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The Century of Queens with Sketches of Some Princes of Literature and Art, Anonymous ; [ James Miller ]
1 Anonymous ; [ James Miller ] The Century of Queens with Sketches of Some Princes of Literature and Art
New York James Miller, Publisher 1872 First Edition Hardcover Very Good Small 4to 
251 & [7] ff. of plates pages; Illustrated. Publisher's green cloth, elaborate decorative stamping in gilt on front cover and spine (the front cover's pattern is repeated on the rear cover, in blind rather than gilt) -- chocolate brown endpapers, all edges gilt. Minor rubbing to the binding at the spine ends and corners, but still a clean, pleasing copy of this attractive example of the American "gift" book. Credit is given to the producer of this handsome volume on the verso of the title page: "Joseph J. Little, electrotyper, stereotyper, and printer." With a frontispiece engraved by Sartain, several steel-engravings, and text illustrations and ornaments throughout. The text is taken from Lucy Aiken, Mary Howitt, Miss Strickland, Mrs. Balmanno, Henry William Herbert and others, and is mostly devoted to the sixteenth century, but has a 19th century coda (tales from Lamb, Hood, and an account of the Portland Vase, etc.) Scarce -- see OCLC: 10193834 (American Antiquarian Society and two other locations). ; Experience the pleasure of reading and appreciating this actual printed item. It has its own physical history that imbues it with a character lacking in ephemeral electronic renderings. 
Price: 44.94 USD
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2 Duret, Theodore HISTOIRE DE J. Mc N. WHISTLER et de son oeuvre
Paris H. Floury 1914 Second Edition Stiff Wrappers Very Good Large 8vo 
155 pages; Publisher's light brown stiff wrappers, printed in brown. Slightly shaken in wrappers, some light soiling to wrapper, and a faint owner's signature. There is a repair to a portion of the bottom end of the spine. The original publisher's wrappers were designed in keeping with Whistler's own distinctive ideas of book design, including a vignette of his famous butterfly emblem-signature. Théodore Duret was a critic and journalist, who played an important role in the career of the Impressionsts, and was particularly friendly to Whistler. Duret's biography was first published in 1904. This edition, published just before the first World War, has 26 hors-texte plates (one of which is a reproduction of Whistler's well known full length portrait of Duret in evening attire, now in the Metropolitan Museum in NYC). The color plate reproduces an aquarelle portrait of Nelly Finch. ; Experience the pleasure of reading and appreciating this actual printed item. It has its own physical history that imbues it with a character lacking in ephemeral electronic renderings. 
Price: 14.94 USD
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