Tag Archive: 0Illustrated

Leaping Lepidochromy!

Leaping Lepidochromy!

6th September 2019

We have come across some unique things here at Simon Beattie Ltd, but this one is new to us: lepidochromy, i.e., printing with butterflies. Yes, you read that correctly: there is a printing process wherein actual butterflies are ‘printed’. It is a type of transfer illustration, and not dissimilar to other types of ‘nature printing’ […]

Gushing and fabulous

Gushing and fabulous

16th December 2015

This is the first edition of a rare illustrated guide from 1682—in French, English, German, and Dutch—to Louis XIV’s Labyrinth at Versailles, a maze with thirty-nine fountains depicting Aesop’s fables. The Labyrinth began in 1665 as an unadorned hedge maze, but was later redesigned to serve the Dauphin’s education.  The impetus in this came from […]

1001 Afternoons in Chicago

1001 Afternoons in Chicago

28th October 2015

I like this book: the first—and apparently only—edition in Russian of A Thousand and One Afternoons in Chicago (1922), one of the earliest books produced by the great screenwriter, Ben Hecht (1894–1964; Some like it hot, Gone with the Wind, Mutiny on the Bounty, etc.), himself the son of Russian–Jewish immigrants: ‘journalism extraordinary; journalism that invaded the realm […]

American sympathy for the Bolsheviks

American sympathy for the Bolsheviks

23rd February 2015

‘Upton Sinclair seems to have been made to order for Russian readers in the early years of the Soviet regime.  Always topical and sharply provocative, he labored to expose the seamy side of American life, constantly hammering away at moral, social, economic, and political evil.  Ever sympathetic toward the underprivileged, and perpetually shocked by social […]

Mystics and dandies

Mystics and dandies

2nd December 2014

As I wrote a couple of years ago, Oscar Wilde had a particular following in early twentieth-century Russia.  Here is another example: the first separate edition in Russian of The Picture of Dorian Gray (1891), printed in Moscow in a limited edition of just 500 numbered copies in 1906. It is the first appearance of this translation.  Others […]

Le bon anglais

Le bon anglais

14th May 2014

Next week sees the London International Antiquarian Book Fair at Olympia.  It will be my first time as an exhibitor there.  One thing I shall have on my stand is this, the first edition of an attractive illustrated appreciation of British troops in France during the First World War, with illustrations by Guy Arnoux, published […]