Catalogue 296

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March, 2007

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1. Allen, C. Bruce. Cottage Building or Hints for Improving the Dwellings of the Working Classes and the Labouring Poor. London; Crosby Lockwood and Co.: 1880. 9th ed. As the Victorian era progressed more and more attention was paid by reformers, architects, and designers to the working poor. This edition includes appendices on “a suggested plan for adding to and repairing [homes] now existing in London and other large towns”, and “Economy of rural dwellings for tradesmen and persons of limited means”. A volume in the Weale Rudimentary series. Hardcover. 4.25”x7”, viii + 148 pages, with many wood engravings and full-page plates; plus 1 32-page list of the publisher’s other books. Publisher’s embossed cloth, covers a bit worn, front hinge cracked inside, but tight; light soil, etc. [30756] $75.00

 

2. Barnard, Julian. Victorian Ceramic Tiles. Greenwich; New York Graphic Society: 1972. If the Victorians took anything to heart, it was tiles. They were just nutty about tiles. This very well illustrated survey traces the history of the decorative tile in Victorian times, explores the design and manufacture of the tiles, leading makers and designers, tiles in America, architectural faience and terra cotta, and tile collecting. Hardcover. 7.5"x10”, 184 pages, profusely illustrated in b/w and color, dj; a fine copy in a somewhat worn jacket with a few short tears. [30657] $65.00

 

3. Barnes, Jairus B. & Moselle Taylor Meals. American Furniture in the Western Reserve 1680-1830. Cleveland; Western Reserve Historical Society: 1972. The catalog to a loan exhibition of American Colonial and Federal furniture from New England, New York, Pennsylvania and Baltimore, lent from private Cleveland-area collections. 135 of the 160 items are illustrated and described. Semowich 1073. Softcover. 8”x9”, 133 pages, b/w illustrations; light soil. [30653] $75.00

 

4. Barons, Richard I. An Exhibition of 18th and 19th Century American Folk Pottery. New Paltz; College Art Gallery, State University College: 1969. An early exhibition of redware, stoneware, and other utilitarian “folk” pottery, featuring pieces chosen for their distinctive aesthetic qualities (while still being completely utilitarian). Most of the pieces were from private collections. A catalog which has become very difficult to find. Strong 187. Softcover. 10”x7”, 35 pages, 46 b/w illustrations; a nice, clean copy. [30749] $85.00

 

Peter Piper Drew a Cypher...

5. Barraud, Phillip. A New Book of Single Cyphers, Comprising Six Hundred Invented and Engraved by Ph. D. Barraud. London: 1782. A clever compendium of just about any possible combination of initials a silversmith or engraver might want to engrave, set up as decorative cyphers with the occasional duck, dragon, bee or flower poking out from a curlicue. There are also three elaborate engraved dedication pages- the first bears a Royal cypher in a wreath under the crown; the second shows the conventional Royal Arms, and the third has the lion and unicorn from the Royal arms looking up at an eagle which is perched on a Royal cypher. A joyous celebration of the engraver’s art. Scarce- OCLC locates only 2 copies. Hardcover. 6.25”x8”, 3 elaborately engraved Royal dedication pages, plus 100 engraved plates; LACKS the title page. Bound in old red quarter leather with raised bands and gilt spine medallions; marbled boards; covers a bit scuffed, contents with some widely scattered soil, but overall a nice, wide-margined copy of an uncommon title, but lacking the title page and priced accordingly. [30741] $450.00

 

A 1698 Collection of Ancient Egyptian Amulets-

6. Baudelot de Dairval, Charles Cesar. Histoire de Ptolemee Auletes Dissertation sur une Pierre Grave’e Antique du Cabinet de Madame. Paris; 1698. A history of ancient Ptolemaic amulets- coins and carved gems, from a noted private collection, probably that of Madame Douairiere of Orleans, to whom he served as a personal antiquary. Sinkankas described Baudelot as an “erudite French antiquary with special interest in numismatics”; he was a member of the Academie Royale des Inscriptions et Belles Lettres. Uncommon; Sinkankas lists the book but notes it as “not seen”. Hardcover. 4”x6.75”, xlvi + [ii] + 465 pages, with woodcut illustrations in the text; bound in old leather, front cover detached; spine covering perished; marbled pastedowns; old engraved book label of 19th century coin collector W.S. Appleton and two 19th century English bookseller’s labels, one partially torn; front preliminaries before the title page perished; text clean and with good margins. [30742] $375.00

 

7. Bishop, Robert. American Folk Sculpture. New York; E.P. Dutton: 1974. "Arranged in 23 chapters and covering every type of object, ‘American Folk Sculpture’ is the first comprehensive survey of the field ever published." The objects illustrated with 100 color and almost 700 b/w illustrations are drawn from both public and private collections across the United States. A highly recommended reference. Hardcover. 8.5"x11", 392 pages, illustrated with hundreds of color and b/w illustrations, dj; bibliography. A near fine copy in a very good jacket. [30696] $50.00

 

8. Boesen, Gudmund. Venetianske Glas Pa Rosenborg - Venetian Glass at Rosenborg Castle. Copenhagen; 1960. Edition limited to 1000 copies. A sumptuously illustrated catalog of the unique collection of Venetian glass brought back to Rosenborg Castle in 1709 by King Frederik IV. Venetian glass is not common in Danish collections of this period- most imported glass was of Germanic origin. Much of this glass represented gifts from the Venetian Senate, and is of the highest quality and inventiveness. Fabulous tableware is augmented by such unusual items as candelabra, glass fruits, and a glass knife, spoon and fork. The tri-lingual text includes a full English translation. A real treat for Venetian glass lovers. Hardcover. 8"x12", about 250 pages; color frontispiece, several b/w illustrations in the text, and 143 items illustrated in b/w. A fine copy in a fine dj. [30806] $300.00

 

9. [Botany] Fine Books & Autograph Letters, including Important Botanical Books from the Collection of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society. New York; Sotheby's: October 1st, 1980. An auction which included very fine botanical books from the collection of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society (lots 99-174), as well as literary and musical autograph letters and manuscripts and early maps. Softcover. 8.5"x9", 279 lots, b/w & color illustrations, light wear. [30721] $20.00

 

10. Bubnova, E. Old Russian Faience. Moscow; Iskusstvo: 1973. A well illustrated study of all types of 18th-19th century Russian pottery, from fine to folk. The 122-page text is in both Russian and English, and there are English picture captions. The 40 color illustrations are big and beautiful. Over the last 20 years, this has been one of our most popular books on Russian ceramics. Hardcover. 9"x12", 187 pages, b/w and color illustrations; marks; dj. A fine copy in a lightly worn jacket. [30659] $85.00

 

11. [Centennial Exhibition] New York Tribune. Guide to the Exhibition. Extra No. 35. New York: 1876. A detailed, and quite opinionated, tour through the English, European and Japanese exhibits at the fair, including “pottery and bric-a-brac”, fine arts, “woman’s work”, “scientific features”, and the Machinery Hall. The text provides many interesting details, and is at times quite undiplomatic. Softcover. 6.5”x10”, 72 pages, folding map. Covers soiled, edgeworn; first few pages with edge soil. [30754] $75.00

 

12. Cetus, The Whale. An illustrated companion to Moby Dick. Pacific Palisades; Melville Press: 1996. Edition limited to 200 numbered copies. A fine press book, the first production of the Melville Press. Edited by John Sheller, with text taken from Melville, Shakespeare and Milton, this fine book was letterpress printed by John Robinson at the Tortoise Press and bound by Allwyn O'Mara. It is the winner of the 1997 Rounce & Coffin Award and was selected for the Western Books Exhibition. Major and minor characters in Moby Dick are the subject of twelve fine and evocative engraved portraits, with a text for each selected from Melville, Shakespeare or Milton which either captures the spirit of the character in a few telling sentences or provides a completely new perspective on the subject. John Sheller's introduction explains the artist's and editor's vision and task in completing this work. By turns chilling, compelling and thought provoking, this finely-crafted book is a joyful celebration of the genius of Melville and his creation. Hardcover. 7.5"x10", 34 pages plus 12 engraved portraits by Catherine Kanner; accordion binding; handmade endpapers. A near fine copy. [30744] $275.00

 

13. [Champagne] Exposition 1900 -Guide offert aux Visiteurs du Pavillon du Champagne Mercier. [Paris: 1900]. A charming promotional booklet given out at the 1900 Paris Exposition by Mercier, with helpful information about the exposition as well as promotional material about Mercier champagne. Illustrated with views and maps, including a view of the fanciful Mercier pavilion, and a Gulliver’s Travels-like view of tiny horses and figures rolling a gigantic champagne cask toward the Eiffel Tower as the sun rises. Uncommon. Card covers. 3”x4”, 24 pages, 12 line illustrations; publisher’s orange and gold covers; nice copy. [30753] $50.00

 

14. Chinese Porcelain Company. Abstraction and Reality. Chinese Art from the Warring States to the Liao. New York; Chinese Porcelain Company: 1999. One of the Chinese Porcelain Company’s fine, oversized exhibition and sale catalogs, featuring 18 museum-quality objects, many illustrated with multiple color photographs. The catalog entries are by Margaret Kaelin. Hardcover. 9”x12”, 67 pages, color illustrations dj; jacket a trifle worn. [30730] $75.00

 

15. Chinese Porcelain Company. Chinese Art from the Wei to the Tang Dynasties. New York; Chinese Porcelain Company: 2000. A fine, oversized exhibition and sale catalogs, featuring 17 museum-quality objects, many illustrated with multiple color photographs. The catalog entries are by Margaret Kaelin Gristina. Hardcover. 9”x12”, 59 pages, color illustrations dj; jacket a trifle worn. [30731] $75.00

 

16. Chinese Porcelain Company. Important Asian Art. New York; Chinese Porcelain Company: 2000. A fine, oversized exhibition and sale catalogs, featuring 17 museum-quality objects, comprised here of Chinese ceramics and early Indian and Thai sculpture, many illustrated with multiple color photographs. The catalog entries are by Margaret Kaelin and James Cummings. Hardcover. 9”x12”, 64 pages, color illustrations dj; jacket a trifle worn. [30732] $75.00

 

17. Clark, Garth. American Ceramics 1876 to the Present. New York; Abbeville Press: 1987. A revised edition of Clark's popular study -a whole new book, really, much larger and with more illustrations. In fact, you can almost ignore the text and just spend your time browsing through the fabulous color and black & white illustrations. But don't do that. The jacket flap declares that this book is "the most richly illustrated, up-to-the-minute, and comprehensive publication on the history and triumph of our most tactile art. With a text that elegantly marries cultural history to critical analysis, Clark reveals, decade by decade, how American ceramics emerged from an incipient art-pottery movement in the late 19th century to its position of international preeminence in the last thirty-five years". Yeah -what he said. Hardcover. 10.5"x12", 351 pages, hundreds of illustrations in color and b/w; dj; a fine copy in a near fine jacket. [30670] $150.00

 

18. Clarke, George Kuhn. Epitaphs from Graveyards in Wellesley (Formerly West Needham), North Natick, and Saint Mary’s Churchyard in Newton Lower Falls, Massachusetts, with Genealogical and Biographical Notes. Boston; Privately printed: 1900. A collection of quite detailed transcriptions and descriptions, gathered during 1897 and ‘98. At the end of the book there is an additional 5-page offprint from the Dedham Historical Society Register titled ”Epitaphs from a Graveyard in Weston”. Hardcover 6.5”x10”, 236 + 5 pages; bound in old grey cloth with leather spine; label worn, cover a bit soiled; ex-historical society with bookplate and stamp on title page. [30699] $75.00

 

19. Coffin, Margaret M. Death in Early America. The History and Folklore of Customs and Superstitions of Early Medicine, Funerals, Burials, and Mourning. New York; Elsevier/Nelson: 1976. A very interesting, informative book, touching on funeral customs, coffins and hearses, superstitions and warnings of death, burial grounds, gravestones and epitaphs, body snatching, mourning customs, memorials, etc. The text is well illustrated with a wide variety of b/w illustrations. Hardcover. 6"x9", 252 pages, b/w illustrations, dj; bibliography. A little light wear, but a very nice copy. [30681] $85.00

 

Glass and Garnets and Gin... Oh My!

20. [Cooley, Arnold James] The Cyclopaedia of Practical Receipts in all the Useful and Domestic Arts: being a compendious Book of Reference for the Manufacturer, Tradesman, and Amateur. By a Practical Chemist. London; John Churchill: 1841. A “practical receipt” book aimed at tradesmen and merchants, among others. The author notes in his preface that most similar works have been marred by inaccuracies or the use of costly ingredients, deficiencies he has tried to remedy. The result is a fascinating compendium, a vivid snapshot of what merchants and traders were up to in the mid 19th century. The receipts range from ghastly (English gin is made using malt, salt and turpentine, the flavor made be varied by using more or less turpentine) to the truly practical, if flashy (to break glass, dip a worsted thread in whatever turpentine is left over from the gin, tie it around the break point of the glass, and set it on fire -then dowse with cold water). The reader learns to make ice with spring water and refined nitre; to make “cheap fuel” bricks with coal, sawdust, sand, marl and tar; to make fake garnets with manganese oxide, purple of cassius, glass of antimony and paste; to gild glass and paper, make furniture oils, varnish and glue, make nutmeg lozenges, waxed paper, and Roman candles. If it’s not here, chances are it couldn’t be done. A later edition was published in America (1846); Cooley wrote several other versions of the book over the next several decades, but this first edition is uncommon, with 5 OCLC listings. Hardcover. 5”x8”, vi + 281 pages; publisher’s brown embossed cloth with gilt titles; covers lightly soiled and worn; stain on endpaper corner; light internal soil. Overall a nice copy. [30752] $150.00

 

21. Coysh, A.W. British Art Pottery, 1870-1940. Rutland; Charles E. Tuttle Company: 1976. A good guide to art pottery in England, from the 19th century Victorian potters to the Arts and Crafts potters and the studio potters of the 20th century. Illustrated with 80 photographs of pieces from both public and private collections. Hardcover. 7"x9.5", 96 pages, 80 b/w illustrations, dj; light wear, former owner's embossure. [30667] $50.00

 

22. Crawford, Jean. Jugtown Pottery. History and Design. Winston-Salem; John F. Blair: 1964. In 1915 Juliana Busbee found a "brilliant orange glaze pie plate" at a local North Carolina county fair, which led her to search for the pottery which had made it. Discovering that local potteries in the Carolinas were rapidly dying out, in 1917 the Busbee family founded the Jugtown Pottery in an effort to recreate the grand old country pottery of North Carolina, an effort in which they entirely succeeded. This standard work is well illustrated and includes a valuable bibliography. Hardcover. 7.5"x9.5", 127 pages, color and b/w illustrations, dj. Light wear. [30668] $125.00

 

23. Crosby, Everett U. Eastman Johnson at Nantucket. His Paintings and Sketches of Nantucket People and Scenes. Nantucket; Everett U. Crosby: 1944. Limited to 200 copies for private distribution. A very nice copy of one of the rarest and most desirable books in the bibliography of American art reference. Johnson worked on Nantucket for some 20 years, and Crosby was one of the island's most diligent historians. This was an attempt to document all the paintings and sketches Eastman made of the island. Hardcover. 8.5"x11", 67 pages, 46 full-page b/w plates, 1 b/w illustration and a portrait frontispiece of the artist; about as nice a copy as you will likely ever find- the covers are bright and clean, being still protected by the remnants of an original brown paper wrap-around jacket (which is now very chipped and torn); internally there is a bookplate, two very small ownership stamps of Nina & Victor Spark (the NY art dealer?) on the front endpapers, and a 1/2" closed tear at the base of the title page. [30820] SOLD

 

24. Darling, Sharon S. Chicago Furniture. Art, Craft & Industry, 1833-1983. New York; W.W. Norton in association with the Chicago Historical Society: 1984. "Chicago was the nation's first frontier metropolis, as well as one of its principal furniture centers. Here, cabinetmakers who had emigrated from England, Germany, Austria-Hungary, Russia, Scandinavia, and Italy were able to combine their skill and artistry with the enormous quantity of cheap lumber to supply the wants of "the million" ...The author traces the evolution of styles from Empire and Rococo Revival through Modern Gothic, Arts & Crafts, mission, Prairie, and the modern and International styles..." Hardcover. 8.5"x10", 416 pages, profusely illustrated in b/w and color, dj. A near fine copy in a fine jacket. [30672] $85.00

 

25. Divis, Jan. Guide to Silver Marks of the World. London; Promotional Reprint Company: 1992. This guide is of great utility because instead of listing marks by country, it lists them by letters or symbols, so if you have an eagle or a castle, you begin there instead of trying to guess what country it might be first. Originally published in Prague in 1976. Hardcover. 5”x7.5”, 246 pages, dj; light soil. [30688] $75.00

 

26. Dodds, Jerrilynn D. (ed.). Al-Andalus. The Art of Islamic Spain. New York; Metropolitan Museum of Art/Harry N. Abrams: 1992. “For 780 years, Spain was Islam’s western frontier, a bridge between East and West, where Muslims, Christians, and Jews coexisted, where advances in science and technology were transmitted through Europe, and where artists and craftsmen created objects of legendary beauty and sophistication. This is the first major exhibition to examine the art of Al-Andalus -Islamic Spain-, reuniting over 100 masterpieces”. There is a great deal of historical, art-historical, and architectural material, followed by the catalog of metalwork, ceramics, ivories, jewelry, textiles, and scientific instruments. A magnificent exhibition catalog, beautifully illustrated, and as heavy as a small piano. Softcover. 9”x12”, 432 pages, color and b/w illustrations; bibliography; light wear. [30727] $175.00

 

27. Dubbe, B. Tin en Tinnegieters in Nederland. W. de Haan N.V. Zeist: 1965. A well illustrated study of Dutch antique pewterware, with extensive material (in Dutch) on pewterers, marks, etc. The text is fully annotated and there is an extensive bibliography. There are many photos and line drawings of forms, cut-aways, marks, etc. Hardcover. 6.5"x10", 189 pages, plus 125 b/w illustrations; marks; chipped dj; a little underlining and a few marginal notes by someone who seems to have known something about the subject. [30810] $85.00

 

28. Duignan, W.H. Notes on Staffordshire Place Names. London; Henry Frowde: 1902. A scholarly examination of local place names in Staffordshire, the origins of many of which go back to Anglo Saxon and Norman times. Perhaps of little practical use to the modern pottery collector, but a great deal of fun. Hardcover. 5”x7.5”, xix + 178 pages; publisher’s brick-colored cloth with gilt title; light rubbing to covers, else a very nice copy. [30738] $60.00

 

29. Duignan, W.H. Notes on Worcestershire Place Names. London; Henry Frowde: 1905. A scholarly examination of local place names in Worcestershire, the origins of many of which go back to Anglo Saxon and Norman times. Perhaps of little practical use to the modern pottery collector, but a great deal of fun. Hardcover. 5”x7.5”, x + 185 pages; publisher’s green cloth with gilt title; light rubbing to covers, internally, there is a light water wrinkle in upper corner, else a nice copy. [30739] $60.00

 

30. Elder, William Voss III. Maryland Queen Anne and Chippendale Furniture of the Eighteenth Century. Baltimore Museum of Art: 1968. A "pioneering loan exhibition" (Ames & Ward) which includes descriptions and illustrations of 76 pieces, photographs of details, an appendix with photographs of cabinetmaker's labels, and a list of known 18th century Maryland cabinetmakers. "Particularly helpful in drawing distinctions between Maryland furniture and its closely related counterparts from the Philadelphia area" (Ames & Ward). In addition, there are several clocks included, and a list of Maryland clockmakers of the period. Semowich 883. Hardcover. 8"x8.5", 128 pages, b/w illustrations, dj; a very nice copy. [30638] $275.00

 

31. Engle, Anita (ed.). Readings in Glass History. Volume 1-8. Jerusalem; Phoenix Publications: 1973-77. These volumes include many articles on ancient mideastern glass and glass archeology of the area, as well as some on 17th and 18th century European glassmakers and techniques. It is the Mid-Eastern focus, especially in the early issues, that makes this such a valuable resource. Softcovers. 8 volumes. 6.5"x9.5", 80-140 pages each, b/w and line illustrations; ex-institutional, with stamps on the covers and title pages; some light cover wear, but internally clean. [30805] $125.00

 

32. English Porcelain Circle. Transactions No. I to IV. London; Lund Humphries & Co., Ltd.: 1932. The first four years of essays about pottery and porcelain published by this important group, which later changed its name to the "English Ceramic Circle". These transactions include articles on a wide variety of topics such as ‘An Early Advertisement for Bow Porcelain’, ‘Facts about the Derby Pattern Books’, ‘Sir Hans Sloane’s Plants on Chelsea Porcelain’, ‘John and Robert Brewer, Derby Painters’, and so on, by experts including William King, W.B. Honey, R.L. Hobson, Herbert Read, Bernard Rackham, and many others. Hardcover. 6.5"9.75", 30 + 70 + 95 + 98 pages, plus 2 + 19 + 25 + 30 b/w plates; light soil, a very nice copy. [30663] $150.00

 

33. Fabian, Monroe H. The Pennsylvania-German Decorated Chest. New York; Universe/Main Street Press: 1978. Ames & Ward notes- "Thoroughly examines the European background, construction, hardware, surface decoration, use and makers of this regional form... Much nonsense has been published about these objects, but Fabian's judicious handling of evidence, his reliable dating, and large number of illustrations make a valuable contribution”. Semowich says "the most complete study of this form". Semowich 1096. Hardcover. 8.5"x10", 230 pages, b/w and color illustrations, dj; light wear. [30671] $75.00

 

34. Fagg, W.P. Afro-Portuguese Ivories. London; Batchworth Press:nd (ca.1950). "The British Museum collection of ivories produced by African craftsmen to Portuguese orders is probably the largest in the world... They may be regarded as a perversion of art, but one superbly well executed." These antique carvings illustrate a vivid blending of European and African aesthetic traditions, forming a unique art form. A very handsomely illustrated study, based on the collection of the British Museum. Hardcover. 10"x13", xxix pages plus 46 full-page b/w plates with facing descriptions, dj. Jacket rather worn. [30728] $40.00

 


 

- Special Section -

FAKES, FORGERIES & FRAUDS- We are pleased to offer a small selection of books and catalogs on the topics of art, antique, and other forgeries, fakes, and frauds. We’re working on a new catalog on this subject - please let us know if you’d like a copy.

 

35. Bayard, Emile. L'Art de Reconnaitre les Fraudes -Peinture, Sculpture, Gravure, Meubles, Dentelles, Ceramique, etc. Paris; R. Roger et F. Chernoviz: 1920. 2nd ed. An exceptionally interesting book covering frauds and fakes in painting, sculpture, prints, furniture, ceramics, lace, metalworks, and other decorative arts. Part of the "Guide Pratique de l'Amateur et du Collectionneur d'Art"; Bayard wrote a number of the books in this series, covering art and decorative arts of various periods. Limp cloth covers; publisher's brick-red cloth with an inset decoration of the Tiara of Saitapharnes and white titles; 5"x7.5", 326+ pages, 115 b/w illustrations, light cover rubbing, a little wear, but an attractive copy. [30789] $75.00

 

36. Berger, Sidney E. The Anatomy of a Literary Hoax. New Castle; Oak Knoll Books:1994. 300 copies printed at the Bird & Bull Press. Henry Morris of the Bird & Bull Press is printing a scholarly book on Japanese hand-made paper written by Tim Barrett, and inserts an entry for a Sesame Street children's book as a fake entry at the end of the bibliography, just to see if anyone reads bibliographies at the end of books anymore. Barrett and Sidney Berger decide to get even by forging the title page to the fictitious book, altering the date from 1971 to 1875 and getting a fellow typesetter to produce a good-looking facsimile, which they Xerox and send to Morris, who spends the next two years scouring two continents for a copy. A witty and fascinating tale. Softcover. 5"x9", 17 pages, tipped-in wine label, facsimile title page, sewn-in Sesame Street book and 1 tipped-in b&w plate; with the extra label laid in at the back, as called for. Fine. [09185] $40.00

 

37. Burroughs, Alan. Art Criticism from a Laboratory. Boston; Little, Brown and Company: 1938. Alan Burroughs was a pioneer in the field of using x-rays to examine paintings, and this was the first full-length study ever published on the subject. Burroughs explains how x-rays may be used to detect hidden paintings, forgery, fraud, restorations, the true identities of artists, etc. Hardcover. 8"x10", 277 pages, b/w illustrations; light wear, soil., little wear at spine head and base, etc. [05336] $50.00

 

38. Cescinsky, Herbert. The Gentle Art of Faking Furniture. New York; Dover Publications: 1967. A reprint of the 1931 edition of one of the most influential and best-loved books on fake furniture and its attendant hazards, fakers, detecting alterations, etc. "Literate and entertaining, and even though the remarks are directed at the collector of English furniture, students of American objects can profit by many of the general observations" -Ames & Ward. Softcover. 6.5"x9.5", 168 pages, b/w illustrations; a certain amount of cover soil, and some wear at tips, etc. [30687] $40.00

 

39. [Chatterton] Hare, Maurice Evan (ed.). The Rowley Poems by Thomas Chatterton reprinted from Tyrwhitt's Third Edition. Oxford; Clarendon Press: 1911. Thomas Chatterton is perhaps the best known author/charlatan whose fakery turned to abject tragedy. As a 17 year-old unknown in 18th century England Chatterton thought, probably correctly, that he would not be able to get anyone to pay much attention to his poetic efforts, so he invented a 15th century monk named Thomas Rowley to whom he attributed his poems. Chatterton took a very serious approach to his work, writing his poems first in 18th century English, and then painstakingly "translating" them, with the help of several Anglo-Saxon dictionaries, into 15th century English before carefully transcribing them onto old parchment. It was the "translating" that tripped him up, the forgery was soon detected and denounced, and a despondent Chatterton committed suicide. Since his work showed him to have had prodigious talent and promise, this final act probably robbed the literary world of a great poet; to this day he has a devoted group of fans. This book is based on the third (1778) edition of Chatterton's poems compiled by Tyrwhitt, his first editor. It also includes an extensive biography and appreciation of Chatterton's work, and an interesting and opinionated bibliography. Hardcover. 5.5"x7.5", 333 pages, dj; a bright copy with only the lightest wear, in a slightly spotted and soiled jacket. [05379] $75.00

 

40. [Chatterton] Miner, William Harvey. Savage -The Rake [and] Chatterton- The Precocious Youth. Two Eighteenth Century Character Sketches. [Cedar Rapids]; The Torch Press: 1905. One of 15 copies printed on Japan vellum. Character studies of two unhappy English 18th century imposter-writers: Richard Savage, poet, friend of Johnson and Pope, and pretender to the Macclesfield fortune, who died in debtor’s prison; and Thomas Chatterton, the brilliant boy-poet who pretended to be a 15th century monk and took poison before his 18th birthday. One of the earliest publications of the Torch Press. An additional 200 “regular” copies were printed. Miner was a well-known bookseller and author of historical material, and ran the Torch Press bookshop between 1909 and 1917. Hardcover. 3”x5.25”, 65 pages; publisher’s black cloth and linen spine; marbled endpapers; light soil, very minor staining on the cover. Inscribed by the author on the colophon page- “To “Everybody” Xmas ’05 -Bill”. [30778] $65.00

 

41. [Chatterton] Kaplan, Louis J. The Family Romance of the Imposter-Poet Thomas Chatterton. New York; Atheneum: 1988. A psychoanalytic study which examines Chatterton's personality and motives. Hardcover. 6"x9", 301 pages, b/w illustrations, dj; near fine. [06615] $25.00

 

42. Clermont-Ganneau, [Charles Simon]. Les Fraudes Archeologiques en Palestine suives de quelques monuments pheniciens apocryphes. Paris; Ernest-Leroux, Editeur: 1885. A survey of fraudulent inscriptions and pottery in Palestine, as well as fake Phoenician antiquities. Charles Simon Clermont-Ganneau [1846-1923] was a French Orientalist, member of the Legion on Honor, and diplomat in the Middle East. An active archeologist, in 1870 he discovered the Stele of Mesha, which bears the oldest known Semitic inscription. In the 1880s he wrote this book, and uncovered as forgeries some “ancient” Hebrew texts M.W. Shapira had offered to the British Museum (on which there is a chapter here). In 1903 he was part of the team which investigated the infamous Tiara of Saltapharnes. This early work on forged antiquities in the Middle East is uncommon at best. Softcover. 4.25”x6.5”, 357 pages, 32 b/w illustrations; publisher’s tan softcovers, covers a bit worn and soiled; contents clean; a heavy little softcover in a somewhat fragile binding. [30740] $350.00

 

43. Cole, Sonia. Counterfeit. New York; Abelard Schuman: 1956. A broad overview of forgery, literary, artistic and archeological, with passing mention of many famous cases. Hardcover. 5.5”x8.5”, 209 pages, b/w illustrations; some soil, tape residue on covers; endpapers spotted, several page tips torn, etc. [30794] $15.00

 

44. Cruickshank, Charles. Deception in World War II. Oxford University Press: 1979. "A fascinating story of brilliant and sometimes ingenious ploys- the deployment of fake tanks, planes, and even soldiers; the phony bases and airports which looked real from the air; the buildup of troops and equipment to suggest an attack when none was planned; simulating the noise of battle; the continuous traffic of false radio signals; (and) the deliberate "indiscretions" of British diplomats abroad...". Hardcover. 5.5"x8.5", 248 pages, b/w illustrations, dj; light wear and a little soil, but a nice copy. [30783] $20.00

 

45. Dance, Peter. Animal Fakes & Frauds. Berkshire; Sampson Low, Berkshire House: 1976. A fascinating study of fake and fraudulent animals (made for fun, fame or fantastic profit) from ancient times through the 19th century, including illustrations of actual specimens, some from period books, some still existing. “The world of dragons, mermaids and sea serpents; the Piltdown Man and other fakes in human form… yetis, vegetable lambs, snouters, winged cats, fur-bearing trout, and many more”. Hardcover. 7.5"x10", 128 pages, color and b/w illustrations, dj. Light wear, tips bumped. [05998] $85.00

 

46. Dawson, Giles E. John Payne Collier's Great Forgery. [contained in] Studies in Bibliography Vol. XXIV -Papers of the Bibliographical Society of the University of Virginia. Charlottesville; University Press of Virginia: 1971. A scholarly foray into some of the famous 19th century scholar/forger's work with the "Perkins" Shakespeare folio. In addition, this volume contains many other essays of interest to the scholarly bibliophile or the merely curious. Hardcover. 6.5"x10", 26 pages, 4 b/w illustrations (article); entire volume- 240 pages, b/w illustrations; bookplate, else a fine copy. [30782] $25.00

 

47. Eudel, Paul. Trucs et Truqueurs. Alterations, Fraudes et Contrefacons devoilees. Paris; Librairie Moliere: 1907. A wide-ranging series of essays on various types of fakes, frauds and forgeries, by a selection of experts on the various specialties. Subjects covered include- antiques, arms & armor; autographs; fake bank notes; bronzes; ceramics; military equipment; textiles; medals; musical instruments; stained glass; books; furniture; postage stamps; and paintings; there is an appendix regarding legislation relating to frauds and fakes. A pity there are no illustrations, but an interesting early title nonetheless. Hardcover. 4.75"x7.5", 580 pages; rebound in quarter leather and marbled boards, enclosing the original Art Nouveau paper covers which feature an elegantly-robed Roman woman in a folding chair examining a trinket box. Leather somewhat worn and a bit soiled; front hinge cracked and loose; text just a bit browned; an extra paper spine label is enclosed at the rear. [30787] $100.00

 

48. as above, 1884. 2nd edition. Subjects covered include- antiquities, glass, medals, silver, paintings, enamels, ceramics, Sevres porcelains, autographs, furniture, bronzes, tapestry, textiles, ivories, arms & armor, musical instruments, and statuary. Hardcover. 4.75"x7.25", 432 pages; bound into quarter leather and marbled boards, enclosing the original paper covers; minor cover wear, contents lightly browned, but nice. [30788] $50.00

 

49. Farrer, J.A. Literary Forgeries. London; Longmans, Green and Co.: 1907. Come travel through the disgraceful annals of that blackest of blackguards, the literary forger. These ne'er-do-wells have flourished since ancient times, and Farrer chronicles some of the more interesting, both well-known as well as obscure, in this informative and entertaining chronicle. We have Chatterton, Ireland and Madame de la Motte, of course, as well as wily old Constantine Simonides; Psalmanazar, the "Formosan"; Lauder, who tried to disgrace Milton; and all manner of forged ancient ballads, early histories, fake Byronic letters, and much more. Hardcover. 6"x9", 282 pages, original dark blue cloth with a gilt device. Light soil, a little wear. [30781] $85.00

 

50. Hamilton, Charles. Auction Madness. An Uncensored Look Behind the Velvet Drapes of the Great Auction Houses. New York; Everest House: 1981. The idiosyncratic and outspoken autograph auctioneer regales readers once again with tales of intrigue, fraud and farce taken from his long career behind the podium. Hardcover. 6"x8.5", 255 pages, b/w illustrations, dj. Light wear. [05776] $25.00

 

51. Hebborn, Eric. Drawn to Trouble. Confessions of a Master Forger. New York; Random House: 1991. This is what happens when genius goes to the Dark Side -talented draftsmen as a youth, Eric Hebborn burned down his grammar school at age 8, but graduated first in his class at the Royal Academy of Arts. He became involved in restoring Old Masters and soon found he had a talent for creating Old Master drawings, a talent that fooled Sotheby’s, Christie’s, the National Gallery, Metropolitan Museum of Art and the British Museum... Hardcover. 6.5”x10”, 380 pages, b/w illustrations, dj; light wear. [30785] $20.00

 

52. Heller, David. In Search of VOC Glass. Cape Town; Maskew Miller Limited: 1954. "VOC" was a monogram used in the 17th and 18th century by the Dutch East India Company. David Heller, an antiques dealer, kept running across fantastic antique 18th century glass with engraved VOC monograms and arms, but most of it just didn't seem quite "right". Heller's investigation showed that while there may be some genuine 18th century VOC glass out there, most of it, including some museum specimens, seemed to be "off", and moreover, much of it may have come from the same source... An interesting and informative tale of antiquarian sleuthing, and yet another example of collectors and dealers wanting to believe a bit too much in an otherwise somewhat improbable story... which is the factor on which fakers always rely. Hardcover. 7.5"x10", 103 pages plus 22 b/w plates, dj; light wear, jacket with light wear, but overall a very nice copy. [30797] $85.00

 

53. Hoving, Thomas. False Impressions. The Hunt for Big-Time Art Fakes. New York; Simon & Schuster: 1996. A breezy, irreverent journey through the world of art fakes and fakers with the former Director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. There is a common thread running through most of these tales, a common denominator which Hoving terms the "greed - speed - need" factor. Most fraud and forgery succeeds because this factor exists. Simply put, it is: Greed -The price is a steal, what a bargain! Speed -If I don't get it now someone else will snap it up! Need -I really want it! "False Impressions", is a fascinating collection of tales of the fakes and forgers Hoving encountered during his years at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and throughout the book this same set of factors recurs time after time. Hardcover. 6"x9.5", 366 pages, b/w illustrations, dj; light wear, but a nice copy. [05814] $25.00

 

54. As above, Advance Review Copy. Softcover. 8.5"x11", 366 pages, b/w illustrations, light wear, a little soil. An advance reading copy, sent to reviewers, bound in paper covers. Signed by Hoving on the title page- "For John, Thomas Hoving". Additionally, on the title page it says in print- "Untitled on Art Forgeries - Subtitle UK" under which Hoving has written "Hey what's it going to be?" [05586] $125.00

 

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

 

56. Jones, Mark (ed.). Fake? The Art of Deception. Berkeley; University of California Press: 1990. “What is a fake and why are fakes made? Did the forgers of the Zinoviev Letter and Piltdown Man have the same motives? Does a famous Vermeer cease to be beautiful when it turns out to be a Van Meegeren, and is the Piranesi Vase an eighteenth-century masterpiece or a faked-up antique? These are some of the questions discussed in this major survey of fakes and forgeries from ancient Babylonia to the present day. More than 600 objects from the British Museum and many other major collections are included here. There are spectacular fakes, once hailed as masterpieces of ancient and modern art. There are mermen and manuscripts, Chinese bronzes and Chelsea porcelain. There are literary and documentary frauds and political forgeries...both the methods used to make fakes and recent scientific advances in their detection are described”. An essential book. Hardcover. 9"x11", 312 pages, hundreds of b/w and color illustrations, dj. Light wear; a nice copy. [30793] $75.00

 

57. Jones, Mark (ed.). Why Fakes Matter. Essays on Problems of Authenticity. British Museum Press: 1992. A wide ranging selection of essays on the history and techniques of art faking, famous art forgers, and the problems fakes present on a number of levels. The text is divided into three sections- the first tackles the falsification and restoration of Classical antiques, the second covers fakes & fakers of the 18th and 19th centuries, and the third explores the concepts of authenticity. Hardcover. 9"x11", 198 pages, b/w illustrations, dj. Annotated. A fine copy. [08485] $125.00

 

58. Joni, J(Icilio) (F)ederico. Affairs of a Painter. London; Faber and Faber Limited: 1936. J.F. Joni (1866-1946) was an ingenious, prolific and outspokenly candid artist, art restorer and forger. Joni forged a variety of paintings and other objects, including furniture and book bindings, often in Renaissance styles. This 1936 autobiography recounts many of the high points of his varied careers, and tells, in at least some detail, the tricks of the forger's trade.

            We have had some of his forged book covers, and a brief description of how these came about is indicative of the work of this fascinating artist. Joni got the idea for forging "tavolette" covers, the wooden book boards used to hold Sienese tax accounts in the 13th-17th centuries, after reading a description of them in a pamphlet. Interestingly, the imaginative forger had never actually seen an example, and his creations far exceeded the plainly-decorated wooden covers of the genuine articles. Joni backed his covers with gold foil, adorned by a punch-work pattern, and then decorated them with coats of arms and mottoes. He used bronze bosses at the corners which he aged by bathing them in ammonia, and filled in the remaining space with elaborate floral and leaf decorations.

            As Otto Kurz ("Fakes -A Handbook for Students and Collectors") points out, Joni's creations are distinctive and identifiable because "nothing like these painted wooden bindings ever existed before Joni, neither in Sienna nor anywhere else... Joni, who was proud never to have gone to look at the originals, made a fanciful but successful invention." In fact, in this book, Joni cautions forgers never to too-closely mimic the work of a known artist or craftsman, so that experts will not have a concrete original to make comparisons to. Ingenious. Hardcover. 5.5"x8.25", 345 pages, pictorial dj. Some light wear and soil. Jacket with moderate wear, some rubbing, minor tears along the edges, small stain, etc. [04673] $450.00

 

59. Kaye, Myrna. Fake, Fraud or Genuine? Identifying Authentic American Antique Furniture. Boston; Little, Brown: 1987. One of the best studies ever written on this subject. “The lucid text is witty and amusing, but the author is deadly serious, and highly qualified. Distilled from her practical and scholarly experience, the book is written for the average antiques buyer as well as the sophisticated one. Shows how to examine furniture of the seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth centuries in order to discern the genuine, the repaired antique, the honest reproduction, the complete fake, and the many types of frauds… Cautionary tales are accompanied by a rogue’s gallery of illuminating illustrations…”. Hardcover. 9"x11", 214 pages, b/w illustrations, dj. Jacket faded on the spine. [05796] $100.00

 

60. Kurz, Otto. Fakes. A Handbook for Collectors and Students. New York; Dover Publications: 1967. 2nd, revised edition. First published in 1948, Kurz revised and slightly expanded the text for this Dover edition, and also added 47 additional b/w illustrations. A standard and very well-regarded work on both everyday and historic forgeries. Includes paintings, manuscripts, prints, drawings, stone sculpture, terra-cotta, wood sculpture, ivories, bronze sculpture, Chinese bronzes, goldwork, ceramics, glass, furniture, tapestries, bookbindings and unique fakes. Softcover. 5.5"x8.5", 348 pages plus 142 b/w illustrations. Minor cover wear. [30792] $30.00

 

61. Mendax, Fritz. Art Fakes & Forgeries. London; Werner Laurie: 1955. Translated by H.S. Whitman. A book written "with a sense of irony and humor" which touches on modern and antique forgers and forgeries, art forgery, fraudulent relics, etc. Hardcover. 5.5"x8.5", 222 pages, 17 b/w illustrations; spine faded, else a clean copy. [30786] $25.00

 

62. Mills, John Fitzmaurice. How to Detect Fake Antiques. New York; Desmond Elliot: 1972. A short but interesting introduction to all sorts of antiques and antiquities and their forgery. Despite the title, there is not enough information here to allow you to spot fakes without further training, but there is definitely enough to entertain or alarm you, depending on your predilections or level of paranoia. Hardcover. 5.5"x8.5", 88 pages, b/w illustrations, dj; light wear. [08109] $25.00

 

63. Mussey, Henry R. The “Fake” Instalment Business. New York; The University Settlement Society: 1903. “Being an outline of its development, an account of the revival of imprisonment for debt and of the other outrages practiced by dealers under cover of the law, together with suggestions for the destruction of the ‘fake’ trade”. A study of the so-called “fake” trade -a trade which, according to the author, flourished exclusively in New York’s East Side Italian immigrant community. Poor immigrants were sold “gewgaws” and jewelry at “outrageously inflated” prices, often 10 to 20 times what the objects were worth, and signed a draconian contract for installment payments. The corrupt dealer then arranged for them to miss a payment and would immediately demand full payment of the balance. If the immigrant could not borrow enough from friends to pay, a corrupt policeman would arrest him, at which point he would either pay up or be sent to what amounted to debtors prison until his friends and family finally settled the bill. The author also includes proposed legislation to correct this scam. This study was reprinted in 1936, and neither printing is common; OCLC locates just 3 copies of each. Softcover. 5.5”x9”, 45 [1] pages; a poor copy, ex-institutional, completely disbound with the pages and front cover all loose, and rear cover missing. In addition the paper is very brittle and the pages and cover are chipping. For all this, a very scarce item in any condition. [06884] $125.00

 

64. Pennington, Samuel. April Fool. Folk Art Fakes and Forgeries. New York; Hirschl & Adler Folk: 1988. An exceptionally interesting exhibition of folk art fakes and frauds, a joint effort of the Museum of American Folk Art and Hirschl & Adler Folk, with Sam Pennington of the Maine Antique Digest as Guest Curator. The exhibition is especially effective because in most instances the organizers were able to buy or borrow real pieces to be exhibited beside the fakes. Sam Pennington's introductory essay is a valuable, insightful and entertaining piece of writing, and this remains an essential and cautionary reference which should inform and teach, not instill trepidation. As Pennington writes- "Fakes are not all bad. They add a certain spice to the quest for the antique. I am indebted to Charles Hamilton, the rare documents expert, for the thought that if everything was as it was purported to be, collecting would be a pretty dull sport". Softcover. 8.5"x11", 71 pages, b/w illustrations; light wear. [09431] $65.00

 

65. Richter, Gisela M.A. Etruscan Terracotta Warriors in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. With a Report on the Structure and Technique by Charles F. Binns. New York; Metropolitan Museum of Art. Papers No.6. 1937. Edition limited to 500 copies. A gigantic (to say the least) scholarly “oopsie”. In late 1915 Gisela Richter, renowned expert on Greek and Roman antiquities at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, received a letter from John Marshall, the Museum’s veteran purchasing agent in Italy, describing a newly discovered life-size Etruscan warrior figure in terra-cotta which had been discovered in an Italian field. The “old warrior” (he had a white beard and was emaciated, somewhat like, as one observer commented later, a Giacommetti sculpture) was soon followed by a massive four-foot tall terra cotta warrior’s head, and there was even talk of a greater treasure waiting to be found...

            It was, of course, all fakery, carried out on a grand, almost “mythic” scale, a scale meant to make experts put aside all their nagging doubts and see the “Etruscans” as what they were not (namely, ancient). The first two pieces had been created by Riccardo Riccardi and Alfredo Fioravanti, two young men of skill and a certain vision. Riccardo’s father and brothers had also specialized in historic pottery, but Riccardo was the true genius of the family, and with his friend Alfredo he set out to produce “masterpieces” that would wow the world’s museums.

            The white-bearded warrior and massive head were the first two, followed immediately after World War One by the capping stroke- a Colossal Warrior in terra cotta, standing over eight feet tall. Riccardo was killed in a fall from his horse before this project was completed and his place was taken by two less-skilled cousins. As with the earlier pieces, the statue had to be fired in pieces as it was much too large for the kiln. It proved, in fact, to even be too large for the room it was being modeled in, and by the time they had modeled up as far as the waist it was obvious that the elegant classical proportions of genuine Etruscan sculpture would have to be ignored -there simply was not enough room for the upper body without going through the ceiling. The odd result- classical legs and a stocky, disproportionate torso, troubled various scholars, but was explained away in a classic fit of wishful thinking. In 1921 the Met. purchased the warrior for an undisclosed price said to have approached 5 million dollars in today’s money.

            Attempts to erase doubts that were already being whispered in art circles in Europe, as well as the hope that the “secret” field they had been found in might be divulged by their “discoverers”, delayed the publication of this scholarly study of them until 1937. For Richter, bringing them to the Met. and publishing them represented one of the crowning achievements of her distinguished career, and it was undoubtedly this fact that blinded her to what was becoming all too obvious to other scholars who were not emotionally or professionally attached to the warriors.

            The talk about their true origins swirled quietly for the next decade or two, but after a visiting Italian scholar was offered a chance to see the statues in 1959, and commented that he did not need to see them since he knew the man who had made them, authorities at the museum decided something had to be done. In 1960 a series of tests concluded that the glazes on all three specimens contained chemicals which had not been in use before the 17th century, and in 1961 Fioravanti signed a confession of the whole affair, and supplied a missing thumb which fitted perfectly. At that point several other “bothersome” points that had been noted over the years began to make more sense- the Colossal Warrior could not even support its own weight, for instance, and when compared to real Etruscan statuary, simply looks crude and even modern.

            Today the statues are stored far away from prying eyes, but they still provide an entertaining and sobering lesson in fake busting. A much more detailed account of the warriors was written by David Sox in his excellent book “Unmasking the Forger, The Dossena Deception” (1987). Card covers. 9.5”x12.5”, 218 pages plus 24 b/w illustrations; light soil; a nice copy. [06801] $175.00

 

66. Stein, Anne-Marie. Three Picassos Before Breakfast. Memoirs of an Art Forger's Wife. New York; Hawthorn Books: 1973. The memoir of Anne-Marie Stein, wife of art-forger David Stein, who spent several prolific and successful years churning out fake Chagalls, Picassos, Dufys, Derains, and other work of 20th century Masters. Stein cut a swath through the world of Paris and New York art galleries, opened and closed his own gallery in Palm Beach, and was finally tripped up not by his ability as a forger, which was prodigious, but by his inability to count the days on the calendar... Hardcover. 6.5"x9.5", 192 pages, b/w illustrations, dj; jacket with some wear, text block slightly slanted, a little edge soil, etc. [08960] $25.00

 

67. Thompson, C.J.S. The Mysteries of Sex. Women Who Posed as Men and Men Who Impersonated Women. New York; Causeway Books: 1974. "Here are women who successfully fought as soldiers, pirates and highwaymen; men who dressed and lived as women undetected for a lifetime. Some of these characters have become legendary, like Hannah Snell, heroine of popular ballads in 18th century Britain.... Loreta Velazques, who enlisted in the Confederate army during the Civil War and fought at the Battle of Bull Run... strangest of all is the story of the famous Chevalier d'Eon, a soldier condemned by Louis XV to live as a woman for the rest of his life...". Hardcover. 6.5"x9.5", 256 pages, b/w plates, dj; light wear; jacket a bit worn, tips rubbed, slight tears, etc. [30784] $25.00

 

68. Tietze, Hans. Genuine and False. Imitations, Copies, Forgeries. London; Max Parrish & Co. Ltd.: 1948. An examination and analysis of the shortcomings of some fakeries of master paintings, sculptures and antiquities. Hardcover. 7.5"x10", 80 pages, color and b/w illustrations. Light wear, a little soil, jacket wear, endpapers browned; publisher line on copyright page blacked out. [08223] $50.00

 

69. Wakeling, T.G. Forged Egyptian Antiquities. London; Adam & Charles Black: 1912. A nice early study of forged ancient Egyptian artifacts, with many interesting tales about the fakers and the marketplace. There are chapters devoted to gold ornaments, lapis lazuli and iridescent glass, wood figures, stone figures, porcelain figures, scarabs, alabaster, porcelain, serpentine & granite, mummies & mummy cases, a forged tomb, and the makers and sellers of forged antiquities. Hardcover. 5.5"x8", 155 pages, 13 line illustrations in the text plus 16 color plates; light cover wear and small light spot on cover; very light internal toning and a few spots. [30791] $150.00

 

70. Wiegand, Wayne A. The History of a Hoax: Edmund Lester Pearson, John Cotton Dana, and The Old Librarian's Almanack. Pittsburgh; Beta Phi Mu: 1979. In 1909 bibliographers and librarians were startled by the publication of something called "The Old Librarian's Almanack -A very rare pamphlet first published in New Haven Connecticut in 1773 and now reprinted for the first time". A clever and (partially) innocently-intentioned hoax, the “Almanack” was meant to puncture a few stiff-shirted balloons then being bandied about in the library community. It was filled with such sage advice as, “No person younger than 20 years is on any pretext to enter the library,” and “Be suspicious of women. They are given to reading of frivolous romances... you will make no error in excluding them altogether, even though by that act it befall that you should prohibit from entering some one of those excellent females who are distinguished by their wit and learning. There is little chance that you or I, sir, will ever see such a one”. The whole affair got out of hand when some people took it a little too seriously... Hardcover. 6"x9", 75 pages, facsimiles. [07976] $25.00

 

71. Yates, Raymond F. Antique Fakes and Their Detection. New York; Gramercy Publishing: 1950. A concise guide for unearthing frauds in furniture, glass, silver, ceramics, jewelry, pewter, clocks, lamps, silhouettes, metalware, etc. Hardcover. 5.5"x8", 229 pages, several b/w and line illustrations, dj. Light jacket wear. [08603] $30.00

- Here Ends the FAKES Section -

 


 

72. [Fashion] Mode des Annees 1840-1970, Collection Mary Vaudoyer. Monaco; Sotheby’s: October 10, 1987. An auction of a collection of fine fashion 40 years in the making; the vast bulk of the dresses are from the 1920-1960s. Softcover. 8.5”x10.5”, 51 pages, 180 lots, each lot illustrated in b/w or color; light wear. [30713] $50.00

 

A Quartet of Important Color Books-

73. Field, George & Thomas W. Salter. Field’s Chromatography; or, Treatise on Colours and Pigments as Used by Artists. Salter’s Edition. London; Winsor and Newton: [1869]. George Field [1777-1854] was a manufacturer of pigments and the author of several books on color, and was the subject of a 1989 exhibition at the Fitzwilliam Museum. The first edition of his landmark “Chromatography” was published in 1835, and the book went through a number of editions and revisions over the years, many radically changed. For this new edition much of the information was updated, and many important new colors added. Hardcover. 6”x8.5”, vi + 435 pages, plus a 33 page illustrated catalog of art supplies; publisher’s green cloth with gilt titles and device; covers somewhat scuffed and worn, hinges internally cracked and a bit wobbly, light internal soil, a few spots, and a few pencil notes. [30768] $200.00

 

74. Field, George. The Rudiments of Colours and Colouring, with the nature of pigments for the use of decorative artists, painters, etc. London; Strahan & Co.: 1870. This abridged edition was first published in 1850, to provide a practical text for painters. This revised edition of that revision includes new chapters on “Colours of Material Objects” and “Pigments” by Robert Mallett, and many other revisions and updates. Uncommon. Hardcover. 5”x7.25”, xiv + 271 pages, with 7 text figures and 3 dramatic hand-colored plates; publisher’s green cloth with gilt title; covers a bit scuffed and worn, inner hinge cracked and wobbly, preliminaries a bit discolored, a little soil. [30769] $150.00

 

75. Field, George & J. Scott Taylor. Field’s Chromatography. A Treatise on Colours and Pigments for the Use of Artists. Modernized. London; Winsor and Newton: 1885. 4th ed. This edition is an updated version of Salter’s revision of 1869, with “irrelevant” matter excised and much new material, including 4 chromolithographic plates, included. One really must have a copy of each edition. Hardcover. 5.5”x7.5”, viii + 207 pages with 4 chromolithographed plates, plus a 4-page list of other books; publisher’s green cloth with gilt titles and colored bar on the cover; covers with minor wear, but overall a clean, bright copy of an attractive edition. [30770] $175.00

 

76. Field, George & Ellis A. Davidson. A Grammar of Colouring applied to Decorative Painting and the Arts by George Field, revised, enlarged and adapted to the use of the Ornamental Painter and Designer by Ellis A. Davidson. London; Crosby Lockwood and Son: 1888. This edition, tailored to the needs of ornamental painters, was first published in 1874, and may well contain more by Davidson than Field. It also contains material on Egyptian, Greek, Byzantine, Gothic and Renaissance style and coloring. Hardcover. Xvi + 224 pages, with 38 wood engraved illustrations in the text and 2 chromolithographed plates; plus 56 pages listing the publisher’s other books. Publisher’s green cloth; covers a bit scuffed, minor internal soil, but a nice copy. [30771] $150.00

 

She Helped Create the Whitney Museum-

77. [Force Collection] The Juliana Force Victorian Collection. New York; Parke-Bernet Galleries: April 30th, 1943. Sale 459. Actually something of a catch-all collection, but still interesting as an early auction focused on Victoriana. Juliana Force, described in a recent New York Times article as “imperious, homely and witty, with an erratic eye, a terrible temper and an absolute commitment to her cause”, was a close friend of Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney and managed most of her artistic and charitable enterprises. According to the new book “Rebels on Eight Street. Juliana Force and the Whitney Museum of American Art” by Avis Berman, she was almost as responsible for creating the Whitney as its namesake. Softcover. 6"x9.5", 42 pages, 226 lots, b/w illustrations; some soil and wear, pencil notes on cover; priced. [04010] $65.00

 

78. [Furniture -American] Collector's Americana, the entire stock of the late David Hollander, Riverdale, NY. New York; Parke-Bernet Galleries: May 12-13th, 1961. Sale 2039. The auction sale of a very fine collection of American furniture, including pieces from the collections of George McKearin and Charles Woolsey Lyon; a most unusual ivory prisoner-of-war model of a guillotine; and fine glass, including some Irish glass from the Graydon-Stannus collection and many fine historical flasks, which, according to the Parke-Bernet newsletter, were from the McKearin Collection (though this is not noted in the catalog). Softcover. 6.5"x9.5", 91 pages, 471 lots, b/w illustrations. Light soil, binding crack in the middle (but tight) and a few pen notes. [30707] $25.00

 

79. [Furniture -American] The Private Collection of Lenore Wheeler Williams... from Great Hearth, Her Summer Residence near Concord, N.H. New York; American Art Association: March 20-21, 1931. Sale 3897. The auction sale of a nice "summer home" collection of American and English 18th and early 19th century furniture which might be termed “semi-formal”, including a nice selection of Windsors and some nice country Pennsylvania furniture, along with accessories. Softcover. 7.5"x10.5", 121 pages, 517 pages, b/w illustrations; priced. Light soil, a little wear, but a nice copy. [30709] $25.00

 

80. [Furniture -French] French Furniture, Objets d’Art [and] Important Paintings- The Collection of Mrs. William Fox, New York. New York; Kende Galleries at Gimbel Brothers: November 27-28 [and] December 1-2, 1942. Sales 74 & 75. The furniture auction included several distinctive pieces; the paintings sale included Old Masters, 18th century British artists and 19th century American & English. Softcover. 2 vols. 7”x10.5”, 86 pages with 463 lots [and] 108 pages with 126 lots; b/w illustrations; light wear, several light institutional stamps. [30701] $40.00

 

81. [Gardens] West Green House, Hartley Wintney, Hampshire. Part One. London; Sotheby’s: May 17th, 1990. The auction sale of a carefully assembled collection of Alastair McAlpine. Of particular interest is the fine 18th century glass stemware, and an incredible collection of garden-related material, not only statuary and furniture, but tools and other implements dating back to the 18th century (231 lots worth). Softcover. 8”x10.5”, 203 pages, 1,260 lots; b/w and color illustrations; light soil. [30776] $30.00

 

82. Garvin, Donna-Belle, James L. Garvin & John F. Page. Plain & Elegant, Rich & Common. Documented New Hampshire Furniture, 1750-1850. Concord; New Hampshire Historical Society: 1978. A loan exhibition which explored the regional characteristics of New Hampshire furniture as they related to other cabinetmaking centers in Maine and Massachusetts. The documented pieces of furniture often include labels or advertisements, and interesting biographical information on the cabinetmakers. Semowich 980. Ames & Ward. Softcover. 7.5"x11", 153 pages, b/w illustrations; light wear. [30647] $125.00

 

83. Gere, Charlotte & Michael Whiteway. Nineteenth Century Design. From Pugin to Mackintosh. New York; Harry N. Abrams: 1994. From the Gothic Revival to the Arts & Crafts Movement and Art Nouveau, the 19th century was one of great innovation and experimentation in the arts and design. This beautifully illustrated book explores the various aspects of these and related art and design movements and the figures behind them. Hardcover. 10.5”x10.5”, 312 pages, loaded with color and b/w illustrations; dj; bibliography; a very nice copy. [30676] $100.00

 

84. Gilbert, Christopher. An Exhibition of Back-Stairs Furniture from Country Houses. Leeds; Temple Newsam: 1977. An exhibition of Servant's Hall and kitchen furniture from the 18th and 19th centuries, including a number of period drawings. Many of the pieces have a quiet dignity of form and function which far exceeds whatever may have furnished the "Upstairs". Softcover. 6.5"x9", 63 pages, 53 b/w illustrations; a nice copy. [30652] $60.00

 

85. Gilboa, Violet. Catalog of the Bernice and Henry Tumen Collection of Jewish Ceremonial Objects in the Harvard College Library and the Harvard Semitic Museum. Cambridge; Harvard University Library: 1993. This volume features photographs and descriptions of 166 Jewish ceremonial objects including wine cups; beakers; Sabbath lamps; candlesticks; spice boxes; Hanukkah lamps; Torah pointers; crowns, shields, and finials; plates for the Passover Seder and other occasions; charity boxes; Esther scrolls; containers for the etrog fruit used on Sukkot; marriage rings; amulets; and others. The vast majority of the objects are made of silver, with some additional pieces of pewter, a few brass and ceramic objects, and some textiles. Violet Gilboa is Littauer Hebraica Technical and Research Services Librarian at the Judaica Division of the Harvard College Library. Softcover. 6”x9”, 172 pages, b/w illustrations; bibliography. New. [95038] $25.00

 

Two Important Early Glass Auctions-

86. [Glass] Early American Glass...The Superb Collection Formed by Mrs. Frederick Fish. New York; Parke-Bernet: January 5-6th, 1940. Sale 159. An auction featuring magnificent early blown and blown-molded glass. Helen McKearin wrote a short introduction to the catalog where she begins by noting- "To many of the students and collectors of Early American glass the remarkable collection formed by Mrs. Frederick W. Fish is already well known and appreciated. It is without a doubt one of the outstanding collections in the country and one of the largest assemblages of the finest in American glass ever to be offered at public sale...". Softcover. 7"x10", 112 pages, 465 lots, numerous b/w illustrations; corner bump; lightly soiled and worn. [30716] $85.00

 

87. [Glass] Early American Glass. The Important Collection of William Wood, 3rd. New York; Parke-Bernet: January 22-23rd, 1942. Sale 338. The auction sale of a very fine collection, especially notable for its colored three-mold pieces, historical flasks and Ohio glass. Neil C. Gest wrote an introduction to this catalog. Softcover. 7.5"x10.5", 80 pages, 406 lots, numerous b/w illustrations; light wear and soil; cover crease. [30718] $75.00

 

88. [Gold Boxes] Highly Important French Furniture, Decorations, Porcelain, Works of Art & Gold Boxes from the Collection of Henry Ford II. New York; Sotheby Parke Bernet: February 25, 1978. Sale 4086. The auction of the auto magnate’s collection of superb gold boxes, French furniture and European decorative accessories. The boxes comprise the first 35 lots and include many rarities, including a rare c.1800 Swiss enameled box with erotic automata. Hardcover. 9”x9.5”, about 100 pages, 102 lots, color illustrations; prices realised sheet stapled to endpaper; a nice copy. [30702] $45.00

 

89. Goodison, Nicholas. Matthew Boulton: Ormolu. London; Christies Books: 2002. Nicholas Goodison revisits the subject of Boulton’s ormolu ornaments and his manufactory at Soho, and comes away with new and previously unpublished material. Covering the years 1768 to 1782, the text includes candlesticks & candelabra, chimneypiece mounts, clock cases, door furniture, ewers, fenders, furniture mounts, girandoles & sconces, ice pails, ink stands, knife & cutlery cases, obelisks, picture & cameo frames, sugar dishes, tea urns, tripods, and vases, as well as the methods by which ornaments were designed, made and marketed. “The author has once again combined meticulous research with a narrative style that makes the book a pleasure to read. Most of the photographs have been taken especially for this study, and the ornaments are described and illustrated in greater detail and in larger numbers than ever before.” Hardcover. 8.5”x11”, 432 pages, 276 color and 116 b/w illustrations, dj. New. [90178] $140.00

 

90. Graham, James Jr. Early American Silver Marks. New York; James Graham: 1936. Edition limited to 500 copies. A scarce and curious little book. Graham was a New York dealer in American and English silver, and seems here to be competing with Ensko to produce a handbook of marks for silver enthusiasts. The marks are clearly drawn and the smiths are listed in alphabetical order. Hardcover. 5"x7.5", 81 pages. Publisher’s blue cloth with silver title; minor cover scuff, else a very nice copy. Inscribed by Graham on the endpaper. [30734] $150.00

 

91. [Grand Estates] The Contents of Bois Dore, the property of the late Elinor Dorrance Ingersoll, Newport, Rhode Island. New York; Christie’s: September 27-28th, 1977. The auction of the furniture, art and decorations of a grand Newport Estate. Softcover. 7.5”x10”, 143 pages plus 49 b/w plates; 809 lots; covers creased; some soil. [30777] $25.00

 

92. [Grand Estates] The Valuable Contents of Dropmore, Burnham, Buckinghamshire [property of Viscount Kemsley]. London; Sotheby & Co.: March 18-20th, 1969. This auction catalog includes fine carpets, English Georgian furniture, 18th century English paintings, as well as ceramics, Oriental antiques, etc. Softcover. 7.5”x9.5”, 185 pages, plus 42 b/w plates; 1,044 lots; covers somewhat worn and soiled. [30725] $25.00

 

93. [Grand Estates] Kasteel de Haar. 100 Works of Art from the Collection of Baron van Zuylen van Nijevelt van de Haar to benefit the restoration of Kasteel de Haar. Amsterdam; Christie’s: October 13, 1998. The auction of 100 choice items from the Baron’s collection to fund repair work to the castle foundation. Includes early furniture, Oriental sculptures and ceramics, fine paintings, etc. Softcover. 8”x10.5”, 116 pages, many color illustrations, 100 lots; light wear. [30772] $35.00

 

94. [Grand Estates] Newtown Park House, Blackrock, Co. Dublin. Property of Mr. and Mrs. E.A. McGuire. London; Christie’s: September 20, 1976. The auction of this fine estate. Edward McGuire bought it in 1946 to house his growing collection of 17th and 18th century European paintings, English and Irish furniture, and Chinese and Continental porcelains. The catalog has a short Introduction by the Knight of Glin. Softcover. 7”x9.5”, 148 pages plus 1 color and 78 b/w plates; 882 lots; light cover soil. [30724] $40.00

 

95. [Grand Estates] Orchardleigh Park, Frome, Somerset. The Property of the late G.A.V. Duckworth, Esq. London; Christie’s: September 21-22nd, 1987. The auction of a collection of 18th and 19th century furniture, ceramics, art, silver, and carpets assembled in the mid 19th century. A wonderful 19th century estate collection. Softcover. 7.5”x10”, 251 pages, filled with color and b/w illustrations; 1,165 lots; light wear. [30773] $30.00

 

96. Graves, Algernon. A Dictionary of Artists who have exhibited works in the Principal London Exhibitions from 1760 to 1893. Bath; Kingsmead Reprints: 1970. A reprint of the 3rd edition, first published in 1901. More than 25,000 artists are listed. Hardcover. 10”x12.5”, 314 pages, dj; jacket with a little wear. [30729] $75.00

 

97. Gray, Basil. Early Chinese Pottery and Porcelain. London; Faber & Faber: 1953. A study of Chinese ceramics from the 9th to 14th centuries, with a “lucid introductory essay” by the Keeper of Oriental Antiquities at the British Museum. Hardcover. 6.5"x10", 48 pages of text plus 4 color and 97 b/w plates, dj. Jacket with light soil, a little wear. [30660] $50.00

 

98. Griffing, Robert P. The Art of the Korean Potter -Silla, Koryo, Yi. New York; Asia House Gallery: 1968. A very informative and well illustrated catalog of a loan exhibition of the important periods of Korean ceramic art. Hardcover. 8.5"x11", 131 pages, 15 text illustrations, 8 color and 106 b/w illustrations, dj. Jacket with some stains, else a nice copy. [30661] $50.00

 

He Perfected Sand-Blasted Electroplate Pottery-

99. Hainbach, Rudolf. Pottery Decorating. A Description of all the Processes for Decorating Pottery and Porcelain. London; Scott, Greenwood & Son: 1907. A technical book aimed at the professional ceramicist, and covering all aspects of glazes, engobes, colors, and effects. Hainbach notes in the Preface that he has succeeded in applying sand-blasting to the decoration of porcelain, and combined it with electroplating (both of which are also covered in the text). Translated from the German by Charles Salter. Hardcover. 5”x7.25”, vi + 252 pages, with 22 b/w illustrations of machinery; plus publisher’s advertisements. Publisher’s red cloth with gilt titles; light cover soil, a little wear, but a very nice copy. [30757] $50.00

 

100. Harris, Eileen The Furniture of Robert Adam. London; Academy Editions / New York; St. Martin’s Press: 1973. “With the aid of the collection of Adam drawings in Sir John Soane’s Museum, existing pieces, accounts, and biographical data, Mrs. John Harris has set out to present a coherent account of the origin, development, and character of Adam furniture, and to assess its place in the history of Neo-classicism”. Hardcover. 6.5”x7.5”, 110 pages + 156 b/w plates, dj; light wear. [30650] $85.00

 

101. [Henry the Lion] The Gospels of Henry the Lion. Count of Saxony, Duke of Bavaria. Helmarshausen Abbey, c.1173-1175. London; Sotheby Parke Bernet & Co.: December 6th, 1983. The auction of one of the most beautiful illuminated manuscripts still in private hands (at the time of the auction). Add to this the mystery that its whereabouts had been unknown for the prior fifty years, and you had one heck of an auction... Hardcover. 8.5"x11.5", 77 pages, loaded with color plates; light wear, a little soil. [30705] $35.00

 

102. Hetherington, A.L. The Early Ceramic Wares of China. London; Benn Brothers: 1922. An early study of Chinese ceramics up through the Sung era. Hetherington based his work on ceramics which were, at that time, still obtainable by the private collector, instead of museum-quality pieces. Hardcover. 9"x11.5", 160 pages plus 6 color and 39 b/w plates; light cover soil, a discreet ex-library copy with a spine number of title page perforated mark, several small stamps, etc. [30662] $100.00

 

103. Hirschl & Adler. Plain and Fancy. A Survey of American Folk Art. New York; Hirschl & Adler Galleries: 1970. Apparently the first Hirschl & Adler catalog devoted completely to American folk art, of which 100 examples are illustrated and described. These are mostly paintings, but with some sculpture as well. Stuart Feld wrote the interesting Introduction. Softcover. 7.5”x10”, 72 pages, b/w and several color illustrations; a nice copy. [30698] $35.00

 

104. Hirschl & Adler. American Folk Art. New York; Hirschl & Adler Galleries: 1977. This exhibition of folk paintings and portraits by the noted New York gallery included works by the Beardsley Limner, Joseph Badger, John Brewster, Ralph Earl, Edward Hicks, Jacob Maentel, Ammi Phillips, and others; also with many anonymous works. Softcover. 7.5”x10”, 43 pages, filled with color and b/w illustrations; light wear. [30694] $35.00

 

105. Hodgdon, Jeannette R. Collecting Old English Lustre. Illustrated by Reproductions of Specimens from the Author’s Collection. Portland; Southworth-Anthoensen Press: 1937. An interesting early book by one of the early American collectors of lustre pottery. Hodgdon had read just about everything written on pottery collecting and quotes liberally from earlier authors while mixing in her own observations from her years spent scouring American and English antique shops. Beautifully set-up and printed by the Southworth Anthoensen Press on heavy cream paper, and illustrated with specimens from Hodgdon’s collection, this elegant book provides a charming and entertaining look at the early days of collecting lusterware. Hardcover. 7”x10”, xv + 44 pages, plus 14 b/w plates; publisher’s boards with paper label and blue cloth spine; very minor soil to the covers, else a very nice copy. [30737] $100.00

 

The Elegant Original Edition-

106. Hornor, William M. Blue Book of Philadelphia Furniture, William Penn to George Washington, with special reference to the Philadelphia-Chippendale School. Philadelphia; privately printed: 1935. "Much work has been done on Philadelphia furniture in the past fifty years in the form of articles, catalogues and theses, but no single book has yet superseded Hornor; it remains essential to research on Philadelphia furniture..." (Ames & Ward). The new edition does not contain Hornor's original preface included here. Semowich 1109. Hardcover. 8"x11", 340 pages, plus 502 b/w illustrations; a very nice, clean, tight copy with a slightly faded spine with some of the gilt spine lettering chipping. [30678] $375.00

 

107. Hough, Walter. Collection of Heating and Lighting Utensils in the United States National Museum. Washington; U.S. Government Printing Office: 1928. The famous ‘Bulletin 141’, an important catalog of lighting devices from around the world and up and down the centuries. Hough, who wrote several studies of heating and lighting devices from various cultures, includes chapters on torches, candles, primitive lamps, and heating devices. Softcover. 6"x9.5", 113 pages plus 99 b/ plates. Library stamp on cover but no other marks; some wear, corner crease, a little soil. [30759] $75.00

 

108. Howe, Katherine S. & David B. Warren. The Gothic Revival Style in America, 1830-1870. Houston Museum of Fine Arts: 1976. An important loan exhibition, and the first major modern study of the Gothic Revival style. Furniture accounts for more than half the 195 items exhibited and catalogued, with the remainder comprising clocks and lighting, lacy and other glass, ceramics, silver, paintings, cast iron birdhouses, wallpaper and stoves. Jane B. Davies' Introduction, although concentrating on architecture, provides an illuminating discussion of the history and importance of the style, as well as the reasons for its sweeping popularity.

             The Gothic Revival was heavily rooted in 19th century Romanticism, and as Davies writes- "looked to the Middle Ages for inspiration and reintroduced a vocabulary of forms and motifs that had been dormant and disdained for centuries, interpreting them anew for use in modern buildings and the decorative arts...The Gothic Revival expressed the very quintessence of Romanticism- bold, dramatic, closely linked to nature, a visual evocation of the brooding melancholy and mystery of the remote Middle Ages so cherished by the Romantic spirit...It offered exuberant release from the restraints of classical tradition. Instead of prescribed orders...it gave exhilarating and boundless freedom for creative activity. The intention was not to copy specific medieval buildings and objects with archeological exactness. Rather, through adaptation of typical motifs, it was to suggest impressions and arouse associations in the mind and heart that would recall the idealized vision of the Middle Ages as depicted in poetry, legend, and romantic novels." Softcover. 10.5"x9", 101 pages, profusely illustrated in b/w with several color plates; light cover wear and a little soil. [30644] $150.00

 

The 1914 Edition, with a Nice Gift Inscription by Hunter-

109. Hunter, Frederick W. Stiegel Glass. Boston and New York; Houghton Mifflin Company:1914. Edition limited to 420 signed copies. Although Hunter, along with his brother-in-law / collaborator J.B. Kerfoot, was overzealous in his attempts to attribute much too much glass to the Stiegel factory, his book nonetheless "set a standard of excellence for factory histories that seldom has been surpassed." (Kirk Nelson writing in Ames & Ward). Nelson continues, "Hunter's work remains the most comprehensive study of this celebrated eighteenth-century Pennsylvania glass manufactory. In the first two major sections Hunter provides a detailed biography of Henry William Stiegel and illuminates the account with information drawn from period documents. Typescripts of many of these documents are presented in the Appendix...the second section explores the materials, techniques and products of the Stiegel glasshouses."

            Hunter's style and presentation have also been widely praised; Helen McKearin notes in her preface to the Dover edition that "in all American glass literature, "Stiegel Glass" alone approaches belles letters." George McKearin once wrote "As a beginner in collecting American glass I pored for hours over the pages of this fascinating book." An important, well-written and researched study of American glassmaking, despite the fact that the actual pieces attributed to Stiegel too often turned out to be the products of other factories. Hardcover. 7.5"x10.5", 272 pages, 8 color plates and 159 b/w illustrations; publisher’s yellow cloth with gilt titles and a blue & white pitcher on the cover; covers with moderate soil and some scuffing; spine darkened; with a warm Christmas inscription- “To my [illegible] friends and collectors Otto and Mildred, kindly accept this my maiden effort on American glass of the Pre-Revolutionary period. F.H. Hunter -Christmas 1915”. [30802] $250.00

 

110. Hurst, George H. A Manual of Painters’ Colours, Oils and Varnishes. For Students and Practical Men. London; Charles Griffin & Company: 1922. 6th ed., revised. An important study, first published in 1892, which combined scientific principles with practical information for painters, and today gives us a glimpse of the manufacturing processes of a hundred years ago. The text begins with a chapter on the Properties of Pigments, followed by individual chapters on pigments- White -Lead & Zinc; Mineral Whites; Red; Orange & Yellow; Green; Brown; Blue; Black; Organic Pigments; Oils and Solvents; Gums, Glues & Resins; Varnishes; and Paint. Although it went through several editions when first published, it appears to be uncommon in the marketplace today. Hardcover. 6”x8”, xii + 528 pages, b/w double-page frontispiece and 89 text illustrations; publisher’s brown pebbled cloth with gilt title. Covers clean and bright, text lightly toned. [30760] $150.00

 

111. [India] Indian, Tibetan, Nepalese, Thai, Khmer and Javanese Art, including Indian Miniatures. New York; Sotheby's: September 20-21st, 1985. This auction catalog provides a feast for lovers of Indian and related arts. Metalwares, stonework, textiles, weapons, bronzes, wood carvings, paintings, and much, much more, are all featured with good descriptions and hundreds of illustrations. Much of the material was from the collection of Paul E. Manheim, and had been on loan to institutions, including the LA County Museum of Art, the Pacific Asia Museum, the Brooklyn Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and others. Softcover. 8"x10.5", about 450 pages, 710 lots, packed with color and b/w illustrations. Light wear. [30710] $50.00

 

113. [India] Coulston, Haddington, East Lothian, Scotland. [Collection of] the late Colin Broun Lindsay. London; Sotheby’s: May 21-22nd, 1990. An auction catalog. The first 113 lots comprise the Lord Dalhousie Collection of Indo-European furniture (the 9th Earl was Governor General of India from 1847-56). The rest of the collection is that of a fine Scottish estate that had been collecting for several generations. Softcover. 8.5”x11”, 204 pages, color and b/w illustrations; 784 lots; light wear. [30774] $40.00

 

114. [India] Graeco-Buddhist and other Indian Sculptures, Indian Miniatures, The Private Collection of the Painter Sarkis Katchadourian, New York. New York; Parke-Bernet Galleries: January 28th, 1944. Sale 522. The auction of a collection which had been destined for the Musee Guimet in Paris, but WWII put an end to those plans. Katchadourian was a book illustrator; among his works was a noted illustrated edition of the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam. Softcover. 6.5"x9.5", 36 pages, 142 lots, b/w illustrations; light soil; priced. [30715] $25.00

 

115. John, W D. Pontypool and Usk Japanned Wares with the Early History of the Iron and Tinplate Industries at Pontypool. Newport Mon; The Ceramic Book Company: 1953. The history of the manufacturing centers of Japanned wares in 18th century England. Illustrations include baskets, teapots, candlesticks, tea-caddies, knife boxes, trays, urns, dishes, plaques, snuff boxes, snuffers, and much more. The industry was eventually doomed by the early-19th century advent of cheap electroplating processes. Hardcover. 10"x12.5", 88 pages of text plus 7 color and 81 b/w plates; a little cover soil, else very nice. [30811] $85.00

 

116. Johnson, John & Strickland Gibson. Print and Privilege at Oxford to the Year 1700. London; Oxford University Press: 1946. The enterprising, sometimes contentious story of the early years of printing in Oxford, including Fell and Company, the rise of the Free-Traders, the fall of the Interlopers, and much more Bookish Intrigue... Hardcover. 8”x11”, viii, [ii], 212 pages, plus 20 b/w illustrations on 19 plates; light cover wear, a little soil; light soil on endpapers. [30817] $40.00

 

Wedgwood & Shakespeare-

117. Jonas, Maurice. Notes of an Art Collector. London; George Routledge & Sons, Limited: 1907. Maurice Jonas was an early Wedgwood and Shakespeare collector with an intriguing mind- his musings here take the form of two essays, one on Wedgwood portrait medallions, the other on early Shakespeare editions. Jonas collected both assiduously, and if his glee over his triumphs seems uncouth at times, that is balanced by his almost boyish enthusiasm. Both Wedgwood and Shakespeare collectors will find this book of interest, even if the prices he mentions paying for rarities make one turn an interesting shade of Wedgwood green. Illustrated with 69 b/w plates, including 2 of interiors, 3 of porcelain figural groups, and 64 of Wedgwood portraits. Hardcover. 7.5"x10", 56 pages of text plus 69 b/w plates; scattered foxing to the text; spine label rubbed, a little soil. [30666] $100.00

 

118. [Jones Collection] The James Ellwood Jones, Jr. Arms Collection. Hyannis; Richard A. Bourne Co., Inc.: September 23-24th and November 17-18th, 1981. An important collection and an impressive auction catalog, with the pieces described in much detail and with most lots illustrated. The four sessions grossed around $2 million. 2 volumes, each with 2 session; 8.5"x11", about 400 pages, 1,665 lots, most lots illustrated in b/w, with some color plates; prices realized sheets; a fine set. [30712] $125.00

 

119. Jones, E. Alfred. Catalogue of the Plate of Magdalene College, Oxford. London; Oxford University Press: 1940. E. Alfred Jones does his usual thorough job of describing the history of the college plate, both extant and non-, and describing the former. Hardcover. 10”x12.5”, xxi + 103 pages, plus 8 b/w plates. Publisher’s blue cloth with silver title and device; a very nice, clean copy. [30748] $175.00

 

120. Kane, Patricia E. 300 Years of American Seating Furniture. Chairs and Beds from the Mabel Brady Garvan and Other Collections at Yale University. Boston; New York Graphic Society: 1976. A scholarly and well illustrated catalog of 298 chairs at Yale, preceded by a brief essay on the history of chairmaking in America. With a foreword by Charles Montgomery. Ames & Ward notes: "The entries are models of connoisseurship". Semowich 1368. Hardcover. 10"x10.5", 319 pages, b/w illustrations and a color frontispiece; dj; a very nice copy. [30643] $150.00

 

121. Kane, Patricia E. Furniture of the New Haven Colony. The Seventeenth-Century Style. New Haven Colony Historical Society: 1973. A loan exhibition featuring 34 pieces. Ames & Ward notes- "The detailed entries are superb studies in connoisseurship... the judicious handling of documentary and artifactual evidence makes this a useful model when considering how to treat attributions of seventeenth-century furniture". Softcover. 7.5"x10.5", 110 pages, b/w illus., light wear. [30646] $45.00

 

122. Knight, Captain C. Morley. Hints on Driving. London; George Bell and Sons: 1905. 2nd ed., 2nd prtg. A complete and respected guide to driving (horses) single-harness; double-harness; cape-carts; four-horse -coachman, reigns, whip, starting & turning; tandem driving; tandem harness; and breaking to harness. Many clear line drawings show correct hand positions and other details. First published in 1894. Hardcover. 5”x7.5”, xiv + 212 pages, b/w and line illustrations; publisher’s mustard-colored cloth with gilt title; a very nice, bright copy. [30758] $75.00

 

123. Knittle, Rhea Mansfield. Early Ohio Silversmiths and Pewterers 1787-1847. Cleveland; Ohio Frontier Series: 1943. Silversmithing in Ohio began with the Indian trade and quickly branched out into useful articles for prosperous merchants. Knittle gives a history of the silversmiths and their craft as it developed in Ohio, and then provides a geographical checklist of silversmiths with working dates. Softcover. 6"x9", 62 pages, b/w illustrations; light soil, several adhesion marks on the cover where two stickers were apparently carelessly removed. [30680] $100.00

 

124. Kopp, Joel & Kate. American Hooked and Sewn Rugs. Folk Art Underfoot. New York; E.P. Dutton: 1975. Since its publication in 1975, this has become a key pictorial study on the subject of hooked and sewn rugs. Copiously illustrated, and with an helpful bibliography. Hardcover. 7"x10", 128 pages, color and b/w illustrations, dj; near fine. [30697] $40.00

 

125. The Lamprecht Collection of Cast Iron Art. Birmingham; American Cast Iron Pipe Company: 1941. An overview of this impressive collection, assembled by Gustav Lamprecht of the University of Leipzig, and sold to an American collector in 1922, from whom the American Cast Iron Pipe Company purchased it. The illustrated pieces include portraits, plaques, household and decorative items from several past centuries. Hardcover. 7”x10”, 34 pages, b/w illustrations; a nice copy. [30690] $45.00

 

126. Lang, Andrew. "XXXII Ballades in Blue China". London; Kegan Paul, Trench & Co.: 1885. First published in 1880. Lang was a popular journalist and scholar with many books and publications to his credit. The title and one of the poems of this work reflect the interest of the day in blue & white "willow" china. An interesting little offshoot for the china collector. Hardcover. 4"x6.5", 112 pages, blue decoration on the title page; covers with a little light wear, rear endpaper browned where a newspaper was evidently stored at some time; a few pencil notes. Overall a very nice copy. [30655] $25.00

 

127. Larus, Jane Bortman. Myer Myers Silversmith 1723-1795. A Catalogue of the Bortman-Larus Collection of Myer Myers Colonial Silver. Washington; Klutznick Exhibit Hall, B’Nai Brith Building: no date (1950s). A short catalog featuring items from the noted Boston collection. Includes a brief biography and notes on the items. Uncommon. Softcover. 5.5”x8.5”, 12 pages, 17 b/w illustrations; somewhat soiled, a few page corners turned, etc. [30735] $45.00

 

128. Lee, Ruth Webb & James H. Rose. American Glass Cup Plates. The First Classified Check List and Historical Treatise on the Subject. Northborough; Ruth Webb Lee: 1948. 2nd edition. The hardcover edition of this still-standard reference to these small, lacy-glass and pressed-glass objects. Hardcover. 6.5"x9.5", 445 pages, b/w illustrations; a very nice copy. [30684] $75.00

 

One of 250 Copies-

129. Lewis, F. The Pontremoli Collection of Carpets and Textiles. Leigh-on-Sea; F.Lewis: 1942. Edition limited to 250 copies. Pontremoli was a dealer in antique carpets for years, numbering amongst his clients Queen Mary and other members of the Royal Family. This elegant catalog includes fine antique Aubusson, Bessarabian, and Persian Kirman carpets, as well as early English needlework carpets and rugs, Victorian needlework rugs, and several Russian and Ukrainian carpets. Hardcover. 8"x10", 16 pages of text plus 59 tipped-in b/w plates; bound in original red cloth with a leather spine; some cover wear, a very good copy. [02187] $450.00

 

130. [London] The Little London Directory of 1677. The Oldest Printed List of the Merchants and Bankers of London. London; John Camden Hotten: 1863. “Reprinted from the exceedingly rare original; with an introduction pointing out some of the most eminent merchants of the period”. Hardcover. 4”x5.5”, xxii + about 150 pages; bound in the publisher’s full gilt-decorated black cloth with rules, emblems and rampant gryphons; marbled endpapers; all edges gilt; spine head and base slightly chipped, blank preliminaries spotted, else a very handsome copy indeed. [30743] $175.00

 

131. Longhurst, M.H. English Ivories. London; G.P. Putnam's Sons: 1926. A very fine, well illustrated study of English ivory work from Roman times through the Renaissance. The text includes both a long historical background on English ivory work and a detailed catalog of the illustrated specimens. The examples are drawn from a number of English and European collections, mostly museums, but with some private collections also represented. Hardcover. 9"x11.5", 123 pages with 10 figures in the text, plus 6 color and 51 b/w plates, plus the supplementary b/w plate; light cover spot, else a near fine copy. [30816] $150.00

 

132. Luckhurst, Kenneth W. The Story of Exhibitions. London; Studio Publications: 1951. The first industrial exhibition was held in London in 1761; everybody knows of the Great Exhibition at the Crystal Palace in 1851, and the World's Fair of 1939. Here are those, and countless others, in an entertaining survey of exhibitions, mostly Great, all certainly meant to be, from the 18th to the 20th century. Hardcover. 6.5"x10", 223 pages, b/w plates, dj. Light wear. [30809] $40.00

 

133. Madigan, Mary J. (ed.). Nineteenth Century Furniture. Innovation, Revival and Reform. New York; Art & Antiques: 1982. A collection of articles which have appeared in Art & Antiques magazine on a variety of 19th century furniture styles, including the various Victorian revival styles such as Rococo, Egyptian, etc., and Arts & Crafts, Empire, Art Nouveau and more. Hardcover. 9"x12", 160 pages, color and b/w illustrations, dj; a fine copy in a somewhat worn jacket. [30674] $60.00

 

134. [Marine Art] Kunstveilingen. Amsterdam; Sotheby Mak van Way B.V. October 28th, 1975. An interesting European auction of furniture, paintings, metalware and more, with two special sections devoted to marine arts- the first features 50 lots of fine ship models, and the second contained more than 100 artifacts of various types from the excavated 18th century ships “Hollandia”, “Princess Maria” and others. Softcover. 7.5"x10.5", 790 lots, b/w illustrations. Light wear. [30711] $35.00

 

135. May, Florence Lewis. Catalogue of Laces and Embroideries in the Collection of the Hispanic Society of America. New York; Hispanic Society of America: 1936. A catalog of the Hispanic Society’s lace collection, with chapters devoted to Drawn work, Network, Punto de Agua & Punto de Gancho, Bobbin laces, and embroideries. Also includes a history of Spanish lace making and a bibliography. Hardcover. 5.5”x7.5”, xxxiii + 147 pages + xlviii b/w plates; light wear; a nice copy. [30812] $65.00

 

136. McClinton, Katherine M Collecting American 19th Century Silver. New York; Bonanza Books: 1968. The standard history of American silver as it wended its merry way through the Federal, Empire and Rococo periods and then on into various Victorian historical and revivalist styles, then back out by way of the Eclectic and Art Nouveau movements. A very popular, well illustrated book. Hardcover. 8"x10", 280 pages, profusely illustrated in b/w, dj; light wear. [30685] $40.00

 

137. Meyer-Heisig, Erich. Der Nurnberger Glasschnitt des 17. Jahrhunderts. Nurnberg; Verlag Nurnberger Presse: 1963. An astounding study of 17th century engraved glass from Nurnberg, most of it artist attributed, with individual chapters on a number of known engravers and their work. The illustrations, photographs shot against mostly black backgrounds, are large, clear and brilliant. A joyous book for the lover of engraved glass. Hardcover. 9"x11.5", 227 pages, tipped-in frontispiece and 200+ b&w illustrations; dj; a fine copy in a very lightly worn dj. [30800] $125.00

 

A Shattering Letter-

138. Morhof, Daniel Georg. Epistola De Scypho Vitreo per certum humana Vocis sonum rupto. Kiel; Joachimus Reuman:1672. A curious title indeed! A letter written by Morhof (1639-1691) to Johan Daniel Majorem, dealing with the ability of certain human voices to shatter glass. Rather unsurprisingly it is the only title on this somewhat controversial subject listed in Duncan. Morhof was a German professor who studied at the University of Rostock and obtained the Chair of Poetry there before going on to Kiel as professor of eloquence and poetry. Although Morhof wrote many pamphlets and articles on the voice and eloquence, this particular letter is somewhat scarce, especially in this first edition, having only a single American OCLC listing (National Library of Medicine) and 5 European listings. Later, apparently expanded editions, were published in 1682 and 1683. Duncan 9026. Disbound. 6"x7.5", title page, 48 pages; errata leaf; disbound, but tightly sewn. A little minor soil and slight browning. [30795] $875.00

 

The End of the Sheffield Plate Trade-

139. Napier, James. A Manual of Electro-Metallurgy; including the Applications of the Art to Manufacturing Processes. Philadelphia; Henry Carey Baird: 1853. James Napier [1810-1884] was an industrial chemist who began working for the Elkington Mason Electroplating Works in London in 1842, 2 years after Elkington had secured the patent for the electro-plating process. That patent doomed the Sheffield plate trade but became the Elkington firm’s fortune, and they expanded rapidly, producing an enormous and successful display at the Great Exhibition in 1851, to which Napier alludes in his Preface. First published in 1851, this Baird text was from the 2nd London edition of 1853, and begins with a history of electro-metallurgy before moving on the descriptions of the materials, techniques and equipment, the making and use of molds, bronzing and electro-gilding, and other technical considerations. Hardcover. 5.5”x7.5”, 356 pages + a 24 page listing of Baird’s other books. Publisher’s original brown cloth with gilt decoration and title; covers a bit scuffed and soiled, light wear; a little internal soil, etc. [30750] $150.00

 

140. [Needlework] Fawley House, Oxfordshire. London; Sotheby’s: October 14-15, 2003. The auction sale of an extraordinary modern collection assembled by David McAlpine, most notable for the Taylour needlework panels (early 18th century Irish armorial needlework); very, very fine 18th century English furniture; and 77 lots of armorial China Trade porcelain. Softcover. 8.5”x10.5”, 230 pages, 812 lots, color illustrations; light wear. [30775] $35.00

 

141. [Orientalia] The Edward T. Chow Collection. Part One- Ming and Qing Porcelain; Part Two- Early Chinese Ceramics and Ancient Bronzes; Part Three- Ming and Qing Porcelain and works of art. Hong Kong; Sotheby Parke Bernet: November 25th & December 16th, 1980 & May 19th, 1981. The auction of Edward Chow’s collection, in three blockbuster sales, was more than simply the dispersal of some antique pottery. Chow was among the foremost connoisseurs of antique Chinese ceramics of his day, and was a compatriot of such renowned collectors as Percival David, and King Gustav Adolf of Sweden. His deep knowledge and impeccably high standards are seen in the parade of rare and wonderful ceramics and other objects showcased in these three elegant catalogs. The first volume includes an introduction by Michael Beurdeley. Hardcover. 3 volumes, 7.5"x10.5", 482 pages, 625 lots, hundreds of color and b/w illustrations, dj's. Light soil, former owner’s stamp on endpapers; Volume One has prices realised noted in pen. [30704] $175.00

 

142. [Orientalia] The Cunliffe Collection. Chinese Ceramics and Jade Carvings. London; Bonham’s: November 11, 2002. The elegant and beautifully illustrated auction catalog of this noted collection. Cunliffe collected in the 1940s and 50s and had a connoisseur’s eye and a weakness for fine form and glaze. He was the Honorary Keeper of the Far Eastern Collections at the Fitzwilliam Museum. Hardcover. 8.5”x10.5”, 138 pages, 133 lots, each lot illustrated in color, dj; light dj rubbing, else very nice. [30714] $40.00

 

143. [Orientalia] Important Chinese Snuff Bottles from the Kaynes-Klitz Collection, Part One [and] Part Two. Hong Kong; Sotheby’s: November 16, 1989 [&] October 30, 1990. The auction catalogs to the sales of this superb collection of snuff bottles, assembled in Hong Kong in the 1960s. Michael Kaynes-Klitz founded a snuff bottle collector’s society in Hong Kong which eventually became the international Snuff Bottle Society; he also edited the international society’s journal. Softcover. 2 vols. 8”x10.5”, 50 pages with 234 lots, and 50 pages with 240 lots; all lots illustrated in color; a nice set. [30700] $125.00

 

144. Ott, Joseph K. The John Brown House Loan Exhibition of Rhode Island Furniture. Providence; Rhode Island Historical Society: 1965. Along with Carpenter's catalog, the Brown House exhibition is one of the two landmark exhibitions of Rhode Island furniture. Many of the examples are from private collections, and the catalog is beautifully illustrated and elegantly presented. Semowich 1179. Ames & Ward. Hardcover. 8.5"x11", 178 pages, b/w illustrations; light wear, a nice copy. [30639] $175.00

 

145. Palmer, Arlene. A Winterthur Guide to Chinese Export Porcelain. New York; Crown Publishers: 1976. A very good guide, based on the fine collection at Winterthur. Softcover. 6"x8.5", 144 pages, 16 color plates and 100 b/w illustrations; light soil. [30683] $25.00

 

146. Paperweights. Vienna; Glass Gallery Michael Kovacek: 1987. A catalog of 185 paperweights in this dealer’s exhibition. Includes sections on Baccarat, Clichy, Saint-Louis, 19th century ‘Bohemian’ weights, early 20th century ‘Bohemian’ weights, the history of paperweights, and how paperweights are made. In each manufacturer section there are large, clear color illustrations and detailed descriptions. Hardcover. 9”x9”, 165 pages, color illustrations, dj; inserted price sheet; a nice copy. [30691] $100.00

 

147. Pennell, Joseph. The Illustration of Books. A Manual for the Use of Students, Notes for a Course of Lectures at the Slade School, University College. London; T. Fisher Unwin: 1896. The famous illustrator lectures about his craft, with topics including equipment, methods of drawing suited to reproduction, wash drawings, wood engraving, lithography, etching, photogravure and photo-lithography, and “making ready for the printing room”. Hardcover. 5.5”x7.5”, xii + 166 pages, plus advertisements; publisher’s green cloth with gilt titles; light soil, but a nice copy. [30763] $35.00

 

148. Pullein, Samuel. The Silkworm: A Poem. In Two Books. Written by Marcus Hieronymus Vida, and translated into English Verse by the Reverend Samuel Pullein, of Trinity College, Dublin. Dublin; Printed by S. Powell, for the author: 1750. Quite a remarkable piece of poetry- both the original and the translation. Marcus Hieronymus Vida [1470-1566] of Cremona was a gifted poet who was patronized by the Pope and did quite a remarkable job of, as Pullein notes, making a detailed poem about the raising of silk worms interesting. Pullein [b.1713] was himself no slouch, and won the Royal Dublin Society’s Madden Prize for this work. In the same year that he published this poem, Pullein wrote an essay to promote the culture of silkworms in Ireland, and several years later he wrote his influential book “The culture of silk, or an Essay on Its Rational Practice and Improvement for the Use of the American Colonies”. The engraved frontispiece shows the interior of a silkworm room, with the worms being tended by several women in robes vaguely resembling those of ancient Greece. Hardcover. 6.25”x10”, x, 141 pages, engraved frontispiece; with the final errata and “Observations” sheet, which is often lacking. Newly rebound in green “silked” cloth with paper spine label; new endpapers; title page repaired at the top, not affecting the text; text with light toning and a few spots, but overall nice. [30745] $500.00

 

149. Quimby, Ian M.G. (ed.). American Furniture and Its Makers. Winterthur Portfolio 13. Winterthur; Henry Francis Du Pont Winterthur Museum & University of Chicago Press: 1979. The important furniture issue, edited by Ian Quimby. An essential addition to any American furniture library. Hardcover. 8.5"x11", 244 pages, b/w illustrations, dj; light wear. [30673] $100.00

 

From the Library of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s Nephew,
a Founder of the Boston Society of Arts & Crafts-

150. Robinson, P[eter] F[rederick]. Designs for Gate Cottages, Lodges, and Park Entrances, in various styles, from the Humblest to the Castellated. London: Henry G. Bohn, 1837. 3rd edition, “greatly improved”. Robinson [1776-1858] wrote several popular books of designs for architects, and was noted for his ability to adapt historic styles. In this book he offers designs for 12 structures in all, each described and shown first in a charming “in situ” lithograph, followed by a floor plan and 2 architectural elevations. The buildings fall into three categories: “Timber Fronted”, “Elizabethan”, and “Castellated”, with Robinson suggesting in his prefatory remarks that the correct gate lodge was an important consideration for an estate, as it indicated “the character of the structure to which it affords an approach”.

            This copy is from the library of Alexander Wadsworth Longfellow Jr. (1854-1934), with his signature (A.W. Longfellow) on the endpaper. A nephew of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, A.W. Longfellow was a noted Colonial Revival architect (Longfellow, Alden & Harlow) who had apprenticed with H.H. Richardson, and was one of the founders of the Boston Society of Arts and Crafts. Hardcover. 9.5”x12”, iv + [12] + 48 lithographed plates; Publisher’s green cloth with leather spine and cover label with gilt titles; covers quite soiled and worn, spine rubbed; rear hinge cracked and front hinge detached from the text block; contents with some minor soil and a few spots; front endpaper with signature of A.W. Longfellow. A nice association copy in need of some bindery work. [30747] $750.00

 

A Rare Study of Venetian Stone Floors-

151. Rodlich, H.F. Praktische Anweisung zur Verfertigung der Venezianischen Estriche. Berlin; C.H. Platen: 1810. A very lovely book on the art of making Venetian crushed-stone floors which illustrates the tools and the step-by-step processes involved. Venetian crushed stone floors are a rather difficult subject -very little material about them is available in the literature. Certainly the neo-classic elements are unmistakable, and the influence of recently excavated Roman ruins must have played a part in their popularity in Italy and, as this book illustrates, Germany. The plates show the stone being prepared and colored, the floor surface being planned, laid-out and prepared, and the stone being applied and smoothed. The workmen are all stylishly dressed for such a dirty job, and appear very happy at their tasks. Young boys help with the work in a number of plates. Obviously a labor and time-intensive task, the laying of a stone floor is chronicled here in hand-colored plates that can only be described as jewel-like. Scarce, with only a single OCLC listing. Hardcover. 8.5"x10.5", 28 pages of text plus 24 hand-colored engraved plates on 12 leaves. Bound in new quarter leather with marbled boards. Very slight stains in several places, several very discreet remnants of old institutional stamps, but overall an exceptional copy of a rare work. [30821] $8,500.00

 

152. [Russian Arts] The George R. Hann Collection Part One- Icons and Russian Works of Art. New York; Christie’s: April 17-18, 1980. The auction of a superb collection of icons, ecclesiastical and secular art, silver, porcelain and malachite. The collection was assembled in the 1930s, before export restrictions. The only Hann auction devoted to Russian arts- the second sale comprised the furnishings of his house. Hardcover. 8”x10”, 274 pages, 223 lots, color and b/w illustrations; prices realised sheet stapled to endpaper; institutional stamps, else a nice copy. [30703] $60.00

 

153. Sack, Albert. Israel Sack. A Record of Service 1903-1953. [Israel Sack Inc.: 1953] “A tribute to Israel Sack in recognition of his fifty year record as a dealer in Early American antiques and for his part in reawakening interest in our American heritage. This booklet consists of letters from museum directors and private collectors with illustrations of important examples obtained by Israel Sack for these collections”. Softcover. 6”x9”, 48 pages, b/w illustrations. Light wear, but a nice copy. Signed by Israel Sack. [30733] $60.00

 

154. Salisbury, Edward E. Principles of Domestic Taste. A Lecture delivered in the Yale School of the Fine Arts, Winter Term, 1877. New Haven; “Sold for the Benefit of the School”: 1877. “Reprinted from The New Englander for April, 1877.” Salisbury (1814-1901) was a professor of languages at Yale and a member of the Art Council of the Yale School of Fine Arts. He champions the harmonious and pleasant, and warns against overcrowding rooms with bric-a-brac, importing odd color schemes into American homes no matter how well the Japanese seem to make them work, mixing styles, or slavishly copying foreign decorations. He spends a bit of time exploring the question of what makes American art and taste unique, and seems himself to have had a weakness for the Neoclassic, which becomes all the more evident when he finishes with a somewhat disapproving review of Eastlake’s ‘Hints on Household Taste’. Uncommon in the marketplace. Card covers. 6.75”x9.75”, 24 pages; publisher’s printed card covers with a red cloth spine; covers somewhat soiled, a little wear. A nice, wide-margined copy. [30764] $150.00

 

155. Sawyer, Jeffrey K. Printed Poison. Pamphlet Propaganda, Faction Politics, and the Public Sphere in Early Seventeenth-Century France. Berkeley; University of California Press: 1990. “Combining a broad analysis of political culture with a particular focus on rhetoric and strategy, Jeffrey Sawyer analyzes the role of pamphlets in the political arena in seventeenth-century France. During the years 1614-1617 a series of conflicts occurred in France. In response more than 1200 pamphlets were produced and distributed. These pamphlets constituted the political press of the period, offering the only significant published source of news and commentary”. Hardcover. 6”x9”, 178 pages; bibliography; dust jacket. A fine copy. [30634] $35.00

 

156. [Schoonover] A small group of letters and invoices to Frank E. Schoonover from Frank M. Covert, Mexican and Indian Goods. New York; 1908-1909. An exceptionally interesting small collection of correspondence from a leading dealer in Indian goods to Frank E. Schoonover, a prominent American illustrator and artist of Western subjects. Covert, who was the publisher of the first edition of George Wharton James’ classic book “Indian Basketry”, sent Schoonover material on approval, and Schoonover appears to have kept most everything he was sent. The use of artifacts was a standard practice by artists of the era, who would travel West to do sketches and studies, and then complete their canvases in their East Coast studios, using materials such as these to add authentic details. The invoices find Schoonover buying Sioux papoose carriers and head dresses, Navajo blankets, buffalo hides, leggings and knife sheaths, Crow saddles, porcupine hunting bags, and similar items. The letters are business-like but informal, and the two obviously had a good relationship. All are on Frank M. Covert’s letterhead, with the exception of a January 9th, 1908 letter, on Covert & Harrington stationary, written by an employee and interesting enough to quote in full-

         “At Mr. Covert’s request I send you herewith the data for the powder horn recently purchased by you. It was bought of an Oneida Indian named Jake Schuyler, whose former home was near Oneida, N.Y. but who now lives on the Oneida Reservation, near St. Thomas, Ont. Canada. He claims that it was used in the War of 1812, and it is certainly very old. It was collected by myself, in June 1907. Yours truly, M.R. [illegible). I do not know about the fur cap. Mr. Covert will have to tell you that”.

        6 handwritten letters or notes, and 3 handwritten invoices, on Frank M. Covert or Covert & Harrington stationary. 9 items. Folds, light soil; two large invoices with creasing and short tears along the top. [30822] $1,000.00

 

157. The Second Empire, 1852-1870. Art in France Under Napoleon III. Philadelphia Museum of Art: 1978. The English edition of a wide-ranging and widely-traveled exhibition of paintings, sculpture, architecture, ceramics, glass, silver & metalwork and more. The lenders included dozens of European and American institutions and collectors. Softcover. 8.5”x9.5”, 464 pages, hundreds of b/w illustrations; light wear. [30693] $40.00

 

158. Sheraton, Thomas. The Cabinet Dictionary. New York; Praeger Publishers: 1970. A new edition of Thomas Sheraton's important 1803 work, with a new introduction by Charles Montgomery and Wilford P. Cole. Fastnedge notes that "The designs given by Sheraton in the Cabinet Dictionary differ considerably from those of the Drawing Book, and the two series, despite their close relationship, are not complimentary; indeed, they illustrate styles that are distinct and in many ways antithetical." The text provides a complete glossary of cabinetmaking terms, and the plates provide the first published illustrations of the Regency style. Hardcover. 2 volumes. 5.5"x8.5", 440 pages, plus 80 + 4 + 4 plates, many folding; dj’s. A little soil, but a nice set. [30636] $200.00

 

159. Shrubsole, W.G. Etching: Its Principles and Practice. A Book for Students and Amateurs. London; George Rowney & Co.: no date [c.1880]. Shrubsole, a member of the Cambrian Academy and the Manchester Academy of Arts, gives detailed technical and practical instructions for the aspiring etcher. The book includes 2 etched plates by Shrubsole, the first a completed landscape, signed in plate, as the frontispiece and another showing two different states of a plate. Uncommon in the marketplace, and notable for having original etchings. Softcover. 4.75”x7”, 68 pages with text illustrations and 2 etched plates, plus 20 pages of illustrated advertisements for art supplies. Publisher’s yellow glazed card covers; covers a bit soiled, somewhat worn, spine lightly chipped. [30762] $100.00

 

A Scarce Collection of Rare Silver Designs-

160. Solis, Virgil. Drinking-Cups, Vases, Ewers, and Ornaments designed for the Use of Gold and Silversmiths. Twenty-one Fac-similes of Extremely Rare Etchings by Virgil Solis. London; James Rimmel: 1862. Virgil Solis [1514-1562] was a German engraver who created a number of designs for metalwork, ceramics, furniture and silver, as well as popular figure and costume prints, landscapes, portraits and such. He is known to have worked with Nuremburg goldsmith Wenzel Jamnitzer, and to have made engravings from some of Jamnitzer’s drawings. Scarce- OCLC locates only 8 copies. Hardcover. 7.5”x11”, ii pages + 21 etched plates; publisher’s pebbled brown cloth front cover with gilt title; rebacked with new endpapers, a new cloth spine and new rear cover; contents with some minor spotting. [30746] $750.00

 

“Years of Passionate Collecting”

161. Solon, L.M. The Art of the Old English Potter. New York; D. Appleton and Company: 1886. First published in 1883, this book has become a standard statement of enthusiasm and love for the art of 18th century English pottery. Solon was a Frenchman who became the Edwin Atlee Barber of English ceramic literature at the turn of the 20th century; he adopted England as his home, and spent "ten years passionate collecting" (Solon). He also modeled pots for Minton, and wrote several standard books on English and European ceramics. Essential insights into the art of the English potter. Hardcover. 6"x9", 269 pages, 55 line illustrations; lightly worn covers, a little soil, but a very nice, bright copy. [30656] $75.00

 

162. Stara, Dagmar. Guide to Pewter Marks of the World. London; Promotional Reprint Company: 1992. This guide is of great utility because instead of listing marks by country, it lists them by letters or symbols, so if you have an eagle or a castle, you begin there instead of trying to guess what country it might be first. Originally published in Prague in 1977. Hardcover. 5”x7.5”, 260 pages, dj; light soil. [30689] $50.00

 

Beautifully Bound Physiognomy Satire-

163. Stevens, Geo[rge]. Alex[ander]. A Lecture on Heads...with additions by Mr. Pilon, as delivered by Mr. Charles Lee Lewis, to which is added an Essay on Satire. With forty-seven heads by Nesbit, from designs by Thurston. London; Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme and Brown: 1821. A New Edition. Stevens' satiric lecture on heads, fashion, and the whims and foibles of those who have heads was first performed in 1764, and met with much popular acclaim. The lecture owes much to Stevens' observant wit, and its popularity into the 19th century to the craze for physiognomy, which it parodies. Stevens [1710-1784] was a poet and playwright, but nothing he did ever equaled the popularity of this lecture. He also achieved some minor note as (apparently) the person who coined the term "merry-go-round" for carousels, in a 1729 poem. Hardcover. 4"x6.5", 110 [ii] pages, b/w frontispiece and line illustrations in the text; elegantly bound in dark brown quarter leather with raised bands and gilt medallions; marbled boards & endpapers; slight wear, text a bit browned and with a little soil, but a nice copy. Binding signed with an embossed "JB". [30820] $250.00

 

164. Stringer, George E. New Hall Porcelain. London; Salisbury Square: 1949. The New Hall factory was founded in 1781 by a joint-stock company of five Staffordshire potters who had acquired the Bristol patent for hard-paste, the first instance of a joint-stock company in Staffordshire. The factory produced fine ware until 1830. Hardcover. 7.5"x10", 136 pages, 1 color and 38 b/w plates, dj. Light wear, jacket soiled and with several large chips, etc. [30665] $100.00

 

165. Strout, Elizabeth. (ed.). Catalogue of the Library of the American Oriental Society. New Haven; Yale University Library: 1930. The library first considered making a catalog in 1843, but lack of manpower and funds meant that it was 1930 before they finally got one assembled and printed. In the meantime the books had been moved from Boston to New Haven, and the collection had, of course, grown. 5500 books and bound periodicals are catalogued here, organized into three sections: Bibliography, Biography & Periodicals; History and Culture; and Oriental languages and literature. Hardcover. 6.5"x9.5", 308 pages, cover edges, tips, etc rubbed, a little light soil. [30818] $65.00

 

166. Swygert, Mrs. Luther M. (ed.). Heirlooms from Old Looms. A Catalogue of Coverlets owned by The Colonial Coverlet Guild of America and its Members. Chicago; privately printed: 1955. Revised edition. This important catalog was first issued in 1940. It documents over 300 coverlets owned by the Guild and its members, each pictured in a full-page b/w plate. The plates are divided into sections illustrating Overshot Weave, Double Weave, Summer & Winter Weave, Blanket Weave, Twill Weave, and Jacquard Weave, and there is an additional illustrated section showing weaver’s signatures. An essential book. Hardcover. 6.5”x9.5”, 406 pages, 350+ b/w plates; a very nice copy with only minor wear. [30736] $125.00

 

167. Taft, Royal C. Some Notes upon the Introduction of the Woolen Manufactures into the United States. Providence; Sidney S. Rider: 1882. A paper read before the Rhode Island Historical Society on April 18th, 1882; its genesis was the question “when was the first woolen mill in America opened?”. Taft uncovered much interesting information on the early 19th century mill trade in New England. Royal C. Taft [1823-1912] was an art patron, businessman, and was elected Governor of Rhode Island in 1888. Part of his collection is now at RISD. Hardcover. 5"x7.5", 58 pages. Publisher’s brown cloth with gilt title. A near fine copy, bright and nice. [30813] $75.00

 

168. Thiele, Ivan G. Preparation des Couleurs, des Vernis et des Toiles. Peinture Artistique. Paris; Librairie Renouard: 1949. A complete guide to the preparation of oil colors for painting on cloth and varnishing, based in part on manuscripts going back to the 14th century, and partly on practical current practice. Very uncommon. Softcover. 6.5”x10”, 104 pages, several text illustrations; text toned, else a nice copy. [30765] $125.00

 

169. Thornton, Peter. Baroque and Rococo Silks. New York; Taplinger Publishing Company: 1965. The first complete study of the beautiful silks of the 17th and 18th centuries, including richly brocaded dress materials, splendid damasks and sumptuous velvets. "It has long been realized that the patterns on these silks were changed each year but it was only quite recently that it became possible to plot the changes. Mr. Thornton traces the development of this art- an art practised by highly specialized designers working in a medium governed by severe mechanical and practical limitations, which makes their achievement more remarkable. For the best of these silks can take their place proudly alongside the finest porcelain, the most intricate silverware, the most sumptuous furniture -indeed any of the superb creations of the genius of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries". Hardcover. 9"x11", 209 pages plus 4 color and 120 b/w plates, lightly worn dj, jacket spine slight faded. [30815] $300.00

 

170. Thwing, Leroy. Flickering Flames. A History of Domestic Lighting through the Ages. Rutland; Charles Tuttle: 1965. 2nd prtg. Leroy Thwing traces the development of domestic lighting from prehistoric times through the Victorian era in this popular and widely-used reference. Thwing is exclusively concerned with lamps and candlesticks (no gas) and his style has been called “antiquarian” (Ames & Ward) which should be taken to mean folksy rather than academic. Although the book is now a bit dated and has deficiencies, including somewhat flat photographs, it remains an interesting and useful history, and is certainly well worth reading if one is interested in lighting and its history. Hardcover. 138 pages, 96 b/w plates, line illustrations in the text; dj. Jacket worn; the text has some pen notes and some highlighting. [30692] $25.00

 

171. Ticher, Kurt. Irish Silver in the Rococo Period. Shannon; Irish University Press: 1972. A well illustrated survey, with an historical introduction and comments on various types of objects, as well as good plate captions. Hardcover. 7.5"x9.5", 28 pages of text plus 105 b/w illustrations, dj; jacket with some wear and rubbing; book fine. [30635] $250.00

 

172. Toch, Maximilian. Materials for Permanent Painting. A Manual for Manufacturers, Art Dealers, Artists and Collectors. New York; D. Van Nostrand Company: 1911. Toch was a chemist and the author of several important books on paints and picture conservation. This study deals with pigments used in the past, what their properties are, how they deteriorate, how they can be cleaned and restored, causes and solutions to other conservation problems, “pigments dangerous to health”, and so on. Hardcover. 5”x7.5”, 208 pages, b/w plates and color frontispiece; publisher’s green cloth with decorative gilt title; a clean copy with the author’s signed card tipped to the endpaper. [30766] $40.00

 

173. Trent, Robert F. (ed.). Pilgrim Century Furniture. New York; Main Street Press/Universe Books: 1976. An anthology of articles from the Magazine Antiques concerning American furniture of the 17th century. Authors include Wallace Nutting, Helen Comstock, Irving Lyon, Luke Vincent Lockwood, Homer Eaton Keyes, C.F. Luther, Patricia E. Kane, Benno Forman, and others. Semowich 1522. Softcover. 8.5"x11", 165+ pages, many b/w and some color illustrations; light wear. [30641] $50.00

 

174. Unitt, Doris & Peter. Bottles in Canada. Peterborough, Ontario; Clock House: 1972. The ultimate book on Canadian bottles, with over 2,000 specimens illustrated, with chapters about various types of bottles as well as manufacturers. Includes period photos and advertisements. Hardcover. 8.5"x11", 240 pages, hundreds of b/w and some color illustrations, dj; minor jacket soil, else a very nice copy. [30808] $85.00

 

Well , Define “Useful”...

175. The Useful Arts and Manufactures of Great Britain. London; Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge: 1840s. The chapters of these books were evidently first published as separate booklets, and each has its own pagination. They provide a very detailed description of the various trades and manufactures, and are illustrated with many woodcuts. These two volumes appear to comprise the complete set of papers, and include- Glass; Pottery & Porcelain; Silk; Copper & Tin; Brass Buttons; Hats; Coal Gas; Iron; Various steel trades, including cutlery, cast iron, nails & screws, gun barrels, wire, needles and files & saws; Paper; Leather; Parchment; Glue; Sugar; and the textile trades including Cotton Yarn; Linen Yarn; Woollen Yarn; Woven Goods; Calico Printing; and Dyeing. 2 volumes. 4.5”x7”, about 500 pages, hundreds of b/w illustrations; publisher’s brown embossed cloth with gilt titles; covers a bit rubbed and soiled; top third of each blank endpaper excised; some light internal spotting, but very nice copies. [30751] $275.00

 

176. [Victoriana] Catalogue of the Gilchrist Collection of Victoriana... London; Sotheby & Co.: December 12th, 1968. An interesting early auction sale of Victoriana. Although not as well illustrated as modern catalogs, this catalog provides a good overview of what a noted collection of Victoriana contained in the 1960s. Softcover. 6.5"x10", 59 pages, 315 lots, 4 b/w plates illustrating 6 items. Light wear, Sotheby’s time-correction label on cover. [30708] $25.00

 

177. Vincent, Keith. Nailsea Glass. Newton Abbot; David & Charles: 1975. The Nailsea Glassworks, near Bristol, was an important window and bottle manufacturer in the 19th century, but this is not what it is known for today. Today collectors avidly seek out the many types of flasks, rolling pins, walking sticks, decanters, pitchers, bottles, pipes, bowls, ear trumpets, cucumber trainers (cucumber trainers??) and other "whimsies" which its glassblowers made at the end of the day using left over window and bottle glass. Somewhat like "Sandwich Glass" in America, "Nailsea Glass" also came to connote a style of glass, and the author attempts to disentangle all this confusion and define and identify what Nailsea glass is, and what was made at the Bristol works. Profusely illustrated, with a short but helpful bibliography which includes many periodical and manuscript sources. Hardcover. 7.5"x9.5", 112 pages, 118 b/w illustrations, dj. Light wear; a nice copy. [30796] $100.00

 

178. Wall, William E. Graining, Ancient and Modern. Wilmette; Frederick J. Drake: 1955. 3rd, revised & enlarged edition. William E. Wall, considered to be one of the preeminent grain-painters and marblers, was himself the son of a grainer. Edmund Wall established his shop in Cambridgeport, Massachusetts, where his son learned the trade and eventually took over the business. William received many awards and medals for his work, including medals at the Columbian Exposition, the St. Louis World's Fair, the Jamestown Tercentennial and the Philadelphia Sesquicentennial Exposition. He wrote several books and pamphlets on graining, of which "Graining, Ancient and Modern", first published in 1905, is the most famous. This book is one of the classic modern studies of graining techniques and history, with many illustrations and complete descriptions of tools, methods and recipes. This 3rd edition was revised and enlarged. Hardcover. 6"x9", 208 pages, b/w and color illustrations, dj; light wear, a nice copy. [30677] $60.00

 

179. The Walpole Society Note Book 1931. Topsfield; The Walpole Society: printed on Glaslan hand-made paper in an edition limited to 40 copies at The Wayside Press. This issue includes accounts of the Annual Meeting in New York, the Spring Meeting in Washington, and the Fall Meeting at Lexington & Concord. The illustrated Itinerary of the Fall meeting is bound in between pages 22 and 23, and there is a printing of Amos Barrett’s account of the Concord battle, with illustrations of some of Amos Doolittle’s engravings. The volume ends with tributes to deceased member Charles Hitchcock Tyler by Hollis French, Chauncey Nash and Philip Leffingwell Spalding. Hardcover. 6.25”x9.25”, 35 + [vi] pages, with several b/w illustrations, plus 14 b/w plates. Marbled boards, cloth spine; covers a little worn and rubbed, but really a nice copy. [30679] $400.00

 

180. Wardle, Patricia. Victorian Silver and Silver-Plate. New York; Thomas Nelson & Sons: 1963. This is not a study of objects as such, as much as a study of how the evolving Victorian tastes and technologies affected silver design and production. Includes information on important exhibitions, societies, figures, technical developments, and so on. Part of a series published when Victorian was first becoming cool. Hardcover. 6”x9.5”, 238 pages, 69 b/w illustrations, dj; light wear. [30686] $35.00

 

181. Watson, F.J.B. Louis XVI Furniture. London/New York; Academy Editions/St. Martin’s Press: 1973. Eighteenth century France provided the perfect environment for the creation of great furniture- a guild system which encouraged specialization was combined with the exuberant excess of the period and the French taste for gilt, beautiful woods and showy forms; the result was the development of some of the most beautiful cabinetmaking ever accomplished. This is a good guide to the furniture, its makers, and their techniques, with illustrations drawn from several outstanding collections including those of the English Royal Collection, the Wallace Collection, and those of the V&A and Waddeson Manor. Hardcover. 6.5”x7.5”, 162 pages plus 242 b/w illustrations, dj; a very nice copy. [30651] $65.00

 

182. Weber, Carl Otto. The Chemistry of India Rubber, Including the Outlines of a Theory of Vulcanisation. London; Charles Griffin and Company: 1902. A pioneering work, and both a technical and practical study, which draws on the work of Henriques and the author’s own researches. After considering the chemistry of India rubber, the author explores Gutta Percha, India Rubber substitutes, materials, vulcanisers, solvents, coloring, and finally the components and analysis of India Rubber articles. Hardcover. 6.5”x9”, x + 314 pages, 4 b/w plates and many text illustrations; plus a list of the publisher’s other books. Publisher’s red pebbled cloth with gilt title; covers a bit scuffed, “Honors Seminar” stamp on endpaper. [30761] $50.00

 

183. Weidman, Gregory R. Furniture in Maryland 1740-1940: The Collection of the Maryland Historical Society. Baltimore; Maryland Historical Society: 1984. A catalog of 260 selected objects from the MHS collection. Although a majority of the furniture was made in Maryland, a substantial portion was made in other places and brought to Maryland by the families which eventually donated it, thus providing an intriguing study of Maryland furniture taste in the 18th and 19th centuries. Softcover. 9"x12", many b/w and several color illustrations; light wear. [30642] $275.00

 

184. Welsh, Peter C. American Folk Art. The Art and Spirit of a People from the Eleanor and Mabel Van Alstyne Collection. Washington; Smithsonian Institution: 1965. A collection heavily oriented toward carvings- cigar store figures, carousel animals, weathervanes, etc. The collection was assembled over a 40-year period and given to the Smithsonian in 1964. Softcover. 9"x9", about 100 pages, profusely illustrated in color and b/w; covers slightly soiled; owner’s inscription inside front cover. [30695] $40.00

 

185. White, Margaret E, et al. Early Furniture made in New Jersey, 1690-1870. The Newark Museum: 1959. A loan exhibition with a listing of known New Jersey cabinetmakers. Illustrations and descriptions of some pieces, as well as an important biographical checklist of over 1000 cabinetmakers. There is also "an excellent essay on early New Jersey furniture" (Semowich). Semowich 997. Softcover. 8"x10", 89 pages, b/w illustrations; light soil. [30640] $40.00

 

186. Whitehill, Walter M., et al. Boston Furniture of the Eighteenth Century. Charlottesville; University Press of Virginia: 1986. A classic study, based on a conference held by the Colonial Society. It includes papers by Brock Jobe on the "Boston Furniture Industry 1720-1740"; Dean A. Fales, Jr. on "Boston Japanned Furniture"; Sinclair H. Hitchings on "Boston's Colonial Japanners"; Margaretta Markle Lovell on "Boston Blockfront Furniture"; Gilbert T. Vincent on "The Bombe Furniture of Boston"; Mary Ellen Hayward Yehia on "Ornamental Carving on Boston Furniture of the Chippendale Style"; Richard H. Randall, Jr. on Benjamin Frothingham; and Gordon Saltar on "New England Timbers...Boston Cabinetwoods of the 18th Century". Semowich 907. Hardcover. 6.5"x9.5", 316 pages, 174 b/w illustrations, dj. A fine copy. [30649] $125.00

 

187. Wight, Charles A. Doorways of Hallowell with Historical Sketches. Augusta: 1907. At the end of the 18th century Hallowell, Maine was presumed to be destined to be one of America’s greatest cities, and prosperous sea captains and merchants built fine homes there. Hallowell never did make the “big time”, and a hundred years later it was still a beautiful town of 3,000 inhabitants. But the fact that it never grew meant that many of the grand Colonial and Federal homes remained intact, and this book, by the pastor of Hallowell’s Old South Church, illustrates and describes a dozen beautiful period doorways in the town. Uncommon. Hardcover. 6.5”x9.5”, 37 pages (printed one side only) plus 12 b/w plates; publisher’s red cloth with gilt titles; covers with light soil, a little wear at the spine head; minor soil; a nice copy. [30726] $100.00

 

188. Winters, Robert E., Jr. North Carolina Furniture 1700-1900. Raleigh; North Carolina Museum of History: 1977. From an edition of 400 hardcover copies. A well-executed catalog of a loan exhibition of 18th and 19th century furniture, which included pieces from many private collections. Seventy-one pieces of furniture are illustrated and described. Semowich 1064. Hardcover. 8.5"x11", 77 pages, color frontispiece and 1 color plate and many b/w illustrations. A fine copy. [30637] $375.00

 

189. Wolsey, S.W. & R.W.P. Luff. Furniture in England. The Age of the Joiner. New York; Frederick A. Praeger: 1968. A well illustrated study of 16th and 17th century English furniture, including chapters on the craftsmen who made it, the materials and methods they used, and various types of furniture. Instead of using pictures of well-known specimens in the National collections, the authors sought out fine examples which had not been widely illustrated before. Hardcover. 6.5”x9.5”, 105 pages plus 123 b/w illustrations; dj; light wear, a little jacket soil. [30654] $50.00

 


 

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190. Carey, Richard Adams. The Philosopher Fish. Sturgeon, Caviar, and the Geography of Desire. New York; Counterpoint: 2005. “Since the days of the Persian Empire, caviar has trumpeted status, wealth, prestige, and sex appeal. In this remarkable journey to caviar’s source, the author immerses himself in the world of the sturgeon, the fish that lays the golden eggs. Ancient, shrouded in mystery, inexplicable in several of its behaviors, the sturgeon has a fascinating biologic past- and an uncertain future...” Hardcover. 6.5”x9.5”, 333 pages, dj. [95027]

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191. 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. 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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192. 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]

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193. 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] Published at $29.95.

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194. Tsuna, Masuda. Kodo Zuroku. Illustrated Book on the Smelting of Copper. Norwalk; Burndy Library: 1983. This is a facsimile edition of Masuda Tsuna's 1801 treatise on copper smelting, with its original color woodcuts by Niwa Motokuni Tokei. It is translated by Zenryu Shirakawa and edited and introduced by Cyril Stanley Smith, with a preface by Bern Dibner. This volume is from the Burndy Library of books on the history of science and technology, founded by engineer and industrialist Dibner at the Burndy Engineering Company in Norwalk, Connecticut. Softcover. 8”x10.5”, 96 pages, color and b/w illustrations. New. [95071]

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195. Brownier, Jesse. The Duchess Who Wouldn’t Sit Down. An Informal History of Hospitality. New York; Bloomsbury: 2003. “Partisan, witty, and laced with surprising historical detail, this book looks at the darker undercurrent of hospitality. Beginning with the example of his own hosting of a poker game, in which he disarms his opponents' aggression with superb refreshments, Jesse Browner travels back in time to unravel the dynamics of host and guest. He visits the summer home of staunch vegetarian Adolf Hitler, catches John James Audubon in the act of playing a cruel prank on a defenseless guest, and documents the court of Louis XIV.” Hardcover. 5.75”x8.5”, 198 pages, dj. New. [95067]

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196. 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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197. 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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198. 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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199. 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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200. 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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201. 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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