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Coe, Ralph T. Sacred Circles. Two Thousand Years of Native American Indian Art. Kansas City Nelson Gallery of Art: 1976. The wide-ranging catalog to a traveling exhibition organized by the Arts Council of Great Britain. The preface notes- "The principle of selection was to represent the traditional arts of the Native Americans north of the Rio Grande (except for Casas Grandes), and while concentrating on artistic values, to show modest objects that shed light on their culture as well as outstanding examples which are also here in abundance. In fact the exhibition extends beyond 2000 years, several works dating from 1500-1000 B.C. having been selected as a preamble, while the latest works were made by living artists within the last few years. It includes many unique and superbly important pieces which may never be seen [in England] again. Mr Coe has included many categories of American Indian art which he feels are insufficiently known to the public, and has sometimes deliberately stressed these less familiar aspects". Softcover. 9"x10.5", 252 pages, many black & white and some color illustrations. Covers lightly rubbed.

Inventory #: 35419
Price: $ 40.00       




Coe, Ralph T. The Responsive Eye: Ralph T. Coe and the Collecting of American Indian Art. New York Metropolitan Museum of Art: 2003. Published in conjunction with the exhibition "The Responsive Eye: Ralph T. Coe and the Collecting of American Indian Art". "Over the past three decades, Ralph T. Coe has traveled extensively throughout the United States and Canada to assemble this collection of Native American art, one of the finest in private hands today. Immersed in the cultures of Native America, he has come to know artists and artisans, traders, dealers, and shop proprietors, selecting the very best they have to offer. The Ralph T. Coe Collection includes representative pieces from most Native American geographic regions and historical periods, beginning with objects dating back to the fourth millennium B.C. Many examples-men's shirts with ermine fringe, weapons, and button blankets-evoke the heroic lifestyle of the past, while small objects, such as tipi and kayak models, dolls, and tiny moccasins, speak to a more intimate significance. Ritual objects imbued with spiritual meaning-masks and katsinas, tablitas and medicine bundles-as well as utilitarian objects, such as pottery and baskets, also have a strong presence. This catalogue tells the stories of nearly two hundred of these objects, combining art history with personal reminiscence, and reveals the role Coe has played in bringing about awareness of the artistic heritage of Native America." Hardcover. 8.5"x11.5", 340 pages, 230 illustrations (202 in full color), dust jacket. Fine.

Inventory #: 90319
Price: $ 60.00       




Cooke, Sarah E. & Rachel B. Ramadhyani. Indians and a Changing Frontier. The Art of George Winter. Indianapolis Indiana Historical Society: 1993. First edition. George Winter painted the Miami and Potawatomi tribes in Indiana in 1839-1839, just before they were removed from their homelands and sent West. He also painted landscapes and portraits of pioneers in his home of Logansport, Indiana, and the neighboring country, as well as the many rivers in the area. Hardcover. 9"x12", 269 pages, color and b/w illustrations, dj a fine copy in a fine jacket.

Inventory #: 1141
Price: $ 50.00       




d'Harcourt, Raoul. Les Textiles Anciens du Perou et leurs techniques. Paris Les Editions d'Art et d'Histoire: 1934. A massive, classic study of ancient Peruvian textiles. This interesting book examines both specimens and construction techniques, and is illustrated with examples from collections around the world. French text, but very well illustrated. Softcover. 10"x13", 170 pages plus 109 b/w plates rebacked, some cover soil, and several chips to the spine covers splitting along the spine in several places.

Inventory #: 30926
Price: $ 350.00       




Dandrieu, Chantal & Fabrizio Giovagnoni (eds.). Passion d'Afrique. L'art africains dans les collections italiennes. Milan Officina Libraria: 2009. A beautifully-photographed, oversized catalog of Sub-Saharan African art in Italian collections. Also includes essays on Sub-Saharan African art in Italy between 1950 and 2008 by Jean-Louis Paudrat and the collection of the Luigi Pigorini Museum by Egidio Cossa. French text. Hardcover. 9.5"x12", 243 pages, color and black & white illustrations, dust jacket. Fine.

Inventory #: 95149
Price: $ 85.00       




Douglas, Frederic H. Material Culture Notes, Denver Art Museum- American Indian Art Department. Denver Art Museum: 1969. A reissue of the 22 individual Notes, which had been published between 1937 and 1953, and which are gathered here, which appropriate revisions. The purpose of each note, as described by Dr. Douglas, is to closely examine an artifact of the everyday material culture of the American Indian, an object that, at least when it was made and used, was not rare or precious in any way. These include bead work, pottery, stone and wood artifacts, clothing and other crafts of tribes including the Acoma, Navajo, Choctaw, Osage, Tlingit, Jicarilla Apache, Naskapi, Pima, Cheyenne, Northern Arapaho, Hidatsa, and Ottowa. Softcover. 7"x10", 136 pages, black & white and line illustrations. Light soil, minor wear.

Inventory #: 34574
Price: $ 40.00       




Fallon, Carol. The Art of the Indian Basket in North America. Lawrence the University of Kansas museum of Art: 1975. The catalog to an exhibition surveying traditional forms of American Indian basketry, with examples drawn from the University's Museum of Anthropology. The author, a weaver, also includes technical information about materials and techniques. An uncommon catalog. Softcover. 10"x9", 56 pages, black & white illustrations. Some wear and light wrinkle.

Inventory #: 34688
Price: $ 25.00       




[Four Quarters Ltd.] Pre-Columbian Art, including Mexico, Central and South America, from the Inventory of the Arts of Four Quarters, Ltd. Part One and Part Two. New York Parke-Bernet Galleries: April 8 and October 28, 1972. The two auction catalogs to this fine set of sales, featuring ceramics, stone carving, metals, and even some textiles. 2 vols. Softcover. 9"x9.25", 64 pages and 163 lots 40 pages and 143 lots. B/w and several color illustrations. Light soil, a little wear.

Inventory #: 31182
Price: $ 85.00       




Frank, Larry & Francis H. Harlow. Historic Pottery of the pueblo Indians, 1600-1880. Schiffer Publishing: 1990. 2nd edition. "Working without the use of the potter's wheel, the Pueblo Indians in the American Southwest created beautiful ceramic ware for both utilitarian and ceremonial use. A classic in the field, this book is the first comprehensive account of historic Pueblo pottery, and results from years of study by Larry Frank, an authority on this and other North American Art Forms, and lengthy technical research by Francis Harlow, an internationally known scientist. With nearly two hundred examples, the authors appraise the aesthetic value of Pueblo pottery as rivaling that of any ware made by Neolithic societies, whether in America, Europe, the East of Africa". Softcover. 8.5"x11", 160 pages, black & white and color illustrations, dust jacket. New.

Inventory #: 90424
Price: $ 35.00       




Gaines, Ruth. Books on Indian Arts North of Mexico. New York The Exposition of Indian Tribal Arts: 1931. Basically a bibliography of materials that were currently available in 1931 a few then-out-of-print items were included. 7.5"x10.5", 15 pages, softcover some soil.

Inventory #: 30071
Price: $ 20.00       




Getzwiller, Steve, et al. Ray Manley's The Fine Art of Navajo Weaving [and] Ray Manley's Collecting Southwestern Indian Arts & Crafts. Tucson Ray Manley: 1984 & 1979. A well-illustrated pair of surveys of traditional Southwestern crafts including (obviously) Navajo weaving, as well as jewelry, pottery and baskets 2 volumes. Softcovers. 9"x12", 49 pages, color illustrations [and] 49 pages, color illustrations. Light wear.

Inventory #: 35255
Price: $ 25.00       




Gillingham, Harrold E. Indian Ornaments made by Philadelphia Silversmiths. New York Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation: 1936. Edition limited to 100 copies. A continuation of Gillingham's study of silver ornaments produced by Philadelphia silversmiths and sold to Indian traders. Gillingham first published on this topic in 1926 and 1934, and this study is based on records and manuscript material which came to his attention after his 1934 periodical publication. This includes copies of many itemized invoices and bills from a number of silversmiths. Hardcover. 6.5"x10", 26 pages plus 4 b/w illustrations on 2 plates. Small spot and a smudge on the cover, Gillingham's name written on the spine, else a nice, clean, tight, copy.

Inventory #: 31742
Price: $ 600.00       




Grimes, John R., et al. Uncommon Legacies: Native American Art from the Peabody Essex Museum. American Federation of Arts/University of Washington Press: 2002. "In the glorious period of great sailing ships, New England mariners brought back treasures from far lands. The Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA, grew out of the East India Marine Society's desire, in 1799, to protect such 'curiosities' in a museum. Later additions, including modern Native American works, have since filled out the collection. This book commemorates the opening of a new permanent gallery for Native American art. Three excellent essays introduce the history of collecting in general, the growth of collections of Native Americana, and the evolution of the Peabody Essex. Another essay on modern Native American art points the way to the future. Following are 119 glowing plates of the individual objects, with extensive notes on each. Each geographic area represented is defined with a short essay.... A good overview of Native American art." -Library Journal. Softcover. 9"x12", 272 pages, color and some black & white illustrations. Fine.

Inventory #: 95133
Price: $ 30.00       




Hamilton, Martha Wilson. Silver in the Fur Trade, 1680-1820. Chelmsford Martha Hamilton Publishing: 1995. An important examination of North American Indian trade silver, with discussion of First Nations, American, British, Dutch and French trading patterns, an analysis of forms, and all the known Indian trade silver makers' marks and biographies of the silversmiths. Profusely illustrated and thoroughly researched, this is an essential reference work. Softcover. 8.5"x10", 236 pages, b/w and color illustrations, marks near fine.

Inventory #: 90146
Price: $ 45.00       




Hamilton, Martha Wilson. Silver in the Fur Trade, 1680-1820. Chelmsford Martha Hamilton Publishing: 1995. An important examination of North American Indian trade silver, with discussion of First Nations, American, British, Dutch and French trading patterns, an analysis of forms, and all the known Indian trade silver makers' marks and biographies of the silversmiths. Profusely illustrated and thoroughly researched, this is an essential reference work. Softcover. 8.5"x10", 236 pages, b/w and color illustrations, marks Light wear, corner bump.

Inventory #: 35734
Price: $ 35.00       




Herbert, Eugenia W. Red Gold. Copper Arts of Africa. South Hadley Mount Holyoke College Art Museum: 1984. The catalog to a loan exhibition of African copper tools, weapons, masks and figures which drew from both private and public collections. The catalog includes a glossary and an interesting bibliography. Very uncommon. Softcover. 8.5"x11", 56 pages, black & white illustrations. Some wear, spine head badly chipped. Delicate "perfect" binding.

Inventory #: 35615
Price: $ 100.00       




Hulton, Paul. America 1585. The Complete Drawings of John White. University of North Carolina Press / British Museum Publications: 1984. John White accompanied the Raleigh expedition to Roanoke in 1585 and sketched the natives, plants and animals. This volume reproduces all 76 of his surviving watercolors, as well as the engravings of his sketches which appeared in Harriot's 1590 book on Virginia also included are drawings he made of the Eskimos and the Indians of Brazil. Hardcover. 8.5"x11", 213 pages, color and b/w illustrations, dj. Minor wear.

Inventory #: 34700
Price: $ 60.00       




Jacka, Lois Essary. Enduring Traditions. Art of the Navajo. Flagstaff Northland Publishing: 1994. A beautifully-illustrated, impressive survey of Navajo crafts and artworks, both traditional and modern. Breathtaking. Hardcover. 9.5"x12.5", 199 pages, packed with color illustrations, dust jacket. Fine.

Inventory #: 34082
Price: $ 40.00       




Jones, Julie (ed.). Jade in Ancient Costa Rica. New York Metropolitan Museum of Art: 1998. "This well-illustrated catalogue of works drawn chiefly from Costa Rican collections reviews current information on the jades of Costa Rica and their archaeological context, images, and relationship to the jades of Mexico and the Maya area. With essays by Juan Vicente Guerrero, Mark Miller Graham, Michael J. Snarskis, and Zulay Soto Mndez and an introduction by Julie Jones." Softcover. 8.5"x11", 127 pages, color and black & white illustrations. Fine.

Inventory #: 90351
Price: $ 25.00       




Kaeppler, Adrienne L. The Pacific Arts of Polynesia & Micronesia. Oxford University Press: 2008. "Comprising thousands of islands and hundreds of cultural groups, Polynesia and Micronesia cover a vast swath of the Pacific Ocean, stretching from Hawaii to the coral islands of Kiribati. This book introduces the rich artistic traditions of these two regions, beautifully illustrated with 100 color photos and 25 additional photos and drawings. From the textiles of Tonga to the canoes of Tahiti, Adrienne Kaeppler (a curator of Oceanic Ethnology at the Smithsonian Institution) sheds light on religious and sacred rituals and objects, carving, architecture, tattooing, personal ornaments, basket making, clothing, textiles, fashion, the oral arts, dance, music and musical instruments, and boatbuilding". Softcover. 6.5"x9.5", 210 pages, color illustrations. New.

Inventory #: 90402
Price: $ 20.00       




Kankainen, Kathy (ed.). Treading in the Past. Sandals of the Anasazi. Utah Museum of Natural History: 1995. "The most comprehensive volume on Anasazi sandals and weaving technique published to date. Three hundred twelve examples from the extensive holdings at the Utah Museum of Natural History demonstrate the Anasazi genius as skilled textile artists". Softcover. 6.5"x11", 199 pages, color illustrations. Minor wear.

Inventory #: 35620
Price: $ 35.00       




LaBar-Kidd, Laureen Ann. Indian Trade Silver as Inter-Cultural Document in the Northeast. University of Delaware: 2000/Ann Arbor UMI Reprints. A dissertation concerning the different meanings and symbolism of trade silver to the Euro-Canadian and Euro-American smiths who made it, the traders who used it, and the Native Americans who accepted it. Comb-bound. 8.5"x11", 112 pages, muddy b/w illustrations bibliography. A reprint from microfilm, with consequent degradation of b/w photos. New.

Inventory #: 90171
Price: $ 65.00       




LaGamma, Alisa & John Pemberton III. Art and Oracle. African Art and Rituals of Divination. New York Metropolitan Museum of Art: 2000. "Throughout history and across the world, humankind has sought clues about the future and attempted to control its fate by appealing to higher spiritual powers. In Africa, the legacy of such efforts is evident in works that display an especially diverse range of artistic expression. This publication presents fifty of the most representative works from twenty-eight African cultures as illustrative of various divination systems. In extensive commentaries, each of these is examined from its distinct cultural perspective, and is considered both for its artistry and as a medium through which divine insights may be revealed. As a series, they provide insight into the commonalities and contrasts among the different divination methods and the cultures in which they developed. They also reveal themselves as some of the most imaginative examples of African art, inspired by the human quest to reach beyond the limitations of ordinary experience. An essay by Professor John Pemberton III, scholar of African religions, explores the world views and divination practices of five distinct regional traditions: the Azande, Luba and Songye, Yaka, Yoruba, and Malagasy. Pemberton demonstrates how these traditions represent some of the most widespread or distinctive forms of divination in African cultures, and identifies how they are points of departure for examining the comparative religious and social structures to which the practices relate. He considers the nature of the concerns and problems that are analyzed through divination, from chronic ailments to marital infidelity, and the specific divination techniques that have been developed to provide people with insight into their current dilemmas and give them direction for future action. Softcover. 8.5"x11", 80 pages, color and black & white illustrations. Fine.

Inventory #: 90350
Price: $ 35.00       




Lyford, Carrie A. Ojibwa Crafts (Chippewa). Bureau of Indian Affairs: 1943. This study begins with a brief history of the Ojibwa and note on their lodges, recreation, religion, diet and other customs. This is followed by the main text, which examines their crafts in wood & bark, basketry, weaving, costume, quill work, bead work, use of colors and dyes, and designs. Softcover. 7"x10", 216 pages, black & white and line illustrations. Light wear.

Inventory #: 34573
Price: $ 25.00       




Mack, John. Emil Torday and the Art of the Congo, 1900-1909. University of Washington Press: 1991. The artifacts and art objects collected during the first decade of the 20th Century for the British Museum by Hungarian adventurer-anthropologist Emil Torday numbers more than 3,000 objects. This book doesn't describe them all, obviously, but does document Torday's travels in the Congo, and illustrates and describes some of the most interesting items. Softcover. 7.5"x9.5", 96 pages, 8 color plates and many black & white illustrations. Minor wear.

Inventory #: 35618
Price: $ 20.00       




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