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  DECORATIVE 
 Decorative Items 

MORLAND, George. [A French edition of Morland's famous anti-slavery scene]
[Traite des Nêgres.] Paris: François Jules Gabriel Depeuille, c.1794. Stipple engraving, proof before title. Sheet 385 x 475mm.
A scene highlighting the brutality of the slave trade, with a family being split up by different slave traders on an African beach. The painting by George Morland is regarded as the first painting to record a slave trading scene; when it was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1788 it gave a substantial boost to the Abolitionist cause only a year after the founding of the 'Society for the Abolition of the Slave trade', and nearly two decades before Britain banned the slave trade. Revolutionary France abolished slavery in her colonies in 1794 but it was reintroduced by Napoleon in 1802; it was finally banned after the 1848 revolution. This French version, engraved by Rollet in stipple, was copied from the mezzotint by John Raphael Smith, published in 1791 with a pair, 'African Hospitality', which showed natives rescuing Europeans from a shipwreck.
[Ref: 18413]    £950.00 ($1,234 • €1,076 rates)


EDRIDGE. Henry. [Portrait of the explorer Mungo Park from the account of his first Niger Expedition]
Mr M. Park. London: G. Nichol, 1799. Stipple engraving. Sheet 270 x 210mm.
A fine stipple engraved oval portrait of the Scottish explorer Mungo Park (1774-1806), engraved by Thomas Dickinson after Edridge and published as the frontispiece to his 'Travels in the Interior Districts of Africa'. Under the patronage of Sir Joseph Banks and the African Association, Park travelled to Africa to seek the source of the River Niger (1795-7). His expedition was delayed by captivity and illness (he spent seven months convalescing in a man's home), and he was believed dead when he returned to Britain. His detailed account of his travels gave Europeans one of the first accurate descriptions of the African interior and its inhabitants. He wrote that the Mandinka he met being taken to the European slave ships believed they were going to be eaten by the whites! His summation that 'whatever difference there is between the negro and European, in the conformation of the nose, and the colour of the skin, there is none in the genuine sympathies and characteristic feelings of our common nature' did much for the Abolitionist cause. Park returned to the Niger in 1805; this time his luck deserted him and he drowned trying to escape a native attack.
[Ref: 14250]    £150.00 ($195 • €170 rates)


CHAPMAN, J. [A colour-printed stipple portrait of Leonhard Euler]
Leonard Euler. J.Chapman sculp.t. London: J.Wilkes, 1804. Colour-printed stipple engraving. 160 x 110mm. Very fine condition.
An oval portrait of the Swiss mathematician Leonhard Euler (1707-83), whose prolific output has been celebrated in his home country, Russia (where he supervised the creation of the 'Atlas Russicus', published 1745) and Germany (where he published the 'Atlas Geographicus' in 1753). The portrait shows his right eye shut, blinded after a near-fatal fever in 1735; by 1766 a cataract rendered his left eye almost useless. However his productivity hardly diminished: in 1775 he was still writing an average of one mathematical paper a week.
[Ref: 11809]    £220.00 ($286 • €249 rates)


DIGHTON, Robert. [England depicted as a man on a seamonster]
Caricature of England and Wales. London: Bowles & Carver, c.1808. Original colour. Card, 140 x 105mm.
A separate-issue card, reduced from Dighton's famous 'Geography Bewitched' caricature map. England is a pot-bellied man, foaming mug of beer in his hand, pipe in his mouth, sitting astride a scaly sea-monster. Wales is his jacket. Outside the printed border a text 'Caricatures of Ireland, Scotland, &c. with other ingenious devices' advertises the other maps in the series.
[Ref: 17716]    £950.00 ($1,234 • €1,076 rates)


DIGHTON, Robert. [A famous caricature map of Scotland]
A Caricature of Scotland. Geography bewitched. _ Bonny Scotia. London: Bowles & Carver, c.1808. Original colour. Card, 140 x 105mm.
A separate-issue card, reduced from Dighton's famous 'Geography Bewitched' caricature map. Scotland is depicted as an ugly man kneeling on a tasselled cushion, holding a tartan bag behind his back.
[Ref: 17717]    £950.00 ($1,234 • €1,076 rates)


JOURNAL DE LA BELGIQUE. [Miniature Leo Belgicus]
[Leo Belgicus.] Brussels, 3rd February, 1815. Wood engraving, printed area 45 x 35mm, set in text. Two tax stamps.
A small 'Leo Belgicus', used as the logo of a four-page newspaper in French, giving news from around Europe the month before Napoleon's return from Elba. On the lion's shield is written 'L'Union Fait la Force'.
[Ref: 7928]    £120.00 ($156 • €136 rates)


ANDRIVEAU-GOUJON, J. [Table of mountain heights & river lengths]
Tableau comparatif et figuré de la hauteur des principales montagnes et du cours des principaux fleuves du monde. Paris, 1842. Original colour. 620 x 940mm.
Comparative chart with statistical tables of mountain heights. The mountains are on the right side, ascending from the lowest to the highest, and all the rivers, straightened out, are on the left side, in the opposite order.
[Ref: 17862]    £700.00 ($909 • €793 rates)


HILDEBRANDT, Eduard. [A portrait of Alexander von Humboldt in his study]
[Alexander von Humboldt.] Berlin: Alexander Duncker, c.1848. Tinted lithograph with facsimile autograph, finished by hand. Printed area 315 x 360mm. Marginal tear repaired.
A scene of Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859) at work in his study, taken from a watercolour by fellow Prussian Eduard Hildebrandt (1818-68), executed when the famed explorer was nearly eighty. The facsimile hand writing states that it is a true representation of his study while he was writing his treatise 'Kosmos' (a term he reintroduced from ancient Greek). The explorer and painter had become friends, and Humboldt had been able to introduce Hildebrandt to some important clients: Hildebrandt's first trip to America was to paint Rio de Janeiro for Friedrich Wilhelm IV of Prussia. This led to a world tour, 1860 - 1862, which included stops in the Middle East, India, Singapore, Thailand, Macao, Hong Kong, China, The Philippines, Japan and the United States. A folio of his works from his round-the-world voyage were published as chromolithographs in 1864 in Berlin under the title of 'Reise Um Die Erde' (Journey around the Earth).
[Ref: 16819]    £980.00 ($1,273 • €1,110 rates)


GILLRAY, James. [Caricature map of England, from Gillray's cruder output]
A New Map of England & France. The French Invasion; or John Bull, bombarding the Bum-Boats. London: Henry George Bohn, 1851. Coloured etching. 350 x 260mm.
A satirical map of England, shown divided into counties, with Durham sporting the face of George III with Northumberland his nightcap, East Anglia his knee, Kent his foot and Sussex his buttock. The king is voiding his bowels on the French bumboats (derived from the Dutch for a canoe, 'boomschuit', and meaning a small boat used to ferry supplies to ships moored offshore) trying to cross the Channel. The caricature was drawn and etched by James Gillray (under the pseudonym 'John Schoebert') and originally published by Hannah Humphrey in 1793, at a time when England was in terror of an invasion by the French revolutionaries. In among the bombardment are the words 'British Declaration', referring to George's promise to return Toulon (held by Royalists aided by British and Spanish forces) to French on the restoration of the Bourbon monarchy. This example, printed from the original plate, was published in Bohn's 'Historical and Descriptive Account of the Caricatures of James Gillray', the most complete edition of Gillray's work, including the coarser 'Suppressed Plates'. British Museum Satires 8346.
[Ref: 17723]    £950.00 ($1,234 • €1,076 rates)


BACON, George Washington. [The laying of the transatlantic cable from the Great Eastern]
The Atlantic Telegraph. London: Bacon & Co., 1865. Letterpress broadside with colour-printed wood engravings. Sheet 810 x 550mm. Minor repairs to folds and edges.
A rare and important broadside published during the attempt to lay a new transatlantic telegraph cable, after the first laid in 1858, lasted only a month before failing. As well as an extensive descriptive text there: maps of the positions of cables around Europe and the North Atlantic and the prosposed cables around the world; a view of S.S. Great Eastern, Isambard Kingdom Brunel's mammoth sailing steam ship, which had just been converted for cable-laying, with a cross-section; illustrations of the composition of the different cables and a Morse Telegraph instrument; and a cross-section of the Atlantic with the depths marked. This broadside was published just before the failure of the attempt: captained by Sir James Anderson, the Great Eastern had laid a thousand miles of cable when the cable snapped and the end was lost. The attempt was abandoned, but the following year the ship returned and, after 'fishing' with grappling hooks for weeks, the cable was recovered and spliced. The repaired cable reached Newfoundland in September 1866. This broadside was republished during the second attempt, with the Atlantic cross-section at the bottom reduced in size to accommodate the description of the failure of the previous year.
[Ref: 18296]    £3,100.00 ($4,027 • €3,512 rates)


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