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57.CARROLL, Lewis (author). John Vernon LORD (illustrator). Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There. London; Artists’ Choice Editions. 2011.


£325


Tall 4to. Finely bound in olive green quarter leather over pictorial paper- covered boards, spine lettered gilt, pictorially patterned endpapers, housed within a fine sea-green cloth-covered slipcase along with a handsomely presented folder containing “Lord’s List” (a bibliography of vernon Lord’s work) and a separate folder containing 4 Giclée prints, each signed and numbered by vernon Lord (3 in colours and 1 in dramatic black and white); pp. [viii], 9-138 + [vi]; finely, exquisitely, and profusely illustrated with pictorial title-page and full-, and half-page, engravings printed in full colour or monochrome alongside initials, marginal vignettes, tailpieces and other visual treats throughout; a fine and new copy.


First edition illustrated thus. An artist’s edition printed on fine quality mohawk cool-white paper in Plantin by charles hall and bound by Ludlow Bookbinders. From a total limitation of 420 this is one of only 98 signed copies which were issued as “Specials”, in morocco-backed boards with a group of signed prints, printed on card, and a skilfully produced 24-page booklet, illustrated in colour, which is a select bibliography including details of 58 of Lord’s publications.


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58. CARROLL, W. The Angler’s vade mecum, containing a Descriptive Account of the Water Flies, their Seasons, and the Kind of Weather that Brings them most on the Water … to which is added, a Description of the Different Baits Used in Angling, and where Found. Edinburgh: Archibald Constable. 1818.


£900


8vo. Sometime rebound in half brown morocco, marbled boards, spine with gilt rules and centre tools and black moocco label with gilt lettering, original endpaper with inscription preserved; pp. viii + 128; 12 hand- coloured engraved plates of flies; some foxing to plates, a very good copy of this scarce volume.Provenance: ownership inscription of William Yarrell to front pastedown, with each fly individually numbered by him to the plates and manuscript notes to blanks inserted opposite each plate. William Yarrell (1784 - 1856) is best known for his History of British Birds (1843) but also produced a very well-received History of British Fishes in 1835-6. A man of means after taking over his father’s bookselling business, “Yarrell used his leisure to become one of the best


shots of his time and an enthusiastic angler” (DnB), and his notes show how seriously he took his sport.


First edition. The plates illustrate 194 examples of flies, arranged under the months may to September, and coloured by hand.


59. CARSON, Rachel. Under the Sea-wind. new York: Oxford University Press. 1952


£50


8vo. original cloth and wrapper; pp. 314, some text illustrations; wrapper slightly chipped to extremities, internally near fine.


new edition with corrections. This book, the precursor to The Sea Around Us, had the the bad luck to be published in the same week as Pearl harbor. consequently, fewer than 1000 copies of the first edition were sold and the book disappeared into obscurity. This new edition was published in the wake of the success of book and film of The Sea Around Us and put the work firmly in the public eye. its tripartite structure follows the path from the shore to the open sea to the ocean bed, starting on the coast of north carolina, then following the life of a mackerel and ending with the eel. it has carson’s characteristic blend of poetry and science.


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