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  • Spotted Gongora  (Gongora Maculata) – Sarah Drake – 1833

    Spotted Gongora (Gongora Maculata) – Sarah Drake – 1833

    Spotted Gongora (Gongora Maculata)

    A striking orchid originally found near Demerara in 1832 by Mr Thomas Moss of Otterspool. Richard Harvey of Liverpool was one of the first to cultivate it in his hothouse The flower bunches are two and a half feet long. It was named in honour of D. Antonio Caballero y Gongora, Bishop of Cordova, who whilst Archbishop of Santa Fe and Viceroy of New Grenada was a zealous promoter of all branched of Natural History.

    A beautiful hand coloured engraving by Sarah Drake for John Lindley, published in the Piccadilly, London on 1st October 1833 for John Lindley. Colouring highlighted with gum Arabic which gives the impression of a rich three dimensional effect.

    Sarah Drake was born in Norfolk in 1803. In 1830 she moved to the London house of John Lindley a leading botanist of the time. Amongst her roles she was the governess to Lindley’s children and through this Lindley spotted her superb artistic talent. She then became the principal illustrator to his botanical publications. She died in 1857. The Australian orchid genus Drakea was named in her honour.

    John Lindley was born in 1799. Early in his career he was employed by Sir Joseph Banks in his Herbarium. He was Professor of botany at the University of London and also ran the Royal Horticultural Society. In the 1830’s Kew Gardens was nearly demolished but for Lindley who had to campaign in Parliament to save it from extinction

    Price unframed … if you wish framing option please enquire ….

    $80.00

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  • British Mineralogy; or Coloured Figures intended to Elucidate the Mineralogy of Great Britain – James Sowerby Volume I and Volume II – Baron Stanley of Alderley’s Copy

    British Mineralogy; or Coloured Figures intended to Elucidate the Mineralogy of Great Britain – James Sowerby Volume I and Volume II – Baron Stanley of Alderley’s Copy

    One of the Greatest Illustrated Coloured Plate Books of all Time

    Printed by R. Taylor and Co, London 1804 – 1806. The first two volumes of what would eventually become a five volume set.

    Containing 200 stunning hand coloured engraved copper plates representing the first comprehensively illustrated reference on Mineralogy. Many of the plates have applied gum arabic which gives them a more intense image. Each plate has a strong plate impression and is engraved with the date of publication and the engravers name, Jas Sowerby, London.

    Octavo xii, 223 and 199 pages plus corrigenda to each volume. Plates not included in the pagination, but all present. Plates bright and clean … a very good set. Binding half leather with original marbled paper covered boards. Re-backed well at some time with separate black leather title labels, volume number in gilt applied direct. Original end papers retained.

    Volume I commences with a dedication to Sir Joseph Banks, as the “Grand Promoter of every Science connected with Natural History”. A three page Preface explaining the volumes to come. A “Sketch of a System for British Mineralogy” introducing the classifications of Combustibles (Homogeneous, Compound and Aggregate), Earth and Metals. Followed by certain “Observations on the System”. Each plate is followed by a two page description of the mineral depicted.

    The work was originally issued in parts commencing with Volume I Number I in November 1802 which contained only the first four plates. Subsequent issues came out monthly with a similar number of plates, so Volume II was not complete until December 1806. Full sets of five volumes are very rare and respected reference … Mineralogical Record Volume 26 Number 4 (Mineral Books) suggests there are less than 100 and is aware of only 50 as at 1995.

    Carries the bookplate of John Thomas Stanley (1766-1860) who was technically the first Baron Stanley of Alderley in the County of Chester, England. We say technically as his family had been Baron Stanley since 1485 … but titled Earl of Derby. The Stanley’s were bestowed the Baronetcy of Alderley Hall from 1660 and later collected Baron Sheffield, Baron Stanley of Alderley and Baron Eddisbury … presumably only one “Sir” applies. At the time of the bookplate John Thomas was a simple Esquire as his father, also John Thomas was the then Baron. He died in 1807 … so we can be very sure that our John Thomas was the first owner of these special volumes.

    $6,900.00

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  • Un Admirateur Sincere – Gazette du Bon Ton Pochoir – Marty -1922

    Un Admirateur Sincere – Gazette du Bon Ton Pochoir – Marty -1922

    A beautiful and amusing hand coloured “Pochoire” by Andre Marty (1882-1974) for the Paris Gazette du Bon Ton in 1922.

    “Un Admirateur Sincere” the best you can have! and a beautiful robe for the evening by designer Paul Poiret.

    Price unframed $140.00 and $260.00 framed in Voyager Bon Ton style.

    The ultimate in fashion print from a perfect era.

    $140.00

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  • La Glace – Gazette du Bon Ton Pochoir – Marty – 1922

    La Glace – Gazette du Bon Ton Pochoir – Marty – 1922

    An original beautiful hand coloured “Pochoir” by Andre Marty (1882-1974) for the Paris Gazette du Bon Ton in 1922.

    “La Glace ou Un Coup d’Oeil en Passant” … or a glance in passing … and a beautiful cloak for the evening by designer Paul Poiret.

    Price $190.00 unframed or $310.00 framed in Voyager Bon Ton style.

    The ultimate in fashion print from a perfect era. Marty a respected artist.

    $190.00

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  • Antinea – Gazette du Bon Ton Pochoir by George Lepape – 1920

    Antinea – Gazette du Bon Ton Pochoir by George Lepape – 1920

    A beautiful original hand coloured “Pochoir” by the great George Lepape (1867-1971) for the Paris Gazette du Bon Ton published in 1920.

    The stunning “Antinea” one of the most striking images in the whole collection.

    Beautiful work in silver contrasting with vibrant yellow. The ultimate in fashion print from a perfect era.

    Price $240.00 unframed or $360.00 framed in Voyager Bon Ton style.

    Lepape at his best – Antinea surely from Venus?

    $240.00

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  • Two-Horned Black Rhino – Shaw and Nodder – 1800

    Two-Horned Black Rhino – Shaw and Nodder – 1800

    The now critically endangered African Black Rhino. Between 1960 and 1995 the population of the species dropped 98% to just 2,500. Since then it has recovered but only to an estimated 5,000. Recently made the news when seven black rhino’s died in an attempt to resettle them from Nairobi to Tsauo East National Park … due two human negligence .. one anonymous source said they given salt water to drink!

    Copper engraved and hand coloured by Shaw & Nodder and published in London in 1800 (date engraved in the plate). Shaw was in charge of the Natural History Department at the British Museum. Nodder was an artist who worked for Banks on his Florilegium.

    Price $260.00 framed in Voyager Natural History style in black cored cream mat within gilt frame. Ready to hang in your study. Great finished gift for the naturally caring.

    Critically endangered Black Rhino – let’s save him!

    $260.00

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