Tag Archive: 0Illustrated

“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, […]

Reading in the heat

Reading in the heat

23rd July 2013

I’m always drawn to books for teaching children to read.  This one seems apt this week, with its being so hot: Calo et Lili apprennent à lire, a book specially designed for use in the French territories of the Pacific, published in Nouméa (the capital of the Melanesian island of New Caledonia) in 1962. Aside from the illustrations, by […]

Iconic

Iconic

5th June 2013

Published in Nuremberg in 1724, this is the first edition of apparently the first monograph on a Russian work of art, namely the icon of the 4th-century warrior saint Theodore Stratelates in the Rieterkirche St Marien und Christophorus in Kalbensteinberg, Bavaria, a church on the pilgrim route to Santiago de Compostela.  So rich were the […]

Handel goes big

Handel goes big

29th May 2013

This wonderful engraving comes from Charles Burney’s great Account of the Musical Performances in Westminster-Abbey, and the Pantheon, May 26th, 27th, 29th; and June the 3d, and 5th, 1784.  In Commemoration of Handel (1785).  The Handel Commemoration Concerts of 1784, marking the centenary of the composer’s birth, have been described as ‘in some ways the most […]

Blood and laughter

Blood and laughter

21st May 2013

The boom years of 1890s Russia came to an abrupt halt at the turn of the century when an economic slump left many of the new urban working class jobless and led to unrest in the countryside.  The Tsar’s popularity took another knock when hopes of a quick military victory in the Russo-Japanese War (1904) […]