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Bell Collectors of the ABA (American Bell Association). Dallas American Bell Association: 1980. The fourth time the Association published a book of its leading members. An interesting snapshot of the fraternity of American antique bell collectors in 1980. Each of the hundreds of collectors included is shown, many with items from their collection, and their collecting history described. Hardcover. 8.5"x11", 175 pages, black & white illustrations. Fine.

Inventory #: 34726
Price: $ 60.00       




Ceremony of Flag Presentation to Columbia University of the City of New York, May Second, 1896 and May Seventh, 1898, by Lafayette Post, No. 140. Department of New York, Grand Army of the Republic. Privately printed by Lafayette Post: 1899. An elegant and interesting record of early flag presentation ceremonies. According to the text, prior to 1888 "the flying of the United States flag over educational institutions, or the display of them within the buildings, was almost unknown". This was apparently the first presentation of a flag to a college by the Lafayette Post, and they made quite a "do" of it, with speeches, a parade, and so on. In 1898 they presented a beautiful pedestal and staff as well. This book, printed on heavy, deckle edge paper, features color plates of several GAR medals and badges, and two of the Post's ceremonial flags. The text includes all the correspondence and resolutions connected with the presentations as well as descriptions of the parades and ceremonies, and the texts of the speeches. Hardcover. 7"x10", 121 pages, 8 b/w and 5 color plates light wear, a little cover soil.

Inventory #: 9437
Price: $ 175.00       




The Kiss. New York Universe Books:1976. A pictorial survey of kissing as portrayed in art of the East and West, through many centuries. 8.5"x8", 95 pages, profusely illustrated in color and b&w, softcover cover soil.

Inventory #: 19651
Price: $ 25.00       




The Second Empire. Art in France Under Napoleon III. Philadelphia Museum of Art: 1978. The English edition of a wide-ranging and widely-traveled exhibition of paintings, sculpture, architecture, ceramics, glass, silver & metalwork and more. The lenders included dozens of European and American institutions and collectors. Softcover. 8.5"x9.5", 464 pages, hundreds of b/w illustrations light wear.

Inventory #: 8234
Price: $ 40.00       




The V&A Album #5. The Associates of the V&A: 1986. The yearbook of the Victoria & Albert Museum, with articles on a number of art and antiques subjects, including Gothic interiors in the 19th century - antique biscuit tins - floral carpets of the Mughals - ladies' court dress - north Java batiks - Susie Cooper - modernism & English silver - secular medieval metalwork - Mughal court jewelry - Sevres porcelain - dolls - and more! Softcover. 8.5"x12", 388 pages, color and black & white illustrations. Some wear, water rippling to the last half.

Inventory #: 35233
Price: $ 25.00       




Appelbaum, Barbara. Guide to Environmental Protection of Collections. Madison Sound View Press: 1991. A technical guide covering Temperature & Humidity - Light - Air Quality - Mold & Pests - Preventing Physical Damage - Inorganic Materials - Organic Materials - Mixed Materials. Hardcover. 6"x9.5", 270 pages, black & white illustrations. Fine.

Inventory #: 35260
Price: $ 75.00       




Benjamin, Arthur & Michael Brant Shermer. Mathemagics. How to Look Like a Genius Without Really Trying. Los Angeles Lowell House: 1993. Two math nerds write a handbook for wannabe math nerds showing the "tricks of the trade" for use at parties, summer school, bars... Softcover. 6"x9", 218 pages, dj near fine.

Inventory #: 34894
Price: $ 15.00       




[Berlin Catalog] Katalog der Ornamentstich-Sammlung der Staatlichen Kunstbibliothek Berlin. Martino Publishing: 2001. A facsimile re-issue of both volumes (in one volume) of the famous "Berlin Catalog", "arguably the most important bibliography of books on the decorative arts... indispensable for reference with prints, decorative arts and early architecture books." Originally published in 1939, The Berlin Catalogue is a classified bibliography of 5,343 16th, 17th and 18th century illustrated books dealing with ornament, architecture, handicrafts, interior decoration, plastic arts, painting, calligraphy and printing arts. Hardcover. 6"x9", 782 pages. New.

Inventory #: 90222
Price: $ 85.00       




Boorsch, Suzanne. Fireworks! Four Centuries of Pyrotechnics in Prints & Drawings. New York Metropolitan Museum of Art: 2000. Reprinted as a separate publication of the Met. Bulletin for Summer, 2000. A survey of 17th, 18th and 19th century illustrations of fireworks and pyrotechnic devices. Softcover. 8.5"x11", color and black & white illustrations. Fine.

Inventory #: 95146
Price: $ 20.00       




Castenholz, Bill J. An Introduction to Revenue Stamps. Castenholz & Sons: 1994. A guide to American revenue stamps, beginning with the "First Issue" of the Civil War, and also including special chapters on beer stamps, cordial and wine stamps, and playing card stamps. Softcover. 5.5"x8.5", 90 pages, black & white illustrations. Fine.

Inventory #: 35858
Price: $ 15.00       




Cummins, Genevieve. Antique Boxes -Inside and Out. For Eating, Drinking and Being Merry, Work, Play and the Boudoir. Woodbridge Antique Collectors' Club: 2006. All right boxing fans, have we got a book for you! You really have to see this book to believe it. It's big, it's beautiful, and it's packed with fantastic antique boxes- boxes for eating, drinking, "being merry" (oh my), work boxes, alms boxes, boxes for play, hobbies, sewing, gaming, knives, tea, salt, betel boxes, cricket boxes, hat boxes, writing boxes, perfume boxes -if somebody put it in a box, the box is here. And Cummins is not only concerned with outward appearances- one of the most valuable aspects of this book is that most of the boxes are also shown opened- with their original, or nearly original, contents. "Boxes are beguiling," the jacket says, "because they can have the double delight of an enticing exterior and the anticipation and satisfaction of a fully fitted interior." There's a lot of satisfaction to be had from this book. Hardcover. 9.5"x12", 439 pages, packed with color and b/w illustrations, dj bibliography. New.

Inventory #: 90166
Price: $ 69.50       




Davis, Philip J. & David Park. No Way. The Nature of the Impossible. New York W.H. Freeman and Co.: 1987. "What do we mean when we say something is impossible? In this unique, mind-opening book, twenty writers, from the poet to the mountain climber, probe the idea of the impossible." Softcover. 6.5"x9", 325 pages, light wear.

Inventory #: 6691
Price: $ 10.00       




Dent, Herbert C. Pique: A Beautiful Minor Art. London The Connoisseur:1923. Pique was a French invention of the early 18th century thin strips of gold or silver were carefully inlaid onto boxes of tortoiseshell or other similar substances, often combined with mother-of-pearl. The craftsmanship exhibited in these small pieces is of the best quality, and they have been avidly collected since they were first introduced. Picque work continued in France and England into the early 19th century, when the increasing cost of hand-labor doomed this complicated and time-intensive art. A scarce monograph. 8.5"x11", 25 pages of text plus 36 b&w plates light rubbing to the spine.

Inventory #: 20889
Price: $ 350.00       




Fennelly, Catherine (ed.). New England Character and characters as seen by Contemporaries. Old Sturbridge Village: 1965. 2nd ed. New Englanders' opinions of other New Englanders at the Meeting House, in the tavern, at home and at play. Softcover. 5.5"x8.5", 45 pages, b/w illustrations, light soil.

Inventory #: 6217
Price: $ 20.00       




Foulkes, Nick. Cigar Style. New York Assouline: 2008. "The tightly rolled bundle of tobacco, a cigarro, a siyar, is a symbol of popular taste, wealth and leisure, a male rite of passage and a celebratory gesture. Where did the expression "close but no cigar" come from? What theory did Sigmund Freud have about the cigar? What country produces the most cigars? What is a dog rocket? A torpedo cigar? What is unique about a hand-finished cigar? Cigars takes you through the social history of cigars to famous cigar moments in entertainment history. Rob Allanson, the editor for Cigar Buyer and Whiskey Magazine, tells the story of the cigar accompanied by a photographic tour of 'cigar style' ". Hardcover. 6.5"x8.5", 79 pages, color and black & white illustrations, dust jacket. New.

Inventory #: 95174
Price: $ 15.00       




Franklin, Linda Campbell. Antiques and Collectibles: A Bibliography of Works in English, 16th Century to 1976. Metuchin NJ: Scarecrow Press: 1978. The standard, comprehensive bibliography to decorative arts, with more than 10,000 titles. Hardcover. 6"x9", 1091 pages. Light wear.

Inventory #: 35877
Price: $ 25.00       




Glancey, Jonathan. Pillar Boxes. London Chatto & Windus: 1989. Some of the most pedestrian-seeming objects become fascinating when you look at them closely. Take the British Postal "pillar box", a curbside drop box for letters. This well-illustrated, information-packed book tells their story from their introduction in the 1850s to the 1970s. Softcover. 6.5"x8", 81 pages, black & white and color illustrations. Some wear.

Inventory #: 33867
Price: $ 25.00       




Gould, Mary Earle. Early American Wooden Ware & other Kitchen Utensils. Springfield Pond-Ekberg Company: 1942. Revised edition. Although first published in 1942, this remains a classic reference to American wooden wares. Gould wrote on a variety of antiquarian topics including tole ware, and assembled a collection of over 1,200 pieces of wooden ware. Hardcover. 6.5"x9.5", 243 pages, b/w illustrations. Ex-library, with several stamps and a pocket in the back. Light wear.

Inventory #: 35807
Price: $ 25.00       




Grigaut, Paul L. European Decorative Arts in the Eighteenth Century. Detroit Institute of Arts: 1961. A survey of mainly French and German furniture, silver and porcelains from the Institute's collection. Planned as the first of a series of booklets, though we can find no indication there were more catalogs published. Softcover. 7"x10", 52 pages, black & white illustrations. Some wear.

Inventory #: 34666
Price: $ 20.00       




Heimel, Cynthia. If You Can't Live Without Me, Why Aren't You Dead Yet? New York Morgan Entrekin: 1991. The author, a combination of "a hip Ann Landers, a nice Fran Lebowitz, and an eloquent cartoon Cathy", sets forth to examine and discuss men, women, and men and women... Hardcover. 5.5"x8.5", 221 pages, dj light wear.

Inventory #: 6537
Price: $ 10.00       




Hoffmann, Detlef. Die Cotta'schen Spielkarten-Almanache 1805-1811. Bielefeld Deutsches Spielkarten Museum: 1968. An exhibition of playing cards as almanacs from the fine folk at the German Playing Card Museum. Text is entirely in German, but with nice (though a bit small) pictures. Softcover. 7.5"x9", 114 pages, b/w and b/w with red illustrations light soil, a little wear.

Inventory #: 4718
Price: $ 40.00       




Jackson, Sophie. The Medieval Christmas. Stroud Sutton Publishing: 2005. "Roaring fires, Yule logs- so many of our best-loved Christmas traditions have their origins in the medieval period that it would be impossible to imagine the season without holly and ivy, carol singers, and a general sense of celebration in the face of the harshest season. Sophie Jackson investigates the roots of the Christmas celebration in this beautifully illustrated book. She offers guidance for recreating elements of the medieval Christmas at home, tips on decorations, instructions for playing medieval games and recipes for seasonal dishes. Fascinating facts about some of our most cherished customs are unearthed as well as some less-well known. Lively and entertaining, this book recreates the medieval Christmas, showing how the traditions of the Middle Ages still delight us today". Hardcover. 9"x6.5", 122 pages, color illustrations, dust jacket. New.

Inventory #: 95102
Price: $ 20.00       




Jones, Yvonne. Georgian & Victorian Japanned Ware of the West Midlands. Catalogue of the permanent collection and a temporary exhibition. Wolverhampton Art Gallery & Museums: 1982. Wolverhampton was one of the leading centers of the Midlands japanning industry, and although most japanned wares were unmarked, many of the pieces in this collection are identifiable by manufacturer because the manufacturers had given them to the gallery. The exhibition was augmented by loaned examples. In addition to the catalog there is a good text describing the rise and fall of the Midlands japanning industry. Softcover. 6"x8", 126 pages, 51 b/w illustrations light wear.

Inventory #: 31433
Price: $ 75.00       




Klingender, Francis D. Art and the Industrial Revolution. London Noel Carrington: 1947. The Industrial Revolution dramatically affected the daily lives of the workmen in the many arts and crafts-related trades of England. This interesting study explores the issues that mechanization brought to the art trades- to potters such as Wedgwood, metal-men like Boulton, and countless others, their workers, and society as a whole. Hardcover. 7.5"x10", 232 pages, 15 color and 106 b/w illustrations, dj jacket a bit tattered. Boston Museum of Fine Arts and St. Louis Museum of Arts Director Perry Rathbone's copy, with the original sales receipt for the book, made out to him. In addition to directing two important museums, Rathbone was a noted art historian and champion of 20th century art.

Inventory #: 33139
Price: $ 45.00       




Kotzsche, Dietrich, et al. Kleinodien aus dem Kunstgewerbemuseum Berlin... Stuttgart Ernst Klett: 1976. A well illustrated guide to the "jewels" of the collection, with illustrations and descriptions of a dozen objects, including tapestry, ivory, Medieval arts, ceramics, enamels, etc. Softcover. 9"x10", a page of text plus 12 color plates with facing text.Light soil and wear, corner bump.

Inventory #: 2250
Price: $ 20.00       




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