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Curious, Unusual, Interesting & Occasionally Useful Books of the 16th-20th Centuries exploring the skills, trades, lives and ways of other times...

 Friday, November 24, 2017

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English Wrought-Iron Work. London HMSO/V&A: 1950. A merry little picture book with illustrations of 16th, 17th, and 18th century English wrought iron in the Victoria & Albert Museum. From their "Small Picture Book" series. Softcover. 5"x7", 4 pages of text plus 27 black & white plates. Near fine.

Inventory #: 35480
Price: $ 15.00       

Belknap, Henry W. Trades and Tradesmen of Essex County, Massachusetts, Chiefly of the Seventeenth Century. Salem The Essex Institute: 1929. One of the pioneering studies of Colonial-era crafts and tradesmen. Includes bakers, blacksmiths, carpenters, curriers, a hatter, locksmith, paver, and many more. Hardcover. 6.5"x9.5", 96 pages, plus 12 b/w illustrations a fine copy.

Inventory #: 31086
Price: $ 200.00       

Fennimore, Donald L. Iron at Winterthur. Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum: 2004. "Iron at Winterthur, a catalogue of the extensive but previously unpublished collection at the museum, fills an oft--neglected niche in the field of decorative arts-that of the history and use of iron in the everyday life of 17th, 18th, and 19th century Americans. With essays and entries on approximately 275 cast, wrought, and sheet iron objects for every household function, the author not only addresses the specifics of maker, date, place of origin, and the like but also presents thematic and interpretive commentary dealing with economics, craft, and manufacturing techniques and the marketplace. Donald L. Fennimore adeptly tells the story of skill and artistry, illuminating the grace and beauty inherent in everyday iron objects. The book's introduction documents the formation of the collection by museum founder H. F. du Pont, one of the 20th-century's most notable collectors of Americana". Hardcover. 11.5"x10", 428 pages, 425 black & white illustrations, dust jacket. Fine.

Inventory #: 90346
Price: $ 70.00       

Kauffman, Henry J. Early American Ironware. Cast and Wrought. Weathervane Books: 1970s. The crafts of the blacksmith, whitesmith, tinsmith, farrier, cutler, locksmith, gunsmith and others. Henry Kauffman is one of the most exacting and interesting writers on the subject of how early American craftsmen worked, and his attention to detail and constant quest to know Why and How make his books extremely valuable tools, and very interesting reading. Hardcover. 8.5"x11", 166 pages, 210 black & white illustrations, dust jacket. Jacket with light wear, a few short tears and a small black label at the top of the spine.

Inventory #: 32466
Price: $ 35.00       

Lindsay, J. Seymour. Iron and Brass Implements of the English House. Bass River Carl Jacobs: 1964. A reissue of this valuable illustrated survey of fireplace-related implements and equipment, including kitchen and cooking utensils. A meticulous examination of the wide variety of brass and iron implements used in 17th-early 19th century homes. Illustrated with excellent line drawings, reminiscent of Albert Sonn's work. Hardcover. 7.5"x10", 88 pages of text plus 473 line illustrations.

Inventory #: 32850
Price: $ 60.00       

Mercer, Henry C. The Bible in Iron, or Pictured Stoves and Stove Plates of the Pennsylvania Germans. Notes on Colonial Fire-Backs in the United States, the Ten-Plate Stove, Franklin's Fireplace, and the Tile Stoves of the Moravians in Pennsylvania and North Carolina, together with a List of Colonial Furnaces in the United States and Canada. Doylestown Bucks County Historical Society: 1961. 3rd, corrected edition. First published in 1914. For this edition the plates were reorganized and renumbered. Hardcover. 8"x11", 253 pages, b&w illustrations. Minor wear.

Inventory #: 35922
Price: $ 150.00       

Parlimentary Act. An Act for the more Effectual Preventing the Abuses and Frauds of Persons Imployed in the Working up the Woollen, Linen, Fustian, Cotton, and Iron Manufactures of this Kingdom. London 1702. An act designed to prevent thefts of raw materials by craftsmen and workers. 8"x12", 4 pages, disbound and removed from a larger compilation.

Inventory #: 28544
Price: $ 65.00       

Schmuttermeier, Elisabeth, et al. Cast Iron from Central Europe, 1800-1850. Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts: 1994. Catalog to the exhibition showcasing a wide variety of decorative European ironwork of the first half of the nineteenth century. In addition to a catalog of the exhibition, there are essays on the development of the iron industries and cast iron manufacture in England, Prussia, the Habsburg Empire, Berlin, and central Europe, iron garden furniture, iron jewelry, iron gems, and iron sculpture in Berlin. Softcover. 8.5"x11", 351 pages, packed with color and b/w illustrations. Fine.

Inventory #: 35892
Price: $ 125.00       

Troilius, Magnus. Notes on the Chemistry of Iron for professional men, students, iron and steel merchants, and all interested in iron. New York John Wiley & Sons: 1889. 3rd edition, revised and enlarged. Magnus Troilius, a Swedish engineer, was one of many foreigners introduced to American industry by the famous engineer and metallurgist Alexander L. Holley, who had constructed the first successful Bessemer steel plant in the United States in 1865. Troilius worked at the Midvale Steel Company, and published the first edition of this book in 1885. It is a comprehensive guide book, describing and explaining all the processes involved in assaying and analyzing iron ores, gas analysis, and electrolysis. It also contains a very interesting appendix which lists every single item needed to set up a laboratory for steel analysis. Hardcover. 6"x9.25", ix + 143 pages, 9 line illustrations in the text publisher's blue cloth with gilt titles light wear, half-title neatly removed, but a nice, bright copy.

Inventory #: 9483
Price: $ 100.00       

Webber, Ronald. The Village Blacksmith. South Brunswick Great Albion Books: 1972. A rollicking, fun-filled exploration of the world of the blacksmith in earlier times, and as it still exists (less and less) today. Includes ironworking, Royal Blacksmith Companies, the craft, the tools, the trade, "Strange and Strong Smiths", "Tales from the Smithy", and much more. Hardcover. 5.5"x9", 160 pages, black & white illustrations, dust jacket. Minor wear.

Inventory #: 35473
Price: $ 25.00       

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