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  DECORATIVE 
 Decorative Items 

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 ($890 • €786 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 ($1,246 • €1,101 rates)


Anonymous. [A 19th century Greek-themed 'Goose Game']
Jeu de l'oie. Renouvelé des Grecs. Metz: Paulin Didion, c. 1855. 390 x 520mm. Original cloth hinges repaired with old tape.
A very scarce goose-game celebrating the 'Revival of the Greeks'. It consisted of 62 illustrated boxes in a counter-clockwise spiral, with a final space, number 63, with an illustration with four figures in Zouave costume. The corners are filled with vignettes of a family playing the game, a goose breeder and two of hunting geese. The rules are written in French in the middle.
[Ref: 18776]    £750.00 ($953 • €842 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 proposed 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 ($3,940 • €3,481 rates)


ALEPH [HARVEY, William]. [Pictorial map of France]
France. London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1869. 250 x 210mm.
Anthropomorphic map of France. The text below the image reads, ''A hook-nosed lady represents fair France, Empress of cooks, of fashions, and the dance. Her flatt'ring glass declares that vitr'ry, power, Beauty, welth, arts are her imperial dower''. It was published in 'Geographical Fun', a charming atlas of caricature maps of European counties, drawn, according to the preface, by a fifteen-year-old girl to amuse her sick brother. The author was, however, William Harvey (1796-1873), a London Doctor and Journalist, best-known for his book 'London Scenes and London People', 1863. The maps contain many references to the political changes sweeping through continental Europe, with representations of Garibaldi and Bismarck.
[Ref: 17237]    £450.00 ($572 • €505 rates)


ALEPH [HARVEY, William]. [Pictorial map of Holland & Belgium]
Holland & Belgium. London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1869. 250 x 210mm.
Anthropomorphic map of Holland & Belgium. The text below the image reads, ''Dame Holland, trick'd out in her gala clothes, And Master Belgium, with a punchy nose; Seem on the map to represent a land., By patriot worth, and perfect art made grand''. It was published in 'Geographical Fun', a charming atlas of caricature maps of European counties, drawn, according to the preface, by a fifteen-year-old girl to amuse her sick brother. The author was, however, William Harvey (1796-1873), a London Doctor and Journalist, best-known for his book 'London Scenes and London People', 1863. The maps contain many references to the political changes sweeping through continental Europe, with representations of Garibaldi and Bismarck.
[Ref: 17239]    £450.00 ($572 • €505 rates)


ALEPH [HARVEY, William]. [Pictorial map of Germany]
Germany. London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1869. 250 x 210mm.
Anthropomorphic map of Germany as a woman. The text below the image reads, ''Lo! Studious Germany, in her delight, At coming glories, shewn by second sight, And on her visioned future proudly glancing, Her joy expresses by a lady dancing''. It was published in 'Geographical Fun', a charming atlas of caricature maps of European counties, drawn, according to the preface, by a fifteen-year-old girl to amuse her sick brother. The author was, however, William Harvey (1796-1873), a London Doctor and Journalist, best-known for his book 'London Scenes and London People', 1863. The maps contain many references to the political changes sweeping through continental Europe, with representations of Garibaldi and Alexander II of Russia.
[Ref: 17241]    £450.00 ($572 • €505 rates)


ALEPH [HARVEY, William]. [Pictorial map of Denmark]
Denmark. London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1869. 250 x 210mm.
Anthropomorphic map of Denmark. The text below the image reads, ''For Shakespeare's Prince, and the Princess of Wales, To England dear. Her royal spirit quails; From skating faint, she rests upon the snow; Shrinking from unclean beasts hat grin below''. It was published in 'Geographical Fun', a charming atlas of caricature maps of European counties, drawn, according to the preface, by a fifteen-year-old girl to amuse her sick brother. The author was, however, William Harvey (1796-1873), a London Doctor and Journalist, best-known for his book 'London Scenes and London People', 1863. The maps contain many references to the political changes sweeping through continental Europe, with representations of Garibaldi and Bismarck.
[Ref: 17242]    £400.00 ($508 • €449 rates)


ALEPH [HARVEY, William]. [Pictorial map of Spain & Portugal]
Spain & Portugal. London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1869. 250 x 210mm.
Anthropomorphic map of Spain & Portugal. The text below the image reads: ''These long divided nations soon may be, By Prims' grace, joined in lasting amity. And ladies fair - if King Fernando rules, Grow grapes in peace, and fatten their pet mules''. It was published in 'Geographical Fun', a charming atlas of caricature maps of European counties, drawn, according to the preface, by a fifteen-year-old girl to amuse her sick brother. The author was, however, William Harvey (1796-1873), a London Doctor and Journalist, best-known for his book 'London Scenes and London People', 1863. The maps contain many references to the political changes sweeping through continental Europe, with representations of Garibaldi and Bismarck.
[Ref: 17243]    £450.00 ($572 • €505 rates)


ALEPH [HARVEY, William]. [Pictorial map of Prussia]
Prussia. London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1869. 250 x 210mm.
Anthropomorphic map of Prussia. The text below the image reads: ''His Majesty of Prussia - grim and old - Sadowa's King - by needle guns made bold; With Bismarck of the royal conscience, keeper, In dreams political none wiser - deeper''. It was published in 'Geographical Fun', a charming atlas of caricature maps of European counties, drawn, according to the preface, by a fifteen-year-old girl to amuse her sick brother. The author was, however, William Harvey (1796-1873), a London Doctor and Journalist, best-known for his book 'London Scenes and London People', 1863. The maps contain many references to the political changes sweeping through continental Europe, with representations of Garibaldi and Tzar Alexander II.
[Ref: 17244]    £450.00 ($572 • €505 rates)


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