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Antikamnia Calendars for 1897, 1898, 1900 & 1901.
St. Louis, MO: 1896-1900.
250 x 178 mm. 22 chromolithographs on card printed by G.H.Buek & Co, NY, text on verso, 6 each for the first 3 years & 4 for the last. (a piece chipped from corner & upper edge 2 of the cards - no loss of image, cord ties present for 3 sets but mostly torn through connecting holes). Antikamnia ('Anti-Pain') Chemical Company issued these calendars to medical professions to advertise the company's pain medication. The chromolithographs are by Louis Crusius [1862-1898] after his own original watercolour drawings and one after a design by Zim (Eugene Zimmerman [1862-1935]. Crusius was a physician/pharmacist and amateur artist who was also a faculty member of Marion-Sims College of Medicine (later the St. Louis University School of Medicine). His sketches, a striking combination of the comical and the macabre, were used in a total of five calendars by the company. Our set is missing that for 1899. The images depict skeletons in contemporary dress: a physician, baby, lawyer, farmer, female cyclist, golfer, tramp, journalist, gentleman, policeman, clown, drunk, banjo player, pharmacist, &c. The Company boasted in their 1901 calendar that "nothing ever issued by [them] has met with such uniform and unqualified approval" and that "the rare ability of giving to the human skull, life-like facial expression was original with and exclusively the art of Dr. Crusius and stamped him a genius of more than ordinary merit." Antikamnia Chemical Company was founded in circa 1890 in St. Louis, Missouri. Their analgesic compound, which was never patented, was marketed as a 'proudly ethical drug' and used to treat headaches, fever, stomach aches, nervouseness, insomnia and 'the blues'. It was claimed to be a new synthetic coal-tar derivative but in fact contained almost 50% acetanilid, which was sometimes mixed with codeine or quinine. The toxic effects of acetanilid were exposed in a 1907 California State Journal of Medicine article, 'Poisoning by Antikamnia', and the company was prosecuted by the government in 1914 for violating the disclosure terms of the Food and Drug Act of 1906.
$3996 USD    Book Number: elala3724         Order / Enquire





ARABIAN NIGHTS. The Adventure Of Hunch-Back, And The Stories Connected With It, (From The Arabian Nights Entertainments.) with illustrative Prints, Engraved by William Daniell, From Pictures Painted By Robert Smirke, R.A.
London: Printed For William Daniell By Thomas Davison, 1814..
folio. pp. 1 p.l., 99, [1]. 17 uncoloured aquatint plates on India paper, mounted. large-paper copy. Uncut in original bds, appropriately rebacked, printed paper label (chipped) on upper cover (rubbed, edges worn, some foxing). First Edition with these Illustrations. Abbey, Travel, 366. Prideaux p. 333.
$1499 USD                          Book Number: IABARABI21                         Order / Enquire




FISHER'S Drawing Room Scrap-Book, 1834. With Poetical Illustrations, &c. By L.E.L. [Letitia Elizabeth Landon].
London: H.Fisher, R.Fisher, & P.Jackson, 1833..
4to. pp. 1 p.l., 56, 2(ads). 36 engraved plates (incl. frontis. & title; 5 with hand-colouring). wood-engraved initials. original blind-stamped cloth, gilt-stamped roan spine, all edges gilt (covers discoloured, some foxing to plates & surrounding leaves). Faxon 1258 (citing 1834 imprint).
$350 USD                          Book Number: elala2451                         Order / Enquire




GLANCES At Character.
London: Printed By Whittingham And Rowland, For John Carr. 1914..
small 8vo. pp. viii, 158, [2]ads. complete with half-title. 8 hand-coloured aquatint plates (incl. additional title) by J.Clark. full polished calf by Zaehnsdorf for American merchant & marketing pioneer John Wanamaker [1838-1922], gilt back, t.e.g., lower edge uncut (slight offsetting from plates). First Edition. Not in Tooley, Prideaux or Abbey.
$950 USD                          Book Number: elala4817                         Order / Enquire




HEATH'S BOOK OF BEAUTY. M.DCCC.XXXIII. [Edited by] L.E.Landon.
London: Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, Green, And Longman., [1833]..
8vo. pp. vi, [2], 264. 19 engraved plates (incl. additional title & 18 portraits of women by H.CookJ.Thomson & others after W.Boxall, Miss L.Sharpe, &c.). original gilt-stamped morocco by F.Westley with binder's ticket, all edges gilt (extremities rubbed, browning to plate margins, lacking front flyleaf). Faxon 1383.
$262 USD                          Book Number: IATHEATH62                         Order / Enquire




L'ECRIN D'Une Reine. Album Artistique.
Paris: H.Mandeville, [c1850]..
4to. [ff. 16]. 12 steel-engraved plates. with tissue guards. original blind & gilt-stamped cloth (spine ends & corners frayed). We have been unable to find any references for this work. It is not recorded in the BM Cat. nor is it in NUC or OCLC. All of the plates have the imprint 'London: Published for the Proprietors By George Virtue'. They comprise: 'Cup-Tossing', painted by N.J.Crowley, engraved by C.W.Sharpe; 'The Old Woman's Feast', painted by Gerhard Douw, engraved by J.C.Bentley, from the collection in the Dulwich Gallery; 'The Blind Fiddler', painted by Sir David Wilkie, engraved by C.W.Sharpe, from the Picture in the National Gallery; 'The Noon-Day Rest', painted by Cuyp, engraved by J.Sousen, the picture in the Dulwich Gallery; 'The Village Festival', painted by Sir David Wilkie, engraved by W.Breatbach, from the picture in the National Gallery; 'Adoration', painted by Murillo, engraved by G.Paterson, the Original in the Gallery of the Louvre; 'The Spanish Peasant Boys', painted by Murillo, engraved by J.Stephenson, the Original in the Dulwich Gallery; 'The Empty Cradle', painted by Mrs. McIan, engraved by Samuel Smith, the picture in the possession of W.S.Leacroft, Esq. of Southwell; 'The Village Politicians', painted byn Sir David Wilkie, engraved by C.W.Sharpe, the picture in the possession of the Right Hon. the Earl of Mansfield; 'The Fruit Seller', painted by Murillo, engraved by J.C.Armytage, from the original in the Royal Gallery of Munich; 'The Cottage Door', painted by Thomas Gainsborough, engraved by Charles Cousen, the orginal in the Gallery of the most noble Marquis of Westminster; and 'The Captives In Babylon', painted by Bendemann, engraved by J.C.Armytage, the picture in the Museum at Cologne'.
$419 USD                          Book Number: IECL'ECR38                         Order / Enquire




LE PLAISIR DES DIEUX Chansons De Salles De Garde Illustrations De Raymond Lep.
Paris: Asclepios, 1946..
large 8vo. pp. 6 p.l., 17-272, [8], 32. with half-title. profusely illus. with coloured lithographs (50 full-page, incl. frontis.). uncut & unopened in original pictorial wrs., folder & slipcase (some foxing to wrs. & edges, slipcase & folder worn at edges, joints of folder cracked). Edition limited to 1,010 copies, this 1 of 200 marked 'Exemplaire d'Interne'.
$461 USD                          Book Number: I2P172.L82                         Order / Enquire




LES PETITS FRANÇAIS.
Paris: Librairie Pittoresque De La Jeunesse, 1842..
12mo. pp. xi, 275. 24 wood-engraved plates (incl. frontis.) & numerous wood-engraved text illus. contemporary quarter roan, gilt back (bit rubbed). First Edition. An attractive little children's book, illustrated with wood engravings by Gavarni, Géniole, Émile Wattier, Loubon, Émeric, Henry Monnier, H.Daumier, & Célestin Nanteuil. The text is by Eugénie Foa, Th. Midy, A.Achard, J.Caboche Demerville, L.Couailhac, Félix Deriège, Jacquet Delahaye, Franz de Lienhart, and Ch. Rouget. Gumuchian declares it to be of the greatest rarity, mentioning that Vicaire had never seen a complete copy. Gumuchian 4538. Vicaire VI 562.
$461 USD                          Book Number: ISLES PE20                         Order / Enquire




SIR GAWAIN And The Green Knight The Original Middle English Text as Edited by A.C.Cawley, and a Modern Verse Translation, with Introduction, by James L.Rosenberg Illustrated by Cyril Satorsky.
New York: Printed for the Limited Editions Club [by the Meriden Gravure Company, Meriden, Connecticut], 1971..
folio. pp. xx, ff. [1], 101. 12 plates, double-page title illus., & numerous tailpieces & incidental decorations, all printed in sepia. cloth. in slightly worn slipcase. Limited to 1,500 numbered copies, signed by the Artist.
$205 USD                          Book Number: I9R229.S96                         Order / Enquire




THE COMIC ALMANACK And Diary Illustrated By George Cruikshank And H.G.Hine. 1852.
London: David Bogue, 1852..
small 8vo. pp. 63, [1], 24(ads). 7 etched plates (inc. hand-coloured folding frontis.) & numerous wood-engraved text illus. (incl. title vignette). A fine copy in full polished calf, gilt back, by Riviere & Son, a.e.g., gilt inside dentelles. First Edition. [BOUND WITH:] THE COMIC ALMANACK Edited By Robert Brough. Illustrated By George Cruikshank And H.G.Hine. 1853. small 8vo. pp. 63, [1], 24(ads). 7 etched plates (inc. hand-coloured folding frontis.) & numerous wood-engraved text illus. (incl. title). (incl. title vignette). London: David Bogue, 1853. First Edition. Cohn 184.
$375 USD                          Book Number: elala4936                         Order / Enquire




THE COMIC ALMANACK For 1835: An Ephemeris In Jest And Earnest...
London: Imprinted For Charles Tilt, [1835]..
small 8vo. pp. 60. 12 etched plates & numerous wood-engraved text illus. (incl. title vignette) by George Cruikshank. bound without the ads. A fine copy in full polished calf, gilt back, by Riviere & Son, a.e.g., gilt inside dentelles. First Edition. [BOUND WITH:] THE COMIC ALMANACK For 1836: An Ephemeris In Jest And Earnest... small 8vo. pp. 60. 12 etched plates & numerous wood-engraved text illus. (incl. title vignette) by George Cruikshank. bound without the ads. London: Imprinted For Charles Tilt, [1836]. First Edition. Cohn 184.
$400 USD                          Book Number: elala4928                         Order / Enquire




THE COMIC ALMANACK For 1837: An Ephemeris In Jest And Earnest...
London: Imprinted For Charles Tilt, [1837]..
small 8vo. pp. 64. 12 etched plates & numerous wood-engraved text illus. (incl. title vignette) by George Cruikshank. bound without the ads. full polished calf, gilt back, by Riviere & Son, a.e.g., gilt inside dentelles (dent in upper cover). First Edition. [BOUND WITH:] THE COMIC ALMANACK For 1838: An Ephemeris In Jest And Earnest... small 8vo. pp. 64. 12 etched plates & numerous wood-engraved text illus. (incl. title vignette) by George Cruikshank. bound without the ads. London: Imprinted For Charles Tilt, [1838]. First Edition. Cohn 184.
$350 USD                          Book Number: elala4929                         Order / Enquire




THE COMIC ALMANACK For 1839: An Ephemeris In Jest And Earnest...
London: Imprinted For Charles Tilt, [1839]..
small 8vo. pp. 64. 12 etched plates & numerous wood-engraved text illus. (incl. title vignette) by George Cruikshank. bound without the ads. A fine copy in full polished calf, gilt back, by Riviere & Son, a.e.g., gilt inside dentelles. First Edition. [BOUND WITH:] THE COMIC ALMANACK For 1840: An Ephemeris In Jest And Earnest... small 8vo. pp. 64. 12 etched plates & numerous wood-engraved text illus. (incl. title vignette) by George Cruikshank. bound without the ads. London: Imprinted For Charles Tilt, [1840]. First Edition. Cohn 184.
$400 USD                          Book Number: elala4930                         Order / Enquire




THE COMIC ALMANACK For 1841: An Ephemeris In Jest And Earnest...
London: Imprinted For Tilt And Bogue, [1841]..
small 8vo. pp. 64. 12 etched plates & numerous wood-engraved text illus. (incl. title vignette) by George Cruikshank. bound without the ads. full polished calf, gilt back, by Riviere & Son, a.e.g., gilt inside dentelles (tiny paint drop on upper cover). First Edition. [BOUND WITH:] THE COMIC ALMANACK For 1842: An Ephemeris In Jest And Earnest... small 8vo. pp. 64. 12 etched plates & numerous wood-engraved text illus. (incl. title vignette) by George Cruikshank. bound without the ads. London: Imprinted For Tilt And Bogue, [1842]. First Edition. Cohn 184.
$400 USD                          Book Number: elala4931                         Order / Enquire




THE COMIC ALMANACK For 1843: An Ephemeris In Jest And Earnest...
London: Imprinted For Tilt And Bogue, [1843]..
small 8vo. pp. 64, [2]. 12 etched plates & numerous wood-engraved text illus. (incl. title vignette) by George Cruikshank. bound without the ads. full polished calf, gilt back, by Riviere & Son, a.e.g., gilt inside dentelles (2 small paint drops on lower cover). First Edition. [BOUND WITH:] THE COMIC ALMANACK For 1844: An Ephemeris In Jest And Earnest... small 8vo. pp. 63, [1]. 12 etched plates & numerous wood-engraved text illus. (incl. title vignette) by George Cruikshank. bound without the ads. London: Imprinted For David Bogue, [1844]. First Edition. Cohn 184.
$400 USD                          Book Number: elala4932                         Order / Enquire


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