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Nixon, Rev. John. A Dissertation on the Antiquity of Glass in Windows. In a Letter to the Rev. Tho. Birch, D.D.Secret. R.S. Northampton Joslin Hall Publishing: 2007. Foggygates Album #1 A pane of opaque glass excavated at Herculaneum causes the author to ponder the antiquity of glass windows. A transcription of an 18th century letter which originally appeared in the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, in, 1758. Softcover. 5.5"x8.5", 10 pages. New.

Inventory #: 90244
Price: $ 12.95       

Oleson, John. Greek Numismatic Art. Coins of the Arthur Stone Dewing Collection. Cambridge Fogg Art Museum: 1975. Sixty-four outstanding and interesting ancient coins from this noted collection are illustrated and described here. The photos of the coins have been enlarged from actual size to show greater detail. Softcover. 8"x7", 58 pages, black & white illustrations. Light soil.

Inventory #: 34961
Price: $ 25.00       

Plenderleith, H.J. The Conservation of Antiquities and Works of Art. Treatment, Repair, and Restoration. London Oxford University Press: 1969. 4th prtg. A wide-ranging survey by the Keeper of the Research Laboratory in the British Museum. Although technical in some respects, it was written for the advanced collector as well as the laboratory conservator or museum curator. The first main section concerns Organic Materials- skin, papyrus, parchment, paper, prints, manuscripts, textiles, wood, bone & ivory, and easel paintings. The second section covers Metals- gold, silver, copper and alloys, lead, tin, pewter, iron and steel. The third section covers Siliceous Materials- stone, ceramics and glass. There are also numerous technical appendices. Hardcover. 7"x10", 375 pages, plus a color frontispiece and 55 b/w plates with 11 text figures. A little light wear, but a very nice copy.

Inventory #: 31437
Price: $ 85.00       

[Reveil, Etienne Achille] Musees, Eglises et Collections de Rome et Etats Romains. Chefs-d'Oeuvre de Peinture et de Sculpture. Rome Chez, Jacques Antonelli: nd (ca. 1830. A compilation of plates of sculpture and paintings, basically ancient and Old Master, drawn from a variety of sources, chiefly Audot's "Musee de Peinture et de Sculpture". The plates are done in the simple Empire line-engraved style. Hardcover. 5"x7.5", title page, [iv] plus 168 plates. Bound in half leather with raised bands and marbled boards, newer endpapers. Covers fine, some very light variable internal toning and very light occasional foxing, but overall very nice and clean.

Inventory #: 33679
Price: $ 150.00       

Richter, Gisela M.A. Etruscan Terracotta Warriors in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. With a Report on the Structure and Technique by Charles F. Binns. New York Metropolitan Museum of Art. Papers No.6. 1937. Edition limited to 500 copies. A gigantic (to say the least) scholarly "oopsie". In late 1915 Gisela Richter, renowned expert on Greek and Roman antiquities at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, received a letter from John Marshall, the Museum's veteran purchasing agent in Italy, describing a newly discovered life-size Etruscan warrior figure in terra-cotta which had been discovered in an Italian field. The "old warrior" (he had a white beard and was emaciated, somewhat like, as one observer commented later, a Giacommetti sculpture) was soon followed by a massive four-foot tall terra cotta warrior's head, and there was even talk of a greater treasure waiting to be found... It was, of course, all fakery, carried out on a grand, almost "mythic" scale, a scale meant to make experts put aside all their nagging doubts and see the "Etruscans" as what they were not (namely, ancient). The first two pieces had been created by Riccardo Riccardi and Alfredo Fioravanti, two young men of skill and a certain vision. Riccardo's father and brothers had also specialized in historic pottery, but Riccardo was the true genius of the family, and with his friend Alfredo he set out to produce "masterpieces" that would wow the world's museums. The white-bearded warrior and massive head were the first two, followed immediately after World War One by the capping stroke- a Colossal Warrior in terra cotta, standing over eight feet tall. Riccardo was killed in a fall from his horse before this project was completed and his place was taken by two less-skilled cousins. As with the earlier pieces, the statue had to be fired in pieces as it was much too large for the kiln. It proved, in fact, to even be too large for the room it was being modeled in, and by the time they had modeled up as far as the waist it was obvious that the elegant classical proportions of genuine Etruscan sculpture would have to be ignored -there simply was not enough room for the upper body without going through the ceiling. The odd result- classical legs and a stocky, disproportionate torso, troubled various scholars, but was explained away in a classic fit of wishful thinking. In 1921 the Met. purchased the warrior for an undisclosed price said to have approached 5 million dollars in today's money. Attempts to erase doubts that were already being whispered in art circles in Europe, as well as the hope that the "secret" field they had been found in might be divulged by their "discoverers", delayed the publication of this scholarly study of them until 1937. For Richter, bringing them to the Met. and publishing them represented one of the crowning achievements of her distinguished career, and it was undoubtedly this fact that blinded her to what was becoming all too obvious to other scholars who were not emotionally or professionally attached to the warriors. The talk about their true origins swirled quietly for the next decade or two, but after a visiting Italian scholar was offered a chance to see the statues in 1959, and commented that he did not need to see them since he knew the man who had made them, authorities at the museum decided something had to be done. In 1960 a series of tests concluded that the glazes on all three specimens contained chemicals which had not been in use before the 17th century, and in 1961 Fioravanti signed a confession of the whole affair, and supplied a missing thumb which fitted perfectly. At that point several other "bothersome" points that had been noted over the years began to make more sense- the Colossal Warrior could not even support its own weight, for instance, and when compared to real Etruscan statuary, simply looks crude and even modern. Today the statues are stored far away from prying eyes, but they still provide an entertaining and sobering lesson in fake busting. A much more detailed account of the warriors was written by David Sox in his excellent book "Unmasking the Forger, The Dossena Deception" (1987). Card covers. 9.5"x12.5", 218 pages plus 24 b/w illustrations light soil a nice copy.

Inventory #: 35657
Price: $ 175.00       

Roehrig, Catherine H. (ed.). Hatshepsut. From Queen to Pharaoh. Metropolitan Museum of Art/Yale University Press: 2005. "The female pharaoh Hatshepsut-whose mummy was positively identified in Cairo in June 2007-reigned for nearly 20 years in the 15th century BC, first as a regent for her stepson Thutmose III and then as senior co-ruler. By tradition she was often depicted as male, and was one of the most successful of the female pharaohs yet after her death monuments bearing her image were defaced and her name was erased from historical accounts. This catalog presents 200 objects in color from this unique and highly creative period, including architecture, royal sculpture and reliefs, ceremonial objects, personal items, and dazzling jewelry". Softcover. 9"x12", 340 pages, color and b/w illustrations. New. Published for $45.00.

Inventory #: 95080
Price: $ 25.00       

[Schimmel] Antiquities from the Norbert Schimmel Collection. New York Sotheby's: December 16, 1992. Norbert Schimmel collected ancient art from the 1940s to the 1990s, assembling one of the truly fine and select private collections of his era. The objects included Near Eastern, Egyptian, Etruscan, Greek and Roman antiquities. Hardcover. 8.5"x11", about 100 pages, 128 lots, many color and some black & white illustrations, dust jacket. Light wear.

Inventory #: 34641
Price: $ 45.00       

Sieveking, Johannes. Die Bronzen der Sammlung Loeb. Munchen: 1913. An elegantly produced catalog of ancient Roman, Hellenistic, Etruscan and Egyptian bronze mirrors, figures, busts, and other artifacts owned by noted collector and philanthropist James Loeb. Loeb [1867-1933] retired early from the family business and spent the rest of his life traveling, collecting, and doing good things with his money. He founded the Loeb Classical Library at Harvard, became a trustee at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, and helped found what would become the Julliard School in New York. The bronzes illustrated in this catalog, along with this ancient pottery, were eventually given to the Staatliche Antikensammlungen in Munich. Loeb explained his philanthropy by writing- "In an age when the Humanities are being neglected more perhaps than at any time since the Middle Ages, and when men's minds are turning more than ever before to the practical and the material, it does not suffice to make pleas, however eloquent and convincing, for the safeguarding and further enjoyment of our greatest heritage from the past. Means must be found to place these treasures within the reach of all who care for the finer things of life." Hardcover. 9"x12", 86 pages of text with 12 collotype illustrations in the text and 46 gravure plates printed on a fine, heavy cream stock original parchment covers, spine soiled, boards lightly soiled spine label perished. A lovely catalog.

Inventory #: 9530
Price: $ 375.00       

Spurr, Stephen, Nicholas Reeves & Stephen Quirke. Egyptian Art at Eton College. Eton College/Metropolitan Museum of Art: 1999. "This catalogue covers a selection of the finest and most historically important works in the Myers Museum at Eton College in Windsor, England, which possesses one of the world's finest collections of ancient Egyptian decorative arts. Among the 100 pieces photographed in color and described in detail here are a gold wire ring with an amethyst scarab a superbly carved and jointed wooden figure almost 4,000 years old a beautifully sculpted alabaster urn from the 18th dynasty and scores of pieces of blue- and green-glazed faience ceramics". Softcover. 8.5"x11", 64 pages, color illustrations. New.

Inventory #: 95167
Price: $ 15.00       

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       

Vermeule, Cornelius. European Art and the Classical Past. Cambridge Harvard University Press: 1964. Curator of Classical Art at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Cornelius Vermeule was well-qualified to write this perceptive study of the Classical influence on Western art from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance through the Neoclassic and Empire eras. Medieval, Mannerist, Baroque, Rococo and Neoclassic paintings, sculpture, drawings, friezes and other decorations are compared with their antique models and inspirations. Hardcover. 8"x9.5", xvi + 206 pages, plus 128 b/w illustrations, dj. A fine copy in a lightly worn dj.

Inventory #: 5187
Price: $ 50.00       

Vermeule, Cornelius. European Art and the Classical Past. Cambridge Harvard University Press: 1964. Curator of Classical Art at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Cornelius Vermeule was well-qualified to write this perceptive study of the Classical influence on Western art from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance through the Neoclassic and Empire eras. Medieval, Mannerist, Baroque, Rococo and Neoclassic paintings, sculpture, drawings, friezes and other decorations are compared with their antique models and inspirations. Hardcover. 8"x9.5", xvi + 206 pages, plus 128 b/w illustrations, dj. A fine copy in a lightly worn dj.

Inventory #: 5188
Price: $ 50.00       

von Bothmer, Dietrich. Greek Vases from the Hearst Collection. [contained in the] Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, March, 1957. A survey of the fine ancient Greek vases from this noted collection which had been purchased by the Museum. Softcover. 7.5"x10", article: 16 pages, black & white illustrations. Light soil.

Inventory #: 34739
Price: $ 20.00       

Wallis, Henry. The Godman Collection. Persian Ceramic Art in the Collection of Mr. F. DuCane Godman, F.R.S., with examples from other collections -The Thirteenth Century Lustred Wall-Tiles. London, printed by Taylor & Francis 1893. Limited to 200 copies. Solon wrote of a companion volume that it was "The grand catalogue of a grand collection, the first one formed to illustrate, with the choicest examples, the earliest forms of Persian ceramics". Of our volume he further notes that it surveys "the magnificent embossed and lustred tiles which cover the walls of the mosques and palaces of ancient Iran". The Godman collection was formed in the last decades of the 19th century and was, as Solon hints, a grand assemblage, done full justice by Henry Wallis in his magnificent catalogs with their brilliantly colored plates. Hardcover. 11.5"x15", xxix pages + 40 full-page chromolithographed plates, numbered I-XXVI and XXX-XLIII (the omission of XXVII-XXIX being a printer's typo, as is explained in the plate index). Here we come to an anomaly- the book also had a 38-page essay on Persian tiles by Wallis, which is present in some copies of the book we have had, but not in others, including this one. Certainly it was supposed to be present, but its exclusion from about half the copies we have seen in the past 20 years suggests that there may have been some sort of problem at the binder back in 1893. In any case, this copy does not have the essay, and is priced accordingly. Newly bound in brown cloth. A pristine copy.

Inventory #: 32047
Price: $ 650.00       

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