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subjects of his prints; as c.L. Lyons states in Antiquity & Photography: Early Views of Ancient Mediterranean Sites (Los Angeles: 2005), cuccioni was ‘among the most proficient of these former printmakers [as a photographer]’ (p. 18). The plates depict many of the best-known buildings and scenes of Rome, including the Piazza del Popolo, St Peter’s, San Giovanni in Laterano, Piazza di Spagna, Trajan’s column, Piazza colonna, the Pantheon, Palazzo Farnese, and the colosseum — many of which would then feature in cuccioni’s photographs. Despite the title, the number of engravings found in copies of the work varies, and other copies are recorded with between 95 and 100 plates; certainly this copy was bound at or shortly after the time of publication, and there are no signs of any plates having been removed.


Borroni, il Cicognara, 8288.


80. CURTIS, Samuel. A monograph on the Genus camellia. [Guildford: Traylen]. [n.d., 1965].


£148


imperial folio. Publisher’s cream wrapper; title page, 2pp. text, 5 full colour plates by Clara Maria Pope; small tear without loss to foot of wrapper, otherwise fine.


Facsimile edition of the 1819 original, which is now extremely scarce and valuable. Sitwell and Blunt write in Great Flower Books that ‘This was the earliest and probably finest of all the great camellia books’.


81.DARWIN, Charles Robert. Journal of Researches into the natural history & Geology of the countries visited during the voyage of the h.m.S. Beagle round the world. T. nelson and Sons. 1891.


£450


8vo. contemporary full calf, gilt fillets to sides, spine with gilt raised bands, gilt compartments and lettering, marbled endpapers, all edges marbled; pp. 615, 22 plates, numerous text illustrations; a little rubbing to binding resulting in small loss to gilt rule on upper, very handsome, very good.


Later reprint. An extremely attractive edition of Darwin’s famous work. Freeman 68.


82. DE LA MARE, Walter (author). E.A. MONSELL (illustrator). The Three mulla-mulgars. London; Duckworth & Co. 1910.


£225


8vo. original mid green cloth lettered in gilt to spine and upper board with vertical pictorial panel in black, depicting monkeys, to upper cover, top edge gilt, preserved in pictorial cream dustwrapper and housed within an early blue cloth-covered chemise and morocco-backed slipcase with 5 raised bands, lettered in gilt; pp. [vi], vii, [1]-312; with two coloured plates by E.A. monsell; both externally and internally fine and exceptionalwith the neat, and early, leather booklabel of John Stuart Groves to front pastedown and just one small bruise to bottom fore-corner of upper board; the dustwrapper worn but complete and generally in uncommonly good state with some old tape marks to edges which have bled through from the reverse (although the tape itself has long disappeared), 15mm of loss to spine ends (slightly affecting the lettering), and some other small chips; the


attractive period slipcase with some sun-lightening to spine and a little rubbing to corners, but sober and handsome; extremely scarce in dustwrapper.


First edition, first issue, complete with the tipped-in errata slip. The Three Mulla-Mulgars, later published as The Three Royal Monkeys, is a fairy tale praised by the academic and writer Julia Briggs as “a neglected masterpiece” and by the critic Brian Stableford as a “classic animal fantasy”.


83. DE MUSSET, Alfred. Ses Plus Beaux vers. Paris. Editions nilsson. [1928].


£998


Small 4to., choicely bound by Demander in full tan crushed morocco, boards with double gilt line panel, spine richly gilt with a wavy line and dot pattern, turn-ins panelled in gilt with a dog tooth gilt border, marbled endpapers, top edge gilt, original wrappers by Robert Polack bound in. With 6 exquisite hand-coloured pochoir plates by Robert Polack. A little offsetting from plates, otherwise a fine copy in slipcase.


A handsomely bound copy of De musset, with fine hand-coloured pochoir plates.


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