blues Band

San Francisco: Bill Graham. 24th - 26th February 1967. Colour printed handbill, 7 x 4.5 inches, in acid free mount, advertising gigs at the Fillmore. Designed by Wes Wilson. … more …


Paul Butterfield Blues Band/Cream/Southside Sound System ROCK HANDBILL Paul Butterfield Blues Band/Cream/Southside Sound System

San Francisco: Bill Graham. 22nd-27th August 1967. Colour printed handbill, 7 x 4.5 inches, in acid free mount, advertising gigs at the Fillmore West. Designed by Bonnie Maclean. … more …


Electric Flag/American Music Band/Mother Earth/LDM Spiritual Band ROCK HANDBILL Electric Flag/American Music Band/Mother Earth/LDM Spiritual Band

San Francisco: Bill Graham. 14th - 16th September 1967. Colour printed handbill, 7 x 4.5 inches, in acid free mount, advertising gigs at the Fillmore . Designed by Jim Blashfield. … more …


Butterfield Blues Band/Roland Kirk Quartet/New Salvation Army Band/Mt. Rushmore ROCK HANDBILL Butterfield Blues Band/Roland Kirk Quartet/New Salvation Army Band/Mt. Rushmore

San Francisco: Bill Graham. 11-16th July 1967 Colour printed handbill, 7 x 4.5 inches, in acid free mount, advertising gigs at the Fillmore. Designed by Bonnie Maclean. … more …


The Blues Project/Jimmy Reed/John Lee Hooker/Stu Gardner Trio ROCK HANDBILL The Blues Project/Jimmy Reed/John Lee Hooker/Stu Gardner Trio

San Francisco: Bill Graham. 10-12 February 1967. Colour printed handbill, 8 x 4.5 inches, in acid free mount, advertising gigs at the Fillmore auditorium. Designed by John H. Myers. … more …


Jeff Beck Group/Spirit/Linda Tillery/Sweetwater ROCK HANDBILL Jeff Beck Group/Spirit/Linda Tillery/Sweetwater

San Francisco: Bill Graham. 5th - 8th December 1968. Colour printed handbill, 7 x 4.5 inches, in acid free mount, advertising gigs at the Fillmore West. Designed by Lee Conklin. … more …


Ten Years After/Sun Ra/Country Weather ROCK HANDBILL Ten Years After/Sun Ra/Country Weather

San Francisco: Bill Graham. 14th-17th November 1968. Colour printed handbill, 7 x 4.5 inches, in acid free mount, advertising gigs at the Fillmore West. Designed by Lee Conklin. … more …

Woodstock

SKOLNICK, Arnold. Woodstock Music & Art Fair presents An Aquarian Exposition in White Lake, NY. 3 Days of Peace & Music.

1969. 620 x 460 mm. 18 x 24", near fine.
Arnold Skolnick's poster for the first Woodstock festival has become as legendary as the event it promoted. Skolnick's poster perfectly captures the aspirations and optimism of that time. … more …


Children's Department
Contact Rosie for more details.

Tove Jansson
Moomins

We have just been given the opportunity to sell a wonderful limited series of four vintage pictorial product labels featuring the enormously popular Moomin characters by Tove Jansson. They are original, dating from the 1950s, and are strikingly presented in matt black mounts. £148 for the set.


Edward Ardizzone
Ardizzone – Nicholas and the Fast-Moving Diesel

Following the closure of the wonderful retrospective exhibition on Edward Ardizzone, held at the House of Illustration in King”s Cross, we have just received into stock a first edition of one of the illustrator's most elusive large-format works, “Nicholas and the Fast-Moving Diesel” (1947). This book was featured there with original watercolour proof pages showing the process of developing the book for publication. Ardizzone was given practically free reign with this title because the publishers Eyre and Spottiswoode had a much freer approach to the process than OUP, enabling him to use his own cursive script for the text in the printed book.


Natural History Department
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The Trees of Great Britain and Ireland

ELWES, Henry John and Augustine HENRY. The Trees of Great Britain and Ireland.
Edinburgh: Privately Printed. 1906-1913.

Large 4to., 320 x 255 mm. 15 original parts in 7 volumes. Bound in original publisher's printed wrappers and original grey printed folding chemise covers; with 7 chromolithograph title-pages, 6 chromolithograph frontispieces, one photographic portrait of the author, and 413 fine collotypes of the trees.

The Trees of Great Britain and Ireland First Edition, one of only 500 copies. Elwes could not find a suitable reference book to aid the planting of his arboretum at Colesbourne Park, near Cheltenham; so he and his friend Henry documented arboreal cultivation in Britain. The superb photographic illustrations record nearly 300 species of coniferous and deciduous trees, often with two or three images for a single species. "Henry wrote the strictly botanical parts and Elwes contributed sections on the distribution, history, and cultivation of species, drawing on his knowledge of an immense number of species in their native habitat’ (Oxford DNB).

Henry John Elwes (1846-1922), British botanist and entomologist, was the first person to receive the Victoria Medal of the Royal Horticultural Society in 1897.

Augustine Henry (1857- 1930) was an Irish botanist and sinologist. One of ‘the most important botanical collectors to have worked in central China’ (Oxford DNB) … more …

Prints Department
Contact Richard for more details.

Print of the month
Four hand coloured engravings of Citrus Fruit
Artist: FERRARI, Giovanni Baptista.
Title: Four hand coloured engravings of Citrus Fruit
Description: Original framed copper plate engravings as published in "Hesperides siue de malorum aureorum cultura et vsu Libri quator Io. Baptistae Ferrarii Senensis e Societate Iesu, Romae: Sumptibus Hermanni Scheus."
1. Lumia Valentina, plate #321
2. Limon Lavrae, plate #219
3. Aurantium Maximum, plate #439
4. Malum Citreum Uulgare, plate #61
Date: c.1646.
Size: 560 x 465 mm each inc frame.
Price: £1,350

Poster of the month
Monaco 22nd Mai 1955. XIIIe. Grand Prix
Artist: RAMEL, J.
Title: Monaco 22nd Mai 1955. XIIIe. Grand Prix.
Description: Lithograph after the original as reproduced by the Automobile Club de Monaco, printed in Paris.
Date:1985.
Size: 1000 x 680 mm.
Price: £150
Please click to view all the Monaco posters in our collection.

Map of the month
Kilburn, London underground
Artist: ANON.
Title: Kilburn, London underground.
Description: Original lithograph with colour, linen backed, printed by Stanford's, London. Showing entrance to Underground station. Map is based upon ordnance survey with the sanction of the controller of H.M. Stationery Office.
Date: 1939.
Size: 1000 x 630 mm.
Price: £850

Travel Department
Contact Georg for more details.


A Description of Gibraltar GIBRALTAR. A Description of Gibraltar, with An Account of the Blockade, Siege, the Attempt by Nine Sail of Fire-Ships, the Sally made from the Garrison, and every Thing remarkable of worthy Notice that has occurred in that Place since theCommencement of the Spanish War: Likewise The vast Importance of this valuable Fortress to Great Britain clearly stated and explained.

London, Printed for B. Cornwell, 1782. 8vo. Stitched as issued, entirely uncut, mid 20th-century grey cloth.
Extremely rare first edition. Combining a through description of the British possession with a blow-by-blow account of the Great Siege of Gibraltar & the thwarted attempt by Spain and France to capture Gibraltar from the British during the American War of Independence. … more …


Skelet von Palapteryx JÄGER, Dr. Gustav. Bericht über ein fast vollständiges Skelet von Palapteryx ingens über dessen Restauration und die davon angefertigten Gypsabgüsse; mit einigen Bemerkungen über die Aufstellung der Vogelskelete überhaupt.

Wien, Wilhelm Braumüller, 1863. 4to. Original printed wrappers; pp. 12; two large format photographs; slightly soiled, else very good.
First edition. The skeleton, was found by Prof. Dr. V. Hochstetter during his time in New Zealand as part of the Austrian Novara Expedition. According to the New Zealand Dictionary of National Biography, Hochstetter and a small group made a scientific exploration of the North Island: "Hochstetter and Haast then travelled by ship to Nelson […] Colonists contributed fossils for examination […] The trophies were brought to Nelson in triumph."
Howgego H25. £1250 … more …


An Account Of The Pelew Islands KEATE, George. An Account Of The Pelew Islands, Situated In The Western Part Of The Pacific Ocean. Composed From The Journals And Communications Of Captain Henry Wilson, And Some Of his Officers, Who, In August 1783, Were There Shipwrecked, In The Antelope, a packet belonging to the Honourable East India Company.

London 1788. 4to; a very good and wide-margined copy; provenance: slightly later armorial bookplate of George W. Galloway with his motto Higher inside front cover.
Second edition, corrected, published shortly after the first, which needed an errata leaf at the end. In 1783 the Antelope, commanded by Capt. Henry Wilson, was wrecked near the previously unexplored Palau Islands. The entire crew managed to get safely ashore, where they were well treated by the natives and eventually managed to build a small vessel from the wreck, in which they reached Macao. Keate, a literary man, composed the account from journals and communications of Capt. Wilson and some of the officers. Wilson returned with the first collection of Palau artifacts to reach the West, and his illustrated travelogue fitted well in with the concept of the 'noble savage'.
Binding and provenance: This maritime-themed binding was produced by one of the foremost fine binders of the period, Auguste Marie Compte de Caumont of Frith Street (printed label inside front fly-leaf) … more …


The Illustrated History of The British Empire in India and the East NOLAN, Edward Henry. The Illustrated History of The British Empire in India and the East, from the Earliest Times to the Suppression of the Sepony Mutiny in 1859.

London, Virtue, [c. 1860]. 8 parts to form two volumes, large 8vo; a fine set of all original parts, rarely seen in this form.
First edition, in the original parts. The telling title hints at the main aspect of this book by an otherwise pretty unknown author, the anti-colonial armed uprising against British rule in India, euphemistically still called a mutiny. This highly illustrated work is sort of a stock take of India, her nature, history, inhabitants, borders, climate, societies and Britsh rule, published when the East India Company was replaced by direct, later termed 'Imperial' British government rule … more …


Sant-Erini isle de l'archipel RICHARD, François. Relation de ce qui s'est passé de plus remarquable a Sant-Erini isle de l'archipel, Depuis l'établissement des Peres de la Compagnie de Iesus en icelle. Avec la declaration de plusieurs choses memorables touchant rit & la creance des Grecs de ce temps, & touchant les feux sous-terrains qui sortirent du fond de la mer l'an 1650, avec plusieurs prodiges.

Paris, Sebastien and Gabriel Cramoisy, 1652. 8vo; a good, crisp and unpressed copy of a great rarity.
First edition of the first monograph on Santorini. The Jesuit Father François Richard spent some thirteen years between 1642 and 1656 on Thera. This Relation provides an account of the establishment and activities of the Jesuit mission in the Levant, together with detailed descriptions of neighbouring islands. … more …


La bijouterie française au XIXe siècle. VEVER, Henri. La bijouterie française au XIXe siècle.

Paris, Floury, 1906-08. Royal 8vo, three volumes; a very good set.
Very rare first edition, édition de luxe, limited to 50 copies. The standard work on French jewellery between 1800 and 1900, researched and written by a highly accomplished jeweller himself. Vever 'compiled a study that charts the histories of both the humblest and the most famous of his colleagues. It contains fascinating anecdotes concerning Imperial and Royal commissions together with entertaining tales of workshop practices. In crediting the designers, chasers, engravers, and enamelers who collaborated with the famous jewelry houses, Vever acknowledged the talents of technicians who often worked anonymously making his book a unique document. … more …


Mediterranean and Near Eastern Embroideries from the Collection of F. H. Cook. WACE, A. J. B. Mediterranean and Near Eastern Embroideries from the Collection of F. H. Cook.

London, Halton & Company Ltd., 1935. Large 4to; a good set.
First edition, number 28 of a limited edition of 250. 'The collection herein described so carefully by Mr Wace was started by my husband Franck Henry Cook in the early ‘eighties when he purchased the subject of the first two plates. It was in the Near East and during his many years in Egypt that he developed the most pleasant recreation of browsing amongst the embroideries of discursive dealers in these wares, and with growing discernment acquired the pieces illustrated showing his love for colour and quality. Not all of the subjects shown are perfect. Some of them are shadows of their original beauty, but they were loveable and worthy of imagination and this is a book devoted to the use of students and dedicated to the memory of him who inspired the conception of its publication' (Foreword by Beatrice Cook). - The main body of this textile collection carefully described and illustrated consists of items from from the Greek Islands and Epirus (plates 10 to 90). Further 20 plates depits textiles from Turkey, the rest shows samples from the Maghreb, Persia, India and the Caucasus. £1295 … more …

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