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  • [Book of hours (use of Paris)] [ca. 1400] Pressmark: KRP.C.75 Reference Number:  MSL/1902/1646 Reid 4 Boucicaut Master , 15th cent., ill. Egerton Master , fl. 1410, ill. Reid, George, d. 1910, donor Notes: Ms. codex. Some leaves missing and some out of order. Script: Textura. Decoration: 10 full-page miniatures on diapered grounds, most with ivy-leaf borders; pages have borders on long sides with branching ivy-leaves; illuminated initials and line-fillers. Binding: Plain oak boards, probably original, with indentations for clasps; 19th century spine of brownish-green morocco, gilt. Written in France, with miniatures by the Boucicaut Master and 1 by the Master of Egerton Ms. 1070. Bequeathed by George Reid. In Latin, with rubrics in French.
  • Hypnerotomachia Poliphili. Colonna, Francesco, d. 1527. 87.F.27 Publisher:  Venice, Aldus Manutius , Romanus, Dec. 1499. Description:  [234] l. woodcuts: illus. flp1p0lp1s.lp1s lp1s3lp1s3lp1s lp1sclp1smlp1s. Notes:  Leaf [1a] (t.-p.): Hypnerotomachia Poliphili, vbi hvmana omnia non nisi somnivm esse docet ... Woodcuts on leaves [10b] and [21a] signed: b. Name of author given in acrostic formed by the first letters of the chapters. Hain. Repertorium (with Copinger's Supplement) *5501. Gesamtkat. d. Wiegendr., 7223. Contemporary black leather over wooden boards, 4 clasps (2 broken) Ex libris Mortimer L. Schiff. Cuts incl. initials, a few signed with initial "b". Fol. Local Notes:  Imperfect. Library lacks leaves prelim. 2, 3, 4,; a i. F iv.
  • Corrected proofs of Bleak House, 1853. Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870.
  • Spooner's perspective view of the Great Exhibition / designed by Geoege [sic] F. Bragg. Publisher: London (379 Strand) : Published by W. Spooner, 1851. Description: [10] leaves : all col. ill. ; 16 x 20 cm. Notes: Date on back cover: August 9th, 1851. Title on back cover: Spooner's perspective view of the interior of the Crystal Palace and Great Industrial Exhibition of 1851. Colour lithographed accordian-form book consisting of front panel with viewing hole, eight cut-out panels, and final panel as back-drop with printed description on verso, all connected by silk cloth on sides to form a telescopic view of the Foreign Nave of the Great Exhibition; held in original colour lithographed slipcase. Local Notes: Library's copy held in conservation box.
  • The well at the world's end by William Morris. Morris, William, 1834-1896. 95.D.10 Publisher: Hammersmith, Middlesex : Kelmscott Press, [1896] Description: [4], 496 p. : ill. ; 30 cm. Notes: "... four [wood-engraved] pictures by Sir Edward Burne-Jones . Printed by William Morris [in his Chaucer type (cf. Sparling)] at the Kelmscott Press , 14, Upper Mall, Hammersmith ... Middlesex, and finished on ... 2nd ... March, 1896. Sold by William Morris at the Kelmscott Press"--Colophon. Watermark: flower ; initials "WM" (William Morris) Printed in double columns. 2 wood-engraved compartments. Wood-engr. ornaments and initials. Chapter headings printed in red. Ed. of 350 copies printed on paper ; 8 on vellum. Bound in limp white vellum ; silk ties. Gold lettering on spine. Cited in: parling, H.H. Kelmscott Press and William Morris, master-craftsman, p. 162.
  • Notes of a journey to Palermo and back in October, November & December, 1868 [manuscript] : in company with Lieut.-Col. Scott, R.E. / by Henry Cole ... Cole, Henry, Sir, 1808-1882. 802.AB.0039 Diary, notes, sketches and printed reports of a journey to Italy undertaken on behalf of the South Kensington Museum Part of a collection of material relating to Henry Cole once owned by his great grand-daughter, Cynthia Dutnall. The collection was sold by her grandson. Publisher: 1868. Description: 1 v. : ill., map ; 23 cm. Notes: Title from printed t.p. Spine title: MSS. notes of journey to Palermo. MDCCCLXVIII. T.p. dated 1870. T.p. inscribed in ink: Henry Cole, his copy. Duplicate in S. K. Museum . Pagination: 15, [9], vii, [1], 1-114, 114a-114h, 115-147, [3] p. (interleaved). P. 1-[16] constitute Cole's diary of the journey. This is followed by 4 leaves of agendas. An index (vii p.) is followed by detailed notes on the art seen. Between p. 32 and 33 are 4 leaves from another notebook , containing pencil sketches . A printed map, marked with the journey, is bound at the front. Two printed reports, detailing the results of the trip, are bound at the end. Half bound [in 1870?] in red morocco with red cloth over boards; spine title in gold letters; marbled endpapers; top edge gilt; "bound by Riviere" at foot of front free endpaper.
  • Les robes de Paul Poiret / racontées par Paul Iribe . Iribe, Paul, 1883-1935. Paris : Paul Poiret, [1908] (Paris : Société générale d'impression). Description: [13] leaves (2 folded) : all col. ill. ; 33 cm. Notes: Album designed and illustrated by Paul Iribe after models by haute couturier Paul Poiret, produced to advertise his 1908 collection . "Justification du tirage" bears two vignettes in terracotta of an empty dressmaker's box with interlaced initials 'P.P.' and the silhouette of a pelican with the initials of Iribe and the date 1908. Two blank leaves, not counted in collation, follow leaf [2] ("Justification du tirage") and precede colophon. Illustrations: 10 full page pochoir prints. Binding: Publisher's beige paper boards. Limited ed. of 250 copies. Copy [A] rebound by HMSO. Copy [B] with inscription: "A monsieur Georges Bauer, a l'ami, au collaborateur. Paul Poiret". Donated by Roger Marchese. Cited in: Hiler, H. Bib. of costume, p. 467 Colas, R. Bibliographie générale du costume et de la mode, 1517 Local Notes: Each plate of Library's copy [A] has been trimmed and mounted onto supporting paper ; plate no. [6] has been damaged by bad old repair ; lacking 2 blank leaves following "Justification du tirage" and preceeding colophon ; "Justification du tirage" has been bound in front of t.p. Copy [A] previously shelved at: 24.G.121 Poiret commissioned Iribe to illustrate his first major dress collection in a 1908 portfolio entitled Les robes de Paul Poiret racontées par Paul Iribe. This limited edition publication (250 copies) was innovative in its use of vivid fauvist colors and the simplified lines and flattened planes of Japanese prints. To create the plates, Iribe utilized a hand-coloring process called pochoir, in which bronze or zinc stencils are used to build up layers of color gradually. This publication, and others that followed, anticipated a revival of the fashion plate in a modernist style to reflect a newer, more streamlined fashionable silhouette. In 1908, Poiret asked the illustrator Paul Iribe to assist in producing a limited edition catalogue entitled Les robes de Paul Poiret. This colorful “look book” featured Poiret’s clothing set against elaborate art-filled rooms, and single-handedly established the importance of the decorative interior as the ideal home for fashion creations. The partnership of an elongated chaise lounge with an Empire-styled gown, for example, provided clients with an appropriate context for Poiret’s couture. Models were posed before paintings, or admiring sculpture (Fig. 2), placing Poiret’s clothing in a direct relationship with art.
  • Les choses de Paul Poiret / vues par Georges Lepape . Lepape, Georges, 1887-1971 Publisher:  Paris : Pour Paul Poiret par Maquet ..., 1911. NAL pressmark: 805.AB.0042 Publisher: Paris : Pour Paul Poiret par Maquet ..., 1911. Description: 1 v. : all col. ill. ; 34 cm. Notes: Consists of 12 pochoir prints and 3 letterpress leaves (t.p., "Justification du tirage" and colophon). Imprint from colophon. Letterpress printed in orange and black. "Il a été tiré de cet ouvrage mille exemplaires sur papiers de luxe. Les 300 premiers, numérotés de 1 a 300, comprenant 3 planches sur papier des manufactures impériales du Japon avec remarques, sont mis dans le commerce au prix de 50 francs" -- Justification du tirage. Printed on various papers including a mould-made paper by Van Gelder Zonen and Dactyle Super Japan. Paper case binding. The upper cover repeats the design of the title-page. Copy [A] is unnumbered. Rebound by HMSO in 1977 in blue cloth. Copy [B] is no. 193; signed "P.P." (i.e. Paul Poiret); accompanied by a paper sleeve with a Japanese paper label bearing a further pochoir print. Copy [B] in a drop-back box covered in hand-made paper; donated by Roger Marchese. Cited in: Colas, R. Bibliographie générale du costume et de la mode, 1837 “ Considered to be one of the most important, and one of the most beautiful, fashion books of its time, this album was commissioned by the "King of Fashion", Paul Poiret, to showcase his newest styles. Georges Lepape was an assistant to Poiret and his illustrations are reproduced by Jean Saude in gold and silver highlighted pochoir.” “ In 1910 he collaborated with Poiret to create the deluxe fashion album "Les Choses de Paul Poiret", where Lepape caused a sensation in both the fashion and artistic worlds with his use of Art Deco simplicity and geometry well before the style was established.” « In 1910, Georges Lepape (1887-1971) , French illustrator began working for Paul Poiret (1879-1944) , for whom he illustrated this famous publication in 1911. In fact, following the style of Robes de Paul Poiret told by Paul Iribe , in 1908, and is a clear anteceden to the luxury magazine La Gazette du Bon Ton . They did a print run of 1000 copies, 300 of them in deluxe edition. It contained 12 colour handmade stencil illustrations using templates. « Later, Poiret collaborated with artist Georges Lepape for the design of a second catalogue where again, interior and exterior settings were juxtaposed with various clothing ensembles to present Poiret’s vision for a decorative totality: fashion, interior, and decorative object. « Poiret, Paul Iribe, and Georges Lepape Poiret was proud of having introduced Paul Iribe to a wider audience through Les robes de Paul Poiret (1908). Distributed without charge to Poiret's elite clientele , the album, like Georges Lepape's Les choses de Paul Poiret published three years later, was exhibited at the Galerie Barbazanges, a commercial gallery on the premises of Poiret's couture house. It was Iribe who designed Poiret's rose motif, as depicted on "La Rose d'Iribe" dress and on the couturier's label. In his memoirs, however, Poiret dismisses the implication that Iribe and Lepape were anything more than interpreters of his fully formed expressions. In his description of his collaboration with the two artists, they emerge as disseminators of his designs, representing his works through their talents as illustrators—never as creators of the designs themselves. The reality, however, was probably much more complicated. The charming renderings by Iribe in Les robes de Paul Poiret and by Lepape in Les choses de Paul Poiret (and later in the Gazette du bon ton ) convey a contextual reality for Poiret's exquisite creations . Comparing extant costumes to their representation, however, reveals that accuracy was sometimes sacrificed for dramatic intention. Nevertheless, Iribe's and Lepape's subtle stylistic elisions and exaggerations imbued Poiret's fashions with a seductive beauty not conveyed by the harsher documentary evidence of photography.”
  • Facile. Poèmes de Paul Eluard; photograhies de Man Ray. 95.U Box I Publisher: [Paris, Éditions G. L. M., 1935] Description: [21] p. illus. 25 cm. Notes: "De ce recueil ... il a été tiré 25 examplaires sur japon impérial ... numérotés ... & 1.200 examplaires sur velin ... numérotés ... Exemplaire numéro 161.« Ray, Man, 1890-1976.
  • Killing III. X891017 Hawrysio, Denise [London] : D. Hawrysio, [1989?] Description: 10 leaves : animal pelts ; 34 cm. Notes: Artist's book comprising 10 rabbit pelts stuck back-to-back and bound in red leather. This work is one of four unique books which might be seen as forming a "wordless protest against our massacre of animals" (Information File); the pelts used in this series were respectively English rabbit, leopard, mink & imitation deerskin. In a clamshell binders box of red buckram. In a protective case. Web resource: Artists' Books in the National Art Library
  • NAL visit

    1. 1. Tour of the NAL at the V&A: the bit with all the treasures! 31st Jan 2012
    2. 2. Into the back room for a lookat some Treasures..! After an initial talk about the works in front of us we were allowed to touch the books themselves!
    3. 3. miniatures by the Boucicaut Master 1 illustration by the Master of Egerton
    4. 4. Hypnerotomachia PoliphiliVenice, Aldus Manutius, 1499. 87.F.27
    5. 5. I Codici Forster del Victoria and Albert Museum di Londra Leonardo, da Vinci, 1452-1519 804.AA.0151 Facsimile of one of threeLeonardo da Vinci notebooks held by NAL
    6. 6. Corrected proofs of Bleak House, 1853 Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870 Forster 48.B.15A
    7. 7. Spooners perspective view of the interiorof the Crystal Palace and Great Industrial Exhibition of 1851. EX.1851.523
    8. 8. The well at the worlds end by William Morris. Morris, William, 1834-1896. 95.D.10"... four [wood-engraved] pictures by Sir Edward Burne-Jones. Printedby William Morris [in his Chaucer type at the Kelmscott Press...”
    9. 9. Henry Cole’s Notes of a journey to Palermo and back in October November & December 1868He was the first Director of the South Kensington Museum from 1853-73: later know as the V&A!
    10. 10. 1908: Les robes de Paul Poiret racontées par Paul Iribe: Limited edition of 250The album was distributed without charge to Poirets elite clientele
    11. 11. Three years later Paul Poiret commissioned his assistant GeorgesLepape to create analbum “to showcase his newest styles”
    12. 12. Facile. Poèmes de Paul Eluard; photograhies de Man Ray. [95.U Box I] Limited Edition Artist Book. It illustrates the way text and photos can work together
    13. 13. Killing III My photo from the by display Denise HawrysioX891017Artists bookcomprising10 rabbitpelts stuckback-to-backand bound inred leatherThis comesfrom a set of4 books, theothers useleopard, mink& imitation Official photo from Artist’sdeerskin! website (