097. YOUNG (John) A Catalogue of Pictures by British Artists, in the possession of Sir John Fleming Leicester, Bart. with etchings from the whole collection. Including the Pictures in his Gallery at Tabley House, Cheshire; executed by permission of the proprietor; and accompanied with historical and biographical notices, London, Printed by W. Bulmer and W. Nicol …, April 2, 1821

First Edition; Large Paper Copy, with the plates on india paper. Frances Mary Currer Richardson’s copy, with her engraved ex-libris bookplate on the front paste-down. Young had deliberately set out to assemble for the first time ever a definitive collection of self-consciously British School Art.

large 4to, 4 ff., pp. 31 + 1 (n.n.) blank, 1 f. list of artists, 33 ff. plates on india paper laid down, illustrating 70 numbered paintings (errors in numbering as usual, i.e. 8 bis, no 54 and no. 20 transposed, no. 36 no text or picture, two no. 49’s illustrated (one is actually no. 44 in the text), untrimmed in original publisher’s blue half calf over pink paper-covered boards.


096. XENOPHON La Cyropédie, ou Histoire de Cyrus, traduite gu Grec de Xenophon, Paris, Les Freres Debure, 1777

Finely bound, with a fine provenance, and with the distinguished later collectors’ book plates of Jules Lemaitre and Edouard Rahir.

2 vols, 12mo, pp. xxxv (i), 357 (1); title, pp. 420, finely bound in contemporary red morocco, spines gilt with floral theme, central flower in each compartment, contrasting lettering and volume number labels, cover borders ruled with triple gilt fillet, centre of panels with gilt armorial of the Duke of Orleans, all edges gilt, marbled end-papers, (short tear in leather on upper cover of vol.2, i.e. a snag, sometime repaired).

£500 Sold

094. WILSON (Frank) Cecil the Camel, London, Jonathan Cape, 1948

First Edition of this charming tale for children. Cecil, whilst accompanying his mother (a baggage carrier for a regiment of Bengal Lancers), is kidnapped by bandits in the Khyber Pass, , escapes, ends up in England, dances the hornpipe in front of the Queen, etc. Presentation Copy, signed by the author and with two large, original colour drawings on the front-free end-paper, dated 1963.

4to, 34 ff., 64 col. litho. illus., col. pictorial cloth-backed boards, d.w.

£100 Sold

092. WHITEMAN (W.H.) The History of the Caravan, London, Blandford Press in Co-operation with the National Caravan Council, 1973

First Edition of the “ … first-ever history of the caravan …” [ibid]. Claims that the Gypsies were relative arrivistes to the caravan scene, and that among the true antecedents were the 18th century carriages of English gentlemen on the Grand Tour.

This copy contains pen and pencil notes and corrections made by the author. Loose within are: a 2-page typed letter from the publisher to the author, noting his concerns and acknowledging his moans about having to proof-read his own book (failure of the printer to remedy faults found with previous proofs, etc.), dated July 25, 1973; various pieces of notes carrying footnotes, errata, addenda, etc.

8vo, pp. 295, 16 ff. photographic plates, text illus., cloth gilt, pictorial dustwrapper.


091. WHISTLER (Rex) Autograph letter, with handwritten envelope, postmarked Nov. 1936, from Bolbec House, Whitchurch, Aylesbury: [1936]

Dear Mrs Porcelli,
I am afraid you must have thought I had died as I have disappeared for so long without producing any designs … However I have at last got designs for the wall ready for you to see … Once the designs are passed and in order I thib the work will go ahead pretty quickly, as I have very good assistants ready to help with the grounding in …,

Mrs Porcelli lived at 36 Hill Street, Berkeley Square.

£85 Sold