A European Tour
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of the contents. These are not yet available for all titles, but I'm working
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Every part of these books is intricately made by hand,
and bound just like a full-size luxury volume. Each picture is individually
water-coloured in great detail, ensuring every copy is unique.
Each has a full leather binding of Moroccan goatskin,
with design and title in gold, and is held with a brass clasp. All titles
have marbled end-papers, a gilt top edge, and hand-sewn headbands. Each
is signed and numbered. The books are 1 1/3" tall, not too large
for a doll's house.
Please note: none of the titles below is likely to run
out of its edition within a year, unless noted, so you may order without
A wonderfully colourful guide to those little creatures
which share our world. Very decoratively illustrated by the author. One
person successfully used this to identify an unusual visitor to her garden.
Bound in green Morocco. Limited to 250 copies. 44pp.
Jean is a well-known writer on this subject. A compilation
of practical methods and ideas used in her work. Bound in red Morocco.
Limited to 200 copies. 52pp.
This illustrated history takes you through the rich variety
of hats and headwear worn by European women through the centuries, revealing
that the fancies of current haute couture have nothing to compare to some
of the everyday headwear of past ages. Bound in blue Morocco. Limited
to 300 copies. 51pp.
An account of knights in armour, their training, strict
moral code of chivalrous conduct towards women, and the intriguing rituals
of jousting tournaments. With rich illustrations from the fifteenth century.
Bound in black Morocco. Limited to 150 copies. 51pp.
I. Abdul the Wise
- an Introduction to the Idea of Democracy for the Intelligent Child
A charming and amusing story in verse, by the world-renowned
sculptor. The perils of kingship in a far-off land are eventually resolved
by a strange new system of rulership...With distinctive illustrations
by a talented young artist. Together with poems by the author. Bound in
red-ochre Morocco. Limited to 200 copies. 51pp.
J. An Almanac
- or Kalendar of Shepardes
Based on the earliest printed almanac, published in 1493.
This guide to the seasons, Saints' Days and festivals is illustrated with
detailed fifteenth century woodcuts of everyday life for each month. Bound
in brown Morocco, intricately blind-tooled and gilt. Limited to 100 copies.
K. Ęsops Fables
Sir John Tenniel (illus.)
These witty and instructive stories from before 500b.c.
are still profoundly relevant, revealing all the foibles of human nature.
All the detail of Tenniels 26 masterly and sensitive engravings
has been taken to the limit of miniaturisation. Beautiful and ambitious
binding in plum Morocco, blind-tooled and gilt. Limited to 100 copies.
A delightfully illustrated early ABC written in 1818
"for the amusement and instruction of good children". Amusingly
stern moral verses and cautionary tales accompany each letter and its
charmingly simple woodcut. Bound in maroon Morocco. Limited to 150 copies.
This educational guide is illustrated with characterful
wood engravings, and contains not only quaint misconceptions about some
species, but also that amusing pomposity toward the animal kingdom that
was so prevalent at the timeParleys very popular work was
written before Darwin had returned from his famous voyage. Bound in green
Morocco. Three volumes, each limited to 150 copies. About thirty illustrations
in each. 48pp.
P. A European Tour
Rev. Isaac Taylor
for Tarry-at-Home Travellers
Probably the first armchair travel guide, from 1820.
The Rev. Taylor guides us round the cultures and sights with his idiosyncratic
observations. Unlike modern tourist brochures with only seductive temptations,
here you will find abundant scenes of natural disasters and daily life,
amongst the many quaint illustrations. Bound in terracotta Morocco. Limited
to 150 copies.
No respectable household should be without a guide to
the Classics. This book describes the nature, exploits, ancestry and appearance
of all the principal gods of Greek and Roman mythology, as well as many
lesser gods and the heroes. Each one is illustrated by a rare French wood
engraving from the early 19th century. The poetic text is from the same
rare source. Bound in Morocco. Limited to 100 copies.
R. Youthful Pursuits
Games through the Ages
A fascinating history of the sports and games we played as childrena
trip down memory lane to schooldays and earlier. Do you remember playing
five stones and marbles, Queenie and Hunt the Slipper? Did you know that
Blind Mans Buff was being played two thousand years ago? Lots of
late 18th century wood engravings extolling the virtues of games for healthy
minds and bodies. Bound in chocolate brown Morocco. Limited to 200 copies.
Several more Limited Editions are available, but don't yet have their
own web pages. See the News page for titles, pictures