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BAKER, W.S. William Sharp: Engraver, with a Descriptive Catalogue of his Works.
Philadelphia: Printed for the Author, 1877. Number 5 of 11 copies especially "Illustrated with the insertion of Portraits, Views, Autographs, etc. Collected and arranged by Charles Henry Hart, Philadelphia." Full tan morocco gilt. 13 x 10 inches (33 x 27 cm); The front endpaper, first inserted plate and half-title split at gutter and detached, spotting to some plates and margins, the binding somewhat faded and scratched with the joints starting, worthy of repair.

This interesting album opens with a manuscript note from William Sharp regarding Thomas Phillips' portrait of Byron and a second note signed dated 1789 regarding portraits of Charles I and Oliver Cromwell; the album continues with an 1812 document from L'Academie Imperiale et Royale des Beaux Arts a Vienne and a copy of a letter that accompanied Sharp's Diploma, a similar pair of documents from the academy in Bavaria, also of note is a large folding linen-backed document from the academy at Vienna; also present are about two dozen various inserted prints and portraits. This extra-illustrated edition is naturally scarce as only 11 copies were assembled and we trace no copy on Rare Book Hub since 1927

C The Collection of Jay I. Kislak sold to benefit the Kislak Family Foundation

Sold for $3,465
Estimate $800-1,200

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