Catalogue #284

 

 

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1. A Royal Catalogue Comprising Books, Bindings, Autograph Letters, Engravings and Coins By or Relating to Royalty. Issued to Commemorate the Silver Jubilee of H.M. King George V. London; Maggs Bros.: 1935. Catalogue 606. A magnificent catalog of 684 items, first English Royals, grouped by dynasty, then other European royals, grouped by country. Softcover. 7.5”x9.5”, 222 pages, b/w illustrations; indexed. Light wear, a bit dog-eared. [09406] $50.00

 

2. Aikin, Arthur. Illustrations of Arts and Manufactures. Being a selection from a series of papers read before the Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures, and Commerce. London; John Van Voorst: 1841. Aikin, former Secretary of the Society, collected eleven papers, some written by himself, including material on pottery, furs & the fur trade, felting & hat-making, bone, horn, tortoiseshell & whalebone, the antiquarian history of iron, the metallurgical history of iron, limestone & cements, gypsum, engraving and etching, and paper. As part of an ongoing project for the Society, the papers were completed between 1829 and 1838. Hardcover. 4.5”x7”, vi + 376 pages, several text vignettes and diagrams; publisher’s brown cloth with gilt pine title; cover with some soil, a little wear; 19th century library bookplate; slight stain along upper edges. Uncommon. [09488] $200.00

 

3. Anninger, Anne & Julie Mellby. Salts of Silver Toned with Gold. The Harrison Horblit Collection of Early Photography. The Houghton Library, Harvard: 1999. The illustrated catalog of an important collection of mid-19th century photography. The scholarly text provides much background material. Softcover. 8.5”x11”, 173 pages, b/w illustrations; very light wear. [09478] $25.00

 

4. Argentor. Volume II, No’s 1-4. London; National Jewellers’ Association: 1947. The 1947 issues of this interesting quarterly jewelry magazine, issued by the publisher and issued as a single volume. The subject matter of the articles is always jewelry-related, but ranges from art-historical to the latest in contemporary work. Novelist Muriel Spark worked for the publication for a time immediately after World War 2, and wrote about it in her memoir, ‘Curriculum Vitae’ (1992)-

     “The year after the war I found a job on a good quarterly magazine called Argentor... Argentor was a beautifully produced magazine, resembling the Connoisseur in style and format, the official quarterly journal of the National Jewellers’ Association. My job was mainly research in museums, libraries, art galleries; a truly refreshing occupation. I loved it... The journal, very well illustrated, aimed to express high standards of workmanship, and to give the readers an idea of the history of the jewellers’ art, and that of goldsmiths, silversmiths, horologists and the allied crafts. The number of subjects connected with the goldsmiths’, silversmiths’ and jewellers’ art was inexhaustible.

    The essays written by experts which needed some form of recasting were mainly passed on to me. I learned how to copy-edit tactfully. I recall that I took out a great many adjectives. My working days were long. I spent hours on research at the College of Heralds, the National Gallery, the British Museum and similar institutions. Further hours were spent in the office, writing and editing. And sometimes I would work at home on an interesting article, far, far into the night...But Argentor is no more. It is now an expensive production often quoted in the rare book lists”.

    Hardcover. 7.5”x10”, 272 pages, 1 color and many b/w plates; covers somewhat worn and soiled; contents fine except a slight water point at the top inner corner has caused some slight adhesion problems on the margin of several plates; image on the plate opposite page 204 with slight loss. [09443] $125.00

 

5. Art & Commerce: American Prints of the Nineteenth Century. Charlottesville; University Press of Virginia: 1978. The proceedings of a conference at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Includes essays on whaling prints, William Sharp, David Claypool Johnston, chromolithography, fine art lithography, painter-lithographers, monotypes, and Sylvester Rosa Koehler. Hardcover. 7.5”x10.5”, 179 pages, color and b/w illustrations, dj; light wear. [09473] $30.00

 

6. Atkinson, Tracy, et al. The Great River. Art & Society of the Connecticut Valley, 1635-1820. Hartford; Wadsworth Athenaeum: 1985. A monumental undertaking, covering architecture, furniture, paintings, metalwares, clocks and instruments, textiles, clothing & needlework, ceramics and glass, books and prints, and gravestones. An exceedingly fine and important catalog featuring essays by William Hosley, Jr., Philip Zea, Barbara M. Ward, Jane Nylander, Kevin Sweeney, Robert Blair St. George, and others. Softcover. 9"x12", 524 pages, some color and hundreds of b/w illustrations; light cover soil, minor wear, else a nice copy. [09367] $375.00

 

7. Avery, C. Louise. American Silver of the XVII and XVIII Centuries. A Study Based on the Clearwater Collection. New York; Metropolitan Museum of Art: 1920. Edition limited to 1000 copies. Judge Clearwater's collection, formed by a single-minded, enthusiastic jurist, was one of the first major collections of American silver in private hands; actually it was one of the first such collections in anyone's hands. Three-quarters of a century later it remains a testament to his skill and fine eye. Hardcover. 5.5"x9", 216 pages, b/w illustrations; bound into handsome red half-leather with marbled boards and a ribbed spine, gilt spine title; light wear; a very nice copy. [09512] $150.00

 

8. Baigell, Matthew. Thomas Cole. New York; Watson-Guptill: 1981. A well illustrated biography and survey of the work of the founder of the Hudson River School, by a leading American art historian. Hardcover. 10.5”x11.5”, 84 pages, color and b/w illustrations, dj; bibliography; light wear, a little soil. [09440] $30.00

 

9. Banfield, Edwin. Visiting Cards and Cases. Trowbridge; Baros Books: 1989. A guide to Victorian card cases in silver, brass, tortoiseshell, mother-of-pearl, ivory, lacquer, papier-mache, Tunbridge and Mauchline ware, wood, leather, needlework, etc. Hardcover. 6”x9”, 149 pages, b/w illus; near fine. [09384] $40.00

 

10. Barker, Nicolas. Bibliotheca Lindesiana. The Lives and Collections of Alexander William, 25th Earl of Crawford and 8th Earl of Balcarres, and James Ludovic, 26th Earl of Crawford and 9th Earl of Balcarres. London; Printed for presentation to the Roxburghe Club, and published by Bernard Quaritch: 1978. ‘Reprinted, with corrections’. “Alexander, 25th Earl of Crawford (1812-80) called Lord Lindsay for most of his life, was fascinated by books and the window that they opened on new ideas, foreign lands and languages, and, above all, the past. He began to collect books before he was ten, and continued to do so for the rest of his life”. Unlike his contemporary, Sir Thomas Phillipps, Lindsay did not aim to acquire a copy of every book ever printed, but aimed at creating the perfect library of literature, scholarship and learning. His son followed in his footsteps, and by the 1880s the library had achieved legendary proportions. This detailed, scholarly and entertaining book chronicles the foundations of the library, and the lives and collecting of its two chief architects. Hardcover. 7.5”x11”, 415 pages, b/w illustrations; light wear. [09382] $125.00

 

11. Barnhill, Georgia Brady (ed.). Prints of New England. Papers Given at the Seventh North American Print Conference. Worcester; American Antiquarian Society: 1991. Seven papers- the first is “James Turner, Silversmith-Engraver” by Martha Gandy Fales. Also- William Bentley: Connoisseur and Print Collector; 18th Century American Portrait Prints; The Joys of Publishing in 1820; Political Cartoons of New England, 1812-61; Franklin Leavitt’s Pictorial Maps of the White Mountains; and Calico Printing. Hardcover. 7.5”x11”, 164 pages, b/w illus, dj. New. [09383] $59.95

 

12. Barrell, John. The Political Theory of Painting from Reynolds to Hazlitt. ‘The Body of the Public’. Yale University Press: 1986. ”What is the function of painting in a commercial society? John Barrell here discusses how British artists and writers in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries attempted to answer the question, and his provocative and illuminating book offers a new perspective on both art criticism and eighteenth-century British culture”. Hardcover. 6.5”x9.5”, 366 pages, b/w illustrations, dj; [09482] $25.00

 

13. Baudot, Francois. Gilbert Poillerat, maitre ferronnier. Paris; Editions Charles Moreau: 1992. Gilbert Poillerat (1902-1988) was a master craftsmen in iron, and his creations, from delicate candlesticks, sconces and lamps, to tables, chairs, grills and other, more massive work, were modern while drawing on elements of Neo-Classicism and the Empire style. A lavishly illustrated study, which includes many original designs. The book includes and introduction by Karl Lagerfeld. Hardcover. 9”x12”, 332+ pages, color and b/w illustrations, dj; light wear. [09439] $85.00

 

14. Belden, Louise Conway. Marks of American Silversmiths in the Ineson-Bissell Collection. Charlottesville; University Press of Virginia for Winterthur: 1980. A massive study, with photographs of 1,700 marks. This has become the standard modern reference to silversmith's marks of the 18th and the first half of the 19th century, and also has an extensive bibliography. Hardcover. 8.5"x11", 505 pages, b/w illustrations; dj; the outer third of each page is water waved and wrinkled from start to finish- very, very light “tide” mark, and no adhesion we can see, but definitely a “working” copy- though a clean, very usable one. Priced accordingly. [09518] $450.00

 

15. Besly, Edward. Coins and Medals of the English Civil War. London; B.A. Seaby Ltd/National Museum of Wales: 1990. ”This book explores the unusually varied coinage and currency of England and Wales at the time of the ‘Great Rebellion’ which broke out against King Charles I in 1642. The associated beginnings of the systematic awarding of medals for military service are also examined...Later chapters deal with the Royalist mints at Shrewsbury, Oxford and Bristol. The circulation of foreign coinage, royalist siege issues and the emergency coinages of Ireland are all described. The story of the Tower mint is developed from its takeover by Parliament in 1642 through the Interregnum of 1649-60 to the aftermath of King Charles II’s Restoration in 1660...These topics are illustrated principally using specimens drawn from the collection of the National Museum of Wales, supported by portraits of mint-masters and related documents”. Hardcover. 6”x9”, 121 pages, color and b/w illustrations, dj; bibliography; light wear. [09481] $75.00

 

One of 445 Copies Bound in Full Leather-

16. 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. Deluxe edition, limited to 455 copies. The catalog to the first large loan exhibition of American arts staged by the Met since the flurry of activity surrounding 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; the Deluxe edition, bound in full dark blue leather with gilt titles, signed by Biddle; a nice, clean copy. [09396] $175.00

 

17. Buhler, Kathryn C. Massachusetts Silver in the Harrington Collection. Worcester; printed by the Stinehour Press in an edition of 300 copies. This fine collection was assembled in the space of just five years, and includes some premier examples of Massachusetts 18th century colonial silver, and several rare examples of the 17th century. Kathryn Buhler catalogs the collection and includes an interesting foreword on the history of collecting American colonial silver. Hardcover. 8.5"x10", 121 pages, b/w plates throughout; a fine copy, signed by Buhler, with an errata card handwritten by her. [09503] $300.00

 

18. Buhler, Kathryn C. American Silver 1655-1825 in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Boston; Museum of Fine Arts/ New York Graphic Society: 1972. A very important and finely written catalog of this extensive collection of New England, New York, and Philadelphia silver. Each entry is illustrated and fully described, and many marks are illustrated. A handsome production, and a pleasure to use and peruse. Both physically and scholastically, the model of what a collection catalog should be. Softcover. 2 volumes. 7"x11.5", 708 pages, b/w illustrations; moderate cover wear, etc. [09510] $150.00

 

19. Buhler, Kathryn & Graham Hood. American Silver. Garvan and Other Collections in the Yale University Art Gallery. New Haven; Yale University Press: 1970. The Garvan Collection is thought by many to be the single finest collection of early American silver ever assembled. In many ways this important catalog of the collection is the twin of Mrs. Buhler's superb catalog of the Boston MFA Collection. It was a dual effort- Graham Hood took Mrs. Buhler's first draft of the Garvan catalog and expanded it into this handsome and scholarly set which exhaustively documents the pieces. Superb photography by E. Irving Blomstrann combines with detailed and scholarly entries to result in a model reference work. 2 volumes. Hardcover. 8"x10", 644 pages, hundreds of b/w illustrations, slipcased; case scuffed. [09519] $300.00

 

20. Bulkeley, Houghton. Contributions to Connecticut Cabinetmaking. Hartford; Connecticut Historical Society: 1967. As his friend Frederick K. Barbour writes in the Foreword to this memorial anthology- “In the matter of antique furniture, the average mind likes order, and one is prone to assign dates and localities and attributions of authorship with a precise degree of exactitude. Houghton’s reaction to shibboleth was, ‘Yes, but is it true?’” This volume reprints all of Bulkeley’s articles which had been published in the Connecticut Historical Society Bulletin between 1957 and 1966. Semowich 806. Hardcover. 7”x10”, 97 pages, b/w illustrations; spine slightly damaged and repaired in several places, else a very nice copy. [09374] $200.00

 

21. [Caldas Collection] Fine Chinese Export Porcelain from the Collection of Angelo Castelo Branco Cerqueira Caldas. London; Sotheby’s: May 8, 1990. The auction catalog of a fantastic collection which included a blue & white Kangxi erotic plate, and many pieces with “mythological” scenes, meaning gods and goddesses running about in various states of undress. Softcover. 8”x10.5”, 127 pages, 265 lots, loaded with color illustrations; near fine. [09031] $75.00

 

22. Carpenter, Ralph E. The Arts & Crafts of Newport, Rhode Island 1640-1820. Preservation Society of Newport: 1954. The most important reference on Newport furniture and silver, this study was published to document the 1953 loan exhibition at the Nichols-Wanton-Hunter House which drew heavily on a number of private collections. The text describes the 1953 exhibition, includes an essay on "The Newport Cabinet and Chair Makers", along with biographical details on a number of them and a list of identified Newport cabinetmakers; biographical notes on identified Newport silversmiths; and of course, the descriptions of the pieces themselves. There are 79 pieces of furniture, and 26 pieces of 18th century silver by 15 silversmiths. The catalog also includes paintings by artists who spent some time in Newport, including Smibert, Feke, Stuart, Allston, Blackburn and others. A cornerstone reference. Softcover. 8.5"x11", 271 pages, numerous b/w illustrations; a nice, clean copy with a former owner’s name and a short note regarding a piece of illustrated furniture on the front endpaper. [09505] $375.00

 

23. [Cartier] Jewellery and Objects by Cartier. Geneva; Christie’s: May 27, 1993. An auction catalog of magnificent Cartier jewelry and “objects” (what a word to use when describing Cartier baubles!). The catalog includes an introduction to Cartier by Diana Scarisbrick. One of the highlights of the sale was a superb Art Deco carved sapphire, emerald and diamond ‘tutti frutti’ bracelet from the collection of Mrs. William Randolph Hearst. Hardcover. 8.5”x11”, 157 pages, 223 lots, color and b/w illustrations, dj; light wear, several penned notes. [09279] $175.00

 

24. [Cats] The Cat Auction. Boston; Skinner, Inc.: September 20, 2002. Sale 2156. The auction catalog to the sale of Kaja Veilleux’s collection of cat-related paintings, prints, advertisements, knick-knacks and other antiques. Softcover. 8”x10.5”, 80 pages, 368 lots, color and b/w illustrations; light wear. [09001] $45.00

 

25. Caulfield, S.F.A. House Mottoes and Inscriptions: Old and New. London; Elliot Stock: 1908. Turn-of-the-20th-century antiquarians must have had a grand old time. They spent their hours trolling olden times for the truly odd and offbeat and wrote about sundials, leather bottles, Irish towers, and, in this case, house mottoes. Whether it was a simple inscription in ancient Pompeii declaring that a doctor resides here, an ancient Egyptian hieroglyph recalling ancient royalty, or a 17th or 18th century motto or ownership inscription on the archway above the door of a hearty English, Scots, Irish or Gallic home, S.F.A. Caulfield tracked it down and included it here. If you have to ask why, you are missing the point, and much of the joy. Hardcover. 5.25"x7.5", vii + 150 pages, b/w plates; a very nice copy with some light spotting and browning. [09421] $50.00

 

26. Ceremony of Flag Presentation to Columbia University of the City of New York, May Second, 1896 and May Seventh, 1898, by Lafayette Post, No. 140. Department of New York, Grand Army of the Republic. Privately printed by Lafayette Post: 1899. An elegant and interesting record of early flag presentation ceremonies. According to the text, prior to 1888 “the flying of the United States flag over educational institutions, or the display of them within the buildings, was almost unknown”. This was apparently the first presentation of a flag to a college by the Lafayette Post, and they made quite a “do” of it, with speeches, a parade, and so on. In 1898 they presented a beautiful pedestal and staff as well. This book, printed on heavy, deckle edge paper, features color plates of several GAR medals and badges, and two of the Post’s ceremonial flags. The text includes all the correspondence and resolutions connected with the presentations as well as descriptions of the parades and ceremonies, and the texts of the speeches. Hardcover. 7”x10”, 121 pages, 8 b/w and 5 color plates; light wear, a little cover soil. [09437] $175.00

 

27. Champfleury. The Faience Violin. New York; Thomas Y. Crowell & Company: 1895. First published in 1861, this charming and humorous novel about a provincial collector of chinaware went through a number of editions in France and several in English. This edition was translated by Helen Dole, and includes a new English introduction by Champfleury. There is a frontispiece illustrations of the violin, as well as many headpieces, tailpieces and other decorations by M.J. Adeline. Hardcover. 4.75”x7”, xviii + 205 pages, b/w illustrations; green cloth with a lovely gilt floral decoration in repeating Art Nouveau flowers; covers with a little wear, but really a lovely copy. [09389] $45.00

 

28. Chapiro, Adolphe. Jean-Antoine Lepine, horologer (1720-1814). Histoire du development de l'horlogerie en France, de 1760 a l'Empire. Paris; Les Editions de l'Amateur: 1988. A profusely illustrated, comprehensive study of the life and work of the great French clock and watchmaker, and a history of French horology in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. OK, it’s in French, but Time is a universal language, right? Or maybe that was love. Well, if you love time, you’ll have no problem with this beautiful book. Hardcover. 10"x11.5", 277 pages, hundreds of color and b/w illustrations, dj; bibliography. A fine copy in a fine jacket. [09525] $150.00

 

29. [Chess Sets] Chess Sets and Walking Sticks. A Selection from a Private European Collection. Christie’s, South Kensington: December 17, 1997. The catalog to the auction of a very fine collection of a wide variety of chess sets and walking sticks. Softcover. 8”x10.5”, 51 pages, 301 lots, color and b/w illustrations; a nice copy. [08999] $60.00

 

30. [Chippendale] Harewood House. London; Christie’s: October 3, 1988. An auction catalog. All right- what would happen if you took a bunch of nice frames, carved & painted bed frames & other decorative stuff by Chippendale and stuck it in a shed for 100 years? This auction shows you. Harewood House, like many English manors, was redone many times over the years, and “outdated” furniture and decorative elements were put in storage including, in this case, a lot of Chippendale material. An interesting auction whose aftermath probably gave lots of work to deserving restorers around England. Softcover. 8”x10.5”, 103 pages, 615 lots, b/w and color illustrations; prices realised sheet; light wear. [09250] $45.00

 

31. 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, some underlining in the text. [09450] $30.00

 

32. Constable, W G. The Painter's Workshop. London; Oxford University Press: 1954. The noted art historian W.G. Constable explores how painters have worked from the Middle Ages to recent times. He discusses equipment, workshop organization, painting processes and mediums, restoration, etc. There are also mentions of the work of restorers. A valuable guide to how painters have worked through the last six centuries. Hardcover. 7"x9.5", 148 pages plus 25 b/w plates, dj; bibliography; light wear, a little soil. [09484] $35.00

 

33. Corgnati, Martina. Mario Buccellati. Prince of Goldsmiths. New York; Rizzoli: 1998. The history of the exclusive jewelry designer Mario Buccellati, the man called the “Price of Goldsmiths” by the poet Gabriele D’Annunzio, and a fixture in Milan since 1919. This beautifully illustrated book “reveals the shimmering stones and delicate settings that have made Buccellati one of the world’s preeminent marques in jewelry. The book also pictures the other magnificent objets d’art that testify to the vision of their creator: silver receptacles and tableware, engraved boxes, and lifelike silver sculptures of animals”. Hardcover. 10”x13”, 194 pages, color and b/w illustrations, dj; light wear. [09469] $150.00

 

34. Culme, John & Nicholas Rayner. The Jewels of the Duchess of Windsor. New York; Rizzoli/Sotheby’s: 1987. ”In this beautiful book, an enduring record of the most remarkable jewellery sale of our time, each piece of the Windsor Collection is fully described not only in gemological terms but also in relation to the lives of the celebrated couple. Illustrations of the jewellery, all in color, are accompanied by photographs of the Duchess wearing the jewels, the images chosen from the archives of Cecil Beaton, Horst, Karsh, and others.” Hardcover. 9.5”x12.5”, 224 pages, color and b/w illustrations, dj; light wear. [09426] $65.00

 

35. Curtis, George M., et al. American Church Silver of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries. Boston; Museum of Fine Arts: 1911. The most quietly elegant of all the early exhibition catalogs, beautifully set-up, with beautifully crisp photographs protected by tissue guards. Contributors included Curtis, Francis Hill Bigelow and John H. Buck. The exhibition included secular plate as well. Hardcover. 7"x10", 163 pages, plus 38 b/w plates with tissue guards. A beautiful, fine copy, about the nicest copy we have ever seen. [09515] $150.00

 

36. Dibner, Bern. Agricola on Metals. Norwalk; Burndy Library: 1958. In the 16th century Georgius Agricola wrote a book which has become the definitive work on early mining and metallurgy. Herbert Hoover and his wife translated this “untranslatable” book in the early years of the 20th century, and this study is based on Hoover’s translation. It contains a short biography of Agricola, a look at mining and metallurgy through history, and then a discussion of both Agricola’s book and a synopsis of its contents, illustrated with reproductions of Agricola’s woodcuts. Hardcover. 8.5”x11”, 128 pages, b/w and line illustrations; light wear. [09407] $35.00

 

37. Doggett, Rachel, Julie L. Biggs & Carol Brobeck. Impressions of Wenceslaus Hollar. Washington; Folger Shakespeare Library: 1996. An exhibition catalog devoted to the work of the famous 17th century engraver of architecture, topography and everyday life. With essays on “Impressions of Wenceslaus Hollar” and “The Techniques of Etching and Engraving”, as well as an illustrated and descriptive catalog of the exhibition. Softcover. 10.5”x9”, 124 pages, b/w illustrations; light wear. [09474] $25.00

 

38. Duff, E. Gordon. Early English Printing. New York; Burt Franklin: 1970. Originally published in 1896. “A series of facsimiles of all the types used in England during the XVth century, with some of those used in the printing of English books abroad”. Hardcover. 9”x12”, 40 pages plus 38 + 2 b/w plates; light wear. [09361] $40.00

 

39. Dwyer, John & Richard B. Sher (eds.). Sociability and Society in Eighteenth-Century Scotland. Eighteenth Century Life: Vol.15, Nos.1&2. February/May, 1991. A special issue of this scholarly quarterly. Nine of the 12 essays were originally presented at a 1988 conference. Softcover. 6”x9”, 252 pages, b/w illustrations; light soil, coffee ring on cover. [09472] $35.00

 

40. Einstein / Freud. Why War? The Correspondence between Albert Einstein and Sigmund Freud. Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis: 1978. In 1931 the League of Nations sponsored a program to exchange letters on relevant topics between leading intellectuals. This resulted in this exchange of letters between Einstein and Freud, first published in a limited edition in 1933. The original letters were donated to the Chicago Institute in 1977, which initiated this reprinting. Softcover. 8.5”x11”, 15 pages, b/w facsimiles; light wear. [09366] $25.00

 

The Earliest Survey of American Silver Collections-

41. Elwell, N[ewton] W. Colonial Silverware of the 17th and 18th Centuries. Comprising Solid Sets, Small Wares, Candelabras, Communion Service, etc. Boston; Geo. H. Polley & Co.: 1899. One of the earliest studies of American silver, and probably the earliest study to publish photos of American silver. Preceded by Buck, but then Buck was not wholly devoted to American silver. Of course, to be honest, this is not wholly devoted to American silver either, with English examples creeping in here and there. If we are going in this direction, it’s not all 17th and 18th century either, but the intent at least was there. The plates mainly illustrate multiple pieces, identified by where they were photographed, such as "elaborate silver ware from Baltimore, Maryland", “Odd Silver Sugar Bowls, for Lump Sugar, from Maryland”, and so on. Localities are much more likely, therefore, to relate to where the silver was at the time the photos were taken (mainly in private homes) rather than where it was made. There are some pieces with histories -silver known to have been owned by a certain person, several identified sets of church plate, etc. In 1896 Elwell had published a study of Colonial American furniture, and in 1897 he produced a companion volume of furniture and interiors of Colonial Maryland and Virginia, both of which used the same format as this book. All three books are scarce. Hardcover. 13"x17.5", 1 page of photo listings plus 74 b/w illustrations on 40 loose plates; bound in old cloth with a cloth spine and tips, remnants of spine labels; some cover wear and soil; very nice internally. [09424] $875.00

 

42. [Enneking] Memorial Exhibition of Paintings by John J. Enneking. Boston Art Club: March 2nd-17th, 1917. This diminutive exhibition catalog includes a handlist of the 44 paintings exhibited, an essay about Enneking and his art by Ralph Davol, and transcripts of obituary notices which appeared in the Boston Globe (A.J. Philpott), the Boston Evening Transcript (William Howe Downs), and the Christian Science Monitor (Ernest Sherburn). A very early and uncommon Enneking item. Softcover. 5”x6.3/4”, unpaginated, 26 leaves, printed one side only; b/w portrait and 6 b/w plates; light soil, a little wear. [09433] $85.00

 

43. Esarey, Logan. The Indiana Home. Crawfordsville; R.E. Banta: 1947. An anthology of essays by Dr. Logan, a professor of history at Indiana University. The title essay explores the pioneer uses of the various trees and wild plants found in Indiana; there are also essays on the first settlers, the construction of early cabins, and farm life in the 1850s. Hardcover. 6”x8.5”, 150 pages, near fine in a slightly battered slipcase. [09423] $20.00

 

44. Evans, Nancy Goyne. Windsor-Chair Making in America. From Craft Shop to Consumer. Hanover; University Press of New England: 2006. During the late 18th and first half of the 19th centuries, windsor chairmaking was an important American industry, and examples of the form could be found somewhere in almost every house and public building. “Drawing principally on original source materials, Nancy Goyne Evans presents an authoritative and absorbing historical picture of the vernacular chair shop and industry in this elegantly written and extensively illustrated book. Evans discusses everything from [shop] structure to tools and equipment, from shop personnel to power sources, and from raw materials to ornaments, both painted and stenciled. A meticulous chapter on marketing surveys the distribution of Windsor furniture to local, overland, coastal, and overseas markets, with particular emphasis on trade to the coastal south and the islands of the Caribbean, and addresses methods of doing business. Another section explores consumerism and the use of Windsor furniture in domestic and public settings.” The book includes a paint color chart based on more than 1,200 references, a bibliography, and a hundreds of photos of the chairs themselves. Hardcover. 9.5”x12”, 475 pages, loaded with color and b/we illustrations, dj. New. [90188] $65.00

 

45. Exhibition of Old Silver Owned in Worcester County. Worcester Art Museum: 1915. The catalog to a loan exhibition that ran from June 15th to September 15th, 1915. The catalog lists 114 pieces from the (larger) exhibition that were made before 1800. The catalog entries are brief, listing the mark, a brief description, and the original ownership, if known, or inscriptions. The illustrations are reminiscent of those in the Boston MFA 1911 catalog- well-lit photos of groups of a dozen or so pieces. A short catalog, but elegantly got up and presented. Early and very uncommon. Softcover. 6”x9”, 17 pages plus 4 b/w plates with tissue guards; ex-institutional with bookplate, number on lower cover corner, and embossures on most pages; cleaner and nicer than that makes it sound. [09499] $125.00

 

46. Falk, Fritz. Schmuck. Jewellery 1840-1940. Highlights Schmuckmuseum Pforzheim. Stuttgart; Arnoldsche: 2004. A colorful survey of the fantastic Revivalist, Art Nouveau and Art Deco jewelry in the collection of the Schmuckmuseum Pforzheim. The best examples of fine jewelry from all three eras glow on the pages of this sumptuous, richly-designed book. English-German text and picture captions. Hardcover. 9”x11.5”, 174 pages, loaded with color and some b/w illustrations, dj. Bibliography. New. [90216] $60.00

 

47. Ferguson, Anna. The Young Lady. Lowell; Nathaniel L. Dayton: 1848. A charming little pocket-sized book for young women with advice about living life the right way- choosing good friends, polite conversation, filial duties, temper, kindness, reading, humility, courtesy, dress, habits, receiving visitors, and so on. Interestingly, this little volume on how to conduct oneself like a lady was published in Lowell, Massachusetts, at exactly the same time that the Lowell factory system was in full paternalistic overdrive, making sure all the young women in the company town behaved like ladies. A journal for (and by) these young women with a similar theme, The Lowell Offering, had ceased publication just three years earlier. Hardcover. 2.75”x4.5”, 144 pages, hand-colored frontispiece; publisher’s brown cloth, elaborately blindstamped, with gilt cover emblem and spine decoration; covers light faded and just a bit rubbed, contents with scattered light soil, but overall a lovely copy. [09520] $150.00

 

The First Book on American Gemstones-

48. Feuchtwanger, Dr. Lewis. A Treatise on Gems, in reference to their Practical and Scientific Value; a useful guide for the jeweller, amateur artist, lapidary, mineralogist, and chemist. Accompanied by a description of the most interesting American gems, and ornamental and architectural materials. New York; printed by A. Hanford: 1838. The first edition of the first monograph on gemstones to be published in the United States, this work continued as the standard reference, in various editions, until George Kunz' works in the 1890s. Sinkankas notes-

    "The text begins with general gemology: properties, geographical distribution, enhancement of color, gem setting, cleaning of gems, imitations, commerce, and gems used in optical applications. The second part considers individual gemstones and ornamental materials... Feuchtwanger took special care to record as much information as he could on native gemstones and the localities that furnished them... Another 'first' of the present work is the extended description of pearls, artificial pearls, and corals". All early editions of this work have become difficult to find, and Sinkankas notes this as "very rare".

    This copy retains its original blindstamped cloth binding. Hardcover. 6"x9", 162 pages, several line illustrations of gem cuts; original patterned cloth boards, blindstamped with an interesting design of scrolls and boxes; spine cloth split along the outer hinge for 3.5"; spine head lightly chipped; contents with very minor scattered foxing. [09528] $750.00

 

49. Field, Richard S. & Robin Jaffe Frank. American Daguerreotypes from the Matthew R. Isenburg Collection. Yale University Art Gallery: 1989. The catalog to an exhibition of this superb collection. The text includes an introduction by Isenburg and an essay by Alan Trachtenberg on the American daguerreotype, as well as a complete description of the pictures illustrated. An important and increasingly uncommon catalog. Hardcover. 9”x11”, 126 pages, color and b/w illustrations, dj; near fine. [09479] $200.00

 

50. Fleming, E. McClung, et al. Spanish, French, and English Traditions in the Colonial Silver of North America. 1968 Winterthur Conference Report. Major Addresses and Exhibition Catalogue. Winterthur; Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum: 1969. Essays on Colonial Mexican silver, French Colonial silver in Canada (John Langdon), and American silver and church plate by John D. Davis, Anthony N.B. Garvan, and Frank H. Sommer III. Softcover. 8.5"x11", 109 pages, some b/w illustrations; light wear. [09430] $150.00

 

51. Forbes, H.A. Crosby, John D. Kernan & Ruth S. Wilkins. Chinese Export Silver, 1785 to 1885. Milton; Museum of the American China Trade: 1975. A massive study, and still the standard one after thirty years. The text explores the development of the Chinese export silver trade and its antecedents, the materials and processes used, and how the silver was packed, labeled and transported to America. There are full descriptions and photos of 300 pieces, and 90 illustrations of makers’ marks. Hardcover. 8.5"x11", 303 pages, b/w illustrations, marks, dj; light wear, jacket a bit soiled, and chipped at the edges. Nice presentation inscription from Forbes on the half-title. [09376] $500.00

 

52. Forbes, H.A. Crosby. Yang-ts’ai: The Foreign Colors. Rose Porcelains of the Ch’ing Dynasty. Milton; China Trade Museum: 1982. The catalog to a loan exhibition of 114 pieces, each described and illustrated. The text also includes several essays on the rose-period export porcelains. Softcover. 8.5”x11”, 62 pages, many b/w illustrations; bibliography; near fine. [09413] $40.00

 

53. Foresta, Merry A. American Photographs. The First Century. From the Isaacs Collection in the National Museum of American Art. National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution: 1996. A sweeping survey of early American photography, from early portraits to Civil War vistas and the landscapes of William Henry Jackson. More than two thirds of the pictures are illustrated here for the first time. Softcover. 9.5”x11.5”, 171 pages, b/w and color illustrations; near fine. [09477] $30.00

 

54. Frank, Robin Jaffee. Love and Loss. American Portrait and Mourning Miniatures. New Haven; Yale University Press: 2000. The beautifully produced catalog to the traveling loan exhibition of portrait miniatures assembled by the Yale University Art Gallery. Frank not only explores the role of portrait miniatures in American life, but also in American death, as her extended essay “Not Lost but Gone Before” chronicles the uses and symbolism of mourning miniatures. Other chapters cover the role miniatures played in society, the miniaturists who created these tiny jewels, and the competition between miniatures and photography. The catalog features brilliant color photographs and many enlargements of details. Hardcover. 5.5”x7”, 358 pages, many color and b/w illustrations, dj. New. [90135] $35.00

 

55. [Fritz Folk Art] The Folk Art Collection of Brenda & Ken Fritz. Bolton; Skinner: February 23, 2001. Sale 2052. The catalog to the auction sale of a collection of superb and startling folk art. Softcover. 8.5”x11”, 48 pages, 145 lots, many color illustrations, prices realised sheets included; extensive penned annotations with slight offsetting. [09041] $45.00

 

56. Garrett, Wendell, et al. Neo-Classicism in America. Inspiration and Innovation 1810-1840. New York; Hirschl & Adler Galleries: 1991. An exhibition featuring furniture, paintings, prints, silver and some ceramics and glass, beautifully photographed and meticulously described with entries written by Wendell Garrett, Susan Menconi, Barbara Ward, Joseph Goddu, and Bruce Lazarus. Garrett also contributes the main essay- “Novus Ordo Seclorum: A New Order of the Ages”. Softcover. 9”x10”, 135 pages, color and b/w illustrations; New. [90197] $40.00

 

57. Goodrich, Laurence B. Ralph Earl. Recorder for an Era. The State University of New York: 1967. A scholarly survey of the life and paintings of Ralph Earl, pioneer landscapist in an era devoted to portraits, unrepentant Tory in a land given over to Revolution, for a time a refugee in England, and also for a time an unwilling inhabitant of debtor's prison. Although Earl's most famous work is his four-part series of views of Concord, Massachusetts done a year after the April 19th battle there, the vast majority of his work was portraits, including some of famous Revolutionary figures. His portraits also illustrate important and interesting details of the clothes, interiors and other details of New England life in the decades following the Revolution. Hardcover. 7"x10", 96 pages, 2 b/w illustrations and 37 b/w plates, 3 color plates; dj; jacket lightly rubbed. [09449] $35.00

 

58. [Gothic] Catalogue of a Collection of Gothic Caskets, Wood Carvings and Fine Oak Furniture, the property of an English Private Collector. London; Sotheby & Co.: May 23-24, 1974. A very nice auction catalog of early wood and iron caskets, 16th century wood carvings, and Henry VII, Elizabethan, and 17th century oak furniture. Softcover. 7”x9.5”, 119 pages, 231 lots, many b/w plates; prices realised sheet included; a very nice copy. [09047] $45.00

 

59. Gould, E[lgin] R[alston] L[ovell]. The Housing of the Working People. Eighth Special Report of the Commissioner of Labor. Washington; Government Printing Office: 1895. A detailed and wide-ranging survey of the state of working housing in America, England and Europe during the Gilded Age. There are sections dealing with sanitary laws as they relate to lodging and tenement houses, building regulations, the intervention of “public bodies” to improve conditions, and rent collection. The study then moves on to “model” block buildings, with a host of information on specific projects and buildings. Gould then surveys “model small houses”, and describes many specific projects, including housing built by the Pullman Car Company, Lever Brothers, Villery and Boch, and the Royal Prussian State Railway for their employees.

    The final sections deal with model lodging houses and “economic and ethical aspects” of the subject. This chapter includes the rather obvious conclusion that workers who are well-housed at reasonable rents are more productive than their badly-housed, overcharged counterparts, and that companies providing such housing not only are able to have a happier, more productive workforce, but make a good profit on the rentals as well. It further notes that much private tenement housing is over-priced and substandard.

    The text is fully illustrated with views and plans. Issued as part of the Executive Documents of the House of Representatives, Third Session of the 53rd Congress. The author, E.R.L. Gould (1860-1915) was a respected economist and university professor associated with Johns Hopkins, as well as a housing, banking and government reformer in New York city. In his important 1900 essay, "The Housing Problem in Great Cities", Gould wrote-

    “The housing question is the most fundamental of social problems relating to environment. The dictum of the late Cardinal Manning, ‘Domestic life creates a nation,’ is absolutely sound. The corollary is also true: the lack of domestic life will unmake a nation. The home is the character unit of society; and, where there is little or no opportunity for the free play of influences which make for health, happiness, and virtue, we must expect social degeneration and decay. Inspect the charts of the whole tenement region of New York City as they were displayed at the Tenement House Exhibition, and note the formidable part played by bad housing in the generation of social ills. Great cities are the danger points of modern civilization, and any community which leaves to a large part of its inhabitants inadequate facilities for the true development of domestic life must fight deteriorating forces at tremendous cost.

    Gould felt that such problems could be overcome by responsible company policy augmented by government regulation-

    “If municipalities are endowed with such powers [to regulate], there would seem to be no necessity for embarking upon the policy of municipal building and ownership of model tenement houses... Municipal regulation, not municipal ownership, is the best watchword for American policy”.

    Among Gould’s other works were “The Social Condition of Labor” (1893) and "Park Areas and Open Spaces in Cities" (1889). An important and comprehensive survey of worker housing in America, Europe and England at the turn of the last century. Hardcover. 6.25”x9”, 461 pages with 136 plates, many folding. Bound in full original sheep, new leather spine label; large “To be Returned to Senate Library” bookplates on front and rear covers; moderate cover wear, some internal soil, etc. [09489] $250.00

 

60. Gourley, Hugh J., et al. The New England Silversmith. An Exhibition of New England Silver from the Mid-Seventeenth Century to the Present Selected from New England Collections. Providence; Museum of Art, RISD: 1965. A loan exhibition of 327 pieces drawn from public and private collections. Nicely illustrated and written. Softcover. 7"x8.5", 138 pages, numerous b/w illustrations; light wear, spine a bit faded. [09513] $40.00

 

61. Griffin, William & Florence, et al. Neat Pieces. The Plain-Style Furniture of 19th Century Georgia. University of Georgia Press: 2006. A new edition of the important 1983 catalog. A loan exhibition of Georgia "plain" furniture of the period 1820-1860; 2,000 pieces of furniture were studied before the final 126 were chosen. Each piece is carefully described and illustrated, and there is an introduction which explains the development of Georgia, her cabinetmakers, and their furniture. The organizers also present much information on individual Georgia cabinetmakers. This augmented edition features color illustrations of most of the pieces, and a new Introduction. Softcover. 8"x11", 236 pages, color and b/w illustrations. New. [90193] $39.95

 

62. Gunn, Maurice James. Print Restoration and Picture Cleaning. London; L. Upcott Gill: 1911. ”An illustrated practical guide to the restoration of all kinds of prints -together with chapters on cleaning water-colors, print ‘fakes’ and their detection, anomalies in print values, and prints to collect”. Of major interest to today’s collector for two reasons- first, as a guide to the state of the art a century ago, and an aid in determining what might have been done to that antique print you are puzzling over; secondly, as an interesting text on fakes and frauds in print selling during that collecting era. The first edition of this classic text. Hardcover. 6”x9”, vi + 172 pages, plus 18 b/w plates; publisher’s red cloth with white design and gilt titles; covers lightly worn, abraded spot on outer hinge. [09454] $85.00

63. As above, London; The Bazaar, Exchange and Mart: 1922. 2nd edition, revised. Hardcover. 6”x9”, vi + 168 pages, plus 18 b/w plates; publisher’s blue; covers lightly worn. [09456] $100.00

 

Charles Dorman’s Copy-

64. Harrington, Jessie. Silversmiths of Delaware 1700-1850 & Old Church Silver in Delaware. National Society of Colonial Dames in the State of Delaware: 1939. Edition limited to 300 numbered copies. The first monograph on Delaware silversmiths, 33 of whom are identified and discussed, along with many of their marks. There is also a survey of Colonial silver belonging to Delaware churches. The silver illustrated includes both ecclesiastical and secular examples, many drawn from private collections. This volume belonged to Charles G. Dorman, collector and scholar of Delaware decorative arts. It contains extensive pencil annotations in his hand concerning pieces of silver he owned by the silversmiths in the book. A unique and desirable copy. Hardcover. 6"x9.5", 132 pages, 32 b/w illustrations, dinged at the spine base, else a fine clean, copy. [09502] $500.00

 

65. Hart, John W. External Plumbing Work. A Treatise on Lead Work for Roofs. London; Scott, Greenwood & Co.: 1896. A very detailed and informative instructional book concerning leadwork on roofs. The author had written a companion volume on internal lead plumbing work, but was moved to compile this volume by the dearth of material on external leadwork. Much of the work is fairly utilitarian, such as gutters, drips, seams, flashings and window work, but there are also chapters on ornamental ridging, ornamental curb rolls, towers and finials, ornamental lead work, and rain water heads. A rather uncommon book. Hardcover. 5.5”x8.5”, vii + 271 pages, line illustrations; publisher’s green cloth with gilt titles; covers with minor wear, inner hinge partially cracked, a little internal soil and a few spots. [09453] $150.00

 

66. Harvey, John. The Master Builders. Architecture in the Middle Ages. New York; McGraw-Hill: 1971. A good fast overview, including chapters on the craft of Medieval masons, and the origins, rise, and maturity of the Gothic style. From the Library of Medieval Civilization series. Hardcover. 6”x8.5”, 144 pages, b/w and color illustrations, dj; light wear. [09417] $20.00

 

67. [Hats] Patents for Inventions. Abridgments of Specifications relating to Wearing Apparel. Division I: Head Coverings. London; George E. Eyre and William Spottiswoode: 1874. An interesting volume containing abstracts and abridgements of patent specifications relating to hats and other head coverings. Arranged chronologically and indexed by Patentee and subject, it begins with a scattering of 17th and 18th century patents, but the vast majority of patents are 19th century. A fascinating and detailed collection of hattish invention and development, much of it having to do with hat manufacture. Softcover. 4.75”x7”, xxxv + 347 pages; partially unopened; original publisher’s blue printed softcovers, minor wear, several very minor chips, a little soil. [09497] $200.00

 

68. Hay, D[avid] R[amsay]. The Interior Decorator, being the Laws of Harmonious Coloring adapted to Interior Decorations. With Observations on the Practice of House Painting. Philadelphia; Henry Carey Baird: 1867. First American, from the 6th London, edition. David Ramsay Hay was one of the most influential color theorists of the Victorian era, and was a practical craftsman as well, attaining the status of Decorator to the Queen. This title was first published in 1828, and completely re-written for the 6th edition. The text is divided into two parts, the first treating the theory and laws of colors, the second addressing decorating issues more practically.

    The second section begins by describing plain painting materials and types of colors and paints, and then moves on to decorative painting, including imitating woods and marbles, gilding, paper-hanging, stippling, decorative borders, imitation damasks, gold embroidery and leather. There is additional material on the analogies between sound and color, “cheap” painting, and “Reminiscences of the painting and decorating of Abbotsford”. This last refers to one of Hay’s most famous commissions, the redecorating of fellow-Mason Sir Walter Scott’s manor. An influential and increasingly uncommon treatise on Victorian-era interior painting and decorating, and one of a very few Baird books to have a color illustration. Hardcover. 5”x7.5”, 207 pages, colored frontispiece; publisher’s black cloth with gilt spine title; a little wear, but a very nice, clean, tight copy. [09461] $300.00

 

69. Heales, Major Alfred. The Archaeology of the Christian Altar in Western Europe; with its Adjuncts, Furniture, and Ornaments. London; Roworth & Co., Limited: 1881. This interesting text was based on notes gathered for two lectures at the St. Paul’s Ecclesiological Society, augmented here with additional material. Major Heales, using actual or historical examples, begins with a summary of the development of the form, structure, and material of the altar, their number and placement in churches, consecration, portable altars, and desecration and destruction. He then turns to altar furniture and fittings, including frontals and coverings, canopies, reredos, super-altars, ornaments, chalices & patens, the corporal, pall, burse and veil, the reed, the pyx, monstrances, tabernacles, cruets, crosses, candlesticks, paxes, books, cushions, flowers, censers, and sancta-bells. There are indexes for terms, names and places. Major Heales wrote or edited a number of ecclesiastical histories. Hardcover. 5.75”x8.75”, viii + 96 pages, lithographed frontispiece and several line illustrations in the text; bound in full period polished calf with gilt rules and corner emblems; gilt-lettered spine label; covers with some rubbing, contents with a little soil, etc. but a handsome copy. [09500] $125.00

 

70. Heath, Samuel, et al. Spain. A Heritage Rediscovered, 3000 BC - AD 711. New York; Ariadne Galleries: 1992. A beautifully produced catalog to a loan exhibition featuring early arts of the Iberian Peninsula in stone, bronze and gold. The objects include early carvings and tools, coins, cups, fibulae, bowls, equestrian fittings, and a variety of Visigothic bronze ornaments and fittings inlaid with colored glass, enamels and stones. The illustrations are large, well-lit, and beautifully reproduced. An elegant catalog. Hardcover. 8.5”x11”, 169 pages, color illustrations, dj; fine. [09415] $35.00

 

71. Heydenryk, Henry. The Art and History of Frames. An Inquiry into the Enhancement of Paintings. New York; James A. Heinemann: 1963. A very interesting survey of the stylistic development of frames and their relationship to art. Frames have, over the centuries, been meant to do different things, and performed their tasks in different ways, as is explained in the text and captions. Hardcover. 10"x8.5", 119 pages, b/w illustrations, dj; bibliography; jacket with some wear, and torn. [09467] $125.00

 

72. Hindle, Brooke. The Pursuit of Science in Revolutionary America, 1735-1789. Chapel Hill; University of North Carolina Press: 1956. A scholarly and interesting survey of the scientific interests and pursuits of a number of naturalists, physicians, teachers and others who pursued science in Colonial America. Natural history, astronomy, medicine, electricity, chemistry and other pursuits provided much fodder for men of vast and little means who pursued the Flighty Fairy of Knowledge as she hovered, enticingly, just over their heads. Hardcover. 6”x9”, 410 pages, b/w illustrations, dj; light wear. [09442] $25.00

 

73. Hipkiss, Edwin J. Eighteenth Century American Arts. The M. and M. Karolik Collection of Paintings, Drawings, Engravings, Furniture, Silver, Needlework & Incidental Objects Gathered to Illustrate the Achievements of American Artists and Craftsmen of the Period from 1720 to 1820. Cambridge; Harvard University Press: 1950. 2nd prtg. The well illustrated and important catalog of this major collection of American furniture, silver and accessories.

    "This beautifully printed volume, set in Monotype Bembo and with full-tone collotype illustrations, established a high visual standard for furniture catalogs that was emulated by Joseph Downs in the 1950s and Morrison Hecksher in the 1980s. The catalog includes 125 examples of high-style furniture, the vast majority from Massachusetts and Rhode Island, although some superb Philadelphia objects are included. These objects are not included in Richard Randall's 1965 catalog. Karolik's musings, "As I Reflect upon the Collection", provide a fascinating look at the mind of an idiosyncratic collector" -Ames & Ward.

    Maxim Karolik (1893-1963) was a Russian opera singer, immigrant, and art collector and benefactor who cut a swath through the Boston and American collecting scenes. The magnificent bequests of American furniture and paintings he and his wife made to Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts earned them a place in the pantheon of Boston’s patrons of the arts, and their rediscovery and championing of the works of Fitz Hugh Lane and Martin Johnson Heade, along with 19th century American fine and folk artists earned them a place in American collecting lore. The Karoliks deflected such honors, and in an open letter to the MFA’s Director, Maxim Karolik declared “We are not ‘Patrons of Art’ or ‘Public Benefactors.’ We refuse to accept these banal labels. We accept with pleasure only one label: ‘Useful’.” Semowich 1352. Hardcover. 9"x11", 366 pages, 318 b/w illustrations; light wear, but a nice copy. [09507] $275.00

 

74. Hobson, R.L. Chinese Pottery and Porcelain. An Account of the Potter’s Art in China From Primitive Times to the Present Day. New York; Dover Publications: 1976. A reissue of both volumes of Hobson’s classic 1916 set, in a single volume. Softcover. 5.5”x8”, 227 + 326 pages, 40 color and 96 b/w plates; light wear, a little soil. [09410] $20.00

 

75. Holthaus, P.D. Wanderings of a Journeyman Tailor through Europe and the East, During the Years 1824 to 1840. Translated by William Howitt. London; Longman, Brown, Green, and Longman's:1844. 3rd edition. Holthaus was a journeyman tailor, from Werdohl in Westpahlia, who took up his knapsack, needle and pen and set off through the highways and byways of the world, over Europe, Asia and Africa. Through Turkey, Wallachia, Greece, Syria, Egypt, Italy and France he walks and sews. Howitt notes in his Preface-

    “We see here the German, both as master and man...marching off, and establishing himself in the remotest countries, and amongst the strangest people. The Germans...insinuate and settle themselves down in every region, and often amongst people where we little expect to find them. Holthaus himself works in Constantinople, Athens, Beyrout, etc. He depends for the gratification of his passion for travel, solely on his needle. He literally sews his way from continent to continent...His travels are not only well written, and display a great deal of shrewd observation and excellent feeling, but they have a peculiar advantage of observing everyday life from a new point of view. Our traveler does not glide on luxuriously in an easy-cushioned carriage, with his letter-book stuffed with introductions to all the prominent men of every prominent place; but he trudges on through desert-ways, works amid the swarming mass of strange cities, meets with all the rubs and rebuffs attendant on his humble station, and looks on things not as they show through the halo of wealth, luxury and favour, but to the eyes of the multitude”.

    Hardcover. 4.5"x7", 286 pages, woodcut portrait frontispiece showing Holthaus in a broad-brimmed hat, with his walking stick, knapsack, dagger, tobacco pouch and pipe; old quarter leather and marbled boards, covers scuffed, but else a nice copy. [09526] $275.00

 

76. Holtzapffel, Charles (& Dr. Royle). Descriptive Catalogue of the Woods Commonly Employed in the Country for the Mechanical and Ornamental Arts. Interspersed with Extensive Botanical Notes by Dr. Royle of the East India House. London; published for the author: 1852. An offprint (in book format) from Holtzapffel’s massive and important “Turning and Mechanical Manipulation” (1843). Although the emphasis is on the usefulness of woods for turning, it remains an interesting document for any furniture or decorative arts historian. Hardcover. 5.75”x9”, viii + 118 pages, 29 text figures; publisher’s embossed black cloth, gilt spine title; some general cover wear, spine slightly chipped, closed spine tear; 1941 inscription from the grandson of the author. [09508] $200.00

 

77. Howard, David S. New York and the China Trade. New York Historical Society: 1984. The fine catalog to this important exhibition. Text includes the essay “Merchants and Mandarins- New York and the Early China Trade” by Conrad Edick Wright. The catalog divides New York’s China Trade history into four distinct eras: The Colonial Period, 1620-1780; The First Five Years, 1785-1790; The First Century, 1790-1800; and The Last Century, 1880-1984. Of this, the vast majority of space is devoted to the periods of 1785-1880; 1880-1984 takes up only 5 pages. Softcover. 8"x10", 142 pages, profusely illustrated in color and b/w; light wear. [09412] $35.00

 

A Very Early Example of Chromolithography-

78. Howard, Frank. Colour, as a Means of Art, being an adaptation of the experience of professors to the practice of amateurs. London; Joseph Thomas: 1838. The first edition of this interesting book by the author of several art manuals, including a companion volume on sketching. In this volume Howard surveys the coloring used by various schools and masters of art, including Titian, Rubens and Turner, and instructs the amateur on how to achieve like effects and gain a knowledge of coloring. The book is perhaps most notable today as a very early example of color lithographic printing, with 18 color plates produced by Charles Joseph Hullmandell. A Paris-trained painter, Hullmandell was introduced to lithography by the pioneering lithographer Alois Senefelder during a trip to Munich in 1817. Soon he had developed his own lithographic press and was experimenting with new techniques, including ways of printing in colors. Howard notes in his preface-

    “For the method in which the plates of the present work have been executed, I am indebted to a recent improvement in Lithography, made by Mr. Hullmandell. It is capable of producing more nearly the effects of painting than any other style of engraving; but from these plates, professing only to represent masses of Colour and general tone, and being the first that have been attempted in this particular application, they are not calculated to display Mr. Hullmandell’s improvement to advantage”.

    Despite Howard’s protestations, the plates, which were achieved by the printing of three or four overlays of color, have an undeniable charm and are quite effective at getting across the points Howard is making in the text. Not everyone found Hullmandel as pleasant to work with as Howard apparently did- in a letter to J.D. Hooker on March 11, 1844, Charles Darwin noted that “I believe Hullmandell is a good litho. printer, but I found him rather troublesome.” I suppose the price of art must always be paid, and geniuses are often cranky. Hardcover. 5”x8”, ii, 106 pages, plus 18 lithographed, colored plates. Publisher’s brown cloth with gilt title; rebacked and with a new cloth spine; covers with some soil and wear, contents with minor soil and some scattered light spotting, but overall a nice copy. [09457] $400.00

 

79. Hubert, J. Art of Retouching: with Chapters on Portraiture and Flash-Light Photography. London; Hazell, Watson & Viney: 1900. 10th edition. An early, practical guide to the retouching of photographs, something I am given to understand may still happen today... Includes chapters of portraiture and “flash-light photography”. First published in 1890. Publication No.6 in the ‘Amateur Photographer Library’. Card covers. 4.75”x7”, 84 pages + 20 pages of advertisements; b/w halftone frontispiece and 10 text illustrations; light wear. [09459] $50.00

 

80. The Hudson-Fulton Celebration. New York; Metropolitan Museum of Art: 1909. An important early exhibition. One volume is devoted to American colonial paintings, furniture and silver, as well as some ceramics and glass; the other volume to Dutch 17th century paintings. This was the earliest major multi-faceted exhibition of American Colonial-era decorative arts, and it brought many collectors and scholars together for the first time. The objects were drawn from a number of prominent private collections, including those of Palmer, Halsey, Bigelow, Barber, Lockwood, Clearwater, Flagler, Bolles, and others. The text was written by H.W. Kent and Florence Levy, with contributions by Edwin Atlee Barber. Hardcover. 2 volumes. 8"x11", 321 pages, numerous b/w plates; a little light wear, but a very nice set. [09506] $150.00

 

81. Hughes, G. Bernard. Small Antique Silverware. New York; Bramhall House: 1957. A guide to an assortment of those small items which collectors find endlessly entertaining and buyable, such as wine labels, cream jugs, nutmeg graters, ladles, slices, beakers, inkstands, buttons, and so on. Hughes' signature light-yet-thorough style will convince you to start collecting at least half the objects in this book, so approach with care... One of our most popular silver books. Hardcover. 8"x10", 224 pages, 249 b/w illustrations, rubbed and somewhat worn dj. [09370] $35.00

 

82. Isham, Norman Morrison. Trinity Church in Newport, Rhode Island. A History of the Fabric. Boston; printed for the subscribers: 1936. An architectural history of the second church on the site, built around 1726, based on a design by Christopher Wren. There are many photos of the interior and details, comparisons with other churches, and good architectural information about the design, additions, and so on. Hardcover. 8”x10.5”, xi + 111 pages, plus 33 b/w plates; near fine. [09422] $65.00

 

83. Jahss, Melvin & Betty. Inro and other miniature forms of Japanese Lacquer Art. London; Keegan Paul, Trench, Trubner & Co.: [1971]. A standard and lovely book. The authors note- “When Japan finally opened her doors to the outside world in the mid-19th century, there emerged one of the most skillful, most exquisite, and remarkable art forms ever developed by any country: that of Japanese lacquer. Today, it is startling to discover that what we now consider as avante-garde in modern art- such as abstraction, impressionism, and collage- had already been perfected by Japanese lacquer artists over 300 years ago”. Hardcover. 8.5”x11”, 487 pages, 76 color and 180 b/w illustrations, dj; light wear, slight wave to the first pages. [09405] $150.00

 

84. James, Arthur E. The Potters and Potteries of Chester County, Pennsylvania. Exton; Schiffer Publishing: 1978. Originally published in 1947, and completely updated and revised here, with much new information. An important study of American pottery. Hardcover. 6"x9", 207 pages, b/w illustrations; a fine copy. [09400] $20.00

 

A Pioneering Work on Japanese Arts-

85. Jarves, James Jackson. A Glimpse at the Art of Japan. New York; Hurd and Houghton: 1876. James Jackson Jarves, the Boston art critic who established Honolulu’s first newspaper, was made a Knight of the Order of the Crown of Italy for his art exhibition-related work there, and gave great portions of his collections to New York’s Metropolitan Museum and Yale, was also, as far as we can tell, the first American to write a scholarly book on the arts of Japan. This study, published just a few decades after Perry’s ‘black ships’ had reopened the island at cannon-point, focuses on the aesthetic rather than the technical aspects of the subject for, as Jarves notes in his introduction, Japanese artists were often loathe to share technical details with anyone, much less foreigners. Jarves covers the historical origins of Japanese art, religious art, literature and poetry, the life and home of the Japanese artist, and Japanese decorative and ornamental arts with the sensitivity of the sympathetic and enthusiastic art critic while always maintaining, somewhere in the background, that slightly puzzled, cautiously superior air with which Europeans of the time regarded the Japanese. A popular and important early work on Japanese arts. Hardcover. 5”x7.5”, 216 pages, frontispiece and 30 plates; publisher’s blue cloth with impressed design; inner hinge cracked and wobbly; spine head and base frayed; covers a bit rubbed. [09451] $85.00

 

86. [Jingguantang] The Jingguantang Collection -Magnificent Chinese Works of Art. Parts 1-3 [and] Important Chinese Ceramics and Jades from the Jingguantang Collection. Hong Kong; Christies: November 3, 1996; March 20, 1997; September 18, 1997; November 5, 1997. The auction catalogs chronicling the dispersal of this famous collection of museum-quality Chinese ceramics and jades. 4 vols. Softcover. 8”x10.5” [and] 8”x12”; 226 pages, 101 lots; 209 pages, 108 lots; 149 pages, 68 lots; 94 pages, 45 lots. Color illustrations, folding plates; marks. [09269] $200.00

 

87. Jobe, Brock W. (ed.). New England Furniture. Essays in Memory of Benno M. Forman. [in] Old-Time new England. Volume 72. Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities: 1987. Brock Jobe contributes a bibliography of Forman’s works, and there are essays on various aspects of American 17th and 18th century furniture by Philip Zea, Gerald W.R. Ward, Jeanne Sloane, Luke Beckerdite, Brock Jobe, Myrna Kaye, William Hosley, Jr., Robert Mussey, Jr., Andrew Passeri and Robert Trent. Softcover. 6”x9”, 354 pages, b/w illustrations; light wear, light cover soil, tips creased. [09368] $40.00

 

88. Journal of Glass Studies. Volume VIII. Corning Museum of Glass: 1966. Articles on many aspects of ancient glass, as well as Galle signatures, recent acquisitions, etc. Softcover. 8”x11”, 176 pages, 1 color and many b/w illustrations; some wear. [09379] $50.00

 

89. Journal of Glass Studies. Volume XIV. Corning Museum of Glass: 1972. Articles on ancient glass and other topics, recent acquisitions, etc. Softcover. 8”x11”, 187 pages, 2 color and many b/w illustrations; some wear. [09380] $50.00

 

90. Kardon, Jane (ed.). The Ideal Home. The History of Twentieth-Century American Craft, 1900-1920. New York; Harry N. Abrams/American Craft Museum: 1993. A lavish study of the interiors, ceramics, metalwork, glass, textiles, furniture and architecture of the opening decades of 20th century Arts & Crafts America. Individual chapters were written by experts in their fields. The book accompanied an exhibition of some 300 items, which are also illustrated and described here. Hardcover. 9”x12”, 304 pages, color and b/w illustrations, dj; bibliography; near fine. Signed by Kardon on the title page. [09438] $45.00

 

91. Khrum, Paul von. Silversmiths of New York City 1684-1850. New York: 1978. A valuable compilation of thousands of names, with notes on working dates and location, when known. The information was gathered from a search of every New York City Directory published between 1786 and 1840. Hardcover. 6"x9", 155 pages; a very nice copy. [09393] $125.00

 

92. Knight, Edward H. Knight’s New Mechanical Dictionary. A Description of Tools, Instruments, Machines, Processes, and Engineering. With Indexical References to Technical Journals (1876-1880). Boston; Houghton Mifflin and Company: 1884. An updating of the ‘American Mechanical Dictionary’, taking into account all the inventions and developments in the five years from 1876-1880, especially as shown at the Philadelphia and Paris Expositions. A massive, heavily illustrated, fascinating book, of great interest to historians of Victorian industry and technology. Hardcover. 7.5”x10.5”, viii + 960 pages, 2,549 wood engraved illustrations, plus 56 full-page plates; a large heavy book whose front hinge is a bit wonky and has been reglued; rear hinge cracked but tight; light cover wear, a little soil, tape repair to margin of first two pages. A book whose basic problem is usually the binding giving way, in a binding that still has a few miles to go. [09486] $250.00

 

93. Krogt, Peter van der. Old Globes in the Netherlands. A Catalogue of Terrestrial and Celestial Globes Made Prior to 1850 and Preserved in Dutch Collections. Utrecht; HES Uitgevers: 1984. A valuable survey and description of pre-1850 globes in the Netherlands, carried out over a period of several years. The catalog is arranged by maker/publisher, and includes much information on these individuals and firms as well as the globes themselves. Hardcover. 7"x10", 290 pages, many b/w and some color illustrations, dj; bibliography; a fine copy in a fine jacket. [09523] $100.00

 

A Famous Gemstone Study-

94. Kunz, George Frederick. History of the Gems Found in North Carolina. Raleigh; E.M. Uzzell & Co., for the North Carolina Geological and Economic Survey: 1907. Bulletin No. 12. A thorough report, prepared by Kunz at the behest of the North Carolina authorities in time for distribution at the Jamestown Exposition. The illustrations include a number of notable specimens, some drawn from the Morgan-Tiffany and Morgan-Bement Collections at the American Museum of Natural History. The four color plates, for which this work is especially noted, were printed by Prang. Uncommon. Hardcover. 7.25"x10.5", xvii + 60 pages, plus 4 color plates with tissue guards and 11 b/w plates; overall a nice, clean copy, with just minor wear at the tips and the lightest rubbing at the spine heads, a few slight bubbles on the rear cover, a very, very tiny chip on the corner of the free endpaper and another microscopic chip on one plate edge. [09529] $450.00

 

95. [Lacquer] The Gretchen Kroch Kelsch Lacquer Collection. Parts I & II. New York; Sotheby’s: March 11, 1981 & March 27, 1982. Sale 4560 & 4829. The catalogs to a fine auction of 19th century Japanese lacquered netsuke, inro, ojime, kogo and boxes, presented in an elegant set of catalogs with large, clear photographs, many in color. 2 vols. Softcover. 8.5”x9.5”, 39 + 35 pages, 79 + 110 lots; b/w and color illustrations; light wear. [09268] $150.00

 

96. Ladd, Paul R. Early American Fireplaces. New York; Hastings House: 1977. A well illustrated mix of fact and lore about early American fireplaces and accessories, by a past-President of the Rushlight Club. Ladd explores many of the details of early fireplace making, including the bricks, iron, blacksmiths, etc., and illustrates examples or early fireplaces from a number of historic homes. Hardcover. 7.5"x10", 192 pages, b/w illustrations, dj. Light wear. [09432] $85.00

 

97. Lamprill, W.T. Inventories and Catalogues. Their Preparation under varying Circumstances, with a Brief Description of Decorative Furniture, And Notes on other matters appertaining thereto. London; The Estates Gazette: 1911. An exceptionally interesting volume written for auctioneers and appraisers. There are chapters on ancient inventories & catalogues, and preparing inventories, or catalogs, for various circumstances, including auctions sales, pawnbroker sales, insurance and probate. This is followed by a crash course in furniture history, with almost half the book being devoted to descriptions of the various English and French furniture periods, types and woods, followed by chapters on mythology in art, a glossary of terms, marks on pottery & porcelain, marks on silver, and marks on Oriental porcelain. At the end of all this, presumably you were ready to go to work at Sothebys’, or at least you would not throw the Chippendale bedstead out with the rest of the household debris. Hardcover. 5.75”x8.5”, 171 pages, 52 line illustrations in the text; pottery marks. Light wear, but a nice copy. [09464] $75.00

 

98. Landreau, Anthony N. America Underfoot. A History of Floor Coverings from Colonial Times to the Present. Washington; Smithsonian Institution Press: 1976. Designed to accompany the traveling exhibition, this catalog provides a good, concise history of the development of floor coverings in the U.S., and a valuable analysis of the early coverings included in the exhibition. An interesting study of a subject we all take for granted and pay little attention to- until it's too late. Softcover. 9"x10", 76 pages, 92 color and b/w illustrations. Light wear. [09429] $45.00

 

99. Leeds, Joseph. One Hundredth Anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, and Independence Square, and the Three Main Front Buildings Thereon, in Philadelphia, State of Pennsylvania, as a Monument of Memorials, Sacred and Forever, to Honor the Fathers of our Beloved Country and their Principles. Philadelphia; Joseph Leeds: 1872. An interesting pamphlet, printed by the author to promote his plans to turn Independence Square into a series of museums and public halls dedicated to the Founding Fathers, the Declaration of Independence, and American history, in time for the Centennial celebrations. The pamphlet described the plans in detail, and also includes testimonials and other promotional information. Leeds was nothing if not optimistic- he hoped to sell the pamphlets in bundles of 100 to raise money to print ceremonial “diplomas” illustrating the Declaration of Independence and Founding Fathers, which would be sold for $5 each to raise a million dollars to undertake the project and another million for an endowment fund. Leeds got at least as far as printing the diplomas, executed in 1873 by the American Bank Note Company. The rest of the plan, obviously, came to nothing, but the pamphlet remains as an interesting document in the history of the preservation of Independence Hall. Uncommon in the marketplace. Softcover. 5.5”x9”, 32 pages; some soil and wear, cover crease, tip chipped. [09487] $150.00

 

100. Lefebvre, Georges. The French Revolution. London; Routledge & Kegan Paul/New York; Columbia University Press: 1965. 3rd prtg. A standard, entertaining and scholarly text, translated by Elizabeth Moss Evanson. Root for your favorite characters in this thrilling historical classic! 2 vols. Hardcover. 6”x8.5”, 366 + 430 pages, dj; light wear, a little soil. [09447] $35.00

 

101. Lehmann-Haupt, Hellmut. An Introduction to the Woodcut of the Seventeenth Century. New York; Abaris Books: 1977. Lehmann-Haupt spent years preparing this re-appraisal of the oft-denigrated 17th century woodcut, which he found a “vigorous and delightful” subject. There is also a discussion of German 17th century woodcut broadsides. Hardcover. 8.5”x11”, 282 pages, b/w illustrations; light wear. [09475] $45.00

 

102. Lemmen, Hans van. Delftware Tiles. London; Laurence King Publishing: 1997. A grand, nicely illustrated study of Dutch delftware tiles, as well as their imitations produced in other European countries and America. Chapters cover the rise of the Dutch tile industry, themes & subjects, tiles for royalty, imitators, and the decline and revival of the industry. Hans van Lemmen is the author of several books on the subject of antique tiles. Hardcover. 9.5”x12”, 224 pages, color and b/w illustrations, dj; bibliography; light wear. [09414] $65.00

 

103. The Letter Writer of Modern Society. By A Member of the Aristocracy. London; Frederick Warne & Co.: 1883. An exceptionally interesting letter-writer for the proper Victorian, with hundreds of letters for very specific occasions, such as a father turning down a suitor for his daughter’s hand, or from a young man to his guardian, asking for an allowance increase. If you were a Victorian and ever ventured out the front door (or even if you didn’t) and needed a letter, you would find an example here- there are letters for asking favors or making requests; (servants) asking for situations, or a character; relative to illness & death; offering gifts or thanking for gifts; proposals of marriage; answers to proposals of marriage; letters between engaged couples; family letters; children’s letters; servants letters; notes of invitation or postponements; business letters; how to write to the Sovereign, members of the aristocracy, the clergy, the army, the navy, the bar, doctors, the government; and business letters. This title appears to be rather uncommon, and notably complete and interesting in its contents. Hardcover. 5”x7.5”, xxiii + 199 pages; publisher’s mustard-colored cloth with black rules and gilt lettering; light wear, a little soil, but a very nice copy. [09521] $125.00

 

104. Liebert, Herman W., et al. The British Look at America During the Age of Samuel Johnson. Providence; The Associates of the John Carter Brown Library: 1971. An exhibition of the sorts of books and pamphlets related to America, published between 1720 and 1784, such as “an ordinary cultivated Englishman” would have bought. The essay examines Johnson’s attitude toward America. Softcover. 7.5”x10.5”, 655 pages plus 15 b/w plates. Elegantly printed at the Stinehour Press; light soil, tips thumbed, etc. [09363] $20.00

 

105. Lindbergh, Peter. Peter Lindbergh. Images of Women. Munich; Schirmer/Mosel: 1997. A huge book, the first comprehensive retrospective of Lindbergh’s work of the prior decade. Lindbergh, one of the leading international fashion photographers of our time, is known as “the man who adores women” for his perceptive and sympathetic photographic style. This copy is inscribed by Lindbergh to socialite and high-power fashionista Veronica Hearst, widow of publishing tycoon Randolph Hearst, and stepmother of Patty Hearst.

    An iconic figure in the world of couture, Veronica Hearst is, according to an article in the July, 2006 issue of Harper's Bazaar "Known for her remarkable collection of haute couture...She sends many of her most impressive designs to the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum. 'She understands that couture is an art,' says Harold Koda, head of the institute...'Everybody has art, in some form, within themselves, whether it is writing, poetry, photography, dance, or painting,' Hearst explains. 'I really feel that a healthy art life is the foundation of a healthy democracy'."

    Dramatically inscribed on the flyleaf-
Dear Veronica- I hope you’ll like it- Please call when in Paris- with love Pete -Paris Nov. 97”.

    Hardcover. 11”x14”, 310 pages, 189 b/w illustrations, dj. Light wear. [09378] $500.00

 

106. Lockwood, Luke Vincent. The Furniture Collector's Glossary. New York; Da Capo Press: 1967. A reprint of the original Walpole Society 1913 limited edition. Lockwood's work was an important study which standardized nomenclature for dealers and collectors. Hardcover. 6.5"x9.5", 55 pages, line illustrations. Near fine. [09392] $45.00

 

An Elegant, Important Catalog-

107. [Loeb Bronzes] Sieveking, Johannes. Die Bronzen der Sammlung Loeb. Munchen: 1913. An elegantly produced catalog of ancient Roman, Hellenistic, Etruscan and Egyptian bronze mirrors, figures, busts, and other artifacts owned by noted collector and philanthropist James Loeb. Loeb [1867-1933] retired early from the family business and spent the rest of his life traveling, collecting, and doing good things with his money. He founded the Loeb Classical Library at Harvard, became a trustee at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, and helped found what would become the Julliard School in New York. The bronzes illustrated in this catalog, along with this ancient pottery, were eventually given to the Staatliche Antikensammlungen in Munich. Loeb explained his philanthropy by writing-

    “In an age when the Humanities are being neglected more perhaps than at any time since the Middle Ages, and when men's minds are turning more than ever before to the practical and the material, it does not suffice to make pleas, however eloquent and convincing, for the safeguarding and further enjoyment of our greatest heritage from the past. Means must be found to place these treasures within the reach of all who care for the finer things of life."

    Hardcover. 9"x12", 86 pages of text with 12 collotype illustrations in the text and 46 gravure plates; printed on a fine, heavy cream stock; original parchment covers, spine soiled, boards lightly soiled; spine label perished. A lovely catalog. [09530] $375.00

 

108. Maass, John. The Glorious Enterprise. The Centennial Exhibition of 1876 and H.J. Schwarzmann, Architect-in-Chief. Watkins Glen; American Life Foundation: 1973. A detailed study of the Centennial Exhibition of 1876 in Philadelphia, the design and construction of the buildings, their use and fates, and the history of the Exhibition itself, with many period illustrations. Hardcover. 8.5"x11", 156 pages, b/w and line illustrations, dj; light wear. [09465] $50.00

 

109. Maccubbin, Robert P. Unauthorized Sexual Behavior During the Enlightenment. College of William & Mary: May, 1985. A special issue of the scholarly journal “Eighteenth-Century Life”. Softcover. 6”x9”, 260 pages, light wear. [09446] $20.00

 

110. [Mack] Fine Chinese Snuff Bottles from the Gerry P. Mack Collection. South Kensington; Christie’s: October 4, 1999. Sale 8552. The auction catalog to a noted collection of porcelain, glass, rock crystal, inside-painted, agate, amber, and jade bottles, with outstanding and rare specimens. Softcover. 8.5”x10.5”, 85 pages, 194 lots, color illustrations; prices realised sheet; light soil. [09038] $35.00

 

111. [Marble Hill Press] General Notes on The Hand-Colouring of Fifteenth Century Woodcuts from ‘An Introduction to a History of Woodcut’ Vol. 1, by Arthur M. Hind. New York; privately printed by George Sas at The Marble Hill Press: 1968. Edition limited to 100 copies. Softcover. 8.5”x11.5”, 16 pages, 3 color illustrations from 15th century woodcuts, black text with red rules and decorations; sun-faded in a thin strip along the foredge, else near fine. [09498] $45.00

 

112. Marcus, Steven. The Other Victorians. A Study of Sexuality and Pornography in Mid-Nineteenth Century England. New York; Basic Books: 1966. All right, you always knew they were up to something behind those lace curtains, right? Hardcover. 6”x8.5”, 292 pages, dj; jacket with some soil, cover with slight bow. [09445] $20.00

 

113. [Martin] The Library of H. Bradley Martin -Part V. Highly Important Illustrated and Scientific Ornithology. New York; Sotheby's: December 12-13, 1989. The fifth catalog in what was eventually an 8-catalog series which chronicled the sale of this renowned private collection. Hardcover. 8.5"x11", about 250 pages, 655 lots, color and b/w illustrations; light abrasion along the top of the spine, else a very nice, clean, tight copy. [09398] $50.00

 

114. McConnell, Andy. The Decanter. An Illustrated History of Glass from 1650. Woodbridge; Antique Collectors’ Club: 2004. I’ve always had a soft spot for decanters and collected a few myself, but I think even if I didn’t I would love this book. It’s simply gorgeous. It’s big, it’s heavy, it’s loaded with pictures, not only photographs in stunning color, but many period woodcuts and other miscellaneous pictures of decanters in the 18th and 19th centuries. McConnell, who spent seven years on this book and illustrates 2,250 examples in it, leaves no stone untouched and no stopper stopped. If there is anything about English and European decanters and their history, makers, designs and lore that is not here, well... you won’t miss it. There is also an extensive and valuable bibliography which includes a really extensive and valuable listing of periodical materials. A breathtaking book. Just don’t drop it on your foot- it weighs about ten pounds. Hardcover. 9”x11”, 575 pages, loaded with color and b/w illustrations, dj; bibliography. [90161] $89.50

 

115. Merrifield, [Mary Philadelphia]. The Art of Fresco Painting, as practiced by the Old Italian and Spanish Masters, with a Preliminary Inquiry into the nature of the Colours Used in Fresco Painting, with observations and notes. London; ‘published for the author by Charles Gilpin’: 1846. An influential and important study, commissioned by the British government, which translated and analyzed instructional texts on the painting of frescos from Antiquity to the 17th century, with an eye toward the promotion of an English school of fresco painters. A year earlier Mrs. Merrifield had completed her famous translation of Cennino Cennini’s “Libro dell’ arte”, and as important as her works were from a practical standpoint for the 19th century artist, among whom she was especially influential with the Pre-Raphaelites, “the main importance of her work lies in her development of the historical study of documents” (Ernstrom, Grove Dictionary of Art). Historical documents are all well and good, but Mrs. Merrifield was aiming higher-

    “I firmly believe,” she wrote in her Introduction, “that fresco painting will be extensively and successfully practiced in this country, by our own native artists, and will ultimately attain a perfection, equal to that for which the Italian schools were so justly celebrated”.

    Hardcover. 6”x9”, lvi + 134 pages; publisher’s brown cloth with blindstamped patterns, gilt spine title; an exceptionally fresh and nice copy. [09463] $300.00

 

116. [Millden] Millden. A Scottish Lodge. London; Christie’s: January 20, 2005. The auction catalog for the contents of a magnificent Scottish hunting lodge, originally built for the Earls of Dalhousie; this sale also included material from Endsleigh, Devon; Harewood House, Yorkshire and Glamis Castle, Angus. Softcover. 8”x10.5”, 217 pages, 419 lots, color illustrations; near fine. [09247] $35.00

 

117. [Ming Porcelains] Important Early Ming Blue and White Porcelain from the Collection of the late Mr. and Mrs. R.H.R. Palmer. Hong Kong; Christie’s: January 17, 1989. The auction catalog to a sale of 19 examples of fine and rare Ming blue & white, this portion of the larger Chinese Ceramics sale issued in its own hardcover catalog. Hardcover. 8”x10.5”, 39 pages, 19 lots (numbered 561-579) [09034] $60.00

 

118. Moreland, F.A. Practical Decorative Upholstery. Containing full instructions for cutting, making and hanging all kinds of interior upholstery decorations. Boston; Lee and Shepard: 1890. Despite the word "upholstery" in the title this is a classic 19th century drapery and window-treatment text. "Illustrated with numerous working diagrams and designs, alike valuable to the upholsterer and housekeeper." First published in 1889, this remains an important source of patterns and stylistic information for 19th century fashions. Hardcover. 7"x9", 320 pages + 4 pages of advertisements; 69 line illustrations and diagrams; ex-library, with a bookplate and pocket remnant; some soil, a bit of cover wear, label removed from spine leaving slight mark; both hinges reglued. A decent copy of a book which is becoming increasingly uncommon. [09460] $300.00

 

119. Mowl, Timothy. Elizabethan & Jacobean Style. London; Phaidon Press: 1993. A sumptuously illustrated survey of the architecture and interiors of Elizabethan and Jacobean England, with additional material on textiles, silver ceramics and furniture. A lovely book. Hardcover. 10”x11.5”, 240 pages, color and b/w illustrations, dj; bibliography; light wear. [09427] $45.00

 

120. [Needlework] An Important Collection of Needlework. Christie’s South Kensington: June 23, 1987. The catalog to an auction of a collection of superb 16th and 17th century needlework, mostly English, from a private collection formed between 1907 and WWII (although the catalog refuses to say who the collector was). Softcover. 8”x10”, 90 pages, 245 lots, color and b/w illustrations; light wear. [09263] $85.00

 

121. Neret, Gilles. Boucheron. Four Generations of a World-Renowned Jeweler. New York; Rizzoli: 1988. ”Over the last 130 years, Boucheron’s name has become synonymous with French jewelry of the highest quality. This fascinating history, centering on the dynasty of enthusiastic artist-jewelers, begins in Paris with the splendors of the court of Napoleon III, progresses through the Art Nouveau and Art Deco periods and the post-war years to culminate in Boucheron’s work of the present day...Three hundred of the most sumptuous, inventive and elegant pieces by Boucheron have been selected to illustrate this book, with preliminary drawings and watercolors discovered in the archives of the famous firm and photographs of unique creations by a succession of artists”. Hardcover. 10”x11.5”, 223 pages, color and b/w illustrations, dj; bibliography; light wear. [09416] $200.00

 

122. Newman, Harold. An Illustrated Dictionary of Silverware. New York; Thames and Hudson: 1987. An essential reference for silver enthusiasts, with 2,373 terms relating to British and American wares, decorative techniques, styles, leading designers, and makers from 1500 to the present. Many illustrations. Hardcover. 7"x10", 334 pages, 671 b/w and 16 color illustrations, dj; near fine. [09448] $50.00

 

123. Novak, Barbara. Nature and Culture. American Landscape and Painting 1825-1875. London; Thames & Hudson: 1980. A pioneering study examining how the changing American attitude toward Nature and the wilderness was reflected in the art of the period. Novak draws parallels between the work of writers like Emerson and Thoreau and the works of Thomas Cole, Albert Bierstadt, Frederic Church, Asher Durand, Fitz Hugh Lane, and the Hudson River School. Hardcover. 7.5”x10”, 323 pages, color and b/w illustrations, dj; light wear, a few spots on the covers. [09377] $40.00

 

124. Orgain, Marian. American Publishers’ Posters & Books 1894-98. An Exhibition on the Occasion of the Grolier Club Visit to the University of Houston Library. University of Houston: 1976. 1000 copies printed. An exhibition selected from the University’s fine collection, the genesis of which was a group of 60 posters purchased from the Brick Row Bookshop in 1966 by Dr. Edward G. Holley. Includes both posters for individual books as well as literary magazines such as The Bookman and Lippincott’s. Visual excellence of the poster, not the textual excellence of the subject, was the criteria for the selections. Softcover. 11”x8.5”, 26 pages, b/w illustrations, light wear, a bit thumbed. [09435] $50.00

 

125. Ormond, Leonee. Writing. The Arts and Living. London; HMSO: 1981. A nice short survey of the tools, customs and furniture associated with writing, from ancient times through the 19th century, with illustrations from the collections of the Victoria & Albert Museum. Softcover. 5”x7.5”, 72 pages, color and b/w illustrations; light wear. [09399] $25.00

 

126. Paintings from Berlin Museums Exhibited at the request of the Department of the Army. Washington; National Gallery of Art: 1948. A handlist of the 202 paintings in the exhibition, most of which were from the Kaiser Friedrich Museum. Nearly 1 million visitors toured the exhibition during the month it was on. A longer, illustrated catalog was also produced. Softcover. 6”x9”, 14 pages, no illustrations; some pencil notes and soil. [09434] $20.00

 

127. Palmer, Arlene. A Winterthur Guide to Chinese Export Porcelain. New York; Crown Publishers: 1976. A very good guide, based on the fine collection at Winterthur. Softcover. 6"x8.5", 144 pages, 16 color plates and 100 b/w illustrations; light soil. [09409] $25.00

 

128. [Papier Mache, etc.] Patents for Inventions. Abridgments of the Specifications relating to the Manufacture of Paper, Pasteboard, and Papier Mache. Part II- Cutting, folding, and ornamenting; including envelopes, cards, paper hangings, &c. London; George E. Eyre and William Spottiswoode: 1859. An interesting volume containing abstracts and abridgements of patent specifications relating to paper-related subjects. Arranged chronologically and indexed by Patentee and subject, it begins with a scattering of 17th and 18th century patents, including one to Edward Dighton for printing wallpaper from etched copper plates. The vast majority of patents are 19th century, and include methods of decorating and forming papier mache as well as some related to wall paper. Hardcover. 4.75”x7”, viii + 166 pages; ex-library, bound in red buckram, with a bookplate and stamps on the title and half-title; else clean, with tight hinges. [09495] $100.00

 

129. Parissien, Steven. Regency Style. London; Phaidon Press: 1992. A colorful, exuberant, joyful celebration of the Regency style. There are separate chapters on architecture, windows & doors, joinery & plasterwork, lighting & baths, colors & coverings, furniture, and gardens. Profusely illustrated with photographs and reproductions of period illustrations. Hardcover. 10”x11.5”, 240 pages, color and b/w illustrations, dj; jacket somewhat worn. [09468] $65.00

 

A Singular Piece of Folk Art-

130. Payne, Brigham. The Story of Bacchus and Centennial Souvenir. Hartford; A.E. Brooks: 1876. The "Bacchus" statue was a carved pine figure of a singularly plump and dissipated looking youth seated atop a cask, holding a basket of fruit (grapes?). It was carved in 1776 by a quartet of imprisoned English seamen as way of thanking a tavern-keeping widow who had treated them kindly during their stay in the Windham, Connecticut jail. Shortly after presenting her with this gift, the four contrived to escape and three of them were drowned while crossing the bay in a small boat during a storm. The Bacchus figure, part folk-art, part prisoner-of-war carving, remained as their last work. Touching.

    Mr. Payne treats the whole episode with the sort of breathless wonderment the Centennial tended to engender in Victorian amateur historians, but the facts the tale rest on seem sturdy enough. This is evidently a separate offprint of another book by the same name, noted by Gabler as having 111 pages; this contains simply the portion relating to the Bacchus carving, and does not include the unrelated Revolutionary War battle story or the Centennial Celebration survey. A clue to the reason behind this abridgment was contained in a tipped-in note I saw in a copy we had some years ago which stated that this edition was being sent to descendants of "the three persons mentioned (that they) may learn more of their ancestors' final history...". Hardcover. 6"x8", 34 pages, 2 lithographed plates. Original black pebbled cloth with gilt rules, title and Bacchus figure on the front; light wear, some rubbing, but a very nice copy. [09397] $125.00

 

131. Pearse, G.E. Eighteenth Century Furniture in South Africa. Pretoria; J.L. Van Schaik: 1960. The magnum opus on the subject of 18th century Cape furniture, its origins and development. Written as a companion to the author’s book on 18th century South African architecture, it begins with an examination of 17th century furniture in both Holland and South Africa before moving on to the main topic. There are also chapters on the timbers used by Cape craftsmen, and related china, silver and glass. Profusely illustrated with photographs and line drawings. Hardcover. 10”x13”, ix + 193 pages, 64 b/w plates and 223 b/w illustrations, dj; bibliography. Light wear, jacket somewhat soiled. [09436] $500.00

 

132. Peirce, Josephine H. Fire on the Hearth. The Evolution and Romance of the Heating-Stove. Springfield; Pond-Ekberg Publishing Co.: 1951. "With 145 illustrations...showing an amazing variety of heating devices; also entertaining anecdotes, excerpts from old diaries and other papers, alluring advertisements and interesting bits of information pertaining to their manufacture and uses". Includes iron stoves, tile stoves, parlor stoves, box stoves, Franklin-type stoves, foot stoves, dumb stoves, smoke-consuming stoves, stovepipe hats... well, o.k., not those. But everything else, primarily of the 18th and 19th centuries. I want to see some of those alluring advertisements... Hardcover. 6.5"x9.5", 254 pages, color frontispiece and b/w illustrations, dj. Light wear, a little soil. [09419] $35.00

 

133. Pennington, Samuel. April Fool. Folk Art Fakes and Forgeries. New York; Hirschl & Adler Folk: 1988. An exceptionally interesting exhibition of folk art fakes and frauds, a joint effort of the Museum of American Folk Art and Hirschl & Adler Folk, with Sam Pennington of the Maine Antique Digest as Guest Curator. The exhibition is especially effective because in most instances the organizers were able to buy or borrow real pieces to be exhibited beside the fakes. Sam Pennington's introductory essay is a valuable, insightful and entertaining piece of writing, and this remains an essential and cautionary reference which should inform and teach, not instill trepidation. As Pennington writes- "Fakes are not all bad. They add a certain spice to the quest for the antique. I am indebted to Charles Hamilton, the rare documents expert, for the thought that if everything was as it was purported to be, collecting would be a pretty dull sport". Softcover. 8.5"x11", 71 pages, b/w illustrations; light wear. [09394] $65.00

 

134. [Pennsylvania-German Folk Art] Pennsylvania German Folk Art and Decorative Arts from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Flanders Smith. New York; Christie’s: June 3, 1995. Sale 8116. The catalog to an on-site auction of Pennsylvania-German furniture, metalware, ceramics, folk art, textiles, and more. Softcover. 8”x10.5”, 149 pages, color and b/w illustrations; light wear; prices realised sheet laid-in loosely. [09015] $45.00

 

135. [Phin, John] Hints and Practical Information for Cabinet-Makers, Upholsterers, and Furniture Men Generally. New York; The Industrial Publication Company: 1907. First published in 1884. "A description of all kinds of finishing, with full directions for varnishes, polishes, stains for wood, dyes for wood, gilding and silvering, receipts for the factory, lacquers, metals, marbles, etc., pictures, engravings, etc.". Hardcover. 5"x7.5", 130 pages plus 8 pages of advertisements; publisher’s red cloth with white lettering; lettering a bit rubbed, else a nice clean, tight copy. [09458] $85.00

 

136. Pickford, Ian. Jackson's Silver and Gold Marks of England, Scotland & Ireland. Woodbridge; Antique Collector’s Club: 2002. Revised edition. “Sir Charles Jackson’s ‘English Goldsmiths and Their Marks’ has long been the classic reference book on British antique silver hallmarks. First written in 1905, it was a mammoth work which remained in print unchanged for many years. This major new edition has been compiled by a distinguished team of experts to take account of the vast store of information which has been unearthed as a result of much detailed and wide-ranging research over the last seventy years. The text has been extensively updated with over 10,000 corrections and an enormous amount of entirely new material. There are not many standard reference works which survive for eighty years without being displaced. This revision will reconfirm Jackson’s status as the bible for all antique silver enthusiasts”. Hardcover. 8.5”x11”, 766 pages, 400 b/w illustrations and 15,000 marks, dj. New. [90177] $99.50

 

137. Pierce, Patricia Jobe. The Watercolored World of J.W.S. Cox. Hingham; Pierce Galleries: 1981. The work of a member of the Rockport Art Association and American Watercolor Society. Hardcover. 10.5”x9”, 64 pages, color and b/w illustrations; light wear. [09385] $35.00

 

138. Pleasants, J. Hall & Howard Sill. Maryland Silversmiths 1715-1830. With Illustrations of Their Silver and Their Marks and with a Facsimile of the Design Book of William Farris. Harrison; Robert Alan Green: 1972. Edition limited to 1000 copies. A facsimile of the very limited 1930 edition, with a new introduction by Col. Green. An important regional study, but more than that, because the authors' text delves into facets of silversmithing which were common to all Colonial and Federal silversmiths. Research into original records and histories provided an overview of the silversmiths' lives and work which should be read by any student of American silver. An important history. Hardcover. 8.5"x11", 324 pages, b/w illustrations, dj; near fine. [09511] $125.00

 

139. [Polo Collection] Important French and Continental Furniture and Decorations from a Collection formed by Roberto Polo. New York; Sotheby’s: November 3, 1989. Sale 5942. An amazing collection of French & other furniture and accessories, ranging from elaborate English papier-mache and abalone furniture and a rare Russian neo-classic ormolu-mounted marquetry table to a slew of signed and attributed French cabinetry, including a Louis XV ormolu-mounted commode and a Louis XVI giltwood console from the Palais se Fontainbleu, and a 6-fold Chinoiserie screen attributed to Canabas from the Chateau de Bellevue, home of Madame de Pompadour. Softcover. 8”x10.5”, 144 lots, about 125 pages, color illustrations; light water wrinkle in the inner bottom corner, else nice and clean. [09217] $75.00

 

An Enlightening Study-

140. Pope, Franklin Alexander. Evolution of the Electric Incandescent Lamp. New York; 1894. 2nd edition. The development of the incandescent bulb elicited much litigation, especially between Thomas Edison and William Sawyer and Albon Man. This book, first published in 1889, was an attempt to sort out the differing patents and patentee’s claims and priorities. In other words- who invented & patented what; when did they do it; and how did it differ from what other inventors had patented? Pope was well-positioned to make such an investigation- a telegraph engineer by training, he was also a patent expert with a specialty in electrical patents. Pope had also been a partner with Edison in Pope, Edison & Co., an electrical engineering firm. Pope’s end was tragic and ironic- shortly after publishing this study he was hired to re-engineer the electrical system of his hometown of Great Barrington, Massachusetts. To facilitate his work he had a 2100 volt distribution line run through the basement window into his workshop, and in 1895 he was electrocuted by a converter he was testing. Hardcover. 6”x9”, 91 pages, b/w illustrations. Covers somewhat worn and rubbed. [09388] $175.00

 

141. Porter, Roy & Lesley Hall. The Facts of Life. The Creation of Sexual Knowledge in Britain, 1650-1950. Yale University Press: 1995. The first detailed and scholarly study of the moral, religious, medical and popular dissemination of sexual information in Britain between the mid 1600s and the Kinsey Report. From the Restoration to the Victorians and Edwardians, the authors examines the literature, social mores and behavior of randy Englishmen and women. Hardcover. 6.5”x9.5”, 415 pages, b/w illustrations; dj; light wear. [09471] $35.00

 

142. Powers, Steven S. North American Burl Treen. Colonial & Native American. Privately published: 2005. A scholarly, well illustrated book on a sadly under-studied subject. This book selects and examines nearly 200 objects from private and museum collections, and illustrates them in more than 250 color photographs. Chapters include- American Colonial Burl Bowls; The Patten Family; The Covered Burl Bowl; The Burl Mortar; Assorted Burl Treen; Burl Effigy Bowls of the Woodland Indians; Native American Burl Bowls; Native American Burl Effigy Ladles, Paddles and Scoops; Atlantic White Cedar Burl of the Abenaki; and much more! Hardcover. 8.5”x11”, 208 pages, 260 color illustrations, dj. New. [90149] $125.00

 

An Important Document in the History of Post-Impressionism-

143. Previati, Gaetano. Les Principes Scientifiques du Divisionnisme (La Technique de la Peinture). Paris; A. Grubicy: 1910. The French edition of Previati’s important work on the scientific foundations of Divisionism, first published in Turin in 1906. Gaetano Previati (1852-1920), “was one of the leading exponents of Divisionism, particularly skilled at large-scale decorative themes, and especially important for his writings on technique and theory” (Aurora Scotti Tosini -Grove Dictionary of Art).

    Divisionism (the term was coined by Paul Signac) was a controversial European school which followed the rules of color contrast formulated by Ogden Rood and Michel-Eugene Chevruel, and applied color in separate threads and dots “to produce maximum brilliance scientifically and to avoid the muddling caused by physically mixing colours before applying them to the canvas...at a distance, the colours enhance each other to produce an effect of shimmering luminosity” (Tosini). Previati was fascinated by the ways color and tones could be used to produce visual and emotional effects on a picture’s viewer, and fell in happily with the Divisionists, producing murals and other large works which have been compared to the works of Walter Crane and G.F. Watts. As Tosini notes-

    “For Previati technique was not just a question of practice; it was an instrument for improving not so much the physical vision as the inner, spiritual contemplation of the great ideals that must find a place in painting. He identified three major stages in technique: impasto (application of paint), velatura (unification of tone), and divisione dei toni (‘division’, or separation of tones). In this series it is clear that the last is superior to the others; not only is it based on physical facts that can be scientifically shown to produce results with a greater potential for exploiting light, but it also successfully achieves a truth very different from a mere copy of reality. It enables the painter to attain a diffuse luminosity and a limitless vibrancy that pervade the painting and cast a spell on the spectator”.

    Although he was not hugely successful as a commercial artist, Previati developed a network of supporters, among them the dealer Alberto Grubicy, himself a staunch proponent of Divisionism. It may have been at Grubicy’s urging that Previati wrote his book on the technical aspects of Divisionist painting (Turin, 1905) and the scientific basis for the Divisionist’s theories (Turin, 1906), of which this is the French translation of the latter title, published in Paris by Grubicy himself four years later in a translation by Rossi-Sachetti.

    The contents of this treatise consist of- De la vision oculaire et de la vision subjective; De la perception normale des couleurs; Des causes determinant les couleurs; Des couleurs par absorption de la lumiere; Des substances colorantes et des lumieres; Des variations des lumieres, des reflets et des ombres; Regard retrospectif aux theories et a la technique de la peinture; Des effets lumineux; Des couleurs complementaires; Du contraste; Le mélange des couleurs sur la retine; Le divisionnisme.

    An important document in turn of the century art theory, and rather difficult to locate, in any edition, in the commercial marketplace. Hardcover. 5.75”x9.25”, 329 pages, 90 text figures; bound into marbled boards with a vellum spine; a handsome binding. Light wear, a little soil. [09480] $250.00

 

144. Pullin, Anne Geffken. Glass Signatures, Trademarks and Trade Names from the Seventeenth to the Twentieth Century. Radnor; Wallace-Homestead: 1986. An invaluable guide. Softcover. 6”x9”, 368 pages, line illustrations; some wear, tips thumbed, etc. [09381] $50.00

 

145. [Qing Porcelains] The Eugene O. Perkins Collection of Qing Porcelain. New York; Christie’s: June 2, 1989. The auction catalog to the sale of an outstanding collection. Softcover. 8”x10”, 61 pages, 90 lots, many color illustrations; corner bump, else near fine. [09032] $45.00

 

146. [Regency Furniture] A Collection of Important Furniture, The Property of Mr. Edward Sarofim. London; Christie’s: November 16, 1995. Sale 5505. An auction catalog an a unique assemblage, primarily of the Regency era- 20 of the items are directly related to published or manuscript designs which were located, and 34 are attributed to specific cabinetmakers. There are 9 pieces by George Bullock, a Pugin-designed rosewood and parcel gilt sidechair made for Windsor Castle; pieces by Linnell, Gillows, and Vulliamy (Cabinetmaker to George IV) and much more. Softcover. 8.5”x10.5”, 114 pages, 50 lots, color illustrations, 1 folding plate; water waved, with very minor adhesion loss to a few edges. [09035] $35.00

 

147. Renfrew, Colin. The Cycladic Spirit. Masterpieces from the Nicholas P. Goulandris Collection. New York; Harry N. Abrams: 1991. ”The Cycladic folded-arm figure stands at the beginning of Western art. Between 2700 and 2400 B.C., roughly contemporaneously with Old Kingdom Egypt, craftsmen in the Cycladic Islands of Greece sculpted female nudes in marble whose elegance and simplicity was not to be seen again in art until the work of Bransuci and Modigliani.” This book includes a history of the archeology and scholarship on the Cycladic world, a thorough examination of the types of artifacts that have been discovered in Cycladic sites, and a scholarly discussion of Cycladic art. The illustrations were drawn from pieces in the Nicholas P. Goulandris Foundation Museum of Cycladic Art in Athens. Hardcover. 9.5”x11”, 207 pages, color and b/w illustrations, dj; bibliography; light wear. [09425] $50.00

 

148. Reynolds, Hezekiah. Directions for House and Ship Painting. A Facsimile reprint of the 1812 edition. Worcester; American Antiquarian Society: 1978. A photographic facsimile of this rare booklet, with a new introduction by Richard M. Candee. Softcover. 5.5”x8.5”, some cover soil and spots. [09391] $40.00

 

An Important New Study on Mocha-

149. Rickard, Jonathan. Mocha and related dipped wares, 1770-1939. Hanover; University Press of New England: 2006. This is a colorful explosion of a book, packed with beautiful photographs that vividly capture the colors and wild designs on this distinctive pottery. But it's not all photos- author Jonathan Rickard provides a mighty and solid text to back up the illustrations, exploring the history, makers and styles of these ceramics in England, America and France. Long thought of as a Victorian ceramic, Rickard shows that the style actually dates from the late 18th century. There are many chapters exploring the various patterns and decorating techniques, and the book finishes off with a chapter on the potters and potteries of Mocha and their marks. An exuberant, important study of an under-documented type of pottery. Hardcover. 8.5”x11”, 178 pages, profusely illustrated in color and b/w, dj; bibliography. New. [90157] $65.00

 

150. Rosenak, Chuck & Jan. Museum of American Folk Art Encyclopedia of Twentieth-Century American Folk Art and Artists. New York; Abbeville Press: 1990. Biographies and work of 225 20th century American folk painters, sculptors, and workers in other media. An impressive reference work, beautifully illustrated. Hardcover. 9”x10.5”, 416 pages, color and b/w illustrations, dj; light wear. [09408] $85.00

 

151. Rosenbaum, Jeanette W. Myer Myers, Goldsmith. 1723-1795. Philadelphia; The Jewish Publication Society of America: 1954. A very good study of the life and work of this very talented and successful New York silversmith. Hardcover. 8"x11", 141 pages, 12 b/w illustrations plus 30 b/w plates, many illustrating multiple pieces; a little light wear, but a nice copy. [09504] $85.00

 

152. [Rothschild] Highly Important Gold Boxes, The Property of The Lord Rothschild, G.B.E., G.N., F.R.S. London; Christie’s: June 30, 1982. An auction catalog. Lord Rothschild’s collection was inherited from Baron Carl von Rothschild, his wife’s father. “An important group of the finest examples of the works of the great Paris goldsmiths of the 18th century, and also boxes from Germany, Austria and Switzerland”. Hardcover. 7.5”x10”, 68 pages, 58 lots, color illustrations; light wear. [09258] $65.00

 

153. Rowan, Michelle. Nineteenth Century Cameos. Woodbridge; Antique Collectors’ Club: 2004. “Until now, there has been no book available which explains the characters and scenes depicted on nineteenth century cameos, inspired by Greek and Roman mythology. Michele Rowan, a long-established cameo dealer and collector, has produced a fascinating guide to help the reader identify these mythological subjects, and to explain their significance in Victorian times. Straightforward information is also provided on the materials and tools used by cameo-carvers, many of whom were Italians producing souvenirs for the tourist trade. Some of the most eminent gem-engravers signed their work and examples of their superb craftsmanship are illustrated and discussed. The detailed captions to most of the cameos shown include current values, and the author has also produced a useful guide for the collector on purchasing and caring for cameos and what to look for when starting a collection. ‘Nineteenth Century Cameos’ is an invaluable reference book for collectors, dealers and anyone interested in the cameo as a beautiful piece of jewellery which has a story to tell.” Hardcover. 8”x9.5”, 134 pages, 129 color illustrations, dj. New. [90186] $49.50

 

154. Sack, Albert. The New Fine Points of Furniture, Early American. Good, Better, Best, Superior, Masterpiece. New York; Crown Publishers: 1993. Albert Sack's updating of his classic work. He adds two new categories and features an entirely new selection of furniture. "Good, Better, Best" has had a place on the bookshelf of every furniture enthusiast for decades, and now a new edition upholds the tradition. Essential for the student of American furniture. Hardcover. 8"x10.5", 320 pages, 650+ color and b/w illustrations, dj; light wear. [09395] $250.00

 

155. Salim, Nizar. L'Art Contemporain en Iraq. Livre premier -La peinture. Milan; Sartec: 1977. An exceptionally interesting book on modern Iraqi artists. The text begins with the “first generation” of modern Iraqi artists, those who came to the fore between the World Wars, but spends most of its time discussing and illustrating the work of artists who worked between 1950 and the 1970s. Hardcover. 8.5"x11", 249 pages, profusely illustrated in color and b/w, dj. Near fine. [09532] SOLD

 

156. Sapon, Daniel Steven. Illustration in Sixteenth Century Zoological Books: An Analysis of the Printed Pictorial Presentation of Scientific Data. Daniel Steven Sapon: 1974. A Master’s Thesis for the University of Toronto. Card covers, buckram binder; 109 single-sided pages plus 10 plates; binder with wear, thesis with a little light wear. [09362] $150.00

 

157. [Savannah] Savannah Style: The Ira and Nancy Koger Collection. New York; Sotheby’s: October 24, 1998. Sale 7207. An auction catalog. Ira Koger invented the modern office park, and then did something useful, buying and restoring an 1860 house in Savannah, and filling it with very tasteful English 18th century furniture and silver, and 17th and 18th century ceramics. In furniture their taste ran to the first two Georges, and about the only negative thing one can say is that they appear to have turned every nice Chinese vase they owned into a lamp. Softcover. 8”x10.5”, 184 pages, 433 lots, color and b/w illustrations; prices realised sheet; fine. [09233] $30.00

 

158. Schwartz, Jeri. Tussie Mussies: Victorian Posey Holders. Hartsdale; self-published: 1987. A well-illustrated guide to Victorian (mostly silver) “posey holders”, small, decorative flower containers used to hold nosegays. No snide comments -this is very serious stuff! Softcover. 6”x9”, 26 pages, b/w illustrations; light wear. [09428] $25.00

 

159. Sellink, Dr. J.L. Dutch Antique Domestic Clocks, ca. 1670-1870 and some related examples. Bronxville; Clock Trade Enterprises:1973. Edition limited to 1000 copies. A heavily illustrated study of Dutch domestic clocks, based on the collection in the Oegstgeest Museum of Clocks. Clocks are full described and grouped by locality, and within those divisions in roughly chronological order. In almost all cases both cases and movements are illustrated; there are also some reproductions of period paintings of Dutch interiors showing clocks. A weighty but not ponderous volume- indeed, it moves brightly through its subject like a horologically-obsessed Keebler elf. Hardcover. 8"x11", 367 pages, hundreds of b/w illustrations, dj; bibliography. Light wear, but a very nice copy. [09524] $400.00

 

160. Silverstein, Theodore. Medieval Latin Scientific Writings in the Barberini Collection. A Provisional Catalogue. Chicago; The University of Chicago Press: 1957. An initial catalog of the Medieval Latin scientific manuscripts held in the Barberini Collection in the Vatican Library, which had never been catalogued in this way before. Shocking but true. Riveting beach reading. Fully indexed, and cross-indexed by Initia. Hardcover. 6.25"x9.5", 147 pages. A fine copy. [09522] $20.00

 

161. Simpson, Milton. Folk Erotica. Celebrating Centuries of Erotic Americana. New York; Harper Collins: 1994. From 18th century Native American stone carvings to outsider paintings, naughty whirligigs and odd things done with bottle caps, a wide ranging survey of the odd, whimsical, lewd and... oh my, is that right side up?” Hardcover. 7.5”x9.5”, 144 pages, color and b/w illustrations, dj; bibliography; light wear. [09444] $30.00

 

162. Sjeklocha, Paul & Igor Mead. Unofficial Art in the Soviet Union. Berkeley; University of California Press: 1967. The authors spent 8 months in the Soviet Union, and while there they made discreet, informal visits to the studios and homes of "unofficial" Russian artists. This book presents the work and lives of these artists, along with a short explanation of the Artists Union and the approved "socialist realist" school, which was itself much misunderstood in the West. Hardcover. 7.5"x10", 213 pages, many b/w and color illustrations, slightly soiled dj with small tape repairs; white-out spot on endpaper. [09531] $30.00

 

163. Smith, Yvonne Brault. John Haley Bellamy. Carver of Eagles. Portsmouth Marine Society: 1982. John Haley Bellamy [1836-1914] was one of America’s best-known woodcarvers, and the phrase “Bellamy eagle” will always cause folk art enthusiasts heart to beat faster. Creator of the famous “Lancaster” eagle and many more distinctive, vibrant carvings, Bellamy was a gifted craftsman. His personal life did not mirror the beauty of his creations, and he led an often troubled, restless life, toiling long days for meager wages. This well-illustrated study remains the definitive study of his life and work. Softcover. 7”x10”, 103 pages, b/w illustrations. New. [90187] $20.00

 

164. Some Early Massachusetts Broadsides. A Massachusetts Historical Society Picture Book. Boston: 1964. A selection ranging from the mid 17th century to the Declaration of Independence. Softcover. 8.5”x11”, 2 pages of text plus 29 b/w plates; light soil, a little wear. [09364] $20.00

 

165. 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

 

166. Sprackling, Helen. Customs on the Table Top. How New England Housewives Set Out Their Tables. Old Sturbridge Village: 1958. An examination of the customs, crockery, glassware, and other things surrounding dining in early 19th century New England. Softcover. 5.5”x8.5”, 22 pages, b/w illustrations; light soil; bookplate. [09390] $20.00

 

167. Staehelin, Walter A. The Book of Porcelain. The manufacture, transport and sale of export porcelain in China during the eighteenth century, illustrated by a contemporary series of Chinese watercolors. New York; The Macmillan Company: 1965. This remarkable series of 18th century watercolors was found in France in 1954. They illustrate the entire sequence of events in the preparation and sale of China Trade porcelain, including the digging and preparation of the clay, the throwing, glazing and stacking of the pots, preparation, firing and unloading of the kiln, the preparation of the straw and barrels for transporting the porcelains, the transportation itself across mountains and lakes, and finally the sale to foreigners. A fascinating glimpse of the 18th century ceramics trade. Hardcover. 12"x13", 87 pages, 34 tipped-in color plates. Covers with some soil, else a very nice copy. [09509] $150.00

 

168. Stradling, Garrison & Diana (eds.). The Art of the Potter -Redware and Stoneware. New York; Main Street/Universe: 1977. A selection of articles on American redware and stoneware from the Magazine Antiques by authors including Webster, Hume, Clement, Kindig, Knittle, Weygandt, Watkins, Spargo, and others. Softcover. 8.5"x11", 160 pages, 100s of b/w illustrations; light wear, but a nice copy. [09371] $100.00

 

169. Sullivan, Kay. Needlework Tools and Accessories -A Dutch Tradition. Woodbridge; Antique Collectors’ Club: 2004. A heavily illustrated book spanning the Middle Ages to the 20th century. ”Until now, no one book has fully explored the rich tradition of needlework tools made in Holland and exported worldwide. Sewing tools of all types are represented: sewing sets, chatelaines, scissors, needle cases, pincushions, thimbles, tape measures, thread holders and winders, tambour tools and knitting accessories”. There are also thimbles, many tools in silver and gold, and much more. Hardcover. 9.5”x11”, 225 pages, color and b/w illustrations, dj; bibliography. New. [90165] $59.50

 

170. [Thai Export Ceramics] The Ceramic Cargo of a Medieval South Asian Trading Vessel. London; Christie’s: December 11, 1989. The catalog to an auction of the pottery from a Medieval Thai trading vessel, recovered by Captain Michael Hatcher, the same man who recovered The Nanking Cargo. The items are basically utilitarian in nature and include unglazed pottery and celadons, many still encrusted with sea debris. Softcover. 8”x10.5”, 20+ pages, 51 lots; b/w illustrations and 6 full-page color plates; a fine copy. [09026] $45.00

 

171. Thompson, C.J.S. The Lure and Romance of Alchemy. A history of the secret link between magic and science. New York; Bell Publishing: 1990. Originally published in 1932. A classic history of the arts and practitioners of alchemical studies, from ancient times through the 18th century. Hardcover. 6.5”x9”, 249 pages, b/w illustrations, dj; light wear. [09441] $20.00

 

172. [Tickell, Richard] The Green Box of Monsieur de Sartine found at Mademoiselle du The. New York; Charles F. Heartman: 1916. One of 7 copies printed on Japan Vellum; the main edition was limited to only 65 copies.

    Charles Heartman was a noted bibliophile and an editor of the American Book Collector; he was also a bibliographer of Edgar Allen Poe and books relating to African-Americans. This particular title is from his series of limited edition reprints of curious early books relating to America. The "Green Box" was published in Paris and London in 1779 and purported to be a group of letters discovered in a French diplomatic dispatch box relating to the American Revolution, including two letters written by Benjamin Franklin. What it actually was was a pointed satire on the French alliance by the English satirist Richard Tickell, who takes digs at just about everybody, including some of his fellow Britons. For instance, a description of the first meeting of Marie Antoinette with Dr. Franklin and the rest of the American contingent-

    “’Pon my faith!’ said the Queen, ‘I must say that they are nothing but rabble!’

    ‘But,’ I answered, ‘look at Dr. Franklin’s white hat, it is the emblem of innocence.’

    ‘And at his spectacles,’ said the Countess, ‘they are what I call real economy’ (one of the lenses was broken). The Duke de Coigny who was present at the time assured her that singular as the doctor was with his white hat and one-lensed spectacles, he had nevertheless found the secret of bottling up lightning, and that, uncorking it, he could cause worse troubles than Pandora when she opened her box, or the companions of Ulysses when they opened the goatskin. All of which made us laugh very heartily because we did not understand a word of what he was saying...For heaven’s sake, my friend, send me some dancing masters and French tailors for the barbaric ambassadors, and above all, get his Excellency the doctor to have his glasses mended.”

    Heartman's reprint is very handsome, featuring a facsimile of the original title page. Hardcover. 6.5"x9.5", 60 pages, bound in 3/4 leather with marbled boards, as issued. Some slight scuffing to the covers, but the contents are fine. [09527] $350.00

 

173. Trapp, Kenneth R. Living the Good Life. The Arts and Crafts Movement in California. New York; Abbeville Press: 1993. It was in the sun-drenched land of California that the Arts & Crafts Movement found its final and most ethereally beautiful flowering. This sumptuous catalog to a loan exhibition organized by the Oakland Museum includes essays on a number of subjects related to the Arts & Crafts Movement in California, as well as the catalog of the exhibition. A heavy, beautiful book. Hardcover. 10.5”x11.5”, 328 pages, color and b/w illustrations, dj; near fine. [09476] $85.00

 

174. Travers, Leonard, et al. Massachusetts Paper Money, 1690-1780: The Collection of the Massachusetts Historical Society. Boston: 1988. Includes the essay “Sinews of Trade, Sinews of War: The Paper Money of Massachusetts, 1690-1780” by Travers, and illustrations of a variety of interesting or important examples. Softcover. 8.5”x11”, 31 pages, b/w illustrations; light soil. [09365] $20.00

 

175. Trent, Robert F. (ed.). Pilgrim Century Furniture. New York; Main Street Press/Universe Books: 1976. An anthology of articles from the Magazine Antiques concerning American furniture of the 17th century. Authors include Wallace Nutting, Helen Comstock, Irving Lyon, Luke Vincent Lockwood, Homer Eaton Keyes, C.F. Luther, Patricia E. Kane, Benno Forman, and others. Softcover. 8.5"x11", 165+ pages, many b/w and some color illustrations; light wear. [09375] $50.00

 

176. Trigt, Jan Van. Cutlery. From Gothic to Art Deco. The J. Hollander Collection. Pandora: 2003. There are no words to adequately describe the 534 sets of antique cutlery illustrated and described here. I’m not sure how anyone could eat while holding such objects- you’d just sit there, staring at the intricate details and wonderful carving or enamel or engraved work. One might literally starve while attempting to dine. There are knives and forks with handles of carved bone and ivory, decorated porcelain, gleaming enamels, chased, gilt or engraved silver, handles of coral and agate and other semi-precious stones, traveling cutlery of brass or mother-of-pearl... there are heads, stags, flowers, scrolls, bears, priests, angels, buxom women and bearded sages. There may even be buxom sages, I’ve lost track. Published at the time of the exhibition of the Hollander Collection at the Design Museum of Ghent in 2003. Essential for the lover of silver, and cutlery. Essential even if you don’t love cutlery. It’s that good. Hardcover. 10”x12”, 298 pages, color illustrations, dj; bibliography. New. [90168] $75.00

 

177. Troilius, Magnus. Notes on the Chemistry of Iron for professional men, students, iron and steel merchants, and all interested in iron. New York; John Wiley & Sons: 1889. 3rd edition, revised and enlarged. Magnus Troilius, a Swedish engineer, was one of many foreigners introduced to American industry by the famous engineer and metallurgist Alexander L. Holley, who had constructed the first successful Bessemer steel plant in the United States in 1865. Troilius worked at the Midvale Steel Company, and published the first edition of this book in 1885. It is a comprehensive guide book, describing and explaining all the processes involved in assaying and analyzing iron ores, gas analysis, and electrolysis. It also contains a very interesting appendix which lists every single item needed to set up a laboratory for steel analysis. Hardcover. 6”x9.25”, ix + 143 pages, 9 line illustrations in the text; publisher’s blue cloth with gilt titles; light wear, half-title neatly removed, but a nice, bright copy. [09483] $100.00

 

178. Troy, Jack. Salt-Glazed Ceramics. New York; Watson-Guptill Publications: 1977. A knowledgeable, well-illustrated study of the history and techniques of salt-glazed ceramics, useful to both the potter and ceramics historian. Packed with technical information about firing salt-glazed ware, and much historical information, as well as illustrations of both antique and modern examples from America, England and Europe. Hardcover. 8.5”x11”, 160 pages, color and b/w illustrations, dj; near fine. [09372] $85.00

 

179. Tsigakou, Fani-Maria.. The Rediscovery of Greece. Travellers and Painters of the Romantic Era. New Rochelle; Caratzas Brothers: 1981. Greece has long influenced European art and sensibilities, but for centuries it was primarily seen through the lens of others- the ancient Romans, or the Byzantine Empire, for instance. But by the end of the 18th century English and European travelers on the ‘Grand Tour’ were visiting Greece and seeing the ancient ruins and art for themselves. The influence on the visiting architects, artists, archaeologists and writers was profound, and is examined here in the first book on the subject. Hardcover. 8.5”x11”, 208 pages, color and b/w illustrations, dj; light wear. [09470] $45.00

 

180. [Veiga] Chinese Export Porcelain from the Collection of Jorge Getulio Veiga. London; Sotheby’s: October 31st, 1989. The catalog to an auction of a famous Brazilian collection, noted for its great variety of unusual pieces, and its strong focus on ceramics related to the Brazilian and Portuguese markets. Softcover. 8”x10.5”, 145 pages, 292 lots, loaded with color illustrations; near fine. [09030] $100.00

 

181. [George Washington] George Washington Letters from the Collection of Frederick S. Peck, Belton Court, Barrington, R.I. Privately printed, np: December: 1927. Includes photographs and transcriptions of 4 letters- one to Martha Custis before their marriage; a 1788 letter regarding the Virginia Constitution; a 1788 letter to an admirer; and a 1789 letter regarding the death of his sister and work at Mt. Vernon. Hardcover. 6"x9.5", 19 pages, 11 b/w illustrations of the letters; bound into red cloth with gilt titles; light soil, but a very nice copy. [09386] $50.00

 

182. [George Washington] Autograph Letters of George Washington From the Collection of Frederick S. Peck, Belton Court, Barrington, R.I. Privately printed; np: 1932. Features the 4 letters from the 1927 edition, including his 1758 letter to Martha Custis, as well as a number of additional letters. There are military letters written during the Revolutionary War, and some written during his Presidency, including one asking Edward Carrington to become a Commissioner to help design the public buildings in Washington, DC., and a draft of an address to Congress. Softcover. 6"x9.5", 38 pages, portrait frontispiece and 7 b/w illustrations of 3 of the letters; bound into red cloth with gilt titles; light soil. [09387] $125.00

 

183. [Watches & Clocks] Abridgments of the Specifications relating to Watches, Clocks, and other Timekeepers [bound with] Part II: 1857-1866. London; George E. Eyre and William Spottiswoode: 1858 & 1871. An interesting volume containing abstracts and abridgements of patent specifications relating to clocks and watches. Arranged chronologically and indexed by Patentee and subject, it begins with a scattering of 17th and 18th century patents, but the vast majority of patents are 19th century. A fascinating and detailed collection of horological invention and development. Hardcover. 4.75”x7”, viii + 130 + x + 166 pages; ex-library, bound in red buckram, with a bookplate and stamps on the title and half-title; else clean, with tight hinges. [09496] $175.00

 

184. White, Robert. Treatise on the Knowledge Necessary to Amateurs in Pictures. Translated and Abridged from the French of M. Francois-Xavier de Burtin. London; Longman, Brown, Green and Longmans: 1845. The original edition, published in Brussels in 1808, contained an extensive and detailed catalog of the personal picture collection of M. Burtin, which White judged to have not been of sufficient interest to his English readers to warrant the expense of including here. White has also updated some material to reflect current scholarship, and has added information concerning prices realised at auction for pictures in major collections in France over the prior hundred years. The main text remains as close to the author’s original as White was able to come, and begins with a lengthy discussion of what makes a good picture before moving on to how to judge pictures, how to judge a picture’s state of preservation, how to recognize copies, how to analyze and describe a picture, a description of the principal schools of painting, classification of pictures by subject, why 16th and 17th century pictures are superior to 18th century works, the differing manners of the Masters, signatures, DePile’s ‘Balance of Painters’, cleaning pictures, varnishes, remarks on public galleries in Europe, and how to form a private collection. Hardcover. 6”x9”, x + 338 pages, 3 lithographed plates, 1 tinted; publisher’s dark green embossed cloth with gilt spine title; covers a bit worn and rubbed, tips soft, some internal foxing and discoloration, including to the plates. [09490] $200.00

 

185. Williams, Henry T. Window Gardening. Devoted Specially to the Culture of Flowers and Ornamental Plants, for In Door Use and Parlor Decoration. New York; Henry T. Williams: 1872. First published in 1871. An exceedingly informative survey of the use of plants as decorative devices in Victorian households (and not limited to window boxes, as the title suggests). The author not only discusses the uses and types of plants, but also surveys and illustrates the wide variety of containers and other devices the Victorians used for displaying them, including Wardian cases, ferneries, window boxes, and many fancy stands. Hardcover. 6"x8.5", 300 pages, plus several pages of illustrated advertisements; publisher’s brown cloth; profusely illustrated with line illustrations; covers somewhat rubbed and soiled, front hinge wobbly and outer hinge starting to split; spine head and base a bit abraded; a few small internal stains. [09452] $75.00

 

186. [Woolley] The Collection of Robert C. Woolley. New York; Sotheby’s: January 24-25, 1997. Sale 6947. The catalog to the last of the auctions of Woolley’s eclectic collection, following his death in 1996. Sotheby’s New York auctioneer, Woolley’s tastes ranged from Regency glass to Elton John’s red gabardine tuxedo, from Chinese export to Fornasetti plates and Art Deco tables and radios. He once summed up his collecting philosophy as “don’t fret. Just move everything one inch to the left”. Famous for dinner parties, Woolley once hosted a fund-raiser at which guests could come as “old friends” for $500, “new friends” for $250 and “acquaintances” for $100. Softcover. 8”x10.5”, about 250 pages, 495 lots, color and b/w illustrations; a fine copy. [09222] $45.00

 

187. Wust, Klaus. American Fraktur: Graphic Folk Art, 1745-1855. New York; Pratt Graphics Center Galleries: 1977. An exhibition catalog of works selected from private and public collections, with an essay by Klaus Wust. Uncommon. Softcover. 8”x6”, 16 pages, color and b/w illustrations; light wear. [09401] $65.00

 

188. Wust, Klaus. Virginia Fraktur. Penmanship as Folk Art. Edinburg; Shenandoah History: 1972. A catalog of Virginia Frakturs from private and public collections, with a discussion of the various types of frakturs made in Virginia, as well as the “Stony Creek Artist”, and Peter Bernhart of Keezletown. Softcover. 7”x10”, 28 pages, b/w and several color illustrations; light wear. [09402] $60.00

 

189. Yarwood, Doreen. Robert Adam. New York; Charles Scribner’s Sons: 1970. A standard and very readable yet scholarly biography of this greatest of all English Neoclassic architects. Yarwood has also included an appendix of all Adams’ surviving works. Hardcover. 6.5”x10”, 221 pages, b/w and line illustrations, dj; bibliography; light wear. [09418] $20.00

 

190. Young, Francis. Every Man His Own Mechanic. A Complete and Comprehensive Guide to every description of constructive and decorative work that may be done by the amateur artisan at home and in the colonies. London; Ward, Lock & Co., Limited: [1890?]. An encyclopedic guide to all the tools and processes of woodworking, joinery, carpentry and architectural finishing, and a valuable reference to late-Victorian tools and practices. The text begins with woods and trees and their uses, felling and seasoning, then progresses to carpentry and joinery tools, their care and use, how to handle them, methods in joining timber, the carpenter’s bench, ornamental carpentry, turning & veneering, making fixtures, furniture doors, windows and gates, garden structures and ironmongery. The next section is devoted to the builder’s trades and methods, including excavation, bricklaying, masonry, roofs, plastering, ironsmithing, plumbing and gas-fitting, painting, graining, varnishing and gilding, and finally paper-hanging. Now that your house is basically finished, a number of appendices treat specialized tool-related topics. The two colored plates illustrate 30 examples of wood “in their natural state”. A veritable Victorian vade-mecum of practical advice for the carpenter, joiner and finisher. Hardcover. 6.5”x9”, 924 pages, 2 color plates and 850 text illustrations; publisher’s red cloth with elaborate gilt lettering; covers with minor soil and wear, text with minor wear, a bit browned; several small internal stamps for a Lodge library; overall a nice copy of a large, heavy book which tends to destroy its’ binding. [09485] $100.00

 


 

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The Latest Publisher’s Overstocks-

th-95045.jpg (7918 bytes)191. Barnard, Toby. Making the Grand Figure. Lives and Possessions in Ireland, 1641-1770. New Haven; Yale University Press: 2004. ”In this pioneering study of the material culture of Stuart and Hanoverian Ireland, Toby Barnard reveals a hitherto unsuspected richness and diversity of lifestyle, habitat and mentality. The compass of the book is impressively wide, from the governing elite of Dublin Castle to provincial towns and the countryside beyond. Looking yet further, it follows the Irish overseas to Britain and the continent of Europe. Through such everyday articles as linen shirts, wigs, silver teaspoons, pottery plates and engravings, Barnard evokes a striking variety of lives and attitudes. Possessions, he shows, highlighted and widened divisions, not only between the rich and poor, women and men, but also between Irish Catholics and the Protestant settlers.” There are chapters focusing on the house, interiors, goods, pictures, the park & garden, sport, dress, Dublin, going abroad, and Society. Hardcover. 8”x9.5”, xxii + 497 pages, b/w and some color illustrations, dj. New. [95045]

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th-95043.jpg (10190 bytes)192. Dubin, Lois Sherr. North American Indian Jewelry and Adornment. From Prehistory to the Present. New York; Harry N. Abrams: 1999. Ten years in the making, this lavish, photo-filled book starts by exploring the jewelry of the ancient Americans and works its way, eventually, up to the 20th century. Separate chapters discuss and illustrate the Arctic, the Subarctic, the Woodlands, the Plains, the Great Basin, the Plateau, the Northwest Coast, California, and the Southwest. This book is packed with color photos and information, and if you are at all interested in any facet of the subject is well worth a place on your bookshelf. Hardcover. 10”x11.5”, 608 pages, 820 color and 380 b/w illustrations, dj. New. [95043]

Published at $75.00.
Available for a limited time for- $40.00

 

th-95046.jpg (7765 bytes)193. Friedman, Florence Dunn (ed.). Gifts of the Nile. Ancient Egyptian Faience. Thames & Hudson: 1998. ”This catalog, from the Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design's international traveling exhibition, is an in-depth study of ancient Egyptian faience-figures, jewelry, and objects made from a non-clay ceramic material with a bright blue or polychrome glazed surface. More than 200 pieces spanning 3,000 years are displayed here in 224 color plates, with an additional 250 black and white photos and drawings, depicting a variety of small domestic items: lidded jars and pots; a portable, partitioned inkwell with a rotating top; a royal cosmetic jar; inlay tiles; goblets; scarabs; and amulets. Illustrated essays explore the meaning of faience within Egyptian culture, discussing its uses, symbolism, and technology.” Hardcover. 9.5”x12”, 288 pages, color and b/w illustrations. New. [95046]

Published at $75.00.
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194. Jakeman, Jane. In the Kingdom of Mists. New York; Berkeley Prime Crime: 2002. A fun book- a murder mystery novel with the Impressionist painter Monet as a main character- ”London, 1900: As Monet paints the wintry mists over the Thames, the bodies of two young women are dragged from its depths, arousing fears of a return of Jack the Ripper. Oliver Craston, a fledgling diplomat at the Foreign Office, happens to be nearby when an unrecognizable body is pulled from the river, and he is drawn into the police investigation. With anti-French sentiment running high in London, his superiors want Craston to keep a close eye on Monet and his son. But no one knows that the source of the horror-a horror beyond even the imagination of an artist-stalks the floor above M. Monet's suite.” Hardcover. 6.25”x9.5”, 355 pages, dj. New. [95053]

Published at $23.95.
Available for a limited time for- $10.00

 

th-95051.jpg (12657 bytes)195. Loring, John. Tiffany Flora / Tiffany Fauna. New York; Harry N. Abrams: 2003. A colorful, sumptuous survey of the best and most dramatic in Tiffany jewelry in two volumes, one focusing on animals, the other on flowers. “a striking visual survey of the unparalleled craftsmanship of Tiffany & Co. The effect is like peering into an ark of fantastic, bejeweled creatures-winged dragons with fiery eyes clutching beautiful gems; a golden parrot in a jaunty diamond cap and blue enameled pantaloons; an extravagant wreath of diamond and platinum leaves and flowers; a blushingly suggestive enameled orchid; and a Tiffany lamp in blues and greens evoking an illuminated wisteria.” The pieces illustrated and described range from the 19th century to the present day. A must-have set for the Tiffany & Co. enthusiast. Hardcover. 2 vols. 7.5”x8.5”, 128 + 128 pages, color and b/w illustrations, dj. New. Slipcased. [95051]

Published at $100.00.
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th-95052.jpg (65557 bytes)196. Loewer, Peter. Jefferson’s Garden. Mechanicsburg; Stackpole Books: 2004. ”Peter Loewer, vice president of the Botanical Gardens at Asheville, North Carolina, and the author of The Winter Garden and Thoreau's Garden, profiles Thomas Jefferson as gardener and landscape architect. Loewer offers essays on the annuals, perennials, trees, shrubs, and vines that Jefferson grew, with entries from his journal. Here too is a survey of the importance of seeds in America-crediting the First Gardener with a significant contribution to the country's seed heritage-and a portrait of Monticello from various historic viewpoints, followed by an account of its restoration by the Garden Club of Virginia. The book is handsomely presented, with naturalist ink drawings of the plants as chapter headings.” Hardcover. 6”x8.5”, 260 pages, line illustrations, dj. New. [95052]

Published at $21.95.
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th-95050.jpg (6381 bytes)197. Mondlin, Marvin & Roy Meador. Book Row. An Anecdotal and Pictorial History of the Antiquarian Book Trade. New York; Carroll & Graf: 2004. 2nd prtg. The story of New York’s famous Fourth Avenue- Book Row from the 1890s to the 1960s. From the Strand Bookstore which began as a bookstall on 8th, to the legendary George D. Smith, poker and horse player, and dozens of other colorful, irascible, eccentric, dedicated and unforgettable characters, the story of antiquarian and used bookselling in America was epitomized on Fourth Avenue over a period of some seven decades. Book Row is gone now- a victim of rising rents, chain stores and redevelopment, but its story lives on in the pages of this book. Hardcover. 6.5”x9”, 405 pages, b/w illustrations, dj. New. [95050]

Published at $28.00.
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th-95042.jpg (6445 bytes)198. 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]

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th-95026.jpg (5384 bytes)199. 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]

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th-95025.jpg (9345 bytes)200. 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 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-95027.jpg (12956 bytes)201. 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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