Thursday, 31 May 2012

Jubilee Weekend

We will be open throughout the Jubilee Weekend, please see below for our revised opening hours:

Saturday 2nd - 10am- 6pm
Sunday 3rd - 11am - 5pm
Monday 4th - 11am - 5pm
Tuesday 5th - 11am - 5pm

London & Glasgow : Blackie & Son, 1938
Image 235 x 160 mm 

From the book, Looking Round London. First edition. Apparently her only book - a fine sequence of quirky and delightful full-page colour illustrations of London landmarks - St. Paul's, Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Circus, the parks, the zoo, the Tower, Broadcasting House, etc. - accompanied by descriptive letterpress intended for children. 

Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Prints du Jour - Victorian Decoupage

The Victorians had a love of printed scraps and these two gorgeous images are wonderful examples of some of the finer demonstrations of decoupage from the Victorian era.

Each image is a collection of scraps precisely cut out and rearranged to form unique compositions.  These one of a kind pieces have been sensitively framed in gold leaf reproduction antique mouldings and make a beautiful pair or singular piece.

Please contact the shop for more details.

01865 242590

Friday, 25 May 2012

Summer at Sanders

As we all enjoy some much deserved sunshine we are busy preparing for an event filled Summer.

The Olympia Book Fair this weekend kicks off our Summer calender, with exiting exhibitions and stock releases still to come.

We haven't forgotten the Queen's Diamond Jubilee or the Olympic games and stock a wide variety of Royal and Sporting material to mark both occasions.

If you are looking for a gift for a summer birthday or graduation then you can not help but find something quirky from our collection of over 30,000 original antique prints, including this beautiful hand coloured etching pictured left.

56. The Bramble Moth. The Orange Apricot.
Benjamin Wilkes
Etching with original hand colour
London; Benjamin Wilkes, 1824
Image 250 x 210 mm vignette, Pl. 276 x 225 mm

Little is known about Benjamin Wilkes, the author of The English Moths and Butterflies. In the preface to the work, he tells us that 'painting of History Pieces and Portraits in Oyl' was his profession, but that he often felt at a loss to understand what colours would contrast and set each other off to best advantage. Then a friend invited him to a meeting of the Aurelian Society, dedicated to the study of insects. Here, he first saw specimens of butterflies and moths which in their disposition, arrangement and contrasting colours struck him 'with amazement' and convinced him that nature would be his 'best instructor'. Over the next ten years he spent his leisure time collecting, studying and drawing caterpillars, chrysalids and flies, greatly assisted by the well known naturalist Mr Joseph Dandridge to whose collection he had free access. This publication was the culmination of this work, a perfect combination of artistic skill and specialist scientific observation.

Wilkes' first publication on the subject had appeared in 1742. Entitled Twelve new designs of English butterflies (1742), it contained no printed text but consisted solely of twelve engraved plates, depicting butterflies arranged geometrically in groups. It was published by Wilkes 'against the Horn Tavern in Fleet Street. Where any gentleman or lady may see his collection of insects'.

The English Moths and Butterflies was a much larger and more ambitious work. Its colour plates portray the complete life cycles of individual species on their host plants, while the accompanying descriptions contain details of their ecology, morphology and habitat. Although this first edition was undated, it was probably produced in 1749. Dedicated to the president, Council and fellows of the Royal Society in London, it was popular enough to warrant a further two editions. The second edition - basically a reprint of the first, with a different title-page - appeared in 1773; although the original blocks were again used for the illustrations of third edition of 1824, the type was completely reset and the text updated to incorporate the new system of Linnaean nomenclature.

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

all the fun of the fair...

Thursday through to Saturday the 24th to the 26th of May you can find us at the Olympia Book Fair in London.

Please click below to register for complimentry tickets or pop in to the shop to collect them from us in person.

The National Hall, Olympia Exhibition Centre, Hammersmith Road, London W14.

Sanders will be taking a selection of stock spanning numerous subject matters including some unusual new additions such as this broadside relating to the "Asylum for Idiots".

Alongside ephemera such as this you will be able to browse a new collection of Japanese woodblock prints, mezzotints from the collection of the Hon. Christopher Lennox-Boyd, Art Nouveau lithographs and much more.

The Asylum for Idiots. Form of Prayer, to be used on the occasion of Laying the Foundation Stone of the New Asylum, at Earlswood, Near Reigate, On Thursday, the 16th June 1853 by the Right Rev. Bishop of Winchester.

Image 297 x 176 mm, Sheet 332 x 206 mm

Gentoku, on his black horse Tekiro, leaping into the gorgeof Tan
Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797-1861)
Woodblock print (nishiki-e)
1836 (Tenpô 6)
Oban tate-e single sheet [9.5 x 14 inches]

Xuande (Gentoku) Crossing the Tan Gorge
Cens: Kiwame
Series: Heroes of the Popular Romance of the Three Kingdoms:Tsûzoku Sangokushi eiyû no ichinin
Publisher: Jôshû-ya Kinzô
Reference: Shibuya Kuritsu Shôtô Bijutsukan, Musha-e (2003),155; Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), list S10.5

Romance of the Three Kingdoms is a Chinese historical novel written in the fourteenth century by Luo Guanzhong about the period between the years 184 and 280 CE. During this turbulent period of history,
China was composed of three competing kingdoms–the Wei (also known as Cao Wei), the Han (also known as Shu Han or Shu) and the Wu (also known as Eastern Wu).

Utagawa Kuniyoshi (c.1797 -
April 14, 1861) was one of the last great masters of the Japanese ukiyo-e style of woodblock prints and painting. He is associated with the Utagawa school. The range of Kuniyoshi's preferred subjects included many genres: landscapes, beautiful women, Kabuki actors, cats, and mythical animals. He is known for depictions of the battles of samurai and legendary heroes. His artwork was affected by Western influences in landscape painting and caricature

Monday, 14 May 2012

Sanders to be featured in this weeks episode of Lewis

Earlier in the year the Lewis crew and cast spent a day at Sanders re-creating an antique bookshop within the gallery.  The episode, 'Soul Of Genius' will be aired this Wednesday 16th May at 8pm

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

20th Century Posters

In addition to our extensive stock of 17th, 18th and 19th century prints Sanders also boasts a fascinating selection of 20th century material including these wall  maps and medical posters.

Intended as educational aids, our new collection of large scale posters show the division of factors such as temperature (pictured left), rain fall, wind and vegeatation across the globe as well as other countries and contenents.

Alongside these informative maps sits a selection of medical posters and pop-up books providing tremendous insight into both human and vetenary anatomy.

Pop in to the shop to view our whole collection of charts and posters, or, alternatively you can browse earlier printed anatomical material and our vast selection of maps online.

Friday, 4 May 2012

The Pre - Raphaelites

We have recently added a few key prints to our Pre-Raphaelite collection:

Robert Bowyer Parkes after John Everett Millais
Published December 10th 1880, by B.Brookes, 171 Strand, London
Image 471 x 314 mm
The scene depicts a pair of young lovers in an embrace. Hidden within this clasp, the girl attempts to fasten a white armband to her beloved; a sign of allegiance to Roman Catholicism. The young man gently declines, thus condemning himself to death. The incident refers to the St. Bartholomew's Day massacre in 1572 when French Protestants were slaughtered in Paris in obedience with the proclamation of the Duc de Guise.

William Henry Simmons after William Holman Hunt
E. Gambart & Co. Wednesday 15th June 1864
Image 625 x 357 mm, Plate 730 x 470 mm, Sheet 880 x 603 mm
From Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure.  Claudio is condemned to death for having sex with a woman.  Here, in a prison cell, his sister, Isabella, pleads with him not to ask her to buy his life with her virtue, by giving herself to the evil Antonio.  The interior is taken from the Lollards’ prison at Lambeth Palace.

Ex.Col.: Hon. Christopher Lennox-Boyd, Ex. Col. Fürst Liechtenstein

Toward the middle of the 19th century, a small group of young artists in England reacted vigorously against what they felt was "the frivolous art of the day": this reaction became known as the Pre-Raphaelite movement. Their ambition was to bring English art back to a greater truth to nature.

While contemporary critics and art historians worshiped Raphael as the great master of the Renaissance, these young students rebelled against what they saw as Raphael's theatricality and the Victorian hypocrisy and pomp of the academic art tradition. The friends decided to form a secret society, the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, in deference to the sincerities of the early Renaissance before Raphael developed his grand manner. The Pre -Raphaelites adopted a high moral stance that embraced a sometimes unwieldy combination of symbolism and realism. They painted only serious - usually religious or romantic - subjects, and their style was clear and sharply focused, it entailed a unique insistence on painting everything from direct observation.