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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...

 Monday, April 24, 2017

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Shaker Workshops. Shaker Furniture & Accessories. Concord nd (early 1970s). A trade catalog of reproduction furniture and accessories. Softcover. 6"x9", 31 pages, black & white illustrations, color chart. Light soil.

Inventory #: 32940
Price: $ 15.00       




Andrews, Edward Deming & Faith. Shaker Furniture. The Craftsmanship of an American Communal Sect. New York Dover Publications: 1970s. A reprinting of the 1950 edition of this classic, first published in 1937. Softcover. 8"x11", 133 pages, b/w illustrations. Light cover wear, corner creased, contents clean and nice.

Inventory #: 32429
Price: $ 20.00       




Andrews, Edward Deming. The Community Industries of the Shakers. Charlestown Emporium Publications: 1971. A reprint of the classic 1933 study, with a new introduction by Cynthia Elyce Rubin. Includes seeds, medicines, metals, tanning, brooms, household items, clothing, chairs, and more. Softcover. 5"x7.5", 322 pages, black & white illustrations. Light wear.

Inventory #: 34994
Price: $ 20.00       




Goodwillie, Christian (ed.). Shaker Songs. A celebration of peace, harmony, and simplicity. New York Black Dog & Leventhal: 2002. The simple beauty of Shaker craftsmanship and architecture was also reflected in their music, which long played a central role in Shaker worship. This elegant book includes a CD of 28 traditional songs, some performed by the Boston Camerata, and features more than 200 years of Shaker music in beautifully and simply illustrated pages of scores and lyrics, as well as explanatory text. Includes such favorites as "Simple Gifts," "Mother Ann's Song," "Four Little Angels," "Consoling Dove," "Joyful Praises," and "O Zion Arise." Hardcover. 7.5"x9", 128 pages, color and b/w illustrations, dj. Music-CD in front pocket. New.

Inventory #: 95062
Price: $ 15.00       




Gordon, Beverly. Shaker Textile Arts. Hanover University Press of New England, in cooperation with the Merrimack Valley Textile Museum: 1980. An important study, the only full-length work solely devoted to Shaker textiles. Fortunately this is a very good book, with a glossary, bibliography and a complete history of the development, production and characteristics of Shaker textile arts. Hardcover. 6"x8", 329 pages, 14 color plates and 139 black & white illustrations, dust jacket. Light wear.

Inventory #: 32776
Price: $ 45.00       




Koomler, Sharon Duane. Seen and Received: The Shakers' Private Art. Pittsfield Hancock Shaker village: 2000. "Along with their celebrated furniture and architecture, the Shakers created a more private art in the form of decorative paper works. Usually combining calligraphic renderings of biblical passages and homilies to fraternal love and friendship with elegantly drawn, sometimes vividly colored symbolic images and borders, these works were given as gifts and rarely displayed. Hancock Shaker Village in Massachusetts, preserved as a museum of Shaker culture, here presents and describes 25 of these rare pieces, including two "spirit sheets"-indecipherable visible expressions of messages in unknown tongues received in an ecstatic trance." Softcover. 11"x11", 70 pages, color illustrations. Light wear.

Inventory #: 34097
Price: $ 15.00       




Koomler, Sharon Duane. Seen and Received: The Shakers' Private Art. Pittsfield Hancock Shaker village: 2000. "Along with their celebrated furniture and architecture, the Shakers created a more private art in the form of decorative paper works. Usually combining calligraphic renderings of biblical passages and homilies to fraternal love and friendship with elegantly drawn, sometimes vividly colored symbolic images and borders, these works were given as gifts and rarely displayed. Hancock Shaker Village in Massachusetts, preserved as a museum of Shaker culture, here presents and describes 25 of these rare pieces, including two "spirit sheets"-indecipherable visible expressions of messages in unknown tongues received in an ecstatic trance." Hardcover. 11"x11", 70 pages, color illustrations. New.

Inventory #: 95156
Price: $ 20.00       




Miller, M. Stephen. From Shaker Lands and Shaker Hands. A Survey of the Industries. Hanover University Press of New England: 2007. This book "documents the surprising breadth and depths of the industries pursued by the Shaker communities, from the well-known Shaker chairs to seeds, herbal medicines, textiles, and foodstuffs. While much has been written about Shaker philosophy and its manifestations in the Shakers' material culture, scant attention has been paid to the vibrant economic life needed to support their communal way of life. As this collection shows, each community engaged in a broad range of commercial activities, astutely marketing not only the products of their farms and craft shops, but also establishing a level of quality widely associated with the word 'Shaker'. This lavishly illustrated full-color book documents the products, their sophisticated packaging, and the marketing strategies employed by the Shakers over a span of two hundred years". Softcover. 8.5"x11", 190 pages, color illustrations. New.

Inventory #: 90245
Price: $ 29.95       




Miller, M. Stephen. Inspired Innovations. A Celebration of Shaker Ingenuity. Hanover university Press of New England: 2010. "Since the late eighteenth century, Shakers have exerted an influence on our nation wholly disproportionate to the size of their communities. Their approach has helped shape everything from craftsmanship and ingenuity to concepts of communal living and work ethic. And while much of our modern-day fascination with the United Society of Shakers centers upon their unique attention to craftsmanship, the innovative spirit they brought to simple, Godly living is indeed the most timeless aspect of their legacy. From their earliest days, the Shakers have depended on innovations of every sort to secure their place in a world that was, initially, hostile to their so-called "peculiar" beliefs: community, celibacy, and primitive Christianity. These innovations included improvements, adaptations, refinements, and inventions. Inspired Innovations is the first book devoted to this widely acknowledged but long neglected aspect of Shakerism. A group of thirteen distinguished Shaker scholars, led by M. Stephen Miller, presents in this lavishly illustrated volume their research on the many "zones" of innovation that are considered here. Historians Scott T. Swank, Glendyne R. Wergland, and Stephen J. Paterwic "set the table" for a feast of words and images. The book features 350 full-color images, complete with descriptive captions and technical data." Softcover. 8.5"x11", 240 pages, 350 color illustrations. Fine.

Inventory #: 90358
Price: $ 34.95       




Schorsch, David A. The Photographs of William F. Winter, Jr. 1899-1939. New York David A. Schorsch: 1989. A retrospective exhibition and catalog of the work of William F. Winter, who was the photographer for Edward Deming Andrews' book, "Shaker Furniture". The catalog covers four distinct categories of Winter's work- Shakers, industrial, nature studies, and interiors. Softcover. 9"x12", 189 pages, black & white illustrations. Light wear, small black label on the spine.

Inventory #: 34096
Price: $ 75.00       




Serette, David. Shaker Smalls. Sebasco The Cardigan Press: 1983. A fantastical, fanatical pictorial survey of almost every conceivable object of Shaker everyday life, all photographed over a ten year period at the Sabbathday Lake community. While nobody argues that these objects were not owned by the Shakers, there is no evidence that they were all made by the Shakers. Still, an important documentation of Shaker life. Hardcover. 8.5"x10.5", 5 pages plus 934 b/w illustrations. Covers with some soil, light wear, slight "bow". Inscribed by the author.

Inventory #: 30200
Price: $ 150.00       




Serette, David. Shaker Smalls. Sebasco The Cardigan Press: 1983. A fantastical, fanatical pictorial survey of almost every conceivable object of Shaker everyday life, all photographed over a ten year period at the Sabbathday Lake community. While nobody argues that these objects were not owned by the Shakers, there is no evidence that they were all made by the Shakers. Still, an important documentation of Shaker life. Hardcover. 8.5"x10.5", 5 pages plus 934 b/w illustrations. Covers with some soil, light wear.

Inventory #: 33148
Price: $ 150.00       




Shaker Workshops. Shaker Furniture & Accessories. Concord nd (early 1970s). A trade catalog of reproduction furniture and accessories. 6"x9", 31 pages, b&w illustrations, color chart softcover.

Inventory #: 18897
Price: $ 20.00       




[Shaker] A Shaker Collection. Bolton Skinner: January 13, 1996. Sale 1690. The auction sale of a collection assembled during the 1940s-60s, mainly through contacts with surviving Shaker sisters at Canterbury. Softcover. 8"x11", 35 pages, 124 lots, b/w and color illustrations. Prices realised sheet stapled to first page. Institutional stamp on first page, else a fine copy.

Inventory #: 31627
Price: $ 25.00       




Sprigg, June & Jim Johnson. Shaker Woodenware. A Field Guide. Stockbridge Berkshire House: 1992. "The enthusiasm for beautifully crafted, genuine Shaker creations has outpaced the general knowledge of this particular area of collecting. This book is part of a comprehensive series of guides to Shaker furniture and woodenware, providing information that has been limited primarily to a few collectors, dealers, and curators. Illustrated with 65 black and white photos and 5 color plates, it covers wooden tools and utensils used in Shaker dwellings and workshops, including rulers, chisels, mallets, spools, hat forms, basket molds, loom pulleys, brushes and combs, apple peelers, and paddles and scoops." The second volume in the 'Field Guide' series of Shaker books. Softcover. 6"x9", 168 pages, b/w and several color illustrations. New. Published at $12.95.

Inventory #: 95093
Price: $ 15.00       




Sprigg, June. By Shaker Hands. New York Alfred A. Knopf: 1975. One of the more elegant and charming books on Shakers. June Sprigg worked at the Canterbury Community for two years, and has provided an intimate study of Shaker life, craftsmanship and philosophy the book is illustrated with hundreds of her own finely detailed drawings. Hardcover. 9.5"x12", 212 pages, line illustrations, chipped dj.

Inventory #: 8199
Price: $ 35.00       




Sprigg, June. Shaker Design. New York Whitney Museum of Art in association with the Corcoran Gallery of Art: 1986. The catalog of an important exhibition, beautifully photographed. Furniture, baskets, boxes, tools, textiles, metalware and graphics are included. This is a good counterpoint to the Andrews books- Andrews worked in black & white and emphasized the architectural elements and spatial considerations, whereas Sprigg works in color and emphasizes the wonderful warmth and luminosity of the woods and stains. Were the sensuous colors imbued in their creations a product of the Shakers' otherwise unexpressed sensuality which could find no other outlet? A beautiful pictorial survey. Hardcover. 9"x9", 228 pages, color illustrations, dj. Fine.

Inventory #: 95012
Price: $ 40.00       




Sutherland, Carla. Receiving the Faith. The Shakers of Canterbury, New Hampshire. Lexington Museum of Our National Heritage: 1992. An intriguing survey of Shaker life and ideals, as seen through the Canterbury village. An essay on daily life rather than an exhibition of "stuff". Still, very compelling, indeed more compelling than it would have been as an exhibition of stuff. The Shakers didn't like "stuff". Uncommon. Softcover. 12"x8.5", 24 pages, black & white illustrations. Light wear.

Inventory #: 35588
Price: $ 45.00       




Thomas, Samuel W. & James C. Thomas. The Simple Spirit. A Pictorial study of the Shaker Community at Pleasant Hill, Kentucky. Pleasant Hill Press: 1973. A fascinating combination of period and current photographs of the Shaker community at Pleasant Hill, Kentucky, along with many period quotes from diaries and letters of the Shakers there. Softcover. 9.5"x9.5", 128 pages, black & white illustrations, map loosely inserted. Light wear.

Inventory #: 34379
Price: $ 25.00       




Upton, James M. The Shakers as Pacifists in the Period Between 1812 and the Civil War. [Reprinted from] The Filson Club History Quarterly, July, 1973. An interesting essay on "public dissemination of Shaker pacifist doctrine", and efforts by the Shaker communities to maintain exemption for members from military service and to stop fines being imposed on the communities for their refusal to serve in the military. Softcover. 6.5"x9.5", 17 pages. A very nice copy.

Inventory #: 32101
Price: $ 25.00       



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