Tag Archive: 0illustrations

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’ […]

Stinde in Simla

Stinde in Simla

10th January 2019

There’s nothing better than finding a cheeky marginal doodle or two, and that’s what we found when we picked up an otherwise nondescript copy of Julius Stinde’s Buchholzens in Italien at a recent fair. First published anonymously in Berlin in 1883, Stinde’s satirical…

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 […]

“Original” printed wrappers

“Original” printed wrappers

5th March 2014

This is a very scarce edition of Aesop, published in Aberdeen in 1781: Fables of Æsop and others: translated into English.  With Morals and instructive Applications; and a Print before each Fable.  To which is prefixed, the Life of Æsop, more enlarged than in any former Edition of this Size.  It’s attractive, with, as the […]

‘Tis the season…

‘Tis the season…

5th December 2013

I thought this week I’d post something seasonal: Vieux noëls illustrés.  Airs primitifs recueillis et arrangés pour le piano (Paris, 1867), compiled by the abbé Rastier, maitre de chapelle at Tours Cathedral.  It comprises 12 old carols (‘douze perles choisies’), collected locally by Rastier, in new arrangements, and each presented within a historiated border by the popular illustrator, […]