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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, May 26, 2017

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Byachrananda, Julthusana. Thai Mother-of-Pearl Inlay. London Thames & Hudson: 2001. A beautifully-illustrated survey of 170 Thai mother-of-pearl objects of the 19th and 20th centuries. The author includes a chapter on the history of the craft in Thailand and examines earlier examples, devotes chapters to the technical aspects of the craft, and Thai design, and then includes separate sections on Buddhist pieces and Royal and other pieces. A joyous, colorful celebration of this intriguing and beautiful craft. Hardcover. 10"x8.5", 183 pages, 300 color illustrations, dust jacket. New.

Inventory #: 90280
Price: $ 30.00       




Callmann, Ellen. Beyond Nobility. Art for the Private Citizen in the Early Renaissance. Allentown Art Museum: 1981. Ceramics, ivories, silver, furniture, metals, textiles and other arts illustrated and described in this exhibition which was designed top show that not all the fine crafts of the period were ecclesiastical. Softcover. 8.5"x11", 126 pages, several color and many b/w illustrations a little wear, but a nice copy.

Inventory #: 9198
Price: $ 35.00       




Carpenter, Charles & Mary Grace. The Decorative Arts and Crafts of Nantucket. New York Dodd, Mead & Co.: 1987. A beautifully produced study of the arts and crafts of this legendary whaling and seaport community. Scrimshaw, basketry, glass, silver, ceramics, furniture, textiles, weathervanes and mariners' tools are all illustrated and described here. The Carpenters also discuss the exotic objects brought back to Nantucket by her world-traveling mariners, from intricately-carved Chinese boxes to dramatic Samoan war clubs. A delightful book, well illustrated and enthusiastically written. Hardcover. 8.5"x10", 257 pages, color and b/w illustrations, dj a near fine copy.

Inventory #: 95010
Price: $ 50.00       




Cox, Warren E. Chinese Ivory Sculpture. New York Bonanza Books: 1960s. "Techniques, designs, color factors, periods and styles are thoroughly discussed. There are comprehensive charts that enable the quick identification of the many figures represented. Various types of ivory, their nature, sources and value are explained". Originally published in 1946. Hardcover. 10"x13", 112 pages, b/w illustrations, dj. Light wear.

Inventory #: 35873
Price: $ 85.00       




Gatty, Charles T. Catalogue of Mediaeval & Later Antiquities contained in the Mayer Museum, including the Mather Collection of Miniatures and Medals Relating to the Bonaparte Family. Liverpool Gilbert G. Walmsley: 1883. An elegant catalog of Medieval manuscripts, ivory carvings, jet carvings, enamels, coins, seals and niello, Medieval and "modern" oriental, Venetian, German, Spanish, French and English glass later enamels French Revolutionary and First Empire badges and medals Wedgwood medallions illustrating the French Revolution and the Mather Collection of miniatures and medals relating to the Bonaparte family. The illustrated plates show the Medieval manuscripts and ivories, and some enamels, miniatures and Bonaparte items. Joseph Mayer [1803-1886] was one of the preeminent antiquarians of the 19th century, and a major benefactor to the cultural life of his adopted home, Liverpool. A goldsmith and jeweler by trade, collected a vast range of antiquities, illuminated manuscripts, and other objects, and also wrote several books on antiquarian subjects. He was a founder and benefactor to both the Liverpool Museum and the Liverpool Public Library, and most of his collections were eventually donated to the two institutions. Uncommon. Hardcover. 9"x11.5", viii + 108, i, iii pages, plus 16 b/w plates. Original red-brown cloth with paper spine label, covers somewhat worn and soiled, a bit faded along the extremities and spine spine label soiled and chipped a bit frayed at the tips and spine head. Contents with a little soil, small paper label of the Burlington Fine Arts Club.

Inventory #: 31029
Price: $ 350.00       




Kinsey, Miriam. Contemporary Netsuke. Rutland Charles Tuttle: 1983. 2nd ptg. A beautiful and informative study of the art of the modern Japanese netsuke carver. Kinsey examines the work of modern carvers and the way they pursue their craft, watches a netsuke being carved, and illustrates 108 modern netsuke in striking color photographs. She also provides brief biographies and signatures marks of 108 carvers, and more detailed biographies of 27 leading artists. Hardcover. 7.5"x10.5", 261 pages, 108 color and 50 b/w illustrations, plus 110 signatures dj. A beautiful copy.

Inventory #: 31065
Price: $ 125.00       




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

Inventory #: 30435
Price: $ 750.00       




Lloyd, Clive L. The Arts and Crafts of Napoleonic and American Prisoners of War, 1756-1816. Woodbridge Antique Collectors' Club: 2007. A profusely illustrated history of the intricate and beautiful objects made by American, French and English prisoners of war during the period 1756-1816. Chapters are included on straw-work and marquetry, bone work, ship models, rolled paper-work and paper sculpture, automata and mechanical toys, games and game-boxes, and paintings, as well as Freemason prisoners of war, the brokers and markets for prisoner of war work, and gambling and forgery among prisoners. Objects were drawn from museums around the worlds and the author's own extensive collection. Hardcover. 9.5"x12", 334 pages, profusely illustrated in color, dj. New.

Inventory #: 90243
Price: $ 89.50       




Lloyd, Steven A. Ivory Diptych Sundials 1570-1750. Harvard University Press: 1992. "During the 16th and 17th centuries, ivory diptych sundials were widely used to determine the time by day or night. These elaborate portable sundials, which could be adjusted for different latitudes, incorporated various devices useful for merchants and others who travelled extensively in Europe. This catalogue illustrates in detail Harvard's collection of 83 ivory diptych sundials, one of the largest holdings of these instruments in the world. The collection encompasses a comprehensive array of styles and designs from Nuremberg, Paris, and Dieppe, the major centres of their production, as well as from other parts of Europe. This catalogue is the fourth publication of Harvard University's Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments. This collection, which was established in 1949 as a resource for the history of science and technology, has one of the three largest university holdings of its kind in the world. It comprises about 15,000 instruments covering a broad range of scientific disciplines dating from 1500 to the present". Hardcover. 8.5"x11", 169 pages, black & white illustrations, dust jacket. Light wear.

Inventory #: 35437
Price: $ 45.00       




Maigne & Robichon. Nouveau Manuel Complet du Marqueteur du Tabletier et de l'Ivoirier. Paris Librairie Encyclopedique de Roret: 1889. A wide-ranging French guide to marquetry and inlay work, covering work in ivory, bone, baleen, mother-of-pearl, amber, horn, tortoiseshell, and celluloid. The text discusses the uses of materials and techniques for decorating furniture, snuff boxes, pipes, combs, jewelry, and other objects. Scarce. Hardcover. 4"x6.25", iv + 428 pages, 43 line illustrations in the text. Bound in new quarter leather with raised bands, gilt title and marbled boards and endpapers. Covers fine, text with some very light scattered foxing and soil.

Inventory #: 31203
Price: $ 400.00       




Malgouyres, Philippe. Ivories de la Renaissance et des Temps modernes. La collection du musee du Louvre. Paris Musee du Louvre: 2010. "Through the Louvre's rich collection of ivories - over three hundred pieces, many of them reproduced here for the first time - this book presents a history of ivory carving in Europe. Many of these works have a prestigious provenance, having once belonged to Louis XIV, Marie-Antoinette or Madame de Pompadour. Modest or sumptuous, some of them were created to commemorate historic events such as the coronation of the Emperor Napoleon, the marriage of a princess of the house of Saxe or Napoleon's German campaign. Built up with patience and passion by such notable nineteenth-century collectors as Pierre Revoil, Charles Sauvageot, Adolphe Thiers and Baronne Salomon de Rothschild, the collection also delineates a history of changing tastes and fashions - as well as, on occasion, the errant ways of science. It also comprises a great variety of forms and functions, from reliefs, statuettes, fans, knives and weapons to vases embellished with gold mounts and curiosities, and includes work from Ceylon (Sri Lanka), Japan, Africa and Mexico. This catalogue, fully illustrated throughout, documents this unique collection in its entirety for the first time". Hardcover. 9.5"x11", 355 pages, color illustrations. Fine.

Inventory #: 90449
Price: $ 90.00       




Syndram, Dirk & Antje Scherner (eds.). Princely Splendour. The Dresden Court 1580-1620. Electa/ Metropolitan Museum of Art: 2004. "The Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden is the artistic and cultural treasury of Saxony. This exhibit catalog features more than 150 major works of art from the museum-as well as from the world-renowned treasure chamber Grnes Gewlbe (Green Vault)-that illustrate the richness of one of the most spectacular princely collections of Europe from the turn of the 17th century, known as the Dresden Kunstkammer. During this period of unusual economic prosperity, the Electors of Saxony amassed exotic materials and precious stones mounted with gold and silver, along with ivory turnings, ebony furniture, clocks and clockwork figures, arms and armor, and bronze sculpture by important European artists. The book is illustrated with more than 175 color photographs, and gives the provenance of each piece and describes its importance in detail." Softcover. 10"x11", 319 pages, 175+ color illustrations. Bibliography. New. Published at $45.00.

Inventory #: 95041
Price: $ 25.00       




Vose, Margaret Lentz. Identification of the Origins and Sources of Selected Scrimshaw Motifs of in 18th and 19th Century Contemporary Culture. Margaret L. Vose: 1992 / Ann Arbor, UMI Reprints. A wide-ranging survey of folk motifs as used in scrimshaw and their sources. A dissertation submitted to New York University. Comb-bound. 8.5"x11", 453 pages very poor b/w reproductions of photographs a reprint from the original microfilm. New.

Inventory #: 90258
Price: $ 65.00       



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