Intriguing and rare collector’s books of international interest from 1850 – 1950: Sir Ernest Scott’s copy of Grecian and Chinese Architecture by Hardy Wilson; handsome copy of Lang’s Green Fairy Book illustrated by Henry J. Ford; Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam signed by Pogany; Letrosne’s Murs et Toits which inspired the restoration of damaged French buildings post-WWI; scarce copy of Waratah Rhymes for Young Australia by Louisa A. Meredith; one of the finest theatre books of the 20thcentury by Lèon Moussinac; rare history of Chinese theatre by Camille Poupeye; Metamorphosis of Narcissus by Salvador Dali, signed and dated by the artist.
CURTIS, R. E. Building the Bridge. First Edition: Sydney, Simmons Ltd, 1933.
“MAKE Big Plans; for little plans have no magic to stir men’s blood and in themselves may never be realised. Make Big Plans; aim high in hope and work, remembering that a noble, logical diagram once recorded will never die, but long after we are gone will be a living thing, asserting itself with ever growing insistency. Remember that our sons and grandsons are going to do things that would stagger us.
Signed first edition, limited to 400 copies; this copy is number 86. Bound in red, black and silver decorated boards with cloth spine, twelve black & white lithographs, one tipped-in colour lithograph, a fine copy. $1,500.00
MOUSSINAC, Lèon, Tendances Nouvelles Du Theatre. Choix de Decors, Costumes, Details de Mise en Scene Utilises dans les Representations les Plus Originales de ces Quinze Annees. Precede de Remarques sur les Recherches de L’Art du Theatre. First edition: Paris, Les Éditions Albert Lèvy, 1931.
An extremely attractive copy of one of the finest theatre books of the last century. Illustrated with hundreds and thousands of pictures of the costumes, set designs and productions of avant guarde theatre in Europe, Russia and the United States. Illustrations are both photographic and brilliantly coloured in bright pochoir process pigments. Artists and designers include Picasso, Moholy-Nagy, Leger, Rodchenko, Exter, Bel Geddes and directors Meyerhold, Brecht, Reinhardt, Piscator… in fact just about everybody of importance in avant garde theatre in the 1920s.
Folio, 380 mm x 280 mm, no. 52 of an edition limited to 615, 124 heliotype plates printed one side only, most with multiple images, 37 of which fully or partly coloured with pochoir stencils in the studio of J. Saude, 35 pp. title, introductory text, and indexes to designers, directors and productions, some pages with more pochoir and other illustrations, quarter black calf and marbled boards, original card wrappers bound in, the paper is a smooth light weight semi-card, most of the plates have a 25mm blindstamp in the right hand top corner, no markings. $3,250.00
WILSON, Hardy, Grecian and Chinese Architecture, First edition: Melbourne, 1937.
Edition limited to 100 numbered copies. Sir Ernest Scott’s copy with signature on front endpaper. Folio, 50 tipped-in plates, original gilt-printed papered boards and vellum spine, a very good copy. $3,200.00