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The Gentle Art of Making Enemies

First Edition, First Printing. Square 8vo.340pp. Bound in original cloth spine and grey paper covered boards with gilt lettering. Signed presentation copy by James McNeill Whistler to Samuel Siegfried Bing Siegfried Bing-With Compliments & pleasant Sympathy signed with the monogram on front free endpaper . Extremities a little worn, a brown mark size of a finger, ink mark, on front cover; back cover has a few dark marks as if it has been put onto a dirty surface with a light chip to surface; Inside some foxing throughout; endpapers browned; fore-edges untrimmed and foxed; approximately 60 pages have a small dent due to a small hard object being placed in book accidently, now removed. Inside a bookseller’s label, Maggs Brothers, loosely inserted in case book lost in post. The spine is holding firm and it is generally a clean copy. Samuel Siegfried Bing, who usually gave his name as S. Bing, was an influential German-French art dealer who lived in Paris and who dealt Japanese art in Paris; published in Le Japon Artistique and was an important figure in the development of the Art Nouveau style during the late nineteenth century. Whistler s account of his sensational libel suit against art critic John Ruskin. Ruskin, at the initial debut at the Grosvenor Gallery, wrote a vicious review that Whistler's now acclaimed oil painting of exploding fireworks at night, Nocturne in Black and Gold The Falling Rocket was "flinging a pot of paint in the public's face." Whistler won a tiny sum but ruined himself financially in the process.Read more

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Diary of Travels in France and Spain

The first edition of Francis Chenevix Trench's account of his 1844 travels in France and Spain, illustrated throughout. The first edition of this work. Complete in two volumes. The diaries of Francis Chenevix Trench, written whilst he was travelling in France and Spain. Trench here discusses various towns, cities, and routes that one can visit in France and Spain, with these volumes offering an informative insight into the countries in the mid nineteenth century. The author also wished to become acquainted with the state of religion in France, and with seeking out his countrymen where they resided in France and Spain. Volume I illustrated with one plate, and four in-text woodcuts. Volume II illustrated with a frontispiece, one plate, and four in-text woodcuts. Francis Chenevix Trench was an English divine and author intended on studying law before becoming the curate of St Giles in Reading in 1834. He also wrote 'Remarks on the Advantages of Loan Funds for the Poor and Industrious', 'Scotland: its Faith and its Features', 'The Portrait of Charity', and more. Collated, complete excepting that Volume I is lacking the frontispiece of Fort de Lourde. Condition: In a half calf binding with marbled paper to the boards. Externally, with some light patches of rubbing to the spines and extremities. A very little rubbing to the paper to the boards. Light fading to the spines. The odd spot to the fore edges. Front hinges are starting but firm. Prior owner's ink inscription to the recto to the front endpaper, 'J. Walter Wilson Nov 7 1864 with his fathers love' of Volume I. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are bright and generally clean with some scattered spots to the first and last few pages. Prior owner's ink inscription to the half-title of Volume II. Overall Condition: Very GoodRead more

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