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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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Christie, Ralph Aldrich. Silver Cups of Colonial Middletown. Middletown Middlesex County Historical Society: 1937. A rather scarce study of the Middletown Communion silver. Christie's charming and informative text wanders all around his subject, taking on, in turn, the life of the typical silversmith in a colonial Connecticut town, the churches, pastors and donors of the silver, and the silversmiths themselves, who included Joseph Kneeland and Jacob Hurd of Boston, Major Jonathan Otis of Middletown, and John Dixwell, Jr. of Middletown and Boston. Dixwell's father had, as Colonel John Dixwell, been among the judges who had signed Charles I death warrant and had fled England at the Restoration, ending up in Middletown. Such interesting anecdotes fill this book, which gives the reader insight into the role Communion silver played in Colonial America and how one town acquired it. Softcover. 6"x9.5", 26 pages plus 2 b/w plates light wear, but a very nice copy.

Inventory #: 8789
Price: $ 125.00       




Covi, Dario. A XIV Century Italian Altarpiece. [contained in the] Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, January, 1958. The museum uncovers the origins of a beautiful altarpiece it had obtained, which originated in Florence's vanished church of Saint Leo. This issue also includes: "The Grandeur of Lace", and "The Edwin C. Vogel Collection of Chinese Porcelain". Softcover. 7.5"x10", article- 9 pages, black & white illustrations. Light soil.

Inventory #: 34729
Price: $ 15.00       




Cruger, George A. (ed.). Church Silver of Colonial Virginia. Richmond The Virginia Museum: 1970. A lovely and elegant catalog of this important loan exhibition. The crisp b/w photographs illustrate the pieces beautifully, and also include details, decorations and inscriptions in some cases the fine text includes introductions by Parke Rouse, Jr. and Kathryn Buhler. A sweet song of a catalog. Softcover. 10"x8.5", 112 pages, b/w illustrations light cover soil.

Inventory #: 95005
Price: $ 25.00       




Curtis, George M., et al. American Church Silver of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries. Boston Museum of Fine Arts: 1911. The most quietly elegant of all the early exhibition catalogs, beautifully set-up, with beautifully crisp photographs protected by tissue guards. Contributors included Curtis, Francis Hill Bigelow and John H. Buck. The exhibition included secular plate as well. Hardcover. 7"x10", 163 pages, plus 38 b/w plates with tissue guards. A beautiful, fine copy, about the nicest copy we have ever seen.

Inventory #: 9515
Price: $ 150.00       




Depont, Octave Depont & Xavier Coppolani. Les Confreries Religieuses Musulmanes. Algeria Adolphe Jordan: 1897. "Publie sous le patronage de M. Jules Cambon, Gouverneur General de l'Algerie". The original edition of this comprehensive and extremely important study of Muslim Brotherhoods in the Saharan area to the end of the 19th century. The text includes material on Arabs before Mohammed, the origins of Sufism, the organization of Muslim brotherhoods, their financial and political systems, and information on individual brotherhoods by locality. The illustrations include 4 magnificent chromolithographed plates. A folding map was issued to accompany the study, which is not present. Hardcover. 8"x11.5", xxvii + 576 pages, black & white illustrations and four chromolithographed plates (1 folding). Lacks the map. Original softcovers bound into new cloth. Moderate scattered internal soil, some wear, ripped edges, etc.

Inventory #: 34156
Price: $ 400.00       




[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       




Dupont, Jacques & Andre Chamson. La Vierge dans l'Art Francais. Paris Art et Style, No.16: 1950. An interesting pictorial survey of The Virgin in French Art, including much Medieval and Renaissance sculpture, paintings, ivory carvings, etc. 9.5"x12.5", 4 pages of text plus 40 b&w plates and 3 loosely inserted color plates stiff softcovers, covers spotted.

Inventory #: 21145
Price: $ 40.00       




Evans, John Thomas. The Church Plate of Oxfordshire. Oxford The Alden Press: 1928. The Diocese of Oxford is the largest rural diocese in England, with 650 parishes the County of Oxford holds 286 churches, all of which are included here in a study which took 8 years to complete. Evans was the author of a number of studies of English church plate. Hardcover. 7.5"x10", xxxiii + 223 pages, plus 31 b/w plates publisher's blue cloth with gilt titles and emblems covers a bit dusty and a little rubbed endpapers a bit browned, else a nice copy.

Inventory #: 30999
Price: $ 150.00       




Gascon de Gotor, Anselmo. El Corpus Christi y las Custodias Procesionales de Espana. Barcelona Tipografia la Academica de Serra Hnos y Russell: 1916. A complete history and survey of the elaborate silver custodias and the processions they are carried in includes a history of the procession and custodias form, notes on important silversmiths, famous processions, and much more. Softcover. 6"x9.5", 160 pages, + 23 b/w plates. Covers worn and spattered, apparently with ink or paint text browned and scattered light internal spotting a fragile catalog.

Inventory #: 30898
Price: $ 150.00       




Grover, Razia. Mosques. New Dehli Lustre Press/Roli Books: 2006. "Some of the most beautiful architecture of the last thousand years comes from the Muslim tradition of mosque building, and the history of the world's great mosques is bound up with the spread of Islam throughout the world. This book, illustrated throughout with drawings and color photographs up to 18 x 11 inches, begins with the birth of Muhammad and the founding of the first Muslim congregational place of prayer. It follows a broadly chronological sequence of the development of the mosque in kingdoms and countries, from the Great Mosque in C_rdoba to the Jami Mosque in Delhi, up to the modern age". Hardcover. 9.5"x11.5", 144 pages, color illustrations, dust jacket. New.

Inventory #: 90400
Price: $ 20.00       




Harrington, Jessie. Silversmiths of Delaware 1700-1850 & Old Church Silver in Delaware. National Society of Colonial Dames in the State of Delaware: 1939. Edition limited to 300 numbered copies. The first monograph on Delaware silversmiths, 33 of whom are identified and discussed, along with many of their marks. There is also a survey of Colonial silver belonging to Delaware churches. The silver illustrated includes both ecclesiastical and secular examples, many drawn from private collections. This volume belonged to Charles G. Dorman, collector and scholar of Delaware decorative arts. It contains extensive pencil annotations in his hand concerning pieces of silver he owned by the silversmiths in the book. A unique and desirable copy. Hardcover. 6"x9.5", 132 pages, 32 b/w illustrations, dinged at the spine base, else a fine clean, copy.

Inventory #: 9502
Price: $ 500.00       




Kelke, W. Hastings. The Churchyard Manual. Intended Chiefly for Rural Districts. London C. Cox: 1851. An interesting reformer's text, meant to improve the character and decoration of rural churchyards. Town church yards were, the author had concluded, too crowded to admit of reform, but country grounds had no such problem. They had other problems though- "too often they present a neglected and an unbecoming appearance and still more frequently they contain, and continue to receive, memorials of an objectionable character". Kelke includes designs for gravestones and tombs, and a complete list of inscriptions and epitaphs that may not be found objectionable. His text covers cemeteries, and churchyard memorials and their decorations, about which he has strong opinions- "The ornaments of some modern memorials give them a fantastic and ridiculous appearance. A cherub's head, with puffed cheeks and outspread wings, formed by one continuous line of clever flourishing, adorns the upper part of the memorial, while the inscription, written in letters of various shape and character, is also embellished with a profusion of unmeaning flourishes. Such specimens of ornamental penmanship may be necessary in the writing-master's copy book, but are utterly unbecoming the gravity of sepulchral memorials. On the same principle gaudy colouring ought to be excluded. Yet the undiscriminating mania for mediaeval taste commends the one and condemns the other. A tomb, the receptacle of man's perishing remains, should not be tricked out with gorgeously emblazoned ornaments or illuminated letters, which give it a gaudy and flaunting appearance, perfectly inconsistent with its real nature and purpose. However brightened by the resurrection of our Lord, and robbed of its terrors to the true Christian, the grave is still a solemn object". Hardcover. 4.5"x6.75", xii + 154 pages, frontispiece vignette of a country church 16 text illustrations of designs for headstones and tombs publisher's original ribbed black cloth with a blindstamped Gothic design gilt title. Slight split in the outer hinge at the top, and slight chipping to the spine head and base, and a little light internal soil, else a fine, bright copy. Tipped-in errata slip. Old Gothic-design bookplate. Presentation inscription to the Yorkshire Architectural Society from Rev. A. (illegible) Ba(??)y".

Inventory #: 9610
Price: $ 400.00       




Merritt, Jennifer M. Communion Plate of the Most Approved and Varied Patterns, In True Ecclesiastical Style: Francis W. Cooper, Silversmith for the New York Ecclesiological Society, 1851 to 1855. University of Delaware: 1997/Ann Arbor UMI Reprints. A dissertation on the silversmith who created Gothic Revival silver for the Society, whose mission was to provide member churches with good, properly symbolical silver at an affordable price. A study of the Gothic Revival style as it was used by churches to represent their mission, and of the relationship between patron and craftsman in Victorian New York. Comb-bound. 8.5"x11", 107 pages, muddy b/w illustrations bibliography. A reprint from microfilm, with consequent degradation of b/w photos. New.

Inventory #: 90172
Price: $ 65.00       




Morisset, Gerard. Evolution d'une Piece d'Argenterie. Quebec Collection Champlain: 1943. A short illustrated essay on the evolution of the silver censer in the Quebec region, from the 17th century to the 20th, with the bulk of the examples being of 18th and early 19th century manufacture. Softcover. 5"x7.5", 31 pages plus 24 b/w plates light soil.

Inventory #: 30275
Price: $ 45.00       




Oman, Charles. English Church Plate 597-1830. London Oxford University Press: 1957. Although there have been many good regional studies of English church plate, this is the first full-length study of the church plate of England and Wales as a whole. Noted silver scholar Charles Oman addresses both the historical and artistic development of English ecclesiastical plate in this well illustrated, massive monograph. Hardcover. 7.5"x11", 326 pages of text plus 200 b/w plates, dj small circular sticker residue spot on endpaper, else a near fine copy in a jacket with several tears and rips.

Inventory #: 31068
Price: $ 250.00       




Solberg, Winton U. Redeem the Time. The Puritan Sabbath in Early America. Cambridge Harvard University Press: 1977. A pioneering study of the powerful influence of the Sabbath in early colonial America. Hardcover. 6"x9", 406 pages, dj. Light wear.

Inventory #: 32439
Price: $ 25.00       




St. James Church. An Act for pulling down the Church of Saint James at Clerkenwell, in the County of Middlesex, and for building a New Church, and making a new Church-yard, or Cemetery, in the said Parish, with convenient Avenues and Passages thereto. London Charles Eyre and Andrew Strahan: May 18th, 1788. An interesting record of the work it took to take down an old church and graveyard and put up a new one. St. James at Clerkenwell was a combination of 17th and 18th century styles built over an older abbey it was taken down and replaced by a nice Georgian structure which still stands. Much of this document has to do with the financing of the project, the trustees, and arrangements to purchase adjoining lands. There is, however, mention of the existing graveyard and memorials and tombs within the church, and how they are to be treated and preserved. It is also decreed that the only burials in the new church shall be in vaults. Removed from a larger volume, with a new paper spine 8"x12", pp.259-302 light soil.

Inventory #: 6010
Price: $ 150.00       




Walsh, John. The Shroud. New York Random House:1963. A concise history of the controversial Shroud of Turin and its tale. 6"x8.5", 202 pages, b&w illustrations, covers lightly worn, spine a but rubbed.

Inventory #: 28888
Price: $ 20.00       




Wildridge, T. Tindall. The Grotesque in Church Art... London William Andrews & Co.: 1899. Edition limited to 400 numbered copies, of which this is copy #1. An engaging study of "grotesques" in Gothic ornament, specifically church ornament, and the origins of their symbolism. Illustrated with many wonderful examples drawn from unsuspecting and otherwise perfectly respectable English churches. Hardcover. 8.5"x11", vii, [ii], plus 228 pages, line illustrations and 1 b/w plate. Publisher's dark green cloth with gilt titles covers with minor scuffing and a little wear endpapers browned, else a nice copy.

Inventory #: 30540
Price: $ 250.00       



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