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Cahiers de la Ceramique, du Verre, et des Arts du Feu. No.16. Sevres Societe des Amis du Musee National de Ceramique: 1959. This issue of this prestigious and elegant periodical features essays on "Table glass in the Middle Ages from the evidence of Illuminated Manuscripts" [Le Verre de Table au Moyen Age, d'apres les manuscrits a peinture] by James Barrelet "Origins of French 18th century soft paste porcelain" [Origines de la Porcelaine tendre en France au XVIIIe siecle] by Henry-Pierre Fourest and "Modern ceramics at the Faenza competition" [La Ceramique d'Art Moderne, italienne et europeene aux manifestations de Faenza] by Giuseppe Liverani. French text/English summaries. Softcover. 10"x12.5", 70+ pages, numerous b/w and 16 color illustrations, some tipped-in light soil.

Inventory #: 8691
Price: $ 40.00       




Medieval, Renaissance and Later Tapestries, Works of Art and Furniture. New York Sotheby Parke Bernet: March 25th, 1972 Wonderful 16th and 17th century English and European furniture. Also tapestries, wood carvings, maiolica, bronzes, &c. Includes material from the Albany Institute of Art, Cranbrook Academy of Art, &c. Softcover. 8.5"x9.5", 83 pages, 223 lots, color and b/w illustrations prices realized sheet stapled to title page corner bump.

Inventory #: 7871
Price: $ 25.00       




Benton, Janetta Rebold. Medieval Monsters. Dragons and Fantastic Creatures. Katonah Museum of Art: 1995. The catalog to a loan exhibition of medieval metalware, stonework, and other artifacts featuring fantastical and magical creatures. Illustrations of items from the exhibition are used to illustrate Janetta Benton's catalog essay, which forms the bulk of the catalog. There is also a glossary and suggested reading list. Softcover. 8.75"x11", 39 pages, 94 black & white illustrations. Fine.

Inventory #: 35934
Price: $ 35.00       




Cavallo, Adolfo Salvatore. Medieval Tapestries in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Metropolitan Museum of Art: 1993. A study of the condition, subject, design, manufacture, ownership, and exhibitions for each tapestry or set of tapestries in the Museum's medieval tapestry collection. And what a magnificent collection it is! A big, brawny, bruiser of a book. Hardcover. 10"x12", 688 pages, color and black & white illustrations, pictorial slipcase. Bump at the spine base, else fine.

Inventory #: 90386
Price: $ 100.00       




Dalton, O.M. The British Museum- A Guide to the Mediaeval Room and to the Specimens of Mediaeval and Later Times in the Gold Ornament Room. Printed by Order of the Trustees: 1907. A case-by-case guide, including carvings, enamels, arms & armor, jewelry, silver & gold, engraved gems, metalwares, and much more. Hardcover. 5.5"x8.5", xiv + 276 pages, 14 black & white plates and 194 black & white illustrations. Bound into plain blue modern cloth. Several signatures sprung and holding on by several threads.

Inventory #: 35712
Price: $ 35.00       




[Delmar Collection] Medieval, Renaissance and Later Tapestries, Works of Art and Furniture, Property formerly in the Delmar Collection, Budapest, and from other sources. New York Sotheby Parke Bernet: March 23-24th, 1973. Bronze figures and medals, tapestries, carvings, maiolica, door locks, and more. Softcover. 8.5"x9.5", 98 pages, 231 lots, b/w illustrations, prices realized sheet stapled to title page.

Inventory #: 7870
Price: $ 25.00       




[Desmottes Collection.] Catalogue Objets d'Art et de Haute Curiosite du Moyen-Age et de la Renaissance... composant la Collection de Feu M. Desmottes... Paris M. Paul Chevallier: March 19th-23rd, 1900. A very nice Continental collection of Medieval and Renaissance artifacts, including wooden sculpture, enamels, ivories, metalwares, etc. 9"x13", 76 pages, plus 10 b/w plates 472 lots softcover. Soiled binding worn and loose, with some gathers very loose. General wear.

Inventory #: 00273
Price: $ 75.00       




Freeman, Margaret B. A Book of Hours Made for the Duke of Berry. [contained in the] Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, December, 1956. An examination of the famous book of Hours which had been acquired by the Cloisters. Softcover. 7.5"x10", article: 12 pages, black & white illustrations. Light soil.

Inventory #: 34740
Price: $ 15.00       




Freeman, Margaret B. The Unicorn Tapestries. New York Metropolitan Museum of Art / E.P. Dutton: 1976. "On permanent exhibition at The Cloisters, in New York, seven late Gothic tapestries portray the Hunt of the Unicorn. Like the unicorn himself, they are one of the marvels of the world, for in no other work of art anywhere is the pursuit and capture of this magical creature presented in such astonishing detail, with such command of pictorial verisimilitude and symbolic intention. In a duality not rare in the late Middle Ages, the imagery is both secular and religious. The references to love, matrimonial fidelity, and desire for progeny are understandable in an ensemble that may have celebrated a marriage. But the unicorn, at the same time, is Christ, and the compositions reflect the Incarnation, the Passion, and the Resurrection. Gabriel, the angel of the Annunciation, is one of the hunters the unicorn loses his fierceness in the lap of the Virgin Mary a thorny crown encircles his horn and neck when he is slain and then the glorious creature is miraculously alive again and chained to a pomegranate tree, simultaneously an image of the risen Christ and of the lover-bridegroom secured by his adored lady. What patron conceived the extraordinary plan for these hangings, whose earliest record places them in the Paris grande chambre of Duke Francois VI de La Rochefoucauld in 1680? What artist or artists elaborated the designs to incorporate the many identifiable birds and animals, flowering plants and trees, whose visual charm and implicit meanings make these woven 'murals' endlessly fascinating? What workshop, around 1500, had the craftsmen needed to produce such superb hangings? The author, Curator Emeritus of The Cloisters, answers these questions as completely as they may now be answered. In a pleasantly informative style, she conveys all that is known or can be reasonably believed about the commissioning and the manufacture, all that can safely be conjectured about the original owners". Hardcover. 10"x12.5", 244 pages, color and black & white illustrations, dust jacket. Light wear.

Inventory #: 35316
Price: $ 35.00       




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       




Guillot, Ernest. Ornementation des Manuscrits au Moyen-Age XIIIme Siecle. Recueil de Documents. Lettres ornees, Bordures, Miniatures, &a Tires des principaux Manuscrits de la Bibliotheque Nationale, de diverses bibliotheques et des Monuments de l'Epoque. Paris Monrocq Fres: No date, but 1890s. A stunning collection: ornamental letters, borders, miniatures and other ornaments from 13th century Medieval manuscripts in the Bibliotheque Nationale. These are reproduced in beautiful chromolithographs by Ernest Guillot. Softcover. 10.5"x7", 16 chromolithographed plates. Light wear, but overall clean and nice.

Inventory #: 33162
Price: $ 125.00       




Guillot, Ernest. Ornementation des Manuscrits au Moyen-Age XVme Siecle. Recueil de Documents. Lettres ornees, Bordures, Miniatures, &a Tires des principaux Manuscrits de la Bibliotheque Nationale, de diverses bibliotheques et des Monuments de l'Epoque. Paris Monrocq Fres: No date, but 1890s. A stunning collection: ornamental letters, borders, miniatures and other ornaments from 15th century Medieval manuscripts in the Bibliotheque Nationale. These are reproduced in beautiful chromolithographs by Ernest Guillot. Softcover. 10.5"x7", 16 chromolithographed plates. Light wear, but overall clean and nice.

Inventory #: 33164
Price: $ 125.00       




Harthan, John. An Introduction to Illuminated Manuscripts. Stemmer House: 1983. A very good, literate introduction to and survey of the subject, based on the collection at the Victoria & Albert Museum. Hardcover. 7.5"x10", 48 pages, many color and several black & white illustrations. Minor wear.

Inventory #: 35937
Price: $ 25.00       




Henniker, John. Two Letters on the Origin, Antiquity, and History of Norman Tiles, Stained with Armorial Bearings. London printed by John Bell...Bookseller to His Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales: 1794 [mistakenly noted as 1796 by Solon]. The earliest work in English located by Solon dealing specifically with tiles, and now very uncommon. The author's brother, a Captain in the English military, had been a resident of Caen and sent the first description of the armorial tiles to the author, who then tried to interest British antiquarians in them, with apparently limited success. The tiles are described here, quoting a Dr. Ducarel- "The floor is paved with tiles...each near five inches square, baked almost to vitrification. Eight rows of these tiles running from east to west are charged with different coats of arms, generally said to be those of the families who attended Duke William in his invasion of England. The intervals between each of these rows are filled up with a kind of tessellated pavement the middle whereof represents a maze or labyrinth, about ten feet in diameter, and so artfully contrived, that were we to suppose a man following all the intricate meanders of its volutes, he could not travel less than a mile before he got from one end to the other". Solon further notes- "The armorial-bearing tiles described in these letters belonged to a pavement, now partly destroyed, which adorned the state-rooms of St. Stephen Abbey or 'Abbaye aux hommes' at Caen, built in 1077 by William the Conqueror. Although local traditions and ancient chronicles agree in considering these tiles as containing the scutcheons of the noble families which accompanied William, Duke of Normandy, in his expedition, the date of their making cannot correspond with that of the building of the Abbey. One of these tiles bears the Royal Arms of France, adopted by St. Louis, and it is well known that the armorial bearings were not in use before the crusades the pavement cannot be, therefore, anterior to the thirteenth century". Ah, modern stuff... But still, a scarce and desirable tile book. Hardcover. 5.5"x8.5", 114 pages plus 3 engraved plates reproducing twenty tile designs bound in period marbled boards with a new leather spine and new endpapers boards worn and scuffed. Very minor internal toning and a few light pencil notes but overall internally a very nice copy with wide margins.

Inventory #: 34149
Price: $ 600.00       




[Henry the Lion] The Gospels of Henry the Lion. Count of Saxony, Duke of Bavaria. Helmarshausen Abbey, c.1173-1175. London Sotheby Parke Bernet & Co.: December 6th, 1983. The auction of one of the most beautiful illuminated manuscripts still in private hands (at the time of the auction). Add to this the mystery that its whereabouts had been unknown for the prior fifty years, and you had one heck of an auction... Hardcover. 8.5"x11.5", 77 pages, loaded with color plates light wear, a little soil.

Inventory #: 30706
Price: $ 35.00       




Hoving, Thomas P. In Search of a Rhenish Master. [contained in the] Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, June, 1962. A detailed examination of a wooden sculpture depicting the crucifixion which was acquired by the Cloisters. This was a Medieval-theme issue, with other articles including- "The Avignon Panels: A Preliminary View", John Dynham and His Tapestry", and "The Case of the Calcite Font". Softcover. 7.5"x10", article: 15 pages, black & white illustrations. Light soil.

Inventory #: 34731
Price: $ 20.00       




Kenyon, G.H. The Glass Industry of the Weald. Leicester University Press: 1967. The first comprehensive account of glassmaking in the forested Weald District of Sussex and Surrey. The focus is on the Medieval period, and into the 16th century, at which point the switch from wood to coal as fuel for the furnaces abruptly doomed the Weald glass industry. Hardcover. 7.5"x10", 231 pages, 22 b/w plates and numerous text illustrations, dj. From the Augustus Kelley purchase of the remainder of the stock and marked with their "reprint" sticker, but this is, in fact, the original printing.

Inventory #: 31416
Price: $ 50.00       




Luthgen, Eugen. Romanische Plastik in Deutschland. Bonn & Leipzig Kurt Schroeder: 1923. A very well-illustrated study of 11th century sculpture in Germany, including stone, wood and metals. Luthgen also wrote a book on Gothic sculpture. Hardcover. 10"x12", 180 pages of text plus a color frontispiece and 144 b/w plates covers worn, spine badly flaked personal card pocket on the rear paste-down. Not a great copy externally.

Inventory #: 5258
Price: $ 40.00       




[Medievalia] Medievalia. Parts One through Four (Catalogs 30, 31, 32, 33) [with] Medieval Literature (Catalogue 9) [and] A Selection of Books Illustrating the Spirit of the Renaissance (Catalogue 8). New York & Stockbridge: Herbert Reichner: 1960s. Six catalogs from this scholarly bookseller, the first four covering all aspects of the Middle Ages, with many detailed descriptions. Softcovers. 6 catalogs. 6"x9", some soil and wear.

Inventory #: 7532
Price: $ 85.00       




[Medievalia] Medievalia. Parts One through Four (Catalogs 30, 31, 32, 33) [with] Medieval Literature (Catalogue 9) [and] A Selection of Books Illustrating the Spirit of the Renaissance (Catalogue 8). New York & Stockbridge: Herbert Reichner: 1960s. Six catalogs from this scholarly bookseller, the first four covering all aspects of the Middle Ages, with many detailed descriptions. Softcovers. 6 catalogs. 6"x9", some soil and wear.

Inventory #: 36007
Price: $ 35.00       




[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       




Peters, Ellis. The Sanctuary Sparrow. A Novel of Medieval Suspense. New York William Morrow: 1983. The Seventh Brother Cadfael chronicle. On a cold night in 1140 Brother Cadfael is roused from sleep by the cries of a lynch mob pursuing a frightened boy, an itinerant acrobat accused of murder_ Hardcover. 5.5"x8.5", 181 pages, dj light wear bookplate owner's embossure on endpaper.

Inventory #: 6155
Price: $ 10.00       




Sperling, E.M. Catalogue of a Loan Exhibition of French Primitives and Objects of Art in aid of the French Hospital in New York. New York F. Kleinberger Galleries:1927. A truly outstanding loan exhibition of work of the 14th, 15th and 16th centuries. As Louis Reau points out in his interesting Preface, up to this point most art historians viewed French painting as having begun around 1532 when the Italian influence arrived. Viewing the superb works illustrated and described here one can only gasp (genteely, of course) at such snobbishness. 7"x10", 204 pages, illustrated throughout in b&w, softcover. Minor cover wear, and the covers have parted from the text block. A little binder's flexible glue will fix that.

Inventory #: 29697
Price: $ 40.00       




Thomas, Nancy & Constantina Oldknow (eds.). By Judgment of the Eye: The Varya and Hans Cohn Collection. Los Angeles Hans Cohn: 1991. A large, elegant catalog primarily devoted to Egyptian, Etruscan, Roman, late classical, Medieval and Renaissance art and artifacts. Hans Cohn spent more than half a century assembling his collections, and 17 scholars from around the world were involved in the examination and cataloging of the pieces included here. Softcover. 11.5"x11.5", 388 pages, color illustrations, dust jacket. Fine.

Inventory #: 34897
Price: $ 125.00       




[Veit / Leron Collections] Medieval and Renaissance Art and Antiquities, Old Venetian Glass, Persian Pottery, Indian Bronzes & Silver, Property of Russell C. Veit, Mrs. Henriette Franzen Leron, and others. New York Parke-Bernet Galleries: May 2nd, 1951. A bit of this and that not as good as the title makes it sound. Softcover. 6.5"x9.5", 43 pages, 245 lots, b/w illustrations several institutional stamps.

Inventory #: 7514
Price: $ 15.00       




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