Catalogue #280

 

 

SUMMER, 2006

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th-90217.jpg (12073 bytes)1. Spillman, Jane Shadel. European Glass Furnishings for Eastern Palaces. Corning Museum of Glass: 2006. “Written as a supplement to the Museum's major summer exhibition, ‘Glass of the Maharajahs’, this book explores the little-known era in glassmaking history when European glass manufacturers tailored one-of-a-kind and limited-production glass furniture to the tastes of the wealthy Indian elite.

        The very idea that a chair could glitter like a diamond, catch light like a colored gemstone, and still function as seating must have astounded those who first encountered glass furniture in the mid- to late-19th century. Some of the furniture and printed materials are drawn from The Corning Museum of Glass; others are borrowed from Indian palaces, private homes and archival collections.” A fascinating catalog.

        The text begins by discussing the early 19th century glass furniture of Europe and Russia, and then moves on to India. Firms such as F.& C. Osler, Jonas Defries & Sons, Coalbourne Hill Glass Works, Baccarat and Elias Palme are all discussed at length. One of the most fascinating aspects of this book was the ability of the author to find modern photographs, period prints, and original factory designs for the same pieces of furniture and lighting. Hardcover. 8.5”x11”, 144 pages, 125 illustrations. New. [90217] $24.95

 

and now the rest of the books-

2. Ames, Kenneth L & Gerald W.R. Ward (eds.). Decorative Arts and Household Furnishings in America 1650-1920. An Annotated Bibliography. Winterthur; Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum: 1989. Ames & Ward is one of the most useful of the modern decorative arts bibliographies, covering architecture, furniture, glass, ceramics, metals, textiles, timepieces, artisans & culture, and "household activities and systems" (plumbing, heating, etc). Each section was written by an expert in the field, and all the entries are extensively annotated; as you may have noticed, we quote extensively from this book ourselves. Among the contributors were the two editors, as well as David Schuyler, Ellen Paul Denker, Kirk Nelson, Rodris Roth, Susan Burrows Swan, Thomas S. Mitchie, Edward S. Cooke, Jr., and Neville Thompson. The entries are cross-indexed by author and title. Hardcover. 8.5"x11", 392 pages, a fine copy. [08965] $40.00

 

3. Andersson, Aron. Mediaeval Drinking Bowls of Silver Found in Sweden. Stockholm; Kungliga Vitterhets Historie och Antikvitets Akademien: 1983. An in-depth study of 25 Medieval silver drinking bowls from Sweden, featuring exceptionally fine photography. The bowls are fully described and illustrated, and the author also explores the sources of their decoration by comparing them with other surviving artifacts of the period. An interesting study of both Medieval silver and Medieval art and iconography in more general terms. Hardcover. 8.5"x11.5", 118 pages, numerous b/w illustrations; light soil, but a nice copy. [08899] $100.00

 

4. Andrews, William. Curious Epitaphs... London; William Andrews and Company: 1899. 2nd Edition. Edition limited to 500 copies. This work was first published in 1883. The author, one of those tireless English Victorian antiquaries, collected these epitaphs himself. This edition was completely reworked, with much new material and a number of illustrations (but, alas!, he dropped the bibliography!). Hardcover. 6"x9", 241 pages, b/w and line illustrations. Original red pebbled cloth. Some light wear to the covers and a bit of internal spotting on the endpapers. [00524] $150.00

 

5. Arnau, Frank. Three Thousand Years of Deception in Art and Antiques. London; Jonathan Cape: 1961. Extensive material on the forger's methods over the centuries, using actual examples. Also deals with famous forgers, including Dossena, Van Gogh and Vermeer forgeries, etc. Published in America in the same year with the title "The Art of the Faker". Hardcover. 5.5"x9", 349 pages, 48+ color and b/w illustrations, dj. A near fine copy in a jacket with some wear, a few short tears, etc. [05374] $40.00

 

6. Barnard, Harry. Wedgwood Chats. Merion; Buten Museum of Wedgwood: (1970). A reprinting of "Chats on Wedgwood Ware", first published in 1924. Barnard was a designer at Doulton from 1880-1894, and an executive at Wedgwood from 1896-1932, running the Wedgwood London showroom from 1902-1919, and later served as Curator of the Wedgwood Museum. Hardcover. 5.5"x8.5", 260 pages, b/w illustrations; fine. [08985] $25.00

 

7. Battershall, Jesse P. Food Adulteration and Its Detection. New York; E. & F.N. Spon: 1887. "To embody in a condensed form some salient features of the present status of Food Adulteration in the United States is the object of this volume....photogravure plates, most of which represent the results of recent microscopical investigation, are considered an important feature of the book." Includes tea, coffee, chocolate, milk, butter, cheese, bread, sugar, beer, wine and liquors, oils, mustard, spices, pepper and other foods. Hardcover. 6"x9", 328 pages, plus 4 color and 8 b/w plates. Publisher's brown cloth with impressed black device and rules and gilt titles. A very clean, tight copy with the bookplate of C. Smith Boynton, an 1864 graduate of Bowdoin College in Maine who was a doctor in New Hampshire until 1875 when he moved to Brandon, and then Burlington, Vermont as a druggist. [04854] $175.00

 

th-04933.jpg (7183 bytes)8. Bayard, Emile. L'Art de Reconnaitre les Fraudes -Peinture, Sculpture, Gravure, Meubles, Dentelles, Ceramique, etc. Paris; R. Roger et F. Chernoviz: 1920. 2nd ed. An exceptionally interesting book from the "Guide Pratique de l'Amateur et du Collectionneur d'Art" series, covering frauds and fakes in painting, sculpture, prints, furniture, ceramics, lace, metalworks, and other decorative arts. Bayard wrote a number of the books in this series, covering art and decorative arts of various periods. Limp cloth covers; publisher's brick-red cloth with an inset decoration of an ancient (??) helmet and white titles; 5"x7.5", 326+ pages, 115 b/w illustrations, light cover rubbing, a little wear, but an attractive copy. [04933] $125.00

 

9. Beckwith, Arthur. Majolica and Fayence: Italian, Sicilian, Majorcan, Hispano-Moresque and Persian. New York. D. Appleton and Company: 1877. Interesting as an early study of Italian maiolica, with a chapter of mottoes and sayings found on the pottery, and many notes on the decorative motifs and techniques of maiolica potters. The examples and illustrations were drawn from the Castellani Collection. An additional chapter describes the ceramics at the 1876 Centennial Exhibition. Hardcover. 5.25"x8", 185 pages, 51 line illustrations; light cover wear; both hinges reglued along the inner seam. [08983] $25.00

 

10. Biddle, James. American Art from American Collections. Decorative Arts, Paintings and Prints of the Colonial and Federal Periods, from Private Collections, in an Exhibition Sponsored by The Friends of the American Wing. New York; Metropolitan Museum of Art: 1963. The catalog to the first large loan exhibition of American arts staged by the Met since the Girl Scout Loan Exhibition in 1929, the New York State furniture exhibition of 1934 and the Greek Revival exhibition of 1943. This exhibition was predominately devoted to furniture, with a good amount of silver as well as selections of prints, paintings, miniatures, glass and textiles. Hardcover. 8"x10.5", 114 pages, b/w illustrations; a nice, clean copy. [08919] $50.00

 

11. Bishop, Robert. Centuries and Styles of The American Chair, 1640-1970. New York; E.P. Dutton: 1972. The most massive and heavily illustrated survey of the development and history of American seating furniture. Robert Bishop authored several books on American antiques and was Curator of Furniture at the Henry Ford Museum. "This work is most valuable for its numerous illustrations drawn from many different collections" (Ames). Hardcover. 9"x11", 526 pages, 923 b/w illustrations, dj; bibliography. Light wear, a nice copy. [08930] $85.00

 

12. Booth, Rev. John. Metrical Epitaphs, Ancient and Modern. London & Eton; Bickers and Son: 1868. The author, an instructor at Cambridge, divided his learned work into two sections: the first treats ancient epitaphs, the second modern ones, listed chronologically. Hardcover. 5"x6.75", xxiv + 215 pages. Original green pebbled cloth with a brown spine label. A little soil and some spotting on the preliminaries; text a bit browned. Else a fine, nice copy. [00528] $75.00

 

13. Botwinick, Michael, et al. The American Renaissance, 1876-1917. New York; The Brooklyn Museum in association with Pantheon Books: 1979. A wide-ranging and important loan exhibition celebrating and examining the achievements of American painters, sculptors, architects, and designers between the Centennial Exposition and the end of WWI. Hardcover. 9"x12", 232 pages, packed with color and b&w illustrations, dj. A nice copy in a lightly worn jacket. [00461] $150.00

 

14. Brainard, Newton C. George Dudley Seymour's Furniture Collection in the Connecticut Historical Society. Hartford; Connecticut Historical Society: 1958. What makes this catalog especially interesting is the inclusion of comments about each piece from Seymour's carefully kept and sometimes caustically honest notebook. Hardcover. 7"x9.5", 141 pages, b/w illustrations; light cover soil, very light wave along the page tops. [08945] $100.00

 

15. Branin, M. Lelyn. The Winslow Pottery in Portland, Maine. [contained in] Old-Time New England, The Bulletin of the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities, Spring, 1971. The rise and fall of this successful mid-19th century stoneware manufactory. Softcover. 6.5"x9.5", article- pp.95-104, b/w illustrations; issue- 28 pages; light wear. [08980] $25.00

 

16. Briggs, L. Vernon. Occupation as a Substitute for Restraint in the Treatment of the Mentally Ill. A History of the Passage of Two Bills through the Massachusetts Legislature. Boston; printed for the author by Wright & Potter: 1923. The history of three bills (two were passed) affecting the care and treatment of the mentally ill in the Massachusetts legislature and the tale of the behind-the-scenes fight, often against other medical professionals, to get them passed. Hardcover. 6.5"x9.5", 205 pages, b/w plates; light cover soil and a little wear, a little light internal soil, and a ding/tear that extends through a few pages in the introduction, with the loss of a letter or two on one page. [03055] $60.00

 

17. Buhler, Kathryn C. Colonial Silversmiths -Masters & Apprentices. Boston; Museum of Fine Arts: 1956. This loan exhibition explored the relationship between the work of master silversmiths and their apprentices using surviving examples and records. This exhibition was staged to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the 1906 Exhibition. Hardcover. 7.5"x8.5", 98 pages plus 126 b/w illustrations; light soil, a little wear. [08909] $60.00

 

18. Buhler, Kathryn C. Paul Revere, Goldsmith 1735-1818. Boston; Museum of Fine Arts: 1956. The Curator of silver at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and cataloguer of the MFA and Garvan Collections, takes a shot at Boston's best-known silversmith. Good reading. Softcover. 8"x9.5", 7 pages plus 64 b/w plates; light wear. [08908] $20.00

 

19. Burroughs, Paul H. Southern Antiques. New York; Bonanza Books: nd (1960s). Originally published in 1931, this pioneering work is still interesting as a collection of photographs of fine southern furniture. Hardcover. 8.5"x11", 191 pages plus b/w plates illustrating 118 pieces; 15 line drawings; dj; light wear. [08937] $40.00

 

The Director of the Metropolitan Museum’s Copy, with Three Superlative Letters-

th-05253.jpg (8356 bytes)20. Casson, Stanley. Some Modern Sculptors. London; Oxford University Press: 1928. An attempt not to survey the whole of modern sculpture, but rather certain key portions. Casson begins with Rodin and others of the classical form, wends his way through Mestrovic and Rosandic, examines Eric Gill and Gaudier-Brzeska, and then concludes with Jacob Epstein and "Dramatic" sculpture.

Stanley Casson (1889-1944) was a multi-talented art scholar and army officer who read Classical Archaeology at Oxford, served as Assistant Director of the British School at Athens, Special Lecturer in Art at Bristol University, and was Director of British Academy Excavations at Constantinople in 1928-1929. His publications include numerous articles and books on the subject of Classical Antiquities. He also had two distinguished war records, starting the First World War as an officer with an infantry regiment in the trenches of Flanders before becoming part of the British Salonika Force in 1916 and finally serving on the General Staff in 1918. His war poems, written in the Flanders mud, are now part of the War Poetry Collection at Napier University in Edinburgh. Starting in 1939 he again served the British government in Holland, and later transferred to Greece where he was serving as a liaison officer when he was killed in an airplane crash in 1944.

This interesting association copy was owned by Francis Henry Taylor (1903-1957), and includes three typewritten letters written to Taylor by Casson, on New College, Oxford letterheads, from the early 1930s.

A former Curator of Medieval Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Taylor was Director of the Worcester Art Museum at about the time of these letters, and eventually became Director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The first letter simply greets him and extends Casson's admiration for an article that Taylor wrote on Greek sculpture; the other two were evidently written after Taylor had taken a trip to London and the two had become friends.

A few excerpts give a general idea of the scholarly goings on:

[Aug 7th] "I enjoyed that evening in London more than I have enjoyed anything in this country for a very long time. My only sorrow is that I cannot give the return party to you here... How precisely I got home after you had decanted me from the taxi I cannot say. By strange luck I got into the right train and there remained semi-comatose until Oxford. Again Heaven aided and there was actually a taxi at the station... Meantime I suggest a good line of research would be to find out if Miss [R] keeps a stature of Hermes in her bedroom... By the way, Wilenski has just written a crazy book on "Modern Sculpture" that I find would serve as an admirable whipping post for discussing the ultra-modern coprolite-sculptors... Eric Gill, whom I saw on Sunday after our carouse, is commissioned to do some 150 full size figures on a new cathedral at Guildford in Surrey. He is getting together a band and going to do it in the real mediaeval manner (I mean as regards the organisation)."

[Nov 2, 1932] "As to the statue, actually I see no reason to doubt it and it really is a scoop... but there will be Hells own row in Greece and someone will get the permanent push in Athens. I cant imagine how on earth they get such things out without being spotted. ... Meantime if in due course I can come over your way, as you suggest, I feel little doubt that I shall see U.S.A. a bit more from the right viewpoint than most of the many academics that sour the atmosphere of your genial land. Gawd, what stiffs we do send you sometimes!".

A superlative association copy. Hardcover. 7"x10", 119 pages, plus 40 b/w plates; covers lightly faded, some general wear. [05253] $200.00

 

21. Church Decoration, a Practical Manual of Appropriate Ornamentation. Edited by a Practical Illuminator. London; Frederick Warne & Co.: nd (ca. 1880). The Victorian era was the Golden Age of church decoration in England. Any holiday or festival could provide an excuse for festooning the local abbey with garlands, banners, wreaths, and other brightly colored decorations. This charming and colorful Victorian instructional book was a guide for creating and placing these festive displays. The colored plates illustrate all sorts of colored lettering, borders, devices and banners and are especially interesting. Hardcover. 5"x7.5", 84 pages, many line illustrations in the text, plus 4 b/w and 10 (of 11) colored plates, numbered 1-6; unnumbered; 8-15, with a different title for the un-numbered and uncalled-for colored plate in the plate than is called for in the list of plates; gilt-lettered covers; some cover wear and soil; hinges cracked, some soil, etc. A working, defective copy of this interesting book, offered at a price reflective of its condition. [03447] $65.00

 

22. Clarke, Hermann F. John Hull, A Builder of the Bay Colony. Portland; Southworth Anthoesen Press: 1940. Limited to 500 copies. The fourth and final volume in a series of works on 17th century American silversmiths. John Hull, with his partner Robert Sanderson, was the earliest documented silversmith working in the American colonies. In 1652 he was appointed to make new coins for Massachusetts to replace the old "clipped" coinage. Hardcover; slipcased. 8"x10", 221 pages, plus 16 b/w plates. A fine copy, really quite lovely. Slipcase with minor wear. [08916] $400.00

 

23. Comstock, Helen. The Looking Glass in America, 1700-1825. New York; The Viking Press: 1968. A very popular study of William & Mary, Queen Anne, Chippendale, Hepplewhite, Adam and Sheraton-style mirrors in America. Hardcover. 9.5"x6.5", 128 pages, tipped-in color frontispiece and numerous b/w illustrations, lightly rubbed and chipped dj. [08941] $30.00

 

24. Creaghan, John S. & A.E. Raubitschek. Early Christian Epitaphs from Athens. Woodstock; Theological Studies: 1947 Reprinted from 'Hesperia' Volume XVI. Hardcover. 9"x12", 54 pages, plus 10 b/w plates. Original baby-blue board covers. Light soil. [00574] $50.00

 

25. Davidson, Abraham A. The Eccentrics and Other American Visionary Painters. New York; E.P. Dutton: 1978. A study of Visionary and Eccentric painting in America from 1800 to 1950; Cole, Hicks, Ryder, Quidor, and many, many more! Softcover. 6"x8", 202 pages, b/w and some color illustrations; light wear and soil, tips thumbed. [03845] $25.00

 

26. Davies, Karen. At Home in Manhattan. Modern Decorative Arts, 1925 to the Depression. New Haven; Yale University Art Gallery: 1983. A stunning exhibition of High Art Deco objects in metals, ceramics, silver, glass and furniture. The exhibition featured 81 objects by 47 designers working in Manhattan in the late 1920s. The catalog features some very good essays as well as complete descriptions and illustrations of the objects and an extensive bibliography. Softcover. 9"x11", 123 pages, b/w and some color illustrations; light wear. [05195] $60.00

 

27. Diamonds. Proceedings of the First International Congress on Diamonds in Industry -1962. London; The Industrial Diamond Information Bureau:1963. A massive amount of technical and industry information. 9"x11", 407 pages, b/w illustrations; light wear. [00307] $125.00

 

28. Downs, Joseph. American Furniture, Queen Anne and Chippendale Periods in the Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum. New York; Macmillan: 1952. The first edition of this cornerstone reference work, which remains the standard study of this period. Downs had planned to write a three-volume history of American furniture but died before he could complete more than this volume. Charles Montgomery eventually wrote the second, on Federal furniture. The fact that the third volume, which was to focus on 17th century furniture, was never written by Downs remains one of the great tragedies in the history of the literature of American furniture. Hardcover. 9.5"x12", 10 color plates and 401 b/w illustrations; dj. Light wear, light rubbing and some wear to the jacket. [08921] $65.00

 

29. Downs, Joseph. American Pewterers and Their Marks. New York; Metropolitan Museum of Art: 1942. 2nd ed. A collection of rubbings of pewter marks, with names and dates of attributed makers. First published in conjunction with an exhibition at the MMA in 1939, and here augmented with material from Ledlie Laughlin's book. Softcover. 6.5"x9.5", 24 pages, b/w illustrations; light wear, some pencil notes. [08975] $25.00

 

30. Draper, Jo. Eighteenth Century Earthenware Tea & Coffee Pots in Northampton Museum. Northampton Museum: 1977. The 57 pieces which comprised the collection of the Northampton (England) Museum collection, grouped by form rather than manufacturer. Softcover. 11.5"x8", 32 pages, b/w illustrations; light wear & soil, tips thumbed, etc. [08950] $35.00

 

31. Ensko, Stephen G.C. American Silversmiths and Their Marks IV. Boston; David R. Godine: 1989. An important updating of one a standard reference on American silversmiths. The work was completed by Dorothea Ensko Wyle, Stephen G.C. Ensko's daughter, and was based on his notes. Hardcover. 6.5"x9.5", 477 pages, b/w illustrations, dj; near fine. [08895] $40.00

 

32. Evans, John J., Jr. Early American Pewter. John J. Evans Jr. Collection. Allentown Art Museum: 1966. The first public exhibition of this superlative collection of late 18th-early 19th century American pewter, formed by the Honorary Curator at the Winterthur Museum. Catalog notes by Evans, Introduction by Richard Hirsch. Softcover. 8.5"x7", 12 pages of text plus 14 b/w plates; a near fine copy. [08917] $35.00

 

33. Fales, Martha G. Early American Silver for the Cautious Collector. New York; Funk & Wagnalls: 1970. A most important and helpful book. Fales' work still stands as the basic text for any student of American Colonial silver, and includes a glossary and an extensive bibliography. Hardcover. 7"x10", 329 pages, 226 b/w illustrations, dj. Light wear, former owner's embossure on title page. [08893] $40.00

 

34. Fales, Martha Gandy. Silver at the Essex Institute. Salem; Essex Institute: 1983. The Essex Institute has a fine collection of early American silver, particularly rich, as one might expect, in Essex-county area items, and all the richer for that. Martha Gandy Fales, the Honorary Curator of the collection, and author of several noted books on early American silver and silversmiths, does a fine job presenting and analyzing the collection in this short but sweet catalog. Softcover. 8"x8", 62 pages, b/w illustrations; covers a bit rubbed, a little wear. [08906] $40.00

 

35. Feulner, Adolf & Preston Remington. Examples of South German Woodwork in the Metropolitan Museum. An offprint from the Metropolitan Museum (of Art) Studies; May, 1930. Includes illustrations of intricately carved and decorated furniture and interior woodwork of the 18th century. Softcover. 8.5"x12.5", 19 pages, 16 b/w illustrations; cover soil. [05288] $25.00

 

36. Field, Anne E. On the Trail of Stoddard Glass. Dublin; William L. Bauhan: 1975. A good general history of the attempts to make glass at Stoddard, New Hampshire, all of which ultimately failed because of high fuel costs, bad climate, a sand supply that could not be used for clear glass, and poor transportation. But they gave it a good try anyway, didn't they? Softcover. 5.5"x8.5", 110 pages, b/w illustrations; near fine. [08918] $45.00

 

37. 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. [04755] $25.00

 

38. Fox, Ross Allan C. Quebec and Related Silver at The Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit; Wayne State University Press: 1978. A catalog of 48 pieces of silver in the collection, at the time the finest collection of early French Canadian silver outside Canada. There are meticulous catalog entries, silversmith biographies, and a bibliography. A fine and informative catalog. Hardcover. 8.5"x9", 174 pages, 47 b/w plates plus 62 b/w figures, dj. A very nice copy. [08900] $75.00

 

39. Frelinghuysen, Alice. American Porcelain, 1770-1920. New York; Metropolitan Museum of Art/Abrams: 1989. A beautifully illustrated history of American porcelains, from the first wares of Bonnin and Morris and Tucker to the wondrous works of Robineau, McLaughlin and Lenox. Issued in conjunction with an important loan exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, this book comprises an extended historical essay by Frelinghuysen, And a detailed and scholarly catalog of the pieces in the exhibition. Both sections are illustrated with superb color photographs. Hardcover. 9.5"x11.5", 319 pages, color and b/w illustrations, dj; a nice copy with only light wear. [08936] $125.00

 

40. Gibson, James. Inscriptions on the Tombstones and Monuments erected in memory of the Covenanters, with Historical Introduction and Notes. Glasgow; Dunn & Wright: 1879. Epitaphs and History at the same time- in 1660 the English Monarchy was restored as Charles II came to the throne. He immediately began to attempt to suppress the Presbyterian church and Covenant in Scotland, and thus began a 28-year odyssey of war and strife. Hardcover. 5"x7", vi, 291 pages, + 16 page book catalog; 5 b/w plates. Bound in the original brown ribbed cloth with gilt spine title. Preliminary pages a bit browned, else a very nice, clean, crisp copy. [00588] $85.00

 

th-05603.jpg (6531 bytes)41. Gissler, Nils. Ron Om Perle-Musslors basta opnings-satt samt om Perlesilkeriernes beskassenhet i Angermanland, Medelpad och Jemtland. Stockholm; 1762. An article on river pearl fishing in Sweden, extracted from the January-February-March, 1762 issue of "Kongl. Vetenskaps Academiens Handlingar For Ar 1762". Disbound. 5.5"x9", 17 pages; light marginal soil. [05603] $75.00

 

42. Glaser, Lynn. America on Paper. The First Hundred Years. Philadelphia; Associated Antiquaries: 1989. A collection of essays on 16th century books, maps & prints illustrating and discussing the New World. Topics include the natives, natural history, exploration and colonization. Hardcover. 8.5"x11", 252 pages, b/w illustrations, dj; light wear, but a nice copy. [08958] $40.00

 

43. Goldsmid, Edmund. A Collection of Epitaphs and Inscriptions interesting either from historical associations or quaintness of wording. Edinburgh; Privately Printed: 1885 (and) 1886. One of 75 large paper copies. There was also an edition of 275 small paper copies. The first volume also includes a transcription of a 1598 description of the tombs at Westminster Abbey. Softcover. 2 volumes. 5.5"x9", 54 + 48 pages, original buff printed softcovers. Title pages printed in red and black. Moderate soil to the covers, some internal spotting and a little soil. Spine head and tail of Volume 1 chipped slightly and a slight split along the spine. Both volumes are partially unopened. [00560] $150.00

 

44. Hartley, Julia Magee. Old American Glass: The Mills Collection at Texas Christian University. Forth Worth; Texas Christian University Press:1975. The shelf catalog, with thumbnail notes, of a private collection of 2000+ pieces of 19th century pattern glass (and some other Victorian glass) assembled in Lubbock by Flora Rupe Mills. Hardcover. 9"x9", 279 pages, 16 color and 22 b/w plates, dj. Light wear, a little soil. [08955] $35.00

 

45. Hayes, Bartlett H., et al. Aspects of Contemporary Painting in Canada. Andover; Addison Gallery of Art: 1942. An exhibition showing the work of 38 artists, with brief artist biographies and quotes. There are two essays, one in English by Martin Baldwin and one in French by Marcel Parizeau. Also published as "Contemporary Painting in Canada". Softcover. 8"x10.5", 63 pages, 36 b/w illustrations; near fine. [04146] $35.00

 

46. [Hayward, John] Sheffield Plate. London; HMSO: 1955. A pictorial survey of pieces from the V&A's collection. From their 'Small Picture Book' series. Softcover. 4.5"x7", 3 pages of text + 30 b/w plates; light wear; ownership signature of John P. Lammon of the V&A inside the front cover. [08911] $20.00

 

47. Hebborn, Eric. Drawn to Trouble. Confessions of a Master Forger. New York; Random House: 1991. This is what happens when genius goes to the Dark Side. A talented draftsmen from his early youth, Eric Hebborn burned down his grammar school at age 8, but graduated first in his class at the Royal Academy of Arts. He became involved in restoring Old Masters and soon found he had a talent for creating Old Master drawings, a talent that fooled Sotheby's, Christie's, the National Gallery, Morgan Library, Metropolitan Museum of Art and the British Museum... Hardcover. 6.5"x10", 380 pages, b/w illustrations, dj; light wear. [05778] $35.00

 

48. Heckscher, Morrison H. American Furniture in the Metropolitan Museum of Art II- Late Colonial Period: The Queen Anne and Chippendale Styles. New York; Metropolitan Museum of Art/Random House: 1985. A massive, scholarly and well illustrated survey of the Met's collection."Entries are lengthy, authoritative on points of connoisseurship, and strengthened by Heckscher's substantive amounts of original research..." (Ames & Ward). Hardcover. 9.5"x12.5", 383 pages, b/w and several color illustrations; dj. A near fine copy in a near fine jacket. Inscribed by Heckscher. [08968] $250.00

 

49. Heilpern, Gisela. Josiah Wedgwood. Eighteenth-Century English Potter: A Bibliography. Carbondale; Southern Illinois University Library: 1967. A valuable bibliography which includes books by and about Wedgwood, periodical articles, and a section on Wedgwood's partner, Thomas Bentley. Softcover. 8.5"x11", 66 pages, light wear. [08987] $40.00

 

50. Heineken, Ty & Kiyoko. Tansu. Traditional Japanese Cabinetry. New York; Weatherhill: 1985. 3rd prtg. "Tansu, the unique cabinetry of Japan, springs from a rich folk-art tradition that combines the skills of the wood joiner, lacquer artist, and ironsmith, all widely renowned for their fine craftsmanship. This book is divided into two parts, the first on history and the second on techniques." Hardcover. 7.5"x10.5", 247 pages, 27 color and 260 b/w illustrations, dj; jacket rubbed, some light wear, a little soil. [08949] $50.00

 

51. Hillier, Bevis. Art Deco. The World of Art Deco. Dutton / Minneapolis Institute of Arts: 1971. A magnificent and wide-ranging exhibition at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. There are sections on furniture; silver; stone, wood, metals & enamels; ceramics; glass; fine arts; books; posters; costumes; textiles; jewelry; architecture & interior design; plastics; and the art deco revival. Softcover. 8.5"x10", 224 pages, profusely illustrated in color and b/w; covers lightly worn. [03836] $45.00

 

52. Hodgkinson, Terence. English Medieval Albasters. London; HMSO: 1976. A minute handbook of 9 alabasters from the V&A. Softcover. 5"x6", 11 pages, 9 color illustrations; covers spotted, some soil. [08961] $15.00

 

53. Hoving, Thomas. False Impressions. The Hunt for Big-Time Art Fakes. New York; Simon & Schuster: [1996]. Advance Review Copy. A breezy, irreverent journey through the world of art fakes and fakers with the former Director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. There is a common thread running through most of these tales, a common denominator which Hoving terms the "greed - speed - need" factor. Most fraud and forgery succeeds because this factor exists. Simply put, it is: Greed -The price is a steal, what a bargain! Speed -If I don't get it now someone else will snap it up! Need -I really want it! "False Impressions", is a fascinating collection of tales of the fakes and forgers Hoving encountered during his years at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and throughout the book this same set of factors recurs time after time.

Softcover. 8.5"x11", 366 pages, b/w illustrations, light wear, a little soil. An advance reading copy, sent to reviewers, bound in paper covers. Signed by Hoving on the tile page- "For John, Thomas Hoving". Additionally, on the title page it says in print- "Untitled on Art Forgeries - Subtitle UK" under which Hoving has written "Hey what's it going to be?" [05586] $125.00

54. As above, trade edition. Hardcover. 6"x9.5", 366 pages, b/w illustrations, dj; light wear, but a very nice copy. [05772] $25.00

 

55. Hower, Ralph M. The Wedgwoods. Ten Generations of Potters. Privately printed for Elaine & Byron Born in 1975. The text originally appeared in the Journal of Economic and Business History, February & August, 1932. A business-oriented history of Josiah Wedgwood and the subsequent generations of the family that expanded and maintained the business. Hardcover. 6"x9", 62 pages; marbled endpapers; a fine copy. [08984] $75.00

 

56. Hughes, Therle & Bernard. English Painted Enamels. Spring Books: 1967. Examples from the collections of Queen Mary and Mrs. Ionides, this survey presents a fine selection of 18th century enamels. A very popular, well illustrated book.Hardcover. 7.5"x10", 156 pages, 4 color plates and 83 b/w illustrations, extremities sunned; dj; jacket lightly worn. [05501] $40.00

 

57. Jacobs, Carl. Guide to American Pewter. New York; The McBride Company: 1957. A standard guide, featuring marks, biographical notes, line illustrations and descriptions of forms, and many good illustrations of antique American pewterware. Hardcover. 6"x9", 216 pages, b/w illustrations; A little wear, jacket a bit worn. [08896] $25.00

 

58. Jayne, Horace H.F., et al. Tucker China: 1825-1838. An Exhibition of Examples of the Porcelain made in Philadelphia by William Ellis Tucker, Tucker and Hulme, Tucker and Hemphill, Joseph Hemphill, and Thomas Tucker. Philadelphia Museum of Art: 1957. "Catalog from an exhibition of over 600 pieces of china, documents, and memorabilia. An engaging essay by Horace H.F. Jayne on the Tuckers and the Tucker venture precedes the catalog" -Strong. Softcover. 7"x9.5", 36 pages, 4 color and 10 b/w plates; a very nice copy. [08942] $150.00

 

59. Jeavons, Sidney A. Church Plate of Warwickshire. Diocese of Coventry. Cheltenham; Birmingham Archaeological Society: 1963. An inventory and description of 632 pieces of antique plate found in Coventry-area churches. The Diocese contains some fine examples of plate including 3 pre-Reformation examples, one of which, a c.1500 silver-gilt secular cup now at Monks Kirby, was unrecorded before Jeavons saw it and photographed and described it for this book. Life is full of minor miracles, I suppose.Hardcover. 7.5"x10", xii + 92 pages, plus 34 b/w plates; torn and worn dj. [08898] $65.00

 

60. Jolles, J.A. De Schuttersgilden en Schutterijen van Noord-Brabant, overzicht van hetgeen nog bestaat. Hertogenbosch: 1933. A study of silver and metal gorgets and other civic and military medallions in the Netherlands, by city. My grandfather used to say "when you've seen one gorget you've seen them all, but he'd never been to the Netherlands... Softcover. 2 volumes. 6"x9.5", 223 + 256 pages, numerous b/w illustrations; covers with moderate wear, a little internal soil and a few spots. [08897] $125.00

 

61. Jones, Frances Follin. Ancient Art in the Art Museum, Princeton University. Princeton University Press: 1960. Egyptian, Greek and Roman antiquities. The photographs by Reuben Goldberg are stark and stirring. Softcover. 6"x9", 71 pages, b/w illustrations; light wear. [08885] $20.00

 

62. Kauffman, Gerhard. North German Folk Pottery of the 17th to the 20th Centuries. International Exhibitions Foundation: 1979. A traveling exhibition, with objects loaned from a number of German institutions. Softcover. 8.5"x11.5", 148 pages, several color and many b/w illustrations; a nice copy. [08966] $35.00

 

63. Kauffman, Henry J. American Copper & Brass. New York; Thomas Nelson & Sons: 1968. A well illustrated study of copper and brass implements in America of the 18th and 19th centuries. Kauffman provides his usual thorough and detailed explanations of the craft of the metalsmiths and their wares. Includes kettles, pots, pans, stills, mugs, stencils, ladles, measures, funnels, basins, andirons, bells, door knockers, skillets, lancets, tomahawks, button, instruments, balances, sundials, lighting, locks, and much more! A standard reference. Hardcover. 7"x10", 288 pages, color frontispiece and numerous b/w illustrations. Light wear, edges sunned. [08894] $25.00

 

64. Kauffman, Henry J. The Colonial Silversmith. His Techniques & His Products. Camden; Thomas Nelson: 1969. An important and easily understood study of how Colonial silversmiths worked. Kauffman examines working techniques, tools, workshops, etc. A book which every silver enthusiast should read. How can you understand the object if you don't understand how it was made? Hardcover. 7.5"x10", 176 pages, b/w illustrations, dj; light wear, a little soil. [08891] $25.00

 

65. Kenney, John T. The Hitchcock Chair, The Story of a Connecticut Yankee... New York; Clarkson Potter: 1971. "The story of a Connecticut Yankee- L. Hitchcock of Hitchcockville- and an account of the restoration of his 19th century manufactory". This reference surveys the 19th century chairs and other furniture made by Hitchcock as well as the rise, fall, and revival of the Hitchcock factory. The standard reference to Hitchcock’s furniture. Hardcover. 8.5"x11", 339 pages, 11 color plates and 400+ b/w illustrations, dj. [08931] $85.00

 

66. Kernan, John Devereux. The Chait Collection of Chinese Export Silver. New York; Ralph M. Chait Galleries: 1985. Limited to 1000 copies. An important exhibition at the Chait Galleries. The firm took five years to assemble this collection, beginning by buying the Davis Collection of Chinese export silver which was then on loan to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. By the time the Chaits were through this was one of, if not the, largest collections of Chinese export silver in private hands. They then staged this exhibition of it to celebrate the firm's 75th Anniversary. John D. Kernan, who co-authored the landmark study "Chinese Export Silver", wrote this scholarly catalog, and it is beautifully illustrated with crisp b/w photographs, including many of hallmarks. Softcover. 8.5"x11", 269 pages, b/w illustrations, marks; slipcase; errata slip; near fine. [08977] $650.00

 

67. Krause, Gail. The Encyclopedia of Duncan Glass. Smithtown; Exposition Press: 1984. 3rd ptg. "A stunning, authoritative guide for collectors -complete with full-color and black-and-white illustrations". Hardcover. 6"x9", 223 pages, color, b/w and line illustrations, dj; light wear; a nice copy. [04789] $40.00

 

68. [Kushner] Robert Kushner -Opening Doors. New York; DCMoore Gallery: 2004. An exhibition of stunning paintings and screens which evoke a Japanese feeling, love of color and nature, while displaying a Western sense of campiness which is vaguely Warholian. Great fun and very beautiful. Softcover. 9.5"x9.5", 48 pages, color illustrations; a nice copy. [08884] $20.00

 

69. Leehey, Patrick M., et al. Paul Revere - Artisan, Businessman, and Patriot. The Man Behind the Myth. Boston; Paul Revere Memorial Association: 1988. Essays on all the other things Revere did besides ride horses. We all know that Revere was an accomplished and prolific silversmith, and that he engraved the occasional cartoon, such as his famous image of the 'Boston Massacre', but this exhibition documents his entire life, and all his other pursuits- merchandiser, dentist, Freemason, bell and cannon casting, and founding a major copper rolling manufactory (Revere Copper? That's our man). A wide-ranging and interesting exhibition. Hardcover. 8.5"x12", 191 pages, b/w illustrations, light wear. [08914] $50.00

70. As above, Softcover. 8.5"x12", 191 pages, b/w illustrations, light wear. [08913] $25.00

 

71. Lefebvre d'Argence, Rene-Yvon. Chinese Treasures from the Avery Brundage Collection. New York; The Asia Society: 1968. The catalog to a touring exhibition of wonderful pieces from the Brundage Collection. Includes paintings, sculpture, bronzes, jades, ceramics, and other decorative arts. The objects are nicely photographed and well described. Hardcover. 8"x9.5", 151 pages, color and b/w illustrations, dj; jacket with light wear, a few small tears. [05623] $35.00

 

72. Little, Nina Fletcher. Little by Little. Six Decades of Collecting American Decorative Arts. New York; E.P. Dutton: 1984. The Littles were unparalleled trendsetters and a moving force in the world of American country and folk arts for some sixty years. This is the story of their unique collection and how they built it, piece by piece, trip by trip, deal by deal. Along the way they met or dealt with most of the major figures in the antiques and arts, and many unforgettable minor ones, and they tell many interesting stories about their journey. The text is illustrated with hundreds of fabulous color photographs of pieces from their collection. Hardcover. 8.5"x11", 292 pages, color and b/w illustrations, dj. Small gift inscription on the endpaper; light wear. [08929] $125.00

 

73. Loubat, J.F. The Medallic History of the United States of America, 1776-1876. New Milford; N. Flayderman & Co.: 1967. Originally published in 1878. "Based on actual official records and correspondence of the U.S. government, it is unquestionably the finest study of Congressional medals. In an interesting manner, the author, a meticulous writer and researcher, has traced the development and history of each medal which was awarded by Congress for a single act of valor on land or sea. Medals from 1776-1876 are described in detail from the terms of their award to the designer, the number struck and whether in gold or silver". Hardcover. 6.5"x9.5", lxix + [xii] + 460 + [xvii] pages, plus 86 b/w plates, dj. Jacket with light wear. [08912] $75.00

 

74. Loukomski, G.K. L'Art Decoratif Russe. Paris; Vincent, Freal & Cie: 1928. A pictorial survey of Russian decorative arts with a brief French text and plate descriptions and 192 b/w plates. Covers carved-wood and bas reliefs, metals, ceramics and fabrics. Hardcover. 6.5"x9", decorated title page, 38 pages of text plus 192 b/w plates; bound in older blue quarter leather with marbled boards, raised bands, gilt title; covers a bit worn, rubbed along edges and tips, hinges worn, etc. Contents fine and overall a handsome copy. [04648] $175.00

 

75. Luckhurst, Kenneth W. The Story of Exhibitions. London; Studio Publications: 1951. The first industrial exhibition was held in London in 1761; everybody knows of the Great Exhibition at the Crystal Palace in 1851, and the World's Fair of 1939. Here are those, and countless others, in an entertaining survey of exhibitions, mostly Great, all certainly meant to be, from the 18th to the 20th century. The behind-the-scenes scoop. Hardcover. 6.5"x10", 223 pages, b/w plates, dj. A very good copy. [02533] $75.00

 

76. MacLaren, George. Nova Scotia Glass. Nova Scotia Museum, Occasional Paper No.4, Historical Series No.1. Revised edition, 1968. Pattern glass, bottles, lamps, shards, old photos of factories and historical notes. Softcover. 8.5"x11", 42 pages, many b/w illustrations. Near fine. [04614] $45.00

 

77. Malla, Kalayana, et al. Ananga Ranga. Stage of the Bodiless One. The Hindu Art of Love. Medical Press of New York: 1964. Translated and annotated by F.F. Arbuthnot and Richard Burton. With the "Pharmacopoeia 'Ars Amoris Indica' " by H.S. Gabers and S. Rama. A translation of the classic Hindu text, a companion to the Kama Sutra. Illustrated with photographs of erotic sculpture from several 10th-12th century Indian temples. Very frank and very artistic. Frank says it's artistic, so it must be so... Hardcover. 9"x11.5", 160+ pages, b/w illustrations, dj; light wear. [03761] $25.00

 

78. Manheim, Frank J. A Garland of Weights. Some Notes on Collecting Antique French Glass Paperweights for Those Who Don't. New York; Farrar, Straus and Giroux: 1967. An individualistic and engaging survey of the history of paperweights (specifically French paperweights of the late 19th and early 20th centuries) and the joys of collecting them. The author, a partner at Lehman Bros., was able to engage his passion for these beautiful objects, and here tried to explain to his bemused friends exactly why. Hardcover. 6"x9", 188 pages, 45 color plates, dj; jacket slightly worn. [04965] $125.00

 

th-02305.jpg (8842 bytes)79. [Matisse] Cowart, Jack, et al. Henri Matisse. Paper Cut-Outs. St. Louis Museum of Art & Detroit Institute of Arts, in association with Harry N. Abrams: 1977. Seventy-one year old Henri Matisse turned to paper cutting in 1941 while recovering from an operation. This is the first major study of his paper-cuts, written by Jack Cowart of the St. Louis Museum, John Hallmark Neff of the Detroit Institute of Arts, Jack D. Flam of Brooklyn College and Dominique Fourcade, a French art historian. Hardcover. 8.5"x11", 304 pages, color and b/w illustrations, dj; a near fine copy in a slightly worn dj with a few short closed tears. [02305] $125.00

 

80. [Matisse] Elderfield, John. The Cut-Outs of Henri Matisse. New York; George Braziller: 1978. "In 1941, while recovering from an operation that nearly claimed his life, seventy-one year old Henri Matisse turned to a technique that required less physical strength than oil painting -the paper cut-out...". Softcover. 8.5"x11", 127 pages, color and b/w illustrations; light wear. [02304] $25.00

 

81. McClinton, Katherine M. Collecting American 19th Century Silver. New York; Charles Scribner's Sons: 1968. The standard history of American silver as it wended its merry way through the Federal, Empire and Rococo periods and then on into various Victorian historical and revivalist styles, then back out by way of the Eclectic and Art Nouveau movements. A very popular, well illustrated book. Hardcover. 8"x10", 280 pages, profusely illustrated in b/w, dj; light wear. [08892] $40.00

 

82. McKinley, Wm. C. American Gem Cabochons. An Illustrated Handbook of Domestic Semi-Precious Stones Cut Unfacetted. Chicago; Lightner Publishing Company: 1939. Not a primary reference, but useful for the picture captions and the bibliography. Sinkankas has a few choice words to say about the deficiencies of the color plates, which are somewhat red-tinged. Hardcover. 6"x9", 77 pages, 7 color plates; covers dusty, some wear. [05009] $35.00

 

83. McLanathan, Richard B., et al. Art Across America. An Exhibition... Utica; Munson Williams Proctor Institute: 1960. A loan exhibition to celebrate the opening of the new Art Museum building. They selected American art from other institutions which were in communities with a population of 100,000 or less -an intriguing idea. The covers feature a very striking eagle by Leonard Baskin. Softcover. 8.5"x11", about 200 pages,b/w illustrations; light wear, a little soil. [02275] $35.00

 

84. McLeave, Hugh. Rogues in the Gallery. The Modern Plague of Art Thefts. Boston; David R. Godine: 1981. The art of stealing pictures is an ancient and time-honored one, but in the 20th century such thefts multiplied drastically. Former crime reporter Hugh McLeave delves into the belly of the beast that is modern art theft- the rings of professional thieves, insurance rackets, drug connections, dishonest or "uninterested" dealers, auctioneers and specialists... and draws a disturbing picture. Hardcover. 6.5"x9", 278 pages, b/w illustrations, dj; near. [05777] $25.00

 

th-03066.jpg (5844 bytes)85. Mez-Mangold, Lydia. A History of Drugs. Basle; F. Hoffmann-La Roche & Co., Ltd.: 1971. A well illustrated history of the development of drugs from ancient Mesopotamia and Egypt through the Middle Ages and Renaissance and the 19th century, sponsored by the giant Swiss drug maker. This is not an exhaustive scholarly treatise, but rather a well illustrated overview. Hardcover. 8.5"x12", 175 pages, many color and a few b/w illustrations, dj; light wear. [03066] $50.00

 

86. Middlemas, Keith. Antique Colored Glass. New York; Exeter Books: 1979. A nicely illustrated survey of antique colored glass, from Medieval times through the Renaissance, 18th and 19th centuries, and into the Art Nouveau period. Great fun for the glass lover. Hardcover. 8.5"x12", 120 pages, many color illustrations, dj; light soil. [02575] $30.00

 

th-05191.jpg (24068 bytes)87. Monaco, Domenico. Specimens from the Naples Museum. Naples; 1889. This survey of ancient Roman arts in the Naples Museum, almost all of them from Pompeii or Herculaneum, includes silver and glass, domestic metalware of all types and descriptions, fancy and household, lighting devices, cameos and jewelry, dress and hair ornaments, as well as ceramics, furniture, statuary, wall paintings and sculpture. Monaco was the Curator of the Museum, and notes- "this edition has been carefully revised for me by Mr. Neville Rolfe, who so kindly prepared the last English Edition of my Handbook to the Museum, and at his suggestion I have inserted from the best authorities a summary of the various legends and historical facts connected with the plates, which cannot but make the work instructive as well as entertaining". Indeed. Hardcover. 9"x12", 31 pages of letterpress text by E. Neville Rolfe, plus 168 engraved plates. Covers with some wear and soil, text pages very brittle and somewhat browned; pp.19/20 with a closed tear; several plates with moderate foxing, mostly only light foxing. [05191] $200.00

 

 

 

 

88. O'Brien, Richard. The Story of American Toys. From Puritans to the Present. New York; Abbeville Press: 1990. A delightful treasury of toys, a fantastic plethora of playthings, a trip up and down and around Memory Lane, lavishly illustrated. Want to get a dull party going? Put this coffee table book out and watch people go wild. This one will send you right to Ebay... what happens after that is up to you. Hardcover. 10"x10", 252 pages, loaded with color and b/w illustrations, dj; light wear. [04439] $75.00

 

89. Ornamental Ironwork. Fountains, Statuary, Vases, Urns, Lawn Furniture, Pedestals, Baptismal Fonts, Animals, Veranda, Summer House- Janes, Kirtland & Co. 1870. Princeton; The Pyne Press: 1971. A facsimile of this fine 1870 catalog of ornamental cast iron. Softcover. 8.5"x11", about 60 pages, line illustrations; light wear; last 2 pages slightly pulled but tight. [08948] $40.00

 

90. Palliser, F. & M.A. Mottoes for Monuments or Epitaphs selected for study or application. London; John Murray: 1872. A wonderful compilation intended for the use of the enthusiastic Victorian browsing for his own (or someone else's) gravestone epitaph. The text is illustrated with plates after Flaxman and others. Hardcover. 5"x7.5", vi + 156 pages, + 32 page book catalog. 10 b/w plates, many text illustrations. Purple cloth with gilt emblem and title. Spine sunned, else a very nice copy. [00599] $125.00

 

91. Pappas, Joan & A. Harold Kendall. Hampshire Pottery manufactured by J.S. Taft & Company, Keene, New Hampshire. Manchester; Forward's Color Productions: 1971. The only general guide to this pottery; many unusual pieces are illustrated in good color plates. Spiral bound. 6"x9", 2 pages of text plus 21 color plates with facing descriptions; spiral bound; some wear. [05173] $85.00

 

92. Peck, Amelia (ed.). Alexander Jackson Davis, American Architect 1803-1892. New York; Metropolitan Museum of Art / Rizzoli: 1992. A fabulous study of the life and work of this very influential and innovative Victorian American architect. Softcover. 8.5"x11", 192 pages, color and b/w illustrations, a fine copy. [02153] $35.00

 

93. [Pendleton Collection.] Catalogue - The Pendleton Collection. Providence; Rhode Island School of Design: 1916. A short handlist/descriptive catalog to the collection, with an anonymous preface describing the 1904 catalog and the history of the collection. Softcover. 5.5"x8", 35 pages. A fine copy. [00923] $35.00

 

94. Perdigao, Jose de Azeredo. Calouste Gulbenkian, Collector. Lisbon; Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation: 1969. Calouste Gulbenkian was a Turkish financier and a pioneer player in the Western development of Middle Eastern oil -consequently he became very, very rich and collected fine paintings, sculpture, carpets, coins, furniture and other decorative arts on a grand scale. Today his foundation funds endeavors in the arts, charity, education and science, and the museum houses his grand collections. This volume contains tributes to the great collector by his son-in-law and others who knew him, as well as quotes from his personal diaries and letters. An interesting look at the collecting career of one of the 20th century's greatest private collectors. Hardcover. 8.5"x11", 237 pages, color and b/w plates and illustrations, dj; light wear, a little soil. [08956] $50.00

 

95. Phillips, John Marshall. Early American Silver Selected from the Mabel Brady Garvan Collection, Yale University. Yale University Art Gallery: 1960. John Marshall Phillips was one of the foremost experts on American silver in the mid-20th century, and was curator of the Mabel Brady Garvan Collection from 1935 until his untimely death in 1953. The Garvan Collection is thought by many to be the single finest collection of early American silver ever assembled, and it should, by rights, have been catalogued by its first scholarly custodian, but such was not to be. That is not to denigrate the exceptional and sympathetic work done by Graham Hood and Kathryn Buhler who did eventually catalog the collection in a very magnum opus, still a model of cataloging perfection. But still... one would like to know what Mr. Phillips would have created, given the opportunity. As a clue we have this, a reissue of an essay he wrote about the collection for The Connoisseur Yearbook in 1952, the year before he died, with additional illustrations. Phillips early death cut short his work as an author on the subject he loved and knew so well, but tantalizing exceptions remain, of which this is one. Softcover. 7"x7", 43 pages, b/w illustrations, some soil. [08905] $25.00

 

96. Phillips, John Marshall. Masterpieces of New England Silver 1650-1800. Yale University, Gallery of Fine Arts: 1939. An early loan exhibition which was catalogued and introduced by Phillips.The exhibition totaled 250 examples, including 24 examples of Colonial goldwork which are described but not illustrated. Also included were several portraits and miniatures of Paul Revere, Nathaniel Hurd and Edward Winslow. Softcover. 6.5"x9.5", 97 pages plus 16 b/w plates; light wear. [08903] $100.00

 

97. Piers, Harry. Economic Minerals of Nova Scotia. Catalogue and Description of a Collection at the Dominion Exhibition, Halifax. Halifax; The Commissioner of Public Works and Mines: 1906. The collection was originally formed in 1903, and was permanently housed at the Provincial Museum. A scarce catalog, with only 2 OCLC listings. Softcover. 6.25"x9.5", 60 [1] pages; paper browned and extremely brittle; covers with light chipping all around and a 1.5" portion of the lower corner gone; rear cover detached; very fragile. Short presentation inscription by Piers on the cover. [04742] $100.00

 

98. Prendergast, Maurice. Maurice Prendergast. Large Boston Public Garden Sketchbook. New York; George Braziller in association with The Metropolitan Museum of Art: 1987. A full-color, photographic facsimile of Prendergast's sketchbook, created between 1892 and 97. The 44 pages reproduced are mostly devoted to watercolor sketches, with some pencil and pen & ink drawings as well. The subjects are the people and scenes of the beautiful Boston Public Gardens. The Preface notes- "It is probably the largest of the 84 known sketchbooks used by Maurice Predergast. From the large pages, exuberance and color radiates". There is an introduction by George Szabo. Hardcover. 11.5"x14.5", xxii pages plus 40 facsimile sheets in color; slipcased. Several minor dings to the case, but a very nice copy. [05251] $65.00

 

99. Pulleyn, William. Church=Yard Gleanings, and Epigrammatic Scraps: being a collection of remarkable Epitaphs and Epigrams... London; Samuel Maunder: nd (1830). An early English collection, half epitaphs and half other epigrams. The engraved frontispiece, showing the author (?) hard at work in the middle of a graveyard, is quite charming. Hardcover. 4.5"x8", i-iv, vii-xxiii, 264 pages; engraved frontispiece. Bound in period (original?) plain boards. Covers with some soil and wear; spine heavily chipped at the base and top, with about a half inch of loss at the top and a quarter at the bottom. Hinges chipped and split, with the two covers held in place by several of the binding cords. A bit of soil internally. [00551] $150.00

 

100. Rackham, Bernard. Catalogue of English Porcelain, Earthenware, Enamels and Glass collected by Charles Schrieber Esq. M.P. and The Lady Charlotte Elizabeth Schreiber. Volume 3- Enamels and Glass. London; Victoria and Albert Museum: 1928. The last volume in the three-volume catalog of porcelain, pottery and glass & enamels of the Lady Charlotte Schreiber Collection, and complete in-and-of itself. Actually, enamels form by far the main portion of this book, and most of them are Battersea, Bilston and Wednesbury; Liverpool, and foreign enamels are also represented. Hardcover. 7.5"x10", 102 pages, plus 48 b/w plates; light wear, but a nice copy. [08986] $75.00

 

101. Ray, Dorothy J. Eskimo Art. Tradition and Innovation in North Alaska. Seattle; University of Washington Press: 1977. A well illustrated study of North Alaskan native arts from the first contact with Europeans to the present day. "Dorothy Ray presents the first comprehensive description, analysis and interpretation of all the arts and crafts of north Alaska, from the Saint Michael area to the Alaska-Canada border... the book is illustrated with over 300 photographs". Includes wooden masks and sculptures, carved ivory objects, painting, engraving and graphic art, skin, cloth & fur work, and jewelry, as well as jade, horn, stone, quill, baleen and birchbark. Hardcover. 9"x11", 298 pages, 307 b/w illustrations, dj. Light wear. [05207] $85.00

 

102. Rheims, Maurice. L'Objet 1900. Paris; Art et Metiers Graphiques: 1964. A wonderful early pictorial survey of French Art Nouveau objects, from glass, silver, statues, pottery and jewelry to bookbindings, card cases and clocks. The color plates are beautifully lit and composed, and the objects exemplify the wild and wandering spirit of art nouveau splendidly. Hardcover. 6.5"x9", 157+ pages, 101 color illustrations; colorful pictorial covers; a very nice copy. [03837] $40.00

 

103. Ricker, Hiram & Sons. Exhibition of American Art. Seventeenth Annual Exhibition of Paintings and Sculpture by Prominent Painters and Sculptors at the Poland Springs Art Gallery. Portland: Hiram Ricker and Sons: 1911. Includes the work of many prominent (and otherwise) New England artists. Softcover. 5.5"x8", 42 pages, plus 19 b/w plates. A little light soil, some toning on the covers. [08963] $35.00

 

104. Rinhart, Floyd & Marion. American Daguerreian Art. New York; Clarkson Potter: 1967. An excellent study of the development of daguerreotypes and their cases. Daguerreotypes enjoyed a brief popularity- from about 1840 to 1860, when they were supplanted by tintypes, but that 20-year period saw some exquisite work. This study includes both the well-known portraits and the lesser-known landscape and town pictures. It also includes the first full coverage of the work of Levi Hill, who invented the color process for daguerreotypes. Hardcover. 8.5"x11", 132 pages, 89 b/w and color illustrations, dj. [03810] $65.00

 

105. Roberts, Kenneth L. Antiquamania. Garden City; Doubleday, Doran & Company: 1928. First edition. "The Collected Papers of Professor Milton Kilgallen, F.R.S. of Ugsworth College, Elucidating the Difficulties in the Path of the Antique Dealer and Collector, and presenting various methods of meeting and overcoming them". A fun little farce on antiques and collectors, originally published in a smaller form in 1923 as "The Collector's Whatnot", authored by "Cornelius Obenchain Van Loot, Milton Kilgallen and Murgatroyd Elphinstone", but actually written by Kenneth Roberts and Booth Tarkington. Hardcover. 5"x7.5", 260 pages, b/w illustrations. Some cover soil along the edges, tips worn, spine with slight corrosion hole, but a better copy than is usually found of this poorly-made book that is usually beat to heck; with most of the uncommon dust jacket- jacket separated along the front fold, large corner of front panel lost, along with the top 1/3 of the spine panel, and some other heavy chipping and loss at the base of the jacket. Still, most of the jacket is better than none... [05635] $100.00

 

106. Rochester Optical Co. The Premo Camera. Rochester Optical Co. 1898. Cameras, Lenses, Accessories. Princeton; Pyne Press: 1971. From the American Historical Catalog Collection Series. A reprint of an interesting camera and accessory catalog from the turn of the century. A picture is worth a thousand words, so I'll shut up now... Softcover. 6"x9", 103 + 8 pages, b/w illustrations; a fine copy. [03374] $40.00

 

107. Roe, F. Gordon. Victorian Corners. The Style and Taste of an Era. London; George Allen and Unwin Ltd.: 1968. "A loving and leisurely illumination" of Victorian times, foibles and taste in decorations, which its author calls "one long digression". Only F.G. Roe could serve up Victorian modes and manners in this entertaining, incisive style. Hardcover. 7.5"x10", 116 pages, b/w and line illustrations, dj. Jacket worn. [03840] $40.00

 

108. Rogers, Rev. Charles. Monuments and Monumental Inscriptions in Scotland. London; Charles Griffin and Co.: 1871. Primarily a survey of churchyards, their gravestones and epitaphs. A descriptive text rather than a collection of transcriptions. Hardcover. 2 volumes. 6"x8.5", xvi + 534; xi + 439 pages. 2 chromolithographed frontispieces. Bound in period quarter leather. Covers with some wear and rubbing; a little internal soil and spotting; pictures pasted to each front pastedown. [00633] $325.00

 

109. Roth, Rodris. Floor Coverings in 18th-Century America. Washington; Smithsonian Institution: 1967. U.S. National Museum Bulletin 250. A standard study, one of the only ones on this subject. Illustrated with period paintings as well as contemporary photographs. Softcover. 8.5"x11", 64 pages, 28 b/w illustrations; light wear, but a nice copy. [08943] SOLD

 

110. [Rouault] Courthion, Pierre. Georges Rouault. Including a catalogue of works prepared with the collaboration of Isabelle Rouault. New York; Harry N. Abrams: 1961. "Pierre Courthion has been gathering his material for years, first from the artist himself and then from the family. Throughout, he has been advisd and encouraged by Mlle. Isabelle Rouault, her father's artistic executor. Rouault is frequently quoted in the text, and a special section of his writings is included; the hundreds of illustrations in the Classified Catalogue trace his artistic course in minute detail. Thus, this volume can easily claim to be the most complete, authoritative, and well-documented work ever published on Rouault". Hardcover. 8.5"x11.5", 489 pages, 49 tipped-in color plates, hundreds of b/w illustrations, dj; a near fine copy in a lightly worn jacket. [02476] $125.00

 

111. [Sage] Kay Sage, 1898-1963. Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art: 1977. A loan exhibition of the works of this important American surrealist who was married to Yves Tanguy. Softcover. 7"x10", 26 pages plus 39 b/w plates and a portrait; light wear; 2 plates apparently wrinkled during printing and one is slightly distorted. [05928] $30.00

 

112. Schaefer, Herwin. Nineteenth Century Modern. The Functional Tradition in Victorian Design. New York; Praeger Publishers: 1970. A revisionist view of Victorian design, which finds Functionalist traditions in the heart of 19th Century design melodrama. " 'Nineteenth Century Design' demonstrates its intriguing thesis with a comprehensive text and with almost three-hundred photographs of machines, tools furniture, hardware, and other items from Europe and America. The visual material also illustrates the extraordinary beauty of ordinary objects whose forms perfectly match their functions...". Hardcover. 9"x10.5", 211 pages, 289 b/w illustrations, dj. Jacket with some soil and a long tear. [03799] $65.00

 

113. Schretlen, M.J. & M.J. Friedlaender. Dutch and Flemish Woodcuts of the Fifteenth Century. Boston; Houghton Mifflin Company: 1925. The author writes- "it (is) strange that so little attention should have been paid to the Dutch woodcuts of the 15th century... the art of woodcutting of that period flourished in a very remarkable and characteristic way in the Netherlands. It was a living art in the truest sense of the word, and though it appears to have originated directly from the art of miniatures... it still reveals an intense life of its own everywhere." The only serious study of the subject prior to this one was Conway's in 1884 which, as Schretlen points out, has the unforgivable defect (for a book about prints) of lacking any illustrations! Hardcover. 9.5"x13", viii + 71 pages, plus 84 b/w plates. A fine, bright, clean, crisp copy. [00251] $200.00

 

114. Scott, Henry E., Jr. The Adams Family of Martha's Vineyard. Rutland; Mercury Publishing: 1987. A survey of the Adams's of Chilmark and Tisbury in the 18-20th centuries. Includes many interesting photographs of their 18th and 19th century houses and several floor plans. Hardcover. 7"x10", 64 pages, b/w illustrations; near fine. [06323] $25.00

 

115. Selz, Peter & Mildred Constantine [eds.]. Art Nouveau. Art and Design at the Turn of the Century. New York; Museum of Modern Art /New York Graphic Society: 1975. Revised edition. The catalog to an important loan exhibition, first issued in 1959. The text and illustrations cover graphic design, painting, sculpture & prints, decorative arts, and architecture. Includes essays by Greta Daniel, Alan Fern, Henry-Russell Hitchcock, and Peter Selz. Softcover. 8.5"x9.5", 192 pages, b/w and color illustrations; bibliography; light wear. [08953] $25.00

 

th-05692.jpg (7448 bytes)116. Shinn, Deborah S., et al. Bon Voyage. Design for Travel. New York; Cooper-Hewitt Museum: 1986. A wonderful journey through the accoutrements and amusements of travel over the past several hundreds years, from hat boxes and elaborate and expensive traveling cases to sketchbooks, portable sundials, travel beds and luggage labels. Softcover. 10"x8.5", 128 pages, color and b/w illustrations; minor wear, a little corner rubbing. [05692] $40.00

 

117. Shuman III, John A. Art Glass Sampler. A Pictorial Guide to 57 Diversified Types of Art Glass from around the World. Des Moines; Wallace Homestead Book Co.: 1978. Interesting in a funky way. The author set out to provide an overview of a wide variety of art glass, including Amberina, Bohemian, Bristol, Burmese, Cameo, Carnival, Clevenger, Coin Glass, Coraleneand so on. You can see how it goes- some types, some factories, some fairly broad swathes to be cut. The rather small, flat photos are often of little help. With these deficiencies this is not a primary reference, but the dogged collector will doubtless still be able to glean something of value and interest. Softcover. 8.5"x11", 142 pages, color and b/w illustrations, light wear. [06293] $35.00

 

118. Singer, Paul. Early Chinese Gold & Silver. New York; China House Gallery: 1971. A loan exhibition of a wide range of articles, from the Shang through the Sung dynasties. Softcover. 8"x9", 72 pages, b/w illustrations; light wear. [08907] $40.00

 

119. Sprigg, June & David Larkin. Shaker. Life, Work and Art. New York; Stewart, Tabori & Chang: 1987. A beautifully photographed, well-written exploration of the lives, works, architecture, arts, and furniture of the Shakers. Sprigg, Curator at Hancock Shaker Village, had worked with the Shakers since 1972 and brings special insight to the subject. This looks like a glossy coffee table book, but is much more. Hardcover. 9.5"x11.5", 272 pages, color and b/w illustrations, dj. Bibliography. Light wear, but a very nice copy. [08967] $35.00

 

120. Squibb, Edward R. Proposed Legislation on the Adulteration of Food and Medicine. New York; G.P. Putnam's Sons: 1879. "Rough draft of a proposed law to prevent the adulteration of food and medicine, and to create a state board of health, with explanations and illustrations of the principal points of the law. Reprinted from 'The Transactions of the Medical Society of the State of New York' for 1879. Notes in reply to criticisms by the press. The British 'Sales of Food and Drugs Act of 1875' with notices of some rulings of the British court".

Dr. Edward R. Squibb was a Navy physician who left the service in 1858 to found his own laboratory. In 1877 he helped save the "United States Pharmacopoeia", the standard guide to drug standards in the United States. In 1879 he gave the speech this essay is based on, calling for national food and drug standards. Ten days afterwards federal legislation was filed, but it languished in Congress for many decades, a victim to the "states vs. federal government" squabbles. Squibbs' laboratory, meanwhile, became E.R. Squibb & Sons in 1892, and continues today as Bristol-Myers Squibb, the third largest pharmaceutical company in the United States. Hardcover. 5.25"x7.5", 57 pages; an ex-library copy in library covers of plaid boards and cloth tape; title page embossed, clear taped and with several notes, but the rest of the text is clean. [05475] $125.00

 

121. [St. James Church] An Act for pulling down the Church of Saint James at Clerkenwell, in the County of Middlesex, and for building a New Church, and making a new Church-yard, or Cemetery, in the said Parish, with convenient Avenues and Passages thereto. London; Charles Eyre and Andrew Strahan: May 18th, 1788. An interesting record of the work it took to take down an old church and graveyard and put up a new one. St. James at Clerkenwell was a combination of 17th and 18th century styles built over an older abbey; it was taken down and replaced by a nice Georgian structure which still stands. Much of this document has to do with the financing of the project, the trustees, and arrangements to purchase adjoining lands. There is, however, mention of the existing graveyard and memorials and tombs within the church, and how they are to be treated and preserved. It is also decreed that the only burials in the new church shall be in vaults. Removed from a larger volume, with a new paper spine; 8"x12", pp.259-302; light soil. [06010] $150.00

 

th-05019.jpg (8636 bytes)122. St. M. Watson, G.L.de. The Story of Napoleon's Death-Mask told from the original documents. London; John Lane: 1915. Edition limited to 500 copies. An attempt to clear up the century-old controversy over the authenticity of the "competing" Napoleon death masks which only succeeded in muddying the waters further. Watson dismisses the Antommarchi mask as a copy of the Burton mask, a theory with which at least some contemporary experts agree, and tirelessly works out a timetable for Burton which allows his mask to be genuine, if damaged and unreliable. He then, however, makes a case for the so-called "Sankey Cast", purportedly taken by artist Joseph William Rubidge, who also sketched the dead emperor on his death bed. Experts today regard the Sankey/Rubidge cast as the least likely of any to be authentic, but Watson put up a good fight... An intriguing book on this rather esoteric, if contentious, subject. Hardcover. 6"x9", x, [2] 208 pages; 6 b/w plates; minor cover scuffing, tips worn, name erased from rear endpaper resulting in a few pinholes; else a very nice copy. [05019] $250.00

 

123. Stebbins, Theodore E., Jr., Carol Troyen, & Trevor J. Fairbrother. A New World: Masterpieces of American Painting 1760-1910. Boston; Museum of Fine Arts: 1983. An important exhibition, designed for the Louvre, featuring 110 masterpieces from 43 American institutions and 15 private collections. Softcover. 8.5"x11", 351 pages, packed with color and b/w illustrations; light wear. [03299] $35.00

 

124. Stein, Anne-Marie. Three Picassos Before Breakfast. Memoirs of an Art Forger's Wife. New York; Hawthorn Books: 1973. The memoir of Anne-Marie Stein, wife of art-forger David Stein, who spent several prolific and successful years churning out fake Chagalls, Picassos, Dufys, Derains, and other work of 20th century Masters. Stein cut a swath through the world of Paris and New York art galleries, opened and closed his own gallery in Palm Beach, and was finally tripped up not by his ability as a forger, which was prodigious, but by his inability to count the days on the calendar... Hardcover. 6.5"x9.5", 192 pages, b/w illustrations, dj; jacket with some wear, text block slightly slanted, a little edge soil, etc. [08960] $25.00

 

th-03580.jpg (7594 bytes)125. Stevens, Geo[rge]. Alex[ander]. A Lecture on Heads... with additions by Mr. Pilon, as delivered by Mr. Charles Lee Lewis, to which is added an Essay on Satire. With forty-seven heads by Nesbit, from designs by Thurston. London; Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme and Brown: 1821. A New Edition. Stevens' satiric lecture on heads, fashion, and the whims and foibles of those who have heads was first performed in 1764, and met with such popular acclaim that pirated editions soon began to surface. Lewes, an actor who performed the lecture himself, describes these problems in his "Address to the Public". The lecture owes much to Stevens' observant wit, and its popularity into the 19th century to the craze for physiognomy, which it parodies. Stevens [1710-1784] was a poet and playwright, but nothing he did ever equaled the popularity of this lecture. He also achieved some minor note as (apparently) the person who coined the term "merry-go-round" for carousels, in a 1729 poem. Hardcover. 4"x6.5", 110 [ii] pages, b/w frontispiece and line illustrations in the text; nicely bound in dark brown quarter leather with raised bands and gilt medallions; marbled boards; slight wear, text a bit browned and with a little soil, but a nice copy. Binding signed with an embossed "JB". [03580] $250.00

 

126. Stieb, Ernst W. Drug Adulteration, Detection and Control in Nineteenth-Century Britain. Madison; The University of Wisconsin Press: 1966. An excellent study. Hardcover. 6.5"x9.5", 335 pages, several b/w plates, rubbed dj. [02267] $50.00

 

127. Tardy. Les Poincons des Etains Francais. Paris; Tardy: 1981. A very popular and handy compilation of French pewter marks. Softcover. 5"x6", 284 pages, folding chart, b/w and line illustrations; covers with light soil, darkened edge; slight damp wrinkle in the lower corner. [08962] $40.00

 

Arsenic in the Wallpaper??

th-05489.jpg (25561 bytes)128. Teale, T. Pridgin. Dangers to Health: A Pictorial Guide to Domestic Sanitary Defects. London; J. & A. Churchill & Leeds; Charles Goodall: 1879. 2nd edition. It is no wonder people died young in the 19th century; between bad food and bad drains I am surprised anyone made it past the age of 6. This book is about bad drains -bad by design, and bad by fraud.

Dr. Pridgin (1831-1923) was a surgeon at the General Infirmary in Leeds, and the genesis of this book was a lecture he gave to the Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society on the subject "Dangers to Health in our own Houses". As he was preparing the lecture, he recounts, "having discovered and rectified one by one the numerous defects of drainage in my own house, and in property under my charge, and having further traced illness amongst my patients to scandalous carelessness and gross dishonesty in drain work, I became indignantly alive to the fact that very few houses are safe to live in".

And so began his crusade, of which this book was a part. His intent was to educate, inform, and goad the public and politicians into action in the form of better regulations and oversight. This book described more than 50 problems that can cause various types of illness and death, each one illustrated in a clearly drawn line plate, some tinted with blue or other colors, with facing text pages describing the problem, many from actual cases. Although most of the book deals specifically with plumbing, he also takes on such frauds as a "Speculating builder buying 'seconds'", "Drains made of 'seconds' ", " 'Road muck' and 'midden refuse' for mortar and plaster", "Economy in excavation at the expense of fall in a drain", and "poisonous wallpapers", an interesting page on the use of arsenic in wallpapers (even those advertised as "arsenic free") and the resulting ill effects. Actually, the information that arsenic was widely used in Victorian wallpapers is still of great interest to those involved in historical restorations who might uncover such wallpapers which have been papered over by subsequent decorators. A clear and frank study by a Victorian reformer who was determined to make life safer.

Hardcover. 5.75"x8.5", 10 pages plus 55 partially-colored plates with facing text, plus vi pages, plus a 24-page catalog of other books published by Churchill & Leeds. Green cloth pictorial covers with gilt design of a hand holding a candle flame to a leaky pipe; light wear, a little soil and a few spots, slightly shaken, but a very nice copy, overall. [05489] $275.00

 

129. Thomas, Davis & Karin Ronnefeldt (eds.). People of the First Man. Life Among the Plains Indians in Their Final Days of Glory... New York; Promontory Press: 1982. "The firsthand account of Prince Maximilian's Expedition up the Missouri River, 1833-34". This narrative, reprinted here with new notes, is one of the classic early 19th century travelogues of Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, Dakota, and Montana. Artist Karl Bodmer accompanied the expedition, and his watercolors are reproduced here. Hardcover. 10.5"x12", 256 pages, loaded with color and b/w illustrations, dj; a near fine copy in a lightly soiled jacket. [02350] $75.00

 

130. Thwing, Leroy. Flickering Flames. A History of Domestic Lighting through the Ages. London; G. Bell and Sons: 1959. Leroy Thwing traces the development of domestic lighting from prehistoric times through the Victorian era in this popular and widely-used reference. Thwing is exclusively concerned with lamps and candlesticks (no gas) and his style has been called "antiquarian" (Ames & Ward) which should be taken to mean folksy rather than academic. Although the book is now a bit dated and has deficiencies, including somewhat flat photographs, it remains an interesting and useful history, and is certainly well worth reading if one is interested in lighting and its history. Hardcover. 138 pages, 96 b/w plates, line illustrations in the text; dj. Slight wear, top of spine head rubbed, jacket rather tattered with a few chunks missing. [06318] $40.00

 

131. Torrey, Julia W. Old Sheffield Plate. Its Technique and History Illustrated in a Single Private Collection. Boston; Houghton Mifflin: 1918. Limited to 500 copies. Julia Torrey and her husband began their collection of Sheffield plate with a dozen pieces handed down in the family, but then they moved to England and their eyes were opened to the full possibilities of collecting Sheffield wares. Soon they were haunting country auctions and dusty antique shops and ferreting out fine and rare plate, always culling and winnowing their collection and upgrading with better and better pieces. Torrey worked with Frederick Bradbury and other officials at Sheffield in preparing the historical and technical portion of the book, but the real interest here lies in the stories about the pieces, their history and how they were collected. The first generation of unearthing of long-forgotten Sheffield plate by the pioneering collectors is far behind us, but this book takes the reader back to those halcyon days. Hardcover. 7"x10", 90 pages plus 65 b/w plates. A very nice copy with some light rubbing and a little soil. [08902] $125.00

 

132. Trendall, A.D. A New Polychrome Vase from Centuripe. [contained in the] Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, January, 1955. An ancient vase from Sicily featuring polychrome decoration of woman; the article also discusses and illustrates related pieces. Softcover. 7.5"x10", 6 pages [article] 5 b/w illustrations; [Bulletin total- 24 pages]; light wear, tips thumbed, etc. [08888] $25.00

 

133. Umbraco, Kitty & Russell. Iridescent Stretch Glass. Berkeley; Al Cembura: 1972. One of those spiral bound jobs, with much higher production values than they usually exhibit. The text includes a history of iridescent stretch glass and notes on the companies that made it. Softcover. 6"x9", 62 pages, b/w illustrations and 22 color plates with facing descriptions; spiral bound; a fine copy; signed by the authors. [03980] $40.00

 

134. Unger, Frederick W. Epitaphs. A unique collection of post mortem comment, obituary wit, and quaint and gruesome fancy. Philadelphia; The Penn Publishing Company: 1906. 2nd Prtg. The author had made a detailed study of past epitaph literature and attempted to include only previously unrecorded epitaphs or those that had only appeared in "rare publications, long out of print". Hardcover. 4.75"x6", 169 pages + 15 pages of book listings. A fine copy in a lightly worn jacket with one 1" closed tear. [00498] $45.00

 

135. [Van Gogh] Pickvance, Ronald. Van Gogh in Saint-Remy and Auvres. New York; Metropolitan Museum of Art / Harry N. Abrams: 1986. The catalog to a highly-acclaimed exhibition, companion to the exhibition of Van Gogh's work at Arles. In 1889 and 1890, Van Gogh spent the last year and two months of his life at a private asylum in Saint-Remy-de-Provence, and then under the care of Dr. Gachet in Auvres-sur-Oise. During this period he painted many of his most famous canvases, and during his last months, at Auvres, his art seemed to undergo a final simplification and increase in intensity. This catalog weaves brilliantly colored reproductions of his vibrant paintings with period photographs, letters, drawings and a scholarly text to present these ultimate months in the life of the great artist. Hardcover. 9"x11.5", 325 pages, packed with color and b/w illustrations, dj; small gift inscription on endpaper, else a near fine copy. [03765] $50.00

 

136. Visionary Architects. Boullee. Ledoux. Lequeu. Houston; University of St. Thomas: 1968. Architecture from the mid-18th century to the early 19th century witnessed the confrontation between the baroque & rococo and neoclassicism, which produced a wholly new architecture in France... Softcover. 9"x9", 240 pages, b/w illustrations, near fine. [04390] $30.00

 

137. Walker, Dorothy. Modern Art in Ireland. The Lilliput Press: 1997. The Second World War brought many Irish artists back to their native soil and changed the course of 20th century Irish art, which up until then had been ruled by the Royal Hibernian Academy and the school of National Realism. In 1943, with founding of the Irish Expedition of Living Art, modernism reared its head, and Irish artists never looked back. Dorothy Walker's book begins at this moment, examines the pioneers who broke the new ground, and then surveys where Irish art has gone on to from there in the last half of the 20th century. "The text is sumptuously illustrated with over 200 reproductions and installation shots, mostly in colour, of the works of all the important figures- from the Cubism of Jellet through the landscapes of Tony O'Malley and Camille Souter, the Expressionism of the late Jack B. Yeats and Patrick Graham, and the Pop art of Robert Ballagh and Michael Farrell, to the abstract painting of Felim Egan and Ciaran Lennon, the performance art of Nigel Rolfe, the surrealism of Dorothy Cross and the conceptual art of James Coleman and Kathy Prendergast. It constitutes a remarkable visual record of the past half-century of art in Ireland". Hardcover. 9.5"x11.5", 239 pages, color and b/w illustrations, dj; a fine copy in a lightly rubbed jacket -really very nice. [08976] $650.00

 

138. Watson, Wendy M. Italian Renaissance Maiolica from the William A. Clark Collection. London; Scala Books / Harper & Row: 1986. A colorful and scholarly catalog of this fabulous collection. The color plates are of excellent quality. Softcover. 7"x10", 192 pages, color and b/w illustrations; light wear, a very nice copy. [08935] $25.00

 

139. Weeks, Jeanne G. & Donald Treganowan. Rugs and Carpets of Europe and the Western World. Philadelphia; Chilton Book Company: 1969. A history and survey of antique carpets from Spain, France, England, Scandinavia, Greece and America. Hardcover. 7.5"10.5", 251 pages, profusely illustrated in b/w, with some color plates. A fine copy in a lightly soiled and worn jacket. [00970] $45.00

 

140. Whitehead, Ruth Holmes. Elitekey. Micmac Material Culture from 1600 A.D. to the Present. Nova Scotia Museum: 1980. Very little 17th and 18th century Micmac material has survived, but the Nova Scotia Museum has a good collection of what is available, and from that Whitehead prepared this study of Micmac artifacts from the "post-contact" period, including costume, quillwork, and work in birchbark, wood, stone, bone and natural fibers. There is a bibliography. Softcover. 10"x8.5", 84 pages, b/w illustrations; some cover rubbing. [04540] $25.00

 

141. Zdunic, Drago (ed.). Primitive Painting. An Anthology of the World's Naïve Painters. New York; Alpine Fine Arts: 1981. A refrigerator-sized book celebrating the work of the world's "primitive" or "naive" painters, including artists from North and South America, Europe, the Soviet Union, Haiti, Bali, Israel, China, and Japan. Illustrated with stunning, full-page color plates. Hardcover. 13"x16", 327 pages, loaded with color illustrations, dj; jacket with some soil, some light wear overall, but a nice copy. [08973] SOLD

 

 

And Now, Some New Publisher’s Overstocks-

th-95042.jpg (6445 bytes)Fox, William L. (ed.). Valley of the Craftsmen: A Pictorial History: Scottish Rite Freemasonry in America's Southern Jurisdiction, 1801-2001. The Supreme Council 33. Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, Southern Jurisdiction: 2001. “George Washington was made an Entered Apprentice Mason in the lodge at Fredericksburg, Virginia, in 1752, and used a Masonic gavel to lay the cornerstone of the U.S. Capitol four decades later. Benjamin Franklin not only printed the first Masonic publication in colonial America, he was also a member of the Lodge of the Nine Muses in Paris, along with his good friend Voltaire. Two centuries later, Buzz Aldrin carried a Banner of the Supreme Council of the Scottish Rite, Southern Jurisdiction, to the moon on Apollo 11. Heavily illustrated with color and black and white photographs of stately temples and humble meetinghouses, august personages, ceremonial artifacts, and key documents and images, this history follows the founding and growth of the first, Charleston-based chapter of the "Scottish Rite" of Freemasons in America, and removes much of the obfuscation that has often inspired paranoia about the secret fraternal society.” Hardcover. 10.5”x12”, 269 pages, profusely illustrated in black & white and color; dj. New. [95042]

Published at $75.00
Available for a limited time for $25.00


 

th-95041.jpg (8665 bytes)Syndram, Dirk & Antje Scherner (eds.). Princely Splendour. The Dresden Court 1580-1620. Electa/ Metropolitan Museum of Art: 2004. “The Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden is the artistic and cultural treasury of Saxony. This exhibit catalog features more than 150 major works of art from the museum-as well as from the world-renowned treasure chamber Grünes Gewölbe (Green Vault)-that illustrate the richness of one of the most spectacular princely collections of Europe from the turn of the 17th century, known as the Dresden Kunstkammer. During this period of unusual economic prosperity, the Electors of Saxony amassed exotic materials and precious stones mounted with gold and silver, along with ivory turnings, ebony furniture, clocks and clockwork figures, arms and armor, and bronze sculpture by important European artists. The book is illustrated with more than 175 color photographs, and gives the provenance of each piece and describes its importance in detail.” Softcover. 10”x11”, 319 pages, 175+ color illustrations. Bibliography. New. [95041]

Published at $45.00
Available for a limited time for $25.00


 

th-95040.jpg (7558 bytes)Wees, Beth Carver. English, Irish & Scottish Silver at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. New York; Hudson Hills Press: 1997. “The Clark Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts, holds one of the largest and finest collections of English silver outside of England, including many masterpieces. It was begun in the 1910s by Singer sewing machine heir Robert Sterling Clark, who bought both luxury items by prominent makers and domestic wares, many of which had been owned by the most celebrated patrons of the 18th and 19th centuries. This substantive volume, with more than 1200 duotone illustrations and 19 color plates, catalogs every object in the collection, including 76 pieces by Paul de Lamerie and many more by other great Huguenot silversmiths. Detailed entries about some 850 objects provide marks, inscriptions, heraldry, construction notes, comments, provenance, and exhibition and publication history.” Hardcover. 9.5”x12”, 595 pages, 19 color plates and 1,222 b/w illustrations, dj. Bibliography. New. [95040]

Published at $125.00
Available for a limited time for $40.00


 

And Some Other Publisher’s Overstocks-

portlandvase.jpg (5721 bytes)Brooks, Robin. The Portland Vase. The Extraordinary Odyssey of a Mysterious Roman Treasure. New York; Harper Collins: 2004. "Created for an Emperor, exhumed from a burial ground, coveted, traded, smashed, restored, and stuffed full of incident and intrigue, the Portland Vase- the most famous of all Roman antiquities- has captivated everyone who has come into contact with it." Hardcover, 6"x8.5", 250 pages, b/w illustrations, dj. New. [95033]


Published at $24.95
Available for a limited time for $12.50


th-95030.jpg (9815 bytes)Crews, Patricia Cox (ed.). A Flowering of Quilts. Lincoln; University of Nebraska Press: 2001. A beautifully illustrated book featuring 53 19th century floral appliqué quilts from the collection of the International Quilt Study Center at the University of Nebraska. There are chintz appliqué quilts, album quilts, pieced quilts, crazy quilts, and more. The text explores the background & history of the patterns, as well as the influence of gardens and flowers on women in 19th century America. Hardcover. 8.5"x10.5", 147 pages, 53 color plates and some b/w illustrations, dj. New. [95030]


Published at $35.00
Available for a limited time for $20.00


th-95035.jpg (8937 bytes)Essinger, James. Jacquard’s Web. How a hand loom led to the birth of the information age. Oxford University Press: 2004. ”The fascinating story of how Joseph-Marie Jacquard, a master silk weaver in Napoleonic France, invented a loom that was to spark the beginning of today’s information age. This astonishing new loom enabled the master weavers of Lyons to create their beautiful silk fabrics 25 times faster than had ever been possible before. This device used revolutionary punched cards to store instructions for weaving the required pattern or design. The loom proved an outstanding success, and these cards are now rightly viewed as the world’s first computer programs. James Essinger brings to light a series of historical links that reveal the extraordinary relationship between the 19th century world of weaving and today’s computer age. Along the way, he introduces a cast of colorful, passionate, and often eccentric characters. These include Charles Babbage, the great Victorian scientist and thinker, and the beautiful and witty Countess of Lovelace, Lord Byron’s daughter, who played a crucial role in developing Babbage’s work. The book also tells the stories of other pioneers who helped transform the technology of the punched-card loom into the modern computer.” Hardcover. 5.5”x8”, 302 pages, b/w illustrations, dj. New. [95035]

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th-95026.jpg (5384 bytes)Rabinovitch, Benton Seymour. Contemporary Silver. Commissioning. Designing. Collecting. London; Merrell Publishers: 2000. A sumptuous feast of a book for the silver lover, filled with gorgeous photographs of unique and surprising fantasies on the theme of the broad-bladed silver server. Rabinovitch, author of a book on antique broad-bladed silver servers, commissioned more than 60 new servers from a variety of working silver craftsmen, and the results are stunning and provocative. The text describes each server and the silversmiths’ ideas in creating it, and also explores the relationship between artist and patron, and even how to become a patron, on a large or small scale, yourself. A fun book which silver lovers will spend hours going through again and again. Hardcover. 9.5”x10”, 160 pages, color illustrations, dj. New. [95026]

Published at $49.95
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th-95028.jpg (25061 bytes)Stern, Bill. California Pottery: From Missions to Modernism. San Francisco; Chronicle Books: 2001. From the 1920s to the 1950s, designers including Rockwell Rockwell Kent and Edith Heath, and producers including Bauer, Catalina, and Vernon Kilns, were involved with California potteries. They made strikingly colorful dishware, garden pottery, and decorative and architectural tiles. The pieces reflect the style of the times, from Arts and Crafts and romantic Mission styles of the 20s to the Moderne styles of the 1930s, and the Modernist style of the 1940s and 50s. This enjoyable, well-illustrated book provides a history of California's diverse and colorful pottery. Hardcover. 9”x8.5”, 119 pages, color and b/w illustrations, dj. New. [95028]

Published at $22.95
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th-95025.jpg (9345 bytes)Wagner, Arlene. The Art and Character of Nutcrackers. Collectors Press: 2005. Nutcrackers have come in many forms -dogs' heads, elephants' trunks, clenched fists, cast iron dragons, brass courtesans, objects resembling surgical pincers, and any number of plungers, levers, and gavels-not to mention the traditional little fellow with the big mouth. Some are elegant in their simplicity, while some are so delightfully fashioned they can only be considered works of art. This illustrated album presents nutcrackers and other nutty accessories in hundreds of color photographs-most are from Europe and America, made from the 15th century to the present. Hardcover. 8.5”x11”, 188 pages, loaded with color illustrations, dj. New. [95025]

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th-95031.jpg (7881 bytes)Wenger, Shaunda Kennedy & Janet Kay Jensen. The Book Lover’s Cookbook. Recipes Inspired by Celebrated Works of Literature and the Passages that Feature Them. New York; Ballantine Books: 2003. This literary cookbook features more than 200 recipes that were cooked up, served or mentioned in favorite books- from “All Creatures Great and Small” we have Mrs. Dalby’s buttermilk scones; Mr. Casaubon’s chicken noodle soup from George Eliot’s “Middlemarch”; soup from “Angela’s Ashes”; pudding from A Christmas Carol”; Turkish Delight from “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe”, and much more! Hardcover. 7.5”x9.5”, 326 pages, dj. New. [95031]

Published at $21.95
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th-95027.jpg (12956 bytes)Whitesides, Mary. Wicker Design. Salt Lake City; Gibbs Smith: 2003. A pictorial survey of fine wicker furniture of the last hundred and twenty-five years and its possibilities in decorating today. Whitesides, an interior designer by trade, enlisted the aid of several specialist antique dealers and some high-style photographers to create a slick (not scholarly) glossy book filled with photos that could have come out of Architectural Digest or a decorating magazine. Lovers of wicker will find much to love here by just browsing the photographs, and the somewhat cursory text manages to contain a few nuggets as well. Hardcover. 9”x10.5”, 143 pages, color and b/w illustrations, dj. New. [95027]

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