Catalog 292- 

 

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1. Addy, Sidney Oldall. A Glossary of Words Used in the Neighborhood of Sheffield including a Selection of Local Names, and Some Notices of Folk-Lore, Games, and Customs [with the] Supplement. London; The English Dialect Society: 1888 & 1891. A scholarly antiquarian work, containing a lengthy introduction describing the district, its customs, and prior works touching on such subjects. Addy began the project as a hobby, and as he became more serious was given access to other research and unpublished material, resulting in a quite comprehensive glossary. Uncommon in the trade, to say the least. Hardcover. Original softcovers bound into new blue cloth; light internal wear, cloth covers fine. Very nice, overall. [30259] $400.00

 

2. Adlmann, J.E., et al. Vienna Moderne: 1898-1918. An Early Encounter between Taste and Utility. Houston; Sarah Campbell Blaffer Gallery: 1979. A very fine loan exhibition, featuring glass, silver, ceramics and furniture, as well as some graphics and many old photographs. There are appendices featuring statements by such leading lights as Adolf Loos, Walter Gropius and Josef Hoffman, as well as a selection of artists' marks and monograms. Softcover. 7.5"x11", 96 pages, b/w and color illustrations; light soil. [30387] $50.00

 

3. Anderson, Mark J., et al. Cadwalader Study. Winterthur; Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum: 1995. The results of a landmark project to examine, compare and document every single piece of furniture that could be found that was made for General John Cadwalader and his wife Elizabeth, of Philadelphia. But you knew that already. The co-authors were Gregory J. Landrey and Philip D. Zimmerman. Softcover. 8.5”x11”, about 125 pages, b/w and several color illustrations; light wear. [30239] $275.00

 

4. Arlington Cemetery -Prospectus for Stockholders. Rural Homestead Company: 1882. A very interesting prospectus for investors in the Rural Homestead Company, “Auxiliary to the Arlington Cemetery Association, Hudson County, New Jersey”, which was the “owner of certain lands” which were placed at the disposal of the Arlington Cemetery to sell cemetery plots on, with half the proceeds to go for maintenance and improvement of the land, the other half to the Homestead Company and its stockholders. The booklet outlines the advantageous placement of the cemetery (close to Jersey City, New York, etc.), the lack of available space for cemeteries in the area, and other facts that seemed to make this a “can’t lose” proposition. Apparently whoever was given this booklet decided otherwise, as the order form in the back for stock is unused. The cover of the booklet is marked “for private distribution”, and the booklet includes a colored map. A very interesting and unusual cemetery-related “investment” prospectus. Softcover. 5”x6.5”, 6 pages plus a colored map and an order form. A little soil, and small semi-crease, but essentially a very, very nice copy of a very fragile booklet. [09941] $150.00

 

From Massive Monuments to Brass Firedogs-

5. Armstrong, Walter. Alfred Stevens, A Biographical Study. Paris & London; Librairie de l’Art: 1881. Alfred Stevens [1817-75] was an important Victorian designer and artist, whose dramatic Neo-Renaissance figures could be found adorning massive outdoor monuments or cast as brass firedogs. He was employed by H.E. Hoole & Co. to design grates, stoves, fenders and andirons for the Great Exhibition, and also designed for other Sheffield manufactories, producing those types of items, as well as candlesticks. He designed ceramics as well, including enameled faience and maiolica, and ceilings, staircases and furniture. Examples of all of these items are illustrated here in fine, large line drawings. The text of this biographical study, although leaning toward being a bit too assured of Steven’s genius, provides many interesting details of his life and work. Hardcover. 11”x15.5”, 47 pages, 36 line illustrations; publisher’s pictorial cream cloth; covers somewhat soiled, spine head worn. [30312] $175.00

 

6. Baraitser, Michael & Anton Obholzer. Cape Country Furniture. A Pictorial Survey of Regional Styles, Materials and Techniques in the Cape Provinces of South Africa. Cape Town; C. Struik: 1978. 2nd, revised edition. The best edition of this classic reference, with notes on timbers, the V.O.C. stamp, regional variations, and more. Hardcover. 8.5”x11.5”, 368 pages, 1,247 b/w illustrations, dj; jacket rubbed, else a nice copy. [30257] $250.00

 

7. [Barbers] Proctor, Richard Wright. The Barber's Shop. Manchester; Abel Heywood & Son: 1883. Revised and enlarged edition. A curious, quaint and rambling book. Proctor, a poor orphan, became a hairdresser's assistant and then a barber. He also organized a successful lending library and embarked on a literary career, penning historical pieces for local newspapers and several books about his native Manchester. "The Barber's Shop", first published in 1856, is a collection of anecdotes of his early barbering days and his customers, and this substantially augmented edition updates his stories. In addition to his own anecdotes, Proctor includes chapters on: Phrenology in the Shop; Cheap, Itinerant and Notable Operators; Bearded Women; Stories of Strange Shavers; The Tonsor-Troubadour of Gascony; Hirsute Facts and Airy Fancies; and Remarkable Beards -Antiquity of Shaving. Hardcover. 8"x10.5", xxxii + 250 pages, b/w frontispiece of King Henry VIII looking regal, surrounded by his Barber Surgeons; 4 engraved plates; many text illustrations. Publisher's brown cloth with gilt rules and gilt and black cover decorations of a barber's chair, pole and shears; gilt and black spine decoration of a barbershop door and pole; a little light wear, a little light soil, but a nice copy. [30379] $150.00

 

8. [Barbers & Shakers] Todd, John M. A Sketch of the Life of John M. Todd (Sixty-two Years in a Barber Shop) and Reminiscences of His Customers. Portland (Maine); William Roberts Co.: 1906. A Mainiac born in Durham “at the southwest bend of the Androscoggin River” in 1821, Todd penned his memoirs “between shaves and haircuts”. In addition to publishing his own book he also wrote a weekly newspaper column, “with but little capital, either mental or financial”. Todd has much to say about his customers, their attitudes, problems, and so forth. He also discusses the Shaker community at Alfred, Maine and supplies a portrait of Shaker Elder John B. Vance, an excerpt from a lecture delivered at Sabbathday Lake, and a poem by Martha J. Anderson of the Mount Lebanon community. Hardcover. 5"x9", 322 pages, portrait frontispiece and 1 b/w plate. Light wear, a spot here and there, but a very nice copy. [30378] $75.00

 

9. [Bergdorf-Goodman] Eighteenth & Nineteenth Century English, French & Continental Furniture, Porcelain, Prints & Paintings, Property of Bergdorf-Goodman. New York; Parke-Bernet Galleries: March 6-7, 1970. Sale 3001. This auction included some fine furniture, including a large selection of Regency pieces: a fine rosewood games table; caned invalid’s chair; ivory-inlaid padouk games table; spectacular penwork case-on-stand; a lovely painted side table; a George I walnut gaming table, and a Continental carved gilt-wood swan bidet which was quite spectacular. Softcover. 7”x10”, 88 pages, 461 lots, b/w illustrations; a nice copy; with the prices realized list laid in. [30347] $25.00

 

10. Billstein, Nathan. Human Interest Stories as told by an Employing Printer, Nathan Billstein. Baltimore; The Lord Baltimore Press: 1926. Edition limited to 250 copies. A short offprint of an article from The American Printer. The author, a Baltimore job printer, relates several amusing occurrences of life in the printing trade- an aspiring author ends up with a library consisting of 10,000 copies of his own book; an elderly inventor wants to print an elegant memorial to sell a warship design to the Kaiser; a lawyer-author turns the tables on a facetious friend, and more. The stories are very short, but give a nice flavor of the times. Hardcover. 5"x7", 25 pages. A fine copy in the original glassine wrapper and brilliantly patterned covers; wrapper a bit torn about the edges, the rest of the book in fine condition. [10009] $35.00

 

11. Boesen, Gudmund & Erik Lassen. De Danske Dronningers Guldtoilette. Copenhagen; Det Berlingske Bogtrykkeri: 1955. A study of the magnificent mid-18th century gold toilette service of Sophie Magdalene of Denmark. The sumptuously decorated service originally included a mirror, water basin & ewer, candlesticks, snuffers & tray, four graduated pairs of boxes, two brushes, four flasks, a salver, two pin trays, a covered bowl, a plate, a knife, spoon & fork, and two more flasks; in later years more articles were added, until the assemblage totaled 46 golden articles weighing 20 kilos. This careful study of the set includes a summary in English, as well as notes on the decorations and makers, and illustrations and descriptions of each piece. Hardcover. 8"x11", 94 pages with 4 color and 5 plates of line illustrations, plus 30 b/w plates; red & gold patterned boards; a very nice copy. [30261] $125.00

 

12. Bolas, Thomas. Glass Blowing and Glass Working for Amateurs, Experimentalists, and Technicians. New York; Truslove & Comba: [1898]. “Based upon a course of lecture-demonstrations given under the auspices of the Technical Education Committee of the Middlesex County Council”. The contents include a history of glass-making, and a number of chapters on glass blowing techniques and tools, and blowing various types of objects, including a chapter titled “glass work in miniature as a decorative pastime”. Hardcover. 5”x7”, 212 pages, color frontispiece and 104 line illustrations in the text; publisher’s grey cloth with black decorative title; text pages a bit toned and edging toward brittleness. [30337] $100.00

 

13. Boyd, Beverly. Chaucer and the Medieval Book. San Marino; The Huntington Library: 1973. "Here in a single volume a wealth of information has been brought together concerning the manuscripts and early printed books of the late middle ages. Although Chaucer is a central figure, the book does not confine itself to the poet and his works, but goes farther afield to consider manuscripts and the materials from which they were made, binding and manuscript art". Hardcover. 6.5"x9.5", 165 pages, b/w illustrations, dj; a little light wear. [10014] $25.00

 

14. Brawer, Nicholas A. Britain’s Portable Empire. Campaign Furniture of the Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian Periods. Katonah Museum of Art: 2001. One comes away from this exhibition catalog with two firmly fixed ideas- the English, even when in the wilds of the furthest corners of the Earth, liked to be comfortable, and they were ingenious in the ways they managed to do it. Here are chairs, desks, beds, and other furniture that come apart and fold up small enough to, if not fit in your pocket, at least fit in two pockets... Softcover. 10.5”x7”, 36 pages, color and b/w illustrations; near fine. [30285] $20.00

15. Bridenbaugh, Carl. The Colonial Craftsman. University of Chicago Press: 1961. A classic study of Colonial-era artisans and mechanics in society. Softcover. 5”x8”, 214 pages, b/w illustrations; light wear. [09953] $15.00

 

The Development of Art Collecting in America-

16. Brimo, Rene. L’Evolution du Gout aux Etats-Unis, d’apres l’Histoire des Collections. Paris; James Fortune: 1938. A doctoral thesis on the development of taste and art collecting in America from the Colonial Period to the First World War, with much interesting material, especially on the development of “Grand Collections”, public and private. Brimo was a graduate of l’Ecole du Louvre and held a Masters of Arts degree from Harvard; this thesis was for his doctorate at the University of Paris. French text. Softcover. 7.5”x11”, 207 pages, 8 b/w plates; bibliography. Light wear, some soil; partially unopened. [30310] $100.00

 

17. [Britton Collection] The Collection of Mr. and Mrs. James L. Britton. New York; Christie’s: January 16, 1999. The Brittons were well-known Texas collectors. The very best American furniture and accessories were their passions, and they indulged them like true Texans. This was an outstanding auction of fine examples of American cabinetwork, Export porcelains, oriental rugs, and other decorations. The catalog has an introduction by Dean Failey. Hardcover. 8.5”x12”, 184 pages, 927 lots, color and b/w illustrations, dj. A very nice copy. [30351] $60.00

 

18. Brown, Michael Kevin. Duncan Phyfe. Michael Kevin Brown: 1978/Ann Arbor; UMI Reprints. A dissertation submitted to the University of Delaware Winterthur Program. Although Phyfe was one of the first cabinetmakers whose work became popular with antique collectors, and has been one of the most written-about American furniture makers, there had been no real new material published since Nancy McClelland’s landmark 1939 study which was not based on McClelland’s work. Brown reevaluated what was thought to be known about Phyfe, reexamining manuscript materials and period records to produce this study of the organization and operation of Phyfe’s workshop. Semowich 464. Hardcover. 6.5"x8.5", 86 pages; 1 poor b/w reproduction of a b/w illustration; a reprint from the original microfilm, on acid-free paper; bound in blue buckram. New. [90124] $125.00

 

Deluxe Edition, Limited to 100 Copies-

19. Brownell, L.W. Photography for the Sportsman Naturalist. New York; Macmillan Company: 1904. Deluxe Edition limited to 100 copies on large paper, bound in handsome quarter leather. A wide-ranging book for the enthusiastic and serious naturalist/photographer. There are chapters about lenses and shutters, darkrooms, telephoto lenses, photographing large animals, small animals, birds' nests, birds, insects, fish, reptiles, wild flowers, trees, zoo photography, and "photography in camp and woods". A good early study of this subject, and a handsome edition. Hardcover. 6.5"x9", xviii + 311 pages, many b/w illustrations. Bound in quarter leather with raised bands and gilt spine medallions. Light rubbing to the tips and edges of the covers, front hinge partially split but still tight and good. Otherwise a very nice, handsome copy in fine condition. [30404] $100.00

 

Uniting the Louvre with the Tuileries-

20. Brunet-Debaines, L[ouis] Fortune. Projet de Restauration et de Reunion des Tuileries au Louvre, comprenant la Bibliotheque Royale, Les Galeries d’Exposition pour les Produits des Arts et de l’Industrie, le Palais-Royal, l’Opera et le Chateau-d’Eau. [Paris, ca. 1835]. It was Napoleon’s dream to unite the palaces of the Tuileries and the Louvre, and this plan for doing so was exhibited at the Paris Salon, along with a rival scheme by Auguste Bertini. Our copy is defective, lacking one of the two lithographed plates, but in any condition this is a scarce book- OCLC locates only two copies. Architect Charles-Louis-Fortune Brunet-Debaines was the father of artist Alfred-Louis Brunet-Debaines. Hardcover. 10.5”x15”, 8 pages + 1 (of 2) lithographed plates; bound in new cloth with a leather label; covers lightly scuffed, pages with a little soil. Lacking one plate, and priced accordingly. [30313] $500.00

 

21. Burkett, Nancy H. & John B. Hench, (eds.) Under Its Generous Dome. The Collections and Programs of the American Antiquarian Society. Worcester; American Antiquarian Society: 1992. Softcover. 6”x9”, 190 pages, b/w illustrations; a fine copy. [09947] $15.00

 

22. Byelorussian Glassmaker's Art. Minsk: 1978. A survey of glass by modern glass artists from this region. Although most of the text is in Cyrillic, the color photographs are beautiful, and there are plate captions and artist biographies in English. Hardcover. 8"x8", 162 pages, 145 color illustrations, dj. Light wear, a nice copy. [30381] $30.00

 

Brother Thomas’ First Exhibition-

23. Ceramics of the Weston Priory. Springfield; George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum: 1972. The catalog to the very first exhibition of the pottery of Brother Thomas Bezanson of the Weston Priory. His work is shown along with that of his fellow potter there, Brother Augustine. The catalog begins with a short introductory note by Brother Thomas, and then lists 174 pieces of pottery, all lent from private collections. The text also includes a short note by the Director of the Museum, and detailed notes on the Sang de boeuf, rouge flambé, temmoku, celadon, and clare de lune glazes. It seems likely that these notes, though uncredited, were written by Brother Thomas. A very scarce catalog. Softcover. 7.5”x10.5”, 18 pages, 1 color and 1 monochrome illustration; light soil, small stain on lower portion of the front cover. [30216] $200.00

 

24. Clark, Mary J. Illustrated Glossary of Decorated Antiques from the late 17th century to the early 20th. Rutland; Charles Tuttle: 1990. Revised edition. An interesting Brazer-related stencil and paint-decorated title, published for the Historical Society of Early American Decoration. Information on furniture, toleware, and much more! Hardcover. 6.5"x9", 400 pages, hundreds of line illustrations, dj. A nice copy. [30270] $35.00

 

25. Comfort, W.W. The Clermont Assizes of 1665. A Merry Account of a Grim Court, Being a Translation of Abbe Flechier's 'Memoires sur les Grands Jours d'Auvergne'. Philadelphia; University of Pennsylvania Press: 1937. “Long suppressed in France because of its candor, this vivid account of the celebrated special trials held in Clermont in 1665 to check lawlessness in the province of Auvergne, is here presented in English for the first time”. Hardcover. 6"x9", 291 pages, portrait frontis., dusty and lightly chipped dj. [30377] $25.00

 

26. Comstock, Helen. American Furniture. Seventeenth, Eighteenth, and Nineteenth Century Styles. New York; The Viking Press: 1962. The first modern pictorial survey of American furniture, prepared by a long-time researcher for The Magazine Antiques. Although obviously much scholarship has come afterwards, this work retains its usefulness as a pictorial resource. Hardcover. 8.5”x11”, 336 pages, b/w and some color illustrations, dj; light wear. [30225] $25.00

 

27. Cooper, Wendy Ann. The Furniture and Furnishings of John Brown, Merchant of Providence, 1736-1803. Wendy Ann Cooper: 1971/Ann Arbor; UMI Reprints. A dissertation submitted to the University of Delaware Winterthur Program. The Rhode Island merchant John Brown has become famous to antique collectors for his good taste in furniture, silver, art and other “decorations”. This thesis studies Brown’s life and activities, social, commercial, and as a collector of the finest work of the craftsmen of his day. A good complement to Ott’s 1965 catalog of the Brown house furniture and silver. Hardcover. 6.5"x8.5", 191+ pages; very poor b/w reproductions of photographs; a reprint from the original microfilm. New. $125.00

28. As above, Softcover, comb-bound. 8.5”x11”. New. $65.00

 

29. Coquiot, Gustave. Nouveau Manuel Complet de Peintre-Decorateur de Theatre utile aux Decorateurs, aux Auteurs Dramatiques, aux Acteurs et aux Amatuers de Theatre. Paris; Encyclopedie-Roret: 1910. A wide-ranging handbook on theatrical scenery design. The text is divided into three sections- a history of theater scenery & decoration; making theater scenery & decorations; and tools & equipment. The author was an actor, and drew the 50 line illustrations for the book. An uncommon treatise, probably first published in the 1890s. Softcover. 3.75”x6”, 213 pages, 50 line illustrations; plus a 52-page publisher’s catalog; publisher’s original softcovers, light soil, but a nice copy. [30335] $100.00

 

30. [Cossmann] Alfred Cossmann. Ein Wiener Kunstlerleben. Wien; Osterreichische Staatsdruckerie: 1945. A study of the work of Alfred Cossmann [1870-1951], thought by many to be Austria’s finest master of copperplate engraver of his time. He was also an instrumental and important figure in the development of the modern bookplate, and is perhaps best known today for his work in that field. Perhaps 75 percent of the designs illustrated here are of bookplates. German text. Hardcover. 8”x11”, 140 pages + 64 b/w plates; covers a bit soiled, page toned. [30290] $75.00

 

31. Cullity, Brian. Arts of the Federal Period, 1785-1825. A Loan Exhibition. Sandwich; Heritage Plantation: 1989. A fine loan exhibition catalog featuring paintings and furniture, with silver, ceramics and other decorative arts as well. Softcover. 8.5"x11", 122 pages, color and b/w illustrations; a very good copy. [30252] $100.00

 

32. Cumhaill, P.W. Investing in Clocks and Watches. New York; Clarkson N. Potter: 1967. Focuses on better antique clocks of the British and European type, but with lots of good history of both clock and watch development and commonsense advice. Hardcover. 8.5"x12", 159 pages, b/w and color illustrations, chipped dj. Underlining on one page. [30393] $25.00

 

33. Curtis, Dewey Lee, et al. An Exhibition of the Decorative Arts of Ireland, with an Essay by Dewey Lee Curtis. Morrisville [PA]; Pennsbury Manor: 1971. A loan exhibition primarily devoted to furniture and silver, with ceramics, glass and several paintings as well. The catalog entries, though short, do contain some interesting information, especially for the furniture. Some of the photographs are rather dark. Softcover. 8.5”x11”, 23 pages, b/w illustrations; light soil, tips slightly thumbed. [30253] $50.00

 

34. Curtis, Julia B. Chinese Porcelains of the Seventeenth Century. Landscapes, Scholars’ Motifs and Narratives. New York; China Institute Gallery: 1995. A loan exhibition exploring the premise that the shift in the Chinese political situation in the 17th century lessened Imperial patronage at the kilns at Jingdehzen, and that the slack was taken up by the merchant and scholar-official classes, resulting in a change in decorative motifs and styles. This elegant catalog is nicely illustrated, and well written. Softcover. 8.5”x11”, 168 pages, color and b/w illustrations; light wear, but a nice copy. [30251] $85.00

 

35. Cuzner, Bernard. A Silversmith’s Manual. Treating of the Designing and Making of the Simpler Pieces of Domestic Silver Ware. London; N.A.G. Press: 1949. 2nd ed. A very useful study, written by the Head of the Department of Metal-Work at the Birmingham College of Art, a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths of London. Even if you are a collector who never intends to make a piece of silver yourself, it is still interesting and useful to know how a piece is constructed by a silversmith. Hardcover. 5.5”x8.5”, 192 pages, b/w and line illustrations; light wear. [30245] $30.00

 

36. Darby, Michael. John Pollard Seddon. Catalogues of Architectural Drawings in the Victoria and Albert Museum. London; V&A Museum: 1983. Seddon was an inventive Victorian architect who worked in the Gothic Revival style and was involved with the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. This catalogue contains some of the almost 2000 designs which were presented to the V&A by Seddon's daughter in 1896, ranging from bungalows to cathedrals. Hardcover. 8.5"x12", 120 pages, b/w and color illustrations, dj. A fine copy in a lightly soiled jacket. [30389] $50.00

 

37. Darnton, Robert. The Forbidden Best-Sellers of Pre-Revolutionary France. New York; W.W. Norton & Company: 1995. What did the French read in the eighteenth century? Yes, they read Voltaire, Diderot, Rousseau and all that- but they also read popular best-sellers which were distinctly un-scholarly, and often anti-government, often to the point that they were officially banned. “Salacious, blasphemous, treasonous, these illegal best-sellers formed a crucial part of the culture of dissent in the Old Regime [as] events and public opinion compounded each other in an increasingly revolutionary brew...”. Hardcover. 6.5”x9.5”, 440 pages, b/w illustrations, dj; near fine. [30217] $20.00

 

38. Dayton, John E. The Discovery of Glass. Experiments in the Smelting of Rich, Dry Silver Ores, and the Reproduction of Bronze Age-type Cobalt Blue Glass as a Slag. Cambridge; Peabody Museum of Archeology and Ethnology, Bulletin 41: 1993. Softcover. 8”x10.5”, 47 pages, b/w illustrations, plus 8 color plates; fine condition. [09946] $25.00

 

Beautifully Illustrated with Color Plates-

39. Delamotte, Philip H. The Art of Sketching from Nature. London; George Bell and Sons: 1888. 2nd edition. A beautifully illustrated Victorian guide to nature sketching and watercoloring for the amateur artist. Delamotte includes a chapter on materials and tools, and then addresses his topic by subject, starting with the sky and clouds and moving on through trees, plants and water, and also composition and color. Illustrated with 20 beautiful color pates of paintings, mostly by Delamotte, but also including the work of Varley, Prout and E.W. Cooke. Hardcover. 10”x12.5”, vi + 69 pages, plus 20 mounted color plates and 24 line illustrations in the text; publisher’s grey cloth with gilt title; covers scuffed, somewhat soiled, and spine a bit threadbare; contents with scattered light toning. [30315] $125.00

 

40. Dolloff, Francis W. & Roy L. Perkinson. How to Care for Works of Art on Paper. Boston; Museum of Fine Arts: 1971. A helpful handbook with a good bibliography. Contents include: The History of Papermaking; The Enemies of Paper; Matting and Framing; and A Note on Restoration. Softcover. 7”x8.5”, 46 pages, b/w illustrations; light soil. [30218] $10.00

 

41. Drey, Rudolf E.A. Apothecary Jars. Pharmaceutical Pottery and Porcelain in Europe and the East, 1150-1850, with a Glossary of Terms used in Apothecary Jar Inscriptions. London; Faber and Faber: 1978. This scholarly study includes chapters on Italy, England, France, the Low Countries, Spain & Portugal, Germany & Austria, Switzerland, Denmark & Sweden, and China. The supplemental section on inscriptions also explains what each remedy was used for, which is an interesting study in itself. Hardcover. 6.5"x10", 249 pages, 8 color plates and 96 b/w illustrations, dj; near fine. [30289] $350.00

 

42. Duncan, George Sang. Bibliography of Glass (From the earliest records to 1940). Dawsons of Pall Mall for the Society of Glass Technology: 1960. There are no two ways about it -this is a massive, definitive, standard bibliography of glass books, with upwards of 20,000 entries. This was the result of 40 years of research and then another 12 years of editing after the author's death. An essential tool for the glass researcher and enthusiast. Hardcover. 8"x10.5", 544 pages, dj; a superlatively fine, unblemished copy in a superlatively fine unblemished (a real trick) dust jacket. [30383] $375.00

 

43. [du Pont Collection] Fine English and French Furniture and Objects of Art from the Private Residence of Henry Francis du Pont at Winterthur, including Silver, Porcelain, Old Master and American Paintings. New York; Christie, Manson & Woods: October 14, 1994. Henry Francis du Pont collected a wide variety of antiques, but his vision for Winterthur Museum was as a showcase for Americana, so the decision was made to sell the English and Continental furnishings and decorations of his private residence. Very, very nice material, but that goes without saying. Softcover. 8”x10.5”, 131 pages, 265 lots, color and b/w illustrations; light wear. [30348] $50.00

 

44. Eastlake, Charles Lock. Materials for a History of Oil Painting. London; Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans: 1847. One of the most important 19th century books on the history and techniques of painting, by one of the century’s most important and influential artists & designers. Eastlake reviewed every source he could lay hands on from many countries to compile this history, which covers materials, techniques and theories from ancient times through the Renaissance. “One of the most complete studies of painting materials, methods, and techniques ever undertaken on the basis of literary sources of the past” -Mayer, ‘Artist’s Handbook’ (1941). Hardcover. 6”x9”, xii + 561 pages, plus the errata slip and a 24-page catalog of the publisher’s titles; rebound in plain modern brown cloth with a leather spine label, new endpapers; contents clean and nice. [30341] $275.00

 

A Key Book in the Gothic Revival-

45. Eastlake, Charles L. A History of the Gothic Revival. An attempt to show how the taste for Medieval architecture which lingered in England during the last two centuries has since been encouraged and developed. London; Longmans, Green, and Co.: 1872. First edition. One of the key works promoting Gothic Revival architecture in England, by one of the most important proponents of the style, not only for architecture, but interior decoration and furniture. In this book Eastlake first explores the roots of Gothic Revival architecture in 17th and 18th century England, including Horace Walpole, Strawberry Hill, Batty Langley, et al., before moving on to the 19th century and his own fellow architects. In all, he surveys some 343 Gothic Revival buildings, and promotes the style effectively and enthusiastically. This copy was specially bound for the library of the Rev. William Kyle Westwood Chafy of Rous Lench Court. The Rev. Chafy (1841-1916) bought Lench Court, a 16th century half-timber estate, in 1876 and restored the grounds, laying out a series of terraced gardens which were much admired for their exquisite topiary. Hardcover. 7”x9.5”, xvi + 427 pages, plus 36 b/w plates and 12 illustrations in the text; all edges gilt, hand-marbled pastedowns and endsheets; bound in full brown leather with black rules and gilt corner emblems on the front and rear covers, and the gilt coat of arms for the Rev. Chafy on the cover; spine with raised bands, black rules, gilt emblems and titles. A very handsome and imposing quasi-Medievalist (sort of) binding; covers a little scuffed, blank endpapers spotted, name on endpaper, but overall a very nice copy. [30256] $450.00

 

46. Ellsworth, Robert Hatfield. Chinese Furniture. Hardwood Examples of the Ming, and Early Ch’ing Dynasties. London; Collins: [1970]. The desirable first edition of this classic, oversized reference, which illustrated furniture from a number of private and public collections. “Ellsworth” has become almost folkloric in its reputation, but unlike other celebrities, this one will not leave you sitting there at the end of the show, wondering what the heck you just paid all that money for. An outstanding book. Hardcover. 11”x13.5”, 296+ pages, many b/w and some color illustrations; slipcased. A very nice, clean copy. [30258] $400.00

 

47. Fales, Dean A. The Furniture of Historic Deerfield. New York; E.P. Dutton: 1976. The beautiful and scholarly catalog of this very important collection of 17th and 18th century New England furniture. The Flynts themselves purchased most of the items in the collection, so it not only shows a fine cross-section of the best New England furniture, but is also an example of the taste and collecting eye of a single pair of astute and unique collectors. Hardcover. 8.5"x11", 294 pages, 578 illustrations, several in color, dj; light wear. [30233] $85.00

 

48. Finegold, Rupert and William Seitz. Silversmithing. Iola; Krause Publications: 1983. A complete, well-illustrated study of how silver objects are made by hand, including tools, techniques and processes. Even if you are a collector who never intends to make a piece of silver yourself, it is still interesting and useful to know how a piece is constructed by a silversmith. Hmmm… that line sounds familiar. Hardcover. 7.5”x9.5”, 460 pages, b/w and line illustrations; light wear. [30244] $25.00

 

49. Foster, J.E. & T.D. Atkinson. Old Cambridge Plate. An Illustrated Catalogue of the Loan Collection of Plate Exhibited in the Fitzwilliam Museum, May, 1895. Cambridge; Deighton Bell & Co. & Macmillan & Bowes: 1896. Illustrated edition, limited to 260 numbered copies. A loan exhibition of 16th, 17th, and early 18th century English plate, much of it secular, from the various Cambridge colleges. Hardcover. 9”x11.5”, xvi + 132 pages, plus 16 b/w plates on heavy card stock, and several text illustrations; light cover wear, a little internal soil. Signature of A.L. Peck on the endpaper, and with a copy of a letter from him, signed “Dr. A.L. Peck, Hon. Keeper of the Plate”, concerning a coat of arms, along with a reply from St. John’s College. Also with 5 sheets of notes about pieces of silver, in Dr Peck’s handwriting, and a sketch on a Christ’s College letterhead of a coat of arms. Presumably Dr. Peck was at one of the Cambridge colleges, but I have not been able to confirm that. [30262] $200.00

 

50. Franklin, Benjamin. A Dissertation on Liberty and Necessity, Pleasure and Pain. Reproduced from the First Edition. New York; The Facsimile Text Society: 1930. A facsimile of a rare 1724 pamphlet written by a very young Franklin while working for a printer in London. There is also a bibliographical note by Lawrence Wroth. 5”x8”, 6 + 32 pages, decorative head and tailpieces; publisher’s grey boards and cloth spine; covers a bit soiled, tips worn, etc. [30273] $35.00

 

Limited to 100 Copies-

51. French, Hollis. Nathaniel Hurd’s Bookplates. Washington; Reprinted from the 1940-41 Year Book of the American Society of Bookplate Collectors and Designers: 1941. Limited to 100 numbered copies. A descriptive listing of fifty-five bookplates thought to be by Hurd, of which 40 were signed. Hollis French was a noted antiquarian, member of the Walpole Society, and author of the definitive biography of Nathaniel Hurd. Softcover. 7.5”x10”, 46 pages, decorative initial letter and headpieces. Original yellow covers with the blue decorative binding cord intact, as is the original glassine over-cover, which is embossed with a lizard-skin-pattern; book itself fine, glassine with a little edgewear. Quite a lovely copy. [30260] $125.00

 

52. Fried, Frederick. Artists in Wood, American Carvers of Cigar-Store Indians, Show Figures, and Circus Wagons. New York; Bramhall House: 1970. Indians, maidens, baseball players, eagles and horses and lions and dragons- a steady parade of wood carvings, ranging from beautiful to grotesque, greeted circus-goers and tobacconist's shop patrons from the 1860s to the 1930s. The skilled carvers of these apparitions had caught a lucky break from history- just as the advent of the steamship meant that their services in the shipbuilding trade were no longer required, along came the post-Civil War boom in traveling circuses, carnivals and smoke shops. This standard study of these carvings includes many period photographs as well as biographical information on the carvers. Hardcover. 9"x12", 297 pages, 25 color and 234 b/w illustrations, dj; light wear, a few spots. [30271] $45.00

 

53. Gallatin, A.E. Notes on Some Rare Portraits of Whistler. [contained in] The Print Collector’s Quarterly, December 1915. Vol.5, No.4. Portraits by Seymour Hayden, E.T. Reed, Helleu and Boldini. This issue also contains articles on “Hollar’s London” and John La Farge. Softcover. 5”x7”, 11 pages, 6 b/w illustrations (article). Light soil. [30279] $20.00

 

54. Garcia, David Alberto Bartolome Azmita. La Historia de la Imprenta - Biografias Celebres. Antigua, Guatemala; Imprenta Cristiana Frenner: 1994. A short history of printing in Guatemala, including biographies of Fray Payo Enriquez de Rivera, and Johann Baptist Frenner. Uncommon. Softcover. 4”x6.25”, 56 pages, b/w illustrations; fine. [09956] $40.00

 

55. Garvan, Beatrice B. Federal Philadelphia 1785-1825. The Athens of the Western World. Philadelphia Museum of Art & the University of Pennsylvania Press: 1987. The catalog accompanying the stunning landmark exhibition celebrating the Empire/Federal style as it flourished in Philadelphia. Mainly a catalog of furniture. Softcover. 8.5"x11", 96 pages, color and b/w illustrations; a near fine copy. [30222] $50.00

 

56. Gernsheim, Helmut. Masterpieces of Victorian Photography, 1840-1900 from the Gernsheim Collection. Published by the Arts Council of Great Britain on the Occasion of the Festival of Britain: 1951. An exhibition commemorating the first great exhibition of British photography, held at the Great Exhibition in 1851. Helmut Gernsheim’s text and notes provide much interesting information on the subjects, processes, and photographers. Softcover. 7”x9”, 36 pages plus 17 b/w plates; light wear. [30327] $25.00

 

57. Godden, Geoffrey A. Stevensgraphs and other Victorian silk pictures. London; Barrie & Jenkins: 1971. A massive, definitive reference on this Victorian conceit. Godden examines different types of Stevensgraphs, their care and collection, the history of their manufacture, etc. The text is copiously illustrated. The best work on the subject. Hardcover. 8.5"x9.5", 492 pages, stuffed full of b/w illustrations and with 12 color plates; dj. A nice copy in a somewhat worn jacket. [30399] $250.00

 

58. Gordon, Elinor. Collecting Chinese Export Porcelain. New York; Universe Books: 1977. A standard history by one of the best-known modern dealer/scholars. A very well illustrated, well-written book. Export authority J.A. Lloyd Hyde wrote- "The remarkable collection formed over a long period by Elinor and Horace Gordon covers in the most comprehensive way the whole fascinating spectrum of porcelain made in China solely for export". Softcover. 8"x10", 160 pages, 20 color and 170 b/w illustrations; light wear, covers a bit soiled, corner bump. [30248] $30.00

 

59. Grandjean, Serge. Empire Furniture. 1800 to 1825. New York; Taplinger Publishing Co.: 1966. "The French Empire style had a profound influence on the furniture produced throughout Europe and in the Americas for at least the first four decades of the nineteenth century". This standard study of French Empire furniture was written by the Conservatuer at the Louvre, a specialist in furniture and metalwork. Hardcover. 7.5"x10", 120 pages plus 4 color and 96 b/w plates; dj; jacket rubbed and a bit worn; slight internal soil. [30400] $150.00

 

60. Grebanier, Bernard. The Great Shakespeare Forgery. The Audacious Career of William Henry Ireland. New York; W.W. Norton: 1965. In the late 18th century young William Henry Ireland was something of a one-man Shakespeare factory, turning out fake signatures, documents, poems, and even two complete plays. How his sometimes crude forgeries fooled anyone is more understandable when one realizes that people wanted to be fooled... In this book a well-known Shakespeare historian provides something of a psychoanalysis of Ireland's life and motives. Hardcover. 6"x9", 308 pages, b/w illustrations, dj. Light soil. [30281] $25.00

 

61. Griffin, William & Florence, et al. Neat Pieces. The Plain-Style Furniture of 19th Century Georgia. University of Georgia Press: 2006. A new edition of the classic and important 1983 catalog. This loan exhibition of Georgia "plain" furniture of the period 1820-1860 was the result of five years of painstaking work; 2,000 pieces of furniture were studied before the final 126 were chosen. Each piece is carefully described and illustrated, and there is an introduction which explains the development of Georgia, her cabinetmakers, and their furniture. This augmented edition features color illustrations of most of the pieces, and a new Introduction. Softcover. 8"x11", 236 pages, color and b/w illustrations. New. [90193] $39.95 62. [Hall Collection] Etchings by Master Artists, Rembrandt, Durer, Whistler, Zorn, Buhot, Haden, Cameron, Brangwyn, Fitton, Maclaughlan, Meryon, Jacque, Haig, Howard, Webster, including the Collection of Mr. Trowbridge Hall, of New York City. New York; American Art Association: March 9-10, 1921. An auction catalog. Softcover. 6”x9”, about 80 pages, 444 lots, b/w illustrations; soiled and worn, pencil notes. [30360] $35.00

 

63. [Harriman Collection] The Estate of Ambassador Pamela Harriman. New York; Sotheby’s: May 19-21, 1997. Sale 7015. The auction of a truly astonishing personal collection of furniture, art, silver, and other antiques. I’m not quite sure where to begin, so I simply won’t even try. I could mention the silver-plated giraffes, I suppose... Hardcover. 9.5”x12”, 473 pages, 1,164 lots, color and b/w illustrations, dj; auction results sheets laid in. A nice copy. [30349] $65.00

 

64. Hasluck, Paul N. (ed.). Wood Finishing, comprising Staining, Varnishing, and Polishing with Engravings and Diagrams. London; Cassell and Company: 1907. A comprehensive study, including stains, varnishes, Beaumontage, French polishing, glazing, wax polishing, oil polishing, dyeing veneers, marquetry, spirit enameling, and floors. First published in 1897. Hardcover. 4.25”x7”, 160 pages, line illustrations; publisher’s grey pictorial covers; light soil. [30316] $35.00

 

65. Hawkes, Nigel. Early Scientific Instruments. New York; Abbeville Publishers: 1981. “Nigel Hawkes’ lively chronicle of the scientific frontier will enthrall the armchair inventor, the science buff, (and) the compulsive tinkerer...”. Seventy-three scientific instruments from the 16th-19th centuries are illustrated in color and fully described. Hardcover. 9”x11.5”, 164 pages, color illustrations; dj; light wear, a little soil, sunned around the edges and with some color loss along the front flap of the jacket. [30391] $50.00

 

66. Heckscher, Morrison H. & Leslie Greene Bowman. American Rococo, 1750-1775. Elegance in Ornament. New York; Metropolitan Museum of Art, LA County Museum of Art, and Harry N. Abrams: 1992. The catalog to, and text which accompanied, the important loan exhibition. In addition to describing the pieces exhibited, the authors discuss the European Rococo influence on American arts and architecture of the period, including furniture, silver, prints, glass, ceramics and many other objects, from bookplates to clock faces. Hardcover. 9.5"x11.5", 288 pages, color and b/w illustrations; dj. Light wear, a little soil. [30237] $40.00

 

67. Helliwell, Stephen. Understanding Antique Silver Plate. Woodbridge; Antique Collectors' Club: 2000. If it looks like silver but it’s not... yes, that’s right, this is a generously illustrated guide to antique silver plated wares, with all the good attributes that go into the Antique Collectors’ Club’s fine books. Separate sections of the book treat Sheffield & “fused” plate, and electroplate, and there is additional information on Mercury, or “fire” plating, cold gilding and “close plating”. After you finish you may not completely understand antique silver plate, but you’ll be able to empathize with it and have a good dialogue. Hardcover. 8.5”x11”, 230 pages, color and b/w illustrations, dj. New. [90174] $59.50

 

68. Herman, Lloyd E., et al. Georg Jensen Silversmithy. 77 Artists, 75 Years. Washington; Smithsonian Institution: 1980. The well-known and respected catalog to the exhibition at the Renwick Gallery. One of the principal English references on Jensen silver hollow ware, flatware patterns and jewelry. Hardcover. 8.5"x11", 127 pages, b/w illustrations, marks, dj; light wear. [30224] $100.00

 

69. Hewitt, Benjamin A., Patricia E. Kane & Gerald W.R. Ward. The Work of Many Hands, Card Tables in Federal America 1790-1820. New Haven; Yale University Art Gallery: 1982. A standard and much sought-after reference. Ames & Ward note: "This catalogue presents a detailed examination of the card table...based on Hewitt's statistical analysis of 176 characteristics of each of some 400 surviving tables, the catalogue provides new information about the design and construction of tables from twelve regional centers of, and establishes norms for, the attribution of federal-period objects...The book contains a lengthy essay by Hewitt; detailed entries, prepared by Hewitt and Barbara McLean Ward, on 56 of the tables included in the study; basic information on the 374 tables in the study; numerous line drawings of construction; illustrations, many in color, of the 151 varieties of patterned and pictorial inlay found on the tables in the study; an essay on the role of price and design books by Kane; and some observations on the role of card playing by Gerald Ward. The culmination of a decade of research by Hewitt, this publication marked the first time that a scientific method of connoisseurship was applied to the study of American furniture on this scale and suggests a methodology - rigorous and precise - that can be applied to other large, homogeneous groups of objects". Hardcover. 9"x10.5", 198 pages, b/w and some color illustrations; not a great copy- water soiling to the covers, and water wrinkling to the pages; if you don’t mind the rippling effect, internally a perfectly useful and clean copy. The hardcover edition is very scarce. [10001] $500.00

 

70. Hillier, Bevis. Art Deco. The World of Art Deco. Dutton / Minneapolis Institute of Arts: 1971. A magnificent and wide-ranging exhibition at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. There are sections on furniture; silver; stone, wood, metals & enamels; ceramics; glass; fine arts; books; posters; costumes; textiles; jewelry; architecture & interior design; plastics; and the art deco revival. Softcover. 8.5"x10", 224 pages, profusely illustrated in color and b/w; covers lightly worn. [30284] $45.00

 

71. Hitchings, Sinclair. By Design. Notes on Twenty Years of Work in the Print Collections of the Boston Public Library. Portland; Anthoensen Press: 1981. Limited to 200 copies. Reminiscences of the longtime Curator of the Print Room and Print Collection at the Boston Public Library. During his twenty-year tenure Hitchings produced almost 120 exhibitions, and edited five major books. Folder. 8.5”x11”, 5 pages and the cover. Folded accordion-style; printed in red and black on thick cream paper; light soil. [10007] $50.00

 

72. Hoare, Philip. Oscar Wilde’s Last Stand. Decadence, Conspiracy, and the Most Outrageous Trial of the Century. New York; Arcade Publishing: 1997. No, not that trial. This trial was about Wilde’s play ‘Salome’. American beauty Maude Allen was to dance the lead. But no- libel, lawsuits and much brouhaha ensued. It is all chronicled here... Hardcover, 6.5”x9.5”, 250 pages, b/w illustrations, dj; a nice copy. [30305] $20.00

 

73. Honour, Hugh (et al). The Age of Neo-Classicism. London; The Arts Council of Great Britain: 1972. An exhibition staged by the Royal Academy and the Victoria & Albert Museum with an emphasis on painting, sculpture and architecture, and also including furniture, ceramics, glass, silver & metalwork, textiles, and other “minor arts”. Also includes many interesting thematic essays and biographies of designers. Softcover. 6"x8.5", 1037 pages, plus 160 pages of b/w illustrations. Light cover wear, spine crease; "Archit" penned on fore edge -looks very scholarly, actually. [30388] $85.00

 

74. Hornor, William M. Hornor's Blue Book of Philadelphia Furniture. Washington; Highland House: 1988. 3rd prtg. A reprint of the classic 1935 study, now quite expensive in the original edition. "Much work has been done on Philadelphia furniture in the past fifty years in the form of articles, catalogues and theses, but no single book has yet superseded Hornor; it remains essential to research on Philadelphia furniture..." (Ames & Ward). Hardcover. 8"x10.5", 340 pages, color and b/w illustrations, dj; a fine copy in a lightly soiled jacket. [30231] $175.00

 

75. Hotson, Leslie. Shakespeare by Hilliard. Berkeley; University of California Press: 1977. A scholarly, leisurely, enigmatic search after Shakespeare and the subject of several miniatures by the master Nicholas Hilliard. Are they one and the same? Only the buyer of the book will know for sure... Please, please be a Shakespeare enthusiast. If not, well, your are going to be disappointed. Hardcover. 5.5”x8.5”, 210 pages, 2 color and 3 b/w plates, dj; light wear. [30302] $25.00

 

A Remarkable Victorian Survival-

76. How to Make Dolls’ Furniture and Furnish a Doll’s House. With Seventy Illustrations. London; Griffith & Farran: [1871]. A remarkable Victorian survival- a pattern book for making dollhouse furniture. From kitchen to dining-room, parlor, bedroom and the servant’s quarters, this provided all the patterns you needed to outfit an up-and-coming Victorian doll’s house. Uncommon in the marketplace and everywhere else as well- OCLC locates only 6 copies. Well, I suppose many of them were cut up. Hardcover. 6”x7.75”, 63 pages plus an 8-page catalog of other titles; 70 text illustrations and patterns, including a folding plate of a table; publisher’s brick-red cloth with black and gilt decorations; covers somewhat soiled and with several spots; spine head chipped; contents with some scattered soil, but all the patterns are intact. [30331] $250.00

 

A Medley of Antique American Ceramics-

77. Hunter, Robert (ed.). Ceramics in America -2006. Hanover; Chipstone Foundation: 2006. A selection of essays on antiquarian ceramical subjects, including ceramics representations of Uncle Tom’s Cabin; commemorative wares in George Washington’s hometown; ceramics at Hampton, Maryland; dated examples of pottery by the slave-potter “Dave”; African-American face jugs; 17th -century tobacco pipe production in the Chesapeake region; J. Palin Thorley (1892-1987), potter; Dutch maritime tiles; a Yankee jug in Dixie; early examples of American architectural terracotta in Charleston, South Carolina; many more! Also contains book reviews and a checklist of recently published books and articles on ceramics in America. Card covers. 8.5”x11”, xiii + 336 pages, color and b/w illustrations. New. [90220] $60.00

 

78. [Huntington Library] The Huntington Library Quarterly. Vol.XXXVI-XLI. San Marino; Huntington Library: 1972-1978. "A journal for the history and interpretation of English and American Civilization". Scholarly essays on a wide variety of literary topics, and what else would you expect from this institution noted for its fine books, art and gardens? Henry Huntington was an indefatigable and knowledgeable collector and the library which sprang from his collecting remains at the forefront of bibliophilic world. Softcovers. 24 volumes. 6"x9", 80-10 pages each; b/w illustrations; light wear. Lacks Vol.XXXVIII, No.4, and XL, No.4; but also including Vol. XLII, Nos.1&2. Also with the Annual Reports for 1972-73, 1975-76, 1987-88, and 1988-89. [10015] $100.00

 

79. Impey, Oliver. Chinoiserie. The Impact of Oriental Styles on Western Art and Decoration. New York; Charles Scribner's Sons: 1977. Even as the China Trade brought Oriental reproductions of European wares to the West, manufacturers and artists in the West were busy copying Oriental themes and decorations. This “Chinoiserie” style would eventually mix with the 18th century Rococo style in an exuberant burst of abandon and flourish which lasted through the 19th century right up to the Aesthetic Movement’s Japonism style. This is one of the best illustrated studies of this subject, and includes chapters on the history of the China trade and how it influenced the West, as well as textiles, ceramics, paintings, furniture, metalwork, architecture and garden design. Hardcover. 8.5"x10", 208 pages, 20 color and 233 b/w illustrations, dj. A very nice copy. [30223] $45.00

 

80. Inro from the Collection of the Late Charles A. Greenfield. New York; Sotheby’s: March 25, 1998. The elegant, beautifully-illustrated auction catalog for this superlative collection. The collection was especially deep in rare 16th and 17th century examples. Superb. Superb superb superb. Hardcover. 8.5”x11”, 146 pages, 133 lots, color and b/w illustrations, dj; a very nice copy. [30354] $50.00

 

81. Irving, Clifford. Fake! The Story of Elmyr de Hory, the Greatest Art Forger of Our Time. New York; McGraw Hill: 1969. Elmyr de Hory may not have been the greatest forger of the 20th century, but he was certainly one of the smartest and most prolific. A master of Matisse, Modigliani, Derain, Dufy and other Moderns, de Hory spent almost his entire life in and out of trouble and his works ended up in some of the most distinguished collections in the world. The Irony Fairy was obviously working overtime when she tapped Clifford Irving to write this (perfectly legitimate) biography about a master faker... Hardcover. 6.5”x9”, 243 pages, b/w and color illustrations, dj; jacket a bit worn, and with one short tear. [09999] $45.00

 

82. Irwin, Eyles. An Enquiry into the Feasibility of the Supposed Expedition of Buonaparte to the East. Printed in London for George Nicol: 1798. A pamphlet which addresses the English concern that now that Napoleon had reached Egypt, he might keep going and invade British possessions in India. Irwin, a longtime member of the East India Company who had spent many years in India, thinks that an unlikely scenario, and outlines his reasons. In addition to his work with the East India Company, Eyles Irwin was a noted botanist, judge, and author whose book "A series of adventures in the course of a voyage up the Red-Sea, on the coasts of Arabia and Egypt" was very popular. He is perhaps best remembered today for a paper he wrote for the ‘Transactions of the Royal Irish Academy’ for 1794, in which he described a story he had been told by an elderly Chinese gentleman about how the game of chess was invented in China, an account which lingers to this day. Original stitched blue paper covers, 5.5"x9", 22 pages; light wear and soil, edge of half-title and several page margins browned, very small triangular portion missing from the rear cover; overall a very nice copy. [10011] $375.00

 

83. [Jadeite] Magnificent Jadeite Jewelry. Hong Kong; Christie’s: May 1, 1995. An auction of mostly 20th century jadeite jewelry, with much designer jewelry, including pieces by Chu Man Chi, Trio, Cartier, Suzanne Belperron, Julius Cohen, Verdura, Bulgari, and Carvin French. Hardcover. 8.5”x11”, 178 pages, 207 lots, color and b/w illustrations, several folding color plates; dj; a very nice copy. [30355] $75.00

 

84. Jenkins, John H. A Full Howes. A Catalogue of Books and Pamphlets Listed in Wright Howes’ U.S.iana. Austin; The Jenkins Company: 1981. A very useful reference work- legendary Texas bookseller John Jenkins not only assembled and cataloged for sale almost 3,000 titles listed in Wright Howes famous ‘USiana’ bibliography, he also provides 3 pages of corrections to Howes’ listings, and a very useful ‘Chronological Finding List for U.S. Government Documents in Howes’. Softcover. 8.5”x11”, about 300+ pages; 2,953 items listed; some wear and soil, tips thumbed; a used but not abused copy. [30219] $40.00

 

85. Jenyns, Soame. Later Chinese Porcelain. The Ch’ing Dynasty (1644-1912). London; Faber and Faber: 1977. 4th ed. A pioneering work on the porcelains made in China for domestic use during this period. First published in 1951, it was completely updated and revised for this edition. Hardcover. 6.5”x10”, 111 pages plus 8 color and 120 b/w plates, dj; light soil. [30247] $50.00

 

86. [Johnson Collection] Highly Important French Furniture, Decorations, and Extremely Fine Continental Porcelain, The Property of Mr. and Mrs. Deane Johnson of Bel Air, California. New York; Sotheby Parke Bernet: December 9, 1972. Anytime you have an auction catalog with more pages than lots, you know you have a nice collection. This superb assemblage includes stupendous furniture and decorations. How about an ormolu-mounted console table from Marie Antoinette’s furnishings at Versailles? That’s here, and whole lot more... Hardcover. 8.5”x11”, 171 pages, 115 lots, b/w and color illustrations; prices realised sheet laid in. A nice copy. [30356] $40.00

 

A Scarce Book on Masonic Pottery-

87. Johnson, G.Y. & F.H. Bramwell. A Catalogue of Masonic Pottery. The Freemasons’ Hall, Duncombe Place, York, In the Possession of the Province of Yorkshire North and East Ridings and the York Lodge. York; printed by Ben Johnson & Co.: 1951. A scholarly catalog of 18th and 19th century Masonic pottery from around England. The catalog was compiled by the Librarian and Secretary of the York Lodge with the assistance of G.F. Buckler, a longtime collector of ceramics, and the standard of cataloging is really quite good, as are the illustrations. No limitation is noted, but it seems probable that they did not print a large number of copies. Hardcover. 5.5”x8.5”, 60 pages plus 13 b/w plates; a very nice copy. With a letter from Bro. Johnson tipped-onto the front endpaper presenting the catalog to a fellow Mason. [30254] $250.00

 

88. Johnson, Malcolm. David Claypool Johnston. American Graphic Humorist, 1798-1865. Worcester; American Antiquarian Society: 1970. An exhibition of the work of one of the most popular illustrators of the day. Dubbed "The American Cruikshank", Johnston had supplemented his income by acting early in his career, but by the time of "Charcoal Sketches" his work could be seen in many magazines, on sheet music, and illustrating books. Hardcover. 7”x9”, 47 pages, b/w illustrations; pictorial covers, slightly soiled. Inscribed by the author. [30292] $30.00

 

89. Jones, Louis C., et al. Outward Signs of Inner Beliefs: Symbols of American Patriotism. A Bicentennial Exhibit. Cooperstown; New York State Historical Association: 1975. An exhibition of patriotic themes and motifs in folk, decorative and fine arts in the late 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries. Includes sculpture & wood carvings, ceramics, textiles, paintings, signs, prints, glass, and some other oddities. Softcover. 7.5"x8.5", 76 pages, 77 b/w and monochrome illustrations; light cover soil. [30286] $40.00

 

90. Jourdain, M. The History of English Secular Embroidery. London; Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner and Co.: 1910. Includes chapters on Saxon, Tudor, Stuart, Georgian, and 19th century embroidery, as well as “Spanish Work”, turkey work & petit-point, stump-work, 16th century embroidery with emblems, samplers, and needlework copies of engravings. Hardcover. 7”x8.5”, xiv + 202 pages, plus 1 double-page color plate and 63 b/w plates; covers somewhat soiled, spine faded and soiled, outer cloth crack along the hinge, but the hinges are tight; light internal browning; a decent and tight working copy. [30280] $65.00

 

91. K, J.A. The Strife of the Scales. An attempt to explain how the King's weigh-house and beams within the city of London came into the charge of the Worshipful Company of Grocers, by a past-Master of the Company, Session 1883-4. London; Rixon & Arnold: 1905. That the correct use of scales in commerce is of importance is obvious, as is the opportunity for profitable fraud if they are misused. This is the story of how the lever scale gave way to the balance scale in England, beginning at the time of the Crusades under Richard the Lionhearted and continuing up through the reign of Elizabeth the First. Many period documents are transcribed, and a few even translated. A lighthearted antiquarian romp sure to appeal to anyone who does the Times Saturday crossword in ink and recites algorithms as a morning-shower mind-teaser. Hardcover. 6.5"x9.5", 78 pages, several b/w illustrations; red cloth with gilt pictorial stamping; some cover soil, one "ding" to the edge of the front board; slight internal soil and toning. [30380] $125.00

 

From Agates to Beeswax to Zinc…

92. [Kaufmann, C.H.] The Dictionary of Merchandise, and Nomenclature in all Languages; for the use of Counting-Houses: containing, the history, places of growth, culture, use, and marks of excellency, of such natural productions, as form Articles of Commerce; with their names in all European Languages. Philadelphia; Printed and sold by James Humphries: 1805. A very useful dictionary of important trade merchandise in the early 19th century, first published in England in 1803. The text starts a bit slowly with acacia juice and agaric (“a fungeous excrescence”) but then things pick up with agates, alabaster, ale and almonds (sounds like a weekend at David Letterman’s house), and rolls merrily along all the way to Wax-bees, Whalefins, white pepper, wine (long entry), woad, wool, and zinc. A tremendous book for livening things up at parties. Hardcover. 5.5”x8.5”, 368 pages, rebound in new brown cloth, leather spine label; new endpapers; several old institutional stamps; leaves browned and with some scattered foxing, minor for the most part, and only heavy on a few leaves. [30338] $500.00

 

A Pictorial Celebration of Turn-of-the-Century New York-

93. King, Moses. King’s Dream of New York. New York; Moses King: 1908. In the 1890s Moses King began producing viewbooks celebrating New York, a series of books which culminated in grand publications such as this one, which contains hundreds of photographs and drawings, most of existing New York buildings and a few of proposed ones. King loved the city, and celebrated its grand skyscrapers and other architecture. His books today provide an unparalleled survey of New York at the turn of the twentieth century. This, the first edition of his “Dreams” title, also contains what would become an iconic title page image- New York of the future, with ever-taller buildings, linked by skywalks, with propeller-powered dirigibles scurrying back and forth like gigantic air buses. Hardcover. 10”x14.5”, 96 pages, b/w illustrations; rebound in marbled boards with a plain red leather spine with raised bands and gilt title; spine scuffed, boards with some wear; contents with a little wear and soil. [30314] $250.00

 

94. Kroll, Richard W.F. The Material World. Literate Culture in the Restoration and Early Eighteenth Century. Baltimore; The Johns Hopkins University Press: 1991. A very scholarly study of a crucial moment in English literature, as it transitioned during the Restoration and 18th centuries; this is apparently quite a wall-breaker. It must be, as most copies have disappeared. Difficult to find, despite its late printing date. You’d think it had to do with the death of Princess Di. Hardcover. 6.5”x9.5”, 420 pages, several b/w illustrations, dj; bibliography; light wear, a nice copy. [30304] $75.00

 

95. Learmount, Brian. A History of the Auction. Bernard & Learmount: 1985. From early beginnings in ancient times through the 15th and 16th centuries and up into "modern" auctions of the 18th-20th centuries, Learmount (an auctioneer himself) chronicles and describes the wild and woolly auction scene. Hardcover. 6.5"x9.5", 212 pages, b/w plates, dj; light wear, a nice copy. [30376] $35.00

 

96. Lehmann-Haupt, Hellmut [ed.]. Prospectus for Bookbinding in America. Portland; Southworth-Anthoensen Press: 1941. The Prospectus folder for the classic book “Bookbinding in America, edited by Hellmut Lehmann-Haupt and featuring essays by Hannah Dustine French, Joseph W. Rogers and Lehmann-Haupt. This prospectus folder includes a description of the book, list of the table of contents, and an advertisement for Wroth’s ‘The Colonial Printer’. Folder. 6.25”x9.25”, 7 pages, 1 b/w plate laid in loosely. Light soil, light water stain, very light staple marks. [10005] $35.00

 

The Second Book About American Artists-

97. Lester, C. Edwards. The Artists of America: A Series of Biographical Sketches of American Artists; with Portraits and Designs on Steel. New York; Baker & Scribner: 1846. The second study devoted to American artists, after Dunlap’s massive work. Lester treats fewer artists but discusses them in more detail, providing biographies of Washington Allston, Henry Inman, Benjamin West, Gilbert Stuart, John Trumbull, James de Veaux, Rembrandt Peale, and Thomas Crawford. Some of the biographical information was provided by the artists themselves. Although no longer considered scarce, Lester remains an important and very early American study of our artists. Hardcover. 6”x9”, vi + 257 pages, plus an engraved title page, frontispiece and 8 engraved portraits; plus a 26 page catalogue of other books. Publisher’s black embossed cloth with gilt spine title; spine slightly cocked; covers a bit worn, preliminaries and engraved title page with some foxing; front patterned endpaper attached to the pastedown. [30326] $125.00

 

98. Lightbown, R.W. Secular Goldsmiths’ Work in Medieval France: A History. The Society of Antiquaries of London: 1978. A serious survey of a very difficult subject. Little non-church silver and gold has survived from Medieval France, and what has is widely dispersed. Lightbown not only surveys the pieces he was able to locate, but uses inventories and other records to shed light on silversmiths and patrons of the period. Hardcover. 8.5”x11”, 136 pages plus 80 plates, some in color; dj. A fine copy. [30264] $40.00

 

99. Lipman, Jean & Alice Winchester. The Flowering of American Folk Art, 1776-1876. New York; The Viking Press: 1974. A book published to coincide with the exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art. The topics covered include paintings and drawings, sculpture in a variety of materials, decoys, weathervanes, figureheads, wall and floor painting, mantel and fireboard decorations, signs, furniture, and more. Hardcover. 11”x11”, 288 pages, loaded with color and b/w illustrations, dj; bibliography; light wear. [30272] $40.00

 

100. Little, Nina Fletcher, et al. Little-Known Connecticut Artists, 1790-1810. [contained in the] Connecticut Historical Society Bulletin, October, 1957. Vol.22, No.4. This issue of the Bulletin served as the catalog to an exhibition of folk portraits in the CHS collection, with an introduction by Nina Fletcher Little. Softcover. 6”x9”, 32 pages, 30 b/w illustrations; a nice copy. [30277] $25.00

 

101. Lockwood, Luke Vincent. Colonial Furniture in America. New York; Castle Books: 1960s. A single-volume reissue of the 1926 edition, the best edition of this classic work. "Lockwood's stylistic survey was based on a visual analysis of the material and most of the text is devoted to a written description of the objects illustrated, emphasizing the architectural nature of the moldings and analyzing the success of the design... This book enjoyed a long life as a principal survey of American furniture and retained its influence for many years" -Ames & Ward. Semowich 1388. Hardcover. 8.5”x11”, 398 + 354 pages, b/w illustrations; no dj; spine lettering rubbed, light wear. [30228] $25.00

 

102. Longworth’s American Almanac, New-York Register, and City Directory for the Fiftieth Year of American Independence [1825-26]. New York; Thomas Longworth: 1825. A complete listing of residents with their professions, plus streets, and a number of interesting illustrated advertisements. Hardcover. 4.25”x7.25”, 478 pages plus advertisements; original board covers, calf spine; covers quite scuffed and worn, spine flaking, hinges loose; some internal soiling and foxing. [30297] $350.00

 

103. Longworth’s American Almanac, New-York Register, and City Directory for the Fifty-Fourth Year of American Independence. New York; Thomas Longworth: 1829. Hardcover. 4.25”x7.25”, 642 pages plus advertisements; original board covers, new calf spine; covers worn, and varnished to a nice shine; minor internal soiling and foxing. [30298] $325.00

 

104. Longworth’s American Almanac, New-York Register, and City Directory for the Fifty-Sixth Year of American Independence. New York; Thomas Longworth: 1831. Hardcover. 4.25”x7.25”, 722 pages plus advertisements; rebound in modern cloth; minor internal soiling and foxing; contents page torn with loss of the bottom 3rd. [30299] $300.00

 

105. Longworth’s American Almanac, New-York Register, and City Directory for the Fifty-Ninth Year of American Independence. New York; Thomas Longworth: 1834. A complete listing of residents with their professions, plus streets, and other city information. Hardcover. 4.25”x7.25”, 776 pages; original board covers, calf spine; covers worn, spine perishing; shaken and loose, hinges partially cracked; minor internal soiling and foxing. [30300] $300.00

 

106. [Lord Wharton Collection] Important Old English Silver. The Property of the late the Right Honorable The Lord Wharton. London; Christie’s: March 18, 1970. The auction sale of a distinguished collection of 17th and 18th century English silver. Softcover. 7.5”x9.5”, 50 pages + 25 b/w plates, 158 lots, prices realised sheet stapled to title page; light soil. [30362] $25.00

 

107. Loughlin, David. The Case of Major Fanshawe's Chairs. New York; Universe Books: 1978. A set of five Chippendale chairs unearthed in an Irish manor house turn out to be the long-lost Philadelphia Cadwalader chairs by Benjamin Randolph... Hardcover. 6"x8.5", 160 pages, b/w illustrations, dj; light wear. [30235] $20.00

 

108. Lovell, Margaretta Markle. Boston Blockfront Furniture. Margaretta Markle Lovell: 1975/Ann Arbor; UMI Reprints. A dissertation submitted to the University of Delaware Winterthur Program. A study examining the differences between Boston and Newport blockfront furniture, and outlining how the style developed in Boston and neighboring communities. Semowich 930. Comb-bound. 8.5"x11", 89 pages; very poor b/w reproductions of photographs; a reprint from the original microfilm. New. [90213] $65.00

 

109. Luddington, John. Starting to Collect Silver. Woodbridge; Antique Collectors’ Club: 1988. 2nd prtg. An essential, nuts-and-bolts guide to learning about what makes a piece of silver good or bad, what to look for as a collector, and pitfalls to avoid. To Luddington, novice collectors starting out with nothing but a mark book and a gleam in their eye are as much a danger to themselves as toddlers from a wading pool wandering out to take their chances in the deep blue sea. Hardcover. 8.5”x11”, 225 pages, b/w illustrations, dj; light wear. [30242] $40.00

 

110. [Lyon Collection] 18th and 19th Century American Furniture. Property from the Estate of the Late Charles Woolsey Lyon, Millbrook, New York. New York; Sotheby Parke Bernet: March 3, 1973. Sale 3480. The auction catalog of a fine collection of American furniture. Softcover. 8.5”x9”, 47 pages, 167 lots, b/w illustrations; light wear, rear cover soiled. Prices realised laid in. [30364] $60.00

 

111. Lyons, Joan (ed.) Artists’ Books: A Critical Anthology and Source Book. Layton; Gibbs M. Smith: 1987. A collection of essays on various aspects of 20th century artists’ books. Softcover. 6”x9”, 269 pages, b/w illustrations; light wear, tips thumbed. [09958] $35.00

 

112. M***. Art de l’Ornemaniste, du Stucateur, du Carreleur en Paves de Mosaique, et du Decoratuer en Divers Genres. Paris; Audot: 1828. This guidebook from the ‘Encyclopedie Populaire’ includes chapters on casting and molding ornaments of all sorts; architectural ornament in mosaic; decorating furniture; cleaning of furniture and objects. Uncommon in the marketplace. Softcover. 3.75”x5.75”, 120 pages plus an engraved folding plate, plus a 12-page publisher’s catalog; publisher’s softcovers with some light soil, but overall a very nice, clean, fresh copy. [30334] SOLD

 

113. Magnier, D. Nouveau Manuel Complet du Porcelainier, Faiencier, Potier de Terre, comprenant la fabrication des gres cerames, des pipes, des boutons en porcelaine, des diverses porcelains tenders... Paris; Librairie Encyclopedique de Roret: 1864. A technical manual, designed to replace Boyer’s 1827 handbook. The engraved plates illustrate a variety of pottery and porcelain forms as well as types of kilns, kiln packing diagrams, throwing wheels, grinding apparatus, and other machinery. 2 volumes. Hardcover. 3.75”x6”, 283 + 212 pages, plus 10 folding engraved plates; bound in period marbled boards with plain black leather spines and gilt titles; some light spotting and foxing. [30333] $175.00

 

114. Malahide Castle, Malahide Co., Dublin. The Property of the Late The Lord Talbot de Malahide, C.M.G. Dublin; Keane Mahony Smith/London; Christie, Manson & Woods: May 10-12, 1976. The auction sale of the fantastic accumulated contents of this ancient castle; this was Part One of the sale, Part Two consisted of the library. This portion included fine Irish, English and Continental furniture and, most notably, the famous ‘Boswell Cabinet’, a Flemish 17th Century chest in which Boswell stored his papers. In the 1920s, sight unseen, the great bookseller Dr. A.S.W. Rosenbach cabled a bid of 50,000 pounds for the contents of the cabinet, an offer which was indignantly refused. Softcover. 7.5”x9.5”, 223 pages, 1,258 lots, plus 1 color and 81 b/w plates; light soil. Prices realised list laid in. [30346] $50.00

 

115. Manuscript Gravestone Design. New England, ca.1834. An interesting ink design of a tombstone, drawn carefully, a square stone on a 2-tier plinth, with a large central point and two smaller points to the right and left. The text reads in full- “Here - lies the body of - Rev. Samuel Porter Williams - Born in - Wethersfield, Conn. Feb. 22, 1779; - Graduated at Yale College 1796; - Ordained in Mansfield Conn. Jan. 1, 1807; - Removed from Mansfield, - Sept. 7, 1817; - Installed over the - First Presbyterian Church, - Newburyport, Feb. 8, 1821; - Obit. Dec. 23, 1826. - His ancestors were the people of God; - Let his descendants seek - no other lot. - He was a preacher of the Gospel; - Let his hearers - If they would honour him, - Obey that Gospel; - And ‘if in life he tried in vain to save - O, let them hear him preaching from the grave’ - Newburyport, May 14, 1834”. Single sheet. 7.25”x9”. Ink on paper. Several folds, a few light creases, some light spotting and soil, but overall nice. [09943] $125.00

 

116. [Marble] Trade Card for Portsmouth, New Hampshire Marble Works. Portsmouth; no date (c.1870-1900). The cards reads- “Borthwick & Welsh, Marble Workers. Constantly on hand - Foreign and American Marble for Gravestones & Monuments, Shops in Exeter, Front St., near the Depot of the Boston & Maine Railroad, and at No.18 Bow St., Portsmouth, N.H.” I haven’t been able to find much information on Borthwick & Welsh, but the Salisbury Point Cemetery in Amesbury, Massachusetts has an 1846 stone signed by the firm. 1 Card. 2.5”x3.5”, black ink on cream stock, using several fancy lettering fonts. Slight soil. [09939] $40.00

 

A Scarce Study of Tastevins-

117. Mazenot, Rene. Le Tastevin a Travers les Siecles. Grenoble; Editions des 4 Seigneurs: 1977. 2nd edition, revised. An illustrated history of the tastevin- wine tasting cup, from ancient times to the present day. Most of the examples are silver, but there are also a few ceramic and glass specimens. Many antique examples are illustrated and described, and a chapter is included on 20th century silversmiths specializing in their production. Erotic 13th century silver tastevin, anyone? A title which is almost as hard to find as a good $10 bottle of Pinot Noir, but which will leave a much better taste in your mouth. Softcover. 7.5”x10.5”, 288+ pages, b/w and line illustrations; light wear. [30263] $375.00

 

118. McBrien, Johanna. The Furniture Craft Community of Portsmouth, New Hampshire 1798-1837. Johanna McBrien: 1996/Ann Arbor; UMI Reprints. A dissertation submitted to the University of Delaware Winterthur Program. The author worked with Brock Jobe on the landmark book “Portsmouth Furniture”, and amassed a large amount of material on Portsmouth cabinetmakers and allied craftsmen of the Federal and early Empire eras that was condensed and appeared as an essay in that book. This thesis represents a fuller examination of the subject. Hardcover. 6.5"x8.5", 302 pages; very poor b/w reproductions of photographs; a reprint from the original microfilm, on acid-free paper; bound in blue buckram, a fine copy. [90117] $125.00

 

119. [Medlicott Collection] Sacombe Park, Near Ware, Hertfordshire. The Property of Edward Medlicott, Esq. London; Christie, Manson & Woods: October 11, 1993. The auction sale of an important collection of Empire and Regency furniture, glass, and other decorations assembled by a pair of pioneering collectors in the field. Softcover, 8”x10.5”, 142 pages, 653 lots, color and b/w illustrations; prices realised sheet laid in; near fine. [30345] $40.00

 

120. Meiklejohn, A. The Life, Work and Times of Charles Turner Thackrah, Surgeon and Apothecary of Leeds (1795-1833). Edinburgh; E & S Livingstone Ltd: 1957. Charles Turner Thackrah's 1831 book, "The Effects of Arts, Trades and Professions on Health and Longevity", was the first systematic English study of industrial and trade-related diseases and their prevention. Meiklejohn's biography of Thackrah is extremely informative, and this title includes a reprinting of the enlarged 2nd edition of Thackrah's original text. Hardcover. 6"x9", 238 pages, several b/w plates; a near fine copy. [30385] $100.00

 

121. Mercer, Henry C. Ancient Carpenters’ Tools. Together with Lumberman's, Joiner's and Cabinet Maker's Tools in use in the Eighteenth Century. Doylestown; Bucks County Historical Society: 1968. 4th edition. A very important study of woodworking tools, illustrating early tools and describing how they were used. Do not misunderstand the word "ancient". As Mercer pointed out, most of these tools were used from ancient times right through the 18th century. What can one say about Henry C. Mercer, except that he was exactly the right man to write this study? Architect, founder of the Moravian Pottery and Tile Works, historian, collector, archeologist, student of craftsmanship and its tools... He began collecting old tools in 1897 while rummaging through an old barn, and would eventually write this book, the Bible on joinery tools, as well as an important book on cast-iron stoves. He would also design and build his own castle ("Fonthill") and tool museum; today the Mercer Museum houses 50,000 tools and artifacts. This is an indispensable work. Hardcover. 7"x10", 331 pages, b/w illustrations; light wear, else a nice copy. [30255] $125.00

 

122. Miller, John. Bourbon and Stuart. Kings and Kingship in France and England in the Seventeenth Century. New York; Franklin Watts: 1987. In the 17th century educated people took it for granted that royalty was the best form of government -the only question was whose royalty... Hardcover. 7.5”x10”, 272 pages, b/w illustrations, dj; a very nice copy. [30308] $25.00

 

123. Mitchell, C. Ainsworth. Documents and their Scientific Examination. London; Charles Griffin & Company: 1935. “Re-issue, enlarged”. “With especial reference to the chemistry involved in cases of suspected forgery, investigation of disputed documents, handwriting, etc., and the application of invisible rays”. Includes chapters on papers; inks; pencil pigments; handwriting; secret writing; typewriting; stamps, seals & envelopes; finger prints; and the use of ultra-violet and infra-red rays. Hardcover. 5.5”x8”, xii + 227 pages, 64 b/w illustrations; publisher’s red cloth with gilt spine title; a very clean ex-institutional copy, with a bookplate neatly removed and a number on the spine; a tight, clean copy. [30339] $150.00

 

124. Mitchell, Charles (ed.). Hogarth’s Peregrination. Oxford; at the Clarendon Press: 1952. The full text of the journal of “Five Days Peregrination” which William Hogarth and four of his friends composed after a trip to the Kentish coast in 1732. A “rollicking impromptu”, the journal was never intended for publication, though it’s never safe under such circumstances to set pen to paper to begin with... This edition contains a modern introduction, as well as the alternate account written by William Gostling (one of the peregrinators) in “Hudibrastic” verse. Illustrated with period pictures by Hogarth and others. Hardcover. 6.5”x9”, xxxi + 51 pages, with several text illustrations, plus 13 b/w plates; dj; light soil. [30325] $50.00

 

125. Mitford, Nancy. Madame de Pompadour. New York; Harper & Row: 1968. A well illustrated account of the life and mischief of Louis XV’s mistress. Hardcover. 7.5”x10”, 304 pages, color and b/w illustrations, dj; light wear. [30306] $25.00

 

126. Moreau-Vauthier, Charles. The Technique of Painting. London; William Heinemann: 1912. An excellent turn-of-the century technical study of paintings and their deterioration. The author discusses painting techniques and processes, “diseases” of pictures, the deterioration of paintings from various causes, the deterioration of colors, “accidents”, and preservation techniques. Many of the plates illustrate close-ups of damaged paintings, and the color frontispiece illustrates the differences between colors which are affected and unaffected by light. Hardcover. 6”x9”, xvi + 261 pages, plus 24 color and b/w plates; publisher’s green cloth covers with an onlay of the Mona Lisa’s smile; covers lightly soiled, slight internal toning. [30320] $85.00

 

Silver Censers in Quebec-

127. Morisset, Gerard. Evolution d’une Piece d’Argenterie. Quebec; Collection Champlain: 1943. A short illustrated essay on the evolution of the silver censer in the Quebec region, from the 17th century to the 20th, with the bulk of the examples being of 18th and early 19th century manufacture. Softcover. 5”x7.5”, 31 pages plus 24 b/w plates; light soil. [30275] $45.00

 

Includes a Chapter on Silver Furniture Fittings-

128. Morrison, Mollie N. The Silversmiths and Goldsmiths of the Cape of Good Hope 1625-1850. Johannesburg; published by the author: 1936. The first major monograph on the subject, the result of much original research by the author in South African archives. The text begins with the early history of the colony and then moves through colonial working conditions, church and secular plate, guilds and regulations, and a listing of identified silversmiths, with some makers marks. One chapter deals with silver furniture fittings by Cape Town silversmiths. Hardcover. 8.5"x11", xv + 84 pages, plus 16 b/w plates; marks; original dark blue pebbled cloth and silver-gilt stamped covers; a clean, nice copy. [30395] $375.00

 

129. Mortensen, Otto. Jens Olsen's Clock. Copenhagen; Technological Institute: 1957. A wondrous piece of mechanical ingenuity, and beautiful and elegant as well. This 1940s clock has a set of gear teeth which move only once in 400 years; a gear wheel which rotates once in 2400 years; an epact which moves once in 2500 years; and a star dial which rotates once in 25,753 years. The accuracy of the clock has been determined (somehow) to be within several seconds in 5000 years. Hardcover. 8.5"x12", 156 pages, b/ and several color illustrations, slightly soiled dj. [30392] $75.00

 

130. [Moulthrop] Reuben Moulthrop, 1763-1814. [contained in the] Connecticut Historical Society Bulletin, October, 1956. Vol.21, No.4. An essay on the life and work of this Connecticut folk portraitist, which accompanied an exhibition of his work. Softcover. 6”x9”, 15 pages (article), 26 b/w illustrations; light soil. [30278] $20.00

 

131. [Mount Auburn] Services at the Consecration of the Cemetery at Mount Auburn, Saturday, September 24, 1831. “From the Eve. Gazette Office”: 1831. The printed order of services at the consecration of the famous Mount Auburn Cemetery, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The first page lists the services- I. Instrumental Music by the Boston Band. II Introductory Prayer by the Rev. Dr. Ware. III. Hymn written by the Rev. Mr. Pierpont (with the text of the hymn). IV. Address by the Hon. Joseph Story. V. Concluding Prayer by the Rev. Mr. Pierpont. Music, by The Band.” The second page provides the text of another hymn. 2 pages, 4.25”x7”, some creases and a little soil; apparently bound into, and then removed from, a larger volume. [09942] $175.00

 

132. Moussinac, Leon. Le Meuble Francais Moderne. Paris; Librairie Hachette: [1925]. A popular period survey of French Art Nouveau and Deco furniture, including work by Ruhlmann, Galle, Eugene Gaillard, Majorelle, Tony Selmersheim, Maurice Dufrene, Paul Follot, Leon Jallot, Francis Jourdain, Pierre Chareau, Andre Groult, Fernand Nathan, Pierre Legrain, and others. Hardcover. 5.5”x7.75”, 102 pages, plus a frontispiece and 80 b/w plates; recently bound into modern cloth with the original softcovers bound in; contents with scattered foxing. [30332] $175.00

 

133. Mudge, Jean McClure. Chinese Export Porcelain in North America. New York; Riverside Book Company: 1986. Building on her prior book on the subject, the author includes hundreds of additional specimens of Chinese Export porcelain found in American collections, many never-before photographed, in this beautifully illustrated and informative study. Softcover. 9.5”x10”, 300 pages, color and b/w illustrations; bibliography; a very nice copy. [30250] $40.00

 

134. Muller, Hannelore. European Silver. The Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection. New York; The Vendome Press: 1986. An exceptionally elegant catalog of the 95 superb pieces of European silver in this famous collection. Especially strong in German Mannerist silver, it also includes English, French, Hungarian and Dutch silver of the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. Hardcover. 10”x12”, 311 pages, color and b/w illustrations; marks; dj; light wear. [30243] $75.00

 

135. [Myer Myers] Exhibition of Works in Silver and Gold by Myer Myers. A Checklist of Objects Exhibited at the Brooklyn Museum. February 2 - March 15, 1954. [Brooklyn Museum: 1954]. A mimeographed checklist. The name of each lender is mentioned, and several items are noted as not being recorded in Jeanette Rosenbaum’s book. 8.5”x14”, 10 sheets, mimeographed; folded; re-stapled. [30246] $100.00

 

136. [Narragansett Bay] A Note to Accompany The John Carter Brown Library Facsimile of the Blaskowitz Chart of Narragansett Bay. (Portland; Southworth-Anthoensen Press: 1956) Printed to accompany the facsimile map, this folder provides a short essay explaining the importance of this 1777 map, drawn by Charles Blaskowitz and published in London. An interesting text, even without the map facsimile. Folder. 7.25”x10.25”, 4 pages, fine condition. [10004] $20.00

 

137. National Patent Wood Preserving Company. The Robbins Process for Preserving Wood and Lumber from Mould, Decay and Destruction by Worms. An Invaluable Improvement, Susceptible of Universal Application. New York: National Patent Wood Preserving Company: 1868. A promotional book, apparently intended both to sell the product and to entice investors. The Robbins process used a machine, illustrated on the frontispiece, to heat lumber, driving its water content out as steam, and then forcing a creosote vapor mixture into it. The book describes this process and then gives many examples of uses to which such wood might be put, including obvious ones like railway ties, bridges and barrels, and less obvious ones such as wood pavements. The book also discusses preservation of the nation’s woodlands, and reprints a number of letters praising the process. Softcover. 7”x10.5”, 101 pages, wood-engraved frontispiece; original paper covers, somewhat worn and soiled, with several chips; spine perished; some internal soil. [30309] $250.00

 

138. [New York] City Directory 1845-46. New York; Silas H. Crowell: 1845. A listing of residents with their professions, plus the supplemental Brooklyn City Directory. Hardcover. 6”x9”, 487 + 56 pages plus advertisements; original board covers; covers with lots of wear, spine gone, covers detached; LACKING the first 4 pages of the New York directory; some soil and staining, especially to the front. A working copy only. [30301] $125.00

 

139. Nicholson, Harold. Kings, Courts and Monarchy. New York; Simon and Schuster: 1962. “A brilliant and fascinating history of royalty, by one of England’s most famous men of letters”. Here we have the rise of the kingly class, the warrior-prince, the non-warrior-prince, and much more. Fully illustrated. Hardcover. 7.5”x10”, 335 pages, color and b/w illustrations, dj; light wear, a nice copy. [30307] $25.00

 

140. Nimmanahaeminda, Kraisri. Sankampaeng Glazed Pottery. Chiengmai, Thailand: 1960. Research at a 15th century kiln site in northern Thailand, with many intact and almost intact decorated and glazed wares. The text is in both Thai and English. Softcover. 7.5"x10", [26] + iv + 19 pages, plus 55 b/w illustrations on 30 plates; covers with some soil and wear. [30397] $40.00

 

141. Norton, Bettina A. Edwin Whitefield. Nineteenth-Century North American Scenery. Barre; Imprint Society: 1977. Special limited signed edition of 500 numbered copies. Edwin Whitefield was an important chronicler of American scenery, views and architecture from the 1850s-1880s. His most famous project was the “Homes of Our Forefathers” series which recorded views of 17th and 18th century houses in New England, many of which no longer exist and some of which ceased to exist between the time he sketched them and the books were published. Hardcover. 11.5”x9”, 158 pages, many b/w, several color illustrations; slipcased; spine sunned, else a nice copy in the pictorial slipcase. [09950] $60.00

 

142. 101 Chairs and stools collected, with the assistance of the Furniture Historical Society, from Oxford and district to show the historical evolution of chair design in Great Britain. Oxford; Divinity School: 1968. The title says it all. Softcover. 7.5”x9”, 52 pages, b/w illustrations; covers slightly soiled; this book’s “perfect” binding is nothing of the sort, and has sprung, leading to an associative disorder between the pages and covers. [30287] $25.00

 

143. The Order for The Burial of the Dead. Smith, Kay & Co., Printers. 1914. A small booklet for the Funeral Service, presumably of the Church of England. Printed opposite the first page is “I Memoriam - Mary Macleod, Born 10th February, 1859. Died 5th January, 1914. Interred at Brompton Cemetery, January 10th, 1914.” Hardcover. 3”x5”, 16 pages; bound in the publisher’s dark blue blindstamped cloth with gilt title and emblem. Quite nice, bright, unworn condition. [09938] $20.00

 

144. Parker, Barbara Neville. New England Miniatures, 1750-1850. Boston Museum of Fine Arts: 1957. The catalog of a noteworthy loan exhibition of New England portrait miniatures, with an essay by Barbara Neville entitled "The Art of Miniature Painting in New England". Softcover. 5"x7.5", about 80 pages, 60 color and b/w illustrations; spine rubbed, light soil. [30269] $25.00

 

145. Paterson, David. The Science of Colour Mixing. A Manual Intended for the Use of Dyers, Calico Printers, and Colour Chemists. London; Scott, Greenwood & Son: 1900. One of the few studies to apply color theory to the practical aspects of textile dyeing, which is curious, since modern color theory was begun when Chevruel was researching just such practical considerations. The book includes 5 brilliantly colored plates as well as 11 mounted textile samples provided by the firm of Meister Lucius & Bruning. Uncommon in the marketplace. Hardcover. 5.5”x8.5”, xii + 128 pages, with 41 text illustrations, plus a 32 page publisher’s catalog, plus 5 colored plates, and 4 plates with 11 mounted fabric samples; publisher’s red cloth, a very nice, clean, fresh copy. [30322] $175.00

 

A Massive, Imposing Portfolio of Engraved Glassware-

146. Pazaurek, Gustav E. Die Glasersammlung des Nordbohmischen Gewerbe-Museums in Reichenberg. Leipzig; Verlag von Karl W. Hiersemann: 1902. A spectacular, oversized portfolio of plates illustrating fine antique glass in the collection of the North Bohemia Industrial Museum, consisting mainly of European engraved glasses from the Middle Ages through the early 19th century. Pazaurek was the Director of the Wurttembbergischen Landes-Gewerbemuseum and the author of a number of studies of antique European glass. Duncan 9947. Hardcover. 12.5"x17.5", 27 pages with 18 b/w illustrations in the text, plus 3 color and 37 b/w plates, loose in portfolio, as issued. Portfolio quite worn, but contents fine. [30398] $2,000.00

 

147. Pazaurek, Gustav E. Glaser der Empire und Biedermeierzeit. Leipzig; Verlag von Klinkhardt & Biermann: 1923. A profusely illustrated, scholarly (in German) study of Biedermeier/Empire-era glass and glassmakers. A noted authority on glass, Pazaurek wrote a number of books and articles on European glass of the 19th and 20th centuries. This study is illustrated with hundreds of photographs, reproductions of rare original pattern book pages, and 6 color plates. Hardcover. 7.5"x10.5", [iii] 412 pages, 6 color plates and 332 b/w illustrations; light cover soil and a little wear, slight fraying at tips; a very slight wrinkle on the top gutter, but a nice copy. [30382] $275.00

 

148. [Picasso] Illustrated Books by Picasso. New York; Ursus Books: 2000. A bookseller’s catalog. Softcover. 9”x6”, 42 pages, b/w illustrations; light wear. [09961] $15.00

 

149. Pickford, Ian. Jackson's Silver and Gold Marks of England, Scotland & Ireland. Woodbridge; Antique Collector’s Club: 1994. 3rd edition, 3rd prtg. A revised edition of this classic reference. Hardcover. 8.5”x11”, 768 pages, hundreds of b/w illustrations and 15,000 marks, dj. Light wear. [30229] $65.00

 

150. Podro, Michael. Depiction. New Haven; Yale University Press: 1998. A “philosophical enquiry into the nature of depiction and a critical study of particular artists: Donatello, Rembrandt, Chardin and Hogarth. It examines how the materials and procedure of the painter or sculptor are absorbed into the imagining of the subject”. Hardcover. 6.5”x9.5”, 193 pages, color and b/w illustrations, dj; a fine copy. [30303] $20.00

 

151. Pope, Clive Mason. A-Z of Staffordshire Dogs. A Potted History. Woodbridge; Antique Collectors’ Club: 1999. 3rd prtg. The potters of Staffordshire, never ones to let a good opportunity pass them by, were prolific producers of pottery dogs of all types during the 19th century. From Queen Victoria’s favorite spaniel to a selection of greyhounds, whippets, collies and others (including a few the Kennel Association is still trying to identify), pottery dogs were potted and painted with a great gusto. This charming, informative and well-illustrated reference work will please any canny canine collector. Hardcover. 8.5”x8.5”, 168 pages, 203 color illustrations, dj. New. [90184] $49.50 152. Practical Vehicle Building in Small Shops. Lessons in Wagon and Carriage Woodwork. Reprinted from The Blacksmith and Wheelwright. New York; M.T. Richardson Co.: 1902. A complete guide for the carriage maker, with chapters on express wagons, passenger wagons, a Corning buggy, a two-person Phaeton, a Straight Sill Surrey, a Light Curtain Rockaway, a Cabriolet Phaeton, and more. Surprisingly uncommon in the marketplace. Hardcover. 5.25”x7.5”, 78 pages, 33 line illustrations; covers with light soil. [30328] $125.00

 

A Now, A Quick Trip in the Way-Back Machine-

153. [Prehistoric Life] [Hall, John H.] The Great American Mastodon, (Mastodon Giganteum, of Cuvier); Its History and Habits, as inferred from its anatomical structure and Indian tradition) together with An Essay on the Last Races. An offprint from the American Quarterly Journal of Agriculture and Science: 1845. The skeleton was excavated in August of 1845 near Newburgh, New York, and represented the most complete skeleton of a mastodon yet found in America. OCLC locates 4 copies of this offprint. Softcover. 5.5”x9”, 12 pages plus a full-page plate of a skeleton of the mastodon. A very clean, fresh, really superlative copy. [30295] $150.00

 

154. [Prehistoric Life] Tilesius, von T., W.G. On the Mammoth or Fossil Elephant, Found in the Ice, at the Mouth of the River Lena, in Siberia. With a Lithographic Plate of the Skeleton. London; Wm. Phillips: 1819. The English edition of a piece originally published in the Memoirs of the Imperial Academy of Sciences of St. Petersburg. The text mainly concerns the excavation of the remains of a mammoth from the banks of the Lena River in the Tunguska region of Siberia in 1806, but also touches on other mammoth excavations of the period. The Lena skeleton can still be seen in the St. Petersburg Museum. OCLC locates 11 copies. Hardcover. 8.5”x11”, 15 pages plus a lithographic plate; an ex-institutional copy, with several stamps on the rear of the title page and the endsheet; bound in later blue cloth, covers scuffed, a little internal spotting and soil. [30296] $450.00

 

155. [Prehistoric Life] Ward, Henry A. Catalogue of Casts of Fossils, from the Principal Museums of Europe and America, with short descriptions and illustrations. Rochester; Benton & Andrews, printers: 1866. In the 19th and early 20th centuries it was accepted practice to furnish museums with casts of all types, from classical statues to trilobites, and this catalog caters to the latter trade. Here Henry Ward offers a complete and comprehensive listing of fossils, from minute Ammonites to a complete Plesiosaur or a Megatherium, many taken from originals at the British Museum.

        In the 1860s and 1870s dinosaurs were not yet a major subject for study- few had been discovered. Paleontologists were very excited though, by earlier plant and animal life, as shown here, and especially by another set of animals amply illustrated here- early mammals. The fight to discover and name early mammals was at least as heated as the dinosaur wars which would erupt a few decades later, because it was through these fossils that scientists were slowly attempting to prove Darwin's controversial theory of Evolution. Ward catalogs everything in a scientific manner and also includes fossil tracks, and even replicas of the models shown at the Crystal Palace. At the rear of the catalog he offers skins and skeletons of contemporary American animals and also, grotesquely, "Aborigines -Indians of various Western Tribes: Skulls, from $15 to $25 each. (These are taken fresh, not disinterred from old graves)".

        A unique view of 19th century natural history, a terrific Victorian-era trade catalog, and also interesting from the standpoint of the religious and scientific controversies then swirling amid the scientific community. Henry Ward was one of the most interesting and omnipresent characters in Victorian natural history. After making a fortune supplying museums with natural history and paleontological exhibits he turned his attention to meteorites with the same zealous thoroughness. The chronicle of Henry A. Ward's career and various interests is well covered in Roswell Ward's 1948 biography.

        Softcover. 5.5"x9", viii + 228 + 7 pages, illustrated in b/w throughout, with 2 folding plates. A very nice example of the softcover edition, in the original decorated covers, which picture the famous Megatherium skeleton. There is some soil and a few minor spots on the covers, and some minor internal foxing. This copy was evidently amongst the English export set, as most of the items are priced in pencil in pounds and shillings. With the bookseller's tag of James Gregory, Geologist and Mineralogist of London on the inside of the front cover, and stamped twice by him on the title page, as well as every once in a while in the catalog itself. [30403] $1,250.00

 

156. [Prideaux] A Catalogue of Books Bound by S.T. Prideaux Between MDCCCXC and MDCCCC with Twenty-Six Illustrations. New York; Nicholas T. Smith: 1979. Edition limited to 300 copies. A facsimile of the 1900 catalog issued by the famous English craft bookbinder, along with 26 full-page black & white plates illustrating his bindings. Hardcover. 6"x9", 20 pages of text plus 26 b/w plates. A fine copy. [10007] $40.00

 

157. Primitive American Furniture. Norwich; Slater Memorial Museum: no date -1960s? An oddly-constructed catalog. It consists of brief descriptive entries of 195 items of furniture, glass, metalware and such, loaned to the museum for the exhibition. It appears that pages from a second copy were for some reason cut out and re-mounted onto pages in this copy, with now-discolored glue; it is not clear why. All the pages are here (though a few out of order), and the catalog, if not very descriptive, is scarce. Softcover. 6”x9”, 24 pages; glue stains, some pages clipped out and remounted, several pages with small marginal holes. It is what it is, and that’s all there is to say. [30288] $25.00

 

158. Puig, Francis & Michael Conforti (eds.). The American Craftsman and the European Tradition, 1620-1820. Minneapolis Institute of Arts: 1989. An extremely important exhibition and series of essays. Most of the focus is on furniture, with essays by Robert Trent, Morrison Hecksher, Francis Puig, Donna Pierce, and Gregory Wiedman. In addition, Gary Nash and Barbara Ward contribute overviews on the main theme, and there are separate essays on silver by Barbara Ward and Gerald Ward, American glass by Arlene Palmer, and American china by Graham Hood. Softcover. 8.5"x11", 295 pages, color and b/w illustrations; some wear, tips thumbed, etc. A used copy. [30232] $65.00

 

159. Ramsden, Charles. Book Binders of the United Kingdom (Outside London) 1780-1840. London; B.T. Batsford, 1987. 2nd edition, 2nd printing. First published in 1954. Arranged in three parts to cover England and Wales, Scotland, and Ireland, each section includes an alphabetical listing of binders working in the region, and information on business relations, apprenticeships, influences and other matters of interest. Hardcover. 7.5"x10", 250 pages, b/w illustrations, dj; a fine copy. [10010] $25.00

 

160. Randall, Richard H., et al. The Decorative Arts of New Hampshire, 1725-1825. Manchester; Currier Gallery of Art: 1964. An important loan exhibition, the first to try to trace a unique New Hampshire style of furniture during this important period. The exhibition was primarily devoted to furniture, with 76 examples and an additional 16 clocks, with a smattering of silver, paintings, glass, etc. The catalog entries and Introduction were written by Randall; Charles Parsons was also heavily involved in the preparation of the exhibition. Semowich 975. Softcover. 7.5"x10", 73 pages, 106 b/w illustrations; a very nice copy. [30283] $125.00

 

A Trio of 18th Century Studies on Healing Waters & Medicine-

161. Randolph, George, et al. An Enquiry into the Medicinal Virtues of Bristol-Water: and the Indications of Cure which it answers. London; Printed for R. Baldwin: 1750. [Bound with] “Reflections Upon Catholicons, or Universal Medicines. With some remarks on the natural Heat that is in Animals, and the luminous Emanations from Human Bodies” by Thomas Knight. London, 1749. [Bound with] “Observations on the Nature and Cure of Hospital and Jayl-Fevers, in a Letter to Doctor Mead, Physician to His Majesty” by John Pringle. London: 1750. The first title is a history of the medicinal properties of the hot springs at Bristol by a Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford, a supporter of their efficacy. All three titles are uncommon in the trade. Hardcover. 5”x8”, [vi] + 176 pages. [and] title page + 167 pages [and] title page + 52 pages. All bound without original preliminaries and blank leaves. Bound together in period full calf, spine label perished, covers a bit rubbed and soiled, else a nice clean, tight copy. [30294] $650.00

 

162. Rare and Valuable Japanese Color Prints. The Noted Collection Formed by A Distinguished French Connoisseur of Paris. New York; The Walpole Galleries: January 20-22, 1921. The auction sale of a very fine early collection, begun in the last decades of the 19th century, and cataloged here by Frederick W. Gookin. Card covers. 7”x9.75”, 220 pages, 692 lots; b/w illustrations; paper-covered pictorial card covers; covers very worn, spine perished and front cover detached; paper covering chipped and torn; contents with some pencil notes; several pages with some adhesion roughness at the top margin, not affecting text or lettering. [30357] $150.00

 

163. Rickard, Jonathan. Mocha and related dipped wares, 1770-1939. Hanover; University Press of New England: 2006. This is a colorful explosion of a book, packed with beautiful photographs that vividly capture the colors and wild designs on this distinctive pottery. But it's not all photos- author Jonathan Rickard provides a mighty and solid text to back up the illustrations, exploring the history, makers and styles, patterns and decorating techniques of these ceramics in England, America and France. An exuberant, important study. Hardcover. 8.5”x11”, 178 pages, profusely illustrated in color and b/w, dj; bibliography. New. [90157] $65.00

 

Extra-Illustrated with 11 Albumen Plates-

164. Robinson, J.C. South Kensington Museum. Italian Sculpture of the Middle Ages and Period of the Revival of Art. A Descriptive Catalogue of the Works Forming the Above Section of the Museum, with additional Illustrative Notices. London; Chapman and Hall: 1862. An important and popular catalog which included a good survey of Florentine sculpture, sections on Michelangelo and della Robbia, and sculptural elements besides figural pieces, such as tombs, tabernacles and chimney pieces. This example is from the extra-illustrated edition, which, as Hamber notes in ‘A Higher Branch of the Art’, “included up to twelve albumen prints... curiously the photographs used for these extra-illustrated editions frequently duplicated the existing line-engraved illustrations”. Hardcover. 6.5"x10", xxxi + 192 pages, 20 lithographed plates and 11 mounted albumen plates; publisher's extremely handsome full gilt-stamped morocco; covers with a little wear and rubbing; a little internal soil; mounted plates quite nice and unfaded; bookplate showing this was given as the Queen’s Prize for modeling from the Antique in the National Art-competition in 1866. [30324] $250.00

 

165. Rorimer, James J. Ultra-Violet Rays and Their Use in the Examination of Works of Art. New York; Metropolitan Museum of Art: 1931. Edition limited to 1000 copies. In this important little study, James Rorimer, then an Assistant Curator and later the Director of the entire Museum, illustrates and explains how ultra-violet light can detect repairs, restorations, damage and fraud in a wide variety of antiques, including sculpture, ceramics, glass, paintings, textiles, manuscripts, ivories and many other antiquities. Hardcover. 5.5”x8.5”, xx + 61 pages, plus a color frontispiece and 47 plates, several in color; a fine copy. [30330] $85.00

166. As above, Softcover; a fine copy. [30329] $60.00

 

167. Ruby, Jay. Secure the Shadow. Death and Photography in America. Cambridge; The MIT Press: 1995. An exploration and analysis of the photographic representation of death in the United States from the 1840s to the present day. “Looks at the way in which people have taken and used photographs of deceased loved ones and their funerals to mitigate the finality of death”. Softcover. 7.5”x9.5”, 220 pages, b/w illustrations; light wear, small stain at the lower margin for about 50 pages. [09940] $125.00

 

John Ruskin on a
        Gothic Revival Building of Scientific Fame
                  -Prime Minister Gladstone’s Son’s Copy-

168. Ruskin, John & Henry W. Acland. The Oxford Museum. London; Smith, Elder and Co.: 1859. An interesting discourse touching on the principles of the Gothic Revival, handwork and the dignity of workmen, and the proper decoration of buildings, as they were related to the architecture of Oxford’s famous Museum of Natural History, popularly known as the Oxford Museum. Championed in the 1850s by Sir Henry Acland, who felt that Oxford was ignoring the natural sciences, the Museum brought all those disciplines, including geology, astronomy, geometry, chemistry, and zoology under one roof.

        And quite a neo-Gothic roof it was... The building was designed by Deane and Woodward of Dublin, with assistance of one sort or another from Ruskin, who notes here- “In the competition [for the design] scarce any limitation was imposed, and to style none. Thirty-two designs by anonymous contributors were sent in; the majority of the judges, after a thoroughly English battle, in which some professed advocates of Gothic architecture deprecated the application of Gothic Art to secular purposes, -thereby denying to their own style that malleability which is, perhaps, its highest prerogative, -the design, ‘Nisi Dominus oedificaverit domum,’ was accepted”.

        The Museum was the scene of the famous 1860 debate during which Samuel Wilberforce, Bishop of Oxford, asked Thomas Huxley whether he was descended from a monkey on his grandfather’s or grandmother’s side, to which Huxley replied that he had "no need to be ashamed of having an ape for his grandfather, but that he would be ashamed of having for an ancestor a man of restless and versatile interest who distracts the attention of his hearers from the real point at issue by eloquent digression and skilled appeals to religious prejudice."

        Hardcover. 4.75”x7.5”, 111 pages plus a 4-page list of other titles by the authors; steel-engraved frontispiece of a pillar with fern carvings; a full-page woodblock plate of decorative tracery; folding plan of the museum; publisher’s pebbled & embossed cloth with gilt titles; spine slightly faded, else a very nice, fresh copy.

        Handsome engraved bookplate of Herbert John Gladstone [1854-1930]. Lord Gladstone was the son of Prime Minister William Gladstone, and after lecturing on history at Keble College, Oxford, he embarked on a long political career which culminated in his appointment as Home Secretary under Asquith from whence, after some controversy over domestic policy, he was booted “upstairs” and sent to South Africa as the first Governor-General and High Commissioner of the Union of South Africa. [30336] $350.00

 

169. Sack, Albert. The New Fine Points of Furniture, Early American. Good, Better, Best, Superior, Masterpiece. New York; Crown Publishers: 1993. An important updating of this classic, with two new categories and a new selection of furniture. Essential for the student of American furniture. Hardcover. 8"x10.5", 320 pages, 650+ color and b/w illustrations, dj; light wear. [30230] $250.00

 

An Early Japanese Print Auction-

175. [Schraubstadter Collection] Old Japanese Color Prints of Rarity and Distinction, Collected and Owned by the Well Known Connoisseur Carl Schraubstadter, formerly of Japan and St. Louis. New York; American Art Association: February 10-12, 1921. The auction sale of a collection formed during visits to Japan starting in 1908. An unusually well illustrated catalog for this period. Softcover. 6.5”x10”, about 250 pages, 931 lots, 102 b/w plates; covers soiled, corner chip; light wear and soil. [30358] $125.00

 

176. Sculptures of the Cesnola Collection of Cypriote Antiquities in the East Entrance Hall and North Aisle. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Hand-book No.3. New York; MMA: no date (1880s). A gallery handbook describing the sculptures as they were arranged in the gallery, with much additional material on ancient Cypriote art. Cesnola, a former Civil War general, had excavated about 35,000 objects when he was the American Consul to Cyprus, sold most of them to the Met., and was also the Museum’s first Director. Softcover. 5.5”x8.5”, 48 pages, original grey covers, covers with a few chips and several small holes, light soil. Fragile. [30274] $40.00

 

177. Serette, David. Shaker Smalls. Sebasco; The Cardigan Press: 1983. A fantastical, fanatical pictorial survey of almost every conceivable object of Shaker everyday life, all photographed over a ten year period at the Sabbathday Lake community. While nobody argues that these objects were not owned by the Shakers, there is no evidence that they were all made by the Shakers. Still, an important documentation of Shaker life. Hardcover. 8.5"x10.5", 5 pages plus 934 b/w illustrations. Covers with some soil, light wear, slight “bow”. Inscribed by the author. [10000] $150.00

 

178. Sergeant, Rev. A Letter from the Rev'd Mr. Sergeant of Stockbridge, to Dr. Colman of Boston; Containing Mr. Sergeant's Proposal of a more effectual Method for the Education of Indian Children... New York; Thea Heye: 1929. Edition limited to 200 copies printed by the Lancaster Press. A facsimile of a rare pamphlet issued in Boston in 1743, reprinted from an original in the library of Thea Heye, wife of the founder of the Museum of the American Indian. It contains the Rev. John Sergeant's plan for educating Indian children to be civil and industrious by establishing boarding schools where they will be taught English. This is followed by Dr. Colman's Reply, in which he includes an account of work already done by the Rev. Isaac Hollis with the Stockbridge Indians, a branch of the Algonquian tribe. The Rev. Sergeant, a Yale divinity graduate, was sent to minister to the Housatonic Indians in Berkshire County, Massachusetts, in 1735. Benjamin Colman was the minister of the famous Brattle Street Church in Boston. Interestingly, both Sergeant and Colman emphasize the importance of teaching young Indian girls as well as boys. An important document, scarce in any edition. Hardcover. 5.5"x8", 16 pages, paper-covered boards, parchment spine, as issued; printed on deckle-edged Roma paper; light soil; parchment on spine split along the crease and reglued with very slight loss; some cover soil. [09948] $200.00

 

179. Shepard, Odell. The Lore of the Unicorn. New York; Avenel Books: 1982. A reissue of the 1930 study of the literature, art, fable and myth that has been spun around unicorns for centuries. Hardcover. 6.5”x9”, 312 pages, b/w illustrations, dj; text lightly toned, a little cover soil. [30282] $20.00

 

180. [Silver] E. Alberta Brenner. The Romance of Silver. Lecture Program with Extensive Exhibit. [New York: 1940s]. A promotional brochure for a lecturer about antique silver, its history, construction and collecting, who offered a program “well adapted for any hour of the day: morning, noon, afternoon, tea, dinner or evening. Equal interest has been manifested before women’s, men’s, or mixed audiences ranging in age from eight to eighty”. Folder. 9.5”x7”, b/w front and rear cover illustrations; folded once, light soil, pencil note on rear cover. [09998] $20.00

 

181. [Silver] Pile of Articles & Clippings about Antique Silver. 1970s & 80s. Some years ago we purchased the silver reference library of a noted East Coast dealer; the dealer had kept file folders with clippings of articles from magazines and other sources about antique silver. This pile consists of six folders, labeled “Chinese Export”, “Collectibles”, “Early Objects -thru 17th Century”, “Continental”, “Early Cutlery”, and “Early Oriental”. The folders also include photos and advertising mock-ups for advs the dealer ran in leading antiques periodicals. 7 folders of clippings and photographs, about 5” high; some soil, a slight garage odor, some of the photos with adhesion. [09995] $125.00

 

182. [Smirl Library] The Medical Library of Warren G. Smirl, M.D., S.C. London; Sotheby’s: November 11, 1994. The auction sale of a lifetime collection, with many 17th and 18th century rarities. Softcover. 8”x10.5”, 86 pages, 384 lots, b/w illustrations; light wear. [30367] $25.00

 

183. Snowman, A. Kenneth. Carl Faberge. Goldsmith to the Imperial Court of Russia. New York; Gramercy Books: 1998. One of the world’s foremost authorities on the fabulous works of Carl Faberge explores his metals, enamels, hardstones, eggs, flowers and other creations. There is also a chapter on marks, and a discussion of fakes and forgeries. A reissue of the classic reference, first published in 1978. Hardcover. 8.5”x11”, 160 pages, color and b/w illustrations, dj; light wear, a nice copy. [30221] $30.00

 

184. [Snuff Bottles] Fine Chinese Snuff Bottles from the Gerry P. Mack Collection. South Kensington; Christie’s: October 4, 1999. Sale 8552. The auction catalog of a noted collection of porcelain, glass, rock crystal, inside-painted, agate, amber, and jade snuff bottles. Softcover. 8.5”x10.5”, 85 pages, 194 lots, color illustrations; light soil. [30353] $35.00

 

185. Spear, Charles. Essays on the Punishment of Death. Boston; Published by the author: 1845. 11th edition. A famous anti-death penalty text by a Unitarian minister and reformer. Perhaps most famous today for its dramatic frontispiece, illustrating a condemned forger, bound by chains to a stone pillar in a dungeon, his wife and three young children at his feet. Hardcover. 5”x7.5”, xii + 237 + 10 pages; lithographed frontispiece of “The Condemned Forger”; woodcut “Preparing for the Execution” in the text. Publisher’s blindstamped cloth; covers somewhat soiled and worn, contents with some toning, scattered foxing, and rumpled. [09944] $85.00

 

186. Spillman, Jane Shadel. European Glass Furnishings for Eastern Palaces. Corning Museum of Glass: 2006. “Written as a supplement to the Museum's major summer exhibition, ‘Glass of the Maharajahs’, this book explores the little-known era in glassmaking history when European glass manufacturers tailored one-of-a-kind and limited-production glass furniture to the tastes of the wealthy Indian elite. The very idea that a chair could glitter like a diamond, catch light like a colored gemstone, and still function as seating must have astounded those who first encountered glass furniture in the mid- to late-19th century.” Hardcover. 8.5”x11”, 144 pages, 125 illustrations. New. [90217] $24.95

 

187. Spillman, Jane Shadel. The American Cut Glass Industry. T.G. Hawkes and his Competitors. Woodbridge; Antique Collectors Club, in association with the Corning Museum of Glass: 2001. 2nd prtg. This important study is based on a mass of newly unearthed documentary material concerning T.G. Hawkes and Company, one of America’s leading cut-glass firms of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Glass expert Jane S. Spillman was able to use this evidence to write the first in-depth book about the business of American cut glass- the relationship between the company and its workers and its competitors, its dealings with silver manufacturers like Gorham and Tiffany, its special orders from the White House and for the Paris World’s Fair of 1889, and much more. Spillman also deals with other firms, including Hoare, Sinclair and Eggington. Even if you already own books by Boggess, Daniel, Revi, Pearson and Weiner. Hardcover. 8.5”x11”, 320 pages, 80 color and 432 b/w illustrations, dj. New. [90176] $89.50

 

188. Spinks, Charles Nelson. The Ceramic Wares of Siam. Bangkok; The Siam Society: 1965. A good reference to the wares of Siam of the 14th and 15th centuries and northern Thai wares of the 15th and 16th centuries. In addition to a history and description of the ceramics, there is a section with line drawings and descriptions of typical forms, and also an extremely helpful bibliography of books and articles in both English and Japanese. Softcover. 7"x9.5", 196 pages, 4 color illustrations and 52 b/w plates; covers somewhat worn, tips thumbed, slight soil, a few spots, etc. [30396] $50.00

 

189. [Sporting Art] Catalogue of the Mr. and Mrs. Jack R. Dick Collection of English Sporting and Conversation Paintings. Parts One through Four. London; Sotheby & Co.: October 31, 1973; June 26, 1974; April 23, 1975; April 28, 1976. One of the most extensive collections of horse-related sporting art ever sold at auction. A vast majority of the paintings were hunting or racing scenes, with the remainder being portraits of horses, as well as some coaching and other horse transportation or stable scenes. 4 volumes. Hardcovers. 7.5”x10”, 108 pages/42 lots; 108 pages/92 lots; 124 pages/141 lots; 126 pages/191 lots; color and b/w illustrations; Vol.1 & 2 with prices realised sheets; Vol.1 in grey boards, the other three in green cloth; all in fine condition. [30343] $100.00

 

190. Talbott, Page. Classical Savannah. Fine & Decorative Arts, 1800-1840. Savannah; Telfair Museum of Art: 1995. The catalog to an extraordinary loan exhibition of early 19th century furniture, paintings and minor decorations which were either made in Georgia or imported into the state by wealthy Savannah residents to furnish their homes. The first portion of the catalog describes the Classical Taste of the early 19th century and its origins; the second portion examines the arts, architecture, interiors, and patrons of Savannah of the period, and the third section is strictly devoted to the furniture of the exhibition. Softcover. 8.5”x11”, 196 pages, b/w illustrations. New. [90194] $24.95

 

191. Tarule, Robert. The Joined Furniture of William Searle and Thomas Dennis: A Shop-Based Inquiry into the Woodworking Technology of the Seventeenth Century Joiner. The Union Institute: 1992/UMI Reprints. A detailed examination of the methods of construction used by two Ipswich, Massachusetts 17th century joiners. Comb-bound. 8.5”x11”, about 400 pages, poor b/w illustrations. A reprint from microfilm, with consequent degradation of b/w photos. New. [90180] $65.00

 

An Important Medieval Treatise on Art-

192. Theophilus. Theophile, Pretre et Moine. Essai sur Divers Arts, publie par le Cte Charles de l’Escalopier et precede d’une Introduction, par J. Marie Guichard. Leipzig; Brockhaus & Avenarius: 1843. An early French edition of this important medieval treatise on the techniques of art, probably written during the 12th century by a German author. Theophilis is the standard work on Northern European painting methods and materials in much the same way Cennini is the authority on Italian materials and techniques of the period. In addition to painting, the text includes a long section on preparing colored glass for stained glass windows, as well as working with silver and gold for niello and other crafts. In this edition the Latin text occupies the upper half of each page, with the French translation in two columns in the lower half; there is a 16 page preliminary note in French by Count L’Escalopier, the Conservateur Honoraire de la Bibliotheque de l’Arsenal, and a 56 page introduction, also in French, by J. Marie Guichard. There is also an index, and a glossary of sorts. Hardcover. 8.5”x10.5”, lxxii + 314 + 1 pages, with one lithographic plate of a manuscript printed in colors; period flower-embossed cloth with a gilt coat of arms on the front and back covers; period polished calf spine with gilt rules and title; small paper spine label; covers with a little rubbing, but overall a very nice, tight, clean copy with wide margins. [30342] $350.00

 

193. Tredgold, Thomas. Elementary Principles of Carpentry. Revised from the original edition and partly rewritten by John Thomas Hurst. London; E. & F.N. Spon: 1899. 10th ed. This edition was first published in 1871. “In order to adapt this work as far as possible to the requirements of the modern carpenter, it has been necessary to re-write the articles on pillars, bridges and timber; to add new sections on coffer-dams, scaffolds, etc.; and to revise the remainder of the work throughout... several new plates and woodcuts have been added”. Hardcover. 5.5”x7.25”, viii + 527 + 32 pages, with 155 text illustrations, plus 48 b/w plates; publisher’s brown cloth with black rules, gilt title and device; covers and contents quite clean and fresh; a lovely copy. [30319] $125.00

 

194. Turner, Gerard L'E. Nineteenth-Century Scientific Instruments. London/Berkeley; Sotheby Publications/University of California Press: 1983. Nineteenth century scientific instruments are still largely available in the marketplace at prices still affordable to most collectors. In this major work, one of the world’s noted experts on scientific instruments takes on the wild, sometimes wacky world of Victorian and Regency science. Turner includes chapters on Time; Weights & Measures; Mechanics; Hydrostatics; Pneumatics; Heat; Sound; Light; Magnetism; Electricity; Chemistry; Meteorology; Surveying & Navigation; Drawing & Calculating; and Recreational Science. Hardcover. 9"x11", 320 pages, hundreds of b/w and some color illustrations, dj; a very nice in a very lightly soiled jacket; bookplate. [30390] $200.00

 

195. [Tyler Collection] Illustrated Catalogue of Rare and Choice Specimens of Old English and American China and Pottery and other interesting objects Collected by Mr. James G. Tyler of New York City. New York; American Art Association: March 19-20, 1917. The auction sale of an early collection of antique American and English ceramics. The illustrated items include an unusually large Bennington lion which sold for $610. Softcover. 6”x9”, about 125 pages, 579 lots, some b/w illustrations; light wear and soil. [30359] $85.00

 

196. Tyler, Ron. Prints of the West. Prints from the Library of Congress. Golden Colorado; Fulcrum Publishing: 1994. “Artists accompanied scientists, naturalists and engineers on journeys to the West, providing valuable visual documentation of their exciting findings. This book brings together for the first time the magnificent collection of early Western prints housed by the Library of Congress.” Hardcover. 9”x10.5”, 197 pages, color and b/w illustrations, dj. A very nice copy. [10013] $20.00

 

197. [University of Chicago] University of Chicago Library Rare Science Duplicates. Part I and Part II. South Kensington; Christie’s: July 2, 1994 & March 31, 1995. An auction catalog. The first volume includes astronomy, chemistry, geology, mathematics, & physics; the second sale was medicine. Softcovers. 2 vols. 8”x10.5”, 83 pages/428 lots; 93 pages/414 lots; b/w illustrations; light soil, ink mark on cover. [30365] $100.00

 

198. [Van Gogh] Ludovici, Anthony M. The Letters of a Post-Impressionist, being the Familiar Correspondence of Vincent Van Gogh. London; Constable and Company:1912. An early collection of Van Gogh’s letters, translated from the German edition. Hardcover. 6"x9", 165 pages, several b/w illustrations. Covers with a little soil, some internal foxing, binding a bit dry; front (blank) endpaper excised. [30384] $25.00

 

199. [Veiga Collection] Chinese Export Porcelain from the Collection of Jorge Getulio Veiga. London; Sotheby’s: October 31st, 1989. The auction sale of a noted Brazilian collection, noted for its great variety of unusual pieces, and its strong focus on ceramics related to the Brazilian and Portuguese markets. Softcover. 8”x10.5”, 145 pages, 292 lots, loaded with color illustrations; near fine. [30366] $100.00

 

200. Waldron, Peter. The Price Guide to Antique Silver. Woodbridge; Antique Collectors Club: 1992. 2nd edition. Forget the prices -this is a remarkable visual presentation of a stunning array of pictures and descriptions of antique silver - argyles, bells, bowls, boxes, brandy pans, butter shells & dishes, candlesticks, cruets, dinner services, dessert dishes, dinner plates, dish crosses, drinking vessels, goblets, mugs, porringers,... well, you get the idea. The list goes on and on. Hardcover. 8.5"x11", 365 pages, 1,100 b/w illustrations, dj; lightly worn jacket. [30241] $45.00

 

201. Walker, Philip (ed.). The Victorian Catalogue of Tools for Trades and Crafts. London; Studio Editions: 1994. A facsimile of the plates from the tool catalog issued by Timmins & Sons of Birmingham in 1845. This includes tools for cabinetmaking, carpentry, shoemaking, saddlery, draughtsmanship, and other trades. Walker provides an informative and interesting introduction, and a description of the uses of many of the tools illustrated. Hardcover. 10.5”x8”, 22 pages + 162 b/w plates, dj; bibliography. Light wear. [30268] $65.00

 

202. Walsh, James J. The Popes and Science. The History of the Papal Relations to Science during the Middle Ages and down to our time. New York; Fordham University Press: 1915. 4th Revised Edition. ‘Notre Dame’ edition. The author (a physician) sets out to show that the long-standing belief that the Popes have been hostile to science is, in fact, wrong. He found in his own researches that "the Popes were liberal patrons of science as of art...". Walsh covers the popes of the Middle Ages and Renaissance as they dealt with anatomical study, dissection, chemistry, surgery, medical education, city hospitals, insanity, and more. Hardcover. 6.5"x10", xiv + 527 pages, b/w illustrations. Some cover soil, spine faded, moderate internal browning. [10012] $20.00

 

203. Wark, Robert R. British Silver in the Huntington Collection. San Marino; Huntington Library: 1978. A food-and-drink related collection, devoted to, as the table of contents (a bit inelegantly) puts it- drinking vessels, pouring vessels, containers for foodstuffs, cutlery, and candlesticks. Hardcover. 9"x11", 172 pages, b/w illustrations, dj; light wear. [30240] $50.00

 

204. Warren, J.C. The Great Tree on Boston Common. Boston; John Wilson & Son: 1855. An informal discussion of the history and character of the Great Elm that stood on Boston Common. Estimated to have been a hundred years old in 1722, the elm was aged and weakened, but still hanging in there, in 1855. At that point it had survived the quartering of British troops on the Common in 1775, political riots in 1806, and all manner of storms and tumults. Of particular interest are Warren’s descriptions of some of the damages the tree had sustained in the last 50 years and the apparently successful actions taken to correct them. Warren was the President of the Boston Society of Natural History. Hardcover. 6”x9.75”, 20 pages, double-page map of Boston, 1 b/w plate. Publisher’s embossed cloth with a gilt-impressed tree on the cover; covers slight faded and a bit worn; slight internal soil and several brown ink spots; school bookplate, but no other marks. [09949] $85.00

 

205. Warren, William Lamson. Doctor Samuel Broadbent (1759-1828). Itinerant Limner. [contained in the] Connecticut Historical Society Bulletin, October, 1973. Vol.38, No.4. This issue of the Bulletin served as the catalog to an exhibition of the work of this previously under-documented artist. Softcover. 6”x9”, 32 pages, 25 b/w illustrations; a nice copy. [30276] $20.00

 

206. Wheildon, Wm. W. Semi-Centennial Celebration of the Opening of Faneuil Hall Market August 26, 1876, with a History of the Market. Boston; L.F. Lawrence & Co.: 1877. The 50th Anniversary festivities of Faneuil Hall Market. Opened in 1826 as a marketplace for ”general traffic in the products of the farm, the cattle yard, the dairy and the orchard”, it is still going strong today, even if it is now more of a tourist attraction than an actual market. This book describes the festivities, speeches, decorations, dinner menu (including an explanation that no wine was served, to the “hearty approbation of the occupants of the market and the appreciation of the public”), proceedings and such at the 50th Anniversary festivities. It also gives a history of the building, the early development of the marketplace, and a description of the business then being carried on by the vendors. Hardcover. 6.75”x8.5”, 102 pages, albumen print frontispiece; nicely printed, with decorative red frames around the text on each page, and several black initial letters and tailpieces. Rebound in red buckram, new endpapers; a paper label on the cover, but no other markings; light internal soil, light wear. [09951] $65.00

 

207. Whitehill, Walter M., et al. Boston Furniture of the Eighteenth Century. Boston; The Colonial Society of Massachusetts: 1974. A classic study, based on a conference held by the Colonial Society. It includes papers by Brock Jobe on the "Boston Furniture Industry 1720-1740"; Dean A. Fales, Jr. on "Boston Japanned Furniture"; Sinclair H. Hitchings on "Boston's Colonial Japanners"; Margaretta Markle Lovell on "Boston Blockfront Furniture"; Gilbert T. Vincent on "The Bombe Furniture of Boston"; Richard H. Randall, Jr. on Benjamin Frothingham; and Gordon Saltar on "New England Timbers...Boston Cabinetwoods of the 18th Century". Hardcover. 6.5"x9.5", 316 pages, 174 b/w illustrations. Ex-institutional, with slight tape residue on the cover, bookplate and pocket removed, etc., and loose hinges. A decent working copy. [30238] $50.00

 

208. Wilson, Kenneth. New England Glass & Glassmaking. New York; Thomas Y. Crowell & Old Sturbridge Village: 1972. A classic reference work on New England glassmakers and their wares, starting with their humble 17th and early 18th century beginnings and culminating with the rise and fall of the mighty New England flint glass industry. “An extensive and scholarly work” (Nelson in Ames & Ward). Hardcover. 8"x10", 401 pages, 365 b/w illustrations, dj; jacket lightly worn. [30220] $85.00

 

209. Wilson, Robert F. Horticultural Colour Chart. London; The British Colour Council: 1938-41. Although titled “Horticultural Colour Chart”, the color-standards illustrated here were of use to a far wider audience than nurserymen and landscape architects. Textile manufacturers, and all other decorative trades using color standards needed a single, unifying nomenclature for exactly what “canary yellow” or “campanula violet” was supposed to look like. At the 1938 International Horticultural Conference in Berlin, the Wilson Horticultural Chart was “recommended as an international standard”. 2 volumes. 6.5”x9.5”, 7 pages + 100 color plates and 7 pages + 100 color plates, each set housed in folding covers and a slipcase; with the two original black card traps for viewing colors individually; some internal spotting, slight soil to the cases. [30323] $125.00

 

210. [Windward] The Contents of Windward, Sewickley Heights, Pennsylvania. The Property of the Late Henry Oliver Rea. New York; Christie, Manson & Woods: May 22-23, 1982. The auction sale of this fine household, with English and Continental furniture and decorations, glass, ceramics, silver, Orientalia, and more. Softcover. 8”x10”, 114 pages, 796 lots, b/w and several color illustrations; a nice copy. [30344] $30.00

 

211. Wright, C.R. Alder. Animal and Vegetable Fixed Oils, Fats, Butters, and Waxes: Their Preparation and Properties, and the Manufacture therefrom of Candles, Soaps, and other Products. London; Charles Griffin & Company: 1894. A fine technical work, with a chapter devoted to the candle industry and several to the soap industry. The author was a Fellow of the Royal Society, a lecturer on Chemistry at St. Mary’s Hospital Medical School, and an examiner of soap for the City and Guilds of London Institute. Hardcover. 6”x8.75”, xvi + 570 pages, 144 text illustrations; publisher’s red pebbled cloth with gilt spine title; spine label but no other marks; light soil, but really a very nice copy. [30318] $125.00

 

212. Zaehnsdorf, Joseph W. The Art of Bookbinding. A Practical Treatise. London; George Bell and Sons: 1890. A standard work, first published in 1880, by one of the world’s most famous modern bookbinders. The first edition had been aimed at amateurs, but there was enough trade interest for the later editions to be completely updated and enlarged, and this edition not only includes nuts and bolts instructions for all the operations of hand bookbinding, but also illustrates and describes many of the machines used for professional work. You can’t find a much more authoritative writer on bookbinding than Joseph Zaehnsdorf. Hardcover. 5”x7”, xix + 190 pages, with line illustrations in the text plus 8 plates, 1 tinted; + 13 pages of advertisements for machinery, etc., and a 24-page list of the publisher’s books; publisher’s brown cloth with black and gilt title and rules; covers rubbed, and a bit worn; hinges loose. [30340] $125.00

 


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214. Goodwillie, Christina (ed.). Shaker Songs. A celebration of peace, harmony, and simplicity. New York; Black Dog & Leventhal: 2002. The simple beauty of Shaker craftsmanship and architecture was also reflected in their music, which long played a central role in Shaker worship. This elegant book includes a CD of 28 traditional songs, some performed by the Boston Camerata, and features more than 200 years of Shaker music in beautifully and simply illustrated pages of scores and lyrics, as well as explanatory text. Includes such favorites as "Simple Gifts," "Mother Ann's Song," "Four Little Angels," "Consoling Dove," "Joyful Praises," and "O Zion Arise." Hardcover. 7.5”x9”, 128 pages, color and b/w illustrations, dj. Music-CD in front pocket. New. [95062]

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215. Pears, Ian. The Portrait. New York; Riverhead Books: 2005. The author of several well-known art-history crime novels turns to a tiny island off the coast of Brittany for his latest thriller. This novel is “a harrowing psychological portrait of a painter at the turn of the 20th century and the art critic who first elevated and then turned on him, revealed in the painter's rambling monologue. Having abandoned the London art scene and exiled himself to the tiny Breton island of Houat, the Scottish painter has brought the critic to his remote, ramshackle home to sit for a portrait. Reminiscing with ease and familiarity one minute, with anger and menace the next, the painter eventually reveals the depths of his resentment, and the machinations he has practiced on the critic to exact his revenge”. Hardcover. 5.5”x7.75”, 211 pages, dj. New. [95064]

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216. Raffel, Marta Cotterell. The Laces of Ipswich. The Art and Economics of an Early American Industry, 1750-1840. Hanover; University Press of New England: 2003. “In the late eighteenth century, Ipswich, Massachusetts boasted 600 lace makers in a town of only 601 households. Identifying what differentiates Ipswich lace from other American or European lace, she explores how lace makers learned their skills, and how they combined a traditional lace making education with attention to market-driven changes in style. Showing how the shawls, bonnets, and capes created by the lace makers often designated the social position or political affiliation of the wearer, she offers a unique and fascinating guide to our material past”. Softcover. 7”x10”, 176 pages, 101 illustrations. New. [95056]

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217. Todd, Pamela. The Arts and Crafts Companion. New York; Bulfinch Press: 2004. “As a revival of traditional craftsmanship in the wake of the sweeping shift of manufacturing toward mass production, the Arts & Crafts Movement evolved on both sides of the Atlantic, embraced by designers and architects like Edwin Lutyens, Frank Lloyd Wright, William Morris, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Louis Tiffany, and Gustave Stickley. This book, illustrated with 250 color and 50 black and white images, is a superb reference, tracing the origins of the movement; the personalities behind it and their distinctive designs; and the many aspects of the Arts & Crafts style in architecture and interiors, pottery, glass, applied arts and decoration, and the garden.” Hardcover. 10”x10.5”, 320 pages, loaded with color and b/w illustrations, dj. New. [95060]

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218. Toman, Rolf (ed.). Neoclassicism and Romanticism. Architecture, Sculpture. Painting. Drawing. Stuttgart; Konemann: 2006. “Illustrated with some 900 color photographs and reproductions, this volume explores the complexities of Neoclassicism and Romanticism in architecture and art through in-depth articles by eleven scholars, and reveals how these seemingly antithetical styles are in fact closely related. Looking at the period from the renewed interest in the art and architecture of classical antiquity in the mid-18th century (following the excavations of Herculaneum and Pompeii and the arrival of new architectural theories), through the effusions of the mid-19th century, it includes the work of such artists as Johann Heinrich Füssli, Eugène Delacroix, J.M.W. Turner, William Blake, and Francisco de Goya.” Hardcover. 11”x12.5”, 520 pages, profusely illustrated in color and b/w; dj. New. [95061]

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219. Williams, Anne D. The Jigsaw Puzzle. Piecing Together a History. New York; Berkley Books: 2004. “From chaos, beauty emerges-bit by bit. Now, a jigsaw authority with a personal collection of over 8,000 that is considered one of the largest and most diverse in the world, offers the big picture on the enduringly popular, sometimes infuriating, and deeply satisfying hobby that has enthralled puzzlers worldwide for centuries. This volume discusses the jigsaw's history, which dates back to the mid-1700s, and its cultural impact on society. It examines the minds of such famous puzzlers as Queen Elizabeth II, Bill Gates, and Stephen King, and provides a lively look at what goes into the construction of jigsaw puzzles.” Hardcover. 6”x8.25”, 250 pages, color and b/w illustrations, dj. New. [95065]

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220. Wirtz, Rolf C. Art & Architecture of Florence. Konemann: 2005. “Also known as Firenze, Florence in Italian is Florentia, the "flowering" city. Under the Medici family in the 15th century, such artists as Leonardo da Vinci, Botticelli and Brunelleschi turned the city into an artistic center and awakened Italian humanism. Such was its status that Pope Bonifatius VIII believed the city should be considered a fifth element-water, earth, air, fire, and Florence. This guide takes modern visitors to such timeless destinations as the Dome of Santa Maria del Fiore, the Piazza della Signora, and the treasures of the Galleria degli Uffizi”. This book is compact enough to take on a tour, but pleasingly heavy and chunky, and isn’t that what we all look for in a book? Hardcover. 6”x6.5”, 559 pages, color and b/w illustrations, dj. New. [95066]

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