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Graham York Rare Books
225 High Street, Honiton, Devon, EX14 1LB, UK.
John James Audubon. THE BIRDS OF AMERICA. A SELECTION OF PLATES FACSIMILE. 1972, London, Ariel Press, double elephant folio, twenty colour plates, number 703 of 1,000 copies, original cloth backed boards, pp[x], text on verso facing the plates. Purchased on publication from Heffers in Cambridge and retaining all the original packaging, in fine condition. These fantastic plates are over three feet tall. £750.00
The original edition was published between 1827 and 1838, and Audubon funded this through a pay-as-you-go subscription, and the prints were issued in sets of five every month or two. 435 prints were issued over the years, and it is thought that not more than 200 complete sets were completed. This work is consistently the most expensive book to sell at auction, and in January 2012 a complete set was sold in Manhattan for $7.9 million bringing the total number of known sets to 120.
James Martin. NORTH EAST VIEW OF THE TOWN OF HONITON, AS DECORATED FOR THE CELEBRATION OF PEACE. MAY 29, 1856. Lithograph on board, image size 12 and a half inches by 8 inches. Good condition. [Reference: Somers Cox 1187, although incorrectly titled South West view]. A fine view of the High Street with none of the parking problems encountered today...
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T. Sutherland (Engraver) after the original by T. Fidlor. KNOWLE COTTAGE, SIDMOUTH, THE RESIDENCE OF T. L. FISH, ESQ. Aquatint, published by John Wallis at the Royal Marine Library, Sidmouth, 1823, hand-coloured, image size 9 and a half inches by 6 inches. Good condition. [Reference: Somers Cox 2551]. "This truly romantic Marine Villa is situated on a lovely eminence to the North of "Powy's Cottage", the residence of Miss Ridout, and "Woodlands", S. Newdick Esq. It was built by the late Lord Le Dispenser in 1810, and is a thatched building, forming nearly a quadrangle, and then contained forty rooms. The present proprietor T. L. Fish Esq. has considerably reduced their number and rendered the house in every respect more comfortable as an abode, while the improvements, and embellishments he has added, have rendered it undeniably, a picturesque and enchanting residence, A verandah which is two hundred feet above the level of the sea, and one hundred above the church tower, surrounds the principal, and eastern front of the cottage it is three hundred and fifteen feet in length, and nearly twelve in width, entirely supported at equal distances, by superb oak pollards, which are surrounded with ivy, woodbines, myrtles, roses, and flowering creepers, added to which, and round each of them, are circular flower stands, containing the choicest geraniums, balsams, and other tribes of exotics; the whole forming a splendid variety. In the present year, this verandah contains not less than between four and five thousand plants, most of which have flowered luxuriantly. Thirty-four splendid china vases contain the balsams, and form a grand collection. In the centre of the southern part and between the Drawing-room windows is a rustic seat, novel and striking, rising in a pyramidical form, and displaying the choicest geraniums and hydrangeas. Opposite this delightful seat is the upper lawn... [Anon. The New Guide to Knowle Cottage, 1840].
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