COWELL

[ The Pope and the Crinoline: a satire on the Roman Catholic Church and Victorian women's fashion, printed anastatically. ] The Decline and Fall of [ the crinoline; ladies' hoops ] in The Roman Empire.

Author: 
Cowell's Anastatic Press (S. H. Cowell, proprietor) [ the Roman Catholic Church; Victorian ladies' fashion; the crinoline; Suffolk printing ]
The Decline and Fall of [Hoops]
Publication details: 
Cowell's Anastatic Press, Ipswich. [1860]
£100.00
The Decline and Fall of [Hoops]

An intriguing light satire on women's fashion and the Roman Catholic church, with charming illustrations. It consists of a stitched 4to booklet of 24 leaves, in red printed wraps, with 24 anastatically-printed pages on the rectos of the leaves, each page with illustration and engraved text beneath, numbered at the head in roman numerals, 1-XXIV. (Anastatic printing was a short-lived transfer lithography method for making facsimiles, a forerunner of photocopying.) In fair condition, aged and spotted, somewhat loose in creased worn wraps with spine worn away.

[ Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School, Ipswich, Suffolk. ] The first 22 numbers of the school magazine, bound together with title-leaf: 'The Elizabethan. Auspicio Laeti Venerato Nomine Eliziae

Author: 
Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School, Ipswich, Suffolk, established 1399, now Ipswich School [ S. H. Cowell, Ipswich printer and bookseller ]
Publication details: 
Ipswich: Printed and Sold by S. H. Cowell, Old Butter Market. London: Simpkin, Marshall, & Co., Stationers' Hall Court. Twenty-two issues bound together with new title page. 21 February 1852 to 3 December 1853.
£180.00

The 22 issues (originals, not a resetting of the text) are continuously paginated, each being 16pp. long, and totalling 352pp., 8vo. Preceded by a title-leaf for 'Vol. I.' and two-page index. Frontispiece engraving of 'Queen Elizabeth's New Grammar School and Chapel, Ipswich.' A differently-inked variant of the same illustration faces the first page of No. 6. In brown morocco half-binding, title in gilt on spine, marbled boards. Internally sound and tight, in worn binding with damage to marbling on back board, and the first leaf of the first issue somewhat grubby.

[ Major-General Sir John Clayton Cowell, Master of the Queen's Household and Governor of Windsor Castle. ] Autograph Note Signed ('J. C. Cowell') to the Lord Bishop of St Helena [ Piers Calveley Claughton ], presenting a portrait of Prince Albert.

Author: 
Major-General Sir John Clayton Cowell (1832-1894), PC, KCB, Master of the Queen's Household and Governor of Windsor Castle [ Piers Calveley Claughton, successively Bishop of St Helena and Colombo ]
Publication details: 
On embossed Windsor Castle letterhead. 29 November 1860.
£50.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition, on aged paper, in aged franked envelope ('J. Cowell') addressed to 'The Right Reverend The Lord Bishop of St. Helena.' Reads: 'My Lord - | I am desired by His Royal Highness, Prince Alfred, to forward you the accompanying portrait of himself. | Believe me | My Lord | Yours faithfully. | J. C. Cowell'.

[W. S. Cowell Limited, Ipswich printers.] The firm's 'Address Book', containing thousands of signatures of British printers, publishers, artists and book illustrators over a forty-year period, sumptuously-bound with unique printed prelims.

Author: 
W. S. Cowell Limited, Ipswich printers [Beatrice Warde; Ruari McLean; Francis Meynell; Sebastian Carter (Rampant Lions Press); Charles Batey; Brooke Crutchley; Hans Schmoller; Ralph Steadman]
Publication details: 
W. S. Cowell Limited, 8 Butter Market, Ipswich, Suffolk, England; 23 Percy Street, London, W.1. Dating from between 7 June 1952 to 20 March 1991.
£2,500.00

Founded in 1818, the Ipswich firm of W. S. Cowell Ltd ('The Press in the Butter Market') grew into one of the leading British printers, known for its high-quality catalogue work. The firm's papers are in the Suffolk Record Office at Ipswich, whose catalogue entry provides a good summary of its history.

Typed Letter Signed ('Juliette') to 'Dick' [Frank Richard Cowell, b.1897], together with carbon of typed reply.

Author: 
Juliette Huxley [Lady Marie Juliette Baillot] (1896-1994), wife of the English scientist Julian Huxley (1887-1975) [Frank Richard Cowell]
Publication details: 
Letter, 27 January 1966; on letterhead 31, Pond Street, Hampstead, N.W.3. Reply, 29 January 1966.
£125.00

Juliette Huxley's letter is 4to: 2 pp. Good, though lightly creased and attached to the other items by a paperclip. The correspondence mainly concerns a book by Cowell's eventually published under the title 'The garden as a fine art: from antiquity to modern times' (1978). She begins by describing Mary Wellesley: 'quite a character [...] lives in a small house off St. James's Palace, and entertains by candlelight.

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