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Please note that the ILAB Missing Books Register is currently in a phase of soft launch and will release the full set of data reported to ILAB since the inception of the former "Stolen Books Database" progressively over the coming weeks. For particular information on books or missing material that is not listed here and to report a missing item, please contact the ILAB Secretariat. The Missing Books Register was created and is hosted by the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB), with the aim to assist in the recovery of missing or stolen books and other associated items such as manuscripts, autographs, antique maps and prints and to discourage future thefts.

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French Artist - Illuminated Leaves

Published: 28 Sep 2021
Small illuminated miniature of St. Christopher, on a full leaf from a Book of Hours. France Small miniature which shows St. Christopher wading across a river with the Christ Child on his shoulders, while a hooded figure looks on from a cliff-top. Three sided border composed of blue and gold acanthus, with coloured flowers and leaves on a liquid gold ground. Size of leaf: 180 x 123mm. Verso ruled for 18 lines of gothic text.
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Autographed Letter - Duc de Dalmatie, Nicolas Jean de Dieu Soult

Published: 22 Sep 2021
Letter Signed (“Mal. duc de dalmatie”) to the Prince of Wagram and Neuchatel [Berthier] telling him that he has sent Adjutant Commandant Avy with the despatch announcing the taking of Badajoz and 23 flags which he asks him to “place at the feet of H.M. the Emperor”. 1½ pages folio in French with integral blank leaf, Badajoz, 12 March 1811.
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Autographed Letter - Duc de Rivoli and Prince d'Essling, André Massena

Published: 22 Sep 2021
MASSENA, André, Duc de Rivoli and Prince d'Essling (1758-1817). French Marshal. Letter Signed (“Massena”) to “Mon cher Pelet” [Massena's aide-de-camp General Pelet-Clozeau] informing him that he plans to establish his headquarters at Torres Novas. Half page large 8vo in French, n.p., 13 November n.y. [1810].
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Autographed Letter - Duke of Wellington

Published: 22 Sep 2021
Autograph Letter Signed (“Wellington”) to Sir Charles Stuart, discussing the sending of prisoners to the Cape Verde Islands, and informing him that four or five thousand men had entered Salamanca, “which I see are those which Massena left. . .” 4 pages 4to, Pero Negro, 6 November 1810.
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Autographed Letter - Napoleon I

Published: 22 Sep 2021
Letter Signed (“Napol”) to the Minister of War, the Duc de Feltre, allocating funds to the Army of Portugal and the Army of Spain, including a reserve for Marshal Marmont for “secret expenses”. 1 page 4to in French, St. Cloud, 9 July 1811.
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Autographed Letter - Duke of Wellington

Published: 22 Sep 2021
Autograph Letter Signed (“Wellington”) to Monsieur le Duc D'Abrantes [General Junot], expressing sympathy over the fact that he has been wounded and informing him that his wife has just had a son. 1¼ pages 4 to in French with integral address leaf, Headquarters [Cartaxo], 27 January 1811.
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Book of Hours - Illuminated Leaves

Published: 22 Sep 2021
Illuminated leaf from a Book of Hours with full decorative border. Large initial painted in blue with white tracery, and infilled with blue and orange flowers on curly stems on a burmished gold ground, bar border in gold, mauve and blue and three sided border of coloured acanthus and other flowers, and small gold leaves on hair-line stems. Size of leaf: 180 x 133mm. On verso, 16 lines of gothic text.
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The Annunciation - Illuminated Leaves

Published: 22 Sep 2021
Arched illuminated miniature of the Annunciation (100 x 63mm.), with full illuminated border. The angel Gabriel and Mary kneel on a grassy ground within a church with gothic canopies and latticed windows, in the upper background God looks down from a starry sky; the miniature enclosed within three-sided border of decorative coloured flowers and leaves on wide burnished gold ground, large initial infilled with blue and orange flowers on curly stems on a burnished gold ground, outer borders of coloured acanthus and other flowers, and small gold leaves on hair-line stems. Size of leaf: 180 x 133mm. On verso, panel border of gold leaves and coloured flowers, small illuminated initials and 16 lines of gothic text. A fine miniature from one of the main centres of illumination in the 15th century. This and the following 5 miniatures are all painted in the style of the Fastolf Master; this artist appears to have trained with the Bedford Master in the early part of the 15th century and then seems to have worked in Rouen. He takes his name from a manuscript of Christian de Pisan produced in Rouen for Sir John Fastolf (d. 1453), and may have moved to England in the mid-15th century. The starry sky at the top of the miniature is a characteristic feature of the style of the Fastolf Master, who is also known for his use of windmills and layered landscapes falling away into little cliffs.
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Cylinder Seal

Published: 22 Sep 2021
Limestone cylinder Human figures and grotesque creatures. European Bulletin 24, 3h
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Cylinder Seal

Published: 22 Sep 2021
Black serpentine cylinder Scenes of the battles of the gods, with an inscription “Na-bi-um” (personal name). Worn. European Bulletin 24, 3c
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Breviary - Illuminated Leaves

Published: 22 Sep 2021
Illuminated leaf from a Breviary. 7-line initial “D” painted in pink within a green and gold frame, and enclosing a figure in an orange tunic and headgear, pointing to his eyes; the initial extended with partial borders of blue, pink and green foliage, highlighted in gold. Numerous one-line initials in red and blue alternately. Size of leaf: 284 x 196mm. 38 lines written in a gothic hand, double colmns, The leaf displays delicate illuminaton in rich colours, which show the undoubted influence of mauscripts illuminated at the court of Wenceslas, King of Bohemia (1378-1402, and 1404-1419), with the same typical use of silver for heightening the border decoration. Other similar features are exuberant acanthus decoration, a similar range of colours and marginal extensions in which angles of the foliage are marked with drops of burnished gold. This court soon developed its own style and became a prominent school of illumination; here manuscripts were produced which became notable for “jewel like and very striking colours, vivid imagery, rich sense of variegtaed pattern, and luxurious foliated borders” (W. D. Wixom, Leaves from a Prague antiphonary in Bulletin of Cleveland Museum of Art, LXIV, 1977, pp. 311-325. Both this leaf and the following item display many of these aspects. Bohemian illumination is rarely found; a superb antiphonal was dispersed in 1927-1928, but only two manuscripts associated with Wenceslas' court are preserved outside Prague and Vienna.
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French Illuminator - Illuminated Leaves

Published: 22 Sep 2021
Illuminated leaf on vellum from a Book of Hours. 11 one-line initials in pink and blue on burnished gold grounds with floral decoration, line-fillers in similar colours. Full illuminated border on both sides of the leaf composed of coloured acanthus and a variety of coloured flower heads and leaves, and numerous small gold leaves on hair-line stems. Size of leaf: 210 x 153mm. 18 lines of gothic text. A very finely illuminated leaf in excellent condition with gold decoration liberally applied; from a mid-15th century Parisian Book of Hours of the highest quality. The leaf is from a Book of Hours, for the use of Rouen, probably for a wealthy patron who wanted the lavish illumination which he could get from a Parisian atelier.
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German Illuminator - Illuminated Leaves

Published: 22 Sep 2021
Illuminated print of Christ brought by the soldiers before Pilate. Christ is brought by a group of soldiers before Pilate, seated on a throne; set in a large room with arches, columns and a tiled floor. The miniature pasted on to a sheet of vellum, within a decorative frame. Size of miniature: 99 x 75mm. Verso blank. A charming, colourful miniature, full of detail. Other leaves from this series appeared in our European Bulletin, no. 6 (item 29).
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Dutch Illuminator - Illuminated Leaves

Published: 22 Sep 2021
Illuminated leaf on vellum from a Book of Hours, in Dutch. 5-line initial in burnished gold on a ground of mauve and blue with white tracery, border on three sides composed of red and blue flowers on a gold bar, also numerous gold and coloured flowers filling the margins, in the remaining margin a series of gold circles decorated with brown penstrokes. Size of leaf: 137 x 97mm. 17 lines of text in a rounded gothic script. A very attractive illuminated leaf from what must have been a sumptuous Book of Hours. The fine floral and foliage decoration is very similar to that found in Books of Hours produced in Utrecht in the second and third quarters of the 15th century.
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French Illuminator - Illuminated Leaves

Published: 22 Sep 2021
Illuminated leaf from a Book of Hours. On each side of the leaf a wide ornamental border composed of gold oak leaves and pink and blue flowers on hair-line stems which radiate from a bar border of pink and burnished gold. 10 one-line initials in burnished gold on pink and blue grounds, 7 line-fillers . Size of leaf: 202 x 146mm. 15 lines of gothic text in brown ink. A very attractive leaf with the text completely surrounded by the border decoration on the recto, and with a thre-sided border on the verso.
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Paris Artist - Illuminated Leaves

Published: 22 Sep 2021
Historiated initial of Mary with the Apostles, with one other illuminated initial on a leaf from a Latin Bible. 6-line miniature of Mary and the Apostles enclosed with a 21-line historiated initial “P” with a thick stem painted in pink, blue and gold and terminating in a grotesque orange face on a curling blue stem; at the top a 4-line illuminated initial in gold and colours with marginal extension . Size of leaf: 150 x 100mm. 44 lines in a minute gothic script in double columns. A fine illuminated leaf with a historiated initial probably from the workshop of the Dominican Painter who is called by Branner “a rare and original painter”. The historiated initial introduces the Book of Acts.
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Paris Artist - Illuminated Leaves

Published: 22 Sep 2021
Illuminated leaf on vellum from a richly illuminated Book of Hours, lavishly decorated on both sides of the leaf. Two-line historiated initial showing the head and shoulders of a tonsured priest, text surrounded on all sides by a wide border (on both recto and verso) of coloured flowers and strawberries with a large bird in each upper border, and in each outer border a roundel of a scene from the life of St. Alexis. Size of leaf: 196 x 141mm. 20 lines of text in a liturgical gothic hand. Every leaf of this richly decorated manuscript appears to have contained roundels showing scenes from the life of S. Katherine or Alexis (a 15th century mendicant in Syria), obviously of significance to the original owner. In this leaf the roundel on the recto shows St. Alexis addressing his father and that on the verso shows a priest standing in front of a building (captioned “lenire”).
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Paris Illuminator - Illuminated Leaves

Published: 22 Sep 2021
Illuminated initial “M” on a leaf from a Latin Bible. 5-line illuminated initial “M”, painted in blue and infilled with coloured curling stems, on a burnished gold ground, 3-line marginal extension in similar colours. Four calligraphic penwork borders in blue and red, four 2-line initials in red or blue, rubricated . Size of leaf: 190 x 140mm. 50 lines in a minute gothic script, in double columns. Text: End of the Book of Proverbs, and opening of Ecclesiastes -”Vanity of vanities, says the preacher, vanity of vanities! All is vanity”.
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Dombey and Son - Parts 2 and 3

Published: 22 Sep 2021
Parts 2 and 3 of the original parts of “Dombey and Son” (i.e. Dealings with the Firm of Dombey and Son: Wholesale, Retail and for Exportation), Nov. and Dec. 1846. The parts are quite a bright blue still. The measurements are 22.4 x 14.3 cm. On the top left of each inside wrapper the following had been written in pencil: [S.L.] I [Dickens – 1848]. The writing sprawled, so would be (or would have been) between 67 and 72 mm long. There were no other ownership markings.
Wilfried de Freitas By Conduct and Courage Dust jacket Reported Stolen 11 May 2021

By Conduct and Courage

Published: 22 Sep 2021
A fine copy in fine dust jacket.
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Sex Efficiency through exercises

Published: 22 Sep 2021
Contains a series of 12 ‘cinematographic’ films on 480 flicker cards.
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Wise Parenthood

Published: 22 Sep 2021
First edition in original grey paper backed boards, with printed paper label lettered in red on upper cover, some light cockling to the covers, but otherwise a very good copy.
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Paysage. (Landscape.)

Published: 27 Aug 2021
Etching with drypoint printed in colours and hand-colouring in watercolour on Japan Nacré paper. Plate size: 15 x 11 cm. Sheet size: 39 x 28 cm. Excellent condition. Presented in a white gold leaf frame with acrylic glazing. 45 of 95. Signed in pencil lower right by Dali, numbered lower left. One of eight prints from the Huit Poesies portfolio.
GORMLEY Antony Shared Vision Peter Harrington theft July 2019 1

Shared Vision.

Published: 27 Aug 2021
Giclée on Hänemuhle etching paper. Sheet size: 28.2 x 21.8 cm Excellent condition. Presented in a black frame with conservation mount and glass. Q of 26 lettered A - Z. Signed by Gormley and lettered lower right.
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Sam. [Portrait of yellow cat with turquoise eyes.]

Published: 27 Aug 2021
Offset lithograph on wove paper hand coloured by Warhol and friends with Dr. Martin’s aniline watercolor dye. Sheet size: 22.9 x 15 cm. Excellent condition. Presented in a handmade white gold leaf frame with conservation mount and glass.
2019 08 39672

Unfinished Music No.2. (Vinyl LP Record, signed, with original drawing)

Published: 27 Aug 2021
Stereo LP, catalogue number ZAPPLE 01, being a series of experimental recordings. Original pressing with paper liner and glossy sleeve. A fine ASSOCIATION COPY, with the printed paper inner inscribed by Lennon to Malcolm Davis, a record cutter at Abbey Road and Head of Apple Studios, where this record was produced. He has also added his famous caricature doodle of a bespectacled Lennon with Yoko Ono. LP in fine condition, minor wear to sleeve. The record itself is a rarity, with a current book value of £600. This signed copy is accompanied by a photograph of the Lennons in the studio with the recipient Malcolm Davis seated at a recording console, plus a signed letter of provenance from renowned Beatles expert Paul Wayne of Tracks Ltd. This LP was the second of three (now rare) experimental albums recorded by John and Yoko during 1968-9, before Lennon's rather more successful commercial LPs 'Plastic Ono Band' and 'Imagine' appeared in 1970-1.
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ABC Buch

Published: 27 Aug 2021
Binding elaborately decorated with gold-leaf embossing and paper cameos. Very good condition. Hand-colored plates.
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GRAPEFRUIT

Published: 27 Aug 2021
First UK paperback edition. Signed by John Lennon and Yoko Ono. Original pictorial card wrappers. A very good or better copy of this notoriously fragile production. The binding square and firm and with a little rubbing and light creasing to the extremities, the spine without the heavy fading usually associated with this title. The contents are entirely complete with no loose or torn pages. The paper stock, toned as usual is otherwise clean throughout. An attractive example, highly desirable in signed state.
2019 12 Churchill Frew Theft 20 Dec 2019

A History of the English-Speaking Peoples.

Published: 27 Aug 2021
FIRST EDITIONS. 4 vols. 8vo. (24 x 16 cm.) Handsomely bound in full red morocco, spines gilt, all edges gilt.
Bichsel Cassanius 1

Geoponika [Greek letters]. De re rustica selectorum libri XX. Graeci, Constantino quidem Caesari nuncupati, ac iam non libris, sed thesauris annumerandi. Io(hanne) Alexandri Brassicai opera in lucem editi. Una cum rerum, quae in hisce tractantur, diligent

Published: 27 Aug 2021
With woodcut printer’s device on last leaf verso. (24) leaves, 551, (1) pp. 8vo. Contemp. blind-tooled pigskin over three raised bands and wooden boards. VD16 C 1413; Hieronymus, Griech. Geist, no. 365. (Bound with:) Constantinus VII. Porphyrogenitus. Constantini Caesaris selectarum praeceptionum, de Agricultura libri viginti, Iano Cornario medico physico interprete. With printerís devices on title and in the colophon. (4) leaves, 389 (recte 390) pp., 1 leaf. Basel, (Officina Frobeniana per Hieronymum Frobenium et Nicolaum Episcopum), 1538. – VD16 C 1414; Hieronymus, Griech. Geist, no. 364.
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Girl Etiquette and Fashion

Published: 08 Aug 2021
Cover - green; size - A4 ish. The book had been imported from the US.

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