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Dunlap, William. History of the Rise and Progress of the Arts of Design in the United States. New York George P. Scott and Co.: 1834. There is not much need to pontificate at length upon the extreme importance of Dunlap's book -it remains an invaluable reference for the student of American painters, sculptors and miniaturists, and is the granddaddy of all other historical surveys of the American arts, and in many ways the foundation upon which all subsequent studies have been based. If Dunlap had not recorded this information much, if not most, of it would have been irretrievably lost before other researchers got around to caring about the subject at the end of the nineteenth century. A much-revised and very useful second edition was edited by Frank W. Bayley and Charles Goodspeed in 1918 which contained a large amount of new material but in which the editors also, regrettably, deleted much of the original material. As Bayley & Goodspeed note in their 1918 preface- "The peculiar nature of Dunlap's work -its' faulty composition, irregular orthography, duplications, irrelevancies and prolixity- have made the editors' office a difficult one", and in their late-Edwardian fit of "purification" they deleted such things as "extraneous anecdotes of Stuart and Jarvis, verses by Allston, a technical treatise on miniature painting by Cummings, and various notes of small value or ephemeral interest". Well, one man's "irrelevancy" is another's bread and butter, and their deletions guaranteed that there will always be a place for the original 1834 edition on the art historian's bookshelf. Hardcover. 2 volumes. 6.25"x9.75", 433 + viii + 480 pages. Original board covers with patterned cloth spines covers with moderate wear including some soil spine heads and bases chipped tips rounded outer cloth on Vol. 1 spine splitting slightly shaken moderate internal foxing, as is so often the case.

Inventory #: 31060
Price: $ 650.00       




Finley, David E., et al. Makers of History in Washington, 1800-1950. Washington National Gallery of Art: 1950. "An exhibition celebrating the sesquicentennial of the establishment of the Federal government in Washington". A loan exhibition of portrait of noteworthy Americans, from George Washington to Truman also includes a section of portraits of the architects, artists and planners of the city of Washington. Softcover. 6"x9", 174 pages, b/w illustrations light soil and a little wear.

Inventory #: 4755
Price: $ 25.00       




Flexner, James Thomas. Nineteenth Century American Painting. New York G.P. Putnam's Sons/Chanticleer Press: 1970. A major and important reference work which traces the width and breadth of American painting in the 19th century, a remarkably diverse and rambunctious period. Flexner argues that American art should be judged by American, not European standards, and "free of the cultural inferiority that once marked American art criticism, (he) is fascinated by native developments so unorthodox that conventional analysis does not apply to them". Karpel praises the volume's plentiful illustrations (Karpel I-53). Hardcover. 10"x12", 256 pages, color and black & white illustrations, dust jacket. Jacket with some soil.

Inventory #: 35189
Price: $ 45.00       




Flexner, James Thomas. That Wilder Image. The Painting of America's Native School from Thomas Cole to Winslow Homer. Boston Little, Brown: 1962. 2nd ptg. The third book in Flexner's trilogy on the history and development of American painting. Remains one of the key books in the literature of American art history. Hardcover. 9"x11", 407 pages, b/w illustrations, dj jacket rubbed and soiled with some closed tears.

Inventory #: 3706
Price: $ 45.00       




Foote, Henry Wilder, et al. Catalogue of Portraits in the Essex Institute, Salem, Massachusetts. Covering Three Centuries. Salem The Essex Institute: 1936. The catalog of more than 400 portraits owned by the Essex Institute, the center of seafaring on the north coast of Massachusetts in the 18th and 19th centuries. Merchants, shipmasters and other well-to-do persons and public officials are all well represented, as is the work of most of the important portrait artists in the area during that time period. The portraits are all fully described, including biographical notes on their subjects. An increasingly uncommon book. Hardcover. 6.5"x9.5", xii + 306 pages, many b/w plates a little light cover rubbing, but overall a very nice, bright copy.

Inventory #: 31009
Price: $ 275.00       




French, H.W. Art and Artists in Connecticut. Boston Lee and Shepard: 1879. An early, quite comprehensive study which includes biographies of over 150 Connecticut painters and sculptors, both well-known and obscure, who lived and worked between the late 18th century and the 1870s. Given this time-frame, the compilers were able to "gather many personal recollections concerning almost every artist, and the greater part of each history given hereafter will be formed from entirely new matter. Every living artist has been consulted, either personally or by letter the former being the case with a very large majority. If any thing in the coming papers shall prove of value, it is due to the fact that hardly an artist who has been consulted has expressed an unwillingness to assist...". Hardcover. 7"x9", xiii + 176 pages, illustrated throughout with b/w line illustrations. In the publisher's original highly-decorated red, black & gilt pictorial covers. A very bright, clean, fresh copy with only very minor wear and soil. Really a superlative copy.

Inventory #: 31346
Price: $ 500.00       




Gerdts, Abigail Booth. An American Collection. Paintings and Sculpture from the National Academy of Design. New York National Academy of Design: 1989. From the nearly 2,000 works of art in the national Academy of Design collection, eighty-eight have been chosen for this book, selected to showcase the range of the collection in date (early 19th century to the present) and style & character. A delightful, beautifully illustrated, catalog. Hardcover. 9"x12", 208 pages, color illustrations, dust jacket. Fine.

Inventory #: 35092
Price: $ 35.00       




Gerdts, William H. Painters of the Humble Truth. Masterpieces of American Still Life, 1801-1939. Philbrook Art Center and the University of Missouri Press: 1981. A scholarly study of American still-life painting, in part updating the noted authorities' earlier "American Still Life Painting" (co-authored with Russell Burke). Gerdts analyzes both the stylistic development of the still life and the artists who painted them, and brings this previously oft-denigrated genre to its rightful place alongside landscape and portrait painting. A large, beautifully illustrated study. Gerdts also provides a very detailed and helpful bibliography. Hardcover. 9.5"x12", 293 pages, 32 color and 145 b&w illustrations, dj. Light wear.

Inventory #: 35495
Price: $ 75.00       




Gerdts, William H. The Friedman Collection: Artists of Chicago. New York Spanierman Gallery: 2002. The finely-illustrated catalog to this interesting and important collection of Chicago artists working around the turn of the 20th century. The text includes an essay by Dr. Gerdts, and biographies of the artists. Hardcover. 9"x11", 87 pages, color illustrations. Minor wear.

Inventory #: 35194
Price: $ 35.00       




Gerdts, William H. & Russell Burke. American Still-Life Painting. New York Praeger Publishers: 1971. A comprehensive and important study of still-life painting in 18th, 19th and 20th century America. Hardcover. 10"x11", 264 pages, 28 color plates and 220 black & white illustrations, dust jacket. Jacket with light wear.

Inventory #: 32628
Price: $ 125.00       




Gilborn, Craig, et al. Forever Wild: The Adirondack Experience. Katonah Museum of Art: 1991. "A major exhibition of almost 200 objects marked the Centennial of the Adirondack State Park and examined life and art in this area from the 1930s onward. Artists such as Thomas Cole, Jasper Cropsey, Asher Durand, Winslow Homer, and Frederic Remington were drawn to the Adirondacks and captured its rustic beauty in their art. Included in the catalogue are many illustrations and five essays that treat current issues related to this vast park." Softcover. 8.5"x11", 40 pages, black & white illustrations. New.

Inventory #: 90339
Price: $ 15.00       




Goodrich, Lloyd (ed.). Research in American Art [a special issue of] Art in America, An Illustrated Magazine. Springfield: October, 1945. Volume 33, No.4. A special issue of this important American art magazine, guest-edited by Lloyd Goodrich. The essays are broadly broken down into four categories- Fields of Research, Attribution and Authenticity in American Painting, Special Types of Research, and Institutions and Projects. Authors include Edgar P. Richardson, Talbot Hamlin, Louisa Dresser, Alan Burroughs, Barbara N. Parker, Lloyd Goodrich, Jean Lipman, Carl Zigrosser, and John I.H. Baur. Softcover. 8"x11", 100+ pages, black & white illustrations. Covers with some wear, soil, black sticker on the spine.

Inventory #: 35747
Price: $ 50.00       




Groce, George C. & David H. Wallace. The New York Historical Society's Dictionary of Artists in America 1564-1860. New Haven Yale University Press: 1979. 6th prtg. A standard dictionary, especially valuable for its coverage of early artists. Hardcover. 6.5"x9.5", 759 pages light wear at spine head, else a nice copy.

Inventory #: 30485
Price: $ 100.00       




Groce, George C. & David H. Wallace. The New York Historical Society's Dictionary of Artists in America 1564-1860. New Haven Yale University Press: 1957. A standard dictionary, especially valuable for its coverage of early artists. "An indispensable source because of its accuracy and comprehensiveness, this lists over ten thousand artists, including the great majority of artists working before 1800, many of whom are minor and not recorded elsewhere." (Karpel) Karpel H174. Hardcover. 6.5"x9.5", 759 pages light wear, else a nice copy.

Inventory #: 35630
Price: $ 60.00       




Hall, Virginius Cornick, Jr. Portraits in the Collection of the Virginia Historical Society. A Catalogue. University Press of Virginia: 1981. A scholarly catalog of more than 600 paintings, pastels, sketches, silhouettes, cameos, reliefs and portrait sculptures held by the VHA. Most of the subjects were, of course, Virginians of one sort or another Hardcover. 8.5"x12", 283 pages, black & white illustrations and color plates, dust jacket. Jacket with light wear. Signed.

Inventory #: 35494
Price: $ 60.00       




Harris, Neil. The Artist in American Society. The Formative Years 1790-1860. New York Clarion Books: 1970. "A brilliant inquiry by a member of the History Department of the University of Chicago into the relationship between a community's values and its culture, emphasizing not American art, but American artists and their position in the life of a nation". First published as a hardcover in 1966. Softcover. 5"x8", 432 pages, b/w illustrations light soil and wear.

Inventory #: 3441
Price: $ 15.00       




Hoopes, Donelson F. & Nancy Wall Moure. American Narrative Painting. Los Angeles County Museum of Art: 1974. The catalog to a large loan exhibition of 18th and 19th century narrative painting, featuring both well and little-known artists. The catalog notes are by Moure and the introductory essay by Hoopes. Softcover. 9"x10", 192 pages, b/w and color illustrations bibliography some wear.

Inventory #: 8341
Price: $ 25.00       




Howat, John K. American Paradise. The World of the Hudson River School. New York Metropolitan Museum of Art & Harry N. Abrams: 1988. 2nd printing. "This comprehensive account of the first native group of landscape painters chronicles the rise of the Hudson River School, the influences that marked its development, and its role in the artistic life of mid-nineteenth century New York, in the rich, historically meaningful era of its greatest achievement". Come join Thomas Cole, Asher B. Durand, Albert Bierstadt, Frederic E. Church, Jasper Cropsey and others in the Golden Twilit landscapes of Yesteryear! Hardcover. 10"x12", 347 pages, 85 color and 172 black & white illustrations, dust jacket. Minor wear.

Inventory #: 35319
Price: $ 100.00       




Huber, Christine Jones. The Pennsylvania Academy and Its Women, 1850 to 1920. Philadelphia Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts: 1974. The catalog to a loan exhibition of 52 paintings by 42 artists, whose biographies are given. It also includes an extensive introductory essay by Huber. Softcover. 7"x10", 48 pages, b/w illustrations. A nice copy.

Inventory #: 32224
Price: $ 40.00       




Jaffe, Irma B. (ed.). The Italian Presence in American Art, 1760-1860. New York, Fordham University Press: 1989. A series of sixteen essays by a variety of scholars and art historians on various aspects of the Italian influence on American artists and architecture in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Almost more fun than a plate of Orecchiette with marinara sauce. Hardcover. 8.5"x11", 249 pages, b/w and color illustrations, dj. A fine copy.

Inventory #: 32063
Price: $ 50.00       




Johns, Elisabeth. American Genre Painting. The Politics of Everyday Life. Yale University Press: 1991. A scholarly study of American genre painting from 1830 to 1860. These works have usually been seen as innocently optimistic creations, but "Johns reveals the humor and cynicism in the paintings and places them in the context of stories about the American character that appeared in sources ranging from almanacs and newspapers to joke books and political caricature". Hardcover. 8.5"x11", 250 pages, color and b/w illustrations, dj. A very nice copy.

Inventory #: 31770
Price: $ 50.00       




Lash, Stephen S., et al. America and the Sea. Treasures from the Collections of Mystic Seaport. Mystic Seaport/Yale University Press: 2005. A beautifully-illustrated survey of paintings, photographs, ship models, scrimshaw, figureheads, and illustrated books. Hardcover. 9.5"x11", 159 pages, loaded with color and black & white illustrations, dust jacket. In fine condition.

Inventory #: 35845
Price: $ 40.00       




Lewis, R.W.B. & Nancy. American Characters. Selections from the National Portrait Gallery, Accompanied by Literary Portraits. New Haven Yale University Press: 1999. "This delightful book brings together 160 famous American figures from Pocahontas to Louis Armstrong, providing visual and verbal portraits that illuminate their place in American life. The portraiture-painting, sculpture, photograph, or cartoon-is paired with literary images taken from eyewitness accounts, memoirs, poems, letters, and biographies, and with lively and informative commentary by the editors, R. W. B. and Nancy Lewis. The whole is a rich addition to American cultural history. The gallery of portraits includes statesmen and outlaws, artists and athletes, and writers and performers, all described by commentators who are equally colorful and illustrious. The book features, for example, John Guare on Eugene O'Neill, Al Capone on himself, Adlai Stevenson on Eleanor Roosevelt, Pete Seeger on Woody Guthrie, Stieglitz and O'Keeffe on each other, e. e. cummings on Buffalo Bill Cody, Arthur Ashe on Joe Louis, and Gertrude Stein on Ulysses S. Grant. Some of the verbal portraits were composed especially for this book, among them Harold Bloom on Joseph Smith, Russell Baker on H. L. Mencken, John Hollander on Wallace Stevens, John Updike on Ernest Hemingway, and Robert B. Parker on Dashiell Hammett. All of the images are from the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, where R. W. B. Lewis has been a member of the Board of Commissioners since 1986.". Softcover. 8"x10", 412 pages, color and black & white illustrations. Light wear.

Inventory #: 35224
Price: $ 15.00       




[Lincoln] The Historic First Portrait in Oils of Abraham Lincoln, Painted from Life at Springfield, Ill., in 1860, by Thomas Hicks, N.A. New York Parke-Bernet Galleries: November 23, 1940. When Lincoln secured the Republican nomination at the Chicago Convention, Hicks was sent by a New York publisher to make a portrait from which lithographs would be produced. It sold at this sale for $11,000. Softcover. 7"x10", 6 pages, b/w plate. Light soil, a little wear, two small stickers on cover.

Inventory #: 31885
Price: $ 45.00       




Little, Nina Fletcher. Land and Seascape as Observed by the Artist. An Exhibition from the Collection of Bertram K. and Nina Fletcher Little. Williamsburg Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Collection: 1969. An exhibition of 103 paintings from this noted collection, with accompanying notes by Mrs. Little. Softcover. 10"x9", 52 pages, black & white and color illustrations. Light wear, some restrained underlining.

Inventory #: 35214
Price: $ 35.00       




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