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A Guide to the Antiquities of the Bronze Age in the Department of British and Mediaeval Antiquities -British Museum. London British Museum: 1920. 2nd edition. A case-by-case description of the British and European Bronze Age antiquities in the Museum, which had been greatly augmented by the gifts of J. Pierpont Morgan in 1909. Card covers. 5.5"x8.5", 187 pages, 195 black & white and line illustrations, plus 10 black & white plates. Some wear and soil.

Inventory #: 35890
Price: $ 35.00       




Raccolta de piu belli ed interressanti Dipinti Musaiei ed altri monumenti rinvenuti negli Scavi di Ercolano, di Pompei, e di Stabia che ammiransi nel Museo Nazionale. Naples, Tarallo e Paderni: 1871. An elegant pictorial survey of antiquities excavated from Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Stabbia, in the collection of the National Museum in Naples. The objects include marble and bronze sculptures, silver, jewelry, lamps, pottery, glass, mosaics, murals, and other decorations. Most of the plates are printed in black, but several are printed in colored ink, including an exquisite plate of a cameo glass two-handled cinerary urn printed in blue. Hardcover. 9"x11.5", title page, 165 steel-engraved plates (several folding), 2 pages of Index. Lacking the last 2 Index pages -most of the plates do not have captions, so for the most part only the objects in the first 74 plates (the ones we have index pages for) can be identified. Ex-library, with a perforation on the title page and stamps on the backs of the plates. Minor internal soil. Bound into new plain cloth covers with a leather spine label.

Inventory #: 32050
Price: $ 250.00       




Bothmer, Dietrich von. A Gold Libation Bowl. [contained in the] Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin: December, 1962. A portion of this Bulletin is devoted to an examination of a 3rd Century gold phiale from Greece, and related examples. Softcover. 7.5"x10", [article- 13 pages, 20 b/w illustrations]. Light soil, cover slightly scuffed.

Inventory #: 31153
Price: $ 20.00       




Chang, Dr. Claudia & Katharine S. Guroff (eds.). Of Gold and Grass: Nomads of Kazakhstan. Foundation for International Arts and Education: 2007. "This catalog, from an exhibition by the Foundation for International Arts and Education and the Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Kazakhstan, presents 180 objects dating back as far as the 12th century BC-items of jewelry, weapons, riding tack, ceramics, and practical objects-in color plates, with some 50 additional drawings, maps, and photos. More than 2000 years ago, warriors and merchant caravans from faraway kingdoms-Persia, Syria, China and Greece-traveled along the Silk Road through what is now Kazakhstan. These travelers brought the art of their cultures, which was adopted and adapted by the people who lived along the route. Among these were the Scytho-Sakian people of southern Kazakhstan, the fabled Scythian horsemen.... Objects from the Berel Kurgan, where archaeologists found the remains of two nobles, were on display for the first time in the United States. The two nobles were buried with 13 saddled and bridled horses, sacrificed 2300 years ago to serve them in the afterlife.... In the traditional culture of the Kazakhs, all spaces are ornamented, from the interior of their yurts to their garments to the tack for their horses.... To this people who first domesticated the horse, the act of decorating an object domesticates it as well, making even ordinary utensils and tools works of art and philosophy". Softcover. 9"x12", 180 pages, color illustrations. New.

Inventory #: 90401
Price: $ 25.00       




Dalton, O.M. The Treasure of the Oxus with other examples of Early Oriental Metal-Work. London The Trustees of the British Museum: 1964. 3rd. edition. The first edition of this important work was published in 1905, and featured the "Oxus Treasure", a horde of ancient Achaemenid silver and gold which had been discovered in the 1870s. The second, expanded edition, published in 1926 added a substantial quantity of early Iranian, mostly Sassanian, gold and silverwork from the Museum's collections, which was all carefully described. That edition also featured Dalton's "masterly" introductory essay placing the collection into the context of Achaemenid art and history. This third edition retains Dalton's text, with a few minor additions and corrections, but features a completely new set of photographs, making it the preferred and definitive edition of the catalog. Hardcover. 8.5"x11", lxxvi + 75 pages, plus 41 b/w plates dj bibliography a nice, clean copy.

Inventory #: 35468
Price: $ 250.00       




Doumas, Christos. Cycladic Art. Ancient Sculpture and Ceramics of the Aegean from the N.P. Goulandris Collection. Washington National Gallery of Art: 1979. The catalog to an exhibition of the largest private collection of Cycladic art in the world. Softcover. 9"x10.5", 124 pages, many black & white and some color illustrations. Minor wear.

Inventory #: 35832
Price: $ 35.00       




Eisen, Gustavus A. (& Fahim Kouchakji). Glass, Its Origin, History, Chronology, Technic and Classification to the Sixteenth Century. New York William Edwin Rudge: 1927. Edition limited to 500 sets. A monumental and important study of ancient glass, focusing primarily on glass of the Roman period up to about the Fifth Century, although developments from the 6th-16th Centuries are also discussed and outlined. Eisen studied examples from numerous private and public collections, but his most important source was the collection of Mrs. W.H. Moore of New York, on which he based a large part of the work. What can one say about Gustavus Eisen? A profoundly inquisitive, seemingly inexhaustible antiquary, an immigrant from Sweden with his brother, Francis, with whom he founded a vineyard in California... Eisen also was a specialist in ancient textiles who was sent by Phoebe Hearst, in 1902, to Guatemala, and returned with 200 ancient examples, forming the world's largest and best-documented collection of 19th century Guatemalan textiles, and, not incidentally, a bevy of photographs. He authored one of the most authoritative studies of portraits of George Washington, a massive three-volume study he injected himself into the controversy and research involving the Holy Grail and Shroud of Turin and wrote a monograph on the controversial Great Chalice of Antioch. And, as we present here, he authored one of the cornerstone studies of ancient glass. Is "impressive" the word I am looking for? Why yes, I believe it is... Hardcover. 2 volumes, 7.5"x10", 768 pages, 10 color and 188 b/w plates, 284 line figures in the text slipcased. Books fine glassine somewhat worn, case somewhat worn.

Inventory #: 16780
Price: $ 400.00       




Evans, Helen C., Melanie Holcomb, & Robert Hallman. The Arts of Byzantium. New York Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, Spring 2001. the entire Bulletin was published in the form of a catalog to this important exhibition. "The empire called Byzantium lasted more than one thousand years-from the founding of its capital, Constantinople (modern Istanbul, Turkey), in 330 to the conquest of the city by the Ottoman Turks in 1453. This publication, a former Met Bulletin, features the splendid Byzantine works in the Metropolitan Museum's Mary and Michael Jaharis Galleries that include sacred icons, miniatures, manuscripts, and sculpture." Softcover. 8.5"x11", 68 pages, color illustrations. Fine.

Inventory #: 95145
Price: $ 12.50       




Fol, Alexander, et al. The Rogozen Treasure. Sofia Publishing House of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences: 1989. An extremely well-illustrated catalog featuring the Rogozen treasure, an ancient Thracian silver horde, unearthed in Bulgaria. There are essays by Ivan Marazov, Bogdan Nikolov, Georgi Mihailov, and Ivan Venedikov. Hardcover. 8"x12", 194 pages, filled with color and b/w illustrations, dust jacket. Light wear.

Inventory #: 35044
Price: $ 45.00       




Frazer, Margaret English. Age of Spirituality. Late Antique and Early Christian Art, Third to Seventh Century. New York metropolitan Museum of Art: 1977. The softcover catalog to this important exhibition of metalware, glass, ivories, silver, textiles, jewelry, sculpture and other arts. There was a major hardcover catalog as well, now going for ten times this price. Softcover. 8.5"x11", 96 pages, color and black & white illustrations. Light wear.

Inventory #: 34581
Price: $ 50.00       




Geoffroy-Schneiter, Berenice. Greek Beauty. New York Assouline: 2003. "From a Pompeian fresco of Sappho to a terracotta bust of Aphrodite, and from a pure gold wreath to an ivory and bronze mirror fashioned in the 16th century BC, the art of the ancient Greeks seems as elegant and profound as ever. Many of the color plates seen here reveal the fascination that the female form held for Greek sculptors". Hardcover. 6.5"x9", 79 pages, color illustrations, dust jacket. New.

Inventory #: 90397
Price: $ 15.00       




Getz-Gentle, Pat. Ancient Art of the Cyclades. Katonah Museum of Art: 2006. "This exhibition celebrates the much-admired works of art created during the third millennium B.C. by craftsmen of the Cycladic islands of the Aegean Sea. Early Cycladic objects, once viewed as archaeological curiosities, are today a source of widespread fascination and appeal. Their simple lines and spare elegance inspired such modern artists as Brancusi, Modigliani, and Picasso. Knowledge of Cycladic civilization has been fathomed through its artifacts, since there was no written language to help archaeologists. Curator Dr. Pat Getz-Gentle, an author and scholar who has devoted her professional life to the field, has written the essay for the comprehensive catalogue in which she puts forth the latest findings and her own theories on Early Cycladic culture". Softcover. 8.5"x11", 64 pages, color and black & white illustrations. Fine.

Inventory #: 90344
Price: $ 30.00       




[Hearst] Works of Art, Furniture & Architectural Elements, Collected by the Late William Randolph Hearst. New York Parke-Bernet Galleries: April 5-6th, 1963. Sale 2183. This auction consisted of Oriental ceramics, Elizabethan, Stuart and other early silver, Hispano-Moresque pottery, ancient pottery and architectural elements. Highlights included a 6th C. B.C. Attic black-figured amphora with cover c.1390 Andalusian yellow lustre 'Alhambra' vase Cromwellian repousse gilded-silver vase and cover 1519 Nuremburg repousse gilded silver double pineapple cup and much more... Softcover. 7"x10", 123 pages, 355 lots, b/w illustrations. Light wear.

Inventory #: 31961
Price: $ 40.00       




Holden, Beatrice Mills. The Metopes of the Temple of Athena at Ilion. Northampton Smith College: 1964. Based on a doctoral thesis, this study discusses a dozen surviving metopes from the ancient temple of Athena at Ilion, to be precise, the excavations identified as layers VIII and IX of Schliemann's excavations at Troy. In classical architecture, a metope is a rectangular architectural element between two triglyphs in a Doric frieze -they often had painted or sculptural decoration, and many of them were figural. Hardcover. 6"x9.5", 43 pages plus 31 black & white plates. Minor soil.

Inventory #: 34578
Price: $ 25.00       




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

Inventory #: 30388
Price: $ 85.00       




Hull, M.R. The Roman Potters' Kilns of Colchester. Oxford printed at the University Press for The Society of Antiquaries: 1963. A scholarly study of excavated kiln sites and their contents. Both the kilns themselves and the pottery found there are illustrated and discussed, and the construction and use of ancient kilns is also addressed. This publication was the "Report of the Research Committee of The Society of Antiquaries of London, No.XXI". Hardcover. 8.5"x11", 195 pages, 107 b/w figures with hundreds of illustrations, plus 22 b/w plates. In fine condition.

Inventory #: 32454
Price: $ 35.00       




Karageorghis, Vassos. Ancient Art from Cyprus. The Cesnola Collection. New York Metropolitan Museum of Art: 2000. "The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York is home to the largest collection of Cypriot antiquities outside of Cyprus, largely because of the efforts of the museum's first director, Luigi Palma di Cesnola, who went to Cyprus in 1866 hoping to excavate works to rival the finds of Heinrich Schliemann at Troy. This gorgeously illustrated catalog presents some 500 objects from the prehistoric, Archaic, Classical/Hellenistic, and Roman periods in more than 300 color photographs of glass, stone sculpture, terra-cotta figurines, lamps, pottery, jewelry, and weapons. Here are delicate golden bracelets with lion-head finials, clay jugs decorated with animals and meticulous geometric motifs, and a four-foot-tall, pencil-thin bronze candelabrum that stands on three hoofed feet". Hardcover. 9"x11", 305 pages, color illustrations. Fine.

Inventory #: 95141
Price: $ 40.00       




Lapatin, Kenneth. Mysteries of the Snake Goddess. Art, Desire and the Forgery of History. Boston Houghton Mifflin: 2002. "Not only is one of the most famous pieces of ancient Greek art-the celebrated gold and ivory statuette of the Minoan Snake Goddess at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston-almost certainly a modern fake, but Minoan civilization as it has been popularly imagined is largely an invention of the early 20th century. This is Kenneth Lapatin's conclusion in this investigation into the origins of the celebrated artifact. Lapatin's book also examines the world of archaeologists, adventurers, and artisans that converged in Crete at the turn of the 20th century". Hardcover. 5.75"x8.5", 274 pages, b/w illustrations, dj. New. Published for $24.00

Inventory #: 95083
Price: $ 15.00       




Laufer, Berthold. Ostrich Egg-shell Cups of Mesopotamia and the Ostrich in Ancient and Modern Times. Chicago Field Museum of Natural History: 1926. Anthropology Leaflet 23. This booklet covers not only Mesopotamian egg cups, but the hunting and use of ostriches, and ostriches in the art and culture, of ancient Rome, Palestine, Arabia, Egypt, Africa & China, and the contemporary farming of ostriches in Africa and America. Softcover. 5.5"x8.5", 51 pages, 10 line illustrations and 9 full-page b/w plates. Light cover soil, several small closed rips and a small chip on the cover.

Inventory #: 32231
Price: $ 20.00       




Lazar, Irena. The Roman Glass of Slovenia / Rimsko Steklo Slovenije. Ljubljana Zalozba ZRC: 2003. An important and very scholarly study, featuring a number of unpublished examples of glass. "The first part is dedicated to the typological and chronological presentation of the Roman glass (1st-5th cent.) from the territory of modern Slovenia the second one is a presentation and review of local glass production in the Roman period on Slovene territory. The introduction represents the terminology that is used and glass making techniques, along with results of the most recent research. The products are first classified into three major groups based on the technique of manufacture (vessels made in a mould, mould-blown vessels, free-blown vessels). The material is further classified into ten groups of vessels according to their use. The dating of individual forms was wherever possible determined on the basis of grave units and other dated contexts from Slovenian sites. Local glass industry existed in Roman period on the territory of modern Slovenia from the 2nd century onwards and lasted, as proved by the finds from Celeia and Poetovio, through the 2nd and 3rd century. The most extensive discoveries are known from Poetovio, where the proofs of glass production are known from different parts of the town (Hajdina, Rabel_ja vas, Panorama). The remains of six glass furnaces and glass waste prove the existence of glass production and enable the reconstruction of the appearance of the glass furnaces. Judging from the remains of the glass products, the furnaces in Ptuj must have operated in the 2nd and 3rd centuries". English/Slovene text. Hardcover. 8.5"x12", 252 pages, line and color illustrations, plus 8 plates of line drawings, 4 folding plates. Fine.

Inventory #: 34949
Price: $ 75.00       




Little, Charles T. (ed.). Set in Stone. The Face in Medieval Sculpture. New York The Metropolitan Museum of Art / Yale University Press: 2006. "Faces in Medieval sculpture are explorations of human identity, marked not only by evolving nuances of style but also by the ongoing drama of European history. Created from materials as diverse as marble, limestone, polychromed wood, and silver gilt, the eighty-one sculpted heads featured in this beautifully illustrated volume date from the third century A.D. through the early 1500s and represent French, German, Italian, Spanish, Byzantine, English, and other medieval sculptural traditions. Each sculpture bears eloquent witness to its own history, whether it was removed from its original context for ideological reasons or because of changing tastes. As a work of art, the sculpted head is a particularly moving and vivid fragment it often seems to retain some part of its past, becoming not unlike a living remnant of an age. In antiquity and throughout the Middle Ages it was generally believed that the soul resided in the head, as articulated by Plato in the Timaeus. The head was thus understood to be a center of power, the core of individual identity, and the primary vehicle for human expression, emotion, and character. Many medieval sculpted heads became separated from their settings-often churches or other ecclesiastical monuments-by the seemingly endless destruction and displacement of art works in Europe during and after the Middle Ages. In many cases the artistic or aesthetic merits of a given fragment are all that remain of the original work's context, meaning, and significance." Hardcover. 9"x11.5", 222 pages, color and black & white illustrations, dust jacket. Fine.

Inventory #: 90353
Price: $ 50.00       




Maiuri, Amedeo. La Casa del Menandro e il suo Tesoro de Argenteria. Rome La Libreria dello Stato: [1933]. Limited to 480 sets. An important study of the frescoes, architecture, and silver of a grand Pompeian villa known as 'The House of Menander'. Built in the first century B.C., and named after a well-preserved fresco of the ancient Greek poet found there, little is known of the actual owner of the house, though it seems likely that he was either a wealthy Pompeian merchant, or perhaps a rich Roman who built a seaside villa in the popular resort town. The author of this important study, Amedeo Maiuri [1886-1963], has been described as one of the most dynamic and controversial archeologists to oversee the excavations in Pompeii. He was one of the first to employ a rigorously systematic and scientific approach, instead of viewing the ruins as a treasure heap to be plundered unfortunately many of his excavations suffered from under-funding and inadequate tools, and his legacy remains mixed. There is no controversy, however, about the importance of the silver hoard that was uncovered in the basement of the Casa del Menandro in 1930. "In the cellar, wrapped up in textiles and placed in the bottom of a wooden chest, were 118 pieces of silver plate, of varying ages and styles... a separate box placed on top of the silverware contained 20 pieces of jewellery made of gold and precious stones, along with some gold wire and 46 coins..." writes John Tamm in his review of the book "The Insula of the Menander at Pompeii. Vol. IV: The Silver Treasure" by Kenneth Painter (2001). "As Painter rightly notes", Tamm continues, "the importance of this treasure lies not only in the artifacts, but also in the fact that they were properly excavated, a statement that cannot be made for the other major find from the area, the Boscoreale treasure. ...Just as this treasure has long been of prime importance for the Roman silverware specialist, so too has been Amedeo Maiuri's detailed publication, 'La Casa del Menandro e il suo tesoro di argenteria'. It will doubtless remain important, especially in light of its thorough art-historical discussions and copious illustrations, but a present-day reader, assuming s/he could even find a copy of the book, would have to treat it with caution. In light of subsequent research and changes in emphasis, various aspects of Maiuri's work need re-evaluation, if not thorough revision". Well, we can supply a copy of this difficult-to-find book right here we leave the revision to others... Hardcover. 2 volumes, rebound as one. 9.5"x12", 508 pages with 189 b/w illustrations, plus 2 folding plans, 14 color and 49 b/w plates rebound bound in marbled boards with a leather spine, raised bands and gilt title a little light spotting on the endpapers, covers with some slight rubbing edges re-trimmed, but still with nice wide margins a very nice copy.

Inventory #: 33010
Price: $ 1250.00       




[Marbury Hall] Classical Sculpture Formerly from Marbury Hall. London Christie's: July 10, 1987. Fourteen classical sculptures originally acquired by James Smith Barry in Rome in 1776, during his 'Grand Tour'. This was a particularly good time from collecting classical antiquities, as many of the large Italian collections of antiquities, originally formed in the Renaissance, were being dispersed and much fine material was available on the market. As the introduction notes, this auction not only represents a superlative selection of antique Classical sculpture, but also a "collective legacy of the days of the Grand Tour and the enduring influence of Renaissance Italy on the life and culture of England". Hardcover. 8"x10", 43 pages, 14 lots, color plates and b/w illustrations prices realised sheet stapled to title page light wear.

Inventory #: 9048
Price: $ 45.00       




[Millan / Kossler Collections] Antiquities and Gothic & Renaissance Art belonging to Fernando Millan, Franz C. von Kossler, and others. New York Parke-Bernet Galleries: March 28th, 1958. Some exceptional antiquities including a polychromed and parcel-gilded linen mummy mask from the Ptolemaic period, a 1st century Roman pewter two-handled cup, 3rd century Hellenistic repousse silver aryballos, Attic black-figured terra cotta amphora, 1st century Roman mosaic panel of the head of a soldier, and more. Softcover. 6.5"x9.5", 58 pages, 208 lots, b/w illustrations, a nice copy.

Inventory #: 7511
Price: $ 20.00       




Milleker, Elizabeth J. (ed.). The Year One. Art of the Ancient World, East and West. Yale University Press: 2000. "Artworks of astonishing variety were being created in far-flung regions of the world in the Year One. In Europe, Celtic peoples excelled in intricate metalwork, and in Egypt a unique hybrid of Greco-Roman and age-old Egyptian styles predominated. East of the Mediterranean, Palmyra, Petra, the kingdoms of southern Arabia, and the mighty Parthian Empire produced a wide range of sculpture, ceramics, and precious metal objects, while in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and northern India, a traveler would have discovered the eclectic arts of the Kushan Empire, where early Buddhist art incorporated occasional influences from Greece and Rome. Discussed here and seen in 149 color photographs are works from all these societies and also from China, Korea, Japan, and Mesoamerica." Hardcover. 9"x11.5", 220 pages, color illustrations, dust jacket. Fine.

Inventory #: 95169
Price: $ 25.00       




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