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Manuel de la Conservation et de la Restauration des Peintures. Paris Office International des Musees: 1939. A very important text, based on the International Conference on picture conservation and restoration held in Rome in 1930. The authors included such specialists as G.L. Stout, H.J. Plenderleith, and H. Ruhemann, and it has been called the first modern textbook on the conservation and restoration of paintings. Hardcover. 7.5"x9.25", 310 pages, 62 b/w illustrations. Light soil, stain on spine, else a neat, clean, tight copy.

Inventory #: 31218
Price: $ 175.00       




Boigey, Maurice. La Science des Couleurs et l'Art du Peintre. Paris Librairie Felix Alcan: 1923. A wide-ranging study of the science of color as it applies to art, with a chapter on the "Daltoniens", those like 19th century English chemist John Dalton, who are unable to see red. Softcover. 5.5"x8", vi + 176 pages, with 18 line illustrations. Light soil.

Inventory #: 31378
Price: $ 50.00       




Bouvier, M.P.L. [& Adolph Ehrhardt] M.P.L. Bouvier's Handbuch der Oelmalerei fur Kunstler und Kunstfreunde. Braunschweig C.A. Schwetschke und Sohn: 1875. 5th edition. A revised German edition of a classic French work, first published in 1827. The text is divided into 30 lessons, covering all aspects of colors, working with oils, and workshops, with an appendix on conservation and restoration. There are 7 folding plates illustrating brushes, easels, stretchers, palettes, and a cabinet and box for tools. Bouvier [1766-1836] was a noted miniature painter who had studied at the Academy of Paris and was a member of the Geneva Society of Arts. Hardcover. 6"x9.5", xxxi + 536 pages, plus 7 lithographed folding plates. Bound in new plain cloth with new endpapers text a bit browned, some minor wear and soil.

Inventory #: 30922
Price: $ 350.00       




Carpentier, Paul. Notes sur la Peinture a la Cire Cauterisee ou Procede Encaustique d'apres les laborieuses recherches de Paillot de Montabert. Paris Librarie Renouard:1875. A summary of work being done on the process, materials and applications of lost-wax painting, including an extensive section on its applications to dyeing cloth. 7.5"x11", 39 pages plus 7 engraved plates illustrating the tools used for preparing and applying wax, as well as easels, suggested arrangement of artist's boxes, etc. An ex-library copy, lacking the original covers but retaining the half- title bound into old marbled boards and cloth covers soiled, contents a bit browned and printed on a paper which has become very brittle. One or two hinge cracks.

Inventory #: 21227
Price: $ 100.00       




Cennini, Cennino & Merrifield, [Mary Philadelphia]. A Treatise on Painting, written by Cennino Cennini in the Year 1437 and first published in Italian in 1821, with an introduction and notes, by Signor Tambroni: containing practical directions for painting in Fresco, Secco, Oil, and Distemper, with the art of Gilding and Illuminating Manuscripts adopted by the Old Italian Masters. Translated by Mrs. Merrifield. London Edward Lumley: 1844. Cennini's "Trattato" is a remarkable and comprehensive technical manual to methods employed by 14th and 15th century Italian artists for tempera painting, early oil painting and gilding. This was the first English translation and was very popular and influential with artists and art enthusiasts of the period, although it had a number of deficiencies stemming from Mrs. Merrifield's lack of knowledge of tempera painting and also because the manuscript she was using lacked sixteen chapters. A year after publishing this translation she would publish a very important work on fresco technique. As important as Mrs. Merrifield's several books on art history were from a practical standpoint for the 19th century artist, among whom she was especially influential with the Pre-Raphaelites, "the main importance of her work lies in her development of the historical study of documents" (Ernstrom, Grove Dictionary of Art). The two chromolithographed title pages are also worthy of note, both executed in a style reminiscent of illuminated manuscripts. An important and noted Victorian art study. Hardcover. 6.75"x10.5", xii + lxviii + 177 pages, plus 2 chromolithographed title pages and 9 lithographed outline plates. Rebound with a plain blue cloth spine and cream boards, leather and gilt spine label. New endpapers. Contents with light wear & soil and a few spots.

Inventory #: 31383
Price: $ 375.00       




Chevreul, M.E. The Principles of Harmony and Contrast of Colours, and Their Applications to the Arts. London Henry G. Bohn: 1859. 3rd ed. The importance of Michel-Eugene Chevreul's book on color theory to the 19th century art world cannot be overestimated, and his influence on the Impressionists and Neo-Impressionists is well documented. Oddly, Chevreul was not himself an artist, but a chemist, twice President of the Academie des Sciences, and Director of the dye-works at the famous Gobelins tapestry manufactory. It was while there that he was confronted with problems with the matching of colors in the weaving process, problems that were not due to the yarns or dyes themselves. Chevreul discovered that the problem was that the weavers were perceiving colors differently in isolation than when viewed together during the weaving, and thus the foundations of modern color theory were born. In 1839 he published his findings in France, and the book went into numerous editions and translations in subsequent decades. This 1859 edition was translated from the French by Charles Martel, and was the first complete English edition and the best translation of this great and important work. This edition, unlike some later ones, did not include color plates for the simple reason that the publisher estimated to make them would triple the price of the book and keep it out of the hands of many who had need of it. Hardcover. 5"x7.5", xxvii + 403 pages, 4 double-page b/w plates, one with a folding volvelle publisher's red blindstamped cloth, gilt title covers a bit worn and rubbed, front hinge tender, but overall a nice copy.

Inventory #: 9930
Price: $ 300.00       




Cole, Bruce. The Renaissance Artist at Work. From Pisano to Titian. New York Harper & Row: 1983. A scholarly study of the Renaissance artist and his social world, his training, patrons, materials, and the types of art he made. Softcover. 6"x9", 216 pages, black & white illustrations. Light wear, minor soil, former owner's embossed stamp on the title page.

Inventory #: 34591
Price: $ 40.00       




Dinet, E[tienne]. Les Fleaux de la Peinture Moyens de les Combattre. Paris Henri Laurens: 1926. An expanded version of a book first published in 1904. Etienne Dinet [1861-1929] was a noted Orientalist painter who divided his time between France and Algeria and converted to Islam in 1913. Though of academic background and a fairly prolific author, this is his only work which examine the historical technical details of painting, especially such things as the aspects of colors and their preparation, varnishes, drying agents, crackling, restorations, and related topics. Softcover. 6.5"x10", iv + 136 pages, 8 b/w plates. Covers and text lightly browned, a little wear, rear cover detached but present.

Inventory #: 31216
Price: $ 75.00       




Dinet, E[tienne]. Les Fleaux de la Peinture Moyens de les Combattre. Paris Henri Laurens: 1926. An expanded version of a book first published in 1904. Etienne Dinet [1861-1929] was a noted Orientalist painter who divided his time between France and Algeria and converted to Islam in 1913. Though of academic background and a fairly prolific author, this is his only work which examine the historical technical details of painting, especially such things as the aspects of colors and their preparation, varnishes, drying agents, crackling, restorations, and related topics. Hardcover. 6.5"x10", iv + 136 pages, 8 b/w plates. Bound into period quarter leather with marbled boards and endpapers without the original softcovers. Minor soil, covers minimally scuffed, a marginal marks in what appears to be a blue artist's crayon.

Inventory #: 31217
Price: $ 75.00       




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

Inventory #: 30341
Price: $ 275.00       




Feller, Robert L., et al. On Picture Varnishes and Their Solvents. Oberlin Intermuseum Conservation Association: 1959. The first edition of this highly technical work. Also features portions by Elizabeth H. Jones and Nathan Stolow. Softcover. 7"x9.5", 220 pages, diagrams. Light soil, a little wear name on cover.

Inventory #: 9176
Price: $ 75.00       




Feller, Robert L., Nathan Stolow, & Elizabeth H. Jones. On Picture Varnishes and Their Solvents. Washington National Gallery of Art: 1985. Revised & enlarged edition. First published in 1959, this book was based on the principal papers presented at a 'Seminar on Resinous Surface Coatings'. Softcover. 6"x9", 260 pages. Some wear, minor soil.

Inventory #: 34592
Price: $ 50.00       




Fischer, Martin. The Permanent Palette. Mountain Lake Park National Publishing Society: 1930. 1st edition. A serious study of the impermanence of certain pigments and other materials and what the painter can do to avoid this problem. Fischer bemoans the fact that even as he writes some of the finest work of the late 19th and early 20th century was beginning to fade and change color. Includes a short but important bibliography of the subject. Hardcover. 6.5"x9.5", xiii + 134 pages, plus 4 color plates. Pictorial covers, a little soiled and dusty. Small stab wound in the spine affects our mood but does not affect the contents pages lightly toned.

Inventory #: 00909
Price: $ 85.00       




[Frames] Fine Picture Frames. Christie's, South Kensington: May 26, 1999. The catalog to a very good auction of antique frames. Softcover. 8"x10.5", 42 pages, 273 lots, color and b/w illustrations. Fine.

Inventory #: 32189
Price: $ 45.00       




[Frames] Picture Frames and Artists' Materials Including Frames from the Collection and Stock in Trade of Mr. Paul Levi. Christie's South Kensington: March 26, 1997. The auction sale of a group of fine frames. There could be more illustrations... Softcover. 8"x10.5", 16 pages, 172 lots, b/w illustrations. A fine copy.

Inventory #: 31604
Price: $ 30.00       




Hale, Gardner. The Technique of Fresco Painting. New York Dover Publications: 1966. First published in 1933, this is a classic on the subject of fresco painting in the early 20th century, by a veteran practitioner of the technique. Includes information on materials and technique, moving existing frescos, and much more. Softcover. 5.5"x8.5", 69 pages plus 12 black & white plates. Some soil.

Inventory #: 34663
Price: $ 20.00       




Howard, Frank. Colour, as a Means of Art, being an adaptation of the experience of professors to the practice of amateurs. London Joseph Thomas: 1838. The first edition of this interesting book by the author of several art manuals, including a companion volume on sketching. In this volume Howard surveys the coloring used by various schools and masters of art, including Titian, Rubens and Turner, and instructs the amateur on how to achieve like effects and gain a knowledge of coloring. The book is perhaps most notable today as a very early example of color lithographic printing, with 18 color plates produced by Charles Joseph Hullmandell. A Paris-trained painter, Hullmandell was introduced to lithography by the pioneering lithographer Alois Senefelder during a trip to Munich in 1817. Soon he had developed his own lithographic press and was experimenting with new techniques, including ways of printing in colors. Howard notes in his preface, "For the method in which the plates of the present work have been executed, I am indebted to a recent improvement in Lithography, made by Mr. Hullmandell. It is capable of producing more nearly the effects of painting than any other style of engraving but from these plates, professing only to represent masses of Colour and general tone, and being the first that have been attempted in this particular application, they are not calculated to display Mr. Hullmandell's improvement to advantage". Despite Howard's protestations, the plates, which were achieved by the printing of three or four overlays of color, have an undeniable charm and are quite effective at getting across the points Howard is making in the text. Not everyone found Hullmandel as pleasant to work with as Howard apparently did- in a letter to J.D. Hooker on March 11, 1844, Charles Darwin noted that "I believe Hullmandell is a good litho. printer, but I found him rather troublesome." I suppose the price of art must always be paid, and geniuses are often cranky. Hardcover. 5"x8", ii, 106 pages, plus 18 lithographed, colored plates. Publisher's brown cloth with gilt title rebacked and with a new cloth spine covers with some soil and wear, contents with minor soil and some scattered light spotting, but over all a nice copy.

Inventory #: 9457
Price: $ 400.00       




[Lowy] 20th Century American Frames from the Lowy Collection. New York Julius Lowy Framing: 1996. A beautifully-photographed catalog of 34 outstanding American 20th century frames from the collection of this noted dealer and restorer. Each frame is succinctly described. Now uncommon. Softcover. 11"x9", 2 pages + 34 color plates. Light wear.

Inventory #: 32177
Price: $ 150.00       




Merrifield, [Mary Philadelphia]. The Art of Fresco Painting, as practiced by the Old Italian and Spanish Masters, with a Preliminary Inquiry into the nature of the Colours Used in Fresco Painting, with observations and notes. London 'published for the author by Charles Gilpin': 1846. An influential and important study, commissioned by the British government, which translated and analyzed instructional texts on the painting of frescos from Antiquity to the 17th century, with an eye toward the promotion of an English school of fresco painters. A year earlier Mrs. Merrifield had completed her famous translation of Cennino Cennini's "Libro dell' arte", and as important as her works were from a practical standpoint for the 19th century artist, among whom she was especially influential with the Pre-Raphaelites, "the main importance of her work lies in her development of the historical study of documents" (Ernstrom, Grove Dictionary of Art). Historical documents are all well and good, but Mrs. Merrifield was aiming higher- "I firmly believe," she wrote in her Introduction, "that fresco painting will be extensively and successfully practiced in this country, by our own native artists, and will ultimately attain a perfection, equal to that for which the Italian schools were so justly celebrated". Hardcover. 6"x9", lvi + 134 pages publisher's brown cloth with blindstamped patterns, gilt spine title an exceptionally fresh and nice copy.

Inventory #: 9463
Price: $ 300.00       




Merrifield, [Mary Philadelphia]. The Art of Fresco Painting, as practiced by the Old Italian and Spanish Masters, with a Preliminary Inquiry into the nature of the Colours Used in Fresco Painting, with observations and notes. London 'published for the author by Charles Gilpin': 1846. An influential and important study, commissioned by the British government, which translated and analyzed instructional texts on the painting of frescos from Antiquity to the 17th century, with an eye toward the promotion of an English school of fresco painters. A year earlier Mrs. Merrifield had completed her famous translation of Cennino Cennini's "Libro dell' arte", and as important as her works were from a practical standpoint for the 19th century artist, among whom she was especially influential with the Pre-Raphaelites, "the main importance of her work lies in her development of the historical study of documents" (Ernstrom, Grove Dictionary of Art). Historical documents are all well and good, but Mrs. Merrifield was aiming higher- "I firmly believe," she wrote in her Introduction, "that fresco painting will be extensively and successfully practiced in this country, by our own native artists, and will ultimately attain a perfection, equal to that for which the Italian schools were so justly celebrated". Hardcover. 6"x9", lvi + 134 pages publisher's diamond-patterned green cloth with a printed cover label covers with some rubbing, label rubbed and chipped a little internal soil and wear.

Inventory #: 9462
Price: $ 250.00       




[Moore] Henry Moore, Artist and Collector. Property from the Collection of Mary Moore and various trusts. New York Sotheby's: May 13-14, 1997. The auction sale of an interesting assemblage- Henry Moore's own work, and works of art he collected. Softcover. 8"x10.5", about 60 pages, 44 lots, color and b/w illustrations. Institutional stamp on first page, else a fine copy.

Inventory #: 31608
Price: $ 45.00       




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

Inventory #: 30320
Price: $ 85.00       




Moreau-Vauthier, Charles. The Technique of Painting. New York G.P. Putnam's Sons: 1923. An excellent turn-of-the century technical study of paintings and their deterioration. The author discusses painting techniques and processes, "diseases" of pictures, the deterioration of paintings from various causes, the deterioration of colors, "accidents", and preservation techniques. Many of the plates illustrate close-ups of damaged paintings, and the color frontispiece illustrates the differences between colors which are affected and unaffected by light. Hardcover. 6"x9", xvi + 261 pages, plus 24 color and b/w plates publisher's blue cloth covers with some soil, slight scattered internal spotting.

Inventory #: 30321
Price: $ 65.00       




Muckley, William J. A Handbook for Painters and Art Students on the Character, Nature, and Use of Colours. Their permanent, or fugitive qualities, and the vehicles proper to employ, with an appendix giving permanent hues and tints. Also short remarks on the practice of painting in oil and water colours. London Bailliere, Tindall and Cox: 1882. 2nd ed. In addition to the material on permanent and fugitive colors and their preparation and mixing, he also deals with damage to oil paintings by gas and damp, picture frames, care of pictures, varnishing and glazing, and many other practical topics for the artist in the workroom. Muckley had written a number of other art instruction titles. Hardcover. 5.5"x9", xiv + 126 pages. Publisher's pebbled cloth with gilt titles spine cloth torn in several places, a few cover scuffs and a little internal soil.

Inventory #: 9917
Price: $ 100.00       




Plenderleith, H.J. The Conservation of Antiquities and Works of Art. Treatment, Repair, and Restoration. London Oxford University Press: 1969. 4th prtg. A wide-ranging survey by the Keeper of the Research Laboratory in the British Museum. Although technical in some respects, it was written for the advanced collector as well as the laboratory conservator or museum curator. The first main section concerns Organic Materials- skin, papyrus, parchment, paper, prints, manuscripts, textiles, wood, bone & ivory, and easel paintings. The second section covers Metals- gold, silver, copper and alloys, lead, tin, pewter, iron and steel. The third section covers Siliceous Materials- stone, ceramics and glass. There are also numerous technical appendices. Hardcover. 7"x10", 375 pages, plus a color frontispiece and 55 b/w plates with 11 text figures. A little light wear, but a very nice copy.

Inventory #: 31437
Price: $ 85.00       




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