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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...

 Thursday, September 21, 2017

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Anninger, Anne. Spanish and Portuguese 16th Century Books in the Department of Printing and Graphic Arts. A Description of an Exhibition and a Bibliographical Catalogue of the Collection. Cambridge Houghton Library: 1985. I don't have many humorous stories about Portugal- it's a nice country which is not part of Spain, about which they are very touchy. They are better drivers than the Spanish, and not as good at poking bulls with sharp objects. Let's talk, then, about the Houghton Library. A nice library. There is a nice coffee shop around the corner, in Harvard Square where they make great sticky buns. The staff of the Houghton Library is fond of the sticky buns, but not fond of patrons bringing bags of the sticky buns into the library. In fact, they are downright touchy on the subject. Almost as touchy s the Portuguese are at being lumped in with the Spanish. I don't know what the Portuguese think of sticky buns. If they're not Spanish, they probably enjoy them. Softcover. 8.5"x11", 94 pages, b/w illustrations, light wear.

Inventory #: 8734
Price: $ 20.00       




Canton, F.J. Sanchez. Los Arfes, Escultores de Plata y Oro (1501-1603). Madrid Editorial Saturnino Calleja: 1920. The life and work of a famous Spanish silversmithing family of the 16th century- Enrique de Arfe, Antonio de Arfe, and Juan de Arfe. Softcover. 4"x6.5", 79 pages + 28 b/w plates publisher's decorated covers with a Renaissance frame of pillars and putti covers lightly spotted contents with light foxing throughout partially unopened.

Inventory #: 30897
Price: $ 85.00       




Carbonel, Daniele & Pedro Soler, & Peter Muller, photographer. Oro Plata: Embroidered Costumes of the Bullfight. Paris Assouline: 1997. "Enchanted with the "suit of lights," the heavily embroidered and beaded suit of the bullfight-gold for matadors, silver for the cuadrillas who also play their parts-photographer Peter MYller created this singular portrait of bullfighters and their "second skins." Because he worked with Don Ferm'n, the designer who clothes many of the greatest Spanish, French, and South American toreros, MYller was able to bring these men and their teams together in his studio. The resulting photographs-including gatefolded panoramas over 28 inches long of entire seven-man teams-reveal both the stunning workmanship of these unique costumes and also the pride and confidence of the bullfighters". Hardcover. 10"x15", 162 pages, color illustrations, dust jacket. Fine.

Inventory #: 95135
Price: $ 125.00       




Charleton, Arthur G. Tin: Describing the Chief Methods of Mining, Dressing & Smelting it Abroad. With Notes upon Arsenic, Bismuth and Wolfram. London E. & F.N. Spon: 1884. A scholarly study of European methods of mining, dressing and smelting tin, chiefly in Bohemia and Saxony. Charleton was a member of the American Institute of Mining Engineers. This copy bears the ownership signature of Manuel Antonio Gomes 'Himalaya' [1868-1933(?)]. "Father Himalaya" is considered to be the father of solar energy in Portugal, and a visionary pioneer in the field of renewable energy. After taking Holy Orders in the Society of Jesus he studied natural sciences, physics, chemistry, mathematics and astronomy, and traveled to France where he studied with the noted chemist Marcelin Berthelot. In 1899 he was granted a patent by the French government for a device to produce heat by focusing the sun's rays in 1900 he constructed a test device in the Pyrenees and attained a temperature of 1100 degrees centigrade. In 1902 an experiment in Lisbon attained 2000 degrees, and he made a final, startling demonstration of the power of such a device at the St. Louis Exposition in Missouri 1904. There he constructed his "Pireliofero", a 3-story high parabolic mirror mounted on a monstrous iron framework which focused sunlight on an oven mounted at the top of the structure. The oven reached a temperature of 3500 degrees, melting a test chunk of basalt, and Father Himalaya won a Grand Prize for his efforts. He promoted other forms of renewable energy as well, including tidal energy and hydroelectric power, wind power, and geothermal power. Alas, there was plenty of cheap coal and oil available, and his work was generally ignored and forgotten. Father Himalaya retired to become chaplain at Viana Castle, a charity home, where he died at the age of 65. His work has excited interest in Europe in recent years, and his ideas have only lately attained a measure of the respect which eluded them in his lifetime. Hardcover. 6"x9", 83 pages with 2 b/w plates and several text illustrations, plus 17 folding plates of plans and elevations. Light wear, a little rubbing to the tips, etc., text a bit browned, endpaper slightly spotted, but a very nice copy ownership inscription "Rev. M.A.G. Himalaya, Braga, Portugal, 1907" on the title page.

Inventory #: 5444
Price: $ 200.00       




Garcia, David Alberto Bartolome Azmita. La Historia de la Imprenta - Biografias Celebres. Antigua, Guatemala Imprenta Cristiana Frenner: 1994. A short history of printing in Guatemala, including biographies of Fray Payo Enriquez de Rivera, and Johann Baptist Frenner. Uncommon. Softcover. 4"x6.25", 56 pages, b/w illustrations fine.

Inventory #: 9956
Price: $ 40.00       




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       




Hoffman, Paul E. Spain and the Roanoke Voyages. Raleigh North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources: 1987. SPAIN and the Roanoke Colony?? What on earth is the author talking about? Well, the competition between England and Spain in the New World at the time was fierce... to know more, you must buy the book. Softcover. 6"x9", 74 pages, b/w illustrations light soil, but a very nice copy.

Inventory #: 9996
Price: $ 10.00       




[Luckett Collection] American Furniture and Decorative Arts from Spain's Northern California Frontier, 1700-1900. The Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Al Luckett, Jr. New York Sotheby's: January 15, 1998. Sale 7086. A fabulous auction catalog, with additional short essays on the Spanish Borderlands in North America by Wendell Garrett, and Making Furniture on the Spanish Frontier by Betsy Fleming. In addition, at the rear is bound in the 18-page Museum of International Folk Art exhibition catalog "Carpinteros and Cabinetmakers, Furniture Making in New Mexico 1600-1900". Softcover. 8.25"x10.5", 200+ pages, 250 lots, color and b/w illustrations. Ex-institutional with small stamp on title page, prices realised sheets glued inside the front cover, else a nice copy.

Inventory #: 33110
Price: $ 75.00       




[Luckett Collection] American Furniture and Decorative Arts from Spain's Northern California Frontier, 1700-1900. The Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Al Luckett, Jr. New York Sotheby's: January 15, 1998. Sale 7086. A fabulous auction catalog, with additional short essays on the Spanish Borderlands in North America by Wendell Garrett, and Making Furniture on the Spanish Frontier by Betsy Fleming. In addition, at the rear is bound in the 18-page Museum of International Folk Art exhibition catalog "Carpinteros and Cabinetmakers, Furniture Making in New Mexico 1600-1900". Softcover. 8.25"x10.5", 200+ pages, 250 lots, color and b/w illustrations. Light wear.

Inventory #: 34196
Price: $ 75.00       




Ortiz, Antonio D., et al. Resplendence of the Spanish Monarchy. Renaissance Tapestries and Armor from the Patrimonio Nacional. New York Harry N. Abrams for the Metropolitan Museum of Art: 1991. The sumptuously illustrated catalog of a fantastical exhibition. Charles V and his son Phillip I ruled a Spain in the 16th century that stood astride half the world, and the wealth and grandeur of their courts was reflected in the splendid armor and tapestries the collected. These matchless artifacts are now in the collection of the Patromonio Nacional in Madrid, which selected some of the most glorious for this exhibition. Hardcover. 9.5"x12", 172 pages, jam-packed with color illustrations, dust jacket. Near fine.

Inventory #: 34882
Price: $ 25.00       




Perera, Jesus Hernandez Orfebreria de Canarias. Madrid Instituto Diego Velasquez: 1955. An extensive study of silver (much of it ecclesiastical) in the Canary Islands, both imported and crafted by Canary island silversmiths. Silversmiths' biographies and some marks are included, as is an extensive bibliography. Uncommon. Hardcover. 7"x9.5", 529+ pages, 219 black & white illustrations, marks. Publisher's blue cloth. Light soil, hinges slightly shaken.

Inventory #: 33226
Price: $ 600.00       




Permanyer, Lluis. Un Passeig per la Barcelona Modernista. Barcelona Edicions Poligrafa: 1998. The original, Spanish edition of this beautifully-illustrated survey of Art Nouveau architecture and interiors in Barcelona. Forty-six buildings are illustrated and described. Ole! Hardcover. 10"x12", 159 pages, color illustrations, dust jacket. Fine.

Inventory #: 35083
Price: $ 60.00       




[Sherwell Collection] Spanish & Spanish Colonial Art, French Furniture, Paintings, Bibelots, Silver, Gothic & Renaissance Sculptures from the estate of the Late G. Butler Sherwell. New York Parke-Bernet Galleries: October 11-12th, 1963. Sale 2212. Included 117 lots of Spanish and Colonial wood carvings, silver, and votive paintings, as well as 8 lots of Gothic wood sculptures. Softcover. 7.5"x10.5", 113 pages, 447 lots, b/w illustrations moderate wear and some soil.

Inventory #: 35838
Price: $ 35.00       




Weismann Collection. The Elizabeth Wilder Weismann Collection on Latin American Art & Architecture. Austin Dorothy Sloan Books: 1987. 1st Edition. An interesting book catalog featuring a collection of books about Latin American art and architecture. Softcover. 7"x10", 28 pages, 311 items. Light wear, a little soil, a few creases.

Inventory #: 00416
Price: $ 20.00       



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