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Catalog 294-

Recent Acquisitions
& other interesting books on
Antiques & the Arts
& related topics for
February, 2007

 


1. [Algeria- Paris Exposition] Notice sur les Beaux-Arts et Les Parfums. [Paris] Gojosso et cie: 1878. An interesting booklet discussing the fine arts and perfumes at the Paris Exposition of 1878 as they related to Algeria. The essays are signed by “O. MacCarthy”, and although the booklet has the imprint “Alger” on the cover and title page, it was actually printed at the “pres l’Exposition” on the Boulevard de la Republique for Gojosso et cie. Gojosso et cie appear to have been the publishers of a variety of promotional material in France for the Algerian authorities in the 1870s and 1880s, and the rear cover of this booklet is an announcement by the “Gouvernement General Civil de l’Algerie” promoting colonization and agriculture and inviting interested parties to write for more information. It was during this period that the French government, having invaded Algeria in 1830 and only just taken full control of the country, was making a strong effort to send French settlers to Algeria. Scarce- OCLC locates only 2 copies. Softcover. 6”x8.25”, 15 pages; publisher’s pink paper covers; covers a bit soiled, corner creased, etc., but overall a nice copy of a fragile booklet. [30605] $150.00

 

2. American Art Annual Biographical Directory of American Painters and Sculptors. Collingswood; Anthony Schmidt Fine Arts: no date (1970s). A reissue of the biographical dictionary contained in the 1933 volume of the American Art Annual. A comprehensive listing of painters and sculptors active in the early 1930s. Hardcover. 6”x9”, 382 pages. Near fine. [30487] $45.00

 

3. Andre, George G. The Draughtsman’s Handbook of Plan and Map Drawing, including instructions for the preparation of Engineering, Architectural, and Mechanical Drawings. London; E. & F.N. Spon: 1874. A very pleasing guide to Victorian map and plan making, nicely illustrated with a number of colored plates. Mapmaking may sound dry, but this book is devoted to the pictorial side of the trade, and is a lot of fun to browse through even if you never plan to elevate a geological strata or map out the family estate. The text covers creating maps and plans and discusses lines, colors, shading, symbols, lettering, scales, plotting, and reducing, as well as how to set up a drawing office and the tools and materials needed. The plates include illustrations of map and title lettering; decorative compasses; pictorial symbols used in plans and maps; signs and symbols used in “Indian and Colonial maps; signs and symbols used in military maps; a variety of sample maps and charts; symbols used in geological elevations and maps; and sample plans illustrating a marine steam engine, a grand country house, isometrical rendering and cut-aways of a house, a masonry tunnel and railroad track. Hardcover. 7.5”x10”, xii + 150 pages with 86 text illustrations and figures, plus 33 full-page plates, 5 of them double-page plates, and 15 of them colored. Publisher’s blue cloth with gilt title; covers with minor wear and rubbing, a little internal discoloration and soil, but a nice copy. [30606] $300.00

 

4. Angove, John. In the Early Days. The Reminiscences of Pioneer Life on the South African Diamond Fields. Kimberley; Handel House: 1910. An anecdote-filled book on the first decade of the South African diamond fields, packed with stories about miners, would-be miners, tragedies, bonanzas, explosions, drudgery, skullduggery, and the social and technical development of the area. Hardcover, 5”x7.5”, 212 pages, plus 24 b/w plates; publisher’s red cloth with black lettering; covers quite nice, hinges a bit wobbly; modern gift inscription on endpaper. [30472] $175.00

 

5. Arnau, Frank. The Art of the Faker. Three Thousand Years of Deception in Art and Antiques. Boston; Little, Brown and Company: 1961. Extensive material on the forger's methods over the centuries, using actual examples as well as famous forgers. Hardcover. 6"x9", 364 pages, 48+ color and b/w illustrations, dj. Jacket with light wear; name on endpaper; else a good copy. [30520] $40.00

 

6. [Auctions] Johnston, J.P. “How to Hustle”. Chicago; Thompson & Thomas: 1905. J.P. Johnston was a hustling fellow who made his money as an auctioneer, and then made more by writing books about how to hustle, auction, and make money. This title offers much general and specific advice on hustling, making money, being good at business, advertising and promotion and so on, and finally settles down in the last hundred pages to being specifically about how to be a hustling auctioneer. A fast-paced, hustle-bustle of a book. Hardcover. 5.5”x8”, 421 pages, line illustrations by Howard Heath. Publisher’s red cloth with a white, black & brown picture of a pin-stripe suited auctioneer smoking a cigar; covers bright except for a small stain along the front cover edge and a slightly larger stain on the rear cover, light soil, and some chipping to the white lettering. Pages lightly toned. [30556] $100.00

 

7. [Auctions] Marillier, H.C. "Christie's" 1766 to 1925. London; Constable & Co. Ltd.: 1926. From its early days in the 1760s, through the 19th century and into the Roaring 20s, this is the story of the house, its personalities, and its great sales. Hardcover. 8"x10", 311 pages, 24 plates, some in color; light wear, a little soil; a nice copy. [30555] $75.00

 

8. [Auctions] The Genesis, Methods and Results of the Parke-Bernet Galleries Inc. In the Conduct of Public Auction Sales of Art and Literary Property for Estates and Individuals. New York; Parke-Bernet Galleries: 1944. A promotional book promoting the sale of fine collections by auction, and specifically Parke-Bernet auction. There is a short history of the company and list of great sales, but most noteworthy are the photos of the principals, the building and offices, and the many galleries, most shown when they were set up to preview a number of well-known sales. Photos show galleries set up for the 1941 Chrysler Sale, the collection of Mrs. Henry Walters, an early American glass and furniture sale, and more. Hardcover. 9”x12”, 46 pages, b/w illustrations; publisher’s red boards with black lettering; a nice, clean, tight copy. [30557] $65.00

 

9. [Auctions] Towner, Wesley [and Stephen Varble]. The Elegant Auctioneers. New York; Hill & Wang: 1970. The story of the rise and fall of Anderson Galleries, the American Art Association and Parke-Bernet, auctioneers to the magnates of the Gilded Age and the early and mid-20th century collectors whose legendary collections were dispersed at legendary sales. This is also the story of the coming-of-age of collecting in America, an often tumultuous and entertainingly raucous tale. Towner was given unprecedented access to Parke-Bernet’s files, records and veteran employees in researching this book. Hardcover. 6.5”x9”, 632 pages, b/w illustrations, dj; light wear, a little soil. [30554] $35.00

 

10. [Auctions] Westerfield, Ray Bert. Early History of American Auctions- A Chapter in Commercial History. Transactions of the Connecticut Academy of Arts and Sciences: May, 1920. An offprint from Vol.23 of the Transactions. Westerfield was an associate professor at Yale, and his study is mainly concerned with the early 19th century use of auctions by importers and merchants as a means of avoiding high import tariffs on goods of foreign manufacture, and the legislation which tried to combat this problem. An interesting sidelight on early American trade. Uncommon. Softcover. 6.5”x9.5”. Ex-institutional, with several stamps, and a perforation on the title page; cover edges slightly chipped, spine reinforced with cloth tape; a fragile pamphlet. [30474] $100.00

 

11. Audsley, W. & G. Guide to The Art of Illuminating and Missal Painting. London; George Rowney and Co.: 1862. 4th ed. A very popular title which went through several editions as part of the Victorian enthusiasm for arts and crafts and all things Medieval. The text discusses illuminating in the Middle Ages, and the tools, techniques, and design skills needed by the modern illuminator. Hardcover. 5”x7.5”, 72 pages, plus 4 chromolithographed and 4 lithographed plates, + 16 pages of illustrated advertisements for art supplies. Publisher’s pebbled brown cloth with gilt titles; all edges gilt; covers with soil and some rubbing, rear outer hinge partially split; internally with a little light foxing. [30625] $75.00

 

12. Avila, George C. The Pairpoint Glass Story. New Bedford; privately printed: 1978. 3rd ed. A comprehensive, well illustrated history of the factory and wares, with many period photos and reproductions of catalog pages. All the periods are covered, from Mount Washington through the final Gunderson-Pairpoint phase. Hardcover. 7"x10", 241 pages, 230 illustrations, some in color; dj. A nice copy in a lightly worn jacket. [30431] $125.00

 

13. Barr, Margaret Libby & Robert, and Donald Miller. University of North Dakota Pottery. The Cable Years. Fargo: 1977. A well-illustrated survey of the work of the pottery at the UND School of Mines, founded in 1910 and run by Margaret Cable from that time until 1949. Softcover. 6”x9”, 51 pages, color and b/w illustrations, marks; light wear, a little soil. [30490] $60.00

 

14. Berg, Sven Dan & George Hassell. The Geddy Foundry. Colonial Williamsburg Foundation: 1992. An excellent look at how silver or brass candlesticks and other objects were cast and assembled, illustrated with period prints as well as photographs of craftsmen at the Geddy Foundry using historic methods and tools. A book from the Colonial Williamsburg Historic Trades series. Softcover. 8”x10”, 60 pages, color and b/w illustrations; light wear. [30511] $85.00

 

15. [Berlin Catalog] Katalog der Ornamentstich-Sammlung der Staatlichen Kunstbibliothek Berlin. Martino Publishing: 2001. A facsimile re-issue of both volumes (in one volume) of the famous “Berlin Catalog”, “arguably the most important bibliography of books on the decorative arts... indispensable for reference with prints, decorative arts and early architecture books.” Originally published in 1939, The Berlin Catalogue is a classified bibliography of 5,343 16th, 17th and 18th century illustrated books dealing with ornament, architecture, handicrafts, interior decoration, plastic arts, painting, calligraphy and printing arts. Hardcover. 6”x9”, 782 pages. New. [90222] $85.00

 

16. [Birmingham Trades] Bevan, G. Phillips. British Manufacturing Industries. Guns, Nails, Locks, Wood Screws, Railway Bolts and Spikes, Buttons, Pins, Needles, Saddlery, and Electroplate, Pens and Papier Mache. London; Edward Stanford: 1876. The spine title is “The Birmingham Trades”. A history of the mentioned British trades as well as a survey of their latest developments; part of a series. All right, you dozed off during wood screws and railway bolts, but I’ll bet that “buttons” and “electroplate” woke you up, and that “pens” and “papier mache” really got your heart beating. Hardcover. 4.75”x6.75”, iv + 180 pages, plus 16 pages of publisher’s advertisements; publisher’s red cloth; light wear, but a nice copy. [30624] $125.00

 

17. Bishop, J. Leander. A History of American Manufactures from 1608 to 1860... New York; Johnson Reprint Corporation: 1967. First published in 1868. “Exhibiting the origin and growth of the principal mechanic arts and manufactures, from the earliest Colonial period to the adoption of the Constitution; and comprising annals of the industry of the United States in machinery, manufactures and useful arts, with a notice of the important inventions, tariffs, and the results of the Centennial Census. With an appendix containing statistics of the principal manufacturing centers, and descriptions of remarkable manufactories at the present time”. Hardcover. 3 volumes. 6”x8.5”, 702 + 654 + 574 pages; b/w portraits; light soil. [30558] $175.00

 

18. Blasberg, Robert, et al. Grueby. Syracuse; Everson Museum of Art: 1981. The catalog to a loan exhibition co-sponsored by the Jordan-Volpe Gallery. Contains several fine essays on Grueby pottery and tiles by Blasberg. Softcover. 8”x8”, 32 pages, b/w & color illustrations; water wrinkled on the lower right corner; not bad, but not perfect either. [30492] $60.00

 

19. [Blue Transferware] Catalogue of an English Consignment of Old Carved Oak and Mahogany Furniture, Old Blue China, (etc.) [with] Catalogue of Old Blue China, Historical Plates, Platters, Pitchers and Jugs (etc) Collections of the Late William Clarence Burrage and a Celebrated New Hampshire Collector. Boston; C.F. Libbie & Co.: February 12-16, 1912 [and] February 7-10, 1911. A pair of early auction catalogs bound together by a blue china collector, the first complete, the second apparently lacking the pages that were devoted to furniture and paintings, and consisting of pages 1-48 and 71-76. It is what it is... Hardcover. 6.25”x9”, 70 + 48 + 6 pages, plus 14 b/w plates, plus 11 b/w plates. Bound into marbled boards with a red cloth spine; some wear and soil, a few plate margins with small adhesion holes, not affecting the images. [30588] $50.00

 

20. Bovin, Murray. Silversmithing and Art Metal for Schools, Tradesmen, Craftsmen. Forest Hills; Bovin Publishing: 1976. 5th prtg. A well illustrated instructional book, showing how a craftsman constructs various types of silver. Softcover. 7.5”x10”, 160 pages, b/w and line illustrations; covers worn, tips thumbed. [30510] $20.00

 

21. Brewington, M.V. Shipcarvers of North America. Barre; Barre Publishing Company: 1962. A well-illustrated study of figurehead and stern decorative carvings and their carvers. "The American woodcarvers, and especially the ship carvers, take their place with the 18th and 19th century painters, engravers, designers and craftsmen who were so important in the development of an indigenous taste in America. Very little is known of most of our carvers and surprisingly few specimens of their work have been preserved in public collections. In this book Mr. Brewington brings to light the development of the art in the United States and Canada (including) a geographical listing of all known American shipcarvers". Hardcover. 7.5"x11", 173 pages, color frontispiece and 134 b/w illustrations. Light wear. [30481] $60.00

 

22. Cannadine, David. Ornamentalism. How the British Saw Their Empire. Oxford University Press: 2001. An examination of how the British viewed their own Empire. Cannadine argues that it was not a matter of race but of class- “The British wanted to domesticate the exotic world of their colonies and to reorder the societies they ruled according to an idealized image of their class hierarchies”. Hardcover. 6”x8.5”, 263 pages, b/w illustrations, dj; a fine copy. [30564] $20.00

 

23. Card, Devere A. The Use of Burl in America. Utica; Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute: 1971. “A short discussion of American treen, with special attention to such treenware articles as are made from burly growths”. Softcover. 7”x10”, 30 pages, 35 b/w illustrations; light wear, a slight wrinkle. [30417] $40.00

 

24. Caspall, John. Fire & Light in the Home, pre-1820. Woodbridge; Antique Collectors’ Club: 2000. 4th prtg. This well illustrated study begins with fire-making tools in use from ancient times to the end of the 18th century, and then surveys various types of candlesticks and candle-holders, rushlights, candle-firs, animal and vegetable-fueled lamps, candle lanterns and lantern candlesticks, wall sconces, and other devices. A final chapter touches on what Caspall terms “The American Situation”. Hardcover. 8.5"x11", 278 pages, 601 b/w illustrations, dj; bibliography. New. [90160] $49.50

 

25. [Chippendale] Property from the Estate of Mary, Viscountess Rothermere. New York; Christie’s: April 16, 1994. An extraordinary auction of 17th century through Regency furniture and accessories, with a suite of seating furniture made by Chippendale for David Garrick; a magnificent Louis XV carved console table made for the Dauphin, Louis de France; a 1620 portrait of Margaret Layton wearing an elaborately embroidered doublet, with the beautifully preserved doublet itself. Much more. Softcover. 8.5”x10.5”, 112+ pages, 193 lots, color and b/w illustrations; prices realised sheet. Light wear. [30572] $35.00

 

A Rare 1840s Woodwork Design Book-

26. Cima, Giuseppe. L’Addobbatore Moderno... Milan; Giocondo Regazzoni: (1843). A volume illustrating superb Italian high-style cabinetry and woodwork, much of it obviously influenced by Gothic, Regency, Rococo, Empire and Revivalist styles, with a little Chinoiserie thrown in as well. This was originally Part 3 (“C”) of a six-volume set illustrating designs for Italian decorators, which included volumes devoted to textiles, furniture; wood-work, including furniture (our volume), metalwork, carriages, and silver & bronze work. Complete sets are rare and even individual volumes are difficult to find; the only other example of any volume of this title I could locate that is now being offered in the trade is a complete set with hand-colored plates, priced slightly over $17,000. This single volume features woodwork, including a selection of elaborate doors and surrounds; plant stands; gothic and other bookshelves; garden furniture; an elaborate garden swing; circular stairs; paneled walls; gates; library furniture and fittings; door and entrance curtains; shop fronts and display windows; desk/bookcase; a pulpit; confessional booth; pipe organ surround; benches; paneled ceilings; a coffeehouse for a park or garden; organ case; predella; wall sconces; pharmacy interior; and more. Hardcover. 8.5”x11”, lithographed title page and 50 lithographed plates; bound in period red pebbled boards with a leather spine with raised bands and gilt rules; covers somewhat worn and soiled, endpapers worn, plates with some minor foxing and soil. As noted, a single volume, complete in itself, from a rare six-volume set. [30622] $750.00

 

27. Clarke, Carl Dame. Pictures, Their Preservation and Restoration. Butler, Maryland; The Standard Arts Press: 1959. A very detailed study and instruction guide covering photography, unmounting, adhesives, preservatives & fungicides, varnishes, waxes & fixatives, dewarping, cradling, lining & relining, surface defects, holes & tears, cleaning, restoration, and gilding, as applied to oil paintings, water colors, pastels, miniatures, prints and murals. Clarke was an Associate Professor at the University of Maryland, and had 30 years experience in the field. His text combines an unusual level of practical artistic acumen and scientific knowledge. Hardcover. 7”x10”, 270 pages, b/w illustrations; bibliography; dj; jacket with some wear and soil, book fine. [30595] $100.00

 

28. Clunie, Margaret Burke, Anne Farman & Robert F. Trent. Furniture at the Essex Institute. Salem; Essex Institute: 1980. A short, informal catalog of this noted collection. Softcover. 8”x8”, 64 pages, b/w illustrations; light wear. [30506] $40.00

 

29. Conway, Moncure, Daniel. George Washington and Mount Vernon. A Collection of Washington’s Unpublished Agricultural and Personal Letters. Brooklyn; Long Island Historical Society. Volume IV in the LIHS’s ‘Memoirs’ Series: 1889. An interesting collection of 127 letters written by Washington to the manager of his Mount Vernon estates while he was away being President. They had been purchased by Edward Everett and after his death descended to the collection of the Historical Society. Hardcover. 6.25”x9.5”, xcii + 352 pages; 2 b/w plates, several line illustrations; publisher’s green pebbled cloth with gilt spine titles; top edge gilt; endpapers slightly soiled, else a clean, nice copy. [30531] $85.00

 

30. Cooke, Edward S., Jr. New American Furniture: The Second Generation of Studio Furnituremakers. Boston; Museum of Fine Arts: 1989. An important exhibition, featuring 25 cabinetmakers from the "Second Generation" of studio cabinetmakers, those working from 1970 onward. The artisans selected use classic American forms as starting points for strikingly new designs, from Gerry Knox Bennett, whose work is starkly elegant to John Cederquist, whose work is oddly humorous. Softcover. 10"x10", 131 pages, color and b/w illustrations; a fine copy. [30450] $25.00

 

31. Cormany, James R. Alabama Silversmiths - Little Known Craftsmen from a Long Forgotten Era. Homewood; James R. Cormany: 1992. Limited to 200 copies. An important and scarce monograph focusing on antebellum Alabama silversmiths who were located outside Mobile. Spiral binding. 8.5”x11”, 20 pages, 1 b/w illustration; bibliography; a fine copy. [30507] $100.00

 

32. Croteau, Rev. Roger H., et al. Hampshire Pottery 1871-1923. Manchester; Currier Gallery of Art: 1986. An exhibition made up of three collections- the Colony House Museum; the Bouchard-Croteau Collection; and the John C. Perry Collection. The short text includes a history of the pottery by Rev. Croteau and a note on marks and decorators by Alan Rumrill. Uncommon. Softcover. 8.5”x11”, 8 pages, no illustrations; a nice copy. [30497] $45.00

 

33. Culme, John, et al. The Colman Collection of Silver Mustard Pots. Norwich; Colman Foods: 1979. Now this is just plain fun -a collection of all sorts of mustard pots! Also a history of mustard and mustard puttering and potting, lots of great photos, and many cool antique (and some cool 20th century) mustard pots. It was Colonel Mustard, in the library, with the candlestick... Softcover. 6.5"x8", 143 pages, lots of b/w illustrations; light wear. [30415] $45.00

 

34. Cummings, Abbott Lowell (ed.). Rural Household Inventories. Establishing the Names, Uses and Furnishings of Rooms in the Colonial New England Home, 1675-1775. Boston; Society for Preservation of New England Antiquities: 1964. A very interesting study of 109 period inventories, and an attempt to "translate" them. “A valuable compilation that has helped to draw attention to the inventory as a way of providing insight into the domestic life of the past” -Ames & Ward. This book has become quite uncommon. Hardcover. 7"x10", 306 pages, some b/w illustrations; a very nice copy. [30468] $350.00

 

35. Cummins, Genevieve. Antique Boxes -Inside and Out. For Eating, Drinking and Being Merry, Work, Play and the Boudoir. Woodbridge; Antique Collectors’ Club: 2006. A big, beautiful book packed with boxes for eating, drinking, “being merry”, work boxes, alms boxes, boxes for play, hobbies, sewing, gaming, knives, tea, salt, cricket boxes, hat boxes, writing boxes, perfume boxes -if somebody put it in a box, the box is here. And Cummins is not only concerned with outward appearances- one of the most valuable aspects of this book is that most of the boxes are also shown opened- with their original, or nearly original, contents. Hardcover. 9.5”x12”, 439 pages, packed with color and b/w illustrations, dj; bibliography. New. [90166] $69.50

 

36. Cutten, George Barton. The Silversmiths of Georgia, together with watchmakers & jewelers - 1733 to 1850. Savannah; The Oglethorpe Press: 1998. First published in a limited edition in 1958. This new edition has new material in the form of Katharine Farnham & Callie Efird’s 1971 Magazine Antiques article “Early Silversmiths and the Silver Trade in Georgia”, and previously unpublished marks. Hardcover. 6”x9.5”, 166 pages, b/w illustration, some marks. New. [90143] $25.00

 

37. Darling, Sharon S. Teco. Art Pottery of the Prairie School. Erie Art Museum: 1989. The standard reference to the important American art pottery, co-written by Sharon Darling, a leading expert on Arts & Crafts of the Chicago area, and Richard Zakin, a noted ceramist. Includes many color and vintage photos, illustrations from Teco catalogs and design books, and much more. Hardcover. 9”x11.5”, 191 pages, color and b/w illustrations; dj; bibliography. Light wear, former owner’s embossure on endpaper. [30499] $425.00

 

A Scarce 1824 Booklet on the Most Famous Neoclassic Painter-

38. [David, J.-L.] Notice sur la Vie et les Ouvrages de M. J.-L. David. Avec Portrait. Paris; Dondey-Dupre Pere et Fils: 1824. A short appreciation of the great Neoclassic painter Jacques Louis David, written the year before his death. David was living in exile in Brussels at the time, and Simon Lee (Grove Dictionary of Art) lists this pamphlet in his bibliographical note as having been published in Brussels and written with David’s collaboration (all five copies located by OCLC list the imprint as Paris). The lithographed portrait frontispiece is quite striking, showing a side-burned and handsome David looking somewhat imperious in a high-collared shirt with a wide-lapelled waistcoat, white cravat, and medal. Scarce- OCLC locates just 5 copies, of which only 2 have the additional 4 page publisher’s catalog (pages 81-84). Hardcover, with original wraps bound in. 4.25”x6.75”, 84 pages, lithographed portrait. Rebound in newer marbled boards with a cloth spine, with the original pink paper covers bound in; the paper covers with loss at the base, and remounted on a newer stiff page; also some cover soil; contents with some foxing. The last 4 pages are a listing of other titles available from the publisher. [30600] $350.00

 

39. Davidson, Ellis A. A Practical Manual of House-Painting, Graining, Marbling and Sign-Writing. Containing Full Information on the Processes of House-Painting in Oil and Distemper, The Formation of Letters and Practice of Sign-Writing, The Principles of Decorative Art, A Course of Elementary Drawing for House-Painters, Writers, etc. And a Collection of Useful Receipts. London; Crosby Lockwood and Son: 1891. 6th ed. First published in 1870, this book was very popular and went through a number of editions. It contains 9 nice colored plates illustrating marble and wood graining patterns. Hardcover. 4.5”x7”, xxi + 394 pages with 144 text illustrations, plus 9 chromolithographed plates of marbles and wood grains; plus 40 + 16 pages of publisher’s advertisements. Rebound in neat blue cloth with a paper spine label & new endpapers; contents with some light soil and wear. [30616] $125.00

40. as above, London; Crosby Lockwood and Son: 1904. 9th ed. Publisher’s tan cloth, covers somewhat soiled and darkened; contents with some light soil and wear. [30617] $150.00

 

41. Dietz, Ulysses G. The Newark Museum Collection of American Art Pottery. Newark Museum: 1984. The well illustrated catalog to one of the oldest and best collections of American art pottery. Begun in 1910, the Newark Museum’s collection remains one of the best-documented groupings of American art pottery ever assembled. Softcover. 8.5”x11”, 125 pages, color and b/w illustrations; former owner’s embossure on title page, else fine. [30496] $40.00

 

42. Digby, George W. Elizabethan Embroidery. New York; Thomas Yoseloff: 1964. The luxury-loving Elizabethan era was one of the great ages of English embroidery, and it is fully documented and illustrated in this fine work. Drawing on collections in both the United States and Britain, Digby (Keeper of Textiles at the V&A) discusses styles and techniques, design sources, and much more. Hardcover. 7.5"x10", 151 pages, plus 4 color and 80 b/w plates; bibliography; dj; jacket light rubbed. [30544] $125.00

 

43. Dow, George Francis. Domestic Life in New England in the Seventeenth Century. Topsfield; printed for the author at The Perkins Press: 1925. One of 500 copies. The text of a lecture delivered at the Metropolitan Museum of Art at the opening of the American Wing. It is based on extant records and other documentary evidence, and illustrated with photographs of the Parson Capen House in Topsfield and the John Ward House of Salem. Hardcover. 6"x9.5", 48 pages, plus 10 b/w plates. Marbled boards, linen spine, as issued; some wear and soil- tips rubbed, split along rear spine; several old newspaper clippings glued to the endpaper. [30537] $75.00

 

44. Dumonthier, Ernest. Chairs by the Jacob Brothers. Directory and Consulate Periods. Paris; Albert Morance Documents d'Art series: 1921. A pictorial survey of the chairs of these important French empire-period cabinetmakers. Georges and Francois-Honore Jacob were the sons of a cabinetmaker who had been imprisoned during the French Revolution; after his release and retirement his sons took over the family firm and became successful and well-known for their work in the Empire styles. This portfolio includes a text booklet which includes a short biographical sketch, a list of the plates, and a page of the marks the brothers used on their furniture. An uncommon title in this series. Card Portfolio. 7"x9.5", 11 pages plus 42 b/w plates, loose in portfolio, as issued. Covers lightly worn, string ties perished; light soil, the margins of a few plates are slightly chipped. [30444] $250.00

 

45. DuPont, Henry Francis. Joseph Downs, An Appreciation and A Bibliography of His Publications. Reprinted from the 1954 Walpole Society Note Book. Joseph Downs [1895-1954] was one of the foremost scholars of American decorative arts of his era, and an important writer on the subject of furniture and related crafts. His career took him from Curatorship of the Decorative Arts department at the Pennsylvania Museum to the Metropolitan’s American Wing to Winterthur. This eloquent remembrance of Downs was written by his friend and employer, the great collector Henry F. Du Pont, and includes a complete bibliography of his articles and publications. Softcover. 6.5"x9", 20 pages, portrait frontispiece; light wear. [30513] $35.00

 

46. Dyer, Walter A. & Esther S. Fraser. The Rocking Chair, an American Institution. New York; The Century Company: 1928. An early, chatty and anecdotal but nonetheless very interesting study of the development, types and forms of American rockers. Much of the material had appeared in The Magazine Antiques, and there are a number of nice photographs of interesting examples. Certainly no longer scholarly, but a good book to curl up with in your rocking chair. Hardcover. 5.5"x8.5", 127 pages, 29 b/w plates. Original mustard-brown pictorial cloth covers. A little light cover wear, light scattered internal foxing. [30449] $40.00

 

47. Earle, Helen C. Biographical Sketches of American Artists. Collingswood; Anthony Schmidt Fine Arts: 1972. 5th ed. A facsimile reissue of the 1924 edition, with short biographies of hundreds of painters, sculptors, illustrators, miniaturists and etchers. Hardcover. 6”x9”, 370 pages; near fine. [30486] $35.00

 

48. Ehl, Peter, Arno Parik & Jiri Fiedler. Old Bohemian and Moravian Jewish Cemeteries. Prague; Paseka: 1991. A poignant pictorial survey of the old, overgrown Jewish cemeteries of Bohemia and Moravia, with a descriptive listing of the Jewish communities whose cemeteries are illustrated. Hardcover. 9”x11”, 172 pages, b/w illustrations, dj; light wear. [30533] $40.00

 

49. [Embroidery] Fine English Furniture and Textiles from the Collection of the Late Frederick Poke. London; Sotheby Parke Bernet: May 11, 1979. A small but select collection at auction, featuring a selection of 17th and early 18th century silk and wool stumpwork and other pictures and fine George I and II chairs and cabinetry. Softcover. 7”x9.5”, 52 pages, 68 lots, color and b/w illustrations; light abrasion on cover. [30567] $45.00

 

50. Engel, David H. Japanese Gardens for Today. Rutland; Charles Tuttle: 1959. The first full, practical survey of contemporary Japanese gardens and classic gardening principles in English. Engel illustrates classic gardens of the past side by side with contemporary designs, emphasizing how ancient practices can be adapted to the unique problems of modern homes, and giving rule-of-thumb basics. Engel cautions, however, that to be used effectively you must do more than borrow a bit here and a bit there to create some sort of McDonald-sy neo-Japanese pastiche. So don't do that. If you do he'll come and take your rake away... As will Richard Neutra, who wrote the foreword. Hardcover. 9"x11", 270 pages, 70 line figures, 17 color and 279 b/w illustrations, dj. Jacket with a little wear, soil and rubbing. [30529] $45.00

 

51. Falco, Robert de, and Carole G. & John Hibel. Handel Lamps, Painted Shades & Glassware. Staten Island; H&D Press: 1986. A beautifully illustrated, weighty study of Handel lamps and their decorated shades, illustrated with many color photos, vintage advertisements, factory designs and original paintings. Hardcover. 9.5”x12”, 254 pages, loaded with color and b/w illustrations, dj; jacket torn on the spine, else a nice copy. [30500] $200.00

 

53. Feld, Stuart P. Boston in the Age of Neo-Classicism, 1810-1840. New York; Hirschl & Adler Galleries: 1999. A beautifully illustrated exhibition catalog, featuring sections on furniture, metalwork, lighting, glass, porcelain, and paintings. Includes an introductory essay by Page Talbot. Softcover. 9”x11”, 143 pages, color and b/w illustrations. Bibliography. New. [90198] $40.00

 

54. Feld, Elizabeth & Stuart. Of the Newest Fashion. Masterpieces of American Neo-Classical Decorative Arts. New York; Hirschl & Adler Galleries: 2001. Hirschl & Adler’s 50th Anniversary exhibition. A beautifully illustrated catalog, featuring sections on furniture, silver, lighting, metalwork, glass, and porcelain. Softcover. 9”x11”, 103 pages, color and b/w illustrations. Bibliography. New. [90199] $40.00

 

55. Feuchtwanger, Dr. Lewis. Soluble Glass and All Its Applications. New York; L. & J.W. Feuchtwanger: 1873. The third edition of Feuchtwanger’s treatise, giving an updated and improved formula and removing extraneous material. “Soluble Glass” or silicate of soda, is still in wide commercial use today. In the 1870s it was being promoted “for rendering wood and timber fire and dry rot proof, silicifying stones, mortars, concrete and hydraulic lime, white washes, paints and cements, and to protect wooden shingles, pavements, railroad sleepers, etc.”. In his first chapter Feuchtwanger notes (at some length) an article which promoted the idea that use of soluble glass in building might have prevented the recent Great Chicago Fire. Becoming difficult to find. Hardcover. 5”x7.5”, 92 pages. Publisher’s brown cloth with gilt title; covers with light rubbing and soil, spine head and base bumped. [30626] $150.00

 

56. Flayderman, E. Norman. Scrimshaw and Scrimshanders. Whales and Whalemen. New Milford; N. Flayderman & Company: 1973. 2nd prtg. The first comprehensive book on American scrimshaw, and still considered the definitive reference. Flayderman not only covers scrimshaw objects, but explores how and why they were made, the lives and work of the whalemen, and other whaler’s and sailor’s folk arts as well. Why, if you hold the book up to your ear you can almost hear the ocean... Hardcover. 8.5”x11”, 305 pages, 450 b/w illustrations, dj; annotated; bibliography. Jacket with light wear and rubbing. [30419] $275.00

 

57. [Furniture Auctions/American] The Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Bertram D. Coleman. New York; Christie’s: January 16, 1998. A very select auction of American furniture, paintings, Marine art, silver and early lighting. The Coleman’s had also owned the famous Million Dollar tea table bought by Eddy Nicholson in 1986. Softcover. 8”x10.5”, 151 pages, 292 lots, color illustrations; a fine copy. [30580] $45.00

 

58. [as above] American Furniture and Decorative Arts from the Thomas Mellon Evans Collection. New York; Christie’s: June 18, 1998. A fine auction of American furniture, paintings, Dutch Delftware, etc. Softcover. 8”x10.5”, 129 pages, 450 lots, color and b/w illustrations; a fine copy. [30579] $25.00

 

59. [as above] Important American Furniture and Decorations From the Collection of Maurice Rubin. New York; Parke-Bernet Galleries: May 3rd, 1952. Sale 1343. A very fine auction of highly-desirable American pieces, including a curly maple bonnet-top oxbow secretary-cabinet by Walter Edge of Gilmantown, NH, once in the Garvan Collection; a rare 17th century Massachusetts turned and ebonized Court Cupboard; a Sheraton secretary-cabinet with eglomise panels from Salem, similar to a piece in the Karolik Collection catalog; a number of rare American clocks, including signed examples by Nathaniel Mulliken, Simon Willard, Aaron Willard, Curtis & Dunning, etc. Softcover. 7”x10”, 74 pages, 203 lots, b/w illustrations; light wear. [30565] $35.00

 

60. [as above] Important American Furniture of the Eighteenth Century and Decorations from the Collection of Maurice Rubin. New York; Parke-Bernet Galleries: October 9, 1954. Sale 1534. A follow-up to the 1952 sale, with even better material, including the Jackson-family block-front secretary bookcase, directly descended from its original owner, a Revolutionary Congressman; a McIntire sideboard-secretary; a rare marble-top console table attributed to John Townsend; and more! Softcover. 7”x10”, 73 pages, 193 lots, b/w illustrations; near fine. [30566] $40.00

 

61. [Furniture Auctions/English] The Collection of the Late Alfred H. Mulliken, English and French Portraits, English Furniture, Antique Chinese and Persian Rugs... New York; American Art Association, Anderson Galleries: January 5-7th, 1933. Sale 4012. An important collection of English walnut and mahogany furniture of the 17th and 18th centuries, as well as 18th century clocks. There are lots of highlights, but I like the Queen Anne carved and inlaid walnut card table which features a scenic needlepoint top; that seems fairly unusual. Softcover. 7.5”x11”, 199 pages, 302 lots, b/w illustrations; some wear, overhanging cover edges chipped, small chip on cover, larger chips on spine. [30569] $40.00

 

62. [as above] Important 17th & 18th Century English Furniture, Eighteenth Century French & Other Continental Furniture, Porcelain, Glass, Textiles, Paintings, The Entire Stock of F. Partridge & Sons, New York. New York; Parke-Bernet Galleries: March 29-30, 1968. Sale 2675. The auction sale of some truly fine 17th and 18th century English furniture and accessories, including a rare George III vitrine decorated with fancy rolled paper which had been exhibited at the International Art Treasures Exhibition at the V&A Museum in 1962. The sale was postponed, and an inserted card states that the actual sale date was May 3-4. Softcover. 7”x10”, 137 pages, 430 lots, b/w illustrations; some wear and soil. [30570] $30.00

 

63. [Furniture Auctions/French] The Collection of the Late Churchill Brazelton. New York; Sotheby Parke Bernet: May 15, 1981. The auction sale of a collection rich in fine French 18th and early 19th century furniture and decorations. Softcover. 8.5”x9”, 53 pages, 102 lots, color and b/w illustrations; prices realised sheet; light wear. [30578] $25.00

 

64. [as above] ‘Collections Eugene Kraemer’ [cover title] Catalogue des Tableaux Anciens Ecoles Anglaise et Francaise du XVIIIe siecle, Objets d'Art et d'Ameublement dont la vente... M. Eugene Kraemer. Paris; Galerie Georges Petit: April 28-29th; May 5-6th; June 2-5th; 1913. This major collection included some extraordinarily fine Louis XIV and XV furniture including marquetry, pieces with period upholstery, bronze mounted furniture, and more. There were also fine 18th century French clocks, bronzes and decorative accessories. The ratio of paintings to decorative arts is about 60-40. The paintings (also including pastels, a few miniatures and some statuary) are an interesting collection of noted and now-obscure 18th century French and English artists. Card covers. 3 volumes. 10"x13", 135 pages and 170 lots; 118 pages, 169 lots; 221 pages, 397 lots; all three volumes filled with b/w plates. Some cover spots on the second volume; light wear, a little soil. Enclosed in the battered remnants of two board cases. [30593] $175.00

 

65. [Gaya, Louis de] Matrimonial Ceremonies Displayed... collected from the Papers of A Rambling Bachelor with a variety of Remarks by him, Serious and Humorous... London; Printed for H. Serjeant: nd (c.1895). "Wherein are exhibited the various customs, odd pranks, whimsical tricks and surprising practices of near one hundred different kingdoms and people in the world, now used in celebration and consummation of matrimony... to which is added the comical Adventures of Sir Harry Fitzgerald, who had seven wives, with the character of each -a genuine story. Also an epigram on matrimony, in Latin and English; and an alphabetical index. Printed for the information and entertainment of the ladies and pretty girls of Great Britain, not forgetting those of Dublin and Tipperary". A curious little book. The pretty girls of Dublin and Tiperrary notwithstanding, it was first published in France in 1680 and translated into English by Thomas Brown in 1704. Hardcover. 5.25"x8", 103 pages; publisher's green cloth with gilt pine title, embossed cover emblem; covers with some soil and a little wear; front hinge starting; text lightly browned, title page more so. [30632] $75.00

 

66. Gentle, Rupert & Rachel Field. Domestic Metalwork 1640-1820. Woodbridge; Antique Collector’s Club: 1998. A dramatic updating of the classic book ‘English Domestic Brass’. The authors added European work, as well as copper and other alloys. Major sections of the book cover lighting, the fireplace & smoking, the kitchen, the dining room, the library, the bedroom, door-knockers and locks, accessories and ornaments, and miscellaneous domestic metalwork. Hardcover. 8.5”x11”, 461 pages, color and b/w illustrations, dj. New. [90218] $79.50

 

67. Gerdts, William H. American Neo-Classic Sculpture. The Marble Resurrection. New York; The Viking Press: 1973. From Horatio Greenough and Hiram Powers to a bevy of lesser-lights, Rome and big chunks of white marble had quite an effect young American sculptors of the mid-19th century. This well illustrated study is still a standard in the field, and features a jacket photo of a young William Gerdts looking for all the world like a member of The Beatles. Hardcover. 7.5”x9”, 160 pages, b/w illustrations, dj; bibliography. Light wear, name on endpaper. [30479] $50.00

 

68. Gere, Charlotte. Victorian Jewelry Design. Chicago; Henry Regnery Company: 1972. A well illustrated book which examines the influences and stylistic movements of the 19th century and their effects upon jewelry design, with additional information about the lives and work of many of the designers. The jacket blurbist writes- "Jewelry design has rarely been so inventive as during the second half of the nineteenth century". "Inventive", I like that. Not "absinthe-addled", but "inventive". Nice save; very wholesome. Now, about the naked women... Hardcover. 6.5"x9.5", 285 pages, 129 b/w illustrations, dj; light wear; jacket with a few short, closed tears, minor scuffing. [30526] $85.00

 

69. Gerrard, Christine. The Patriot Opposition to Walpole. Politics, Poetry and National Myth, 1725-1742. Oxford; Clarendon Press: 1994. “This is the first full-length study of the so-called Patriot opposition to the Walpole Administration which reached its height during the clamour for war against Spain at the turn of the 1730s. The book examines the interrelationship between patriotism, politics, and poetry in the period 1725-1742... Drawing on the literature, prints, architecture and statuary of the 1730s Christine Garrard also explores in depth two of the decades most powerful patriotic myths- Saxon or ‘Gothic’ liberty, and Elizabethan greatness.” A surprisingly uncommon book. Hardcover. 6.5”x9.5”, 273 pages, b/w illustrations, dj; a nice copy. [30562] $100.00

 

70. [Girard] Schwarz, Robert D. The Stephen Girard Collection. A Selective Catalog. Philadelphia; Girard College: 1980. A scholarly catalog of the furnishings and decorations amassed by Stephen Girard between 1780 and 1820. Girard, a successful Philadelphia businessman, patronized many Philadelphia cabinetmakers, silversmiths and other artisans, and his collection was preserved intact, along with many of the original invoices, bills and other notes. This all provides an “unusually complete record of household furnishings reflecting a variety of styles and periods”. This catalog, carefully prepared by Robert D. Schwarz, includes furniture, silver, ceramics, and other decorations. A scarce catalog. Softcover. 7.5”x10”, 44 pages, many b/w and color illustrations; bibliography. Light wear and soil. [30424] $150.00

 

71. [Girard] Wick, Wendy Caroline. Stephen Girard: A Patron of the Philadelphia Furniture Trade. Wendy Caroline Wick: 1977/Ann Arbor; UMI Reprints. A thesis submitted to the University of Delaware which focuses on Girard’s patronage of cabinetmakers. Comb-bound. 8.5"x11", 284 pages; very poor b/w reproductions of photographs; a reprint from the original microfilm. New. [90224] $65.00

 

72. Godden, Geoffrey A. Encyclopedia of British Pottery and Porcelain Marks. New York; Crown Publishers: 1964. A long-loved standard reference. Essential. Hardcover. 8"x10", 765 pages, b/w plates, dj. Jacket lightly rubbed and worn. [30432] $75.00

 

73. Goodman, Deborah Lerme. Newcomb Pottery. An Enterprise for Southern Women 1895-1940. Tulane College/Smithsonian Institution: 1984. A beautifully designed booklet to accompany the exhibition, not be confused with the much larger exhibition catalog. Illustrated with many period photos, designed in an Arts & Crafts manner and printed in several colors on heavy paper stock. Uncommon. Softcover. 5.25”x11.5”, 24 pages, b/w illustrations; very, very slight water wrinkle in lower corner; former owner’s embossure on title page. [30493] $40.00

 

74. Gothein, Marie Luise. A History of Garden Art. London & Toronto: J.M. Dent & Sons Limited: 1928. 2nd edition. The first English translation of this remarkable work. Starting with the gardens of ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome and Byzantium, the book then moves to the Middle Ages, and then to the Renaissance era in Italy, Spain, Portugal, France, England, Germany and the Netherlands. Several chapters are devoted to Louis XIV and the 18th century French garden style, first in France, and then in other countries. We then whisk away to China and Japan, before returning to the English landscape garden, 19th century garden styles, and “modern” English gardens. A sweeping yet meticulous study, as the fact that it consumes almost a thousand pages might suggest. Wright says- "The 'History of Garden Art' is a work of supreme ability... portraying as it does the means and methods by which in all ages and in all climes garden-lovers have sought beauty." First published in English in 1913. Translated by Mrs. Archer-Hind, and edited by Walter P. Wright. Hardcover. 2 volumes. 8"x11", 459 + 486 pages, filled with b/w illustrations; a little light wear, a spot of soil here and there; very short closed tear on the contents page on the first volume. Else a very nice, bright, clean, tight set. [30528] $400.00

 

75. Gourley, Hugh J., et al. The New England Silversmith. An Exhibition of New England Silver from the Mid-Seventeenth Century to the Present Selected from New England Collections. Providence; Museum of Art, RISD: 1965. A loan exhibition, featuring 327 pieces drawn from a wide variety of public, semi-public and private collections. Softcover. 7"x8.5", 138 pages, numerous b/w illustrations; light wear. [30416] $40.00

 

76. [Grand Collections] The Contents of the Abbey Aston Abbotts, Buckinghamshire. London; Phillips: November 7-9, 1989. The estate auction sale of the contents of Aston Abbotts, home of Major Harold Morton and his wife Beatrice. The couple had also owned the Glenfiddich Estate in Banff, which featured furnishings that had largely passed down in the Thistlewaite and Borthwick Norton families; much of that material had been moved to Aston Abbotts in 1981 and is featured here. This is the ultimate English Country Estate sale of fine 18th and early 19th century furnishings and accessories, right down to Chi-Chi and Pooh, a pair of stuffed Pekinese dogs. Hardcover. 8.5”x10.5”, 270 pages, 1,366 lots, color and b/w illustrations, dj; light wear. [30571] $40.00

 

77. [as above] Collection of Jessie Woolworth Donahue. New York; Sotheby Parke Bernet: April 28-29, 1972. Sale 3358. Jessie Woolworth Donahue was one of three heirs to the Woolworth fortune, along with Barbara Hutton and Helena W. McCann. She had once had $600,000 worth of jewelry stolen from her hotel room while she was taking a bath. This auction sale included fine English silver, Continental porcelains, and 18th century French and English furniture. Softcover. 8.5”x9”, 146 pages, 469 lots, b/w and color illustrations; prices realised sheet; a little soil; penned notes on rear cover. [30576] $40.00

 

78. [as above] Collection de M. le Comte Armand Doria. Paris; Georges Petit: May 4-5th and 8-9th, 1899. Deluxe edition of 200 numbered copies printed on papier verge a la forme. An absolutely magnificent auction catalog, complete with 72 pages of prefatory material on the Count and his Collection by L. Roger-Miles and Arsene Alexandre. The modern artists represented are largely French, and although a large portion of the collection is devoted to Corot, there are also fine works by Degas, Manet, Daumier, some nice Renoirs including "La Pensee", "Jeune Femme" and "Cafe-Concert" (now in the National Gallery as "La Premiere Sortie"; all 3 illustrated); the second volume contains watercolors, pastels and bronzes. Card covers. 2 volumes. 11"x14.5", lxxii + 174 + 178 pages; 682 lots; plus many b/w plates with tissue guards. Original card covers with colored coats of arms; covers scuffed and soiled; some cover chipping on the spines; the spine of Volume 1 (a thick, heavy volume) has split internally and is very fragile. Endpapers with some spotting and discoloration; there is some toning to the page edges and a little internal spotting, but overall a very attractive set internally. [30594] SOLD

 

79. [as above] Property from the Estate of Henry Ford II. London; Sotheby’s: December 5, 1988. The catalog to an auction sale held on the premises of Ford’s estate in Henley, Oxfordshire, with English furniture and silver, enamels, and European and Export ceramics. Softcover. 8.25”x10.5”, 81 pages, 288 lots, color and b/w illustrations; rear cover crease, light wear. [30577] $40.00

 

80. [as above] Catalogue of the Collection of Pictures, Works of Art, and Decorative Objects, the Property of His Grace the Duke of Hamilton, K.T. London; Christie, Manson & Woods: June 17-July 17, 1882. The catalog to one of the most famous auction sales of the 19th century. Much of the material had been collected by William Beckford, the famous and scandalous late 18th-early 19th century collector, and all that was added to by the 10th Duke, an omnivorous collector and the 11th Duke, who had married a cousin of Napoleon III and spent his time in Paris collecting art and antiques. The sale was the event of the year and the prices almost as glittering as the crowd. Hardcover. 6.25”x9.5”, 2,213 lots; 234 pages plus 14 + 18 (of 19) + 23 + 11 + 11 photographic plates. Original red cloth covers with gilt title; hinges cracked and basically shot, spine split along the outer hinges; spine cloth threadbare and curling along the split; cover soil and some internal soil, a few minor chips, etc. Lacks one plate as noted above, another loose but present. [30589] $175.00

 

81. [as above] Property of the Honorable Nelson A. Rockefeller, removed from his residences in Washington, D.C., New York, and Seal Harbor, Maine. New York; Sotheby Parke Bernet: October 6-7, 1978. Sale 4159. Fine English and Continental furniture and accessories and very fine Oriental furniture and antiques. Softcover. 8.5”x9”, 67 pages, 365 lots, b/w illustrations; prices realised sheet; light wear. [30574] $40.00

 

82. [as above] The Property from the Collection of Mrs. Marietta Peabody Tree and the Late Ronald Tree. New York; Sotheby Parke Bernet: October 8-9, 1976. Ronald Tree was a former editor of Forum Magazine who had moved to England in the 1930s and set up residence in the magnificent Ditchley Park Manor. A member of Parliament, Tree was also a friend of Churchill, who visited Ditchley Park often during the Second World War. After the war the Trees packed up the “country house” contents of the manor and moved it to New York, where they lived until the contents were sold at this auction. A wonderful auction of “country manor” furnishings and decorations. Churchill smoked and drank in these chairs... Softcover. 8.5”x9.5”, about 100 pages, 356 lots, b/w illustrations; prices realised sheet; a nice copy. [30573] $35.00

 

83. [as above] [Sambon] Catalogue des Objets d'Art et de Haute Curiosite de l'Antiquite, du Moyen Age, de la Renaissance et autres, Faiences Italiennes, Terres emailles des Robbia, Porcelains de Saxe, Ivoires, Objets varies, Bijoux... (&c., &c., &c.). Paris; Galerie Georges Petit: May 25-28th, 1914. Arthur Sambon (1867-1947), son of noted numismatist and dealer Jules Sambon, was himself an antique dealer and numismatist of world-wide note and President of the Chambre des experts d'art de Paris. His clients included Pierpont Morgan and Calouste Gulbenkian. This auction features Egyptian and Roman antiquities, Persian illuminations and pottery, ancient sculpture and bronzes, antique ceramics and della Robbia pieces, Mediaeval marbles, and what may be the only surviving relief from Desiderio's celebrated Tabernacle of the Sacrament in San Pier Maggiore, Florence. Card covers. 10"x13", 100 pages, 470 lots, colored frontispiece of a 3rd Dynasty Egyptian polychrome seated pair of figures and a colored plate of a 13th century Persian faience reticulated water pitcher, plus 53 b/w and gravure plates, most with tissue guards; covers with some soil, front hinge separating at the top, but overall a nice copy of a fragile catalog. [30592] $150.00

 

84. [as above] The Property of Garrick C. Stephenson. English French and Continental Furniture, Chinese and Japanese Works of Art, Porcelain, American and Nineteenth Century Paintings. New York; Christie’s: October 29, 1993. A collection distinguished by striking, singular objects, collected by a connoisseur with an exceptional eye. Softcover. 8”x10.5”, 155 pages, 240 lots, color illustrations; light wear. [30581] $35.00

 

85. Greenhill, Basil & Ann Giffard. Travelling by Sea in the Nineteenth Century. Interior Design in Victorian Passenger Ships. New York; Hastings House: 1974. An engaging survey of the development of interior accommodations- berths, public lounges, saloons, etc., on sail and steamships during the 19th century, illustrated with a variety of period prints, drawings and photographs. Hardcover. 7.5”x10”, 168 pages, b/w illustrations, dj; light wear, a little soil on the endpaper. [30532] $40.00

 

86. Greenlaw, Barry A. New England Furniture at Williamsburg. Charlottesville; University Press of Virginia: 1974. A very fine catalog of the collection assembled by Colonial Williamsburg; 164 objects are described. The collection is strongest in 18th century furniture. Greenlaw also discusses the importation of New England furniture into Virginia in the 18th century. Semowich 765. Softcover. 8.5"x11", 195 pages, 164 b/w illustrations; light wear; a nice copy. [30406] $60.00

 

87. Groce, George C. & David H. Wallace. The New York Historical Society’s Dictionary of Artists in America 1564-1860. New Haven; Yale University Press: 1979. 6th prtg. A standard dictionary, especially valuable for its coverage of early artists. Hardcover. 6.5”x9.5”, 759 pages; light wear at spine head, else a nice copy. [30485] $100.00

 

88. Grubar, Francis S. William Ranney, Painter of the Early West. New York; Clarkson Potter in association with the Corcoran Gallery of Art: 1962. Ranney was born in Connecticut but spent several years among Texans, trappers, traders, and other disreputables, and then returned East and spent the rest of his life in and around New York, painting The West from The East. This remains the only monograph on Ranney, and was published in conjunction with the first exhibition devoted solely to his works. Hardcover. 7.5"x10", 65 pages plus 2 color and 53 b/w plates, dj; bibliography. Jacket soiled and with a tear on the upper margin. [30478] $45.00

 

89. Guilland, Harold F. Early American Folk Pottery. Philadelphia; Chilton Book Co.: 1971. Guilland brings a potter's appreciation of form and design to this study, which is based on the illustrations from the "Index of American Design". Hardcover. 7.5"x10", 322 pages, some color and hundreds of b/w illustrations; bibliography. Covers somewhat worn and soiled, contents clean and tight; now in a color facsimile jacket, which makes it look spiffier on the shelf. [30536] $50.00

 

90. Gullick, Thomas John & John Timbs. Painting Popularly Explained: including Fresco, Tempera, Encaustic, Miniature, Oil, Mosaic, Water-Colour, Missal, Painting on Pottery, Porcelain, Enamel, Glass, &c. with Historical Sketches of the Progress of the Art. London; Kent and Co.: 1859. A valuable source of information which surveyed the history of various types of painting from a technical aspect, delving into the subjects of processes, materials, tools, techniques and such. An appendix treats briefly on scene painting, painted embroidery, crayon or pastel painting, framing & hanging pictures, study at the Royal Academy, and “What is Pre-Raphaelitism?” Hardcover. 4.25”x6.75”, x + 326 pages, b/w frontispiece; marbled endpapers; all edges gilt; elaborate full leather prize binding with entwined strapwork and the Royal Arms in gilt on the front cover; raised bands and gilt spine title; prize label on pastedown; very light corner stain on first few pages, else a very nice copy indeed. [30601] $100.00

91. as above, London; Kent and Co.: 1864. 2nd edition, revised & enlarged. This edition contains two interesting additions- sections on “Stereochrome, or Water-Glass Painting” (a substitute for earlier methods of fresco), and photographic portraiture & coloring photographs. Hardcover. 4.25”x6.75”, x + 336 pages, b/w frontispiece; marbled endpapers; all edges gilt; elaborate full leather prize binding with entwined strapwork and the Royal Arms in gilt on the front cover; raised bands and gilt spine title; covers lightly rubbed; prize label on pastedown; very light corner stain on first few pages, else a very nice copy indeed. [30602] $100.00

 

92. Hackenbroch, Yvonne. English Furniture with some furniture of other countries in the Irwin Untermyer Collection. Cambridge; Harvard University Press: 1958. "The Irwin Untermyer Collection...includes superb examples of English furniture of almost every style and every period from the late Middle Ages to the end of the 18th century." An important and massive catalog, devoted in large part to superlative 18th century examples, although 16th and 17th century pieces are also well represented. The catalog is arranged by form, and includes a critical commentary on each piece by Yvonne Hackenbroch, who also considers the evolution of styles and individual cabinetmakers. John Gloag has contributed a distinguished Introduction dealing with the design and social history of the relevant periods, as they relate to the pieces. The strong text, wide coverage, superb examples, and the hundreds of fine plates all combine to make the book an essential reference. Hardcover. 9.5"x12", lxv + 96 pages plus 20 color and 338 b/w plates, dj; jacket with wear and chips including a 4"x6" triangle missing from the heavily creased rear cover. [30465] $500.00

 

93. Haines, Carol L. & Lisa H. Foote. "Forms to Sett on" A Social History of Concord Seating Furniture. Concord Antiquarian Museum: 1980s. A very interesting exhibition of seating furniture forms from 1680 to 1850. Softcover. 8.5"x11", 36 pages, b/w illustrations; light wear. [30502] $30.00

 

94. Hamilton, Martha Wilson. Silver in the Fur Trade, 1680-1820. Chelmsford; Martha Hamilton Publishing: 1995. An important examination of North American Indian trade silver, with discussion of First Nations, American, British, Dutch and French trading patterns, an analysis of forms, and all the known Indian trade silver makers’ marks and biographies of the silversmiths. Profusely illustrated and thoroughly researched, this is an essential reference work. Softcover. 8.5”x10”, 236 pages, b/w and color illustrations, marks; near fine. [90146] $45.00

 

95. [Hampshire Pottery] Hampshire Pottery, Majolica & Stoneware. Absentee Auction. Sudbury; Smith & Jones: May 26, 1993. A catalog of 102 items including some rare glazes and forms, and a very rare square mantel clock; the photos could be a bit better. Softcover. 8.5”x11”, 30 pages, b/w and several color illustrations; stapled-bound and 3-ring punched; light soil; prices realised sheet. [30498] $65.00

 

96. Hardaker, Alfred. A Brief History of Pawnbroking. With Full Narrative of How the Act of 1872 was Fought for and Obtained and the Stolen Goods Bill Opposed and Defeated. London; Jackson Ruston and Keeson: 1892. This interesting text begins with several chapters on the ancient history of pawnbroking, the early English money lenders, and acts regarding pawnbroking prior to the 19th century. It then moves on to a discussion of the trade and its regulation and reform in 19th century England, specifically the reform attempts of the 1840 and 50s, which culminated in the legislative fights between 1868 and 1872, during which the author describes himself as "Secretary to the National Association in each struggle". One almost wants to hum some sort of fight song... Hardcover. 5.25"x7.5", viii + 367 pages; original green cloth covers with elaborate decorations in gilt and black; a beautiful copy, bright and fine, clean and crispy. [30631] $150.00

 

97. Harper, George W. (ed.). Antique Collector's Guide and Reference Handbook. New York; George W. Harper: 1939. Catalog of the 12th National Antiques Exposition in New York. It includes an article on The American Wing at The Met by Joseph Downs, an early antiques bibliography by Alice Winchester, a descriptive listing of American antiques collecting societies, and an illustrated listing of the exhibitors, many of whom were legendary in the fields of American antiques. Card covers. 8.5"x11", 87 pages, b/w illustrations; light wear, title page lightly spotted, front hinge cracked, name crossed out and small ownership stamps on the title page and rear endsheet. [30452] $25.00

 

Queen Elizabeth’s Coronation Gown -

98. Hartnell, Norman. Silver and Gold. London; Evans Brothers: 1955. 2nd prtg. The story of the famous English fashion designer, who went from earning 3 pounds a week in 1920s London to designing Queen Elizabeth’s Coronation Gown (and many other dresses for the Queen). Nicely illustrated with reproductions of sketches and watercolors as well as photos. Hardcover. 7”x10”, 141 pages, color, b/w and line illustrations; a nice copy. [30548] $35.00

 

99. Head, Sir Francis. A Faggot of French Sticks, containing a series of descriptive sketches of the principal public institutions of Paris, and of the system of instruction of the various branches of the French Army. London; John Murray: 1855. 3rd edition. Head notes in the preface to this edition that the first edition, published in 1851, had resulted in attacks upon himself in England: "On the publication of this Faggot in 1851, I was very generally reviled for having declared, That the under a mild exterior, with gentle manners and a benevolent heart, Louis Napoleon was an honest, bold, high-minded statesman; That the French Army was educating a Staff, and maintaining Field-departments, the want of which must inevitably paralyze the British Army whenever it should suddenly be required to take the field". As he further notes- "I trust that these sketches may, at the present moment, be acceptable not only to those who desire to investigate the real causes of England's military disasters in the Crimea, but to those who are about to visit the highly civilized and admirable arrangements which characterise most of the public establishments of the French metropolis". Hardcover. 2 volumes. 5.25"x8", 463 + 455 pages; several text illustrations. A nice set in the original patterned boards with slight sunning to the spines and a bit of wear, but overall a very nice, clean set. [30633] $100.00

 

100. Henniker, John. Two Letters on the Origin, Antiquity, and History of Norman Tiles, Stained with Armorial Bearings. London; printed by John Bell...Bookseller to His Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales: 1794 [mistakenly noted as 1796 by Solon]. The earliest work in English located by Solon dealing specifically with tiles, and now very uncommon. The author’s brother, a Captain in the English military, had been a resident of Caen and sent the first description of the armorial tiles to the author, who then tried to interest British antiquarians in them, with apparently limited success. The tiles are described here, quoting a Dr. Ducarel- "The floor is paved with tiles...each near five inches square, baked almost to vitrification. Eight rows of these tiles running from east to west are charged with different coats of arms, generally said to be those of the families who attended Duke William in his invasion of England. The intervals between each of these rows are filled up with a kind of tessellated pavement; the middle whereof represents a maze or labyrinth, about ten feet in diameter, and so artfully contrived, that were we to suppose a man following all the intricate meanders of its volutes, he could not travel less than a mile before he got from one end to the other".

            Solon further notes- "The armorial-bearing tiles described in these letters belonged to a pavement, now partly destroyed, which adorned the state-rooms of St. Stephen Abbey or 'Abbaye aux hommes' at Caen, built in 1077 by William the Conqueror. Although local traditions and ancient chronicles agree in considering these tiles as containing the scutcheons of the noble families which accompanied William, Duke of Normandy, in his expedition, the date of their making cannot correspond with that of the building of the Abbey. One of these tiles bears the Royal Arms of France, adopted by St. Louis, and it is well known that the armorial bearings were not in use before the crusades; the pavement cannot be, therefore, anterior to the thirteenth century”. Ah, modern stuff... But still, a scarce and desirable tile book. Hardcover. 5.5"x8.5", 114 pages plus 3 engraved plates reproducing twenty tile designs; bound in period marbled boards with a parchment spine; boards worn and scuffed, spine perishing and hinges detached, along with the first gather (but all present); very minor internal toning and a few light pencil notes but overall internally a very nice copy with wide margins. [30630] $600.00

 

101. [Heywood-Wakefield] A Completed Century 1826-1926. The Story of Heywood-Wakefield Company. Boston; Printed for the Company: 1926. A history of the first 100 years of this famous chair and wicker furniture company, published to celebrate its Centennial. Hardcover. 8”x10.5”, 112 pages, b/w plates; light soil, but a very nice, fresh copy with the original presentation card. [30477] $85.00

 

102. Hinckley, F. Lewis. A Directory of Queen Anne, Early Georgian and Chippendale Furniture, Establishing the Preeminence of the Dublin Craftsmen. New York; Crown Publishers: 1971. An important work on Irish furniture which reattributed many pieces thought to be English to Dublin cabinetmakers. "Mr. Hinckley describes the large volume of trade existing between America and Ireland in the eighteenth century and shows how much of the furniture imported to this country during that period originated in Dublin. (He) also traces the Irish influence on furniture produced in the United States, showing how many Irish craftsmen emigrated to America and set up workshops on the eastern seaboard...". Hardcover. 8.5"x11", 277 pages, 467 b/w illustrations, dj. Lightly soiled jacket. [30441] $85.00

 

103. Hollan, Catherine B. In the Neatest, Most Fashionable Manner: Three Centuries of Alexandria Silver. Alexandria; The Lyceum Company: 1994. The catalog to the Lyceum Company’s loan exhibition of the work of Alexandria, Virginia silversmiths over the last 300 years. There are essays on Alexandria silver and silversmiths and the ownership of silver in Alexandria, as well as a list of all identified Alexandria silversmiths, clock and watchmakers, jewelers and engravers working prior to 1899. Softcover. 8.5”x11”, 189 pages, b/w illustrations; marks. New. [90133] $29.95

 

104. Isaacson, Philip. The American Eagle. Boston; New York Graphic Society: 1975. A fascinating study of the eagle motif as used in American decorative and folk arts. This includes sculpture, furniture, textiles, graphics, paintings, ceramics, hats, architecture, and much, much more! A very heavily illustrated survey. Eagles on silver, textiles, hats, furniture inlay and pediments, carvings and sculpture, china, glass, and much more. Iggles here, iggles there, iggles, iggles, everywhere! Hardcover. 8.5"x11", 210 pages, 64 color and 160 b/w illustrations, dj; bibliography. Light wear, cellophane overlay on the dust jacket separating. [30469] $85.00

 

105. Jones, E. Alfred. The Old Plate of the Cambridge Colleges. Cambridge; printed at the University Press: 1910. The prolific and scholarly chronicler of English silver describes and illustrates the silver in the collections of Peterhouse, Clarke, Pembroke, Gonville and Caius, Corpus Christi, King’s, Queen’s, St. Katherine’s, Jesus, Christ’s, St. John’s, Magdalene, Trinity, Emmanuel, and Sidney Sussex Colleges and Trinity Hall. As with all Jones’ books, this is an elegant production, nicely printed and with very good photographs. Hardcover. 10.5”x12.5”, xxxvi + 125 pages, plus 120 b/w plates with tissue guards. A little light cover wear, and endpapers toned and lightly spotted, but overall a very nice, clean, bright copy. [30535] $375.00

 

106. Jones, Michael O. The Hand Made Object and Its Maker. Berkeley; University of California Press: 1975. A chair is a chair is a chair, right? Well, of course that’s wrong, but how wrong really becomes apparent after looking at Charley’s two-seat rocker, complete with attached bookcase, which is just one of the many creations of the group of Cumberland mountain chairmakers the author spent his time with while preparing this book. An intimate portrait of some of the last rural furniture craftsmen, producing beautiful chairs by hand, using centuries-old techniques. Hardcover. 7"x9.5", 261 pages, 102 b/w illustrations, lightly soiled dj. [30446] $35.00

 

107. Jordan, Derek H. Victorian China Fairings. The Collectors’ Guide. Woodbridge; Antique Collectors’ Club: 2003. Fairings, also known (well, not anymore) as ‘bed pieces’, are small groups of china figures made for sale and prizes at Victorian fairgrounds during the latter half of the 19th century. This new book is an excellent adjunct to Bristowe’s 1965 study, which contained a better text but not nearly as many illustrations. In fact, this is a veritable extravaganza of illustrations, and perhaps the most helpful are those in the chapter on reproductions, which illustrates old and modern pieces side-by-side. Hardcover. 8.5”x11”, 176 pages, color and b/w illustrations, dj. New. [90163] $65.00

 

108. Joyce, T.A. & O.M. Dalton. Handbook to the Ethnographical Collections. British Museum. London; The British Museum: 1910. A very well illustrated survey of this outstanding collection of Eastern, African, Oceanic, Australian and American ethnographic arts. The basis of the collection was the private collection of Henry Christy, and many of the items were collected by English travelers and explorers in the 18th and early 19th centuries. Hardcover. 5.5"x8.5", xv + 304 pages with 273 text illustrations, plus 3 maps and 1 color and 14 b/w plates. Publisher’s green cloth with gilt titles; light soil, a little wear, but overall a bright, nice copy. [30524] $125.00

 

109. Kennedy Galleries. Age of the Revolution and Early Republic in Fine and Decorative Arts: 1750-1824. New York; Kennedy Galleries & Israel Sack, Inc.: 1977. A joint exhibition of paintings, prints, furniture, silver and other decorative accessories. The catalog includes good b/w photographs and descriptions of the items. Softcover. 8.5"x11", 95 pages, b/w illustrations; light cover wear. [30512] $75.00

 

110. Kimball, Fiske. Mr. Samuel McIntire, Carver. The Architect of Salem. Portland; The Southworth-Anthoensen Press: 1940. Edition limited to 675 copies. This remains the standard reference to McIntire's architectural and interior detail carvings. It is illustrated with 373 b/w photographs and reproductions of plans and drawings, and includes exteriors, interiors, mantels, doorways, staircases, paneling, and so on. "The definitive work, this is also one of the great books in the literature of early American architecture, based equally on a careful and perceptive study of the documents and on an understanding and critical appraisal of the extant buildings. The book was beautifully printed by the Southworth-Anthoensen Press" (Karpel). Hardcover. 9"x12", 157 pages, plus 373 b/w illustrations; ex-library with perforated stamp on the title page, spine numbers and marks on the endpapers and paste down. Hinges reglued. A decent reference copy. [30460] $350.00

 

111. Kindig, Joseph K. III. The Philadelphia Chair, 1685-1785. Historical Society of York County: 1978. A standard study, published in conjunction with a loan exhibition. At the end of the catalog there is a section illustrating many differing examples of details in the carvings on the legs and backs of the chairs. Semowich 1108. Ames & Ward. Hardcover. 9"x8.5", about 102 pages, packed with b/w illustrations; a nice copy. [30550] $85.00

 

112. Kunz, George Frederick. Ivory and the Elephant in Art, in Archeology, and in Science. Garden City; Doubleday, Page and Company: 1916. One of Kunz's grandest books, and still an important reference, touching on all aspects of ivory collection, commerce and art. Sinkankas notes this as "a complex, large work, by far the best yet written on the subject... The scarcest of Kunz's major works, with information that does not appear elsewhere in the gemological literature." George Frederick Kunz [1856-1932] was a gemologist, mineralogist, and author; a Vice President of Tiffany & Co. at age 23, he wrote many of the standard works still in use today in the gem-related trades. Hardcover. 7"x10.5", 525 pages, numerous b/w plates and illustrations, and folding plates and charts. Publisher’s tan cloth with pasted-on cover illustrations; the pasted-on spine illustrated label is largely perished, and the covers have some minor soil, but otherwise a clean, tight, partially unopened copy; very nice. [30435] $750.00

 

Florence Montgomery’s Copy-

113. Lamontagne, Roland. Textiles et Documents Maurepas. Ottawa; Les Editions Lemeac: 1970. The genesis for this study of the 18th century textile trade conducted by Britain and France was a manuscript archive of the Comte de Maurepas [1701-1781] acquired by Winterthur in 1962. Florence Montgomery, whose copy of the book this is, contributed an essay on textile manufacture in the 18th century. Much of the material described here would provide the basis for Montgomery’s later pair of outstanding studies of antique textiles. Softcover. 5.5”x8”, 139 pages, 12 color plates; bibliography; some cover soil, a little wear. Florence Montgomery’s copy, with her signature on the endpaper. An uncommon catalog. [30551] $100.00

 

114. Landreau, Anthony N. & W.R. Pickering. From the Bosporus to Samarkand, Flat-Woven Rugs. Washington; The Textile Museum: 1969. The well-illustrated catalog to an exhibition of kilims, soumak, brocaded, embroidered and compound-weave rugs. Softcover. 8”x11”, 112 pages, b/w and color illustrations; bibliography. Light soil. [30423] $25.00

 

115. Lathrop, Elise. Early American Inns and Taverns. New York; Arno Press: 1977. A state-by-state survey, with much interesting history and many curious anecdotes of the inns, hostels and taverns where our forefathers ate, drank, slept and made merry. Illustrated with many photos of buildings that no longer exist, and some that do. Originally published in 1926. Hardcover. 6.5”x9.5”, 365 pages, b/w illustrations, dj; light wear, a nice copy. [30530] $30.00

 

116. Laver, James. Manners and Morals in The Age of Optimism, 1848-1914. New York; Harper & Row: 1966. “James Laver considers the paradoxical period between the social and political revolutions of 1848 and the death of optimism in 1914”. It is all chronicled here- from another revolution in France to Victorian excess, the white slave trade to Amelia Bloomer, from music hall to slum to the Gilded Age. Hardcover. 6.5”x10”, 272 pages, b/w illustrations, dj; jacket with light wear; book with faint cellar aroma. [30560] $20.00

 

117. Lee, Ruth Webb. Antique Fakes & Reproductions. Wellesley Hills; Lee Publications: 1950/1966. 8th printing; revised edition. An invaluable guide to reproductions of early American and other antique glass which were being produced in Mexico and other places in the early decades of this century. Includes both blown and pressed glass, flasks, milk glass, bohemian glass, Sandwich-type glass and paperweights, as well as chapters on silver, ceramics, metalware, and mechanical banks. Kirk Nelson (in Ames & Ward) notes- "Lee's book provides an intelligent approach to the problem of fakes and reproductions and a record of specific pieces that will be even more deceptive now that they have aged half a century". Hardcover. 6"x9", 317 pages, 166 b/w plates, dj; a little wear, jacket with light soil and a small label removed from the spine, but a nice copy. [30518] $50.00

 

118. Leehey, Patrick M., et al. Paul Revere - Artisan, Businessman, and Patriot. The Man Behind the Myth. Boston; Paul Revere Memorial Association: 1988. Essays on all the other things Revere did besides ride horses. We all know that Revere was an accomplished and prolific silversmith, and that he engraved the occasional cartoon, such as his famous image of the ‘Boston Massacre’, but this exhibition documents his entire life, and all his other pursuits- merchandiser, dentist, Freemason, bell and cannon casting, and founding a major copper rolling manufactory (Revere Copper? That’s our man). A wide-ranging and interesting exhibition. Hardcover. 8.5"x12", 191 pages, b/w illustrations, light wear, light ring stain on cover. [30410] $45.00

119. as above, Softcover. 8.5"x12", 191 pages, b/w illustrations, light wear. [30409] $25.00

 

An Uncommon Exhibition of 19th Century Tapestry-

120. Letorey, A., et al. Premiere Exposition 1881. Tentures Artistiques. Palais de l’Ecole des Beaux-Arts. Catalogue Illustre. Paris; Ateliers de Reproductions Artistiques: 1881. The catalog to an exhibition of modern tapestries after designs by contemporary artists, mostly of wool but some of silk. It being 1881 France, and l’Ecole des Beaux Arts, there are a great number of woodsy scenes, exotics, apparent literary allusions, and some partially clothed women. In addition to the listings of the tapestries being exhibited, there are many quotes from artists and decorators praising the use of tapestries, and a short introduction by A. Letorey, an architecte decorateur explaining the production and decorative uses of these tapestries. Uncommon- OCLC locates 4 copies. Softcover. 6.5”x10”, 124 pages, plus 25 phototyped plates, 2 of which are double-page plates; publisher’s paper covers, covers with some wear and soil, tips creased, etc.; internally nice and partially unopened. [30604] $200.00

 

121. Little, Nina Fletcher. Paintings by New England Provincial Artists, 1775-1800. Boston; Museum of Fine Arts: 1976. The catalog to an important loan exhibition of late 18th century portraits. The paintings were selected and described by Nina Fletcher Little, and represent the work of 24 known and several anonymous artists. The constant line of frowning, humorless faces is broken every once in a while by a depiction of a townscape or house. For folks who’d just won a country, these people were a dour lot, indeed. Softcover. 8”x11”, 172 pages, many b/w and several color plates; light wear, rear cover corner creased. [30418] $35.00

 

122. [Long Island Collections] XVIII Century English Furniture, American & Continental Furniture... [Porcelain, Silver, etc] Estate of the Late Helen Porter Pryibil Glen Cove, Long Island. New York; Parke-Bernet Galleries: November 20-22, 1969. Sale 2939. The auction sale of a Long Island estate which must have been packed to the rafters. Softcover. 7”x10”, 210 pages, 1,100 lots, b/w illustrations; prices realised sheets. Note on cover, light soil and wear. [30568] $25.00

 

123. Loukomski, G.K. L'Art Decoratif Russe. Paris; Vincent, Freal & Cie: 1928. A pictorial survey of Russian metals, ceramics, fabrics, carved-wood and bas reliefs, mostly of the 17th century, with some 18th and 19th century items as well. Nicely illustrated with 192 monochrome plates with a brief French text and plate descriptions. The objects were almost all either photographed in place in Russian cathedrals and churches, or in the collections of Russian museums. Hardcover. 6.5"x9", fancifully decorated title page, 38 pages of text plus 192 b/w plates; bound in old blue quarter leather with marbled boards, raised bands, gilt title; covers a bit worn, rubbed along edges and tips, hinges worn, etc. Contents fine. [30629] $150.00

 

124. Lukin, James. Picture Frame Making for Amateurs: being Practical Instructions in the Making of Various Kinds of Frames for Paintings, Drawings, Photographs, and Engravings. London; Upcott Gill: no date, ca.1890. A well illustrated guide with chapters covering tools and materials; mitered and veneered frames; round and oval frames; Oxford frames; bamboo or Japanese-work frames; carved and fretwork frames; miniature and photograph frames; and leatherwork frames. The chapter on miniature and photograph frames has illustrations of many examples of fancy leaf carving which I would think beyond the realm of amateurs, but the Victorians were a crafty bunch. Uncommon. Softcover. 5”x8”, (iv) + 84 pages, with 42 text illustrations. Publisher’s illustrated softcovers, covers with some wear and soil, slight chipping, etc.; contents with a little soil and darkening; fragile but intact. [30618] $200.00

 

125. Lusetti, Walter. Alceo Dossena. Scultore. Rome; De Luca Editore: 1955. A short survey of the works of one of the most famous and talented forgers of the 20th century, Alceo Dossena (1878-1937). Dossena was an accomplished sculptor who worked in marble, bronze and terracotta in ancient and Renaissance styles. Italian/English text. Hardcover. 7”x9.5”, 23 pages + 51 b/w plates, dj; jacket somewhat worn; a little soil. [30521] $75.00

 

126. Mallett, Daniel Trowbridge. Mallett’s Index of Artists. International - Biographical [with the] Supplement. New York; Peter Smith: 1948. A reissue of the 1935 edition. This is an index to a number of other biographical art dictionaries, leading one to be able to find which ones list a particular artist. Quite literally, an index to where to find more information on artists. 2 vols. 7”x10.5”, xxxiv + 493 and xxxviii + 319 pages; slight cover soil, light wear. [30488] $100.00

 

127. Manchester, James G. The Minerals of New York City and Its Environs. New York Mineralogical Club: 1931. Sinkankas notes- "Admirably thorough, as esteemed today as then for its full information, accuracy, and the large number of uniformly excellent photographs, many of which are now historically important." The illustrations include not only mineral specimens, but vintage photos of mines and quarries. . The "Bulletin" of the New York Mineralogical Club, for January, 1931, issued in book form. Hardcover. 6.5"x9.5", 168 + xviii pages, plus 127 b/w plates, folding map; light soil, spine slightly darkened, mark on bottom edge; pages lightly waved. [30527] $125.00

 

128. Manns, William, et al. Painted Ponies. American Carousel Art. Millwood; Zon International Publishing: 1986. Filled to bursting with recent color photographs as well as vintage period photos, this is a colorful, psychedelic explosion of a book. Hardcover. 9.5”x12”, 256 pages, loaded with color and b/w illustrations; dj; bibliography; light wear. [30482] $45.00

 

129. [Marbling] Monrocq Fr. Le Peintre en Decors - Marbres. Paris; no date (ca.1900). A fine set of 8 brilliant color plates of marbleized surfaces, illustrating breche de medoux; breche violette; griotte de sost; rose; campan vert; paonazzo; breche portor; and campan mélange. This was the third of 3 marble sample books issued as part of the “Bibliotheque du Peintre en Batimens” series, as advertised on the final page of this booklet. Uncommon. Softcover. 11.5”x7”, 8 chromolithographed plates and 1 page of publisher’s title listings. Publisher’s decorated softcovers; covers worn and with some soil, plates slightly soiled but fresh and bright. [30623] $200.00

 

130. McCawley, Patricia K. Antique Glass Paperweights from France. London; Spink & Son Ltd.: 1968. A good, well-illustrated, general introduction to the major French factories and the types of antique paperweights they produced. Hardcover. 7.5”x10”, 92 pages, 16 color and 16 b/w plates, line illustrations, dj. A nice copy. Signed. [30433] $65.00

 

131. McComb, Richard, et al. The Undercover Story. New York; The Galleries at the Fashion Institute of Technology/Tokyo; Nihon Body Fashion Association/Kyoto Costume Institute: 1983. A wide-ranging catalog to an exhibition of women’s undergarments, illustrated with period illustrations and a large number of striking color photographs of 19th and 20th century examples on mannequins. Richard McComb of the Fashion Institute wrote the introductory essay, on the history and development of the corset and other undergarments; Cora Ginsburg contributes an essay on ‘The Embellishment of Lingerie’, and Kay Haverfield contributes ‘Man-made Fibers and Intimate Apparel’. Softcover. 9.5”x9.5”, 118 pages, color and b/w illustrations; bibliography; light wear. [30541] $50.00

 

132. McIntosh, John Geddes [& Ach. Livache]. The Manufacture of Varnishes, Oil Crushing, Refining and Boiling and Kindred Industries. London; Scott, Greenwood & Co.: 1899. “Describing the manufacture and chemical and physical properties of spirit varnishes and oil varnishes; raw materials; resins; solvents and colouring principles; drying oils, their extraction, properties and applications; oil refining and boiling; the manufacture, employment and testing of various varnishes. Translated from the French of Ach. Livache [and] greatly expanded and adapted to English practice with numerous original recipes”. Hardcover. 6”x9”, vii + 403 + 16 pages of publisher’s advertisements; rebacked with a new spine and rear cover, and publisher’s original front cloth with gilt title laid down; new endpapers; contents with some slight toning and soil. [30608] $175.00

 

133. Mercer, Henry C. Guide Book to The Tiled Pavement in the Capitol of Pennsylvania. [Henry C. Mercer: 1908]. In 1908 Henry C. Mercer wrote and published, at his own expense, a complete illustrated guide to the magnificent mosaic tile floor recently laid in the halls and rotunda of the Pennsylvania state capitol building. The tiles illustrated “facts and events in the history of Pennsylvania and the life of its inhabitants”, starting with the Native Americans and ending with oil wells, locomotives and automobiles. Each tile is illustrated and explained here, and keyed to the place it may be found on the floor. Henry C. Mercer was the founder of the Moravian Pottery and Tile Works, as well as an architect, historian, collector, archeologist, and student of craftsmanship and its tools. He wrote books which are still considered standard studies of joinery tools and antique cast-iron stoves, designed and built his own castle, and founded a tool museum; today the Mercer Museum houses 50,000 tools and artifacts. Although reprinted several times, the original 1908 edition of this title is rather scarce. Softcover. 4.5”x8.5”, 98 pages, b/w illustrations; with errata sticker on the last page. Original grey softcovers, slight wear, but overall a very nice copy of a fragile book. [30427] $150.00

 

134. Michaelis, Ronald F. Old Domestic Base-Metal Candlesticks From the 13th to 19th Century, produced in Bronze, Brass, Paktong and Pewter. Woodbridge; Antique Collectors’ Club: 1997. 4th prtg. For many years candlesticks in the humbler metals did not receive the attention and scholarship that those in silver and gold did. Fortunately that eventually changed, and this fine book was one of the major steps forward in the study of these pieces. A longtime dealer and collector with an impressively logical turn of mind, Michaelis discusses various forms and their development, as well as manufacturing methods. Hardcover. 8.5"x11", 139 pages, 202 b/w illustrations; dj; bibliography. New. [90159] $49.50

 

135. Miles, Elizabeth. The English Silver Pocket Nutmeg Grater. A Collection of Fifty Examples from 1693 to 1816. Shaker Heights: 1966. The only study of these delightful diminutive objects. The absolute importance of nutmeg graters will be appreciated by anyone who has ever tasted the sawdust that is sold pre-ground in the spice section at the supermarket. Hardcover. 7"x9", 81 pages, b/w illustrations. A nice copy. [30549] $150.00

 

136. Miller, Dr. M. Stephen. A Century of Shaker Ephemera. Marketing Community Industries 1830-1930. A Loan Exhibition at Hancock Shaker Village. New Britain; Dr. Stephen Miller: 1988. Dr. Miller amassed a wonderful collection of ephemera, advertising and other material related to Shaker seeds, foods, herbs & drugs, and household products. This very well illustrated catalog includes a brief introduction to each section and descriptions of 131 items from the collection. Softcover. 8.5”x11”, 64 pages, b/w illustrations; light soil. [30534] $45.00

 

137. Miner, Jennie Bell. The Chinese Influence on Chippendale Furniture. Chicago: 1924/Ann Arbor; UMI Reprints. An analysis of the sources of Chippendale’s designs. A dissertation submitted to the University of Chicago in 1924. Comb-bound. 8.5”x11”, 65 pages, muddy b/w and line illustrations; a reprint from microfilm, with consequent degradation of b/w photos. New. [90150] $65.00

 

138. Montgomery, Charles F. A History of American Pewter. New York; E.P. Dutton: 1978. "Montgomery employs a cultural approach to pewter objects. He treats the functions of forms, the technology of production, and the distribution of objects" (Karpel). Hardcover. 7"x10", 246 pages, b/w illustrations; although not marked as such, this copy is from the library of Charles & Florence Montgomery and is bound in full black leather with marbled endpapers and gilt spine title. Covers a bit rubbed, spine rubbed and scuffed. [30553] $125.00

 

Inscribed by Charles Montgomery-

139. Montgomery, Charles F. Some Remarks on the Science and Principles of Connoisseurship. Reprinted from the 1961 Walpole Society Note Book. The Dean of American furniture studies explains his criteria of connoisseurship. He begins by reprinting Jonathan Richardson's 1719 essay on the subject, "Two Discourses", and then brings the subject to the Twentieth century and applies it to furniture and related decorative arts. This copy is inscribed- "To Norma with love -Charles Dec. 1962". Hardcover. 6.5"x9.5", 20 pages, plus 10 b/w illustrations; marbled boards with a cloth spine, as issued. Covers with some wear, rubbed at the top and slightly bowed; endpapers discolored. [30552] $150.00

 

140. Musgrave, Clifford. Regency Furniture, 1800 to 1830. New York; Thomas Yoseloff: 1961. A stylistic analysis of English Regency styles and their development, examining the historical and social influences which created and fueled them, and also the question of French influence. The text also examines designers and design details, and dissects different types of furniture. Hardcover. 7.5"x10", 157 pages, plus 4 color and 96 b/w plates, dj; bibliography. A near fine copy in a lightly worn jacket. [30438] $85.00

 

141. Nathan, Archie. Costumes by Nathan. Nearly two centuries of intimate theatrical memories. London; Newnes: 1960. For some two centuries the House of Nathan has accoutered theatrical greats; the firm worked with Dickens, Irving, Tree, Langtry and Olivier, as well as providing costumes for the Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret in a Royal Family production. Hardcover. 5.5”x8.5”, 207 pages, line illustrations and b/w plates, dj; slight soil, text lightly toned, jacket worn. [30546] $30.00

 

142. Nichols, George Ward. Art Education Applied to Industry. New York; Harper & Brothers: 1877. A plea for a new system of art education, and especially applied art education, in the United States. Nichols begins by outlining why the arts are important in everyday life and industry, and then surveys the state of art education in other countries, including England, France, Belgium, Prussia, Bavaria, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, and Spain, before turning his attention to the United States. He explains that art education in America will have to be handled differently than it is in Europe, and then outlines his plans for expanding it, and the reasons behind them. George Ward Nichols [1831-1885] was a journalist and Civil War staff officer who moved to Cincinnati after the War and became President of the Cincinnati College of Music, and a patron of the arts. His wife, Maria Longworth Nichols, was the founder of the Rookwood Art Pottery. Hardcover. 7”x9”, 211 pages, 122 wood engraved illustrations of ceramics, metalwork and other decorative art objects; publisher’s elaborate red pictorial cloth with black and gilt decorations; all edges gilt; covers somewhat rubbed and soiled, spine head and base slightly chipped and with a short split at the spine base. [30612] $125.00

 

143. Nosban & Maigne. Nouveau Manuel Complet de l’Ebeniste et du Tabletier. Paris; Librairie Encyclopedique de Roret: 1887. A complete guide to cabinetwork, including woods, finishes, construction, etc- “contenant la description des bois d'ebenisterie indigenes et exotiques; la teinture et l'appret des bois indigenes destines a imiter les bois precieux; l'outillage de l'ebeniste; le debitage des bois de placage; le polissage et le vernissage des bois; la fabrication des meubles et des petits objets de tabletterie; la reparation et l'entretien des meubles.” One would expect such a book, with an 1880s publication date, to illustrate Victorian forms, but this edition is still showing the Classical forms which were popular when it was first issued, in the 1830s. Softcover. 3.75”x6”, (ii) + 408 pages with text figures, plus 3 folding plates; plus 36 pages of publisher’s advertisements; publisher’s pictorial yellow softcovers; covers with some wear and soil, cover and first 15 pages with slight ‘chewing’ to the lower corner not affecting anything; several light internal stains, but overall a good copy. [30620] $150.00

 

144. [Oriental Collections] Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art. The Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Bernat. New York; Sotheby Parke Bernet: November 7, 1980. Sale 4462. The auction of this famous private collection. Hardcover. 9”x9.5”, about 125 pages, 172 lots, color and b/w illustrations, dj; light wear, jacket a bit rubbed. [30586] $65.00

 

145. [as above] Chinese Paintings from the Chiang Er-Shih Collection. New York; Parke-Bernet Galleries: March 5th, 1971. Sale 3167. A fine collection of Chinese paintings, put together by a noted Chinese artist and collector. The works ranged over the last 1,000 years (Sung to Ch'ing). The collection included works by two of the Four Great Yuan Masters; three of the Four Great Ming Masters; four of the Six Great Painters of the Early Ch'ing; and three of the Four Great Monk Painters. Hardcover. 7.5"x11", 86 pages, 38 lots, each illustrated (5 in color); near fine. [30583] $30.00

 

146. [as above] Important Chinese and Korean Ceramics from a Collection formed by Ira and Nancy Koger. New York; Sotheby’s: November 27, 1990. Sale 6107. Ira Koger invented the modern office park, and then did something useful, buying and restoring an 1860 house in Savannah, and filling it with antiques. John Ayres wrote a Preface to this catalog. Hardcover. 8”x11”, 70+ pages, 57 lots, color illustrations; dj; light wear, scratch on jacket. [30585] $50.00

 

147. [as above] Catalogue of Arms and Armor of Old Japan. Examples of the Famous Miyochin’s, and others Celebrated for Their Work in Metals. Also Sword Guards, Knife Handles, Pewter, Carvings, Brocades and other Objects on Interest to Amateurs and Connoisseurs gathered on a Recent Visit to Japan by Bunkio Matsuki. New York; American Art Association: February 10-11, 1905. An auction sale at Thomas Kirby’s American Art Association, featuring material gathered by Bunkio Matsuki, the Japanese monk/dealer who, working with Edward Morse, helped popularize Japanese arts in America in the last decades of the 19th century. This catalog includes material he claimed to have purchased from some of Japan’s leading daimyo families, as well as blades and other objects purchased with the help of Choga Imamura, director of the military museum at Tokyo. Softcover. 6.25”x8.5”, about 80 pages, 502 lots, 16 b/w plates; pictorial covers; light soil, slight spotting to some of the plates, a little overall wear, but a very nice copy. [30587] $150.00

 

148. [as above] Superb Ancient Chinese and Persian Carpets, Notable Portraits by Celebrated English and French Masters, English Furniture of the Seventeenth-Eighteenth Century, from the collection of the late Alfred H. Mulliken. New York; American Art Association: April 12th-13th, 1935. This catalog features superb antique Chinese and Persian carpets; also paintings by Beechey, Lawrence, Lely, Gainsborough, etc, and some tapestry-upholstered furniture. Softcover. 7.5"x11", 116 pages, 289 lots, many b/w illustrations; covers soiled and worn, label on cover; cover torn along the spine for about 3". Priced. [30582] $20.00

 

149. [Painting Auctions] Catalogue des Tableaux Modernes ... composant la Collection de M. Alexandre Blanc. Paris; Galerie Georges Petit: December 4th, 1906. Some people bought Corots and Renoirs, M. Blanc bought the works of Johan Barthold Jongkind, a 19th Century Dutch Realist who painted many harbor scenes. 76 of his paintings, the vast bulk of the collection, are included here. There are also some Rodin bronzes included. Card covers, 9"x13", 107 pages, 182 lots, many b/w gravure plates with tissue guards. Some cover wear and soil; the binding has become very dry and the pages are tending to fall out. [30591] $40.00

 

150. [as above] Collection de Madame J. Danthon. Catalogue des Tableuax Modernes - Aquarelles et Dessins... Paris; M. Alph. Bellier: May 24th, 1933. Paintings by Corot, Daubigny, Degas, Dufy, Gauguin, Monet, Pissarro, Utrillo, "After the Bath" by Renoir and sculpture by Rodin. Card covers. 9"x11", about 60 pages, 68 lots, many b/w illustrations; covers soiled and worn, rear cover missing; spine perished, whole thing loose. [30590] $25.00

 

151. Pappas, Joan & A. Harold Kendall. Hampshire Pottery manufactured by J.S. Taft & Company, Keene, New Hampshire. Manchester; Forward's Color Productions: 1971. The only general guide to this pottery; many unusual pieces are illustrated. Comb-bound. 6"x9", 2 pages of text plus 21 color plates with facing descriptions; light wear. [30491] $85.00

 

152. [Paramount Pictures] European Furniture, Paintings and Objects of Art from The Collection of Paramount Pictures. New York; Christie’s: December 16, 1989. A selection of period and period-style furniture and decorations that were used in a wide variety of Paramount films from The Ten Commandments to Star Trek episodes (not what you think- it’s a giltwood grand piano). Most of them items are juxtaposed with movie stills showing them in the film. Great fun. Softcover. 8.25”x10.5”, 255 pages, 179 lots, color and b/w illustrations. A nice copy. [30575] $60.00

 

153. [Paris Exhibition] Passengers’ Baggage (Paris Exhibition). London; House of Commons: 1867. A pair of Parliamentary papers which are “Copies of Memorials to the Chancellor of the Exchequer with respect to the examination of passengers’ baggage during the continuance of the Paris Exhibition and of correspondence between the Treasury and the Commissioners of Customs upon the subject”. A group of members of Parliament (among them Benjamin Disraeli) wanted the Chancellor to waive the inspection of incoming passengers’ baggage from Paris for the duration of the Paris exhibition, claiming the increase in bags and traffic would impose burdensome waits. The Treasury’s detailed answer showed that this was not the case, and pointed out that the difference in prices for alcoholic beverages and tobacco between Paris and England encouraged smuggling. The MP’s appealed, claiming there was no price differential, to which the Treasury objected, showing the differentials in detail, and so on. Although it all sounds pretty dry, there is a great amount of interesting detail about cross-channel passages and customs practices, and the state of the liquor and tobacco trades in the two countries. 2 pieces; 8.25”x12.5”, 20 + 7 pages; disbound from a larger volume; some chipping and creasing, several stamps. [30603] $65.00

 

154. Peladeau, Marius B. Versatility - Yankee Style. The Cultural Diversity of Rev. Jonathan Fisher, John H. Bellamy and the Hardy Family. Rockland; The William A. Farnsworth Library and Art Museum: 1977. An intriguing loan exhibition which focused on three distinct Maine artists- Jonathan Fisher, the Reverend who painted portraits, made furniture and bound his own books; John Haley Bellamy of woodcarving fame; and the Hardy family of portrait painters. Softcover. 11”x8.25”, 32 pages, b/w illustrations; a nice copy. [30425] $40.00

 

155. Pillsbury, William Mitchell. The Providence Furniture Making Trade 1772-1834, As Seen in the Account Books of Job Danforth and William, Samuel and Daniel Proud. William Mitchell Pillsbury: 1975 / Ann Arbor; UMI Reprints. A dissertation submitted to the University of Delaware Winterthur Program. A study based on two account books in the collection of the Rhode Island Historical Society. Danforth was a cabinetmaker, and the Prouds were chair makers. Comb-bound. 8.5"x11", 143+ pages; a reprint from the original microfilm. New. [90155] $65.00

 

156. Pollen, John H. Ancient & Modern Furniture and Woodwork in the South Kensington Museum. London; Chapman and Hall: 1874. An interesting early catalog of the V&A's furniture collection consisting of English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, German and Italian furniture, mostly of the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries. The text begins with a 259-page Introduction which covers the history of furniture from ancient times through the 17th century, and also includes material on construction and finishing techniques as related by period writers. It finishes with 31-page descriptive listing of identified cabinetmakers, woodworkers and allied craftsmen in England and Europe through the 18th century. This is all followed by the catalog itself, organized by type of furniture; many of the descriptions are quite lengthy and contain many interesting details. The text is illustrated with 42 woodcuts and 15 Woodburytypes which are quite fresh and unfaded. An exemplary catalog of truly fine furniture. Hardcover. 6.5"x10", cclix + 415 pages with 42 woodcuts in the text, plus a chromolithographed frontispiece and 15 Woodburytype illustrations; bound in old pebbled boards with a plain leather spine with gilt lettering; recased; title page with some foxing and overall light toning, covers a bit worn, but a nice copy. [30445] $400.00

 

157. Poore, George Vivian. The Dwelling House. London; Longmans, Green, and Co.: 1897. The author was a physician at University College Hospital and a Fellow of the Sanitary Institute, and was primarily concerned with hygiene and how it was affected by architecture and waste disposal. There are chapters covering- Sanitation of the Isolated Dwelling; Slop-Water; Overcrowding: Its Causes and Effects; Circulation of Organic Matter; and Soil and Its Relation to Disease and Sanitation. Hardcover. 5”x7.5”, x + 178 pages, 36 line illustrations; light cover soil; contents with some light foxing and spotting. [30614] $40.00

 

158. Prime, Alfred Coxe. The Arts & Crafts in Philadelphia, Maryland and South Carolina 1721-1785. The Walpole Society: 1929. Special Edition limited to 100 copies printed on rag paper at the Wayside Press. An important documentation of Colonial and Federal-era artisans and tradesmen, based on an extensive search of period newspaper advertisements and announcements. Topics include painters, miniaturists, engravers, maps, silversmiths, pewterers, ceramics, glassware, cabinetmakers, upholsterers, carvers & gilders, clock & watch makers, wall paper, architects, house painting & glazing, sign painting, and stone cutters. A companion volume, covering the years 1786-1800, was published several years later. Hardcover. 6.5"x9.5", xvi + 323 pages plus 43 b/w plates; light wear. [30470] SOLD

 

159. Prodan, Mario. The Art of the T'ang Potter. New York; Viking Press: 1961. Other oriental ceramics may be more intricate, but the works of the T'ang potters remain the most serene and sublimely beautiful. This book features large, tipped-in color plates and many nice b/w illustrations as well. Hardcover. 10"x12", 186 pages, 34 tipped-in color plates and 120 b/w illustrations; bibliography. Text pages browned, as usual. [30538] $65.00

 

160. Quennell, Peter. The Pursuit of Happiness. Boston; Little, Brown: 1988. “A captivating look into the human spirit as it has been revealed in literature and art, from Epicurus to Proust, from Dryden to Lawrence. Elusive, eminently subjective, yet universal object of a heart’s desire, what is happiness? In this graceful and provocative book Quennell charts a course through three centuries.” Hardcover. 6.5”x9.5”, 200 pages, b/w illustrations, dj; a nice copy. [30563] $20.00

 

161. Ranck, Samuel H., et al. List of Books on Furniture with descriptive notes, issued in conjunction with the Hundredth Furniture Market in Grand Rapids. Published by the Library: 1927. At this time Grand Rapids, a furniture town, was the home of a twice yearly International furniture exposition, and the library was trying to develop the finest collection of furniture reference material in the world. This catalog's entries are somewhat sketchy, as it acknowledges, because the job was rushed so that it would be ready for the market; still, it is a very interesting document of this library at the time. Hardcover. 6"x9", 143 pages, some wear, spine cover reglued. [30459] $50.00

 

162. Ribeiro, Aileen. Dress in Eighteenth-Century Europe 1715-1789. New York; Holmes & Meier Publishers: 1985. Using a wide variety of period illustrations and sources the author explores the evolution of 18th century dress and accessories, the development of retailing and distribution, the rise of dress-designers, and late century fancy and fantasy dress. And then France had a Revolution and things got considerably more subdued. Hardcover. 7.5”x10”, 216 pages, color and b/w illustrations; bibliography; dj. Light wear, slight corner bump, else a nice copy. [30543] $50.00

 

163. Rice, Dennis G. Cats in English Porcelain of the 19th Century. Woodbridge; Antique Collectors’ Club: 2002. Porcelain cats are rarer than porcelain dogs -well, isn’t that just like a cat? Books on porcelain cats are also hard to come by -luckily, here is one. Beautifully composed, like an elegant Persian, and full of information not easily come-by, like a tight-lipped Siamese, this book is anything but stand-offish. And allergies won’t be a problem either. Comes with its own scratching post. Hardcover. 8.5”x11”, 99 pages, color and b/w illustrations, dj; bibliography. New. [90162] $29.50

 

164. Rinhart, Floyd & Marion. American Daguerreian Art. New York; Clarkson Potter: 1967. An excellent study of the development of daguerreotypes and their cases. Daguerreotypes enjoyed a brief popularity- from about 1840 to 1860, when they were supplanted by tintypes, but that 20-year period saw some exquisite work. This study includes both the well-known portraits and the lesser-known landscape and town pictures. It also includes the first full coverage of the work of Levi Hill, who invented the color process for daguerreotypes, and biographies of known daguerreotype artists. Hardcover. 8.5"x11", 132 pages, 89 b/w and color illustrations, dj; bibliography. Light wear, but a very nice copy. [30516] $65.00

 

165. Rinhart, Floyd & Marion. American Miniature Case Art. South Brunswick; A.S. Barnes and Company: 1969. The standard study of gutta-percha, embossed leather and other small cases made for the developing 19th century photography market. The authors have also unearthed much information on the makers of these cases and their methods of production. There are also biographies of known case makers, and notes on the rarity of the illustrated examples. Hardcover. 10.5"x10.5", 205 pages, 229 b/w and 19 color illustrations; dj; bibliography. Jacket a little soiled and worn, else a nice copy. [30517] $150.00

 

166. Rosenstiehl, M.A. Traite de la Couleur au Point de Vue Physique, Physiologique et Esthetique Comprenant l’expose de l’etat actuel de la question de L’Harmonie des Couleurs. Paris; Dunod: 1934. [2nd ed.] Originally published in 1913, this is a highly important color theory book. Rosenstiehl was a Doctor of Sciences, professor of chemistry, a staff member of the Conservatoire National des Arts et Metiers de Paris, a Corresponding Member of the Societe Industrielle de Mulhouse, and affiliated with the Maison Thierry. He had published his first color theory pamphlet in 1884, and followed it up with this title which, published at the height of the Cubist Movement, was highly influential with such key color theorists as Julie Beaudeneau, who was in turn a source of inspiration for Jacques Villon. Despite its importance then, it is an uncommon work now, though one does not really preclude the other; after all- when was color theory ever a best seller? Hardcover. 6.5”x9.5”, xv + 247 pages, 8 colored plates and 53 text illustrations; publisher’s coarse-weave tan cloth, light cover wear, a little soil, contents fine. A very nice copy of an uncommon work. [30598] $250.00

167. as above, Softcover edition. Publisher’s original softcovers, in glassine wraps. Light wear, a chip or two to the glassine, but essentially a fine copy of an uncommon work. [30599] $250.00

 

168. Rowan, Michelle. Nineteenth Century Cameos. Woodbridge; Antique Collectors' Club: 2004. "Until now, there has been no book available which explains the characters and scenes depicted on nineteenth century cameos, inspired by Greek and Roman mythology. Michele Rowan, a long-established cameo dealer and collector, has produced a fascinating guide to help the reader identify these mythological subjects, and to explain their significance in Victorian times." Hardcover. 8"x9.5", 134 pages, 129 color illustrations, dj. New. $49.50

 

169. Russell, Loris S. A heritage of light. Lamps and lighting in the early Canadian home. University of Toronto Press: 1968. "The nineteenth century opened in the flicker of tallow candles. It closed in the glare of Edison's electric lamp. Between those two events inventors and manufacturers developed a wonderful assortment of progressively more efficient lighting devices, burning a variety of fuels. Dr. Russell records with scientific attention to detail, backed up with more than 200 illustrations, how these lamps were made and used." This survey includes kerosene, oil, candles, rushlights, lard, fluid gas, electricity, related tools, etc. Hardcover. 8.5"x9", 344 pages, b/w illustrations, dj; bibliography. Jacket with some edgewqear and rubbing, else a nice copy. [30628] $150.00

 

170. Sachs, Samuel II, et al. Fakes and Forgeries. Minneapolis Institute of Arts: 1973. A wide-ranging loan exhibition of paintings, antiquities, ivories, bronzes, prints, icons, metalwork, sculpture, ceramics, glass, and much more. The detailed entries provide much interesting information, and there is an extensive bibliography. Softcover. 8.5"x8.5", about 250 pages, b/w illustrations; bibliography; light wear. [30523] $40.00

 

171. Sarre, Olive. The Pottery and Porcelain at The Hut, Yama Farms. Napanoch, New York; Yama Farms: 1918. Nestled in the Catskills, the Yama Farms Inn, founded by Frank Seaman and Olive Sarre, was a popular retreat for the powerful, creative and well-connected in the early decades of the 20th century. With its distinctive Japanese-style architecture, the Inn was world famous, and attracted writers, scientists, entertainers, industrialists and nobility. Thomas Edison, Henry Ford or John D. Rockefeller might be found there, lunching alongside John Burroughs, Nobel Prize winning poets and pioneer aviators. This charming book was “designed as a guide for those who visit the porcelain room at the Hut...The collection at the Hut was begun, because nothing seemed to be so happy in a log house as ‘old china’.” The collection included a wide variety of English pottery, listed and illustrated here by factory or district, as well as blue-printed transferware with American views. Softcover. 6”x9.25”, about 100 pages, with numerous b/w and blue monochrome plates and illustrations. Pictorial tan covers; some soil and a little wear. With a warm gift inscription by Olive Sarre. [30426] $60.00

 

A Victorian Guide to Gilding-

172. Saulo, M.J. Nouveau Manuel Complet de la Dorure sur Bois, a l'eau et a la mixtion par les procedes anciens et nouveaux. Paris; Librairie Encyclopedique de Roret: 1886. A guide to gilding, gilt lettering, and so on- “Traitant de l'outillage, de l'argenture sur bois, de la dorure des lettres et des inscriptions sur pierre et sur marbre, de la dorure chimique Allemande et de la dorure aux poudres de bronzes, suivi de la fabrication des Peintures Laquees sur meubles et sur sieges.” Softcover. 3.75”x6”, xii + 164 pages, + 36 pages of publisher’s advertisements; publisher’s pictorial yellow softcovers, covers with slight wear and soil, but a good copy. [30619] $175.00

 

173. Scarisbrick, Diana. Ancestral Jewels. Treasures of Britain’s Aristocracy. New York; The Vendome Press: 1990. A lavishly illustrated study of the jewelry and jewels of the “lesser” Royalty of Great Britain of the last several centuries, written by one of the foremost experts on the jewels of British Royalty. Duchesses and Marquises and Earlets abound, bundled in their baubles and looking quite British. Illustrated with a number of paintings and period photos as well as good color photos of many of the pieces. Hardcover. 9.5”x12”, 191 pages, color and b/w illustrations, dj; jacket rubbed. [30429] $45.00

 

174. Scherer, John L. New York Furniture at the New York State Museum. Alexandria; Highland House Publishers: 1984. An important catalog which covers the period 1680-1910. "Most of the objects are labeled or can be traced back to their original owner; thus this catalog is an important resource for the identification of unmarked objects and is a significant addition to the relatively scarce literature on early New York furniture" (Ames & Ward). Softcover. 8.5"x11", 142 pages, b/w illustrations; light wear. [30407] $60.00

 

175. Schroder, Timothy B. The Francis E. Fowler, Jr. Collection of Silver. Los Angeles; Fowler Museum of Cultural History: 1991. The Fowler collection was mainly English & Irish, with European and American examples as well. An elegant catalog with superb photographs. Softcover. 8.5”x9.5”, 115 pages, color and b/w illustrations; a near fine copy. [30428] $25.00

 

176. Shelley, Donald A. The Fraktur-Writings or Illuminated Manuscripts of the Pennsylvania Germans. Allentown; Pennsylvania German Folklore Society: 1961. A standard, well-illustrated study which includes material on the history of Pennsylvania-German fraktur, illumination techniques and materials, schools and types of fraktur, and much more. There is also an extensive bibliography. Volume 23 in the Publications Series. Hardcover. 6.5"x9", 375 pages, color and b/w illustrations; bibliography. Publisher’s coarse tan cloth with red lettering and decoration. Light wear, but a very nice copy. [30484] $150.00

 

177. Shelley, Frederick. Aaron Dodd Crane, An American Original. Columbia; National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors, Supplement to the Bulletin, Summer, 1987. An in-depth study of this prolific and inventive 19th century horologist and engineer. Crane’s torsion pendulum, his walking escapement, his tower clocks, and other inventions and innovations all attest to his genius. Softcover. 8.5”x11”, 120 pages, b/w illustrations, light wear. [30422] $30.00

 

178. Shepperley, William. A History of Photography. London; Arthurs Press Limited: [1928]. An uncommon early history of photography, with an emphasis on the technical processes and hardware and their development, with additional matter on the business and hobby of photography. There is also a chapter on the cinema and cinematic photography. Hardcover. 7.5”x10”, [iv] + [vi] + 99 pages plus 25 plates, several in colors and 1 tipped-in; several pages of advertisements; dj; jacket soiled and lightly chipped. [30597] $125.00

 

179. Simon, Andre L. Bibliotheca Vinaria. A Bibliography of Books and Pamphlets Dealing with Viticulture, Wine-Making, Distillation, the Management, Sale, Taxation, Use and Abuse of Wines and Spirits. Martino Publishing. A facsimile reprint of the original 1913 limited edition, which listed over 6,500 items. “Simon is one of the most famous of bibliographers in the field of gastronomy, and his Biblioteca Vinaria is one of the most important works in the subfield of books relating to wine and spirits.” Hardcover. 6”x9”, viii 340 pages. New. [90221] $60.00

 

180. Skrine, Peter N. The Baroque. Literature and Culture in Seventeenth Century Europe. New York; Holmes & Meier: 1978. A scholarly study which gives the antiques or art collector some additional background on the age and mindset that produced all the those swirls and curlicues. Hardcover. 5.5”x8.5”, 176 pages, dj; light wear. [30561] $20.00

 

181. Smith, Sidney Adair. Mobile Silversmiths and Jewelers 1820-1867. Historic Mobile Preservation Society: 1970. An interesting short essay on Mobile silversmiths and jewelers, drawing on material assembled by Mrs. Frances R. Summers, with many additions. Includes a 3-page listing of identified silversmiths & jewelers. An uncommon title. Softcover. 6.5”x9”, 14 pages, b/w illustrations; inscribed by the author. [30471] $50.00

 

182. Smith, Yvonne Brault. John Haley Bellamy. Carver of Eagles. Portsmouth Marine Society: 1982. John Haley Bellamy [1836-1914] was one of America’s best-known woodcarvers, and the phrase “Bellamy eagle” will always cause folk art enthusiasts heart to beat faster. Creator of the famous “Lancaster” eagle and many more distinctive, vibrant carvings, Bellamy was a gifted craftsman. His personal life did not mirror the beauty of his creations, and he led an often troubled, restless life, toiling long days for meager wages. This well-illustrated study remains the definitive study of his life and work. Softcover. 7”x10”, 103 pages, b/w illustrations. New. [90187] $20.00

 

183. Snyder, John J. Jr. (ed.). Philadelphia Furniture and Its Makers. New York; Main Street/Universe Books: 1975. An anthology of articles from The Magazine Antiques by authors including Alice Winchester, David Stockwell, Clarence W. Brazer, Donald L. Fennimore, Kenneth Ames and John J. Snyder, Jr. [Semowich 1143]. All things considered, I might not rather be in Philadelphia, but I’d certainly rather be sitting in a Philadelphia Chippendale chair. Hardcover. 8.5"x11", 158 pages, profusely illustrated in b/w; light wear. Inscribed by Snyder. [30405] $100.00

 

184. [Spanish Art] Spanish & Spanish Colonial Art, French Furniture, Paintings, Bibelots, Silver, Gothic & Renaissance Sculptures from the estate of the Late G. Butler Sherwell. New York; Parke-Bernet Galleries: October 11-12th, 1963. Sale 2212. Included 117 lots of Spanish and Colonial wood carvings, silver, and votive paintings, as well as 8 lots of Gothic wood sculptures. Softcover. 7.5"x10.5", 113 pages, 447 lots, b/w illustrations; moderate wear and some soil. [30584] $25.00

 

185. Sparkes, John C.L. Hints to China and Tile Decorators, from the English of John C.L. Sparkes...Edited and Revised by an American Decorator Who has added designs of the principal borders, etc., used by the celebrated Wedgwood, and a list of all materials used in china and tile decoration. Boston; S.W. Tilton & Co.: [1877]. A practical guide for Victorian china and tile painters, with technical and stylistic instructions. John C.L. Sparkes, from whose works this was adapted, was the Headmaster of the National Art Training School in South Kensington, Director of the Lambeth School of Art, and an important figure at the Doulton factories at the time. Uncommon. Softcover. 4.75”x7.25”, 85 pages, 2 b/w plates and several wood engraved text illustrations; publisher’s yellow softcovers; covers with some soil and wear, front hinge creased and cracking, rear cover with some edge chips. [30627] $100.00

 

186. Spillman, Jane Shadel. White House Glassware. Two Centuries of Presidential Entertaining. White House Historical Association: 1989. A very well illustrated study of glassware used and ordered by the presidents over the last several centuries. Illustrated with modern photographs as well as period prints and paintings. Published in conjunction with the Corning Museum of Glass. Softcover. 8.5”x11”, 148 pages, color and b/w illustrations; light wear, a nice copy. [30411] $35.00

 

187. Stoudt, John Joseph. Pennsylvania German Folk Art, An Interpretation. Allentown; Pennsylvania German Folklore Society: 1966. A revised re-issue of the author’s landmark 1948 study. Stoudt covers such general subjects as Pennsylvania-German iconography and symbolism as well as more specific subjects as frakturs, portraits, pottery, textiles, architectural decoration and tombstones. Volume 28 in the Publications Series. Hardcover. 6.5"x9", 386 pages, color and b/w illustrations. Publisher’s coarse tan cloth with red lettering and decoration. Light wear, but a very nice copy. [30483] $125.00

 

188. Stradling, Garrison & Diana (eds.). The Art of the Potter -Redware and Stoneware. New York; Main Street/Universe: 1977. A selection of articles on American redware and stoneware from the Magazine Antiques by authors including Webster, Hume, Clement, Kindig, Knittle, Weygandt, Watkins, Spargo, and others. Softcover. 8.5"x11", 160 pages, 100s of b/w illustrations; light wear, but a nice copy. [30412] $100.00

 

189. The Studio Year Book of Decorative Art 1908. London; The Studio: 1908. A popular illustrated annual of garden and country house design, interior decorations, and decorative arts such as glass, ceramics, textiles, furniture and metalwork, primarily in England but also including material from European countries. This volume includes a section on British Firegrates and Mantelpieces. Hardcover. 8.5”x11”, xii + xlvi pages, plus 21 color and several hundred b/w illustrations and plates. Covers with some soil, hinges a bit wobbly, several binding cracks. [30615] $75.00

 

190. Tarn, E. Wyndham. An Elementary Treatise on the Construction of Roofs of Wood and Iron, deduced chiefly from the works of Robison, Tregold, and Humber. London; Crosby Lockwood and Son: 1901. 4th ed. A volume in the ‘Weale’s Scientific & Technical Series’. Tarn was an architect and the author of several technical books, as well as the editor of several editions of Tregold’s classic treatise on carpentry. Hardcover. 4.5”x6.75”, viii + 128 pages with 67 line figures, plus 16 + 48 pages of publisher’s advertisements; publisher’s tan cloth, covers with some soil and slightly darkened. [30613] $40.00

 

191. [Teco] Hints for Gifts and Home Decoration. Madison; Razmataz Press: 1980s. A facsimile reprint of the 1905 Teco Pottery trade catalog. Uncommon. Softcover. 6”x6.5”, 28 pages, b/w illustrations; name inside cover, else fine. [30495] $60.00

 

192. Terwilliger, Charles. John C. Briggs and Rotary Pendulum Clocks. Reprinted from the Bulletin of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors, April, 1978. An essay on Briggs, holder of the first U.S. Patent for a rotary pendulum clock, and other early makers. Softcover. 6”x9”, 27 pages, b/w illustrations; a nice copy. [30421] $25.00

 

193. Theus, Mrs. Charlton M. Savannah Furniture 1735-1825. Privately printed: 1967. An uncommon title on southern furniture, which includes chapters on woods, Savannah inventories, types of furniture made in Savannah, Savannah cabinetmakers, and furniture imported into Savannah. A noted authority on southern furniture, Mrs. Theus worked on the 1952 Virginia Museum exhibition, and wrote articles on the subject for The Magazine Antiques. Alice Winchester wrote the Foreword. Softcover. 5.5"x8", 100 pages, b/w illustrations, a fine copy. [30454] $125.00

 

194. Toller, Jane. Papier-Mache in Great Britain and America. London; G. Bell & Sons: 1962. A good examination of late 18th and 19th century papier-mache furniture, trays, boxes and other objects. A well researched study, based on the author's extensive work with period publications, catalogs, and directories, and with many period illustrations of very unusual articles. Hardcover. 5.5"x8.5", 126 pages, 1 color and 32 b/w plates and 15 line illustrations, dj; light soil, lightly worn and slightly chipped jacket. [30436] $50.00

 

195. Tomlinson, Juliette (ed.). The Paintings and Journals of Joseph Whiting Stock. With a checklist of his works compiled by Kate Steinway. Middletown; Wesleyan University Press: 1976. Little is know about the lives of many 19th century American folk painters, but the discovery of a cache of Stock's papers, including a journal written in the late 1840s-50, gives modern readers great insight into their world. A portrait painter based in New England, Stock (1815-1855) comes alive again through his own words as well as the commentary of Juliette Tomlinson. Hardcover. 7.5"x10.5", 180 pages, 8 color and 93 b/w illustrations, dj. Light soil, overall a very nice copy. [30413] $45.00

 

196. Tracy, Berry B. Federal Furniture and Decorative Arts at Boscobel. New York; Harry N. Abrams and Boscobel Restorations: 1981. "A remarkable collection of Federal period furniture and decorative arts graces Boscobel, a delightful example of New York Federal domestic architecture at Garrison, New York." This handsome, oversized book features brilliant color illustrations of the furniture, silver, paintings and other decorations, and a scholarly text by one of the foremost experts on Federal furniture. Hardcover. 12"x12", 165 pages, 166 color and 49 b/w illustrations, dj; near fine. [30463] $150.00

197. as above, Softcover. 12"x12", 165 pages, 166 color and 49 b/w illustrations, near fine. [30461] $65.00

 

198. Trent, Robert. Hearts & Crowns: Folk Chairs of the Connecticut Coast, 1720-1840, as viewed in the light of Henri Focillon's Introduction to 'Art Populaire'. New Haven Colony Historical Society: 1977. "An excellent book that deals mainly with banister-back and other 18th century chairs" (Semowich). Semowich 832. Ames & Ward. Softcover. 9"x12", 101 pages, b/w illustrations; light wear, corners bumped, spine slightly rubbed. [30408] $65.00

 

199. Trigt, Jan Van. Cutlery. From Gothic to Art Deco. The J. Hollander Collection. Pandora: 2003. There are no words to adequately describe the 534 sets of antique cutlery illustrated and described here. I’m not sure how anyone could eat while holding such objects- you’d just sit there, staring at the intricate details and wonderful carving or enamel or engraved work. One might literally starve while attempting to dine. There are knives and forks with handles of carved bone and ivory, decorated porcelain, gleaming enamels, chased, gilt or engraved silver, handles of coral and agate and other semi-precious stones, traveling cutlery of brass or mother-of-pearl... there are heads, stags, flowers, scrolls, bears, priests, angels, buxom women and bearded sages. There may even be buxom sages, I’ve lost track. Published at the time of the exhibition of the Hollander Collection at the Design Museum of Ghent in 2003. Essential for the lover of silver, and cutlery. Essential even if you don’t love cutlery. It’s that good. Hardcover. 10”x12”, 298 pages, color illustrations, dj; bibliography. New. [90168] $75.00

 

200. Tuke, Diana. Bit by Bit. A Guide to Equine Bits. London; J.A. Allen & Co.: 1965. Although the coverage here is of modern bits, my theory (when I bought the book) was that it never hurts to know terminology. How can one go through life not knowing the difference between a Military Banbury and a Jointed Pelham? It boggles the imagination... Hardcover. 7.5”x10”, 73 pages, b/w illustrations, dj; light wear. [30480] $30.00

 

An 1850 American Dyer’s Copy-

201. Ure, Andrew. A Dictionary of Chemistry, on the Basis of Mr. Nicholson’s; in which the principles of the science are investigated anew, and its application to the phenomena of nature, medicine, mineralogy, agriculture, and manufactures, detailed. London; Thomas & George Underwood: 1821. The first edition of Ure’s famous treatise. This is a highly useful book with an emphasis on applied chemistry. Found amongst its pages are entries on acids, alum, bone, bread, cement, clay, dyeing, gas, iron, light, madder, opal, silvering, soap, and so on. Hardcover. 5.5”x9”, xix + about 500 pages, with 15 engraved plates, several folding; period marbled boards with leather spine and gilt title; covers a bit worn and rubbed; some internal soil; some foxing to the plates. Errata slip. Ownership inscription of “Peter Stevenson, Dyer, Clinton, Mass September 1st, 1852” on the endpaper. [30609] $850.00

 

202. Ure, Andrew [& P.L. Simmonds]. The Philosophy of Manufactures: or, an Exposition of the Scientific, Moral, and Commercial Economy of the Factory System of Great Britain...Continued in its Details to the Present Time by P.L. Simmonds. London; H.G. Bohn: 1861. 3rd edition. Originally published in 1835. Simmonds writes that in this new edition his aim is “to concentrate as much descriptive and statistical information connected with these great manufacturing industries, as should serve to convey the idea of their position and progress both at home and abroad”. The book begins with Ure’s original text, and then continues with Simmonds’ additions- Progress of Manufactures Since 1836; Recent History of Cotton Manufacture; Recent History of Flax Manufacture; Recent History of Silk Manufacture; Recent History of Wool Manufacture. Hardcover. 5”x7.5”, xvi + 766 pages, b/w frontispiece and text illustrations; a note says that the power-loom factory plate from the earlier edition has been moved to the Cotton section, but I cannot find it; neatly recased with newer endsheets; spine darkened; stain on rear cover; light soil and wear throughout. [30610] $300.00

 

203. Ure, Andrew. A Dictionary of Arts, Manufactures and Mines; containing a Clear Exposition of their Principles and Practice. New York; D. Appleton: 1868. Corrected and Greatly Enlarged edition. One of the great compendiums of manufacture of the 19th century, first published in 1839 and enlarged and updated a number of times. From amber and alabaster through brass, brick and bread, calico printing, cutlery, gas-light, glass-making, gunpowder, ice production, leather, pickles, silver, soap and tea, to white lead, wheeled carriages and wine, almost everything you can think of, any many things you wouldn’t have thought of, are here. Andrew Ure [1778-1857] was a professor of chemistry who also worked for the British government and several private companies. He authored a number of important books on chemistry and manufactures, of which his “Dictionary” was the culminating title. Hardcover. 2 volumes. 7.5”x10”, xiv + 1,118 + 998 pages; “with nearly 1600 engravings on wood”; publisher’s pink pebbled cloth, rebacked and with new endpapers; spines sunned; faint name stamps on the title pages; a nice, clean, tight and fresh set. [30559] $400.00

 

204. ‘Various Writers’. The Cabinet Maker. A Practical Guide to the Principles of Design, and the Economical and Sound Construction of Household Furniture, Furnishings, and Fittings. Together with treatises on the designing and setting out of mouldings, and of ornamental or cut-wood work. London; Ward, Lock, Bowden, and Co.: 1892. An interesting work, based in large part on material previously published periodically in ‘The Industrial Self-Instructor’. In addition to giving aspiring cabinetmakers technical instruction, the editor notes that he wants to make them aware of the principles of good design as well, which he sees sadly lacking in current furniture, much of which illustrates “such monstrosities of design that it may well be doubted whether any thought was given to the purposes of household convenience, utility and comfort”. Hardcover. 5.5”x8”, xii + 178 pages with many text illustrations, plus 20 folding plates on 10 sheets (printed double-sided). Publisher’s brick-red cloth with gilt title; covers with minor soil, spine a bit darkened; contents fine. [30621] $125.00

 

205. Venable, Charles L. Silver in America 1840-1940. A Century of Splendor. Dallas Museum of Art/Harry N. Abrams: 1995. After the Tariff Act of 1842 effectively drove foreign silver from the American marketplace, domestic manufacturers adapted new technologies, brought craftsmen from Europe, and, feeding an ever-increasing consumer demand, soon became the leading silver producers in the World. This period also as one of great artistic and design ferment and innovation, and all that is completely chronicled in this extremely important, well-illustrated study. Published in conjunction with an exhibition at the Dallas Museum of Art. Hardcover. 9”x12”, 365 pages, color and b/w illustrations, dj; bibliography. Near fine. [30501] $175.00

 

206. Vors, Frederic. Bibelots and Curios: A Manual for Collectors, with a Glossary of Technical Terms. New York; D. Appleton and Company: 1879. A clever little book with chapters on pottery, porcelain, glass, stained glass, enamels, metal-work, arms, clocks, watches, musical instruments, fans, lacquer-work and furniture. Obviously of little practical use to the modern collector, but a good example of the sort of very early collecting manual which served as an inspiration for pioneering individuals and collecting clubs in Victorian days. Hardcover. 4.75”x6.25”, 116 pages, plus 12 pages of publishers’ advertisements. Publisher’s pictorial cloth, a nice bright copy. [30611] $30.00

 

207. Waiting at Table. A Practical Guide. By A Member of the Aristocracy. London; Frederick Warne & Co.: no date (c.1900). A complete guide for the maid who needs to know how to set up and wait at table for a variety of occasions including breakfast, luncheon, dinner, afternoon tea, wedding luncheons, wedding receptions, garden parties, evening parties, ball suppers, and hunt breakfasts. An updated edition was published in 1929 and credited to Mrs. C.S. Peel. Hardcover. 5”x7.5”, viii + 115 pages; publisher’s grey cloth with dark blue lettering and vaguely Aesthetic-style decoration. Covers with light soil, rear cover with a white stain along the edge; text lightly toned, hinges a bit shaken. [30607] $75.00

 

208. [Walpole Society] The Walpole Society Note Book 2001-2002. Printed for the Society. This issue begins with an account of the members visiting ‘Horace Walpole’s England’, as well as the Spring meeting in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. There are essays about 19th century book collecting by William S. Reese and 19th century artist John Ross Key, by Alfred C. Harrison, Jr. The issue also includes memorials for Frederick Baldwin Adams, Jr; John Carter Brown; and Henry Schofield Streeter. Hardcover. 6.25”x9.25”, 103 pages, b/w illustrations; marbled boards with a black cloth spine, as issued; a fine copy. [30539] $100.00

 

209. Ward, James. Colour Harmony and Contrast. For the Use of Art Students, Designers, and Decorators. London; Chapman and Hall: 1903. An attractive color-theory treatise meant for the decorator and designer. Ward had written several texts on historic ornament and modern design and tends to practical theory rather than theoretical practice. The color plates are especially pleasing, being a mix of Art Nouveau designs and Nouveau/Arts & Crafts-type color harmonies useful for interior decoration. A brief quote from the Preface illustrates where he is coming from- “The student of ancient and medieval history learns that colour was lavishly used in the arts, and in the every-day life of the people in those days, and we all know that colour is the life of nature, but we do not profit from this knowledge as much as we ought, for the public use of colour in England of to-day is, generally speaking, confined to the scenic effects of the theatre, to the picture gallery, to a coronation, or to an occasional display of fireworks, and if it were not for the generous efforts of the bill-poster to provide us with the ‘poor man’s picture gallery’ on the suburban hoardings, our great manufacturing towns would be entirely colourless, and our street life would be reduced to the monotonous level of a black and white exhibition”. Hardcover. 6.5”x9.5”, x + 140 pages, plus 1 b/w and 16 color plates with tissue guards; line illustrations; covers with some soil and rubbing, contents fine. [30596] $75.00

 

210. Ward, Jessica Bemis. Food to Die For. A Book of Funeral Food, Tips and Tales. Lynchburg; Old City Cemetery/Southern Memorial Association: 2004. A cookbook and photographic tour of Lynchburg’s historic Old City Cemetery, all in one book! This unique cookbook contains 180 pages of recipes, etiquette, and anecdotes”. Established in 1806, the Old City Cemetery in Lynchburg, Virginia is the state’s oldest continuously-operated public cemetery. This book contains not only funeral lore and recipes, but many photographs of the beautiful and historic grounds and buildings. A unique cookbook. Spiralbound. 7.5”x9”, 180 pages, b/w illustrations. New. [90223] $25.00

 

211. Warren, David B. Southern Silver. An Exhibition of Silver made in the South prior to 1860. Houston; Museum of Fine Arts: 1968. An important loan exhibition catalog with decent photographs. David Warren's Introduction touches on the stylistic development of Southern silver and its relative scarcity. This was the first comprehensive exhibition devoted to southern silver made prior to the Civil War; the majority of the items are from Virginia, Maryland, South Carolina and Kentucky; Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina, Louisiana and Texas are also represented. Softcover. 8.5"x11", 90 pages, 149 b/w illustrations; card covers; light soil. [30504] $75.00

 

212. Watson, F.J.B. The Wrightsman Collection. Vol. 1- Furniture [&] Volume 2- Furniture, Gilt Bronzes, Carpets. New York; Metropolitan Museum of Art: 1966. The first two volumes (of an eventual five) of the catalog of the Wrightsman Collection, one of the foremost collections of French 18th century decorative and fine arts in America. This set is complete in itself; later volumes covered such topics as porcelains and paintings. These two volumes contain pictures and descriptions of some 500 pieces with physical description, attribution, provenance, and bibliographical citations for each piece. There are also photographs of craftsmen's marks, an appendix on the Savonnerie manufactory, biographies of craftsmen, and a glossary of French technical terms. 2 vols. Hardcovers. 10"x11.5", 671 pages, 332 illustrations, including 35 color plates, dj's. A very nice set in somewhat worn jackets with some corner chips, wear, etc. [30464] $800.00

 

213. Webb, Wilfred Mark. The Heritage of Dress. Being Notes on the History and Evolution of Clothes. London; The Times Book Club: 1912. Revised edition. A wide-ranging study, delving into the questions of clothing and accessories from ancient to modern times and across many cultures. Includes chapters on buttons, collars, hats, shoes & stockings, petticoats & trousers, gloves, ornaments, hair, wedding dress, mourning dress, Sunday clothes, dress for lawyers, servants, academics, courtiers, clowns, and much, much more. Hardcover. 6”x9”, xiv + 299 pages with 169 line illustrations, plus 12 b/w plates; publisher’s green cloth with gilt titles; covers a little dusty, spine head slightly chipped and with a short tear; endpapers browned, pages lightly toned, light internal soil. [30547] $60.00

 

214. Wiener Mode aus dem Biedermeier. Wien; Sonderausstellung des Historischen Museums der Stadt Wien: 1991. The catalog to an exhibition of Biedermeier-era fashion and accessories. German text. Softcover. 6”x8.25”, 34 pages, color and b/w illustrations; light soil. [30545] $25.00

 

#1 of 400 Copies-

215. Wildridge, T. Tindall. The Grotesque in Church Art... London; William Andrews & Co.: 1899. Edition limited to 400 numbered copies, of which this is copy #1. An engaging study of “grotesques” in Gothic ornament, specifically church ornament, and the origins of their symbolism. Illustrated with many wonderful examples drawn from unsuspecting and otherwise perfectly respectable English churches. Hardcover. 8.5”x11”, vii, [ii], plus 228 pages, line illustrations and 1 b/w plate. Publisher’s dark green cloth with gilt titles; covers with minor scuffing and a little wear; endpapers browned, else a nice copy. [30540] $250.00

 

216. Wingert, Paul S. The Sculpture of Negro Africa. Morningside Heights; Columbia University Press: 1951. 2nd prtg. It was in the 40s and 50s that African sculpture became popular and “hip” in America- remember Gillian Holroyd’s shop in “Bell, Book and Candle”? This early scholarly study surveys the varying styles and traditions of African sculpture and includes a good bibliography, divided by subject. Hardcover. 6”x9”, 96 pages with line drawings, plus 118 b/w illustrations, dj; light wear. [30525] $30.00

 

217. Winter, Henry C. The Dynasty of Louis Comfort Tiffany. Boston; Henry Winter: [1971]. Henry Winter knew Louis Comfort Tiffany, and his brother was a longtime assistant to LCT, and a colorist at the Tiffany Studios. Winter wrote four books about Tiffany and his work- the first was a paperback appreciation of Winter's brother, this title was the second, followed shortly by the "Final Dynasty" and then by the "Commemorative Edition". All were self-published, and have a certain idiosyncratic, quirky charm that comes from bubbling enthusiasm and a general lack of any editing. None of them have any readily identifiable organization to speak of, but present the collector with the joy that comes with serendipitous discovery. Hardcover. 8.5”x11”, 186 pages, color and b/w illustrations, dj. Book itself nice with a slight dampsmell which seems to be common to this title; jacket worn and torn, front flyleaf detached, etc. [30430] $85.00

 

218. Worth, Jean Philippe. A Century of Fashion. Boston; Little, Brown, and Company: 1928. The reminiscences of the son of Charles Frederick Worth, founder of the house of couture bearing his name, and himself an eminent figure in the 19th and early 20th century fashion scene. If you were anybody, or aspired to be an anybody, during this period, you were clothed by the House of Worth. This book has become oddly difficult to find these days. Hardcover. 7”x10”, xviii + 230 pages, color frontispiece and b/w plates; covers a little dusty, spine a bit faded; else a good copy. [30542] $150.00

 

219. Yarbrough, Raymond C. Bow Porcelain and the London Theatre. Vivitur Ingenio. Hancock; Front and Center Publications: 1996. A detailed study of 60 Bow figurines produced in the 1750s and 1760s, based on characters on the London stage. Illustrated with porcelains, as well as period prints and other illustrations. Softcover. 8.5”x11”, 136 pages, b/w and color illustrations; bibliography. Light wear. [30434] $35.00

 

220. Zakin, Richard. American Art Pottery. Pragmatism and Fantasy. Auburn; Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center: 1982. An early loan exhibition, organized and curated by noted ceramicist and collector Richard Zakin. Zakin wrote a short introduction and thumbnail sketches of a dozen potteries for this uncommon catalog. Softcover. 8”x8”, 20 pages, line illustrations; former owner’s embossure on title page, else fine. [30494] $40.00

 

221. Zogry, Kenneth Joel. The Best the Country Affords. Vermont Furniture 1765-1850. Bennington Museum: 1995. Edited by Philip Zea, with a Foreword by Wendell Garrett. A beautifully produced loan-exhibition catalog, featuring large, nicely lit photographs, and many illustrations of original labels, advertisements, etc. Softcover. 8.5"x12", 172 pages, many b/w and some color illustrations. New. [90191] $40.00

 

222. Zusy, Catherine. Norton Stoneware and American Redware: The Bennington Museum Collection. Bennington Museum: 2003. 2nd prtg. First published in 1991, this important catalog re-examines the products of the Norton pottery in light on newly examined period sources and records, and provides a much more scholarly approach to the problems of attribution than some earlier studies did. The second portion of the catalog examines redware from the Museum’s collection. Softcover. 8.5”x11”, 79 pages, color and b/w illustrations. New. [90190] $30.00

 


 

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223. Huey, Michael (ed.). Viennese Silver. Modern Design 1780-1918. Hatje Cantz Verlag: 2003. Illustrated with more than 500 images, including 189 color plates, this volume presents more than 180 outstanding silver objects from Vienna, of the period from Neoclassicism to the Wiener Werkstatte. The book compares late 18th-century works with examples of early 20th-century design and architecture, offering both a detailed look at Vienna's unquestioned influence on the development of the modern decorative arts and also evidence that the roots of modernism's spare, clean lines go back further than is often assumed. Images from popular culture-airplanes, rocket ships, sleek urban structures-are compared to the tureens, tableware, and decorative items they inspired. Published in conjunction with the loan exhibition at the Neue Gallery in New York and the Kunsthistorisches Muaseum in Vienna. Hardcover. 9.5”x11.5”, 398 pages, b/w and color illustrations, dj. New. [95070]

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224. Kelly, Ian. Cooking for Kings. The Life of Antonin Careme, the First Celebrity Chef. New York; Walker & Co.: 2003. “A unique feast of biography and Regency cookbook, ‘Cooking for Kings’ takes readers on a culinary tour of the palaces of Britain and Europe in the ultimate age of gastronomic indulgence, when, for the first time, chefs became celebrities and the modern restaurant was born”. Antonin Careme invented the chef’s hat and soufflé, and cooked for Romanovs, Rothschilds, Emperors and Kings. Hardcover. 5.5”x8.5”, 301 pages, several color and line illustrations, dj. New. [95069]

Published at $26.00
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225. Lang, Gordon (ed.). 1000 Tiles. Ten Centuries of Decorative Ceramics. San Francisco; Chronicle Books: 2004. A colorful extravaganza of antique tiles, from antique Islamic and Dutch tiles and Italian maiolica to Medieval pavements and colorful Victorian, Arts & Crafts and Art Deco examples. The authors include Paul Atterbury, Catherine Blake and Riccardo Sorani. If you love tiles you’ll love this thick, weighty book. Softcover. 8”x9”, 320 pages, packed with color illustrations. New. [95068]

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226. 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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227. 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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228. Todd, Pamela. The Arts and Crafts Companion. New York; Bulfinch Press: 2004. “This book, illustrated with 250 color 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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229. 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.” Hardcover. 11”x12.5”, 520 pages, profusely illustrated in color and b/w; dj. New. [95061]

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230. 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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231. Wirtz, Rolf C. Art & Architecture of Florence. Konemann: 2005. “Under the Medici family in the 15th century, such artists as Leonardo da Vinci, Botticelli and Brunelleschi turned Florence 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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