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 Thursday, December 14, 2017

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Martin, Richard. Cubism and Fashion. New York Metropolitan Museum of Art: 1999. Cubism was the art style, but fashion was the palette for clothing designers of the 1920s and 1930s. This catalog chronicles the fascinating merger of dreams and design, easel and frock, paint and pattern, as avant-garde designers took advantage of the newest painting styles to dress Society women. Hardcover. 9.5"x12", 160 pages, color and black & white illustrations, dust jacket. Minor wear.

Inventory #: 35439
Price: $ 45.00       




McComb, Richard, et al. The Undercover Story. New York The Galleries at the Fashion Institute of Technology/Tokyo Nihon Body Fashion Association/Kyoto Costume Institute: 1983. A wide-ranging catalog to an exhibition of women's undergarments, illustrated with period illustrations and a large number of striking color photographs of 19th and 20th century examples on mannequins. Richard McComb of the Fashion Institute wrote the introductory essay, on the history and development of the corset and other undergarments Cora Ginsburg contributes an essay on 'The Embellishment of Lingerie', and Kay Haverfield contributes 'Man-made Fibers and Intimate Apparel'. Softcover. 9.5"x9.5", 118 pages, color and b/w illustrations bibliography light wear.

Inventory #: 30541
Price: $ 50.00       




McDowell, Colin. Hats. Status, Style and Glamour. New York Rizzoli: 1992. "From ancient Egypt to Ascot, Versailles to the White House lawn, hats have been emblems of style and status, badges of rank and distinction, brilliant signs advertising their wearers... Colin McDowell makes the definitive statement on hats, exploring and illustrating every aspect of this tremendously diverse subject." Includes chapters on hats of office, hatters, stage & screen hats, hat etiquette and status, work hats, the "Heyday of the Hat", and the late 20th century fall and rise of the hat. Hardcover. 8.5"x12", 224 pages, profusely illustrated in color and b/w, dj. Light wear.

Inventory #: 35466
Price: $ 50.00       




Meyer, George H. (ed.). Folk Artists Biographical Index. Detroit Gale Research Company: 1987. An invaluable biographical index of some 9,000 American folk artists working from the 17th century to the 20th century. Each entry includes brief biographical information including locality, time period and mediums worked in, and notes on where more information about the artist may be found. The book also includes an "Art Locator Index", which lists more than 300 public collections of folk art and which artists' works are represented in their collections. Artists are also cross-indexed by geographical location, media, ethnicity, and type of work. Hardcover. 9"x11", 252 pages, color and b/w illustrations. Light wear. A superb association copy, with a warm inscription from the Meyers to noted Americana dealer Wayne Pratt.

Inventory #: 35783
Price: $ 100.00       




Miller, Judith. Shoes. Octopus Publishing Group: 2009. "'I still have my feet on the ground. I just wear better shoes,' Oprah Winfrey once quipped, and the appeal of good looking and sexy shoes has never gone out of fashion. In hundreds of captioned color photographs and notable shoe quotes, antiques expert Judith Miller charts the rise of the high-fashion shoe through the 20th century, from tight-laced Edwardian boots and jewel-studded evening slippers to the eccentric designer classics of today. Here are the fab, the funky, and chic designer styles to die for, with spotlights on the major designers, their most influential shoes, and their most famous clients, including Elton John, Naomi Campbell and Carmen Miranda". Softcover. 5.5"x6.5", 304 pages, color illustrations. Fine.

Inventory #: 95189
Price: $ 12.50       




Monery, Andre. L'Ame des Parfums Essai de Psychologie Olfactive. Paris Librairie Aristide Quillet: 1924. Limited to 1000 numbered copies. An elegantly printed exploration of the psychology of perfumes, from the Renaissance to the 20th century. Illustrated with delightful woodcut vignettes, decorated initial letters, and tailpieces, by Ferdinand Fargeot. Softcover. 7.5"x10", 165 pages, with decorations by Ferdinand Fargeot. Original softcovers, covered with period glassine. Light soil, a little wear, but overall clean and fine.

Inventory #: 32823
Price: $ 250.00       




Roberts, Jane & Prudence Sutcliffe & Susan Mayor. Unfolding Pictures. Fans from the Royal Collection. London Royal Collection Publications: 2005. "The Royal Collection of fans is unique. Nearly all the fans were created for or presented to their original royal owners, and have an unbroken provenance almost without precedent in the history of fan collecting. This lavishly illustrated book presents the most beautiful, important and historically interesting fans, together with the stories of their creation and acquisition. The fans in the collection range from a 17th century lace-cut fan, said to have belonged to Charles I, to three fans made in the workshops of Carl Faberge. There are examples in every material imaginable, from paper and lace to ivory, mother-of-pearl, jay and ostrich feathers, enamel and precious stones, and of every type from purely decorative to topographical, commemorative to miniatures". Hardcover. 9.5"x12.5", 224 pages, 250 color illustrations, dust jacket. New condition.

Inventory #: 90296
Price: $ 60.00       




[Shoe Trade] Our Message. Vol. I, No.1 through Vol.II, No.6. New York Powell & Campbell: February, 1900-January, 1901. "An illustrated monthly magazine for the shoe trade. A paper for the shoe retailer and his family. Brief, terse, pithy and original". A bound volume of all 12 issues published in the first year of this promotional periodical published by a New York shoe distributor. Contains much interesting information and tips for shoe stores, as well as illustrated advertisements. Hardcover. 5.75"x7", 380+ pages, b/w illustrations. Bound into plain period quarter leather and green cloth with gilt spine title. Covers a bit scuffed and soiled, front endpaper removed and front hinge just a bit loose.

Inventory #: 31100
Price: $ 250.00       




Sischy, Ingrid. Donna Karan, New York. New York Assouline: 2005. "Donna Karan is among the most prominent and successful figures in American fashion, with a popularity deriving from a philosophy of designing real clothes for real women: beautiful yet practical. The images here explore her women's wear label and her newer lines of men's wear, children's apparel, accessories, and fragrances". Hardcover. 6.5"x8.5", 79 pages, color and black & white illustrations, dust jacket. New.

Inventory #: 95172
Price: $ 15.00       




Stevens, Rebecca A.T. & Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada (eds.) The Kimono Inspiration: Art and Art-To-Wear in America. Washington The Textile Museum & Pomegranate Books: 1996. "For more than a century, the kimono has been a motif in American art and popular culture. This beautifully illustrated catalog, with more than 130 color and black and white plates, was originally published for an exhibition at the Textile Museum in Washington, D.C. It explores the use and meaning of the kimono in America and traces the transformation of this quintessential Japanese garment from its ethnic origins through its many appearances in fine art, costume, and high fashion, to its role in the contemporary Art-to-Wear Movement". Softcover. 9"x12", 208 pages, color illustrations. Fine.

Inventory #: 95182
Price: $ 25.00       




Thiers, Jean-Baptiste. Histoire des Perruques, Ou l'on fait voir Leur origine, leur usage, leur forme, l'abus & l'irregularite de celles des Ecclesiastiques. Avignon Chez Louis Chambeau:1779. An interesting early history of wigs and their use and abuse the actual main purpose of the book, when it was first published in 1690, was to criticize the abuse of wigs by clerics and other theologians (an outspoken religious writer, Thiers penned over 30 other works on religious subjects of his day). This study was popular enough to be translated into Italian in 1702 and German in 1712. Another French edition was evidently published in 1777. 4.25"x7", xxii, [i], 441 pages several decorative woodcut head and tailpieces. Bound in full 19th century mottled polished calf with a red spine label and elaborate gilt spine decorations engraved bookplate of Louis Batigne covers with some rubbing, front hinge very tender contents fine except for some soil on the title page.

Inventory #: 29000
Price: $ 300.00       




Uzanne, Octave. L'Eventail. Paris A. Quantin: 1882. Don't let anything else I write persuade you that this is anything but a serious scholarly study of ladies' fans from ancient times into the 19th century. But you know that Octave Uzanne's books, illustrated by Paul Avril, are much more than mere texts. They are astounding, explosive explorations of the techniques of book decoration and the use of decorative elements, from the restrained yet exuberant rococo decorative page-borders to the fascinating vignettes and scenes that perch and strut, like plumed peacocks, on many of the pages. They are perfect examples of Victorian, fin-de-siecle Paris, the Paris of writers and artists and cafes and Pernod and Absinthe and the Moulin Rouge and glorious debauchery by moonlight. Uzanne's books do not so much explore history as sinuously curve their way around and through it. 7"x11", 143 pages, illustrated throughout by Paul Avril. Bound in the original printed-silk-over-card covers, with the brilliantly-decorated paper covers bound-in. The silk covers have been expertly rebacked there is some wear and a little soil the cloth ties are partially broken internally there is a minor amount of soil.

Inventory #: 29696
Price: $ 300.00       




[Vaudoyer Collection] Mode des Annees 1840-1970, Collection Mary Vaudoyer. Monaco Sotheby's: October 10, 1987. An auction of a collection of fine fashion 40 years in the making the vast bulk of the dresses are from the 1920-1960s. Softcover. 8.5"x10.5", 51 pages, 180 lots, each lot illustrated in b/w or color light wear.

Inventory #: 30713
Price: $ 50.00       




Vecellio, Cesare. Costumes Anciens. Paris Les Editions du Carrousel: 1999. The illustrations, with descriptions (in French) of engravings of costume from ancient times to the Middle Ages, drawn from Cesare Vecellio's 1859 work 'Costumes anciens et modernes du monde entier'. Softcover. 8.5"x12", 95 pages, black & white illustrations. Light wear.

Inventory #: 34392
Price: $ 25.00       




Wadleigh, R.H. Head-Gear, Antique and Modern. Boston Coleman & Maxwell: 1879. The author ran Wadleigh's Fashionable Millinery and Cap Rooms in Boston, and this booklet presents a broad historical survey of women's headgear from the ancient Egyptians to the 1850s as well as several plates of "modern" hats which are, of course, available at his establishment. Uncommon. Card covers. 6"x8", 41 pages, plus an extra page with text on one side and a lithographed plate on the other. Publisher's pictorial covers with some wear and soil, and a few small chips and closed tears. Several gentle creases run through the book. Some general wear and soil throughout.

Inventory #: 31362
Price: $ 125.00       




Wingfield, Lewis. Notes on Civil Costumes in England from the Conquest to the Regency. As Exemplified in the International Health Exhibition, South Kensington. London William Clowes and Sons: 1884. An illustrated catalog which accompanied an exhibition at the South Kensington Museum (later the V&A). The costume designs were by Lewis Wingfield, with the actual costumes prepared by Auguste and Co., wigs by "Mr. Fox" of Covent Garden, and wax figures by "Mr. Edwards". Hardcover. 8.5"x11", xxxiv + 38 pages, plus 24 color plates. Pictorial covers. Ex-library, with bookplates partially removed, several small stamps. General wear, some soil. Binding dry and cracked in several places.

Inventory #: 34157
Price: $ 60.00       




Wright, Meredith. Everyday Dress of Rural America, 1783-1800: With Instructions and Patterns. New York Dover Publications: 1992. "Comprehensive study of late-18th-century clothing worn by settlers and Abenaki Indians of New England. Full descriptions and line drawings with complete instructions for duplicating a wide range of garments: shifts, petticoats, gowns, breeches, waistcoats, headgear, more. Four bibliographies. List of resources". Softcover. 8.5"x11", 113 pages, line illustrations. Light wear.

Inventory #: 35168
Price: $ 10.00       



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