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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...

 Wednesday, November 22, 2017

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Fireplace Furniture and Light Fittings. Christie's South Kensington: May 17, 2000. An auction catalog with a nice selection of fine sconces, lamps, chandeliers and other lighting, as well as fancy mantels, andirons, fenders and other fireplace tools and fittings. Softcover. 8"x10.5", 63 pages, 140 lots, mostly color illustrations. Light wear.

Inventory #: 35963
Price: $ 40.00       

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       

[Ayer] American Antiques of New England Origin Collected for Marietta R. Ayer by the late Frederick Wellington Ayer. New York American Art Association, Anderson Galleries: February 5-6, 1937. Sale 4299. This auction included a number of early Sandwich glass candlesticks and lamps, and a wide selection of early 19th century New England banjo and shelf clocks. Softcover. 6.25"x9.5", 59 pages, 444 lots, b/w illustrations. Light wear, a little soil.

Inventory #: 31950
Price: $ 25.00       

Bangs, Christopher. The Lear Collection: A Study of Copper-Alloy Socket Candlesticks A.D. 200-1700. Easton Kings Hill Publications: 1995. A difficult subject, handled with care, tact and a suitable amount of precision. In the field of pre-1700 metalwares the ground seems liberally strewn with the corpse-opinions of those who came a generation before, but at least "Bud" Lear is a gracious, thoughtful knight as he wades onto the battlefield. A wonderful, well illustrated survey, and if you do anything with old lighting or metalwares you would be foolish indeed not to own a copy. Hardcover. 8.5"x11.5", 398 pages, color and b&w illustrations. Fine.

Inventory #: 34228
Price: $ 400.00       

Braunstein, Susan L. Luminous Art. Hanukkah Menorahs of the Jewish Museum. New Haven The Jewish Museum & Yale University Press: 2004. "The Jewish tradition of lighting the menorah during the eight-day holiday of Hanukkah represents the victory of religious freedom-the liberation and rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem in 164 BCE. Luminous Art celebrates this tradition and the craftsmanship of menorahs by showcasing over 100 Hanukkah lamps from the collection in The Jewish Museum in New York. The lamps and menorahs were created with materials from all over the world, including the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and North Africa, and they date back from the Renaissance to present day." Hardcover. 9.5"x12.5", 244 pages, color and black & white illustrations, dust jacket. Fine.

Inventory #: 90352
Price: $ 50.00       

Burks, Jean M. Birmingham Brass Candlesticks. Charlottesville University Press of Virginia: 1986. "An outstanding addition to the published material on English brass, this book goes beyond stylistic chronologies to investigate the brass founders who worked in Birmingham and the patented devices they incorporated into their products. It includes short biographies of Birmingham brass founders and American instrument makers" (Ames & Ward). "Jean M. Burk's manuscript does an excellent job in discussing the fabrication of brass candlesticks and, more importantly, in discussing the fabrication of the various ejection devices developed with the two-part stem. The latter is material previously unpublished and is important in the connoisseurship of candlesticks of the period. The identification and working dates of sixty eighteenth-century Birmingham candlestick makers is especially helpful and, even more so, is the detailed information about the seven firms which marked their candlesticks, and the very thorough analysis of their marked examples" (John Davis, dj blurb). Hardcover. 8.5"x11", 128 pages, 121 b/w plates, dj a near fine copy.

Inventory #: 31523
Price: $ 150.00       

Diderot & d'Alembert. L'Encyclopedie Diderot & d'Alembert- Artisanan au 18eme Siecle. Tours Bibliotheque de l'Image: 2001. A selection of plates from Diderot's famous 'Encyclopedie', with the original French text explaining the processes and tools illustrated. This volume includes many shorter sections dealing with a variety of trades, including candle-making, enameling, bread-making, making pastries, playing cards, tennis raquets, baskets, artificial flowers, and many more. Softcover. 9"x12", 109 pages, many b/w plates. New.

Inventory #: 95020
Price: $ 20.00       

Dietz, Ulysses Grant. The Decorative Lighting Devices of Dietz and Company of New York, 1840-1875. U.S. Dietz: 1980 / Ann arbor, UMI Reprint. A thesis prepared for the University of Delaware's Winterthur Program. Comb-bound. 8.5"x11", 155 pages very poor b/w reproductions of photographs a reprint from the original microfilm. New.

Inventory #: 90257
Price: $ 65.00       

Duncan, Alastair. Tiffany Lamps and Metalware. Woodbridge: Antique Collectors' Club: 2007. "An encyclopedic visual record of the lamp and metalware models generated by the Tiffany Studios during more than thirty years of uninterrupted production. This beautiful and comprehensive work illustrates a seemingly inexhaustible selection of the oil and electric light fixtures issued by the Tiffany studios: table and floor lamps, chandeliers and sconces. Also included are the other metalware items produced by the firm, including fancy goods, desk sets, miscellaneous household goods such as toiletry and smoking accessories, inkstands, candlesticks, photograph frames, book ends, tea screens, clocks, tobacco jars, humidors - the list is almost endless. 'Tiffany Lamps and Metalware' is the ultimate pictorial reference work for both enthusiasts and collectors of Tiffany. There is a comprehensive index that cross references the firms original model numbers to the illustrations. Tiffany Studios never published a complete list of its incredibly prolific output this book is as close as one could possibly come to a catalogue raisonne". Hardcover. 10"x12", 528 pages, 913 color and 1044 black & white illustrations, dust jacket, slipcased. New condition.

Inventory #: 90292
Price: $ 195.00       

Hamerton, Ian (ed.). W.A.S. Benson. Arts and Crafts Luminary and Pioneer of Modern Design. Woodbridge Antique Collector's Club: 2005. "This is the first work devoted to the life and work of Arts & Crafts designer and architect William Arthur Smith Benson (1854-1924). Though best known for his daring and innovative work in the sphere of electric lighting at its very inception, Benson also turned his hand to interior design, metalware, and architecture. A great friend of both William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones, Benson was a leading figure in the Arts & Crafts Movement, eventually taking over the helm of Morris & Co. Decorators Ltd. following William Morris' death. This extensively researched book discusses his career in architecture, furniture, interior design, lighting, and metalware". Hardcover. 9.5"x12", 303 pages, hundreds of color and some black & white illustrations, dust jacket. New condition.

Inventory #: 90291
Price: $ 95.00       

Hammond, Robert. The Electric Light in Our Homes. London Frederick Warne and Co.: 1884. A very early work on electrical illumination, notable for being illustrated with 3 Woodburytype photographs showing a drawing room and dining room illuminated with electric lights, which are among the earliest such photographs to appear in any book. Light bulbs for home use had only been introduced in Britain three years previously, so this effort to popularize them was a groundbreaking work indeed. The text was based on a series of popular lectures the author had given the prior year, and touches on the disadvantages of all other forms of illumination and the safety of electric lights, and explains in detail how electricity is installed in the home and the types of bulbs that can be used. The line illustrations include a wide variety of bulbs and some fixtures for home use. Hardcover. 5.5"x7.5", xii + 205 pages, + 6 pages of publisher's advertisements, line illustrations, + 3 pasted-in photographs. Publisher's dark green cloth with black titles and gilt decorations showing 4 different light bulbs and a fancy hanging lamp. Covers with minor scuffing and soil, but generally clean and bright. Institutional stamp on title page, and small number label at the base of the spine, but no other marks. The page mounts for the photos and surrounding pages have some moderate spotting, but the images are fine. The title page also has some brown offsetting from the photographic frontispiece.

Inventory #: 31298
Price: $ 650.00       

Hayward, Arthur H. Colonial Lighting. Boston B.J. Brimmer Co.: 1923. Special edition of 206 signed, numbered copies. A standard and pioneering history of colonial lighting, including iron, tin pewter and brass examples, lanterns, candles and candle holders, early glass lamps, astral and luster lamps, and more. "Important as the first attempt to document lighting forms in America from the 17th to the 19th centuries...The text has a strong antiquarian emphasis, including numerous digression...Objects belonging to celebrated Americans are discussed individually. This work is a document in itself on early collecting attitudes" (Ames & Ward). Hardcover. 6.5"x9.5", 159 pages, plus 114 black & white illustrations. Printed on deckle-edged Normandy Vellum paper and bound, as issued, in 3/4 French Levant leather. Minor wear.

Inventory #: 35687
Price: $ 200.00       

Hough, Walter. Fire-Making Apparatus in the United States National Museum. Washington Government Printing Office: 1890. A study of ethnographic and early fire-making tools in the Smithsonian an offprint from the Report of the Museum for 1887-88. Softcover. 6"x9.5", 54 pages, line illustrations some wear, edges lightly chipped, corners chipped, a little soil.

Inventory #: 9325
Price: $ 60.00       

Kauffman, Henry J. American Copper & Brass. New York Thomas Nelson & Sons: 1968. A well illustrated study of copper and brass implements in America of the 18th and 19th centuries. Kauffman provides his usual thorough and detailed explanations of the craft of the metalsmiths and their wares. Includes kettles, pots, pans, stills, mugs, stencils, ladles, measures, funnels, basins, andirons, bells, door knockers, skillets, lancets, tomahawks, button, instruments, balances, sundials, lighting, locks, and much more! A standard reference. Hardcover. 7"x10", 288 pages, color frontispiece and numerous b/w illustrations. Light wear, edges sunned.

Inventory #: 8894
Price: $ 25.00       

[Levine Collection] The Pamela & Donald Levine Collection of American Glass and Lighting, 1825-1875. Portsmouth Northeast Auctions: November 6, 2004, April 1, 2005, and August 5, 2005. The auction sale of a collection 25 years in the making, focused on rare Sandwich and other New England glass. Softcover. 8.5"x11", 104 pages, 707 lots, profusely illustrated in color and b/w. Light wear.

Inventory #: 33832
Price: $ 75.00       

Maher, Thomas K. The Jarvie Shop. The Candlesticks and Metalwork of Robert R. Jarvie. Philmont Turn of the Century Editions: 1997. "Living and working in Chicago, Robert Jarvie was heavily influenced by Prairie School architecture with its floriform terra cotta ornamentation and contrasting modern lines. Jarvie was also influenced by Arts and Crafts furniture and the west coast handcraft tradition in metalworking. From this amalgamation of influences, Jarvie created a distinctive group of objects that represent American Arts and Crafts in a uniquely Midwestern style. This book presents the exquisitely wrought brass, copper, and bronze articles of Robert Jarvie. The candlestick is a functional article Jarvie formed it into a work of decorative art that to this day is widely appreciated and admired for both its usefulness and aesthetic value. The centerpiece of the book is a rare 1906 Jarvie Shop catalog. Thomas K. Maher is the author who did the primary research for the book." Softcover. 6"x9", 135 pages, black & white illustrations. New.

Inventory #: 90362
Price: $ 15.00       

McKean, Hugh F. The "Lost" Treasures of Louis Comfort Tiffany. Garden City Doubleday & Company: 1980. "The works of Tiffany Studios revolutionized interior design in turn-of-the-century America, and all of the works bore the unique stamp of one man, Louis Comfort Tiffany. Many of these studio pieces are well known today- but there are special ones among them, the "lost" works of Louis Tiffany himself. They comprise his personal oeuvre, objects made from his original designs for exhibition, for private commissions, or for use in Tiffany's own home. Many of them have vanished outright, for years many were locked away in warehouses, or remained unidentified among regular productions of Tiffany Studios. This book sets out to re-evaluate Tiffany's art in terms of his personal work: stained glass, mosaics, blown glass, pottery, jewelry, enamels, and paintings". Hardcover. 8.5"x11", 304 pages, color and black & white illustrations, dust jacket. Light wear.

Inventory #: 34792
Price: $ 45.00       

Michaelis, Ronald F. Old Domestic Base-Metal Candlesticks From the 13th to 19th Century, produced in Bronze, Brass, Paktong and Pewter. Woodbridge Antique Collectors' Club: 1997. 4th prtg. For many years candlesticks in the humbler metals did not receive the attention and scholarship that those in silver and gold did. Fortunately that eventually changed, and this fine book was one of the major steps forward in the study of these pieces. A longtime dealer and collector with an impressively logical turn of mind, Michaelis discusses various forms and their development, as well as manufacturing methods. Hardcover. 8.5"x11", 139 pages, 202 b/w illustrations dj bibliography. Fine condition.

Inventory #: 32953
Price: $ 125.00       

Mitchell, James R. (ed.). Antique Metalware. Brass, Bronze, Copper, Tin, Wrought & Cast Iron. New York Main Street Press/Universe Books: 1977. An anthology of articles from the pages of The Magazine Antiques. Authors include Joseph T. Butler, John Bivins, Jr., F. Gordon Roe, W.W. Kent, Donald Streeter, Wallace Nutting, R.W. Symonds, Gertrude Whiting, Erwin O. Christensen, Earl Robacker, Henry Kauffman, Dean Fales, Jr., Henry Chandlee Forman, and many more. Softcover. 8.5"x11", 254 pages, profusely illustrated in b/w light cover soil and wear, tips thumbed, etc., and light spatters as if someone was once spray-painting in the vicinity...

Inventory #: 5524
Price: $ 85.00       

Neustadt, Dr. Egon. The Lamps of Tiffany. New York The Fairfield Press: 1970. The bible of Tiffany lamp collectors. Dr. Neustadt probably came as close to assembling a complete collection of all types of tiffany lamps as anyone is likely to get. Hardcover. 10.5"x13.5", 224 pages, color and b&w illustrations. Decorated covers with some minor fading, light wear.

Inventory #: 35180
Price: $ 250.00       

Russell, Loris S. A heritage of light. Lamps and lighting in the early Canadian home. University of Toronto Press: 1968. "The nineteenth century opened in the flicker of tallow candles. It closed in the glare of Edison's electric lamp. Between those two events inventors and manufacturers developed a wonderful assortment of progressively more efficient lighting devices, burning a variety of fuels. Dr. Russell records with scientific attention to detail, backed up with more than 200 illustrations, how these lamps were made and used." This survey includes kerosene, oil, candles, rushlights, lard, fluid gas, electricity, related tools, etc. Hardcover. 8.5"x9", 344 pages, b/w illustrations, dj bibliography. Jacket with some edgewear and rubbing, else a nice copy.

Inventory #: 35590
Price: $ 100.00       

St. Aubin, Louis O., Jr. Pairpoint Lamps. A Collector's Guide. New Bedford privately published: 1974. A survey of Pairpoint lamp shades and bases. The lamps are divided into the categories: blown-outs floral shades with glass bases metal and glass shades cut glass lamps floral shades unusuals the scenics (early) and the scenics. Spiral bound. 11"x8.5", 50 pages, b/w illustrations. Near fine.

Inventory #: 34640
Price: $ 45.00       

Terme, M.G. L'Art Ancien au Pays de Liege. Orfevrerie - Dinanderie - Ivories. Liege Comite Executif de l'Exposition Universelle de Liege: 1905. The illustrated catalog to an exhibition of silver, pewter and ivory either made in Liege or, in the case of ecclesiastical ivory, silver and pewter, found in Liege's churches. Includes many candlesticks, chandeliers and other lighting devices, and table wares in pewter and silver, and ecclesiastical pieces, including many elaborate reliquaries. The ivories date from the 14th-17th centuries, the pewter dates from the 14th-18th centuries, the reliquaries from the 10th-14th centuries, and the other silver, such as tablewares, from the 17th and 18th centuries. The plate list includes a short description, date, and the name of the owner the plates themselves are nicely shot and clearly reproduced. A companion album was devoted to furniture & sculpture. Hardcover. 7.5"x10.5", 11 pages with 2 b/w illustrations, plus 150 b/w plates original paper covers bound into newer coarse cloth a little soil, but a nice copy.

Inventory #: 8748
Price: $ 175.00       

Thuro, Catherine M.V. Oil Lamps/The Kerosene Era in North America. Wallace Homestead: 1976. An absolutely essential book on 19th and early 20th century kerosene lamps in America. Over 1,000 lamps are illustrated, as well as pages from old trade catalogs. Glass collectors and lamp collectors all swear by, not at, this book. Hardcover. 8.5"x11", 352 pages, hundreds of black & white and some color illustrations, dust jacket. Minor wear.

Inventory #: 35587
Price: $ 60.00       

Thwing, Leroy. Flickering Flames. A History of Domestic Lighting through the Ages. London G. Bell and Sons: 1959. 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. Slight wear, top of spine head rubbed, jacket rather tattered with a few chunks missing.

Inventory #: 6318
Price: $ 35.00       

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