Henry is beginning to overwhelm the G to J page, so I have started up a section of his own on 1st December 2001

Artists and Arabs; or, Sketching in Sunshine. By Henry Blackburn with numerous illustrations. Boston: James R. Osgood and Co. 1874. Author's Edition. This book measures 6" x 4 1/4". The book is in good condition. I put this in the First Edition category and I'm not positive that it is. It doesn't have a copyright date in it. It says 1874 on the Title Page and on the back where there is usually a copyright it just says Author's Edition. It just an old book in fairly good condition, cover has minor wear and the pages have some discoloration from age or moisture. Not real bad though.
(3rd May 2001)
Normandy Picturesque
, by Henry Blackburn. With numerous Illustrations. First American From Second London Edition. Boston: James R. Osgood and Co., Late Ticknor & Fields, and Fields, Osgood & Co. 1873. Author's Edition. This book is in good shape. Cover has minor wear. The illustration in the second photo is "A Toiler of the Sea". Buyer pays shipping and handling
Randolph Caldecott's Sketches
London 1890 Cheap Ed.
Introduction by Henry Blackburn.
4to. 9 inches by 11 inches
Printed paper covered boards with cloth spine
The external condition can be seen in the pictures
Internally there is some foxing but most of the pictures are clean
(30th September 2001)

Published by James R. Osgood & Company, copyright Boston 1881, First American Edition. Having 200 pages, including a full page travelers map of Brittany, plus these wonderful illustrations drawn by the Artist from sketches made on the spot, engraved by J.D. Cooper. With chapters arranged by specific region, areas traveled include St Servan, Lamballe, Huelgoet, Pont L'Abbe, Concarneau, Hennebont, Le Faouet, St Anne D'Auray, Carnac, Vannes and many more. Showing scenes of local peasantry and rural landscape during visits over three summers, detailing village life, simple daily chores, early agriculture, animal husbandry, and various aspects of customary social interaction.  Bound in brown cloth 5 by 6.5 inch hard covers, gilt lettering on cover and spine, light external soiling and wear, contents clean and overall in very good or better condition.

(23rd July 2001)

I like Henry and will indulge his output more than most.

Two autographed letters signed of Arts Publisher Henry Blackburn dated 1889 on Stationery from his Pictures at the Paris Exhibition.

Very Good, 13 x 20 cm.



(24th June 2001)
Here's another from Henry

Blackburn, Henry. The Harz Mountains: A Tour in the Toy Country. London: Sampson Low, 1873. 184 pp, 1st ed. Illustrated by Randolph Caldecott. The 1st edition of the 1st book to contain illustrations by Caldecott! Paper at hinges cracked, but not broken. Tight and clean! Rare, a Beautiful Copy! Compare online @ $1000+!
We usually take medium resolution scans, which always detracts from the actual quality of the item.
Most of our customers are pleasantly surprised by the "upgrade" in condition their book arrives in!

The auction starting price for this is $175 - either the seller is optimistic or I got a real bargain on Normandy (or, quite possibly, I don't understand the book business).

Randolph Caldecott
A Personal Memoir Of His Early Art Career
by Henry Blackburn
Published by Sampson Low, Marston, Searle and Rivington, London 1886, First Edition. Having 216 pages, having 172 illustrations reproduced from Caldecott's own work. Mr. Caldecott was truly one of the nineteenth centuries great artists, yet today he is best known for his contribution to children's literature through his timeless illustrations, and inspiring the Caldecott Medal, which is given annually in his honour. Henry Blackburn, once editor of London Society and friend of Caldecott, travelled extensively together, providing a source of many of his drawings. Selections from his sketchbook served as illustrations for Blackburn's "The Harz Mountains" in 1872. Mr. Blackburn took other sketches to the United States and subsequently Caldecott's market was enlarged to include American periodicals, such as "Harper's Monthly Magazine" and the "New York Daily Graphic." Caldecott's work was of a quality that appears rarely in illustrative art. With delightful characteristics happily blended, he had a delicate style, drawing with humour as racy as it was refined and charming. Bound in green cloth 6.5 by 9 inch hard covers, gilt lettering and black line illustration on front cover, bevelled edges on boards, showing general light wear of exterior, contents clean and overall in very good or better condition.

(8th Dec 2001)
Title: Randolph Caldecott, his early art career
Author: Henry Blackburn
Illustrator: Randolph Caldecott
Edition: New, 1890
Description: A personal memoir of his early art career
Pages: 216, 172 illustrations in black & white
Condition: Very good inside, no foxing, spine torn at top and a little at sides
Weight: 945g


the pictures were very poor quality

(1st December 2001)
The title of this book is "Art in de Mountains", the history of the passion play, by Henry Blackburn. The book is in English language. This author also wrote: "Travelling in Spain, Artists and Arabs, etc. The front page shows Josepha Fluger. The book contains 167 numbered pages, 19 full page engravings, plus illustrated adds (11 p.). The book is in a good condition, except for some damages of the ends of spine and cover corners. The back cover has a water stain. There is foxing in all pages. The size of this book is 9 inch x 6,5 inch.

and at a starting price of $145